Things Look Bleak – But There’s Still Hope If We Keep The Faith

It was really a shocker yesterday for us to lose to Reading at home, after winning all seven of our previous games against them at St. James’ Park – but it was almost a perfect storm – everything that could go against us went against us, and some were self-inflicted, and to be fair to the lads, in that first half we looked a good side with Yohan Cabaye nothing short of superb.

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Yohan Cabaye – this lad is simply simply world class – fact!

And if we can keep Yohan fit – the good news is that groin of his seems okay –  and maybe get Ben Arfa back – these two lads can help us escape from yet another relegation struggle, although we may still find it difficult to keep them in the summer.

But there are some good points coming out of the game yesterday – in retrospect  – even after being completely shocked by yesterday’s result.

Here are a few of them:

  • Yohan Cabaye looked a world class player yesterday – and was easily the best man on the park followed by goalkeeper Adam Federici, who saved Reading in that first half – if we can keep Yohan fit he will be a huge player for us in the final 15 games of the season
  • Sylvain Marveaux is looking like the player we thought we had signed eighteen months ago, and this lad has now been one of our best players over the last coupe of months – and he deserves enormous credit for his creative play in a black and white shirt of late – one of the few players available who has creative talents
  • Papiss Cisse looked sharp in the first half,  and could even have had a hat-trick, as he did everything with on three different occasions, only for that Federici guy to make some great game-saving stops
  • Mathieu Debuchy looked a class act at right back, and he will quickly become a top right back in the Premier League and along with Davide Santon we had two excellent full backs on display

But it’s also true that Alan Pardew probably cost us the win yesterday, but now’s not the time to gang up on the manager.

Now’s the time when the support of our fans is more important than ever – however difficult things are right now, and to be honest – yesterday’s result was really hard to bear.

And it’s time for Mike Ashley to step up to the plate too, big time, and he has to do the following in the next 11 days to give Newcastle a fighting chance of survival

  • Keep Coloccini at the club – just tell him tomorrow that’s not way he can leave before the summer – period – sorry – but that’s the way it is
  • Sign Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpelier and Nancy left back Massadio Haidara as soon as possible so they have at least a week to train with the Newcastle side before our next game a week on Wednesday at Villa Park
  • Bring in a top striker – even Danny Graham would be a good signing right now – but we must bring in in another goalscorer to soften the blow of losing Demba Ba and one goal from a midfield in the three games since Ba left for Chelsea pinpoints a huge weakness in the Newcastle side
  • Bring in another central midfielder since that’s been a weakness since Cabaye has been out – somebody like Moussa Sissoko would be a decent buy

We know it’s in vogue to put up votes about should we keep Alan Pardew as manager, (as if we didn’t know what the result will look like after such a dreadful and painful defeat), and yes he needs to start getting results – that’s very true – because we cannot keep losing games.

But it’s the stability at the club right now, which is one of the big differences from four years ago – and one of the few positives.

Things are hardly in a good state  results wise, but we can still avoid the drop and quite honestly right now we’ll be very pleased (make that ecstatic), if we can finish 4th bottom of the league in May.

It’s a hell of a lot better than finishing 3rd bottom – and then we can really strengthen the squad in the summer – even if we lose some of our best players in the process.

Things are bad – but we still have hope – so lets at least try to keep the faith – however difficult that looks right now – for the sake of the club.

And whoever said it was easy supporting Newcastle United?

Certainly not me.

Howay The Lads!!

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288 comments so far

  • Toonboy_84

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s hard keeping the faith at the moment

  • Carpet Shark

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Its sunday. Wheres the paper talk

  • iggystinger

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #3

    It doesnt matter what players come in pardew canny seem to motivate the players and new players wont make a difference cos he,ll play the same tactics and make the same mistakes time snd time again dont get me wrong he had a brilliant season last year but only 2 wins out the last 18 im sorry but any other manager would be out the door we need to change before its to late

  • Grafton83

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Sky has as favourites to sign Bent
    I’ll take almost anyone right now above Strolla and Ranger


    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    Danny Graham is not coming to Newcastle

  • Jonny

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I would actually happily take bent, a proven goal scorer at this level. Rather than risking a frenchie that could score 0 and send us down.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Lads, if we persuade Collo to stay and partner him with Mbiwa we will have a top class pairing. One of the best around. There is hope. Think positive. As Quantum physicist’s say, “you create your own reality” lol. Well think positive and we will get a positive response. This window could be a good one. Collo stays, we bring in Mbiwa and Heidiara, Sissoko and Sein De Jong and a striker. Think positive pleaseeee lol. 🙂

  • Tekkers29

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #8

    There was nothing wrong with cabaye.

