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Alan Pardew – We Were Magnificent In First Half

11:15 pm, Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 168 Comments

You get the distinct impression that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has quickly taken to new boy Moussa Sissoko who set up the first goal for Papiss Cisse with a tremendous defense splitting pass – and Papiss took his chance and put the ball into the net like the true striker that he is.

alan pardew paul lambert befoe ht egame

Alan Pardew and Paul Lambert before the game

Newcastle gave debuts tonight to Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and they all played their part in a gritty backs to the wall win in that second half.

After the game a relived Alan Pardew had this to say:

“There has been a lot of work and effort to get that win, not just from the staff and the players, but the Directors and Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias.” “It was obvious when Demba Ba went, in the position we were in, it was a blow to the personality of the team. But the new players have given us a lift.”

“Sissoko was magnificent in the first half. He is going to be a powerful player in the Premier League.” “Sissoko made a difference today with his power and control, and he helped Papiss, who has been a bit isolated, especially since Demba Ba left.” “I have always had my eye on him. That’s a nice little aperitif that he showed tonight.”

“In the first half we were magnificent.” “We would have given anyone a game with that performance. We played as well as we have played all year.” “In the second half, we had to show another side to our game – to battle, to fight – and everybody played their part.”

“We were disappointed to give a goal away after three minutes. It knocked us a little bit. We haven’t won for a while, so we were a bit rash with our clearances.” “Fair play to Villa.” “They got clapped off at the end – and quite right. They gave it everything. I don’t think they will go down. They have got too much quality.”

“But it was our day today. It is by far not over for us. We have got 14 cup finals to come, but it’s a start.”

It was a hard-fought win – but Newcastle must now build on this excellent three points – and more wins is what we need – and we’re sure the lads will give it all they have on Saturday afternoon against the European Champions, Chelsea.

And Newcastle need their fans more than ever now – and we expect a full house at St. James’ Park for the game that kicks off at 3:00 pm.

It should be quite a game.

Howay The Lads!!

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168 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon Tang // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    game of 2 halves

  • 2 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Sissoko looks brilliant in the first half

  • 3 HAZZY1 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    The pic on twitter is William Vainqueur he is ue to join after his medical the striker pardew wants is Gomis he wants a target man to play up to to allow sissoko to move up to support.

  • 4 Toon Tang // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    one half were good, one half were bad, thats my full match analysis

  • 5 Beattie25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Is nuffield the NUFC medical center or is it a public place?

  • 6 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM


    ITK from where ?

  • 7 RonVanDam // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    We need a more signing. A important one. A new manager

  • 8 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM


    Just the general tone of your posts. You’re usually such a friendly fella.

    On another note, although I’m completely exaggerating of course, Sissoko is the perfect footballer. He’s tall, he’s fast, he’s strong, he can tackle, he can pass, he has vision, and he loves a cheeky back heel.

    If he can shoot as well, then I suggest we sell everyone else and plough the proceeds into an advanced research program into human cloning.

  • 9 robcstar // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    beattie its a private hospital

  • 10 Spuggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    A game of eight fifths

  • 11 HAZZY1 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    The 1st half was a joy to watch we lost our shape in the 2nd and allowed villa to use there wings to cross for benteke jonas looks like a lost sheep on the wing santon had to do both jobs today i thought that was his best devensive performance for us we need goofy and obertan on the wings plenty of pace.

  • 12 coccolini // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    im 80% sure its doumbia, but still think its a wind up.

    It could be Vainquer though… they look pretty similar

  • 13 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    The picture is of yven moyo our youth player. William vanquier is much lighter skinned. Been confirmed by nufcfans om twitter.

  • 14 weg // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Just about every game this season has been a game of two halves! One half good…ish, another half crap! This needs to stop!
    Sissoko is mint!!

  • 15 Beattie25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Would players have a check up there?

  • 16 Toonacious T // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    On another positive note- I’m on a roll here- we gained two points on Scumderland tonight also.

  • 17 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    To me it seems like the team play with freedom and always seem to get a goal or two and then Pardew tells them to play more conservatively and defence orientated even though we did not concede playing offensively.

  • 18 jayphoto // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Dont understand signing Vainquer….. In fairness never seen him play but surely we ‘re stocked in central midfield?

  • 19 HAZZY1 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    yo-yo lots of press talk in france about us looking for a strong fwd and carr has been looking at gomis for 2yrs now so im guessing he will be the target man as for the pic i looked his profile pic and put it next to the twitter pic and they look a like.

  • 20 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I have a good feeling about the Chelsea game – especially if Benitez starts Torres and leaves Ba on the bench again.

    Chelsea are pretty poor when a team gets a little momentum against them, and Sissoko alone has the momentum of a freight train.

  • 21 Spuggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Sissoko has replaced what we lost with Ba.

    Strength, presence, skill, pace and power. I would say he’s better than Ba on the ball and his positional play is par excellent. Of course he’s not as lethal in front of goal but that isn’t his job.

    Ad a Demba-like forward to this lot and get Marv, Tiote, HBA and Obertan back and we’re looking very tasty indeed.

    I doubt we will sign a striker now though. It’s almost a certainty.

  • 22 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Florian Thauvin is the guy we need, he looks like a younger version of HBA and would be the perfect player to sort our left sided issues

  • 23 One comment a day // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Beattie, it’s a private hospital Bupa, simply health etc. I was in for a knee op a few years ago, and Zamblera and Sodeberg were in having medicals. (what happened to them) So there are not a lot of people other than staff, and a few patients or players for medicals in there. The majority of patients are day cases. The mackems sometimes send players in for medicals as well, so that could be a red herring for us.

