There were many positives that Alan Pardew will be taking out of Newcastle’s great display against Bordeaux last night, and we shouldn’t forget that Bordeaux had their best team out against Newcastle last night, and they had gone 17 games unbeaten since last April – it was an excellent result and the performance last night matched the result.
Cheick Tiote – in action last night against Bordeaux
Here’s just eight of the good points Alan Pardew will be taking out of the game, in no particular order:
- Shane Ferguson looked the player we saw over eighteen months ago at left back, and maybe it’s the injuries that have kept this lad back, but he looked very good again last night, and this lad can certainly cross a ball. And for the third time running in games, he’s set up a goal from a left wing cross. But this lad will now challenge Davide Santon for that left back spot in the side, and Shane is currently second in our Man of the Match poll with 25% of the vote.
- Shola Ameobi is an unsung hero at Newcastle, and he got a good goal last night – his first of the season, and looked a good player and certainly his manager thinks he’s a big big player for Newcastle. In the dressing room he’s just superb, according to manager Alan Pardew. He’s a good striker to have although we still need one more brought through the door in January – but the bottom line is that Shola’s looked good this season.
- Rob Elliot again looked solid in goal in the first half, but he picked up an injury and now will miss the game against Manchester United on Sunday, and with Tim Krul still out young Jak Alnwick will be on the bench on Sunday. Steve Harper played the second half and the veteran goalkeeper looks in form and has done nothing wrong between the sticks for Newcastle this season. Tim Krul will now know he has a couple of goalkeepers challenging for that number one position at the club.
- Yohan Cabaye looked somewhere near the player he was for us last season, and had a good game and got some warm applause when he was replaced after 60 minutes last night, and Cheick Tiote is also getting back to form too, and Newcastle looked so much better last night with these two players playing so well again.
- Gael Bigirimana came on for Cheick Tiote in the second half and Alan Pardew after the game said he looked just like Cheick, and Newcastle didn’t miss a beat. We continue to be surprised at just how good this youngster is, and he seems to take part in almost every game this season at the moment. He’s already made 8 appearances for Newcastle – and this lad should get an England U21 cap fairly soon if he keeps up this level of play
- James Perch was probably at fault for the two goals on Sunday at Reading after he switched to central defense to replace the injured Steven Taylor – but he showed again last night that he can play solidly for Newcastle at center-back and Mike Williamson and James played well at the back for Newcastle. Mike Williamson is an unsung hero, and has played almost every game the last few weeks.
- It was a good return for Danny Simpson last night, and he set up Newcastle’s second goal with a good right wing cross – and this lad is probably under-rated at the club. A solid display from Danny and we expect him to keep his place against the Red Devils on Sunday – and of course we need to get him signed up on a new deal – soon.
- Last but not least, former Bordeaux player Gabby Obertan had a very good game, and brilliantly set up the first goal for Shola Ameobi and was continually a thorn in the side for his former club. He’s got his critics on Tyneside but when you look at how the Frenchman played last night you get some idea of the great potential he has – and he’s loaded with skill. Gabby gave an excellent performance of attacking wing play last night – one of his best performances in a Newcastle shirt – and he’s leading our Man of the Match poll with 38% of the vote.
Which other points could I have made?
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