Ameobi Starts While N’Zogbia Is Benched


Oba Martins will start tonight as expected and interim manager Joe Kinnear makes a total of three changes from the side which drew at Everton more than two weeks ago.


Shola Ameobi and Sebastien Bassong come in for Charles N’Zogbia and Jose Enrique who both drop down to the subs bench.

Charles has been one of our best performers so his dropping to the bench has to be the surprise of the night. Andy Carroll also returns to the Newcastle substitutes, after finally recovering from a foot injury he picked up in July.

Joe has gone for Geremi on the right wing and Duff on the left with Ameobi and Martins up front. This game has come a little early for Jonas Gutierrez and he is not even on the subs bench tonight.

It’s yet another chance for Shola to show what he can do in a black and white strip, and we hope he can produce tonight, now that he’s starting.

Dietmar Hamman will start against his former club and Robinho also starts alongside fellow Brazilian Jo.

As expected Nicky Butt will captain the side tonight, in a game we really need to win and take all 3 points.

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar, Jose Enrique, Charles N’Zogbia, Xisco, Andy Carroll

Manchester City: Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Javier Garrido, Richard Dunne (c), Tal Ben Haim, Vincent Kompany, Stephen Ireland, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Dietmar Hamman, Jo
Subs: Nedum Onuoha, Elano, Kasper Schmeichel, Gelson Fernandes, Ched Evans, Daniel Sturridge, Galuber Berti

Referee: Rob Styles
Attendance: tbc



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140 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Why Joe ?? why ??

    Should have went with an unchanged team, except Oba for Owen…….

    Ameobi…..again….he’s like the Terminator….just keeps coming back …..

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  • jettson

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #2

    bit of a suprise for the zog!! but i bet he is back for the mackems on sat!! his pace is urgently needed, plus he has an eye for goal, expected ameobi to start but if its not working and he isnt interested get him off asap, you can ussually tell if he wants to play early on so we will have to weait and see. hard game a point a must tho!!

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  • tripp

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Zogs dropped for Duff… I’d like to see both of them play. Geremi looked pretty good in the Everton match though. I’d like to see Xisco. Ameobi has been given too many chances to deliver… anything. Hopefully he’ll prove me wrong. I guess we’ll find out soon enough…

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  • BIGPEAOVTHEWEAB

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #4

    has any 1 got a link please ?

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  • beyethegreat

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #5
  • letshavadisco

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #6

    this surely must be shola’s last chance, lets just hope he can take it at last, as for charlie being dropped ? that is very strange.

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  • Jezza

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #7

    This is a nightmare. While Man City will be fielding £50 million worth of Brazillian striking talent, we’re stuck with a guy who, but for a failed medical in the summer, would now be plying his trade at the wrong end of the Championship. When will we ever see the back of Ameobi? His contribution tonight will be as ever be negligable, just the usual getting caught offside time and time again.

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  • Legs

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #8

    I was just saying that JK kisses duffs arse. Nee wonder charlie is benched. Its sacrilege.

    Its the managers choice like……. but i don’t get it. Every manager we get chooses the stale players every time because of their supposed “class”. Load of shite.

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  • King-Habib

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #9

    http://www.ustream.tv/videoplayerpopup/channel/322101

    Good quality link to the match. Wait a few minutes for it to buffer first, then the picture is crystal.

    🙂

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  • Tom

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #10

    You say “And Xisco, who we thought would start, is not even included as a substitute.” Yet he’s clearly on the bench you’ve put there? So I don’t know where that’s come from. 😛

    Im glad Bassong’s got the nod at LB but a bit unhappy Charlies been dropped, but then Duff is in the best form he’s been in for a while so we probably should start him.

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  • Legs

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Tom, I reckon you mean Duffs starting because he’s Irish!

    Nowt to do with form.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Legs-duff scored against everton and by all accounts had an excellent game midweek international game, set up keane’s goal after a good run did he not?
    if he’s in form, play him. i’m not happy about zogs being dropped but if duff is showing a sparkle of old then he deserves his chance as does any player who’s performing.
    ToonKing-that shola/terminator line was a good’n, had a right chuckle to myself when i read that one.

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  • mikeygd

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #13

    king habib, thanks great link

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  • ziad

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #14

    come on !! lets win THis !!!!!!!! altough i hoped for nzogbia instead of geremi…

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  • Mark

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Legs – your immature – go away

    Duff has been playing great, and if you care to watch Kunte Kinte (Charlie n’Zogbia) you will see that he is a headless chicken. and EVERY shot is over the bar from him, thank **** he is dropped, last thing we need is him, even Ameobi

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  • beyethegreat

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #16

    who thinks thier will be a full crowd

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  • najikhin from malaysia

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #17

    @beyethegreat: beye the great!!!
    beye the great!!!
    beye the great!!!
    beye the great!!!
    beye the great!!!

    thanx for the link!!!

    king habib!!!
    king habib!!!
    king habib!!!
    king habib!!!

    thanx for the link!!!

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  • daydeburt

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #18

    geremi- is wank
    n zogbia-much better

    toon to win 3-2
    with amadummy(ameobi) scoring 1st

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  • daydeburt

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #19

    i will go for 49,576 (crowd)

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  • beyethegreat

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #20

    pretty accurate guess dayde lol

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  • FOXTOON

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #21

    WTF is ameobi startin for? we have already lost because of this decision!

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  • daydeburt

    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #22

    haha, i kna. ive got sentanta on and ive been counting them !!

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  • beyethegreat

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #23

    lol

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #24

    mark- wouldnt really call charlie a headless chicken. Lb isnt the position for him, he’s not a defender. in our midfield he makes a difference, good with the ball at his feet and pacey. final delivery isnt exactly perfect but he’s still one of our more dangerous midfield options.

    rob styles ref, fantastic…….

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  • Stevo

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Im loving Germi crosses at the mo!

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #26

    steveo-good ball in from geremi like. good early challenge for colo too.
    what is strolla up to there, christ man.

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  • Seymour Butts

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #27

    shola gets in the bloody way again

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Seems like Geremi plays good crosses from live balls, but his free kicks leave much to be desired.

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  • IndiaMag

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #29

    super link king habib!! cheers!

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #30

    go on oba son thats what we need

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #31

    My link’s just gone down the toilet. Anybody have a working link?

    How are we doing?

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  • Impact

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Its finish guy!! see ya later!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #33

    sigh…………

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  • alvin_toon

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #34

    WTF Beyes send off…. Robinho score from penalty… Damn ref..

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  • reillers

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #35

    What!! For Ffs. Pathetic dive, pathetic penalty, Robinho really is a piece of work, greedy heartless dope. I love the way when he was “down injured, in pain,” he’d one eye open to see what the story was.

    He won the ball cleanly. A joke.

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  • Laszlo

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Ridiculous refereeing. I guess everyone else saw that Beye got the ball first.

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  • reillers

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #37

    We’re going to get more then one player sent off I’d say, tempers are really going high. That was more then a wee bit of a joke.

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  • Seymour Butts

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #38
  • reillers

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s 10 against 12.

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  • alvin_toon

    Oct 20, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #40

    We are cheated by a twat

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