It All Bodes Well For Newcastle Going Forward

Not surprisingly Alan Pardew was very upbeat about Newcastle’s very good display at Villa Park yesterday.

Alan Pardew at Villa Park yesterday

Alan Pardew had promised a much more attacking performance from Newcastle yesterday, after Newcastle were second best at Loftus Road on Monday night against QPR.

And that’s what the Newcastle players gave us yesterday, and at the end they were unlucky not to take all 3points, when Yohan Cabaye, who had an excellent game along with Cheick Tiote in central midfield, almost scored a couple of times in the last five minutes.

Pardew was happy with his team’s display at Villa Park.

“I was really buoyed by our performance because when you come to Villa, you don’t expect to control the game for as long as we did,” 

“We got a grip of the central area of the pitch and Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote were outstanding.”  “If we can get Cabaye on the ball, you would pay good money to watch him.”

“He was beautiful today and deserved a goal and it was a fantastic save by Shay Given that kept him out. But I’ve got to be really pleased to get a draw here and with the performance we gave, and I felt we perhaps deserved the win.”

“I thought we looked a threat the whole game and we created great chances and it bodes well for us going forward.”

Shay Given made a fantastic save from a terrific shot on 85 minutes that looked like it was going in,  and then in injury time Cabaye almost scored the winner, but put the ball over the bar from a narrow angle.

But  a draw was really a fair result because Aston Villa also had their chances to win the game too, and Darren Bent missed an absolute sitter for Villa in the first half, after Stiliyan Petrov had set him up beautifully.

Next up for Newcastle is the 3rd round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday night at Nottingham Forest, and then a home game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle will now be looking to win  both those games, and keep up their excellent start to the season, and the Carling Cup is also an important competition for the Magpies this season.

On evidence of yesterday’s performance, Newcastle may be able to have a good run  in that competition.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • cam_toon

    Sep 18, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Fantastic result today. And I’ve gotta say it’s a propa suprise. By all account we rode our luck at times but that won’t ditract from the Cabaye masterclass!!

    Gan on Toon!!

    Oh and first lol

  • Constanstine

    Sep 18, 2011 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #2

    We dominated until Ameobi came on.

  • GS

    Sep 18, 2011 at 5:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t blame young Sammy, man.


    Sep 18, 2011 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Not Sammy , he scored a great goal and it should have stood .It was Shola that tried to play the part of a footballer and failed…Sammy was Good. Off fishing ..good day .

  • ginkoh

    Sep 18, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #5

    @Constanstine haha totally agree.

  • Howden Mag

    Sep 18, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #6

    I was well pleased with the performance yesterday. Agree about Cabaye, class. Forest could be a difficult game and should be taken seriously, they will be up for it after recent results. I would like to rest Saylor and Collo but we do need to win this game. It will be interesting to see our gate next weekend, the majority of clubs are well down this season in attendances. I hope it is a big crowd and noisy. Let us keep going forward United.

  • PapaToon

    Sep 18, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Ba and best have to be our pairing.
    Ameobi was utter crap. the game changed when he came on we lost our impetus. the amount of free kicks he gives away is mind boggling. better off substituting a striker with a midfielder than bringing S ameobi on.
    cabaye was the star and tiote did good as well. however he did give a way the ball couple of times. Obertan looks promising as well, lacks game time.
    i wouldnt mind seen marvuew instead of guiterez, just cuz guiterez’s end product is average.

  • Graeme

    Sep 18, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #8

    I missed the first 30 mins due to the standard Nigerian power cut, what a bummer!! Thought the tooon played some really great football and there is no doubt we have far more skill in the side than last year. We should have taken the 3 points and on another day, we probably would have done!

    They played as a team and actually looked a good team and its been a while since you could say that about NUFC!! All credit to Pardwho who seems to be getting them to play the way he wants. Long may it continue as playing like that, we will be threatening Europe I think!!

    Unfortunately, once again, Bambi has proved he just doesn’t have what it takes to hold a place in the current set-up. He’s now a bench warmer – at best!!