    I heard 3x interviews he made yesterday and in the first one he said nothing about the injury or cabaye asking to come off then when in the later interviews with sky and the bbc after he realised what he had done then it was a injury and cabaye wanted to come off.

    the man is a F ing liar.

    im trying to find the interview i first heard in which he said that he thought cabaye was looking tired so he brought him off. Also to sub Marv before that and leave shola on the pitch when the guy can’t play for more than 30 mins is a joke.

    If this guy is not sacked soon we are in deep S**T

    i challenge anyone to find more than 10 games last season when we played well. Pardew was very lucky that the big players changed the games when we were not playing well.

    Any team that controls games will have at least a few 3 or 4 nil games but apart from the Man u game a can’t think of any which means we were not in control of most games last season. I can think of loads of games where we won by 1 goal or drew in which Krul made 3 or 4 great saves.

    I have to say i was behind him at first because he talked a good game and talked about how he was going to change the way we played and he wanted us to dominate teams. but if you watch the team you can tell we are going backwards and the guy does not understand how to coach players how to pass and move.

  • Anth

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Iv heard pardews been sacked!

  • jettson1971

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #10

    well i would take Danny Graham without hesitation!
    he scores goals, he is a target, he can move, he is a striker, if anyone didnt know Shola isnt any of the above.
    Yesterdays performance by Shola was a disgrace!! he was out of breath by 15mins, he will never and has never been a top class striker!!
    As for AP tactics = clueless, it is AP and tactics that are taking this club down, them na has not got a clue.
    easy remedy = buy 2 defenders, a strong box to box midfielder and 2 strikers!
    anything else then there is no hope!
    we cant have the likes of Ranger and Sammi on bench as they both are Div1 standard at the very best
    if AP had balls, he would resign now!! any manager would after such a bad run, the oworst iv ever known as a ST holder of over 23yrs!!

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #11

    We had 2 great full backs on show yesterday??? Ed, santon cost us big style. Arguably for both goals. Going forward he is great, but he can’t track and any ball in behind tears him a new A-Hole. It is important that he is moved higher up the pitch and a new LB is brought in. A CB and a LB plus a striker and we are in business. Wether it happens or not is anyone’s guess. Too many let downs to get confident. If the reports are right then 2 defenders in by Wednesday, and then a week toget the striker we desperately need.

  • nufc1984

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Anth don’t get my hopes up!! It’s 100% not true. Why would Ashley sack pardew? Even though it makes sense to us it won’t to him as no one else would work with him.

  • mattnufc

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #13

    We need a bladdy winger.

  • barry_ben_arfa

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve lost my usual unshakeable optimism with Pardew. Mainly as I detest people who make excuses instead of plotting a way out of trouble. Excuses don’t get you points.
    I can see that our squad isn’t as big as Man Utds or Spurs but at the same time we are putting out teams each week that should easily be beating the likes of Reading, villa, Southampton etc.
    Before the season started Pardew sent out his typical war-cry, which was “the fans need to lower expectations we aren’t going to come in the top six this year.” And he’s followed it up by saying the players he has or his reserves aren’t good enough at least once a week. Is it any wonder the team are playing without belief when the white flag was put up before a ball was kicked and he’s done nothing but put his players down. Is this the type of leader you would look for for inspiration. Constantly using the excuse of injuries doesn’t help either, he has still had a team most other managers would dream of for all the season.
    He has also blamed the youths, who got us through Europe and rarely played in the premier for our bad premiership form, telling them they aren’t good enough. This excuse was the moment I turned on him, it’s disgraceful. These young players need games and encouragement, not to be made scapegoats for the likes of Jonas, Williamson, Simpson, Perch, Ameobi, Obertan & Cisse. All of these woeful players have escaped criticism and in the case of Obertan received constant praise. I regret including Cisse in this list as it’s not his fault Ba blackmailed the club into playing him in the middle and using long ball so he could boost his chances of a big pay deal elsewhere. Perch is the new Alan Smith, he looks good when the team play awful because at least he tries and he’s consistently mediocre. Yet when the other players perform at a level above mediocre he looks awful. He can’t pass to save his life and contributes nothing going forward. Defensively his positioning is all over the place but Pardew loves him because he did a job last season. We need players who can pass, like Marveaux then we wouldn’t need to be constantly chasing the ball.
    Also with regards to tactics, earlier when we had HBA we should have been playing 433 and AP played 442. Now we have no inside forwards, we should be playing 442 and he’s playing 433 with Shola the slowest man on the planet on the wing. At least with Ba gone we seem to have ditched playing long-ball. Maybe the clue we’re a team of little guys who haven’t scored from a corner in two years aided his decision.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #15

