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The Incredible Atmosphere Won Us The Game – Gouffran

9:51 pm, Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 252 Comments

There were a lot of Newcastle heroes in the 3-2 win today against Chelsea, and one of them was our new striker/winger Yoan Gouffran,  whose pacy surge through the middle set up the second goal, as his well hit shot was well saved by goalkeeper Cech, but a certain Mr. Moussa Sissoko swept the rebound into the back of the net after 69 minutes to draw Newcastle level – and Sissoko’s second goal on 90 minutes, brilliantly set up by Davide Santon,  sealed an incredible win for the Magpies.

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Yoan Gouffran in action this afternoon

In the last 20 minutes of this game both sides were looking for the winner,  and it was really end-to-end stuff – and it was one of the most exciting games seen at St. James’ Park for a long time – and in front of a sell-out crowd.

The French players in the side did Newcastle proud,  with all of them having very good games – and if Newcastle were a popular club in France before this game – the lads are going to be even more popular with this fantastic and gutsy performance.

This is what new boy Yoan Gouffran said immediately after the game on the Newcastle web-site::

“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.” “It’s a team game.” “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.” “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.” “But we just have to believe as we did against Chelsea, and hopefully we can do something great there.”

Excellent words there from Yoan – and certainly Newcastle’s great team spirit was very apparent today.

Newcastle have won their last two games and we are now 6 points off the drop zone, which is 4 points better off than we were after the Reading defeat.

And we have also gained 5 points on Sunderland in the last couple of games, with the Black Cats going down 2-1 to another late winner from Jimmy Kebe at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon – this time in the 85th minute.

All Newcastle have to do now is win as many games as possible over the remaining 13 games of the season (it’s easy really) – and we may just surprise ourselves – we are currently 7 points out of 7th place.

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252 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tiote4PM // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    European qualification this year??

  • 2 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    love this guy already

  • 3 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:54 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

  • 4 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:56 PM

  • 5 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Biggest sports shop in China, Would make pretty good sense for Mike Ashley to have those involved and would increase Newcastle as a global brand and also increase Sports Direct as a global brand with a partnership, would only benefit Newcastle with another billionaire backer(obviously wont have a say of how we’re run though)

  • 6 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    gt89 ashley cant sell now lol.

    i would feel much happier with success from stable foundations than just being taken over by some rich arab or chinese consortium. 🙂

  • 7 fergies left foot // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    was very impressed with his grit and work-rate.. looks like a thug though haha!

    cant wait for spurs, do you know when, if available, the tickets go on general sale? living in london atm

  • 8 JackButler // Feb 2, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    If Ashley will invest regularly then I wouldn’t want him to sell up

  • 9 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    In other news Oba Martins scored again for Levante tonight

  • 10 Tiote4PM // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Fergies – thinking about moving to Newcastle from London as that is where my families from. Do notice difference in temperature?

  • 11 northernirishtoon // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Great job gouffran today. Every time he speaks I like him more

    As for Ashley selling. Can’t see it

  • 12 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Alan Pas-de-clue – they dont want to buy the club outright, they’re just wanting a stake in a club to expand their own company while offering abit extra money into our finances… Probably say 80% Mike Ashley and 20% Li Ning or something like that

  • 13 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Probably a load of rubbish anyhow

  • 14 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Great words from the lad! Not given the credit he deserved for his work rate against Villa – but he will be a star for us!

    And people were crying out at the fact we hadn’t signed a striker??? Erm…

  • 15 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    GT89 could be very profitable for company, club ashley and fans alike…plausible

  • 16 wolfshead@toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    mata scored we won everyones a winner bonnet de douche haha btw the booing of ba when he went off injured was shameful grow up ffs

  • 17 SupaToonKid // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    I like the sound of this Chinese consortium buying a stake in the club. Have Ashley in charge but more injection in cash would be nice.

  • 18 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Decent article this.

  • 19 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Alan Pas-de-clue – That what a mean mate in a way it makes sense, Ashley will defo not sell the club outright but I’m sure he would be welcome extra backing providing they dont want a telling say in how the club is ran

  • 20 SupaToonKid // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I’m buzzing for MOTD. Can’t wait to see Sissoko’s goals again.

  • 21 manxpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    the fact that check the tosser and catchy from knobway havent been on after this great historic win (even though they say they want whats best for the team!!)
    can everyone IGNORE them please because they are only after the attenssion that being over negative brings!!?
    what a game that was today debuchy and sanno was brilliant perch and cabeye were brilliant sissoko was immence and our center backs and jonas were too!!
    and for some reason cisse is a scapegoat for some of you’s!!
    hey he was in the positions to score and he was unlucky on another day he would have buried them plus he made a WORLD CLASS through ball for the other amazing performance off the day in gouffran i’m still finding it hard that some “FANS” seem to feel the need to slate a player!
    unbelievable after that result
    pardew deserves a hell off alot of credit!

  • 22 Graeme // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    MA could sell the Chinese say a 25% stake in return for 100% of what the club owe him!!!

    Club is debt free, Ashley gets his money back, the Chinese get SD rights in China, SD market their stuff in UK, Everybody wins!! Then sell them the Shirt Sponsorship for £25 million a year and EVERYONE is happy lol

  • 23 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Not being stupid here but I do genuinely believe we have a chance of winning the Europa League..Imagine the reaction and how upbeat our City will be, not winning a trophy in a billion years and then winning a European Trophy!!

  • 24 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:16 PM


    ideal scenario

  • 25 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Graeme – Cracking plan of action that is haha

  • 26 GeordieToon89 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Also in world news, C.Ronaldo has scored more goals vrs Real Madrid than Messi in 2013

  • 27 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Manx – Well said mate! VERY conspicuous by their absence!

    So much for supporting the club – all they want to do us spread bad vibes.

    Still in cloud 9 and don’t intend on coming down all week!!! 🙂

  • 28 archaeomag // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    . . That’s over 5 hours without any mega-neggers – what a result

  • 29 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    GT89 – That would be something special…

    But you know what???….WHY NOT!!?!!

    We’ve got the players – getting our league status secured for next year HAS to be job 1 – but we could have a real go at the Europa mate!

