Newcastle Are A Good Side – They Can Play!

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was disappointed his side couldn’t hold onto the 2-1 lead they had held for almost 20 minutes of the second half, yesterday afternoon.

Harry Redknapp – Newcastle are a good side

But then Shola Ameobi, who made a sub appearance after 71 minutes with Ben Arfa had one of those games when he looks a world=beater, and Shola scored a wonderful opportunist goal with only four minutes left in normal time, to get the well deserved point for Newcastle.

And even after that both sides had chances to win the game, in a pulsating and exciting conclusion to the game.

But evn though Harry was disappointed after the game he only had good words for the Newcastle side and what Alan Pardew has achieved on Tyneside in a short 10 months.

This is what Harry said after the game:

“They are a good side. They work hard and they can play. Their two midfielders are very good,” “The left winger has got better since he came to the country and Ameobi coming on made a big difference. He looked lively.”

“Not being disrespectful but if Alan Pardew can get them in the top four he deserves to be manager of the year.” “It will be difficult but they’re going well and Alan’s done a great job here.”

Tiote and Cabaye both had good games, with Tiote having an excellent game and being Man of the Match, and Gutierrez on the left wing was a menace throughout to Tottenham, even though he was up against the impressive Kyle Walker.

Harry’s right that if the impossible does happen, and Newcastle finish in the top four, then Alan Pardew will get the manager of the year award, and he’ll deserve it too.

But Newcastle are not yet a top four side, but on the performance yesterday Newcastle have shot at possibly getting into the top six this season, but it will take Newcastle to have no major injuries to their top players, since the squad is still not strong enough, although it’s much stronger than last season, to be sure..

But if Newcastle are still in say the top six come January, we wonder if the club will try to bring in say three top players, to try to maintain the momentum?

After reading the mission statement yesterday, that probably will not happen, but we do expect Newcastle to go after a top striker in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes we can play,every one bar Simmo,seems confident on the ball. Aside from backing off wingers,Simmo is very nervous and unsure when in possession,more often than not he goes for the long hopeful punt in stark contrast to Raylor who,despite being on the wrong side always gets his head up and finds a pass. I really think Raylor should be our RB,as it would also compensate for Obertans lack of an end product.

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I think talking about a top 4 finish this early in the season is ridiculous, yes we out-played spurs, but they are not that good. If we look the better side against City, Chelsea and U-shi*ed, then by all means talk about a top 4 finish. just dont get too ahead of yourselves because anything can happen from now and the end of the season.

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Harry redknapp ” Their left winger” its gutierez. you knobhead

  • Spuggy

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Can only imagine what we’d be like with Santon at RB, Pieters LB, a top class 2nd striker and Arfa on the RW.

    Jonas seems to have come of age at last with a fantastic goal and a great assist yesterday – he’s defo cemented his place. I wonder if Pards is ever gonna try him on the RW with Marv on the left.

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5


    I cannot believe Obertan is in the side every week, what is it, 8 weeks running?

    The amount of stick Gutierrez and Routledge have had over the last year from people on this blog is amazing, everyone jumped on their back for being poor, and I will admit I jumped on Gutierrez’s back because he cannot cross. But what annoys me is from what I have seen of Obertan this season, he has done nothing… nothing at all apart from chase a misplaced pass and he finds his way into the team every week.
    I do not like slagging our players off, but what can I do? I want our team to do well and not have players like Obertan and Ameobi who look like they could not care what they do on the pitch. I would drop Obertan to the bench for a few games and give Marveaux the start he so clearly deserves, not just because I dont think Obertan has done much for our team, but because Marveaux has worked his ar*e off to get fit so he can play for us and that is the type of player I want playing for us.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    we didnt out play spurs :s think it was a pretty even game to be honest in spells like the last 10mins we hammered them but they could easily have scored 3 or 4 instead of the 2 if they had passed the ball.. and Cabaye should of shouted louder instead of colo trying to spin and shoot that would of been a Cabsmash into the roof of the net

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Spuggy – Ben Arfa is not a winger and wont play they Pardew has already said that future team will be something like this:

    Marveaux-Ben Arfa-Jonas

    maybe pards will play Simo instead of Raylor but thats more than likely to be the team in the next couple weeks

  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    GeordieToon89 – what game were you watching?!

    sure they had a few spells of possession and a couple of chances but on the whole we had more possession and that was because we passed the ball on the deck better than they did! didn’t think i’d have to convince anyone that we were the better team never mind a newcastle fan!

