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Alan Pardew – Newcastle Players Deserve The Plaudits

10:55 am, Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 210 Comments

It must be very pleasing for a manager like Alan Pardew to see his team give such an accomplished performance yesterday, when the pressure was really on our lads.

Yohan Cabaye – after scoring yesterday

And before we scored that first goal,  Newcastle maybe looked a little tentative in the build up, and the TV commentators were saying such daft things like the pressure was getting to the Newcastle players.

But then after two great goals in just four minutes, we didn’t hear them say that for the rest of the game, as Newcastle were quite easily the better side yesterday at St. James’ Park.

Alan Pardew has given a multitude of interviews since the game finished yesterday, and he will be in great demand after his side won their 6th game in a row:

“To win six on the trot is truly outstanding from the players, they’ll get a few plaudits this week and they deserve them.”  “We were accomplished yesterday.”

” I think it was one of those games where you really needed to focus because Stoke have got great players.”  “We did – we were focused from the start and when we got the first goal, which was a great bit of skill from Hatem and a fantastic header from Cisse.”

“It set us up.”  “We looked comfortable from that moment. We haven’t sent a message out, we’re just doing what we do.”  “Our work ethic was the same, it was our four-pronged attack that won us the game. That’s Hatem, Yohan, Demba and Papiss.”

“They really were in irrepressible form at times. That gives you a chance in games.”  “We now go to Wigan, who got a tough result on Saturday, that’s the next hurdle for us.”  “Cabaye was simply terrific. He scored two great goals but perhaps his pass was better than his goals,” 

“I was on the sidelines and I didn’t even see that run. He’s having to manoeuvre the ball with players left, right and centre so to find that pass is exquisite.”  “It was a good finish by the way, but that will have to go down as one of the best passes I have seen at this stadium.”

It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle can get their 7th win in a row at the DW Stadium next Saturday, but Newcastle will need to be ready to fight and scrap for every single ball.

That’s something the Spurs players didn’t show yesterday at  QPR, and they paid the penalty,  as the newly promoted side deserved their 3 points with a 1-0 victory.

Keeping the Newcastle players’ feet on the ground will be important for Alan Pardew over the next four games, but the lads will be trying to pick up as many points as possible in that final run-in to the season.

We will also need a number of players in top form in those games, if we are indeed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2003.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · European Competition · Newcastle News

210 responses so far ↓

  • 1 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM


  • 2 check the toastie // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Reading between the lines Pardew doesnt rate Cabaye.

  • 3 achtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    if we make the champions league then it will be a real test for Ashley. I support what he is doing and if he is true to his word then the additional money from the CL will be invested directly into the team. that means 15m in, 15m out. although it may not be directly on player purchase we should see a significant improvement in the team this summer. When we came back up to the premiership people said we hadn’t invested enough to stay up, they were wrong. probably the same people are saying we don’t have a strong enough team to cope with the champions league. time to prove those people wrong again Ashley.

  • 4 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    “…Stoke have got great players.” Very magnanimous AP, they’re awful. Hopefully Pulis can rouse them for their match against Arsenal at The Brittania though, Gooners don’t usually like their trips there.

    Wigan will be a more dangerous opponent, but play like we did yesterday and I’m sure we’ll win!

  • 5 achtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    can i also say that yesterdays game was a masterclass in how to play the passing game with meaning. Swansea try to play that way but they just make it look boring. the defenders pass between each other but the differance with us is our forwards can also do it and make goals.

  • 6 rich_toonfan // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    With wigan being about 5 points clear of relegation now it takes a bit of pressure off them and maybe they wont have the drive to ply the way they did against arsenal, man utd etc….

    they didn’t look great against fulham yesterday so hopefully we can just show our class and beat them to make it 7 wins

  • 7 rich_toonfan // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM


    we did show our class, pretty much any prem league players can pass backwards and forwards but not many can play good forward passes like cabaye did yesterday

  • 8 achtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    #pardews fist pump – shows the quality of the england team.

  • 9 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    All right, i finally understand this “reading between the line” story.

    This is an english joke, isnt it?

  • 10 sweendog // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    see droopys comments about spurs .. makes me laugh .. he’s running out of games.. he keeps saying they’ve to win all their last games, and that was about 2/3 weeks ago
    they’ve 2 home and 2 away in curent form thats 0 points .. move over Spurs

  • 11 lewytoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    were like the english napoli, people starting to like us and have a terrifying 3 pronged attack 😉

  • 12 achtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    #rich_toonfan the pundits were bragging about the accuracy of one of the swansea players passing saying they were the best in the whole of europe. better than messi. well thats easy when you’re in your own half and the other player is a foot away and you ping pong the ball between you for 45 mins. i could do that and get good accuracy stats. the differance is doing it in your opponents half and making goals, which we are doing. I generaly dont like to look back in anger but can you imagine where we would be if Cisse had come last summer like he was supposed to and HBA hadn’t got a broken leg

  • 13 sweendog // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    niafron .. I think it comes from people saying “reading between the lines” and making up ridiculous statements .. now its become a bit of a joke..

  • 14 lewytoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    just like to say, ben arfa control when he stopped it completely dead was unbelievabe

  • 15 sweendog // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    I wonder should we take a leaf out of ‘Arrys book a start saying Modric/Bale has a release of 7mill ..

  • 16 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM


    You know, a i said here before, it would be good to ask him, but being totaly fan of Maradona, HBA maybe choosed the NUFC cause the club and the city looked like Napoli.

  • 17 sweendog // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    some good news for the wigan game as Di Santo is a doubt

  • 18 magpie6699 // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Picking up on issues from earlier threads:
    Pulis – what an ungracious t*t! If you are outplayed in a match but have 4 chances to the other team’s 15 and it finishes 3-0 you can always say “we’d have won if we’d taken our chances” instead of acknowledging that it could have been a rugby score if the other team had taken theirs! Pathetic.
    And Cisse’s reaction to the “offside” goal. A cheeky, slightly bemused grin at the linesman! Contrast that with moaning anorexic Crouch and his mate who were lucky not to have been booked for going right in the linesman’s face after he’d flagged them for a foul on Guti (or Santon?). He spent the whole match with a face like a fart!

