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Newcastle To Take A Huge Risk At Bournemouth

8:19 am, Thursday, November 5th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

We seem to be almost in the same situation we were almost a year ago with Tim Krul out injured – this time for the season and Rob Elliot deputizing but with a dodgy thigh injury that could go at any time.

And we have a player on the bench who has never played for the Newcastle first team – Freddie Woodman – just like we had Jak Alnwick on the bench last year.

It was early December last year that Rob´s thigh went just before half time in the home game against Chelsea – and in came Jak Alnwick to deputize at the start of the second half.

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Rob Elliot – to start at Bournemouth?

Rob injured his thigh again in the second half last week at home to Stoke and he limped off the St. James Park pitch at the end of the 0-0 draw and it was thought an emergency loan would be made to bring in a new goalkeeper earlier this week.

The fact that nothing happened suggested Newcastle were hoping Rob could make the game on Saturday and assistant coach Paul Simpson on Tuesday indicated that´s what the coaching staff were hoping for.

Now it seems the 29 year-old´s  thigh injury has improved and it looks like he could play in what is now a really crucial match at Bournemouth.

There is news in the Shields Gazette today that they understand the thigh has improved over the last few days.

Simpson had said in his nufcTV interview on Tuesday they may see how Rob is on Wednesday and let him train and he will undergo a fitness test maybe as late as Saturday.

But that’s also leaving things very late and we expect the coaching staff are preparing Freddie Woodman in case he needs to start the game – and we suppose Newcastle will have to take a third goalkeeper along just in case Rob cannot start the game.

It´s a huge risk the club are taking – unless Rob is almost certain to start this game, and we will not know for sure what the status is until Steve McClaren gives his press conference for the game and the fitness of Elliot is likely to be the first question.

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Freddie Woodman – on standby

Of course how he does during the game is another matter and if the thigh goes then in comes 18 year-old Freddie Woodman for his Newcastle debut.

Karl Darlow is very near to being able to resume training – maybe even next week – so the situation should improve during the two week International break.

But that´s assuming Rob can come through the Bournemouth game unscathed in what we hope is Newcastle´s second win of the season.

It seems it´s a big risk being taken by Steve McClaren in what is such an important game.

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Tags: Freddie Woodman · Injuries · Karl Darlow · Rob Elliot · Tim Krul

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Would you say that the defensive problems continued by Mclaren are a direct result of him inheriting them from Pardew.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    I don’t think anyone on here has stuck up for Willo more than me on here but you call him a back up, a look at his stats on his wiki page would suggest he’s probably been the most purple player we’ve had every season for the last four years.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Sorry meant to add that I think everyone agrees he’s simply not good enough to be a regular PL starter.

  • 4 ToonDownSouth // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Got to agree with Catchy – Pardew’s entire career follows the same pattern. Roughly, he has a good first full season, followed by decline that never really stops.

    Palace may well have a good season, but sustaining that position over seasons would be a career first for Pardew.

    Not saying Macca will be any different here, but it feels like the players attitude (a certain French midfielder aside) seems much better, and I can see in our play that there’s a style to build on – the players actually know what is required of them.

  • 5 firebug666 // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    The only risk the club was worried about was having to spend some money on a loan keeper.

    Elliot can stand up, no problem he’s fit enough.

    So we will go into this match with a crock or an untested youngster.

    If we are going to be making our own luck, (as the fat man says) we will need it in abundance on Saturday.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Carver was by far the worst manager in our history, I’m not sure if more than half a season in charge qualifies him to be classed as a caretaker. Why don’t we talk abou him.

  • 7 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    What’s the problem?

    It’s not like we have an ever lasting injury list, we certainly don’t top the injury list and let’s be honest here guys, it’ not like we bring players back too early from injuries.

    I’m sure they’ve made the right call here…I’m usually impressed by their ability to learn from past mistakes.

  • 8 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Jail…I still think people are looking at JC all wrong. He saved us from relegation with an inspired win against West Ham.

    He should have been given the chance to be part of the re-build….

    Only joking Penfold…don’t you dare!

  • 9 ToonDownSouth // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:37 AM


    That’s got to be debatable – we’ve had some right muppets down the years! Carver was like picking a guy off the street and making him manager. But dropping Shearer for the derby to try and improve staff morale was worthy of the hall of fame, and JFK was probably more embarrassing than JC

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    That was very Jmiley !

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Very debatable !

  • 12 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Jail…What can I say, woke up on the Jimiley side of the bed?

  • 13 BandB // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    John seemed taken aback to get the sack after keeping us up.

  • 14 ToonDownSouth // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:43 AM


    I’m struggling to tell whether that comment was sarcastic – it feels like it should be ^_^

    Seems concerningly similar to last season – down the bottom of the league, end up playing a promising young kid in goal for a run of games, awful defence in front of him…

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Thinking about it, if we made up a pro and cons list of all the managers we think are the worst, apart from being a Geordie and knowing SBR I can’t think of one single plus point for Carver.

  • 16 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    BandB…I do wonder what target he was given when given his opportunity.

    It must have been disappointing to be part of the team with Pardew that was allowed to flirt so closely to relegation, but then not be given the same allowances by himself.

    Especially considering how much better he must have thought he’d be able to do after seeing the clubs big summer spending plans.

  • 17 lesh // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:49 AM


    You’ve hit the nail on the head with SD being Ashley’s aim for the Club.

    That was made evident when he didn’t build on our fifth place a few years ago.

  • 18 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    TDS…This is what happens when you don’t commit enough time to the blog.

    Apologies up front guys, it does appear I’m on a slightly sarcastic run this morning.

    Anyway, trying to be serious now, it simply cannot be similar to last season. So many mistakes learnt, so many changes, so much money available, a club…making it’s own luck. If it wasn’t for the black and white kit you’d have thought it was a different club!

    Okay, maybe the serious post will come next.

  • 19 firebug666 // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Ibiza @16

    His target was personally painted on his back by Chinless Charnley.

    Jail @15

    Plus points for Carver (the best manager in the league).

    ……… err; Meh, I got nothing!

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Speaking of Penfold…what’s he still doing here after last seasons disaster?

    …how can incompetence be rewarded?

  • 21 BandB // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:53 AM


    Well the club was telling the fans it was 10th, though Carver didn’t seem to be sweating over that.
    Just as Macca isn’t sweating now and talks as if he understands that staying in the league is his only real target he has to meet.
    Carver got the chop because Ashley and SD were getting pelters. As long as Steve is getting the pelters, he’s doing his job.
    “Being Strong” as Ashley advised him.
    Carver failed as a human shield forAshley.

  • 22 Ibizatoon // Nov 5, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    BandB…Indeed he did. After all those years working with Pardew too. I’m sure they expected better.

    Did you hear / see the talksport article yesterday on how disappointed in Mcclaren the guy is (can’t remember his name), but how this is definitely not Ashleys fault? He has after all lived up to his promises…

  • 23 lesh // Nov 5, 2015 at 9:32 AM


    Penfold’s still in a job because indifference is the product of [Ashley’s] indifference to Newcastle Ubited.

  • 24 James RS // Nov 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    I agree with you Jail for Ashley Willo is a much maligned player and has got us out the s*** on many an occasion even kept Taylor out by playing well. Slow yes but not much got by him and was decent in the air too.

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