Quick Way Back for Newcastle – Beat Chelsea

There’s an easy way back for the Newcastle team after their disgraceful performance at Wigan Athletic yesterday. That’s to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.


Frank Lampard – suffered thigh injury in 4-4 draw with Villa yesterday

That may not be as outlandish a statement as it first appears, because Chelsea now have lots of injuries. Frank Lampard is the latest to be out with a thigh injury sustained in the game against Aston Villa yesterday when Chelsea drew 4-4 with Aston Villa, in an exciting game. England Captain John Terry is already out for a few months with a broken metatarsal.

A statement released by the Chelsea club today referred to Lampard’s injury and read as follows:

“Scans today have revealed a tear in Frank Lampard’s right thigh. The tear is not in the same leg that Frank injured earlier this season.”

“He will begin his rehabilitation immediately and we hope to have him back playing within a few weeks.”

But the good news is that he will miss the game on Saturday and Ricardo Carvalho was sent off yesterday with a straight red card for a wild two footed challenge. We are hoping Ricardo will be banned for Saturday’s game, although we’re not sure about that yet. Michael Ballack returned from injury yesterday, and scored a goal direct from a free kick, and looked in good form, it has to be said.

Of course Chelsea have a load of stars, but Aston Villa outplayed them in the first half, and looked really good value for their 2-0 lead before Chelsea were awarded a penalty just seconds before the half time whistle. This allowed Chelsea to get right back in the game. Zat Knight was also sent off for the foul, because he was Villa’s last man when he brought down Michael Ballack in the penalty box.

But Chelsea may not be the formidable team they were under former manager Jose Mourinho. Yesterday’s result should give the Newcastle team some hope, at the very least. Watching the tapes from the game yesterday should give Big Sam some idea of the best way to play against the Londoners.

We hope we meet Chelsea when they are not at their very best. To beat them we’ll certainly need some breaks, that’s for sure.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

47 comments so far

  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Well there never been a better time to play Chelsea
    no Drogba, Terry, A.Cole, Carvallo, Lampard so they’ll effectively be playing a second team.

    The players should be up for this so should at least show some commitment after extremely poor showings against the bottom clubs.

    However Sam will be playing for a draw which means we’ll probably get beaten.

    My prediction then ………………………. a defeat

  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #2

    ballack and shev looked great for them yesterday , they both look to be determined to do well at chelsea and seem tobe sticking together .
    like to think we will beat chelsea , but for once this season im going to mak some cash on the toon instead of blowing it, and pop a fiver on chelsea rather than my regular fiver on the toon .

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #3

    4-0 loss for the toon, im fully supportive of that aslong as fat sam gets sacked after.

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Tom_Toon: As much as I don’t think Allardyce is right for us, I just cannot want any score other than a win for the toon. However putting my sensible head on, even a weakened Chelsea team could still win 4-0 :0(

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #5

    its a bit bad for me o turn on the team like that, obviously i want a win but at the moment i have to say that because he has to go.

  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Tom_Toon – I know what you mean, I so want Allardyce to get the sack but will be at the game on Sat praying for a win, fvck fvck fvck

  • Ross

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #7

    i couldnt ever bet against the toon like, because even if i’m 95% sure we’re gonna lose, there’s always optimism. i’ll never completly kill us off before the ball’s been kicked.
    you know how sporadic we are sometimes.
    however, even a weakened chelsea team is still a strong squad, and if we go and play anything like we did yesterday, we’ll be in a sh*tload of trouble.

  • mrat18

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #8

    i don’t think it’s a way back.

    well, how do you think we can beat Chelsea away? 0-1? with 17-2 on goal atemmpts? and Given with MOM award?

    We don’t have the quality to compete with the big four, but we do have the quality to show some decent footy against rock bottom sides! I don’t even say “to win them”!

    I mean if we cannot outplay bottom teams then there is something to be changed no matter what result we will get at stamford bridge.

  • carl

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #9

    not a chance , 3 or 4 – o to chelsea, face it under big sam we are crap.well unfortunately for me im going as i got my ticket already.im a MUG £ 48 FOR MY TICKET, THE TRAIN AND BEER MONEY! THATS ANOTHER TON DOWN THE DRAIN

  • Sid

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Makelele has just had an operation, Malouda still seems to be out and Cudicini has damaged ribs. That’s 8 out.