  • 19 Toonaholic // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    sweendog, that made me laugh 😀

  • 20 check the toastie // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    lewytoon – Ben10 and Cisse’s tekkers yesterday was unbelievable. So many ‘shake your head and smile moments’, people sat around me were having such a great afternoon, best feeling in the ground since Keegan.

  • 21 sweendog // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    magpie6699 .. yep Cisse is a man just loving life in Newcastle ..reminds me of Asprilla’s attitude way back .. joy to watch players not moaning and playing brilliant..

  • 22 sweendog // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    If Cisse keeps this up watch Man City come in for him ..he has to be the hottest striker in the EPL .. maybe europe

  • 23 lewytoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    hahahahaha yeah niafron

    and check the toastie, when ben arfa stopped the ball dead literally the whole ground went ‘wowwwww’

  • 24 check the toastie // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Cisse is the best striker ever to have pulled on our jersey, some statement eh, only played 10 games but oh my word the boy is blessed.

  • 25 Gateshead-Mag // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Off topic but iv seen a few ppl saying we shud go after taraabt would much rather we invested in atleat 1 quality english player

    any1 else think adam johnson would be the perfect midfield addition in the summer??

    quality player, possibly quite cheapish,
    toon fan and a proper down to earth profesional unlike taarabt who is temperemental and chucks his toys out the pram when things dont go his way

  • 26 sweendog // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Toonaholic .. good to see Harry sweating a bit .. he’s undermined us too many times for my liking ..
    maybe its Karma.

  • 27 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM


    I’m damn serious. Just consider things like that:

    -A city with a strong local identity
    – A city far from the economicals and politicals center of the country.
    -A city totaly mad about football.
    -A football club who haven’t won anything since a very long time.

    So am i speaking of Newcastle or Napoli?

  • 28 sweendog // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    check the toastie .. yep he is definately up there .. a couple of seasons playing like that and he would match or best .. Shearer/Cole/Ferdinand .. I’d love to see him with us in the champions league .. would be a joy watching world class defenders dragged all over the pitch .. his movement is amazing

  • 29 rich_toonfan // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM


    yeh he is amazing but i wouldn’t go that far yet

    see how he copes when people start to know his game a bit more. he seems to be a player who will get goals easily

    and the replays showed cisse was just slightly offside yesterday so a correct decision…..but his attitude to it was good to see.

    I never get shouting at refs and linesmen…cause surely next time you are involved in a 50/50 decision it wont go your way if you constantly screaming at him

  • 30 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Ben 10?

    Benten is the japanese name of Brahma. Who is the hindu god of creation…

  • 31 lewytoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    niafron, also were also a one club city 😉

  • 32 ellington09 // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    @ Niafron

    What has happened to Loic Remy he was playing well at the start of the season. Do you think he would be a good player for newcastle?

    What dou you think of the 18 year old defender for st etienne i think his name is Zouma?

  • 33 lewytoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    niafron, what do you think on corgnet? would he fit into our 4-3-3?

  • 34 Indian Magpie // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM


    i am impressed

  • 35 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM


    Rémy got difficult time. Like all Marseille players. Marseille have not win since 12 games in ligue 1 (with 10 or 11 defeats…).

    They just saved their season last week by winning the league cup.

    Rémy is still a good player however, but if Ba stay at Newcastle, we don’t really need him.

    Kurt Zouma is indeed the revelation of the season in St Etienne, but he just signed a new contract (2016).


    Playing the same role than Cabaye, Jonas or Guthrie, Corgnet would certainly fit our system. And he is a fine player as well as a fine lad.

    He never played at high level competition however.

  • 36 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    @Indian Magpie

    What is realy impressive is the complexity of religion in your country!

  • 37 Klatoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    HBA’s control on that Tiote pass was unreal, shame they didnt do a replay during the broadcast. To do that is amazing but to pull it off on a wet slick pitch is brilliant.

    If anyone’s got a vid link for it i’ll be grateful !

  • 38 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM


    I missed that. When did it happen in the game?

  • 39 Gateshead-Mag // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM


    they never showed his skill wen he got away from 3 players in our half but was fouled, propa embarressed the player that brought him down

  • 40 Indian Magpie // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Yes, Niafron

  • 41 Klatoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Niafron during the 1st half. Tiote hit a crossfield pass and Benny basically “killed the ball” under his foot instantly before laying it off to the overlapping Simpson. I hope you get a video link for it.

  • 42 only magpie of nepal // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Everything is tactical at Newcastle at the moment. That 5-0 defeat at Spurs was also tactical one. Look how that game has changed the seasons for Spurs and Newcastle?
    I think we r going 4 lig title nxt season.

  • 43 LewSpi // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Ha I remember that Klatoon, it was incredible, the ball literally just stopped, I coul do nothing but just laugh. His control of the ball is just so effortless.

  • 44 Klatoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Gateshead-mag, luckily on my broadcast that was replayed. It was Palacios who brought him down and honestly i would too. The way he went round him was too embarassing 🙂

  • 45 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    @Niafron, Please answer 😉

    1. What can you say about Anthony Knockeart from Guingamp and Kondogbia from Lens?

    2. Debouchy or Mapou? (is there any chance? )

    3. what do you think could do better in our squad Marvin Martin or Corgnet?

    What french press says about NUFC now, any new transfers transfers goosip? Thanks for your knowledge 🙂

  • 46 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM


    Hello there. You’ve not been around much lately! Are you enjoying the change in style of play?

    It’s all down to giving Hatem a roaming role, and playing Jonas in the middle, for me. They’re always making themselves available.

    It’s also interesting that since we stopped playing so defensively, we’ve stopped conceding goals (;

  • 47 phizzyJ // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Off topic but… Hoillet looked emense yesterday. What a squad if we get him involved with the other players on the list!!! Plus m
    Not too expensive and bet he’d jump at the chance to come here!

  • 48 Beattie25 // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Hoilett would be brilliant an would fit the team perfectly!

