Yohan Cabaye – It Was A Cruel Games For Us


The only thing the Newcastle team can do this week, after the way the game went on Saturday against Chelsea, is to keep their heads up, and just get on with it.

Cabaye tussles with Ramires on Saturday

We only ended up with one point from the last three games after all, but Newcastle were so unlucky on Saturday and also unlucky at the Etihad stadium a couple of weeks ago.

Our boys can hold their heads up high for the way the have performed over the last three very tough games – we’re proud of them.

And we still have some top players in the side of course, so it’s not exactly all doom and gloom.

And one of our top players is French International Yohan Cabaye,  who has talked about the game today with the local press:

“It was a cruel game. In the second half we had control of the game. We hit the crossbar twice in that period and Petr Cech had to make some saves, so it is difficult to take.”

“We have to recover very quickly for the next game. We have to focus on the Norwich game, where we have to win. We want to win that one and we will work very hard during the week to do so. We have to be ready for that game.”

“It was a big blow to lose both centre-halves. The worst thing to happen was losing those two,”  “They are very important players for us. They have a very special partnership going and I feel for Steven Taylor.”

“It’s a bad thing what happened to him and he needs to be very strong to get back as soon as possible.”  “This is football, we have had the same defence all season, but Perch is a good defender. “

“I hope Colo is not out for too long. Cheick could be back soon too, I hope so. He is such a good midfielder and he is treatment and could be available.” “We miss him and we need players like him back, even though Danny Guthrie has been playing well.”

“For us a good season would be stay roughly where we are and to get in to Europe,”  “It would be a real step forward if we got in to European competition and it doesn’t matter if we are in the Europa League or the Champions League.”

“It would be great for the club. The fans want to see us back in Europe and so do we. That is the aim.”

Good words from Yohan Cabaye,  and there may even be some good news this week, if we can get Cheick Tiote back on Saturday.

And maybe we’ll find out that the news on Fabricio is that he’s not  too badly injured at all.

Alan Pardew is hoping Colo has  just a thigh strain and that it’s not a tear, which is more serious, and we should hear just how bad it is, or good it is – some time today.

Young Danny Guthrie put in another very good shift for the side on Saturday, and he’s finished second in the voting for our Man of the Match with 7% of the vote.

He’s second only to the magnificent Tim Krul,  who got a whopping 79% for his fantastic saves, and for the second week running was our Man of the Match.

Who would have thought the Dutch International would be so improved this season?

Even though the next few games will now be very difficult,  it’s still got to be upward and onward for Newcastle, and at least the lads will fight like crazy to get those points, and we cannot ask for more than that.

Howay The Lads!!



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89 comments so far

  • toonfin

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Is it just me or has cabaye not really done much the past few games, he doesnt really run with the ball and his movement to offer himself for a pass hasnt really been there. At the minute id say Guthrie and Tiote would be the best partnership Guthries passing against chelsea was outstandind and he was all over the place

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  • JackButler

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Guthrie has done well for us but he’s no Tiote, we need him and Jonas back asap, also we need to find another alternative to Obertan as he offers nothing

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  • Selbymag

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    In ref to earlier posts Indian Magpie – re Ben Arfa.
    Bewn Arfa was taken off on Saturday because he was terrible no positive contribution in 45 minutes. Selfish and unable to retain possession or pick a half decent pass. Petulant when losing the ball and too lazy to chase balls 3 yards in front of him.
    Can the 13 people have voted him man of the match justify why they made this decision or has Hatem got access to 13 different Laptops.

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    toonfin – Cabayes not been doing much as he’s had to take the Tiote role and allow Guthrie to attack! Hes ran himself into the ground most games doing this job but hes far more effective than Guthrie at going forward, just someones had to do the deeper role! Cabaye and Tiote was so so effective before hand, looking forward to seeing it reunited!

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  • Sir Alan

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Pardrew and his staff are going to have to earn their money now and really consider the tactics. Maybe a 3-5-2? And pray that Colo will be fit!

    —————————-Krul——————————–

    ———–Simpson—–Colo/Kadar——–Santon———-

    Gosling——————-Tiote————————Jonas

    —————–Cabaye—————Guthrie—————

    —————————-Ben Arfa————————–

    ——————————Ba——————————-

    Certainly Different!!!

