Newcastle Top The League For Guts, Courage And Determination


Newcastle showed they may not be the very best side in the Premier League but for guts, courage and determination they are top of the league.

Demba Ba scores Newcastle’s first goal

Newcastle went behind twice against a very good Tottenham side, but both times Newcastle came roaring back with great goals from Ba and Shola Ameobi.

Newcastle went behind just before half time when Steven Taylor brought down Adebayor in the penalty box, and Ven der Vaart rifled the penalty home.

But just minutes into he second half Be slid the ball home in great style after good play from Gutierrez.

And then on 68 minutes Defoe had a half chance when Ryan Taylor got on the wrong side of  the Spurs striker, and Defoe put the ball into the net past a helpless Krul, in great  style.

And maybe Shola Ameobi’s 86th minute equalizer was even better, when Ameobi put the ball whizzing into the net from the left wing position, which was simply a brilliant goal from  the returning Shola.

Shola has his critics with the Newcastle fans, but his goal today was just absolutely fabulous – well done Shola.

Steven Taylor talked after  a thrilling game to Sky Sports:

“I think it was a penalty, I made contact and I’m disappointed with that,” “But credit to the lands, we came back and it was fully deserved.”

“There’s determination and a winning mentality in the squad and today that showed.” “We knew if we got a goal it was going to be electric here and the fans got behind us and rode us on,”

“From going a goal behind we came back and were unlucky to just get a point.”  “There’s loads of confidence,” “We’re playing well so bring on the next game against Wigan. We’re looking forward to it.”

Cheick Tiote was named man of the match, and he worked his socks off for the Newcastle side this afternoon, and continually got the ball for the home side, and Cheick is playing as well as  ever, and may even be improving.

“It was a really good game, played well and we deserved the point,” “It was a big test because everybody knows Tottenham is a good team and today we saw that.”

And Alan Pardew played his part today as he was continually shouting encouragement to the lads, and when Newcastle went  2-1 down he was waving his players forward towards the opposing goal.

Newcastle stay fourth in the league table with 16 points from their eight games, and two points above Liverpool, and their next game is against struggling Wigan Athletic at St. James’ Park next Saturday afternoon.

Wihan are second bottom of the league and no doubt Newcastle will be big favorites  next Saturday, but these are games just as important as the Spurs game today, and Newcastle must again be at their best.

If Newcastle only beat the bottom half teams this season they will end up in a high league position, and we cannot be over confident against Wigan.

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142 comments so far

  • Andy

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #1

    If i was being overly critical today i think cabaye put taylor under pressure to give away the pen. Taylor at fault though silly lad. Obertan didn’t get at BAE today which was disapointing and simpson was ok. The rest of the team were quality. Jonas Tiote and Coloccini get my praise for today’s game! They were quality. Also what a finish Shola! Must’ve thought he was playing the mackems just kidding but great goal and Ba 5 in 3. Early contender for signing of the season if he can keep it up. Crowd was bouncing today for the first time in ages. HBA looked sluggish in possession but grew into the game a bit more. He’ll need time.

    RE-post from last thread

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #2

    well said Andy

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  • Geordie-Jake

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Andy- very true mate, totally agree

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #4

    @WWJBD
    Have to agree with u on Obertan mate, i didn’t think he was shite, but he looses the ball to easily. He started off well i thought, but never really made that final third if u know what i mean.
    Marveux and Jonas is up next game.
    Simmo was dead quiet today, i saw him only once. Santon may start for him against Wigan.

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  • gorgonzola

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Santon even though he was on for a few minutes looked damn class….. I am excited for this season…I havent been for a long time.. we need to sort out our attack…. the final ball the last few movements….Obertan needs to sharpen up quickly and Marveux needs a chance ASAP….HBA next game from min1 Pardew.

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  • Geordie-Jake

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #6

    gorgonzola- I agree with u there mate, Santon looked mint like 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #7

    @gorgonzola

    from Min 0

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  • DarloGeordie

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #8

    For me, fantastic match I’m so proud o our boys and I look forward to the future…. I was one who called pardew pardwho but I was impressed today we never let our heads drop the only down side for me is obertan he can’t pass that’s the first thing you learn in footy, get some passing training done with squidward ffs….

    Loved the match the atmosphere really came through the speakers in the little go go bar in Thailand hwtl the future is looking bright!!!

    Ameobi booooooooooooom!!!!!!!

    So pissed and so happy 🙂

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  • geoff777

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #9

    In 2008/09 we reported an operating loss before player trading of £37.7m. In 2009/10 that loss was £33.5m. Once audited, our accounts for 2010/11 are expected to show an operating loss of just £4.7m and this year we hope we will be close to breaking even.

    Why give us figures before player trading?
    Why not before TV revenue, before gate receipts … I smell a rat.

    So is that 4.7M before player trading too?
    In which case we have to add on a certain 35M?

    Were loans to Ashley repaid.

    I hate people trying to spin me.

    When will they learn … just play it with a straight bat Derek.

    Great game today.
    Well done lads.

    Doubters answered, we matched and at times bettered Spurs.

