Newcastle Up To Joint 5th – Pardew Has Money Available In Transfer Market

Alan Pardew was extremely pleased following the 1-0 win against QPR yesterday afternoon at St. James’ Park, and handed new manager Mark Hughes his first loss as the new manager of the London side.

Davide Santon in action yesterday against QPR

Newcastle started the game in rather dodgy fashion,  and for the first t20 minutes or so were decidedly second best,  and QPR had two near misses through Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jay Bothroyd.

Both of their their shots had the ball grazing the woodwork with goalkeeper Tim Krul beaten,  but then after 20 minutes Yohan  Cabaye was bought down with a terrible tackle by Shaun Derry, earning Derry a yellow card.

Yohan couldn’t continue and he seemed very annoyed as he sat on the ground awaiting medical attention, and after the game it was learned that was because he couldn’t believe that referee Chris Foy hadn’t given Derry a straight red for the tackle.

The good news is that Yohan should be fine for the game on Saturday at Craven Cottage and Fulham – the last side Mark Hughes managed.

Pardew had been worried before the game that QPR may have been revitalized by Hughes, and they were for the first 20 minutes or so, but after Cabaye left the field, Ryan Taylor went into central midfield and Ben Arfa was introduced on the right wing, and both played well.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“I never thought it would be an entertaining spectacle. They got back and defended well. There were errors on the pitch too. Once we got the goal I knew we would win.”

“Leon Best has had a good season but not got the goals he got last year. That will be important to him.”   “Can we finish in the top six? “

“Ask me when we get through this period without two great players. We have overcome both hurdles since they went.”

“After Cabaye went off the guys did a good job. It was not entertaining or enthralling.”  “The ref did a good job.”

“Hughes’s teams have steel in them and heavy tackles went in on us but the ref got the calls right.”  “We are sixth above Liverpool after 21 games.”

“We are there because we deserve to be there. I we can get a couple of wins with our boys off at the ANC when they come back we’ll get an incredible boost.”

“There is money available to me. We will take a player if we think one works for us and the team. I have a tight bunch and I don’t want to upset it.”

Pardew is supposed to have around £8M available if he can find the right players, but the top priority has to be another center-back.

Danny Guthrie had a great game back in central midfield for Newcastle yesterday, and he looked like he had never been away over the last six games.

Guthrie is now starting to look some player for Newcastle playing in the absence of Cheick Tiote, who is off at the African Cup of  Nations.

And Leon Best got the job done for Newcastle with an excellent opportunist goal after 37 minutes.

That was Best’s 4th league goal of the season and his first since last September,  and it seems Demba Ba, who is at the African Cup Of Nations was pleased with the result, as he watched the game live and then tweeted this after the game:

So glad Senegal won, nufc won, the perfect day! I’m gonna enjoy time off with my family! Good evening every one!!!!!!

Guthrie and young Davide Santon are tied on 24% in our Man of the Match poll with the young Italian looking better with every game he gets under his belt at Newcastle, and at £5M from Inter-Milan the Italian International is now looking a good buy.

We thought Ben Arfa had a terrific game, and as soon as he lost the ball he worked like crazy to get it back, and tracked back to help the defense out too.

Alan Pardew was simply delighted with the Newcastle performance, especially in the second half when Newcastle controlled the game, and they held out rather easily to take all 3 points to go joint 5th with Arsenal and one point above Liverpool.

Things are looking up for Newcastle and a win at Fulham next Saturday and heaven knows where we’ll be in the league table.

Howay The Lads!!

57 comments so far

  • TimKrulFan

    Jan 16, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #1

    only if chelsea lost would hav been pefect week

  • StuW

    Jan 16, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #2

    HBA is looking better, but needs to learn when to pass. All too often he decided to take on that one too many players,and lost the ball. He did show some good passes mind, and gets better all-round each game.

    Santon is improving, he looks very good going forward, and you can see he used to be a winger. I thought he was going to score when he stepped inside earlier in the game, but another good game, and a good one for him to learn the physicality of the PL.

    Guthrie was MoM, no question. His passing was excellent, his tackling and determination were second to none. One player who had to step up was Guthrie to fill Tiote’s boots, and did so brilliantly.

