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This Player Growing Into The Shirt – Our Man Of The Match

10:36 am, Sunday, December 16th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

We think that Vurnon Anita had his best game for Newcastle yesterday in the 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Premier League Champions,Manchester City, and he was involved in almost everything Newcastle did, as he took the corners and free kicks, and they were good ones for a change yesterday.

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Vurnon Anita – great game yesterday

And Anita has easily won our Man of the Match poll with 72% of the vote, and we need the Dutch International to keep producing these energetic performances at the heart of the Newcastle midfield,  if we are going to climb the league table and get away from the relegation zone.

And manager Alan Pardew also thought he was Newcastle’s best player yesterday, and he had this to say about the Dutchman.

“Vurnon is not getting any taller, but he is growing into the shirt.” “You have to say that the two best players on the pitch were Yaya Toure who is 6ft 5in and the other one was Vurnon at 4ft 3in, or whatever he is.” “He’s given us an exuberance that we’ve needed.”

Vurnon is 5’6″ tall and just one inch shorter than the best player in the world – Lionel Messi.

And we thought Vurnon would be a good player for Newcastle, once he made the adjustment to the much faster pace of the English way of playing football, and he’s coming through for Newcastle now big time - and it’s great to see.

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 FatmanJoe // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    He was brilliant against fulham the week before too. Where are all the fans who completely laid into him when he first started for not being up to the epl? Haven’t heard from them in a while.

  • 2 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Farman – they’ve scurried back to their cave with their tails between their legs.

    Repost (again)
    Let’s face it, we had an awful start to the season. We all blamed it on a shaky pre-season, players not being match fit, not being able to play the same team due to injuries and suspensions- particularly in our back five, luck, Europa league, whatever. Basically, our first 14 games of the season we have been pants for the most part. Some games were promising, some games had some decent performances in, but we still weren’t winning.

    The last few games, probably stoke, Wigan, Fulham, man citeh, has seen us play football that is probably of a better standard than what got us to fifth last season. The problem is we have the mentality that we have lost the last 4 or we haven’t win in ten, or we are two points from the telegation zone. That is detrimental to us. The fans get restless, the players and manager get restless, and most importantly,
    The players push higher and higher up the pitch looking for goals and wins, we leave ourselves massively exposed to counter attacks and defensive mistakes. I think the winning goal In every one of our last matches has came from a counter attack. That is the problem. We need to have a belief that we are good enough to win games, good enough to draw against citeh at home. Because yesterday, we were, and if we had kept organised and persevered, we would have scored again. But our players got desperate. This isn’t down to Pardew IMO, as he is normally very good setting the defence up, but the players themselves. We can all see that they want to win as much as we do, but we just need to go into a match with the mindset that we are able to score goals, good goals, and we just need to keep calm.

  • 3 jimmysmith // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    “4 foot 3″, bloody ‘ell Pards, you can’t say that!

  • 4 Graeme // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    He is a superb player, always has been. Now he is settling in, he will just get better. He will have the same sort of influence on the way we play as Beardsley and Speed did in “the good old days”!!

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    We have to be happy with the prices we paid for Cabaye, Tiote and Demba Ba, and the money we received for Andy Carroll but on the flip side it has left Dirk Llambias with a feeling of such self importance that he feels he knows the value of players more than people who have been in the game for years, ultimately money talks so clubs will still deal with us if we do meet their valuation of players but I bet the amount of people willing to do business with Dirk Dastardly is diminishing with each passing transfer window.

  • 6 FatmanJoe // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Agreed. He’s the spark in midfield that we need. I firmly believe that if tiote had been up to scratch in the past few weeks that midfield pairing would have worked wonders.

    Starting to agree with the Jonas haters. He’s not doing much in the LW role. He was pretty good against fulham. Probably his best game this season. But I think there are others who could do a better job.

  • 7 shearermania // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    all right i have to get this off my chest as much it pains me to say …but here it goes:
    Mike williamson was amazing yesterday, absolutely amazing…won every header, composed on the ball, hardly hoofed….i was gobsmacked….and he almost bloody scored…i actually thought we were getting something from the game…the best we played so far this season. dosnt matter if you loose if you put a performance like this in….i actually have faith now even though we’ve lost so many games but the desire was there yesterday and i missed that desire….saw the stats we even had 44 crosses…. we will come good…keep believing lads….onwards and upwards

  • 8 nufcursed // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    if we dont beat QPR pardew needs to go!
    i disagree with a previous comment of you Ed, where you said that pardew wants to win every game, which is absolutely ridiculous!
    i think pardew is one of the least brave managers around.
    compare pardew to hughton, hughton’s team plays passing football, more point, less budget available.
    if we continue like this i think it was a mistake to replace hughton.
    norwich are a lot better than us at the moment and don’t play as many long balls

  • 9 FatmanJoe // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Williamson is a scapegoat. Even when colo is at fault, it’s willo who gets the blame.

    He was the best of our back four yesterday I think.

  • 10 Black and White with an army lol // Dec 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    i got a load of shit of most ppl on this blog when i said anita was an amazing player when we signed him and he could become a top class player for us.

    ah whats that word again em are yeah (TOLD YOU’S SO)

  • 11 FatmanJoe // Dec 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Some people are very impatient and don’t understand player development. At all. It was the same lot calling for marveux to start and when he did and was completely underwhelming were calling him to be shipped out.

    Unfortunately we have fickle fans.

  • 12 croftus5678 // Dec 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    aye agree this lad has become more important to us than tiote and cabaye now i love the fact he’s a constant runner and tryer good at everything….stick anita and tiote in mid and let our lb/rb do the attacking like we did against city.
    i really could not fault us last night ok there was a didgy santon clearance that was a goal.. but i thought the other 2 was offside and we deserved something out of that game as we were imo the better side if it was not for there quality on the counter and cisse was in scoring form that result would have been different.

  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Colnado
    Totally agree with you for twenty minutes in the second half against Fulham and Man City we have played the best football since we have come up. A bit more luck and better finishing we could have got a result.
    Got to follow up against QPR
    Like to see Marvo start against QPR
    and the supporters in the Gallowgate responded to the Toons effort. Great atmosphere and some of the players responded when the final whistle went.
    more of the same next Saturday but with a different result

  • 14 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Ronaldo>Messi!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 15 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    That’s height discrimination Alan. Toure’s 6ft3.

  • 16 GFH // Dec 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    PLease can we apply the same logic to Marveaux and use Cabayes absence as an opportunity to give him a run of starts in midfield ( his best position ) . I have seen one or two signs when he has played there recently to convince me that he good come Very good there given the chances.

  • 17 Tiote4PM // Dec 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    I lambasted Anita early season, absolutely slaughtered him.

    Yesterday he was class.

    I was wrong, hold my hands up. He could become a really op player or NUFC.

  • 18 marshy // Dec 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I know jonas was our worst player,how he gets his place I don’t know.

  • 19 Brutooon // Dec 17, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    I do agreed Anita is improving especially the last two games

    but i only care about POINTS !!! We need points!




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