Newcastle Only Just Coming Into Form


Yohan Cabaye had a quieter game on Saturday for Newcastle, but still had a good performance, as Blackburn had marked him as the danger man in the Newcastle midfield.

Yohan Cabaye – another good game on Saturday

But as Alan Pardew said after the game, the players Blackburn deployed to try to shut Cabaye down, left spaces in other parts of the pitch which Newcastle exploited nicely.

There were over 46,000 fans at St. James’ Park and it’s a credit to the home fans when you say that’s lower than was expected, but as usual they were just great for the players, and they got a good display from the the Newcastle side and the lads remain in 4th place in the league.

Yohan Cabaye was again blown away by the reception he received from the Newcastle faithful, and he wants Newcastle to play as well on the pitch as Newcastle fans support the club off the pitch.

You can say what you want about Newcastle,  but they have the best fans in the world, and that’s generally acknowledged for a club that has won nothing for 42 years now.

Yohan talked to the local Newcastle press corps today:

“We want to match the support of our superb fans on the pitch.” “It was a great moment for me. I would like to say thanks a lot to the fans.”  

“I want to play well for them and win a lot more matches. That is what the team are trying to do, be as good for them.”

“We’re happy to be unbeaten, we’ve won the game and scored three goals. It was a great game for us and for Demba Ba.”  “In the second half we were very good.”

“It showed we have good spirit here and we play football with a lot of passing and movement.”  “We keep the ball very well and I think the fans can be happy.”

And a delighted Alan Pardew had every right to crow about his team after the game, as they put in a great performance for the home fans.

And one pleasing aspect of the game, which Newcastle won with ease if the truth be told, were some very good performances all over the pitch from Newcastle players, and for the second weekend running.

And as the players start to get used to each other,  there’s a reasonable case to be made that Newcastle will only get better.

This is what the Newcastle manager said today:

“I thought it was a great day for the club really.”  “The fans were superb and we put on a performance that will bring them back. And that’s what Newcastle United should be about.”

“It is about bringing back a few thousand of them by showing quality on the pitch.”  “We kept it tight, we were solid at the start and we started to show that there are goals in the team.”

 “We showed the promise we showed at Villa.”  “And it was important to do that.” “Against Blackburn was just as good and our strikers were terrific.”

Newcastle need to keep their feet on the ground and take every game as it comes, and the next challenge is an away game at Molineaux next Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle have every chance of keeping their unbeaten season going with a draw at Wolves, but a win would be great, and that’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.

Howay The Lads!!

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48 comments so far

  • Robin_S

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s a cracking player and Tiote is starting to show last seasons form too

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    @AMEOBI
    There’s improvement to be had at LB and RB, Raylor is not an LB, that is obvious, and Simmo, i always shiver a tiny bit when he has the ball, and when a winger comes at him, he NEVER closes down, giving room for the cross too easily.
    Gutti doesn’t have a final ball, but he’s great at taking players on, Marveux seems to have both.
    Fielding Santon is too soon, i agree ofc, but if he plays like his rumour has it, then it’s and improvement to Raylor.
    HBA has a good foot on him, just as good as Ba or Best imo, and he’d improve our passing play + chances further.

    Yes, they are all coming back from injuries, we’ve yet to see Santon in action, but it seems to be common knowledge that Marveux and HBA would improve the team given starts.

    Mind, i’m not saying we’re doing crap, i’m saying we can improve.

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  • AMEOBI

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah danny I was reading that post, can’t say nothing about that man just pure class the way you wrote it mate 😉
    AGREED!

    As for Yohan bah he’s twice the player nolan and barton were

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #4

    agreed with supplimenting the current lads with santon marv and HBA aswell the future looks promising and why not take 7-9 points from our next 3 games wolves 1/3 tottenham 1/3 wigan 3

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  • cgrizzly87

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Erm excuse me Ed, 42 years? We won the Intertoto cup not more than 4 years ago 😉

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #6

    this is the first time for a while ive been exited to look at our team to select a squad just soo nice to have quality players playing with heart all over the park 😀

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #7

    quite right
    cgrizzly87
    + i believe we have the Championship in our cabinet too if its shiny then us magpies gotta love it

