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Chelsea Game One To Forget – Magpies Can Win Next Four Games

5:41 pm, Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 by Ed Harrison · 78 Comments

The score of 3-0 gives the impression it was an easy win this afternoon for Chelsea.

Alan Pardew - at St. James’ Park this afternoon

The London side were a lot better than they’ve looked over the last several games (unfortunately), but Newcastle  should have been  playing against 10 men after 4 minutes.

David Luiz fouled Demba Ba as he was running onto the ball – clear through in the center forward channel – it should have been   a red card and when you see the video - it’s a stone cold red card.

Referee Mike Dean’s excuse for not giving the red card was that Demba Ba didn’t have control of the ball – and that’s daft - because if you look at the video, Be was running onto the ball when Luiz hacked him down from behind.

And even after 88 minutes with the core still 1-0 and Newcastle trying to get a point and pushing forward all the time, Chelsea  got their second goal after 89 minutes and their third after 93 minutes – with Newcastle down to 10 men – so it was never a 3-0 game.

But hey, Newcastle will not get into the top seven this season by beating teams like  Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea, or even Tottenham, Arsenal or Liverpool for that matter.

Newcastle will get into the top seven and probably the Europa League next season  by taking points off the bottom 13 sides, because Newcastle are quite likely the 7th best side in the league this season.

Newcastle’s next four games are at Norwich City, at home to Swansea and WBA, and away at Bolton Wanderers  - and there’ s absolutely no reason why our lads cannot get 12 points from these games,  if they play near their best form in every game.

Of course one big worry will be the injuries to Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini,  but hopefully they came off quickly and may be fit very soon.

However, Alan Pardew has said after the game that it looks a bad injury to Steven Taylor – so we could be in trouble at the back in these four games, at least until Mike Williamson can get back fit again – probably in a couple of weeks.

But we haven’t had too many injuries this season either, so we cannot complain too much about them.

James Perch is available and did quite well when he came on for Colo in the first half today, but Danny Simpson can play in the center too, and Alan could bring in Davide Santon at right back.

So Pardew will have some choices to amke this week with the defense now split up if Steven Taylor is ineed out for a while.

But we just have to hope  that Colo is fit for next week, because it could be that Steven Taylor is out for a while. Indeed it’s more important to pick points up against the next four opponents than it has been in the last three games.

Newcastle have dropped to 6th position in the league, and could be in 7th place if Liverpool beat Fulham on Monday night, but four wins on the trot should now be the Newcastle goal, and it’s possible,  with a little bit of luck.

Today’s game was just crazy – Newcastle hitting the woodwork three times and Luiz  should have been sent off – with a some luck Newcastle could have had a point today or even the win.

Let’s put it this way, if we had the luck today we had at Old Trafford last week we’d have won the game 3-0. :D

But football and life are like this  - it’s always up and down.

Let’s make it be up over the next four games and with 38 points,  at least we’ll be very near to safety in the PL for this season - even before the turn of the year.

And we may even get some new players in January.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Davide Santon · Fabricio Coloccini · Fixtures · Injuries · James Perch · Steven Taylor





78 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Oleg G // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    10-12 points out of the next 4 games is what we need to get and can get if we will forget about the last 3 games. Jonas will be back, Tiote hopefully. Colo? didn’t look like he was even injured. Best is back from his injury right?

    We will be fine!

  • 2 kevymartins // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Edd i was just thinking that myself

    12 points would be great and maby we could even push on to liverpool and get a win there

  • 3 Dannyo // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    @boater
    “Moral sapping” todays word, lol, indeed.
    This feels entirely different than to the Man City loss, perhaps intensified cause of the loss of key players for however long.
    Also, i do feel the loss is unjustifed, but we all know about those vital margins, and we’ve been in Chelseas shoes a couple of times this season already.

    Bouncing back just became a little bit harder, but even more vital to show the spirit of team. We lacked key players at times today, but still managed to push Chelsea.
    Think we’ll need to take that with us to the next few games.

  • 4 Dannyo // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Good read that Ed, needed some cheering up ;)

  • 5 Darling27 // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    I’m worried about the defence. Really worried in fact.

  • 6 kevymartins // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Oh btw what about martin o neill signing a 3 year contract with the scum…He will be gone next year when the dont give him the funds

  • 7 roblee7 // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    anyone else get really miffed hearing man u fans singin ‘busby aces’ to the tune of blaydon races. grrrr, that tune should be sang by us and us only!!!

