We Are Ready For Brighton And Fighting Fit


Yohan Cabaye is used to winning things and when he was at Lille last season they won both the French Cup along with the French League Title.

Yohan Cabaye – no excuses at Brighton

Yohan apologized earlier in the week for the dreadful capitulation in the second half at Fulham, and he has come out today and talked about how there can be no excuses at all when Newcastle take on Brighton & Hove Albion at 5:15 pm on Saturday afternoon on the south coast in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

This is what Yohan told the local press:

“I won the French Cup last year and I want to keep winning cups.” “The spirit has to be right though. I hope that we have a similar spirit at Brighton to what we had at Lille last year.”

“We have the FA Cup this weekend, and it is a massive objective for us. We are ready for this game and fighting fit.” “All we can do is learn from Fulham and draw a line through it.”

“We need to keep going in this competition. We know how important it is for the fans, the city, the club – everyone.”

Newcastle last won the FA Cup back in 1955 when we annihilated Manchester City 3-1 at Wembley, and we have won the trophy 6 times in total,  with the other 5 times being in 1910, 1924, 1932, 1951 and 1952.

Newcastle were without their three African player at Fulham, but that cannot be an excuse, and if the lads can win on Saturday they will have won three of  their four games since the three top African players have been away – and that’s not too bad.

Cabaye continued:

“It is not excuse for us. We have 11 players that make up a good team still, and some good substitutes as well.”  “We don’t have to talk about the African Cup of Nations.”

“We have players away but that is football – we knew it was happening, so we get on with it. It’s not an excuse having players away.”

“After Fulham it was the most upset I’ve been, it was a very bad game for us.”  “It’s English football though, in France if you lead 1-0, you usually win 1-0.”

“Here if you switch off it can all go wrong.”  “You can be winning after 80 minutes but by the end you can lose everything if you don’t focus. We have to work on it.”

“If you turn up for only one half, it’s difficult to get a good result.”  “We just have to learn from it – starting at Brighton.”

The major thing that Newcastle have to do on Saturday is score some goals and indeed when Danny Guthrie got that great opening goal just before half time on Saturday, we thought we were almost home and dry – how wrong can you be?

Ben Arfa is showing he can score goals, and he has three already this season, all scored in the last five weeks, and is starting to play somewhere near his best form.

But it could be a last real chance for Shola Ameobi and Leon Best to show what they can do for Newcastle, with both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse joining the squad next Monday.

That’s after their African Cup of Nations duty for Senegal will end after the game with Libya on Sunday night, after they lost their second group game last night, 2-1 against one of the two host countries, Equatorial Guinea.

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256 comments so far

  • gorgonzola

    Jan 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1
  • hainesy

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Take your pick lads and lasses. Which day/s will we do business on before 1st of Feb?

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    must win fa atleast

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  • Tramp

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Last couple hours of window,

    Out:

    Krul – Man United
    Tiote – Chelsea
    Ba – Spurs

    All three parachuting out of Ashleys helicopter.

    Narhhh, 1 more player in… A CB that nobody has mentioned and very few heard of in by end of next week.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    hainesy – Would love Hoilett and Douglas in asap, none of this last minuet scrambling round like we’ve done on the past couple of windows

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  • Tramp

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Beginning of next week not end… Duhhhh.

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  • hainesy

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve been writing any names we’ve been linked with in January and it’s simply staggering! Only paper talk and no twitter names though. These are the centre backs. CB’s – 
    Harry maguire – sheffield utd
    Chris Samba – Blackburn
    James Tomkins- west ham utd
    Michael ciani- Bordeaux
    Lewis dunk – Brighton
    Ashley Williams- Swansea
    Nathan clyne – palace
    Aly Cissokho – Lyon
    Yohan bennywennyloan ( aye him) – cesena

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  • hainesy

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Add Mariappa to that list.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Jack

    No way we’ll sign Hoilett lol. And anyway, the kid is a complete ass. I’ll never forget him diving in the penalty area last year against us.

