Newcastle United vs Stoke City match banter!

Newcastle United v Stoke City.

Will Stoke throw in the towel again?

Venue: St James’ Park, NE1.
Date: Sat, 21st April, 2012.
Kick-Off: 3pm.
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands).
UK TV: None.

Good afternoon Geordies, and welcome to our regular match banter feature for this afternoon’s game.

Unfortunately, this time the Magpies have to face the biggest, ugliest, dirtiest and generally most dislikeable team in the Premiership. I am of course referring to Stoke City with their towels, five minute long throw ins, ever changing pitch sizes and robust percentage football.

Last time, the Magpies rightly made them look ridiculous by taking their own towels to the Britannia Stadium for long throw ins on a pitch which had been deliberately reduced in size to give them an advantage over their technically superior opponents. When Ryan Taylor played them at their own game with some long throws of his own, they didn’t like it at all and one of them responded in typical Stoke fashion, by trying to kick him in the testicles. More on that from much esteemed site user, Stephen C, in this video interview for Sky. That game of course was a 1-3 victory for the Magpies. Here’s hoping for more of the same at St James’ Park this afternoon!

For our usual in depth look forward to the match, you could always check out UTD111’s excellent match preview, and don’t forget that we will also be posting the official team sheets when they are available. We will also be posting highlights, a full match report, and possibly a link to a video of the whole match when it’s all over so stay tuned.

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi.

Stoke City (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic (G) Andy Wilkinson, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson; Ryan Shotton, Glenn Whelan, Wilson Palacios, Matthew Etherington; Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch.

Subs: Thomas Sorensen (G), Matthew Upson, Dean Whitehead, Jermaine Pennant, Cameron Jerome, Ricardo Fuller, Kenwyne Jones.

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133 Responses to “Newcastle United vs Stoke City match banter!”

  1. 1
    avatar workyticket says:

    NUFC team sheet up now.

    Lots of links for the game here.

  2. 2
    avatar Jimbob says:

    Arguably our strongest first eleven (minus S. Taylor).

    Just watching ‘Bloodzeed’s’ sopcast Arsenal v Chelsea Worky, unfortunately he’s not doing our match… Shame as I think his streams are getting even better.

  3. 3
    avatar workyticket says:

    Aye Jimbob, another 4-3-3 from Pardiola.

    I’ve just been checking out the Setanta link, but it’s one of those that look like a bad trip. The pixels keep smearing all over and everyone starts melting!

  4. 4
  5. 5
    avatar GS says:

    Boring, Boring Arsenal. Good result for us as long as we take care of Stoke.

  6. 6
    avatar Paul in Hollywood says:

    Cheers Worky, always appreciated, even against the Potters.

  7. 7
    avatar Jimbob says:

    workyticket says:
    April 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    “I’ve just been checking out the Setanta link, but it’s one of those that look like a bad trip. The pixels keep smearing all over and everyone starts melting!”

    Sounds awesome!

    Probably make more interesting viewing to be honest. Really never look forward to the games against Stoke. Usually dull affairs.

  8. 8
    avatar GS says:

    Meaningless game of the week: Villa – Mackems.

  9. 9
    avatar GS says:

    63% of Stoke goals come from set pieces.

  10. 10
    avatar Jimbob says:

    I see Fox Soccer is broadcasting the match, I can get it through a browser feed, but it’s shite.

    Looks like the Setanta link is best…

  11. 11
    avatar workyticket says:

    GS says:
    April 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    “Meaningless game of the week: Villa – Mackems.”

    That one will be edge of the seat stuff, GS.

    Nee botha, Paul.

  12. 12
    avatar workyticket says:

    Jimbob says:
    April 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    “Looks like the Setanta link is best…”

    They keep shapeshifting on my laptop, Jimbob!

  13. 13
  14. 14
    avatar AndyMac says:

    but its foreign language so I’ve got Radio commentary as well.

  15. 15
  16. 16
    avatar Phisix says:

    Its not the best but it will do.

  17. 17
    avatar Phisix says:


  18. 18
    avatar maze202 says:

    Arfa doing it again!

  19. 19
    avatar workyticket says:

    It’s not fair that we’re allowed to play with Ben Arfa, he’s too good.

