Newcastle Dressing Room Remains Positive

Cheick Tiote was interviewed on the Newcastle web-site after the defeat last night at Arsenal.

Cheick Tiote – do you wanna dance

We have to say that Arsenal played well last night against Newcastle, and the Emirates could well be the hardest place to visit with Arsenal in such good form.

But Newcastle also showed their skill and their courage last night,  and were unlucky not ot get the point when Arsenal got the winner so late in the game – in the 95th minute.

Cheick Tiote was a hero in the game at home to Arsenal just over a year ago in the amazing 4-4 draw,  but he admitted last night was a different type of game.

This is what the Ivorian said after the game last night:

“”It was a different game today, and Arsenal played well.”

“We’re very disappointed because I think we defended well tonight. But we lost in the last minute and that’s that.”
“We lost tonight and we need to move on. The game is finished and now we have to think about winning the next game.”

“I think the next game is important,” “We’d drawn the last two games and tonight we lost, so I think we need to do everything to win the next game.”

“The dressing room is okay. We’re staying positive, because we didn’t deserve that. But that’s football.” “I think the most important thing is that we show our good character, be strong as a team and think about Sunday.”

Newcastle must now put this defeat behind them, and we can get some points out of the next games at home to Norwich City, away at West Brom and at home to Liverpool.

Norwich City is a game Newcastle can win, and with a sell-out crowd at St. James’ Park there’s no reason the lads cannot recover from this defeat, and get all 3 points.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

60 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #1

    They should b positive it was a good gane.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m so angry that we/Pardew bottled it at half time.

    1st half we were right in the middle of a good game of football.

    2nd half we came out, reverted back to 442, and hit long balls all evening.

    Awful. Did Ben Arfa even touch the ball in the second half?

  • Rob1971

    Mar 13, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #3

    To be honest i thought we deserved nothing out of tonights game, we were battered second half and did not have a an attempt at goal the entire second half, i could not understand the reason for playing orbertan in that position, i felt sorry for ba as he has had nothing to play with, it was arsenal tonight but zour negative performances the last few months have been depressing and worrying.

  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry but Simpsons decisions cost us that game FACT… 94th minute why on earth is our right back taking a throw in near there corner flag? He should never have been up there and also his throw was shocking especially when Ameobi was standing infront of him ready to hold the ball up… I never come on here and blame a player for losing a game but it was his fault just as the first goal Williamson got turned far too easy and Colo got drawn across to easy… OH and Van Persie is a tw*t who would get knocked clean out from wor Krul

  • markp

    Mar 13, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #5

    how can you say that. I know its “cool” and “fashionable” to bash simpson but today he barely put a foot wrong. he made at least 2 saves off the line, which could have easily caused our heads to drop and lose by far more.
    by all means criticise players, but least come up with something original.

  • Marcelinho_Bramble

    Mar 13, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #6

    how can an Arsenal centre back run from defending to attacking and score that goal?

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 13, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #7

    never got to see the first half 🙁 but the lads im with said we played ok,

    got to watch the second half though, and im sorry but i think pardew is watching the wrong team, as the one in black and white got cut open left right and center, and if they had of had there shooting boots on , we would have been looking at a much bigger score line,

    but saying that, what the hell is simpson doing, 94 mins on the clock, away from home, just been battered for 49 mins . why is he taken a long throw in , when the smart thing to do is keep the ball, just a simple pass , to strola, less than a min to go, keep the ball, 🙁 he gets 10g a week to much if you ask me,,

    like i said didnt see the first half, but can anyone tell me what the tactics where? obertan??? what on earth was he doing on?

    perch at left back? where is fergy??

    this game is proof that pardew is not good enough, he trusts the same shit players and wont give the kids a chance,

    we were very poor, again

  • josh

    Mar 13, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #8

    What game were you.watching. we were not poor. We battled like crazy. Honestly you lot need to wake up. Seriously

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 13, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #9


    they carved us open time after time,

    there was no one trying to put there foot on the ball for us, then shola came on, and we played rought 1 football, to strola or ba, no one supporting them,

    then the one time we do get up the pitch is the time when you wont them to keep the ball and go for what would have been a lucky point

  • dazza

    Mar 13, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #10


    rvp showed his class or lack of it (he also wanted none of Ba in the center circle)


    agreed, if simpson drops the ball and runs back into DF and we run it into the corner 1 massive point to us, oh well!

    worried about the canaries tbh they bashed us the last time out and they’ve looked good all season, where as we’ve looked… fortunate?

    still can’t believe we are in 6th, 2L and 3D and last 5 and we haven’t dropped a place, bizarre.

    anyway Norwich will be breathing down our backs, along with the rest of the middle-of-the-pack, with anything but 3 points.


