We’ll Have A Fight On Our Hands On Monday Night


Tim Krul has been in sparkling form for Newcastle United so far this season.

Tim Krul – a fight on our hands Monday night

Tim had another good game at Blackburn on Wednesday evening, and he was unlucky to give away the penalty in the 64th minute.

Tim knows it will be a tough game at Stoke and they have yet to lose at home in the Premier League this season, but Liverpool beat them on Wednesday 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium, so there is some hope for Newcastle on Monday night.

Stoke score their goals from set plays, with either corners, free kicks or those long Rory Delap throw-ins, and it will be a very physical game too.

This si what Tim told the local Newcastle press today:

“You know what you will get at Stoke.” “It’s definitely not an easy game to have on a Monday night.”

“We’ll have a fight on our hands, we just have to be ready. We’ll touch on that in training.”

His former rivals Steve Harper and Fraser Forster are currently out on loan at Brighton and Celtic respectively, and it seems Tim’s confidence has been increasing ever since he made that debut in June for the Holland side, when he was Man of the Match against Brazil in the 0-0 draw:

“It started against Brazil.”  “I always wanted to play for my country – it was a dream.”

“It came true this summer, and it gave me the confidence that I could really play this season.”

“The other goalkeepers at this club keep me sharp.”  “It’s nice every morning to train with them, and get advice off them.”

The back-up goalkeeper at Newcastle is now 25 year-old Rob Elliot, who was signed from Charlton in the summer,  and the 6’3″ goalkeeper will be keen to make his mark on Tyneside.

Newcastle have never won at the Britannia Staidum, which Stoke moved to in 1997, after playing for 119 years at the old Victoria Ground.

So there’s some incentive to bring home all 3 points on Monday, at one of the oldest clubs in England.

Stoke City were formed way back in 1863, almost 30 years before Newcastle United were created with the combination of  the Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End clubs in 1892.

A win would be simply great on Monday night, and would allow us all to get over our disappointment of being eliminated in the Carling Cup.

Comments welcome.



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98 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Krul the Conqueror!!!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    This thing about Colo going to Liverpool.

    It would be truly devastating but if we had to bite the bullet, 12M is a good price for a 30 year old on 85k a week.

    So far we’ve replaced Nolan with Cabaye, Carroll with Ba and Enrique with Santon.

    Provided we could get the ”next Colo” and I wouldn’t have a clue who would be in the frame, maybe we could mug Liverpool again ?

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda > fair point mate, we have replaced all of our other “irreplacables” – however Colo’s boots will be harder to fill imo. We are very very short in the CB position, so selling our best defender/player would be suicide, unless, as you say, we line up a worthy replacement. But if he DID go, not only would we need to find a class CB, we still need to get some cover in that position too. So we would need a couple of CBs, as well as a fullback, and that number9 shirt still needs to be filled!

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  • shearermania

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    we need to match stoke psycically….best and ba up front – play more direct…stoke always bypass the midfield..even man u’s midfield didnt get a look in…stoke bombs it up and uses their wingers etherington and pennent all the time……they are scary,,.—ill go as far as to say britania stadium its as daunting as to go to anfield or old trafford…..not many teams get 3 points at the britannia

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    the only thing I would say is that I wouldnt want colo going anywhere in January, the window is too hard to find decent replacements, if they want to sell him best off waiting till the summer when you have time to sort out an adequate replacement.

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  • Pottz

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda Heights….You get the feeling Ashley isn’t gonna make the same mistake with Colo as he did with Enrique. The next couple of months are gonna be pivotal to colo’s future at the club. If he doesn’t sign a new contract by Jan he could well be sold while he still has 18 months left on his contract.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #8

    On subject on transfers. Here’s a really interesting article. Appears to be similar to what Toon want to do.

    I would be devastated were Colo to leave. But Rotondo makes a good point about age and wages.

    If we are to sell him then we must have a replacement lined up BEFORE we sell him. So that deals can be done and dusted simultaneously. Put it this way. It’s easier to pull out of a deal than it is to form one.

    Aulas’ rule number 8: “Replace your best players even before you sell them”

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Oh an AshtreeKid. I second that. Why do we have to sell in January. Colo’s form is going nowhere.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Shearmania > CLASSIC 😀

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    LGFUAD21 > good read that mate > without sounding daft here (for a change) it seems very similar to what we have going on at NUFC at the moment!!!

