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Newcastle A Great Club – I Couldn’t Be Happier – Sissoko

11:00 am, Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 294 Comments

The new hero on Tyneside has been interviewed on nufcTV after the game yesterday – and while her spoke in French – we have been impressed with both Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse who have given interviews in the last week and their English is already very good.

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Moussa Sissoko – after scoring winner yesterday

Sissoko is getting all the plaudits today – following a phenomenal performance form the 23 year-old yesterday – and this lad is fast becoming a huge fan favorite with the Newcastle fans, and what he has said on nufcTV will only enhance that.

Sissoko talked to nufcTV and Rob Scanlon, and this is some of what he said in this interview.

“I gave 100 per cent, the very best I could.” “I was signed to do that, to give everything, to fight from the first to the 90th minute – that’s what I try to do.” “I’m very happy today but we can’t forget that it was a team performance.”

“The team worked together. I played well but it’s a team effort.” “We came away with three points as a team and I hope we can continue to perform like that and continue to climb up the Premier League as high as possible.”

“It was a fantastic afternoon.” “Two goals and three points against Chelsea – a fantastic team – in front of a full-house, who supported us fantastically this afternoon. I couldn’t be happier.” “I’ve never had so much encouragement and support.”

“I always said I wanted to come to England to play in the Premier League and witness this sort of support.” “I’m delighted to be here at Newcastle. This is a great club and I hope we can continue to have fantastic games like that and continue to do well.”

Moussa also said that for the final goal it was Davide Santon who did all the work – Davide had two great assists yesterday – and Moussa says he just had to tap and ball into the back of the net,  and Rob Scanlon asked him if he had a Twitter account – since fans had been asking – but he said he didn’t have one.

Moussa has walked around the City center sinc esigning 9 days ago fr Newcatsle – and fans have come up to him for his autograph – but after yesterday’s performance he may be mobbed by delighted Newcastle fans – if he’s sighted in the City center next week. 😀

Moussa comes over as a humble lad – and he talked all about the team – and not his individual performance – but what a player he is – and it makes it even better when he seems to just love Newcastle United Football Club.

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294 responses so far ↓

  • 1 macdonaldtudor // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Superstar allround

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Ibiza,It is very easy to get wires crossed if you havent read previous posts, I have apologized so we’ll leave it at that, on yesterday, who managed to slag off Pards for something and have we seen Catchy since our back to back wins, he must be gutted.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Can’t understand that either, never left a game early since about ten of us left at half time at 0-4 down against Troyes.

  • 4 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    My god this lad is a worldy.

    Repost – yesterdays ground report.

    After we equalised the atmosphere was superb and unbelievably some people were leaving on 85/86 minutes, i mean in a game like that, trying to beat the traffic, amazing, there was plenty their 10 minutes after the whistle as Cabaye, Goofy and Sissoko did a lap of honour getting clapped by the crowd, Perchy, Saylor Timmy and Santon all stayed on the pitch for some time getting the applause of the crowd, it was just superb.

    No better place to play football, this club could be on the cusp of something big, please Big Mike keep that investment going, we may break our trophy hoodoo. If Cisse was on form we could have beat them by 4 yesterday, that is some team we now have.

    Special mention for Saylor, for me he is more important than Collo, and if Mbiwa does start it is the skipper who should make way.

    Jail – you enjoy the mental corner, looked good fun, love Cabs and Santon always clapping the fans. Super world class players we have. Hope Pardew keeps the aggressive tactics and positive teams. Still would like to see Marv for Jonas, the boy is a special player.

    Saylor nearly jumped into the crowd at the final whistle eh, great stuff.

  • 5 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    What a guy. Re watching the highlights for a tenth time as we speak 😉

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    But no one is saying that, thats why i havent a clue what jesp is on about! All ive said us i can see why the ref didnt give a pen or a red and why didnt MOTD show both incidents, thats not justifying, thats not comparing the 2 thats simply saying if you show one contriversial moment you have to show the other
    For me the luckiest man not to walk was cisse tbh!

    Goofy has been do impressive in his 2 games here great pace great strength he’s great with the ball at his feet and the boy has some skill

  • 7 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Already looking forward to Southampton, would just go gung ho and try and beat them by 4 goals.


    Check that team out, oh my god, is it Barcelona ive just put up, cant wait for the Mackem game, they are shite and we are going to give them one hell of a beating.

  • 8 wolfshead@toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    santon is starting to grow the new maldini?

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Never understood why people ever leave matches early makes no sense win lose or draw, anything can happen in football!!!

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Check loved it,
    The two lads either side of me took my phone number and are going to bell me when they know a spare is coming up around them, only down side of the day is I left my hipflask in the pub and I locked myself into my porch for about half an hour as I dropped my keys into a shoe.

  • 11 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    TADS – you are right there about Cisse, dont like Terry however he didnt make anything of that and it looked bad enough for Webb to get red out of his pocket for sure.

    Watching Goals on Sunday, bet you they show Ramires tackle, waiting for the debate.

  • 12 beddersmag // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I hate it when players come here and are amazed by the atmosphere and support ‘in england’ as they might think they could get this anywhere in the premier league. What they need to understand is that we are unique and the best fans in the world. Then they would know to stay forever 🙂

  • 13 Honoured2BNUFC // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Ashley Cole “I got him, I got him …oh my god he’s blitzed me!!!!”

  • 14 beddersmag // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM


    He will need to learn how to defend first mate. Give him time like 🙂

  • 15 kilcline // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Loving the buzz that Sissoko and co have bought back to the Toon, so proud to be a toon fan last night!

    Would just like to say, that Sissoko was always going to be the best signing but wait until Mbiwa starts playing every week, this lad is going to be a French International Centre back for the next 10 years.

    We have a great squad, just need Ince and a top striker in the summer 😉

  • 16 beddersmag // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM


    Is that what cole said? Mint.:-)

    Anything else on the subject?

  • 17 Tommyy // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    It was a moment to behold when he powered past Cole, not everyday you see that.

  • 18 Honoured2BNUFC // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Wolfshead-He’s got a hellova long way before he’s compared to the great Maldini-but he’s made a wonderful start.

  • 19 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    He had Ashley Cole, raced passed him, brilliant moment.
    He’s like Obertan with a brain and muscles.

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    First time I’ve been on since the game yesterday. Outstanding. I think the most pleasing thing for me was the fact we fought to come back when they went 2-1 up. Given our recent form, and results, going behind could have seen heads drop and them give up. Huge credit goes to all at the club for the spirit in the group.

    It makes me wonder how much of our poor form was down to players feeling deflated at the lack of in-comings, none more so then Cabaye who has an added spring in his step since the arrival of Debuchy.

    Onwards and upwards for this side. My only worry is Cisse failing to take some of his chances. Hopefully he will click soon.

    Bring on Spurs, hopefully Togo continue in the AfCON and Defoe stays injured for our game. The centre of midfield looks more than a match for any premier league team, and I’d go as far to say that Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko Anita and Perch are better than any other premiership teams group of centre midfielders when the opposition and our own are on form.

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    New signings excite the crowd and lift the team, hopefully Mashley has seen this and we can all look forward to a summer where all our favourites are kept the deadwood shipped out and two or three more quality players are signed.

  • 22 Taking the Papiss // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Here to eat a little bit of humble pie. Although I always backed Pards 100% and made that clear on this blog and was keen on bringing Sissoko in, having watched Toulouse regularly for the last two seasons I didn’t think Sissoko could have this impact. He has been, without doubt their second best central midfielder (after Etienne Capoue) for the last few years and I didn’t think that he was capable of this sort of impact although it was clear he was a good player suitd to the premier league.

    Now here is the crux of the issue- Pardew’s brilliant tactics have led to this. Moussa played deep a lot of the time for Toulouse and even though he got forward was never deployed as this sort of an attacking midfielder. Turns out he is ideally suited to the role and the plaudits for playing him there (many would argue out of position) have to go to Pardew. It would have been easy to drop sissoko deep and push cabaye up however this works much better. It gives cabaye more time on the ball to spray it around and allows moussa to impose himself physically.

    The whole situation really reminds of Fellaini. He was a defensive midfielder at first for Everton and the end of last season/beginning of this was the first time he got pushed up to an attacking midfielder or supporting striker and he has been devestating in that position. I think that we have exactly the same kind of player with Sissoko who has skill, finishing ability, passing ability (far superior to that of Fellaini), power and pace (again much quicker than Fellaini). Played in this position (credit to Pards) he looks like a real star.

  • 23 stretchintoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I love you sissoko…gizus a kiss x

  • 24 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    It was amazing when he ran past Cole, i have only seen Yaya who would come close to doing something like that on the pitch.

    We now have players to give anyone a game, goofy is a super little player, a true grafter with great technique.

    A week is a long time in sport eh.

  • 25 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Yeah goals on sunday are normally a lot more balanced than MOTD!
    Wouldnt mind seeing us bid a couple of mil for that le fondre pad could do with a super sub!!!

    As for the sissoko cole moment, dont think anyones jaw dropped quicker than cole ars3 did! He got eaten alive by sissoko just like ivanovic did on the left when sissoko turned him twice!

  • 26 DanRo // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I said during the transfer window I would reserve judgement until it was concluded. Finally, the window has finished I can say that window was a fantastic success. 3 French internationals, real quality in terms of Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa and of course Sissoko. I am pleasantly surprised with Gouffran from what I have seen of him since he arrived. I know a few bloggers have expressed concern and frustration that we have not signed any significant striker to support Cisse but overall I am extremely happy with the window.

