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Tayls of woe! West Brom 4 Newcastle 2.

January 24th, 2010 | 211 Comments |

James Linnington before the game?
James Linnington before the game?
I only caught this on Radio Newcastle so whatever follows is partly second-hand but…

Amidst some baffling officiating, Newcastle’s ‘Wembley Dream’ was shattered by a strong West Brom team who went two better than their plundering at St James’ last Monday, to take them through to the next round of the FA Cup. But the matchday officials can expect lifelong infamy round these parts, as they more than played their part in the fortunes of the victors.

Chris Hughton made expected changes from the 2-2 draw earlier in the week, which saw Tim Krul replace Harper between the sticks, Ryan Taylor come in at right back for the newly-acquired Danny Simpson and Tamas Kadar slot in for Steven Taylor, who appears to have suffered a serious knee injury following a shoddy challenge from Bednar in the previous game. Fabrice Pancrate and Andy Carroll also started, with Lovenkrands understandably being given time away to spend with his family and Ameobi dropping to the bench. The shape of the team changed as we elected for the 4-4-1-1 approach with Pancrate allowing Guthrie to move into the middle with Smith, Gutierrez in his usual wide left role and Nolan pushing in behind Carroll.

West Brom manager, Roberto Di Matteo, had suggested he would also make changes to protect his squad for the priority of promotion, but it was a very familiar starting eleven which ultimately trotted out. And yet despite that, it seems like they lacked the quality and drive on display in the league game. However, in a first half where Newcastle players were again found wanting for some creativity and where a number barely applied themselves, it was West Brom who took a deserved 2-0 lead into the break. (more…)


Hughton fumes at “incredibly harsh” ref justice.

January 23rd, 2010 | 24 Comments |

Hughton: Ref rage.
Hughton: Ref rage.
Usually mild mannered manager, Chris Hughton, was in danger of exploding on the touchline today, as the incompetant performance of referee, Stevie Wonder James Linnington, reached it’s nadir around the 70 minute mark of the FA Cup travesty againt West Bromwhich Albion. Seconds after refusing Ameobi a penalty at one end, he then awarded a penalty AGAINST the Magpies, along with a harsh red card for scouse right back, Ryan Taylor, sending an already livid Hughton into paroxysms of rage.

In a post match interview, Hughton fumed:

“It is normal at the end of the game when you think that decisions have gone wrongly against you that some sort of anger and frustrations come out.

“The first goal, I can’t for the life of me see how a linesman can rule that over the line from where he was.

“I thought that the first penalty we conceeded was a soft one, and if the referee is going to give a soft penalty like that he has to give the two penalties that were agaist Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi. (more…)


Magpies v Baggies: Will the deadlock finally be broken in the Cup?

January 23rd, 2010 | 45 Comments |

Baggie Bird: Ready for a stuffing?
Baggie Bird: Ready for a stuffing?
The Magpies go head to head again, only 6 days after meeting in the league in an action packed 2-2 draw at St James Park. You may remember that the clubs both drew at the beginning of the season too, so will the deadlock be broken this time?

With reports that Peter Lovenkrands will be rested after two trips to Denmark in the past week following the death of his father, and Danny Simpson probably out with an ankle injury, it will herald a changed Newcastle team compared to the one that played on Monday evening.

Chris Hughton is likely to give some of the youngsters an opportunity to make an impact with Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar and Nile Ranger likely to be in contention. Hopefully, Shola, will move his backside tomorrow as he was ineffective and immobile on Monday evening. I can’t see Chris Hughton starting Ranger, probably preferring Carroll to partner Ameobi but let’s hope Ranger gets a decent run out at some point in the game. Pancrate is another player who travels and may be used in our less than mobile midfield. The injury to Danny Simpson may also force changes at right back, with Ryan Taylor likely to take up the mantle. Danny had a bit of a torrid evening on Monday, but how much of it was down to him picking up a knock it’s hard to say.

Whether Roberto Di Matteo decides to makes changes to the Albion team that lined up effectively on Monday remains to be seen, but the likelihood is he will also use the opportunity to rest some players with a large part of the long championship season still to come. With fit again forward Miller coming on for the substituted Bednar, it could be he starts on Saturday to build up his fitness. (more…)