Can Newcastle Get Clean Sheet And Win At Stoke?


We’re sure Iain Dowie cannot believe his luck that is now coaching with Alan Shearer at Newcastle United.

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Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer – can they do it?

As Iain comically said after he got the call from Alan Shearer last week, he just couldn’t get up to Newcastle soon enough and sign the contract, which probably will make him a rich man should Alan and Iain manage to save Newcastle United this season.

But that money will be money well spent by Mike Ashley, and will save him a good few millions in the value of the Newcastle club – at the very least.

Yesterday, when fans were allowed into St. James’ Park to watch the training Alan took a leaf out of Kevin Keegan’s book, and why not, as he instructed his players to sign autographs for the hundreds of local fans who had waited patiently to see the players, after they had lunch at the ground.

Iain Dowie talked about the open training yesterday:

“To get 7,500 people coming to watch you train when you are at the bottom of the league is very good.” “Alan re-iterated that point to the lads afterwards.”

“It was very good and I have been delighted with the response.” “I think the sessions have been a lot more up-tempo than they are used to.”

“The open training session was excellent. It showed what this place is about.” “It was bright and lively and gave the fans a chance to see the lads do care.”

“There is a caring attitude here – they are as disappointed as anybody.” “And as long as we take that into the weekend we’ll be OK.”

Apparently Habib Beye sat out the session yesterday with a slight knee injury sustained against Chelsea, but the good news is that Beye is  confident he can be fit for the Stoke game.  Both Sebastien Bassong and Steven Taylor sat the session out too, and instead had physiotherapy treatment with Paul Ferris.

We need at least Bassong and Beye fit for Saturday’s game, and that looks possible now, and we expect both to play in central defense in a reorganized back four for Newcastle.

What we really need on Saturday is a rare clean sheet so that one goal will be enough give us the 3 points, but whether we can do that is a good question.   We’ve only had two clean sheets this year, with 0-0 draws at Hull in the FA Cup, in the very first game of the year, and a 0-0 draw against Everton on 22nd February at St. James’ Park, when we had just 10 men.

We have to hope for the best – that’s the position we find ourselves in right now.

Comments welcome.



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77 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    I hear Jorge Andrae has been released by JUVENTUS

    He’s a great player but probably more injury prone than Viduka, if we could sort him out he would play excellent for us!

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  • DJG

    Apr 8, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    —————–Harper——————–
    Beye—S.Taylor—Bassong—Enrique
    —————Coloccini——————–
    –R.Taylor—–Nolan———–Jonas—
    ————-Owen—BigAndy————-

    Harper finally coming into shape. Physical defense that can handle Areial bombardment. Maby Beye in the middle as he is more assured. Tough tackling midfield. Coloccini used in new role to play the ball out to Jonas and Ryan. Kevin bombing forward as a scoring midfielder where he is much more effective. Carroll in for the clueless Martins after showing his willingness to perform against the Man City reserves. Owen finally fit and ready. Xisco to come on in second half to hold the ball up a bit and give something different.
    Owen, Carroll and Nolan to score.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 8, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Turkish Magpie- Jorge Andrade has only been released because he has managed to sustain a career ending injury on his knee, and will be out for the rest of this season, and most of next probably. He will be 31 by the time he recovers and its doubtful he will ever be able to play at the highest level… That counts him out then ;)!

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  • WELSHMAG

    Apr 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    the worst case scenario on sat.

    we lose to stoke
    ‘boro beat Hull
    Sunderland draw with man u.

    that’ll see us 2nd bottom, it’s un-thinkable.

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  • Duffman

    Apr 8, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Why do I keep seeing line-ups with Coloccini in midfield? Hughton already tried this, and Colo was THE WORST midfielder to have played for the toon this season. CB or bust for Colo.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    There is more chance of broon ales balls dropping.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #7

    WELSHMAG // Apr 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    the worst case scenario on sat.

    we lose to stoke
    ‘boro beat Hull
    Sunderland draw with man u.

    that’ll see us 2nd bottom, it’s un-thinkable.

    The perfect scenario!!

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  • chuck

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Is there no end to this nightmare, now it`s the chuckles brothers Shearer and Dowie, the latest messianic pairing, yes they now come in pairs.
    One fired from every job he has held the other a novice about to make 1m. for 8 games another 1m if the club survives relegation.
    If anyone came up with a scenario of how not to run a football club, the Ashley regime would be a perfect example.
    Will we ever wake up from this nightmare ?

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #9

    ______________Harper______________

    Beye____S.Taylor_____Bassong____Enrique

    _____________Coloccini______________

    ______Nolan___________Gutierrez______

    ______________Owen_______________

    _________Carroll____Martins__________

    This team should keep a clean sheet

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  • MAG PIE

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10

    My young’un was training at the Academy earlier in the week and saw Bassong on the treadmill. Bassong rated his chances of playing 60/40 in favour

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11

    toonfactor- that team couldnt keep a clean sheet against leyton orient under 11s.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12

    “It was very good and I have been delighted with the response.” “I think the sessions have been a lot more up-tempo than they are used to.”

    The last management team must have been doing really good work with them!

    You listening to this Llambias and Ashley? They canot return in the summer to manage this club!