  • 30 manxpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    torqtoon haha i’m the same but monday always seems to be a bar-steward (but thats just work) 🙂

  • 31 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    why is the spurs game a week away haha

    the squad has depth thus creating competition i think the squad picked for europe now has a point to prove and fighting for a place in the PL starting 11 meaning we can really kick on, we could even afford a couple of big guns in europe now too, only goofy cup tied which is a bonus with the standard we brought in

  • 32 jeff // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    man i love gouffran but i feel bad that he is keeping marveaux out of the side =(

    marv played so well when he came on today

  • 33 Graeme // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    GT89 – already have the tickets for the final confirmed by uefa – I’ll be there and dont give a monkeys who we play. I watched us win in 69 and I’m taking my son to watch us win in 2013 lol bring it on

  • 34 Dannyo // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Ed, for banner:

    Amalfitano out – Gouffran in
    Obertan out – Sissoko in
    Simmo out – Mbiwa in

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Juat finished watching the game again on football first! Now for MOTD 😉

  • 36 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    off for MOTD, just have to see what the pundits say… will we get any credit or where chelsea just poor… if we get the credit im sure it will be through gritted teeth – shearer excluded if he’s on

  • 37 hotdog // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Happy days 🙂 not so happy for Chelsea fans just read this on their blog!
    Pissed about today.
    But give that beast of a man Moussa Sissoko a f*****g Oscar.Wow I enjoyed watching him today to be honest esp when he broke into beast mode on Ashley Cole!just wow!

    by Martinez#47 on Feb 2, 2013 5:07 PM GMT reply

  • 38 manxpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    archaeomag (can i ask you wat your names about never seen them vowels in that order lol?)
    its true so these so called supporters come on every time where in a sticky patch but never when where playing well!!
    you can add rotunda to that too wat a c@nt 🙂

  • 39 Krul to be Kind // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    and as for alan ‘ach aye atrocious defending’ hansen (great player mind) have to pick holes in

  • 40 nick_9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    What a game, I’ve only just got back now and still feel lightheaded from chanting. Gouffran and sissoko are terrific buys and have given 100% which is very pleasing. Sissoko is a powerhouse and gouffran is fast and very intelligent. The new lads have brought plenty to the team and Steven Taylor is another who gives his all for the cause in blood, sweat and tears. Excellent performance today and the most pleasing thing was we didn’t go defensive at half time, Chelsea did have a spell but we certainly didn’t look defensive to me. So pleasing to see happy faces and fans changing leaving the ground. Back to back wins and back within reaching distance of 10th

  • 41 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Catchy will be back tomos spouting how the result was a fluke and chelsea only lost because the ref didnt give a pen blah blah blah
    When we lose its pardews fault when we win its down to the players and nothing to do with pardew and its fluke 😉

  • 42 fergies left foot // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM


    Im not from Newcastle, sorry! but id dont think
    the difference to big, a bit more windy perhaps 😉

  • 43 fergies left foot // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM


  • 44 hotdog // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Happy days 🙂 here’s a Chelsea fan summing up my thoughts!

    Pissed about today.
    But give that beast of a man Moussa Sissoko a fuc*ing Oscar.Wow I enjoyed watching him today to be honest esp when he broke into beast mode on Ashley Cole!just wow!

    by Martinez#47 on Feb 2, 2013 5:07 PM GMT reply

  • 45 yo-yo // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM


    spot on

  • 46 Supermac09 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Thought Jonas played well today …granted in the final third his quality wasn’t great in fact it was poor …however his energy and desire to win win was fantastic given that he was played out of position..many other professionals would spit the dummy out…I know he has his critics on here however for me he is a team player hence why the gaffer luvs him.

  • 47 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Jeff – I agree ! But it’s a nice dilemma to have!

    Did anybody see the deleted tweets for Ashley Cole tonight?

    Saying how he was completely skinned by Sissoko and how he wishes Chelski had somebody like him!!


  • 48 psutty80 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Here we go motd!!!

  • 49 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Oh no hanson and keown on MOTD we wont get nout in the credit department then!

  • 50 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Good old jonas that goal meant alot to him

  • 51 BDin9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    @Jeff Gouffran is class mate. Everyone shouting for HBA to come back in as soon as he is fit No he needs to fight for HIS place. That’s what makes a squad.Can Tiote just walk back in with Sissoko,Cabaye,Perch playing well. Pardrew lacked options, not now

  • 52 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Bore off Benitez…….!

  • 53 Supermac09 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Possibly Santons best game in a black and white shirt

  • 54 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Watching the analasis and hiw crisp is gouffran’s passing!!!

  • 55 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Shake your fcuking heads didnt even show a replay of the fantastic build up too jonas’s goal bunch of tw@’s

  • 56 manxpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    wow just watched motd and they didn’t even show the ramerirez tackle and also started our performance with a chelsea attack!!!!

  • 57 JTOONJ // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    MOTD saying it was a definite penalty i don’t think it was both had a right to go for the ball, and predictably they focus on that an say thats why we won! Didn’t even show ramires’s two footed tackle which should of been a sending off!

  • 58 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Can I just say – If that had been man utd / citeh / arsenal they would’ve dedicated SO much more time to analysing our game!!

    But because its us…a brief recap is all we get!!! Clowns…

  • 59 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    If, or rather when Villa go down we should be all over Benteke IMO. The guy is just what we need and would be a great partner for Cisse

  • 60 Graeme // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Hanson reckons Collo should have been off and a penalty awarded – ref must have got it right then lol

  • 61 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Be intresting to here keowns view had the challenge been the other way round, say colo was heading the ball clear and ba was going for a bicycle kick

  • 62 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I don’t know why I let pundits rile me, but the mention of being cautious, because Sissoko hadn’t scored in his previous 30-odd for his club – maybe that’s because he played in a completely different role you numpties! You’d think it was their job to be experts….. oh, it is!?

  • 63 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Oh my god, we beat chelsea, the team that wont he champions league last year and have improved since, we came back from behind, jonas…fecking jonas scored! colo gave ba a well deserved muay thai kick to the face, how could things have went any better! and our 1.8 million sissoko tears apart chelsea’s so called superstars….mad!

  • 64 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Benteke should be first on our shopping list, if Villa go down.

  • 65 nick_9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    That’s crazy not to show the Ramires challenge, looked a bad one at the ground so I was hoping for some clarification.

    Perhaps squad rotation is a little harsh on marveaux and Anita but we’ve picked up six points in two games now so it’s hard to argue. Hba is a starter for me though and when fully fit unfortunately I think he slots in at the expense of Jonas, for me anyhow. Gouffran woks his socks off and is doing a lot better than I imagined. I hope he scores soon at SJP. Only downside today was cisse did not put one of his chances away.

  • 66 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    The speed debuchy gets up and down the pitch is unreal

  • 67 Supermac09 // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    TorqToon …a brief recap on us is good the less other teams know how we play the better…. Unless everyone watches France in the next international match….

  • 68 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Joe – I thought the same mate! I knew we’d get sh1t coverage as soon as I saw who the ‘experts’ were!

  • 69 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Supermac – Yeah fair point there mate! 🙂

  • 70 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    TADS – You saying Debuchy has pace???

    Coz I swear some on here had wrote him off after his first game!!! Haha

    No sign of those people now huh?? 🙂

  • 71 manxpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    well for me the collo situation is if he didn’t challenge then he’s not a defender and the commentators would be saying ba would have put his head in where it hurts but because he hit him it’s a penalty!! load of bollicks lyk ramierez was a red every day of the week is there any way you can complain to motd about wht they showed!?
    online guy i’m looking to you for an answer lol?

  • 72 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    just thinking say we got our team into the champ league…we could be responsible for half the france squad

  • 73 BDin9 // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    MOTD Hanson is a Muppet

  • 74 Graeme // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I think HBA and Tiote are going to have their noses put out; I dont think they will just walk straight back in. If Pardeiux is true to his word, they will have to fight for their place – which is no bad thing tbh!!!

  • 75 JTOONJ // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    ST holder here… and the difference between debuchy and simmo is amazing! Also Goufran is like obertan but can play footy consistantly and tracks back helped the team massively!

