You’ll Never Break The Spirit At Newcastle United

Next up for Newcastle United is a tough game at Blackburn on Saturday, and we expect our lads to turn up for the first half, unlike last Saturday’s Arsenal game, when the team was 4-0 down at the half and 3-0 down after only 9 minutes.

Joey Barton – did himself a lot of good on Saturday

Of course that all changed in that second half, with the greatest fight-back in Premier League history, and the lads managed to end up with a point and a 4-4 scoreline.

But if we can, at the very least, be level at half time on Saturday the lads will have a real chance of getting a Newcastle win for the first time in 6 games. That last win was way back when we hammered West Ham 5-0 on the 5th January, and Leon Best hit a terrific hat-trick.

The best thing Newcastle have going for them right now is the tremendous team spirit, which was witnessed in full force in the second half on Saturday, in a game that made headlines around the world, and was simply terrific publicity for the Newcastle club.

For example, the surgeon who operated on my foot this morning, knew all about the game, and Tiote running at the speed of light after he had scored. :D.

Joey Barton, one of the leaders for Newcastle United this season, scored two penalties in that unbelievable second half last Saturday,  had this to say to the Evening Chronicle  today;

“You’ll never ever break our spirit.”

“If anyone ever doubted the spirit, not only in the dressing room – but also at this football club, they only had to see the Arsenal game.”

“It’s a game I’m honored and privileged to have been part of, and it’ll live long in the memory.”

Of course last week, after Andy Carroll had left his home town club, it seemed that both Newcastle fans and players were more than a little shocked and disappointed.

But that magnificent comeback in the second half against Arsenal helped us all forget that, and if any player, even Andy Carroll, doesn’t want to be on Tyneside, for whatever reason – so be it.

And of course we have done OK without Andy, because but for those two injury time equalizers at Sunderland and against Spurs,  the lads would have had 4 straight wins, with no goals conceded,  in the four games after Andy was injured.

Joey continued:

“If you look at our results without Andy, they’re all good results.: “We were all disappointed to lose Andy.”

“Not only is he a great player, but he’s a good friend to a lot of people in the dressing room.” “We’re quite a close-knit group, and the impact of losing someone like that would affect us.”

“No one came in, so it’s hard not to feel sorry for ourselves.” “We were in a little bit of a limbo, and that showed at Fulham, but we’ve bounced back and shown what we’re made of.”

It’s now important that Newcastle press on after the Arsenal miracle, and start getting some wins so we can push away from that relegation zone.

Indeed the next two games in just four days – at Blackburn on Saturday and at Birmingham on Tuesday night –  are critical for the team, at this stage of the season.

Joey continued:

“It’s all about momentum in football, as that second half showed. “If we get stuffed 5-0 or 6-0, the momentum’s going the wrong way, but we totally turned it on its head.

“We’ve got momentum, and we’ve got to build on it. “It’s one game, and one swallow doesn’t make a summer.

“Hopefully, we won’t play as bad as we did in the first 45 minutes again this season.” “We scored four goals in 45 minutes against Arsenal, and days like that are few and far between.

“No we aim to look for a few more.”

Let’s just remind Joey that it was even better than that –  because half way through the seocnd half it was still 4-0 to Arsenal – so Newcastle came thundering back with 4 goals in those last 23 minutes with a fantastic display of guts and courage.

Now the lads have to show that fantastic Geordie spirit in every single game remaining this season, and then we’ll be safe enough.

The club can then go all out to strengthen the side in the summer, and may bring in 4-5 top players, although we still expect at least one free agent to arrive.

That’s what we are hoping for, but for some reason we feel confident it will happen, and we are also praying we can hold onto a certain Cheick Tiote, one of the best signings Newcastle have made in a long long time. We just love the guy!

Boom Boom Cheick Cheick Boom.

But of course before the end of the season, Newcastle must get some wins and get away from the relegation zone, so the Magpies are safe in the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

Note: operation on my foot went well – they got three separate bone spurs out – and I’m now told to keep my foot up (it’s in a surgical boot) for a couple of days – sounds good to me!

16 comments so far

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #1


  • carrollsinger

    Feb 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Carry this onto Blackburn 2-1 win best and kuqi on his debut and isn’t it against his old team!

  • baro

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #3

    What a great statement by Joey Barton! I thought he said that perfectly and clear with determination! A very good changed man and is the most important player to our squad at the moment. Really is turning out to be my favorite player on Tyneside! Hopefully we can get a good result on Saturday vs Blackburn and my goal is all 3 points. I know they beat us at home from a very lucky mistake from Tiote on the defense but we can carry our momentum and team spirit to Blackburn and coup with a good result!

  • baro

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #4

    I commented on the last article this but no one replied….

    Kazenga Lua Lua our young starlet we loaned to Brighton and he then broke his leg/ankle. He then returned to NUFC. So is he our player or theirs at the moment if he becomes fit again before season ends?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Joey Barton has matured greatly this season and deserves another England Cap. His attitude these days is spot on and rubbing off on his team-mates.

    Ed what happened to your foot? Get well soon though.

  • baro

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Has anybody seen this… I know its old…

    But, Hatem Ben Arfa said he wanted to wear the #55 kit number but Newcastle did not give it to him. Ben Arfa was asked why 55? He said ……..
    ” I just thought it would be funny!”,,10278~2152512,00.html

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Baro – I think Lua Lua is ours now until the end of the season. I don’t think we will loan him out again till next season due to his injury. I think the kid has a bright future with us and I am glad to see that Pardew thinks the same.

  • baro

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #8


    Thanks m8, but i was looking for a confirmation not ” i think ” thanks anyways….

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #9

    baro, heard the same story but with the 7 (77). Oh well I/they got it wrong. Your’s is probably correct.

  • john_cena163

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Howay’s ed gud to hear ur Surgery is successful

  • baro

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #11


    hope u feel better soon! 🙂

  • chuck

    Feb 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #12

    You will never break our spirit, ermm unless you offer me more money at a bigger club, that is .
    You think Joey would say no to joining up with Carroll @ Liverpool, with more money of course, actually he`d probably do it for the same amount .
    When will you realise it`s about money and silverware, with silverware coming a close second.

  • The Leazus End

    Feb 10, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #13

    @ chuck // Feb 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    The lad has taking a f***ing pay cut to stay here cos he loves it.
    and you post tosh like that, i bet you got us on the football coupen to get beat at the weekend
    try and be a little more possitive please

  • The Leazus End

    Feb 10, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Get well soon ED

  • Gav00Toon

    Feb 10, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Joey Barton is the man of the moment. Why Cappelo hasn’t seen that I do not know. Lampard just cannot produce the goods for for England and the way Bartons playing he should have Lampards place.
    Let hope we can finally win Blackburn as they are one of boggie teams, am I right in thinking it was 2006 when last beat them?

    Wonder if Pederson has any grudge against Barton?

  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 10, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #16

    @ Baro – a good mate of mine works at Brighton (player liaison officer, does their shopping and takes them to the airport, general skivvy :D) informs me they won’t be seeing LuaLua again this season.

    Think its best we hang on to him so he gets rehabilitated properly, a la Gosling 😉


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