Habib Beye – Villa Are Not Chelsea Or Arsenal

Habib Beye talked over the weekend, and thinks Newcastle United have a good chance of getting all 3 points against Aston Villa tonight at St. James’ Park.

Habib Beye – very popular player on Tyneside

Habib said over the weekend:

“Maybe things are going for us again, at last,” “When you have a small squad it is difficult. If you have an average performance, you know you will still play the next game because no one is there to take your place.”

“When you have a big squad – and we do now Joey and Jonas have come back and Shola is fit – you can see the difference. It is a good thing for everyone.”

“Joey played very well against West Brom and it is just perfect for us that he is back now. The Villa game can change everything because if we win, we can go maybe not the top 10 but almost and then we go to Fulham.”

Of course the visit of Aston Villa poses a much stiffer test for the Newcastle side, especially our defense, as Habib continued:

“It will be much harder game than West Brom but we need the points and we are playing at home so we must approach the game with confidence,”

“I think Villa have some good players like Carew and Agbonlahor but we have a good side as well.” “No one expects us to win against Aston Villa but, while they are a good team, they are not Chelsea or Arsenal.”

Habib is a firm fan favorite and has taken kindly to life in Newcastle and he has often said how he and his wife love the city. He talked about the 3 managers he’s had in his short 14 months at the club:

“It happens in football. At Marseille they changed coaches a lot of times. You just need to adapt and try to help the new manager,”

“When Kevin Keegan went, it was not a good time for us. It was hard for everyone but now we must help Joe Kinnear to do something good for this club because the most important thing is Newcastle United.”

Habib epitomizes the spirit currently in the Newcastle camp, and he’s back to some good form as he had an excellent game against WBA last Monday night.

We’ll need Habib at his best, along with most of other players, if we are to get all 3 points tonight, which has to be the teams’ mission. We can do just that, with a little bit of luck on our side.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Thats exactly the attitude we need for tonight!!!

    We can beat villa…we must play well and i believe we will! We need to get behind the lads tonight; its a massive game for us. A win would set us up for another huge game against fulham.

    Lets bring on the geordie roar this evening; F@ck the mackems; SMB

  • moocher

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t have to play well….need to play out of our skins! Villa have far too much for us…they are way in front of us, thats why they got Milner. We will get there but it will take a couple of years to catch them up never mind the top four. Lets just make sure we avoid relegation!

  • lesh

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Be realistic Habib, they’re challenging for Europe but can, like Liverpool, be beaten!!

  • listie

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    It will be tough Villa are playing really well at the moment, but very do-able with the players we have, what we need is a bit of luck, becasue so far this season we have been shit out of luck!

  • Sav

    Nov 3, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    If Butt is fit we can field 3 central midfielders, if need be, for the first time this season.

  • Hitman

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6


    Im a villa fan and i have a bad feeling about this game for Villa.
    Villa will be rotating their team for this one as we have a trip to Prague in the UEFA Cup and then Boro at home, 3 games in 6 or 7 days i belive. Im not so sure our fringe players have the ability to compete at the standard our starting 11 do.

    We could see Friedel/Laursen/Barry/Petrov/A.Young/Agbonlahor all rested.

    The last time i was at your ground, i witnessed a match that will be talked about forever more… 0 – 3 The Bowyer/Dyer incident!

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7

    I think we are due a run and if we can get a win here and then four points or more from the next two games we would move up the ladder a bit. Lose against Villa and the whole season will be a dogfight because every game against a club around us will be desperate

  • ToonKing

    Nov 3, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    As Hitman said, Villa will be resting key players. If Carew and Barry are out of the side we have a real chance of beating them…but it will be though.

    We need Beye especially against Young….

    HOWAY !!!!

  • Ob

    Nov 3, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know about resting players, I’ve think MON wants the league over UEFA and he tends to play pretty much our first 11 in all games anyway. I would expect to see Carew and Gabby up front, possibly Sidwell in for Barry but again the teams unlikely to change much. I hope you boys get yourself out of this problem your finding yourselves in but I don’t think you’ll manage against us tonight. I’d be surprised if we didn’t put 4 or 5 past you.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 3, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #10

    villa’s D ain’t all that!..

  • Frankieboy

    Nov 3, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Spot on Habib.
    Why should we be wary of anyone at home and that includes the top 4.

    Joe says on SSN he is prepared to give it a go possibly playing with 3 or 4 up front.
    Attack is THE best form of defence

  • Villa 4 Ever

    Nov 3, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Frankieboy, that my friend is suicide, if you play 3-4 upfront then you will see Villa cruise 3-4 ahead, Villa are probably the fastest counter attacking side in the country, and are better away from home, with Young, Milner, Agbonlahor, Barry, Reo Coker and Sidwell all smashing forward on the counter it will be very hard for your defense.

    I expect MON to field a 4,3,3/4,5,1

    Friedel, Shorley, Laursen, Cueller, Young, Young, Barry, Reo Coker, Sidwell, Milner, Agbonlahor.

    If anything, if we did rest Agbonlahor then Carew would be a lone man upfront, We could probably rest Davies for Cueller, and we could probably rest L.Young for Gardner, but the players that would be replacing would have a point to prove to stay in the team.


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