    There’s a difference between going down easily, and just diving when there’s no contact. Don’t want anyone like him playing for us to be honest.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    hainsey – i would love to see Samba, he’s a beast of a player and would do well

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  • hainesy

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #11

    And here’s the strikers….
    ST’s
    Andy Carroll – liverpool
    Olivier Giroud – Montpellier
    Emmanuel mayuka – young boys
    Jordan Rhodes – Huddersfield
    Ederzito- academica
    Marvin sordell – Watford 
    Melvut Erdinc – PSG
    Wilfried Zaha – palace
    Jay Rodriguez- burnley

    Best of all the one we do sign wasn’t even linked in the paper. Just shows they know diddly squat.

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  • bambams

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #12

    I am expecting to get shot to pieces here, I just hope Best and Shola put a shift in at Brighton.

    I watched the two of them at Fulham and its as if the two of them realise they will be playing second fiddle to the dembas shortly.

    I always believe you support the players but my god Shola is just so static and looks so lazy at times. The goal he had ruled out at Fulham, there was no way he should have been offside.

    I know he has scored some important goals over the last 12 years or so, but i feel he and Best are not good enough in 7 games out of 10.

    Coming off the bench, 10 mins to go maybe, but their top games are too few and many games apart.

    I will always support them, i am not saying they have not helped the juggernaut over the years- just do not think they will be frightening the Brighton defenders as much as the dembas would have. I think that why Pardew is saying he would take a draw.

    I hope i am proved wrong and they both score at Brighton.

    My opinion

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  • RobertNufc25

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Doesn’t even feel like the transfer window is open,its been that quiet for all clubs,apart from Qpr.lol

    There’s even a match on the tv on deadline night.
    Cant ever remember that happening like?

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #14

    bambams – no1 will/can shoot you down for that mate.

    You aren’t slating our players, clearly stating the obvious.

    I would definitely stick HBA further up the field against Brighton or in the middle to terorise their defense as you are right in saying that Shola / Best won’t cause them too much trouble.

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  • BlackAndWhite

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #15

    CB + No losses = Perfect window!

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Don’t think we’ll sign another striker or winger as some have suggested- especially with Arfa taking to the RW position. Maybe a young potential.

    Only position left is CB so fingers crossed as if we don’t sign one and Collo or Willo get injured…

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  • BlackAndWhite

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Actually make that (CB + No losses) * Cisse = Perfect window!

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  • bambams

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    @Toon Tom

    I just did not want it to come across that i was slagging them off, just cannot see us reaching top 6 with the two of them playing as they do- cheers for the back up

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  • Agent Stardust

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #19

    If we have those 2 mugs best and ameobi up front then dont expect to win. They are both championship players at best. Static, lazy, poor touch etc etc. They couldn’t trap a bag of cement!

    Having them on the pitch is basically playing with 9 men as they dont contribute to the play on the floor and that is what counts.

    Luckily Ashley the hero will eventually sort out this mess.

    HWTL

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    bambams – most if not all would agree with your comment.

    Shola has been very loyal, i think there have been 23 strikers on our books since he arrived and he has outlasted all of them, however he isnt (and probably never has been) worthy of a starting 11 place.

    Still – they should erect a statue of him outside SJP 😉

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Stardust = planb ???

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  • Tramp

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #22

    I have a funny feeling we are getting Dennis Appiah.

    Great young CB.

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  • lewytoon

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #23

    the perfect end of window would be to get douglas and zaha/elia. we need these players to really push us on for europe. i think we need a new winger to replace obertan and even to push him on because, lets face it, he’s our player but he’s crap. and douglas, hes a quality centreback and would push for first team and he is a bit like staylor so we’d have 4 quality centre backs which is exactly what we need for cover and bigger squad for europe. however wouldn’t mind losing smith as he’s a drain on wages and isnt even touching the squad never mind first team.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Bambams – Spot on. Shola is like a statue on the pitch. We need pace up front but more importantly we need defenders and a winger that can cross brilliantly and has pace. Tbh I think we already have one possibly two of those already in Marveaux and Ben Arfa, but the more depth we have the better. I would love to see either Hoilett, Elia or Zaha play for Newcastle. At the back I would love to see us sign any of Clyne, Benalouane, Samba or Cissokho.

    We’re looking at the right players, hopefully we’ll sign a couple more.