    Given that Guti is now a DM we need a LW and I can think of no better option than Hoilett.

    Young, on a free and bags of ability and potential.

    Benny and ober at RW
    Marv and Hoilett at LW


  • 49 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Speaking of Beny, an excellent vid of his game against Bolton.

    There’s new angles of view of his goal, so you really feel the speed. I wonder if i already seen a player having such a ball control running so fast.


    Yes, i enjoy. Yesterday, it was playstation football.


    1. Sincerly not much, cause following the ligue1, the PL and the spanish liga as well, i have no time for the french ligue2 and moreover, this is one of the most booring championship in Europe.

    2 Debuchy, maybe. But with Simmo staying, and Santon being much more a RB than a LB to me, i don’t see the interest ti buy him.
    And if he make a good Euro, he will not be Cheap.
    Mapou would be a fine recruit, but with Montpellier almost sure now to play the CPL, will be hard to sign him. Anyway for a reasonable price.

    3 Both of them are very good player, but personnaly, i would take Corgnet.

    The french press is now talking alot of Newcaslte, ans is particulary impressed. Most of the comments however concern Ben arfa. People wonder if he will go to the Euro or not.

  • 50 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM


    What are Hatems chances of going, do you think? Philippe Auclair said that the chances are low, because Blanc doesn’t watch any football outside France.

    I assume Cabaye is nailed on to be in the squad?

  • 51 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM


    “Given that Guti is a DM now”

    Haha, it’s so seemless but it’s come completely out of nowhere. A very very good tactical move though. One I wasn’t sure Pardew would have the balls to do 6 months ago, but fair play to him, I’d never have thought of it.

  • 52 cyprus // Apr 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Congrats on your five years of keeping this blog up and running despite your personal trials and tribulations. Honestly, I do feel that even players, even Mike himself may visit on the odd occasion, so popular this site has become. It would be interesting to see a group photo of all the bloggers: kids, grown ups, old geysers, professionals, drifters, international faces etc. all bound by a single unwavering passion. Keep up the good work! We’ll talk about our next game (and Ba’s goals!) in a few days.

  • 53 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Thanks Niafron!

  • 54 stephen1971 // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    everton 1-0 up ffs

  • 55 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Ffs everton 1-0 utd

  • 56 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Everton aren’t going to catch us, why is them winning a bad thing?

  • 57 stephen1971 // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    1-1 rooney

  • 58 Garreth // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Yeah forget about the Everton game, stop looking down… start looking ahead!

  • 59 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Tds technically they can if they lose today were 100% garunteed europe 2nd want utd to have the title sewn up before we play citeh

  • 60 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:12 PM


    Cabaye is almost sure to be a starter.

    Concerning Beny, i don’t know. With all the respect i got for Philippe, i wonder if he’s not angry cause Blanc do not pick up Koscielny (Phil is one of the greatest gunners fans in the world).

    I don’t know if Blanc watch football outside of France, but the majority of his players are now in foreign championships.
    Benzema, Rami, Mexes, Cabaye, Ribery, Nasri…

    Moreover, Beny is now the main subject in France, as far as the national team is concerned, and the goals he scored are so spectaculars, than even without watchnig the games…

    For me the problem is different. Jean Pierre Bernes is Blanc’s agent.
    He’s alos the agent of Deschamps, a good friend of Blanc.

    And these two guys, Bernes and Dechamps, don’t want to see Beny in the french squad.

    In fact, there’s a strong faction against Beny in the french football. I don’t know how football work in England, but in France, this is almost a political activity.

  • 61 stephen1971 // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    its still mathematically possible for them to catch us though tds, i know they won,t but i,d still like to have to 100% guarentee of europe

  • 62 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:18 PM


    Yeah, I know. I was just going on the assumption that we won’t lose every game (;

    The City point is interesting actually. If Manchester United were to win when they play eachother, sealing the title, it may completely crush City. I have faith in us giving them a game whatever though. At home we look like we can take on anyone.

  • 63 GeordieGesus // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    My son said, “Dad, can I start going ballroom dancing?”

    I said, “No, it’s too dangerous.”

    He said, “Why is it?”

    I said, “Because I’ll break your legs, you effin little poof.”

  • 64 niafron // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    All right lads, got to go. Electoral day in France, so this is a perfect day for drinking, saying stupid things and seduce the girls simply by listening their politicals opinions.

    Bonne journée messieurs.

  • 65 stephen1971 // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    2-1 man u , come on

  • 66 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Great goal by welbeck

  • 67 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Nani is awsome whens he out of contract? Lol

  • 68 stephen1971 // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    3-1 game over , thats us in europe

  • 69 Spuggy // Apr 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Great game – the way Manu find space everyone should learn from.

  • 70 Spuggy // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    What a fantastic season. We’re safely into Europe, and guarenteed a top 6 finish. Now we can have a good old go at CL. If we fail, it’s still a wonderful season.

    Currently16 points above Liverpool and 18 above Sunderland. Dreamland. How exciting are the last 4 games gonna be!

  • 71 SmileyFace // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Mate, 4-4 ! Such an amazing match

  • 72 Spuggy // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Wow what a comeback!

  • 73 Spuggy // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    A draw still guarantees us Europe.

  • 74 SmileyFace // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    A draw – we’re still in though yes?

  • 75 NUFCkris // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I think yesterdays game was one of our best performances of the season because we played two holding midielders and let cabaye get forward to pull the strings, i for one would take diakite from QPR he was immense yesterday and has been since he joined them. Immagine this nxt season






    Plus Diakite likes to get forward aswell. What u think

  • 76 Spuggy // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Someone tell me why spuds havent kept hold of pienarr?

  • 77 hainesy // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I think Diakite has looked awful. Way out of his depth and he’s had at least 4 yellows and a red in his 7/8 matches. I’d take Diame if it was between those two.

  • 78 Garreth // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Smiley, yes. Everton need to win to not guarantee it for us.

  • 79 Spuggy // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Let’s not forget Ba created the third goal with his strength and skill when it eventually came to Cabaye.

