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West Bromwich Albion vs Newcastle United match banter!

Posted on March 25th, 2012 | 51 Comments |

West Brom v Newcastle United.
A 16-0 win will put us above Chelsea!
Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.
Date: Sunday, 25th March, 2012.
Kick-Off: 4pm (Sky TV).
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

Hello Geordies, and welcome to our latest “match banter” for this afternoon’s game with West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom are eight places below us in the Premiership table in a fairly lowly fourteenth, and their home form has been erratic at best. With a victory, we will move level on points with Chelsea, though it would take a 16-0 victory to overtake them in the table, something we have failed to achieve this season so far. Even a draw would be a milestone, as it would earn Newcastle United their 1000th Premiership point.

One other factor might be that Roy Hodgson has, like Harry Redknapp before him, been strongly linked with the England manager’s job. This is well known to be the most powerful curse in human history, and has recently taken Harry Redknapp from teaching us a footballing lesson with a 5-0 thumping to Tottenham’s worst run of results since the beginning of the season. Is that old silver fox, Roy Hodgson, now linked closely enough to be under that spell? Time will tell.

On the other side, West Brom have been something of a “bogey” team for us in the past few years, and we have lost in our last two encounters at the Hawthorns. Hopefully that record will end this afternoon, and will make victory all the sweeter if it happens.

For an in depth look forward to the game, check out our extensive match preview for all the pre match team news, stats, what the managers are saying and much more. As usual, we shall also be posting highlights, a full match report and hopefully a video of the whole match after the hostilities have ceased. I will also be putting up the team sheets for the game when they become available.

And finally of course:

Howay the lads!

Team sheets

West Bromwich Albion (4-5-1): Ben Foster (G), Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Peter Odemwingie, Youssouf Mulumbu, James Morrison, Keith Andrews, Jerome Thomas; Marc-Antoine Fortune.

Substitutes: Luke Daniels, Nicky Shorey, Craig Dawson, Paul Scharner, Chris Brunt, Simon Cox, Shane Long.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), James Perch, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse.

Subs: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Davide Santon, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Haris Vuckic, Shola Ameobi.

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51 Responses

  1. matias says:
    March 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    “Great! Was expecting Parwed to drop HBA already. Hope he produces.”

    He did say something about a change in approach when he started Ben Arfa last time matias.

  2. ALBION (4-5-1): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Odemwingie, Mulumbu, Morrison, Andrews, Thomas; Fortune. Subs: Daniels (gk), Scharner, Cox, Long, Brunt, Dawson, Shorey.

    NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Perch; Ben Arfa, Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot (gk), Santon, Abeid, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Vuckic, Ferguson.

  3. We always struggle against teams with a five man midfield when we don’t match them up…

    Looks like Perch is at left-back according to .co.uk, Jonas back at left midfield with Guthrie and Cabaye sitting deep. Very deep probably…

  4. Jimbob says:
    March 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    “We always struggle against teams with a five man midfield when we don’t match them up…”

    We struggle against West Brom, Jimbob. The five man midfield is quite normal for the old Silver Fox. The curse of being linked with the England manager job might kick for him this afternoon though.

  5. Derek L says:
    March 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    “what has happened to Santon that has cause Perch to get picked ahead of him ?!”

    Perch was man of the match in the last game, Derek L.

  6. Every team this season Worky who has played a 4-3-3 / 4-5-1 against our 4-4-2 has mostly dominated the game. Tiote is integral with his covering if we play 4-4-2 against those systems, and with him being absent Guthrie will not provide the same cover.

    I’m not knocking Guthrie at all I really like him, but with him and Cabaye together we should adopt a different system to match up against WBA… I’m just hazarding a guess but I can’t see us performing any better than recently but I really really hope I’m wrong.

  7. Has anyone got a good skysports link? I’m struggling today, there’s no Bloodzeed for some reason and the sopcast ones I’ve looked at are poor.

  8. Unless Santon has some kind of minor injury, i just dont get it, why Pardew sits him in favor of a utility player.
    Even prefering Jonas to fill in at LB.
    Then i did,nt get his sitting Mascherano and Tevez either, perhaps i gotta problem there ?
    Looking at the side, it becomes obvious we are destined to play defense from the starting whistle.
    And hey ! now that young Frguson is fit, are we ever going to see him get some time, same goes for Abeid ?

  9. Jimbob says:
    March 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    “Cheers Worky. Using the “Yes” one now.”

    Is it on the Toon game now Jimbob? Mine’s just gone wonky.

  10. Thats two up, thanks bench sitter, lets hope we dont begin to employ “The Catenaccio” bolt the door defence, when we are all enjoying a good attacing game!

  11. Jimbob says:
    March 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    “Briliant stuff to watch :-) a 4-3-3, passing and moving properly.”

    Aye, the cut of our jib has been far better in this game Jimbob. West Brom have been shite too though.

  12. Attack ! Attack ! Atack !
    An example of the talent that Pardew did’nt recognise, Taking bout HBA !

  13. I’m amazed, we are actually playing attractive football with a bit of flair, what went wrong ?

  14. Man of the first half, undoubtedly HBA, played a role in all three goals.
    How could he have not been an automatic pick and you can bet your ass Pardew will take the credit.

  15. Jonas looks good in a middle three and Cabaye looks happier. A front three of Ba, Cisse and HBA is what we should always try and play if it’s feasible. Hopefully second half we can keep momentum and not switch to hit and hope balls because yet again the players have shown how much better they look when they are allowed to keep it on the deck.

  16. Also noticed so far Perch has not put a foot wrong, with a cute lob to either Ba or Cisse earlier in the game, our super sub!

  17. Great pass by Williamson, headed it away from an approaching Krul onto Shane Longs foot, Aaaarrrrgggghhhh !

  18. Well here we are tied with Chelsea, with liverpool trailing and completely out of sorts, should be an interesting game comming up with them and we have the home advantage.
    Chance for a possible Schadenfrued chant or two, in the direction of Enrique and Carroll.
    Undoubtedly HBA was the man of the match, his work rate was amazing,plus the fact he was involved in each goal sez it all.
    The less said about williamson the better, interestingly another bench sitter Santon did well as did young Ferguson, following their introduction.
    And Wor Perchie put in a positive defensive performance.
    For the most part, the side played well, except for a few anxious moments when we were being pressed.
    But we deserved the three points and fifty points is more than we earned in all of last season.
    Hopefully we can earn even more next season, when we acquire a defenseive unit.

  19. chuck says:
    March 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    “The less said about williamson the better,”

    Apart from their goal, he had a pretty good game overall, Chuck.

    Perch had another good game too.

  20. WORKEY
    I disagree, he was responsible for the goal and had the ref not dissalowed it would have been responsible for two goals.
    Titus Bramble is twice the player Williamson is and he got hounded outta town for less.
    Whats up with that ?
    Be happy to see Saylor back and some quality reinforcements across the back fout.

  21. I dont know whether HBA was given a free rein to roam about or not, but he was everywhere, on the wing, defending, fetching and carrying,laying on the killer passes, simply played his ass off.
    To-days performance should hopefully keep him off the bench, he was just outstanding and justifies his rep.
    as a top talent.
    And yeah Workey i already praised “Wor Perchie”who also had a good game, considering he gets little match practice.
    Though he got a few minutes , like to see more of young Ferguson, as i believe he too has a lot of talent.

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