  • 8 GeordieToon89 // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    few mackem mates reckon he’s been promised 100million to spend in january lmao a told them to shut it and they aint even got 100million to spend haha ther in more debt than us

  • 9 GeordieToon89 // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Zogbia could be on his way out of Villa been left out of the squad today for a breach of club disciplines

  • 10 kevymartins // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    I hope they get tanked by big mick’s side 2mara :D

  • 11 nimo // Dec 3, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    cant believe after reading earlier threads ppl are still defending raylors right to be in the team hes been sussed out n teams will contjnue to attack his lack of pace specially as he has no jonas to cover.. n for those saying perch didnt do a thing wrong how bout the first goal n not marking his man properly.. guess what give drogba a yard of space he will punish u with his head never mibd 2meters.. having had a little rant deserved to lose (if u discount the refs stupidly awful decision) but played brilliantly well with a poor side considering.. n wow timmy krul has to b dutch no.1 after performances of late could of had 6 past him if he werent so flipping good

  • 12 GeordieToon89 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    nimo – your another quick to blame Perch but what about Cabaye he gave Mata far too much space and time he just basically walked past him and got the cross in for Drogbe to score or do you and the rest only blame Perch because hes played poor in the past? a think so.. btw drogba will beat basically any defender in the air from 6 yards out not just Perch

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    You can’t build a good squad on a hope and a prayer. Did Llambias and Ashley actually think we could get through a whole season with no defensive cover aside from and injured Willo? Looks like Saylor has a torn Achilles so gone for the season. We kept our fighting spirit but without Jonas Raylor was even more exposed on the left side and he isn’t a left back anyway. Sturridge could have had a hat trick in the first half if Krul hadn’t been brilliant. Peter is not a winger and didn’t know how to play defensively at all. It’s up to Llambias and Ashley in January if they want the team to be fighting for a place in Europe.

  • 14 GeordieToon89 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    and also Steklenburg will still be number 1 cos a more experienced and slightly better keeper atm.. Krul has the potential to be one of the worlds best and lets hope that its at us

  • 15 GeordieToon89 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Taylor hasnt torn his achillies its suspected ligament damage

  • 16 popscott // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    WNna be wondering how lover man can still be getting a game, he was knackered after 10 minutes. Look how many saves tummy made today, we could have been beaten 10 – 3 on a bad day, put it behind and hope injuries aren’t too bad as we are thin on the ground. Saying nowt about Ober!

  • 17 davybtoon // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Gt89 ya ryt on cabaye for first goal but no one will blame him bcoz they think he’s good lol perch played well today

  • 18 nimo // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    never said no 1 else was at fault but u cant give him that much space.. simple rule of defending in the box.. stay tight

  • 19 GeordieToon89 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    should get Alex on loan in january

  • 20 dawid182 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    without Saylorand Colo? hard to belive it…

  • 21 warwick // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    why was pardew saying chelsea staff need to look at themselves?
    On repeat, anyone see?

  • 22 GeordieToon89 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    agree with the space but Mata should never have had the time to get the cross.. your supposed to stop crosses coming into the ball buy pushing the players inside Cabaye just let him walk past him.. you cant stay tight to drogba he will always escape plus you need a couple of yards to get a run and jump cos he will beat anyone in the air

  • 23 GeordieToon89 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    warwick – a missed it mate wouldnt mind seeing it though

  • 24 sparkes123 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    I think we should look at Alex, not sure how expensive he’ll be though.

  • 25 LeedsMag // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Just heard on Sky its Taylors achilles – could be out for the season – the transfer policy and effect on squad depth is now well and truly back in focus,The lack of a left back was highlighted by the attacking formationn that gave him no cover and they were simply that bit better man to man in terms of quality.Lots of positives from the attitude and come back but the defence was always my concern this season with injuries/suspensions.If anyone thinks the next 4 games are easy, think again after these injuries

  • 26 roblee7 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    gt89 – agreed on the cabaye point. however, saying drogba would always get that extra yard at 6 yards is a bit much. he wouldn’t, if it was colo there he’d of at least challenged drogba and possible even got in the way or won the header….the sky commentary team even said it

  • 27 nimo // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    its the pressure that would of put him off n i also feel with better communication him n sayls should of swapped men b4 the throw was taken.. worried if tayls n collo rnt back for norwich thou cos holt can play abit

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Crucial to get Tiote back now to cover whatever centre back pairing we can actually field. The next few games will be a struggle. Santon must surely get some playing time now whether he is completely ready or not. Krul is world class but it was a shooting gallery today. Raylor has to come out if we are to stiffen up the defense and help out the centre backs whoever they will be. I would bring in Santon right away.

