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Michael Owen Fit – On The Bench – Lovenkrands, Edgar Start


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Newcastle manager Alan Shearer is forced to change his back four with Habib Beye (hamstring) and Sebastien Bassong (suspended) not being available, and as expected David Edgar and Fabricio Coloccini come in for this crucial game.

And Damien Duff maintains his place at left back, with Jose Enrique on the bench, and that’s a good move by Alan, given Damien is more than solid there, and Jose hasn’t played for 3 weeks.

As we had hoped, Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands replaces Jonas Gutierrez in midfield, and Peter can score goals of course, which we need today.

And the good news is that captain Michael Owen (groin) has passed a late fitness test and takes his place on the bench.

We’re not sure he’s 100%  fit for today, but no doubt Alan will use Michael in the second half if we need goals.

Michael – on a personal note – this is a great chance for you to save Newcastle if you get on today – please play out of your skin for the team.

The bench is strong, but Nile Ranger didn’t make it – these lads Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen, Alan Smith, Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez are on the bench and any one of them could turn out to be the hero for the Magpies today – as long as someone does. 😀

Our hopes are sky high, but our reality, in truth, is quite low as far as a win goes – but we’ll take the miracle today.

Howay The Lads!!

TEAMS:

Aston Villa: Brad Friedel, James Milner, Nicky Shorey, Curtis Davies, Carlos Cuellar, Gareth Barry, Craig Gardener, Stilyan Petrov, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, John Carew
Subs: Steve Sidwell, Nathan Delfouneso, Zat Knight, Emile Heskey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Brad Guzan, Marc Albrighton

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, David Edgar, Damien Duff, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Oba Martins, Mark Viduka
Subs: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen, Alan Smith, Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez

Referee: Chris Foy
Attendance: tbc


485 comments so far

  • apanzhafran

    May 24, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #401

    shut up michael12 if shearer didnt take over who else would want to be at this dreadful club at this period? plus it is not his players to begin with and 8 games its just too much, he have the guts to at least try and manage some decent attempt but our players let us down, 3 different managers didnt manage to do anything, so it is the owner and our players!

    BLAME THE BLOODY OWNER FFS and you are 12 years old

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  • LATINAMERICATOON

    May 24, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #402

    add bassong to that list, only ray of hope along with money and the young lads

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  • Hugh de Payen

    May 24, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #403

    Rodzilla, you’re right.

    Hard as it may be we need to move on.

    We need a steely, clinical determination to rebuild and win promotion.

    Oh, and a decent owner.

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  • Macas

    May 24, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #404

    Michael12 – It wasn’t a mistake getting in Keegan, it was a mistake in not backing him and going behind his back. Under Keegan we would have stayed up. Ashley is clueless. The football under Keegan is the best we have seen for years, and the gormless cretins in charge couldn’t back him.

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  • gorskino10

    May 24, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #405

    TEAM CLEAROUT FTW

    Although letting go of Martins andif he wud go Bassong wud be hard to let go.

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  • magpie6699

    May 24, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #406

    Very sad – but at least we know now. I told my mates weeks ago (after the Bolton game) that we were going down – I can hardly believe it took so long and we were only 1 point away from safety in the end – just goes to show how bad the bottom half of the Premiership is – and we are 3rd worst!
    I also can’t believe all those who say that Shearer is crap and we should get someone better. How many times are we going to change the manager after only a few games? And who are we going to get in the Championship to manage us? Oh of course, Martin O’Neill, Arsene Wenger, Jose, Guus are all going to be falling over themselves, aren’t they? Maybe you want Gareth Southgate – or Joe Kinnear back? You might get a “rising” star from a lower division – but that doesn’t always work out – Paul Ince anyone?
    Let’s be sensble. Shearer IS inexperienced and has lots to learn – but he has the passion, respect and stature to help us retain some of those we might want to and attract others to come.
    I hope he stays.
    Now I am going to join the long queue of people waiting to throw themselves off the Tyne Bridge ………

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  • Anon 878

    May 24, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #407

    The most important thing at this point is that we stay united together. We need to get behind the youngsters.

    Part of this stability we all crave is us not throwing a fit. Let’s blow off the steam today and start new tomorrow.

    This is our chance at rebirth.

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  • komfort

    May 24, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #408

    12 michael , get stuffed ya prick

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  • jimiley

    May 24, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #409

    NUFC have made lots of crap appointments. One man is to blame… Cashley. He has to go. I propose that we stay away the club until he sells up.

