Newcastle vs Hull City – Match Preview

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Newcastle fans were not happy after the summer transfer window closed on September 2nd, and we had brought in  only Loic Remy on loan, and the mood on Tyneside was glum at best, but after three wins in a row and two in the league, and with Newcastle level on points with the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea, Geordie spirits are again high.

And they could be even higher today if Newcastle can put in another good performance and  get an expected win over Hull City at St. James’ Park, in front of what is expected to be a crowd of over 50,000 to roar on the lads.

The game last week at Villa Park was tough, and we would have been happy enough with a point, but today we are expected to win this game, and that’s why it could become a bit of a banana skin.

But good sides play every game as it comes, and try to win every game, and it seems  we have players who have that winning mentality and go for the win.

Last week it would have been so easy for Newcastle to have crumbled after Villas had come back in the second half and got their equalizer after 67 minutes – but no – Newcastle went straight at them and Yoan Gouffran got the winner just six minutes later.

Newcastle have Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi out injured, and Jonas Gutierrez is still not fit, so it’s almost odds on that Alan Pardew will field an unchanged side this afternoon.

Debuchy Coloccini (c) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Anita Cabaye Sissoko
Ben Arfa Cisse Remy
Subs: Elliot Dummett Williamson Tiote Gosling Marveaux Ameobi (Sa)

That’s a strong starting eleven and a strong bench.

The keys to this game are that the defense remains strong and solid, and it’s an area we have to improve on this season, if indeed we are going to have a good season. We conceded 68 goals last season, which is the most we have ever conceded in the Premier League.

And we hope our new 4-3-3 will be as effective as it was last week, and that Ben Arfa and Remy have good games again, and maybe Papiss Cisse can get in among the goals.

It would be nice to get a clean sheet, but we think this game will be a lot more difficult than most fans think, and when we’ve seen Hull City play this season, they’ve looked a very decent side, who are solid at the back.

But 85% of fans are expecting us to win today, so expectations are very high.

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But this will be a good test for the lads, and if we are to do well this season, then these are the games at home that we must win.

And it seems there are still tickets available for those fans who can get to the game, and they are available at the Matchday Box Office, and it will be open from 9:00 am today until the kick-off.

As we said,  this will be a decent test of our side, and we’ll know by 5:00pm just how good a team we have this season.

A win would be fantastic.

What do you think?

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49 comments so far

  • Slank

    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1


    I think today’s game is not, as so many think, a walkover.

    I think we may find Hull a tough nut to crack.

    But we should win.

  • Heslop Toon

    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed you have missed goufrann from the bench

  • JDdubai

    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Think Gouffran should start, Cisse can take a seat, Remy up top.

    The judgement on Pardew will be when jonas is fit, will he find a way to crowbar him back into the team.

    He also talks recently as if he has used his skills to work out this formation and starting 11, when most/all fans saw this from the start as the best team.

    anyway onwards and upwards, top 4 by tonight please, will take any win ideally with continued fluidity in attack.

  • roy

    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Cisse to score today in a 4-0 hammering of Hull.

  • phatt knacker

    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    al take a good attacking display with 1pt the min. 3pts a bonus. its more about us trying to create a style of play to excite the players as much as the fans. HWTL!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wiz

    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I still think Tiote is a good player, but can’t argue he should be in the side ahead of Anita on the basis of recent displays by both players. My point would be, Ed, that it is not a strong bench. This is our Achilles Heel. Even if we have no injuries and no suspensions, that will soon be a very tired first eleven.

  • Wiz

    Sep 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    I have no doubt we will win easily today.

  • Bambams

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    I am not as confident as Wiz although hope Wiz is correct.

    History shows we rarely score more than a couple of goals and Hull will sit back hoping the fans become frustrated and this spills onto the pitch.

    I hope Cisse gets off the mark. His body language does not look good and he is down , I have always said he is a ‘confidence striker’ that when he feels good they go in from 40 yards….

    I am going 2-1 toon but hoping for a little better…..

    I am at work again today so wont be watching, relying on the blog updates from you lot !

  • bobby mango

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Even including Gouf on the bench it’s not that strong. Squad is too thin. Injury to HBA and things suddenly don’t seem so rosey… This is Ashley’s gamble. Still into the game…

    Ideal (realistic) scenario would be winning by more than 1 goal, with Cisse getting on the scoresheet.

    We should win these games. Not saying it’ll be easy, it never is for us! But we should definitely beat all promoted teams at St. James.

  • ToonAndy

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Had a dream that we won this game 5-0! (My dreams never come true) :'(

  • toon kk

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    It will be a tough game harder than most think. We’ll probably be beat 1-3.
    They will put us under pressure and we’ll tire.

  • doonundertoon

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Should really do a write up of the hull squad if you wanted to do this properly.. hull are without there captain koren, figueroa and I think theres another key player they are missing, they also have yannick sagbo back, and they have graham in the squad also, and ex pat geordies always come back to haunt us..

    From the games ive watched steve bruce has hull set up rather nicely, they defend doggedly, and the central midfield pairing of livermore and huddlestone shouldnt be overlooked, huddlestone has looked particularly good, and I really dont think this will be a walkover as many of the over optimistic fans on here are saying, bruce will be playing for the draw, the midfield will be packed and sitting deep, and I feel it will be a very hard fought game

    Im expecting a 2-0 score line for us, but it will be a very hard fought victory, and the only reason im saying 2-0 and not a draw is because I think ben arfa will be matched against whoever hull will be playing in the place of figeuroa at left back, and ben arfa will be trying to prove a point after his midweek comments about the ballon de’or or however its spelt


  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Hull will be coming without any pressure to get points and will be more relaxed. They have nothing to lose and will make it tough for us.