    The support of the club and the owner in a dire situation was fantastic. The signings should have been made in the summer but lessons were learnt, and learnt quickly. I am not a lover nor a hater of the manager but I am delighted the club did not take the easy option of sacking the manager. As I have said countless times before continuity breeds success.

    Regarding yesterday’s game the team played with commitment, quality and expression. More shots, more corners, more chances and crucially more goals than Chelsea. Each player played their part in the win and the players deserve the undoubted praise that will come their way.

    Confidence is a huge aspect in a football team and the rejuvenated confidence of the team has transformed Newcastle. Long may it continue.

    What a difference 5 days makes.

  • 27 Tommyy // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    You know how positive things are squad wise now that Mbiwa can’t even make the starting line up! Saylor has really fought for his place. We’re yet to see Mbiwa, HBA and Tiote in this set up so it really is exciting times! can’t wait for Ben Arfa with players around him more on his level.

  • 28 yorkymag // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Talking the papists
    You are right ,the only time we looked at risk was when at the start of the second half pardew dropped him back as a defensive midfield central 3 ,this invited Chelsea on and the two goals followed
    Some interesting problems for turnip when mr t and benny are back

  • 29 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Papiss – nice post, totally agree, i give Pardew great credit for putting him straight in and playing him were he is.

  • 30 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    great team, great club, great fans, what more do we need.


  • 31 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Should be ahead of the Mackems on 9th Feb.
    After we beat Spurs away and the scum lose at home to Arsenal.

    Then the universe will feel as it should.

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    For me Benny comes into the team, in place of Guti. Maybe not next week as he won’t have had much training, but the following match. Tiote will have to be patient, Perch hasn’t done much wrong so would be unfair to not play him. Anita can feel slightly hard done to, as he was looking our best player prior to the return to fitness of Cabaye and Sissoko’s arrival.

  • 33 DanRo // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Coming back from 2-1 down with less than 25 minutes was massive for confidence and belief.
    I think the stat that has been branded about was Newcastle had not achieve this feat for 27 months?
    In the forthcoming games until the end of season; it will interesting to see if indeed we do go behind whether we have more belief to fight back, after yesterday’s showing I have more hope.

  • 34 Bambams // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Ed… Need to change the Header Photo fella…..

    Sissoko did very well yesterday, but i hope fans dont put too much pressure on him expecting performances like that every week. He will still need time to settle in.

    Thought Santoon did very well also and Debuchy looks like he will be a very good fullback.

    pards has singled out Sissoko, hope he does not overdo this as the whole team put in a very good display!

    Wonder where Tiote will play when he comes back?

  • 35 Fostino // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:38 AM


    debuchy mbiawa colo santon

    tiote cabaye
    ben afra gourfran

    i reckon this is best 11

    marv & s taylor are very unlucky to miss out

  • 36 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Every player on our team now has composure on the ball (not so much Jonas), so when we pick it up in tight spots we try and keep it rather than hoofing it, the 2nd and 3rd goals were based on our defenders bringing the ball out and distributing it rather than just whacking it long to Ba and Shola, was pleased i didnt see Shola come on yesterday, that was another major plus point, we kept passing and probing, which resulted in the goal.

    Pardew is taking the plaudits now as good players make good managers, we should have done better this year for sure, he isnt off the hook yet old Parsnip.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I too said I would reserve judgement until the window was closed, I think nearly everyone pretty much agrees that more should have been done in the summer, it wasn’t and we have to move on hopefully Mashley has learned from his mistakes and it won’t happen again, although it was a fantastic window I can’t hide my disappointment that even if a significant striker wasn’t brought in it would have been nice to know that if anythings happens to Cisse that somebody on the bench who could come in and at least do a job.

  • 38 bollance // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Ba sale paid for sissoko and gouffran

  • 39 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I think for the most part that is right. But I would play Saylor with Mbiwa or Colo. His passion and the willingness to sacrifice his body for the cause is unbelievable. That block with his nuts/midriff at the end was just as valuable as any goal.

  • 40 APBWA // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Very pleased that we play Metalist home leg without a match on the weekend after that, so we will see a strong team out for this game at least. If we can take a 2 goal advantage to the ukraine we could always rest the likes of sissoko, cisse, cabaye, coloccini etc so they are fit and ready for the southampton game at home.

    Team for metalist (h)

    Debuchy Taylor Coloccini Santon
    Jonas Cabaye Tiote Gouffran
    Sissoko Cisse

    Team for metalist (a)

    Simpson M’biwa Coloccini Haidara
    Marveaux Perch Anita Jonas
    Ben Arfa Shola

  • 41 yorkymag // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Taylor was great yesterday in fact,possible man of the match ,but for Sissoko unbelievable contribution, better than collo
    For me thou I would keep them together ad bring in mbiawa genty

  • 42 DanRo // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    @check the toastie 36
    Excellent point. One of my favourite moments from the match was when Chelsea were attacking and a cross came in from the right. The ball landed at Debuchy’s feet, but instead of ‘hoofing it,’ he recognised there was nothing around him, turned and ran with the ball out of defence, committed a player, released the ball at the right time to Gouffran who then passed to Sissoko at the right time. Sissoko went past Cahill with ease and had a shot.

    The point being, if Debuchy had of lost his composure we would have still being defending and under pressure.

  • 43 APBWA // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Or possibly obertan in the away leg instead of jonas

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    My favourite bit of the game yesterday was when after looking like he wasn’t even going to get the ball Sissoko got it then defied the law of physics for a guy his size and skinned Ashley Cole before flashing a shot just wide.

  • 45 Fostino // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    lilongwe geordie

    i agree i like s. taylor determination but i sense he is a bit of a last ditch defender. i think a better one could eradicate those problems through better positioning and anticipation rather then having to through the body at it at the last second if you take my meaning.

  • 46 DanRo // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Jail for Ashley – couldn’t agree more.
    In an ideal situation more competition for Cisse would be great. It is obvious that competition for other places like midfield and defence has spurred on our players.
    Indeed, if Cisse does get injured there might be a problem. However, and there are exceptions every article/journalist I have read speak about how difficult it is to buy a significant striker in Jan transfer window.
    The club should continue with their progress in the summer and make the signing of a striker/winger type player a priority. Presently, I have no reason to doubt the club indeed will make such a signing.

  • 47 stretchintoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    & weve still got hatem to come back!,im having a job to control my excitement atm….viva le Toon!!!

  • 48 Fostino // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM


    having been captain at montipillar and having heard great reviews about him and unfortunately it may be only a matter of time before taylor injures himself again….i think mbiawa and colo has good potential. in truth colo had a great game yesterday and will be a big loss if he leaves next summer…his reading of the game, positionng and anticipation and calmness is top drawer

  • 49 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I get your point, and what you are saying, but I feel Taylor offers that physical presence. Maybe it will be a case of playing the defence to suit the opposition. For example, against more sides like Sunderland, Stoke etc with big Strikers who make their presence felt play Taylor with one of the other two. Against teams who play good flowing football, Swansea, Arsenal etc. play Mbiwa and Colo.

  • 50 yorkymag // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Not sure collo was solid but Taylor outstanding and in reality we would have had little complaint if collo had been sent off
    It’s a great discussion thou when we ave three excellent centre halfs

  • 51 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Santon + Gouffran = Enrique + Jonas

    A real good partnership being struck there, which is allowing Santon more freedom. Marveaux had a great cameo too – tricky to decide between Marv, Goofy and Jonas – they each bring something different to the team. Jonas was in the box clearing up countless times yesterday.

    So excited to see what we can do with Ben10 and tiote back in this team.

  • 52 woodsee // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Ha ha,hope loic remy was watchin that yesterday,he could of been part of that,instead of playing in the championship in a bus shelter

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I would like to think that the club will move forward as regards to transfer policy, but I am still to embarrassed about the fact that I nearly started to like Mashley after Cisse signed that I am holding my breath until next summers dealings.

  • 54 Fostino // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM


    thats a fair point about the red card. time will tell anyway. the team has me buzzing. a replacement for colo in the shape of douglas (who could be free then) and a 2nd top drawer striker in the summer should complete the team.

  • 55 Fostino // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    i looked at qpr playing yesterday and i just taught what football reasons was remy referring to. their pitch was horrendous…their quality of players was no where near ours….the man followed the dollar sign pure and simple.

    harry spoke about the chairman having his pants pulled down before by other managers….well he’s is doing a fantastic rendition of the the fable ‘the emperors clothes’ with hernandes now. what more he’s distancing himself away from the tranfers and pinning it all on hernandes already…he is some classy manager

  • 56 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    It’s amazing to see, since the new players arrived, how much mor dynamic our formation is.

    If you look at the starting line-up in midfield:


    But when jonas scored they were sitting as follows:


    Occasionally cabs came forward, with jonas covering deep, and often goofy came central. The only player who stayed where he was was perch, who was solid in defence. As a result, when we had the ball, the chelsea mid field didnt have a clue what the fk was happening. Credit to pards for the set up, and credit to all the players for taking to it so comfortably. This is what i saw on match choice, can anyone who was there say if i read it correctly?

