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The Result Newcastle Fans Expect Tonight

9:48 am, Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

After 12 successive defeats in the league it may not be too surprising that our fans expect to lose this game tonight against Manchester City.

43% expect us to lose with 30% thinking we can get the win – which is the result we desperately need.

If the lads turn up and play like they did against Swansea on Saturday – anything can happen – including what would be a great win against the Champions League semi-finalists.


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49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Malackay // Apr 19, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Re Re post….. bloody hell Ed….

    ————- Darlow ————-


    ——– Tiote — Colback ——–

    Mitro, Gini, Perez, Aarons, Shelvey all options of the bench if we can keep it tight for 70 mins.

    Did anyone see Jermaine Jenas’ analysis on MOTD? He was bang on, Rafa drilling NUFC like he used to LFC. As soon as the opposition make a backward pass, the whole back 4 moves up as a unit which leaves little space in between Def/Mid which is where some of City’s best players operate. It also forces the team further up the pitch rather than bringing pressure upon themselves. Very simple but can be very effective.

  • 2 Jib // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Tonight’s ref Kevin Friend
    was pulled from last night’s Spurs /Stoke game because he’s been spotted at Leicester matches.

    His last match in charge of us ?

    You guessed it !
    Our 6 goal drubbing at City !

  • 3 scout // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Not such a friend then

  • 4 martoon // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Malackay @1 – I think I’d start with Mitro but otherwise I like your team. You’re right about JJ’s analysis it is what Rafa is trying to drill into the defence. Also if Sterling plays Dummett had a very good game against him last year so hopefully he can repeat it tonight!

  • 5 scout // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Im hoping Sissoko can add to his massive goals tally this season.

  • 6 Derek // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    The only thing Colback is good at is giving away free kicks and getting cards.

    I’d definitely prefer Shelvey starting in place of Colback, or even Saivet who hasn’t been given much of a chance, but if anything I’m sure he’d be less likely to get sent off.

  • 7 hate // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Any point would be miraculous against City!

  • 8 Malackay // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Martoon – I much prefer Mitro too but he seems to be a lot more effective from the bench.

    He bullies tired defenders and lifts the crowd…… both could be vital around 60 or 70 minutes tonight.

    I like SDJ – intelligent player and will manage the occasion well IMO. I think he will go unchanged though and play Gini. Hope I’m wrong, he has not been at his best for a while.

  • 9 Spoof // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Colback has only been sent off once in his entire career, that’s not a bad record.

  • 10 Veltman // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Jib – Kevin friend is also from Leicester and lives there.That’s why he was pulled back.One of better referee than some though for tonight.

  • 11 BeeGuy // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    I’d drop Co;beck nad Tiote because they do not have the speed to stay with the City middies.

  • 12 hibbitt // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:45 AM


    just out of interest who would you play instead of colbeck and tiote ?

  • 13 Veltman // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Funny how Ref John Moss has been this season, esp for sending Vardy off and giving 2 controversial penalties against westham.He gave something like 25-30 red cards in total.I wonder how much it will affect Leicester for dropping 2pts b/c him and missing Vardy for next match.
    Because Tottenham form looks scary,esp after drubbing Stoke last night.They will hang him if something wrong happens in their run.

  • 14 davetoon // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Surely you would keep the same winning team assuming everyone is fit.

  • 15 Jib // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Spurs 5 points behind with 4 games to go!
    Squeaky bum time for the Foxes

  • 16 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    30% think we will beat Man City. 30%. Incredible. There is nothing about anything to suggest that we will win. All the information taken together suggests we will lose. It doesn’t mean we can’t win. But it suggests resoundingly we will lose, and heavily more likely than not. We will be relegated.

  • 17 hibbitt // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    as i said earlier the key tonight is not to get beat a point would be a massive plus for us

  • 18 Spoof // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:08 AM


    thats the beauty of football though isn’t it, you just never know, personally I think we will get beat but you never know, with a bit of confidence and possibly a bit of belief after the Swansea win and with City possibly having one eye on the Madrid game next week then stranger things have and will continue to happen, we can’t knock people for hoping as hope is probably all we have right now !

  • 19 Rotonda heights // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:09 AM


    maybe, but colback still keeps giving daft and costly free kicks away

  • 20 jimmysmith // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    We might get beat, but we are capable of competing, contributing to a great game and taking the points. The side is strong on paper, and Rafa a top notch coach apparently succeeding in getting his message across, and while we’ve paid a heavy price for fielding inexperienced players in this league, most of these guys now have had over 30 games to adjust, which suggests good players like Mitro, Perez, Wijnaldum, Mbemba should be more capable of holding their own. Widjnaldum in particular is due a performance, and this the perfect occasion to do it.

  • 21 Spoof // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:17 AM


    so who would you play instead of him

  • 22 Derek // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:29 AM


    And I’m guessing 100% of that 30% read “How would you like Newcastle to fare against Manchester City?”

