Pardew – Haris Vuckic Simply Terrific – Santon Injured His Knee


One very positive thing coming out of last night’s game, amid all the doom and gloom surrounding the defeat, was the display of 19 year-old Haris Vuckic.

Alan Pardew – we were not  disciplined or controlled

Haris was making his first Premier League  start ever,  and he looked a class player and was unlucky not to score a few times.

But the 6’3″ central  midfielder already looks a majestic player who will have a big future in the game.

But he couldn’t stop this Newcastle side going down to their fourth defeat in the last six games , and continue a terrible run of results, since we beat Everton 2-1 way back on November  5th.

Pardew was asked if this six game run with only two points is a concern, and this is what he said:

“Of course the run is a concern. I thought that was evident too.”  “At points we weren’t disciplined  an controlled – even though you couldn’t fault their commitment to get back into it.”

“Mainly because we were so desperate to win I thought we lacked a bit of control of the game.”  “Our discipline wasn’t where it was normally and that worried me a bit. We need to make sure that’s right.”

“We turned the ball over and were exposed, which isn’t like us.”  “The third goal just caught us on the break. there was a bit of fortune in the goal – more or less one of their first attacks of the second half,”

“But the first half was where we got ourselves in trouble. We didn’t play well enough in the first half and were caught at times by their front two. Their front two made us edgy, I thought.”

“I felt sorry for Haris. He was terrific. He had two terrific efforts and I think he showed everybody here that he’s going to be a player for us for sure.”

The Newcastle manager also said the reason Davide Santon was replaced at half time was because of a knee injury, but it’s not thought to be  serious, so that’s good news.

Davide seems to have a troublesome knee and it’s not the first time it’s bothered him this season.

West Brom’s game plan of defending stubbornly and catching Newcastle on quick breaks out of defense worked like a treat, and both Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie were just too quick for the Newcastle defense.

But this will now be a testing time for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and the rest of the coaching staff,  as Newcastle must quickly  get back on track, and become a lot more solid as a team, especially at the back.

That’s the way the lads were playing at the beginning of the season, when the defense was the bed-rock of the side, and we were not conceding so many goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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192 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    people criticize me for critisizing Shola, i mean if some one plays bad what do you do, keep urging him to come on even when you have been waiting paitently for 10 years,

    when i start supporting NUFC shearer and bellamy was the 1st choice strike force and shola was like vuckic up and coming (hell there was a chance of him getting an England Cap)

    since then likes of kluivert,luque,siberski, owen martins lovekrands have all come and gone but he is still there.

    2 schools of thought

    1 he was worse than all of them, the other slightly twisted, he has oyutlasted all of them.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    fine, i do not go to games like some of you but we see matches on TV listen to so called experts we are entitled to our opinion, if you do not like it, you have choice

    psedo name comes first and then the comment.

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  • daztoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    We are not the biggest of teams so why did we have a guy at 6ft 3 taking corners,surely he would have been a better in the box

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  • Jesus1983

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think Santon was an injury to be honest – Pardew wanted Raylor on as the team was lacking someone to take the set pieces with Cabaye out.

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    @daztoon that’s our problem for some reason all of our corners are targeted at colo. I didn’t yesterday but against swansea I counted that only 1 time that the ball go over the frst defender (from a corner) that it didnt go to colo.

    So for any team coming to us all they have to do is block ba and mark colo by corners and we are screwd. definatly seen so pardew lacks a plan B 😛

    the worst part is he says he knows what we want so heplays attacking… fair enough
    But he puts no creativity on the field (ok cabaye was suspended but benny wasnt put on till 60th min why? )
    aw well hopefully our team can group together and get some points again.