  • 76 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Torq, i think it was because debuchy got skinned by agbonlahor wasnt it?

    but then someone pointed out lack of pace isnt debuchys problem, its just his lack of awareness of new opponetnts pace; that will come

  • 77 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Didnt realise Sissoko was this good. Makes you think why the top top teams didnt go in for him at less than £2m? Would have been worth a punt.

    Or maybe we are one of the top top teams in the French market. Turnover puts in the top 20 in Europe. But we now have 2 regular french internationals (Cabaye & Debuchy) plus 2/3 on the fringes (MYM & Sissoko / HBA). That must be the most barring Arsenal in Europe?

  • 78 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:05 PM


    I think they do absolutely no research, just turn up to the studio, role out the cliches, pocket the gratuitous amounts of licence fee payers cash – Hansen is on something like £50,000 an episode – “time and time again.” -.-

  • 79 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    i think maybe pardew was justified in buying obertan, he saw the raw potential, and he could have been exactly what we needed. unfortunately you win some lose some, but least now we have gouffran who looks a very astute buy

  • 80 JTOONJ // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Joe Blog

    I know shearer gets 70k for an appearance!

  • 81 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Torq not just pace mate but the vision and ability to know when to use it, nit just run up and down aimlessly like obertan!
    It helps that cabs knows him do well because he knows he can thump a 30-40 yard diagonal ball and he knows debuchy will already have his tekkers on down the line to meet it!
    Great to watch! And those cracking little lobbed passe’s he jeeps foing down the touch line, incredible!!!

  • 82 JTOONJ // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:08 PM


    Seeing cabaye and debuchy link up is awesome they know eachother so well some of cabayes passes today to debuchy were class.

  • 83 hotdog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Are people seriously saying Ben arfa shouldn’t be in our starting 11!!!
    Give ya heads a shake fellas

  • 84 JTOONJ // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM


    He shouldn’t walk into it be gradually introduced as ben arfa needs that as we saw at fulham.

  • 85 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Alan – Yeah that was the reason – HOWEVER there aren’t many people who can match up pace wise to gabby Ag.

    But like you say – the awareness to tackle a pacy defender will come. He is going to be outstanding in the black and white.

    TADS – Yeah it riles me up. But then again – what did we except from that bunch on MOTD?!

  • 86 manxpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    tads i know he will but please every actual FAN ignore him
    we’ve been outstanding in the last 2 games (with very positive subs!!!!)
    on the motd thing why the hell didn’t they show that challenge surely they’d like to see a maybe and a maybe not!
    i think we should all complain!!! lets face it wats worse ramirazes challenge or perch’s TAPPING the ball away they both got ther same punishment btw!!

  • 87 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    On the lads to come back – I can see HBA winning his place back at the expense of Guti (and switching gouff over to the left)

    But Tiote – well he REALLY has some work to do!! He won’t get in ahead of Cabaye, Sissoko and perch / Anita, on this form.

  • 88 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    ive criticised pards a lot for getting it wrong

    but i think its time to say well done, ashley has given him the tools he wanted for the job, and now it seems he is getting the job done

  • 89 hotdog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Jtoonj – if he is fit he plays but agreed first game from the bench might be the best option. He is one lad that gets a shirt oh aye and sissoko 🙂

  • 90 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Seem the ramires challenge a few times, definate red benitez has got no fcuking right to complain the fat cnut

  • 91 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Alan – A few more wins like this mate and you may need to re-think your user name!! Haha

  • 92 Markaccus // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Benitez…. Coloccini should have been sent off and chelsea should have had a penalty. Wnaker.

  • 93 manxpie // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    tads thats wat i’m saying how the hell can motd not show it i guarentee it if it was a newcastle player it’d be showed!!
    but they show a defender with only his eyes on the ball and call it a penalty!!
    i think ed should tell every1 on this blog to tweet gary lineker about this because its shockin to be honest!!

  • 94 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM


    Alan Beaucoup-de-clue doesnt quite have the same ring!

  • 95 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    So we are only 7 points off 7th place. Now that is crazy!

  • 96 Rake // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I’v seen so many people come on this blog and slate Pardew and say he would revert back to 4-4-2 blaha blah blah but it’s obvious he has been integrating us to play this formation from the end of last season till this season.
    Most of us with our limited knowledge of Sissoko and how well Cabaye has played would have moved him further up the bitch and probably had Sissoko sitting with Perch. I’m not blowing his trumpet but the amount of chances we are suddenly creating with Sissoko play CAM is clear to see.

  • 97 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM


    5 points off 7th place

  • 98 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Alan – I like it mate!!! 🙂

  • 99 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    MOTD: Sissoko didn’t do much for Toulouse before coming to toon (refering to the fact he hadn’t scored.)

    If they did their homework they’d know he was used as a DMF but season prior he scored 6-7 goals.

    He’s also young and coming into his own now.

  • 100 hotdog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Bollance – there is positivity right there for you haha

  • 101 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Let down big time by BBC website. 9 points off 7th

    Maybe a good omen!

  • 102 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    5 points off 7th is that true??

    and rake

    i agree completely, sissoko seems like yaya toure, able to play cdm, but a much more influential player when the shackles are freed, fair play to pardew for utilising him like that, but cabaye did once say he would rather be a deep lying playmaker like xavi so it seems this way works

  • 103 gazzaforever // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Sooo, that means that you can’t make any critic or any negative comment of the team that you support? is that your point, tortoon, manxpie, toonsouthsomething, ruddy and some other muppets? Well guess what, a forum is about arguing, supporting, complaining , and all , so if you are not happy with that you can go fck yourself.

  • 104 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    No, we’re 8 points off 7th and 6 from 3rd bottom.

    The BBC PL table is wrong has us at 30.

  • 105 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    For the final time..

    8 points off 7th!

    Also let down by SSN

  • 106 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    We’re on 27 points now. 13 off safety.

  • 107 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Disappointed. Just watched the Wigan match and was expecting a pitch invader in a Newcastle shirt, with Ketsbaia on the back, to take the opportunity now he’s back on our shores and mob Scharner.

  • 108 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:37 PM


    The table never lies 😉

  • 109 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    BBC are so sloppy these days Bollance.

    Not in my day.

  • 110 Sir Braveheart // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    It doesnt matter what MOTD shows or says. We all know its a great performance from everyone on the pitch, great victory and back to back wins. More points in 2 games than the last 12.

    They can sit there on MOTD and say whatever the hell they want. Tonight, nothing is spoiling my mood.

  • 111 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    We’re two point off scum!!!

  • 112 bollance // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM


    Lets face it BBC has had a bit of a mare tonight!

  • 113 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Sir Braveheart, hear hear

  • 114 Graeme // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Bollance – the tables I’m looking at – we are 9 points off 7th place mate. We have 27 points, the Poo in 7th place have 35 points – we need 9 points to take their spot!!!

    I can see us up around 7th if we continue to play like we did against Villa and again today!!!

  • 115 hotdog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Bollance – I hope your day job isn’t as a researcher 🙂

  • 116 TorqToon // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Gazza – thanks for that mate! 🙂

  • 117 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Agreed sir,

    It’s amazing what two wins does for league position, confidence and momentum. A tough away game at spurs next, hopefully we can get something but most importantly after that HBA and Tiote return for the next PL game!

