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Stoke Fans’ Thoughts on the Match

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I headed over to the Outcake Fanzine to ask the questions and we had a decent response, the questions were:

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
2 – The signing of Bojan was seen as a big surprise and bargain, how has he settled in and what do you expect to come of him?
3 – What young players could make an impact?
4 – Who is your most important player?
5 – Are you surprised how well Hughes has done?
6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
7 – Do you think that Ryan Shawcross should be given more of a look in internationally?
8 – What is your take on the situation at Newcastle?
9 – Stoke have underwent a huge change in the past decade, how much further can you go?
10 – Scoreline Prediction?

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1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
For us 10th for you lot I’d say more like 15th

2 – The signing of Bojan was seen as a big surprise and bargain, how has he settled in and what do you expect to come of him?
Seems to have settled in well and appears a nice bloke to have around in the changing room, on the pitch it’ll take till January for him to cope with the physicality of the league though but I think then he’ll come good for us! Just look at Muniesa…

3 – What young players could make an impact?
Muniesa, Bojan, Shenton maybe

4 – Who is your most important player?
Shawcross

5 – Are you surprised how well Hughes has done?
A little, he wasn’t my first choice but he had great records at Blackburn and Fulham

6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
Ronaldo, best in the world 😉

7 – Do you think that Ryan Shawcross should be given more of a look in internationally?
stupid question, everyone will obviously say yes…

8 – What is your take on the situation at Newcastle?
total mess, too good of a squad to get relegated however

9 – Stoke have underwent a huge change in the past decade, how much further can you go?
An established top 8 team

10 – Scoreline Prediction?
4-1

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Preview: Stoke City vs Newcastle Utd – 29/09/14

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Cisse’s Overheating Torso

Can this beleaguered Newcastle playing staff do it on a wet, windy Tuesday night in Stoke? We can’t say. What we will soon be able to speak to, is can they do it on a cool, cloudy Monday night in Stoke.

Since returning to the top flight, Newcastle’s have lost 3 games at the Britannia. Last season a decidedly dull and lifeless performance allowed Stoke to coast to a victory. A solitary deflected Erik Pieters goal always looked enough for the Potters, safe in the knowledge that Pardew’s men yet again posed an almost undetectable goal threat.

However, Halloween 2011 is often quoted as one of Pardew’s best away performances as Newcastle boss; an efficient attacking performance with a clear tactical plan resulted in an impressive 1-3 victory. This game is also noticeable for the positive analysis of Gary Neville, forcing many Newcastle fans into the peculiar position of begrudgingly heaping praise on the former Red Devil.

Mark Hughes’ Stoke have had a mixed start to the season, accumulating 5 points. Having finished last season in 9th with 50 points, their highest ever tally, expectations have been raised. Adapting a less direct style than under predecessor Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes’ summer dealings were a mixture of steely experience or exciting pacey and skilful players.

Eyebrows were raised at former Barca prodigy Bojan coming to the Potteries, but so far Mame Diouf has made the biggest impact. Diouf’s seventy yard run and cool finish sealed a victory away at Manchester City, by far the best result of Stoke’s fledgling season. However, this has been balanced by disappointing home defeats to Leicester and Villa.

With Stoke’s defensive solidity and pace in attack, they go into this feature as clear favourites. Under pressure Newcastle have been troubled by pace when defending, which Stoke would aim to take advantage of. The possibility of Cissé returning to our starting line up or a Rivière with increased confidence can only be utilised if our lone striker is less isolated. Noticeable this season is the gap between our creative, attacking midfielders and a hapless front man. First game of the season aside, Newcastle’s defending has been pretty shocking. Continue reading

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Palace Fans’ Thoughts on the Match (LC)

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This week I headed back to CPFC BBS for the second time in a month, this time with a new set of questions:

1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
2 – What do you think of Warnock’s comments regarding the League Cup not being a priority and his plans to use it as a chance to give minutes to some players he hasn’t seen yet?
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 – What do you think your chances of resigning Zaha permanently are and would you want him?
8 – How do you feel about the Pulis/Warnock situation? Were you happy with Pulis and is Warnock a suitable replacement?
9 – Although it seems okay at the moment, are you worried about Puncheon’s relationship with Warnock? If it came down to it, who would you rather keep?
10 – Scoreline Prediction?

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1 – Where do you think you’ll finish this season? What about Newcastle in the Premier League?
We’ll be battling it out in the bottom half along with 10 other teams. The PL looks very even this year compared to normal, i think everyones going to be beating everyone with very few teams dropping through the floor so it’ll be a battle to the end. We’ve got a pig of a run in this year so i hope we don’t have to play catch up at any point.

