Newcastle vs Barnsley – Match Preview

The only result we want to see tomorrow afternoon is another Newcastle win, this time over visitors Barnsley.

And certainly news on the injury front this week has been uplifting with Jose Enrique, Nicky Butt and Peter Lovenkrands all fit again and included in the squad for selection.

Unfortunately new right winger Wayne Routledge is still sidelined, so we ‘ll not be able to have our very best team out tomorrow, but a strong eleven  nevertheless.

With Lovenkrands back in contention we have to expect him to start alongside Andy Carroll up front, with both players having 21goals between them this  season, and both in good goal-scoring form of late.

At the back we expect Jose Enrique to start, and Chris Hughton to go with a strong back four of Simpson, Coloccini, Willaimson and Enrique.

Local lad Shola  Ameobi  is still troubled with a hamstring pull, and long-term injured players Steven Taylor and Joey Barton are both on the mend but not available for this game.

However with Joey back n training, looking good  and pushing Chris for a game, he will probably be in contention for our next game at Middlesbrough a week tomorrow.

This is the side we think Chris will start tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Guthrie Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
Carroll Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Kadar Hall Butt Taylor (R) Butt Best

That’s a good starting eleven and a very strong bench for tomorrow’s game, with no room even for winger Fabrice Pancrate or young striker, Nile Ranger on the bench

But let’s not underestimate Barnsley, who have made great strides under new manager Mark Robbins, who was appointed last September 9th and succeeded Simon Davey.

When Mark took over Barnsley were at the very bottom of the Championship, but they’ve made significant strides and are currently in 11th position on 45 points, which is just 4 points short of a play-off position.

So Barnsley will make every effort to get something out of the game tomorrow, but we’re sure Chris and the lads will not under-rate the Tykes.

However, like most of our games in the Championship, we don’t expect it to be easy, but with a little bit of luck, we should be able to extend the latest winning streak to four games.

That’s all that really matters tomorrow.

And since WBA and Nottingham have tough games away to QPR and at home to Swansea City respectively, Newcastle may have a chance to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Swansea will give Forest a tough game, and with new manager Neil Warnock now in place at QPR, they will be looking for a win to welcome their new manager, so WBA will have a tough game on their hands.

But Newcastle can only look at their next game and opponents, and try their very best get all 3 points, and we’re sure manager Hughton has his players thinking exactly that, for tomorrow’s game.

It should be a good game in any case, and we expect a decent crowd of around 45,000 to cheer on the team, who have been just great so far this season.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Newutd

    Mar 5, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #1

    We certainly should include Nile Ranger. Why both Kadar and Hall on the bench? We have R. Taylor as cover for the left back if Jose Enrique should feel his injury. Ranger for Hall. I agree with the rest, even tho i dislike Butt – alot.

  • DJG

    Mar 5, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #2

    I was at Barnsley when they scored right at the end to level it and it was very much a case of two points dropped. Lets hope tomorow is very much a case of three points gained and deserved by the mags.

    Shame Routledge is still out but with Jonas and Enrique back we should hopefully have enough width.

    Imagine a midfield of

    Routledge- Guthrie- Barton- Jonas

    at SJP would be great.

  • toonboyjake

    Mar 5, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #3

    i’d rather see ranger and pancrate instead of the two butts on the bench, only 6 subs in the article unless we’ve signed another butt, butt doesnt deserve to be in the team, pancrate has assissts when he comes on and ranger is a threat even if hes not scoring a lot

  • G

    Mar 5, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #4

    As a huge fan of Ranger I would agree we should make some room on the bench for him, I have however, heard a few rumblings about his ‘lifestyle’ issues needing resolving, although, to be fair my information is second hand, from a source that may or may not have him confused with Andy Carroll. With regard to the starting line up tomorrow I feel Guthrie is best off in the middle of field, rather than the wing.

  • Newutd

    Mar 5, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #5

    His lifestyle issues are being taking care of as he has moved to a coastal city just outside Newcastle. At least it’s a signal of intent.

  • G

    Mar 5, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Glad to hear it Newutd, I think he is a fantastic talent with a troubled past, which I would like to think was more to do with his age and upbringing, rather than a bad person. I hope this lad fulfills his potential.

  • baro

    Mar 6, 2010 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #7—Haris-Vuckic#videoplayer

    This is a video of Haris Vuckic talking in Slovenia and playing in practice, but its in Slovenian I have no idea what he is saying except when he says Newcastle United, Cristiano Ronaldo and Steven Gerrard.
    Hope fully he can get a couple of games in before season ends. I bet he would score unlike Leon Best’s big head.

  • baro

    Mar 6, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #8


    That would be awesome and beauty midfield. Andy Carroll would have help from all 4 midfielders, also Jose Enrique.

  • Newutd

    Mar 6, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #9


    He also says that Real Madrid and Manchester United are his favourite clubs:/ Well well, hope he comes through as the talent he seems like he is anyway.

  • Doha Mag

    Mar 6, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed, you have Butt on the bench twice, so suggest we replace one Butt (maybe even both) with young Ranger and we’ll be good.

    If Barton makes the bench I would expect him to play the final 20 minutes as he needs games to regain match fitness.

    Team looks strong although not sure if CH will start the game with Enrique or introduce him in the second half allowing young Kadar to start at left back. CH’s management of player’s injuries has been first class; well done….

  • noir9

    Mar 6, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #11

    With Smithy only 1 booking away from a 2 match ban & boro away next week, I’d play Guthrie in the middle with Nolan & R Taylor on the right. Makes us more attacking & Smith can warm the bench and Butt can warm a seat in the stand.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 6, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Newutd // Mar 5, 2010 at 10:04 PM: ‘His lifestyle issues are being taking care of as he has moved to a coastal city just outside Newcastle.’

    Last time I looked Cullercoats was still a fishing village with a half decent pub and an Aquarium. Just shows what happens when you turn your back for a second these days, bloody developers….!

  • Captain Beefheart

    Mar 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #13

    The fixtures today should prove very telling on the old PROM-o-METER when I feed them into the steam driven calculating apparatus later today.

    – Swansea just might get all 3 points at Forest, which would certainly take the wheels off Forest’s home-form-only promotion push.

    – WBA have what looks like a pushover against QPR, but QPR have produced some surprises so I can see this not being a dead cert either.

    – For Smoggy fans, if you don’t beat Cardiff today in Wales you are going to fall too far behind them to stand a chance. A draw might just be OK on paper, but really you need to take this chance to dislodge a badly stuttering Cardiff from the play off places.

    Meanwhile NUFC need to grind out a solid, unspectacular, but confident 2-0. These 3 points could well prove important in further consolidating our automatic promotion position if either WBA or Forest stumble – and it seems more than likely that one of them in fact could. And if they do both win, we need those 3 points even more!!

    PS Somebody remember a tartan blanket to keep Butty’s knees warm in the dugout.

    PPS Somebody else tie him down & hide his boots at the same time.

  • connor1009

    Mar 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #14

    anyway to watch this game online?

  • baro

    Mar 6, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #15


    Hopefully he can come through this year.


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