Kinnear Will Have Lads Ready For WBA


When Jonas Gutierrez and Joey Barton came on late in the game as subs against Sunderland, they almost got a late equalizer for the team, that would have made all the difference in the world.

Jonas Gutierrez – likely to start on Tuesday against WBA

Joe Kinnear told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“I thought Barton did very well when he came on. I am getting criticized already for bringing him back, but I’ve got to do the best I possibly can with the squad that I’ve got.”

“I’m not going to listen to people or pay lip service to anybody. I’m playing Joey Barton because he’s a good player.” “I’m not going to have anybody else tell me different.”

Both Barton and Gutierrez will definitely come into the reckoning for the starting eleven tomorrow night, with Nicky Butt struggling with a dead leg, which probably will cause Joe to give him a well earned rest. He didn’t have a particularly good game on Saturday either so we would expect Barton and Guthrie to be in midfield, with maybe Danny playing the defensive midfield role.

The Newcastle manager added:

“Butt had an injection at half-time on a dead leg. He wanted to see it out, and I think it froze the pain. He felt OK with it.”

“His knee or thigh went tight, according to the doc. He came in and treated it, and said he was fine.”

The Newcastle squad was in for training yesterday, because of the short time until our next game tomorrow night. It’s good fortune the lads have a chance to get the Sunderland defeat out of their system, in having the WBA home game so quickly.

It also gives the fans a chance to immediately support the lads, even though our fans are devastated by the defeat.  The players will be ready for Tuesday night, we have no doubt about that, and we know Joe will have the lads well prepared in both mind and body.

We expect them to come at WBA like a steam train.

Finally Joe added:

“We’re still in the bottom three, and we need to get out of it.” “The players were on a low after the game on Saturday night and I was in there trying to pick them up.”

“I was saying ‘it’s behind us now’. No-one wanted it to happen, but it happened, and we’re disappointed about it.”

“There’s no other way of looking at it – we have to beat West Brom.” “All the key players are back now, so it’s up for grabs. We can get our strongest squad out for the first time.”

Good words from Joe, who was also apparently devastated by the defeat, because he realized just how much this game is held up by both sets of fans.

Joe has already proved himself just terrific with the players, and t’s a great chance for him to prove he can bring the lads back immediately and get that first win.

We expect to see guts, determination, spirit and all out action from the players tomorrow night, and that’s all we ask for.

Comments welcome.



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76 comments so far

  • Jonny

    Oct 27, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #1

    first !

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  • Graham

    Oct 27, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Grow up Jonny.

    Jonas and Barton must start for Butt & Geremi tomorrow night. And I wouldn’t mind seeing Zog in for Duff. Either way we need to be at WBA from the first whistle

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  • Keith

    Oct 27, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #3

    i have no fears that we will beat west brom

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Ok Joe,you say all the key players are back!!!
    Does that mean you gonna bench Butt and Geremi and let Zoggy,Jonas and Barton in the starting 11?!?!!?

    When Beye and Bassong are not making the forward runs,we might aswell play 3-5-2

    ……………………………Given……………………………
    ….Beye……………….Coloccini………….Cacapa

    ……………………………..Butt……………………………
    …………Jonas…………………………………Duff…….
    …………………..Guthrie………Barton……………….

    …………………….Martins……..Xisco………………..

    Or instead Duff we can also put N’Zogbia which can be a better defensive option.

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  • Alex

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #5

    with Barton and Jonas in for Butt and geremi i think we will get a big win . 3-0 Martins will rip their defence apart .

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  • Mark

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Duff is getting a bit of stick, but Sunderland game aside, I thought he has come back to the level of performances he used to put in for Blackburn, looked hungry and up for it during the Everton, and Man City Games..

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  • toon head

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    is ther any decent free agents about?

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  • ToonRich

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Im with comment #2, I’d like to see Zog, Jonas & Barton all start. I think they’ll all be hungrier than those who played on sat to stake their claim for the starting positions for the near future.
    I cant see JK dropping Shola, not after scoring 2 in 2 now…but at least Give Xsico and possibly even Ranger a run out at some point 🙂

    How about the Chelski formation for tues:
    ———————Given—————-
    Beye—-Coloccini—–Bassong/Tayls—–Jose
    ——————Guthrie——————
    ————Barton——-Zog———–
    Jonas———————————Duff
    ——————-OBA———————

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  • Beattie

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    toon head – how bout steven carr

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  • Karltoon

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    ToonRich – Im with that team defo.. But switch Duff and Jonas

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  • sweendog

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #11

    ToonRich .. I agree thats the best players together on that team .. with barton/zogs getting room to go forward and guthrie holding ..I’d go without taylor though..

