Newcastle vs Reading – Match Preview

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Newcastle have signed right-back Danny Simpson on loan from Manchester United, but will be without both Nicky Butt (hand) and Danny Guthrie (hamstring), for the first home game of the season against Reading, tomorrow night.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper was taken to hospital for tests after suffering a head injury at West Brom, but the goalkeeper has now been passed fit, and will start tomorrow.

This is a good chance for Newcastle to get off to a good start this season, but it will not be easy against a good Reading side well coached by Brendan Rodgers

We think the team could well be unchanged from that which started against WBA last Saturday with the exception of 18 year-old Kazenga LuaLua in the squad, and he may even get a start in place of Duff, who we don’t think will play tomorrow.

We expect him to be a Fulham player before the kick off tomorrow, or some time over the weekend.

Chris Hughton could also start Danny Simpson at right-back and play Ryan Taylor on the right wing, which is probably what he will do.

This is the team we think Chris will start tomorrow:

Simpson Taylor S. Coloccini Enrique
Taylor R. Smith (c)  Barton Gutierrez
Carroll Nolan
Subs: Krul Kadar Tozer Geremi Ameobi LuaLua Ranger

We’d also like to see Nolan play up front with Carroll with Ameobi on the bench. Kevin can play his withdrawn role, which we think would be better than starting Ameobi and Carroll together, and that also allows Joey Barton to come and provide some creativity in midfield.

Reading have no new injury worries ahead of their trip to the north-east.

Brendan Rodgers is likely to field the same line-up that drew at home to Nottingham Forest on the opening day.

Newcastle have an excellent chance to get off to a good start to the season with a win, and that’s what we’ll all be looking for tomorrow by around 7:30 pm.

We want to see the same fight and spirit we saw last week, during the second half at WBA, and with some luck there’s no reason the lads cannot get all 3 points tomorrow.

At least that will give Newcastle fans something to celebrate, and will a nice change from all the doom and gloom surrounding Mike Ashley, who will probably stay on as owner of Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 14, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #1

    They dont have Stephen Hunt anymore, but otherwise should be a good test to see where we really are standard wise in the Championship.

  • bill

    Aug 14, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t give a toss. I’m too depressed to care.

  • Eaststander

    Aug 14, 2009 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #3

    If the stories are true about Ashley giving Moat a bit time then I think that it will happen lads. Shearer will be manager and the club wil be in Geordie hands completely. On the down side we have no transfer time to mount a serious push for promotion by the time Moat sorts out funds. If whats left of the squad can manage to keep us in the top half Shearer might be able to organise it to hit the playoffs by the end of next season.

  • SANDMAN1989

    Aug 15, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #4

    i think its a disgrace to hear that the attendance at st james park will be much for calling ourselves the best supporters.look im as big as fan of shearer as anybody’s but i really dont think he is cut out for this job.we do need somebody to manage us who is good tactically.And other big concerns for us this season is our creativity in midfield and our shortage of decent strikers.i have seen absolutely nothing from carrol and ameobi that suggests they will get us the goals we crucially need this year,They really dont play well upfront together.And really our midfield and defence is a joke at the moment.And what is up with every bit of news where hear from the toon is all bad news.

  • bill

    Aug 15, 2009 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Your post isn’t exactly full of glee.

  • t_bone_tc

    Aug 15, 2009 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #6

    god – that team is terrible. only steven taylor and jonas remaining from last years first team! I never thought that we’d be hoping that Barton stays at the club! If shearer comes back he may put on the number nine and do it him self.

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 15, 2009 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed i completely agree with your team, its what i was thinking. Nolan did well in 2nd half when he actually got forward as Smith was literally a 3rd centre back all game.

    It pains for me to say this but we must play Barton as he is the only player we have in our team with genuine technical ability and added alot to our team when he came on against the albion.

    Ranger to come on for Nolan or Barton with 70 mins left if we are drawing or loosing and Kazenga on at the hour mark if jonas is still useless at kicking the ball.

  • baro

    Aug 15, 2009 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Why does Steven Harper start? Tim Krul is better than him. Tamas Kadar should start over Fabricio Coloccini

  • SANDMAN1989

    Aug 15, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #9

    shearer and his best friend michael owen could have saved us but they didint.Lets face al had eight games to save us and he didint.however we also failed to rip apart lesser opposition last year such as hull city.joe kinnear is also not the man to lead us forward and whoever thinks so is deluded.i also thought kevin keegan should have stayed on with us,he could have tried to work things oout with mike but refused to run.i also think if xisco is given the chance which he has not he could be the next raul.

  • baro

    Aug 15, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #10

    SANDMAN 1989

    I agree with you on Xisco. He plays for U-21 of Spain and us. He scored on his debut and played an couple of times after that.

  • Ericles

    Aug 15, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Looks like Duff is in London to finalise a move to Fulham according to the press. The media says we are after getting Andy O’Brien back as well. Really? I would go for the return of Aaron Hughes to help out though. I hope the Moat extension is on the cards and that Barclays can or will play ball. Does anybody believe that when Ashley and Moat meet at St James today that no mention will be made of a possible deal? If they are not sitting at the same champagne dinner table they can at least go for a chat in the urinal surely? Batter Reading lads – we the fans are behind you all the way.

  • JaydanGeordie

    Aug 15, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    I cant believe coloccini is going to start again, hes pathetic, i much prefer Kadar.

  • Ericles

    Aug 15, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree – let’s see what Xisco can do. Time he stepped up to the ockey. Give the lad a chance.

  • Sav

    Aug 15, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    When did Kevin Nolan get elected as a forward? Did he die and come back or sommat?

    It would make more sense to play Smudger there – at least he WAS a forward in a former life.

    Ranger and Carroll perhaps, or Lua Lua for something different. Not KN.


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