Shola Ameobi Starts – Steven Taylor On Bench


The big news is that Shola Ameobi – the Sunderland slayer – starts for Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby away at Sunderland this afternoon.

And Mike Williamson keeps his place with Fab Coloccini coming back into the side at center-back, so that’s a bit of a shock that local lad Steven Taylor is on the bench.

Tim Krul resumes his place in goal and Danny Simpson comes back in at right back.

We have to assume that Mike Williamson’s has been looking good in training and of course he’s been solid for Newcastle in recent games.

It’s not a huge surprise that Shola starts, and he comes in for Papiss Cisse, who is on the bench.

Newcastle have a strong side out today, and we have to hope they can deliver the goods and beat Sunderland – that’s the only result we want to see at 3:30pm this afternoon.

For Sunderland, Steven Fletcher and Adam johnson both start, and former Newcastle loan player Louis Saha is on the bench.

Danny Rose is also in the side, after his trials and tribulations in Slovakia earlier this week, where he received some disgraceful racial abuse.

The referee for the game is Martin Atkinson from Yorkshire.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Sunderland (4-4-2): Simon Mignolet: Danny Rose, Craig Gardner, John O’Shea, Carlos Jimenez Cuellar: Sebastian Larsson, Jack Colback, Adam Johnson, James McClean: Steven Fletcher, Stephane Sessegnon
Subs: Kieren Westwood Phillip Bardsley Matthew Kilgallon David Vaughan David Meyler Fraizer Campbell Louis Saha

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba
Subs: Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)



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302 comments so far

  • toon_army_redlichtie85

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Awful choice

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  • Tooooon

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #2

    HAHA this post made me laugh – http://www.readytogo.net/smb/showthread.php?t=737527

    I definitely would have started Shola, he’s a legend and he will DESTROY the mackems with his breathe!

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  • leeb1982

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Ohh my god mike the donkey Williamson.

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  • nimo

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Williamson over Taylor.. bad choice, a 90% fit Taylor is better.

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  • lucasnufc

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    HOW is it an awful choice? Please point to me a game where Ba and Cisse have played well together

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  • tomellifred360

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Oi, lads. Be positive please! Support the lads, not slag them off.
    I hope Shola and Mike have magnificent matches.

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  • rainrix

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    And the neggars appear, well thats the signal for us in Optimist valley to disappear. Toon toon adios 🙂

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Apart from the defense. I am happy with that team.

    I know Ameobi is not everyone’s cup of tea, but what he does, he does pretty good. I.e winning flick ons and holding the ball.

    Both him and Ba had a dominating performance against United and worked well together. Strolla’s flick on, and his off the ball play to help win that free kick (pulling the defenders away).

    I also think Cisse is not yet up to par with last season’s performances, and think that opting for the Mackem slayer in this scenario was the wiser choice.

    My only concerns is that Williamson has started ahead of Staylor/Perch. I can see fletcher running circles around him.

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  • toonLYF

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    wouldn’t say it’s an “awful choice”. I think it’s a thoughtful team, and a very strong looking bench with players like Cisse, Obertan and Anita who can come on, offer us pace and danger in the box; and in effect make a potentially much needed difference. Shola had to start really, only thing that surprises me is Taylor, but i’m sure he’s gutted. If he’s not 100% fit there’s no point in sending him out into an intense match. Adrenaline would probably get him through, but i’d rather have him fully fit to play against two very strong teams in Club Brugge and West Brom next week.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #10

    I would say That is a Good Newcastle Line Up. Steven Taylor as Sub is a Good back up. He is not match fit yet !!!! Cisse as Super Sub . We will Tonk Sunderland Today Just Watch !!!! A screamer from Cabaye a Cracker from H.B.A and A third from Shola !!!! Sunderland will get a Penalty But Miss it !!! Howay The Lads !!!!

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  • therush12

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #11

    @6 well said!!!

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Look Williamson playing with Colo is a good choice as he plays well with Colo’s presence if Taylor is not fit it might not be a good idea to play him as he has been rusty this season and it will calm the game down especially after his stupid comments which will make Sunderland even more determined!!!

    Was the right call to put Simpson into this one as the boy likes a scrap and hopefully he gets stuck into that Mclean early doors!!

    Bit worried we are playing 442 again as it looks like they will start with 5 in midfield and 1 up front which means we might get outnumbered in midfield!

