Newcastle United Vs Aston Villa Match Preview

Posted on August 31st, 2012 | 135 Comments |

Old Aston Villa fan.
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Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date:
Sunday 2nd September,2012.
Kick-Off:
4:00pm.
Referee:
Lee Probert.
UK TV:
None.

Sunday brings Premier League football back to St James’ Park as Aston Villa provide the opponents for a 4pm kick-off. There will be no UK TV broadcast of the fixture so it will be time to scour the internet for links if you’re not attending the match.

Newcastle will look to bounce back from last weeks defeat at Chelsea. While Villa have lost both their Premier League fixtures to date, a 0-1 loss to West Ham, and a 3-1 defeat to Everton last week at Villa Park. Historically Villa have struggled at St James Park, with only one win in the last twelve years. So the omens do look good if you believe records mean something.

Newcastle United Vs Aston Villa History

The way in which the Villans goaded the Magpies back in 2009 when Newcastle were relegated still strikes a nerve with many Toon followers. On Newcastle’s return to the Premier League in 2010 / 2011, Villa provided our first opponents at home, so a chance for some kind of retribution presented itself. Joey Barton, a Kevin Nolan double and an Andy Carroll hat trick helped to inflict a 6-0 mauling for the Magpies. Last season, Papiss Cissé introduced himself in style, controlling Jonas‘ left wing cross and lashing a volley past ex-Magpie Shay Given to secure a 2-1 victory. The last time we lost to Villa at St James’ Park was during the 2004 /  2005 season, where we witnessed Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer fall out very publically and get themselves sent off for fighting after Bowyer felt that Dyer was refusing to pass the ball to him in the game.

During the Premier League years, only two defeats are on record against Newcastle by Aston Villa at St James’ Park, with Newcastle earning twelve victories.

Team News

Newcastle United: (From) Tim Krul (G), Steve Harper (G), Rob Elliot (G), Danny Simpson, Fabricio Colccini (C), Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon, James Tavernier, James Perch, Shane Ferguson, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tioté, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Gael Bigiramana, Romain Amalfitano, Haris Vučkić, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba.

Doubtful: Tioté (calf)

Knacked: Shola Ameobi (hamstring), Sammy Ameobi (knee), Ryan Taylor (ACL).

Suspended: None

Aston Villa: (From) Shay Given (G), Brad Guzan (G), Ben Siegchrist (G), Joe Bennett, Ciaran Clark, Ron Vlaar, Enda Stevens, Derrick Williams, Eric Lichaj, Nathan Baker, Matthew Lowton, Fabian Delph, Karim El Ahmadi, Stephen Ireland, Daniel Johnson, Barry Bannan, Chris Herd, Charles N’Zogbia, Brett Holman, Darren Bent, Nathan Delfouneso, Graham Burke, Andreas Weimann, Jordan Bowery.

Doubtful: None.

Knacked: Gabriel Agbonlahor (knee), Marc Albrighton (metatarsal), Richard Dunne (groin, 22 Sept), Craig Gardner (knee), Samir Carruthers (ankle), Stilyan Petrov (leukaemia).

Suspended: None.

Cheick Tioté remains absent, while the latest news is that Ryan Taylor completely knacked his Anterior Cruciate Ligament against Atromitos and will be out for “several months”. Shola Ameobi’s fitness at the time of writing is unknown. Aston Villa will bring ex-Magpies Shay Given, Charles N’Zogbia, and fleeting ex-Magpie, Stephen Ireland back to the North East. Gabriel Agbonlahor, Stiliyan Petrov, Samir Carruthers, Gary Gardner, Richard Dunne and Marc Albrighton are all unavailable for the Villans.

Pardew’s Likely Line-Up

NUFC predicted formation v Aston Villa.
My predicted NUFC formation v Aston Villa.
I thought last week Pardew would employ a 4-3-3 / 4-5-1 formation versus Chelsea, to combat the central midfield areas, and mainly due to the fact we struggle possession wise when setting up with a flat midfield four. So I expect Pardew to keep his favoured system and formation (4-4-2), until we start to struggle to keep the ball, which will probably be from kick-off if Paul Lambert sets his team out with a five man midfield, which I expect him to do. I imagine we will be extremely direct from the off, with Cabaye sitting deep beside Anita, and focus are attention in hitting high balls over the top if we attack centrally, or we may require Jonas and Hatem Ben Arfa to swing crosses in from the left and right. There is a chance Ben Arfa will go on a long run for glory at some point during the game.

