Newcastle Squad Still Have That Great Fight And Desire


Shola  Ameobi, one of Newcastle’s most experienced players,  has come out and said something that is needed and wanted this week.

Shola Ameobi – lads will still fight

Shola, who is a big and positive influence in the dressing room according to Alan Pardew,  has come out today and said the lads  will still be fighting like crazy after only getting a single point out of our last three games.

Those three games were very tough against  teams all in the top six of the Premier League,  and we conceded 7 and scoring just twice, while getting a single point.

And with the injuries Newcastle have suffered against Chelsea,

“It will be tough for us – but this fight and desire that people talk about has to come to the fore again.”  “Whoever steps in has to bring everything they’ve got, but I am sure we will be all right.”

“We just have to stay together as a team. You will lose games, that’s a given – it is how we come back and how we respond.”   “The manager was quite positive after the game.” 

“The dressing room is still positive as well, we are in the position we are because we’ve done well this season.”  “We have to remember what we’ve achieved, and now take that confidence forward to Norwich.”  

“We have played the top three teams in a row and it has been a tough run for us.”  “We have to take confidence from where we are at and our league position.”

Ameobi said that the lads and manager Alan Pardew were not too down after the 3-0 loss to Chelsea, and of course Shola came very close to scoring a wonderful goal for Newcastle when the score was just 1-0, but his thunderbolt hit the crossbar – and almost broke it.

A goal at that stage wopul;d have set the game up for Newcastle and no doubt Newcastle would have gone for the winner, as the 52,000 mad screaming Geordies would have been roaring them on to victory.

But Newcastle again didn’t have the tum opf the green but certainly the 3-0 scoreline was simply not representative of the closeness of the game against Chelsea.

But all that matters now is that Newcastle pick up significant points in the next four games against Norwich City, Swansea City, WBA and Bolton Wanderers.

How many points out of the possible 12 available do you think we’ll be able to manage?

Comments welcome.



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107 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Dec 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1

    10 points well within reach, 12 if we play to our potential.

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  • Sir Alan

    Dec 6, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #2

    10 points well within reach, 12 if we play to our potential.

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #3

    10 points well within reach,12 if we play to our potential.

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  • nightfa11

    Dec 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #4

    not really comfortable even with willo comming back..hes good as a 4th choice defender, but the last time he played colo was the one who was saving him… we need a CB.. if we dont & if we sell one of the stars in january, or even summer it will be hard to get colo to sign a new deal.. we need quality! get pieters, another CB & girdou.. thats a minimum for january.

    the norwich game will be a BIG challenge..if we dont get a win against them..morale wont be were it is..thast for sure..& i dont want this to drag againt poorer sides (bolton, wba, etc.) personally id play cabaye & kadar at CB against norwich.. i know cabaye made a mistake against chelsea, but the guy is quality & is not afraid of anyone…sth i cant say for perch. he will put a maximum in every challenge…perch wont!

    pardew, now its time for u to show us how good really are u.

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  • Willo

    Dec 6, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    10 points well within reach,12 if we play to our potential. You’ve got to believe that we can beat Swansea, West Brom and Bolton and while Norwich will be a big test of our new look back line I have to think we can get something out of that match.

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #6

    I think 13 points if we play above ourselves…………

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  • Lynxie

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Nightfa11 @ 4:

    I would disagree with your comments regarding Alan Pardew. I personally think it is time that the fat fella showed us what he is worth, and opened the cheque book. Pardew has done marvels with what he has at his disposal, but we need reinforcements or our season may implode.

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  • Shabilla1984

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    10 points well within reach, 12 if we play to our potential(pass it on)

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  • nightfa11

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Lynxie

    true, but its december, not january..pardew needs to find a way to survive this month.

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  • alext109

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #10

    See Kadar has been given number 40. Seeing as he had no squad number before it must mean that he is playing on Saturday.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Lol, well, thats a lesson to all of you wanting write “first”. Say something sensible and u might start a trend 😛
    Lol well played tho lads, gave me a good laugh.

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #12

    I hate to say this but i fear our season has been killed by these injurys,if you look back at the games we have played,having a settled back four has saved us many points,we could possibly end up like blackpool and many other teams before them,having a great start only to struggle second half of the season

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  • toon-hendy

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Rumour has it we could get 10 points but 12 if we reach our potential…

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  • NorseToon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #14

    I just have to say, Steven Taylor has become my absolute favorite player this season:) May he recover well!

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #15

    I honestly believe, we should go with attack is the best form of defence, until we have a senior CB fit:

    _____Simpson_Perch_Kadar______
    Santon_________________Jonas
    _________Tiote___Cabaye_______
    _____________HBA
    _________Best____Ba

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #16

    If shola plays he’ll obviously be captain, but if he doesn’t who do the rest of you think will be in for captain colo? My guesses are either gutierrez or krul, as they’ve the only players in the starting XI that have been here more than a year and a half.

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  • craig bell

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    something different about amiobi this year. He seems more of a leader and is playing well

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #18

    What’s happened to the Cabaye I saw against Villa?

