Lots Of Positives To Take From Newcastle Display

Newcastle gave a gutsy and good performance against Manchester United tonight, and there were many positives Alan Pardew could take from this game.

Alan Pardew – on sideline tonight

And Pardew seemed to have a good game plan, and the players were ready for this game, as they came out of the blocks like a steam train for that first 20 minutes – it was great to watch both sides attacking from the off.

And goalkeeper Tim Krul came in as though he hadn’t been away, and had a very good solid game, and made the save of the game after just two minutes,  when he somehow stopped a shot from Hernandez who was only a few yards out.

A terrific save from the goalkeeper so early in the game.

Tim was safe and looked good throughout tonight, as was the defense overall, with the central defensive pair of Coloccini and Williamson both outstanding, and Mike Williamson still seems to be improving.

After the game there were protests that the referee didn’t give a penalty for one of Hernandez many dives – which he kept performing (do he practice them in training?),  until he was finally booked in injury time – and you can expect that the Red Devils will say they should have had a penalty.

But that’s the way things go these days, because they the Red Devils were expected  to  win this game tonight, but didn’t and Newcastle have given Arsenal and Chelsea a chance – a small chance – to catch the Red Devils.

Newcastle got only their fourth clean sheet at St. James’ Park this season, and against one of the best sides in Europe, so that has to be good too. The other clean sheets were against Aston Villa, Fulham and West Ham.

And Cheick Tiote is a huge player for Newcastle, and transformed the side in the middle of the park – although he did pick up yet another yellow card in the second half.

That’s 11 yellow cards and one red card this season, and Cheick’s  missed 6 games through suspension – and an area he must start improving – quickly.

Newcastle were still a bit impotent up front, but Stephen Ireland looked a bit classy when he came on, and he could prove to be a huge plus for the side these last 5 games of the season.

It looks like Alan Pardew will try to use Ireland up front, and he went close only minutes after he had come on, with a little sneaky shot that went just inches wide of the upright.

And Danny Guthrie played his heart out tonight, and looks a good young player who was passing the ball well  in the center of midfield, and did himself no harm tonight. Danny had a solid game.

Gutierrez is also looking good out on the left wing and seems to be coming into some good form at the right time.

But Alan Pardew will be very happy with the point and a good gutsy performance from his players tonight.

Newcastle are back in 9th position in the table, and they must go all out against the worst defense in the league on Saturday at Bloomfield Road, and with captain Kevin Nolan back for that game, Newcastle could field quite a strong aside.

3 points on Saturday and we can all declare Newcastle  safe – and the main goal of the season will have been achieved. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

15 comments so far

  • Timmers09

    Apr 19, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Bottom line is we do miss our “big” players Tiote is an absolute zulu warrior, and that diamond haircut!
    One thing i like about Krul over Harps is he will throw or release the ball quick, Harps will rarely do that he’ll hold then wait. We do miss Nolan for a bit of cutting edge. Lover is similar to Owen in the sense he will get a goal but 1 every 10 so would like to see a more proven striker.
    Just getting slightly worried that we are just linked to foreign players nothing against the quality but we do have a good english or british nucleus. When platini/blabfish get their ways dont want our youth/home grown players overlooked.

  • Timmers09

    Apr 19, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Could be a psychological point that takes us to 40, hoping they play more relaxed against Blackpool gunning for the win not being scared that we’re not in the 30’s still. But not to far as to become complacent ppl know what i mean right?!?!

  • Brutooon

    Apr 20, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Tiote is a massive player of he, he gave the big different.

    Even SAF asked rooney to go for tiote when tiote gotthe ball

    Ireland show good class, he will get his permanent deal

  • darthkir

    Apr 20, 2011 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Guthrie was ordinary although he didnt commit many mistakes .

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 20, 2011 at 4:46 AM

    Comment #5

    well this point we gained took a huge pressure off now if we go to blackpool and win there then we will be safe for sure

  • toonbrother

    Apr 20, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Danny guthrie was excellent yesterday I’m so pleased to know we have yet another midfielder of that quality in our side (in addition to chieck and barton). Ameobi is at best a second string striker. Its about time we accepted this as a club. Ireland had classy touches i hope he signs a permanent deal. Enrique , williamson and simpson were solid as usual. Colocinni remains the weak link in the back four. In short we need a new centre foward and a new central defender in the summer at the very lease. Overall it was a heroic display by the lads


    Apr 20, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Alan pardew gets his 1st point against fergi

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 20, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8

    I think the relegation fight is between the bottom 5
    1 Man Utd(CL)
    2 Arsenal(CL)
    3 Chelsea(CL)
    4 Tottenham(CL)
    5 Man City(EL)
    6 Liverpool(EL)
    7 Everton
    8 Newcastle
    9 Bolton
    10 Aston Villa
    11 Fulham
    12 Stoke
    13 West Brom
    14 Birmingham
    15 Sunderland
    16 Blackburn
    17 West Ham
    18 Wolves
    19 Wigan
    20 Blackpool

    QPR Norwich automatically promoted

  • jonnymcdonald

    Apr 20, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #9

    @toonbrother. Collo is not the weak link in the defence at all, if anyone its Williamson!

  • MonsterMagnet

    Apr 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Colo was excellent I thought. Simpson was caught out of position a couple of times, but otherwise the defence was solid. Barton was immense last night – the amount of times he robbed Wayne Rooney. He was pure class. We do miss Tiote – he gives Guthrie the freedom to play like he did last night. Best moment – Ranger winning his first header of the night vs. Vidic. If only he’d won one last Sunday. He looked a nuisance when he was on, further showing he is a great impact sub, but not yet ready for the starting XI.

  • Mag52

    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    I think I’d swap round 16 & 17 Blackburn and West Ham with 18 &19 Wolves and Wigan.
    Blackburn are being sucked into a relegation scrap for the first time, and at the worst time, so I doubt if they have the mental strength to survive it. As for West Ham, I’m not sure that Avram is as good a motivator when it comes to the crunch as is Mick Macarthy.
    As for last night’s match, Collo’s ‘man of the match ‘award says it all although they all played their part in a great result.

  • lewisnufc

    Apr 20, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12


    are you joking mate? coloccini the weak link?! he is probably our most important player to have at the back! He organises the backline and reads the game so well. I dont know how you can say that like..

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Apr 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #13

    For me, there wasn’t a player in our side who didn’t have a good game, other than perhaps Shola. Lovenkrands impressed me with his movement, making clever runs and bamboozling the Manc centre backs. Our “wingers” Gutierrez and Barton ran the game, both looked solid and up for the fight. In the centre of the midfield, Tiote and Guthrie were magnificent. Tiote doing his usual job, breaking up play and distributing the ball well. Guthrie meanwhile looked on par with the United midfield, and other than one or two misplaced passes, had a fabulous game. The whole defence was great as usual, and Krul, with that early stop, seemed to have the confidence to deal with anything. Overall, a great performance, and looking forward to Blackpool now

  • thepict

    Apr 20, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Thought the back 4 played really well last night, and Danny Guthrie had a good game. Jose looked a lot happier as well. Hopefully he’s going to sign a new contract. If not, I wish him all good things for the future.

  • cgrizzly87

    Apr 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Coloccini is a great CB, he played well yesterday. Very proud of the club after that performance.

    We have a very good starting 11, just need to get rid of some dead wood and bring in re-enforcements:



    Barton (replace?)—Tiote—Nolan—Jonas

    Ben Arfa/Ireland(can be used in central 4)


    We need a quality striker! Plus cover on the wings and at full back 😀


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