Newcastle Have 3 Games in 6 Days Coming Up


Big Sam has talked of our away tie in the third round of the Carling Cup against Arsenal.

Having seen the Arsenal game against Portsmouth at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (TV), Arsenal definitely seem to be coming back to their old form. It seems like many of their youngsters have developed well over the last season or two and they will be a power again this year. It will be tough tie for Newcastle but we can still get through on the night.

Looks like Newcastle have 3 games in 6 days coming up later in September – with the Arsenal tie in mid-week so it’s a chance for Sam to use his full squad so that everybody needs to participate that week.

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Sam Allardyce – 3 games in 6 days will see Sam using his squad to the full

The game is at The Emirates on Tuesday, September 25 which is a very short two days after playing West Ham at St. James’ Park the previous Sunday. The following Saturday Newcastle are away to Manchester City so that’s 3 games in 6 days. How did we get into that mess?

Turns out we wanted the Arsenal game on the Wednesday but Tottenham are playing in North London that night and the two London teams wanted to keep their ties on separate nights. But these are 3 huge games for Newcastle so there’s a lot at stake that week, and let’s hope we don’t get too many injuries before that.

This is what Sam Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We were looking for a bit of luck with the draw. Obviously, you were looking to get two big boys together later in the competition.” I’ve never won at Arsenal – this would be the first time. I came close one year when Gilberto scored a late equalizer. Hopefully, I can go one better this time.”

“He’ll play his squad players – he always starts with them.” ““And we’ll rotate our squad accordingly, just the same.”

“The tie drops in a difficult week for us because we play on the Sunday, then we’re going to have to play them on the Tuesday night and the Saturday morning against Manchester City.”

“Two out of those three games are away from home, so that’s going to be a difficult week.” “It’s a big challenge, and that week will give me the opportunity to use the whole squad.”

If you look at the players that weren’t available for selection against Wigan, it was quite frightening.” “Hopefully, they’ll all be fit, or near-enough fit, as that week we’ll need to travel with everybody and use the whole squad for three games in six days.”

The game at Arsenal on the night has to have a result, so there’s even a chance that we’ll need to play extra time and it could even go to penalties. There’s always a first time for everything so a win at Arsenal is not out of the question. The Carling Cup is our very best chance of a trophy this year so we’ll need to give it all we’ve got, which I’m sure the lads will do.

It’s just too early in our season to be knocked out of one of only three competitions we are in this year. We’ll need to rely on our new defense to keep the game level and maybe one of our strikers can get a goal.

Hey, what’s the odds of Newcastle winning all 3 games in those 6 days 😀

Comments welcome.



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26 comments so far

  • Obafemi Martins

    Sep 6, 2007 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Odds on 3 wins?
    “Slim and none. And slim may have just left town.” – Kingpin.

    Weirdly, I just posted something similar on the web with suggested squad line-ups if anyone is interested.

    http://www.aa606.co.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=15347

    1st reply? Coolio.

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 6, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #2

    a think we will beat the gooners like its derby and west ham as well a think.
    a think we might wallop derby am not to shure about west ham but am quietly confedent

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  • Bill F

    Sep 6, 2007 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #3

    The trouble often with the Carling cup is drawing the so called minnows. They have a nasty habit of turning the bigger teams over so I am quite optimistic about the Arsenal game, at least we will not be be complacent. I am sure Sam will have done his homework and I suspect it may be Arsene who is the more worried. I expect us to beat WHU and Derby. Hows that for optimism Ed!!

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  • Bill F

    Sep 6, 2007 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed With a slight change of topic did you have any thoughts about Bobby Moncur’s best eleven. Obviously I have my ideas but will say nowt till you do a blog (or not)

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  • matttom

    Sep 6, 2007 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Arsenal and Tottenham are being completely pathetic with their excuses of wanting to play on different nights of the week. Highbury and White Hart Lane are miles apart across North London. Yes they are on the same Tube line but for goodness’s sake, haven’t they played at the same time on enough Saturdays and Sundays in the past? Maybe they should avoid derby matches altogether, in case it ends in a bit of bother somewhere. And because of their altogether mauve attitude, we now have to play potentially the hardest match we will face this year barely two days after walking off the pitch the last time. I don’t buy it at all.

    PS Ed – win all three games? I have to love your enthusiasm but I will be happy with beating Arsenal and getting 3 or 4 points out of the league matches.

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  • dragoner

    Sep 6, 2007 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #6

    i am not confident about going to emirates, its a fortress just like stamford bridge, i think we will lose narrowly if im being honest, i predict one goal in that game…to tell the truth i dont really care to much about the carling cup, im more concerned about our performance on the day.

    i swear im gonna be the only Newcastle shirt in the home fans section, gonna be a crazy day lol

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  • dragoner

    Sep 6, 2007 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #7

    i think the squad for Arsenal at Emirates should be

    N’zogbia(cb) Faye(cb) Rozehnal(cb) Taylor(rb)

    Milner(lw) Butt(dm) Geremie(rw)

    Smith(lwf) Viduka(ss) Owen(rwf/cf)

    I think these are the players who are likely to be 100% for that game.

    i know some people may disagree but i think we should leave beye, enrique, cacapa out of the squad because they are not 100% used to premiership yet(especially beye) and we will need fast experienced defenders against Arsenals pace and skill.