  • 24 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    And re gomis isn’t he 27 outside of our policy. Pards had to push for debuchy doubt they would do it twice. A take it or leave bid of 10m for pea. Thats what transfer sage said.

  • 25 robcstar // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Maybe an MRI or something there?

  • 26 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Anyway where we going to get the funds for a £20m striker from ?

  • 27 nick_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    @nufcfans: “We can attack Chelsea now. This team can attack Chelsea. We can give them a good old go and stadium will be rocking.” AP #NUFC

    I sincerely hope so, we may come worse off but the place is rocking when we attack. We need a spark early on

  • 28 Spreadthetoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    I was agreeing with! LOL
    I know I have been critical of AP but sometimes you have to stand back. Whilst I did not agree with his subs, he had very little on the bench to nullify / change the 2nd half of the match IMO. We need counter attacking offensive players to relieve us off the pressure and change the match i.e. Marv, Ober, HBA – they were not at our disposal.
    I think a lot of teams would have folded under that type of physical pressure. NUFC is a football team not a wrestling team……best leave those tactics to the likes of Stoke, Villa etc who are unable to play football. Seriously think the season can take a turn and that our low point was last week against Reading.
    Gotta see the positives with the 3 pts….some people think that any changes made are in isolation without account for the opposition. Whilst not a polished performance, it was 3 points and you cannot argue with that especially given the season we have had so far! HWTL

    PS I want us to get a striker / winger before the window ends as we need one!!

  • 29 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    @jack Butler thauvin signed for lille 3.5m loaned back to bastia happened today

  • 30 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:27 PM


    Bugger :(

  • 31 HAZZY1 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Florian Thauvin has just signed for lille and loaned back to bastia. Pardew defo needs a target man if he is going to look for some one to hold up the play sissoko looks great going forward with cabs supporting with through balls we need pace on the wings 442 seems to suit what pardew is planning.

  • 32 Beattie25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    The guy in the picture isn’t Vainquer!

  • 33 jayphoto // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Independant have given jonas man of the match tonight …..

  • 34 Spreadthetoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Agree with your comment re: Florian Thauvin but looks like he is Lille bound for €3.5m :(

  • 35 Spuggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    I think we really missed tiote in the second half today. I hope he returns with a little more for Ivory are doing well so every chance.

    An in form tiote, sissoko and Cabaye in midfield with HBA and Gouffran on each side of cisse is very mouth watering indeed.

  • 36 nick_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Spuggy – perhaps certain attributes have replaced Ba’s but what about the goals? That was the most important thing we lost when Ba went. If he can provide service on the floor like he did today on a regular basis then cisse will be fine. I liked some of the first team balls on the deck that gouffran and sissoko played.

  • 37 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Was at the game today lads and Have to say after reading back the comments made at Ameobi Sub for Perch that that was tactical genius from Pardew. Ameobi basically man marked Benteke for the last 15 minutes and didn’t let him win a single header. He won every duel and was crucial to our win today. Well done Pardew and well done lads. Happy with the new lads too.

  • 38 nick_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Agreeing with you by the way, not so sure gouffran will chip in with as many but I’m sure they can get a few assists. We have scored twice many times this season so that’s a good omen

  • 39 miggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    agbonalahor stood on debuchys foot for the penalty wasnt a penalty at all but thats football and we held on hwtl

  • 40 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Jayphoto I seen that

    I must be missing something?

  • 41 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    “It was a fantastic game for us,” Gouffran told in an exclusive interview.
    “The manager really prepared us well in understanding the importance of this game.
    “We knew it was going to be a battle but we all wanted to come away from here with a victory and that’s what we did. We battled hard for it and deserved the three points.
    “We made a great start. To go two-up before half-time we felt pretty comfortable.
    “However, we knew that in English football you can never relax because the team who is behind doesn’t give in.
    “Aston Villa pulled one back but we defended well and worked really hard for the result. This was a great lesson for us.”
    And Gouffran had a final word about the 2,500-plus away following which travelled to Villa Park and sung their hearts out throughout a memorable victory.
    “They were magnificent, absolutely superb,” said the forward.
    “You just don’t get that sort of support in France. It really helped us and was amazing to see. I hope they are like that every week!”

  • 42 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Though Jonas was awful with his attacking play, he was also crucial to our defending in the last 20 minutes.

  • 43 HAZZY1 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Mutiny I seen that ameobi was great in his devensive duties but he never really got hold of the ball in there final third were we needed him to hold the play we need to learn to pass and move we stood in our half the whole of the second half we never pressed them higher.

  • 44 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    @YGouffran: I’m so happy that I played and that we won this match… You Geordies are incredible supporters ! Thanks to all of you

    Top man…! :-)

  • 45 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Only seen highlights but I’m damn impressed with Sissoko, his passing was fantastic, both through balls and pinging one touch passes he looks an absolute gem.

    Thought he’d be largely a keep it simple powerhouse but he looks to have serious class as well.

  • 46 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM


    I agree he didn’t do that but then again that wasn’t easy as we had gone ultra defending. We do this all the time any team applies any pressure to us. We cannot keep the ball under pressure at all

  • 47 cyprus // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    if they don’t go down it’s us! But I do think they’ll go down. This was a real 6 pointer, as was last week. Well done to all the players, a nerve wrecking second half, but the beautiful game can wait. 3 precious points

  • 48 G // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Dunno what AP said to the team at half time, but I reckon from this point onwards he should shut the ‘French Connection UK’ up at half times when we are winning. Great first half, great result.

