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Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player in 2-1 Win At Aston Villa?

9:56 pm, Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 152 Comments

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Let us know who you think Newcastle’s best player was tonight at Villa Park in Newcastle hard fought 2-1 win tonight. The lads were great in that first half and we hung on to get a massive win for the club.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Aston Villa?

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152 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cndrbrown // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Well I know who wasn’t

  • 2 Hatem // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Sad to say Tim Krul, Delighted with 3 points finally though.

  • 3 mot7 // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM


  • 4 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Krul for me.Some quality saves to keep us in the game

  • 5 Jayden // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Anyone votes for Jonas, I will hunt you down. Krul, Cabaye or Cisse for me.

  • 6 DanRo // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Firstly, what a massive three points.
    That is the most important point.
    In the context of the situation and the game that is all important.
    First half – hugely impressive, good passing, plenty of possession, signings excellent.
    The second half was a surreal situation. Villa had to go for it all guns blazing. Villa’s physicality and aggressiveness was beyond acceptable at times but it was expected. I don’t agree with the tactics in the second half but the result was the most important point in the match and the context of the season.

  • 7 jettson1971 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    What on earth does AP say at half time????
    two games in a row we were useless in 2nd half!!
    sorry, but AP has shown that he can not adapt his team to changes made by opposition, Guti and Shola should not play, they do not have the legs, what did Shola actually contribute??
    great three points but how many heart attacks tonite?

  • 8 solz tim krul // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    sissoko for me

  • 9 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Probably Jonas worst game in a Toon shirt be interesting to see what his stats where looked knackered after about 30 minutes in

  • 10 soundoid // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    F##k me first half passing it like arsenal second half hoofing it like derby county.

    Fair play to Villa looked nervy and well rubbish first half. By ther end of the game you would think we had played 4 games in 10 days.

    Sub’s were poor I thought Perch was ace! I liked the way he roughed up Weimann after he’d being bullying Jonas. He does not get enough praise.

    Pardew’s subs were rubbish he should have put on anita for Jonas Sissy should have stayed on and mbiwa for Taylor.

    Mbiwa must be thinking WTF what an I supposed to do?

    Great first half. Need to improve our fitness and pards field a stronger bench. We need a striker. IMHO

  • 11 stuart no9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    good 3 points – as always good first half , s//t second.
    i am goung to stay with my hunch – pardew to take us down. the reason was there for all to see in the 2nd half. better teams than villa will beat us, and there are a lot of them . sorry pards out.

  • 12 JAMSHA // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM


  • 13 TurkishFan101 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    @MrMojoRisin76 Fair enough mate that comment was from frustration cause I thought we would start the game negative which was always happening up to this point with Villa. But was I wrong about Jonas? No. That goal he saved for us on the line wouldn’t have even happened if he was subbed off before that. We would of witnessed a different scenario and Villa deserved that goal with all the pushing and team spirit which was out there. Jonas wont get dropped any sooner, we really need to get a Left Winger and a striker and we are set to be a top 5 team in my opinion.

  • 14 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    How anyone can defend Gutierrez after that needs to take the NUFC tinted glasses of. If I was Anita I would kick right off with Pards for benching him when he has been one of our best players in the last few games. Total joke

  • 15 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    if pardue plays gutti for help down the left i saw very little tonight the whole point was to stop angled balls in no good putting players deeper

  • 16 danuneek // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    First half was class and showed us how good sissoko is. Kept the ball and controlled the game.

    Second half was shocking and that was largely down to villa’s directness. One thing shocked me, how slow is debuchy. After that i can imagine teams just sticking their quickest player against him. Why was jonas kept on? He was terrible. So so bad.

  • 17 Tommyy // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Got to agree with the majority regarding Jonas. Cannot fathom why or how anyone could defend him tonight. Truly truly awful, I’m worried for him if I’m honest. He must know deep down he has lost everything he had.

  • 18 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    I’m not a ‘neggar’. Far from it.

    Everyone who posts here regularly will know that I’m one of the biggest fence sitters on here – second maybe only to Ibiza. So hopefully when I’m furious and resigned to the fact that Pardew is going to relegate us, it holds more weight than those who constantly rant and moan.

    Those were the tactics of a mad man. Cisse is not a right winger, Anita is not a left midfielder, and Shola Ameobi is not a footballer.

  • 19 pawl250 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Feel sorry for Mbiwa, Montpellier captain, won french league, played in champions league this season, french international.

    Loses place to a unfit STaylor (none of the above) who had a good game then got put in centre midfield to look lost and not comfortable.

    Pardew has really annoyed me with his subs this time. I just cant understand it!

    My god Jonas was woeful!

  • 20 mot7 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    CF please mr ashley cisse is a lazy git
    jonas has quicky caught up with the ameobi bros as players who should not be near a nufc shirt
    Why do we constantly look vunerable down our left side . This is every F*****g game

  • 21 Bambams // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Boys i am sure we would all have taken a 2-1 win before the match !

    Wait for it here is Pards…..”Lot of work and effort”and ” give anyone a game like that in first half but French players ran out of legs in second half”….

    Top manager, Eh !!

  • 22 Slatymag // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Well I don’t know whether to be optimistic or pessimistic after that. Sissoko looked class, I think he’ll adapt to the PL just fine. Gouffran decent, no problem there – he has to find the pace of the Pl compared to Ligue 1. On the other side of the coin it seems Pardew is instilling no confidence in these lads. If we have all these so-called ball players i.e Cabaye, Anita, Sissoko, Colo, Santon, then why can’t we play ourselves out of pressure instead of hoofing it up to bounce off Shola and inviting more pressure. AP has got to make the players believe they are as good as they really are. At the minute they are like a rabbit in the headlights. All in all a good result, but tactics like that will not work against many teams.

  • 23 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I don’t think people understand just how big of a result this actually was.

    We have not won on the road all season, It was a 6 pointer, players coming back from injury, new signings under pressure to perform AND people are still CRYING. Do people not understand confridence and morale was at rock bottom after the Reading game. Infact it has been all season!

    Im gobsmacked at some of the negative comments, and even more so at the slating of Pardew. Erm, hellaw? We have just won man? Yet people still try and find a reason to slate him haha. Get off his back man!

    What hope is there for you’s? He is dammed if he wins dammed if he dosn’t? Comical.

    Reading this blog through that match I could of sworn some posters really wanted us to lose that game just so they could cry at Pardew and back their theorys up. I highly suspect.

    These supporters are 10 a penny. No doubt about it.

    Im absolutely buzzing after tonight, well done lads.

    Next, we will do our upmost to turn Chelsea over at St James. I really fancy a win here.


