Newcastle Winger Could Start Against Former Club

Alan Pardew’s changes in the second half all seemed to work,  and Shola Ameobi scored the vital goal that got us all three points against second bottom QPR, and Gabby Obertan returned from his toe injury and looked good on the left wing, and Sylvain Marveaux also had a good outing and went very close to scoring with a free kick, that whizzed inches past the post.

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Gabby Obertan – had a good outing on Saturday

And we think there’s a good possibility that both Shola and Gabby will start at Manchester United, and that will be a welcome start for the Frenchman against his old club, where he will be trying to do well and show them he is a good player.

Not surprisingly Gabby was pleased to be back, and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:

“I was looking forward to playing and I’ve got no pain anymore so I’m just pleased to be back.” “There are always places available to fight for in the team, and with the amount of injuries we’ve got at the moment that is no different. So I will be working hard for that.”

“I’ve been out for about six weeks so I need to get match-fit and get my rhythm, but hopefully after one or two games I will be back and be in contention for a starting position.” “Manchester United is going to be a hard game. I don’t focus on old friends I played with or anything like that. For me, it is all about getting us a result.”

“We really need points at the moment and it is that simple.” “We didn’t do ourselves justice against them earlier in the season, conceding from two set-pieces in the early part of the game. Hopefully we will play better on Boxing Day and get at least a point.”

“We have been on a bad streak, we haven’t been good at home and the results have been against us, so it was important to get three points.” “There is nothing better than a win at home.” “We have a difficult run of games coming up so it is good that we have got some in the bag already, and against a team who is behind us in the table as well.”

“In this kind of game, the longer you go without scoring, the harder it gets. But everyone stayed patient and the goal arrived quite late. It was a great goal from Shola and it lifted the whole stadium.”

Good words from Gabby there.

Obertan joined Newcastle in the summer of last year for £3M to get more playing time,  and in his two seasons at Manchester United he played only 28 times with one goal, but so far in his second season on Tyneside he has made 39 appearances with two goals, and he’s also missed a lot of games through injury.

Obertan shows signs of becoming a very good player on Tyneside, and it’s great to see him run at those defenders as he did on Saturday, and as we hope he will against his former colleagues at Old Trafford on Wednesday afternoon.

If we can get anything at all out of the game at Old Trafford it will be good news.

Howay The Lads!!

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27 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Having his Christmas crackers made from dynamite is too good for Ashley.

  • Beattie25

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    We’ve got nothing to lose in this game.

    We are turning up expecting to be beat, so I hope we line up with something daring.

    I’d rather get beat 5-0 and have tried something different then get beat 1-0 with the current shit.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3


    Same ol same ol

    There a good team , not many will score against them , there top of the league
    6-0 and we were lucky, could have been 10

  • ajcrawfs

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Really annoys me that he hardly start marveux

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    The way we played in the first half on Saturday if we play like that again against Man U we could easily bore them into distraction and maybe hit them on the break while they’re having a quick nap.

  • wreker16

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    I actually think we will sign some players, 2 I think but that’s clearly not enough.


    What’s this about shola staying????????

  • Beattie25

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Apparently Shola had a meeting with the club and has decided to stay at NUFC instead of going to represent Nigeria.

    Say what you want but this is outrageous. We should never come in between players and major international competitions.

    It is disgusting that we would even ask him to stay.

    This shows you the depths we will sink too.

    IT is ok when it is a meaningless friendly half way round the World but no top club would stand in the way of their player representing their nation at a football competition.

  • Beattie25

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Please don’t mention Barca, Messi and the olympics.

    The Olympics is not a major football competition is a major sporting competitiom.

    Still I was disgusted at Cisse’s treatment.

    In this moment is clarifies to me either Ba is gone or Remy isnt coming.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #9

    On players I fairly suspect what I think Mashley is up to regarding players and Pards begging Mike to give the team one more year together, well Mashley won’t be taking any blame so I don’t think he’ll be listening to Pards anymore when he asks for more time with this team, but I am reserving comment until Jan 31st.

  • KrulG4ME

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Repost :-
    I cannot believe people are calling for pardews head lets not forget where he led us to last season 5th in the premier league and a europa league place. Yeah we are under performing and 14th in the league but we are not half way through the season just yet and have been unlucky with injuries and suspensions to key players. I feel the lack of backing in the summer transfer window is the real issue if we had signed another cb another forward/winger and another rb, and they had been as good as anita has turned out we would of missed the injured and suspended players less and would more than likely have been in a much improved premier league position. The manager is not to blame the board is, and with a bit of luck mistakes will be rectified in january pardew will be backed and the players we need will be signed. Competetion for places is the key to players playing to their potential. I can see vast improvements in the squad players of last season already (Obertan, marveuex obvious choices) and a bigger more competetive squad will see the Mighty Toon push up the table and hopefully push on in europe.
    One final thing Cisse is our future for seasons to come Ba and the circus surrounding his contract situation have to be moved on. They do not work well together and imo, Cisse if played in the correct position and provided the service required is better than Ba and would get us 25 goals a season.

