Aston Villa vs Newcastle – Match Preview – Ecstasy Or Disaster


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This afternoon’s game is one of the most crucial in Newcastle United history.

It’s one of the most crucial because if we lose or even win and other games go against us, we will be relegated for  the first time in 16 years to the second division of the English Football league, now called the Championship.

This has been a season about which books will be written, because the leaders at Newcastle United (leaders is not an appropriate word), have thrown the Newcastle club into one crisis after another, and this season, the Newcastle club has been a laughing stock – well, much more than usual.

With the squad we have at the club, and the wages our players are paid, there’s no logical reason we should be 3rd bottom of the league, and not even have our destiny in our own hands on thsi final day of what’s been a terrible and disastrous seaosn for ouyr club.

But that is illustrative of  the depths of  Newcastle’s demise and incompetence this season – more of that tomorrow – but only if we do down.

It’s a little  lucky that Aston Villa are not in their earlier terrific form, and are on just a little bit of a lull at the moment, but they still look so much better than a patched up Newcastle side will look this afternoon.

It looks like Owen (late fitness test) and Beye are injured, and of course Bassong and Barton both shot themselves in the foot in earlier games and are suspended because of red cards. They will be no help to the club in today’s game.

The good news is that Alan Smith is fit again, and we expect Smith to play an important role this afternoon. This lad has been injured far too much this season and last, but if there was a player that will play his heart out for the side – it is Alan Smith in a game like today.

It wouldn’t be a total surprise if Alan starts in midfield even, but Shearer will probably stay with Butt and Nolan in central midfield, and bring on Alan some time during the game.

On the Aston Villa side of things, the bad news for Newcastle is that Ashley Young will play, following the calf strain he picked up last weekend at Middlesbrough.

Newcastle have won just one of their previous 12 games, and lost 7, so our form has not been good other than in the game against Middlesbrough at home, when the lads played their best game at St. James’ Park all season.

So while our hopes are sky high, in reality we think the odds are way against us, but we must try to get at least a point, and we could still survive, but a defeat will mean certain relegation.

Michael Owen will again face a late fitness test today, and his tenure at Newcastle would be epitomized by him missing this historic game . But if he is just 80% fit, we may still see him on the bench and Alan Shearer may throw him into the game in the last 20 minutes or so, to try to get the goals(s) that could save Newcastle – if necessary.

Since Michael hasn’t scored since January – again – the hopes are high, but the reality is low that he can either play or score.

If Newcastle do get relegated at 6:00pm tonight, it will be very depressing and a complete tragedy for the club, and there will be many and harsh retribution for those responsible.

If we do get relegated don’t expect to hear much from us until tomorrow, as we try to recover from what would be a huge shock to the system.

However, if we do survive, expect at least 10 articles after the game from us, and we’ll be writing way into the night – whether anybody will be reading the stuff we write, is another matter. 😀

We don’t know what team Alan will field, but he’s shown some courage in both his team selections and his substitutions, and today will be no exception.

We think the team will be as follows:

Harper
Edgar S.Taylor Coloccini Enrique
Lovenkrands Butt Nolan Duff
Martins Viduka
Subs: Krul Cacapa Guthrie Smith R.Taylor Ranger Ameobi

One thing that is worrying is whether David Edgar will be able to contain Ashley Young or Enrique will be able to contain former Newcastle lad James Milner – we would think Martin O’Neill would see victory down the wings this afternoon.

And with Sebastien Bassong missing, Rod Carew could be a handful at center forward, with his heading ability and general strong physical play.

While the game will be decided on skill and guts, which puts Newcastle at a slight disadvantage, we do expect Newcastle’s players to come out and give it everything they’ve got – but whether that will be good enough is another matter.

We’ve heard all the hype all week, about how we can do it, and how we can win the game – and all that stuff – but as we have found out before what does this talking mean before a game.  Absolutely nothing!.

We heard it all last week for the Fulham game. That was a game we were convinced we would win, disappointed if we only drew, and then ended up completely devastated when we were beaten.

Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t help today – but the facts are that everything is against the club surviving.

If we do survive big credit to the players to pull it out on the last day. If we don’t this squad will go down in Newcastle history as the squad that let the club down, more than any other squad in history. And  they will be long remembered – we all know that – and so do the players.

Let’s hope that is inspiration enough for the lads  to play out of their skins this afternoon. If they do that and survive, they will be Newcastle heroes, just like their manager.

After the game today, it will be either ecstasy or a frustrating and empty feeling of disaster for Newcastle fans everywhere.

Howay The Lads!!


31 comments so far

  • GEORDIE69

    May 24, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    HOWAY THE LADS YOU OWE US!!!!

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    2nd!

    I’m nearly cool

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  • beyethegreat

    May 24, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    toon toon black n white army

    we can stay up

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    …that’s the spirit BTG

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    we can do it – KEEP THE FAITH!

    Harper
    Edgar/S.Taylor/Collo/Enrique
    Jonas/Nolan/Butt/Duff
    Viduka/Martins

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  • Girth

    May 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    i think Shearer will stick with Guthrie, his deliveries have been excellent and always puts in a shift….

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  • GEORDIE69

    May 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d play

    GK Harper
    RB Jonas
    LB Enrique
    CD Colo
    CD Taylor
    RW Lua Lua
    LW Lovenkrands
    CM Nolan
    CM Guthrie
    CF Viduka
    CF Martins

    SUB Krul
    SUB Edgar
    SUB Ranger
    SUB Smith
    SUB Butt
    SUB Enrique
    SUB R Taylor

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    TOON TOON

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    IVE been for a shite 5 times already lol

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    lol batty

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    STARDUST can u post a link to ur blog m8 on here just incase ED has had enough after today

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    or u worky

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    dus any 1 else have to keep going to the shite hoose

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  • GEORDIE69

    May 24, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Batty my horse Moonwalking has won it last two races and is running at Haydock on friday night put ya life on it! Come on the TOON! Balls Deep!