    We should play Santon on the left wing.

  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #16

    @tekkers I know what you mean how many games last season was we dominated by the opposition missing chancea or krul making save after save n we nicked a winner or held on for a drawer, not saying we was lucky last season but it did paper over the cracks defensively. I backed pards til yesterday I just feel now yeah we need a 3 defenders but a fresh approach its like he is crumpling under the pressure and unsure of how to change it

  • iggystinger

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon78 i agree santon in left midfield and if we get haidara him at left back santon reminds me of bale when he was at left back with spurs great goin forward pish defendin and santon has cost us a few goals defensively be a lot better goin forward attackin and gettin at players

  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Your talking about 5 new players
    2 CB
    1 AM b2b or equivalent dominator like Sissoko
    2 ST

    Don’t disagree but cannot see that happening. People talking about Darren Bent????Helllo!!! He plays for Villa who are in a relegation battle and EVEN they don’t play him!


    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Short sighted, lacking of a long term plan, arrogant and a refusal to build upon last years success’ this epitomises the leadership at our club. In any walk of life this invariably leads to failure. Ed whilst needed, I question your point of bringing in upto 6 new players during the window, it will bring its own problems….this should have been addressed over this and the summer window. If we can get an additional 2 in this will help, but pardew will need to earn his 8 year contract with the players we have got. We will now see how good he really is

  • giimps

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Cabaye will have been running on empty, I have no problem taking him off.
    Marv should have stayed and Strolla should never have started.
    1st half is prob the best I have seen us this season and we controlled the game and Cisse was very unlucky.
    Strolla did nothing and Gutti was stifling play but when they were not involved we were decent.
    We should be playing attacking football, get more players up the pitch.
    The one time Strolla did something good (didnt fall over when tackled) he looked up and Cisse was offside, he obviously didnt know what else to do so he lost the ball.
    We need intelligent players who can read the game (Shola, Willo and Gutti are not the answer) they do not have footballing brains and if we continue playing them we will be relegated.
    A lot of people are slating Ranger for telling the “fans ” not to boo or have a go.I agree with him, it does no good, I understand the anger at Pards for his stubbornness but I will never boo any player who dons the shirt.
    I understand that the boos were aimed at the manager but obviously the players dont, booing is hardly the motivation they need.
    I would drop strolla and Gutti , play with cisse and Marv and Anita up top , Cabaye Bigi and Perch cm and pray to god we get an defender who can read the game and react before its too late.
    If we do , we should be ok, especially when we get Benny back and another striker.

  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Been saying for ages buy a left footed lb and put Santon lw he is quick enough can beat a full back and technically good enough to cross or shoot

  • Rossy G

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #22





    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Darren Bent??? What is the point in buying a striker like Bent? We need a striker like remy. Someone has a lot of pace and play wing as well as striker

  • giimps

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #24

    The reason Santon looks poor is because Gutti keeps falling over (which used to get a free kick) which leaves Santon out of position.
    If we do get this leftback and Santoon moves forward we need another striker to go 442.
    If we play 433 and Santon is covered by Bigi and Perch when he goes up field we could do that vs Villa.

