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Ivory Coast Beaten By Nigeria – Cheick Tiote On His Way Home

6:38 pm, Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 378 Comments

Cheick Tiote will be on his way home from South Africa after the Ivory Coast – the favorites – were beaten 2-1 by Nigeria in the quarter finals of the African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) in Rustenburg, South Africa today.

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Cheick Tiote and Emamnuel Emanike clash today as Nigeria win 2-1

Emmanuel Emenike gave Nigeria the lead after 43 minutes with a long range shot that was badly mishandled by the Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry, and that put Nigeria 1-0 up at the half.

And then Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote equalized for the Ivory Coast after 50 minutes, with a good header from a Didier Drogba free-kick, but then Sunday Mba hit the winner 12 minutes from time, with a shot again from outside the penalty area, to give Nigeria a famous win.

Nigeria now advance to the semi-finals of the competition for the sixth time in the eight tournaments they have played in, and they will now play Mali, who eliminated the hosts South Africa on penalties yesterday in Durban.

So Cheick Tiote will be on his way home, where he will find increased competition in the central midfield, with five Frenchmen signed last month to solidify the Newcastle squad.

Newcastle may even do well in the Europa League against Metalist Kharkiv of the Ukraine – when you consider “reserves” like Steve Harper (Rob Elliot), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote (?), Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan and Shola Ameobi could all be playing.

There’s a thought. :D

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378 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonLYF // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I see, cheers for clearing that up lads.

    It’s a tough one but i think i’d go for Debuchy. Whilst M’biwa isn’t getting the game time in the PL and could therefore do with playing part in Europe, Debuchy is our only RB of real quality and i really think we have a chance of progressing in the tournament and making the Quarter finals at least – and at that point, anything could happen! What happens if we got to the final and were stuck with playing Simmo at RB against Athletico Madrid or something?

  • 2 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    We’ve got a very tough game next against Kharkiv. They have 6 brazilians and 7 argentinians in their squad. We might be in for a shock.

  • 3 Marty-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Defoe and Adebayor both out of the spuds game who’ll they use against us?
    They should be there for the taking but they have of course dangerous players throughout the team but then again we also have quality throughout now

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

  • 4 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Dare to dream guys.
    We get past Metallica
    We win 5 or 6 in our next 6 or 7 EPL matches.
    Now that is the kind of form we could easily get into – bet the dressing rooms buzzing and confidence males a huge difference.

  • 5 Marty-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Here’s the link on Defoe :-)

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/12016/8468222/Tottenham-striker-Jermain-Defoe-ruled-out-of-England-s-friendly-against-Brazil

  • 6 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    i would pick mbiwa over debuchy, as it seems he will be getting less pl game time, we have simpson then anita and perch who can all do a job at rb. after our first choice colo and taylor there is only *gulp* willo apart from mbiwa

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I suppose it depends on the player as much as the club, if he’s not happy in his role he may well want to move on, personally dont think he deserved to be dropped his technical ability more than compensates for his lack of hieght especially given how much cabaye and sissoko rotated roles in the chelsea game, if anything although as solid performance, perch perhaps limited us a bit see no reason why cabaye sissoko and anita cant play in the same midfield tbh aolt of teams lack hieght in midfield, like arsenal, so they simply press teams higher smother them and retain possesion on the deck cant see why we cant do the same, cabs sissoko and anita are great technical players i think they would be one of the best midfields in the league

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    JFA
    I suppose it depends on the player as much as the club, if he’s not happy in his role he may well want to move on, personally dont think he deserved to be dropped his technical ability more than compensates for his lack of hieght especially given how much cabaye and sissoko rotated roles in the chelsea game, if anything although as solid performance, perch perhaps limited us a bit see no reason why cabaye sissoko and anita cant play in the same midfield tbh aolt of teams lack hieght in midfield, like arsenal, so they simply press teams higher smother them and retain possesion on the deck cant see why we cant do the same, cabs sissoko and anita are great technical players i think they would be one of the best midfields in the league

  • 9 toonLYF // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Spurs will be forced to play Dempsey upfront by himself (he is shocking up there alone!)

    In with a chance here i think.

  • 10 obatoyou // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Metallicas car keys probly be a little easier than anzhi in the following round who been buyin players for 30 mil!

  • 11 Lu-toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Tds

    Add Tiotte at his destructive best, with Ben Arfa and Marveux out wide then I think it would be the best midfield in the league.

  • 12 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Yo-yo hit the nail on the head mate

    Results breed confidence and the last two games will have went a long way in terms of that

    A win against spurs next week which I believe we can do (easily lol) and this team will be hard to stop

    Games then against mentalist, Southampton, Swansea, stoke and Wigan

    This could be an 8 game unbeaten run

  • 13 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    If we play the right team, we’ve got a good chance of getting a result against Spurs. Put it this way, it won’t be 5-0 again. Sissoko is a cross between Yaya Toure and Steven Gerrard. It’s worth paying to see players of his calibre.

  • 14 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    the spurs game will be HUGE in determining our form going into metalist southampton swansea stoke wigan

  • 15 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Disagree with all the “we can’t risk anyone getting injured in the Europa League”.

    Seeing as the team will be traveling over to Eastern Europe, they all have to travel else there anyway.

    Those players worked bloody hard last year to get us into Europe, and now we want to pee all over it by not playing them in it?

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Northernirishtoon
    Aye soz mate was just talking about the last couple of games to be honest in reference to anita
    But yeah add in tiote and its a great CM think pardew is going to have to rotate to keep them all happy!

  • 17 tequilamag // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Kets we all know you love a list but are you aware we already have 14 overseas players and we are only allowed 17 in the squad. You may want to be a bit more selective or at least pick a few British players.

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    TDS
    Always had a feeling if we got out if the group stages we’d see mire of the senior squad in europa, think once we were through the club took the comp a bit more seriously

  • 19 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Toonarmydownsouth

    It’s a great problem to have.

    The fact that we all have so many different versions of our midfield shows the quality we have to choose from

  • 20 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    i think a lot of ashley delaying transfers till jan was for two reasons

    a) testing the waters to see if our current squad would cope; he has not experienced europe before and like any of us wouldnt want to spend if not necessary

    b) seeing how far we progressed- if we got knocked out we may not have had the volume of players we did bring in

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Realy not sure who’s going to play up top in Europe, maybe he’ll rotate Goufran and Cisse with Shola depending on the opposition defence, although preferably I’d have liked to see Campbell go out on loan but hopefully he can get some game time in Europe.

  • 22 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Gouffran played against us for bordeaux I doubt hes eligible

  • 23 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    looks like shola ameobi for europe

  • 24 geordie1892 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Seen a few euro team sheets with Gouffran in the squad. Isn’t he cup tied?

  • 25 Mancgeordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Reckon he will go with the same side at spurs and a fairly strong side 1st leg probably play tiote and ben arfa though to give them a game then depending on the result at home make a few changes for the 2nd leg over there

  • 26 Twatter // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I wouldn’t put Tiote right back into the team, although I doubt he’ll be on the bench for Spurs anyway, they’ll probably want to rest him or whatever it is that they do.

    Maybe he can play against Metalist though, don’t think he should be anywhere near our first team on his form for us before the ACON. Perch has been streets ahead of him.

  • 27 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Shola up front against Metallist = Out of Europe.

    I really really hope Pardew doesn’t, but he does seem to see something in Shola that no other man on earth does.

  • 28 Lu-toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Toonarmydowndouth / northernirish toon

    And to think of the options we have in cm, we also have exiting options with Santon being able to play as an attacking wide player, Ben Arfa or Marveux both being capable of playing that free role if and when required as well as out wide.

    Our options now are actually quite incredible.

    I pray that this turns out to be one hell of an exciting time as it looks to be

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Alan,
    We can only surmise as to the reason, but what ever it was it was a huge gamble that backfired spectacularly, such a pity that the money spent on saving us from relegation wasn’t spent a bit earlier as I believe we’d be competing with Spurs, Arsenal and possibly Everton for that fourth spot.

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    TDS,
    What other options does he have ?

  • 31 Bloater // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I personally wouldn’t put Tiote in team at present. He is out of form and gives too many free kicks away. Have to say he also slows play down at times, which can be useful at times, but first half Villa and yesterday we worked well with pace.

  • 32 andym // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    not too sure what most people know about mbiwa but i can assure you all he wont be playing 2nd fiddle to staylor for too long our strongest cb partnership is without a doubt collo and mbiwa. we now have 3 cb of real quality tho….

  • 33 outsidethebox // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    i would imagine defoe will play against us ..out for england game does not mean out for toon game …he will not play for england as a precaution…ameobi is nailed on for euro game as gooofy only other striker apart from cisse…cannot see sissoko cabaye or ben arfa being risked

  • 34 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    campbell for europa anyone?

    big possibility!

  • 35 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    JfA

    Cisse – that’s his only option. Give Gouffran a go in the league, he’s been playing CF for Bordeaux for years now, and his off-the-shoulder play is superb.

  • 36 JTOONJ // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Hope togo win! then adebayor stays in africa!

  • 37 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    There’s no decent british player available on the cheap. The only one’s that I’d like us to sign are Walcott and possibly Wayne Rooney. Think we’ll raid the dutch league in the summer and bag Toby A, Douglas, Sulejmani and maybe Wilfried Bony.

  • 38 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    What’s the point in getting into Europe – which we were all so over the moon about last season – if we’re just going to throw it away?

    Really, why is there such a huge “risk” in playing players in Europe? How often do payers actually get injured? Most of them one or two times a season. Playing a couple of extra games should not be a problem.

    Barcelona have been playing about 15 different players for 4 years straight now, and they’re all OK!

  • 39 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    points to AC then if it’s british we are after, looked a handful again in his return

  • 40 JTOONJ // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Ameobi up front against metalist is a good idea, foreign teams aren’t used to defending against a big strong traditional centre forward!

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Anyone no if Saha has signed for anyone, makes perfect sense, he’d be free for starters, be happy on the bench and probably has a house in the area, I know people are worried about Cisse getting injured but what if Shola does,who then can be put on the bench, surely Nile Ranger can’t ever play again.

  • 42 outsidethebox // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    andym @ 31 …have got to agree …saylor for all his effort and geordie routes isn,t a defender he backs away… tackles in wrong areas …and all around imo not in same league as collo or from what i see and hear about mbai ….good thing is his age he has time to learn and get in a few more years experience …love the guy for his efforts for the toon but at present not up the plate

  • 43 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    People arguing about squad selections for all the right reasons :) . Makes a nice change having squad depth ;)

  • 44 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    TDS

    Barcelona don’t have to train and play in the beautiful NE weather ;-)

  • 45 tequilamag // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Kets well at least we are getting your wishlist down to a manageable length.

  • 46 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    jfa

    i recall being one of the other ones along with you that said that last summer was our make or break window and it could sent us one of two ways. unfortunately it sent us the wrong way, but we have been able to rectify it luckily, it seems.

    tds

    every manager since sir bobby has played and seen something in shola, he is very useful when utilised correctly

  • 47 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Alan

    Shola is not useful for anything during the first 70 minutes of a game :/ That’s been proved many many times over the 6 months.

