Game Against Cardiff City Now So Important

Hughton is understandingly looking at changing the side for the vital game against Cardiff City tomorrow night.

Chris Hughton – expected to shuffle side

With WBA winning 3-2 at Blackpool last night, Newcastle are just 3 points ahead of now second placed West Brom, with a game in hand.

Leon Best is ready to make his debut and a fit-again Shola Ameobi could both start the game tomorrow night.

Chris Hughton said today:

“It has been an emotional time for Peter and we decided to rest him. He will be back in contention for the Cardiff City game (on Friday),”

“I believe that with Leon now in the squad we have options for every game up front.”

“Leon has that pace and power and we have Shola (Ameobi), Andy Carroll, Peter and Nile Ranger, who all offer something different.”

We need some new players in from Saturday night, when Newcastle hugely  disappointed their fans, by being unable to beat a 10-man Leicester side.

It’s turning out that tomorrow’s game could be a watershed game for us, we really need a win tomorrow night to keep us at the head of the queue for promotion.

Now is not the time for the side to start trailing off.

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10 comments so far

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m not sure i agree with CH comments on his strikers offering something different.

    Carroll, Ameobi, Ranger and even Best are all big bulky forwards.
    I have to admit i dont know alot about Best’s turn of pace, apart from Chris bringing it up. Hes not a striker i ever thought of as one with blistering pace!

    Lovenkrands does have that pace, but for me lacks the killer instinct.

    One thing they all have in common is that none of them appear to be prolific!
    That shouldnt be too big of a problem, as long as the midfield chips in. However our form has dipped coincidently at the same time Nolans has!

    Without Nolan,i can not see were the goals will come from in midfield!
    Smith DOESNT score.
    Jonas, Guthrie and Routledge are not high scoring midfielders either!

    I am worried. I hoped we could have bought a goal scoring midfielder and a prolific striker (Beckford).

    However we move on with what we have.I hope Nolan / Shola / Best can find their scoring boots and take us to the PL.

  • Oba

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Been saying this for a while now, but to get Nolan back on form he needs to be given the chance to get forward without the need to rush back. He doesn’t have the fitness to do that.

    I’d play him in a 3 man central midfield with Guthrie and Smith. Maybe Barton when he returns.

    That’ll mean playing a lone forward and Chris has a lot of options, just needs to find the right one. I don’t think Lovenkrands would work on his own up front though.

  • Daftus Doofus

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Unfortunately, we think that there will be only 1 or 2 points between the top 3 teams come Saturday evening and we feel that Mike may well be cacking himself about the prospect of not getting promoted and all of the millions of pounds he will lose should this occur .
    We think that Mike will ultimately regret not investing a little bit more money in new players during the transfer window than he did do.

  • Roy Cropper

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #4

    one couldn’t agree more doofus.

  • Wyn the leap

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5

    My view is we need to be very careful with an all out attack policy. Cardiff have proven against many sides away from home they have the ability and counter-attacking speed to hit home teams on the break. Interestingly Bristol City went for an all out attack strategy AND fielded 2 new players…… and lost 0-6 !!! At the risk of getting flamed…

  • Wyn the leap

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    My team for Friday:

    Simpson Williamson Collo Van Aanholt
    Routledge Smith Guthrie Jonas

  • Oba

    Feb 4, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Good team Wyn. I agree with that.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Feb 4, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Entertainers i disagree with you there, i do agree with hughton in saying all the strikers offer something different. ranger is different to ameobi and carrol in his work rate, carrol is much better in the air than bambi and best is a hold-up striker with pace. there all different. I do agree we need a prolific scorer tho as none of the forwards we have could knock in 15-20 in the prem which is what we are going to need when we go up.
    wyn, agree with your team but id start carrol or bambi first and then bring on best after half time, dont think cardiff is the best team to debut against as if he doesnt make an impact straight away then cardiff will tear us to shreds.

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 4, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9


    I take you point of view and of course all the strikers have plus and negative points,which seperates them.

    But my point is that ‘generally’ they are the same type of striker and i think we both agree we needed the prolific forward.

    Anyway i hope your right about Best and his turn of pace, we could do with that!

  • Smithy

    Feb 4, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10

    loven should start with best both have pace and best has height, if we dont score with that then we are in trouble all the other strikers are firing blanks. Dont seem to get to many comments on here since you started back up again, they have all turned to org instead.Find them a bit to clannish tbh


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