Newcastle United vs Queens Park Rangers Christmas match banter!

Posted on December 22nd, 2012 | 69 Comments |

Newcastle United v QPR.
A watershed moment in Newcastle United's season?
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 22nd December, 2012.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leics).
UK TV: None.

Hello good afternoon and welcome to this extra special Christmas match banter for Newcastle United’s home match with the “R’s” of Queens Park Rangers.

To say that this was an important game for Alan Pardew and the Magpies would be an understatement. With The Magpies being pulled ever closer into the relegation quagmire, a fairly daunting pair of away games against Manchester United and a recently resurgent Arsenal follow, not to mention a tricky home tie with sixth placed Everton to complete the Christmas and New Year holiday fixture list. With QPR being one of the few teams which are below in in the table at the moment, hopes have been pinned on this game as the best hope of getting a desperately needed 3 points. However, despite their lowly position at second bottom, even here the momentum is with today’s West London visitors. Even Pardew himself has acknowledged this. Speaking of QPR in a pre match interview he said:

“They have got some momentum, and that’s very important in the Premier League. It’s something we have been searching for.”

That momentum has come since the sacking of Mark “Sparky” Hughes and the appointment of big name new manager, Harry “that money was just resting in my account” Redknapp. Since his arrival at Loftus Road, they have at last risen from the rock bottom of the table, stringing together two draws, and their first win of the season last week against Fulham.

Getting back to Pardew though, he has tried to blame everything but his “hit and hope” tactics this season for the Toon’s fall from grace. The Europa League, Demba Ba’s get out of Toon clause, a lack of new signings and plain old bad luck have all been pointed at by Pardew’s finger of blame. Although there have been a few encouraging signs that the Silver Supremo has been willing to at least make an attempt to play in the right way in recent performances, sadly, the result has mostly been the same, defeat. Here’s hoping that changes today (the result, not the glimpses pf a better style of play), otherwise it’s going to be be a nervous Christmas on Tyneside to say the least. For one thing, if Ba does eventually leave the club in January and it’s embroiled in a struggle against relegation, other clubs will smell our desperation as we hunt for a replacement. As well as this, which ambitious young top striker is going to want to join a club which might be relegated a few months after his arrival? It’s another “perfect storm” waiting to happen.

So with my little cup of Christmas cheer over with, I’ll get on with the usual reminders that I will be posting links for the game in the comments section of this blog, along with the team sheets for the game in the blog itself, along with highlights, and possibly a video of the whole game when it’s all over. Sp stay tuned!

Howay the Lads!


Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, James Perch, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Jonas Gutierrez.

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

Queens Park Rangers (4-3-3): Robert Green (G), Fabio da Silva, Anton Ferdinand, Ryan Nelsen, Clint Hill, Esteban Granero, Stephane Mbia, Alejandro Faurlin, Jamie Mackie, Djibril Cisse, Adel Taarabt.

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


NUFCBlog Author: workyticket workyticket has written 1091 articles on this blog.

Related Posts:

69 Responses

  1. hwtl we need the win today lets make it a big one I have been goodish all year so please santa 5-0 would be nice.

  2. We have no idea what we are doing infront of goal. When ba goes we are knacked. Papiss needs to get his confidence back.

  3. Static says:
    December 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    “Is it me or are we passing a lot better today”

    We have been passing better in patches in the last few games as there’s been less long passing and more attempts to build up play through the midfield rather than hoofing massive passes over it to the strikers.

  4. Yeah iv been reading your blogs. Hill is being a bit dirty but no excuse for the lack of shots on goal

  5. To be honest static, I’ve not been concentrating on this one as much as I usually do even if it is probably our most important game so far. I’m running around getting ready for a Christmas gig my friends are doing later on and missing the odd bit. QPR seem to be defending quite well?

  6. we are in control, could do better with the final ball but it is only a matter of time before we get a goal no threat at all from the hoops be we need to be careful of the counter attack as they have got a bit of pace.

  7. Aye static, it doesn’t seem like the most exciting game so far but as I said, I’ve missed the odd bit. I have noticed a few “wild swings” at their goal as you put it though.

  8. sammy d says:
    December 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    “we are in control, could do better with the final ball but it is only a matter of time before we get a goal”

    I do hope so Sammy. We can’t be in a relegation battle in January or it’ll be even harder to get some new players in for two or three reasons.

  9. If we had tiote infront of the back 4 with Jonas left, obatan or Anita right with marveaux behind the strikes for link up. ( first team back would be better suited) marveaux has shown good potential.

  10. Oh aye, they are Sammy. Only half time though. Come on Saints! I think they’ve lost that Lallana though. He’s been quite good for them I beleive? He was against us anyway.

  11. We could stand to bring on Marveaux or even, dare I say, Obertan. It’s so static in midfield. Jonas isn’t doing much at this point.