    Just because he offered something 8 years ago doesn’t mean he does now.

  • 48 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    That pitch looks life FIFA game like its not real.

  • 49 tequilamag // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    I think the time is over playing weakened teams in Europe. Would love to see us really giving it a go and trying to win it.

  • 50 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Alright chaps, first time on here this weekend.

    I thought the game was superb, couldn’t fault a player. When pards was looking to make a sub I genuinely couldn’t think who deserved to come off, they were al lgreat.

    Jonas had his best game in a long time, looks a lot better on the right as he seems to stay forward, crossing wasn’t great at all but at least he was getting in those positions and drifting into the box which resulted in a magnificent goal. Also he control on his chest was superb.

    Sissoko was amazing, brought the midfield and cisse together very well. Played a game liked a mix of yaya toure and michu, not trying to get carried away but if he can keep this up he has a very big future.

    Both fullbacks looked solid and offered a lot going forward.

    Cisse had his best game for us, poor finishing twice but did work the keeper and held the ball and brought the players together well. (Similar to torres, looks lost with no service but when he has players running near and past him it totally changes his game)

    Cabs dictated the game nicely in the middle, needs to work on his corners but other than that top draw.

    Perch offered great support and rattled their midfield.

    The two CB’s were great and they know they have competition now with mbiwa on the bench.

    Krul made great saves and was only beaten by 2 world class strikes.

    Pardew got the lads playing some great stuff and kept them motivated for the full 90, best display of the season.

  • 51 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    outsidethebox

    sorry but you must be blind if you cant see that a fit on form saylor is an absolute beast, his only problems is his fitness and injury record

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    TDS,
    A very good point but I think the cautious approach will be taken as were too close to the bottom three to even risk Cisse.

  • 53 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    TDS

    shola has had a couple of good 90mins for us this year in europe, not ideal though.

    I think we should go for europe, especially if we get 4-6 points from our next 2 games as it gives us a very solid place in the league.

    I think spurs have shown by only rotation 1 or 2 in europa league you manage to keep your rhythm and thereform perform better in the league.

    With so many knew lads to integrate into the team a total overhall from europe could do more harm than good.

  • 54 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    PL is top priority for me, we’re far from safe yet.

  • 55 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    tds

    so you must see that he at least serves some purpose, good as a 70th minute sub?

    i do agree we are kind of stuck in europe for a striker. we dont want a fatigued cisse as well as being off form as it will only serve to knock him further back

  • 56 yorkymag // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Outside
    Taylor was brilliant yesterday ,it was him who looked solid and collo who was the junior partner ,he also has massive experience
    There are very fewcwho have only played at the top level he is one and but for his injuries he would probably be in the eNgland set up
    Tons better than Cahill for example
    Stick with Taylor an collo an break the new boy in gentle ,so next year it istaylor and mawbai as collo gets hoe
    Taylor is top quality he is not just a passionate local lad sometimes he is over looked because of his boyish enthusiasum

  • 57 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    We will see mbiwa in Europa with colo I would think.

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Good evening TS.

  • 59 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    this playing in europe is so overhyped about fatigue.

    I know a lot of clubs rest players but the top players like gerrard, lampard, rooney, messi, ronaldo, etc etc all play saturday, midweek, cup games, everything.

    It’s only the lesser players that seem to ‘get tired’ and need to rest.

  • 60 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    if sissoko has michus knack i will be delighted, maybe he could be that false 9 in europe? Going on that take for the first when he readjusted (what seems to be a huge unit) to catch the ball behind him, thay control was sublime for someone who doesnt score much, his runs were big and powerful and his pace was electric, he might end up our SS or ST false 9 in europe

  • 61 ToonBano // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Keep it short and sweet.

    Sissoko, Cabaye and Tiote?

    Eat that sh*t!!

  • 62 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    How many flies do these players swallow over 90 mins

  • 63 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    TDS
    I agree mate play cisse vs metallist and if he knackered start gouffran upfront against southampton sure he’d be a handful for there defence and the most impressive part of his game so far for me is the way he creates space and brings others into the game, so even if he diesnt get a chance on goal himself he’ll certainly create oppurtunities for others

  • 64 yorkymag // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Suggy
    Williamson and mbiwa in Europe for me until safe in th prem

  • 65 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    good evening JFA

    I read you were going to the game….was the atmosphere as good as it looked on TV….was disappointed I was away so couldn’t get there

  • 66 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    The tempo of the game against Metallist will be ridiculous, and I simply can’t see Shola coping. We need a striker that can press, and I just don’t see it coming from Shola.

    I think if we played a strong team we’d be fine over two legs, but if we play the kids I’ll be very very concerned (see Brighton for reference).

    I guess we’ll just have to play a very very defensive & weakened team away from home, and hope to overwhelm them with a full strength side back at St James’.

  • 67 outsidethebox // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Alan Pas-de-clue…
    my eyesights not great but my point was agreeing with andym that as soon as mbai has settled in he will be first choice …no qualms at all with saylor at present he is in pole position with the experience of playing with collo …but mbai will take his place imo

  • 68 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    How decent a side are mentalist?

  • 69 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    spuggy

    think shaktar, but cheaper, decent side!

  • 70 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Was he having a pi55 in the togo game?????

  • 71 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    spuggy

    not very but easily capable of springing an upset if we play a weakened side. better than maritimo is about as much as i will say..

  • 72 andym // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    outsidethebox….

    yeah totally agree mate. i wrote down a list last summer of who i would have loved us to sign in an “ideal world”. debuchy mbiwa and sisoko were on that list. all i keep thinking now is what if this was last july…ba would have stayed imo and we would be challenging arsenal etc no problem….

  • 73 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Would rather play Mbabu than Williamson in europe. We can’t afford to concede sloppy goals. I’m not surprised no club made a bid for Willo and Simmo. They are probably the worst footballers in the football league. Would rather have Wayne Hatswell in central defence than Willo. Playing Willo is suicidal. There’s no reason why we can’t finish the season unbeaten.

  • 74 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    metalist won a group with leverkuson rosenberg and vienna, not easy

  • 75 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    kets

    wigan made an 850k bid for simmo on deadline day

    and be honest, apart from his name, what do you know about kevin mbabu. williamson isnt great, far from it, but id rather have even him than a completely unknown, physically weak young cb against an eastern european team. he would get raped.

  • 76 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    TS,
    It was amazing, one of those games that will be etched in your memory forever.

  • 77 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    krul

    thats not an easy group at all, am less confident now!

  • 78 yorkymag // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Andym
    Ba would not have stayed
    He and his many agents were only interested in securing massive wages , Newcastle would not have paid enough
    Good riddance fo me there is. Lot better out there than Ba
    I don’t blame him but he is one greedy bastard as he was when he left west han

  • 79 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    i think an ideal striker for us would be BONYYYYYYY

  • 80 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Would rather play a good quality 14 year old from the youth team at the back than Willo. I’m a better player than Willo and I’m not even a defender. It’s too clicky to become a pro. It’s all about who you know. Look at Gordon Strachan’s son. He is absolutely useless.

  • 81 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Krul

    That’s really not too tough a group though – weaker than ours in my opinion. Leverkusen are a good team, but they’re not the CL finalist team they were ten years ago.

    It sounds bad, but I really hope Pardew doesn’t trust the kids. They’d get torn a new one out there, the atmosphere will be so hostile it’s crazy.

  • 82 andym // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    yorkymag…but if we had made those signings he may have stayed til the summer. fair play to fatty for those signings, a cheap reserve keeper, decent wing cum striker and an out and out striker in summer and we will be right up there next year providing we keep hold of the big names….. yeah i agree tho re ba good riddance….

  • 83 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    TDS,
    That midfield of Tiote, Anita and Bigi looked really solid that night in the EL, didn’t create one iota but a perfect formation for an away tieand a Shola Ameobi who struggles for 90 minutes.

  • 84 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    We’re not giving young players a decent enough chance. Some people a 30 minute trial which just isn’t good enough. That’s the problem with English football. There’s too many Mike Williamson’s and not enough Paul Scharner’s/David Beckham’s.

  • 85 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Metalist will be tough, Xavier and Cristaldo are particularly good. However we may aswell put out a full team for the first leg at home cos’ there isn’t a game the weekend after (the next game is the away leg exactly a week after). See if we can get a 2/3-0 lead and avoid away goals, then can use the reserves to grind a result out back in ukraine. Gotta go for gold.
    We’ve got to play mbiwa instead of debuchy in europe, he can play right back, we have plenty others that can play right back (perch, anita, santon) and i just can’t bear the thought of a williamson v falcao scenario.

  • 86 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Kets, Kets, Kets,
    You despair me.

  • 87 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Now living in deepest rural Sussex, don’t get to see us live very often (Fulham only match this season so far) but have ticket for Spurs next week – can’t wait!!
    HWTL

  • 88 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Anyone else watching La Liga? About to watch Atletico tear Betis to shreds.

  • 89 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Paul Scharner :’)

    ohsholaameobi

    that scenario has singlehandedly justified the selection of mbiwa lol, falcao vs willo *sobs*

  • 90 Lu-toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Ketsbia

    He’s heading for a breakdown! What do you think?

  • 91 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Tiote? Who he??

  • 92 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Spuggy @61

    Cracker lol. Was thinking that myself

  • 93 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Great game yesterday, Sissoko looking superb so far and I’m hoping he gets Tiote back to his best. If big Mike reads this thanks for sticking your cash up for these new signings, I know we get the big crowds but to be fair the ticket prices are cheaper than league 1 in some sections.

    He tries to run the club properly and credit to him for that, why shouldn’t he its his trainset.

    Does anyone know anything about the Wonga situation? Will it be on the shirts?

    Cheers

  • 94 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    TDS
    Betis are quite good. Watch out for Benat, broke into the Spanish team, quality player.

  • 95 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Kets your a legend lol

  • 96 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    scout
    If Mike reads this or has read it over the past few years he’d cry himself to sleep at some of the insults.

  • 97 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    9 where in Sussex?

  • 98 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    ‘Newcastle’s January transfer sensation, Moussa Sissoko, is already top of Manchester City’s summer shopping list…’

    ‘Pardew desperate to keep Sissoko as Chelsea identify their destroyer as a must buy in the summer’

    For the love of God, how low can our illustrious media stoop, these stories are boring, lazy and predictable, Levison should have recommended that all jouro’s be taken outside and shot at dawn

  • 99 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Wisborough Green, Scout. And you?