  • 118 beefman13 // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Emotional indeed MOTD, proud as punch, massive effort by everyone, if we could improve our delivery in to the box then we could be more potent, santons ball for the jonas goal was outstanding, bit most other balls in to the box were very poor and corner number 258 and still no goal resulting.

    Jonas worked hard and good goal so fair play, his work rate hasnt ever been in question, final end product though is still well below average, but he gave his all today, perch gave the ball away in some bad positions which could have cost us, had a mixed bag of an afternoon for me, the brilliance of sissoko pulled us out in the end, i do think we still deserved the win though, tiote back up to speed in africa, and goes straight back in when he comes back for me as does ben arfa, benny would have been made for that sort of game today. Tough game c spurs next then a real chance to get some serious points on the boardWhat 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, toughy v spurs next then a real chance to get serious points on the board with the upcoming fixtures.

  • 119 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    MOTD needs a revamp.

    Presenter – Danny Baker

    Pundits – Gianluca Vialli (in a job?), Klinsmann (in a job?), Clark Carlisle and someone to stir it up, suggestions?

  • 120 Sir Braveheart // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Also, Qpr cant buy a win, Villa having zero luck, even on the rare occasions they play well, fulham lose again, wigan struggling for wins and Mackems looking lightweight.

    Come March there will be a group of 4 or 5 teams all at the bottom within 2 or 3 points of each other. Im certain we wont be among them.

  • 121 jimiley // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    We have the makings of a very good team. We have two weaknesses. The striker Cisse has no brains. He does not understand the off side law and is very much hit and miss. More likely to miss. Not in the same class as Ba. And more importantly,the manager. It will be interesting to see how he can still pick Jonas when Tiote and HBA return. He will still pick Jonas if it was a choice between him and Messi.

  • 122 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Following the spurs away game we have 4 decent fixtures with HBA and Tiote available. It is not inconceivable we could go on a run and close in on the top 8. If we get anything from Spurs it’s a strong possibility. Debuchy v Bale will be very interesting.

    Newcastle v Southampton
    Swansea v Newcastle
    Newcastle v Stoke
    Wigan v Newcastle

  • 123 Graeme // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Joe Blog – at £50k a show – where do I sign lol

    Its a no brainer!!!

  • 124 hotdog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Mr pulis – you are a twat of the highest order!

  • 125 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    jimiley leave the negativity for tonight yeah?, and spuggy im liking the look of those fixtures, would take a draw from tottenham though, dont fancy our chances against them with their wingers, if our fullbacks dont stay put

  • 126 Joe Blog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Graeme – if you’re a blunt Northerner, you’ll do! 🙂

  • 127 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    on a side note for some reason i genuinely think carroll could do a great job for us back as a lone striker. with hba gouffran marv sissoko or cabaye feeding off he gives a focal point of attack which is one of the things it looks like we lack

  • 128 Jamiemac // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    I know Cisse wasn’t that bad but I just think he’s had enough time to hit a run of form and its never come therefore my team for spurs would be:
    Hba(if fit)-Sissoko-jonas

    Jonas has played alright last 2-3 games and will be crucial defensively vs spurs wingers. Perch and Taylor have both played well recently so they should keep their places ahead of Anita and m’biwa.

  • 129 hotdog // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    It’s not just the fullbacks v bale. You need to double up on players as good as that. You want good cover from your midfielder in front of you and your centre half if he does you.

  • 130 true toon // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    If only we signed another striker like PEA , RVW or WB.. God knows what will happen..

  • 131 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    maybe man mark bale with perch and get him to just hack him down inside two mins. one strong challenge on bale in the first 10 and hes quiet the rest of the game

  • 132 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Theres enough movement around ur midfield at the moment for us to have a single clinical target man, rvw could do a great job

  • 133 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:56 PM


    Jonas on the right in front of Debuchy is a good shout against spurs, both doubling up on bale. A lot of our forward play lately has come through Santon down the left.

  • 134 Sir Braveheart // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    8-9 points from the next 5 games would be great and a distinct possibility. Anything more is top 6 form.

    Would really like to see us give the Europa league a real go too. No PL games between the two Metalist games so lets put a full strength team out at home for the first leg.

  • 135 Spuggy // Feb 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I’d stick with Cisse, he scored against villa a very good goal, he is getting into good positions. I don’t think either of his two chances today were easy against one of the best shot stopper around.

    He also had a significant part in the second goal.

  • 136 Sir Braveheart // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Anyone picked up in the fact that Remy pulled up with a suspected groin injury in training friday? Bullet dodged?

  • 137 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    just realised we can go above the mackems if we beat spurs and they get beat off arsenal next weekend 😛 howay!!!

  • 138 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    i think we can pick up anywhere between 8-13 points from our next 5 games, ten looks about right

  • 139 TorqToon // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Brave heart – It’s torn apparently. Could be out a few weeks.

  • 140 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    56 points got 7th last year, that leaves us 13 games to get 29 points, anyone fancy it 😉 a required record of 9-2-2 doesnt leave much margin for error lol

  • 141 beefman13 // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Braveheart, i heard Remy had a groin tear, and it was a bad one!

  • 142 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    oh and for the optimists, if we win every game from now till the end of the season, we finish with a point more than last year 😉

  • 143 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Does anybody else think there’s something going on with Jonas, personally I mean.

    His reaction to the goal today was pretty impassioned to say the least and after villa he seemed to be crying with Pardew consoling him.

    If there is then of course the club should help however Pardew shouldn’t be giving him games just because it is cathartic- if that is in fact having an impact.

  • 144 geordiejamie89 // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    What a week!

  • 145 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Cisse, Cabaye, sissoko and Jonas have all scored in the last two games and Gouffran came close today.

    Great sign, and that’s without HBA who is soon to return.

  • 146 Tiote4PM // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Where are we in the fecking league? Every bloody league table is different!

  • 147 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:17 AM


    i think its simpler than that, he knows he hasnt been at his best and both he and pardew are aware of some of the ott criticism he gets from us fans. being practically a geordie i think he takes this to heart

  • 148 toonicle // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Benteke would be huge for us, would love to see him come to the Toon.

  • 149 coccolini // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    so tiote slots in for perch… ben arfa for guti? That is what you’d presume but i doubt that’s what will happen. Back 4 looked solid today, santon and debuchy are generally excellent. The link up play between gouffran and sissoko is just on a different level though. Best 2 players on the pitch today. Saylor, collo, cabaye also excellent

  • 150 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    toonicle, there are people on other blogs up and down the top flight thinking exactly the same, if they go down there will be an almighty scramble, meaning we will prob lose out due to correctly not breaking wage structure

  • 151 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    its good to see that people are recognising Gouffrans contribution to the team, just as influential as sissoko today, minus the goals ofc, great performance by the whole team

  • 152 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    @Alan – I know, that’s what I thought at first, maybe you’re right.

    I think that’s really respect- worthy if he is caring to that degree about his/ the team’s form. He looked a man possessed when he scored!

    I suppose his attitude has never been in question- more just his crossing!

  • 153 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    gonufc football really does seem to be his life and i for one would love jonas to see out his career here. sure hes frustrating but hes a player i would never want to see leave, i just hope he uses his goal as a springboard…the guys at sky rated him our most influential player last season!!

