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Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 2 – Magpies Hang On

10:54 pm, Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 69 Comments

This was once again a game of two halves, with Newcastle simply excellent in the first half, but Aston Villa, to their credit, came storming back in the second half and put Newcastle under enormous pressure but we had Tim Krul to thank for making some great saves – and the Villa forwards just could’t accept the many chances that went their way – as the Newcastle defense hung ion bravely for a precious three points.

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Papiss Cisse scores great first goal for Magpies

But that first half showed just how good a side Newcastle can be – and we went ahead with two good goals – one from Papiss Cisse after 19 minutes, after he was brilliantly put through by new boy Moussa Sissoko, and then Yohan Cabaye made it two after just 31 minutes with a simply magnificent strike (what a player this lad is) , and Newcastle completely controlled the game in the first half – just as we had done against Reading last week.

The only real shot Aston Villa had in the first half was from former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia whose fantastic left foot shot after 22 minutes came back off the post.

But then in the second half Paul Lambert made a couple of substitutions at the half, and Villa looked a completely different side and they took the game immediately to Newcastle.

Villa got a penalty after 49 minutes after Agbonlahor went down all too easily in the box when challenged by Debuchy – (this guy always dives) and Christian Benteke made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Villa had most of the play in the second half and created enough chances to have won the game, but credit to the Newcastle defense for valiantly hanging on.

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Newcastle United fans celebrate tonight – hey – they look French! :D

Alan Pardew brought on Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita and debutant Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to try hang onto the win, and it seemed to work well as villa were being well held by Newcastle, but the Magpies also had some luck when Villa almost equalized when Nathan Baker had a header cleared off the line Jonas Gutierrez, and then new boy Yanga-Mbiwa made a fantastic tackle the six-yard box to stop Ciaran Clark from shooting.

And after a full and agonizing five minutes of injury time – Newcastle got the win – and gained 3 points on our relegation rivals.

Some will say Newcastle were lucky in that second half – but in relegation scraps a win is a win – in fact however you get the win it’s always 3 points – and we got 3 points tonight.

Alan Pardew and the coaches will need to review what exactly happened in the second half – but make no mistake about it – this was a massive win for the Magpies and will give our lads a lot of confidence.

Bottom line – it was a fantastic result for Newcastle United tonight – and we are now 4 points above the drop zone.


Aston Villa (3-5-2): Brad Guzan; Nathan Baker, Ron Vlaar (c), Ciaran Clark; Matthew Lowton, Ashley Westwood, Charles N’Zogbia, Barry Bannan, Joe Bennett (Andreas Weimann 46); Darren Bent (Gabriel Agbonlahor 46), Christian Benteke
Subs not used: Shay Given, Eric Lichaj, Jordan Bowery, Brett Holman, Stephen Ireland

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch (Shola Ameobi 69), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Vurnon Anita 74), Moussa Sissoko (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 79) , Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

Bookings: Aston Villa – N’Zogbia (42), Benteke (61), Baker (67), Lowton (76), Agbonlahor (78); Newcastle – Gutierrez (52), Shola Ameobi (87)

Attendance: 30,334


Tags: Match Reports · Newcastle News · Premier League


69 responses so far ↓

  • 1 King Arfa // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    any 1 care to answer this for him im quite interested also to know lol

    nufc cchater?@carlchater

    @lee_ryder #nufc do you know who this is. at the nuffield today having a medical?

  • 2 soundoid // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Anyone on here think we missed perchino when he was taken off. He’s a really underated player. Never going to set the world on fire but solid DM Well worthy of his selection.

    I’ll say this again but pards needs to work on the guys fitness.

  • 3 psutty80 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    i missed the first half, but many of you are right, who could have we brought on?
    There are no game changers on there.. perhaps marveaux, but he got injured. our new lads were a bit leggy and did need to come off ready for the chelsea game.
    Mbwia on for perch was the strange sub.. But we got 3 POINTS AWAY FROM HOME!!
    This was a big game, if we had lost we would be in the sh*t, a win and more vitally a confidence boost!!

