Swansea Win Important To Restore Newcastle Momentum


Watching last night’s game between Chelsea and Manchester City was interesting.

Alan Pardew – we are going through a rough patch

Chelsea finally came out 2-1 winners to inflict the first defeat in the league this season, but in the first 20 minutes it looked like City would bury Chelsea, who defense looked fragile once again.

It was good to note that Newcastle have recently given both side a game, and although we lost both games, Newcastle were a good match for both of these top sides.

Of course that’s when we had Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor both playing, and with Mike Williamson still injured, we proved we were simply hopeless and had a very soft center at Norwich on Saturday.

Newcastle have now lost  three out of their last four games, with defeats to Chelsea, Manchester City and Norwich ensuring we have slipped down to 7th place in the league table.

Of course, to put things in perspective,  if anybody had said we’d be in 7th place in December last August, we’d wonder what they had been smoking. 😀

Alan Pardew talked about the rough time Newcastle are going through at the moment:

“We are having a tough run in terms of injuries and suspensions,” he told Mirror Football.” “This is what the Premier League is about – it tests you.”

“You are not going to have it smooth all year, and maybe this is our rough patch,”

With Coloccini almost certain to start on Saturday and Cheick Tiote having a good chance to return to the starting line-up, Newcastle will be a lot stronger than the side fielded at Carrow Road.

And it will be very important for the lads to wrap up all three points against Swansea, a team we should be beating at least at home.

And don;’t forget to take your scarves to the game for those who will be attending as their will be a ceremony before the game to celebrate Gary Speed’s life, which ended so tragically just over two weeks ago,  when he committed suicide by hanging himself in his garage.

Louise, Gary’s wife and now a widow, will also be attending the game, and it’s very fitting that Welsh club Swansea will be the visitors.

And finally, was I the only one who thought Harry Redknapp’s comments on Sunday, after their 2-1 defeat at Stoke, were simply hilarious.

Redknapp made a point about how in 30 years of coaching he had never ever criticized the referees, and then he laid into Chris Foy  for not allowing an offside goal by Adebayor, and not giving a penalty for a foul on Luka Modric.

We don’t think Harry can ever make that statement again, and this is what he said after the game:

“We’ve come away with nothing because there was a blatant handball on the line and Adebayor is two yards onside when the ball is played to him.”

“That’s why we’ve come away with nothing, two decisions have been completely and utterly wrong. I spoke to the referee after the game. I never go and speak to referees after the game.”

” I accept defeat and have never complained about refereeing decisions in 30 years of managing. Never.” ( comment – wait for it – maybe not this time)

“But today he got some badly wrong. When he goes home tonight and sees them he’ll know he’s made a couple of terrible decisions”

“The linesman, he’ll watch it tonight, when his wife’s making him a bacon sandwich and he’ll think: ‘F*** me what have I done there today?”

So will Harry now be fined by the FA – probably not since he seems to be the darling of the press and even the FA, who may well appoint him the England manager next summer, when Fabio Capello leaves.

Have you noticed that  when teams are beaten, it’s never really their fault, and usually it’s some poor – make that terrible – refereeing decisions?

Heaven forbid it if managers ever take some responsibility for their defeats.

Comments welcome.



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70 comments so far

  • geordiejohn42

    Dec 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    1st again… and I really do hope Colo & Tiote are fit in time for Saturday also I’d love to see HBA in for Obertan 3 points is a must to get our season back on track

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  • Conan The Destroyer

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Ive been a bit of a Give Obertan a chance. but after watching the game on last Saturday, My patience has worn thin.. We all know he has great pace, but if he can work on the other side of his game the lad would be a winner, but until then I think he needs to be benched, or at best become a super sub..

    I hope Colo and Tiote are back for the Swansea game.. its not going to be a easy game to win..

