Newcastle Defender Our Man Of The Match


Davide Santon has been voted our Man of the Match, in the 2-0 defeat by Manchester City.

Davide Santon in action yesterday

This lad  has come along in leaps and bounds this year, and while he has always been good going forward, his defensive game has improved significantly under Aan  Pardew.

Here are the poll results so far, and there’s still time to vote, if you haven’t already done so.

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41 comments so far

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    “City have some real Quality and their back 4 is superb, Kompany is their skipper and leader, and funny enough he only cost 6 million, just goes to show that you can find gems for the right price”

    Exactly….

    Their back four dont forget is VERY PACEY too they are faster then colo and Willo and would be faster than Taylor too and more skillful on the ball….that is a huge difference to me of the top two for example….

    That said this transfer window is absolutely crucial for us!

    One thing I was a bit disappointed is the start of the game…we looked afraid…and there was no reason to be they where chasing…not us….we could have stuck into them…. But I am not worried….

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  • Spuggy

    May 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    The fact that we can hold our head up high against Man City shows just how far this team has come – Santon has improved a lot but still has a little way to go defensively, he was pretty static for the first goal when he could have closed Yaya down.

    I agree we need more pace and strength at the back. Douglas seems to fit the mould.

    This summer will be one of the most significant windows ever – with a chance to become a consistent top 6 side IF we can attract and secure the right players.

    Douglas
    Hoilett
    Sighurdsson

    Imagine Douglas alongside Collo and throwing on Hoilett, Marveaux and sighurdsonn yesterday at 60 mins in response to De Jong coming on.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Santon Is right, everyone was a shadow of thyself yesterday

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  • Lee Dodd

    May 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Man City Have Not Won The league They have Bought It !!!!!!

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  • Spuggy

    May 7, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    ………………………..Krul……………………….

    Santon…Douglas….Collo….Cissokho

    ………………………Tiote………………………..

    ………Sigurdsson……….Cabaye………….

    ..Hoilett…………………………………….Arfa

    ………………………Cisse/Ba…………………..

    Dreamin!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Lee Dodd

    You Cd say that Abt Blackburn, Chelsea in 04-05 seasons and Manu manya times in 90s

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Yes I’m starting to get very excited about Santon – in the last half dozen games. At first he seemed to be a bit of a “Flash Harry” with defensive uncertainties – understandable – but he’s maturing fast in his learning about the Premier League and at 21 he looks better than a ceertain Enrique did in his first season
    . However, I actually though Captain Colo was magnificent yesterday, brilliant interceptions, tackles, tidying up and clearing out of defence.

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  • Spuggy

    May 7, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    There are 3 clear tiers to the PL this season.

    Top 2
    Top 3-6
    The rest.

    We need to be in that top 3-6 next season.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Spot on Spuggy…

    we will NEED to be there closer to 3 of coarse 🙂

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  • Spuggy

    May 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    For me Enrique is still quite a bit better defensively – but I would say they’re equal going forward. Love the way Santon puffs out his chest as he’s running with the ball. He is the only other player besides HBA that really excites with ball at feet.

    Unbelievable he’s 21 – he will only get better, but we do need a defensive minded fullback that we can use to shut up shop.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    cant wait to see the OTHER away kit hopefully its nicer than the maroon not really a fan of it tbh.

    And really hope the new home is not back to the barcode style…i really like this new kit makes us stand out from the scum more and Juve for example and WBA etc

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Santon to me is a quiet revelation…there hasn’t been any light on the guy wich is good as he is young to me in a few years time he will put Enrique the scouser to shame…. wait and see

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  • NorseMag

    May 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Lee Dodd

    Saw a post recently where it said that the finishing 11 in the Utd – City game cost utd 170M and City 150M.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    The Number of errors enrique has made this season are countless latest FA cup Final ramires’s goal

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  • hotdog

    May 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    spuggy – you need to watch the yaya goal again there is no way Santon is at fault for this, he is in a good position. Next to his centre half and keeping an eye on his player to his left!
    Have you seen skysports highlights this morning they have showed all of citey’s chances and none of ours – what’s that all about

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Yeh man utd spend a fortune.

    There fans complain they dont spend much money but they spent 15mil on jones, 20 on de gea, 16 on young.

    thats 51mil right there.

    I don’t think Alex Ferguson complained about him having more money when city and chelsea were scrapping around with lower transfer fees than them.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    I think for yaya’s fist goal you see colllo wanting to run out to close him down and he was slowed down by a slight pull on his shirt by aguero.

    Not enough to be a foul (well not sure where we stand with refs) but it did slow collo down and he couldn’t get out quick enough.

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  • Tsunki

    May 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    One of several exciting prospects at the club, in his case its his learning curve that impresses me most. Not many imports get the feel of the prem in one of the most fluid teams in less than a season the way he has. Not only that he has been a vital part of a top three (yeah still possible lads) team. I hope he has better career vision than enrique, for me I think santon is becoming better all round than him and faster. Next year it will be Jose Who?

