Newcastle Players Show Guts Galore – We’re Proud of Them


It was a remarkable performance from Newcastle United yesterday, and after Liverpool were the better team in the first half, there was little doubt that Newcastle deserved to end up with their 3-1 win.

Jose Enrique challenges Lucas yesterday

It seems like the substitution of young Nile Ranger for Shola Ameobi after just over an hour, revitalized the Newcastle side, after Shola had picked up what looked like yet another hamstring pull.

But Nile Ranger was all action in the final 35 minutes, and put in a strong claim to start next weekend at Birmingham, if Shola is not fit, as seems likely.

And 50,000 fans were at the game yesterday, and that was a surprise since there had been talk of fans boycotting the game to protest Mike Ashley’s ridiculous sacking of Chris Hughton last Monday.

It was the second biggest crowd of the season at St. James’ Park, and the fans gave Newcastle fantastic support throughout the game, and Spaniard Jose Enrique has come out and thanked the fans for their support in such a vital game:

“I’m not surprised about the way they were behind us, because the fans are unbelievable,” “We were playing against Liverpool, and they are known for having great fans too, but our supporters were amazing – and this win is for them.”

“It’s a good win because not only is it three points but because the fans were a little bit angry because of what had happened at the club.”

“But we have to think about the future now with the new manager that we have. We think he’s a good manager for us. We felt sad for Chris Hughton, because he was a really good guy and he was in our thoughts today.”

“But we must look forwards now. It was a good reaction from the players. Last week, we had a bad week at West Brom but now we’ve got three points, and I think it’s really important that we got these three points.”

Not many playing squads could have gone through what the Newcastle players went though last week – and then put in the gutsy, brave and inspired performance against a strong Liverpool side yesterday,  especially in the second half.

But the players at Newcastle these days are made of sterner stuff, and they don’t give up in any game – ever.

That has to give Newcastle’s loyal fans a certain amount of optimism that Newcastle will not follow the path of the club after Kevin Keegan was sacked, when the lads gained but 2 points from the next 6 league games.

Indeed this team has already exceeded that points total in their very first game under new manager Alan Pardew, and once again Newcastle players have shown they are mentally as tough as nails, and are proud to wear the famous black and white striped shirt of the Magpies.

There were many great performances yesterday, but none better than Joey Barton, Andy Carroll and Cheick Tiote.

Joey Barton will soon be in the England squad if he keeps up performances like the one he gave yesterday, and he is now a huge player for the Newcastle club.

Let’s hope Newcastle can tie him down shortly to a long term deal, since he has but 18 months left on his current contract.

And not for the first time this season the performance of the Newcastle team yesterday made Magpies’ fans proud  all around the world, as witnessed by the comments after the game.

Now for all three points at Birmingham next weekend, so the club can continue to push forward, and the next step for Alan Pardew is to bring some level of consistency to the Newcastle performances.

Howay The Lads!!

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38 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Dec 12, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #1

    -with nolan and barton we are a diff team
    – substitution of lazy ameobi to ranger is the key
    -barton set pieces excellent
    -Campbell may got the experience but liverpool goal was schoolboy mistake
    -we need a left winger to give competition to jonas
    -happy bday CH, the win is for you

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  • kikgras

    Dec 12, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t know that STaylor did anything to lose a spot next week…pair him with williamson. Ranger should get a start with Carroll
    some pace on the wing – Routledge for Jonas

    Krul
    Simpson, Staylor, Williamson, Bull
    Rout, Barton, Tiote, Nolan
    Ranger, Carroll

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  • maine_magpie

    Dec 12, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #3

    excellent win, very glad to have barton and nolan back.

    could not agree with you more, Brutooon, except for ameobi being lazy. i’d prefer to think he was playing hurt, and would like to see ranger start next week and until shola’s fit.

    big win and nice tribute to CH on his birthday

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  • kikgras

    Dec 12, 2010 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #4

    in all seriousness, players underperforming will likely be sold. the league is ripe for opportunity for Europe…why not NUFC? Every player goes through a low period. could we improve by selling a Jonas…Perch…Best…Shola…Smith…or? just dropping a few names. you know AP is going to put his stamp on the line up card in some way.

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  • ginkoh

    Dec 12, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Cutting edge is the key to win. We lacked it for last 4-5 games but our players can found it today.

    Superb performance from our Carroll, Tiote and Barton.

