Ben Arfa, Taylor (S), Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa And Cisse All Start


Yanga-Mbiwa and Steven Taylor start the game in central defense for Newcastle today in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at home to Cardiff City, and  Mike Williamson gets a well deserved rest, and this is Taylor’s only second appearance for  Newcastle this season, after he started the first game at the Etihad Stadium in August.

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Yanga-Mbiwa – gets a start in central defense today

So that looks like Alan Pardew has made six changes to the side that disappointed and lost 1-0 at the Hawthorns to West Brom on Wednesday afternoon.

It will give some of our fringe players a much-needed chance to shine today, and hopefully we’ll be good enough to get through to the 4th round of the FA Cup by 5:00 pm local time this afternoon.

Fab Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye and Tim Krul are all out injured,  and Mathieu Debuchy is suspended for the first of three games, after his straight red card on Wednesday.

And Ben Arfa, as expected, gets a rare start and has a chance to shine for the Magpies today, and Davide Santon switches over the right back – to allow Massadio Haidara to comes in at left-back, so there are four changes made to the defensive five with only Santon playing in the last game.

Jak Alnwick, the Ameobi brothers, Loic Remy, Mike Williamson, Gabby Obertan and Paul Dummett are on the bench.

Cardiff City play a strong side, in the first game for new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and last time out they were unlucky to lose to two very late goals to Arsenal on Wednesday.

We need a win today.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle:(4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; Cheick Tiote (c), Vurnon Anita; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy

Cardiff 4-4-2): David Marshall; Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson (c), Ben Turner, Declan John; Don Cowie, Aron Gunnarsson, Kim Bo-Kyung, Peter Whittingham; Peter Odemwingie, Andreas Cornelius
Substitutes: Joe Lewis, John Brayford, Steven Caulker, Tommy Smith, Craig Noone, Craig Conway, Fraizer Campbell

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Manchester)



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454 comments so far

  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Strong team. Cisse is back. Come on Cisse, score a few today lad.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    i’d have gone willo over saylor and remy over gouff but can’t complain about this team.

    i think it shows we are going…colo, cabs and krul injured so have to come out…only two missing who could play are remy and willo, good call pardew.

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  • pottsclock

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Mssrs Taylor and Cisse – this is your opportunity to show why you should remain at this club.

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  • davetoon

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope Pardew has told Cisse to just go out and play with a smile on his face. He needs to relax and play like he can as he might not get many more opportunities

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  • L.ARAVIND

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    really good team….happy to see that shola isn’t starting,,players must take the responsibity and go out for the win….BEN ARFA dont let the team down…

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  • Kris

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Gosling and Marveaux is defo moving out this transfer window! No doubt about that.

    Like todays team though! Haidara, Ben Arfa and Anita really deserve their start!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #7

    jesper

    frm previous

    this isn’t my ideal style either, and yes benny has been great playing in our team attacking in the past.

    but if this is the style the manger thinks he can get the best from then go to let him either get on with it and pick the players he feels work best in the style or replace him with somebody the club feel play a better style….and can’t see that happening

    so might have an unhappy jesper for a while

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Dangerous move by Pardew to field Saylor same goes for fielding Cisse.

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  • Cantbuyye

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #9

    You cant listen to bbc Newcastle on media u Android app.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    better team than I expected so a bit more upbeat.

    be interesting to see how and where he plays sissoko and HBA

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    sparky

    sissoko middle and benny right i imagine

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  • Cantbuyye

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Goofy and Sissoko could’ve been rested for Sammy and Jonas.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Hats off to Pardew for fielding a decent side, given the circumstances. Apart from one or maybe two, these are the players who will face Citeh. Keep Sissoko to the back, if he strides forward Anita can cover, I would rather see Anita distributing to the wingers and forwards.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Cardiff Team:

    Marshall; McNaughton, Hudson (C), Turner, John; Whittingham, Kim, Gunnarsson, Cowie; Odemwingie, Cornelius

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Gutted that this game is not available to watch anywhere ! Will only probably get about 2 mins on Match of the Day as well !

    The only person that I am worried about is Saylor but sure Mbiwa will get him through the game I feel Willo to come back in against City though

    Hope Arfa is playing in a free role but he needs to deliver defensively but most importantly he needs to deliver offensively make the right choices as this is the bit of his game that lets him down Anita and Tiote will give him the platform to strut his stuff because they will win the ball back if he loses it in the middle

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Excellent second team, shows we have more depth than most ppl say we have. I just wish Pardew uses some of these players in the league. It’s always same 11 with minor changes, and Ben arfa and cisse always favourite to come off the bench.