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    say what u want about taking responsabilty but this time its not harry’s fault.

    the first half he will admit he had set his team up wrong but the 2nd half was filled with quistonable decsions.

    first all of all 100% handba ll so penalty and red card (spurs wud of won)
    2nd of all adebayour was on side (wud of finshed 2-2 or a spuds win)
    3rd of all the kaboul sending off + the yellow for bale
    why? u ask
    well kaboul got a yellow card for desent and bale for punching the ball…
    kaboul later got sent off (the 2nd was yellow) but what is wrong with this is wheelan for stoke was on a yellow card, the ref blew his whistle for a foul wheelan picked the ball up started shouting at the ref (kaboul got a yellow for that) and then he even threw the ball away, so wheelan shud of been sent off with 2 if not 3 yellow cards lol

    all in all normally I dont like to blame refs for the RESULT (of course every ref gets a penalty wrong etc)
    but this week the ref’s have been pretty bad and can be blame for 3 or 4 of the results :S

    but hey I guess it adds to the fun lol

    also to fine redknap for what he said wud be stupid because he isnt in the wrong (he stated the truth) the ref is in the wrong AND like he said he hasnt blamed the ref earlier so there must be a reason…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed

    Spurs got well and truly done by Foy, it was shocking.

    look how bad we felt after dean let Luiz stay on.

    We’ve got some of the worst in the world : Foy, Dean, atkinson, webb etc.

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Leave Perch in at CB Mr P I dare you….see how stubborn you really are….

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Saw somewhere that Obertan and Jonas have created 27 chances between them,Gareth Bale 43 alone! IMO if Jonas didnt put in the massive defensive shift,he’d be slagged off more than Obertan. The sooner we get a solid LB who does’nt need Jonas’ babysitting the better because we are not creating much down the LW ATM.

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    so klatoon it sounds like ur saying that jonas worse going forward then obertan??

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Klatoon

    You seem to miss the point on how important Jonas work rate is and not just in covering the LB slot, if Obertan had his endeavour then he’d be far affective than what he has been so far this season

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  • Stuart

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    @Gorgon – If Colo and Willo dont pass fitness tests for the game who do you expect him to play?

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Read somewhere that Colo is almost certain to play while Willo will almost definitely not play, for me I’d put Santon in along side Colo and leave Perch out, as for Simpson, he needs to improve as a right back cause he’ll never make a centre half

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    t00ntime
    wrong interpretation mate,saying they can both do better. The stats say it all !

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  • Stuart

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    if willo misses out and colo plays thats what I’d do aswell like JB, just for the fact that Santon has abit of height about him, and he can’t be a worse CB than simpson and perch haha!

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Stewey

    Santon CB Raylor LB….

    Better than Perch CB any day of the week and twice on sundays.

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    I think the Maiga move is not right ACN coming up would be a waste….

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    To be honest I dont rate Simpson that highly as a right back, as for Perch, the only thing he is is consistent, consistently poor that is. With Bassong ruled out of a return it will be interesting to see who if anyone is brought in to cover the lose of Saylor

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  • Stuart

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    You only named 1 CB gorgon, unless Raylor is your other?

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #18

    gorgonzola – the ACN is only on for a month or so while Maiga would be on a 4/5 year contract so not a waste imo

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    haha then I agree klatoon cause when jonas gets the sign to go forward when he wants he will add alot more offensively but atm only obertan can change because jonas wont be abke to change until our defense is back to normal

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    gorgon putting santon as CB wud be no good what so ever, he misses any physical strentgh compared to swansea

    our best back 4 for swansea

    raylor- simpson-colo-santon
    or
    simpson-perch-colo-santon

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #21

    @JB
    I don’t rate Simmo that highly either, but he’s been better at RB than Raylor at LB, cause Raylor looked misplaced at RB even at Norwich…
    I think Simmo is a good squad player, and has been decent for us this season, except for the first 3-4 matches.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Would love a 4-1-2-1-2 against the Swans.

    Krul
    Simmo – Collo – Perch – Santon

    Tiote
    Cabaye – Abeid
    Ben Arfa

    Best – Ba

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #23

    @Dannyo
    Agree with you mate, the point I was making was that Simmo needs to improve as a right back, he lack to height and physical presence we need in a centre half.
    Regarding Raylor yes the guy gives everything but he’s be played out of position and has struggle so often but Pardew seems reluctant to replace him or the likes of Obertan for that matter, for me Santon should have been in at left back a long time ago, with Sammy on the left and Jonas moved over to the right in place of Obertan

