Pardew Keeping Mum On Line-Up For Wednesday

There were some good things to take out of the game for Newcastle fans in the 1-0 win against Wigan on Saturday.

Hatem Ben Arfa – likely start again on Wednesday in Carling Cup

Ben Arfa looked good in that second half, although he gave the ball away too many times, and Sylvain Marveaux again looked the part in a black and white shirt,  and set up Yohan’s  great goal, and Ryan Taylor hit that cross to Marveaux with his left foot – show off!

It’s even starting to look like Ryan is a natural left back these days. 😀

One thing that has gone Newcastle’s way so far this season,  is the lack of injuries to the squad,  with only Mike Williamson not available at the moment, but when the injuries come Newcastle are also in much better shape than they were last season.

Marveaux will come in on one of the wings on Wednesday evening at Blackburn, and he may have earned the chance to start a league game in place of Gabriel Obertan on the right wing,  on current form.

Davide Santon  will start on Wednesday, and probably at right back, and Shola Ameobi and maybe Peter Lovenkrands will also get a start.

But Alan Pardew is being a little coy on his team, and will not discuss it with the press, and this is what he said when asked what his team would be for the Carling Cup tie:

“I am not going to give any kind of indication what my team will be at all,’  ‘Why? Because I don’t want to.”

“I have got to keep the bench lively and we had players Saturday ho could not even make the bench like Lovenkrands. Nothing untoward there. Alan Smith has been terrific in the background and not had a chance.”

“I like it if everyone in the group is getting a piece of the action so I am spreading the bench around a bit at the moment, trying to keep our players mentally alive.”

“It is about making sure you use that competition in the right way. That is important because if you start worrying about what is on the bench you are not going to play well.”

Players being considered for a start will include Steve Harper,  Davide Santon, Danny Guthrie, Mehdi Abeid, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Alan Smith and Ben Arfa and indeed Pardew could field  a completely different side form the one that played on Saturday.

The challenge for Alan Pardew is to give some fringe players a game, without reducing the strength of the side too much, and it will not be easy as Blackburn played very well against Spurs yesterday afternoon, and fought very hard  from start to finish.

It will be interesting to see if Steve Kean gives some fringe players a game or whether he plays his best side against Newcastle, as both West Ham and Birmingham did last year and reached the semi-finals as they also fought against relegation.

Of course both clubs ended up relegated and Birmingham won the thing by beating Arsenal at Wembley,  and are now in the Europa Cup.

In fact they are on a good run right now with a 2-0 win at Bristol City yesterday afternoon,  after beating Club Brugge 2-1 on Thursday evening in Belgium in the Europa Cup – they must have a good manager.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Play our strongest possible team! Sick of this fringe player nonsense, I want a bloody trophy!

  • cla5hb0y68

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Harper? He’s gone on loan to Brighton hasn’t he?

  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Hasnt been confirmed yet.

  • NUFCBrunei

    Oct 24, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Sir Alex Ferguson’s wife wakes him in bed this morning saying “Wake up dear,it’s already past 7”
    Alex Ferguson replies “What? They’ve scored one more?”


  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    AP 1st 11 (I think)
    Tim Krul
    Santon – Colo – Perch – Ferguson
    Gosling – Abeid – Vuckic – Marveaux
    Ben Arfa

    Elliot / Best / Smith / Sammy / Guthrie / R.Taylor / Cabaye / Tiote (Defence cover) / Ba

  • hainesy

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Harper has gone to Brighton and Shola is out for 4-6 weeks.

  • Klatoon

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Shola Ameobi out for 4-6 weeks,hamstring

  • sith

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #8

    how AP will play?…4-5-1..or 4-4-2
    hope he start with vuckic, really like this kid..

  • sith

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    @azrail, do u call this morning?..

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    There’s a man & a women who just meet up in a bar.. They change handphone numbers. within an hour the man sent an sms…”I’m off for an oversea trip so, can I F#@K U 6 times within the next 1 & a half hour?” The woman replied.. “WTF .. to you think I’m Manchester Utd???”

  • boater

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Shola out is disappointing .. both times he came on in past 2 games we visibly improved as a side. Best lacks awareness.. just pray Ba stays fit now.

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Sith.@No8.. Yup!! the 1 & only… Did u go to Piccadilly last sat?

  • sith

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    we need a CB and striker..ASAP!!…

  • Klatoon

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    So thats Shola and Staylor out of the reckoning for Wednesday. I’d go with Krul Santon Colo Kadar Fergie Gosling Guthrie Marv HBA Vuckic Best. Marvx and Vuckic coming infield with Santon and Fergie bombing beyond them. HWTL

  • sith

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15 watch at home..
    good comment though..haha…
    hope Saylor have a quick recovery..

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Alex ferguson must be 1-6 puppy this mornin hahaha

  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Regarding Harper, it’s paper talk at the minute but it’s likely to happen. It’s a month long emergency loan, it’ll help Harps pick up match fitness at least. Reckon this is the last season we see Harps in Toon colours though, I’ve said it all season – he’s close to retirement. He’s picking up more injuries and struggling to get fit again from them. That’s why Elliot was brought in.