Charles N’Zogbia hasn’t really hit the highs he enjoyed battling relegation season after season with Wigan, and has spent a lot of time recently in the press stating it’s his time to do something. Maybe he will, he seems to like playing against us. A double from him in a 2-2 draw with Wigan sticks in the mind from a few years back. Darren Bent should be fit enough to start and as always will be dangerous. Stephen Ireland will look to create for the Villans, but if he plays anything like how he did for the 60 odd minutes he managed in six months as a Newcastle player then I really wouldn’t worry too much about him.

Waffle

In all seriousness, Sunday should present the Magpies with three points if they set up correctly from the off. I have my reservations at present as to whether Pardew knows the best way to set up the team and players he has, as opposed to what he likes and what he’s comfortable with. This observation isn’t just from this season, but last season also. There is no correct system all the time, each game brings different ideas and tactics. Sometimes a direct route works if you’re up against vulnerable centre-backs (Man Utd home last season), but teams that come to shut up shop, or employ an extra midfielder, like I think Villa will do, can cause a lot of headaches and issues trying to break down or even keep possession from. Despite our recent high points, I still think that our team and players can achieve even more than they have, and if they can do that, we could be on to something special. That isn’t just down to them and Pardew though, the ones above need to start showing some intent too. I don’t expect a high scoring game on Sunday, but looking at the sets of players of either teams, coupled with Villa’s injury list, nothing short of three points would suffice.

Howay The Lads.

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135 Responses

  1. Oh bloody hell, not an ACL. That really, really sucks. Blew mine in 5-a-side 8 months ago. Basically ended my “career”… paying a huge chunk of the bill (and yes, I have insurance) sucks fearsomely.

  2. workyticket says:

    “I have just updated the post for Jimbob with the latest news about Ryan Taylor’s anterior cruciate ligament injury”

    Keep up WT that’s old news :)

  3. “I thought last week Pardew would employ a 4-3-3 / 4-5-1 formation versus Chelsea, to combat the central midfield areas, and mainly due to the fact we struggle possession wise when setting up with a flat midfield four. So I expect Pardew to keep his favoured system and formation (4-4-2), until we start to struggle to keep the ball, which will probably be from kick-off”

    How long must we wait for “Uncle Tom” Pardwho to work out what most managers can see from the DVD’s ?

  4. getting a bit pissed off now I really thought the board would bring in a last minute deal (debuchy or mbiwa) looks like optimistic dreams,oh well back to the cold reallity of disappointment that comes with being a toon fan

  5. “chuck says:

    August 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    GS you obviously dont get it, or for some reason or other
    constantly quote me or in fact missquote me, continually refering to what i may or may not claim.”

  6. I am probably going to say the most politically incorrect thing that has ever been said, but I never watched the para-olympics when they weren’t in London and I don’t care if they are in London, I still won’t watch them.

    Is that bad?

  7. GS says:
    August 31, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    “I am probably going to say the most politically incorrect thing that has ever been said, but I never watched the para-olympics when they weren’t in London and I don’t care if they are in London, I still won’t watch them.

    Is that bad?”

    Probably not as bad as my (old) joke the other day about the wheelchair basketball team being banned after testing positive for WD-40.

  8. sampdiago says:
    August 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    “Worky,tell me that we are getting douglas,twente just signed boyatta for 6 months from city.”

    We’ll probably end up needing a striker most of all though, sampdiago. Should I make up a story about one of those instead?

  9. How can we seriously be trying to kick on as a side when we sign one senior player when we have European football to cope with. When you consider the job Guthrie did I genuinely don’t see how we have strengthened the first team at all. Now poor Raylor has done his knee we must consider the first team to be weaker. Pardew has spouted absolute toss for the whole of the window. All the teams around us Fulham, Tottenham, Everton, Swansea have made decent signings. I’m sure liverpool will do a bit more or were at least trying (Dempsey has made me chuckle!) but we seem resigned to be left behind. Yes its great to keep Cabaye but if he is injured who can play that role?? Gosling looked very poor last night. I just don’t get it there were deals to be had this window because of the financial trouble in Spain. Very annoyed, exasperated!!! & Im just scraping the surface…Colo injury or one of the Dembas! no proper cover. Even now Pardew still doesn’t make the most of what we have. All those who have supported Fatman they can surely see we will be left behind. What happened to that promised £35 million reinvestment!! Aggrrhh.

  10. Worky,messi just rode into newcastle on his push bike,ashleys splashing his cash like he does in nightclubs,or at the casino…

  11. Jimbob says:
    September 1, 2012 at 1:02 am

    From that story:

    “I think keeping our best players makes a strong statement, from Mike Ashley in particular,” he added. “He’s had a fair bit of criticism here, for perhaps not investing in the club or not being fully focused, or wanting to sell it and so on, but if that’s the case why didn’t he cash in on one of the big hitters?” – The Silver Supremo.

