Williamson Dropped – Dummett At Center-Back – Haidara Starts


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Caretaker manager John Carver has just announced the team for the home game with Southampton and Mike Williamson has been dropped and in comes Dummett in the the center of defense,  and Massadio Haidara comes in at left-back.

Newcastle: (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere

Southampton (4-2-3-1): Fraser Forster; Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte (c), Florin Gardos, Ryan Bertrand; Harrison Reed, Steven Davis; Eljero Elia, James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic; Graziano Pelle
Substitutes: Kelvin Davis, Jason McCarthy, Matt Targett, Jack Cork, Jake Hesketh, Lloyd Isgrove, Shane Long

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

Newcastle will play in a 4-3-3 formation and hopefully we can be strong at the back – and Paul Dummett has always looked solid at center-back – but it’s a little surprising that Massadio got the nod over fit again Davide Santon.

But Massadio has played well for Newcastle this season and he deserves a start, and it will be his 35th appearance for Newcastle since he joined us two years ago from Nancy, and his 15th appearance this season.

Mehdi Abeid is on the bench and we suppose it was good politically not to start him, otherwise Algeria would wonder why he withdrew from their squad for the Afranc Cup of Nations,  which starts tomorrow.

Former Royal Grammar schoolboy Fraser Forster is in goal for the Saints,  and as expected they are missing three good players – Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld – who are all out injured.

This is what John Carver has said about the Saints:

“They deserve to be where they are.” “To be third in the Premier League, after what they lost in the summer, is quite incredible.”

“Their recruitment has been fantastic and they have replaced players with better players, in my opinion.” “They have also appointed a top head coach who has them well-organised and working extremely hard for each other.”

“But they also have talent and goalscorers in the team, so it is no surprise to me.” “As long as they stay clear of injuries, I think they can sustain their challenge.”

“They have a good group and a good squad of 16 or 17 players. If they keep everybody fit they are as good as anybody to be in the top four.”

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416 comments so far

  • toonking

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #1

    dummett CB
    perhaps carver is attempting to get fans on his side knowing he’ll be manager.

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2

    credit to Carver for trying something different at the back. Sadly today will prove Colocinni is the weak link in defence not willo

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  • sparky55

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #3

    HOORAY!!!

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Well now, pleasing to see.

    Keep like that, replace Gouffran when Sammy or Aarons are fit and bring abeid in for Anita when fit and maybe JC is right way to go…

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  • AncientC

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Saints: Forster, Clyne, Fonte (c), Gardos, Bertrand, Reed, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadi?, Elia, Pellè.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Dummett’s big chance at CB. Carver’s big chance at manager.

    Btw, how much is Falcao worth (if anyone seen his miss in Man U game)?

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  • sparky55

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Not a bad side to be fair. I would only change riviere for Gouffy

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  • Sliema

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Toonbrother

    You’re like an old vinyl which has been trodden on by a donkey in football boots. Maybe it’s Colors fault after all.

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  • toon1707

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Can’t wait for players to return nothing personal but Anita and Gouffran should be no where near the starting 11. Probably the best team possible with the players he has santon and sammy just coming back from injuries I think we will just Nick this 2-1

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Toonbrother

    Your concistent

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  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #11

    i would have played santon insted of gufo

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  • toon kk

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Carver isn’t as daft as most make out he can see where the problems were under P45. The squad needs some players back fit and of course strengthening.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Another potential sub would be Abeid for Anita if we ain’t performing.

    So relieved that willo isn’t starting and dummett is. Bet now he’s done what most have said or wanted, that dummett or hairdryer have mares.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Dummett hopefully better at CB in place of Willo but this is a must win today against what on paper is a weakened Soton side.If not alarm bells will start ringing againStill if no new striker is bought there is always Strolla to resign till the end of the season. That might just be the sum total of MA’s ambition for the club now it’s season over first week in January – yet again!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Would like to have seen Abeid start.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon kk…on paper – beside Gouf – it does look good!

    …lets see how it looks in real life – I am more worried about style and instructions than a piece of paper.

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  • bladeuser

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #17

    TOONB
    colo is a weak link i concur but willo is even worse
    CARVER OUT!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    WLG,
    Good article by Mark Douglas about the danger of giving up the season now

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #19

    …but Carver needs credit for trying to distance himself from the “not so special one”.

    …was what I asked for when he took over the reign (just not pleased with him getting it permanent)

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Good to see Abeid available again but fear this could be Sissoko’s last game & unlikely that replacement will be found. Usual January sale time at the Toon.
    Come on Mr Ashley start up a dialogue with the fans ,show ambition for once and invest for the future in quality goalscoring striker & two new CBs and stop selling all our quality players

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  • cyprus

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Palace win

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Palace lead. Jeeesus!

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  • MacToon

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #23

    and makems lose.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Carver is giving us what he thinks we want…now all we need is the team to give us what we want!

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  • cyprus

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #25

    From 2-0 down. Away!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    I think my 100 quid can say goodbye !

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #27

    no moaning after the game about team selection from me here as i couldnt have picked a better team from whats available !

    when fit siem would go straight in for anita and rolando for goofy and santon for hairdryer but i think its a very good call on dummett in the centre now we will get to see if he’s a cb or weather he’s just another weak link at cb.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Be interesting to see if Gouffran gets a better forward role more suited to him. If it’s the same covering role and Santon was match fit I’d prefer him to do it. Also applies in the case of Anita and Abeid, but this is a fairly bold choice for a caretaking yes man. It would be tremendous if the lads pulled this off today, Southampton are due a blip, and as in the case of Chelsea we can be the team to do it.

    Howay the Lads!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #29

    The pr1ck went all season without winning from behind….

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #30

    “Their recruitment has been fantastic and they have replaced players with better players, in my opinion.” “They have also appointed a top head coach who has them well-organised and working extremely hard for each other.”

    There you go Mike, not so difficult 🙂

    Pretty pleased with that line up, but as always, let’s see what happens on the pitch.

    HWTL!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Before today Pardew already had 1 more point with 13 than any other manager from a losing position. Shocked me when I saw that stat.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Burnley chuck away a two-goal lead.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Very happy with team selection. I would also have gone with Riviere over gouff but feel Gouffran has been judged on the role pardew had him playing.

    If he’s alllowrd to attack he might be better

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Should have known lads that Pardew has a bigger jammy centre than a Mike’s giant doughnuts.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Palace come from 2 down to win 2-3

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail…A few thought it at the time, as time goes on, I think we may well see that Pardew is probably perfect for Crystal Palace.

    I always thought people were stronging it, when they called him league 1 standard etc, he is more than capable of managing a PL team, as was proved by his time with us, it was never a great match though as he is what he is and we want what we want.

    Never should have placed that bet mate 🙂

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  • toon kk

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #37

    The trouble with Dummett he keeps for getting wich team he plays for! !!!!
    No own goals today I hope.

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Agree JFA. I really feel Ashley would like to sell NUFC and then he could commit totally to Rangers.
    but until he does he’s never going to “invest” further funds into the Toon.
    What annoys me most of all is the fact he never has dialogue with the fans & without them he hasn’t got a football club. He knows nowt about football & merely uses the Club like Sports Direct buying cheap & selling on at a profit

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  • lukes26

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #39

    We should look into signing that Crystal Palace manager. Having them play some decent footy lately

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  • toonicle

    Jan 17, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Well one for two with willo out and Goofy starting, hopefully he comes off early for sammy.

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