Ryan Taylor, Aarons, Armstrong And Abeid All Start


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Alan Pardew has just announced the side to play Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium tonight and Rolando Aarons and Adam Armstrong both start the game and there are seven changes from the side that started against Spurs on Sunday. 🙁

The good news is that Ryan Taylor is also back, and makes his first start for Newcastle for 26 months – a huge achievement for the 30 year-old Liverpudlian – and we’re sure the 3000 Geordie fans there tonight will give him an ovation.


Teams:

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Willy Caballero Bacary Sagna, Martin Demichelis, Eliaquim Mangala, Aleksandar Kolarov; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure (c); James Milner, Stevan Jovetic, David Silva; Edin Dzeko
Substitutes: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Dedryck Boyata, Fernando, Jesus Navas, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero

Newcastle: (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara; Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan, Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons
Substitutes: Tim Krul, Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere

Certainly it’s a strange side with Paul Dummett at center-back and Haidara in at left back, and Rob Elliot is in as Tim Krul takes a rest.

But this is by no means the best side Newcastle could have played tonight, so Liverpool on Saturday is the big priority.

We had thought (or maybe hoped is the better word) that Alan would essentially start his best team – but there are seven changes from the side that started on Sunday, and Steven Taylor is not even on the bench tonight.

That must be the strongest bench we’ve seen at Newcastle for a long time.

However it’s good news on the injury front with Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons and Manu Riviere all back from injury, and we’re a little surprised Sammy Ameobi didn’t get a start – but that may be because he will be starting on Saturday?

If we win the game we will be in the quarter finals of the League Cup and a chance to win something for the first time since 1969 – so maybe it was worth fielding a stronger side – that’s what we would have liked to see.

The disaster scenario is what happened last season – that we take City to extra time but lose the game – since we only have a short recovery time before the early kickoff game at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

However,  we have seven players on the bench who will probably start on Saturday with Manu Riviere also back – which is good news.

Two out of three fans think we’ll lose the game tonight – about the same percentage that thought we would lose at Tottenham on Sunday. 😀

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As we were reminded on Sunday – you just never know what’s going to happen with Newcastle United.

Howay The Lads!!

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321 comments so far

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Man City: Caballero, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Milner, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko

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  • mag92

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #2

    A have go team selection after 17 tries lucky 18 tonight!

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  • dannitoon

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Well we can’t vote draw.. which is the result if it went to and regardless of what happens in extra time or pens..

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  • almondrichie

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #4

    pretty young team…cabella could ave been given a chance….city are gonna make a laughing stock out of us….I DONT EXCEPT MUCH FROM THIS GAME…I WOULD TAKE A 3-0 LOSS..

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #5

    reposte or repost
    some people talk sh1te on here accusations of being makems
    we might all love the club
    but they direction the owner appears to be moving us will totally fuu
    first post of today how does that imply im anti regime
    it states people like dul resort to slagging bloggers who disagree with them
    touche im off

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  • Markaccus

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Very weak. Aarons not long back from injury. 4 full backs on the pitch (dummet haidara raylor and janmaat) not really clear what formation he will play.
    I can see what he is doing, i.e saving people for liverpool, but i expected a bit stronger side out.

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  • RonVanDam

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Capital cup has 7 games. Why do we make make it so difficult on ourselves not to win it?
    Btw we are playing with a young team tonight. Hope the players dont overstretch and injure themselves esp Raylor who has just returned back to first team

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  • mag92

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Sometimes the young don’t always follow the script and pull off a fluke!

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Not so much a problem with it being a weak team as much as it is a ridiculously unbalanced team!

    What on earth is Dummett doing CB? Get a youngster in if you’re going to play a weak team anyway.

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Dulcinera

    I think you’ll find most of the people who critisise on here would be happy if he let the club spend it’s own cash enabling us to get a better manager etc. I don’t see many wishing for a Citeh type owner just someone who gives us a fair crack without deliberately reducing income to support his “we can’t compete stance”

    IMO we have no direction just a mandate to make cash and advertise SD.

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  • colwell

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Fcuk me Pards we will get smashed with that team, look at the size of our team, every corner they get will be a shot on target.

    Glad to see Aarons shows we aren’t taking the cup seriously though.

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m going for 2-2 and us to progress on pens.

    For no paticular reason other than if I say I expect us to get beat I’m being negative.

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  • toonking

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #13

    sammy on the bench!

    pardew is in for some bad voices if the starting 11 this saturday doesn’t have sammy included.

    arrons, armstrong and 4 FBs mean he has played a weakened team. therefore cabbella, sammy and even perez should all be seen in the starting 11 this saturday.

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  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t think anyone guessed this particular side!? Interesting experiment?
    Presume it is 433 or 451with Obertan and Aarons dropping back when we haven’t the ball which could be a lot if we don’t get our passing game together! Lot of experience in City side.

    Williamson is supposed to be available but not even on bench – strange.

    Options on the bench but would be happy to leave alone, keep score respectable and not risk injuries for Sat. Result in 90 mins hopefully (to us please!)

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  • firebug666

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #15

    We don’t press teams enough so on that note I will be negative and say we will get beat.

