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Pardew – Fabulous Game – Magpies Simply Magnificent

7:14 pm, Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 188 Comments

In one of the best games witnessed at St. James’ Park fr many a long day, a delighted Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was full of praise for his Newcastle team, and especially for new-boy Moussa Sissoko, who scored two second half goals after Newcastle went down 2-1 – and won the game for the Magpies, and Moussa made some breathtaking runs at the Chelsea defense in that second half.

moussa sissoko scores

Moussa Sissoko after scoring late winner

Moussa Sissoko was again the Newcastle hero on his home debut, and this lad is fast becoming a God on Tyneside – and he’s only played two games. πŸ˜€

This is what Alan Pardew said immediately after the game this afternoon, in the first back to back league wins for Newcastle this season:

“The whole team was magnificent but it would be silly to ignore the fact that Sissoko announced his presence in the game, not just with his technical quality but his power. It’s been something that’s been missing from the team.

“I don’t have to say too much – his performance spoke for itself.” “It was undoubtedly the game of the season.” “I don’t think we’re going to better that between now and the end. It was a fabulous game. It’s a massive win for us today.”

“When you’re against a top side it’s important to put them off their stride and show no fear and put them under pressure and we did that really well in the first half.”

“Perhaps we should have scored earlier, from Papiss Cisse, but we got the goal.” “We had an intelligence about us today.” “You see the injection a lift can give. The injection of players, the injection of a win. It was a fabulous game.”

There’s no doubt that the influx of French pllyers has had a massive positive impact on the Newcastle squad and the Newcastle team, and while Sissoko will rightly get the headlines – every single Newcastle player today played their hearts out for the side – and with this kind of commitment and classy play – we could climb the table rapidly in the last 13 games of the season.

And so far we’ve won two of our 15 Cup finals – so far so good..

It was simply an unbelievable performance from Newcastle today and Chelsea weren’t too bad either, in what was a thrilling second half – with both teams going all out for the win.

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188 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Paps // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM


  • 2 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    can’t wait for spurs game now

  • 3 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    @woolerbill – intent and context. I think these are important words also, please look them up.

  • 4 Offkey // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Pards and Bentiez interviews are up on BBC

  • 5 stockport_toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Awesome result – for a change I’m looking forward to match of the day!

  • 6 true toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    On the way to being safe. Sack AP once we achieved safety. This season hasn’t been good enough.

  • 7 rainrix // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    I loved the celebrations for the 3rd. The togetherness of the squad. Cabaye caressing santons head mbiwa going beserk despite the fact he’s barely. πŸ™‚

    If we could get a win at spurs thats 30 points 10 from safety with plenty of winnable games. If thats the case lets attack europa, we can beat anyone on our day πŸ˜‰

  • 8 toonbrother // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    When Europa recommences Pardew better not make the same mistake as last time – fielding key players like HBA, Cabs and Sissoko to the detriment of their league form/fitness. I hope the man has learned his lesson. Besides, Europa gives the likes of Bigi, Sammy, MYM , Anita. Shola and Obertan an opportunity to get some game time and build up their confidence. I really hope Pardew partitions the squad into the league-focused and Europa-focused groups. Otherwise it’ll be dejavu all over again

  • 9 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Didn’t see the game today but heard that Raffa is saying Colo should have been sent off and they should have had a pen for what happened to Ba. anyone see it???

  • 10 rainrix // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    JB….. His boot was high but ba bent down to head the ball. Besides ramirez should have been sent off for a 2 footer on jonas earlier so it evens out really πŸ˜‰

  • 11 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    ba put his head in where he would get hurt and colo takes no prisoners… more stupidity Ba buts that what an extra 50k pw gets you

  • 12 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    true toon
    shut up you moron

  • 13 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    at the game proud?

  • 14 morocco0015 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Any streams for the toon game of the day on sky now

  • 15 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM


    good job it wern’t sissoko. he would be looking for his head in the leazers end #beast

  • 16 toonbrother // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Woolerbill makes a good point no need for the condescending dismissal. Certain words carry connotations -sometimes very offensive – for people from different parts of the world/different backgrounds. However I think on internet pages such as these, it is futile to try and police people’s choice of words. You just have to live and let live sometimes.

  • 17 wilko // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    paddy benitez said collo should’ve been sent off but one of theirs should have for a 2 footed challenge , ha not your day benitez cheque book man , it was our day , what a relief this week has been πŸ™‚

  • 18 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    lol proud

    man mountain… almost mythical like being

  • 19 nufc786 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Gouffran since his arrival at the end of January and he told “It’s a very good start.
    “It was an incredible atmosphere and I think the most important factor was the fans. They kept behind us and when we went behind, we kept fighting and we had that belief that we could nick another goal – and that’s what happened.

    “That is important: the belief that you can achieve something bigger.
    “When they scored the second goal, that came as a surprise to us but we kept fighting, we kept the spirit and then we scored the winning goal. That’s why we’re happy today and that’s what we’re here for – to work hard and to get wins.”
    Sissoko will rightly dominate the headlines but Gouffran was part of a strong supporting cast. His workrate was exceptional and he almost got his name on the scoresheet in the build-up to United’s vital 68th minute equaliser.

    That would have been a perfect way to announce himself to the Gallowgate faithful but he insisted that it doesn’t matter who scores the goals.
    “It’s a team game,” he smiled. “Most importantly, I count on my ability to run with the ball and maybe score a few goals along the way, but I’m happy with the performance.
    “When I took up the Newcastle jersey, I said to the club ‘I’m going to give 100 per cent’ and that’s what happened today. The most important thing for me is just to keep playing with my ability and make sure I play for the whole team.

    “I’m happy with the three points. The lads pulled it off and the most important thing is to keep up that spirit. Overall it was a good performance – let’s keep it up.”
    With the Magpies’ French revolution off to a flyer, Gouffran now hopes to extend the winning run at Tottenham next weekend – and believes that anything is possible if the team can match Saturday’s performance.