    Now the next 48 hours will be interesting to see if we bring another one in.

  • 4 Beattie25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    King Arfa

    Looks like Doumbia to me.

    Ivory Coast striker for CSKA ‘NOT in the AFCON’!!!!

  • 5 Spuggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Cabaye, Sissoko and Gouffran were knackered by the end – lack of PL match fitness. We had limited options of the bench with Marv, tiote, HBA and Obertan out.

    Jonas performance was poor although he saved us with a tackle in our box.

    With Gouffran playing well on the left and Marv to come in maybe we don’t need that LW (unless we really splash the cash on top quality which is unlikely). We do need another striker though who has strength and can hold up the ball. Imagine Ba in this team with Sissoko! We need a Ba replacement.

  • 6 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Let’s face it we would have kept a clean sheet but for a dodgy call on the pen.
    Despite all that route one stuff we held the line.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    if that penalty had not been given (as it should not have been) we would probably have gone on to controll that game.

  • 8 archaeomag // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Tall defensive player – combat the arial threat – I think that’s why he was preferred to Anita.

  • 9 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Well said ED.

    Repost for the numpties –

    I am disturbed but not surprised at the lack of objectivity and basic knowledge of what goes on in a football game on this blog during and just after match time. Great First half poor second half bad tactics blah blah its pathetic sometimes.

    If we had kept the team as it was second half we would have lost by a couple of goals no doubt about it. As it was, digging in was only just adopted in time to save us from a determined side putting in a last-ditch effort to stay in the league with all their forward guns going, and stamps and hacks flying in.

    What must have been our most experimental side ultimately pulled off what we have not done this season – a win. Tactics for each half not desired but ultimately right. Watch more football and do less moaning.

  • 10 Spuggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    How was Mbiwa at DFM a strange sub, he’s played there before and has defensive mindset. You wouldn’t want to bring off Saylor or collo and tiote wasn’t available.

  • 11 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM


    Are you ‘avin another of your jokes ?
    Is Doumbia on your wish list ?

  • 12 King Arfa // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM


    Doumbia ha ill cream my pants if it is just wondering coz sum kid seems to think who ever it is is having a medical at nuffield nowso thought id ask

  • 13 One comment a day // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    @1 Thats my uncle having his hip op

  • 14 Spuggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Mbiwa can play RB and DMF…

  • 15 Spreadthetoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    repost again – apologies

    A good hard earned 3 pts against a very physical Villa who IMO did not deserve to finish with all 11 on the field.
    People complain about the 2nd half but Villa played high pressure with 4players upfront. Gouffran has just come from winter break so would not be at his absolute sharpest. I do not know why Obertan was not on the bench as a cameo from him would have worked wonders on a counter attack. We had no outlet and people need to remember no HBA, no Marveaux and no Obertan. All 3 of these players are highly counter attacking offensive players that AP did not have at his disposal. I said before the start of the match that we did not have any game changers offensively on the bench other than possibly Anita. The Ameobi bros don’t cut it for me – IMO.

    Agreed, we defo need a winger/ striker that was painfully obvious.

  • 16 RonVanDam // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    The title says it all. We dominated the 1st half then hung on to win.

    Looks like Pardew has a new favourite formation 4-2-3-1 lol.

    Player that kept us in the game was Krul.

    Penalty was soft. Agb should’ve been yellow carded for diving.

  • 17 rfcready // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I try not to run Pardew down but the past couple of games his tactics leave allot to be desired .Is he capable of changing the way we play until its to late?.

  • 18 Beattie25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    It’s probably someone taking the pi55

  • 19 Spuggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I agree it does look like doumbia

  • 20 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    There was a horrible challenge on Santon at one point, which I have no doubt was likely because he was causing a lot of problems throughout.

    It was a real season finisher – realised he was going to miss the ball, so sunk his studs right into Santon’s ankle.

