Nile Ranger To Get 4th Successive Start at Blackpool

It looks like Andy Carroll will not be available for Wednesday’s game at Blackpool.


Andy Carroll – not available for Wednesday

And you have to think the outstanding form of 18 year-old England U19 International Nile Ranger, allows Chris to give Andy that extra time to recover from his groin injury.

The caretaker boss will continue to be cautious with the young Gateshead-born striker, with such a paper-thin squad at his disposal.

Nile Ranger again looked very good yesterday, and again worked his socks off for the cause, and also with experienced Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands getting match fit with 30 minutes against Cardiff, the striker problem is lifting a little at Newcastle.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Andy is touch and go for Wednesday.” “Realistically, it’s probably looking more like the weekend, but he has a chance for Wednesday.”

“One plus was Peter Lovenkrands got a run out, and he’ll be better for that, and Nicky Butt also.”

Newcastle club captain Butt will be expected to come in to replace the suspended Alan Smith at Blackpool, after also making a return from injury at Cardiff..

The Newcastle team yesterday team broke a club record, by getting their 5th straight win without conceding a goal.

The defensive display yesterday was phenomenal, and Hughton talked about our outstanding defense:

“It’s a massive plus.” “What would be lovely would be to win games scoring lots of goals, keeping clean sheets and playing attractive football.”

“Realistically, you can’t have that all the time, but if you’re keeping clean sheets, you’re not going to lose games.”

“We could have performed better with the ball. We didn’t create as much as we wanted, but defensively we looked very solid.”

Quite honestly we’re pleased that Nile Ranger will now get his 4the successive start for Newcastle at Blackpool, because we just have to  think this lad could become a great player for the Newcastle club in the future.

Certainly, earlier in the year, Alan Shearer was immediately impressed with the lad, and quickly made him part of the first team squad last April.

All he needs is games, and it looks like he’ll get them this season,

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • tino97

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Ameobi and Carroll are going to miss more games than they play this season. They both seem to struggle with injuries. I think we have have been looking more solid with a 5 in midfield. Can’t wait to have jonas back though. Barton isn’t a left winger! Not to bothered about Cathcart going to Watford, Fergie obviously wants him to play regularly to get experience but he wouldn’t be first choice for us and would get in the way of our own youngsters! We still need a striker ad some sort of cover at the back!

  • Tom

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Even if Carroll was fit, I certainly wouldn’t drop Ranger for him. Play them together maybe, but given the choice I’d play Ranger first.

  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Agreed Tom, would love to see Ranger and Carroll up front. Would prefer they tried it out in a cup came tho.

  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #4

    We need to be a bit careful, Ranger starting looking tired after about 75 mins and started cramping up. Yes, give the kids a chance, but dont play them to death.

  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    All in all though, it was another fantastic game for young Ranger yesterday. Very impressed.

  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Hear a few moans about Ranger not getting on the score sheet yet! What’s that all about, the kids barely out of his nappy and the fans are getting at him already. Thats the problem of a lot of fans these days tho. Not willing to give anybody time to bed-in.

  • UTD111

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #7

    My main concern is losing Alan Smith for the Blackpool game. He’s been inspirational and thorough in his work in a way which I can’t see Butt replacing.
    Apart from anything else Alan passes the ball to our own players whereas Butt seems to have a fixation about passing it to the opposition, thereby keeping the pressure on our defence.

  • buda boom

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #8

    The attack yesterday looked unbalanced. Nobody supported the young Ranger. Its hard to criticise Hughton but Nolan and Barton have both played well up along the main striker but were given different roles. Guthrie looked promising the first ten minutes but faded out the game. Lovenkrands was totally ineffective following his long time out. I only wish we would give Ranger some support and decent service for him to get a goal that would be a massive boost to his confidence. He has to do everything for himself

  • toonsy

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    G – I dont mind him not scoring as he is up top on his own, and doing it fantastically well, bringing others into play, winning free kicks etc.

    I’d like him to start shooting a bit more mind, be a bit more greedy. You dont win the raffle if you dont buy a ticket.