    “When I first came, everybody wanted all the French players to do well for the team and I think again against Tottenham, it’s going to be a similar game,” he said.
    “But we just have to believe as we did against Chelsea, and hopefully we can do something great there.”

    love this guy already

  • 20 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Tbh I never liked Raffa when he was in charge of the Bin Dippers, but I like him even less now he’s at Chelsea he’s so bloody miserable and looks to blame everything and everyone for his short comings

  • 21 toonbrother // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Benitez can go to hell. Had Webb sent Colocinni off for that people would be questioning his sanity. Ba dipped his head towards the ball- very bold on his part because colocinni was always going to go for that clearance. It wasnt a high boot in any way. I can see the argument for a penalty but that was not a card-worthy foul in a million years.

  • 22 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Massive credit needs to go to Pardew for this,Sissoko played over 200 games for Toulouse and was rarely used in an attacking role,Pardew’s had him 2 games and he looks a world beater already.

  • 23 santonthenewmaldini // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    @Toon Brother

    The problem with Europa last time is that we made far too many changes between Europe and League which meant Pardew did not have enough prep for the league

    Only have to look at Spurs they played a near enough full strength team in Europa which gave them a bit of momentum for the league as they are now in contention for champs league

    Only worry is Cisse as we cant expect him to play all the league games and Europa but we could get him to play in Europa and have Gouffran up front on his own because he is cup tied and we have to choose between 1 of Debuchy or Mbwia as only allowed 1 champs league player in

    Really would love us to give Europa a go as there are some good teams left but if we are at full strength we can get to the final at present probably the Spanish teams and Man City, Spurs are better than us but I think we could beat other teams comfortably if we play with the level of passing and pressing we done today

  • 24 miggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    true toon give pardew a chance now thathes got the tools if he dont come good now thhen yeah call him but since the window hes come good 6 points out o 6 a would o been happy w 4 cmon pards keep it goin HWTL

  • 25 Super Magpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    If Colo should’ve been off then so should’ve Ramires. Clear two footed lunge on Jonas.

    True toon
    The season isn’t over yet so that’s a moronic thing to say.

  • 26 yo-yo // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:42 PM


    IMO beast is a positive description of a strong committed player but animal is a dirty player like most of Villa’s players in the second half on Weds.

    I do agree some words are just abusive. My personal hares are ‘mong’ as Downs is misunderstood by most people – it is not a personality disorder. I also hate ‘flid’ as I have a friend with no arms from thalidomide and she is utterly amazing.

  • 27 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    bring on Tottenham.
    im not sure if they will be able to hack sissoko like. cant believe hes only a 75 on fifa ffs :O he should be at least an 80.
    unchanged team for Tottenham hopefully, and if someones having a shocker theres decent cover on the bench in anita, marveaux and m’biwa!!

  • 28 yo-yo // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM


  • 29 Ashton // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Told you all idiots that Sissoko was an attacking midfielder and not a DM before the transfer window but no one believed me. Especially that retard kets who kept projecting how we should sell Tiote and replace him with Sissoko. What a moron.

    Pardew deserves some credit I think. Our tactics were spot on and the subs were positive and logical.

    Debuchy had a pretty good game. People don’t realize it, but he does a lot of work off the ball and he is giving us a totally new dimension with his excellent work rate down the right side. He is always available to his CB’s and midfielders and is always on the move. He also wins a lot of headers and is never afraid to get stuck in. He is our unsung hero.

  • 30 nufc786 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    sissoko can play both in dm and am

  • 31 WWYCD // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Sissoko can play where he wants

  • 32 nufc786 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    i second yo

  • 33 boater // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Top win. So many good things today. Sissoko is a dream of a player- got the lot. Cabaye’s first touch is velvet – worth the entrance fee alone, and great to see Taylor back. Still think we are carrying Cisse – and could have won it more comfortably with him in form, without the need for last gasp midfield heroics.

    I hope people who’ve spent all week viciously abusing Jonas and Pardew feel just a little bit humbled today. I doubt you will – but I hope so.

  • 34 Toon1978 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Sissoko was excellent today. What a home debut. Let’s not forget Cabaye. Cabaye is the most important player at this club and should be captain imo. He is awesome. Today he bossed that midfield and he truly is a world class player. We must do everything we can to keep this team together because i really think the club is going places with these lads on the pitch and we still have HBA and Tiote to come back. Today belong’s to Sissoko though. What a steal no wonder Toulouse are less impressed. This kid is going to hit the top and am just glad we have tied him down to 6.5 years.

  • 35 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Ashely will be telling pards to play Sissoko upfront after a brace vs Chelsea. Convert him into a ST and you can add Β£10m onto his value.

  • 36 ToonDownSouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    The biggest question is, how do we fit Shola into the team? Fullback maybe?

  • 37 Lu-toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Sissoko would take both Klitschko’s at once with Mr T in his corner

    Maybe Taylor to carry carry the round cards, he’s orange enough

  • 38 Ashton // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Cisse can play both, as a center forward and as a right winger.

  • 39 t00ntime // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    the 2 rules in football I dont fully understand are handball and highfoot. They sound so obvious but they arent.

    colos foot was high but wasnt a sending off cause he had no intent to hit ba. Like a bicycle kick… i have seen people get clatterd by them multiple times but its ok, even if the miss the ball :S Is there a RULE with no ifs and buts or is it pretty much down to the ref?

    like handball there are so many factors its pretty much just what the ref thinks and you cant say its wrong cause there are so many ifs and buts pretty much ever descion is right.

    like if colo got sent off and they got a pen you could say he was late and last man. I dont know if its just me but a refs job is really hard cause there is no clarity imo

  • 40 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    @yo-yo – you can’t really compare those words with “Sissoko was a beast in the second half!” though can you- they’re a world apart.

    I think the person interpreting that as a negative is far more of a problem.

  • 41 Goodfella // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    He plays where he wants, he plays where he wants moussa sissoko he plays where he wants!

  • 42 yo-yo // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM


    Aye – and loads on here wanted Guti dropped for today.

    Last season we lost to Chelsea at home and Saylor took his bad injury. It changed our season. We lost momentum. This year lets hope its the same but in reverse.

