Lots Of Teams Go To Man City To Draw – We’ll Go To Win

Dan Gosling had not played too often for Newcastle this season, but he has made two sub appearances in the last couple of games.

Dan Gosling – will need to be patient this season

And against his old club Everton, he did get a decent run-out almost two weeks ago, when he came on for the injured Yohan Cabaye, who had strained his groin.

And in retrospect,  it’s really good that the Frenchman didn’t try to play through the pain, and his injury caused some amongst with Newcastle fans.

But the €5M signing from Lille was playing for France 10 days later, and is now fully fit again to resume his place in the first team at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Phew!

Dan knows he will have to keep the faith at Newcastle, and he will have seen fellow sub Danny Guthrie take his chance brilliantly, when he deputized for Cheick Tiote, and the former Liverpool player has been a standout for the team over the last three games.

Dan Gosling talked to the local Newcastle press today:

“You have to be ready for any scenario.” “The confidence you get from being out there, though, and involved is huge.”

“I will be ready against Man City again.” “They can hurt teams with their front six players and they have a system which protects their leads.”

“It is strange how football pans out sometimes with the game being against Everton.” “It was good to get a run-out. Hopefully, I will get more minutes on the pitch sooner rather than later.”

“Unfortunately for Yohan, he pulled up after half-an-hour.” “It is not easy when you have to make early substitutions.” “It ruined the flow of the game. It took us time to get up to the pace of the match.”

“They put us on the back foot in the second half, but we defended very well. The back four have done brilliantly all season, and we are all in it together.” “The lads who came on did well and it was a good three points.”

“Hopefully, the lads who were injured will be back quicker than expected.” “Manchester City’s squad is a million times better than most clubs, and that is not being disrespectful to anyone.”

“The manager has spent a lot of money, and they have been magnificent so far.” “They have brilliant players, and it will be a difficult game.” “We have players in our team who can open up defences.”

“A lot of teams will go there trying to defend, but we will go there trying to win the game.” “All the lads have been working hard. We had the weekend off, and started afresh this week. “

“Everyone is positive, and full of confidence.”  “It is a good feeling. Hopefully, we will keep pushing on and surprising people.”  “Everyone wrote us off at the start of the season, but we just go into every game looking to do our best.”

Dan Gosling has made a rather slow start to his Newcastle career and he made just one appearance last season, when of course he was recovering from the very serious knee injury he sustained in March of   last year while playing for Everton at Wolves.

And he has made 5 appearances so far this season,  but we have to think that as the season progresses, there will be injuries to some of our first team starters, which is when players like Dan can do a job for the club.

And indeed,  depending how these fringe players play when they get their chance, could well determine just how well Newcastle do this season.

Such is the importance of the squad in football these days – all players are important.

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • toonLYF

    Nov 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Wonder what the MOTD crew would have to say if we beat them fairly

  • The Shola Show

    Nov 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2

    start this lad on the right?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 17, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    saw the previous post about laurent robert.

    if only any of our player can be half as exciting as he used to be. 1 of the finest left wingers we ever had. and someone we have failed to replace to this very day….

  • dak76

    Nov 17, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    what do you reckon the ‘experts’ will say if we come away with a result on saturday (ie either a draw or win)… will they give credit to newcastle or say that city had a off day (as so often they do when the toon perfoms well against the bigger teams)
    and will they still insist we’ve not been tested yet this season (as they did before the suds game and after – before we played stoke off the park)

    No doubt lawro’s preditions on the bbc this friday will have city down to win 4-0.

  • danishmag

    Nov 17, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #5

    i had a wonderfull dream last night..
    we won 4-0 at City…
    What a dream..

  • wynsleap

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #6

    The amount of points the Toon have gained this season already, plus their unbeaten record, has given them the right to go to Man City with pride, dignity and confidence in their ability to mix it with the best.
    It’s admirable that they are intending to go there with the attitude of taking the game to the Mancs.
    If someone’s unbeaten record is going to go why should it be ours?
    Having said that they may both still be intact by Saturday night. I’ll happily settle for that.
    And will we STILL have played nobody this season?

  • Toon_Jock

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #7

    If you want to wipe the smiles off those smug pundits faces, we need to go out on Sat and hammer City – only way they’ll lift an eyebrow and show us some respect.

    Here’s hoping we can do just that


  • AP's Black & White Army

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Honestly, I dream every night, but never do I dream about football. Last night however, I dreamt we were winning 1-0 against Man City, with 5 mins left on the clock, then I woke up needing a piddle. Premonition? 😉

  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Danishmag & AP’s B&W Army

    I had us at 4-1, Tiote hat trick. Well gutted when I woke up 🙁 Not only because I had Uni at 8am!

  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Also, no point in complaining about pundits predicting we’ll lose against City. Anyone would predict that… That’s not hating NUFC lol.

  • niafron

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Quick comment about last french rumours. The closest of NUFC is Maïga. Already told what i think of this guy.

    Useless to be a genius to understand the club will not sign him and Giroud. Both of them mean 20 millions pounds. The club already got 4 strikers, if we don’t count Ranger and if we consider Sammy Ameobi and HBA as midfields.

