Newcastle United v Wolves match preview.

Posted on April 2nd, 2011 | 55 Comments |

We need a win!
We need a win!
As fellow contributor, Clint, has already written a more thoughtful and estimable piece looking forward to the visit of Wolves to the hallowed turf of St James’s Park, in this one I will be more direct and just concentrate on matters such as team news, stats, what the managers have been saying pre match etc.

On statistics, at least some of them haven’t been looking very good for The Magpies recently. We have only managed one victory in our last ten games, haven’t won at home since January 5th, and were pummelled 0-4 in our last game against Stoke, who are a similar team to Wolves. This fairly dismal record under Alan Pardew means that we have now slipped to within four points of the relegation zone after a fairly comfortable start to the season.

Enough misery though.

Our previous game at their place was a hard fought 1-1 draw, with the referee turning a blind eye to some decidedly iffy “tackles” (for want of a better word) on midfielder, Joey Barton by his opposite number in the Wolves team, Karl “hatchetman” Henry. Speaking on the match to come, Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew hinted at Wolves’ rather unsubtle approach to the beautiful game when he said:

“We have to be really, really strong and make sure we compete with Wolves as they have competed, to be fair to Mick and his staff, almost every game – and so have we, for the best part.

“That will be hard against Wolves, but that’s what we will try to do.”

Though still in the bottom three of the Premiership, his opposite number at Wolves, Mick McCarthy (the only manager who can smell ’round corners) has been very bullish on the back of their last three results, a 4-0 victory against Blackpool, a draw against Champion’s League Tottenham and finally, a 1-0 defeat of Aston Villa in their last game. He said:

“After our last game, why would I be any different to two weeks ago?

“We’re going to attack and to try to win the game.”

Team news

On the Newcastle side, talismanic midfield pit-bull, Cheick Tioté, will certainly miss out through serving another two match suspension for picking up another five yellow cards. Ryan Taylor will also be sitting this one out, due to another suspension, this time for a stright sending off against Bolton. Leon Best, will be almost certainy be out to a ankle knock, and José Enriqué (hamstring) and Stephen Ireland (thigh) will also be highly doubtful, with Ireland still to play a game for the club after his loan move from Aston Villa. Add to this the usual long term casulties, ie Alan Smith (ankle / foot), Hatem Ben Arfa (broken leg) and Dan Gosling (knee) and that’s about it.

On the good news front though, it looks like Joey Barton should be making a return after a troublesome thigh problem.

Wolves meanwhile will be without striker, Kevin Doyle with a knee injury sustined on International duty for the Republic of Ireland which may see him out for the rest of the season. According to Mick McCarthy, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will definitely be standing in for Doyle. Their long term casualties include defenders, Ronald Zubar and Steven Mouyokolo, Defender / Midfielder, Michael Mancienne, and finally, midfieders, Steven Hunt and David Edwards.

Here’s hoping we can make a big improvement on the last game!

Howay the Lads!

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55 Responses

  1. We need to get Barton stuck into henry and Guthrie to play in balls to ameobi also we need jonas to get some decent crosses!
    This is the team I would play. Gk. Harper. Def. Simpson Coloccini. Williamson. Enrique/ferguson
    Mid Guthrie Barton. Nolan. Jonas. St Ranger. Ameobi

  2. If we cannot beat at home what is a poor Wolves side,we deserve to go down. I think we will put them to the sword as we are due a performance……No Tiote mind!

  3. Alex, I think you got the team bang on mate! although up front is a worry……I can see a 3-0 win with 270 missed chances!

  4. kin el…where’s everybody at…it’s match day ffs…!…

    Howay the lads, lets give Wolves a good fettling…three points in the bag today….

  5. As expected, no Jose or Ireland. Hope none of our midfielders pick up a knock as our bench isn’t the strongest. Got a whole back four on it! (Krul, Perch, Tavernier, Saylor, Campbell, Ranger, Kuqi)

  6. no Jose….I suppose I can live with, but this Ireland caper is just madness…

  7. Wimbledon Mag says:
    April 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    “Myp2p link down – any others out there working?”

