Game On! Newcastle v QPR

St James' Park.
Game On at St James’ Park
Newcastle take on QPR this afternoon in what could tentatively be described as one of those “relegation battle six-pointer” affairs at St James’ Park.

It’s also our last home game of 2012 and with Christmas just around the corner the fans attending St James’ Park this afternoon will undoubtedly want to be sent home happy ahead of trips to Manchester United and Arsenal which conclude our festive fixture list.

The need for three points couldn’t be greater, but it’s a need both sides have as league position isn’t looking pretty for either club right now. Newcastle currently sit 15th but could drop to 17th if results go the wrong way, whilst QPR could end up bottom of the league should they suffer defeat this afternoon and should Reading manage to pull of what would be a surprise result against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The importance of this game has been described in great detail in many places so I wont go into it too much more. My match preview, which you can view here, is one of said places but that isn’t all it includes. You can get yourself up to speed with all the injury news ahead of the match, take in some fun facts and have a trip down memory lane all in one place.

Being a 3pm kick-off on a Saturday means that unfortunately the game isn’t being broadcast live here in the UK. However there are a number of overseas broadcasters who are showing the match so hopefully, if you can’t get to the match itself, you can join us on here and watch it online. Normal rules apply so if you find a stream please feel free to leave a link to it in the ‘comments’ section below.

Which just about wraps this up. Team news will be published in full below as and when it becomes available. It’s my last day in the UK before heading to Europe to work over Christmas, missing my boys first Christmas in the process. I’m pretty pi**ed off about it in truth but a win would be a decent way to put a smile on my face, at least for a day.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; James Perch, Cheik Tiote, Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez

Subs: Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi

QPR: Robert Green; Fabio Da Silva, Anton Ferdinand, Clint Hill, Ryan Nelsen; Jamie Mackie, Esteban Granero, Stephane Mbia, Alejandro Faurlin, Adel Taarabt; Djibril Cisse

Subs: Brian Murphy, Samba Diakite, Armand Traore, Nedum Onuoha, Shaun Derry, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Junior Hoilett

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234 thoughts on “Game On! Newcastle v QPR

  1. Again, I’m seeing Ba ignore passes. I’m starting to think it isn’t selfishness but rather a complete lack of vision. He only passes to the man nearest to him, not the man in the best position or making a good run.

    Tiote also gives the ball away far far far too often.

    Other than that, same **** tactics, same **** coaching. And inevitably we’ll probably get the same **** result.


  2. Dave ,Wants his pace then ,is it helping at all ? ,Shola wide then apparently according to sky. Arrgh I want to watch , not happy


  3. Lads, I think Cisse will come good, it’s just that a combination of the way we are playing at the moment, and the fact that he is so far of his game, it’s doing him more harm than good. Padrew has stood by him and Jonas long enough. NOW is the time to change things. You can show too much loyalty, tough decisions need to be made.

    At least QPR defenders know they are in a game now, hoof ball forward and Shola will brawl the ball into the net πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ


  4. MM maybe Pards should stand by him and tell Ba thats it’s his turn to start out on the wing instead of Cisse, no wonder the Lads confidence is ****ing shot

    Kim we look like the usual **** bar a couple of chances that we cant seem to do owt with, we just look as if we can’t take advantage even of a poor team


  5. Munich Mag
    December 22, 2012 at 16:27

    “Toonsy@81. What’s funny ?

    Do you think we should have perservered with Cisse today ?”

    Why not? Why not give him a bash up front at the expense of Ba who has done nowt? Or is he bulletproof now?


  6. Dave , I hate to say it but if we get 1 point or nowt today , january sales or not we will probs go down . Crikey ,we’ve got Citeh being held at home by Reading 😯


  7. Big Dave, I know you have been defending Cisse for ages now and that is your perogative.
    Playing Cisse in the middle, and Ba out wide would bring us even less in my opinion. Purely based on the fact that Ba is more athletic than Cisse πŸ™

    Tiote off substituted 😯 😯


  8. Kim he is clearly low on confidence but he has been tackling and scrapping to get the ball. oh he did have a good chance with his head but skied it, but then Ba can’t even hit the target with a free kick so far 2 have came down with snow on them and one there that didn’t even make it over the wall, but he’ll save us and will need to because he is the main man.
    Pards will look like a right ****ing mug if someone comes in for Ba because he will be off like a shot and Pards will then have to try to left Cisse


  9. Told you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shola !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Geordie Legend……. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  10. MM @ 104 **** will Cisse done well there last season, and he grafts for the team and doesn’t throw his toys outta the pram when asked to play somewhere that he doesn’t like. So until Pards has the balls to tell Ba he is part of a team and its Cisse’s turn we won’t know.
    I’m getting really ****ed of with it all tbh
    Then to make things worse that bastad Derry comes on 😈


  11. you can see Toonsy now what Bring Marveaux, just the good pass at the good moment. Marveaux has class in him when he plays, Jonas has zero class.
    Just look to the 1/2 second he waits before the pass, perfect


  12. yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssSlayerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr πŸ˜† Showing Ba And Cisse how to do it apparently. 😯
    now hold on for the 3 points please πŸ™„


  13. HBA39 – Did I rubbish Marveaux without me realising like? 😯

    All I said was why take Cisse off who has worked his balls off for the team over Ba who just shoots from 30, 40, 50 yards or wherever he feels like πŸ˜•


  14. Big Dave…. you seem to forever make this comparison between Ba and Cisse, and somehow make Ba indirectly responsible for the fact that Cisse has been extremely poor this season πŸ˜•


  15. “Not quite sure what happened there” these ****ing commentators. Clint hill stopped and tripped Ba over to stop him being through. And just fouled again. QPR still dirty as **** it seems, even under Darling Arry.


  16. not in this thread Toonsy.
    In other Tread you say I dont understand why People are asking and crying for Marveaux, he has prove nothing at the moment.
    First how can he prove something when he never plays.
    But whith some few minutes in the pitch you remark directly, the guy has talent, know to make a good pass at the right moment.
    Jonas in all the games this season was ****tttttt


  17. I really hope we don’t get into the Ba v Cisse arguement AGAIN today!.
    The fact is that Pardew went with 4-3-3 today and played a CF on the RWF and a DM on the LWF!!.
    Pardew has had Obertan, Marv, Sammi and Fergie on the bench today, all of which would have been better suited to those wide positions!.

    BREAK IN RANT: Go on Shola son!!!!!!!

    But Pardew continues to pick Jonas and Ba and Cisse out of position and fans questions the quality of these players out of position.
    Pardew is at fault man!, not Ba or Cisse.

    On another note, Chris Woods has scored for Milwall again today. 21yr old and WBA want around 1.5m for the kid – we should definately pick this lad up to replace Ranger and Xsico for me like. Peanuts for a young lad who can score goals.

    Ba freekick again?


  18. Toonsy, working your socks off is a minimum requirement.
    Lack of quality is something different, and that’s where Cisse is at the moment. Pardew has stood by him long enough, and as long as we have the midfield we have, then Ba is the first choice central striker in my opinion.


  19. MM you said to Toonsy Ref Cisse working your socks off is a minimum requirement.
    I was saying when it was Benny Pards said that was the main requirement that his Skill wasn’t enough


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