Yohan Cabaye Should Be Fit For Craven Cottage


One thing we were really worried about at half time in Sunday’s game against QPR was how long Yohan Cabaye would be out.

Yohan Cabaye – still gesticulating as he’s being stretchered off

Cabaye was the target of a rather brutal lunging tackle from Shaun Derry, but referee  Chris Foy only gave the QPR defender a yellow card, but it ended up in Cabaye being stretchered off the field, which is never a good sight.

We’ve seen tackles like that that have produced a straight red card, such as when Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany sent off in the FA Cup 3rd round tie against Manchester United for another lunging tackle.

We even thought that tackle by Kompany shouldn’t have even been a foul, but the referee on that day, Chris Foy, sent him off in the first half and completely changed that game.

So the referees are simply not consistent with their decisions on tackles, and you cannot make tackles these days that were completely fair a short ten years ago.

Alan Pardew addressed the matter yesterday and he had this to say:

“It was a strong challenge, but Shaun Derry is a player who makes strong challenges.”

“The referee was right on top of it,” “I thought it was borderline yellow/red, but I think probably it was a yellow. He seemed to get the ball.”

“There always controversy about tackling. It’s very, very difficult for referees, so I am not going to sit here and criticize that decision,”

“But Yohan was upset. He felt it was probably a little bit over-exuberant, but the doc thinks he is going to be okay.”

Yohan was upset alright, because when he was passing the Newcastle coaches he threw a glove to the ground, and we’re not sure who that was directed at, but he was certainly upset. Maybe it was at the fourth official.

The good news is that the ankle injury doesn’t seem to be too bad at all, and we have to assume the initial prognosis that he should be able to play at Craven Cottage on Saturday is an accurate one.

It’s also interesting that once Cabaye had left the game, Newcastle got their act together and started to come into the game more,  and after some pressure from the home side we went ahead with that terrific goal from Leon Best after 37 minutes.

And it was Ryan Taylor who filled in for Cabaye, so the lad can also play in central midfield –  Ryan can play on either wing, in either full back position and in central midfield too.

Wonder what he’s like in goal?

But since we had Mehdi Abeid and Dan Gosling on the bench, who are both central midfielders, it tells you about Alan Pardew’s confidence in Ryan Taylor,  that he trusted him in that position.

Ryan  could  become one of Newcastle’s great squad players,  and we hope the club will extend his contract soon – it runs out in 18 months time – because he can keep doing the job for Newcastle in the future, there’s no doubt about that.

Comments welcome.



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67 comments so far

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Good news!

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Good news indeed, we need him to be “over the line” and use some of his “exuberance” on the pitch.
    Gotta love AP 😉

    What’s this i hear about Loic Remy?

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    I would love to see us play Ben arfa, cabaye and Guthrie in the same line up! The football might just be good to watch!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Swansea said we’ve enquired about Vorm… Worrying.

    Also, don’t start talking about Remy -.-

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  • Special K

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Everybody remember last summer, when Hughton kept denying Ben Arfa day after day, saying we’d no interest and then bang he’s on Tyneside. After that saga and the Maiga one that had been reported in the French press long before ours.

    Someone mentioned it yesterday, under Freddy Shepard these guys in the journal and chronicle got the names of every guy under the sun we were interested in, I even recall Sir Bobby saying that in his book. Now there’s a complete media blackout and there guessing 100%, its almost laughable.

    I’ll stick to the French press, seem to be more on the ball than our muppets.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    DEMBELE has Hip Injury, Doubtful

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    I can see us losing 1 player this window. Either krul tiote or colo.

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  • hrocks

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    wrexham brighton fa cup repaly has been called off due to frozen pitch

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    be great if dembele is out hes all theyve got really

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  • radja in Indonesia

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    2 weeks to transfer closed

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    ilovetoon8788 is that ur own assesment of things! dont see how tiote can leave as i think its against the rules to talk to players whilst on international duty.

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  • hrocks

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    chronicle and journal need a football storey everyday to sell papers. have you read them. thats the only thing they have in. they also link us with every player going so if it does happen they can claim a scoup
    what those 2 know about our transfers you could write in mile high letters on the back of a postage stamp. i quite like we have no clue until they have signed

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    “Border line red/yellow.” Orange?

    hrocks, does that mean we get a by?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    not like u not to read comments GG come on

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  • hrocks

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    gg

    no replay on wed now they think. it was being televised today but i dont know if they will show it tommorrow

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    lequipe reporting cissohko story is true n all thats holding it up is the valuation they want 10million euro n weve offered 8million euro

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  • milk or cream

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    20milk or cream // Jan 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Hi all , what do u all think about what hatem has said about Pardews style of football,
    If true the man speaks with a fork tongue , he said he wants to get the ball down and play, that’s why he got cabaye
    But from what iv seen I would tend to agree with what harem has said, that pardew likes to play direct long ball football

    Which then leads me to think pardew has no real say in who is brought into the club, I think that players are bought for him and he is told to get on with it,

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  • milk or cream

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Sorry for the repost but ed moves on to quick 🙁

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Geordie German @ 13 i think that means NUFC’s players spend some more time in portugal.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #20

    we dont not play direct football we change tactics from game to game n we r passing the ball around better than we hav for ages

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Sorry BOOM BOOM, what did I miss?

