Good News On Fabricio Coloccini And Cheick Tiote

There was some good news in the relative gloom of being beaten once again by Liverpool at Anfield last night.

Fab Coloccini – in aaction last night

Both Fab Coloccini and Cheick Tiote were  on four yellow cards before last night’s game,  and neither of them received another  yellow card, which would have seen them suspended for one game.

But the slate is now wiped clean,  and they are back to zero yellow cards starting next year – that is – tomorrow.

That’s good news,  because we really still have nobody to come in and deputize for either Coloccini or Williamson if either one of them gets injured.

And that’s before hopefully we sign a new center-back next month – fingers crossed.

This is what Alan said about the two of them today:

“They were very professional. You couldn’t say Cheick pulled out of anything. He was in the midst of everything, but he didn’t get booked.”

And Coloccini seems to be our Man of the Match from last night with 33% of the votes so far, with Tiote second on 17% and Cabaye in third place on 15%.

Fabricio was again very efficient at the back, and tried very hard to organize the defense, but we were disappointed the lads let in another three goals last night.

Hopefully we’ll get better once there is a an unchanged back four, which we thunk will see Davide Santon in at left back,  and sooner rather than later.

And let’s not forget that Newcastle played quite well in patches last night,  so when we play the weaker sides, as long as we keep doing well against them and not the top six sides, we’ll be very happy with that, thank you very much. 😀

And it seems the game next Wednesday evening against Manchester United at St. James’ Park could be Tiote’s last game before he goes off to report to the Ivory Coast squad for the African  Cup Of  Nations next month.

This is what Cheick said today:

“Maybe after the Man United game, I will go.”  “We have a training camp in Abu Dhabi and I may have to go to that.”

“It is hard for me I want to play for my country and I want to stay here and play for Newcastle.”

“I just hope we do well while I am away. We have some tough games and we need to start taking more points.”

Given that the tournament doesn’t even start until 22nd  January, that’s seems a long time to go off and report for pre-tournament preparation, especially when it’s bang in the middle of the European football season.

Surely Cheick can play against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup a week today, and then report to the squad the next day – January 8th?

And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is still hoping to have him for the FA Cup tie as he said this morning:

“Hopefully, we will have Cheick and Demba Ba for January 7.”

“And if Yaya Toure doesn’t go until later in the month, why should Cheick go? We are all in the same boat.”

And when Cheick does go we suspect defensive midfielder Mehdi Abeid will get a chance while Cheick is away,  and he will play alongside Yohan Cabaye.

And talking about defensive midfielders,  what is Alan Smith doing these days at Newcastle, and he’s  not even on the bench.

For £60K a week that’s a lot of money to pay for a fringe player, although we suppose Alan did the job for us in the Championship.

Alan Pardew seems to favor Haris Vuckic in central midfield, and the Slovenian got another start last night at Anfield, and although we thought he was quiet, he needs games to progress to a potential Newcastle starter next season.

This is what Alan said about Haris’ performance last night:

“I thought Haris grew into the game.” “You’d expect that. It is at Anfield, and Liverpool have some great players, but we went toe-to-toe with them.”

“Hatem was always going to be first choice to come on, but the game had perhaps gone away by then.”

Haris is a good player and for Alan to have preferred him to Ben Arfa last night, means that the Slovenian must be impressing in training, and he  could become   the next youngster to make the breakthrough to the Newcastle first team.

For the record,  last night was Haris’ 12th first team appearance for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

180 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Hatem should have started.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    A striker and two defenders bought on monday so I can post something nice about Mr Ashley.

  • Pigott93

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Ben arfa should have been started fr sure and so should santon..obertan should be left nowhere near a football pitch

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Geordie toon

    Seconded, arfa should definitely have started. Unless of course he is still not 100% match fit.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree with you Pigott93.

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Who’s signing was obertans!

    Pardew, Carr or Ashley.