  • 80 Spuggy // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM


  • 81 NUFCkris // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    There ya gan the hainsey, and diame will also b relatively cheap and has EPL experience, only problem is he will b away with both dembas at ACON






    anyone know a few good dm’s for sale ?

  • 82 level7wonder // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    NUFCkris @ 81. wakaso mubarak from villareal, young, pacey, good shot, a mini tiote in my eyes

  • 83 alkinou // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    He’s probably not for sale but howdo you think Fellaini would fit in our midfield?

  • 84 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Fellaini is a massive massive knob. Cannot stand that man.

  • 85 NUFCkris // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Fellani is a donkey, done nowt all season up until today, plus, whats the crack with his hair

  • 86 Jail for Ashley // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Has anybody please got a link for the Match of the day NUFC-Stoke highlights,I’m on a barge in Kazahkstan and havent seen anyfootball for ages : (.

  • 87 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    The ACON is just something we have to deal with. If we’re looking for a big strong CM who imposes himself well, it just happens that they tend to come from Africa.

  • 88 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM



  • 89 NUFCkris // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    TDS good point. Btw did anyone else know Cheick tiote lost his virginity before his father 😉

  • 90 msk21dec // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Just 1 more important game left to guarantee us europe and that is on Tuesday! Hope Barca win. if Chelsea win then there will still be a slight doubt i think. So hope Barca win then we are guaranteed EUROPE!!!

  • 91 hotdog // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    alkinou – If we have learnt anyhting from our transfer policy, it is that the players we target will be relatively unknown, on no more than £40K a week so 95% of names mentioned on here can be discarded. Happy Days – Passports at the ready 🙂

  • 92 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Anyone else see when Cisse’s goal was disallowed yesterday and he was having a laugh with the linesman, most players would have ran up and screamed at the officials. seems like such a nice humble lad

  • 93 achtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Europe now confirmed but which competition?

  • 94 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Would anyone else take that Karim Frei from fulham, kids gunna b a star

  • 95 hotdog // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    jesus fergy just like Pulis – no credit to the opposition and all the goals we conceded were bad ones, Kn*b

  • 96 Beattie25 // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    When (not if) Barca stuff Chelski we are in for the most exciting seasons end in the history of the PL I think.

    When Barca win we will have CL football in our own hands and it will be ours to throw away. I still think we are long shots but not only can we upset the top 4 we could potentially decide the title.

    If Man City win today then a week tomorrow will see them play Man Ure. Should they win that too they will be top of the league on goal difference and will head to st James park as favourites. But we can upset the odds and beat them. I’m sure of it.

    At the moment there is a load of ifs and buts but I am very excited. We need IMO 10points to guarantee CL. Maybe 9 will be enough?! How many do you think we need?

  • 97 GeordieToon89 // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Its official, my passport is dust free and ready to travel Europe with me and the toon next season! Howay the lads!

  • 98 GeordieToon89 // Apr 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    A think we need 12 points to guarentee champ league.. But the qualifiers will be really hard aswell

  • 99 shaun83 // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Beattie, obviously we need to go for all of them but personally I think 7 will do it, as long as one of those points is at Chelsea

  • 100 2_goal_tino // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    For the people asking to see HBA’s skill from Tiote’s pass – there’s a vid of it on this link…

  • 101 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    It’s difficult to predict anything. All we can do is beat Wigan, and by the end of the weekend Spurs and Arsenal may well have dropped points to Blackburn and Stoke.

  • 102 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Are we in europe !!!!!! are we are we lads!

  • 103 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Having taken 4 points from Manchester United this season, I feel the least we can do is thump City for them.

  • 104 TemuriKetsbaia // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Speaking of moments of class in yesterdays game – what about Colo’s Cruyff tackle in the second half??!!

  • 105 NUFC FOR SALE // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    What a massive massive difference it has made playing Jonas alongside Tiote.

    This has put Cabaye back where he belongs, further forward.

    It was clear that before this great run Cabaye was sitting deeper and deeper which was wasting his talents.

    Now hes further forward he can score goals set up Cisse, Ba and Ben Arfa.

    Jonas is fantastic in this new position as his work rate is 2nd to none.

    This really is one of the most exciting newcastle teams i have seen for decades. If we can keep this lot together and add a 5 or 6 top quality players (Hoilett, Moses, Wolfswinkle, Pieters, Douglas) we could really cement our place in the top 6.

    Didn’t Ashley say he had a 5 year plan? Well its certainly looking like coming to fruition now.

  • 106 Special K // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Back in Europe, amazing. Can’t describe it really, those games against AZ Alkmaar seem decades ago. Buzzing really.

    Does anyone know when the Citeh game goes on General Sale? I reckon tomorrow?

  • 107 roblee7 // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Random, I know, but anyone know of any decent jobs out there in Newcastle area-ish? been looking around and not much success :s

  • 108 toonfan76 // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    How about a job at Nissan, not exactly Newcastle but the money is pretty reasonable and they are looking for 590 new employees.

  • 109 roblee7 // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Nissan – good call – shame the factories in the land of the unwashed but nevertheless, good call!

  • 110 toonfan76 // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Just wanted to say to Ed, hadn’t realized you were from the walker area, reading one of your articles and you mentioned Evistone Gardens. Don’t know if your up to date on event in the local area or not but I can tell you that the birds nest pub and the club have both been torn down. The place looks a lot different these days. Just thought i’d give you a little bit of info on your old stomping ground. Take Care and get well soon.

  • 111 ConsettToff // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Just want to make sure I’ve got this right:

    – We’re guaranteed at least 6th place & Europa League right now.

    – If we want 4th, the only way to guarantee that is to get a minimum of 10 points, assuming that Chelski & Spuds win their remaining games.

    – 4th place will only guarantee us Champions League if Chelski fail to win the CL.

    – The only guarantee of 3rd place is for Arsenal to drop a point or more, and for us to win all of our remaining games.

    Is that a fair summary of how things stand currently?

    Genuinely think we’ve now got one of the toughest run-ins, so I won’t be disappointed if we don’t make CL; this season has exceeded all expectations and I’m incredibly proud of the lads.