    (o if we dont get a new striker before ba leaves for ACN we are in deep doodoo cause he is the only striker that is scoring for us and best +shola are looking average at best (haha<<pun )

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  • aussietoonfan

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Firstly, anyone who has small children or have delicate ears please stop reading now……………
    For everyone else…………………………………..
    Opinions are like a***holes, everybody has one.
    why do all of you negative b***ards (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) have to make a bloody comment to prove how much of a genius you are. Try something new, yes you there the one sprouting the bulls**t!!! Either pull the boots on or shut the hell up. I love the toon, I love this blog, but you tosspots ruin it for me. Watch the game and comment on POSITIVES (even if it’s to say that the groundsmen did a good job preparing the surface. This blog would be much nicer if everybody was more positive. You say you are entitled to your opinion, but guess what……..NO ONE ELSE ON HERE CARES ENOUGH TO READ YOUR DRIVEL!!!!!
    There are 19 other teams to speak ill of. F**k off and pick one of them!!!!!!
    For everyone else. Thank you for making this blog a pleasure to read but please leave more comments so these morons don’t get as much airtime:)

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  • Jesus1983

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I hope Vuckic gets more of a chance now – i think he has now put himself ahead of the likes of Gosling. He was on top form in pre season scoring a couple and he seems to have an awesome shot on him. Time for Pardew to ditch the likes of Best and Shola and fit in the likes of vuckic and Ben Arfa.

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  • beefman13

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    No doubt about it the lad has classs written all over him, he is always thestandout player for the reservrs and showed last night he can step up no problem, he is very attack minded which we love at the toon he holds the ball up very well and has skill and a terrific shot on him, i have been banging on for ages that AP gives him a chance he can play the killer ball he can shoot he is very good in the air and has a high skill level, hes if given a chance more often going to be a top player for us, after all we watch obertan who frustrates just like jonas even though jonas has a strong workrate, we need more positive directness and haris is the way forward same as young fergie who for me should be playing left back now.

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  • t00ntime

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    @aussie who is that directed at 😛 (I wasnt being negative if u mean me lol just that we need to aim at someone else from cornes)

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Indian Magpie : we are in the same boat. Shola been about 10-11 years but he been frustration 90% all the time. i am not criticizing our players but i am just suggesting that slot should be given to a younger player

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    For the likes of warwick and others who time and again spectacularly miss the point, especially last night.

    It’s not a case of wanting Pardew out as the alternative would be JFK again. But how is not liking the ”long ball” style we play mean that some of us aren’t fans and should be supporting the mackems !!

    Just because we are a bit more discerning and like watching decent passing football and skill on the deck and get sick of watching ”hoof ball” for 90 mins, we are classed as doom sayers !!

    If you have a manager who wants to play that way when we have such fantastically gifted and technical players at our disposal, ie Ben Arfa, Santon etc, it is very frustrating to watch as fans of over 40 years.

    Carr recommended Long and Wanyama before they signed for WBA & Celtic respectively, but Pardew didn’t want them. So my frustrations with Pardew are:

    1) He plays Long ball
    2) has No plan B whatsoever
    3) Best players are not selected over his favourites
    4) He makes Poor subs
    5) He is tactically weak

    If this makes me a doom sayer and a mackem, in some people’s eyes, am I bothered !!!!!!! Just hope Vuksic gets more playing time from now on.

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  • King_PeeWizzle

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    I think we need to change our formation and play to our strengths which is centre midfield. here is my line up for Bolton. 4-3-3

    Krul

    Simpson Colo Willo Santon (raylor)

    Cabaye Tiote

    Vuckic

    Ben Arfa Jonas

    BA

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  • daztoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    @Rotonda heights
    Totally agree

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    well let me tell you

    AUSSIETOONFAN,

    if we had to talk +ve abt last nyt’s game well then lets not even get started. yesterday the preformance was as poor as i have ever seen it, even whe we lost 6-0 to manu.

    the last goal for us in league from a player whose name was not BA was taylor on Nov 5th.

    all of a sudden best is the answer he is the bestplease tell me how many goals has he score since his hatrick against WHU, well 6, and 2 of them were against fulham in 1 game.

