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Top Youngster – Pardew Is Important For Newcastle Future

6:37 pm, Friday, November 16th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 85 Comments

We see that some fans are starting to question some of Alan Pardew’s selections, and the formation he has the lads play in, and that had to come after a mediocre start to the season, and then the very disappointing loss against West Ham on Sunday. Criticism like that is par for the course for any Premier League manager, especially when the side is not playing well.

Davide Santon - complimentary about Alan Pardew

But 21 year-old Davide Santon has often sung the praises of the Newcastle manager, who has handled players of different temperaments and personalities superbly since he ‘s been on Tyneside, and he’s brought along Davide Santon, and made him into a much better player than signed for us last year for £5M from Inter-Milan.

This is what Santon said about his manager in the local press today:

“I have a really good feeling with the manager.”  “He is a really good coach. It is important for us to have him.”  “He can give us confidence.”

 “The boss knows the moment to say we are not playing well.”  “In the second half against West Ham, we were better and that was thanks to the manager.”

 “He is a really good coach, and important for the future of Newcastle.” “It was a big decision. I had talks with my dad and my family and I think it was the best decision.”

“Newcastle, for me, are a big team and the players are young.”  “We have time to get better and play better.”

We have to hope that Davide keeps on improving this season, but he’s been excellent so far, and of course with his good form, he was recalled to the full Italian squad this week for the first time in 19 months.

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Tags: Coaching · Davide Santon · Newcastle News

85 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bettyswallocks // Nov 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Theres no point buying another striker when we can t get the ball to the ones we already have.!!

  • 2 BelfastMagpie // Nov 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Catchy & Rotanda sharpen the pitch forks.

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Have time to play better? Pardew a good manager?

    Young Davide isn’t very “in” is he, that sort of talk is so yesterday.

  • 4 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Team against the plucking Swans:

    ____________Krul____________
    Simpleson_Willo__Saylor_Santoon
    Obertan__Tiote____Anita__Ferguson
    ____________HBA
    ____________Ba

  • 5 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    I just want to at least feel the pulse of last season’s style & flair – HBA in a central role will hopefully breathe new life into our attacks.

  • 6 BelfastMagpie // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    *Puts tin hat on*

    Seen a Joey Barton interview the other day,saying Pardew was the best English he’s worked with.

    It’s on that Nufcfans.co.uk.

  • 7 BelfastMagpie // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Oops.

    *manager*

  • 8 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Belfast…Should I put my tin hat on as well? Is this what the big boys do? :)

    It would be really hypocrtical of me to use Joeys words, as I usually spew something off to the tune of “what does it matter what Barton thinks”.

    But f*** it. The best English manager he’s worked with people. That’s an ex player who got released from the club whilst under the same manager.

    Ruddy….I’d like that to. However, I am being told that there was no attacking flair last season, just better executed and luckier long balls. How’s the name going, feeling like a change again anytime soon?

  • 9 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    ffs Belfast….Was it just manager or English manager?

    I should have known not to use news you supplied. Where is wizard, now there’s a reliable chap, not like you, ya useless tw@.

  • 10 BelfastMagpie // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Best English coach I think it was.

    Maybe Barton just made it up lol

    Who knows.. :-)

  • 11 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Belfast…Made it up? Joey? Hang on now….

    Or right, it’s Joey Barton. Probably then.

  • 12 BelfastMagpie // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Ibiza get yourself back on the venga bus and shut up.

  • 13 catchy in norway // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Belfast, it’s always ready
    So is my syth , I sit here every night typing and sharpening ,
    Making a list
    Pardew
    Obertan
    Shola
    Williamson
    Simpson
    Belfast
    Ibiza
    Ian
    Waiting for the day lmao

    In all honesty , as a guy I reckon Pardew is a good man, and gets on well with the players of the pitch,
    In that I think is some if the problem, he is to close to them and may feel he is letting them down if he don’t pick them

    Ibiza

    Thank you, I now class you as my best friend

  • 14 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Unconscionable football mastermind Pards now coercing his more impressionable, younger players to big him up in the press.

