Newcastle’s Poor Cup Record And 13 Players Could Be Missing

Alan Pardew has admitted that his record in the local Cup competitions in England is not a good one, since he arrived on Tyneside four years ago to replace the sacked Chris Hughton.

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Alan Pardew – this season has eased embarrassing record

We have been beaten twice at Brighton and once at Stevenage so it’;s not a good record, although we have done well in the Capital Cup this year by winning at Gillingham, Crystal Palace after extra time, and Manchester City, with a very young and inexperienced side.

This is what Alan has said about his Cup record at Newcastle:

“This run has eased the embarrassment a little bit.” “I don’t think it will take away the pain of losing to Brighton and Stevenage, and the Cardiff game last season which we should have won.”

“That was such a disappointment and we carried that loss for a while, in our mood and personality.” “I just hope that whatever happens at Spurs we put a performance on for our 4,200 fans.”

“There are not many clubs who have supporters who would go to Arsenal, come all the way back up, have a rest and then go back down to London again in those numbers. I appreciate that and their support is important.”

“We have done well to get ourselves into this position,” said Pardew. “We have had two fantastic results in the cup, beating two Premier League sides, just to get to where we are.”

Newcastle could have as many as 13 first team players missing tonight with nine players out injured and Daryl Janmaat suspended for the game.

The nine players injured are Tim Krul, Rob Elliot. Mehdi Abeid, Ryan Taylor, Siem de Jong, Davide Santon, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan and Curtis Good, and we’ll not even mention Jonas Gutierrez – who is back in training.

And last night Pardew said that Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson are now doubtful for the game.

We don’t have a big enough squad to be able to deal with all the injuries the lads are picking up this season.

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8 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Riviere deserves a chance to play on the left of a front two or three, whether this is in this match is another matter.In the effect to West Ham some posters page Sisoko was playing on the right of the midfield, but he was very much in front of the two holding midfielders. It has been shown again against Arsenal that Colback and Tioti can not withstand a strong attacking midfield. If a flat three man midfield was used tonight there should be more solidity, with either Sissoko or Cabella behind two forwards.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Riviere – Armstrong
    Colback – Sissoko – Anita
    Haidara – Dummett – Collo – Saylor

  • geordie157

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Personally i wouldnt even have Wilo even on the bench. Cisse, Goufrran and Tiote should not start either.

    Taylor, Colo, Dummett, Haidara
    Sissoko, Colback
    Riviere, Cabella, Ameobi

    I would like to see Streete start but i doubt Pards will play him. Abeid could come into the line up but i’d rest him for Sunderland

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    For me, Pardew should start: Anita and Riviere. They havent done anything to prove that they should be starting and this should be there chance. Really gutted Pardew didnt try Riviere and Perez in a front 2. Now they would cause problems. In january if we are to sign a striker, then I hope it will be someone like Anichebe. He may not score lots of goals but he is great at holding the ball up. He would be great for our team because to be honest which player do we have that can hold the ball up successfully.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    At Spurs, Sammy the Super Substitute scores with a seven second shot (again)

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    The ref tonight is the Brummy Andre Marriner.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Why oh why do we ALWAYS get soo many injuries. It sickens me to know that this is a hindrance to our season every year. Not only do we have a small squad but our injury list is always record breaking and 10 times worse than any other club in the league! WTF do we do to get so many injuries. Just imagine if we had half the injuries we have now and every season. The options in team selection would be amazing and we would have so many variations at hand that will help us immensely.

    Please NUFC sort this sh*t up ASAP!

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Dec 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    70Two I like your proposed line up, it offers a good amount of defence with pacey forwards to work on the counter. I wonder if we should just throw everything at Spurs, especially if they make a number of changes…


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