Bassong And Carrol Outstanding For Magpies Today


We thought the best two players for Newcastle today were Sebastien Bassong and Andy Carroll, and both give heroic displays for Newcastle this afternoon.

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Seb Bassong – tremendous display at the back for Newcastle today


We thought Gutierrez did very well too, as he constantly ran at the Sunderland rearguard, but he was unable to set up any really good chances for the side today, and couldn’t get to the line quite enough times, but 100% effort again from the lad.

Here are some other things we noticed about the game this afternoon:

  • Bassong is our best defender by far, and he’s like a mobile brick wall. If we had three more Bassongs at the back we’d be in great shape. And how much did we pay for this lad £20M or was it just £2M?  😀
  • The defense looked all at sea a few times today and Sunderland missed at least two golden opportunities  to score. In the first half, when Richardson’s free kick hit the post, and in the second half when Chopra was clean through and he inexplicably passed the ball to a wide open Kenwyne Jones, but misplaced his pass – unbelievable error by the Gosforth-born striker – thank goodness.
  • Andy Carroll looked great up front and his header in the first half that hit the cross bar shows how good this lad is – in the air and on the ground. Surely if he keeps up this form he will make the England Under-21 side. We also think if he can play every game this season, and stay as good then a Martins-Carroll partnership next year would be great, and we know Martins loves playing alongside Andy.
  • At the start of the game in the huddle it was Kevin Nolan doing all the talking and we think Joe should have a word with Nicky Butt, and make Nolan captain. And even when Michael comes back keep Kevin captain, because we know he’ll be here next season. Kevin had a good game and made an amazing save off the line in the first half – he will help us big time this season – as long as he can stay away from the dreaded injury jinx at Newcastle.
  • Steve Harper had another decent game, but we’ve noticed Steve only makes his mistakes in his first games back, when he’s a little rusty. he should have done better with Richardson’s free kick in the first half, but if Steve can produce last season’s form (and Shay leaves) he could find himself in the England squad for the World Cup next year.
    After all David James is 38 years old and Steve is nearly 5 years younger, so age doesn’t get in the way of Fabio Capello’s choices, especially for goalkeeper.
  • Steven Taylor did really well to get the penalty, although to us it looked very soft, and didn’t Shola hit the penalty shot beautifully?  We have to say we are a little worried when he was taking the penalty.  Right-back may be Taylor’s best position, but the lad still makes far too many mistakes, and that’s the part of the game he must improve if he is to remain in top class football.
  • Coloccini seems to be getting too slow too often, unless he can improve his positional play. He played well today, but he is prone to speed merchants going around him on the outside, and he must do something to stop that, because it seems to be getting out, that that’s his big weakness.
  • Jose Enrique did well, and if nothing else this lad is a real fighter as he proved again today. He’s so good going forward, but his weakness is his defending. We’d like to see him given an outing on the left wing.
    If Ryan Taylor is played at left back we’d like to see Jose on the left wing. He’s got a great left foot, can shoot, has a little speed, and is a great crosser of the ball – worth a try.
  • Shola looked way off the pace today, but that was to be expected since he hasn’t played this year. But he did his part in putting home the penalty, and he tried to make himself  a pain to the Sunderland defense. But he missed a sitter in the seconds half from a good Duff right wing center – with his right foot! And Carroll’s goal in the second half would have stood if Shola hadn’t handled the ball, which he didn’t need to.
  • We should have some good news for Saturday’s game with WBA at The Hawthorns, as Martins, Ryan Taylor and Smith should be fit again, and maybe one new player too.
    And Danny Guthrie should be back also within two weeks.
  • Make sure you vote on our home page on who you thought was Man of the Match today for Newcastle – thanks.

Your comments on the game are very welcome.



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120 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed,

    I heard that Guthrie was out for rest of season.

    Been on SSN ticker all Friday night and last night too.

    Anyone know any different??

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Bassong was man of the match again (getting boring this)

    Carroll, looks good when in possession or the ball comes to him, but doesnt get invovled enough for me.

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #3

    guthrie out for season? news to me! hope not!

    bassong,enrique and jonas where class today, didnt think carroll was good tbh

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  • LP6

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Enrique played the best he has ever done for newcastle today, hope he keeps it up!!

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  • nightfall

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #5

    owen + 10m for keane
    mbia for 8
    swap shay with richards or onuoha + 7m

    harper
    richards (onuoha) colo basso enrique
    lovenkrands nolan mbia jonas
    martins keane

    p.s. and give smith to sunderland..for free..

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  • Wigaz

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Bassong= Superman!

