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Four Days In January That Have Transformed Newcastle

6:36 pm, Monday, February 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 231 Comments

In four days of last month – Tuesday, January 22nd though Friday, January 25th – could be four days Newcastle fans will want to remember, because that’s when Newcastle amazingly brought in four top Frenchmen – Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko – and already the middle two of those four French players are giving Newcastle a new look – a great new look.

moussa sissoko debut aston villa

Moussa Sissoko – maybe the pick of the bunch in January?

Yoan Gouffran has skill and speed and seems to fit perfectly into the now free-flowing Newcastle side, who pass the ball about nicely, and gone is that high ball lofted into the penalty box.

Indeed Yohan Gouffran plays very well with Papiss Cisse, who is again Newcastle’s main man, and he is getting chances from the creative play of players like Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko, and he scored a nice goal at Aston Vila, and could have had more in the first half against Chelsea on Saturday.

Before these last two league games, Newcastle had gone 13 league games with 10 losses and one draw – and we had to put up with the ignominy of losing to Reading for the first time ever at St,. James’ Park – after seven previous wins.

That r of 13 league games must be one of the worst runs in Newcastle’s Premier League history.

But suddenly things have been turned around, and there’s even some hope that the five players brought in last month – French International right back Mathieu Debuchy was the other player brought in early in January – have transformed Newcastle into a very good side.

Of course it’s only two wins, and we still have 13 cup finals to go and cannot get too carried away, and we must still ensure we are a Premier League side next season.

But when you consider that we now have players like Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan and Shola Ameobi who cannot make the starting eleven at Newcastle, then it seems at last we have some strength in depth.

And we also have Cheick Tiote on his way back from South Africa and Ben Arfa a couple of weeks away from returning from his hamstring strain.

And the way Newcastle have played these last two games, we’ve looked a different side from the previous three months, a much better side, and we’ve looked as good as we were last season – at our best.

So there is definitely hope that we have the makings of a very good side – and as long as we can keep our best players on Tyneside over the summer months, we should be able to make a challenge for a top six or even top four place next season

We still need another top class striker, and maybe one or two more players to fill out the squad – like Siem de Jong, the Ajax captain, and perhaps we can clear out some of the fringe players who are not going to make it at Newcastle in the summer.

mathieu debuchy yes

one through the door

mapou yanga-mbiwa with shirt

two through the door

yoan gouffran number 11

three through the door

Massadio Haïdara.

four through the door

moussa sissoko on the quayside

five through the door

And the name (the brand) of Newcastle United has taken a beating in the last three months or so – but now the lads have a chance to climb that table and maybe have a great finish to the Premier League season – and as Alan Pardew says – maybe we can replicate what Everton did last season.

In Everton’s last 15 league games they got 27 points and finished 7th top on 56 points. In our first 23 games we had 21 points, so if we replicate what Everton did last year we’ll end up with 48 points – which would have got us into 10th place last season.

But we’ve already got 6 points from our first two games of the last 15 – so maybe we can even do better than Everton did last season – but in any case it seems the top ten should now be the target (at least) this season

And after all the points we have given up in the first 23 games – win and more wins are what we need – and maybe we can shock some people (including ourselves) through the end of the season.

And I never even mentioned the Europa League – and we must stand a decent chance of advancing further in that competition, although the Premier League is by far the highest priority.

But there’s some optimism in the Newcastle camp these days – and it seems well founded – and thanks to everybody involved in getting the players onto Tyneside last month – Mike Ashley, Derek LLambias, Alan Pardew, Lee Charnley and of course, our number one talent spotter – the incomparable Graham Carr.

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231 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Oh yeah and there was that debuchy bloke as well ha ha well done ED.

  • 2 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I think theres an error in the banner – Simpsons eyes are open.

  • 3 coatesy17 // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    can someone tell me who the person is immediately to pards’ right on the banner? i have been trying to work it out, i can only think it is bigi but it doesnt really look like him? i feel a right tool asking!

  • 4 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Repost If we beat the Spuds then we can really begin a surge up the table. Last two games we’ve looked confident but still a little shaky (understandably). Winning away from home will be huge, I don’t think we should move Sissoko further down the pitch, as we may have discovered his best position, besides Cabaye has the defensive prowess. It will certainly be a midfield battle and with our physical presence hopefully we can win it and really get going.

  • 5 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Not a fan of Simpson as a footballer, but he didn’t deserve to get his head bashed in. He’d be a good acquisition for someone like Stockport County or Oldham.

  • 6 tequilamag // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Kets we turned down a bid from Wigan for Simmo, pretty sure he will find a Pl club next season.

  • 7 Toon1978 // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Great week, great signings. Cabaye really know’s the supporters and the club. I really think this bloke should be captain sooner rather then later.

  • 8 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Yeah he’l be find, he’s homegrown, thus good to have in your squad and for me a decent choice replacement left back. For a promotion challenging championship side, as he was originally for us, he is a decent player.

  • 9 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM


  • 10 croftus5678 // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    @3 bigirimana

  • 11 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    If he does do, he’ll be very poor for them. We should’ve accepted that. We only paid £1.8m for Sissoko. God knows why Wigan want Simpson, they have Boyce who’s 10 times the player.

  • 12 santonthenewmaldini // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I actually have a feeling that we will beat Spurs providing we dont get any injuries from the International break

    Spurs look really vulnerable at the back and they like to play a high line which I think Sissoko, Cisse and Gouffran can get some joy against obviously we will need to keep an eye on Bale and Lennon as they tend to create the majority for Spurs

    I think Anita needs to come back in as he adds pace and quality on the ball it would allow us to man mark Bale as Perch and Tiote will not be able to deal with him in this free role that he has although they would maybe give him a better kicking that Anita

    Plus Anita and Cabaye will run rings around Parker making him look like the overrated has been that he is

    Plus if we do get the win on Sunday we will be above Sunderland!!!ha ha!!!

  • 13 Spuggy // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Ah I can post in mobile mode again!!

  • 14 tequilamag // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Kets, maybe, but most people were glad to see Routledge go and he did pretty well for Swansea. Debuchy is better but Simmo is not the disaster many people think.

  • 15 Oldgit1 // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Can someone please tell me what gutis role is or should I say position, he seemed to be playing all over the pitch in a free role. I recall a few years ago in the spl a team had a player and he was to run at a hundred miles an hour just in a nuisance role and harass the opposition players. The experiment was short lived as the player always ran out of steam after 50 or so minutes, so the experiment was short lived. However, gutis seems to last a lot longer and covers a lot of the pitch. Against Chelsea he was a winger, a striker and in midfield, plus a defender. This guy was brilliant, ok I accept his crosses were not perfect but havnt seen too many players with his level of energy. So I for one hail the man. A player that plays for nufc not for himself. Don’t want to hear a bad word from anyone on here i accept his faults but do not doubt his endeavour and passion.

