Aston Villa vs Newcasle United match banter!

Posted on January 29th, 2013 | 169 Comments |

Aston Villa v Newcastle United.
Two crap sides in need of a win.
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham.
Date: Tues 29th January, 2013.
Kick off: 7.45pm.
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral).
UK TV: None.

Hello, good evening and welcome to this latest “match banter” feature for this evening’s game between the Villans and the Magpies from Villa Park.

It easy to forget in the vicarious French shopping spree most Toon fans have been enjoying over the last week or so that Newcastle are still involved in a relegation dogfight. Though the good news is that Aston Villa are just as crap as we are, being one place and one point beneath us in the table.

However the bad news is that Reading were supposed to be crap too, and they beat us 1-2 at home after a dreadful blunder by our Silver Supremo. In that game, knowing that Cabaye was unlikely to last the whole match after coming back from an extended absence due to groin surgery, he took off Marveaux. Then minutes after the inevitable happened and Newcastle United, after being marginally on top in the game, were left desperately holding on with hardly creative influence in the side, evetually falling to 71st and 77th minute strikes from Reading super sub, Adam Le Fondre, who, with a name like that, sounds like he should have been playing for our team.

Looking at this evening’s opponents, we can see below that although they are just beneath us, their recent record in theur last six games is actually better than ours. However, Pardew now feels that he has got the full strength side he has been craving for all season, and is now ready to knock ’em all dead with his new French influx. On this he whined:

“We have had a small squad since I have been here and now for the first time, I think I have the full allocation, and that goes without the injury crisis we have suffered this particular year.

“We are up to full strength really and now it is about making sure we get the victories we need to build on this. People keep talking about finishing fifth last year and this and that, but that team, I have never been able to field because of injuries or whatever.

“We now have a strong squad. We will probably have a new look to us and that new look hopefully settles quickly because we have not got a lot of games left. It may seem like it, but it won’t be in five games time if we are still in this same position.”

So let’s wait and see!

Previous six results (all competitions, most recent first).

Aston Villa: L|W|D|L|L|W

Newcaste United: L|D|L|L|L|L

With both managers in roughly the same boat, let us now take a look at what particular cliche they came up with in the run up to this match.

Alan Pardew: “We have got fifteen games left and every one of them is a cup final.”

Paul Lambert: “It’s like fifteen Cup Finals”

So, with that out of the way, that only leaves my usual reminders that I shall be posting the official team sheets before the kick off, and also highlights and possibly a whole match video whan the game is over.

Howay the lads!

Team sheets.

Aston Villa (3-5-2): Brad Guzan (G), Ron Vlaar (C), Ciaran Clark, Joe Bennett, Nathan Baker, Matthew Lowton, Ashey Westwood, Barry Bannan, Charles N’Zogbia, Chrostian Benteke, Darren Bent.

Subs: Shay Given, Stephen Ireland, Eric Lichaj, Brett Holman, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, Jordan Bowery.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse.

Subs: Steve Harper (G), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi.


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169 Responses

  1. Worky: it is on fox soccer here so there should be a good internet feed – the commentators are usually British

  2. Given his crap debut, I have to hope Debuchy doesn’t start tonight. Interesting to see what the up front looks like, and is he going to play the new backs.

  3. GS says:
    January 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    “Worky: it is on fox soccer here so there should be a good internet feed – the commentators are usually British”

    Centre partin’ Barton and Shaka the rocket scientist?

    Oh aye! Shaka’s ESPN.

  4. I hope the reason Marveaux isn’t in the squad is just a slight knock. Jonas being picked over him is a travesty.

  5. Evening all, stuck at work so I am relying on you guys for valuable updates tonight!

    Looking forward to seeing Sissoko and Gouffran tonight, and good to see Saylor starting too… Do you know who has been dropped in place of Le Gouff?

  6. Hoping forna good performance. So, Pardew said he was wrong to take off Marveaux against Reading and he is not even on the bench. Is he injured?

  7. TallyHoPipPip says:
    January 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    “Do you know who has been dropped in place of Le Gouff?”

    The team’s been posted at the top THPP.

  8. GS, seeing how Sammy’s on the bench I’d hope the reason Marveaux’s not even in the squad is injury related and not ‘tactical’ because we all know what happens then.

    Dunno about Perch, maybe because Anita’s more attack minded but Anita’s been our best player for a while. I thought Sissoko can be deployed as a defensive midfielder.

    Villa are shocking, though so are we I suppose. This won’t decide who goes down but if we lose it will reaffirm my belief we’ll go down, and to be honest if we can’t beat Reading at home or Villa, then do we deserve to?

    Here’s hoping for something good to happen finally tonight!

  9. Both teams up now

    maze202 says:
    January 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    “Any streams? My usual site seems knacked.”

    Maze, there are always links to lists of streams somewhere in the first few comments.

  10. Phisix says:
    January 29, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    “Why the feck is Cisse on the wing. pards you wanger”

    He isn’t on the wing, is he? That’ll be Gouffran and Guti surely?

