Coloccini, Anita And Gouffran Start Against Tottenham


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John Carver has named his side for today’s home game against Tottenham and Coloccini returns and Anita keeps his place at left back and Ryan Taylor moves to midfield.

Newcastle(4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Vurnon Anita; Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry, Olivier Kemen, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen (c), Danny Rose; Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho; Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela; Harry Kane
Substitutes: Brad Friedel, DeAndre Yedlin, Ben Davies, Ryan Mason, Mousa Dembele, Andros Townsend, Roberto Soldado

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

That’s two changes to the side that started in the 2-0 loss at Liverpool  on Monday night, with Colo and Gouffran both coming back into the side and it’s a 4-3-3 formation.

Daryl Janmaat switches back to right back and Williamson moves over to the right hand side in central defense,  with Colo coming in and Anita keeping his place at left-back as we expected.

It’s a surprise to us that Gouffran starts again, but he seems to be a favorite of Carver’s and he works his socks off but is hardly a threat in terms of goal-scoring – and that’s what we lack at the moment.

Freddie Woodman is on the bench so we don’t know if Rob Elliott has picked up an injury.

And there’s no Siem de Jong so it must have been decided it was too early for the Dutchman to return today – but maybe next Saturday when we play Swansea at home he could be on the bench.

And finally no Jonas Gutierrez so we have to think that clause in his contract is stopping him from playing – so another good player that Newcastle will not play.

This is what John Carver has said about this game:

“The remaining six games are going to be a big test for everybody,” “We haven’t won in five and it’s down to me to get the players in the right frame of mind.”

“I saw a positive reaction at Anfield and I’ll be looking for much of the same going into the Spurs game. I’m not bothered about performance – we need results. By hook or by crook we have to get some results.”

“We need to start winning now. We can’t keep looking over our shoulder and relying on everyone else.” “I think the group of players we have at the moment are giving us everything but sometimes that’s not good enough.”

“This weekend is important for the team and the club and getting the right result and I’m giving every single ounce to try and get that.” “We know that Tottenham haven’t been on the best run lately and they haven’t been scoring too many goals.”

Four in five fans think we will lose this game today and if that happens it will be six in a row for only the second time ever in the Premier league.

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We really need a win today, but it’s going to be extremely difficult for the lads to deliver that result, and we’ll just have to see how many stay away as part of the boycott for this game.

16,000 is the figure being put out as to how many fans may not be attending today a protest against the way Mike Ashley is running the club.

We’d just love to get the 3 points today.

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410 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #1

    WAITING FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

    By Bea Handby

    St James’s Park. I have been aware of it since childhood.
    Driving past it on the bus on the way to school. Waving it goodbye from a taxi as I left home for the station on my way to university. And later, when I returned, walking past it daily on my way to work.
    It got bigger and shinier in that time. Gone was the assembly of crumbling terraces and tin sheds where my father and brothers stood in all weathers, bursting for a piss.
    In its place rose a giant modern cathedral, visible for miles around. Sitting on its hill. Dominating its city in a way few other stadiums in the world do. Physically and emotionally at the very heart of the community. Its hearth. Its heartbeat. Its place of worship.

    It drew the eye and the soul towards it, sucking me, sucking us all into its streaming, steaming multitude of the under-dressed and over-excited. The whiff of hotdog and onion, the warm breath from the brewery, drawing Tyneside’s dreamers from beneath the shipyard crane, from the shops and factories, and from the Blue Star above the alehouse door. Running for home, Newcastle style.
    And oh, the NOISE!

    Its all gone now. That stuff. Tales to be told by old men and sentimentalists. Having had a harsher lesson in life’s cold realities than most communities, we are told we are the ones who are failing to face them. St James’s Park is not a place for dreaming now.

    Now it squats there, like a monstrous spaceship from an end of the world movie. Alien, inscrutable, threatening. Filled with creatures who do not feel what we feel, think how we think, or want what we want. We are an invaded people, living in its shadow. Waiting for our Independence Day.

    When I pass it now, I turn my head away.

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  • spitfire_

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    No sign of Jonas.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Since yesterday at 4pm, we put out a message of opportunity to fans worldwide, to join Newcastle fans in uniting and letting our voice be heard.

    That message was:

    “You can’t come to the protest…but you can take part.
    Stage your own protest. Stage it in Malawi, Canada and Texas. Stage it down the billabong, or in the bog.
    Make it profound.
    Make it inventive.
    Make us laugh. Make us cry.
    Write it on a placard. Write it on your thumb. Spell it out in custard. (We don’t want to see your bum.)
    Ashley Out.”

    The response so far has been amazing, far better than I expected, and it continues.
    Get involved, Picture Your Protest, wherever you are.

    And stick it on the blog …..where we can watch all it together, all over the world.
    We have 24 hours. Time for it to go around the planet.

    Picture your Protest.
    Howay the Fans.

    In addition to PICTURE YOUR PROTEST, we asked those who feel like us, that something is simply not right at the club, to let that very basic message be heard. We the fans are not happy, but we are more united than ever and we will happily stand shoulder to shoulder as fans.

    All you have to do, which will broadcast just how amazing this blog is, reaching all corners of the world, is post the following 4 letters:

    “HWTF” in a single post.