    Hope no-one underestimates how crucial this win is to us for confidence. We’ve won back to back games. We’ve broken our hoodoo with not winning from being down. Now the guys can have confidence going to Spuds. Even a point there would be great, a win superb and a loss wouldn’t be fatal.
    Confidence is and determination are like having an extra player

  • 43 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    he plays where he wants
    he plays where he wants
    mousa sissoko
    he plays where he wants

  • 44 gaz 44 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Sissoko will take the plaudits but What a difference Taylor and Debuchy make to that defence

  • 45 Oldgit1 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    @ true toon, why don’t you just get a life and enjoy the result of this match. Supporters like you we could do without. We have under performed this season but look at the injuries etc. I for one will now back pardew to the bitter end, ie the rest of this season the see how it goes. Look at the response of the players at the end of the match that tells me that they are all a unit. Btw to all those Jonas haters, get stuffed. He is a nufc player and deserves our respect and support. I’m so enjoying life at the moment and refuse to let stupid morons on this site spoil it for me. A great result, a great game. One of the best I have seen for awhile. Well done to pardew.

  • 46 proudtobageordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    gaz 44

    spot on mate

  • 47 psutty80 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Just got in from work, managed to hear some bits of commentary on talksport… What a win!!!!
    Fantastic result for the players, manager and the us the fans. I am over the moon, this will give us even more confidence going to Spurs.
    Oh and sissoko sounds as though he was amazing!!!
    Howay the lads!!!

  • 48 WWYCD // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Haha πŸ˜‰ if he asks for Kruls gloves I may change my mid though

    As good as Sissoko was today Cabs was equal to it imo his vision and range of passing along with his composure and ability to hold on to the ball under huge pressure is amazing and he’s a real leader got involved in every decision and convinced a clearly wounded Ba he shouldn’t be on the pitch…complete midfielder for me

  • 49 Toon1978 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Poor Mbiwa ain’t getting a look in atm lol.

  • 50 yo-yo // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM


    You’re right about ‘beast’. Its slang rather than an obvious insult. I do think animal is an insult though – dunno why.

    I was just having a whinge about my hate words btw as I cringe when anybody uses them

  • 51 magpie6699 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Benitez is a buffoon. Webb bottled it with Ramires – it wasn’t so much that the challenge on Guti was 2-footed, it was more especially that his studs were up somewhere around Jonas’s knee. Many players this season (including Toon) have been sent off for less dangerous challenges.

  • 52 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    @Ashton – Cisse CANNOT play right wing!!We’ve had half a season of proof!

  • 53 mot7 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Benitzes is full of s**t colo was right to challenge for that ball no intent to hurt ba.
    Im sure if ba had scored a overhead kick he wouldnt be shouting about a high foot .
    Also loved seeing cisse grab that turd cole by the throat memories of batty v but .

  • 54 t00ntime // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    just quickly can you imagine this team from march on. (dont know when hba/tiote will be back)

    debuchy, Staylor(mbiwa), colo, santon;
    tiote, cabaye;
    HBA, Sissoko, gouff;

    mbiwa for when Staylor gets his injury :S.

    surely we wont be relegated with that. And IF tiote regains some form and cisse some confidence we will have some exciting games to finish the season :).
    (yes i think cisse is just low on confidence, today must of made him worse, but atleast he knows the weight isnt just on his shoulders, so surely that will help him get back to from)

  • 55 magpie6699 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Yeah – Cabs was awesome – we’ve missed him. And Taylor, Guti, Gouffran, Perchinho etc – all worked their socks off.

  • 56 ToonDownSouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM


    Convinced Ba he shouldn’t be on the pitch, hahaha. I laughed at Steven Taylor as well – “Look at his eye ref! Look at his eye! He’s definitely gone!”

    I said this earlier, but I found it odd that Colo seemed to have absolutely no interest in Ba’s well-being. Maybe they rubbed eachother up the wrong way a bit or something.

  • 57 WWYCD // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    That’s the beauty of football nothing is certain wouldn’t be half as fun if there wasn’t some grey area in it

  • 58 Mund30 // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Agreed Debuchy had a great game today, his work rate is second to none, and like you said he wins alot of headers. He is the total opposite to Simpson and has it all, apart from maybe pace but a great right back nonetheless. We look such a strong unit at the back again and to think i was really worried about going down but now we look like we can get in Europe again, but id settle for a Top 10.

    Also im excited to see more of Goufran he was excellent out there. He was the one were i thought he’s a wait and see kind of player but today he showed he could cope with the speed and power of the Premier League and looking forward to see more of what he’s got to offer.

    Sissoko can play both DM and AM thats what a box to box midfielder is but he has more to offer than normal box to box MF’s. This guy is the real deal. Bring back Benny and hopefully Tiote comes back with the trophy get his confidence back up and have possibly the best centre midfield in the league.

  • 59 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Sissoko vs Remy

    Β£1.8m vs Β£9m
    Β£40k(?) vs 90k per week
    2 goals vs 1 goal
    23 vs 26
    Toon Legend vs injured, again

  • 60 Sinner // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Best thread ever, have a look! πŸ˜†

  • 61 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    It’s a fact two excellent wins don’t make a season but the last week has gone a long way towards Premiership survival. If we could just have closed out the Reading game we would be cruising. Plenty of games left to pick up more than the 12/13 points we need & have a good crack at Europa. Whilst most of the worry could have been avoided by sensible spending in the summer, we should all get behind the Club (i.e. MA, DL,Pards , the players &12th Man (the fans) It’s a “teamwork” scenario. Let’s see what everyone , working together, can achieve & prepare for great things next season.

  • 62 mot7 // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    isnt karma a bitch demba

  • 63 woodsee // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    was at the match,truly awesome,ive also heard sissoko has done a 9 darter,had a 147 break and was in the french bobsleigh team

  • 64 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    The good thing about Debuchy is he stand in space. When Cabaye was on the ball he picked out dubuchy many times and often with 20+ yards passes.

    If debuchy can only get better we can now see why Pards and Cabaye were gutted we did not sign him in the summer.

  • 65 WWYCD // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Haha aye Ba’s a bit of a warrior but he was not right after that kick, the lass who tried to sort him out on the side lines was insisting he shouldn’t be going back on but was ignored.

