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Newcastle Unity Best It’s Ever Been Under Alan Pardew

10:59 am, Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

Steven Taylor returning to the side made a big difference on Tuesday night, as the 27 year-old local lad showed that he is willing to put his body (and anything else for that matter) on the line in the cause of Newcastle United.

steven taylor close-up

Steven Taylor – praised the new players’ dedication and guts

And that showed up big time in the second half as Aston Villa seemed a completely different side, and took our lads to the limit – but we managed to hold on to what was a crucial 2-1 win.

Steven was very quick to praise the new French players yesterday, as he gave them massive credit for sticking to their task, and Newcastle got the job done on Tuesday night – and next up on Saturday is Chelsea.

We knew Newcastle had done really well when our site kept crashing for around 45 minutes after the game, with the amount of traffic on the site – which was one reason our reports were a bit delayed – and we may have to go to a dedicated server in the future.

Alan Pardew thinks the camaraderie and unity is now the best it’s ever been in the squad in the two years he’s been Newcastle manager:

“There’s great unity and the feeling amongst them in the dressing room was as great a feeling as I can remember at Newcastle, if I’m honest.” “These players weren’t brought in to take the plaudits.”

“They’re here to help. That’s what they’re here for.” “They’re not here to save us – they’re here to help.” “The real ones who are going to save us are Coloccini, Taylor, Krul and Shola Ameobi.”

“They’re the ones that know how this club works.” “These guys came in and helped us.” “Sissoko and Yohan, and Mapou coming on, they helped us.” “And that’s exactly how we pencilled it in.”

It’s good to hear that the unity is high – because we still have some big battles ahead – and our next three league games are against Chelsea at home on Saturday – Tottenham away the following Saturday, and then Southampton two weeks after that.

And after the Spurs game we play on successive Thursday nights against FC Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League – so the league games are spread out a little bit – and that has to be to Newcastle advantage, as we get the new players into the squad and also get Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux back from their injuries.

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49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 89Norcal // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    did he really say Shola is going to save us?

    smh……..

  • 2 Toon Tang // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    reading between the lines it probably isnt hahah

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Norcal…You doubt Super Shola? :)

  • 4 rainrix // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Oh sweet jesus this now you’re just inviting hate pards :)

  • 5 toon smart // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    NEWSFLASH

    BBC Sport’s Ben Smith can reveal that Newcastle are set to make another signing. And no, he’s not French.

    “Newcastle expect to complete the signing of Swiss teenager Kevin Mbabu later today – the club’s sixth signing of the January transfer window.

    “The 17-year-old, who plays for Servette, will go straight into Newcastle’s development team until the end of the season.

    “That is likely to be the only incoming business for Newcastle on deadline day.”

  • 6 89Norcal // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Ibiza
    I genuinely like Shola, but I’m shuddering at the thought of Pards selecting him over Gouffran lol.

    Same with Guti, I didn’t like how friendly Pards was with him after his poor display vs Villa.

  • 7 rainrix // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    89…. Ironically enough despite his terrible performance he actually in hindsight got us all 3 points with his cross for cabs goal and his goal line clearance, expect him to start saturday :)

  • 8 robin // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Cabaye maybe on his way out today along with Santon!

  • 9 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Norcal…I know what you mean on Shola. I don’t have a major problem with him and there is a time and a place, but it’s not a starting spot.

    As for Guti, don’t read too much in to it, just a post game snuggle :)

  • 10 sirtoongospel // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Still think we might bring one more in. Might not set the pulse racing but think we need one more in. We won’t spend a fortune, the summer might be different, but we need an alternative to Shola. Someone who can hold it up. Not many around but we need it. Shola can’t be relied on now.

  • 11 One comment a day // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Obertan make weight in a striker swap deal.
    Simpson out if he can agree terms-greedy tw@t.
    Xisco hopefully out
    Mbabu in.
    Abeid out on loan.

    possibly 4 out 2 in. Also hope to ship Ranger out, Acklington prison seems likely destination!

  • 12 jayphoto // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Gotta say, i think somethings amiss today at Benton! Surely cant be a cooncidence that Ashley has flown in on deadline day….

  • 13 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    o have sky got a guy at benton this time, or just a camera, with a bloke at the makems instead?

  • 14 89Norcal // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    rainrix
    Yeah I heard people mentioning that but idk, it was a random drop for Cabaye wasn’t it.

    Ibiza
    lol I hope that’s all it was, rather than Pardieu telling him “buck up little fella, how bout I start you vs Chelsea so you can redeem yourself?”

    anyways I should go to bed..3AM over here in California..lol I’ll see you all “tomorrow” with hopefully good news

  • 15 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Why would Mike Ashley fly in if there was nout to do today?

    I really think that if the right person is available for the right price then he will be brought in. If mike see’s a bargain, where he cannot lose I have no doubt at all. If there is a profit on the horizon then the same.

    Im off to sleep, fingers crossed i wake up to a forward thats through the door.

