Davide Santon – St. James’ Park Much Louder Than The San Siro

Davide Santon, the Italian International made his debut for Newcastle yesterday afternoon, as he came on in place of Danny Simpson, with 13 minutes remaining in the game, and with Newcastle 2-1 down.

Davide Santon – made debut for Newcastle yesterday

Its not the first time Davide has played against Spurs, as he was in the Inter Milan starting eleven when they played Spurs in the European Champions League back in October last year.

But it seems that Davide was amazed at the atmosphere at the game yesterday, and he was so delighted to make his Newcastle bow:

““It is louder.” “At the San Siro when Inter play the smaller teams the stadium is empty and there isn’t that much noise.” “But here at Newcastle it is always a big crowd.”

“I saw the stadium when it was empty and thought it was brilliant. Then at the Blackburn game and I couldn’t believe how fantastic the fans were.”

“The next level was to play in front of them and it really took me aback.” “The minute that Mr Pardew told me to warm up I had an exciting feeling in my body.”

“I couldn’t wait to get on the pitch. It was a testing situation but I just wanted to help my team.”  “It was a great day for me. “

“To come on with the team losing 2-1 and be able to help my team-mates to get a point is a good start for me.”  “This was a good result for us and I will remember the day for a long time.”

“Given that Spurs went ahead in the game, I think to get a point out of it is good.”  “I needed some time to get accustomed to the area and the club.”

“I needed time to get to know my team-mates and they have backed me up and helped me get used to life here.”  “It has still been a good time for me.”

Who’s Mr. Pardew – oh that must be our  manager.

Davide seems like such a good lad, and so polite too, and we have a suspicion that he will start at one of the full back positions against Wigan next Saturday, and it could be that he replaces Danny Simpson.

Alan Pardew said after the game that Danny had had a tough week in training, but we have to remember his baby girl Skye is at home now, and out of the hospital, and so Danny cannot be getting too much sleep at the moment – poor guy.

When we had our twin boys in Bethesda Maryland, way back in 1974, and they came out of the hospital, my wife Madeline and I were checking on them every 10 minutes or so, just to make sure they were still alive, such is the anxiety of new parents. 😀

The spirit in the Newcastle squad these days is even inspiring for the supporters, and it could be that we have the making of a very decent side at the moment.

And with things going so well at Newcastle these days, we don’t even need to mention that Sunderland lost once again yesterday, 2-1 at Arsenal, and went 1-0 down after only 28 seconds.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Looked decent when he came on.

    Settled down after an ‘excited’ start but hopefully he’ll start to get used to it.

    Few games coming up that he can get more time in, namely the Wigan game as a sub perhaps and then the cup game next week as a start too?

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Seems like a nice lad. He did not look out of place yesterday either, He can only get better!

  • ginkoh

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s full of ability. Simpson and Raylor have to play their best to keep the place !

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Marveaux-Ben Arfa-Jonas

    thats our best team in my opinion and hopefully it will start against Wigan and i believe they could smash Wigan to shreads

  • Sir Alan

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #5

    wonder how good gosling is at right back? god to see him on the bench, remember a few months ago when he played reserves and the likes of nolan and barton giving him a standing ovation. he must be good. Our defence could even look like this:


    Although i don’t rate Simpson, i think technically Raylor is outstanding! his control of the ball last night was exceptional.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 17, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Haha I’m gald u said that Ed, I thought I was going mad when I wake up in the middle of the night and wake my baby daughter up just to make sure she was still alive lol

  • niffnoff

    Oct 17, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Predicted comment will get an ass kicking but….

    Raylor was really good at left back last night. I don’t think he made as many errors as Simpson (I love the guy), but Santon didn’t look like he needed time, he looked right at home in right back….. Sorry Simmo….


    Oct 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Lol cockney! Ed’s in hospital its his brother I think

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 17, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Raylor is no left back and he at times is out of position but he makes up for this with his outstanding ability to read the game. in almost all our game he has made 1 terrific tackle or clearance to deny a goalscoring chance from the oppositon.

    our right hand side is the weakest with simpson and obertan. they are not shi* but not good enough.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle have rejected a loan bid to take James Perch on loan to Derby County… weve got injuries and need him as back up according to Nigel Clough

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #11

    A lot of talk here that would suggest that if it aint broken dont fix it ,but I dont think something has to break before you can improve it though but I’m at a loss to think who Santon should start in place of.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #12

    alot of our attacks goes through obertan’s flank because of his pace. but he doesnt have the flair or creativity to match it. his decision making is abysmal. he gets to the final third after sprinting and he doesnt know what to do after that and loses the ball.

    if he can improve on that aspect of his game, our strikers can score alot more. most of our goals comes from jonas flanks. obertan needs to be dropped to wake up his ideas.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Oct 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Over best team in my opinion.




