Coloccini, Smith, Hall And Lovenkrands Start


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton makes three changes to the side which was beaten at Derby County 3-0 during the week,  for the tough game at Swansea City today.

Mike Williamson, Jonas Gutierrez and Leon Best are not in the starting lin-up, and Fabricio Coloccini, Alan Smith and Peter Lovenkrands come into the side.

It would appear that Newcastle, rather surprisingly,  may keep their 4-4-2 formation, with Lovenkrands up front, but of course Peter could play on the left wing ina 4-5-1 formation, with only Andy Carroll up front.

Coloccini is back from his hamstring injury, and surprisingly partners Fitz Hall at the centre of the defense – we had expected Mike Williamson to have started with Fabricio today.

Danny Simpson and Patrick van Aanholt continue to occupy the full-back positions, so Danny is fit following his slight hamstring strain on Tuesday night – that’s good.

Alan Smith is back in the starting line-up, and Wayne Routledge, Danny Guthrie and Kevin Nolan complete the Newcastle midfield.

And we’re pleased that Peter Lovenkrands comes in to start with Andy Carroll up front – hit the back of the net Peter!.

Both Jonas Gutierrez and Shola Ameobi miss out because of minor injuries.

TEAMS

Swansea City: Dorus de Vries, Ashley Williams, Alan Tate, Garry Monk (c), Darren Pratley, Andrea Orlandi, Nathan Dyer, Federico Bessone, David Cotterill, Shefki Kuqi, Joe Allen
Subs:
David Cornell, Gorka Pintado, Mark Gower, Tom Butler, Angel Rangel, Lee Trundle, Ashley Richards

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

Referee: Andy Woolmer
Attendance: tbc



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97 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #1

    No Jonas!

    Toon Toon

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #2

    so is it

    ——————————–Harper——————-

    —-Simpson———Colo——–Hall——-Van Aan

    —Guthrie———Smith——Nolan—–Routledge

    ———————-Loven——Carroll—————-

    ???????

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  • alkinou

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m happy with the team. I find it admirable from Hughton’s part to stick with the 4-4-2 even after the defeat after Derby. With Alan Smith back in the team, it is a little bit less an attacking line-up and that’s probably a good thing.
    Also Lovenkrands deserved this start for a long time.

    I don’t know what to expect but looking forward towards the match.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope Jonas’s injury isn’t to serious :/

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  • SBR4EVA

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    5th again

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Great chance for CH to change the system:

    4-3-1-2

    With the 3 central midfielders and Routledge behind the 2 strikers, causing havoc!

    I would love to see this formation with a fit Jonas behind the strikers.

    We have an abundance of central midfielders, so use them to our strength.

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  • alkinou

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #7

    The Entertainers

    Could be worth a try but I think he’ll go for the traditionnal 4-4-2 with Guthrie playing on the wing

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  • dutchy

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    only problem with the 4-3-1-2 is the lack of width..
    anyway, i’m going for a 1-2 win today! must win game to get that 3 point advantage

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Any links for the match?

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10

    links?

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  • Oba

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Rubbish team. Guthrie’s not a winger, Williamson is better than Hall, 4-4-2 will be crap against these lot.

    Does he not learn? He played 4-4-2 midweek against a decent side away and got battered. Today we’re away to a better side than Derby.

    Although he may be playing Loven out on the left in a sort of 4-5-1 formation, with Guthrie in the center. If so then we stand a chance, if not they will dominate the midfield.

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  • MacToon

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Rout – Guthrie-Smith- Loven

    —– Nolan-Carroll

    intersting !

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  • Oba

    Feb 13, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Nolan is too slow.

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  • GvFalkirk

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #16

    if you have a account on unibet then you can watch the game there.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    NUFC GO TOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • GvFalkirk

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Nolan has started badly, verry poor

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #19

    A Nolan injury may not be a bad thing !

    He looks so shattered.

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  • GvFalkirk

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Swansea is way better than us at the moment

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Swansea are clearly a quality team, but are we THAT poor ?

    Can we have 2 balls please, because Swansea wont let us play.

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  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Just got to keep soaking this up. It looks like Swansea are starting to run out of ideas .

    Mind you Dyer looks like a canny player – and he looks happy to play on the wing….

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  • knottsy82

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #23

    nice to see were playing with passion

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  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #24

    what is it with our home grown strikers – why cant they figure out how the offside rule works, and why are they always complaining instead of just getting on with it. Ameobi was worst, bu t now Caroll is following in his footsteps. A quiet word from Al would help.

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  • Shot Bru

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #25

    I hate the fact Harper keeps launching the ball down the middle all the time, no feckin’ wonder we can’t get hold of the damn ball. orlandi is a fine player in their midfield

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  • Shot Bru

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Ok i won’t swear this time and my comment might come up…but you can’t help swearing at Harper when launching the ball down the middle everytime, no wonder Swansea have all the possesion. Orlandi is playing well for the Welsh.

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  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #27

    You cant complain about that score line at half time .We made them work, quietened the crowd, and defended competently.

    A bit more urgency and creativity in midfield for the second half, and we can take this.

    The bench is looking a wee bit bare, but I would give it 15 minutes then swap Lovenkrands for Ranger, if we are still looking competent.

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #28

    I thought we were poor, Swansea are the Arsenal of the CCC, look lovely to watch with no killer finish in the 1st half.

    As far as us i would decribe us as the Stoke / Blackburn of the division.

    Nolan and Smith should boss the midfield but they have been out fought and out skilled by the initive and skillful Swansea midfield.

    Up front Lovenkrands has shown willing but Carroll looks lost……..again!

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  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #29

    What a load of Bollox.

    Defence, Defence, Defence,
    Long Ball, Long Ball, Long Ball
    Zero Creativity
    Slow Tempo
    Zero Movement

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #30
  • stk85

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #31

    i agree mole….. why the hell can’t they learn pass and go?

    also, guthrie is not a winger!!!

    why not move nolan forward, guthrie infield and loven to the left???? then we wont have to pass back everytime 3 men are infront of guthrie down the left.

    if we do go up, and we play like this, we are the next yoyo club for sure

    sick of these faltering performances

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #32
  • Shot Bru

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Sousa is a turning out to be a fine manager, he has Swansea playing lovely football, fortunately for us it doesn’t look like they have a natural goalscorer up front otherwise we’d be losing. Sousa’s comments on SSN earlier were spot on when he said he wasn’t impressed with the way we’ve played this season.

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  • GvFalkirk

    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #34

    again they start badly, wake up

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #35

    warwick, password??

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  • GvFalkirk

    Feb 13, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #36

    1-o swansea, fully deserved

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 13, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #37

    FFS!!!!!!!!!!!!! :@

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  • stk85

    Feb 13, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #38

    swansea deserved that.

    just can’t believe our positioning and intelligence on the pitch is so non existant that we rely on pointless up and unders. hoofing it….. may as well have fat sam still in charge…..

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  • Shot Bru

    Feb 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #39

    The wheels have well and truly come off!!

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  • GvFalkirk

    Feb 13, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Totally agree stk85

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