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Big Test Of Newcastle Character Next Monday At Bolton


Newcastle didn’t look solid last night in defense, and that may be an understatement.

An unhappy Alan Pardew after the game last night

West Brom don’t usually do very well and don’t usually win on Tyneside, and in fact last night was the first win for them at Newcastle since way back in 1977, when I was only just past being middle-aged. :D.

And a frustrated Alan Pardew talked to the local press today:

“We are disappointed – we cannot hide that.” “It was a game we wanted to win and get ourselves 30 points before our Christmas dinner, but it did not happen.”

“Their front two unsettled us a little bit, and made us edgy.” “We lost a bit of discipline in our shape, which was unusual for us.”

“We still did some marvellous stuff and came back twice.” “Haris had a fantastic debut as a 19-year-old. There were positives, but in all honesty we should have done better.”

“We are not sure about Davide. He had just come into the team and settled in. It is disappointing.”

Davide Santon has suffered a knee injury,  and we have to think it’s the one he’s had trouble with before.

Davide had fluid on the knee a few months ago, and it’s an injury that troubled him while he was at Inter-Milan.

The good news is that the Italian  was seen leaving St. James’ Park without a limp last night, and he looked fairly comfortable according to local reports, so we have to hope he was brought off as a precaution, and not too much damage was done.

Davide will be looked at this morning by the Newcastle medical team, and we have to hope he can start at Bolton, because this lad looks a good player at left-back for Newcastle.

It will be another test of Newcastle’s character on Monday afternoon, and of course the first goal will be all important, as it was last night.

But Newcastle must use their team spirit and keep fighting whatever happens on Monday, because the next thing on the agenda for Newcastle this season is to turn  this bad slump around.

That’s the next challenge for this team, and there are always ups and downs in life and in football.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in this case it’s how our lads rise to the challenge that’s right in front of them.

Howay The Lads!!


192 comments so far

  • 09nufc09

    Dec 22, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #41

    Alex84… Ben arfa goes past playerslike they arent there,but only ba was making runs for him the rest werejust standing sill watching. We look alot more likely to score when hba is on the pitchand not best. Hba ball for ba second goal was world class, noone expected it apart from ba. Second time hba has done that this season when he has had so little time on the pitch.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #42

    Scottoon @ 36 – agree 100% mate.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #43

    Must go lads, and won’t be back until next week, so may I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Xmas, and let’s hope we get back on track at Bolton. HTL.

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  • alex84

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #44

    agreed i thought Arfa had a impact, but only when the ball was on the floor, he needs to play now with cabaye as they link up well, i also think best could go well with hba as he likes to hang on the last man and is a poacher.

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  • drongo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #45

    Happy xmas jimmy – heres hoping Santa leaves Samba giftwrapped on the doorstep of SJP

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  • alex84

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #46

    when Ba goes to africa of course

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #47

    Merry Christmas,Jimmy. Have a happy new year,mate.

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  • drongo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #48

    Alex the only thing Best poaches is his eggs

    He’s a bit like Heskey – unselfish, lets people play off him, but he is never going to be a goal machine

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  • IPToon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #49

    “ben arfa’s ball to ba for his 2nd was world class”

    More like Ben Arfa went to play the ball to Ba’s feet but accidently played it behind him, Ba reacted faster than the centre back and so it turned in to a shooting opportunity.

    Still….. Ben Arfa HAS to start. we play better football with him on the pitch and to stop all the long balls!

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  • alex84

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #50

    im not sure, he did well at the start of the season, but i can’t see hba and shola working when Ba goes and were not guna get a new striker so who else is there.

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  • toon tom

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #51

    im not blaming perch, cause he is playing out of position, but hes no centre half and that is killing us…not too much wrong with the rest of the team, we simply cant cope with injuries and suspendtions, we need to spend a few quid

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  • alex84

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #52

    toon tom, agreed we always new this, and hoped it wouldnt have cost us but it has…new cb, new rb and striker…but wont end up with 3…1 cb probably

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  • ross armstrong

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #53

    we desp need a center half , midfielder and striker ASAP!!! perch , and best are no good!!! change them 2 with benny amd willo on monday!!i went to the match last night and have never been so sick after the game , we made west brom look like brazil on the attack!!

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  • ross armstrong

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #54

    drongo // Dec 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Alex the only thing Best poaches is his eggs

    hahahahahaha best thing ive heard all year and couldnt agree me , hes shite!!! we need a good goalscorer with ba and a big strong center half!!

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  • ross armstrong

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #55

    our footy last night was so predictable , the long ball alllllll game wasnt gona work in 100000 years with there two 7ft center halfs!!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #56

    Can someone remind me who stepped up to the plate when Carroll went to pastures new?

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  • 09nufc09

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #57

    Iptoon… Watch it again, he meant it and ba knew where it was going. He played it into the space where ba would have an opportunity to score, similar to man city. World class ball in such a tight space. Only 2 players on the pitch knew what was going to happen ba and hba, ba said the same thing against man city, he has an understanding with hba.

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  • 09nufc09

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #58

    Gg… Pardew said few weeks ago best is the top finisher at the club.