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  • Willo4England

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Hey guys, first time poster, long time observer, just wondering about the game today if there is any televised streams etc? can anyone let me know, would be much appreciated

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Aren’t we fashionable? Not even deserving of a cam feed anywhere 🙁

    You can get leeds v Rochdale though……

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #19

    canttbuye

    or we could have just conceded the game….no point playing people who aren’t good enough.

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  • davetoon

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #20

    @Cantbuyye wont the feed cut off at 3pm though when the game starts cos of copyright?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #21

    I think you will find its Mbiwa I’d the one who needs marshaling, I’m glad Saylor is on the pitch he is more aware of keeping the line.

    Hopefully playing Cisse with Hatem will be more effective, from what I have seen of Remy, Cisse is likely to be more grateful for that service into the box.

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  • AaranD

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Strong side today should get us through.
    City struggling to breakdown Blackburn it seems, Rhodes will come on and put them out.

    My ideal January Transfers would be:
    Jucilei – Anzhi – £5million (CM) (25) Dynamic midfielder.
    Remy Cabella – Montpellier – £12 million (W/AM) (23) Pacey, tricky attacking midfielder.
    Manolas – Olympiacos – £3 million (CB) (22) Strong, quick defender.
    Rhodes – Blackburn – £8 million (ST) (23) Ready for the step up to the prem.

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  • roblee7

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Where on earth is Marveaux? Not even on bench! Has to be one of the most poor signings of recent years given high wages. Sad to say but I guess Liverpool dodged a bullet…

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #24

    success today depends on formation. i hope Sissoko is not being played in the withdrawn striker role cause he sucks in the position. He should be on the right wing or deeper in midfield alongside Tiote. Good to see Saylor back. Hope he hasnt lost his sharpness. HTL!!!!!

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  • Graeme

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Thats not a bad team that Pardew has fielded today. There is absolutely no reason that team couldn’t beat Cardiff.

    It would be nice to see Cisse find the back of the net from free play – it would do him the world of good and with Benny, Sissoko, Gouffy, Santon & hairdryer on the pitch, he may get some decent service as well.

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  • Themesh

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #26

    if anyone finds a radio stream can they post the link please?

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  • martoon

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #27

    The defence that I expected – quite pleasantly surprised Sissoko & Gouffran playing – very surprised Jonas not even on the bench he seems to have fell down the same hole as Marveaux 🙂

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #28

    ”Hope Arfa is playing in a free role but he needs to deliver defensively”

    Ben Arfa is an attacking midfielder, he is not supposed to defend… if he is running back he is forfeiting his attacking zone when the ball breaks back to our possession.. (As others have said, yes, he should close his man down though)

    http://www.totaltottenham.com/content/uploads/2013/07/433_positional_zones_in_possession.jpg

    ^ The Bale zone in this image is where Ben Arfa should be playing… just let the guy do what he does naturally.

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Marveaux is an excellent player under a mediocre manager

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Still don’t get this obsession with Hatem defending, as long as the forwards and back line do their job we shouldn’t need to be blaming AM’s for conceding goals / not winning the game for us, except if they don’t show up or try at all.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed – Here’s a thought, why don’t you post the links to our matches on the last article before the match? It would be much appreciated by all toon fans that can’t make the match.

    Can anyone supply working links to today’s match as I struggling to find any, PLEASE HELP 🙁

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  • roblee7

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Toonbrother….from what I’ve seen of him he looks far from excellent

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Well done Ancient 🙂

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  • Oleg G

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Wow. No links. Is it 2006 again?

    I guess I will watch
    Grimsby Town vs. Huddersfield Town

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #35

    ancient

    thats when spurs were in possession, not when out of it

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  • davetoon

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Citeh down to 10 men

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #37

    so there is no way to watch the game today through streaming?

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  • martoon

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #38

    You can listen to the commentary on BBC Newcastle website because it’s not restricted by premiership rules.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Jp mate sorry but we are too far down the food chain for a live feed today.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Lets hope the lads impress today; we need both Benny, Saylor, Cisse and Mbiwa to play a part this season as well 🙂

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