    I may have written this before but I’m surprised Pardew hasn’t made more use of the long term injuries (Marveaux, S.Taylor, Vuckic) coming back into the fray with the old “It’s like three new signings” routine. He used to like that one.

  12. Jimbob
    Hey man, just wanna tell you that was a great preview.
    All the info one needs (except,whats up with Abeid) and also Ferguson is not injured eh!
    And Jimbob, i enjoyed your analysis of what may happen, a new manager in Lambert and people like Bent, Ireland and N’Zogbia, could be dangerous, but seems most of their top players are injured and this is far from the Villa side of a few years back, with a lot of top players leaving.
    Could be a threat for relegation, perhaps?
    Another side who have done little in the window i believe, thought there would have been more action, this year, what with the increases in revenues n’all like,
    and the introduction of the fairplay policies.
    And befre i start rambling, should be an easy three points, against a team with no names.

  13. Well, disappointing not to have got a defender or another striker in. I feel we missed out on a couple of deals, Ryan Babel went back to Ajax on a FREE transfer, would of been a quality signing, also Berbatov, would of been a shrewd buy also. Too much hassle with Debuchy and Douglas aswell early on, i think we were never going to sign any first teamers, just young players. On the whole i am happy with our squad and i’m confident we can do well again this season. Now for the million dollar question, would you take Owen back on a free?

  14. Cheers Chuck, to be honest I think the total sarcasm and piss take I wrote in that preview under the ‘likely line-ups’ may have been missed.

    Put it this way, I’m less than inspired by our managers current tactical set-ups. I’m also less than inspired by his guff especially if you read that link I posted above. Honestly, he talks as if we’re a tiny little club like Wigan. He makes comparisons to Swansea, who by the way, have added some real quality this summer including Laudrup. It’s not doom and gloom but I am staggered we haven’t added more to the team after last years success. Just reaffirms my belief that Ashley will keep on doing this as cheap as possible until he can finally get some kind of return on the club and laugh at those who sold it to him.

    You would never hear a team who finished 5th the year before make those kinds of noises.

  15. As I said, I will stop talking to Chuck at 12pm tonight, but here is one of his cheery little messages from just yesterday to an AndyMac story:

    Chuck says:

    “Again a bit more info than we realy need, but the lineup, how on earth did you imagine Jonas as the center of a 4-2-3-1, bizarre !
    Not to mention the fact you expect AP to play a 4-2-3-1 ?
    even more bizarre !

    Actually find it hard to imagine this side beating Gateshead,”

  16. No more Chuck arguments from me as of 12pm tonight, USA time:

    chuck says:

    August 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    GS you obviously dont get it, or for some reason or other
    constantly quote me or in fact missquote me, continually refering to what i may or may not claim.
    It’s all very flattering, but it would please me if i could just be left out of your contributions to this blog.
    But i will answer your question.
    What has Rodgers done so far?
    It’s all in your Wiki revue of his career so far.
    But it’s not about whatever he or Martinez has done, it’s about what they are capeable of, that and what they understand about the game, the modern version of football.
    Which they have obviously studied and in fact have been successful against clubs who have players costing more than half of their entire squad.
    At the same time playing an attractive and entertaining game (after all the reason we go to football games is to be entertained, at least thats what i have always assumed) and despite a lack of funds, managed to do OK.
    I can only imagine what either could accomplish if given the same role at St. James’ Park, which is far from likely.
    Yes i think they and others are changing the way football is being played in the EPL (for the better) and have no problem praising them.
    Which unfortunately is far from the case with our present manager.
    Out !

    And:

    GS says:

    August 31, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Bloody Hell Chuck @108: I don’t agree with anything you said except that I should ignore you from now on.

    You make no sense. You elevate the mediocre. Swansea under Rodgers did not play attractive football. Wigan were dire and bottom of the league until February.

    There has been no proof that this style of football will either win or be fun to watch. And it is NOT Barcelona style, whatever you say.

    There are visionaries such as Cryuff, Clough, Mourihno, Paisley, Ferguson and Busby who you could quote and have us aspire to. But no, you prefer to have as your heros Martinez and Rodgers.

    So yes, I will ignore you from now on. I only quoted you as a figure of fun anyway. You always say the same thing day after day, so I would find myself falling into the same trap if I continue to reference you.

    TICK TOCK.