    The ‘challenge’ which got Jonas riled up was poor too, Jonas was rightly furious that he got away with it. No intent other than to harm, and Jonas knew it.

  • 21 Joe Blog // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    In the faint distance, the bell of the toon crier tolls, I can’t quite make out what he’s bellowing yet, but it sounds like “Pardew, your days are numbered you mimsy shite.” *ding-a-ling ding-a-ling*.

  • 22 One comment a day // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I would love to hear Pardews half time team talk, he sends them back out defeated!

  • 23 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    It would of been stupid to bring mbwia on in central defence given he situation. We were being slaughtered

    Mbwia has played CDM before. I think he even played it against arsenal in the champions league so it’s not as bad as some people are making out

    Only negative for me is the guti situation. Completely lost the head in the second half

  • 24 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    tbh the ref was appalling, never a pen and the amount of late tackles put in during the second half was ridiculous

  • 25 psutty80 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Spuggy,okay, only ever known him to play all at the back, never seen him play dm. Brave sub for his first game… Paid off though!

  • 26 Robby Bobson // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    “Watch more football and do less moaning.”

    I like this…conceding the early goal in the second half, the game was only going to go one way.

    Look at the stoke wigan game…stoke who are supposedly so resillent at home and they lost a 2 goal lead.

    Maybe praise pards for putting sissoko in the hole, i bet noone on here had that!

    Also that guy having his medical, you sure its not the ric flair look-a-like being signed up for some experience at the back?

  • 27 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM


    Come on now, just because you don’t agree with people doesn’t mean insults are needed.

    Personally I’m no footballing purist, and I have no problems with – for instance – managers like Pulis & Big Sam who play to their own strengths. But putting on Shola, shunting Cisse out wide, and instructing the players to hit it long to Shola did nothing but increase the pressure on us.

    If Pardew want’s to play that style, I have no issues, but Shola is not the player to do it. The more I get the deja vu of seeing the ball sailing over Shola’s head, the more I’d like to see us sign ‘a Carroll’.

  • 28 manxpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    lol torq
    torqtoon exactly
    i think there’s still people on here who expect fast attacking free flowing football i.e barcelona after the season we’ve had !!
    that is a massive result and torqtoon i’m glad your on here passing on info that you may hear!
    very much appreciated and you must be close to 100% right too

  • 29 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Pardew your days are numbered for getting us a vital away win. Very good very very good. Should he be sacked on the spot if we beat chelsea? Of course he should, yes, that would also make sense.

  • 30 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I’d cream my pants if it was doumbia

    120 goals in 196 app

  • 31 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    How come can the manager not be responsible for the brilliant way we came out and played first half but is then responsible for them having a dodgy pen and putting us under pressure for most of the second half (but we didn’t concede did we ?) and us avin a bit if a battle ?

  • 32 One comment a day // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Spuggy the guy in the pick has a flat nose, Doumbia has a pointy nose. He is foreign though as he looks like he is pretty cold.

  • 33 nightfa11 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    watched the match…

    but pardew…is too limited for us…i hope ashley sees it.. pardew should stay at the club..players like he should have some other position, but we need a better brainer..

    oh my team for chelsea (cos its fun=))

    team for chelsea should be

    debuchy taylor colo mbiwa
    anita sissoko
    goufrann cabaye santon

  • 34 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM


    He is responsible for the great first half, thats what makes the second half so strange.

  • 35 HAZZY1 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    The picture is of William Vainqueur the DM that is due to join after his medical the striker we are after is Gomis pardew wants a target man.

  • 36 manxpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    spread i don’t know if you were aiming that at me or agreeing with me lol but wat you said i agree and that is wat i’m saying lol confused??

  • 37 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    TDS – sorry mate are you saying you are insulted by the inference there are ‘numpties’ abroad? Oh dear I have sinned.

  • 38 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    One comment a day

    Hahah, I was sat here thinking exactly the same, but didn’t want to say it as I felt it would sound ridiculous. I agree though, flat nose definitely isn’t Doumbia.

