Newcastle vs Bristol City – Match Preview

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We have to think that now the arbitration  case between Kevin Keegan and Newcastle United is over with, this has to be viewed as a positive from the players’ viewpoint, as the sale of the club can now go forward, or we hope so in any case, and get the disastrous Mike Ashley out of Toon.

But the win today for Kevin Keegan for £2M, finally puts behind us one of the worst 12 months in Newcastls great history, with the club unfortunately now languishing in the second division, albeit right at the top of the league and currently 3 points clear of WBA in second place.

We have to hope the lads will give that extra performance tomorrow afternoon, that was missing on Wednesday night, so we can get all 3 points and be top the league for the two week International break.

The bad news on the injury front today is that Joey Barton had had an operation on his foot, and will likely be out until next year, so he joins Shola Ameobi  on the long term injury list.

We’re just lucky that we are well endowed in central midfield, with Nolan, Butt, Smith, Geremi and Guthrie, and hopefully Joey will not be missed too much. But if we are to bring in some new players, before the loan window closes on November 25th,  we could do with a left back and a winger.

Also missing tomorrow will be Ryan Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, but they are short term injuries, and Ryan may even still have a chance to play tomorrow, but we cannot afford to take any risks either.

Bristol City are in 9th position in the league, with 16 points and should be beatable at St. James’ Park, but certainly their players are all looking forward to the game.

So they could well play way above their mid-table position, like many teams have done against Newcastle this season. Bristol have won 4, lost 4 and drawn two, with 10 goals for and 9 against.

The Newcastle team for tomorrow will almost pick itself, and this is what we think Chris will field for tomorrow:

Simpson Khizanishvili Taylor S. Enrique
Guthrie Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
Harewood Carroll
Subs: Krul Kadar Geremi Butt Ranger Lovenkrands Donaldson

That’s a decent team, with a good solid defense on their day, and upfront having Marlon Harewood starting in place of 18 year-old Nile Ranger is probably a good move.

Ranger has played so well for the club so far this season, but he can come on tomorrow as an impact sub in the second half, and it would be great if when he does he can poke that ball in the net for his first senior goal for the club, and get that behind him.

But we think Marlon has now earned his starting position for tomorrow, and he seems so keen to do well at his new club.

The Newcastle players will hopefully have learned on Wednesday that no team will allow themselves to be rolled over by Newcastle, home or away, and the opposite is even true, as they will fight like hell for the full 90 minutes, just like QPR did on Wednesday night.

But after that poor performance, we have to think the lads will be extra keen to come out and prove they are indeed the best side in the division, and start from the first minute tomorrow, with  a burning desire for all 3 points.

On ther Bristol City side of things, they will welcome Jamie McCombe back into their squad for the trip to the north-east.

The central defender was sent off in last week’s defeat at Derby after receiving two yellow cards and missed Tuesday night’s impressive 2-0 home win over the surging Blackpool side.

Fellow defender Liam Fontaine, who missed the Blackpool game with a knee problem, should be fit to play.

Paul Hartley will miss the game after coming down with shingles, while goalkeeper Dean Gerken has returned to training following a virus, but is not expected to be well enough to even travel to Newcastle, so Adriano Basso will continue in goal. Danny Haynes could be in line for a start after coming off the bench and grabbing a goal on Tuesday.

Bristol City have yet to win on the road this season, and we have to hope that straak will continue since Newcastle really need all 3 points tomorrow, to make up for Wednesday’s disappointment.

Howay The Lads!!

17 comments so far

  • Waddles mullet

    Oct 2, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Back to football at last!


  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 2, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Almost forgot we have a game to play tomorrow….I have 4 words to say.
    Drop Butt
    Start Harewood.

  • woodsee

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Got me tickets for the match ,haway the lads.
    Got to keep the crowds up lads,its the main reason we will go up.
    I hate Ashley as much as anyone,but i would still go to the matches even if Hitler was in charge,
    Lets get up to 45,000 the morrow as apparently the atmosphere wasnt great on wednesday unfortunately i was working so couldnt get.

  • Partizan

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #4


    O Hurley….Maybe you dont have time to watch other leagues,but i can assure you that even if i mention some upcoming talents they will be like a Spanish village for you.

    Tom Toon was NOT Denis Wise,,he followed almost every league cos i had so many debates with him about some players.

    I will name some of the players which i knew that they would become top players,some of them i recomended them here on the blog but some of them i couldnt cos at that time the blog didnt exist.

