Newcastle Had Luck – But Spirit There For All To See

Newcastle were lucky yesterday,  but they still showed fortitude and team spirit that eventually got them all 3 points, and you cannot do much better than that.

Steven Taylor – good game yesterday

Alan Pardew talked about the Newcastle defense this season:

“You don’t concede four all season without having people getting blocks in, covering each other, trying to help each other,”

“That’s basically what we had to do there. It was all hands to the pump and we got really nervous but that’s to be expected – we’re a young team.”

“We haven’t got that experience of a Kevin Nolan or Joey Barton who might have stopped or slowed down the game.”  “We’re a different team and we need to see games out better than we did.”

“Tim had more work to do than in about three of our games, if I’m honest,” “That’s why you need a good goalie.” “But we have a lot of attributes to our team and we had to show different sides to our game.”

“It could have been a very different game – about half-way through that second half we had two really good chances to get a third goal and then there is no grandstand finish.”

There were some quiet heroes for Newcastle yesterday, and Steven Taylor’s performance will probably go unheralded because of Tim Krul being the Man of the Match with some wonderful goalkeeping.

This lad is looking like he]s becoming a top top goalkeeper at Newcastle, and his feet remain firmly on the ground too.

There were at least three times that Steven Taylor yesterday threw himself into the path of the ball to block a shot, and if Fabio Capello ever sees this game, he will be impressed with the form of the former Enfgland U21 captain.

And Steven doesn’t cringe in the big games, like some of our England stars did last summer in the World Cup.

The defense played well again yesterday, and for all the defending they did in that second half,  they still conceded but one goal, but Pardew is right to say they should have seen the game out better than they did.

You could see mistakes being made by young players like Gabriel Obertan, who back heeled the ball a few yards in front of his own penalty just seconds into the second half, and put Tiote in dire trouble.

But Pardew will take the seocnd half and use it as a teaching video – and you don’t back-heel balls in front of your own penalty – you do that kind of thing in the opposing penalty area – will be a message delivered to the 22 year-old Frenchman.

Newcastle have a young side, and they will loose out at times this season, with no longer having experienced players like Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan in the side, and that almost happened yesterday in the second half.

But we still hope to see a steadily improving side this season, and with top players like Ben Arfa, David Santon, Sylvain Marveaux and Dan Gosling (and others) continuing to push for a first team starting position, that will keep everybody on their toes.

Things are looking up at Newcastle United. Fact.


92 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    excellent start. used up alot of luck but even the very best do. krul was brilliant again yesterday – how long before ashley cashes in ??

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Krul’s Right Footed Save and Raylor sliding in for the follow up shot. That epitomizes the what Pardew is saying about getting the blocks in.

    Btw, can the “Man of the Match” only be on the Home team?

    Was watching the Venkies V.s City Game and thought Balotelli deserved MoM, but Nzonzi got it?


    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Santon Should Start Against Spurs.


    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Team Against Spurs



  • gorgonzola

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Exactly if he does not start we are DEAD in the water no disrespect for Raylor.

    Also to add to that HBA MUST start and I reckon so does Marvaux his deliveries into the box are what Jonas can only dream of with a team like Spuds we will need that kid mark my words…. Those are my three changes to the team….

  • Slank

    Oct 2, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Where are all the profits of doom and whingers who said that with Nolan and Barton leaving there would be no team spirit and togetherness?

    BTW, anyone see Santon celebrating with the team when Jonas scored.

    When a teams confidence is up and winning regularly players naturally step up a gear and maintain it. That’s what is happening now. A winning not to be beaten mentality.

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7

    @ gorgonzola
    Agree that Taylor should be changed for the spuds game with Lennon attacking him but changing Jonas in the form he is in?
    Ok marveauxs delivery is great but can he help out defending?Jonas never stops working and does so much defensively and attacking and with the amazing goal yesterday.
    I would put in santon if ready and have Jonas and Ben Arfa on the wings in a 5man midfield with maybe gosling in the middle along with Tiote n Cabaye
    Obertan had a stinker and his head goes down when things don’t go right for him,AP is a great man to man manager so he should be able to help this great talent.He needs to learn to play the game simple at times as does Tiote with his silhouettes

  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh,forgot to add that it really is a shame for raylor as he has done brilliantly.
    I have played at a good level and it isn’t easy playing out of position and being wrong footed all the time.
    Quality free kicks will be missed as he won’t get to play on the wing seeing we have a lot more speed and cover on the sidelines.