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #15

    1 or 2 players need to be given a rest/dropped. The first is Jonas as I believe teams have figured him out,Swansea and W.Brom double teamed him with the extra player blocking his path infield. This renders him ineffective as he cant go on the outside. Play Sammy or HBA there(i know i know what AP said about him on the wing).
    second is Best who’s either still carrying an injury or is having a drastic drop in form. I’d suggest HBA and Vuckic replacing them,respectively. HBA can come infield and allow Santon the freedom of the left touchline with Vuckic as the number 10.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Ive never seen Cabaye take a decent corner this season.. Vuckic’s set pieces wer all better and the one dangerous free kick we had Ba scored a cracker..

    And Indian Magpie – It doesnt matter how good or bad a player is, If he plays for Newcastle then you should support them no matter what because at the end of the day he’s one of us wether you or anyone else likes it or not.. Im sick of hearing people like you and brutooon/gorgonzola constantly coming on here and not saying anything atall constructive and just slagging our players.. how can yous be supporters if all yous are willing to do is slag our players its fu*king pathetic

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  • seantoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Quick question guys I was at the match lastnight and haven’t had chance to look at the highlights. Just wondered what demba’s goal in the first half was disallowed for as one minute I was overjoyed then the next minute I looked and westbrom were on the attack?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    obertan has played 15 matches now and he has 1 assist against STOKE and i think one in the league cup against notts forest i think the winner for collo.

    if there is a problem, and you dont see it how will you rectify it

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Krul
    simmo willo(fit?) colo santon
    ober cab tiote HBA
    vuckic
    Ba

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  • kingkev9

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Drop Jonas but leave Obertan in the team Klatoon?

    Rotonda- did you not tell me in August that NUFC would play in a different style this season? I haven’t seen it. Barton, Jose, Nolan and Carroll would all still fit nicely into the team.

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  • daztoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #21

    @seantoon
    Best offside

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Obertan and Jonas need to be rested (or bench)

    we need to tell them nobody is an automatic selection

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  • seantoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Cheers daztoon, no change there then

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  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #24

    @aussietoonfan haha right on fella

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Geordie toon89,

    FYI,

    i have only criticized Shola after watching him for 10 years.
    i have never criticize perch (dont know why)
    i am only suggesting obertan should not be stuck with for that much of a game, if he is ineffective take him off, have a plan B or C

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  • CapColo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Perch is USELESS. those saying he played well in patches….all very well but his poor marking cost us two of the goals last night. FACT. Is just by coincidence that we have conceded 7 in 2 games against ‘lesser’ teams?? We need Willo in there ASAP.

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  • kingkev9

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Obertan has 1 assist, no goals, no shots on target in 1200 mins of pl football this season…………………

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  • kingkev9

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #28

    It’s obvious we need a left back and centre half. But we need a goal scoring midfielder. Where do our goals come from in Midfield? I got slated for saying Nolan should have been kept but look at the goals Nolan and Barton scored and created. Jonas, Oba, Tiote don’t create or score. Cabeye has 1. You need a couple of midfielders each getting 10 goals to be a good side

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #29

    As a defender you can concentarte for 30 minute and one can loose a goal in a second, a defender can be magnificent for 88 minutes of a match but could still concede 2 or 3 that is not what you call having a good game.

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  • daztoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #30

    would go 4-3-3 v Bolton
    Krul
    Simmo,Willo,Colo,Santon
    Cabaye,Tiote,Abied
    Hba,Ba,Vuckic

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  • Cardboy

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #31

    Obertan was a lot better value last night. Different bloke to the swansea game and he deserved the applause when subbed. Great atmosphere for most of the match.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #32

    we must have a plan B,

    how many of the top 6 – 7 sides play a 442 when they have a full squad to choose from

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  • aussietoonfan

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #33

    t00ntime 9

    That comment was directed at a handful of so called “fans” who always……ALWAYS have to write a negative. Look to the start of the season and they didn’t appear very much at all because the toon were winning points. But lo and behold, as soon as things go slightly pear-shaped and I’m only talking one or two losses at that time they trundled out of their holes with their expert opinions. I think that the lads are playing better football than the results are showing, AND I believe that some of our earlier successes at the beginning of the season were when we played not so well. That’s just football. Sometimes it’s great and sometimes it sucks. People should just deal with it!!!!

