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Newcastle Joint 4th Top Of Premier League With Spurs Losing

6:52 pm, Monday, April 9th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 234 Comments

Newcastle found a way to win a very close game against Bolton at St. James’ Park this afternoon, and it was the skill of Frenchman Ben Arfa that made it possible.

Mercurial Ben Arfa - after scoring Newcastle’s first goal this afternoon

The way this lad has been playing over the last few weeks, suggests strongly he is now back to his very best form and he’s very mature too.

And on 73 minutes this afternoon he got the ball about 10 yards inside his own half and went straight forward and ended up putting the ball into the back of the net (yes – with his left foot),  for another aastonishing individual goal from the French International.

Here’s a short video of his goal in case you haven’t yet seen it – and the commentator is quite excited.

Immediately after the game today Alan Pardew said the Newcastle players will only concentrate on the next game, which is against Stoke a week come Saturday:

“We’re just looking to the next game,”  “But we’re not discounting the Champions League. It is there in front of us but we’re having a bit of fun about it, teasing ourselves and joking about it – which is a nice way to be.”

“Hopefully in three years time that won’t be the case, we’ll be a little bit more serious about it. Don’t think we’re going about it flippantly. We are going to try and win every game and see where it leads.”

It was a really tough game for Newcastle today, but they mounted increasing pressure on Bolton as the second half went on, and the breakthrough was a spectacular one, and Ben Arfa was probably the difference between the two sides today.

And on 82 minutes great play by Shola Ameobi led to the second goal from Papiss Cisse, which was the killer for Bolton.

Shola beat his man on the half way line and moved down the right wing, and rather than shoot he put a beautiful ball over to Papiss Cisse, who tapped the ball home for his 10th goal of the season in just 9 games.

With Tottenham losing at home to Norwich City 2-1 today, Newcastle are level on points with Spurs on 59 points,  which beats the total Glenn Roeder got in 2006 by one point, when he won six of the last seven league games.

Chelsea play tonight at Fulham in a televised game, and we’ll be watching that one, as Newcastle have put pressure on the Blues. If they don’t win,  then Newcastle will remain in 5th place, which gets  automatic entry  into the Europa League.

And with 5 games remaining we could even beat the 69 points Bobby Robson got in 2003, or even the 71 points he got in the previous season, both of which qualified for the Champions League.

Wonder if Alan Pardew can win 10 of the last 10 league games – he’s half way there now. :D

Comments welcome.



Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News



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  • 1 Barras // Apr 9, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    (H) v Stoke
    (A) v Wigan
    (A) v Chelsea
    (H) v Man City
    (A) v Everton

    It seems that we will probably need to win our next two games if we are to have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, because how hard our last 3 are. Make no mistake, the last game of the season is going to be so tough, Everton are a very good side at the minute, one of the hardest to play against in the Premier League.

  • 2 Barras // Apr 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Obviously having said that, there are no easy games in this league.

  • 3 Spuggy // Apr 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Come on Fulham, make it a perfect day!

  • 4 Wor Shearer // Apr 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    I know we’re all looking up atm. But I wanted to add that 1 more win and we will have locked up a top 6 finish at a minimum!

    Great work!

  • 5 Rodney Cisse // Apr 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    If Fulham win we just need three wins 2 draws for champions league.

    We have momentum something Spurs don’t have and Chelsea have other worries.

  • 6 check the toastie // Apr 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Critique from pitchside – repost sorry

    Not sure whether people who cant get to games appreciate this but simpson currently appears to have put on weight and lost interest, bizarrely, he needs dropping for Perch against Stoke, who seems to want to bleed for the club, Williamson has upped his game and is covering for simmo in my opinion, the lad is totally carried, no more whinging but had to say this as it is starting to nark.

    Another magic moment from Benny and a world class save from Krul have kept our march going, we need a break and i look forward to seeing Tiote and Guthrie back as the team is now lacking energy, Cabaye(who played canny) and Jonas looked Goosed.

    Cisse is class and Shola is the best impact sub in the league, as for Ben Arfa, wouldnt swap him for Bale and how much is he supposed to be worth, exactly the boy is Gold pure and simple, seems to have lost a few pound and oh my god what a footballer. For me you can Stick your Ginola’s and Robert’s never worked for the shirt like this lad, absolute genius.

    Santon and Fergy were canny second half as well, all in all crowd were patient and got their rewards, not many crowds clap their team off when they are drawing 0-0 at home against alleged dross, it happened today and it was enlightening, shows the class of our support.

    Champions League were having a laugh………..

  • 7 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Off thread but…
    Demba Ba will rise again….don’t knock him..
    ALL top strikers have lean spells — Van Persie recently ??? Torres ????

    He is playing a crucial role in our front three.
    If he’s angry then fine he’s hungry and not complacent.
    I rate Pardiola as a man manager and he will get him right – we are not talking Tevez the prima donna here.

  • 8 9 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Barras@1 I like your final sentence; now, delete “Everton” and insert “Newcastle United”, and it reads equally true.
    I fancy both Chelsea and Man City will be thinking about that amended sentence…………….

  • 9 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    We’ve a good chance in the last five games.

    Wigan will be tough, they fight well.

    Chelsea could be in an FA Cup final three days after we play them.

    Stoke are mid table playing for nothing.
    Man City and Everton could be in a similar position.
    Disappointed with nothing to show for the 2011/2012 season.

    I don’t think it’s a bad run-in.

