Good News – Yohan Cabaye Should Be Fine – Pardew Delighted With Performance


The really good news after the game today is that the  Yohan Cabaye injury is not too bad, and Alan Pardew thinks he should be fit for our next game at Craven Cottage next Saturday.

Shaun Derry puts in crude tackle on Yohan Cabaye this afternoon

This is what Alan said about the Yohan Cabaye tackle on him:

“It was a bad challenge and it was one of those between a red and a yellow and the referee had a super game today I thought – but the decision was yellow and  I’m fine with that.”

“Yohan was really upset with it,  but he has to understand that in England they come thick and fast –  those tackles.”

“He seems to be okay we think, and we’re hoping  – fingers crossed  – he’ll be running around for us next week – he’s a massive, massive player for us.”

There were a lot of positive things for Alan Pardew to take out of this game today, and here just are a few of them:

  • It was our 8th clean sheet of the season and the 4th clean sheet in the last seven games
  • It was our 10th league win of the season and the third win in our last four league games
  • We were really surprised at how well Ryan Taylor did when he was switched to central midfield when Cabaye went off injured.
    Ryan played so well with Danny Guthrie, that we hardly missed the Frenchman.  Taylor will  get little or no no praise for what he did today, but he was a very important player for the side
  • Ben Arfa had an excellent game after he was brought on in the first half for the injured Yohan Cabaye, and as Alan Pardew said after the game the 24 year-old worked his socks off for the team and  tracked back when he had to.
    Pardew said it’s now getting through to the lad the way Newcastle play, and the manager was simply delighted with the performance of the mercurial Frenchman today – hey – maybe he’ll even get a start at Craven Cottage 😀
  • Danny Guthrie had an excellent game, given this was his first game back after missing the last six games with his groin injury, and the 24 year-old is  looking like an excellent player for Newcastle this season
  • Newcastle go above Liverpool into 6th place in the league with 9 points from the last four league games and we now have 36 points form our 21 games
  • With Arsenal being beaten 3-2 at Swansea later today, Newcastle are now level with Arsenal on points and have  a goal difference inferior by only a couple of goals – so we are 3 goals from being in 5th place
  • Leon Best’s goal was an excellent striker’s goal, and it was a much harder chance than he made t look. Leon came up with the goods this afternoon with his 4th league goal of the season.
    And now he’s 11 goals being Demba Ba in second place in the goal-scorers chart on Tyneside

While Newcastle were not at their best today, they put in a very good workmanlike performance, especially in the second half,  and thoroughly deserved to take all 3 points.

Now for Fulham next week!

Howay The Lads!!

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82 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #1

    We are not Arsenal or Manu or City, remember we were relegated recently.

    We are winning these games which we would have lost 3 seasons ago. Not always by playing champagne football but by god, we’ve played some decent stuff throughout the season and seen some tremendous goals – route one at times, but not always.

    Long may it continue. Please please please bring in a quality striker and a CB/RB. With another CF of Ba’s quality and Arfa @ RMF we will be immense.

    Pards basically saying HBA is playing his way into the team now. I think the way Pards has handled him is 1st class. If you want a starting birth, you have to put the workrate in – team first, magic feet second. And it’s working.

    HWTL!!!

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  • JackButler

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew has to find a way to accommodate HBA in the starting 11, for me I’d like to see him start behind Best against Fulham, Sholla does not deserve to start next week

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  • joppadoni

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #3

    i thought raylor had a good game today too, helped keep it compact when we didnt have the ball.

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  • Baro

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Got to say SWANSEA CITY AFC
    have just unbelievable football….
    Well maybe not unbelievable, but INCREDIBLE!
    Beautiful , Gorgeous!

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Look lads I love Cabaye like,but f*** me he got on like a big girl today.Haha

    Sorry Cabaye mate It had to be said. 🙂

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Arsenal-Man. U. next week and we have Fulham away. So we could go 5th. Bet we eff it up.

