Newcastle vs Peterborough – Match Preview


On paper the game tomorrow against 2nd bottom Peterborough should be an easy game.

But football games are not played on paper, and we’ve already learned in the Championship that any side can raise their game on the day, especially when they play Newcastle.

And the opposing team’s  play bears no resemblance to their league position – none at all.

That has happened many times this season for Newcastle, and against Plymouth and Doncaster at St. James’ Park.

We actually are expecting Peterborough to play very well tomorrow, rather than being surprised if they do, because The Posh were really up for the game last time we played, when they beat us 2-0.

There should be no over-confidence tomorrow, and the lads must start playing from the very first minute, and not let the opposition have all the play in the first half, it’s just too dangerous, as we found out almost to the cost of 3 points against Doncaster.

We don’t think it will be hard for Chris to get the lads motivated for tomorrow, but he has to remind them that the game actually starts in the first half, and they cannot sleep-walk their way through the first 45 minutes any more.

On the team front, we expect Steven Taylor to make his long awaited return to the side, and the defense will be a lot better for that.

We expect our first-choice defense to be fielded for the first time since we hammered Ipswich Town 4-0 in September.

With Coloccini looking quite sharp last Monday, in spite of  it being his first game back, we should be hard to score against once again.

Zurab Khizanishvili will be serving the second game of his three match ban,  after being red-carded against Doncaster Rovers  just before the end, and before Newcastle got their winning goal through Nolan in injury time.

But the problem we have is scoring goals, and therefore we’d like to see Carroll and Ranger start up front – and the side play 4-4-2 – even if it means Butt is dropped.

We have to have more creativity in  the middle of the park, and  when we play Butt and Smith together, we don’t have much, and that’s perfectly plain for all to see.

So this is the team we hope Chris starts tomorrow:

Simspon Coloccini Taylor Enrique
Taylor Smith (c)  Nolan Gutierrez
Carroll Ranger
Subs: Krul Kadar Tozer Guthrie Geremi Butt Harewood

That’s a strong bench, and will give Chris plenty of options in the second half, depending on how the game goes.

We must win tomorrow, and have to also hope the lads will make it easy for the fans – the last few games were kind of tough on the old nerves.

Nolan scored the winner after 92 minutes against Doncaster, and Steve Harper had to make 2 great saves in injury time last Monday night against the Blades, to preserve the win.

But even so, in the last 2 games we’ve got the 6 points we needed, and now we need to make that 9 before the 2 week International break.

If we win we remain top of the league and by at least 2 points.

And maybe when we’re 4-0 up tomorrow afternoon, the crowd can start singing  the Ashley songs – but not before. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

25 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Nov 6, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #1


  • Steve R

    Nov 6, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #2

    This is a great opportunity for the young strikers. For some reason i just think Ranger has his best opportunity to open his acount tomorrow. I have faith in him.

    No jynx but hoping the forwards will get one each 🙂

  • Toonmania

    Nov 6, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Steve R,
    We had better put all the forwards on in one go then 🙂 3-0 thetoon Nolan 2 and Ranger 1

  • Jan Stavik

    Nov 6, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #4

    B”ut the problem we have is scoring goals, and therefore we’d like to see Carroll and Ranger start up front – and the side play 4-4-2 – even if it means Butt is dropped.”

    Even if?! It’s preferable if Butt is always dropped. I still find it amazing that some people think Butt is a decent player, he’s really awful. He can’t pick a pass, he’s mega slow and he gives away tons of free kicks.

  • magpie6699

    Nov 6, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Would like to see Carroll and Ranger up front – but I suspect that CH will make Staylor for Kadar his only change -i.e. Nolan up front (ish) with Carroll and the speedy central midfield of Smudger / Butt.

  • buda boom

    Nov 6, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Jan Stavik I agree with everything you say
    I would not even have Butt and Geremi on the bench would much rather see Lua Lua and Donaldson. We have to find out if they can play first eleven and if as predicted this is going to be comfortable then its ideal to give them half a hour

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 6, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #7

    what has happened to Lovenkrandsa lately?

