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Newcastle Mustn’t Give Red Devils Too Much Respect Tonight

Manchester United are a great side, but we also have to watch that we don’t give them too much respect in tonight’s game, since we have to try to get something out of the match tonight.


Geremi – could be important player for Newcastle tonight

But the least we can do tonight is to show the passion and character that will be needed to get anything out of this game, against the best club side in the world this season.

We’ll need to hope that our back four can be as strong as they were in the second half against Everton, but for the full game, and hope that Oba Martins can poke a goal in, and that Geremi and Ryan Taylor, who will probably start in central midfield, can be at their very best tonight.

If we can do that we should be able to get some result, even if it’s only a draw. 😀

But Chris Hughton must also ensure the lads are up for this game, which they didn’t seem to be at Bolton, or in the first half against Everton, and the lads must go into this game looking for a morale-boosting result, before our next crucial game at Hull City.

Chris said today:

“We have to come out and give it a real good go,” “The one thing we can do is match the effort they put in and hopefully better that.”

“We’ve got some good, strong characters here and we need to show that strength on Wednesday night.”

“To get a result is our prime objective, but we must take pride from our performance for ourselves and for the fans.”

“It’s game we’re looking forward to and it certainly needs no motivating to be up for this one.” “They are a fantastic team but we’re in front of our own fans and with their support we’ll be giving it our best shot.”

A defeat tonight will send the alarm bells off at Newcastle, once again, and we would expect the club to try to draft in an experienced manager for our next games against Hull, Arsenal and Chelsea.

It will set the alarm bells off because it will mean Chris Hughton has got just a single point in the last 3 league games, to go with his 5 game losing streak he had earlier in the season, and we just cannot allow points to be thrown away at this crucial stage of the season.

By that time Joe Kinnear should be fit enough to take over for the Stoke City game, but we cannot afford to let those 9 points go down the drain. Exactly who that manager would be is hard to say, but we would hope to get the lift that usually comes with a new manager on board.

Anything to stay up this season.

Comments welcome.

96 comments so far

  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Thats why we need to go for broke, play the 3 up top with Ryan Taylor RB and Enrique LB getting in some early crosses from deeper than the byeline!

    We can’t rely on our midfield too much to provide service, so setup to give the strikers the ball early so that they can create for themselves.

    Keegan had the right idea last season!


    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #2

    No doubt we will start with R Taylor, Smith Geremi and Jonas across the middle. Surely the time is right to give Lua Lua a chance to show us what level he is at as he can do no worse than Geremi.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    if geremi and ameobi both start, it will be at LEAST 4-0


    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d start with

    GK Harper
    RB R Taylor
    LB Enrique
    CD Colo
    CD Bassong
    RM Lua Lua
    CM Smith
    LM Jonas
    RCF Lovenkrands
    CF Viduka
    LCF Martins

    SUBS Krul,Cacapa,Ranger,Carrol,Geremi,Edgar,Doninger.


    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh aye forgot aboot S Taylor swap him for Cacapa on the bench!

  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    I thought Geremi at least tried to pass the football about against Bolton!

  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Lovenkrads was tripe against Bolton, I think he deserves to be dropped. But if Shola keeps getting a game, then so will he!

    Shola and Lovenkrads should be dropped. Why don’t the in form youngsters deserve a game? Lua Lua and Doninger have been on fire lately.

    We could play Jonas (RF) up top with Martins (LF) and Viduka the pivotal striker. Then put SMith in midfield with Doninger and Lua Lua.

    If we don’t make changes, then we’ll carry our rubbish performances into all future games.

    But if Hughton was a good manager (which he isn’t) then he would have realised this!



    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Here is a laugh for you all…….

    Wigan boss Steve Bruce has hailed Titus Bramble as a top-class defender. Bruce said: “Titus now looks like the real deal everyone thought he could be.”

  • murphy

    Mar 4, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d play







    it’s a defensive formation but i think we need to limit the amount of goals they score and try and keep our goal difference low. It might frustrate them and you never know we might get lucky on a set piece.

  • roscoe

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #11

    i’ve got a funny feeling about tonight boys!!! A feel an upset in the air…


    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Howay Murphy man I’d rather attack attack attack and get beat 5-3 rather than defend defend defend and get beat 2-o!

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #13


    how is 3-4-3 a deensive formation??

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #14

    But in fairness to him him geordie69 he played really well against chelsea at the weekend

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #15



    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Wiser_than_wise // Mar 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM


    how is 3-4-3 a deensive formation??

