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Brilliant Newcastle Deserve Plaudits For Fantastic Display

9:14 am, Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

It’s a really bright sunny day in Raleigh, North Carolina – and to think its’ not even 4:00 am in the morning and the sun isn’t even up yet – but that is what happens when Newcastle give an awesome display like they did yesterday that was full of skill, commitment, goals and guts as our lads beat the European Champions Chelsea, and had to come back from a goal down in the second half to win an amazing and entertaining game 3-2 – and it was our first back to back league wins in almost a year.

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Steven Taylor celebrates win with Krul after final whistle

And make no mistake about it – Moussa Sissoko will rightly get the headlines for his superb performance – his second in a row for the Magpies – and the 6’2″ player, who looks a cross between Patrick Vieira and Yaya Touré, was easily our Man of the Match with an amazing 83% of the vote.

Newcastle looked a great team yesterday and played some nice football, passing the ball around beautifully – and gone was the long ball into the penalty box.

Sissoko – the new Newcastle hero made some great runs at the Chelsea defense in that second half when we were 2-1 down, and this French International scored his first two goals for Newcastle in the second half – with the dramatic winner coming in the 90th minute – when fans and players alike went berserk, and the players, subs and coaches celebrated the goal on the sidelines.

And with games like this it’s small wonder that the Premier League is the most watched league in the world – and many of the games – including yesterday’s game at St. James Park are broadcast live around the world to the watching millions.

After the game there were great interviews from Pardew and Yoan Gouffran – who looked a very good player yesterday and shows both skill, speed and movement up front – and he seems to just love it at the club – and praised the fans after the game.

The only sour note was from Rafa Benitez, who said Colo should have been sent off and Chelsea awarded a penalty when he accidentally kicked his former team mate Demba Ba in the nose, and it looked badly broken and although Ba tried to carry on – when the nose cannot stop bleeding it’s broken – and then things can get a lot worse if you play on.

We should see Demba Ba wearing a mask shortly – much like local lads Steven Taylor and Shola Ameobi have done over the last couple of years.

And Steven Taylor was monumental in a good Newcastle defense and we’re not sure how many shots he blocked in the game – but he did stop one in the fourth minute of injury time when Chelsea players wanted a penalty, but it seemed to hit him in the privates and with his face screwed up in pain – he got up on his feet to play on.

This lad has made a huge difference at the back with his excellent defensive work – and his inbuilt pride and passion for Newcastle United, having been born in Greenwich but brought up since a few months old in Whitley Bay..

But in truth these are the types of games Newcastle fans dream of – and it was just a phenomenal performance from Newcastle yesterday – make no mistake about that – a fantastic team performance and every single Newcastle player played a very good game.

It’s now 6 points from two games since the Reading disaster,  and wins it what we need to climb that table – but we can now finish in the top ten this season if we can keep up this form – we are 7 points out of 7th place (maybe eight points with goal difference) – so we must keep up the good form and get the results to make up for the dreadful three months we had starting at the beginning of November.

If we can do that and keep all our players this summer and add maybe a top striker and a top midfielder before September rolls around – - then the squad can challenge for a top four place next season – and the players will have already played a third of the season together come August.

Sounds good to us – very good.

Howay The Lads!!

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Tags: Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Premier League · Steven Taylor





32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Having his Mrs put a pair of black socks in with his white shirts is too good for Ashley.

  • 2 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    HTL!

  • 3 Tsunki // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    GFNFrance ?@GFN_France
    Moussa Sissoko is running the show for Newcastle. Signing of the winter from any league?

    Yes they did. Yes, they did.

    Kruls 100th game – “unbelievable” ha ha.

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Unbelievable!!! (thought I had heard everything)

  • 5 Tsunki // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Jail – are getting a vuvuzela for when Mike walks on the pitch at the last game of the season?

  • 6 hdavid23 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    repost from previous thread

    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…

  • 7 darrenfletcher88 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Great 3 points!! Build on that for next week, spurs will be a big test for are new look team,hatem maybe making the bench will be another huge lift!! Can’t wate to see hatem sissoko cabaye cissie tiote in the same team!

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Tskunki,
    No, but I might get one when after a bad bout of insomnia he just manages to drop off.

