Yohan Cabaye Simply Blown Away By Newcastle Crowd


Yohan Cabaye was blown away by the St. James’ Park crowd and the atmosphere they created tonight, as the top French International made his competitive debut for the club.

Yohan Cabaye – blown away by St. James’ Park atmosphere

The size of the crowd was actually disappointing, at just under 47,000, but we wont tell Yohan that, and the newcomer had a quiet first half,  but a much better second half, as he acclimatized to the Premier League.

25 year old Cabaye said that when he first went out in front of the Newcastle crowd it was perfect and something he will always remember, and already thinks the Newcastle fans are brilliant:

“It was nearly 47,000? Wow. At Lille it was normally 15,000!”

“For me that was perfect. I love the English atmosphere, the English fans. Newcastle fans are brilliant.” “I am happy to start in the team, in the Premier League, and with the atmosphere. That was fantastic.”

“It was a good first game for me and for the team because Arsenal are a good side. I am very tired. It was very tough, but when I play more games I will get better and it will be okay for me.”

“I will work a lot to get fitter.”  “We have played one game and got one point – a good point – and now we have to work for Sunderland next week. We have to win there.”

We saw some of the French magic in the second half tonight,  with Cabaye and Obertan looking good, and once the new boys settle down, it looks like Newcastle will become  a very decent side this season.

If Yohan thinks the crowd was excellent tonight, then just see what it will be like if  Newcastle actually do well this season, and we’ll not even mention the Sunderland game next Saturday.

It was a very good point  for Newcastle, after a tough first half, but Newcastle could even have shaded the win, once Gervinho had been dismissed for clashing with Joey Barton after 75 minutes.

Newcastle didn’t exactly deserve the win, but we would have taken the 3 points anyway,  but are very happy with the draw.

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102 comments so far

  • dmac

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #1

    I thought he was a good player today. looked sharp with some passes.

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  • ToonAndy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s great how humble he is… I was hoping it was going to be over 50,000 today so it was disapointing to see a crowd that was similar to what we had in the championship!! HTL

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Looked solid and broke into the box on a few occasions. Definitely a all-rounder, just need to stop bypassing the midfield with punts.

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  • Drona

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #4

    low attendance, no?

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Oh, and Cheik needs to shape up – our worst player today – contributed nil, just gave the ball away and missed tackles.

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  • hitman

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #6

    this lad will come good,just needs time to get him self settled to the prem

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Someone made the comparison between Rob Lee and Cabaye, can definitely see where they’re coming from.

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  • Andy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #8

    tiote looked a bit out of sorts today i agree. Was getting forward quite a bit which i didn’t see him do much of last year. For me tiote should just be our dm. Break it up and keep the ball. Let the creative lads like joey and cabaye do the attacking. He looked better second half. Playing against arsenal never easy but he looked good. With a bit more movement up top he would show he has an eye for a pass

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Mystic mike stop going on about tiote yes he wasnt his normal top class self but he wasnt anywere near as bad as what your making out. He covered plenty of ground and got stuck in jeeez give it a rest.

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #10

    He was.

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  • dmac

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #11

    It was nice to see that even he had a cheeky smile when he picked up his yellow card today.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #12

    The comment “we need to win there” makes me like the lad. He’s come from a team offering Champions League football, and regardless of the reasons for coming here (possibly money, yes), he is a winner

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Tiote held onto the ball a little long today and was caught in possession time and time again and his passing wasn’t up to his normal standard.

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  • Andy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #14

    dmac was he not lying on the ground begging? Haha the ref was standing there laughing at him. Tiote wasn’t terrible just not as good as he could have been. Suppose he’s been stranded in ghana for 2 weeks. Big game next week so hopefully he’s on his game then

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Suarez is a cheating little arse isn’t he…

    But what a goal by Larsson. Congrats to Sunderland, my new 19th favorite Premier League side 😉

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  • toonboyjake

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #16

    This is only tiotes 2/3rd game? Barely played pre season so is still lacking game time this season think by 4th game the usual chieck will be back

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  • beefman13

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #17

    this kid is going to be a top player for the toon, tiot elooked sluggish and needs games to get up to fitness, would defo play best up front, obertan would start, were was marveux he must not be fit enough and may take a bit of time to get up to speed. joey will prob stay with us now as other clubs will be scared off ,to much to handle.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Gervinho, as well as looking like an alien, seems like a spoiled little brat. Glad we didn’t sign him, disgusting.

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #19

    OMFG match of the day are ass’s didnt even show are best chance the cabaye 1

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #20

    kevymartins

    You mean our only chance right? Haha. I was waiting for that too 😉

    Good on Pardew. I’ve seen 3 interviews with him now where he’s defended Joey to the end. Top man.