    If he is solely pardews, he’s bound to give him time.

  • Rosted Pork

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    jail for ashely agree with u . we need 2 def n a striker

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #8

    We have only taken 5 points out of the last 24 available. I think it’s fair to say after a great start, Pardew’s shortcomings have been quite cruelly exposed. It’s a shame because last night, there were glimpses when we actually had 2 or 3 fantastic passing and possession movements, albeit with no end product.

    However, it would seem that our general long ball game has thankfully been well and truly found out. I don’t know why, when we have so many good technical ball players, Pardew persists with route 1 football and playing people out of position.

    Is Pardew after the England job, as he comes over as being very tactically naive with a rigid long ball and 442 game and no plan b whatsoever and he repeatedly makes appallingly badly timed substitutions?

    Ben Arfa, Krul, Colo, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye, Marveux and Ba would walk in to most teams, which leaves us with duds like Simpson who need replacing. Under this regime, we are stuck with Pardew, to tactically get the best out of them, so it’s not even worth hoping for someone else with a successful CV, although a continental manager like Klupp at Dortmund would be nice.

    What can we realistically hope for in 2012? It’s always the good the bad and the ugly at NUFC. We are apparently been well run in business terms, are still 7th in the table, but we are being lied to by the classless Llambias again and there is no sign of new sponsors / naming rights yet. Was it ever thus!
    Happy New Year

  • Brutooon

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Obertan and Jonas : Seriously AT LEAST one should be bench. Let HBA / Sammy to start

    If u don’t perform, u are at the bench !!!

    No Automatic Selection

  • Rosted Pork

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    obertan must b dropd 1st not jonas. jonas works hard, can defend to. obertan cant even do that..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #11

    You’ve obviously realised that MA and his side kick are serial liars as you called them yourself, why do you persist in defending them, and also you haven’t came back to me with a suitable explanation of how were still in debt of 130 million after all this time.

  • nufc mad man

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    after what i have look at with the stats everyone needs to stop slating raylor and instead blame pardew for acting like bruce playing him out of position as in the stats out of the 4 wide men
    simpson goals 0 shots 0 on target 0 assists 0
    raylor goals 2 shots 28 ontarget 5 assists 2
    jonas goals 1 shots 28 ontarget 6 assists 2
    obatan goals 0 shots 19 on target 1 assist 2
    so it says it all jonas and raylor are wwho should be on the wings and simpson and santon full backs

  • Alberts_tash

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Who the hell voted for Tiote as man of the match? he was terrible all game.

  • nufc mad man

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #14

    man u 0-1 blackburn
    maybe that can help us feel less gloomy of beig mid table

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Didnt think Obertan did too bad last night. Our main fault was the amount of misplaced passes. Players didnt seem on the ball and just left Liverpool players intercept 90% of the time.

    Also some players need to take more risks in attacking. Jonas, Obertan, Vucic

    None of them seemed to have the guts to try and take someone on. The adage is the same as shots. You only need to be successful at it once to score even if there are 6 unsuccessful attempts

  • nufc mad man

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #16

    LG21 obatan not too bad your joking he was all over the place seemed to be lost on where to play
    but you r rigt about our midfield i have said all along that the midfield is being mad to play far too defencive by pardew
    because in every game as soon as we go a goal down it is like there brain clicks into attacking. so until we focus on winning more than worrying of the opposition we will not be a europe contender