  • 100 Mister Tuff // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Accepting that Toon fans having been waiting many months to be able to share their delights at the recent signings on top of a couple of good victories, I think one or two posters are perhaps getting ahead of themselves (although understandable). I’ve read comments such as Percy Panais is brilliant, El Gourdo was playing a waiting game to get discounted players in during the January window and that we will win the Europa Cup.
    The priority of the club is to remain in the EPL (not to win the Europa Cup) (winning the Europa cup and being relegated is not an option).
    Therefore, the way I see it, is that the team against Metalist will not be the same as the PL team -ie it will contain more of the “second string” players -we cannot afford to do otherwise and risk PL status. If we progress in the competition AND start to draw away from the relegation zone -this may allow Percy Panais to field a stronger team in the EL. Clearly, if we get to a mathematically safe position in the PL – Percy will field a very strong team in the EL. Whilst in an unsafe position in the PL -even Percy will not risk getting “star” players injured in the EL.

  • 101 Lu-toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Scout

    The tickets in some places are cheaper than the cheapest Ticket at Luton Town (where I live) ain’t that something, cheaper than a bloody blue square team

    From memory, the deal with Wonga was for them to be on the shirts from next season, as virgin had not been on the shirts to long. I may be wrong

  • 102 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    jackbutler
    i saw that on the mag as a p***take of the media. it’s just saying what the ridiculous stories are likely to be from the ridiculous press.

  • 103 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Down in Goring, does James Bolam still live there?

  • 104 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    To be fair Scout our ticket prices on cat A, B and C are six pounds cheaper than Spurs and considering we get 18K people more than them turning up I fail to see how much more matchday revenue they get than the figures somebody posted on here.

  • 105 nufc786 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/8468952/Azzurri-recall-for-Santon

  • 106 Munster Mag // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I think its time to get very serious about the Europa League and just go for it. This team is going to hiy a peak in the next 10 matches so left go for glory. Hats off to Pards ( my fears have been allayed ) and the team and Ashley for spending the dosh.

  • 107 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    looks like togo going into extra time, another bonus for us!

  • 108 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    i think santon is the only overseas based player in the squad unless criscito is in it??

  • 109 nufc786 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Sissoko doesn’t eat. He refuels.

    Cheik Tiote doesn’t eat. He refuels.

    mmmmmmmm im thinking tiote banter…….. or sissoko banter….

  • 110 Munster Mag // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I was surprised ( not really ) to see the Sky panel acclaim QPR’s new 12m centre half as the buy of the window. This was before Sissoko v Chelsea. How good is that defender? Any takers??

  • 111 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Yup, still here and looking as miserable as ever.

  • 112 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    OhShola

    A.Madrid dropping points at home is a scenario unfamiliar to my mind. I can’t comprehend it anymore.

    They look like they genuinely have the belief that they can challenge Barcelona for the title this season. They’re looking ahead, rather than worrying about Real catching them. Brilliant to see, Simeone should have won FIFA manager of the year imo.

  • 113 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    apologies, sirigu of psg is the only other overseas italian in the squad

  • 114 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Jfa

    I’d love to see the wage bill at Spurs, I also don’t rate them as highly as some do. I guarantee you won’t see any game at spurs for 15 notes. I know what you’re saying about the cat A games mind

  • 115 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Alan

    Couple of PSG players in there according to Sky. Over the moon for Santon though, he deserves it. He’s going to be some player – he hasn’t been captaining the U21’s for no reason.

    Is Criscito suspended for the match fixing stuff? I never kept track of what was going on there – just know that’s why he missed the Euros.

  • 116 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    tds
    true that, they look a good team, particularly like that young kid koke, he’s gonna go far. arda turan is awesome too. falcao with 18 in 18 this season. wouldn’t bet against them.

  • 117 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Spurs ticket £37.
    To Munster: I reckon any club in the world would be better off having Samba on the books, I know the NUFC would! Also that chap Hangeland. Our centre backs wouldn’t get a look in against them two.

  • 118 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Santon has been solid this season in a struggling side, landed for the lad that he’s been called up

  • 119 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    9
    That made me laugh, have you ever met him? Loved the likely lads

  • 120 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Scout
    In all fairness the toons price’s are that bad your right
    All clubs have the Cat system, palace use one thats a bit of a rip off where you cant go to certain Cat A games unless you’ve been to a set amount of cat b and c games that season, my mate hates it as he travels loads with work and had been a season ticket holder for 10 years until he took his new job, now he cant get to big games because of the ticketing system making out he’s not a loyal enough fan!

  • 121 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Congratulations to Santon. What a signing he’s been. Great player. Great physique.

  • 122 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Well pleased that Santon has been called up.

    Shows that he doesn’t need to go back to Italy (or anywhere) in order to get recognised.

  • 123 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    TDS
    Aye remember something about italy having to pull him from the squad for match fixing

  • 124 Graeme // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    On a purely selfish basis, I expect we now play the strongest team possible in the Europa League – I’m taking my son to the final to see NUFC beat the shit out of , well who cares, really lol

  • 125 boater // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Ketsbaia – I heard your comments were entered for the turner prize but got knocked back for being too surreal.

  • 126 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Kets – could you clarify please?
    What are “Scharners and Beckhams”?

    We need more vanity in English football?

  • 127 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Scout,
    Believe me you don’t see that manyat our place for 15 quid and scout this thing about it being in his toy, train set whatever, well we might not have any physical ownership of the club but in every other sense of the word never forget its OUR club as well.

  • 128 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Why does everyone think the club is so obsessed with midfielders?

    According to some reports we were close to buying vainquer another DM on deadline day. When u consider that we have converted Abeid, Jonas, Raylor and perch into CM type players. We seem to be extremely well stocked in that area. Yet we have been short of central defenders and now STs.

    Now we have reverted to playing 5 in midfield. Could it be we are looking to play an advanced midfielder in the role Nolan played to compensate for our shortage.

    For me we need a system where we play 4-3-3 having 3 industrious forwards with one focal point. Fellini would be the idea focal point using current prem players but of course he is out of the price range. Incorporating a front 3 it should get us goals which lets face it will improve the value of the front 3.

    It is debatable that we are a selling club as we have only really been selling those surplus to requirements or wanting out like Ba. We do need to sell. Selling means we buy and let’s face it we are pretty good at that!

    The only player who is not for sale at any price is cabaye. We are literally lost without him. Give him the armband, make him top paid player or buy the rest of his Lille mates. We need to keep him at all costs!

  • 129 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Russian transfer window still open. Should we sell tiote to Russia? Would he get in our current team?

  • 130 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    They’re top quality professionals. Although Willo is a top bloke, he is a pathetic footballer.

  • 131 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    @ bollance – Surely Ben Arfa should not be for sale at any price either.

    For me he absolutely is.

  • 132 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    MYM in French squad for Germany game. Get in!!!

  • 133 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Spurs will be a challenge…play with great pace and ability.

    There wage bill isn’t silly, have a 60/70k cap according to media.

  • 134 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    bollance

    We have no need to sell anyone other than fringe players now, we have assembled a very, very core to our squad and the last thing we need is for that to be broken up by sales.

    Financially we are one of the most stable clubs in the league, with a low to average wage bill and little debt hanging over our heads.

    If we want success we must keep our best players, its the only way that we can move forward

  • 135 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    @Kets – Ohh, I thought you meant because they cared desperately about how their hair looked.

  • 136 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Bollance

    Think we have the perfect vocal point in sissoko

  • 137 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Mbiwa’s also been recalled to the france squad today

  • 138 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Gonufc

    Let’s wait and see how hba fits into our new look team.

  • 139 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Bollance: nobody looking at the facts can claim we are a selling club. I’m amazed that after our superb season, we have had last Jan, the summer, and this Jan, and only the guy with a “come and get me” clause in his contract ( signed on a free, remember) has been shipped out, apart from fringe players, no first-teamers at all (not even Simmo??!!)

  • 140 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    9
    Yeh Samba is solid and talented but is he a £12m CB ?
    Obviously if someone is prepared to pay that much I s’pose but QPR are in the Citeh league for wages (even though they deny it)

  • 141 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Sissoko does’nt drink water he downs gallons of petrol

  • 142 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    …………..unless we’ve been offered £35,000,000!!!

  • 143 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    bollance

    Midfielders and defenders which is what we bought, are usually a lot cheaper than strikers, they usually come with a reputation and cost more.

    I don’t think we are a selling club, we don’t actively go out and tout our players around, we sell only if a very good offer comes in or if they ending contract (or cause unrest) enrique, nolan, barton etc

  • 144 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    togo 1 down 1st half e/t

  • 145 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    If Sissoko carries on the same standard til May then Mashley will be thinking offers over £30m.
    I think Sissoko will be a Toon legend for a few years yet. If he moves on it will be for big biucks to a team like Real or Barca.

  • 146 boater // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Bollance – The opportunity to nab Sissoko was probably too good to miss – even though we are quite well covered in that area already. I suspect the club might feel that Anita hasn’t quite worked out as planned so far – and he could even be moved on in the summer. Tiote will walk back into the team – leaving Perch, Bigi, Anita for Europe/cover.

  • 147 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Jfa
    Didn’t mean to cause any offence with that comment, just think the bloke deserves a bit more credit. You can’t compete with the big boys, so you have to get as close as possible. I think he may have been badly advised on some issues and the only criticism I have is that he never says anything, if he spoke with the fans more he would gain respect.
    We must be one of the only clubs in the prem on a sound financial footing, it didn’t happen by itself. He’s doing alright for me.

  • 148 roadfighter // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    As a proud Toon fan, its great to hear my hometown Durban mentioned on the blog :)

    What a tremendous result for NUFC yesterday.. great all round play. Good to know that the squad has a bit of depth in certain areas, besides the forward area I would say..

    Hopefully we can kick on. Bring on Spurs… HWTL !!

  • 149 BDin9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Munster. They surely don’t mean best buy? Samba?Stupidest maybe. When the going gets tough Samba don’t want to be around. Remember Blackburn

  • 150 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Scharner, Beckham, Xisco
    Now what do they all have in common ?

    It certainly isn’t class

  • 151 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    yo-yo: I dont think for a minute we can offer enough to attract Samba, I’m only saying what I think he would do on the pitch. Our owner scores about 100/100 compared with QPR’s owner, but , then again, if he can keep QPR up in the same league as us next season, he’ll have spent well. But not as well as our own portly southern gentleman.

  • 152 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    boater

    How can you say that Anita hasn’t worked out and could be moved out?

    For his first season in the Prem, playing for a very poor side he’s done well for us and can count himself unlucky to be dropped of late

  • 153 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Northern Irish

    Good call on sissoko focal point. He is big and strong and can do the most important thing to open up play which is beat his marker with skill, burst of pace or even strength.

    We need Cisse to play between the two centre backs on the right hand should so he can repeat the goal vs villa. He proved vs Chelsea his right foot is weak. Although people suggest cisses link up play was good vs chelsea and the 2nd goal proved this, we need him only to be taking shots on goal. This is his expertise. He has also proven to be good at elbowing terry in the head.

