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Cabaye Out Of Swansea Game – Newcastle Have Problems

8:01 pm, Thursday, November 15th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 87 Comments

This is not good news, because once again we’ve lost a player who has picked up an injury while on International duty, and this time it’s Yohan Cabaye of France, who will not be able to play on Saturday against Swansea – and that scenario has already happened this season to both Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul.

Alan Pardew – we have problems

And of course Newcastle will also be without Jonas Gutierrez through injury,  and Fabricio Coloccini through suspension, so a few class players will be missing on Saturday afternoon, which could event things up a bit in Swansea’s favor.

Shola Ameobi is fit and could well get a place on the bench on Saturday, after he returns to Newcastle tomorrow for training after flying back from Miami, after making International debut for Nigeria last night.

That’s unless Papiss Cisse is stopped from playing, after he pulled out of the Senegal squad for the mid-week game with back injury, and Senegal may invoke the five day rule – which would prevent him from playing on Saturday.

Alan Pardew gave his press conference this afternoon, and he had this update to give to the local press:

“We’ve got a few problems.” “Cabaye didn’t play for France and it doesn’t look like he’s going to play for us at the weekend either.” “Jonas will be missing, Coloccini will be missing but Shola looks okay.”

“A couple of the guys who were on international duty are coming in Friday morning, so it has really stagnated the week again for us, not unlike a lot of teams in the Premier League.”

“But we have got enough quality in the squad to put a good side out on Saturday, for sure.” “With Papiss we have a bit of an issue going on at the moment with the (Senegalese Football) Federation.

“We feel we covered all the bases in giving them information but they seem to have not received it.” “So we are in discussions with Senegal and the FA about his availability for Saturday.”

“We gave a report and an email straight after the game saying that at half-time he was feeling his back. We took him off and our doctor also sent reports on the injury.

“We didn’t, as far as I’m aware, get too much information back and now it seems that Senegal are upset that he didn’t appear for them.” “Somewhere down the line there has been something lost in translation there and we are trying to sort that out.”

“Hopefully it will be cleared for Papiss to play on Saturday and clear for him to continue with Senegal going forward, because nobody wants any bad feeling.”

These International matches in mid-week, which are principally arranged to make the National football bodies some money, are hardly important, and to expect top players to travel long distance to play these games – which literally count for nothing – is a little unfair on the clubs who pay their wages – like Newcastle for instance.

That’s our view in any case.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Premier League · Yohan Cabaye

87 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Hopefully the clearance will come through and Papiss can play. Then hopefully the rest of our team will pass to him. I have watched a few games that I had recorded and double checked a few things. I thought I saw at the time that players had seen Cisse in space and purposely passed to Ba instead.

    I know Ba is from Senegal also but it seems to me that there is a purposeful mission from one or two to favour Ba.

    Have a look closely and see for yourselves, hope I am wrong but I don’t think so.

  • 2 Jan Stavik // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    So Papiss was pulled off due to a back problem at half time? Good to hear, I would it strange that he was replaced after 45.

    Wonderful player, hope he’ll shine again some time soon

  • 3 MagpiesFlyHigh // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Super… from previous

    Yeh I know folk have differing reasons for leaving early… but you get my drift..
    As one who is always the last to leave a party….

  • 4 Super Magpie // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Great article, worth a read. 100% spot on in my opinion.

  • 5 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    If Cisse was in say Man U or City’s team how many goals do you think he would have scored this season ? . Because for me his problem is the sheer lack of clear cut chances we create in games. I mean other than Fergie in Europe and the Capital one cup, has anyone gave Cisse a clear cut scoring opportunity ? . The lad has been feeding on scraps lately

  • 6 MagpiesFlyHigh // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM


    You have misread me .
    MFH- if you had such low expectations that is not really saying that much.

    I said he had far exceeded my expectations – not that they were exceptionally low. Last season was above what most if us expected. He has also built a good squad (when allowed ) and is a good communicator and man manager.

    Totally agree on Fat Sam and DL.

    Also agree on motivation… if it was as simple as an upbeat team talk then every team would turn around a poor first half performance. Sports psychology is not as simple as Catchy would have it. ..but then reducing arguments is one of his qualities as a blogger

  • 7 RonVanDam // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    I’ve noticed this too. Only ones i’ve seen continually pass to Cisse is Cabaye and Sammy

  • 8 peaco1980 // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    I’m not bothered about Cabaye – if we lose a ‘Purple’ we have loads of young talent fighting to take his place……..right Del Boy?