    I also feel we should leave out Martins and bring him on as a super sub as Owen is more likely to find the space and opportunities to score throughout the majority of the game. We need to play defensive and simply grind out a result, with a bit of luck we can steal a victory like Blackburn did in the FA Cup

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  • dragoner

    Sep 6, 2007 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #8

    i meant n’zogbia (lb)

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  • AndyW

    Sep 6, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Arsenal worry me a bit. These “kids” that they have coming through now and showing some form, aren’t they the ones that got to final last year?!

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  • JoshI

    Sep 6, 2007 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #10

    We will just have to see what happens. Hopefully it will be an awesome game!

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  • JoshI

    Sep 6, 2007 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #11

    I cant wait for the next game!!!

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 6, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #12

    i’m kinda with dragoner on this. Imo it’s better if we beat West Spam and City, i’m don’t really care about the carling cup i care about the premiership and finishing as high as we can and get back to europe + there is always the FA Cup we might be lucky with the draw there.

    Either way we have 3 very very though games, it’ll be a great week.

    I’m not gonna think much about this just go with the flow and see what happens.

    PS: I hate this international brake 🙁

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  • JoshI

    Sep 6, 2007 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Is Hatem Ben Arfa good enough for us?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 6, 2007 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Bill – I saw it – but it was just the players he had played with – quite honestly I thought there were some mediocre players on it – but also great ones. I actually played a season with Bobby in his first year at Newcastle in the juniors in 1960-1961. We’re the same age.

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  • C Fisher

    Sep 7, 2007 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #15

    U played with Bob Moncur? Ur more of a legend than i thought! So whats the deal with you anyway Ed are u American who came here for football or r u an Geordie in exile, or are u just on an American server i don’t get it! Love the site anyway!

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  • Lin

    Sep 7, 2007 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Arsenal never attatches much importance to the Carling Cup, so we have a chance to shock them and beat them. Derby is bound to degrade, so beating them will be not be hard. Westham’s performance is very unstable, and we should be careful with them.

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  • Tony_D

    Sep 7, 2007 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #17

    The west ham game should be player on the saturday and not the sunday.
    Bloody sky sports changing things around to suit themselves.

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  • michael

    Sep 7, 2007 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Derby should be a win. Aresnal 2nd string shouldn’t be a problem… really. West Ham after those games will be tough. But Sam’s comments suggest that Joey Barton, Given, Babayaro and Carr will be fit. (Surely not Duff though!!) I await with baited breathe.

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 7, 2007 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Arsenal’s record in the League Cup is pretty good despite normally playing a second/youth side in the competition.

    BSA has experience oozing from this squad so let’s not complain about 3 games in 6 days; the Big-4 do it each and every week due to Champions League comittments.

    Your question can can we win 3 games in 6 days, the answer is we have to if we’re to be a footballing force.

    Derby away is a banana skin but with a bit of luck and another solid performance, we should win. The Arsenal game can go either way, especially if it goes down to penalties. Expect West Ham (or Newcastle Old-Boys) to arrive on Tyneside with their tails in the air as they have a decent side and Bellamy a major threat.

    Is Dean Ashton back playing again as he looked a really good player initially with WHU?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 7, 2007 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #20

    C Fisher – Geordie in exile – born and bred in Newcastle then shifted over here by IBM when I was 28. My Father was a huge Newcastle – and mother and father both at FA Cup final in 1955 for 3-1 win over Man City.

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  • Craig Allen

    Sep 7, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #21

    “I’ve never won at Arsenal – this would be the first time. ” – Sam

    Quietly confident there, Sam. I like it. 😀

    I’m with Toon King – finishing high enough to make europe and I’ll be glad – everything else is just a bonus.

    Besides, playing away at Arsenal gives the guys some invaluable experience for when we go there for a league game. Sam will definitely take what he can out of this encounter and try to apply that for the EPL games against them.

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  • dragoner

    Sep 7, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #22

    i cant believe there are people on here sayin “arsenal shouldn’t be a problem”…”they only play their second string” i dont know if you people have noticed but the majority of this “second string” are now FIRST TEAM and have grown in both confidence and experience, plus we have to go to Emirates…this is probably the hardest match in the whole competition

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  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Sep 7, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #23

    I so excited about this team BS has assembled (ED iam also proud of this site too its wikid)

    Does anyone know how Barton is recovering, I think he is going to be our most important player this year, he is absolutely fearless and powerful, he will eat Fabrigas and give Gerrard a run for his money.

    honestly – Victory over derby very tight against aresnal (and Im glad to say that, because I think we will be hard to beat, we are no longer push over like under Roeder) narrow victory over west Ham, draw over Man city

    BARTON IS THE KEY….but please no one give him a cigar

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 7, 2007 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Barton is due to return to training on 23rd September – it’s just been put back in last few days from the 17th September.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 7, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #25

    To see the injuries and return dates etc – goto STATS at the top of our site and you’ll get the league table, scorers, injuries, assists etc etc.

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  • Sinead

    Sep 7, 2007 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Given is fit, (touch wood..still 2 Irish games to go first) anyway, if anyone I really hope Given is played for Arsenal. Look at the last good view times Arsenal played Newcastle..it was Henry and Given battling it out for nearly the entire thing. And he’s kept Newcastle in it all the time and usually wins them a point or 3. Ya grand there’s no Henry like but still, if anything Arsenal seem better.

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