Morecambe vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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Newcastle take on Morecambe this evening in the second round of the Capital One Cup, and manager Alan Pardew will give chances to his fringe players, and he has warned them they will need to take their chance.

Last season Newcastle were let down by a number of their younger players and fringe players, and one reason only Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano were bought in last summer, was that Newcastle thought their young players were better than they turned out to be.

When the lads did get their chance at Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup third round tie last January, they failed miserably and so another chance comes up tonight at the Globe Arena.

And with Colo being rested Alan Pardew told the local papers today that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will lead out Newcastle tonight:

“Mapou will captain the team tonight. In the future it is good.” “He has those qualities and we want to use them.”

Mapou seems like a born leader, and he could become a future Newcastle captain if he can come to grips with the pace and physical nature of the English Premier League, which he’s acclimatizing to at the moment.

And the best chance Newcastle have of winning a trophy for the first time since 1969 is in the Capital Cup, but we have to ensure we play strong enough sides to get through each round.

Alan Pardew talked about the Capital One Cup, but the manager again stressed the importance of the Premier League (where all the money is):

“We all know that the Premier League has gone up a level in terms of finance.” “It blows this out of the water in terms of finance and how important that is to the football club.”

“Winning a trophy for our fans is something we are well aware of.” “Trust me – nobody wants to win a trophy more than me.” “But it is not of greater importance than the Premier League – I’m sorry it’s not.”

“It is not going to be our first team – make no bones about that.” “But it’s a team that should beat Morecambe and it is a team of senior Newcastle United footballers, they should win, that’s it.”

It’s difficult to know what team Alan will field but here’s a possible starting eleven:

Elliot
Santon Williamson Yanga-Mbiwa (c) Dummett
Marveaux Anita Gosling Ameobi (Sa)
Ameobi (Sh) Vuckic

And Alan Pardew is making the players aware that they have to produce tonight, and the last thing we want is another embarrassing defeat in a local Cup competition – we’ve had too many of those since Alan Pardew took over as manager.

This is what Alan said about the fringe players who will line up for Newcastle tonight:

“We’ve brought them here.” “Now they have to justify it.” “In view of that it is a mixed bag of experienced players and people who need to step up.”

“I hope that the fans can see players out there that they don’t always see a lot of.” “I hope they see people they warm to and that they can see why players like that were brought to the football club.”

“We have paid a lot of money for some of these players.” “I thought last year some of their performances didn’t warrant their price tags.” “I am looking to one or two of this team to show me that they should be in the squad because it is a big, big game for this football club.”

We have had some good news today that Newcastle are back in for Bafetimbi Gomis, and we are also in talks with Chelsea on the possibility of bringing Demba Ba to the club on loan next season, and that could be followed up with even more good news tonight (for a change) if the lads can win at Morecambe.

And we saw from last night’s results that it’s never easy to win these games to lower league sides, especially when they are on the road.

A win tonight and signing Bafe Gomis tomorrow is exactly what the doctor ordered to improve the mood on Tyneside, which is not good at the moment.

We hope things will start looking up for Newcastle starting tonight.

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131 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #1

    REPOST!!

    Lads it seems as though some are happy with mediocrity but come on, 52k every week should get more and certainly deserve better. Being grateful for being in the PL, I’d rather be in the first division or conference and show ambition, than be in the PL and show no ambition. Our only ambition as a club it to break even/ make a profit, oh and stay in the league…..that is shocking!! Championship clubs show more ambition than we do

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  • kinnearandfar

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Whatever team we put out tonight should have enough to beat Morecambe. It’s only our past experiences and current doom and gloom which have us fearing the worst.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Sage

    He isn’t damaging the club long term? What!?

    While clubs like Swansea, Southampton, Norwich, West Brom, Everton, West Ham, all kick on and develop their squads, we are standing still, and in a lot of cases, being surpassed by these teams.

    Ashley is content with us being a mid table team, and while these clubs progress, push up the table, command greater sponsorship deals and heaven forbid, qualify for Europe regularly, we will be consigned to being ONLY a mid table club for the foreseeable.

    If you’re content with that then I’m afraid we are on completely different wavelengths for what constitutes ambition.

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Just when I think it can’t get worse at the Toon… it does..just hop we win easily tonight ..

    Ba …. nooo… can’t go backwards… poor fit with Cisse
    Bafe…. Average only
    Cabaye ….. petulant sulking

    Ruddy

    Totally disagree about Forest – they are a great club with a great history and what used to be a cracking ground. They are also a sleeping giant – though they have at least won some serious silverware since we last won anything.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    If we don’t beat moreconbe pards and the players shouldn’t bother getting on the bid back!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #6

    *Bus

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  • VanToonMan

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #7

    For everyone who is giving stick to Marv…he is much better through the middle and can also like Ben Arfa dribble past players but can also play the killer pass.

