Pardew Expects Blackburn To Attack Newcastle – Vuckic To Start?


Tomorrow afternoon we entertain Blackburn Rovers at St. James’ Park in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, and after the heroics of Wednesday night, anything but a win will be a disappointment for Newcastle fans.

Haris Vuckic – gets another start tomorrow?

And it’s not like it will be an easy game against Blackburn tomorrow either, since they have nothing to lose, and they will no doubt go all out to get their second win against Newcastle in a Cup competition this season.

They beat us 4-3 after extra time back on 26th October in the Carling Cup at Ewood Park, but we are assuming Alan  Pardew will put out his strongest side tomorrow afternoon.

Of course we will now be without Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote until the home game against Wolves  on 26th February.

However, if either the Ivory  Coast or Senegal get knocked out of the African Cup of Nations before the final, the lads could return before that time – the final is on February 12th – and that’s one day after our previous game at Spurs on 11th February.

This is what manager Alan Pardew said about the game tomorrow afternoon:

“It’s a case of accepting it and showing people that it’s not all about those two,”  “It’s about the team and what else can come to the fore.”

“When we lost Andy Carroll last year, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best became two of our best players.”  “They haven’t featured much recently – Peter’s been injured so we are looking forward to seeing him back.”

“But one or two of the others will need to step up to the plate and we are looking forward to seeing them.”  “We’ve got a quick turnaround to Blackburn, and it’s my job to make sure we are right for that game,” 

“We have to be as fresh as we can be and make sure we are focused on the game, because Blackburn are going to make sure it’s not an easy game for us.”

“I expect them to come at us.” “A cup run brings momentum to a football club, and for us we want to continue our momentum so we want to win the game.”

We’re not sure what the team will be tomorrow, since Alan didn’t give anything away at his press conference yesterday afternoon, but we have to think young Haris Vuckic could start in midfield along with Yohan Cabaye,  if the Frenchman is fit.

Pardew had also mentioned giving Mehdi Abeid a chance in defensive midfield once Cheick Tiote left for Africa, so the 19 year-old Frenchman is another possibility, and we suppose 21 year-old Dan Gosling could also come in.

We’re assuming Danny Guthrie is still not fit.

Up front we expect either Leon Best or Ben Arfa to get the start with Shola Ameobi, who looked quite good on Wednesday night, and we’re not sure if  Peter Lovenkrands is fit again.

So this could be the side that starts tomorrow afternoon:

Krul
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Santon
Taylor (R) Vuckic  Cabaye Gutierrez
Best Ameobi (Sh)

There’s no doubt that a lot of fans will want Ben Arfa to  start tomorrow as the withdrawn striker, but we have a sneaking suspicion that Alan will start Best and Shola  Ameobi,  to have two big men up front like we had on Wednesday evening.

What’s your team for tomorrow?

Comments welcome.



You can share this articleShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on Tumblr

110 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets just hope that if Vukic starts that we try to play the ball through him and not over him, give him the ball and let the kid play

    0
  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Rhodes scored 5? Worth a punt surely?

    0
  • Matt Stoddz NUFC

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Would be a great help if you all liked my Facebook newcastle page i will bring you all the newcastle latest news on Facebook please like it!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Newcastle-United-News/287674257944174

    Thanks <3

    0
  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #4

    rumour were gonna go for benedikt howedes from schalke 04 as our new cb only 23 year old

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Why not let this Abeid play and stick HBA on the wing,if HBA doesn’t feature heavily tomorrow I cant see how Pards has got a future for him pencilled in here.

    0
  • nufc1984

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh dear. Bindippers in trouble again! Paul dickov just confirmed their midfielder Tom adeyemi was racially abused by a small section of fans at tonight’s game. Reduced the lad to tears. Scum bags. That’s what happens when u and your idiot players condone racism dogleash!!

    0
  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #7

    davybtoon

    would love that guy his tall n a beast but who much will v bid. surely not £5mill . he gona b expensive , but u neva know v r newcastle n v strike a good deal 😉 hope its true if v get him .

    0
  • JackButler

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #8

    As a NUFC fan I’ve always had the greatest respect for Liverpool and their history as most fan would have, but this whole race issue has destroyed them in my eye’s.
    How can they back a man who has openly admitted using racial comments, saying that he’s innocent and that the FA have an agenda and then not appeal to the FA, UEFA or FIFA???

    And it now seems that the ignorance of the player, manager and board has spread to their fan’s.

    Disgrace

    0
  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #9

    *how

    0
  • boardman64

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Howedes is fantastic, they wont let him go cheap though

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Tonytoon
    John Barnes was already at Watford

    0
  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #12

    rooney not leaveng, i hope pardew comes out an says ba doesnt have any clause its jst a make up story

    0
  • nufc1984

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #13

    The kid who was abused by Liverpool supporters was only 20. Hope they feel bad for what they’ve done. No human being deserves that.but when the club and manager condone it what do u expect? Hope the fa crack down on them and ban these ignorant morons for life. It’s 2012, surely racism should have been consigned to the history books by now!

    0
  • Tonytoon73

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail – jason mcateer

    0
  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #15

    liverpool n there fans r a disgrace the

    0
  • Doilatoon

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #17

    NUFC1984….if thats true that they racially abused again,then FA need to take å stand and punish them hard,i used 2 have some respect for l’pool but not anymore…i’m getting sick.

