Blackpool vs Newcastle – Match Preview


Tomorrow afternoon at Bloomfield Road, Newcastle have a great chance to get only their second win in the last seven league games.

The solitary win in the last 6 league games is the 4-1 thrashing of Wolves at St. James’ Park, and that was a win when it really mattered, but Newcastle have also suffered three defeats and have draws at home to both Bolton and Manchester United.

So that’s just 5 points from the last 6 games, and our opponents tomorrow, Blackpool, are going through a difficult time of it, although their best player, the brilliant Scottish International, Charlie Adam, is fit to play against Newcastle tomorrow.

Adam sustained an injury in last weekend’s 3-1 loss at Bloomfield Road to Wigan, but manager Ian Holloway is pleased to welcome back his captain, and he said yesterday:

“He has not broken his foot, it was just bruising and he has trained for the last two days.” “Charlie is fine; it’s good news for everyone.”

It seems that Blackpool are almost a lost cause without their hugely influential central midfield player, but Newcastle will also be at full strength in the middle of the park tomorrow.

Mercurial captain Kevin Nolan will resume his central midfield partnership with the Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote.

Kevin is back from a two game suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards, and Cheick returned from a similar suspension against the Red Devils on Tuesday night, and had an excellent game, as usual.

Although Kevin Nolan is back it seems that Danny Guthrie picked up an injury in training, and the news is that he could be out for the season with a foot injury, but we have no more news than that.

Central midfield will be an important battle in tomorrow’s game and if Nolan and Tiote can get a grip there, and take the initiative away form Charlie Adam, then Newcastle must have a decent chance of winning this game.

That’s especially true, since they played so well against Manchester United in holding the league leaders to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night, in front of  terrific 50,000 fans.

Newcastle have Steve Harper, Dan Gosling, Ben Arfa, Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie all injured for tomorrow’s game, and the team almost picks itself, and we expect Kevin Nolan to replace Danny Guthrie in an otherwise unchanged side from Tuesday night, as follows:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Nolan (c) Tiote Gutierrez
Ameobi Lovenkrands
Subs: Soderberg Taylor (S) Ferguson Campbell Taylor (R) Ireland Ranger

The only possible change to that starting line-up is if Alan Pardew decides to replace Lovenkrands from the start with Stephen Ireland, but we will probably see both  Ireland and 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger after about 60 minutes, and depending on how the game is going.

Keys to the game are that all Newcastle players turn up for this game.

It’s easy to be inspired to play well against the likes of a Manchester United, and the lads started that game like a steam train, but it’s against the weaker sides like Blackpool, where good teams continue to win, and in that sense it will be a test of Newcastle’s professionalism.

Blackpool are like other sides lower in the league, in that they give 100% in every single game they play, and just never know when they are beaten, to their great credit.

So it’s very important Newcastle mustn’t allow themselves  to be out-fought tomorrow afternoon, which happened so often in our relegation season of two years ago.

Blackpool have leaked more goals than any other team in the Premier League with 69 goals conceded in their 33 games, and even Wigan Athletic, who have scored only 32 goals, the lowest of any team in the Premier League, still managed to score 3 at Bloomfield Road, after just over an hour of that game, last weekend.

Keys for Newcastle is that the defense again gives one of its better performances of the season, and also that when the opportunities do arrive, the Newcastle players, Ameobi and Lovenkrands in particular, put the ball into the back of the net.

The Newcastle goal-scoring capabilities  should be helped by the comeback of top scorer Kevin Nolan (12 goals) into the side.

Newcastle have been far too inconsistent this season, that’s been the major problem, but Newcastle also have some great results against Aston Villa (6-0), Sunderland (5-1), West Ham (5-0) Arsenal (1-0 away) and Everton (1-0 away), to show they have the makings of a very good side.

But that inconsistency has caused the lads to put in a very poor performance after a very good one, but we just cannot afford to do that tomorrow, and we need to have every single player turn up for this game tomorrow, and go all out to get 3 points.

If we can do that, Newcastle will be safe in the Premier League for this season, and the number one mission for the seaosn will have been accomplished. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

27 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 22, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Lovenkrands is apparently out. So give Ireland his first start for us. If he can’t do a full 90 minutes then there is still Ranger to bring in.

  • kilcline

    Apr 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Good news if loverboy is out, he is so average, he couldn’t finish a roast dinner. Ireland/Nolan behind Strolla makes us a lot more dangerous.

    Toonboy_84 has been giving his old man reach arounds apparently.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 22, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Heard that about Lovenkrands on the Legends but according to:

    it has nothing to do with him being injured, he is on the bench.

  • marcos

    Apr 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Ireland is an attacking midfielder like Nolan. In this case Alan Pardew should select Ranger if Lovenkrands is injured. In my opinion Lovenkrands is a good striker, he is a bit unlucky sometimes. I hope that things will be different and Newcastle United will be able to get the 3 points tomorrow.

  • hainesy

    Apr 22, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #5

    ‘Happy’ that Loven is out but Where the F**k do these injuries come from? It is getting beyond a joke! Roll on Kuqi! (hopefully). Bag a goal or two against Cathcart (pile of shit we used to want) and Baptiste ( Bramble’s cousin of course he’s shit)


    Apr 22, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #6

    I know it doesn’t really matter but does nobody think S.Taylor is as good if not better than collo and willo????????

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 22, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Capt. Tugboat is now “mecurial”? When did that happen?

    This game is one where you would think the Mighty Pool would throw caution to the wind, but I think Holloway will play a tight game and wait for the chances as the Newcastle attack is not loaded with finishers. I’d expect a 1-0 or 0-1 at the closing whistle. Come on Toon, prove me wrong!