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  • OldCrowMedicineShow

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Could he be playing a 5-3-2? I’m not too sure how I feel about our starting XI…might as well change to 4-3-3 and put Ferrerya up top too.

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Are their no defenders on the bench tonight? Wtf is that all about? Very attacking bench like lol but it should have a defender on it and no, gouffran doesn’t count 😉

    Maybe we have no fit defenders available and dummetts got to cover CB? Ah that’s right we wouldn’t know would we because the club aren’t contractually obliged to provide a pre match press conference in the cups. So they just don’t. What other team does this? Fcuking none because we are a disgrace.

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  • martoon

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Hello Markaccus – how’s the new boss?
    One thing looking at that team is you can nearly work out who is starting against Liverpool 🙂

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  • Markaccus

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #19

    I think its a 3223 formation 😀

    ———jan colo dummo
    rayl——————————haddy
    —————abied colb
    —-ober———arma——-aaro

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  • mag92

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #20

    A second half assault again with three attacking players coming off the bench!

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  • Average_Contents

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Unbalanced isn’t the word! 4 fb’s on the pitch. At least it ain’t 4 lb’s!

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  • scottoon

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Don’t think the most negative amongst us would have picked the side that Pardew is putting out. Ridiculously weak, and a capitulation before even stepping across the line. Don’t get me wrong, I did not expect anything out of this match even with our best 11, but in terms of managing the temperament of the squad why wouldn’t you put your best foot forward. Tells the lads that you have some faith. I think the tactic Pards is employing will undermine the fragile psyche of younger players…..dangerous game he’s playing.

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  • Slank

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #23

    One thing is for certain with this selection is that Pardew deems that the game against Liverpool is more important, probably more winnable too.

    Many fans have been asking for Pardew to give some of the youngsters / fringe players a chance. Here is their chance and it will be no disgrace if they lose to a very strong Man City team. They just need to enjoy themselves.

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  • Dulcinera

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #24

    For once our bench is better than our starting 11 lol

    I’m a bit worried about that front 3 to be honest against a strong city

    I Think dummett is better suited as cb so im not too worried anout that, his defensive ability is better than his attacking so its a good way of keeping him grounded back there.

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  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Firebug666

    For once I think that you will find that most ( 2 thirds) agree with you realistic opinion of result. Not negative at all 😉

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  • Markaccus

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Evening, Martoon

    New boss is just as much of a drama queen as he was before he was the boss 😀 Yeah i think the bench will all start v liverpool.

    AC

    At least he will be forced to attack if there are injuries!

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  • mag92

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #27

    These are the games when the young guns can make their reputations.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #28

    jeff -aka the Howlett Heedbanger.
    I see you are reverting to norm again with your previous post :-
    “Jeff from Benwell // Oct 29, 2014 at 4:41 PM
    Mister Tuffty – besa mi pito”

    Why anyone would want to post an offensive term in Spanish is beyond my comprehension. Why you would want to invite me to “kiss your tadger” is beyond my understanding. What is the point.

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  • Harley

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Bit gutted about that line up. I’d honestly prefer the win tonight over Liverpool.

    It’s highly unlikely we’re going to get relegated so may as well go for a cup.

    No striker and cabella can’t make the first 11? I thought this would be ideal for him.

    Oh well!

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  • Markaccus

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Well,maybe one of the benched forwards will stay on the bench for liverpool, but i reckon thats all.

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  • anthc

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Liverpool the priority clearly. I sense a drubbing unfortunately as thelr team is far superior with home advantage. Theres always the fa cup! Mind it boils my p*ss when pardew plays players back from injury from the off. Does he never learn? Ben arfa, de jong springs to mind.

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  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #32

    I think major worry isn’t just experience but just how much this “team” have worked on match tactics and defending set pieces given the no of FB’s and players recovering from injury.

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  • toonicle

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Huh? I don’t understand the team selection at all. Ferreyra still doesn’t even make the bench? 4 Full backs? And Sammy should have gotten the start and save Aarons for Liverpool in my opinion.

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  • mag92

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #34

    At least Pardew has Sussed Anita isn’t a premier league player.

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  • toonbrother

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #35

    looks like coloshitty is un-droppable under pardummy

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  • scout

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Why is everyone moaning about this chucky hes obviously a waste and time.

    Hes picked a team capable of winning but all eyes on saturday and rightly so.

    Games arent played on the computer ffs

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  • scottoon

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Nothing would make me happier than to see the lads do one at the Etihad, but we have all known since the draw that this was a big ask. For that reason, and because of all the anti Pardew sentiment of late, I was certain he would name a strong 11. I think Markaccus might just have that shape about right. Strange set up but cant see how else he will play it. So very likely Pards sticks to his 4-2-3-1 with
    Janmaat..Collo…Dummy….Haidara
    Abeid…..Colback
    Raylor….Arma….Aarons…..erm???

    I give up….

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #38

    gosh dul not answered his thoughts on ashers direction tut tut just trying to belittle people again

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Hopefully Aarons has the sense to stay well clear of Fernandinho. He is one of the last players you want to go up against, first game back from an injury.

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  • toonicle

    Oct 29, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Scout- How is that obvious, he hasn’t had a minute of time yet.

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