Enrique Out – Shane Ferguson Starts – No Stephen Ireland


19 year -old defender Shane Ferguson will start his first Premier league game ever this afternoon against Wolves, as Jose Enrique has failed his fitness test.

It will be a tough debut for the Irishman, although he was the Man of the Match in the last outing at Stoke City,  and looked very accomplished for one so young.

And as expected 23 year-old Danny Guthrie gets a chance to start in the defensive midfield position,  in place of the suspended Cheick Tiote.

There are not many surprises in this side, and it’s the one we named yesterday in our Match Preview.

But James Tavernier, who is back from his successful loan spell at Gateshead, and is named on the bench alongside another teenager, Nile Ranger, who we expect to get a run-out at some stage this afternoon.

And there is no Stephen Ireland, even on the bench, and we assume Alan Pardew does not want to risk him today, because he is barred from playing against his club, Aston Villa, next week.

It’s a pay as you go deal with Ireland, so Newcastle are not losing any money on the deal, but it would have been nice to have seen this lad play, as it’s now been over two months since he arrived on Tyneside.

For Wolves, Jamie O’Hara, on loan from Spurs, starts this game and could be a goal threat, and Wolves’ two young wingers, Adam Hammill and England International Matt Jarvis, are also in the starting line up.

Ebanks-Blake is drafted into the side in place of the injured Kevin Doyle.

This is a very important game for Newcastle, and a win would be fantastic, and only the second win in 11 games for the Magpies.

A defeat would be just terrible – a complete nightmare – and in fact  too hard to take for most Newcastle fans – if the truth be told.

So on that last note of desperation   ……..    Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle (4-4-2): Harper; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Ferguson; Barton, Guthrie, Nolan (c), Gutierrez; Ameobi, Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul, Tavernier, Perch, Campbell, Taylor, Ranger, Kuqi

Wolves:(4-5-1):Hennessey; Foley, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi; Hammill, Milijas, Henry (c), O’Hara, Jarvis; Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Subs:  Hahnemann, Craddock,  Mancienne,Jones,  Kightly, Ward, Fletcher,



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315 comments so far

  • geoff777

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1

    4-4-2 and no one out of position. Good.

    Weak bench hope no midfield players get injured. After Saylor & Ranger who do you want to come on?

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  • boonarmy

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    any links people ?

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #3

    KUQI
    give him 20 minutes and see what he can do! From what I’ve seen of his 2 minute run outs hes a monster who scares defences specially when they are tired. Might as well give him a shout

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  • carrollsinger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Where’s ireland thought he had been training all week and what about raylor???

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  • The Carnivorous Badger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    The Guardian seemed to think Stephen Ireland would play or at least make the bench. Admittedly, it was Louise Taylor, but it’s dissappointing that he’s still not fit.

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  • lewman

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    rooney just got another against west ham

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  • Stuart

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought Ireland was fit? I was at least expecting him to be on the bench like.

    At this rate he won’t play for us at all this season!

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  • dawid182

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Where the f*ck is Ireland? I already can’t believe it!!! Why Willo starts? Taylor should be there! Lovenkrands?? OMG He sucks same like Willo!

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  • Sinner

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Subs: Krul, Tavernier, Perch, Campbell, Taylor, Ranger, Kuqi

    What kinda of joke is that!
    Only Pardew could have done such a thing!We’ve got no cover for midfield players.
    When is he going to trust youngsters like Vuckic,Richardson and Airey. 🙁
    And again playing Lovenkrands and Ameobi!
    ;____;

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  • Stuart

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10

    I think Raylors still banned carrollsinger.

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  • cheikmate

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    That is a poor looking bench no real impact other ranger, shame to not see ireland even make the bench.

    I hope loven gets a goal early on, time for guthrie to show he can still play a big part for us.

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  • Vinicinhos

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #12

    I prefer Enrique out, ’cause he can recover to next match.And Ferguson deserve this chance.

