Coventry City vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle United are very likely to be without both strikers Ob Martins and Damien Duff for tonight’s 2nd round Carling Cup tie at Coventry City.

Oba is out for at least 2 weeks with a groin injury and we doubt very much that Damien will be risked tonight after sustaining a knee injury. Both injuries were picked up in the win against Bolton on Saturday.

But match-winner Michael Owen is likely to start tonight and it could well be that Alan Smith will need to be drafted in to play up from with the Newcastle captain.

But no doubt the injury situation will already be worrying Keegan, because our squad right now isn’t big enough to deal with any sort of injury crisis whatsoever.

Quite honestly we are not too sure at all what out Newcastle team will be, with Kevin saying he will play his best available side.  But we’d be surprised if a place wasn’t given to Steve Harper and Sebastien Bassong, Jose Enrique and maybe even David Edgar, otherwise when will they ever get a chance?

We think we can still field a strong side, and the following line up would also give a game to some of our fringe players while giving a rest to some senior players

Beye Taylor Bassong Enrique
Geremi Guthrie Butt Gutierrez
Smith Owen
Substitutes: Given Edgar Coloccini  Milner N’Zogbia Donaldson Zamblera

But don’t be surprised if Kevin plays more of the senior players in the starting line up.

Chris Coleman, the Coventry manager will also field an under-strength side in tonight’s Ricoh Arena, and he seems to have quite a few out injured himself.

We expect we can win the game tonight, and that would see us through to the next round, in a Cup we have the best chance of winning this season.

But we will not get very far if we don’t get more players into the squad before next Monday, that’s a certainty.

The next six days are starting to look critical for our season – far too critical for our liking.

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets do them tonight!! Big score would be really nice..
    Then for the next three days lets have a LB, CM and ST..

    Much needed


    Aug 26, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #2

    any reccomended bets for tonight

  • scottish mag

    Aug 26, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #3

    i reckon tonights team will be


    edgar colo bassong enrique





    Aug 26, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #4

    beye edgar bassong enrique
    jonas n’zog

  • magmick

    Aug 26, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    we really need to add to our squad before transfer window closes our squad is reduced allready due to injury atleast 3 more quality signings otherwise we could feel the short fall as season progresses . Look at the number of signings sunderland have allready they are in the news everyday where as we just here rumours all the time

  • Viper

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6

    any of the above, but lets not see our jinx.
    smith. no offnce mate, but you and toon, chalk and cheese.

  • Danny

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #7

    i think we will get atleast a couple of surprise signings, when they announce it the last day of transfers 🙂 seems to be the way things are starting to work…

  • Estechco

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #8

    ELTSACWEN, are you so confident that we can beat them with just 10 men?

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #9

    lets do them tonight , then get some signings wrapped up, infact lets have martin tyler tell us the good news that moutinho is over and sealed

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed – Zamblera isnt even in the squad for the game.

    Duff is in he squa though.

  • Marty

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey guys is the game being shown anywhere????
    Anyone got a link?

  • xfer

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Line up i think KK will put out.






    Colo and Guti to be rested due to international commitment last week. Hopefully no Smith in the starting line up, cos he isnt part of the “best team”.

  • SD Toon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Please dont play Edgar he is rubbish he is like Peter Ramage caliber and will be playig championship football as soon as Keegan decides to ged rid.

  • nightfall

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #14

    no no no…not smith…that’s not our strongerst team…kev, use this guy instead of him:

    ..has way more potential

  • pak-toon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15

    anyone have a link for the game?

  • Tom

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Also, its only 5 subs for the domestic cup games isn’t it?

    Other Tom, what is the squad for todays game?

  • pak-toon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #17
  • Frank

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Keegan said he would want to rest players but didn’t have the depth to do so.

    We must not play N’zogbia at left back he can’t play there at all, personally i think Enrique is one of the best left backs in the league and I don’t understand why Keegan doesn’t play him because every time he plays he looks top quality if I was the coach he would be in the starting lineup evey week.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, Beye, N’Zogbia, Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique, Bassong, Edgar, Butt, Geremi, Milner, Duff, Guthrie, Jonas, Smith, Owen, Ameobi, Donaldson.

