Newcastle United vs Aston Villa match banter!

Posted on February 5th, 2012 | 106 Comments |

Newcastle United v Aston Villa.
The Magpies welcome the Villans this afternoon.
Venue: St James’Park, NE1.
Date: 5th February 2012
Kick Off: 1.30pm
Referee: Mark Halsey.

Good afternoon Geordies and welcome to our regular “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s early kick-off against Aston Villa at St James’ Park.

Despite being a fair sized Premiership team, unlike Newcastle United they tend to pass under the radar of most due to being incredibly dull and boring, especially under their current manager, the dull and boring Alex McLeish. However, as quite a few Toon fans who were there when we were relegated at Villa Park in 2009 will testify, some of their supporters can be a nasty lot sometimes.

Some of us will not forget their taunting chants and thoughtfully prepared banners, to be displayed in the case of us being relegated on that fateful day (see photos below). On the rare occaisions they’ve come on this site, they’ve also been spoiling for a fight for some bizarre reason too. It certainly isn’t a Birmingham thing though. When supporters of their neighbours and rivals, Birmingham City, come on here they have been the exact opposite, and have quite possibly been the nicest “visitors” we’ve had on here, so much so that I was almost delighted when they got St. Christopher as ther manager at St. Andrews. But I digress.

Anyway, I sincerely hope that the Geordies at St James’ Park this afternoon prepare a nice “winter warmer welcome” for the Villans when they arrive at Barrack Road. Apologies for the little rant above but apart from that, Aston Villa just fill me with inertia and I find it very hard to write anything remotely “interesting” about them. My colleague UTD111 has had a jolly good go though, so if you are looking for an in depth look forward to the game, I would highly recommend his excellent match preview for this game.

Now I’ve got all that off my chest, it only leaves me to remind you that I will be posting the official teamsheets when they become available, and also that this game will be televised in the UK on Sky Sports 1.

Howay the lads!

Team sheets

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Ryan Taylor, davide Santon, James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Demba Ba.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse.

Aston Villa (4-4-1-1): Shay Given (G), Alan Hutton, Richard Dunne (c), Carlos Cuellar, Stephen Warnock; Stephen Ireland, Ciaran Clark, Stiliyan Petrov, Charles N’Zogbia; Robbie Keane, Darren Bent.

Subs: Brad Guzan, Andreas Weimann, Eric Lichaj, Gary Gardner, Barry Bannan, Nathan Baker, Emile Heskey.

Nasty Aston Villa supporters.
I hope they get a nice Geordie welcome this afternoon.

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106 Responses

  1. Paul in Hollywood says:
    February 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm(Edit)

    “Thanks for the links guys!”

    Nee botha Paul!

    Bookmark the wiziwig and footballstreaming ones, they put up the links every week. Wiziwig is the better one though.

  2. I got Sky 1 whoopee, my picture was breaking up though, that is till I removed half a ton of snow from it. (slight exageration there :) )

    Ground looks good and expect us to win handsomely today unless the fickle football gods go against us. As Papiss Demba Cisse said, “Howhay The Lads”

    Just hope he don’t follow the example set by the other Cisse yesterday although that was a cr*p sending off decision imo.

  3. Defense looks like a continuation of Blackburn. We’re not anticipating anything, just reacting. They’ve got Ireland out wide to work on Santon.

  4. Tuync, that’ll be because of Keane, dropping back into midfield for them.

    Raylor looks like a nasty one :-(

  5. Raylor comes off injured. Got to a 50/50 @ same time as Warnock, took a kick on the leg/foot.

    Obertan on. One sub left.

  6. Good call about what Keane’s doing. He’s played some nice passes to, to both sides. Not totally dissimilar to what AP’s tried with Best & Jonas.

  7. Yes, AP was bothered when he ignored his instincts and didn’t put on Ameobi…but then he got to send Obertan on so it’s a wash.

  8. Our defense should be a real concern to AP. We haven’t looked anything like “stout” for a few matches now. Too much ball watching, runs aren’t being picked up. The central midfield is collapsing before them.

  9. Doesn’t look as though the footballing gods are being too good for us today, dunno if it’s me being biased but every loose ball seems to be going to a Villa player.

