The game tonight at Glanford Park will now take on greater significance with Joey Barton seemingly about to leave Newcastle for QPR.
It will be important that Newcastle field a decent side tonight that can win the game, while also giving some of our top players a rest ready for the game at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon against Fulham.
And for the first time in a long while, the Cup competitions are again a priority at Newcastle, so we expect Pardew to start some youngsters tonight, but to also have some top players on the bench, just in case he needs to use them to win this game.
The last time Newcastle were at Scunthorpe in the Championship in October of 2009, we lost that game 2-1, even though Newcastle were dominant for long periods of that game, which was such a depressing result coming just three days after the defeat at Nottingham Forest.
We’re not quite sure how many changes Alan Pardew will make to the side for tonight, but we think the following side can win the game, and also give some of the fringe players an excellent opportunity to show what they can do at Newcastle:
Simpson Taylor(S) Williamson Ferguson
Taylor (R) Smith Vuckic Marveaux
Subs: Soderberg Coloccini Cabaye Abeid Tiote Best Lovenkrands
There could be a few changes to that side, and come to think of it, the manager seems to have many different options he can try tonight.
And late news is that Steve Harper did not travel with the side, so we don’t know if Pardew will risk Soderberg, or just keep Krul in goal, we think the latter.
It will be a small pitch at Scunthorpe and not what our lads are used to playing on, but they will need to overcome the difficulties and get that win, especially when some negativity is being generated with Joey Barton’s likely departure.
There have already been some shocks in this second round of the Carling Cup and Premier League sides Sunderland, Norwich, QPR and Swansea have all been eliminated, and last night West Ham were beaten 2-1 at home by Aldershot Town and were summarily booed off the field.
But it was also a great win for Aldershot, and that’s what makes the two Cups in England so great to watch, and so unpredictable too.
Those shocks will hopefully act as a huge caution to Newcastle that they cannot take Scunthorpe United lightly, and their players are very likely to play above themselves tonight.
The keys to the game will be that Newcastle turn in another strong performance in defense, and hopefully they will be able to keep a clean sheet tonight, for the third game running.
Newcastle need to win the central midfield with young Haris Vuckic and Alan Smith, and players like Gosling, Ba and Marveaux hopefully will have good games, since it’s a huge opportunity for them to impress.
We really need the win tonight, and then hopefully we’ll get a decent home tie in the third round – but first we have to win at Scunthorpe, and it will not be an easy game.
Howay The Lads!!