Pardew – Bigi Shouldn’t Be Playing – But Scored Fantastic Goal

Alan Pardew was interviewed on nufcTV immediately after the game last night, and he talked about 19 year-old Bigirimana, who came on at the beginning of the second half for Cheick Tiote, who had a slight strain in his leg, and Alan didn’t want to risk him.

Take that – Bigirimana shows wonderful technique as he rifles the ball home

But Bigi has a bright future at Newcastle, and he showed what an excellent player in the making he is, and scored a terrific goal with his left foot – his first goal ever in first class football.

And it came at a good time for Newcastle, After 71 minutes to put us 3-0 up and the 3 points were in the bag.

Alan talked about his young gun:

“I don’t think he’s ready though and he shouldn’t be playing in this team if I’m honest.” “He should be playing in our under-21 team, but we are in such a place that he gets an opportunity and you would like to think that he will take that.”

“He did more than that – it was a fantastic goal and something he will treasure for the rest of his life.”

Gael will probably start the game at Bordeaux on Thursday night, in  our sixth and last in Group D of the Europa League.

And since we are already guaranteed second place at least in the group and therefore qualification through to the knock out rounds –  we expect Pardew to start a largely second team in that game, and rest the first teamers for the important match at Craven Cottage next Monday night.

It would be great to get a second successive 3 points at Fulham next Monday.

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17 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #1
  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #2

    piece of papiss

    I think you have to appreciate people were really peed off. 4 losses in a row playing terible football all season and seemingly no change coming any time soon.

    Then last night we finally got what we have been asking for all season. We ditched 442 hoof ball, played ball to feet in a 433 / 4231 and hey presto!.

    Of course we had this last season and won 6/7 on the spin, so I just hope and pray Pardew will keep that template for the rest of the season now as we suddenly look a team again with people wanting the ball.

    With MA we would never have got another manager so we know we have pardew long term and I think the majority of us just wanted him to change the stye which he did last night. I just pray it wasn’t for one night only

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3


    I heard it on the news this morning.

    What goes through some people’s minds I can’t comprehend. It’s a game of football, if you get a bad decision just get on with it, it’s a game played for fun, especially at that level.

    Hope those involved are put away for a long long time.

  • woolerbill

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    We were lucky for once, wigan were by far the best team. The first twenty minutes of the second half we looked like the ten man team. We will have to improve for Fulham.

  • Graeme

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope Pardew puts a team out on Thursday to win the game. It wont be easy, but going through in top spot means we miss those dropping down from CL – that has to be worth the effort!!!

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6


    I would disagree. Wigan had a good spell after half time…as would be expected. They cam out, tried to get a goal and I thought despite their possession we stifled them of any clear chances.

    We did very well keeping the ball, created some very good chances and overall were the best team.

    We will beat fulham like that…they are bottom of the form table and can’t seem to get a performance….hopefully it wont come against us.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Just in case if you noticed.

    The first shot the BIGI took on the follow up of which Ciise tried a back heel, look at Ba’s position.

    Looks as if they will not pass to each other unless that is the only option left.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8


    I kind of want to go through top, get an easier team and then progress.

    But part of me wants us to face a very good team dropping out the champs league…not sure which teams look like dropping out but we will know by our game on wednesday

  • woolerbill

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10


    I don’t have rose tinted glasses, but I live in hope.

  • tequilamag

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Great result last night and shows the importance of confidence. After we went ahead it was noticeable how suddenly everyone was making runs into space to be available for the ball and even the 2 Dembas were sprinting to pressure the defenders when they were trying to bring the ball out. It`s a good start but we should not get carried away. We were never as bad as the Catchys of the blog would have it nor are we suddenly now world beaters.
    I thought Jonas had a good game last night, when Wigan were outpassing us in the second half and Santon went off he dropped back to protect Fergie. What Jonas does is not spectacular in the way of HBA but his selfless work gets little or no praise.

  • tequilamag

    Dec 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Indian do you actually watch the games , it was a pass from Cisse to Ba that won us the penalty.

  • Jarra_Mag

    Dec 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #13


    Cisse was also a mile offside so a pass would have meant nothing. he probably knew that judging by the effort he put into the back heel.

    They linked well last night as they were’nt playing on top of each other. they are too similar for 4-4-2

    4-3-3 all the way and alternate the top 3’s positionings throughout a match to throw off opposition ala barca

    ba can do a job on the left and up top, cisse on the right and up top and hba either side

    hats off to cisse last night he ran and chased down everything and was unlucky not to score. i noticed a number of occasions he made a great run but the ball never came – he was getting frustated. goals will come


  • MacToon

    Dec 4, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #14

    tequila, it was a pass from Ba to Cisse 😉


    Dec 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Tequila mag … Wasn’t it a pass from Ba to cisse that won the penalty ?


    Dec 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #16


    I think you were watching a different game to the one i was?

    As far as regards Bigi ! I totally disagree with what Pardew is saying ! Bigi is almost ready and should be starting more games as should one or two others.

    Marveaux was top notch and some of his runs reminded me of how Ben Arfa can run rings around the opposition ! Unfortunately Pardew just does,nt seem to want to give him a fast place in the starting line-up! Injuries forced him to start him last night!

    If we play that way against the Cottagers on Monday evening we will come away with all three points again. What,s the betting that Pards reverts back to the old system thats not worked all season though! If he does we will lose again!

    The win last night will have helped our confidence no end and hopefully it will continue on Thursday and also next Monday!

  • Brutooon

    Dec 5, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #17

    is bigi a defensive midfield? because i saw he move towards the right hand side a bit

    Even during Europe games, Anita was given the defensive role


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