Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Weds 25th Sep, 2013.
Kick off: 7.45pm.
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester).
UK TV: None.
This game will see Alan Pardew taking on his Reading protege Brian McDermott once again. Of course, the last time they met as opponents was when McDermott was manager of Reading, and predictably, two of the great masters of “route one” football served up a festival of long balls with Reading eventually coming out as the 2-1 victors. McDermott’s latest side certainly aren’t setting the Championship table on fire right now though, being 13th with 11 points after 8 games.
Newcastle United and Leeds Uniteds last six games in all competitions (most recent first).
It’s over to the horse’s mouth, Alan Pardew, for this one, as he gave a bit of a breakdown of what’s gannin’ on injury wise in his pre-match interview. Take it away, Alan!
“Shola has got flu and will definitely miss. Yohan I feel perhaps needs to do a full week’s training because he had two games last week, so he won’t be involved. Jonas (Gutierrez) is too early because he has just done two days training.”
Meanwhile, there hasn’t been a great deal of news about forgotten man Massadio Haidara, who has disappeared into the shadows somewhat in recent weeks. There was this update from Pardew a few days ago however when he said:
“Massadio’s training on Monday (last Monday – wt), he’s had a terrible pre-season, bless him. He’s a young player, and he’s never really had an injury before. It’s been difficult for him.”
As Haidara will have only been training for two days and Pardew has already announced that Dummett, another Left Back, will definitely be playing he’s very much a doubtful. With Gabriel Obertan back in the squad over the last few days, that just leaves the two Taylors. Steven should remain out with his hamstring and Ryan, as you probably know, will be out for a long while yet With his re-injured Anterior Cruciate Ligament.
As well as mentioning players who would be definitely out, Pardew also mentioned three that would definitely be in too, so it’s over to Alan again:
“We are putting out a strong side tomorrow but I do need to look at one or two, to see if they can push to be starters in the first team. In particular, two young players out of our Academy, Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett, who have done absolutely brilliant [sic]. They are really knocking on the door of the first team, so those two will definitely play. Cheick will (also) definitely play. I don’t like to say he is champing at the bit, because that is probably the wrong phrase to use with Cheick, but he is desperate to play, trust me.”
Injured: Shola Ameobi (‘flu), Jonas Gutierrez (match fitness), Yohan Cabaye (tiredness), Ryan Taylor (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)
Doubtful: Massadio Haidara (match fitness)
Hmmm, there doesn’t seem to be much happening really on the Leeds United injury front. The only issue seems to be with talented 20 year old right back, Sam Byram. Though he made his return from a five month spell out with his hip in Leeds’ weekend game against Burnley, he started struggling a bit at half time apparently and was taken off after an hour. Judging by the words coming out of the club, he’ll be a doubt. If he is fully fit and does play though, he’d be a good one for we Magpies to look out for. As I mentioned above, he is a talented young player who is being watched by Premiership clubs and Newcastle United have been rumoured to be one of them.
Ps: Leeds fan “StuH” had this to add to the Leeds team news: “Lee Peltier and Tom Lees missed Saturday’s defeat,and are also doubts.These are the three players at the club who have played at right back for any length of time,so that could be a problem position for us.”
Cheers for that Stu!
Doubtful: Sam Byram (Hip)
What the managers have been saying.
Alan Pardew: “It’s my first domestic tie at home – I am absolutely delighted with that and I certainly don’t want to lose it.”
*This is actually incorrect, Pardew’s Noocarssel actually played Blackburn Rovers at St James’ Park in the third round of the FA Cup back in January 2012. He should have remembered the miraculous goal Ben Arfa scored in that fixture at least! But anyway, he continued:
“I have had some really tricky away ties in domestic competitions as manager of this club. But we had a little taster at home last year in the Europa League of what a night fixture is like here, and they were brilliant nights. For us, with Leeds bringing five thousand fans and the great club they are, it’s going to be a really good occasion.”
Brian McDermott: “It’s really important to us, we’re bringing six thousand fans there so it’s an important game for us. We’re going to change the side around a wee bit. We’re trying to make sure we put in the right performance and we’re going there to try and get a result, and Newcastle will try to do the same. I don’t know what kind of team Newcastle will put out but I’m sure whatever team Alan puts out it will be a strong side and we’ll know what we’re coming up against, but it’s important to us.”
Finally, in honour of Leeds’ visit to St James’ Park, here’s Lancastrian Punk Poet, John Cooper-Clarke, telling a few jokes about how tight Yorkshiremen are! :-)