Newcastle Debut Boy – It Was A Fantastic Game For Us


Yoan Gouffran had a very good first game for Newcastle last night,  as he lined up on the left side of the front three – and showed both speed and skill in his new number 11 Newcastle shirt.

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Yoan Gouffran – will wear the famous number 11 shirt at Newcastle

And Gouffran starred in the first half, when Newcastle looked a great side and were well worth their 2-0 half time lead, but as so often happens these days, the second half was a different game – and Aston Villa went at Newcastle and gave our lads everything the could handle – but we held out for a terrific and vital 3 points. This is what Yoan said on the Newcastle web-site after the game last night:

“It was a fantastic game for us.” “The manager really prepared us well in understanding the importance of this game.” “We knew it was going to be a battle but we all wanted to come away from here with a victory,  and that’s what we did. We battled hard for it and deserved the three points.”

“We made a great start. To go two-up before half-time we felt pretty comfortable.” “However, we knew that in English football you can never relax because the team who is behind doesn’t give in.” “Aston Villa pulled one back but we defended well and worked really hard for the result. This was a great lesson for us.” “The fans were magnificent, absolutely superb.” “You just don’t get that sort of support in France. It really helped us and was amazing to see. I hope they are like that every week!”

Yoan is referring there to the 2500 faithful and dedicated Newcastle fans who went down to Villa Park for the game last night, and they made themselves heard alright – these guys and gals are the salt of the earth for Newcastle United.

And one really pleasing thing about the second half is that our lads fought like lions – and certainly you cannot criticize the team spirit in the squad – which seems as good as it’s ever been.

The lads were simply magnificent in that first half – and that’s something to build on – but we struggled in that second half – but the 3 points are so important – and it will give our lads the confidence to build on this vital win – and our very first away win of the season.

Roll on the Chelsea game on Saturday afternoon.

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196 comments so far

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 30, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Actually thought he had a decent game on his debut there was some meaty challenges going into him which he done well to deal with

    Thought we looked better when he was on the left and Jonas was on the right ?!?

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  • soundoid

    Jan 30, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #2

    You wait until your in sjp goofy your going to love it!

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Solid game from Goofy.

    I have also just seen the penalty for the first time…..RIDICULOUS. That should have been a comfortable 2-0 win what a joke of a decision.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #4

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

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  • county down magpie

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Great start to the new lads career’s but lets not get ahead of ourselves. Chelsea is gonna be an absolutely mahooooosive game where if we get a win backed by 52000 screaming geordies it will put us in the right frame of mind to crack on. Great to see Cisse scoring tonight, it will do him a power of good. Sissokho, great first shift, cant wait to see him in full swing.

    HWTL

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #6

    LOL @ Dave Bassett on football first calling Sissoko “Sisko” and then taarabt “tarabat”

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  • daztoon

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #7

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

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Just heard from someone very reliable that we will be going all out to sign PEA before the deadline.

    Supposed to keep it quiet but what the hell.

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  • izzyb1991

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I reckon Goofster had a great game. He can hold the ball up really well. I think he was largely Marvs replacement at the last minute. (seems like Marv must have got a knock today because I seem to remember Pardew singling him out for praise in a press conference yesterday and he mostly does that when he needs a performance out of a lad I’ve noticed). Had Marv not been injured I reckon it would have pushed Goof up top with Cisse. Say what you want about other strikers being brought in (and I agree) but I have a good feeling about Yoan and think he can do a good job and link up well with Cisse, drawing defenders across the field. He’s pretty strong and didn’t give it up in a tough game. He can be the pace up front (for now anyway). I think one more striker, be it now or be it summer, and a young, Best replacement and we’ll be laughing. Have to say I watched some clips of PEA today and the lad looks killer.

    It would be interesting to see Sissoko played up front…just a thought…

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  • daztoon

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s a win its something to build on but what we need is the first half performances from both Reading and Villa for the whole game and stop the sitting back for the second halves defending a lead.

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  • Cisse09

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Gr8 first half 2night but u got to take in count, both Gouffran and Sissoko played their ‘debuts 2night. It will take them a while to get used to the league! We all saw the first half ‘that is what we will be seeing the whole game shortly. Game after game’ we hope! I think pardew is the wrong man tho! Tactics wise abysmal! To start with guti!! I’d of played Shane ferguson with marveux being injured, and as As for Ameobi……!! We have had good and bad half’s all season but in the meantime with Tottenham and Chelsea coming up their going pose way more of a major threat if we have a bad half! So Pardews tactics are going be critical the next too games!!

    HWTL!!