  20. 20
    avatar Phisix says:


  21. 21
    avatar Jimbob says:

    Playing some calm, patient football and it’s 2-0 already :-)

  22. 22
    avatar GS says:

    Beautiful football.

  23. 23
    avatar Phisix says:

    Cabayes through balls are a god send :D

  24. 24
    avatar workyticket says:

    Phisix says:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm


    English stream lads.”

    There’s something very dodgy in one of the popups on that one. Be careful!

  25. 25
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Phisix is obviously more familiar with Yohan than the rest of us ?

    HBA getting chalk on his boots ?

  26. 26
    avatar Phisix says:


  27. 27
    avatar TallyHoPipPip says:

    Hi Guys,

    Been reading the blogs for a while so thought I’d join in for a change! Enjoy the articles so keep it up.


  28. 28
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Phisix says:


    Cabaye’s throughballs ?

  29. 29
    avatar workyticket says:

    TallyHoPipPip says:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    “Hi Guys,

    Been reading the blogs for a while so thought I’d join in for a change! Enjoy the articles so keep it up.”

    Good to see you on here, TallyHoPipPip. Welcome aboard.

  30. 30
    avatar Phisix says:

    I meant his general passing but yeah. :P

  31. 31
    avatar maze202 says:

    We have to keep hold of Ben Arfa.

  32. 32
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Yeay welcome Tallyhopip be aware that Chuck and me are the ones you REALLY NEED TO LISTEN TO :)

  33. 33
    avatar Phisix says:

    Another good Cabaye ball. That second goal is doing us a world of good now, we are passing it around with more confidence.

  34. 34
    avatar workyticket says:

    Less than one goal per game for Stoke. That’s awful.

  35. 35
    avatar AndyMac says:

    As it stands we’re fourth with a GD of 10. Spuds are three points behind with a GD of 19 so another nine goals in the second half ………….

  36. 36
    avatar Phisix says:

    That would be nice. Spurs losing or even a bore draw would set us up nicely.

  37. 37
    avatar TallyHoPipPip says:

    Yes Andy, I can sense the years of wisdom coming through your posts!…

  38. 38
    avatar Phisix says:


  39. 39
    avatar Phisix says:

    Thought Ba was going to shoot then.

  40. 40
    avatar AndyMac says:

    TallyHoPipPip says:

    “Yes Andy, I can sense the years of wisdom coming through your posts!”

    Remarkable insight THPP, particularly as we’ve only known each other 5 minutes !

  41. 41
    avatar Kilgore_D_Sprout says:

    This game is impressive.

    Which is what matters.

  42. 42
    avatar GS says:

    On Fox Soccer in the US, Warren Barton can barely hold in his delight. There is a smile as big as a cheshire cat on his face

  43. 43
    avatar TallyHoPipPip says:

    I am loving the look of the as it stands table… I am going to be spending the rest of the afternoon dusting down my passport!

  44. 44
    avatar Paulosio says:

    Playing great so far. About as good as West Brom I think. Ben Arfa is showing some great touches and everyone is doing a good job.

  45. 45
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Another rare gem of information – you get a much better class of Totty on Sky Calcio, dunno if its her

    but she’s hottttttttt :)

  46. 46
    avatar GS says:

    C’mon ‘Arry F@ck up the QPR game.

  47. 47
    avatar Jimbob says:

    I like number 12’s picture…

  48. 48
    avatar chuck says:

    A somewhat passionless first half, with NUFC playing a tentative game, dominated by long ball football.
    Appeared no one wanted the ball.
    Things changed following the first goal, a more relaxed side then began to show some passing skills, with Cabaye and HBA leading the way.
    It appeared the side took their foot of the gas following the second goal, dont like any park the bus stuff, hope they start pressing on the resumption of play.

  49. 49
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Jimbob says:

    “I like number 12′s picture…”

    On the basis of beggars not being able to choose, I’d take any of them tbh :lol:

  50. 50
    avatar GS says:

    Chuck @48:

    we have had no problems at all mate. Been easy so far. Some great skill for the goals.

  51. 51
    avatar Phisix says:

    We just need one more and we should be safe and we can go and enjoy the game more.

  52. 52
    avatar Phisix says:

    Spoke to soon nearly :D

  53. 53
    avatar workyticket says:

    That looked on side to me.