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought carroll was terrible to be honest, Bassong, Enrique and Jonas were the best 3 by far, we would have won with martins easily

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Bassong along with Enrique were MASSIVE today.

    Enrique was doing Zidane like 360’s and sh1t, the lad had a stunner today.

    PS: I looked it up, the window shuts at 5 PM tomorrow…………not much work will be done tomorrow i guess 🙂

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #9

    nightfall

    wake up 🙂

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Ameobi was sh*t today. 3 more years.

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  • nightfall

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #11

    😀

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  • Wigaz

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Really hope Tomorrow we see that lovely yellow bar saying either Newcastle agree fee for Darren bent from spurs/Robbie Keane from Liverpool. These 2 are the kind of players we need now to push us on.

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Carroll set the scene in the first minute with a crunchin tackle on a SMB!

    He was up for it ok!

    Need someone else mind, he’s too young and inexperienced to lead the frontline on his own!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Toone Graeme – On Physioroom..com Guthrie is due back 22 Feb, but I read last week – I think on nufc.co.uk – that Guthrie was just a couple of weeks from returning – physioroom.com tend to be conservative on the return dates too.
    I’ll have a piece on the injury situation tomorrow and will find out specifically about Guthrie.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Ryantoon –

    Absolutely 100% sure thats what the ticker said on SSN.

    Even mentioned it on here on Friday too.

    I hope not too and hope they got it wrong.

    Sorry but Butt is just too slow.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Ed – cheers fella. Keep we updated and think tomorrow you are gonna be busy on here.

    Loads of coffee for you. Are you 6 hours behind?

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Cant wait to see the scouse trio bossing the centre of the park

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  • Christoon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #18

    enrique on the wing is an idea, as today i urged him to cross the ball into the box more as duff was getting no where. A couple of decent crosses and u know carrol or nolan wil get on the end of it.

    Martins is detrimental to our survival!!!!

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  • Wigaz

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed has spoken! ha ha! hope your right Ed but mind you Butt played well today. How about an article on any links to strikers? maybe Bent or Keane? I just hope you have an article to write about one of em signing.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Joe said after the game that he held Nolan back. It showed today aswell, i thought 1st half he played too deep.

    That is one of Joes biggest problems, he always goes for safety first.

    Now that could be a sensible approach, but at home against the Mackems we should have went for it, like we did the 2nd half…..who knows what could have happened?

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  • toon 86

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #21

    givens gone

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #22

    TRE

    agreed we should of started the way we finished but we never start well do we?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Entertainers,

    A bit like Wednesday against Citey in the second half. We went for it.

    We need 90 mins of it.

    Everton home next match at SJP. Least we hav einternational break first to rest and re group,

    No Jonas on West Brom – who do you think will take his place?

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  • billy the fish

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #24

    well thats Shay officially signed for Man City then

    now expect – Darren Bent to Toon,

    Santa Cruz to Spuds,

    Crouch to Blackburn

    according to popular belief

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Agreed – I feel that we need a more up to date and imaginitive manager that the one we’ve got!

    I think we still had a better team than them SMB but they looked the best team!

    Why was that?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Aye given 4.5 year deal. SSN on the yellow ticker

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  • Wigaz

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #27

    You could see how much of a threat Nolan is on the brief ocassions he ventured forward he made that class run in 2nd half when jonas found him which none of our CM’s including Barton have made this season & shot. Think we need CF tho. Goin to keep saying it until we get one or until oba’s back. We could do with him have a nice lil run of screaming goals like.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Opinions on Loven?

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #29

    shay is gone

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Well I think that Joe hasn’t gotta clue waht is going on at the toon!

    Either that or they agreed a fee bloddy quickly!

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Shay gone, undisclosed !!!

    We deserve to know!

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  • nufc1818

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #33

    is it fair to say im glad that has gone through…

    now for some signings please 😀

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  • dp_geordie

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Shay’s gone, on the official mcfc website. Legend, and if it hadn’t been for Ashley he would have signed for the rest of his career FACT. Expect an announcement from Shay pretty much summing up his discontent with the mismanagment of NUFC.

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #35

    SHAY GONE………..GUTTED.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #36

    JFK talking bullslocks. He knew the beef but kept schtum.

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  • Wigaz

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #37

    I think you’ll all join me in saying Shay Given we wish you well & thank you for 11 years of dedicated service. Hope your right Billy the fish We need Goals & Bent Can provide.

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  • Nick D

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Nightfall – god that would be so good !!!

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Shay gone!

    Great deal for the Toon providing we spend the money we get for him!

    If we don’t it’s a disgrace!

    I will be expecting three signings tomorrow!

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