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Newcastle Unchanged Against Blackpool



As expected Chris Hughton has fielded an unchanged side from the side that picked up a decent point at Wolves two weeks ago.

And our three new players Ben Arfa, Sol Campbell and Cheick Tiote are all on the subs bench, and we would expect at least Ben Arfa to make his debut this afternoon.

Newcastle will again play in a 4-5-1 formation with captain Kevin Nolan pushing forward as a second striker to support Andy Carroll, who is now fully recovered from his ankle injury.

The subs bench of    Krul, Campbell, R Taylor, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Ameobi  and Lovenkrands has to be one of the strongest Newcastle have had for quite a while.

Former Newcastle striker Marlon Harewood is on the bench for the Tangerines.

Three points today will see Newcastle climb the Premier League table from the 8th position they hold after the first 3 games.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United: Harper; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Routledge, Smith, Barton, Gutierrez; Nolan, Carroll.
Subs: Krul, Campbell, R Taylor, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Ameobi, Lovenkrands.

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Evatt, Keinan, Crainey, Vaughan, Adam, Grandin, Varney, Ormerod, Campbell
Subs: Halstead, Edwards, Southern, Phillips, Carney, Euell, Harewood,


254 comments so far

  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #201

    @balubas1 (193): Smudge gave a penalty away in the 45th minute.

    What did you lads think of Harps performance? He’s seemed very, very nervy in the last few games when he’s been called on. Wonder if it’s time to give Krul a 45 minute run out?

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  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #202

    Lovenkrands and Ameobi have always been pure shit! Ranger is a star in the making why not play him? He will become a star one day i promise unless he doesn’t get playing time.

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  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #203

    Spot on Geordielad880.

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  • roblee7

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #204

    YES, we should be beating blackpool at home, but footballs a funny old game as they say! Positive way of looking at it is most people expected us to get beat off villa and beat blackpool….if that had happened we’d be in exactly the same position…anyone else share this view???

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #205

    every newcastle player can beat each single blackpool player man to man.

    we were not good enough

    We play well 2nd half of the championship because of alan smith NOT playing

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  • stevothegeordie

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #206

    @thump i agree about harps mate looks too slow get krull in nxt match definatly

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  • nufcmk

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #207

    Well this was a great RELITY CHECK

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  • Edd Case

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #208

    I dont think we have to worry about Smith, CH simply HAS to drop him now.
    Tiote for Smith for sure.
    I heard nothing about Jonas or Routledge, to be honest, I’d leave either out and pop HBA in.

    Our defence didn’t seem to do too bad today?

    Once again though, it’s our midfield.
    Nolan obviously starts as he’s captain but I wish he wasn’t, Tiote and Barton for me, AC and Ranger (or even Xsico/Loven)

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  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #209

    lol Baro you’re having a laugh aren’t you? Was Loven shit when he put 16 balls in the back of the net last season?

    I won’t make excuses for Shola, but he’s a confidence player. Take a look at his performances under SBR (and parts of what we see now) compared to his performances under Souness, Roeder etc. Right now I don’t think he has the confidence, is slowing down and found his level in the CCC. Send him out on loan, give him some playing time with the likes of Leeds or something and see what he does when he comes back.

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  • geordielad880

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #210

    We need to get behind the lads, I trust hughtons judgement, its only one result after all, we will be fine, im confident of that, we will improve alot when ben arfa, tiote, guthrie etc come into the side, and i think taylor should start at right back instead of perch, as he is very handy for set pieces.

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  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #211

    205 Edd Case // Sep 11, 2010 at 4:57 PM
    “Nolan obviously starts as he’s captain but I wish he wasn’t, Tiote and Barton for me, AC and Ranger (or even Xsico/Loven)”

    Couldn’t agree more, mate.

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  • jimiley

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #212

    You lose 2 0 at home to Blackpool and you have to conclude that we will struggle this season. We may not be relegated but the difference between 3rd bottom and sixth bottom is not a lot. A few injuries or a run of bad luck. It is not the dawn of a new era but a team making up the numbers in the Prem and hoping to avoid relegation as its ambition. Some “big”club that is.

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  • umermaliknz

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #213

    no, no one shares that view. nut job

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  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #214

    Harper Nolan Smith are just old men. They suck. NOlan gets fifty chances a game. If one shot on target on Harper than its a automatic goalAlways. Smith can’t run, can’t defend. Useless shit.

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  • geordielad880

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #215

    ————————-harper

    r.taylor——-collocini——-williamson—enrique

    ————————–tiote
    ————barton—————-ben arfa

    routledge————————————–jonas

    ————————-carroll

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #216

    CH dont have any other tactics right?

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  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #217

    @jimiley (209): Of course we’re going to struggle – we’re playing with a team that got us relegated (and ultimately promoted). This season is all about staying up, consolidating and ultimately preparing for the future – something which is desperately needed and is happening quite nicely. As for staying up as an ambition? God no, but for this season it’s a necessity.

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  • balubas1

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #218

    …………. 🙁 ………….

    So long confidence… was nice having you around again for a while.

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  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #219

    And how much chances did Lovenkrands have?