  12. Need people to change a game…call on Shola and Obertan,the depth of this squad never ceases to fill me with excitement and Joy.

    Bet they both score now :lol:

  13. Yeah Worky been tuned in to the commentary busy packing for me festive Toon trip.

    Reckon we will nick this?

  14. Did we score from many corners when Houghton was in charge?
    We are shocking at set pieces that’s for sure!

  15. sirjasontoon says:
    December 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    “Did we score from many corners when Houghton was in charge?
    We are shocking at set pieces that’s for sure!”

    I think we scored a few SJT. I’ll check out how many later on.

  16. sirjasontoon says:
    December 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    “Cool Worky I am off out shortly”

    So am I SJT so ditto. I haven’t really had a chance to watch the game properly ’cause I’m getting ready.

  17. sirjasontoon says:
    December 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    “Same here Worky typing on the mac and ironing at the same time…haha”

    Beleive it or not SJT, that’s exactly what I was doing!

  18. tfft we were by far the better team, gabby scares the poop out of defences I like him and still think he can be a class player in time.It wasnt 5-0 but the three points will be my best crimbo present.Still above the scum!!!

  19. Perch and Tiote both out of Man U? Could that be deliberate because our chances are slim anyway?

    I agree with TFFT on the win.

  20. Remember that run when Perch was booked like 5 games in a row and one was after about 5 seconds of coming on as a sub :)

  21. sirjasontoon says:
    December 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    “@44 haha Worky you using the blue morphy richards iron as well”

    I’m a cheapskate SJT, It’s just a Tesco one here. It’s their deluxe model though.

  22. Divven’t mention Russell Hobbs SJT. My Russell Hobbs Microwave is knacked for Christmas now and it isn’t that old. It probably went the day after the guarantee ran out as I got it for last Christmas.

  23. GS says:
    December 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    “Remember that run when Perch was booked like 5 games in a row and one was after about 5 seconds of coming on as a sub”

    Probably a bit overenthusiastic trying to prove himself GS.

  24. Games being shown in a coupla hours, but from reading some of the above, does’nt seem worth watching.
    Even though i dont yet know the final result.
    Tme we gave Jonas a rest, seems to have run outta gas lately.
    And ffs why does this idiot of a manager not give Marveaux a start (is it personal) the guy was comming on with a couple of starts and some minutes as a sub.
    Though there’s a precedent for it, with Tevez, Marischano, HBA, Santon etc.
    Obviously a great judge of players and to cop a plea, pleading they were not ready, is simply absurd.
    Though no player has yet contradicted that plea, why ?
    They obviously dont want to head back to the bench.
    I would have replaced Jonas with Ferguson (future left side) as Santon and he work well in tandem, plus at least Ferguson provides some service as opposed to Jonas.
    As we have both Tiote and Anita, two good DM’s, why not play Marveaux in place of Perch, at lest Marveaux can provide some creativity, no point in playing three defensive midfielders, is there ?
    I’m assuming with both Ba and Cisse in the lineup it’s a
    4-4-2, well what a surprise !

  25. Tesco deluxe eh…smooth operator…..half my kitchen shit is morphy richards you better not curse my appliances :lol:

  26. Always remember Steve Stone saying Jonas flatters to deceive yonks ago on a radio 5 commentary-never thought he had a clinical delivery or that cutting edge or craft to his game or better still chipping in with a few goals….looks even worse these days.

  27. At least it will be a happier Christmas Day in Newcastle.

    Remember when the PURPOSEFULLY UNDERSTATED goal was to get to 40 points? Well, after we get beat by Man U will be halfway there after half the season.

  28. sirjasontoon says:
    December 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    “Tesco deluxe eh…smooth operator…..half my kitchen shit is morphy richards you better not curse my appliances”

    Russell Hobbs SJT. I’m not impressed with their Microwave products, but they only had one or two with just the simple big round knob rather than Houston mission control and mine was the only big one.

  29. sirjasontoon says:
    December 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    “When does the new 5 year plan start?”

    That was friggin’ Stalin and Mao and I don’t know who’s worse, them or Ashley!

  30. sirjasontoon says:
    December 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    “Just imagining Owl heed in Nazi regalia with a little tash…strong sambucca’s”

    SJT, if that’s what strong sambuccas make’s you think about then I’d stay away from them in future if I were you.

  31. we’ll take the 3 points, but we were p*** poor again.
    the only thing the “silver supremo” got right yesterday, was his subs.
    it’s a shame he only get two right, out of how many?
    shola now looks like a 20 minute impact player, and took his goal well.
    up until then it was a typical disjointed, lacklustre, devoid of any kind of ideas, “alan pardew show”.
    i’m glad the sap will enjoy his xmas dinner, but the deluded prick, will find himself back in the brown stuff, soon enough!

    if he thinks we are playing well, then he’s more cracked, than i first thought.
    that was terrible yesterday, against a relegation threatened side, and it doesn’t bode well, for the future.