It’s A Good Time To Play QPR – Before They Gel

There are a number of reasons why Newcastle must think they can get a win tonight Loftus Road.

Shawn Wright Phillips – while at Chelsea

One is that QPR are newly promoted, and although they have brought in  a few good players late in the summer transfer window, including a certain Joey  Barton from Newcastle United, it will still take a little time for the new players to fully gel with their new team.

So it’s got to be an opportunity for Newcastle to go after their third league win of the season, and three wins out of four, and of course the number one goal this season is still  to stay in the Premier League, and out of the relegation zone.

While Newcastle may not be able to do very well against the top teams like the two Manchester sides (it’s good we’ve missed those two power sides early in the season), and Chelsea, Newcastle must ensure they get points from the lower positioned clubs, and one of them is QPR, at least right now it is.

Newcastle manager Alan  Pardew thinks it may be the right time to play QPR, and he had this to say today to the local Newcastle press:

“They’ve brought in some very good players.” “There’s no question about that.” “But of course they haven’t really had time to gel.”

“I’d be surprised if they put in a top of the range team performance, but certainly they’ve got individuals who can win the game.”

“The Premier League’s all about taking on teams at the right times because of injuries and suspensions.”

QPR brought in Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand late in the summer transfer window, and we saw a report yesterday that Anton Ferdinand  said he was forced out at Sunderland.

That’s likely to be true, and the younger brother of  England stalwart Rio,  is hardly a Premier League class player, and he’s close to the truth that Sunderland were not too bothered to lose him, and that’s probably the brutal truth.

But Joey Barton and Shaun Wright Phillips are two good buys by the London club,  and they should be able to help QPR big time through the end of the year, but hopefully not tonight.

The unfortunate news is that Newcastle’s top midfielder Yohan Cabaye suffered a slight knock on International duty playing for France last week, but Pardew is hoping he will be fit enough to line up in central midfield for the Magpies tonight.

He’s already a key player for Newcastle, and  maybe Yohan can score his first goal for the club tonight?

Newcastle should be able to field a strong side at Loftus Road, and an indication of the strength of the squad should be a strong bench that Alan Pardew will be able to draw on in the second half, depending on how the game is going.

A win would be unbelievable for the Magpies tonight.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Slow down ed!!!!

  • andre29

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2


  • CaptainGeordie

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    QPR is such an ambitious club,Cant believe they bought such old players on outrageous wages.

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #4


  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Santon won’t be starting today. That’s pretty much guaranteed. He will be on in the 2nd half.

  • Burni

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Good team Ashtree, wasnt sure at first but 5 in the middle is a good idea….

    sorry to rain on u tho but I guarantee that Shola will be up front and it will be a 4-4-2 formation.


    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Wouldn’t mind Cabaye being left on the bench and Gosling being brought in save him from further injury and gives Gosling a shot

    I’d also start Santon on the bench

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #8

    burni, just my team, would like to see raylor in midfield, hope your wrong about shola

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Actually think shola would do ok against hill and ferdinand but still would rather see best and ba start

  • colwell

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    QPR defense is poor at best there midfield and strikers are ok but we should get all the points a draw minimum.

    Hoping for a big game from Obertan tonight has looked better each time he plays.

    I`d start Raylor RB Simmo is poor and at least Raylor gives us a threat going forward, Santon would be much better starting against SWP match his speed and attack Young with Jonas.

  • TS -77

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #11

    My team for tonight:

    Simpson – Saylor – Colo – Santon

    Raylor – Cabaye – Tiote – Jonas

    Best – Ba

    Subs: Harper, Gosling, Marv, Obertan, Ameobi

  • TS -77

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Or this one:

    Raylor – Saylor – Colo – Santon

    Obertan – Cabaye – Tiote – Jonas

    Ba – Best

    Subs: Harper, Simpson, Gosling, Marv, Ameobi

  • TS -77

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #13

    But I think Pardews team will be:


    Simpson – Saylor – Colo – Raylor

    Obertan – Cabaye – Tiote – Jonas

    Ameobi/Lovenkrants – Best

  • TS -77

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Do you want another one?? 🙂

  • Dannyo

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Simmo has played porly, and has had no excuse to. By all accounts, he should be on the bench and Santon start. Santon cannot be worse than Simmo, and Simmo needs a kick in the arse to get some half decent displays.
    Also, with the contract thing going on, presumably, he won’t be that motivated either.
    Raylor has performed out of position, and deserves a crack at RB with Santon doin LB.
    Simmo’s shite imo.

  • JimmyToonToon

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    TS your second team is the winning one! Defo play Raylor at RB and drop Simpson. Didn’t Raylor say not so long ago he wanted to make RB his position, well now’s the time to prove what your worth.


  • cheikmate

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #17

    If Obertan does start on the right, it will be like watching a world class game of skillz school between him and taraabt. Not sure who would be best at right back to keep him quiet. logic says simmo bcos hes a better defender, but ryan taylor is mint over the wall !

  • Minato

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #18

    As I’ve said before I really think we have a fantastic chance to build on some momentum today..I think the early fixtures are kind and a good opportunity to end any early relegation fears (Which I think aren’t necessary anyway).

    I think it will be a fairly tough game today which I think we will edge 2-1.


    Simmo Saylor Colo Raylor (Santoon)

    Tiote Cabaye

    Spiderman Marv

    Best Ba

  • joppadoni

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #19

    i put simpsons displays down to his new born baby. if youre not sleeping right you wont play right. back end of last season he was very good. im sure he will turn it arond.

    id be very suprised if santon doesnt start tonight at left back

  • Hebburn Mag

    Sep 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Its the games against the newly promoted teams as well as the average team like Wigan and Blackburn that I get the most excited for but at the same time dread thinking about. It always seems like we automaticaly think that the 3 points are ours and we dont give the best performance possible yet when it comes to the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea ect we put it a fantastic display.

    We ar more than capiable of getting the 3 points tonight and going 3rd and going 3rd can only give us the confidence to keep fighting for results.. If we can keep plugging away picking up points I rekon a top 10 finish wouldnt be out of reach and possibly a top 7 with a bit of luck.

  • magpiebop

    Sep 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #21

    This will be our starting line up although I’d prefer Marveaux instead of Obertan and SAMeobi instead of Ba. Not convinced by Obertan or Ba but they need a chance to prove themselves although they should have to fight for a place from the reserves, judgement reserved!


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