Steven Taylor Starts Against Leicester


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Alan Pardew has just announced his team for the home game with Leicester City and there’s a return for local lad Steven Taylor to the starting eleven.

The rest of the team is as expected, but it’s a return for the longest serving player at Newcastle at the moment, but it also looks like Mike Williamson is injured since he’s not on the bench today.

Newcastle(4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback, Cheick Tiote; Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Mehdi Abeid, Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong

Leicester (4-5-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Ritchie De Laet, Wes Morgan (c), Liam Moore, Paul Konchesky; Marc Albrighton, Danny Drinkwater, Esteban Cambiasso, Matty James, Jeff Schlupp; Leonardo Ulloa
Substitutes: Ben Hamer, Marcin Wasilewski, Dean Hammond, Andy King, Anthony Knockaert, Jamie Vardy, David Nugent

Youngsters Mehdi Abeid, Massadio Haidara, Ayoze Perez and Adam Armstrong are all on the bench today so there’s not too much experience there – and no Sammy Ameobi or Manu Riviere.

It seems that Mike Williamson is suffering from the injury that kept him out of the early pre-season games, so that’s not good news and of course are very thin at center-back, after allowing Yanga-Mbiwa to join Roma on a season long loan deal.

That could turn out to be a huge mistake if Mike is out for any length of time.

We expect Newcastle will play in the 4-3-3 formation we played in at Swansea last time out – and this team is the one that started that game,  with Steven coming in for the injured Williamson.

It’s a little alarming that after the two week International break Mike is still not fit for this game.

And it appears that Newcastle have stopped serving food to those (few) journalists who are not yet banned at Newcastle – what’s going on?

We need to win this game today, and a draw is really not good enough.

Howay The Lads!!

Update – the kick off has been delayed one hour after the big screen at the Leazes End became unsteady before kick off – what an embarrassment – and the club will likely be fined by the Premier League for this.

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97 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Omg noooooooooooooooooooo

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    thats right pardumb, wiilliamson -not coloshitty- was the problem. Lets go leicester city

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  • Graeme

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Is that really the best team P45DUE has available for a “Must Win” game at SJP???

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #4

    ‘Hollywood’ Taylor is what we call him.

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  • sticklebricks

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5

    No drama here for me, Saylor will do a solid job.

    Ameobi would have been a starter for me inplace of Gouffran who likes tired, presume Sammi is injured..?

    Would be nice to see Perez given some decent gametime today, bits that we have seen of the lad, hes looked pretty decent..

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Is this really a 442?? Or another 451??

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  • scout

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #7

    taylor????? we are doomed

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  • scout

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8

    cabella on the bench and 1 up front. If you left the gate open gouffran would run through it ffs

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  • Tartantoon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Gouffran somehow as undroppable as Pardew is unsackable. Desperately 6nc4eative line up 🙁

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    one thing with tayls is you will get 101% effort and commitment

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #11

    3 full time DMC and a spare in sissoko

    hangs his head in shame

    this is L C we are playing

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  • scout

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    effort from taylor is unquestionable its the pure lack of pace and has the turning circle of the qe2

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    I’v wanted Taylor to get his chance.

    Our defence hasn’t been great I think he deserves a shot.

    Surprise us with a clean sheet today.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #14

    What is it I wonder? 4-2-3-1 again?

    Tiote-colback

    Alien heed-sissoko-gouffran

    Cisse

    Probably a 4-5-1 with gouffran acting as cover for LB with alien heed doing the same.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    On the other side.

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  • scout

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #16

    we wont get a clean sheet against this crew

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  • Tartantoon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Desperate spelling too!

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan ©, James, Albrighton, Schlupp, Moore, Cambiasso, Ulloa

    Konchesky – Uh oh. Set pieces are going to get a bit hairy.

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  • scout

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Its a forum not a classroom

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #20

    The lack of Premier League experience on that bench is alarming for me like!

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  • davetoon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #21

    No doubt this will get a workout today

    http://www.alanpardewsrandomexcusegenerator.com/

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Cabella on the bench and Goufran on?

    I’m changing from 2-2 to 1-2 now I’ve seen our starting 11

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  • scout

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #23

    nailed on both teams to score

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  • peterk3

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Why do so many people on here talk with abbreviations.
    WTF is wrong with spelling words. Its like reading a cryptic sentence.
    That’s it rant over, back to the footy.

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  • MacToon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Delay to KO due to wobbly screen, gushing 6mph winds unexpected on huge big screen prem debut – possible the game could be postponed!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Game delayed with inspection at 3.

    New giant screen is “flapping in the wind” so needs to be assessed for safety reasons.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #27

    The TV problem has now delayed the kick off. Nobody admitted to the Leazes, an Engineer is now on site and an inspection die at 1500!!

    You really couldn’t make it up.

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  • davetoon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #28

    another own goal

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #29

    MacToon, they’re a joke. It’s hardly a blizzard.

    Fans will have regular paranoia sitting there now.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Ben Arfa starting for Hull, how did that happen?

    *sarcasm*

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    What a blessing it would be if this game got called off, and we got to play this game later down the line with a new manager.

    It could be the difference between relegation and survival.

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  • MacToon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #32

    A tweet: “When #nufc say “engineer” they mean John Carver & gaffa tape by the way.”

    Laurent, it is embarrassing. There’s mention that there needs to be a structural assessment and cannot see that happening today so could be called off and a huge fine for NUFC!

    You couldn’t make this sh1t up.

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  • kevymartins

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #33

    That ejit just say 4-5-1 again. I was feeling pritty confident but now after seeng that there is n hope ffs

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #34

    @20

    lol thx

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  • Graeme

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Hopefully the installation company will be well insured for damages if the game is called off!! Its not as if they didnt know there was a game on at 1500 today and they should have ensured their installation was completely safe!!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Big decision by the engineer on this one. What is going to happen in the heavy winter days when it is actually very windy? It’ll be taking off!

    People will be looking up rather than at the pitch.

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Typical pardew team – no creative players, will be looking to keep Leicester out and score on break

    Expect a dour workmanlike game with little skill on show

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Glad Williamson has been dropped (it’s about time). Anyone who thinks Williamson is better than Mbiwa is not right in the head.

    Colback is also nowhere near as good as Anita. I can’t understand why Anita and Abeid aren’t playing.

    Gouffran has been that poor, he shouldn’t even be in the squad. The next manager should utilise him as a centre forward. That’s his best position.

    Paul Dummett is absolutely useless.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #39

    With only the pics of the bracket going up last week or whatever it was, without the screen it has been left far too late to do proper safety checks surely?

    Rush job.

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  • scout

    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #40

    engineers on zero hour contracts

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