  • Widowmaker

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    The only thing Jonas needs now is a few months of placement at FedEx!

  • MadAboutToon

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    great performance yesterday, were really starting to come into shape now. i think it’s time unleash marveaox and ben arfa and really show people what were made of. i’d also stick santon in there to, even know he didn’t do nothing great yesterday, i think wigan would be great time for a start.

    my team for wigan


    simo sayor colo santon

    ……..tiote cabaye………



    with this team we should stuff them, i’d say 5-0

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    maybe a worded it wrong but they wer parts of the game wer spurs wer walking round us and as a say could easily have scored another 1 or 2 and we didnt have that many clear cut chances if they had scored them we would have been buried.. some fans on here are saying we could challenge for the CL but here it is we are NOT good enough for champions league ‘yet’ they need to get a grip it will 99% not happen this season

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    cant be too over confident against Wigan or we will get beat ourselves but a do fancie a good win if we play well, they defence is awful which is why a would start Benny and Marveaux also give Santon his debut he will help deal with the threat from Moses

  • bambams

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    I really enjoyed shouting at the team via the TV when moves broke down, i then realised we had twice come from behind and were attacking a team that has aspirations for the top places in this league. I just wish i could for once relax when we are playing- cant ever see that happening.
    I like Best but i think he will be the one who drops down in January if we get a striker, Ba i think could be a real top striker if we can keep him fit.
    Jonas is frustrating, he can be magic one moment and then give up the ghost the next moment. Must admit we are more of a threat when he plays, just believe there could be another 15 percent improvement from him if he would get his head up and not sometimes give the full back an easy chance of clearing.
    I was very disappointed with Obertan, i again think he could be a decent “squad” player but lets face it we dont buy brilliant players off Man Utd ! We buy decent ones that they no longer want- sorry.
    Marv should be given a game next week, i know there are no easy games in this league (ask the mackems) but if you had to choose a game to give the new boys 90 mins this would be top of my list.
    Final note, kills me to say it but the club is on the up and we have to give credit to the whole management structure, Pards was not my choice but hats off to him he has not put a foot wrong (imo) and Ash/Lambs have at least started to communicate with us lot even if it is by a bloody email via the media.
    We have the chance to correct a lot of wrongs this season and have good things printed in the national press/media and not the constant negative issues which have blighted this club too long. Long may it continue!
    Bloody hell Shola where did that shot come from !

  • vuckic

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    simmo colo saylor santon
    obertan cab tiote jonas
    ben arfa
    subs: shola,best,marveaux,gosling,vuckic,elliot,raylor

    ths would b the best squad 4 newcastle.


    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15


    Pieters broke his middenvoetsbeentje in yesterdays game against F.C. Utrecht and could be out for a few months! He will be walking on sticks for the next two months. Then there will be a lengthy revalidation period after that.

    I still can,t understand why so many people want to get this lad here! But then thats just my opinion to which i,m entitled to!
    He would cost a lot, both for the transfer self and would want a large salary which would not fit into our wage structure!
    Coupled with that there would be no garantee that he would adapt to the Prem!

    As far as regards Harry,s comments, well everyone was writing us off at the end of last year and before we got going this season! We don,t need to be afraid of anybody anymore, it is noticable that people are now sitting up and starting to take notice of us!
    We just need to keep going and playing our games the way we are now! Barring serious injuries, stupid referee decisions and De Jong style tackles we should be okay!

    The team is playing well! Yes but don,t lets get cocky and arrogant! We have a ten day period in Nov where we have Manure away, Shitty away and then Chelski at home! Lets see where we are at going into the festive period ! We have had two visits from Manure in the last few years where we have been thumped big style, hopefully not this time around!

    Finally, with regards to transfers, i have my favourites as everone on here does! I trust Graham Carr and Pardew, and also for that matter Beardo who has just been promoted to a more scouting sort of role. Let them just get on with it and we will see who they bring in in January!

    Now for Wigan, and another three pointer, with maybe a starting debut for HBA, Marveaux and Santon ! We will still need to play well against them though, who knows maybe we can try and increase or goal-difference in this one!

    HWTL !

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #16

    @ spuggy

    hahaha i remember you off byker grove mate . robots mate … the good old days


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