  • 10 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Check…we’ve been known to not always be on the same side of discussion, but that was one good read :)

    With Collo back, might not hurt to put Perch in at RB. Worst case scenario it will give Simmo something to think about

  • 11 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    ANother re-post

    Hatem…Absolutely not. Ba shall receive his daffodil bashing later. In reality though, no, he shouldn’t be acting that way (I’ve not seen it, but from peoples comments I get a good idea). He’s part of the team and the team doing so well should be the priority. I also understand his frustration, he was the man, the talk of the toon and cisse and to some extent HBA have well and truly stolen the show. That would likely get the best of most people. My point was not that the behavior was correct, but perhaps the best way to deal with the situation would be to get behind him and not sing songs about him or get on his back and try and utilise a striker who has scored us 16 goals this season and is currently our top scorer and one of the main people we can thank for being so close to Europe.

    Considering the amount people have slagged off our own players only to see them shine and then have a complete re-think about those players, I find it extremely short sighted people would go on about Ba. Just my opinion

  • 12 geordiejamie89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I wasn’t impressed by Demba Ba’s attitude today. He seemed to be under the impression that he’s more important than the team win. He’s number 19, not number 9. Yes he’s had a good season, and I hope he stays, but I won’t be disapointed if he’s sold and the money is spent wisely.
    Hatem Ben Arfa is amazing, he’s the Premier League’s Messi at the minute. And Cisse keeping up his goalscoring record, he’s really something special.
    Best Toon squad (first 11) i’ve seen. We need a bigger squad though.

  • 13 PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Right guys have spent the last 2 hours number crunching, all stats are only for players who have played over 10 games this season

    Our most valuable player (highest win % with) is MIKE WILLIAMSON, 65%, followed by 61%, leon Best

    Our most valuable player (lowest win % without) is guttierez, 0% (only missed one game) followed again by WILLIAMSON 38%

    Our least valuable player (lowest win % with) is Obertan 43%, followed by Tiote 44%

    Our least valuable player (highest win % without) is Ba 75%, followed by Obertan 67%

    Makes interesting reading…

  • 14 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Take a bow the legendary alan pardew. When he first came I labelled him a yes man and wrote him off.
    Ill not forget him for this season whatever happens, forget KK

  • 15 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    CODARM

    Spot on m8

  • 16 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    @geordiejamie89

    I think that’s it. Just disappointed with Ba’s attitude.
    Rocking the boat when we don’t need it.

    If Pardew can man-manage him and turn it into a positive … that’s cool.
    But I hope we don’t play 442 just to try to keep Ba happy.

    433 was working so well.

  • 17 matt11_25 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    and cheick tiote said, “we will be in the champions league”.

    and into the champions league they went.

  • 18 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    MFH… :)

    So did we play 4-4-2 today then? Or was it interchanging between that and 4-3-3?

  • 19 MacToon // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Ibiza, it could be that people are being fickle criticising Ba the way they are.

    HBA continues his fine form with another fabulous goal and Cisse the goal machine strikes again.

    HBA’s grin when he was subbed said it all………….. don’t think he’s stopped smiling yet!

  • 20 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Chelsea will be well up for this game. If, they win by 2 goals they’ll go 4th on goal difference. Come on Fulham, you know you can do it!

  • 21 PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    so what do we think williamson first choice cb XD, Ba would be no great loss, its amazing how badly stats can reflect performances…

  • 22 Spuggy // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    443 didnt work 1st half today, we played much better 442 with fergy on the left.

  • 23 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    MacToon…Surely not ;)

    As for Benny grinning…he is not alone!

  • 24 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    @MacToon

    Ba wasn’t smiling when he was subbed.

    Anyway great 3 points with the Spuds losing.
    Hope Fulham can beat Chelsea.

    Go to sober up and go out with the in-laws … should be fun. :-(

  • 25 MacToon // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    I’m sure we didn’t play 4-4-3 first half, ref might have summit if we had!

  • 26 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    I’ve got endless patience with Ba, I’m just thinking there may be something behind it. The psg ba thing jus won’t go away for me

  • 27 MacToon // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    summit to say*

    Read again Hatem’s better than Messi!

  • 28 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    No we were 442 first half and most of the second.

  • 29 Barras // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    How could anyone not be disappointed if we sold Ba. I can’t comprehend that irrational thinking. No way.

  • 30 matt11_25 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    at work couldnt watch the match. Hearing more spat about BA makes me sick.

    He hasnt even played striker at times lately. Against liverpool he was man of the match playing basically LM. Every offensive move started with him beating a player on the dribble or a superb link up pass.

    BA is great dont hate. I personally want a striker pissed off at playing out of position and hungry for goals. He was lone striker in spurts for the first time in a while against swansea but we had no possession

  • 31 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Let’s for Godsake not drive Ba out tho. He deserves the very most from us, we owe him a great deal

  • 32 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    CODARM

    First half we seemed to have very little width or wing play.
    My video stream was shockingly slow but it looked more like 4-2-2-2. When Fergie came on we got a bit more width… and as for super sub Shola on the wing!!.

    Second half was more like a 4-3-3 but all a bit hybrid as they crowded the midfield – but we didn’t go to a 4-5-1 so… what are your thoughts ?

  • 33 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    pbNcl…tbh, his general demeanor lately has been off. Played some good football, but has seemed less sharp. However, all players go through some bad form and thank god we have other players to step up. The Ba situation will sorts itself one way or another, as fans, all we can do is support along the way

  • 34 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    MFH…Have only seen Benny’s goal (which was beautiful!) – so can’t really comment. I think we expected a tough game, that was likely to be pretty unattractive. Whatever we did today, obviously worked, so credit to Pardew and the players.

    Sounds like Fergie had an ok game, which is good. As for super sub shola…so glad he’s found a role that suits him and we can finally get behind him 100%

  • 35 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    West ham pulled it back to 3-3 :( Poor hoots

  • 36 Rodney Cisse // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Something interesting the Mackems are closer to relegation than they are to us.

  • 37 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    So proud right now mixing it with the big spenders. And don’t the media just hate it XD

  • 38 xmindcrimex // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    I see Ba’s reaction, more like a reaction of someone who’s got a winning mentality. So it’s probably more to do with him not being happy with his performance or recent form.

