Newcastle United v Reading match banter!

Posted on January 19th, 2013 | 120 Comments |

Newcastle United v Reading.
Battle of the long balls II.
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 19th January, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Mids).
UK TV: None.

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our “match banter” feature for this afternoon’s game between Newcastle United and Reading from St James’ Park.

This of course will be the Magpies’ second encounter with Reading, the last one being a 2-2 draw at their place, the Madejski Stadium, at the end of September. Back then it was a battle of the long balls between Alan Pardew and his Reading protégé (though they are both 51), Brian “long balls” McDermott, who was a chief scout for Pardew in his first managerial job. Newcastle and Reading are the two biggest long ball sides in the Premiership so far, but thankfully, Pardew’s Magpies seemed to be settling into a style which is slightly less reliant on “route one” tactics in recent games, though in their last game against Norwich, a 0-0 bore draw, Newcastle showed some signs of reverting to their previous long ball ways.

Though McDermott the student managed what Pardew couldn’t at Reading, ie getting thenm promoted to the Premiership, life in the top tier has been a tough slog for the Royals, and they find themselves second bottom of the table going into this game. However, though they might still be three places behind 16th placed Newcastle in the Premiership, their recent record has been much better than the Magpies’. In all competitions (most recent first) their record has been W|W|L|W|D|L whereas Newcastle United’s has been a very worrying D|L|L|L|L|W. Dour as that last Norwich game was though, at least Pardew’s men stopped the run of defeats, picking up a very important point in the fight to keep out of the relegation zone.

What the Managers have been saying.

Speaking in a pre match interview, Alan Pardew took the opportunity to accuse Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak of being a cheat, saying:

“This is a battling side we’re playing. They’re great at set plays – the striker Pogrebnyak, he falls over. He’s one of the worst players I’ve seen for falling over and buying free-kicks, so we have got to be clever. We need to make sure we put up with that, defend set plays and win the game.”

Meanwhile, his opponent for this afternoon stayed away from such incendiary pre match talk. Instead drawing attention to the fact that this was actually his first visit to the home of Newcastle United.

“I have never been there – not as a manager, a player or scout, so I am looking forward to it. I think we can go anywhere and put on a performance. If we put on the kind of performance we have to, we can get a result and that is what we need.”

Which only leaves it for me to make my usual reminders that I shall be posting the teamsheets for the game when they become available, as well as highlights when the game is over. This game will not be broadcast on UK TV, but fear not! I shall be posting links to watch the game online should you need them / if you can endure it.

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye, Shola Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez, Papiss Cisse.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Perch, Steven Taylor, Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger.

Reading (4-2-3-1): Adam Federici (G), Stephen Kelly, Alex Pearce, Adrian Mariappa, Ian Harte, Mikele Leigertwood, Danny Guthrie, Jobi McAnuff (C), Garath McCleary, Jimmy Kebe, Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Substitutes: Stuart Taylor (G), Chris Gunter, Sean Morrison, Hope Akpan, Jem Karacan, Adam Le Fondre, Noel Hunt.


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120 Responses

  1. Does this mean Cisse plays wide in midfield again? He was completely ineffective there. Are you sure it won’t be 4-4-2?

  2. tunyc says:
    January 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    “Does this mean Cisse plays wide in midfield again?”

    tunyc, Pardew did say something about not repeating the same mistake with Cisse, so I would presume that Shola is playing in the three behind the striker. Having written that, the official club site have got the formation wrong frequently on previous occaisions.

  3. Not hopeful of a win here. We’re playing with our tail between our legs at the moment and I wouldn’t be surprised if tunyc had it right about the formation. Expect a tedious goalless draw.

  4. pete_toon says:
    January 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    “Not hopeful of a win here.”

    Let’s wait and see Pete, you never know. Reading aren’t Barcelona.

  5. Always hopeful, not confident.

    Hopefully Cisse or Shola can find some goalscoring form.

    Shola can drop off into midfield but man, I don’t think he’ll last long. His legs are gone.

  6. Why on earth did Southampton sack Nigel Adkins? He actually had the Saints punching above their weight and had them about three places above where they should have been.

  7. tunyc says:
    January 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    “It’s a valid question, worky. I don’t know anything about this Argie they’ve hired.”