  • 57 Lu-toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I come in peace me fellow Toon fan

    I honestly think no one needs to justifies Collos challenge full stop. We all agree it was non-intentional, I can see what case you are trying to put across about it being a foul if it was anywhere else on the pitch, but are we not all crying out for the game to keep to its roots as best as it possibly can, let the game flow and let men be men as we have known the game to be for so long. Lets not loose the identity of our fine English game being tougher than the rest of the world, yes we are tactically inept compared to other countries, but we have always been proud that our game is for sterner men.
    The ball was there to be won for both men, and both went for it. Collo’s body position was of that, that he only had one way of going for the ball, and he caught Ba. He had no choice but to attack the ball the way he did. Would you rather he didn’t do what he done, because we would all be talking about how weak and how no desire was shown to win the ball especially when a goal against would’ve been the punishment.

    For me it was no free kick.

    Oh and ‘ I don’t care ‘= u really do care

  • 58 Fostino // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    perch was solid but tiote back with a point to prove will be awesome. i do credit pardew for playing with perch when the temptation would be to play marv or the poor forgotton anita

  • 59 DanRo // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM


    ‘I can categorically state that not a single player is on £100,000-a-week. The wage we are paying Loïc Rémy is the wage that Newcastle were offering him. I just persuaded him that our project and London was a better project than Newcastle’s.’

    Tony Fernandes in the Telegraph today.

    I don’t know who he is deluding. I for one certainly don’t believe him.

    BTW – confirmed Remy will leave if QPR go down in same report.

  • 60 Fostino // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    it was a greedy deal for remy..experience premier league and show case his talents for a few months with qpr and move again in summer with another fantastic signing on bonus. we dont need this ad if he is availbale in the summer

  • 61 Fostino // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM


    fernandes is like the total opposite of ashley in some regards…seeks the limelight, throws money around.

  • 62 woodsee // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    i heard fernandes showed remy round the emirtes on the sly,and not where the number 42 stops

  • 63 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Techincally he’s right samba us apparantly on £90k 😉
    As for remy they all but comfirmed he was on £80k until ppl started taking the p1ss out of them, now he’s gone on the defensive, problem is redknapp keeps running his mouth and contradicting him!

  • 64 DanRo // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I know the issue of Remy is a contentious issue but I for one would love to pull a number on Fernandes/Redknapp – take Remy from them for peanuts when QPR go down and then sell him the following year.
    (YES, I DON’T LIKE REMY’s ATTITUDE) but to pull one on Redknapp would be great.

  • 65 DanRo // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    @toonarmy down south – it was the comment that QPR offered the same wages as NUFC that made me laugh. There is no way Remy was offered 80K a week @ NUFC.

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    A lot of people saying that floppy chops will jump ship if QPR get relegated, do you think any other Prem club would have him, I remember somebody posting a link to Spurs blog the night Chelsea won the CL, jeezus the hatred for the bloke.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Is the blog so quiet today be ause evryone is watching re-runs of MOTD.

  • 68 woodsee // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    R emy Hello arry,im afraid ive done my groin in,tell tony to keep droppin the cheques in,yes im still at the grovesnor hotel presidential suite
    By the way im watchin the toon match on tv,there ground looks so big,and its full of people,and alan pardews face doesent look like play dough

  • 69 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Not sure, reckon floppy chops would still be on s huge wage like depends whos around without a manager at the end of the season, chelski? Us*shudders!
    Really dont know mate he’s a camera wh0re tbf cant see him dropping down a league and dropping the limelight, maybe him and that washed up sprog of his might start there own show!

  • 70 woodsee // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Surely there should be a thread purely on Redknapps face,even our lass has commented saying how did a face like that produce jamie

  • 71 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Most of QPR will jump ship, or the ship will sink under crippling wage bills. Some of the players who have joined when there were other, less lucrative options will be feeling pretty gutted. Players like Hoilett will be unable to move anywhere unless he drops his wage demands. These players have done nothing to justify good wages this year so any deal would reflect that. However, I would be tempted to take Hoilett if the deal was right for us. Not sure on any of their other players.

  • 72 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Aye no way we offered him that, if we did then actually i live arry he done us a big favour!

    Toon highlights next on goals on sunday

  • 73 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Afternoon lads

    now i have a nights sleep over me i can believe yesterday actually happened now, although the pounding heed i am now the proud owner of is secondary to the win!

    Whats this about Tayls getting a kickin? hope it isn’t true?

    and check has given credit to Pardew… well i never, fair play lad, makes you a better man than some that have just vanished from the blog!

    Still on cloud 9

  • 74 Yorkgeordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I always feel more confident of getting a result when Saylor is in the team. No doubt someone could produce stats that prove me wrong but, I think we have acheived better results when he is playing.

  • 75 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM


    How was it at the game?

    was the standing roadshow a success?

  • 76 woodsee // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    i wil start it with squashed gooseberry

  • 77 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    woodsee @68 rofl

  • 78 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Jamie can’t be arry’s!?

    Postman anyone?

  • 79 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Hoillet is the prime example mate signed for huge wages (£70k+ from what i remember) despite intrest from a couple of prem teams not too mention a couple of german CL teams, i mean turning down CL to watch a relegation battle from the bench! Also shows they have no clue how to utilise the players, and fancy letting fuarlin go on loan, one of the best CM’s they have like

  • 80 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Best game I’ve been to in recent times as I’ve been quite unlucky with shift patterns, was no mention of the standing thing where I was sitting.

  • 81 Sazzer // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Pretty sick that we had better bench than Chelsea yesterday, and we won the game on the pitch.

  • 82 bills-son // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Amid all the well deserved buzz about Sissoko there is one player who I thought was sensational yesterday – and that was Cisse.

    OK he had chances and didn’t score BUT his hold up and link play was absolutely brilliant. Last season his first touch for a shot was unbelievable but his first touch receiving the ball wasn’t great at all. When he first played out wide he constantly lost the ball but I’ noticed the more he played there the better his touch became. Being hemmed against the byeline means you don’t have much space to turn and you can easily find yourself surrounded by two or three players. Its the worst position to play if your first touch and shielding is poor.

    Cisse has obviously worked on retaining possession and laying it off and his control and lay off pass to Gouffran for the equaliser was majestic. This aint a dig at Ba but Cisse imo will turn out to be a far better all round CF for us. He is a team player and with Cabaye, Sissoko, Gouffran and HBA he’ll not only score goals he’ll make a few as well.

    Cisse’s attitude is first class as well and I hope he hits a hatful between now and the end of the season.

  • 83 Toon1978 // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    What pleases me the most is the fact we have played so good in the last two games picking up six points and we still have R.Taylor, HBA and Tiote to come back. Things are really looking good. Tiote will struggle to get back into the team imo. We could have a bench with Mbiwa, Marveaux, Tiote, R.Taylor and Elliot and we also have Shola and Sammy lol. We really have strength in depth at this club now.

  • 84 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    JFA – really hoping the roadshow is a success, a throwback to a safer 80’s when the atmosphere was even better imo

    Woodsee – droopy dog, he always reminds me of him with his floppy chops

  • 85 WWYCD // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    If QPR do go down I’d happily take Remy, Samba and Toilet off their hands for significantly less wages and next to no transfer fees…maybe Cesar aswell for Krul back up

    Pick their bones like vultures 🙂

  • 86 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Absolutely cracking result yesterday the place was buzzing, the biggest three points we’ve picked up in a long time.

  • 87 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    bills-son – i agree with you on cisse first touch, until lately, always just seemed to bounce off him unless it was a first time shot, but his intelligent running off the ball is so much more obvious now we have the intelligent players that are running into the spaces he is creating is having a knock on effect, I have never seen us moving off the ball so much in over 25 years as a fan!

  • 88 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Good sensible comments on goals on sunday no over reacting all saying could be a pen but not a red, BUT the ref has played the advantage because ba has won the header

  • 89 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    the great thing about our strength in depth now is actually the versatility of all our top players, our midfielders look comfortable anywhere on a pitch and our forward players have a desire to defend

  • 90 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Whats the thoughts on today then do we want west brom to embarrass spuds or just a frustrating 0-0 before we play them??

  • 91 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    during the match as much as i was giving it the ‘stick to him’ and had a cheeky grin on me for the broken nose it is a sport… i do genuinely hope he will be ok and it’s not ‘too broken’ and thanks again for the 29 Demba!

  • 92 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM


    Agree Cisse is becoming a much better all rounder

    So how has Pardew changed things in two games ?

  • 93 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Funny how on match of the day last night they show Colo’s kick to Ba face but conveniently did not show Ramieres two footed challenged and they failed to mention that Terry dived in two footed on Cisse when he played the ball through for Gouffran

  • 94 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    tads – are spuds all out of forward options with Adebayor away and is it true defoe is out? without any strikers the spurs game could be a real opportunity to beat them too… how much more could our luck change!

  • 95 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Not sure how bad the defoe injury is was kind of hoping he’d be rushed back for today or even better the england game mid week!

  • 96 Sazzer // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Everyone played in their position yesterday and all of them played well. Both Jonas and Cisse got a lot more closer to their old capability as great players.

  • 97 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I’ve been one of the first to call for Jonas’ head but he was actually great yesterday, he now has an assist and a goal in his last 2 games, he’s well and truly picked his game up. Did well holding the ball up and passing to feet. So glad we have competition for places now, and the likes of ben arfa, marveaux and tiote to come in.

  • 98 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    he’s a dangerous wee player, would be over the moon if he were out, very under rated!

  • 99 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Great atmosphere, Great game, Bring on the Spuds.
    Sissoko star man – a beast – but all played their part.

    I was also impressed with Goufran – must of covered every blade of grass, skilful on the ball, link up play with Cisse was good on got in a couple of shots

    But his speed along with Sissoko on the counter attack are going to put the willies up many a defence.