    TICI TACA

    I am giving up talking to Chuck at 12pm, because I have heard all he has to say, the same thing, ever and always.

  17. “You have to pay a lot of respect to Mike (Ashley), we’ve had a couple of phone calls during the window and we could have cashed in on a couple of our players but he didn’t and I thank him for that and our fans should thank him too.” – Pardew.

    No we bloody didn’t Alan. But please do thank Mike again for us. I expect another thank you from you if we sign someone in January.

  18. Jimbob: you are interupting my Chuck rant. I have a self-imposed deadline of 12pm to ahere to.

    I think I will have a nap until 11.45 as I am even boring myself.

  19. Jimbob says:
    September 1, 2012 at 2:00 am

    “Just reaffirms my belief that Ashley will keep on doing this as cheap as possible until he can finally get some kind of return on the club and laugh at those who sold it to him.”

    But he’s laughing anyway Jimbob. He has transformed the known and unknown debt he inherited when he took over the club from the previous incumbents into the club’s debt to HIM, and there are financial advantages in him in doing it to boot. That is why despite the austerity regime currently in force, Newcastle United have become the third most indebted club in the Premiership. In some respects it is similar to the Glazers at Manchester United. But as Pardew says, we should be grateful to him for not adding insult to injury and cashing in on some more of the club’s greatest assets.

  20. Up until last night I was pretty much on the fence with Ashley, didn’t agree with a lot of what he was doing but thought after finishing 5th last year we would press on and strengthen the squad for a crack at the top 4. He let loads of dross go this summer and brought in some potentially good players for the future so I was pretty optimistic that we would get the senior players in to help us along the way. Seeing as that hasn’t happened, it’s now very clear he is in it purely for money. He is crazy if he thinks the squad is strong enough this year. We have 3 senior strikers, two of which can’t play together and the other is Shola, absolute nightmare.

  21. Andymac: I have just ordered Brian Clough’s autobiography. Have you read it? I have never read a book by a manager or player before but some of you lot on here have inspired me to read this.

    I want to read the real thing as well, not a plastic imitation like Brendan Rodgers.

  22. Mike, mate. You don’t have to use your helecopters for this, they can shuttle Andy Carroll and Brian Ruiz around. You are killing your Sports Direct employees, man. Don’t do it.

  23. Been years since I stayed up late on deadline day full of expectation for new signings.
    Last night was no different.
    Alan Pardew is in on the act,a front for the two buffoons running the club and I have disliked him and his slimy antics for a long time.
    I can not take seriously anything he says.

  24. Worky it’s a shame a lot of people live in fantasy land and believe he has got rid of all the debt etc. Maybe it’s time for one of your articles about what’s really happened with all that debt. You have access to the financials from company house don’t you?

    Trouble is though, the blog will get loads of comments from user names that have never posted before, bashing you and praising him. That seems to happen a lot whenever you try and tell some truths. They don’t want to here it.

  25. In a land of Ashley, where everything is a logo and music has become worse than bubble gum pop. There are still the Strokes:

  26. I have to admit JimBob I may fall into the same category as Partridge, I work in recruitment which roughly translated is a professional bull*hitter :lol:

  27. he’s at it again in the chronic, how he’s happy with the busines we’ve done, how they get value for money.
    talking up certain players to be big performers etc, praising the tranfer policy, whilst looking like a beaten man, on thursday evening.
    the question has to be asked, if the transfer “policy”, that ashley put in place, is working, then would people think we have had value for money from,
    xisco,
    dan gosling,
    nile ranger,
    bassong,
    guthrie,
    best,
    lovenkrands,
    marveaux,
    obertan,
    williamson,
    perch,
    jonas,
    giving contract extensions to shola amoebi, who is injury prone?
    i’m not suggesting that all the above players are all bad, but for one reason or another, can we honestly say we have had value for money?
    a lot of the players listed would match, if not surpass some of freddie shepherd’s gaffes.
    apart from tiote, cabaye, ben arfa, has the policy been a roaring success, since ashley rocked up?
    three decent hits, a few duds, a gangster, some injury prone, a couple of headless chickens.

    i’m not saying i’m right, but i’m just putting it out there.

  28. So we “survived” the night of the long knives and kept our valuable squad together but at what cost ?

    Have players heads been turned, do they now feel the club lacks ambition, will motivation be lacking ?

    Players thrive on confidence and much has been made of the team spirit at NUFC but I wonder if it’s as high as it is at Goodison, WHL or even the Liberty right now ?