  • 9 Tsunki // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Reason for post @3 was the media’s complete oversight of our transfer activity particularly the shameful SSN deadline day with Simon Jordan and Niall Quinn where we ceased to exist as an entity, Remy of course being great business and QPR in general being good eggs etc. I have vowed never o check in on SSN’s ludicrous Transfer Deadline Day ever again. And if Jim White went missing in a fishing accident that would be too sad.

  • 10 saxonfenken // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:27 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

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Can anybody, please put up a link for highlights missed MOTD last night and slept in this morning.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Saxonfeken,
    Very interesting as I thought we looked like a football team.

  • 13 darrenfletcher88 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Yes sissoko got the motm award,but my god how good was cabaye,his vision and feel on the ball was simply outstanding!! I can’t wait to see check in there aswell,yes perchie has did a great job,but check was born to play that holding role,he will raise his game next to cabaye and sissoko!!

  • 14 toon1707 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Isn’t it amazing the difference a few players make sissoko goofy come in to the team and Taylor and cabaye return to fitness and we then play 2 win 2 and like has been said many times our best player Ben Arfa is still to come back in a couple of weeks. Don’t want to get carried away so after the season we have had top10 finishwould be fantastic but because of the performance yesterday I am secretly inside thinking top 6 has a small outside chance

  • 15 JAMSHA // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Sissoko says second goal
    celebration about thanking
    teammates and manager. “They
    support me and help me. I
    wanted to say thank you.”
    # NUFC

  • 16 saxonfenken // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Jail for Ashley
    Sorry choice of words lol

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    JFA
    Not sure on any links mate but if you have an Iphone download the ESPN goals app, they normally have a 2-3 minute match highlight reel up within a couple of hours of the game!

  • 18 JDdubai // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    All is good today, even the sun has come out in Dubai after the rain of the last few days, cant be a coincidence??

    Team all deserve credit, Spurs game will be same line-up barring injuries Id think.

    For me Jonas shouldnt be in the team if we want to put our best 11 on the field but after a season of crap, his best performance means he deserves the chance to continue that so fingers crossed he is a changed man now. Think Marveaux should be in the team somewhere though.

    Am quite excited for next season, without the Europa League to bother about and with the squad we have, with 1 or 2 more in the summer then I think we can be back challenging for the top 4 again.

    Perfect team when fit for me would be:

    Krul
    Debuchy Saylor Colo(Mbiwa to replace in the summer) Santon
    Tiote(if on form) Cabaye
    HBA Sissoko Marveaux
    Cisse/Gouffran

  • 19 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    :) Not sure what else to say…so expect lots of smilies :) :) :)

  • 20 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Full match replay for those who want it.

    http://www.footballorgin.com/2013/02/premier-league-newcaslte-united-v.html?m=1

  • 21 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Steven Taylor in my humble opinion should be wearing an England shirt in their next friendly next week ?

    If the lad could just manage to steer clear of so many injuries he would of already been called up ?

    He is that good, and oh, how we,ve missed him !

    And, YES! After all the turmoil and a more than Bad Run, we do deserve the Paudits.

  • 22 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Here is match of the day plus the full game:

    http://www.nufcblog.org/2013/02/newcastle-united-vs-chelsea-full-match-video-extended-highlights-and-interviews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=newcastle-united-vs-chelsea-full-match-video-extended-highlights-and-interviews#.UQ4x74cgHCQ

  • 23 one Tony Green // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    ED let us all enjoy the moment without your stupid negatives. If we can keep all our players in the summer rubbish.
    This is about The Toon not your business.

  • 24 Premiership Manager // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    It amazes me this club and some of the fans. Pardew has had his critisism and I will admit I thought he had lost the plot however following the transfer window and after yesterdays performance he needs to be given time.

    For those who have been knocking Jonas and Taylor I don’t think that anybody can question their performance yesterday as they were both outstanding. One thing people need to realise with Jonas is he spends a lot of time covering for Santon and covers more ground than most players. He is getting older and will tire over the season but fans saying we should get rid of him are bang out of order.

    Santon is improving to the degree that he is already attracting a lot of attention and I can’t see him playing as a left back much longer as he is a natural midfielder. The sooner Mbwaia and Haidara are up to speed the better as we will then have strength in depth.

    We now have a very good squad, a bit weak up front but rock solid in midfield. For those talking about using Sissoko as a striker you need your heads looking at as he is a born midfielder and that’s where he needs to be used. All we need now is another Peter Beardsley, it could be Gouffran or marvaux given time but we’ll have to wait and see, however one thing i will say is that HBA will struggle to get in the team as the one thing we cannot lose is that balance in midfield which has been missing all season but has now been filled.