  • 23 stuart no9 // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Malackay@1 ….. thats the art of zonal marking , if it works it cann be very effective, if its not rehearsed properly it it can have a devastating effect , We havnt mastered it yet , we are still learning , Notice tonight , we will let them in to our half without a single challenge, you will notice the players marking their area, as soon as they enter our half we will start to press, trying to push them back and hoefully win the ball for andros to make his run, problem is man city have a great manager who i think will nullify any attack and catch us on the break , i think thats how city will score tonight, or a newcastle player not covering his zone and leaving a gap for them to exploit . 0-1 to city me thinks – a bit of luck – 1-1

  • 24 Jib // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    I would start off with only one up top as outlet for the immense pressure that the defense and midfield are going to come under .
    Probably Perez for his energy level , trickiness and capability to buy us free kicks in threatening positions which will be important for us.

  • 25 Wayayman // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    If we start at 100mph tonight, fly into challenges and win the 50/50s for the first 15 minutes, some of the Man City boys will be worried about getting injured and missing the CL semi next week. We need to play on this, that’s also why Mitro needs to start and give Kompany a busy night on his first game back (again) from another injury.
    De Bryne was world class against us earlier this season, the amount of space that lad finds is incredible. He drifts in between defence and midfield so it will be interesting to see if Rafa’s way of having our defence and midfield to be more compact will cut down De Bryne’s effect on the game.

  • 26 ToonDownSouth // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    The FA’s decision to drop Friend from the Stoke v Tottenham game is absolutely mental. I don’t care if he’s a lifelong season ticket holder at Leicester, they weren’t playing the game!!

    They’ve time and time again completely undermined the whole ‘respect’ campaign – how are players expected to respect the referees, when the FA have effectively decided that one of them can’t be trusted to do his job impartially. There’s going to be huge long term repercussions of that decision, I’m sure.

  • 27 Jib // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    The potty thing is that everyone knows K F is a Bristol City supporter and merely goes to Leicester’s games to watch his colleague’s reffing.
    However a Spurs fan posted pics of him at the King Power Stadium on facebook and twitter and the pc brigade won the day.

  • 28 stuart no9 // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    TDS— thats always been the case surrounding refs for years , ok leicester wernt playing but the ref has an interest in another team that the outcome could affect.,
    so because of that , i think the FA were correct to drop him in favour of a non biased ref.

  • 29 NezzaNUFC // Apr 19, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    you’s seem to forget Man City had 2 goals from counter attack saying that all 3 goals came from counter attack against Chelsea.

    Difference being for tonight’s game is that MC will already think they have this won and have an instant attacking phrase.

    And don’t forget we have Rafa now and not McClown, so in reality the circumstances could easily favor us but I know it’s a long shot.

    The lads are now just showing the organisation of the team which Rafa has integrated from a set of poor performers and against Swansea it showed it, 3 goals and a clean sheet? did McClown even attempt at this?

    With Rafa style Cisse or Doumba must start because they run of defenders and make them tired, once tired bring on Mitro to cause them more problems, we did it at Swansea as to why Cisse started ahead of Mitro and look how that faltered.

  • 30 NezzaNUFC // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Under Rafa and with under performing players he’s managed in 5 games

    7 goals and 8 against in 5 games in charge.

    McClown in 8 games i charge has had

    6 goals and 17 against wit an lifted spirit squad fresh for the new season.

  • 31 stuart no9 // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    nezza—i agree with you apart fro cisse . to play the marking system rafa wants , you have to have intelligent players with dicsipline, Cisse dosnt understand it . On saturday he was a little boy lost in the park , when he did get a eye on goal , he was offside, , he didnt track back, he done nothing really , and i thought taking him off at 80 mins had left it too late . If cisse does [play tonight , rafa has to make that change earlier ( 60 ) otherweise it couls be too late/

  • 32 NezzaNUFC // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    I also totally agree with Wayayman, we need to MC fast and hard and try to keep KDB and SA out of the game

  • 33 ToonDownSouth // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:07 PM


    Refs aren’t usually allowed to ref matches involving the team they support, sure, but I’m not aware of anything like this being done before.

    This sets an awful precedent. Some idiots on twitter or something have managed to change the referee the FA set for their game, based on some pictures of him at a Leicester match.

    Are we saying that if a ref supports one of the teams competing for the title, he shouldn’t ref any match involving any of them? 2 months ago there was 4 teams competing for the title, it’d be chaos trying to schedule refs that way.

    If they don’t trust the ref to do the job they’re paid to, then get rid. Pretty sure Sky mentioned the other day that other top continental leagues don’t even worry which team the ref supports.

  • 34 NezzaNUFC // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    stuart no9

    Totally agree mate but didn’t you watch the Swansea defenders on Cisse though?

