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Preview: Newcastle Utd vs Crystal Palace – 30/08/14

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Cal

Today sees Newcastle welcome Crystal Palace to St James’ Park, three and a half weeks before we travel to Selhurst Park for our League Cup tie. Both sides have started the season poorly and currently occupy 17th and 18th places in the table.

Newcastle have so far been unable to score a goal this season (with only QPR for company on this stat), a continuation of our poor goalscoring form for the whole of 2014, in which time we’ve scored just 14 Premier League goals. We failed to even register a shot on target in the loss to Man City, then were unable to find the finish in a goalless draw with Villa, and even in the cup we relied on an own goal to progress, but it’s arguable that if the defender didn’t get a touch it would have been an easy finish.

Palace’s season was thrown into disarray when manager Tony Pulis left by mutual consent less than 48 hours before the first game, reportedly due to a disagreement over transfers. Neil Warnock returned to the Eagles this week, four and a half years on from his previous stint in charge of the club, and will be hoping to secure Palace’s first points of the season; they lost 1-2 to Arsenal and 1-3 to West Ham before his appointment. The last two times Warnock led Palace against Newcastle resulted in 2-0 wins for us, while Crystal Palace overall haven’t scored against us this millennium, for whatever that’s worth. Continue reading

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Palace Fans’ Thoughts on the Match

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Yacob

Here are the questions this week and I went to the CPFC forum, they didn’t like the wording of question 8 for some reason. The questions were:

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
2 – New signings you think will make the biggest/smallest impact for both clubs?
3 – What young players could make an impact?
4 – Who is your most important player?
5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
7 – Who would you like to see take over as manager?
8 – Given the resignation of director of football Ian Moody, the lack of a manager and the seeming incompetence of Steve Parish are you confident of making the 3 or 4 signings you need before the window closes?
9 – What do you think of Pardew as a manager? (and would you take him?)
10 – Scoreline Prediction

Soarin’ Eagles

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle?
We’ll finish 20th and Newcastle will finish midtable

2 – New signings you think will make the biggest/smallest impact for both clubs?
No idea

3 – What young players could make an impact?
Gayle

4 – Who is your most important player?
Chamakh

5 – If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
Andrew Johnson

6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
Andrew Johnson

7 – Who would you like to see take over as manager?
Steve Clarke

8 – Given the resignation of director of football Ian Moody, the lack of a manager and the seeming incompetence of Steve Parish are you confident of making the 3 or 4 signings you need before the window closes?
Zero chance

9 – What do you think of Pardew as a manager? (and would you take him?)
meh.

10 – Scoreline Prediction
2-0 to Newcastle

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Preview: Gillingham vs Newcastle Utd – 26/08/14

Click here to go to the discussion thread by LaFraise92

Newcastle’s often-hopeless forays into the League Cup, or the Capital One Cup as it’s technically known, recommence this evening as they travel to the south-east corner of England to take on a Gillingham side who will be looking to cause an upset in the way that Brighton and Peterborough have done in the past.

Newcastle have only played Gillingham once, when, funnily enough, Newcastle travelled to Priestfield for a League Cup second round match on 1 September 1976 during the former’s campaign that would eventually see them defeated by Manchester City in the final. The two sides have never met in the same league, Gillingham having flirted with the second tier of English football in the late 1990s but never having reached the top flight. In any case, Newcastle triumphed 2-1 on the night, and Alan Pardew’s men will presumably be aiming to nick a similar tight victory against a side that has found itself established in the lower half of League 1.

