Cardiff City Will Be Tough Test For Newcastle

It was a tough game at the Cardiff City stadium on 13th September (unlucky for some) when we managed a 1-0 win.

Dave Jones – will have his players ready on Friday

That was through a headed goal from Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini after 18 minutes, his only goal for Newcastle so far.

Cardiff are in a decent position in 4th place on 45 points,  just 11 points behind the leaders, but Newcastle have amassed but 7 points in their previous 5 league games – which is hardly good enough.

And Cardiff boss Dave Jones has warned today, his players will have no fear when they visit St. James’ Park on Friday night, and since they’ve scored 30 goals this season on their travels, we expect them to attack Newcastle from the off.

It promises to be an exciting game no doubt, because surely Newcastle will attack, after being held by a 10 man Leicester City side last Saturday night, in an insipid display of ultra-defensive play and team selection.

Dave said today:

“Everybody wrote Newcastle off because of what happened last season, and that was crazy. There are a lot of Premiership players still there. They didn’t really clear the place out.”

“They kept the majority of their players and they have added to them now. They’re in a fantastic position, are there to be shot at and everybody’s gunning for them.”

“We’re not going to be fearful of them, we’re in a good position we know we can beat anybody on our day. They’re top of the league, we’re fourth and we’re trying to claw them closer to us, so it should be a good game.”

“We know we can score from different positions and that’s been one of our strengths this year.” “Newcastle have brought in new players and they might need time to settle down so this might be a good time to play them.”

“If I look at Chris Hughton’s squad, it’s difficult to pick a team. He looks at my squad and it’s fairly easy to pick the team. So we’ll have no surprises for them and they might have one or two for us.”

“But our lads are in a good bullish mood, a strong confident mood at the moment, and they should be because we’re coming off the back of some really good performances as well as good results.”

It certainly will be a tough test, but hey, if we are deserve promotion this season, it’s these games we have to start winning, so there are no excuses.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • BeastieNUFC

    Feb 3, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #1

    my god a hope guthrie doesnt play, get the lad out of the team his passing, positional play is way out!

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 3, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #2

    This should be one of the most interesting games of the year. Jonas & the Dutchman getting work together. NUFC players considering passing to Routledges side of the pitch, but not waitng 10 seconds to do it. More speed on the Newcastle side, can Nolan & smith keep up? Can’t see Cardiff scoring any more than one, unless there is an OG. If CH can pull this group together, we could be seeing a lot of goals for the Toon in upcoming fixtures.

  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m dreading it, frankly. We got lucky at home, and I’m hoping we can do the double away from home – hopefully with some decent tactics this time around.

  • DJG

    Feb 3, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #4


    This game is at home.

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 3, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Depends which Newcastle turn up but more importantly which Cardiff turn up.

    We did really well with the smash and grab victory against them away from home and with Whittingham and Burke they can really get at us down the wings , especially without Enrique.

    Anybody know the situation with Jonas on Monday and why didnt he come on? My best guess is that he was saving him and McLoven for Friday so if we come out at a fast pace from the start we can cause them problems.

  • Thump

    Feb 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Lol sorry about that, was in a world of my own haha

  • baro

    Feb 3, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Dave Jones is very good coach.

  • Thomas

    Feb 3, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Danny G needs to be played in the center. Inspite of bein played outta position he’s got 8 assists.

  • seetow1

    Feb 3, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #9

    wow ed great to see you back! i randomly searched ed harrison newcastle blog on google before i realised it. guess i’m having ed harrison withdrawal symptoms 😉 anyway great work here i hope leon best and wayne routledge turn out as inspired signings!

  • Charlie

    Feb 3, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #10

    yeah guthrie definatley needs to try a whole match in the middle instead of just 10mins at the end of the game also nolan needs to be on the bench, and lovenkrands needs a whole match i dont mind who with but we must play him

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Isn’t Dave Jones a sour faced sod ?

  • OHurley

    Feb 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #12


    Spot on, m8. I think we need to give Loven a run of games starting and finishing (or at least playin for 80+ min). And Guthrie NEEDS to be in the centre. Smith playing a holding role with Guthrie playin more attackin football. Smith and Rout on the wings gives us great speed down the flanks, and with Loven paired up with Best/Ranger, I think we can cause some major problems for defenses.

  • OHurley

    Feb 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #13


    Doesn’t Dave Jones have a locker somewhere? Or is that his alter-ego “Davey” ?

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 3, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Could be , but I do think he may have a skeleton or two in his wardrobe !

  • tdt

    Feb 3, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #15

    u-18’s winning 3-0!

  • TheHeyman

    Feb 3, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #16

    I would be more confident if CH gets us to knock the ball around a bit quicker.

    I’ve said before that the pace of our passing allows the opposition to get back behind the ball and the fact that we have better players gets us out of jail.

    Pace up front will help but help but a bit of mobility in the middle woild be even better.

  • tdt

    Feb 3, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #17

    as long as we play jonas and routledge on either wing, smith sweeping up in front of the back four and either nolan or gutherie in the advanced central midfield role, we should be good attacking and defending. pace through the middle with best or lovenkrands, and good arial presence with either shola, andy or nile.

    For the Cardiff scuffle:


    Bring on Lovenkrands and Carroll for Best and Shola, then Gutherie for nolan or Smith, which ever is the most tired after 60/70 mins.

    Fast moves down the wings then swing it in for the big striker (Shola then Carroll), and also through balls along the ground and over the top for the pacy forward (Best then Lovenkrands).

  • baro

    Feb 3, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #18

    OHurley —

    Don’t you mean Routledge and Jonas on on the wings given us speed???

  • baro

    Feb 3, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #20

    West Ham miss penalty! 3-0

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Feb 3, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Regarding your team selection, I would take issue with playing Nolan in a 4-4-2 formation.
    He does not have the legs to get up and down and I have witnessed lately that opposition appear to play around him as he is so static.

    I would swap Nolan for Guthrie (until JB returns) and Shola for Loverman.

    The rest of your team picks itself.

  • OHurley

    Feb 3, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #22


    Haha, yeah m8, definitely Jonas… I had a customer and was typing a little too fast 😀

    Yeah, Routledge and Jonas on the flanks gives us depth and speed like we haven’t had since N’Zogbia and Milner. Of course, Zog was a little b!tch, so good riddance.

    TonyGS- definitely agree about Nolan. He needs a rest for a couple games. I’m a little gutted that we didn’t get Wilshere, at least on loan. He’d have been a nice little acquisition.

  • OHurley

    Feb 3, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Btw, on a side note, I’ve been watching some old videos of Beardo. I’d give anything if we could have someone on our squad who could pull off the “Beardsley Shuffle” again. That was so brilliant. Always fun to go revisit some of those old highlights.

  • BeastieNUFC

    Feb 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #24


    simpson williamson coloccini van ann

    routledge smith nolan spiderman

    best/ameobi lovenkrands

  • 9ds9

    Feb 3, 2010 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #25

    WBA 4 penalties in 4 games, I guess we know who has all the luck at the minute!

  • lesh

    Feb 4, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Mr Chopra seems to be brimming with confidence and booing him may prove counter-productive!

  • Wyn the leap

    Feb 4, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #27

    We need to be careful with our tactics tomorrow night with regard to all out attack. Cardiff have ‘form’ for hitting teams on the break away from home with some great results. HTL

  • MoLar

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Off the subject sorry, the Sheff Utd game has been switched to Sky on Easter Monday. I’m in the USA for the first time, on holiday in Manhattan, any suggestion where we might be able to watch the game. Staying in Midtown Manhattan? Any help most appreciated


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