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We’ll Get Back To Winning Ways Against The Red Devils

The last Newcastle game at Aston Villa is a game the Magpies were really expected to win.

Peter Lovenkrands – his last goal against Wolves

But the lads were just hopeless in a game they really should have picked points up in, and the next game on Tuesday night is against table-topping Manchester United, and Newcastle are hardly expected to win that one.

So Newcastle being Newcastle – does that mean they will get something out of it?

Maybe, but whatever happens on Tuesday night,  Newcastle had better make sure they don’t let Blackpool beat them  on the following Saturday at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool have just one win in their last 12 league games so we have to hope (and pray) the lads don’t play like they did against Aston Villa, who had just one win in 7 games before they beat the Magpies.

Newcastle have only got 4 points out of their last 5 games, and that’s hardly good enough to pull away  from the relegation zone sufficiently, and there’s little doubt that Andy Carroll is now going to be a big miss through the end of the season, as he’s looked just great for Liverpool.

Leon Best initially did a very good job in filling in for Andy, with 6 goals in 11 league games, but he’s now crocked, and out for the rest of the season, after having an ankle operation.

Peter Lovenkrands can knock the goals in, and we have to hope that with Shola Ameobi alongside him, Newcastle’s attack next Tuesday can look a lot more dangerous than they did at Villa Park, when they looked as though they couldn’t shoot themselves out of a wet paper bag.

Peter Lovenkrands talked about the upcoming game:

“We want to get back to winning ways – and the next game should be an easy three points!,”

“Nobody is expecting us to go and beat Man United 5-0 (we did once), so we need to just see how many points we can get out of it.”

“We need to keep focusing, not just on safety but focusing on getting points and then in the end see where that takes us.”

“But we obviously need to make sure we stay clear of the bottom three above all else.”

The last time Manchester United visited St. James’ Park was in March, 2009, with Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood in charge of the Magpies, and quite honestly I’ve never seen a Newcastle team come out of the blocks quite so quickly.

In that first 30 minutes the lads played their hearts out in front of the home crowd,  and of course Lovenkrands got the early goal, when the usually reliable Edwin van der Saar spilled a shot right at his feet.

So Peter poked it home – it was that easy!

But of course Manchester United can come back in any game, and they did in this one to win 2-1, when a draw in that game, would have been enough to see Newcastle survive in the Premier League – as it turned out.

If Newcastle are going to get anything out of the next game, they will have to go all out for the full 90 minutes, because Manchester United are playing very good football at the moment.

They also happen to have  7 successive wins in all competitions, which we expect to be 8 after their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday.

If we can get 3 points out of the next 2 games we’ll be very satisfied indeed.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • repo

    Apr 15, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #1

    There is no chance in hell we get a result against manusa..

  • arfa chance

    Apr 15, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #2

    We need to get in man uniteds face. 4 pts between this game and blackpool and We are safe. Then Jose to stay lol

  • geordieboy1982

    Apr 15, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Agree with ya Arfa.

    hope for a draw and muller B’Pool!

  • NewcastleMole

    Apr 15, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Man Utd win most of the time because the opposition show them too much respect. They let them play their game. Arrogance runs through that team from top to bottom. We need to get the lads fired up and and in their faces from the kick off to the full time whistle.

    Don’t give them any time on the ball, harass and hound them in our half when we don’t have the ball.

    I’d play:


    Simpson – Williamson – Coloccini – Enrique

    Gutierrez – Barton – Tiote – Ferguson

    Ranger – Lovenkrands

    I’d have Gutierrez on the right to support Simpson. I’d stick Ranger & Lovenkrands attacking the 2 full backs.

    My Guess at how they’ll line up


    O’Shea – Smalling – Vidic – Fabio

    Park – Gibson – Anderson – Nani

    Berbatov – Hernandez

    I don’t think they’ll take us too seriously and if they don’t we should take advantage of their over confidence.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 15, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #5

    the sooner we get six points the sooner we get rid of the short sighted barrow boys, I can feel it in me bones, if I am wrong it will be an almighty downer, I have the party poppers, booze and the old 70’s disco gear out and dusted down.