  • 24 JAMSHA // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM


    Team vs chelshit

    ******************* KRUL*********************





  • 25 RonVanDam // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Lets not forget, today was our first away win

  • 26 No Plain Saylor // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I really am struggling to figure out what Pardew’s second half plan was… It wasn’t counter attacking, it wasn’t exploiting the flanks, it wasn’t long ball, it wasn’t high pressing, it wasn’t even a team, it was eleven lads with no shape running around completely unaware of each other. Once again winning at half time, playing well, And Alan noballs Pardew decides to shut up shop? Paul Lambert made positive changes and they were rewarded with a much improved second half. Pardew brought off a DM for an ST, then later a ST for a DM, then a CM for a CB? He doesn’t know what he’s doing, he is the George Bush of football. Player for player we win all over the pitch, any villa fan will tell you that. The only reason for top drawer players running around like headless chickens is tactical inferiority. There is no other reason, some idiot will say ‘ohh its just bad form..’ Bad form only stretches back so far, we have been bad all season, brutal since november. Its got so bad fans are now delighted when we keep a clean sheet at norwich, and scrape a win at villa.. a team beaten by bradford and millwall in the past week. The way we played the last 25 minutes every man in our half, it was like we were playing with 7 men against Barca. We should have the ability to close that game off no problem, pass it around see the game out, create a few chances, maybe grab a third. I think everyone agreed after the reading game that if we lost the villa game pards should go. I imagine even if we had lost people would say, well we got some great signings.. Pardew could sign messi, neymar, the next roy keane and matt hummels and still underachieve, he’s a loser. Also its Graham Carr and our fantastic scouting team that put forward these players names, and its Mike Ashley who got them ‘over the line’.’ What do you think will happen against chelsea and spurs? You can’t sack him after a win, and you couldn’t blame him if we lose to chelsea and spurs.. And after that people will think its too late for a new manager to implement his regime on the squad. I fear for the worst if we keep this clown, it’s not even relegation i’m worried about, just the fact that if he remains manager even if we stay up i think benny and colo will be away in the summer starting a trend, we have great technical players.. they don’t want to play this dire football. If Blanc or Di Matteo were to come in before the summer maybe our stars would give the newcastle project one more year…

  • 27 JackButler // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Pardew is determined to put me in an early grave.

    I hope to god that Ashley see’s the light soon and cuts him lose as it’s his negativity that spreads to the players more than anything else.

    Why the hell can’t he get a 90 min performance out of that team???
    45 min performances will send us down

  • 28 toonicle // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I just cannot wrap my head around Pardews decision making. Good 3 points we desperately needed them, but Pards almost lost it for us again.

  • 29 geordie157 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Good first half, wont mention the second.

    Two things are still needed, Jonas to be dropped and another striker is needed, because if Shola is going to be our only striker on the bench that worries me!!

  • 30 hotdog // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    right im off – too many negative posts for my liking.

    Good chatting lads – well some of you!!

  • 31 KINGNUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    any Marvaeux update??

  • 32 Toon Tang // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    if we play like we did in the 2nd against chelsea . ba will butcher us . we need to impose our own game and not pander to the oppo

  • 33 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    hey we could have quite easily lost poor decisions will bite our ass

  • 34 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    strolla came on to win headers and rough a few of them up… he did exactly that, sometimes the big guy needs used and if ever the time it was tonight mbiwa was the same a defensive player on to chase down in mbwia and prevent them playing football, our boys are adapting to a system, they played with heart tonight everyone to a 14th man, they played with fight, a team desperate to win not to draw it was a physical game and they handled it well albeit a bit nervously 2nd half, we are 16th and fighting for wins and if you ask me for the last 20 mins would you want to put the heavies on and bring guns to a swordfight to keep it out, tiote in there up to speed with a run of games in the ACON we’ll do alright!

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    …New players and old ones back from injury, but it still looks the same!

    Good first half – it seems we only have one good half in us (wonder what AP tells them in half time – maybe someone should tell him to stop ;))

  • 36 daztoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Santon for me the lad put a great shift in but he ain’t on list

  • 37 toonfield // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Pards let mbiwa down big style tonight, on the bench – I can live with that – but dm? Come on….
    On the result – 3 points – we did it the hard way and we grafted through,

  • 38 miggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    guti was terrible tonight and then i watch on skysports pardew cuddling him ffs pardew drop im he was sh1te the man has ne confidence to take people on couldnt control the ball absolute rubbish tonight

  • 39 kevymartins // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    How can you guys come on her and talk siht about jonas after that game.If it wasn’t for that block villa would have been 2-2 and If that we twat weiss or whatever you call him tried that on me I bet my house I would have been sent off jonas played well and deserves credit

  • 40 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    I am scareed to be a NUFC fan all my life…

    I am scared to see all this player potential being strangles by an absolute gitt called Pardew…he was absolutelly atrocious again tonight….

    Ashley I dont think is off the hook….he may have bough us players, but half the season down the line..

    But he still delivered…Pardew still has to show that he can manage a far he is absolutely embarrassing…

    Sissoko is a signing of the season….

    we need a player like Obafemi martins as a CF….this wont work…

  • 41 Marty-Toon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Santon didn’t even make the list and people voted for Mbiwa
    Krul saved us so many times

  • 42 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM


    If that’s football for five year olds that post is blogging for nursery kids.

  • 43 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    sissoko has more assists this season than jonas.
    that says it all for me. anita/marveaux in next game please.

  • 44 RonVanDam // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    No Plain Saylor

    Hahaha nice comparison between G. Bush and Pardew

  • 45 Toon Tang // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    @26 hahahaha funniest thing ive ever read… pardew is the george bush of football

  • 46 Szarka // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    can i vote both for Krul and Sissoko? Let it be sissoko, as hes the new guy, made an impressive start. Krul is just the same greatness 🙂

  • 47 KINGNUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Jonas out!! we have a lot of better player on the bench!! otherwise …Pardew OUT !! play a clueless jonas every match and done nothing!!!!

  • 48 izzyb1991 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Lads, first off- how many of us said earlier “I don’t care how we do it, as long as we win!”. Well, WE EFFING DID IT! Yes it was scary and yes it wasn’t the tidy ball playing showing we wanted but it showed big heart and character to stop a team that were really going for it. Credit where credits due. It’s weird though- complete flip from last season where we would play like turd in the first half and finish strong, now we start well (consistently) and lose it. I have no idea what the team talk is…

  • 49 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    what the f***s pardews half timeteam talk

  • 50 kevymartins // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    And im telling you now pardrew was on hugging him because it was pritty clear villa set out to target him wind him up get him frustrated and sent off but he didn’t bite god I do not know what that twat ref was thinking I thought that was very dangerous for us how many times did debuchy or santon near have there legs broke

  • 51 keeganjr // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    krul,taylor and colo… its a tie.. pardew and jonas and ameobi:bye bye

  • 52 miggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    pardew needs to go mwbia DM wot u playing at to play a top class player out o position whats your game maybe a method in your madness I HOPE

  • 53 Byker Boy // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Got to agree with Jayden anyone who votes for Jonas needs a lobotomy.

