Newcastle vs Wolves – Match Preview

The game tomorrow between Newcastle and Wolves will see two teams trying to regain some of their dignity.

Both teams last time out conceded five goals with Newcastle being hammered 5-0 at White Hart Lane (sorry to keep saying this) and Wolves going down 5-1 at home in the black country derby against West Brom.

The disaster against West Brom  cost Mick McCarthy his job at Wolves, and it looks like Terry Connor, Mick’s Assistant manager when he was in charge,  will take control of the side tomorrow, and he’s  been preparing the team this week  for the visit to Newcastle.

Alan Pardew has talked about how the Wolves players will be trying to put in a performance at St. James’ Park for their departed manager, and this will not be an easy game.

But on the other hand,  Newcastle will be able to field their strongest side, with Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Ryan Taylor all available again.

Cheick was off at the African Cup of Nations, Yohan has just served a three match ban for violent conduct at Brighton, and Ryan has recovered from his ankle injury he picked up against Aston Villa, and we expect all three to be in the starting line-up for tomorrow.

Even though Newcastle were trounced at Tottenham, it seems Newcastle fans are still upbeat about the season and where the side can finish in the league this season.

Newcastle are still very well positioned in  in 6th place in the league,  and just one point (two points  if you consider goal difference) out of a Champions League position in 4th place.

And from what we have heard from the training ground this week,  the lads are ready and willing to make amends for their terrible display in London almost two weeks ago.

I wonder if I’m the only one who has found it rather difficult these last two weeks – and cannot wait for the game tomorrow afternoon to start – and hopefully the lads can deliver the goods – all 3 points.

That’s what happens when you put in your worst performance of the season – get hammered 5-0 – and have to wait two weeks to get back on track.

Certainly  a win tomorrow and we’ll be in great shape in the league table.

With Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse up front and with  Yohan Cabye and Cheick Titoe back in central midfield,  Newcastle will be fielding their strongest eleven.

And there’s a very good chance the lads can get all 3 points,  especially if Ba and Cisse are as sharp as they were in the last home game against Aston Villa, when both scored excellent opportunist goals.

We think the team Alan will start tomorrow will be as follows:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Taylor (R) Cabaye Tiote  Gutierrez
Ba Cisse
Subs: Elliot Ferguson Perch Guthrie Ameobi (Sh) Ben Arfa Lovenkrands 

That’s a strong starting eleven and not too bad a bench either,  and we are hoping the lads can win the game.

The keys to the game are what Alan Pardew talked about yesterday,  and the first one and the most important is to “close the back door.”

And the Newcastle manager mentioned in his news conference yesterday that’s something we didn’t do at all at Tottenham.

So we hope to see a much better performance from our back four tomorrow, as we’ve conceded 11 goals in the last four league games, and it’s simply ruined our goal difference.

With Cabaye and Tiote back in central midfield that should help the defense out, and we hope that Ba and Cisse will be in top form for tomorrow’s game.

A win is what we want to see (and all we want to see),  and with Tottenham playing at Arsenal in one of Sunday’s game, a win tomorrow will see us in at least 5th place in the Premier League.

And if Chelsea cannot beat Bolton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon,  we’ll be in 4th position.

At this stage of the season that cannot be bad.

Howay The Lads – we can do it!!

42 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #1

    I think its time to hand out a beating

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #2

    when i was little i used to watch

    i dream of jeannie
    different strokes
    who’s the boss (it had alyssia milano)

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Which i just have done to Indian. I only do this to annoy him. I think I’ll read the article now and come back.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    what did i do?

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Sadly I don’t envisage Chelski slipping up at Bolton. It’s a good point about the goal difference thing – failure to nail the back line properly may costs us in a close run in and it’s especially a shame cos we’d built up a decent GD first part of the season, which invariably held our noses in front of Arsenal for example, which is precisely what we could do with last day of term!

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #6

    well done Ed, you did not put Obertan on the bench, thank you, but you did put that walkink p**p ameobi on the bench

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry Indian – nowt personal i am just winding you up cos you always seem to hover over the next post like a game show contestant 🙂 . I, on the other hand, have just happened to click on a new post casually a few times and noticed no comments yet. I’ll stop doing it now. Footy related from now on promise lol

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #8

    INDIAN will you please stop talking about tv serials please its boring dude

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed, to me the ting about fielding the strongest side possible is in the eyes of the beholder.