    No one thought he should be on the pitch. Lampard and Terry looked annoyed that they had to ask for a sub…poor management by Rafa imo

    As for the Colo thing I have no idea mate maybe Colo didn’t realize what he had done? Maybe he didn’t want to show emotion incase the ref sent him off? Maybe he’s just a angry begger these days like when he nailed Suarez. Or u could be right and he doesn’t like Ba haha seems the type who would be friendly to everyone though

  • 66 BelfastMagpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Thought we were excellent today. Sissoko class & Gouffran very good too.

    And I got a bet up aswell, so happydays !! πŸ™‚

  • 67 toonaids // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    i still dont wanna rely on guti, play him wing back and get santon clause up on the wing, he was lethal today. proper went for it. cisses gonna have a season like last with all this service in the second half.
    acnt wait for europa, reckon its ours in thya bag

  • 68 yo-yo // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Rafa had a real whinge in that interview made me remember how he was at bindippers at his miserable worst

  • 69 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Is true toon having a laugh???

    You know what…not even gonna bother!!

    NOBODY can put me out of this great mood!!!

    Newcastle Utd – the roller coaster of life !!!


  • 70 rfcready // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Finally a game where we looked like we were going to win ,long may it last

  • 71 mot7 // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Yes loving the filthy mackem depresion there will be a few ugly wives getting a slaping in mackem land tonight.

  • 72 Graeme // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Toonbrother @8 – I have my tickets for the final, kindly butt out lol. I dont care who we play, as long as we are there!!!

  • 73 yo-yo // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Sinner @60

    Think how many battered wives there’ll be in mackem land when we go above them in the table.

  • 74 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Apart from Sissoko & Cabaye (back again) is there any significance in the fact that Williamson hasn’t played? Also important that MA sold None of our key players in January (apart from BA). The squad has now been strengthened beyond recognition. The Board should now start getting some credit as when we went down all the primadonnas on huge wages were got rid of & at the time we were another Leeds Utd in the making.Now we must be on a good financial footing with a find blend of young AND experienced players. At last! maybe we can look forward to better times ahead. The Wee Club in the North East is on the move.

  • 75 BelfastMagpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Ramires should of been sent off like. Think Webb didn’t give them a pen, because he new he’d made a mistake with the Ramires incident.

  • 76 mot7 // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Plenty of batterd mackem wives that will be going to bed tonight dreaming of the mighty sissoke dreamboat doubleteam

  • 77 outsidethebox // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    oh ho ho its magic sissoko you,ll never believe it ….
    prefer the moose to the beast though….

  • 78 Carryingcoals // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I’m not normally a one to come on here on a matchday but that was absolutely sensational today. Huge post match analysis, just can’t get enough!


  • 79 norwegian magpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    does anyone have a stream for MOTD?

  • 80 mot7 // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    MOTD will edit the game to look like we were lucky they hate it when we win

  • 81 Dannyo // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Sissoko – Legend in the making!
    We had to remarkable feats today.
    We beat Chelsea 3-2.
    We came back after being 2-1 down, hasn’t happened since October 2010.

    We’re back!

  • 82 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    All this, with still Tiote, HBA & Raylor to come back & the two other new French lads not figured yet! Hard game at Spurs next but if we play like today could even get something there. Wasn’t at the game but for once in a a long while can’t wait for Match of the Day.Could even be on first for a change!

  • 83 Carryingcoals // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    dannyo, torq

    Enjoy it, celebrate it, remember it…

    dont let the neggars get to you, we were simply brilliant in an entertaining game today.

    Best match in ages. COME ON!!!!!

  • 84 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Great performance from the lads today!
    Krul was fantastic

    Debuchy my word what a player looked like the debuchy from the euros today! Am i the only one who loves seeing those cheeky little chipped passes up the wing from him? And he actaully has the ability to cross!

    Tayls n colo, ive been saying tayls should be dropped for mbiwa, but he was cracking today gave everything, lets hope he can stat fit! Colo looked like colo again good to see


    Perch played well picked up a stupid booking but grafted hard offered some good cover when we were flying in attack

    Sissoko, no words can descibe this lad, simply amazing what a terrior, hassled chelsea all game and his ability to pick out a pass is fantadtic, not to mention scoring a brace on his home debut!

    Cabaye, god we’ve missed this lad, future captain of the toon, outstanding again, pulled all the strings controlled the game today

    Gouffran, another fantastic performance, if he keeps up this work rate and energy can see him taking cisse’s place when benny is back

    Jonas, talk about a different player today, had a shaky opening to the game, but that goal was class and seemed to completly revitalise him, he started looking like the old jonas again, and good on him if his confidence is boosted hopefully he can play with less pressure and up his game

    The one and only disappointment today for me
    Weak on the ball sloppy with his finishing never goalside of the defenders and generally seems to lack any effort

    Also howard webb done us a HUGE favour booking cisse because that was a retrospective ban all day long if he hadnt!
    Stupid thing to do knowing were in a battle and the needless elbow on terry lead to the second goal, sorry cisse pal but you really need to up your game

  • 85 yo-yo // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM


    yeh I’ve noticed that too

  • 86 Carryingcoals // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Evening tads

    I know what you mean about Cisse, the whole team looks to be moving forward and improving, he needs to be part of that.

    We could potentially be a really really good side, it’s got my hopes up. Imagine when we beat Spurs… ok not too far, I’ll stop… πŸ˜€

  • 87 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Yeah Norwegian Mag it’s on BBC 1 at 10.30 Geordie Time!
    Sorry mate couldn’t resist it but hope you find a really good stream so you can watch it

  • 88 BelfastMagpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Agree with tads about Cisse like. When Chelsea went 2-1 up, I was thinking here we go again. Cisse missing chances first half & we’re going to get beat again. Thankfully we won. Cisse needs to sharpen up tho..

  • 89 Carryingcoals // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    west lancs

    Forget wee club, it’s more like the oui club! The French players all seem like a hard working bunch playing for the team and giving their all. Absolutely superb!