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve a funny feeling Brendan Rodgers will be the next Chelsea manager.

    Get your money on it. 😉

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  • joppadoni

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #8

    yohan needs to know not to take it personally when challenged like that. i think he wasnt caught rediculously late. one thing he will need to realise though if you cant continue playing you cant jump up off your arse and then sit back down and suggest you cant play on. gives a bad impression. he has my benefit of the doubt but at the time i thought a metetarsal had gone or he wasnt up for it. since hes having a scan on his ankle because theres no evidence of anything wrong its a bit worrying. hopefully just an impact injury which feels was best not to try and run off

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  • Baro

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Great 3 points for today’s game!
    gutierrez motm!

    guthrie and santon best also mentions!

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  • JackButler

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Belfast – Wouldn’t mind him being our next manager

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  • Jonny

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Probably been mentioned already, but what do you make of Ray Wilkins comments on Ben Arfa? Didn’t seem to rate him too highly and as Pardrew is mentioned, gives possession away to cheaply and too often. Also, the only player for me that does not cut the grade is Danny Simpson unfortunately, he gives it his all but he looks to hoof it up the field every time he gets it. Shola was also poor today but Santon, Colo, Willo, Guthrie and Best were very good. Poor game but great win and if (when) Arsenal lose to United and Chelsea lose to spurs, we could be 5th and 1 point of 4th!!

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  • Jonny

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I also agree with Cabaye, came across as a total p***k today. It was a nothing challenge and doesn’t even compare to his against Spearing and his reaction was embarrassing. But hey, he is our midfield magician and as long as he carrys on banging them in from 40 yards, he can continue acting like a p***k!!!

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  • peterjoicey

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Shola was back to his normal self……….. we only registered one shot on goal, very poor. Glad we played QPR now, before they splash the cash. Good three points though.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #14

    i think if KRUL leaves we must play RAYLOR has our goal keeper he seems to be ready to play wherever in the field ha ha ha

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #15

    I dont think Wilkins has anything personal against Ben Arfa like.

    Anybody who has sky will tell you Wilkins says the same thing over & over & over & over again for 90 minutes.

    Today he was going on about Ben Arfa.Next week he will repeat something about ten times about somebody else.lol

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #16

    ffs some you need to get a grip were joint 5th in the league n all ppl r doin is moaning

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  • JackButler

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #17

    To be fair to Wilkins he called it straight when saying that HBA cannot loose the ball as much as he’s done, Today was arguably his best Team performance for us and as Pardew said, he’s buying inti the team ethos

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  • jonobbad

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Ryan Taylor has to be the most underrated player in our squad. always gives 100% and is happy to play anywhere. Well maybe not happy but you never hear him complain!
    3 winnable games coming up before we play spurs so a good chance to really stake a claim for the top 6/7!!

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Cabaye’s reaction was embarrasing like.

    He actually jumped up pushed Derry In the back & then fell down to the ground again.

    Maybe it’s just a french thing? F*** knows… lol

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  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #20

    I think the reason he doesn’t start hba is tactical we have no pace up front nobody who plays on the shoulder of the last def forcin the def to stay deep creatin the space between mid and def cos even ba likes to drop off n run at def so even if he plays on the right comin in it still gets congested i think if we got erding he would play more n the reason he plays rtaylor on the right his abilty to cross as we only really have target men atm

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #21

    thank god cabaye’s fine… qpr were nasty..so many bad tackles..unbelivable..

    & i agree…swansea..damn…great job..great football.. played very well today..

    they performance dropped only when routlidge came on for dyer 😀

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  • joppadoni

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #22

    i see any moaning at all here. although i dont read all comments.

    i see plenty of observations though

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  • joppadoni

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #23

    dont*

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #24

    p.s.: cabaye should break his balls.. nasty challenge & it wasnt the only one.. this derry 50 year old fu**** should know better.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #25

    SO!! Another week of transfer speculations… Any Erdinc or strikers at all? What about CBs? How will Jason Prior do in his trial? Will he earn a contract? Will Guthrie, Collo or Simmo sign a new contract?