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #410

    any words from shearer and fashley ?

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #411

    MIKE FAT FCKIN ASHLEY U DESERVE EVERY THING U GET U FAT CONT

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 24, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #412

    why did use Ameobi?
    why not spiderman!!!?????
    so diappointed so sad so down

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  • dub sea

    May 24, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #413

    on the brightside we might see nufc win some games next season…albeit in a lower league.
    The rot has been setting for the last few years. It’s an ideal time to get rid of the over hyped over paid injury prone non performers and replace with a young dynamic hungry team.

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  • xfer

    May 24, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #414

    I stopped now, but its saddening.

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  • Beijing Toon 1996

    May 24, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #415

    I’m proud to be a geordie fan too….I’ll support Newcastle forever.See you guys next season.

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  • cjcox88

    May 24, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #416

    ok lads, i think its safe to assume that ashley has screwed up but he does stll have the chance to prove himself, I want rid of harper, butt, geremi, smith, barton, maybe collo (although he was ok today), owen, viduka, but Ashley can prove himself but point blank turning down offers for krul, bassong, beye, taylor, enrique, jonas, guthrie, lovenkrands (should be given new contract), martins and carroll! those players are still under contract and should be MADE to stay! He won’t do that, but that is literally his only hope for redemption

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #417

    KOMFORT IAM MORE GUTTED FOR U M8 NOT COLLECTING

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  • LATINAMERICATOON

    May 24, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #418

    these are the people who all contributed to our fate today.
    first of all
    Shephard and Ashley.
    souness
    alardyce
    Wise
    lambiarse
    bellamy
    bowyer
    Barton
    OWEN…
    the list goes on

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  • Soren

    May 24, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #419

    Well, grudgingly I have to do like most of you guys and see the positive side. We will get to rebuild the club inside out, and hopefully we will bounce right back up in a better state than we are in now. We need a completely new midfield!
    But christ I am going to miss Oba! Hope someone at the club begs him to stay for just one more season. Even more I will miss premier league football.

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  • batty

    May 24, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #420

    THIS WILL GET RID OF ALL THE DEAD WOOD FANS WHO DONT DESERVE TO SUPPORT OUR GREAT TOON HOWAY ME LADS

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  • braintreemag

    May 24, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #421

    gutted lads and lasses no pride no passion.
    never blogged b4 sons doin it cant do it ,$hite on computer
    pi$$ed. we will be back 1 day ive seen worse 77 was terrible.
    cheers ed 4 all ya done, ryantoon can we meet up 4 a pint coz im not far from u 4 travelling next season

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  • Michael12

    May 24, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #422

    No doubt Shearer and KK would not be possible without Ashley. So ultimately he is to blame.

    Ashley believes in fairytales, That former greats are simply going to walk in and do it all again. KK did it again alright, walked, Shearer had a bark far exceeding his bite. We did not need press as this puts too much pressure on players. Kinnear was not a great manager I admit that but he kept the spot light off us.

    I have Friends all of whom support other teams saying to me when Shearer walked in that they just hope Newcastle Go down “because it was Alan Shearer managing.” No other reason just because it is Shearer. I read an article sayingThe press secretly wanted us to lose because it would make a bigger story than BiddlesBro’, Hull, Sunderland or many other teams going down especially with Shearer managing. A failure is even bigger if you have had so much success.

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  • Anon 878

    May 24, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #423

    Everyone needs to can it with the “fck Ashley” crap. It’s not going to get us anywhere but further down. He’ll sell up this summer. He’s taken too much of a loss now and it’s no one’s but his regime’s fault.

    Boycotting the club is pointless as well. No budding youngster wants to come to a club in turmoil or a club with shite fans.

    I’ll stand by with anyone who dislikes the regime, but certainly our heart is with the club, in the stadium.

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  • ObaFan2

    May 24, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #424

    We never replaced Emre… no flair to create anything.

    We never strengthened left back.

    We became the laughing stock of the country, sacking managers, their replacements, our so called executives, directors etc.

    Selling our younger experienced players and banking the money…

    the list goes on and it’s all down to one man…the owner, infact I will never utter his name again but thankful of the millions he’s lost but not the way he lost it!

