Scunthorpe vs Newcastle – Match Preview

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With the likelihood of Chris Hughton becoming full time manager at Newcastle it will be important for him and Colin Calderwood to get the best out of the lads tonight and register all 3 points at the end of this game.

We were just hopeless on Saturday, and we cannot afford another 45 minutes of lethargy tonight, that we showed in the first half on Saturday.

But the lads have been quite good at coming back from adversity this season, and we have to hope that we can do that tonight, because we are on our worst run of the season with just 2 points and a single goal in our last 3 games, and that’s just not good enough.

Coloccini and Taylor are still missing tonight, although Colo is expected back on Saturday and started to train with the Newcastle squad again yesterday at the Benton training ground.

Steven Taylor is out another couple of weeks and is expected back for the Sheffield United game on Monday night, 2nd November.

We expect the defense will be unchanged tonight, although we’d really to see Tamas Kadar brought in at the back, which would allow Ryan Taylor to play on the wing, where we think he is most effective. Danny Simpson is better at right back, and his lack of height in the center of defense causes us problems in the air, as it did on Saturday night.

So here’s the team we would like to see Chris field tonight:

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

We didn’t much like the combination of Harewood and Carroll up front on Saturday, with Harewood looking way off the pace, but he probably needs games to get his sharpness back and Chris says he will start him tonight.

For Scunthorpe, Northern Ireland international Michael O’Connor misses out through suspension after receiving his fifth booking of the season in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Sheffield United.

Martyn Woolford, Garry Thompson and Matt Sparrow are on stand-by to replace the former Crewe Alexandra player.

Apart from that one change, Scunthorpe are expected to be unchanged from last Saturday.

Injury absentees for Scunthorpe are Ben May, who has an ankle injury that will have him sidelined until December, and Kenny Milne, who had two knee operations last season and is still recovering.

44 comments so far

  • stevep

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    1-0 to scunny – we’re on the slide and harewood / carroll combo couldnt turn on a roundabout or hit a barn door

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we were unlucky against forest, Nolans goal was a goal and Harewood nearly had one away after a brilliant turn and shot so I think we should bounce back tonight

  • ArtyH

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    This game will be pivotal for our season. On the back of two home draws and an away defeat this game will show who is up for the fight.
    I was very disappointed in the team performance on Saturday, shades of last season.
    Looks like we are going to get a permanent manager and have an average mid table season, only my HO.

  • hitman

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    if we carnt turn owa scunny the neet,CH should not be givin the job.

  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    agree hitman

  • Stevo

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Where’s my comments….?

  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7


  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #8

  • Filthy Malcolm

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    I will be very annoyed if we dont win tonite. Even Middelsburra won at Scunthorpe.

  • Toonmania

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #10

    personally i don’t think he should be given the job full stop, he has no tactics and that has been shown on here as some of you guys pick better teams than hughton.
    if fat boy is going to stay (i hope not) but if he is surely it would be in his interest to get us promoted at first attempt

  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #11


  • Stevo

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Was at the match last Saturday and it seemed all we were doing was lashing the ball up front at any opportunity in the hope that Harewood or Carrol would latch onto it. Second half we played better as we played along the floor a lot more. If we keep using this crazy long ball tactic just because we have big strikers we best get used to being beat of teams like Scunthorpe etc…………..

  • Raffo

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Im a little confused, are you in favour of houghton being manager and hare and carroll up top ed? I for one dont think either is a good idea. I think we should go for hare on his own up front with jonas and loven playing just off him. try and use the pace and keep the 3 cm in the cm.

    I think Houghton should not be given the job but lets be honest the whole sale things been a joke from start to now, why should it change

  • Darling27

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Hopefully Kadar will start along side Khizanishvili tonight.

  • Raffo

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Kadar wont play. It will be the same old square pegs in round holes routine

  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #16


  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Hughton is falling into the trap of playing supposed senior players out of position in order to keep them happy, not good enough, Kadar is a centre half and in the absence of Taylor he should start.
    If he isnt good enough then get him out of the first team squad

  • MacToon

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #19

    lol@Batty, wordpress smilies more interesting than the Toon atm unfortunately.

    A good performance and a result wouldn’t go amiss tonight but I’m not gonna hold my breath.

  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #20

    mactoon agree m8

  • premier

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #21

    whoo hoo Sunny Scunny–love these big games!!

