At Last – Here’s Some Good News For Newcastle


Newcastle have now lost eight of their last ten league games, and we’ve lost to West Ham, Swansea, Southampton, Stoke, Fulham, Manchester City, Manchester Untried and Arsenal – and we’ve smashed Wigan and QPR at home, but in our last 11 league games, including the 1-1 draw at Liverpool in early November, we have a measly 7 points – and I had to write the teams down – to ensure I wasn’t dreaming all of this. 🙁

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Yohan Cabaye – back in mid January

Yes, we’ve been short of players and surely Newcastle will start picking up when some of our best players return and there’s at least good news on two of our top players who have been out the last couple of months.

This is what Alan Pardew said in the local press yesterday:

“We hope to get Cabaye and Taylor back in mid-January. Cabaye is kicking balls around but isn’t training with us, Hatem Ben Arfa is a little bit further away”.

That’s good news on Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor, who will make a huge difference to the side once they get match fit, but it looks to us like Ben Arfa was brought back too early, when he starred and scored at Craven Cottage, but we are now  paying the consequences of that.

But we think it’s Steven Taylor we have missed the most,  and with yet another defensive collapse yesterday we have conceded 11 goals in our last two games, but scored six times too, in what for the neutral – were two terrific games of football to watch.

Next up is Everton at home on Wednesday night, and then Brighton down the south coast in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, and then hopefully Steven and Yohan will return at Norwich or at home to Reading.

We’re not too interested in the FA Cup or the Europa Cup at the moment, as long as we are down there just 3 points above the relegation zone, but our attacking play in the last two games had been very good.

Everton will be a big game for the lads, and a win would be exactly what the doctor ordered.

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13 comments so far

  • JDdubai

    Dec 30, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Ok well that was a crap xmas of results…..

    Overview….

    1. We are not in the crap because of results against Man U and Arsenal, we are here because the same players couldnt perform against “weaker” sides ie West Ham, swansea, Southampton etc. If we can raise our game against the top sides then we need to ask why those same players couldnt be bothered or motivated to perform like that against the samll sides….

    2. As we all know we are paying the price of MA not paying to strengthen the defence, cant believe that since promotion Santon is the only defender we have signed, and that was to replace Enrique… I think at least 9 of the 11 goals this week were the result of poor defending, the worst for me was Perch for Arsenal’s 3rd goal, going to ground for no reason when Wilshere was on the byline and giving him the only chance he had for chipping the ball across. Complete stupidity, just stand up and pressure him out of play!!!

    3. Stop playing Cisse on the wing!!!!! He wont track back effectively as we saw for Arsenal’s 4th goal, his instinct isnt to track runners from deep, play him CF or not at all.

    4. If Ba wont sign the new contract with the clause removed then get rid ASAP. Bigger players have left us in the past and we can cope. I dont blame him for looking for a bigger payday, I have a chronic knee problem and know that day by day it is wasting away so if I was him I would want to maximise my earnings while I still could..

    5. I really hope that if there were any plans to use Marveaux as part of the Remy deal then they are destroyed. He has proven to be the most technically gifted and creative of everyone in the squad except HBA when fit. Marveaux needs to be a regular now, in the hole behind Ba for now, and then out wide when Cabye and HBA are back.

    Team when fit:

    Krul
    Debuchy!-CB-Colo-Santon
    Tiote-Anita
    HBA-Cabaye-Marveaux
    Ba/Cisse

    Add to that in a perfect/dillusional world:
    Sissoko
    Remy

    Then we have a team to compete with the best.

    Just keep 442 away from now on!!

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  • woodsee

    Dec 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning all,hoping yesterday was just a bad dream ,but sadly not.
    Anyway day on the lash with the lads through the toon,should be some crack there today.
    Just a thought, not having the xmas party worked wonders eh pardew,if we had it would man u have scored 8 and arsenal14

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 30, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    We are hopeless because we didnt buy any new players in the summer. The last 2 results have to show fat mike and delboy that we have to buy or we will be relegated. Very worrying times this season. If we go down a lot of season ticket holders Like Myself and other hardened fans will just stop going as the board are just taking the piss. We get free transfers or players that can be robbed. Mike Ashley Come on Son !!!!

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  • kimbo

    Dec 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Worst defence in the Premiership. Colo must be still upset with Pardew as there was no leader on the pitch.

    Simpson you should stay in London and not come back.

    We need 3 new defenders at least on the 1st Jan.

    Why does the team I support always break my heart and have totally made my Xmas Sh!te.