    Sacked by Espanyol because they were bottom of La Liga.

  8. According to BBC and sky sports, we’ve agreed a fee of £6.7 (€8) with Montpellier for mapou yanga-mbiwa. Now THAT is a quality player if we can get him. That’s the sort of signing we should’ve been busting a gut for in the summer.

  9. tunyc says:
    January 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    “I’ve seen speculation about the odds that Adkins will replace Pardew again…”

    Silver Supremo II.

    Pardew would probably make a little voodoo doll of Adkins to stick pins into it if that happened for a second time.

  10. Looks 4-4-2 to me. Debuchy does like to get up the pitch, though. At times it’s almost like 3-5-2.

  11. Scott-at the risk of sounding negative, we also agreed a fee for Remy. And if memory serves, for the lad playing for Reading here-Mariappa-also.

  12. Scott says:
    January 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    “According to BBC and sky sports, we’ve agreed a fee of £6.7 (€8) with Montpellier for mapou yanga-mbiwa.”

    Scott, there was another story that we’d agreed a fee for Haidara before that too, with all the stories quoting L’Equipe as the source, but I couldn’t find buggerall on L’Equipe about it when I investigated.

  13. Not unlike last week, both sides look quite sloppy mostly. A bit more action in front of goal though.

  14. lol, worky. We’re virtually the only ones here but we’re not really having a conversation. Just saying the same stuff a few seconds apart…

  15. Shout to Marveaux for winning the kick too…Federici’s having a good day but he could only watch that!

  16. Ceding way too much possession. 1-0 up against Reading and we’re playing too much in our own half!

  17. Darth-what’s up with that. It’s epidemic. Why don’t refs in England or Europe use that temporary spray they do in South America?

  18. Why do EVERY team look more accomplished on the ball than wor lot ? Man is it frustrating

  19. tunyc

    Pepper spray and cattle prods is what they need :)

    It’s definitely another example of inconsistencies between referees. Some are strict, some just let the, do what they like.

  20. good half not too much hoof and a quality goal from cabaye,the passing has been alot better great cross from debuchy though he was offside from the original ball.
    We should be three up,pardew for manager of the season.

  21. A half time pastie and I’m prepared to admit I was wrong about the score. Not about the performance though. Still giving away too must possession.

  22. Worky..yalreet…. in my haste and getting peeved with my stream breaking up I’ve landed on here by mistake…. and lo and behold you finally have one sensible poster on your blog :-)

    Howay the lads, let’s get the three points !!

    (At least Toonsy has Smileys you cheapskate :-) )

  23. Didnt get to tesco in time to get any,I have had horse steak and burger before and can say it is pretty good

  24. Im not feeling to confident we gonna keep a clean sheet we need to score! mbiwa would be handy or however u spell his name

  25. FFS. Awful. Once again, stung for playing too deep in our half.

    Have to go for it now. One point from this match is useless.

  26. Cabaye off for Bigirimana.

    Boos ring down.

    Game over.

    We’re in the relegation fight to the end.

    Pardew F’IN OUT!

  27. Yet again 1-0 is enough, lets try shut up shop and it backfires. There comes a point when you have enough of seeing the same thing happen all the time.

    Take Marv off for Perch. Take Cabaye off for Bigi.


  28. Those subs. Unbelievable. The reaction to them shows up the bs aspect of the “everyone supports Pardew” propaganda.

  29. Seems the broadcasters are being very selective about what they’re letting us hear from the crowd.

  30. I have got to agree lads pardew needs sacking right now I wouldnt even wait till the end of the game

  31. How can Adkins go, yet this can carry on. If we can’t beat these at home that’s it I’m afraid. His negative, clueless outlook on football is killing us.

  32. Worst I’ve seen an NUFC side play, ever.

    From players currently in the side, we’ve gotten what? 7-8 league goals in 23 matches?

  33. Only played for the first half. Put Perch on and gave up for the second even though we were by far the better side with 70% possession and alot more shots.

  34. Tunyc, Big Sam was bad but this pips it for me, as was under Gullit.

    We have a better team than what those two managers had. He must be sacked, it’s fking painful this and totally unacceptable.