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Agree with calls for Kadar for a first team place, again i’ll state I rate Simpson but he is not a centre back. If the manager is insisting on going with Harewood up front I’d prefer to see Carroll dropped in favour of Ranger, they were simply ineffective in our last outing and I believe Ranger is more effective at keeping the ball.

    Taylor must be on the wing today, he has been consistently good with his delivery and in my mind is NOT a right back. I have a bad feeling about this evening given our poor midweek form and i don’t think many would be shocked if we won, draw or lost this game. I don’t think we should be afraid to make a few changes for a game we should cruise, play people in their’d think it shouldn’t be all that taxing?

  • craigmag

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Kadar should get his chance tonight. I think Kishanishvili and Simpson are good players but the fact they have not played together as CBs showed on Sat, also Simpson would be better replacing R Taylor at RB as he is useless in that position, he is simply in the team for crossing/freekicks, nothing else, so why have him RB???

    Guiterrez changed the game when he came on, instead of us punting it upfield for Carrol/Harewood to get kicked and pushed he gave us an option in midfield and passed/ran towards the Forest goal, although once again, he showed no final ball – very annoying. However, I still think he needs to start.

    Lovenkrands looked lost for most of the game, when he did get the ball in a good position he buggered it up.

    I think we can give Carrol/Harewood another chance as the service at Forest was terrible, if it doesnt work bring Ranger on for Harewood.

    Enrique I feel is very strong now in that LB slot, he just needs to think about his passing one he has tackled and is breaking from our half, he gives it away far too often, but is coming good.


    Simpson Kish Kadar Enrique

    R Taylor Smith Nolan Guiterrez

    Carroll Harewood

  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #24

    premier // Oct 20, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    whoo hoo Sunny Scunny–love these big games!!
    <<<<< =reetpteet

  • Steve R

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Basically, the problem with the team is that we are too predictable. We move the ball around waiting for the opposition to create a gap for us instead of creating the gaps through fast-paced attacking play.
    Carroll was useless, he gives away too many free-kicks. R. Taylor should not be switching between mid and def. Yes he can play in def but he is not in-tune with the other defenders because he is trying to play as a mid…hence why he played Blackstock onside.

    We will battle this season if we don’t have a solid back four, we need Taylor back. Also, it quite strange that a mid is our top scorer- obviously our strikers are not doing enough.

  • Ericles

    Oct 20, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Sitting here agreeing with Hitman, Toonmania, Raffo and Bigbadbob. Other results may not go our way tonight. Worried that Hughton will use the same old route one tactics more suited to behind locked gates football (e.g., Vinnie Jones). If West brom, Cardiff, and the Smoggies all win then we will be clinging on to second place by the seat of our pants come the Donkeys on Saturday. All the “we must do better” crap from the players recently does not help – they tend to talk today and yesterday and blow it tonight!

  • OHurley

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #27

    what time is kickoff tonight?

  • petey

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Carroll needs a performance, he has not really impressed much lately. In my opinion anyway.

    Ranger does seem to have more of an impact in terms of troubling defenders with his overall movement.

    So far carroll just seems to be tall…ala crouch, but less lanky

  • Ericles

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Jonas needs to start and Simpson has got to be RB and give Kadar another chance. Hope Butt does not figure – could not bear to see him running around with his balls in a wheel-barrow. Bit much to hope Hughton will use wingers supplying Lovenkrands and Ranger.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Why cant we just gave Lovenkrands a chance to play up front which he begs for. And see what he can do?

    Maybe he can do a young owen upfront.

    When will the “goal scoring donkey” came home.

  • Raffo

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Is Donaldson a CM? Surely we would be worth giving a little and large combo a chance. I think Loven is flattering to deceive, and I just wonder if giving a hungry in form Baheng may prove dividends, on the bench at least.

    I think it will be an awful game, its raining here in yorkshire and I think we will find it tough

  • premier

    Oct 20, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #33

    OHurley–be kicking off on here as soon as Scunny score their first

  • komfort

    Oct 20, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #34

    scunny to outplay us for large parts of the game & we eventually get beat 0-2…..

    …& sandie shaw signs a 3 year contract tomorrow.


  • baro

    Oct 20, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Any links to watch the game

  • NewcastleMole

    Oct 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #36


    Because Lovenkrands cant be bothered to play for us.

  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #37

    i 2nd what the dimwit komfort sed:lol:

  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #38


  • toondrew

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #39

    anyone know if this match will be on the telly/streamed online ???

  • baro

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #40

    any links to the game guys


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