Last Night’s Win Was A Typical Newcastle Display


Last night’s win by Newcastle at Scunthorpe United was a typical Magpies display.

Tim Krul – great game last night

They put Newcastle fans through hell and high water before they finally won the game last night, and in great style too, with a wonderful goal from 19 year-old Sammy Ameobi.

And I just don’t know how those faithful traveling fans do it, and even after Newcastle’s pitiful performance in that first half, the Geordie fans were right behind the team after half time, and willed their team on to win for them, which the lads did finally, in extra time.

The only thing the team spared us from was a penalty shoot-out – and I’m not sure I could have taken that.

The good news is that Newcastle could have easily succumbed in that first half or even after that, and they had the superb Tim Krul in goal to thank for keeping them in the Cup, with some brilliant saves.

The young Dutchman is still improving and learning too, and his distribution and kicking needs some work, but we think this lad can become a great goalkeeper at Newcastle United.

And Pardew will take some good things out of this game, including a decent first appearance by Sylvain Marveaux out on the left wing, and excellent substitute  appearances from both Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.

Both players looked good and helped sway the game in Newcastle’s favor in the seocnd half and during extra time, and the Magpies’ manager will not be able to ignore these two lads for too much longer.

And doesn’t 19 year-old Haris Vuckic, who turned 19 last Sunday, look a class player?

This is what Alan had said yesterday about Marveaux before the game:

“Since he’s been here, he’s struggled with his groin situation because he’s lacked football.:

“He’s slowly but surely getting there. We know he’s a very good player and I think he’ll certainly be ready to play soon.”

Sylvain showed he has lots of ability, but like a number of  our new players, he will need  time and games to acclimatize to English football.

And Demba Ba in particular was very disappointing last night, as he seemed way off the pace, and even a little disinterested.

Dan Gosling looked okay, showed he can play, but he needs more games to recover his sharpness, after a very long time out of the game., but we think Dan will become a very good player for Newcastle..

Since Newcastle won it was good news for the fans, but we also know we came perilously close to making an ignominious exit from the Carling Cup, much like we did at Stevenage last January in the FA Cup.

But the lads survived and live to fight another day, and we’ll see who we get in the third round in tomorrow’s draw.

A win is a win, and we want another on Sunday afternoon against Fulham, who lost 1-0 at  Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukraine, but got through on a  3-1 aggregate, after winning the first leg 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

Things may even be looking up, just a little, for Newcastle.

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183 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Are we still righting off half our squad after last nights game?

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    I thought it was a shocking performance – they played the better football and we resulted to a lot of long balls. Where is the free flowing passing game we were supposed to be adopting. Pardew has stated we should judge him come the end of August – tick tock tick tock Pardew.

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  • shearermania

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    if you want to fasten to the ramadan or whatevwer its called

    go to church –

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  • Slank Loogan

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Vuckic now looks like he is ready for the first team.

    His best position is in the hole between the centre forward and the midfield in a 4-2-3-1 position.

    He isn’t a winger, he doesn’t have sufficient pace. What he has is the ability to pick a pass, bring others into the game, get past his man, support the striker and score goals. He is the natural substitute for Ben Arfa.

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  • bill

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Must agree with Post 2. It reminded me of Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers under Big Sam. Can AP tell his midfielders that should never lose the ball on the halfway line by messing about trying to be clever, it leaves the defence totally exposed.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    @shearemania, I think you’ll find muslims go to mosques, not churches. No wonder religions don’t get on well with simple ignorance like that. They also have the right to practice their customs whether they are sportsmen or not.

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  • Milner

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    this article written when liverpool wanted Roux:

    On Tuesday afternoon various media sources picked up the story that Brest striker Nolan Roux was a target for English side Liverpool. Some sources even going as far to say a fee and contract terms had been agreed and the 23 yr old would be on his way to Anfield on Friday or Saturday to have a medical before completing the deal.

    The young striker has rose to prominence very quckly in 2009/10 he scored 15 goals as he was a huge part of Brest’s promotion to Ligue 1. However his first season in the top flight was hampered a little by injury, he scored 6 goals and was mostly impressive.

