The Newcastle Players Did Us Proud Last Night

Alan Pardew seems to just love these big games at St. James’ Park like last night, when the crowd is at its  capacity,  and the Geordie fans are singing their heads off from the very first whistle.

Yohan Cabaye scored Newcastle’s second goal just after half time

It was a big big night for Newcastle fans everywhere,  as Newcastle beat Manchester United 3-0 with two wonderful goals from Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye.

Phil Jones added an own goal right at the end,  just to make the score-line look that much better.

And it was the first time in 10 years and only the fourth time in the last 36 games that Newcastle have beaten Manchester United.

And before I go too far we must compliment the ground staff, because the St. James’ Park pitch looked absolutely superb, and it’s still early January.

That’s so very different from the the 1970s and 1980s, when the pitch was rolled down, flattened mud at this time of year.

Compliments to the Newcastle ground staff  –  the pitch was superb.

And talking about superb, this was Newcastle’s best performance of the season, and it has to be Newcastle best result of the season too – so far.

And it was almost the biggest crowd of the season too, but it was 6 short of the crowd against Chelsea.

It was a stunning victory by Newcastle in every sense of the word, and if people had doubts about how good Newcastle were for the first 11 games of  the  season, they could see last night we have a really good side.

When we are able to have our strongest side out – as Alan Pardew has repeatedly said – the lads are  a match for any side.

And the truth was they were more than  a match for the Red Devils last night,  as our lads ran the Manchester United players off the pitch.

This is what a simply delighted Alan Pardew said after the game:

“We knew that Rio Ferdinand would play tonight, so we knew it Manchester United’s defence wasn’t going to be perhaps as weak as it was at Blackburn,”

“But we just felt that we had a nice mixture to our game tonight. We put it in the box and were aggressive and we got the reward for that, but we also played some really decent stuff.”

“We were brave at times tonight. We pushed on to them.” “In the second half, it was important that we didn’t sit off Manchester United. We did for a bout a four-minute spell and they had a couple of good chances.”

“Other than that, we stayed on top of them and never let them play.” “We were aggressive all night and with that, we got a great victory.” “The players deserve a lot of plaudits tonight because they have put in some fantastic performances,”

“You could highlight one or two that were exceptional, but as the team manager, I am just proud of all of them.”

“My job is to make sure we don’t get too carried away with that pat on the back because we have got a game in a couple of days’ time which is very important to us.”

We just could’t believe the energy expended by this Newcastle side, and they have to be one of the fittest sides in England, as they ran and closed down Manchester United all night.

The game was shown live around the world and you can bet your life that Newcastle will have gained some admirers and even fans last night foe the magnificent fare they produced for packed St. James’ Park.

And even at the end of the game Alex Ferguson had to admit Newcastle scored two fantastic goals, and they they had played very well.

The lads will need to come down to earth for Saturday’s game against Blackburn in then 3rd round of the FA Cup, and on the evidence of last night, Newcastle can beat any team in the land with their best side out, and we must now go on a good FA Cup run this year.

We need a win on Saturday afternoon once again, but all credit to the Newcastle lads last night for doing us proud.

Howay The Lads!!

41 comments so far

  • geoff777

    Jan 5, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Just downloaded the match – going to watch it again.

    Great performance.
    Referee was terrible 1st half.


  • toonincheek

    Jan 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Great crowd noise – completely blanked out Fergie’s touchline instructions!

  • wynsleap

    Jan 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Pardew said we had our best team out last night.
    If that is correct why has it taken him so long to put Santon at left back and Raylor on the right wing?
    This guy says anything but his prayers.
    Nevertheless a fantastic performance by the lads and a great way to start the New Year.
    Shame about Demba going off to the ACN when he’s on fire. A really good striker coming in now would be fantastic to keep things moving and then to play alongside Demba when he returns.
    Unfortunately Ashley doesn’t think like that and never seems to see (or want to see) the bigger picture.

