MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Leeds United, St James’ Park, 25/Sep/13, KO: 7:45, League Cup

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Not sure if Saturday was just a bad day at the office, or, more like the level of performanceMcDermott we can expect from this lot, with the victory at Aston Villa a rare treat? Certainly there were some worrying levels of shitness on show. Debuchy would have had a more productive afternoon if he’d played with a blindfold on. But he was in good company, so hopefully being turned over by a mob as mediocre as Hull City will be a wake up call.

After such a shite performance, we’re handed an early opportunity to put things right and I’m certainly glad we have a chance to play again before we head to Everton, where we are no strangers to a spanking and catching them with their tails up!

But first, it’s Leeds. Anyone who’s braved the underpass on the approach to Elland Road or ran the gauntlet on the way to the train station (actually, just getting to the car park next door to The Old Peacock isn’t easy) can testify that there’s no love lost between us and Leeds. Certainly, I’d warn that if you’re one of our younger lads who’ve been acting the cunt whenever we’ve played any team perceived to be smaller than us, have little clue about this lot and intend on give it the Billy Big Bollocks in the pubs around the town, then there’s a decent chance of you coming unstuck! Be warned.

Expect more than 5,000 of them to be moody, pissed and gannin’ a bit radge around the town, when they came for the 0-0 pre-season friendly they headed straight for bars around central station, Union Rooms in particular.

Leeds have been through some difficult times and the days of O’Leary’s “babies,” Ridsdale’s penchant for tropical fish and Champion’s League football are a long time ago. In fact they’ve managed to associate themselves with some of the biggest pricks in football in recent times. Dennis Wise, Ken Bates, Neil Warnock, El Hadji Diouf to name 4. They’ve recovered from a drop into the 3rd division and currently have former Reading manager, Brian McDermott in the dug out, who despite being a bit dull, looks a decent manager.

Leeds had got off to a flyer this season but with 3 defeats from the last 4 games they’ve slipped to 13th place. There passage to round 3 saw them defeat Chesterfield 2-1 at home and then win 3-1 at Doncaster. Striker, Ross McCormack, with 4 goals, is their leading scorer. Stephen Warnock returns from suspension.

Team News

2 schools of thought here seem to be that as we don’t play Everton until Monday, Pardew could put out a full strength team here and try to find the rhythm missing vs. Hull, or, give the squad players a chance to stake a claim for a first team spot. Chances are, he’ll go somewhere in the middle. Certainly a decision needs to be made on Cisse. Do we keep him in the team, hoping for a goal which might kick start him on a run? Or do we recognise that he’s so far from the form we want him to recapture and turn to someone else? Will he use the game to reintroduce Cheick Tiote? It’s likely that Dummett and Sammy Ameobi will get a game. Yohan Cabaye limped off vs. Hull and will probably rest up for Everton. Steven Taylor has a hamstring problem and Shola Ameobi picked up a knock playing for Nigeria which I can see going down well! Gutierrez is still “recovering,” however, Williamson is now available. Vuckic often gets a run out in the cups, whilst Obertan has completely disappeared.

Injured

Yohan Cabaye – Groin

Jonas Gutierrez – Hip –  no return date

Massadio Haidara – knee – no return date

Steven Taylor – Hamstring – 2 weeks

Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year

Possible Team (4-2-3-1)

1.Elliot: 2. Yanga-Mbiwa, 6. Williamson, 4. Good, 3. Dummett: 4. Tiote, 8. Gosling: 7. Obertan. 10. Marveaux, 11. Sammy Ameobi:, 9. Gouffran

Subs

Krul, Cisse, Obertan, Anita, Santon, Bigirimana, Vuckic

Referee: Michael Jones

History vs Leeds

Some big gaps vs Leeds down the years, some tremendously feisty clashes, some big wins and heavy defeats.

82/83 having won 1-0 at their place in the 1st league of the league cup, guess what happened next? We got hammered at SJP 4-1 and got knocked out having had Jeff Clarke put us 2-0 up on agg! Wince at a NUFC capitulation

here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LRGBv3oFcY

and here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0xDqDRJ9es

We won in the league game at SJP, 2-1 Keegan (pen) and Waddle on the scoresheet

83/84 A 1-0 win through an OG, completing a double of the whites

89/90 A rousing 5-2 win. Leeds were favourites for the league but were spanked with Mick Quinn hitting 4, and my new hero, John Gallacher adding a goal to fine performance. See Gallacher roast Jim Beglin here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B2qyqCcGac

93/94 1-1 Andy Cole with our goal as he tore up the premier league

94/95 2-1 defeat with Robbie Elliott on target for us

95/96 Lee and Beardsley left it late to overtum Brian Deane’s opener

96/97 Shearer and Ferdinand butchered Leeds as we won 3-0, 2 for Shearer.

97/98 Ketsbaia’s last gasp equaliser rescuing a point for us

98/99 Harry Kewell inspired rout! 0-3 Unhappy Christmas

99/00 Shearer had to bail us out of the shit to snatch a point after being 2-0 down inside 20 mins.