  • 16 aidantoon // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    This is defo a game we can win, I would start the same 11 who started the last game.
    Bale and Lennon are their threats but we now have players for them to worry about!
    Come on toon keep it going!

  • 17 Harley // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Great article.
    I totally believe a top half finish is more than possible. Stoke in 10th are only 3 points ahead of us. That has to be goal number one.
    There’s nothing unrealistic about us getting 7th, 8th, 9th.
    No one will fancy playing us at the minute.

    For next season I think only a couple will come on (we did our bulk buying in jan).
    Maybe out obertan, gosling, ranger, coloccini(if he still wants to), Simpson. Then a few youngsters moved out on loan.
    I think if we get a decent offer tiote will be moved on. But even getting rid of all of the oboe I can only see a striker and a winger to replace oba.

    I don’t think colo will be replaced as I think his replacement is already here. And with Simpson leaving we have plenty cover a right back.

  • 18 Lu-toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Feel we are on the crest of a wave right now, and have the tools to beat spurs next game, to make things even better they will be missing key players.
    Think Pards will be right to stick with Collo as captain, as he might be a bit sensitive at the moment for not getting his move, but re-focused he is from Saturdays performance, so would be right not risk upsetting him as we need everyone on their game between now and end of season.

    Be interesting if we continue for rest of season where we left of from Chelsea, will Collo still want to go? If not and he wants to be part of what we are building, then was it truly down to personal problems.

    Anyhow come next season totally agree with the views than Cabbye must be made captain. He has everything, and is obviously highly respected, we would not have all the other French lads in without his resounding endorsements of the club

  • 19 tequilamag // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Oldgit, Jonas looked much better on the right against Chelsea. I have defended him all season but ironically I was so impressed with Goofy on the left that I think when \HBA is back it will be hard to find a spot for Jonas..

  • 20 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    He’s worse than a disaster. Complete liability. Cannot believe he made a professional footballer. There’s nothing good about his game. Players like Bernard Mendy and Rod Fanni are miles ahead of Simpson.

  • 21 Mancgeordie // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Think we will win 1-2 at spurs on Saturday, reckon we probably have 1 off the best if not the best midfields in the prem now ans if we can get on a roll we could still catch anybody up to Liverpool if they drop off

  • 22 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Jonas just works and works, and he can barely do that anymore. Great header against Chelsea mind.

  • 23 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Bernard Mendy- That made me chuckle.

  • 24 tequilamag // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Kets Simmo has struggled this season but so have most of the squad. Last season he was part of a defence that kept 15 clean sheets. Now Xisco was a disaster

  • 25 Mancgeordie // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    I can see Jonas being our man brought on at the end of games like last 10 minutes to see it out abit of experience to see the win through

  • 26 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    @kets you really are as crazy as a box of crazy things wrapped up in a straightjacket. and for that i love you

  • 27 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    The second the last ball is kicked this season Ashley must be strapped to a chair and made to watch the Reading game over and over again then he must be made to watch the Chelsea game just to remind him of what can be done when the pure strings are cut and we enter into the market

  • 28 hatem786 // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM


    can you plzzzzzzzzzzzzz change the banner now..i want to see picture of sissoko and goufi and mbiwa…thanks…

  • 29 cyprus // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    First post since game… boy that goal meant a lot to Guti! Why? I think, like we all do, he’s been sneaking a peak at papers and blogs and realised how easily fans can turn on you. Ask poor Ba! From hero to zero, felt for the lad but such is the game with all its riches. Now, AP will really have to do his best in handling all the players and keeping them happy. Will Mapou accept playing second fiddle? Where’s Tiote and HBA going to fit? Anyway, at least we won’t depend on Obertan and Ameobi to turn a game. And how about Marveaux, Anita? What is out best starting 11? Does anyone know? Congrats to the lads for turning a game around for the first time since AP’s arrival.

  • 30 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM


    the new banner is up mate

  • 31 Lucky Les // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    With reference to Santon post 12 after an awful season we finally find a team and formation that wins 2games in a row one against the European Champions do you really believe other than for injury the manager will change the team.

  • 32 Oldgit1 // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Loving this blog no nastiness everybody ready for a group hug. I have watched the Chelsea match over and over, now watch it before I go to bed, I sleep a lot better. Things look so much better now.

  • 33 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Mendy was a beast. Great player with accelerating pace. Simpson and Willo were the reasons why we didn’t get into the top 3 last season. Too many mistakes cost us games. The same has happened this season. If Simmo and Willo weren’t replaced, we’d be heading straight back into the championship.

  • 34 check the toastie // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    At the weekend would man to man Bale, play Perchy or Anita and tell them when we lost the ball get as close to Bale as possible as quick as possible, forget about anybpdy else, just follow him around the pitch.

    Let Sissoko drop in and help Cabaye, play Marv instead of Jonas to give spurs and Assou Ekkoto something to think about, they are not so great at the back, should be a super game.

  • 35 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM


    Bale is the only worry for me but can’t see Pardew changing any of saturdays starting 11

  • 36 Lu-toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Bernard Mendy! Of course, He’s French!

  • 37 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Kets, Yeah Willo was a real liability, but Simmo wasn’t as bad as everyone says. For me he did the job and only made as many mistakes as Santon has this year, yes he needed replacing, but how many points did he gain for us with is off the line clearances, he certainly deserves more credit than you give him.

  • 38 Bowzer912 // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    I really believe we’ll beat Tottingham because Defoe is out so they have no striker unless Adebayor gets back soon like. I reckon the same formation and team as vs Chelsea but put Anita in to inject some pace in the side.

  • 39 santonthenewmaldini // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    @Lucky Les

    Dont want to change the whole team just think Anita would be better against Spurs than Perch would be Perch has been great and he was the right choice against Villa as we needed strength and he done quite well against Chelsea but I think with Anita in the middle we would have beaten them more comfortably

    Bale is one of the biggest dangers and we need someone who has the pace to keep up with him and at the moment the only players we have that are quick enough are Sissoko, Obertan, Gouffran and Anita so out of them who would you have man mark him?!?

  • 40 check the toastie // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Wonder how long it will take before i become totally dismayed with Pardew again. Wont be long i imagine, has done a few good things lately though, so has gone up from Useless to Just About Bearable. 🙂

    He will probably put Shola in at the weekend and turn everybody against him again. He is an enigma the boy.