  • toonarmy1986

    Jan 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    With the exception of the Man City and Barca games you won’t see a more one sided performance against Man Utd. Sensational performance and the work rate was on par with what they produced at Stoke probably better due to all the extra games as well.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    crowd were superb last night great noise level

  • Markaccus

    Jan 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    If we get a striker, who would it be? I know there have been one or two links, but nothing concrete. Juventus supposedly offered us iachinta (spell check lol) on loan, would we take him? Could do a job while ba is away. He’s 32.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    i guess ben ARFA will start against BLACKBURN

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 5, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    I kind of get what Pardew said about that being our best line-up. On paper you would probably change it, including 1or 2 more players or swapping a couple, but the way that everyone worked and helped out was excellent!!!!!
    Pardew is a great tactician IMO and is up there with other world class managers!

  • gorgonzola

    Jan 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    “Pardew said we had our best team out last night.”

    Hey does that mean he realises Obertan is below par atmo ?

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Guthrie needs to hurry and sign his contract.

    Apparently Wolves and QPR have lodged bids of 2.5m for Onuoha, surely we have to consider that?

    Still chuffed. Will be walking around with a spring in my step today! 😀

  • martoon

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    When Pardew said strongest team – he meant the spine of the team i.e. Krul, Colo, Wilo, Tiote, Cabaye & Ba – one or more of these players have been missing recently for various reasons. Obviously players like Saylor , if fit, would be part of his strongest team also and even Jonas for his workrate.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Fantastic win, great tactics, application fitness etc. Now can the Pardew haters on this site, and the other misery guts, come out and give him the credit he deserves? Or do you want to play like Wigan , who are often praised on here, because of their so called bright manager with his so called inventive football?? Some of you are being taken for a ride and cant see the wood from the trees. We have a very tidy manager, who would make us stronger is Fats would back him. He’s doing a great job given that he has spent buttons this season. The application and fitness of the players is awesome. Be happy ffs!!!! Greta night for NUFC fans all over the world. HTL .

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    I think we can now start considering Santon as a key player. Awesome athlete, with fine technique. Another good purchase by Pardew.

  • ArtyH

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Munster Mag, spot on mate, there are some on this blog that even if you gave them the 6 winning lotto numbers they would not be happy. They are idiots who are influenced by idiots and know nothing about the game. We now have a stable club ( saved from the administrator due to imcompetant previous owners ) and a great scouting staff and manager, who has had a rough ride until lateley when the paln has born fruit. M.A is a bit of an enigma to me, and really needs to get some new players in to consolidate our league position so we can push on to a European place, that wouls really set fire to our world status.

  • ArtyH

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Also agree Santon is a great fullback who can attack, very immpressed with his display last night. Question, was Saylor missed last night?

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    There you gan
    Wynsleap still managing to whine about our Manager who is jointly responsible for our league postioning along with a cracking set of lads who love giving 100% for the shirt!!

    Bog off to Rotundaville muppet

  • ArtyH

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Angryman, agreed 100%, LOL.

  • baba

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Review of current NUFC Squad

    Krul- Undisputed No1 keeper. Worth at least 10 points a season. with his abilities. 8

    Santon- Cemented his place at LB. Adapted well to the physical aspect of EPL. Would be great if he start to use his left foot more. Exciting player in the making. 7.5

    Coloccini- Classy captain. The most improved player over the last season in my opinion. Please sign a new contract. 8

    S.Taylor- Command and brave defender. NUFC suffered terribly without his presence due to season long injury. The Main reason why we had the tightest defence in the league earlier on. We miss him badly 8.5

    Simpon- Victim of few criticism but i think he has been steady all season. Made a few goaline clearances
    as well. 7

    R.Taylor- Left back is not his natural position. Looked more comfortable when played at right midfield. A reliable utility player to call upon 7

    Williamson- Saved the appalling defence when he returned to replace Perch at the heart of defence. Formed a good parthership with Colo since then. 7.5

    Perch- The only CB available when S.Taylor was injured. No coincidence when his return ended with the terrible run NUFC had. Dont deserved to be at NUFC. 5.5

    Obertan- Tall and pacy winger but doesnt use his attributes to good effect. The crowd seemed to have lost patience with him. Up to him to turn it around. 6.5

