Temperature And Scheduling Give Newcastle Tough Test Tonight


Atromitos FC finished 4th top of the Greek Super League last season, and will give Newcastle a stern test tonight in the Europa League,  when the Magpies take them on at the Peristeri Stadium in Athens tonight.

John Carver keeps things light with Newcastle players yesterday

There are a number of things that will count against Newcastle in tonight’s game and one is the temperature, which will be around 30°C, which is 86°F on the Fahrenheit scale, and the lads will need to pace themselves in the game.

Newcastle also have a game at 5:30 pm on Saturday afternoon at Chelsea, and we assume some of the players that start tonight will also start that game, unless Alan starts a completely second eleven in the game tonight, but he has said he will not do that.

This is what Alan Pardew said last night when he was interviewed by the local Newcastle press about the game:

“The problem for us is just the scheduling not the competition.” “We play at Chelsea on Saturday and the heat and the elements will make it difficult for us. We must factor it all in. The result is the most important we are focusing for a win and hopefully we can achieve that.”

“We have to take the context of the two games into account.”  “It is the qualifier of the Europa League and on Saturday we face the European champions. That’s where we are.”  “We want to proceed and we have to get a game plan to get through.”

“That’s why we signed 24 senior players as they all have to contribute.”  “They all have to show they can threaten the first team.”  “This is a big test for our players, for sure. We have played a lot of European sides this summer. We did that to get it right against Atromitos.”

“In terms of Premier League standing you would put us as favourites.”  “But we are inexperienced in this competition and will be playing in a temperature that is uncomfortable for us.”  “Atromitos are a team that work hard. We have to try to dictate the game.”

“If we can do that we can get a result. For Atromitos this is a big game and we’d be a real scalp for this team.” “We have respect for the team and the manager.” “We must look at ourselves as ambassadors of the Premier League.”  “The guys who have stayed behind are all injured. Demba is one, Coloccini and Tioté.” “The senior group who are fit are all here.”

The game kicks off at 6:00 pm BST, and a draw would be a decent result, but we think that Alan Pardew will be going for the win.

The second tie will take place next Thursday night at St. James’ Park, with an 8:00 pm kick off, and that will be the first European game at Newcastle since back in 2007, when Glen Roeder was the Newcastle manager.

Newcastle won the game 4-2 on March 8th against AZ Alkmaar, when they were 3-0 up after 23 minutes, but then lost in Holland 2-0 and went out on away goals, and that was in the round of the last 16.

This was Newcastle side that night, with the substitute changes:

Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Nolberto Solano, Kieron Dyer, Oba Martins, Damien Duff (Emre,  77m) Scott Parker, Titus Bramble, Antoine Sibierski (James Milner, 65m), Nicky Butt, Steven Taylor
Subs: Steve Harper, Albert Luque, Charles N’Zogbia, Paul Huntington, Andy Carroll

Only Steven Taylor and Steve Harper are still at Newcastle, and for the record Oba Martins scored twice with Kieron Dyer also on the score-sheet and a Gretar Steinsson own goal.

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35 comments so far

  • NUFCWill1986

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Hwtl win or not

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  • Shane

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Steven Fletcher having medical at the scum today. Actually think he’s a good signing… For them. Wouldn’t get in our squad. 🙂 Mon the toon, temperature/scheduling mo excuses get out there and earn your pennies, make us proud!

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone know if any central or SW London pubs are showing the game?

    I can’t miss it but I really don’t want to pay for another tv chanel

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    @shane, not sure he’s worth 12m though.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    2-0 to the toon. Cisse will get one. One of the new kids for the other. I’d like to see bigi bang one in a’ la tiote de arsenal.

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  • rainrix

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Fletcher probably will score goals for them, its just 12mil? Well done on wolves taking the scum to the cleaners :). Just thing we got ba and cisse for around 10

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Mark….I’m going for a 3-1 to the toon.

    Kuqi to score for them first, Pardew to push everyone in the ground over, then Cisse, Gosling, Campbell.

    It’s as good as done 🙂

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    hey any1 else think either simmo or krul should be on the banner instead of that gob-shite obertan off topic i know but surely they’ve earned it

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9

    The asking price for Andy Carrol, makes the 12-15mill for Fletcher, look like a bargain.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Boom Boom. 2 things.

    1) Krul is on the banner.
    2) gob-shite? Come on now, behave.

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Krul is on there

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  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Grafton83

    Not sure about london pubs. But uefa.com are showing a stream!

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  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Grafton83

    Not sure about london pubs. But uefa are showing a stream on their website!

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    I think uefa are showing live scores and putting up highlights after midnight. I don’t think there is actually a video stream running.

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Krul is on, and obertan i like to see much more than simmo on banner and on the pitch. He will become a good player trust me.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza, if you listen to talk shi.. Erm talk sport, you will realize that pards didn’t just push the linesman, he mowed all the officials down with a machine gun, pizzed on their corpses, molested 5 of their children, and then sh@t in their mouths. He has to be banned for at least 8 games for that.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Grafton…Was going to ask about the eufa stream, been looking on their site and can’t see anything about a live stream….have we been lied to? Someone will pay 🙂

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  • Szarka

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #18

    only 30°C ? Come to Hungary, its 36-37°C this week, bloody hot, and some teams play at 14:00 on Saturday ! :O

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Can’t see tim then?

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #20

    http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2013/matches/live/index.html?day=-2&session=1&match=2009831

    Thats live streaming commentary and live scores, think there may have been some confusion

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #21

    Mark….They did a good job of censoring it on live tv, credit where it’s due…can’t have kids seeing stuff like that on TV. Pardew out?

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #22

    Markaccus // Aug 23, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    a bit spookey 😀

    Especially that part about sh.. i their mouth.. That was disgusting, dude 😀

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  • ajcrawfs

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #23

    did anyone notice Lille lost to Copenhagen the other day?

    Apparently, chairman is having a rethink on Debuchy if they don’t make champs league group stages!

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #24

    That’s obviously not Tim Krul. 😛

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Is that Willo pretending to be Tim? Cheeky git!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #26

    aj…Didn’t see that score. Where did you hear about the Debuchy rumour?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #27

    @ibiza ha my laptop is on +150% krul and collo are missing from it im more dissapointed i didnt notice collo wasnt there.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Lithuania… Welcome to the dark side of my sense of humor 😉

    Espn are an encrypted channel, so I’m glad they didn’t show any of it too, ibiza. Poor kids 🙁 I blame ashley, he hired the evil pards. Ashley out.

    Seriousley though, fergie has been getting fines and bans for this kind of thing for a few seasons now, so pards should get a fine and maybe a couple of games.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #29

    Boom Boom….So was your opinion of Obertan blown up by 150% also? 😉

    You didn’t notice Colo was missing? Not a good day for you mate 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Mark….Yeah, send those cockney w*nk*rs packing! Who do they think they are? 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Get out of our cluuuuub, get out….. Etc. Ok I’m off for a while till I can charge me phone, its nearly dead, and I’m on the bus. Later ppl.

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  • barkel

    Aug 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #32

    grafton there’s a pub on duke st up by selfridges always seems to have toon fans about. dont know the name of it tho

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 23, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #33

    Speaking of banners… Obertan is on the banner and where is the mackem slayer? Now thats is a disgrace!

    Let me start the campain “Let’s bring The Mackem Slayer on the banner”. Screw the Baldie… his contribution to the team is zero… even below and the Makem Slayer is the Makem Slayer.

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #34

    campain=campaign

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  • charlee71

    Aug 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #35

    A reckon 10-0 to us as La Pardeaux Will have them all on the deck by half time. . .

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