Newcastle United vs Chelsea match banter!

Newcastle United v Chelsea.

Chelsea: Four draws in their last five games.

Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 2nd February, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Howard Webb.
UK TV: None.

Despite the fact that Chelsea are currently third in the league and we are lowly fifteenth, there have been distinct signs of hope for a draw amongst quite a few fans, and also Alan Pardew, for this one.

Why? As well as the new found optimism which has come from what has been regarded by most as a “successful” transfer window, not to mention our first away victory of the season at Villa Park, the Pensioners have drawn four of their last five games, and one of those was against League One’s Brentford! Of course, Rafa “the Gaffer” Benitez is a relatively new manager, unwelcomed by some amongst the Blues’ fanbase, and the team don’t quite seem to have settled yet under their latest manager, hence it might be one of the best times to take points off one of the top sides in the Premiership.

On the other side though, despite drawing with lowly Brentford, they also savaged the side we struggled to hold on for a 2-1 victory against 8-0 over Christmas last year, and hammered Southhampton 5-1 and Stoke 4-0 this year, as well as beating Arsenal 2-1. So which Chelsea will show up for this game? We shall see soon!

Alan Pardew is also taking quite a bullish attitude going into this game. Speaking in a pre match press conference, the Silver Supremo said:

“Just recently, a little bit of pressure has fallen their way because of a few draws, when they have actually looked like they were going to win games. Sometimes you play really well but can’t get over the line and get a win, and I think that’s where they are at. They will be searching for that against us, and I am hoping that we can stay in the game and they get edgy towards the end and we see a victory out.”

Meanwhile on the other side, Rafael Benitez had words of encouragement for the stuttering Magpies saying:

“Last season they had a great campaign, and I was slightly surprised that they haven’t been playing at the same level. But you can see they still have good players, and I think they will do well, but hopefully after this game. They did well last Tuesday against Aston Villa, so they will be happy with the performance and the result. After this game, if they can win a few games in a row I’m sure they will be fine.”

Thanks Rafa the Gaffer. One other character who has been a focus of attention for this game of course has been ex Newcastle and now Chelsea striker Demba Ba, who will be facing Newcastle for the first time as a Chelsea player. He said on the game:

“Newcastle is going to be a big game for me but I won’t let the occasion go overboard. Whenever you join a club you look at the schedule to see when you can play the team you left. So I knew straightaway it would be coming fast for me to go back to St James’ Park. But that’s not the most important thing. At the end of the day, it’s only another game, three points, nothing more than that.”

On his time at Newcastle he added:

“I’m proud of what I did there, of course I am. I did some good things there, no question about that, and from the first day to the last one I gave everything. The fans gave me 100 per cent from day one to the last day but I gave them the same back, 100 per cent. But this is life in football, from one day to another you can exchange and it is part of the job.

“Now I am at Chelsea, the next level. When you play, it’s to win, to win trophies. That is what it is all about and what is in my mind.”

On that I will sign off for now, after my usual reminders that I will be back to post the official teamsheets for the game before kick-off, as well as posting highlights and probably a full match video after the game too. Finally, though this game will not be broadcast live on UK TV, I will also be posting some links to watch the game online too before the kick-off.

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

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: Rob Elliot (G), Gael Bigirimana, Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech (G), Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry (C), Ashley Cole, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Oscar, Juan Mata, Ryan Bertrand, Demba Ba.

Subs: Ross Turnbull (G), Paulo Ferreira, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nathan Ake, Yossi Benayoun, Marko Marin, Fernando Torres.


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102 Responses to “Newcastle United vs Chelsea match banter!”

  1. 1
    avatar maze202 says:

    Predicting the subs eh? Why are Guti/Perch starting over Marv or Anita?

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  3. 3
    avatar Phisix says:

    Buzzing for this game. Hopefully we take the game to them since they are missing some key players.

  4. 4
    avatar workyticket says:

    Ba’s starting instead of Torres. Does this mean that Benitez has signed his own death warrant like di Matteo?

