Tough Test At Wolverhampton Today For Newcastle

Ryan Taylor, who scored a 35 yard classic goal against Accrington Stanley in midweek, has been in excellent form so far this season.

Ryan Taylor – acknowledges fans after wonder goal last Wednesday night

And Ryan has talked to the Mirror this morning, and says that his Newcastle team will prove they are not just back in the top flight of English football to make up the numbers:

This is what Ryan said, as he talked about Newcastle’s 3-2 win at Accrington Stanley in mid-week:

“It is a wake up call for the league. We have not come back to be pushovers. We have not left the Championship to go back there.”

“We like to think we are a Premier League team and although we have got to keep our feet on the ground and keep working, come the end of the season we will be fine if we can carry on putting in performances like that.”

And manager Chris Hugton talked about Newcastle needing to pick up points away from home this season, and the fact that today’s opponents, Wolves, are now a very decent side.

Chris said:

“Our ability to stay in the division will be based on our home form which at this moment’s very good! But I feel we’ll need to pick up a percentage of points away from home.” “All we can hope is the experience we gained on our travels last season will keep us in good stead for this season.”

“They’re a good example because of what they’ve done in the last couple of seasons. In particular the second half of last season and the way they went about it.

“They’ve been able to continue that going into this season and in the first two games you can see where they strengthened. They’ve gained confidence for last season and Wolves plus Birmingham are great examples for us.”

It will be a good test of the Tyneside side this afternoon, and we’d like to be in the points with a draw being quite satisfactory, but a win would be great.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #1

    3-1 Newcastle win
    Carroll x2 and Nolan

    Doyle for Wolves


  • lp

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d love to see Tioté get a bit of a run out but Chris is rightly far too sensible.

  • slazberger

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #3

    tiote wasn’t signed in time to play against wolves

  • lp

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #4


    *I’d love to see Tioté get a bit of a run out but he wasn’t registered in time.

    Side note: It was the right decision to leave Carrol out of the England squad. If nothing else it adds extra incentive to perform well for us in the forthcoming games. So chuffed to see all his goals come off his left foot; it’s only a matter of time before a bullet header.

  • slazberger

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #5

    i’d like to see a really good season out of carroll before he gets an england call up.

  • lp

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Meh… gets him playing with better players without leaving us!

  • Davies

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Ben Arfa’s agreed personal terms. Medical on Monday apparently. Don’t know if this is old news for you lot.

  • Davies

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Sorry. Just seen the other blog!

    Been out on the hooch.

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t fix something that’s just fudged something is my saying. My team for Wolves:







    If it’s going okay after 60/70 minutes then bring on Tiote and Raylor for Smith and Perch respectively.

    Also swap LuaLua for Gutierrez or Routledge in the last 15 minutes

  • slazberger

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Howay The Lads – i agree same team as villa. tiote cant play in this game. anyone know if guthrie is fit yet?

  • lp

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Raylor gets my goat… can’t cross a static ball for toffee. Keep Barton on the crosses. Loving our new aerial strength. Carrol to score a header.

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 28, 2010 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Ahh, well, switch Tiote for Vuckic then

  • norwegianmagpie

    Aug 28, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #15

    slazberger @11, think guthrie and xisco is still out with injury.

    My first post, but a long time follower.
    Probably posting since I’ve been out celebrating Ben Arfa (although nothing official). Still an excuse for a couple of pints though. Think Houghton will wrap this up!
    Howay the lads!
    Cheers from Oslo, Norway.


    Aug 28, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #16

    great link slaz… very true and beautiful to read

  • baro

    Aug 28, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #17

    I go for us 3 goals and a close game.

    Nufc 3 – 1 Wolves

    Andy Carroll 2 goals and Jonas with a goal.

    Wolves not easy not hard, but I think we can dominate their defense. They have poor defense, just have good attacking.

  • Thump

    Aug 28, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Ip: Raylor can’t cross a dead ball? What cocktail of drugs flow through your veins tonight, I wonder?

  • baro

    Aug 28, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Thump totally agree

    Ryan Taylor is our best crosser, has good free kicks. Don’t know what is wrong with lp? He must be on something. There is nothing else Taylor can do just long shots, free kicks and crosses on set pieces.

  • Thump

    Aug 28, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Even his active crossing is pretty good imo, baro. If he had a bit of pace and some technical ability he’d be a decent winger.

    Regardless of that, static balls are Raylor’s strong point and if you doubt that then you probably need to sit and watch him.

