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Swansea vs Newcastle – Match Review

4:20 pm, Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 56 Comments

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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. :D

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56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AmeriToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    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

  • 2 IITianToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    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!

  • 3 AmeriToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

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

  • 4 Ginger // Dec 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM


    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.

  • 5 bishopblaize // Dec 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    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!

  • 6 Mister Tuff // Dec 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    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.

  • 7 Vask // Dec 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    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.

  • 8 Moe // Dec 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    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.

  • 9 John Tudor // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    previous,shame you dont for posters@37

  • 10 IITianToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Hi AmeriToon,

    I am at Rice :)

  • 11 lesh // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM


    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

  • 12 tequilamag // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

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

  • 13 Jamiemac // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    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.

  • 14 John Tudor // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    no it’s a point of principal i thought

  • 15 John Tudor // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    some players do uncle joey has

  • 16 Munster Mag // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    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?

  • 17 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    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.

  • 18 DokToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

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

  • 19 DokToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    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

  • 20 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    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 :D

  • 21 DokToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    good one tsunki lol

  • 22 AmeriToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    @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

  • 23 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    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.

  • 24 lesh // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

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

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    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)

  • 26 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM


    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…

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    TDS…indeed that is a very good question ;-)

  • 28 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    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.

  • 29 yo-yo // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM


    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.

  • 30 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

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

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    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

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    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 :-)

  • 33 GoofyFooted // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    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.


  • 34 AmeriToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    @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

  • 35 toonicle // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

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

  • 36 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    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?

  • 37 AmeriToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    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

  • 38 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

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

  • 39 GoofyFooted // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM


    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.

  • 40 Tsunki // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    I agree Haidara improved very quickly up to his injury.

  • 41 Sir Erec // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    i don’t think we need to worry about aerial threats from the swansea side available to play today. Ashley Williams is strong and dangerous, the rest seem don’t seem to be very big

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    It is not just about who to rest but about being clever and tactical.

    We have 23 players or so and I would like to think they could and should play apart if you are serious about mounting a challenge :-)

    Right now we are a tad predictable and one might say one dimensional – could we up that part of our game I think we should be reckoned with!

  • 43 GoofyFooted // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM


    Check it, Haidara did play against Navas in the City game(capital one cup).

    I remember him playing quite well despite being subbed off for a knock.

  • 44 AmeriToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Haidara certainly has alot of potential, think he is still getting over the injury. I still don’t understand why he was bought tho.
    My only guess is that Pardew must know that in a few years Santon will probably want to move back to Italy, and i guess Graham Carr saw haidara as being much more capable than dummet

  • 45 Sir Erec // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Whether we needed Haidara at the time or not, I’m certainly glad we bought him. I think not only is he currently better than Dummett, but he has the potential to be better than Dummett as well.

    Once he returns to full fitness, I would like to see one of the two go out on loan for a couple months to further their development.

  • 46 Moe // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Guys I believe it is a big mistake to “rest” key players, this is a League game just like any other.

    Swansea win = 3pts
    Man U win = 3pts

    I don’t see a reason to rest the likes of Cabaye, Tiote, Colo .. these are key to the team’s performance.

  • 47 AmeriToon // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    when you were talking about haidara playing against man city i think we all assumed you were referring to the league game against man city, just a bit of confusion

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM


    With ed’s serious medical problems I think we can forgive the odd mis-spelling

  • 49 GoofyFooted // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM


    How has Colo been key? When he was out we had two clean sheets, when he was in we gave up a goal a game to lesser teams. SIT HIM.

    As for Cabaye, he is definitely necessary but he is also injury prone, I could see him coming on late in the match but I really think Pardew is going to sit him over almost any other starter.

  • 50 roy // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Coloccini needs dropped he is a liability. Pardew should go all out for a win as Man Utd is a graveyard for us but i still think we could beat them with this team minus Coloccini.

  • 51 DJM TOON // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    just to mirror rotonda’s sentiments, especially in relationtion to all the grief people send ed’s way for certain threads etc,

    ed is a man that is battling a lot of things and yet he still finds time to throw threads up on here

    has it not crossed any of your minds that he might actually get some therapeutic benefits out of having something to distract him from other concerns, the fact that he still has some things to be passionate about.

    i hate to see all these banal inane holier than though posters getting on his case, humanity really sucks at times and its the short sightedness of the self indulging few that keep most posters off this blog

  • 52 Moe // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Goofy @49

    Very good point, I consider Colo a key not just bc of his performance (I thought MYM should’ve edged him out). But what Colo adds a Calmness in the team, the defense doesn’t go into panic mode as soon as we concede a goal.

    As for Cabaye, without him we won’t have much creativity in the team. he’s the one that sets the rhythm of the team in addition to his passing ability. Anita is a good passer, but imo he lacks authority over the midfield.

  • 53 Ted Bundy // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Colo doesn’t panic when we concede? I suppose I must have imagined him captain us (go missing) during some of our most emphatic capitulations. When he comes up against nippy strikers, he often loses the battle, then proceeds loses his head, too.

    Cracking servant, cult status, when we’re on top and rolling he looks brilliant, but not a great leader when the chips are down, in my opinion.

    He’s obviously not a happy bunny personally and this rears it’s ugly head from time to time, I mean, when he snapped and strangled a young kid in that pre-season friendly, it was certainly the action of somebody with some underlying issues, taking it out on another person. Hope he can keep it bottled tonight, if he plays, with his wife’s recent tweets doing the rounds.

  • 54 Ted Bundy // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    *proceeds to lose

  • 55 Ginger // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy

    Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Cisse

  • 56 tequilamag // Dec 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    They are risks with whoever Pardew picks in defence. MYM is unlucky to have been dropped but I don`t think Colo is as bad as many people are arguing. Much of the criticism is the same as was made against Willo . In his defence he has the best ball distribution of all the CH options still.

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