Newcastle fans saw a commanding display from French International midfielder Yohan Cabaye on Saturday at Villa Park.
Yohan Cabaye – big threat when he pushed forward in second half
Alan Pardew played his tactics almost perfectly on Saturday, and made up for whatever mistakes he made on Monday night, and pushed Cabaye up the field in the second half and it paid off.
And certainly Yohan is a wonderfully skilled player to watch, beautiful to watch according to the Newcastle manager, and he makes things look so easy, it’s even annoying.
Alan Pardew was rightly delighted at the Magpies’ performance which augers well for the future:
“To come away from home at Villa and control the game for, let’s say, 80% of the game takes some doing.” “I just think the control we had over the game, which is something I talked about last year, was great.”
“We have had a great start and we aren’t getting carried away.” “We don’t have a group of players who will do that.”
“The one difference between us at Villa Park and last Monday night at QPR – and even in a couple of other games – was that we really looked like a potent threat going forward.”
“We looked like we were going to get goals. In other games we haven’t.” “Cabaye was a lot to do with that and was beautiful to watch. You would pay good money to watch him.”
“I think it is important that we do the right things at the right time. We did that at Villa.” “We got a grip of the central midfield area, we got Cabaye into the game.”
“If we do that more, he will hurt the opposition.”
What Alan will have learned from the second half yesterday is that when Yohan pushed up more, leaving Tiote to fill in at defensive midfield, which he did very well, Newcastle looked a lot more potent side with Yohan himself having a good eye for goal.
With the great Ben Arfa coming back tomorrow night, it looks like an attacking Cabaye coupled with Ben Arfa just ahead of him in the withdrawn striker role, could strike terror in opposition defenses.
We hope so in any case, and we may see that formation in Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers, and maybe even tomorrow night in the Carling Cup game at Nottingham Forest.
But there were certainly a lot of positives coming out of the game on Saturday, where Newcastle looked a good team.