Pardew Will Play Strongest Side Available At Stevenage

Alan Pardew wants Newcatsle to do well in the FA Cup this year, and will be fielding the strongest side he can tomorrow afternoon at Stevenage.

Tim Krul – gets another start tomorrow

But with all the injuries Newcastle players have picked up over the last 10 days, since the holiday season began on Boxing Day, the side will still be a weakened one.

Pardew seems concerned about the game against League Two club Stevenage tomorrow, but his side will necessarily now be significantly weakened by injuries:

“As Premier League managers you get criticized for resting players in the cup, and I’ve had it myself in reverse,”

“I played a weakened Premier League team before a quarter-final against Manchester City back in 2006.”

“We played at Portsmouth, lost that, then won the cup game. I want to play my strongest team but I’m not going to put anyone at risk.”

“One of the players I’m not going to put at risk is Cheick Tioté, who has got a slight tightness in his hamstring.”

“Would I play him if we were playing Sunderland this week? I might.”   “Will I play him against Stevenage? Maybe not.”

Mike Williamson will come in for the injured Steven Taylor at center-back, who is nursing a hamstring strain, and Leon Best should also start the game.

22 year-old Tim Krul will be back in goal after losing his place to Steve Harper for the game at Wigan, and that’s because Steve Harper’s wife is expecting a baby at the weekend.

Well at least Alan and Steve have their priorities right! 😀

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Nothing to report yet sorry guys! Still no activity hopefully a player mite arrive later today. Good news about cheik thou sounds like hes def guna be fit for mackems ! We Realy need this guy to bully and beat them!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Craig has any body checked in that could possibly be an agent?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Per jonsson is seb larssons agent

  • jwheelie12

    Jan 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    but in the previos post he says we cannot afford to lose another player.

    We have the derby next week, we should be resting our team after a tough festive period.

    I would be very worried if our 2nd stringers couldn’t comfortably beat Stevenage.

    When are the likes of Vukcic and Ferguson going to get a chance if they dont get one on saturday?

  • ogbell

    Jan 7, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    I think we need to look to give youth a go again – as with the Carling Cup “run”.


    Sunderland away is bigger than this, and it gets the young lads minutes.

  • roblee7

    Jan 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    seb larsson wud b an immense signing IMO especially in the current market. would be cheap, not too high wages and an international + killer crosses for carroll, take the weight of Bartons shoulders a bit saying as routledge and jonas cant cross for toffee!

  • Teamstoof

    Jan 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Latest news in Sweden today is that Seb Larsson bid has been accepted and is on his why to newcastle today to discuss contract. Hope this is right!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Id like to see:

    Perch * Willo * Kadar * Ferguson
    Rout * Guthrie * Vuckic * McLoven
    Best * Xisco


    Perch * Willo * Kadar * Ferguson
    Xisco * Vuckic * Guthrie * Rout
    Best * McLoven

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Teamstoof what do people in sweden think of larsson?

  • roblee7

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    know we’ve not been linked with them at all recently but have been in past years, does anyone know what happened to the likes of arda turan and erin derdiyok???did they get big money moves or still with same clubs?

  • roblee7

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    2 quality players but would cost a fortune no doubt

  • roblee7

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #12

    just checked turan out on wiki, still only 21 and with galatasaray….wonder how much he’d fetch, 10 mil+???

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 7, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    I think we should get that connor wickham and then loan him back for a year or 2

  • UpdaToon

    Jan 7, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Hey guys I’ve written an article on the youngsters at Newcastle. If you could check it out, show ur support by dropping a comment and let us know what you think. Should get a good debate going –


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