All Six New Players In Starting Line-Up Tonight


In what has to be something of a surprise that Chris Hughton starts all six of his January signings for tonight’s visit of Cardiff City.

But at the least it should get Newcastle fans to the ground, as a first opportunity to see all six new players in action, and what we’ve seen of them so far, they look more than decent signings.

And that means full debuts for Fitz Hall and Leon Best, with Danny Simpson, Patrick van Aanholt, Mike Williamson and Wayne Routledge also included in the starting eleven.

Best, who completed his move to Tyneside only on Monday, will start up front with 20 year-old Andy Carroll, which is a bit of a surprise, since we had thought Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands deserved a start.

We are being told that Fabricio Coloccini is out injured, which is why Fitz gets a start alongside Mike Williamson at the heart of the defence.

We’ll just have to hope that Fabricio isn’t badly hurt, but maybe he’s just being rested after all, and he deserves a game off, as long as Fitz can get the job done tonight.

This is Fitz’ big chance in front of over 40,000 Geordie supporters  – no pressure at all.

Coloccini  has  been the stalwart in the Newcastle defense this season, along with local lad Steve Harper, so we have to hope he’s being rested, which is sensible – but only if we win. 😀

Danny Simpson will replace Ryan Taylor at right-back, as expected, and 19 year-old impressive Dutch teenager Patrick van Aanholt, on a month’s loan from Chelsea, will make his home debut tonight.

Jonas Gutierrez is in fact fit  after a slight muscle strain, after some rumors this morning he would miss the game and the midfield is made up of Kevin Nolan, Danny Guthrie and Routledge, who also makes his full home debut.

This is the first time we’ll see out and out wingers Jonas and Wayne in the Newcastle side – it should be interesting, and hopefully they can create some chances.

At last Danny Guthrie gets  a start in central midfield, as we had hoped, and usually Danny comes good when given chances like this – s0 let’s hope he has a stormer tonight.

Two natural wingers playing out wide, and two natural central mid-fielders in the middle of the park – what is Chris’ team selection coming to? 😀

Alan Smith and Butt are left out completely and rested, since they are not even on the subs bench, and Kevin Nolan is the new captain – not a bad choice at all, although Kevin did not play well last time out.

He can amend for that tonight, and may even get his 11th goal of the season.

The subs bench of Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Ryan Taylor and Fabrice Pancrate is also impressive, and shows the new strength of our squad.

As far as the Cardiff City side goes, Michael Chopra is not only starting tonight, but he’s been made captain against his home town club, a nice gesture by Dave Jones, the experienced Cardiff City Manager.

There’s no doubt at all that we badly need a win tonight to right the Newcastle ship, so we can steam ahead towards promotion.

We’ll know soon enough, but let’s be clear,  a draw is just not good enough tonight.

Howay The Lads!!

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Fitz Hall, Mike Williamson, Patrick van Aanholt, Wayne Routledge, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll, Leon Best
Subs: Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Ryan Taylor, Fabrice Pancrate

Cardiff City: David Marshall, Adam Matthews, Kevin McNaughton, Anthony Gerrard, Gabor Gyepes, Stephen McPhail, Jay Bothroyd, Michael Chopra (c), Darcy Blake, Peter Whittingham, Ross McCormack
Subs: Peter Enckelman, Paul Quinn, Mark Kennedy, Soloman Taiwo, Aaron Wilding, Chris Burke, Warren Feeney

Subs:

Referee: Kevin Friend
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139 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Lol Smith and Butt dropped err rested!

    Interesting line up but I said that about the last game………

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  • Charlie

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #2

    not happy at all about fitz hall being in the lineup for this game, would of definatley preffered kadar especially against top scoring cardiff, but the rest of the team looks ok

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  • budmon

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Guthrie and Nolan are missing from the official line up. Anyway this is probably the most attacking line up we have! hopefully our back 4 can cope with the added pressure. must start well! HOWAY the lads!

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  • Toon-Army

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #4

    TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!

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  • pearceet

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #5

    I quite like this line up. a bit more creativity in centre of midfield with guthrie. however i am a bit unsure on how well the team with six new faces will be able to gel. they cant have been training together as a squad for more than a week….. bit unsure on that however i do think that we will win and am very happy that we are able to bring two good centre backs into the team not sure who we would have played if both taylor and colo missed this game otherwise.

    HTL

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  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #6

    I put Danny and Kevin in central midfield.

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  • Toon-Army

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #7

    is it on 5live any1??

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  • pearceet

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Toon-Army // Feb 5, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    It is indeed

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #9

    is leon best quick ?

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  • chanty

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #10

    like the look of the team 2nite, very positive!!! 3-1 to the toon

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #11
  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Any links for the game?

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  • Joey Barton 666

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Pancake is not in the sqaud?? Thank god for that, the bloke is one of the worst players iv seen at st james. The wings with two big men up top is something to look forward to, howayyy

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  • Joey Barton 666

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Catchy yes he is quick mate, very quick!!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #15

    They defend the left, routledge can hit them on the right….and vice versa, really like the balance of the team for once. Even at the back no no nonsense Williamson with the quick powerful Hall and two attacking full backs.

    Guthrie in the middle for once, lets hope he has a good game. Also balance up front as well with Carroll with the quick and strong Best.

    Should be good.

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  • geordielad880

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #16

    why isnt collocini playing? is he injured?

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Yeh hamstring…apparently been struggling for a few weeks with it

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  • listie

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m warming to our new striker even more

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11688_5919185,00.html

    good lad

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Not sure if anybody else noticed but they have a ridiculously attacking team.

    Bothroyd, Chopra and Mcormack all strikers…..and Whittingham from midfield.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Why isnt Lovenkrands playing I regard him as our best striker

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  • chanty

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #21

    goal

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  • Toon-Army

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #22

    a corner for them after 22 seconds come on lads!! ..CARROLL!!! 1-0!!

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  • petey

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #23

    aw man, i thought this would be live tonight!

    good to see nufcblog back 😛 i must be a bit behind…

    Wehey we’re top of the league and 1-0 up!

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  • Toon-Army

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #24

    lol… thats more like it lol!! maybe i re-acted to quickly!

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  • Joey Barton 666

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Get innnnnnnnnnnnn

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #26

    1-0 Carroll!

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  • chanty

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #27

    we’re on fire!!!!

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Any radio links?

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Links? Radio?

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #30

    2-0!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #31
  • pearceet

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #32

    whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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  • tdt

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #33

    2—0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Toon-Army

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #34

    2-0!!

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  • Ess

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #35

    2-0

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  • fips

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #36

    HWTL!

    3-1 score i hope 😀

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  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #37

    What a start..!

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  • budmon

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #38

    2 nil!!!! TOON!

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Had my 30th last night and I have woken up at 6.45 to watch the match. Cant listen to 5live outside UK. Anyone got any radio links for outside UK?

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  • bozjacko

    Feb 5, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #40

    any other radio links bbc i player dont work in sweden god damn it!!!!

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