  • 41 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    I think Spurs will be far more worried about how they contain Sissoko, Cabaye, Cisse and Gouffran.

  • 42 cyprus // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Tiote, to take him out

  • 43 toonicle // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Really hope to see Anita for Perch for the Spurs game. Also i’m not a big Guti fan at all but he deserves another start after the Chelsea game, easily his best game this season.

  • 44 Newcastle Brown Alien // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    coatesy, that annoyed me for ages as well. I think its Bigirimana as he is the only one missing however the wrinkles are confusing

  • 45 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM


    Tiote not back until Thursday so doubt very much that he’ll be involved

  • 46 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM


    Its Biggie thats to Pardews right mate

  • 47 jasper // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM


    Still awake at this hour?
    There are some platinum club seats left (£48), only singletons left in the cheap seats so far as I can see.
    Don’t appear to be on general sale yet.
    If you’d like me to help you out drop me a line.

  • 48 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    @ctt i hope he completely throws you for a 180 now he has the right players. his tactical changes against chelsea were correct

  • 49 Lu-toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I was convinced we would beat Chelsea at the weekend, even at 2-2 with a few minutes to go, don’t know why but just felt we were due it and that they were there for the taking

    Am equally convinced about Spurs, even if away.

    My only slight concern would be the early kick off. Bloody hate them. Maybe the subdued atmosphere you normally get at the early games will help us being the away side, saying that, their will be nothing subdued about our Fans.

    Was in Villa end at last away game, and boy our fans were a sight!

  • 50 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Good to see a few of us coming up with Anita to man mark Bale who will have a free role so zonal marking him with his pace would be a real bitch.

    I do think Pards will change tactics slightly to cope with the different threats – as we know he has a lot to prove now, and the team need another win to get on a real roll.

  • 51 Lucky Les // Feb 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Santon Bale is , in my opinion,one of the top few players in Europe and is extremely fast but does not favour hard tackles and the physical side of the game .I have seen no evidence that Anita possesses tremendous pace certainly not enough to live with Bale. It may be that Bale will win the game for Spurs as he is quite capable of doing this and he has done this on a number of occasions including when Spurs were in the Champions League but my view is that the diminutive Anita would not have any great effect on this outcome and it is not worth changing a winning team.Surely a team who has beaten the European Champions deserves a second game.It is of course a game of opinions.

  • 52 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    At Alnwick Castle last night ..I then had a walk around the Ancient Town…

    I walked past a tiny Alley and in the Arch above the Alley, it read …WHITE HART LANE .!.Its an ancient thoroughfare leading to a few wee houses ..And the numbers were separated on a little sign below, the numbers read…

    2-3 ……… 2-4………… MY moneys going on both scores on Saturday ! ..saying that I’m also going for 1-2 as I was passed by a van near Durham City this afternoon, the reg was SpI 2urs Strange, strange, And with that Surprise at Alnwick..just happened to look left on our way to Restaurant ..White hart Lane ! with the scores ! That Van was also more than coincidence I thought…Cosmic Synchronicity !

    All of the above is exactly how it happened .

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    As you say it looks like we already have Collos replacement but as we all now know four CBs are essential to a squad especially one with STaylor in it, so I think it imperative that we bring in a another top class CB who fits our mould and is prepared to fight for his place as I think Streete and Good are a few years away yet.
    On Obertan am iright in thinking he was only given a three year contract, if so I can’t see him getting an extension so a ST/RW would be an ideal replacement.

  • 54 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Nobody in most teams can live with Bale for pace so it has to be a canny player to deal with him. Anita has brains so is a good call. It is also a question of avoiding free kicks from 25 yards out which is an invitation to score for spuds dead ball players. Tiote has this habit of conceding in dangerous areas.

  • 55 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Do A Google street View of that WHL and the numbers at Alnwick.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Just reading about Swindons player shortage, an excellent idea would be give Ranger to Paulo Di Canio for a few months, you’d get a reality TV show out of that scenario.

  • 57 Slatymag // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Hey, my mate in France told me there was a programme on telly over there last night about Chateauneuf – showing French players being intergrated into training, allowances made with food and what-not. I’ve asked him if it is possible to view online. I’ll post a link up if I get it. If this has already been spoken about I apologise – I’ haven’t been on since yesterday.

  • 58 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    As soon as we are safe in the prem I would like to See Daidara at left back and Santon playing as an out and out winger .. See how it goes

    Santon is looking/playing more like David Ginola ..each game ….

    Davide Santon = David Ginola .

    I know everyone has defensive duties but free Santon up from left back and I think he would be devastating ..

    I say this with the nous that this would bring another dimension to our game ..combating various systems and tactic’s thrown at us …

  • 59 check the toastie // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    In a way hope Anita doesnt play against Spurs, would much sooner he was given a start against Soton at home, if he starts in what is a really tricky game against Spurs (same goes for Marv) he will be used as a scapegoat by Parsnip if things dont go to plan, has happened quite a few times during his awe inspiring reign.

    Marv didnt see the light of day for months after a rabbit in headlights performance against the best left sided pairing in the league at Everton. That was rank bad management by Parsnip.

    Similar to Vuckic thrown to the lions against Liverpool away last year and then banished forever, even though Collo, Mr T, Cabs and co were just as culpible for a listless performance.

    Would love both Anita and Marv to be just given 5 games in a row for Perch and Jonas, the football we would play would be breathtaking to watch, guarenteed.

  • 60 noladonna // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    fancy us to get a result against spurs would like to see tiote back in the team or anita for perch dont get me wrong hes done okay last 2 games but thats about it, but we all know pardew doesn’t change a winning team

  • 61 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    @ 3″: en also @ 46 :

    Someone asked this the other week ?

    I think your wrong Jack ? This banner is really old and i reckon its Titus Bramble !

    Bigi is to the right of Collo ! Me-thinks

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Online guy,
    It would be good for us if he started in that role against Holland to see how it works.

  • 63 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM


    You must have a different banner to the one that I’ve got up, Jonas is to the right of Colo one the one that I see

  • 64 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    The hell are you on about check….using Anita as a scapegoat? Pardew has had nothing but praise for Anita since he joined and when has our club ever publicly blamed one player?

    your nonsense aside….I think we have cause to celebrate and two wins against two teams who were desperate to win, one being European Champions, is something to be excited about. Spurs could be a tough game but let’s roll over Shampton.

    Higher finish means more money, plus EL. Then we can strengthen even more in 5 months.

