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Unchanged Newcastle Team Against Aston Villa


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Newcastle have just announced an unchanged side form the one that has won the last two games against Liverpool and Tottenham so Steve McClaren has resisted the temptation to start either Aleksandar Mitrovic or Ayoze Perez up front.

However, we should see both young strikers sometime in the second half today.

Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Siem de Jong; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Kevin Mbabu, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez

Cheick Tiote as expected comes in on the subs bench for Jamie Sterry, after he’s fit again after his groin injury.

Newcastle have a decent chance of making it three wins in a row today.

This is what Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has said about our opponents today – Aston Villa:

“We’re sixth in the form guide over the last eight games. Consistency is key and getting consistent performance is a platform.”

“Villa is a totally different game. I’ve watched them three or four times and they have very good players.” “How Villa are only on six points, I don’t know because they have very good players.”

“Let’s not get expectations high. We have to do exactly what we have been doing to get results.” “The key is us and the crowd. The key word tomorrow for everybody is patience.”

“Aston Villa is an opportunity and a challenge to kick on and go on. Can we take it? Are we ready to do it?”

At the time of writing two clubs below us – Chelsea (beating Sunderland 3-1) and Norwich (winning 2-1 at Old Trafford) are both winning – and Bournemouth are 1-0 up against 10 man West Brom – so we have to get 3 points from this game.

And as many as seven in ten fans thinks we can win this game today, so it will be a massive disappointment if we don’t do that.

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Howay The Lads!!


309 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #281

    Colback really p’s me right off, so many times we were moving forward with numbers and he plays a back pass and kills the momentum. WTF I mean WTF is the point of him.

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  • davis_toons

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #282

    SDJ REALLY should have SCORED the Goal. Its so Important Goal. What a BAD Miss.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #283

    Thumbs down for winbar.

    Whoa! Colo speaks!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #284

    We need to play thauvin. We need balance and we only have it with him. I don’t like that without him all our attacks are in the right side and you don’t know which sissoko is going to turn up.

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #285

    manxpie

    i guess if you look at it from that perspective we should be very pleased, but the annoying thing is is that we can’t beat the worst team in the prem at home and we only turned up against the big teams

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  • 1toon1

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #286

    Dummet is pathetic, needs to be dropped asap. All of their attacks came past him and he is way too slow to catch up to play.

    He is too immobile for a fullback and his passing is not good enough either.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #287

    Betty I’ve been banging on about coalsack and his handbrake style. Good at harrying etc but no creativity. We need better.

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #288

    Yes perez/sissoko/de jong/mitrovic/de jong chances could have all killed the game off (villa had their chances too) but once again our foot came off the gas and we were getting pinned back by villa…yes thats right, VILLA.

    The conditions were so poor, we could have exploited it by pressing high up the pitch to try and force their defenders into mistakes, and getting runners in behind which is what villa did and it caused all sorts of problems.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #289

    james yeah but i feel the weather really had a big part to play today and very poor finishing and tbf it was a great finish from them

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  • davis_toons

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #290

    Colback is doing ok as a squad player.

    But we really need a Smarter First Team Midfielder if we are going forward.

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #291

    Really need some english heart and prem experience in january.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #292

    Colback he offers nothing but yellow cards and loads of negative running!

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #293

    I don’t feel like McClaren did anything wrong today and I think the team turn up.

    We just didn’t take our chances and Villa took one of the few they had.

    We looked like proper team after Thauvin in terms of balance. Wijnaldum/Perez/Mitro attacking in middle, Sissoko/Janmaat on the right and Thauvin on the left.

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  • nufcursed

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #294

    typical poor newcastle performance!
    sissoko, dummett and de jong not good enough!
    mcclaren is too defensive.. no attacking build-up play at all.
    we’ll need at least 5 new players to have a decent 1st 11!

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #295

    jesper

    With Charmless in charge we haven’t got a chance, mate!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #296

    I think that is the first time I hear Colo speak. His english is terrible lol and he’s our captain!? He even thought the MoM award was for him haha

    Jamestoon- I would have Dummett on the bench or sold tbh nowhere near the first team. We need a proper CB and a proper LB like Matip and Willems. Colo and Dummet should not be starting.

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  • davis_toons

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #297

    Thauvin is slowly getting into games…hope he can try continue to try harder.

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #298

    Until Thauvin came on we had nothing down the left

    Every run was from Sissoko

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #299

    We turned up, we just bottled the big moments and allowed Villa back in to it with slack defending after plenty of warning – both typical NUFC. Then we got the rousing finish, all desperation and grasping – typical NUFC.

    Lack of leadership when things got messy and Villa got stuck in, after sensing a chance with the conditions, took 30mins of reeling for us to respond.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #300

    Dummett is probably the weakest link at the moment…Mr. Long ball!

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #301

    it’s appalling to see how narrow the thinking is, villa approached this game as a last chance saloon game. If they can’t beat the likes of us, they know they shouldn’t stay in the league. Another 2nd half revival from them because time is running out. Whatever you say, the weather cost us, it was their opportunity to get a fluke and they didn’t get it. I put janmaat down for presenting them with a good goal opportunity.

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  • toonking

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #302

    manxpie

    I can see where your coming from in one way, the annoying part of it is we’re consistantly tossing away the points in games they matter most.

    The 6 points we make against these bigger teams will only ever be a good thing if those around us fail to get a victory in their own fixture that week, a victory against those around us guarentee going points ahead. So statically we’ve only made 6 points more than villa in the last 3 games.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #303

    Ron…don’t remind me mate 🙁

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  • manxpie

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #304

    colback offers a hell of alot more than that ffs

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  • Llort muw

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #305

    JamesToon

    Don’t think you get it pal. Our players did try… Let’s all just assume were going to dominate Villa because they’re bottom of the league. I get that, but they are in the same situation that we are in, but worse. They made it difficult for us because all of the energy they showed In the second half. They were always going to come out stronger in the second half. Just like we did at spurs. Saying there was no effort fromour team makes you look clueless.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #306

    6 is better than 3 tho toonking lol
    we bossed them in the first half especially until the pitch turned to shit the weather had a huge part to play in this game like!
    and we missed 3 sitters which would have won us the game

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  • JDdubai

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #307

    Overall disappointing. But 7 points from these games is better than expected.

    Dummett limits our attacking play hugely. We have nothing going down the lett at all, Wini cutting in works perfectly as long as the LB has a vague idea about attacking- basically if we had a left footed Janmaat at LB then we could attack down both sides.

    SDJ cost us the win, harsh thoug it sounds no professional should miss a free header from 6 yards. At 2-0 they would have been buried.

    Starting with Cisse and SDJ limits our team also, leaves us less time to get ghe win. Surely you want your best players on the pitch for the longest time??? SDJ and Cisse would get an hour, Mitro and Perez 30 mins…..it doesnt make sense. Hopefully Cisse is out for a while, Would rather try Arma in January that keep Cisse there.

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  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #308

    Llort Muw
    A clueless poster on this blog is in good company

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 19, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #309

    JD

    Much better than expected, but to avoid relegation we have to win the ‘bread-and-butter’ matches like today’s. Wins over Liverpool and Spurs should be regarded as bonuses.

    We’re witnessing McClaren’s tactical limitations, too.

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