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Newcastle’s Competition In League Having Their Own Problems

2:11 pm, Thursday, February 16th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 75 Comments

Newcastle have a two week rest before starting their 13 game run-in to the season a week on Saturday.

Danny Simpson – we’re recharging our batteries

Newcastle have Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux out for the rest of the season through injury,  but all other players will be fit and ready to go for the game against Wolves.

Danny Simpson wants Newcastle just to bounce back from the heavy Tottenham defeat, and he had this to say on the Newcastle United web-site today:

“Sometimes you want to just play as soon as you can and get a win under your belt to bounce back.”  “But at the same time, we’ve got a break and it’s been a long, tough season up to now.”

“We’ve done well, and this will give us the chance to refresh ourselves, recharge our batteries and get ready for Wolves. We will have some big players like Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote back for then and we will look to kick on again.”

“There’s 13 games to go, so bring it on. We’ve still got a long way to go. In these final games we are going to push on and try to finish as high as we can.”

It’s probably a little bit of a blessing that the lads have a week off to recharge their batteries after what happened at Spurs, and you just cannot forget the lads are still in an incredible position in the league, after 25 games played.

Not many would have thought that Newcastle would be just one point out of 4th place at this stage of the season,  and one thing we keep stressing is that sides like Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are having their own problems and rather poor seasons for them.

Indeed, Arsenal looked hopeless last night in losing 4-0 to AC Milan in the European Champions League, their worst ever defeat in the competition,  and their defense still looks weak.

We wonder what Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba can do in our game at the Emirates on March 12th, but of course we need to ensure we don’t concede 5 goals for the third time in a row in London. :D

First things first.

But those three sides seem to be the sides that Newcastle are up against at the moment for 4th position in the league,  and not one of them are playing anywhere near their best form.

Liverpool have the ridiculous Louis Suarez episode with Patrice Evra to get over, and it has certainly been embarrassing to one of the best known clubs in the world.

And we wouldn’t be surprised if the American owners decide to sell Suarez in the summer, PSG may be interested, because he seems just too much of a liability to Liverpool.

Chelsea are having their own problems with their new and inexperienced manager, Andre Villas-Boas, and he has hardly had a good start to his career in London, and the Chelsea defense doesn’t look too strong either.

Newcastle have to play all three sides before the end of the season, with  Arsenal and Chelsea away, and perhaps we could even surprise ourselves as to how well we could do in those games.

Certainly if Newcastle play at St. James’ Park as they did against Manchester United earlier this year, when we demolished the Red Devils 3-0 in front of a world-wide TV audience,  you have to think we have a decent chance of beating Liverpool at home on April Fools’ Day.

Of course Newcastle could also miss their opportunity of finishing high up in the league, and that’s always a possibility too, but almost anything is possible given the high position Newcastle are in the league table at the moment.

But hey, the only thing that matters right now is that we beat Wolves at home a week on Saturday, that’s a game we are expected to win.

And 3 points will keep us in the top six – at least – and just one point short of last season’s  total of 46 points.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Danny Simpson · Newcastle News





75 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    A picture has just gone up on Facebook… the “St James Park” signage has been removed from the entrance. Here they come…

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Really Thump? You’re not just stirring the site up are you? We’ve just managed to settle things :)

  • 3 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Have a deek for yourself mate. The group is “British by birth, Geordie by the grace of god”. I’d link myself but I’m on my phone :(

  • 4 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Christ….think i’m out of here….here come’s the ashley bashing!

  • 5 ToonDownSouth // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Oh dear Oh dear. Looks like it’s The Sports Direct Arena for the long haul ey? Lying bunch of.. ;)

  • 6 Troy Stavers // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    That ashley wants his bollocks chopped for removing the signage.

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Maybe it’s come down for a good thorough clean?

  • 8 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    http://imgur.com/a/OsZdZ

    There you go lads… oh dear.

  • 9 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    You’d think that, Ibiza, wouldn’t you? Then you realise they’ve swapped out the plastic “SportsDirect.com @ St. James Park” with “Sports Direct Arena” signage =/

  • 10 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    We all knew it was coming down at some point. Still don’t like it. But as has been said many times it will always be Saint James’ Park to us, so boll**ks to the fat man and co.

  • 11 Jamesthefirst // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Team that will start against Wolves

    —————————–KRUL——————————–
    SIMPSON—-WILLIAMSON—–COLO———SANTON
    GUTHRIE——-TIOTE——–CABAYE——–JONAS
    ———————-BA———CISSE————————–

  • 12 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    That we did, Ibiza. Still a bitter pill to swallow though :(

  • 13 Scottishtoon95 // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    TDS
    “lying bunch of winkers” lol :) ;)

  • 14 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    James1…..Will start? Quite a statement there. Do you not think Raylor will come in on the right and Guthrie on the bench as cover for cabaye or tiote?

