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More Good Points Than Bad From Saturday At WBA

12:13 pm, Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

There was more positive than negative to take out of our game against WBA on Saturday, and that’s a nice surprise for Newcastle fans everywhere.

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Alan Smith - great game on Saturday!

We’re not going to get carried away with one game but the lads battled well for the point in the second half and we saw with Tim Krul that we have some good young players only waiting to get their chance in the first team. And bot did Tim take hios chance with some wonderful second half saves.

Here’s some things we saw in the game at WBA:

  • If WBA are indeed favorites to be promoted this season then we should win more games than we lose this season and with just a couple of weeks of drafting in new players we could have a good squad that can challenge for promotion. Come on Ashley, make a decision on whether to sell or not – so the club can move forward – before it’s too late.
  • Enrique and Steven Taylor looked the part on Saturday, as both of them have that fighting spirit we are told will be needed in full supply in the Championship. Coloccini wasn’t good and we’d much prefer Hungarian youngster Tamas Kadar to be given his opportunity, after he looked good in pre-season.
  • Alan Smith was great in midfield and he had one of his best games for Newcastle and will make a lot of friends with Newcastle fans for his 100% commitment to the cause – and by the way we wouldn’t mind it now if Alan remains captain. He gave a captain’s display and ran his socks off – you cannot doubt this lad’s commitment to the Newcastle cause – good job Alan!
  • Damien Duff could be a big player for mus in the Championship as he took his goal well, and looked a classy player. But Damien has to stay involved in the game and he goes missing during the game too much.
  • Gutierrez showed how frustrating he can be with good runs down the left wing, but his final ball was never good enough. We expect Jonas and Coloccini to both be moved out within 3 weeks – we don’t need them and it looks like they don’t want to stay.
  • Andy Carroll looked the part on Saturday but not when partnered with Shola Ameobi. Why don’t we sign Peter Lovenkrands, since we are short of strikers and he’s a canny player and would provide a contrast with our 3 big strikers – Ameobi, Carroll and young Ranger.
  • Tim Krul will challenge Steve Harper for the first team goalkeeper jersey before the end of the season, and could well get the position if he takes his chances like he did last Saturday. One thing we really like about Tim is that he’s Newcastle through and through, has been on Tyneside four years now, and we like players at the club who love playing on Tyneside. Good for Tim, and in these days when the club is looking foolish almost every day in the press, it’s good to have our youngsters 100% behind the club.

Comments always very welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Tim Krul



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magforlife // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    We were far the better team but Hughtons tactics and substitutions are worrying

  • 2 AussieToon // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Heard a very interesting rumor from a very reliable source in the media, who speaks to Socceroos (Australian football players) regularly that Mark Viduka’s transfer to Portmsouth is dead, and there are reports that if Alan Shearer is appointed manager of Newcastle within the next fortnight (yep he said fortnight) then Alan would bring Mark Viduka back to Newcastle and Mark would accept.

    This was a shock to me when I heard it, and so long as Mark is a)fit and b)takes a significant pay cut, then it would be fantastic news as he would no doubt be the best striker in the Championship.

    Alas though, we would need a pacey striker to play off Viduka if this were the case.

  • 3 Toon Graeme // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    One paper says this and another says that. Guff the lot.

    One thing is for sure I know what I am singing if that fat b*****d is in his seat!!

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2009/08/11/mike-ashley-weighing-up-st-james-s-return-72703-24370496/

  • 4 ginkoh // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Consider they played against shamful and un-management team, no owner, no manager like us , I think we did it good.

    Look the team-sheet we still have enough quality to win any game but off the field problem make it hard to do.

  • 5 NorthernPaul // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    I seem to remember a fantastic performance at Old Trafford on the opening day of last season.

    Lets not get carried away, we are still total crap with a threadbare squad.

  • 6 Graeme // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Nile Ranger is amazingly quick for a tall bloke and can head the ball, 2 weaknesses in Stroller!! I would have no problem with a Ranger/ Carrol front 2 if we had a “fox-in-the-box” from midfield who could poke in the loose balls. Bit like Owen or Pedro or even Hibbert playin off supermac.

    Such a combination would cause mayhem for fizzy pop back fours.

    Stroller can keep the bench seat warm in case of injury which is about all he’s good for to be honest!!

  • 7 ginkoh // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    If he stupid enough to show his face in front of 40000 Geordies again is St’jame’s Park. No guarantee he will be safety at all after he has done the terrible things to the club.

  • 8 AndyNUFC // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    To be fair with a team like that, plus a few changes, we should do quite well this season. What we need to do:

    Keep Smith fit.
    Sell Coloccini, Geremi and only one more player.
    Work a system or role into which Gutierrez can play his game. I do not think he is a lost cause yet! His work rate, dribbling, determination and pace are a real asset, its just that final ball… or is it players not getting into good enough positions for them?…
    Drop Ameobi – i’d rather see young hungry Ranger upfront, who is untested, yet Ameobi is tested and we can all see he is like having Coloccini upfront.
    Add players! In fact, if we get a reputable manager in, go for Sol Campbell.
    Back the manager, back the owner, and stop being so harsh of everything on the pitch. Your confidence must get shot everytime 52,000 moan and shout for a bad pass (hey, even Man Utd players pass the odd bad ball).

    So come on Newcastle, let’s stop being made to look like fools and finally, this season be known again for what’s on the pitch, and we’ll rise from the flames.

  • 9 magforlife // Aug 11, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Ashleys SSN spokesman David Craig has been on SSN, there are no deadlines, they are in talks with two unnamed bidders, O lEary is one of the managers sounded out but they will only consider if the club is completely withdrawn from sale and two year contract is offered, if Ashley stays no funds for transfers, god i am so depressed

  • 10 harry861 // Aug 11, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Time & time again I’ve said playing with 10 men in Stroller. Never in this world his he striker, stands & watches all around him. Ranger he’s a must for the next game. I will lose all faith if Strollers is in, he hopeless

    It’s the best game that Smith has had since joining the club he played captains game, let hope he keeps it up
    Still like Guthrie in midfield

  • 11 lesh // Aug 11, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Two unnamed bidders now?!

  • 12 AndyNUFC // Aug 11, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Oh I like Guthrie in midfield too. For a next week i’d go;

    Krul
    RTaylor – STaylor – Kadar – Enrique
    Duff – Guthrie – Smith – Nolan – Barton
    Carroll

    Carrol holds the ball up, with Barton, Nolan and Guthrie pushing forwards, later on bringing on Ranger for Nolan.

    We desperately need a proper right back though.

  • 13 LBToon // Aug 11, 2009 at 11:54 PM

    Gotta agree with AndyNUFC on the Gutierrez observation. Ball skills are excellent, pace is what we need, and the final ball is only as good as the players on the other end, who seem to have a tough time reading the flow of play. Too bad we will likely loose him in the next few weeks.




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