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Newcastle Revival Under Way – Yohan Cabaye

10:48 am, Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

Yohan Cabaye seems confident that last night was just the start of an end of season revival by a Newcastle side who played their best football of the season in that first half – and in truth looked an awesome side and completely dominated Aston Villa.

yohan cabaye after the Villa game

Yohan Cabaye after the game – applauds Newcastle’s loyal 2500 fans

It augers well for the future – but things were different after the break when Villa came fighting back – but we got the win – and the result was a fantastic result for Newcastle and we are now 4 points above the drop zone.

Cabaye scored another one of his specials – and as the TV commentator said after he scored – he is adding to his collection of terrific goals for Newcastle.

This is what the French international said after the game, when asked if this was the start of a Newcastle revival:

“Hopefully, it’s the start.” “It’s very good for us – the new players have given us spirit on the pitch.” “We have more competition to play now each week. It’s important to be doing the right things in training in order to be in the starting XI at the weekend.”

“It was an important game, and an important win. Three points for us were not easy.” “In the second half, they piled on the pressure, and it was more difficult for us. At the end, though, we held on to the points. It was very important to win.”

“We saw two sides of football, but the win, for our minds, is very important.” “The first half was good for us – we had good play between the lines and each side of the pitch. In the second half, having Charles N’Zogbia behind Benteke was more difficult to deal with.”

“But we were solid though and kept the points.” “It can work – we are a team.” ” “Yes, they’re coming to England, and it’s new for them, but they start English lessons soon, because they have to have it. It’s important.” “We have to respect English people by being able to talk to them, and it’s important for the group.”

“We will help them, but they have to learn the language.” “The ball came in from the right, and in my mind I think if the defender wanted to do his job well, he heads it behind him.” “He didn’t, and the ball came to me and landed perfectly. I wanted to focus on my first touch, a bit like the Liverpool goal.”

“Then I showed composure and saw the ball going in.” “I dedicate the goal to somebody who lost his wife two or three days ago. His name is Ali and he is a close friend.”

Good words from Yohan Cabaye and if Fabricio Coloccini leave sin the summer we would think Yohan would be a popular choice among Newcastle fans – and it would help us to keep the lads on Tyneside, because there are going to be some top clubs, like Arsenal come after him again in the summer.

But Newcastle have made Yohan Cabaye into a great player since he arrived a short 18 months ago – and it’s even frightening to think how good Moussa Sissoko will be in 18 months time.

This lad is still learning the game but his raw power and skill on the ball was there for all to see last night.

Yohan Cabaye was a tremendous singing and Moussa Sissoko promises to be another stellar signing by Newcastle United.

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38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Future captain

  • 2 saxonfenken // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    With Yohan back I am sure he is right

  • 3 joeinthecheapseats // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Roll on Saturday and hope Ba gets the reception he deserves.
    First half the team played excellent without the penalty we may have pushed on for another.
    Sissoko looks the real deal in the midfield another forward in to help Cisse and Gouffran then this will have been the carlsberg window.

  • 4 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I forgot to mention Cabs earlier. What a well taken goal. Glad he’s come back from his operation like the old Cabaye.

  • 5 wolfshead@toon // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    quality players = success its not rocket surgery ashley der

  • 6 JackButler // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Our next captain, the guy is class.

    Sissoko settled extremely well and had a massive impact giving us the drive we haven’t had from our midfield for a long, long time. Gouffran was neat and tidy and looks a very good player who will get better with every game played

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    He will be the biggest difference to the team for the run in to the end of the year.

    He has bags of ability and work ethic to match, never hides, always wants to be involved, tough, a good leader.

    When is ben arfa expected to return, does anyone know?

  • 8 joeinthecheapseats // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Cabs definitely next captain saw him sorting Jonas out when he might have got himself sent off.
    Looks like the emerging leader in the team and also helps with recruiting the French lads

  • 9 SuperShearer // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Cabaye once again showing what a down to earth honest, pro he is. Love that he says players must learn English to respect the fans. He’s captain material through and through. If Colo goes there surely is no one better suited to that job.

  • 10 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Exquisite goal.
    Perfect technique.
    One for footballing connoisseurs.