    Cabaye looking international class, Sissoko unstoppable and Gouffran and Debuchy have already showed they’re big improvements to our squad.

    Can’t wait to see Mbiwa get going!

  • 90 beefman13 // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    What a place the Cathederal is when we are pushing forward, it was passion personified! Sissokos run past cole and then pushin him out the way and terrific shot were such a highlight today, lets not forget the prem is a total different kettle of fish to the french league, we all said the french lads needed to hit the ground running and im mightly impressed with the application they have shown, we have ben arfa to come back as well, that game today was made for him, got to say nice one of the shoulder by jonas, got up great for it, and i wud still gave anita for perch but today is brill for all of us, what a lovely change leaving the ground happy, ecstatic.

  • 91 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Evening mate, hope we do beat spurs got tickets for it!!
    Just read your match report good write up as ever!
    Today was hands down are best performance since manure at home last season but yeah cisse is starting to concern me, in fact tbh he’s starting to bug me a bit, especially when you see are ex top scorer at the other end, face kicked in bloodied bandaged and still chomping at the bit to come back on, just wish cisse had a bit of that fight

  • 92 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I could even see us play Benny as a fake #9 or do a Michu for us πŸ˜€

    …the sky’s the limit!

  • 93 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    The one thing that worries me about the Spurs game is that they have real pace, something we don’t always cope with

  • 94 Macas // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    bills-son – From last article, totally agree with you regarding Sissoko. I was pretty disappointed in him, didn’t think he was having the best of games, but after he scored his first goal he really stepped it up a few gears and was excellent. Like you say once he gets used to the pace of the league he can only improve.

  • 95 wartongeordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Why don’t all you idiots that say sack AP stop posting your ridiculous insane comments on here , dont you want a bit of stability at the club , he is a good coach, are you all suffering from short term memory loss — 5th last season , how long did it take Fergie to win anything and Moyes nearly got Everton relegated 2 or 3 times before becoming stable . IDIOTS!

  • 96 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    i just dont know with cisse, it seems like between ba and his demands, and being played rw, he has lost all his confidence…you dont score goals like he did last season and then just become crap

  • 97 toonLYF // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Wanna’ start off by saluting every Geordie in St James Park today, the place was absolutely rocking; i’m sure it sounded absolutely great on TV, credit to our club.

    We were terrific today, all over the pitch..

    Krul – Solid, could do nothing about either goals, commanded his area like an sergeant, and was fired up at the end getting something on everything that flew into our box.

    Debuchy – Done little wrong, won almost every header, and made some very good tackles; also a very neat passer of the ball, can see why he was deployed as a CDM for Lille at times. He’s the RB i thought he was, over the moon with his early NUFC career.

    Coloccini – Composed, smart, unwasteful, lovely display from our captain – maybe should’ve been closer to Mata for his goal though.

    Taylor – The hero of the day for me. 10/10, outstanding. MOTM. His jump infront of the Gallowgate at the end is one of the best moments as a Newcastle fan – those are the moments i follow football for.

    Santon – One of his best displays in the black and white. Looked a threat all day long, 2 superb assists. Defended solidly too.

    Perch – Tried to do a bit too much at times, but played that anchor role very very well today, as he did against Villa. Important player for us today.

    Cabaye – The master – need i say anymore.

    Jonas – Couldn’t be happier for the lad, that must be one of his favourite goals in his career, he looked ecstatic. Won the ball alot, and neatly controlled it on his chest time after time. Played his part effectively.

    Gouffran – An absolute livewire. Great buy, held the ball very well and looked a threat. Intelligent player too, everything Obertan is not – sorry Gabby.

    Sissoko – WOW….. Yaya who?

    Cisse – Link up play was superb today, should’ve grabbed himself a goal but i can have little complaints about his performance, he put the workrate in right to the death, won and held up the ball immaculately. Well played Papiss!

    Well played Pardew. Only thing he should’ve done differently is chin the fat Spanish waiter.

    oh, and Oscar is as soft a player as i’ve seen in this league. Chelsea looked fairly ordinary for large parts (alot down to our workrate) – but i have to say, without Mata, they’d not be top 4.

    Great game. Great result. Great atmosphere. GREATGREATGREAT.

  • 98 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

  • 99 Carryingcoals // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM


    Cheers mate, much appreciated!

    For me the most frustrating thing about him was when he missed that change from about 12 yards out inside the box, the shot came in and he took it and Cech saved to his left…

    Really should have scored.

    Would have liked to see Shola introduced in fact. But we know he has something in him and lets see how he does with a couple more starts through the middle.

    Still though, what a win! Still can’t quite believe it. Going to cap the night off with a couple in the local, catch you soon mate.

  • 100 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM


    its fine just put debuchy on bale, santon on lennon and sissoko on defoe…done πŸ˜‰

  • 101 Bowzer912 // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Our Europa Team now is:
    Much better than previous team

  • 102 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    On Cisse, now that he is our main striker and with Sissoko, Cabaye, Gouffran and HBA we will create to chances that he’s been starved of. He is a class act but needs the service

  • 103 G // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I may be losing the plot here, but I am starting to think that we maybe have a contender for the best Central Midfield pairing in the world? I know that it’s a bold claim, but with Sissoko and Cabaye in the middle I have absolute confidence of us being in control on the centre of the field. I honestly can’t think of a centre pairing in the world I would rather have in the middle. Am I mad?

  • 104 89Norcal // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Only one question, where is this lucky guy?

    Williamsonsuks // Feb 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Put Β£10 on Newcastle to win 3-2 cabaye to score first, 250/1. Ambitious but can see it being a high scoring game HWTL

    lol. Great performance, not only did we beat the European Champs, we did it in style. And for those sadistic ones among us, Ba got a taste of revenge.

    Midfield was excellent, only downer was Jonas’ crossing and Cisse’s finishing, though Cisse’s dribbling was superb.

    Hopefully Gouffy can play a whole match soon, he deserves it, plays like a champ!

  • 105 BDin9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    We were 2.1 down and Pardrew was about to bring Marveax on when Sissoko equalised. Still brought him on after that on place of Gouffran. Won 3-2. He has now got a bench that can do a job.