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #34

    Kingkev9
    Jonas has been foundout while teams still struggle against Obertan’s pace. Also because we have no other natural right winger,put lefties HBA or Sammy on the right and they’ll face the same problem Jonas is having on the left

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #35

    posted this earlier
    sorry for the repeat
    when we were wining games , we were very lucky at times, we won games we shouldnt have, much in the way west brom did last night,

    our demise is down to playing to many poor players, and players out of form,
    imo we have players that really are good enough for the prem or ones who would get into team that float between the championship and prem

    krul = is a class keeper and will get better , needs to work on his kicking, kicks to many out

    simpson = he is a player that cost 500k and looks like one to,

    colo = top prem player, took some time to adapt but with saylor they both form one of the best partnerships in the prem, we need to find a good replacement for saylor,

    saylor =, could be an england defender, heart of a lion, not as rash as he was,

    perch= not good enough for this league, way out of his depth,

    raylor = not the quickest, but is steady enough to help out, for me he should be our RB, or playing RW, at least he can cross a ball

    obertan, = out of his depth in the prem league, to many of our supporters are to simpethetic towards him, but sorry, this guy is an athlete not a footballer, and i believe we have ppl in the stands that could do a much better job than him, i just found this page , read it and tell me he deserves a place in the squad let alone the first team
    http://www.eplindex.com/obertan-gutierrez-faulty-
    production-line/

    cabaye = class, pure class, buy of the season, has it all in my book, energy,vision,and the quality to pull it off,

    tiote, = lost his way in the last 2 games, but still for me one of the best players we have, normally an outstanding player week in week out for us,

    jonas = has amazing work rate, and is always willing to try and take on players, but not much end product,

    best = not good enough, misses way to many chances,

    ba, = pretty close to cabaye for buy of the season, and for me being let down big style by our 2 wingers, in ba we have a player as good as shearer and sir les in the air, quick and stong, with a great shot, if he had 2 good wingers pinging in crosses, he would be leading the goal scoring in the prem, this im sure of

    subs

    shola = not good enough, not even as a squad player, having him around is styfiling the progress of the younger ones,

    HBA = should be in the first team week in week out, loves the ball at his feet, van spot passes and make them to

    marvauxe, = should when fit start in place of jonas, just the few time he played he looked really good

    sam ameobi = great young prospect, has abilty and a good work ethic,

    vuckic,= looks to have it all in his game and will only improve, very classy when on the ball

    ferguson = good enough to be our left back now from the games i seen last year, could also play LW

    santon = like the look of him, but last night he left gaps behind him to many times, has to learn when to get forward and when to stay back

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #36

    @daztoon

    99% of the fans would agree with your formation and personnel

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  • aussietoonfan

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #37

    much, much better Indian Magpie @ 36. Thank you

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  • Neil

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #38

    I can’t believe that people are saying you shouldn’t comment unless you have something positive to say – WTF?
    The pitch looked good last night as did the girl who sits behind me in the Milburn stand.
    Ba played well last night……………………..I’m struggling to keep this up.

    Tiote had his worst game in a black & white shirt last night. He takes such ridiculous risks sometimes and was totally at fault for their first goal with a stupid pass that was easily cut out.

    Our build up play was also bordering on walking pace at times.

    I eagerly await said criticism for having an opinion on the game last night 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #39

    Anyone else think that Vukic deserves to keep his place against Bolton?
    The kid was excellent and I would like to see Pardew find a way to keep him in the team

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #40

    My defensive line up for Bolton game if Santon is ok.
    Simmo …….BRUTOON…..COLLO……Santon
    Just so he can be with his best buddy

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