    What a great player.

  • 11 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    The game yesterday reminded me very much of last seasons performances, especially away from home, we would normally do well one half and hang on for grim death second, we got away with it last night after controlling the first half easily, we do sit back on leads though and its exausting, no doubt the manager will be telling all the media about the fight and spirit in the club, and they did show it last night and we did get away with it, that said games like that could have gone like the fulham game away last season when we controlled the first half only to be steamrollered second, sometimes if you set yourself up like we do, you get away with it, we did many times last season, this season we have not got away with it at all until last night, it could be a turning point to our season, the french lads will be busting to play their first home game on saturday and will be up for the chelsea visit, its a tough one but i feel we will be quietly confident, would love us for once to put a whole 90 min on the same level, something we have not done this season.

    Cant wait for Ben Arfa to come back the sooner the better, he gives that extra option home and away, he must surely be nearing a return.

  • 12 rainrix // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Our most important player imo. Everything we do offensively looks so much more refined with cabs in it.

    Anyone else see when jonas was getting booked cabs was being more vocal than colo to the ref? Next captain for sure

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    cabs will becaptain next season i think.

    Colo will be allowed to go home and cabs will step up.

  • 14 aidantoon // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    very happy with sissoko an gouf last night.
    game of two halves they say but we stayed solid and worked hard.
    for me though Jonas is not good enough end of!!!!
    nice to get 3 points on the board and a away win.

  • 15 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Wolfshead, what is rocket surgery???

    Is it when you go to Poland for cosmetic surgery and they do a bodge job and get you out asap!!

    Sorry youngin i could not resist that one.

  • 16 toonincheek // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Yes, but . . No, but . . . . Yes but . . . .
    We should remember AV were pretty dreadful last night in the 1st half.

    The way they came on to us in the 2nd half – we struggled to keep possession or create any chances – that should be a warning.

    Revival under way, perhaps, but still some way to go.

  • 17 JackButler // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    rocket surgery is how you get Ashley to open his wallet and spend some money 😉

  • 18 TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    36TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I hear that QPR have solidified their bid for Capoue. Are bidding £12.5mil and offering £95pw to get him.

  • 19 ToonDownSouth // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Does anyone think we may have trouble holding on to Cabs?

    He’s approaching the peak years of a CM, and I really believe he has the potential to be one of the best all round CM’s in Europe, ala Alonso, De Rossi, etc.

    If we can keep hold he may jump into my top 5 Newcastle players list. Wonderful guy as well, so I don’t see him pushing to move.

  • 20 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Perhaps Jonas is playing with an injury?
    Because of the injury crisis he might be playing instead of getting treatment.
    There must be a reason why he’s off-form for so long.

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM


    Is he that good?

    They are doing to be stuck if they go down. These players will all want out.

  • 22 JackButler // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM


    I think the days of us selling big players are over, can’t see Ashley investing the way he did this month only to weaken us by selling our top players

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM


    It might possibly be difficult to hold on to him. No matter how much ambition we show the likes of real, barca, etc are always going to big a pull and I would never criticise a player for moving there.

    Hopefully he will just continue to perform but slip under their radar.

  • 24 toonfield // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Is it not ronnie o sullivans new carreer?

  • 25 beefman13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Butler” ahh Butler” he did that when he shelled out for the club, that was real rocket surgery!!! i get it though.

  • 26 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    TDS….I think with a lot of our current star players, it will depend on how they feel the club is progressing. Many people felt they would definitely be off this summer if we don’t progress, but I think as long as improvements are being made and they believe in the plan we’ll be good….that is unless silly money gets offered of course.

  • 27 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I can’t see him leaving.
    If Barca or Real Madrid came in for him it would cost them. (35M)
    I guess if the club get a silly offer they’ll force him out like AC.

  • 28 TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    TDS – We may struggle to keep hold of him (not this window) but should somebody want him – we can demand Carroll-Esq money for the lad!

    TS – Capoue is always referred too (in France) as the better one out of him and our Moussa…however I disagree. He is a good player, but unreliable, dips in and out of games and is renound for the ‘rash’ tackle.