  • RonVanDam

    Mar 13, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Please get rid of Oba in summer. Another thing – i reakon is that Pads was happy to settle for a draw whereas Arsenal was still playing to win. Thats the main difference between the game today

  • gonufc

    Mar 13, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #12

    and Van Persie is supposed to be captain of his team! He really should be ashamed of that, he acted like a 9 year old.

    Obertan should also be ashamed but for a very different reason.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a less intelligent player on the pitch!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 13, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Mistake by Pardew. Is allowing Simpson to take throw in when we are battling for a point. Basic.

    Arfa is quality as usual. Our only really attacking threat going forward.

    Obertan is useless. Impact sub at best. 1 of our worst signing under Ashley era. Cabaye really needs to be dropped. Very poor by his standard and reputation.

    Other than that, it shows how lucky we have been all season long. When ba goals drys up. We are suddenly in trouble. How we are still 6th after a abysmal run of games is a miracle.

  • Jinky Jim

    Mar 13, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Once again Pardews selections and tactics were crap!WTF was Simmo doing in the 94th minute?ffs.


    Mar 13, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #15

    While Arsenal showed considerable class last week against AC Milan! They did what we did,nt do at the end of the game! They kept attacking and going for the win! It was clear to me that we were going for the draw at 1-1 in the last five minutes of the game! Where Arsenal themselves down was their lack of class and style after they had made the 2-1 and after the final whistle had gone! Krul should of not let Van Persie wind him up so much that he lost his concentration at the death!
    Not sure what was being said but there was deffo no style being used! Van Persie knew i think exactly what he was doing! “Mind “Games”! Krul needs to learn from this and move on!

    That is, i believe the fifth time this term when Arsenal have either rescued a draw or have won the game in injury time right at the end! And hats off to them they stuck to their game plan and did what they had to do which is win the points all be it with arrogance at the end! Not many shoook hands, and certainly not from De Heer Van Persie or De Heer Krul! Van Persie might be a good player but he needs to be more mature and strut a bit more style, these two may be playing together in the Euro,s this summer! From this spat i would say that Krul is the more gracious and less arrogant on the day!

    We need now,however, need to regroup take this on the chin, and make sure we play the same way against Norwich next time out! We are not in any shape, way or form in any trouble, and i cringe when i see the reacties on here to a game like that which we just played!
    Okay, there were one or two players who did,nt play as we would of liked,but i,me not going to revert to type and use childish criticism about certain players! We lost fair and square! Were any of you really expecting us to win?

    Point is, i am as pissed off as anyone that we lost, but our tactics in the last ten minutes were to play for the draw! Big Mistake! Against teams like Arsenal that just don,t work.We need to stop settling for draws and keep on attacking till the final whistle, we all know that this is how the gooners play and for most of the second half we were under the Kosh because we sat back and let them play!

    So let the Gooners carry on doing what they do best, with their arrogance and occasional class ! And we will carry on learning and according to Llambs Arse being a selling team! Still convinced that Cashley and him will be selling wor Cheik in the summer to Chelski! Thet will just push him out! Whether he wants to leave or not!
    Tiote was brilliant this evening but went off injured in the last ten minutes, Guthrie, his replacement did,nt get much of a chance to get into the game, but as far as regards the two Tiote is a far better player than Guthrie! No comparison!

    The lads did themselves proud tonight! Now for Norwich at home!

  • ihighfivedtioteandbrokemyhand

    Mar 13, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Ok so I wasn’t on here after the game last night! But seriously all the Simpson haters….. Are yous for real simpson had a reasonably solid game!! You really can’t blame him for that throw in!! Shola and demba were far too static only hba was looking for the ball and just isn’t strong enough to be recieving a throw in the 93rd minute!! Simpson is a mediocre rb but by far the best we have so how about we get off his back and get behind him?!!!!

  • phoonck

    Mar 13, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Yes, To lose the game like we did was heart-wrenching and hard to swallow, but dont point your fingers at Pardew for this defeat. Pardew did extremely well to get us where we are now(6th in mid March, 5points off chelsea and 5points above Liverpool), and I felt he got his tactics right tonight, though it was questionable on the Obertan and Perch episodes, but he’s the manager and perhaps he saw something which we dont, in his day-to-day training, so I’d rather give him my trust then to listen to the whiners and Football Manager/FIFA Manager wannabes.

    I just want to share my views regarding yesterday’s match. Any team would have trouble facing Arsenal at this moment. They are in rich vein of form now, just ask AC Milan, Liverpool and Tottenham! Yes, we were on the back foot for most of the 2nd half, but we fought well and defended brilliantly. A number of players were being criticised recently for their inability to play at this level and/or lacklustre performances by the so called ‘football experts’ here and the negative ‘fans’. Time to eat your words, peeps.

