Next Up Is Tricky Carling Cup Tie At Scunthorpe


One thing we really liked about Chris Hughton is that he never let himself, or his players, get ahead of themselves.

Steven Taylor – take one game at a time

Whether the last match was a win, a draw or a defeat, he always had his players look at the next match as the one to win.

And Steven Taylor is showing that approach today, despite the doom and gloom that has been on Tyneside this summer, mainly because of faltering summer transfer moves.

The transfers of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique for around £46M,  have been met so far with the acquisition of Yohan Cabaye for around £4.5M, Gabriel Obertan for £3M and free agents Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid.

And Newcastle have made a good start to the season with a solid 0-0 draw against Arsenal at home and then the great 1-0 win at Sunderland.

Steven Taylor is hoping that will stop the negativity on Tyneside, as he looks forward to the Carling Cup tie on Thursday evening:

“Hopefully the first two games have sent out a bit of a statement, but we are not going to get too far ahead of ourselves. Scunthorpe on Thursday in the Carling Cup, that’s the next game.”

Last time we played at Scunthorpe’s Glanford Park we lost 2-1 in October of 2009, even though Newcastle dominated that game.

And it was only 3 days after losing at Nottingham Forest 1-0, and that was the only time that Newcastle lost two successive games that season, and of course Newcastle only lost 4 league games all season in the league, and none at home.

Alan Pardew will give some players like Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba and Leon Best a game on Thursday evening, but he will need to ensure Newcastle win the tie.

The Carling Cup is Newcastle’s very best chance to win something this season, and the club will have to play strong sides in each of the ties.

You never know, maybe this is the season to get our first trophy in 43 years.

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170 comments so far

  • ronaldeano

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Nolan is urging Barton to join him and fat heed at West Ham (mirror)

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Nah piece of pi$$ man

    Bartoon wont go to West hamshank

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  • drongo

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Wont happen

    Joey wants to play for the GB olympic team – and has his eye on the euro 2012 squad. A move to the championship gets him further away from both.

    Wrist Ham will still be there in the summer

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  • MrToon

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    please strat vukic gosling best and marv.!!!!!!!

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  • toonthompson

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    barton would not go down a league

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Will be great to see “Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Demba Ba and Leon Best” get a game…

    What about Marveux, Tav and Abeid.

    Would be great for BA to actually show up TBH, useless so far absolutely useless

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  • Graeme

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    He needs to play Marveux and Tiote as they are nowhere near match fit. I would also play Vikuk, Ba and the major players who have not had a run out yet.

    This game is irrelevant in the scheme of things and should be used to TOOONS advantage to get players up to speed and match fit. A win would always be good but League has to be the only priority in my opinion.

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  • drongo

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Scunny game a timely extra pre season game in my view. Pre season was a shambles for one reason or another – get Ba and Tiote match sharp and take a look at some of the kids.
    Plus give Captian Fantastic a rest, his leg must be pretty sore

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  • ronaldeano

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Nolan on Barton:”He’s probably looking for an escape the way he’s been treated.He knows I’m here,he knows Sam and what we’re about.”

    Sam Allardyce is all about putting his fat head between his legs and smelling his own farts… And enjoying it ;0)

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    We haven’t even made a bid for Pieter’s yet alone upped our offer. How many clubs need to come out and say we’ve never even bid for their player before you lot get it?

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  • arcarius

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    @DarloGeordie

    Only had 45 mins to show himself against Arse so far, what do you expect of him? A hat trick?

    😆

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  • drongo

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Nolan is making himself look a chump with those comments. Keep em to yourself mr strange centre parting.
    Presume a contract down there comes with an unlimited supply of bongo mags?

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  • toontoonblacknwhitearmy

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Harper
    perch willo kadar ferguson
    vuckic gosling abeid marveaux
    best ba

    our 2nd string squad, unless he wants to play raylor or tiote, tiote to get his fitness up and raylor incase we have a new lb for saturday, even though id keep him there until he performs less impressively

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  • Pieter Piper

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Harper~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~Raylor~~~~~~~Willo~Colo~~~~~~Dummett~~~
    ~~~Abeid~~~~~~Gosling~Vuckic~~~~~Marveux~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ba~Ranger~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Subs:
    – Sodeberg
    – Staylor
    – Ferguson
    – Barton
    – Sammi Ameobi.
    – Lovenkrands
    – Best

    Reasons why i didnt start Ferguson:
    – not sure if he is 100% fit yet after his pre season injury
    – Dont want to see him being turned into a Left Back
    – Would Rather dummett an actual defender get vital experience.

    P.S @Darlo, Tav is still on his 1 month loan isnt he?

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  • MacToon

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Is it a case of phantom bids again or are we really interested in these players! Pieters or Cissokho and Maiga or Bridge n Cole?

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  • JimmyToonToon

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Would be good to see Marv, Gosling and Abeid get a good run out. This is defo a good chance to get more of our players match fit.

    Will be disappointed if he fields a weak side, a good cup run is defo needed this season

    HWTL

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  • Stuart

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    I hope we dont play around with the team too much like we did in the FA Cup last season and end up crashing out early.

    We need to play a relatively strong team and really make a push for a good trophy run this year, I’m sure even a Carling Cup trophy would cheer some of you lot up lol.

