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Newcastle Have Big Chance To Make Amends At Sunderland

Newcastle United have a chance to put things right with their fans, when they meet local rivals Sunderland on Sunday.

Coloccini challenges Beardsley at Stevenage

The chance is to recover from the game at Stevenage last Saturday, when most of  Newcastle’s players didn’t look too awake in the game,  and for once  in a very long time, they didn’t seem to want to fight to preserve their place in the FA Cup.

Unfortunately, the KO time next week is at 12:00pm on Sunday, so we’ll just have to hope the players are wide awake before the they take on Sunderland.

A defeat at Sunderland would be very hard to take for Newcastle fans, after last Saturday’s disgrace for the club.

Fabricio Coloccini was one of the few players who turned up last Saturday, and he will no doubt start against Sunderland, but Newcastle still have a few players injured, and it’s not known whether Steven Taylor will have recovered from his hamstring,  pull for the local lad to line up alongside the Argentine.

Of course top player Cheick Tiote is definitely out because of his three match ban, and the team doesn’t really have a suitable replacement to come in and give the side the energy Cheick always provides.

Sunderland will be wanting to make up for their 5-1 humiliation at St. James’ Park earlier this season,  but Fab is not sure whether that will be a real factor on Sunday:

“I don’t know,” “Every derby has a different history. Now we have to write another piece of history for Newcastle United.”

“I enjoy playing in derbies,” “It’s one of the most important games in the season. We seem to play well in the big games this season.”

“I enjoy the competitiveness, and in the week leading up to the game,  the people talk to you about how important it is.”

“But I’d prefer it if it would help you to lose that and win seven or eight games. I prefer what’s best for Newcastle United.”

Sunderland are in a similar position as Newcastle, in that they had an ignominious exit out of the FA Cup last Saturday, losing 3-1 at home to Notts County.

And with Blackpool having won 2-0 at the Stadium of Light recently, Sunderland’s  home form seems to have gone off the boil is little, although they did hammer Blackburn 3-0 on New Years Day.

Sunderland also have a number of their own injury problems, and it appears that Manchester United loan player Danny Welbeck’s chances of recovering from his hamstring strain are  improving, so that’s bad news.

For Newcastle, there are injury doubts over Steven Taylor, Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi, but it would appear that Jonas Gutierrez and Jose Enrique should be fit enough to play.

This is a big chance for the Newcastle side to get back in the good books of their famous fans – and we have to hope they take it with both feet, so to speak.

Another win would set off huge celebrations on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • toonboyjake

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Ooohhhh noooo not danny welbeck back, hahahahaha he’s useless, had a couple of lucky goals this season but isnt anything to be bothered by Collocini will have him in his pocket all game. Did he play last derby game? because the scum had such a goal threat that day im not sure we can cope

  • Dragonera

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    It looks as though Coloccini is about to snap that players leg in two!

  • Toonkistan

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    i am really worried about derby because of thin stretched first team squad…people putting gosling in the starting lineup in place of tiote lives in a wonderland…

  • hitman

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    i can see smith coming in fortiote like..

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    i would have guthrie in for smith on sunday more chance of us finishing with eleven men

  • craignufc

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    would much prefer gosling over alan smith any day, hes absolutley terrible smith so slow and has nothing to offer. if pardew picks smith hes clueless

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Coloccini isn’t even looking at the ball in the picture above. Taylor told the Sunday papers last weekend that he would not be fit to play at Sunderland.Larsson isn’t coming at all. Pardew is banging his head against a brick wall. He’ll now realise what he’s taken on – no backing from the FCB, and a club whose reputation is in tatters thanks to said FCB. God knows what happens if it goes pear-shaped on Sunday, and I wouldn’t bet against it!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    I too am worried about the starting lineup.

    Maybe No Carroll, No Tiote, No Creativity, No Crosses

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    News is slow today!?

  • Nufcboy88

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    stick guthrie on the right in place of barton and push barton in the centre to fill cheicks position. I think guthrie is similar to barton in his delivery and crosses. Barton can fill the void left by cheick! Sunderland r gonna b right up for this! there season has been Driven by the 5-1 battering at st james’s. HWTL

  • Toonkistan

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    craig…gosling has been out injured for over a year just played a close door match last night and you expect him to play in a high pressure derby match….pls think rationally 🙂

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    why are we hell bent on these crosses, get the ball on the floor and play through tem for gods sake i hate this long ball stuff my team for sunday

    warren barton lb
    albert cm
    gillespie cm
    beresford rb
    rob lee

    in an ideal world

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    pav in goal lol

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    @ The Leazus End // Jan 12, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Of course you need wingers and crosses.

    Sure you can play the ball on the floor, but in order to play easier through the middle you need to make the pitch as wide as possible.

    Not only that, but with someone as good in the air as Andy, its a waste not to give him decent delivery in the air.

    Look what a difference a decent winger was to big Al.

    I always rememer Andy Gray commentating on an NUFC match where Shearer pulled out onto the wing and whipped in a brilliant cross and Andy Gray said:

    “That Shearer saying to the wingers, that’s the cross I want and where I want it to be.”

  • sammydolan

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Who would win in a fight with Smith and Cattahole?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    @ sammydolan // Jan 12, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    I would say CatterHole.

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    ime not saying rich we dont need wingers but we seem hell bent on getting the ball into the box with 50 yard diaganal balls why dont we put guti down the right instead

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    @ The Leazus End // Jan 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    and who down the left?

  • toonfan09

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #19

    ive got to say doesnt look if larrson is happening tht looks dead in the water even though pardew thought we would have somone before the stevenage game he said in the chronicle that he was meeting with jabba today lets hope he can tell him to pull his finger out his arse and sign some players

  • shaun83

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #20

    The mrs knows smith from when she was at leeds university, apparently he’s not hard and thinks a lot of himself, was dating her friend for a while and a few others behind her back apparently, nice guy!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Im warming to the idea of:

    Simmo * Collo * Saylor * Ferguson
    Jonas * Barton * Nolan* Bull
    Carroll * Best

    Krul, Perch, Willo, Guthrie, Gosling, McLoven, Ranger

  • sammydolan

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #22


    AP will probably get sacked for no reason….

  • toonfan09

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    lol i wouldnt put it past him

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #24

    rich you got it spot on cos what ever we are doing at the moment aint nice to watch and ime a season ticket holder
    i would be more than happy with that formation to mix it up a little

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    put a bid of 3 mill in for keane,
    if he wants to play football he will come and play for £40,000 a week
    his goals and poaching could well keep us in mid table

  • ende

    Jan 12, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed, mate, come off the Stevenage loss now. It has absolutely no bearing (aside from the Tiote suspension) on the goal of this season, which is merely to avoid relegation and steady the ship. That game does not matter one bit.

    Newcastle has nothing to make amends for at Sunderland, as last I recall we handed them a beating last time we met. Let’s give ’em a buy one get one free deal boys. Howay the lads!

  • Sav

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ll be very happy to get a draw in this one.


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