Pardew Pleased To Have Newcastle Stars Back

Newcastle will have captain Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Cheick Tiote back for the upcoming games over the holiday  period.

Alan Pardew – glad to have players back

Only long term injury casualties Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux will not be available for the festive period,  although both Yohan Cabaye and Dan Gosling cannot play tonight due to suspensions.

Newcastle will play a massive six  games in the next three weeks, so it’s good most of the injuries to our players have cleared up.

And it’s a good time for Newcastle to get back on their winning ways, in the next two games against WBA and Bolton Wanderers, and that would give us a massive 33 points before we play at Liverpool a week on Friday.

Alan talked about the players now available:

“I have learnt that we need our best players for these games. We haven’t had them,”  “As much as we have played the top teams, we haven’t had our best team out.”

“We are getting it back slowly but surely – Best is back in the side, Coloccini, Cheick.”  “It was just nice to see us back to form on Saturday. We have had really bad luck in terms of injuries and players we have lost.”

“And it was nice to see one or two senior players back in the side.”  “It makes a hell of a difference to a team like us, Coloccini back on the pitch. Cheick coming through the game strongly will be a real lift for us going into the West Brom game.”

“When we go to Bolton on Boxing Day, we won’t be far away with just Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux missing, and that would really strengthen our hand going into the New Year.”

“It’s a schedule where there are a lot of points to be gained and it’s a very important period for any Premier League team.”

Tonight is probably our very best chance of getting the first win in six games, and anything but three points will have to be classed as a disappointment.

But if Newcastle play anything like they did on Saturday afternoon against Swansea City, and they also have just a little bit of luck,   we should see the side on 30 points after the game tonight.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #1

    the key players keep the other shits players (perch,smith,ameobi) out of the team

  • shearerno9

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #2

    I was really hoping Gosling got a run out throughout these fixtures but the more he strays from the scene of first team football, and while getting his chance lets down pardew, I dont see him staying at the club all too long.

    I have always liked Guthrie, but i want to see what gosling can do for us.. he could surprise us all. I watched some of the pre season and he looked quality with some very nice touches that cant have gone un-noticed, but as i say… if he gets his chance and lets the team down (with the red card) when he does get on, he has no place here

  • Dannyo

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t see anything but a win tonight, and a solid one at that.
    Good thing that our midfield is solid in depth.

  • supatoonkid

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    My Starting XI (4-4-1-1) vs WBA:

    ——————————-Ben Arfa———————————

    Sammy Ameobi
    Shola Ameobi

    C’mon lads lets get a good win tonight and then win at Bolton to get us in good spirit for the Liverpool game.

  • shearerno9

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #5

    A win for the toon tonight with a frustrating first half but 2-0 second half

  • jayphoto

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #6

    think Vuckic is rightly ahead of Abeid! He has worked hard for his chance in the reserves, preseason and has more experience having had call ups to the slovenia side (albeit not playing) and the u21’s! Lets not forget 2 years ago vuckic had ac.milan, madrid and chelsea sniffing around him, reckon he could become some player!

  • toonincheek

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Tonight is our ONLY change of getting our first win in 6 games.

    As for Gosling, I think he will realise that he is not yet up to speed and will accept that he won’t get a chance until he is.

  • colwell

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    The injury that most gutted me this year was Saylor’s. He was playing the best football of his life and was our brick wall. You don’t get commitment like his from most players.

    We need to find someone in his mold, strong, good pace and will throw his body at everything. We have Colo who is probably one of the most technically gifted defenders about to compliment him he needs a Saylor.

  • boater

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #9

    It is my humble opinion that Leon Best is not one of our best players. He had an Indian summer at the beginning of the season but a striker who fails to have a shot throughout entire games is not helping us. Decent worker, squad man nae probs but Shola or Arfa with Ba until we sign our white elephant striker in January.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #10

    colwell : – imagine if we brought in another intelligent defender that mirrors collo though, our defense would be unbelievable with 2 collos! Gutted about taylor too mind, but 2 collos and a tiote infront would be like a brick wall built behind a doubledecker bus, put infront of Super Tim Krul infront of our goal!

  • geoff777

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #11


    This is how I think we’ll line-up.

    I’d prefer HBA instead of Best but I don’t think Pardew thinks he’s read yet.
    I think Perch will start to give Willo a few more days training.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Only 2 links up to now on FSI. but both decent (First Row and VIP Box). Hope there’s a couple more up later.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #13

    boater – I think Best compliments Ba well though! Ba has had his better games playing alongside Leon Best! Not sure Ba is the right striker to lead the line on his own when Ben arfa plays that 10 role!

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #14

    jayphoto, with that sort of defence. Krul would be able to put up a deckchair between the sticks.

  • Rocknstrolla

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Well Alan you have learned we need our best players for these games. Is that why Santon and Ben Arfa weren’t/aren’t being played?

  • TS -77

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    The team I would like to see tonight:


    Simpson – Williamson – Coloccini – Santon

    Obertan – Ben Arfa – Tiote – Gutierrez

    Best – Ba

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Brutoon you got issues man.

  • Kris

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Any links for the game lads 🙂 ?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Kris, Now didn’t I tell you to bookmark this site?

  • Mo Drysdale

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Pick the bones out of this team lads:

    I think Raylor is injured Drongo.

    BenAfa roaming and changing with Vuckic.








  • Kris

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    @ GeordieGerman

    Yes, you told me, but I did it 😉 Just forgot about that 🙂 It worked well against Norwich… Will it work every game :D?

  • martoon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Shearerno9 – I think you are being harsh on Gosling – it was a rash challenge but he didn’t hit anybody etc. I think he’ll get a chance when his suspension is finished especially with games coming thick and fast.
    Geoff777 – I think you have got the team spot on with perhaps Vukic being subbed for Ben Arfa after about an hour.

  • kjartan

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Someone know when the Fulham-tickets will be available for club members?

  • shearerno9

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #24


    Im not actually being overly critical i think, I was just saying that it was his chance to get in and take a place in the team and at worst give pardew a few headaches like guthrie has.

    Simply put he didnt and missed his chance letting down the team in the process ie creating another unwanted problem in covering for his absence. I want to see him play but little things like that will not go un-noticed by pardew, im just hoping he doesnt make a habit of it… thats all

  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Mark Douglas (Sunday Sun) tweeting that he has been told that Vuckic for Cabaye is the only change for tonight. Don’t underestimate West Brom lads, but here’s hoping .HTL!

  • martoon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #26

    If Mark Douglas is correct that would make Geoff777 team spot on as I thought.
    Shearerno9 – point taken.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Mo drysdale,
    Like your idea on the attacking line up.
    Would leave Vuckic behind Ben Arfa
    And Willo won’t probably be used as he’s not up to speed yet.
    Good line up though

  • max

    Dec 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #28

    where is ben arfa??


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