  11. When or if we get everyone fit tiote for perch, benny for jonas and thats some team

    Ht, only 45mins of worry left lads

    Keep the faith

  12. Impressed with Sissoko, and Cisse’s moving better across the front line. Most pleased about seeing Taylor back in the team playing solid.

  13. good half for us,the new boys are doin us proud.
    Happy for Cisse that he took his chance and glad to see Cabeye doing what he does best,he’s been badly missed.
    Put yoursel in Lamberts shoes now???

  14. Hard not to get carried away with our efforts on the pitch today, never been this enthused with a newcastle game for some time. Although much has to be said for Villa, they have been woeful at times but our midfield is just bossing it, with Tiote to come back i’m quietly optimistic for the rest of the season…

  15. Taxi for Lambert.

    Sissoko fits in nicely, and pleased with Gouffran’s performance. Who knows, if Chelsea are a bit overconfident, with a performance like tonights, we should give them a hell of a game.

  16. Phisix: Marveaux is hurt according to Twitter, so he didn’t even travel. Therefore we can’t sub him on for Guti, as much as we all would love to see it.

    Only thing I can say for him this game is that Debuchy bombs forward so often that Guti covers him just in case.

  17. Marv took a knock in training yesterday…told you Cabaye would be back to his best once Debuchy signed.more goals needed as wor goal differance is shocking.looking good upto now so lets hope pards doesnt fk this up..

  18. everybody remember tho,villas central midfielders r just kids,plus Bannan is a dwarf :-) wor midfield arnt ganna play against this kind ov opponent every week.

  19. The news is that Sissoko is being employed, not a a DM, but in fact as an AM, though that should be no surprise as it’s where he has been playing for the most part this season.
    And boy, did he lay on the perfect pass for Cisse.
    The fact Cabaye is on, gives everyone a bit of confidence, and his goal, was spectacular, this side needs his presence.
    However now we are two up, perhaps we can replace him, with Anita, as i’m concerned about that injury.

  20. Villa and shocking. Their player goes down we kick it out, two of ours goes down they play on.

  21. I did say months ago that Debuchy was a bit of a liabilty. Two yellows and a penalty in three games so far. If it was Simpson or Williamson they’d be lynched by the fans, but Debuchy’s French and he has a fancy foreign name so no one will say f all about it. :-)

  22. Pards needs to sort this out now and change something. Leaving it will only give them a come back.

  23. Phisix says:
    January 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    “What is going ffs this is madness”

    As I wrote before Phisix, Villa were awful in the first half but unfortunately, they’ve decided to play football in the second so we look a bit different now.

  24. @ Danny b 82
    My dad never watches live instead he uses sky plus & watches after when knows the result – says his heart can’t take it.

  25. Still managed by a very negative AP, I see. That whole squad and he can’t not pick Perch and Jonas.

  26. 3 hoofs. One from Taylor, two from Colo. Is this the only plan he has when we come up against a side who have started to play football.

  27. FFS this is brutal. Honestly, I’ve seen young kids with more composure on the ball… Take your time and pass instead of just hoofing it!

  28. Chelsea are going to batter us on the weekend if a bottom of league Villa can.

    Fecking shambles once again.

  29. F*ck me that didn’t have to be that hard against a terrible team. Just what the hell was that in the second half, especially the last 15 minutes. We can’t play like that against better teams, imagine what would happen against Chelsea if we do that on Saturday. It’s either this group of payers have zero composure or Pardew’s telling them something bizzare during our half-times.

  30. well relieved to get the three points, but after that capitulation in the second half we were extremely fortunate. pardew’s utter tactical ineptitude again at the fore. Would love to be a fly on the wall at his half time team talk, even going in on a high after bossing the opening 45 minutes with the game in the bag, he manages to completely destroy any self-belief the team has.

  31. pete_toon says:
    January 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    “So, predictions anyone? I’m going to be cautiously optimistic and go with a 2-1.”

    Well done Pete!

  32. We didn’t exactly play risky first half, or leave ourselves open. I’ve never seen a team in their own half and just boot it to nobody. That went on for 5 minutes before he instructed Shola, then Cisse to stay up top. What do you expect to happen if nobodies up top and you smack it forward, to stay there? The Villa keeper to just hold on to it for us? Mind boggling. Any time we look good it goes horribly wrong somehow. He’s moaned we’ve had no luck this season (which is bollocks) but we certainly did second half today. Great debut by Sissoko, and our first three points in a while. Probably for a while too.

  33. 3pts 1st away win i’d ov taking that before hand..fkin Pardnoclue has nearly fkd that tonight.wonder wot his excuse will be for that 2nd half guess “we was tired”

  34. Even bloody San Marino leave at least one player forward when they do what we did at the end :-)

  35. Strange selection…capitulation in second half…inane subs, trying to hold onto a 1-goal lead by getting ever more negative…clear to me who’s responsible.

