Newcastle vs Arsenal – Match Preview – Howay The Lads!!

Every game that Newcastle play in the Premier League this season  is important, but tomorrow’s game against Arsenal may be just a little more important than most.

And a lot of that has to do of course with this week’s events with Andy Carroll,  but it’s now the time to put an end to it all – and Alan Pardew and Kevin Nolan are right by coming out today and saying we must press on.

Don’t forget players come and go – managers come and go – owners come and go,  but Newcastle United and it’s faithful fans go on forever.

A good way to look at things   in these testing times.

We all know Newcastle are short of strikers, unless people have been visiting the moon this week, but Nile Ranger is probably better than Andy Carroll was at the same age (Nile is 28 months younger than Andy), and the London lad is back in the England Youth setup, as he has just been selected for the England U20 squad.

And we all have to remember the lad is only learning and he will make mistakes – and he has done that, but what he needs now is support, encouragement  and patience from the Newcastle fans – and we know he’ll get that in these tough times.

And Peter Lovenkrands is probably grossly under-rated as a striker right now, and in 59 games for Newcastle he’s scored 22 goals – not too bad at all –  and we know Peter has the skills and character  to come through big time for Newcastle – he just needs a bit of playing time and that’s exactly what he’s going to be getting.

Shola is out for a while and we cannot rely on the local lad, at least for a couple of months anyway.

So we would think that Alan Pardew will start Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands up front, and we know Leon can get the job done when he’s in the right frame of mind, because we haven’t forgotten about his phenomenal hat-trick in the 5-0 walloping of West Ham earlier this year.

He was simply magnificent in that game.

One way to look at this situation, it’s the very best chance for our fringe strikers to show what kind of job they can do for Newcastle United – and if they can get the job done – they’ll be praised to high heaven, and deserve all the accolades they will receive.

The injury list at Newcastle is huge of course with Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Alan Smith, Phil Airey and Shola Ameobi all out injured.

Some good news is that Ivorian Cheick Tiote is back from his 3 game suspension, and he will make an enormous difference to the side, and he has said today he is really excited and looking forward to playing again in font of  50,000 mad screaming Geordies tomorrow – who wouldn’t be?

Alan has been working on the tactics for tomorrow’s game and we’re not sure whether he will play 4-5-1 or 4-4-2.

If he plays 4-5-1 than Leon will probably be up front with Danny Guthrie staying in midfield, or else Lovenkrands and Best will both start up front in a 4-4-2 line-up.

We think Alan will go 4-4-2 and start the following side:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Nolan (c) Tiote Gutierrez
Best Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Perch Campbell Ferguson Guthrie Vuckic Ranger

Big players for Newcastle tomorrow will be our senior players and especially Harper, Coloccini, Enrique, Tiote, Nolan and Barton.

If the lads can play near the top of their game, then we are in with a chance, and don’t forget Kevin Nolan has 10 goals already this season, and he is a big game player, who has a good game when it counts. It certainly counts tomorrow, because the chips are down.

As captain of Newcastle United we look to Kevin to have a big game and play a captain’s part tomorrow – we have every faith in this lad who could be the best captain Newcastle have had for decades – since Joe Harvey and Jimmy Scoular – our winning Cup Final captains in the 1950s.

And Best and Lovenkrands up front have a massive opportunity to be heroes tomorrow, and again both have showed that they have the skill to do just that.

19 year-old Nile Ranger will get a chance in the second half to have a huge impact and he will, because Arsenal had a soft center- and don’t particularly enjoy too much physical play – and that’s where Nile comes in. 😀

He scared the living daylights out of the Liverpool defense when he came on, and did the same thing at Tottenham a couple of weeks back, and has been so unlucky not to score his first PL goal.

So it’s a massive game for the Magpies tomorrow, we all know that, and we are looking for a guts and glory display and it we get that from the lads tomorrow, we’ll be pleased enough.

Because the lads can gain big confidence from that.

A win tomorrow would be amazing – but the lads will get the support they need from the Geordie masses tomorrow, as both Alan Pardew and Kevin Nolan have asked for.