  • 54 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Howay lads come on….does anybody actually realise how big a result this is for us??

    First half shows the kind of football we CAN play…

    The second half, yes we were under the cosh immensely after their early goal, but bear in mind we were playing against a VERY gritty and determined Villa side. Who probably put out their best 45mins of football this season. Yes we were forced back into ourselves…but had we have kept on pushing and pushing for a 3rd goal…and conceeded an equaliser there would be hell to pay!

    The new lads have not long been back off their winter break, so you might think they should be fitter…but they also lose game sharpness. The prem is a huge step up…and they showed their quality today.

    You need to remember we WON…through hell or high water we took home the most important 3 points of our season!

  • 55 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Great result lads

    Second half very hard to watch but we all know how important confidence is in football and before tonight’s game we had none.

    Great debut for sissoko and goofy

    Thought Taylor was outstanding. Great to have him back

  • 56 geordiejamie89 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM


  • 57 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    i repeat, sissoko has more assists this season than jonas. danny simpson made blocks, and he’s a bag of s***.
    jonas has lost all remnants of basic ball control, dribbling, pace, passing and crossing. he’s indefensible now.

  • 58 Goodfella // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    3points is all that matters, obvious villa went for broke in second half and we held on which I can only see as a good thing.

  • 59 JP...from The Rock // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    repost on last article:

    yoyo-#881- SPOT ON finally someone seeing the logic in the subs! Many fans on here blinded by their lack of trust in Pardew.

    WE WON!

  • 60 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I can imagine the lineup come Chelski,

    Debuchy Saylor ( way out of form) Colo Sandton
    Perch Cabaye
    Cisse Gouffran Jonas

    subs while 3;0 down…. Ameobi, Mbiwa, Obertan

    Did somebody say he spoke french whilst on radio 5 …playing the Joey Barton….what an absolute prat….owwww Goooddd he even has time to make fun…. Geeeeeeeesss….

    What has come to my dear club …

  • 61 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    When the manager gets criticized after a win you know something is wrong. The guy is clueless and my hamster has bigger balls

  • 62 Slatymag // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    @ No Plain Saylor

    Exactly mate – not playing to our strengths. I don’t know what AP tells them but it it must be some sort of hypnotism in which he convinces them the ball is a bomb about to go off any second. I just don’t understand!!?? Play it on the ground, be confident, believe in yourselves.

  • 63 miggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    kevy. u cant tell me guti had a good game mind hes a liability at the minute full stop a like guti but not on this form

  • 64 jordijohnty // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I desperatly wanted us to win tonight, we did, we will stay up but what a lot of us are saying is that pardew is just not good enough to manage/coach this crop of decent players, the best we have had in years. What will we ultimately achieve with him in charge?

  • 65 Bambams // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Right boys football first starting…. Bid you all a good evening and thanks for the updates .

    Til next time ….

  • 66 monasnyr99 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Great Win…..a welcomed 3 points. Cant be too negative about the game, 1st half, best performance of the season, 2nd half looked nervous and the new signings looked knackered. Aston Villa were obviously going to go route one to try and use Benteke but thought we dealt with him well. Never a penalty for me……Future looks allot better than it did a week ago and looking forward to giving Chelsea a real good game..(got to agree about Jonas = woeful)

  • 67 nick_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I thought santon looked lively in all honesty and probably tired himself out. Voted for sissoko though because nobody else really stood out if I’m being honest. Gouffran did well for a debut, we need to make the Chelsea game rocking and I’m sure it will be as most Saturday 3 pm games at sjp are.

  • 68 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM


    I’m pretty sure Pardew’s not crazy enough to start with 10 men. Although with Shola up front we might as well be.

  • 69 SuperShearer // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Considering why just won a crucial 6 pointer there’s a lot of pissing and moaning from some of you lot. Players returning from injury, getting back their match-sharpness, new players bedding in, away from home and we won….convincing in the first half, nervy in the second.

  • 70 WWYCD // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Christ even when we win this place is suicidal

    Actually came on to moan a bit about a few things but reading this makes me not bother because I wouldn’t be heard over the normal crying. 3 points against a team in the same situation as us, half of our lads new to the league and we have been bang out of form all season. Things came easy in the first half and we took advantage then when it got tough we stayed strong and carried on despite being kicked from one end to the other by Villa

    Think its time I gave this blog up

  • 71 Newcastle for alltid // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    First of all what a massive 3 points. They really don’t come much more important than that. Now we can take on Chelsea with a little less pressure, which is a really good thing.

    The match itself was a little case of mixed emotions. The first half was brilliant, and we were battering Villa like we should. Villa, feeling sorry for themselves, were simply no match.
    The second half, what a turnaround that was. Villa came out flying, really laying pressure on us. I don’t think we handle pressure well at all. It was easy to spot that some of the french new players were used to having more time on the ball, Debuchy included. He had a shaky game, giving away a needless penalty, even though Agbonlahor was overdoing it. Agbonlahor really tested Debuchy, who looked like he fought in the trenches during World War I. Not too worried on Debuchy though, he’ll adapt, and so will the other French players as well. Sissoko had a good game, took it easy. Gouffran was quiet and didn’t get included enough. Mbiwa was ok, but he’s no midfielder. So I wouldn’t be too harsh on our new players, they’ll settle after a while.

    Whats worrying is how the team plays when leading a game. We suddently stop passing the ball along the ground, playing hoofball and losing out possession time and time again. This will tire out our players, and enable the opposition to attack frequently. We did this at Reading, and again today. Panic comes to mind, whether it’s enforced by the manager, I don’t know. They say attack is the best form of defence, which is true to some extent in football. Having our side too far up in the pitch will leave us exposed in the back, playing hoofball and laying low like we did today will cause the opposition to come at us time and time again. It’s about finding a balance, something Pardew and the teams fails in doing at the moment.

    Last, don’t be too worried about the second half. Today was a special day, and no-one should get surprised by Villa coming at us like they did second half. They are fighting for their PL status, and playing their hearts out at home is the least they can do. The Chelsea game, may, IMO be an easier game. It may sound ridiculous, but today was a very special occasion, where everything could’ve happened.

    Btw. I’m sure the Army would be very interested in what Gutierrez has covered his boots in. The ball just deflects off. Would be brilliant for warfare with all the bullets flying in.

  • 72 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Black n white army

  • 73 monasnyr99 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Could do with another Striker, Cisse doesn’t have a presence at all…

  • 74 sula // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Lads lads lads all i can say is i nearly had a few heart attacks. Can anybody please tell me why when we are under pressure why oh why can we not just slow the f….g game down and pass the ball to each other what the f…k i am not trying to bitch but hey if we are going to score 2 goals and then buckle under pressure we really have problems. New signings Sissoko was the best for me krul saved us again. The back 4 played really well and thank god collo is staying.

