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Keep Playing This Lad In Central Midfield

10:08 am, Thursday, November 29th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

It was anther horrendous result last night, as Newcastle had victory snatched away from them in the last nine minutes of a game in which Newcastle played so much better than they had done last weekend at Southampton, and while we got nothing out of this game, the passion and decent form shown by our players last night,  will surely help us to claw our way back up the league – and sooner rather than later.

Vurnon Anita – playing well for Newcastle

The game on Monday night against Wigan  is another crucial game,  as Newcastle try to stop a nightmare run of four defeats on the trot in the league, but now’s not the time to call for Pardew to be sacked,  or Mike Ashley to get out of Newcastle – or any demonstrations.

We should have learned four years ago – that that kind of stuff just makes things worse, and hardly helps our players..

What Newcastle need is a win, and we need the fantastic support shown by all those good souls who made the trip down to Stoke in freezing weather last night, only to be disappointed right at the end.

And why Alan Pardew played Vurnon Anita on the right wing we have no idea, and there was no creativity at all in central midfield with James Perch and Cheick Tiote.

Vurnon Anita is the natural successor to Yohan Cabaye in attacking midfield – until our top French international is fit again – and the more he plays in that attacking midfield position,  the better he will get.

Vurnon has now turned in four or five very good performances in a row, and he is currently leading our Man of the Match poll with 29% of the vote, and Davide Santon, who had another excellent game last nigh is second on 22%.

No wonder Inter-Milan and Roma want to take him back to Italy.

But Alan shouldn’t tinker with the side, and with James Perch now suspended for Monday night’s game after picking up his 5th yellow card last night – hopefully Vurnon will play alongside Cheick Tiote against Wigan.

And we may even see Shola Ameobi and Ben Arfa ready for selection, after they have hopefully recovered from their hamstring injuries – which Newcastle players seem to be picking up right left and center these days.

Let’s keep Vurnon in central midfield – keep the faith – and let’s hope we can finally get all three points against Wigan Athletic on Monday evening.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mattyNUFC // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    thought santon, hands down our best player this season, had his worst game for us last night

    late challenges, bad defensive anticipations, wayward passing, but, then again, he had tiote to look for as an outlet who, let’s be frank, has been one of our worst performers of late

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Had a great game last night gave 100 % chased everything hassled everyone showed some great touches and passing starting to look a cracking player just need tiote to start putting in some shifts in the middle because he is woeful at the moment i mean christ that back pass/slash shot he fired at krul last night awful

  • 3 mattyNUFC // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    oh, and of course guti to play to too, he needs to be dropped immediately

    I love jonas, really think he’ll be and remain a club legend, but the guy is so far past it it’s shocking how quickly his fall from grace has been

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    So Indian

    Ashley quoted the city owners 800M when we don’t even own our ground and at the time had a lot of oustanding debt. Could only happen to us!!

    Sorry I don’t know where gorgonzola is these days!

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Indian…it escalated sometime ago after a remark from BandB which I think was directed at the likes of Ibiza and I!

    …I’ll try to contain my ‘over’use’ of smileys in the future :D

    Matty…I agree about the subs; the tactics are still confusing for me, but I agree with Tequila it was never gong to be a free flowing game against a team like Stoke at Britannia Stadium.

    Tequila…I might have to see the game again, but I much admit I thought the game easily could have gone either way (I thought we deserved the win ’cause Stoke never really troubled us, but they would evidently, ’cause we were showing signs of fatigue)

    …Pulis won them the game I think (Pardew to some extent lost the game for us)

  • 6 Indian Magpie // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Rotonda,

    Yes i seem to recall it was upwards of or close to 800 million. i saw it either in the sun or sky or both

  • 7 Indian Magpie // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    breaking News : New zeland have beaten Sri lanka by 167 runs in the second test at colombo.

  • 8 Indian Magpie // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Jesper,

    I did not mean to say it was wrong

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Indian…that’s alright mate!

    …I think I over do it at times – especially when I use my phone or tablet (bad habit i think) ;)…see! lol

  • 10 Moe-NUFC // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Ed .. I beg you! Don’t call Williamson a premier league class player!!
    I mean cmon look at the last 9 goals we conceded .. probably 7 or 8 of them pure Williamson mistake include the last 2 against stoke
    the first goal he was out of position and the second I was sure 100% when the long ball came that he won’t win it against Jones .. don’t we have him in the team to get those header??!!
    his mistakes are increasing by the game and he’s never confident even when we’re ahead
    bottom line .. cmon Pardew I know you’ve got all your stats and stuff, you should know already that Williamson is the WEAK link, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!