  • Shot Bru

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Beattie i reckon you are nearly right regarding Shola.

    I would say Ba is gone AND Remy isn’t coming.

    I think We will sign a CB and that is it…probably Douglas.

  • TorqToon

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Beattie – Do we know the club asked him to stay? Or did he tell the club that was his wishes?! I’ve not heard anything about this story so am intrigued as to what happened.

  • Beattie25

    Dec 24, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    And the award for late post of the year goes too…

  • dundas1

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    in jan i hope we sign remy but i honestly think he will cost more than 8-10 mil, also hope we put a sneeky bit in for sissoko since tiote will be away with ivory coast, that would give us 4 class cm in tiote cabaye sissoko and anita if playing a 3 man midfield will allow rotation of qaulity, also debuchy think every1 wants him in but we really need cb like with williamson dropping to 4th choice behnid collo new signing and taylor,
    also for man utd i think team will be even though jonas deserves to be dropped….
    cisse ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,obertan

    i would like to see
    ………… ba…..shola

  • Beattie25

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    It was a ‘consultation’ with the club.

  • wreker16

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Don’t worry I agree

    Perhaps it’s more blind hope that I think we will actually sign someone (and not sell anyone possibly apart from ba)

  • Beattie25

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #17

    i don’t think we will even get Douglas.

    I really believe we will sign someone on loan with a view to buy from a mid table club.

    Someone like Tomkins, Shotton, Ridgewell etc…

  • TorqToon

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18

    @CissePapiss: Sometimes frustration is bad, I respect my manager&his decisions! Great win 4 the club & let’s hope we can do the same in the next 2big game

    Nice words from the lad ! Glad he has more respect for Pards than some on this blog. Seems a solid pro and remaining positive and behind the club despite his goal drought. Shame others haven’t shown as much passion as Papiss !

  • TorqToon

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Wow Beattie you sure are full of Xmas spirit this morning !!!

  • KrulG4ME

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Obertan should be given a chance against manure on boxing day he tracked back well against QPR and his pace is a must have in this next game or we will never hurt the mancs. team for boxing day.


    Simpson williamson collocini Santon

    Obertan Perch Anita Bigi Marveux


  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #21

    It’s amazing we scrape a 1-0 home win against a bottom club when we finally end up at the end with the team we should have started with (almost) and some people think we’ve turned a corner.

    It’s true the ball has stayed on the ground a bit more in recent games and we are moving more toward more of a 433.

    However, Cisse is not a right winger and replacing him at O.T with Ameobi who is also not a right winger and can only effectively play the last 20 mins falls right in keeping with pardew’s bizarre and ultra negative tactics.

    Ba has spoken out about Pardew’s hoofball tactics, Cisse is less than thrilled with Pardew and Pardew has even managed to wind up his captain Colo too. Marv and Obi have talked about wanting away too. Worrying times for team morale.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #22


    i would like to see that team . Aint gonna happen sadly

  • valle

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #23

    I think AP got the booing when he subbed Cisse all wrong, it wasnt that people were unhappy to see shola come on, it was because Cisse had been way better than Ba up untill that point, yet he persist in using Ba over Cisse which is a bit frustrating since there are some clear issues as to why Cisse dosnt score much… Him being forced to the wing and Ba being rather selfish for instance.

  • Shot Bru

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #24

    We should ship Obertan out at the end of the season.

    This is his 4th season in England and people are still waiting for him to produce his form…this will never happen.

    I can’t wait for boxing day too see Jonas and Obertan terrorise Man u !

  • KrulG4ME

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #25

    @ 21

    True we scraped a win against QPR. But surely you have to take some heart out of previous perfomances like for instance v city 55% possession 17 shots and 8 on target against the champions. V QPR similar stats 56% possession 18 shots and 8 on target we are on the up last season we finished 5th and did not perform well in a lot of games but we finished 5th our best league position in how long. Sooner or later hopefully sooner these chances will become goals and we will begin to climb this league table after all we are only 10 points off 4th it is also true we are only 5 points off 17 but the league is tight and a good run will come before long and when it does we will be in the mix for europe again. HWTL

  • KrulG4ME

    Dec 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #26

    @ 22

    I think you are correct will will more than likely not see that team but here i am hoping. Guti needs to be dropped until an improvement is made in his performances especially in the final 3rd. Ba is away so we need cisse to be given a chance to prove himself in his prefered position. I really think Ba’s game has a negative impact on Cisse’s game and for me cisse is the better of the two just needs to score a few goals and his confidence will rocket


    Dec 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #27


    Its down to Shola, its his decisions. The Club can only ask him to stay and I can’t seem even starting for getting any minutes with Nigeria.



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