Edgar Starts At Right Back For Newcastle


As expected Kevin, Keegan has named a strong looking Newcastle United eleven for the game against Hartlepool United this afternoon, at Victoria Park.

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Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan fields interesting side

Nicky Butt will skipper the side today, in the absence of regular captain Michael Owen, and the former Manchester United stalwart is joined in midfield by Damien Duff, James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia – a strong combination indeed.

Shay Given returns in goal, having missed the final two months of last season because of injury, and 20 year-old Fraser Forster is the substitute, who we would expect to make his debut, probably in the second half.

Late news is that captain Michael Owen and goalkeeper Steve Harper picked up slight knocks during the week, and will not be risked today.

Newcastle will field a back four of David Edgar, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa and Jose Enrique, so Edgar gets his chance, in the absence of regular right back Habib Beye.  David started his first team career at Newcastle in the right back position.

Also, this will be a chance for Brazilian center-back Claudio Cacapa to show he is much better than he looked last season, when he was prone to too many errors at the back, and often look too slow against pacy attackers.

Nigerian favorite Oba Martins, who got 10 goals last season for the side to add to the 17  he scored in his first season, is partnered in attack by Alan Smith, and Newcastle are in a 4-4-2 formation this afternoon.

We will look for Smith to have an effective game, and hopefully he can start scoring some goals.

It’s also good to see Charles N’Zogbia starting, probably in center midfield, with Damien on the left wing, and Milner in his favorite position out on the right wing.

New boy Danny Guthrie is named among the Newcastle substitutes, and would expect him to play the second half.

A number of youngsters are named on the substitutes bench, and it wouldn’t surprise us if 18 year-old Ben Tozer is given a run out at left back in the second half.

Hartlepool United vs Newcastle United
Friendly, Victoria Park,Saturday, July 19, 2008
Kick-off 3pm

TEAMS

Hartlepool:
Arran Lee-Barrett, Jamie McCunnie, Ritchie Humphreys, Antony Sweeney, Ben Clark, Sam Collins (c), Gary Liddle, Ritchie Jones, James Brown, Joel Porter, Matty Robson
Subs: Andy Monkhouse, Jonny Rowell, Michael Mackay, Richard Barker, Alan Power, Michael Nelson, Willie Boland, Jan Budtz, David Foley

Newcastle United:
Shay Given, David Edgar, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, Damien Duff, James Milner, Nicky Butt (c), Charles N’Zogbia, Oba Martins, Alan Smith
Subs: Fraser Forster, Danny Guthrie, Shola Ameobi, Frank Wiafe Danquah, BenTozer, Callum Morris, Mark Doninger, Jonny Godsmark, Darren Lough

Referee: Graham Laws
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93 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #1

    where is micky owen ?

    hope he gives milner a run out in the centre of the park .

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    lloks like KK is experimenting a little little. Zog in the middle and Cacapa is given a second chance…..i perfectly agree with that….

    where’s Owen though…..and why do we have so few players……… 🙁

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  • toonfan1

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3

    i think that owen is recovering from a little knock and so is harper

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  • dw

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Owen and Harper have knocks and will not be risked today.

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  • nufc09

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #5

    it said on ssn that owen has a slight injury so wasnt risked and harper has a slight injury aswel.

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  • dougnufc

    Jul 19, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Gutierrez not playing?

    I hope Alan scores tbh, If he could get his scoring touch back as a striker, he would be great

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  • toonfan1

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #7

    keegan said that gutierrez isnt going to play in todays game

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  • Toonboy

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Are there any live feeds about???

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    shocking team… Butt.Cacapa.Smith oh my. It will be a walk over for Hartlepool LOL. Where us Jonas?? That’s only reason I wanted to watch it.

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  • richie

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    live streaming??

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  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    just watched some official videos on the nufc.premiumtv.com site, it looks like Viduka has lost weight so thats good eh. Gutierrez speaks good english and i have also just found out that our trialists played in a behind closed doors match against leeds. Hopefully they impressed

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  • Toonboy

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Manure losing 1-0 with a full squad lol

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  • toonfan1

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #13

    i think that bassong will be offered a contract. i saw him once or twice and he was pretty good

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Could someone upload the highlights from nufc website please and there’s no stream anywhere sorry.