  • baro

    Apr 22, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #8

    I honestly think this is going to be a very fun attacking game. They are a good team but at the moment their home form is terrible letting in lots of goals. I believe 9 goals in last 3 home games, 3 in each. They have beaten us earlier this season and last season. But, i really think we will win this game! The lads had an excellent game vs Man U and we had them the whole first half and should of banged in a goal or 2. Lots of chances. But, to get a clean sheet and a point against the currently #1 team in England than that is massive point there. We have Tiote, Ireland and the captain Nolan back in midfield with Jonas and Barton so i believe we will rip them apart in that midfield. Just can’t wait for tomorrow…

    Newcastle United 3 – 1 Blackpool

    Ameobi with the hatrick!
    Ireland with 1 goal too!






  • DanNUFC

    Apr 22, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #9

    cant believe some people say its good news or that they’re happy that one of our players is injured!!

    in my opinion, being at the match on tuesday, Lovenkrands played well, yes he didnt score, but he linked up well all game.

  • Jp1994

    Apr 22, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #10

    i dont see how Gosling isnt involved in this game. if you read his last interview he says, that he was fit for the man u game, but only if the manager wanted thought he was ready. so surely he would at least be on the bench in this game especially as Guthrie is out of this game.

  • drizzyTOON

    Apr 22, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Lovenkrands is useless! He has no end product and unless he is one yard out he cant score…sometimes he fails to from there aswell…if we had had a decent striker on tuesday we would of had at least one goal as Lovenkrands had a free header in the box and put it closer to the corner flag.

    I hope Ireland starts aswell tomorrow and think he and ameobi could pose a real threat in the closing games of the season

  • Toonboy_84

    Apr 22, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #12

    It was your Dad I was giving reach arounds to Kilcline. Get it right kiddy fiddler!

    Can’t wait till the holidays are over and you have to go back to school!

  • baro

    Apr 22, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Newcastle United 4 – 1 Blackpool

    This is the score i meant above with
    Ameobi HATRICK!
    Ireland 1 goal

  • CheickTiote

    Apr 22, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #14

    YAY, even as a middle aged man I still get excited about the game tomorrow whenever I read the Match Preview the night before on this blog.

    I reckon it’ll be a 2 – 1 victory.

    Blackpool always score at home, they may have the worst defense in the PL but they’ve scored in every single home game; even against the big boys.

    Don’t expect it to be easy, they nearly held back Arsenal not to long back.

  • CheickTiote

    Apr 22, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #15

    If they don’t score tomorrow then BIG credit to Krul

  • Billy1985

    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #16

    lovenkrands has a great footballing mind and he is unselfish…..cant believe people are happy get a grip yous werent saying that when he was scoring last season get a grip

  • drizzyTOON

    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #17

    haha @baro…Ameobi Hatrick!!!

    Are you high or something? got more chance of Besty getting a hatrick tomorrow!!

  • Al-ToOn

    Apr 22, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #18

    dont rate lovenkrands he is an SPL or championship player. But if he gives it his all Which sometimes I don’t see then I will respect him for that. We need a skilful player like another Ben Arfa in our side because we are too like other sides e.g. Birmingham and Bolton. If we get another skilful player then we will be able to progress and move apart from them. Taarabt? Gervinho?

  • Sav

    Apr 22, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Safety is one thing, but in the last 15 years when have we seen a ManU side fail to turn up? That’s at least 3 totally new sides and each one has inherited a work-ethic and professionalism.
    Sadly we can’t say the same. Pards has a better take on it than ‘3 points and we are safe’. Its that it is the right thing to do, we need to finish as high as possible and the fans deserve only total effort and commitment. Our side must learn that mentality from ManU in order to emulate them. we expect them to play to the final whistle and likewise should expect them to play until the last game.

  • willowdalerez

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed… How is Nolan in anyway “Mercurial”? The man is as rock-steady as they come a true leader on and off the field (look how he mentors the developing players including Carroll while he was here and dogged by bad press) and a real credit to the Team!

    That’s not to mention that only nine other players in the Prem have 12 or more goals to their credit as he does as of today and that’s with a couple games off due to a regulation suspension for yellows.

    If what troubles you is that suspension it shouldn’t those challenges were not rash like a certain Barton or Tiote’s too often are and probably saved goals or a dangerous situation… it does not mercurial make! It just demonstrates that Nolan is passionate and willing to make tough challenges when called upon to do so!

  • willowdalerez

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Next comment is that I rate Lovens better than most on here… not flashy nor a great finisher but a competent setup man with decent ball handling skills… poor in the air though. If He’s out I hope Pards plays Ranger to permit him to develop… am not a fan of out of shape Ireland… he’s got size but he’s slow and lazier than Ameobi… we’ve seen enough of can get the ball in the air but too slow to play it before the defence close in and no inventiveness on the ball and no run and chase… I hope Ireland is gone come next season.

  • willowdalerez

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Prediction… 2-1 the Toon HWTL!

  • Brutooon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Ireland supporting Ameobi is the best partnership we can get now. Lovenkrands pass it and his age might be another factor of his lack of sharpness.

    0-1 to the toon!

  • arfa chance

    Apr 23, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Not many have shut out blackpool at home.
    Had a d 3-1 to the Toon.

    Nolan, Ameobi, vaughan, Jonas.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #25

    5 nil to the toon!!

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 23, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #26

    Yes if we can get Ireland to partnership Shola We Will Be Awsome Today !!!! 3-1 to Your Very Own NEWCASTLE UNITED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • andre29

    Apr 23, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #27

    Blackpool FC vs. Newcastle United watch online on


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