  • 154 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    scout

    My biggest complaint with ashley is that he didn’t invest in the summer, took a gamble and it didn’t work. He put that right in Jan, the key will be if he has learned from his mistake and invest again this summer or just sits back. I think he will invest (not bothered whether its 1mil or 40mil, as long as they get the right players in).

    yo-yo

    Samba is a 12mil CB, he is top class, around the peak age for a CB, get a good 4 years at least from him. He is top top class, looked so composed on saturday. Remember we paid 10mil for colo.

  • 155 Magpies-till-d3ath // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Burkina Faso winning 1-0 in the 2nd half of extra time. As it stands, Togo will go out and Adebayor will be available for the game on SAT! :(

  • 156 BDin9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    QPR last 2 games were draws. Not enough.

  • 157 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    What is going on here ?
    Why would we want to ship out Anita anytime soon ?
    He’s total class .

  • 158 daztoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I think we will see an even better HBA on his return to the team with less pressure on him now with Sissoko,Cabaye,Gofy taking some of the work load.

  • 159 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    bollance

    Cisse’s strongest foot is his right though.

    Also as a lone striker you can’t just be about goals, unless you have blistering pace to get away, he is going to be a massive help creating space as well as playing balls through like he did for gouffran yesterday.

  • 160 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    BDin9

    they have drawn a few now…should have beaten norwich but they are doing ok, thye still have a chance as only 4/5 points from teams around them. A couple wins and they will be looking like they have a chance.

    I dont like them but they have some decent players and they also have a decent manager too, it will be close at the end of the year for them.

    I think we will pull away.

  • 161 andym // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    burkina faso beating togo so adebajour? will be playing for spuds……

  • 162 boater // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    JB – I knew that would be taken as a criticism of the player. It’s just my feeling about how he might struggle to fit into Pardew’s plans. I like his style of play – a snappy, technical passing player but his lack of physical presence could see him struggle against the physical sides in this league. The fact Perch (out of position) has been selected over him – despite him having a good run – suggests Pardew isn’t completely convinced.

  • 163 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Ba leaving was mutual. Everyone won to some extent. The only way we lost was with the goals which save us this season.

    With ba’s knee he never could cost more than £7.5m. We have now replaced him with a player (sissoko) people here are quoting £30m as his value.

    Does that make sense and prove that we needed to move on Ba?

  • 164 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Chuck Norris has pictures of Sissoko in his bedroom.

  • 165 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    bollance

    I think perch is a player to compete with cabaye and sissoko as he is a ball playing midfielder and not an out and out DM.

    I think perch and tiote are the out and out DM players we have.

    So it will be difficult for anita to get in ahead of sissoko and cabaye.

  • 166 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    boater

    Is Perch out of position in CM? Hard to say that anymore – personally DM is the only position I’ve ever seen him look remotely comfortable in!

  • 167 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    sorry

    that should read anita is a player to compete with sissoko and cabaye

  • 168 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    boater

    Sorry if I picked up on the point wrongly mate, but I think he’ll be used as a squad player now as he can cover the like’s of Cabaye and Debuchy, personally I’d prefer him to Perch, he may be small but has plenty about him to hold his own and is a lot calmer and assured on the ball

  • 169 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Didn’t Samba leave for £10.5m ?
    He’s clearly a £10m + CB, no argument there. Point I was trying to make is that we are getting QPR inflation just as we’ve had Citeh/Chelski inflation. Most of the time these clubs go for proven players, not scouted talented players like us. They seem to pay over the odds in wages and/or fees. Wonder if Samba has a relegation release clause ?

    Does anybody believe Remy is only getting what we offered him at QPR ?

  • 170 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Transfer

    I may be wrong on cisse’s strongest foot??

    But cisse’s limitations were exposed for all to see when he played on the wing. As a footballer he is very average. As a poacher he is very refined.

    He does not have blistering pace, strength to shield ball with back to goal or link up play to play lone striker role. Maybe that is the reason lately we have had sissoko playing so close to him. Cisse needs all the support he can get.

  • 171 Lu-toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Scout

    Ha ha good one, even if your about 50 miles out

  • 172 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    yo-yo

    I read somewhere that Remy didn’t like the idea that he could be played out wide and QPR offered him that option, well that and an extra 50k a week ;)

  • 173 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    yo-yo

    I’m not sure on Remy, he might well be getting more, I imagine he will be.

    I think he went there on the basis of the team being built around him and also been guaranteed a central role, which he seemed to want.

    It was a combination of money and them telling him that he will be the big man and made to feel like he was more wanted.

  • 174 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Transfer

    Did you notice when Anita and cabaye played vs reading Anita was a shadow of his former self?

    I think Anita will play when cabaye is injured (heaven forbid) or as cover at rb or lb. An expensive sub in this regime

  • 175 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    QPR, like us, have realised they’re in th sh*t unless they do something. They have certainly done “something” so if I was concerned with any of the relegation-threatened clubs I would be very worried they could climb up an stuff us. I actually think the bottom 10 clubs in the League could be be in trouble, but, as it stands today, the bottom five are definitely in queer street…………and al least 2 of them won’t go down! Two wins on the trot just about never happens to the losers round about where we are, so I reckon a 6 point cushion is near enough what a team needs. We have only just now barely managed that, so maybe can breathe a little sigh of relief. But not what we had in mind at the start of the season!

  • 176 BDin9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    TS agree. We will pull away,and soon.

  • 177 boater // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    TDS- True, I should have said adopted position – in which he is much better.

    I don’t know how realistic it is for NUFC to have the likes of Anita – a Dutch full international – as a rainy day back-up player. Nice to think we are going to be at that level next season, but I’m not sure the player will settle for that.

  • 178 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Bollance

    Gary neville did some analysis when benitez took over chelsea saying how torres improved.

    He said that torres has lost his pace and therefore struggled to run through as he couldn’t get away like he used to.

    He then said they now have players running past him, creating more space and giving him options to play the ball forward or back he looks much better, it also allows him to run from deep and to make good runs.

    I think thats exaclty what cisse did well this weekend, strength and touch looked much better and he options to lay it off to cabaye or jonas but could play it forward to sissoko or gouffran running past him.

  • 179 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    bollance

    I think anita definitely needs to be part of a 3man midfield, would struggle as part of a two.

    Cabaye, tiote and sissoko also look capable of playing as a 2 in midfield as they have more strength and power.

    I think anita would look good alongside cabaye and sissoko but I think we are better with an out and out DM for that role. Not saying anita could never do it, he is improving by the week, but for now tiote or perch for me.

  • 180 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Usain bolt said his dream is to become as fast as sissoko

  • 181 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    cisse is a goalscorer nothing more nothing less. so when he is not erm…scoring goals, he doesnt contribute much. when he is scoring goals, boy does he score them

  • 182 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Arda turan playing tonight. He was utter pish in the first half. No final product either crossing or shooting. I remember many people fancied a bid for him. Personally glad we didn’t from what I’ve seen tonight. He keeps playing the ball backwards. I might be seeing him on a bad night, like, but still not exactly impressed.

  • 183 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Harsh on Cisse there imo.

    I think he links up play very well actually.

  • 184 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Transfer

    Interesting point but Torres is still not scoring in the Chelsea team. Have not seen enough of him but as a team they are not exactly flying.

    At the very least with the current midfield personel we have more energy and movement plus we are capable of moving the ball quickly

  • 185 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    alan pas de clue

    I think that cisse offered a lot more than just his usualy goal scoring/poaching vs chelsea.

    He played a good ball through for gouffran, he held the ball up nicely, dropping it off to sissoko then spinning way to look for the return.

    He looked a lot stronger and the ball stuck to him more.

  • 186 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Markaccus

    You’re definitely seeing him on a bad day – he’s been one of the main reasons Atletico have been so unbelievable these last 18 months.

  • 187 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    bollance

    It was more a point neville was making that torres wasn’t scoring as many but he was assisting his team a lot

    he still has 15 goals this season.

  • 188 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    @9

    barton
    Nolan
    carroll
    Enrique
    best
    routledge

  • 189 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msj_1YFWK_o&feature=youtu.be

    great video of sissokos contribution yesterday

    if you watch you can see the great work gouffran does off the ball too

  • 190 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Alan @180:
    Spot on. Cisse has only one job. He has no need to do anything other than stick it in the back of the net. Last year, every kick produced a goal. This year, he’s either missing the target or producing a save, he’s still in the right place at the right time Class is permanent , when his form returns we”ll be unstoppable. Pity we don’t have a Plan B to score, however……………

  • 191 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    transfer sage, i noticed that too, makes you wonder if pardew is actually a tactical genius turning him into a baller by playing him on the right ;)

  • 192 BDin9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Bottom 3 end of the season in any order. QPR,Villa.Wigan.

  • 193 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Ah well fair enough TDS. I’ll wait until I’ve seen him in a few more games. I usually just watch the Barca game, but I only caught the end of it so I needed my spannish fix. Since liking Barca=hating Real Madrid, I want Athletico to out do them. Still love to know what Falcao would cost!

  • 194 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    9

    Cisse’s main job is to score and thats what he needs to think about. But having a few more strings to his bow like creating space for others and playing people in then even better.

  • 195 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Great to see santon recalled to Italy squad.

  • 196 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Sunderland
    Norwich
    Qpr

  • 197 kilcline // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Shame Togo are out, still, we don’t think Tiote will start the game so hopefully if Adebayor does he wont be fresh.

  • 198 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    id like to see villa qpr sunderland, but realistically any scenario in which qpr villa go down and reading stay up would please me

  • 199 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    i think it will be villa, reading and norwich that go down this year

  • 200 JTOONJ // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Why do you want sunderland to get relegated, love the derby each year.

  • 201 9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    TS @193
    I think that’s asking too much. Irrespective of who we’re talking about, a No 9 has only one job. he doesn’t need to do anything else.

    If in doubt, try to remenber;
    what wins matches?

  • 202 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    jabs flying in this atletico game… fiesty

  • 203 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Agreed Sage, I think QPR will stay up unfortunately.

    But that’s only because Norwich and Villa are in absolute free fall.

    Mind you, Villa were top drawer yesterday.

  • 204 BDin9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Got to be up at 4:30 Night lads

  • 205 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Bollance

    Hard to know with cisse lol

    Im sure i read somewhere that out of his 13 goals last year he scored six left foot six right foot and one with his head

  • 206 JTOONJ // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Lol just shows how poor a pundit lawro is..
    acording to his premier league predictions he would of anticipated at this point of the season QPR to be 7th!

  • 207 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    wouldn’t mind ron vlaar and benteke if they went down!

    ron vlaar is top drawer too

  • 208 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Jtoonj

    That’s brilliant haha. Last season he would have had us in 12th and Liverpool 5th (something similar to that, can’t quite remember).

  • 209 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    9

    suarez was the only striker at liverpool and he still dropped deeper to assist the team as well as getting goals.

    RVP did the same last yer for arsenal.

    I’m not saying cisse is the same style of player but he was the one who played gouffran though when sissoko scored his rebound.

    I’m not saying cisse spends 90% of the time out the box but it’s always good for him to offer something else to the team.