    The one linked above in comment 11 seems to be working ok for me, Wimbledon.

  8. The one at post 11 is a cracking stream.

    Got a bet on with the missus that if she has a boy that is a week overdue and looking likely for today, then whichever team wins that is what team the boy will support.

    Her side of the family are wolves fans.

    So talk about a big bet!

    What she doesn’t know is that he would be a newcastle fan regardless. :-)

  9. Also father in law reckons Wolves should have had a pen. Just tuned in, so is there any truth in that?

  10. Now that Nolan has been booked ,it means we are without Tiote, Ireland and Nolan for the Villa game.Lets hope nothing happens to Barton and/or Guthrie.

  11. Thanks Worky – didn’t work for me b4 – happy now though. Couple of sendings off for Wolves now would make my day even better

  12. Wimbledon Mag says:
    April 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    “Thanks Worky – didn’t work for me b4 – happy now though.”

    Give it a few tries if you haven’t found something else, Wimbledon. I had to refresh it once or twice, but it seems to be ok in general if there’s nothing better about.

  13. AndyMac says:
    April 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    “Tough watching football with one eye and the ODI final with the other”

    I wanted to watch that as well, Andy. The Magpies always come first though!

  14. Maybe time to rest Barton considering hardly any midfielder is available next week

  15. We havent got a mf on the bench Mick G

    Subs: Krul, Campbell, Perch, Steven Taylor, Ranger, Tavernier, Kuqi.

  16. This was bound to happen. Wolves had to come at us all guns. They should have two by now. Come on.

  17. That was a must win game for us because things at the bottom and in mid table are getting very congested 1 win can take a team from 16th to 9th. With Villa and Manchester United we needed that.

  18. brilliant result, and what a fantastic goal by spidey at the end. just what we needed, and above the scummers to boot HOWAY THE LADS!!!

  19. Aye, a brilliant result, LS.

    There was some shite defending from Wolves though, which was nice to help us get back on our feet again.

  20. Are we there yet, mummy?
    Not quite, pet, just a few more points – but don’t keep asking!

  21. A great performance that gives us a bit of breathing space , well done the lads we now need at most 5 more points between now and the end of the season another 3 will probably do . Just wonder what our midfield will be for the next game with no Nolan and Tiote .

  22. thanks for the link. Nice highlight reel. Great to have the more points and a +2 GD. Some consistency would be nice. Let’s finish up the table a touch.

  23. About time we won one at home, at 3pm on a satda, against a horrible team.

    Top win.

    Howay the lads!


  24. Now the Worky. How’s tha gannin on, well I hope? What a result and a welcome on. Hopefully it breaks the Sat, 3pm home hoodoo. Could this have been the result of the wally with the brolley’s input to training? Just a thought!

  25. Lesh says:
    April 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    “Now the Worky. How’s tha gannin on, well I hope?”

    Not a good time to ask that question, Lesh (see comment above) ;-)

    Very pleased about the result mind, though the 4-1 was a bit deceptive as Wolves’ defending was pretty awful today.

  26. Sorry if I touched a nerve Worky. Just keep a haad and it’ll come good. Just like the lads today. Wolves may have been scheidt but what the hell. A great result after all the anxieties of late. 4 – 1’s 4 – 1 and that’s what counts. Keep ya pecker up. Geddit!

  27. Lesh says:
    April 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    “Sorry if I touched a nerve Worky.”

    That’s alright Lesh, I’m just a touchy, hysterical bastard ATM, Lesh.

    I was on way back from my friend’s in Enfield, late as usual, so I popped into the Internet cafe to do watch the game and do the report at the same time, otherwise I would have missed some of it. I kept saving it on the desktop, but the computers there had something on them called “Deep Freeze” which permanently deletes stuff every time they are rebooted, and my friend who runs the cafe acidentally rebooted the machine just as I was finishing the report!