  • 49 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    The ref was shocking tonight which helped Villa a hell of a lot. It was never a pen and the amount of late and poor challenges that were put in during the second half was ridiculous

  • 50 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM


    Glad you saw the same subs as me on my real poor stream. Though Pards made the right calls.

    Onwards and upwards – we are within reach of 11th place

  • 51 Spreadthetoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Gouffran looks like a good signing, good pace, control and holds the ball up well. Seemed to slot very easily into the Premiership which is re-assuring.

    Still think we need that Winger/ Striker…how bout’ Jermaine Lens?

  • 52 Beattie25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Against Chelsea we need to play Marv (if he is fit) and Anita for Perch.

    That much technique should be able to give them a real game!

  • 53 james589 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    From previous post:

    Personally thought Jonás was terrible. Losing the ball, putting it out, silly fouls. Good to see Tayls back, solid performance from him. I thought Santon looked a lot better tonight than in recent weeks too.

    As for Pardew’s substitutions, ridiculous. Everyone knows Cisse is as ineffective out wide as Shola is on the pitch, so what was that change about? We were getting rinsed by Villa’s direct style so he brings another striker on for a DM. Leaving Jonás on given his performance was indefensible. This wouldn’t have been the first game this season where Pardew’s poor substitutions could have cost us points- he consistently makes poor tactical choices.

    No idea what was said at half time, but this game should act as a wake up call. Too many games recently we’ve been quality first half, then come out second half and let the other team play us off the park. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels. We need to be fighting every minute of every game. Pardew needs to keep everyone focused because we were lucky not to lose 2 points or more this evening.

    I think we were maybe all hoping we were going to boss it tonight, and for the first half we definitely did that. But this result shows how hard the rest of this season is going to be- if we can’t comfortably see out a 2 goal lead against a team like Villa then things are going to be very difficult indeed.

    Take nothing away from the lads, we got our first away win of the season (did you know we were the only team down to the conference who hadn’t won away from home before tonight?) and I’m pleased we got the crucial points. Anything less than a win would not have been good enough. But without Krul’s top saves it could have been very different.

    We know nothing ever comes easy for Newcastle and it certainly didn’t tonight. With Chelsea and Spurs coming up, we need to find a way of performing for the full 90 minutes. A third goal after half time would have put the game to bed. Instead we bent over for Villa. Would be a big boost for the team if we could keep a clean sheet- this was a really strong area last season, but we’ve had one in our last 22 games and if we keep leaking goals then we are going to lose games. Got the win away from home finally though so hopefully that’ll give the lads some confidence.

    Just hope Cabaye can maintain his form- what a goal that was. Sissoko looked solid, good debut. Keep playing Cisse in the centre. Keep Jonás and Shola off the field. Don’t bring a striker on for a DM when you’re under the cosh and still winning. It isn’t rocket science. I feel like Pardew is making it so much harder than it needs to be.


  • 54 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    O and Sissoko looks a BEAST. Looks very strong. Was playing as a second striker at times. I was surprised he was playing further up the pitch than Cabaye as I thought Cabaye would be more creative than Sissoko but Sissoko did well

  • 55 HAZZY1 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Mutiny yeah your right the last 2games have been copys apart from the win I can’t work out y we play so high in the first half and then drop back to the edge of our own box the second maybe our french flair players should say sod pardew lets play the french way pass and move like sissoko was doing with cabs and deb and cisse which we scored from.

  • 56 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Tiote back up to full speed in Africa looking good, use him and sissoko and cabaye in a very solid midfield, i think that is the way the manager will go, ben arfa gouffran marveaux cisse up top and sides, its got to be the foundation for our home games surely, and if

  • 57 Robson Wonderland // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    @ jayphoto

    That’s incredible! I’m not one of the Jonas haters although I admit he hasn’t had a good season but he was dreadful tonight! Couldn’t control the ball, made no headway with the ball and was ineffective defensively. That said, his clearance was fantastic so he was worth having on the pitch just for that!

    Delighted with the points tonight. I know the second half was a battle but that will be a lesson to some of the new lads that Premier League games don’t end at half time. To get them that lesson without dropping any points is a huge positive. Thought Shola did a great job on Benteke for the last 10 mins. Whether he was asked to do it or was just too tired to make his way back up top though I don’t know!

    Once we get Marvs and HBA into this group then we will go places starting on Saturday. HWTL

  • 58 nick_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Never a penno (thought Debuchy looked slow or agbon was rapid) and the red let some real painful looking challenges go. Cabaye, Santon and Jonas suffered bad tackles. I hope villa go down.

    2 goals, one from cisse and 3 away points. Thanks

  • 59 cyprus // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    It was a pen. Soft one, but a pen nonetheless. Debuchy should never have challenged him, as he was running away from the goal. Still, he had a good game overall. If it had been Simpson people here would be screaming blue murder! :)

  • 60 toonLYF // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    The player in that picture looks like Doumbia to me!

  • 61 jayphoto // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Thought perch was brilliant today! Most of us would have started anita but perch really justified his selection! Debuchy struggled against pace but he always will, chance that Bale will massacre him when we play spurs! Colo looked excellent, taylor was solid! Santon good going forward but lost Weimann too many times in second half! Sissoko had excellent first half, cabaye took his goal brilliantly! Gouffran was very tidy, electric pace and worked like a dog! Cisse for me was poor, didnt help he was right side in 2nd half! Jonas for me doesnt do the basics well, passing and crossing is poor, prefer obertan left wing to be honest!