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  • AndyE93

    Dec 12, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Was anyone else a bit worried by Enrique’s performance today. It reminded me of the season when he first came to the club. Seemed to be giving the ball away cheaply and looked like he was lacking confidence. This being said he’s been our best player so far this season so maybe this was just a tiny blip

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  • Majuro Magpie

    Dec 12, 2010 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Nolan and Barton are real leaders and without them we could have went into self-destruct mode again. Been on the road the last 2 days and just got to the hotel to see the highlights on a Mexican channel – Andy Carrol go-go-go-go-gggggggggggggggggggggggoalllllll

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  • acuna

    Dec 12, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Jose Enrique challenges Lucas yesterday?
    Jesus i never even noticed they were wearing the 2008/2009 kit yesterday.and Lucas was wearing a hairband, and had long hair????and Liverpool are still sponsored by Carlsberg. I’m loosing it.While i’m at it by any chance is Fat Ash NOT still over the club?

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  • chuck

    Dec 12, 2010 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah this one was for Chris Hughton, not Pardew, an in your face type game, screw the gruesome twosome and Pardew too !
    Ashley probably thinks it has worked out a

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  • Trent Toon

    Dec 12, 2010 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #10

    CORRECTION! Enrique challenges Lucas yesteryear!

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  • chuck

    Dec 12, 2010 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Continued…
    as planned and he is vindicated.
    Wrong!, this was for Hughton.
    And ashley and his sancho panza are still despised by the Newcastle faithfull and allways will be, how does it feel to be hated by hundreds of thousands of people fatso ?
    Most of whom cant wait for him to sell up and f**k off, where ? we dont care, just go!
    Dont take to-days game as any guarantee of an improvement generated by Pardew.
    He`s a loser, has a history of losing (must have come cheap eh?) and will hardly be an inspiration.
    The fans are in a quandry, they would like to get to ashley by means of a boycott, unfortunately it would probably do more harm to the club than ashley.
    We need a white knight, could that be the Qatar royal family, hey , I hope so, actually anybody, at this time i`m even willing to accept a return of Fat Freddy, well not really, but almost.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 12, 2010 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t know if it was Alan Pardew that spoke to the players before the game or that the players spoke to each other to inspire such a wonderful and gutsy performance against Liverpool. The court is still out for Pardew, as for the Strola sub I think it was only made because he pulled a muscle. Although he did pick Ranger to come on as another manager could have picked Best or Lovenkrands for example. Ranger was excellent and deserves his starting place next week. It will be very interesting to see if Pardew does select Ranger to partner Carroll and has the balls to drop Campbell who was awful today. Campbell seems disinterested at the club now that Hughton’s left. He seemed to be on another mind set to the rest of the players. Sol could be one of Pardew’s first player sales.

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  • kikgras

    Dec 12, 2010 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #13

    maybe the question was, would CH have sat down some of the “big” boys when they under performed? hair dryer treatment maybe, but would he sit them? we’ll see if AP does.

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  • benishiryo

    Dec 12, 2010 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #14

    have anyone watched the interview between nolan & barton? funny!
    interviewer: and hw impressed hav u been with the new manager?
    barton: it’s only been 2 days.. (nolan laughs)
    interviewer: he’s already gt a win
    barton: yeah yeah well i suppose..

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  • kikgras

    Dec 12, 2010 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #15

    thinks its basically, we like what we have…he’d better not change too much?? or more of…this guy is a reall putz.

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  • JakartaDean

    Dec 12, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Strange but true…

    I walked into my local pub an hour or two before the game, to sit with friends. The parking lot was a mob scene, and when I got to the door there were two young women at a table selling tickets — in Liverpool kit!

    I walked inside and walked past Ian Rush standing in front of a microphone, talking about a new youth academy LFC are opening up. That might not be so unusual, but I live in Jakarta, Indonesia — not Liverpool. (He did talk about the treatment Houghton got, and didn’t have anything good to day about it.)

    Anyway, needless to say I went home and changed into my original kit from St. James’s and went back to the pub. Me and 150 Liverpool fans, along with Ian Rush.

    A 3-1 win was very, very sweet. I was forced to remind Ian that he was with Liverpool again, not NUFC, and he should be disappointed at losing to a team under great management turmoil. He agreed about the turmoil but made not excuses — the better team won on the night.

    BTW, Ian is an absolute gentleman and a wonderful guy to spend a few minutes with.

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  • BengGaBoy

    Dec 12, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #17

    I felt that yesterday performance from the team was dedicated to Chris Hughton. The selection and play is very Chris and the togetherness and spirit of the team still remain on the pitch and very much due to Chris.

    Campbell can really pack his bag and go with his out shape body and mind getting slow, he will not survive with today pace. Jonas has been lucky that Ben is out or he will be long forgotten with his unimpressive left sided run for many matches. Other than that, the rest of the players did pretty well.

    Leadership from Nolan and Barton was impressive. At times of turmoil, they did stand up and be counted in situation like this.

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  • munch27

    Dec 12, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Barton was class i wet me kecks when he was telling Torres to suck his D1ck .

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  • Offkey

    Dec 12, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m mistified by the anti jonas comments above. Are you actually serious when stating that Routledge should be preffered in the line up.