    And I believe that with just a couple of refinements we should be challenging for CL next season. I hope that the southern biased media continue to ignore us though as it takes the pressure off and allows us to continue to be a surprise package.

  • 112 check the toastie // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    That touch of skill yesterday by Benny was sublime, wot the video doesnt show is the trap and pass to simpson and then Simmo just running the ball out, how to put the mockers on a lovely move, Simmo is struggling and it was interesting Pardiola took him off and moved Perch to RB last 15minutes, lets hope this is a glimpse of the future.

    Perch is showing great ability currently, displaying great passion for the shirt and should be played, gud on the ball and all, would fancy him to stop most wingers, and offer a lot more than simpson going forward.

  • 113 toonfan76 // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I’m a walker lad and I’ve been working there since December. I’ve had worse jobs than this, I’m actually a joiner by trade. But the best thing about working there is the amount of Mackems you can wind up after the weekends matches. One of my personal favorites is when I’m happily working away singing, “Have you ever seen a Mackem in Milan.” Seeing these people up close, you realize how cold it must be for them living in the shadow of a real team like Newcastle. Honestly it’s priceless seeing their faces, knowing their only ambition in life is to finish above us in the league. HWTL

  • 114 Markaccus // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    @consettoff, yes i think thats about right with everton getting only a point, Worst we can do is 6th. Best is 3rd. 4th good enough for champs league, unless chelsea win it and finnish 5th or 6th.

  • 115 hotdog // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    check the toastie – I think they are both adequate defenders but neither have the quality to attack. It’s a certainty that AP will bring in a right back or switch Santon and bring in left back.

  • 116 check the toastie // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    hotdog – not saying we shouldnt buy an even better option in the summer, just making the point that currently Perch offers more to the team than Simpson, the biggest thing currently that he offers is confidence, Simmo has lost any he previously had.

  • 117 Offkey // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Perchs’ passing yesterday was great……and you gotta love a sliding tackle or two.

  • 118 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM


    If Chelsea win the Champs League and finish fifth or sixth? The top 3 and Chelsea will get Champs, right? Which places will get Europe then? fourth?

  • 119 Offkey // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    4th 5th and 6th europa

  • 120 Offkey // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Mutiny – only a team like Everton getting to 5th would have stopped 6th being europa after the cup places have been decided.

  • 121 roblee7 // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    toonland – haha, sounds great! I’ve just taken a look on their website, not very sure which positions I can go for as I just left the Merchant Navy in Novemeber and otherwise I only have experience in shops and doing Data Entry with Royal B of Scotland….hmmm. how did you apply? Online?

  • 122 toonLYF // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    dunno if any of you will remember, it didn’t change the game in any way, but there was a moment yesterday in the first half, where i think it had been a Stoke set piece and the ball was cleared from around our penalty area out wide to ben arfa just in our own half, and he just took the ball dead under his foot without even having to adjust himself, absolutely incredible moment, summed newcastle united up at the moment, just oozing class, everywhere on the pitch, amazing feeling.

    it’s my first year as a season ticket holder, so i’ve seen some pretty great stuff such as cabaye/ba v man united, shola v spurs, cabaye v wigan, raylor v everton, arfa v bolton and blackburn….but that moment alone when he took the ball with ease and confidence, and the way satisfied laughs of enjoyment could be heard all over in the gallowgate, moment of the season so far for me.

  • 123 roblee7 // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    toonfan76 * i mean!!…

  • 124 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    OK Cool, just making sure that we are definitely guaranteed at least Europe. Did I just say AT LEAST Europe? WOW haha LOVING THIS.
    I really like Perch now, it was great that the first thing he did yesterday was do an amazing goal saving block. Cabaye hitting form, Ben Arfa hitting form and being consistent every game (think he has been in at least one goal in the last few games), Cisse on fire, Ba playing good. This is just amazing! Challenging for top four!!

  • 125 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Loved our style of play agaisnt Stoke as well. No lumping the ball up from the back. Even Williamson was looking to pass the ball. The team is starting to gel and starting to play fast flowing exciting football which Pardew said he will deliver.

  • 126 hotdog // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    check the toastie – I would leave it as it is mate. The back four have a good understanding at the moment but perch is a great sub to have as he can fill a few positions.

  • 127 roblee7 // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    toonfan76….do you know a lad who works there called daniel hislop? little get he is, haha.

  • 128 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Lads anyone remember this:

    Collocini said he will shave off his hair if Newcastle ever qualify for the Champions League!!!

    I hope he doesn’t actually. I like his hair

  • 129 achtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    I dont really believe in fate but the way results have been going and the matches still to be played im starting to think we can finish third. That would be redonkulous.

  • 130 nufc786 // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    finishing third wud make pardew god to all of the toon army

  • 131 alkinou // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    From Tom, Man Utd fan, via text: “Let’s not forget that after the derby, City have to go to Newcastle, tough game for anyone.”

    Found on the bbc site! I like reading stuff like that

  • 132 Jonny // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    I don’t understand how people can leave Jonas out of their starting IX?? He would be one of my first names on the team-sheet.

  • 133 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM


    I imagine he’s Pardews first name on the team sheet as well to be honest.

  • 134 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Jonas at dm plays really well, also i think Kerim Frei (born 19 November 1993) from fulham would be very good buy for the club and his wage would be much cheaper than jr.hoillet’s. His contract is up to 30.06.2015, his market value is something around 2M, so i think we could get him for 5,5 what do you think? We offer him european football and his agent persuades him to join us, because agent would get some cash for making the deal happen, but for now it’sup to what player wants.

  • 135 yorkshireToon // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Toastie – I was behind the bench and Simpson Came off because of an injury he indicated over that he needed to come off

  • 136 lukes26 // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    #100…thanks for sharing that. I actually gasped when I saw that skill from Ben Arfa. No wonder SJP was chanting his name throughout…even though Cisse is the one who has scored 11 goals in 10 games. Absolute joy to watch.

