Swansea City vs Newcastle United Match Banter!

Posted on April 6th, 2012 | 70 Comments |

Swansea City v Newcastle United.
Swans v Magpies.
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea.
Date: Fri 6th Apr 2012.
Kick-Off: 16:30.
Referee: Howard Webb.

Good afternoon Geordies, and welcome to our regular match banter feature for todays Swans / Magpies clash at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

This is the sixth game in a row taking place at a odd time for the sake of Rupert Murdoch’s TV cameras (and one for ESPN), with our last game to be held at the usual time 3pm on Saturday being the draw against Wolves way back on 25th February.

With Swansea’s well known passing skills and our Silver Supremo’s recent conversion to “el joga bonito,” this could be an entertaining game, possibly with a few goals. Although built on a remarkably low budget for a Premiership squad, Swansea manager, Brendan Rodgers, has shaped the Swans into an impressive side, a side which includes former NUFC outcast, Wayne Routledge, who has impressed in recent performances. Another dangerman will be on loan (from Bundesliga side, Hoffenheim) midfielder, Gylfi Sigurðsson, who has scored no less than 6 Premiership goals in eleven games for Swansea so far (12 games in all competitions).

Although quite a few teams have impressed in the early part of the season, only to sink like a stone in the latter half (Hull, Blackpool etc), Swansea, along with their fellow promotees, Norwich City, seem to have more staying power, with Swansea currently lying in eleventh and Norwich in twelfth at this late stage in the season, both with 39 points.

I’ve already mentioned that this could be an entertaining game with a few goals, however, I now recall that our last game with Swansea was a 0-0 draw at St James’, so for once, I may be wrong! Anyway, for a more in depth look forward to the game with team news, previous stats, what the managers have been saying and all the usual guff, may I suggest checking out my collegue, Hugh’s excellent match preview. We shall also be posting match highlights, a match report and possibly a video of the whole game after so stay tuned!

As usual, I shall be posting the team sheets for the game below when they become available.

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets

Swansea City (4-3-3): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams (C), Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nathan Dyer, Luke Moore, Wayne Routledge.

Subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Alan Tate, Garry Monk, Josh McEachran, Mark Gower, Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham.

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (C), Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi.

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  1. Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba

    Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling,

    I’m off to the pub.

  2. Hope it’s an entertaining game to-day.
    Against a side who play attractive football, directed by a good young manager who has obviously been a student of the game.
    My fear is Pardew will revert to defensive hoofball, with his eight man defensive unit, replacing an on fire HBA, with the plodding Raylor.
    Though the media had us as a 4-5-1 last week and we ended up playing what some called a 4-3-3, actually Ba never took on the left side role, so it was two strikers and one(HBA) attacking winger.
    Now i have to say it was one of the most entertining games of the season, it worked, it entertained and should be applied to-day.
    So you can understand why Pardew reverting to hoofball would be a bummer.
    Though hopefully there would be an uproar if he does sit him and while on the subject, how does Santon learn the EPL game by sitting on the bench, actually i think he’s performed pretty well all things considered.
    But then what do i know compared to the silver supremo ?
    Game just starting, outta here.

  3. chuck says:
    April 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    “Though the media had us as a 4-5-1 last week and we ended up playing what some called a 4-3-3, actually Ba never took on the left side role, so it was two strikers and one(HBA) attacking winger.”

    It was a 4-3-3 Chuck. :-P

  4. Looks like a 4-4-2, with Santon replacing Jonas @ LB
    So if Jonas drops back and hopefully either Ba or Cisse take the left side we could end up playing a very similar style to the L’Pool game.
    Or the regular boring 4-4-2, hope it’s the former.

  5. Our biggest iissue today will be Vorm… That lad is brilliant… ALMOST as ggood as our lad Krul!!!

  6. Looks like some on this blog need a trip to “spec savers”
    If it was an intended 4-3-3 i will kiss your ass in times square.
    All of the media had it as an opening lineup of 4-5-1, how it then developed is anyones gues.
    But it was not an intended 4-3-3, and if it was,how come Ba never played on the left.
    To imagine Pardew would institute a genuine 4-3-3, has got to be a joke.
    However at half time i could see him saying , just keep on doind what seems to be working.