  • 62 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Tiote back up to full speed in Africa looking good, use him and sissoko and cabaye in a very solid midfield, i think that is the way the manager will go, ben arfa gouffran marveaux cisse up top and sides, its got to be the foundation for our home games surely, and if he is going to rest his lad jonas if ever it has to be at home, the fella slows everything down, stop start fall over,the point of having a bigger squad is to use it.

  • 63 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Also I thought Debuchy was a lot faster than he actually is, has anyone else noticed that? He looks slower than Simpson, although he is a better player.

  • 64 HAZZY1 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    I can’t wait to c HBA and MARV together pushing there defence back so sissoko can barge right through and slot home he is going to be our yaya but sissoko is better.

  • 65 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM


    Agreed. I think everything about the starting 11 was justified. Everyone questioned Sissoko playing ahead of Cabaye, but 20 minutes in he justified that pretty damn well.

    And having a player like Anita to come off the bench – that’s what we’ve all been dreaming of for the last 3 years! (;

    If we’d had that starting line up, with the likes of Hatem, Mbiwa, Anita, Marveaux and Obertan as options from the bench, that would be ridiculous.

  • 66 Macas // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    For all the stick he got Gutierrez did put the cross in for the second goal

  • 67 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Spread – yeah he played very well and was obviously taken a back by the support – want to get a message to him to tell him tht 2,500 fans is awesome for an away game, but 52,000 Geordies is truly something spectacular. As we always said, he is way more than just pace – and I think some people saw that tonight.

    I would still like to see another forward come in though, and as PEA movement has picked up, it’s back on the table. But time is running out. Nobody out and if nobody else comes in, then it’s still a fantastic window.

  • 68 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Jayphoto, perch was ok first half as most were he seemed to be strolling acros the just in front looking to put a block in or a toe in honestly for me nowt owa whatsoever, second half we were getting opened up like a tin of sardines right through the middle, perch is on Crimewatch next week with jonas they have been missing since 8.45 pm on tuesday 29th january!

  • 69 nick_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I’m not even sure if Agbonalhor stood on debuchy’s foot for the pen?

    Sissoko has certainly put his name in the hat for a starting berth as has gouffran. We’ve just spent nearly 7m on a central defender and then Taylor comes back and should of had a clean sheet for me. Selection headache there, think mbiwa is likely to get upset if he doesn’t get played so lets hope he grasps the opportunity when he does play.

  • 70 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    ToonLYF – what picture is everybody talking about?

  • 71 Beattie25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 PM


    I think it is just conditioning.

    He didn’t play too often for Lille and had a few injuries this season.

    He’ll get up to speed soon. Remember against England against Ashley Cole and Welbeck?

    He is faster than Simpson.

  • 72 Spuggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Jonas saved 3 points by his last ditch clearance at the end.

  • 73 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 PM


    Don’t think it helps that Agbonglhor is one of the fastest players in Europe, but yeah he’s not too rapid.

    Personally I think the main problem isn’t Debuchy’s pace, but his lack of awareness of his opposition’s pace. That will come with games though.

  • 74 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Also it was never a pen. I felt like slapping Agbonlahor’s little poop tash clean of his face the diving wa*ker. Debuchy had him in his back pocket so Gabby resorted do cheating.

  • 75 manxpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    torq well you’ve been spot on every time i’ve checked and you don’t claim nothing (or abuse any1 that causes fuss) lol
    and people on here have pardew as there hat figure i’m actually surprised catchy ain’t on declaring that he ain’t seen the barcelonaesque football!!
    that was the exact performance that i wanted to see in that second half!
    we held on and showed even though with new players we are together
    massive plusses all round= sisoko,gouffran’cisse,santon(great blocks and HEADERS!!),collo and staylor
    and not forgetting PARDEW did any of you see the pardew reaction to krul kicking it long in the second half?????????
    he was absolutley livid and i mean livid !!
    but thats his main tactic isn’t it?
    sorry but ya all tossers for complaining with this result

  • 76 beefman13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Macas, jonas playing wide has not one assist this season and his cross tonight went to there man who headed it out, you could not make it up just like the 250 odd corners were we have not scored from this season! not having a go son, its just open season for jonas, he just has not got owt anymore.

  • 77 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Just been to the game…wow my nerves took a pounding after that second half. We were fantastic the first half and although it was disappointing to be pinned back all second half the team defended brilliantly Krul didn’t have to do too much. Sissoko was very good first half the only surprising thing was that he doesn’t win too many headers for someone of his size. I haven’t seen the penalty yet but I thought Debuchy had a very good game he won a lot of headers against Benteke.

    Jonas was WOEFUL I just cant believe how poor he has got I just don’t understand it.

  • 78 Tommyy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Debuchy isn’t slow, he’s just not rapid. He’s quick enough for me. Agbonlahor is one of the fastest players around, no RB in this league aside from possibly Kyle walker could keep up with him. Debuchy actually reminds me a lot of Simpson, but faster and better technique. Both strong tacklers and overlapping runners.

  • 79 BigKirky // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    3 points is 3 points so it is a great result and we can take massive positives from the excellent first half.

    We were passing the ball about and looking generally imposing and confident going forward. Exactly what we want and need.

    What a difference the signings have made already!

    If we hadn’t signed them, we would not have won that game. So it’s pleasing that some of the transfer fees are already paying off.

    Hopefully PEA can come in and we can have a right go at Chelsea!