00-01  Much happier Christmas as Solano and Acuna earned us the points

01/02 Recovering from an Alan Smith goal to win 3-1 with Bellamy and Dyer’s pace tearing them apart

02/03 Lost 0-2 Viduka and Smith

03/04 A Shearer bullet which flew past Paul Robinson, a couple of weeks later, we’d sign Michael Bridges

Leeds United Fanzines

Paper and digital – The Square ball http://www.thesquareball.net/

Leeds Fans Online http://silverfox.infopop.cc/fanzine.htm

Leeds United Mad http://www.leedsunited-mad.co.uk

Predictions

Anything could happen, probably lose on penalties and embarrass ourselves

Opposition Danger Man

Ross McCormack

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8 Responses to MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Leeds United, St James’ Park, 25/Sep/13, KO: 7:45, League Cup

  1. STEPHEN says:

    Nothing but a statement of intent will do. Put our best available 11 out, go for it, win a cup and we can all go home happy.

    ‘little’ (with total respect and admiration to them) Swansea seem to be able to do it.

  2. Tom Bates says:

    Sorry to put this on the wrong thread but realy wish there was more footage of Gazza playing for NUFC. Barring the odd goal theres not a lot, i am old enough to remember him playing for Spurs and after that.
    Regarding the programe tonight I think its too easy to look at an alcoholic with scorn but seriously do you people would do that to themselves if they were able to stop? I have blown a lt of money on drinking and the bandits and maybe i am addicted a little but feel I have some control over it, saying that if I had to give up alcohol for a month I think it would be very hard. Will be watching the programme tonight. Will probably also have a read of Keith Gillespies book, a player I rated while he was with us.

  3. ant says:

    Stephen: totally agree.
    I think Pardew has contributed to the air of negativity in our club with his whining about the Europa Cup and all the domestic cup “distractions”: we really need to concentrate on bringing home some sort of trophy and the manager’s attitude is not convincing me. Never mind Swansea (they are quality) but if Wigan, Birmingham, Leicester City, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough can win Cup trophies over the last 12 years, we must be running out of excuses.

  4. STEPHEN says:

    cheers Ant,

    The league is why it’s a league. You can lose 3 points one week but make them up the next or the opposite way round like we did with Villa and Hull. It’s always almost recoverable with the cup it’s one bite or you are out. When we finished 5th the Management made no attempt to capitalize on it and build on that platform. A year later we just avoid relegation by the skin of our teeth and the Management fail to heed the warnings and attempt to make sure it does not happen again. Where do they want us to be ? what is their ambition ? they did not want to maintain that lofty position nor do they want to safeguard our Premiership status.
    Recent history shows no genuine attempt has been made to progress in the cups, Its got to stop. We have got to have some ambitions somewhere and the domestic cups are surely where it’s at. Give us a day out at Wembley and a Cup with black and white ribbons on it, thats all we ask (well some of us anyway, some just want the pants bored off them with survival in the sterile premiership).

    As for Keith Gilliespie in the other post, There’s other sports for fast runners ! shite.

  5. ant says:

    Here is a bonkers theory: Pardew’s “triumph” of achieving 5th place was down to the inheritance (in terms of technique and morale) left to us by Chris Houghton. I would argue that since his departure players have gone backwards – just look at two of the goals we conceded last week and the complete lack of invention from set pieces. Honestly, I don’t think our players are bad (in fact, they are leagues better than any of the Cup winning teams I mentioned).
    I may be completely wrong but our problem is not signings: our problem is with our managerial/coaching set up, starting with the state of the academy and ending with the astonishing statistic that Newcastle United are the only side yet to score a goal in the league from a set play!!! We can just about get away with it in the Premiership (there are at least 5 worse teams than us) but we keep getting found out in the Cup runs.

  6. Tom Bates says:

    Agree Ant ,our recruitment has been pretty good just lacking in numbers, surely the players are playing below their potential. pardew took over a happy camp with a few ‘tweaks’ but when he has to put his own stamp on the team or build up confidence he is clueless. The amount of long balls we play this year and last ball is ridiculous with the players we have.

    Keith Gillespie had a good game against Barcelona if I recall, not an all time great by any means but still a player who would walk into our team now

  7. myclub,yourclub,worclub! says:

    Off Topic but,
    I really hope the driving force behind the “chickentown 11″ don’t manage to persuade Mr Poyet to join their circus. I would like to see him at the helm of our beloved team , should the opportunity ever present itself. A spell of any duration with the unwashed would ” dirty his bib” and make my wish a hard pill to swallow.
    Question being am I alone in thinking Gustavo is a man who could do a good job at NE 1
    Hope he turns them down, I am sure the man knows the difference between good and evil. This being the case I looked up both Alan ” who? ” Curbishley and Steve ” The man who can” McClaren on LinkedIn and see they have both updated their profile !!! Of course “V.C.” recipient Kevin ” fight them on the beaches ” Ball will undoubtedly do a sterling job in the absence of a real manager
    Sorry to blacken the page with the mention of “Them”

  8. STEPHEN says:

    Gillespie – one good game, two good crosses and he lived off that.

    This is also one of our problems we laud very average players, Gillespie, Shola, Harper…. i could go on, heroes for actually doing very little.