Blackpool v Newcastle: Match preview. Carroll returns to take on The Tangerines.

Posted on September 16th, 2009 | 2 Comments |

Pre-match table
Pre-match table
Newcastle can regain the top spot with a point at Blackpool, although we should be expecting 3 points from our visit to Bloomfield Road if we want to match West Brom and Middlesbrough who both won last night.

Blackpool are lingering in the middle of the table having taken 7 points from 6 games. They’ve only lost one match though and that was away to Leicester last weekend.

Before that, their season started with 4 draws: away to QPR, home to Cardiff, home to Derby and away to Watford. Their solitary Championship win came after that when they beat Coventry 3-0.

Blackpool have had a decent Carling Cup run too, dispatching Crewe and – most impressively – Premier League Wigan.

Blackpool strikers Ben Burgess and Gary Taylor-Fletcher have 2 league goals a piece this season, as does midfielder Charlie Adam who is Blackpool’s record signing at Β£500,000 from Rangers in August this year.

For our own part it seems that Andy Carroll is fit and in contention for a place, which just leaves Hughton without Ameobi and Jonas. Hughton said of Carroll:

In all honesty, we thought the Blackpool game would be too soon for him, but he’s had two good sessions, and is in the squad.”

Hughton also had this to say about Nile Ranger:

It’s a good education for him.

“He’s coming up against very good central defenders, and most definitely he hasn’t had it all his way.

“It’s a tough introduction, but he’ll certainly be better for it, and what he hasn’t done is let anybody down.

“He’s looked a little tired, and he cramped up a couple of times towards the end of the (Cardiff) game, but he’s had the ability to go again.”

I suspect Ranger will start up front with Carroll, although I’m not sure if Hughton will want to risk Carroll for the full 90 minutes so soon after coming back from injury.

Kick off’s at 7:45PM – let’s gan and get 3 points.

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  1. Morning Batty and Hugh. Agree with Batts on the win though I’m going for a closer 1-0 to the Toon, and how we’ve waited for years to say that ‘got the best defence in the leauge by far’!!
    Hope we don’t miss Smudger too much tonight. He’s been a revelation this season. Definetely my player of the season so far. Just love his attitude and passion, and he has a slight look of Jon Bon Jovi… only kidding before you slate me for girls only like football because of the players legs, although come to think of it…