  36. Held on for much needed away win. Nerves got the better of us in second half but after first half performance it looks good. Come on support the team To on Army!!!!

  37. Jonas was awful in the last 30 mins. I dunno what’s wrong with him but he’s knacked after 45 mins. How he survived the whole 90 is beyond me. His wife must be quite fit.

  38. tunyc says:
    January 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    “Strange selection…capitulation in second half…inane subs, trying to hold onto a 1-goal lead by getting ever more negative…clear to me who’s responsible.”

    Mike Willamson?

  39. Everyone’s going on about Pardew’s half-time talk and alleged tactical ineptitude. You clearly have forgotten that Villa also have a manager whose team talk would have been along the lines of “We’re losing 2-0 at home, and I’m going to be sacked if this goes on.” He also made changes (taking the useless Bent off) which did have an immediate impact. We’ve been on the other end of this many times – losing/drawing at half time at home, come out like a train after half-time. It’s to be expected – it was their ground after all and they’re in deeper relegation do-dos than us.

  40. True Aidan, but then that’ll be proof that Pardew just has no idea what to do when the opposition alter their shape and tactics. It’s happened multiple times this season, and his only answer is to go 4-4-2 and hoof it. Much like the Reading game previously.

    We’ve never won in the Premier League after falling behind under him, which is another example. If he doesn’t get it right from the first minute, we’re usually screwed.

  41. Aidan Dunphy says:
    January 29, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    “We’ve been on the other end of this many times – losing/drawing at half time at home, come out like a train after half-time.”

    Aidan, I know Aston Villa didn’t win, but please remind me how many times have we come back and won a game after going behind this season?

  42. I’m going to agree with Aidan that their half time talk was obviously better than ours, but the difference there was that Lambert knew what needed to be done and did it. The fact that they didn’t win doesn’t affect the situation that we were panicking. I’m going to call the substitutions curious, because that’s nicer than saying downright suicidal.

    We took the foot off the pedal second half, and we were nearly crucified for it. If we’d tried that against Chelski, or Spurs, we’d be slaughtered.

    On a positive note – Sissoko; oh yes, that boy is class.

    Debuchy, however, failing to impress.

  43. @workyticket says:
    January 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    “Forgot to mention that the highlights are up BTW.”

    First 45 minutes then worky.

  44. It’s was the old games of two halves!!! 1st half was very positive and Sissoko stood out as a class act within 25 minutes!! That ball for the first goal was tremendous! 2nd half the pressure seemed to shift and our backsides caved in and it was very hard to watch!! After winning and putting us through the wringer for 45 mins the pubs will take some business tonight.

  45. Well, another awfull performance, one that should once and for all, convince our owner, that we need a real manager.

    Hell i would even take Paul Lambert, anyone !

    The new acquisitions must be shellshocked after taking part in possibly the most bizarre game they have had the misfortune to be involved in, especially the non English speakers who still dont know what happened.

    Get used to it guys, the same scenario will be constantly repeated, if i’m honest.

    Get rid of this guy or we will not avoid the drop, hell we could barely hang on to a two goal lead, agains one of the worst sides in the PL.

    What will we do against the better teams.

    Hell i’m unconvinced.

    A bizarre lineup, followed by some of the strangest substitutions.

    Can anyone tell me how we totally collapsed in the second half, following a first half we dominated for the most part.

    Or like myself, is this not a repetitive scenario, if i’m honest.

    Did we get a shot on goal at least?

    The positives, not many, Sissiko looked decent, his pass to Cisse was perfect, Cabaye is an essential part of the side, his scoring ability, from dead balls and opportunities like to-day is needed.
    Goofy was ok, Yanga M’Biwa was’nt on long enough to show anything.

    If we are to go on recent form, why was it both Perch (who is no more then a fill in player) and Jonas were picked ?

    Whats wrong with Marveaux.

    And why did we end up with three strikers on the field and at the same time, trying our best to keep the ball out of our own net ?

    Hey maybe the guys a genius, but i certainly have no idea what he’s trying to accomplish with this side and have a suspicion, neither does he.

    I give up!

  46. pete_toon says:
    January 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    “Debuchy, however, failing to impress.”

    He reminds me of that famous Keeganism:

    “It’s like a toaster, the ref’s shirt pocket – every time there’s a tackle, up pops a yellow card.”

    Every time Debuchy does a tackle, up pops a yellow card, or a penalty this evening. He might like trotting up and down like a showpony but his tackling’s manky.

    All these gushy little exchanges between him and Cabaye in the media are making me feel queasy as well.

  47. Chucks got it spot on. I did hear a rumour Marv took a knock so assume he was protected. M’biwa was left out to dry terrible way to introduce someone; bring off clearly oir best player; bring M’biwa on in his second position; with everyone around him faltering (especially Jonas), when Villa are playing at their peak; when our shape is appalling because if the formation & other subs! Absolutely infuriating. To top it off he over praises the first half performance, blames 2nd half on fatigue, then gies iut of us way to thank Derek! Spineless.