Four Points Needed From Next Two Newcastle Games


Newcastle fans are still awaiting more news on the condition of Sebastien Bassong, and hope the 22 year-old Frenchman will be available to play alongside Fabricio Coloccini against Chelsea a week come Saturday.

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Sebastien Bassong challenges Bellamy at Manchester City 

 Something strange happened yesterday as Newcastle actually got some good news.

Steven Taylor’s ankle injury, following a scan, is only severe bruising, and the local lad will be ready to play in the vital Stoke City game, but will miss the upcoming Chelsea game.

Sebastien Bassong has a rib injury, and we still don’t know the extent of that, or whether he will be able to make the Chelsea game, so we await an update from the club on that.

Taylor left on crutches on Saturday night, and pulled out of England’s Under-21 squad for Friday’s game against Norway, and Tuesday’s visit of France.

So the news we received yesterday on Steven is probably the very best we could have hoped for, as this lad is currently in outstanding form, and Newcastle have to find some way to survive in the Premier League.

And news today that Chris Hughton has been pleased with the condition, in body and mind, of the players left training at the club – during the International break, and that’s good to hear.

Habib Beye and Michael Owen have only just returned from injury, and 21 year-old Danny Guthrie hopes to make the squad against Chelsea, so we are getting good players coming back, which is good.

Chris seemed pleased with the way training has been going this week:

“The tempo of training has been very good and if anything the quality has been getting better in the last couple of weeks.”

“I put it down to the reintroduction of players like Danny Guthrie, Habib Beye and Kevin Nolan, who’ve improved the squad,”

“And I am comfortable with the mood in the camp.”

If Newcastle are to survive this season the team will need to show improved form very quickly, and get something out of the Chelsea game, and then win at Stoke City on April 11th, but just how we can get those results is hard to fathom. Chelsea are in top form under Dutchman Guus Hiddink, and Stoke have been surprisingly strong at home this season.

But we’re hoping for the best, and 4 points in our next 2 games would be just terrific, and we have to hope the lads can find the inspiration to do that, from somewhere.

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55 comments so far

  • DJM TOON

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    the word is, sven says he’ll be sacked by mexico if he loses on sat… god what i would do to have him brought in

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    cant wait till the chelsea game my 1st HOME game since the pre season win against valencia lets hope im a good omen 😉

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    xx fingers crossed xx

    If we can keep it tight I really dont see how we cant get a point of Chelski.

    Loven and Oba upfront

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Where you sat Ryan?

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    gallowgate upper tier mate

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  • DJM TOON

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    and setanta reporting we signed that brazilian you were on about ed… the defender

    mikes 5 yr plan must be for us to get relegated and these top youngsters been charged with bringing us straight back up…

    he must be completely bonkers

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Ryan – opposite end from me fella. Should be a bouncing atmosphere if arsenal is owt to go by.

    If you fancy a pre match pint let me know and we can arrange somit.

    We will stay up lads – I got my optamistic t shirt on today.

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    usually get a drink in the ground mate

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    its the 1st time ive been in the gallowgate. i usually sit in sir john hall stand or east.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Have two or three – numbs it a bit before kick off! lol

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    toon grame, ill have a drink in the car on the way up mate (old mans driving 😉 ) 4hrs in the car is long enough to get wrecked 😉

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  • waddler

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    We won,t get anything from Chelsea and if we get a draw at Stoke l will be suprised.
    I’m sorry to say it looks like a complete rebuild is required and it will mean the wholesale removal of our”stars” to lower the wage bill.
    Ashley is determined to make our club viable and this means his youth development programme will have to go into overdrive, look at the latest boys from MFK Kosice.
    Expect Ranger, Caroll, Bassong and one or two more to break through next season in the championship and in the following season to be promoted.

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    ryan who you going with m8

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Really not looking forward to the next 4 or 5 games but as for 4 points out of 2 sorry to say it but its a PIPE DREAM. We will be lucky to get 1.

    Chelsea are playing well and Stoke’s form at home and ours away makes poor reading. If its any consolation there is only 3 away games I’ve missed so far this year. Pompey, WBA and Everton so I’m staying away as I aint seen them win away this or last year so I hope I was just being a jinx and we can win a couple away before the end.

