Tough First Game – But Can Newcastle Be Competitive?


Steven Taylor talked at the launch of the new NINE bar at St James’s Park yesterday, which has been controversially renamed from Shearer’s Bar, to honor all the great number nines who have worn the famous black and white shirt and graced St. James’ Park. over the years

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Steven Taylor – in action at Ibrox on Tuesday night

And it’s before the beginning of a new season and players and managers are coming out and saying how other clubs should be wary of them – and all that good bravado stuff.

Steven says Newcastle will not be easy prey for Manchester City in nine days time:

“Everybody is expecting Manchester City to take three very easy points – that’ll be everybody around the world and around the country.”

“It isn’t going to happen. We go into it really confident.” “We have players who are really fit now. We’ve got no real problems, only Loic Remy has a slight problem, but hopefully he will be involved as well.”

“It has shown in pre-season the intensity we have worked on this year. It’s through the roof. Anybody who has been at the training ground will tell you that.”

“Fitness-wise, the lads are looking stronger and stronger. Now we look to continue that against Braga.” “It was a bit of a kick up the backside at Rangers, but it got us in the mood for the Man City game.”

“We started a bit slowly on Tuesday and it was a physical game, and it was something different for some of the lads, especially the foreign boys.” “For us, it was a good test and probably what we needed.”

Let’s hope we do a lot better at Manchester City than we did in last season’s fixture earlier this year, when we were hopeless in that first half, and were eventually hammered 4-0.

And then in the next game we lost 2-1 at Wigan and had Massadio Haidara stretchered off, and things got worse from then on.

City have been looking good in pre-season, and of course they have a very strong side and will be wanting to start the season with a win against the 5th bottom side last season.

It will be a good test for our lads, and we’ll be able to see just how this season may go – and whether we are competitive with the top teams, or find a way to lose, which we did far too many times in the league last season.

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290 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    prediction: 3-0 or 3-1 to Citeh

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Seems the thrashing of Sunderland is most people’s favourite… let’s relive it eh?
    http://www.220.ro/sport/Newcastle-Sunderland-5-1/a80EcuFbwV/

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Argh! That link cuts out sorry!

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    1-0 at Etihad or just going down by the odd goal would show we had beceome much better organised.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    8-0 to the TOON lol

    HWTL

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  • nut meg

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    somebody on twitter saying according to Al Jazeera Lyon have dropped their asking price for Gomis to 7 m euro so we can cover agents fees.True or not ?

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    nut meg

    if it’s on Twitter it’s false

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    honestly i think we will lose at city (i really hope not ofc) but aslong as we show fighting spirits i wont start crying pards out/we should have strengthened more/ashley out/jk is a joke ect ect if we lose.

    praying for a gomis and an (ince first choice sinclair close seond)

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Bills-son

    Totally agree on the fundamental weakness at the Toon – defence.
    I think we need to spend as big money as we possibly can on a CB of real quality. If Norwich and Everton can get Toby Alderwerield to even consider them than we can certainly get JFK to seduce him and get him here. We have to plan ahead and Saylor and Colo are not long term answers. Build from the back – but let’s do it properly

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    That 4th goal is fantastic! The mackam slayer strikes again!

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    was watching highlights of arfa’s career so far and it seems he plays equally well on both wings so i wont be fussed if its a left or right winger.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone else think Suarez will be crap for Liverpool if they won’t sell him? His attitude stinks so I wouldn’t put it past him.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Any news on our transfer dealings?

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  • supershola

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Once again another day without a bid for a player… What a season this is going to be.

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  • Bearsize

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    2-0 citeh navas first. But a good performance from our lads!

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Croftus

    Yeah there should not be a problem, as long as he is played as a wing forward and not as a winger in a 442.

    Sean

    I am not sure he will be cr@p but i am sure he will drag has problems wherever he goes

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    *his

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  • Felipe

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s going to be tough but possibly the best time to play them. First day of new season with a new manager.
    Reckon they might win the league at a canter this year though.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Maybe be should. just hope we play like crap tonight; that will surely put some pressure on both Pardew and JK? 😉

    …NUFC only knows how to do dealings under pressure; just look at last season!

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  • Felipe

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    I reckon 1-1

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  • niafron

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #21

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Entertaining game for the start of the season yesterday in France… Many people expect it would be a great show in France all over the year.