  29. who was the south american lad brought in as a sweetener for agents, to hardly ever kick a ball, his name escapes me.
    nolan was brought in with an injury, but was good in the championship, and done well for them in the prem.
    one observation, cabaye at 26/27 is actually slower than captain tugboat at 30 odd lol.

  30. The only reason nobody left is because no club made an offer good enough for them. Had they done, they’d have been whisked away faster than pardew’s pants hitting the ground when Ashley enters the room.

    That said, I hope we beat Villa tomorrow.

  31. I can understand why some fans would have expected the club to make some decent signings.
    A fifth place finish, would certainly inspire most clubs to go for the Champions league with it’s revenues.
    And talking of revenues, this years are greater than ever, with Tv earnings surpassing anything in our rival leagues on the continent.
    Then there’s the recent clearout of marginal players and youngsters, hey ! a penny here a penny there, all ads up.
    Thats Ashley’s MO and why he’s a billionaire.
    But having removed so many from the pay roll’s, it’s natural to assume the club was preparing to use the savings to bring in some quality replacements, for the challenge ahead?
    Duh!
    We keep forgetting who Ashley and Co. really are.
    He can’t sell the club,( at least for what he’s asking) in which case he is using it as an advertising adjunct to his real business, that is operating NUFC on a shoestring and receiving free advertising for Sports Direct.
    Other than for ego’s sake, there’s no reason to compete at the top level, when it’s still possible to make money from the club as a mid table side, without having to spend.
    The only threat or fear is relegation.
    Believe it , there’s not a lot of difference between Ashley and the Glazers, both are using the two Uniteds
    as cash cows, that subsidise their real business interests.
    So where does that leave the club and what can we expect?
    You just saw it happen, no one arrived, AP has been left to hang in the wind, with a smaller side than last year and no defensive help.
    Looks like a season of mid table mediocrity.

  32. chuck says:

    AP has been left to “hang in the wind”

    If he “loses the dressing room” by “toeing the company line” will he “rue the day” ?

  33. Andy Mac
    Dont judge whats happening to this club by the contents of this particular blog.
    Both the local NE rags and people like Ed. and his feelgood blog are praising Ashley for rejecting all those (non existing offers for our top players)
    Typical all out PR effort, to con the fans into believing that, not spending one thin dime is a good thing.
    It’s amazing, how gullible do they think the average fan is, it’s insulting.
    And true to form, AP, though hung out to dry, is defending brave Mike for his stance, it’s like reading newspeak in Orwell’s 1984.

  34. Agree Chuck Love 1984 it all came true more or less…you only have to watch mainstream news and it is plain to see.

  35. it amazes me that some fans trust him fully, after the amount of times, the board have done him over, and his willingness to praise everything they do, and how many times he has contradicted himself, and back tracked himself into a corner.

    i see nolan and carroll are linking up well, and captain tugboat, scores within the first couple of minutes.

  36. SJT
    We all have @ times had to do things we regret in order to keep working.
    Then again, appears Ashley tends to treat both Llambias and Pardew with a certain amount of disdain.
    But, what the hell, a job is a job!

  37. Watch how quickly they will turn on AP though. He’ll be the lightning rod that absorbs the abuse when AshleyCo’s transfer policy chickens come home to roost. And roost they will. I find myself having to repeat this every transfer window for years now: in this sport it’s not if injuries will occur, it’s when and to whom.

    As of right now, Anita is apparently our starting CDM and backup at RB & LB. We have no fourth CB. We have no cover at forward. And who’s there to back up Cabaye again? Gosling? But don’t worry-when Perch and Shola return they’ll be like new signings.

    Very hard to be enthusiastic about this match. I’ll get up and watch of course and I hope we win big of course but still…no refreshment, nothing to get excited about in the offseason. It feels like we’re white knuckling, hanging on and trying to ride our good fortune and form from last season. Looking at the current form of Cisse and Cabaye for example and our injury list I think that’s probably not going to work.

  38. TROJAN RECORDS 73 says:

    “i see nolan and carroll are linking up well, and captain tugboat, scores within the first couple of minutes”

    Non football people and RBD fans may have had doubts about Carroll’s ability, having endured eighteen months in limbo so its a shame Fatman knows nothing about football :(

  39. WHU also look like a side who’s morale has been buoyed.

    I hope the lads don’t show the sort of body language AP has the last few days when they run out tomorrow.

  40. tunyc says:

    “WHU also look like a side who’s morale has been buoyed.

    I hope the lads don’t show the sort of body language AP has the last few days when they run out tomorrow”

    As I said earlier confidence plays a huge part in how a player performs but maybe they’ll all adopt a “backs to the wall, everything’s against us, f@ck the Fatman” attitude and surprise us all ?