    If people start singing about Ba negatively on matches, then I think they need to take a good look at themselves.

  • 39 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Rodney…Thats some mighty good reading there :)

  • 40 achtoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    We are now officially the top north east team for the 11/12 season. Sunderland can’t top our points total. Back to how it should be.

  • 41 Spuggy // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    It’s also mathematically impossible for the mackems to finish above us! Sweet!

  • 42 Spuggy // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    @ Achtoon

    lol, great minds.

  • 43 geordiejamie89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Whatever…. Demba’s attitude when he was took off was very poor. Nobody else complains or shows a bad attitude, they just want to help the team win. I do hope Demba stays next season. And I hope we’ve got quality introduced so that at times we can play Demba in more often. He’s scored a fair few goals, that’s a given. But so was Andy Caroll when he was the focal point for Newcastle, so if i was him I wouldn’t go getting too big-headed. Hopefully he’ll score in the next game, and it won’t be an issue.

  • 44 tarie4 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    I’ve just figured it out, the FA and Harry have decided the best way to appease England fans and Spurs fans is to ensure Spurs play so crap for the rest of the season that they are happy for him to go ;)

  • 45 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    So, local bragging rights are in check for another year. Excellent :)

    Now for the big boys to know what we’re about!

  • 46 PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Our first team next season must be

    Krul
    Simpson Taylor Collo Santon
    Cabaye Tiote Guttierez
    HBA Cisse Marveaux

    Its so flexible and just oozes quality

  • 47 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    @44 I think your bang on

  • 48 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    And that would be a bench of, Elloit, Williamson, Perch, Guthrie, Obertan, Ba and a youngster. That’s as we are without injuries. Seems pretty decent.

    Not sure I’d have Ba on the bench though….Cisse’s form has given us a great problem

  • 49 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Haha

  • 50 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    The main thing with football teams is that all 11 rarely all play on the top of their game at the same time. As long as 2-3 players are doing really well and most of the team is doing okay and we are winning then we have a strong enough side to get results. And we have got confidence which is more than Chelski and Spuds have…
    I didn’t rate Manure’s performance yesterday much but they got the result – just as we did today. We need patience, grind them down, take our chances and have a couple of flair players on the top of their form – like Benny today. Ba is a flair player too – but he ain’t in fifth gear just now.
    I think he is very self critical and that is why he is peed off. Fine he’ll get back to form. We should not be knocking any of our side – we played flat today and at Swans were flat but we got the results with some magic moments.

  • 51 PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Put simply, you play to the formation/tactics that works, not the player. If 433 is it and we choose one player for each position that leaves one striker

    The one whos on form plays, simple

  • 52 JP...from The Rock // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    pbNcl #31 -Exactly. If we keep moaning about Ba all we’re going to do is unsettle him more. Let’s leave Pardiola to sort him out as he’s done brilliantly with the rest.

  • 53 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Nice to see Villa still sweating

  • 54 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Simple indeed. Long term, if there is an issue with Ba, then he will likely go. I just feel we’re reading too much in to it. Would def prefer not to see it however and I am sure Pardew will deal with it quickly

  • 55 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Another positive – I thought Fergie looked sharp today – or was it just my stream was slow ?

  • 56 tarie4 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    pundits (rg lawro) on newcastle’s season..

    after 10 games– they havent played anyone yet..
    after 20 games– the bubble will soon burst with injuries etc
    after 30 games–they have had a great season, full credit to alan pards etc, but i cant see them breaking into the top 5…
    after 33 games– i cant see them have another season like this..they have been extremely lucky, next season they will struggle and ba and cisse wont produce the sam form, they have this season..

    i hope…infact i pray we strengthen..and find 2-3 gems, marvaux fit…and shove it down their mouths next season…

    coooooommmmooooonnn the toooooooon

  • 57 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Tarie 4…It is going to take some time before the pundits take us seriously. TBF, we have in the past shown ourselves to be quite the rollercoaster. I do feel though change has been made. There’s something different about the place. When KK was here it was all about the flair and goals. Now there is that, but so much more. I think we’re building something really good at Newcastle

  • 58 Thump // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    @check: Given the slating Simmo has had from fans, can you blame the lad? God knows how he must be feeling.

  • 59 pizzicatochan // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Chieck played chess with Harry today, and he said to Harry, “check mate.”

  • 60 GeordieToon89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Howaayyyy Fulham!!!!!! be buzzing if Fulham manage a win or atleast a draw =]

  • 61 pizzicatochan // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    @Tarie4, no Geordie-hater is going to take us seriously, and that’s given. I’d rather stay in this way because we aren’t going to be under the spotlight all the time. What I want is to watch good football, not dramas.

  • 62 Nufc-83 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    The problem we have is that i think the best formation for us is a 433 and its clear that cisse is the first choice central st. Ba is not happy on the left and tbh next season i think we need to get another afra type of player (Hoilett would be class) there as BA doesnt really suit playing out there. I dont belive BA will except being on the bench and so i feel he may look for another club in the summer.

    As for guti what has happened to him he has never been really fast but he had enough pace to get past the majority of full backs. At the moment he seems really slow and cant beat anybody.

  • 63 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    The mackem job will ruin o neill. He’s realising he’s onboard a rotten hull of a ship haha, the bloke looks gutted

  • 64 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Fulham for 3 pts – would put them above bindippers.
    Terry to come off hopefully with his another cracked rib.

  • 65 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    I can’t believe they’re playing Terry. Surely he has to be target No.1 for the strikers. Little dig in the ribs, battle won

  • 66 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    and with Torres starting, Fulham looking good for the win!