  • 39 JP...from The Rock // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Tsunki – SPOT ON. I couldn’t have put it better.

    I am disgusted by the comments made tonight. I really am. I will just say that I have loved the way we played in the first half and what happened in the second, happens to teams. That’s football. Especially if it’s such an important game. We looked nervous in the second and they did in the first half. Villa went for it and caught our new boys by surprise a bit and they nearly got lucky playing so direct.

    We won, well done Newcastle. Good showing from our new players and I have faith in the team and Pardew. Goodnight.

  • 40 alex84 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Delighted with the 3 points
    Delighted with the performance, we showed real grit and spirit to win that, fair play to Pards he got it spot on.

    Some people just think teams should just lie down infront of us so we can play like Barca! muppets! the 2nd half was just as pleasing by the sheer togetherness!

  • 41 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Have to say I thought the Mapou sub was inspired thinking. Play him as DM just in front of the back four.
    Okay so he didn’t have enough time to settle but it also got him on the pitch and into the frantic EPL .

  • 42 naptoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    i think it wouldve been more comfortable but for refs appalling pen decision … changed complexion of the game and the nerves set in for our players after it. it was obvious what villa were going to do second half … kick us and claim for everything and Dean bottled it … the pric.
    all things considered it was a decent fighting performance … puzzled by the subs again but 2 decent debuts (mbiwa never had chance to show owt) and hopefully more to come and a good platform to build. 2 negatives … jonas and debuchy pace… he is slow.

  • 43 p // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I think it is looking good.

    Second half they had to throw the sink at us and were dirty to boot.

    This team is likely only to get better.

    Sissoko, what a player. Gouffran looks useful as well.

    When HBA is back, things will get better, we just needed that outlet of pace at the end when they pushed forward. If the pushed up in numbers like they did, there would of been a greater chance of being punished for doing so.

  • 44 Beattie25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:18 PM

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

  • 45 Robby Bobson // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Sorry I’m sure thats just a random guy in for a prostate exam or something….not many footballers turn up for a medical in shabby tracksuit bottoms!

    I just saw that Pards/Jonas thing, Jonas looks depressed :S

  • 46 Toonacious T // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I am going to take the advice of some more positive bloggers on here and just leave my doubts about AP’s ability to adapt his tactics in game to one side and enjoy this solitary away win. So rather than bleat on I will just say that I hope we will be alot more positive in the second half of future games and we should not over look the efforts of the opposition in this game as Villa really put it up to us second half. HWTL.

  • 47 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    this was my first in game blog haha

    it gets intense(!!!) folk always fear the worst, in reality we were 2 1 up 20 mins to go they changed from taking on the wings to lumping it into the box and i thought our lads done admirably, felt with the personell on and the changes that were made we could deal with that all day long, with our heavies on… villa dont play nice, never have

    we torchured them so bad in the first half they were always gonna bite, they couldnt have got muchh worse, folk leaving the game in the first half, they had to react… they were inspired, no coach in the world could envisage that 2nd half villa turn out

  • 48 One comment a day // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Thanks TDS, confirms my thoughts mat.

  • 49 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:19 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.

  • 50 bettyswallocks // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Great win in terms of necessity. First half we looked composed and organised with a great debut from Sissoko and a wonder-strike from Cabaye.

    Second half was just mad panic with all our players running around like a pack of primary school kids.

    Surely to defend a lead there has to be some plan other than reverting to getting rid of the ball as far away as possible.

    I can t ever remember such a desperate display other than in a cup tie.

    This nervous panicky showing in the second half would never occur under a competent modern thinking manager.

    Its evident now that many on here are looking longer term and seeing the not so inspiring bigger picture under Pardew.

  • 51 One comment a day // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Or even mate!