  • Graeme

    Jan 16, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Too tired, time for bed!! Good night all.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Guthrie and Santon tied 24% for the Man of the Match yesterday. Currently Ameobi 1% Players rating put
    Guthrie 6
    Santon 6
    Ameobi 6.5 (WTF??)

  • swemag

    Jan 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Santon looked like he could do what he wanted when he wanted it, immense in possession, immense in dispossessing. The guy is 20.
    HBA, RyanTaylor, Danny Guthrie. Amazing. Game completely controlled except for the first 20.

  • Rozzy

    Jan 16, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Davide Santon – 7.8
    Jonas Gutierrez – 7.6
    Danny Guthrie – 7.6
    Hatem Ben Arfa – 7.6
    Fabricio Coloccini – 7.4

    by sky sports

  • Sav

    Jan 16, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Love to see Shola’s stats for amount of pitch covered, shots and passes completed.


    Jan 16, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #8

    thought we kept the ball well in patches, particularly in the 2nd half… was good to see HBA, Taylor and Gut roaming. Simpson for me was sub-par again. As was the case with Enrique, most of our good play is coming from the left side. We desperately need a good full back. HBA was great – changed the game. You watch the defender and they dont know what to do with him. We lack a bit of speed as well. Imagine someone like Ogbonlahor or Hoillet or Lennon making runs while HBA has the ball…

    QPR were pretty poor but it was a good win nonetheless. Need an attacking winger/striker, someone like HBA but with more pace and a full back.

  • Baro

    Jan 16, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Next game…. Shola can’t start…. He has his moments but that is as an impact sub most of the time…. I would try obertan alongside Leon best up top….. Obertan will dust hangeland completely …. Guthrie HBA JONAS and hopefully cabaye will feed obertan with those through balls….and hopefully obertan will end up with a one on one with da keeps….If. It doesn’t work. Which I really doubt than bring on Shola .. And u have to remember Leon best did manage 2 goals against fulham earlier this season… We need all 3 points to stay in a Europa spot. Howay the lads!!!


    Fergie a run out … Vuckic … Streete

  • Rumsfeld

    Jan 16, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #10

    So ****ing pleased with Guthrie’s performance again this season. It physically pained me when Nolan and Tiote were central mids and Guthrie was being called a championship player. He looked like the next Gerrard/Lampard when he signed for us under Keegan, then was our top playmaker in the championship. He’s younger than Tiote and Cabaye and in my opinion still has the potential to be as good .

    With Abeid a great 4/5th choice up and coming replacement CM, and with the rest 26 and under and in prime condition it looks like Mike Ashley has finally learned a thing or two about having your best quality in the most important position on the pitch, not Alan Smith and Nicky Butt

  • HKTP

    Jan 16, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #11

    The first 20 mins, we didnt settle at all, we were 2nd to every ball. After Cabaye was taken off, we looked a little better. To be honest, if we played like that against a semi decent team, we couldve been 2 down by 20mins.
    Santon looked very good, Guthrie was also had a good game, wouldve liked to have seen him shoot a few more times. Best has some touch on him, hope he takes his chance to make that position his own.
    And last but not least, Ben Arfa. He had a good game, QPR just couldnt deal with his skill. He does however, refuse to play the simple ball. There were times when a simple back pass would retain possession but he would try the spectular. Whilst he got away with it, one day he wont be so lucky. Imagine his how his team mates would feel if it led to a goal. I hope he learns from this, and I think this is the reason why Pardew doesnt start him. At the moment, Ben Arfa is classed as the impact sub rather than the starter. Something has got to give and personally, I dont see Ben Arfa adapting the simpler back pass.

  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 16, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Brutooon # 4

    That’s because unlike you and several others that post on here are not bias, blinkered bellends that can’t see the wood for the trees.

    They generally see things in a more balanced light and if you look at the players stats before making a fool of yourself with stupid comments on how bad he is then you would see that he brings a lot more to the game than you make out.

    Unless of course you are one of these people that only see what a player does with the ball and are unable to see/understand the technical/tactical part of the game. Sometimes a player causes more problems for the opposition without the ball than with it.