  • 154 DG MAGPIE // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Great game today… I could have even forgave the lads for losing or drawing as it was 2 magnificent goals by lamps & mata.
    Everyone played great apart from some sloppy perchy play. And some poor crossing from Jonas (who aye brilliant the rest of the game)
    Did any notices how happy guti was when celebrating the goal.

    Shout out to ba as well was great for us. Although I expected it he didn’t deserve his reception today… Never mind a broken nose !

    Great atmosphere as well by the fans!!

    Got myself a sissoko top after the game ! :)))

  • 155 donkeypunch // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Alan Pas-de-clue i agree with you on andy carrol lot of people have written him of and say they would never have him back but hes still young and has lost a bit of confidance plus injurys not just the goals you get with andy its the whole package no defender get an easy game againt him hes one of the most dangerous player to have when you have free kicks defending or attacking them and i dont believe we would have to play hoof ball with him. cisse a great finisher but he just doesent bring much else after that much prefere sombody who can lead the line and be the focal point for 7 -10 million would be worth taking a look at

  • 156 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    No room for sentiment though lads

    As soon as benny and tiote are back they HAVE to replace guti and perch

    And make no mistake about, with all the competition for places in nearly every position (except cisse) I think it will propel some of our players to a new level

    Imagine sissoko, benny, tiote, gouffran in the form of their lives

    Capable of beating anybody (think that win today has went to my head)

  • 157 donkeypunch // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    for me if we do go for a striker 1 bony 2 carrol 3 benteka

  • 158 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    THis guy!… When he made that blitzing run, it had me on my feet shouting at the TV.

    A bit gutted that he didn’t score the goal in the end, but like he said its a team game and he is definetly one of the big contributing factors to our wins.

  • 159 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    As for Rafa moaning about Colo staying on the pitch. That guy is desperate.

    Clearly accidental, the ball was there to be won. Taking diving headers like that, there is always the risk of getting hit in the face.

    I’d love to hear his comments on Ramires’s two footed, off the ground lunge at Guttierez. Last time I checked, that was suppose to be a red.

    As for Cisse. That lad is lucky to have stayed on..

  • 160 DG MAGPIE // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Bit of gossip.. My mate works as a bar man at diamonds strip club.
    Cabaye goufran sissoko mbiwa hiadra and debuchy are all there now celebrating ! (Sneaky devils)

    He said Cabaye has been introducing himself as ‘vince’ !

  • 161 gfp13 // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Summer transfers… Luik and siem de Jong, alderweireld and douglas(free transfer). Possibly a winger too

    Likes of willo and colo to leave a long with jonas gosling and also Simmo. What you guts think? Like those targets? What would your summer activity be?

  • 162 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    im just wondering what ashley said as ive never seen cisse lose his temper like that.

    i too think we should bring in a physical present such as bony or benteke as a striker, as much as i think pea is a good player he looks more suited to being the second striker in a 442, not quite a winger, not strong enough to play as a lone striker

  • 163 jeff // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    i think everyone has overlooked how well debuchy played today! both our fullbacks were great

  • 164 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:57 AM


    aye theres a photo of them all on twitter, Debuchy made a mistake though, double denim!

  • 165 89Norcal // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I’m glad Gouffran isn’t turning into an unsung hero, his contribution is plain to see, and for a striker he’s a great team player.

    I have been impressed by Perch, I thought he fell off first half of this season but his tackles are excellent, though he does get reckless at times. Him and Cabaye had me worried they would get more bookings.

    The interesting thing is we haven’t been as desperate for Anita’s quality due to the amazing Sissoko and Gouffran, plus Santon is finding his form.

    Would hope to see Debuchy get involved more. We are only 3 points off of 12 or 13 place I believe, and the form of the teams above us is slipping.

    Let’s finish the season strongly!

  • 166 beefman13 // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Dalgliesh buys at the toon Jan 1997 Olof Hellberg DEF Club TBC Trial
    Mar 1997 Des Hamilton MID Bradford City £2,000,000
    Mar 1997 Bjarni Gudjonsson FWD IA Akranes £250,000
    Apr 1997 Paul Brayson FWD Swansea Loan ended
    Apr 1997 Paul Brayson FWD Swansea Loan ended
    Apr 1997 Stuart Elliott MID Hull City Loan ended
    Jun 1997 Paddy Kelly MID Celtic Free
    Jun 1997 Shay Given GKR Blackburn £1,500,000
    Jun 1997 Temuri Ketsbaia MID AEK Athens Free
    Jul 1997 Jon Dahl Tomasson FWD Heerenveen £2,500,000
    Jul 1997 Stuart Pearce DEF Nottingham Forest Free
    Jul 1997 Alessandro Pistone DEF Inter Milan £4,500,000
    Jul 1997 Brian Pinas MID Feyenoord Free
    Aug 1997 John Barnes MID Liverpool Free
    Aug 1997 Ian Rush FWD Leeds United Free
    Oct 1997 Carlos Gonzalez FWD Sydney Olympic Free
    Nov 1997 Ralf Keidel MID Schweinfurt Free
    Nov 1997 Paul Dalglish FWD Liverpool Free
    Jan 1998 David Terrier DEF Unattached (West Ham) Free
    Jan 1998 Andreas Andersson FWD AC Milan £3,000,000
    Jan 1998 Andy Griffin DEF Stoke City £1,500,000
    Feb 1998 Gary Speed MID Everton £5,500,000
    Feb 1998 Stuart Elliott DEF Swindon Loan ended
    Mar 1998 Jimmy Crawford MID Dundee United Loan ended
    Mar 1998 Jamie Coppinger FWD Darlington £250,000
    Mar 1998 Paul Robinson FWD Darlington £250,000
    Mar 1998 Stephen Glass MID Aberdeen £650,000
    Mar 1998 Nicos Dabizas DEF Olympiakos £2,000,000
    Jun 1998 George Georgiadis MID Panathanaikos £500,000
    Jun 1998 Lionel Perez GKR Sunderland Free
    Jun 1998 Stephane Guivarc’h FWD Auxerre £3,500,000
    Jul 1998 Carl Serrant DEF Oldham £500,000
    Jul 1998 Garry Brady MID Tottenham £650,000
    Jul 1998 Laurent Charvet DEF Cannes £750,000
    Aug 1998 Dietmar Hamann MID Bayern Munich £4,500,000
    Aug 1998 Nolberto Solano MID Boca Juniors £2,500,000

  • 167 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    it was the constant off the ball movement that surprised me today anytime we went forward there were so many diagonal runs from midfieders to cisse chelsea got pulled all over the place

    santon gave ivanovic (who i very highly rate as a footballer) a horrid time

  • 168 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:01 AM


    apparently in france they expected him to sulk like ba at being put on the left, but didnt he say he was a boyhood toon fan or something?? anyway he looks a great team player with great attitude, exactly what we need

  • 169 donkeypunch // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Alan Pas yes i agree on pea , not quite a winger, not strong enough to play as a lone striker and yes we would need to go 4 4 2 with him the same formation we would have to go to get the best out of cisse. even if cisse was getting a lot of goals i would still feel the same. The players we have now are formation is best set up as a 4 3 3