  • 29 hotdog // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Shocking decision but well done to AP for not slating Mike Dean, take note Mr Ferguson!! We needed 9-10 good performances against Chelsea and for me only 4-5 come out with credit. I said after man utd we are not a top 5 team but if we can get 7th or even 6th place that will do me nicely. JC work on corners we must have had 7 or 8 today and they were all dink!!

  • 30 davybtoon // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Would we not hav ground for an emergancy loan if all r cb are out

  • 31 roblee7 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    warwick – i think pardew was basically just saying that they over-celebrated, which they did, for every goal, like each one was a cup final winning goal or sumit

  • 32 dmac // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    If you actually looked nimo you would have seen that Drogba wad Saylors man and he lost him and Perch tried to bail him out. Im not Perchs biggest fan but he was by no means at fault today. Obertan, Ben Arfa and even Cabaye were lacklustre today.

  • 33 Lee Dodd // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    The Wheels Fell Of Big Style Today – Firstly We lost Coloccini then we get perch on as sub then we Go 1 Down . Loosing Steven Taylor and Coloccini is Very Bad Luck !!!!! The Ball Would not go in No Matter What We Did !!!!!! This Shows Mike Ashley that we Need New Signings and They Need to Come in Quick not Mess about With Young Lads and Wait Until The summer with Money Left From Not Paying The Likes of Alan Smith and Peter Lovenkrands etc !!! Why are we not Playing Santon ??? Why Did we play £5 Million to Sit Him On The Bench ???? Lets Get Alex and Anelka from Chelsea on Loan Until The Summer !!!!! We have The Best Goal Keeper in The Premier League – TIM KRUL !!!!

  • 34 magpie6699 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Worried about Saylor and Colo being out so would be happy with 7 points from next 4 games.
    As for today, I’m still very proud of our lads. They still fought well and at 1-0 were the better team and unlucky not to equalize. The 2 late goals (against 10 men ) were cruel and anyone who says “Newcastle have been lucky” or “not proved as they’ve played no-one yet” should shut up. Were we lucky today? No. Did Chelsea have chances – yes but our goal-keeper saved them – he is part of the defence after all, so that’s not lucky. Were we unlucky with that awful refereeing decision today – yes, just like we were lucky last week. But I bet we would have had 3 points today if Luiz had gone off – they would probably have had to take an attacker off – Drogba or Sturridge – to bring on a defender and we wouldn’t have miseed Colo so much. Also, losing our captain / best defender early on I expected the world to cave in on us and it didn’t. I thought we were the better team in the 2nd half. Last week’s dodgy decision only gained us one point. So Keep the Faith – we are still a decent team and one to be proud of. HWTL!!

  • 35 Lee Dodd // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    When Will Mike Williamson Be Back ???

  • 36 dmac // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    I agree with you i think the Santon thing is a bit fishy! He was our most expensive signing yet doesnt feature at all?!? If he was unfit he would play for the reserves yet he doesnt regularly.

    I hope we get Pieters in jan and id love Alex at cb i have always rated him at chelsea.

  • 37 GeordieTwo // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    The pattern with Obertan is certainly disturbing. He can easily beat most left backs but then his crosses are usually very poor and he rarely gets a shot on net. Have to agree with dmac that Ben Arfa was very ineffective. He was trapped and surrounded every time he got the ball. He very rarely received it while running. He counted on his dribbling skills too much. Pardew needs to continue to work on tactics to employ Hatem’s skills better. Chelsea continue to look shaky on defense but we couldn’t penetrate with our attacks.