    As much as most think we will walkover hull with a thrashing. I think we’ll draw this 1-1 or 2-2.

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #14

    remember what happened last time we all said ‘easy win’ ‘walk in the park’ etc. we got nailed.

    should win this one but it wont be as easy as some are making out.

    im going 6-0 toon

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    we enter this game with a certain ‘swagger’ to the squad that we haven’t seen since the 6 game win streak a while back. I am praying for us to be ruthless in fornt of gal today and I fully expect Cisse to repay the faith that he has been shown by opening the scoring (11/2 btw). Huddlestone has been a class act since he has joined a squad that he will be integral with, some player IMO and a snip at 5m, he for me is the real threat with his vision and passing range so this means that the back 4 must be on their guard, for his balls could catch Debuchy out over the top if the target that area as a weakness if he goes walkabout, that is my only concern today.

    Our midfield need to control the game today and cisse needs to keep making those runs to create space at the very least for our currently very formidable wide men.


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Just found out that one of our EX players and long standing Physio for many a year, Paul ferris suffered a heart attack last Wednesday

    Lets have a good win for Paul Ferris

    And all the best on your recovery – Get Well Soon


  • fatman

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Too much optimism their Toon Tang if your correct i will buy you a pint, but we need to bang a few goals in to push on lets hope it starts today

    the weekly Micky take of Ashley if anyone wants to read downloadable pdf

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18


    Ferris was the physio within ‘the entertainer’s’ era wasn’t he.

    Sad to hear… another reason for the win then!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Yes he was the Physio during and the entertainers and looked after Shearer when he had his knee injury and became good friends and when Shearer became manager he brought back Paul to the TOON as Physio during his short reign.

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #20

    fatman aye slightly pushing it maybe. should win, i will take 3 points however they arrive today.

    ive got a feeling it could be like wigan home last season when we couldnt break them down till about 83rd? min when cabaye bashed one home.

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #21

    or was that season before. times flying by fast eh

  • shearermania

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #22

    well \hull tigers did a hell of a lot better against man city than we did and they were unlucky not to get a point….this could be a potential banana skin

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Ernest, I gave an an example of one West Ham fan.

    Improvement of players? They’re defensive minded player that you mention. Williamson? Really? Perch i’d agree with, however, we sit back that much that all the team last year was camped round our own box repelling attacks for a lot of the game.

    If you have that many people back, it makes people’s jobs easier defending, therefore you’ll have more of a chance of looking good defensively. With it, however, you also limit chances for the rest of the team for the rest of the game.

    If you think Pardew is a capable manager to be kept on, you’re welcome to your view, but from what I see on the pitch, the lies he tells, and what I’ve been told from first hand staff working with him don’t want him and the club.

    We’ve played one good game last game and there’s Soccer Saturday pundits saying that Villa look poor and nervous at home generally.

    Still, I hope we get a win today.

  • whatsup

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Need to win today to take advantage of a fairly easy fixture list to start. compare this to the Mackems. The next 6 home games are:

    Man U
    Man C

    Wouldn’t fancy that!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #25

    *i dont want him at the club* that was supposed to be. Typing on phone is annoying with lag.

  • A monkey is better then Pardew

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Cisse as usual will do nothing today besides stay offside. Goofy should start ahead of him.

    Tiote should also be on the bench.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #27


    lmao so ashley should sack pards now? and bring in who? im off to watch zlats on footy focus 🙂

  • magicbus

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Think Gouff should start stick Cisse on the bench so he sees he is not an automatic starter. Might liven him him to get a few goals.

  • Ciaran

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Bruce has Hull playing some decent stuff, they’re well organised and have a couple of handy players.

    It’s one thing having the supporters undermine the opposition, but it is a different thing entirely having the team undermine them, so let’s hope we put out a professional showing for the home supporters, get the win, but do so in an attacking way.

    If we start the same way we did a week ago against Villa I can see us being a couple of goals up by half time. It’s all up to how the manager approaches this game.

    3-0 if he goes the right way about it.

  • Jayden

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30

    My first Toon game today.. Should be a walkover, but you never know, especially with our club 😛


  • clinath@ed

    Sep 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #31

    I know I shouldn’t judge on one viewing….but this wolfswinkle (?) is a right donkey!!

  • JackButler

    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #32

    We’ve had a few decent performances and todays game should now be a walk over?

    Don’t think it will be as straight forward as everyone seems to think

  • JackButler

    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Seems like old Joe has decided to crawl back out from the woodwork with the inevitably predictable party line.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Benteke crocked, Villa could struggle now.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Maybe not 😉 .

  • JackButler

    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Big Pappa Cissé


  • bishopblaize

    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Nice to see a positive attitude. No more ashley slaggins off (until we draw or lose)
    Just hope we keep dominating today with good results from the guys on attack.
    Hope Cisse has a part today, 2 from him will open up the other players punching forward.
    Defense is looking good, Mbwia knows his game is will be another with price on his head soon enough!
    Hail Carr .. Keep em coming .. This is Football 🙂
    Let’s hope Chelsea crumble again today (fcuk my dream team 🙂
    Toon x

  • Ciaran

    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #38


    Ashley is still a c**t, but at least the football might be improving.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #39

    We certainly played better last week and were more organised. also using very high energy. If we start and continue today as last weekend I’m going for a 3 -1 win.
    We must keep our shape when not in possession. I’ll be shuddering every time Benny gets clogged.


    Sep 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #40

    bloody espn starsports should be shown.newcstle vs hull but shown s***** cricket cl on both channls


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