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Aston Villa a Tough Test for Newcastle

10:56 am, Thursday, August 16th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce believes Newcastle United will benefit from a free week together as the squad prepares for their first home game of the season against Aston Villa on Saturday evening at 5:15pm.

Newcastle were scheduled to play Arsenal on Wednesday night, but with Arsenal playing Sparta Prague in their Champions League qualifier, which they won 2-0, that game has to be rescheduled.

Sam has been talking about the game so we’ll take a look at what Big Sam has to say.

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Sam Allardyce – tough test on Saturday against Aston Villa

This is what Sam had to say about the Villa game to the Official Newcastle United web-site yesterday:

“Some teams could have nine points on the board by the time we play Aston Villa next Saturday night.”

“But from a personal point of view I think it will be a blessing in disguise for us having the Arsenal game called off, as this will give us a full week to prepare for Aston Villa.”

“When a new manager comes into a club like I have done, things are not going to be 100% straightaway, and we are still building and growing together.”

“Hopefully we will have a good week together because there a lot of new staff and new players still getting to know each other and that will take time.”

The team right now is full of confidence from their 3-1 opening day win at Bolton, but Sam is not getting carried away – unlike some of the fans. He thinks it will be a very different game than at Bolton and the onus will be on Newcastle to break the Villa down.

As Sam says above, the players are still getting to know each other, and it will be interesting to see what team and what formation Sam uses against Villa. But one thing is for certain – and that is the Newcastle team will be well prepared and know exactly what they have to do to get the win – which will be so vital to the confidence of the team.

The perfect result would be a win and a clean sheet. Apart from one moment of slackness on Saturday we could easily have had a clean sheet and Sam has targeted at least 10 clean sheets this season. Sam has plenty of players now match-fit and chomping at the bit to get in the team. Enrique and Cacapa could make their debuts in defense and we’re sure Michael Owen will be introduced at some stage during the game.

It will not be an easy game as Aston Villa looked good against Liverpool on Saturday – but a win is what we must always aim for at St. James’ Park, and that has to be the target on Saturday. Anything less than that will be a disappointment following Saturday’s great win at Bolton.

Comments very welcome.



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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Al Robson // Aug 16, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Villa will be a test, but i think we have enough to take 3 points. if we played like we did against bolton we should be fine.

    i think its on setanta, not SS too

    also, just one small addition, big up to me for gettin into leeds met uni this mornin, takin the stripes south :D! alriiite!

  • 2 Tez // Aug 16, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Match predictions?

    I say 2-0 to the toon.

  • 3 toonfan1 // Aug 16, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    i think it will be another 3-1 to newcastle! milner, martins and viduka on the scoresheet for the toon while carew scores for villa

  • 4 Luke // Aug 16, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    I think you guys will probably beat us as we’re lacking squad depth and improvements while Big Sam has splashed the cash on some good players.

    Michael Owen is a banker to score against us. I think we can get a goal or maybe 2 but I’m not sure if that will be enough at St James’ Park.

    Up the Villa!

  • 5 TOON1 // Aug 16, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    One of my mates is a mad villa fan ,and he says we will win quite easily.He really disapointed with the investment of the new american owner with only reo-coker and harewood the only signings they have made.Prediction 2-0 toon martyns and viduka!

  • 6 Len Smith // Aug 16, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    If we get one they will have to attack which will open up the game so 3-0 Viduka, Martins *2. With good service there is no limit to what Martins could do, we better re-negotiate contract fast.

  • 7 Doc // Aug 16, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Well done Al, enjoy Uni but dont forget to study a bit

    Re this Saturday, I am trying not to get to excited, feel like I’m 50 again !!!
    but cant help it, your only as good as your last result, so… we are pretty good,

    Villa by their own admission were lucky not to loose to L’pool by a few goals did look tidy but ..

    I think first we will boss them off the ball in midfield, then play them down the right side, they have no recognised RB, crosses etc flying in from all angles, and we score 3

    our new look defence snuffs out their front men and we get BSA his first clean sheet

    Then 52,000 pints will be drunk in record time, and a new era will be that bit closer

  • 8 Bob // Aug 16, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    I think we will win but Villa will exploit Carr’s lack of pace, once again.

    They have a good attacking players in Agbonlahor/Carew/Young – although I expect Taylor/Rozza to handle Carew pretty well.

  • 9 Tom // Aug 16, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    I think a lot of people are a bit optimistic, i reckon it will be a close game, maybe a 2-2 draw and if we do win it will be only by the 1, i also think that Villa will score, they have a alot of speed up front with Agbonlahor and Young, which could rip Carr apart. Im not worried about Carew though, i dont really rate him.

  • 10 Tom from Aus // Aug 16, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    i dont care wat the score is just as long as we get the 3 pionts

  • 11 Tom_Toon // Aug 16, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    How can you not rate Carew he is far and away Villas best striker.