    Raylor is not in my strongest possible side and HBA is 😉

    But your probably spot on about the formation which reminds me about my earlier post regarding the term “kill your darlings”.

    Really hope AP will take notice 😉 lol

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #10

    okay, not its strictly NUFC,

    did any 1 watch GOAL, 😉

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    ha ha – roshan @ 8 – we’ve had two weeks of boredom trying to say something interesting about nothing going on and the night before a crucial end stage begins the cabin fever kicks in and the nerves fray. Keep it together man!

  • Premiership Manager

    Feb 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed on current performances there is no way that Guthrie should be dropped. If we are to accomodate Cabaye in midfield Guthrie should be moved out to the right.

    I disagree with trying to accomodate HBA in the team and playing three in midfield as this will give us no width and leave the defence vunerable down the flanks.

    To many people think it will be an easy game however Wolves have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #13

    No more playing people out of position to accommodate them.

    If you have to do that change formation 🙂

  • check the toastie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Hope we start at a really high aggressive tempo from first min, if we do we will hammer them, hatrick 4 cisse

  • hainesy

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #15

    What’chu talkin bout ROSHAN?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #16

    PM, three in the middle of the midfield doesn’t leave the defense vulnerable, it has the opposite effect as it safeguard the CB.

    The fullbacks only have the wings to worry about so they should be able to hold their own – or else they are not good enough to play for NUFC.

  • Willo

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #17

    And the HBA debate continues…it’s clear he is a game changer but he gives the ball away and with an opportunistic side like Wolves we cannot have that. Combine that with the FACT the Raylor has a higher work rate, a better cross, is a threat from free kicks and is the most versatile man in the squad the choice here is clear. Raylor on the right and HBA maybe after the hour.

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #18

    imagine some of the big sides in europe, who has the higher probability of playing for them HBA or ryan taylor

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Ryan taylor was not good enuf for NUFc in the coca cola championship, now he is the apple of every1s eyes

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #20

    i cannot make my mind up who is worse, Routledge or obertan

  • Willo

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #21

    We’ve had the Ryan Taylor vs HBA debate before and we go in circles on the European thing. We had a back door as Ed put it thrown open at Spurs and though I’m not comparing Wolves to Spurs it’s still something that we have to address. Start Ryan and then we can talk about HBA. Taylor is just purely more consistent, provides less risk and will help us going forward and defending.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Too many on this blog keep yapping on about work rate, like that create goals or keep us from loosing 5-0 😉

    I want flair, I want a game changer. We have enough work rate as it is.

    I want no more players out of position and I want no more 4-4-2, conservative British hoofball football 😉

    Woosa 😉 lol

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #23


    what is ryan taylors USP, his fee kicks are at best 50-50, his crossing is okay at best.

    if ryan taylor is not in team the externality is that cabaye can take free kicks and corners + guthrie can play in midfield

  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #24


  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #25

    hainesy – 🙂

    Premiership Manager -Guthrie may have been playing well but he’s one too many in midfield when Cabaye is about, who I don’t think is someone we ‘accommodate’ so much as bank on. Guthrie has played well, but we need more defensive-minded midfielders unfortunately, owing to the weaknesses in defence. And I don’t mean the CB’s, who have had some stick lately for seemingly less than impressive performances. Tey have been dragged around and out of position or FB’s going on forward rampages which leave us exposed at the flanks. Add this to our attacking midfield section (sans Tiote and yes Cabaye) and we have had a suicidal gap between midfield and defence which results in the well-documented stuffings we have enjoyed recently. Throwing poor HBA into the mix just makes him look like the main culprit when in fact his only real problem is his lack of Premiership experience. Easy to forget that although he’s been here sometime, he’s virtually a new boy who has not got a grip of the pace of this league yet. To a degree I think that applies to Obertan too. Wow that meandered. Did I have a point? What was it?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #26

    I prefer to see HBA at RW than Raylor and Guthrie. Hard on Guthrie as he’s played well and Perch has done okay. Even though HBA prefers to play in CAM position we can’t afford to leave him nor Tiote and Cabaye on the bench. Our strongest team would be as Ed says but HBA on the RW. I really want to see him play and I am slightly worried as to why he’s not starting by now.

    In Pardew and co I trust.

