Great Cabaye Goal Will Endear Him To Newcastle Fans


Newcastle made  hard work of it today against Wigan at St. James’ Park, but they were a lot more energetic in the second half and got all 3 points when Yohan Cabaye scored a great 81st minute winner, his first goal for the club.

Yohan Cabaye – after scoring winner and first goal for Newcastle

And a delighted Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew whose team is now joint 3rd top of the league with Chelsea, with 19 points from 9 games, had this to say about the French International:

“Yohan is a really class player and he brings an elegance to us that everybody really appreciates. He’s hit a real cracker to get up and running.”

“He’s a level-headed person and footballer. He’s settled in and his quality shows every week. His goal will endear him to the fans even more.”

“We spoke all week about our attitude and application being the same as the Spurs game and it is very difficult to get that into the players’ psyche once the game starts.”

“Great credit to Wigan in their approach to the game because they were faster and crisper than us, but we must have something in the team to get to the break at 0-0.”

“In the second half I felt we were better after a little chat, and I also felt we’d score. If our fans are a little bit disappointed with our performance it was worth the admittance just for the goal.”

Wigan played a very good game and they created several good chances but their weakness is that they find it hard to put the ball in the net.

We think that little chart Alan talks about was the blast he must have given the team at half time, after a poor and sub-par performance in the first half.

Wigan were the better side in the first half,  and only an absolutely brilliant  save from Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul from Victor Moses,  after only six minutes,  prevented Wigan from taking the lead.

Hugo Rodallega also had two or three chances to score, but in the second half Newcastle turned the tide, after the mercurial Ben Arfa had been introduced in place of Leon Best, and Newcastle started to put the Wigan defense under pressure as the second half went on.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez had prepared his side well for this game, and he  had this to say after the game:

“In a way we did everything we had to do – we neutralised Newcastle and didn’t allow them to be themselves and we created the best chances in the early period.”

“If we could have scored that first goal it would have been a completely different game. We are really frustrated and we got punished by a piece of quality.”

“I think in some ways even a draw would have been a difficult result to take but we are not getting any luck. In football you have to work very hard to get that luck.”

 “I’m not pessimistic, I’m happy and proud in the manner we approached the game. Overall we were stronger and better than the home side and that is a very good sign for the future.”

Newcastle have five wins and three draws in the league so far this season, and next up for Newcastle is a tough game at Stoke a week on Monday.

Newcastle have also won two games in the Carling Cup and next up in that competencies is a difficult 4th round tie at Blackburn on Wednesday night.

Newcastle remain unbeaten in their 11 games this season.

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107 comments so far

  • SwedishMagpie

    Oct 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #1

    HOOOOOLT !! 1-1

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  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    They had their tactics spot on today like and fair play to them. I think the so-called “flair” players really changed the game in our favour, though. We lost some defensive stability with Obertan coming off but it was replaced with attacking mentality!

    Holt equalises for L’pool – cheers lads! 😀

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Well that was a poor match and Dannyo howay lad its time to show your WWJBD love 🙂 am ready to be adored 😉

    Raylor and Obertan were horrible today. Obertan was cheered because he left the pitch and Marv came on and looked pretty damn good. Simmo had a good game playing a good portion of it winded after the Wigan midget decided to stick in a elbow on him.

    Also HBA I was not impressed with tbh but hey a wins a win and Cabaye scored his first so am chuffed

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  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Arfa is trying to do too much to impress and isn’t playing the team game. That said, some of his passing between Jonas and Cabaye was beautiful. He looked better when he picked the ball up on the wings though, I’ve got some doubts about whether or not he can play centrally.

    Raylor was supported most of the game by Jonas and Colo which kept him safe but yeah, he didn’t have the best game.

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  • DoddsyNufc

    Oct 22, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #5

    By the way its 5 wins and 4 draws 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 22, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Thump
    Agree on HBA he had some moments of excitment but overal he lost the ball a lot and just didnt look great. Thought Marv out shown him tbh

    Raylor was a fault for most of the Wigan attacks imo Simpson and Saylor looked so angry. Simpson was solid today and I think he deserves some praise for it

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  • pardew no 1

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #7

    obertan needs to go on the bench now because marveux is just to good since he came on i hope he gets 90 mins against Blackburn with ben arfa and sammy

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #8

    @Thump
    Agree comments on Benny. He needs more match time (just as Oba has had) to settle in and play his best. Trying too hard might mean a lack of confidence rather than too much.

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  • gstadt

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Come on Norwich 1-1 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Oh and MOTM for Guti he was our only outlet for most of the game and he did wonderfully in that role…though he was knackard by the end after having to cover Raylor so often

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #11

    if it wasnt for raylors class cross with his left foot we’d never have won

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #12

    thingy bob off SSN reckons Jonas done nothing and never threatened haha wonder what game he was watching lol

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  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #13

    how did ben arfa play lads?

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  • Oleg G

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t believe that people here actually not satisfied with HBA. He is still not in his best, not getting a full game and second time in a row comes when we are in a bad position (2-1 last time and 0-0 now with only one half to go and no creativity except him).

    He should start, feel the pitch, feel the game, control it, and have someone like Marv or Obe next to him with Guti as well.