  54. 54
    avatar AndyMac says:

    How marginal was that ?

  55. 55
    avatar tunyc says:

    replays show he’s level.

    linesmen need to be full professionals. truly embarrassing lately lately

  56. 56
    avatar Phisix says:

    Ba needs to stop trying so hard.

  57. 57
    avatar TallyHoPipPip says:


  58. 58
    avatar Phisix says:

    Cabaye you beast!!!

  59. 59
    avatar tunyc says:

    It’s a beaut’ from Cabaye! That’s, dare I say, CL quality!

  60. 60
    avatar Jimbob says:

    AndyMac says:
    April 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    “How marginal was that ?”

    Not very AM, just I think number 12 has that look in her eye…

    Missed Cabaye’s goal because of it :-)

  61. 61
    avatar tunyc says:

    Good work from Ba on the edge of the box. I really want to see him score-all he needs is to hear 50K singing his name again…

  62. 62
    avatar Phisix says:

    He needs a third now. :D

  63. 63
    avatar maze202 says:

    And here I was expecting a dull Stoke game.

  64. 64
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Stroked that home :)

  65. 65
    avatar tunyc says:

    Compare this to the absolutely dire display from CFC and Arsenal earlier.

  66. 66
    avatar Phisix says:

    All we need now is a Ba rocket and a Bessi mazing run goal for the icing on the cake.

  67. 67
    avatar tunyc says:

    Cabaye off for Perch. MOM for me-with the assist on Cisse’s goal he was involved in everything. Good to be able to keep him fresh.

    And immediately into the fire.

  68. 68
    avatar maze202 says:

    Hmm I thought Raylor should have got some time instead of Perch.

  69. 69
    avatar Phisix says:

    Perch the super sub!

  70. 70
    avatar tunyc says:

    It was pretty good show earlier when Palacios took his yellow card while one of a triple team on HBA-virtually in the corner of our half! I think these guys saw a bit much of his golazo over the week…

  71. 71
    avatar tunyc says:

    I can understand playing Perch. He’s in great form just now-want to make the most of that, and keep it going.

  72. 72
    avatar Phisix says:

    Plus to rest Cabaye a bit more for next week.

  73. 73
    avatar tunyc says:

    Yep. Chelsea will not be looking forward to playing us. If they make 8 changes from their first team the lads will fancy a chance to eat them alive.

  74. 74
    avatar Phisix says:

    Ba just cannot score lol.

  75. 75
    avatar Phisix says:

    So close Colo…

  76. 76
    avatar tunyc says:

    Colo just misses a free header from a corner…

  77. 77
    avatar maze202 says:

    Really hoping Ba gets a goal.

  78. 78
    avatar tunyc says:

    Shola is apparently a geordie “folk hero”


  79. 79
    avatar AndyMac says:

    maze202 says:

    “Really hoping Ba gets a goal”

    Better start saving up maze cos (Warning football cliche imminent) he just cant buy a goal :)

  80. 80
    avatar GS says:

    @78, Shola the Mackem Slayer.

  81. 81
    avatar tunyc says:

    Seems like Ba’s at the tip of the formation since Cisse went off.

    C’mon, Demba!

  82. 82
    avatar tunyc says:

    Santon seems close to very good form.

  83. 83
    avatar Phisix says:

    Santoon is awesome.

  84. 84
    avatar Phisix says:

    Standard Gosling yellow in coming then.

  85. 85
    avatar tunyc says:

    Gosling on for Simpson, Perch to RB.

  86. 86
    avatar tunyc says:

    Don’t sell the lad short, Phisix.

    It could be red.

  87. 87
    avatar Phisix says:


  88. 88
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Sorry who was that blonde thing ?

  89. 89
    avatar tunyc says:

    Tiote with his once-a-season wonder strike! Great save, has to be said.

  90. 90
    avatar Phisix says:

    If it wasn’t for the Stoke keeper would would be up by another few goals.

  91. 91
    avatar Phisix says:

    Tiote wants one then :D

  92. 92
    avatar tunyc says:

    Tiote AGAIN on target from 35 yards! Feels like we’re gonna get another…

  93. 93
    avatar tunyc says:

    Ok, 25 yards.

    I always do that.

  94. 94
    avatar GS says:

    What a performance. Every one of our team played great.

