Faye’s Sleepless Nights Over Pompey NightMare

It turns out Abdoulaye Faye was like lots of Newcastle fans after last week’s horror show against Portsmouth.

Faye describes today’s meeting with Sunderland as the biggest club game of his career.

One reason is just because of the rivalry between the two clubs, but he also wants to recover from the terrible game against Portsmouth, over which he has had sleepless nights in the last week.


Abdoulaye Faye – sleepless night’s over the horror of Portsmouth game

Faye talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle this morning:

“It was very difficult to recover from what happened against Portsmouth, it was a terrible game, I’d never played in a game like that before, it was horrible.”

“I couldn’t get it out of my head for ages, I didn’t sleep properly for two nights, I kept seeing the goals. It was like ‘Oh my God’, we’ve played like that in front of 52,000 people at home.”

“It was a nightmare for me. But I’m over it now. It took me a couple of days, but it’s good we’ve got a game like Saturday’s to look ahead to. It’s a derby, it’s a massive game and it means so much to Newcastle United football club.”

“It will be the biggest derby game I’ve ever played in and it’s probably the biggest game I’ve ever played at club level. I was supposed to have two days off, but I didn’t want to stay at home. I’ve come into training to work in the gym because I’ve got too much excitement in me to not train.”

Well, it’s good that Faye fully understands just how unacceptable last week’s performance was for multiple reasons.

Although the Senegalese international has played in several big games at international level, he has never seen anything like the passion which surrounds today’s Tyne-Wear derby, which is unique in England, and always has been. Abdoulaye continued:

“When I was at Bolton, we didn’t have a game like this one,” he said. “It was very different playing at Bolton to Newcastle, it isn’t just the derby game, it’s the fact the whole city is interested in football. They go crazy when you lose here, but at Bolton, it was more relaxed.

“Bolton also didn’t have a rival like Sunderland. Newcastle and Sunderland are two big cities so close together, it is very different to anything I’ve experienced before.”

“I didn’t go out after the Portsmouth game, I didn’t want to see anyone, but I went into town on Wednesday and everyone I met, all they could talk about was the derby and how we must beat Sunderland. I enjoy that passion from the fans and I hope we can make them proud again on Saturday.

“It’s so important to the supporters to beat Sunderland and we’re all ready for it.

“The Portsmouth game is forgotten. It would be bad for confidence if we kept thinking about last weekend the whole time, we are concentrating on putting things right.”

Faye has been a mini revelation at Newcastle. When he was signed most of us thought he would be a good utility player for us since he can play midfield, central defense and at full-back. But Faye has forced himself into the team and has played uncompromising football at the center of Newcastle’s defense. It’s also clear that his heading ability is just one of his many strengths. It’s another good buy by Big Sam, but now we need Faye to have a big game today because we badly need all 3 points.

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8 comments so far

  • Martin L

    Nov 10, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Good Luck in your derby, don’t navel stare too much byh last weeks game your were roundly beaten by a better team on the day thats all.

    Why lose sleep over it

  • Hadrian

    Nov 10, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    what popmey game ???
    howay lads smash the unwashed today and nobody will give a *&^% about pompey

  • Bill f

    Nov 10, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah lets get over it, today is the start of the rest of the season.

  • wsq

    Nov 10, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    argh stressful we are going to get humiliated again

  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #5


    we lost against portsmouth 4-1….

  • wsq

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #6

    chopra and jones to score.. i can feel it.. we are gonna get humiliated.. n’zogbia in defence is not gonna make a tackle to save his life..

  • malaysian youngster

    Nov 10, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    wsq is mackem. damn u!!

  • Leo

    Nov 10, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #8

    wsq go away, seriously are you a mackam in disguise. you are always negative, no one appreciates your comments.

    obviously the sleepless nights didnt affect him a great deal because he was great for us today except one bad ball.


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