Alex Ferguson Knows Newcastle Will Be Tough Tonight

Manchester United are likely to have Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Ryan Giggs back for tonight’s game at St. James’ Park, and that will add some experience to the Red Devil’s line-up.

Wayne Rooney – in action against Newcastle last season

And of course Wayne Rooney will be back tonight too, after being suspended and fined one week’s wages (just £200K!) for turning up to training the day after Boxing day with a hangover and unable to train.

That was also true of Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson,  and both players could also return to add even more experience to the side.

Manchester United went down to rock bottom side Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford 3-2 last Sunday,  and they will be looking to get back on track at St. James’ Park.

That’s probably the last time Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will call up fellow Scot Steve Keen before their game,  and give him  a pep talk and his full support. 😀

And  since rivals Manchester City had a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Liverpool last night, after surprisingly losing 1-0 to a resurgent  Sunderland side on Sunday, there will be even more pressure on the Red Devils to win tonight.

Alan Pardew was at the Blackburn game on Saturday and he had this to say to Sky Sports:

“I am well informed there will be a few back for this game and I’m not surprised because I think Alex knows it is a tough game coming to Newcastle,”

“I know 100% Rooney will play, and I think Ferdinand and Smalling will play, so suddenly their side looks a lot more balanced, significantly.”

“I think Giggsy might be involved because he sat in the stands on Saturday.” “Ferguson knows this will be a tough game.”

“When he came last season for a 0-0 draw he said afterwards there’s something about coming here, it’s a tough place to come. He knows that from history so he will put out his best possible side out.”

“We’re aware with the stadium we’ve got and the noise and excitement we can generate if we give our level of performance, it can be a real help to us.”

“If a team comes here, we expect them to play their strongest team. I think they need to.” “I don’t think there’s been one team come here with any game plan to try to win here without their strongest team since I’ve been here.”

In the games at home against Manchester United in the Premier League we’ve won 4 and drawn 5 of those 18 games, and the last time we won was back in 2001 when we won 4-3 with goals from Laurent Robert, Rob Lee, Nikos Dabizas, and an own goal from Wes Brown.

Newcastle will need to start picking up those points as Sunderland beat Wigan away 4-1 last night,  and now have won 4 games and dawn one in their first 6 games under new manager Martin O’Neil.

That compares with only two wins and five draws and 11 points in their first 14 games under Geordie Steve Bruce, and Sunderland are now in 10th position and just 6 points behind the Magpies.

There’s just no way we can let Sunderland for the second season running finish above us  in the Premier League, so hopefully this will light a fire in the Newcastle camp,  and we’ll be abel to take something out of the game tonight.

It needs to light a fire in the Newcastle camp.

Newcastle fans are due a decent performance from Newcastle players tonight, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • thornus84

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    All im hoping for tonight is not to get smashed!! I hope obertan doesnt start this game

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    common FCB let us use that carroll money and back up PARDEw and let us help to qualify FOR europe

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    i am afraid THAT those dirty MACKEMs might catch us

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    In some respects, the display is more important than the result tonight. Many of us expect to be beat, but are hoping for a win. If we lose playing badly (meaning the aimless artillery barrage approach), I’ll be completely demoralized.

    Let our players express themselves AP, have faith in them, because when we do keep it down, often we look exciting!

    Entertain us!

  • geoff777

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Time for HBA to start every game.

    Santon to start.
    Drop Jonas for Ferguson.
    Raylor for Obertan.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    HOPE OBERTAN starts he IS awesome

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    That is one of my biggest concerns. As much as it hurts to say. They look good.

  • alex84

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Santon and Hba have to start! Let’s start playing to these players strengths, push cabaye up Abit more like we did at villa and go for it, we have the strongest back 4 we can put out due to Saylor injury and let’s go for it, if we lose by trying to play good football and not hoof ball I can accept that.

  • geoff777

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    @roshan MAGPIE

    The Carroll money has gone.

    On holidays, hotels, helicopters, champagne, restaurants.

    I bet every crumb they eat and drop they drink gets charged to NUFC.

    Ashley also took 28.6M he lent the club after relegation back from the TV money.
    So the Carroll money went to fill the gap that that left.

  • taker83

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Shut the crap Pardew and start working on ur tactics.Man U will thrash us if we don’t have plan b u silly bastard.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    I think we are rapidly reaching the point where something has to give.

    Either Pardew adapts the style to a passing game where ben Arfa and Cabaye are not bypassed by ”hoof ball” every time we go on the pitch or we just keep playing hit and hope crosses and long high balls all days long with no particular method, play the percentages and risk losing a lot of our ”ball playing” technicians.

    pardew is notoriously and fatally stubborn so I fear it will be the latter. Just can’t see why Carr would waste his time getting all these good players only or Pardew to tell them it’s all crosses and route 1. Statiscally putting the ball in the air is successful in a ridiculously low percentage.