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  • toon tom

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #59

    alex84 i think your right there, looks like 1 cb and thats it….but im praying pardew/ashley/carr have something up there sleeve…..remember ashley is a shrewd business man….no one knows what he is up to

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  • ross armstrong

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #60

    off topic

    today me and my girlfriend have decided to get married next year and she is jackie milburns grandaughter!!! so that means i will be related to JACKIE MILBURN!!!

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  • ross armstrong

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #61

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #62

    Leon Best,GG.

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #63

    GG
    I saw ur (rather large) post last night mate and quite frankly it cheered me up after reading some of the stuff thats been posted on here lately.

    This site is starting to get hard to read imo so fair play to ya fella for what u said and u did it in a civil way. Well said mate and a great attitude u have a lot of people could learn from u

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  • drongo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #64

    09 he also regularly says Perch is a top drawer centre half

    He always bigs up his players when he knows he will need them.
    Bestie is a good footballer works hard, presses, links up. But he is no predator.
    Gets the nod over shola for me on work ethic rather than raw talent.

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #65

    Greats news,Ross.Pleased for you,good luck with your marriage.

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  • Kris

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #66

    Team against Bolton:
    Krul
    Simpson, Willo, Colo, R.Taylor
    Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez
    Benny
    Ba

    Subs: Harper, Perch, Santon (if fit), Vuckic, Shola, Sammy, Best

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  • scottoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #67

    09nufc09 – should mean that Best has no trouble getting through all those eggs he is poaching then.

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  • Thump

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #68

    I was looking through my old posts on Facebook the other day and came across me making some constructive criticism about Besty, saying he was afraid to shoot if there happened to be a blade of grass in his way, let alone a defender. I think that was around the time he got a bit of a run in the team at the end of the Championship season. He was getting into all the positions but didn’t have the finishing touch.

    That’s the player I saw last night. I hope he’s just lacking that match sharpness though – we need him when Ba goes to the ACON.

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  • drongo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #69

    @ Ross – Congratulations mate.

    Does she have a brother? Has he got a pair of boots?

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #70

    wwjdb

    whats your opinion on obertan now? 17 matches in, and still no where near looking like a footballer,
    http://www.eplindex.com/obertan-gutierrez-faulty-production-line/

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  • Thump

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #71

    Congrats Ross mate! Good luck to you both 😀

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  • nufcmatt

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #72

    i don’t know why we’ve switched to playing longball the last few games, before that when we were winning games we were passing the ball around so well using the whole pitch and bossing the midfield, we missed cabaye so much last night. am i the only person that isn’t a massive fan of tiote, he gives the ball away far too much and they quite often cost us goals, he doesn’t pass forward or get forward and score goals, he’s good at certain things but nowhere near as good as people make out. need to drop obertan and best against bolton, start ben arfa on the right as he can beat his man and get down the wing to either cross it or cut inside and shoot with his left foot, and play vuckic behind ba, with cabaye coming back in to midfield, keep perch in at centre back he’s played well the last two games and seems to be getting better and more confident the more game time he’s getting

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #73

    WWJBD

    do you have the 11th commandment, THOU SHALL NOT CRITICIZE

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #74

    thump

    you to what your opinion on obertan now, still think he is a quality player that just needs time

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #75

    catchy
    In terms of do I like Obertan? Hes not the best RW in the world but he offers us something different than Gutti. I have seen worse players than Obertan play for us. I think he is the victim of the boo boys. End of the day I’d rather cheer his attempts than boo his failures…also there is no one better in our club in that position imo

    Indian
    Huh?

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  • drongo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #76

    @ nufcmatt
    Reason is we are winning the ball back too deep.
    Ideally you want to win the ball in front of the man who sets up your attacks.
    If you look at ManU when they have Giggs and carrick as a CM pair (bothe sublime passers but hardly ball winners) Rooney then becomes the main ball winner – then those 2 set up the attack.

    We need Cabaye setting up our attacks, he was able to do so early on as our front 2 /4 were closing down and winning the ball high up the pitch. tiote was also slightly ahead of him breaking up play.
    This gives your ball player a tiny bit more space to set up the attack.

    With Tiote being too deep and close to our CBs he wins it right in front of them, then Colo becomes the man to set up the counter attack.

    hence the long ball

    This is all coming from not keeping up with the pressing and hard work we were becoming known for.

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  • ross armstrong

    Dec 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #77

    cheers lads !!! her bro is terrible at footy haha

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  • Thump

    Dec 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #78

    @Catchy: He does need time mate. I’m not defending his form (nobody can do that), but he is a quality player. Keep in mind the lad is still young – despite his hairline saying otherwise – he is still learning. What he needs is some time on loan to the old div 1 or something so he can build up his confidence and ability.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Santon playing the wings in his place, to be honest. He seems to be much more suited to that role than defence but he’s so versatile it’s tough to put a definite position on him!

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  • Thump

    Dec 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #79

    WWJBD hits the nail on the head.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #80

    wwwjdb

    there is only perch that is worse at our club, and he has only just played the last couple,

    its not about booing him , its about wanting the best for our team,

    he is the only player iv really had a go at, only cos he is taking a place of a player that has ability, its not all his fault, AP picks him,

    AP needs to man up and do the best for our club and pick the best players regardless of age, stop protecting the kids, if there good enough there old enough

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