The match will be played at Priestfield, Gillingham’s stadium since their foundation as New Brompton in 1893, a 11,582-all seater, with Newcastle’s allocation being around 2,000 and a sizeable number of the club’s London following expected to turn up for what should be a noisy encounter for home and away fans alike. Most recently, it saw the Gills hoist the League Two trophy as champions in June 2013. Interestingly it has also seen the tightest defence in Football League history, with Gillingham having conceded only 20 goals in 46 games in 1995/96, with club legend Jim Stannard keeping 29 clean sheets as they guaranteed promotion from Division Three. Continue reading

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Reserves Report: Newcastle U21s 5 – 2 Reading U21s

Originally a thread by Diggerman

Reading’s strategy was to play direct balls into the channels behind, primarily, our left back (Macauley Gillesphey) and for the first half hour it worked very well. They had two swift lads up front and this tactic isolated Gillesphey and Satka, who was the left side centre back. Reading’s set pieces were very decent too; they rarely put it straight into the box. Instead they tried to work short routines or get it back to the edge of the box. We didn’t deal with this well at all.

They scored within the first minute after gaining ground on the left and then firing a low diagonal across the box. We neither cleared nor closed down (Bigirimana susceptible here) and it was an easy finish beyond Alnwick. We didn’t learn and our left side looked fragile. Admittedly, there was a reasonably strong wind against us; that helped their tactic. They got their second in the same way and, again, they managed to force their way past some soft challenges before their lad lashed it in.

We were really poor for the first half hour. Ben Arfa never got on it. Satka was all over the place and Armstrong was visibly frustrated up front on his own. Vučkić and Ameobi were anonymous too.

But then we got to grips with the Reading strategy and they didn’t have much else. Their best player was the number ten and he was tiny. Once he was closed down the balls over the top stopped and we were able to dominate the play, they had nobody else who looked comfortable on the ball so our bigger, sharper players were able to win the ball back fairly easily. We were playing 4-2-3-1 with Barlaser and Bigirimana holding. The former hasn’t played much at this level and I thought he looked nervous throughout. Continue reading

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Gillingham Fans’ Thoughts on the Match

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Yacob

This was a bit rushed, i posted the questions on two forums, but the better response came from the Gillingham Not606 forum, so i am using them. The questions are:

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season in League 1? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
2 – Does your club have ambitions to make the Premier League? Is it realistic?
3 – What young players could make an impact?
4 – Who is your most important player?
5 – How seriously are you taking the cup? Would you rather focus on the league?
6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
7 – The last decade for Gillingham fans seems to have been quite the rollercoaster, do you think the club are finally back on track?
8 – What do you think of your manager? Should he have come back for a second stint?
9 – Your club website is currently advertising for families with spare rooms to help accommodate young Gillingham footballers who are living away from home. If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
10 – Scoreline Prediction?

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1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season in League 1? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
Anywhere above the bottom 4 and I’ll be happy with the Gills. Newcastle are looking like a 10th place finish.

2 – Does your club have ambitions to make the Premier League? Is it realistic?
Scally has delusions of grandure about reaching the the pam.. I mean premier league. I don’t think we’ll ever do it though.

3 – What young players could make an impact?
Our average age in our squad has probably halved in the past year, personally I think Bradley Dack has the most potential to turn heads, Hess is less flair but more consistant.

4 – Who is your most important player?
Danny Kedwell, 4 goals this season and works tirelessly. A Gills fan, he will certainly be up for the match.

5 – How seriously are you taking the cup? Would you rather focus on the league?
This is probably our cup final. Nothing to lose. League is definitely more important.

6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
Steve Bruce, always there but never picked to represent your country.

7 – The last decade for Gillingham fans seems to have been quite the rollercoaster, do you think the club are finally back on track?
League 1 is our level. We’ll always be down in the lowers leagues.

8 – What do you think of your manager? Should he have come back for a second stint?
Personally I find him boring. Don’t think he should have come back and I think we should have given a chance to someone younger with more dynamic ideas.

9 – Your club website is currently advertising for families with spare rooms to help accommodate young Gillingham footballers who are living away from home. If you could have one football player, past or present, live in your spare room who would it be and why?
David Beckham. He would be a good example to my sons.

10 – Scoreline Prediction?
Gills 1 4 Newcastle.

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