  • 9 Novocastrian66 // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Oh well we’re sorted. Shola’s okay.

  • 10 p // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Probably does not matter as it looks like we are heading for mid-table mediocrity.

    Lots more draws, the odd hard fought lucky win and a few losses.

  • 11 MagpiesFlyHigh // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:44 PM


    All we need are two runs of 7-8 games where we pick up 20 pts ish.
    The rest of the season might be a bit of a grind though !!

  • 12 p // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    MFH, let’s face it, the team does not look like they have it in them right now. They are getting slightly worse, not better.

    Maybe a new signing or two may change things in January but otherwise they are looking out of form and don’t seem to have a particularly good plan with respect to scoring and winning games.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Its amazing how easily things can turn around in football,a good win on Saturday will have us all beaming again,just aswell im off to a wedding which will probably increase our chances of a victory by about 50%

  • 14 croftus5678 // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    cisse in all fairness has had a fair few clear or easy chances tbh a few unmarked headers in the 6yard box spring to mind and a penalty the team chose him to take instead of giving it to the player who’s penalty it was because they wanted him to score a goal.
    i dont think the team are favouring ba as such more that if they have a 50/50 they will give it to ba as he is hitting the back of the net more but cisse is still getting passed to.
    i’ll be honest and say imo cisse is trying to be more like ba through no fault of ba’s as ba has by far the greater all round game and works so hard for us esp from corners ect and makes use of his strength aswell where as cisse has different quality’s and can not do what ba does i’m thinking cisse would be best just sticking to running there back line on the shoulder of there defence and stop wasteing the energy he has in tackling back as (no offence) but he’s making very little impact in doing that..maybe he will have the legs to get a yard on the defenders or get the extra bit of power and accuracy in his shots.

  • 15 Sir Erec // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    I think the biggest problem we have had for a while is just pumping the ball straight up the pitch. obviously when we can, we do try to give it to the open man, however I feel that we truly do not have enough players comfortable on the ball to play a decent pass. we do not keep the ball for long enough to get a decent play going, and when we do, we do a half-arsed punt in the box, to where only one player is positioned.

    i would like to see us attempt the odd direct run at the opposing team, putting some pressure on them. HBA is great at doing this, just when he gets on his right foot to cross its very often over hit.

    obviously a team needs to be able to play within its ability, though I am wondering how a professional football team has some of these short comings. we play at much too predictable of a tempo and style, and something just isn’t ticking.

    i’m not having a go at our squad, i just wish they could attempt to play decent football more often. as they do play some good stuff, but for only flashes.

    i don’t think blaming Pardew does anything, I just think we are woefully short in squad depth and some players are just playing way below their ability, whether its due to tactics or the other team nullifying them.

    hopefully we can see some improvement with tiote coming back into the squad

  • 16 p // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I find it a trifle puzzling as to how shite Cisse is this season after last.

  • 17 jawballsaswallwell // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    That loss at West Ham was a real body blow, because it looked like we we’re ready to turn the corner and start building some momentum in the league. It actually came as quite a shock to me.

    But this is essentially the same side that did so well last season under no pressure or expectation. This season they are being asked to do it again with far greater hope and expectation, and not surprisingly they appear to be labouring under the added burden.

    They are hanging in there, and it’s a hard marker who would criticise too heavily, but clearly there are problems to be addressed. Expect a lot of noise surrounding the Jan transfer window and as we all hope one or two fresh faces in.

  • 18 wingspan // Nov 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    The good news just keeps on rolling in eh boys, F+*k sake

    I wuld like to see this team sat
    Simmo Willo Tayls Santon
    —–Tiote Anita

  • 19 Sir Erec // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM


    i think sammy is out with a hammy injury 🙁

  • 20 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Cisse hasn’t been shite. His game has been similar to last season. He is a finisher, one of the best. His all around game is never going to be as good as others, but he scored from everywhere. That’s where we need him, so he can win us games. And with a smile on his face. Makes me feel better!!! Demba is too miserable to be true!! Lol

  • 21 jawballsaswallwell // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Wingspan, good team, but for me Demba left in a front 3, with Cisse in the middle assuming he’s available. Under the circumstances it would be well out of order for Demba to ark up about it.

