Tonight Newcastle United kick off their Carling cup campaign against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park. The game is televised on Skysports 1 tonight as they’re obviously hoping for an upset which would have heaped further misery on our poor start to the season, they hoped anyway.
The last time the two clubs met at Glanford Park Scunthorpe were the victors in a 2-1 win. Hopefully that will not be repeated tonight, seen as the clubs are now 2 leagues apart, unlike when we played them last time as equals, well, kind of.
Alan Pardew spoke to the press this week saying that he’d like to give the Carling cup a real go this year, and hopefully end our trophy drought. That makes me think that he’s going to play a pretty strong team tonight, I imagine some of the first team with be rested, but there will be some experience amongst the youth, which is what I like to see in the cup.
Newcastle have a couple of injuries with Hatem Ben Arfa still being out and Joey Barton is being rested due to a foot injury, that’s even if he doesn’t sign for QPR. Sylvain Marveaux is expected to make his first competitive appearance tonight, hopefully he can make an impact and push for a place in the first team.
Also I’d expect Demba Ba to start in a bid to increase his fitness levels after only playing 45 minutes so far this season. Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic are also expected to feature. Steven Harper has not travelled with the squad for tonights game against Scunthorpe, I’m not sure on the reason next.
Oliver Norwood will go straight into Scunthorpe’s squad following his loan move from Manchester United, unfortunately for Scunthorpe Paul Reid is out with a groin injury, so Niall Canavan looks set to start alongside Michael Nelson at the back. Not that I really know who their better players are though.
I’d like us to give the Carling cup a real go this season as I feel it’d keep the team spirit good and give us a platform to push on. Also a trip to Wembley would be brilliant, even though this trophy is a small one it’d be good to lose the tag of the team who wins nothing.
Of course I don’t want us to put the cups in front of the league, but I feel we’ve got good enough fringe and youth players when mixed with a couple of starters to compete against other teams in the cup. So, do you think it’s worth us trying in the cups? Or would you just concentrate on the league?
Scunthorpe; Josh Lillis, Andrew Wright, Michael Nelson, Niall Canavan, Eddie Nolan, Ryan, Oliver Norwood, Sam Togwell, Andy Barcham, Bobby Grant, Chris Dagnall.
Subs; Slocombe, Thompson, Duffy, Collins, Godden, Palmer, Thewlis,
Newcastle; Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Ryan Taylor ; Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye, Dan Gosling; Peter Lovenkrands, Demba Ba, Leon Best
Subs; Ole Soderberg, Alan Smith, Steven Taylor, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi
Howay the lads!