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #8

    @AMEOBI
    Hehe, ye, i rate Cabaye higher than Nolan and Barton aswell.
    He’s so intelligent with the ball, distributes it so well, and seems to have a rocket of a foot on him.
    Nolan was a great leader, and was great at positioning himself, Barton was our warrior and had a decent shot aswell.
    The partnership with Cabaye and Tiote brings grit and finesse together really well.
    Obertan has pace out of this world, he’s an F1 and Joey was a go-cart in comparison, and Ober is steadily getting better.
    BUT, it all hinges on our back 4 staying injury free…

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    @cgrizzly87
    Neither Intertot or winning the Championship counts 😛

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #10

    @Dannyo
    but theyre both shiny?

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #11

    @SincerelySamuel
    Haha, dunno, haven’t seen em.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #12

    i think cabayes passing and movement is magnifique also tiote has added a bit of passing and better posession to his game the team has really turned a corner under alan im sure of itits all good at the moment hopefully fatman backs pards in jan and we can really push on.

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13

    to be fair i either heard or dreamed that Scott Parker asked them to make a intertoto trophy coz no one had ever asked to be presented with it but it was a plaque type thing and it was shiny as was the Championship one i was there at the presentation of it , we want more shiny things in the old cabinet tho a league cup wouldnt look too shabby in there heres dreamin/hoping

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  • AMEOBI

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye danny, bah you’re good with your replies lad.
    F@ck I’m nervous over this job interview, what’s wrong with me!! Its Poundstretchers ffs hahaha

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #15

    2 assists in 2 games from Tioté now, goals galor from the front 2 and a miserly defence.

    Great start so far and good to see that we are delivering in games we’ve historically collapsed in.

    Wolves away – Another big game:

    4 – 5 – 1 Please Pards, whoever plays up top will be confident of finishing any chance made for them.

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  • drongo

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Watched on a fairly shaky internet feed on Sat – but great performance from the lads. Stand outs for me, Tiote, Saylor and big Demba. But really from 1-11 they all put in a shift.

    Surely Saylor is doing enough to earn himself an England call up…..??

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  • niafron

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Wonderfull game last saturday.

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #18

    yohann cabaye and Tiote are a brilliant partnership and i agree Tiote has added another string to his bow as now he has the confidence that Cabaye can cover if he goes forward something nolan was far too awful at doing allowing cheeky cheiky to get a couple of assists 🙂 merci beaucoup monsieur Carr

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  • niafron

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Pard now got rich people’s problems:

    Jonas or Marv?
    HBA or the two strikers?

    I let him figure that out, i just hope Santon will play quickly, we need him on the left. Raylor do his best, but it’s definitively not his place.

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #20

    Niafron
    oui c’est un bon probleme pour monsieur Pardew il avait un mal tete pour le prochaine semaine mais ou tu pense est HBA meillieur position RM LM CM CF CAM ?
    p.s. ive been living in france for a few months did what i typed make much sense to you sorry if i just murdered your language 🙂

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  • drongo

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #21

    @ sincerely – Spot on. Nolan basically walked in a straight line between the pen spot and the edge of the centre circle.
    He was superb from set pieces and struck up a great partnership with big Andy collecting the knockdowns, but was hardly a creative force….

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  • AMEOBI

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Bonjour niafron 😉

    Heard you was busy organising a party for all the geordie lads in france haha.

    Oh I’d say Jonas for a few games but 60mins for marv would be option.
    As for HBA or Best and Ba that’s easy! Best and BA!

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  • drongo

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #23

    @ niafron
    Nice problems to have…. I think we’ll probably stick with same starting line up, and probably the same subs…

    Hopefully HBA will be up to starting by the time we play spurs, and I would go with him plus whoever of the 2 strikers has scored the most by then!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    @niafron
    It is a tough one ye, Pards is the one who has to explain to Gutti or Ba/Best why he’s benching them and putting our new additions on. Wouldn’t wanna be him doing that after the start we’ve had 😉

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  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Saw an interview with cabaye on nufctv…somehow in about 2 months he speaks almost flawless english.

    Seems like a top top bloke and well as a top player.

    How long have we had the quality to have players as good as hba, marveuax, santon not required in the starting 11?