  • 100 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Krul-to-be-kind, thats what i was saying earlier. Our midfeild five switch around (not so much perch who stays as dmf) very well and all seem comfortable in each role. Barcelona are masters at this, its nice to see the toon trying to emulate such a fantastic example (not that we are anywhere near that kind of performance…..yet!)

  • 101 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Defoe starting today so not injured

  • 102 Lucky Les // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    The East Stand was a happy place to be yesterday.Fantastic game ,super performance by the team and a wonderful result.For those not there the atmosphere was similar in recent times to the Arsenal 4-4 and the Man Utd.3-0 but even better.Fantastic goals by both sides and at last a very late winner.For once we actually win a thriller.All credit to the players and also the supporters for the tremendous atmosphere.

  • 103 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    just on a note of ball retention yesterday, i was very pleased to see us play with patience at times… we played the ball backwards when there wasn’t he forward pass option (!!!), i always remember an old defensive coach we used to have would always train the midfielders ‘if the ball can’t be passed forward it must be passed back… no hoofing!!!’

  • 104 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Funny the difference a week makes eh!
    Granted were only 6 points off safery but then were only 8 points away from liverpool in 7 th a couple of results eitherway can see us fly up or fall down the table, looking at our fixtures i feel we could be flying up the league, top 8 still possible?

  • 105 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    defo mark the pass and move tore chelsea a new one, you can’t mark what you can’t catch!

  • 106 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM


    Two days ago I was asking if you ever thought about not going to the game. I guess yesterday answers that one eh? The atmosphere sounded amazing, far better than I’ve ever been to. Sounded like Liverpool last season – something about ex players gets the crowd going!

  • 107 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM


    only 15 pts of Spurs in 4th (just a wee bit too optimistic?)

  • 108 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    @99 you’re not allowed to say beast any more in case somebody oversensitive reads too much into it.

  • 109 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    looks like we got lucky with Remy
    by accounts in todays Observer.
    He broke down in training with a serious groin problem

  • 110 Joe Blog // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Hope Bale feels that sniper feeling of his hamstring twanging today! Without him I feel Spurs are fairly ordinary.

  • 111 bills-son // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    JFA – cant believe you are still reserving judgement on Ashley.

    The biggest claim that fans have made against MA is that he lacks ambition and they back it up by going on and on about the summer window. The fact is if the players we want aren’t available Ashley wont sign others just for the sake of it or break or break the wage structure to accomodate one player. That isnt lack of ambition its a sound strategy. He also has a policy of signing players for peanuts near the end of their contracts – like Sissoko. Why do you think Sissoko signed a 6.5 year contract? Because the low fee allows us to give him a big signing on fee in return for signing a long contract. If any other club wants him they are going to have to pay a massive fee for years to come. The same applies to the other Jan signings who have all signed at least 5 year contracts.

    The biggest show of ambition Ashley has shown is that he hasn’t cashed in on any player other than AC. Think about it – he has a gem in Graham Carr who unearths diamonds for peanuts. He could easily have sold HBA, Cabaye and Krul in the summer for £30M+ and spent half that on five or six new players. Did he? No. Did he last Jan or the summer before? No. Does he get any credit for that? No.

    OK, the lack of signings in the summer hammered us but that nobody expected the loss of form, injuries and suspension we’ve had. I, like you, said I’d reserve judgement on Ashley until after the window. I’ve never doubted his ambition since he decided to keep the club after we were relegated. However, we HAD to sign at least three extra first team squad players this Jan – he signed five and only Ba left and even then we did our best to keep him.

    If Remy wouldn’y have followed the money to QPR the only player we possibly wouldn’t have signed is Gouffran. Debuchy, Sissoko, Mbiwa and Haidara would still have been signed. If that doesn’t show ambition I don’t know what does.

    This is the best squad we’ve had in years – possibly even better than Keegan’s mid 90’s squad. I’ve got no doubt we’ll sign a top CF in the summer plus possibly one or two others. The buck ALWAYS stops with the guy at the top for good or bad. It brasses me off that Ashley gets creamed by some fans for the slightest thing they see as a negative and then say when we sign players ‘well lets wait until the summer and see if he cashes in – I’ll reserve judgement until then’.

    The only thing missing to top off a great day for me yesterday was some pro Ashley chants. The guy deserves it. He has taken dogs of personal abuse, never publicly said a word against the fans and has continued to show his face in the stands when many would have hidden at the back of a box.

    Everybody, even a billionaire like Ashley, likes to liked, respected and recognised for doing a good job. It would do our reputation as brilliant fans the world of good if we buried the hatchet with Ashley and chanted his name.

  • 112 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM


    i seen that yesterday and kind of walked on egg shells as to not offend anyone, i then used the analagy of ‘mythical like being’ which just doesn’t sound the same! haha

  • 113 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Looking at the three fixtures of Villa, Chelsea and Spurs I think most of us would have been happy with 4 points now five days and six points later we all want 9, funny old world.

  • 114 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    If Ashley allows 2/3 more quality signings to come in during the summer and we keep all the players we have today, I am genuinely excited about what we could do next season.

  • 115 Sazzer // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Our counter-attacking team will game will be so sick when Benny is back. If we would have got PEA or will get in the summer it might be even get sicker.

  • 116 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Lets hope he has a battle today then, a gets played for 70 odd against brazil
    Defie us definatly a threat has bags and bags of pace, could be a smart choice to play mbiwa, but for who? Tayls? Colo? Perch?

  • 117 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    bills-son I would love to hear the ‘mikey,mikey, gis a wave’ chant, would go a long way to healing the wounds me thinks

  • 118 Novocastrian66 // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I haven’t watched MOTD for ages, mainly because we’ve been useless lately but also because the show is rubbish.
    Watched last night for obvious reasons and once again I was disappointed by the match highlights and the match analysis. Goals on Sunday wasn’t much better, but at least they showed Ramires’s two footer.
    How anyone can state that the boot in Ba’s dish was a penalty is a clown. Ba was brave and commited and stuck his head in where it hurts to try and score as good centre forwards do. Collocini made a genuine attempt to clear the ball. The incident was unfortunate, but never a penalty. From where I was sitting admittidly in the Gallowgate I thought his head had hit the ground full on causing the injury.
    The incident live didn’t look as bad as when it was slowed down and zoomed in on.
    Ramires’s tackle on the other and looked a straight red all day. If Tiote had tackled golden balls Lampard like that we all know what colour the card would have been.

  • 119 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    As I said earlier I’m just getting over the shame of nearly liking him after Cisse signed I’m not going to change my mind on the back of one good transfer window.

  • 120 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Aye cant ever say footballs predictable!!
    Feel a point would be a huge point against spurs tbf yhere in good firm atm moment and we seem to have a spring back in our step and normally white lane has been a good place for us, apart from last season of course!!

  • 121 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM


    To be fair Perch has done very well the last two games, I still think Saylor is the weak link in our back four, yes he puts his body on the line all the time but is positional sense is still lacking for me.

  • 122 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    @krul just people being over pc. Taylor is a beast too

  • 123 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM


    if mbiwa steps in it would be for colo in my book, very much a like for like swap tayls give us the passion we have been missing since his injury, not technically gifted at all but i’ll take passion at the back over technically gifted any day of the week.

    for risk of being abused i felt colo could have done more with the mata goal, he stood of him and gave him too much respect but that said if he closed him down he could well have got owned by mata, lose lose there for colo and i won’t cry about it too much because we did get the points

  • 124 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    2/3 isn’t enough Jack. Mike Ashley has already stated that we’ll be signing 5/6 players in the summer. We definitely need at least 2 strikers, 2 centre backs if Coloccini leaves and a winger. I’m sure that we’ll be in for Douglas, Sulejmani and Gomis as they are all available for free. We’ll probably go after Benteke, Alderweireld, Bony and Belhanda as well. We’ll be miles better than Man Utd next season. They have an ageing team and too many overrated players. Carrick and anderson are useless.

  • 125 bills-son // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Jail, so are you saying if you had the opportunity to talk to him you’d give him stick or doubt his ambition? If so, tell me what you’d say to back up that opinion.

  • 126 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM


    Douglas is a no go mate, we are looking above that type of player and Gomis is too old, Pardew had to fight like hell to get Debuchy in and cant see that happening again.

    I think we need at least one striker, a keeper as I don’t rate Elliott and a right back as Simmo will be off

  • 127 toonLYF // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    imagine how he felt hearing the crowd erupt as his second and NUFC’s thirs goal went in. That was the loudest i’ve heard SJP in years!

  • 128 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Ashley has done what is right for the club, its just his timing sucks big time, but hopefully that will not be the case in the summer

  • 129 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM


    ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ – have you heard that expression before – we need a top up not another influx… if we were to get the players you continually ask for how would we keep them all happy, we can only field 11 players

    douglas – mbiwa is the better player
    Sulejmani – Goofy is the better player
    Gomis – cisse is the better player

    do you think they would all sit on the bench with no fuss?

    the cohesion in the squad does not need messed about with, if it was indeed said we will 4/5 new players in the summer 3/4 will be for the development squad with a striker the only necessary requirement to keep cisse on his toes so the only player you mention with any merit will be Gomis

  • 130 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I’d love an opportunity to talk to him after giving him one of those truth pills.

  • 131 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM


    once bitten twice shy eh? haha

  • 132 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Has anybody seen catchy since Tuesday.