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Danny Guthrie was great on Saturday,really proud of the lad. Im keen to see James Perch take his chance of getting first team football,good times ahead.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Dont see why we don’t push Raylor into the left midfield position with Jonas moving over the right in place of Obertan and Santon playing at left back

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    I see people hav finally stopped putting taylor in there team 😉 lets hope pards does the same otherwise we will be srewed 😛

    also is it just me or is cabaye our best player(midfielder) lots of people say ben arfa is and he is my fav player BUT cabaye is much more consitent and every game even his rare bad ones he still makes great passes and a chance or 2

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    @jack for the simple reason obertan gives us another dimension, speed for a counter. putting raylor on the wing wud slow us down and it wud of being better to keep barton

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  • JackButler

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    t00ntime
    In the games that I’ve seen Obertan play he offers nothing, yes he’s quick but has no final ball and his touch is sunday league standard, the fix would only be until (and now I’m dreaming) we can change things in the Jan window

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    t00ntime, nope Tiote still for me. It’s Tiote that makes Cabaye look good.

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    still I think he offers more then raylor 😛 raylor and obertan’s crosses were both below par against chelsea BUT against a slow defense like stoke obertan destroyed them. And norwcih hav a skill full attacj but a slower defense 😉 so I guess saturday will be decided by whos strikers are better on the day, surely ben arfa and Ba are better then holt and morrison

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Obertan seems to run the line thinking about what he’s going to do with the ball. But hasn’t decided when he runs out of pitch.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    @ selby mag

    i think you have a vendatta against me.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #15
  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Indian Magpie, I’ve read your posts and Selby’s answer and have to agree with Selby.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #17

    HBA is still some way to getting back his form or confidence, never thought I’d say this bit Strolla did very well when he cam on on sat, for me Sammy should start more games as he’s so unpredictable

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    @geordiegerman I used to love tiote too, but he looked awful during ramadam yet again who can blame him 😛 Ba looked bad aswell lol hopefully Tiote can come back after injury and play good. I guess then we will see how good he is

    sort of like ben arfa he is looking more and more confident just sumtimes he tries too much, If pardew can calm him down and take sum preassure away he prob wu be our best player.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    @ geordie german you have let me down

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  • Special K

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Worst result possible from Saturday not in the sense of the scoreline but now missing BOTH our centre halves for next few weeks. Anyone know a time scale for Collo? Willo’s back in 3 weeks so at least the fixtures aren’t as taxing as the last 3.

    What about dropping Tiote back into centre half? Only worry would be that his consistent yellow cards could be reds if he’s the last man. Would imagine Perch will fill the other slot and my God that fills me with dread. Would rather recall Tav & slot Simpson in there or even play Gosling at RB.

    Hope Llambias & Carr have been on the phone to Montpellier about that centre half we’ve been linked with, deal done for Jan 1 would be nice. Clyne tied up as well would be a massive boost. All of a sudden the next couple of weeks are looking tougher than we’d thought.

    I’ll feel more at ease when we have Willo & Collo back on centre.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #21

    Must say a think Obertan offers nothing atall.. Yes hes quick and could be a good player but:
    1 – He doesnt use his pace and skill atall
    2 – Hes got no final ball
    3 – He cant pass a ball

    My Team

    —————-Krul
    Simo–Perch–Kadar–Santon
    ———Guthrie-Cabaye
    Raylor—-Ben Arfa——Jonas
    ————-Ba or Best

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Everyone moaning about how we’re selling Krul & Tiote & Colo, please get a grip…

    You think awful fan sites like newcastlemad actually have sources and insiders? Aha

    Also, Tiote to Chelsea? Doesn’t look like they need him to me.

    And as for the “Ashley will sell Krul to Tottenham because he’s a Spurs fan”, WHAT? That’s absolutely mad…

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #23

    does anyone here play fifa ultimate team? I was trying to make a Newcastle and i had em all but Ba, lol.