    That front 4 has a real threatening look about it, on paper at least.

  • 22 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Cisse on the left is a complete waste of time. He played there against Liverpool and might as well have set up a deck chair on the touch line. Ba is allot more mobile and can link up better out wide

  • 23 p // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I don’t know how – by any one’s standards – Cisse has not been shite this season

  • 24 wingspan // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Bloody hell, Sammy too!! Were thread bare! Ok fergie instead of sammy for me.

    Jaw – For me youve gotta have the player in form in the middle, if the chances come you want the right guy there to finish it and at the min unfortunateley thats not Papiss. I supose could put benny on the left and drop demba in the hole but i really wanna see what hatem can do in there.

  • 25 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Agree there. BA on the left upsets him, but he can do it and we play great. And win. Keep Ba happy and it’s not good for the team. Football is a team game though. If Ba can’t do what’s best for the team then he should be ashamed. 4-3-3 like last season and we would win.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    The players and management put in a monumental effort to get us where we did last season and I think the fact they seemed to get little reward for it must have had an effect,im sure they would have all liked to be playing in Europe but the lack of depth hasn’t enabled that,maybe they’re all thinking what’s the point.

  • 27 wingspan // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Plus dembas in my dreamteam 😉

  • 28 jawballsaswallwell // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    No way was Cisse ever gonna repeat that form, and Demba isn’t helping, nor Cabs in the way he did last season.

    I’m in the camp of play him the right way and he’ll convert chances, probably at a greater rate than the excellent Ba. He seems the unfortunate fall guy in all this, quite unfairly. I’m surprised he’s not causing trouble.

  • 29 wingspan // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    I agree hes beeing a bit of a fall guy and i hope i didnt come across as jumpimng on the bandwagon coz it was unintentional. I just think that playing through form sometimes isnt the best thing, dropping him may just give him that extra bit of something to come on and do something special ala demba at everton.

    Form is temporary class is permanent

  • 30 toonLYF // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    if we put 3 offensive passes together on Saturday i will leave St James’ happier than i did last week.

  • 31 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Exactly. How 1 player can be given so much stick (from the press in particular) is ridiculous. Also, how CArroll can be praised for having such an impact at West Ham (0 goals in a team flying high) and Cisse gets stick for scoring 3 (should ave been 4 as Man U header was miles over the line) in a team that has looked bereft of ideas. Come the end of the season we will see the contribution he has made. My guess is he will still threaten 15 goals at least. Him and Ba could well notch nearly 40 between them even based on current ratios

  • 32 ToonDownSouth // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM


    *claps*. I never really thought about that before, good post.
    What’s the difference? The difference is just that Carroll’s been shit for 2 years now 😛

  • 33 jawballsaswallwell // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Not at all, Demba is a great centre forward as is Cisse and the man in form argument is a good one, but it’s quite a dilemma if a player of Cisse’s quality can’t get a game with so many out.

  • 34 croftus5678 // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    yep agree we all know cisse is a class striker and he will get sharper as the season goes on and i think they can play great in a 442 aslong as each of them has direction as in cisse run the back line and ba track back for corners i just think cisse feels the need to track back when he would be more of a benefit staying forward.
    i’m sure it will come good between them both as even when they are not linking that great ba has scored 7 and cisse 3 which is pretty decent for a prem partnership at this stage in the season

  • 35 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Personally I would play Cisse every game, same as I would always have played Shearer when he had a bad run. And Shearer had worse runs than Cisse is on now. LAst season, Ba scored no goals from JAnuary onwards!! No one said anything as we were winning. Now, because we are struggling people disect things – and rightly so – and point the finger at where they think the blame lies. But for me, to blame a finisher, in a team that offers nothing to finish, is unfair. Also, if we were sat in 5th, and the strikers had scored 10 between them, we would have been praising them to the hilt. It’s the team that has the problem, and the team deserve criticism or praise depending on how they do. Cisse won us games single handedly at times last season, now more than ever he needs our support. Well he will get it from me. I am sure that if the team can raise the bar, he won’t let us down.