  7. The only way well win is by exploiting Swansea’s slow centre backs with fast counter attacks – we cant outplay them, Arsenal tried and failed miserably. We shouldn’t look to dominate at the Liberty Stadium but let them do the playing while we do the scoring.

  8. Yeah they tend to keep a high defensive line in an all out attacking game, which is susceptible to the counter attack.

  9. Gimme Rodgers as a manager anyday !
    Notice how Krul hoofs it up as a “hail mary” pass, while the Swansea goalie makes sure they retain possession.
    We look awful against a bargain basement Swansea side.

  10. Are you Barca in disguise ?
    Notice how Swansea keep possession and their passing game is excellent, not only that but like Barca., they are like a bunch of terriers when attempting to recover possession.
    We are leading but have been badly outplated so far.

  11. They can have as much possession and pass how they like they only had 2 attempts and ain’t hurting us! 3 points behind 2nd with a win so cheer up!!

  12. Gonna be another nail biter i guess !
    See what the silver supremo comes up with, to counter what has been a totally dominant Swansea in the first half.

  13. For want of saying something positive here, we are putting on a terrific defensive clinic to-day !

  14. Raghav.nufc says:
    April 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    “why we no pass like them..”

    Their high defensive line is helping them to dominate the midfield and possession, but we caught them out once.

  15. they can continue there high defensive line now…wuppiieee…what a goal cisse..

  16. Wow. BBC has them at 71% possession. By design?!

    Chuck-your mention of TWC makes me want to go on a “worky on Virgin” rant. Freakin’ thieves! Grrrr…

  17. demba 3 says:
    April 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    “Hey up chuck! One sided my arse”

    It actually is one sided though, Demba. They can’t afford Sengalese sharp shooters though. :-)

  18. Funny, last week, Cisse was so close to his hat-rick but chose to blast the ball at Reina rather than chip it over him…today he placed an immaculate chip over Vorm into the top corner. Hes been working on that in training!

  19. Football is about scoring goals we got 2 they got none so it is one sided yes! Too us !

  20. commentrator saying everyone from newcastle celebrating cisse goal except Demba Ba. oops.

  21. Possession numbers do look harrowing but Swansea are a side to which one might tactically cede possession.

  22. tunyc says:
    April 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    “*Virgin-the company run by Richard Branson, that is.”

    Divven’t mention that bastad, tunyc.

  23. Didn’t hear anything about Ba not celebrating. He looked well out of energy though and no wonder.

  24. Phew !
    Another nailbiter, but another clean sheet and three points
    If i can say anything positive, Cisse has certainly proven to have been an excellent buy.
    Benny is looking too good to be kept on the bench.
    Simpson had his usual good game (unspectacular)with most of the action on his side of the pitch.
    Plus Young Ferguson looked good as did Gosling, think he (Gosling) needs more game time to get back to normal.
    No complaints about Santon, so why does he spend so much time on the bench ?
    Was that Cabaye or Benny, who laid the pass on for the second goal ?
    Not our best performance, but i’ll take the points.
    With the way they played to-day Swansea gonna be around for a while, which is good as they play a pleasing style of football, remeniscent of Barca. dare i say ?

  25. Perch and Williamson have really stood up for us.

    And another tactical masterclass from Pardew!

  26. Ba is brilliant, been a drought for him but his overall game play is still wonderful… Once he hits his incredible form again then imagine the potential… We could honestly compete IN Europe and go far:-D

  27. So what do you lot make of this match. It doesn’t sound like another Blackburn away, but the stats suggest we were a bit lucky not to concede. Short synopsis anyone?

  28. I’m reading Cisse’s second was a chip?! Just needs a backheel and an overhead kick now…

  29. Swansea can pass the ball sideways across midfield and defence all day.. Despite all their posession they threatened goal so little I was practically falling asleep.

    Bolton, Stoke then Wigan… All games we should expect to win. Arsenal could easily lose to City and Sunderland could easily beat Spurs…. I’ll be cheering on Sunderland for once tomorrow.