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #24

    agreed simmo isnt the best but raylor is definatly our weakest link in defense. heard we might be in for taiwo and according to the gyardian we are already in talks :S if thats true our defense wud be great again

    santon-williamson-colo-taiwo 😀

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #25

    Get in Pieters/Taiwo and see Jonas’ real potential going forward.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #26

    @toontime
    If we get taiwo on loan, there will certainly be on an option to buy. But i doubt we’ll buy unless we shift some players.
    I can see 2 players coming in, but if there were more to come, i think we’d have to sell.
    Altho, with Perch, Loven, Smith, Kadar and maybe Guthrie in January/Summer, that would free up a good chunk of wages for sure.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #27

    how much would lovenkrands be on, we did sign him when we were in CCC

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #28

    can see gosling going before guthrie 😛 the plan was to sell guthrie but I think we saw guthrie is tiotes back up and gosling is guthries back up lol

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  • cyprus

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #29

    Point 2, agree @6 disagree. Obertan can’t dribble a defender if his life depended on it, or at least hasn’t done it once yet. I really wish he tries, even if it doesn’t work! Wingers are meant to break up neat formations and he must start doing the job. And, if he has this blistering speed everyone talks about, he should play on the line and attempt to simply outrace a defender, I’ll take that as a dribble too! (frustration) Reminds me of the Duff (Chelsea clone) who came to NUFC, took 2 years to attempt a dribble… On the other hand, Jonas can glide by players for fun, in my opinion he is our most talented player, despite all the criticism about his crossing. Why isn’t HBA starting and finishing games? He was creative (if ring rusty) and tried to be constructive in all 3 games he played. Forget Ober’s confidence, play the strongest 11.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #30

    Its had to criticize Gosling to much as he’s been out for so long with injury, just HBA he needs time to get his confidence back, the lad can be a top class player, just give him the time he needs

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #31

    *like*

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #32

    I agree with you JB @ 30.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #33

    And why isn’t Best playing? Is he injured? Surely he is ahead of Shola and Sammy in the pecking order.. He really terrorised defences when he was with BA up front..

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #34

    I cant believe people here honestly critisize having Santon at CB for ONE game and would RATHER leave Perch…

    Jesus H Crist…..

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #35

    Cyprus no idea why…. Pardews another not so big c*ck up….as soon as he dropped him we started loosing…Perhaps he is injured I am not certain …

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

    For me the team would be

    Krul

    Simpson – Santon – Colo – Raylor

    Jonas – Cabaye – Tiote – Sammy

    HBA

    BA

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #37

    cyprus, obertan seems to be one of those anoying players that can go 2 ways, he is one of those players that dribbles when he shud pass, pass when he shud shoot, and shoot when he shud dribble. he can go 2 ways he can keep getting it wrong and get less and less confident or he can do a ginola and keep doing strange things and then makes u think o… well I guess shooting was better then 😛 atm obertan seems to be going the first way, fingers crossed he changes in to the latter.

    I agree that we shud play our best 11 which includes neither raylor nor obertan, the problem is ben arfa will never be a winger for pardew :S so who wud we play there ? sammy is an option but other then that we dont really have anyone

    also ben arfa shud definatly start, I dont mind him coming off around the 70th min for shola because then if needed we will have more strength upfront and we can return to our 4-4-2 plus I think that benefits shola alot. shola isnt a starter he is a sub and a good one too (average/bad if he starts average/great if he is a sub, I know which one I prefer)

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    toontime well said.

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #39

    JB that wud be no good lol with out jonas to protect raylor he will be walked all over again :S its better to have perch in CB then raylor in RB because with colo commanding the air all perch has to do is sit there and pretend to be good 😛

    also best was dropped cause I think pardew sees sammy as a winger and shola is a more powerful sub 😉 (last week i think he went with power so we cud stop the set pieces… which didnt work lol) against swansea I expect this
    simmo-perch-colo-raylor
    obertan-cabaye-tiote(smith)–jonas
    ———–HBA
    ———–BA

    and I wud want this
    simmo–perch–colo–santon
    obertan–cabaye–tiote–jonas
    ————–HBA
    —————Ba

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  • JackButler

    Dec 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #40

    t00ntime

    it would be for 1 game until Willo is back then Move Santon to left back, i would love to see Sammy start as he’s far more productive then Obertan, not sure if he can play right side

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