    But then our players started becoming inform so I wanted them xD but then I saw the average prices
    Ba : 20.000
    Krul: 40.000
    raylor: 15.000
    cabaye : 16.000
    jonas: 13.000

    :O wth lol

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Special K – We should find out today about Colo mate hes gone for a scan the fear is it could turn into a tear which would mean atleast a month out depending on the grade of the tear.. hopefully it just stays a strain then its only a matter of 2 weeks with plenty of massage

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #25

    And why do people keep saying Raylor should play RB instead of Simpson?

    That’s not going to happen in a million years.. Simpson is so so much better at defending, and his last 5 or 6 games have been some of his best for the club.

    Just my opinion, but I don’t see what else Raylor offers besides one or two good freekicks a season?

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #26

    @GT89 thats why we need to train him, he has the skill and the speed and he can play a final ball but like u say he never does it when its needed lol

    we need pardew or maybe beardesly to help him but Raylor cant get speed out of nowhere 😛 anyway I got to go HWTL

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #27

    ToonDownSouth – Good point mate, Theres a few rumours that wer going to give Krul a new long term deal supposed to be longer than Tiotes(2016) aswell

    Also couple people think weve sent a request asking for an emergency loan until jan cos weve got no cover in reserves aswel only Kadar.. cos all our others are injured or only 16/17

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #28

    t00ntime – a agree with Raylor and his speed but we cant keep playin Obertan when he offers nothing he needs to be worked on then eased in like use him as an impact sub.. Raylor will provide the crosses from the right

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #29

    Also Simpson’s got like an 84% tackle percentage on all his tackle attempts this season thats pretty impressive

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

    I always thought that the lack of CB cover would come back & bite us. WTF didn’t we buy a CB in the summer. Mind we only have 1 proven goal scorer in Ba. Penny pinching Fat Tw*t & Lamears* again what a f**k up, al the good work at the start of the season could go to waste just because they are to tight to put their hands in their pockets and back the manager.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Selling Krul, Tiote or Colo would be suicide for us as we would loose three top class player who would not be replaced, it would be the Carrol farce all over again

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #32

    Also if Chelsea do actually want Tiote a say we get £20/25million Plus Mikel

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #33

    GeordieToon89 – Obertans just lacking in confidence! Against chelsea he was up against an impressive ashley cole, but against man utd he played very very well! He’s got a lot of positive attributes and could really turn into a player for us, think what he needs is a goal and a run in the team! Wouldn’t put ryan taylor right mid! Hes good for a utility player on the bench for me! bit like stevie watson was!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #34

    come on ashley,

    one rumour and new contact for KRUL, all for increasing the price. baiting other teams to come and have a go.

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #35

    Mikel and Tiote are very similar players actually! To be honest, it looks like Romeu is going to nail down the chelsea spot for DCM! Think the only team stupid enough to pay 25m for Tiote would be liverpool!

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #36

    ffs Indian Magpie! Kruls going nowhere, change the record! Theres been no respectable quotes, links or even rumours that he is! Hes untested over the course of a season and wouldn’t generate the fee that would make him worth selling! Possible outs in jan are smith, lovenkrands, simpson and possibly Tiote if someone breaks the bank!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    jayphoto – agree with that mate but when a player doesnt offer anything atall then wer carrying him and we cant afford to carry him when thaz players who can play in that position and offer more with the abilities theyve got, Gosling would be a better option on the right but Taylor wont be dropped

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  • Special K

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #38

    @GeordieToon

    Two weeks wouldn’t be the disaster I’ve had playing over and over again in my head although I do think we could struggle against Norwich’s physical strikers, Holt & Morrison. Then Swansea don’t offer too much up front so if Collo & Willo are back after that it’s all good.

    Always rated Willo myself and thought he would have started this year if it wasn’t for his injury & Saylor’s form at the end of last year. Remember him being more gutted at the end of the 4-4 about the goals we conceded than the comeback. Proper player who cares unlike countless others we’ve had

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #39

    jayphoto – Carroll wasnt exactly tested over the course of the season mate haha

    Krul wont be leaving thaz no club in the prem tht needs him or no club wher he will get first team straight away cos Friedel is still very fit and unreal could easily play for another 2/3 years

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  • WesJameson

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #40

    Mikel, is complete garbage!!! NEXT

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