  • 67 tarie4 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    CODARM
    true, but with me its not about being given credit or whatever. its just about being balanced in ur opinion. i mean dnt mind them saying negative stuff about the toon..but as a pundit u are supposed to give a balanced view..
    eg.. the toon have had a great season, they have played well, but i do fear if they can keep the same performance levels for the rest of the season, considering they are going into a tough run of fixtures. thats balance…not they havent played anyone!!
    u knw…i am, not looking for credit or whatever..but balance..
    sorry for the spelling mistakes… much eaiser to apologise than spell check ;)

  • 68 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Tarie…No apologies needed mate, all legible :)

    I do agree, the views should be balanced, end of. I quite like being the underdog though, gives you that extra bite. It’s a process, they’re starting to give us credit here and there, give them time, they’ll see what we’re about :)

  • 69 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    NUFC-83

    There was a lot of comment on here that HBA had to play in the hole off a striker on a 4-4-2 but here is he playing perfectly in a 4-3-3. Ba is easily good enough to play 4-3-3 – he does great stuff pulling defenders out of position. He has a temprary drop in form and its peeing him off. Ba can easiy score coming inside he doesn’t need to be CS. If Cisse hits a bleak patch then Ba can pick up the goals. If they are both here next year they’ll hit 15+ goals maybe even 20+

  • 70 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Just seen Ruiz has been left out. Remember we were actually disappointed not to sign him? Could of meant no cisse if we had. I really think they have our transfer policy spot on

  • 71 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Let’s not forget Ba has almost scored a few recently. With a bit of form or luck or whatever he’d be in the goals. It’ll come good, I promise. Where can you go wrong with Ba, Arfa and Cisse?

  • 72 ToonMauritius // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Amazing Goals from BEN10 & keep it up PAPISSTOLERO

  • 73 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    I hope Ba is ok…he needs to be patient..

    HBA proves again what a superhuman player he is….

    atmo he is better than Silva better than Nasri he is genuinely killing.

    back to BA if PSG want him NOTHING under 15 mill would do for me as we would need a striker of Cisse-s caliber to replace him..but I dont see Ba wanting to leave in all honesty…

  • 74 p // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Posted this on the last thread but anyone hear Collymore say on talksport that he thought Sunderland would likely finish above us next season. Yes, right Stan.

  • 75 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    P…Was he being sarcastic?

  • 76 stestickle // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    totally buzzing with this team we have got flair pace and most importantly great work ethic able to attack teams and graft hard games out dont want to get to ahead of my self but thats how you win things great times to be a geordie

  • 77 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Collymore what a prat. One of the biggest tossers to play this game..

  • 78 geordiejamie89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Highlight of the day….. watching the Newcastle match online. Saw Hatem Ben Arfa’s goal, then afterwards, the crowd singing “Walking in a Pardew wonderland” :
    The camera zoomed in and Pardew’s face gleaming, then he holds his hand up to acknowledge the fans, and they cheer. He deserved the songs, and although I couldn’t be there, it was great to watch.

  • 79 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    I am just so so so so so so HYPED to see HBA play the way he is so MANY have doubted him ….even on this blog I will never forget the title of the nufcblog.co.uk Cisse arrival spells doom for HBA….

    What a bunch of tossers….. eat humble pie scum….

  • 80 tarie4 // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    CODARM
    ahhhh true..i agree.. we seem to thrive on that.. ;) well onwards and upwards then…

  • 81 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    We haven’t had many managers to wants to connect with the fans as much as AP does. He acknowledges our importance every interview, everything he does, everything he tells the players to do, he wants to do it for us.
    I truly admire the man, proper, proper, class all the way.

  • 82 p // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    HBA just added 10mil to his price tag today and it was not low before hand.

    He is a special talent and Real Madrid or the like may come knocking.

  • 83 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Let’s be straight, it’s more than just goals Ba has been lacking recently. His touch is terrible at times and today he gave away the ball twice in 30 seconds in our own half, getting his own legs tangled up, then there was that poor headed clearance, straight to one of their players on the edge of the box – lucky not to cost us.

    He wonders why he gets taken off? Needs to buck his ideas up of being ‘the man’, get his head sorted during this break, accept he’s doing a job for the team and realise the enormity of what we’re achieving TOGETHER.

    The sooner he comes to terms with that, the quicker his form will improve and he’ll be back on the goal trail, in my opinion, and that’s what we ALL want!

  • 84 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    P

    indeed for 45 million I would consider anything below forget it…

  • 85 tarie4 // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    lads anyone knw the length of our no. 10′s contract??? hope it 4 yrs or more still to go…

  • 86 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Pardew’s fist pump

    I tend to agree…and the tell tell signs were there when he tried to do everything himself when he was still banging them in he needs to cool off….seriously….

  • 87 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    geordiejames89

    That was a great moment, Pardew couldn’t contain his joy, as much as he tried to look cool and impassive, a wee grin broke out! :D

  • 88 geordiejamie89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    @ 87 yea the cameras picked up on that. I was hoping the journalist would meantion that at the end of the game.

  • 89 pbNcl // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    I can’t stand stan collymore. Almost as much as I can’t stand marlon king.

  • 90 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Norwitch second goal what a treat…

  • 91 tarie4 // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Pecorino
    what??? didnt saggy face say 30 mill for modric is back pocket change..or was it 40 mill?? and ben arfa..having played (in terms of mins) less than a season..has more assists and more goals!!! hahaha ben arfa is priceless…he keeps this form next season..then he wud be right up there with silva (who i rate a hell lot more than modric)
    ben arfa is the premier leagues messi.. he is happy and loving his football…just strengthen up the mid-field and defence and trust me…hw will be right up there with the best players in the league….
    he is priceless…we shudnt even be discussing his value…rather his contract length ;)

  • 92 NorseToon // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Ba lives to score goals, It’s been while now, and he’s pissed.
    No problem

  • 93 JAMSHA // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    playng fifa 12 with fc porto n arfa , bojan are my striker…;-) + watchn cheashit match … dempsey will score for sure

  • 94 beefman13 // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    In my opinion that ben arfa goal was the best ever goal scored at st james park.