  • 75 Nottooningham // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I am a massive Gutierrez fan. I think people forget what an absolute hero he hasd been for us in the past. However saying that he was absolutely awful for us today and was the worst of several bad performances that he has put in this season. I think some time on the bench may be good for him.

  • 76 geordiejamie89 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    I think Cisse needs to stay up the pitch when Newcastle are defending though. We were penned in our own half and had nobody to clear the ball to. And Gutierrez? pff, I’d rather see Marveux in his place, he’s much better.

  • 77 kevymartins // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    @ohshola who cares about assist? he is a defensive player

    look at your name thats like saying demba ba scored more goals in 1 season than what shola did in ten years fcuk off like jonas just fought his heart out for the team there helped get the 3 points and all he gets in return is a bunch of shitttty nufc fans talking crap about him get the fcuk off this blog with your negativity you gluebags

  • 78 petey // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    im in Australia and i missed the game 🙁

    Some questions

    How did Steven Taylor go? Will he keep his spot in the starting lineup?
    Was sissoko as good a passer as BBC commentary said?
    I noticed Cisse scored, did he look more alert than normal?
    what happened to Marveux?

  • 79 miggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    torq toon. when u put it like that maybe am still up a height the nerves are still goin after that

  • 80 francesco-hba // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    sorry for my bad english, im writing from france.

    just want to say that : Pardew is awful!! Imo, he ‘s worst than domenech. He was the manager of the year , but i was nt agree

    i remember when he didnt want to play with ben arfa during the first part of the season and played with obertan, which was very bad at this period

    , look , ben arfa play then, and we finish 5th, but thats not pardew’s deserve (?)

    i thought he was awful, but now, with the subs against reading and tonight, I think he has to be sacked! he make very strange things, maybe he wants to be sacked to earn a lot of money, from his contract

    i have a question : when i watch NU’s games, i often hear a song by the fans, i wonder what it is, it seems to be : ALAN PARDEW WHO! ALAN PARDEW WHO! etc…
    anybody can confirm that?

    mbiwa is absolutely not a DM, and Cisse is not a RM. Stop to play hoof balls, it is very awful , especially for a french-italian like me. try to control and keep the ball on the ground , especially against a team which is weaker than us like villa.
    I hope ben arfa will be back soon, and that he ll plays as a number ten

  • 81 geordiejamie89 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    And by the way ed, your banner is still missing four faces. Or are you hoping to just wait expecting a fifth?

  • 82 coccolini // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    pardew made a point of embracing guti after the game

  • 83 soundoid // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    In defence of AP he got it spot on for the first half. His subs were wierd but we’ve blooded some of the new lads and they must have thought little glass o champane after the match. Credit to Villa gave us a fair kicking second half. Get used to it my Petit felous.

  • 84 HarrogateMagpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    There was some strange decisions by Pards the second half, but some credit to Aston Villa, I don’t think anybody expected them to come out the second half the way they did. Although I think we panicked again and played hoofball which invites any team.

  • 85 yo-yo // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    How do we set the agenda and impose our style on a team coming at us like the Nazgul and kicking shite out of us?

    It was brutal from Villa but it totally put us off our game plan second half. They had a lucky break and then we were on the back foot.

    Dunno why some guys on here call themselves fans.
    Lose – slag the manager – win – slag the manager.

    We won and I really don’t care how we did it – we showed real promise and managed to survive the onslaught.

  • 86 stuart no9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    toon prodigy @ 23 i think you need to look at the bigger picture mate. oldham beat liverpool on sunday ,but they arnt going to win the cup.

  • 87 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Super Shearer – Well said mate! Completely agree! 🙂

  • 88 manxpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    glad to see everyone happy with a MASSIVE MASSIVE MASSIVE MASSIVE MASSIVE result but obviously the first half had nothing to do with pardew and the second half was all pardews fault hey!!!!!!!!!???
    do any nof you’s realise there was a second team playing i.e villa??
    AT HOME – we embarressed them in the first half
    they brought on two very attacking players at half time and put us on the back foot plus us well under confidence on the road
    oh and who would you’s have put on instead of guti??????
    i thought sammi wasn’t good enough and should be sold
    i suppose mbwia should be sold now coz he gave the ball away and hoofed it!!
    some of you’s get wound up totally forgetting that there’s another team involved that are after the exact same thing!!
    for me that was a great and massive win and massive highlights in sissoko n gouff n cisse (he’s learnt the offside rule!)
    debuchy should know better in that situation!
    lets guess though its all pardews fault for the WIN!!!!!!!!!!!
    enter catchy n check the feeeckinn toastie!!

  • 89 wreker16 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Santon was class. I was unsure about him, especially after the most recent games, but he was great at left back.

    Sissoko class first half, had little impact second.

    Perch had a great game. I think he started over Anita because pards wanted a ball winner in midfield, warrants another start though based on that IMO.

    Guti was shocking. Simples. Great servant to the club, has had his moments but that was just not good enough.

    Krul awesome. Colocinni was solid, so was saylor. Debuchy, mixed. Gouffran decent start. Cisse took his chance, not much for him otherwise.

    Now ed, please can you get the mobile site sorted. It’s shocking ATM. Can’t post, can’t look at comments. Pleasseeee ed pleeaaassseeee!!

  • 90 HarrogateMagpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Looked at that penalty again in slo mo and debuchy gets stood on.

  • 91 ToonDownSouth // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM


    Great 3 points, but I remember a time when I watched football because I enjoyed it. You know I always sit on the fence, but I’ve fallen right off after that. How can Pardew actually watch Shola jogging around up top, and the other 10 players hitting balls up to him and missing, and believe that’s a viable tactic?

    People keep saying that it’s good to bring on a big man to win long balls and hold it up, but how many times did Shola do that? I’m not sure that he retained possession from a single ball in that last 25 minutes.

    I’m aware you have to take the highs with the lows, and stick by the team when they’re down, and that’s what I do – but every single match it’s deja vu in the second half, it happens every single match. In fact it’s happened almost every single game all season.

  • 92 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Cisse does lack strength … he cant protect the ball he cant hold possession well either both wich BA could do….Its a massive blow we lost BA…

    But a 10-15 mil replacement should do the job for us I think Ash knows it….he should just bite the bullet and get us one…..

  • 93 Beattie25 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Not going to say too much but if we manage to sort out the 2nd half performances we will pull clear of relegation by the end of Feb.

    If we don’t (and under Pardew I think we may not) we WILL be relegated.

    Jonas needs to be dropped and we need to work on retaining the ball.

    Hoofing it to Shola will not work when we are holding on to a lead. It worked in the 90’s but not in the modern day. Keep the ball, retain possession and play out of trouble.We have the ability but the manager seems to lack the confidence, ability and strategic awareness.

  • 94 Robby Bobson // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    A team at home playing that badly first half are gonna come out like on steriods and they did…they have alot of pace.