  • steve

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Is the world going crazy? Liverpool were really ordinary if not terrible in patches and we were for the most part were hopeless. And Kenny is delirious and Pardrew rues two critical moments…Obertan was diabolical. Vuckic was like a schoolboy. Danny Simpson is always a liability. Ryan Taylor was (as usual) out of his depth. Gutierrez s still giving away senseless free kicks by shockingly bad timed tackles in critical areas and time and time again we give the ball away cheaply. Even Krul looked ill at ease and his distribution was poor. These players represent a large percentage of our first choice starting line up. Why oh why does anyone think we are anything better than a 11th place side? The only thing that drove us on in the early part of the season was blood and guts chasing the ball and never giving up. That spirit has deserted us completely- perhaps because the team deludedly think they’re above that now because they’ve rubbed shoulders and champions league places with the big boys. There is a dark cloud of reality descending over St James -the very window of opportunity for the board to show genuine commitment to upgrading in the transfer window and they once again desert us. Pardrew covers for them with platitudes about ‘how far we’ve come as a team’ as if by saying it often enough we’ll forgive the weaknesses that are becoming increasingly evident- please, give me and any self respecting Newcastle supporter a break!

  • bob52

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Good news about Collo and Tiote, hope Cabaye’s not going to get a suspension but what a terrible effort we put out last night. It seems everybody is jumping on Obertan and I now believe rightly, he was awful, we virtually played with 10 men. Jonas seems to think defending is his priority, his wing play has been missing since October surely Pardew can see this, for sure all our supporters can. How about Sammy on the right and Fergie on the left wing, they can’t be worse.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 31, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #19

    as most of you know im obertans biggest critic , id go as far as to say im starting to hate the kid

    from day one iv said he should not get into the team as he is not a footballer, he is a sprinter, full stop, but what is bewildering me is the amount of ppl on here who still say give the kid time, he has skill, he is just low on confidence , this is where pardew fits in,

    if he was low on confidence, why play him? he can see week after week more and more fans getting at him, but continues to play him,

    gerrad was on the pitch 5 mins, and he played this mint ball for carroll from the right wing, in the old days it was called a cross, yes there is a huge difference in class between the 2 players, and dont tell me age, cos i remember gerrad breaking through the liverpool ranks, playing one week then flying to belgium to have treatment on his back and hamstrings, in his early 20s, my point is 5 mins to put one cross in, obertan has played over 2000 mins, and i have not seen him put one cross in like that or anything like that,

    obertan never keeps the shape of the team
    obertan does not help his right back
    obertan can not cross a ball
    obertans range of passing is about 10 meters

    i dont know if you have noticed this, even his team mates dont pass the ball to him as much,

    on a second note ,

    i felt very sorry for vuckic last night, the boy dos have skill and tallent, but what pardew done to him last night was not right, he didnt know wether to attack or deffend, i think he played ba up front and went for a draw,

    i also see fans slagging of tiote, and this i really dont understand, things arent going for right now, but i tell you what, he never stopped running and trying, and for that he deservss credit



  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #20

    BLACKBURN are playing without any fear against man united and in old trafford and are leading 2-1

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #21

    BLACKBURN are playing without any fear against man united and in old trafford and are leading 1-2

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #22


    I would be a sad man indeed if I was totally blinkered one way or the other. Always try to see both sides and take a balanced view. As far as I can see from the club’s audited accounts, the 130m inteest free loan is still outstanding as Ashley has not elected to pay it off from incoming revenues (ie transfers etc)

  • ToonIcon

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Catchy if it’s ok for you to rip Oberan to pieces every post then surely its ok for others to say tiote is playing well below his standards

    the players need the fans behind them to get out of this slump dreading to come on this blog in january when Ba’s not here and we arent scoring goals

  • ToonIcon

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #24

    i think the last few games has shown we have missed Guthrie’s passing range think the board really need to give him a new contract


    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Bellamy nust of thought it was Chrismas all over again when he scored the equaliser! Non-one even challenged him and he had a free shot at goal!

    The free kick too should never have been allowed to happen!Not sure what Simpson was trying to do as it was taken, if he had,nt been stood where he was Krul might of stopped it! It was,nt struck that hard but still went in! Gerrards goal was pure class though, and went through Kruls legs! Gutted after that but what can you do?

    We need to just pick ourselves up and try and get summit against Manure on wednesday!