  5. 5
    avatar chuck says:

    Ba is at least realistic, stating the fact he has moved on to a higher level of club, one that regularly wins silverware.
    He also states he gave his all for NUFC while playing for the club and one has to only look at his scoring record to agree.
    Who knows how many goals he could have scored had Pardew not played him out of position on the left, rather than his natural position as an opportunist goal scorer up front.
    Where he then reassigned him, Cisse not being quite so prolific as he was in the latter stages of last season.
    Demba was a big loss to the side, hopefully with people like Gouffran and Sissoko, he will be better supplied.
    But we need goalscoring from our midfielders also, cant depend entirely on Cisse.
    Which is why i hope we see HBA back in the side soon.
    I dont have a lot of confidence in our beating Chelsea to-day, but who knows.

  6. 6
    avatar TOONARMYELITE says:

    Football Streams
    Watch every 3pm EPL Game including Arsenal vs Stoke, Newcastle vs Chelsea & more games. links here:

  7. 7
    avatar Phisix says:

    Damn. Ba to score against us is nailed on then.

    Guti starting again over Marv? Perch I get as to give Sissoko freedom to run around and start moves, but why GUTI!!

  8. 8
    avatar workyticket says:

    Is Gutierrez the official hate figure when Williamson and Simpson aren’t playing now?

  9. 9
    avatar chuck says:

    FFS Perch is no more than a fill in and Jonas has’nt had a decent game in ages.
    Sissoko , Cabaye and Anita can provide a good defensive line as well as an attacking force, while Marveaux, could provide a bit of playmaking skills plus is a goalscoring threat.
    We will get nothing positive from Jonas in the way of a decent pass and is a non existent goalscoring threat.
    Perch, will run all day but again no threat to score.
    We need players to assist Cisse and take their own chances, not relying entirely on his scoring.
    Then if he wants to field a DM, why not give Yanga-Mbiwa as a defensive midfielder, or is he and Haidarra going to warm the bench for ever, like HBA, Marveaux, Santon, etc.
    I dont get it?

  10. 10
    avatar Phisix says:

    I don’t hate him, its just Marv would be better starting then him Worky.

  11. 11
    avatar Phisix says:

    Wow what a start!

  12. 12
    avatar workyticket says:

    Phisix says:
    February 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    “I don’t hate him, its just Marv would be better starting then him Worky.”

    Well I seem to recall that he got an assist in the last game for Cabaye’s goal, and could have scored himself early on Phisix.

  13. 13
    avatar Phisix says:

    Loving the noise from our fans. Chelsea for the taking if we keep this up.

  14. 14
    avatar chuck says:

    he is just an unproductive figure providing nothing positive, which has come to the attention of the fans , no different from Williamson in that respect and if you are the only one who does’nt recognise that, or more likely choose to be contrary on the subject , so be it.
    But it does your reputation no good.
    And by that i dont mean that others are sheep as you commonly refer to them, but give them credit for undertanding what they see.

  15. 15
    avatar Phisix says:

    Guti gives ball away. Guti slows down and guti mucks up to chances to cross in a good ball. :(

  16. 16
    avatar workyticket says:

    chuck says:
    February 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    “And by that i dont mean that others are sheep as you commonly refer to them”

    When have I referred to others as “sheep” Chuck?

  17. 17
    avatar Phisix says:

    Soon as why start going deep Chelsea get into the game. We started so well too.

  18. 18
    avatar Phisix says:

    Santon needs a goal. :D

  19. 19
    avatar workyticket says:

    February 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    “Football Streams”

    Thanks for that link Toon, I’ll add it to the usual ones I post every week.

  20. 20
    avatar Phisix says:

    Guti ruins a attack again. he cannot cross for toffee.

  21. 21
    avatar Phisix says:

    Pards on the field straight away!