  • 95 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    https://twitter.com/#!/Sammy_Ameobi/status/189431373453475840/photo/1/large

    Awesome sauce!

  • 96 Barras // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    One mystery of football I will never understand is why Manchester United and Chelsea battled it out for John Obi Mickel? He’s a good footballer, and he might get even better as he is still quite young, but at this moment in time he would suit playing for a club like Stoke, Aston Villa, Sunderland etc.

  • 97 tarie4 // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    very open game this….that dembele looks the business mind…

  • 98 Cool Hand Luke // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    @ Dannyo #95 HAHA! Brilliant!

  • 99 JAMSHA // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    dempsey almost scoreddddddd

  • 100 hotdog // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Ben Arfa…my word, i really cant put that goal into words :-) As for Demba, AP is going to have a problem as he is a through the centre target man that can score goals. Some would say a nice problem to have!

  • 101 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Dannyo @95 ho ho ho

  • 102 tarie4 // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    fulham playing some lovely stuff like

  • 103 Rodney Cisse // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Think Fulham look like they could win this from what I’ve seen so far

  • 104 Barras // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Damien Duff is playing with a real purpose here.

  • 105 hotdog // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Mr Jol certainly gets his teams playing good footy, could do with them scoring here.

  • 106 beefman13 // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Jonas was shattered today he looked out on his feet, for me he needs a breather, gosling or abeid would have definatly been given 30 mins in the second half for jonas, fergie was getting better and better the more ball he got, cracking young player in the making.

  • 107 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    geordiejamie89 dannyo

    I really hope when Pardiola hits a bad spell and things don’t quite go to plan the fans and management have patience, appreciate his talents, and realise if he stays five years or more we’ll be a top 4 team most of the time.

    Continuity is so crucial. We know he’s up to the job and he still has got it to prove – FA Cup runner up ain’t good enough for him.

    I want him to win stuff with us. He won me over. He deserves our loyalty.
    No doubt he loves the Toon. Fans are the best in the UK and we love our heroes.

    We do have a weakness though – we can be over-critical, have overhyped expectations and be a bit fickle. I trust this guy but only cos he’s earnt it.

    On the Sky stream you could see him pacing up and down in his wee box and the grass was totally worn down.

  • 108 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Hey Pecorino

    In my recipe book it says Pecorino is best for spaghetti carbonara but you can use parmigiano as a substitute.

    Is that right ?

  • 109 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    MagpiesFlyHigh

    Actually Grana Padano is the best :)

  • 110 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Pecorino

    Thanks for that – its easily obtainable even out here in the Scottish Islands….

  • 111 JAMSHA // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    shit penaltyyyyy

  • 112 soundoid // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Pants!

  • 113 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Was there any contact in that chelsea penalty?

    They getting through very dodgerly

  • 114 Barras // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Thoughts on penalty decision?

  • 115 Charlietoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Chelsea in

  • 116 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    might be my first words on this game but was a stupid penalty to concede i hope they don’t do a city

  • 117 JAMSHA // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    chealshit always has ref on their side ……

  • 118 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    @MFH
    I doubt it mate, the ammount of fickle and little thought through fans are absolutely, devestatingly shocking.
    Remember SBR? 5 games on the trott with losses, and he was fired despite giving us 2-3 season with CL football.
    Look at how Arsenals board stood by Arsene and where are they now?

    Allot of NUFC fans forget way to fast, and think the grass is greener on the other side. It’s shocking that it’s like that, but it is. When the day comes, and it will, as it does for every other manager, i will stand by AP through thick and thin.
    He has proven himself this season and has brought us to the brink of greatness.
    How one can second guess that i’ll never know,

  • 119 Rodney Cisse // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    2 footed but got the ball, guess it depends on the ref.

    New Chelsea would get a break like that, they always do.

  • 120 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Plenty of time for Fulham..
    Chelski are a fraud of a side..

  • 121 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    That was a soft pen, u can’t give a pen or even a freekick when the tackle just looks dangerous.
    It’s flippin harmless, Murphy simply sits down in front of him.
    Bullocks pen.

  • 122 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    well when they play us i will be so annoyed if they get a decision given in there favour because that red card that was not given has probably played a big part in our points not being even higher as

  • 123 Barras // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Murphy won the ball by a two footed challenge. I’m perplexed. Is it a foul is it not a foul.

  • 124 pizzicatochan // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    I would tell you again that we should expect a Spud-slip rather than a Chelski fall. Chelski is a bigger club with more on-pitch advantages.

  • 125 Toon Tang // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    ben arfa ben arfa ben arfa ben arfa ben arfa ben arfa

    ggggggggooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllll

    hahaha love them foreign commentators

  • 126 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I was only half looking…….in all fairness Cahill got booked a moment earlier for winning the ball with a two footed tackle.

  • 127 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    I like Wenger too and don’t reckon the Gooners could have done any better given their trading policy. SAF too had his dodgy moments early on but the Board stood by him.

    SBR deserved better – you’re spot on there. Anyone who barracked him should be ashamed his win stats were top dollar. I never trusted or liked the Shepherds anyway. Best thing they ever did was sell.

  • 128 soundoid // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I’ll stand by Pards too. Great Manager, Hoots was great for us too and we stood by him Pardew came into this club with a lot to prove and he’s had a lot of carp thrown at him too Carrol, Stadium Rename and he’s always maintained his honesty and a level head. Even if we finish only in 6th….can’t belive I’m saying only 6th! He is the man to take this club forward.

    Alan Pardew I salute you!

  • 129 Barras // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Watched the replays. No that is not a penalty. The ref had a great view.

