We had said Joey Barton would be a key player this afternoon for Newcastle United at West Brom, but now he’s been ruled out injured, and that’s bad news.
Joey was expected to return to the first team after serving his 3 game suspension for violent conduct, but is now out through injury, which is a big blow to Newcastle.
So in that case, Chris has names an unchanged side from the starting eleven that did so well against Chelsea last Sunday, and that gives another chance to Danny Guthrie in central midfield, and Wayne Routledge out on the right wing.
For West Brom, Somen Tchoyi starts and manager Roberto Di Matteo makes one enforced change to the side that beat Everton 4-1 last weekend.
Tchoyi comes into midfield in place of Youssouf Mulumbu, who is serving the second game of a two-match ban.
Chris Brunt moves into the center of midfield with Tchoyi out on the right wing.
The referee for the game is Mike Dean of Wirral shown above – he gives lots of penalties.
Howay The Lads!!
WBA -Carson; Jara, Scharner, Tamas, Cech; Dorrans, Brunt; Tchoyi, Morrison, Thomas; Odemwingie.
Subs: Myhill, S Reid, Barnes, Fortuné, Cox, Ibanez, Shorey.
Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique; Routledge, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ameobi, Carroll.
Subs: Soderberg Kadar Perch Smith Lovenkrands Ranger Best
163 comments so far
Dec 5, 2010 at 2:56 PMComment #81
Guthrie isn’t just painful. He’s at best a fringe player. AT BEST. No wonder he never starts when we have a full strength midfield to choose from.
Dec 5, 2010 at 2:57 PMComment #82
Guthrie is the worst player I’ve seen for a while in toon midfield. He needs to go in january. dwells on the ball and loses possession when in good positions. I’d rather have ranger on and push for equaliser.
Dec 5, 2010 at 2:58 PMComment #83
This game is just furthering how much we need Joey.
Dec 5, 2010 at 2:59 PMComment #84
Is Guthrie the worst to ever play for Newcastle? Discuss.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:00 PMComment #85
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:00 PMComment #86
It’s over. We lose.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:00 PMComment #87
what the hell is danny guthrie playing at!!???? JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shocking
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:01 PMComment #88
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:01 PMComment #89
well that totally sums up guthries day.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:01 PMComment #90
hmmm, think he might be injured….unless its just a cover-up for his howler
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:01 PMComment #91
Yep, Danny Guthrie is SHIT. He needs to leave.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:02 PMComment #92
if Guthrie’s days as a Newcastle player isnt numbered now.. I’m giving up on football.
Are we fans the only ones who can see that he isn’t cut out for the premier league?
Sorry for his injury though… I wish him the best at a new club in the Championship.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:02 PMComment #93
Absolutely crap!! puffinmuncher-your point just confirmed by another piece of stupid hesitance! I hope he’s out for the season.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:02 PMComment #94
guthrie worst player ever at the toon????think he’s just been replaced by the worst player ever more like!!!
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:02 PMComment #95
the problem with all our players is that all want to dribble all the way!
look at WBA, they pass all the way
Alan Smith for Guthrie, thank god! another 5-1 maybe?
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:03 PMComment #96
Routledge off for Ranger? Is Nile going on the right or is Loven moving down to left/Jonas on right?
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:03 PMComment #97
I hope he’s out for the season too. Just hope Nolan and Barton can return for next game.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:03 PMComment #98
Yes he is Guthrie is a pile of shit, also Chris Hughton you NEED a kick up your arse you have had a shocker you tactics ONCE A BLOODY GEN has been aweful, why did he tell the player to STAND OFF, west brom love it when you stand off them, our CB pairing has been terrible Sol shud of closed down for the 1st goal and the 2nd was the same taylor and sol just stood still! Hughton 4 Sack.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:03 PMComment #99
great start smith.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:03 PMComment #100
smith on 2 mins nd gets a yellow card
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:04 PMComment #101
Absolutely shocking from Guthrie. Thats disgraceful for the money he’s on
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:04 PMComment #102
We miss Barton and Nolan big time
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:04 PMComment #103
as usual smith 3 seconds late
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:05 PMComment #104
ALL our players trying to be MESSI BY DRIBBLING ALL THE WAY
PASS THE BALL !!!
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:05 PMComment #105
PLZ PLZ PLZ be the last time we ever see Guthrie in a toon shirt again oh great Smiths on great depth in our squad
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:05 PMComment #106
Please can you sell / barter / get f*cking rid of Alan Smith in the January sales please; he’s been on less than 5 minutes and gets a yellow card.
What sort of team player is that?
Well past his sell by date
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:06 PMComment #107
Bugger off calling for Hughton’s head will you?
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:07 PMComment #108
WBA play like BARCALONA because we are that SHIT
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:07 PMComment #109
this is embarrasing….you’d think we were playing man u away or summit
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:09 PMComment #110
No players in January what team are you watching CH and MA
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:09 PMComment #111
agreed thump….we have an average squad that he’s worked wonders with thus far…not hughtons fault, although i also agree his tactics are sometimes awful to say the least
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:10 PMComment #112
relegated then go to hell so disappointed
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:11 PMComment #113
Tactics aren’t half as important as people make out. It’s the players that do the job – not the tactics.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:12 PMComment #114
Smith’s strong way is :
get yellow card and red card
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:13 PMComment #115
yeah thump, but making ameobi captain maybes a step too far….id personally have tiote as captain any day…the only player we have who brings some leadership to the team i think
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:14 PMComment #116
Final 3 minutes and we’ll come alive.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:14 PMComment #117
I’m not calling for CH’s head, but he has done a very poor job lately. His lineup and tactics has been a disaster for many games. And in all the games I’m talking about (blackburn, bolton, west brom and so on..) it has been EVIDENTLY that the tactics and lineup has been the primary cause for the losses.
He needs to get this straight now.. As I am starting to believe that one of the bloggers here could pick a better lineup and tactic.
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:15 PMComment #118
guys look at WBA, every player keep 3-5 seconds of the ball then PASS
our players? want to dribble the whole WBA team
notice the diff?
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:15 PMComment #119
Just because you wear the armband doesn’t mean others can’t speak. Cheik is still struggling with English so I think he’d be a pretty bad captain (maybe in a season or so).
Dec 5, 2010 at 3:17 PMComment #120