    Wish we had got Jol and am so envious of the likes of Rodgers, lambert, martinez etc. We’re starting to look second only to stoke with the aerial c..p.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #12


    You’ve hit the nail there. we are geordies, we want to be entertained and we know our football.

  • curmon

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    SAF does not know it will be tough tonight.

    He expects to duff us up as normal.

    Forget all this hype it is just playing to Ashley’s game which is to see us in mid table while he cashes in on any players that increase in value.

    NUFC is just a showroom for Ashley to make money

  • Stuart

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    How come everyone suddenly gets miserable during the transfer window?

    We’ve sold no-one (yet), we’re still doing well in the league, much better than last year, and we’re playing Man U tonight. Sure I’d love a win but its by no means a gimme, if we lose we lose, aslong as we’ve played well I dont care.

    As for the long ball game, it is mostly just Tim Krul that hoofs it up, I’m sure he has been told to do so obviously, but the other defenders tend not to do it as much prefering to play the ball out, except maybe Williamson.

    As for tonight, I hope HBA and Santon get a start. Maybe a cheeky 2-1 win to us.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Just looking at the team that beat Everton last season,what I can gather from the formation is that HBA took Jonas place on the wing where he ripped Everton apart,I know Pards didnt want to change a winning formation but as we seem not to be winning anymore maybe its time for a shake up,Fergie in for Jonas and HBA in for Hammerheed

  • geoff777

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    “Alex Ferguson Knows Newcastle Will Be Tough Tonight”

    Not if he’s watched any of our matches in the last two months.

    Looks like Pardew’s honeymoon period is over.

    We have players to play fast attacking flair football, he needs to start picking them and keep the ball on the floor.

    Pardew’s team tonight …?

    Simmo – Willo – Colo – Raylor

    Obertan – Cabaye – Tiote – Jonas

    ——–—-Best — Ba

    More interesting?

    Simmo – Willo – Colo – Santon

    —Abeid – Cabaye – Tiote

    —-HBA — Ba — Vuckic

  • Stuart

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    @Jail for Ashley – I wouldnt mind dropping Squidward for HBA like but I wouldnt drop Jonas, not until Santon is comfortable, and definately not while Raylor is playing, he just offers far too much defensive cover to drop.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    interesting comments from some fans regarding a feeling of fear that the mackems may just come good at a time when we are struggling.I for one agree.they are on the up , whereas we dont seem to know where we are heading at the minute.I put that down to one very important decision made by the board, and a brave response from the fans. the fans showed their discontent after the wigan game a few weeks ago, the board listened. thats why they will finish higher in the league without a doubt.We fans at NUFC let anybody get away with anything, we tend not to protest in fear of UPSETTING the team . sunderland have proved by protesting , you dont upset the team , in fact you make it stronger and , dare i say it , better.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19


    i think its cos we know we have good players that are for sale, regardless what pardew thinks, we lost 4 good pl,ayers and replaced them with 2, acctually if u add carroll we lost 5,

    i kind of agree with your point about losing to manu, but if we do lose, its the manner we play that counts against the top teams,

    also add simpson to your long ball specialists ,

  • Ian Magpie

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    “We’re aware with the stadium we’ve got and the noise and excitement we can generate if we give our level of performance, it can be a real help to us.”

    Don’t make me laugh!!!

    Its been a long long time since our stadium made some noise of note! Youve got to take your hat off to the lads in the Strawberry corner as they seem to be the only ones that try. The atmosphere today is bordering on pathetic when compared to the 70’S and 80’S. 25,000 in the 80’s in crap facilities could make TEN TIMES THE NOISE OF TODAY WITH 50,000!

    We were once one of the most voiciferous fans in the world but sadly its gone. Its a sad fact that those under the age of 30 haven’t reaally experienced a real atmosphere of spontanuity and total bedlam and noise and one that would frighten the life out of the opposition! Gawd how i wish we could have that atmosphere today! However as I look around our ground (it looks fantastic) I see Newcastle Falcons supporters rather than the fanatical Toon Army that were once so famous throughout the land.

    Tonight for once……….STOP LOOKING AT YOUR F***ING MOBILE, SITTING LIKE A BOTTLE OF MILK AND SUPPORT THE LADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haway the Lads!

  • mickg108

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Just hope Tiote is up to speed & not running like a heedless chicken,,Ramadan & injury have kerfuffled him this season..

  • mickg108

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Spot on Ian Magpie @ 20,early 70’s was my 1st Match,turned out of Central Station & aimed for the noise of the Gallowgate..

  • arroeben

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Cmon obertan did well against manutd away. Against manu he’ll be fully motivated coz he has a point to prove to alex ferguson. But sadly he’s injured.