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  • roy morten79

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #15

    i see that we really need to get some quality players in. we have to get in front of tottenham this season..

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  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    not completely full toonboy, there is no berbatov yet 😀

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Looks a bit weak when you see it on paper…can’t believe we still have smith and duff get rid please.

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  • toonfan1

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #18

    at least the games against mallorca and hertha berlin are televised as will the psv and valencia games i think

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  • Toonboy

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Off topic,does any1 know why Jonas aint in the sun’s dreamteam yet?? been ages since he joined.

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  • Matt

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Yikes

    1-0 down

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  • roy morten79

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #21

    in the february there were talking about keegan getting a lot of money to spend on players this summer.looks like it won`t be happening. wonder were portsmouth get all the money from? man city will be bankrupted this season.
    (SORRY ABOUT MY BAD ENGLISH)

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  • nightfall

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #22

    damn…why smith? i really hoped we’d sell him by now…

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  • richie

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #23

    also off topic!but anyone figure why we haven tied up deal wit seb larrson yet,, wasn his agent qouted as saying we were in pole position to get him?

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  • keeganjr

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #24

    we need a topclass OM and Dm.. at least 5-7 players, i think spiderman and danny boy are great buys

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  • Matt

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Because the Birmingham chairman said he’d be sold “over his dead body”

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  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Rich

    according to their chairman birmingham dont want to sell him, they are being mugs, he will leave in the end though, they probably trying to get a bit more money

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  • Lutterbach

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Damn It!

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  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #28

    milner just took a corner and guess where it went…near post, what a surprise lol

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Arsenal 1-0 down too V Barnet but they are playing the reserves 🙁

    Spyro how do you know that?

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  • cam_toon

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #30

    one down…!!!!

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  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #31

    im on live matchcast on nufc.premiumtv.com

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  • dougnufc

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Spyro, how do u noe, is there a live stream anywhere?

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  • keeganjr

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #33

    we have to buy some defenders soon. so we kan drill the defence properly before the season starts.. hope to see 1-2 defenders this coming week

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  • cam_toon

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #34

    20min – Another corner for the visitors as Sweeney slides to nick the ball away from N’Zogbia on the left. Milner crosses but Liddle heads clear ay the near post.

    16min – HARTLEPOOL GOAL (1-0): Joel Porter finds MATTY ROBSON with a clever ball in-behind the Magpies backline and the Pools winger finishes past Given with a left-footed, near post effort.

    16min – United are beginning to find their feet and a move involving Smith, Milner and Duff ends with N’Zogbia seeing a low drive saved by Lee-Barrett with Martins lurking in case of any rebounds.

    14min – Humphreys is unable to prevent a corner as he disposses Smith only for the ball to skid away off the greasy surface. N’Zogbia takes and McCunnie heads behind at the far post for another flag-kick. This time it’s Milner who crosses but again Pools clear.

    10min – The Magpies first attempt on goal comes when Martins capitalises upon some heistancy in the Pools backline, the Nigerian works an angle to the right of Ben Clark but sees his left-footed strike from just outside the area evade the hosts’ target.

    8min – Nicky Butt tries to switch play but the quick-thinking Robson intercepts, the Pools winger has just Steven Taylor between himself and the goal and opts to shoot from 25 yards but his effort lacks direction and drifts away for a goal kick.

    4min – A mix-up between Clark and Humphreys sees the Magpies win the first corner of the afternoon, N’Zogbia takes but it’s a Pools head which clears.

    2min – The hosts have certainly made the brighter start and Steven Taylor has to be alert to intercept inside the area after Jones had tried to cushion Robson’s high, far post delivery into the path of Brown.

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  • roy morten79

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #35

    kaizer chiefs 1-0 manu. and manu are using a strong squad:)

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  • macakane

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #36

    nu 0 : 1 hartlepool

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  • Spyro

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #37

    I see Taylor is back to his usual tricks, giving the ball away

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  • dougnufc

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Camtoon where can i find the live commentary?

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  • richie

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #39

    oh ye i forgot their chairmen are complete tossers! id like us t hang in for larsson,,hed add quality to the mifield for sure,,,how is smith doin ??he better start scorin this season

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  • eggy

    Jul 19, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #40

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1347189,00.html – should work 🙂

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