Newcastle Character The Big Change From Last Year

Newcastle have now gone unbeaten in their ten games in all competitions this season.

Fab Colooccini tries to put the ball home in injury time

And the lads did so well yesterday in their toughest test of the season so far, when they held a very good Tottenham side to 2-2 to get a point and stay in 4th position in the league table.

And while we don’t want to tempt fate, the next game is at home to Wigan Athletic next Saturday afternoon, and there’s a decent chance Newcastle can win that game and stay in 4th position for yet another week.

Fab Coloccini nearly scored the winner in injury time yesterday, although to be truthful  a draw was a fair result with Tottenham looking a very good side all afternoon.

This is what the captain had to say to nufcTV after the game:

“I think a lot of people wanted to know today if Newcastle can play against big teams, and play the same as them,” “And I thought we showed great character today. It’s good that we kept going and played well, and we’re happy.”

“I think the character is the big change from last year. The character is good and that’s important.” “We try to get the three points every game. When we have the ball we go forward and we try to get crosses in. Sometimes we can score and sometimes we can’t, but we try always.”

It’s a little bit of a surprise to hear Coloccini say that the character is a big change from last season,  because we thought that was good last season, but of course the new French contingent contains some great young lads, who are already fully dedicated to the Newcastle cause.

And Newcastle let in two goals in the league for the first time this season yesterday, and both were from mistakes by the defense.

Steven Taylor made the mistake when he brought down Adebayor in the penalty area just before half time, and Ryan Taylor, who otherwise had another surprisingly solid game for Newcastle at left back, got on the wrong side of Jermain Defoe.

And as luck would have it, the England International was given half a chance, and he rifled the ball home superbly after 68 minutes.

The Newcastle captain thinks it’s important that Newcastle play well against the top sides, because it’s showing the vast improvement Newcastle have made since last season:

“It’s good and it’s important,” “It’s normal when you play against big teams like Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City that you will concede goals.”

“We want to work to not concede in the next games but we’re happy because a draw is a good result.”

It was an excellent point and display from our lads yesterday, but now the only thjing that matters is winning the next game against Wigan next Saturday afternoon, and while that may look like an easy game, it will still be a test for Newcastle.

They must now learn to play at their best against the lesser sides in the league, as well as against the top sides.

And we think there’s a decent chance that both Davide Santon and Ben Arfa could start that game, and if we were to hazard  a  guess we’d say Santon for Simpson at right back, and Ben Arfa for Best up front.

And it’s a good game to give Santon his starting debut, because Wigan are one of the lesser sides in the Premier League, but this lad already looks a very good player.

We suppose when you are only 20 years old and captain of the Italy U21 side, and have already played for your country 7 times at the full level and you are being compared to the great Paulo Maldini, you are a decent player. 😀

What a buy this lad can turn out to be for the Magpies.

What do you think?

14 comments so far

  • TS -77

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Great display by the lads yesterday, the never say die attitude takes us to a higher level.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Well the post match was pretty much wishful thinking, Dwight can see us in the top EIGHT while David thought top SIX. Wishful thinking, but let’s hope the latter eh?

  • TS -77

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    BTW, who assisted Ameobi´s goal? Nice touch i must say.

  • Neil

    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    niffnoff – There’s a fine balance between hoping to achieve an ambitious goal and getting carried away isn’t there – Like I would love to finish top 6 but then some people would say, “Typical geordies getting carried away” and stuff like that. I don’t think we get carried away as such I just think we want to get better that’s all.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    TS-77 was Ryan Taylor one hell of a touch

  • nimo

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    can anyone explain what simmo did wrong yest.. i can ubderstand pards taking him off when were chasing a game cos raylor offers free kicks.. but when i see ppl commenting saying things like everyone looked confident on the ball cept simmo i dont understand… simpsob alwayd wants to be on the ball abd is always getting forward asking for the ball… his defending may not b top notch but neither is any of thr back 4… raylor nearly gave the ball away in the early minutes in a dangerous position.. but no one picks up on this its as thou certain ppl just have it in for simmo


    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Anyone know when ED is due out? Wish him the very best

  • MadAboutToon

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8

    this team showed that the character is on par are even better than last season, i think we’ve shut a few puntits up with that performance, and i still think the best is still to come.

  • bambams

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Agree @ GeordieToon89 that was a lovely touch from Raylor, disguised it well- but i never in a million years expected Shola to strike the ball that well !
    You know something, If we can add a bit of quality into this team (Ben Arfa,Santoon,Marv or a new signing in Jan) and “KEEEEEP OUR PLAYERS!!!!” in January- I genuinely believe a top 6 is a possibility.
    I aint getting carried away, hard games coming up i know but this team has a lot of quality and CAN still improve!

  • sirtoongospel

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    I think that top half would be a good season, we are sure to have tough periods, not just when we play Man U, Man C and Chelsea, but when we maybe don’t win for 3 or 4 games against lesser sides. If we achieved top 7 then Pardew should be manager of the year, never mind top 4 as Harry suggested.

    On another note, I am finding it hilarious to hear Agent Bruce constantly tell the press that they finished above Newcastle last season. WE WERE A NEWLY PROMOTED TEAM!!!!!!!!!! Also, it was only due to an implosion by us that they managed it. Is that his ambition to finish above promoted teams when you are the “established prem team”? They won’t catch us this season. Not in a million years is that team of his good enough for top half or to find 10 points on us. That gap will be bigger this weekend when we win again and they don’t!!!! Mint.

    Keep up the good work Pards.

  • magpie6699

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m sure it was Benny who slid the ball through to Shola – off to check my recording!

  • vuckic

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    ben arfa and santon should def start ths game.drop lovenkrands 4rm e bench and put vuckic coz shola and best wil b on da bench

  • derekm

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew was very clever with his post match interviews -went out of his way to describe Ben Arfa as having made an impact, when actually the boy was trying too hard and lost possession many times. It shows how the gaffer knows how to gee up a young player with a reputation for spitting serious dummies if he does’nt feel loved – the question still remains as to how he accommodates him in the side.The fact that Santon came on at RIGHT back rather than left confirms for me that anyone who does not sign the contract on the table ( Simpson ) is asking to be shown the door. With Erik Pieters probably coming in at left back in January the future looks iffy for Danny boy.

  • Sav

    Oct 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #14

    I think we need another centre-half in January even more than we need a striker. If Colo had gone after 30 minutes like Ledley King we’d have been sunk. Staylors a good lad and playing well but he nearly gave a needless penalty last week and he gave one this week. Its not the penalty so much as the fact it was unnecessary. That’s not good enough. And wilth Willo out we are desperately short of cover for Taylor or Colo – and don’t tell me Simmo or Santon are centre-halves! There are more good centre-backs available than no.9s right now and I reckon that’s where Ashley’s millions should go first.
    BTW, Santon looked great in the few minutes he was on the pitch and as a dual-side full-back with pace, he is a great signing.


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