  • 80 matt11_25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Some of the commenters on here are just exhausting me lately, there is a reason you are not managers. Perch (1st game back) Sissoko (new to PL) Gouff (also new to PL) were never gonna playing 90 if it could be avoided. The PL is much faster than France.

    Pardew deserves some credit for the way he set the team up in the 1st half which was brilliant. But until its fashionable to like him again the neggers will be calling for his neck.

    2nd half lack of composure made assuring the W much more stressful than it needed to be. As far as Guti goes I was screaming at him trust me, he’s needs either confidence/fitness and unfortunately u get that by playing.

  • 81 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Manx – Yeah I did see the Pards reaction….! Was brilliant to see. All the confidence in the world going into the Chelsea game!!

    Nice to know I add something to this blog mate. It’s a very well run blog with some brilliant bloggers – just the minority than try to ruin it.

  • 82 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM


  • 83 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Apparently someone having a medical

  • 84 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Matt 11 – Pardew deserves some credit for the way he set the team up in the 1st half which was brilliant. But until its fashionable to like him again the neggers will be calling for his neck.

    That’s very well put and the complete truth. It’s not fashionable to openly support Pards – we who do are the outsiders. He was spot on today I feel.

  • 85 t00ntime // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    the 2nd half today wasnt really pardews fault. He tried telling us to pass it forward but since the penalty we just seemed nervous and passed it too quickly which led to us losing the ball. We havent won away all season, we havent won at villa since 2006 and we have just lost like 7in our last 10. We had no confidence what so ever. We arent just going to become a good team in 1 game, we need to build confidence and get some momentum.

    We couldnt deal with aghbons pace and there physical strength. Remember the sunderland game last season? we played good football 2nd half but in the 1st half sunderland made it a physical game and we were being out played? well that was our problem the game got too physical and we didnt concentrate on the passing. We proved today that if we stay calm we can score goals. Now we just have to get some confidence in the players and some momentum and we will be fine.
    Cisse is a finisher he did good today, people on here seem to think he is a suarez type striker…. he isnt there to he is there to finish. And he did that! the only player i think (from the starting 11) who underperformed and has been all season was jonas but cause of injuries it was pretty much him or obertan…..

  • 86 manxpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    spreadthetoon thank god for that ya can’t be to careful on matchdays :)
    but even under circumstances he didn’t have attacking opptions on the bench even if it was stronger personal wise
    all in all it was a great performance 1st half and a batteling performance 2nd half!

  • 87 Macas // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    beefman13 – It was a decent cross in, it put the defender under pressure and we made the most of the second ball. I’m not saying he had a good game but the stick he gets on here is beyond belief

  • 88 Spreadthetoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    BBC questioned AP about tfrs and he said it would a quiet for him and that he would not be staying up late during the next 48hrs.

    Personally I think we need another striker. Ameobi snr is close to retiring and cannot play 90 mins, Sammy Ameobi is no where near ready and should go out on loan in the Championship for a season. So we have Gouffran and Cisse. IMO we need 1 more striker/winger and I’d take a punt on young Campbell to come through at the end of the season when we are in a better league position.

  • 89 BigKirky // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Was really great seeing Gouffran’s excellent Shearer esq hold up play sticking his backside and body in between the ball and the defender and generally retaining possession.

    His pace can open things up in attack which just weren’t possible previously.

  • 90 jayphoto // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Thats yven moyo in that medical pic…… ( a french player we all forget about)

  • 91 Toon73 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    We won our first away for the season, picked up 3 vital points, no injury scares, and some of you numpties are still crying into your grandma’s panties.

    Harden up you bunch of soft c0cks !!

  • 92 matt11_25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:03 AM


    Cheers, hopefully you have some info on a quality newcomer to come challenge Jonas for that LW spot so he doesn’t let his form slip ever again (when he figures out where he left it that is)

  • 93 BigKirky // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    I think we’ve all learned for sure tonight, that the word Sissoko is French for BEAST.

  • 94 RonVanDam // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:03 AM


    3 points is 3 points which is true but for how long under. Some of his tactical changes baffle alot of us. No wonder we dropped so far down the ladder.

    We need a coach who will play more football than hoofball. We should be plying more like we did in the 1st half then 2nd game in game out

  • 95 TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Spread – Yeah I’m with you on that. Pards keeps his cards very close to his chest – so who knows what will happen. But if he truly HAS finished with this window – I hope he turns his phone off! :-)

    And that pic looks like Anita to me?!?! What has anybody else said?

  • 96 toonLYF // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    this picture

  • 97 Beattie25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Disagree Jayphoto

    Too old to be Moyo

  • 98 matt11_25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Big Kirky

    Yes i’ve been meaning to praise Gouffy as well cuz obviously sissoko was class, but the le petite prince also showed a lot of promise!

  • 99 toonLYF // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    the flat nose, build and hairline suggest it’s Seydou Doumbia

  • 100 yorkshire_magpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Unbelievable tekkers from cabaye for the goal. Did anyone else notice his celebration though. He was holding the badge and showing it to our fans. Shows how much the club means to him.

  • 101 manxpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    oh and btw that was our 1st win at villa since 2006 so that means previous managers including hughton,shearer,jfk,keegan,fat sam,pearson and roeder haven’t won there!

  • 102 Beattie25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:06 AM


    I agree.