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  • t00ntime

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #12

    @manxpie tbh from the refs view i can 100% see why he gave a pen. debuchy shouldnt of tackled there like that there. It was a harsh descion but i think debuchy will tell you if he was thinking straight he wouldnt of tackled him there like that

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  • t00ntime

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #13

    @betty AP said no one is coming in and aub+his club said no matter what he wont leave till at least summer… so unless we are trying to get a deal ready for the summer tell your mate that he is a sh1t itk.

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  • manxpie

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #14

    daztoon i can’t be arsed arguing wit ya
    but if you can’t understand that there’s two teams and two sets of tactics that might counter our first half performance!
    then it’s really no point arguing with you
    but keep on playing your football manager you might win your fantasy league!
    you do know we won though don’t ya??????????????? just checking!!!!!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #15

    The main thing today was the three points -also the confidence from the win should bolster all the players -especially the new players. I’m sure their attitude wont be that it wasn’t a “classic” – it is the win that counts but that second half was a nail biter. we looked a bit weak up front -certainly another striker is needed.

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  • crawcrook3

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Just back from the match and it was a great night there. But what stands out is how the whole team reacted at the end. They all had a huddle then came over to us, 3 of them throwing their shirts into the crowd. It clearly meant so much to them all. There were some great performances, but for me Cabaye was our drive and he was outstanding.

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  • BigKirky

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Torq said rumblings of PEA having been gathering the last 48 hours, so that would be great if that was the case Betty.

    Add PEA and Ben Arfa to that side in the first half (and a settled M’Biwa) and we’ll have some team!

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  • manxpie

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #18

    toontime i never said it wasn’t a pen i said debuchy should know better in that position lol
    but the ref was shocking all game
    it’s never a good thing when a ref has a face ya wanna punch and he cirtainly has 1 i was fuming after gutti’s foul wen the ref dissmissed it with a pompous shake of his head!
    it was a foul and a shocking rake down his leg!!

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  • manxpie

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #19

    to be honest i’m hoping for doumbia now he’s a complete striker i think PEA might be a flash in the pan
    lets all prey for doumbia 🙂

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  • t00ntime

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #20

    @manxpie sorry read your comment wrong :P.

    I agree about the ref overal he was sh1te. but it wasnt just against us, he made some curious descions for both sides. jonas’s is definitely the first one that springs to mind.

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #21

    Not a bad debut from Gouffran, he looked very confident.

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #22

    he’s got the same agent as Messi

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  • t00ntime

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #23

    @manxpie just realised i didnt read your comment wrong… it wasnt even you comment xD it was unbelievable tekkers lol… oops

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  • beefman13

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #24

    Team v Chelsea, the one he started today, ive came to the conclusion its a cert were the manager is concerned, maybe a reversal of today with a stronger second half but a good result for us.

    I am going to hold back my frustrations with the manager when i see the team sheet as i am already steadying myself for the jonas, perch, situation!! deep breath now relax, and repeat!

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  • beefman13

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #25

    Jonas was nicknamed the Greyhound apparently, well of to the knackers yard bonny lad, you are near surely to your last race, were is san lorenzo when you need them ha ha!

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  • Peter

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #26

    It’s a shame Steven Taylor can only last 5 games a season coz he is a beast. His passion is shown in every tackle he goes for and benteke was having a hard time with him.
    Goofy had a good game did his job well and I can see him doing a good job linking with cisse.
    Sissoko with all the hype that came with him he didn’t disappoint great debut and really excited to see how good this guy can be.
    I don’t think I saw much of mbiwa tbh unless he was the one that blocked the shot after Gutierrez when that corner came in.
    After this game I can see no reason why we can’t finish top half just need pardew to stop with the defend the lead philosophy and change to extend the lead!

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  • Carl92

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #27

    @KHeneage
    Not sure if the club will provide an official announcement, but Kevin Mbabu completed his medical for #NUFC Tuesday. Joins the U21s.

    Think we have found out who the medical was for lads!

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  • beefman13

    Jan 30, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Kevin Mbabu, Swiss wonder kid by all accounts, we have beaten most of the top clubs to his signature.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Jan 30, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #29

    Has fantastic is it seeing the 4-3-3 formation being played with a pacey skilful winger/striker ?? And don’t get me started with sissoko, he’s an absolute animal, imagine him and tiote omfg!!!

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Jan 30, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #30

    How*

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Jan 30, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #31

    @carl92

    Any link to go with those rumours?