    And what about Jordan Rodhes…5 goals today

    0
  • American Toon 13

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #19

    I hope Ben Arfa gets the nod tomorrow just to see what he can do. He’s really only had one extended run in the side and that was awhile ago and he got a lot of criticism for trying to do to much and giving away the ball a lot. Looked good against Bolton so I would hope he gets his chance again.

    0
  • American Toon 13

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Yeah I was watching the Liverpool game and it certainly looked like that’s what happened. Adeyemi was walking away from the Kop just before a goal kick and heard something, turned around and walked back toward the Kop yelling angrily. It took several minutes for him to calm down and of course the Liverpool fans booed him every time he touched the ball afterwards. I guess it’s a bad thing to get upset about things like that.

    0
  • nufc1984

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #21

    That mirror article if true proves that by wearing those t shirts they have made out that racism is acceptBle. The two fans that racially Abused that poor kid were wearing support Suarez t-shirts. The fans follow the clubs lead. Well done Liverpool, u may hVe just dragged football back 30 years!!!

    0
  • Tonytoon73

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Was it not the scouse arseholes that got english teams banned from europe. I say no more f@cking tossers.

    0
  • Fee1

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Jordan Rhodes is worth more than a punt imo, also i hear that ba has a clause in contract if we are relegated only.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #25

    TT73
    He’s not a striker and he wasn’t even good

    0
  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #26

    liverfools will always b hated. n my frnd who.is a liverfool fan is a scum.to i hate him to.

    0
  • europe4toon

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #27

    he was terrible against liverpool but think he can trouble blackburn if we give him the ball to his feet and not his head

    0
  • nufc1984

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #28

    American toon – i think he should make a big thing of it. Let everyone know there are racists in football grounds. Would you walk away if someone shouted vile abuse at u in the street for being a different race? I think it takes bravery for a 20 yr old to make a stand in front of a section of sick thugs.

    0
  • nufc90

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #29

    James Isaac @isaacJLJ

    Close

    Hearing some very interesting news coming out of Holland re: #nufc transfer targets.

    from twitter…. opens a can of worms lol

    0
  • nufc1984

    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Rosted pork- if that’s how u talk about your friend i’d hate to b ur enemy! 🙂

    0
  • American Toon 13

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #31

    @nufc1984: Yeah, sorry mate, I was being sarcastic. He should def make a big deal.

    0
  • nufc1984

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Damn american toon! It’s too late for sarcasm!:-) it doesn’t register when your tired after a long days work!:-)

    0
  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #33

    lol i hate him coz he says liverfool r biger club than.newcastle 🙂

    0
  • nufc1984

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Quality add on to the Rooney – demba ba chant from twitter.
    When Demba Ba is not enough, and Colleen is feeling naughty, she lies back and shuts her eyes and thinks of Cheick Tiote!!!

    0
  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #35

    “Eyewitnesses saw two fans wearing Luis Suarez t-shirts, and heard one of them clearly shout “You f***ing black b*****d.””

    Luis Suarez. Role Model of the year then i presume?

    What a bunch of crap, the liverpoo faithful are.

    0
  • Beattie25

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Disgusting news coming out of anfield. Guaranteed all the fa will do is fine them about 5 grand and the scousers will ban the fans in question. Tougher sanctions should be imposed and in the wake of Suarez an example should be made and Liverpool should be kicked out of the FA cup.

    In other news something that had passed me by and is very interesting Yannik Djalo (Portugese international) is a free agent.

    He fits the bill perfectly for what we need and what our transfer policy dictates. He is young, free, would have reasonable wages but most importantly he is a small, pacey striker that has an eye for goal.

    According to the news on google Porto may be after him but I think we could entice him to the premiership, and he wouldn’t cost anything other than a signing on fee and his wages!

    0
  • Brutooon

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #37

    1) Just thinking outside the box. How about playing Ryan Taylor as a defensive midfield? Protecting the back four and he can distribute the ball well. Obertan stay at Right Midfield

    2) I don’t mind Best and Ameobi up front. HBA keep as impact sub

    3) Abeid and Vuckic will play a part as sub

    0
  • nufc1984

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #38

    Demba ba has been stopped at newcastle airport and charged with human trafficking. He forgot to take Ferdinand and jones out of his pocket 🙂

    0
  • Beattie25

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Who thinks we should start a petition to get Liverpool kicked out of the FA cup? As a fan of modern day football fan and a proud supporter of Newcastle United it angers me to see racism not only in the stands but on the field as well!

    There is no place for it in society, no place for it in the game that I love and no punishment should be too small.

    The FA have more or less allowed this too happen and a fine and a ban is not going to deter this sick act. I am furios by the disgusting support offered to Suarez by his team and I see it as an acceptance of this most basic of ignorance.

    Why should we sit idly by and not voice our opinions on the matter. We as fans should start a petition and invite the other football clubs and fans yaking part in the cup, via thier online fan sites and blogs to join our anti-racism fan movement!

    Whose with me?

    0
  • Toon Tang

    Jan 6, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #40

    start the revolution beattie lad . dr king would be proud

    if there were enough heads involved they would have to do something eh

    0

You must log in to post a comment.