So, we enter game number 4 of the season still looking for a Newcastle player to bulge the onion bag in a first team fixture. That’s probably not what we expected as we left SJP after the Man City defeat, but, ultimately, we’re working with inexperienced Premier League Strikers who are still finding their feet and we seem to have 2 defensive minded central midfielders who are doing the same job in Colback and Anita and this is restricting our creativity and amount of chances for our forward.
To address this, we either buy a proven Premier League striker who will gobble the limited chances that Riviere is having to wait for, or we sacrifice a defensive player for an attacking one to help fashion more goal scoring opportunities for our striker.
Other than that, there’s not too much else to be concerned about on the pitch, we could maybe look at Williamson who had 3 critical defensive decisions to make vs an ordinary Villa strikeforce, 2 resulted in yellow cards and the other one a foul that he was lucky not to be carded for, and suggest we could do with improving that position, but I cant see us buying a 5th centre back, we’d have to sell one first.
Which bring us, on to the other area for concern, off the park, what will happen transfer wise between now and Monday?
Will we sell? Would you actually give a flying fuck if we sold any of the players here? I see the hype over Tiote and the speculating, but really? He is actually a bit of a joke figure. On the ball he resembles Michael Flatley, with his feet aal owa the shop and the ball sometimes getting trod on. When it comes to tackling, he’s as likely to foul as he his make a clean tackle, his yellow card acquiring skills are a thing of legend……. So, £14m? Lokomotive Moscow? Where do want to pick him up from? I’ll get him there. Anyone else? Nowt to panic about man.
So, Crystal Palace have appointed Neil Warnock as Manager. He is such a tool. But, you know what’ll happen…… “New manager effect” and all that…
The Eagles have managed to lose both of their games so far. Away from Selhurst Park, they went down 2-1 at Arsenal. Dwight Gayle managed a hat trick on Wednesday in the cup at Walsall.
Joe Ledley and Scott Dann are their injury concerns but Zaha has just joined on loan.
I cant see Pardew drifting too far away from his preferred formation, I think he has an option between Haidara and Dummett at left back.
Elsewhere, De Jong may be given a starting slot and if so, it’ll be interesting to see if its Anita sacrificed or Gouffran.
Davide Santon – Hamstring – October
Ryan Taylor – Knee – No Return Date
Papiss Cisse – Knee – October
Curtis Good – Groin -No return date
Cheick Tiote – Hamstring – September
Out of favour
Hatem Ben Arfa
Possible Team (4-2-3-1)
1. Tim Krul: 2. Daryl Janmaat, 5. Mike Williamson, 6. Fabriccio Coloccini, 3. Paul Dummett: 4. Jack Colback, 8. Vurnon Anita: 7. Moussa Sissoko, 10. Siem De Jong, 11. Remy Cabella: 9. Emanuel Riviere:
Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Yoan Gouffran, Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez, Gabriel Obertan
Referee: Mike Jones
History vs Palace at SJP
1983/84: Won 3-1. With United’s promotion campaign getting off to a stuttering start (just 2 wins from 5) the Eagles arrived at SJP and were dispatched thanks to Keegan, Waddle and one half of the sensational full back pairing of Brown and Ryan, the latter on target. Attendance, 22,869
1994/95: Won 3-2. Palace had a brief mid 90’s, sojourn into the Premier League, but were relegated after 1 season. Ruel Fox, Rob Lee and Keith Gillespie had us 3-0 and cruising on the last day of the season, so, with the cigars out, 6th place secured, Chris Armstrong and Ray Houghton broke us out of our yawns. Attendance, 35,626
1997/98: Lost 1-2 With ideas of Wembley on the horizon, our league form took on a miserable turn for the worst. Once again, Palace were only briefly stopping by, but Lombardo and Matt Jansen soon had them 2-0 up at Gallowgate. A Shearer free kick was our consolation. Attendance, 36,565
2004/05: Drew 0-0. Palace continued their 1 season appearance approach to the Premier League. This game is only remembered for the paper aeroplanes that whistled from the stands and on to the turf. Apart from mine. Mine instantly nose dived and jabbed an owld feel in the back of the head. Oh how we laughed…… Well, he didn’t. Attendance, 52,123
2009/10: Won 2-0. Routine 2-0 win en route to promotion from the Championship courtesy of a Shaun Derry OG and a late Nile Ranger effort. Oh and Mike Williamson made his debut for United. Attendance, 37,886
2013/14: Won 1-0.Cisse’s stoppage time winner from Ben Arfa’s cross. Attendance, 51,588
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Gayle will be up a height after his hat trick.
Newcastle United 0-0 Crystal Palace
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