  • OzZyMaG

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #20


  • Will Camp

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #21

    evening chronicle says we are closing on a young striker from southpton. dunno who. could be nile ranger (knowing the chronicle and anal oliver ), who are about a week behind with all the news. hahahaha!!

  • pak-toon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #22

    one of the best left backs in the country??

    thats putting it quite frank, frank

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #23

    where is bull shitting big willie nowadays ?he is good cracking jokes, who is his source ? peter kay ?

  • Chris H

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #24

    I reckon it’ll be 3-1 to the Toon tonight.

  • roscoe

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #25

    any other links to the game? mine seems to be really slow?

  • Guinea Mag

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Two games played and so many injuries already; we need more players and quickly.

    We must win tonight and KK needs to play a decent side to achieve this. Expect Owen to play at some stage this evening with Harper, Enrique and Smith all starting the game….

  • Matty

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Completely off the subject but i saw Gomis this weekend and he had an absolute shocker. He looked slow, lethargic (similar to shola actually!) and he couldnt get a shot on target if his life depended on it. I know you cant judge someone after one game but im glad our supposed £10m bid was rejected if that showing was anything to go by. i love the look of menez, would be quality addition to add creativity. he would cost alot tho and probs wouldnt be interested. prediction for tonight, 2-0. It will be tighter than we think with our injuries.

  • keegan is king

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #28

    cov 0 – 2 the toon
    smith scoring both…. you heard it here first

  • whitey

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #29

    marty, the game is on sky. forget choppin and changin, lets just put out our team and get the result. its early season, players dont need resting, if they are tired after the game take in easy in training for the match on sat. get the first choice back four together during matches so they can continue to work at competitive level. fringe players are fringe players because at the minute they are deemed not good enought to get into the starting x1. lets keep it that way. winning breeds confidence.

  • mitch

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #30

    I would love to see smith score tonight just to give the lad some confidance he is not leaving so I think we should get behind him eh lads

  • oZzyMaG

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #31

    name me a creative mid who is really good at holding up da ball… some1 ballack-esque

    so yea a tall and physical creative mid…

    that guy would be da perfect signing for us…. tom toon me out…

    milner to villa

    SWP to toon
    Insua to toon
    Derdiyok to toon

    & dat guy i was talkin abt..

    we’d hav a good lineup i reckon

    given,beye,tayls,colo,insua,barton,SWP,jonas, dat guy, owen, martins

    very fine indeed


    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #32

    I have a feeling smith will be given a game, as if he isnt given such games, he would be sold by now. Unless, he is being kept aside for everton. We need to sell him as everton haven’t got anyone in and will pay more than anyone else would due to their desperation. I can’t see keegan breaking the colo taylor partnership as he wants them to form a good yoke. Finally, n’zog will probably be replaced by enrique, who should get the nod. In my opinion, enrique is a better player at left back than n’zog and this season if played he will show his maturity.

  • steve

    Aug 26, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #33

    If Smith plays 90 mins we’ll be out the cup – we should just give him away and save on wages – I can’t believe people on here keep saying we should give him a go and yet slag off ameobi – at least ameobi has actually scored some goals, some of which were crucial under roeder

    sooner smith is gone the better, hopefully ameobi won’t be far behind but it’s looking like they’ll both be here until at least january 🙁

  • Tom

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #34


    NUFC: 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

    So I’d guess at it being 4-4-2

    Beye, Colo, Bassong, Enrique
    Geremi, Butt, Guthrie, N’Zogbia
    Milner, Jonas

    Or maybe a 4-3-3 with Milner, Jonas and the Zog.

  • toooooonfan

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #35

    scottish mag
    thats a good team that is mate

  • steve

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #36

    who’s this Nile ranger? is he any good?

  • James

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Strikers injured and still KK is reluctant to play Smith…..why oh why oh why oh why are we paying Smith’s wages.

    If he can’t get a game when the entire front line is missing he’s never going to play for us this season.

  • Spyro

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Nile Ranger is on the bench, class! I hope he gets some minutes, i wanna see how good he is

  • Leeg123

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #39

    we got nile ranger

  • Spyro

    Aug 26, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #40

    nile ranger is young striker who we had on trial and we must have him signed now

    He is known to have a bit of a bad attitude but A LOT of potential. This is from what i have read of course, never actually seen him play


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