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It’s All Down To The Geordie Hospitality

9:15 am, Sunday, September 25th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

The French contingent at Newcastle have settled down rather quickly this season, and the players are starting to produce for the club.

Demba Ba and Best – Newcastle’s new strike force

Yohan Cabaye and Gabriel Obertan seem to have nailed down first team positions at Newcastle, and Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux will be looking to do that over the next few weeks.

And French born Demba Ba, who plays for Senegal,  opened his account yesterday with a great hat trick against Blackburn Rovers, who are again laboring near the bottom of the Premier League.

19 year-old Mehdi Abeid looked a good player in mid-week and was unlucky not to make the bench yesterday.

Newcastle are 4th top of the league behind the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea and ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham, so they are in elite company at the moment.

Whether the lads can keep it up this season, we don’t know, but they turned in a very good display of flowing football at home yesterday against Blackburn Rovers, and won the game easier than the 3-1 score-line may suggest.

Manager Alan Pardew was rightly delighted at the display of his team yesterday, who now have won five games and drawn three overall and remain unbeaten,  and they also have the lowest goals conceded in the Premier League, just three in six games.

And Alan thinks the way the news lads have settled in is simply due to the Geordie hospitality:

“I’ve been pleased with how they’ve integrated.” “I had concerns because when you’re bringing in foreign players, there’s time for settling in.”

“But I believe the North East is much easier to settle into. It’s a warm place, even for myself – and I know I wasn’t particularly loved when I came here.”

“I can think of players at London clubs – it’s much more difficult there.”  “People are colder and harsher. The environment is tougher for them.”

We can assure Alan Pardew that Newcastle will become an even warmer place, even through the freezing winter months,  if he can keep Newcastle winning this season, because it’s looking like Newcastle may be a better team than we thought.

And not only that, but Alan seems to  know exactly what he’s doing,  and of course he is ably assisted by coaches like John Carver and Steve Stone and others, and that have Newcastle playing some very good attacking football.

After Newcastle lost arguably their best four players this year,  they are now a better side, so work that one out.

Newcastle have been a pleasant surprise this season, and now we just want them to keep it up.

The lads have done just great  so far, and looked a very accomplished side yesterday.

Howay The Lads.



Tags: Demba Ba · Newcastle News · Yohan Cabaye



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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nimo // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Seriously impressed yesterday… not 1 of raylors biggest fans.. n god knows how he couldnt see the rovers player when he passed it back for them to score but there wasnt 1 bad player on the pitch yesterday including him…

  • 2 LewSpi // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Sorry for repeat post..

    I really would not like Pardews job of picking that team, not so much next week as I don’t think HBA or marveaux will start, but against spurs.

    Tiote, Cabaye, Marveaux, HBA, Obertan, Ba, Best.

    One of them has to be left out. All on absolute top form and possess the ability win the game for us.

    Jonas is left out on purpose, because there is not one human being in this world go frustrates me more.

  • 3 2 AMEOBI'S // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Dont know how you could drop jonas he has been brilliant this season, crossing isnt the best neither is his shooting but his work rate and flair are top class, did you not see his through ball for ben arfa to put it on a plate for best ???

  • 4 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Despite Raylors mistake which lead to the goal. He had a Good game. Two vital interceptions. The commentators waxed lyrical twice during the game about how well he defended two Blackburn attacks.

    1. The sliding challenge which put Hoilett off.
    2. Getting a soft header on the ball to knock it away from the B’burn player and away from goal.

    During the whole 90 minutes the commentators only said the words “Excellent Defending” twice, and they were both because of Raylor.

    Raylor has been very Impressive so far. Santon will have to hit the ground running once fit to try and steal Left back from him.

  • 5 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    @2 Ameobi’s

    That sequence of passing sent shivers down my spine. I wanted Arfa to go for goal…. but he did the smart thing and layed it off for the oncoming Best… unfortunetly the B’Burn Defender just got their in the nick of time…..

    Players are starting to show the “New Type of Football” that Pardew has raved on about, and so far its looking exciting.

  • 6 connor_nufc // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    jonas is one of our top performers actually m8

  • 7 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    On the subject of best…

    Impressive control and creating openings for the shot… unfortunetly it seems Ba stole his shooting boots, as nearly every shot was Sliced over the goal…..