    If he gets the assist for somebody else thats as good as him scoring. either way we get one goal.

  • 210 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    If we play 4231, and the one up front isn’t scoring, then you expect the 3 behind him to get the goals. We have 5 goals in our last 2 games: 1 from cisse, one from cabaye, 2 from sissoko and 1 from Jonas. So 3 have come from those 3 supporting players, and you could argue that when cabaye scored v villa, he had switched to one of the supporting roles for that spell. Our formation is working to plan. It has taken the pressure of cisse to get goals imediately, and is giving him a chance to get his form back. I fancy goofy to hit the back of the net by the southampton game at the latest.

  • 211 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    I don’t want sunderland to go down, I just think they will.

    Just thought I’d mention Gazza, praying for you pal

  • 212 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    markaccus

    Exactly.

    In the 4231 formation then you need to have the striker bring others into play. They can do this in a few ways.

    -flick ons like carroll or heskey

    -drop off, collect the ball and beat players and play your team in like suarez or rvp

    -collect the ball and lay it off, then get in behind or play it through to somebody running past you, just like cisse did yesterday

  • 213 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    @Krul, yeah this Athletico game is more like a Rocky film. I’ll be amazed if no one gets sent off.

  • 214 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    the southampton game is big chance to get a great result
    at home with them being in somewhat disarray with adkins going and an unknown norwegian defender there only purchase, i think they made a big mistake with adkinsand i don’t think they will have that same desire and passion that seemed to be getting them through with that new lad in charge who doesn’t speak english

    big chance to grab the stage i feel!

  • 215 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Watching Cabaye spraying passes around the pitch yesterday only confirms that I think he’s best in that deep lying CM role.

    When Perch/Tiote is next to him, he still has the license to get forward occasionally as well.

    Yesterday he had 4 shots on goal, and played 7 or 8 brilliant diagonal balls (all of which found their man perfectly). He also made a fair few interceptions which led to chances for us, and put in a few really good tackles.

    He’s almost the perfect all round CM.

  • 216 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    mark

    some pace, wouldn’t look out of place in the premier league, no prisoners!

  • 217 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Tsage, I just can’t wait to see Ben Arfa fitted in to it. It won’t matter where he starts, since they all switch around during the match. I rekon he’ll score Loads.

  • 218 donkeypunch // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    really glad we never got remy in the end think gouffrans going to be a much better buy think he a much more honest player and will play for the team more and allways put in a good shift. and anita yerre he mayby an expensive sub but with tioti picking up yellow cards and injurys he will get enough games over the course of the season for him to be happy and want to stay. plus if you look at are team now from goakeeper defence up to are midfeid as a squad i really do think were on par with the top 4 sides were only a few player away from being a really great side again get the big name proven stiker in the summer and were good to go

  • 219 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    tds

    i always championed cabaye to play just behind the striker….and whilst I still think he can do this he has been brilliant playing deeper but with a license to gte forward when he sees fit.

    with sissoko’s pace and drive he is much more dangerous running into the final third in the advanced role

    credit to pardew for seeing this

  • 220 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    with these players and the spirit in the camp and rigidity of the club itself it is very like the borussia dortmund setup that set the platform for them to come as far as they have again, sensible, sustainable and a great team spirit and work ethic.

    I know its early doors but looking somewhat bright from the trailors!

  • 221 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    krul to be kind

    I never noticed that before but it’s true.

    If we can start investing at the right time from now on (last summer was the only bad window out of the previous 4 really) then we could kick on.

    If, and its a big If, we made the champs league in the next year or two we could buy that slightly higher quality player and push us on even more.

    I hope graham carr has an apprentice or somebody learning from him as he will be hard to replace at the end of his 8 years.

  • 222 Blaydon-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Evening guys great result Saturday so happy with the performance and looking at the league table makes much better reading … On the Cisse issue I’m pretty sure he is naturally right footed seemed to remember his pen miss against Norwich !

  • 223 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    has catchy been on?

  • 224 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Krul. I think english teams would have more problems against Athletico, and even bettis, that they would against Barca or RM. Because like you say, the style of play in this game would fit into a premier league match. If we get through and and up playing athletico in europe, they’re going to be a handful!

  • 225 magillc // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Yanga mbiwa wont be playing europa will he? I thought as he’s already played for montpellier in the champions league he was ineligible

  • 226 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Dirty get spitting in his face!!! Costa did well, I’d have knocked hime the fk out if he’d done that to me.

  • 227 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    magillic we can choose one cl player to play in our europa matches, i.e. debuchy or mbiwa

  • 228 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    sage

    look at what they do – kagawa – replaced with reus, a far better player for 8m less and are a better side for it

    sold on sahin for stupid dough – had gondalons and , great business, full circle he’s now back – ergo Carroll

    very uncanny, great model though

  • 229 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Surely there’s a team of scouts, Carr can’t possibly do all the scouting.

    Reading about Sissokos brace on home debut then it mentioned big duncs against Wimbledon, can’t believe that was 1998 where does the time go

  • 230 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    mark

    tricky and passionate the speed of the game surprised me atletico look lethal on the break

  • 231 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    PPB,
    Surprisingly not.

  • 232 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Krul. Yeah, and simione seems to make some excellent tactical changes. He saw how that game was going, and put the right guy on up front to deal with it.

  • 233 VanToonMan // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I think Perch has done a great job in the holding position…it’s his best position in my opinion. Rarely makes any misplaced passes. However, at Tottenham away is tough…Tiote starts all day long for me. A midfield 3 of Tiote Cabaye Sissoko is mouth-watering and then Marveaux and Gouffran further up on the wings.

  • 234 stretchintoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    kets will be playing for man u next season,there an average side & he’s a better player than willo…..do me a favour.

  • 235 lukes26 // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I’ve never seen a more relieved goal scorer than Jonas yesterday. Sometimes you get to an age where you cant make the ball dance as you used to & scoring must have been cathartic. He’s still my favorite Toon player even though he’s a liability at times.

  • 236 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    scout

    there is a team of scouts as well as graham carr just having contacts he has built up to chat about players they may have not seen themselves.

    I think anyone we sign carr casts his eye over though and he is the one who gives the final verdict to pardew

    So when he retires it will be up to somebody else to run the final verdict, hopefully they get as high a percentage right as carr

  • 237 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    @jfa im shocked

  • 238 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Ppb,
    If your missing him he’ll back for the next defeat.

  • 239 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Ballotelli gets two on debut

  • 240 scout // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Did anyone see that safe standing demo at the ground. Personally think it should be left alone

  • 241 santonthenewmaldini // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Chuffed for Santon to get a recall wonder where they will play him?!?

    Just hope we dont pick up any injuries as it was the international break in September where players started to get injured which has screwed us over Krul , Colo and Cabaye all came back ruined

    Tiote should not get back in against Spurs actually think he needs to be eased into it and earn his place as he will struggle against them we need him to get up to speed with this passing and moving that we are playing we have never really played like that with Tiote in the team

    And before people say what about last season when we went on that good run a lot of those games Jonas and Guthrie were playing in the middle for a lot of those games such as the Liverpool game

    having Sissoko , Gouffran and Taylor has given us a bit more physicality so Tiotes brute force is not always needed actually think we would be much better with Anita as he can press high up with pace and think him and Cabaye could unlock any defense with their passing

    Gutted Adebayor will be back on Sunday as well lets hope he plays the same way he did before he went away which was total gash

  • 242 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Let’s face it if Anita was up to CDM for Ajax then he’s up to it for us.
    He was just about the only player with any nous at Brighton

  • 243 potski // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Alan
    We “can” chose 1 CL player. Actually we had to chose 3 new members of the 25 man squad by 1st Feb. So first limitation is with 1 out (Ba) and 4 in to the first team squad (not included Haidara as still not clear whether Pards includes him in squad?). Second limitation is there have to be minimum of 8 home grown players so we wouldn’t simply replace Williamson with Mbiwa for example. Third limitation is you can’t normally play for more than one club in any European competition during the same season, either CL or EL. This affects Debuchy, Mbiwa and Gouffran. In the 3 however you can include 1 who would normally be cup-tied, but this can’t be Gouffran as Bordeaux are still in the EL.

    So Sissoko added to squad in replacement of Ba, and probably Debuchy for one of lesser overseas players, probably Abeid now he is out on loan.

    I doubt Mbiwa is in the squad, unfortunately. It would be nice to see him get a run out, but once the window closed with Collo still here and Saylor fit, why drop the first choice RB Debuchy to make way for Mbiwa at CB. Nearly all of the previous EL games we played the same back 4 as we played in PL. Does that mean that we could get an injury/suspension to Saylor or Collo and play Williamson in the final, with Mbiwa ineligible? That apperars to be the rules.

    I don’t think we will play a “reserve” team, esp when we have no PL game immediately after the first leg. We should play the current starting 11 with Gouffran out and Marveaux starting, Tiote replacing Perch. It’s a home game and our only chance of winning something this year. We cannot play a weakened team. Surely Pards learned a lesson at Brighton not to take risks with squad players.

  • 244 Transfer Sage // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Yo yo

    It’s different though. For Ajax they will be the best team in 90% of their matches which makes being a DM much easier as you’re dominating the game.

    I think he can do it for us but he is still adjusting to the physicality if that role in the prem league. I think by best season he might be up for it but for now I think tiote and perch bring more to that role in a defensive sense which is what’s needed as the 5 players in front if him are all creative so can afford the DM to be purely defensive.

  • 245 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Think this could be a good question..

    Santi carzola is a cracking player but at £16m does he represent good value compared to our squad?

    This question asked in relation to transfer suggesting champions league means we should push for higher calibre players.

    Should we not just stick to winning formula?

  • 246 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    TS

    Unless Anita plays in front of the DM – he’s a good distributor too.
    Point taken mind

  • 247 jimmysmith // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I demand we play our best 11 in every match for the remainder of the season.

    This team isn’t going down and can win the Europa League.

    Best 11 Pards, you hear me. I forbid anything but.

    I forbid it, godammit!!!!!!!

  • 248 Rake // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    WHAT an absoulte outrage just reading Garth Crooks team of the week… I persume he only watched the highlights of the game to not mention Ramires two footer…
    Chelsea’s defeat at Newcastle had more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel, with Howard Webb playing the role of the villain. How he did not give a penalty for dangerous play for Fabricio Coloccini’s reckless challenge on Demba Ba, I’ll never know. And while Ashley Cole isn’t every neutral’s cup of tea, Papiss Cisse should have been sent off for violent conduct for trying to throttle him. Regardless of these turning points, Juan Mata, assisted by Frank Lampard, did his best to turn the game in Chelsea’s favour.

  • 249 potski // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Discussions about Tiote, Perch and whether Anita is good enough to play In the CDM role is ignoring that we have been playing 4-2-3-1. In that formation there are 2 deep CM roles. Anita is surely first choice to cover for Cabaye’s role as a ball playing CM who can do some defensive work, but also have some freedom to get closer to the forward/wide players when we are in possession of the ball. Could he also play in a more holding role? Course and that position needs at least 3 good choices, because they tend to get more suspensions than any where else. So he will get games, and the suggestion he is disposable is wrong.