  22. 22
    avatar Phisix says:

    Ba’s a w@nker

  23. 23
    avatar workyticket says:

    Webb’s on form again. One great injustice each so far.

  24. 24
    avatar Phisix says:

    Ba and Remirez off please :D

  25. 25
    avatar Phisix says:

    I am lost for words. Guti of all people… fair play.

  26. 26
    avatar workyticket says:

    Anything to say Phisix and Chuck? :lol:

  27. 27
    avatar Phisix says:

    Still doesnt make up for his shocking crosses though. :D

  28. 28
    avatar danny b says:

    well that was not on the cards see ya later ba nice present we gave im there :)

  29. 29
    avatar Phisix says:

    Like that cross :S

  30. 30
    avatar workyticket says:

    Phisix says:
    February 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    “Still doesnt make up for his shocking crosses though.”

    You mean like the cross for Cabaye’s goal last week Phisix? :-)

  31. 31
    avatar Phisix says:

    He does them once in a while, you know that. The rest of the game they are rubbish.

  32. 32
    avatar Phisix says:

    Great first half. Hope we keep it up in the second. Unless Chelsea come out like Villa midweek just gone.

  33. 33
    avatar danny b says:

    lets no have a repeat of tuesday we need to actually play and not have 11 men within 30 yards of the goal

  34. 34
    avatar Paulos says:

    I only started watching after the 15 – 20 mins but I had been thinking Jonas was playing a bit better even before the goal… I still think he’s been rubbish this season and should have been dropped months ago though :p

    Team is playing well from what i’ve seen.

  35. 35
    avatar DarthBroon says:

    Let’s hope Pards isn’t talking about shutting up shop.

    Couldn’t face a second half like the Villa game. And Chelsea might just make things a bit hotter than Villa did!

    Great game so far, though. Like watching the best of last season.

  36. 36
    avatar Phisix says:

    Perch needs subbing as can see him picking up a red. This games ours for the taking now.

  37. 37
    avatar Paulos says:

    Also I don’t think you can honestly give Gutierrez an assist for Cabaye’s goal against Villa… It was a terrible cross that went nowhere near any of our players. Their player performed a poor clearance and Cabaye made a great 1st touch and perfectly executed shot…. There is no way i’m giving him credit for Cabaye’s goal.

    Fair play to Jonas in this game though. He’s actually done more than just fall over and get us a 2 free kicks in none dangerous positions per half which is what he usually provides.

  38. 38
    avatar chuck says:

    Wow, from zero to hero, wih one header, what does that give him an average of one goal per season.
    Talkin bout Jonas who i said should’nt have started, ah well !
    Seriously, the side outplayed Chelsea and had Cisse not missed two sitters we could have had three, though Lampard also missed a sitter and poor old Ba shouldda put the header away.
    Was’nt too nice, the booing of Ba after he was hurt, hey the gys gone , get used to it.
    And have to admit painfull as it is Perch is having one of his best games yet.
    The style of play is a combination of possession and hoofball, lotta long balls.
    I suppose if you are having trouble carrying the ball forward , then try the long ball, seems to be the plan.

  39. 39
    avatar chuck says:

    I cant give you chapter and vesrse as you very well know, the statement on Sheep.
    But in your very comment above 8# there is that insinuation f not actually put into words.

  40. 40
    avatar workyticket says:

    Why do Farx Sawker constantly refer to Manchester United as “the Rags”? I know it’s an an old nickname which goes back to the time when they were skint in the ‘thirties, as if they could only afford rags for kits, but it’s hardly ever used now in the UK.

  41. 41
    avatar workyticket says:

    chuck says:
    February 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I cant give you chapter and vesrse as you very well know, the statement on Sheep.
    But in your very comment above 8# there is that insinuation f not actually put into words.”

    So in other words you were just making it up Chuck, which I knew already.

  42. 42
    avatar Phisix says:

    We need some subs now before everyone tires.

