Newcastle Have Chance To Go Third Top Tomorrow Night

There may be too much negativity on Tyneside at the moment, but that’s hardly reflected in Newcastle’s league position, after an excellent start to the season.

Great shot of Alan Pardew talking to Gabriel Obertan
Now relax and count backwards from 10 until you are asleep

Newcastle have two wins and a draw in their first three league games, and are currently in a very respectable 6th position in the league table, and could go as high as 3rd with a three goal victory  tomorrow night.

And add to that a terrific comeback win at Scunthorpe United,  to reach the 3rd round of the Carling Cup, and in truth it couldn’t have been a much better start to the season for Newcastle.

Alan Pardew has done well in each of the first four games, after the team performed very poorly in the first half of each of those games, but Alan has not been surprised by the good start:

“We’ve had a great start and are looking to build on that,”  “It’s been one of the best starts we’ve had at this Club for a long while. Two wins and a draw, a victory in the cup, and we are looking forward to QPR.”

“I was expecting us to start well, but the fixtures were difficult and in terms of the points total that is really pleasing. I have been slightly surprised that we have come out with seven points, but I was always confident that we could avoid getting beaten.”

“I have had to wait to see what – if any – injuries we had from the international fixtures before making decisions on players,” “That is something we will keep close to our chest right up until the game, because it is an important match.”

Alan Pardew has some tough selection decisions to make for tomorrow’s game, which of course is good news.

And the manager still had to decide if newcomer Davide Santon has had enough practice with his team-mates to make his first start for the club tomorrow night at Loftus Road.

But it could well be that Alan stays with Ryan Taylor, as a makeshift left back, after Ryan has played really well for Newcastle in the first four games of the season, and has also scored two great goals from free kicks for Newcastle too.

Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is also back fit again, and will be expected to be on the bench to back-up the in-form Dutchman Tim Krul, who has been in terrific form so far this season for the Magpies.

And Danny Guthrie is also fit again, so we should see a strong bench for tomorrow night’s game.

A win would simply be fantastic and see Newcastle in at least 4th position in the league on 10 points form the first four games.

Comments welcome.

120 comments so far

  • evildick

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1


  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    We need to turn up in the first half,Hopefully the first 15 minutes ! Howay the lads !.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #3

    stop dreaming. we will get a draw

  • shearermania

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    im starting to come to terms with pardew being the best thing since sliced bread

  • ginkoh

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Who think it will be easy on Monday, should rethink again. It will be very tough game for us as well as Mckems and Fulham.

    QPR got their man and rapidly improve from their first match. Barton reunite will be the highlight and we cannot lose focus from Taraabt too.

    However as long as we can get 3 points, I don’t care how bad we play against them. I think we still have quality to fight. HWTL !

  • shearermania

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #6

    all pundits predicting us to loose…..given the optimism and the expectations from us fans that we will roll over qpr we will probably loose….

  • shearermania

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    cant believe we didnt sign grant holt…quality

  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #8

    LOL Shearer.

  • ganiyu

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    tiote ductch cup winner
    Cabaye french cup winner
    Santon italian cup winner
    Obertan epl cup winner
    Joey barton loser
    Carroll relegator
    nolan championship specialist
    Enrique gamble buy

  • GeordieJordy

    Sep 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Punters always expect us to loose, always have it in for us. This game in particular because of a certain Joey Barton….

  • ganiyu

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #11

    The club is moving forward support team ashley and pardew.
    People forget this is a new nufc.the players we sold in were not going to add anything new to the team.e.g barton …what has he achieved through out his career??? Nothing but jail terms…is that what you want..
    And your captain advising carroll to go???is that leadership????
    Follow on twitter ganziboy2000

  • technonasty

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    a lot of the pundits know very little outside the top 4 and are so fickle. when we had barton he was a disgrace who brought shame on the club and was bullying and trying to hack other players every week. Now we have shipped him out he is the saviour of QPR who is single handedly going to beat us on Monday.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Apart from the games at the end of November and over Christmas we should be aiming to get wins and draws away and WIN at home. If new look Bush team play and Barton want sot prove a point then it’ll be a draw but we can win this one – no easy games though.

  • geordiefinn

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #14

    What do you guys think about Junior Hoilett? Transfermarkt says he’s contract runs out in 2012, maybe we should try to get him in january? He definetely fits in Ashleys’ policy at the age of 21, loads of potential, fast&skillfull striker. He would perfectly fit in our starting lineup. I remember Steve Kean told to media that there was negotiations ongoing about contract extension with him, but suddenly there’s been not much of Hoilett in last weeks. Maybe Hoilett is looking for options?

  • Toontune

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Can someone please explain to me why we cant loan a striker until jan?

  • Dai

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Hoilett extended his contract at BR before the end of the transfer window.