  • Ian Magpie

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    @mickg108 – My son is 10, we sit in the Gallowgate and he often asks me why do the fans not sing????? This coming from a 10 year old. When I was 10 we played Sunderland on Newyears day 1980 and i was so taken with the noise and passion of that day that I can still here the noise and remember the scenes. Modern football has given alot but has lost oh so much!

    The Germans have got their act together and is a much better experience and lately the SPL have just been given the goahead to introduce ‘safe standing’ areas as they have in Germany. The noise in the Bundesliga is amazing and anyone who things different check it out on youtube.

    The only way the noise will return to our wonderful stadium is if we have ‘safe standing’ areas. Imagine the whole of the Gallowgate as one big safe standing area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW! Once again we will hear the ground from the central station or from Scotswood!

    As for today…………..SHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Polite applause only and stand up and your out!

  • stuart no9

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    ian magpie ive been goingto SJP since 1965 , i know exactly where your coming from ,The noise that comes from the ground now has never been a noise. That is partially down to our owner telling us to keep the noise down,What f…king owner in their right mind would tell his own clubs fans to keep it quiet ffs , then he moves the singing areas to stop us singing , i despair i really do

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #26


    I totally agree

  • Ian Magpie

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #27

    stuartno 9 – I was brought up on stories about the fairs cup run in 1969 and especially the final. The Leazes was the place to be and later when the fools knocked it down (arghhh) the Gallowgate.

    As for Mr Ashley……..even if the EPL get the goahead to have ‘safe standing’ I doubt he would allow it!!! Its incomprehensible that our stadium would be so quiet! Very very sad! I think there is only twice three times i can think of that since the stadium went all seater (ManUtd at home 5-0 and 0-1 Cantona and 3-2 v Barcelona) that the stadium has been rocking!!! Sad very sad!

  • Wandering Geordie

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #28

    I remember being in the ‘corner ‘all those years ago. we used to make a noise. From what I have seen nowaday’s( Live in Lima Peru) the vocal support is in pockets. Bring back standing and scooting in the aisles. Too may suits and i phones now.
    Remember little white bull song in Gallowgate?

  • stuart no9

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #29

    ian magpie on the other hand , we did have a good side then …..something to shout about. Maybe , just maybe we get rid of our owner, and get a manager in who can bring that kind of quality football back to the cathedral , and restore the shuddering noise levels we miss nowadays

  • Ian Magpie

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Wandering Geordie – Yes I remember the little White Bull……Mate that has taken me back. I also remember the indian war cry coming from the east stand!!!!! I have had many friends actually removed from the stadium for standing up!!! Its madness! Football has sold its sole! In Germany fans are very much a part of matchday! In England we pay a salary to be told to sit quietly! Keep an eye on the SPL over the next couple of seasons!! Safe standing as they have in Germany is going to be introduced at Park Head and Ibrox as well as other grounds! Just watch the atmosphere change north of the border! Hopefully then the fat cats that run the EPL will follow suit!

    stuart no9 – Good point but years ago we sang becouse that was what we did. That was what was expected and was normal. Not becouse we had a good side to watch but becouse as fans we supported our team! I honestly feel that one of the issues is that we don’t have a ‘Home end’ anymore! I also believe that as it costs so much to get in these days the younger ellement are forced out in favour of those older fans who can afford it. If you cast your mind back to the 70’s and 80’s it was mainly the teens and 20 somethings that made most of the noise. We had an area for these fans until this season and Ashley closed it down cos they said some nasty words about him (poor thing)

    Some younger lads have said that when we beat the scum 5-1 the noise was amazing……………..Sorry Lads but it was canny but nothing on years ago! Imagine if we beat that lot 5-1 in the 70’s and 80’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh My God!!!

  • Ian Magpie

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #31

    I want to be a Magpie Ranger (crowd singing)
    Only live for sex and danger (crowd)

    go left go left go left
    right left
    go left
    go right
    go pick up the stride
    go left go right go left
    …………………………………………. WE HATE MANU COS THEY BEAT US 7-2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • stuart no9

    Jan 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #32

    ian magpie ive got tears streaming down my face……. wher e i live now , a black family moved in not far from us. I saw the chap i day and had a chat with .After a few words i just looked at him and said” bloody hell i used to pay money to watch you” he smiled and said you got agood memory … Tony cunningham,, remember ? i reminded him of the chant we had for him in the leazes ” hes black , hes broon hes playing for the toon cunningham he loved it and that his nick name was “blackie milburn ” we still have chats now

  • Ian Magpie

    Jan 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Stuart no9! Remmber him well and can remember him playing for us at a time when, lets just say there was not a nice element in the crowd now and again. Total respect to the man as he came at a time when black players certainly didn’t have it easy! Great memories mate!!!


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