Newcastle-Barnsley Match Preview – Newcastle Win



Newcastle take on Barnsley tonight in the second round of the Carling Cup, in what is probably Newcastle’s best chance to win something in Sam Allardyce’s first season in charge of the club.

It looks if we get through this tie we’ll be in the last 32 teams in the competition – so there’s still quite a way to go to get to Wembley, which has to be our goal in this competition.

There’ll be 24 teams that get through the second round ties and they will then be joined in the draw for the third round by sides in Europe this year – Arsenal, Blackburn, Bolton, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man United and Spurs. Last year we missed this tie because of our European qualification.

The interesting thing about tonight’s game will be the team, and Sam has already indicated he will give starts to Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi up front. Cacapa and Enrique will also make their full debts for the team in defense.


Jose Enrique – makes his Newcastle debut tonight

Owen and Ameobi have played together in pre-season in the first half at Hartlepool, and they looked good together and both played well. This is a second partnership that contrasts with the Viduka Martins partnership, so it will be interesting to see how they play. Certainly both players need a full game tonight.

It will also be interesting to see Claudio Cacapa in central defense since we’ll need all of his experience in the league games ahead and it will then be an interesting choice between Taylor and Rozehnal as to who fills the other central defense position. Fans will also get their first look at Julio Enrique who has now had a couple of weeks to settle into the club. We know he’s a good player and still only 21 years old so he will also be a player to watch.

Emre is back from injury and the Turk should also get some playing time. Seems like we’ve lacked a bit of creativity in midfield so its a good chance for Emre to shine tonight. Nobby Solano also needs a game and we’d love to see him have a run out at right back – not sure Sam is aware of just how good he played in that position last year.

We would also expect to see Shay Given making a start again in goal and Shay’s been included in the Ireland side for their European games coming up, so we are hoping he’s over his groin problems. Not sure what Sam and his staff have done with Shay, other than to try to strengthen his groin which has looked weak since he had that terrible bowel injury against West Ham last year.

So it will be all change for the team tonight, but Sam gets a chance to look at some of his new players and those coming back from injury. We must win this game and we cannot under-estimate Barnsley. They have played three Championship games so far and have won one, lost one and drawn one. A win tonight is the only acceptable result for Newcastle and hopefully we will not have to go to either extra time or penalties to achieve that.

Please join our match discussion on the Newcastle United Forum and let us know your thoughts. There have been lots of posts there already for the game tonight.

Comments very welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Nick

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Well as always … good luck to the boys!!!! 😀

  • Tom

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    HHHHAAAAhHHAAAA Dyer broke his leg!!

    well at least it happened whilst with them, if we had kept him it would have happened to us. I bet they are really regretting buying him now!

  • Edd Case

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Tom – thats a shit thing to type.

    Laughing at Dyer’s broken leg is ****ing awful and totally out of order.

    The lad’s spent years crocked and for this to happen is terrible.
    I would laugh if West Ham went down, or got battered 5-0 by the Toon etc etc, but not a player, especially Dyer breaking a leg.

    Not good Tom, not good at all.


    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Tom I think it is not good (I try to be polite) to cheer about Kieron’s broken leg. I never wish anybody that kind of injury and after all he deserves respect for all the games and goals for us. Yes he made a mistakes but he is only a human like everybody. I wish him all the best but I’m affraid he will never play as good as in some games for us.

  • Super Shearer

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Tom – grow up. After all of Dyers injuries problems for a freak injury like this to happen is tragic for him. Despite all that happened between Newcastle and Dyer he was our player for a long time and at the very least deserves our condolences. It’s fans like you that are giving The Toon Army a bad reputation at the moment.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s a game we must win, so expect a strong team to be selected from the off.

    Bringing in the likes of Owen, Cacapa, Solano, Emre and Enrique for this league cup encounter bodes well for the future as they are good players and shows the quality and depth of the squad (although we still need a further 2~3 players).

    I would not risk Given tonight, so hope BSA gives Harper further games until we’re sure Big Shay has recovered fully from his groin injury.

    Solano at RB feeding Milner and Enrique at LB feeding N’Zogbia should provide the width we’ve been craving this season.

    Sad news about Dyer and hope he recovers quickly…..

  • Tom

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Well i wasnt one of the sick fans that shouted racist slurs at Mido for celebrating a goal. Now that is extremely shameful, let alone sickening.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    So what Tom?
    So you didn’t shout ‘Mido, he’s got a bomb you know’ etc…
    That doesn’t mean it’s Ok for you to laugh at Dyer.

  • Tom

    Aug 29, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    I never did, but you cant compare those two incidents, i am 1 person who has said 1 thing i shouldn’t have not hundreds who have said many worse things about something that is a worldwide issue atm.

