Newcastle vs Huddersfield – Match Preview

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Stand-in manager Chris Hughton has already said that 21 year-old Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul will make his home debut against Huddersfield tonight at St. James’ Park – KO 7:45 pm..

And with more youngsters likely to start and be on the bench this will tell us just how ready our youngsters are to fill in when they have to this season. It will be an early measure of how strong the squad is right now.

It’s a really good move by Chris, because this is an opportunity to blood the youngsters, ready for when they get their first team call-ups, and yes, while we may not win tonight, the league has to be our number one priority by a long way this season.

Andy Carroll (groin) definitely misses out tonight, while Joey Barton (foot) is doubtful, and we don’t expect him to be risked.

Slovenian starlet Haris Vuckic, who turned 17 last Friday, is named in the squad, and the game could also see senior debuts for Ryan Donaldson and Tamas Kadar.

In fact we expect Kadar to get a start tonight, probably in place of Coloccini, and maybe Andy Carroll will get his first start too.

But we’re not going to hazard a guess at the full line up – but that will be very interesting when it’s announced around 7:00pm tonight. Let’s just say we expect Krul, Kadar and Ranger to get starts tonight.

We expect Huddersfield to name their strongest side, in an attempt to cause an upset, which of course would delight Geordie manager Lee Clark.

Our next game is Monday night against Leicester City at St. James’ Park, KO 7:45 pm, and if there are any developments with the sale of the club , and for instance the new American bidders manage to secure the deal, watch for a bumper crowd on Monday.

But we need a win and all 3 points, and nothing less will be good enough.

Howay The Lads

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #1

    OK I’ll let cooldj be 1st on this one !

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Doh! Unlucky my son.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Doh! ed, you stated A Carroll wont start tonight. then 6 lines later say you think he will start tonight?????

    😀 🙂 8)


  • Bill F

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Considering the way some of these youngsters have been bigged up, I am expecting a good victory, be very dissappointed if we lose.

  • RyanToon

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5


  • Stuart79

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6


    We’ll win in ET

  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    6 nil

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Just so long as we dont need pens.

    Me old ticker cant take much more.

  • DJG

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Im going tonight and I can’t wait.

    I think players like Krul and Ranger are better than our first team and I hope we wollop Clarkies side.


    Really don’t know who he will play but I would like to see that.

  • komfort

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #10

    dont underestimate the terriers…3-1 draw to the toon..

  • DJG

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Hope he plays Guthrie for a chance to get the rust off.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m going aswell tonight, in my new black and blue top.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    komfort – 3-1 draw to the Toon 🙂

  • DJG

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Ranger and Vuckic are supremely talented footballers. Huddersfield are division 3 hoofers and grinders. No competition. They got spanked 3-0 off Carlisle ha

  • DJG

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Any1 got any idea how many home fans will be there? I think there is about 4000 away fans.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #16

    12-16,000 max.

    level 7 completely closed. except for away fans.

    Hopefully full house against leicester on monday though, complete with NEW OWNERS.

  • normag

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Anybody who know if it’s on TV? A stream perhaps? 😀

  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #18

    See the Portsmouth take over has finally gone through. Maybe just Maybe we’ll be next then

  • DJG

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Lew Davies // Aug 26, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    ”Hopefully full house against leicester on monday though, complete with NEW OWNERS”

    If theres new owners there might be but otherwise doubt it when its on Sky. I think we only got such a high crowd last time because it wasnt on telly.

  • komfort

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    i can see lee novak giving colo another good ploating tonight…should be fun.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Its not the same watching it on the box though.
    was a good atmosphere against Sheff Wed. well not towards the end, we was all having kittens. lol.
    Nay excuses though, its a Bank Hol, so get to the ground and support the lads.
    Toon Toon.

  • DJG

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #22

    It says on the official website that the club is expecting over 20,000 tonight. Depending how many come to pay on the night it could be alot more than that.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Have you seen the weather though?


    Oh! thats appropriate for us then lol.

    Howay, lads and lasses, get along if you can.

    Its only a fiver for kids too.

  • Champaz

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #24

    possible link for match (although it buffered for about half an hour last match and still nothing its got to be worth a try so get on early)

  • Kany_toon

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Doubt they wud be streaming it….didnt work the last time!!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed, mate…

    You can’t get 3 points in a cup game. In fact you can’t get any… you can get a win, but it’s not rewarded with points! 🙂

    Keep up the good work on the blog.

    Thanks from Denmark.

  • Whumpie

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #27

    As someone stuck down here in Devon, I hate it when I see empty seats at matches.

    If you can get there, PLEASE go and support the lads. The younguns will benefit from a big crowd behind them even more than the seniors, so do yer bit.

    4-1 to the Toon. Ranger, Lua Lua and Donaldson all on the scoreboard.

    Here’s hoping for no injuries…

  • Hawayman

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #28

    It would be a good game to win giving the squad a further confidence boost. It’s a Cup game so there’s not 3 points in it for us

  • Macas35

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Danish_Magpie – Ed is on about 3 points in the Leicester game


    Aug 26, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #30


    Sing ya heart out for the lads but remember to keep some back for the FCB, ok.


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