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    I have music playing and don’t know from where? Nice song though.

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  • hrocks

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    milk or cream

    i think carr scouts 3 or 4 players for each position then pardew has a look at them and says yes or no. if he says yes to 2 then the sleaze ball signs the one we can get the best deal on.
    to be honest i dont think pardew has any say in who we go out and scout in the first place but will have some input further down the line

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Stopped 🙁

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    We had 63% posession after Hatem came on… Hardly a hallmark of a long ball team.

    Real Madrid play incredibly direct football this year, and they’re 5 points clear at the top of La Liga & won 6/6 in the CL!!

    We can mix it up.. That’s a good thing

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #26

    GG,

    Haha I had the same! I was incredibly confused for a while there

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  • Tiote

    Jan 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Al us ppl sayin we play long balls all th time n thts are style dnt hav a clue. U can clearly see we look 4 a pass along th ground a nice easy pass. If thers nwt on th short balls its there as an option. A certainly dnt think wer a hoof ball team. Look at Stoke. Every team/player plays a long ball 1 time or another fact. We play th best football under pardew. We even c games out nw.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #28

    the game is refixed for tomorrow

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  • ~Krul World~

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #29

    We play the long ball occassionally during the game, and it has paid off. With a couple of goals, most memorably During the United game. 2 Long balls, 2 goals. Ba’s and the Own goal.

    Newcastle don’t stick with 1 style of play during a game, they mix it up and catch the opposition off guard. Which is what I like about our squad.
    We have Lad’s like Best and Ba who are good in the air,
    We have Santon, Gutti, Arfa and to a small extent Obertan who can run with the ball.

    We have Cabaye and Arfa who can pick out nice passes etc.

    We arn’t like stoke who just hoof the ball up for 90 minutes.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #30

    @~Krul World~

    Davide santon is also a very good passer of the ball

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  • hrocks

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #31

    indian mag and Krul

    they had some stats on one of the sites yesterday and santon had about 80% complete pass rate.cannot remeber what site tho sorry

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  • lp

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #32

    Hatem’s off piste here in my opinion. We can mix it with the best of them, the stoke’s AND the uniteds and that is what makes for a dynamic, adapatable teams. We’re not bullied nor are we shown for a lack of class.

    Hatem should concentrate on playing the percentages, as they say.

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  • lp

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #33

    And Santon looks like he’s going to be one hell of a player! Pistone he is not.

    Such exciting times to be supporting Newcastle.

    Another summer of astute sales and investment and we’ll be looking very strong indeed, fiscally as importantly as on the field.

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  • milk or cream

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #34

    I’m all for mixing it up a bit, but for most of our games I think there is a good case to suggest we do favour the long ball,
    There was only colo who would try and bring it out, krul Simpson just hoof it anywhere still, and I have watched many games where there has just been one long ball after another totally missing out the midfield

    On the game against QPR , I still carnt figure out what system he played, yes we had 63 % but done nothing with it other than c the game out from when we scored.
    We won and that is great ,but right now I feel we missed a big opportunity to increase our goals for and could have been in 5 th .
    QPR where poor and we should have gone at them for more goals and made a statement that we are just fine without ba,

    2 shots on goal is imbarrsing , it’s not like QPR defended great

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #35

    @Ip i actually thought pistone was alright.

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  • nufc_mad

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #36

    i know its a bit off topic lads but what does everyone think providining he keeps up the outstanding form that he is in, to be given the legendary number 9. and also providing he doesn’t jump ship or the fat mans’s slots machince eyes dont start rolling and decides to sell. thoughts?

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  • cyprus

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #37

    GG,
    Do u also hear voices sometimes ? 🙂

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  • lp

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #38

    My big issue is that I wish Krul would pass it out to the defense rather than lumping it up field. Long balls : time and place.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #39

    milk how can u not figure out the system it was pretty simple
    krul
    simpson willo colo santon
    rtaylor guthrie
    hba jonas best
    shola

    it was 4231 formation n he had jonas in a free role

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  • nufc_mad

    Jan 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #40

    apologise lads my previous post was in regards to demba ba

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