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Newcastle Need All 3 Points Against Crystal Palace

We could really do with a win at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and if we can get all 3 points that would mean we’ve made a decent enough start to the Premier League with 4 points from our first three games, the same return as in the last two seasons.

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Neil Warnock – new Crystal Palace manager

And of course we navigated though a potential banana skin, when we beat Gillingham 1-0 on Tuesday night, and the lads played quite well and created chances once again, but we had to rely on an own goal to take us through.

There are a couple of potential problems with our game on Saturday, and one of them is that Palace have just appointed Neil Warnock as their new manager to replace Tony Pulis, and usually a team plays well in the first game for any new manager.

And then there’s the worry about being able to score goals, and we just have to hope players like Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Manu Riviera can get their shooting boots on, and an early goal is exactly what we need on Saturday.

It’s an important game for Newcastle, and we need a good result – because our next game it in two weeks time – at Southampton on 13th September – unlucky for some.

That’s after the two week International break.

And we have some injury doubts too, with Jack Colback and 18 year-old Rolando Aarons sustaining knocks, and we should know about their status at today’s press conference  with Alan Pardew – and whether Cheick Tiote is fit to play in this game.

Let us know how you think we’ll do on Saturday.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Crystal Palace?

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182 comments so far

  • G

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll be devastated if we lose to a Neil ‘Colin’ Warnock side. Detest the man.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes. Yes we do…….

    is the answer to this headline

  • Markaccus

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3


    I apologise for being so even minded of late, i will try to do better 😀

  • beermonkey

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4


    wouldn’t want him to manage us, I like him in the prem some of his interviews are great


    but can we get all 3

  • BuckLuck

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    We need an own goal ow two from Palace then…

  • G

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    beermonkey, I hope that was sarcasm? Colin is the enemy of football mate. He makes Pardew look like Alex Fergusson.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7


    I should bloody hope so. I will stick my neck out…. prediction… the team will click, we will get players in the box, and win 3-1 😀

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Well I went for a draw!

    Pardew reckons we may need to score 2 or 3 to win so I’m not to optimistic as WE haven’t scored a goal yet.

    And I hate saying we’ll lose.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    “His first match in charge (of QPR) was an emphatic 3–1 home win against West Brom.”

    Hmmm. If he gets any emphatic ideas on Saturday, he any well achieve them again.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    So what will happen if we lose the game and don’t sign a forward before the window closes that’s what I’m worried about.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    I am sure he will take palace down but watch him rant when stuff don’t go his way its funny he must lose half his wages in a year through fines for slating refs and the fa


    I think if we lose or draw it will become very uncomfortable for pards the time will have run out and we will be back to where we were last game of the season when he was hiding

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Not to mention there’s a two week wait for our next match if we do lose.

  • musomag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ve been optimistic and voted for the win this time…

    I reckon now is the time to unleash a fired-up Hatem Ben Arfa…it’s not like he hasn’t got a point to prove or anything!
    He’d go through Palace like a dose of the sh1ts and give our new lads the chance to find the net at last

    Come on Pard, stop being a bell end and get our boy back in the team

  • tequilamag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Heart and head says we should get a win. Pulis had the defence super well organised second half of last season. Not expecting a great game though Palace will be looking for a draw.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15


    Agreed. If we do not win, it will mean we didnt attack. Palace are not a strong side, and will succumb to attacking football backed up by players supporting each other. There is no room here for pardew to play cautious.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #16

    All three points needs to be deserved.The question is:does Pardew has knowledge to deserve all three points?With copy of previous squad at Villa probably not.

  • John Tudor

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    we will get mugged

  • Markaccus

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Assuming tiote is still out, hoping (in vain) for this team

    433 false 9




    Rivvy or Goofy (either SHOULD work well in a front 3 imo)

    This prevents using a forward as a winger, allows the FBs to get forward for width, with plenty of cover from MF, and of course Socks and Colback can both deliver a cross when the mood takes them.

  • tequilamag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Marccacaus we all ready play with a false LB and false CH. I like a challenge as much as the next man but can we not have a genuine no 9 please.

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #20


    I’d go for that with Rivierre , I’d like to see M’biwa before he gets ejected though.

    Anyone worth taking off Marsielle if we’re loaning/selling M’biwa to them?

  • tequilamag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #21

    OP we do struggle against pace and Willo and Colo are not the quickest. Could be a good game for Yanga to play. We are likely to be doing most of the attacking so I can see the logic in playing a CH with pace to counter the Palace counter attacks

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    can any of you fools tell me why you want Mbiwa at center half. he one good short spell there , but in general :

    -Doesn’t head well ( short too )
    – Doesn’t man-mark well
    -Doesn’t read the game remotely well
    -Looks nervy
    -Tackles rashly
    -Only has one real positive – pace

    Presume this is just another illogical reason to blame Pardew ??

    Rotunda, that was a pointless effort at an answer last night. If Pardew needs to teach this guy to show a player outside/inside etc the he shouldnt have been signed in the first place . But as usual its all pardews fault isnt it. The man is no managerial genius, but we’ll do ok under him this season. Perhaps not as well as if we had a top manager, but top managers and NUFC dont mix, not under Ashley anyway. And by the way, some of the Fottball Manager guys on this blog are still wittering on about formations. Loads of you wanted 4231 and blamed pardew for being a 442 dinosaur. Its ridiculous. I totally agree that pardew has to get more ambitions, and get more players more often in the last third of the pitch, but the Pardew obsessed oddballs on this site need to find a bit more balance before the more inelligent posters on here will give them credibility.

