It looks like 18 year-old Rolando Aarons and 21 year-old left back Massadio Haidara will get starts tonight at Gillingham, with the Newcastle manager mentioning both young players today in one of his interviews.
Alan Pardew – disappointed with FA Cup defeat last January
Rolando has looked great when he has played for the first team, but he was left out of the squad on Saturday, which may be a decent hint that he will start tonight.
Massadio Haidara started most of the pre-season games, but then Paul Dummett started the two league games, but we expect Massadio to get a start tonight.
This is what manager Alan Pardew has said today:
“I think Rolando kind of had a baptism of fire – I put him right in at the deep end,” “I’m going to use him this year because I really like him – we think he has great, great talent.”
“But this was our first away game, and it was a tough call on the bench.” “We had a little feeling about Dummy (Dummett), so I needed Sadio (Massadio) on the bench.”
“We decided to keep him off, but he will be in and around this team for sure all season.” “I think one of the most disappointing games for me last year was Cardiff,”
“We should have won in the FA Cup and we lost it in the last sort of eight or nine minutes,” “That was our last cup game, and we need to react to that.”
“We need to get a win.” “I will probably take the same 20 players that I took to Villa to Gillingham.”
With the Cardiff City game in January, we seemed to be strolling to a 1-0 win with a goal from Cisse after 62 minutes, but then Cardiff scored two goals through their subs – Craig Noone after 73 minutes and then Fraizer Campbell after 80 minutes to win the game.
Their first win in 10 games by the way. 🙁
We have done very poorly in the FA Cup since Alan Pardew joined the club, and the furthest we have advanced is the 4th round – when we lost at Brighton two years ago.
Last year in the Capital One Cup we actually won two ties at Morecambe and Leeds United (both 2-0), before we lost at home to Manchester City 2-0 after extra time – so we did reasonably well last time out in this competition.
And it’s the same 20 man squad for tonight’s game as on Saturday – but Alan will make some changes and give some of the subs on Saturday a start tonight.
We have to win this game.
Note: Kieron Hubbuck will be participating in the Great North Run this year for the MNDA, the Motor Neurone Disease Association or ALS – which is an incurable disease. Kieron’s Aunt was diagnosed with MNDA some months back, and that’s one reason Kieran is attempting to raise funds.
You can contribute to MNDA on Kieron’s Just Giving page. Thanks.
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