    I can accept he more often than not, has no end product (same as Routledge though). However, he keeps the ball buying time for others to push up (Routy, like Ambrose, runs into dead ends and gives the ball away – and is a championship player, until he proves otherwise). He also wins freekicks.

    Jonas also has a fantastic partnership with Jose. You can say that all good players should link well but the fact is they dont. Therefore, Jose’s good performances have clearly had something to do with Jonas playing in front.

    If you propose getting a left winger (or HBA) and see how that goes before selling I can understand, but to mention Jonas in the same breath of Smith, Perch etc. who could go tomorrow without being missed is pure foolishness.

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  • Offkey

    Dec 12, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #20

    On a brighter note, I too am delighted with the attitude of the players. Barton and Nolan were great and showed how important they are, proving they are a different class to Guthrie.

    Ranger deserves his chance (I just hope he can take it). It would be amazing if he could build a decent partnership with Andy, but we will have to wait and see.

    Campbell needs to sort himself out or retire, and Shola needs to give more if he hopes to keep his place.

    Loved the Joey Barton and Nolan interveiw. This win had nothing to do with Pardew, his appointment is an abomination. However, if he can keep the players on-side and keep the team spirit he will go up in my estimations.

    However, it seems that wherever he has gone there has been issue that has destroyed the morale of the squad leading to his dismissal and I feel this does not bode well.

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  • Magpie_May

    Dec 12, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #21

    great interview from Barton and Nolan !

    for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6JAsXZPyTE

    I’d love to see you Ed put in article about this to dedicate to CH

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 12, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #22

    Brutooon – Great points.

    I don’t understand, what I don’t see. Why people dislike Jonas. He is giving to the team something different. He is opening the game, running with the ball, we don’t have any other player who does that.

    Maybe he needs some competition, yeah, but to sell him? I really don’t get it.

    Ameobi, Smith, Perch and Best can go. Are not adding anything to the team (Where is Best anyway?)
    But to sell Jonas, We will not be able to get a player like him (and of course not better then him) for the money we offer.

    Barton (if plays like he plays and not make a mess) is KEY!
    Nolan, well, I guess he brings spirit.
    Carroll is improving and I think he is taking the number 9 thing very seriously.
    Tiote – One of the best signings in the last 5 years.
    I think that our defense is good just needs some reenforcement, Sol is still good, even thou he is getting old and making some strange mistakes, but he is a good mentor for our young defenders.

    PRAYING that HBA stays. and a striker in January. Someone fast, creative, young. To open the defenses. Someone who will be a threat also from the ground and not only from the air like we are now with Carroll Ameobi and Ranger (Yeah yeah, Carroll gave an amazing goal yesterday, but usually he is a threat more in the box and more from the air).

    kikgras – I think so too. This year it’s a very close league. We are at 8th but with 2 wins\loses can find ourselves at 5-6th\16-18th. If our boys will believe enough, and more then players in the other teams, we can do it.

    We see that our team is strong enough to handle the Big teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool.
    Just need to improve against the others (PS – I think our team is afraid of MAN U, it is something psychological and historical).

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  • Tom Mo.

    Dec 12, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #23

    much at what point in the match was that??? i would really enjoy seeing that. hahahaha. gonna go back and look

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  • ToonIreland

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Great performance by all yesterday…

    Eventhough I dont agree with how ashley goes about his bussiness, I do agree with what he is trying to achieve.

    He wants the club to be financially sound, and secure in the league. and create a world class academy(a la arsenal).

    how he treats his managers is disgraceful, as per keegans comments on espn yesterday … the fat 2 will agree with the manager to by player X, then the fat 2 will talk amongst them selves and change the offer for the player, loosing the deal in the process.

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  • nden85

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #26

    most of the lads did great, some of the others are just not cut out for this level. i hope Pardew can build on this start by firstly having the bollocks to drop ameobi for ranger, then in january actively start getting shot of ameobi, campbell and smith. if we get offers for jonas or routledge then take them. use this money to buy some of the following wingers; chris brunt, matthew jarvis, marc albrighton, seb larsson. when carroll gets service we are dangerous.

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #27

    According to the Sunday Sun S.Taylor has rejected a new and improved contract. S.Taylor is not worth another contract to be honest. He was clumsy yesterday and very uncomfortable. He seems up himself and thinks a lot of himself. Let him go to Stoke he ain’t worth the bloody worry . He is injury prone and loyalty has taken a back seat and money has come to the for front. On your way Taylor, you will not be missed you can EASILY be replaced.

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  • Trent Toon

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Great win for the lads!

    3 Negatives

    1) Ameobi simply isn’t good enough. His work rate is terrible and his impact on the game is next to nothing. He barely runs, loses the ball 7/10 times, doesn’t link up with Carroll well!