  • 15 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Belfast….The Venga bus? Haven’t been on that for a good long while. Brings back memories mind. Also, no one shut up on the venga bus, so get your facts straight.

  • 16 BelfastMagpie // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    See to be honest,them guys at nufcfans.co.uk are known for telling lies lol

  • 17 catchy in norway // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    My tip for boss

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2234013/Ole-Gunnar-Solskjaer-secrets-success-Molde-manager.html

  • 18 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Catchy….Best friend? Now I just think you’re being sarcastic. If not, fancy a sleep over? We can stay up late and watch old Newcastle footage on youtube?

    There is a decent possibility that Pardew is a bit too close to his players. Motivation is great, but usually in the professional world, people need to know there is a consequence for not carrying out your job satisfactorily. This is an area of Pardews job that I have not a clue as to how he performs or even how he goes about it. Food for thought though.

    I still believe that owner, manager and players alike believe in what they’re doing and have patience in what they’re trying to achieve. The alarm bells aren’t going off as there is no emergency. That’s my thoughts on it, I imagine after an hour and a half stuck in the car you’ve had some time to work on some stuff to show me how I’m wrong and I look forward to it :)

  • 19 BelfastMagpie // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Ibiza

    I’d heard you went on tour with the venga boys one summer & didn’t come home?

    Woaaaaaaah you stayed in Ibiza..

  • 20 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Belfast…Don’t know what you’re talking about mate ;)

    You on fifa this evening? You’re seeming a bit above yourself (for a change), do you need putting back in your place?

  • 21 BelfastMagpie // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Did you fly away on venga airways? :-)

    Nah mate my missus refuses to let me on the playstation at night.

    So It’s corrie and im a celebirty for me 2nite. :-(

  • 22 catchy in norway // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Ibiza

    My place or yours?

    It was a long drive , and I did have a lot to think about in between the wham songs ;) trying to get feel god factor back,

    Daughters birthday tomorrow , got a few things to sort out for her party so I don’t know if il be on tonight

    Just more time to brood over hating Pardew just what I need

  • 23 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Belfast…. :) Sorry, not sure why I’m smiling so much. Can’t be anything to do with you having to watch corrie and celebrity this evening. Enjoy *sniggers*

  • 24 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Catchy….Wham you say? I promise you, one day we’ll find something we have in common :)

    I’m off now anyway. Hope you’re daughter has a great birthday and that Pardew can give you something to think about as well and remember, don’t hate the manager, hate the game.

  • 25 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    First sticky patch in a remarkable two years under Pardew, nothing more than that at this stage, but he and the players will be be feeling the pressure to get a win v Swansea and I’m not sure that helps.

  • 26 fray bentos // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Ive worked it out, during pre-season Pardew was involved with a gangbang involving all the players wives/girlfriends

    Thats whats happend. its obvious

    And only one answer, get rid of all the players and buy a new squad as Pardew is the most important cog

  • 27 Tsunki // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Sticky patch? No, its the road to oblivion and we will never recover from this until Pardews name is scrubbed off his parking bay. Doomed I say!

    I dont agree with an earlier poster who said simmo should be dropped as his head is elsewhere – I think now he has his eyes on a couple of new trophies he should be up for it.

    Btw is that the real ruddy or the beardo one?

  • 28 AndyMac // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    This is classic Fatman spin after all the anti Pardwho comments appeared post West Ham.

    Surely the effort expended in getting players to “back the manager” would be put to better use by asking Pardwho how he’s gonna change this appalling run around ?

    Same old same old :(

  • 29 Tsunki // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Didnt anyone miss me dammit? I put a lot of work into this dross I shovel out you know! Nobody appreciates what I do around here.

  • 30 LGFUAD21 // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Evening lads. Long time to type.

    We’ve had a poor start. And its the selection letting us down.

    We have made the mistake of buying 3 strikers that do not particularly compliment each other that well.

    Pardew knows that in order to give a team a good run for their money you have to boss the midfield. He’s said you can either do that with a striker that will drop back and work or with an extra midfielder in the hole.