2 – What do you think of Warnock’s comments regarding the League Cup not being a priority and his plans to use it as a chance to give minutes to some players he hasn’t seen yet?
We have a lot of good players not getting a game so i reckon our second outfit is close to being as strong as the first.

3 – What young players could make an impact?
Johnny Williams is very unlucky not be involved in the first team. It seems small players just don’t quite have the physicality for the premier league so he doesn’t get a look in which is a shame as he’s a fabulous player and has come through the ranks.

4 – Who is your most important player?
For me Wilf is still going to be our class act this year.

5 – How seriously are you taking the cup? Would you rather focus on the league?
This cup is a major chance of glory and personally i’d love to take it seriously. It also gives your squad players a chance to play and be match fit so i think its hugely beneficial for both league and cup for us to have a run in the cup this year. The only sad thing is that if you did win it and got in the Europa cup, that would be the kiss of death to a club like us.

6 – If your club was a footballer, who would it be and why?
No answer.

7 – What do you think your chances of resigning Zaha permanently are and would you want him?
We’d certainly want to have him here for as long as possible, we all love him to bits but it seems he still has his sights set on Man U, god knows why, i’d avoid it like the plague if it were me. I’m hoping he isn’t so good here that manU want him back and then we can sign him permanently.

8 – How do you feel about the Pulis/Warnock situation? Were you happy with Pulis and is Warnock a suitable replacement?
Warnock is doing a great job, we were all shocked to lose Pulis but his heart wasn’t ever in CPFC, Neil Warnock and Palace has always been a good match in my view.

9 – Although it seems okay at the moment, are you worried about Puncheon’s relationship with Warnock? If it came down to it, who would you rather keep?
Not at all, thats done and dusted.

10 – Scoreline Prediction?
Hard to predict but i reckon Palace will edge it.

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Preview: Crystal Palace vs Newcastle Utd (LC) – 24/09/14

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Three weeks on from the 3-3 thriller (perhaps thriller isn’t the word, but it sounded nice) we again face Crystal Palace, albeit this time at Selhurst Park and in the League Cup for an 8PM kick-off that must be settled on the night. Newcastle defeated the mighty Gillingham to get to this stage, with Palace winning against Walsall.

Since the two sides last met, Newcastle have put in an utterly disgraceful performance away to Southampton, mirroring the 0-4 defeat of last season, followed by Cissé somewhat saving our sorrows by snatching a whole point from Hull at home. Palace, meanwhile, played a scoreless draw against Burnley and then won in impressive fashion against Everton, the scoreline reading 3-2.

Newcastle’s terrible start to the season, which sees them firmly rooted to the bottom of the table, has been accompanied by a number of players underperforming. Since the Hull game, Pardew has had a few words to say about some specific members of his squad, who will presumably be played in the cup in the hope of them finding their form:

“I was really pleased with Cabella. He’s such an important player for us with Siem de Jong out, and I don’t think up until now he has really produced a performance which warrants his tag, the money we have spent. But I really felt he showed the character, he showed the quality that really buoyed me, if I am honest, that has buoyed me a little bit going into the next game.”

“I feel some sympathy for Manu because he has had to carry the shirt and he’s not ready to carry that shirt yet full-time. It’s a shirt that is heavy and I think he has seen an example from Papiss to take that chance to make that little movement in the box. Manu will learn from that, and it gives me the opportunity with Papiss coming back to fitness to rest Manu and for him to understand what it is to play at a big club like this. He’s only 24, Rivière, and really and truly, we have had too much responsibility on him.”

“Sammy is a player who has unbelievable talent and we have been waiting and waiting for him to deliver something on the football pitch. I warned him last week that I am running out of time with him and he is running out of chances. Against Hull, he came on and changes the game a little bit, running up the pitch and taking players on. That is what we want from him but then he concedes a free-kick and we could lose the game. These are the things you have to learn even in a pressure situation like Saturday.”

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Preview: Newcastle Utd vs Hull City – 20/09/14

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Newcastle head into this game on the back of a 4-0 defeat to Southampton last Saturday, while Hull come into it having drew 2-2 with West Ham on Monday night. The scoreline flattered a shambolic Newcastle United side on the south coast, it quite easily could have and perhaps should have been a 6 or 7 nil defeat.

Still though, a 4-0 defeat was enough to firmly place Newcastle United at the bottom of the Premier League table with just 2 points from 4 games. Our visitors this weekend sit in 10th place with 5 points from 4 games.

While it is wrong to take the league table seriously until at least 10 games have been played, but there is no doubt that our poor start to the season is cause for concern especially when you consider how we ended last season. Winning only 5 games since the turn of the year is far from acceptable and this has rightly resulted in a lot of discontent from the fanbase. At most other clubs such a horrifically bad record will have seen the manager depart. Continue reading