    Simpson: Criticised for being slow, allowing too much space for opponents and cant defend etc. I thought he did brilliantly last night, played his heart out, covered lots of spaces down that right side, and time and again saved us with his brilliant positioning to make goal line clearances. Yes he made a bad decision by going up to take the throw in and chose the wrong teammate to throw to, but c’mon, its part and parcel of the game, you make some bad decisions, and you make some good ones too.. I’ve never seen/heard the negative contingent complimented on him making a good decision to stay on the line and cleared off the line a couple of times for a few matches already! The most important thing is you learn from your mistakes. He’s still young and still learning and will only improve with time.

    Gutierrez: Criticised for lack of end product, cant cross, cant create. I cant believe people actually said that. He is by far the most hardworking player in the whole of EPL, covering distances more than any other player in the league. The energy and work rate that he has got, the will to run up and down the pitch and cover for his teammates more than convince me that he is amongst the 1st few names to be put on that teamsheet.

    Williamson: Criticised for being slow, cant defend, cant pass, puts Krul and Coloccini under immense pressure with his defending. I think he is coping well albeit some nightmare defending in some matches. But dont forget he came straight into the team when he had recovered from his injury, after STaylor was out injured. He did not feature much in the reserves trying to gain match fitness and that explains his lack of match sharpness. I know alot of people look on to Coloccini as the classy defender but sometimes he made bad decisions too and put Williamson into awkward positions. Remember Aston Villa’s Keane’s equaliser? If you look at the replay, it was Coloccini who was defending against Keane initailly but when he made a pass to N’Zogbia, Williamson was pointing to Coloccini and asked him to follow Keane while he follow N’Zogbia but Coloccini ignored and gave chase, and poor Williamson had to back track and was blamed for the goal conceded. Dont get me wrong, I love Coloccini but sometimes when a player makes a mistake, its not entirely his fault. We attack as a team and we defend as a team. Williamson may not be a classy defender, but i feel he is able to fulfil what Pardew needs him to do, in this instance, stand in for STaylor. We should be backing them and encourage them, not the other way round.

    We have a strong team this season compared to the last, and with some astute and right signings, we could very much fight for a Europa slot or maybe even sniff around for some silverware. I will not get disappointed if we fail to make it to Europe come end of season, as our expectations at the beginning of the season, if anyone still remember, higher than last season. We are very much on track, aren’t we?

    I say, let’s get behing the lads and cheer them on, enjoy the run-in and give the players a rewarding pat on the back because they’re worth it.


  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 13, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #18

    I am not questioning the tactic of playing obertan in the role that pardew did. But By God Was he poor, he also i think made BA Redundant as he offered no link B/W midfield and strikers.

  • jonnymcdonald

    Mar 13, 2012 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #19


  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 13, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #20


  • Oleg G

    Mar 13, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Well, we deserved 1 point and they deserved 3 like someone said here. That sums it up.

    We defended and when you defend you are not looking to win.

    HBA not involved in attack (did defend a lot and passed it around) and the ball went more to Jonas for some reason than to HBA (why??)

    Long balls by Krul, didn’t give us any time to hold the ball and “relax”, breathe, turn momentum. We were giving them the ball most of the game (75 mins of the 95) and were just running behind the ball for most parts of the game.
    Of course Krul is a great GK, but AP should do something with these long balls that go nowhere most of the time and specially when you are doing it always, without any change – too predictable.

    When they get the ball, they all move, like one unit, like a force, and in the end it worked in their favor.
    When we got the ball, we were static most of the time, we don’t know what to do in attack.

    Ba was just catching the ball in the air, but what good did that do?
    It is better to play with another defender or midfielder, his role was to do nothing good for the team so what is the tactic with that?
    When Ameobi came in we took the ball better from the air, but again, no support, to run, so nothing happened.

    We don’t know how to pass the ball. Arsenal were holding the ball for minutes, we, for seconds. We don’t pressure, and don’t hold the ball, so how do we expect to win the ball back? Weird.

    Anyway, They played much better and we let them attack us all night. Too bad that we are not taking our faith into our own hands.

  • Oleg G

    Mar 13, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #22

    phoonck // Mar 13, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Just a comment about Jonas:

    “Criticised for lack of end product, cant cross, cant create. I cant believe people actually said that. He is by far the most hardworking player in the whole of EPL…”

    That is exactly the thing. He is hardworking. But Hardworking does not equal end product and ability to cross.
    He should be playing as long as he is fit, because of those things he do, he is a great team player and gives his all, but he should not get into those places where he is crossing, or dribbling too much (he doesn’t put his head up) and AP should put 2 players around him when he gets the ball so he will have passing options and not blindly crossing (Specially when there is only 1 or 2 our players in the box against 5 + GK).

  • Oleg G

    Mar 13, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #23

    In school they teach you that when you write “fact” in the end of a sentence it makes it a fact?