  • 137 GeordieGesus // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I’m watching the Wolves V Man Citeh game and have decided that dying of boredom is not the way to go.

  • 138 Ben3arfa // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    such a horrible game, wolves sadly deserve to go down they are filled with barely championship quality players
    McCarthy and the owner really stuffed that team , signing rubbish overpriced players (doyle, johnson, hunt)
    Speaking of overpriced, city are no better

  • 139 Papiss9 // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Wonder who’s gonne buy Jarvis in the summer. Very good winger in my opinion. Can’t be too expensive since they have been relegated

  • 140 Offkey // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Liverpool losing haha

  • 141 Papiss9 // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Not surprised by liverpool. They are very poor at home, aspecially when they are favourites. I bet for a draw today, put 20 pound on that. Didn’t see them loosing tho

  • 142 bills-son // Apr 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Got to say I think its a very sad – and bad – reflection on Toon fans that so few have responded with any credit on Ed’s article ‘Alan Pardew – Give Mike Ashley Some Credit’

    Those of you who still say “I’ll never forgive him” “I still don’t trust him” “its Pardew and Carr who deserve the credit not Ashley” are digging a hole for youselves.

    Because far, far, from being unambitious for NUFC – Ashley is actually THE most ambitious owner we have probably ever had at the Toon.

    Ashley will be loving what is happening now – and especially the fact that we are ramming it down the throats of his Spurs and Arsenal supporting mates In London who laughed at him when we got relegated.

    Anyone who has been on this blog for a year knows that I said a year ago that Ashley is the best owner of NUFC in my 50 years as a Toon supporter – THE BEST BY A MILLION MILES.

    Ashley wants exactly the same as we do – an exciting team of quality players who can win us a trophy.

    And if Ashley does ir – will YOU give him credit then ?

  • 143 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    bills son

    You’re making something out of nothing mate. You know full well that everyone posts on the most recent article, and Ed puts up multiple articles at a time.

  • 144 paul_nufc_87 // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    One of our best performances of the season yesterday. Looking at our starting 11 it is now full of top class international players. Id say only williamson and simpson arent in that bracket but even they have been rock solid. I think simpson deserves much more credit given hes been an ever present all season which imo is a major factor in us bein so solid at the back. Its obvious looking back over the season a lack of defensive cover particularly central defence has cost us points. With Saylor coming back from injury and a new CB and full back we will have a really strong squad. Id love to see Pieters and Vertonghen come in.

  • 145 achtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Based on this weekends performances we can beat city and chelsea. Bills son, take a breath. But in support of your comment ive heard two people, this week alone, saying the wont go back to sjp whilst ashley is the owner. I really question their intelligence.

  • 146 check the toastie // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Bills son – you go to the match yesterday?, was it ashley who selected the team yesterday and scouted the players on the pitch, Answer NO, was it ashley who appointed Carr and Pardew YES, thus he can have some credit, but for god sake give it a rest.

    If you want to address certain individuals who obviously gave you some grief for siding with Ashley over the last few years, so be it but dont group everyone together, Success on the pitch is what dictates whether Ashley is doing a gud job, and currently he is and i foresee a stable and exciting future for the club.

    Not sure it was Ashley who decided whether Jonas should play CM or whether we should now play 4231, so please why dont you drop your love affair and start making praising players and management staff first Ashley second.

  • 147 nufc786 // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    great article about ashley
    forgive but not forget certainly

  • 148 Paps // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Achtoon – we played an unmotivated stoke team who’ve looked poor for a while. Chelski and city will be fully motivated as they need 4th/title so i wouldn’t be so confident

  • 149 Louis583 // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    I can’t comprehend the amount of s**t Sunderland supporters are coming out with,

    “krul, collocini, cabaye, tiote, ba, ben arfa, cisse…all would struggle to get into our side yet the mags and fans of all other teams wank owa them. absolute mystery why they’re doing so much better than us.”

  • 150 Beattie25 // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM


    If you won the lottery would you complain about the fact it cost you a quid?

    I don’t know who you are but take your polluting negativity to another blog mate! This is one of the greatest periods in the clubs recent history and to suggest that we will be beat is idiotic.

    Of course it’s possible but it’s equally possible we can win or draw against what is a very poor Chelsea team distracted by the fa cup.

    Man citeh aren’t guarenteed a victory against man ure so I don’t know what you’re getting at.

    Basically I respect opinions but I hate silly posts.

  • 151 MagPieMan // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    I’m confident that we can get atleast one point out of Chelsea. They have the cup finale against Liverpool 3 or so days after there game against us so they will rest some player. Even without the finale I would be confident of getting something out of the game. We have finally got a formation that suits our players and gets the best out of them. We have been banging the goals in while keeping 5 clean sheets in our last six games, have a great team spirit and can do the ugly stuff when needed. This could be a key game in getting Champions league or fifth place and we may not get a better chance to do it.

  • 152 Spuggy // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Hughton was sacked and Ashley appoits Pards – we screamed blue murder

    Carroll was sold at 11th hour – no one wanted him to go

    Nolan, Barton and Enrique were sold – we thought it was a disgrace and a dismantling of the team

    We bought a bunch of unknowns, tiote who? We thought what s he doing?

    We bought Ba the free striker with a dodgy knee – we screamed where is our no 9!!

    We were in a lot of debt, without proper due diligence – we thought this makes no financial sense.

    We chanted ‘get the cockney mafia out!!

    We said we’re a selling club – then we bought the finest striker to grace SJP since Shearer.

    We are guarenteed 6th place. We have tea, spirit the likes of I haven’t seen since KK days. We are close to breaking even. We are fighting for CL football. We have 100m+ interest free loan.

    Actually, I think Ashley deserves a hell of a lot of credit, for not listening to the fans, and pushing ahead with his crystal clear vision for NUFC. Love him, never, admire and respect the guy – definitely!

  • 153 check the toastie // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Bit disappointed we are only 16 points in front of Liverpool, who wud have thought that we even considered them rivals at one point, think they need some big money signings in the summer to compete with the Toon,

    The crowd needs to come up with a song for young Davide Santon, the boy is a Rolls Royce footballer, some tune that at the same time takes the p1ss out of Enrique, im sure somebodies composing something right now.