    We defended magnificently, villa are in big trouble, when it was a football game we were a class above, they turned it into sunday league and we handled that too…if debuchy kept his head and we saw out 15 minutes we would have cruised it.

    Guti seems to have fallen out with his feet mind, cant see him playing games at home now, away i reckon he still will.

  • 95 hugenufcfan // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Good result for us. Though we were lucky.
    jonas is reaching a level where his annoyance is getting routinized. He might even near shola. Only pardew knows what hw sees in him. He was useless today, the absolute personification of uselessness.
    2nd half we were awful. And as usual the subs baffled everyone. The guy simply has got no clue what he wants. Marveaux should have started. Hes been the brightest one for is recently.
    And what a time tio give debut to mapou. This guy is useless in his subs.

  • 96 papattack // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM


    cisse scored a peach and played well, what more do you want?

  • 97 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Pardew surely made some wierd decisions today. Bringing on Shola instead over Perch so Cisse can play out position again? Why not straight swap or Gouffran or Jonas?
    Why Sissoko out?

    Our first half was great though for the most part showing some promise, and second half awful.

    Looks like Thauvin wanted Lille.
    GFNFrance ?@GFN_France

    BREAKING: DONE DEAL: #Bastia have confirmed that #Lille have signed Florian #Thauvin for €3.5m! #NUFC #AFC #LOSC

  • 98 nick_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Anyone who is feeling a bit annoyed with the second half or subs etc just brush it aside boys and remember its a first win away from home this season and leave it at that. The win has put us back in the mixer and hopefully the Chelsea game he will see it as a game were we have nothing to lose and we can go all of attack and lose 5:4 😉

    Very pleased for sissoko and gouffran, hoping to see mbiwa play in less stressful situations. Lamb to the slaughter.

  • 99 croftus5678 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    i thought that was the best guti has played in a looooooong time “however” he really should be brought on as a sub to make things more solid in the second half.
    motm without doubt sissoko (he’s a starter imo)
    perch for as much as i was thinking it was a mistake before we kicked off did a great job aswell and gouffran did well lots of running and tracking back from him.

  • 100 daztoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    For me villa played two games while we had a long rest yet second half our players looked like they were treading water bar Santon while they were first to every ball

  • 101 Scotty // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Jonas did well in the first half… Lost his head after that yellow card incident… But made an important block on the line… Come on lads give him some credit….

  • 102 miggy // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    a thought collos mind was on the game tonight which is good for nufc and us the fans hope he stays

  • 103 Toon1978 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    FFS we got 3 points. We where top quality in the first half. Sissoko and Cabaye bossed the midfield. Villa where alway going to come out all guns blazing. They got a dodgy penalty really early in the first half which in all fairness shaped everything in their favor with the early blow. We where always going to have a nervous second half. Jonas saved us also with a goal line clearance. 3 points happy days.

  • 104 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    “oh and who would you’s have put on instead of guti??????”


    Bigi, Anita, for example

  • 105 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Lot of unhappy “fans” tonight, most of them were already pre-programmed to have a whinge. Quite staggering some of the comments. Rather than focussing on what Pardew said at half-time,(almost certainly well played and more of the same) wtf did Lambert say. Villa players looked like they had been on the crack pipes.Hardly heard a mention of Debuchy mistake, god alone knows what the reaction would have been if Simmo had given the pen away, all we hear is that it was somehow Pardews fault. We really have some of the most stupid “fans” in the PL judging by the comments on here.

  • 106 nick_9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    TDS – I remember the days football was enjoyable. What a season eh?

  • 107 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM


  • 108 Robby Bobson // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    How are people criticizing the subs?!

    Seeing as he made them at 2-1 to close out the game and it finished 2-1 they clearly werent that bad.

    Last week at reading he rightly got slated because he changed it and we ended up losing, this week he changed it and we held out…i mean they werent easy subs to defend either if it went tits up, but whatever he had in mind obviously worked.

  • 109 Spreadthetoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Well I am delighted with our first AWAY win and 3 pts. Anyone not pleased with that needs their head examined.

    I thought the 1st half of the game was excellent with Sissoko impressing and Grouffran creating spaces and placing lots of runs. We passed the ball well and dominated that 1st half away from home.

    2nd half Agbonglahor came on and his pace gave Debuchy and others difficulties. They played almost 4 upfront and pressed high up on us and the early conceded penalty gave them belief. Jonas did an amazing line clearance but sadly his best days are behind him….he is at best a Defensive midfielder but he offers nothing offensively. Krul was my MOM as he made several spectacular saves. Sadly we did not come out the blocks the 2nd half, Villa were extremely physical and IMO they could have had at least 2 of their players sent off.
    It was a good introduction to the premiership for Gouffran and Sissoko. They will get better and so will the team, I was encouraged that we held onto a win.
    Those criticizing AP is understandable concerning his subs and where he played players…..such as Mapou as a defensive midfielder was an appalling decision. But if you looked at the bench and I did mention this before…….there was not a single game changer on that bench, despite our new signings. Ameobi’s offer v. little offensively and Anita was for me the only ray of sunshine as a potentially offensive player.
    Its disappointing that we cannot play a decent 90 mins, but the team and the squad will be relieved to have got the win. They will have gained a lot of confidence from that, as that was a real dog fight.
    I definitely think having seen tonight that we definitely need to sign a winger/ striker in the remaining window! Anyway a win is a win HWTL!

  • 110 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM


    well said m8

    but thank god they’re on here and not transcending it down in games on the terraces 😉

  • 111 Joe Blog // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Just skimming through the comments and got to No Plain Saylor: (on Pardew) “…he’s the George Bush of football ….” 😆

    An amazing, pithy comparison! That should be it, close the blog for tonight, it isn’t getting any better.

  • 112 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Miggy – I’m sure we all are mate! But we won…and some people on here clearly expected us to walk off 6-nil up.

    It simply wasn’t going to happen. A massive game for both clubs.

    Pards substitutions – gonna open myself up here…but I don’t feel they were that terrible. Perch was brought off for ameobi to switch the midfield about slightly and try and get more conposed legs on the ball, Gouffran ran his socks off and was tiring (winter break) and as for Mbiwa playing DCM – that’s nothing new to him. Yes it’s not preferred positions – but I can see the reasoning. Villa pushed everybody forward so there was next to no space to get the ball down and passed. A lightning quick CF (Gouffran fully fit) would’ve been ideal on a counter attack.

    Instantly when villa scored the negativity spread again – seems like some on here would’ve preferred we LOSE so they can make their point about Pards!