    The interesting thing is whether Sissoko is currently filling in at the number 10 role behind Cisse, and whether he will play deeper like he did at Toulouse once HBA is available. This would allow him to play more like Yaya Toure, sitting deep then going forward as a tactical change. If Pards does that then you can forget the Tiote/Perch debate.

    Sissoko – Cabaye
    Gouffran – HBA – Marveaux
    Cisse

    But we might find HBA goes back in to RW and Sissoko stays where he is. On the current performances Pards going to have to be very brave or stupid (depending on your point of view) to move Sissoko. The goals and chances he has created for himself and others, are better than “our natural number 10″ so far. But lets see what happens once teams decide they need to try and stop him getting on the ball, or they decide to kick him out of the game.

  • 250 remember69 // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    9
    TSage is absolutely correct. A striker is soooo much more than a goals order nowadays and shouldn’t be judged by goals scored alone.
    If Cisse draws players, creates space for others or assists in creating goals he is doing a job.
    I think Cisse was a little unfortunate yesterday and forced Cech into good saves. As long as we create opportunities for him and he is creating space for himself the goals will come.

  • 251 yorkshire_magpie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    ………………………. Krul

    Debuchy…. Saylor…. Colo/Mbiwa….. Satoon

    ………… Tiote/Anita …. Sissoko

    …………………… Cabaye

    Ben10………………………………. Gouffy/Marv

    ……………………. Cisse

    Come on pards. Please please play this team.

    Please please

  • 252 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    yorkshire mag, spot on there

  • 253 ONLINE GUY // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Just A quick one at this late hour …

    Santon Is looking and playing in a very similar way to
    David Ginola now ..

    I can see him in that position ..out and out winger ..with our new left back brought in before season’s end ..Hiadara ?… S’cuse the spelling.

    Davide Santon=Davide Ginola.

  • 254 yorkshire_magpie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Goufrann looks really good too. Hes like a really clever and improved version of oberton. I still think we could try him in a striker roll too coz hes got pace to burn.

  • 255 tdt // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    This is the team I would like to see on Saturday:

    —————–Krul—————-
    Debuchy–S.Taylor–Colo–Santon
    ———–Tiote—Sissoko———-
    —-HBA—Cabaye—Gouffran —-
    —————Cisse—————-

    Subs: Harper, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Anita, Marveaux, Obertan, Sh.Ameobi.

    If HBA still isn’t fit then I’d put Marveaux in there instead and promote Sa.Ameobi to the bench. Think this team would be a bit harsh on Perch, as he’s done well of late. I suspect Pardew may keep it unchanged from the villa and chelsea XI, and he would be quite justified in doing so. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The additional competition is a critical factor in our players’ performances recently I think, which is great.

  • 256 yorkshire_magpie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Online guy i think if we played him left wing then it’d hard to fit all our other stars into our team. Basically we’d have to drop someone.

  • 257 tdt // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Or maybe Sissoko more advanced:

    —————–Krul—————
    Debuchy–S.Taylor–Colo–Santon
    ———–Tiote—Cabaye———
    —-HBA—Sissoko—Gouffran—
    —————Cisse—————

  • 258 tdt // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Put Jonas on the bench actually.

  • 259 yorkshire_magpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Or drop cisse play gouffran up top and play marv left wing, always an option if we want to change things. Although i still think pards will keep it unchanged from chelsea game.

  • 260 NUFC STEVE // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    There’s no point in suggesting teams like these because as much as we all want to see them there is one player pardew will never leave out or take off no matter how bad he plays ( which is pretty bad) and that is Jonas Gutierrez. Despite his lack of pace, bad final ball, no ability to beat a man, sideways passing, fear in a tackle and constant diving Guti is pardwhos first name on the team sheet and I can’t see that changing.

  • 261 donkeypunch // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Rake i think we were lucky not to have cisse sent of but colo is never a booking in a milllion years the only intent he had was to clear the ball yes his foot was high but there was no other way to clear it commen sense has to prevail in these situations which a lot of people are so naive to.

  • 262 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Yorkshire

    IT would be Good to try the system out once we are safe in the prem. He.might be a revelation with not having to have the defensive duties to worry about ..to an extent ..mind… They all have to do their bit defence wise…

    It would just be another system we could use..to counter act or provoke a change in the opposition’s tactic’s ..give them something else to worry about.

    2 players marking Santon, free’s up space elsewhere

    Dropping someone is just part of the squad game football is today. Jonas needs a rest. Love Jonas !

  • 263 yorkshire_magpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Yes online guy your right jonas needs a rest! He may not be playing that well. But let me tell you one thing about him he bleeds black n white.

  • 264 remember69 // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    To be fair to Anita he has often had to play in a struggling team. I think AP will be evaluating all in training and may well use Anita in different scenarios and/or to rest others.

  • 265 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Could not help thinking ..If Collo had been sent off Pardew would have sent him home to Argentina and his family for 3 weeks..?.Wonder If Collo thought about it ..??mm

  • 266 yorkshire_magpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Haha @ online guy. Thought might have crossed his mind!

  • 267 donkeypunch // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    ONLINE GUY i thought the same thing when he got the red at liverppol as soon as he came out about being homsick few months later

  • 268 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Yorkshire ..Not certain but is Jonas got an extra bit of timber on him …?

    Christ I watched Bramble playing for Blunderland last night and he looks like a fridge ..He has put on some timber ..he could not stop, he had that much momentum going forward on one run .. I say forward but he was running back …he is massive.

  • 269 remember69 // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Jonas may need a rest as he works so hard. I don’t know about the rest of the game but he scored yesterday and played a part in Sissoko’s first.
    It would be interesting to see how his Opta stats compare to others.
    There is a reason AP likes him……

  • 270 yorkshire_magpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Yeah it does seem like he has got a bit of timber on him. But tightarse has always had abit of timber from day one lol.

  • 271 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Hey I really respect Jonas ..He gives his all .. think he is playing with something else on his mind though.

    I watch him play now, and then if you go you tube him against Man U, Keegan’s first match that season at old trafford .,.he murdered Man U beating player after player he was amazing to watch ..the difference now is clear.

    That Match finished 1-1 A man u supporter and now the head of referee’s reffed it and denied us 2 pens and so many many hack’s on Jonas, when clean through, it was shocking.

  • 272 NUFC STEVE // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Gutierrez main problem is that he lost the pace he had a couple of years ago. He can’t beat a man any more santon has to do all that for him and he used to be the hardest worker in the team but against villa he was our laziest player gave lowton oceans all day. He does look tired but he can’t be cos he was injured not so long ago. His only hope is either left back or CM and they happen to be our most solid areas so there’s only one option for Guti (the bench). In fact if u watch our Europa league games Obertan offers much more than guti going forward, but since Pardews been here don’t think he’s left him out yet.

  • 273 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    right lad’s off to kip All the best ..Oh btw

    Get your money on 2-3 to us at spurs or 2-4 .

  • 274 Williamsonsuks // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Spurs on Saturday is a big test. If Bale plays on the left Debuchy has his work cut out. Debuchy is doing a good job at RB but Bale would leave him for dead with his pace. Noticed lately Bale has more of a free role. If Tiote is available ob n Saturday I’d stick him on Bale, providing he has the free role. IMO Don’t see much more threat coming from anywhere else on the park. Guessing 2-1 but would take the draw 7 points from possible 9 in the last 3 games would be amazing. HWTL

  • 275 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Will..did togo win tonight ?

  • 276 Williamsonsuks // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Not sure. Hoping Tiote is fit to play on Saturday. Probably wouldn’t start him coz Perch has done nought wrong. Would be great to have on bench for last 20 mins to strengthen the midfield. He’d put the shits up Bale though :)

  • 277 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Unchanged team unchanged formation. If we are down in the 1st half then, mix it up at half time, tiote or marveaux on or both.

    Every player that played against Chelsea and villa has fought hard for his position and rightly so deserves it.

  • 278 t00ntime // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Tiote should be back in over perch. Was tiote out of form? when he was here we had no movement in front of him and he was forced to slow it down. Cabaye looked bad too. Since sissoko and gouffran have came in + cisse has been given a free role up front theres loads of movement and space. Cabaye looks great again. How do we know that wasnt tiotes problem? imo that was tiotes problem he got the ball and had no one to release it too.

    ———–krul———–
    –deb-Staylor-colo-sant–
    ——-cabaye–tiote——
    –HBA—–Siss—Gouff
    ———-cisse———-

    that team is a challange for anyone in the bpl imo. I fail to see why we shouldnt give tiote a try in a free playing team

  • 279 magpiebop // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Europa has to be our priority for tbis season. We are in no serious danger of goi g down. Be nice to wjn a tropby.

  • 280 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    @278

    I disagree. Perch and Even Anita have been on form and put in solid performances when they have played. Tiote has been a rollercoaster this season, occassionally he is the way he was last season… at other times its just downright painful to watch, since we all know he is better then that.

    To put an out of form player ahead of inform players is ludicrous in my eyes.

    The same could be said about HBA being slotted right in.. but then he is worlds apart from those that have filled in his spot. Jonas had a good game against chelsea, but prior to that it was torture to watch. Obertan showed some form, but that was down the left and not the right when he created two goals in two games. We haven’t really seen Marv on the right as Pardew played him central.

    I’d have the same team as you but with either Perch or Anita in place of Tiote, preferably Perch tbh. Between him and Anita, he is the better tackler imo.

  • 281 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    To prevent any mis interpretation.

    Not saying HBA was out of form, just… he has been injured for quite a while and putting him in a game against Spurs and expecting magic may be asking a bit too much.

  • 282 jimmysmith // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    I think HBA and Tiote will come straight back in when available because judging from Pards past team selections and comments they are very much considered by him to be two of the very best players at the club and also with them in the team we have an immensely compelling side on paper.

    The question really is who other than Perch makes way, Guti or Gouffran. Guti has clearly upped his performances in recent games but Gouffran has been perhaps more impressive and has what Jonas now sadly lacks; pace.

    I think Gouffran will get the nod and in a side with now brimming with pace, power, artistry and industry. An amazing turn of events.

  • 283 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    Danny Simpson assaulted somebody in Manchester -he then got into a cab -was then dragged out the cab and knocked out. Video of him in the gutter. Link:-

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4777584/danny-simpson-knocked-out-in-4am-brawl.html

  • 284 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    Rumors about Saylor being in some form of brawl after the chelsea game at whitley bay,

    Simpson Knocked out after a brawl.

    Dear me… what is going on…

  • 285 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    @MisterTuff, jesus christ! looks like he had been lying there and that group just happened on him.

    Reading it it says he clocked some 50 year old man? The hell are you thinking Simmo, lol. But then the bouncers actually pursued him and laid him out themselves.