  • 133 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM


  • 134 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM


    has he quit coming on here (again) 😉

  • 135 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM


    He’s found his ‘new sport’

    Cod fishing in Norway!

  • 136 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Its a tough call no doubt all 3 have done well, maybe none of them should be axed and that sleaks volumes about the increase in commitment if they can keep a player of mbiwa’s pedigree out the line up!
    However i still feel we lack pace at the back, ba breezed past colo yesterday and tbh was relieved he had to go off because he was looking dangerous!
    We’ll see in time but i think mbiwa should be in the team i just dont know where!!!
    Before yesterday i would of said tayls i thought he was average against villa, but he was huge yesterday, although sadly reckon he’ll still get a big injury before the end of the season, perhaps play mbiwa against metallist to give a clear indication of where everyone is at

    Poor there from shane long

  • 137 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    “Mike Ashley has already stated that we’ll be signing 5/6 players in the summer.”

    😐 Did I miss that???

  • 138 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM


    great having options in the centre of defence for the first time in my memory!

  • 139 Adopted_Geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Gotta love Kets for his constant slagging of manure..give the lad some credit like…lol!

  • 140 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:39 PM


    I’m still not overly happy about Colo retaining the armband and a starting position after what he’s done of late, but its now going to be hard to drop either him or Saylor after winning back to back games, but M’Biwa is our future

  • 141 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I think id change ketsy’s list and fell we will need 3 or 4 in the summer, reckon colo is def off then
    Douglas no alderwield all day as colo’s replacement
    Sulemjani no mertens yes, our left side would be deadly, we cant play goofy/cisse every game with only shola on the bench imo
    Gomis no PEA yes once again fast skillful and versatile like goofy
    Oh and de jong be great to have sone quality in depth in midfield!

    Must say feel bad for anita player of the monthe really through november n december niw cant get a game and realistically he’s done nout wrong

  • 142 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Hope someone can help Gazza, as he needs it

  • 143 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Please no one mention him from norway again, he’s been mentioned twice already, he’s like candyman once more and he’ll show out if nowhere!

  • 144 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Mbiwa is definatly the future of our back line

  • 145 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM


    Catchyman, Catchyman, Catchyman, Catchyman, Catchyman, 😀

  • 146 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    TDS – atmosphere last year against scumpool was pretty good, bit nastier to be fair, yesterday it seemed that it was the start of something good, like a new team has risen from the flames, it was better than liverpool, it was as if we had actually won something.

    Premier League champs next year, Pardew knows his stuff never doubted him 🙂

  • 147 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    It’s all relative whether they’re getting 60K a week or not we’d all like to think they would all give 100% on that kind of dough but we have been in a position for so long now where the back four know they can not be dropped no matter how poorly they play, now they know they will be dropped if they don’t give their all or have a nightmare, competion for places helps players step up a gear.

  • 148 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Ever since the alleged Collogate of him having a bust up with how we have played shitty hoofball, the intent by Krul to roll the ball out and build from the back has been noticable, think Pardew realised he was losing his players and has had a big change a tact.

    Shame we didnt see the Reading game out as we deserved 3 points there as well.

    I am sure Pardew will continue to frustrate at times, but hopefully our key players will stay fit and onwards and upwards.

  • 149 bills-son // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Krul & JFA – once bitten twice shy?

    That’s the easiest card in the world to play.

    I honestly believe if we won the Prem some fans would say Ashley has only done it so he can flog players for even higher prices – and lets wait until the summer to see if he does that – after all, once bitten twice shy.


  • 150 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:50 PM


    @141 mmmmmm, interesting

    mertens or martins at lille (again) for me

    would love le fondre for competition, he has really imressed me with his gals and attitude this year, i remember he was at rotherham (i think) banging them in for fun and everyone said he’ll never do it at the top, he’s a lower league player yada yada yada… guess he’s proving everyone wrong then

  • 151 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:51 PM


    I simply can’t see how anyone can say we are a selling club, I know it comes after Carroll, Nolan, Barton and Jose but I understand why all four were sold. The only issue I have with Ashley is that he never seems to invest at the right times, but hopefully that lesson has now been learnt

  • 152 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Just watched a full re run of the game and thought I would add my points.

    Tiote for perch is a must. Perch just done ok yesterday. Everyone was so good around him. He actually played a few careless balls which put us into trouble. The balance of the midfield is that good and tiote will only make that better

    Cabayes passing has to be some of the best I’ve ever seen. Left foot, right foot doesn’t matter. Orchestrated everything we done yesterday. So important to us

    Sissoko – what can I say!

    Guti had an excellent game but hba has to go straight on the right side. I just hope he doesn’t replace goofy with jonas when this happens cos goofy proved that he can do what guti does on the left but only far far better


  • 153 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I could watch the clip of Sissoko taking about 10 yards off Ashley Cole all day long. Absolutely brilliant stuff haha.

    I’m finding myself wanting the teams in the top 4 to win every game, in the hope that we can start climbing the table – I feel dirty.

  • 154 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Very true complacency ive said all along must play a huge part in a few of the lads form this season, no competition for places regardless of how they were playing they were still garunteed a spot next match, now everyone has to play for there place its great to watch that extra effort, just hope tiote doesnt waltz back into the starting line up!!

    Fair play to you today mate, lets hope pards can captilize on this spell and get us up tge table and try and salvage something from a train wreck of a season so far!

  • 155 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    He won’t show until we get beat again, I quizzed him on where he was during the second half of last season and he recko s he was on here all the time, well maybe after the Wigan and M city defeats.

  • 156 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM


    you would see that i have not said anything to the detriment of ashley at all in the past, it’s his toy at the the end of the day, as a fan i can only go along with the ride, i never believed for one minute we could influence him… he will always do what he wants or sees fit.

    JFA has his reasons for not trusting him, but as of late his posts have been slowly coming round, no need to be so touchy m8!

  • 157 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM


    You say that about Perch but Tiote has given the ball away more than anyone this season, just hope that now he will have the like’s of Cabaye, Sissoko and Gouffran that will change and we will see the real Tiote who has been missing for a while

  • 158 toon1707 // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

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

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  • 160 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM


    Pardew told Shola to start warming up near the end yesterday, and I was ready to start screaming haha. But luckily he stuck with the team on the pitch.

    Marveaux looked good when he came on. No idea what Pardew is going to when HBA and Tiote return. Even if Pardew does stop guaranteeing Jonas a starting spot (which I can’t see happening), one of Marveaux, HBA and Gouffran is going to have to miss out. Then in CM, we’ve got Perch, Cabaye, Sissoko, Tiote and Anita (along with Mbiwa, who I imagnie will spend a lot of time in CM until Colo leaves).

    Pardew’s never been great with selection headaches, so it’ll be interesting to see what he does. Hopefully we can give the Europa League a crack.

  • 161 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    In the summer we will most likely get a coloccini replacement, a danny simpson replacement, a steve harper replacement and a ba replacement. Plus lots of young’uns.

  • 162 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Martins is a good player, but mertens is an out and out LWinger which i think we need! Martins is still a top player though, but seem to remember a story about him not wanting to leave france?

    Perchy may if made a few mis placed passes but tiote has been arguably are worst player this season, bo harm in benching him for a couple of games and forcing him to up his effort, have to say i was actually relieved when he went to thr ACN this season!

  • 163 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Are the new boys eligible for the Europa games for us???

  • 164 Joe Blog // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Tiote just needs to come back, refine his play and quit with the headstrong attitude, reckless dithering and misplaced passes. He’s been our worst player this season – before he left he was granting the opposition 2 or 3 good chances a game, with his mistakes – a lot of making up to do.

  • 165 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Although your criticism of Pardew was bordering on catchyism it was justified good to see you giving credit where it’s due, I am waiting till next summer beforeI even think about giving Mashley any credit.

  • 166 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Dries Mertens would not be cheap, he’s a class player and out of our price range I fear

  • 167 boater // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Ah look here’s Cheick – who spent the past few weeks finding new and increasingly abusive ways to denigrate Jonas and Pardew in very disloyal, unsavoury terms. Lots of warm, fuzzy paragraphs cajoling the team now ‘onwards & upwards,etc’. Ah bless…


  • 168 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Think between debuchy and mbiwa we can name one, gouffran is obviously ineligible and we can name sissoko and haidara

  • 169 kilcline // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Summer Business:


    Ince – £8m, nice to have some English come in, replace Jonas. Full of pace and end product!
    PEA – £12m, Big Centre forward signing
    Maguire £3m, – Young CB at Sheff Utd to replace Williamson
    Promote Tavernier to replace Simpson.

    Jail for Ashley?

  • 170 bills-son // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Krul, I’ve got no prob with Jail and I always look out for his posts.

    My ‘pathetic’ comment was more towards those fans – and I bet there are plenty of them – whose misplaced pride and ego will never allow them to give Ashley credit.

    JackButler – you can only invest when the players you want are available and they are willing to come. We aren’t ManU or City who can just about sign anybody they want whenever they want them. We wouldn’t have got Sissoko and Mbiwa in the summer unless we paid stupid money – six months nearer the end of their contracts, different scenario. Debuchy a similar situation.

    Nobody likes to be patient, but the way Ashley is running the club we’ve had to be at times. However, we have made massive strides in this window and its been worth the wai and frustration. Well worth it.