    Shola and Ba to score in a 2 1 victory

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  • obatoyou

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #13

    About to start work, will watch game at home later, don’t tell me the score pls 😉 HOWaY the lads!!!!

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  • DevonMag

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    What’s the likelihood Pardew dropped Taylor because of his comments midweek? Annoying, tbh, he’s in my fantasy team…

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Great to see shola start hoped he would! Need him even more so if taylors not fit need someone on the pitch who bleeds newcastle

    Nimo
    He taylor maybe be better at 90% than wilo but given his injury history would you risk him if he’s not fully fit for one game and risk loosing him for god knows how long or rest him for one more game

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  • tomellifred360

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Have a feeling their defence will be focused on Shola.
    Therefore, lots of time and space for Demba.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17

    He’s cattermoles dad he’s cattermoles daaaaad jimmy saville he’s cattermoles dad!

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Judge them after the game…Get behind them .At the end of the day they wear the Black and white…As long as they beat the pond life today

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #19

    ameeeeeeeobi!!!

    the lad was made for this game, has played well wenever hes played this season aswell, links up brilliant with ba

    yeeeeeehaaaaaa!!

    think I need a bucket of water chucked over me

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #20

    I wonder if Rose is in the right frame of mind for the game today. If he isn’t, Ben arfa will waste no time in dominating that side of the pitch

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  • MagPieMan

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #21

    I wonder if Taylor on he bench because of his interview

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #22

    I wonder what would happen if both Ameobi’s were to play.

    Strolla the Mackem Slayer,
    Sammy the ???

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Gardner at rb for them.

    Surely Ben Arfa has to play on the left?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Lose and I’m starting the drum-beating, for Pardwho to take to the chopping block.

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Well Benny tends to drift so at some point he will attack from the left.

    Mackem team:
    Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O’Shea (C), Cuellar, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

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  • obatoyou

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #26

    *throws bucket of water at Gateshead_mag* pull yourself together man, we r @war!!! Got to head up to the floor deal some blackjack, good luck and enjoy.

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  • seancavaz

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Willo to score from a Cabaye corner, Ameobi obviously to bundle one in, to then go off injured only to be replaced by an angry Cisse, fletcher gets fouled by Tiote in the box, results in an outbreak of scuffles, Tiote laughs as he gets another yellow, resulting penalty ends up in the stands! Punt from Krul, flicked on by Ba to the on rushing Ben Arfa, skips passed three wild challenges, flicks it over to Cisse, chest, knee, bang, underside of the bar! Screamer! 0-3……if carlberg did derbies! Lol

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #28

    I wanted Shola to start like.

    Cisse has been crap this season so far.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #29

    obatoyou

    thanks for that mate

    working on christmas?? tough break

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  • Trent Toon

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #30

    He’s saved us once, he’s saved us twice. Come on SHOLA we love you. Tame those mackem dogs!!!!!! YEAAHHHHHHHHH

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  • Lee Dodd

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Any Links for the Game Lads ???

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #32

    “Aye on about our players who can’t get into their team and Williamson keeps him out, and he wouldn’t get into ours!”

    I suppose Pigs have learnt to fly…

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #33
  • nimo

    Oct 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #34

    tads if it was JUST 1 game then yeah but this isn’t Just 1 game.. its the game, win it could ignite our season.. lose and the whole city on a downer

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #35

    im gutted for cisse,, he is losing out because of pardews poor tactics in previous games,,,

    cisse and ba are both good goal scorers, shola isnt,, the problem has been the lack of chances created for them to score,,,

    every week the team has played way to deep,, lets hope we play football in scumderlands half, and create something

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Nimo
    What if we lose him for the season?
    Stevie taylor starting + not bieng match fit/slightly off the pace = red card or long term injury!

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  • niafron

    Oct 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Bonjour messieurs.

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  • kirkyman

    Oct 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #38

    good link for the game guys……………..

    http://coolsport.tv/stream1.html

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #39

    with both willamson and shola in the team,, its a long ball game,, again

    i hope not

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  • Ashton

    Oct 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #40

    We will be playing with a 442 formation. It might work today because we have Shola who is a good target man and is suited to the 442 but in the long run 442 is not the way forward and I just can’t fathom why Pardew insists on playing with this formation!

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