    Don’t bout the UK but I think stateside the bouncers could even be in for it.

    Was that news about Steven Taylor true as well?

  • 286 jimmysmith // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    I suspect Tulia actually a drag queen and has actually been taping it up for the obviously clueless Danny boy.

  • 287 jimmysmith // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    That was a tasteless comment for which I apologise, although having reread it, I’m now far more embarassed by the level of my English.

  • 288 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    What was the Steven Taylor news??

  • 289 Santon03 // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    I think spurs game has more weight than europa, sice it has to do with our survival in epl.
    I would expect that there will be 2 set of teams for both games but I could be wrong:
    Spurs game
    ——————————Krul—————————-
    Debu———Saylor—————Colo———-Santon
    —————Anita—————-Cabaye—————-
    Jonas——————Sissoko——————Marveaux
    —————————Gouffran————————-

    Europa:
    —————————-Elliot—————————–
    Tav————-MYM————Willo———–Haidara
    ——————Perch———–Tiote——————–
    Obertan—————————————-Fergie/Sammy
    —————–Shola————-Cisse———————
    It could be 4-5-1 with Bigi instead Shola.

  • 290 Sir Braveheart // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Id pick Mbiwa over Debuchy for Europa League, pit Santon RB and give Haidario the LB spot if he’s up to speed in time.

    The squad we’ve now got we can comfortably pick up the points we need, especially now we’ve got two wins on the bounce. So I say go for the Europa league. We’ve got no PL game between the Metalist ties so shouldnt affect our PL form really.

  • 291 check the toastie // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Simpson proving why our choice to invest in professional young French footballers is the way forward.

    The only surprise is that Simpson actually hit the target. Sounds like hes took a bit of a beating which isnt good. I despair, I really do.

  • 292 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Well defence was never his strong point. Its a great leveller lying out cold in a gutter isn’t it? He joins countless saturday night revellers from all rungs of the ladder in the noble art of weekend bingeing.

    Oh Danny boy, the transfer list is calling….

  • 293 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Check….You weren’t out in Manchester over the weekend then?

  • 294 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Still doing the jonas – bashing after saturday are we? I wonder how many of those performances he has to put in to win some people over. Singling out his crossing as being an indicator of all-round poor play is specious at best. He made less mistakes than for example Gouffran and apart from scoring caused chelsea problems all day and put in some terrific tackles. Drop the agenda until he actually plays badly but give credit where its due.

  • 295 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Tsunki….I was so pleased he had a noticeably good game against Chelsea. Most of his work goes unnoticed by many. He may not be the quickest or most technical in our squad, but he still offers a load to the “team” which we generally miss when he’s not about.

  • 296 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Tsunki

    I think jonas looked a different player on the right wing. His crossing was poor but he did other things well, he had great control, especially on his chest, stayed further up the pitch which was good, got himself into the box to help cisse when the ball was crossed and still tracked back at the right time without camping in our half.

    It was his best game of the season and knowing gouffran has started well and HBA will come back seems to be spurring him on.

  • 297 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Ibiza

    He does a lot of work for the team I agree, this season though by dropping too deep to cover all the time he hasn’t been doing his main job which is attack (as a winger, maybe not when in CM role) and this allows the opposition to attack as they dont worry about him.

    He got the balance spot on against chelsea even if some of his crossing was poor. It’s sometimes easy to look poor crossing though when you only have 1 or 2 targets in the box like he had. Players like valencia at man utd often has 3/4 to aim at in the box with 1 or 2 on the edge as well.

  • 298 Santon03 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    the worst player saturday was Cisse

  • 299 darrenfletcher88 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Danny Simpson causing bother.and looked what happened,not the type of player we need in are squad!! Not good enough am afraid!!

  • 300 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    TS….I wouldn’t mind so much, but really no one in the team is that great at picking out a cross in to the box and whilst he has his weaknesses and may struggle to get into our best technical 11, I do think he’s come under unreasonable scrutiny this season. Hopefully the added competition for places gives him and everyone else a kick up the backside…it can only be good for the team.

    Still buzzing from Saturday…what a weekend!

  • 301 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    santon03

    Really?

    I thought he was brilliant, his finishing was weak but he managed to bring others into play really well, drew the CB’s out to leave room for sissoko and gouff and also managed to get in the right areas and not be offside 100 times in the match.

  • 302 Santon03 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    TS

    Out of 11 players on the field, he was the worst imo.
    He could have been sent off too.

  • 303 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    darrenfletch

    Yeh exactly. Instead of spending time resting and getting himself back to fitness he is out in clubs til 4am and getting involved in fights.

    The guy needs to spend every minute of his free time working on his attacking play if he wants to stay at a good level and not just go out on the drink.

    No shock he wanted to move to wigan on deadline day, could easily catch up with his manchester pals.

  • 304 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    On Cisse, I think he is starting to rediscover some form / confidence again. In the meantime others are chipping in so there is less pressure. Give it a few games and I’ll think we’ll start to see the Cisse of old. Once Benny and Tiote are back in the mix we can also give him a rest and move Gouffran up front. It’s great that Pardew will have some options going in to the latter stage of the season, can’t believe it really, May will be here before we know it.

  • 305 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    santon03

    Yeh he probably should have been sent off with the letter of the law, got away with that as missing him for 3 games would have been costly.

    I think he did well though, I remember thinking I had no idea who pards would sub off as they all played really well.

  • 306 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    horrible being simmo or anyone like that. is there no end to violence

  • 307 Santon03 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Regarding Jonas, I think he finally got the right role.
    He was able to get into the box receiving crosses and helped out defense.

  • 308 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Ibiza

    True we dont have many good crossers of the ball really. It’s something we really lack.

    Did you see milner’s ball in for dzeko, wrong foot, slid along the edge of the six yard box between defender and keeper, perfectly waited for dzeko to tap in. Would love milner back at the club.

  • 309 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    TS….I didn’t watch any of the other games, got my football fix with Newcastle this week, haven’t been able to say that much this season. I like Milner, hard worker and can put in a decent cross. How old is he now?

  • 310 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    ppb

    I genuinely felt sorry for simpson until I read that he was the one who threw the first punch after getting hassle, but then it also said he was mouthing off letting everyone know who he was and showing off.

    I don’t want to see that happen to anyone but if you cause trouble you’re bound to get it back.

  • 311 Santon03 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    TS

    I don’t know who can replace Cisse too, certainly not Shola.
    I’m not criticising or anything, it’s just an idea. Maybe gouff as striker and put Anita in for Cisse, just idea for discussion not critic.

  • 312 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    ibiza

    I just watched liverpool city, was a great match. Some amazing goals.

    Milner turned 27 last month. He works hard and is a much better footballer than some credit him with being. Scores a few goals and gets plenty of assists.

  • 313 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Morning gents!

    Still on cloud 9 from Saturday! It’s amazing what a good result does for my week !

    Lovely day hear in ‘little Newcastle’ (Paris) today and being informed that a certain Mr Loic Remy is out for 3 months with his groin / abductor injury…

    Karma much??? :-)

  • 314 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    @ts an in form milner could start for any team in the league. he’s just inconsistent

  • 315 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    In an ideal world… with every one on form…

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Debuchy~~~Saylor/Mbiwa~Colo~~~~Santon~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tiote~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~~~~~~~~~Sissoko~~~~~~~~~
    ~Arfa~~~~~~~~~~~~Cisse~~~~~~~~~~Goofy/Marv

    Would dominate majority of teams in the BPL, and would be a good challenge for the top 4.

  • 316 darrenfletcher88 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    I hate fighting and trouble but there’s witnesses saying he was in the wrong, giving it do u no who I am talk,the lad shouldn’t off been there!! He will not make the Newcastle grade if he’s doing that! Should be disappointed in him self

  • 317 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    @Torqtoon comment 313

    On the bright side, he will have plenty of time to play Fifa with Tony Fernandes/

  • 318 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    U guys do know all of our French lads went out drinking after the Chelsea match and rumours of strip clubs was rife

    Or do we only pick on none flavour of the month players? Haha what am I saying of course we do

  • 319 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    santon

    I think gouff would do a good job with his pace running in behind..

    Also could have ben arfa play in for cisse and rotate with gouff so there is always something different for defenders.

  • 320 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Fun fact, since 2011 QPR have brought in 31 new players…
    Thats almost 3 whole new teams…

  • 321 Santon03 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    TS

    I would love to see Santon play as LW one day. He creates 2 assists and MArveaux creates a great chance for Cisse right away after coming in as a sub.
    I think we have good crossers, but there wasn’t many target in the box, it has to be a perfect crosses everytime and we don’t have good headers like dzeko or crouch or carroll.

  • 322 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Torq…Not at all. It will give the bloke a chance to spend some of that money. Do people really think QPR will avoid relegation? I just don’t see where it’s coming from tbh, just seems to be many negative egos from the board, to the owner and then the players.

    TS…It ended 2-2, right?

  • 323 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Darren – What’s the craic with Simpson then? Assaulted out if hand or partly his own doing?

    Don’t condone his or any other parties actions whatsoever mind you,

  • 324 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Yo…Well we haven’t seen it in the Sun, so who cares? :)

  • 325 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    wwycd

    Well thats not professional either. However as long as they can play well I don’t mind.

    It’s more the attitude to it in my view. Going out for a few drinks and to have fun is ok. Going out to get smashed, especially when it seems simmo can’t control himself, is different. He is also injured and supposed to be recovering.

  • 326 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Torq
    I read that this morning gutted for Remy and QPR but couldn’t hold back a small smile. Still I doubt Remy is that bothered his bank balance will sky rocket even while injured…curious of who will want him come summer if they go down though

  • 327 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    @309 i always get in middle of fights. somebody should intervene. fair enough he’s the Pratt but i still feel bad. i know the consequencesof drunken fighting all too well

  • 328 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    torq

    Simmo meant to be out with wellbeck and cleverly, had a few too many, went to get food himself at 4, started mouthing off about who he was, some 50 year old guy didn’t take kindly and pushed him so simmo hit him, moved on then mouthed off at 2 bouncers (off duty) before being dragged out the taxi and knocked out.

    Don’t like seeing anyone hurt but if you mouth of at those kind of people you must know whats coming.

  • 329 Santon03 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    I think we will sign AC in summer.
    We need someone to cross to if we are going to make a lot of crosses. We have players who can create good crosses, it’s just that our target can’t win against CB. It’s not that our striker is not good enough, it’s just that they are not superb in the air. MAking perfect crosses all the time is impossible especially when the crossers is being marked and the opponent CB are taller and jump higher than our strikers.

  • 330 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    ibiza

    QPR look solid at the moment, they have some good players who can get goals, zamora looked good for them, as did samba and townsend. Jenas offered some control in the middle and improved the side.

    I think with a lot of teams like villa, southampton, reaing, wigan around them they have a chance as they aren’t really pulling away.

    Reading looked dead and burried, got a couple wins and draws and not out of the drop zone. Anything can happen.

