Cheick Tiote Fit – Southampton Still A Threat

There will be a number of rested players who will play tomorrow against Southampton, who have done well since new Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins last month, and they have 5 points from their four games, and those games have been against the two Manchester clubs, Everton and Wigan, and they beat Manchester City 3-1 last time out at St. Mary’s.

mathieu debuchy wheres the ball

 Mathieu Debuchy – back again for Newcastle tomorrow

Yohan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote are all available and likely to start the game, and Ben Arfa cannot be too far off from returning.

Yoan Gouffran us now totally recovered from the shin injury he picked up two weeks again at White hart Lane but Newcastle will be without Tim Krul, who had a scan yesterday and will be seeing a specialist soon, to assess how bad his ankle injury is he picked up in the closing minutes of the win on Thursday night at Metalist Kharkiv.

As we had reported Tim left the stadium on crutches and that didn’t look too promising.

This is what the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew aid today in the local press:

“There’s a question mark over Tim, but I don’t think anyone else will be struggling,” “Cheick had a temperature and didn’t feel right, so we left him out.” “It’ll be a great end to a very good week if we can beat Southampton, but that’s easier said than done. “

“Southampton have definitely picked up and they play a high pressing game which we’re going to have to combat.” “It’s going to be very dear to my heart to win this game. I won’t be pulling any punches in my dressing room that’s for sure.”

“He’s had a good start and there are some players I love there who I’m looking forward to seeing.” “They got a result over us last time winning 2-0 in November, and thoroughly deserved it, so we need to perform a lot better than we did when we played at their place.”

“Whenever Southampton have gone to the big teams, they’ve done well. They could have beaten Manchester United and they beat Manchester City. They’ve done well and they’ve not had any fear in their play.” “That’s a worry for us, but we’re a better side than we were when we went down to their place. They’re going to have to step up to beat us.”

The mood on Tyneside is sky high at the moment and we’re hoping for another sell-out crowd at St. James’ Park tomorrow where wins in the league is what we need to start picking up to pull away from the relegation zone, and Southampton are one place above is – so a win tomorrow is what we are looking for.

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17 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    No matter what is said by Pardeaux – the bottom line is –
    We are the home team, its up to us to get out there and win the game.

    We have the players, we have the skill and ability – All Pards has to do is put the right ones on the pitch, playing in the right positions – it really is a simple game, this footy lark lol

  • The_Toon

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Any idea if Ben Arfa is fit enough to start on the bench? .. We’ll need some flair in the second half no matter what the result is.

  • obatoyou

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Lol just wrote that to be 1st didn’t u graygray.
    Im sure we got this one, gonna chuck a hundred on newcastle at even money 🙂

  • Graeme

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Oba – sometimes a simple point is best lol

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Talking of simple…

    …Good morning lads

  • Graeme

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Good morning Ibiza – welcome to the world today

  • olivant

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Good morning everyone. Pardew should be able to field a good team, altough it is a blow that Krul is missing. How is Elliot by the way, been ages since i have seen him

  • The_Toon

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    @Ibizatoon, good morning,
    I’m typing from kuwait and been reading this blog for past year now. What’s your take on where we’ll end this season in both league and Europa?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Graeme…Why thank you, although breakfast in bed was a little cold, please do speak to those involved and ensure it doesn’t happen again 😉

    Olivant….Krul is great, but I don’t really mind Elliot getting some games. Has been pretty solid for us when called upon before.

    The Toon…Jeez….start the morning with an easy one 🙂 Without putting too much thought in to the actual remaining fixtures I’m going to go 9th in the league and quarters of the EL. How about you?


    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Good Morning All !

    If cabaye is fit? I would stick with Cabaye and Anita in Midfield with Tiote tucked in just behind them!

  • aidantoon

    Feb 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Toon should still beat these, we are the home side and its not man u coming here let’s get real. With the squad we now have we could match anyone in this league. 3_1 to toon!!!!

  • tooninspain

    Feb 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Stop shouting Expat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • aidantoon

    Feb 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Hope Benny can make the bench, guffy, deb and Santon back in and would keep Anita in starting line up.

  • dannyodyssey

    Feb 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Good luck, Newcastle !

  • Moat1

    Feb 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #15

    my lineup:
    debuchy saylor mbiwa Santon
    marveaux cabaye sissoko guti
    wow wot a teem (sorry about the spelling)

  • Owldman

    Feb 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #16

    No way HBA should play tomorrow the lads been out for weeks & only started serious training a week ago, give the lad a chance he is not a machine

  • toonicle

    Feb 24, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Too bad that Norwich was able to pull out a win, we could have jumped a couple places.


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