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    @batty

    toon grame, ill have a drink in the car on the way up mate (old mans driving ) 4hrs in the car is long enough to get wrecked

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Waldo P. Barnstormer but our record against stoke is good m8 but i suppose this season is diffrent than others

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  • Sav

    Mar 26, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Big gob Dave (DW Stadium) Whelan has the lip to talk about Ashley’s class and lack of dress code. Talk about two baldies scrapping over a comb! These 2 barrow boys selling exploitation shirts scrapping over who has more class beats it hands down.

    And he goes on to state that he often runs in to Fat Fred in Barbados and while acknowledging our former Chairman ‘made a good living out of it’ (THATS what I call understatement), he still thinks Freddie always had dignity. Dignity? Freddie Shepherd?

    Looks like Whelan has been supping from the same bowl of nut-flavoured alphabet soup that Stardust has been slurping, spitting out the lumpy bits on this blog. Still blaming Taylor for other defnders mistakes, still got his I’m with Fatboy tee-shirt and still berating other supporters for having other ideas.

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  • DJM TOON

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    yeah, i’m thinking the same waddler, its one hell of a gamble if thats what he’s planning, trying to see some positives from it, i suppose we’ll get rid of the high earners (following arsenals model), all the young uns have something to prove. a fresh start, the whole team will be playing for the shirt and striving to get promoted… it’d be almost like sending all our youngsters out on loan to the fizzy pop league for experience, the team mentality would be much better than currently if we do come straight back up

    i think i’ve resigned myself to going down… it can be the only way i’m putting relegation in a positive light!

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20

    dont fancy us to get much at stoke.

    i remember our fa cup game there last season!

    we was hanging on like f***! they was a championship club then aswell

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    Sav spot on m8

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #22

    RyanToon but there possesion is w&nk m8 even against the smoggys they only had 36% we will beat stoke if we get no more injurys

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    and ours is good???

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #24

    and you know you normaly have a team crawling out of the bottom 3 in the last few games ov the season just hope its us

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #25

    it will be against stoke m8

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  • Bao Zheng

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #26

    Waddlers about right. Chelsea only need to up the tempo slightly for 5 to 10 minutes early second half and can then save their energy for the next game. Stoke will simply bully us out of it. So thats nil points and 6 to play. If we can win the three at home we may have a chance.

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #27

    batty that team is portsmouth

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #28

    ryan ive been 12 games against stoke over the years and we have never been beat

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  • Kash

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #29

    We have finishers in our team, so hopefulyl we can take our chances against Stoke. The only problem is that we can’t win our second ball, and Stoke will make us pay, with there direct style.

    The only thing we can wish/aim for is 3 points against Stoke. A draw against Chelski is a bonus!

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #30

    We have to rely on Boro Pompy and Fulham at home and hope to pick summit up away from home to eleviate the pressure at home.

    Hello Fizzy pop here we come. Last year I could see that things would be able to turn round this year there aint the slightest glimmer of that. We can play well against Moan U, Everton, Villa and Arsenal but then play 4-4-1-1 against hull and dont bother even turning up against Bolton, Blackburn and teams we should have a chance with.

    Were DOOOOMMMMEEEDDD Mr Mannering.

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #31

    if oba stays fit i can see him ruuning riot against stoke

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #32

    28 batty // Mar 26, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    ryan ive been 12 games against stoke over the years and we have never been beat

    batty they say 13 is unlucky 😉

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #33

    1 point from the next 3 i reckon. Point against chelsea to get your hopes up then to beatings by spurs and stoke to crush your confidence

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  • bennytoon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #34

    meant 2 beatings

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #35

    bennytoon

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  • DJM TOON

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #36

    batty- we should spank them, any other seaosn we probably would… but this term??

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #37

    bennytoon stardusts m8 they make a lovely couple see your getting married benny

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  • DJM TOON

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #38

    benny, we’ll be bringing oba and butt down to white fart lane… both like scoring against you

    of late, your record against us is shocking… we’ll have ya… and i’ll be there to cheer us on

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  • batty

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #39

    DJM TOON yeah your right m8 i cant see who we gonna beat were doomed

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 26, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    i think we will get four points from the next three games. none against chelsea, one at stoke and our annual three points at shite hart lane

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