    Tiote- A top midfield destroyer. Could walk into any top 4 teams. Well except Man City. Let’s pray he remained here after Jan. 8.5

    Cabaye- Signing of the season alongside Ba. Superb passer and striker of the ball. Still couldnt believe we got him for a meagre 5M. 8.5

    Gutierrez- OK I am being a bit harsh here but Guti seemed off the pace all season. He is very hardworking no doubt but he lacks the pace, the skill, the technique to be a good winger. A hardworking player wont get the club anywhere. Got to be replaced. Maybe next season hopefully. 6.5

    Ben Arfa- Slowly introduced into the side after his horrific injury. Looked fantastic when he is on the pitch Expecting him to turn the game around with 20mins left is too high an order. Even messi will have trouble doing that. Got to start games when BA goes to ACN. 8

    Guthrie- A steady and composed backup CM. Did the job well when necessary. 7

    BA- Signing of the season. Wow what a impact he has made. Take away the ramadan period, his performance has been breathtaking. Already 15 goals so far, a shame that he has to be away with the ACN. 9

    Amoebi- Seemed to gain more muscle and that is the only thing that he is gaining. Lazy and slow striker. Useful impact sub against less physical defenders. A striker is a must buy but sadly Mike n AP doest think so. 6.5

    Best- Average striker. The number of games and goals he has played for us speak volume of how we need a quaility stiker alongside BA. 6.5

    Sammy- AP thinks he is a great player in the making. I think the opposite. Just like his elder brother, he is clumsy and lacks the footballing brain. He has got time on his side to improve though. 6.5

    Vuckic- Promising midfield youngster. 7

    Smith – He is still here? Wtf

    Lovendrands- Good servant. Expected to leave. 6.5

  • MT

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Santon is a talent,(5.3m is a good cost, don’t forget that he just 21 years old) his skill,dribbling is better than jonas.if he can add defense ability, he had a good future in italy national football team.

  • ArtyH

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Must say thought last night our team showed how getting in the face of ANY team causes them problems. Our players must have had a great talk prior to the game as they were ALL up for it, nearly as sweet as the HI 5 – 0 in the 90’s and ALBERT was watching from a comentary box too, he would have been so proud.

  • martoon

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Arty H – agree with you about MA – I don’t know why he does not come out and do an interview and say “Yes I made some mistakes at the beginning but this is what I am trying to do…………”. I think he would gain some respect (not trust) from some supporters if he did. The guy can’t be shy – he runs a multi-million pound business!

  • stuart no9

    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    munster mag @ 12 – we were great last night, deserved everything we got – pards tactics were spot on , brilliant. is he the man to take us forward ? no, If pards hasdone well in a game i am the first the first to applaud him, like i did for the stoke city game. his game plan yesterday worked a treat – well done for that, however, 1 or 2 games will not convince me he is the kiddie to take us to the next level. That is a very short sighted opinion if after 1 or 2 games , fans see him as our saviour. Ok he did well last night , everybody is buzzing and so they should be, but dont get carried away just yet. If pards can carry on the good work then fantastic- lets wait and see.As for your comment ” some of you are being taken for a ride ” i can only put that down to naivety on your part

  • derekm

    Jan 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #23

    The people who moaned that without Ben Arfa we would be playing ” hoofball ” need to acknowledge that that is exactly how we beat Manu last night – pressing them right to the core of their back two, stopping them playing and taking any chances that came our way. Ben Arfa will start against Blackburn – whether he plays regularly long term will depend upon the opposition and the tactics that will get three points, not to keep him happy!

  • ArtyH

    Jan 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #24

    stuart no9, I dont want to get into an argument over this as its every man to his opinion. However who else would come to NUFC and work under the constraints that A.P has had to put up with? Just which mythical saviour do you have in mind??? A look at past recent history will show as a team we have not been in a better position mid 90’s being the exception. We are lucky to have A.P as look at the other alternatives we have had to endure, remember Joke Kinneer and those before and around that time, and I dont forget Chris H, who was a great guy but not a great tactician. IMHO A.P is the best we can get and he is doing a great job at the moment. The flip side of your argument is SAF who has had two poor results does that now make him a bad manager. Cuts both ways, yes/no???