  • MDS

    Nov 6, 2009 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Personally, i think we will see a 4-4-2. He was going in that direction but I think tightened things up (rightly or wrongly) due to the injuries at the back. Now with our first choice back four intact I expect you will see some aggression on the offensive end.

  • Big Dave

    Nov 6, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Turkish Magpie // Nov 6, 2009 at 8:50 PM
    what has happened to Lovenkrandsa lately?

    I dont think he is fully fit well he doesnt seem to be anyway

    MDS // Nov 6, 2009 at 8:52 PM
    I hope your right mate

  • NewcastleMole

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #10

    @Turkish Magpie

    Lovenkrands is a waste of space, who only came for the money when no one else wanted him.

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Lovenkrands offers a good option through the middle, preferably playing alongside Ranger. Hughton seems to play him out wide which is not his position. Lovenkrands and Ranger offer more movement and would be a more effective combo than 2 big guys up front. I wouldn’t write the guy off totally because as the season progresses he will become an important member of the team, especially when we sell players in Jan.

  • NewcastleMole

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #12

    @Shot Bru

    Every game he’s taken part in this season he cant be bothered, reminds me of Owen.
    Its been mentioned before by others and its true, he only plays well when he’s nearing end of his contract (either to get a new deal or move to a new club).

    I’ll give any player a chance but they have to give 100% for the team.

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Newcastle Mole, i think the reason he looks disinterested is because he’s being played outta position, which leads to a lack of confidence resulting in him lookin’ like he’s not trying. Plus he never had any sort of pre season apart from keeping fit with Rangers, so it will take him a while to find his feet again.

  • buda boom

    Nov 6, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Shot Bru
    He is crap
    We have a team of players who are poor at retaining posession but he is one of the worst

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 6, 2009 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Buda Boom, totally agree that we are useless at keeping the ball, pretty much like a lot of English sides, but like i said before Lovenkrands is a confidence player just like all players are, the guy needs a bit of time to pick up his fitness and gain in confidence by playin’ in his favoured position. If he plays just off one of the big forwards pcking out the opportunities they create he would offer a different dimension to our play. He just needs game time in his favoured position to be effective.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 7, 2009 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Whats happened to this blog? Remember when we were getting like 300 comments per article, now we’re lucky to get 20!

  • batty

    Nov 7, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #17

    turkish alot have gone to workys blog m8

  • Partizan

    Nov 7, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #18

    4-0 for Newcastle

    Ryan Taylor-1

  • komfort

    Nov 7, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #19

    batty up at 12.32am ! ….. very strange.

  • onepeterb

    Nov 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    another Saturday am without Rodzilla ramblings

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 7, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Howay the Lads….!!

  • komfort

    Nov 7, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22

    what kept you up so late batty …..were you having trouble preparing your protest banner ?.

    ..i told you the last time you need cotton bed sheets , you cant write properly on the nylon ones you use & they just make everyone’s hair stand on end. ssn will just think you and your charva mates are out supporting john & edward off the x factor.


  • will die for the toon army

    Nov 7, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #23

    My Team:
    Krul, Kadar, Butt, Geremi, Ranger, Marlon, Lovenkrands.

    Kadar has played well but still S.Taylor is S.Taylor. We are at home and we need Guthrie back in that team to entertain the fans. Butt will know he will have to sit. All I know is that CH is going to try everything to win matches.
    This is his opportunity.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Nov 7, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Wdftt we should not be playing one striker at home for god sake, if at all. But I like the idea of guthrie playing but I don’t see how we can break up the middle four unless we only played three at the back. And I definatly am not advocating that although I feel in this div colo ST and Jose could easily handle that just the midfieldwould be too defensivaly minded and just invite too much pressure onto us. Anyhow I’ve digressed a little. We need to pick two up front Carroll and ranger as Carroll finally put in a very goodshift and started to get me to change my view on him.

  • tappy lappy

    Nov 7, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Lets have a great performance from the lads today. We really need to start playing well and hit the ground running. If we can’t smash the Posh then there is no hope


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