Nolan And Best Both Start At Watford


Whoops – how embarrassing – it looks like the Kevin Nolan injury story this morning we put out was just not true – as Kevin is in the starting eleven this afternoon.

Let’s delete that article rather quickly – OK we’re whole again. 😀

So in truth there is only one change from the side which beat Preston North End 3-0 at home last Saturday, with Wayne Routledge (calf) and Jose Enrique (hamstring) still not fit, but hoping to be ready  for next week’s home game against Barnsley.

Leon Best comes in for Peter, and it looks like Chris may even play a 4-4-2 this afternoon with both Carroll and Best starting.

Newcastle are trying for their first win in 8 away games, so we have to hope we can indeed capture all 3 points today, and if the lads can do that things will start to look rosy in the Newcastle garden.

Watford include two Newcastle fans – Cramlington-born Martin Taylor and Gateshead lad Danny Graham, and former Redheugh Boys Club center-forward Liam Henderson is on the bench.

Let’s hope these players are not too inspired against the Magpies this afternoon.

We need the win today!    We’ll be back after the game.

Howay The Lads!!

TEAMS

Watford: Scott Loach, Adrian Mariappa, Jay DeMerit (c), Martin Taylor, Lloyd Doyley, Don Cowie, Henri Lansbury, John Eustace, Jon Harley, Heidar Helguson, Danny Graham
Subs: Stephen McGinn, Ross Jenkins, Richard Lee, Will Hoskins, Liam Henderson, Michael Bryan, Lee Hodson

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

Attendance: tbc
Referee: Anthony Bates



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82 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Another surprise with Hughton seemingly going for the 4-4-2 again, good to have Nolan in though.

    On a side note a big 😆 @ Chel$ki, 3-1 down and down to 9 players.

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  • MacToon

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #2

    😆 make that 4-1 down.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Why play Guthrie on the right wing?
    Week in week out he shows everyone he’s a central midfielder…

    This is a bad thing for our team balance…

    Still, I’d take a point today but I’ve got a feeling Best will get off the mark today.

    2-1 Newcastle, Best and Carroll.

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  • Martins9

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Lets all laugh at Chelsea!!!!
    Any radio links for match? Cheers

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  • Tramp

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Might be able to watch the game here… Hopefully it will come on at Kick off!

    http://www.iraqgoals.net/6475-watford-fc-vs-newcastle-united-.html

    Mon tha tooooooon!!

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  • Martins9

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Never mind its Radio Newcastle.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Hi lads and lasses of the blog aint been on in ages. Stuck in work and no radio. Any updates appreciated – good or bad.

    We dont care about ashley!
    He dont care about me!
    All we care about in NUFC.

    Howay the lads!!!!!!

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  • magpie6699

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Not sure about the balance – would have preferred to see Guthrie in centre and (strangely for me) Ryan Taylor on the right, with (even more strangely for me) Nolan advanced midfielder instead of Best.
    Yes, that’s 4-5-1! – but away against an attacking team – and that’s what brought us our gritty away wins early on – as opposed to our recent draws and especially the bad slip against Derby (when we played 4-4-2).
    Hope I’m wrong – come on the Toon!

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  • Thump

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Nice to see you back, Toon Graeme.

    I’ve got a bad feeling about Guthrie on the right, but whatever.

    And yes, the game SHOULD be streamed today thanks to international television (according to NUFC.com):

    ESPN 360 (USA) (online)
    Futbol Smart
    Ring.bg
    Setanta (Canada) (delay)
    Sport Italia
    SportKlub (Poland)
    SportKlub+ (SE Europe)
    SuperSport 3 (DigitAlb)
    TV4 Sport
    Viasat Football (Nor)

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Any other links. Seems we keep scoring beofre I can get the stream rnning lol

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  • baro

    Feb 27, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #11

    http://atdhe.net/

    rajangan.net

    espn360.com

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Just see that coloured screen, no match…:-(

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  • Thump

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #13

    It hasn’t kicked off yet, Edd.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m eating my words because the match is on, nice one.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #15

    cheers Thump, I was just too eager

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Woohoo we get to watch one!!!!!!!

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  • Thump

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    I quite like those white shorts, actually.

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  • Tramp

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Yesssssssssss!!!!

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    OH YES!!!

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  • Thump

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #20

    COME ON COLO!

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  • zeetoon

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #21

    coloooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #22

    YESSS I saw this one!!!

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  • Tom Mo.

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #23

    LETS GO

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  • Thump

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #24

    You know, I honestly do prefer those white shorts to the black ones. Stops the money saving on doubling them up as third kit too.

    White shorts = home kit
    Black shorts = third kit

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  • BoyNUFC

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #25

    This link works really well for anyone still NOT watching the gamehttp://blackburnman04.blogspot.com/
    HWTL

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  • BoyNUFC

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #26
  • sith

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #27

    thanks everyone for the link…

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  • London Toon

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #28
  • Thump

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Gotta say, so far we’re playing some nice football. Passing is decent, no stupid long balls when unrequired… good fight.

    I’m very worried about the pace of Watford, though =/

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  • Tramp

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Just put £2 on Smith getting next goal… haha. 16/1.

    Mon tha toooon!

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Carroll and Best are playing FAR too high up the pitch

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Despite being in the lead, I think we’ve been awful, yet again.

    We’re so one dimentional and there’s no support from the midfield. Where’s Nolan today?

    Guthrie IS NOT A WINGER!!!!!!!!

    Still, will be nice to “grind out” another win.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Another thing, Watford are playing 4-5-1 and are doing us in midfield.

    Outplayed yet again…
    I hope Watford got to a 442 in the second half.

    Would be nice to get Guthrie in the middle too, off you go Nolan…

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  • 9ds9

    Feb 27, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #34

    1st half summery.
    1. Ref is far too card happy! Wouldnt be suprised to see a red.
    2. We were out played for half and hour in the 1st half lucky to be ahead.
    3. Pitch looks shocking.
    4. Best is shocking.
    5. Jonas, Carroll combination looks the best bet for goals atm.
    6. Midfield are getting dominated, bring Guthrie into CM and bring on R. Taylor, he seems to want to prove him self at last.

    Need a better 2nd half display and CH to kick them up the ar5e at half time.

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  • 9ds9

    Feb 27, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #35

    derby 1-0!

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  • sith

    Feb 27, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #36

    i agree with u edd…i thhink its better bring in ryan taylor for guthrie..
    heis good with crosses and also dead ball specialist..

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  • Tramp

    Feb 27, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Yeeeeeeeeeassssssssssssssss!!!

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  • 9ds9

    Feb 27, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Get in!!!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 27, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Wey hey WOR Andy 0-2

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  • sith

    Feb 27, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #40

    huhuhu…gogogo carolll!!!

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