  • 171 remember69 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I know Pardew has his knockers, but he must be given full credit for the way he allows Sissoko to play.
    From everything I have read Toulouse played Sissoko as a DM, hence his lack of goals. I’m not sure if AP was the first but we must acknowledge the fact that he has been playing him more as an attacking player and we are reaping the benefits.
    As I unable to. Are the game ( no longer in the same country….) how do others feel Gutierrez played? It was great to see him score and from the highlights I see he had a role in Sossoko’s 1st.
    Great team performance – it makes a world of difference when you have such high quality players at your disposal.

  • 172 Joe Blog // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Defoe struggling 🙂

  • 173 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    We need to strengthen the squad though. I think Sulejmani is better than Gouffran. Gouffran looks decent though. We have ten players who can play at right back. That is our strongest position. We could do with Boudebouz or Belhanda. Yeah, someone like Kuzskiak would be a good signing as backup.

  • 174 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    It’s complicated as to who can play but who ever can play or not we now have the luxury of being able to play a much stronger team in Europe knowing that we have sufficient back up should anybody get injured, really not sure who will play up front though.

  • 175 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    @boater at least he changed his tune though. can’t wait for catchy lol

  • 176 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM


    I agree that we wouldn’t have got Sissoko in the summer and yes waiting has brought us better players, but they were not guaranteed signing’s, he did gamble in the summer and it has cost us, but I think that the fact that he is now hands on with transfers will be a massive help for us

  • 177 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Defoe taken off with ankle injury

  • 178 kilcline // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Hopefully Defoe out for a few weeks and Togo win today. I really despise Spurs.

  • 179 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Can’t realy comment on your ins, but I would throw Gosling on to that list as well, not sure on Jonas as I like him too much just to casually discard him.

  • 180 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Defoe off injured, heavily bandaged ankle didnt look comfortable putting any weight on it could prove to be a huge gamble that hasnt paid for spurs not bringing in a cf

  • 181 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM


    Why can we only select one of Debuchy and M’Biwa???

  • 182 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Jail – think you should give him a little bit of credit or else Bills may put another lecture together purely aimed at you.

    On a side note, does Snotty Parker really get on other peoples nerves, with his stupid little running style and his spoilt kid look. Hope we go for it next week, would take a point down white hart lane mind.

  • 183 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Not 100% sure someone said its because they both played in CL

  • 184 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    mbiwa played for montpellier in the champs league, and debuchy played for lille. i think you can only take one who played. also i think gouffran is cup-tied from bordeaux, but sissoko is available.

  • 185 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Cant stand parker especially not the parke shuffle where he aimlessly runs twice around the center circle before laying it back to the CB’s

  • 186 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM


    apologies buddy… picked you up wrong!

  • 187 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Spurts are open to that through ball every time! Surely sissoko and cabaye can create a million chances for cisse and goofy next week.

  • 188 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Scott Parker is an incredibly over-rated player. More so than probably anyone else I can think of.

    He can’t run, he can’t pass, he can’t shoot, he has no touch and no vision. All he can do is put in a lot of effort, and occasionally make a good challenge.

    He’s the kind of player that there won’t be room for in football in a few years time.

  • 189 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Joe Blog,
    What makes you think I’m a bit of a scally 😉

  • 190 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I’ve never agreed with that rule, players who move should be allowed to play and should only be left out if they come up against their old club.

  • 191 nick_9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Yeah credit to Ashley for signing sissoko now and not in the summer. It was a nice touch by Pardew to take him off for an applause as well.

    Demba Ba – I was glad to see him go off the field and the fans above the dugout did clap him off. From the gallowgate you could not see he had a bust nose and it looked to me like he had something in his mouth, not taped to his nose. I think the booing from some fans was because they think he jumped ship half way through a bad season or used us as a stepping stone. Fans don’t like players who leave unless they’ve done something of note that fans genuinely appreciate, Nolan received a good reception but Carroll, Enrique and Ba didn’t because we adored them and to many they left on bad terms.

    What a player sissoko is, if we can keep him fit and get Benny alongside him it will be fearsome for the opposition. What a difference a win or two make, if we had held out against reading we would be joint 10th now. Hoping we can avoid defeat at worst against spurs as the next lot of games are winnable

  • 192 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM


    Parker is the English equivalent of Robbie Savage, puts in 100% but achieves little, but as he’s English he’s deemed to be a class player

  • 193 remember69 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Totally agree. It is a heck of a lot harder to run a club when you are trying to remain financially feasible. Hats off to Ashley for thinking about the long term future of the club, and for installing a team (Pardew, Carr) that can get the biggest bang out the money available.
    NUFC are getting plaudits around the world for being smart, l think we should acknowledge Ashley for what he is trying to achieve and give the guy a break.
    Yes, he makes mistakes (I don’t personally think making 35million of AC is one of them as we would not have the team we have now) but as the latest buys prove he is willing to admit, learn and make the team stronger for them.
    Jail – at some point you need to reflect and try to appreciate what is going on here. Yes, it is difficult to understand why we are not buying the big $$$$ players we all want, but you have to admit that purchases of ‘cheap’ players like Cabaye and Sissoko are seeing to work out better than that of the likes of Michael Owen et al.

    I am happy that we are the envy of the world at this point – Vive la Revolution!

  • 194 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    hope when we face the mackems its with sissoko and ben arfa fit, cisse firing and tiote roaring about making lee clattermole wet himself.

  • 195 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Nick 9,
    I obviously don’t know the full circumstances but my beef with Demba Ba is that he seems that he has took the
    pi$$ out of us, demanding to leave if he doesn’t get his own way then promptly leaving after he does.

  • 196 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Parker is still living off a couple of seasons ago when he was doing well, and played himself into the england squad. Kind of a last hurrah. A swan song, whatever you want to call it, I agree with TDS and Jack Butler, he’s a spent force now. Offers nowt.

  • 197 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Remember 69,
    I appreciate what your saying but I’m sticking to my beliefs at least until the summer.

  • 198 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM


    Cattermole will be working on getting as many bookings as he can so he can be suspended when he is meant to face Tiote and Sissoko. He will be bricking it.

  • 199 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Tbh though I’m glad Demba Ba has gone, seems to like the number nine but didnt want ours and him and Cisse clearly didn’t work, will be interesting to see if they start together for Senegal.

  • 200 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM


    Parker was always overrated, he had one decent season when West Ham went down. He is kind of the playing equivalent of media darling Candlefaced ‘Arry

  • 201 toon85 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    What business does everyone think we shud do in summer, in’s and out’s?

  • 202 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    seriously though, a young improvement on mike williamson at 4th CB, maybe a simpson replacement (though fit raylor is decent enough), a commanding centre back to replace coloccini, a young keeper to fight elliot for 2nd choice, a pacey winger who can cross (get rid of obertan) and a classy fast striker like PEA.
    oh and some good development players, our u21s are one of the worst in the league and the likes of tav/sammy/abeid just don’t look PL standard.

  • 203 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Player sent off for spitting at another player. Sick. How does that still happen ffs.

  • 204 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Good news, Defoe has turned his ankle, could be ligaments, could be out for next week. Dembele and bale to pick up knocks, walla 3 more points……

  • 205 nick_9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Jail – there we are then, many fans have their own different perception on him leaving and only a few see it as being reasonable him leaving for Chelsea. We finished above Chelsea last year and if We had signed gouffran, Debuchy and sissoko in the summer we might have stayed up there with them. I didn’t boo as I can see why he left but would have preferred him to leave at the beginning or end of the season. Anyhow if booing a player puts then off their game during the 90 then so be it, he left for greener grass when us newcastle fans don’t believe their is greener grass anywhere else.

    Hope the boys rest well because yesterday looked very tiring, if sissoko can beat cole in a race he can handle bale

  • 206 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I prefer Mashley over the Venkys and that’s the nicest thing I’m saying about him until next summer is over.

  • 207 remember69 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Just read your entry 111. Again, in agreement. Anyone who puts in 100 mill of his own cash to,pull,the club out of debt should at least be given some respect. The fact that he doesn’t want to break the bank and wants to spend the clubs cash wisely is a plus for me, and puts the club in a great position for the future.

    I wonder who will have the balls to swallow their pride and admit MA deserves credit? Jail – I know you are smart and a big man – imagine if you were the first to come up with an Ashely chant (legendary….).

  • 208 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM


    Top class striker, a winger with pace and goals in them, 2 centre halves, 1 young 1 top class(replacing Colo and Willo), and depending on Tav a right back(replacing Simmo).

    Other than that, maybe 2/3 youngsters for the development, a wide man, a striker, and a keeper

  • 209 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Lilongwe, I’d go along with that comparison. Parker was always over-hyped, as is droopy. Sky can’t have a report on any football without asking melty man his oppinion.

  • 210 numba9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    i am afraid cisse is not up to scratch and could learn how to put his foot through the ball from sissoko, his lack of confidence shows as he is being to sure with his placements giving the keepers too much of a chance

  • 211 Markaccus // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Jail for ashley, I’d prefer the Kray twins over Venkys!

  • 212 ross armstrong // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    look how naughty this team is when players are back , and check out how strong the bench is ………




    ben arfa=======sissoko=====gouffran



    very naughty indeed!!!

  • 213 beefman13 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    At 2-1 down yesterday our game was a carbon copy of so many others, yet again allowing teams to get back at us after going 1-0 up then changing our gameplan which saw our manager put sissoko in a deeper lying role, yesterday we did come back but i would bet only maybe 5 per cent of that crowd yesterday would have said we would come back to win, first time with pardew in charge we have done it and surely that is a massive question mark as to why????