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #23


    That Gayle for palace will cause havoc against Willo and colo if he and they start.

    Only seen bits and pieces but he looks a tricky player with decent pace and good shot. Not looking foward to the prospect of him facing up our CBS at all 🙁

  • Toon1978

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #24

    The club need to get their fingers out of their rectums and push to get a striker in ASAP.

  • John Tudor

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #25

    @22 thats the same as any centre backs we have lol

  • tequilamag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #26

    OP Frazier Campbell is no slouch either..

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #27

    I’ll be the fool to answer you Munster 🙂

    Because all those faults you listed M’biwa as having colo the clown has the same ones except it looks like he’s running in treacle!

    Hope that wasn’t to foolish 😉

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #28


    Theirs very few slow attackers in the EPL thease days, think I read Campbell had a knock somewhere if not ex SMB will score!

  • tequilamag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #29

    OP true for all the good work done this transfer window it is still a job half done. I never feel confident we can keep a clean sheet.We still need that elusive CF and the defence has hardly been touched. I really like Janmaat and was never really that impressed with Debuchy but I feel MA is hoping he can get away with what we have for another season in the hope Good Streete and Satka will come through so he does not have to spend money on replacements for Taylor Willo and Colo. Masssive gamble.

  • nut meg

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #30

    Optimistic /Tequilla
    Gayle has pace to burn & Campbell is a livewire.Every team knows by now that they can do us serious damage straight down the centre of our defence by pace alone.I fear the worst until that problem is sorted out……the quicker the better.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Optimistic, thats a ridiculous answer. In his prime, Colo was one of the best centre halves this club had had in 20 years. He may be fading, but he reads the game better than Mbiwa will ever do. Anything else to say ??

  • newunited1

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #32


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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #33

    Why the hell Palace appointed Warnock is unknown to anyone!
    They might as well of just said relegate us now

    He won’t use any of the tactics or philosophy left by Pulis he hates him and is an egomaniac!

    Fully expect 3 points, Warnock is an awful manager

    As for being terrorised by Dwight Gale, based on what? One league cup game? The lad is a prospect no more no less, he has the odd good game but is very very lightweight, they rolled over for West Ham…..a very poor looking West Ham

  • tequilamag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Munster, that is true but you also hit the nail on the head with he is a fading force. He never got close to Aquero and Suarez used to torture him every game. I know Gayle and Campbell are not in that class but he really struggles these days with pace. In a game where we are likely to be camped in the Palace half for most of the game he looks vulnerable to one on one counter attacks.

  • 70TWO

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #35

    Crystal Palace play with a compact defence that is competent at dealing with crosses and subsequent second balls. The last time we played them AP tried to get round the back on the flanks and put in crosses which didn’t work for 90 minutes. This was due to the lack of players in the box, forwards playing on the wing and as illustrated by the game at Gillingham an inability to dislodge a well drilled defence. For this reason IMO playing a single (under performing) striker will not work as there is a need for two forwards to pull the defensive line apart. This allows the opportunity for quick passing and lay offs to on coming midfielders.

  • tequilamag

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #36

    Tads just be happy Palace got him, if the Pardew haters got their way and he was hooked he may well have ended up here

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #37


    Not ever player you buy is going to be the finished article, especially when you only pay £6 million.

    There is a reason that M’bwia was being courted by big European clubs and was breaking into the international fold, that is because he had bags of potential.

    Sadly he chose the wrong club and found the wrong manager. This has been the case for more than M’bwia too.

    The manager we have has not brought any of these players through and help them realise their potential. They either get a run of games and are dropped, are consistently subbed after 70 minutes despite the nature of the game or worst of all are played in the wrong position.

    Some players need a run of 10-20 games, need to iron out their mistakes and learn the league before they are discarded.

    Alan has you and those like you thinking you are the last remaining bastion of human intelligence as you can all see how bad these players are and nobody else can. You’ll be in the camp that Alan has had it hard despite being given a team full of internationals which in truth has more talent in it that a NUFC team has had for over a decade.

    These players aren’t rubbish. What they are is good players who have the ‘potential’ to be great under the right manager, a manager who allows them to make mistakes and stick with them and ultimately plays the game to their strengths.

    The fact that you cannot see this despite proclaiming that others are Pardew obsessed oddballs makes you the foolish one.

    M’bwia, Santon, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Anita, Cisse and Gouffran are all good players that should play better than they currently are or have been under Pards.

    If Mapou was a isolated case you’d have a leg to stand on.

    Sadly I think we will see the same happen to Cabella, Riviere, De Jong, Perez, Ferreyra, Janmaat etc…

    In fact there have already murmurs about Riviere and Cabella. I suppose Pro Pardew folk will use anything to vindicate the man, even lowering themselves to the level of calling others football manager fans with no knowledge off football. Like you are the all knowing aficionado.

    Get out.

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #38

    Well I have 100% vote success rate up till now – I went for win this time massive game could have a massive impact on the rest of the season !

  • 70TWO

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #39

    Mbiwa will not be the first or last to have lapses of concentration or questionable decision making, but does AP have the ability to coach him out of his deficiencies; or evaluate his long term potential correctly?

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #40

    Yanga Mbwia to Marseille on a season long loan according to GFN salary agreed and he’s agreed to go
    Might free up a place for Micah

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