This Is Our Team For Saturday At Villa Park

One way to build up a top side is to concentrate first on the defense and make it hard for teams to score against you and therefore hard to beat.

Dan Gosling – deserves chance in midfield on Saturday afternoon

That’s what we’ve seen Mark Hughes do quite a few times when he takes over sides, and then you can concentrate on how to actually beat teams and add some attacking flair.

Newcastle have done very well this season in making their defense very tight, and it looks much stronger than it was last season.

Some of that is due to the good form shown by Steven Taylor and the consistent form shown by Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini.

The next step is  to add more flair and attacking prowess,  and it helps that the mercurial Ben Arfa will be back soon from his latest injury.

Last night Newcastle didn’t  get close many times to scoring,  and the best effort came from an excellent shot from striker Leon Best in the first half, that the QPR goalkeeper did well to turn around the post.

Alan Pardew seemed fairly happy with some parts of the performance at Loftus Road:

“Offensively we never created enough to win the game, but on the plus side, defensively we showed what we have been doing all season.”

“We don’t give much away and there is a spirit in the group that makes it hard for teams to beat us.”

“Our flair players were just a little bit off-key tonight. Sometimes when you don’t play well, you get beat.”We didn’t get beaten.”

On the positive side, Newcastle’s dogged determination not to give away anything last night, when the side was under intense pressure, especially in that first half, got Newcastle a valuable point.

And it was the defense that earned it last night – once again.

We expect to see a few changes in the starting line-up on Saturday against Aston Villa, and this could be a possible side that Pardew puts out in a more solid 4-5-1 formation:

Simpson Coloccini Taylor (S) Santon
Taylor (R) Cabaye Tiote Gosling Gutierrez

What would your team be for Saturday?

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far


    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1


  • Stuart

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Santon is playing for the reserves today at 1pm, if he plays well I’d assume he’ll play on Saturday.

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    would put obertan in for gosling to give us more movement and running off the ball, think he would do well in a free role

  • magpie6699

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Well – not playing well and 8 points from 4 games. Could be worse. How many times have teams / managers said “We’re playing well but just not getting the breaks / results we deserve – but they’ll come”? Then they don’t come !
    At least we are building confidence while our players gel – but definitely 4-5-1 better especially away from home.
    Anyone else impressed with Marveaux? Seen him twice and he’s looked lively both times. Worth a start?


    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Hope so we need speedy santon at lb agaist villa


    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Santon is a must and I would play Obertan or Marveaux just off the striker (not Shola PLEASE!!!!!) Cannot wait to see HBA back- he will add so much to our attacking options

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Why all these f***** long balls.???

    It just takes Cabaye out of the game Its daft.

    There was a period In the second half were every long ball was coming straight back at

    On the plus point Ba looked far sharper.

  • Dyer8

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #8

    vs Villa

    Simpson Saylor Collo Santon
    Obertan Gosling Cabaye Jonas

  • OttersPocket

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Same as last night but with santon for raylor and marv for shola, move Jonas inside. Like ed said we have a solid platform to build from an extra man in middle should allow cabaye more time to dictate play and allow wide men to push forward more.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    That performance last night was dreadful. QPR with at least 5 new players making their debut totally outplayed us all game. We should have done much better.

    Players at fault: Krul, R.Taylor, S. Taylor and Tiote. They were hopeless.

    Both Taylors and Krul did not stop lunging long balls!! How Fking annoying. Obertan and Cabaye hardly had time on the ball as they were constantly trying to wins loose balls from those ridiculous goal kicks. Why in the hell was Krul taking so bloody long in taking them too is even more puzzling. He should have a word and be told to play it short sometimes. Same applies to the Taylors.

    Tiote was really bad too and only showed a glimpse of what he can do for us when he gained possession with a perfectly timed and strong tackle and burst forward. Apart from that he was always loosing the ball with very poor passes or just turning on the spot and eventually giving it away. He lacks confidence and match practice I think.

    Cabaye played well although he couldn’t create much at all but covered ground superbly.

    Simpson played slightly better than Raylor with his great interceptions and blocks. It seems he has pulled his socks up a bit as he knows Santon is breathing down his neck.

    Santon should be starting next game for either Raylor or Simpson I don’t really care who tbh.


    Another point and clean sheet.

    Were 4th in the table lol

    Sammy Ameobi did not fail to impress again even though for only 10min.

    Ba and Marveaux showed some class and pace when they came on.

    Best played well for me just lacked the proper service, didn’t stop running and trying, made a great turn and shot at target.

    With Benny Arfa very soon to come back I can see Best scoring lots of goals for us.


  • toon_dog

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #11

    id go with


    i wud pick this team to allow a good deffensive line up with tiote as extra protection against there pace.
    the midfield has guti in the center cos in my opinion all he does is run at defenders with no end product as in crossing the ball so we might aswell just give him the center to run through. marv and obertan are quick and can just attack the flanks getting some balls in the box and cabaye should hopefully be allowed to do his thing in the middle and supply besty. i pick rayls over simmo as he can also attack the flank and let obertan drift in the middle and we know rayls can wip a good ball in.

  • northernracoon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    ive seen marveaux play twice now and i think hes a very quick and tidy player, also ba is much better than shola,so id like to see ba start the next game.

    obviously things have to change as our attacking performance against qpr was none existant, taylor and collocinni were given no options other than too boot it up the field .

    my team for villa qould be

    simpson saylor collo santon
    guite/obertan tiote cabaye marveaux
    best ba

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    My team for Saturday:


    Simpson…. Coloccini ….Taylor ….(S) Santon

    Gutierrez Cabaye… Tiote/Gosling … Marveaux

    …………………Best…..Ba/Sammy Ameobi

    I would tell Saylor to kick it long only if he has to. I’ll tell Krul not to try and be our play-maker and play it short at times. And I’ll tell Tiote to concentrate more and make the most of his possession on the ball.