  • 331 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Yo – Not sure im gutted for either QPR or Remy to be honest. I’m a great believer of what goes around comes around.

    And like you say, he will be able to rake in over a million quid just sitting on his arse! ID do that given half a chance.

    Samba looked good for them on Saturday – bit they were so 1 dimensional with every cross/corner aiming for samba. It took Norwich about 10mins to see that and the lad was double, sometimes triple marked throughout. Now no Remy for the season (possibly…)

    …they will struggle I feel…

  • 332 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Ibiza
    Haha stinging comment as per usual u cheeky swine haha

    Sage
    And all our French lads drink in moderation and went to help the strippers out of the life they find themselves in? Simmo went out for a fight am sure haha same difference but Simmo found himself in some bother and who the heck hasent when they’ve been out?

  • 333 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    santon03

    The other alternative is to work on getting one or two more in the box during open play and either giving us more options or working on really cutting the ball into a dangerous area along the floor a bit more.

  • 334 Markaccus // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Morning all. What’s new? I know simmo started a fight and someone else finished it. Has everyone seen the coloccini mortal combat picture?

  • 335 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    wwycd

    Its not so much the moderation, I dont think a few drinks on a weekend will cause many problems, providing its not constant. I dare bet a good % of players enjoy a few glasses of wine with meals out or in house with their family but it doesn’t get in the papers.

    Its more that simmo was mouthing off after a drink. If you can’t control yourself when drunk you need to make sure you drink less or dont drink.

  • 336 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Sage – Oh I see…! So he was giving it the big ‘do you know who I am?!’ speech and riled people up the wrong way?!

    Kinda lose a little sympathy for him. Yes he is in a very privileged position, and whilst I get he is allowed to go out and relax like the rest of us – he needs to act appropriately!

    Working back at Montpellier later in the week and will have stern words with Belhanda for not appearing at Benton a la Odemwingie! :-)

    He scored a cracking goal this weekend yet the club are STILL wanting him out. Nice to see Yanga get his call up to the French side – but feel for Varane.

  • 337 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Torq
    I don’t enjoy seeing any club in trouble and I don’t like seeing them go out of business which if QPR go down could well happen . Remy less so but he did just come back from injury plus I do like the lad as a player. I know he did the dirty on us but a lot of players would do the same when offered a much bigger pay day

  • 338 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Yo…Liking the spin there. The French lads were just trying to help the girls out…brilliance.

    TS…They have improved and Samba will provide them with some more strength, that’s for sure and they can pull out of trouble I’m just not convinced they will.

    It’s all still pretty close mind.

    I read someone say that we’re safe now, so we should go all out for the EL?!? I think we will be safe, but we’re by no means anywhere near guaranteed yet, two wins have helped us massively, but another couple of losses and it’s another story again.

    Not saying we shouldn’t put effort in to EL, as I think at this point we should give it a serious crack, however to say we’re now safe is a little premature (even if we are now closer to the top 10 than the bottom 3).

    First things first, Spurs!

  • 339 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    @santon you don’t need to be tall to head the ball well though. more about positioning. unless its a high floaty cross. we do need to work on crossing to get the right kind of crosses. cisse can score with his head from a whipped in cross at a lower angle.

  • 340 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    wwycd

    I just hope for the sake of QPR fans that Fernandes sticks with his promise of financially backing them even if they go down. Don’t want to see him wash his hands of the club and let the debt rack up, he needs to finance his mistakes with his own money after that gamble.

    Torq

    Any possibility having mbiwa at newcastle will help lure belhanda? do you know if they are friends or if he knows any of our french lads.

  • 341 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    PPB…We’ll miss Ba in that sense, he’s not afraid to stick his head in…or his face.

    Too soon?

  • 342 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Sage
    I have heard multiple stories of NUFC players over the years doing the same, in Newcastle they are treated very well so stories rarely show up in papers

    End of the day I don’t see them as role models I see them as footballers, they do their job on the pitch and don’t show us up I don’t mind what they do and as far as am concerned Simmo just did what numerous people do every week, he’s a mug for getting knocked out and it ending up in the papers but am not annoyed by it…pretty funny really

  • 343 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Basically what Yo is saying is if Simmo had dealt with it with the first punch a name change would be in order….WWDSD?

  • 344 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    @mark that pic is class if tasteless.
    @ibiza yes its too soon. the swelling hasn’t even gone down yet you insensitive clown

  • 345 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Sage
    In regards to QPR I agree but they are a joke club if they go down could be hard for them to get out of that image…we had history (recent and not so) that helped us get out of it and we had PL level players who loved the club, they have Championship level lads

  • 346 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    in other news im renting out property in the valley. i guess there’ll be an influx of immigrants soon

  • 347 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    PPB…If anything I’m a sensitive clown, makes my work really difficult. Do you have any idea how emotional I get after I fall over my big shoes or get a bucket of water thrown in my face? I’m getting all teary just thinking about it.

  • 348 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    The first time simmo doesnt back off and he gets knocked out

  • 349 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    wwycd

    I agree they aren’t role models. How many 20 year olds would behave sensibly if given huge pay packets.

    I mean ballotelli is the most normal of all people, 21 and 200k a week, he did well to be as sensible as he was haha.

    I just think drinking is fine as long as it doesn’t interfere with your performance. Surely going all the way to manchester for a night out when you need to be recovering from injury isn’t acceptable. The way he mouthed off shows he shouldn’t be getting that drunk as he has no control over himself.

  • 350 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    PPB…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l8CTAZCv7w

  • 351 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Sage – I absolutely think it will help us. Yanga and Belhanda were very good friends. They used to be room mates at away games and tours and remain in contact even now. He is also very good friends with Gabby Obertan and Yoan Gouffran.

    As I say, they want rid – and we would suit him as a prospective club. I think the price will plummet in the coming months and as I was informed – Dont be surprised to see him arrive at the toon, maybe in the summer.

  • 352 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    torq

    I think him with say somebody like pea, then another CB if colo goes would be great and set the squad up for a real go at the top 6/4.

    But I’m going to stop, we will drive people insane if we discuss summer transfers at the start of Feb.

  • 353 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Ibiza
    Haha who would danny simpson do?

  • 354 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    @ibiza i snortd laughing at that

  • 355 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Yo…

    A: Anyone with a pulse?

    PPB…Glad to have been of service.

  • 356 Santon03 // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    ppb

    Yes, he can score with his head. Good positioning is also important, but opponent CB’s will not let Cisse to have easy time on the air, out of 10 good crosses he might win 1 or 2 air duels. I’m just saying with taller players, players who specialized air duels (like Dzeko, AC, Llorente, Kiebling, Drogba, Coruch, etc.) probably can win 5 out of 10 crosses against CB(s).

  • 357 bollance // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Jonas is a confidence player. In a winning team he has a bit more about him. At the minute he is struggling but his performances will improve as the team does well.

    Sadly as popular he is because he gives 100% he is not a match winner.

    Torq maybe able to answer whether belhanda gets goals and assist?

    As a player on the wing Jonas needs to score and assist something he has never done on a regular basis. For this reason alone as soon as hba comes back he slots in on the wing.

    Gouffran exposed Chelsea’s defensive Achilles heal. They have no pace at the back. It cost them big time on Saturday.

  • 358 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Eaststand
    That brilliant haha

    Sage
    Aye fair one but its his free time tbf to him.

    End of the day am not bothered by it long as he plays his heart out when he’s on the pitch

  • 359 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    @ibiza. makes me think of the sopranos

  • 360 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Ibiza
    And a dodgy sex tape ;)

  • 361 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Wwycd

    Couldnt off happened to a better person

  • 362 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    PPB…Actually one of my favourite albums and is the album they took the theme tune (woke up this morning) from for the sopranos.

    If you haven’t listened to much, that album is the one to check out.

    Sweet pretty country acid house music.

  • 363 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Yo…Is there such a think as a dodgy one? Actually, don’t bother answering, there certainly are…so I’m told anyway.

  • 364 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    So by sensible reckoning, how many purples are in the team now ?

  • 365 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Eaststand
    I can think of a few haha

    Any truth in Saylor getting beaten up as well?

  • 366 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Santon,

    I really just can’t see the obsession with getting Carroll back.

    Finally now with our French players we are starting to play great pass and move football after being hoof ball kings for most of the season.

    Getting Carroll back just means the ball will go aerial all the time. Fine if you’re Stoke or West ham, but Carroll will never be on the same wave length as Benny, Cabaye etc.

    Forget him being a Geordie, we need a fast, skillful, mobile, injury free, goal scoring striker like PEA.

  • 367 psutty80 // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Loïc Remy could be out for 3 months with a muscle injury…. Oh dear what a shame. Still he’s getting well paid to do nothing and then leave on a free!

  • 368 Mister Tuff // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    ibiza – as you have been outed yet again I’ve sorted out a new theme song for you. Link:-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D5Sa2Yq-2g

  • 369 bollance // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Don’t want to tempt fate but to date our French players have yet to step out of line. Even hba has behave admirably although there rumours of unrest after being subbed repeatedly at half time. Also at the start this season after I guess we did not sign debuchy cabaye threw his toys out the pram.

    The difference is the French boys keep the problems in house.

  • 370 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Jail…Not sure, running our of fingers now…let me go grab my abacus, I used it last time I defended Ashleys spending….

  • 371 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    wwycd

    As long as going out doesn’t effect his performance in training and in a game thats fine. If he rocks up for training after a big night out and can’t give 100% then he is being totally unprofessional, that wouldn’t be tolerated in any job so we shouldn’t in football either.

    I think he usually seems to give his all though.

  • 372 gaz 44 // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I was out in whitley bay after game n never saw Steve t never mind him getting beat up.. Nor did i hear any rumour of this until i came on here…
    chances are someone thought they could get some followers on twittrr or something when he comes out with a black eye.. Which he got during the game

  • 373 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    @tuff lol. definitely the ibiza walk in music

  • 374 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Mister….You may have to start following me to provide the soundtrack for my life.

    Quite funny that you pulled out my number 1 track to play when I have female company.

  • 375 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Rotunda,
    Where’s your mate the Norwegian Cod ?

  • 376 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    The Norwegian Cod? :)

  • 377 Rotonda heights // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Krul
    Debuchy
    Colo
    Santon
    Tiote
    Cabaye
    Sissoko
    Ben Arfa,
    Cisse
    Gouffran
    MYM
    Haidara
    Marveaux
    Anita

    Due to long term injury and some recent indifferent form of some I don’t know if Saylor, Obertan, Willo, Simmo and Jonas are considered ”purples”

  • 378 donkeypunch // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    nothing wrong with having long balls pumped into a big target man who can hold the ball up and lay it of to a fast gouffran or sissoko running either side of him can still play a passing game with big target man arsenal do it with with Giroud also i think its good for a team to have a bit of everytink like height tecnical abilty and pace because it makes a team a threat from a lot more angels like brain clough use to say dont worry what a player hasn’t got worry about what he has got




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