Coventry City vs Newcastle – Bassong, Enrique Start


KEVIN Keegan makes three changes from the side which beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at St.James’ Park on Saturday.
Jose Enrique and Sebastien Bassong both make their season debuts, with Seb making his official debut tonight, and Geremi as expected remains in the team as a starter.

Making way from Saturday are center-back Steven Taylor, who is on the subs bench, and injured strikers Oba Martins (groin) and Damien Duff (knee) are missing, again as expected.

But rather surprisingly perrenial Given under-study and local lad, Steven Harper, is not given a run out in goal.

Charles N’Zogbia moves into midfield with Jonas Gutierrez likely to partner James Milner in the attack.

Michael Owen, the match-winner against Bolton, is surprisingly named among the substitutes as he continues his return to full fitness following a niggling calf problem.

Teenage forwards Ryan Donaldson and Nile Ranger, who signed from Southampton this summer, are also included among the Newcastle subs.

Alan Smith is not names even on the subs bench, so we’re not too sure if he’s injured or on his way out of the club and will not be risked.

We’ll have a profile on Nile Ranger tomorrow, now that the club has formally said they have in fact signed the youngster.

TEAMS

Coventry City: tbc

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Jonas Gutierrez
Subs: Michael Owen, Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, David Edgar, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger

Referee: A Bates
Attendance: tbc



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236 comments so far

  • GraemeR

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Just shows the strength of depth and perhaps it is KK way of showing this b4 the MA meeting tomorrow.
    Cov wont be a pushover – especially at home- but I di think we will proceed into the next round.

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  • stinkman

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #2

    interesting starting 11. 6 midfielders and 4 defenders…surprised harper didnt get a start.

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  • AlexW

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #3

    we arnt even starting a striker what is all that about, why would KK demand alan smith is kept then not even place him on the bench in a game where we dont have a starting striker

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  • robertsa

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #4

    my bet is that at half time it will be 3-0

    at full time 5-1.

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  • Tom

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Only 6 subs, no midfielders? Kazenga Lua Lua injured? Maybe some other youngster should have been given a place on the bench to let them experience travelling to a competitive game with the first team?

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  • robertsa

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #6

    what is the formation ed??

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  • LarrikinDan (DannyG)

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Looking forward to seeing Bassong again…He was awesome against Mallorca!

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  • Stephen

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Bassong first goal u watch

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  • Spyro

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #9

    smith is injured, kk said after the bolton game

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  • The Entertainers

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Aaaaaaahhhhhh…….

    We need a striker!

    Hopefully Kev will give some insight on Smiths absence.

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  • Chris H

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #11

    We played well against Valencia without a striker up front.
    Keegan will probably play 433 with Zog, Milner and Jonas upfront.
    3-1 to the Toon. Howay the lads!

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  • Toon in HK

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Any chance to watch the match through Internet?

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  • AlexW

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #13

    isnt tonights game on tv? what channel

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  • GM

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #14

    I Think Jonas will do a job up there, I said on a previous post that he should have played there on saturday behind oba and owen when he came on, he is much more of a threat than duff with his running on & off the ball as well as his pace, maybe he is the AMC we need (if MA doesnt plan on buying anyone else )and keep Zog on the left?

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  • Davy C

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    The size of our squad is a real worry. If we get anymore injuries we’ll be in trouble.

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  • Ant

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Zog up front for my money.

    Maybe alone in some sort of 6 man diamond with Jonas and Guttierrez on the wings, Butt at DM and Guthrie and Geremi in CM.

    Colo and Bassong is the partnership I’ve been waiting for.

    If the lads playing are on their game I can see a right hammering of them.

    Looking forward to it…Haway the lads.

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  • GM

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #17

    AlexW Sky sports 2

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  • Davy C

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Sky sports 2

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  • Adam B

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19

    this team will lose tonight, MO will play another 35 mins but we will lose 1-0.

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  • Tripp

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Setanta is also picking it up.

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #21

    anyone else thinks richard shaw looks like gullit

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  • Tom

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Just a little bit beye, just a little bit!!

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  • Teddy

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #23

    mark my words!!

    everyone after this game will be sayign bassong should start infront of taylor.

    end of, remember who said this as well.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #24

    yes beye, he does

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  • Savic Vladimir

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Nile Ranger became a fan of Arsenal FC @ Facebook , 😉

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  • mitch

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Where has smith gone

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  • Tom

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #27

    AH Tozer is on the bench as well, the official site midled us!! Lol.

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  • 51times

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #28

    http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/ – If you don’t have skysports.

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  • 51times

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #29

    beyethegreat – I thought that too.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #30

    i hope enrique shows KK why he should play LB ahead of Zoggy

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  • valle

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Didnt even know we bought Nile Ranger… Is he any good?

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  • Spyro

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Imagine being Nile ranger, one minute your in youth offenders, next minute your on the bench with Michael Owen, lol. crazy

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  • Allman20

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Nile Ranger is pretty alright, good we snapped and werent forced to pay a stupid fee for him next season like mr walcott… Tonight in predicting we score 2 and win, not sure how the defence will play, but with shay in goal i cant see too many going in 😀
    Come on the toon!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Line up is a joke no strikers again.
    Let’s hope Harper comes up for a corner : )

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  • valle

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #35

    High balls is the only way we know how to attack suddenly???

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  • Steve_48

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #36

    sirjasontoon – it makes for a more interesting meeting with MA this week “as reported”

    No available strikers

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  • richie

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #37

    spyro ,,on nile ranger wats he like position etc? prmoising youngster ye?saw his myspace ..propa gangster lol

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  • Steve_48

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #38

    No defined striker and the likes of Zog are afraid to cross the ball, 3 x wasted attempts there

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  • Tom

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Yet again, Newcastle fail to clear the first man from a corner!!!

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  • dubsea

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #40

    no cutting edge yet…
    geremi looks up for it though

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