  41. Wazza just saying he believed NUFC were the biggest disappointment of the transfer window above Gooners and Scousers ! Didnt think it was that bad but maybe it is ?

    Did that Newkie Brown advert say “No Bo11ocks” at the end of it ? :)

  42. Absolutely Andy.

    Consider Yohan Cabaye. He’s looked absolutely gassed but note that fans haven’t tended to express annoyance. WE appreciate the massive amount of work he did for this club last season.

    Our owner and management are simply going to ask him to do it again with no more assistance while consciously deciding to punt on the European competition for which we qualified. This after Cabaye passed on the CL to join us in part because of our supposed “ambition”. How do you imagine he’ll feel if we don’t qualify for Europe next season. I point this question especially at those rationalizers who come on here and suggest a player is in the twilight of his career at 27/28.

    One other question: to round off the financial considerations of the EL, what did Atletico get for handing Chelsea a beatdown (other than supreme satisfaction)?

  43. Arsenal did better than us; their squad was already bigger and it’s pretty much the same size. I have trouble imagining neither Giroud nor Podolski will pan out.

    I do think the scousers did worse though they moved deadwood, something we have failed to do. Don’t rate Borini and don’t think the others are enough to replace Kuyt, Maxi and Bellamy.

  44. We moved “dead wood” out as well tunyc which also took a slice off the wage bill (Smith, Guthrie, Best and Lovens)

    Unfortunately there’s still a few left (see some of TJ’s list @43) who should have gone long before Guthrie :(

  45. That’s the thing Andy-Guthrie and Best definitely weren’t dead wood. They were useful squad players, as much as R. Taylor is at least. Even Loven would gets some minutes at forward with the current squad. Truth is we can’t even move guys like Gosling and Obertan because of our tiny squad.

  46. “In Reading’s Championship-winning campaign last season, manager Brian McDermott played a 4-4-2 system in all but two of their 46 League matches. Yet already this season, the Royals manager has employed two very different central midfield formations in order to combat specific opposition. The summer addition of Danny Guthrie has given Reading a new creative influence in the middle of the park, and his effect is noticeable after just 180 minutes of Premier League football”

    Yeah and we kept Obertan for what purpose exactly ? :(

  47. I would have tried to get rid of Obertan and Gosling before Guthrie and Best but then other clubs are looking for useful players, so…

  48. Best and Guthrie did likely prefer to leave, both feeling they could start somewhere else and Best being willing to go down a division. Nothing we can do about that but replace them, of course.

  49. Worky’s hero Routledge on the scoresheet ? Another one Pardwho didnt rate !

    Maybe in a year or two we could make an entire team out of Pardwho’s rejects :)

  50. Spuds game is pretty dire, AVB doing his best to get sacked before Christmas ? Think I might switch over to the Swansea game just to see some goals, hopefully a few more for Laudrups’s boys ?

  51. tunyc says:
    September 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    “Best and Guthrie did likely prefer to leave, both feeling they could start somewhere else”

    The wages may had something to do with it too tunyc. Wasn’t Guthrie was on around £4000 per week? If so, that’s under a fifth of the Premiership average and he could negotiate even more than that being a free agent without the encumberance of a fee.

  52. 4K/week? I didn’t know it was that bad. Thought it was more in the range of 10K. Either way yeah-it made a difference. What I said plays into it: what PL starter would settle for that? He’s good enough to start for Reading and a few other PL sides for sure.

  53. AndyMac says:
    September 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    “Worky’s hero Routledge on the scoresheet ? Another one Pardwho didnt rate !”

    Worky’s bargain of the window, £2 million Michu, has scored again too Andy. But Swansea have had Chico Flores sent off now, so Blunderland only have play against ten now. The bastads! :-(

  54. Michu’s been taken off after scoring but he can also dish it out judging by his 2nd half performance !

    Mackems have had ten men, soz eleven men behind the ball most of the time, reminds me of our game there last season.

  55. tunyc says:
    September 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    “Damn. Norwich should have won that.”

    They were quite hard done by in their last draw too with the penalty. Zamora, who scored on the rebound from it, was halfway down the pitch when it was taken.

  56. AVB does it again. Puts Dembele on and he scores. Then brings on Adebayor to partner Defoe but later takes off Defoe and replaces him with Huddlestone to shore things up and Norwich equalise.