  • 38 dawid182 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Willo will be fit within 3weeks, against West Brom maybe

  • 39 roblee7 // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Cabaye allowed Juan Mata to get to the byline and his cross was nodded past Krul by Didier Drogba with Perch making a woeful attempt to challenge the striker.

    the boys at nufc.com weren’t impressed either

  • 40 nimo // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    i dont know as i was at the game but someone said ginola said at half time ben arfa says still isnt 100% fit n needs games against smaller teams where he can get space b4 we see the real benny back

  • 41 nimo // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    anelka would want guaranteed 1st team football n i think ba is better… hed also want mega bucks… alex mega bucks n champ league

  • 42 Pardew_is_a_geordie // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    First post on this blog and would just like to say we were unlucky going forward but very lucky defensively ( except colo n saylor goin off injured) thought krul was outstanding as usual and i was also impressed with guthrie, but raylor,lovenkrands, and obertan are not good enough. We need 2 cb in january and also need a RW, a full back and a ST.

  • 43 jimmymagpie // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Lee Ryder tweeting that Williamson could be ready for reserves in 10 days time . Saylor having scan tomorrow at the Nuffield, I kniw as I’m in there myself and have just been told by the nurses. The physios fear that the achilles may be snapped, in which case he’ll be lucky to be fit for the start of next season. Let’s hope it isn’t as bad as that, but with Colo out for 2/3 weeks, we have big problems at the back. Don’t forget that Jonas and Gosling are capable of playing full back. Perhaps we just attack as in the Keegan days and try to score more than the opposition for the next half dozen games and forlornly hope that Cashley allows Pardew to bring in defensive reinforcements. Not easy in January.

  • 44 SBergenwall // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    I think the lads put in all their effort today again, I really don’t think they deserved to lose 3-0 because they worked so hard. But when you are searching for a goal for about 50 minutes and then get one in the back it gets differcult…I noticed that Simpson misplaced alot of passes today…Ameobi looked good today actually and i genually think we played decent, just not good enough :(

  • 45 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    raylor looked all at sea without jonas in front of him i think hes had a few incidents now against citeh scum and chelski he is not a lb he was absoloutly well and truly raped on a number of ocassions today in particular only for tim it could have been 3 at half time

  • 46 Selbymag // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Funny game today could have lost by 6 or won by 2 or 3 such is life.
    For what its worth I thought Perch did well when he came on put some decent challenges and in the 2nd half played Drogba well.
    Ok here we go— Ben Arfa personally in not a huge fan but today he took the piss – lazy and only playing for himself not the team.
    Always wants a touch too many and fails to keep possession with the simple pass. Surprised he lasted till half time. Yeah I know he needs games and most people on here think he is the new maradonna but he needs to back up his skill with some team play and graft.
    Loverman also did well going forward but left Raylor exposed but Ryan was so far out of position today Sturridge had half the pitch to run in to.
    This was obvious at the match but might not have been so obvious for those internet fans out there.

  • 47 jimmymagpie // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    dmac – no good going for pieters – he’s injured as well – broken foot.

  • 48 SwedishMagpie // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    why are we after Maiga when we already have Ba ? from what I have seen ba is a much better player so why spend 7m on a benchwarmer ?

  • 49 Selbymag // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    ok ben arfa has 5 votes on here for MOM thats surely him, his lass and his mam and dad + 1 other. christ almighty he was hauled off at half time!

  • 50 Pardew_is_a_geordie // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    @swedishmagpie
    Exactly, although im satisfied with maiga, id much rather have de jong or giroud as they are better and we wouldnt lose them for the ACN, but Ashley will not spend the money.

  • 51 spitfire_ // Dec 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Could FA allowed to take emergency some CB on loan? Is this happend before because they allowed to take goalies.

  • 52 Dannyo // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Swedish
    In france they talk allot about him, a fantastic player, great pace and very good technical, i too have my reservations about him, but the ones watching know more than we do…

  • 53 davybtoon // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    well jonas n hopefully tiote back next week n colo hopefully but if not he has to go with kadar n perch n am not as worried about that as most on here perch did really good today n kadar is top young player (by the way never lost when kadar has played)

  • 54 nimo // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    keepers r ok but think as you could really get a midfielder to play cb dnt think theres a case.. plus who would we get.. time for kadar to shine

  • 55 nufc mad man // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    why is it every1 wants to drop raylor would it not be better to drop obertan and move raylor to right wing while santon comes in lb

  • 56 davybtoon // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    nimo agree kadar had been waiting for his chance to prove himself now this it he is top young player n a full international

  • 57 davybtoon // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    n if pardew dont fancy kadar then simpson is the only other choice