    Of course it was well overdue, but for sissoko it looked like same old same old, gouffran is a breath of fresh air over obertan for sure, debuchy the same over simpson, cisse got in some great positons again and goals will come, jonas as usual grafted and a good goal, thats long long overdue so to be fair, still no assists playing as a wide nan and again woeful crosses from the lad, perch was a complete mixed bag good the bad and the ugly. And thar is what i always see from him imo, the crowd were fabulous and must have helped a hell of a lot, ben arfa back soon and tiote, would go straight back in, we have a larger classier squad now and only yesterday pardew saying players were tired well now use the squad to keep it fresh, anita is another with bags of energy he does not deserve to be sitting in the dugout.Magic day yesterday but by christ it was long overdue!

  • 214 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Ross – you have let yourself down by putting Simpson on the bench and leaving Anita out. Simpson is old news and that cheers me up no end.

  • 215 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    that team is awesome. only thing i would have is ryan taylor instead of simpson for his crossing/set pieces and anita on the bench somewhere. gonna be a reality soon barring injuries!

  • 216 numba9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    i dont think raylor would be a starter other than in cup matches, we have benny and cabs for set plays

  • 217 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM


    Surely this is our strongest line up once Tiote and BenAffa back.

    Then you have Mbiwa, Haidara, Anita, Gutierrez, Bigi, Marveaux and Shola on the bench.

    All i can say is…. WOW!

  • 218 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Man i hate that ugly fcuker bale

  • 219 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Not wron Beefman, 2nd half we were going to defend that 1 nil lead until we lost it for sure, anyway i think the over celebratioon of what is a good 3 points was just a total disbelief that we had actually came back. First time for 27 months, just not good enough and there are defo management and tactical reasons why that has been the case.

    Pardew has the rest of the season to save himself for me. Judge him in summer. The players are a great bunch of pros, best we have probably had, we need to fulfil our potential, which i see as challenging top 4 for sure next year.

  • 220 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    raylor’s always been pretty solid, he’s versatile and he’s the best crosser of the ball we have. him and perchinho are must have dedicated squad players who are english and have excellent attitude.
    danny simpson is very average, seems like a dick and is not a top 6 player.

  • 221 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Oh and Perch!

  • 222 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Think we have actually missed raylor this season! Given simmos poor form i have no doubt if he hadnt been injured he would of taken the RB spot until jan

  • 223 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Yeah, Raylor would’ve made a massive difference. He’ll be challenging Debuchy for that right-back slot. Remember when Liverpool were preparing to offer £15m for Raylor/?

  • 224 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    TADS – simmo doesnt have bad form, he is just shit all the time, wonder which massive club he signs for in the summer. Watford is my bet.

  • 225 Novocastrian66 // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I think if Spurs play such a high line against us next week with palyers pressing high up the pitch, we can get in behind them and exploit their lack of pace through the middle.

  • 226 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Dembele and Bale are good players like, Bale seems to get better and better, the kid is good.

  • 227 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    hope our squad ends up like this:
    GK: krul, elliot, young’un/alnwick
    LB: santon, haidara, dummett/young’un
    RB: debuchy, r.taylor, tav/young’un
    CB: colo/colo replacement, mbiwa, s.taylor, young’un, good/satka/mbabu
    CM: cabaye, tiote, sissoko, anita, perch, bigirimana, inman, young’uns
    LM/RM: ben arfa, marveaux, jonas, w.i. inger, ferguson, young’uns
    CF: cisse, PEA, gouffran, shola, campbell, young’uns

    obertan, willo, simmo, gosling, ranger can all jog on.

  • 228 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    ranger can jog on especially. tw**.

  • 229 bills-son // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    JFA you say, ‘I appreciate what your saying but I’m sticking to my beliefs at least until the summer.’

    So tell me, what exactly are your beliefs currently about Ashley.

    Seriously, I’d like to know.

  • 230 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Lol, tbh i always defended simmo, but he’s p1ssed me off a bit this season, lethargic on the p1tch and poor attitude off it, everytime he had a chance with his injury it seemed he done a bit of physio then fcujed off down to manchester or london until his next session seems like a lad who already left tbh

  • 231 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Gotta say that Pea looks the Bees Knees, i have previously thought that Ben Arfa leaving would have meant the end of the world, however, and i am not saying i want the lad out as he is a special talent, but if he was to cause unrest or spit his dummy, i would take the massive amount of money from PSG and re-invest into the likes of Siem DeJong, PEA, etc and i think we could actually move on.

    Previous to Goofy and Sissoko signing it would have been the end of the world, personally think Marv may create as many goals as Benny.

  • 232 bills-son // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Jail, just to add to add to my previous post, the reason I’m asking is that you said you’d judge Ashley after the Jan window. He signs five players and now your’ saying you’ll judge him after the summer?

    I don’t understand.

  • 233 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    it amazes me when people on this blog state pardew try to defend a lead yesterday. so it wasn’t the class of chelsea that put us under severe preasure with there quality. of course it wasn’t. they arn’t allowed to do that are they. it was pardew that invited the preasure on us by being negative. look pards got it absolutly spot on yesterday so give him credit where credit is due. imo he has the tools now and he is starting to show us that he knows how to use them

  • 234 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    TADS – seen that last year with him, maybe i just pick up on things quicker than most 🙂

  • 235 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    There’s no denying ashley fcuked up big time in the summer, some fans think he’s shown some ambition, some think he’s protecting his investment, sone think he’s simply done the minimum of what he’s had too do to ensure survival
    One things for sure, there are posters who have alot more contempt than JFA for ashley, and lets be honest ashley is balanced finely he’s done as much good as he has bad, so give it a rest will ya ffs, he’s sadi he’ll judge him in the summer, many have, ashley still has alot to prove

  • 236 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Agree about De jong and PEA, i think until were regulars in the top 6 we will see big names go, but as long as we replace them with players like de jong and PEA i think thats all we can ask for, tbh i still think benny needs to increase his goals/assitts ratio, still a class act though

  • 237 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Defoe on crutches, thats a bonus for next week for sure.

  • 238 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    to be fair the lampard goal came from absolutely nowhere, and they hadn’t been pressuring us when mata scored unlike reading where you could see it coming.
    his tactics were spot on though, pressuring chelski high up the pitch and bringing marveaux on when gouffran tired to keep the pace going.
    the tactics v reading were downright awful though.

  • 239 JP...from The Rock // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Has anybody found Saylor’s Nuts!!????? hahaha

    That lad is a legend in my eyes and anyone that slags him off should have their head examined. This is a player that puts his body on the line for NUFC every time. He did so again in the most painful ways on Saturday. Risking his manhood in an incredible block at the death to keep us ahead and clinch a memorable victory over the European Champions. It was a result and performance to cherish and will live long in memory.

    Saylor is a true Geordie Hero and deserves all the plaudits to come back from injury and perform heroically again in only his second game back.

    We now have the makings of a really strong squad and with depth in nearly all areas of the field. We are only light up-front and that has already been agreed to be looked into in the summer. Good times ahead for the Toon 😀

    I strongly believe we can win the Europa League this season. If we can clinch a few good league points and secure our safety we should go all out for the cup and clinch some SILVERWARE at last.


  • 240 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM


    completely agree ive given pardew a lot of stick recently but he has to take credit when he gets it right

    i was just thinking back, i thought santon had one of his best games for us yesterday, but where was he for mata’s goal??

  • 241 check the toastie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Benny is a special footballer for sure, however he has been given a couple of chance playing in a number 10 role and hasnt really convinced that he has the desire for the role for me, i think the new signings might even push Ben10 onto even bigger and better things. Its all good.

  • 242 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Defoes on crutches not looking good for him
    Think anita should possibly get the nod over perch vs spurs not sure that perch has the reading of the game to track bale when he cuts inside

  • 243 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM


    reading was just a nightmare but to pards defence didn’t have anything on the bench to change the game

  • 244 ToonDownSouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM


    When Hatem comes back, it’ll (hopefully, fingers crossed) be the first time he hasn’t been relied on to carry us to some degree. Hopefully it’ll be exciting times.

  • 245 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    he had…ranger. haha
    yeah the issue was that we knew we couldn’t defend leads after the man utd/arsenal debacles and he decided to sit back after about 55 minutes, taking marveaux off who’d been our best player, then cabaye (fair play he was injured) after they’d equalised. this would have been alright if he’d brought someone like obertan on, but he brought perch and bigirimana on if i remember right.
    anyhow as long as he learns i’ll stop short of criticising him, he’s not a great manager but he’s about the best we can get at the moment. plus he’s a charmer.

  • 246 ToonIcon // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    for me in the summer i believe we wo;; sign Sakho or Alderweirld to replace Colo who i think will be off
    possibly De Jong from Ajax
    i think PEA is holding out for man city but do think we’ll bring in a goal scorer
    i would like Ince be nice to have at least one english lad come in
    also think we need to scout belgium and germany for young talented players give the french league a break for a year lol

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

    ———Mbiwa Saylor Colo
    Debuchy Sissoko Cabaye Santon
    ——————Ben arfa
    ————Cisse——– Gouffran

    Just a thought?

  • 248 Joe Blog // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Tiote currently turning in a typically error strewn, foul committing performance for Ivory Coast.

  • 249 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    sakho would be a dream come true, him and mbiwa are the future CBs of the france team and he’s an absolute beast. wanyama or kouyate are similar though and younger.

