Harper, Enrique, Ameobi, Nolan and Lovenkrands All Start


As expected Steve Harper returns to the Newcastle  goal this afternoon against Wigan,  and manager Alan Pardew has made a full 5 changes from the side beaten 2-0 at Spurs on Wednesday afternoon.


Jose Enrique, Shola Ameobi, Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands all are in the starting line-up, as Alan Pardew goes with an attacking 4-4-2 formation to try to get all 3 points at Wigan this afternoon.

And with Routledge not in the starting line up it looks like Joey Barton will play out on the right wing, and get in those crosses to big man Shola Ameobi, and a lot rests on the 28 year-old Nigerian-born striker this afternoon.

Nolan has served a one-game suspension for getting his 5th yellow card against Man City, and Enrique and Ameobi have both recovered from their hamstring problems.

Andy Carroll misses out with a thigh problem, and we are still to hear the full extent of that injury – but it could be he is out a full month – in the worst case.

Former Newcastle youngster Gary Caldwell starts for Wigan and his brother Steven, who played 37 times with two goals for the Magpies,  is on the bench.

This is a big big game for Newcastle, and we are looking to get all 3 points and for every single player in a black and white shirt today, we look to them to work their socks off for the Newcastle cause this afternoon.

Former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia is suspended for this game, after having been sent off against Arsenal last week.

Tom Cleverley, a former Newcastle loan  target last summer,  starts for Wigan.

Howay The Lads!! – we need a win!

Teams:

Newcastle: Harper; Simpson, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ameobi, Lovenkrands.
Subs: Krul, Williamson, Routledge, Perch, Smith, Best, Ranger.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Alcaraz, G Caldwell, Thomas, Watson, Gomez, Cleverley, Rodallega, Diame, Stam.
Subs: Pollitt, Boselli, S Caldwell, McArthur, Lopez, Figueroa, McManaman.



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240 comments so far

  • Oba

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #1

    HTL

    Chances for a lot of players to show what they’re made of today.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Can’t describe how big this game is today!!

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  • alex84

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    0-2. nolan and loverman

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #4

    C’monnnnnnnnn!! Howay the lads.

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  • bentoon

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #5

    This team is good enough to get the 3 points. Get Ranger on in 2nd half to run at their tired defenders. Im gonna go for 1-3.

    Strolla with 2 goals and Ranger with a cheeky goal if hes brought on. Upto our strikers to show their worth in the absence of Big Andy.

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  • xfer

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve watched all 3 games since Alan took over. Not much has changed in terms of how the team is set up and play. Hopefully Alan has had enough time to instill a trick or two in the team.

    Good line up we got for today. Glad we gave Loven a chance, not so sure about Shola. Loven has worked hard for the team whenever he plays. Ranger and Routledge would add to the pace late on in the game. Still a debate whether Ranger should be starting.

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  • clarkeey

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #7

    any live streams?

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  • Oba

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #8

    If he plays Lovenkrands down the left and Guti down the right I will rage.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #9

    lovenkrands starting is a good thing.

    4-4-2. a good formation as a starter

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  • hitman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #10

    must win game the day…
    COME ON THE TOON

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  • alip123

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #11

    anyone see some deja vu? I think we could draw, beat West Ham and in true Newcastle style as it has been this season, lose to Stevenage, thrash the mackems and beat Spurs. Not saying it will but this season nothing has surprised me. HWTL!!!!

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  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12
  • catchy in norway

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #13
  • CT

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Don`t know why,maybe talk of quality players possibly signing will Gee the players up but got a good feeling about this.
    Nolan 2/Shola1= 3:1 to us.
    Seems Carrol`s injury not as bad as 1st feared.
    Prob back for Mackems. 6xpoints better off before then will do nicely!!

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #15

    disappointed that he has put harper back in krul has done well he made one mistake against man city and thats all he has done wrong, he had great games against arsenal and liverpool made saves in them to games that won us the points – nasri shot before half time and Torres shot against liverpool

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  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    It could be 4-5-1 with Loverman playing wide left but let’s hope otherwise.

    If it’s 4-4-2, I wonder if Joey is playing on the right.

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  • CT

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #17

    OBa@8— won`t happen but not the worst shout!!

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Should’ve played Williamson CB for his prowess in the air and moved Saylor to RB.. along with the loss of Carroll and his defensive duties at corners and free kicks i fear we will struggle for height at the back.

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19

    its 4-4-2 ;]

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #20

    @Thump
    Hope so – strikers might get some service

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  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Lover will get the service, Shola might have a bit of a jog towards a loose ball if he’s feeling mobile.

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  • geist

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #23
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  • CT

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #24

    The good thing, this line up is fluid.
    Probably start:
    Joey–Nolan–Tiote–Jonas
    –Shola–Lovens
    But could easy go;
    Jonas–Joey–Tiote–Lovens
    ——————Nolan
    ———–Shola

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  • MacToon

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Big BIG game for Pardew and the Toon.

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  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Ah geist, you’re a legend 😀

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  • geist

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #27

    the guy running the stream says it will be put back up if taken down.

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  • lewman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #28

    atleast ryan taylor doesnt play for wigan anymore, he used to score all the time against us

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  • hitman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #29

    big dave you there m8

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  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #30

    The commentators know what’s up.

    “The biggest team in the north east hasn’t had much luck in the north west”

    Love it 😀

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  • Rylandhall

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    “Shola looks like he has the FLAVOUR today..” let’s hope so Alan Pardew!!

    http://www.bringthehouse.com

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  • hitman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #32

    aye thump that was class 🙂

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  • carlton nufc

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #33

    if we had carroll 1-0 already

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  • carlton nufc

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #34

    he should of scored

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  • Robson1979

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Why is Williamson not playing? He is clearly our best central defender. it just doesn’t make sense…

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #36

    AMEOBI nearly score 1.41, a reason he NEVER going to play for England Senior Team

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  • hitman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #37

    sholla misses a sitter..

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  • Thump

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Shola 🙁

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  • geist

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #39

    how did shol miss?

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  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Jan 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Shola just showed the reason we should get rid of him.

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