Sebastien Bassong Brilliant Last Two Games – Given

Shay Given gave another experienced display in Newcastle’s goal on Saturday to keep a second clean sheet in a row, and having watched the full game again yesterday, Joe has the team very well organized and each player seems to know exactly what his job is – it was another very good team display, but we were a little weak in attack.

Shay Given – Bassong was brilliant last two games

However Shay still believes the squad is too small and if we get injuries and suspensions, which are bound to happen, we’ll again be hit in the new year, unless we strengthen in January.

Shay told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“We’ve come out of the relegation zone and that’s something I suppose. It’s some consolation that we’re above Sunderland now,”

“We know it’s going to be a long, hard season – we’ve got to accept that and get on with it. We’re down there with 10 or 11 teams – it’s a very tight division and seeing yourself in the bottom three isn’t a nice feeling.”

“It’s good that the manager situation is sorted out now. There was a bit of uncertainty, maybe – we didn’t know whether he was here for a week, a month.”

“At least we know he’s here until the end of the season and we can put those kind of queries to bed.” “Hopefully he can bring in a couple of new players in January now as well.”

“We need to bring a few in – it’s important that we strengthen I think. We haven’t got the biggest squad.”

We’re a little surprised at just how much the players seem delighted that Joe is manager now for the season. It must have been unsettling for them to know that a new manager could be coming in at any time, and the fact Joe is now there will help to settle the lads down a bit.

Seb Bassong had another top class game, and he was like a man mountain in the center of the Newcastle defense, and he has certainly looked the part these last two games, that’s for sure.

Not to mention Argentine Fabricio Coloccini who is slowly getting better and better and putting in some excellent performances too.

Shay talked about Seb:

“Sebastien Bassong has come on hugely. He was brilliant at Chelsea and brilliant against Middlesbrough,”

Newcastle have condemned the actions of supporters who sang Islamic chants at Middlesbrough substitute Mido.

Hey, people are all the same whatever color or creed they may be – we’re all in this together, and beneath it all, we’re all very much alike.

Let’s not tarnish the still great name of our club.

Howay The Lads.

15 comments so far


    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Keep seb insted of Taylor, Taylor always makes mistakes then has a laugth about it and colo and seb seem to be forming a good relationship bettween them.

  • WesToon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    This Lad might become one of the best Centre Backs My beloved NUFC has ever had!!

    Early days(i Know) but if he carries on the way he is,he certaintly looks a HUGE TALENT!!

    Power,Speed & aeirial ability SEB BASSONG,You good thing 🙂

    Looks like Taylor has a HUGE mountain to climb now

  • broon ale

    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    it wasnt islamic chants at all! its because he looks like Richard Reid the shoe bomber. It has nothing to do with the religion he chooses to follow. he dragged our name through the dirt with allegations of islamaphobic abuse last year too. it’s no different to the boro fans singing fat aussie bastard to viduka.

  • keith

    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    how much did we pay for him?

  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Bassong is a world class defender and as i have said again and again i cant wait for him to cement his position on the back 4,i also cant wait for him to partner taylor one day.NB-Collo is world class too.
    What do u think 51 times

  • WesToon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    @ keith // Dec 1, 2008 at 10:23

    300 k is what we paid mate 🙂

  • Martins FOREVER

    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Keep Martins Happy, he is the best attacker we have.. 🙂

  • keith

    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    find of the season! esp at that price

  • Heavy hitters

    Dec 1, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Bssong – Colo the one thin that has cheered me up of late. Time for some bench warming Tayls thank God !!

  • Jack

    Dec 1, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10

    broon ale, do you honestly think comparing someones appearance to that of a shoe bomber is clever? Or justifiable? If so, you’re a total moron.

    If someone looks like the murderer of three childs, you don’t tell them that. You don’t insult them in that way. The way the world is now and the predjudice that people like Mido will have probably come across in his life, you just don’t make stupid comments like that. Especially not at a football ground.

    You know if you even insinuate race and use it as an insult, you’re in trouble. Boro fans should be in trouble for the aussie thing too but calling someone an aussie bastard isn’t comparable to saying someone looks like a shoe bomber.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 1, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Hey Broon Ale!!!!

    As an Aussie I must take umbridge at your racial attack.

    Just cause we are all fat bastards does not make it okay to say so. We have a lot of good pies down here 🙂

    Jokes aside I thought Dukes looked great against borough. I hope we play three up front agains stoke. A win will put us on even points and who knows may even take us more than a point from relegation.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 1, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    If a player looked like Charlie Manson opposing fans would sing it out, same as if a player looked like Santa, wally from where’s wally or david hasselhoff. Okay its not nice but race and religion are two seperate things from nicknames.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Maybe we should stop calling Jonas spiderman in case the arachnid society who happen to be mormans tell us it against their bible…..

  • Mark G

    Dec 1, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyone who thinks that it is ok to make those chants about Mido are either extremely immature or extremely dumb. And it is not an excuse to say that sure they slag off Viduka. Grow up people.

    Yes there is always banter at a football ground but it is not always pleasant. I was at the Arsenal v’s Newcastle game a few years ago and got stuck in the North bank. We won the game 3-1 and as Given was the player nearest the Arsenal fans some arsehole behind me started making racist abuse against Given. Being Irish myself I’m sure you can imagine how pissed off I was. There are fans of Newcastle from all over the world and the club wants to attract players from all over the world, don’t allow some idiots ruin it.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Totally agree, well done Bassong.


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