James Tavernier Takes The Honors Last Night


We knew James Tavernier has great potential, but Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches must have been thrilled with the performance the 20 year-old put in for the side at Old Trafford last night, and he did himself a lot of good a great display, and he’s easily winning the honors as our Man of the Match with 44% of the vote.

James Tavernier in action last night – a great display

There’s nothing better than seeing one of our youngsters put in a top performance for the club, and James shows that some of the top Newcastle youngsters are starting to come through nicely, and we’ll see the youngster get more playing time in Europe and maybe a few substitute appearances in the Premier League too, although the rumors are that Danny Simpson could even be fit to play at Reading on Saturday, after recovering from his hamstring injury.

James signed a new deal at the club last summer, and we hope this is just one of many future great performances from the Bradford-born player, who joined Newcastle from the Leeds United Academy in 2008.

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161 comments so far

  • bollance

    Sep 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    If we had signed debuchy it is unlike rave would have played much this season

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  • bollance

    Sep 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    If we had signed debuchy it is unlikely tav would have played much this season

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Didn’t vote this game. Couldn’t really say who was stand out.

    Tav had a good game, as did Elliot and Shola (given he Vuckik didn’t really help him out much). Fergie and Cisse looked really good when they came on. Can’t really choose.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Bollance…But if he had signed, we would of had quite a rave!

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Bollance- So good you said it twice-LOL. Good point though. I would fast track Tavs and play Simpson in Europa. We then could play with two attack minded full backs and 4-2-3-1. Thought Marv wasn’t that bad. He did put a few through balls into the box it’s just that it was Shola rather than Ba / Cisse playing.

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  • walton1984

    Sep 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    I think last night proved one thing…….Williamson, Obertan and Gosling are all rubbish

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Bollance – the reserve game is on MUTV tomorrow.

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Williamson and Gos are both good solid pro’s who are however on borrowed time at the toon, but Obertan can turn it around become a crowd favourite. He’s fast!

    Tav’s was excellent, but is quite one footed, odd in a professional nowadays, can’t be a good thing.

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  • chris_g

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #9

    walton1984 // Sep 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM
    said:
    I think last night proved one thing…….Williamson, Obertan and Gosling are all rubbish
    ————————————-

    The poll suggests something different

    Williamson got 12 votes
    Colloccini got 5

    Obertan got 34 votes
    Gosling got 26 votes
    Bigirimana got 25

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    jawballsaswallwell
    perch proved that if you give your best in every game you play you can turn it around, Williamson & Obertan loose sight of where they are, a number of times each game, its not because they are rubbish players, its because for whatever reason they can’t keep their minds on the game for 90 minuets i would send them to a hypnotist and see if that could work, i remember an Irish boxer having that problem and after hypnosis he became world champion, don’t think the two mentioned will ever be world champions but it could improve them.

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  • Carryingcoals

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    walton 1984

    It’s posts like that which bring this blog down.

    It’s also so narrow minded that I’m not even going to bother.

    Anyway, just wanted to say fellas that I was shocked by how good Tav was, great for Colo to get some minutes and Cisse scoring was great to see.
    However, pressure is on Pardew to get something from Reading and I wouldn’t like to be in his shoes next week…
    We have a game against Bordeaux, our cup team will face a huge test. We need to be winning the Europa home ties but with having Man U at home so soon after I doubt we will risk too many first teamers. Great experience for them last night though, they’ll get another shot next Thursday.

    Other points: I like Fergie, great cross but from what I’ve read some people are getting a bit carried away! Regarding Obertan, I can see how he worked last night and he had flashes of some real good stuff. Howevere he still seems to fall victim of his old habits, his delivery is lacking.

    Final note: The squad is a lot better than last year. We didn’t sign a wealth of players in the summer and we are going with youth, so far I like what I see of many. I’m optimistic for the Reading tie, again can’t see us demolishing them but a 1-1 or a 2-1 to us!

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  • cadete

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Williamson is a donkey, he can’t tackle he cannot pass and he is not really that good in the air, amazing he plays premier league football for any club just not good enough, obertan is rubbish also, he can sprint and that’s it his crossing is nothing more than average, and vuckic should be gone ASAP total rubbish headless and showed last night no interest at all in playing for the club

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  • Eastander

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Who the hell voted for Williamson! The guys got the pace of a snail and the turning circle of a cruise ship, the only thing he’s good for is heading and it always goes in the wrong direction anyway.

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Williamson is no Colo but f@#ken ‘ell, those last two posts are outrageous, you ought be ashamed of yaselves,

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  • bambams

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Still think we lack enough ‘ finishers’ to fight on all fronts.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #16

    jaw – just ignore them, all of these plastic nufc fans couldnt care less about anything they just like to complain. Obertan has been showing real promise these last few games, and I think if he plays like this again next time he should get a chance on at least the sub bench for the premier league. And williamson has been our stand out defender for four or five games now, add to the fact that he has played every game so far this season i think? maybes people should give him a break and crawl out of their caves and stop being so FUC**NG MISERABLE.

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  • Eastander

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    @14, why? its personal opinion, hes not up to our standard, I’d rather play, collo, taylor, perch or tavernier before him

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  • Burni

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ll just say one thing, if they play like they did last night in the europa league, I can see us doing very well.

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  • bollance

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Ian toon

    Will look out for the game tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up.

    I will post my thoughts after the game.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #20

    I think any realistic, level-headed fan can take atleast one good aspect from every performance last night; and from the overall performance of the team, a fair few positives. I’m not going to break them all down as i think they were clear to see for all.

    The players have earned their starting spots against Bordeaux, however i’d still like to see Bigi in for Gosling and Cisse or Ba in for Vuckic for that game. Hopefully we can get a good crowd of 40k-ish and create a great European atmosphere for the youngsters. They really deserve it.

