Doncaster vs Newcastle – Match Preview

With the news this morning there may have been an altercation between Andy Carrol and Steven Taylor on Sunday at the training ground, the Newcastle players will need to show some significant mental strength in the game tonight at Doncaster Rovers.

Although the team is excellently positioned for automatic promotion, nothing has been achieved yet, and if any club in the land could screw things up at the last moment, Newcastle United would be favorites to do just that.

So the task today for our players is to fully concentrate on the game in hand at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight, and the goal is to get all 3 points.

That’s why we think the Newcastle club will not release any statement about the altercation until at least after the game, otherwise the news will be all over the place.

Yes, we know, it’s already on most news outlets.

But let’s review the game for tonight, and after Saturday’s bad news good news game, it is important that the Newcastle players are all ready when that first whistle blows tonight.

We cannot afford to go two goals down again, and we look to the experienced Steve Harper and the rest of Newcastle’s defense to put in a very good shift tonight, and a clean sheet would be great.

Tamas Kadar will come in to partner Collccini in central defense, but the rest of the defense is our first choice after all, so we have the ability in there to do well.

Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor and Fitz Hall are all out injured, although late news is that Mike may be in the squad, and could take a surprise place on the bench for tonight’s game, according news in the Newcastle Journal this morning.

In midfield we expect a line-up of  Routledge Nolan Guthrie and Gutierrez to remain unchanged since Alan Smith is still not ready to play.

Alan should be ready for the crunch game with Nottingham Forest at St. James’ Park next Monday night.

Who plays up front tonight is more of a question mark.

But the club will be shooting themselves in the foot if  Andy Carroll does not play tonight.

He’s the only player currently currently fit, who looks like he can score goals, with Leon Best not looking too sharp in front of goal since he was signed in January from Coventry.

We may have to look to Kevin Nolan again to be on the score-sheet tonight, but we do expect Carroll to start the game, unless news comes out about the altercation before the game.

And Chris Hughton can turn the game around and inspire his players by telling them they owe the Newcastle fans a good performance for the rubbish that’s being reported today.

For a change it’s nor rubbish put out by the press, but absolute rubbish that two of our players have apparently been fighting and seem  to have injured each other.

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot – oh my!

In other lines of work a company would take a very dim view of that kind of reckless behavior, and could be grounds for dismissal.

We have to assume that Andy Carroll’s hand is OK – since he doesn’t use it during the games in any case.

So hopefully this is the team that will line up tonight for the game at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight – a vital game we may add with WBA and Nottingham Forest both at home against mediocre opposition:

Simpson Kadar Coloccini Enrique
Routledge Nolan Guthrie Gutierrez
Carroll Best
Subs: Krul Butt Tozer Barton Pancrate Ranger Taylor (R)

We have included Ben Tozer in defense just so we have a couple of defenders available, in case somebody gets injured.

The last thing we need tonight is a defeat, and the team have to go all out and try to get the win, which would be huge, with 4 home games still to come.

The lads have to get out of their minds everything that’s happened in the last couple of days and show their professionalism, because after all that’s what they get paid to do.

One way to do that tonight is to win the game.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Can’t agree, if Carroll is responsible for this incident he should not be played again this season, haven’t we had enough of this rubbish at our club and after all he is on BAIL…………

    Barton however has served his time now but not sure he should still be here too!

    Why oh why does it always happen here.

  • Toon_Fresh

    Mar 23, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree MacToon. I don’t care what kind of form Carroll is in. If he is punching people during training, he shouldn’t be in the squad.

    Here’s an idea. Trying playing Ranger for once.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 23, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    The bookies don’t think much of this incident as they have not taken this game to an “off” status. But, the odds have changed since last night.

    NUFC right not to conduct an inquest until after tonights game. The witnesses had to be members of the squad, and the Q&A could really disrupt morale. Of course, waiting, and keeping everyone in limbo, can have the same effect on some.

    If Carroll plays tonight, it should show some degree how serious this all is. If he is not at fault, and does not play, and the team loses, that could really hurt morale.

    CH is really on a tightrope over the Niagara River gorge now. He could lose the cohesion and spirit he has instilled to date. Is there a coaching badge for dealing with star vs. star altercations?

    NUFC management likely praying for a sudden snow blizzard to descend on Doncaster so the game can be postponed.

    My heart tells me at least two losses in a row if this is a true disruptive dust-up. And then I hope the squad pulls itself back together and holds on to the end.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 23, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    If Carroll’s a loose cannon, get rid. I don’t care if he’s a promising young striker – he can go and be promising elsewhere and we’ll use the money his sale brings in.

    Steven Taylor’s a cracking defender and a possible future captain. I’d rather have him in the side than Carroll anyway.


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