  • 52 donut // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Tonight I saw a first half full of verve and promise for the rest of the season. Sissoko is a player of the highest quality. Gouffran ran beautifully creating space for cisse and midfield forward runs. Great great football. Second half, lambert with nowt to lose, gambled and flung the proverbial kitchen sink our way. We were backs to wall but defended with commitment even if there was too much of the last ditch variety. A dubious pen increased the tension, but we didn’t capitulate or break. Poor passing and a lack of composure yes. But no lack of heart and fight. Heart and fight is what we need right now on the pitch and in the stands. Some of the lily livered comments tonight after the greatest win of the season beggars belief. A first away win of the season is worth a smile, surely.

  • 53 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Manx – Thank you very much my friend. I do try to give the most accurate info I can, and have been fortunate not to encounter somebody like Loic Remy who would chase the cash and move the goal posts at the last minute.

    Miggy – Fair play to ya, lad. No apology necessary when you engage in debate and once the emotions calm, you see the true picture. Everybody has negative feelings at times supporting our beloved club – just always try to stay grounded and see what really goes on. Like I said mate, fair play to you.

  • 54 p // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    hey look, I don’t think you can make an assessment of Pardew based on this game.

    I am not a big fan, I thave already said he was so-so.

    The next few matches when these new guys bed in and he has the back bone of the team back is where an assessment can be made.

  • 55 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Yo-yo – I agree ! And given that Yanga has played there numerous times before – its not like he didn’t have a clue.


    @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! :-)

  • 56 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM


    thats an experienced NUFC head talking right there buddy!

    Folks thats me off for a good nights rest of the heart muscles… with a grin!

  • 57 manxpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    jackbutler so the fact that villa put on 2 attacking players (very attacking players) on in the second half is why they became on top in the second half is strange!!???
    well to be honest its not rocket science is it??
    we hammered them in the 1st half and deffo didn’t expect that in the second half !!
    thats football and thats why we love it!
    and with the confidence we’ve got i didn’t underestimate what could happen!

  • 58 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Krul – Goodnight. And thanks for helping keep the pitchfork bearers at bay, my friend! :-)

  • 59 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM


    next time ill come with weapons of mass destruction…
    or actually maybe not its chelsea isnt it!? ;-)

  • 60 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Manx – Some people can’t see the wood for the trees mate! We were OBVIOUSLY going to be up against 2nd half – and we did admirably in my opinion.

  • 61 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Krul – Yes mate! If we don’t beat Chelski 4 or 5-0 then there will be hell to pay and you won’t be able to move for Pards out signs and burning effigies ! :-)

  • 62 donkeypunch // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    we need to sack pardew i know he won but it was againts a shitty villa side full off kids i heard mick mccarthy looking for work at the moment if there one thing that man can do is get results. Then mike ashly need to get on the phone to liverpool and beg them for andy carrol back we clearly made a mistake letting him go just imagine a front 3 of ………………..shola A carrol sammy a

  • 63 donkeypunch // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    the ameobi brothers would link up so well and all the longs ball shola missed with his head you just know carrol would be there wating for it ready to head it in i think i just cream in my pants

  • 64 manxpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:44 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

  • 65 rfcready // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    OK,so in the second half why did we just give the ball away,bad passing ,panic clearances, heading the ball to no one.If your trying to kill the game off which Pardew loves to just drop back and invite pressure thank god for Krul. I like Jonas but he should have been subbed instead of Perch unless he was hurt.

  • 66 matt11_25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:49 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.

  • 67 matt11_25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    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.

  • 68 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 30, 2013 at 12:00 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 !

  • 69 geordiejamie89 // Jan 30, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Sissoko great assist first game. If he can gel like that after only a few days training with everyone, then I’m looking forward to watching him play for the toon as the season draws to an end.
    I still think Villa might have enough to stay up, there’s plenty teams around them not playing too brilliantly either.
    Fulham, Norwich, Wigan, Southampton could all drop below Villa yet.
    Newcastle still need to sign a replacement for Ba though. Guffran was more like a replacement for Lovenkrands, so Aubaneyang would probably be the best choice, he’s rapid and good all round. If not him then Bony would be a good choice, he’s strong and would probably cause plenty damage.

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