  • G

    Apr 15, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Christ Dave, you sound like a very graceful loser if that’s how you take defeat! What would happen if we won the 6 points then?

  • Billy1985

    Apr 15, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #7

    we will not get anything from man utd they are in a different league than us. we just need to man mark everyone of their players and i mean man mark. give them a few knocks here and there sure barton will be up for it and tiote and if ireland is fit he will def be up for putting one over man u
    my team would be
    simpson willo colo enrique
    rtaylor barton ireland jonas
    shola or kuqi (for his power and heading abilities)

  • worky

    Apr 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Billy thats the spirit i just hope the players have a bit more belief than you.
    Dave 1961 when we get the 6 pts bring your poppers and drink and join us for a party on http://www.nufcblog.org

  • ganiyu

    Apr 15, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #9

    alot of newcastle fans may die of heart attack on tuesday night…….

  • worky

    Apr 15, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Ganiyu i see you were getting bullied from some of the idiots on here earlier. Don forget your more than welcome to drop in for a chat

  • ganiyu

    Apr 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #11

    kelvin nolan is missing….no influence in the match

  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 15, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #12

    This is an uphill (if not hopeless) task with the current depleted squad Lord Ashley has sanctioned as adequate to stay in the PL. Time to play percentages, and admit it’s better to target those 6 points from other games. In other words no risking any senior player who is anything less than fully ‘match fit’. Those fit kids stepping in can probably give MU a far better run for their money physically anyway, and it’ll be an excellent experience for them.

  • Billy1985

    Apr 15, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #13

    worky i will be absolutely be over the moon if we get a result but the way they play is world class dont get me wrong we have done it before so we can do it again. just hope the players turn up on the night and fight for themselves the club and most of all us we just need to get into them straight away and show them we are no pushovers come on the toon

  • ganiyu

    Apr 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #14

    @ worky this is my 4th year on this blog and i am not concerned with what others think of me.
    I know your blog and i appreciate your invitation

  • acuna

    Apr 15, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #15

    andy halliday of middlesbrough.looks good.

  • Thump

    Apr 15, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Hm, you just gave me a good idea ganiyu… thank you 😀

  • BengGaBoy

    Apr 16, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Forget about that impotent and useless ranger. Potential without results despite multiple opportunities have been given is fruitless.

    I would give Ryan Taylor a run on the right and drop Gutierrez to bench with Ferguson running on the left wing.

    Probably I will use a lone striker shared between Peter and Shola while flooding another defensive midfield to battle against manure.

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Disagree with Beng… I’d give another chance to Ranger, he helped make our first round game against Liverpool look easy. He may surprise them with his speed and power (of course, the chance is equal that he may not!). I believe we’ll win this game.
    Where’s that super-optimistic guy (Jimini?), love his posts!!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 16, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #19

    Yup please use Ferguso and spiderman all together. Spiderman should be put on right side, Ferguson should be put on the left wing.

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #20

    We donnt want Ranger in The Team – he will Just Be Putting on a Show for Alex Ferguson .. Get Shot of Him He is as Bad as Alan Smith !!!! SHola and Peter L Up Front !!!! Tiote and Barton Centre of Midfield !!!! I would Love us To get Something Out of the Man U Game Just To show The Fans We have Moved Right Back to The Big Time !!!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Yes no need ranger anymore!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    As he is no heart to play

  • Klatoon

    Apr 16, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Ranger should be on the bench and be brought on after 1hr or 70min,he’s much more effective towards the end when the game gets stretched,running the channels against tiring defenders. The hidden danger with Man u is when the fullbacks join the attack so while Jonas shd b able to keep Oshea or rafael back,Evra might have have no worries overlapping due to our lack of pace on the right wing. Lets keep it simple,4-4-2: Harper,Simmo,Willo,Collo,Jose,Barton,Guthrie,Tiote,Jonas,Shola,Lovens
    subs on: Ranger,Ireland,??????

  • workyticket

    Apr 16, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24

    worky // Apr 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    “Billy thats the spirit i just hope the players have a bit more belief than you.
    Dave 1961 when we get the 6 pts bring your poppers and drink and join us for a party on http://www.nufcblog.org

    Why on earth are you doing this, “worky”?


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