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Sep 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #14

    raylor saylor colo santon
    tiote cabaye
    gosling marveux

  • SimmiYoung

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Did you watch the game last night??? Ryan Taylor is the worst defender i’ve ever seen, he’s always out of position.He’s good at freekicks but he doesn’t deserve a place in the starting lineup. When QPR did get there chances it was all from the right wing…

  • danuneek

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #16

    My team would be:

    Simmo Taylor Colo Santon
    Jonas Cabaye Gosling Marveaux

    I think we need a bit of English bite in the midfield, hopefully something Gosling could add …

    Also, perhaps give Ba a bigger chance depending on how the game goes …

  • Scottishmag1

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #17

    I was at the game last night and have to admit we were extremely lucky………
    Taylor was out of position so many times and made life easy for SWP.
    The long ball game DID NOT work, we needed to get the ball down and play through Cabaye.
    The amount of times that we had thirty yards of diagonal space for our strikers to run into was unbelievable, but they did not have the vision to see this…..
    overall disappointed in the performance but happy with a point!

  • smithy434

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Simo Colo Taylor Santon
    Tiote Gosling
    Obertan Cabaye Jonas

  • geordie1976

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #19

    But who things pards will pick: STROLLA

  • clooneytoon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Guti- Marv-

  • Sir Alan

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #21






    I agree that Jonas has to play in the middle, as that is his most effective position, where he does not have to cross the ball. If Marveaux is injured, i would try Ba on the left as that was his best position at West Ham.

  • sticklebricks

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Pretty much the same team as toon_dog@11 for me:


    But played more as a 4-5-1

    Is Gosling even fit?


  • HaZ-NUFC

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #23

    taylor taylor colo santon
    cabaye tiote marvaux
    sammy ba ferguson

  • BartZ

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Only change would be marveaux instead of R Taylor. Obertan needs to work on his game after watching last night. He provided no support for Danny Simpson and was only bothered about going forward and he was dire at that. Provided santon doesnt have a mare in the reserves I think we need to fire him in and try to develop the link up Enrique had with Gutierrez.

  • laurentrobert32

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #25

    sir alan uve got it spot on. although wouldnt mind giving jonas a try on the right. no idea why he is never tried there considering he is right footed and cant cross with his left. also with marveaux being stuck on the bench as well, makes no sense. either way just move jonas from the left n give marv a start. most importantly, shola must be dropped…

  • Mo Drysdale

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #26





  • BeeGuy

    Sep 13, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Just get R Taylor back into the stands. Kudos for him for trying hard, but one should never be played somewhere except for their best position.

  • sticklebricks

    Sep 13, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #28

    @ Mo Drysdale – 26. Yup think we would do well with that.

    Think Cabaye played on the left side of a 4-3-3 whilst at Lille aswell so something he would be used to.

  • Kris

    Sep 13, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Team against Villa:

  • NUFC 1892

    Sep 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #30



    _______TIOITE CABEYE


  • robtheguru

    Sep 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #31

    I’d play 4-5-1 with Cabaye playing in a free role

  • Steviebaby1978

    Sep 13, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #32


    Simpson-Coloccini-S Taylor-Santon


    Sam Ameobi-Ba

  • YankeeToon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Did Pardew say we don’t give away much?

    I don’t know what game he was at last night but the one I watched they gave QPR plenty of chances to win.
    We were lucky that THEY didn’t finish those chances.

    QPR played perfectly. They know we have no form and pressed us when we had the ball in our own half and funneled us to the sidelines when we moved foward.

  • craig bell

    Sep 13, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #34

    R Taylor S Taylor colo santon
    obertan cabaye tiote gutierez
    ba best

  • Willo

    Sep 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Simmo Saylor Colo Santon
    Tiote Cabaye
    Raylor Gosling Guti


  • Thrasher

    Sep 13, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Simmo STaylor Colo Santon
    Cabaye Tiote Gosling
    Obertoon Marveuax

    Ya im likin da look of this team 🙂

  • shamsoftabriz

    Sep 13, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #37

    I would start R. Taylor but sub Marveaux for him in the second half. I want to see more of Marveaux. He seems to be a bit more skilled and able to keep the ball than Taylor.

  • lloydywoo

    Sep 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #38

    I would drop Raylor, Jonas, and even Tiote as they were shite last night and put Dan Goslin in as hes shown alot of promise.
    Simpson, S Taylor, Colo, Santon
    Obertan, Cabaye, Gosling, Marveux
    Best, Ba

  • newcben

    Sep 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #39

    It really annoys me that Pardew keeps tryna play 442! That formation is dead especially with the attacking options we have. We have very quick and technical wingmen in our ranks and should be used more.
    Basically a 4231 but goes into a 433 when moving forward.


    Cabaye having more of a freedom to go forward while titoe sits, i think cabaye and gosling are both good enough on the ball to be able to play one touch stuff around oposition players. Aswell as threading balls in behind the full backs to expose the pace we hold in Marv and Oba. I feel these to should be given a chance over Jonas as his end product and finishing is just not upto scratch where i feel if Marv of Oba had a one on one chance there would be more chance of a positive outcome!

  • Toontune

    Sep 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #40

    why cant we loan a striker


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