  • 130 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    pizzi

    Chelski are a fraud – they should already be below us. I’ll be mega peed off if that ref against Wigan screws up our European ticket after 38 games.

  • 131 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    pizzi
    i think more of the chelsea slip than spurs slip because chelsea are level on points and games with us but spuds until today were 3 ahead also chelsea have midweek games to cope with too and while spuds have no top 10 team to play chelsea, aswell still have both us and arsenal who are also on fire

  • 132 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    this year referees seem to have been more in favour with chelsea than manure because although manure did have some soft decision given they also had some soft ones given against them yet chelsea have had lots of games decided by soft decisions

  • 133 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Well it’s a game of two halfs, i hope Fulham can come back in the next 45, Chelski should’ve been behind us two points already.
    But there u go, u don’t win on ifs and buts, it’s up to us to slip up in the next two games.

  • 134 American Toon 13 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Demba Ba just tweeted this:
    Have you seen messi at SJP this afternoon??? Haha

    I believe his frustration is the fact he hasn’t been scoring. Just a rough patch, but it’s okay cause we are Newcastle UNITED and we have other players to score the goals.

  • 135 Rodney Cisse // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I’m going for 2-2 ft score

  • 136 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Dannyo

    Unless you’re Stoke in which case its a game of two hoofs..

  • 137 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Soo the penalty werent against Murphy…what game was the ref watching

  • 138 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Krul will one day becomes Newcastle Utd Captain. He has got it. Just Like EdwinVSar

  • 139 gaz 44 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    fully how billy bob Ted Eric or whatever other alter ego plan b goes round with nowadays

  • 140 gaz 44 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    supposed to say funny how he’s disappeared

  • 141 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Krul is better than Given overall imo, Given is poor on set pieces, picking the crosses, doing the punches, etc. Not too good going further out within the 16 yard line.
    Krul is King in the area imo.
    Krul could use Givens distribution leg tho :P
    Noticed that Krul has cut down a bit on the long hoofs.
    Also noticing that the back 4 are playing the passing game a bit more now.

  • 142 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Krul represents everything that is good about Newcastle United. He came here a a youngster with promise and has developed amazingly well as a player. He loves the Toon and even has a Geordie accent. He is now a class act for one of the world’s top international sides as well as being our first choice and hopefully for ten years and more.
    He seems to have learnt better distribution too last few games :-)

  • 143 Dannyo // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    @gaz44
    Could well be that Ed has banned his IP from the site now.

  • 144 giimps // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    I hate to say this but I wonder how many referees bank balances have been boosted by an influx of russian money this season?
    Game vs us this season, Luiz should have walked and been playing with 10 men, soft penalties and offside goals standing.This could all cost us big time , however ,if we win all our 5 remaining games we will be in the top 4/5.
    Mereiles should have been booked twice before he was (although the incident for the actual booking was not a foul).
    Cheating cockney scumbags and they (as well as Manure Assnel and Shitteh) always get the “rub of the green” and 50/50 decisions going their way.
    For example, where did the ref get 5 mins in the Assnel game?When Torres/Rooney goes straight through a player from behind to get the ball, its a forwards tackle and no booking, if Cabaye or Tiote do it its a 2 footed lunge from behind and they get retrospective action.
    I personally dont think we will get CL this season as we arent a super rich or london club and results / decisions wont go our way in the last games.
    What I want to know is, when is it impossible for Citeh, Manure and Chelski to qualify for the CL due to financial fair play rules?
    Chelski are 90 mil in debt this season and do not bring in enough revenue to reduce the debt, Citeh are 250 mil in debt and are in the same boat, Manure are 3/4 billion in debt so I guess they are screwed too.
    Cant wait until they get booted out and are replaced by teams who are self sufficient (I can dream cant I?)
    HWTL and Fulham for tonight at least

  • 145 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    dannyo

    let’s hope so… probly slagging O’Neill o some mackem blog

  • 146 Yorkie Dave // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Krul is like a clone of van der sar and he has the class to be the holland and toon no. 1 for years to come. I would rate Hart, reina and cech above him but cant think of any others in the prem.

    last 6 games, if we take it game by game can see us winning them all. if we can get a draw out of chelsea though can see us getting fourth spot. Citeh wont have much to play for then.

    4

    Tottenham Hotspur

    33

    59

    QPR (A)

    Blackburn (H)

    Bolton (A)

    5

    Newcastle United

    33

    59

    Stoke (H)

    Wigan (A)

    Chelsea (A)

    6

    Chelsea

    32

    56

    Arsenal (A)

    QPR (H)

    Newcastle (H)

  • 147 ellington09 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Do you think Pardew plays the champions league music in the dressing room to motivate the players before the game?
    Just a thought :)

  • 148 Toon1978 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    My jaw hit the floor when HBA scored that goal. You only see them goals scored in Barcelona or Real Madrid lol.

  • 149 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    a question for people at the game
    when i watched it online the stadium seemed quiet, was that because of the singing section now split or was it just purely down to the game or opposing team itself?

  • 150 Jonny // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Fulham are a very strong outfit and that Frei looks like an outstanding prospect for an 18 year old! Just need a couple of goals now. ANyone else looking forward to seeing Ben Arfa’s goal AGAIN on MOTD later???

  • 151 unified // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    We lacked posession in the midfield today.
    We need to have Tiote or Guthrie back in the game pronto.

  • 152 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Chelsea got another LUCKY penalty…what a day again..

  • 153 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    glimps

    Aye
    Why should the EPL with the Russian oligarchs, American speculators and Arab sheiks – none of whom have a particularly ethical approach to business allow fair reffing to mess up their business plans ?
    No doubt with FIFA though we all know how clean they are. :-) A fourth video official would seriously jeopardise their power base.