  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Spot on toonsy, but give him time, the lad has been prolific at reserve level, but he was playing as part of a front pairing there. Need to give him a bit more time to learn to be the single striker before we rob the confidence out of him.

  • Stuart79

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Ranger may well turn out to be a good PL player, I just hope we don’t over use him.

    Hope he can have a rest on occasions but with Ameobi’s injury record it looks unlikely.

  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    We need to start getting 2 proper strikers up front. The 5 man midfield looked a bit lost apart from Smith. We need to stop using Barton as a wide player too.

    I’d recommend a left winger and i’m undecided whether centre back cover or a striker is higher priority.

    If not running out of quality, injuries could very well be the death of our promotion push this season.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #13

    but the lad hasn’t even played a week full of games(7) in his career yet!..Plenty of time for Ranger!..

  • AussieToon

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Cathcart gone to Watford.

    Missed out on another one.

    He would have been very good. Oh well, life goes on, and we’re on top.

  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #15

    @AndyNUFC. We do need specialist wingers, no argument there, but I would put defensive cover as the main priority. Somebody on a previous thead mentioned Aaron Hughes. He could be just what the doctor ordered if available. The attack could do with some re-inforcement too, but I would say defence has highest priority.

  • lesh

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Toonsy – agree 110% about Ranger being given too much a such an age.

    We do need another stricker on board before he cracks up….. and then what? A panic dip int the market?

    MA runs shops and he must now the importance of having the goods on the shelf so they can be drawn from stock when required!

    Please give CH the go to get hold of a striker… and a winger and…

  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #17

    To be fair a left winger, centre back and maybe a left back (if Kadar can’t fill in there) are ESSENTIAL loan signings. Does anyone know if Kadar or any other youngsters can temporarily fill the void at left back?

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Ranger is streets ahead in terms of initial impacts onto the first team compared to the likes of Shola, Chopra and Carroll in recent years. He has much more maturity about his play which I’ve found surprising.

    I expected the raw energy and commitment I was pleased to see the pace, strength in the air and physical strength but his composure on the ball and ability to bring others into play are what stood out for me yesterday.

    The goals will undoubtedly come with experience and confidence and also maybe a change in formula and tactics but in the meantime, just being a targetman is enough and he’s done it superbly well.

  • lewisnufc

    Sep 14, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #19

    supposidly ben tozer can play left back yett i havent seen him play yet…
    i think the priority lies in the defence, but we really could do with bringing in a striker. i heard something about Cousin from hull the other day which i think he could do a job for us.

  • JinkyGenius

    Sep 14, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #20

    I hope those goals come soon from somewhere, bowburnmag, as played 6 scored 9 (= 1.5 per game strike rate) is simply not good enough for promotion over a whole season. We shouldn’t have to set new defensive records every week to subsidise this lack of net-hitting fire power. A bit like George Graham’s Arsenal, we can close teams down but now need to concentrate on opening a bit of clear blue water in games instead of desperately defending the odd goal (and is it was desperate last 15 minutes yesterday).

    I am looking forward to Jonas getting back and linking with Lover Boy to open up more routes to goal, especially counter attacking. However, we surely need another goal hungry striker/poacher to give us the edge as one point draws will not get us promoted The midfield is solid enough but it is not creating enough or scoring enough, and with Butt back in this sitting back will only get worse.

    If we are serious about this promotion bid we need to beat the Blackpools of this division, so even a hard fought draw should be classed as a poor result.

  • RyanToon

    Sep 14, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #21

    My team for Wednesday


    Simpson Taylor Coloccini Enrique

    Raylor Guthrie Butt Lovenkrands

    Nolan Ranger

  • G

    Sep 14, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Might be a match too soon for Lovenkrands to start mate, but I would go with the rest for sure Ryan. I suspect Barton will start on the left.

  • bowburnmag

    Sep 14, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    JG – totally agree. Never got chance to say, great post on my article re Ashley turning the tide by the way. You should have written it.

  • The_Legend_Of_Jonas

    Sep 14, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #24

    I reckon Ranger will be good for Blackpool, but then hopefully Carroll will be back for Plymouth and ease the pressure a little bit.

    Let’s hope we can develop Ranger properly as he continues to look like a very decent player..


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