  57. Ooooops they’re not happy !!

    “Jon, an irate Spurs fan “Levy has gutted our team and replaced them with mediocre players. We should have paid anything to get Moutinho. Without a creative central player supporting the play Bale, Lennon, Adebayor, Defoe, Gylfi, Dembele are all useless.”

    Dawn “What is going on at Spurs? Are we destined to surrender every lead we take? Just not good enough.”

    Aiden “Dear Mr Levy, can we have Harry back please?

  58. I am happy Everton got beat. They were getting some confidence and they are a difficult team to set up against.

    I still think we have a good team. This transfer window has everybody worked up.

  59. AndyMac: Sky/Fox Sports were saying that Spurs tried to get the transfer window extended until 1am to sign Moutinho.

    The Newcastle Brown Ale ad last year was a Vinny Jones type “Geeza” sorting people out in a pub. It had a Cockney voice over like a Guy Ritchie film.

  60. GS says:
    September 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    “I still think we have a good team.”

    I’m not sure that many people are disputing that GS, but that’s the point. We have one good team but any injuries in certain areas, ie in defence or with the strikers and it can all go tits up, and we WILL have injuries.

  61. GS says:

    “AndyMac: Sky/Fox Sports were saying that Spurs tried to get the transfer window extended until 1am to sign Moutinho”

    Yeah that sounds about right. Lets see if we can shaft all the clubs we’re selling or buying from and then get UEFA to bend the rules !!!

    I wonder if Moutinho was one of those “phantom” transfers that Fatman is so keen on ?

  62. WT are your S o p c a s t s t r e a m s working for you ?

    Most of the ones I choose end with “cannot retrieve data”

  63. GS says:

    “The Newcastle Brown Ale ad last year was a Vinny Jones type “Geeza” sorting people out in a pub. It had a Cockney voice over like a Guy Ritchie film”

    So why do US TV authorities allow the word “bo11ocks” on screen in adverts ?

  64. I don’t know Andymac: they can say “w@nk” on US TV but not “hell”, they all say “heck” instead the goddamnmothrf@ckrs.

  65. GS says:

    “I am in moderation Worky”

    Everything in moderation GS :)

    We’re in lockdown cos of Witters alerts :lol)

  66. GS says:

    “I don’t know Andymac: they can say “w@nk” on US TV but not “hell”, they all say “heck” instead the goddamnmothrf@ckrs”

    I think I got confused cos I thought the advert ended with the words “Newcastle Brown – Its Bollocks”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YdyG1GApW4

    but no bo11ocks, QPR have equalised

  67. Ashley, Sports Direct, Llambias!

    Everything got too happy and blue sky on here for a while and AndyMc needed a dose of reality.

  68. GS says:

    “who the hell is Abdul Razak?”

    Either he’s

    a) a Taliban terrorist
    b) the owner of the loacl Kebab shop
    c) a footballer

  69. Saw this on another site (wash my mouth out )

    “Speaking after the game, Alan Pardew said people sometimes forget Obertan’s age.

    He told NUFCTV:

    “Obertan was back to his very very best, and he was the best player on the pitch for me.

    “People underestimate his age, I think he’s only 23 so he’s not much older than Haris [Vuckic] and we have to be patient – but if he can produce performances like that then he has a massive future here.”

    Over 60% of our readers on NUFCfans.co.uk voted for Obertan as their man of the match after the Atromitos game”

    Shudda gone to specsavers :(

  70. A-Mac @102 and as they would call you here. He came on for Citeh.

    He is either:

    a. Joey Barton’s twitter friend
    b. the owner of a very un-PC comment
    c. Mancini was told he had to have an Arab play.

  71. Just in case anyone has read 100+ comments on this post and forgotten what it was about, it’s a match preview for Newcastle vs Aston Villa. I am pretty worried Obertan is going to start after Pardews comments :(

  72. “Over 60% of our readers on NUFCfans.co.uk voted for Obertan as their man of the match after the Atromitos game”

    OK lets do a quick poll before I head off to the fleshpots.

    Was Obertan

    a) Man of the Match on Thursday
    b) someone who ran around a lot on Thursday
    c) a headless chicken with no end product

  73. bigsledge says:

    “I am pretty worried Obertan is going to start after Pardews comments :( ”

    You aint the only one Biggi !

    See above comments

  74. a)

    A-Mac

    Unless it was Tim Krul who spilled 2 shots and almost cost us a penalty. I thought the boys from Turin had paid him a few quid

  75. GS says:

    “a) Man of the Match on Thursday”

    Sorry GS that was a trick question apparently Obertan didnt turn up on Thursday evening !!!! :lol:

  76. GS OK you stick Obertan in your team and be happy as we slide down the table towards Wigan. Then maybe they’ll sign him :lol:

    Gotta go !