    I think he means 5-4-1

  • Ericles

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    There is no other choice but go at them. If we try and defend all the time Man U will know they have beaten us psychologically. They can be beat if we attack and the defence keeps it head and mark the danger men with intelligence. Lets go out and show everybody that gods do not play for Man U they play for NUFC!

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #18

    murphy – I understand the idea but for me if we go defensive Man U will tear us a new ar$3h0l£. We can’t defend.

    I’d play






    For me no matter what we do I think Man Utd are going to win, but at least by going all out attack we might score a few and get the lads a bit of confidence

  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s 3 CBs with 2 FB/WBs, which makes 5 defenders. So it’s 5-4-1, not 3-4-3

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Ericles – my thoughts exactly!

    Howay the lads!!!

  • Spitfire

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #21


    Did you mean gods or dogs?

  • Spitfire

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Pons Aleius

    Confidence ? Its ability they need

  • mcvicar

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #23

    if jk is picking the team from his hospital bed then hughton needs to tell him its him who takes the blame for the result if it dosnt go to plan and pick a team he can feel has a chance

  • Ericles

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Spitfire – I think Ronaldo might be a bit of a dog. I hope somebody reminds him that St James Park is a football pitch and not a Olympic swimming pool to dive in!

  • roscoe

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    murphy – nice formation

    Id swap oba and loven’s places and swap loven for the duke!

  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Ericles – Agreed completely.

    We’re at home and we need to play to our strengths. Statistically, our win percentage is higher with 3 up top! We need to play 3 up top.

    My formation, slightly revised from earlier

    GK – Harper
    DR – Ryan Taylor
    DL – Enrique
    DC – Colocini
    DC – Bassong
    MLC – Donninger
    MC – Smudge
    MRC – Lua Lua
    RFW – Martins
    LFW – Jonas
    ST – Viduka

    with Viduka the pivotal striker, and Jonas and Martins flanking gives us more options to outnumber Manure’s back four. Encouraging our full backs to get the ball in early to the front 3, will hopefully give our front 3 the opportunity to create chances for themsleves.

    Lua Lua and Doninger deserves chances in midfield for being outstanding performers for the reserves! And Jonas can always tuck into RM if needed!

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Spitfire –


    Mate, sadly we can’t do anything about that so I’d rather just see the lads have a go! Man Utd are still just 11 blokes on a field. It is possible to beat them, especially if they’re over-confident of victory.

    If I’m honest though, I think a Man Utd win’s a given, but we aren’t scoring enough. I just want to see our players show that they can perform well and score against the best team in the world. If they can take that confidence into the end of the season we stand a lot better chance of staying up!

    4-3-3 got us back into safety last year, why not again? 🙂

  • Spitfire

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Jeez I am really getting anxious now. I am dreading going tonight. I feel as if I am going to court for murder or something- you hope you’ll get away with it but deep inside you know you are going down

  • Spitfire

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #29

    * not that I’ve murdered anybody ever…. not yet anyway

  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #30

    whats man utd team gonna be??

    van der sar

    brown ferdinand vidic evra

    diver scholes carrick giggs

    rooney berbatov

  • roscoe

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #31


    _ryan T Colo Bass Jose

    _Geremi Smudge Jonas

    __Oba Duke Loven

  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Lads, I just want to see some confidence in team selection from our caretakers, confidence in players that are in form and performing for the reserves and some bloody confidence in dropping players who just aren’t performing.

    But I would expect that from these people, but I’m just not seeing it!

  • RyanToon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #33


    tayls colo bass jose

    rtayls smudge kaz jonas

    oba duke

  • Spitfire

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #34

    “We can’t play too open and expansive a game because, with the players they’ ve got, that’s a recipe for disaster,” Hughton said.

    Don’t think we are going to go for them do you ?

  • Isaac Hunt

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon 3: Manure 2

    You read it here first!

  • batty

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #36

    RyanToon agree with that team m8 duke might not be the fastest but for his skills he will be second on the pitch behind ronaldo m8

  • Spitfire

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Ryantoon : I like your selection too

  • Kash

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d love to see one of Lua Lua and/or Doninger play!!!

  • hitman

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #39

    i doubt we will win the neet but you never know,what i want to see is the players playing with fight and passion,and not to roll over.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 4, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Afternoon lads.

    Im trying to get into the spirit for tonights match but am struggling to get into the mindset, with what happened in the family yesterday.
    Thanks for all the well wishes last night – its appreciated.

    I dont really think it matters who starts tonight. I would love to see us get something out of the game, but I cant.

    One thing that I am sure off – it WILL be a noisy affair – so to all those who are going – lets raise the f’ing roof off!!!!!!


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