    As for Shola, it makes sense. He didn’t have the best of games against Wigan and he was limping a little bit. Shame really, he was playing well above his usual level against Spurs and usually when Shola hits that kind of form, he’ll carry it for at least 10 minutes.

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #18

    The Devils are, after long overdue… finally in HELL!!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Team for wednesday






  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Cockney @19.. Isn’t Williamson out for another month or so?? Smith?? Reserve only .. Still cant forget last game of 2010/11 vs WBA, I was at St James Park. Smith destroyed our midfield composure.. Hope Krul play .thou.. others ok!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    NO its not paper talk ABout harper its official

  • dublin mag steve

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #22

    setanta ireland is showin newcastle vs man utd 01/02 the one where keano sees red he he

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Not sure bout williamson, but ur right about smith, I forgot abeid plays centre aswel so I’d stick him in there

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Oct 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #24

    Cockney@23.. AP informed about Mike W during radio interview last week.. Abeid over Smith in a million miles… good 1!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Things we wish we had never said !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    One thing that has gone Newcastle’s way so far this season, is the lack of injuries to the squad,

  • Geordie Jonny

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #26

    I think Gosling needs to play just to get his confidence and match fitness up. Marv should surely start (if he hasn’t proven to Pardew he’s good enough I don’t know what will). Vuckic defo start, looked great against Scunny and the fans haven’t seen enough of him. Also anyone heard this rumour about Dalglish trying to sell Carroll back to us?

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #27

    cockney magpie,

    smith is a red card waiting to happen, othrwise good team.


    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Williamson is injured, HBA will only ever play as a 2nd striker according to Pards and Id have Guthrie over Smith (with his long flowing golden locks…I thought it was Savage warming up on Saturday!) anyday haha

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #29


    Wouldn’t want carroll back even half price. it would mean just going back to long ball, hit and hope rubbish.

    Slowly but surely we are starting to playa bit more football with the likes of Cabaye, Marveux, Ben Arfa, Tiote etc.

    If he’s not good enough for liverpools passing game, why should he be good enough for ours.

    Like barton he has too much baggage and we’re well rid.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #30

    I wouldn’t want either of guthrie or Smith. Id rather see Abeid, Vuksic, Fergie, Sammie and Moyo start over those 2.


    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Id have Carroll back however it is utter bull that Liverpool are trying to get shot of him already

  • jakesome

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #32

    @5 you need a ball winning midfielder in there, no one to break up their play

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #33

    I wouldnt want Carroll back on lone or even for free to be honest Jonny! Our whole style of play has evolved from last year and we are playing a much tighter, passing form of play now. Carroll is obviously a decent player (not worth 35M tho) but he will not suit our style of play. HE ISNT A TOP FOUR TEAM PLAYER 😉


    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    If Carroll did come back would that make him the prodigal son rather than Judas? Wonder if those bed sheet banners would be painted over


    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Santon kadar colo fergie

    Marveux abeid gosling sammy

    Another possible starting 11. This will test out santon against a physical, awkward pl team, give kadar some confidence that he can still be a part of our 1st team, give raylor a rest, reasure ourselves that we do want to play marveux on the right, see if abeid could fill Tiotes role in jan adequatley, give gosling a chance in a ACM role at the toon coz he did well for everton in the fa cup a while back, we’ll have a look @ sammy as a left winger and it’ll be another snap shot of how Ben arfa will be as our second striker. I was going to suggest giving ranger a start instead of best but gangtsta1 futbala2 is Gun-a be a 3transfer outta dis club 4 another criminal based incident with his glug,glugging vruum,vruuming! he must of thought big T-Henry was saying ” Vodka vroom ” not va va voom. =D

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #36

    I never want Carroll to play for us again he would spoil the way we play football now and ad rather have Ba tbh


    Oct 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Its been a good period for the Toon and the southern gutter press are not happy, hence the attempt to rake the muck over team selection. How we would love and kiss Dalgleish’s arse to have Andy Carol back and only for a knock down 25 million.
    Thank God we are at last being run by people with inteligence and the foresight not to be deflected from their aims
    WE DONE ASHLEY and all his staff who are at last a team.

  • NuFc RoB

    Oct 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Ben Arfa

    ba vuckic cabaye tiote soderberg ferguson guthrie

  • YOY_Yorkshire

    Oct 24, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Tough one really – I would like to know something of Blackburn team before hand but here is my punt…



    Jonas – Vuckic – Smith – Marv



    Subs: Lovenkrands, Sammy A,

    Switch Raylor and Jonas to the RB – seem to have a good understanding but Santon is the natural choice at LB so put him where we bought him for and see how he gets along with the sublime Marv … Smith as the enforceer and Vuckic as his partner in crime. HBA and Bestie up front as the latters work-rate is second to none and will press the less than confident Blackburn defense. HBA will do the same… defensive Perch to replace Saylor – well who else is there – at least it highlights the dearth of cover for the centre of defence …

  • YankeeToon

    Oct 24, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Kean is desperate for a win, he’ll have his 1st team out. Our next league opponet Stoke is against a Liverpool side looking for a result will also have a 1st team outing.
    I think AP will throw out a 1st team side with slight variations.

    Santon Colo Saylor Fregie
    Marveaux Tiote Cabaye (Gosling?) Jonas


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