  77. Go. If you think I am sticking up for Obertan you are mistaken.

    This is what Lee Ryder said in the artcle you posted above:

    “Newcastle slipped to a 2-0 defeat against moneybags Chelsea last Saturday night.”

    Lee, my dog also has a dick you can suck when you are finished with Ashleys.

  78. Whilst NUFC were sniffing around the FC Twente squad during the transfer window, perhaps Leroy Fer was a player they missed on?

    At only 22, Fer is already a very “complete” central midfielder who has the skills to play both denfensively and in attack, and has scored 8 goals in 10 games for Twente this season, and he is also the highest scorer in the Europa League so far. When I watched Twente, I was focusing mostly on Douglas for obvious reasons, though this gadgie certainly looked very tidy.

  79. GS says:
    September 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    “Lee, my dog also has a dick you can suck when you are finished with Ashleys.”

    GS, He’s STILL banging on about how Lille cruelly reneged on a deal for Debuchy which had been fully agreed by the parties according to him – It’s a complete fiction yet he forcing into stories even where it doesn’t belong and looks out of context.

    The problem with low quality hacks like Ryder is that they take dictation from PR representatives. It makes their job much easier and can be lucrative for them too, but it leaves them with no integrity whatsoever as journalists. This one in particular looks suspiciously like a line which has been fed to him by Newcastle United’s PR representatives though there are quite a few others in his recent ramblings about NUFC.

  80. What it is with Lee-boy Ryder is that he was trained by Alan Oliver and John Gibson to repeat himself over and over.

    Somehow, Luke Edwards can now spout the same shyte at the Torygraph.

  81. Watching Swansea against the Black Cats.

    Does Laudrup have to play with these subbuteo size players that Rodgers left him with or can he get a team of men, Grrr.

  82. Everybody has Norwich being relegated. I doubt it, I am watching them play Spurs now and Chris has them playing well.

  83. GS says:
    September 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    “Watching Swansea against the Black Cats.

    Does Laudrup have to play with these subbuteo size players that Rodgers left him with or can he get a team of men, Grrr.”

    Quite a few Rodgers’ pygmies have been flogged off for big money and replaced with cheaper ones by the great master. Some of them, like that Chico Flores and Michu are fairly big lads who are easily over 6 feet.

    He’s obviously been teaching them some stuff since he got there. One example was that little lobbed flick to Routledge for their first goal against the Tramps yesterday. That was pure Laudrup.

  84. I dropped it when I was about eleven. I went to a school which taught Spanish instead when I finished Prep school. But, very roughly:

    Interviewer: When you see 20,000, 30,000, 40,000 people come to see Pink Floyd…

    Dave Gilmour: I don’t know, it’s…

    Interviewer: You have the feeling that people come to see you? Or people come to hear only pop music, for a large event?

    Dave Gilmour: People come for many things.

    Interviewer: Do you know some of the reasons why they come?

    Dave Gilmour: Oh yes, they love music. They want and come to be in a crew, together with 20 0000 other spirits.

    Interviewer: It is said that this is protest music which gathers people with same ideas together.

    Dave Gilmour: In fact, I can’t, we can’t do something political. It must be four members who think the same thing, and we are four members who think totally different things on just about everything. If we don’t have the same political opinions, then we can’t do political things, because we are a band, we are Pink Floyd. When we do something, it must be Pink Floyd. So we can’t do it, and if there are members thinking something, and others thinking differently, when we can’t do it. But, personally, each member can do, we can say what we want about politics. That’s what we think. But because we are all different, it’s not easy to do it in the band.

  85. Bloody Hell Worky: you are a man of many talents. It would be good if one of them was useful at some point :)

    Translating David Gilmore.

    I didn’t really want you to translate, I was just messing around on the internet.

  86. GS says:
    September 2, 2012 at 5:02 am

    “I didn’t really want you to translate, I was just messing around on the internet.”

    Well in future, please don’t waste my time GS, and the occaisional “thankyou” wouldn’t go amiss either. You may have lived in America for quite some time, but you’re still a TFG. :-)

  87. Worky: what is a “TFG: thick f@cking git?

    Don’t confuse my stupidity with my not being grateful for you doing your blog. I find it funny, interesting and informative in equal measure.

  88. Worky, I know. You have asked about my dog. I might be a dick but I know when someone is kind.

    So, stop the messing around, Rudy.

  89. You should also know that I find you, AndyMac and Jimbob really funny,but you are getting your knickas in twist.

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