Sunderland vs Newcastle Teams: Emre Starts


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Sam Allardyce has recalled Turkish star Emre, Aussie striker Mark Viduka and Czech defender David Rozehnal for the derby clash at the Stadium of Light today.


Nicky Butt (suspended), Jose Enrique and Claudio Cacapa are the players who make way, and it looks like Charles N’Zogbia will operate at left-back in place of Enrique.

Alan Smith drops back into midfield where he is joined by Emre, Joey Barton and James Milner. Michael Owen will be captain for the day, as Geremi again starts on the bench and Michael will be partnered by Mark Viduka in attack. Still no place, even on the bench, for Shola Ameobi, a local Newcastle lad.

It looks like Smith will be out on the right wing and Milner out left, with two attacking midfielders in Barton and Emre – looks like a strange team to us.  Not much defensive strength in midfield – wasn’t that one of our faults last week?

For Sunderland, former Newcastle player Michael Chopra starts up front alongside Kenwyne Jones, and Carlos Edwards also returns to the Sunderland side following injury.

TEAMS

Sunderland: Craig Gordon, Nyron Nosworthy, Ian Harte, Danny Higginbottom, Paul McShane, Grant Leadbitter, Ross Wallace, Dickson Etuhu, Carlos Edwards, Michael Chopra, Kenwyne Jones

Subs: Anthony Stokes, Liam Miller, Darren Ward, Danny Collins, David Connolly

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Charles N’Zogbia, Abdoulaye Faye, David Rozehnal, James Milner, Alan Smith, Emre, Joey Barton, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka

Subs: Jose Enrique, Oba Martins, Geremi, Habib Beye, Fraser Forster

Referee: M Atkinson
Attendance:  48.000 sell out



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142 comments so far

  • Pete

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #1

    lets f****ing kill em

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  • nightfall

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #2
  • nightfall

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    sorry…wrong link: “Who has been the worst signing of the season?” vote and check the results…
    http://eurosport.yahoo.com/football/

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  • nightfall

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

    wtf is sam doing? n’zogbia as LB? smith as AMR? “the Bull” not playing? and smith our captain? wtf?!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Maybe Smith will start in central midfield with Emre out on some wing??

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  • nightfall

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    emre is to slow to play on the wing

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    I think your mistaken Ed 🙂 , Emre will be on the left and Milner on the right with Smithy and Joey in the middle. And that’s one though center middfield for the scum to get past.

    3-0. …….whit out even breakin’ a sweat. 😉

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  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Look like Smith and Barton are midfield with Alan playing defensive midfield.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #9

    toonking – looks like you’re right – boy I feel nervous.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    back at HT with report – HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!!

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Not playing with much cohesion , but at least we have taken the sting out of the game, crowd quietening down.

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  • Obafan

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    A few comments IMO;
    positives: no Enrique, Emre starts

    negatives: Taylor plays, Beye on the bench, Smith on the pitch and Oba again on the bench

    We need Oba to score goals, what does BS have against him; I don’t understand it? And Smith is playing all the time without producing anything good in all those games (favourite of Ashlay that’s the reason why he always plays)…

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Bobby, let the adrenaline subside, first 10-15 will be scrappy at best

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #14

    where the hell was our right back there ?

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  • Hog

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #15

    TV ANTS NOT WORKING!! HOW CAN I WATCH?!

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  • Obafan

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #16

    First attempt on goal. Where the f**ck was Taylor, that was the guy he has to mark. Get him of the pitch, man, he will make a mistake again that will cost us a goal; I’m sure of it.

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #17

    bobby , i was screaming the same thing .
    was that the mackems left back or left mid with the shot ?

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #18

    @ Hog – Any proxy settings in there? Close all other running applications as well

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  • Obafan

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Tv ants works by me. Fantastic tackle by Faye.

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Great thru ball to Owen, shame about his timing there, defo 0-1

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Hard first 20 mins

    channel 2 TVAnts best so far

    http://myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=1808&part=sports

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #22

    playing some nicer football along the ground aswell , losing possesion abit , but thats gotta be down to time together .
    i like smith when he plays one touch football , but out on the wide that seems daft , he’s not got much of a cross on him .
    we seem up for it , lets just hope for no more mistakes , havent been confident all week comming in to this . hope im proved wrong .

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Get him sent off – he cant talk to the ref like that ! pop eyed little turncoat get.

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #24

    lol @ Chopra played Zog 🙂

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  • sparetheman

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #25

    What’s this obsession Allardyce has with playing Smith out of position? For the life of me, I can’t understand it.

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Four players on Jones to bring him down- I think he looks dangerous

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #27

    this is it

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  • Obafan

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Owen should have took that one on the volley, fantastic ball in by the Zog.

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  • Craig Allen

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t like the look of this lineup …

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Yeah Jones been a good find by Keane

    Zog been best for us in 30 mins

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #31

    the more i see of zoggy the more its looking like he could be one of the world class greats in a couple of years , skill , strength , great passing and crossing , lovely long range shot and steady enough finishing ….. why the hell is he at left back ? 🙂
    if its to catch the mackems offguard and let him push up its working i suppose .

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #32

    yaaaaaaaaaaaahhh

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #33

    We’ve actually defended, shame we’ve had 2

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Taylor is a fish outa water at RB, too many mistakes already, not even tracking back with the unwashed left hand side players running bloody riot

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  • Hog

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #35

    73% Possesion Sunderland’s. Not Good.

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  • Eve

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh God. At this rate Sunderland will score first.

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #37

    @Hog: That was only the last 5 minutes man, still need this more on the turf that in the air for me, then our ability to feed into the box will overcome

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  • Dalston

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #38

    midfield, midfield, our problem has always been in the midfield, all the players look confused, no shape, lots of frustration.

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  • Hadrian

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #39

    that 73% flatters the mackems really , dont like speaking to soon tho so ill give my judgement on the lads after the match .

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 10, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Faye n Zog been best in a hard derby game.

    better play by toon than in recent games

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