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  • nick_9

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #21

    I was surprised at what the attendance on our opening game and against a top four team. Sign of the times? cabaye has the right attitude, I like him. Also just seen Pardews reaction on motd, loved it. ‘why barton?’ That’s what I want, defend our players. Barton, gervinho and song all could have gone, I bet the most painful thing was when song stood on the back of bartons heel/calf.

    Anyone seen Piers and Wilshere on twitter? Wilshere is probably right that it could be assault in the outside world but him saying it to Barton over twitter makes me a bit annoyed. Wilshere trying to act the big man over the internet, its going to be fiesty at the emirates.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Everyone saying Barton went down easily, so what? If he had not gone to ground, then Gervinho would not have been sent off for what was a DEFINITE red card…

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #23

    If we managed a draw with Arsenal today, with a poor performance of us. Imagine what we can do on form.
    fair enough, arsenal weren’t top notch either.
    But i’ve got to admit, its doesn’t look all doom and gloom now.
    The rest of the players in and 10th place is very likely

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    Bad shirt, shoes and views from shearer again. Sort it out slaphead……..

    Make of that?

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  • kingkev9

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Cabeye cannot play in a 4-4-2 with Tiote. Both too defensive, first half passed him by. Can only play them together in a 4-5-1 formation.

    Tiote was playing in front of Cabeye first half, stupid decision by Pardew, his job is too protect the back 4.

    We had no link up player today, yes Ben Arfa was injured but surely a certain Mr Nolan could have done a job today?

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Exactly, TDS. That’s what I say. Also, Shearer is clearly bitter about his and Joeys’ spat.

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  • Andy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Joey7Barton Joseph Barton
    Bad shirt, shoes and views from shearer again. Sort it out slaphead…….

    Barton picking fight with wrong guy here. Shearer is a legend. Barton is a fan favourite. Big difference! Think joey might get a few nufc fans unhappy about that

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #28

    KingKev – get over him.

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  • FloridaToon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #29

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned Song’s dive earning the v. persie FK. He was clipped but then took 2-3 steps and fell down in slow motion. What a joke.

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  • Kris

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #30

    My rating of the players today:
    Krul 7 – did all great, but not much to do.
    Simpson 5 – looked å bit tired, ok game.
    S.Taylor 8 – outstanding, won everything.
    Colo 8 – the same as Taylor, great Captain.
    R.Taylor 6 – some shaky at times, but good.
    Barton 6 – worked well in defence.
    Cabaye 7 – very good in 2 half, nice on ball.
    Tiote 5 – poor passing, but worked hard.
    Gutierrez 7 – he ran and ran, helped Raylor.
    Ba 3 – didnt nothing impressive, disapoited.
    Ameobi 2 – the same as always.

    Obertan 6 – shown pace and fine technique.
    Best 4 -too like his fellow black strikers.
    Lovenkrands – did nothing, too late comin in.

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  • estechco

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Seemed to be a bit caught out by the premiership pace, but still showed some nice touches. Sure he’ll come good!

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  • adam20692

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #32

    @15 Take that suarez comments as a personal insult lol Best striker around atm, pure class have said for the last 3-4 years we shoulda bought him.

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  • nick_9

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #33

    We just need to at least match last seasons performances at a minimum but hopefully better them. At the mo we have matched our home draw against Arsenal, a point at the SOS wouldn’t be to shabby. I’m going to be honest and say they did ok against Lpool today so its game on. A leftback is a must as is another striker. Simmo and gosling might do alright at rightback and hopefully we will make do with our three cb’s. Little disappointed at our strikers, seems Shola is above Best.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #34

    kingkev

    Season has started, and it wouldn’t be that surprising if a clean sheet today convinces Ashley we don;t need a left back after all.

    So it really wouldn’t shock me if we make no more signings.

    For me, it’s time to start focusing on the players we have – not ones that I wish were still here

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  • dmac

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Agree mystic lol shearer is so blinded by his dislike for joey its ridic.

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  • Andy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #36

    kingkev9 i don’t think they can’t play together in a 4-4-2. They still could just not against a top side like arsenal. Cabaye got forward more second half as we had more of the ball due to matching the men in the middle. Against the likes of WBA Villa and Fulham who mostly play 4-4-2 i think they can still do a job.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #37

    adam

    Yeah, absolutely incredible player. 22 million was he? Makes it look like Liverpool got mugged for Carroll, Henderson, Downing…

    Did you watch the game? Liverpool looked like champions in the first half, but the second they looked like Stoke. I understand mine is a bias opinion, but Carroll seems really detrimental to their play… Him and Suarez just don’t look like gelling at all

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  • hitman

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #38

    to be fair to joey,shearers shoes and shirt were a shocka,did he get them from oxfam..

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  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #39

    woooooooooow insulting Shearer – you might aswell be cussing all our mothers… hes history after that.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Can people not take a joke? It’s not like commenting on Shearers shirt & shoes & lack of hair is incredibly offensive..

    I can’t see Alan losing any sleep over it!

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