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Things Starting To Look Up On Tyneside

2:09 pm, Monday, September 26th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Newcastle have not been so high up in the Premier League since the days of Bobby Robson.

Last time Newcastle were flying high Bobby Robson was manager
 And while we don’t think Newcastle are a top four team this season, who knows, if the lads keep playing like they did in the last two Premier League games we could be up there in May, and of course a top six finish would be absolutely fabulous.

Newcastle have 12 points fro six games and the area we thought we’d be very weak in – the striker department – is looking quite good at the moment.

Demba Ba showed on Saturday he could become a top striker at Newcastle, and he’s such a good guy, it’s hard not to like the Senegal international.

And not surprisingly Demba Ba has been talking to the Newcastle e press today:

“I am very thankful to the fans because they have been fantastic.”  “I haven’t played well since I have been here, until the last two weeks where I’ve got my sharpness back.”

“Once you get that back it’s good, the football side is there all along but you have to be sharp.” “The future looks very good here, not just for the French guys, but for everybody.”

“I am happy about that because the French guys get on very well with the other lads too.” “We are scoring. Against Blackburn it was me but last week it was Besty and in midweek against Forest it was Peter Lovenkrands. Next week it could be anybody.”

There was some debate for the third gaol whether Leon Best had got a touch to the ball before it crossed the line but TV replays showed he didn’t, and it was Ba’s goal and his hat trick.

The main thing with Newcastle fans was that it was a goal, and put Newcastle 3-1 up, and it could have been disallowed for a foul by Best on Scott Dann, but the referee got the call right and gave a goal – you knew I was going to say that!

Demba Ba got the match ball, signed by all the Newcastle players, including Leon Best, who seemed delighted that Ba had come through big time for Newcastle on the day, and we’re starting to like Leon a lot, and he was unlucky not to add to his three goals for the season..

Demba Ba talked about the third goal:

“There was no conversation at the time. He didn’t touch the ball so I am happy with that.”  “I think that everybody is happy with that, we have the performances here. So now we must just keep on doing it.”

 “I last scored three goals in a game in Germany against Stuttgart playing for Hoffenheim,”  “Scoring three is a great feeling, a lot of people can score two goals in a game, but three is different as it is special.”

“Everybody is happy, you can only feel like that.”  “We all get on very well together and it is important for not just me, the other guys as well.”

With such a great start to the season fans are starting to realize that we may have a much better team and squad than we had realized, but we’ll keep saying we’ll keep our feet on the ground, and who knows we might even be able do that, but no promises.

There’s no doubt that things are looking up at the Tyneside club, and we think Alan Pardew and the other coaches need to take a lot of credit for that, and who knows Alan may even be the manager we are looking to bring a trophy to the Toon.

He’ll have to hurry up though, because some of us old-timers may be running out of time.

Things are looking very good at Newcastle at the moment, but as we said we’ll not get carried away – well not too much in any case.

Comments always welcome.



Tags: Demba Ba · Leon Best · Newcastle News



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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ollieh51 // Sep 26, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Credit to the lads, another big test against Wolves next weekend and llets see how ‘Kelvin’ handles Cabaye and Tiote marshalling the game like they have done thus far.

  • 2 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    A win against Wolves, for me, would indicate we are able to compete for a minimum of an 8th place finish. That in mind, the Spurs match would take on added significance.

    I feel we now have a squad of winners, not content with mediocrity.

    TOON TOON!

  • 3 Ollieh51 // Sep 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    And another thing…

    Looking at our fixture list for the next few games, just as well we have got some points on the board as we have some tough games coming up.

    Hopefully we can keep up the quality and not throw the games we should be winning away so we stay out of the bottom of the table scrap.

  • 4 SincerelySamuel // Sep 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    i really like that when any of our players scores he seems overjoyed to celbrate it with all his team mates right now we have a TEAM and theyre all great players in their own rights too but most importantly as a TEAM they have that beautiful thing called balance

  • 5 davybtoon // Sep 26, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    the team is lokking brilliant and to think santon, hba, marveux, gosling, sammi, ferguson, vukic, guthrie(who after havin seen at forest think deserve a new contract)n perch who was good at forest still to come into the team n fight for places squad not looking as weak as what ppl were saying

  • 6 Dannyo // Sep 26, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    @Milking Mikes’ bulging pockets
    About having a squad with winners, one would almost think that thats the type of mentality we’ve wanted when buying players aswell, to a degree.
    Davide Santon – Comes from a club playing in the CL.
    Yohan Cabaye – Same as Santon
    Obertan – Same again
    Then u have Ba, Marveux and Abeid who’s great performers and up and coming players.
    Ye, i’d like to say we have a squad of winners atm :)

  • 7 Scottishmag1 // Sep 26, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    davybtoon

    Not sure on your comments ref Perch, was at the Forest game and he looked poor to me, sorry

  • 8 dandan84 // Sep 26, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Alright lads, bit of a newcomer to this blog but i’m newcastle fan living in derby. Ive never been to a home game but thinking of coming to the next one, just wondering if any one can tell me where would be best to park on match day or any cheap hotels nearby?