  • 250 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    he isn’t a great manager?
    what did he achieve last season with next to no injuries or suspensions. he proved he is a great manager and i’m sure he will continue to prove it to the end of the season now he has a squad to pick from at long last

  • 251 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    what would be ideal is if colo manages to sort out his personal problems and gives us another year or something. 31 is too young to head back to your homeland and he’s still great, i think jonas has been more affected by age than colo.

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

    if we had a defense of

    Debuchy Sakho Mbiwa Santon

    We have the future italian rb, cb france pairing for the next 10 years and a reliable experienced head. good balance

  • 253 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    alan pas de clue

    sorry but saylor gets in my team before them two

  • 254 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    well yeah, he did have no injuries/suspensions and some squad depth to a point in comparison to the start of this season. plus nobody knew what to expect, tiote was a beast, cabaye turned out to be world class, luck played a part.
    i’d rather have him than o’neill/redknapp who seem to be overrated media darlings, but it’s easy to compare him to sir bobby or someone like moyes and say he’s not as good.

  • 255 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:41 PM


    i agree he is immense and shows the leadership that brings our team together.

    but can we hinge our whole defense on someone this injury prone?

  • 256 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    my colo replacements:
    sakho (psg)
    capoue (toulouse)
    alderweireld (ajax)
    n’koulou (marseille)
    wanyama (celtic)
    kouyate (anderlecht)
    otamendi (porto)

  • 257 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM


    he hasn’t had a squad at any other club he has managed. so he can’t be compared to the likes of sir bob or moyles untill he has had a couple of seasons with a class squad

  • 258 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    good point with his injuries but injury free he should be playing for england

  • 259 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    fair point, it was the hoofball that disalluded/disallusioned (is that a word?) me a bit because i thought it doesn’t matter what team you put out, you’ve got to have them playing better football than that

  • 260 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM


    wanyama and capoe are cm players?

  • 261 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    does anyone seriously think collo will not want to be here next season? imo he will sort out his personel probs in the summer cause with a few more additions in the summer this football club will have a serious chance of going for the title imo

  • 262 Joe Blog // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    HT: Ivory Coast 0 – Nigeria 1

  • 263 nick_9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I nominate Sissoko for player/manager/owner and prime minister.

  • 264 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    they can both play at the back i think, more so wanyama. i got capoue’s position as CB/CM more so from an online football game (yeah, reliable source) but i know he is highly rated and more so than sissoko, and he’s strong and calm.

  • 265 toonfield // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    rafa at the final whistle yesterday

  • 266 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Lads I didn’t get to see ‘goals in Sunday’

    What was the general chat about the game

  • 267 Novocastrian66 // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Proud. Howay man getting head ourselves a bit there like. We could be challenging a top four slot, but for the title? Don’t think so.

  • 268 Magpie from Lithuania // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Can’t wait for this: (diamond 4-4-2, easilly transformed into 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1)







    but for now i’d be happy with:







  • 269 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I think that yesterday’s performance was arguably APs best performance as manager of our club and completely contrasted other performances of the season. It was good to see a bench full of potential game changers and with HBA and Tiote back soon I am confident that our season can change for the better.
    I hope MA invests early in the summer so we can get the players we need in early for the next season and can bed in long before it starts taking full advantage of pre-season. IMO I think we are 4 or 5 players from a complete and very strong squad. Our squad was not that much weaker than Chelsea’s yesterday, the only difference is we don’t throw silly money at it. If we get these players in the summer then AP will be in a position to have a complete team. If he does not succeed then any successor will not have to tinker too much with personnel. Whilst this season has been one of the darkest in memory I am hopeful that some good has come from it, for all those concerned with our club.

    Btw we need to negotiate HBAs contract now for the longer term! HWTL

  • 270 Marty-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Any web sites were the game can be seen again in full or long highlights??

  • 271 Joe Blog // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I propose a new nickname for Benitez: as he’s ostensibly a tactician and given the perfect oblong shape of his head – tic-tac head!

  • 272 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    if he can get them playing as a team do you think manure/city/chelski have a more solid starting 11

  • 273 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    title?! not for the moment, we can’t compete with chelski, man utd or man city and spuds/arsenal/everton/liverfool are always hard to beat as it is. maybe with major investment and the recruitment of world class players similar to mata or aguero, would love to win something the underdog way like borussia dortmund did but our best chance of winning something is always gonna be europa league/league cup.

  • 274 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Full game

  • 275 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Did you see him when he found iut he had the job and coukd quit his old one?

  • 276 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    we can’t compete with them. last season we smashed them? this season beat chelski and give manure a hell of a game at old trafford.

  • 277 nufc13789 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Tiote just scored for Ivory Coast header!

  • 278 Mister Tuff // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Tiote bashers — he’s just scored.

  • 279 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM


    finance wise we can’t compete but what we have on our side is players want to play for us not come for the money. commitment and togetherness is more important and we have that in abundance mate. worth its weight in gold

  • 280 toonfield // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    tads ,
    hes going back there at the end of the season

  • 281 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    much more gratifying to build success from stable foundations it is

  • 282 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    in a match anything can happen. on our day we can beat anyone. over the course of a season…no.
    look at man utd’s squad and tell me ours is as good.
    upfront they have a choice of van persie, rooney, hernandez or welbeck.
    we have cisse, gouffran, shola and ranger. howay man.
    we have some quality players no doubt, and our first XI is top 6 on their day. but title? this isn’t ’96 where we took the league by storm. we’re big-ish but not man utd big.

  • 283 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    go on tiote!

  • 284 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    mr tuff

    afternoon mate hows you? what a performance yesterday and all the pardew/jonas/perch haters are quiet. we have massive potential with this squad now. a few additions in the summer and next season could be a big big one

  • 285 lordy_geordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Dunno if qpr get relegated will remy and samba be free transfers or will they have silly low clauses? i know we need another st and cb wether collo goes or not so id take both from qpr for small fees.

  • 286 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    thats all manure have cause midfield and defence are average.

  • 287 Marty-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Thanks northernirish

  • 288 OhSholaAmeobi // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    but man utd have the winning mentality, the one that big big clubs have and they very rarely go on a slump. we’re not attractive enough to be like that, if we’d won the league in ’96 everything might have changed, we might be up there now but we didn’t. we don’t have an abramovich either.
    i’d just be ecstatic if we won something like the league cup.
    players mainly come here to give themselves a stage like the prem, to become better and fulfil a dream like playing for man utd, to join the ‘project’ where we collectively aim for some sort of silverware, or to get a slightly bigger wage.

  • 289 Novocastrian66 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Proud. I’ve always thought we have a decent 1st 11. With the recent additions we now have a strong 15. Man City, Manure & Chelsea have a strong 25. We will not be able to keep 25 top players happy without Champions league football. Perhaps the season after next with decent progress next season. Would take a cup though!

  • 290 beefman13 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Tiote this season for the toon has been a mixed bag for sure, he had injuries then suspensions and could not get his performances to the level of last year when he was a lot of toon fans player of the season.

    I have mentioned he would go straight back in to my team, i mean if you were an opposing midfielder for any prem team who would you rather play against, Tiote or Perch, its a real no brainer, Tiote`s presense is a big plus for us alone and it certainly was not only him who has underperformed this season, cos just about every NUFC player has before last week.

  • 291 Monument Mal // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    The lad has made a fabulous start, but let’s not get carried away on the evidence of only two games. It’s an indication of how poorly we’ve being doing that we grab onto any positive thing that happens in our club. We need a few more like Sissoko before we’ll be anything like a good team , and as long as Pardew is in charge we won’t progress. But I suspect as long as we mange to keep our place in the Premier League and the in pouring of Sky money, Mr Ashley will be happy with that. £15m nett investment in one year is a pittance so I don’t subscribe to the “Ashley has come good” school of thought now pervading, He saw his investment sinking through lack of spending last summer and panicked….simple as.

  • 292 Mister Tuff // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    proud -afternoon -how are things with yourself. I’m watching the Ivory Coast/Nigeria game at the minute as well as checking out a few posts. Very pleased for Tiote -I think he is a terrific player – pity his eagerness/engine/pride has not been seen/disregarded by some who fail to acknowledge the lack of comittment by some of his Toon team mates. Hopefully this is now a thing of the past with us now having a better defence and midfield.
    Great game yesterday – not just the result -but the way it was achieved -ahead -two -one down – then level and winning goal in the dying minutes. Read like a fairy story. Good memory was Sissoko outstripping Cole (Cole not so cocky and arrogant after he was skinned).
    Whilst Toon fans are right to “crow” about the result -I would caution the euphoria until the end of the month. What is Percy Panais going to do for the EL games’ will it effect the PL team. Our surprise element -speed/power of Sissoko and the speed of Gouffran will now be factored into opposition tactics -how will they respond etc etc.
    Overall though a much healthier position to be in -only slight anxiety is those below us seem to be picking up points -however some of them have some hard fixtures ahead so hopefully any confidence they may have will be eroded.

  • 293 Davies // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Colo had a very good game on Saturday. Fans are fickle things; when Saylor was taking his time about signing a new contract, everyone was saying that he should be moved on and that Williamson was better anyway (amazing, but true. Trawl the historic articles on this very blog). Colo has had some personal problems and wanted help to resolve them, and though we couldn’t help him, he has committed himself until the end of the season at least. In first few minutes of the Villa match, he put his body on the line big time and made a fantastic clearance. His commitment to the cause is clearly still there, so it’s baffling to see that people are now saying Taylor and M’Biwa would be a better partnership than Colo and either of the others. Colo is clearly still the better defender.

  • 294 Davies // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Also, I’m proper loving Sissoko.

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