Steve Coppell – Newcastle a Potent Force


Steve Coppell thinks that Sam Allardyce has done a good job so far at Newcastle and thinks the Tyneside club will give Reading a “great test” on Saturday.

Newcastle have the opportunity to move into the top 4 on Saturday if they can negotiate all 3 points at the Madejski today.

But there again we’re sure that Reading and Steve Coppell will have something to say about that starting at 3pm today.

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Steve Coppell – Reading’s very capable manager

Reading have let in a bunch of goals on their travels, 16 in 5 games to be exact, including last week’s 4-2 defeat at Blackburn which followed their 7-4 thrashing at Portsmouth.

But the Royals still have a decent home record and have conceded just 5 goals in the 5 home games so far this season. Coppell is hopeful his players can match Newcastle’s men later today. Coppell talked about Newcastle yesterday:

“They have ambition and so has Sam – he is forceful in saying that about his club.”“He has brought in nine players over the summer, five of them defenders, and transformed the back four.”

“And he has so many options up front with Viduka, Martins, Owen and Smith.”

“They look a potent force and the expectations there are such that they will be wanting to be in and around the European places.”

“But we are standing in their way at the moment so it will be a great test for us.””

A win against Newcastle today would give Reading the same number of points from their first 11 games as last season. And last season they finished way above Newcastle in 8th place and only narrowly missed out on European competition at their first attempt. It was a great performance for the club’s maiden season in the Premiership.,

Coppell is aware of that comparison but thinks it is of little value as he continued:

“It’s true but it doesn’t give me a great deal of comfort. It doesn’t help me or mean anything because this is a different season.”

“I know people are saying that to try to make me feel better but for this part of the season up to Christmas it is just about accumulating as many points as you can, wherever you can.”

“That is the only way I look at it.”

It should be a well contested game at between Reading and the Magpies – and certainly Newcastle will be there to take all 3 points if at all possible. A lot will depend on just how well the Newcastle defense plays, but they do seem to be improving in every game, but still let the odd poor goal in. If Newcastle can avoid that tomorrow, we think Newcastle can win the game – and we’re predicting a 2-0 scoreline. By 5pm this afternoon we’ll see just how good our prediction is.

Comments always very welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • the coff

    Oct 27, 2007 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #1

    1-0 to nufc (lots of missed chances I think)

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  • Tripp

    Oct 27, 2007 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree. The defense is absolutely critical tomorrw. Letting Reading get ahead or draw even could be terrible for us. Fortunately the back 4 have gelled and improved considerably since their last test on the road at City. Teams like Reading should be an almost certain wins for teams in or aspiring to be in the top 4 (I love Reading, they’re a scrappy, attacking side with a lot of heart). This is a game that we really need to win for a lot of reasons: 1.) our away form has been poor 2.) We need to prove to ourselves that we can beat the lower teams anytime /anywhere 3.)We need all the points we can get lest we lose touch with the teams above us in the table (esp Pompey, Blackburn, and City who we’re in an endurance race with for European play next season).

    Howay the Toon!

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  • evildick

    Oct 27, 2007 at 3:45 AM

    Comment #3

    i dont think this will be easy at all. i hope i’m wrong, it would nice to go away and win conifdently like against bolton.

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  • Tripp

    Oct 27, 2007 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Reading played two tough games at home to start the season. Mancs and then Chelsea. I think that they only conceded one goal in those two games. Never-the-less, we’ve got to regularly beat sides like the Royals to crack the top 4 or even the top 6 really. And yeah, it’d be nice to go to Madejski and club ’em like baby seals.

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  • English Paul

    Oct 27, 2007 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Can you start spelling Defence properly? I hate American bastardisation of our language.

    Come on the Mags!!

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  • Cyprus Toon

    Oct 27, 2007 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Last season we lost at Reading but since then, we’ve changed, Owner, Manager & several key players, including our back 4! So if people try to compare last season with this one, they should try looking again, we’re a lot stronger, we have both Martins /Owen up front, Butt/Smith?barton in the middle & Faye/Cacapa at the back, now thats a very strong backbone to the team!
    I’m hoping, with everything crossed, that we can get a good start & keep a clean sheet, 3-0 the TOON!

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  • iain

    Oct 27, 2007 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #7

    ive got a lot of time for steve coppell considering they were the least spending club during the window im amazed they arnt rock bootm of the league right now.

    if he can keep them up id say hes deserving of a job at a bigger club. this game will be key to our season imo, its the kind of game if we can start winning we can have an outside chance of the top4 but more importantly makes it so much easier for a top6 finish.

    given our away form though a 0-0 would be an improvement and would help carry us over into the next few fixtures.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 27, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    English Paul – take a look at ABOUT at the top for long explanation why this is in American English. Sorry about that.

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  • Bill f

    Oct 27, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    English Paul, that is a very colo(u)rful comment 🙂

    Sounds to me that Steve is worried and is trying a bit of kiddology, I think it’s a test they will not pass. We are due a good away win and this should be it.

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  • Bill f

    Oct 27, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Incidently, Ive caught a bit of Beckhams prog. on Channel 5 and the American commentators are introducing some very descriptive and imo good terminology into the games. Perhaps you could do a blog Ed to further illuminate us.

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  • Leo

    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    who care about a couple letters in a word being different, i certainly dont.

    does anyone know of anywhere where i can catch the game online???

    its the opposite of what martin jol said about us, maybe he is doing that on perpose, he is a good manager and he will only say things if he has reason to believe it will help his team.

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  • Bill f

    Oct 27, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Absolutely right leo, as a large number of bloggers aren’t English or even English speaking. (They certainly manage it better than my Norwegian, Nigerian, Dutch , Danish, Outer Mongolian or Martian etc. ). Perhaps we shouldn’t pick up on the odd Lapp(se) made from time to time.

    Having said that it’s fun to take the mickey out of our American cousins at times. 🙂

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  • Tripp

    Oct 27, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Alreet, ah guess al’ll speak English. Ah divn’t knaa that ah was doing different, like. (I’m not mocking Wor Geordies I’m just making a point about what’s the proper language for this site.)

    All in good fun I suppose. Since there’s not even one English in England perhaps you can elaborate.

    Billf, we love taking the piss out of you lot too 🙂 (actually, we love you guys). I’ve made an effort to learn Enlgish slang and spelling. Don’t always get it right (you guys use so many u’s and i’s that we don’t and the re vs er thing can be confusing) but I still make an effort. Kudos to the folks who didn’t grow up with any English but are still contributing (as Bill pointed out) to this and other blogs with insightful, intelligent comments. ’nuff said.

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