Swansea vs Newcastle – Match Review

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Newcastle have an opportunity to get five league wins in a row for the first time in twenty months, when we take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in south Wales tonight.

In our last two visits there, since Swansea have been in the Premier League, we won 2-0 and then last season we lost 1-0, although if anything we were the better side in that game.

There’s no doubt Newcastle are in good form at the moment, and it remains to be seen how many changes manger Alan Pardew will make to the side that won 2-1 against West Brom at home on Saturday, in what was a close game.

This is what Pardew said about the team today:

“We’re playing well at the minute. We’ve had four really tough games and managed to edge them all,” “But going to Swansea on a Wednesday night will be difficult.”

“They beat us last year so I’m very determined to try and get a result there.” “It would be great if we could keep the run going – that’s what we want to do. I want to keep the momentum.”

“I think they’ve suffered from playing seven more games than us, and injuries. It takes its toll.” “Swansea have had a couple of blows of late and it’s never good to take that at any club, let alone the size of the clubs we are.”

“For the Chelseas, Manchester Uniteds and Manchester Citys, it’s a little bit easier to sustain.”

And since Alan keeps mentioning we are not in the same league – so to speak – as the Chelseas, Manchester Uniteds and Manchester Citys, when are we going to be able to have  a squad that can compete in Europe every season?

We’ve done it in the past, and there’s simply no good reason we cannot do it again.

We’re not sure how many changes Pardew will make to the side for tonight’s game, but we do have another very tough game at Manchester United on Saturday – but we have our best chance of getting all three points tonight, so the manager may only make one or two changes tonight, and then make say four or five for the trip to Old Trafford, in the early kick-off game on Saturday.

This is a possible team for tonight’s game:

Yanga-Mbiwa Coloccini (c) Williamson Dummett
Sissoko Cabaye Anita Gouffran
Ameobi (Sh) Remy
Subs: Elliot Debuchy Taylor (S) Santon Tiote Ben Arfa Cisse

There’s also a chance that Papiss Cisse could get a start up front tonight, and in that team above we have three changes from the side that beat West Brom.

What would your team be for tonight?

The keys to the game are that the defense is strong and solid, and that Newcastle show the resilience they have shown in the last four games, when the lads have refused to bow their heads, and kept fighting all the way.

And fans are surprisingly upbeat about a good result tonight, maybe because Swansea have strikers Michu and Wilfried Bony both out injured.

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It’s an excellent opportunity for the lads to register our fifth win in a row, and just in case that happnes, I’ve got those blood pressure pills all ready – I’m not daft. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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56 comments so far

  • AmeriToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Did i miss something Ed? I didnt know the match already happened
    Am the only one who notices he tends to make a lot of errors like this
    Example: leaving Shola out of the MOM poll saturday

  • IITianToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Hey Dok, I am in Houston too dont forget! It’s just that the first semester has been unbelievably hectic; In fact I have not been able to go around Houston itself.

    I would not tinker with the starting lineup much, just HBA in for Shola; or maybe start with the same lineup as last and then suboff Shola near 60′ and 2 others depending on how the game is going. This is the more important and more winnable game FOSHO!

  • AmeriToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Are you a freshman too? What university? Im a freshman at Indiana university

  • Ginger

    Dec 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #4


    I also prefer Haidara, even too Santon. I don’t think Dummet is as good as either of them but I honestly think Pardews preference for back up left back is Dummet instead of Haidara. Plus Dummet and Santon have a decent partnership.

    Munster Mag.
    I honestly don’t think the team is that bad. It’s rather similar to our current team, aside from Ben-Arfa and Cisse as oppose too Shola and Remy.

    The defence is relatively solid aside from STaylor, but then look at how good Willo has become.

    The midfield could be improved on, as I’m not sold on Obertan. Sammy and Anita are alright. Bigi isn’t ready yet but he’s the closest to a tough tackling midfielder we have aside from Tiote.

    Up front is pretty on par with our current up front, Ben-Arfa could create openings for Cisse.