  • 11 Graeme // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Anita’s best place is alongside Tiote in the centre of Midfield – it always has been.

    I thought there was a definite improvement in our play last-night, a lot more fight and effort compared to the previous 3 games. Why Ranger wasn’t brought on on the 2nd half when he could have caused Stoke all sorts of problems is baffling. It would have given us an extra outlet from the back and kept Stoke on their toes!!

    Mike Williamson should have been taken off after 60 minutes at the latest – he is far too slow and looked wrecked. The fresher legs coming on would then have helped the defence with the expected onslaught from Stoke going for the equalizer – it just didn’t happen!!

  • 12 Indian Magpie // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    I dont want to kick a man when he is already getting kicked alot but,

    with him in the team all our FKs are directed at him for him to prod down and get an assist. which is ultrapoor. Not his fault though but will be resolved if were not in the team.

  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Believe or not
    I thought Anita looked a half decent player when he first put on a Newcastle shirt – looked a little bit lightweight though but Pardew pissed him about defensive midfield, full back, central midfield – for hells sake play him in the middle for the rest of the season along side Cabaye if he plays for the toon.

    I would bring in Marvo for Perch and Ben Arfa for Gutrot if fit

  • 14 tequilamag // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Graeme it would have been nice if Pards had an option to sub Willo last night but we are all out of CHs till Jan at least. Perch could have been moved back but he is a bit of a short ares for CH against Stoke.

  • 15 Krul to be Kind // Nov 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    moe

    a bit harsh on willo I think, yeah i agree to an exent that he is one of the weaker players but to blame him for the goals last night is madness

    eg. 1 walters goal – he flicks it on from deeper on the right hand side and runs in to the 6 yard box, i’m afraid it was the midfield who let him ghost in to the box unnoticed, it was from an advanced midfield position he made his run, hardly willo’s fault because he is the player closest to him when he scores, why wasn’t he passed on from the midfied?

    eg. 2 Jerome goal, Collo was all at sea, hadnt a clue where he was, should have been tight on Jerome or at least picked him up as he came through, imo it’s not collo’s fault, yes willo got beat in the air, but he isn’t entitled to win every header and in fairness he wins most of his aerial battles. i believe the communication from the midfield to backline was non-existent for both goals, players not being tracked or passed on to a defender, why didn’t a midfielder give the shout to collo when jerome ran through?

    I believe we NEED a new cb, rb and striker to advance but most importantly we need an industrious midfielder who can make the team a more cohesive unit and bring structure to the midfield and communicate to backline and frontline but most importantly direct the midfield, this is why Sissokho is so important to get over the line in january, an all rounder that would bring positional discipline to what i think is a technically very good midfield but lacking in organisation… we need a game reader and a leader in there and as passionate as tiote is… he is defo no leader or organiser.

    on a brighter note, at least the performance is much improved in recent weeks.

    onward and upwards… HWTL!!!

  • 16 Ketsbaia9 // Nov 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    I totally agree with Moe. Williamson has been at fault for nearly every goal apart from the one we conceded against Maritimo which was Saylor’s fault. Mike lost his man for the first goal and failed to win a header against a smaller player which led to another goal. He also hit the post and nearly put it into his own net.

    I agree that Anita and Santon are our best players so far this season.

  • 17 jimiley // Nov 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    People are delusional if they think Pardew is going to get the sack. Pardew and the backroom staff on EIGHT year contracts would cost 20 million in compensation. Ashers would not spend that in a generation on players so will never pay it in compensation. If we go down then Pardew will bring us back up again. He is a good Championship manager. We are now a yo yo club and can never classify ourselves as a big club. We last won the league in the Stone Age. All those fans are now dead. I do not mind watching the Toon in the Championship. I had some great days out at Watford and Peterborough etc. It was much more enjoyable watching the Toon win playing decent football instead of watching this dross and getting steamrolled by the top teams. Bring on the Championship if needs must. Keep the faith

  • 18 toonbrother // Nov 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    people bashing willo are cowards. Where was colocinni’s marking when walters tapped in from 6 yards for the second goal? On the first goal he was also nowhere to be found. It just shows how dumb certain fans are that they let poor positioning go scot free. That -if nothing else- is the primary skill of a defender. anticipating the danger areas and being there to avert it. Colocinni was pi55 poor again last night. you lot are simply to cowardly to admit it




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