Newcastle Cannot Get Ahead Of Themselves


Newcastle did very well to come back so well from the Brighton disaster that took place last weekend.

Danny Simpson in action at Ewood Park

That 1-0 defeat at the Amex Stadium, after the Newcastle squad spent four days in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, was not the result we wanted to see, and put in doubt the whole mid-season break in Tenerife.

The game before had been Newcastle’s worst display of the season, when we leaked 5 goals in 45 minutes at Fulham, and to go down and out of the FA Cup to a lower league side for the second season running, was very hard to take for Newcastle fans.

To say it spoiled that weekend for a lot of us  is a huge understatement , and yes we shouldn’t get too upset when Newcastle lose and put in a sub-standard performance, but a lot of us do. 😀

But on the bright side, Newcastle came back on Wednesday night at Ewood Park, and had loads of luck in that first half, but most teams would have cracked under the pressure,. but not Newcastle, not this season.

Newcastle restructured well in that second half, and James Perch put in one of his best ever performances in a Newcastle shirt, and the lads came away 2-0 winners and 5th in the league table.

There’s certainly some excitement being shown by Newcastle fans since that win, and Danny Simpson talked about it today and about his amazing goal line clearance:

“The fans will be buzzing because we’re fifth,” “We know the rewards of possibly winning the game on Sunday – we could be fourth.”

“We have a massive opportunity and you can see from the way we’ve bounced back from Brighton that we’re desperate to keep it going.”

“You can’t knock us for our determination and effort and the blocks on the line and goal-line saves are just part of that,”

“I don’t practice these goal-line saves. I don’t know whether it is just instinct or whether it is about putting your body on the line.”

“I will always try to do that, and if it hits me it hits me. It seems to be working pretty well this season.”

Before we were relegated in May of 2009 the tendency would have been to get carried away by where we are in the league and we’d talk about catching Tottenham or even the two Manchester clubs.

But we are a lot more down to earth these days, and as far as the game against Aston Villa on Sunday, it will not be easy.

But if the lads show the same commitment and dedication they showed at Ewood Park,  then a win is definitely possible, especially when Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse should be playing.

That’s what we’ll be hoping for,  in a game that will be televised live around the world, and then we’ll see where that takes us,  before our next game at White Hart Lane the following weekend.

It’s a cliche we know, but we have to take just one game at a time.

Howay The Lads!!



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57 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    1st I guess 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    I am looking forward to the game on Sunday; it’s a massive game for us.

    Hope to see both Papisto and Ba on the field at the same this.

    The midfield, with the absence of both Tiote and Cabaye is still a worry for me; didn’t look to good against Brighton and woo-full non the less against BB.

    Hope HBA gets a run out in midfield on sunday.

    Howay The Lads!

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  • ashwin say's

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    5th

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  • stk85

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Just got this reply from the FA re Cabaye’s suspension. If anything, it reaffirms my position on their ineptitude.

    Thank you for contacting The Football Association.

    The FA only act retrospectively in off the ball ‘not seen’ scenarios, where the referee would have been unable to see a particular incident. Where an official has seen a coming together of players, regardless of the outcome, no retrospective action can be taken in accordance with FIFA guidance.

    In relation to your comments about the Yohan Cabaye decision, the referee confirmed that he did not see the incident at the time, and that had he witnessed it, a red card would have been issued to the player.

    Thank you again for your email and we will ensure your views on this are represented, although you will understand that an Independent Commission has already made a decision on the matter. The FA itself does not have any influence over the outcome. Commissions usually consist of three members including an ex-player or coach and all panel members are independently representational. We understand that the game in itself evokes differing views and take on board that in this instance, you are in disagreement with the decision taken by the referee and indeed the subsequent panel.

    Kind regards

    Alex Burkwood

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  • ginkoh

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Brighton game is diaster but would you like to swap it for BB won ? I don’t think so.

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  • stk85

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    either, the fa are still enept, or it’s fifa’s fault for not allowing reviewing of seen incidents. both are in contempt.