  • 113 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Robby – Spot on! At 2-1 up he put on an extra striker and moved a more composed ball playing midfield back instead of perch…

    Now Pards is too positive?!?!? Jesus…

  • 114 Scotty // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Mind when shola came on it was like watching the Brighton game again…. The guy is bone idol! Happy with the 3 pts – build on that…

  • 115 tequilamag // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    KTBK beggars belief mate

  • 116 Sazzer // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM

  • 117 psutty80 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    too much negativity on here after such a massive game tonight.
    It was our first away win all season, you could tell that in the second half massively, we were so nervous all the way through, the subs were to be desired, but in the end it worked (dont know how).
    Massive, Massive 3 points tonight, that will give the whole squad confidence not only for the next game but for our next away game.
    Sissoko was awesome, Cabaye and Taylor still coming back to match sharpness.
    Bring on Chelsea, HWTL

  • 118 Dondatta13 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Firstly Sissoko & Cabaye played blinders….

    The little maestro just about edges it with yet another top notch goal, just when we needed it!

    My main gripe in this fixture was the ref. Yes we all like a flowing game but seriously he was inviting some serious injuries. His unwillingness to stop the game and allow treatment to what are, multi million pound assets was questionable.

    Anyway… That first half we were mint!

  • 119 gazzaforever // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Torqtoon , are you pards cousin or something?

  • 120 lotoplus // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM


    The penalty was silly from Debuchy, but other than that, he made a decent performance tonight. Gouffran was not bad at all. Sissoko very good.

    And what the f**k Pardew…have Mbiwa play in midfield, for his first appearance in Premier League ?? I can accept a lot but not that. Never.

  • 121 stretchintoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Said it b4 & i’ll say it again dont rate cisse,he’s certainly not worth the 10 mill we paid 4 him.

  • 122 manxpie // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    gorganzolla oh right that left winger bigi then yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????
    or the DM anita yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????
    all i say to you is hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahh
    you absolute tosser!!!!!!!!
    we won away from home for the first time all season with new players bedding in and battered them in the first half but i’m a fan and can see that!!
    you on the other hand have been right depressed arsehole all game even tho we won HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • 123 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Stuart No9,

    I am looking at the bigger picture mate.

    This was a very difficult game to get anything out of. Before the game I’d actually settled myself for a point. Nevermind Villa, we have been down and out all season, no result away from home, players coming back, new players under pressure to perform. Rock bottom confridence and morale and we dug it out. They showed balls tonight.

    We had a great start, excellent first half. Obviously Villa were not going to roll over with the expectations of the game. Then they got their goal, the game was always going to be a struggle from then on due to nerves.

    The fact is we won tonight. And that was a monumental performance and result considering the circumstances and pressure that came with it.

    I think some people expect us to play like Barca. The only time some people stop winging on here is if we put a performance in like Barca and Pardew gets absolutely everything correct with his decisions?

    People really need to make up their minds if they are either a supporter or not for me. I see very little actual support from some posters on here. Some of it is cringe worthy.

  • 124 JP...from The Rock // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    It has less to do with Pardew and more to do with Villa going extremely direct with pace against our very inexperienced RB Debuchy. Once they won the penalty they were bombarding forward and you could see our new boys were nervous and hoofing it up. The last thing they wanted on their debut was to be the one responsible for the fcuk up that could lead to us dropping points.

    Pardew did well and you cameras caught him a bit pissed as we were with the players as they kept giving the ball away. We got lucky towards the end and I’ll take that any day until the end of the season.


    Ps. Decuchy looked really slow. Worrying.

  • 125 francesco-hba // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    @Krul to be kind

    cabaye’s goal is beautiful, but imo, ben arfa’one on the first round against villa was better (on his right foot!!)

    @ Rollybobson
    Did you find that in the second half ,after the subs, we deserved the 3 points? atfer the subs, villa take the control of the match. no, you cant say that the subs were good!! do you realise that the half time’speech is very important in football? look at man utd! and then ask yourself, why newcastle never win a match when we are down at HT from a lot of time!! Why?? because Pardew is not a good coach

    i’m very happy that we took the 3 points in a six-points game. but i dont agree with people who say : “we have 3 points, enjoy and dont worry about the way we took it”
    because with this philosophy, you will never progress, and then , people who is not worried, is the same people who thought this summer that we deserve to be fifth and that we dont have to buy in summer window transfer. (like ashley)

  • 126 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    first half villa didnt play at all well, im glad we capitalised on that

    the 2nd half villa were galvanised by the early penalty which was silly, we showed grit and determination to keep it at 2 1, that goal from cisse was something else and i would say that as good as sissokho was he would be under par with coming up to speed after france winter break, competitive games are something else compared to anything like training or friendles same with goofy, tayls and cabs also just returning and seeing out a full 90

    very impressed with santon steaming back at one point late in the game, kid has so much pace and energy

  • 127 Minato // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Krul –> Cabaye —> Sissoko for me. Fairly happy with Gouffran too, seemed to hold the ball up well and a little unlucky to be hauled off. Usually I defend Guti but today he was absolutely woeful. Agree with most of what has been said..Very solid first half without being too spectacular (desperately need Benny back). Shocking second.

    We can’t expect too much too soon and understandable why we would be shaky after giving up leads so many times this year. Never a penalty either and I think we would have been less nervous given the chance to calm things down in the second. Pards certainly to blame for nearly losing us points. Tactically just doesn’t have a clue,

    Given our first away win will focus on the positives. Sissoko showing positive signs in a good debut. Sloppy in passing sometimes but made up for it with a few killer passes. Looks good in the tackle. Good to see Cabaye take a few knocks and go the distance. As aforementioned, Gouffran looks a decent player. Holds the ball up well and showed a few good turns of pace.

    To bottom line this.. hoping we never see Willo in the shirt again..outside of coming on to protect key defenders when 4-0 up 😉

  • 128 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Boys you have to remember that villa were home and in the second half they were fighting for their lives

    They pushed us right into our own half and we had no real outlet

    Such an important result for us and the new boys will only get better

    Ps……… Bennys not far away:-)

  • 129 davis_toons // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    @26 No Plain Saylor // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    There’s some truth in your post but its just too risky to change Manager at this Moment. (I think with the new players, they will listen to AP and work hard to impress until they are tired of it)

    So we should be fine, even if we goes down Pardew will be the one and only Manager to be BLAME. That’s for SURE.

  • 130 RonVanDam // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    Yes we did win. The reason everyone’s complaining is simple. We have a team filled with 8+ internationals, it doesn’t matter if Siassoko and Mbiwa isnt used to PL. They have played are Pro footballers who should adapt quickly and have played for their country (more physical then PL? some games maybe)

    We have a Manager who makes clueless decisions, how often have we seen our team go to sleep in the second half or go into defensive mode, senseless substitution and first team line up. 90% of the bloggers here can see Jonas isnt cutting it anymore, shola – dont get me started.

    Team is stacked with quality players, we need a manager who understands how to use them properly – Pardew doesnt know how to do that.