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19

    On 2nd Thoughts Man UTd never had a Sugar daddy

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  • Tsunki

    May 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Hotdog @15 – what it’s all about mate is we are the invisible upstarts from the north.

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  • hotdog

    May 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    You have got to say man utd spend what they generate as did Liverpool. Chelsea, blackburn and Man city have spent money that owners have provided. For me they have bought the titles not that these teams give a monkeys just like we wouldnt 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Tsunki

    Jose who?

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #23

    Indian

    Man UTD were lucky though……it just happened that when they were going through their strongest time in their history was when big money came into the league.

    They started picking up more money as they were top on the league and becoming ever present in the newly structured champions league with the big money.

    It just meant that they could maintain there status at the top of the league as they were bringing in more money than teams lower down.

    They capitalised on this success and became a world wide brand.

    This could have happened to any team if they were dominant at that period of time.

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  • hotdog

    May 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #24

    right lads & lasses things to do, people to see – enjoy your bank holiday 🙂

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #25

    On a different note, what were the stats for yesterday’s game? You know, shots on / off, possession, number of pathetic dives and ridiculous bookings (alright, getting a little bitter there).
    Btw, did I see Joe Hart at one time asking the ref to book someone (Guti or Santon??) – I hope he hasn’t caught the bug from his team-mates – would be very disappointed in him.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #26

    @magpie6699

    not 100% sure of every stat but i know we had 9 shot on target to their 12 on target.

    we also had around 40/45 percent possession.

    And with Hart….he did say something to the ref but players will do this until refs clamp down on it. If you ask for a card you should be given one yourself.

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  • NotAGhostToon

    May 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Here are the stats! http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17885333 I think it sums it up really, if your average side would’ve had 14 shots with 9 on target you would expect them to win, but because we were against city who had more, they were just the better side against a very good side!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #28

    Rich Toon Fan,

    One cannot blame any one for being lucky. like thyself you as your mname suggest cant be blamed for being rich relative to us.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #29

    I think the centre half we need next year needs to be in the mould of Kompany or Vidic….they are both ,big, strong and totally dominate the defence.

    That is what we have lacked in the games where we have taken a beating this year. All 3 of our CB’s are good just there is nobody who is a wall, who intimidates the opposition in the way Kompany can.

    We have intimidating players going forward in cisse, ba, ben arfa….they really worry the opposition with movement, power, pace but we need to tighten up at the back.

    Can’t complain for now though….rather have waited til the summer like we have than sign a player like Mariappa.

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Cheers rich, NAGT. As I thought – we did have a number of chances. On a bad day we could have lost 3 or 4-0, on a decent day got a 1-1 and on a lucky day a 2-1. If we’d scored first or equalised, I don’t think we would have conceded the late 2nd goal which was a result of our trying (quite rightly) to get an equaliser and leaving ourselves exposed.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Rich is my name not my financial status unfortunately Indian

    And I am not blaming them….just saying they were fortunate that their domination happened at a time when it started paying off financially.

    If owners like chelsea’s or man city’s hadn’t come in then man utd would be left to dominate even more….they have won over half of the 20 premier league seasons.

    No matter how teams get there, if its a super rich owner or slowly building through clever scouting and a good academy I am happy.

    The more team we have challenging for the title the better…..we dont want a league like spain where you have only 2 possible teams that can win it.

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #32

    rich -0 but Kompany is not just a big tank like Vidic, he is a really good footballer and reader of the game. I was very impressed with him. Could you imagine the combination of him and Colo in defence?

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #33

    @magpie

    vidic is decent enough on the ball too….not as good as kompany but good enough.

    It would be amazing having kompany and collo

    I trust our scouting network to find somebody good enough this year. I think we will sign players not just to come in and improve squad depth but to improve the starting 11.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #34

    magpie6699 @32

    shush, i dont want sheikh mansoor hearing that

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Vincent kompany is better, He can play in MF too.

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s small compensation but I believe part of the reason we seem to be drawing positive comments again is because we have built our team from lesser known bargains that people realise are really good players, rather than going out and competing for (say) the Hulks and Hazards or whoever the Sheikhs will next want by waving £50 notes in their direction. Instead we have got Cabaye, Benny, Timmy, Mr T., Davide, Demba etc wiuth our “big buy” of the last 3 seasons being Papis at £9 million.

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #37

    Indian – too late – that combo is already in a number of “EPL team of the year” selections!

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  • Beattie25

    May 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #38

    I love the Belgium back 4 and I guarantee they will win a major tournament in the next 4 years.

    Alderweirled—Kompany—Vetohogen—Vermalen

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #39

    Moussa dembele is belgian too, lukaku brothers

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  • Owldman

    May 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #40

    rich-toonfan.Man Utd were very fortunate to have a group of players come through from their Acadamy at the same time! the Neville brothers Scholes,Beckham Butt & just before those Giggs must have saved that club a fortune,now only the odd one makes it hence the reason why Scholes is playing on.

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