I’ve Got Some Great Players In My Team – Pardew

It seems that the injury jinx may be hitting Newcastle again with Papiss Cisse sidelined with a virus and Fab Coloccini now out with his back injury anywhere form three to seven weeks – so that’s a blow to the side.

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Alan Pardew – I have some great players

Of course Coloccini’s absence gives Yanga-Mbiwa a great run in the first team, so he can show what he can do for the club, but we’re not well off with strikers to replace Papiss Cisse, and we only have Shola Ameobi available.

Yoan Gouffran can play as an out-and-out striker, but he is cup-tied after playing for Bordeaux against Newcastle earlier in the season.

And we may even see young Adam Campbell on the subs bench tonight, and he could get a run out – depending on how the game is going in the second half.

Alan Pardew has talked about Papiss not being available:

“It is a blow – I thought he’d be ideal for this surface.” “It’s something we’ll have to overcome. It’s a virus, but the doc doesn’t think it’s going to kick in for too long.”

“But we obviously need him to train on Friday to get some air in his lungs.” “It’ll probably eliminate Shola from Sunday against Stoke City, if he plays. That wasn’t ideal. So it’s kind of worked out in a reverse way.”

“Nevertheless we’ve got great players in this team.”

Alan Pardew wasn’t even going to bring Ameobi to Moscow, because in the past it’s been advised that he not play on an artificial surface,. but although Pardew is a bit reluctant to use Shola – he doesn’t have many options -.

Maybe the best way of looking at this game – is the new Newcastle have a chance again to show how good they are against a good side in Europe.

A draw would be a great result for us tonight.

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7 comments so far

  • thepict

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Indeed we do have some great players in our squad. However, what I find galling, is we waited until January to make any significant signings.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    The news about Coloccini initally sounds bad -two broken bones in his back. But it cannot be that bad if he has been allowed to travel back home, presumably sitting in a standard aeroplane seat. Also if it was that bad the medical people would surely want to supervise/monitor his recovery in the UK rather than elsewhere, even though Percy has said there is no treatment he can have. So I’m not too worried about his future recovery and it has in a way made it easier to start playing Mbiwa there. Interesting to see how this one develops.
    Batch to the match – I’m a bit concerned on a couple of fronts, the pitch and our attacking potential.
    The Toon have apparently had a bit of training at a rugby club who have an artifical pitch, however this is not really a substitute for playing on a plastic pitch regularly (don’t know if Anzhis’ home ground in Dagestan has a plastic pitch) but they will be more used to this type of surface. So that is one area of concern.
    Percy has said he would like to win the game and that the pitch will be better for the more “technical” players – which to my mind would exclude Shola – but I think we all know Shola will probably start – we’ve probably got no-one else. As for young Campbell -I would love to see him get a run out -but I don’t think he is high enough up in the pecking order to get onto the pitch. But you never know.
    The other conundrum is do we play Benny – I would want him to be on at the start but normally Percy re-introduces players slowly by late substitutions.
    Lastly, whilst Elliot seems like a good shot stopper, in the last game there were a couple of occasions when he was clearly “wobbling” a bit – as if he was entering panic mode -but then composure returned.
    So a very hard game to call, partly due to the fact the opposition are a bit of an unknown quantity, so I think we’ll will be very cautious hoping to catch them on the break -if Shola does play well -we might get a result. Therefore allowing the heart to rule the brain 2-2 draw.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    i think the lads will do well tonight, hoping for a draw at least but when i look at there team there defense seems the weakest link and we should exploit that, but there attackers are amazing and with there striker standing at 6 foot 8 inches could cause trouble for our set pieces

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Just a great game for us to enjoy as a fan without having expectation on us winning it.

    A score draw would be a very good results, the high the better really.

    Even a defeat along the lines of 2-1, 3-2 etc isn’t that bad.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #5

    “Fab Coloccini now out with his back injury anywhere form three to seven weeks – so that’s a blow to the side.

    Nice Ed made me laff.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #6

    i think a loss tonight wouldn’t upset me just as long as we play well, no matter what the score line is tonight i cant wait to get them at our home ground and once again see a player like eto and also Willian that i admire.

  • Sav

    Mar 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Hopefully, Colo has packed a few roses and chocs and will be able to stay to see out his contract as one of our better centrebacks and a bloody good captain of the side. Patching up his back is less urgent than his family differences and its a decent gesture by the club to let him go this week. Blokes like him are not easy to replace and I find it hard to credit he truthfully wants to spend his last and best career years at San Lorenzo, despite the amount of sh**e which has come from there.


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