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  • MAG PIE

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    …………………Harper……………………..
    Beye….Taylor(S)…Bassong…Enrique
    ………………….Nolan………………………
    …………Guthrie………Spiderman……….
    ……………………Owen………………………
    …………Martins………Carrol……………..

    Narrow pitch = narrow midfield.

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  • MAG PIE

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Stuart 79 – new owners if we stay up

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    ……………………Harper……………………….

    Beye…….Taylor (s) Bassong……..Enrique

    …………………….Butt………………………….

    …………Nolan………….Guthrie…………….

    ………………….Gutierrez……………………..

    ………….Owen………..Carroll……………….

    Give Jonas a free role supporting the front two and we have plenty of cover in midfield.

    Martins on the bench for when the Stoke team are tired.

    My prediction is that we will win our next three games and stay up!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #16

    MAG PIE

    Not a chance mate!

    Couldn’t sell it when he wanted to and the economic world is still struggling.

    Afraid were stuck with them for a long while yet.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #17

    My prediction is that we will win our next three games and stay up!

    hahahahaha. you have only won 6 all season.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #18

    bennytoon // Apr 8, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    My prediction is that we will win our next three games and stay up!

    hahahahaha. you have only won 6 all season.

    Hey p1ss Ant!

    We did it last year so can do it again.

    Also if your Douglas Barder impersonators can get out of truble so can we!

    P1ss flap!

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  • DJG

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #19

    even with a win on Sat unless sunderland lose and we win by 3 goals, we will stay in the relegation zone. Really we need to get 9 points from Stoke, Spurs and Pompy our next 3 games to have a chance because will will get nowt off Liverpool and Villa. Mabey 4 points from Boro and Fulham.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #20

    More toon on the tele lads on Setanta

    Sun 03.05.09 Liverpool (a) @ Anfield, 1.30pm.

    Mon 11.05.09 smoggies (h) @ SJP, 8pm.

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  • Jezza

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #21

    I fear the worst for Saturday. Statistics over the season as well as current form clearly point to a win for Stoke and realistically, I can’t see any other outcome. Shearer will have to be a miracle worker to keep us up. It doesn’t matter who the manager is, he can only work with the players he’s got, and those players are just not good enough. That’s the bottom line. when all is said and done, the reason we’re going down is because player for player, we are genuinely one of the three worst teams in the Premiership.

    I can’t help thinking that if we’d signed nobody in January or last summer, but just kept Emre, Faye, Milner, Given and N’Zogbia we wouldn’t be in this mess now.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #22

    It’s amazing what a win will do for confidence. Even if we stay in the bottom htree it will do wonders for the players!

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  • DJG

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #23

    benny

    we can count on another 3 points off your hapless lot next sun then? Cheers mate.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Jezza

    I agree, Emre was our only creative midfielder

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  • Rodzilla

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25

    mackems 0 manure 2 (-13, 32 points)

    Stoke 0 TOON 2 (-14, 32 points)

    …leapfrog the filth out of the bottom three. Job done.

    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • Rodzilla

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #26

    …sorry meant:

    mackems 0 manure 2 (-14, 32 points)

    Stoke 0 TOON 2 (-13, 32 points)

    …leapfrog the filth out of the bottom three. Job done.

    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #27

    NUFC.com report that Liverpool and Smoggies are beng broadcast (as mentioned earlier) on Setanta.

    Nowt on NUFC website about the date change for the smoggies match which is now on May 11th (Monday night).

    A had to beg, scrounge and plead on my knees to get a shift swap at work for that match for the sat the 9th. Still not gonna say nowt like as never said I needed to swap for the match – ha ha.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #28

    >

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  • DJG

    Apr 8, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Looks like it’s gonna be a good old scrap between THEM and US for survival. With Boro going down with the losers. (and getting the wooden spoon)

    Sad to think there will probably only be one north east team in the prem next season.

    Thank god Man u have found some form. Man U 3 -S’land 0. NUFC 2- Stoke 1 Haway the lads.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Keep the faith lads and buckle up and get ready for a bumpy ride. I expect a spanking from Liverpool – thats it. We should get somit out the rest.

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  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #31

    I love blind faith.

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  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #32

    benny moobs.. you have been on this blog since 7 this morning.. sad twat!

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #33

    bennytoon…i love you and your fat tits

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #34

    broon ale // Apr 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    benny moobs.. you have been on this blog since 7 this morning.. sad twat!

    Agreed- Obviously has no mates to play with in Broadmoor! Weirdo!

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  • DJG

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Don’t worry he will be gone soon when the library closes.

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  • Johno Toon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #36

    he will be gone as soon as ed closes the blog!

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  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #37

    moobs has the cheek to mock us about being here… its hilarious.

    i pop on here as i work in a office.. it’s dull. i pass the time this way.

    moobs.. however,, whats his excuse.?

    i worry for him and his shiny little head

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  • JoeColl87

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Stuart 79:

    “Give Jonas a free role supporting the front two and we have plenty of cover in midfield.”

    Have been thinking this would play dividends for a while. He seems to get lost on the wings, but could fill the vacancy left by Emre in the centre.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Jonas can beat people quite easily but his crossing is pretty poor so if he’s in the middle and beats someone there he can thread the ball through for Owen ect…

    That’s an easier ball than trying to cross!

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  • batty

    Apr 8, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #40

    DJG you have spelt howay wrong

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