  • 170 beefman13 // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Jan 1997 Paul Kitson DEF West Ham £2,300,000
    Jan 1997 Olof Hellberg DEF Club TBC Trial Ended
    Feb 1997 Stuart Elliott DEF Hull City Loan
    Jun 1997 Lee Clark MID Sunderland £2,500,000
    Jul 1997 Robbie Elliott DEF Bolton £3,500,000
    Jul 1997 David Ginola MID Tottenham £2,000,000
    Jul 1997 Les Ferdinand FWD Tottenham £6,000,000
    Aug 1997 Peter Beardsley FWD Bolton £450,000
    Jan 1998 Tino Asprilla FWD Parma £6,000,000
    Feb 1998 Jimmy Crawford MID Dundee United Loan
    Feb 1998 Stuart Elliott DEF Swindon Loan
    Feb 1998 John Beresford DEF Southampton £1,500,000
    Mar 1998 Jimmy Crawford MID Reading £100,000
    Mar 1998 Paul Brayson FWD Reading Free
    May 1998 Brian Pinas MID Feyenoord £200,000
    May 1998 Ian Rush FWD Wrexham Free
    May 1998 Carlos Gonzalez FWD Packed In Released
    Jun 1998 Jon Dahl Tomasson FWD Feyenoord £2,500,000
    Jul 1998 Darren Peacock DEF Blackburn £100,000
    Jul 1998 Shaka Hislop GKR West Ham Free
    Jul 1998 Pavel Srnicek GKR Banik Ostrava Free

    Dalgleish sold some quality! Put us back years the git!

  • 171 donkeypunch // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    thats why a bony or bentake would be great as the focal point of the attack with ben arfa and goofy either side plus a feel with goofy he offers us the same as a pea would with his pace

  • 172 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:09 AM


    the ironic thing is ba would have thrived in our current set up, and maybe as you may have seen with him at chelsea, he would have been less greedy, seeing less pressure on just him to deliver

  • 173 toonLYF // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Alan Pas…got a link to that picture?

  • 174 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:11 AM


    there you are

  • 175 toonLYF // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    cheers mate, bet those two lads couldn’t believe their luck!

  • 176 donkeypunch // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    yerre shame we couldent of kept him just wondering how hard we tryed to get him on a new contract in the summer or mayby he just wanted way to much money

  • 177 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    yeah its nice to see the lads forming a unit, lets hope it doesnt get too cliquey though

    apparently cabaye was introducing himself to people as vince?

  • 178 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    my first striker choice would be bony…people point to ruiz or afonso alves when saying buying from the dutch league is a bad idea. but bony is fast hes strong he can finish he is made for the pl

  • 179 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    another african though alan, same as pe.
    rvw although i think he is the lesser of the 3, is the best option with no worry of acon
    imagine the prospect of 2 top strikers at acom again?
    frightens me

  • 180 Joe Blog // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    That’s not Gouffran in the pic, it’s Marv.

  • 181 donkeypunch // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    also people were saying too much at 12 million but i think that is very cheap for what your getting and i would even go up to 20 million for a player like that for such a big guy he has great agilty to twist and turn people and never seen sombody so composed infront of goal make it looks like hes not even trying

  • 182 89Norcal // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Alan Pas-de-clue
    I didn’t hear about Bordeaux or France’s criticism (I understand they are less than happy with our French raids) but you’re right he’s a proper team player. I think most here called it right, Sissoko, Gouffran and Mbiwa are 3 guys who WANT to be with this club and it shows.

    btw does anyone else think booing Ba into the medical room was in poor taste? I mean he got a proper broken nose. If it was an ankle injury and he was on the grass instead of on his feet I guess we would have clapped.

  • 183 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Aye. I admit, I was slightly happy that Ba was getting the stick, as I was thoroughly pi55ed at the way he left the club and his ‘threat’ about leaving if not played in CB

    but there comes a point were you just gotta stop. I’d have clapped as he went off, but seeing as how I live halfway across the world and was watching the game on the tele, me clapping with a cheeky grin may have freaked out a few members of the family.

    Hope his nose gets better soon.

  • 184 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    played in CF*

  • 185 Newcastle for alltid // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    I haven’t been this happy and excited after a match since we drew 4-4 against Arsenal. This is even bigger. We came from behind when the rest of the world thought us to be down and out against the European champions. What a boost this is, both for the team and he fans. I’ve seen Gutierrez get a lot of stick here, and I’ve been out of them. But today he showed what a player he can be. He works for 95 minutes, bleeding his heart out for Newcastle. The delight he showed after the goal was touching.
    Also, I thought we were beaten after being 2-1 down, but what a character the team showed. Sissoko is class, so is the rest.

  • 186 toonLYF // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    182 – great words mate.

  • 187 Offkey // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Whats with this Cisse thing now. No doubt he had a shocking few months, much of which was playing as a winger or with no creativity behind him.

    Looking past that, in his last few games he has 2 goals in 4 games, 3 goals in last 6. 1 in 2 doesn’t sound bad, doesn’t sound like he is being carried, sounds like he could be returing to ‘some’ form.

    Yes he has missed, but he is getting in positions and more often than not testing the keeper and occupying players.

    The man had the highest off side rate in europe before coming to us……I even said it on here………..but the majority wanted him to sign, but then complain endlessly about it. Expectations are a tad high in my opinion.

  • 188 yorkshire_magpie // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Only thing im worried about now is how hba is going to get a place in that team with all the players playing so well i doubt pardew will drop anyone from the current line up.

  • 189 Offkey // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    184 – stats for cisse exclude today……..and by highest offside rate in europe – I was talking only about the major leagues.

  • 190 89Norcal // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Cisse’s hold up and dribbling were actually outstanding today. Just the finishing that was lacking a bit.

    He did set that 2nd goal in motion after all.

    Jonas for some reason takes 70 minutes to do his job correctly though. Again it was a cross after he squared his body to the 6 yard box that nearly led to another chance, he can’t seem to cross while flying down the wing anymore.

  • 191 donkeypunch // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    got no proplems with cisse as a player think hes a great goalscorer just feel thou we would benerfit more from having a player who can play with his back to goal and lead the line and also has some sort of physical presence

  • 192 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    cisses a cool character
    anyone know why he lost it with cole?
    looked like cole said something to him when he knocked terry over backing into him in an aerial challenge sent terry flat on his back which diesnt happen much

  • 193 89Norcal // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Not Sure what happened with Cole and Cisse. To be honest, if I could read Cole’s body language, Cisse seemed to be overreacting to something, probably a little scrape with the studs or something.

    Luckily Cisse really pulled it back and didn’t go the full Abou Diaby. Would have been off for sure.

  • 194 Novocastrian66 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Donkeypunch. You need to have a look at what Cisse did for the equaliser. That was how you play with your back to goal. Pure class.

  • 195 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Michael Lough ?@titusforengland
    Apparently Steven Taylor has took a kicking in Whitley Bay. shame, couldn’t have happened to a nicer fella.

    shauna ?@shauna_lou2k11
    Is it true that about Steven Taylor being attacked?? Hope it’s not if it is its terrible hope he is ok some people are just horrible!!