    €12.5mil isn’t too bad – but we got the better player imo. Also – Pound for pound the better player by an absolute mile. He MAY go QPR but they will have to pay top whack to get him (way above market value) and throw money at him and his agents (as we all know they do)!

  • 29 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM


    I think we will continue with our same approach to selling a we have done.

    Move out players who are running down their contracts or causing trouble… ie. barton, nolan, enrique

    Only sell anyone else if we get an offer thats just far to good to turn down….30mil for carroll

    Other than carroll we havent sold anyone to just ‘cash in’ so I dont get where this selling club tag comes from. All clubs sell if they get a silly offer for players.

    Arsenal with rvp, fab, nasri, toure, adebeyor, song, etc

    spurs, keane, modric, carrick, berba

    man utd, ronaldo

    All clubs sell for silly money…I dont think we tout our players around to make a quick buck like the media seem to state.

  • 30 bills-son // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Sissoko will make Cabs, and Tiote especially, better performers because Sissoko is the commanding controlling CM that we have desperately needed. He will be the feeder between Tiote and Cabaye – Tiote wins it, gives it to Sissoko, he moves forward with the ball and sprays it around to the likes of Cabs, HBA and Cisse. Sissoko will allow Cabs to get further forward knowing Sissoko and Tiote are covering behind him.

    A strong creatibe midfield is the foundation of consistency in a team – and we now have potentially the best midfield ever in my time supporting the Toon.

  • 31 Transfer Sage // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM


    Thats quite interesting….we definitely got the value in our signings like.

    Would anyone take remy and capoue if they have a low or free release clause if qpr go down?

  • 32 JackButler // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Transfer Sage

    Totally agree mate, if we get offered stupid money then thats football, plus we have Carr who is more than capable of finding their replacement.

    As long as Ashley now realises that the replacements need to be brought in quickly and not left until we are struggling in the league we’ll be fine

  • 33 ToonDownSouth // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Well Cabaye turned down Tottenham in the summer (his words), so I think it would take a club in the very top bracket to take him from us.

    On another note – it’ll be interesting to see how our lineup pans out in the coming weeks. I imagine Pardew will always want a couple of English players in the starting lineup, which could make things interesting for Anita and Mbiwa in particular. I see Mbiwa as a long term Colo replacement, and in the summer hopefully we can bring in a good young English CB to help Taylor and Williamson out.

  • 34 TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I would take Capoue personally – if he goes to QPR it will be because they bid ridiculous money. Can’t blame the bloke for demanding sky high wages.

    Remy however can disappear for all I care. He agreed terms to come to us until floppy shoved more money under his nose, never showed up at SJP for the tour, he can rot in the championship for all care – although he won’t hang around of they go down.

  • 35 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Just hope QPR dont survive as Harry will be trying to buy everyone we go for !!!!

    Still buzzing over that 1st half performance and 2nd half scrap which got us a win!!

    Come on the blog today to see people talking about beasts and neggars being racist?!?!Behave!!!

    Come up to sunny Glasgow and see the term beasty used in every day language from beasty tune to that guy looks like a beast!!!ha ha

    Quite a lot of rumours today that Siem De Jong will be signed before 2moro online great player but not sure if he is what we need at the moment he is quite similar to Cabaye think we need a proper forward with pace who will play wide left

    Mertens or Jeremy Lens would be the perfect players but also would not say no to Tom Ince as a 3rd choice

    I think we are possibly a LW, A beast of a striker like Gomis or Bony and a beast of a centre back like say Okore or Shawcross for next season from having a team that can challenge the top 6 again

  • 36 toonfield // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Ts – I wouldn’t want remy anywhere near our club now, we definitely dodged a bullet, just like ba, only interested in the money

  • 37 toonfield // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Santon – that’s a few too many “beasts” for my liking,
    Careful you’ll be getting told off

  • 38 sticklebricks // Jan 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Doesn’t mention his groin so hopefully it’s okay…

    Was at the game yesterday and he miskicked a ball in the second half and was limping around for the last 20 minutes holding onto it, hopefully its not gonna flare up and cause problems again..

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