    I don’t like Guhtrie, but I hope that he can do a good match.

    And I’m happy to see Tavernier on the bench, I hope that he could receive a chance.

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  • Foxworth

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Where is Ireland??
    Like Geoff777 says bench is weak – not one midfielder on there. Even putting Airey or Donaldson or Vuckic (if fit) woulda been better!
    Regardless of that i reckon we’re due a HUGE win today like 5-1 or 6-1! HWTL!!!!!!

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  • cheikmate

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #14

    any good streams for the match ?

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  • dawid182

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Where is Ireland????????? I already can’t believe it!!! Taylor should starts! Seriously, Willo and Loven?? OMG We’ll lose, again! Lovenkrands can’t scores! No one sees?

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  • Vinicinhos

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Where’s Ireland???

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #17

    (unsurprisingly) totally forgot about Ireland. Maybe we are holding off playing him so we never start paying his wages, villa pick up the tab and he gets a geordie holiday?

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Man U pen gutted for west ham

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  • cheikmate

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #19

    in fact that is a terrible bench !!! were gona struggle for goals and not one player on the bench has a league goal for newcastle !!!

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  • Vinicinhos

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Ameobi and Lovenkrands = No Goals.

    Put Kuqi…

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  • textbook.ie

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #21

    if it were me
    harps
    simpson taylor colo perch
    jonas barton nolan fergi
    strola ranger
    where is ireland???

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #22

    I said it before and I’ll say it again! The signing of Ireland was unnecessary and a joke!

    Right again Angryman!

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  • Sinner

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Ireland failed the fitness test. 🙁

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  • carrollsinger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Ranger needs to play at least 45 mins loven is a bag of shite!!!!!

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  • Vinicinhos

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #25

    I would like if Alan put Donaldson, Airey or Ranger and no Lovenkrands

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  • dawid182

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Nobody understand that! Ireland the best singing what I’ve ever seen!

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  • textbook.ie

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #27

    hahahha a bag of shite- brilliant

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Angryman what if its a ireland goal in the last game of the season that keeps us up? it unnecessay and a joke then?

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  • paddyq

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #29

    any links for todays game boys?

    also, cant understand the consistent inclusion of the ameobi/lovenkrands partnership. how many goals has it yielded so far? Id give ranger or even Kuqi a chance….

    if theres any aussie football fans out there, check out my blog!
    http://ozfutbol.blogspot.com/

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #30

    WWJBD,?
    And your point is?
    Oh sorry, then he will have been value! ??

    Ok!!!

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  • kimbo

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Lose today then it looks like we will be relegated,done league predictor on BBC and we need 42 points to avoid the drop.45 points could see us 9th in league that how close it will be.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #32

    my point is you havent seen him play in the black and white yet ur slating us getting him in on loan. From what I’ve heard we dont pay his wages til he plays for us so we arent losing any money until he is fit.

    And yeah mate if he gets a goal that keeps us up he will of been value…..you disagree?

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  • nightfa11

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #33

    if alan plans to play ben arfa in a central role..then there’s no room for ireland in our midfield next season.. & with this > him not playing..always injured..i dont see us signing him.

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  • shearermania

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #34

    kuqi come on lads,,,why dont we just throw the towel straight away…..the dinasaur has enough air for 5 mins and thats it.

    have faith….. alibi peter and the donkey will both score today..ill promise

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  • lewman

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #35

    cheickmate, taylor has a few pl goals but i can still see your point

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  • dawid182

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #36

    the wolves squad it’s too good, Ebanks-Blake is so dangerous

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  • textbook.ie

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #37

    BITCH FIGHT

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  • Thump

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d sooner Kuqi over Lovenkrands. Not even joking.

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  • shearermania

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #39

    paddyq im an exiled geordie living in melbourne…ill check out your blog..btw love the daylight saving….not too late tonight

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  • boater

    Apr 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Shola for the opener. You heard it here. He’s due a goal.

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