Newcastle Need Fans’ Support Now More Than Ever


There’s no doubt that Newcastle will have to show their spirit in the next three league games.

Alan Pardew – we’ll see how the players deal with adversity

We are at second bottom Bolton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, Boxing Day, and they have lost seven of their eight league games at home this season, so surely we are in with a chance of all three points at the Reebok Stadium?

A win on Monday would lift the mood on Tyneside big time!

Then on Friday evening Newcastle visit  Anfield, and Liverpool have not been all that good at home this season, and we could scrape a draw in that game.

The following Wednesday night  we entertain Manchester United at home, and they have come into some good form after being eliminated from the European Champions League.

The following Saturday we are again at home, this time to  Blackburn Rovers, in the third round of the FA Cup, so hopefully we will be able to progress to round four this season.

We are hoping Newcastle show some character in these games, as indeed they showed last night, because we never saw one head drop during the game, even though a lot of things conspired against the lads, in front of a magnificent crowd of over 51,000.

Alan Pardew talked about the adversity:

“I said all along that adversity is going to come our way. You don’t go through a Premier League season without having that adversity somewhere down the line.”

“The most important thing for us is that we don’t become desperate for a win. I think we’re talking here about tweaks rather than surgery.”

“We’ve had a fantastic first half of the season and we’re looking to build on that.”

Those are good words from Alan,  because the worst thing Newcastle can do is become too anxious to break the six game streak without a win.

And certainly that anxiety did show up last night after West Brom went ahead on 20 minutes with a goal out of nothing.

One of the real positives of the game last night was the excellent showing of 19 year-old Haris Vuckcic, and he has been rightly praised by the manager for his  great performance, when he went close three times to scoring, and two of those efforts were from long range shots.

Haris is going to become a great player for the  Tyneside club, and of course he came to Newcastle when he was just 16 years old back in January of 2008.

Haris stood in for Yohan Cabaye last night but the Frenchman will return at Bolton on Monday after serving his one match suspension.

The Slovenian U21 International talked about the game last night:

“I got my chance and despite being a bit nervous, I proved to the fans, the gaffer and my family that I can do it.”

“It makes it all worthwhile with all the sacrifices I’ve made to come here from Slovenia.”

“It’s a dream come true to make my debut and I’m really happy.”

We’ve been  a fan of Haris Vuckic ever since he arrived,  and we knew the lad was something special  because his Slovenian club NK Domžale held a televised news conference to announce he was joining Newcastle United.

That was after other top clubs had been very interested in the player.

We thought right then he must be something special and he is, and he showed last night what an excellent player he can become, potentially  in the mold of Patrick Vieira.

Haris will probably not start on Monday afternoon, but he can expect a lot more playing time from the bench and in the FA Cup, after his excellent Premier League starting debut.

And finally, it would be easy to be over critical of Newcastle after the last three games, but now is when the lads need our support, more than ever.

Howay The Lads!!

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29 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Vuckic was a joy to watch, the way he moved, the work he put in, reminded me Of Franz Beckenbaur when he first started out; Majestic, great vision and control. Just hope Haris goes on to fulfil his amazing potential – this kid is class!!

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d settle for 60 pts or therabouts – should get us into the top 8. We’re doing okay and still have a lot to look forward to – not least the young guys coming through. A couple of signings in Jan -ideally three and we’ll be fine

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Like Vieira,I’m not so sure about that.
    Would be nice if he could control a game like V did or tackle like he did but Vieira didn’t have a shot like our Vuckic has on him 🙂
    The lad looked classy but of course has lots to learn about playing in a team but definitely looks the part.
    Hope we can keep him fit.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe we will get Torres in the Jan window 🙂
    Would fat mike pay 20million?

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  • LewSpi

    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #5

    I remember when we first got Vuckic and he was compared to Zidane, same playing style, I think this is quite an accurate comparison.

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  • super magpie

    Dec 23, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Viera didnt have a great shot but i remember that screamer against us in 2004

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  • 09nufc09

    Dec 23, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Is it just me who thinks apart from the 2 shots he didnt do alot? He didnt keep to the shape of the team leaving tiote very exposed, he misplaced a fair few passes and didnt win many tackles. I am a big fan of the kid and have been since the first time i seen him in the reserves but he isnt ready to be a cm in the pl. he needs to learn alot. Positives were his shots, his corners and i liked it when he tryed to gee up the fans after his second shot, show alot of passion, he is going to be class in the future. Still behind cabaye, tiote and guthrie but he is the best prospect we have coming through.

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  • barney

    Dec 23, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Is it only me who thinks 20 mill for Tiote is a hand snapper,I thought he was terrible against Swansea, and even worse against West Brom.

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  • Dearka

    Dec 23, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #9

    buying Torres, Marty-Toon would be just like newcaslte becasue ever snice Alan the Legend left newcaslte we have always bought old used fowards that cost to much and deviler even less until we created a home grown fowards that cost 35m in the end and Demba Ba for free, so in jan i think its the right time for newcaslte to buy one of those, old used fowards and torres would be 100% shit perfect.

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  • magpiebop

    Dec 23, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #10

    4-1-3-1-1 vs Bolton
    Krul.
    Simpson,Williamson,Collocini,RTaylor.
    Abeid.
    SAMeobi,Cabaye,Guttierez.
    Vuckic.
    Ba.