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #220

    Why play 4-5-1 at home? it must be a direct 4-4-2

    Drop smith, Nolan at centre and Lovenkrands partner Carroll

    Everton vs Newcastle next match, a CONFIRM lose

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  • baro

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #221

    He could of scored 50 last season. Blows away chances so easily.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #222

    Reality is that This is NUFC hard to predict. CH is too crap we shld put in our real team that will get us results.
    ……………………Krul
    R. Taylor…………Willy…………Colo………..Enrique
    Ben Arfa………..Barton……..Nolan…………..Jonas
    …………Loverboy…………..Carroll.
    FOR Home games

    ………………………Krul
    R. Taylor………..Willy…………Colo…………Enrique
    ………………………..Toite……….Barton
    Ben Arfa………………………………………….Jonas
    …………………………..Nolan
    ………………………….Carroll
    FOR Away games.

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  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #223

    Team for Everton game

    —————–Krul
    Raylor—Willo—Campbell—Bull
    —————–Tioté
    Rout—————————-Jonas
    —————–HBA
    ———Ranger——Carroll

    Subs: Harper, Barton, Kadar, Collo, Shola, Loven, Perch

    Ranger off for Loven in the second half or bring on Barton depending on the score.

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  • geordielad880

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #224

    next 3 league games everton (A) stoke (H) man city (A), i think we need to target 4 points from the next 3 games myself

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  • stevothegeordie

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #225

    ——————– Krul
    R.Taylor – Willo — Colo – Enrique

    ——————- Barton/tiote

    Routlege ———————– Jonas
    ———– HBA ——— Nolan/lovo
    Carroll

    Think this team and formation would be good at home although we will never find out as i feel CH is too dependant on his 4411.

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #226

    geordielad880, i wouldnt be optimistic but i think we got 1 points

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  • geordielad880

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #227

    thump we would get totally dominated in central midfield with that side, especially against everton, with cahill, arteta, fell…..(big hair) we need to play 4-5-1 against them to have any chance, or dare i say 3-5-2, with wing backs, as most of evertons chances come from set pieces and wide areas

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  • TheToonKing

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #228

    oh god…i’m in shock..2-0 to Blackpool…i don’t expect us to be world beaters but this is way beyond embarrassing…this is pathetic…

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  • balubas1

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #229

    baro.. “Nolan suck”.. he does not man… what the hell?

    We just need to get smith out and Tiote in. Thats a huge improvement to start with.

    And also get Ben Arfa in the mix by rotating some up front. He could replace all midfielders’s positions.
    (I’m speaking of watching earlier games as I did not the the blckpool game)

    How was the off-the ball runs in this game? Who got involved in attack? thats how u score u know:P

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #230

    CH shld get balls and make Nolan sit.

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  • geordielad880

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #231

    ————————harper

    ———–campbell—collo—williamson

    r.taylor—————————————-enrique

    ————————–tiote
    ————-barton—————guthrie

    ————————–ben arfa
    ————————————-carroll

    Im not a huge fan of 3-5-2, but it could work against everton

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #232

    CH should have the balls to drop Alan Smith

    when we bought Smith, the club goes downward

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  • Satboyslim

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #233

    At the end of the day, we had a poor first half but if we hadn’t given away that penalty it would have been different. We still managed 13 shots on target, everyone is overreacting massively.
    People are starting to get on players and hoots’ back already!
    Firstly, Nolan is the sole reason we were promoted, without his goals at the start of last year we would have become the car crash people predicted, Carroll and Lovenkrands only hit form after xmas.
    And people having ago at Chris for his tactics?! Every single person that posted their team before the game posted the same formation that we played.
    Only changes i would make at this moment is Tiote for Smith, and potentially Krul for Harper, and R Taylor for Perch.
    Dropping Routledge or Jonas would be disgraceful, both have played a massive part in our two good results so far and it does nothing for morale dropping players at a whim.

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  • Moreno

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #234

    Freak result. Their keeper will never ever play any better. Probably the best performance in blackpools history, everything will be downhill for them after today. Easier to drop smith now though

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  • 44881

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #235

    1st thing…try tiote instead of smith…that tackle is totally unnecessary n it cause a lose indeed…2 cb behind n wt he needs to do n defend goal is juz keep blocking…but he did a tackle

    Also, i would rank routledge than jonas this game, at least he knows when should offload the ball n wt time he should use his speed n skills…

    btw Colo n the defense isnt too bad this game i personally think, but should use sol against everton cos we need to hve a careful defensive line-up

    next line-up
    Harper
    Perch Sol Will Enrique
    Routledge Tiote Barton Ben Arfa
    Nolan
    Carroll

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  • nimo

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #236

    just got back from the game, one question did anyone see joey barton round town last night cos he must of been on the piss last night his passing was disgusting

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #237

    Ryan Taylor (premierleague experience) over Perch

    Tiote over Smith (hard for manager to drop smith, and its even harder to know the reason WHY)

    Ben Arfa over routledge or jonas, if one of the winger didnt perform then change.

    Campbell of Williamson, this is the best time to bring Campbell in

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  • brighter

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #238

    We lost 2-0.This result is absolutely embarassing and only be f***ed up.
    Why the hell Hughton decied to send BEN ARFA on 72 mins??I think this was tooooooo late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • nimo

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #239

    when i went down at half time it looked as though smithy got the ball for the penalty also

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  • geordielad880

    Sep 11, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #240

    satboyslim very good post mate, couldnt agree more

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