  95. 95
    avatar Phisix says:

    Santoon to the rescue. The lads quality.

  96. 96
    avatar tunyc says:

    Awesome result, truly brilliant!

  97. 97
    avatar tunyc says:

    Oh, and 14 clean sheets but Krul’s not on the best young player list. Joke.

  98. 98
    avatar maze202 says:


  99. 99
    avatar AndyMac says:

    and Mr Pulis will say “We were unlucky” :)

  100. 100
    avatar Phisix says:

    The fight for 3rd is now our new goal. ;)

  101. 101
    avatar tunyc says:

    Warren Barton’s got a grin a mile wide!

  102. 102
    avatar tunyc says:

    If we’d beaten Arsenal we could go ahead of them by winning our game in hand…

  103. 103
    avatar tunyc says:

    Fulham get a late winner to take some wind out of Wigan’s sails (hopefully). Planets seem to be aligning for us…

  104. 104
    avatar tunyc says:

    Sorry for the profusion, but one more pleasing fact: LFC can not finish above us.


  105. 105
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Its all about numbers, six from six and ten from eleven !

  106. 106
    avatar GS says:


    are you getting on board now? I’m about 63% – 37% with Pardwho now.

  107. 107
    avatar webbo says:

    its a disgrace that no newcastle players are in with a shout of an award. they keep it safe and choose the same crap every season. pound to a pinch of poo that pardew doesnt get manager of the season or newcastle team of the season………….

  108. 108
    avatar GS says:

    Worky and other stat people?

    This is it right? We have qualified for Europe?

  109. 109
    avatar workyticket says:

    GS says:
    April 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    “are you getting on board now? I’m about 63% – 37% with Pardwho now.”

    I’m about 100% with the players GS, you do realise how good some of them are (especially Ben Arfa)?

    Full credit to Pardiola though for finally letting them play they way they should have been playing before.

  110. 110
    avatar Jimbob says:

    As it stands, if we lose every game and Everton win every game they can finish level on points with us and potentially finish 6th…

    That will not happen, our minimum position will be 6th, so yeah… We have qualified, sort of.

    Though as 6th is our lowest possible position, it’s unknown what our highest position could be :-)

  111. 111
    avatar GS says:


    You know I never say a bad word about our players, my glass is always half full with Newcastle United.

  112. 112
    avatar Jimbob says:

    Those last three games, Chelsea, Man City and Everton are a right pain… Really got to get the three points at Wigan.

    Either way I’m very happy.

  113. 113
    avatar workyticket says:

    Match highlights are up now lads.

    Full match video, interviews and report will be up later, hopefully.

  114. 114
    avatar chuck says:

    Well it turned out to be a breese in the second half, with a two goal lead and an obvious confidence, defending well and awaiting the counter.
    Where a pressing Stoke left openings at the back, which were quickly attacked and eventually the third goal came.
    In fact Stoke were lucky to have only conceded three.
    Outstanding were Cabaye and Santon, with Collo steadying the defense.
    Tiote’s coupla shots were unlucky not to score, perhaps he should attempt shooting more often.
    The main difference in the present side is that we can get goals from a number of midfielders, besides our prolific strikers, making this club a feared side at this stage of the season.
    But a note of caution, there’s still a struggling Wigan,fighting for survival and points, an in-form Chelsea and of course Citeh still in contention for the league.
    Game by game !

  115. 115
    avatar GS says:


    you took me out of context, which really is not like you.

    Mention my post @94 if you want to show what I really think.

  116. 116
    avatar AndyMac says:

    GS says:

    “are you getting on board now? I’m about 63% – 37% with Pardwho now.”

    I’m 100% with the players GS, you do realise how good some of them are (especially Ben Arfa)? Full credit to Pardwho though for finally letting them play they way they should have been playing before”


    If he’d gone 4-3-3 at the beginning of this season, who knows we could have been challenging for the title right now. Five from five since he saw the light !!!!!!

  117. 117
    avatar GS says:

    Chuck @114:

    Good summary.

  118. 118
    avatar workyticket says:

    Jimbob says:
    April 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    “Though as 6th is our lowest possible position, it’s unknown what our highest position could be”

    Er, third if Arsenal are shite until the end of the season and we win everything.

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    avatar chuck says:

    Why has this man been sitting on the bench for most of the season…… ?
    Santon, that is !

