Game on! Aston Villa v Newcastle!

Hopefully he's happier this time out.
Today Newcastle travel to Villa Park for their first Saturday 3 o’clock kick off of the season.

With Newcastle looking to maintain their unbeaten run this will be a very tough fixture at an away ground which has many bad memories for the travelling Toon Army.

After such a good start to the season we’re going into the game against Villa in fourth place and unbeaten we’ll be on a high and aiming to get at least a point out of the game. Aston Villa are also themselves unbeaten and will expect three points with home advantage.

The big boost for Newcastle is that Aston Villa’s star striker Emile Heskey will miss the game through injury, I’m sure our defence will be relieved about that. But we are without Hatem Ben Arfa, Mike Williamson and Davide Santon ourselves which means that Ryan Taylor will probably continue at left back.

As none of the teams above us are playing today if we manage to get the 3 points, which is unlikely, it means we go above Chelsea in to third place 1 point off the top. If Villa take all 3 points they’ll jump above us with 9 points on the board.

I’d expect very little to change from the game on Monday, maybe a change up front and a change to 4-5-1 but I’d expect the personnel to be very similar. Hopefully Demba Ba gets his chance up front as he’ll be a threat this year.

I’d also expect Aston Villa to start very similar too after an impressive away 2-2 draw against Everton last time out. If they’ll have two ex-Newcastle players on the pitch, Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia, hopefully they don’t play blinders like ex-players usually do against us. There’s also a chance that Stephen Ireland could play who was once “forced” to go on loan to us.

Last time we played at Villa Park it was an awful game, we started with Nile Ranger if I remember rightly and he spent more time on his backside than he did on his feet. The game ended 1-0 to them, but neither team looked very good and it was a shocker to watch, lets hope it’s nothing like that today. We were extremely weak that game, with a poor bench, something we don’t have this time.

I’d be happy with a point from this game, but what I do want to see is a lot more movement and passing through midfield, which wasn’t there against QPR. Another clean sheet would be really nice, so hopefully the lads at the back can do the business again.

Hopefully the lads can continue what has been a good start to the season at Villa Park today and silence one of the sets of fans that I really despise.

Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Bannan, Petrov, Delph, N’Zogbia, Bent, Agbonlahor

Subs: Guzan, Delfouneso, Albrighton, Clark, Herd, Lowry, Gardner.

Newcastle United: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Leon Best.

Subs: Rob Elliot, James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands.

Howay the lads!

445 thoughts on “Game on! Aston Villa v Newcastle!

  1. Stu–I felt like there was another scary moment for him but I confess my memory is failing me.

    We couldn’t all possibly get along here, Pup, could we? It would be too calm.

    What is Besty’s goal ratio now? Wasn’t pretty, but the boy’s a poacher!


  2. “Cabaye still ineffective and am not sure which game those praising him are watching”.

    That, is, hilarious! 😆

    We are talking about the Setanta MOM here.


  3. Icepup, it just winds me up when fans come out with shit about Taylor, I said on here as soon as they scored that because it was Colo no one would say owt but if it was Talor or one of the other 2 they would be getting hammered for it. Guess what no one said owt really about was was a simple cock up by Colo 🙂 I dont mind because he will like any other player make an odd cock up but I just dont get with the Taylor bashing


  4. Against Ars/Scum/Fulham/Villa last season we got 3 points
    This season: 8 points

    Huge improvement today, was very worried after Villa scored as towards the end of the first half they looked happy to sit back and deal with our crosses.
    Can’t fault any performances today, Ba/Tiote/Cabaye/Obertan improving each day.
    Raylor, offers zilch down the left flank but is putting in some really good shifts there, certainly won me over as a squad player with his performances.
    I would say Simmo is almost reaching his limit, he doesnt offer much attacking wise, but has been a very solid defender this season, cant ask for more.



  5. @ big dave makes me laugh man dave how can u argue with ppl who are either $hite stirring or clueless i really just dont take it in mate

    right lads best sign off from “work” and head home and take it easy =P these 12hour shifts work your ar$e off arent easy u know =P


  6. Cabaye will score an absolute screamer one of these days. Really pleased with the effective today. More than made up for the lack of performance in the last game. Ba showed promise and Best got another goal. I think Tiote will cut out the sloppy passes soon as well he is improving.


  7. Decent performance today, shame sammys goal was disallowed, class run and finish !
    Thought we should of won it 2nd half tho good point all the same – bring on Blackburn, we beat them and we’ll be 7 games unbeaten 🙂


  8. A definite step up in performance from all the lads.
    We will always get one player or another making a mistake
    ffs they are human after all.
    Pleased that Besty scored, eventually. Hope he’s not too badly injured.
    I think all the lads looked better tbh.
    Thats all we can ask for really.
    Little improvements week on week.


  9. Icepup you sound like you need to put the feet up for a while mate 🙂
    Batts you keep doing them predictions mate your bringing us luck, talking of luck im glad that Spencers luck ran out today with his bet, deserves him right for betting against us 🙂


  10. good match, i’m happy with the point even know we were the better team.

    here’s my match analysis and ratings

    krul. never did anything great (5)
    simo. played decent enough help out a lot going forward (7)
    saylor. again played decent enough unlucky not to score (7)
    collo. played to is usual self and again looks a good captain (7)
    raylor. probably is best game yet at LB, him and jonas looked to have a understanding (7)
    oberton. first half wasing great, but 2nd was much better and looked good on the break (6)
    tiote. his best game this season, and look like getting back to his old form (8)
    cabaye. had a good game and showed plenty creative and very unlucky not to score (8)
    jonas. played pretty good and didn’t do much wrong (7)
    best. played ok, he looked hard working and was good to get the goal (7)
    ba, his best game so far to, but never did anything really good (6)
    ameobi. played bad when he come on (4)
    marveaux. looked good again, but never had enough time to make a impact (6)
    sammy. played good and always looked threat (6)

    overall. big improvement, were finally starting to play well as a team (7)


  11. The only neg really, was our inability to score in the 1st half after so much domination.
    We deserved to win imo, total reverse of the qpr game.


  12. Despite what many wrongly believe, I do only write my honest views on how I see things.

    I haven’t been impressed so far this season, until today’s game.

    We passed well, controlled the game and created chances.

    Long may it continue!

    Toon! Toon!


  13. Anyone interested in Gatesheed.

    They are clear leaders now in the Conference.

    It would be Strange to see them in the football league.


  14. Toonsy,

    Le Tissier just bare face lied about the match.

    On about equal share of possession and the majority of the game was played in our half. Apparently we only had a couple of chances towards the end.


  15. Le Tiss just kept pulling faces and grimacing every time he mentioned something positive about us…huffing and puffing. Absolute disgrace.


  16. Cabaye was ineffective today. Apart from one or two shots on goal. Other than that there was no meaningful contribution. I am very pleased with the result but unlike many of you I do not let joy cloud my judgement.


  17. The fact AP kept the team virtually unchanged has got to be helping the lads gel and get an understanding of how each play.
    Jonas and RTayls doing ok.
    Their goal was a fluke really, happens sometimes.
    Cabaye rightly MOM.


  18. Troy Stavers

    September 17, 2011 at 17:45

    Anyone interested in Gatesheed

    Yes, watching our progress carefully. 🙂 Big club Newcastle Little club gateshead. And piss off to anybody who thinks otherwise. 🙂


  19. Michael12…you’re not very good at this analysis stuff are you mate…
    Everyone is western Europe reckon Cabaye was mom today……except thee……toonsy…bring back the smileys…


  20. Troy

    If anything I hope it kicks on the plans for building the new ground, seems to have stagnated a bit. The international stadium is good for athletics and nowt else.


  21. Gateshead are starting to get bigger crowds now, I reckon if they get into the big league there crowds will increase 5 fold…come on the Heed….keep it up… ..


  22. Look on SSN!!
    Joey Barton top story, getting in a strop with Henry, I’m glad it’s a QPR shirt he’s wearing!


  23. DJG – are the Heed still thinking of moving up to the old bowling green, near the civic?
    I thought that had fell thru?


  24. Because Henry said ‘Joey Barton, never heard of him’. haha and Thick Mick recons Henry and O’Hara are a class premier league paring. Joey is so predictable for an intelligent philosopher. 😆 glad he’s someone elses problem now, mug.


  25. Warnock has been waxing lyrical about Barton.
    Says he has added much needed steel to the squad. Gets the lads up for it.
    He’s not wrong like.


  26. DJG…Le Tissier used to score against the toon now and then, but it doesn’t disguise the fact that he is now even fatter and uglier than before…


  27. So skysports have given Given MoM on their site. yet their pundit who watched the game says we ONLY had a couple of chances towards the end….mental


  28. Barton is a canny player, but a total radge, I’m glad we are well rid of him. Despite the fact that QPR wellied us midweek, Barton turned in a quite anonymous performance…

    There again, if he’s getting stuck into Wolves all well and good….it looks like Wolves took the beating today which we could have quite easily been on the receiving end of during the week…


  29. My team ratings

    Krul 7
    Raylor 7
    Collo 7
    Saylor 7
    Simpson 7
    Obertan 6
    Tiote 7
    Cabaye 8
    Jonas 7
    Best 7
    Ba 7

    Marveaux 7
    Sameobi 6
    Shola 2


  30. BB,

    I have finished with you but carry on young un, already made you cry once today. I am going to leave you alone diddums.


  31. Not man enough to admit you were wrong tho.
    Made yourself look a fool.
    Back up your comment with evidence or withdraw it.
    I’ll not hold my breath.


  32. Are you still crying?

    How did I make myself look a fool?

    Your petulant comment…. “I appologise for not wanting to watch crap football. my bad.”

    ….the other day was what I was referring too and you came on here calling me a fucking prick and a tosser. You were also making silly comments like…

    “ok mate, just bury your head in the sand and pretend we have the best defence in the league. Infact it is nigh on perfect. FACT”

    …which was absolutely ridiculous and had nothing to do with what I was saying.

    You are quite obviously very immature and slightly schizophrenic looking back through your posts. You seem to sit on the fence a lot and one minute you say one thing then completely contradict yourself the next :S

    But don’t mind me, just being living up to the ‘fucking prick’ tag you have generously given me 😀


  33. lol who’s crying now.
    Boo Hoo.

    Of course my opinions aren’t set in concrete, and can change depending on the performance etc. Also I can take on board other peoples comments and alter my opinions accordingly.
    I’m not so pig headed to assume my opinions are always right, unlike some others.
    Thats the whole point of debate imo.


  34. I actually find it highly amusing how riled you got and your response.

    Anyone who knows me will know I wouldn’t get upset by your direct abuse, I actually think it’s hilarious! What a bairn!


  35. why wouldn’t I get riled?
    What you wrote was blatantly untrue.
    But fair enough if it makes you feel clever/happy, craic on fella.


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