    To give you an idea of what the player is like here are some tweets from the top Ligue 1 reporters airing their thoughts on Roux:
    Matt Spiro – Writer and broadcaster for Ligue1.com

    Nolan Roux is 23, great potential. Scored 15 goals to get Brest up, only 6 in debut top flight year but had injury. I’d guess €6-8m.
    I had pleasure of commentating on Roux’s goal in the Brittany derby vs Rennes. Pure class.
    James Eastham – French football scout and betting expert

    If they can get him for £7-8m it would be a bargain. Outstanding prospect.
    He has a fantastic attitude, great movement, workrate and much, much more than a goalscorer. A potential French international.
    He’s right-footed but decent on both sides, I can see him playing wide as well as through the middle.
    Jonathan Johnson – Writer for Sky Sports and French Football Weekly

    Hot prospect. 23 yr old striker, 6 goals, 3 assists in 28 games. A former Lens youth player. Possesses great speed and positioning.
    Superb performance for U-21?s in his only match for them v Croatia.
    Son of Bruno Roux, 15 goals/5 assists in Ligue 2,strong player will adapt to Premier League, unfinished article, versatile-striker or winger
    It’s clear to see that Nolan Roux is very highly rated, fans too often only look at a strikers goal ratio and determine if he is worthy or not. There is much more to being a top striker than putting the ball in the back of the net and Roux has the ability to be one of the leading strikers in Europe.

    If the deal goes through and Liverpool acquires his services they will have a very able player that will be a great addition to their squad.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Was disappointed with the first half last night, but the team came back and should have won it in normal time if Best and Lovern had better composure.

    Was also disappointed in Gosling and Ba. Gosling played so many misplaced passes and his touch let him down on a number of occasions. Ba looked quite poor, him and Best just weren’t clicking and we were much better when he left the field.

    Now the negatives are out the way heres the positives. Krul, R.Taylor, Colo, Cabaye, Best (After Ba left the field), SA Ameobi, Vuckic were excellent. Best won every single header and with better composure he should have scored at least 2. He also looked much fitter than last season, he lasted the whole 120mins where as last season he was tired after 50-60 minutes. Cabaye was everywhere, another impressive performance by him. Krul made 4-5 outstanding saves.

    Was also happy to see Marveaux last the whole 120 minutes and SA Ameobi was the stand out I think. His dribbling and crosses caused problems before his fine goal, with his right foot too!

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  • JAMSHA

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    A win against fulham would b gr8 🙂

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  • pspclarn

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    BUTLER YOU REALLY ARE A FIRST CLASS KN0B,,, WE WERE OVER RUN BY A SH!T LOWER LEAGUE SIDE,,,, ANOTHER MA LOVER AND SHEEP OF A FOLLOWER,,,, GET SOME BALLS AND BOYCOTT ITTTTTTTT GIMP

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  • JackButler

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    pspclarn

    Really?

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    @10 – Do you know how to take caps lock off? Dont be a knob today mate – we won and its friday. You boycott and we will watch and support our team… get it?

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Ffs, back on again psp and still haven’t found the caps lock?

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  • MarkO

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Were going to be screwed when the African cup of nations is on and Tiote leaves

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    @7 nice read that – however we need a proven striker now. By all means bring this kid in (ship Ranger out) However every morning from now until transfer deadline day I will wake up hoping to see Sturridge signing for the mags.Sturridge is there for the taking and it riles me our hierarchy cannot see he will improve us as a unit 10 fold. FFS buy Sturridge.

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  • WesJameson

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    @ PHOENIXNIGHTS // Aug 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Mate, look at what happened to Norwich and QPR among others, we were unlucky in that second half, and there were a lot of plus points, namely Colo (again) Saylor, Raylor (again) KRUL!!!!!! Sammy, Vukcic, Cabaye, Marveux

    Not all doom there Lad

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  • pspclarn

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    MA FOLLOWERS BLOG ,,,,, MMMMM I GET IT NOW,, ARE YOU ALL IMPRESSED WITH THE SCUNNY CENTER HALF,,, MAYBEE GIVE YA MATE MA A NUDGE TO GET THE CHEQUE BOOK OUT FOR HIM,,,, FK1N SHEEP FOLLOWERS GIMPS GROW A PAIR ,,, BOYCOTTTTTTT

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    @PhoenixNights – I wish for that also every morning… If they could only convince him to come on loan at least and then with an option to buy – he would complete the picture with Peiters coming in… and sure get Roux in permanent,,,

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  • mushy

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Interesting point there Markaccus… Muslims have the right to practice their customs whether they are sportsmen or not.
    Fasting is definitely detrimental to the performance of a sportsman, so what rights do the club and its supporters have in those cicumstances ???