  • 15 ToonDownSouth // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Thump

    There was me thinking we were actually looking for a sponsor. Can’t see Ashley paying that £10m a year somehow.

  • 16 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Bitter indeed Thump

  • 17 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    I was talking to MacToon about that, TDS. Turns out stadium naming rights will net us a LOT less than Llambias would have us believe – ie: nowhere even near £10m.

  • 18 MR.T....IOTE // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    ‘decent chance of beating both Liverpool and Chelsea at home.’ – we have already played Chelsea at home (the unfortunate 0-3) but still a good article and some good points made. We do have an outside chance at 4th but if anybody even mentioned Europe at the start of the season I wouldn’t have believed them. We’ve just gotta enjoy it!!

  • 19 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Wait a second….Llambias has lied to us?

  • 20 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I know Ibiza – who would have thought such an upstanding, clean cut gentleman such as Wor Dezza could even utter a lie? I bet Fat Man Slim has corrupted him – he’ll be gambling in the casinos soon!

  • 21 ToonDownSouth // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Ibiza

    Don’t be dumb, why ever would Dezza lie?

    Thump

    Well Lambias did say that £10m would be for shirt & stadium sponsor rights. So I imagine a couple of million.

    I’m pretty sure most fans would happily have an extra £1 on their ticket prices to be honest – I know I would.

    I just thank god that we havent got Sports Direct as a shirt sponsor to be honest.

  • 22 Scottishtoon95 // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    james the first – guthrie is terrible on the wing, it was when he played there that he got the most stick. tbh i’m not really that bothered about the line-up against wolves just want toto and the frenchman to play, and for the game to come as soon as possible as i hate weekends without (decent) football. speaking of which, did anyone catch the highlights of barca v levekusen, messi is a class act, still busting a gut running 30yards to get into the box in the 90th minute so he can jump to just get onto a dani alves cross, then he makes a point of running to dani alves to give him a hug, and at the end of the game he shakes the hand of every laverkusen player and swaps strips with one of them. that is why he’s my favourite player, ronaldo isn’t that nice he would just be like “yes i am awesome you have permission to adore me” and we’re like “no ya douchebag”.

  • 23 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    My mate just informed me St James’ Park will now be known as ‘The Samaritan’s Arena’ with a special hot line for those who are disillusioned with HBA’s lack of game time

  • 24 jimmymagpie // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    It was always going to be Sports Direct Arena – anyone who thought otherwise needs to come to their senses. Nobody would pay money to change the name of an iconic stadium like SJP – even Branson told them to F-ck off when he was approached.

  • 25 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    You know what…When Ashley was causing grief for Newcaslte and us fans that was one thing…but to have Del boy do such a thing makes me sick

    That’s me done. Finished. Over

    P.S. Do you not think the kit would loo pretty decent with sports direct across the middle?

  • 26 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    loo (“look”)was perhaps an appropriate typo when discussing sports direct

  • 27 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/378100_247927361929096_201077963280703_657431_451241496_n.jpg

    You tell me, Ibiza.

  • 28 ToonDownSouth // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Scottish

    If you actually watch Real, Ronaldo has changed a bit this season. He started to get a bit of stick from the Madrid fans after he had a stinker in the Madrid v Barca game earlier in the year.

    Since then it seems he’s given up trying to be the best in the world. He’s actually tracking back, helping defend, and working ridiculously hard. And funnily enough he’s been a much much better player because of it.

    I wouldn’t believe all the perfect innocent Messi hype either. It’s all well and good when they win, but he can be a right little sh!t when things don’t go his way – see his abuse of the referees recently.

  • 29 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    JB…do you know the number?

  • 30 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Haha was going to make a comment about that mate ;)

  • 31 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Thump…you could have warned me there….threw up all over my laptop…cheers pal ;)

  • 32 jimmymagpie // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    By the way, I haven’t noticed any reaction to the gruesome twosome grinning away in the Director’s Box at Spurs when we losing 4-0. Ashley would have been delighted of course, being the Spurs fan that he is, and I suppose odious Llambsarse smirks when his Master tells him to.

  • 33 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Ibiza – UK: 08457 90 90 90*

    Or you can follow the link below

    http://www.samaritans.org/talk_to_someone.aspx?gclid=COC14_vfoq4CFUcTfAodmB80RQ

  • 34 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Cheers JB…when I’m back in Spain do I just drop the 0 for a +44? :)

  • 35 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    The renaming of St James’ Park was always on the card’s with Ashley in charge as it’s a perfect way to advertise his company and he’s gone about it in a way that controls the fury of the fan’s. Announce the name change, say we’re hoping for a multi million pound deal that puts the club in a stronger position financially, then lie low for a few months and re-brand as the ‘Sports Direct Arena’

    Call it what you like but it will ALWAYS be St James’ Park to us, the one’s who matter, the one’s who care the most.