  • 65 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Just because I’m bored 😀

    On the banner is, from left to right :-

    Sissoko, HBA, Williamson, Debuchy, Santon, Haidara, Sammy, Anita, Colo, Jonas, Simpson, Pardew, Biggie, Obertan, Marveuax, Cabaye, Gouffran, Cisse, Perch, Tiote, Saylor, Shola, M’Biwa and Krul

  • 66 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM


    Check the panini is just one of those blinkered “fans” who manipulate any little incident just to satisfy their vendetta against Pardew.

    In fact I think they would rather see the club play badly and fail so they can bleat on about how rubbish Pardew is.

    Case in point, where is Catchy and Rotonda?

  • 67 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:32 PM


    i think Catchy is saving up all his negativity for the next time we lose and he’ll be back with a vengeance 😀

  • 68 Spuggy // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Evaluate your beliefs in light of the evidence, not the evidence in light of your beliefs.

  • 69 Robby Bobson // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Whilst we all getting throbbing hard ons over a new frenchies…

    lets not forget steven taylor has come back in and been colossus!! Just needs to stay fit, he seems to be back to his best.,,,mbwia’s partner in 6 months when colo leaves.

  • 70 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM


    Perish the thought…but just as I’ve tried to calm him and his type down when we were consistently pretty poor, I am not going to get carried away with some good performances (albeit one exceptional performance)

    Let’s hope we’ve turned a corner with these signings and that AP can get the best out of them on a consistent basis.

  • 71 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Robby, unfortunately I think he may be another Ledley King, but worse. Lets just hope he can put together a run of games, and play out the rest of the season. Imagine what Saylor would have been like if he’d played week in week out for the past 5 years.

  • 72 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM


    TBH I’ve slagged Pardew and Ashley as much as anyone, but at the same time I have no issue with giving them credit when it’s due.
    We’ve been through the mill this season but the Chelsea result and more importantly the performance should see us looking forward instead of worrying about the drop

  • 73 bollance // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:41 PM


    I am surprised there are not more pards haters because let’s face it. When he came in he was not popular. I admit to being deeply disappointed and surprised by the appointment but he won over my trust. The truth is I still trust the guy and would be disappointed to get rid because as a club you kind of go back to square 1 let alone the cost of changing the management / coaching team.

    My point is that when u dislike a player / manager the proud will always use the facts to prove themselves right.

    But this can work for players too. Simo was disliked so anyone brought in will have our blessing because we want to be proven right that Simmo was not good enough. This does not mean I don’t genuinely like debuchy because the guy has quality.

    It is all physiology.

    In my opinion pards has turned full circle from being unpopular to being accepted to now being unwanted. But I believe the guy won us over once an he will do it again. He just needs a chance!

  • 74 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Ruddy, I would like to take check seriously but when EVERY post a reader makes is slagging off someone at the club and using insulting nicknames for them, or you just refuse to engage in proper debates, I’ve had it.

    I’ve given Pardew his due credit and blame.

  • 75 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    pardite and proud

  • 76 bollance // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Does anyone think that sissoko is an incredibly strong character which pards has recognised and utilised. Pards has put all the attention on sissoko and let’s face it he has thrived on the pressure.

    The other French lads as a result have been able to settle quietly.

  • 77 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    @Robby Bobson
    Indeed, Saylor has hit the ground running. I’m glad we have EL in a way because Mbiwa will get some definite time, otherwise I’m not so sure right now!

  • 78 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:47 PM


    Everything in moderation would be my approach, in terms of both criticism and praise but I think the sense of relief that we’ve both won away, came from behind to win, beat a team that is vastly ahead of us in the league AND put in an excellent all round performance.

    Seeing the new players come in and put in world class displays is the icing on the cake. I agree though, surely we have enough about us to stay up so we should be looking to fully integrate the new players and youngsters in the PL and EL so we have something to look forward to next season.


    I think some fans were never won over by Pardew, and despite some excellent results and performances last season were never willing to give him credit for it. This season they were in their element in the sense that they had ample examples of things that were wrong so they could complain about AP.

  • 79 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Wasn’t sure about Pards when he first joined, as most fans did. Won me over a little bit last season, but his tactics are often questionable, I too have blamed him, but last week he was spot on and he’s certainly a great motivator. We’d be going backwards if we sacked him now, so lets see what he does with all the available resources and backing.

  • 80 Blaydon-Toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Evening gents … Well what a few weeks it has been in the life of a Newcastle United fan ! From utter dispair to back to Back victories and a few records broken … First away win this season and then first win after being a goal down ! Would have been happy with 5 points from Villa Chelsea and Sprus so anything gained at WHL is a bonus 🙂

  • 81 bollance // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:51 PM


    In most other teams in the prem pards would have been sacked. All the factors weighed up against him this season. Despite playing badly at times last season we held on to get clean sheets etc.

    This season with a weaker defence we have leaked crucial goals and subsequently lost games.

    There is a fine line between winning and losing in the prem. last season we went 6 games winning in a row. It felt like we would be anyone home or away. This season we had the opposite feeling and needed an injection of believe from outside which boosted fans and players.

    Roll on spurs.

  • 82 donkeypunch // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    i think it we would be agreat idea to put sissoko manmarking bale hes the got pace power and stamina to deal with him

  • 83 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Santon will be a £30m player within the next few years. 2 assists in one game against Chelsea was very impressive. 22 years old too.

  • 84 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    donkey. I was thinking that earlier, but he’s an absolute machine in the hole behind Cisse, if his job was simply to run around chasing Bale, and taking him out of the game, it may work. However his attacking talent would be wasted, and Cabaye/Anita/Perch can deal with Bale, with Anita man marking him for me.

  • 85 check the toastie // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Norcal Ruddy, did you actually read my post or are you that ignorant that you already presume what point i was trying to make.

    Pardew has previously picked players in tough games and when we have lost them, those fringe players seem to be made the scapegoat for the loss, so in case he plays Anita or Marv over Perch or Jonas and in case we then get beat, them two players will be at fault, Guarenteed they would be banished for a while as they are clearly not Parsnips favorites.

    I was as pleased as anyone with the Performance on Saturday but i am not about to hail Pardew for a knighthood unlike some blinkered morons on here. Namely you two.

    All too quick to start jumping in about how great a supporter you two are, probably make your mind up on the match and Pardews tactics by reading the report in the tabloid newspapers, do you actually go to games watch the matches, doubt it, i live and breath, and love club and as such am passionate about problems within it, every thing isnt as rosy as you think and changes to the first team could be made, Pardew is still stubborn and is to fully convince me about taking us forward to reach above our potential.

    Get a Grip, we all follow the same club only some want more than others. Last word from me tonight. Good Riddance pair of Bellends.