  • Darren

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Put into contest – Hundreds of people acusing someone of being a bomber may be out of order but I hazard a guess that not one of them actually BELIEVE he is a bomber, it is terrace humour whether you agree with it or not. Making fun of Dyer breaking a leg is worse, he HAS broken a leg and there is not a lot of fun in that.

  • Darren

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    On a lighter note I’m looking forward to seeing Enrique tonight – just hope we don’t mess up our best chance of a trophy like a certain team of unwashed did last night. And even though I am not too enamoured with Owen after his silent summer, I hope he can bag a few goals and get closer to full fitness (the way things are going England need him even more than us)

  • Chappa

    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    tom what a w*nker!! how can u sit there and be all happy and laughin at dyer breakin his leg?!?!
    thats a discrace if any thing is!
    hes been sidelined for a long period ov time then when he gets back 2 fitness this happens!
    absloute awful i must say..i feel heartly sorry 4 the kid.lets just hope he has a speedy return 2 fitness.
    fingers crossed kieron.

  • Dave

    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Tom, the Mido chant was disgraceful, so was your comment. Different words, same book.

  • Tom

    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Ok, i am sorry i said it lets move on. It was something i should never have done.

  • liam

    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    it was wrong what the fans were shouting but he give as good as he got

  • Sinead

    Aug 29, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Good to see Shay back, hope he’s fully over the injury. Sam said that if he isn’t 100% sure he’s not going to risk him. I’ll go mad though if he gets injured tonight cause he’s not fully over it and misses out on the Irish matches because now I actually believe we can qualify but to do that we really need him. So if they’re not 100% sure they shouldn’t risk him. I think that Newcastle have been lacking in the back, I know Harper’s been a great servant and he’s a good keeper and most other places he’d get the no. 1 shirt but there’s no denying that Given is better. Newcastle had one of their worst seasons last year in a long time and Given was out for ALOT of the season. That’s not just a coincidence. If Given’s fit and stays fit he’ll be a massive bonus to the team. Risk him tonight, I don’t know, how long can they wrap him in bubble wrap for. He needs game time like but agreed if he’s not 100% ready then there’s no point.

    As for Dyer, ow. Hope he’s back soon. It’s never nice to see a player injured. The chants about Mido was a disgrace and completley unacceptable and something has to be done. I don’t care if they were Newcastle fans something has to be done, it’s not acceptable.

  • Darren

    Aug 29, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #17

    One more thing on the Mido issue, I know two wrongs don’t make a right but Mido has been called a shoebomber etc. since he first went to spurs in 2005. Why all the hype now? We aren’t the first team & probably not the last team to give him stick.

    What about Leeds/Newcastle/Arsenal/Man city/Chelsea fans singing Munich songs at Man Utd – that has gone since I first seen us play them in 1977. What about everyone calling Spurs the Yids, the fans have even adopted it as an unofficial nickname now. Leeds fans sing derogatory songs about George Bests death, we also mention Keane’s relationship with his dog.

    Political correctness gone too far I reckon. And by the way, the big article about it in the Guardian was written by Louise Taylor, a self confessed Sunderland fan who writes for the mackem fanzine ‘a love supreme’.

  • Sean

    Aug 29, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Tom, i’m with you on this one. Come on Edd Case the guy spent ages on our sidelines still getting his massive salary and never even looked interest, he is a prime example of an overpaid uninterested footballer. I’m chuffed that he’ll be sitting on their sidelines taking all of their money. I will end this comment by saying…… HAHA DYER BROKE HIS LEG!!!

    p.s hoping for a good game tonight i think 4-0 to the toon

  • Tom

    Aug 29, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Cheers Sean, i didn’t mean to cause offense to people and sound extremely rude and harsh but i never did like him. He was nothing but trouble, his motives were all wrong and he never cared for the team or carried his weight. He has had bad luck but it sort of seems just for the person and player he is.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 29, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s going to be a really interesting team. Given in for a game – then would really like to see Solano at RB – he needs a chance to show Sam what he can do there. Cacapa is so much better player than we realize since we haven’t seen him much of him yet. Enrique also in at LB. N’Zogbia and Enrique both 21 and both great in that position but hope Charles gets a run out either on left wing or in center midfield. Good to hear that Geremi taking him under his wing – certainly seems to be doing the trick for Charles. Shola and Owen up front.
    Very interesting team – Barnsley also have 3 players out so hopefully we can get the job done. Has to be a result tonight – it will goto extra time and penalties if necessary.
    Howay the Lads!

  • Tom

    Aug 29, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #21

    We don’t actually know how good Cacapa is. Ok we have seen him play well for little bit against a side not particularly strong in attack, he could prove to be a flop still (not saying he will), we just dont know.

    Ed- Will you be doing a post on Enriques performance?


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