    Whats honestly impressed me about Best so far, are those moments of utter brilliance where he manages to create an opening for himself…. especially that goal against Fulham.

  • 8 2 AMEOBI'S // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Honestly though lads, Yohan Cabaye is a cracking player, it’s still early doors so dont want to get over exited and too carried away but he look like one of the best midfielders we have had for years.

    Work rate, tackling, movement, his vision and passing ability are top notch and its only a matter of time before he burst the net at SJP !

  • 9 BigKirky // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    I noticed yesterday that like Enrique used to do, albeit not as often, when Jonas got the ball Ryan would attempt to overlap which he wasn’t doing first couple of games so that was encouraging. For a lad playing out of position I think he’s doing a decent job. Can’t wait to see Santon. If he lives up to his potential, he could overtake Cabaye in the value fir money signing stakes. Great for the club.

  • 10 STB // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Raylor deserves a shot at the Rb slot. Simmo is the one player that doesn’t look good enough. Not comfortable on the ball like the rest of the team now. Got caught out on a couple of occasions yesterday. Don’t think Taylor is necessarily the best Rb but we should give him a chance with Santon as Lb.

  • 11 geordie85 // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Who says we lost our best four players? OK Barton was very good but too daft for his own good. Joese was never the best full back in England as has been claimed. Carol was way over valued and Nolan was too slow and over valued himself. Yes their loss was worrying, but the best four players – I don’t think so.

  • 12 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    These are the times we need to enjoy while we have them! And,
    Not wishing to pish on anyone,s bonfire, but the only so called top 4 team we have played this term is Arsenal !

    Teams like Manure and Shitty, Chelski and the Spuds are still to be played this term ! If we can get results against them, ( 26 Nov at Old Trafford ) ! then i will be in seventh heaven!

    Everyone had written us off, from the great british press right down to the rest of the other clubs who, if this carries on, will be laughing on the other side of their faces! I do not wish to be too cocky and over confident but we do seem to be well on the way to where we deservedly should be!

    There are a couple of things which aint changed though and that there are still doom-merchants,( Interested to find out where all their negative comments are now? ) on here saying that we have major problems within the club.
    Also the BBC still put us way down the pecking order when showing highlights on MOTD !

    Now, its Wolves at Molinuex next Saturday and if we can keep the unbeaten run going! we could feasibly start thinking about what is going to happen in the transfer window when it comes in January!

    Enjoy this lads! while we still can! HWTL

  • 13 ash1001 // Sep 25, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Things that stood out from yesterdays match:-
    1 – 2 games in a row and no booking for Tiote, well done.
    2 – Rob Lee welcome back in the form of Cabaye.
    3 – Best got through 90 minutes
    4 – Obertan really looked the part.
    5 – Well done the rest of the team, you all played well.

    Now for the rest of the season and more of the same, only downside Curbishly has just said Ba was only playing cos Shola was injured -got to be joking, Pardew summed it up “move in the box and the chances will come” thats what Best and Ba did yesterday.

  • 14 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Tiote has only gotten like 1 maybe 2 yellow’s so far this season….

    What i noticed about Tiote was that, for the second week in a row he has floated in a beautiful cross (carbon copy from the one at Villa) and both have lead to goals…. 1 for best against Villa, and one for Ba yesterday.

  • 15 GeordieToon89 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Jonas is one of our best players, he offers more than anyone on the pitch in terms of his ability to go forward constantly and win a free kick in a dangerous position yes he doesnt have the best of end product but his overall game play is pretty class he never stops working for the team even when he gets kicked all over the place he never stops offers so much in defence aswell irreplacable this season for me, if him benny and marveaux wer all in the same team we would score so many and a actually think he would score a few cos of bennys through balls

  • 16 geoff777 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    So pleased to see Obertan play well.

    It looks like we now have two wingers who can cross the ball and shoot.

    I know Jonas has a great work-rate but he is so frustrating.
    For a winger not to be able to cross or shoot … what does he practise during training?

  • 17 geoff777 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Forget Maiga in January.

    Buy Pieters. Then we’ll have too top quality full-backs and it will create competition across the back four.




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