Well, Pardew’s words meant nothing in the end and another limp dick performance against 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.
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 http://www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/
King of The Kippax – Seems more digital than paper (Ed: other way round) based http://kingkippax.blogspot.co.uk/
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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