MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Manchester City 30/Oct/13. KO: 7:45pm, League Cup 4th Round. St James’ Park

by • October 28, 2013 • Match previewsComments (7)806

Well, Pardew’s words meant nothing in the end and another limp dick performance againstdennis-tueart_2062102c the mackems means he is losing allies quickly amongst our support. It’s not the referee’s fault that Sissoko hasn’t kicked a ball straight since February. It’s not the ref’s fault that Gouffran can’t play, that Santon can’t defend, or that Cisse has looked an imitation of his former self since he went to play in the African Cup of nations qualifiers at the end of the 11/12 season.

Pardew’s last, genuine, saving grace, is that the fear of Kinnear in the dug out is tangible but at some point, if he doesn’t get us to click, then we may as well start getting into Kinnear’s time and get that over with as what Pardew is serving up more often than not, is purgatory.

And it looks like getting worse before it gets better too as Manchester City, then Chelsea, and then Tottenham lie in wait and look menacingly as though they will be seriously testing how well fastened down the goal nets are.

Our record vs. Manchester City recently is dreadful. It’s 5 defeats and 1 draw since 2006-07 at home. The days of piping these bastards all over SJP seem long gone and if our efforts down at their place in the first game of the season are anything to go by then it could be a long night…. Not in the sense of extra time being needed you understand?

The Citizens or whatever they’re calling themselves these days, appear to be taking this cup pretty seriously, which is usually bad news for those on the receiving end. When paired with second division Wigan Athletic in the previous round, they fielded Dzeko, Jovetic, Fernadinho, Garcia, Milner, Lescott and Clichy. If that wasn’t enough they brought on Nevas, Negrado and Yaya Toure.

Jovetic notched his first 2 goals for the club in the process as they romped to a 5-0 victory. They have only Vincent Kompany down as an injury doubt, however, I wouldn’t expect him to be too overworked if he did play.

Team News

Well, you could drop the fucking lot of them for me. Pardew spoke a load of hot air about Coloccini and Steven Taylor being ready to play at Sunderland. If that was his attempt at mind games, then it failed.

Given that defeats to Chelsea and Spurs could leave us in a vulnerable position, I expect there’ll be some of that “rotating” thing in operation on Wednesday.

Might as well give Elliot a run out and Krul a rest.

We don’t really know the status of the 2 above named CBs but with Haidara surprisingly named an  unused sub at Sunderland, he may as well expedite his return to the fray with a run out. Mbiwa is available from suspension again whilst Willaimson, Dummett and Debuchy would appear to all be available, I would expect to see Debuchy sit this one out.

Tiote is having some issues to do with his pimp mobile so may be kept out of the firing line. The midfield, for me, throws up possibilities to see what others can do as Im fucking sick of watching what a couple of them have to offer. Jonas Gutierrez’s current status is unclear but I’d rather see him on the left than either Gouffran or Sissoko. Maybe Marveaux might return from wherever he’s been hiding? Up front, fuck knows, but, Give Remy a rest eh?


Steven Taylor – hamstring

Fabricio  Coloccini – groin


Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year


Jonas Gutierrez – personal issues

Possible Team (4-2-3-1)

1.Elliot: 2. Yanga-Mbiwa, 6. Williamson, 4. Dummett, 3. Haidara: 4. Bigirimana, 8. Anita: 7. Obertan. 10. Marveaux, 11. Sammy Ameobi:, 9. Vuckic


Alnwick, Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Good, Campbell, Tavernier, Sissoko

Referee: Neil Swarbrick – whose fault it will all be, entirely.

History vs Man City in the league cup

1975-76 Final. A 1-2 loss in our only league cup final appearance.

1994/94 After Mike Jeffrey has put us 1-0 up in the first leg at Maine Road, you sensed that victory might be on and even when Uwe Rosler levelled things up, you still felt we would finish the job. However, this is Newcastle United and we royally fluffed our lines. Rosler with an early goal and Paul Walsh with a late one dumped us out 3-1 on aggregate.

Manchester City Fanzines

Blue Moon – bit of an online forum thingy

King of The Kippax – Seems more digital than paper (Ed: other way round) based


I think we’ll get thrashed out of sight, at least 4-0, could be even worse, depending on who they play!!!


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7 Responses to MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Manchester City 30/Oct/13. KO: 7:45pm, League Cup 4th Round. St James’ Park

  1. ant says:

    Given where we are this year, I don’t think that the Man City game matters – Pardew (et all) will treat it as a friendly. The NUFC leadership has said as much, so there is no point in anyone else getting too excited. But then again, we did start the game vs Sunderland (1 point from 8 games) with no strikers and aiming for a draw, so I don’t think there is any reason to get too excited about anything much when it comes to NUFC.

    As for Chelsea and Spurs: my only hope is that individual players will really dig deep and play to their true abilities in order to attract attention from “buying clubs” (a bit like what happened against Liverpool last week).

  2. Tom Bates says:

    No excuses Man City also played Sunday and will be ‘tired as well’, even if we play our strongest team against Chelsea we will probably lose so we might as well give it a go in the cup. We’re at home FFS. Hate modern fans (not meaning you) saying they dont care about the cups!

  3. Tom Bates says:

    Just reading your predicted line up v city if thats the case i may as well bin me ticket now! not expecting all the ‘big guns’ to play but your front 4 wouldnt even grace a championship side. Cisse will surely start if the manager is capable of motivating him, i think/hope Tiote will play, i’d still rather have Gouffran or Sissoko than Obertan and would hope we have the likes of Cabaye Ben Arfa at least on the bench to call upon in case of extratime or owt. Otherwise we have another season of finishing 10-15th to get excited about.

  4. STEPHEN says:

    We are a game away from the last 8 of a cup competition, it matters to me. I’ve never seen them win a meaningful cup in 39 years of active supporting. I want to go to Wembley and see Black and White ribbons on a cup, once just once will do.
    But no, lets all adopt the ‘club’s’ attitude eh and put a weakened team out, get fucking hammered 5-0, demoralized even further (if that’s possible) and look forward to playing for mid-table no fucking mans land in the league, as some are suggesting. Switch the fucking lights out man, whats the point with that attitude.
    Have a fucking go man, have some ambition,that’s all i ask. We might fail but atleast have a go.

  5. Tom Bates says:

    After we lost to Brighton in the FA cup last year many were saying well we expected to get beat with that team and we can focus on the league now which is all that matters, brainwashed by Pardew, Ashley etc methinks. Sky has also contributed by proclaiming the the Premier league is all that matters, coincidently they have the rights to it. Even the commentators were making excuses for Pardew with injuries, tiredness, usual rubbish.
    An example of how the money has ruined the romance of football where 14th in the league is more important than a good cup run.
    And no-one say look at Wigan last year, it is possible to win a cup or at least try and not get relegated, e.g Swansea.

  6. ant says:

    My personal view is that there can never be any excuse for a football club to not want to play football (Pardew’s statement that he is “relieved” we are not playing in Europe this year is baffling).
    This goes double for NU: given that we have a 50-year trophy drought, we should be all over any opportunity to win anything! I’m talking about anything from the League Cup, to “Annual All-Priests Five-a-Side over 75s Indoor Football Challenge Cup”.
    Unfortunately, this is not the view of the people who own the club. Is there anything we can do to change it?

  7. Mike A says:

    Is there a match tonight? oh yes, those cup thingies. I’ve heard they were all the rage back in the day. What a waste of time, effort and money they are now.

    I can’t wait till the end of the season when we are in the envied position of battling it out for the extra million quid that 16th place will bring us.