Duff’s First Home Start – Give Him Big Cheer Tonight

It will be a very welcome sight when Irishman Damien Duff starts his first game of the season at St. James’ Park this evening, when he will line up on the left wing.


Damien Duff – first home start this season – give the lad a big welcome

After his almost career-ending ankle injury suffered at Portsmouth last April, we’re sure the Newcastle fans will give him a fantastic welcome back tonight. And since he’s been out so long, Damien has looked surprisingly good in the last couple of games, and we thought he worked hard in Saturday’s game against his old side Chelsea and looked decent, at the very least.

He can be a key player for us the rest of the season, and provide a double thrust on the wings, with James Milner. The Irishman, born and bred in Dublin, told the Chronicle today:

“We want to start 2008 with a bang.” “We all need to stick together and that includes the staff, players and fans.” “I know the fans weren’t happy at Wigan the other day, but I think at Chelsea we were better and deserved something out of the game.”

“Man City is a massive game for us.” “We want to get back to winning ways, especially in front of our own fans.” “We’ve had a disappointing Christmas period and just want to get back to winning ways for them.”

“We are disappointed at the moment but hopefully we can take it into the Man City game.” “It isn’t a case of just getting something out of the game – we want three points.” “We have to get the win. We can take a lot out of the game at Chelsea – we could have won but now we hope to get the win tonight.”

We think Sam will play an attacking 4-4-2 tonight and think this team would do very well.

Given (captain)
Beye Taylor Cacapa N’Zogbia
Milner Faye Emre Duff
Viduka Owen
Subs: Harper Rozehnal Geremi Enrique Martins

With Milner and Duff on the wings, we can cause Manchester City a lot of problems tonight. But we’re unsure whether Sam will risk starting Michael Owen, but Michael must be played so he can give something to the team this year. His finishing has been desperately missed these last 6 weeks and with him in the side, we probably would have scored more goals and got more points.

We’re also not sure Big Sam can leave Butt completely out of his 16, since Nicky has been playing really well recently, but we do have that game on Saturday at Stoke City which could be very tough for us.

But first things first – a win tonight – and make sure those of you who are at the game – give a big cheer for Damien on his return – and also for Michael Owen of course. They might just reward us with match-winning performances – wouldn’t that be something. 😀

Comments always very welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Howie

    Jan 2, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #1

    butt was rested against wigan so dont think he needs resting again. however he does have 9 bookings so 1 more and he will be out for 2 matches which is all we need with african cup so soon. lets hope the duff that played for blackburn and early in chelsea career can come back

  • GalloMate

    Jan 2, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Second that Howie

  • James

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone else on here think Duff would be ideal in a Rooney ish sitting deep role just in behind the front 2 strikers? He’d be a great playmaker for the team and a link between the static midfield

  • Chicken

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #4

    If he plays like he did last time round he’ll be about as welcome as a case of herpes.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    ive made a decision my New years resolution is to back Sam all the way, the way i see it is if the players are happy with him then so am i.

    New Year
    New Start
    New Castle


  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #6

    the fact as much as some of us dont like it he is the manager and until Mike Ashley and Chris Mort say otherwise we need to give him all the support we can

  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Big Sam for Newcastle !!!!! We’re going to win this one !!! 😀

    lets hope Emre and Viduka start the match 🙂

  • Sinead

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Given, captain, ya right. Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a great captain, he deserves it. But no, he doesn’t fit the criteria at all. He’s only been at Newcastle more then 10 years and been brilliant, he doesn’t have the respect of the players or the fans at all..(not the sarcasm) but Sam wont give him the captains armband. Unfortunately he’ll probably start Butt and Butt will get it.
    That most be so nice though. Geremi, Smith and Butt have all only been there 1 season, and they are all picked above a very consistent, bloody good, long serving, player who the fans and everyone else really believes deserves it, he was vice captain last year. And is still VC with Ireland. And has been captain countless of times does a good job of it and yet..no.
    We’ll give it to an average, 60 minute player who’s been there for not even a season.
    Atleast I think he will, if he doesn’t then my rant will have been pointless.
    Ah well.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Christ, Butt is Captain tonight and we appear to be playing a 442!!!!!


  • Eve

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Amazing. Butt, fantastic, 4-4-2. I love it. God this man in charge is a genius.

  • Howie

    Jan 2, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #11

    i forget what a 4-4-2 is. i havent seen it for so long


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