Michael Owen Fit – On The Bench – Lovenkrands, Edgar Start


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Newcastle manager Alan Shearer is forced to change his back four with Habib Beye (hamstring) and Sebastien Bassong (suspended) not being available, and as expected David Edgar and Fabricio Coloccini come in for this crucial game.

And Damien Duff maintains his place at left back, with Jose Enrique on the bench, and that’s a good move by Alan, given Damien is more than solid there, and Jose hasn’t played for 3 weeks.

As we had hoped, Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands replaces Jonas Gutierrez in midfield, and Peter can score goals of course, which we need today.

And the good news is that captain Michael Owen (groin) has passed a late fitness test and takes his place on the bench.

We’re not sure he’s 100%  fit for today, but no doubt Alan will use Michael in the second half if we need goals.

Michael – on a personal note – this is a great chance for you to save Newcastle if you get on today – please play out of your skin for the team.

The bench is strong, but Nile Ranger didn’t make it – these lads Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen, Alan Smith, Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez are on the bench and any one of them could turn out to be the hero for the Magpies today – as long as someone does. 😀

Our hopes are sky high, but our reality, in truth, is quite low as far as a win goes – but we’ll take the miracle today.

Howay The Lads!!

TEAMS:

Aston Villa: Brad Friedel, James Milner, Nicky Shorey, Curtis Davies, Carlos Cuellar, Gareth Barry, Craig Gardener, Stilyan Petrov, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, John Carew
Subs: Steve Sidwell, Nathan Delfouneso, Zat Knight, Emile Heskey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Brad Guzan, Marc Albrighton

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, David Edgar, Damien Duff, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Oba Martins, Mark Viduka
Subs: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen, Alan Smith, Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez

Referee: Chris Foy
Attendance: tbc


485 comments so far

  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    TOON TOON!!!!!

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, the official website messed it up as usual. Your copy and pasted team has Gutierrez on the bench and playing. Lovenkrands plays 🙂

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  • iffy

    May 24, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    We need to win big time

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  • TheToonKing

    May 24, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #4

    HOWAY

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  • dougnufc

    May 24, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    COME ON LADS!

    TOON TOON!! ARMY ARMY!!!!!

    damn i feel so nervous.

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  • Ed Harrison

    May 24, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Rodzilla – thanks – will change it – quick!

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  • Rorschach is a Geordie

    May 24, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Howay Toon! Any decent links lads?

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #8

    LETS DO THIS GUYS !!! NEWCASTLE FOR LIFE !!! WE WILL STAY UP !!

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #10

    anyone know the united and chelsea team ?

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  • iffy

    May 24, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Anyone else watching this in sky sports HD

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  • Stevo

    May 24, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12
  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #13

    toonoholic, all line-ups will be on newsnow.co.uk mate, individual team pages

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  • catchy in norway

    May 24, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Hull City v Manchester Utd Full Teamsheets:

    Hull City Team: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Kilbane, Dawson, Garcia, Boateng, Marney, Barmby, Geovanni, Fagan.

    Hull City Substitutes: Duke, Zayette, Mendy, Hughes, Halmosi, Folan, Cousin.

    Manchester United Team: Kuszczak, Rafael, Brown, Neville, De Laet, Nani, Gibson, Fletcher, Welbeck, Martin, Macheda.

    Manchester United Substitutes: Amos, Tosic, Possebon, Eckersley, C. Evans, Drinkwater, James.

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  • Johann

    May 24, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    I must seriously doubt Shearer´s manager abilities when he puts Ameobi on the bench instead of Ranger.

    But I still think we´ll win this game but not happy with seeing Colo there but there is little other choice. Geremi would hardly be better when he aint match fit. But i´d be furious if Colo is in the centre of defense, then we´re just relegated. very simple. Clearly Enrique will come on to push Duff forward if we need in the end.
    I´d like to have seen Ranger on the bench but you can´t get everything you want

    Owen actually might score the winning goal, I have an odd feeling that he´ll do it but it won´t change much of my opinion of him but I´d still be thrilled!!!!! Owen can score the odd goals especially coming on in the end, not tired and when we are pushing. He did it for Real madrid and scored but we´ll see

    GO TOON!

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #17

    That’s still a good squad catchy, Nani, Rafael, Fletcher, Wellbeck and Macheda will be straining at the leash

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #18

    well atleast chelsea have a decent line up. thank you gus !!

    fergi can suck on my bal*s . hope they win today and lose finals !!

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  • ObaFan2

    May 24, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Judgement day!

    Atleast put up a fight…….

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Johann, Ranger is for next season mate. We have plenty of impressive young talent, but today’s game is not the best debut game for a young ‘un

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  • NorthernPaul

    May 24, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Good Luck everyone, Toon till we die!!!!

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  • catchy in norway

    May 24, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #22

    che are puttinig out a strong team

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  • Doocey

    May 24, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #23

    De Laet is playing! :O

    Come on Lads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • iffy

    May 24, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Thank you rodzilla i hate it when they say put on ranger on lua lua they are not ready for the pl yet and for a relagation scrap no way.

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #25

    sooooooooo nervous! the day of reckoning is upon us!

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  • dougnufc

    May 24, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #26

    COME ON LADS!

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  • edtoon

    May 24, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #27

    not stoked at all with amoebi on the bench

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  • Soren

    May 24, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Dont think we need to worry about the Hull game, as Man Utd is a strong team, and even their line-up for today will do enough to beat Hull.
    I am more concerned with our defence having to cope with the pace of Young and Agbonlahor, and the power of Carew. Especially a slow and weak player like Colo, and Edgar seems a bit light weight too. We’ll definitely need good support from midfield.
    Also a bit sad not to see Ranger at least included in the squad for today. But think that Loven, Martins and Viduka will also prove quiet a handful for the Villa defence, as they are not impressive.

    Howay the lads!

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  • dub sea

    May 24, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #29

    whatever happens in the other games…we have to go out fighting in our match…

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #30

    i am not getting sound in veetle. any one else facing that problem ?

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  • xfer

    May 24, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #31

    TOON TOON!! ARMY ARMY!!!!!

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #32

    10 mins lads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (parp)

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  • geordie deb

    May 24, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #33

    Feel sick Howay the Toon

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #34

    …and lasses

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  • dub sea

    May 24, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #35

    all the religious types here please start saying some prayers to your god of choice…thank you

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  • tdt

    May 24, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #36

    that veetle channels got setanta news on , will it change?

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  • geordie deb

    May 24, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Seeing some of that great white flesh being exposed in the toon end isn’t helping the nausea LOL

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  • geordie deb

    May 24, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Thanks Rod

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #39

    @ tdt , setanta is showing newcastle play. no worries.

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #40

    tdt, it tends to switch to the game at the last minute

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