    THE FAN’S

  • 36 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Bugger… I’ve just tried the Samaritans and all I got was “Oh f off, not you again” and then they hung up :(

  • 37 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Ibiza – No worries mate, always ready to held a fellow sufferer :)

  • 38 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    The number is always busy….GET OFF THE LINE INDIAN!

  • 39 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Thump – Forgot to mention that they get a bit tetchy when you mention HBA :)

  • 40 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Not good viewing

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-17064694?

  • 41 ToonDownSouth // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    I can’t deal with waiting another 9 days for Wolves. Gah! Then theres another 2 week break straight away isn’t there?

  • 42 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    TDS……it’s complete and utter gash mate

  • 43 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    TDS – Yes mate, Wolves on 25th Feb, Those dirty Sods on the 4th of March

  • 44 ToonDownSouth // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Jack

    I’m surprised that guy didn’t ask for his face to be blurred haha. He has the look of a guilty man when he glances across!

  • 45 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    TDS – Surprised it wasn’t done under the cover of darkness, feel sorry for the guy doing it he looks as though he’s expecting to be lynched at any moment

  • 46 ToonDownSouth // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Oh ok. Thought there’d be a break for the Holland game.

  • 47 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I feel sorry for that lad. Fair enough it’s money for him at the end of the day but he doesn’t look best pleased.

  • 48 Londtoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Ed – We are away to Chelsea. Chelsea @ SJP was when we lost Taylor. So we only have the home game to Liverpool and two more trips to London..

  • 49 KevinHann // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I don’t know how good our chances of beating Chelsea are, but it won’t happen at home for sure. Already lost that one 0-3.

  • 50 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Alright guys…any info on either Troy or Stardust? Weird comment from stardust on previous thread

  • 51 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Ibiza – I read that post from Stardust, don’t know what to make of it myself, lets see what happens eh :) WUM are found out pretty quickly on here ;)

  • 52 James Keith // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    ——————————Krul——————————
    R.Taylor—-Williamson——Coloccini——Santon
    ——————————Tiote—————————–
    ————–Cabaye———————Guthrie———–
    —————————-Ben Arfa————————–
    ————–Cisse—————————Ba————–

    R.Taylor crosses the ball better than Simpson. Guthrie definitely shouldn’t be dropped! Ben Arfa should be given more of a chance to prove himself. Our strikers and AM prefer to play passing football, and run with the ball, not getting onto the end of crosses, so we don’t really need wingers. Drop Ameobi completely, Lovenkrands deserves more of a chance than him!
    Subs: Elliot, Perch, Obertan, Gutierrez, Simpson, Lovenkrands, Gosling.

  • 53 Carlo.man // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    First time commenting i like james keith formation guthrie deserves to be in the team also it will allow ben arfa to move around and drift of without leavin space to a counter attack.

  • 54 A proud Indonesian self-adopted Geordie // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Hi everyone. First time poster here. I’ve been following ed’s blog for so long but never posted before. I’m using my first chance posting risking being slated hard. Anyway,
    I’ve watched Cisse playing twice, villa home and spurs away. I know i watched those games on tv so i had every chance missing some of his movements. However, watching his play has given me some worries and honestly make me cautiously wonder if he actually worth the money the club spent.
    Against villa, i noticed how poor his passes,pace and first touch were. I admitted that he had some nice flicking and running with the ball upon receiving a pass but overall, he somehow had a bit too heavy touches on the ball (if you understand what i mean) resulting the ball to bounce too far from him to control. About the pace, i noticed a great through pass from ba for him running on the right flank but he just couldnt speed up to what i consider simpson or obertan would have got easily. His legs seemed too heavy to run onto It. His passing was also screwed as more often than not they didn’t find teammates or leaving teammates struggling to receive them. I wasn’t too worried as i thought it was just a debut game but after watching the same cisse in spurs game, i think those are his weaknessess as he continued producing similar stuff.
    Dont get me wrong though i still think hes a very clynical striker in the box. I just dont think he’ll be very useful if theres no ball to feet in the penalty box for him to finish. Hes a natural finisher as showed in villa game but he needs a team working behind him providing services and riped passes if he is to score as i cant see him creating his own chances at all with the lack of attributes i said above. Touch wood he proves me wrong and those were all jetlags ;-)

  • 55 Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    @ibiza: That’s the original Stardust who now hangs about on .com (think he writes their too). Assuming it’s the same person, Troy used to post on .org when I was writing and did the same thing and more than likely moved over to .com hence the post. Stardust tends to be a pretty good judge of character though so he’s likely right.

