Game on! QPR v Newcastle!

Will this man come back to haunt us?
Tonight Newcastle look to preserve their unbeaten run away from home against QPR. This game was just going to be a bottom half affair, with important points riding on it, but the whole Joey Barton affair has added a bit of spice to the game which is televised on Sky.

The international break and the fact we’re playing on a Monday night has left me craving football as I’m sure it has most have you. The break came at a bad time for us, we were playing some good stuff and gaining points hopefully we can continue in that vein at Loftus Road tonight.

Newcastle have had a brilliant start to the season picking up 7 points from 9 and a win here could take us into the top 4. By all means it’s not an easy game but a lot of fans will be expecting points from this game from one of the promoted teams, even though we’re away from home.

QPR have really had a mixed bag in their start to the season, after seeing them get beat 4-0 by Bolton at home in the first game many expected them to be cannon fodder in this league. But they bounced straight back with an away win at Everton, but their last game saw them defeated by Wigan, so hopefully the poor QPR side turns up.

QPR have been heavily strengthened in the last few days of the transfer window bringing in a number of players, such as Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joey Barton and Anton Ferdinand. On the other hand we did sign Davide Santon and Rob Elliot in the last few days of the window, Rob Elliot will probably take his spot up on the bench, and I expect Santon to join him on there.

Newcastle have Steve Harper available, as well as Davide Santon who has signed since our last outing, so I expect that Santon will be involved at some time, with Harper or Elliot providing bench cover. The game has come too soon for Hatem Ben Arfa who’s aiming to return for the Nottingham Forest game, but quotes from Danny Guthrie suggested he was fit to make the bench.

Joey Barton is set to make his debut for QPR against the team he played for no longer than a month ago. While Shaun Wright-Phillips and Luke Young are also set to play a part. QPR also have Clint Hill back from a 3 match ban and DJ Campbell has recovered from a virus.

If I remember rightly the last two times we’ve played QPR we have won and drew, we won at their ground after a Lovenkrands winner and Harewood nicked us a point at St James Park. The stats show that between the two clubs in the league there has never been a goalless draw, hopefully there won’t be one tonight.

At the start of the season I thought this game would be a must win after our difficult opening fixtures, but we’ve started brilliantly and a win here would be excellent for team spirit and Pardew’s own morale after a tricky week or so.

Hopefully Leon Best and Demba Ba can show people that we’ll be alright on the striker front, and not suffer a transfer window hangover like we did in February against Fulham when we were woefully short of creativity and goal scoring threat that night on Sky, which made fans fear our safety in the Premier League.

Something else which will be interesting is the reception that Ex-Newcastle Joey Barton gets. I’d expect him to get a fairly good one, as he was very much a fans favourite before being treat poorly by the board, but you know, fans change their opinions pretty quickly.

I also hope Joey acknowledges the Newcastle fans if he gets a good reception, and enters the pitch and has an absolute shocker resulting in us winning, we can hope. 😉

QPR: Paddy Kenny, Luke Young, Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon, Armand Traore, Shaun Derry, Joey Barton, Alejandro Faurlin, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Adel Taarabt, Jay Bothroyd

Subs: Murphy, Fitz Hall, DJ Campbell, Akos Buzsaky, Matt Connolly, Tommy Smith, Jason Puncheon

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Shola Ameobi

Subs: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Danny Guthrie, Sylvain Marveaux, Peter Lovenkrands, Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba
Howay the lads!

406 thoughts on “Game on! QPR v Newcastle!

  1. …shit, that’s fkn proper bumped me up the SOCA hitlist now. Bollocks. Just as well I never mentioned Colonel Gadaffi is my milkman. Doh!


  2. It’s the greatest.

    Just read Stardusts post. I texted he was an idiot as he said we played excellent.

    Not that we were in fifth.


  3. Moreno

    You admit you didnt see the game. Should have been 6 or 7 to QPR and nearly everytime the danger came from the side of Raylor who had for me his worst ever game.

    You’d have to watch to understand though.

    Tiote needs a wake up call too. And Shola was even more pathetic than usual.

    Best was excellent, and for me our centre backs and Obertan did well too.