  • 106 89Norcal // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    @ G

    Maybe a few other pairings but we’re talking from some of the best clubs in the world.

    Busquets and Xavi perhaps? πŸ™‚

  • 107 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:42 PM


    not so lucky, guti scored first haha

    and G yes you are mad.., xavi iniesta, alonso ozil, pirlo vidal, toure silva, no?

  • 108 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Cisse went on that tremendous scoring run before he learnt english, acting on instinct alone

    Dont teach sissoko!!!

  • 109 G // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    @106 / 107. I had considered pairings such as those mentioned, and I would still rather go with Sissoko / Cabaye. Better book myself in with the shrink!

  • 110 toonicle // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    If we can just snag the win from Spurs now we could very well be sitting in 10th with 12 games to go! HWTL

  • 111 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    TADS!!!!!!! Have the neggers (wait…can we still say that?!) gone!!! Actually – who cares mate!!! πŸ™‚

    Probably overtakes Toon vs Arsenal and Toon vs Barca as the greatest atmosphere I have experienced at SJP.

    NOW the new lads can see what everybody talked about with the sound of 52,000 people roaring them to victory!

    Some amazing words for Moussa and Gouffran post match!!! I’m simply buzzing!!!

  • 112 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Disagree mate think he’s had decent service since the manure game but he looks lost now if he’s not 6 yards too far in front of the play aka miles offside, then in general he’s too far behind the play, nearly ecery counter today had santon sissoko cabs or guti in the box but cisse was very rarely there and when he was he wildly lashed at the ball, sorry for me the team our doing all they can do, cisse needs to ip his game ir with goody putting in shifts he wont be the main man for very long

  • 113 KINGNUFC // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    No one mention Perch..he play brilliant today!! Santon also, better and better!!

  • 114 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    @carrying goals, just go bbc iplayer

  • 115 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Agreed mate was great to see SJP rocking again gutted i wasnt there but going to the spuds game so hoping for a cracking atmosphere from the faithful as the last away game i went too it was very subdued!

  • 116 cndrbrown // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I hope we can come away with at least a draw with spurs.. surely we can be safe now

  • 117 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Toon LYF. I get to see more away games than home games these days but Saylor (when he plays) is always the first to come to the fans at the end of the game. We’ve certainly missed his passion what a transformation without Willo the Weak!
    As for comments about Cisse agree with JB he needs to get his confidence back after right wing back fiasco. Now he’s got playmakers like Sissoko, Marvaux & HBA (when he returns) around ,he’ll start scoring again but good to see that others are now chipping in with the goals.

    Really refreshing to see so many upbeat comments. The place is starting to rock again.

  • 118 WWYCD // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Hey now he’s not that bad! Am a worse critic of players I love, Cisse being one of them, and yes he needs to up his game but his all round play today was good just needs to stop letting his head drop

    Man up and keep working too many times now he’s given up in games twice today I can think of (at the half hour mark when Sissoko blazed over the bar he had his back turned walking off and when Chelsea passed around him he threw his hands up and stood still) but when have the ball he’s trying very hard which I can’t fault him for if he keeps doing that he’ll come good again just watch

  • 119 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM


    I think his confidence has taken a serious knock, he’s been played as part of a two man attack with Ba, which simply did not work, he’s been played out wide which basically put him out of the those games.
    It’s no surprise that with Cabaye back fit and now Sissoko feeding him quicker balls he looks a different player for us and with HBA coming back I think he’ll get back to his best

  • 120 KINGNUFC // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Keep this faith and we can challenge any team!! Sissoko and Gourffan only can get better!!

  • 121 Spreadthetoon // Feb 2, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Evening Ladies & Gents
    What a match?! What an evening….I’m absolutely buzzing. Its got me excited and now looking forward to the next match with a renewed confidence. What spirit and fight we gave today. Gouffran’s work rate should not go unnoted, I thought he made a massive difference and Marv was also good. On another day Cisse could have had a brace. The team shape and movement is so much better! HWTL

    PS Does anyone know if HBA could be back for our next match or part of it? I would not want to rush him back again, but how amazing would it be if he was fit again!

  • 122 marcotoon // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Finally a result we can be genuinely proud of this season. Such a good performance, so many great individual performances also. I feared the worst because at one stage we had us losing, Aston Villa winning, Southampton winning and Reading winning also. Although Reading winning wasn’t good for us looking down the way , looking up the way we gained three points on the mackems.I was so glad to beat Chelsea after all the injustice we’ve had against them. Everyone feels more positive now and with Hatem onthe way back who knows what could happen. You could see the joy on everyone’s face at the end of the game and to be honest with you I was almost in tears at the end. I wonder how Demba Ba is feeling just now?

  • 123 yo-yo // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Cisse scored at Villa, not today but will score at Spuds

    1 in 2 (hopefully 2 at WHL)

  • 124 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Don’t agree with the bring back Andy Carroll in the Summer lobby.There are much better options already being considered. In any case, really believe in never go back – rarely works out. Also glad we didn’t go back for Zog as he’s not breaking any pots at Villa. Oh & well done the Toffees coming back fro 3-1 down. Can’t stand the Hairy Monster but he did us a huge favour

  • 125 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Problem is mate he looked better then regressed a bit but today i got too say he was an idiot to get involved with cole and howard webb done us (hopefully) a massive favour in booking cisse or he’d be facing 3 games on the touchline without a doubt
    He needs to calm himself down especially with his shooting!

  • 126 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    and to be fair Cisse could have had a few against Reading but for some top class keeping

  • 127 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    I never been so happy about our performance since we hammered the unwashed 5-1.
    today wasn’t about turning over the opposition.
    it was about the fans roaring on the side.
    pardews tactics to apply high pressure from kick off.
    and the mentality of the team to come back and get 2 goals in the last half hour against a very strong side, which is always pleasing to see.

    got my tickets for the next home game against metalist.

    I just hope a lot of people go because theres nothing disappointing than a half empty stadium when we are in a European completion !!!!

  • 128 89Norcal // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Alan pas…

    Yeah just realized he had Cab scoring first, oh well lol.