    Personally I think we have to get away from 4-4-2. Before people jump down my throat with “forget about formationg, its too much of a talking point” positionally yes, formation means very little. But in terms of the type of players we need to play a 5 man midfield with a lone striker. whether thats 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 with 2 wingers. They are much the same.

    The worry with 1 striker is that they become isolated. But to be honest this only counts with long ball tactics. We are probably going to be more likely to score with a lone striker as it encourages the midfield to come into the game.

    Ba is positionally our best striker. But at the moment we are ending up with 2 isolated strikers that simply cannot beat defenses no matter how good their first touches are.

    Cabaye showed his attacking prowess in the Euros and Pardew has mentioned it before. We need to be playing Cabaye in the hole behind Ba, or Cisse. He needs to be in that position where he can pick out his smart passes that unlock defense.

    People keep going on about our defense. Our defense hasnt lost us a game. Our lack of creativity and midfield presence has. I would sell a striker and bring in a different kind. Or even a midfielder and bring in a different kind (if its 1 in 1 out) just as much as strengthen our defense.

    With Cabaye in a more advanced position, he gives us a long shot option (how many times has Ba been up field with the ball but been unable to give it to another player? Solution put cabaye behind him who we know can have a decent pop from outside the box. None of our strikers can do that. Only Cabaye and Benny.

    Also Benny appears to have been encourage to run down to the byeline and cross from the edge of box. OK if Ba/Cisse and Shola were in positions to capitalise but they never are and this is still a chancing technique. He needs to occasionally try his magic like before and go it alone.

    We sit back with 2 strikers up field in isolation. A true CAM would bring about better play. Plus they would allow the whole team to push up through better tackling abilities.

    Leave the sweeping to Tiote, Anita, Bigi and Jonas or Perchy

    Get Fergie or Marveaux or Sammy on the wing where they can do damage.

    Fergie means a good balance between aerial balls into the box and HBA’s magic.

    HBA should be allowed to roam. Simmo has proven he can handle it. He contains and holds up the opposition. Benny also tracks back with enough pace to do so. Benny doesnt have to tackle he just needs to mark/contain on the back foot. Which he can do.

    Cabaye needs to be encouraged to make runs into the box ala Nolan. Or at least on attacks be floating on the edge of it where he can shoot or re-create.

  • 31 Tsunki // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    AndyMac – so he should be frank and say its all going badly an he doesnt know how to put it right? Or should he tell the players to zip it and see how wound up the fans get?

  • 32 LGFUAD21 // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Also one observation on the often criticised Obertan.

    I said about a year ago he should be tried in the hole. I think he should for different reasons now. nothing to do with his pace.

    On the wing obertan looks nervous, unsure as to what to do but run.

    In the hole where he will be forced into tight spots he actually does some good things that go unnoticed by almost everyone on here. These go unnoticed because they are fleeting moments.

    He seems to play better under this pressure when he has to make a quick decision but he picks out a pass and moves for the return. If those moments could be brough out of him more our play would be so much more dangerous.

    Our major problem and this existed even when we played at our best last season is that we do not move the ball around fast enough. We never get at teams because of this. We never unlock defenses

  • 33 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Anyonw who puts Anita in their team unless at right back obviously doesn’t watch the Toon play. He so far is the worse player I’ve seen at Newcastle in the last 4 years

  • 34 magpiepoot // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Nico I agree, I wanted to give Anita a chance but poor so far. I ain’t relishing the match tomorrow – hope pardew pulls something out the goody bag!

  • 35 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    magpiepoot
    Yes I’ve given Anita a chance, but he’s just got nothing to offer.
    Its going to have to be some great Pards tactics tomorrow to get a win. Sadly I can’t see how we’ll score unless Arfa does something special.

  • 36 check the toastie // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    nico – you clearly havent watched Shola and Simmo closely for the last 4 years. Shola has only started trying since his brother came on the scene, before then he walked around with his hands in his pockets.

    People having a go at Anita are truly clueless, the lad has class and will go onto prove it when we actually try and play some football rather than booting the ball over the lads head. Cant remember Simmo scoring many goals form outside the box form full back. Dunce.