    Michael Duell ?@michaelduell
    If the steven Taylor rumours are true then there are some sad sad people on this planet

    2h Dan McWaters ?@Daniel_SW
    If Steven Taylor has been battered purely for football reasons then I’d be disgusted. Don’t want fans like that in football.

    Anyone here hear about this?

  • 196 89Norcal // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    hmm could be a hoax, Anita. Guess we’ll find out soon.

  • 197 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:50 AM


    did we get 6 points + a 4th goal last night?
    Prem table has us at 30 points instead of 27 now, and 1 point ahead of Sunderland.

  • 198 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:51 AM


    Probably, if you can survive a rocket from lampard hitting your bollocks, you can pretty much survive any form of beating.

  • 199 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    just to add to my comment 194,

    we also have an extra goal added. Lol.

  • 200 jimmysmith // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Sissoko’s change of pace to outwit Cole and then burst of it to leave him forlornly beaten was truly majestic. He looked like an Olympic champion making his run for gold on the final bend of the 400 metres final.

    And Colo demostrating his black belt in fitta skills, although the booing that rang round the ground for Demba when he was subbed due to the subsequent injury suffered was well offside.

    Those culpable, reprimand yourselves forth with.

  • 201 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Fun fact:

    Fernando Torres was more expensive then the team we put on the field yesterday.

    Don’t even recall Torres even getting a shot at goal… let alone a shot off target.

  • 202 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    It goes without saying, “We had a good day today”! and due to the new signings, Sissoko and Goeffy our confidence is back and sky high ! If we had had these two during the festive period with Saylor and Debuchy at the back, then back to back wins at Old Trafford, Etihad would of been possible?

    As to the BA nose, well it was a 50 / 50 ball, Howard could of given a Pen and also a red but he did,nt! Both players went for the ball and Collo was just as shocked as BA was?
    My only disappointment today was in fact that BA,s reception was so hostile. Okay the lad went for the money, but you try and come up with some other players name who would,nt if done the same, in his position? There are not many players out there who would turn down the chance to play for Chelski?

    We were a class act today apart from the Boo-ing and classless mentality towards BA. It was, after all his goals in part that got us into Europe last year! That one aspect of the club we need to work on, i feel !
    It would of been pure class if some of our support had stood up and applauded when he went off with his Nose !
    Now that would of been CLASS ! Probably get slated for saying that but you know what? I just don,t care because that the way i see it !

    This was a long awaited win which will kick-start the whole season and have us climbing the table, but lets not get ahead of ourselves, there is a difficult trip to Whiteheart Lane coming up plus two European League games after that !

    Lets just enjoy the moment but not get too carried away !

  • 203 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Before the January Window,

    Cabaye and Tiote when on form, was considered our best and one of the more terrifying CM combinations in the PL. Cabaye’s ability to manipulate magic out of his boots, and Tiote the real life incarnation of Marvel’s hulk.

    With Sissoko in the squad… just… wow… I never thought I’d see a CM combo better then Tiote and Cabaye when they were both on form.

    Gonna be hard for him to get back in the squad after ACON.

  • 204 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    The proper reception in my opinion, for Ba would have been.,

    Boo him as long as he is on the pitch… but once he is off, applaud the lad. We can’t deny that he was a major contributor to last season’s success and without his goals this season… god only knows how far down the table we would really have been.

    I admit, I had a smile on my face seeing his return to SJP end in ruins… but at the end of the day, I hope his injury is not too serious.

  • 205 shearermania // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    man what a game….when the two chelsea goals when in i just thought here we go again, we played the best game of the season absolutely bossing the midfield with sisoko and cabaye and then trail by two quality wonder strikes by chelsea. how can you defend that and have to admit lampard is true quality still…but anyway our boys fought back in style…cisses touch and through ball to gourfran was fantastic and santons run and sisoko strike…man what a player we got on our hands..never heard of him prior but someone on this blog mentioned he was as powerful as yaya toure..i think he was right….man im proud (and a little bit drunk)

  • 206 gaz 44 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Pardews tactics won us the game

  • 207 gaz 44 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Also slate torres all you like i think the reason xhelsea got back in the game was his hold up play

  • 208 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Apart from Torres setting up Mata’s strike, I don’t recall him doing much else.

  • 209 gaz 44 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Anita he wa holding the ball up keeping them possesion .. It doesn’t necessarily lead straight to a chance

  • 210 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Sissoko Cabaye Tiote diamond three midfield…

    Who says Tiote wont have a place when he returns of coarse he will in fron of Perchinio….

    That is a magical middle three I tell you Tiote will be spurred on by our rally.

    For me we really need competition for LW and a ST places come summer PEA and a good fast winger will do the magic….

  • 211 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Now its time to play MBIWA with Colo cause of the sheer pace of spurs……

    Surely he must play now….he is quick knows what he is doing….we need some pace in the back 2…

    Santon is coming on leaps and bounds…. He just needs to brush up his defensive capability he will be class….

  • 212 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    thats TWO assists from Santon today….magic

  • 213 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM


  • 214 gaz 44 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Taylor is more important for me than collocini when fit… When it went 2-2 he was the one rallying the troops and urging the fans to get behind them.. He’s had two great games.. To drop him now would be very stupid in my opinion .. Especially for someone untested

  • 215 hdavid23 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    u guys seen what Owen did at Arsenal? what a tw@t

  • 216 FloridaToon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM


    While I don’t completely disagree with you, I would find it very difficult to change a side that has played so well over the last 1.5 games.

    I thinkd Pards will stick with the same team, barring injury, as he did with our two runs last year. Mbiwa will get his chance just not yet I think.

  • 217 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Why should tiote walk straight back into the squad?
    He’s been absolutly shocking this season, its no coincidence that our best performances have been when he’s not been on the pitch
    Perch and anita have out performed him consitantly this season and theres no way he should walk back in at the expense of either player

  • 218 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:37 AM


    What did he do?

    Saylor risked his bollocks today. Be cruel to drop him… however… I can understand if they have yet to recover…


    That may be so… but ultimately it is a strikers job to score goals.. not retain possession and get 0 shots off. Especially a striker of his caliber and price tag.

    Ameobi (no offence to him, just using him as an example.) Can do a good job at keeping possession, i.e doing exactly what Torres has done.

    Ameobi and Torres should be worlds apart in terms of skill and quality… I’m sure many chelsea fans would agree, that they would rather he score goals, then hold onto possession

  • 219 Toon73 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM


    Subs: Elliot, Anita, Tiote, Obertan, Shola, Jonas, Perch

    13 clean sheets comin up 🙂

  • 220 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM


    I agree, he shouldn’t walk straight back in. Perch and Anita have been class, while he has under performed.

  • 221 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM


    Ah. googled. He punched arteta? Must not have been that hard a punch…

  • 222 Bambams // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    I was busy at work yesterday, had to have my mobile on silent…At just before 7pm had four or five texts from the boys “can you believe that” or ” Fantstic”…. (similar). Did not want to know the score ! Killed me, bloody killed me driving home and then watched Football First !

    Sissoko is a bloody beast, how he left Ash Cole and had to be a great save from cech! ba does not score, Remy out for few weeks (nothing against him but will hinder QPR). 5under1and lose….