    2) Sol Campbell is terrible and really looks nervous on the ball. He always seems to kick it to the opposition midfield or in some cases forwards. The guy need to get some composure and ball control/ dribbling training or he will be left in the trails of Coloccini. He really just looks like a tree stump waddling around the field. Also to mention he can’t jump anymore, i watched him closely and he was litterally unable to get his two feet off the ground.

    3) Jonas was ineffectual today and has been like that for some time now. Start to look for some competition for the spot. Lovenkrands can play left wing and is my top canidate.

    3 Postives

    1) Danny Simpson was a real unsung hero today and really did exceedingly well against torres. He Really is a rock and i think he is learning a thing or two from Enrique, because i saw something like a mirror image on the right wing today

    2) Barton really is a play maker and a super important player for us. Danny Guthrie and even possibly Gosling will find it hard to compete for a starting spot. Not to mention Smith!

    3)Nile Ranger completely changed the game and looked quite good with Carroll. It was sooo obvious to see that he must now take the starting spot of Ameobi. He kinda play like Ameobi but is all round more skillful and Atheletic. A performace like that changed the game and really deserves merit.

    All in all a great win for the lads. Very proud of my team today, even so i wore the replica shorts to work

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  • toonruz

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #29

    keegan right ashley shit

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  • munch27

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Tom it was when the scouser was down with the bleeding head Torres was droning on at joey so he grabbed his crotch and mouthed suck my d1ck.

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  • leedodd

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #31

    WAS ASHLEY AT THE MATCH YESTERDAY ??
    Anyway Joey Came to Take a Corner at The leazers End Crikey You Would have thought he has Just Scored and that was in the first half before he did !! He will never Leave until he retires – no fans in the uk will support him like we do !!!! I have a Feeling we will stay up and do pretty well from now on. The Team Does Need a Bit Tinkering with though. Campell needs The Bullet We have Younger Lads That are Better – Teams Target Him as They Know He Has Gone Now He Looked Like he was Training To Fight Frank Bruno Yesterday Jezzz he was That Bad !!! Whats Up With Jonas ?? He Needs To Pull His Finger Out Or he will Be Sold !!!!!! We do Need a Few New Players and Definatly a Quality centre Forward as If carroll Gets Injured Amiobi and Lovenkrands are No Good They are Championship or Rangers or celtic Material !!! Ranger was wicked yesterday he will be good next season but this season is a Learningcurve for Him – YES JOEY FOR ENGLAND !!!!!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #32

    i would take Albrighton and Jarvis in a heartbeat both are class players and will defo be england stars..Albrighton on the right and Jarvis on the left =]

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  • nimo

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #33

    please please alan pardew.. start with ranger or lovenkrands before ameobi. at least they show a bit of heart and effort. ameobi is bottleless and lathargic. be ok if he was berbatov class but he aint

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  • nimo

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #34

    on another note.. seriously jealous of that matt on x factor… jesus rihanna is one tidy piece- id trade the wife for that!

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  • lou9brasil

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #35

    Well well well everyone up and down the land thought we would lose this one and lose it by a mile it was plain to see the players were fighting for a cause and our never say die attitude prevailed yet again… We all need to back off Ashley and just support the team and also pardew!!!

    I don’t understand how people are still saying we need to sign this player and that player it ain’t gonna happen so be grateful for what we have, fat boy ain’t gonna invest in a team who’s supporters don’t want him, there’s an old saying ” keep ur friends close and your enemies closer, after all it’s better the devil u know than the one you don’t…

    I’ll support the lads through thick and thin no matter who owns the club we don’t have to support the regime just the team so get behind the lads and let’s see where we end up at the end of the season we might all be pleasantly surprised!!!

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  • lou9brasil

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #36

    Ps daffy is a wind up twat just been Reading his posts on the other blogs and what a complete and utter moron…. Closet toon supporter if u ask me!!!!

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #37

    We dont have any more left winger at he squad. When HBA keep jonas in the bench, jonas do improve but now his performance decrease a bit.

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  • archaeomag

    Dec 12, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #38

    Footballers, like the rest of us, are a mixed ability group, and have bad days at the office; but yesterday was not one of them.

    Even when you have the best players on the market, like Chelski, they can still loose.
    What matters is that everybody does their best and tries hard. None of the promoted sides have astounding squads, but they are doing OK with team spirit & hard work [which is why the CH situation was such a poor move by MA].
    Yes, for example, Perch is not brilliant, but he will improve; if you build your squad from developing youngsters, you will always have some inexperienced players.
    It is not very constructive for fans to target the “poor” players, they are in the squad & we only have one squad. It is not as if we can just buy better players from Tescos. There is hardy a player in the squad we have not moaned about at some stage, and we do not know what injuries players like Ameobi are carrying.

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