Newcastle vs West Brom – Match Preview

We all know tonight is a big game for the team, where we have to try to get only our second win of the season.

The good news is that for the first time in a long time, manager Kinnear will have some selection posers that he will be looking at.

Joey Barton and Jonas Gutierrez, having held back as subs for the Sunderland game will now in all likelihood make the starting line-up and they could prove a huge difference for us tonight.

Seb Bassong had probably his one bad game for us on Saturday, but on the positive side it will be a good learning experience for the 22 year-old French youngster, who shows much promise. We expect Seb to keep his place and be that more solid tonight, but Joe may prefer to give Spaniard Joe Enrique a chance at left back.

Nicky Butt is out with his knee injury and while he didn’t have a good game on Saturday we have to remember his knee was very dodgy and it’s good that he’s being rested so that it can heal probably. We also expect Geremi to be dropped for Gutierrez after having a poor hgame on Saturday.

We expect the great Shay Given to be given (excuse the pun) the honor of leading out the lads tonight in what we expect to be the following team line-up:

Beye Coloccini Taylor Bassong
Gutierrez Barton Guthrie Duff
Ameobi Martins
Subs: Harper Cacapa Edgar Enrique Xisco N’Zogbia Geremi

That’s quite a strong bench and we also hope Uruguayan Ignacio Gonzalez is almost recovered from his Achilles injury.

One key in tonight’s game is we have to defend solidly, and we’ve been doing a better job of that, but the first Sunderrland goal on Saturday was very sloppy from Newcastle’s point of view.

It’s encouraging that Coloccini is stepping up yto the plate, some sublime performances in the past few games – and we need more of that tonight from the Argentine. This lad can be great for Newcastle in seasons to come.

While Beye didn’t fare too well on Saturday, it will take one or two games for Habib to get back to his best, after being out most of the season.

The other key for us tonight is to be able to score goals, and we expect Shola could be in amongst the goals again tonight, but we also look to Oba Martins to be dangerous tonight. The only think with Oba is he sometime tries too hard, and we’re glad that Joe has had a private one on one with the Nigerian hit-man, and told him to be more selfish when he has a chance.

The result tonight is completely within out hands, and we all know it’s an important game for the team.

But with any luck we should be able to get the 3 points and we’ll celebrtate that – big time.

Personal Note:

We had some very bad news last Friday morning, when one of our friends here in Raleigh, surprisingly passed away. The funeral is this afternoon at 2:00 pm local time and that’s 8:00 pm Newcastle time, just after the kick off tonight.

My wife and I will be attending the funeral, so there will be no team article put out just before the game.  I will put a discussion article out before we leave, so that readers, who want to comment on the game as it progresses, can still do that.

I should be back before the end of the game – which is being televised live over here .  Many thanks.

83 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, I can on behalf of us all who use this site can say how sorry we are for your loss. Lets hope we can win tonight so that there is some happiness in what must be an aweful day,

    Many condolences.

  • tommy

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Yer, sorry to hear that Ed. I agree, hopefully a win will give some good news later on.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    sorry for your loss ed

    you run a brilliant site which definately is the best blog not just for toon fans you can not find a better blog for any other club and imo this is probably the best blog on the web

  • Ben_BKK

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry to hear about that Ed. Hopefully there’ll be some good news tonight in terms of a win for us…

  • Jon

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #5

    I want this team to start:

    Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique
    Gutierrez Barton Guthrie Duff
    Ameobi Martins

  • Alex

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    My sympathies Ed – I am sure we will get the win tonight to bring a little bit of cheer for you and bring a ray of sunlight on a dark day .

  • Kash

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7



  • Tooner

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I wouldn’t mind seeing this:

    Beye Taylor Colloccini Bassong
    Jonas Duff
    Xisco Martins

    but then what do i know…………
    Howay the lads 3-0 tonight! C’mon

  • sweendog

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Kash .. I heard we would hear some confirmation this week .. nothing concrete just speculation from blogs etc.

    By the way Ed sorry to hear about your loss.

  • Tooner

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Also, sorry for your loss Ed, didn’t mean to be rude…..

  • bigbadrab

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    sorry to hear that ed.

  • Mac

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry ED.

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry to hear that Ed,i hope Newcastle wins tonight to brighten your day.

  • Jon

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #14

    As long as Taylor is not in the team I’m happy.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Condolences Ed…

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Hi Ed, I mirror what my fellow bloggers have written.