  • gorgonzola

    Sep 18, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #9

    I was impressed a whole lot… what a change frm the QPR game where we was awful!!… Cabaye is a faking masterclass player as we all though he would be…. Great to see BEST score again well done lads..!!!


  • evildick

    Sep 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #10

    i missed the game, great to hear some positivity on this blog. i was fearing the worst after our last performance!

    looking forward to blackburn now!

  • solano

    Sep 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle’s impressive start to the season continues and Pardew has to take a lot of credit for how the team have fought it out and taken points – I know we’ve rode our luck in a few of those games but we must take as many points early doors because we all know the squad is not really equipped to absorb injuries in certain positions. That’s me being positive!
    But as one who has been called a “negger” on more than a few occasions, it is perturbing to me how many are jumping on the Shola-bashing bandwagon – it’s becoming tedious and is totally uneccessary. He is struggling at the mo and of course, he is not everyone’s cup of tea, but we are, as some apologist/philosopher said, what we are! If we had any real ambition, Walker’s finest would not be here….but that goes for a lot of the players in the squad at present. Maybe a little restraint in his name-calling would be in order? It’s going too far – recently, JP from under the Rock even called Strolla a “cancer” at the club! Given the things that have gone on during the last few years, I would have thought NUFC had bigger problems than pillorying a local lad.

  • Chaz

    Sep 18, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Tuesday if going to be interesting. I suspect we’ll start with most of the line-up that took on Norwich City Reserves last week. Obertan is going to frustrate the hell out of me this season and on the showing so far; Marveaux is a more thoughtful and skillful player and can cement his place in the side over Obertan. Tiote is still improving and his midfield pairing with the outstanding Cabaye is going to grow as each game passes. If Hatem can get some game time on Wednesday playing just off Ba or Best then the striking options will increase again for the home game with Blackburn. Sammy Ameobi impresses me every time he steps onto the pitch for us. Fergie, Perch, Kadar, Gosling, Guthrie, Abeid, the new goalkeeper Elliott all need some game time and a chance to press for a place for inclusion in the 1st team squad and Pardew needs to see where we’ve got some reliable cover.

    On another day the result at Villa could easily have been five-zip to us. The comments from Trevor Francis and Matt LeTissier yeasterday made me think of getting someone from the RNIB to go round to their houses to see if there was anything that could be done to help them.


  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #13

    I have to agree with #’s 11 and 12

    Solano it’s not often I agree with any of your comments but you are on the money this time, especially the Ameobi comments from the brain deads, there is a reason why every manager has stuck with Shola and given him game time and I think it shows the gulf in football understanding between our armchair football managers and the real deals.

    The real managers give him game time as they see another option/dimension to our attack while the armchair managers cannot see past their games consoles.

    Chaz I agree with your last paragraph according to bbc sports the game stats against villa were 54% possession to NUFC, while the shots on target were 13 to 3 in our favour, and yet when watching motd you would have thought that villa dominated and were the better and more threatening team.

    The anti NUFC runs deep and will for a long time to come but it does make every point gathered all the better to savour.

  • Sav

    Sep 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Time to give Pardew some credit.
    We are looking more solid than for years and at last beating the beatable teams. That is down to Pards (its certainly not down to marquee signings) and under surely some of the most difficult circumstances for a Newcastle manager, he’s delivering consistency and confidence.


    Sep 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Sav@14 agree with your comments. We are taking points and getting results when previously we might get rolled over. Some credit to Pardew must be due, Shola apart every one else on the pitch had a positive contribution to make to one degree or another.

  • beardsleys chin

    Sep 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    just seen the highlights from motd and eye agree that its obviously been edited to make villa the more dominatin team. Bunch of bloody fascists man. I just hope we prove to all the southern pancies that we’re back and a force to be reckoned with.

  • beardsleys chin

    Sep 18, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #17

    now to lie doon n watch he who lives in a pineapple under the sea. .


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