Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion mega preview and match banter!

Newcaastle United v West Bromwich Albion.

Can we throttle the Throstles for four in a row?

Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 30th Nov, 2013.
Kick off: 5.30pm.
Referee: Phil Dowd.
UK TV: Sky Sports 1.

Could we be celebrating four wins in a row this evening?

If the Magpies do manage to wrestle a juicy three point worm from the Throstles at tea time, it would be the first first time they have managed such a feat since March and April of 2012. Back then, they beat Norwich, this evening’s opponents, Liverpool, Swansea, Bolton and finally Stoke in a 6 match winning run, before finally succumbing to a 4-0 hammering at Wigan.

Although that was in the Spring before last, the side had an unseasonal 4-3-2-1 ‘Christmas Tree’ formation with a potent ‘delta force’ of Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa up front. During the West Brom game in that run I jokingly referred to Alan Pardew as ‘Alan Pardiola.’ The Guardian’s North East football correspondent, Louise Taylor, actually took me seriously and the phrase stuck amongst spme fans for a while.

It definitely faded the season after though. After that Wigan walloping, Newcastle seemingly returned to form in fine style against no lesser opponents than Chelsea, defeating the Pensioners 0-2 in a game that will be most remembered for that goal by Papiss Cisse.

It all went downhill for Pardiola from there though. Defeats to Manchester City and Everton followed in the last two games of that season, losing Newcastle a lucrative potential place in the Champions League. Of course, a full season of long ball awfulness followed that with the Magpies narrowly avoiding relegation with a 16th placed finish.

Getting back to today’s game though, apologies for not preparing my usual match preview. To make up for that I will include many elements of what would have gone into that here, starting with

Previous results.

As you can see from the previous results below, and any perusal of the Premier League table, West Bromwich Albion along with Everton are currently the draw specialists of the Premiership, with 6 out of their 12 games so far resulting in a stalemate.

Looking just at previous games between today’s protagonists, the last one of those was a draw as well, 1-1 at their place last season, with Newcastle racking up victories in the two games preceding that. Until those two games though, the Throstles were something of a bogey team for the Magpies, winning 3 and drawing three in the preceding six with no victories for Newcastle since the time of Joe Kinnear’s heart episode back in February 2009.

Last six Premier League games, most recent first.

Team Results Points
Newcastle United W|W|W|L|D|W 13/18
West Bromwich D|D|W|L|D|D 7/18

Team news.

Newcastle United: I won’t dwell on this one for two long as I will be posting the final team sheets for this game fairly shortly (around an hour before kick off). Bearing in mind Newcastle United’s history in the injury department, it is perhaps worth celebrating that long term absentee Ryan Taylor is currently the only injury in the Newcastle United first team squad.

Two further pieces of team news from the Newcastle are that Mathieu Debuchy will return from his one match suspension for picking up five yellow cards. The second is that Alan Pardew has confirmed that defensive colossus Mike ‘clean sheets’ Williamson, who some might argue has been the defensive foundation of our current renaissance since his return will definately be selected.

West Bromwich Albion: Scott Sinclair, Billy Jones and Liam Ridgewell will be doubtful for this one.

What the managers have been saying.

Alan Pardew’s pre match press conference.

Steve Clarke looks forward to Albion’s trip to Newcastle.

And finally…

So. with all that pre-match guff out the way, it only leaves it for me to issue my usual reminders. Firstly, as mentioned above, I will be posting the team sheets for the game around an hour before kick-off. This game will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports 1, but I will also be posting links to watch the game online, as well as highlights and even a video of the whole match when it’s over for those of you who would otherwise miss out.

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse.

West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Boaz Myhill (G); Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; James Morrison, Youssuf Mulumbu; Morgan Amalfitano, Stephane Sessegnon, Chris Brunt (c); Shane Long

Subs: Luke Daniels (G), Goran Popov, Diego Lugano, Claudio Yacob, Zoltan Gera, Victor Anichebe, Saido Berahino.

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95 Responses to “Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion mega preview and match banter!”

  1. 1
    avatar goodoldjimgold says:

    2-0 today. Goals from Remy + x1 midfielder.

