Confidence And Team Spirit The Name Of The Game

Newcastle’s two best performers this season have probably been captain Fabricio Coloccini and his central defensive partner Steven Taylor.

Steven Taylor – we deserve to be 4th

Steven is at last looking a bit like hios old self when he was a most promising player, and played 29 times for the England U21 side and ended up captaining the side.

Steven is now approaching 200 total appearances for Newcastle (198 and counting) and he’s scored 13 goals for the Magpies, but none this season – yet.

It was obvious when Alan Pardew came on board that he was already a big fan of the 25 year-old and indeed along with Cheick Tiote he persuaded the Board to sign the players to long term contracts to keep them at Newcastle,

Steven, like the rest of us, is delighted with the great start to the season by the side, even if the results have been better than the performances, but there;s a certain doggedness about this Newcastle team and they never give up.

Steven believes Newcastle are in 4th place on merit, and he had this to say today:

“Confidence and team spirit has got us another good result,” 

“We are getting stronger and deserve to be where we are. Now we have to keep it going.

One thing we are delighted with this season, is the very good team spirit after some key and important players left the side in the summer.

And it’s good to see the way the lads have picked up points, when they have often been nowhere near their best.

In all five games this season Newcastle have been second best, at least in the first half, but have battled back well in the last 45 minutes to pick up their 8 points from just 4 games, and somehow get through that Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe United in extra time.

One way of looking at it is the lads have not played well but have done great, so just wait until they start playing well!

Good teams find a way to win (or draw), when all seems lost, and everything seemed lost in that first half on Monday night, that’s for sure, when we were completely outplayed.

We’ll definitely take the start Newcastle have made this season, and concentrate on the positives, while hoping we improve our attacking play.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • barryvenison

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    We must play 4-5-1 or we will continue to be outplayed.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Although i do agree with you barry I have a fear…remember when people were shouting out for this and that from england, “we’re better 4-4-2” and then we just simply weren’t. I hope and don’t think it’ll happen like that, just that lingers in my mind.

  • JimmyToonToon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    We need to start playing Santon instead of Raylor! Would be nice to see Sammy get a’bit more time on the pitch too.


  • barryvenison

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Villa use the same formation as QPR with Bent up top Agbonlahor on the left and Nzogbia on the right. Heskey plays just behind Bent almost as an attacking midfielder. Petrov and Delph sit and protect the back 4. They will dominate possesion against us unless we play a similar formation. Gosling or Marveaux should play attacking midfield with Jonas and Obertan out wide. Up front would be between Ba and Best with the latter preferred thanks to his recent double. Bring in Santon at LB and keep the other defenders the same. Tiote and Cabaye to sit and try to dictate play. Playing 442 again would be a very daft decision.

  • drongo

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    brought forward from previous page:

    my team for villa


    Ba to come on for obertan, sammy to come on for best
    When HBA returns he plays in the obertan spot, obertan competes for a spot on the wings

  • dingotoon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I was just wondering if you can give me some advice. I will be coming over to England for a wedding in March and wanted to see a game at Newcastle. The Liverpool game is the most likely, will it be hard for me to get a ticket?

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    We all know Pardew is going to play 4-4-2 whether we like it or not, he seems to have an obsession with playing Ameobi…

  • geoff777

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Lots of new faces, players moving from abroad.
    Adapting to new lifestyles and the fast, hard, competitive style of English football.

    Disruption, dissent and an awful pre-season.
    Failure by the board in the transfer window.

    The squad so thin that we already have a midfielder playing in defence.

    How we have eight points I’m not sure.
    It could easily be none and out of the cup.

    Yet I’m a happy fan, the best start for years.
    Wait till this team gel and start playing.
    We may need to wait until next season to see the true potential of the squad, but it is looking good.

    Pardew needs to be brave and play to our strengths (midfield).
    Better substitutions … give Sammy, Gosling and Vuckic at least ten minutes if they are used.
    Wake up to Shola’s disappearing act.

    A great start to the season bring on Villa.


  • drongo

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    dingo – not that hard at the moment – been a few empty seats so far

  • Lynxie

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    I am seriously worried. Against a team capable of finishing, we would have bee mauled by about 7 or 8. outplayed against Scunthorpe, ran ragged against QPR, otplayed for a long spell against the mackems. The writing is on the wall unless certain players pull their fingers out (Obertan, Shola AGAIN, Tiote, Ba). And Pardew needs to understand that Ryan Taylor has done a magnificent job at Left back AS A STOP GAP!!! He is a right sided player! Square pegs and all that? Put out your strongest side, and show us this exciting team you promised us. 4th top looks great, but without goals, or even creating cahnces, this is gonna be a very very long season.

  • dannyhunt

    Sep 14, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    dingo, just try the box office, there was 10,000 spare seats last game! failing that, mebs someone on here has a spare ticket, that happens from time to time

  • dingotoon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Thanks, it being Liverpool with Judas and Enrique playing I have a funny feeling their may be a few there that game. I would have to change my travel plans to see the Norwich game which I would have no problem getting into though.

  • STB

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    QPR , Mackems, Fulham, Arsenal should have scored. They didn’t. This is the case with most football matches. Otherwise we would get plenty of 5-4s. and not the usual 1-0s we regularly see.

    Only the top 6 have good enough strikers to take their chances regularly and more often than the rest of the dross in the Premier League. This is why you have to pay astronomical amounts to get a potential or proven goal scorer if you don’t get them young or through the academy.
    I include our current strikeforce in the “dross” but hope BA & HBA come good.
    What makes the difference between 7th & 16th is a bit of resilience, performances against similar sides, luck with injuries and the odd player or two that can make a difference.
    Reckon we have resilience and are pretty well set up by Pardew even if a bit negative with both Cabaye & Tiote protecting the back 4 .

    We have a couple of potentially good players who may make the difference. If we can limit the injuries, no reason we can’t finish around 8th when you see the rest of the rubbish in the division.

    An example of our real competition are Villa, who will probably be top 8 if they can keep Bent fit. He would have buried at least one of the QPR chances.

    We’ll see on Saturday and a probable 4-5-1 if we will be as resolute defensively against one of the better “poor ” Premier League sides but so far we have to be happy with the points eevn if not the performances

  • geordie85

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    A last a positive post. It’s too easy to be negative when positives can be found and emphasised.


    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    I have got myself into a Positive frame of mind, I am positive we will not win this weekend.
    But what if I am wrong?.


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