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Pardew – There’s A Chance To Do Something Really Special

8:06 am, Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Newcastle stretched their winning streak to six games – and that’s the first time that has been done since back in 1996, when Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers.

Yohan Cabaye – after scoring his first goal yesterday

It’s been a  stunning six games for the Magpies in which they have scored 13 goals and only conceded one, and you could see how good our lads can play,  by the way they dismantled Stoke and scored two goals in four minutes in the first half, once they had worked Stoke City out.

And those two goals were great to watch too with Ben Arfa creating the first one with some mercurial skills on display again, as he skipped past Marc Wilson and got the cross in down the left wing, for Papiss Cisse to head against the cross-bar – before Yohan Cabaye headed in  the first of his two goals.

Cisse then showed just how fast he is when there’s a chance,  and a magnificent through ball by Cabaye – how many players could have made that pass – and Papiss was on it like a flash and had the ball in the back of the net with his left foot.

Obviously his hair-cut last week made him even lighter,  and he looked even quicker yesterday. :D

The Magpies eased off in the second half, but not before Cabaye got his second goal with a great shot from the edge of the box, and then Alan Pardew took him off and the hard working James Perch came on, but James again played his part – as he has all this year.

But it was truly a great display by Newcastle yesterday, and it’s hard not to over-emphasize the lads are getting the results when it really matters.

Alan Pardew feels there is something special going on at Newcastle:

“That is a big, big achievement by us, make no mistake. I am pretty sure Liverpool can’t catch us and to finish above them, regardless of their cup exploits, is still outstanding.”

“Whatever we do now, it’s an outstanding season. But of course, we haven’t lost sight of what the city hasn’t lost sight of.”

“You can feel it in the crowd, you can feel it in the city, that there’s a chance for us to do something really special, and we will go to Wigan and try to achieve that.”

But yesterday were the days that Newcastle fans live for – after we had gone through the terrible relegation of the club a short three years ago – and to see Newcastle getting headlines literally around the world for the way they have surged up the league table with their six wins, is something we could only have dreamed of last summer.

But it’s not over yet and there are four games to go – and Mr. Perfectionist – the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – will ensure the lads take as many of the 12 points remaining, as possible.

The goal has to be another four wins on the trot against Wigan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.

Wherever we end up in the league this has been a stunningly successful season for the Newcastle club.

Long may it continue!

Howay The Lads!!



Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Yohan Cabaye



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    1st?

  • 2 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    1 game at a time. tough game at Wigan. Beat them first!

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Sorry never ever done that glad its out my system!

    Cabaye has looked world class since we started playing a 433, which i suspect has always been pards game plan he just needed a couple of players to adjust and they have we look fantastic!
    Santon yesterday was also world class looked unbelievably composed on the ball made some fantastic tackles and can pick a pass over n over!
    Willo was also basically back to his best yesterday, stand out moment that diving headed clearence was mad! Also showed simmo, who also had a good game how to clear his lines!
    Perch came on and was his usual reliable self been really impressed with him this year
    Also any1 else notice just how impressive jonas has been in cm! He was everywhere yesterday awesome and fir me this season has proved what an indispensable player he is for us
    Great times to be a toon fan lets have this weekend rounded off by utd beating everton then wolves(really?) maybe trying to beat city?

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Finally spuds have been linked with another keeper Lloris, good leave wor timmy be why would he want to move to such a small club anyway&

  • 5 BigKirky // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    I’m seriously loving the 433 system and have been favouring it a while back to help accommodate Benny.

    A great thing about the system has been that Pardew is making Cabaye play higher up and also the thing about Jonas playing there is that we still get his 1st class workrate and ball retention, but aren’t having to rely on his non existent crosses ;-) so it’s a great resolution all round really!

    Plus the real thing for the future, is that with Ben Arfa, he can beat ANY defender he faces, so we’ll always create a certain amount of chances regardless. If they want to get more players marking him, well fine, he’ll either beat them as well ;-) or it’ll leave more space for everyone else!

    Love it!

  • 6 bills-son // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    @3 totally agree about Guti, 433 has turned him from a hardworking player to a highly effective player – he is the unsung hero of the last 6 games.

  • 7 brklyngeordie // Apr 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    What a season what a season what a season cant say it enough.. Isn’t it truely amazing if we really get 3rd place and automatically qualify for champions league mind was getting ahead of myself and thinking how cool it would be to watch the UCL draw and see what group we get!! Amazing the thought has me buzzin…Also wanted to state that i do have concerns about any european tournament we are in due to scheduling cause a few of the lads will be observing Ramadan over the summer so hope there are no qualifiiers or even start of season during that period(July20- August 18 ) and the ACON taking place again.. Other then that still buzzin hope some profit we make this year is used as wisely as they have been the last few (amazing to say i know) and the squad gets some re-enforcing for next years amazing journey wherever it may lead!! HWTL!!! And oh yea thanks Ed for the amazin work you do congrats on the blog anniversary!!

  • 8 toonincheek // Apr 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Not forgetting Ben Arfa’s skills, but credit also for his work rate.

    For the first goal, he received the ball in the middle, laid it off to Yohan, set off to the left wing, got the ball, got in a beautiful chipped cross for Cisse, and if Yohan hadn’t been there to nod it in, Benny was right beside him to make sure.

    Just been talking to my son, who lives in the city – noisy, yesterday, and I don’t mean the ground – I mean two miles away!

  • 9 stelstyl // Apr 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    My first ever post even though been reading the blog for years now..

    just felt i had to share my story..

    I am a Newcastle and APOEL of Nicosia fan since forever…

    It seems that the success stories of my two clubs are almost identical this year..teams with small budgets but achieving the unthinkable stuff by playing team football and writing football history…

    Ever since APOEL qualified for the groups of the Champions league, I had changed my phone ring tone to the Champion League theme song..said I wouldn’t change it until APOEL were out of the competition .it happened at the final 8 from REAL Madrid..then people were asking why do you still have it..?

    I said, I think it has some kind of magic, it works miracles and I will leave it on until Newcastle qualify for the Champs League…people were laughing at me..I think this was exactly just before our 6 match run…nobody is laughing at me right now..!!

    Friendly advice to all…change your ringtones to the Champs League theme..it works magic!..it really does…

    I just hope Newcastle don’t draw APOEL in next year’s Champions League…that would be devastating…

  • 10 thepict // Apr 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    @3 Jonas has been superb since he’s been played in midfield

  • 11 oo aa demba ba // Apr 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Agreed, the 4 3 3 is working fantastically.

    Santon, Coloccini and Williamson look abolutely solid, Simpson too (although i think PArds bringing him off was a statement saying that he wasnt as vital as he clearly thinks he is).

    The defence looks more assured with Tiote in front, along with Jonas’ work rate which is nothing short of phenominal. With wider players it means he isnt required to cross as much which is always a plus since its notoriously hit and miss. And with Tiote in the middle Cabaye has the creative freedom which he is thriving on.

    The front 3 would be a good attacking force or any team in the prem, no doubt about it.

    The beauty is when were defending the work rate of Ben Arfa and Ba (and Cisse when they switch) makes us into a 4 5 1, hence we’ve kept so many clean sheets as we close down quickly and then its hard for teams to break us down – then the countering pace we have with Ben Arfa especially is brilliant to watch, ie west brom one touch between him and cabaye from our own box and we’re away.

    And yesterday we looked so composed on the ball, passing it around hardly giving them a sniff. Fourth is definitely ours to lose now, but i don’t think we will lose it with the for were in




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