  • 56 JackButler // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    The Ajax fans have kicked off in Amsterdam ahead of their game with Man Utd, 80 arrested so far

  • 57 VanToonMan // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Ed

    We already played Chelsea at home and got spanked 3-0…though they should have been with 10men for most of the game!

    Jameskeith

    I agree with your team…i think Raylor is a much better crosser than Simpson and has played at RB in his wigan days so he should get the nod over Simmo.

    The rest of your team speaks for itself…especially against a downbeat wolves at home….we should definitely go for that lineup

  • 58 ToonDownSouth // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Where’s the width in that team? You can’t play a narrow diamond unless you have 2 very competant full backs – and Simpons/Raylor do not fit that bill.

  • 59 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Cheers guys….was just thrown by the “Careful what you wish for Ibiza you have been warned” seemed a tad excessive and mysterious

  • 60 martoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I’d be interested to know if Sports Direct have paid for the stadium name (I know they are both owned by MA but they are ran as separate businesses). Is it possible to tell when the accounts are made public?
    If they have put money into NUFC then fair enough but if it is a freebie then not so good! I’m surprised they have taken the SJP signs down before the Olympics as surely they need them for that when the name reverts back to SJP.

  • 61 VanToonMan // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    TDS

    That’s a fair point…i think diamond would suit our midfield and forwards best which is why it is crucial we buy a quality fullback in the summer…maybe 2!…4-4-2 with HBA instead of Obertan is what it should be then

  • 62 askar // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Ed dont worry about that. We will beat Wolves at home. Here is my Team:
    King Krull

    Simpson Willo Colo Santon

    Tiote

    R.Taylor Cabaye. Jonas

    Demba Demba
    King Arfa reluctantly on the bench as usual…But his chance will come.

  • 63 James Keith // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    ToonDownSouth: yes, we do have some good crossers of the ball in our team, but the way that Cabaye, Tiote, Guthrie and Ben Arfa like to play is the passing game, keeping the ball down, keeping possession and looking for intelligent passes. Ba and Cisse aren’t the type of strikers that enjoy running onto the end of crosses, they prefer to run with the ball and play fast football inside the box as they both are better at finishing with their feet than with the head.

  • 64 Eastander // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Who’s for spray painting St James’ Park back on that corner :)

  • 65 SmileyFace // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Surely we have Chelsea away, and not at home..? Hmm

  • 66 martoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Askar @59 – knowing Alan Pardew I think that team is a cast iron certainty to start. Hopefully if things are going well HBA will get on at some point.

  • 67 martoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Sorry @62

  • 68 GeordieCoaster // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Just seen the usual Chronicle comment when Ashley does something bad.

    “The normal crowd will twist on about it! They wont protest they wont do anything except still put money in Ashleys pocket! If they really want to do something boycott ashley altogether!”

    Happens every time.

  • 69 eastend toon // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    re the whole stardust and troy nonsense, both were posters on here ages ago, along with a bunch of other sour faced inbreds that thought it was their god given right to be the only ones that had an opinion, it was at a time when they all sodded off and set up nufcblog.org and it was a blessing.

    you guys ask ed how bad it was for him during that period… he was this close to shutting thsi site down because of all their shocking and down right horrible drivel that they let spew from their finger tips

    the people that remember recognize them leaving as a blessing and this site got back to what we have today,

    yeah of course there’s always going to be differences of opinion and all the better for it, but those bunch of inbreds took it to a new level.

    to any reading, i hope you’ve come back in peace and it woudl mean the world to me and hundreds others if you’d show some respect to ed and what he does for us here.

    HWTL

  • 70 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Sour faced inbreds….don’t hold back eastend…say it as you see it mate

  • 71 eastend toon // Feb 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    if the cap fits ibiza, wear it

  • 72 Ibizatoon // Feb 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    indeed

  • 73 MacToon // Feb 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Thump // Feb 16, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    @ibiza: That’s the original Stardust who now hangs about on .com (think he writes their too). Assuming it’s the same person, Troy used to post on .org when I was writing and did the same thing and more than likely moved over to .com hence the post. Stardust tends to be a pretty good judge of character though so he’s likely right.

    and

    eastend toon @69

    Can only agree with both their statements.

  • 74 askar // Feb 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    @Eastend: Ed did brillantly and everyone knows that. We show respect for this blog and all Ed does for us here. Dont worry about that…But people are in love with HBA and so do I (arfa, guthrie and Krull are my fav). I hope that our next game ends with him scoring another migic one at the end :)

  • 75 ady // Feb 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    wtf y hoping for others to lose games and lose points why not do well beat others and take champions league spot i know we can beat ars,che, but livepool draw will do the job 13 games and we need to win at least 9 of them and 4 lose will be np cuz even if ars,che,LP have decent run will still be head we just need to make sure we dnt lose on goal difference now




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