  • 37 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    People are also saying about playing Carbaye in the whole. I don’t think he’s that type of player. He likes to drop deep and pick the ball up and set up play.
    We need a central mindfield player like Nolan, who will get in the box and get on the end of stuff.
    Hoepfully Carr’s looking for this type of player.

  • 38 magpiepoot // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Nico yeah arfa may well come up trumps – or even santon or obertan

  • 39 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    check the toastie
    I like Shola, and Simpson is not the best but a decent defender. Yes, Anita scored from outside the box with a volley. I’ve done that and I’m not good enough to play for the Toon.
    Also, in reference to you calling me a ‘dunce’. You really need to look up what that word means. Watching pretty much every game live and forming an oppinion doesn’t make anyone a dunce. Somebody implying a person is a dunce because of this, may well in fact, be a dunce.

  • 40 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    magpiepoot
    Yes mate, hopefully. Both show promise. Santon will score if he shoots when getting into good positions and Obertan will hopefully get better when he grows in confidence. He’s looked good in Europe this year.

  • 41 Tsunki // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Given Anita a chance? That must have been exhaustive. If you gave Colo the same chance he would have been gone when we went into the champs. It doesnt compute being so impatient AND being a NUFC fan ha ha.

    LGFUAD – good shout on obertan I have said it before he is a neat and decisive passer in tight spots but you are right is bewildered on the wing, plus like hba usually has nobody to bounce off so is criticised for his apparent wastefulness. The rare times he has been through the middle he has actually looked a completely different player, even a scorer of goals.

  • 42 magpiepoot // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Check the toastie – I’m entitled to an opinion same as u. Perhaps it’s actually time u did go and check on your toastie!

  • 43 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    This is quite likely Anitas’ best chance to stake a claim in the Newcastle midfield. He’s been here a while so he should be getting to grips with the style and pace of the EPL and he’ll be given a central role and real responsibility against a midfield that will want to get the ball under control and play football. I can see him playing well and if he doesn’t I’ll start to worry about him.

  • 44 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Anita looks okay at right back, but lost in central midfield. I would rather see Bigramra play in the centre. There must be one heck of a difference playing in Holland for a top side that has 65% of possession every week, and then playing in Prem for a mid table team with 50% possession.

  • 45 Tsunki // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    I think anita will turn out well but frankly in a midfield beset with injury and suspensions I dunno how he is going hold that together and pull a magical performance out of his ass in one go. I hope he does though.

  • 46 Tsunki // Nov 16, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    nico how do you reckon santon will suddenly score? What leads you to conclude that? :)

  • 47 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I do hope Anita starts to play well. Not sure if its the pace of the game, but he just can’t seem to get involved. He only seems to play short 5-10 yard passes, usually square. He gets out muscled to often. He’s poor in the air. His long passes so far are inacurate. He rarely takes anyone on and when he does he losses the ball. Maybe if he grows in confidence he will come good??

  • 48 Tsunki // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    And sorry for not putting thid in the same post as was still holding my sides, but….. Bigirirama who has played a handful of games for the first team sine coming from the might of L1 Coventry is much more assured than someone who played in a decent european side high up in the Eredivisie?

    Wishful thinking will get us a stuffing.

  • 49 check the toastie // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Anita – permenant fixture in an Ajax side that have just outplayed Man City twice, and after maybe 180 minutes of playing CM for Newcastle he is a right off, well i have heard it all now.

    I may have formed an opinion about certain players (Simpson, Jonas, Shola but it has been over time) .wow, just wow.

  • 50 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Tsunki
    Cutting in from the left like he does often and actually having a shot. He did against WBA and the keeper made a good save.
    Your going to feel silly when this happens on Saturday. Either that, or I’ll just say he’ll maybe do it next week.

  • 51 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Well Anita never played against Man City. Maybe if he did City would have won.

  • 52 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Tiote is arguably the best midfield partner Anita could have, and with Ben Arfa and Ba as outlets I don’t see why Anita should be overwhelmed.