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  • ashwin say's

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    @martoon- you stil believe pardew’s word !!
    He is good manager and big time liar
    until there is official news of contract deal , i won’t consider it done

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  • 5Danny94

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Does anyone know if Cisse and Ba are back yet? It’s worrying that we still haven’t heard anything about their return with just two days left until the Villa match…

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  • Eastander

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    We could be 4th? Only if between ourselves and Man U we manage to over turn an 11 goal difference with chelsea like

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  • Slank

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Contrary to the TV pundits (BBC as well as the Saturday Sky panel) that we would plummet (their word) once we had injuries, which didn’t happen and then their second prediction (again wrong) that we would plummet because our key players would be away on African duty, we have maintained our position, arguably improving on it as we are only 4 points off a Champions League spot.

    Unlike Arsenal and Liverpool who believe they have some god given right to be in the Champions League and will get increasingly anxious to qualify where we should be quite relaxed to finish above last seasons position.

    I hope we go about our business quietly without any fanfare and let Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all squeaky bums.

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  • Eastander

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    @9 yes they are back, arrived back yesterday at training for the first time this morning

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    @stk85

    Bollocks he’d have given a red if he saw it.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    Both Dembas back, for those asking. The venerable @danking11 just confirmed they’re at training today – as expected #nufc

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyway, the damage is done now. Plus, we’re not the only club to be on the receiving end of crazy FA decisions.

    It’s easier for the FA to ban players than not. If they do, then the worst criticism is they’re a little harsh but if they don’t then they’re not protecting players and allowing reckless play.

    Apart from those players in the top 2 or 3 clubs, who seem to be protected (De Jong, i’m looking at you!), I think most others are treated with the same disdain as we are…..remember how much Ian Holloway complain about the same thing last season?….miss that guy on motd, btw.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    What’s the time difference for the Dembas? Will they be suffering much jet-lag?

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Wor Shearer –

    When you say the ref would have given a red card it he had seen “it” –
    Do you mean seen the “incident” in general or seen something IN the incident that could only be seen by viewed replays and slo mo?

    That’s the precedent to me – refs can see an incident but, in real time, often NOT see everything that they may be able to see from replays from different angles, including slo mo.

    Are we in a new scenario where refs can be requested to review incidents they have seen but may not have seen everything?

    And if refs have the option to review, surely they must have an OBLIGATION to review, simply to see (from replays, different angles, slo mo) if there was anything untoward that they could not have seen in real time.

    That’s what I want to know.

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  • MrToon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #18

    @ stk85

    The ref clearly didn’t see hoiletts dive either. So will the fa hand him a yellow card and take off R Taylors, I doubt it very much. I think cheating should be eradicated from the game aswell as violence. In my opinion blatant cheating should result in a 3 match ban. Good on you for wrighting the letter mate.

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  • MrToon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    And to add to that, Did the brighton player receive a yellow for the challenge that led to the incident.

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  • arron24@live.co.uk

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Can’t wait for Ba and Cisse to be back on Sunday Howay The Toon!!!!!

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #21

    @toonincheek –

    I meant that, it is bollocks that the ref would have given a red. Yellow probably…but c’est la vie!

    The fairest system I can think of is the NFL system, of giving the managers 2 ‘challenges’ per half. This would mean that, after the ‘challenge flag’ is thrown by a manager, the ref is obliged to review the decision (whatever the manager doesn’t agree with), by instant replay, the next time play is stopped for whatever reason……what d’ya think?

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Another point in this review process – can any player on the field request a review?
    Or must (or should) it be the captain? Or manager?

    NUFC follow a gentleman’s agreement, I think, to NOT ask for reviews.
    Something not followed by the so-called ‘hard boys’ (with soft centres) and kickers/divers of Brighton.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #23

    I wish football refs could all be like Nigel Owens:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXoBNFOxlQM

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  • martoon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24

    ashwin say’s @8 – what??? nothing to do with Pardew – I am simply saying that a footballer’s contract is a complicated legal document that is scrutinised by both side’s legal teams and it all takes time.
    (I suspect you are planb in disguise who is ‘wagging’ off school today)

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #25

    No, the ‘challenge’ would have to come from the manager only (or assistant). Of course, the players could tell the manager that he needs to challenge.