    Robben while at Groningen
    Falcao while at River Plate
    Vucinic while at Lecce
    Jovetic while at Partizan
    and many many more

    These are the ones who are yet to become top players

    Victor Elm-Heerenveen
    Eden Hazard-Lille
    Fabio Coentrao-Benfica
    Alexis Sanchez-Udineze

    I can go on and on with this,,,and i can assure you that all these players are not just you tube compilation players,,i’ve seen them play and the only reason i play you tube is cos most of the people on this blog have never ever heard of these players never mind watching them play.

    No offence though.

  • JonnyNufc

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Reckon Butt will be left out tomorrow & he’ll bring Jonas in. I HOPE SO anyway. If he dropped Guthrie just for one dodgy game and left Butt in that would be a complete joke.

    Start Harewood over Ranger this time. Also wouldnt mind Lovenkrands getting a chance upfront at some point, hes dropped in the pecking order for no reason atall. Hughtons picking the strikers on performances but hes not given Loven a chance to give one upfront yet.

    If he was better than them in the prem, he’ll likely be better than them in the championship.

  • buda boom

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed you say we are well covered in midfield. I would dispute that. Nolan, Smith and Guiterrez must always start because they are the best but after that comes Taylor the when we have after the very average Guthrie and the useless pair Butt and Geremi. So I would say we are not well covered.
    Thought Ben Watson was terrific the other night and if Wigan don’t want him we should make a move for the redhead.
    We can’t keep ignoring the raw talent of Lua Lua.Yes he makes mistakes and doesn’t play with his head up looking for the killer pass but he has more to offer than either Butt and Geremi in the short and long term.

  • Hoovernose

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Ranger should start with Harewood and save big Andy for the devistating substitution. Ranger has been getting stronger and more experienced at starting, pointless breaking the flow. Get Carrol chomping at the bit.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Get Lomano lua lua back as well…brighten the place up at least he is entertaining…. get em both on.

  • DJG

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #10

    We have to play Enrique and Jonas down the left. Those two together are like international class. Harewood has earned his chance to start. ”Feed the hare and he will score”

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Feed the Hare !!
    He will show our young lads what the back of the net looks like.

  • magpie6699

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t like to say “I told you so” about Barton – but I told you so. I stick by my pre-season prediction that we’d be lucky to get 10 games a season out of him – if “lucky” is the right word on his form so far. I really wish we could have sold him to Fat Sam or someone like that. £1 million to be rid of a horrible man, taking £60K a week for no benefit to us, would have been great business.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 2, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #13

    I expected Joey to really find his form in the championship and have backed him 100 percent through all his off field nonsense….If the truth be known Joey isn’t going anywhere soon he is contracted and paid 60k a week nobody would take him on at that salary especially looking at his performances for us….so we are stuck with him until he sees out his contract and goes on a free transfer like Owen did.

  • Stuart79

    Oct 2, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Is there a match on tomorrow?

  • jimmymac

    Oct 2, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Partizan: Big deal, anyone with football manager could identify these players! Also, you’re not the only one who watches foreign leagues, i think you underestimate the average geordies love for football.

  • AndyT

    Oct 2, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #16

    I really hope that Lovenkrands gets a decent go tomorrow. I don’t see why he wouldn’t be used on the wing opposite Jonas. He was great when he was healthy last year in the premiership and should be able to rip apart teams in this Chumpionship. Why not put 3 strikers up at some point and give him a chance in his preferred position as well?
    Howay the lads!

  • shearer4pm

    Oct 2, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #17

    cawwwww loooooooooooong time no comment

    i am from a small town near yeovil in somerset… naturally yeovil is my second team….and we dont like bristol city…they took our manager gary johnson…and a few of our players….lee johnson….liam fontaine…we also used to have gavin williams who left us for west ham then joined city….anyway i do quite often see there performances on the local news and here stuff from my mates too and apparently former celtic player evander sno on loan from ajax had a good midweek game…
    maynard is scoring regularly,
    marvin ellioit is due a few,
    sproule is quick but inconsistant
    mccombe is solid on his day
    the other centeral defense place seems up for grabs although carey is captain, as is the seond strikers place although soborio is playin well
    basso is still a great keeper, good as posistioning although when we played them when they were in league one he had a tendancy of lettin shots slip thru his hands so long shots would probably do well
    lee johnson is a average central midfielder nuffin more

    but i personally would watch out for sno….he seems class

    nuffin stevie taylor cant put in his back pocket tho 😉 wish i was there to see city get a whoopin 🙁


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