  • 131 dalton7675 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    First of all thanks for the links guys.
    Krul and sissoko and taylor seen as it was his first game back after injury not impressed with gouffran thou but only time will tell and we need another striker RVW please and then caroll in the summer, get shot of shola and we will have a mean front line to go with our mean defence and midfield.
    ciise, caroll, rvw & gouffron

  • 132 davis_toons // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I was always think

    WHAT IF Cabaye have not COMES UP with the LOVELY GOAL..(He score his trademarked goal at the right time)

    ..What will the situation be like with the way we played the 2nd half?

  • 133 JP...from The Rock // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    As for those slating Pardew’s half-time team talk, it was one of his best qualities last season. He would change the look of our team if it was slacking and they would be fired up. I haven’t seen much of that this season but ffs some of you want him sacked because we’ve been poor in second halves and you think he can’t motivate the team? We’ve been poor all season and Villa are fighting for their lives just like us and we were at THEIR HOME. WE WON. BE HAPPY FFS!

    Massive 3 Points and once the team settles we’ll see more of the first half performance.

  • 134 dalton7675 // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Oh and fairplay to villa they fought hard in the 2nd half we were shocking!!!!!!

  • 135 northernirishtoon // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    The quality of cabayes two goals in the last two games and his performances have really showed how important of a player he is for us

    I can’t remember having such an influential player (except benny)

    Roll on chelski

  • 136 Magpie from Lithuania // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Zero good wingers in the team ATM, so against chelsea, i would go with hard working, and attacking team, full of midfield control and passing. The best team plausible with the players we have: 3-3-2-2 or 3-5-2 (attacking) and 5-3-2 or 5-4-1 (goufran coming back, would lead cabaye in the middle and up the pitch while in counter attack, goufran sissoko on the RAM and LAM and sisse ST, in counter attack cabaye is the perfect man to pass the ball for Clear Cut Chance on goal. and with three options he will chosse the right one)






  • 137 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    wee perchy, good first half

  • 138 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    perch was the unsung hero and he got taken off. it’s not necessarily about him being too defensive or sitting back, it’s taking the right players off and at the right time. perch controlled the flow of play in the middle of the park. whereas shola did nothing and encouraged the hoof ball style.
    anita would have been a better replacement at that time if perch had to come off. ball retention wins you games. we panic under pressure.

  • 139 davis_toons // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Remember the 2nd GOAL was score by an Individual Effort. Just like a RONALDO or a MESSI goal..

    But when take a look at Villa 2nd half, It was all TEAM EFFORT apart form 1st half N’zobia Shot of the POLE…

  • 140 Krul to be Kind // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    villa park is no easy place to go too… didnt utd have to late rally to get a 3 2

  • 141 Stu-Prudhoe // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    1st half – Sissoko
    2nd half – Krul

    Overall great 1st half, and most important 3pts, but 2nd half and Pardews a) team talk and b) choices of subs jst baffled me like.

    I understand Sissoko cos 1st game, but why shola?? perch was the only one making tackles etc, if anyone JONAS cos I well dnt get me started Hate him mor ethat shola or even ranger!!!!!!! JONAS IS SHOCKING!!!!!!!

  • 142 davis_toons // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    NO AWAY GAMES is EASY. The only place is SJP when bottom teams are able to beat us at home.

  • 143 DxK // Jan 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Krul: 8 – Made some excellent stops and was commanding on all but one of the high balls into the box.

    Debuchy: 6 – Had moments where he struggled to deal with the jet heeled, but otherwise fairly useless Agbonlahor. Still adapting to the league.

    Colo: 7 – Very solid, used the ball well and looked focused, vital that he stayed.

    Saylor: 7 – Showed what we’ve missed with a strong arm display. Benteke got the better of him once or twice, but other than that Stevie was excellent.

    Santon: 7.5 – Back on form, was the best equipped of the defence to deal with Wiemen/Zog’s pace.

    Jonas: 4 – Looks completely spent. Obviously a favourite of Pardew, but surely time to say goodbye in the summer, albeit that he’s been a great pro and seems a top guy. His legs have gone at 29.

    Perch: 7 – Another very solid display from our utility man. I always enjoy his endeavour, he just needs creative players beside him to flourish, as we saw today.

    *Sissoko*: 8.5 – A class apart until he tired around the 65 minute mark. Looks like an unbelievable signing and kept possession brilliantly in tight spaces.

    Cabaye: 7.5 – Until he tired he was his usual classy self and another absolutely beautiful goal from that right foot. A key man.

    Gouffran: 6.5 – Showed enough to suggest he could be another bargain buy at £1.2m. Worked hard and will get better in due course.

    Cisse: 7 -Took goal well and made some superb runs. Gave the ball away too often in the second half, whilst spurning one good chance. Does seem to be finding form gradually.

    Anita: 7 – Came on and injected his personality and pace into the game immediately at a time when we were on the back foot. Shocked he didn’t start, but Perch justified his place in the central three.

    Shola: 5 – Didn’t really touch the ball often, not always his fault as the side got nervy and resorted to hoofing the ball in his general direction.

    Mbiwa: n.a – Didn’t see enough of him to judge, although I think it was him that cleared the ball after Jonas had blocked it in the 82nd minute, without those two getting in the way it would have been a tap in for Wiemann.

    Fans should stop being negative, this was never going to be like watching Brazil 1970 for 90 minutes. We fought hard and earned what could be a massively vital three points.

    There have been games this season where we’ve played well and lost (Man U 3-4, Arsenal 3-7) and that is how you get relegated. It will be a scrap to the end.

    The first half was beautiful at times. Cabaye, Sissoko and Perch completely dominated the Aston Villa midfield, while Tim Krul didn’t get his gloves dirty too often until the 2nd half.

    Debuchy’s clumsy challenge gave Villa a lifeline, but the boys hung on. This result and the subsequent lift it will give the dressing room could be invaluable going into a tricky set of fixtures.

    Come on guys, get behind the team. We’ve got the elusive away win now and there was enough positive play tonight to give us hope that better days are ahead. Add Ben Arfa and Tiote to the mix and there are a hell of a lot of great options in the squad..

    Now just to persuade Pardew not to play Jonas in every match and we’re set for a delicious 14th place finish!

  • 144 boreddrummer // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Why is Santon not there? MotM for me, think him and Anita on the whole have been shining lights in an otherwise dreary sseason. A nervy second half to say the least, but what a huge 3 points. I just hope we can build on this and continue to improve, because crumbling the way we do under seemingly any level of pressure is going to leave you empty handed more often then not in this league as has shown, and I wouldn’t exactly call tonight a turn around in that regard. Still, I don’t want to undermine the fact that they worked hard, set out for 3 points and showed resilience to get them tonight, so well done, as I said and we all know, a very big win at a crucial time.

    On a side note I thought it was a good start for the new lads, Sissoko in particular of course, but I thought Gouffran put in a decent shift too, and Debuchy looks to further settle in with each game, so hopefully things looking up.