  • 9 lekech // Sep 26, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    There is a common denominator between the SBR era and now – John Carver!

  • 10 Toon Tang // Sep 26, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    john carver’s a damn legend

  • 11 SincerelySamuel // Sep 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    @lekech
    +harps and of course SHOLAAAAAA

  • 12 bills-son // Sep 26, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Well, well, well …

    Where are Solano, Angryman The Fan, GoalsBringSmiles and the rest of the big moaners?

    The doom and gloom merchants who said our squad was pi$$ poor, who said we had ripped out and sold the backbone of our team, who said player confidence and team spirit would be shattered, who said cheap free unproven French players would be sh!te in the Prem, who said Pardew was a cr&p clueless puppet manager, who said that we were on a oneway ticket to definite relegation which of course is what some idiots said the FGB wants all along …

    Where are you boys – cos I’m here listening to what you have to say about EIGHT games unbeaten. About how we are getting BETTER every game. About how Obertan, Ba and Best are quickly proving you wrong that they are cr&p players. About how Pardew has transformed the midfield from the one paced (slow) Barton and Nolan to the terrific quick passing and running game we saw on Saturday. How Cabaye is looking a better and more influential player than Nolan or Barton – would you have either of those two replace him in the team? Did you hear the crowd on Saturday? Did you feel the excitement and passion as the fans start to see what is happening on the pitch? That we have exciting, young, skilful players who are putting their heart and soul into every match. That they know this team can only get better.

    And guess who appointed Pardew? Guess who laid down the law that we don’t make aged trophy signings for ridiculous fees and stupid wages? Guess who started to put the youth system right from when he first came so that now we have real quality youngsters coming through for the first time in years?

    YES – MIKE ASHLEY. THAT’S WHO.

    I have had dogs of abuse from you lot and others for months because I have consistently said that Pardew is the best manager we’ve had since KK first time and SBR. Dogs of abuse because I’ve said Ashley has a sound plan to move this club forward and he will stick to it no matter what criticism he gets – because he’s RIGHT. I’ve had dogs of abuse for saying that just because we didn’t sign another CF that didn’t take away all the great work that had been done getting the other 7 players in. Dogs of abuse for saying this squad is the best we’ve had in years.

    But guess what? I was right all along.

    Must make Solano, Angryman and GoalsBringSmiles especially – sick as parrots eh.

    Oh, and just to finish off I’ll repeat something else I’ve been saying for months ….

    MIKE ASHLEY is the best owner of NUFC we’ve had in my 50 years of supporting the Toon.

  • 13 magpiebop // Sep 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    It’s good to challenge again.
    Best squad since Keegans Entertainers and better than SBR’s.
    We are where we are on merit, apparently in the last 12 years the team in 4th place at this stage of the season always finishes 4th or higher!

  • 14 Munster Mag // Sep 26, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Bill-son, you deserved that rant. Its especially pleasing to see Pardew do well, but I dont think you can start crediting Ashley for making freebies his first port of call in the summer. Would he have signed the hat trick hero of saturday if Ba had cost 6-10 million? I doubt it. i think to claim Ashley as some sort of football club owning legend is insane. I’ve lost of respect for some of your arguments, but you’re losing the run of yourself here. Its Pardew who deserves the credit, and i’ve been singing that guys praises since last season.

  • 15 bills-son // Sep 26, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Munster Mag – Ashley appointed Pardew and you have to give Ashley respect for that. Especially when he did it by sacking a hugely popular manager in Hughton and bringing in someone he knew the fans would hate from the start.

    That took bravery, foresight and an understanding of what Hughton lacked and what Pardew would bring.

    It’s called good decision making and you can’t praise Pardew without acknowledging Ashley’s decision to appoint him.

  • 16 Davies // Sep 26, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    I have to say, I agree with pretty much everything bills-son says in his first post. I do think a lot of credit has to go to Ashley, because he and Dekka pull the strings at the club; Pardew only runs the team. They seem to have put a lot of faith in our chief scout and it’s been very well repaid.

    Pardew himself deserves a pat on the back for his resilience in some pretty tough situations, but we seem to be in the clear for a while now, and he can get on with working on the players. He’s done a great job in difficult circumstances and appears to be proving his doubters wrong.

    I know it’s early days, but I’m genuinely impressed by the way everyone at the club has conducted themselves this season. Let’s hope we can keep it up.

  • 17 Munster Mag // Sep 27, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Bills-son, I’m not sure we can give Ashley much credit for that either. Leaving aside the gambling debt rumour ( and i dont thunk that holds water ) , this man also appointed Kinnear, Wise and others! I dont think ( and in fairness to Ashley i dont know ) this appointment came on the back of some major analysis of good british and european managerial talent? This isnt some Wenger appointment . I do respect some of what MA is doing and i’m thrilled to see all the neggars hiding, but given how he messed around trying to get a striker at the last minute etc, i dont think we can credit MA with some deep forsight and intelligence in his appointment of Pardew, whom i’ve liked from day 1.




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