Newcastle displayed a very efficient, coherent and professional display tonight with a 2-0 victory over Birmingham City.
Newcastle controlled large periods of the game and were clinical in front of goal which will be a sigh of relief for fans and Alan Pardew as both strikers Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands got on the score sheet and powered United to victory.
It was Lovenkrands who got Newcastle off to a terrific start when he converted a good cross from Jonas Gutierrez on the half volley past Blues goalkeeper Ben Foster after just 2 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »
Tonight Newcastle travel to the second city to face a tough Birmingham City side at St. Andrews for a rearrange fixture due to the earlier postponement. United are coming into the game on the back of an impressive performance against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend. On the other hand, City are coming into the game from a last gasp win against Stoke via a goal from in form Nikola Zigic.
Newcastle are set to name an unchanged side from the weekend, consequently, this means the strike force of Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands is set to continue with other options such as Nile Ranger and Shefki Kuqi on the bench. Danny Simpson is also set to start after coming off at the end of the Blackburn game with cramp. Read the rest of this entry »
Newcastle United moved today to bolster their striking options by signing free agent Shefti Kuqi. Kuqi, who has been branded the ‘flying finn’ nickname due to his notorious belly flop celebration, was last in action for Swansea in the Championship. Kuqi’s contract cancelled his contract last month and today signed a deal with Newcastle till the end of the season.
Kuqi does come with previous Premier League experience with Blackburn and Fulham and has 7 goals to his name in the Premier League. The Flying Finn has also represented his country on 62 times and scored7 goals until he announced his retirement in November 2010.
Shefi Kuqi told the club website his thoughts on signing for the club:
“Not just for me, but for any footballer it is a dream club to play for,”
Some how, Newcastle United completed a Premier League first today in coming back from 4 goals down to draw 4-4″ with a rattled Arsenal side.
Goals from Joey Barton (Pen x2), Leon Best, and finally a fabulous strike from my man of the match Cheik Tiote in the 87th minute sealed the draw for Newcastle.
Newcastle got off to the worst start possible when Theo Walcott broke through and he would not be caught as he slid the ball past Steve Harper with only 45 second gone.
It got worst for United when a free kick was headed home from Johan Djourou on the third minute mark and many knew we were in for a long day. Read the rest of this entry »
Arsenal are the visitors to St. James Park tomorrow at 3pm.
Newcastle go into tomorrows game against Arsenal with only three fit senior strikers and youngster Phil Airey expected to feature on the Bench.
Newcastle can welcome back Cheik Tiote after a three game suspension but Fabricio Collocini is a doubt and ex Arsenal Veteran Sol Campbell could deputise. United come into the game on the back of their first loss in 2011 when Newcastle went down 1-0 and the hands of ex-boy Damien Duff and Fulham.
Arsenal will have Wojciech Szczesny in goal but will be without key players Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Thomas Vermaelen but Theo Walcott will play after initially being a doubt.
The game is looking like a sell out and Arsene Wenger has been stating how much of a tough test this will be for his title challenging side.
Apologies for the lack of in depth update. Enjoy the game.
Newcastle finally filled the void left by Colin Calderwood today by announcing the John Carver is return to the club in the role of Alan Pardew’s assistant manager.
Carver, returns to the club where he served as assistant manager to the late great Sir Bobby Robson, on a four month contract until the end of the season.
Pardew has implied that he would like to get to know John a bit better before signing him to a long term deal but negotiations will commence in the summer should Carver be deemed an asset. Read the rest of this entry »
Two points dropped. 6-2 over the season against Sunderland. Ah well.
Asamoah Gyan’s last gasp equaliser sent Steve Bruce running down the touchline like he’d just won the World Cup. The manager, who stated in previous press conferences that ‘A win is the only option’. Irony.
Newcastle took the lead through an instinctive back heel from Kevin Nolan as he latched onto a Shola Ameobi knock down. United, were better in all departments despite missing key players such as Chiek Tiote and Andrew Carroll.
The game started nervously as Newcastle had a couple of great chances namely a guilt edge chance from Shola Ameobi after 3 minutes followed by Fabricio Coloccini’s shot being cleared off the line by Kieran Richardson. Read the rest of this entry »
Alan Pardew will get his first taste of a Tyne-Wear derby tomorrow when his Newcastle United side travel the short distance of 14 miles to the Stadium of Light to take of a bitter Steve Bruce and his Sunderland side.
The reverse fixture of this match was the famous 5-1 drubbing the Magpies handed Sunderland on Halloween at St. James Park. That day Sunderland were overpowered by Newcastle’s mixture of direct and short build up play and ultimately fell short of the huge occasion leaving many of their fans heading for the exits and half time.
Consequently, Bruce has had numerous press conferences in which he has stated the days left to the derby and sarcastically commented with ‘not that I’m counting or anything’. Bruce may also take his very nervous self to new levels when announcing that Newcastle lacked class for playing a rendition of ‘Cheer up sleepy Jean’ at the end of the game when United won but then ironically stated he would be doing a similar thing if Sunderland win. Read the rest of this entry »
Andrew Carroll is set to miss Sunday’s tie against arch rivals, Sunderland, after failing to recover from an nagging thigh injury
After initial hope of a recovery from United’s number 9, Carroll will be unable to lead the line at the Stadium of Light on Sunday come 12pm.
Carroll was instrumental in United’s 5-1 home victory against Sunderland back in October and will be a huge miss as Newcastle look to do the double over Sunderland. Read the rest of this entry »
So it looks ominously as though Alan Pardew may well by our next manager, with some reports saying that he’d met with Mike Ashley as long as 10 days ago to discuss taking over.
It’s also come to light that he is a friend of Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, as they all know each other from a London Casino managed by Llambias! Oh dear god… Read the rest of this entry »