  • stuart no9

    Jan 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #25

    arty_ no of course not , he is still the greatest manger ever IMO. 2 games dosnt make him a bad manager the same as 1 great win dosnt make pards a great manager either. If that was the case every team would be trying to get steve kean as manager , after all he turned them over at their place at the weekend. all i am saying is at this moment in time i dont feel he is the man to take us to the next level , that being europe.

  • ArtyH

    Jan 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Agreed then, its the same argument looked at from different angles, glass half full etc. Who knows, there will be many twists and turns in the next few months. What ever happens we support NUFC, thats all that matters. After all there are only two types of people, GEORDIES and those who wish they were! Happy new year M8, and look for a win on Saturday, I will.

  • wynsleap

    Jan 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Angryman the Angry Fan @ 16
    Think you’re over-reacting there mate about my observations.
    Although he is no Kevin Keegan or Bobby Robson I have never criticised Pardew for his results and certainly NOT the players, but I remain convinced that he makes statements which are absolutely ill thought out at times and not always honest.
    Think you need to calm down pal. It’s not good for you.
    The only person I have a beef about is Ashley and of course reactionaries like you.

  • martoon

    Jan 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Stuart you did not answer ArtyH’s question – who do you think can take us to the next level (and who would realistically come to the Toon)?

  • stuart no9

    Jan 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #29

    artyh – i:ll drink to that , i want to see pards do well

  • stuart no9

    Jan 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #30

    martoon – ” who can take us to the next level” – some one who has first hand experience in the first place. ” and who would realistically come ? ” WHY do you think no one wants to come then ?

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Stuart, it is you who are naive , not me. Allowing for Newcastle’s not so great position in the world of football, who should be our manager – in your expert opinion – especially given the lower salary paid by MA?
    As every analyst has pretty much said, Pards has us chasing a euro place based on sod all spending….the best defensive system in years….the most committed and motivated bunch of players we’ve had ( along with Nolan and Co ) in years …..we pull 4 goals back v Arsenal, beat sunderland ….beat man u ….give city a good game away from home….7th in table. The guy is a verty tidy defensive coach and that EXACTLY what NUFC has needed for years.

    He has shown real quality with us ….but not good enough for the next level??

    That a clueless analysis by an impatient fan.

    In reality, we have moved up a level…..and i think if MA spends, that we can make europe.

    What other gaffers do you want – Ancelloti ?? Mourinho?

    Smell the coffee and be fair man.

  • martoon

    Jan 5, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Stuart – I am assuming (maybe incorrectly) that the wages cap applies to the manager as well as the players and therefore the top managers you have in mind would be out of our salary range. Of course on top of that we would have to sack AP and pay up his 5 year contract!
    Before any of you out there crucify me I am not suggesting we do sack AP – I am just trying to follow Stuart’s arguement.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #33

    munster mag my expert opinion , ha ha , sorry mate have not got one, however to get us to the next level ( europe) i would perhaps consider someone who has , been there , and done it , and knows how to play in europe , as you are aware this is a totally differant level of football that i believe is out of pards capabilities . he has never done it before, i have onlt ever seen him struggle in whatever league he has been in. therefore i have seen nothing from him to suggest anything else. If you think he is capable of escalating NUFC, fine, i dont .You mentioned some decent games when we played well, although i wouldnt say 3-1 away to man city was great,, at the same time you didnt mention the catastrophies like , liverpool , norwich ,west brom – so just lets see what happens the rest of the season . as i said before . i am the first to applaud pards for the way he has gone into a game ie stok, brilliant . man u even better , but lets be fair , as you have already said , there are no excuses for those disgusting performances either. all in all i think pards bad games heavilly out weigh his good ones , but it will take till the end of season to see that