  43. 43
    avatar Phisix says:

    Deep has cost us again

  44. 44
    avatar danny b says:


  45. 45
    avatar workyticket says:

    That bloody man again.

  46. 46
    avatar Phisix says:

    Marv and anita on now. We need to turn it up a notch

  47. 47
    avatar maze202 says:

    9 men behind the ball in the 2nd half.

  48. 48
    avatar Phisix says:

    Pards amazing tactics once again.

  49. 49
    avatar danny b says:

    so wigan winning villa winning and reading drawing back to a point from relegation if we lose

  50. 50
    avatar Phisix says:

    Ref is a joke

  51. 51
    avatar chuck says:

    Here we go again the proverbial second half, where things all turn brown !

  52. 52
    avatar workyticket says:

    Goodnight Vienna.

  53. 53
    avatar Phisix says:

    STANDARD! Fecking pardew once again

  54. 54
    avatar danny b says:

    pardew really needs to go

  55. 55
    avatar maze202 says:

    Needed to make changes before the 2nd goal, it was coming a mile off.

  56. 56
    avatar Phisix says:

    60 mins and no subs? Marv and anita on bench waiting

  57. 57
    avatar workyticket says:

    At least Cisse got away with being sent off or that would definitely be game over.

  58. 58
    avatar workyticket says:

    Phisix says:
    February 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    “60 mins and no subs?”

    Around the 70 minute mark is Pardew’s time for subs Phisix.

  59. 59
    avatar Phisix says:

    Chelsea have the ball and our players watch and move back giving them space.

  60. 60
    avatar DarthBroon says:

    Someone needs to hand out earplugs at half-time.

    Pardoo is a prize turd.

  61. 61
    avatar Phisix says:


  62. 62
    avatar Phisix says:

    Need a sub now to push on.

  63. 63
    avatar workyticket says:

    Not a bad first two games for Sissoko, with a MotM and now a goal, from an attack started by Jonas Gutierrez of course. ;-)

  64. 64
    avatar danny b says:

    it’s like we only play when we are losing or when we start we cannot defend a 1 goal lead pardew really needs to get that in his fookin head

  65. 65
    avatar Phisix says:

    omg beast

  66. 66
    avatar Phisix says:

    Still no subs

  67. 67
    avatar Phisix says:

    Goofy and Sissoko amazing signings.

  68. 68
    avatar Phisix says:

    Damn unlucky Sissoko

  69. 69
    avatar Phisix says:

    Marv for Gouffy but not a knackered Guti :S

  70. 70
    avatar Phisix says:

    Cisse is shocking lately. :@

  71. 71
    avatar canadaTOON says:

    Gouffran is what Obertan should’ve been… Bags of pace but actually knows what to do with a ball at his feet.

  72. 72
    avatar canadaTOON says:

    Sissoko again!

  73. 73
    avatar Phisix says:


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  75. 75
    avatar canadaTOON says:

    Santon – brilliant ball from him again… Been really good today

  76. 76
    avatar DarthBroon says:


    I’m switching off now :)

  77. 77
    avatar canadaTOON says:

    Need another sub now, break up play

  78. 78
    avatar workyticket says:

    Benitez is in the shit.

  79. 79
    avatar canadaTOON says:

    Good substitution, pleased with that. Smart move for once from Pards

  80. 80
    avatar Phisix says:

    Legend in the making.

  81. 81
    avatar Phisix says:

    2 mins guys!!!!!

  82. 82
    avatar Phisix says:


  83. 83
    avatar workyticket says:

    Sir Alex Pardew’s pointing at his watch now.

  84. 84
    avatar Phisix says:

    GET IN!

  85. 85
    avatar danny b says:

    Can’t fookin believe it BUZZIN sissoko is a beast

  86. 86
    avatar workyticket says:

    Nooocastle! Woo! Yeah! High five! Way to go!

  87. 87
    avatar workyticket says:

    Sorry, all that Fox Soccer was starting to get to me there.