  • 129 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM


    cisse is prob as frustrated as any of us at his form

  • 130 laurille // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    I almost get too excited thinking about the possible line up in the future:


    We’ll be a challenge to any team!
    A question that I have been struggling with all day, should we have a real go at the Europa League title now?
    I’m starting to believe that it is possible!

  • 131 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    WE need something different to go with Cisse than AC. I’d be looking to get a pre-season deal done for Tom Ince from Blackpool. Can’t believe no one signed him in January window (only Reading interested? ) . He’s young, he’s got loads of skill, he’s got pace, he knows where the net is AND he’s English. What more do we want for what Β£8M?

  • 132 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Aye, HBA must be chomping at the bit to get back involved, now he has the cavalry backing him up. Mbiwa is restless too, eager to make his mark, never seen a player warm-up so much πŸ˜†

  • 133 BDin9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Just a reminder,Cisse’s quick pass to Gouffran set up the equaliser.Cisse was first to the ball with two great chances in the first half.Should have scored the second one. Stop knocking him. He will get back to being the player we saw last season but he was being asked to play a different role

  • 134 WWYCD // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Aye true but would it really of been a red card? Probably would of been tbf but he barely touched him. Frustration got the better of him but Cole must of said something he’s a horrible little sod after all and Cisse isn’t one to lose his rag

    I agree he’s snatching at his shots but more he plays in the middle the more he’ll feel trusted and the more his instincts will take over…I hope anyway. I don’t think crosses are the best way to give him service though low crosses were cut out way before it got to him and his heading ability isn’t top notch in all honest

  • 135 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I think that u should change colo for saylor as much as I hate to say it cos I think it is inevitable that he will leave in the summer πŸ™

  • 136 Crow59 // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Does anyone know the foundation fortoons number for today i can only find the Reading results as todays havnt been updated yet, also on a side note did anyone else see that ashleys invested in some blonde highlights hahahah

  • 137 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I believe the club shop has sold out of French Berets. They’ll be selling onions next!

  • 138 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I know that Sissoko will take all the plaudits for todyas game but Gouffran looks like being a very, very good buy as well

  • 139 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    west lancs geordie
    for 8 mill you could get 4 sissokos…case closed πŸ˜‰

  • 140 Spreadthetoon // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Spot on re: Gouffran.

  • 141 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM


    yeah ive always been a fan of gouffran since football manager 2010, there wasn’t a game where he would be left out of the squad apat from being injured

  • 142 89Norcal // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Gouffra plays like a true spirited Champion, not at all like a measly 1-2m signing!

    Here’s hoping he gets his debut goal soon. Jonas you scored an amazing header man but have to say you could probably do with a spell on the bench to bring back your fire.

    Or at least cross with the outside boot more often!

  • 143 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    cant wipe the smile of my gob today, still overjoyed was anyone at the game today? was it as good as it looked?

  • 144 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    atmosphere that is

  • 145 WWYCD // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Agree his dummy to allow Sissoko to get away with a Chelsea lad on his back was lovely and his quick turn to draw a foul towards the end was top notch

    Quick and skillful with the work rate of Jonas blokes gonna be a hit plus he says all the right things

  • 146 G // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Gouffran looked great today, which is good, as I did state that I didn’t really rate him when before and when he signed. Delighted to be proved wrong though.

  • 147 Spreadthetoon // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Great words from Sissoko and modest as well.


  • 148 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Don’t knock Big Mike – he’s dipped into the coffers, eventually & invested heavily in the squad without selling the jewels in the crown! Now he’ll be able to open Sports Direct Stores all over France – Toulouse, Nancy, Montpelier, Marseille (maybe Not) etc etc & perhaps one day in Paris.

  • 149 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Agree would of been a soft red but letter of the law he would/should of walked
    Also dont think crosses are the concern he’s had some cracking through balls played in like, dont get me wrong i want cisse to find his foem again, we all do who wouldnt, but when bennys back and assuming marv comes back (im hoping today was a pre caution given the initial assesment was 3 weeks) and goody keeps putting spirited performances like he has how long would we realistically accept him being the main man if his form doesnt pick up?
    As Dbin9 pointed out he used a great bit of play to set up the 2nd but for me he’s still not doing enough infront of goal
    But lets hope he bags a couple soon and his confidence and form rockets like

  • 150 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    good link spread, he’s so humble

  • 151 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I love it when you see clubs throwing stupid money around on fee’s and wages and we bring in guy’s for a small transfer fee and what in footballing terms will be small wages and see them perform well. Proof that our scouting network is up there with the best around

  • 152 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:23 PM


    god save the carr

  • 153 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I wouldn’t be opposed to a statue of Mr Carr outside SJP πŸ˜‰

  • 154 WWYCD // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Aye true but he’s our main man until atleast summer (and there’s no certainty we’ll get another striker in even then) I think with all that time he’ll start hitting form again

    I can’t agree on him getting great through balls the only good one he’s had recently he scored from against Villa today he just caught a shot rather than lapped up a pass. More will come with what’s behind him now

  • 155 Spreadthetoon // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Humble words indeed πŸ™‚

  • 156 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    what if campbell comes through and hits the ground running… will we still need that striker?

  • 157 West Lancs Geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    OK 138
    Sissoko a piece of belting business no question but what dop you get for Β£8M these days? Andy Carroll (Β£35M), Darren Bent(Β£18M) & there are plenty of others. We spent what Β£16M on a washed up Michael Owen & then there was Albert Luque. WE’ve moved on since then and are now looking to recuit young talented ball players with long term potential. They don’t all have to be French. Anyway gone to watch Mrs.Browns Boys then the eagerly awaited Match of the Day.

  • 158 Macas // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    For Coloccini’s challenge on Ba, I don’t see how it could possibly be a red card as Ba had already headed the ball, therefore he wasn’t denying him a goalscoring opportunity.
    As for whether it should have been a penalty or not I guess Webb deemed he had played the advantage, because if Ba had scored would Benitez have been screaming for a penalty? I think not

  • 159 Spreadthetoon // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Anyway just seen APs interview and he’s stated that HBA is 2 weeks away… with him and Tiote back soon that another thing to look forward to and a massive boost.
    Hopefully the lads can keep up the good work rate and progress up the league. There’s a real sense of unity among the players and that’s great to see.

