Carroll And Tiote Both Fantastic For Newcastle

Andy Carroll was once again our Man of the Match in yesterday’s 3-1 defeat against Man City.

Andy Carroll – another top display yesterday

At the time of writing Andy has 49% of the vote, with Jose Enrique is second place with 19% of the vote, and Barton and Tiote next in line, and if you haven’t yet voted the poll is still open on our home page.   Please vote.

Andy was a constant thorn in Man City’s side, in yesterday’s game, and Joleon Lescott had a more than frustrating day in trying to stop the big man, and generally he reverted to trying to foul Andy as many times as he could get away with.

After the game, Alan Pardew was pleased with Andy’s top performance, and the gutsy performance of the lads, and even pointed out, like Chris before him, that there are areas of big Andy’s game he can still improve on.

This is what Alan said today:

“The real positive from the team point of view was the amount of good balls we got into the box. It was probably even better than the Liverpool game.”

“There were some great deliveries and Joey’s set plays were spot on. Andy was a constant menace and, if you put the ball in the right areas, there are not many center-halves going to deal with him.”

“In terms of his all-round game, I think he would admit there are areas for improvement. Outside of that though, he was fantastic and one of the big pluses for us. I would put Tiote in that as well.”

“We’ve dropped too many points at home. Some of the opposition we’ve had, you would expect us to win, but I think most people would have come here against City hoping to win rather than expecting it.”

“They are a very good side, but I’m disappointed we lost. On a technical level though, the first phase has cost us the game.”

To the names of Carroll and Tiote that Alan mentioned above, we would add both Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, who again had very good games indeed, with Jose looking just mercurial at  left back.

He didn’t give the returning James Milner any room at all to do anything, and if there’s a better left back in Spain right now – we have yet to see him – after this showing from the Spanish U21 International, who simply seems to be getting better all the time.

It was really good news and bad news for Alan in yesterday’s game.

Bad news because Newcastle almost threw the game away in the first four minutes, and good news because of the way the lads fought back through thick and thin, to try to get something out of the game.

And it was this magnificent fortitude and determination that sent Newcastle fans home with still some hope for the future.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • BWarmy

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Steven Taylor has signed a 5 and a half year deal.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has ended speculation over his future by finally signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract.

    The 24-year-old, who was born in Greenwich but raised on Tyneside, was transfer-listed earlier in the season after talks over a new deal stalled.

    However, both Taylor and new manager Alan Pardew had confirmed in recent days that progress had been made and Monday’s announcement will keep the academy graduate at St James’ Park until the summer of 2016.

  • Selbymag

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Puzzled by the vote as Barton was again man of the match for me. Perhaps us in te ground dont get as good a picture as the internet viewers!!

  • jimiley

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    We need better cover for the back four. Tiote is making a lot of errors so it has to be Smudger time.

  • Selbymag

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    A hint of sarcasm I detect. On a serious note a decent offer for Jonas would be nice.
    As usual did not turn up for the first 70 minutes.
    Although it looked like pardew had worked on him not just standing 2 foot away from jose demanding the ball and instead moving to create space.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    routledge tortured they defence yday i for one was puzzled as to why he went off instead of guttierez who was crap again

  • nuttyward

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    sell ANDY CAROL and say hello to championship again.
    he is our new shearer without a doubt ,all we need is a left winger to supply him. AC knows what it means to wear a black a white shirt .
    Jonas does not have a clue anymore (sory jonas)

  • Selbymag

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree as my post earlier Nolan should have gone off for Ranger as Wayne causing allsorts of problems. A chance to try something different if Kev is banned for spurs

  • callie9

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed you seem to have changed your mind about our performance since yesterday lol.

  • darthkir

    Dec 27, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #10

    I cant agree with you Ed. To me, Tiote did very little yesterday. If i were Pardew, I would have gambled by going more attacking by removing tiote instead of routledge.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 27, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Tiote sometimes hold the ball to much (he learn from jonas maybe) where he should do simple pass like fabregas

    other than that he is good

  • Thump

    Dec 27, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Tioté did make a few mistakes yesterday, think too much Christmas pud for him.


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