    I feel Rafa had Cisse in a more of a diversion role and probably as to why no strikers scored?

    The Swansea defenders were all eyes on Cisse.

  • 35 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Don’t be surprised if we beat ManC and LPool and lose to AV and CP.

    We might need a Friend tonight, be nice to see the penalty awards to us a bit closer to the Leicester total instead of the measly one we’ve had.

  • 36 NezzaNUFC // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Only concern for me is how dirty MC will play if we begin playing better on either half, advantage on us for playing at home but against 12 men could cost us again like many other games.

  • 37 Spoof // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Imagine the uproar if the ref hadn’t been pulled from the match and he then sent off a Tottenham player within the first ten mins and Stoke then went on to win the game, ref’s are human and like us they would prefer a certain result from certain matches, they may be as disciplined as you can get but still they are human and a natural bias will always be there, they were right to pull him, imagine a Sunderland supporting ref having a nightmare which cost us a game, common sense did prevail

  • 38 Blofal // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Cisse played very well against Swansea. His forward defending allowed us to nullify their midfield.

    It’s a shame people don’t recognise that. He did exact what Benitez told him to do.

  • 39 toon kk // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Don’t be surprised if we loose to the all.

  • 40 Spoof // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:22 PM


    true he did chase them down but so does Mitrovic but Mitrovic also offers more when we are attacking, he is a lot more dangerous and causes more problems than what Cisse does

  • 41 ToonDownSouth // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:22 PM


    The guy’s not even a Leicester fan!

    For many teams in the table, most of the other games will have an outcome which suits them more. If they start going down this route it’ll get absolutely ridiculous.

    A Sunderland fan is an extreme example – a better question would be, should be be refusing any referee who has any sort of association with Norwich? And a few weeks ago, Palace, West Brom, Swansea and Bournemouth were all lurking close to relegation too.

    I don’t see how this make any sense. It just gives managers and fans more reasons to question the integrity of the officials.

  • 42 stuart no9 // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    TDS— We have all seen the the incompetance of the reffing this year, decisions that were unbelievable and judging how the ref was i n a perfect position to give a foul , a pen , or whatever , still waved play on , however , 5 mins later give the other team a pen for nowt, coincidence?? or bad reffing? Take the leicesrter v west ham game , how bad was that? . everyone thinking , theres a rabbit off here , something not right about this ref , . what would have happened if 2 days later it came out he was a secret spurs fan ??? problem solved ! thats why he gave west ham everything , sent vardy off , there would be hell to pay, the s”it would hit the fan there , everyone aski ng why he reffed such an important game when he was a spurs fan ?? , yeah it is difficult, but because ogf the amount of money in football nowand the differeence from winning the league to coming second , the temptation must be there to call any 50-50 ball against the team that might knick the title from your beloved football club. Its a sign of the times and its difficult , but any influence whatso ever has to be eradicated , The FA dont like confrontation.

  • 43 Spoof // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    If he’s not a Leicester fan then why was he pulled, I thought that was the reason why they pulled him, I know what your saying and you are right and you can’t continually pull refs from games as it would be a mockery, however at certain stages of the season where issues at both the top and the bottom of the table are decided then extra caution should apply, and if he is a Leicester fan then they were correct.

  • 44 ToonDownSouth // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:32 PM


    I completely understand, but as I keep saying, Friend is a man who has openly supported a completely different team in a different league his whole life. He was pictured sat at a Leicester game.

    People keep giving examples like “What if a Sunderland fan was officiating a Newcastle game?”, and while I agree that I’d be extremely suspect, that’s not what’s going on here :/

  • 45 ToonDownSouth // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:34 PM


    He was pictured in the crowd at a Leicester game. No idea why he was there, Jib suggested that he was there to watch his friend officiate a match.

    But to be fair, I think in terms of the title race the majority of the country is a Leicester fan 😛

  • 46 stuart no9 // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Blofall—- about cisse , im sorry mate i did nt see whst he was supposed to be doing , trouble is we need to score tonight coz they will . on saturday las scored from the position cisse should have been in,

  • 47 stuart no9 // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    TDS — but hes a season ticket holder isnt he ?

  • 48 Spoof // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    If he is not a Leicester fan then yes it is a totally ludicrous decision, makes no sense, was an explanation given as to why he was pulled, I just assumed that it was done due to him being a Leicester fan but I could be wrong.

  • 49 The overrated Frenchman // Apr 19, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    I imagine we’ll see the same starting line-up as against Swansea. Hard to be critical of that, if so, given the result I suppose. I would like to have seen De Jong playing a part in these proceedings but Benitez obviously doesn’t rate him. He seems to favour a style based on work rate more so than skill. A comfortable win for Citeh most likely I think, all things considered – we are at different ends of the food chain after all. Let’s hope it doesn’t get really ugly.

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