  • 103 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Well great result is the all important issue and the fact we have bedded in some of the new Frenchies ! Was impressed with both Sissoko and Gouffran but my MOTM was Krul with some crucial saves and commanding his area and last but not least his distribution was nearly always short ! Have seen enough to feel confident to pull away from the relegation scrap ….. Next two games will be tough but the pressure is slightly less as we are playing two sides who we will do well to get a point apiece from ! Also thought Taylor was decent for his first game back which bodes well for the future and Colo was solid so overall I’m happy ! ant wait to get HBA in that side as I really think some team will get a hiding from us if everyone is on song !

  • 104 Beattie25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I don’t think it is anyone but it looks like Doumbia

  • 105 Jamiemac // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Do Cabaye and Ben Arfa speak good English?

  • 106 YankeeToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Its pretty simple for me, six total games for the new boys to get settle before we hit March including today’s massive 3 points (4 prem 2 europa). Get Tiote and Arfa and hopefully no new injuries and hopefully from March on we can see what this squad is all about.

    On today’s tactics thought AP should have brought on Anita (to help Debuchy)for Gouffran and gone 4-1-4-1 with Perch playing deep helping Taylor and Colo as we had the 2 goal lead and Villa were selling out for goals. That’s hindsight but happy for the three points though!!!

  • 107 Spuggy // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    One thing that concerns me slightly is Anita and Cisse don’t have the presence and strength to hold up the ball when we are in a battling game. Todays’ second half would have suited Ba perfectly.

    We can only play Anita when the game is expansive and we can play our pass and move. He was poor when he came on 2nd half.

    Tiote, sissoko and Cabaye against battling, park the bus, pack the midfield opposition. Anita in more open passing expansive games.

    If we could sign a big strong forward then I would say the same for them but very unlikely.

  • 108 TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Is it Doumbia?? From memory he has an ‘older’ look to him than this picture?! It’s not very clear but not sure it’s him…

    Could be wrong though.

  • 109 jayphoto // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Geeez imagine doumbia! Pretty sure he picks up £90,000 a week in Russia though??

  • 110 Spuggy // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    We are not signing a striker.

    End of.

  • 111 Spreadthetoon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Right, well I can get a good night’s sleep for the first time in a long time! HWTL
    Here’s to hoping we manage to land a winger/ striker in the next 48 hours. That for me would be the icing on the cake!

  • 112 northernirishtoon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Doumbia 120 goals in 196 appearances

    Not bad eh?

  • 113 TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I think you boys have had too much excitement for one night…! Doumbia is dreamland stuff…

    Speaking of which…goodnight my friends. Speak again in the morning. :-)


  • 114 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Well thank god we got the win!!!

    1st half some of the football we played was awesome even though we struggled 2nd half for me the way the team (which is mostly comprised of foreign players)battled was great to see as Villa totally attempted to kick us off the park was great to see the likes of Debuchy and Sissoko put the boot in rather than going into their shells for me that 2nd half would have been a disaster if Marveux or Arfa had played imagine they had got injured by a nasty tackle?!?

    IMO we need another striker though as even though we bought 5 players we still lack depth in the forward department Benteke would actually be the ideal striker maybe we will get him for cheap when Villa go down?!?

    Actually think that the Chelsea game will be an easier game for us as they will play it on the deck and give us time on the ball which will probably suit our new players better plus St Jame’s will be bouncing also remember when Carroll 1st came back to the Toon??The players will be up for proving Ba was wrong to leave for Chelsea and I actually fancy us to win that 2 – 1

    For Chelsea I would like to see us play the same line up to start with except swap Jonas with Anita we rarely score or do anything from the wide areas so it would be better to swamp the midfield and dominate possession

  • 115 manxpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    doesn’t doumbia have corns it cirtainly ain’t moyo!
    whoeverb it is is certainly closer to 30 than 20
    and if its doumbia i’d personally say too mike ashley……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..sack llambiass you caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant!!!!!!!!1

  • 116 manxpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    shite that missed out the word SACK lol

  • 117 toonicle // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    “In the second half, we had to show another side to our game – to battle, to fight – and everybody played their part.”

    No Alan, we didn’t HAVE to, you MADE them show that with another example of your terrible tactics and clueless subs. The man drives me absolutely nuts.

  • 118 BigKirky // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Yes, Pardew’s player selections and substitutions often baffle and anger me somewhat but if a new manager comes in he may have similar odd ways of doing things, they usually do. I don’t want him sacked, but he has no excuse with all these quality players in now and maybe one more before Thursday night.

    Yeah, he played well. Wasn’t afraid to pass mid range passes with his left which is good to see. If you look at his goals on You Tube he does take a few with his left which is positive. He’s got a decent leap too if you look. He generally looked aware of what the best pass should be, showing good intelligence.

  • 119 BigKirky // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Sitting back and inviting pressure is NOT the way we should be going about things though. Still, they managed to hang on, so credit to them as we needed the win.

  • 120 Beattie25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I know who that player is:

    It’s Tomi Ameobi

  • 121 t00ntime // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    toonicle football is played by 2 teams mate… you think villa wanted to sit back the whole 1st half? no we forced them to. You dont know weather pardew told the players to sit back or not. Maybe villa pileing on the preassure (cause the had nothing to lose) forced us to defend? and after they scored the pen they were throwing the sink at us and we held out with them only getting 1/2 good chances (after the pen). You cant say AP told the players to sit back. You can assume it like you are but that doesnt make it correct.

  • 122 manxpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    toonicle ffs nooooo we had the same team out in the 2nd half as the first!
    alan was right we had to defend for the second half after villa brought on there aces in bonny and wieman (i’d love him here)
    oh and we still won
    so the only person looking clueless is you!!
    people like you drive me nuts!!

  • 123 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Im concerned also about the lack of quality forwards at the club.

