Stevenage vs Newcastle – Match Preview

There is no way Newcastle United will under-estimate Stevenage in any way this afternoon.

If we do, then we may be in for a shock result, and we’re quite sure that’s just exactly what new manager Alan Pardew has been telling his Newcastle players all this week.

It just so happens that Newcastle have suffered quite a few injuries over the last several days, otherwise we think Pardew would field his strongest side possible for this afternoon’s game.

It’s also clear that Pardew wants to target the FA Cup this season, and if Newcastle can steady themselves at the back in defense, then they can be a match for any team in the FA Cup this year.

The Magpies have already shown they can be  a very good side this season with some big wins at home against Aston Villa (6-0), Sunderland  (5-1) and West Ham (5-0), and some excellent away wins at Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and Wigan.

And with Newcastle fairly safe in the league at the moment in 8th place – although still just 7 points from the relegation zone – Newcastle may be OK in the league this season, but that’s  still the  number one priority.

For the Stevenage club, this is another huge chance for them to shine as they did back in 1998.

Stevenage drew with Newcastle 1-1 at Stevenage in early 1998, before the Magpies got through by a score of 2-1 at St. James’ Park, but it wasn’t easy, and of course Newcastle reached the final that year, only to be beaten 2-0 by Arsenal.

But that wasn’t enough to save Kenny Dalglish his job, as he was sacked in August of 1998 as Newcastle had finished 13th in the Premier League, and that just wasn’t good enough after Newcastle had finished in second place, in both the previous two seasons.

And Newcastle brought in Ruud Gullit and sexy football, but it wasn’t so sexy, and he lasted but one year before the great Sir Bobby Robson arrived at his home town club.

And Bobby was a terrific manager, as we all know, and took Newcastle back to the European Champions League.

Newcastle have a number of players out injured this afternoon including Steven Taylor, Carroll, Ameobi, Campbell, Gutierrez and Cheick Tiote.

In addition, Steve Harper’s wife is expecting a baby – due to arrive over the weekend – and he will not travel with the side.

So, this is the side we expect Alan Pardew to start this afternoon:

Simpson Williamson Coloccini Enrique
Barton Smith Nolan (c) Ferguson
Lovenkrands Best
Subs: Soderberg Perch Kadar Guthrie Ranger Routledge Xisco

That’s not a bad side either, and we have to hope they are at their very best, which they looked to be in the 5-0 mauling of West Ham last time out.

Th  keys to this game are for the Newcastle strikers Best and Lovenkrands, to continue to take their chances, which they did against West Ham, but we missed a lot of them against Wigan last weekend.

The defense must be as steady and strong as it has been in the last couple of games, and the lads have kept a clean sheet in both games, and we cannot afford to give away any silly goals to Stevenage.

We’ve already given far too many of those away this season already, and it’s cost the club quite a few points in the Premier League.

We expect Stevenage to play very well today, and don’t expect this game to be an easy one.

But if we can take our chances up front , and if the defense can again give a solid and well disciplined display, we have to stand a very good chance of making it through this afternoon – and at the first attempt.

Let’s know the team you would start for Newcastle this afternoon.

Howay The lads!!

17 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Good win today lads .. 🙂
    Prediction 3-0

  • Brutooon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    play our 2nd team

  • arcarius

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Wonder if the pitch is still dodgy, just like the controversial vid on YT many years back? lol

    Anyway, too many 1st teamers in your choice of 11 Ed, I think Barton, Nolan and Enrique will be rested

    Guthrie, Perch/Kadar, Routledge replacing them

  • ganiyu

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    im just praying we win the fa cup this year in order to improve the clubs statue.i also believe in our current squad to grab something this year.wishing them the best of their efforts today

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 8, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Krul, Danny, Mike, Colo, Kadar, Barton, Nolan, Guthrie, Vuckic , Best, Lovenkrands
    SUBS- Soderburg, Perch, Enrique, Routledge, Ferguson, Ranger, Xisco

    Prediction- 2-0 Newcastle

  • leedodd

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #6

    I would Start Leon Best and Ranger Put Routledge on the Wing to bang some crosses in for Leon . Ferguson on The Left wing Guthrie Xisco needs a run out give him a game he was pretty good in Pre season and needs to show AP he is Good Enough even for the Bench. Put Williamson and Kadar in defence put a very strong subs bench out if were at 0-0 at 60 mins bring Nolan on and Peter Lovenkrands try and keep the best players for the Sunderland Game . Only Play Leon Best for 45 Mins as we need Him. Ranger Needs To Pull His Finger Our as he is To Lazy at The Moment. We will Win Keep Joey on the Bench he is to Good to Play against This Mob Today !!!

  • Brutooon

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Perch will play like terry against Stevenage

    Routledge will play like messi against Stevenage

    Alan Smith will play like xavi against Stevenage

  • leedodd

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #8

    You Never Know this May Be our Year To Win the FA Cup – Stevenage !!!!! Lucky Omen to Get To East Lane Wembley ?? Cup Final Against Who ?? emmmm West Ham ?? ha ha Tonk em 5-0 again !!!!

  • warwick

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Is the game not on TV in UK, I checked the guides and it seems not. I was sure this was gonna be televised….?

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    gradels in the leeds squad.. Reason why bothroyds been left out is cos hes injured hes bein rested also hes too old to join us wouldnt fit in ashleys criteria and rightly so.. A say get wolfswinkel signed up for end of season

  • Toonmania

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah it’s on ESPN @ 17:00 PM 17:30 K/O

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 8, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    I would have f
    Krul simmo colo willo enrique rout Barton Nolan fergie best ranger

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 8, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Anyone watching asenal v Leeds that kadel is playing he looks good and he can cross aswell

  • Toonspain

    Jan 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    just me who thinks its a gd time to give young phil airey a run out, maybe a half after bestie?
    hi by the way ed great blog 😉

  • damonmwade

    Jan 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #15

    I think that we should not be playing our best possible side, at the end of the day we are newly promoted and survival is our number 1 aim still, and we also have a game 1000 times more important next weekend at the stadium of plight! howare the lads!

  • The Power Ranger

    Jan 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Who in their right mind would want Danny Guthrie playing today? He is absolutely useless, the best thing he has done this season is get injured!

  • DanNUFC

    Jan 8, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Perch Williamson Kadar Ferguson
    Routledge Guthrie Nolan Vuckic
    Best Ranger

    Soderburg, Colo, Enrique, Smith, Barton, Loven, Xisco


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