    In the end, from 2-1 we came back with 2-2 while he was playing, and from 0-0 we won 1-0, so him being there, helps to move the ball and score.

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  • pardew no 1

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #15

    ben arfa tried to hard and just lost the ball

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  • Andy

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Just on obertan being cheered off in sarcasm today i thought was an absolute disgrace. We are meant to get behind them not have little digs after bad performances! Marveaux’s touch is sublime. Two examples – one from today playing back to cabaye – perfection. And against forest in the cup. Also very good.

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #17

    GT89 if Santon played LB maybe we would of dominated totally (was it you who I was arguing with about Raylor positional sense and his need to be covered? Cant remember if it was haha)

    Also fair play to Saylor he played with a broken nose

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  • colwell

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #18

    If Oba was on instesd of Marv we wouldn`t of scored. The way Marv chested the ball and touched it to Cabaye was awesome, Oba would of passed it back.

    Stokes going to be so hard we are`nt that big of a team compared to them. Colo is an immense defender but not great in the air, then add simmo and Raylor. Our hardest game yet imo

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  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #19

    pardew no 1 – so he had a bad game? did he do anything well? any bits of magic.. hoping for a yes here!

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  • Andy

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #20

    His run and shot were very good. His 1 2 with jonas was good. There were good signs but also lots of room for improvement from him. He’ll be disappointed with himself i think

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  • pardew no 1

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #21

    yorkshire toon the best thing he done was lose the ball

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  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22

    “A draw would see Liverpool 4 points adrift of Chelsea and Newcastle”

    That sounded good!

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  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #23

    @Andy: I thought they were cheering Marv?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #24

    WWJBD

    Not the 5-0 you were hoping for hey? Aha, can imagine you going mental for Cabaye’s screamer though (;

    Agree about Raylor, which is a shame. Moses really showed him up though. Times like those I thank god for Gutierez unreal work rate.

    Charlie Nicholas on Sky said “Jonas was his usual unpredictable self – he didn’t do much”. What absolute nonsense! Best player on the park by a clear mile!

    Also, what is Martinez on? The best team? Would have been disappointed with a draw? His team sat behind the ball for about 87 of the 90 minutes. The stats speak for themselves. I know he’s trying to motivate his team, but just lying doesn’t help…

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  • nufc mad man

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #25

    i only had it on my radio but from what i heard, there are two things i don’t feel happy about at this moment.
    1. using gabriel obottom in the starting line up
    2. pardew being so obsessed with 442 when it would be better to do 433 against teams like wigan who will put out a team for defence

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Andy
    Agree it was poor for from St James but he was so poor in attack and he was on the pitch for far too long. Felt bad for him but at the same time everyone saw he needed to come off at half time

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  • Oleg G

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Norwich are idiots, giving the ball back to Liverpool to start another attack (reminds me of us last season). Instead of trying and keeping the ball, they are just kicking it from their GK to Liverpool’s GK.

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  • Offkey

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Carroll misses a sitter in the final minutes – tehehe

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  • nufc mad man

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #29

    as for the team for the cup game
    i would go
    raylor saylor colo santon
    Gutierrez tiote vucik hatem
    shola ba/sammy

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #30

    TDS
    Haha not quite nar but hey a wins a win :). Cabayes goal…well there might of been a damp patch in my pants haha he is a wonderful footballer and for a bloke with such a small stature he has grit running through his veins. Also him legging it over to Ba after his goal was a lovely moment.

    How anyone can say Guti didnt do much is beyond me…what a tool. Is that from the post match interviews? Havent seen them but Martinez is very much wrong in that (shame cos I quite like him)

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #31

    1-1 haha 😀

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  • Andy

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree ober had to come off but the sarcastic cheer wouldn’t of helped the lad at all! Thumo that was as marv came on. Before that when it was obertans number that went up.

    This is a performance today that we gave at home to wigan blackpool and stoke last year. 3 points is all that matters today. To score 1 past a defence with gary ‘beckenbauer’ caldewell in is impressive!

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  • Oleg G

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #33

    ToonDownSouth // Oct 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    So true. Sense this morning people were going crazy, writing 3,4,5-0 to us, just ridiculous.

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  • Offkey

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Liverpool 1 Norwich 1 – games over and carroll missed a sitter

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  • Oleg G

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #35

    oh… love to see Carroll’s face.

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  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Did you lads not see the clearance Carroll made? It was beautiful – removed any danger from Norwich 😉

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #37

    WWJBD – probably was mate but dnt think a remember much about positional sense mate was more along the lines of when he plays Guti is restricted, Santon will 100% start on wednesday no doubt so will Marveaux and Benny so hopefully wer in for a treat..

    ————–Elliot
    Simpson–Colo–Kadar–Santon
    ———-Gosling–Guthrie
    Marveaux–Ben Arfa–Sammy
    ————-Lovenkrands

    thats the team a rekon will play perhaps with Perch instead of Kadar as he doesnt seem to be in the plans at the moment

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  • Thump

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #38

    @GT89: I reckon Perch will start at RB mate.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Thump – who do you think for Centre backs though mate

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  • Tiote4PM

    Oct 22, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Some great results for us today.

    Although todays game was not the greatest we won, we will learn and go again.

    Roll on Stoke!

    HWTL

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