  • 53 geordie157 // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Kurt and Lionel Zouma, wonder if Carr rates those young centre back brothers.

  • 54 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Right I’m off. I’ll be there tomorrow as usual cheering us on. I hope Anita plays well along with all the other players.

  • 55 Tsunki // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    nico I wont feel silly if santon scores, just elated. And surprised. As hell.

  • 56 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Tsunki
    I’m going to stick a £5 to score now. This conversation has now just probably cost money.

  • 57 Tsunki // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Sorr nico but if it helps I will be willing him on and will be on here to congratulate you (and maybe cadge a beer off you) on your win.

  • 58 breno95 // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Nico
    From your posts you seem to be unable to recognise a good footballer full stop.
    Obertan is pathetic and Anita (who has rarely been picked to play) is a quality act.
    Would advise you to watch games closer and pay more attention as to who does what in a game.

  • 59 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    I’m anxious for Anita to do well, he’s young, was a top player at Ajax and now he’s ours. Can be a real asset for us, but you’d have to say that at times the game has passed him by in central midfield and you just can’t have that. He does need to show more, starting tomorrow.

  • 60 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I don’t think Obertan is at all pathetic, an underachiever maybe, but improving and not a key figure, so still time to prove himself. I don’t think Anita has offered more than Obertan so far, but you do sense he has plenty more to contribute than he has shown so far..

  • 61 breno95 // Nov 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Jimmy are you having your own conversation?
    I have to disagree on Obertan. He is in his 4th year in EPL 2 of which with NUFC and he is
    Pathetic & is not improving at all.

  • 62 catchy in norway // Nov 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Breno

    Totally agree

    Obertan has to be the luckiest guy in the world, he carnt kick a ball never mind play football, he makes the wrong choice nearly every time

    Anita, I think every thing he does is near and tidy , always shows for the ball, tries to play it forward not backward he will be a star for us,

    Do I think we should have signed him , no but not for lack of ability, it should have been debuchy

    But then again, super Pardew would have him hooding it too

  • 63 breno95 // Nov 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Catchy

    Only saying as it is. There are a few more who fall into same category at the club.
    As for Anita we did need to sign a Midfielder as Guthrie left and I believe Anita is a better player. Those doubting it will are wrong IMO.
    What was lacking in the last window was more 1st team signings but again that will be rectified in January. Again those who doubt will be wrong again.

  • 64 Marty-Toon // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Have a feeling we will be outplayed again tomorrow :-(
    Just preparing myself so I don’t feel as ad as I did last weekend
    Ben Arfa said it and we’ve all seen it that we avent been controlling games at all this season.
    I mean we need wins badly but I think as toon fans we just wanna see our team compete and show that we can hold onto the ball.
    We’ve looked like a team that doesn’t train together,glad that AP said he sees that our passing and possession is poor.
    Hopefully things will change for the better and soon

  • 65 soundoid // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Who will step up tomorrow and be the captain. I think when we lost Jonas against west ham that no one took responsibilty. A lot of industry but no heart.

  • 66 sirtoongospel // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Cisse defo not playing tomorrow. Unless Senegal FA back down last minute but as it stands they are adamant and he won’t be playing.

  • 67 Graeme // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Tomorrow, its all going to come together.

    We will be a cross between SBR Champions League team and KK’s entertainers!!

    We will be playing fast flowing, passing football, mesmerizing Swansea into bewilderment. I havent paid £102, spending 7 hours driving, to watch us perform like we did against West Ham.

    Sorry, its just not allowed to happen!!!!! Mon the TOOOOON lol

  • 68 nico // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    breno95
    I’ve watched Obertan play this season and he has done well, especially when playing on the left. It’s a confidence thing with him, I think he is capable of better. Maybe the same with Anita, but at the moment he has been poor. He’s had a couple of half decent displays at right back but in centreal midfield, he’s been awful. Guthrie played much better there last season.

