Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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How well Newcastle do tomorrow is very much dependent on what defense we are able to filed against an in-form Nottingham Forest side at the City ground.

If both Coloccini and Steven Taylor are fit the defense will be at its strongest and we’ll have very chance of getting our 8th clean sheet of the season, and maybe all 3 points.

But if either or both cannot make it, then we may be struggling to put in a good defensive showing.

If both players are out then it’s likely that Zurab Khizanishvili and Kadar could be in central defense, although we have a feeling that Chris Hughton may again bank on the experience of Danny Simpson at center-back and bring Ryan Taylor in at right back.

As we’ve said before this leaves us prone to an aerial attack from Forest, and we’d prefer for 19 year-old Tamas Kadar to be given his chance alongside Zurab at the back.

Elsewhere Newcastle should be at full strength, with only long term injured players Ameobi and Barton not being available.

Assuming both defenders are missing tomorrow afternoon this is the team we’d like to see Chris play against Forest:

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

That’s a very strong bench, and Chris will probably have to use it well if we are indeed to get the next batch of games off to a good start.

The Forest are coming off a streak of 3 league wins in a row having beaten Plymouth away 1-0, Scunthorpe at home 2-0 and Peterborough away 2-1 – but none of these teams are in the top half of the table.

In fact all three are in the bottom 5 right now, so that win streak may be more than it’s cracked up to be, although it will give the Forest players some confidence, no doubt.

But nevertheless we do expect a very tough game from Nottingham Forest – a once great club that is hopefully on its way back to the Premier League.

It’s another sell-out (there were 500 tickets left on Friday morning) so a crowd of 30,000 should be there and the game promises to be a very good one.

It seems like the outcome will depend on how well the Newcastle defense plays, especially if Coloccini and Steven Taylor are absent.

Let’s know what team you would like to see fielded tomorrow night.

Comments always welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • nobby sol

    Oct 16, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #1

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS?

    —————-Harper
    rtaylor simpson khizanishvilli enrique
    ———-nolan smith guthrie
    —lovenkrans harewood carroll

    I really dont wanna see kadar playing. he was so shaky against peterboro.

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  • Thump

    Oct 16, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #2

    @sol: We fielded a team of youngsters to give our first team a rest – everybody looked shaky. Two (very lucky) goals went in and the lads couldn’t lift their heads again (or start passing, for that matter). Stop reading so far into P’brgh – the cup was an optional objective that the Club decided to drop in favour of promotion.

    And to think they [P’bgh] put it out on DVD. A victory over a team of youngsters – lol.

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  • Shot Bru

    Oct 16, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Only seen Kadar play once for the 1st team at CB ‘gainst Dundee Utd and he was pretty woeful. To be fair a player can’t be judged on a coupla games, however i reckon he could be moulded into a better LB than a Cb. Regarding tomorrows game i think as far as this season has panned out it looks like we are a better team away from home playing effective counter attacking tactics, with players good enough to absorb pressure and breaking quickly with the ability to score from all over the pitch. Ryan Taylor is also a key player for us with regards to set pieces and crosses so he must play on the right of midfield. 3-1 toon 🙂

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  • Shot Bru

    Oct 16, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Also lets start playing Krul in goal because if we don’t he’s gonna be on his bike come January. It must be an English thing but i can’t understand the reluctance to play top young players, it seems as though they only make a breakthrough when everyone else is injured and there’s no other option but to play the them.

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  • chuck704143

    Oct 16, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #5

    i am not sure if anyone has mentioned this before but with our abundance of midfielders does anyone think we could play with a diamond in midfield alas chelsea. I know we are not quite as cultured and maybe lack a couple of world-class players but what about something like this:

    …………………..harper………………………
    simpson…kadar…khizanishvilli…enrique
    ………………….smith……………………
    …….guthrie………………..r.taylor………..
    ………………….nolan……………………….
    ………….harewood…..carroll……………..

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  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 16, 2009 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #6

    I would like to see…..
    ……………………Harps…………………..
    Geremi…..Zurab…..Simpson……Bull…..
    R.Tayls….Guthrie….Nolan……Loven…..
    ………Carroll……….Ranger……………….

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  • MJR

    Oct 17, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #7

    nobby sol

    now let’s be fair to the lad, kadar didn’t even play against peterborough so it’s a little unfair to say he looked shaky!

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  • Toonmania

    Oct 17, 2009 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #8

    anyone know which channel the game is on today?

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  • sahil

    Oct 17, 2009 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Its on Sky Sports 1 at 5.15, Toonmainia.

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  • toonsy

    Oct 17, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #10

    At least the game will be available to stream for the overseas fans as its on Sky.

    As for me, i’ll be there at the ground shouting the lads on!

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  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 17, 2009 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Just been reading Times article by Caulkin where Hughton says he meets Ashley and Lambias regularly and they are interested in how the team is doing.
    Well bugger me backwards, thats re assuring.
    He also says that he is happy with the squad and whatever players he wanted they have given him them.
    A nice cosy interview, Mike and Derek have got the club at heart despite what has happened and everything is fine and dandy.
    Very bad news around the corner coming at us from the sound of things.
    http://www.true-faith.co.uk/tf/features.nsf/0/C75EE99D7BF6D3FD8025765200262FC9?OpenDocument

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  • NO F IN KINNEAR

    Oct 17, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    s taylor out for 6 weeks ? 🙁

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 17, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Bob @ 11: That article is positive, embaressing and alarming!

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  • Toonmania

    Oct 17, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #14

    sahil,
    thank you 🙂 thats good i can watch it in HD then.

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