    I know it’s early days for Gouffran and he looks a bit of a player but im not sure he is going to score many between now and the end of the season. He is not an out and out centre forward for me.

    I’v stated before I’d take a centre forward on loan until the summer. Just for quality in depth. I don’t trust Shola to get the goals. And I never want to see Ranger pull on that shirt ever again. If something was to happen to Cisse I think we could run into a bit of a problem.

    Best to use this window and cover our bases. Once it goes, we are stuck with what we have. A loan deal for me would be perfect, then assess the options with who is available in the summer.

  • 124 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    @ Beattie

    Don’t even joke about it m8 :) . Although maybe it might be third time lucky before an Ameobi comes good 😉

  • 125 manxpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    beattie haha i can see the resembelance haha classic!

  • 126 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    As far as where his club Lyon are concerned, they are looking to sell him in this window rather than lose him for free in the summer. Lyon’s club chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has been quoted in L’Equipe magazine with the following, “Lyon do not want a player of such quality to become a free agent in 6 months. The objective is either to extend his contract or transfer him out.” As far as Newcastle Utd are concerned we shouldn’t want to miss out on a player of such quality by having him extend that contract by transferring him in right now. Get on the phone Llambias. You’re in form.

    All about befitemi Gomis of lyon, we were after him a few years ago can get him for coppas like we got sissoko, he is 27 and that might be a bit of a stumbling block but he has a genuine consistant goalscoring record, and lots of champions league experience for when we get in that tournement haha!

  • 127 manxpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM


  • 128 toonicle // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Manx- Ok so Pards wants to play D why take Perch off for Shola? That’s the exact opposite of defense. And then cancel that move out 10 minutes later by pulling off a well performing striker like Gouff for Anita who is a DM. Why not just switch out Perch and Anita if you really think Perch needs to come off? You still have another sub spot to make then too. He makes no sense.

  • 129 Beattie25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    We need a tricky winger going forward. That is our weakness.

    Create for Goofy or Cisse and they will score.

    Jonas, whilst giving so much effort, creates nothing.

    It is simple, sign a LW in the next 48 hours and watch us pull clear of the relegation zone.

    Fail to do so and we will struggle for a bit yet.

  • 130 HAZZY1 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    beefman13 thats what I have been reading and i do think pardew wants a player like Gomis as the target man like judas im hoping we bring in a player like Miralem Sulejmani from ajax he can play lw/am/st and he is quick.

  • 131 lesh // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    The guy in the picture can’t be Doumbia – he doesn’t wear glasses!

  • 132 HAZZY1 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Beattie25 Miralem Sulejmani sorted and cheap no contract in 6mths ajax wont lose him for free he wants to come to england MA go get him.

  • 133 t00ntime // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    @toonicle was shola not put on to win headers against benteke during set pieces +to hold the ball upfront if we ever got it too him?

    seriously mate i’m pretty sure some people (like you) are just trying to make pardew look stupid when if you think about it if he really was as stupid as some of you make out he wouldnt still be a manager of any club… he isnt new to the job he has been a manager for many years. Know i’m not a 100% sure but i’m pretty sure he knows more than you or me

  • 134 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I think credit has to go to pards we all slate him for his subs but he made a good change in bringing on shola for perch. It was frustrating to watch us get pinned back so much but the crowd were right behind villa and we are still low on confidence so our clearances were just getting booted out anywhere.

  • 135 t00ntime // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    @hazzy whilst we’re at it get lens from psv plays LW/ST pacey and wants to go to england in the summer 😉

  • 136 daztoon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    You can’t state facts at winning at villa agaist houghton,kk etc when they didn’t lose at home to a shit Reading side and only scrape a point at their ground through a handball Ba goal and lose 2 seasons in a row at Brighton as an argument you plonker

  • 137 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Manxpie, going in to meltdown, worse than me before the game haha.

    Thing is we do it everytime we have a lead we put the skids on and defend deeper, its all about protect rather than extend, we did do it quite well last season but we punched well above our weight last season, it is just so exausting having to watch us hang on like that time after time.

    I know the other teams change their tactics but we dont. always the same thing, plan b MR P??

  • 138 HAZZY1 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    t00ntime yeah and y we r in holland bring back siem as well and bony if we have enough room in the squad.

  • 139 t00ntime // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    @hazzy lol we have already cleared out france might as well do the same to holland. siem, bony, lens and sule would certainly cover our attack.

  • 140 HAZZY1 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Miralem Sulejmani scored 11 goals last yr and 8 the yr before only played 5 games this yr he is the best cheap option for MA and he will be better than Jonas and Ober.

  • 141 manxpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    where the hell did i say he wanted to play defensiv!?
    shola is mostly a good sub to tie up a game and tell me sum attacking subs to turn the tide of that second half then!????????
    1ST TIME SINCE 2006!!!!!!!
    but hey lets blame pardew for absolutly nowt!!!!!!

  • 142 Beattie25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:43 AM


    Agree 100%

  • 143 HAZZY1 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    t00ntime yeah not a bad idea then maybe germany if we can afford it they dont sell cheap. I cant beleive we missed holtby to spurs he is one for the future and he was cheap for a change.

  • 144 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    The pic’s of Anita. It was taken last year.

    Yeah, I would like to see us sign Gomis and Sulejmani/Zarate.

  • 145 HAZZY1 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Beattie25 yeah i just hope pards agrees too then MA can go get him before he goes for 2-3M max to some russian club or italy.

  • 146 Beattie25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Pardew still hasn’t said his usual ‘we are done in the market’.