    Best thing is like.you said the team is only just starting to gel and french and italian internationals on their way back.

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  • niafron

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #26

    @Samuel

    Très bon français. Surtout si tu n’as passé que quelques mois en France.

    For, me, best HBA’s position is number 10 or playmaker (“meneur de jeu”) as we say in France. It’s CAM in England, isn’t it?

    So unfortunatly, it mean one of our two top strikers would have to remain on the bench.

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #27

    @Drongo
    of nolans 12 goals last season i believe he only scored one without Andy carroll in the team
    and he scarcely provided any amunition + his shots to goals % wasnt even mediocre from what i remember i was actually really pleased when we sold him as he made us very one dimentional now we start with a midfield full of game changers and our bench is brimming with em too + its got to be a bonus for the young n’s to train with a player like Cabaye HBA Marv Tiote Colo Ba very economic with the ball

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #28

    @AMEOBI
    Oh, and cheers for the compliment 😉
    And may your interview bear lots of money as a result 😛

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  • AMEOBI

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Haha cheers danny, you top bloke 😉 proper skaking haha

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  • niafron

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Well, it’s a problem who must be VERY carrefully considered.

    The atmosphere in the dressing room will depend of how Pard will handle that.

    So, it’s really important, in modern footbal, psychology got a huge place in managing a team.

    About France, i must tell you, the way the team is playing isn’t unoticed.

    It tooked time, but NUFC now got the interest of french medias.

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  • shearermania

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #31

    not sure if i can handle all this optimism and feel-good attitude towards the toon…….not used to it

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #32

    @Niafron
    merci j’essaye et j’ai 7mois ici cote Hossegor et Bayonne en le sud mais a le 10 octobre je fini mon estage avec element et retourne a l’anglataire en voiture donc je peu regarder le gars et mon equipe ici Seignosse FC le gars appelle Newcastle petit France, encore desole pour mon ecritation et grammar je trouve francais tres difficile surtout pour ecrit 🙂 et oui ca cest que pense au HBA position 10 ou possible je cote gauche parce que il utilise le vite encroyable et il centre c’est tres bien aussi

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #33

    @AMEOBI
    gud luck at ur interview fella

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  • Trent Toon

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #34

    We need to get wins and maybe a draw from our next 4 games against wolves, tottenham, wigan and stoke so in a way we can afford to to drop points at machester united and city and chelsea (which are the next three games after the first four) this is kinda negative way of thinking so hopefully we can get 2 points out of those three hard games.

    I will believe in europe this season but only after we have played those next 7 games!

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Same team against Wolves. Very similar in ‘style’, to Blackburn. They’ll probably have more endeavour, but they’re equally as poor quality and mega slow, particularly in defence.

    Win, then use the international break, to evaluate the situation.

    Santon should be ready for Spurs. He’ll have completed 2 international matches, before then.

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  • niafron

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #36

    @Samuel

    The south west… Very nice place, you’re lucky.

    Well, he can play on the left, yes, but the good part of having him behind only one striker is he would be able to freely roam evrywhere on the pitch.

    Thusfar, as he got a keen tactical sense, he would determine himself the weak point of the opposing side and use it.
    Low on the pitch, he got an excellent deep pass. High, he can score a lot.
    On the left, he can eliminate and cross.
    On the right, he can comae back to center and shot.

    He’s main strength is his versatility, so the best is probably to leave him a maximum freedom. He’s smart enough to use it well.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh, from what I’ve seen so far, we should be aiming at 8th minimum.

    HTL! 😀

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  • AMEOBI

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #38

    @SincerelySamuel

    Cheers 🙂

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #39

    oui c’est tres jolie j’adore habiter ici le surf le sables le belles dames et tout le monde a france est tres gentille mais je ne aime pas travaille haha et aussi je pense tu a correct il foux intelligent au foot un bon arme pour l’equipe
    ou tu venir a france?

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  • Scottishmag1

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #40

    In an ideal world my Team for Saturday would be:

    Krul

    Raylor Staylor Colo Santon
    HBA Cabaye Tiote Marveaux
    Best

    Ba

    Subs
    Harps
    Obertan
    Simpson
    Jonas
    Sammy
    Perch

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