So, we’re not any nearer to appointing a new manager/head coach at United, however, one thing that does appear quite clear, is that the papers don’t seem to have a clue either. Their scattergun approach to firing out just about every manager/coach in Europe across the back pages ovre the last week or so should prove that.
So, for now, it’s Carver and Steve Stone in the dug out in a caretaker capacity. Whilst I wouldn’t necessarily prefer him as our next manager/head coach, I would hope that even if he just acted out whatever Pardew would have done/said, then we should be able to get the 3 wins and a draw or 2, needed to remain in the Premier League for next season. One thing I would say for sure, is that I have absolutely no reason to disbelieve him if he says the players are injured, that’s probably not popular, but that’s the way I feel about it. I’m not really into these conspiracy theories that suggest we deliberately lose particular games. Sorry, but that’s just my view on it. I have much more concern about why the fringe players or back up players (some of whom we were told were erm ‘purples’ are absolutely, fucking, hopeless when called upon. Anita, Cabella, Riviere, Haidara for example, have a hell of a lot to prove, whilst Tiote has been having a nightmare. If Newcastle United are to achieve anything, ever, then we need more than a tidy 11 or 12 players as that’s about all we appear to have at the moment.
As we work without a full time manager, I’d be surprised if there’s much incoming in the transfer window as I’m not convinced we’ll be looking to spend money that that the next fella may not want.
Chelsea, then, I know we’ve beaten them at SJP a few times lately, but I can’t see anything other than a really, heavy defeat. They’ll be a bit pissed off having seen their lead dissipate recently, whilst we’re, well, not very good, frankly. Sometimes they fuck about for a bit and make it look laboured, but sometimes they click and thrash the tits off the opposition.
They’re still top, on alphabetical order, they have a 100% record at home, scored 22, conceded only 3……….. Uh ohhhh. Granted only Arsenal and Spurs (of the big hitters) have been dispatched at The Bridge so far, but mid-table sides like ourselves have been efficiently dispatched. Costa has 14 goals so far, although Hazard isn’t far behind with 11. The pensioners have no suspensions whilst an obvious bout of witchcraft sees them have a fully fit squad to pick from.
The word from Carver is that some of those who were injured last week may make a return here and also if Krul comes through a work out vs Celtic, he’ll be in contention for Saturday.
Tiote and Cisse have now departed for African cup of Nations duty although our striker would have been suspended anyway for another 2 games. Abeid didn’t go, but remains injured.
It’d take a brave man/woman to predict we’ll do anything other than plonk 1 man up front and let the rest run their bollocks off, although options are limited to 2 from Coloccini, Williamson and Dummett at centre half whilst Tiote’s absence will require a change in midfield.
Steven Taylor – Achilles – Out for the season
Ryan Taylor – Knee – 17th January – Southampton
Rolando Aarons – hamstring – 31st January – Hull City
Rob Elliot – Ankle – 17th January – Southampton
Sammy Ameobi – Knee – 31st January – Hull City
Gabriel Obertan – No Return date
Mehdi Abeid – Toe – 17th January – Southampton
Seim De Jong – Groin – 31st January – Hull City
Possible Team (4-2-1-2-1)
1.Tim Krul: 2. Daryl Janmaat, 5. Mike Williamson, 6.Fabricio Coloccini, 3. Paul Dummett: 8. Jack Colback, 4. Vurnon Anita: 10. Moussa Sissoko: 7. Remy Cabella, 11. Yoan Gouffran: 9. Ayoze Perez:
Jack Alnwick, Massadio Haidara, Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic, Emmanuel Riviere, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Roger East
League History at Chelsea
1938-84: Lost 0-4. Bit of a massacre, but Chelsea would win the league whilst we settled for promotion in 3rd place. Attendance, 30,638
1984-85: Lost 0-1. Our terrible away from continued with us without an away win since the 1st game of the season…… This game was played in the middle of February!!! Attendance, 21,806
1985-86: Drew 1-1. With our season cruising to a mid-table conclusion, Jonny Anderson was on target for us. Attendance 18,970.
1986-87: Won 3-1. Andy Thomas kick started an outrageous goal scoring streak as he (2) and Peter Beardsley saw us to a win at the Bridge. Attendance, 14,544 (“Where were you when you were shit?”)
1987-88: Drew 2-2. Sarge and Blakelaw’s finest, Kenny Wharton earning a point. But there’s much more to it than that. Attendance, 22,071
1993/94: Lost 0-1. Mark Stein with the winner, Attendance, 23,133.
1994/95: Drew 1-1 Hottiger for us, United hero, Gavin Peacock for the home side. Attendance, 22,987
1995/96: Lost 0-1. Dan Petrescu not obeying the “No blammies” rule. The bastard! Attendance, 31,098
1996/97: Drew 1-1. Shearer returned from inury with a ‘comeback goal.’ Vialli scored for them, Batty went for an early bath. 28,401.
1997/98: Lost 0-1. Introducing the fucking big, ugly, jinx, that is Gus Poyet. Attendance, 31,563
1998/99: Drew 1-1. Andreas Andersson and his super cool, hair band cancelled out Babayaro’s goal. Attendance, 34,759
1999/00: Lost 0-1. Lebeouf penalty, but Bobby Robson had arrived to steady the ship. Attendance, 35,092
2000/01: Lost 1-3 Bassedas had put us in the lead, but it didn’t last long. Zola, Gronkjaer and the Paully look-a-like, jinx again for the home side!! Attendance, 35,108
2001/02: Drew 1-1 An early Zenden goal looked like winning it for Chelsea but Acuna struck by pouncing on a rebound. Attendance, 40,124
2002/03: Lost 0-3 Nothing to see here. Attendance, 39,746
2003/04: Lost 0-5 As above. Attendance, 41,332
2004/05: Lost 0-4 As above. Attendance, 42,328
2005/06: Lost 0-3 As above. Attendance, 42,268
2006/07: Lost 0-1 Getting better, late Drogba winner. Attendance, 41,945.
2007/08: Lost 1-2 A goal. A Nicky Butt goal too, but another defeat. Attendance, 41,751
2008/09: Drew 0-0. Quite how you get relegated but manage a draw at Chelsea………Beyond me. Attendance, 41,660
2010/11: Drew 2-2 Late drama on the last away game of the season. Jonas Gutierrez had cancelled out Ibamovic’s early strike, but Alex had looked like stealing a win for the hosts, but deep into stoppage time Steven Taylor notched from a corner. Attendance,
2011/12: Won 2-0 Miracles do happen. Cisse with 2 crackers. Attendance, 41,559
2012/13: Lost 0-2 Normal service resumed. Attendance, 41,718
2013/14: Lost 0-3 Another expensive, waste of time. Hazard hat trick. Attendance, 41,387
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