  • 58 nimo // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    raylor too slow for wingers n that seems hoe pards wants t play

  • 59 nimo // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    i knoq ap says he wont play benny as a winger but looked so much better wi 2up front

  • 60 toonbrother // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    We never learn do we. We were confidently predicting victory over chelsea earlier this week and just got thrashed 3-0 at St James Park. Yet here we are again predicting 4 consecutive victories . Guys we are not a top 4 side especially when you consider our defence. We seriously need to moderate our expectations in this regard. And if Pardew continues to put faith in Lovenkrap and Strolla Ameobi I dont see us staying in the top 8 for much longer

  • 61 sparkes123 // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    I think Raylor should take obertans place and put santon at LB (Just like nufc mad man) It might mean we’re more defensive on the wings by preventing crosses. Perhaps this will stop the our CB’s being bossed by crosses. This worked well for us against stoke.

    I suppose a big thing on dropping oba is a lack of pace in a counter attack. These next 3/4 games are going to be super tough I think. Of course other teams are going to try and take advantage.

    Kadars time to shine.

  • 62 toonbrother // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    What we need to do now is bring in Santon and bring back Leon Best

  • 63 magpie6699 // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    toonbrother – Pardew’s faith in Shola was NOT misplaced today, or against Tottenham. I thought he was excellent today and unlucky not to score.

  • 64 craig bell // Dec 3, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    back to reality now. And now pardew really has to change things. Why lovencrans started today ahead of sami I will never no. R Taylor is not good defensively and santon has got to come in. Obertan is like a headless chicken aswell.

  • 65 Toonboy_84 // Dec 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    What’s the news on Colo and Saylor lads? Haven’t got time to trawl posts.

  • 66 bringbackemre // Dec 3, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    pardew defiantly needs to change things
    although the performance was not that bad
    I was imprssed with ben arfa i dont understand the criticim ameobi lovenkrands
    cabaye were also quite good , more criticism i cant understand
    Ryan taylor defiantly needs to be dropped from left back he jus is not good enough , jonas attackng abilitys have been wasted the last few games covering for him.
    Really woried about saylor and colocinci who have been immense

  • 67 Beattie25 // Dec 3, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    I’ve read through most the posts this afternoon. Some say we are a bad team and that we have been found out, others say ‘it was just one of those days’. Regardless of which camp you fall in, whether its defeatism or your a positive thinker, we should all be able to agree on the following.

    1. Lovenkrands should not have played today at LW- Yeah he played well but he shouldn’t have played today with Raylor behind him. He rarely tracked back to help and we were exposed time and time again and were lucky to go in 1-0 down.

    2. Raylor should no longer play at LB- He has been nothing short of heroic since Enrique left but we have a player tipped as ‘the next Maldini’ sitting on the bench and too many times have we been done down the left. We were all shocked to sign a player of Santon’s quality, and he probably came to boost his Euro 2012 chances but is overlooked all the time. If there is a reason then AP needs to come out and say it cos Raylor has been poor.

    3. We all new this CB crisis was coming- With a wafer thin defence we have all said for weeks that if Collo or Saylor got injured we’d be screwed. Well they are both down and now we really need to sort out the weakest part of our team. I know we had (until recently) the best defence in the leauge but we have rode our luck and kept only 4 clean sheets in 16 games. AP, MA and DL need to fix this in the transfer window with loans and transfers or we will get thumped again.

    4. We are so negative sometimes- The same fans, again and again on this blog finding excuses to hate their own team!!! We are aiming for a top 10 place not top 4. We are not the only team to play bad this season and get agood beating. Aresnal, Manure, Chelsea etc… But we have to stay behind the team.

    5. Obertan is 22 and hasn’t played or 2 years,- Give the lad a chance ffs. I for one am excited to see the lad 2 years down the line.

    6. Ben Arfa has been out for a year- He hasn’t had the chance to play for the reserves to get his match fitness back. People having a go at a lad who had his leg snapped, ankle damaged pre season and is still adjusting to playing competitively.

    7. We are not going to be relegated- Some of the talk on here is just stupid. In my eyes I am thinking of 14 more points to get to 40 and anything beyond that is a plus. This result has brought us all back to reality

    8. At least we are not Sunderland- I know we have a weak team in some respects. But we could be a team full of ManUre reserves who are 30+. O’neill may be good, but even he can’t polish an old turd.