    It’s not as good as our first team by any means, but I think it could work out relatively well.

  • bishopblaize

    Dec 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Our dressing room must be buzzin as much as Southamptons n Evertons .. Proper dizzy heights in such a competitve Premiership League.

    So hope we edge the Win and also Drop Kick Man Utd’s efforts of anything in the Title race.

    Manure look like they need a clear out in Jan as we just need to strenghten ready for more competions next year.

    Need to find back of net a bit more to keep the exciting momentum!

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Percy recently was saying that Sammy and Obertan had been doing very well in training. I hope this does not signal that Obertan is playing. Not a good enough player in my opinion -if he was going to shine he should have done it by now.

  • Vask

    Dec 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Just looking at our run of fixtures and I can’t see anything other than wins for the toon between now and the 13th of May. Could put is in a decent position to attack the league in July.

  • Moe

    Dec 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Mr. Tuff @6
    Agree with you. I for one have had high hopes for Obertan in the past, but players like him and Marveaux seem to miss something, imo its enough motivation.

    I agree with Ed’s line Although I’d like to see Tiote in the starting line up. Also maybe give Remy a rest on bench and give Cisse a call of confidence, who knows it might turn out to be his game.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #9

    previous,shame you dont for posters@37

  • IITianToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Hi AmeriToon,

    I am at Rice 🙂

  • lesh

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #11


    Welcome to the blog and greetings from Tyneside.

    Trying not to say too much, most of us don’t even see the occasional error that some are keen to point out.

    Ed’s a true Geordie and a devoted fan of Newcastle United and he puts so much effort into this blog – despite a little inconvenience he’s had to cope with!

    Patience, tolerance and less attention to pedantry and more of looking at the big picture makes a good fan of Newcastle United.

    Stay with the lads and enjoy the craic

  • tequilamag

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #12

    JT posters can stick up for themselves, players don`t post here.

  • Jamiemac

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #13

    No reason to not start Debuchy Ed? Had a week off so doesn’t need a rest and he’s not close to suspension. Very odd choice there.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #14

    no it’s a point of principal i thought

  • John Tudor

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #15

    some players do uncle joey has

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #16

    I think he will keep almost the same side as last weekend, and worry about Man U afterwards. He’ll be going for 3 points here, so I dont think Anita will play in starting 11, but Mbiwa might, unless their centre backs get lots of goals from corners?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t get the squad prediction…it’s going to be mostly based on any knocks the players are carrying as well as overall fitness isn’t it? Maybe the yellow cards come into the picture too?

    I have a feeling MYM and Colo might play together and I wonder if Anita might come in for one of the central midfielders and maybe HBA for Ameobi. Not going to guess exactly who as it depends on their fitness levels.

  • DokToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #18

    i know IItoon.. waiting for us to get together for a match!!

  • DokToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #19

    plus ed does put up with all of us, and thats like two fultime jobs…

    ed, thanks for all you do for us supporters, its much appreicated

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Aww bless Ed, Review already! I also think its quaint how he usually spells Newcatsle too. Needs to turn spellcheck on 🙂


    Seems this guy has them down to win but a balanced look from their perspective.

    If things do go well tonight and we are in 3RD just remember, the correct ay is to pinch the fleshy part of the nose for 10 minutes with the face slightly downward. Release and repeat if not immediately successful. Do not blow nose as bleeding may resume 😀

  • DokToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #21

    good one tsunki lol

  • AmeriToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #22

    @11 Lesh
    Thanks for the welcome, but I’ve actually been apart of the blog for a few months now, dont post too often cuz its difficult since I’m always on my phone. I know Ed does his best, just find his little typos amusing.
    @10 Iantoon
    I got a lot of mail from rice, looked at it a bit but decided to stay in state since its cheaper

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #23

    ToondarnSarf @17 – thats how i am hoping to see it. The Swans may be pretty confident of a home win but we have some talent in those fresh legs and a point to prove as well. Plus we have a days rest on them.