    3-1 to the Toon!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Really disagree about what’s our strongest side and formation 😉

    Great to see how differently we all see football…

  • stoonley

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #28

    3-1 to us lot, with Cisse, Ba and Cabaye with a banger on his first game back.

    Hopefully we will smash it though.

  • Willo

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #29

    In Pardew I trust and that trust, I’m pretty sure, says Ryan Taylor at RW no matter what we say here.

  • moonraker

    Feb 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Terry Connor always looks scared shitlesss when on the line with MMC so god knows what he’ll be like tomorrow with 50,000 screaming at SJP and half hearted players performing for him, who got MMC the sack!

    We surely must get a big win tomorrow!!

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #31

    nooo i saw it…..Tiote red…..card…no i saw it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brutooon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #32

    The only chance we going to watch HBA (and maybe Obertan) is when we are losing or still goal-less after 60 mins

    If we are in a winning position, AP would prefer to put a defensive substitution

  • jakesome

    Feb 25, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #33

    or have hba on the left and raylor on the right

  • Premiership Manager

    Feb 25, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #34


    If we play three in midfield we loose width and become predictable and easy to block through the middle of the park. In addition as soon as the opposition make a run down the flanks players are pulled out of position leaving us vunerable in defence. Keeping shape has always been an issue for us in addition to having wingers who can’t cross the ball, (this is why we have such a poor goal return and assist rate from midfield).

    Regarding Cabaye if you look at the stats the only areas where he beats Guthrie is assists and goals. The reasons for this are: 1) he has played far more games, 2) Cabaye has always played an attacking role whereas Guthrie has played where required, 3) Cabaye has generally played alongside Tiote whereas Guthrie has played with Cabaye, Perch and Taylor which makes a massive difference. If you put Guthrie alongside Tiote in an attacking role and you’d see a different player with far more goals and assists. At Liverpool Guthrie was rated as the next Steven Gerrard however he left due to a lack of first team opportunities and it would be a shame if he leaves us for the same reasons.

    Regarding HBA, if he is to come into the team it should be in an attacking role in place of Ba or Cisse playing in the hole behind the striker. There is no question of his ability however accomodating him with Ba and Cisse in the team would affect our ability to defend and control midfield.

    The one person who has not been mentioned and IMO should be playing is Ferguson. He’s good on the ball, can cross and defend and IMO should be given a run on the left wing where he can overlap with Santon. Put Guterez on the right where he can help and overlap with Simpson and that would give us more balance and better options to get the ball to Ba and Cisse.

    It’ll be interesting to see how todays game turns out and what changes Pardue will make to accomodate Ba and Cisse up front. One thing I am sure of is when they gel they will will be more than a handful for any team in the league

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #35

    PM, i find neither Denmark nor Holland predictable, but I find our conservcative British hoofball 4-4-2 predictable my friend 😉

    The wide men upfront provides the width. The three in the middle link the midfield and attack and it safeguards the CBs.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #36

    PM, I dont think there will be any changes to day. Its going to be 4-4-2 🙁

    I just pray to God we dont loose because I like AP, but loosing to day wont look good.

    It will show his stubborness an inabillity to make the changes. Not good attributes for a manager.


    Feb 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #37

    This game should be winnable!

    If we have a decent Ref prepared to use his cards for stupid OTT challenges and we play the way i know we can!

    Cockiness and arrogance will either lose us the game or see us fighting for a draw!
    The Wolves are fighting for their Prem survival and will be up for this!

    I can still remember a while back when they attempted to kick us back down the tunnel while we were playing at home to them! If my memory has,nt let me down it was Joey Barton who took most of the heavy challenges then!

    Hopefully i can watch it live this afternoon!


  • Toonboy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #38

    I honestly cant see us losing this one, 4-0 toon Jonas and the Demba boys to bag the goals HWTL

  • Graeme

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #39

    We seriously need to start scoring goals again!! We shipped 10 in last two away games and GD is down to ZERO!!

    6 against wolves followed by 4 or 5 against the scum should do the trick nicely lol. Will be flying back on Monday and looking forward to being at SJP to see scum lose again!!

  • kalon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #40

    This is gutierrez’s favourite team to play recently wouldnt suprise me if he got on the score sheet. Gonna be 5-0 to recover those goals back Papiss Cisse hatrick, Demba Ba and Guti 🙂


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