    Stay tuned for the upcoming weeks episode of:
    NUFC – The mad toon army!

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  • MagPieMan

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Ray Wilkins, in my opinion, is the most annoying commentator in football. He speaks so much crap it’s unbeleiveble. He was complaining aboute how long we took to get Ben Arfa on, every free kick he said was nothing and when Best started hobbling he said it doesn’t matter and should just get on with it. He was completely clueless.

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #27

    I still think Qpr will go down like.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Mancgeordie, you have obviously played the game before and win the top prize. Once we get this strike partner for God up front we will be a frighteningly good team.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #29

    joppa @ 22, that’s what I was thinking too……..

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  • JackButler

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Redknapp up in court a week tomorrow for Tax evasion, hope he goes down and some steroid head make him his bitch.

    ‘Squeal little floppy chops, squeal for me……….’

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh except for the Wilkins battering but that’s justified ……

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Your right there like Sky Sports need to sort there commentators out.Wilkins bores the tits of me.

    I actually think your man Ian Crocker is the best out of them all.The one that does the scottish football…

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  • Special K

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #33

    It really shows if we could get Cissokho, we could have an unbelievable balanced attack on both sides. Santon switching over to the right, be something else alriight

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  • joppadoni

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #34

    watching the game on the internet today was as clearly exciting as it was in the ground. espesh since i didnt have the heating on (BRRR)

    a good sout performance. collo played incredbily well although thats obviously just normal for him now. hope he gets in to the argie team. definately deserves it with his incredible play.

    also off topic.. why does my neighbour rev his scooter during the evening? and his yappie little sh it bag of a mut yap all day long.. there we have a wee bit moaning gannin on

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  • Rocknstrolla

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #35

    As much as I like Cabaye, im really warming to Danny Guthrie, he’s becoming one of my favourite players at the toon. I love those ‘Gerrard’ type players with a real engine and drive. It would be an absolute travesty if we lose Guthrie and imo Pardew has to accomodate him into the starting eleven somehow. Tough I know, but hey he’s being paid good money to be manager 🙂

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Yes, special, yes!

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #37

    @JB
    Seems u have a slight dislike for good ol ‘Arry 😉

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  • moonraker

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Cabaye reacted in astrange way today but Wilkins was still saying he should just get on with it when he was on a stretcher! Odd reaction from him cos he didn’t know how serious the injury was! He was obviously biased towards his old club.

    His comments about Ben Arfa were ridiculous cos all ball playing forwards give the ball away sometimes; they just have to know where on the pitch they can do it and on the opponents goal line IS one of those areas.

    As a player himself he was the ultimate “safe” passer. Thats why 90% of his passes went sideways or backwards. 🙂

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Santon and Jonas have got a great understanding down the left a dont think we need a new starter LB a think we need a LB but more of a back up one because Santon will cut inside and can have a shot on his right foot he wont be able to do that playin RB

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #40

    @12 bit harsh saying it was a nothing tackle like ankle high over the ball with his studs up?? Was a filthy challenge as pards said was a borderline red and going on some of the cards this wkend could of easily walked! As for his reaction ive seen worse who knows he might of tweaked something when he jumped ip then he sat back down and was still trying to have with derry when bieng stretchered off hardly acting like a girl!
    Raylor had a quality game today where would be this season without the shifts this lad puts in!!!! Guthrie was well quality give that lad a contract
    Think pards is justified in not starting HBA today hes trying to teach him u have to earn ur place like really earn it he still needs to be a little less greedy tho
    Best looked like hes gettin his confidence back great goal
    Ameobi did do some great hold up play today but was never in the box impact sub only im afraid
    And finally will some off ya cheer the f**k up were 6th in the league and some are still calling pards a puppet and cluess try gettin behind the team instead of dragging them down

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