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Taylor, Smith, Campbell, Lovenkrands And Ameobi To Start

It’s probably a sign of the times at Newcastle, that some previous regulars at the club are now finding it hard to get starts these days.

Peter Lovenkrands – will get start tomorrow night

Two of them are Danish International Peter Lovenkrands and local lad Shola Ameobi, and both of them scored in their only previous start this season at Accrington Stanley in the last round of the Carling cup.

Hughton talked about the two strikers to the Evening Chronicle today:

“It’s the ideal opportunity for them.” “I’ve said that I will make significant changes, but it’s a chance for those that haven’t played.” “It doesn’t come any tougher, especially with the form Chelsea are in, but nothing has changed my thinking from the day the draw was made.”

“We knew how tough it would be. Nobody expects us to get anything from the game – and that’s a plus.” “When that is the case you can go there with less pressure on you.” “Whether you can enjoy it or not it’s always down to what the result is.”

Sol Campbell will get his debut at Stamford Bridge, and Chris has also confirmed that Ryan Taylor will start, probably at right-back in place of the suspended James Perch.

But we think Ryan’s best position is out on one of the wings, where he is more of a goal threat, and can put in some good crosses and throw-ins – and he just doesn’t seem physically robust enough to play full back.

Chris talked about Ryan:

“Ryan will certainly play. It’s been unfortunate for him because of the form of James Perch.” “But he’s been excellent and he trains very well every day.”

And it’s very likely that Alan Smith will get a start tomorrow night too, with Cheick Tiote looking like the obvious starter at defensive midfield in future games,  after his most impressive debut at Goodison Park on Saturday.

So we could see Taylor, Smith, Campbell, Lovenkrands and Ameobi all get starts tomorrow night in London.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Sep 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Chris Hughton make the same game as us ? James Perch is crap,End of !

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Sep 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2


  • Spoonz13

    Sep 21, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Might be jinxing this slightly by saying this but I have a funny feeling we might win against Chelsea. I think Tim Krul will have a stormer in goal and Campbell will lead the line well at the back. This is a previously very pessimistic fan trying a bit of optimism for a change.

  • WesJameson

    Sep 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    @ Spoonz13 // Sep 21, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Stranger things, have happened mate 🙂

  • Whumpie

    Sep 21, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Spoonz – like the optimism, and share that odd feeling. Of course, it could be the fish I had for lunch..

    Ciaran Thomas – did you even watch the Everton game? Perch did a cracking job! (Shame about the card-a-game thing, but still)

    Besides – there is no “end of” applicable to any player after so few games; it’s daft to judge beyond their most recent performance.

    I think we’ll see a close game tomorrow. Our line-up is likely to be close to what we played with at full strength last year, whereas Chelski may just stick their youth team on there and hope…

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree with Whumpie – Perch had a very solid game against Everton, didn’t put a foot wrong bar the card, I still think he can be a good player for us.

  • Reacher

    Sep 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m sure I wouldn’t be alone in questioning Chris in his reference to “the form of James Perch”. Thus far I’m struggling to see why CC rated him from his Forest days.

    Imagine unearthing the right back version of Enrique… Wow.

  • ToonAndy

    Sep 21, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Is the game on TV tomorrow? If not, does anybody know where I can watch it? (Besides traveling to Chelsea)

  • EllaGuru

    Sep 21, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Ancelotti said over the weekend that he was going to play the youngters against us. Still gonna be a really tough challenge.
    Lets just hope Mark Lawrenson predicts a win for Chelski, then we will be fine and dandy!

  • arcarius

    Sep 21, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #10

    TBH I think Perch is quite well against everton, except for that reckless tackle across the half way line, would have been an instant red from any other ref IMO

    This explain why Perch is so consistent in getting yellows, he is not a dirty player, just clumsy and lose his mind sometimes 😛

  • sparetheman

    Sep 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t understand some people… Perch hasn’t really done anything wrong all season and he’s still getting told by so called fans he’s not a premier league player.

    I was sceptical by the signing in the summer as many others were but I’m willing to give any player a chance… and honestly, I don’t know what more he could have done at the start of this season. Looked a bit shaky against Man Utd but it was his premier league debut… at Old Trafford! Other than that he’s done everything we could have asked of him.

  • slazberger

    Sep 21, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #12

    @7 – i dont remember enrique setting the world alight when we signed him either, give perch time. it wasnt really until last season (his 3rd) that enrique showed his potential.

  • Davies

    Sep 21, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Perch will be fine, and I agree he’s been good so far. Just wish we had a bit more experience at RB. We are, otherwise, a very well equipped side these days, to my MASSIVE relief.

  • Davies

    Sep 21, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Time to change that banner innit Ed?

    Carroll, Nolan and Smith are all wearing relegation season shirts.

  • Penguin PJ

    Sep 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #15

    In Chris I trust.

    He knows best. (Inc. Leon)


  • Reacher

    Sep 21, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #16

    slazberger – There is no point of comparison with Perch and Enrique.

    When Enrique first arrived he was only 21, and had played a very limited amount of first team games in Spain. He intially struggled with us, not due to a lack of quality (it was in fact, apparent that he had it), but through trying to adjust to the fast and physical nature of the English game.

    I believe that Perch has struggled for different reasons, because of a lack of quality, and I know many Forest fans who would agree with me on this.

    But of course, I would love to proven wrong, and for Perch to become right-back version of Enrique.

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Sep 21, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #17

    perch is shit
    raylor is shit

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #18

    i`m gonna make one..see you

  • balubas1

    Sep 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #19


    Didn’t you also have a comment about Nolan and Barton and Jonas being shit also?

    U a S*****land fan or what?

    No matter what you are.. go support some other team. Or not at all… Ur not very good at SUPPORTING.

  • Toon_fan83

    Sep 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Why we keep playing the donkey that is shola and not play ranger who for me is the future and already a better playwer than sholla imo. He needs to be sold.

  • Solaidback

    Sep 21, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #21

    GTA – So if Perch & Raylor ate sh!t, who do you as a supposed specialist in football suggest we play at RB then???

    Perch has been our best RB for a while & is adjusting to the PL better ever game, the same as Colo, Jonas & Enrique did…

    At least he hasn’t had 2 red cards from 2 games, same as Cattermole as for the Muckems & isn’t afraid to tackle players like Raylor & Simpson either… 🙂

  • stk85

    Sep 21, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #22

    my team would be:



    routledge—smith—barton—-ben arfa


    williamson, tiote, jonas, carroll, vuckic, donalson, soderberg

  • baro

    Sep 21, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #23

    I would go with a bit of youngsters and a bit of starters. Let Campbell lead the back line, Barton, Smith, Tiote in the center, Lovenkrands and Ranger up top. Hopefully we win .

  • slazberger

    Sep 21, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Reacher – hindsight is a wonderful thing. but i very much doubt you were saying enrique had ability after 5 games like you are with perch.

    maybe if we had signed him for £6m from a foreign club or he had come through the ranks at our club you would have given him more than five games to prove himself.

    and you will struggle to find fans with nice things to say about a player after they have left to go to another club.

    i have noticed during games that some people on here seem to be watching everything he does and blame him for things out of his control due to lack of cover from routledge, and as soon as he makes a bad pass they come on and say he’s sh*t, whereas if another player makes a bad pass they just say he’s having a bad day. lets just give him a bit of time to adapt like we allow others to.

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 21, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #25

    More and more I see of Ben Arfa the more I think McLoven should play in front of him….maybe he could play from the right instead of routledge.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 22, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #26

    play vuckic and ranger, give them a run against the best team


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