Some Positives To Take Out Of The Game Yesterday

There are a number of good things that Alan Pardew will be able to take out of the game yesterday, but there are also some things about Newcastle’s play, that will be worrying to the Newcastle manager.

James Perch saves Newcastle when his kicks ball clear from Pogrebnyak

Here are some of the positives from the game yesterday:

  • Steve Harper had another good game in the Newcastle goal and saved Newcastle on a couple of occasions with top class saves in both halves. A save near the end of the game when he threw himself to his left to block a shot, saved Newcastle a point yesterday.
    And when Tim Krul returns to training – maybe next week – he will know that both Steve Harper and Rob Elliot have been excellent in goal in his absence
  • Gael Bigirimana will have leaned a lot from his Premier League debut start yesterday, and the 18 year-old still has a lot to learn, but didn’t look out of pace, and Gael will now likely get a number of games in the Newcastle first team in his his first full season on Tyenside.
    This lad looks like an absolute bargain at £1M from Coventry City
  • For the second game running young Shane Ferguson came on as a substitute in the left wing position and set up a goal – this time for Demba Ba, while on Wednesday night he had floated the perfect pass in for Papiss Cisse to get his first goal of the season, just a minute after both had come as subs. We should see a lot more of Shane this season, and he looks dangerous out on the left wing, and he can certainly cross the ball
  • Demba Ba again showed he is in fine goal-scoring form and saved Newcastle with another brace – get this lad signed up before January – please

And one or two things that will be worrying Alan Pardew just a little:

  • When Steven Taylor went off after 55 minutes with an injury James Perch slotted in at center-back and young James Tavernier came in at right back, but Newcastle conceded two goals within minutes of Steven leaving the filed of play and Newcastle’s defense didn’t look anything as steady when Steven was absent. With Coloccini out we are agin down to the bare bones in central defense, and surely we will try to bring in at center-back in January – maybe Douglas of FC Twente, who become a free agent next summer
  • There was simply no urgency from the Newcastle side until Reading got their first goal in the seocnd half, and then Newcastle moved into a higher gear, and when we went 2-1 down with just under 30 minutes to play, you could tell some Newcastle players actually woke up – but it was a bad day at the office for too many of our players yesterday, and Alan Pardew will need to sort out how he get some urgency back into the side

What do you think about the game yesterday?

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20 comments so far

  • jeff

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1


    Have yall even scene abheid play????

    U gotta have faith as they say howay the lads and wesimply no that abidd couldve afford more then jonas gutterez that game and id put money on it and to my haters if u.dont got haters your doing something wrong – kobe durant

  • rainrix

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    *casts line*

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    The less said the better, apart from that goal of course, f@#*@n brilliant, Ged in son!

  • ppb

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    was talking to my mate yesterday and this gas all the makings of a classic newcastle squad. 3 reliable keepers (pav, shaka, hooper.well maybe not hooper). a French flair player (Robert, ginola), two class strikers (shearer, sir les), a midfielder to break up play (speed), (mostly) solid utility players (Hughes).
    now put all those in the same squad. add a good playmaker like cabaye and two solid cbs in Colo and saylor add santon ripping up the wing.
    we have so much promise.

  • ppb

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Jeff i don’t hate you. hate is a very strong word. i simply disagree with you.
    abeid offer more than Jonas?
    this sounds similar to last xmas when people were saying kadar is definitely better than perch.
    unsubstantiated wild claims.

  • ppb

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    btw Jeff are you posting from an android phone?

  • davybtoon

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Ferguson should b starting left wing over Jonas simple as that, Elliott shudder b in goal as well I think, loving the fact we have some quality young players tav was ok yesterday I thought gonna b a top player for us, fergie is quality but we’ve always known this now get him starting games

  • fray bentos

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Has abeid actually played in a prem game yet?

    Very silly claims jeff, think you will find reserve and friendly games are not the same standard

  • ppb

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    @Davy agreed. and i think pards might be working towards that. giving Ferguson 20-30 mins like when he eased hba into the team.
    2 assists in 2 is great for a sub. he looks a handful.