    I have to give credit where its due, Ashley backed the manager with what appears to be some very good signings. Well Done ! Please dont make the same mistakes again.

    Newcastle UNITED !!!!!

  • 223 Marty-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    He won’t get all the plaudits for the game yesterday but Percherinho was amazing yesterday.
    He didn’t put a foot wrong,took a yellow for the team when they tried for a quick throw in.
    His passing was crisp as was his tackling.
    Tayls and Collo – what a difference it makes to have another CB that’s safe on the ball and doesn’t make you feel nervous every time he gets it.
    Just buzzing from the game,didn’t expect anything from it tbh.Maybe a point at the most but that run from Sissoko was insane,leaving Cole smelling his boots.
    We’ve got a real winner there,what a brilliant buy,the guy is top class

  • 224 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Found a gif of Michelle Owen “throwing a punch”

  • 225 Marty-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    That wasn’t a punch,’twas just a lill slap 😉
    Wishire shoved Owen too,he could get something for that.
    Artetas tackle wasn’t near as bad as Ramirez’s

  • 226 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    “and andy carroll has scored his 2nd goal of the season”
    Oh wow now i understand the hype and why people reckon hes worth £10 odd million!

  • 227 FloridaToon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:53 AM


    I’m sure carroll would have more than two goals without all the injuries. It was a good header off a corner, something we good do with at NUFC. Wouldn’t touch him for 10 mil, but at 5 or 6 I take the chance.

  • 228 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM


    I’d offer 15mill and 130k wages. The lad is on form.

  • 229 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Still pinching myself at yesterdays game.

    Brilliant, just brilliant.

  • 230 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    If ceasar picks up a knock QPR are relegated

  • 231 hdavid23 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    yeah, the punch wasn’t that strong, but c’mon, u can’t do that every time u lose the ball…

  • 232 FloridaToon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:59 AM


    Do you work for QPR??


  • 233 AwToonnufc // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I like this las, think for 1 mil he was a good deal, I’ve heard a couple people say that he is another Obertan, i’d disagree, he is a lot more direct and gets involved and contributes a lot to the team. Sissoko however stole the show, can’t wait to have these two and ben arfa on the pitch, finally some pace in the team,

  • 234 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    But surely thats the point mate, you get carroll you get the long lay offs, he’s had enough now to be labelled very injury prone not what we need at all, plenty if lads who can head a ball, rather pick up lambert or holt for a fraction of the price if thats the only quality were looking for!

  • 235 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Excellent, Brilliant, Great, Super, Fantastic, Amazing.

  • 236 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Lol, lose the ball arteta has come straight through the back of him, nasty challenge tbf
    Cant believe on sky etc this mornibg there still waffling on about colo/ba whilst no one’s mentioned ramires 2 footed lunge on guti!

    On ba i have to say fair play to him yesterday, he didnt react and didnt really deserve to be booed for being kicked in the face
    And once again fair play didnt claim for a penalty, didnt complain, just got patched up and tried to carry on, you could tell from the reaction of cabs and taylor after our goal that his vision was fcuked and he was in serious pain, they had to talk the lad off the pitch! So yeah fair play demba

  • 237 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Having mickey “one pump” owen as his boxing coach before doing a celbritiy boxing match vs mike tyson is too good for ashley?

  • 238 hdavid23 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    ok, well, Arteta might have been a little bit tough there, but he got the ball first, i don’t know the rules exactly, but i think that means it’s not a foul, correct me if i’m wrong
    btw i think all 3 will be punished for the incident

  • 239 FloridaToon // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    This is what I like. The blog has been great since yesterday. People able to disagree and discuss their opinions with throwing insults around. Apparently Ed has put some type of filter on here to keep the kids off.

  • 240 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    We are justifying Colo’s challenge on Ba just because Ramirezs got away with a two footed tackle on Guti are we?

  • 241 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Far too good.

  • 242 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    *Are we

  • 243 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM


  • 244 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Dont want Carroll back here. Where capable of a much better style of play i believe when are confidence is up.

    Difficult game next, i’d take a draw. I think that would be and a superb result

  • 245 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Unbelievable!!! (thought I had heard everything)

  • 246 hdavid23 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    checked twitter this morning, there are some interesting posts with the #nufc hashtag… like Lineker not understanding the criticism towards MOTD… then when explained, he wrote there’s no time to show everything…

  • 247 saxonfenken // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    At long last we look like a soccer team, passing the ball on the ground and actually having midfielders running into the box, goals from crosses, and goals from pull backs, long may it continue

  • 248 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Just watched the MOTD for the third time !

    The BBC and SKY both seem to dis-like it if we appear to start winning or playing with any success what-so-ever?

    Like i said earlier, they could of had a Pen but Webb did,nt give it ! Benitez and SKY can moan all they want, it is, in fact similar to how Fergie bitches if a decision goes against his team? But then with teams like Manure and Chelski and occasionally the Gooners then we all know where MOTD stands with their vieuwpoint and comments?

    MOTD is a totally biased , programme anyway, with complete and utter idiots giving comments which are sometimes totally wide of the mark. Where was Shearer? you would of thought he would be there instead of Keoign or whatever his name is?

    If they were honest then the other challenge from Ramirez would of been highlighted too, just imagine if Jonas,s leg had been broken, how much attension would of have been given to Ramirez,s challenge then? I wonder ?

    Meanwhile the Bitching continues! But i hope only for a few days, we have The Spuds to play in a week !
    Play the same team in that one and then rotate for the two European Fixtures? At least that,s what i would do?

  • 249 Owldman // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Not on person around me booed Ba when he went off in fact a lot of them stood & clapped him off his goals for us might just mean the difference between staying up or relegation

  • 250 Owldman // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Just think of what might have happened if Ray Stubbs had stuck his oar in remember last season against Brighton in the FA cup he went on & on about Cabyes tackle on their defender until the FA revued it & gave Cabye a ban

  • 251 Toonster007 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    As mush as I’d love money pumped in I don’t want to a man city scenario where we replace our entire squad Our defense is solid with youngsters and experienced internationals. Our midfield has strength and depth and the grit and hardwork of Perch and Guti’ who may not be so talented but are happy to do the hard work. I’d love to see major back of 4 strikers like united have and Shity had before the almighty father of sports comedy himself left. If we did get another shareholder then they should put money into facilities and expanding the name of the club making us global. Overall if this deal went through I’d like to see Simmo and a few others depart and then give Debuchy back up and 2 midfielders and 2 strikers.

    On another note I was delighted with yesterday. 2 wins in a row gives us a massive boost going to White Hart Lane. If we got an away win down there we’d be on a magnificent roll which could get us on a long term run to burst into the top half of the table.

    I’m very interested in how Pardew will treat the europa league seeing as were out of all other trophies. I’d love to Mbwia and Hadiara given games there to try and get us to the semi finals and if (IF) we won it I’d love a European super cup final. Newcastle 3 Barcelona 1 anybody ?

  • 252 Toonster007 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Oh and Tiote is on his way home might see him on the bench at Totthenam.. This is how I’d like to see us line up for the last few games of the season;

    Debuchy – Saylor – Colo – Santon
    Cabaye – Tiote
    Ben Arfa – Sissoko – Goofy

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