  35. Sums up Cisse’s season. How does he go from his finishing last season to that? Feels like doom.

  36. That’s the thing, Jim. It’s far from the least talented NUFC side I’ve seen. In fact, I think it’s one of the most talented.

    This is all down to AP.

  37. Tunyc, I feel so detached from the club because of seeing this stupid mistakes happen all the time. I had more optimism when we went down in 2009. I have none now.

  38. Worst we’ve ever been was under Ossie Ardiles probably – Bottom of the Second Division until a bubble permed messiah walked across the Tyne to save us.

  39. Question I keep asking too, maze. Part of the answer is that we graciously agree to play most of every game in our half. Look where the pass out to the wing leading up to their first goal comes from. They’re allowed to carry the ball to the center circle without meeting the slightest resistance.

  40. Well I’m just waiting for the metro home. Left early in disgust. Worst performance I’ve seen this season.

  41. More boos. That’s our season.

    We may be down already. Looking at the remaining fixtures, I can’t see us topping 36 points.

  42. Was dreading this when I heard they hadn’t won away all season (they’d barely even taken a point). It’s always against us that teams break those sort of runs.

  43. I’d love to see Pardoo go tonight, but we’d only see a real change in fortune if fat mike and lame a’rse went with him.

    In any case, they’d only sack him if they were feeling pressured by the fans, and we all know they couldn’t give a toss about what the fans think.

  44. we really are going to go down unless pardew is removed and i am one of the people who said it wasnt all his fault then he takes marvs and cabaye off genius pure fkn genius

  45. We probably won’t even get that 36 unless AP is fired.

    And QPR pick up a point thanks to…

  46. pete-toon, is there even anything directed at Pardew from the stands? It seems that everyone just can’t be arsed anymore. If he still has a job after this then you can expect him to be manager for the start of our Championship campaign next season. No one deserved to be subjected to that who went to the match. Reading had no wins and 2 points away all season before today.

  47. Only positive I can take from that is that I can give MOTD a miss again tonight!! Watch a Film, take the dog for a walk or kick wor lasses back doors in!!

  48. sack AP please before he takes us down he has no idea how to play in premier wtf was he thinking usless

  49. Pardtwit said we would have 40 points by the end of the season???? Must rush down to bookies and put my house on that. Muppet.

  50. nitoon-did he say that post-match? I’d like him to explain that. I guess he assumes we’ll win games against the likes of Swansea and Fulham. Fat fvcking chance at this point.

  51. I’m out…so glad that the ice hockey season is finally starting over here…maybe I can watch some club I like win occasionally in some sport.


  52. looks like you lot are going down again its not bad news you can rebuild and bounce back good look in the chumpionship lads….ps pardew is the most hated manager in the prem

  53. yoyo club has just summed it up… we are a laughing stock… and he still wont be sacked!

  54. On a brighter note:

    We’ve got the Europa League to come :)

    We might progress. Everyone’ll be playing out of their skins to put themselves in the shop window.

  55. YOYO CLUNGE says:
    January 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    “ps pardew is the most hated manager in the prem”

    That’s a great shame. Cos we love him.

  56. Some amazing psychology there from Pardew. Sit on the lead, take your 2 best players off and get the crowd against you.

    If ever there was a game that was there for the taking for us then that was it.

    His tactics against weaker teams really annoy me:

    – he has the team sit back and invite pressure if we go a goal up

    – every set piece we overcommit allowing the other team to break quickly

    – if we do manage to string a few passes together in their half we overcommit again allowing a quick break

  57. PArdew the poorest manager I have ever seen. Even Shearer looked better organised than him.

    Can see why Remy would avoid an opportunity to work with him.

  58. Another sterling performance.
    The apathy is amazing, appears most fans are so inured to this awful series of loosing games, that they have completely lost interest.
    Even the booing was half assed, but the fans streaming out of the ground way before the final whistle, expressed what’s on their mind.
    Had this been any other side, the manager would have been fired long ago, actually felt a bit for Adkins, he succeeded Pardew at Southampton, if i remember right.
    Perhaps he can replace him here, anyone in fact, i just cant bear to watch Pardew overseeing another defeat.
    And i’m wondering if Ashley is stubborn enough to keep him after this debacle.
    Face it guys, we are in deep shit!