City On Fire At The Moment In Their Belief Of Newcastle United


Newcastle seem to be in dreamland at the moment, and it seems they can do nothing wrong.

Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis before the game on Saturday

After six wins in a row, if we can keep up our good form at Wigan on Saturday, there seems now reason why we cannot extend that win streak to seven games.

But the important thing is for the player to keep their laser-like focus they have displayed while they’ve been on their best winning streak since 1996, when Kevin Keegan was managing the Entertainers.

This is what Alan Pardew – getting to be a hero on Tyneside – said to the local press today:

“From where we were, it’s a great achievement by everybody at the club, from Mike Ashley down.” “We now continue on that road.”

“You want to lift the city.” “We’ve managed to do that and the city is on fire at the moment in terms of belief at the club.”

“Sometimes those tough games are when you find your team focus. It’s easy to lose focus. We didn’t do that against Stoke.”

“I was really pleased with that and I thought we stayed strong mentally.” “There was a little period where we lost our way a bit but other than that, we were strong.”

And since this is the best winning run since Newcastle were known as the Entertainers  in the 1995-1996 season, and were one of the most popular sides in England, if not in Europe, it’s natural to try to compare the two sides.

But Alan Pardew knows that comparison is a difficult one, as he continued:

“It isn’t easy.”  “But these guys are making names for themselves in the same manner that some of those guys did, such as David Ginola.”

“Ben Arfa, Demba, Cabaye and Cisse are what Newcastle fans love – flair players.”  “That four were irrepressible.”

 “It was a great electric start in terms of the crowd with another full house.”  “We’ve put a buzz in this city, but they’re putting a buzz in us.”

The Newcastle crowd – there were 52,162 at the game on Saturday, were again magnificent in their support of the Newcastle side.

And it helped to be 2-0 up after just 18 minutes,  with what were two superb goals, with Ben Arfa’s magic  making the first one, that eventually Yohan Cabaye headed in after 14 minutes.

And the second goal came from a wonderful through ball from Cabaye, which was dispatched into the net in brilliant style by Papiss Cisse,  for his 11th goal in just ten games for Newcastle in the number 9 shirt.

Yohan Cabaye  finished off  Stoke with a first time right footed shot from the edge of the penalty area to make it 3-0 after 57 minutes,  and he was easily our Man of the Match with 79% of the vote, and that was probably his best game ever for Newcastle.

To have the lads playing great is really something, but to have them playing like this when other sides like Tottenham, Arsenal and even Manchester United,  seem to be struggling under the pressure – is even better.

The lads just have to keep it going for another four games.

Comments welcome.



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126 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    Apr 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #1

    im not deluded haha, i know obertan isnt good enough at the moment and defo not shola, i was just saying it would be funny if the players who were griefed end up becoming the hero’s. i dont want them to be on the pitch but i would find it amusing watching everyone rpaise them after the flak they have took. it wont happen, chill.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 23, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    “laser-like focus”

    Love It 😀

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  • lewytoon

    Apr 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    and suprisingly i trust the manager nwo to keep the players and stand up to ashley, however after ashley saw how were doing im sure he enjoyed and will want to keep the players aswell

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  • Garreth

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley will want to keep the players for sure, he’s a businessman and he knows that our team right now can make a lot of money of the club by consistently challenging for Europe. If we get top 4 we make £20m extra money, that’s a staggering amount for our club in the current climate!

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  • Londtoon

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    @4, If we finished 4th we would be subject to a 20m double leg qualifier wouldn’t we? I thought 20m was for getting to the group stages?

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  • gaz 44

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    i reckon if we get champs league ashley may be willing to take a chance and buy 3-4 10million players 3 3-7million .. if its just europa think he will give 20 mill .. think he knows if we get champs league if he take a hit first year we can possibly stay there and start turning a massive profit next year

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Gaz

    you might have a point… But then again its very tempting to NOT do that and go along our usual way of gettign budget players imagine the profit after that season we could afford a HAZARD…. you get my drift…

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  • Cardboy

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    I think the PL title will get decided at SJP, can’t wait to see 50,000 Geordies doing the Poznan, giving Tevez some stick ….. and think we will qualify for CL at Everton. Gonna be a fantastic day and a brilliant atmosphere, got my ticket, can’t wait HWTL

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  • liamgowland

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Excellent result Saturday, probably one of the most accomplished performances of the season.

    I think two or three signings in the summer (LB, CB, RW) and hold onto our own and we could be in a very very good position, dealing well with the pressures of Champions League football. Hoilett could well be very attinable if that illusive fourth spot becomes ours.

    A quick mention of Davide Santon from Saturday by the way, not much has been said of his peformance due to the front four being exquisite, but he was outstanding.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Santon is a Rolls Royce footballer, god knows how Inter let him go for 5 million, my word.