  • niafron

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Already speaking of the spurs? Will be an important game indeed…

  • niafron

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Did you seen my previous comment?

  • niafron

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #11

    I try again, my previous comments are awaiting moderation, do you see this one?

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Marty-toon @7

    Yeh Pardew has to work with Oba for sure.
    Would like to see BA and Marv play against Spuds. Maybe Marv as second half impact sub. Rest Oba and play Santon, but keep options open.

  • Sir Alan

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #13




    Jonas———–Ben Arfa——-Marv

    V Tottenham

  • Klatoon

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Yes Niafron,we see that one 🙂 I wouldnt go into making a team for the Spuds right now,the international break is notorious for knocks,niggles and sprains. However the one change i’d like is Santon in for Raylor. Cant forget the image of Perch,who was at LB,getting skinned by Lennon for 1 of their 2 goals at the Lane last season.

  • niafron

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #15

    @Sir alan

    Good team; but Jonas on the right? His crossing skill forbid it i think.

    So i Keep Obi on the right, and for the left… Well tough choice, but i think Pard will keep going with Jonas.

  • geoff777

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #16






    HBA, Marveaux subs

  • niafron

    Oct 2, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #17

    So that is the question:

    Ben arfa and a five men midfield (either Ba or Best on the bench, best i guess), or two strikers?

    If Ben arfa is in Newcastle, it’s for such great games, but Ba and Besty are doing a great job. And will HBA be fit enough?
    He’s in a good shape, but he still lack the rythm of games.

  • Spuggy

    Oct 2, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #18

    I thought tiote was a little reckless in our own third a few times, needs to iron that out – his purpose in our third is to tackle control and find the outballor long ball depending upon the threat. In the middle third quick simple passes to keep the midfield flowing, in the final third he can try his magic as he certainly possesses it.

    Starting to find form but don’t want any silly business in our third.

  • fungus44

    Oct 2, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #19

    we back down to forth in league as Chelsea wining 4-0

  • Thump

    Oct 2, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #20

    5-1 now.

    All the streams are jump as f’k… ugh

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 2, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Santon for Raylor, that’ll be the only change for Spurs.

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Hoping for a 0-0, in the North London derby today. A sending off for Spurs would be nice, perhaps for Bale 😛

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Oct 2, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Injury for Bale, Straight Red for Adebayor tonight please.

  • G

    Oct 2, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Based on the performance yesterday, I would give Obertan a rest too. Don’t know what went wrong with him yesterday, but that’s the first stinker I’ve seen him have in our colours. I was at the game and he was diabolical. Last week he looked like a contender for player of the season. This week, he looked like a contender for the groundsman. Drop him for a game just to let him know having Manyoo on your CV does not automatically excuse sloppiness?

  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Oct 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Team For the Big 3 (The two Manc’s and Chelsea)


    3 – 5- 2 – 1

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Why o’ why, does Gary Neville have to be commentating, with his grating, dopey voice!? -.-

  • shamsoftabriz

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Should be a real test of our mettle. If we cab baton down the hatches and preserve a point I’ll be more than satisfied.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Fulham 4 QPR 0
    I wonder if Joey is enjoying it down there ?

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Make that 5-0

  • GeordieRob

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #30

    5-0 now Hugh

  • Mac

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #31

    I wonder if Joey will be on Twitter tonight. Tit.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #32

    I wonder what Joey will have to say on Twitter !

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #33

    SNAP !!!


    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #34

    barton must be tweetin again the goalsare flyin in all over the gaffe


    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #35

    ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • Dannyo

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #36

    6-0 now…QPR are sinking… I bet Barton is happy with QPRs “ambition” and all…pfff.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Fulham 6 QPR 0


    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #38

    6 nil qpr bought well didnt they

  • Andy

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Barton has already agreed to help a radio show at 5pm tonight on talksport. HAHAHA! Will he shy out i wonder?


    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #40

    cant wait to hear if warrnock tries to blame the ref at all ha ha did that fcukin stockin bryan ruiz get any?


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