    9. Let’s be realistic- Finally I would like to say that we should all agree that the next 4-8 games are going to be hard. No CB’s, hard games against decent teams and the African Cup of Nations coming meaning we will loose Ba & Tiote. But let’s be positive, let’s enjoy our team and most importantly if we have learnt anything this week since Speedo’s death, realize that Newcastle United is part of all our lives, but it is a part of life we have no control over! So enjoy the ride cos you never know what is around the corner.

  • 68 OZ2 // Dec 3, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    http://gu.com/p/33zqe
    Louis Taylor from the Guardian giving us a great write up unbelievable !!

  • 69 Munster Mag // Dec 3, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    I would be very concerned about the next few games. Missed lots of the second half due to kiddy stuff, but was hugely unimpressed by obertan , again. PEOPLE WHO SAY HE NEEDS TIME ARE DELUSIONAL.

  • 70 Marty-Toon // Dec 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Kolo Toure available on possible loan in January,great player but wages will be stumbling block.
    What would ye think of that one?Prem proven too

  • 71 deyansabourian // Dec 3, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Krul- 8.5 Two world class low left handed saves in the first half- the first on Lampards penalty, the second on Sturridges breakaway. Could really do nothing with Drogbas header and made a couple more great saves in the second half. Extremely unlucky to give up two more late goals and had another man of the match performance.

    Simpson- 4 Wretched first half where he gave the ball away way too easily. He is a young improving defender who can hang with other decent players in the EPL but when coming against a star such as Mata, he has no chance. Improved in the second half but still a very weak display today.

    S Taylor- 7.5 An extremely difficult game without his better center defender partner. Solid in the first half but couldn’t do much playing alongside a player as wretched as Perch. Worked his ass off like usual but was given no help from his pathetic other defenders. Came off injured late on in what looks to possible be a serious calf injury.

    Coloccini- N/A Made a couple solid defensive stops before he came off earl with what looks like an ongoing back injury. Was sorely missed to say the least.

    R Taylor- 4.5 Some of the worst positioning I have ever seen. For a defender, he brings a great work rate and an exceptional offensive game. However, he is far too slow to be playing at outside defense in the EPL and for a defender, he really cannot defend well at all. Horrible challenge at the end of the match that showed his frustration and easily could have been a red.

    Obertan- 4.5 Yes he is dangerous with the ball on the right wing and has skills in abundance. But he seems to run around like a headless chicken that has no soccer IQ whatsoever. Gave the ball away way too easily and seems to only be able to go right, thus making him far too predictable for a winger.

    Cabaye- 7.5 Solid all around. I love everything about this player and he does everything above average. He is fierce in the tackle, seems to always be one of the smartest players on the pitch, and has perfected the cross field pass. However, he was slightly at fault for Mata getting separation in Drogba’s first half goal.

    Guthrie- 6.5 He is too slow and not even close to the power man that is Tiote. However, he knows what his strengths are and sticks to them wisely. Another solid game deputizing at center mid.

    Lovenkrands- 6 A surprising start, and a more surprisingly well played first half where he looked dangerous and full of confidence every time on the ball. Faded massively in the 2nd half and came off for Sammy.

    Ben Arfa- 5 Newcastle’s most skilled player did what he has been doing all season- he tried to do too much too much of the time. He did again show his flashes of skill when on the ball but could have done much more. Came off at half, hopefully for tactically reasons and not cause of injury.

    Ba- 7.5 Easily Newcastle’s most dangerous player who has developed into a fantastic all around striker and one of the buys, if not the buy, of the season. Hit the post once in the first half off a fantastic header and forced another post hit again in the second half when pressuring Drogba. Got tired at the end and seemed to need more help today.

    Subs

    Perch- 4 Maybe the worst player in the EPL. He is far too weak to hang w/ Drogba in the air and is far too unconfident to do anything else well either. The drop off going from Collo to him is like going from dating a dime for a year and having her break up with you so you go to the bar get blacked out and take home the fatty. However, he did improve greatly in the second half and seemed like he finally grew some confidence. Sadly, it looks like he will be starting in central defense the nest couple weeks.

    Shola Amoebi- 5.5 Came on at halftime for Ben Arfa to add a big physical presence and def made his presence felt. He, as always, screwed up a couple opportunities but was able to hit a lovely right footed rocket off the bar. Like the rest of his team, he was very unlucky today.

