Krul, Dummett, Steven Taylor And Shola Ameobi All Start


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It’s all change at Newcastle, as manager Alan Pardew has shaken up the team for the game at Stoke this afternoon, and he makes four changes to the side that was hammered 4-0 by Manchester United last week, and in come Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Shola Ameobi to the starting eleven, and it’s interesting that three of them are Geordies.

Maybe we’ll see some more fight from the team today, as local lads Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett and Shola Ameobi all start.

And it seems that Pardew will play three at the back – all center-backs in Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini – and we’ll just have to wait and see how that works out.

Newcastle will play in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation with Shola and Papiss Cisse up front and Luuk de Jong is benched, along with Massadio Haidara and Rob Elliot, and young Adam Armstrong makes the bench again today.

And it’s also good to see Gael Bigirimana back on the bench again, after he has had an injury interrupted season, but Gael was very impressive last season in his first season on Tyneside.

Not many fans think Newcastle will get much out of this game this afternoon.

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We really need to turn this thing around and hopefully get a surprise win

Teams:

Stoke: (4-4-1-1): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Erik Pieters; Stephen Ireland, Steven Nzonzi, Glenn Whelan, Marko Arnautovic; Peter Odemwingie; Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Muniesa, Wilson Palacios, Charlie Adam, Jonathan Walters, John Guidetti

Newcastle: (3-5-2): Tim Krul; Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c); Vurnon Anita, Dan Gosling, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Paul Dummett; Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gael Bigirimana, Hatem Ben Arfa, Luuk de Jong, Adam Armstrong

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)



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111 comments so far

  • MosesNUFC

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1

    That is one of the worst team selections i’ve ever seen under pardew. Saylor at right back? shola instead of armstrong? Gosling instead of bigi?

    The only formation i can see that that team fits into is like a 3-5-2 with gouffran and dummett wing backs

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh Dear,

    Never go full retard Alan .

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  • mattnufc

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    I remember when they played 3 cb’s at Stoke and Pardew said it was a mistake after that game.

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  • BandB

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #4

    We are seeing the future here today.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    3-5-2 formation, according to NUFC on Twitter.

    It is good to see Gosling getting another crack of the whip. Now or never for Dan Gosling.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Not all managers are high maintenance. Martinez is a very good example of that.

    pardew consistently fails in every job because he has no style on or off the pitch.

    When today was crying out for flair and youth we get the same predictable bs.

    hate is a very emotive word but god I despise this cretin.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #7

    thats the most defensive team ive ever seen for us

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Dummet, Taylor, Gosling, Shola

    over

    Haidara, M’biwa, Marveaux, HBA .

    There are no words .

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    I actually don’t mind a sweeper system but pardew’s version of it could mean anything!!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Also Gouffran who was in the top 5 scorers in France the season we bought him is playing as a wingback FFS .

    Did Pardew find his coaching badges in the bottom of a cereal box or what ? .

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #11

    the guy is proven time after time he is a fool ,

    trying to match them for hight, instead of implimenting his own game, oh wait he don’t have a game plan

    come on manx , waiting for you to back the genius up with your wisdom

    nugget

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Only Pardew could pick this formation and still be accused of being defensive 🙂

    At the end of the day, what formation they start in has little effect on whether the passing and movement is any good…which is often where we fail.

    Still, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for meeeeee and I’m feeling good. Wait, I think I got sidetracked…feeling good? No chance, it’s match day.

    Come on lads, leave us scratching our heads for the right reasons today…please.

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #13

    That does it, Pards has finally snapped and lost the plot.

    Either a 4-4-2 with Saylor at RB or a 3-5-2 with Dummet and Gouffran as wing-backs.

    Either way it’s not our best team by a long stretch. I still think we could surprise ourselves and come away with a point though.

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  • Greebol1892

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Damage limitation today. Obvious he would play strolla to combat their aerial and physical fret….. Always liked Taylor at RB mind. But Dummett??? Stoke will punish us 3 or 4-0 today making the most of us constantly giving the ball away. Coloccini is a 1-0 head start to the opposition.
    Yet again we will be lucky to score thanks to zero creativity in the side and our hapless manager’s defensive mindset.
    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • toon kk

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Another 3-0 hammering on the way.

    Shola playing doesn’t surprise me with Pards tbo, I bet he’s offered a new short contact.

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  • Greebol1892

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s 4-4-2.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #17

    If Ameobi is up against LDJ for a contract at Newcastle next season, it looks like Ameobi is edging ahead in the race. From what I have seen so far, I would have Shola over LDJ.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #18

    BPC

    You’re right there are no words. who in their right mind with any ambition would want to a) join and b) stay with this complete narcissistic egomaniac.

    In Pardew world he probably thinks he’s doing a good job

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #19

    ash and pardew are beyond evil with this never ending water torture

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #20

    ancient

    that says it all !!!