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  • Yohan7

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    WWJBD – I dont think we were great against arsenal but with the issues we had we did ok, I think we had a game plan and we stuck to it, we looked poor up front which is my main concern but at the back we looked half decent. If we lost goals to Arsenal then it would be a different story but Pardew too a risk but playing the way we did (as he did against sunderland) and so far I cant disagree with his tactics. Im not getting carried away and I understand its a long hard season and if we conceed against teams the way we are playing at the mo we will have issues which is why I wont be happy till we have a new striker (a good one at that) and a real LB. but at the moment hes got it spot on. we havent been spiolt with the attacking football we want but hopfully in the next few games to come we will have a chance to see some of that. I think we will see some good stuff from Cabay as he should have more time on the ball in the coming fixtures.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Nolan isn’t looking like a chump at all and its rather sad how people have turned on him

    Did more for us than people give him credit for

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  • toonarmy1986

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #20

    This to me is a huge game, not in terms of the result but more to see what we have in depth and see how good some of these kids are. Also good chance for the likes of Ba to get 90 minutes under his belt.

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  • surreytoon

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    The Scunthorpe game is on Sky 1 which I didn’t expect! Let’s hope we don’t come crashing down to earth just yet.

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  • geoff777

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #22

    #3

    Could be the only way Joey gets to play in the Olympic stadium?

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  • Yohan7

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #23

    dont mind Nolan trying to get Joey to west ham, mainly because I think he is flogging a dead hourse. its understandable he would want to play with Joey after the season they had together and he probly feels he can sway him (wrongly imo)

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Its gotta be 11 changes for Scunny.

    Soderberg
    Perch Williamson Kadar Ferguson
    Abeid Gosling Vuckic Marveuax
    Ranger Sam Ameobi

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    @Darlo He’s had 45 minutes for christ sake!

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Yohan
    That’s fair mate. All am saying is I don’t see us top 10 this season

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Ba has to start against Scunny and show what he can do. So far he has been simply put horrible. He needs to get match sharp and get his confidence back. A couple of goals against scunny would do good.

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  • drongo

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #28

    @ WW – Suggesting that one of our key players should leave?
    He’s doing a JE… just no need for it.
    He had his own reasons to go, and he went, he can now focus on his away days at Burnley.

    He can comment on his own situation, and his own reasons (all 55,000 of them) for stepping down a league. But dont look back to your previous employers and try to rock an already very unsteady boat.

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  • geoff777

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Ba & Tiote need to get match fit.

    I’d play Ba for 90 and Tiote for 60mins.

    Then against Fulham, Tiote 90 and Ba 60mins.

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  • toontoonblacknwhitearmy

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Nolan left not only for greed cos he wanted a plan for his last few years as a footballer, now with his 5 year contract he can settle with his family in london instead of having to move after a couple of years to somewhere where he wont want to live, he was a good player just i dont think he would fit in this new look team

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Don’t mean to be a pessimist but knowing Newcastle of the past, we’ll struggle to beat Scunthorpe (probably even draw) and then lose to Fulham on Sunday after our good start. However, if we get 2 wins from these games, hopefully it’ll show that the mentality of the past has changed and maybe we will have a decent season. Still need a LB and striker mind…

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  • Yohan7

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #32

    would like to see Tiote, BA, Mouxy, goslin, harper, fergie, vuckic and williamson start against Scunny

    With the rest of the team made u of players who have been playing regualy in the first 2 games (i know Tiote has been playing but I have him in the above list as he needs some game time so should be a defo starter)

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Drongo
    Barton has been told by the club to f off so why shouldn’t Nolan offer him a escape from our pit?

    And his former employer is a utter bellend so why should he keep his mouth shut about his experiences? Same with Jose. The owner is the bad guy not the players

    Truth hurts fella

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  • drongo

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #34

    @ toontoon and good luck to him – did a cracking job for us and most people Im sure wish him the best at Jonny Vaughn FC.
    Publicly trying to tap up a player (which is what he is doing, albeit gently) is a bit of a slap in the face for all his former supporters.

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  • wynbae

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #35

    No bad words about Nolan please, he’s a great lad. No way Barton is going to West Hamshank though, he’s not that daft, and they can’t afford him anyway. All the Barton stupidity might have been a strange blessing in disguise for Toon, cos it may just have prevented the ‘Big Spenders’ from coming for him!

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  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Aug 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #36

    pardew is a spastic if he plays a 2nd string at scunny.

    carling cup = end of 43 year baron streak + europe

    krul, raylor taylor colo fergy, gosling cabaye marv obertan, ba best

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  • drongo

    Aug 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #37

    @ WW – Im not arguing that his former emploer isnt a bellend. He is clearly a gigantic throbbing helmet.

    However, JE and nolan have moved on, by all means talk about their own experiences and spill the beans on some of the shady goings on. but… that is a bit different to JE saying there is no spirit and everyone is unhappy, and Nolan saying Joey should come and join him…

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  • Yohan7

    Aug 23, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #38

    WWJBD – I also think top 10 will be a push we need our next 2 in to be very good if we are to finish in the top 10 but if they are very good ie 15 -20 striker a season (providing he stays fit all season) and a beast defender at LB we could be as high as 8th (imho) but that is a lot of ifs buts and maybees than I would like. all we can do is wait and pray. I would love to be suprised by MA but I cant see it happening.

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #39

    Got to play a mixture, couple young uns and players needing matchs.
    Harper,Raylor,Willo,Saylor,Fergi
    Obertan,Gosling,Tiote,Marv
    Vuckic
    Ba

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #40

    Drongo
    How is Jose saying the team spirit is low not expressing his experience? He has been part of the team not you or I we just think the spirit is high because of what the very biased papers say

    And Barton ‘key player’ is on a free because the club don’t want him. Nolan will of been asked specifically about Barton so why shouldn’t he answer truthfully?

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