    It stands for Howay The Fans. Nufcblog, show us where you stand.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Phew! Gouffran made it.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5

    H W T F

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  • scout

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Dont worry ibiza as he said in the krays film, the scene in the snooker hall.

    Well get your little cherubs back 😀

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #7

    This formation could actually work if Gouffran was playing up front but we know he will probably be defensive midfield

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #8

    https://twitter.com/jesperfuglsang/status/589739116192997376

    “Read This Mr Ashley” Jesper says. Hear what we’re saying!

    #BoycottSpurs
    #AshleyOut
    #HWTFNUFC

    Jonas boycotting from the inside. A man of true character, as he proves time and time again.

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  • Belfast

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Jonas obviously in trouble for backing the boycott then lol

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    @Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    you know gouf is going to be doing his best attempt at def mid= not touching the ball. At least that means SDJ will be coming on for him 2nd half down 1-0

    HWTF!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    On a totally seperate matter, and it really is different, Howay The Lads. I hope you show as much grit and determination as the fans today.

    You aren’t really the problem, but there is one at the club. That is what we’re standing against.

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  • clinath@ed

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    WAITING FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
    What a sadly moving piece. Used to be a stadium of smiles and hopes. One day again maybe….maybe it begins today. HWTF.

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  • Moonraker15

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #13

    HWTF

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  • firebug666

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #14

    In the last couple of games when Jonas has come on he has been the one who wanted to drive the team forward, put some passion on the pitch, Well the powers that be cannot be having that then…. can they?

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    how the f ** is Gouff starting?

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  • Thump

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Gouffran? Obertan was more of a bloody impact than he was. At least he ran after the sodding ball.

    Christ, Carver, give your head a shake.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Scout… 🙂

    Belfast…He’s going to be in trouble…or will it be he’s injured?

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  • DicBDownUnder

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #18
  • beermonkey

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #19

    goofy starts lol

    the only person in the squad more anonymous than goofy has been the last few games is chucky

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #20

    4-3-3 my ass, it will soon turn into a 4-2-3-1, give it a minute or two.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m afraid the protest is gonna then out badly. Anything higher than 40k in attendance and I think the boycott is a failure.

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  • Clematis

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Although I’ll probably be banned from the site, I would just like to say how f****g shite this line up is.

    A brave move would be to have retained Jaanmat and played Storrey and Anita at fullback; and just drop-kicked Willo. But, oh, no.

    So cue Willo doing what he does best/worst.

    And goof? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Erm….

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  • NUFC Base

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Gouffran should never be starting. I hope that Abeid is given some licence to attack. He’s got a lot to offer their and is being stifled as a pure defensive mid.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #24

    DicBDownUnder…Thanks for joining us – nice one.

    You are going on Twitter now 🙂

    Clinath…It’s hard to read. What a sad state of affairs. In the name of greed….sorry, sensible planning.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #25

    in fact it looks more like a defensive 4-5-1

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  • Belfast

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Starting to think Gouuffran has a clause in his contract, if fit must play.

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  • DicBDownUnder

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #27

    A pleasure, I think the boycott will have doubled with that team anouncement

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  • toonking

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #28

    HWTF.

    anyone who’s at the protest has got my full backing, I wish I could have made it, you’ll certainly be all in my thoughts.

    FANS UNITED

    YOU FAT COCKNEY B@STARD GET OUT OF THE CLUB.

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  • Wayayman

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m @paulwhitephoto on Twitter and instagram.com/paulwhitephoto

    #HWTF
    #BoycottSpurs
    #AshleyOut

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #30

    NUFC Base

    Abied will be holding back, only Colback and Cabella will push slightly forward.

    4-1-4-1 in attack and 4-5-1 in defence, I could be wrong though

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  • Magpie Season

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Feel sorry for the supporters on the left side of the pitch we’ll be attacking from: Anita and Gouffran. One can’t pass, the other no one wants to pass to.

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  • Clematis

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Haha, my f-bomb got asterisked!!

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  • firebug666

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #33

    ilovetoon8788

    It’s not about the numbers mate, but if 1 person was to make a stand and boycott for me that is a start, as Ibiza says, this is about fans coming together and uniting, it’s about finding a voice again and using, it’s about showing Ashley and his cronies that we will take no more.

    HWTF

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Clematis…You’ll have to do worse than that to get banned 🙂

    ilovetoon…Why? Is today the last chance to act?

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  • davetoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Is Jonas injured or is this in response to the new contract trigger?

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  • Trent Toon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #36

    HWTF… Some emotional comments on here guys…. Let’s get our club back.

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  • one fine day

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #37

    JONAS not even on the bench ? injured or something more sinister?
    another Pyongyang style move .
    enough is enough lads
    8 years of this SH22e.
    #HWTF
    #ashleyout.com.

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  • armchair fan

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #38

    HT/FT: TOT-TOT
    Harry Kane to score anytime TOT to win 2-1
    Over 2.5 goals

    Easy money

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #39

    DicB

    Your on instagram now too mate.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #40

    davetoon…Might have something to do with this…

    jonas gutierrez @elgalgojonas · Apr 17

    Tired about some things i Am a geordie and newcastle deserved more. Cansado de algunas cosas, soy un geordie. Y newcastle se merece mas.
    421 retweets 371 favourites
    jonas gutierrez @elgalgojonas · Apr 16

    To be honest newcastle deserved more. Para ser honesto newcastle se merece mas.

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