    Concerning NUFC, do we have an idea of the players who will play tonight?

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    yes the usual suspects

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Niafron

    Dont know, but id imagine his planned best available starting 11 will get some time together. I hope.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #24

    I’d say we will either get womped on with the honeymoon period of Pellegrino and navas jovetic n so on or we will get a 1 all or just about lose it.

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  • Do the shaka hislop

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    Predictions either 4-2 city negredo nets first or 3-2 toon cisse brace 1 frm remy if he makes an appearance.

    On remy…a loan deal is certainly best to protect the club, could always make it permanent come jan by paying the last of the 6.8mil buyout clause.

    dont know why we aren’t looking at the likes of fischer from ajax, cracking young winger, would come under 10mil, good on the ball, great vision, strong and an eye for goal hence 20 goals from lw/cam role last season… and ajax dont produce bad players like… alderwiereld has already said he wont move and didnt fancy newcastle, sure I read that somewhere, so how about getting back in for zouma from st. Etienne.

    And imo, id cash in on santon and buy a full back who can go forwards AND backwards, lads got massive potential but niether of our full backs can defend, which leaves us getting minced week in week out.

    As I think this will be our problem against city, navas, fernandinho and jovetic will destroy our fbs for pace and skill on the ball. Richards would be an excellent buy from city, even if it meant debs going the other way, know who id rather have.

    lads got unreal composure… worth a watch.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6F3MOwklpf4

    HWTL!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #26

    Felipe,
    It’s a tricky one the squad maybe better in quality but whether it is stronger remains to be seen you talk of Mbwia for Perch and so on but so many times se have seen PL experienced players go out the squad doesn’t just need replacing we seriously need to add to it.

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  • roe997

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #27

    Markaccus

    so jonas starts haha

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  • niafron

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    @Markaccus

    Well, not sure cause many players supposed to be in the starting eleven played 3 days ago.

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  • Blofal

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Yes Viktor Fischer is a player I’d love at Newcastle. I just dont trust Pardew with him to be honest.

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  • Felipe

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Jail, I don’t think the club are trying to weaken it. In Carr we used to trust. There’s nobody outside the top 6 I’d swap squads with put it that way…

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  • Graeme

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    JFA, agreed that on paper we should be a far better team than we were last season, for a number of reasons, not least being that the players brought in during the January window have now settled and have had a full pre-season together.

    The problem is still we have sold players without replacing them – why we sold Perch just makes no sense and we only have one recognised striker on board in Cisse.

    Then you have to factor in the Manager; his team selection, his set-up, his tactics and his objectives. He does not instil any degree of belief that he has learned from last season and that things will change for the better.

    I think the jury will be out for a couple of months on that one!!!

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  • jackostoon

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    I’m hoping with it all being quiet on the rumours, transfers front that this might be a good thing, I like surprises

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  • jeff

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #33

    Yes Viktor Fischer is a player I’d love at Newcastle. I just dont trust Pardew with him to be honest.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #34

    Good morning all
    Seannufc
    Of all days the game I will relish the most is of course-SIR BOBBY ROBSON’S first game in charge and the famous 8-0 drubbing of Sheffield Wednesday.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #35

    I’m thinking about having some mates round to watch the match, does anyone know if there’s any signs of a stream yet? We were gonna go but two of the lads are working until half 5 so we wouldn’t make it unfortunately.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36

    Jazzy

    The question was since we came back up but that was fantastic 😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #37

    Felipe,
    I never said they were trying to weaken it, they did weaken it before the EL last year, they need to get rid of this obsession with one A list player for rach position

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #38

    @35 sean

    http://www.12thplayer.com/

    sadly i’m working 🙁 but hoping to see the highlights.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #39

    Felipe

    How pathetic, predictable and unimaginative is it calling people who don’t agree with you mackems.

    If we didn’t support NUFC why the hell would we invest so much time on here. Ask yourself that.

    We were very happy with KK, SBR and even when Pardew played 433 by default.

    So is our crime calling it when we finish 16th with a great squad but a manager who has been found out yet again like all his previous clubs?

    Are we meant to be happy with that and that makes us mackems. Still they say ignorance is bliss and in your case you must be deliriously happy.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #40

    Who the hell sorted the Marveaux transfer out and where is he now?,went to bed,woke up and we had signed Marveaux.That’s how you do business.

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