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Newcastle vs Liverpool – Match Preview

It’s been all change this week, with the sacking of Chris Hughton and then the hiring of Alan Pardew as the new Newcastle manager.

Since Chris had the players locked in the dressing room for an hour after last Sunday’s game at West Brom, we would have said we would see an all out guts and glory effort tomorrow against Liverpool.

Chris would also have realized that Liverpool’s weakness, like Arsenal’s,  is their defense and we would have seen Newcastle going all out for goals against Liverpool tomorrow.

But it’s hard to know what Alan Pardew’s take on the game will be tomorrow.

But since Alan knows Newcastle fans like to see open attacking football,  we don’t expect to see Alan play as though he was imitating Sam Allardyce.

So let’s hope we see an all out committed display from the lads tomorrow, and if we can get that we could even get a result.

A win against Liverpool on Chris Hughton’s 52nd birthday would be good to see.

After such an emotion draining week – a win would be a fantastic result for the Newcastle side,  but there are a few key points for the game, which are different than if Chris had still been on board.

The players must turn up for the game tomorrow, and put all the upheaval of this last week behind them.

The lads must play as though this is a game in which they have a chance of saying thank you to Chris Hughton, for all he did for Newcastle United over the last 34 months, and in particular over the last 16 magical months.

That’s on the attitude (mind) side of things, and as far as the playing side goes our defense must be 10 times better than it was last week, when Sol Campbell looked so uncertain.

So we have to hope it was just one of those days for Sol, because in the previous game against Chelsea he played very well indeed.

Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini are still suspended, and Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Steve Harper and Ben Arfa are still out injured.

We should be able to welcome back two of our best players tomorrow, in captain Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton, and both will be vital players in tomorrow’s game, just as they are now important players for Alan Pardew.

This is the team we would expect Alan to filed tomorrow in his debut as Newcastle manager

Simpson Campbell Taylor (S) Enrique
Barton Nolan (c)  Tiote Gutierrez
Carroll Ameobi
Subs Soderberg Perch Kadar Guthrie Smith Lovenkrands Ranger

Notice that Xisco and Leon Best are not in that side at all, and they may be expendable in January, if Newcastle can get any takers.

The good news for Newcastle is that Steven Gerrard is not yet fit, and that’s good news, because in this same fixture two years ago he was magnificent in the 5-1 Liverpool mauling of a poor Newcastle side.

And the day after that hammering, Shay Given had  just about enough of Mike Ashley’s antics on Tyneside, and requested a transfer and was shipped out to Man City the next month, even though Joe Kinnear at the time did everything he could to keep the Irishman.

If you recall, Mike Ashley had just taken the club off the market on the Sunday morning of that game on 28th December, 2008, and we think that was why Shay finally wanted out.

If Chris had been around this week,  we would have said how much more stable things were at Newcastle these days, and then Mike Ashley dropped the bomb on Monday afternoon.

It would be a tough game at the very best of times, against an improving Liverpool side, but it is even tougher now, and we’ll be very happy with anything out of this game tomorrow.

After such a tough and emotion draining week,  a win would be absolutely fantastic.

Howay The Lads!!

59 comments so far

  • baro

    Dec 11, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #41

    night bro!

  • Sav

    Dec 11, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #42

    Well the players ought to give it their all – for Hughton, not for pardew because they failed to turn up at the Hawthorns and got a supposed pasting from Chris afterwards. So as a mark of respect, of all games, this is one they must win as a tribute to Chris.
    Listening to Tony Cascarino doing his weekend punditry spot with Lawrenson and he said Teddy Sheringham told him TEN MONTHS AGO that Pardew, who shares the same agent as Sheringham, was being lined up for the job at Newcastle.

  • willowdalerez

    Dec 11, 2010 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #43

    Wow… Mike Ashley really knows how to ruin a good thing when he spys it. In previous posts I have been roundly criticized for suggesting we had better lock CH up in a long-term 3-5 year contract before he walked…

    Well for all the haters out there I certainly hope you are content with Big Mike’s surprise alternative… “Experience” (at least at Fat Mike’s poker table & between the sheets of his player’s wives where it truly counts) in the form of none other than (drum-roll please) famous Alan Pardew (famous for well that’s yet to be determined but if the oddsmakers have it right its for the next mgr. to be dimissed from the Premiereship unless of course were relegated before he gets the sack).

    Now my prediction for tomorrow’s game is a sound thumping… Liverpool 3 – Newcastle 1 (Carroll of course – he’s magic) in the slightly less short-term look for certain players to ask for transfers HBA, Simpson, Enrique, barton here is looking at you and for Cashley to start eyeing Cash-in-flab for Carroll (yeah I do not put anything past that fat b*st*rd anymore).

    For the season instead of a lower mid-table 10-15 place ranking look at a struggle to survive relegation 15-20 death fight down to the wire a la Glorious Repeat of the `08-`09 Shambles Season.