  • 36 APBWA // Nov 15, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    My team for Swansea- set up to crowd them out in the middle of the park and try to dominate…

    ~~~Simpson Williamson Taylor Santon
    ~~~~~~~~Anita Tiote Bigirimana
    ~~~~~~~~~~~Ben Arfa
    ~~~~~~~~~~~Cisse Ba

    Would like to see bigi start if cabaye and sammy are both out, the three defensive midfielders would have enough to dominate the CM and allow hatem to run riot… only concern is we will be too reliant on hba, however overtan and fergie are possibilities to bring on if we are struggling

  • 37 Jonny // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Marveaux and Obertan to get a start?

  • 38 toonLYF // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:17 PM


    Ben Arfa——————–Ferguson


    Tiote should single handedly be able to break up any Swansea possession in the centre of the pitch, as they’re very unphysical. Ba working in a sort of advanced no.10 role as he has demonstrated at times in black and white. Particularly the second half against Manu when we beat them 3-0. Cisse poaching, none of this wandering he’s been having to do recently due to lack of direct service. Leave him in and around the 18 yard box, fire balls in all game, he will score. It is that simple, there’s not a better finisher in the league than Papiss – in form or not.

    i’m going for 1-0 to Newcastle.

  • 39 thai-mag // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    on this seasons form I dont think Cabaye will be much of a miss, absent in midfield, crap on corners and free kicks, give someone else a chance who at least can get the ball in the box once and a while

  • 40 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    toonLYF – agree with the team and the sentiment. As you say, get someone who can put balls into the box. Ryan Taylor is a bigger miss this season than we all realised.

  • 41 jeff // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    my team for swansea:
    ———————ben arfa

  • 42 toonLYF // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    sirtoongospel – Raylor is a big miss you’re right. From what i can gather he seems to be a massive part of the dressing room, and whilst he probably wouldn’t be starting..we could definitely use his delivery and set pieces at a time when we are not creating many clear cut chances.

    I’d even be tempted to start him on Saturday on the right of midfield with Arfa on the left and just have them both cross from deep. or hit the byline when possible. We just haven’t had the ball in the oppositions box anywhere near enough considering what our two front men are capable of. Too much passing backwards.

  • 43 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    I love how we all have different ideas as to how to shape our team. One thing nearly always there is Ba AND Cisse in the team, and rightly so. We need to find a way to play to both their strengths. All i want us for us to pass the ball. And that includes Hatem! He has been trying too hard and too much, when just a simple pass can get us ticking over nicely

  • 44 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Santon Saylor Willo fergie
    Anita tiote marveaux
    HBA ba sammy

    If cisse can play
    Santon Saylor willo fergie
    Anita tiote marveaux
    Ben arfa
    Ba cisse

  • 45 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Completely agree. Gutierrez for most of this season has been s defensive player, as has Cabaye. When Cheick does that anyway, we have 3 defensive midfielders, HBA tries to beat the whole team and Cisse moved left because Gutierrez vanishes. Still though, we are top half, coasting in Europe and with masses of improvement in us.

  • 46 toonLYF // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    sirtoon – Nice positive spin on things, thanks for that. 🙂

  • 47 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    If you need cheering up just think of the filthy mackems. They are woeful and probably can only get worse!

  • 48 toonLYF // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    the morality in me is almost starting to feel sorry for them, but my heart is crying buckets of laughter 😉

  • 49 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    ha ha ha ha their Party with Marty is going well!!

  • 50 wingspan // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    I really like your team jeff but i think the team will be what toonlyf says. Which i think will be a shame coz swansea will have 3 in there midfield and just pass around our two, cant just say Tiote will stop everything because swansea arnt physical. Dont need to be physical if you move the ball well. Barca the best team of the modern age are a team of midgets

  • 51 Graeme // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Agent O’Neil may well turn out to be an even better version of Agent Bruce lol

  • 52 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    He he he he he agent o’neil!! Brilliant.

  • 53 breno95 // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Who are you tempted to start on Saturday? Are you making reference to Ryan Taylor?
    Bit strange seeing as he is out all season.
    Not one for keeping up with state of play it appears eh?

  • 54 jeff // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    my team for swansea:
    ———————ben arfa

    heres the idea:

    pardew is never gonna play 4-3-1-2 because he really likes to have players to double up on the flanks, especially if the wingbacks on the opposing team are extremely offensive. if we want to cover the wing backs, the midfield trio are gonna have to do the work which opens up a huge hole in midfield. this is seen by how hard he made ben arfa and ba track back last season

    now 3-4-1-2 gives us the ability to double up quite easily. lets consider baines and pienaar. simpson and santon can cover them easily and simpson is able to come out of the back three to help santon because we will have saylor and willo in the box – and vice versa on the opposite side with fergy and saylor.