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #20

    This Tw@T PSPCLARN: Offically ignore this fella ALL… He is clearly a bit special…

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  • Milner

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    i can only assume pspclarn is, like “klaus”, a moron.*

    on Roux, i’d liked this bit:

    He has a fantastic attitude, great movement, workrate and much, much more than a goalscorer. A potential French international.
    He’s right-footed but decent on both sides, I can see him playing wide as well as through the middle.

    fits the mould!

    *austin powers!

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  • wsquare

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #22

    gosling clearly short on confidence to do anything with the ball.

    ba sligtly worried about him. but still hoping he comes good.

    best and lover were their usual self tried hard but short on quality.

    marveux possibly best signing better than cabaye

    cabaye solid

    simpson at least he defends well lets hope he improves his attacking

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #23

    ED very nice use of the word ignominious 🙂

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  • Graeme

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Some good performances and some dire performances – we were very fortunate to win. Krul kept us in the game with a string of superb saves and this guy is going to be a superstar we will have to fight to keep.

    If we get Erik Pieters on board at LB it will be a help and if we add Davide Santon at RB we will have a very good back four indeed. Hope both FB signings come through before the window closes.

    Our mid-field shows great potential; we have glimpses of great skills coming through. By the time we have played 6 or 8 games and the various players are settled in, understand each other, I think we will look a much better team.

    Unfortunately, up front doesn’t/ isn’t working at all well. There is NO leader, NO holding of the ball. If the first 3 games of the season have showed us anything then it has to be how much we need a CF on board.

    A Shearer type player in front of this midfield, with the support available, would score for fun. We have all the ingredients of a very good team but it needs a good striker, a proper CF, to give it the outlet it needs.

    Mr Ashley needs to spend some money to get this player in, he wont get him for peanuts, but the investment would be worth every penny as with a CF, this team will challenge top 6 – they will be good enough.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Gosling has hardly kick in a ball in the last year, the kid will come good

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  • Pit yacker

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #26

    PSPCLARN – must be awful in your world

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #27

    How much would Roux cost Fellas?

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  • JackButler

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #28

    ichrisho been reported they want 8mil euros

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  • pspclarn

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #29

    IRISHIIRITATION IO OR WHATEVER YA CALLED,,,, OBVIOUSLY A GEORDIE FFKS,,, TAKE IT YOU BOYCOTTED AT BIRTH MATE,,,, YOU WANT A MAP OF THE TOON SON

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  • Pit yacker

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Worth noting we have lost games like last night on a number of occasions, so getting through to the next round with no significant injuries is surely a good thing, would be classed as good news at most clubs

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #31

    @16- hello mate, its not doom and gloom. We put out a really strong team (positives Collo/Stayls/Cabaye/Krull/Vucic/Sammi) but we resorted to long ball tactics. We should have imposed our passing game on them. Vucic must start and start in the hole behind Shola or Best. Knowing Newcastle we will play him on the wing. We were promised free flowing football – I have been to all 3 games and not seen it yet. Please do not say it is early in the season – its just as early for Arse/Scum/Scun. They all pushed the ball around nicely.We will be ok this year but will be better once we get our players keeping the ball on the deck.

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  • Milner

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #32

    ichi, between £7-10m apparently…

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  • Eastander

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #33

    @26 – Just ignore him he’s clearly a mackam, if not ignore, then laugh instead, its making my morning laughing at him

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #34

    @JB – 8million euros – good price as Sturridge would be about what… 20m euros.. Have we given up on that mad edjit Maiga?

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  • JackButler

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #35

    ichrisho seems a good price, still think that Sturridge will go out on loan again this season and Maiga is just a nutcase

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  • OttersPocket

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #36

    4 Ponts in league no goals conceeded
    Still in cup
    LB looks to be signing
    Som good displays from new signings
    Krul looking excellent
    CB partnership looking good
    But still such negativity on here.
    Do you expect us to play like Barcelona every week?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #37

    @mushy. I agree with that. However, the clubs must know of this issue when they sign a player. It doesn’t seem to be a problem in france, where lots of afro-frog players will be muslims. Never really heard of any issues like this until a few muslims have signed for us.

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  • Pit yacker

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #38

    thanks Eastander, doesnt matter where you sit on the whole ownership question we all support the toon and a win is a win 🙂

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  • WesJameson

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #39

    @ pspclarn // Aug 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Lets all laugh at the unwashed scum, hahahaha, whats its feel like to have a Geordie managing your team you TW@T??

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #40

    JB – I still do believe we will get that Maiga guy just before the deadline and also I do think that AP will want to get Barnetta in if Barton does leave… We have some interesting days ahead for the toon… I just hope we keep Collo – Valencia have mega bucks now…

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