  • lesh

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #24

    DokToon @19 – good man, like Ed, stateside.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #25

    I. think it will be a difficult game tonight – we usually don’t fair well against these kind of teams such as Swansea!

    …but if there ever was a good time to meet them it is probably now. I think as someone posted ealier Pardew won’t change much for tonight if anything at all!

    Would we good for us in the long run if he did (in my opinion)

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #26


    They don’t have much height in the attacking players so I reckon they’ll play it on the deck a lot more. MYM and Colo will play I reckon, though that’s no slight on Willo.

    Should be an interesting game. Pardew is going on about having a big and fit squad to choose from, so how will he manage things with 3 games in 8 days…

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #27

    TDS…indeed that is a very good question 😉

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #28

    This is the problem for Pardew. He’s blown a lot of smoke about the effect of injuries, Europa and cup runs on squad stamina, so with an upcming hard game with manure it would be strange for him not to do some rotation seeing as he has the luxury of top choice players to choose from, who all seem to be benefiting from the new lass and her fitness regime. If he sticks with his ‘regulars’ in this schedule, he might risk a regression by the time we get to Manchester.

  • yo-yo

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #29


    Agree – it could be a very hard game tonight. Expcetations tend to become wish fulfillment for a lot of fans and we are going to come back to the ground with a bump sometime soon. TBH I’d take a loss to Palace if we can beat Swans, Manure and Southampton – all by two clear goals.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Hoping for a win but can see a 1-1 here. I would take that reasonably happily though.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Plus what if we loose and he has stuck to his winning formular without making changes when he had a full squad to choose from!

    …I am a bit worried we are limitating us to this one formation where subs are made very late with no inpact more or less!

    Anyway I think Swansea has a point to prove tonight so I hope we are ready 🙂 To good halves wouldd be great! Am I asking too much here? lol

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #32

    yo-yo…keeping the momentum going for as long as possible and getting as many players on form in the process would be amazing!

    I really think if we play our cards right we can make people’s head turn this season 🙂

  • GoofyFooted

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #33

    I go to school in Indiana as well! DePauw University

    Ed, what are you smoking? That lineup is lunacy, and I would be completely shocked if he played it.
    1) Dummett will not play, if anything he will put Haidara in there he played fantastically against Jesus Navas against City.
    2) Debuchy will stay in, he can run forever. He will either sit Colo or YMB
    3) I could see Cabaye getting a rest, Sissoko moving inside and HBA coming on at right wing.
    4) No chance Remy plays. It will be cisse or he will play a lone target man in Shola.


  • AmeriToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #34

    @33 GoofyFooted
    My sister goes to DePauw, she’s a senior their. I was up there the weekend of the Bell game.
    Also i think you have your facts mixed up, haidara didnt play in the city game, it was actually Dummet who contained navas so well lol

  • toonicle

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Cabaye, Tiote and Shola should be sat for HBA, Anita and Cisse. No need to risk Cabaye getting suspended for the ManU game

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #36

    GoofyF- oopsies! I am not sure how close Haidara is to first team anyway. I take it you meant MYM? I think it would be unfair for him not to feature tonight or saturday. Im not sure Shola is up to three ful games in the space of a week…. maybe Cisse with HBA behind?

  • AmeriToon

    Dec 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #37

    agreed, also should make sure cabaye is fully rested for the game, anita should do fine in his place. however i think tiote doesn’t need to be rested as his stamina levels are some of the highest on the team. I just cant figure who needs a rest more for man u, Collo or willo, with Mapou taking one of their places. I would also like to see remy rested so hopefully cisse can regain some confidence

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #38

    jesper @32 – well my head will be spinning if we win tonight thats for certain!

  • GoofyFooted

    Dec 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #39


    Small world, I’m a junior.
    Well Dummett came on after halftime for Haidara, so I guess they both played well against him! I would still see Haidara out there he has more potential.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #40

    I agree Haidara improved very quickly up to his injury.


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