    He said he was staying in bed tomorrow but that is hardly the closed door we usually get.

  • 147 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Hazzy, he is a good lad that sulejmani, could be a good time to go in for him, same as wijnaldum of feyanoord who would have been my first choice of anyone when the window opened, top notch kid.

  • 148 jeraziah // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    I would really like us to buy Benteke if Villa goes down. What an absolute beast, good vision, aint slow either.. born 1990. Perfect player to replace Strolla, What do you guys think?

  • 149 HAZZY1 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Yeah I still think we r waiting to c if anyone makes moves on our summer targets then we will have to make a move or lose out Gomis has been a target for 2-3yrs now so must know by now if we want him.

  • 150 Beattie25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    That is not Anita.

    Anita has a smaller bod and bigger head.

    It is probably some bloke who was sat there minding his own business, waiting for his results and some mad obsessed fan thought ‘a stylish black guy in a private hospital, must be a footy player!’ and proceeded to sneakily take a picture.

    He isn’t a footballer as there is no NUFC press/representatives around him.

  • 151 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:51 AM


    I was just about to say that, that pic is Anita.

    If it’s not it’s his twin.

  • 152 Sav // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    “Welcome to the Premier League” for our new boys. What a baptism – No holds barred.
    The French lads all did ok. Krul was a hero.
    Vive la Revolution!!
    Mashley must be learning that the difference between survival and relegation, mediocrity and success can be just one or two players; whether you’ve got them and whether you haven’t.

  • 153 HAZZY1 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    beefman13 yeah i agree but wijnaldum would cost us alot more and I dont think we will get any big priced players through before the window closses Gomis is 6-7M wijnaldum would cost double that Miralem Sulejmani 3-4M its no contest knowing MA.

  • 154 Beattie25 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    My choice would be Lens or Mertens.

    PSV have far too man wingers anyway.

    Lens, Mertens, Wijnaldum & Narsingh.

  • 155 Charlietoon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    I think we played as best Ive seen all season in the first half. In the second half AV were much quicker and more aggressive on the ball and they got the softest penalty ever. From that point every time they put the boot in they got away with it. When Jonas got his calf raked and nothing was called he should have stayed down and pulled his sock down to show his injury. The ref ignored it completely and everything they did from then on. That put us in a tough position.

  • 156 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Hazzy, we have a history of going back in for our old targets, i would love if we could squeeze one more in to this window.

    Jeraziah, if someone said to me benteke for our last signing i would not have a problem at all with that, it would hopefully push the ameobi brothers further down the pecking line, lovely couple of lads the ameobis but 12 years watching shola, at times bloody mind numbing, and i can see his brother being even more frustrating, i have watched him through the ranks for years and paul dummet used to pull him out the brown stuff all the time when he being sammy would get caught in possesion. good lad is paul dummet, strong physical and consistant and a terrific natural left foot.

  • 157 manxpie // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    daztoon you’ve totally missed my sarcasm of catchy man who posts STATS STATS that don’t take in to account any circumstances of injuries,form or vwatever!!
    and beefman have a look at your posts before the game and then tell me i’m in a meltdown loll
    as i said before how many drama queens before the game that slagged every1 and there mum complained would actually admit they were wrong and the only one i’ve noted is beefman and fairplay too him!
    every1 has an arsehole where as your just a C@NT

  • 158 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    HAZZY, Gomis would go for a couple of million as his contract is up in the summer and lyon want some bit for him, it is in the mag today.

  • 159 Phoenix // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    @beefman13 Gomis contract runs out in summer 2014

  • 160 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Like i said Manx, i nearly lost my mind before kick off as you know, of course AP has to pick his team he is the manager and we are just the supporters, i honestly have not ever agreed with one of his teams he has put out this season, one day i will get a lovely surprise and i have said many times when there is no jonas or perch or willo or simmo or obertan in our starting line up we will see more settled consistant displays, i dont think that time is to far away, there only seems to be wor jonas in the way.

  • 161 daztoon // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    You go on about their being two teams.Why because Villa make two subs do we have to change what is already working for us.Same against Reading.We as a team look for better going forward than trying to hold a lead.Sitting back and hoofing it gets us no where,keeping possession is by far our best way of defending

  • 162 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Pheonix, Gomis is a free agent in the summer, my earlier post 12.28am taken from the mag, and quoted by their chairman, i am pretty sure its correct

  • 163 Brutooon // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Jonas is useless, people call he is hardworking but he got no end product.

    Replace Jonas with HBA then we be fine

  • 164 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    He is a target man type striker. He is a French international. He is 27. Most significantly of all, he has just 6 months left on his contract so is available for peanuts. On the same level of that of Moussa Sissoko who only cost us around £2 million. When you look at Gomis’ career up to this point, his immediate availability, the type of player we need, his interest in joining us seeing as he is French (too much assumption?) and the small cost it would take to bring him in. Then the ‘risk vs reward’ with this deal seems like a no-brainer to me.

    Thats the editor of the mag, in the article about Gomis.

  • 165 Phoenix // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    I read that article and did some checking and it runs out next year

  • 166 Phoenix // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    He signed a five year contract on 29 July 2009

  • 167 davis_toons // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    “Papiss, who has been a bit isolated, especially since Demba Ba left.”????


  • 168 davis_toons // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Maybe CISSE should be played on the RIGHT AM that should keep him BUSY…or Defence? Just like Shola do it for us?

    Colo With Cisse at CD
    Stylor With Williamson at Striker Position (That might keep their attack from coming forward?)

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