Newcastle United vs Chelsea match banter!

Posted on February 2nd, 2013 | 102 Comments |

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. Worky
    No!
    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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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? :-)

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Worky
    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.

  15. 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.

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

    “Worky
    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.

  17. 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

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

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

  20. Worky
    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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. Sammy
    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.

  26. 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.

  27. @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 )

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