West Bromwich Albion vs Newcastle United match banter!
Posted on April 20th, 2013 | 75 Comments |
Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich.
Date: Sat 20th April, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Mike Jones.
UK TV: None.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s game against West Bromwich Albion.
Though we are sitting in 13th going into the game and we won’t be relegated if we lose, I think it would be fair to say that Geordies all over will be pressing panic buttons if we don’t get at least a draw this afternoon.
Blaming tiredness for the club’s poor form this season, Pardew seemed almost relieved that European football will not hinder Newcastle United’s form as it has with other clubs in European competition such as Barcelona, Manchester United and of course our Euro nemesis, Benfica. In one of his pre match interviews, he spoke on this, putting the tiredness excuse to bed (so to speak):
“This week there is no excuse. We’ve had the same amount of time as West Brom and hopefully that will be shown on the pitch.”
Then, describing Newcastle United as a club of “extremes,” the Silver Supremo spoke of his critics as “harsh” and “extreme,” adding:
“I was told about this club and the extremes here. I don’t think we have reacted to the criticism we’ve had, we’ve accepted it, we know what we think is wrong, and we need to put it right. I do think one or two things that have been said are a bit harsh and unfair. I thought some of it was over the top.”
However Pardew isn’t the only manager who’s been having problems recently. Steve Clarke’s West Brom have lost their last two games (a 3-1 defeat to West Ham and a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal) leaving them in eighth place in the Premiership. Speaking of West Brom’s woes, Clarke also hoped for a reaction from his lads this afternoon. He said:
“The players are desperate to put the two defeats they’ve just had out the way and get back to picking up more points for the club. Hopefully Newcastle will feel that. Newcastle should be wound up as well after a bad reverse last week in the derby game, so it should be an interesting fixture.”
“It’s very important that we respond in terms of our performance level. I don’t worry about that. I think my team is in much better shape than it was for Sunday.”
So that’s what the managers think, but as the kick off is looming, it’s time for me to get on with my usual reminder that I will be posting team sheets and links to watch the game online as well as posting highlights and a full match video when it’s all over. So for now:
Howay the Lads!
West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2): Ben Foster (G), Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Goran Popov, Graham Dorrans, Claudio Yacob, James Morrison, Chris Brunt, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Romelu Lukaku
Subs: Boaz Myhill (G), Steven Reid, Liam Ridgewell, Kemar Roofe, Markus Rosenberg, Jerome Thomas, Shane Long.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye (C), Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Steve Harper (G), Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi.