It’s always a horrible wait when Newcastle aren’t in action til Monday evening. Of course the advantage of Monday night football is that the game is televised as a tendency. Newcastle’s tough trip to Stoke this evening will be on Sky Sports one for those who are unable to attend the fixture.
As always Nufcblog.co.uk is the place to be ahead of every game, so welcome along. Tonight Newcastle look to continue their impressive start to the season when they visit Stoke’s Britannia Stadium. The lads are so far unbeaten in the league and have only tasted defeat once courtesy of Blackburn in The Carling Cup.
Despite the loss in that game Newcastle once again demonstrated their spirit and reluctance to lose. The lads fought back three times to take the tie to extra time, but after poor officiating and an offside winner from Blackburn Newcastle lost their place in the quarter finals. So congratulations to alcaholic and overall scrot Steve Kean for his teams ‘well deserved’ victory.
Onwards and upwards, Alan Pardew will look to be getting back to winning ways in the league against a very physical side in Stoke. The Britannia is a very intimidating and difficult stadium to visit and grinding out a result there is never easy. Last time out we were victim to a 4-0 thumping from City and that followed a 2-1 home loss to Tony Pulis’ men earlier last season. In fact Stoke were one of only two teams to complete the double over Newcastle last season- Man City being the other side.
Influential midfielder Cheick Tiote is missing this evening, so is replaced in the middle by Danny Guthrie. Leon Best has passed fit despite having suspected tonsillitis, the other long term absentee is Shola Ameobi. Steven Taylor also starts but will be donning a special protective mask after breaking his nose during United’s 1-0 win over Wigan.
Stoke start with United old boy Jonathan Woodgate at the heart of their defence this evening. Anyone who knows me well will know Woody is a player I absolutely loved whilst he was with us, injury prone but excellent when he did play in a black and white shirt.
Tonight will be incredibly hard and we would have to be happy with a draw there to be honest. The players will go into this game knowing that anything other than defeat will send us 3rd in the table, add that to keeping an unbeaten run going then there should be plenty of incentive for the lads. Let’s just remember what happened last Halloween, OK were not playing the scum this time but let’s hope for a win all the same.
P.S if there’s any witches or vampires that knock on your door during the match I suggest you tell them to piss off. No one deserves to be disturbed during a Newcastle game. The match will be televised and coverage starts from 7PM on Sky Sports One, I’m not aware of any links at the moment but front row tend to be decent.
Howay the lads!
Stoke Team: Asmir Begovic; Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shawcross, Jonathan Woodgate, Marc Wilson; Jermaine Pennant, Rory Delap, Glenn Whelan, Matt Etherington; Peter Crouch, Jonathan Walters.
Subs: Thomas Sorensen, Robert Huth, Kenwyne Jones, Dean Whitehead, Matthew Upson, Cameron Jerome, Wilson Palacios.
Newcastle Team: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba.
Subs: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, James Perch, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi.