Some Good News – This Youngster Played Well At Old Trafford

Not only did we lose a close game at Manchester United on Wednesday and now have lost seven of our last nine league games, but we have lost another two players from the game – with Vurnon Anita being carried of on a stretcher and mike Williamson picking up his fifth yellow card and therefore will miss the game at Arsenal on Saturday.

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Gael Bigirimana – played well yesterday

But one bright spot that has gone a little unnoticed, was the good play of 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana, who played for 65 minutes before being replaced by Gabby Obertan and he looked a good player in the white-hot atmosphere of Old Trafford.

Alan Pardew talked about the former Coventry City central midfielder:

“He’ll get a lot of experience from that. I’m not sure where we were when he came off – he gave a good account of himself.” “He’ll learn from that. He did some really good things.”

Gael has done well since he joined us for £1M from Coventry City in the summer, and he has already played 17 times for Newcastle with one terrific goal, and he could see more action at the Emirates on Saturday.

And Vurnon Anita has also come good after joining us in the summer from Ajax, and Vurnon has played 22 times for Newcastle with one great goal, so that both players brought in during the summer seem to have been excellent acquisitions – but we just didn’t bring in enough players to mount a challenge in Europe, as well as in the Premier League.

We are now paying dearly for that oversight by the Newcastle Board.

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16 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    i wouldnt have perch anywhere near the back 4

    id put fergy at left back and santon CB

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2


    baaaa baaaa

    do you have anything to comenet football wise

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Santon will not be able to play cb ffs sake, why not play a CB at CB or am i being crazy time for good or streete to step up bigi stepped up why cant a young cb we need them to now i can see pards playing tav/simmo cb he has before.

  • Rock

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    i was disappointed with some of bigi’s plays. i wouldnt play him against arsenal…he needs to learn a bit more imo.

  • alex84

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    People saying about our defence, Pardew can only work with what he has, and willo Is a shower of shite, his positional sense is bad, see manure’s last goal, simmo ain’t much better, average at best, Colo has to babysit willo which effects his game, Santon is better going forward than defending, we need major surgery to our back 4, we scored 3 goals hit the woodwork twice at old Trafford withoit our creative players Ben arfa and Cabaye, the defense let us down, not Pardew!

  • Dannyo

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    He held himself up well, but he was slightly anonomys i thought, not a foot wrong tho and didn’t look a liability. Perch, Anita and Marv ran the midfield show.

    Streete travelled with the squad yesterday, great to see AC on the bench. I think they’ll both get a run out soon, but it won’t be in this run.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy,Im sure most of us would like to see a better manager in place but what you have to get into your head is that under a man who has given him an eight year contract Pards is going nowhere in a hurry,the only thing that might hasten his departure is a relegation and if that’s what you wish in pursuit of your objective then you really need to take a look at yourself and ask if you really are a fan.

  • proudtobageordie

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    spot on alex at last someone talking sense. willo suspended for arsenal might strengthen the back 4. worst defender in british football.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    @Jail #7
    See, now that is logic.
    Catchy says what he means but never thinks about it.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Theres a difference between wanting a new manager and wanting your team to lose

    Your a fcuking embarresment to fans everywhere with the amount of sh1te that seems to continually spew from ya
    Do us all a favour and crawl back to your mackem blog

  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11


    I understand why Catchy want us to lose, because he hate AP and his style. The only way to get rid of AP is when MA hit the panic button. Panic button will be hit if we keep losing games and in 17-20 place in the table.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Why are we so happy with the performance yesterday?. The “great entertainers” lost yet another 4-3. WE led 3 times & still couldn’t close it out. Willo suspension no great loss. Wouldn’t mind if he never played again, he was 3 yards from Hernandez. We won’t win at the Arse anyway. Squad not strong enough. Seems like MA will sell Ba & Simmo & at best buy Remy & Debuchy. How will that strengthen the squad?We must add to it & get 2 quality centre backs & a strong centre mid as we will be without Tiote & Cabaye for whole of January and now possibly Anita. Sell Gosling, Amafiliano, Ranger, Abeid & Obertan as they are never going to make the grade (look for “buyers” in Div 1) Saylor & Bennie are injury prone & rarely available so a bonus when fit & Ba & Cisse can’t play together. Give Simmo a new contract because we will find no better cover & sell Tiote if we get bid of £10M +. He misses too many games thro suspension & has made far too many mistakes this season. Play Shola at CB on Saturday.That should bring some lively comments.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Must play young Fergie against Arsenal to provide service to Cisse & Ba . Will have to move either Simmo or Santon to CB. Bigi will certainly have to play alongside Perchino with Marvaux & He who falls over wide. 442. Needs to be injury free game for Everton at Home

  • Crawfordladd17

    Dec 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Team against Arsenal will be a Europa League sort of side
    Krul(out of form)
    Simpson Perch Coloccini(out of form) Santon
    Bigi Tiote
    Cisse Ba Obertan


    With Cabaye Anita Gosling R.Taylor Gutierrez S.Taylor Vuckic all injured and Williamson suspended. that is 8 missing players and all but Vuckic and Gosling would be at least on the bench.
    Bring Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy, and Kouygate. Bring in Sissoko and Douglas on pre-contacts.

  • Sav

    Dec 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Bigi may end up as our ‘new’ Tiote, in DM but he needs to learn his trade from Cab and Anita and could hardly have 2 better mentors to understudy to learn how to play in midfield. The little dutchman was excellent again and I hope he’ll be fit again soon.

  • nufcusa

    Dec 28, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Catchy is vermin whose posts are ludicrous, without logic and he has no place on this board making pointless and uninformed arguments.


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