  • 154 Spuggy // Apr 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    For those saying Pards, the staff and players got us here – of course they did – Ashley doesn’t play football does he.

    But Pards was his decision, and he provided the money for all the players we bought, he could have easily paid off the club debt, and would have been right to do so.

    No Ashley, No top 6 finish, no Cisse. Simples.

  • 155 check the toastie // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Spuugy – totally agree Ashley deserves credit for not only turning the club from a joke into a club that is now admired for all the right reasons, however it is all Bills Son ever posts about, he is trying to convert the already converted, nobody can complain how the club is now ran, if they do they are mental.

    The point is now dated for me. Ashley IMO has not even made many mistakes since he came in, we were a relegation waiting to happen before Ashley arrived, thats for sure, personally Ashley deserves credit for binning BSA quickly or he may have took us down. He was clearly badly advised regarding Wise, but he is long gone and the last 3 seasons have been excellent progress.

    I know that HE will probably feel that his biggest mistake was buying the club in the first place, if he was to somehow relay some feeling of pride in owning the club it would maybe convince me he is here for the long haul.

  • 156 davis_toons // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Tbf Simpson is a better defender then Perch. But he cant attack with the ball like most modern full back. (Or Perch)

    Qus 1.
    Arent Defender suppose to Defender? (But he is a full back so he suppose to /assist attack as well)

    Perch is a better attacker then Simpson, as we have seem how he can bring the ball up the sideline before when he played RB perviously. But he is not really a better defnder then Simpson.

    But who is more of a utility/useful player. Without a doubt it is Perch.

    So the best solution is for us to SELL one of the two if we really must and get in a better RB.

  • 157 MagPieMan // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Liverpool are on the same points as Fulham sitting 8th in the league and I fully expect all the Liverpool fans to be talking about signing big name players such as Eden Hazard and Huntelaar. They think that since they were regulars in the Champions league a few years back and were once a big name in football that they have the right to be in the top six and can have any players they want. I have no doubt that they will be talking about signing some of our players linke Cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Ben Arfa and Collocini and think that they are a bigger club than Newcastle and can just take there players. I think it would be a step down for any of our players to join them and hopefully Liverpool fans will realise that they’re not good enough for the top 6 and get to terms with being a slightly above average team.

  • 158 davybtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I hav always believed in Ashlys vision for the club n he has to hav major credit, but he won’t get it why? Because that would mean ppl who think they know about how football should b run wud b proved wrong all along, the trouble with a lot of toon fans is they dive in without thinking about stuff n can never see the bigger picture there always thinking short term.
    Even now the mention of selling a player like say tiote there would b uproar but in reality the bigger picture of a say 25mill for him is we cud buy 5/6 quality players to improve the team/squad more than we already are, now b4 ppl start am not saying we shud sell him actually don’t think anyone player will leave (who would want to) this team is on fire n there is only one way were heading n that up.
    Ashly, llambias, Carr, pardew, carver, stone, pedro it’s all part of a jigsaw they is fitting together n works brilliantly

  • 159 davybtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Don’t know if anyone has noticed but are goal difference with spurs n Chelsea is down to jus 8 when jus a few weeks back it was 22

  • 160 paul_nufc_87 // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    the difference in selling one of our star players this summer is that we have so many we wouldnt be left desperately short as we were when carroll left. we have a great team now and as much as id be gutted if anyone left and i cant see it happening now it would likely be for the good of the club and we have proved we can reinvest funds wisely

  • 161 davybtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Am putting this out there I think we will finish 3rd

  • 162 davybtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Hav we really sold any of our star players yet is the question I would ask, because I hav always rated tiote, colo, Jonas, more highly than Nolan, Barton, Carroll n Jose so I would say we havent, n I did tell everyone last summer pardew wanted Barton n Nolan gone b4 they were sold

  • 163 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Santon makes Enrique look like Titus bramble at times….

    What a difference in class its astonishing….

    We could be assembling a good young team something that Arsenal was good at just hope we get good signings over the summer now as for sure players would want to come here…

  • 164 davybtoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Santon is as good as Jose n he is only 20year old

  • 165 paul_nufc_87 // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    At the time i thought losing carroll and enrique was huge as i thought they would be difficult to replace but we have been so good in the transfer market that we have got better players in for bargain prices. Thats why I wouldnt be overly worried despite being very dissapointed if anyone was to be sold. From recent purchases you have to give Pardew and his team complete faith he will take us forward no matter what happens

  • 166 cadete // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Davybtoon i totally agree on tiote, he is a quality midfielder but 25+ million for him i would let him go bring in quality 5-6 million pound players and we would be stronger as a whole. also maybe is tiote a little injury prone? missed alot of games since xmas if he were to go this could also be a factor

  • 167 toonfan76 // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Sorry for not replying mate, been away from my computer for a bit. I got the job by doing a green collar course set up by the jobcentre. I did 2 days a week for six weeks, then at the end we did a skills test and a maths test, then i got an interview, then a medical after that. Let me know if you need any more info.

  • 168 Indian Magpie // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    for 1ce i want 2 c santon as RB, i imagine he would b deadly

  • 169 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Santon is more effective going forward than Carroll, but I don’t think he’s as good as Enrique – yet.

    Mind you, Enrique isn’t looking so good for Liverpool now he has that muppet Downing infront of him, rather than Jonas.

  • 170 JackButler // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Selling any of our top players, immaterial of the fee would be bad for the squad, we need to build for ourselves and not strengthen clubs we are trying to surpass and replacing the likes of Cabaye, Tiote, HBA, Cisse, Colo or Krul is asking far too much of Carr.
    We have to core of a great squad, we just need to supplement this with some great youngster

  • 171 ToonDownSouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Carroll??? I meant Enrique!