  30. Tunyc
    Yeah i know but it’s the only game in town (.Time Warner), ya just gotta know how to talk to the reps.
    I got all kinds of differing approaches, that i try.
    They told me i had to change my box and not only bring it all the way across town but there would be a $45 charge.
    Ended up with a guy delivering it anstalling it and free of charge.
    Just remember in life most things are negotiable,try it, you may be surprised.

  31. chuck says:
    April 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Yeah i know but it’s the only game in town (.Time Warner), ya just gotta know how to talk to the reps.”

    What about the evil empire over there, Chuck (Fox)?

  32. Yeah an incidious organization Fox !
    Concentrate on the lowest common denominator as far as the tabloids are concerned, controls what the lumpen prolateriat believe, can and has decided who wins elections in both the US and cetainly the UK.
    With Neo Fascist, news and current events, programs on tv.
    Not to mention The Wall Street Journal, another extreme right publication, very influential among those who have a bit of juice.
    Then there’s the tv sports channels, who dominate both Rugby and whats known here as Soccer, including all the big tournaments.
    Not to mention local sports.
    How Murdoch managed to end up with a news paper and tv empire which clearly is a violation of the anti-trust laws plus purchasing them even before he became a US citizen, is very questionable.
    But on saying that, he also bought the British Government for the most part, two of the last three PM’s and certainly the Metropolitan Police in the recent past.
    How incidious is that.

  33. chuck says:
    April 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    “Yeah an incidious organization Fox !”

    Over here, after all the phone hacking shennanigans, the story of how Murdoch put his ITV digital rival out of business has resurfaced. The one where he used hackers from the UK and Israel to unscramble ITV Digital / Canal+ codes, then released them on the ‘web.

  34. Yeah I’m aware of most of what happens, especially the murdoch empire and their shennanigans both here and in the UK.
    An intresting court decission has taken place over there.
    It’s in regard to showing sports or even viewing certain sports events, through a provider from another EU country.
    Which had been prosecuted prior as theft of services, mostly coming from countries outside the EU, Norway, Morroco, etc., which may be still illegal.
    However the courts have now, in their wisdom decided, that anyone within the EU can purchase these services for whichever price the can, if generated from within the EU.
    Does this not suggest, that earnings to Sky tv will diminish as people find a cheaper alternative.
    Plus it’s effect on the present fees to the EPL, which could also be reduced, reeling in the ability of EPL sides to pay over the top wages and in fact create a parity of earnings with other major leagues in the EU?
    Whey knaas ?

  35. FOX is bad, but you see them coming. There’s a lot more subtle insidiousness coming out of the other outlets of the mainstream media, some supposedly more liberal but ultimately owned by companies like Viacom (read: Westinghouse) and General Electric. These are, in case you didn’t know, major cogs in our war machine. GE “brings good things to life” indeed…but has made a lot more money (85-95% of all sales historically) selling things that take life.

    Have I mentioned I’m one of that rarest of breeds: an actual American leftist?

    Anyway, as for TWC: actually, they’re not the only game in my part of town (NW Queens), thank heavens! I recently dropped my cable, switched my internet service to RCN and have been very, very pleased. My throughput rates are twice what I got with TWC and I actually watch more sports (internet) and TV/movies I actually want to without the cable.

    I commend you, chuck, with your ability to squeeze anything out of those criminals-believe me, I tried.

  36. Electrocuting, or “Westinghousing” Topsy the Elephant, by Thomas Alva Edison. Both Westinghouse, and GE are vile.


    “In an attempt to discredit Westinghouse and Tesla by showing how dangerous AC electricity is, Thomas Edison electrified an elephant named Topsy.”

    It’s also where that charming Edison “invention”, the electric chair came from:

    “In 1887, Edison held a public demonstration in West Orange, New Jersey, supporting his accusations by setting up a 1,000 volt Westinghouse AC generator attaching it to a metal plate and executing a dozen animals by placing the poor creatures on the electrified metal plate. The press had a field day describing the horrific event and the new term ” electrocution ” was used to describe death by electricity.”

    Edison was also a notorious thief of intellectual property, including that of Nikola Tesla, the father of AC electricity and Joseph Swann’s Geordie electric lightbulb, though the very first was actually invented by a German. Can’t remember his name.