Big Chance For Newcastle’s New Boys Today


We’ve heard about the derby an awful lot over the last couple of days, and what some players, on both sides,  are gong to do in the game.

Yohan Cabaye – big game for Frenchman today

But the only thing that really matters is not the talk before the game, because that’s usually cheap, but Newcastle fans will get a look at their team today, and find out if they are as gutsy as the team over the last couple of seasons.

That team got the club promoted easily from the Championship, and then went through their return to the Premier League last season, with hardly a scare about relegation.

But of course we have lost the leader of that side, Kevin Nolan, and it will be interesting to see who, if anybody, steps into the breach today

Alan Pardew talked about that today:

“Every time a derby comes along a vacancy is there for somebody,”

“My experience of a derby is that you need to match the ferocity that is on the pitch, but usually the team that is calm and gets the ball down and plays are going to be the victors.”

“I think both Steve Bruce and myself will be looking for the team that settles first and manages to get a grip of the game – that’s something that I’ll focus the team on.”

“Me and John Carver had a conversation on Thursday about experience. Obviously he’s been at Newcastle under Sir Bobby Robson and he reminds me every minute of the responsibilities of this club and what it has to hold.”

“We spoke about whether we had enough experience in the dressing room for this game and we think we have plenty, so we don’t see an issue of it.”

This week has not been one of the best for Newcastle fans as the club were charged by the FA for failing to control their players in the Arsenal game, and Charlton Athletic reported Newcastle to the Premier League over the club’s move for goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

And the Tyneside club’s efforts in the transfer market this week have managed to produce – absolutely nothing.

There are several ways to look at the week, but one is that it has hardly been a good week for Newcastle fans, and therefore the lads need to go out today and get that win for the fans.

It’s an important game but hardly an all or nothing game so early in the season.

Pardew talked about the importence of the game:

“Possibly it will shape the season, I wouldn’t say definitely because it could kick-start your season if you got beat,”

“It’s one of those games that is almost like, ‘Wow, we’ve got beaten by our rivals here we go,’ or it could be you’ve won and you kick on to the next game and you win and then draw and suddenly you’re six games unbeaten.”

“It will be a key game, either way for both clubs regardless of the managers of the clubs.”

The keys to the game are whether Newcastle can defend as well as they did against Arsenal, and especially captain Coloccini and Steven Taylor in central defense.

Joey Barton has the experience to make the difference today too, and we look for a good and controlled game from the Liverpudlian.

Whether Newcastle can score some goals is a good question, but Shola Ameobi is usually the player who produces his very best displays in these games for the Magpies.

And it’s a big chance for the new boys like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux, to show they have skills that can turn a game, and if there was ever a game in which they needed to show those skills, it’s today at Sunderland.

But that’s the big question today, just how good are our new players, when push comes to shove in a vital game like today’s?

We are looking for a win, and would be fairly pleased with a draw, and we’re not even thinking about a defeat.

Howay The Lads!!

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37 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    maybe first 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    it looks like we’ll play 4-4-2. Had hoped for a 4-2-3-1 formition, but maybe we won’t see too much me that untill HBA is back. We probably need a boxplayer anyhow to pull it of.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Has anyone heard the rumour about Carlos Slim wanting to buy Newcastle? I know it’s just a rumour, but heard it twice on teamtalk from different sources.

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  • kilcline

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Beer on my cornflakes, im ready!

    Come on lads!

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  • Starnufc

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    who is starting?? do we know yet?

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  • quitesimple

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    COOOOOOOOOOME OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    People keep saying about all our french recruits, but there is only 1 possibly starting in cabaye with possibly only one to come off the bench in obertan.

    I know Pardhaventgotaclue will predictably start the same boring subs with no Abeid, Vuksic or Fergie, but journeymen like Lovenkrands instead.

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  • toonfan76

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #8

    @jesperfuglsang

    Who is this Carlos Slim, Not being funny but it sounds like a made up name, Never heard of him. Please enlighten me!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Jesper

    I saw that and yes it was 2 different sources and of course there were runours a while back. However, Ash is too greedy to sell at a fair price as he just sees £ signs. After all, he could have sold to the man city owners

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  • giimps

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Why would Carlos Slim want to buy us ?
    Is he supposed to be a soccer fan or a Newcastle United fan?
    If hes just in it to make money we will be in exactly the same predicament(unless he is willing to speculate to accumulate unlike Mike Ashley).
    HWTL

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Here we go – off to the match in 5 mins, but I must admit travelling more in hope than expectation. Just can’t see where the goals are going to come from, and no left back or striker on the horizon, although Pardew will spout his usual bollocks to the Sunday papers tomorrow. HTL!