  2. 2
    avatar AndyMac says:

    I rang my local bookies and asked for odds on Toon scoring more than two in a full blown 90 minute performance.

    He said he didnt know cos he dicnt have a calculator that went beyond a billion to one :lol:

  3. 3
    avatar Grumpy Old-Toon says:

    Cisse to get a change of luck and bang in a hat trick is my prediction for today.

    The first team line up is pretty well certain and presumably the subs bench is the same as in recent weeks.

    Where does that leave Tavernier, Marveaux, Bigirama and Sammy? I know Jonas is on some sort of leave of absence.

  4. 4
    avatar workyticket says:

    Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy.

    Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse.

    West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Boaz Myhill (G); Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; James Morrison, Youssuf Mulumbu; Morgan Amalfitano, Stephane Sessegnon, Chris Brunt (c); Shane Long

    Subs: Luke Daniels (G), Goran Popov, Diego Lugano, Claudio Yacob, Zoltan Gera, Victor Anichebe, Saido Berahino.

  5. 5
  6. 6
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Looking forward to this.
    TOON!

  7. 7
    avatar workyticket says:

    Is AndyMac watching this one?

  8. 8
    avatar Dokky says:

    Not sure what to expect here. I think will end up 2-2 we go 2-0 up and defend and f**k up.

  9. 9
    avatar Dokky says:

    Not sure what to expect here. I think will end up 2-2 we go 2-0 up and defend and fook up.

  10. 10
    avatar workyticket says:

    F*ck off Jamie Carragher you thick scouse c^nt.

  11. 11
    avatar Phisix says:

    So Colo straight back even after Yanga has been awesome. Feeling a draw but want a win since we can go top 4.:)

  12. 12
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Nope. Under strict instructions from the Missus not to watch so I’ve got the rugby on :(

  13. 13
    avatar chuck says:

    This is a poor choice of starters, Shola especially, plus i dont understand why we are playing a second tier CB instead of a French international.
    Does this manager not learn anything.
    We will lose this game!

  14. 14
    avatar Phisix says:

    Nooooo so close

  15. 15
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Shola FFS

  16. 16
    avatar workyticket says:

    AndyMac says:
    November 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    “Nope. Under strict instructions from the Missus not to watch so I’ve got the rugby on :(

    Good, we win when you don’t watch, Andy. :-)

    Why will the missus let you watch the Rugby but not the football. Rugby is an evil game.

  17. 17
    avatar Phisix says:

    Yellow for not touching…right

  18. 18
    avatar workyticket says:

    That fat bastard’s srill carrying too much blubber to be a ref.

  19. 19
    avatar AndyMac says:

    She’s at the match as a guest in the “corporates”. Told her I wouldnt be seen dead in the place so while she’s out I’ve got the only thing worth watching plus some stuff on the laptop of course :)

  20. 20
    avatar Phisix says:

    GOOOOOOOOOOFYY and a CORNER!!

  21. 21
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    GET IN GOOFTA!

  22. 22
    avatar GS says:

    Like buses. We don’t score from a corner in 2 years…

  23. 23
    avatar GS says:

    Lee Dixon is an idiot. He said our goal was against the run of play. Have WB had a shot?

  24. 24
    avatar Phisix says:

    God Colo is a liability.

  25. 25
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Wales 16 Australia 27 good game :lol:

  26. 26
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Phisix – Bad Hair Day I reckon :lol:

  27. 27
    avatar AndyMac says:

    He wasnt at his best last week against Norwich but maybe Pardwho just thinks he’s rusty as opposed to uncommitted ;)

  28. 28
    avatar GS says:

    Has Marveaux shagged Pardew’s wife? I can’t understand how Obertan is ahead of him?

  29. 29
    avatar Phisix says:

    WTH?

  30. 30
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Actually I think Marv wont let Pardwho shag HIS wife :)

  31. 31
    avatar Phisix says:

    Should have been a red card and a freekick near the edge.

  32. 32
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Ben Afrie and Sissy on 88 th minute :lol:

  33. 33
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Who has “Squiddy” replaced ?