  • stuart no9

    Jan 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #34

    martoon, thats fair comment, but one that leads us to another issue , which has divided the fans even further. ” Is ashley doing a good job or not ” i say no, simply because of his” buy cheap and profit policy”. . How can you build a team on that structure? I totally agree with you ” who will come” for the pennies that ash will pay and for that reason , because of him we are not an ambitious club under his ownership . If a new owner was to come in and SPEND in stead of selling you may see brighter future for the club and pards. I WANT him to succeed but i cant see it at present

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Stuart, you are completely unfair. If Pardew is going to struggle, to what do you attribute our position in the Prem? I suppose its just a weak league.
    Stoke have got through the first euro stage, and their boss has nothing to offer re european football. We were poor recently, but probably deserved more from City and Chelsea. If we finish 7th / 8th , what will be your assessment of Pardew then ? Because right now, 7th and 4 points ahead of Stoke , you are clearly not happy with our choice of manager?? Maybe the Fulham guy is better, cos he has been in europe ….but …er , they’re not as good as us according to the table……so who do you want ? And how mad do you think Geordies would look if people like you decry the achievements of probably the best coach we’ve had since Bobby ?

  • stuart no9

    Jan 5, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #36

    munster mag – we wont finish 7th or 8th so that point is not worth discussing also another little point that may stand pards in good stead for the future is sometimes a manager has to be accountable for bad decisions he has made ,and for poor performances from the team – he has done neither , doing so may go along way to getting some of these fans , including myself to warm to him slightly, and not to blame everybody and his dog. The comment he made regarding the liverpool defeat ( he thought it was a good performance) fools no one and is typical . otherwise we have to agree to disagree.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #37

    stuart no9 @ #

    There is a lack of rational in your train of thought and it is flawed, The “some one who has first hand experience in the first place.

    This idea suggests that if you do not have first hand experience you will not be able to do it, and that is the thinking of a defeatist.

    So reading between the lines I think what you are saying is the only type of manager that will be able to take us to the higher levels is a big name that has been there before.

    So let me think,,,,, sign a big name on big bucks, someone that has been there and knows how to do it, forgive me but have we not tried that concept??????

    And it failed.

    Fergusson was one game away from the sack at manure the fans were screaming for his head and the board were about to kick him into touch, he won his next game didn’t get sacked and the rest is history.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Stuart on reading your other posts I get the distinct impression that you will only be happy with the board if the money flows and big names were brought in for big fees.

    Personally I am far more impressed with the fact that NUFC have accomplished what they have at a fraction of the money that other clubs above us have spent.

    We were relegated with a team full of high profile “been there done that” players,,,, and we were RELEGATED, I for one am happy that we are no longer blowing stupid amounts of money on expensive failures.

    Stop following the other negative sheep that post on here and sit back and look at what has happened to the club, yes mistakes were made in the beginning and MA’s early tenure was a disaster, but MA, the board and the club look to have put that behind them and are advancing as a club.

    It’s about time folks like you did the same and accepted the fact that mistakes were made but move on and see the club for what it is now.

  • wynsleap

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #39

    cupidstunt – I too, am impressed – mighty impressed – “with the fact that NUFC have accomplished what they have at the fraction of the money that other clubs above us have spent”.
    What annoys me, and I’m sure others like Stuart and Boater on here, is that this excellent accomplishment shouldn’t be spoiled by assuming that the work is done and there’s nothing left to do now.
    This is the time when a little bit of speculation on positions which we ALL KNOW need filling, eg. a top striker, should be made priority.
    The only problem is that we ALL KNOW that Ashley isn’t prepared to go that extra step to take us nearer the top of the pile. We’re not talking about over-priced players or spending bucket loads of money on superstars (we’ve proved that doesn’t often work) – just some outlay to keep the bandwagon rolling.
    It’s like struggling up Everest and getting 100 metres from the top wearing your street shoes but not deciding to proceed by taking a pair of quality climbing boots out of your rucsac… and thus ultimately turning back.
    Makes all the previous activity a bit of a waste of time.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #40

    cuppidd – you obviously havnnt read my other posts or you would have noticed , i am not into buying big and costing our mr ashly millions , i believe the way forward is to buy good talent on the cheap. the trick is though too keep them. Mr ashley has not figured that one out yet , unless he is just in it to make a profit. what do you think?


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