    Subs- Elliot,Tavernier,Tiote,Obertan,Ben Arfa,Ameobi,Best.

    Back to winning ways wii this team.

    HAWAY THE LADS.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 23, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Though Vuckic put in a fantastic performance.. He failed in his central midfield role. He’s more of an attacking midfielder. With cabaye and tiote protecting him behind, he can be unleashed in the number 10 role. He has a better shot technique than hba. Fantastic vision.

    I can see him pushing hba for the number 10 role. But not, as a central midfielder.

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  • Cardboy

    Dec 23, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #12

    I see Bristol City are resigned to losing Nicky Maynard. Maybe AP would consider him if not over priced by City.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Dec 23, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d take maynard. Shouldn’t cost too much either.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #14

    krul

    Santon Colo Kadar Fergie

    Tiote Cabaye

    Abeid Ben Arfa Vuksic

    Ba

    Scrap 442 and long balls and give tired / non -producing players a break.

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  • TS -77

    Dec 23, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Here we go with a 4-3-3 with the 3 midfielders forming a triangle:

    ___ Tiote _____Cabaye___

    _______ Vuckic ________

    Ben Arfa and Jonas on the flanks, playing midfield when defending as a 4-5-1 and as forwards when attacking.

    Back 4 of

    Simpson – Coloccini – Williamson – Santon

    And of course Ba upfront!

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  • magpie6699

    Dec 23, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #16

    I think the thing with Haris is where exactly does he fit in? As an out-and-out striker he doesn’t (yet) have the skills of a target man to hold pl;ay up and as a pure mid-fielder he didn’t seem to cover or tackle the way Cabaye for example can do. At the moment I think he’d be best playing off a target man in the hole – but that’s where Pardew says HBA, isn’t it?

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  • TS -77

    Dec 23, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Thats why HBA should be on the right wing instead of Obertan..

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  • TS -77

    Dec 23, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Not that i like the abuse of Obertan, he can become good in the future…

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  • drongo

    Dec 23, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #19

    To answer the questions about where you fit in Vukic. Guys you need to think a little beyond the ‘you stand there’ rigid old english systems. None of the club or international teams with any sort of success have played that way for years….

    Vukic, Ba, and HBA all in theory play the same sort of role. The 2nd striker, number 10, false 9, in the hole, whatever you want to call it…

    They can all also cross, dribble, pass and shoot.

    Look at front 3s or 4s of the good Barca Real Madrid, ManU, Arsenal teams, national sides of Spain, France (of old), Brazil, Argentina, even the way ManC are starting to look now.

    They dont have RMs LMs and 2 x CFs. They have forwards who will drop off, drift out wide, set up play. They all interchange.

    In order to do this you need a rock solid central midfield who dictate the tempo. And strong enough FBs who can hold their own without needing an outside midfielder to double up.

    I would love us to line up with a Cabaye Tiote axis and HBA, Vukic, Jonas, Ba all mixing it up.

    Would be like football porn.

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  • drongo

    Dec 23, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Also – am I the only one still at work today…?

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #21

    It looks like all the comments on players lost in position leads to a conclusion – Pardew is changing the shape of the team, to get players like Santon, Marveaux, Abeid, HBA and Vukic working the way they do best. Don’t expect Tiote to feature in this team either – he is going, and the midfield is going to be less a battlefield with a tank in the middle, more fluid with players who can quickly switch position and cut inside quickly. (we definitely need to cos crossing isn’t our forte). I thought HBA did well the other day, especially as he’s a forward without portfolio at the mo – he looks like he has to make his own room to fit in right now, but if, as I suspect, Pards juggles things around in January, the back four will be solid again & the team will start to change shape to fit in around the playmakers like Cabaye, HBA, Marveaux etc.

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 23, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Earlier in the season teams targeted our left side because of Raylor,i say we do the same to Bolton and exploit their weaknesses;
    Jaskelainen has got to be one of the most error prone keepers in the EPL,play Vuckic behind Ba and instruct him to shoot on sight,Demba will have a field day with rebounds and spills. Paul Robinson is one of the slowest LB’s instruct Obertan to run at him all game,even cut inside him to win cheap fouls and FK’s. Nigel reocoker and muamba offer little attacking threat so tell Cabaye to play abit higher up the pitch.

    PS: the orange change kit should instigate a change in luck and Bolton wont recognise who they are playing 🙂

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  • Tiote

    Dec 23, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Drongo u r nt the only 1 mate am here 2 day 2moro n back in on Monday. It’s a dogs life

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  • sith

    Dec 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #24

    its really sad that we lost 8 points, after the big 3 match…if we have won all the game , we would still in 3rd place with 35, above chesea 33….

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  • Widowmaker

    Dec 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Well, it should be “we need the owner to spend more than ever”. After all, we, the fans, will always be there anyway

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  • sith

    Dec 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #26

    together forever..

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  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Dec 23, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #27

    09nufc09 @7

    no it isn’t just you his performance is being exagerrated and to compare him to Zidane or Beckenbaur is simply outrageous.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Tsunki,

    Would love to think that, but at the moment can’t see beyond pardew’s 442 and dreadful long balls actic.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #29

    barney

    have to agree, having been his biggest fan, i can now very clearly see his limitations especially when we are attacking.

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