    Top 4 by right.

    Great subs too for a change.

    HWTL

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  • Geordie-Jake

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #10

    The atmosphere was amazing wen shola scored, everyone was goin wild 😛

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #11

    So if we are to start HBA do we put in the hole behind Best or Ba? Hafta say that Ba’s goals would surely keep him in the running for playing up front by himself but Best can do a job too, depends who plays better with HBA i suppose. Want to see more of Marveaux in the league instead of the Carling Cup

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Ok I replied on the last thread Dannyo mate I am on my blackberry and can’t copy and paste onto this one

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #13

    @Ruddy Marveaux-lous
    I would star HBA in the hole behind Ba, Best is a hard worker and a decent goal poacher, he was a bit quiet for me today, didn’t really break through like he should. Also still think Best needs to work on his finishing.
    Ba helps out the team and seems to be good at position, has a bit of pace in him, probs a bitter better technical than Best aswell.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #14

    WWJBD since when is disDainful spelt with a t? If I did need a dictionary good job I can spell otherwise I’d be lost. During the transfer season you do nothing but complain and are a self confessed neggar so give it a rest you complete and utter tw@t

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #15

    @WWJBD
    I saw it mate 😉
    I was just emphesizing what u were saying on Obertan on the shite part. Neither of us thought he was shite, but he wasn’t good enough either.
    He seemed to work a bit more today, but still think he gives up too easily at times, a bit frustrated with him as he seem to have trouble combining his pace with a bit of flair. It’s usually one or the other. Could be class if he can work his speed into his technical skills and needs to increase his work rate.
    No, i think he needs a “dent” in his 8 match run now, being replaced by Marveux in the next match.
    We’re at home to Wigan, HBA, Marveux and Santon should all start imo. It’s a match i’m expecting us to win tbh.
    Leave Obertan on the bench and sub him on as an impact player to show that our faith in him is not lost.

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  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Looking at some comments about Obertan and I must agree with the people that are saying he has been poor. yes he may have ran down a pass for 60-70 yards, but he lost it just about every time it was at his feet and could not do the simple things like passing the ball 4-6 yards successfully. For me, it is amazing he starts every game because he contributes so little to the team. THATS MY OPINION, so dont shoot me down for it.

    Enough with the negativity now, we drew 2-2 with the spuds (a supposed *champions league favourite* club) and to be honest it felt like a win for me because I cannot stand (or sit down for that matter) spurs or flappy face redknapp. HWTL keep up the hard work, hopefully 3 points from Wigan next week 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Fully admitted I was drunk bud but whatever and didn’t say u couldn’t spell but feel free to make up ur own chat am truely not arsed I more implied that u didn’t know the meaning of the word…hence dictionary would aid u. Also transfer WINDOW fella not a season but well done on showing urself up

    And yes am a negger on Ashley never on the team so before u start making such remarks try a bit of backround research.

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  • solano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #18

    I’d just like to remind some Shola haters (particularly JP from under the Rock who called the Strolla “a cancer at this club”) that Walker’s finest was tremendous when he came on today! Yes, he is probably the most frustrating player I have ever seen at NE1 but those who deny he has any talent should give their heads a shake and look at his actual record as a striker who has never ever been number1 choice at Newcastle.
    And fairplay to Pardew for some brave substitutions today!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Whatever I do know the meaning of the word and still apply it you. Wonder where the other neggars such as Angryman and Solano are? during the WINDOW you guys were all out in full force and it’s great to see them in hibernation now we’re doing well.

    Ashley is actually running the club well, he has made some ludicrous decisions but in the long run I think many more will agree that instead of ruining our club he has saved it.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Dannyo
    Totally agree. He was decent but not the standard set by others. Simply not the best we have to fill the RW position. Same as Raylor is decent at LB but Santon would be better imo

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  • danishmag

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #21

    wwjbd…
    u still do not believe us at top 6?
    u still think i should stop smoking the funny stuff, for saying that we are a top 6 team?

    Today we were the better team for 80% of the game.
    And that was against a potential top 4 team..
    I am thinking that we might sould aim for that fourth spot to! We have the class IMO!
    Great team, and 8 goals from our two top strikers in 8 games.. It´s all there for the take..
    I had us in for 16 points after 8 games, so i am not surprised about that!
    I hit the nail in 6 out of 8 games so far!
    i had us for 1 point against the Scum and 3 against QPR. The rest i got..

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  • boater

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Obertan is not my favourite. He keeps getting into dangerous positions with only the full back to beat and not make anywhere near the most of it.

    Can we please not slate him or anyone else though… shola haters are probably looking for a new punchbag this week but let’s not pick on individual players. They are all little bits of the jigsaw and Pardew will get it right in time, using them all where needs be.

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  • Twatter

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Simpson was sh*te. Gutierrez was good…for once. Tiote superb. Obertan was sh*te. Best and Ba both decent. Saylor prone to silly mistakes i.e the pen, Collo superb. Krul did fine when called into action. Raylor handled his role at LB well considering he’s out of position for another week…Ben Arfa a wee bit of a dissapointment but I will accept he was injured. Cabaye largely anonymous with the exception of a few lovely cross field balls.