    3-4-1-2 also will play to willo’s strengths- there wont be the issue of strikers going on the outside of him as ideally he would be playing in the centre between simpson and saylor, so if our rb does get forward, the shane longs etc are not going to be skipping around williamson.

    because our wingbacks offer protection and service we will be able to play ben arfa behind two strikers and the creativity he offers in a central role will offset the loss of cabaye. anita will be able to keep thinks ticking and tiote will be able to win back the ball easily.

    swansea will struggle to pass the ball around as we will have five in the midfield meaning they will be forced back where our two strikers are eagerly anticipating a misplaced back pass.

    ferguson and santon on their favoured sides also allows for some good crosses for our two strikers

  • 55 toonLYF // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    wingspan, fair point that – Swansea are neat passers which could well be a big factor on the day, but if Tiote puts a few rough yet fair challenges in and gets them hesitant when in possession; he could effectively disrupt their rhythm as he will always be in the back of their minds when they have the ball.

    Just a way of thinking about it, obviously doesn’t always apply.

  • 56 sirtoongospel // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    breno95, you need to read the whole post. If you read it again you will see that the state of play has been well referred to.

  • 57 toonLYF // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    breno – I was saying it in context, as if he was fit as me and sirtoongospel were discussing. I’m a season ticket holder and regular reader here, i know who’s injured and who’s not. 😉

  • 58 toonLYF // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    jeff – Was a good read that and a very good and well thought out idea, good post.

  • 59 SupaToonKid // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    We need good crossers on both wings and Marv (RW) & Fergie (LW) will provide this as will Santon. Time to give Ben Arfa the freedom to unleash his talents to full effect I think this weekend, placing him behind Ba will shatter Williams & Chico!

    My XI:

    Simpson, S. Taylor, Williamson, Santon
    Tioté, Anita
    Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Ferguson

    Subs: Elliot, Tavernier, Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Obertan, Shola, Cissé

  • 60 wingspan // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Very good counter argument toonlyf hadnt thought of it like that.Im sure Cheik is capable of rustling a few feathers 😉

  • 61 soundoid // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM


  • 62 JAMSHA // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Ben Arfa up for
    Hatem Ben Arfa
    is in the running
    for FIFA’s goal
    of the year
    award along
    with the likes of
    Lionel Messi
    and Neymar.

    Sure to see arfa in top 3 on 29th

  • 63 fray bentos // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Someone poster asked how many goals cisse would get in the Man U or city teams, well based on thus season he wouldn’t get anywhere near their team, yeah he would bag a few goals but he would waste opportunities to make chances which he has done for us

    Yes he hasn’t had many chances with us but he has offered nothing In setting them up with the rest of the team and he often blunders build up play. No big teams will allow the from their players, u have to he more all rounded.

  • 64 Graeme // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Jamsha, if enough from TOOOOOON register a vote for him, he could win it!!

    On a couple of previous posts someone put the link up so you (and anyone else) can vote for him!!

  • 65 JAMSHA // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM


    can u post da link if u dnt mind 🙂

  • 66 JAMSHA // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    founded…will tell frnds to vote n spread it like virus lol

  • 67 euanpolo // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Team for Swansea then:

    Simpson – Williamson – S.Taylor – Santon
    Tiote – Anita
    Obertan – Ben Arfa – Marveaux

    Subs: Harper, Tavernier, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Amalfitano, Sa. Ameobi, Sh. Ameobi

  • 68 nick_9 // Nov 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    “Coloccini will be missing but Shola looks okay” – Phew, our most important player. It’s going to be a hard slog this season.

    With cabaye out it might be best to give 4:5:1 ago with Benny infront of Anita and Tiote and ferguson obertan on the wings? That’s if cisse isn’t available, what a silly issue that is with the Senegalise FA.

    I suspect the Senegal fa will relent and Pardew will field
    Simmo, Williamson, Taylor, santon
    Ben Arfa, Anita, tiote, ferguson
    Cisse and Ba

  • 69 obatoyou // Nov 16, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Was coloccini not suspended?

