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Birmingham vs Newcastle – Martins Viduka Start


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Kevin Keegan has made several changes from the side that fell apart against Liverpool last Saturday.

Keegan gives starts to Martins and Viduka and finally Smith is benched.

But we look a bit weak on the wings and we have to assume Geremi and Martins will start there. Very surprising to us that Charles N’Zogbia is only a substitute and not starting on the left wing.

There is no Damien Duff included so we assume he’s injured, unless he’s been given a night off. It’s good to see big Andy Carroll on the bench.

We wanted Oba to start and Smith to be on the bench so we got our wish, but who’s going to provide the width and attacking flair down the wings?

It looks to us we’ll play 4-3-3 (?) with Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Oba Martins up front with Nicky Butt, Joey Barton and Geremi in midfield.

But the bench is also strong and it looks like Keegan is going all out attack tonight. With only 3 goals in 8 games, that’s probably good.

TEAMS

Birmingham City:
Maik Taylor, Liam Ridgewell, Stephen Kelly, Radhi Jaidi, David Murphy, Fabrice Muamba, Sebastian Larsson, Damien Johnson (c), Gary McSheffrey, Mikael Forssell, James McFadden
Subs: Colin Doyle, Stuart Parnaby, Mehdi Nafti, Mauro Zarate, Cameron Jerome

Newcastle United:
Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Joey Barton, Oba Martins, Mark Viduka, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Fraser Forster, Claudio Cacapa, Charles N’Zogbia, Alan Smith, Andy Carroll

This is the night of truth for Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!!


179 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #161

    According to Yahoo stats, we’ve had 60% possession, 17 shots, 5 on target???

    That cannot be right!!!

    We should be winning by a mile!!

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  • ToonKing

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #162

    Leave Geremi on, Zoggy for Barton..

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  • Hadrian

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #163

    these corners are meant for near post headers for owen , zoggy played the same shit corners last game . if they come off there great , if they dont they look weak as hell.

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  • Hadrian

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #164

    and my god i love harper in goal compared to shay , cbh with any shay fan’s im sorry , there’s no argument there to be had anymore .

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  • OzZyMagpiE

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #165

    i heard zoggy comin on for martinz…… wtf datz juz stupid datz typical SA style.. take off our best playa

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  • ende

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #166

    hadrian: of course there’s an argument.. the thing is, either way you look at that argument, we’ve got two class keepers. What a luxury.

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  • Hadrian

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #167

    martins off 🙁
    gutta for him . that strop was ott , keegans not impressed

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  • ToonKing

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #168

    KK you daft c*nt, Oba off ??!! stupid stupid…… 🙁

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  • ende

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #169

    I guess he might be thinking it a bit more conservative, going back to a 442. Thing is, I’d join zog with bringing Carroll in for Dukes if that’s the case.

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  • ende

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #170

    dang, lost the stream

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  • ToonKing

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #171

    come on lads!!!

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  • Hadrian

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #172

    we could get a goal here , but a draw would be areet for me .

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  • ToonKing

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #173

    damn, we got a little air, but it still isn’t the best of result’s.

    I’m getting more and more disillusioned in KK….:(

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  • Hadrian

    Mar 17, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #174

    pretty confident we can pick a win up v fulham after watching that .

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  • toon1978

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #175

    Sorry but that still aint good enough its still utter rubbish, cant win, wont win, cant score many goals let a shed loads in 5 years ago we were pushingthese sides to one side now we struggle WHEN ARE WE GONNA WIN FOR GOD SAKE. We should of bought in January but wi didnt fat Ash we to bloody greedy. we need a miracle.

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  • geordie nick

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #176

    better second half but still no where near good enough, i think kk could hav cost us 2 points ther by takin off oba, if he had taken off geremi or barton and left oba on we wud hav won in my opinion, oba is right to be pissed off aswell!!!!

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  • toon1978

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #177

    McFadden is a quality little player wouldnt mind him at the toon deserved his MOTM IMO

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  • toon1978

    Mar 17, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #178

    Toon king Keegan can only manage a team he inherited and some of the players will be away in the summer and he will hopefully bring some quality in if we are still in the PL.

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  • Keano

    Mar 18, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #179

    This place has good streams like

    http://www.toonaredoomed.com

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