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  • giimps

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as the worlds richest man
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8560731.stm
    Be nice but wont hold my breath

    HWTL

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  • neilinho

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    toonfan76 – Carlos Slim is indeed a real person. He’s the richest man in Mexico and is currently the richest man in the world. It’ll be a rumour and nothing for us to get excited about however.

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    This Carlos Slim’s rumour is sci fi… It’s hard to believe that the most richest man on the Earth will want to buy us…

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  • havanaclue

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    This will put you in the mood …..
    a video I put together for Uni

    http://youtu.be/zYMbeeNT1v4

    HWTL

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Can’t see anybody buying a football club at the moment with the world economies on the brink of another recession – I’m afraid we’re stuck with the fat man. God help us!

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  • Ik Mambofyam

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Hi Klatoon, glad to see a fellow mag in Eastafrica!
    I live in Nairobi n the derby fever here is explosive. You can watch the game live on supersport 7 on DSTV.

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  • Starnufc

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    it is live on espn3 too

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  • quitesimple

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    SMB!!!! SMB!!!! SMB!!!! SMB!!!!

    LETS NOT BASH THE CLUB AND THE OWNERS TODAY!!!!! PULL TOGETHER AND SUPPORT THE TEAM!!!!!

    HWTL

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  • AmblePhil

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #20

    any one no of any websites were i can watch the match? myp2p.eu aint working!!

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  • giimps

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    I reckon goals from midfield again, we didn’t have a Striker last season after January and did OK, were quicker, with more creativity than last season and we have Ba who when played in will score.
    Our gameplan worked last week, keep it tight for 1st half then attack in 2nd, and but for a little luck, Joey and Cabaye could have scored.
    The scum wont have Vermaillen playing (who was Arsenals best player IMHO) so we should have more attacking threat.
    After saying all that though, I’m still as nervous as hell, 1-3 to the toon though, Strolla gets his obligatory goal with a brace from Obertoon.

    HWTL

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  • toonfan76

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #22

    @havanaclue

    Liked the video, Thought Shola’s volley might have been amongst the snippets but very good all the same.

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  • giimps

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #23

    I think myp2p has been blocked by bt, I heard a rumour that they were going to try and block all streaming sites to stop people in this country from watching the footy matches live.
    Either that or it could be a coincidence.
    Try Sopcast or veetle directly as im not sure they can stop embedded streams.

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #24

    I have a link for the game I will post it just before 12 seems myp2p has just moved servers

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  • toonfan76

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #25
  • geoff777

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #26

    @quitesimple

    I support the lads in B&W, I rarely criticise the players (Shola did annoy me last week) the owner, board and their 6 wins out of 24 puupet are fair game every day until they …

    GET OUT OF OUR CLUB!

    Shola hat-trick?

    HWTL!!

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  • geoff777

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #27

    wtf’s a puupet? Like a minkey?

    6 wins out of 24 puppet …

    Nerves jangling already … beer for breakfast today …

    HWTL

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  • AmblePhil

    Aug 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #28

    toonfan76

    Cheers for the link mate, the site was working as soon as i clicked it! just getting ready for the toon to destroy the smb’s!!!

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  • Graeme

    Aug 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #29

    I wont mind if its a flukey goal, in off a rebound via Barton’s left bollock – as long as we don’t lose the game, we win!!!

    Mon the TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON

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  • toonfan76

    Aug 20, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #30

    More excited then nervous today, we should destroy them with the right gameplan, just remember this, They will never be better than us. NEVER. HWTL!

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #31

    I am not going to say Carlos Slim could be interested in us but what I can say is new revenue streams come on-line soon with clubs able to sell games over the net world wide so if Mr Carlos Slim or Mr Ambarni wanted to sell a game across the net he could get £50m per game.
    these figures are never going to be reached but that’s why the yanks want football clubs they see them as pots of gold.

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  • SaulToon

    Aug 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #32

    still disappointing this game isn’t broadcasted in the states hopefully the streams are up and running early today

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  • Starnufc

    Aug 20, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #33

    it is in the states on espn3.com only live though!!!

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  • Saka_Bartoon

    Aug 20, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #34

    Whats wrong with u all.. We need a good striker instead signin a Keeper. (even frm dat we are on the headlines again) Theres something wrong with the club today

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  • Starnufc

    Aug 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #35

    what is wrong wit u saka we know what we need but today is gameday u support who we have out their and bitch the rest of the week

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  • pardew no 1

    Aug 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #36

    if we get beat there is 1 thing to look forward 2 the X factor lol

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  • NUFC Norway

    Aug 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #37

    There is a norwegian site u can try. http://Www.tv2sumo.no it cost 11 £ a week or 20 £ a month and you get 6 premier league channels. its worth it:-)

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