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  • roscoe

    May 24, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #425

    Well what can I say…

    It was just meant to be, that goal sending us down just sums it all up. We have to try take some positives from this… If we had stayed up we would have seen one or two out and two or three mediocre players in. Another season flirting with relegation! Now we get to see Lua Lua, Vukic, Ranger etc. If we can keep hold of Bassong Beye Taylor and Enrique Our back four is REALLY solid!

    Howay for a new callenge next season and some exciting new players hungry to prove themselves and not some over paid has beens taking their last paycheck!

    I will support the TOON till I die!

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!

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  • Hugh de Payen

    May 24, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #426

    My worry is that, if Ashley plans on selling, he’ll strip the club first.

    It’s probably still better than him staying but it’ll need an owner with money to rebuild it.

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  • Soren

    May 24, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #427

    Obafan2 – When watching the game I was thinking the exact same thing, and it is something that has been on my mind for a long time. We have never replaced Emre. He was a creative spark in midfield and the nr.1 set piece taker. Miss him..
    About leftback, I pray we can keep Enrique.

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  • jimiley

    May 24, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #428

    Oba is vastly overrated. Owen is finished. Viduka is too old and slow. Smith will score next millenium. Butt is too slow and old. Geremi is… Geremi. Too slow to catch a cold. Nolan is… something. Jonas’ spiderman mask is threadbare. The list goes on. We are crap and i am relieved we are going down. My relief is tempered by the fact that I am not convinced we can get rid of these overpaid loafers. They will want to stay on 70k a week to promote us!!! Oh really? and then get us into the top 4 no doubt!!! Clear off the lot of you!!!

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #429

    ED please dont close the blog 🙁

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  • Big Dave

    May 24, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #430

    a brilliant AS interview

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  • Rorycn

    May 24, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #431

    i left the pub soon as the whistle went, can anyone tell me what where the player reactions where like?

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  • Toon Traveller

    May 24, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #432

    i just got back from a trip around the world.. 2 days ago to see my beloved relegated =/

    missed the past season.. all of it.. and i come home to this

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  • LATINAMERICATOON

    May 24, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #433

    lets do thing properly this time around. get ride of all the deadwood this summer and get a new owner who will invest. we have loads of young good players in our ranks and coming like the young brazilian lad. lets continue to scoure the world for exciting young talent and groom them next year. add to them hopefully, we can retain players like beye,taylor,enrique, carrol,oba(doubt it). we can do something special! look at corinthians in brazil they were relagated now they have just won the league.
    come on newcastle!

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  • Rodzilla

    May 24, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #434

    for all the outrageously idiotic decisions Ashley has made, I think he’s learnt by his mistakes. I’m not sticking up for him coz he’s been a Premier Grade nob – no question. At the end of the day he’s made HUGE mistake/gambles that have backfired on him. I don’t reckon there’s much sense in calling for his head now. It didn’t work first time ’round.

    At the end of the day he’ll do what he believes right, and (call me a cnt, I can take it) I think there’s no point him selling up now. He’s got it right with Shearer. My little brother failed his exams first time ’round, and I didn’t chin him – got it right on the 2nd shot. Experience speaks volumes.

    MA & AS, let’s have some consistency now…………

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  • roscoe

    May 24, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #435

    Tayls was crying! What a hero!!

    TOONTOOONTOONTOONTOON

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  • LATINAMERICATOON

    May 24, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #436

    big dave what did he say?

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  • komfort

    May 24, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #437

    jimiley , your relieved we are going down !! are you a f/ing full time prick or wot like ?? get ya act together man..

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  • Michael12

    May 24, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #438

    There goes Bassong who can now Join Arsenal with a clear conscious. There Goes Martins Who is no doubt going to have to go to reduce our wage bill. There Goes Beye.

    All those talking about a positive side to relegation are cannot possibly be serious. This is a disaster financially, we have a reputation of being aggressive fans. There is no swift recovery nor is there at all a guarantee of returning ever. The comparisons with Leeds are frightening and because they once played in the Champs league they thought they would bonce back instantly but that has not happened. We may not see the Premier league for many years to come. Attracting players of Championship calibur will be possible but that is it.

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  • toonoholic

    May 24, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #439

    taylor was the only one who cried.

    owen had some tears roll and duff was gutted.

    bambi was shocked, he shld have stayed with stoke

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  • braintreemag

    May 24, 2009 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #440

    batty
    agree m8 get rid of the fcuking $hit supporters.
    i stopped goin when we became good got sick to death of glory hunters even when we didnt win fcuk all

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