    Like this? – I am not human, I am a giant robot, FACT!

  • darrenfletcher88

    Mar 13, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #24

    If and but all you like,we were not good enough arsenal had so many chances it was scary,yes we defended well but all and all we wud off been lucky to get a point,positives we had a goal threat going forward and lucked like a team that fought for each other but s long way off the top five it’s scary, the next few games we have teams that we should win!! And we need points on the board qwickly to in my opinion keep in the top 8,roll on Sunday cisse ba and hatem must play and lower class teams!!

  • magpie6699

    Mar 13, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Let’s not forget that this was a team on spanking form who have averaged 4 goals a game recently and hammered AC ~Milan and Tottenham. It was inevitable that we would be under the cosh for a lot of the game: anyone who expected us to dominate or be comfortable is an idiot. We held them and if the ref had given 4 minutes ET instead of 5 we’d be celebrating a great battling draw – but if my aunty had balls she’d be my uncle, as they say! There’s just a hint from the last game and a half (2nd half against Blunderland plus this one) that we are getting back to the style and form that got us the 11 match unbeaten run at the start – not spectacular but brave and effective. 10 games to go – KTF!

  • jonnymcdonald

    Mar 13, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #26

    @jinkyjim – hows that pardews selection and tactics that Danny Simpson lost the ball in the corner? I thought pardew got the selection pretty spot on, and even perch seemed to do his bit when he came on. Tiotie going off was right in my opinion.

  • bigmattyn

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #27

    A lot of you must be on crack or must not have watched the game. I was there and it was a pretty poor performance only made better by the fact we didn’t concede the 6 or so good chances they had. 61% possesion to our 39%, 23 shots to our 4. All we did was hoof it out and wait for another attack….not exactly the type of football to play if we want to play the attacking football Pardew spoke about before the game.

    I’m a big fan of Pardew and commend what he’s done for our club but I was disappointed with our tactics/performance last night, even if there were some good individual performances

  • Jinky Jim

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #28

    jonnymcdonald yeh you rite Oberton had a belter !

  • Papi_Demba

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #29

    Hated But Awesome played very well and he even defended to the best of his abilities…a simple mistake can cost the game and Simpson did just that.
    Pardew may not have controlled that but he could have controlled his decision to play Obertan-Vuckic could have done a better job

  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Perch did well when he came on but he should have replace Willo, and not Santon.

    Williamson is a terrible player. He panicks each and every time he gets the ball. When our fullbacks have the ball and he is in space he points back to Krul as if to say “pass it back, dont give it to me”

    When he gets the ball he doesnt even look wide he simply boots it up as far as he can.

    Shocking player!

  • Toon_Tom

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Did I mention he was shocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Perch needs to come in at CB next week. Never thought id say that but he MUST!

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #32

    Santon went off bcoz he was injured, Commentators mentioned he had a Groin Strain

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #33

    I don’t get Pardew at all. The man must have yellow running through his veins at times.

    We start off with the most exciting, attacking line up we’ve had all season, hold our own, play some good stuff to feet and then totally unexplicaby, for no reason at all, we revert to the hopeless 442 and long balls again, after being well in the game first half.

    What is with Pardew? Why the hell is perch on the pitch at left back. If anything you could just have switched Santon and Jonas.

    Pardew is the mosy tactical inept manager I think I’ve ever seen and I think we are where we are courtesy of BA and Krul and the players Carr has bought in doing well in spite of Pardew, not because of him.

    You almost expect Williamson to be taken apart any time the ball is on the deck, but where the hell was Simpson for the winning goal ? Just schoolboy stuff. A miserable gutting journey home last night, even though I live in Kent.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #34

    I think Obertan is do effective at breaking up any type of flowing attacking move it would be worth playing him in defence.

  • tdt

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Unlucky not to get a point in the end, but how did they get 5mins extra time to get the winner?? I remember jonas being down for about 30 secs in 2nd half, that was it. What a joke!

    Decent performance on the whole though. A draw for Liverpool tonight and 3 points for us on Sunday and it’ll be happy days again!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #36

    You blame Pards for everything that goes wrong but never seem to give him credit when he gets it right,you say one of the reasons were doing well is Demba Ba,which if I’m not mistaken Pards brought to the club.

  • tdt

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #37

    Tactics were correct, great starting line up. Jury’s stil out on obertan for me, got potential anyway. HBA starter all day long.

    We should have been whipped 5-6 nil but good tactics almost got us a point, 1min short.

    If only we bought a good CB in jan…

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #38


    Andere Villas Boas should be given credit for CFC’s win over stoke. He brought MATA to the club and he set up drogba

    The Jury has spoken for me on Obertan


    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #39

    Liv 0-2 everton ( tim cahill 40,86)

  • tdt

    Mar 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #40

    How old is obertan?


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