    Jan 16, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #13

    My team for next week without new signings is;-

    simmo willo collo santo

    raylo gutho abieo jono

    ben arfo


    SUBS= roby, fergy, oby, vuky, gosy, ameobi,& kadary

  • boyfromshields

    Jan 16, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Is it just me, or should we be making more of HBA’s running on the ball. He usually drags at least 2 or 3 defenders with him as they’ve been told “close him down”.
    This has got to open up a space for somebody to run into the gaps and (hopefully) get the thru ball.
    I’m hoping this has been thought through and we can use Benny to even greater effect.


    Jan 16, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #15

    team with new signings is;- the same but with ben arfo replacing raylo on on the right wing and jordan rhodeso moved up front and raylo moving kadary of the bench.


    Jan 16, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Comment #16

    we tried to play to many tricky through balls against qpr and we lost possession to much because of it. this tells you 2 things> 1 we need to work on them more in training and 2 sometimes it’s better to play it simple and get it out to the winger to make cross or a cross/pass into the box for the forward to dispatch.


    Jan 16, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #17

    which shields you from bud?


    Jan 16, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #18

    time to make up a song for Santon i think.

    i’m gonna use a classic tune for this first 1 to keep it simples and that tune is Ole, Ole, Ole Ole,

    so here goes:- ole, ole. ole, ole Santon, Santon!
    ole ole ole ole Santon Santon!
    santon santon santon santon, santon santon etc etc.


    Jan 16, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #19

    song 2 for Santon to that ”we no speak americano” tune but still simple.

    ”He Geordie Italiano”
    ”Gan on Santon, Gan On Davide Santon,
    Gan on Santon, Gan on Santon” etc etc..

  • Krul Blow

    Jan 16, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Leroi, how come no Cabaye in your team for next week?

  • PortsladeToon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #21

    You mean you would have liked Chelsea to lose and scumberland to win?? personally i like to know that the scum didn’t make up points on us an infact we pulled away a bit again 😉 plenty of time to catch chelsea they are not playing too well atm

  • OhioToon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Brutooon // Jan 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Guthrie and Santon tied 24% for the Man of the Match yesterday. Currently Ameobi 1% Players rating put
    Guthrie 6
    Santon 6
    Ameobi 6.5 (WTF??)

    Didn’t see too much of the game, but on the Best goal Ameobi did seem to do pretty well in holding up a high hard close chip of a pass from HBA and then find Best. I admit to not being the biggest Ameobi fan, but I have no problem with him sticking around and backing up and playing his role.

    /excited to be above Liverpool

    //Whats with the Stoke-Norwich-Swansea City Mania at 8-10? A lot of mediocre old guard play. Everton, Villa, and yes even Fulham (hey they almost won a Europe cup!?) are showing well..not much. Though Everton usually does have a habit lately of starting slow.


  • cyprus

    Jan 16, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Post @6 seems about right. And post @7 is interesting as well. What a LAZY player….

    PS. When would AP have thrown on HBA if Cabaye had not been injured? When will he learn? START HBA man, don’t be childish!

  • Brutooon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #24


    there is no way Ameobi rating is higher than Santon or Guthrie, not even in a 100 years.

    Except the rating show the higher it is, the more SHIT the player is

    Ameobi is SHit

  • Dyer8

    Jan 16, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #25

    vs Fulham

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 16, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #26


    Pardon the Pun

    what a Dier team selection 😉

    No HBA

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 16, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #27

    oh HBA is there

    Sorry, never mind

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 16, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Why has no one put Cabaye in their teams? Pardew seems to think he will be ok. and if so, he plays. He has been one of, if the not the best best player this season. Pure class. Want to see him playing alongside HBA and Guthrie, with Shola dropped to the bench.

    Was good to see Jonas having a run at them yesterday. That goal seems to have spurred him a bit.

  • IITianToon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #29

    A hard fought 1-0 win yay! Guthrie and Santon were magnificent.. But Why o Why does AP bring on James Perch all the time?? Did he save Pardew from an onrushing vehicle or something.. GOD when he’s on.. I am on prayer mode!

  • ~Krul World~

    Jan 16, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #30

    In all honesty. As long as Perch does not go into RB or CB. I’m fine. He does an ‘ok’ job as a CDM. However I would have much prefered to see Abeid on instead.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #31

    Why are all moaning about perch? He always puts in a decent shift in the centre midfield and he looks so comfortable and dares to thread in through passes.