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  • kimbo

    Dec 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Pardew`s decision to take off a central midfield player worked wonders for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    We are definately The Entertainers- sadly it’s because of our shite defending and not our goal scoring! We really like to make a show out of the mess we’re in every time don’t we. When we mess up we really mess up! I still can’t believe we’ve scored 3 goals away from home against Arsenal and Man U and still come away with nothing, not even a point! That is extremely cruel and hard to take. Injuries, suspensions you name it, it’s happened but hat was to be expected with the extra games. We NEED SIGNINGS NOW! Not at the end of the season NOW in January. If not at the end of the season we could go down again were myself and many others will turn suicidal after all the shite we’ve been through. It’s not Pardew’s fault it’s Ashley’s for not investing, end of.

    Remy, Mbiwa, Debuchy with no departures and I will be happy.

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  • go toon go

    Dec 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Forget injured players.We always cry about injured players.Look what we have now.If we are not strong enough in the moment then we need to play with different tactics.More defensively.When Cabaye returns we cry for Ben Arfa.When Ben Arfa returns we cry for Steven Taylor etc.Our players must to understand that they are not STARS.THEY NEED TO REMEMBER ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIP COCA COLA SEASON.Every team has couple of injured players.If Cabaye and Ben Arfa are not here?Now what.We need to lose every game?No.We need to fight.Our current team doesn’t prove that.

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  • go toon go

    Dec 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry for you Danny Simpson.You are our most UNDERRATED player.

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  • nattapol_d

    Dec 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    @JDdubai. You have exactly same though as I have particularly 5th point. Marveaux is currently far more better than Jonas. He can cross, shoot and run with the ball while Janas’s strength is now only work rate.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Can everyone stop blaming Pardew, it makes no sense. We did not invest in the summer and that’s thanks to our tight arse owner NOT manager. When was the last time we scored 3 past Man U and Arsenal with a weaker team due to injuries? We lost but that’s down to their superior class and extra energy-Not Pardew’s fault! How can some of you be so childish and blind.

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  • Sav

    Dec 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Forget the scoreline. It does not tell the story. I was proud watching the lads and the comments above are largely disrespectful for the way we played and the effort put in by those who could still walk. We all know the side is naive and needs better, calmer players. But had we had Benny or Cabaye or even Anita available yesterday I think we could only have mullered Arsenal in front of their own crowd. Their joy in winning was sauced with a big dollop of relief.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Having watched the last two games here with a couple of lads on the box ! ( the Lads were PSV and Ajax supporters )!

    Have had a bit of time to reflect!

    I predicted a few short weeks ago that we would lose at Old Trafford and at the Emirates too. I was hoping that we would just give it a good go in both games. I think some of the people on here were expecting more, like a win in both games!

    The lads did,nt disappoint me against Manure and at the end of that game i was proud as punch and was complimented by the other lads who were watching ! The overall feeling was: “Shit mon, you almost beat Manure”!

    The same two lads visited me again to watch the Arsenal at the Emarites and apart from missing Anita in the middle of the park, it seemed that we were playing well untill that last 20 minute period when we just ran out of steam, the lads were just literally; ” Knackered “! We collapsed and let four in, and it was painful for me to watch.

    But, before that second half we were playing good football and were deserving of our 3-3, scoreline! Then we collapsed, and if there had been more time it could of been 9 or 10 going in and the scoreline would of hurt even more !

    After both games, i came on here, as usual to read some of the Doom and Gloom comments about how bad we are and how we are going down, Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla?

    What were you all expecting?

    . We played some of our best Footy against Manchester and we had them running scared, you only have to listen to that village idiot Sir Alex to know that they were worried ! We had them on the ropes, and if we can do that with a depleted and ragtag starting 11 then gawd knowa what we can do when all the injured come back?

    Then to the Emirates, i still saw positives, Marvaux has to be in the starting line-up now for every game, he is,t as quick as Benny but boy his positional play is a joy to behold !
    Krul is still making good saves but he must be hurting having let in 11 in two games but the defence in front of him just are not playing well at the moment ! Debuchy will help.

    We are a team who deserve to be a lot higher up the table than we are presently and underachieving against the likes of Southampton and West Ham has been our down-fall but i have to say that the results against the Gooners and Manure were very predictable but still hurt !

    Some of you lot on here need to stop with all the dross and get behind the Team ! I have can still hear the Praises here from the PSV and Ajax lads after the Old Trafford game, and after all the disappointment of the last 10 games, I am still posiyive about the future of the Club !

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Dec 31, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Oh, and by the way Ed, We did,nt “smash””! QPR.

    We beat them with with one good move and a well taken chance from Shola !
    That game was awful to watch, and both teams playing were not playing well ! and it showed!

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