    ———————Given—————-
    Beye—-Coloccini—–Bassong—–Enrique
    ——————Guthrie——————
    ————Barton——-Zog———–
    Jonas———————————Duff
    ——————-OBA———————

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  • bob

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #12

    in response to any more comments asking if safc are the superior team now in the north east http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/307726344?-11058

    Ya kidding arnt u! lol one win in 28 years is disgracefull form man!- yes they are on the up- til they get some injurys! Stand up for ya club man dont praise the flooky team of premiership cast offs n rejects cos theyve beat us once in 28 years at Joker Park or s.o.s! Were about to be took over and things are on the up anyway-one loss doesnt say its game over-have they got into europe yet? or runners up in premier league/twice? or beat Barcelona etc? theyve won nowt!-far less than us! how many times they won the F.A cup? or finished as finalists? exactly!average club with an average stadium and jealous fans! why do u think they hate us so much? cos theyve played second fiddle for decades and they hate it! hate it!u can see the bitterness in their faces and chants! Its actually a favour for us to lose that record-takes the pressure rite off in future visits to the s.o.s-let them be on their high horse! then laff again when they fall-same old sunderland-yoyo club-yoyo fans-3rd in the north east bragging rites u mean! boros won more than us both lately-and some people in the country havnt even heard of mackems-ask them about football up her and its the one and only NEWCASTLE UNITED! WE ARE THE GEORDIES THE COCK OF THE NORTH! THE CAPITAL OF THE NORTH EAST! CMAAAAAN!

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  • UTD111

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #13

    If Kinnear reckons all his key players are back – does that mean Michael Owen isnt a key player??

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  • ToonRich

    Oct 27, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #14

    😀 I wasn’t 100% sure on the cb partnering and the lb, which is why I left that open for peoples on selection! Just a shame we (the fans) cant select the team LOL!!! I suspect JK will opt for a 4-4-2 with Shola and Martins starting up top.
    I’m also thinking Joe wont start with Barton, and could push Geremi into the middle and bring Jonas in on one of the wings? Hope I’m wrong, I really want to see Joey running the engine room!

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  • SuperShearer

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #15

    JK needs to get the guys to play well from the start, it’s all well and good that we’ve managed to come from behind on three occasion but it would be really nice, for my stress levels if we could take the lead and then try and hit them on the counter with Oba and Jonas’s pace. Think Danny and Joey will make a very good, hard working midfield partnership and both will be willing to get forward as well as track back. I’d like to see us play along the floor rather than hoofing it to Shola but at this point I’ll take what I can get as long as we win.

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  • sweendog

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #16

    UTD111 .. not sure what he means by that .. we could really do with MO in the squad .. martins had a shocker on sat.

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  • UTD111

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Yep – Martins was just a spectator on Sat – can’t imagine MO would have been……bit worrying tho that Joe has apparently forgotten about him!!

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  • MURPHY

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #18

    On sat I noticed none of our midfield were able to hold the ball and keep it at their feet and look for play. As soon as they got it they hooted it up field without a care in the world or passed it backwards. It took collo and tayls to keep the ball at the back and slow the pace down and try and look for a player running into space, we need to do this from the mid. For this reason I’d go for a 4-5-1 formation…

    ………….given…………………
    Beye..taylor..collo..enrique
    ………barton..guthrie……….
    ..jonas………duff………n’zog
    ……………Martins……………

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  • Paul

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #19

    harper
    beye-colo-taylor-bassong
    jonas-guthrie-barton-duff
    martins-ameobi

    wanna c if a different keeper makes a difference, wanna fit nzog in sumwer, maybe bring him on for whoevers not playing at half time, n wanna see xisco get a run at some point

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  • Tom

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Why are people being so confident that we will smash WBA? What have we done recently to merit such arrogance? I think it will be a close game, which we will have to work hard to win.

    I’d go 4-4-2 with the following:

    Given
    Beye, Coloccini, Bassong, Enrique
    Jonas, Barton, Guthrie, Duff
    Xisco, Martins

    Bench: Harper, Cacapa, Geremi, N’Zogbia, Ameobi, Kadar, Ranger

    It won’t happen, as Kinnear hasn’t got the guts to drop someone like Taylor, or Shola who, despite two very lucky goals, is god awful.