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  • CAToon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #19

    The squad is a lot deeper and talented than in years past. While it is foolish to say the players that will be fielded this week are capable to beating the top 5+Liverpool, they certainly can beat most every other team in the league. It is realistic to think we can we can come away with all nine points from the next three games, even 12 from the next four. Anything less than 8 points from 4 games would be a disappointment.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Scottishtoon95, so it could be Simpson?

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  • at the strawberry

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #21

    in response to previous article about Gutierrez back in the team I agree good to have him back to support Ryan Taylor but I personally think Lovenkrands had a decent game on saturday and had some good moments going forward playing as a left winger should.

    That highlighted how much Gutirrez is sacrificed by tracking back all the time and as good a job Taylor has done filling in I do think it is time to test out Santon in some of these games that appear more winnable to see if he can command that area of the pitch without relying on Guti as much.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #22

    AP’s Black & White Army, Tiote was playing allowing Cabaye to attack.

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Guthrie has being sitting far deeper than Cabaye, GG. Maybe we’ll just have to get used to him flitting in and out of matches, like HBA?

    His influence could be greater, if we were more patient. He’s definitely going through an average spell.

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh yeah GeordieGerman, make it two-and-a half years then.

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #25

    suppose if guthrie played he’d be in with a shot aswell

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  • at the strawberry

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #26

    also, Guthrie’s distribution on saturday was unbelievably good thought he had a belter of a game. Every inch perfect pass I thought was Cabaye but was from Guthrie everytime! If team was picked on form it should really be Tiote and Guthrie at Norwich in my opinion. But in the long run I want Cabaye back to his best ASAP so the more game time the better i suppose.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #27

    I have an awful feeling Smith will be captain.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #28

    at the strawberry, to right mate. His pass to Lovenkrands landed on Lovenkrands toe.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Cabaye will get better on the field as Tiote steps in again at Dm.It’s Guthrie that has been pushing forward and halted Cabaye’s forward runs in a way.
    Hope we can find room for Ben Arfa in the team regularly, but behind the front man?I’m not so sure it’s his best position

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  • Toon_Jock

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Like Raylor and Gutti, you lads think Tiote was making Cabaye look a little better than his actually is cause Tiote is so damn good? Not taking anything away from Cabaye, he’s been alright like!

    Teamwork is teamwork in the end of the day

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Kadar has been given squad number 40, he’ll either play or sit on the bench.
    Will it be
    Simmo-Kadar-Perch-Raylor as i predicted?
    Altho, i so hope Santon is given a chance at LB.
    But i don’t think Pardew wants to rattle his defense more than it has been already.
    Still, Raylor has been abysmal as of late, how long can it continue?

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #32

    http://www.leazesterrace.com/

    Gives Guthrie a great review – 92% success rate for completed passes. Chart shows him in attacking third pretty frequently too. He really has responded to good coaching this year. I think we must use Cabaye Tiote and Guthrie as a midfield trio when all are fit. They all have a high workrate and you’ve got two box to box creative players in there.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Guthrie had an absolute blinder of a game.his range of passing is Gerard like

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Most of our success this season has been based on an airtight defence. Now we have both starting centre backs out and everyone thinks it will have no effect (10 pts… 12…). What have you lot been smoking? We don’t even know if Kadar is available as he is completely unrated by Pardew and doesn’t even have a squad number. Perch could be disastrous. We just don’t have any experienced centre back to put in there. I’m guessing we will drop up to half the points in the next 4 games unless Santon is an absolute revelation or Pardew can perform miracles.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Agreed with all the Guthrie comments – was our second best player on Sat (was at the game) only Krul was better…. Again!!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Angelswithdirtyfaces…..
    Agree totally with ya on a 3man midfield.
    We would be difficult to break down and great on the turn with wingers.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #37

    @Geordie two
    He has been given the number 40 so he’ll probably be getting playing time

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  • Toonfan8

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #38

    well we will need 2 defenders Pieters and Mbiwa from Montpellier…and a striker Giroud or Maiga…and we will be ok if dont sell anybody…
    Simpson isnt very good on the ball, has a good defending, but against Mata, he look like a child…if we can get these players, it would be very competitive squad…
    Krul, Harper,Elliot
    Collocini,S.Taylor,Santon,Pieters,Mbiwa,Simpson,Williamson,R.Taylor
    Tiote,Cabaye,Jonas,Obertan,Marveaux,Ben Arfa,Vuckic,Sa.Ameobi,Guthrie,Abeid,Gosling,Ferguson
    Demba Ba,Giroud,Best,Sh.Ameobi
    in: Mbiwa,Pieters,Giroud
    out:Smith,Lovenkrands,Forster
    that should be maybee 20M on new players…and maybee 2-3 for these three…but what a team it should be…i am dreaming sorry 😀

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #39

    It would be great playin a 4-5-1 with them three in the middle if we had a lead the line striker, Ba comes too deep at times and doesn’t hold the line for us to play that kind of formation

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Marty

    That’s if we didn’t have the most wasteful wingers, I’ve ever seen. :/

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