  88. 88
    avatar maze202 says:

    He may rival Michu for best value signing.

  89. 89
    avatar Paul in Hollywood says:

    The beginning of a Purple patch lads!! Let’s push on…!!

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  91. 91
    avatar danny b says:

    Anyone else see the guy on soccer saturday? Guy was fookin massive jumpin around with no shirt jeff n that was crackin up!

  92. 92
    avatar chuck says:

    No i’m not making anything up as you are all to aware, but i’m not like you, willing to go into the archives to placate my ego, the people on this blog also know it.
    And what exactly are you insinuating at 8#
    That there are a group on the blog who demonize those two players for no good reason, perhaps a group that disagree with the all knowing Worky.
    get a life.

  93. 93
    avatar workyticket says:

    danny b says:
    February 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    “Guy was fookin massive jumpin around with no shirt”

    I presume it was a Geordie going from that information danny?

  94. 94
    avatar chuck says:

    Well what a game !
    Amazing, made the European champions look average.
    Of course Sissoko was easily MOTM, with two well taken goals.
    And Jonas broke his duck, or got off the shnied as the say.
    There is enough praise to go around, especially coming back against the European champions.
    Goofy showed a bit of pace and it’s obvious he and Sissoko will play a big role, as will Marvaeux.
    I cant wait for HBA to join them, plus with Guys like Tiote Bigi, Anita, and if needed Yanga- M’Biwa as defensive midfielders i feel we now have a certain quality in depth.
    Thogh Jonas managed to score to-day, i would still prefer to see HBA on the right, with both Cabaye and Debuchy supporting.
    Then Sissoko on the left inside with Santon behind and either Goofy or Marveaux outside.
    This will be a side that not many will look forward to playing.
    Well something to look forward to some good football, a game that to-day was won pure and simply with pace, which we now have in spades.

  95. 95
    avatar Paulos says:

    Now all say sorry to Pardew (not that I like him much either).

  96. 96
    avatar Paulos says:

    I thought Gutierrez played well today. Not just his goal either… I don’t take back all the comments about the previous games though. I don’t give players stick for having a bad game here or there but when it goes on for 6 months it becomes a problem. There’s no getting away from the fact he’s been terrible for the vast majority of the season. He’s stood out as particularly bad even while nearly everyone else has been poor (even Cabaye looked poor before his injury).

    Hope Gutierrez can keep today form up (even if you take his goal away i’d settle for what he did today).

    Not sure he can keep his place in the team anyway when Ben Arfa is back especially when Gutierrez is also competing with Marveaux, Gouffran and even Obertan who despite the stick he gets has been much more effective than Gutierrez this season in my opinion.

  97. 97
    avatar sammy d says:

    good performance tactically and physically,sissoko was immense goufran had another good game but more than anything cabaye was everywhere top man.Saylor was alwas in the right place unlike some i could mention but i dont want to be accused of being against a player but i will any way willo is shite

  98. 98
    avatar chuck says:

    Better watch your ass, Workey will come down on you with a shitload od statistics to disprove prove you and everyone who feels that Willioamson is not exactly our best CD.

  99. 99
    avatar chuck says:

    i have’nt changed my belief that Pardew is a huckster, who could’nt manage a good bowel movement.
    He’s got the horses , all he has to do is tell them to go out there and win it.
    And if he was smart , he would stay off the training pitch and leave the coaching to those who know what they are doing.
    but he will find a way to screw it up.

  100. 100
    avatar danny b says:

    @worky 93 did u see motd? they put him on nyea was a geordie other half was crackin up ( weren’t allowed down pub as her family down was bollocks I wanted get wasted lol )

  101. 101
    avatar workyticket says:

    danny b says:
    February 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    “@worky 93 did u see motd? they put him on nyea was a geordie”

    You mean ‘Beefy the superfan’?

  102. 102
    avatar danny b says:

    Yea that’s him I knew heard of him before! He was massive covered in stretch marks lol

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