    In the NFL, they employ replay boffins that sit in a dark room the whole game and watch every play back and in slow mo and have a radio to contact the manager if they see anything that might be challenged….that might be going a bit too far for football, seeing as it’s a free-flowing game, it would be almost impossible to do.

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  • martoon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Wor Shearer @20 That sounds like the type of idea that would be worth giving a trial to in, say, Europa League games.

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  • derekm

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #27

    Cabaye needs a rest anyway – he’s taken a few heavy challenges lately and I think they’ve taken their toll. Knowing how competitive he is he has been playing to cover Tiote’s absence, when if Cheik was back he would have been rested himself.Any one of Guthrie, Abeid, Vuckic, Gosling and even Perch can cover him to a degree.

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  • hrocks

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    all decisions made on the pitch should be deemed as right at the time. refs dont have 15 diff angles and slomo to help

    But what is wrong with reviewing every game after. If a yellow or red is given in error recind it. if a player dives to win a pen and cons the ref give him a yellow after the game. It should not matter if the ref made a call during the game. FIFA need to change the rules. Just because the officials saw an incident deosnt mean they have made the right decision. It would not be a massive step to make as sky,espn and bbc could just hand over incident footage

    its a shame it will never happen. If it did happen how far would we go????
    would we chalk off goals or give them to change the result???

    to me the only retrospective action we could take would be on issuing/recinding cards

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  • ashwin say's

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #29

    @ martoon – i m no planb and i misunderstood your statement (sorry)

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #30

    This Adam Campbell that seems to have done well recently…

    Does anyone on here know much about the lad?
    I know he’s 17 yrs and apparently as quick as anyone over 100 metres!

    Is he a local lad?
    Has he played at reserve level?
    Could he be ‘that’ good i.e. Rooney-esc?

    Cheers

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #31

    @hrocks

    That’s exactly why I like the NFL system. It’s a perfect medium.

    You allow a team to question a ref’s call during a game and if the ref feels he made the wrong call after watching the replay then he can reverse his decision right then OR stick to his position if he still thinks he’s right….This, of course, has the added bonus that the decision couldn’t be re-challenge after the game…..saving extra game bans or appeals and all that. (FA review would apply to only the most serious cases)

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  • martoon

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    ashwin say’s @28 Sorry I insulted you by calling you planb 🙂 Maybe Pardew has told some Porkies in his time but I suspect all the top managers probably have while climbing the ‘greasy pole’ to the top.

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  • NickeAlvaro

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #33

    Edd Case.
    He went to my old high school St Thomas More just off the Billy Mill in North Shields.
    He has had a few games for the reserves.
    Not sure if he’s the next Rooney but seems to be doing well.

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  • Edd Case

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #34

    What sort of a striker is he?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #35

    can simpson explain what he was doing on the free kick against liverpool. he didn’t seem to mention that!

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  • ~Papiss-Toon~

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #36

    So who should partner guthrie against Villa? Bare in mind that Villa have a decent Midfield. Zoggie and Ireland.

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  • ashwin say's

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #37

    Demba and Demba are back
    new rhymes in kindergarton

    whom to follow ,
    captain collo.
    backline full of heros,
    simmo,willo ,collo, santo.
    lol . jst buzzing
    let’ s see how you can modify or extend it toon army

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #38

    wor shearer wouldn’t that be good !!!

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  • NickeAlvaro

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #39

    I haven’t seen the lad play but judging from what I’ve read, being fast, small build etc I would imagine more of an Owen than a Shearer if you get me.
    Unfortunately I had just left 6th form when he joined the school so I never got the play a game with him or see him for that matter.

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  • hrocks

    Feb 3, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #40

    @Wor Shearer

    Football is supposed to be a professional game but its ran by a bunch of nuggets. I see no problem if a system exists to review decisions in games and it has been proven to be effective ( i dont watch NFL but i would guess it must work well or it would have been dropped/changed) then use it on a trial basis.

    We do have an olympics football comp which could be used as a test case. yellow and red cards will all be cancelled after the tournament any way. Would stopping the game for 1 minute really be that disruptive

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