    Shola brilliant – I was rueing the substition when it happened but it was really inspired. He must have been up for it tonight, unlike most matches/if not all.

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  • Louis583

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Shola definitely had his weetabix today, I even think I saw some step-overs from him at one point.

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Maybe by making a sub on Obertan at the 2nd half or 20mins towards the end to give Marveux a run would be better.

    Just to let us see what we could expect from him,

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #26

    @solano
    Lol, must admit, when i saw Shola subbing on with HBA and Best and Ba going off, i thought “Right, there’s our chances of us scoring any goals gone”.
    But my word, what a match to pick to make me swallow my words.
    As u say, one of the most frustrating players in our squad, but god i love him when he shines like today.

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  • Twatter

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Following on from my last post, I’d like it now if Alan would play Ben Arfa and Marveaux, with Benny replacing one of the two big lads up front and Marveaux coming in for Obertan who was truly our weakest link tonight. Him and Simpson made our right flank a tad sh*te.

    Possibly could see Santon replacing Simpson in the starting line up.

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Shola is unique special player because we cannot know he will be DOG or GOD when he’s on the pitch. But for today his goal is class !! no doubt.

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #29

    If the team keeps playing like that and improvements on some other players in their areas..we will be danger to other teams.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Right then u maybe need a refresher course Ruddy fella cos ur rather of base in the fact I have never been ‘distainful’ towards my club.

    As for being in ‘hibernation’ I have never stopped writing on this blog simply slowed down as I have more on my plate now but u keep ur judgemental tone…and Ashley running the club well aye course he is mate he love us with all his heart….aye

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  • boater

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #31

    By the way, I keep reading lots of ‘I told you so’s’ on here… can we ease off or get it out your system in one comment and leave it at that.. it does lack class.

    Every single person on here wants and dreams of nufc success – some were cautious, some were negative, some were positive.. we all pay our money, we are all entitled to share in the success even if we were gutted good players left, or we didn’t sign the players that were promised.

    I repeat if you have to weigh in with an ‘I told you so’.. get it off your chest and move on.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Simpson was the weakest link not Obertan. It’s ludicrous how some people are so down on Obertan when he has the potential to be an outstanding player for this club, Lennon had no end product for Spurs, neither did Nani or Ronaldo when they first arrived at United. Im not saying Obertan will be at that standard but end product is something that alot of wingers develop given the right encouragement and Pards will give him that.

    Having said that I would play Marv against Wigan as a game we should win.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #33

    @danishmag
    What u’re forgetting mate is that only our midfield has strength in depth, and if Tiote and Cabaye got injured at the same time, we don’t yet know how strong that depth is.
    We lose 2 forwards and a CB, and we’re playing Perch, Shola/Loven.
    However good our midfield is, we need more quality in depth.
    This is yet untested for us, and great having most players fit 8 games into the season, but we all know it won’t last.
    Let’s think about all the scenarios that can happen before we get carried away.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Since when has running a club efficiently have anything to do with loving the fans? WWJBD you are so full of sh!t it’s unreal. How does Ashley succeed in seeing NUFC fail? that make’s no business sense you utter utter pr@t.

    And you spelt disdainful wrong again…looks like you need the refresher course but I don’t think primary schools are enrolling until next September…

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #35

    @Twatter
    I think u may well get your wish mate. Wigan at home, no better match suited for what u’re saying there.

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  • davis_toons

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #36

    Saylor ddint escape form the Ref this time round…(there shld be a penatly as well the former game)

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  • Toon1978

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Lads, just got in from the match. What a quality game all round although Spurs seemed to fall at any given opportunity. Spurs are a quality team wit some excellent players but today, i believe we just edged them. I must admit lol when Ameobi was warming up i turned to the bloke behind me and said “we are doomed, the kid is useless”. Then he pops up and scores a blinder. I sit in OLD MANS CORNER as its known by many fans and when Ameobi scored the placed ERUPTED big time. The bloke behind me flung his arms around me to eat my words but i was to busy screaming AMEOBBIIII lol. He came on and changed it and i am no Ameobi fan at all.. Great to see Santon and great to see a full back pass the half way line with a quality touch. Great game, just wish Colo had of finished off that chance. Only heard the Spurs fans sing twice and that was when they scored. Great day….happy daysssss..HOWAY THE LADS!!!!!!

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #38

    I’ve been saying for some time now that Obertan isnt up to much going forward. I dont see a lot to change my mind. Is he allergic to pushing the ball and just legging after it? He looks like he’s protecting a groin or hamstring!

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 16, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #40

    danishmag
    Right fair play the ‘smoking dodgy substances’ remark maybe a bit over the top but that was to us being top 4. I think we will finish around the 10 mark but again thats just my opinion mate 😉

    We looked good today and we had the lion share of attacking presence but spurs are still ahead of us by some way (again my opinion) and when King (best english defender when fit imo) went off for them it was a huge blow for the dirty spuds ;D

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