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #15

    GEORDIE69 fckin hell m8 gutted i missed that whats price did it win at m8

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  • GEORDIE69

    May 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Favourite both times 10/11 and 2-1 wasn’t ganna get rich there but won easy both times. Should be a bigger price friday night at Haydock 20.10 race.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    I know the URL Batty, but I’ll leave that to Worky or Stardust to post, don’t want to jump the gun. I can say people shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding it though.

    GEORDIE69, I may give your horse a sniff too

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  • GEORDIE69

    May 24, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Aye Rodzilla line ya pockets mate its a legend! If we win today I might ask to rename him Toonwalking!

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Rodzilla // May 24, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    I know the URL Batty, but I’ll leave that to Worky or Stardust to post, don’t want to jump the gun. I can say people shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding it though
    <<<< why wont u paste it has STARDUST told u not to let batty know it lol

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    …divnt be daft mate! Nah, Worky has done all the hard work so far so I don’t feel it’s my call to ‘let the cat out’.

    Reet, am off, speak later……….

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  • Bosck

    May 24, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #21

    who’s rod carew?

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22

    only jokeing ROD

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  • komfort

    May 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #23

    batty , my bowls have been twitching all morning….but i’ve taken full advantage of it and had a couple of tins of beans..its a bit breezy to say the least..

    HOWAY THE LADS !!!!!!!!!!!!!….

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #24

    KOMFORT love the message you left the other night aboot me and ROD u nearly had me crying and same goes to u m8

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  • ToonFanNZ

    May 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Right, getting up at 3am for this one, might be last time i get to see Newcastle play on the telley (dont play championship in newzealand)I sure hope not.

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  • sirjasontoon

    May 24, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    Mornin Lads…Nervous is an understatement and my Guts are in knots.
    Fingers crossed we survive.
    Toon !

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  • komfort

    May 24, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    aye batts , i was popped… but it’s the end of a sad season and was just trying to express appreciation for one of the highlights.

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  • RyanToon

    May 24, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #28

    come on you toooooooooooooooooooon

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  • xfer

    May 24, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Unless Shearer doesnt like a passer in the team, Guthrie should start.

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  • NorthernPaul

    May 24, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh god, I can’t handle this. The nerves are so bad I might have to join Batty in the shitter!

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  • reillers

    May 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #31

    I feel it only appropriate to put this up..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rFx6OFooCs

    Come on lads, it’s 90 minutes, on the pairc. 22 guys, a ref, 1 ball, 2 goals and a whole lot of white lines and grass.
    At the end of the day, it’s as simple as that.

    Sport has no memory, with no sentimental sense or sense of justice. We’re not going to stand up, we’re not going to win because it’s fair, because of who we are.
    The best team doesn’t always win, the best players don’t always preform.

    It’s just 90 minutes of 22 guys trying to make a difference, trying to put the ball in the back of the net.

    Please, please don’t make this one of the worst
    90 minutes this club has ever witnessed.

    It’s not in our own hands, no, but we will kick ourselves for forever more if we miss all these chances and if Hull go on to loose.

    Someone needs to stand up today and take the lead. Anytime you see great comebacks it’s always started by the leader on the pitch, like Keane in 99 in the CL.

    It’s always started by one of the leaders and usually in some moment of magic and a lions roar that brings the crowd to it’s feet and sets the tone of the game like a tackle early on, and for every minute of every game, they give 110% at that tempo, at that tone.

    We have no none leader going in today, but someone needs to stand up, someone needs to be counted. Someone needs to stand up and fight and take this game by the horns.

    We’ve had so much regrets and mistakes all season, today, none of that should matter. No regrets today, no feeling sorry for ourselves, that way at least these players will (in some way) be able to say, we did our bit, nothing more we could have done today.

    I just hope to God it’s not a blatant individual error by one player, like an OG in the last minute, that costs us everything, because no one, no matter their form, should have to live with that.

    90 minutes lads, inch by inch. Every single second of every single minute. Bodies on the line, fight for every blade of grass on that pitch and be willing to shed your own blood, and the blood of others, for the cause and put your bodies on the line for eachother. Fight for every single inch.

    In the word of Al Pacino,
    “In any fight it’s that guy who’s willing to die who’s gonna win that inch”

    Fight for them, fight for yourself, fight for Gach Uile Liathroid.

    No regrets lads, no regrets.

    We haven’t asked or expected much this season and we’d to put up Keegan leaving, we’ve been in manager lalaland with no end in sight, we’ve had our best player sold and an owner who’s more interested in lining his own pocket then anything.
    We’ve had to put up with the likes of loosing 5-1 to Liverpool, it’s been a long, long season.
    As fans ye owe us a lot, ye owe yereselves a lot.

    Ye haven’t preformed or did what ye are paid to do. All we’re asking if for ye to stand up, give us 90 minutes of 110% effort. Nothing more, nothing less. And if we go down after that, then so be it. But I will not watch another cop out and I will not wait for another excuse.

    Sink or swim now lads, it’s entirely down to yerselves.
    We’ll do our bit in the stands, we’ll roar our hands off (at least I hope) from start to finish. But we can’t play the match for ye.

    There’s no more we, or Shearer can do. It’s up to ye now.
    Do us proud.
    Ye owe us that.

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