    Jonas————-Ben Arfa———Marveaux

    ———————-Ba —————————-

    Raylor and Jonas, knows each others game well, they are strong pair, must play on same wing (Left or Right no matter, but i preffer Right, because R.Taylor is RB)

    Subs: Harper, Gosling/Vuckic/Ahbeid, Obertan/Fergie, Best/Ameobi/Sammy, Willo/Simps/Travenier, (rotated every weak)

    We should let most of subs to play Blackburn in carling cup.






    Subs: Ba/Best, Sammy, Arfa/Guthrie.

  • liam_crad

    Oct 17, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Agree that the person to drop out would be Simmo, he’s not bad, but a defence is only as strong as its weakest link. Defensively he’s probably equal to Raylor but doesn’t have any of his attacking qualities. Still depends on how Santon settles.

  • Jamie McKellar

    Oct 17, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #15

    raylor saylor colo santon
    tiote cabaye
    obertan ben arfa marveaux

    subs: harper, simmo, smith, best, jonas, williamson, vuckic

    we could completely destroy wigan with that team

  • Jamie McKellar

    Oct 17, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #16

    and dont shout at me for putting smith in there, he is good

  • Souperstar_IndianGeordie

    Oct 17, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #17

    erm Jamie do you really think Shola wont be on the bench?? 😀

  • brklyngeordie

    Oct 17, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Great game yesterday lived up to my expectation and more.. I predicted a 2-0 win for us but oh well i was wrong but happy we got the point but still believe we can take 3 from spurs on a good day..Was pleased with the performance of the first team thought Ba was the best of the bunch considering the service was not great (except the the cross for goal from Gutti) but was so impressed with his strength that i wasnt aware of i couldnt believe how well he controlled some balls through the air with Kaboul draped on his back and he calmly would chest it down i think Besty needs to take a page from him and not always try to head the long ball forward but actually use his strength and positioning to trap the ball and allow others to come forward with him but im not mad at him just saying was really impressed with Ba .. Got to tip my hat to Shola also im not a Shola basher like most and actually enjoy to see him do well considering how long he has been here and all the flak he gets from the “fans” he was total class in his 15 minutes very calm on the ball and nice control.. And as for the player ive been waiting forever to see HBA was so happy to see him on pitch and looked a threat everytime he touched no fear with the ball at all and toyed with the Spuds no 1 defender can stop him always will require a double team this lad is incredible will help us so much around the 16 yard box I am through the roof we have him..Really enjoying the talent and spirit of the squad and always was optimistic about the season and am enjoying every match.. Howay The Lads!!

  • brklyngeordie

    Oct 17, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh sorry and left out another thing i was very impressed with..Us the FANS!!! great job and way to make the players love the atmosphere we provide Santon along with so many others who come from other top clubs around Europe are always taken back by what kind of atmosphere we have game in and game out so kudos to the fans cause yes we do play a major part in the squad

  • criticalsteve73

    Oct 17, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Brklygeordie wasn’t aware there is a 16 yard box seems to a lost a couple of yards from when I played sorry mate had to pull u up on it lol

  • brklyngeordie

    Oct 18, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #21

    its fine criticalsteve73 but it also seem my name has lost a “n” in it thanks to u ; )

  • shielsy_83

    Oct 18, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #22

    @ jamie mckellar see ya left jonas out ya team how come he’s been amazing the last couple game even looks like he frightening defenders for a change lol so if ya ganna drop a winger it should be obertan one game he looks promising other games he looks average i say bring in marveaux for obertan switch jonas to the right but get the too of them to swap wings during the game just to change it up a bit

  • shielsy_83

    Oct 18, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #23

    my team





  • magpiebop

    Oct 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    4-1-3-1-1 Vs Wigan


    Subs-Harper, Santon, Ferguson, Gosling, Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Marveaux.

    4-4-1-1 Vs Blackburn.
    Ben Arfa.

    Subs- Elliot, Dummett, Moyo, Vuckic, SAMeobi, Lovenkrands, Hooper.

  • Lee Dodd

    Oct 18, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #25

    If Davide Santon Thought the Spurs Game was Good Wait Until we Batter Wigan On Saturday Then !!!! 4-0 to The Geordie Nation !!!!


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