    Colo and Bassong look our two best defenders atm, and I think they’d be an excellent cb pairing. I’d rather have Enrique out at left back than Taylor in the middle, I just have no confidence in him at all!

    Butt, injured or not, should not be playing ahead of Barton. He offers nothing anymore, he doesn’t have the legs anymore. If he would just sit and stay behind the half way line then it would be fine, but he seems to think he offers something in attack!!

    Xisco is a better target man/line leader than Shola. Its that simple.

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  • Tom

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Paul

    Why drop Shay??? He hasn’t done anything wrong! Lol.

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  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Martins needs the ball to feet or through balls to run on to. Long balls from back to front wont work. Get the ball on the ground and zip it about. Barton for me in the middle of the park. Far better than Butthead.Jonas bombing down the right and N Zog or Duff down the left. Sounds good to me

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  • Paul

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #23

    well, if were conceding goals, getting no points, and playing badly as a team, why not see if it makes a difference, a team plays from the back, if the keeper plays well and controls the defence the defence plays well, if the defence play well the midfielders playw ell as they dont have to keep dropping back to cover, and in turn the strikers playw ell as they will have the needed support and supply from midfield, harper controls the defence better and lets less goals in, so why not givit a try??
    even if we could only get a draw, 1 points betetr than 0
    and why did we drop harper at the start of the season, and everytime shay comes back from injury, does he do anything wrong to be dropped??

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  • ed_ speed

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #24

    evening ganiyu

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  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #25

    gd team sweendog

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  • TOON 3 - 0 WBA

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #26

    ……………………………Given……………………………
    ….Beye……………….Coloccini………….Cacapa

    ……………………………..Guthrie……………………………
    …………Jonas…………………………………Duff…….
    …………………..N’Zogbia……Barton……………….

    …………………….Martins……..Xisco………………..

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  • sweendog

    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Turkish magpie .. cheers .. probably the best for keeping the ball, playing football along the ground and good movement.

    unfortunately as somebody said earlier, we’re gonna see Geremi, Butt back doing the usual, giving away free kicks and looking well off the pace ..

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  • CHUCK

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Some pace is needed , put the Geremi- Butt-Cacapa`s on the bench for a rest.
    how bout
    Given
    Beye— Taylor —-Colocinni—-Bassong
    Jonas—Barton—–N`Zogbia—-Duff
    Shola——–Martins

    Plenty of pace , but need the midfielders tracking back as against Everton, could bring in Guthrie , Cisco, or Enrique, if need be, for fresh legs , or injury .
    Got it Joe !

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  • skin d

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #29

    harprer,s game is better alround than shays,his distrubution is more measured than shay,s and he is also a more calming influence.

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #30

    The only way to lift us completely from this mess is not a lousy 1-0 or 2-1.
    We need to stuff the like a TGT………..4-0 would do the trick. 🙂

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #31

    them***

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  • 51times

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #32

    WBA pass the ball very well, I like to watch them play. I expect to win but I don’t think it’ll be as easy as some of you think it will be.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Harper
    Beye-Colo-Bassong-Enrique
    Jonas-Barton-Guthrie-Duff
    Martins-Ameobi

    …Owen instead of Martins if fit…
    …Ameobi 2/2 so play him…Form!..
    …Bench: Given, Geremi, Cacapa, Taylor(rb), Xisco, Zog, Ranger…

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  • Daniel Petersen

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #34

    I would go with
    Given
    Beye— Taylor —-Colocinni—-Bassong
    Jonas—Barton—–Guthrie—-Duff
    Shola——–Martins

    Bench: Harper, Cacapa, Geremi, N’Zogbia, Xisco, Kadar, Ranger

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Aye skin d!..

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  • Alex

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #36

    How about trying
    Given
    Beye Taylor colo Enrique
    Bassong
    Barton Guthrie
    Jonas Oba Nzogbia
    Bassong has played as dm before and he seems to like to get forward too . This would be a very attacking line up with plenty of pace . It would frighten a lot of defences .

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  • ed_speed

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #37

    evening lads

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  • Paul

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #38

    skin d, well done, some people are finally starting to realise that, maybe hell get a chance n the famouse fans will out the keeper aswell haha

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  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #39

    ……………………………Given…………………………..
    Beye…………Coloccini………Cacapa……..Bassong
    ………………….Barton………..Butt……………………
    ……..Jonas…………………………………..Duff……….
    ……………………………N’Zogbia……………………….
    ……………………………Martins…………………………

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  • skin d

    Oct 27, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #40

    alreet paul,sorry for calling you stardust mate.

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