  • 5Danny94

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t think we can afford to lose anybody in the summer. Even substitutes. Last year we thought we’d done well to hold on to our superstars, while players like Best and Guthrie slipped out the door. I would love to have Best and Guthrie back now…

  • nick_9

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Ranger doesn’t give a carp about the fans booing, it’s just an excuse for having a pop at the fans. He always plays the victim role on twitter and regularly argues with our own fans whilst siding with other fans. He is the worst kind of player to have a twitter account, he doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself and is vocal against the fans. He’s a less intelligent joey Barton without the ability to play football. Crass footballer!

  • Toon1978

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Keep hearing Bents name being mentioned. Would be a canny signing.

  • nick_9

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Bent? Depends how much he costs. He’s 29 next month.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Debuchy MBiwa Coloccini Haidarra
    Cabaye Anita Marveaux
    Benny Cisse Santon

    Would like to see someone like Gouffran come in, probably the cheapest option and has 8 goals in 19 this season playing on the wing. Would absolutely love crazy deadline day for Newcastle, obviously for all the right reasons this time!

  • ToonJovi

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Even if Cabaye was injured! Still no excuse for pardew bring ANOTHER defensive totally in creative player on the pitch when we had Obertan and ferguson sat on the bench!

  • gaz 44

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #31

    heard the other week we had been scouting that Roman allesendrinio or something from rennes and looks like he scored today

  • numba9

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #32

    two defenders and two strikers needed, i mean we need options i would go for bent and graham both!!!!

  • Lucky Les

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #33

    I apologise for the delay in replying to your earlier post on Anita.The players you mentioned brought back happy memories of the Keegan era.Batty and Brace were top quality defensive midfielders and Venison was converted from a top quality defender to a super defensive midfielder by KK.they were 5th 8 ins and 11/ 12 stone.I never regarded Lee Clark as a defensive player more creative but he fitted into the same physical category.

    I regard Cabaye as a creative mid fielder who can handle himself but far to good to be the defensive midfielder as this generally means remaining in a defensive position when attacking midfielders go forward.

    As always everyone can have a different view as no one’s opinion is any better than any one elses!

    Thanks for the debate and especially for reviving memories of the Keegan era.

    I retain the view that we need strong physical player for defensive midfield or perhaps to play just in front of the back four and we are certainly missing Tiotie.

  • hotdog

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Watching Vidic & Ferdinand for Man U v Spurs. So composed and organised. Once we find defenders of this quality we might win something. Ive been saying that for a while though 🙁

  • newcastle10

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #35

    alan pardew next manager to be sacked 1/2 with sky bet might be sumtin in it

  • wolfshead@toon

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #36

    if we bought messi and iniesta pards would still c*ck things up

  • Sir Braveheart

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #37


    Ferguson wasnt on the bench. And Obertan was brought on. Check your facts mate.

  • hotdog

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #38

    ohh aye and Man u are 1-0 up and still attacking! No sitting back inviting pressure for them. Just like the Keegan years 🙂

  • Toon1978

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Lads, how reliable is beIN sports? They say Mbiwa will be signing on Tuesday. He has a lot of followers lol.

  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #40

    According to this one, personal terms discussions on-going and in the light of Llambias’ record so far, I’d guess it’s not gonna happen!

    As far as Ed’s recommendions for immediate action, there’s no need for any background to justify them – unless Ashley and Llambias are totally oblivious to the plight we’re in.

    And on the subject of Pards, yesterday was the first time I’ve suggested a change might be a good thing after all, he must be feeling the heat and thus be disheartened. Those anxieties would naturally be picked up by the dressing room and their enthusiasm and will to win will will have been drained if not near-drained following one and a half windows when there are few if any signs of ambition from the club’s leadership.

    DeMattio did a good interim job at Chelsea and we could do lot worse as long as we went along with Carr’s recommedations and bought as required to strengthen the first team. A combination of new faces and new ideas may just be what’s needed to pull us lout of the mire we’re in.

    On the subject of booing, whatever the jusitification for it, it is not good for our players, they don’t know they’re directed at the manager or the board and it only helps the opposition. A plea to the booers, [please think before boo and then don’t!

    Just a thought from one of many near dis-heartened supporters of Newcastle United.

    Ashley, Llmabias, wake up before it’s too late!

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