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Doesnt look like Tiote will be playing Monday chaps!!!!!

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #14

    where you get the tiote info tom?

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  • Ollieh51

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #15

    @ Toon_Tom:

    Yeah, hence my Guthrie shout on the last thread!

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Lee Ryder!

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Ollieh > fair play mate, if it wasnt for Guthrie’s performance on wednesday, i would be shouting for Abeid to start, but i would probably go with Guthrie. Abeid looks class tho so either way would get my vote (and thats what counts 🙂 )

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #18

    what did he say?

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #19

    disappointed that abeid didnt start against blackburn with stoke in mind

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #20

    “Chiek Tiote classed as very doubtful for trip to Stoke”

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #21

    shearermania,

    I think trying to play stoke at their own game is suicide.
    We tried that last time with 3 centre backs and shola and carroll.

    Why try and outdo a team who are better at it than you are?.

    let speed and skill undo them. people have built up a fear factor about stoke. let them worry about us.

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  • Ollieh51

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Guthrie is a much better holding player.

    He can pick a pass that most don’t see and is more reliable than the others we have.

    For me, Guthrie has always been the player closest to being our CM back up. His assists over the last few seasons have been class and he can hit them too.

    More stable than having someone wanting to push forwards etc.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Rotondo

    Again a very good point. We tried to outpass and wear out Arsenal and it didnt work. Newcastle have done best this season during second halves when we have come out swinging. We are good at landing attack after attack.

    Stoke are strong but they dont have anywhere near the speed and skill we have. Need to be careful with placing passes though. We have got into a habbit in the last few games of giving the ball away at times.

    I reckon our best chances will come from allowing Cabaye and even Raylor to make those shots from outside the box.

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  • Scottishmag1

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Off topic,

    Wanting SSN goal of the week, showed every goal twice except Cabayes against BB On Wednesday, typical init.

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  • Scottishmag1

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Watching

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #26

    LG > and a couple of 30yard pile drivers from Guthrie ofcourse 🙂

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Scottishmag1

    Thats a joke. Did they show Guthries, his was class too

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #28

    what about moving raylor to holding cm role and putting santon in at left back?

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  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #29

    there wasn’t a “very” actually it was:

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc Cheick Tiote classed as “doubtful” for trip to Stoke

    he actually tweeted this just before the blackburn game:

    #nufc I’m told from a reliable source that Cheick Tiote’s injury is not a serious one and the player still keen to play at Stoke #scfc

    so he could be wrong again here’s hoping!

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  • Scottishmag1

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Nope as I said typical of these wan….rs

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  • Scottishmag1

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Team for Stoke

    “……………………krul

    Raylor……….staylor……….colo………….santon

    Obertan………Cabaye……….tiote*………..jonas

    ……………..best……………ba……………

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #32

    AshtreeKid

    Interesting idea. Could work

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #33

    yorkshire so no update since blackburn game?

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  • Ollieh51

    Oct 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Guthrie can find the passes and if not then he can do the job that Tioté jobs of covering for Cabaye.

    With a 4 – 5 – 1 you’re relying on your CAM (Ben Arfa type player) doing the job of creating space for the CMs to shoot or for the wingers to be overloading the box with crosses.

    Only problem is, I wouldn;t through Ben Arfa in to the game with a load of players renowned for puting in robust challenges.

    Best does a hell of a lot of running each game and can do the job of wearing them down.

    Demba will feed off’ve the scraps and Guthrie and Cabaye can shore up the midfield.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #35

    yeh see how that got mixed up abit he tweeted

    lee_ryder Lee Ryder
    #nufc Cheick Tiote classed as “doubtful” for trip to Stoke

    45 minutes ago… :/

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashtree Kid > interesting idea!!!! hmmmmmmmmm

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  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #37

    just saying his info has changed so hopefully it will change again!

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #38

    scottish, I think maybe marv should come in for obertan what you reckon?

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  • Ollieh51

    Oct 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #39

    @Ashtreekid

    That’s a good idea but then we lose the deliveries in to the box.

    Still think 5 in CM away from home at the Britannia is the way to go for stability!

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  • Scottishmag1

    Oct 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #40

    Best replacement for Tiote wold be either Guthrie or perhaps Abied if pards thinks he is up for it.

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