  34. 34
    avatar Phisix says:

    Great first half. Now for the usual rubbish second half.

  35. 35
    avatar workyticket says:

    Not the first time that big Viking gadgie’s sailed close to the wind against Newcastle and got away with it.

  36. 36
  37. 37
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    THERE’S ONLY ONE BEN AFRIE – THERE’S ONLY ONE BEN AFRIE-ONE BEN AFRIE-THERE’S ONLY ONE BEN AFRIE…………..!!!

  38. 38
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Alreet Worky Fella?

  39. 39
    avatar GS says:

    Why are they called the baggies?

  40. 40
    avatar chuck says:

    Poor game!
    Niether side showing any decent football, lucky to be in the lead.
    Lets hope this game doesn’t go to-wards the usual defend the lead non tactic, we know so well, with nine men defending , leaving one on his own up front, when he could actually be sitting on the bench, for all the use an unsupported forward is in that situation.
    Look WBA have now to begin taking chances, pressing.
    So by all means defend , but make them pay, by using the fast break when the opportunity allows, dont just hoof the ball in the general direction of their goal.
    But to expect change from the most predictable manager in football, is an ask too far.

  41. 41
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    GS-www.google.com
    Try it it’s fookin’ genius.
    Or Bing if you are an individual.

  42. 42
    avatar Paul in Hollywood says:

    Sir Jason, most of us just use Worky for our Google. He’s about as good.

  43. 43
    avatar workyticket says:

    sirjasontoon says:
    November 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    “Alreet Worky Fella?”

    Not too bad considering I’ve given up smirkin’ tabs, SJT.

  44. 44
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Had Worky down as a Bing Bloke :lol:

    Sorry I mean Bling haha

  45. 45
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Just lighting one up…..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh : )

  46. 46
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    POOP

  47. 47
    avatar chuck says:

    The original name was the throstles, a local name for thrush, because of the stadium name The Hawthorns, where they are often found.
    Also featured in the club crest.
    Here we go, like i expected.

  48. 48
    avatar Phisix says:

    Just logged back on. Ffs standard second half once we are a goal up.

  49. 49
    avatar Phisix says:

    SISSOKO!

  50. 50
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    WHAT A FOOKIN GOAL !!!!!!!!!

  51. 51
    avatar onetino says:

    BOOM

  52. 52
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Pard Pump !

  53. 53
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Leathered that !

  54. 54
    avatar workyticket says:

    sirjasontoon says:
    November 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    “Pard Pump !”

    That was the full pump, SJT!

  55. 55
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Slick by Santon :)

  56. 56
    avatar GS says:

    SJT: looked it up on wiki and it didn’t say.

    I don’t know how it is not a freekick when he had a handful of shirt? The commentators tried to say it wasn’t.

  57. 57
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Full On :lol:

  58. 58
    avatar chuck says:

    Some strike by Sissoko, and another great air punch by Pardew, who went from depression to exhilaration in the space of a couple of minutes.

  59. 59
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Lovely possession play

  60. 60
    avatar workyticket says:

    We’re in the Pardew substitution zone now.

  61. 61
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    89TH Minute Sissy and Afrie

  62. 62
    avatar workyticket says:

    70 minutes and no substitute. Are we seeing a new Pardew?

  63. 63
    avatar Phisix says:

    refs a twet

  64. 64
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Can’t believe we are playing well across 2 halves of football

  65. 65
    avatar Phisix says:

    twilight zone mate

  66. 66
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    haha :lol:

  67. 67
    avatar workyticket says:

    It isn’t over until the fat lady sings.

  68. 68
    avatar Phisix says:

    This ref is a biased joke.

  69. 69
    avatar workyticket says:

    Or the fat ref blows his whistle anyway.

  70. 70
    avatar Phisix says:

    Shutting up shop time. Keep Shola on for his hold ups is a good idea.

  71. 71
    avatar DarthBroon says:

    Why 4 mins added time? Where’s that come from (that extra minute over the seemingly obligatory 3 at least).

