Newcastle vs Portsmouth: Teams – Taylor, Harper Back


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Shay Given is ruled out again, with his persistent groin injury, so Steve Harper comes back for his seventh start of the season.

Big Sam has also recalled Steven Taylor to the line-up at right back, with Alan Smith, Charles N’Zogbia and James Milner also in the starting eleven. At least we’ll have some width today, unlike last week.

There is no place for Geremi, Emre, Oba Martins or Habib Beye in the starting eleven, and Beye is not even included in the substitutes.

Nicky Butt is captain in the absence of Geremi, while midfield partner Joey Barton makes his full home debut. This is a brave choice by manager Sam Allardyce – and it looks a good and balanced attacking team.

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Abdoulaye Faye, James Milner, Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Michael Owen, Alan Smith

Subs: Fraser Forster, David Rozehnal, Emre, Geremi, Oba Martins

Portsmouth: David James, Sol Campbell, Sylvain Distin, John Utaka, Niko Kranjcar, Papa Bouba Diop, Glen Johnson, Sulley Muntari, Noe Pamarot, Sean Davis, Benjani

Subs: Jamie Ashdown, Matt Taylor, Lauren, Nwanko Kanu, Pedro Mendes



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138 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Should be Emre instead of Butt and Taylor shouldn’t be on the right, other than that it’s a fairly good team.
    Been waiting to see Smithy – Owen partnership i have a feeling it will be a great team-up.

    HOWAY!!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Toonking – think it’s a good attacking team – has the makings of a great game – as long as we win!!

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  • malaysian youngster

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #3

    any link to see the game live?

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  • toonoholic

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4

    no geremi .. no geremi .. woopie ! wonder whose the captain ?

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #5

    i think i would have preferred to start with martins instead of owen as he seems to have his scoriing boots on for club and country, and do we knowanything about why Beye has been dropped from the squad?. But yer glad to see the wingers back and im feelin nice and confident today! 😀

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  • SteveD

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    @ malaysian youngster

    Use TVU then goto channel 21500 – English commentary

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Nahhh i gta say, this line up is exactly what i have been hoping for…. seeing taylor back is good, Zog and Milner starting 😀 theres the width and skill, no Geremi fantastic!!!…. and Smith will be great! much betta having him than Oba up with Owen, having heard the changes i am very positive, its a strong side we are fielding today.

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  • malaysian youngster

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #8

    oh ya butt is the captain thanks steveD feel so like part of the family now.. ^^

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #9

    @Steve: You wouldn’t happen to be Steve_48 from MyP2p would you ??? 🙂

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Barton will probably come off for Emre at some point, unless he is having a cracker. So that shouldn’t unbalance us to much.

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  • SteveD

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #11

    @ ToonKing ;),

    Same time, same Bat Channel

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #12

    I think and certainly hope Smith is able to open up the defence a bit and slip Owen some balls through, thats probably why they are playing Owen not Oba, Owen times his runs to perfection.

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  • malaysian youngster

    Nov 3, 2007 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #13

    must i register for TVU?

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  • SteveD

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Not that I’m aware of…. hurry up man, it’s aboot to start

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  • Eve

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Given most be absolutley disgusted. Kinda sudden, thought he was over it. Taylor’s back..we’ll have to see how that goes. Good attacking team up front, not to sure about the defense but what can ya do.

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  • malaysian youngster

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #16

    steveD, is the loading that long?seems like not working for me. any alternatives?

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  • Magpies

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #17

    can u tell me the website address to watch live nufc game? i am from Malaysia, here no live nufc game… thx

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  • SteveD

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #18

    @ malaysian youngster

    http://www.myp2p.eu/, look for the 3 x links

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #19

    That was a fantastic shot from Smudger, good save from James – he needs to be rattled early on

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #20

    ooooo smith with the defelcted shot.

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Fookin’ shite “£$£$%$&%^&%^&^£%%2345243

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #22

    what the f*(*king f*^*ck!!!???

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  • Magpies

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #23

    wat going on? just ten minute we lose 0-2? i here no live to watch the game…

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #24

    f*((k this shit …

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #25

    we havent even kicked offf!!! OMG i hate match days

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #26

    sick 🙁

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  • toonoholic

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #27

    2 goals in 2 minutes ???

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #28

    WTF , really sick

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #29

    What the f*(&ck??? theres a mistake surely

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #30

    this is insane 2 goals in 1 min’ fookin Cacapa f*&*ck this shite……………………………………..i think i just popped out a tear………..

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #31

    how is that even possible? barely time to restart

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #32

    bbc now says 3-0?? thats a joke right?

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #33

    I really can’t understand this, what a crap start, Harps could have made more of an effort for the 2nd one. I was looking forward to this.

    0-3 now – F*CK ME

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #34

    awww f*&^ck this im turning it off .

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  • toonfan1

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #35

    0-3!!! omg cant believe it like a bloody nightmare

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  • toonoholic

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #36

    WHAT THE F*&&*K IS GOING ON ???

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #37

    this is a joke 🙁

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Don’t bother 3-0 down after 11 minutes ….. good going guys

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  • toonoholic

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #39

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON ???

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  • joshi

    Nov 3, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #40

    we are the worst team i have ever seen!… even under the worst manager we have had this would never have happened.

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