January 2010 Archives

I'M at the Walkers Stadium for the crunch clash between Leicester and the Toon on what will hopefully be another step towards the Premier League for the Magpies.

United are still riding high at the summit of the Championship following their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace during the week, and I'll be bringing you all the action from the game.

There's plenty to discuss with the Toon potentially facing cult hero Nobby Solano after the Peruvian winger signed for the Foxes last week.

I also want to hear your thoughts on our new signings after "One Size" Fitz Hall and Dutch left-back Patrick Van Aanholt joined on loan.

Just come back here from 5.10pm or click below to set a reminder.

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With 20 games to go it seems that, despite a couple of key injuries,Newcastle United are equipped to complete the task of making an instant return to the Premier League.

Chris Hughton is not everybody's cup of tea but has somehow worked within the system he's found himself in and delivered so far.

The diplomatic figure of Hughton will have a bigger problem if Newcastle do win promotion, but surely that is a problem that everybody wants to happen come the end of the season?

As Second Chance Saloons go, Wayne Routledge has been there, done it and got quite a few t-shirts but at 25 the capture of the former Tottenham, Crystal Palace and QPR winger could still be the making of a player who once described as a potential England star for years to come.

But 14 years to the day that we signed Tino Asprilla and he weaved through the St James' Park car park in the snow wearing a fur coat, the scenes were very much understated as Newcastle United, questionably, did not want to make a fuss of the signing of Routledge.

The delight of the winger when speaking to Routledge was noticeable when chatting to the player over the phone at teatime tonight and speaking about his hopes and dreams, the Sidcup-born talent was keen to tell the world how much he appreciated the chance to play for Newcastle.

And in an interview set up by his agent the player stated he aims to grab the chance with both hands to do exactly that.

Steven Taylor's injury agony seems like it was always going to be an accident that was waiting to happen for Newcastle United.

If it's been said once it's been said a million times this season but United's paper thin squad has always looked vulnerable in key areas and the knee problems sustained by Taylor has simply highlighted it.

Taylor has his critics but this season he has been a colossus for the black and whites and he was certainly missed at West Brom when United leaked four goals for the first time in ages (the last time was actually on a day when five were conceded against Liverpool in 2008).

West Brom 4 Newcastle United 2

By Lee Ryder on Jan 23, 10 12:58 PM

NEWCASTLE United crashed out of the FA Cup after going down 4-2 against West Brom.

The Baggies went ahead when Jonas Olsson headed in a corner before Graham Dorrans scored from the spot after Tamas Kadar fouled Roman Bednar.

Andy Carroll's volley gave the Toon fans hope before Ryan Taylor was controversially red carded for a challenge on Jerome Thomas in the box.

The Magpies fans were incensed at the decision, especially as the ref could've given a penalty at the other end just seconds before.

Dorrans scored from the penalty spot and then Thomas tapped in a fourth, with Carroll firing home a late consolation.

The ref needed heavy security and had to be escorted from the pitch as the Toon supporters vented their fury at his performance.

I was at the match, and you can replay my live coverage below.

When Jonathan Woodgate signed for Newcastle United in January 2003 nobody connected to the Magpies back then could have predicted just how far the black and whites would tumble in just seven years.

Mike Williamson is the latest signing for Newcastle United in what has been a painful transfer window, it's a window that you would struggle to write a script for with Chris Hughton's top target ending up at Sunderland just days after revealing he wanted to stay at Sheff United.

Former Torquay and Wycombe defender Williamson, at 26, has been handed an incredible opportunity with Newcastle that could arguably be the biggest of his career.

When Joey Barton claimed that most footballers were "knobs" he certainly could not have been talking about Danny Simpson.

The old saying "never judge a book by its cover" could not be more appropriate when it comes to Simpson.

Usually most people who have played within the four walls at Old Trafford get brain washed by advisors within Manchester United into thinking that talking to the media (or many would say to the paying public via the media) is a bad thing.

WEST Bromwich Albion held Newcastle United to a draw at St James' Park in a tense game which ended 2-2.

It was a nailbiting fixture from the off as unbeaten-at-home Newcastle took on their biggest Championship rivals.

Olsson opened the scoring for the Baggies in the 14th minute but an equaliser was just ten minutes away courtesy of Danny Guthrie.

Bednar pushed West Brom in front just after the break but Peter Lovenkrands delighted Toon fans with a reply on 53 minutes. He followed the header with an gesture skywards in an emotional tribute to his late father.

As always I brought you all the action from the game, and there'll also be a chance to share in some banter with fans from around the world. To replay my take on the game, just click the link below.

Please note:

1. We can't publish links to illegal streaming sites so don't even ask.

2. FA restrictions mean I can only write about the match at certain times.

3. We receive a lot of comments, and not all can be published.

4. Enjoy the game.

Nobby Solano's potential return to Newcastle United for a third spell has underlined just how tricky the transfer window this month has been so far for Chris Hughton.

Solano, whose move to Colchester didn't come off, has been training with the Mags since Friday and even at 35 he could offer Hughton a real option.

Hughton is not going to get big money to spend this month and is unable to wheel and deal as he can't afford to lose anybody else due to the paper thin nature of the squad.

In a season in which Newcastle United fans seem to be getting what they need rather than what they want - Peter Lovenkrands kept up the trend against Plymouth Argyle.

Many feel that the signing of Jermaine Beckford would all but secure promotion at St James' Park with the current Toon side - for all their good results this season - still lacking a predatory striker.

But while Leeds drag their feet over Beckford and Simon Grayson tries to run down the clock in the transfer window, Lovenkrands became the first striker at United this year to try to make the most of the situation.

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Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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