    But I guess he’s more effective than carroll as well…

  • 172 Indian Magpie // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    why are juventus playing in PINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  • 173 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:03 PM

  • 174 JackButler // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Indian – It’s the colour of their original away strip

  • 175 Indian Magpie // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM


    They are at home, against Roma

  • 176 JackButler // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Indian – Sorry mate, meant to say it is their original home kit (only as they were sent the wrong strip back in early 1900)

  • 177 nufc786 // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    who would u have santon or Enrique? me?

  • 178 Oleg G // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    The the F happened today?
    I missed a crazy day!

    Liverpool lose again?
    Man U 4-4?
    only 3 points between Man C and Man U. damn. This league is CRAZY!!!

  • 179 bambams // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    i can genuinely say i cannot remember the last time i felt so excited about the future, i do not believe we can win the league but a cup next season is a very good possibility.
    In the meantime i will just have to suffer travelling to one of the European matches !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 180 rknufc // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    does anyone know if the pfa awards will be televised?? also does anyone know around what time the pfa team of the year will be announced

  • 181 bambams // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    SPUGGY @152…….

    Excellent comment, cant argue or criticise anything you have stated. Respect

  • 182 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    @rknufc i hope ure not expecting any newcastle players to b in that team. they wont look north of manchester, which is bullshit. Collocini has been a rock all season

  • 183 JackButler // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Has everyone seen the short list for the PFA awards?

    No Kompany, No Krul, No Ba, No Dempsey and yet Scott Parker gets a vote FFS

  • 184 rich_toonfan // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:41 PM


    why are you shocked….parker has had an amazing season, he has not put a foot wrong, commanded the midfield…..oh no wait…

    …he plays for a london based team who were flavour of the month when nominations were made

  • 185 JackButler // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    rich – Your spot on with that mate.

    For me and I’m not being biased but Krul would get young player of the year and player of the year would be between Kompany, RVP and Col as all three have been consistently playing at the top of their game

  • 186 Rodney Cisse // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    eBay has champions league badges, might have to get some ordered in a few weeks

  • 187 bambams // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    i have just had a look at the payments last season for finishing 4th (arsenal) £13 million, then with tv payments and the like they picked up £53 million for the season 2010/2011

    Not bad eh !

  • 188 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Also notice there are no players nominated outside the top six. I can think of a few


  • 189 Levi // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    i loved harry redknapp at the start of the season when he was going on about chelsea shouldnt be talkin about modric then went on was kinda sayin demba ba is his if he wants him. well look at you now lol. i would love pardew to come out and say “well it dont look like simo wants to sign a new deal so i think we will sign kyle walker for the right back spot” lmao i would rather have simo then any one at the moment he has been so consistent. but want to make harry look like a fool.

  • 190 lewytoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    not being ott but i think cisse could be the best striker ive ever saw play for newcastle, except for possibly shearer. hes fast, strong, can head, unreal finish, skill, passing, control, technique, touch, positioning is fantastic and seems to be perfect for the toon!

    anyways the realisation that Newcastle United are in EUROPE next season has just hit me and sunk in, absolutely chuffed!

  • 191 Shearer.Milburn // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Cisse the only player to score in 6 consecutive games this season…

  • 192 check the toastie // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    lewy – totally agree, however bzarrely wud go further and say he is better than Shearer, think he cud play for anyone and stand out.

  • 193 GeordieToon89 // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Shearer.Milburn – There is only Cisse and C.Ronaldo who in premier league history have managed to score in 6 consecutive games

  • 194 GeordieToon89 // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Bit premature to be saying Cisse is better than the Premier Leagues all time top goal scorer isnt it?

  • 195 TheChippedFifth // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    what a cracking weekend of footy and results all around. seeing bender think he had scored and then have it ruled out for the scum was the icing on a very well made cake as well.

    mmmmmm lets hope this cake lasts us till the end of the season.

  • 196 GeordieToon89 // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Kyle Walker – PFA Young player of the year

  • 197 GeordieToon89 // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    RVP – Player of the year

  • 198 GeordieToon89 // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Colo in the team of the year!!!

  • 199 GeordieToon89 // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM


  • 200 lewytoon // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    welldone coloccini!!

  • 201 gaz 44 // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    pfa team of year
    krul Simpson Taylor Collocini Taylor Ben arfa tiote cabaye guittierez Rodney cisse and ba ..czesny kompany rooney van persie perch shola

  • 202 lee1892 // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Check this video out lads…. ive watched it 4 times.. The Fall and Rise of NUFC

  • 203 Tino asprilla // Apr 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I thought colo has already been named in team of the year. Nufc i europe and my first post…… What a day lol

  • 204 north_country_boy // Apr 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Just checked the odds for league champions next year and some lunatic has got us at 150/1 and Liverpool at 18/1…what the fcuk have they been watching in the last few months??!!

  • 205 Pecorino ( will let you figure it out) // Apr 22, 2012 at 10:28 PM


    HAHAHAHAHH what a moron

  • 206 GeordieToon89 // Apr 22, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    To be fair even if we had won the league this season we’d still probably be favourites to go down next season lol

  • 207 Tooooon // Apr 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    I am absolutely delighted by our results, ecstatic. Unlike some supporters I’m not going to turn around and thank Ashley or Llambias, with open arms for the clubs achievements; although in the long turn it has (up until now) worked out, I don’t believe we had to go through all that turmoil when he first took over.

    I believe most of the work is down to the players, and the wiz who decided that we didn’t need overrated, overpaid aged English players, but instead we needed some fresh hungry younger players has totally worked out.

    I actually BELIEVE we can make it into the CL, if you consider us to Tottenham who are completely hopeless at the moment, and to a stuttering Chelsea who are almost lucky to claw through their results, we are the team in form.

    I’ve seen us play every single game this season, and we have improved massively, to a team who at the start of the season clawed out results to now a team who confidently dominated and commands nearly every game.

  • 208 bills-son // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Spuggy – great posts.


  • 209 Owldman // Apr 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Toastie Simmo was struggling most of the second half all credit to the lad he stuck it out as long as he could must have been in some pain for a while

  • 210 LooneyToon41 // Apr 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    It’s being mentioned a few times above, but i’d like to echo that Santon really is beginning to look the business!

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