    I repeat what i have said many times since Saturday, it is the best football i have seen at St James Park for some time and we started the game with great intent, Credit to Pardew for that.

  • 86 Blaydon-Toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Santon still has an awful lot to learn in terms of actually defending which should be his main priority … Good points for me as follows quick good in the air close control … Bad positional sense no left foot so always cuts back ! If he works a little on his weaknesses then we could have a top class player on our hands 🙂

  • 87 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I don’t think Sissoko would mark Bale in the center, that would be Perch/Tiote/Anita’s job because as Hatem said, it would waste his attacking talents, I think he would have trouble getting into advanced areas in the attack not to mention he’d probably get exhausted.

    He’s been all over the midfield and frontline, that’s where he’s thriving for us.

  • 88 Paps // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Can anyone explain why we got sissoko when we could have got scharner in on loan?????

  • 89 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Some great players at Newcastle now ..we just have to have belief …and referee’s have to give their head’s a shake with this institutional Bias they have for the usual suspects, ..Man U, and Co’..only then, will we win something.

  • 90 Rake // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Guti went absolutley mad when he scored I think he knew he had a stinker at Villa and who knew we could score from a header!

  • 91 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:05 PM


    The fact alone you think I’m Pardew’s cheerleader proves how ignorant you are yourself.

    “…(Anita) will be used as a scapegoat by Parsnip if things dont go to plan…”

    then you just repeated in a different way:
    “Pardew has previously picked players in tough games and when we have lost them, those fringe players seem to be made the scapegoat for the loss…”

    Firstly, players who perform, regardless of result, always get praise: case in point was Anita vs Man Utd.

    Second, if you’re implying in your 2nd post that players are made scapegoats by fans, then that’s in no way any of the staff’s fault is it?

  • 92 BDin9 // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Rebbeca said she was 3 miles away, went on the Chelsea blog and she said she was 3 miles away. Hung me coat up

  • 93 CDEVINE69 // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:08 PM


  • 94 ONLINE GUY // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:08 PM


    Good thinking ..Wonder if Italy will play Santon out wide as you say ..good match to stick in the diary

  • 95 mindshaft // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Hilarious – you cant slate any of the team based on last two performances so you slag each other off …. classic

  • 96 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Great atmosphere, excellent game, brilliant result and people still want to winge.

    I think some people on here would be more than happy if we had lost both the last games so they could have a go at Pardew and Ashley.

    Get over it and get behind the team against the Spuds

  • 97 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:13 PM


    You’ve, once more, totally missed the point. No one is hailing Pardew for a knighthood, least of all myself, and the very fact that you feel the need to qualify your statements with the wonderfully eloquent “moron” tag displays how uneducated you really are.

    But just to entertain and indulge you I’ll bite.

    With your reference to picking the non favoured players for tough games and then banishing them for ages is incorrect in my view. You reference Perch as one of the favoured players yet he played at RB against Everton in the first half and was single handedly one of his worst ever performances yet he still managed to work his way back into the team. My bet would be that he performs on the training field. Jonas might not be the most creative but he is defensively a huge asset, he has been needed to back up Santon when he roams forward and people understate his role in the team which is why he gets picked, not because he is favoured.

    On to the “non favoured” players, Marv who had a shocker against Everton, wasn’t dropped because he played badly in one game it is because he consistently showed his lack of willingness to work and track back, his lack of defensive cover against Everton typified his dreadful display and put us under pressure and I would reckon it is because of this fact that he doesn’t get more game time. As for Vuckic…you’re away with the fairies if you think that fella should be anywhere near the first XI. He hasn’t lived up to early promising potential and should be sent out on loan next season when he gets fit.

    Also, yes I did read your post and thought it was a load of mad ramblings, almost as if you’re waiting for Pards to screw up so you can pat yourself on the back for having the wonderful foresight to predict it. Maddening.

  • 98 Lucky Les // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Yo yo

    Do you not think the team that beat the European Champions in the best game we have played in the whole season(which incidentally would not include Tiote as he was not in the team and Perch played)deserves a chance especially as the change you are suggesting seems to be based on a comment that Anita ” has brains”.All of our players have brains including our talented African star Tiote.I am yet to be convinced by Anita but hopefully he will improve and impress in the future but I favour the style we played on Saturday .Tiote and Perch are defensive midfielders who offer height, physique and power as well as brains.Any point from Spurs will be a point gained.

  • 99 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Attack is the best form of defense and I for one would love to see Bale and Lennon on defensive duties trying to stop the beast that is Sissoko and the pace of Gouffran! 🙂

  • 100 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Lucky Les- Perch and Tiote arguably offer height. Even if this is an assest Spurs are much more of a threat through Lennon and Bale who are some of the quickest in the Prem. Anita works harder than most and has the edge on Tiote and Perch in terms of pace, he’s impressed me when hes played and has a lot more to offer going forward than Perch or Tiote.

    You do, however make a valid point that a team thats just beaten the European Champions should get another run, however for me Anita’s inclusion is a no brainer.

  • 101 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    JP – Completely agree! Attack them and test their defences as opposed to our own – which is stronger now that all season long.

    Also glad to see the Gazza is being checked into a treatment clinic in the states…he was one of our country’s best and will be a shame to wake up one day and hear he’s drank himself into the grave.

  • 102 JTOONJ // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Garth crooks view on chelsea game, why does nobody remember the rameres tackle?

    Howard Webb played the role of the villain. How he did not give a penalty for dangerous play for Fabricio Coloccini’s reckless challenge on Demba Ba, I’ll never know. And while Ashley Cole isn’t every neutral’s cup of tea, Papiss Cisse should have been sent off for violent conduct for trying to throttle him.

  • 103 ToonDownSouth // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM


    Said the same yesterday on another forum (not a Newcastle one) and everyone agreed with me.

    Ramires is a disgusting player – he’s been putting leg breakers like that in in every game for a while now.

    Evenyually he’ll seriously injure someone and people will take notice, but until then I guess they wont.

    Can you imagine Tiote staying on the pitch if he went in like that? Hahaha hell no!

  • 104 bollance // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    JP / Torq

    Big difference between this season and last is ball retention. Without cabaye we have struggled which has concequently meant we have defended more which has ultimately resulted in conceeding more goals.

  • 105 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    JTOONJ – Because they’re a bunch of wa*kers and only concentrate on the top 4 and how they lost points, nothing else matters to them, least of all Newcastle. It pis*es me off so much that it constantly happens. Like we won 3-2 against Chelsea and the first thing Sky Sports mentioned was that ManUre had beaten Fulham 1-0! WOW Who gives a fcuk about that!?-it happens every time! They never give us the credit were due. The same happened when we made our incredible comeback against Arsenal, we weren’t the headline that night either, I’ll let you guess which team was.

