Newcastle Can Capture Elusive Away Win At Watford

It was back on December 9th when Newcastle last won an away game, and that was at Coventry City (2-0).

Danny Guthrie – play the lad in central midfield

Since then, the lads have been on the road 7 times in all competitions, have drawn five of those and lost a couple of times to WBA (4-2) and Derby County (3-0).

But we have not won in that away streak of 7 games.

Newcastle, showing excellent form at home over the last 3 home games when the side has scored 12 goals, can end that streak on Saturday at Watford – but it will not be easy.

There will be a number of players still missing as Jose Enrique, Nicky Butt, Peter Lovenkrands and Wayne Routledge have all lost their fight to be fit for the trip to Watford.

We were hoping in-form striker Peter Lovenkrands would be able to play, after leaving the pitch last Saturday after just 14 minutes with a tight thigh, but it’s not to be.

Peter had already scored his 10th goal of the season after just 3 minutes in that game, but we hear today he will not make it for Saturday.

Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor and Joey Barton are also out injured with longer term injuries.

But the absence of these players gives a chance for others to come in and do a job for the club, and after some initial thoughts here’s what we think is a decent team that manager Chris Hughton could field on Saturday.

Simpson Coloccini Williamson  van Aanholt
Pancrate Guthrie Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez

We are assuming that Hughton will play a 4-5-1 formation on Saturday with Nolan pressing forward to support lone striker Andy Carroll.

And while we want to play the lads in their best positions, it could be a good time to bring Fabrice Pancrate into the starting line-up on the right wing.

After all the Frenchman has set up a couple of goals when he’s been brought on during the last two home games.

That will allow Danny Guthrie play more in the middle of the park, which suits his style and passing ability.

This will be Patrick van Aanholt’s last game under the current loan agreement with Chelsea, but the London club have other left-backs who can slot in during the absence of Ashley Cole, who has a broken ankle.

So it’s still unclear even now, if Chris Hughton can get his loan period extended.

That would be good, because it will give Jose Enrique more time to recover, and also the longer the lad is on Tyneside, hopefully the more he will become enamored with the club, and Patrick could be a potential longer term target for the Magpies.

He looks a very good player in the making this boy.

And Chris Hughton this afternoon talked about Patrick’s loan:

“The agreement we had with Chelsea is that it was for a month, so at this particular moment, his loan period finishes after the Watford game.”

“I am in dialogue with Chelsea – whether that changes slightly for a little bit longer, that’s something we will ascertain, but at this moment, the agreement we had was very much until after this game.”

“We have been delighted with him and we would like to think he will go back to Chelsea having learnt and become a better player than when he came here.”

Good words from Chris about Patrick, and that will not go unnoticed at Chelsea.

Newcastle can fairly easily switch to a 4-4-2 formation with those players above, and we think it’s more than a decent side to try to get our first away win in almost a couple of months.

Let’s know what team you would start on Saturday, given the injuries we have.

Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Aza9

    Feb 25, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #1

    For the last 12 games we should have all of our currently injured players back for selection (Barton, Ameobi, Enrique, Loven, Routledge) apart from maybe Taylor. Pretty excited about that prospect.

    Simpson, Williamson, Colo, Enrique
    Routledge, Barton, Guthrie, Jonas
    Ameobi, Carroll

    Simpson, Williamson, Colo, Enrique
    Routledge, Barton, Nolan, Guthrie, Jonas


    Feb 25, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #2

    barton needs to play some reserve games and earn his way back; it wouldn’t be fair our current fist team who’s worked so hard to put us where we belong.

    here’s a crazy thought; how about we put smith right behind carroll? i know he hasn’t scored a goal yet but he does bring something to the game like hesky does for england. he’s strong and can hold the ball, and possibly support carroll.

    the back line picks itself, but i’d like the midfield front to look like this







  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Would rather have Ryan Taylor than Pancrate on the right wing.

    Taylor is just as hopeless as Pancrate on the ball, but if the ball is dead or he gets a little bit of space on the wing his deliveries are actually top class, which i thing will be the way to win on saturday, from set pieces.

  • Doha Mag

    Feb 25, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Young Patrick van Aanholt has played very well since coming to NUFC. It would be nice to think he will stay as we are bigger than Chelsea (in fan base only), but it aint going to happen….

    Let’s hope we can keep him for a few weeks more until Jose is available

  • spiderpig

    Feb 26, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    hey robby bobson.pancrate has set up a goal in the last two games and he only got 10 mins action.


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