Match Day Banter – Newcastle v Stoke City

Mid-table Newcastle and Stoke fight for top-half berth at St James’ Park
Having been appointed manager until the end of the season, John Carver got off to the perfect start with a 3-0 win at Hull last weekend.
Along with rounding off a brilliant opening to his fledgling managerial career, victory would see the Toon leapfrog Stoke into the top half of the table and bolster JC’s claims for the role on a more permanent basis.
Team news

Newcastle will be boosted by the return Paul Dummett (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (thigh) and Ryan Taylor (knee) who are fit and will be included in the squad.

Striker Papiss Cisse has a week’s training under his belt following his return from the Africa Cup of Nations and could feature.
Siem de Jong (thigh) and Rolando Aarons (hamstring) need a little more time, while Davide Santon, Remie Streete, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu, Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic all left the club on loan on Monday.

Stoke will be without skipper Ryan Shawcross for the trip to Tyneside. The centre-half is set to be absent for the next few games because of a back problem that forced him off in the first half of last Saturday’s 3-1 win over QPR.

Walters is a doubt due to a knee problem that has prevented him from training this week, although Hughes is hopeful the forward will be available.

Newcastle Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Haïdara; Sissoko, Anita, Colback; Cabella, Perez, Ameobi.

Subs Woodman, Dummett, Abeid, Obertan, Gouffran, Rivière, Cissé.

Stoke Begovic; Bardsley, Muniesa, Wollscheid, Wilson; Whelan (c), Nzonzi; Walters, Ireland, Moses; Diouf

Subs Butland; Cameron, Wilkinson, Palacios, Adam, Sidwell, Crouch

385 thoughts on “Match Day Banter – Newcastle v Stoke City

  1. One win in the last five home games. Fortress St. James? I think not. Unless it’s one of those bouncy castles that rich kids get at their birthday parties.


  2. icedog
    February 9, 2015 at 21:44

    “No. De Jong in the game tonight Mmmmmmmm

    ………. Oh sorry was a under 21 game”

    It wouldn’t have mattered, because clubs are allowed to field a certain number of over age players in U21 games, and they regularly do so in the case of senior players coming back from injury.

    The likes of Ryan Taylor, Jonas, Obertan and, on one occasion, SDJ himself have all played in U21 games this season


  3. I don’t care what the NUFC books say there has to be some creative accounting going on. It stands to reason that if we break even on transfers and keep expenditure the same then the extra TV money should pass through to the bottom line (profit). So far it hasn’t but I think I am right in saying that the next results are after the big hike in TV money so we should see a big profit which will probably pay off some of Ashley’s loan.

    There is definitely some sleight of hand with commercial revenue as some clubs are raking it in and ours hasn’t moved. Some of that is false accounting by the sheiks to fund the club and we are doing the opposite to subsidize SD. Or that’s what I think anyway.

    The accountants and auditors sign off on all of this as they always have. It is more important for them to keep their jobs than be truthful and accurate.


  4. Well, Carver said Pardew has left a fantastic legacy. Even Ed Harrison, who was often a Pardew cheerleader, disagrees. That only leaves Troy, Stuart and Williamson in that camp 🙂


  5. Yeah Troysta, I know I am exaggerating your Pardew love a bit. I can now add delusional to the Carver description after his Pardew statement. So – angry, ugly, underqualified and delusional. Sounds like a mental patient rather than a “head coach”.


  6. Psychs
    But you wanted Pardew gone. I did warn you of the consequences. I could see the alternatives, why coildnt you 😉

    I can see the criticism of Carver increasing immensely as fans have no tolerance or patience. I don’t know what they are expecting from him, but it should only be average results, average performances and Pardewesque style interviews, only with a Geordie accent. What more can he do with average resources.


  7. @Troy

    what are the consequences of Pards leaving? I don’t think we’ve seen any yet apart from a coach doing a similar job, & not doing too bad either.. You admitted this yourself.

    We are yet to see any consequences, if there are any…


  8. well going off form of both teams I’m going for a 2-1, 3-1 defeat tomorrow @Palace. 🙁

    If Cisse is fit to play he should, his op was last summer, I fear he’s on the scrap-heap. We only have 1 fit striker. A young lad from the 2nd division is Spain 😯 Shocking from a club in the top 20 ‘rich-list’


  9. Brett

    My point has always been, that to change Pardew will result in another yes man, average manager who has to work under the same constraints producing the same results. Within a short period of time, the new manager, Carver at this time, facing flak for the same reasons as they accused Pards.

    Chop change, chop change. Instability. The consequences are happening in front of you and you’ve highlighted them yourself. More of the same. Change but no change.


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