    Sammy Amoebi- 5 Showed his flashes of skill in one dribble but didn’t offer much else.

  • 72 Brutooon // Dec 3, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    I am not concern with Midfield and Striker

    But with PERCH as our main Centre Back for the reason, we will be back – back at the relegation spot !!!!!

    Playing Perch might be losing the ALL the remaining games of the season

  • 73 BengGaBoy // Dec 4, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Continue to bet on R.Taylor is getting dangerous. Once again, he’s been exposed so many times and cannot cope with the winger run at all (put it simply, no pace).

    Obertan – expected him to do more run and put more crosses. But that’s not happening. Perhaps a change is needed.

    Placing James Perch at central defense just reminded me of the old times where jokers like Boumsong, Dabiza & gang. From best defense to worst defense is only matter of time.

  • 74 afrolicioustoon // Dec 4, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    Beattie25 talking some real sense there and intelligence.

    FFS were top 6 and its nearly xmas, Not one of us wouldve thought that would be the case on september the 1st.

    Weve been beaten twice so far this season by Manc and Chelsea! Wow!

    didnt realise that was such a disaster. Obviously we need defensive reinforcements but whats to say out of williamson and hopefully perch/kadar if our big guns arent fit, we get thru to new year – get a couple of players in and look forwards to the rest of what is looking an exciting season

  • 75 Sav // Dec 4, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    Several will have better days than today.
    Obertan? I don’t get it. If Pardew says its what he wants I’ll accept it but I still don’t get it.
    Guthrie was great until he tired and passes started to go astray. Outshone Cabaye, – which is something.
    Colo and Krul were legends. So was Staylor.
    Can Shola not pass to Sammy? Does he think we’ll all think he’s only passing to him coz he’s his brother? Anyway, both of them were very good.

  • 76 s4newc // Dec 4, 2011 at 3:33 AM

    Extremely proud of the lads was a great match and a great spectacle to remember Gary Speed’s memory. Just wasn’t our night at all hit the bar the post with most of our shots and the sending off that wasn’t just proves we were at best only going to get a draw if really lucky. I thought Perch was quite solid when brought on, only mistake was the goal and he hasn’t been getting 1st team football and against Drogba that can happen to the best of defenders. Guthrie’s balls, Lovenkrand’s, Ba’s and Arfa’s runs were decent and at first the CB looked solid. Full backs attacked too much especially Raylor who’s balls were shocking today which let Sturridge in particular in and we were very lucky. Could and should be dropped. Obertan was anonymous most of the 1st half and was very poor and I thought he should have been subbed off. Krul has shown he is the best keeper in the league and now it will be tough to keep him in January as we are now a selling club. Thought Pardew made some great sub choices but brought off the wrong players, Shola was decent and Sammy is still growing just needs to hone in some of his runs before he loses it. Definitely something to look forward to for the Norwich match. RIP Speedo.

  • 77 Brutooon // Dec 4, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    Bengaboy and the rest of Perch’s BIGGEST FAN :

    I rather play a 40 year old Marcelinho or bring back Boumsong than playing Perch at Centre Back !!!!!

  • 78 Nick Sly // Dec 4, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    I cannot understand what Alan Pardew was thinking at half time taking off Ben Arfa. He was the only player on the field with true creativity. Every time he got the ball you saw the Chelsea defence sit up straight, because they know he can waltz past any defensive line. He makes at least 2 defenders commit to him, which leaves acres of space for anyone to latch onto one of his perfectly weighted lay-offs.

    Instead he put on a fat slow Shola Ameobi, who’s only attacking move is to drop to the floor after contesting for an aerial ball in an attempt to win a free kick.
    Other than his shot against the post, can anyone remember any other time that he really threatened.

    If we want to break down the defence of any of the top 7 sides in the Premier League we need HBA on the field.

    On another note. It is seriously time to move R Taylor onto the bench. He is a very good (but not magnificent) free kick specialist, but that is not a good enough reason for having a very weak left back in the team. We purchased Davide Santon for 5 Million, lets give the lad a chance.

    He will probably be in the team next week due to a switch around to cope with losing our 2 CB.
    (Simpson to CB, Santon to RB), but in all seriousness Ryan Talyor’s free ride is over.




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