  • sweendog

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #17

    good team Jon .. maybe N’Zogbia could come in at some point .. other than that thats our best current 11…

  • Heavy hitters

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Me neither Jon. I’d play Bassong at CB with Colo and use Taylor as cover for Beye and Edgar as cover for either CB but it will never happen.

    Condolences Ed.

  • reillers

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #19

    Kinnear has said he’s to decide between wee Given and Taylor for the captaincy and by the talk of him he sounds like he’s going to go with Taylor. He doesn’t seem to fancy a keeper being captain..he thinks it’ll give Taylor a’s one match Joe, one match, couldn’t it be as a reward for Given:
    For sticking with us,
    being as good as he is,
    and having the patience of a saint with the likes of Taylor in front of him,
    and for not decking the two idiots who confronted him in the Sunderland match. Shouting abuse at him, saw him as an easy target because he was further away from his teammates, had the longest way to walk in.

    As a reward for him, or a lets hope if we give it to Taylor so it’ll give him a boost. Ultimatley it’ll be a reward for stupidity for Taylor if he gets it, over Given who’s earned it.

    It’s one match Joe, ONE match. Give it to Shay.

    Oh and..Condolences ED..Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

  • Bungles Pocket

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Team tonight should be:


    For me, Duff has been poor and N’Zogbia offers us far more pace, creativity and finishing prowess.
    Lets have a firey atmosphere tonight lads, steamroller the brummies and wipe out Saturdays result.

  • filthy mag

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry for your loss Ed. Dont worry about the site it will continue in your absence. Fingers crossed we get a ray of sunshine to brighten your gloomy day.

  • skin d

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #22

    sorry for your loss ed.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    reillers youre right give it to shay

  • samthecat

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Since Coventry we have conceded 20 goals in 9 games so we have to score 2 every game just to get a point. No team can stay up conceding 2 goals a game.
    Nevertheless we must hope there are 3 teams worse than us in this league and get the bloody club sold-its time to get this sale sorted.

  • cam_toon

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Beye…Taylor… Colo…Jose

    Four Five one… well four three three

  • skin d

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #26

    so we are up against tony i look like a 1940,s binman mowbray,s baggies.
    3-0 to the toon.

  • Darling27

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #27

    A nervous 1-0 to the toon tonight!!! Come On!!!

  • Spitfire

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Stop Panicking. We are where we are because we have not won a game away from home. There are 10 other teams that have lost 2 or more games at home so far this season. The difference is they have picked up an away win. So lets just beat WBA tonight hope for a point against Villa and target away games as the key to moving up the table

  • Joey's going to get you!!(GG7)

    Oct 28, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #29

    sorry to hear that ed

  • skin d

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    thats what it was on saturday,the rubbish on the pitch was tony the smog monster mowbray,s house blowing across the pitch.

  • skin d

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #31

    only kidding tony,you were a cracking centre half for a smoggie.

  • Chris G

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #32

    beyethegreat // Oct 28, 2008 at 12:04

    sorry for your loss ed

    you run a brilliant site which definately is the best blog not just for toon fans you can not find a better blog for any other club and imo this is probably the best blog on the web

    Well said, mate – I think you have just spoken for all of us. This is definitely one of the best blogs on the web, and I hope Ed realises how much we appreciate him. As Alex said, let’s get the win tonight to bring a ray of sunlight on a dark day.

  • AO

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #33

    newcastle will be bottom this time next week and firmly on course for the first division. happy times.

  • skin d

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #34

    play up dick head,dickhead play up!!!

  • skin d

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #35

    ao if newcastle are a small club why spend yer time coming here you prick.

  • sweendog

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #36

    AO .. I think its Eh oh why do I support spurs seeing as they are bottom of the league ..
    As for having droopey dogg as your manager .. are you sure you are happy ..
    Can’t wait to take 6 points of yous again…

  • AO

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #37

    sweendog- did you enjoy the carling cup game? we were shit but still dicked all over you. haha. your only chasnce of a cup run gone. how i pity you geordies.

  • Ericles

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #38

    I go with reillers on this one. Well said mate.

  • AO

    Oct 28, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #39

    i look forward to when you are back where you belong, the first division. Teams that have done things in my lifetime like leeds and forest deserve to be in the prem. not the geordie jokers.

  • tooner

    Oct 28, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Seriously, hace you got nothing better to do, like i don’t know, felating a horse or singing cockles and mussells.
    Get some friends you loser


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