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Bpc

    Dummett and Anita are the wingbacks mate

    On the team…..their are not words yet in existence that can adaqetly describe that shower of shit!

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  • BandB

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #22

    This team, full of Pardew loyalists and his type of players, has been on the cards ever since he came back from his summer holiday and Gosling’s transfer strangely fell through.
    He hasn’t lost the plot.
    This IS the plot!

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #23

    I may be in the minority but I would actually like to see us retain the services of Luuk de Jong. We’re forgetting that not only is this 22 year old kid trying to adapt to a new league and a new country half-way through a season, but he’s also had very little football this season.

    Yes he’s not been strong enough aerially, and has fluffed his lines on more than one occasion but that doesn’t mean he can’t come good.

    He has shown good hold up play and linked excellently with Remy when they played together.

    He will never be a prolific goal-scorer but I think if given a chance he could become a very good player for us.

    If de Jong is let go back to Monchengladbach and we give Shola a new contract I’ll be very disappointed.

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  • nut meg

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #24

    This could be the slowest united team that I have ever seen!

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #25

    And yes it’s 3-5-2

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #26

    BandB

    Sadly, you’re right.

    For a split second I was thinking like a football fan, and not like a brow beaten NUFC fan who has been exposed to this regime for the last 7 years, 3 1/2 of which with Pardew at the helm.

    I really should know better because, as you say, this is the future of NUFC.

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  • Blofal

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #27

    I feel sorry for Pardew with that selection… I think he has taken the criticism of not being attacking enough and decided to play a 3-5-2.

    I am all for a 3-5-2. I think you will find Dummet and Anita playing as wing backs. Anita should have been filling in at RB to begin with anyway.

    That will push Gouffran more central and give him a rest from having to track back so much to cover the LB as he has done previously… the guy has been knackered for weeks.

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #28

    that team selection looks p… poor, slow, lack of movement, lack of creativity, lack of leadership. Pards is gonna get hammerred when we lose this

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  • cyprus

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Is he a tactical genius or what

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Blofal

    You feel sorry for Pardew?!?! pfffffffftttttt!!!!

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Yeah at least de Jong might come good. Shola’s had almost 400 opportunities to show he’s a footballer and failed in about 395 of them

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  • Blofal

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #32

    And whilst I understand everyones frustration… just sit down… suck a d! Ck and see how it goes.

    At least we are trying something different insyead of the same old crap we’ve been putting up with for weeks.

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  • cyprus

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Ciaran,
    If he could shoot the ball it would help a lot 🙂

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  • Graeme

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #34

    I can see why he would play 3-5-2 trying to avoid conceeding another 4 goal pasting.
    Other than as a “Hoof-ball” panic clearance target from defence – what exactly does playing Bambi hope to achieve? He scores how many goals per season / year / decade??
    He is slower than watching concrete set, as mobile as a floodlight pylon, as athletic as a man with one leg, on crutches – he is useless.

    Saylor as a 3rd CB? – yeah, right; he gets confused playing with only on partner, giving him 2 to choose from is beyond him.

    This team smacks of desperation to avoid a thrashing, by a desperate drowning man grasping at straws. I really hope they have been practicing this set-up every single session in the last week or we could be holding our heads in our hands by 1700!!!!

    What are the odds of Stoke pushing us back into 10th place by the end of the season??

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Blofal

    I see debate is not your strong point…

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  • fray bentos

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #36

    @23

    And not forgetting falling straight into a bad team playing horribly with bad morale, even players like RVP would find it hard in our team at moment

    People are quick to judge but not all players adapt quickly, you must have some quality or good potential if you have been picked for the Dutch national team, some players will just never adjust to the premier league but only time will tell, what am i doing asking football fans to have patience, that’s ridiculous

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  • Ciaran

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Cyprus

    He’s panicking in shooting situations, and maybe he’ll never be good at that, but I’d much rather having de Jong’s hold up play than Cisse every day of the week. He’s got a good footballing brain too and honestly he is a better player than Shola.

    It’s a bit unfair judging his NUFC career after 10 games like.

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  • south coast toon

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    well i cant say anything im dumbfounded
    does anyone know how many hat team has scored in the last two seasons exclude cisse
    pardew drink some coffee sobar up and take a good look at that team please and shut your door behind you
    this is a comp between ashley and pards
    ashley wants pards out but wont pay for it
    pards aint quitting and wants the sack its got to be…

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  • fray bentos

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #39

    back to the team, it’s a truly awful setup and I hate to say this but hopefully we get mauled again

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 12, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Call me crazy lads, but I have a feeling today is the day that Shola fulfills his true potential.

    I’m expecting at least a hat-trick. Not sure who’ll score it, but Shola will be on the field and he’ll be on the front foot. Now, which is the front one again, is it the left or right?

    Let’s take no risks, Shola lad, get both feet in front of you at all times!

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