    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    I have seen Abied play and I have heard a few things from reliable sources about his poor attitude, his overall game would not offer more than Jonas and his attitude I doubt would help much either

    There’s a reason he’s going out on loan

  • ppb

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    @fray i never thought id see a post from the king of foods and the food of kings. especially one with such sense.

  • davybtoon

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    If abeid can get a season on loan in the championship then I think he will b ready next season look Roma wanted him in the summer so that proves what a talent he is

    Inman is the one I wanna see get his chance looking like he’s really stepped it up to prove himself

  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    I was almost sick lookin at how we played yesterday.
    But as Ap has said we haven’t even started to play well this season.
    Well the last two games show that Jonas doesn’t cross the ball into the danger zone,Fergie gets on a few mins and does exactly that.
    I understand Fergie has been injured but he must be almost up to speed now.
    I feel Santon also has more to give going forward.
    Ben Arfa was rubbish yesterday,he didn’t seem interested.
    Our passing throughout the last 35 mins was shocking.
    Especially Tiote,Ben Arfa,Willo and Jonas.
    Tavernier doesn’t look ready for the PL,he was bossed by clearly a better player in McNuff.
    Ap must take some blame in the team not looking up for it and a poor tempo to ur play,surely this is what they work on in training.
    As for our defence with Willo there??and without Sayls and Colo,we looked all over the place several times.

  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m curious about Inman. I only ever hear positives about him. How far away is he from first team footy?

    Some people on here see a loan move as punishment. I see it as a positive thing as you’re gaining valuable first team football and showing what you can do at a competitive level. Abeid isnt ready yet but he’s still young and a season playing regularly can only benefit him.

  • bills-son

    Sep 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m surprised Jeff remembered to put two f’s in his name, if he hadn’t he’d have spelt every word wrong.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #16

    showed the reason why pardew was given an 8yr contract he,s a yesman he continues to back ashleys vision of how a team should be run didn.t have an attacking midfielder to take cabayes place short of defenders short of quality players full wonder pardew said he expected us to finish in the top 8.

  • nufcusa

    Sep 30, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Just curious. Any news on why Anita was not used yesterday? Personally, playing him at rb instead of tavernier would of been my choice when we were forced to switch.

    In fact, I would even have dropped Jonas to lb and switched santon to rb and brought on. Fergie at lm before using tavernier.

    I am not knocking the lad and think he will be solid for us, I just think the other options I mention give better balance and attacking threat.

    On a side note, BR has made it clear Enrique can leave anfield. But bygones aside and bring him back!

  • beefman13

    Sep 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Fergie, is still getting back to full fitness, I have no fear about the lad making the grade for us whatsoever,

    So much more direct on that wide left than anyone else we have, he stays wide plays the position the way we love at the toon, ie beating defenders and getting quality crosses in.

    He does not give the ball away very often either, for me he should get a lot more playing time, hope he starts v bordeaux on Thursday

    We need more fluidity at the moment we are still grinding out results but with a bit more positivity we can pick up further, jonas should not be an automatic imo, he gave the ball away more times yesterday than in all the time I have been watching fergie at the toon, I really mean that

    A gud lad is jonas but 20/25 mins on as sub if we are maybe a lead, as a player I feel he is nither here or there.

  • Sav

    Sep 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #19

    And I respectfully submit some negatives…(which are generally a lot more useful than the positives for improving in future)
    – Mashley should have invested in our paper-thin defence during the summer as we were all led to believe would happen – but then Pards knew that already.
    – Without Colo and Cabaye we can’t control the ball and our vaunted possession game goes out the window.
    – We aren’t good enough to manage with a patched up and reshuffled side.
    – Ba is worth and extra 10k per week.
    – Cisse is a talented maverick but not a team player and probably not quite the over-hyped superstar he seemed last season.
    – We need wingers who can cross the ball properly.

  • Brutooon

    Oct 1, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #20

    1) Bigirimana is still raw talent. Several of his ambition long passes didn’t work. Still lot to learn

    2) Jonas should be dropped. he slow down our attack with his hope-to-win-a-freekick skills. Look at the Man Utd game, no jonas = free flow football

    3) Play simple short ground passes !!! this will use the strength of HBA, Santon, etc who will create chances for our striker. LONG BALL = USELESS



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