    Hope all have a good evening!

  • 160 WWYCD // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Anyway lads am off have a good un. Biggest 3 points of the season so far today let’s all enjoy it

    And enjoy a some new NUFC stars

  • 161 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Cisse thrives on quick balls into space or his feet, something that he hasn’t had for most of the season, plus I think he thrives on knowing that he’s number one, again something that hasn’t happened until Ba buggered off. But like every other player this season his confidence has been battered there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the lad will come good and get back to his best

  • 162 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Great result on cloud 9!!

    So Ba’s nose broken, wonder how long he’ll be out. We could be responsible for 2 seasons in a row for keeping chelsea out the top 4.

  • 163 BDin9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Lee Ryder on talk sport tonight talking about collocini challenge on Ba…it could have been er ah oh a red card um ah… go to bed u divvy

  • 164 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM


    nothing like a couple in a row to get the monkey off the back but he worked hard today but did’t takes his chance, he’ll come good again his all round game and workrate though looks spot on

  • 165 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    MA era top buy?

    Cabaye Β£5m
    Sissoko Β£1.8 (though early days)
    Tiote Β£3.5m
    Santon Β£5.5m
    Bigi Β£1m
    Ba Β£2m (agent fees)
    HBA Β£2-5m

    answers on a postcard

  • 166 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM


    cabaye still for me, he was an unknown quantity, under the radar we had that pretty much done just as people were starting to take notice of him as the league leaders captain at the time… out of nowhere with minimum fuss

  • 167 lordy_geordie // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    right im usually a positive perso bt it really pisses me off when neggers slate pardews tactics when we were 2 1 down. We were still playing good football. Or is it because we were against chelski no one could see us scoring another 2? well we scored a hatful against man u and arsenal. goals are not a problem. Anyway thts why pardews the manager and we arent. on another note goufran was great and overshadowed by sissoko but hey its a team fame. last thing to say. R U Watching Demba Ba lmao u leave saying chelsea have a different quality of players lol yeah u look stupid now

  • 168 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    on the Ba penalty call. How often do you see centre forwards taken clean out after they shoot. Never ever is a penalty awarded. Colo knew he had to put him off and would be able to make contact. Grey area in the rules.

    Look at the Perch tackle on Weismann vs Villa. He was late after the ball had been shot on goal but this is never a penalty.

    For me it is a foul. Anywhere else on the pitch and it is a foul. A foul in the box is a penalty, simple.

  • 169 BelfastMagpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    If he had of gave them the pen, it was a red card like.

    But he bottled it because he new he should of sent Ramires off earlier.

  • 170 Macas // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    BelfastMagpie – How would it have been a red card? Ba had already headed the ball, so he wasn’t denied a goalscoring opportunity

  • 171 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    The club shop has sols 1,000 beret’s this week πŸ˜€

  • 172 SuperShearer // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    HAHA! Some muppet on the BBC website has commented saying the only reason Sissoko joined us is that he has a clause in his contract that allows him to join Liverpool at the end of the season. Where do they find these people? Mind you, knowing Liverpool we can expect about a Β£40 Million bid for Sissoko in the summer from them πŸ™‚

  • 173 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM


    Did not know about many on the list except for Ba of course as he was in the prem with WH.

    I had seen Sissoko France vs Spain and for the 10 mins he came on he lost the ball all the time and did one good drive into the box and pass which almost lead to a goal. And of course this..

    Ba has to be up there with the goals he scored?

  • 174 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM


    With two or three more players in during the summer we can easily finish above the Bin Dippers next season

  • 175 BelfastMagpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    It doesn’t matter mate colo’s foot was already raised before Ba headed the ball, so you could say his raised boot put Ba off. He also could of sent him off for dangerous play.

    Webb bottled it because he’d made a mistake with the Ramires incident, Would put a good wager on that.

  • 176 BelfastMagpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Anywhere else on the pitch that’s a free kick all day long like.

    Put it this way, if Terry had of done it on Cisse, we would all be sitting here now moaning about it lol

  • 177 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    52,000 singing ‘You’re just a fat Spanish waiter’

  • 178 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Webb would have been slated for giving a penalty as that type of challenge is never awarded as a penalty.

    ST are taken out all the time after they shoot. Maybe we will see it in the Spurs match but a pen will not be awarded.

    It was a foul though from our dirty (in more than one way) captain! He knew what he was doing and that he would probably get away with it.

  • 179 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    can’t really fault any of them Ba’s goals were nice but we again look like a team that is greater than the sum of it’s parts no he is gone and more selfless players coming in, i just love there attitude and thing they have been scouted and ‘profiled’ by carr very well indeed

  • 180 Tiote4PM // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Looking forward to gaing European qualification this season… It starts here!

  • 181 SuperShearer // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    JackButler, totally agree sir. I’m just entertained by someone so naive as to think that at player, near the end of his contract, would sign for us for next to nothing, on a 6.5 year deal and have a clause allowing him to move to Liverpool…of all the clubs? City, Man U, Barca, Real..maybe….Liverpool Ah HAHAHAHA

  • 182 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Did anyone see this:

    Freelance journalist?@indykaila

    Chinese company Li Ning Company Limited have made enquiries for a stake in a #English club. They have been in contact with #EFC and #NUFC.

    He’s been spot on with basically everything he’s said with regards to transfers and other news

  • 183 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    go compare lol

  • 184 mighty_toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    quick question lads where is the best seating in the great SJP

  • 185 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM


    out of the blue… could this be why the all of a sudden investment?

  • 186 Lee Dodd // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    We were brilliant today. Sissoko was just brilliant and Gouffran just ran and ran and ran… Well Done the Lads !!!

  • 187 BDin9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Belfast your right But it was Ba. So it was funnier

  • 188 cisse made my dentist a millionaire // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    thought Cisse’s ball for the second was beautiful, 11 heroes today and as for Rafa blaming the ref for not sending off Colo just deflects from his sides shortcomings and our brilliant performance

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