Bobby Robson Was Manager Last Time We Beat Man United At Home

Newcastle didn’t show much threat up front at Anfield on Friday night, when we lost 3-1.

This man was manager the last time we beat Man United at St. James’ Park

The first half was fairly even after we had scored first through a fortunate own goal from Daniel Agger after just 25 minutes,  but then we managed to concede a goal from former player Craig Bellamy just three minutes after that.

And even in those first 20 minutes of the second half, when we  were getting on top, before Steven Gerrard ran the game for Liverpool, we were passing the ball around nicely,  but not making much headway.

Chelsea and Manchester City are the only top six sides to have won at St James’  in the current reign of Alan Pardew, but on the other hand our lads have still to beat any of the top six sides since Alan took over as Newcastle manager thirteen months ago.

A good time to start would be tonight, and for sure that would be a tremendous win at just the right time for the Magpies.

Newcastle have to try to get back on track and start to pick up those points in an effort to keep in 7th position in the league table.

Newcastle have had some good games against the top six sides this season, and have hardly had any luck, as Alan talked about those games today:

“Spurs was a fantastic game, probably our best of the season at St James’,”  “Arsenal was a great game.”

“Chelsea, we were pushing, pushing at 1-0 down and unfortunately with a man down conceded two late goals, but it was a close game.”

“Man United, Man City, we gave a good account of ourselves and Liverpool, we did the same although the result went against us.”

“We’re close, we can see it, we can feel it, but actually beating one of those sides maybe would be the final piece to take us forward.”

“Looking at the recent games, teams that have sat back against the Red Devils have got thumped,” “They’ve got such talent in their ranks, they’re going to cause you problems.”

“But we have a striker Demba Ba who is in form, a central midfield pairing of Cheick Tioté and Yohan Cabaye that I think’s as good as theirs.”

“And our  back line and goalie have been resolute all year, so we’re in a good position to try to attack the game.”

“At Liverpool we didn’t have enough threat despite retaining the ball for long spells, and we’ve spoken about getting that back.”

“It’s important to retain the ball against United, make them work, but we still need a threat at the end of that, and I thought at Liverpool we just lacked that a little bit.”

Gabriel Obertan is expected to play despite an infected toe, which we thought he had only just recovered from – so where is this lad putting his toe to get it infected all the time? 😀

The Newcastle team for tonight will be interesting, after Pardew tried youngster Haris Vuckic as the laid-back striker on Friday night with little success,  and maybe Ben Arfa  will get a start tonight,  in a  team that could look like this:

Simpson Coloccini (c)  Williamson Santon
Obertan Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Ben Arfa
Demba Ba

That’s not a bad side, and we would have to hope that Ben Arfa raises his work-rate and doesn’t lose the ball too much, but the lad has great skill that could unlock an average Red Devil’s defense.

And we have to hope that Demba Ba is in form and puts the ball in the back of the night with any half chance he gets, to add to the 14 goals he already has in the Premier League this season.

We are hoping for something out of this game, but another defeat would be hard to take, and that would be our sixth defeat in the last nine games, which is not good.

We’d just love to see Newcastle win this game, for the first time since back in 2001, when the great Bobby Robson was manager, and they can do that if they give 100% and play somewhere near their best form.

Howay The Lads!!

12 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Clueless Pardew couldn’t lace SBR’s boots. Embarrassed to be mentioned in the same sentence.

    SBR = great carpet football and fantastic CV
    Pardwho= hoof ball and crap CV. He makes Allardyce look like watching Brazil.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    i think that demba ba IS due a goal

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3


  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    I can’t believe pardew was happy with our performance against Liverpool, a good account! We were awful full stop.

    Let’s hope that we can actually try tonight.

    Not usually negative, but the Liverpool game was the worst that I’ve seen us play this season, we didn’t even try.

  • Klatoon

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Manure’s lineup will be much much stronger than against Bburn,would have loved Carrick to continue at CB,Rafael CM and Valencia RB

  • geoff777

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Talk about looking through rose-tinted specs.

    We battled against the odds in a lot of those games, but were well-outplayed. Hanging on to the odd point.

    Liverpool was a terrible performance.

    The second time today (and possibly ever) Rotondo and I agree with each other. (This is getting weird lol).

    Pardew is losing the plot.

  • Scottishmag1

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Same team as yesterday





  • Klatoon

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Talk that Branson’s Virgin have bought the naming rights,will we be playing at the Virgin Arena? 🙂

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    The negativity stems from the fact that we all knew pre season that we were desperate for a quick striker and at least one defender.

    They failed to deliver then and now despite injuries and players leaving for the ACON, when asked about recruitment, Pardew says “maybe a defender”.

    It’s just not acceptable. It doesn’t take 6 months to do a deal for a player, no other club does that. we are looking for a defender with a months preparation, but when it’s a striker it takes 12 to 18 months to find a Carroll replacement?

    as for tonight, based on Fridays performance we will get crucified. Cabaye is desperately trying to get wingers and forwards running the channels but everything is so static. GET HBA AND SANTON IN NOW!!!

    Santon will also get forward but can defend properly when needed. Both wingers need a boot up their arse, assists and goals not acceptable against time on the pitch.

  • geoff777

    Jan 4, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10


    Llambias sucks.

    He’s had a year to sign a striker.
    By this time last year we knew Campbell wasn’t the answer. So a year for another CB too.

    Finger out Llambias get some quality players signed.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    sir bob ,,,,,,,class act. can pards get a result tonight????no demba might get his usual goal, however , once man u have sussed him , they could keep him quiet, sir alex is also a class act , he knows stop demba , you stop the for our defenders, they will buckle under the intense pressure applied by rooney and co, so i think looking at our current team ,and performances , 3- 1 to the reds would not be a silly forecast. but , who knows? bizarre things happen in football, look at blackburn

  • martoon

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Can’t help feeling the tide of optimism has turned. Coming into the games against the big four we were hoping for a win or at least a draw – not we are hoping we don’t get thrashed!


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