Aston Villa vs Newcasle United match banter!
Posted on January 29th, 2013 | 169 Comments |
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham.
Date: Tues 29th January, 2013.
Kick off: 7.45pm.
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral).
UK TV: None.
Hello, good evening and welcome to this latest “match banter” feature for this evening’s game between the Villans and the Magpies from Villa Park.
It easy to forget in the vicarious French shopping spree most Toon fans have been enjoying over the last week or so that Newcastle are still involved in a relegation dogfight. Though the good news is that Aston Villa are just as crap as we are, being one place and one point beneath us in the table.
However the bad news is that Reading were supposed to be crap too, and they beat us 1-2 at home after a dreadful blunder by our Silver Supremo. In that game, knowing that Cabaye was unlikely to last the whole match after coming back from an extended absence due to groin surgery, he took off Marveaux. Then minutes after the inevitable happened and Newcastle United, after being marginally on top in the game, were left desperately holding on with hardly creative influence in the side, evetually falling to 71st and 77th minute strikes from Reading super sub, Adam Le Fondre, who, with a name like that, sounds like he should have been playing for our team.
Looking at this evening’s opponents, we can see below that although they are just beneath us, their recent record in theur last six games is actually better than ours. However, Pardew now feels that he has got the full strength side he has been craving for all season, and is now ready to knock ’em all dead with his new French influx. On this he whined:
“We have had a small squad since I have been here and now for the first time, I think I have the full allocation, and that goes without the injury crisis we have suffered this particular year.
“We are up to full strength really and now it is about making sure we get the victories we need to build on this. People keep talking about finishing fifth last year and this and that, but that team, I have never been able to field because of injuries or whatever.
“We now have a strong squad. We will probably have a new look to us and that new look hopefully settles quickly because we have not got a lot of games left. It may seem like it, but it won’t be in five games time if we are still in this same position.”
So let’s wait and see!
Previous six results (all competitions, most recent first).
Aston Villa: L|W|D|L|L|W
Newcaste United: L|D|L|L|L|L
With both managers in roughly the same boat, let us now take a look at what particular cliche they came up with in the run up to this match.
Alan Pardew: “We have got fifteen games left and every one of them is a cup final.”
Paul Lambert: “It’s like fifteen Cup Finals”
So, with that out of the way, that only leaves my usual reminders that I shall be posting the official team sheets before the kick off, and also highlights and possibly a whole match video whan the game is over.
Howay the lads!
Aston Villa (3-5-2): Brad Guzan (G), Ron Vlaar (C), Ciaran Clark, Joe Bennett, Nathan Baker, Matthew Lowton, Ashey Westwood, Barry Bannan, Charles N’Zogbia, Chrostian Benteke, Darren Bent.
Subs: Shay Given, Stephen Ireland, Eric Lichaj, Brett Holman, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, Jordan Bowery.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.