  • 106 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM


    Someone on Football weekly made a good point; that the moment after the first shot on goal, it’s essentially an unwritten rule that it’s no holds barred. In other words, defenders, GK’s, and forwards are pardoned for any questionable fouls.

    Plus, Colocinni was going to clear the ball. We see it in almost every game where the defender uses a high boot to clear the ball from the penalty box, just inches from a striker’s face. He couldn’t have known Ba was going to head that. Just proof Crooks doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    Ramires and Mata, on the other hand, were blatant

  • 107 Lucky Les // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    I would be surprised if Anita is in the side and frankly do not think his place would be justified. Everyone sees a game through different eyes but I personally have yet to see anything special about him.I think he is not a defensive midfielder but if he has the talent he may find a place elsewhere but with the current much improved squad I am not certain where that would be.Good corresponding with you

  • 108 Troy Stavers // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Bonjour Monsieurs,

    I’m new to this blog. Please to meet you.

    I’m 44 yrs old, have followed the Toon since I was a kid and looking forward to reading your views. I will watch from a distance for a while and participate when I feel I have something worthwhile saying.

    Just to point out before we go any further, I’m 5ft 3 inches tall , have a pug nose, pigeon toed and have 3 nipples.

    I hope that doesn’t deter you’s from interacting with me but I thought I better tell all in case you found out via Pug Nose weekly.

    Crack on !

  • 109 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    @ruddy you very big man picking object check after he clearly Said he’s off here now. very shrewd. lol

  • 110 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    bollance – True, and our passing has been woeful. With Cabaye now back to his best and with the new lads we are really clicking now 🙂 The chemistry between players is evident now and our play is more fluid. It has more balance to it and as Gouffran said we now have new belief within the squad. It was a pleasure to behold such an amazing match of football on Saturday and I can’t wait to see HBA thrown into the mix 🙂

    Our team looks stronger than I can remember and in the summer Pardew has already mentioned that up front we will strengthen so I can only see very good times ahead-as long as we stay up-which I now think we will with no problems.


  • 111 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM


    I’m a horses for courses person, and think Anita has the edge on Perchinho, much as I admire him and have been totally impressed with his progress the last two seasons. Simple as that. We are not going to keep the same starting 11 every game from now on because we do have the squad strength to rotate. I just think Anita a better player in that role. You don’t.

  • 112 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    @troy you could be my twin

  • 113 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Troy Stavers – Hahaha interesting description mate and Welcome to Ed’s Great NUFC Blog 🙂

    Whenever you feel it’s right dip right in to let us know your thoughts. Mind you’ve already been brave enough to mention a description of yourself when most of here haven’t including myself! ha 🙂

  • 114 Troy Stavers // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    @ Toon doon Sooth

    How do you get an avatar on here?

  • 115 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    yoyo- I agree, I think if we get Tiote to knuckle down this would be our best line-up.


  • 116 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:56 PM


    Check and Beattie ALWAYS leave as soon as someone challenges them with common sense.

  • 117 Cool Hand Luke // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Id be inclined to give Mbiwa his first start and have him man marking Bale in the middle of the park, for the simple reason that hes far bigger and faster than Perch or Anita.

    The was to beat spurs is to take care of Bale and pin them back in their own half as their defensive lineups have looked seriously shaky at times this year.

  • 118 ToonDownSouth // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM


    I have an avatar? :O Eh?

  • 119 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Hatem – I like it, but I just can’t see Cabaye being that effective on the right. Gouffran’s pace would be missed, as would Marveaux’s. Sorry.

  • 120 Troy Stavers // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Aye but how do I get one?

  • 121 JTOONJ // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    89Norcal & JP…from The Rock

    Its just so annoying that we don’t get any credit, and when we do from Lawro or something he always says that ” yeah but he’ll be sold because newcastle are a selling club” I’d like to tell him to stop being bitter because we sacked him for being a useless coach!!!!!!!!!!! At least shearer was biased last night towards the toon!

  • 122 Spreadthetoon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Looks like Remy could be out for up to 2months. Not sure if there is any truth to it but cannot help feeling that this is just given our treatment by the player and QPR.

    On another note we’ve got quite a few players on int’l duty so I am unsure how many will feature next saturday which is an early KO. Seems disadvantageous to have such an early KO in London. Anyway I hope we can get some points (plural) from the match!

  • 123 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    TDS you don’t have an avatar for me.

  • 124 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Well lads been a eventful eve as per usual on here its nice to see some people still throwing hate at Pardew and the unpopular’s though adds a sense of, what I like to call, blog normality

  • 125 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM


    crackin line up that

  • 126 Teamstoof // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Loic Remy has been ruled out for the majority of the season with a groin injury
    We doge a bullet there!!!
    Howay the lads

  • 127 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    @norcal they get very upset. i like beattie when we’re winning. he’s upbeat. but when we’re losing he’s a different beast. might be his aspergers

  • 128 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    U have one on the mobile version of the site am sure…someone and a horse I believe could be a throw back to when Ed experimented with the comment system and we all got a avatar rather than numbered posts (and the post appeared backwards) was a number of months ago now but I do recall it happening

  • 129 JTOONJ // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Wheres this news about Remy? i want to laugh a lot because i can’t see a goal scorer in their team.

  • 130 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Yeah the plus points on International Caps for many of our players is their confidence and value could rise and the experience they gain is invaluable.

    The down side is they could come back to us crocked and ruin our chances of survival or even perhaps Europa League silverware. It’s a two-edged sword unfortunately, but luckily for us they are mostly French so it’s not like Solano when he had to fly to Peru and back!

  • 131 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Speaking of older days on the blog has GG been on recently? I always saw him as the Godfather figure on this blog and I’ve not seen anything of him in a long time

  • 132 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    JP. Yeah he’s not the quickest, those 3 forwards though have a license to roam, as we know Sissoko and Cabaye work hard and HBA doesn’t really. Plus they can all be rotated with Marv, Goofy and even Obertan, I just think with two defensive mids that are decent enough ball players we’d be extremely sure at the back.

  • 133 Spreadthetoon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    It was rumored in the Daily Fail bout’ 6hrs ago. Highly unlikely to be true as its the Daily Fail, but if so I want to land it as a scoop of me own! 🙂

  • 134 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Therefore I doubt fatigue would be much of a problem. Though the early KO is a soft kick in the balls as it would have helped to have it a little later to smoothen things.

  • 135 Teamstoof // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Its all over french news, but I also find it here.