    Giroud would be a difficult target, but why not. MHFC’s president, Louis Nicollin is well known to be a difficult man to convince.

    He’s famous for his negociation with the San Antonio spurs about Tony Parker (at the time, he was also the owner of Paris-Levallois Basket-ball team). He wasn’t impress by the NBA and he will not by the PL…
    Some consider him as a caricatural french of southern France. To offer him a good bottle of wine before the negociation would be an excellent idea…

    Giroud would be expansive anyway.

    For Traore, well, got doubt, for one more time, if you sign Pieters and Maïga, there’s already 15 to 20 millions of pounds spended.
    And Traore would cost near 10 millions more.

    Furthermore, the negociation will be also difficult. Auxerre is only 4 points above the relegation zone and need Traore.
    He will also play the African championship, so you know how it work, if he make 3 good games, wether his team goes through the first round or not, and the price will dramatically increase.
    So Auxerre got interest to wait for this, and thusfar, to wait the end of the window.
    So it would be an endless negociation, and eventually, Auxerre could consider there’s no time to find a substitute and block the deal.
    As the player will be with his national team, he will be difficult for him to take part in the negociation and to put some pressure on Auxerre.

    So for me Traore could be a good target, but for the summer. And to wait a little more would give the club more time to evaluate him. He’s a major player in Auxerre only since three months.

  • carrollsinger

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #12

    If we beat city the qoute would be
    “Manchester city were not at there best”
    “Newcastle got the rub of the green”
    I can see It now

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 17, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    my team against shite

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    DARN IT marveux will be out till new year

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #15







  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #16

    ToonDownSouth, Danishmag & AP’s B&W Army, Beat all of you. I dreamt 1-7 to us. Scared the Hell out of my Lass when I jumped up in bed when the final whistle went.

  • tjrowe89

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #17

    this lad should defo get a start on the right on sat

  • geordiesteve520

    Nov 17, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyone seen that Northern Rock has just been sold to Virgin Money, could that possibly have any bearing on our Kit sponsorship and/or Stadium Name. The Virgin (media/money/airlines/etc…etc) Arena? As long as it wasn’t just The Virgin Arena.

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 17, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #19

    dont know if anyones put this up yet. quite funny it is


  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #20


    Puts a new slant on “Toon fan bricking it”


    Nov 17, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #21

    The Virgin Arena…hmm I doubt it tbh. Don’t see why it would have anything to do with them buying the rights, explains why Northern Rock cut the deal short though

    Fair play to that fella getting his brick back though seems well within his rights to do so


    Nov 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Russell Grant predicted us to beat City 2-1 haha and Lawro predicted we lose 2-0…Lawros been a bit nice to us there tbf

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Nov 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #23

    I agree wwjbd good on the bloke, hopefully more people will see sense and retrieve their own bricks-these guys are brilliant, #harrysbrick is growing, it’s on ceefax and all over the net!


  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s either dead here tonight or my F5 key is knackered.

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Swedish Magpie, if you’re knocking around, could you confirm or deny this. 😆


  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #26

    wow i didnt know F5 did that..

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #27

    joppadoni, learning by doing.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Just sorting me boozing kit for the away day saturday quite a lot of preparation to ensure a cool refreshing beverage all day long.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail for Ashley, I normally do that half an hour before kick off. Start pretty warm, but the more I sweat the cooler the beer becomes.

  • Ben_W

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #30

    We’re gonna be Man City’s first big test this season! I love how Man City’s only “top 5” team they’ve played have been Man U, and nobody ever says “oh well Man City haven’t played anyone good this season”! They’ve had Man U and Spurs, we’ve have Arsenal and spurs! I see no reason why we can’t go out there and attack them. Whenever a team goes out and attacks them they struggle. And personally, I think if anyone can guide us to a victory it’s Pardew! HWTL

  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #31

    my prediction for saturday coming shortly….

  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #32

    cloudy with a chance of light rain……………..

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #33

    I think the football world (especially Lawro) is about to be shook to it’s foundations.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #34

    joppadoni, Ha ha. Bet you don’t get great odds on that.

  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #35

    newcastle win premiership

    what a headline that would be .. O_o

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #36

    See marvs gota have surgery on his groin guna be out a while, Gerrard was out for 6 month so a rekon he will be similar

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #37

    joppadoni, anywhere between 6 and 3 will do me m8. But I have a niggardly feeling, that just won’t go away. Anyone remember where Blackpool were this time last season?

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #38

    GeordieToon89, surely they could speed it up if they did what Jean-Claude Van Damme had done. Remove the groin tendons.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Ben W
    I like your dogged defence of our great club,but however the two teams you mentioned City playing they just happened to destroy 1-5 and 1-6 respectively,I think if we came away with a hard fought point we’d have most pundits singing our praises.

  • magpiebop

    Nov 17, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #40

    4-5-1 Vs Man City


    Subs- Elliot, Tavernier, Santon, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Best, Ameobi.


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