  • 154 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Chelsea is going to get away with that stupid penalty decision again… ref take a look at the replay.

  • 155 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Yeah Tiote is definitively missing….he has been injured a lot this season couple of games and its a strain this and that….hmm…

  • 156 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Tiote is gonna pick up injuries the amount of clattering he does..

  • 157 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    two point missing frm wigan game.
    Now another 2… Cant be a penatly. For sure. The video show clearly, the ref have imagine it.

  • 158 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    @jonny
    i am looking forward to seeing the goal again on MOTD tonight but once the analsis starts of the game they will no doubt descibe the goal more of a poor defending by bolton and giving him space, unlike say messi who’s goals they would descibe as excellent skill by the player himself

  • 159 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Is MOTD on today?

  • 160 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Chelsea playing very defensively. Fulham is not going to break them down in this kind of football method.

  • 161 geordiejamie89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Looks like two games in a row that Chelsea are going to be given the three points by the ref. They say it comes and goes in a season, but it comes a lot more to the teams that spend big on players, funny that. Ref’s should be relagated and promoted, directly on their performances, and their wages should reflect that. Refs don’t deserve their wages sometimes, and they let down the other refs who have had good games that week.

  • 162 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    mutin yes after bbc news

  • 163 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Come on Fulham – equaliser in injury time

  • 164 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    10mins to a penalty defeat to fulham. Really hard done by. Just like Wigan.

  • 165 Wor Shearer // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    10:20 bbc1

  • 166 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Don’t think tiote was injured this much last season. Hopefully he will play more games and preform more consistently next season because he is just am epic player.

  • 167 JAMSHA // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    shiiiiiit saved

  • 168 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaalllllll
    1-1

  • 169 Wor Shearer // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    The Clint!

  • 170 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Fulham score……1-1

  • 171 Wor Shearer // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    C’mon Fulham, you can win this!

  • 172 JAMSHA // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    I SAID DEMPSEY WILL SCORE YEASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS DEMPSEY TO NEWCASTLE :-)

  • 173 Yorkie Dave // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    GET IN!!!!!!!!!!! clint dempsey

  • 174 hotdog // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    get in fulham

  • 175 MacToon // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Go on Fulham….

  • 176 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    DEMPSEEY you beautiful beautiful man!

    I dont like it but i thought exactly the same as Le Tiss…why dont teams stick a man on the post!!

  • 177 soundoid // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    And we are 5th get in! Aaron hughes tried his best for us but get in Dempsey!

  • 178 Rodney Cisse // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Goal from Dempsey!

    How much is he worth you lot recon?

  • 179 level7wonder // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    DEMPSAAAAAAY

  • 180 gaz 44 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    dannyo i never rated givens kicking.. best shot stopper the premises has seen other than schmeicel thou

  • 181 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    fulham play like it was basketball please

  • 182 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    At this min. I would say that Fulham deserve to win even

  • 183 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    That Frei looks the hes going to become an insanely good player

  • 184 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Yes, yes, yes, YESSSS!!

  • 185 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    only with feet

  • 186 JAMSHA // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    dempsey to score another ;-)

  • 187 p // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    I think it is perhaps to go the way of cricket and give teams the possibility to have 2 decisions per game reviewed by 4th official on tv replay.

    May screw with the fluency and may even encourage slacking by refs but, too much seems at stake these days.

    I have to say, it is impossible to get every decision right as an officiator you can easily lose concentration for 1 second over 90 minutes.

    To me goal line technology is a no-brainer.

  • 188 gaz 44 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    demise -12-13mill in my opinion.. class act

  • 189 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Thanks. I would like to think Abeid can cover for tiote next season if Guthrie or gosling leave in the summer which I hope they don’t. Abeid seems to be highly rated by everyone here but I haven’t seen him play yet. May have seen him in one of the cup games but can’t remember. Do we think he will be ready next season or does he need to go out on loan and get some game time and prove he can play?

  • 190 gaz 44 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    dempsey even bloody phone

  • 191 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    things like pens could be so easy to solve if they had goal line officials who could make decisions that include pens

  • 192 gaz 44 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    how much money do we get for finishing 6th or higher i know last year we lost a lot on last day of season

  • 193 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Be typical Chelsea if they got a handball offside deflected goal now

  • 194 soundoid // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    My girlfriend who’s a Chelsea supporter has just said we need a ben arfa moment.!

  • 195 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    If liverpool lose tomorrow, we’ve mathmatically finished above them!

    Crazy.

  • 196 geordiejamie89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Dempsey for Newcastle next season would be a good one. He could take the third space in the middle.

  • 197 soundoid // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Sorry Pet he’s our player!

  • 198 JAMSHA // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    yesssssssssss we stay 5th , bit relifd nw :-)

  • 199 toonking // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    as for video technology well i think when ever it involves a ball in the net they i can’t see any reason it dirupts play so it should be able to be used for them offiside decisions aswell as goalline

    i saw someone mention cricket and these days umpires rarely get things wrong which i bet is because they don’t want to be embarrested from the technolegy, so who knows football officals will probably improve too

  • 200 Charlietoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Nice work fullham. We really have a shot now

  • 201 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Its not even a penatly! They shld have lost it.

  • 202 Wor Shearer // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Thank you Fulham.

  • 203 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    There is a fair ref fairy after all

  • 204 nufc90 // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    i wish we could go in for dempsey in the summer. it’s not beyond the realms of possibility i think he has 1yr left on contract? might be able to get at decent fee.
    think MA will look to the continent though

  • 205 G // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Over the moon Chelsea have dropped the points. If we keep this momentum up, I fancy this season to go down as one of the best curtain closers ever for us. Top 8 was my expectation, if we could finish top (and I’m not saying we will, I’m saying we might) I would be ecstatic.