  72. 72
    avatar Phisix says:

    Why is the last five minutes always this damn nervy!!

  73. 73
    avatar Phisix says:

    This ref is against us today. That was handball.

  74. 74
    avatar GS says:

    Williamson man of the match.

  75. 75
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    SHOLA MOTM

  76. 76
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    AMAZING :)

  77. 77
    avatar Phisix says:

    4 wins in a row come on! Are we fourth or 5th now?

  78. 78
    avatar workyticket says:

    chuck says:
    November 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    “This is a poor choice of starters, Shola especially, plus i dont understand why we are playing a second tier CB instead of a French international.
    Does this manager not learn anything.
    We will lose this game!”

    Newcastle won and the two candidates for man of the match? Shola and Williamson. Well picked once again, Chuck! :lol:

  79. 79
    avatar GS says:

    I thought Dowd had a bad match. Who would have thought that the extra weight would affect his eye sight.

  80. 80
    avatar workyticket says:

    We still haven’t scored more than two goals in a game for a year or so though (4-2 against Southampton).

  81. 81
    avatar GS says:

    Worky: you know we will start an unchanged team for the next match, but that will not stop Chuck from dropping Willimason in his fantasy 11.

  82. 82
    avatar Phisix says:

    Well we broke our goals from corners record so scoring more than two is next.

  83. 83
  84. 84
    avatar workyticket says:

    GS, who’s ‘Willie Mason?’

  85. 85
    avatar GS says:

    I didn’t realize the next game is Wednesday. He might rest Shola.

  86. 86
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Twas Feb 24th this year WT ! Sometimes you tend to believe your own hype ? :)

    Still not watched a game since we started this run. Happy not to tbh as I’m not sure we’re winning with flair, imagination or great tactical nous but 3 points are 3 points so onward and upward ! :)

  87. 87
    avatar chuck says:

    Not a great game, fairly scrappy, though at least the side showed some ability in passing the ball around, wasting time and inviting the press, which would give them an invitation to lay on the long counter ball.
    Again the midfield worked hard, cant say enough about Gouffran, Sissoko, Remy and Cabaye.
    Still think we should play HBA in place of Shola, who can be brought on for the last twenty minutes, as his ass was dragging late in the game.
    Again we gave up chances that fortunately were not converted and like the last three games could have gone either way.
    I guess we move into fifth place, god forbid we should end up in the UEFA cup again, or whatever they are calling it these days, hell we had a chance to win it last time.
    But i doubt if it’s on anyones schedule, being too many games, for too little reward, (dosh).

  88. 88
    avatar workyticket says:

    AndyMac says:
    November 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    “Twas Feb 24th this year WT ! Sometimes you tend to believe your own hype ? :)

    That’s over 10 months ago you pedantic twat! :-)

  89. 89
    avatar chuck says:

    Worky

    Erm ! where was Williamson when W/Brom scored ?
    It’s those one or two mistakes that result in goals and cosistency is a requirement in this league.

  90. 90
    avatar GS says:

    I didn’t understand why he left Shola on as he was totally knackered after 70 minutes. Then again, we are talking Pardew, and even though we won again you cant rely on him to make logical decisions.

  91. 91
    avatar Dokky says:

    @GS i would take a knackered shola over cisse at minute. The bloke has 0 confidence and playing like a donkey. plus shola man of the match for 2nd game in a row although i would say willo was close 2nd today.

  92. 92
    avatar Dokky says:

    and if the stats i see is right we had 86% short balls what is good!

  93. 93
    avatar GS says:

    I looked at the highlights, and, sorry Chuck, how can you blame their goal on Williamson? That’s a stretch. I do agree that Shola shouldn’t be starting even though he has done OK. It is a waste keeping Cisse and Ben Arfa on the bench.

    When I look at the team for a match I try to figure out what team Pardew WILL select rather than the team I want.

  94. 94
    avatar GS says:

    Dokky: Cisse does do a lot of closing down when he comes on as sub and as Worky pointed out he did score last game.

  95. 95
    avatar stewpot says:

    @GS

    here’s wonderful little tune from willy mason

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxyD-0O-Z48

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