Preview Of A Must-Not-Lose Game For Newcastle

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While tomorrow’s game may not be a must-win game, it is certainly, absolutely and most definitely a must-not-lose game.

We have lost three games on the trot and five games on the trot at home, so a sixth successive home defeat would be almost unbearable and it would certainly put manager Alan Pardew under enormous pressure, and even more pressure than he is already under.

So that’s the very last thing we want to see tomorrow, and whoever has the privilege of wearing the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle tomorrow at St. James’ Park – needs to show guts, pride and 100% all-out effort, after the Tottenham debacle – which was simply a disgrace to Newcastle United Football Club.

Villa manager Paul Lambert thinks his club are playing Newcastle at a good time, and he’s right, and we must be very strong in the first 30 minutes tomorrow, and try not to concede any goals.

This is what former Norwich manager Paul Lambert said at his press conference for the Newcastle game:

“We are going to go there on the front foot, because if we do then their crowd might become edgy,”   “Any club that has a big fan base, especially at home they expect to win.”

“When things are going against you then you can hear the grumblings.”  And sometimes, as a player, it can get to you. You have got to try to get their crowd against them.”

We’re not sure Newcastle fans expect to win – rather we’d love it if we can finally win another game.

This could be a water-shed game for Newcastle,  and other clubs further down the league are starting to catch us, and West Ham are now only six points behind us in 10th place,  so it’s about time Newcastle started to get some points on the board.

Alan Pardew in his press conference responded to those words from Lambert by saying:

“I’m surprised by that.”  “I think he’s under-estimated our fans. He might regret saying that after the game.”

The Newcastle fans at home tend to be very patient, and that will need to be the case tomorrow, even if we go a goal down, but it’s the Newcastle players who should be setting the mood of the crowd, by giving them a committed and good performance.

Yes, we have lost Yohan Cabaye, but all our other players are now available, and we also have Luuk de Jong on board.

The results over the last nine games, given the teams we have put out, should have been a lot better, which is why the manager is now under pressure.

Remy, Tiote and Colo are now available and we expect them to all start tomorrow, and we think Pardew will play in a 4-4-2 formation with Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong up front.

And since both players have both movement and skill,  they could make an excellent front two tomorrow, and maybe we will be able to score some goals, which we haven’t done since we hammered West Ham 3-1 back on 18th January. 🙁

Davide Santon had a stinker against Tottenham, as he did against Sunderland,  and was replaced in both games by local lad Paul Dummett at half time, and Paul had a good second half against Spurs,  so he will likely keep his place, and we’ll assume Ben Arfa is injured – so this is the side we think Pardew will play tomorrow afternoon:

Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Dummett
Sissoko Anita Tiote Gouffran
de Jong Remy
Subs: Elliott Santon Yanga-Mbiwa Taylor Ameobi (Sh) Ameobi (Sa) Cisse

Tim Krul did not have a good game against Spurs,  but he will likely keep his place, and Steven Taylor will be dropped to make way for Colo, who has been badly missed.

What would your team be for tomorrow?

47% think we can win this game tomorrow, and 32% think we’ll lose our sixth home game in a row. 🙁

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The keys to the game are that our defense is strong for a change, because we have given away far too many soft goals in the last three games,  when we have conceded a mammoth 10 goals.

And with Loic and Luuk up front we need to score some goals.

We really hope we can win this game tomorrow, and for those loyal fans at the game, try to stay with the lads – however difficult that may be – and you never know what might happen – we could even win this game.

That’s the hope.

Howay The Lads!!

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44 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #1

    I did say I would watch the game just to hear what Pardew’s next excuse would be, but I think I’ll decline!

  • toon22

    Feb 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #2

    A nothing game at the end? of a forgettable season.
    Starting to not care what happens,MA wins with his shitty adverts.

    Roll on next season for another forgettable year,if we are lucky.

  • Mint

    Feb 22, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #3

    We will NOT win this game – we have never won a game when three senior players returned to a loosing squad, it will be a 0-0 if we are luck, and then next game we may have a plan that works by then

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 22, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #4

    I think there is still potentially a fine side to be picked and prepared out of this squad. A lot depends on De Jong proving his worth and the whole first choice staying out of trouble injury wise. That in itself shows our problems with depth and quality, but we really need a bit of luck now and the boost that comes with it to help pull us out and away from this horrendous slump and looking to next season with some optimism.

    Could go either way now, which is such a reckless and unnecessary position to have gotten ourselves into.

  • firebug666

    Feb 22, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #5

    When you look at the results of the voting above I think it show how much this regime have demoralised the fans. Villa should be a team we are beating easily, and a few years ago I would have thought the voting for a win would be much higher.

    I don’t think it’s directed as much at the players as at the way AP will set up the team, employ his inept tac tactics, and pull all our attackers back into defence for 70 minutes of the game.

