Martins Starts Against Valencia


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Oba Martins returns to the starting line-up for this afternoon’s final pre-season friendly against the Spanish cup winners, Valencia.


The 23-year-old, now starting his third season at the club, has only played 45 minutes of pre-season so far, following the sudden death of his mother.

Oba will get a tremendous welcome from the Newcastle fans this afternoon – there’s no doubt about that.

News signings Jonas Gutierrez and Danny Guthrie both get a start.

Martins for Geremi is the only change from the side which drew 2-2 with PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.

Presumably either James Milner or Damien Duff will partner Martins up front.

TEAMS

Newcastle United:
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie, James Milner, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Oba Martins
Subs: Jose Enrique, Alan Smith, Geremi, David Edgar, Fraser Forster, Kazenga LuaLua, Sebastien Bassong

Valencia: Timo Hilderbrand, Raul Albiol, David Albelda, Ruben Baraja, Fernando Morientes, Vicente, Ivan Helguera, Joaquin, David Silva, Miguel, Emiliano Moretti
Subs: David Navarro, David Villa, Miguel Angulo, Pablo Dominguez, Manuel Fernandes, Vicente Panadero, Juan Manuel Garcia, Javier Arizmendi, Alexis Ruano, Edu, Nikola Zigic

Referee: Uriah Rennie
Attendance: tbc



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133 comments so far

  • Chris H

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #1

    What! No Coloccini!

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  • fip

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #2

    ahhh the zog is back and so is lua lua 😀

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  • Martin

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully see him in the stands eh?

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  • Darryl

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Said in previous blog.. just had a look through source code on nufcTV.. and this appears to be the match if you aint got a subscription.. use VLC player.. bear in mind, it wont work till about 5 too 5 anyway…

    http://mfile.akamai.com/12366/live/reflector:58054.asx?bkup=48703

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #5

    team looks much better this time, even the bench has some impact.Howay!!

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  • Obafan

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Damned Smith is still on our bench. I hoped he would have been on Merseyside by now.

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  • Tom

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Can’t believe Cacapa is starting ahead of Bassong. Taylor should stay after his last performance, let him build upon it, but I think Bassong has shown enough to get more than a bench appearance! Hopefully we’ll get a decent look at Lua Lua. Is there a limit to the amount of players on the bench? Or are people like Godsmark and Donaldson away in the tournament in Holland?

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #8

    7 player limit on the bench Tom and you can use all of them if you want.

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  • BobMM

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Any links for the game?

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  • Tom

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10

    I thought in friendlies it was upto 12 and you can use 6?

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  • Spyro

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #11

    Tom did my post on the previous article influence your post in any way? lol

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  • stk

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #12

    darryl legend!

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  • Dazza

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #13

    why cant smith just bugger off!!!! Keegan mustve lost plot to wanna keep him!!

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  • kajman

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #14

    no sign of coloccini

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  • ben E

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #15

    n e 1 got a link 2 the game

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  • spen27

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #16

    i just subscribed to nufc and on the live tv screen got the valancia game up an got the white standby screen any1 no what time it starts?

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #17

    no, it’s 7

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  • nicky nicky

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #18

    how do i wacht it

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  • joe

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Tom – Godsmark should be pushing to get in the team. I know KK doesn’t trust the kids too much but he was top in goals scored and assists for the reserves last year. He is just about the quickest at the club, that includes Oba. If he gets a chance he will take it i think.

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  • Thomas

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Any1 got justin.tv feeds??

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  • lee

    Aug 9, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #22

    its
    on mine

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  • Jinal

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #23
  • Spyro

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24

    i just logged on and its on on mine aswell

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  • dougnufc

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #25
  • Darryl

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Well, that link i sent, is what nufcTV is apparently using. for me, its all jumbled… :S… nufcTV aint even working for me lol

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  • Thomas

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Thanks lads!!

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  • Tom

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Joe- I’ve never actually seen him play, is he as good as you say (hoping someone else can back him up! :D)

    Spyro- the bit about Bassong? Well I sort of clicked when you mentioned it, that Cacapa was starting ahead of Bassong!

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  • Robert from Serbia

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #29

    heres the link of the game,u can watch here…

    http://www.justin.tv/intergoles

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  • Tino is a Geordie

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #30

    MA spotted with coloccini on the back of his shirt! howay the lads!!

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  • dougnufc

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #31

    MIKE ASHLEY WEARING COLOCCINI SHIRT!

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  • spen27

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #32

    ashley got the coliccini shirt on!! got be a cert now

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  • Martin

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Ashley has Collocini on the back of his purple shirt!!!!

    No number yet like…

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  • Spyro

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #34

    MA has got COloccini on his shirt

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  • sweendogg007

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #35

    we’ve signedcoliccini ashley has name on back of his shirt

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  • sean667

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #36

    MA has a collocini shirt on!

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  • Jazz

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #37

    looks like colo deal is done..because ashley wearing his shirt 😀

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  • Toon

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #38

    BIG NEWS

    The bloke who i heard Taiwo and Coloccini of said Ashley would have Colo on the back of his shirt about an hour ago

    Maybe he is right about the Taiwo

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  • A.L 9

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Collo must have signed

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  • joe

    Aug 9, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Tom – i’ve seen him play alot and when you think the ball has got away from him there is an explosion of pace which sees him get away from defenders. For me, he needs to be given a chance, he is on the small side but so what?? He is quick enough to avoid the rough stuff. Lua Lua is lazy and will not make it as a first teamer. These days you need to graft and there are better players than him.

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