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    liamgowland

    yeap as I said earlier makes Enrique looking like Titus in my eyes… the man is PURE class and only 20 scary. Future captain for sure…wait and see

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Best Premier league buys of the season-

    Yohan Cabaye – 4 million worth 20 million plus
    Demba Ba – Free worth 20 million plus
    Papiss Cisse – 8.5 million (priceless)
    Davide Santon – 5 million worth 15 ml and increasing

    Unbelievable value, wonder if they all had sports direct tags on them with 80% off.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    check – the same could have been said for most of our recent purchases – Tiote, Cabaye, Santon – all players we got cheap, but maybe because they were not playing at this level with their former employers, maybe it takes a “Big Team” like us to bring out the best in players, maybe it takes one of the best (if not best) English managers around to get the best from his players!!!

    😉

    HWTL

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Anyone else think we shud b looking at the bundisliga for players if look ba, cisse, pograbneyak, sigurdson all come from Germany n hav took to them prem with ease IMO its the most similar league to prem in style of play the above players have scored over 40 pl goals in the short time they’ve been here

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  • martoon

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    I always find it interesting to hear unbiassed views about us – some comments from Stoke fans.
    http://oatcakefanzine.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Potters&action=display&thread=190059

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Martoon this is the best comment, i found

    Why can’t we just be magnanimous and say that Newcastle have a better team than us and deserve to be where they are because they are playing good football, and have signed some great players for not alot of money considering.

    Cabaye for the same money as Whitehead
    Tiote for less than half of Palacios
    Cisse for less than Crouch and 6 years younger.

    It’s not a dig at our own club, it’s just a fact that they have managed to do better business.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #17

    just going back to a comment Indian Magpie made about being shocked if pardew put shola and obertan on in the last few mins if we need a result against everton – you obviously didn’t see the sunderland home game or the game v blackburn! Shola is immense when he comes off the bench, always has been, problem is he doesn’t bring that into when he starts! The dark horse for me might be Marveaux off the bench in the last 2 games, our 4-3-3 suits his game so much, coming on for Ba with 20mins to go and he could be dynamite!

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  • xmindcrimex

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #18

    @lewytoon 1

    I thought it was really weird that catchy said you were one of the deluded fans in the previous thread. It might just be me, but I find deluded to be a harsh word to say to someone.

    It’s kind of like starting a conversation with. “Hey you’re an f’in a-hole.” or a punch to the face. And then the person is expecting people to actually listen to his opinon afterwards. 😛

    But, it might just be me getting the word deluded wrong. 🙂

    And congrats with five years on the blog Ed!

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #19

    @10 yeah santon really is! He’s so much better than enrique was when we signed him at 21! I think with experience he’s going to be a truly world star in 3 or 4 years! Along with Tim Krul, Ben Arfa, tiote and Papiss Cisse! We have other great players, but those 5 I think will develop to be classes as some of the greatest in world football in their positions!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Jayphoto,

    Forgot 2 add, barring injuries

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    How deluded can you be?

    “put it this way

    I think only Shawcross, Huth Pennant and Begovic would stand a chance of getting in their team

    maybe Palacios, Crouch on the bench”

    😆 The Potters are potty! Some of the most ridiculous garbage I’ve ever read on that link, Martoon. Funny though, because we all know from experience, the first step towards disaster is not accepting that you’re just not that good and carrying on regardless. Can see Stoke struggling next year, if they don’t change tack and try and evolve the club.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Reading those comments from stoke fans i realised that even they dont like the the hoofball, like us and every1 else

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #23

    Pardew’s fist pump

    i see your point, but the guy who siad that meant it as a compliment, i think

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #24

    i worked as a photographer at the Brit for stokes promotion season, actually found them to be some of the more realistic of football fans, they don;t love hoofball, but they’d rather that than play in a lower division! Good ground, good atmosphere!

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Martoon.

    EPIC banter by the Stoke fans! That etonrifles fella must be mental.

    Anyone got any news on the Wigan game? Have they increased the allocation yet?

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #26

    also, if any of you want a laugh at liverpool, one of my biggest clients is a diehard stoke fan, has been for 65 years! He’s good friends with peter coates (same age, from same area etc) and he reckons Liverpool made an enquiry last month about signing Peter Crouch (unfortunately they were told he’s not for sale)…… i wanna be a liverpool scout, must be the easiest job in the world!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Peter crouch and andy carroll in the same team, cant imagine the style of play, actually can

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  • martoon

    Apr 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Indian @16 Agree with you that was a good comment and probably the most realistic & honest.
    Pardew’s fist pump @21 – I think their fans have accepted it so far because they have got to a cup final and into Europe but I think they are now starting to see the limitations. I must admit I rate Shawcross but he would be the only one of their team I would take.