  4. 6 or 7 is a bit rich JJ….. Krul barely had a save to make and the defenders were stationed on the goal line where they should have been to clear the ball away on a couple of occasions. The rest of the time they could barely get a shot on target, even from close range… should have,could have, would have…. they didn’t score end of story….. it still doesn’t discount how poor we were though…


  5. So remind me, who is going to score all our goals?

    I’m sure there’ll be some mongs putting a positive spin on it, and a point is positive but good god we look pathetic up front.

    All our eggs are in the HBA basket but he’s not Messi!

    We were totally outplayed by a QPR side that had just come up and showed our outrageously pathetic board how to do business.

    Fourth is fourth but reality will soon hit home.


  6. I agree with JJ. Not 6 or 7 maybe, but enough to be humiliated. SWP would’ve had a hat-trick if it’d been his day. Anyway, we hung on, a point to us but Pardew has some serious thinking to do.
    I don’t see why he persists with a 4-4-2. or with Shola.
    I’m so glad Ben Arfa is back soon. At least with him, this tendency of kicking the ball in the general direction of Shola will go away. We need a player in midfield who will demand the ball and control play. Cabaye is supposed to be doing that, but I don’t see it happening yet.


  7. Stuart says: Fourth is fourth but reality will soon hit home.

    And I guess you will be able to sit back and smile to yourself and say that you told all us mongs that we were going to have a bad season…
    It must be satisfying for you mate….


  8. Aussie,

    We had three shots cleared off the line… twice by Steve Taylor, once by Simpson.
    We had Shawn Wright-Phillips missed header which was a dolly, we had Bothroyd volleying over from three yards out and a couple Derry headers from corners that went just wide.

    I’d say with good finishing it could easily have been six against us.


  9. Aussie, you clearly didn’t watch the game if you arn’t concerned about that performance. Or you are too confident from our excellent centre backs saving our arses again.


  10. Good point earned poor display by to many,I suspect when tiote had his visa problem the looky looky man swapped him for a hooky copy.The drop in his form probably causes cabaye to cover so they both look ordinary. Best tries but had no support,Strola looked poor,and raylor looked lost.To reply to JJ I would be frightened of this team playing Manchester CUBS never mind citeh or Utd.Hope they can sort it out for Saturday and as a final thought for Dekka and MA did any one else think the best midfielder on the pitch to have worn a Newcastle shirt this season was Barton.


  11. @391

    Aussie, do you did watch the game, and as you state, any decent striker would have torn us to shreds, and we barely looked like scoring. Against QPR?!

    If that was Man U on the day we would have been done nine or 10 nil.


  12. JJ, I see your point mate but you can say that if our strikers finished all their shots like they should, we wouldn’t lose too many games.. I think SWP actually had an airy as well… Could you count that also? In truth their finishing was really poor, so did they deserve extra points because they bossed the game, I think not…


  13. God get a grip boys i think you’ll find its only City and Utd that a free scoring atm.

    i think you’ll find we have scored as many as others like stoke, liverpool, arsenal.

    Don’t forget i think its obvious that 3 of ourbest players started from the bench last night, take shola, raylor and obertan/obertan out and play one up front with benny and marv in a 3 behind, good pace and movement hopefully.


  14. JJ please see the end of my post @ 391…nowhere did I state that we were good at all… and yes I watched the game….


  15. I remember the home game against Blackpool last year where we peppered the keeper with shots and we ended up losing the game.. Once the whistle blows, the league table doesn’t give a sh*t about how many shots you have or how you dominated the game.

    We have a lot of new players and they will take time to gel and time to find their feet in the PL… No need to hit the panic button just yet….


  16. I’m at a loss trying to understand why people seemingly thought that QPR was going to be an easy game? the “newly promoted” this kids of loses it’s pertinence when you consider that just last season we were in the same boat and managed to compete in a hell of a lot of games….

    We didn’t play well. We got a point. We’ll play better and not get any points at all at some point in the season no doubt. Just accept that we aren’t going to roll up and dominate every game. It’s delusional to think that.


  17. Agree Toonsy, I had actually tipped it to be a 2-2 game… I didn’t allow for poor finishing in my guesstimate though…. 🙂


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