Pardew Likely To Start Unchanged Side Tonight At Chelsea

Alan Pardew is putting Saturday’s defeat at Wigan down to just one of those games – a bad day at the office.

Demba Ba – this is the last time Ba scored – against Villa

We must say that when Wigan scored their goals on Saturday,  everything seemed to go for them, and it reminded us of our home game against Aston Villa last season, when we scored six goals with seven shots on goal – everything went our way that day.

And even in that second half at the DW Stadium on Saturday, nothing went right for Newcastle, and the great Papiss Cisse hit the bar with two good efforts,  and normally those would have gone in.

But the Wigan game is now history,  and we are hoping the lads can redeem themselves tonight at Stamford Bridge, and a win would be simply phenomenal, but the conventional wisdom is that Chelsea will win the game – that’s from the London press – so no surprise there.

And we noticed yesterday that they just cannot understand why their favorite – Harry – wasn’t named the England manager, and they wanted to question the FA Chairman, David Bernstein, about it yesterday – when Roy Hodgson was unveiled.

Chelsea have gone 11 games unbeaten in all competitions,  so that’s tells us they are due a defeat soon, very soon.

Alan Pardew had this to say to the local press today:

“I think they are just rolling to games.”  “We rolled to Wigan, and it showed you can become unstuck.”  “Look at Tottenham against Norwich and Manchester United at Wigan.”

“Sometimes it can just sneak up on you.”  “It is not like our confidence was down or we looked like a poor team.”  “We just had a bad day at the office when it all worked against us.”

“We turned up late and tactically I look at it and think I should have played a different formation or should have done this or that.” “The team feels the same.”

“What we must not let it do is knock us and we have to go to Chelsea believing we can win.”  “It would be very difficult to start changing a team which had won six out of seven just for the sake of 45 minutes.”

“I could not turn round and say on that basis ‘you are not good enough and I am going to change it.”  “Having said that, I will bring Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan, who will be on the bench.”

“We are going to need that extra bit of quality if it is tight, but I will be going for the win.”

We expect Alan to start the same eleven he started at Wigan, but maybe in a 4-4-2 formation this time, which will give Demba Ba  more opportunity to break his goal drought – with the Senegal striker now having gone 12 games without scoring – and he is certainly due a goal (tonight?).

Indeed, if Ba can get on the goals trail in the last three games,  that could well mean that Newcastle will do well,  and with any luck, we could finish above 6th place in the league table.

That would be just great.

Here’s hoping.

32 comments so far

  • only magpie of nepal

    May 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM

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  • only magpie of nepal

    May 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM

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  • only magpie of nepal

    May 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM

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  • only magpie of nepal

    May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Lets Hope DEMBA at least gets into the score-sheet tonight.

  • only magpie of nepal

    May 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #5


    Time for Jonas to take some rest but it looks unlikely though.

  • check the toastie

    May 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Simpson runs in the style of a frog, needs to lift those knees up, hope we try and keep the ball tonite.


    May 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #7

    No way will Marv start he isn’t match fit and has just got back to full training

  • only magpie of nepal

    May 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #8

    WWJBD: But everyone will love to see Marv play some part in later stages.

  • Londtoon

    May 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Personally would like to see either Marv or Obie feature. They would work their arse off for the team. However that is ONLY if they are match fit.

    In Pards we trust


    May 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    True mate but even then I hope he doesn’t come on tonight tbh would prefer him to be really slowly brought in. Rather Obertan came on for 20 than Marv tbh

  • Adssy Mccc

    May 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    What’s the deal with no UK TV coverage! Massive game like this between two well supported clubs…

    Does that mean the only way to see any highlights will be through some crappy website!



  • TS -77

    May 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Didnt Pards go for a 4-4-2 formation against Wigan?

    4-3-3 seems to be the winning concept so stick to it!

  • chanty

    May 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d like to see a few changes tonight, thought santon looked far more effective at right wingback against wigan, so something like:

    Santon Willo Colo Jonas/Fergy
    Cabaye Tiote
    Ben Arfa Ba Jonas/Fergy

  • only magpie of nepal

    May 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Adssy Mccc: Not only shocking……. More than Shocking.
    specially for game like this which is going to have massive impact in UCL

  • only magpie of nepal

    May 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Chanty: Very true. Now I am starting to believe that Santon was never born to play on left.
    No idea what that Mr.Special One did to him at INTER.