After all this weeks negativity surrounding  the Newcastle United club, a win tomorrow would lift the spirits of Newcastle  fans around the world, and that’s what we are hoping for.

Howay The Lads!!

111 comments so far

  • partizanovec

    Feb 4, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Hard fought 1:0 win for us!
    Howay the lads!

  • boater

    Feb 4, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #2

    lambs/slaughter/to the

  • john_cena163

    Feb 4, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #3

    2-1 to newcastle(loverboy,nolan)-(chamak)

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m going for 0-0. Saves me from writing scorers names.

  • geordieforeva

    Feb 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #5

    4-5-1 seems sensible play Guthrie and Nolan and tiote in the middle with Jonas and Joey wide. I’ll start with Best and the sub Jonas with Love and Best with Ranger.
    1-0 mags or 1-1 late drama.

  • GeordieDan

    Feb 4, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #6

    I reckon we could get hammered 2moro lads.

    Never felt this unexcited about the remainder of a season with Newcastle b4. And I’ve supported them for almost 30years!

    Other than BennyBoy coming back I think we’ve nowt but s*it ahead until the summer.

    And even then I doubt we’ll buy anyone until the last frickin’ second as per usual to get “the best deals”(ie, until we scrape the barrell for whoever is left)


  • ThaiMag

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #7

    New 1-0
    Ranger to score.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #8

    GeordieDan, totally agree. especially about scraping the barrel. Like Liverpool did with Carroll.

  • Sinner

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Coloccini doubtful for tomorrow.=/
    Hamstring injury, seems like Sol is gonna start. 🙁

  • Thump

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Welp, if Colo is out I’ve just lost all hope of points.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Nah Sinner, they will strap and splint Colo’s leg so we will still have a bit more speed than when Campbell plays.

  • john_cena163

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Colo will play, have faith.

  • Thump

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t be daft man GG, he’s just turbo charged his mobility scooter.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Who Thump, Campbell?

  • Thump

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye. Body kit, lowered the suspension, neon’s, spinners – the works.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #16

    does anyone know of a good witch doctor or brain surgeon or whatever who can make me believe I’m one of those pretend man u supporters who walk around with stupid smiles all the bloody time – and not a nervous wreck of a NUFC diehard! I’m sure the NHS will pay for it – in fact they will look on me with pity!

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Thump, then we should have him up front, scare the shhhh-t out of the defence.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #18

    supermacnumber9, Go to Sunderland I think they have both. As they are either walking without a brain or zombies.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #19

    I’ve read again what may be the most stupid incompetent comment ever uttered by a manager –
    “We’ve got a very frail squad which has to be looked after. .. It’s disappointing because, a couple of weeks ago, we were looking at mixing it with the big boys…We were maybe three or four players off that – but we’ve lost three players in the window and not really brought anyone in.”
    How on earth can anyone take this man seriously?

  • Thump

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #20

    if anybody wants to watch the QPR match. Routledge started.

  • Thump

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #21

    It does beg the question what the hell they were thinking like.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Sunderland! whatever we think of them I could never see them doing anything as mad as us! They must be eccstatic about this – god I hope I don’t meet one – they now have crap to throw at us for years, and there’s nowt I can do about it cos they’re right!

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 4, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #23

    US Dept of Homeland Security got a call from the National Football League about losing ad revenue due to low viewer #’s. So the Homeland boys have confiscated most of the domains that have been streaming both American & European Football. So get on line early to find a stream if you don’t have a cable or sattelite contract that is showing the game.

    Or better yet, if you are still depressed about the AC situation. Take a day off.

    Howay the lads. Fight for a draw. Keep the goals differential in tact, you may need it come May.

  • boater

    Feb 4, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Routledge looks good Thump. Could be worth bringing someone in like him.

    He’s not gonna set the league alight, but when you only have 1 senior winger in the squad and HE’S being played out of position, we should think about having bodies, options, pace, the odd tool you know to stave off a very real relegation threat.

  • Thump

    Feb 4, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #25

    @BeeGuy: They took down atdhe and two hours later they were back up.