  • 136 ToonDownSouth // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Aaaah. It’s a picture of Tino squaring up to a horse haha.

    Sorry Troy, can’t remember how I got it. It was some strange scenario where I added an avatar on a completely different website, and it’s given me it on every site that uses the same blog system.

    Thanks WWYCD 😛

  • 137 Lucky Les // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Gazza the greatest player of his generation with super ball skills,great passing ability a fantastic sense of fun and a wonderful enthusiasm for the game.I am sure all football supporters join with me in wishing him well in his fight against his illness.A Geordie legend.

  • 138 Troy Stavers // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Thanks for welcoming me boys!

    Just to make some of my views clear. I have been a huge critic of Ashley and lambias since they took over. One disaster to the next.
    But running alongside this turmoil in equal abundance has been the financial stability and quality transfer dealings.

    For me, Ashley still is a long way off convincing me that he has real ambition but I’m more willing to give him time following his latest delve into the French transfer window.

    I look forward to reading your views. 😉

  • 139 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Hatem – The best about all this is that none of us know which is our best 11 now thanks to all these quality players we now have, strength in depth at last.

    The final piece of the puzzle is in attack and that will be sorted in the summer. After the quality players we’ve been linked with I can say I see us grabbing a star and becoming a Champions League team for many years to come.-at long last, it’s been coming 🙂

  • 140 Spreadthetoon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Good words, lets hope Gazza can make a recovery for his family, friends and fans. It’d be a shame for his life to end in such a tragic manner.

  • 141 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    When Beattie is optimistic and not in anger mode he has a fine sense of humour.
    When he’s down he’s impossible.
    Check seems to be enjoying the buzz but still in denial a wee bit.

  • 142 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    The mobile version of the site doesn’t seem to becallowing me to leave a comment, I noticed Spuggy mentioned it earlier as well, is it in a new format or something ?

  • 143 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    No bother mate, Tino is it? Should of guessed really haha

    Sounds like ur in the same boat as a lot of us mate, just dont openly support or abuse Pardew and u’ll be fine…in fact just forget we have a manager and it makes this blog a whole lot easier to cope with

  • 144 Spreadthetoon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Right diving out now. Hoping Carr n co r already on the case for a couple of strikers and a winger, a CB and a RB then we can finally say job done!

  • 145 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Troy Staver,
    That last post of yours pretty much summs me up.

  • 146 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Talking of Remy –

    Just read the Sky sports piece from Harry Redknapp saying how “even if they get relegated, QPR will profit from sales!”

    Does he HONESTLY think clubs will pay £12mil (samba) and £18mil (Remy) when QPR face playing in the championship???

    If they haven’t got release fee’s (free transfers) in their extortionate contacts – then they will have to either accept lower prices – or take their huge wage bill into the coca cola!

  • 147 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Oh I dont know mate I turned off the mobile version and just let my phone struggle with the full version. Takes a bit longer but doesn’t change as much

  • 148 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    JP- I would love to share your optimism, something about being a Newcastle fan in recent years stopping me from doing so. But seriously we could progress as you say. Im still unsure whether Pards is the man to bring us up the next step, but i’m and have been willing to give him time. He just really has to show me that the good football we can and sometimes play is his brand of football, and stop going back to hoofball.

  • 149 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Aye I read that earlier today brass balls on that man are unbelievable more faces than a deck of cards

    If they go down their players dont have wage related relegation clauses last I heard, only release clauses which they dont have to take. Samba and Remy will move on but the rest could well stay and cripple the club. Doubt very much king of spin will stick around either just leave his mess for another poor bugger to sort out

  • 150 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Thats what I always do as I prefer the desk top version anyway but just had a phone fixed and it wont let me use it, I’ll be sucicidal if I have to go shopping with the Mrs and cannit blog.

  • 151 WWYCD // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Aye mobile site seems to change every other day for me and like any bloke am not keen on change to my routine haha

    Dont blame u mate though tbf sometimes this blog adds to those feeling rather than relieves them

  • 152 p // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    @135 – yes, a lot of us thought Remy was a risk.

    Worth a punt at 40K per week but not someone you wanted to put all your eggs in one basket for.

  • 153 MacToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Errr, Troy’s not being entirely honest. I believe he has posted here in the past. He’s frequented other forums/blogs too and comes across as a wum, just a word of warning 😉

  • 154 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Mobile site worked for me on my old phone, which was some crumby old thing. Now I’ve made it to the 21st century my new ‘smartphone’ wont even work on Ed’s blog, 1st world problems Aye.

  • 155 Spuggy // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:27 PM


    I couldn’t post for ages on moby version but it’s back on now. Was using the desktop version up to then which works fine if you like 6 point gill sans :-/

  • 156 BelfastMagpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Detective Mactoon strikes again. Still got nothing on me !

  • 157 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I would love us to move for samba on a cheaper deal if QPR go down.

    He will be 29 at the end of the season though so can’t see it. Although he would be a great replacement for Colo if he returns home in the summer.

    Get a good 4 years from him still and he is a mountain.

  • 158 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I will shed no tears when QPR are relegated or go into administration. I hope floppy chops has a long retirement as he isn’t a fit person to manage a club and is a disgrace to the game.

  • 159 Troy Stavers // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    @Mac Toon

    at what point am I not being entirely honest?

    I’ve never said I haven’t been in another blog but due to my brother being on there all the time, I feel its time to move on.

    I never post on here.

    I’m certainly not a wum but have a personality.

    What’s wrong with that ?

  • 160 Troy Stavers // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Got to go but will be back 🙂

  • 161 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    ello, ello, ello inspector Mac 🙂
    Thought I reconized the name, is there a Jan Stavik or is that Staver as well.

  • 162 BelfastMagpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Take no notice troy. Mactoon has a reputation for being a crap detective.

  • 163 Spuggy // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Just watching the match again – what a performance. The only issues to sort are:

    – Jonas Deliveries were woeful.
    – Perch made a few clangers which fortunately we did’t get punished from. He did a lot of good things too though.
    – Cisse’s inability to find the back of the onion bag.

    Are tiote and HBA the answer? Will Cisse find his form again?

    Answers on a post card.

  • 164 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Is Mac the Inspector Clousseau of the Toon ?

  • 165 MacToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    A year ago Troy for one example so I’d say your forst comment on here tonight is not entirely true!

  • 166 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM


    I wouldn’t the club to go into administration. Not fair on the fans who have supported over a 100 years of the club. Generations of fans.

    I think Redknapp can’t be blamed. Chairmen know he likes to spend money and if they club don’t have enough it’s up to the owner/chairman to tell him no and not buy out of their limits.