  • 206 GeordieGesus // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Looks as if results are going our way. At least Pardew hasn’t said. “I’d effen love it. I’d effin love it.” Could be Champions league for us.

  • 207 Yorkie Dave // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    chelsea next play arsenal at the emerites and spurs are away to qpr. we have stoke at home should be us in fourth place. everyone will be rested and spurs have the semi and chelsea have both semis before hand.

  • 208 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Squeaky bum time Chelski and Spuds :-)

  • 209 GeordieGesus // Apr 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    nufc90, Why?

  • 210 G // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Don’t think Roman Abromovic will be offering Roberto Di Mateo the permanent Chelsea gig after all then? Never thought I would see the day that I cheered Fulham.

  • 211 alip123 // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Is it just me or does our defence seem to have steadied again?

    Willo seems to be playing well again, Perch is proving his critics completely wrong and Colo is solid.

    Since drawing at home to Wolves we’ve conceded just 4 goals in 7 matches, and haven’t conceded in 306 minutes of football

  • 212 Rodney Cisse // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Be nice to get someone like Dempsey especially with the games in Europe, 2 or 3 next level players to maintain a europe finish next season and a few quality squad members.. happy days

  • 213 davybtoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Honestly there’s no pressure on us to get top 4 It’s all on spurs n Chelsea, since spurs beat us we’ve closed the gap from 11pts to level on points

  • 214 alip123 // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    The lack of pressure and lack of cup games means that we have a key advantage :D

  • 215 soundoid // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    alip123

    Yes i agree with that point defending really well good Goalie and a sprinkle of magic up top.

  • 216 GeordieGesus // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Call me deluded if you want. But I am really hoping we hit the Champions League. Europe will do. But I just want to shake my willy at all those pundets who said we would be going back down this season.

  • 217 nufc90 // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    i think lawro would probably have a heart attack if we made it to the champions league haha

  • 218 Sazzer // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Probably too old for the transfer policy, but man, Dempsey should be rewarded with CL play if he steal some points against Tottenham also.

    What a day!

  • 219 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    WHO FOUL KALOU????

    REF Says
    NOT Murphy…!!!
    BUT The Video shows CLEARLY It cant be Kelly as well!

    Cant Be Duff just right behind the play right.
    What is happening to all this REF and linesman?

  • 220 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Dempsey will be nowhere near our transfer list. He’s too old for the price tag he’d demand.

    Hes been great for the past 2-3 seasons, but recently hes been getting alot more press, which means price goes up…plus Fulham aren’t really a team to sell the players they want to keep.

    But as hes mentioned, gives me an excuse to watch this goal again…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZR48Cnn9FU

  • 221 Sazzer // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    And I agree that Frei is an interesting prospect.

  • 222 nufc90 // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    i liked the look of that kerim frei only 18 aswell looks a decent prospect

  • 223 Crawfordladd17 // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I think we will win the next two games, but 2-0 our way in each of the games, then Manchester City I think we can sneak it 1-0 the way City are playing, they won’t have anything to play for while the time comes, they can’t score and we can’t concede, 1 conceded in 5 games. Then Chelsea we are unbeaten in 3 games at the bridge(including the cup).
    Same for Everton I know Ben Arfa scored a beauty there last year there but can’t remember.
    I think the best we can’t get is 13 points.
    The worse 8

  • 224 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    RDM is watch black and white video replay…Kelly touch kalou?

  • 225 geordiejamie89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    I think we’ll be alright. Like Pards said, we’re a year ahead of what they were aiming for, any Europe is a bonus. Champs League would probably set us two years ahead, and set for a financial boost, and some bullying tactics when it comes to buying players against the Liverpool’s sunderlands etc.

  • 226 Yorkie Dave // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Crawfordladd17 we have stoke next then wigan then chelsea, if we get 7 points i believe that spurs will drop points as will chelsea we can make 4th. BELIEVE

  • 227 Yorkie Dave // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Norwich’s second was a very good goal.

  • 228 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Really didnt expect Newcastle Utd to perform this good so far.

    Abt Krul was his distribution but that really dont matters much when he makes so super! Save..they makes us stay in the game so often.

    Super GK..Priceless. No1. Assets
    Even for 35million we will never get another keeper like him.

  • 229 Sazzer // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    alip123
    Against Fulham and Tottenham we played with only two central midfielders against three of the opposite team. This put a different type of pressure on the defensive line. After that it have been surprisingly solid. Thought it would collapse without Collo.

    Credit to Perch, Simmo, Willo, Santon for sure. But Ba, Cisse and Ben-Arfa, Shola have taken more responsibility as well defensively. And midfield keep on playing solid.

    Bottom line: Everyone deserves credit and we should support them as long as they are at Newcastle working so hard to do there best! That will create a winning culture in the long run. No more Simmo twitter incidents. It will only hurt the team and club atmosphere. Hopefully we can get Simmo back feeling the support and talking to the fans.

  • 230 davis_toons // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Benny Got to be very carful playing MAN CITY again with Teves back now as both him and Dejong will be looking after Ben Arfa again as instructed.

    The scar is still in his mind …

  • 231 Sazzer // Apr 9, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Forgot KingKrul simply Premier Leagues best goalkeeper at the moment.

  • 232 Sav // Apr 10, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Results have been pretty kind to us, even if some of the officials haven’t this weekend – except to Chelsea and ManU supporters. And our remaining fixtures are tough ones, but we just have to play them one at a time and see where that takes us, as Pardew is doing.
    HTL!

  • 233 Crawfordladd17 // Apr 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Yorkie Dave I do believe I think we can get 13 points, I think we will beat Stoke, Wigan and get a result against Chelsea as I said

  • 234 Owldman // Apr 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Going into tackles with studs showing is an automatic booking Murphy went in two footed with studs showing & paid the price.These kind of tackles are dangerous & can destroy players careers.no place in football for thugs.




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