    A midfield and front line of this:

    ———————Sissoko————Cabaye—————

    ——-Ben Arfa————Marveaux————-Remy———

    ———————————-Cisse——————————–

    That would be devastating IMO

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Yo Yo
    Maybe you shouldn’t be looking at it as bringing in a partner for cisse, cisse but some competition, which Ba would certainly provide, cisse has never played with a partner up front which begs the question of why he can’t play upfront as a solo CF

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d rather we went all out for the Carling Cup and put a rubbish team out for the FA cup. More chance of winning this competition than any other. Look at previous winners.

    And it’s all very well saying it’s not a great financial incentive, but it gets you into Europe which is a financial incentive.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Sir Braveheart
    Not according to our top brass mate, the Europa league was a strain on the squad with no financial gain

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  • toonluvva

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Whilst we MAY beat the mighty Morecambe, I know that we will not win this trophy.

    This cup is access to the Europa League and after last season that is the last thing Ashley wants.

    We know he won’t invest in the players to allow a good run in both the premiership and europe so after this evening he’ll be hoping for us to draw a top club away from home.

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #12

    TADS

    Aye agree about competition… and I don’t like the 4231 much and wouldeven prefer 442 and def 433… Just my own preference really

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  • King Arfa

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Give Adam Armstrong a go tonight once where 3 up wat a talent he looks and still only 16

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Tads…My issue with Ba is that he clearly wasn’t happy to be at the club as competition for Cisse.

    Much has been made of Pardew sticking with them both up front, but remember Ba didn’t start a game (I think against Everton) and then we heard all his agents going on about needing 1st team action or he’d have to move on….

    He does score goals but O just don’t see it happening, or if it does, it going well.

    I doubt 6 months on Chelseas bench has changed his character that much and I reckon he’ll go to a club where he will be the star man

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #15

    @GFN_France: Newcastle are deliberately blanking Arsenal to get PSG involved in the Yohan Cabaye race: http://t.co/GSu3F6yXPP #PSG #AFC #NUFC

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Yo-yo

    Well we can exclude Forest from that list but my point still stands, we are a big club and could be a huge club, we are a sleeping giant of a club, and our fans need to believe that and live that every day and if we live that belief then we will never settle for simply being in the PL, nor should we ever settle for simply being in the PL.

    Manchester United would never settle for being in the PL, nor would Liverpool, nor would Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, so why should we? We may not be on par with these clubs right now, but that is the level we should be demanding of our owners because that is the level this club could, and should be operating at.

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  • G

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Why is the blog suddenly becoming very excited about Adam Armstong? From what I understand of him, he’s not even kicked a ball for the reserves yet, and has been training for the first team squad purely for develpment purposses. The guys only just broken into the under 21 squad, so it’s doubtfull he will make the final cut tonight. Whilst I agree it’s nice to see something coming out from the academy with promise, it doesn’t make them the next big thing.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza
    Sorry mate but that is a crock
    He was dropped for Everton and kicked up, yeah, he should of done, why? Because he was the inform CF, he was scoring goals and getting us points as proved in the second half of that very game

    I’m sorry but he has come out and embraced the competition at Chelsea and he thrived here, if you feel his attitude is questionable then fair enough but I will never agree with that
    He played an entire half season on the wing, got his head down, put shifts in, had to acted a as translator to the player who took his placed based solely because of the number on his back

    The difference is it worked that season, Cisse has looked below par ever since he left, highlighted by Ba finishing last season as our top scorer
    So no I don’t agree that he wasn’t happy to act as competition because that simply was not happening

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  • Spoof

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Ibiza

    I understand your reservations about Ba, but we are a second rate club with no ambition at all, Cisse is not the right man for what we need, we need a target man and Ba is good as a target man, big and powerful, it’s what we need, if we have to sacrifice Cisse then so be it, but with Ba we would be a lot stronger and bearing in mind how our club is ran any strengthening has got to be taken, forget about long term, ith Ashley there isn’t one, forget about money it’s irrevent, as you may be aware I have had a thing or 2 to say about Marveaux today but if an offer of £30m came in for him and we then sold him it would in my eyes be a bad deal because the £30m would go into Ashley’s pocket and we would be another player short, forget ambition and finance, as a fan all we can do is live for now, and for now Ba is a better player than Cisse, so we should go for it if we can.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20

    G

    I have never heard of the kid but as stated in an earlier posting, we get hyped about British lads and I have no idea as to why that is. Anyway hope the lad plays

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Sleeping giant or comatose?

    Silliness aside, this is a good debate. Is or should being in the PL be enough?

    I’d argue it’s the minimum so therefore no.

    First and foremost clubs want to be in the PL and then it’s to stay there, but what next?

    It may well be taken for granted somewhat, but we aren’t a small club so surely our ambition should be higher than a newly promoted team?

    Consolidation is always needed and a natural first step, but then you need to kick on, no?

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m with Ibiza, not particularly keen on buying Ba unless we laze about and have to as a last resort. Would be like Ed’s favorite saying – Cutting off your nose to spite your face 🙂 Again we would be presented with problems between our strikers. But Ba IS better left to his own devices in offense than Cisse, who in all honesty requires service we just can’t supply for him in order to score goals.