  • 69 Marty-Toon // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    @catchy

    I agree that Obertan has looked poor but when he was played on the left wing( in the Euro league I think)he played really well but ever since has been used on the right and again looked poor

  • 70 Marty-Toon // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Graeme,
    Good luck and hope you get the game you’re wishing for.
    I mean I really hope to see a decent display by the toon tomorrow and to see our lads pass the ball well to each other
    Howay

  • 71 soundoid // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Graeme, HBA as No 10 and captain ;)

  • 72 soundoid // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Simmo—-willo—-Taylor—Santon
    ——————Tiote——————
    Obertan——–Anita———-Fergie
    —————Hba———————-
    ————————-Ba

  • 73 Magpies-till-d3ath // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    If Cisse doesn’t play, Pardew has to play Benny down the middle, just behind Ba.

    Krul
    Simpson Saylor Willo Santon
    Anita Tiote Marveaux
    Benny
    Ba Sammy/Shola

  • 74 Graeme // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Soundoid – Saylor will be Captain, no doubt about it – Pardew has already said so!!

    Marty – Cheers mate. I’ll be very happy if we just make the effort to be AWAKE at the kick-off, rather than waiting until 10 minutes after they score!! If we could actually attack them, from the first whistle, I will be over the moon – if we could keep it going for 90 minutes, my appreciation will be running down my leg!!

    If we were to actually create a situation where we won the game – I accept NO responsibility for the consequences!!

    Have a great game, live long and prosper!!

  • 75 soundoid // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Agreed Hba with a free role… I’d make him captain too… Go win us a game of football lad.

  • 76 soundoid // Nov 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    I know Benny won’t be captain yet but we need a leader in attack… we used to have some fantastic ones and I’m afraid watching Kevin Nolan last weekend showed us what we are missing.

    Benny can step up.

  • 77 Marty-Toon // Nov 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Graeme,
    I’m sure if you appreciate the team playing that well and it coincides with fluids running down your leg then we probably will see the tv cameras zoom in on you as the crowd around you disperse :-)
    Ah well,all the more room for you to enjoy the rest of the game ;-)

  • 78 Marty-Toon // Nov 17, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Don’t get too excited that you end up giving Lambiass a kiss on the cheek ;-)

  • 79 kevymartins // Nov 17, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Whats with all the hatred on pards? clearly he wanted to tighten up the squad that summer and was’nt given the funds so he has to work with what he got .Also when colo an cheik get back to normal were solid at the back again..Pardrew is a great manager and can work wonders sometimes .Yes he is being a c o ck bringing these youngester’s into games like these but he did not have no money to spend..All his money was @ the ibrox

  • 80 JAMSHA // Nov 17, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    2-1 to the toon ..howays lads

  • 81 Mister Tuff // Nov 17, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    I don’t know if I’m becoming an old fashioned prude but I see Danny Simpson is in the papers. A photograph of him and Tulisa -she explained that they watched a sex tape together. Simpson will become a figure of derision an Ashley Cole mk 2.
    If he had a brain he should be in the papers for footballing reasons and if he is interested in videos -he should watch some instructional football videos on the basics of being an attacking fulback.
    What a fool -AP should drop him.

  • 82 jimmysmith // Nov 17, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    Yes, seems a bit tawdry and indiscreet to me too Mister Tuff, particularly since he only recently became a father with another partner.

  • 83 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 17, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Morning lads!

    I am glad it is a Saturday game for once – it seems to me we are always playing Sunday!

    Is there an update on injuries and whether or not Cisse can play?

    God I hope not we are playing with just two in the middle and it being Tiota and Bigi (we are swrewed then)

    I am hoping for the best, but I am really not expecting anything these days (tired of having my weekends ruined)

    Those of you going to game – enjoy it :-) Have a nice trip!

  • 84 IITianToon // Nov 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Jesper you are so right my friend. Its like the whole mood of our weekend depends on those 90 mins. So I guess I should hope for the worst, in that way wont be disappointed! So Toon 1 Swans 2? :D

  • 85 Marty-Toon // Nov 17, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Tiantoon
    Feel the same way…..expect the worst and hopefully get a wonderful surprise when we play nice passing football,have the opposition on the back foot with lots of chances and score more than one to win the game :-) that’d be a nice start to the weekend for a change




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