  • 12 rich // Aug 16, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    we must make SJP a fortress again, i hope everyone is out in force on saturday… im hooping its a sell out.

    i cant get down cuz i moved up to Scotland a few years ago, but when the transfer window shuts ill be down every other weekend…. i have my Nigerian flag ready so i hope Oba feels that little bit more loved.

    2-1 to the toon.

  • 13 AndyW // Aug 16, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Agree with Tom – everyone on the league knows about our full back situation by now and Agbonlahor and Young will be after Carr. Could be a baptism of fire for Enrique and Cacapa as well if Sam decides to play them.

    However, if we have serious ambitions of winning the “second” league (i.e. finishing fifith) then Villa are one of our main competitors and we need to take three points when we are at home.

    Other teams (Everton, Man City) are building momentum too and we can’t afford to drift off the pace.

    So , only the second game but a “must win” already – which we will 2-1.

    p.s. Did anyone else think Harper should have done better with the Bolton goal on saturday? He didn’t even look particularly arsed about letting it in. Interesting that Sam wants another keeper brought in.

  • 14 Keep Oba // Aug 16, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Villa is owned by the same guy who owns the Cleveland Browns in American Football, which is a sad side to own. Yea I am not sure why he isn’t spending the money for Villa. I thought he would…maybe he should just concentrate on one losing venture at a time. Villa isn’t terrible…but he hasn’t done anything really to help them at all. Cleveland is bottom of the barrel.

    Villa’s back four have no speed. Martins should blaze past them…heck Viduka or Owen could probably blaze past them. 3-1 would be nice again.

  • 15 SS // Aug 16, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    5-1

    2 up after 20 minutes, from Smith (head) and Martins ( breaks through villa defence and slots it under the keeper). Another 1 just before half time from a corner, possibly Taylor. Villa pull one back midway through second half, through an OG in off Carrs arse.

    Owen (sub) from a penalty, and in the dying seconds of his NUFC career, Nobby puts a 25 yard free kick into the top left corner.

    I think… Probably….. Maybe…

  • 16 Stami // Aug 16, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Doc – i like the way your thinking:-)

  • 17 Chris // Aug 16, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Villa are a good side, and they do have pace at the back…Melberg was faster than owen last time they played eachother! Carr will get ripped appart and Carew is a great player…..look out! 3-1 villa!

  • 18 Stami // Aug 16, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    SS- i like the way you thinking too…lol

  • 19 Lamesley Mag // Aug 16, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    I’m going for a 2-0 win with Viduka scoring in first half and Owen scoring after coming on as sub in second half.

  • 20 Obafan // Aug 16, 2007 at 8:19 PM

    Everybody is talking about the Villa strikers will be after Carr, but I just think that Carr will not play; I think Cacapa will be in CB and Taylor will move to RB position.

    My prediciton for Saturday is: 3-0 (Martins – Viduka – Martins).

    @ Ed – How are things about the contract negotiations for Oba? Have they agreed something or is it still waiting and renegotiating?

  • 21 Ed Harrison // Aug 16, 2007 at 9:47 PM

    ObaFan – i think they are still negotiating a new contract for Oba….the sooner the better. a win and a clean sheet would be great.
    3-0 excellent and we’d still be top of the league.

  • 22 Markus // Aug 16, 2007 at 10:40 PM

    Im really worried about Villa. They were forced to be more attacking on the opening day against Liverpool because they were in front of their own fans. They seem to me to be a more natural counter-attacking side, especially strong down the left hand side with a strong and quick CF. If we go a goal down will our side will recover from that?

  • 23 Tito // Aug 17, 2007 at 7:24 AM

    Never underestimate opponents, that will be the biggest enemy, over-confidence.

    Then man i fear from Aston Villa is Martin O’Neill. Master tactican, he sure know he is facing a daunting task. Thats why he will try to close shop and prevent us from scoring. This will not be an easy game.

    They have the players. It’s all depend on their gameplan and individual’s performance on the day.

    We might be favourites to win, but don’t expect it to be as easy as Bolton 1st half. Martin is no Little Sam.

    2-1 to NUFC. 1 from Milner and Martins each. Barry score late consolation.

  • 24 Tito // Aug 17, 2007 at 7:25 AM

    Never underestimate opponents, that will be the biggest enemy, over-confidence.

    Then man i fear from Aston Villa is Martin O’Neill. Master tactican, he sure know he is facing a daunting task. Thats why he will try to close shop and prevent us from scoring. This will not be an easy game.

    They have the players. It’s all depend on their gameplan and individual’s performance on the day.

    We might be favourites to win, but don’t expect it to be as easy as Bolton 1st half. Martin is no Little Sam.

    2-1 to NUFC. 1 from Milner and Martins each. Barry score late consolation.

    Howay the Lads!

  • 25 Tito // Aug 17, 2007 at 7:25 AM

    Sorry for double posts… =(




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