  • 145 francesco-hba // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM


    it’s true that pardew change team at half time last year, but we didnt win a match if we were down at half time under pardew’period. that’s a statistic. how cant you see that? is there an other team who have this record, no!
    i’m not a guy who blame a coach when its player’s fault

    but we have to open our eyes !! the good question is : can some one of you can do worst than him??
    i’m from france, and when i look at the sheets, i see that newcastle have a strong team, which is prepared to fight for european place. so , what happened to this team since this summer.. this guy (with his hoof ball) made demba ba unhappy (he criticized the hoof ball in french tv) and now he’s gonna make coloccini return in argentina (for the same hoof ball, i think, add to personal problems) but it is clear that colo dont like pardew.

    newcastle have jewels in his team, and pardew is gonna destroy that. remember that was against villa (good result but they are in a bad form too and we are stronger)

    but what will happened agaisnt chelsea?? with this guy, i think it will be very difficult to earn smthg

  • 146 stuart no9 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    prodigy @123 – i am a massive supporter of the team. the team done their bit. i have never critisised the team , my problem is pardew, the shift he puts in every game is nigh on a disaster. we will play better teams- i dont think pards has got the ” knowhow” on how to keep us up i’m afraid.

  • 147 weg // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM


    A win is a win! I’m happy with that! And the first half performance was good…much better!
    Second half was back to the norm for this season. But at least they didn’t find another way to lose. Small mercies!
    Sissoko had a good debut and looks like he will work out fine. Mbiwa, steady but out of position. Gouffran looked good too.
    Can’t believe Cisse is moved out to the right wing again for Shola, who cannot seem to control the ball!
    When it comes to Jonas, I agree with most on here in thinking he should not be a first team starter, but to all those frustrated bloggers who call him this, that and the other, remember that when he joined us, he did his utmost to stave off relegation, he then didn’t just bugger off when the worst happened, he was brilliant in the championship to get promotion, and has played well up until last August. By all means criticise him for bad performances but remember he has given his all since he came to Toon. Blame Pardew for his regular inclusion!
    Pardew obviously got nervous after the penalty early in the second half and immediately chose to defend the one-goal lead, like usual, giving the impetus to Villa. I reckon Pardew is feeling the pressure just as much as anyone, and was scared sh*tless of losing another lead!
    I do think, though, that this win, with some sterling defending in the second half, will have a positive effect on the game with Chelsea!
    Let’s hope so! HWTL

  • 148 noladonna // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    anyone sticking up for guti and shola you’s are just grade A dick heads its as simple as that with very little football knowledge, how shola has had a career as a premier league footballer is a total mystery somebody should call scooby-doo and the gang cause its a mystery that needs solving fast. lets bring shola on to hold the ball up (nope) ok win headers then (nope ) ok well just pressue the centrebacks shola (nope) one of the worst players to ever grace the league right up there with jason pineapple head lee

  • 149 james589 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Sad to say I had to vote for Krul. His saves got us all 3 points today.

    Have to echo sentiments of nearly everyone else on here. Jonás was terrible. Losing the ball, putting it out of play, giving away silly fouls. The only thing he did right was the block off the line in second half. And anyone stood in the same position would have done that. Pardew needs to realise no one in our squad is untouchable, least of all Jonás. I like the guy but his performances of late have been nowhere near the standard to warrant a starting place. Where was Marveux tonight? Didn’t know he was injured but given that he didn’t make the bench I’m assuming he was.

    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.


  • 150 MagJazzy81 // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Good win hope it continues but can’t see it with AP tactics good debut for sissoko, gouffran is obertans twin brother be ok as a squad player but if he is ba’s replacement we have problems and then bringing mbiwa to play midfield was a waste time it isn’t going to work its not his best position and he has even said he prefers his natural cb position hope it was just to get him his debut but u never know with AP

  • 151 potski // Jan 30, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Nothing wrong with the substitutions.

    1. They were getting corners and any free kicks from anywhere on the pitch were pumped into the box. Shola was brought on for that and Sissoko dropped into DM and this WORKED. We were camped on our 18 yard line and we had to make an attempt to win the balls that we cleared up pitch. Shola is not great, but is better than Cisse. That this didn’t work was more down to the players not even attempting to pick him out (nerves) than Shola’s fault. Cisse on right was about the only outlet we had, he wanted to play football, pass and move. That most of his team mates did not push up the pitch to help was not his fault.

    2. M’Biwa was brought on to be able to drop into the box and prevent balls being played into their forwards. Most of you guys seem to have ignored completely that he can play DM as well as all across the backline. He is not a utility player like Perch or Raylor, but while Tiote is out and Sissoko is adapting it is another option for the manager. It was him who three himself full length to clear the loose ball from the feet of a Villa player following Gutti’s block. This WORKED.

    I also saw him organising and directing other players. He WILL start at CD soon, and WILL be a future captain of this club if he stays fit.

    3. Sissoke, Cabaye and Gouffran had less running in them as the game went on. Anita brought new energy to push up and close down their defenders and make it more difficult to pump balls into our box. This WORKED.

    While we sat nervous as hell watching, convinced that we would throw away a 2 goal lead, in fact the substitutions helped protect that lead. The manager had more options both with the starting players and people to come on, than has often been the case. Without the new players Anita and Shola would have started and then what would we do in that second half – Sammy? Ranger?

    Some of you neggers seem to have missed completely that a last minute injury to Marveaux kept him out of the team. Gutti started and played his part in the first half. He didn’t have a great time in the second by any means, but like all of the guys on the pitch they battled for the cause. A lesser player would have limped off after the kickings he received. That tackle on him should have seen a yellow, and Villa clearly came out fired up to win at all costs. Was that Pardue’s fault? Nothing to do with what he said at halftime, but Lambert had an easy talk – get out there and FIGHT or we are going down!! And on their first half they will. On their second half, despite the pressure they will. They needed a big man upfront to win something in the air, they didn’t have it. Having used 2 subs at halftime their options were limited, and they became increasingly desperate. Watch the game again and you will see that rather than our subs nearly throwing the game away, they made the game safer. Like last year we could see out a game with a one goal lead by great defensive work and 100% effort. Is it scary? You bet, because we’ve not seen them do it for a while, and the game meant so much to us.

    Of course it would be easier to watch if we had maintained the 2 goal lead. I don’t think it was a pen, but Debuchy was caught out by Agbondlahor’s pace. Like Anita earlier in the season he needs to adapt, and its a reminder that all the new signings need some time. We don’t have alot, but we have MUCH MUCH more time with those three points than with none. We won away from home. Remind yourself, the players and the manager gave us a WIN. And I predict that this is a turning point. Not for us, we have a struggle to the end of the season, but for Villa. A MASSIVE nail in their coffin. Remember unless we perform like Champions (and we won’t) then we need at least 3 teams to win less points than us. Villa will be one of them IMO.

  • 152 tweaked // Jan 30, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    its a difficult one this morning, gotta say a toss up between sissoko & cabaye, together they will make on hellova midfield partnership, thru balls that cut apart any defence

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