  • zaktoon_swede

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #17

    anyone else getting tired of warnock singing bartons praises? i can understand his delight but seriously… today was like the twelfth time he has come out n said how good, clever, funny, good for the team spirit, honest, hardworking he is… haha, he’s worse than alex ferguson with rooney

  • kevymartins

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Why was nile ranger wearing the no.9 in the reserve friendly?

  • geordiefinn

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #19

    @ Dai,,10303~47675,00.html

    It only says that he has a contarct which runs out in 2012…

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #20

    any links for todays matches

  • JBax97

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #21

    As along as we don’t concede in the first half we we’ll win I think…

  • Dannyo

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #22

    If we have managed to become somewhat stable, we should beat them tbh. We’re the better team.

  • Nojdani

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #23

    It´s true that Ryan Taylor has scored goals but he´s not been playing well at left back at all. Give Santon the chance if he is fit.

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Can see it being very tight at Loftus road on Monday night….think Pardew will go with 5 across the middle to start with and Best up top.
    I’ll go for a 1-0 win and Best to score HWTL

    Anyone remember that mad 5-5 draw at QPR back in the early eighties? 4-0 up at half time and a Waddle hat-trick on that super bouncy plastic pitch…..
    Kevin Carr
    John Anderson
    Mal Brown
    Glenn Roeder
    Neil McDonald
    Wes Saunders
    Kenny Wharton
    Peter Haddock
    Dave McCreery
    Chrissy Waddle
    Peter Beardsley

  • weg

    Sep 11, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon can definitely beat qpr. A lot of negativity surrounds the club – with good reason, but even so, the players have pulled together and made a very good start to the season.
    We have had a fortunate opening schedule – very winnable games – and we’ve only dropped 2 points.(against a champions league team). Winning these games breeds confidence and taking that forward could keep us top six for a while.
    We have reasons to be confident at the moment and if that comes through from the fans at the game, the team will feed on it.

  • evildick

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #26


    i don’t remember it, i was probably a toddler but cheers for the link. it’s great to see some the old footage make it online!

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Agreed weg….much better start to the season than i expected; Arsenal (h) and 5under1and (a) are tough fixtures and we never do well against Fulham, winning does breed confidence and Best will be on a high after his brace in the last match….it’s important for us to win this one at QPR to help put aside the recent transfer bungling….we need to get through to January with what we have no matter what

  • SwedishMagpie

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #28

    R Taylor S Taylor Colo Santon
    Tiote Cabaye
    Jonas Obertan Marvaux

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #29


    I wasn’t at the game myself as I was still a bit too young to go to away games back then but listened on the radio and watched it on MOTD….it was unbelievable…5-5 in a normal 90 minutes of play….we had a 6-6 against Tranmere in the 90’s in the ZDS cup I think it was but that was after extra time

  • evildick

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #30

    i think we have a very good chance of winning at QPR. we should be collecting the 3 points.

    but, as always with the toon, i wouldn’t be suprised if this QPR team of rejects nicks a win against us! courtesy of (insert ex toon player)

    still, i think our boys have enough talent to get the 3 points. HWTL!

  • AndyMac

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Dannyo says:

    “we should beat them tbh. We’re the better team”

    Maybe if they lined up with the team that took on Wigan but if you look at QPR’s recent signings they’ve got a pretty decent midfield with JB, Taarabt and SWP feeding DJ Campbell who scored twice against us last season.

    If Pardwho plays 4-4-2 we’re in for a tough time. So 4-2-3-1 would be my choice with Best or Ba up front supported by Jonas, Gosling and Marveaux.

  • NUFC 1892

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #32










  • Daft_lad

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #33


    Dont think you’re too far away with your line up but I have a feeling that Santon will start on the bench along with Marveaux….we could line up with Gosling in the centre or on the right…


  • JoNUFC

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #34

    The only real worry i have is tarbaat if he plays LW against simmo, not to fussed about SWP at RW as we have jonas tracking back to help whoever starts at lb. Personally i think that the three points are ours to lose, hopefully.

  • terencelim

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #35




    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #36

    @ TERENCELIM that looks a decent side to me except santon in at right back for simmo.

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Please not Macloven….

    One of the most underrated players ever to have played….never got the full credit he deserved imo
    The greatest Geordie footballer of all time and the best to have pulled on the black & white stripes……


    Sep 11, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #38

    i think mclovens pace is essential away from home.


    Sep 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #39

    i fear we will go ………………
    raylor ………stayloe,,,,,,,,,,collo……………santon
    ………………………..boom boom……………………….
    ……………….ba/best/shola? any one of them.

  • Stevieee

    Sep 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Simpson S.Taylor Coloccini R.Taylor
    Marveaux Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez

    We need to bed Santon into the team, play him in the next home game at LB and switch R.Taylor to RB.


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