    Where there’s a will…

  • tcbelfast

    Feb 4, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Forget about everything that has went on all week,and lets get behind the team for 90minutes tomorrow!!
    support the guys on the pitch,50000 screaming fans for 90 minutes mite get to wengers boys.for all those going tomorrow have a great day and keep the faith!!

  • gorskino10

    Feb 4, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #27

    Considering we were lucky to scrape a win and our gameplan of getting Andy in the air to scare the keeper it worked (once) now we dont have as strong team as we did then without Andy and Shola not playing this match is looking bad for us, we will be lucky if we dont lose by 2 or 3 goals.

  • Toonarmy1993

    Feb 4, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #28

    think vuckic is still injured, otherwise he would have been on the bench ahead of others e.g. richardson. hope ferguson gets a run out tomorrow, his crossing vs chelsea in carling cup was better than jonas’s all season, also free’s up jose to run up and down the line!

  • davybtoon

    Feb 4, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #29

    ffs am getting of hearing all u doom n gloom mongers, we sold a player for god sake get over it the all u are goin on u wud think we were long ball merchants who jus lumped it to carroll, fcuk he is good but he is not the be and end all, he wud of been of till end feb/march anyway but i didnt hear any one saying we were doomed then, instead of moanin get behind the lads who actually care n stop moaning bout a fcukin judas c*nt
    my predications for the rest of season
    feb – 5pts
    march – 3pts
    april -6/7pts
    may -6pts
    hba bk end of march n we still hav plenty of winnable games still got wolves, wba, birmingham h&a blackpool away, bolton, i fancy us do anyone at home
    cheer up for god sake, i hope the players arnt whingin like u lot are we are doomed

  • davybtoon

    Feb 4, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #30

    god cheer up u lot, we sold a judas twat get over u bein very disrepectful to the player that are here n care we hav lots of winnable games left
    feb 5pts
    march 3pts
    april 6/7pts
    may 6pts
    peice of p*ss

  • davybtoon

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #31

    n i agree ferguson should be giving his chance the strikers we hav will score goals but the midfield has gotta create them chance first, 2 shots against fulham tells u everything u can say the strikers did nothin but the midfield were terrible n didnt the strikers the chance to do anythin and as jonas he needs pull his finger out n start gettin more end product

  • Thump

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Routledge just scored for QPR.

    Why the hell did we loan him out?

  • baro

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Ya just seen Routledge score for QPR 1-0 85 min…

  • dave 1961

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Got an uneasy felling Williamson will giveaway penalty & get sent off. One good point it’s the same ref as 4-3 win at Chelsea & the 5-1 against the unwashed (Phil Dowd), so hopefully a good omen.

  • davybtoon

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #35

    bcoz routledge is rubbish at this level thats why he looks like a different plyer at that level

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Thump, I think it’s because we have a owner that is on a learning curve. Just hope he has had another lesson and it’s been impregnated into his head.

  • baro

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Of course tomorrow will be a tough game. But, its at St.James Park. Another great addition is Cheik Tiote who is back from an undeserved red card + suspension. I think if the strikers don’t be lazy tomorrow than we can get a point or even maybe 3 points. You never know.






    Ranger on for Best if Best has a bad game
    Ferguson on for Jonas

  • The Power Ranger

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #38













    Nolan is far too slow to play in centre midfield, particularly against Arsenal. I’d sooner play with 10 men than play Guthrie. Best ahead of Lovernkrands, as i feel Arsenal defence are vulnerable to people that can head a ball (Carroll goal last game). Ranger for his work rate, due to the overlap from Clichy. Defence picks itself. I feel that Harper is past it and Krul should be our number 1. Fron 3 will put pressure on their defence to stop them playing with it at the back (which they enjoy) and force them to go long, which we will win the header. Nolan can also sit on their holding mid in the second formation, as this is there main outlet of keeping the ball.

    1-1- Ranger

  • gorskino10

    Feb 4, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #39

    @dave 1961

    Also Harper too he is just too slow of his line like the goal last week showed the indecision and backing off then advancing with his old legs he couldnt make it i see a problem inbetween Williamsson and Harper.

    We have to play a gameplan tommorow to make this game as SCRAPY as possible other wise if they play there pretty football we will get demolished.


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