    Enjoy lads

  • 16 roblee7 // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    last time I remember seeing Ashley in the Chopper was when we sold Carroll….imagine if we lost someone like Cabaye?! Not trying to put a downer on the window, but it really wouldn’t surprise me, can just see man city, man u or even chelsea puttin a cheeky 20-25mil bid in

  • 17 naptoon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    dummet confirmed to st mirren on loan

  • 18 Owldman // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Rather shocked my self when i saw Jonas was starting when you consider he is having a shocking season .As for transfers woudnt suprise me to see another striker arrive before deadline then loaned back for rest of season. Whens Ben Arfa back thatl be like having a new player.Hard game coming up Saturday feeli we might just nick it Sissoko to score 1st goal.

  • 19 BelfastMagpie // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Sign a striker please fat chops.

  • 20 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Becks to PSG

    Graham fee agreed with the Makems

  • 21 robin // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Danny grahame signing today saylor joining chelsea!

  • 22 rainrix // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I doubt cabs would leave tbh. His best mates just moved here, he’s back fit and playing good football and he’s generally looked happy playing football and seems to be growing more and more into a leadership role here. Never say never but these are just typical deadline day nerves/anxiety. Theres been nothing solid that theres even been an offer for one of our players.

  • 23 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Really can’t see ashley shipping out our good players, otherwise what was the point of the strengthening? Simmo and xisco out makes sense. Ranger to whitley bay b-team. Can’t see cabs or hba or anyone like that going on the last day. Surely not. Not this time….. Mike? Mike! Put that pen down… Nooo don’t answer that phone, its the candleface hotline… Why have you packed Tiotes suitcase?? Nooooooooooo!

  • 24 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Roblee – £20-25mil wouldn’t buy Cabaye mate!

    He is better than modric and look at the price he demanded!

    Cabs ain’t going anywhere mate. Relax

  • 25 JackButler // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    No more signings said Llambias

  • 26 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Lambias “Our Crown Jewels are absolutely safe! Nobody leaving and nobody due in.”

  • 27 last minute window lies // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Lambarse said window is all over

  • 28 last minute window lies // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    TT do you believe him?

  • 29 JackButler // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Mike Ashley spending money and Llambias giving a live interview?????

    I need a sit down

  • 30 roblee7 // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    phew, Lambias just eased my concerns :)

  • 31 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Norcal…How I miss California. Sleep well mate.

  • 32 roblee7 // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    never really heard lambias interviewed before but he actually seemed ok

  • 33 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    So if Llambias has said that we should expect players to leave and arrive then?

  • 34 One comment a day // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Lambias will have to watch his crown jewels, if I ever see him I’ll hoof him in his crown jewels.

  • 35 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Last minute – I wouldn’t necessarily turn off your SSN or anything just yet. Anything can happen this window and Lambias said all the right things for a change.

    A forward COULD still come in if the right player at the right price becomes available. But the most important thing is NO players out…!!

  • 36 dubzy // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    No striker……… i fear if cisse gets injured

  • 37 bzak12 // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Just noticed Rebecca is back in town wonder if she arrived in MA’s chopper.

  • 38 last minute window lies // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    TT thanks mate, yeah its the news we wanted to hear regarding our purple players, will be staying tuned for hopefully one of your breaking news updates

  • 39 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Still plenty of talk about Newcastle Utd going around lads – so time will tell.

    Hopefully there won’t be any major negativity about no more signings (should that happen) as I think we are in very good shape for the season.

    PEA could still happen lads.

  • 40 last minute window lies // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Bzak12 ! was that in or on Ashleys chopper ?? :-)

  • 41 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Last minute – No worries mate. Will keep finding out as much as I can.

    One thing I DO know is, plenty of groundwork has been out in ready for the summer – and kets will be impressed with our CB target.

  • 42 Assam Toon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    shola is past his prime and the fact that he strolls stops him from becoming a super sub too. we could keep him to bring on when we r defending 2 goal lead in last 20 minutes…that’s what he’s still good at..and of course we could keep him for the antique value.

  • 43 Assam Toon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    llambias said there will be no more ins or outs today.

  • 44 last minute window lies // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    TT dont think there will be much negativity on here, i guess we have all enjoyed whats happened in this window that much we kinda dont want it to end

  • 45 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    @hazza_redknapp: Lost count of everyone I’m trying to sign for QPR.

    Please RT if I tried to sign you so we can speed up personal terms.
    #TransferDeadlineDay

    Just for giggles…

  • 46 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Last minute – Yeah that’s the feeling we all have! It’s been great and another striker would be wonderful – but not as important as keeping Cabs, HBA, Krul etc.

  • 47 last minute window lies // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    TT agree there , who knows maybe as you said, today could be to work on summer targets, think after the windows over it might be time to change username ;-)

  • 48 toonincheek // Jan 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Shola has his part to play.

    On the pitch, it’s only the last 20 minutes or so, to a specific job – defending or bullying the opposition defence a bit.

    Off the pitch – he is a GREAT part of our team spirit and togetherness.

  • 49 microbar // Jan 31, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    How the phuck can Graham go to the Makems after what he has said publicly,
    Quote.
    Put it this way. I would stay as far away from sunderland as I could. It would probably have to be Gateshead”.




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