  • milktoonaus

    Aug 28, 2010 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #21

    reality check here guys its an away game, wolves have looked pretty good this season, we will be lucky to get a 1-1 draw. I hope im wrong though 🙂 id like to see anther 6-0 or 5-0

  • Howay The Lads

    Aug 28, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #22

    milktoonaus, Wolves are shocking at home. They are like a normal Championship team at home. Also their main way to win games is pressure the opposition and counter-attack. We have a pretty strong defence, so as long as we can restrict them to only a few chances and lump a few balls in the box, we’ll be alright (not to mention confidence levels after the Villa game) 😀

  • milktoonaus

    Aug 28, 2010 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #23

    well i liked the tactic hughton employed of playing a high defensive line with the offside trap, that really hurt villa and potentially can hurt any team imo especially with the menace we have in midfield, hard challenges by barton and smith all day!

    im just saying for an away game its pretty unrealistic to think we are going to take it easily, its not going to be easy. then again i was thinking the same about the aston villa game

  • ginkoh

    Aug 28, 2010 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #24

    I think the game against will judge on the cutting edge. Because both of team will not have a lot chances (may be 4-5 times at best) tonight. Hope Carroll can play, injury though ?

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 28, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #25

    im expecting a tough game tommorow lads. even last year at times we struggled on the road so this will be a good test for us. I think on paper we are a much better side then wolves. no way you can tell me they have better players then we do. This game will come down to us not making mistakes and trying to get a good amount of possesion and limit their counters. we cant let em break out on us. link up play with jonas and enrique is gonna be the key as well as routledge on the other flank getting to the touch line and getting crosses in the box…2-1 nufc carroll and jonas for us….hwtl

    wont be on til late tommorow as i cant get the game live here stateside, game comes on like 5 hours delayed and i dont want to ruin it…see ya when im done….hwtl

  • saroof

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #27

    the player to watch out for is guediera…or wateva his name is…….he is a dangerous midfielder….who has got good pace and could rip our midfield apart………..

  • shearermania

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #28

    I dont get it…why aettle for a point?

    if you look at wolves squad – not one player would make our eleven… I would be dissapointed if we didnt win this game//

    in order to survive you need to win a few games away…..wolves for me is relegation fooder..even though they’ve started well

  • Newutd

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #29

    shearermania – don’t underestimate this Wolves team. It’s a hard working lot who also plays at home. A ground we’ve struggled at for ages. They are way better this season than last.

    Think the score reads 1-1 after full time. Hope we can get the win though.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #30

    quite right shearer mania I never got why teams ony go for a point away. It’s 11 v 11. Ok the home team may know the pitch a bit better, but surely 3 points for a win is a great incentive rather than defending all match and getting caught in the 90th minute.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #31


    i agree mate, i think most of its mental. The players have to look at it like it doesnt matter if we mark a field off with coats and shoes in the middle of nowhere you should be able to play football anywhere. As for having to deal with the away crowd, most places we go outside the top 7, the traveling toon army will outsing the home crowd. we have to show some heart and win some road games if we wanna stay up comfortably. we need at least 40 points and we arent gonna get em all at home. actually we need 37 now so we need to take 3 points here…

  • shearermania

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #32

    im not under estimating them…just sayimg there isnt much difference between this current wolves squad and a good fizzy pop team….

    we should be dissapointed without 3 points

  • Edd Case

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #33

    I believe we can get a win today.

    2-0 for me. Maybe 2-1.

    The lads’ confidence must be high and they’ll also know who’s coming in signing wise.
    If I was a Toon player and heard HBA was signed, and maybe Robbie Keane, I’d be feeling rather good at the minute.

    Still waiting for official announcements though!

  • nufclewizc

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #34

    yeah the players should have great confidence after villa, but they should also be fighting for their places with all the supposed transfers coming in! i think 1-1 with carroll scoring, or 2-1 carroll and nolan scoring

  • john_cena163

    Aug 28, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Seems kk didnt want enrique….

  • craigcoozy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #37

    Just 2 let you u kbw av jus msg of mate sayin av meant 2 of said way sighing arfa boyota nd keane! Ignore this sum sado is obvioudly copyin ms name again think they realy need 2 get a life!!
    Uny 1 we got is ben arfa! Mactoon al send ya email confirmin mate

  • buddy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #38


    kevin doyle would be one of out best place and would be guaranteed starting 11


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