  • 70 JAMSHA // Nov 16, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    is the 3 match ban for tiote over?

  • 71 obatoyou // Nov 16, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Yeah tiote’s ban is over, colo’s ban must have been over as well. Think we’d all feel a bit better When krul colo and tiote are all playing, maybe it means we need some more world class players in … we need some more tiote’s maybe a lampard, a gerrard, or a terry that’d be nice

  • 72 obatoyou // Nov 16, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    Whoops re-read the article there looks like colo is suspended. Is it an auto 3 match ban for a red? Or dOes it depend on previous cards and such?

  • 73 89Norcal // Nov 16, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Well if Colo is out at least Perch can put in a good shift.

    For some reason our midfield is a mess without Tiote. Not sure if I’m too bothered with Cabaye out since his nagging injuries were wrecking his form.

    Maybe Pards will play Sammidinho and he’ll show Swansea a thing or two?

  • 74 jawballsaswallwell // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    Santon – Williamson – S.Taylor – Fergie
    Tiote – Anita
    Obertan – Ben Arfa – Ba

    C’mon Pards, a little attacking intent – it’s Swansea for goodness sake and couldn’t we all do with a lift. If we get done you can blame injuries and suspension and we need a good performance as much as 3 points. Let’s get about them. I can’t take it anymore.

  • 75 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Morning lads!

    Oba…a straight red is always a three match suspension!

  • 76 jawballsaswallwell // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi
    had special words for Eagles debutant, Shola Ameobi,

    “Shola was awesome the moment he got into the pitch. He showed his experience in the game and even when he was provoked his calmness was amazing. He was talking to the other players on what to do at a time we were under pressure and he was resilient, we sure need his experience for big tournaments.

    “Look at the way and manner he shielded the ball, evaded being brought down before passing to Mba, who also gave it to Onazi for our third goal, Shola is a special player.”

    Ged in, son! I’ve never tolerated a word against ya!

  • 77 check the toastie // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    My team, just go for it Pardew you dinosaur, 4231.

    We have so much attacking talent at the club, its about time this team tried to entertain. Take the shackles off Pardewasaurus.

    Santon Tavernier Saylor Fergy
    Tiote Anita
    Marveuax Ben10 Sammy

    Would love to see that team named, however we know it will be 442.

    Simpson Willo Saylor Santon
    Ben10 Anita Tiote Fergy
    Ba Cisse

    Actually this team does work a lot better as a 442 than previous sides as we havent now got Jonas holding up play at every opportunity, Expecting a win whatever side we put out, we should have miles too much quality for Swansea. Fancy 2 or 3 nil actually.

  • 78 Indian Magpie // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:38 AM


    A straight red card is not always a 3 game suspension.

    For example if you hand the ball on goal line or you are a last defender and denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity then its a straight RED but not a 3 game ban.

    A straight RED for violent conduct is 3 game ban, +1 for subsequent REDs

  • 79 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Thanks Indian Magpie…for clearing that up! Didn’t know that 🙂

  • 80 89Norcal // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Surprised you guys havent realized the futility in posting formation suggestions yet.

    I did the second I capped off a 500 word essay with “Pards will probably use 442 again”.

  • 81 Ian Toon // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Jesper- Good morning . So your not on for a duvet day.

  • 82 Ian Toon // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    With the number of players unavailable it’s sounding like one of my Sunday morning early kick off games where we started with 9 men.

  • 83 Transfer Sage // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    This will be a difficult game missing colo and cabaye.

    Fortunately this season Swansea have been inconsistent.

    Hopefully we will catch them on a bad day.

  • 84 Ian Toon // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Transfer Sage- Let’s hope so. Early shift on here for you today.

  • 85 89Norcal // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Transfer Sage,

    If we lose another at home this weekend, this site will be in red alert panic mode. That would be great entertainment.

  • 86 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Morning no, I am ready to take on the weekend 🙂

    …we get up early in my house-hold lol

    So how’s it been on here the last couple of days? From what I can gather we are being stretch a bit thin these days – guess a few of the fringe players well get a chance to shine 😀

    …you know what they say ‘April showers bring about May flowers’!

  • 87 obatoyou // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Thanks Jesper and Indian, so colo has missed 1 game already, he’ll be back in 2

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