    Special note for Rob Elliot who has been nothing short of outstanding in the 2 games he’s played this season. Touches of Shay Given in his fantastic reaction saves and despite being small for a keeper he can really get behind a shot, very very convincing. A worthy replacement as our no.2 when Harper hangs up his gloves up. Just needs to improve his presence in the 6 yard box and he’s looking like a solid Premier League goalkeeper.

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21

    You’d rather play perch or Tav at CB ahead of Willo??? Well that just tells me how much football you have watched this season!

    Lets not bite to these ridiculous posts lads!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #22

    I was just pretending to take offence, I enjoy the nature of all the posts, except for the super positive ones which creep me out a little.

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  • Eastander

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #23

    @21 pre season match against Fenerbahce tav played CB, stand out player in that game, havent seen anything otherwise to say he cant play there

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  • bollance

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    I thought after being at fault for the goal vs the Greek side we would not see much of tav as pards had lost a bit of trust in him.

    Tav has shown great character to bounce back and put in a very solid and tidy performance.

    The lad has some very good attributes and comparing to Simo looks a lot more comfortable on the ball and going forward. Interestingly pards played tav ahead of fergie.

    Whilst at loan at Sheffield Wednesday he was played on the wing which annoyed pards apparently. But the way the modern game is played gaining experience further up the pitch could only help a modern day fullback which tav certainly is.

    The emergence of tav will allow pards to rest santon or perch who has now racked up 10+ games this season? He is becoming a stalwart!

    Plus we have Simo coming back who is still for me our number 1 right back.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #25

    @eastender
    An oppinion is voiced reasonably and could also invite to a healthy argument.
    That post of yours does looks like a bit of frustrated bashing, which really isn’t accepted well anywhere.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #26

    I can’t believe Cisse didn’t score his second (that hit the crossbar). Useless player. Xisco should have been playing 😉

    Did anyone else nearly have a heart attack when he hit that shot? Was sat with a Chelsea fan watching the game and asked “So, do you still think he was just lucky last season?” He begrudgingly had to agree the lads got some skills 🙂

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  • bollance

    Sep 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Burni

    Very true words. Our cup team is improving with every game and gradually getting closer to the first team pool which must have been pards’s plan at the start of the season.

    This should result in us going into Xmas run of games with a strong squad. Historically we have not done too well over the festive break. Time for a change in fortune!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Burni….Was there a ” ‘t ” missing in there? I thought for the majority of the game we pressed them pretty well. However, I will point out Man U were passing the ball well last night, I was quietly impressed. In the second half we definitely improved in that respect, there were a few moments when I thought our players were outnumbered and would give the ball away, but to their credit they passed themselves out of danger. Good to see.

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza – When Cisse done that i didn’t sit down for about 5 minutes, i think i was quite literally in love with Papiss for 5 minutes of my life, and i’m not ashamed to say it. His movement and attacking positions were literally as good as they come from Cisse last night, world class; he must’ve had some talking to before being subbed on. As for your Chelsea fan mate, how could he be so silly to question his ability after what he done to them at Stamford Bridge? 😛

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Dannyo
    and who appointed you as moderator, when you go on some else blog try sticking to the principle that you only have control of what you post. if you have a need to control the topics try starting a blog yourself & see how unsuccessful it will be.

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  • Eastander

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #31

    @Dannyo, sorry, didnt realise we had to stick to oxford dictionary definitions on here, i do apologise

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #32

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11701/8113717/Stoke-chief-executive-Tony-Scholes-says-the-club-expect-to-be-self-sufficient-next-summer

    Interesting. Raises some good points. A lot of the “established” teams have been receiving owner investment to get them to where they and there should be a way to incorporate this. Not put much thought in to it yet, but it will be tricky

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  • rainrix

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #33

    I think the problem with obertan is he thinks too much on the ball. I think he’d play better if he just operated on instinct. Cisse’s the perfect example of what playing on instinct can do for you. When he has time to think like when he has a penalty (norwich and that team in pre season i forget) he loses his thang but when he just instinctively strikes he hits gold.

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  • Eastander

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    @Ibiza good to see other clubs starting to look after their finances as well, at the end of the day I’d rather be comfortable in the Premier League than going all out for glory and doing a Rangers… I do however find it hard to see how any club employing Michael Owen can be self sufficient

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  • bollance

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Forgot Anderson was playing last night.

    So we were £20m team vs £55m+

    Plus they had 5 full internationals plus 2 u21 players.

    Puts it into context

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  • ppb

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #36

    tav was good but one place he can improve is his delivery on a cross. he just sort of floats the ball in. goalkeeper fodder

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #37

    LYF…Hence my enjoyment at his performance. All I heard last season was he was lucky. Well, now he knows where he can poke his luck 🙂

    I too was jumping round and shouting after the Fergie cross and cisse goal until the final whistle.

    Was nice to get excited like that.

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Yeah, could you call that Manures second string really, that midfield and attack looked fairly accomplished to me and De Gea in goal. That was s a top half premiership side easy..

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  • toonLYF

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #39

    ppb – his delivery is better than Simmo’s i’d say, he does cross from deep, but they’re aimed into the right area’s and always beat the first man. Can’t ask for MUCH more really.

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  • bollance

    Sep 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza

    It is a bit of a paradox scholes suggesting that the only reason the club is at the point of being self sufficient is because Coles has pumped money into the club in recent years. But I don’t doubt the statement.

    If u think about it MA has injected large sums which have definitely helped us to become self sufficient. The interest free loan is worth £10m a year alone.

    Some suggest we are at the point of being self sufficient.

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