Williamson, van Anholt And Routledge Start – Forest Lose


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton makes as many as four changes to the side which beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Wednesday night, with full debuts being handed to Wayne Routledge and Patrick van Aanholt.


Chelsea defender van Aanholt only came into Newcastle yesterday, but the lad starts at left back this afternoon, in place of the injured Jose Enrique (hamstring).

But there is no Jonas Gutierrez this afternoon, so we assume Chris doesn’t want to take any risks with the Argentine, who was slightly injured on Wednesday night – and that’s probably a wise decision with so many games coming up.

Routledge came off the bench to make his debut on Wednesday night, but gets his first start this afternoon, after looking more than good in his first action for the Magpies on the right wing.

But a surprise is captain Nicky Butt returning to the line-up, as does Ryan Taylor, who is back from suspension. With this personnel Newcastle may line up in a 4-5-1 system.

Taylor comes in at right-back, Mike Williamson continues alongside Fabricio Coloccini at the center of defense, and is preferred to youngster Tamas Kadar, who has looked solid lately.

Routledge and Danny Guthrie will be the wingers this afternoon, Butt partners Alan Smith in the center.   Kevin Nolan will play in a withdrawn forward role off Andy Carroll, which hen usually plays in these away games.

Fitz Hall, who arrived on a loan for the rest of the season from Queens Park Rangers on Friday, is named among the substitutes, along with Tamas Kadar and Peter Lovenkrands, who both started against Crystal Palace.

And would you believe that Nottingham Forest were finally beaten today at Derby County, by 1-0, although WBA won at home  3-1 against Sheffield United – so a win could take Newcastle 6 points clear of Forest with a game in hand.

That’s Forest’s first league defeat since they were beaten at home by Blackpool 1-0 – and that was back on 19th September.

It’s a great opportunity so let’s hope we can take it.

Howay The Lads!!

TEAMS

Leicester City: Chris Weale, Michael Morrison, Wayne Brown, Matt Oakley (c), Andy King, Matty Fryatt, Bruno Berner, Martyn Waghorn, Richie Wellens, Paul Gallagher, Jack Hobbs
Subs: Robbie Nielson, Ryan McGivern, Nobby Solano, Steve Howard, Lloyd Dyer, Conrad Logan, Danny N’Guessan

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Patrick van Aanholt, Wayne Routledge, Nicky Butt (c), Alan Smith, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger, Fitz Hall, Fabrice Pancrate



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163 comments so far

  • Rylandhall

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Good to see the new lads starting this game today, i think it could be a tough, physical game with a leicester side that is quite hard to break down. I’m a little surprised that Lovers form has seen him drop to the bench.. Im gonna go for a solid 2-0 win today. hopefully see another solid shut out from the boys at the back with some nice new creativity from routledge! TOON!

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  • MacToon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #2

    mmmmm interesting team selection.

    Let’s hope it’s a good game.

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #3

    ALAN SMITH WILL SCORE THIS GAME.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #4

    butt and smith, we’ll over-run them with those 2’s creativity !

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  • jimiley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Butt and Smith in centre mid. Loads of pace there to run them ragged. You drop an We may win but its still unbelievable. Hughton is Mr Boring. So cautious its untrue.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #6

    My last post should read ” you drop an Argentinian national first choice for Butt”

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Cannot believe Ranger is not starting. What does that kid need to do. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!

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  • Wallsendboys

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    baro – I’d Luv it, really, really Luv it. The winner in the dying seconds……..

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  • MacToon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #9

    So we’ve been a left sided team for most of the season, now with a chance to balance the team we’ll be a right sided team………

    Still hopefully too strong for Leicester. 3-1 to us

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  • jimiley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Alan Smith is not allowed to score. 80 games without a goal as a NUFC forward/midfielder. Its got to be a NUFC record, if not a world record. Her’s to your century Alan without a goal!!!

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11

    He has to score today.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Butt will need to be changed after 60 mins …….
    We could have put vukcic in there instead of him.
    TOON 1978..Ranger wouldn`t be able to play the lone ranger role up front yet and Hughton wont play 2 up front today so that`s why Wor Andy is goin it alone there.

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #13

    guys add me fifa 10 for ps3

    Baro_7

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Is Vuckic back?!!!!!!!!

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  • jimiley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Baro
    If Smudger scores it will be off his backside.

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Andy Carroll will score a early goalllllllllll

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    hahaha lol

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Any links?

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Baro..i think he is yeah

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  • jimiley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #20

    I cannot believe Butt is playing instead of Jonas. At least Nolan is playing in his best position. Too fat and slow for CM.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Jimiley …you mean if Smudger scores it will be off Butt 🙂
    I don`t really care when he gets his first but it would be nice to get him one so that he would try it more often and we would see some more goals around the team

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #23
  • simonj

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #24

    if we can win our next two games we can go 9 ponts clear of forest, we really need to create a gap at the top.

    i think 0-2 toon win

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  • baro

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #25

    all these streams will start at first minute of game.

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Cheers Marty-Toon.
    Hopefully it’s on and working OK!

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  • jimiley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Marty Toon
    I still cannot believe we are top. The whole midfield has hardly scored a goal between them (Nolan has always played off the striker when he has scored). We keep scraping wins which does not bode well for next season!!!

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  • Thump

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Not too bad of a line up, actually…. but why is Guthrie playing on the left?

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  • Tramp

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Heeeere we go lads!

    ‘mon tha toon!!

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  • Tramp

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #30

    This kit doesn’t get any prettier as the season wears on…

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  • Kevin

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Is it just me or does Williamson already look winded? Don’t mean to slate him – has looked the part thus far.

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  • Andreas

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Playing Guthrie on a wing/side is a liability.

    He drifts inside ALL THE TIME, it’s like playing with 3/4 central mids (depending on overall formation), leaving the full back completely without support on his side = a lot of one-on-ones or worse.

    Against WBA poor Simpson was left alone the entire game and it’s a miracle that they didn’t punish us for it.

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  • Thump

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Well he hasn’t been playing much this season. Doesn’t really surprise me, Kev.

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  • OHurley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #34

    I can’t wait to see the back of Nicky Butt. He’s CAK!! Poor form to give away that corner

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  • OHurley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Really hoping to see Big Andy put it in the net. Would like to see 0-2 for the Toon today, m8s

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  • OHurley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #36

    HARPER!!!!

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  • OHurley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Routledge looks good. That wasn’t a foul

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Ohurley we,ve gotta get routledge in the game more instead of playin down the middle all the time and aiming for the head of Carroll

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  • The Original Todd

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Red !!!

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  • OHurley

    Jan 30, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #40

    F off Wellens.

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