  121. 121
    avatar AndyMac says:

    chuck says:

    “Why has this man been sitting on the bench for most of the season…… ? Santon, that is !”

    He has been disappointing this season Chuck particularly at the Emirates.

    Still hopefully he’s finding his BPL feet now ?

  122. 122
    avatar workyticket says:

    chuck says:
    April 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    “In fact Stoke were lucky to have only conceded three.”

    We’ve never scored more than three in the league this season, Chuck. Pardiola always pulls off his top players and shuts up the shop if we get three.

  123. 123
    avatar AndyMac says:

    WT says:

    “We’ve never scored more than three in the league this season, Chuck. Pardiola always pulls off his top players and shuts up the shop if we get three”

    Never understand that. Goals bring confidence ergo more goals more confidence.

  124. 124
    avatar AndyMac says:

    workyticket says:

    “Match highlights are up now lads”

    Soz, thanks WT ! :)

  125. 125
    avatar workyticket says:

    AndyMac says:
    April 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    “Never understand that. Goals bring confidence ergo more goals more confidence.”

    Saving at least some of his crown jewels for the next game in case they pick up a knock late in the game, Andy. But of course, I see what you’re saying.

  126. 126
    avatar Tripp says:

    Protecting the squad I suppose. If you’re winning a match 3-0 and controlling the match comfortably, why risk your key players any longer? Esp against a side like Stoke that can deleg a player at any minute? I’m guessing that’s his rationale.

    Delegged players reduce confidence. Ergo more delegged less confidence. ;)

  127. 127
  128. 128
    avatar Tripp says:

    If I added a hyphen could you figure it out? :p

  129. 129
    avatar tunyc says:

    In other news, the English league’s ever-more-questionable fleet of officials are doing their level best to hand a result to Spurs. Taraabt sent off and I don’t think anyone in the ground other than the ref knows why.

  130. 130
    avatar tunyc says:

    Oh, and there seems to be a supernatural force that keeps us from scoring four. Cisse’s disallowed goal absolutely was not offside.

  131. 131
    avatar workyticket says:

    tunyc says:
    April 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    “Oh, and there seems to be a supernatural force that keeps us from scoring four.”

    Aye, Alan Pardiola. Despite his recent trip to Damascus, he reverts once we have three on the clock, tunyc. That “goal” was dead level mind.

  132. 132
    avatar Paulosio says:

    Seems smart to take off players to try and keep them fresh once a game is won. Cabaye was looking like he was slightly injured in the minutes before he came off and it would have been criminal to keep him on and him missing games because of it.

    As for “we might have won the league” if we’d played this formation all season. We might have. On the other hand we might not have got as good results as we did….

    Ben Arfa wasn’t ready at the start of the season. Don’t forget he was still making a return to fitness from his broken leg when he got injured again pre season. When he did play early in the season his talent was there for all to see but he gave away the ball a lot and wasn’t the team player he is now. Pardew’s management is a big part of why we are getting the performances he’s giving now rather than the performances we saw earlier in the season.

    Fans always think they know better but if the fans had their way we would have sold people like Perch, Ryan Taylor and Guthrie…. They’ve been brilliant for us this season.

  133. 133
    avatar chuck says:

    Yeah , yeah, we heard it all before it’s the AP line.
    The guy only takes credit for the positives, and is quick to blame others for the negative stuff.
    Tell me how did you reach your conclusion’s about HBA ?
    Apart from it being the party line.
    If the man was unfit as you say, what was he doing on the bench?
    And if as you say he gave the ball away and was’nt the team player he is now, why ?
    You dont get match fit sitting on the bench and getting a few cameo roles.
    But i believe the guy was a great player before he ever thought about this club, why is everyone now so surprised at what he does.
    It’s no surprise to me!
    Same thing with Santon, could’nt get a start, and when asked why, it’s the same old crap.
    Oh! he didnt play well, he’s not ready for the EPL, etc.
    Which is pure nonsense.
    I have seen every game he has played and he performed a hell of a lot better than either Jonas, Raylor or Perch.
    Why then, when these guys play so well, does AP sit them in place of mediocre players, like those you mentioned, and believe are doing such a great service for the side.
    C’mon, these are the guys we should sit not HBA and Santon.

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