Another Tough Test Awaits Magpies Against Bristol City

Newcastle will hope to get back on track on Saturday afternoon, when they host Bristol City at St. James’ Park, before the International break of two weeks.

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Marlon Harewood – scoring his first goal for Magpies Wednesday night

And while the lads have done extremely well this season, results like Wednesday night’s  against QPR, where QPR were definitely the better side, at last in the first half, will keep the Newcastle players from getting carried away with their success  too early in the season.

Clubs like WBA, Leiciester City, Blackpool, Cardiff  and QPR have shown that it will not be easy for Newcastle this season, and as Chris Hughton so often points out, the lads will need to fight for everything they get this season.

Newcastle are 3 points clear of second placed WBA right now and will be trying to get a 5th win in 6 league games this season at the famous St. James’ Park.

But of course this is the tie that Championship teams look forward to all season, and from early reports the Bristol City team will be more than ready for the battle on Saturday afternoon – 3:00 pm KO.

Newcastle have turned things around this season, mainly because they have been willing to scrap and fight during their games, and their desire and willingness to win games and to hang in, is there for all to see.

They also seem to have adapted very well to the physical nature of the Championship, thanks to players like Alan Smith leading the way.

The team needs to show all the fight that’s in them come Saturday, and if they can play well in the process, somewhere approaching their fine play at Ipswich last Saturday night, then 3 points could well be in our possession by 5:00 pm on  Saturday afternoon.

But as we are all finding out it is certainly not easy.

We would expect the team Chris starts on Saturday to be something like the following:

Simpson Khizanishvili Tayulor S. Enrique
Gugthrie Smith (c)  Nolan Gutierrez
Harewood Carroll

This assumes Ameobi, Barton, Taylor R,  and Coloccini are all out injured, and that they will then get a good 2 weeks to recover – well at least that’s true for all but Shola Ameobi.

The above team will leave Butt, Ranger, Geremi and others on the bench, and they can be introduced during the game, as tactics warrant.

But we would expect Harewood to start up front with Carroll, and Butt to be left on the bench, after his poor perfomance in the first half on Wednesday night.

And another promising aspect of the play this season is that Chris Hughton has made the substitute changes during games really count, in order to go for the points.

His changes on Wednesday, in retrospect, were first class, and allowed us to dodge a first ignominious defeat at home.

Well, let’s know what team you would expect Chris to field for Saturday’s next test in this tough and long season.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 1, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Glad Gutierrez is back…yes he is a poor crosser and is so frustrating when it comes to simple passing, but hes link up with enrique is first class and creates room for enrique to put in one of his balls (which either perfect or horribly wrong).

    Will be good to see Marlon given a whole game and add some experience up front and give eyoung nile a much needed rest. Hopefully hughton has got guthrie working on his set peices as well.

    Im confident…the game against QPR was never going to be easy, as they are a very good team. At the beginning of the season QPR would have been on my list of teams that would be acceptable to drop points against. We are still top of the league fortunately and classier than trams like Bristol so thing we should grab a win.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 1, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #2

    The Bristol Cities of this world could prove to be a handful.

  • Alex

    Oct 2, 2009 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #3

    By all accounts Guthrie had a stinker on wedensday so i hope Geremi gets the call on Saturday .
    Simpson—-Taylor –Zurab—-Enrique
    Krul , Ranger , Lovenkrands , Guthrie , Vuckic , Tozer , Butt .

  • Lew Davies

    Oct 2, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Alex – I would go with that line-up too.
    I remember Geremi’s cross for owen to score against the unwashed. But he is also sooo frustrating, especially at set pieces, when he rarely gets a good corner or free kick past the first man. With a bit of luck, he has been working on this aspect of his game.
    Dropping Guthrie wont do his confidence any good, but then again he doesn’t want another howler like wed!

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 2, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Geremi has no pace whilst Jonas has and we really need to start stretching teams, then the holding midfielders will prove their worth, one more slow player equals no movement.

  • Bucks mag

    Oct 2, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    As much as Geremi has no pace, he would put decent balls into the box that Carrol, Harewood and Ranger would thrive on. Goin up today for the game tomorrow, can’t wait!

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 2, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Ranger/Carroll(prefer Ranger, he’s trickier)

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    But keepin’ Guthrie in will reward bad work also…Rock & a hard place!..

  • premier

    Oct 2, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Good job Ed dont put the names on back of players shirts!!

  • Sav

    Oct 2, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Danny Simpson reckons QPR was a wake-up call?
    I know he wasn’t around for it, but I thought that was Relegation? We are just 10 games in to the season, they should be pushing for starting places and we’ve been trashed by Blackpool and beaten by Peterborough in the cup. Some of our other displays weren’t too great either and the gulf between what is served up in the Championship and the Premiership is enormous.

    Maybe I should be thankful for small mercies. We are top of the table and the defence are playing well (apart from Enrique’s occasional ricks). But the task is twofold, to get out of this league and to prepare for life in the Premiership.
    Some would argue that you do one first and then worry about the Prem when you’ve got the money. But we should still be giving Ranger, Carroll and other youngsters as many matches as we can. If Harewood is going to start every match until he leaves in January, I’d be a bit disappointed. We seem to be wholeheartedly adopting the Championship philosophy of no wingers, no creativity, two defensive midfielders and a couple of bruisers up front to capitalise on the long balls.
    If we can get the sale sorted out and confirm a manager, there’s still a load of work to be done.


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