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed – to the Allardyce apologists who want him given more time. More time to do what exactly – become the new Bolton? No thanks, I’d rather watch paint dry!! Bolton were never more than a mediocre mid-table team who kicked everyone. A latter day Wimbledon if you will. Who in their right mind wants to pay good money to watch that every week? Allardyce couldn’t be more removed from the Wenger or even the KK style. Also please don’t tell me Sam is tactically aware. Clearly he really isn’t , as he has absolutely no Plan B. Mourinho wasn’t great to watch but crucially Jose did have a plan B. Like Souness, if you play 5-4-1, the 1 has to be really fast , not like Shearer then or Viduka now. It’s great, £3M a year to totally not get it! Sam is a dinosaur ,who like Souness before him blames everyone else for his own shortcomings. Sams’s ego has well and truly landed. He deflects any criticism whatsoever. If he for once said I got it wrong, I’d maybe have an ounce of respect for him.

    Krul ( Shay is off form right now)
    Beye Taylor EDGAR Enrique
    Milner Butt Emre N’Zogbia
    Viduka Martins

    How hard can it be players in right positions and pass the ball on the ground and less than 25 yards at a time!!!!!!!!!!
    Sam would play Kaka as a sweeper and tell him to hoof it!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #12

    LOL , barton nicked for assault after all night bender yesterday ? 😛
    can we sack him aswell as sam ?:)

  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #13

    kinel – from bad to worse and the scouse get was calling us vicious – the cheeky get


  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #14

    How was he allowed to stay in liverpool – we’ve got a game on Sat!!!

  • valle

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Sad, sad, sad way the things have turned out this weekend. And just what Sam and the fans needed… Well, lets say welcome to all the City fans who will be joining us soon to gloat…

  • lezb

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Its criminal what Sams doing to the toon can we not get him locked up as well

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #17

    barton omg, that ctually hit a nerve with me he deserves to be fkin put to death, maybe. 🙂

    The biggest hipocrite ive ever seen, what a fkin muppet

  • brett wilkes

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #18

    same old same old- so we are massively under achieving so lets all just jump on the band wagon and turn on the club we supposedly LOVE!!!!!
    you stick to your sack him chants and boo the team , that will make the players play better and the Any manager want to come here!!!! enjoy the rest of your miserable season while i will just keep believing that somewhere-somehow we will turn this season around because its he club I LOVE!!!!

  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #19

    dunno wether to wait till you have a post up about barton before i mock him 😀

  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Brett, you’re a muppet – footballs a business and we paid to be entertained, do you truly expect us to cheer the crap that has been served up this season, we managed to ‘help the team’ after Portsmouth but Derby and Wigan were the final straws and booing the team is the only way we can voice our concerns.
    It’s really easy to stop the fans booing, just start playing half decent football and we’ll cheer you through the whole game

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Brett you are totally in denial. KK and SBR got 5 years each as they both played good and successful football and were ultimately victims of Shepherd’s stupidity, nothing to do with the fans. We all love the club but we know when there is a stench around it. Sam’s tactics, formations and substitutions need to be arrested now as he clearly has no plan B whatsoever. He created a dinosaur in Bolton who basically just kicked everyone and hoofed it. Do you really want 5 years of that to ultimately continue to be a mediocre mid table team? If you really love the club you too would be agitating for change.
    Sam’s a top man in his field in his eyes only. He has to keep telling himself that as everyone else
    can see the reality that he really can’t cut it and merely postures as a gum chewing oaf ( and alledged bung merchant). SBR finished 3rd, 4th and 5th, KK finished 2rd. Can you really in all honesty ever see Sam getting even close. Get rid now while we are in relative safety. Things could get even worse than 1 shot on goal in 90 mins!!!!!
    Sven = Elano and Petrov
    Sam = Barton and Smith
    Sven = Passing game
    Sam = Hoofball.
    Sven: Flair and creativity
    Sam = Grit and determination ( that would be something at least!!!!!!!)

  • Callum

    Dec 27, 2007 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Newcastle cant even beat Derby at home or Wigan away so how will they beat Chelsea away? Never happening.