  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #6

    It should be a win our midfield is much much better so i will be unable to fathom if we lose.

    Were at home, were stronger, we need to attack from the off.



    Debuchy – Williamson – Coloccini – Haidara

    Sissoko – Tiote – Anita

    Remy – De Jong – Cisse

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #7

    thank god jesper just imagine actually supportin the team!!

    must feel like payin for a pint in norway!!

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #8

    mole i’d swap cisse with goof and dummet with hiadara
    and i feel that will be our team tomorrow

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah that must be that it most feel like!!!

    …thank god there are different ways to support a team !

  • Blofal

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #10

    I would play..

    Debuchy – Willo – Colo – Haidara

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah like not watching the game and hoping the managers sacked!

    wat a way to support ya team!

    i can’t actually think of a better way to support ya team!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t support team Pardew !

    …why do I always have to explain myself to you. Could you please explain me that?

  • Sliema

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #13

    We are sh!t.

  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #14

    We will struggle tomorrow, confidence is low.
    Hope Remy scores because no one else is capable.

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #15

    well jesper wen you say you won’t watch the game but will “listen to pardews excuses” it kinda counteracts that doesn’t it?

    infact it seems your very interested in pardew infact more so than the team!
    just sayin like!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #16

    And I have to explain myself to you because…???

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #17

    toonk i hope remy is unleashed through his clearance from rape now aswell as being suspended

    i reckon he’ll get at least 2 tomorrow

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #18

    jesper well you did ask me fella haha

    “why do I always have to explain myself to you. Could you please explain me that?”

    literally 10 mins ago haha!!

  • yo-yo

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #19


    If you don’t support team Pardew who have you been supporting for the last three years ?

  • toon kk

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #20

    A half empty stadium would send out a great statement to Mash we’re not happy expecially with live tv coverage.
    But people will flock in there thousands watch sh.t then complain.

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Boys in the locker room must win this soccer match.

    Do it for the usa

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #22

    yo-yo well swansea for the last year an a half is my bet! 🙂

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Pardew loses this one manxpie’s getting kneecapped.

    Make no bones about that.

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #24

    belfast wrong blog mate

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #25

    I still fail to see the reason why I should explain myself to you?

    …that is not a reason! When I say something on here it does not imply I need to explain anything to you – you might think it does and want a confrontation.

    There is just absolutely no reason for me to explain myself to you on any given time. Hence the question, why do I always have to explain myself to you?

    …that is a rhetoric question by the way!

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #26

    no worries on that belfast

    i’ve got no kneecaps!

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Handcapped will.

    You’re getting some kind of capping either way.

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #28

    jesper keep digging mate
    your right that could be a rhetoric question!!??

    but this isn’t………..!!!

    …”Could you please explain me that?”!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Yo-yo…you are a smart ass aren’t you?

    worry about who you support and for what reason. We support Newcastle for different reasons I suppose and even support different aspects of club I suppose.

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #30

    The pitchforks will be out, if we lose like.

    Your safety can not be guaranteed

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #31

    belfast well i do like a nice new york yankees one so that would be nice thanks

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Manx…are you bored…maybe even a bit drunk? Or are you just looking for a late night confrontation?

    …you are hard a hearing I suppose or it is the reading that is the problem.

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #33

    no jesper the 1st comment on this thread comes across as a very “smart arse” comment!!!

    and infact you come across as a very “smartarse” poster!!

    how come you never responded to my 1st post of today?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Now move along now Manx!

    You need to be able to take a hint at some point?

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #35

    well since as its you who hasn’t read wat you have typed and its i that has pointed out alot of crap you have posted

    it certainly ain’t me that has the problem jesper!!

    but go on and on and keep digging

    (p.s typing on a screen does in no way effect the ears!!!)

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #36

    You’s two are ruining it for all the rest of us. You evil individuals

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #37

    I should probably leave so you will get the hint 😉

  • manxpie

    Feb 23, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #38

    belfast but just imagine as a fan actually hoping that we’ll win!
    i know its hard like but just imagine being a little bit optimistic!
    imagine it!
    but i suppose i should just be a grumpy arse and not believe in our team and actually hope we’ll lose and then we’ll get david o’leary or alan curbishley!

    actually yeah your right i can’t wait till 1 of them comes in can’t wait!

    but i do wish poyet and solksier had a chance with us because they are such good mamnagers that have achieved so much in this league!

    such a shame!

  • Belfast

    Feb 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #39

    Ole looks a great manager lol

    That was Catchys tip

  • manxpie

    Feb 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #40

    no jesper your last posts should tell ya alot fella

    i’ll help you out tho
    if you ask someone an out right question
    you shouldn’t then complain that i answered the question and actually directly contradict yourself!
    and then try and back that up with a massive contradiction again!|!
    hint hint hahaha


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