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  • belgrade fan

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #23

    What is latest news about Ba or Gomis?? Mourinho said something?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Norcal
    Sorry you’ve lost me, problems between our strikers? You mean having more than one and cisse actually having to work for a first team place

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #25

    People also seem to forget how deep Ba dropped to link the midfield and attack, something every fan has said needs addressing

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  • Spoof

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #26

    belgrade

    as far as I am aware Mourinho has said nothing but seeing as Ba cannot even get onto the Chelsea bench and bearing in mind that Mourinho and Pardew are good friends then I cannot see any resistance coming from Chelsea, it probably depends upon what % of Ba’s wage we would be prepared to pay, and as always with Ashley it is the money side which will be the problem.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Tads…I don’t know the inner workings or what went down, but I struggle to believe that Pardew out of boredom or stupidity decided to just stop using a system that was working wonders before hand. I am assuming, which can be dangerous I know 🙂

    I’m not talking about in the pitch contribution, as he was superb, bit I do genuinely question how much of the good feel factor Ba was responsible for messing up. Once again, I know this is speculative.

    Spoof…not sure mate, that could be £30m closer to seeing the back of Ashley 😉

    Don’t get me wrong on Ba, definitely the type we need now and if Pardew dropped Cisse for him then fair play, the club comes 1st. I just don’t see this one happening.

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  • dobinhood

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #28

    To those ‘supporters’ who don’t want to see us progress in the carling cup you have as much ambition as mr Pardew! There is not a chance we will finish higher than 7th, so are some of you happy with that yea on year ?
    They have already said we cannot compete with the so called ‘big guns ‘ financially and that will continue to happen unless we get a new owner with ambition !
    I would rather have a chance at any cup and finish in the bottom half ! And we is it these professional footballers at our club can’t play 2 games in a week and other clubs can ?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #29

    buying cisse was a mistake we should have tied demba down with a proper contract and built a team round him

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #30

    tads were you asleep that first half of last season man?

    Did you see how they played together? They stood at the 18 like statues, unable to get any supply from our midfield. As a result, Ba was incredibly selfish. We all know Ba would take priority and Cisse would wallow around until he’s benched.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Obertan will get a run out tonight for sure as will Sammy,Dummet and Bigi

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibizatoon

    as any premier league team fan will tell you, staying in the premier league is not an ambition or a goal (unless you are a promoted team) neither is top 10 though.

    Europe should be a target with a good run in at least one of the cups. We will never be able to compete with any clubs on our current policy.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #33

    tads

    I agree with you m8, for me its a no brainer, Ba is far superior to what we have and if he is available and prepared to come back then we have got to go for him, if that upsets Cisse because he then has competition for his place then tough.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Btw that was in the 4-4-2. I remember when we tried to continue with the 4-3-3 Ba still became our main goal scorer and Cisse lost his form. Even though Ba did an OK job on the wing, him and Cisse are, ideally, out and out strikers

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Ruddy

    Yes I wasn’t disagreeing with your basic point. I think everyone associated with the Toon from the owner(s), shareholders, manager, DOF, cleaning staff, ball boys, fans, office staff should have a sense of pride in the club and realisation that we ARE a top 4 or top 6 club every season. European football should be an expectation not occasional ambition. And we all know where the problem starts from..

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  • King Arfa

    Aug 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #36

    This lad has already shown better progression at this stage than Rooney did at Everton fair one he may turn out to be Half the player Wayne is but being branded the next Rooney can only mean a bright future hopefully we get a glimpse of him tonight but knowing pardew not a chance lol here’s to hopeing I for one expect big things in the next few years for this lad a few of my mates bang on about him like

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  • Spoof

    Aug 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Norcal

    so what, if he wallows around and then gets benches then so be it, what would prefer a happy Cisse in the side but we being a lesser side because of it

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Ibiza
    Do you follow Ba on twitter?
    He spent a big part of pre season training with cabaye, stopped in to support the lads at the team hotel before our London away games and is in regular contact with several players still

    As for pardew, if you don’t believe that he would stop using a system for no reason and it was contributed to Ba then why didn’t that system revert back after Ba was sold?

    Sorry but saying is speculative is putting it kindly!
    If you want to base it on speculation then why not look at the other things speculated? Like Ba’s contract being heavily based around bonuses, one of which being a goals bonus, which became near impossible to fulfil when shunted to the wing
    Or that Ashley had him in the shop window since the summer getting pards to do his “powerless” speech ala cabaye style all summer then all December leading up to the window?

    Sorry mate but do you think one player really has so much influence he can dictate formations and tactics?

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Spoof

    Cisse is hardly happy right now as the main striker. Look at his body language man, he’s been throwing his arms in the air and shouting because his midfield is failing him.

    His whole game reeks of desperation, hence his poor form. When you’re in form do you worry about things or constantly get frustrated? No you just play and good things happen. Cisse is miles away from that mentality atm.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Spoof

    Come on mate think about what you are saying, you would prefer than we risk upsetting our only striker for a former striker who we will only get on a loan!! 4-3-3 worked a treat and Ba twisted, got his way and also pushed Cisse out wide….needless to say Cisse hasnt looked the same but then again we arent creating the same chances.

    But NO i would never take a loan player and give him priority over one of our key players

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