  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #23

    @Nick – thats pretty much spot on although very depressing, think the grit and determination bit will come when he gets rid of those slackers, martins, owen, zogs, milner, emre and taylor

  • JoshI

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #24

    What does beating Chelsea prove? absolutley nothing, unless of course we play 4-4-2 and every player is in postion and we play the ball along the ground. Then, and only then, would it be the quick way back for Newcastle United.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Valle its funny that just today you highlighted how vital petrov is to city, im watching the match and you couldnt be more right, Blackburn do not know how to nullify him, the guy is amazing

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #26

    same dragoner, i knew the lad was good when in spain, but for man city atm hes somehing else, what a game.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Also, Bentley to me has every chance of becoming a new and IMPROVED version of David Beckham. His delivery is second to none, freekicks, crosses, you name it he can do it, consisstently aswell. Why i think he can be better than Beckham is because Bentley seems equally adept with both feet. He really is class

  • Nick Dryden

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Steve I know it’s very depressing. We desperately need a feel good factor. It’s like when Souness left. It wasn’t that Roeder was a great manager, but everyone was just so happy Souness had gone. As you pointed out, we have some half decent players, but you could give Sam: Kaka, Ronaldinho et al and he’d still try and nullify derby away!!!!!!!

  • Obafan

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #29

    We have to hope that we loose by one goal, but I see 3 or 4 ending up in our net. If we loose I hope SA gets the sack, that s the only thing positive that can happen after a defeat next Sat!!!

  • Nick C

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #30

    The thing I dont get with Allardyce is that we are so disorganised and with no stomach for the battle. I think there are fair points made about Bolton’s style, but you could always guarantee they would be very difficult to break down and would be particularly dangerous from set pieces. I think a lot of NUFC fans would accept this style of football if it was successful. However at present we have the worse of both worlds. We are easy to beat and our play stinks.
    3-0 to Chelsea.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #31

    according to stats (winning percentage) Keegan is the best manager we have ever had and Sam Allardyce is one of the worst, and whats bad is Sam Allardyces results are over a short term.

    Keegan has a 55% win percentag over 5 years compared to Sam 35% over 6 months.

  • Eve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #32

    No em, I can actually see us beating Chelsea, or well, actually a draw maybe. With it ending 1-1, 2-1, or maybe 1-0 to them with Given getting the MOTM award, I’d actually put decent enough money on that happening.

  • Hammy

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #33

    If you ask me the players seem to be engineering Sam’s exit…..as soon as the players take a dislike to tactics and selections and the so forth..it’s bye bye manager I’m afraid…..
    Mort is going to be out with the calculator to see what it’s gonna cost to get rid of Big Sam and his cronies.
    A shame really as I was expecting a lot more from the current set-up…….

  • Hammy

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #34

    I might put a tenner on Given putting an over head kick into his own net…Corals offering 10-1.

  • Eve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Hammy..at least he cleared it. He improvised. LOL!!

  • Hammy

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Hi Eve, Merry Christmas…

  • Eve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Happy Christmas to you too.

  • GraemeR

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Whilst SA appears limited and one dimensional in his managment skills – the players must shoulder the blame for such inept performance – no passion – no effort – no fight – no team spirt.
    They get well paid for what they do and any self respecting player must want to play to the best of their individual ability. Can Barton, Milner, Given, Butt or Obe honestly say we have seen the best of them recently?? Players cannot expect to make the team week in week out if they play one good match and then go missing for the next five. Cant see any result at Chelski but we must at least put up a show – or its TAXI FOR SAM – and at least half a dozen players.

    P.S. Hope there is some clause in Bartons contract that we can claim damages against the VICIOUS little thug should he go off the rails again – the recent escapade will look good in front of the court in July when he will be judged (by god I believe he said??) for his previous spat

  • Ashton

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Lol , i like barton and in the article they mentioned that ” barton was slammed for kicking a Sunderland player in the private parts during a game ” hahah

    Howay Joey Barton the private parts kicker !

  • Hadrian

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #40

    imagine how much its gonna cost sacking sam and all his cronnies !!
    commentater was saying he’s got 23 backroom staff , 23!!!! ??? can that be right ?
    your talking 10mill+ paying off sam as it is.


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