  • GeordieoftheSouth

    May 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #16

    looking forward to going to the game tonight…bad thing is I have to sit with the Chelsea fans…I was desperate.

  • Mac

    May 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #17

    I was at the Wigan game and to be honest the formation was more 3-5-2 with Santon playing wide next to Simpson. A avery strange formation indeed

  • Gateshead-Mag

    May 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #18

    cant believe any1 other than the 2 clubs supporters would rather watch tottenham bolton than chsea newcastle like, absolute madness

  • Rowan Milsted

    May 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #19

    This is such a tough one tactically. Like Pardew said, we don’t want to change everything because of one bad result. That would be a knee jerk reaction and would be insulting to the players given what they did the 6 games before that. Also, we don’t want to be too negative and give Chelsea too much respect; again that would undermine the team we have. But if we leave ourselves too open we will most likely pay the price. We’re going to need to score goals, but not conceding is a huge part of it tonight. What a dilemma!

    Starting 4-4-2 might be the answer, as might 4-5-1 but that risks Cisse becoming isolated. I reckon Chelsea will go for quick goals – with the games they have coming up they won’t want to be running their socks off in the latter stages of the game. We know this, and should use it to our advantage. I reckon start conservatively, don’t let them score early on, make them work the whole game and use our bench to mix things up. Players like Ba, HBA and Jonas may be asked to play a number of roles tonight. We should look to hit them on the break – if we score early that’ll really make things interesting. I really hope we defend well tonight, it’s so important. I also hope the players aren’t as nervous as I am!

  • Toon_Jock

    May 2, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #20

    GeordieoftheSouth: Me too – arggggh!!!

  • jamesnufc86

    May 2, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Anyone else got sky sports news on? the presenter has said twice now that the game is on sky sports 1- and i rewinded it just to make sure i didnt mis hear, the game isnt on is it ? its the bolton match

  • only magpie of nepal

    May 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Toon_Jock: Lets hope that will inspire BOLTON to defeat Spuds.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    May 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Fear not chaps. There are 24 scheduled streams on they will appear 1hr before kick off.

  • GeordieoftheSouth

    May 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon-jock – If Benny Arfa goes on one of his mazy runs and scores I’m not going to be able to keep quiet!

  • MagPieMan

    May 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #26

    I saw people writing about Eliaquim Mangala from Porto, saying we have been looking at him and I would just like to say he would be a very good signing. He is a Steven Taylor type of player, strong in the tackle, good physicle presence, throws himself I front of anything and is fast. We’ve been saying that we need some speed in defence for a while and this guy could be the answer. He is young and has plenty of time to get better. I’d say he is slightly faster than Santon.

  • LooneyToon41

    May 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #27

    @19 Rowan. Some good points rasied there mate. I can’t see us starting with a 4-4-2 (nightmares of Spurs game, 5-0). Mata makes things tick, but who knows if he will start.
    My preference would be 4-5-1, and try and hit them on the counter attack, where there’s space.
    I’d be quite happy if we play like we did against Swansea. Absorb the pressure, and counter attack!

  • JDdubai

    May 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Ba dropped please, not sure if Guthrie is fit but id have him and Tiote in midfield with Cabaye just in front, HBA right, Fergie left and Cisse up top. Similar to the 4-3-3 but with Fergie in it has more pace than with Ba and would be better defensively with him tracking back.

    Maybe even Perchinho in next to Tiote in front of the back in place of Jonas?

  • JDdubai

    May 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #29

    And the joys of Dubai, every single premier league match live on tv, guna be sat in the beer garden watching it in 90-100 degree heat at 11pm….mint 🙂

  • LooneyToon41

    May 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #30

    @28 JD. Not a bad call about Perch playing DM. I’d like to see someone in that space that Mata likes to play.

  • markmac

    May 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #31

    @ 16, ive had to do that before, dont like it tho, not good
    [or safe] jumping up cheering and shouting in the away end lol

  • toonbrother

    May 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #32

    we need to revert to a -4-4-2 with Best coming in for Ba and Perch for Colocinni . Maybe marveax for jonas


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