    As long as he’s not in defence. I think he’s a good player.

  • cyprus

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #32

    Good point @31. It’s another player people should moan about… I won’t go on with this, following a deserved hard-won victory. btw, Jonas, playing in a free role was excellent to watch. At last, this great player relieved of his babysitting duties.

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #33

    sensible article from Pleat on our tactics and how “shrewd” Pardew is. I have to agree for the most part.

    On Perch, I think Pardew knows that he will need all of his squad at some point and he tends to rotate the peripheral players to make them all feel wanted at some point or another. Good management to get them all playing at some point? He could have completely dropped Perch after playing CB when Willo came back but he has given him a vote of confidence in midfield. I am happy to see him on there as he is a more than decent defensive midfield player, just too loghtweight for CB.

    All in all, I am prating for no exits (except Smith possibly?) and that we bring in a defender, a winger and a forward. And i don’t give a toss if we spend £3 million, £8 million or whatever, as the players coming in will more than likely have Mr Carr’s seal of approval.

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #34


    Simmo Willo Colo Santon

    Guthrie Raylor

    HBA Cabaye Jonas



    My team for next week, I enjoyed seeing Jonas freed up yesterday and it would be nice to see us play with freedom, we can go to Fulham and blow them away with a bit of confidence. Duff won’t get a kick off Santon.

  • bills-son

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #35

    ilovetoon8788 @ 31 and cyprus @ 32 – good points about Perch and Jonas.

    Perch is nowhere near as bad as some fans think and he has improved enormously this season – another pat on the back for Pardew. As ilovetoon says – he passes well and rarely gives the ball away and he longer dives in with stipid bookable tackles.

    I’ve read a good few fans criticising Pardew for bringing two defensive players on near the end ‘against QPR’. Eh??

    You get 3pts for 1-0 and 3pts for 2-0 but 1pt for 1-1.

    Pardew closed a tight game out – that is the professional thing to do and he was absolutely right.

  • BartZ

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Andy Carroll was in aspers casino last night. Do Liverpool work on flexi time??? I know it’s boring same old crack but just seems strange that he is up in the toon when surely he should be in training this morning…

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #37

    Another cracking result – up to joint 5th – fighting for a europian spot …………………………. but we still haven’t played anyone yet have we!!! haha


  • bills-son

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #38

    sirtoongospe @33 – good article from Pleat.

    I notice he also praises Ameobi for his work on and off the ball.

    A fan in another post hit out at the Ameobi knockers by saying football isn’t all about what you do when you have the ball – but also what you do when you don’t have it. Dead right.

    Ameobi’s constant running off the ball against Man U was magnificent and created loads of space for Ba to run into and receive the ball. After another great defender dragging run by Ameobi in the second half Ba – who had won a corner – went over and hugged Ameobi. Ba knew exactly – and appreciated – the shift Shola was putting in.

    Yes Shola trips over the ball (and his boot laces at times), yes he has a lazy looking run (like Waddle, but neither ARE lazy)) and yes he skies shots high and wide at times BUT the reason why every Toon manager has consistently picked him is because Shola is a 100 percenter who gives is all and does alot of his good work OFF THE BALL. A fact unappreciated by many fans but not by his team mates and manager.

    AND – he has duffed the Scum up good and proper time and time again.


  • Ian Magpie

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #39

    As much as i loved Kevin Keegan (always will) if he had closed down a game like Pardew did yesterday we would have been Premier League Champions.There is a time and a place to shut out for a win and yesterday was it. Not pretty to look at but effective. I do think we could have got more men into the box when we attacked at times as there was a lack of attacking options but Pardew did a cracking job and got it right!

  • roadfighter

    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #40

    great performance by the toon. if we can get a striker and centre back cover, we will be in great shape i think heading into the last third of the season.

    by the way, and off topic – why aren’t ryan talyor and danny simpson on the team banner on nufcblog??? they have been great for us this season even though they arent our “big name players”. I mean if Shola is there, maybe increase the size and get them in as well…?

    just my 2 cents worth… 🙂


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