    AP doesn’t have any options for tactical changes as he will have to save the last sub just in case!

    Need to improve in second half and stop giving the ball away, less of the long ball stuff imo.

    Guthrie having a good game imo, Willo looks a bit slow, possibly our weak link.

  10. curse of the commentator again david pleat!!! from the looks of raylor broken leg with the oxygen mask and leg brace. best to with a nasty one

  11. nufc337 says:
    February 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    “curse of the commentator again david pleat!!!”

    Aye nufc, he was just complimenting Aston Villa and he;d hardly finished when we charged off and scored. Then he was complimenting us just before Colo and Williamson let Keane in. I hoping for he has some more complimentary words for Villa soon.

  12. I thought Obertan and Santon had great games! Excellent start for Cisse. He got thrown about a bit at the start but seems decent and I can see him as a problem in the box winning penaltys!

  13. agree maze202. think that goal did great for obertan. hopefully the confidence stays up. guthrie had an absolutely phenomenal game. great to know that when we need it we had quality midfield cover. perch had a good game too and that strike was almost on target, just curled off.

  14. Credit where due: Obertan and Perch both did yeoman’s work today. Obertan’s tracking back and effort in general have improved noticeably.

    What are we looking at here, one more match for Cabaye and two or three for Tiote? Fully assembled, our squad can sustain the run. I have to admit, I’m starting to think about Europe!

  15. maze202 says:
    February 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    “Excellent start for Cisse. He got thrown about a bit at the start but seems decent”

    He’s superb at what he does maze. His goals were tailing off a little bit at Freiburg but they were a team in trouble.

  16. tunyc, i think we can get europe this year, but we will definitely need to bolster the squad in all positions come summer. we have a small squad for europe and we don’t need league play to suffer from exhaustion

  17. and worky, to answer from a few days ago, yeah I’m american. NorthEast still but back in the US

  18. Maze202

    I thought the much maligned Perch had a great game too. His defensive duties allowed Guthrie (who also had a great game) to dictate play. Outside of the top 7 teams Guthrie would be a first choice in midfield.

  19. I have to say, starting the season, I wasn’t too enthused to be seeing guthrie as often, but he has definitely changed my opinion of him. quality player.

  20. guthrie has always been quality but it’s tough to compete to tiote and cabaye.What to say about Nolan last campaign.
    But yes, his performance vs Tottenham would be crusial for us
    p.s when africa’s cup ends?When can we expect tiote back?

  21. johnny says:
    February 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    “and worky, to answer from a few days ago, yeah I’m american.”

    Oh aye! “Canadian scumbag” johnny. Had to be a Yank saying that. :-)

  22. Guthrie has been a revelation this term. Yes, he was always quality but he’s progressed and with Tiote & Cabaye out he’s really shown it.

    Get him signed up, Dekka! (And Colo too.)

  23. Good second half performance, Willo improved a lot, Guthrie was outstanding but MOM by a mile was Tim, best GK in league at present?

  24. First report is encouraging. Raylor’s going for a scan but the trainers think it’s bruising or at worst a soft-tissue injury. They don’t think anything’s broken.

  25. According to first reports it seems to be bad bruising rather than a break or ligament damage. Hope that is correct we cannot afford more long term injuries.

  26. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    February 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    “According to first reports it seems to be bad bruising”

    Bone bruising they said Grumpy.

  27. nufc337, comment 76, yeah, funny, never thought I’d be rooting for ManU to win big. :)

  28. Worky, wasn’t listening too closely as the missus is caught up in a bidding war on some clothes on e-bay and getting very tense and excited and distracting. :)

  29. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    February 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    “Worky, wasn’t listening too closely as the missus is caught up in a bidding war on some clothes on e-bay and getting very tense and excited and distracting.”

    You have to watch ’em on that ebay Grumpy. When lasses gan on there buying clothes, perfume and such it’s like crack only more addictive.

  30. Worky, she won, so two results in this household, domestic bliss for the moment!! :)

  31. Some good performances and a great result. Guthrie was great and I also thought Obertan did a good job.

    Spurs next.. Just wish we had Tiote and Cabaye avaiable as I realy think we could get a result with them added to the side that played today.