    I was very impressed with Gouffran yesterday as his tracking back, ball retention and work rate were fantastic and hopefully it won’t be long before he’s on the scoresheet.

    The style of play and way we closed Chelsea down and retained possesion was also refreshing to see and I’m actually looking forward to the rst of the season.

  • 25 JBL // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    JFA.

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/gvideos/newcastle-3-chelsea-2-motd-2/

  • 26 JBL // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    You can imagine how pleased I was to be unable to get time off work yesterday for the match!

    Thankfully the well balanced and in depth match review on MotD ensured I didn’t miss a thing- like the Ramires tackle for example.

  • 27 Bobby Martins 37 // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    My thoughts on the Chelsea Game
    Fair Play to Pardew : Pardew was saying specially in the offseason that if he had the right players he could play proper football (no hoofing) and that for that you need to build your attack from the back which obviously reflected on Simpson and Williamson. No offense to them but they are old fashioned British defenders who love a tackle but are just not housed in the technical side of the game. But once he got Debuchy and kudos to Steve Taylor he makes an effort to adjust his game to play with Colo. Pardew got the team to play a high pressing game and even when we were 2-1 down he didn’t panic and bring Shola. He left Gouffran and we all saw the benefit.
    Gouffran : This guy has been such a pleasant surprise. He has what you can in the NBA “court smarts”. The way he dropped down and held possession and knew when and whom to pass in the right corridor to open up counter attacks was commendable when some one else would have just passed it back to a defender putting extra pressure to go route one. More and all, this guy was a big reason we were able to play proper football. Totally unselfish and team player.
    Cisse : Needs to calm down. Ba is gone now and he should just relax and start banging them in like he did last season.
    Santon : 2 assists were class specially the first delivery shows he has made progress in his crossing until then he was struggling in that department. Needs to be used more as wing back in a diamond formation.
    Debuchy : Good as advertised but little concerned about a chink in his armour. It happened at Villa and yesterday. Long ball played behind him with a taller opponent winning the header for a lay off.
    Guiterrez : Fantastically headed goal and battler but lack of crossing really a knockdown.
    Cabaye & Sissoko : Priceless
    NUFC Board : Compliments well deserved. But lucky looking at the Sissokho transfer, he was watched by them over 2 yrs. It seems apparent they were waiting for him to run his contract down to the bare minimum for them to bid a low price or just sign him on a free transfer but this strategy could back fire since other clubs could have bought him. Interesting article in Goal.com which quotes Arsenal and Tottenham tip toeing over Diamme on his release clause when they could have easily gone for Sissokho. I hope the board is more aggressive with future targets.
    Southern press nay sayers and Anti-Newcastle Utd Phil Thompson on Soccer Saturday kiss on us being too french, u can now kiss it where the sun don’t shine. Just see the celebration of the players in front of the bench, it was one of the best I have seen ever
    To end it all, common NUFC fans, hated Demba not when he left but the fact he said Chelsea was bigger club and all that comments but the guy was a big reason we went 5th and leaving the field with a broken nose. It would have been nice to give a quiet clap

  • 28 jordijohnty // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Conspiracy Theory. Was pardew deliberately producing cr3p football to convince ashley to splash the cash? If he did its worked.With the new recruits we are now playing the football we EXPECT to see. Next season we should challenge for champions league, if we gather momentum and add a couple of new players in the summer

  • 29 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    i saw 8 magpies yesterday outside my window before the match and i said to the enemy hope we win against chelsea and then she slapped me lol

  • 30 sula // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Great performance yesterday finally looking like the newcastle of old. Cabaye was a class act wonderful vision and our next captain for sure. Sissoko another fantastic game what pace for such a big lad. Only problem i have is the crossing once we can start getting some banging crosses in we will create for chances. Cisse had a terrible game he needs to take his time on the ball rushing to much for me. overall i was thrilled yesterday wow i have not heard st james park roar like that for years. Hatem still to come and then we really do have some depth to work with well done to the lads yesterday you truly made the fans weekend.

  • 31 miggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    jfa love ur comments at the start of the blog u mad lol

  • 32 miggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    win the league next season with a couple o more signings and every one fit watch out the rest o yous we are on the up keep the faith HWTL




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