Newcastle Have To Be Fit And Ready For Sunderland

Yohan Cabaye didn’t have one of his best games for Newcastle on Saturday.

Yohan Cabaye – not at his best on Saturday

But we expect him to improve quickly, as he finds his feet again in the Newcastle first team,  after missing three games through picking up a violent conduct ban at Brighton in the FA Cup defeat.

The French midfielder was back in the starting line-up on Saturday against Wolves,  but both Tiote and Cabaye were not at their best and Wolves had far too much of the midfield for comfort.

And maybe Alan Pardew should have played five across the middle of the field earlier than he did on Saturday, but 20 minutes into that second half and Wolves were level.

But that’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now of course, and the opportunity to get all 3 points after going 2-0 up after only 18 minutes was lost, as Wolves came back well with two second half goals.

The next game for Newcastle is very important but we don’t have to tell the players that.

But  our lads will need to be a lot better than they were against Wolves to beat a resurgent Sunderland side, who nevertheless were thumped 4-0 at West Brom on Saturday, in their biggest defeat under new manager Martin O’Neill.

Yohan said the Newcastle players were disappointed following the game:

“It was a big disappointment for us as we were 2-0 up at half-time but started the second half very badly,” 

“We were too deep. Then they scored one, two quite quickly and after that it was difficult. Wolves stayed well organised and made it difficult for us. We couldn’t find any solution.”

“I remember Fulham. We didn’t lose the game this time, but this was a similar game because we were very good in one half and not in the other.”

“We were at home and you would think it is impossible to play like we did in the second half at home. We are very disappointed.”

“We had good periods, but we have to improve before Sunderland.”   “We have to work hard this week and focus to be ready, to be fit and to be well for Sunderland.”

Newcastle have a bad tendency to play the two halves as though they were a different side.

In the game at Fulham we were great in the first half and awful in the second, and on Saturday we somehow managed to lose the game after being in a winning 2-0 position at the half.

The fact that Wolves have won more points from losing positions this season than any other Premier League side,  should have proved to be a warning, although at Molineax we just managed to hang on for the win, but we were a little lucky.

We were not lucky yesterday, and the Newcastle team will have to be a lot sharper next Sunday, because we just know that Martin O’Neill will have his side ready for his very first derby game against Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    The gulag is too good for Ashley

  • JDdubai

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Guthrie runs the game better and ups the pace more than Cabaye has done this season, if based on performance alone then Guthrie deserves to be in the team with Tiote if Pardew goes with 4-4-2 again.

    Cant think of a single game where Cabaye has taken it by the scruff of the neck and dictated the play, reckon the 3 of them would be good though as long as we play 2 attacking full backs who can overlap, offer width and are comfortable on the ball…eg not Simmo! Fergie left and Santon right……

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    looking forward to this winner takes all, no holds barred, royal rumble, fight till the death match.

    looks like scumderland are back to playing how bruce had them playing. we all knew there bubble would burst eventually hahahaha

  • martoon

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    If players are playing constantly we are told they are getting jaded and need a break. If they have a break we are told they need to play to get match sharpness. Which one is it?

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    well if we keep playing HOOF HOOF HOOF, then cabaye will get stifled.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    i didn’t see motd but is it true lee dixon was having a go about our 442? good on him if he did.

    do we get europa league for 6th place?

    We can rule out a fair play league place as we are bottom !! Nice one Pardew

  • Klatoon

    Feb 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #7

    No Yohan,against Fulham we controlled the 1st half and bossed them completely before the 2nd half capitulation. On Saturday we didnt control the game at any one point.
    Any one know when Marveaux’s back in training or is he out for the season?

  • jayphoto

    Feb 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8

    just a note! Cabaye made his name and was looked at by barcelona and madrid playing for a Lille Team who won the title playing 4-3-3. Tiote got his move to england playing in a twente side who won the title playing 4-3-3. Demba Ba got a 9m move to west ham making his name playing left side of a hoffenhiem team playing 4-3-3. Papiss Cisse scored god knows how many goals playing in a frieburg side playing 4-5-1/ 4-3-3, Davide Santon excelled playing in jose mourinhos inter side playing 4-3-3…… anyone see where I’m going with this???

  • wynsleap

    Feb 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Cabaye likes time on the ball and unfortunately the Mackems midfield won’t give him that luxury on Sunday. He will also have to be wary of Clattermole who will do his best to get his suspect temperament going.
    We have the better team but how much we are up for it will determine the result. We will have to press them constantly and fight for every ball then the threat of Cisse and Ba should do the rest.
    Finally Williamson needs to get his finger out of his backside and start to dominate at the back as he is looking like a liability at present and because of the extra work Colo is having to do, HIS game is suffering a little too.
    2-1 to the Toon but it’s going to be close I think.

  • Ollieh51

    Feb 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10

    @ Klatoon – He’s out for the season.

  • Klatoon

    Feb 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Jayphoto,I agree 433 is the way forward for us,the only problem is that it requires 2 competent athletic,technically sound fullbacks and we only have one atm. Would love to see us try
    Santon Willo(unfortunately) Colo Fergie
    cabaye tiote jonas
    Hba cisse Ba

  • moonraker

    Feb 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Thank goodness the “new manager” effect is over at Sunderland and they are once again mediocre otherwise we would have got hammered a few weeks ago!

    I fancy us to win narrowly now with their form having dipped.

    Interesting to see that Wolves are unbeaten in 4 or 5 games away from home. They dominated Toon for long periods on Saturday!

    Very disappointing with our strongest midfield playing!!!


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