  • MacToon

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #26

    As you keep missing this post:

    Statement of accounts details just 2 seperate payments to Ashley on his interest free loans to the club….12.3m in August last year and there will be another 16.5m due after this year so a total of 28.8m.

    As for alot of other bloggers, nice to see you finally realising the lack of strength in depth in the squad and Pardew does certainly seem lacking in some tactical qualities but he’s the best we’ll get as manager while Ashley owns the club imo.

    Lost count how many times I said “God we’re crap” while watching the match last night.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Blackburn doing it again just going all defensive trying to protect a goal lead.

  • solano

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #28 where has the £50m+ net transfer profit money gone ???

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #29

    If that’s the case where is all the money going then,

  • JackButler

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #30

    The biggest deal we could do in January is to get Guthrie to sign a new deal, Tiote looks like a player who’s had his head turned and I’ll be amazed if he’s still with us at the end of next month. And what has Obertan got to do to get dropped, the lad his pathetic and its like playing with 10 men every game

  • Magickit

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Raylor makes -a poor winger become average -a average winger become decent -a decent winger become top -a top winger become superstar …

  • IPToon

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #32

    I can understand people giving Obertan stick as he was awful last night. The thing i dont understand is how he gets so much more of it than Gutierrez. Both were terrible last night. Neither helped Demba Ba out at all and they even made the attacking midfield role for Vuckic and Ben Arfa hard as they had such naff options out wide.

    Simpson cost two goals which was a shame because he has been quite good this season. Awful decision to drop on the line for the freekick. It was Bellamy from 35 yards, not Ronaldo!!! it just put bodies in the way for Krul and we all know what happened. As for the second, i was told from a young age, have a look up and know what your going to do with the ball before it gets to you. Simpson had a panic attack, didnt have a clue what to do and it just shows how some of our players want to pass the ball around, even if in tight situations like Tiote, Cabaye, Ben Arfa but at the same time we have players who arent really able to play under close pressure.

  • solano

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #33

    JB….I fear you may be right @ 29. Another “Judas” is coming along on the conveyor belt and the bulling up of a very average Guthrie could be on the cards!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Jail & Mac Toon,

    Although I have never cared for Ashley and Llambias as individuals, I was trying not to let this cloud my judgement of them as businessmen who could improve our fortunes. I think even you 2 would have to admit we are better run than in the days of shepherd.

    Against that, Llambias in particular constantly contradicts himself, the managerial appointments have been very dodgy and forward planning is questionable on occasion.

  • JackButler

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Regarding Jonas, if you look back at the season so far, his performances have dropped off dramatically since Marveaux picked up his injury, it’s as if he knows that there no pressure on him now.

    @Solano – the thing is with Guthrie, if or should I say when Tiote is sold, Guthrie will be our only defensive midfielder as no doubt Ashley will no reinvest any money in a replacement, so we have to get Guthrie signed up

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Guti is more frustrating than Obi. I’v never known a guy give the ball away so much, despite his good work rate.

    as someone said we’ve got a good spine, but very bad sides (simpson, Raylor, Guti, )

  • JackButler

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Blackburn 3-2 up

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #38

    If there was a ninety minute program on life in the NUFC board room every saturday I wouldn’t watch more than five minutes of it, its the team we pay to see it would be nice to have an owner who cared more about the team than the finances

  • Oleg G

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #39

    Blackburn Man U 3-2
    Newcastle Liverpool 1-3


  • boater

    Dec 31, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #40

    JB – Jonas has been underperforming since an injury to Marveaux? Who has so far featured on the right wing at the expense of Obertan every time he’s played?

    Our problems are in midfield. I can’t believe a midfield of Downing, Henderson, Spearing and Adam bossed us for 60min’s. We had the better players last night but you wouldn’t know it.

    You know what they say – when you concede lots it’s your defense, when you don’t score it’s your strikers, when you are just a bit shite all round it’s the midfield.

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