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  • geordiejamie89

    Jan 30, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #32

    Hopefully Cisse will have more confidence now, something he seems to have been lacking. Both Cabaye and Sissoko are capable of creating plenty of assists now. And Guffran looks quick on the left side. Something Newcastle have only had when Obertan has been there, except Guffran might actually score or create a goal. Add to that the great Hatem Ben Arfa returning. He will force Cisse to stay in the middle, where he’ll start getting more chances. Add to that the fact that Newcastle might yet actually bring in a replacement for Demba Ba and then things are looking really good.
    If Newcastle hold on until the summer to bring in a top striker then fair be it, but I’d rather just see it done now. That gives the new striker time to blend while he’s helping the club stay safe. And during this window is the best time to pick players up with less competition, as if Newcastle wait until summer for Wilfried Bony or Aubeneyang, then somebody else will probably end up out-bidding.

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jan 30, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #33

    DOES ANYONE KNOW what was going on with Jonas at the end after the final whistle?

    Pardew had his arm round him and it looked like Gutierrez was crying. Either that or he really is just a complete favourite of Pardew’s which isn’t right.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 30, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Comment #34

    Firstly 3 points are very welcome 🙂

    BUT

    How can you say he got the team selection right ? Come on , there is no way Jonas should have been on that pitch tonight, an I question perch to,
    Jonas had a complete shocker , and perch went missing for large parts of the game
    If we had of played any other team we would have been murderd tonight
    Krull was outstanding tonight as was sissoko,

    I think a lot of you pardew fans are glossing over how poor that second half was just to say you where right to back him,

    Subs where shocking , when he made them we had no shape at all .

    If cisse isn’t up front , why play him ?
    Shoal for perch then stick cisse wide right , pure stupidity

    Anita at times was our furthest man forward , strange when , we lost midfield he is a good mf , pardew handed them a rout back into the game with his subs

    Not looking forward to next 2 games, feel we will get a hammering

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  • Mat Thai NUFC

    Jan 30, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #35

    What a game yesterday… 1st half was great to watch. Goofy really impressed me, never seen him play before, and surprised me that he didnt shirk any challenges when they got rough in the 2nd half. Villa are scrapping for their lives they were always gonna chuck everything at us 2nd half, alot of teams would have struggled against that tempo and fight but where we showed our good football and attacking play in the 1st 45 we showed a bit of resilience for the first time in AGES in the 2nd. Gives the players great confidence but even better, the little confidence Villa had will be shattered. 4 points ahead of them now and hopefully they continue to struggle which will help us move further away 🙂

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jan 30, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #36

    catchy – I agree, I thought some of his decisions today were just ridiculous. Bringing Shola on and playing Cisse on the right?!?! Mbiwa having to play DM?!?! Those two decisions made me really annoyed, he does these stupid “lets hold out” inviting pressure onto us.

    Ba is gone and yet Pardew is CHOOSING to play Cisse on the right?!?! He’s redundant there.

    I felt sorry for Mbiwa having to come on and do something he didn’t look comfortable with at all.

    And Gutierrez….teacher’s pet.

    I’m not saying I want him gone, but I’d love to hear his reasoning behind these things. It seems like pure illogic.

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  • Mat Thai NUFC

    Jan 30, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #37

    RE sissoko being replaced with MYM. Sissoko was clearly struggling with an injury and appeared hobbling just being he was taken off (hopefully just a pre-caution) and pards obviously wanted experience and power in the centre which is why he picked MYM over bigi. To be fair the way villa through everything at us i feel it was a good decision as he ended up playing almost as a 3rd CB. Shola also to help deal with all the balls being put in the box, he was hardly upfront Cisse wasnt really pushed to the right for long it seemed the idea was that he was going to be the outlet or our clearances and any possible break aways

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  • Mat Thai NUFC

    Jan 30, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #38

    just before being taken off***

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jan 30, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #39

    I understand the reasons I just don’t like his ‘Sit back and absorb it, then hoof it away’ mentality- it just invited Villa onto us even more than they naturally were.

    It’s also that I don’t like the idea of us buying a CB with potential to be an absolutely phenomenal player for the club and then playing him out of position on his debut!
    It’s hardly giving him a comfortable atmosphere to settle into a new club!

    ….If he EVER plays williamson ahead of him…..

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  • donkeypunch

    Jan 30, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #40

    not only can mym play anywhere across the back 4 he has played dm for Montpellier lots of times i know we didnt match are first half peformance but not a lot of teams do in the prem nowerdays even when two goals up its a not safe anymore even for the top sides to try and hold on to leads its all about the battle now and who can hold there nerve look at qpr there grinding out results againt the starstudded sides who on paper should easily win but it never is when your in a relagaton battle. so enjoy this win because every game is going to be a just as tough till the end of the season

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