Newcastle vs Bolton: Teams – Ameobi Starts


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There’s an immediate surprise with Keegan’s first team selection as Shola Ameobi is recalled to the starting line up. Ameobi hasn’t featured since the Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal back in September. Shola comes in for Mark Viduka, who is injured yet again with a calf injury.

This is a great chance for Shola to prove what he can do in front of new manager Kevin Keegan and a packed house at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle are without suspended Nicky Butt, Alan Smith and Emre. David Rozehnal surprisingly comes into central midfield alongside Charles N’Zogbia. Michael Owen will be captain in the absence of both Geremi and Smith and play with Shola up front. David will play defensive midfield, which he’s played before and Charles will attack. It’s a standard 4-4-2 line-up with wingers Milner and Duff.

It wouldn’t surprise us in the least if Michael scores a few goals today – we certainly hope so.
Substitutes will be Academy graduates Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua, David Edgar and James Troisi.

As expected Bolton give debuts to recently signed Matt Taylor and Gretar Steinsson, both of whom interested Newcastle at one time.

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, David Rozehnal, James Milner, Charles N’Zogbia, Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Steve Harper, James Troisi, David Edgar, Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua


Bolton Wanderers:
Jussi Jaaskelainen, Kevin Nolan (c), Ricardo Gardner, Kevin Davies, Gretar Steinsson, Danny Guthrie, Gavin McCann, Joey O’Brien, Lubomir Michalik, Andy O’Brien, Matt Taylor
Subs: Ali Al Habsi, Jlloyd Samuel, Stelios, Ivan Campo, Tamir Cohen

Referee: Alan Wiley
Attendance: 52,000 plus


57 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #1

    the bench read’s like our youth team . young un’s fight for there place more out on the pitch imo .

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  • Nev

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #2

    he better be GOALA ameobi today !!

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Hah. That guy who commented earlier in the Wayne Bridge article really did meet Keegan earlier. I thought he was having a laugh.

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  • Howie

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #4

    ye haha he was spot on

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 19, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Cannot wait for this game to start.
    Will someone ring a bell before the game starts to signal the start of Kevin’s new era? 😀

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Wayne Bridge would be great at Newcastle – just great – I can see him now tearing down the wing in the black and white shirt. Kevin’s kind of player.

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Nev don’t give up the day job mate 😉

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  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #8

    any links to watch the match lads?

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  • ssdd

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #9

    wats the link for today game

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #11

    If Ameobi loses the ball like he did vs derby, so many times im going to scream!

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh to be a fly on the dressing room wall today, imagine…… COME ON LADS!!!

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Ameobi ???!!! Rozy in midfield ??? under normal circumstances i would say that is a shite team…………..under normal circumstances…….

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  • Neil Hale

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Heres a link, no software needed. Man utd fan by the way after staying top of the league i thought i would spread some good will. Looks like this channel constanlty streams setanta and shows some terrestrial games. enjoy geordie lads! – http://wrtv.blogspot.com/

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  • Obafan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Come on Shola, take your last chance. I think he will play full of confidence and he will do it very good.

    What an immediate impact KK has; Ameobi plays for the first time in months and Owen is our ‘new’ captain…

    COME ON THE TOON!!!

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  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #16

    me too worried about the team ,but like toonking says this game is not under normal circumstances.come on the toon, it might be tough but i think we will win

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  • Billy Whizz

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #17

    After you click on the link, what do you do when the page opens?

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Ok here we go, dawning of a new age.

    Team’s selected itself due to suspensions etc.

    Good luck, the fun starts here 🙂

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    it’s STARTIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Did you see that reception, MA and CM looked like dogs with two dicks

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  • geordie_jordan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #21

    no way kk has a full team to work with. that’s all he’s got.

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #22

    “There’s only one Kevin Keegan”

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  • Gilly

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #23

    I know we are short but Shola…he can’t trap a bag of cement!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24

    rozehnal is worrying me.

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Yep Tom yer right, he’s playing with to much confidence going forward and his final poass is shocking, usually ending up in him giving the ball away

    Kev not happy in the dugout

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  • Nev

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #26

    my internet connection is a bag of balls, match keeps on jumping and stalling every 3 seconds
    so i listening on radio and watch the match on footy first tonite 😀

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  • geordie_jordan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #27

    roz is shocking so far

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  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #28

    rozehnal worrying

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  • Pro-KK

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #29

    short passes – The King is in the Building. Short

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  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #30

    we need to get hold of this game

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #31

    We’re playing some real dangerous dave football at the back; every time Bolton attack we stand off.

    They should be standing their ground and pressuring their attack into making mistakes, but no, take the ball lads have a go why don’t you, in fact why not have a shot at Shay?

    This is a bad hangover from previous Management if you ask me – STAND YER GROUND FFS

    Good to see Bez and Rob Elliot in teh stand as well as El Presidente

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  • Dalston

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #32

    roz playing in midfield?

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  • Gilly

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #33

    You have to define playing…he’s running about giving the ball away!

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  • Stevey

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #34

    to be fair, he played owen in nicely there

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  • Keep Oba

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #35

    well…this game is showing us nothing…we have no players…Carr, Rozy in mid (who is playing fine, not great…calm down people) and Ameobi do not put much fear into people…we need more players to be back…this is ONE game where Alan Smith wouldnt mess up the lineup and he has gotten himself suspended…

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  • DP

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Steve_48 were 23 minutes in mate.Jesus. This is why the rest of the country laugh at us, because a minority of Geordies are FAR too unrealistic…imo the ref hasn’t helped the game flow at all so far.2-0 geordies my prediction. HOWAY THE LADS

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  • Gilly

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Fair one Stevey..give you that. Keep Oba, I don’t agree mate Roz has not settled, but I agree its the only option/team we have available.

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  • Steve_48

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #38

    DP – just making a comment

    Not expecting miracles mate, just some balls into the box for Ameobi to head down and Owen to slot, not took much to ask… Too much dribbling and trying to beat one more man. You’ll impress KK by service here, not necessarily skill.

    Defending close to your man should be in the job description as a defender though.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #39

    boring…………..

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Enrique always looks assured on the ball – I really like the look of him. Still no hint of the reasons behind why Big Sam never played him.

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