Some Outstanding Newcastle Performances Last Night

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is now hoping for a home draw in the Carling Cup 4th round,  after Newcastle got their 4th win in seven games, by winning 4-3 after extra time at Nottingham Forest last night.

Peter Lovenkrands – after scoring last night

Newcastle fielded nine changes from the side that drew 1-1 at Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, and only Danny Simpson and captain Coloccini kept their places.

Newcastle went ahead four times last night, but on three of those occasions Nottingham Forest fought back to equalize.

But Coloccin’s winning goal came two minutes into added time at the end of extra time, and hardly time for Forest to come back for a fourth time.

That was obviously the plan to win the game and yes, I’m  kidding.

Pardew talked after the game last night:

“It’s a competition where we will be looked at as one of the possible teams who can win it, and we have got to believe that.”  “We are looking for a home draw because we have had two tough away games.”

“The first game might have been unglamorous, but to win here at the City Ground is always a good result, so hopefully  we will get a home draw.”

“It was a funny game. When you make nine changes, you kind of know that the team is going to be slightly dysfunctional in some of its play.”

“But within that team individually, my goodness, we had some outstanding performances tonight.”

“We are unbeaten, we showed great spirit to come back again, get a knock-back, come back, knock-back, come back, knock-back and still get the winner.”

“It was fitting that the captain should get it because I did think long and hard about playing him, and I’m glad I did now.”

Alan Pardew will take a lot of good things out of the game last night, Peter Lovenkrands scored twice, and 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid looked very efficient in central midfield alongside Danny Guthrie, and Sylvain Marveaux is beginning to look the part on the left wing.

So given it was essentially a second eleven playing for Newcastle last night, the lads did very well indeed, and got the job done, because Newcastle are in the hat for the 4th round draw on Saturday.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 21, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope your appointment went well Ed! All the best

  • the_besty_show

    Sep 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #2

    need some highlights, marveaux got star man on sun dream team so hopefully we got some competition on the wings now, players always play better when their place isnt guaranteed

  • swemag

    Sep 21, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #3

    would be nice to see some highlights, no broadcast, could find no stream.
    Marveaux and Abeid playing well, that sounds promising. With Haris and Sammy also coming strong this is starting to sound quite nice. Will see how long the unbeaten run extends too, hopefully lasts past Saturday.

  • magpiebop

    Sep 21, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Does that make his record for us a goal every other game wii those 2 goals?

  • brklyngeordie

    Sep 21, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #6

    wanna give a long overdue regards to Ed for creating this beautiful blog and let u know that my thoughts and prayers went out to you today and i knew the Lads would do this for you tonight.. hope your results went as well as the game get well Ed..HWTL!!!

  • darthkir

    Sep 21, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #7

    To be honest, I’m worried about AP persistance in playing Shola Ameobi in every game… I dont know what he sees in that man.

  • magpiebop

    Sep 21, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #8

    What a spine in 4-1-3-1-1

    Ben Arfa.

    This is the best spine to the team we can play at the moment in my opinion!

    Who would you play as the wingers and fullbacks in our best 11?
    Mine would be;-
    Tavernier and Santon in fullback roles
    ahead of RTaylor,Simpson,Ferguson,Dummett and N’zuzi.

    SAMeobi and Marveaux the wingers
    ahead of Moyo,Abeid,Guttierez,Obertan,Ferguson,RTaylor.

  • RedMissionBells

    Sep 21, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #10

    How is it a good performance when we leaked so many goals ?

    Also, with a squad that is so thin, we must be more efficient in carving out wins. Going into extra time just makes our players more tired.

    We need to start killing off the game when we are in the drivers seat. Else, we WILL drop points in the league when we should be drawing or winning.

  • magpiebop

    Sep 21, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m wondering if the time is coming to save Tiote for away games wii all the good central midfielders available who are generally more attack minded and will help goal difference to rack up some healthy wins at home. I’m just thinking a little bit tinkering won’t do us any harm wii players like Gosling,Guthrie,Vuckic,Abeid,Marveaux and Richardson all probably more attack minded, it could be that away teams may start to get a fear factor again about coming to St James Park this season because now we’ve gelled I can see some big scores in our favour this season and European football next season!

    (we hate 5under1and)

  • darthkir

    Sep 21, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #12


    Seriously I would play Jonas as left back and Santon as right back. Marveux at left wing and Obertan at the right.

  • Conan The Destroyer

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Redmissionbells yes it is a worry, but the team has shown spirit and they are up for the fight.

    We are 5 games in the season and couple of cup games the team are gelling nicely.