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  • Toon_Army

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Getting Relegated was the most pivotal point in our clubs history in the last 20 years, it put our paycheck players like Owen on the same level as the Ameobi’s and that dedication of those who stuck it out shone through, all credit to Nolan, Barton and Carroll they all did thier bit and we are grateful for their service but Pardew came in knowing the had a blank canvas, a thing of rarity these days and came up with a Picasso, given the financial constraints that were in place it really is truly remarkable to have a side playing football toe to toe with the best in the Prem, such is the belief that they may very well win their remaining games. A very special season.

    Credit to Ash for his financial savvy and covering out overdraft BUT I still think he is a bit tight fisted on the transfer front (where would we be if we had Cisse in the summer and that defensive cover we desperately needed – Title challengers anyone?) renaming the stadium is a total farce, and rightly so many still refer to the stadium by it’s original name of St James Park, I always have a wry smirk when the commentators give it a mention.

    While other clubs are generally in transition, finding replacements for their old timers, Chelsea, Liverpool or have become stagnant and can’t get rid of the paper weight players on 3/4 year contracts to invest in brighter talent, we have a youthful, fresh side, the future looks bright.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #30

    @toonarmy – i dunno about the tight fisted ness, think freiburg wanted double what we paid for Papiss! He had a relegation release clause so they were desperate to cash in in the winter as he’d walk for free in the summer with them rooted to the bottom of the league!
    Personally think we need a right back, centre half, central midfielder (for when guthrie goes) and a rapid centre forward to make us a truly top challenging side!
    My preffered signings would be debuchy(can play rb or centre mid) , Pieters( can play left bk or cb) Amalfitano (apparantly hes as good as signed) and Knockaert (right/left wing and striker) add them to a squad that has marveaux and taylor back and loses no players asides from simmo (who id love to stay), best and guthrie and we’re a good good team!

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  • Toonboy_84

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #31

    @29

    On the name change. I liked the little interview with pulis in the sun today. Talking about SJP. He says something like ” I won’t call it the other name “. Good lad!

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  • LewSpi

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #32

    I like it when you provide us with other tteams blogs Martoon, was it you who linked the Liverpool one a month or so back? Funny.

    My favourite comment from that Stoke blog..

    “etonrifle wrote: Is it really that better than ours. They have 20 points more and could finish third. From what I see in Ba and Cisse they have two quality strikers
    But the same old argument is even quality strikers need service. The rest of the team doesn’t stand out that much.

    adi replied: Either you are a massive wind-up merchant or were starved of oxygen. Cabaye, Marveaux, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez are streets ahead of our locally sourced taste the difference organic piss.

    You sir are a buffoon!”

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #33

    I must be honest dare I say it I think i am getting scarred right about now if we really did punch above our weight this season in a way not taking away fromt he brilliant performances but some not so brilliant early season form…

    How do we emulate this next season or better who knows how Manure will do in transfer, LIverpool, Citey, and Chelksi… Hope they dont do the tremendous business so we can better than that said I think we are doing a world of good reputation wise so hopefully one day players like Hazard, Gotze will want to come to us , not taking away from the players we have already like HBA and Cabaye …

    Just an observation….

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #34

    I think the stoke fans are very honest (most of them) in praising our team – especially this one. Makes for some astounding reading:

    Why can’t we just be magnanimous and say that Newcastle have a better team than us and deserve to be where they are because they are playing good football, and have signed some great players for not alot of money considering.

    Cabaye for the same money as Whitehead
    Tiote for less than half of Palacios
    Cisse for less than Crouch and 6 years younger.

    It’s not a dig at our own club, it’s just a fact that they have managed to do better business.

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #35

    lew Spi I laughed at that comment myself….

    I think its also form that is important if we recall the Arsenal side that hadn’t lost that one season one game its all in the mind….its getting that Manure like mentality that one is unbeatable but of coarse you need the talent to be up there or round about….

    we have that at the moment…

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Spuggy and boy is he right….he is spot on I mean crouch????!!?

    I wont forget how ppl laughed here I would too I would never want him to play at NUFC….not that type of player…

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Either you are a massive wind-up merchant or were starved of oxygen. Cabaye, Marveaux, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez are streets ahead of our locally sourced taste the difference organic p*ss.

    You sir are a buffoon!

    From a stoke fab – laughing my knackers off!! They are really honest bunch actually.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Ah missed you posting it Lewspi!! Class comment like.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Spuggy @ 37,

    I think that comment was made by a NUFC fan, as i doubt any stoke fan would know abt Maveaux.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #40

    spuggy,

    while u are at it see comment # 16 😉

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