    Based on his standout record in `09-`10 on the `Ship and the first part of this season look for CH to rebound with a team like the Hammers and to become the great Mgr. we all knoew he isdeveloping into… just with and to the benefit of another Club.

    A word to Ashley if any of your twit employees ever check the blogosphere for marketing purposes (they do)… For the good of the Club and its fans please oh god please sell the club already. That would be the greates X-Mas gift to the NUFC supporters of all!!!

  • CT

    Dec 11, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #44

    Jimiley/Rcraps et all/ f`got Chucs or butch or watever his name is? Are you students or just looking to cause botha?
    Piss off, ur not welcome here, get behind the team small minded insects, Pardew is not to blame, yet?

  • ksmit

    Dec 11, 2010 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #45

    I’m not sure how you figure players are going to ask for transfers? Most of theses players stayed when there was no manager, and then stayed when Hughton was appointed despite the pathetic results he had in the premier league prior to that while he was caretaker. He showed no tactical sense at that time with substitutions that EVERYONE thought were completely insane. Even through the championship and the start of this season he never showed any incredible tactical skills. Why would any of these players want to leave at this point? There will be frustrations but they’ll get over it and if Pardew shows that he can do a good job and gets them playing some exciting football then there are no issues. The players are here for their money/the fans/the game. The manager is not always a selling point and I’m sure foreign players like Tiote and HBA were not thinking “Oh, this is the manager I truly want to play for” they were either think “the money is good”, “it’s a good place to get started in the Premier League” or “this is the club I want to play for”. Don’t expect a mass exodus from the players because Hughton is gone.

  • ThaiMag

    Dec 11, 2010 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #46

    When defending, use 4-5-1

    When attacking, switch to 4-4-2

  • Magickit

    Dec 11, 2010 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #47

    seems that no one tip Rouledge as a starter or a sub.

    Is he injured or banned ?

  • john_cena163

    Dec 11, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #48

    http://www.sportinglife.com/football/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/10/12/10/manual_221248.html&TEAMHD=soccer .
    The Hammers could face a potential problem, however, if Pardew decides that he wishes to renew his partnership with Downes at Newcastle.


    Dec 11, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #49

    Think everyone now needs to get a grip of themselves and get on with supporting the team. Everyone is bit shocked and disapointed that CH got sacked, but we can’t allow that to send us into another death spiral …. having read up a little more on Pardew, he sounds like quite modern / forward thinking dynamic manager …. it is not his fault that he got the job – if any of you lot got offered a job on better terms and with long-term employment prospects, you would take it – and if you say you wouldn’t then you are self distructive and i’m not a supporter of that … and as others have said MA is here to stay until he choses to leave – you do not get to be as wealthy as he is without being an extremley tough individual, so need to just deal with it and channel all the passion we have for the club and team into supporting them and backing them .. if MA is wrong and AP is failure, he will sack him and someone else will get a chance …… over last 18 months, we have been on upward trend and MA has been in charge during that time, i expect that he wants that to continue … if it doesn’t we can give him as much s hit as we like, but we need to do out bit and support AP+the team rather than be de-stabalising and negative …. hwtl

  • roy cropper

    Dec 11, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #50

    CT after you’ve slept your 3 pints off – toddle along to 23 & collect you belonging i’ve been keeping for you.

    after the 1st pint he couldn’t remember a thing.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Dec 11, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #51

    Happy Birthday to Chris Hughton,A True Geordie Legend <3.

  • toonruz

    Dec 11, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #52

    its going to be hard but i think we should stay away from the ground

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Dec 11, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #53

    Liverpool sure win toight!!!!

  • Lew Davies

    Dec 11, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #54

    Roy – stop it please, you made me laugh.
    (when I worked out what the Feck you was on aboot.)

  • The Shola Show

    Dec 11, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #55

    Happy Birthday CHRIS HUGHTON!!!

  • bobpac11

    Dec 11, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #56


  • sticklebricks

    Dec 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #57

    Nolan & Barton likely “injured”… :-/

    Campbell won’t be able to deal with the turn of pace of Ngog & Co, would much rather see
    Kadar get a run out..

    I can’t see why anyone would be having Ameobi in their team given his performance against WBA!


    Obviously if Barton and Nolan are fit they would be shoe-in’s inplace of Smith/Vuckic

    Tough call between Smith and Guthrie starting for me, though I think against WBA Guthrie was a tad over ambitious in his passing, you know Smith will keep it simple and for me thats why hes there.

    Sods, Campbell, Ferguson, Guthrie, Routledge
    Ameobi, Lovenkrands

  • balubas1

    Dec 11, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #58

    typical that we meet l’pool when theyr on a high..

    but good luck to all of you!

    hwtl Newcastle4ever

  • xfer

    Dec 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #59

    No more Ameobi please… He is horrible!


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