  • tweaked

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #14

    marveaux loking classy on the left, better thatn jonas if u ask me

    now with arfa back and looking good i reckon him cabaye,marvs will provide & score goals in our team, cant wait for blackburn this weekend

    howay the lads

  • tooninspain

    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Thank goodness then that you’re not our manager. Jonas is NOT a full-back. He can’t head a ball, and it’s imperative a defender stays on his feet. As soon as there’s the slightest contact on him, he’s on the ground as if he’s been shot. I don’t care if Maradona picked him to play for Argentina at full-back, Maradona is a headcase.

  • geordiesteve520

    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Morning lads

    Was there last night as live in Notts; despite conceding 3 goals I have no idea how they scored them, all bobbles and bounces – not even the forest fans I was sitting with could believe it. From my angle looked like Elliott was at fault and can’t believe he will be anything other than 3rd choice. Ben Arfa was sublime in midfield, created so much time for himself and looked simply head and shoulders above everyone. Marveaux looks the part (nice to have a winger who can cross!) and his touch for the penalty was top drawer. Abeid looks a player, thought he was more attacking than he showed last night but got on the ball a lot and used it wisely. HWTL!

  • Toonbyblood

    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Probably missed Tiote in the middle tonight. Didn’t sound like Guthrie and Gosling were able to boss it – but good to see them get a game.

    Marvo has to start against Blackburn. Switch Jonas to the right – he played a lot of rightwing when duff played for us they used to switch around all the time.

  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #18

    jonas obertan marveaux gosling ben arfa abeid cabaye tiote guthrie vuckic raylor all competeing to get in our midfield can only be a good thing competion breeds performance i would say all these midfielders have their place in this squad game and will all come in useful at some point
    from what i heard it may be time to play marveaux in a league game with a start or at least 30 mins so he can really impact the game
    bet sky are regretting not telivising this one

  • darthkir

    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #19


    my argument was based on who we have at the moment… i doubt that raylor and simpson is any better than jonas… raylor survived purely because of the help that he gets from jonas…

  • StevieGee

    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Gosling was playing on the right. Abeid was in the middle and was class

  • OttersPocket

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #21

    19 darthkir

    You doubt Raylor and Simpson are better than Jonas, yet with these 2 in defence we have only conceeded 2 in 5. Jonas will never be a full back and anyone who thinks he should be playing there should have a long hard look at themselves.

    Marv looks excellent and he could be the wide man this season who will provide our strikers will sone decent ammunition, not sure whether he will start sat but it wont be long before he is our first choice LW, HBA showed his class and hopefully it wont take him long to get up to match fitness. We have some good back up in midfield now, things certainly looking up.

  • darthkir

    Sep 21, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #22


    Well I never look at jonas as a fullback either but given to his quality playing left (pace, ability to track back etc) he is better than raylor in that sense… obviously when santon gets back he will be better option to simpson for right back…

    we conceded only 2 because;

    1. krul, saylor & coloccini were outstanding
    2. jonas sacrificed his going forward to help raylor
    3. QPR & Fulham players left their shooting boots those day

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #23





    Obertan—-Ben Arfa—Marveaux


    Raylor:Simpson at RB
    Santon: New defender, Fergie, Dumett at LB
    Colo: New defender at CB
    S.Taylor: Williamson, Perch at CB
    Tiote: Ahbeid Guthrie at CDM
    Cabaye: Guthrie, Gosling at CM
    Obertan: Jonas at RW (if prefer defense than reverse)
    Marveaux: Sammy, Obertan, Jonas at LW
    Ben Arfa: Vukcic, Obertan, Cabaye at CAM

  • geordiesteve520

    Sep 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Could have been because he came on late and everyone was knackered but Sami looked frightening last night!

  • chuck

    Sep 21, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Curious to find out how Perch played at CB ?

    Yeah, think Marveaux could win the LW spot, not a bad thing as Jonas imo would be better on the right, now that Enrique’s gone, perhaps we could try Obertan elsewhere, or platoon him with Jonas.

    We have a certain amount of quality in depth in midfield and should be good for the season, some of which are versatile and could be tried in various positions, to ensure we can replace anyone out with injuries.

    It’s in defense we lack backup, with only Perch (who can play across the back four) available as a real defender, sorry don’.t rate either Williamson or Raylor, plus Ferguson is no defender, but has great potential in the midfield.
    A guy like Bassong (another good utility player)
    who can also fill in across the back four, would tick all the boxes.
    Anyway our main goal should be to strengthen our defense, something that (boring Arsenal) always started out with and obviously something Arsene Wenger has ignored until now, but a solid defense is where most successful teams start out by building.

  • GeordieDan

    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #26

    All the best Ed!

    Cheers for sticking by your blog for all the rest of us proper NUFC fans. We all really appreciate it.

    Keep fighting mate.


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