    HWTL

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  • hainesy

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #25

    Today or tomorrow. If we’ve not brought one in I’m afraid it’ll be disappointment. In the last few days the fees will be up too high for Ashley to spend anything. Harsh but true. Let’s hope for something to break in the few hours! Haha

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Bambams – Spot on. Shola is like a statue on the pitch. We need pace up front but more importantly we need defenders and a winger that can cross brilliantly and has pace. Tbh I think we already have one possibly two of those already in Marveaux and Ben Arfa, but the more depth we have the better. I would love to see either Hoilett, Elia or Zaha play for Newcastle. At the back I would love to see us sign any of Mbiwa, Clyne, Benalouane, Samba or Cissokho.

    We’re looking at the right players, hopefully we’ll sign a couple more.

    HWTL

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #27

    I still think Shola and Best can do a job alongside either Ba or Cisse if either is injured (remember manu shola and Ba worked a treat). But they aren’t good at the same time together.

    We don’t appear to have many decent CF breaking through the ranks which is worrying. Plenty in midfield and defense (Vuckic, Abied, Ferguson, Tav, Sammy etc.) but no strikers.

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  • boater

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Bambams – I am a die hard shola supporter and always try to leap to his defense against the mob, although on this occasion I accept your points are well made. The problem with so many on here is about scapegoating what they perceive as the easy target. (look at Agent Stardust’s comment for a perfectly timed example).

    It’s not a coincidence these people often use the coarsest and most illiterate language on here which reflects more on them than the target de-jour in question. As I’ve said, they would have been burning witches a few hundred years ago.

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  • boater

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Out in interest why do people always put ‘at best’ after referring to someone as a ‘championship player’. As hackneyed footballing cliches go this one winds me right up.. just a lazy term that means nothing – bit like ‘competition for places’… players are either motivated or not.

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  • Whos_SuperMac

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Smith!! What can u say but greedy. His beloved Leeds placed handily in the championship for a push into the play offs. If he’d only be willing to take a wage cut he could be playing for them and possibly get into the play offs, even get promoted to the permiership. The lad would be hailed as a hero by his home town for the rest of his life, Or get an extra couple of hundred grand in the bank!! FFS shame on you sunshine.

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  • boater

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #31

    out *of* interest…

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  • hainesy

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Lee Ryder at AP’s press conference now.

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  • bambams

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #33

    @boater
    I believe everyone can voice an opinion and i may rate a player that others wont- thats football.

    I just look at Shola and at times i just shake my head, I dont think he has a football brain and relies on brawn or a decent shot (Spurs at home) to score.

    Whenever he plays he seems to do the pointless run between the opposition centre halves when its obvious they are about to clear the ball whenever he get to 10 yards of them. Its not closing down, its pointless running in his case.

    He has done well in some games and i will always support him whenever he dons the strip, i will also keep the feedback respectful.

    Cheers for the reply

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  • lewytoon

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #34

    http://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sunderland-turn-fc-twente-striker-de-jong-2656491

    hopefully we can pinch this kid off the mackems aswell

    im meeting alan pardew later at redgeugh

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  • boater

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #35

    whos – supermac – Smith is meant to have received death threats from Leeds supporters after joining Man U so it’s unlikely he would return there. Having said that , he has had ample opportunity to leave for 1st team football elsewhere.. bit like Wayne bridge, happy to rake in the cash rather than play, lacks integrity.

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  • -Tendo-

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #36

    the thing with smith is, he knows he will never get these wages again and will proibably end up in championship where he will be lucky to get half of what he’s getting now, so he’s saving up a bit of pocket money….

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  • hainesy

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Colo has a knock. Surely evidence enough that a CB is needed and fast?

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  • GeordieGesus

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #38

    -Tendo-, with that hair Smith will end up as a football pundit.

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  • Whos_SuperMac

    Jan 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #39

    How long has he been here 4-5 years. £60k p/w less 50% tax rough figures that’s £6-7.5 million in the pocket. That’s just for Newcastle.

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  • bambams

    Jan 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #40

    aye but that is because its double time on bank holidays, he woud have only made around 6 million if it was not for the unsociable hours !

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