    If you give any manager a pot of money he will spend it all if he can, makes his job easier having players in he wants.

    At spurs he did well, they have a £0 net spend near enough so not done too badly, thats over the past 5 years.

  • 167 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    haha who remembers the ultimate wum on here bennytoon, he was on here 24/7, I don’t understand people like that just so relentless.

  • 168 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    the plot thickens

    Troy Stavers-
    ‘At all;

    The above comments are not mine. Some fool is trying to sabotage my name. They’ll get bored and move on shortly.’

  • 169 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    You’re a bit ambitious with those wishes, I would be happy with just a young striker like guidetti brought in to play as backup to cisse or to give him a challenge for the spot in the team

  • 170 Spuggy // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Here’s a thought…

    Is sissoko the striker we all talk about getting?


  • 171 BelfastMagpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Well done Mactoon. Credit were it’s due.
    You’re improving. 😉

  • 172 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Lock it down Belfast.

    Troy – you having a holiday from Toonsy’s blog to go on the wind up trail? 😉

    Who’s the ‘Cold Draught’ you are having words with btw? not Ice is it? I havent been on for a while but there used to be some decent conversations on meaty stuff. Started to get a bit to ‘inside’ for me though. Anyway, welcome and shake hands with Ketsbaia9, you’ll love that guy.

  • 173 Graeme // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    JtoonJ @102 – Cisse should have been sent off for failing to complete the damn job!! I bet there are hundreds who would have gladly swapped places with Cisse for a few minutes lol

  • 174 MacToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Thanks DI Belfast ha ha. I have no problem with Troy at all but I know he has err how should I say… a bit of a reputation and as there’s some canny folk on here just thought I’d put in a word.

  • 175 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Spuggy- Thought about that too, but I don’t think he would work as well as he does behind the striker. He can be still score goals from there, but his defensive capabilities are considerable and a good strikers is much harder to find than a real Yaya Toure, which we may well have 😉

  • 176 MacToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    An thanks Tsunki, knew there’d be someone else on here aware lol.

  • 177 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Mactoon – Troys ok he is a bit dogged and sticks to his guns and loves a wind up but he’s decent value not a crass mackem like alf or a tool like the aforementioned bennytoon. And he’s not absolutely crazy like Kets.

  • 178 BelfastMagpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    You were obviously due to get one right at some stage of your career. 🙂

  • 179 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Looks like he’s gone as well so we can all talk about him. OOh wait I cant I’m off to bed up early for work in the morning, nighty night.

    But not to you Belfast. Troublemaker.

  • 180 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Congrats Insp Mac Clousseau

    How do you do a name search on here ?

    On QPR – they have an 18,000 capacity. They are spending money like there’s no tomorrow.
    Having seen Pompey – who were a club with a real history and traditions – meltdown they should know better. You’re very generous TS both to the club and floppychops who is no friend of the Toon. Much more generous spirited than I am. Used to go to Loftus Rd when I lived in London. Okay but nothing special.

    I do agree though that it is almost always the fans who really suffer in those circumstances and after all Rangers have come out okay.

  • 181 MacToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Law of averages Belfast lmao. Tsunki’s description of the blog’s canny, it is very repetitive nowadays but with nearly 82 million hits that’s gonna happen.
    Always some Ket’s classics to look forward to though.

  • 182 BelfastMagpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Screw you skunki.
    Goodnight peeps 🙂

  • 183 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Spuggy – Can you give me the link for the download as I have wasted all day trying to download the match only to play it and have the video freeze with an old granny holding a phone in an advert before the match! I can hear the blooding thing though! My connection over here is sh*te so if you would be so kind as to post a better link than the crap I got it would be much appreciated mate.

  • 184 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM


    No. He’s the box-to-box midfielder we all thought we were getting for free in the summer.

  • 185 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I don’t think we should get too carried away they were his first two in 38 games.

  • 186 blissna // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Why is Ryan Taylor still not on the banner?!

  • 187 coatesy17 // Feb 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    I think i have watched the Chelsea game, 8 or 9 times now, i literally can not get enough of watching Sissoko, rip ashley cole a new one! the raw pace and power was amazing, but Jonas for me is soooo important to our team, he has lost some of his play, but he is ALWAYS moving for a pass, he is always tracking back, he is soooo clever, and he also put the second best cross in the box (im not going to mention his 5 or 6 that were poor) i think we need to play the same against spurs, anita, mbiwa, tiote can give is much needed safeguarding when sissoko and cabaye are dead on there feet.

  • 188 Santon03 // Feb 5, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    I take back everything bad I said about AP after coming back from behind against Chelsea.
    Well… we definitely going to lose Simpson in summer and we already get rid of Xisco finally. We probably going to off load some players (some maybe on loan) like Abeid, Sammy, Harper, Vuckic, Gosling, etc. We need one or two strikers, I don’t think we need to add more since we won’t be competing in Europa next season unless we can win it, but looking at our squad right now we have very good chance to win it. I hope players like Tav and Fergie can step up as back up players and Streete as well.
    I don’t know about Vuckic and Gosling, are they still injured?

  • 189 Santon03 // Feb 5, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    and I’m not worried about Colo, like he said in the letter (correct translation) that he will stay until his contract runs out.

  • 190 Santon03 // Feb 5, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    nice new banner, Ed!

  • 191 Santon03 // Feb 5, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    but still no Raylor in the banner

  • 192 Santon03 // Feb 5, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    no Santon as well 🙁

  • 193 Greebol1892 // Feb 5, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    anyone know of or recommend a site that shows reruns of full matches? Obviously I would like to watch the Chelsea match again!

  • 194 Toon73 // Feb 5, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Santon is in the banner

  • 195 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 5, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Santon is squeezed between Debuchy and Haidara.

    5th from the left.

  • 196 89Norcal // Feb 5, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Santon just earned a call up for Wednesday for Italy.

  • 197 Troy Stavers // Feb 5, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Some funny comments about me above. 😉

    I’ve simply swapped blogs to get rid of my brother who is on the other blog.

    Too long a story but I simply can’t bear being in his company.

    Anyway, football. Love the Toon!

    Best atmosphere I’ve been to for years against Chelsea. My beret and onions went the distance when we got the third. I couldn’t blame the onions for the tears in my eyes as they were flung on the pitch. :-/

  • 198 magpietillidie // Feb 5, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    how good will haidara have to be to get in the team with the way santon is playing

  • 199 Tsunki // Feb 5, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Troy – I think there was a hint of suspicion you were here on a wind up mission – as if! 😉

    First time I’ve mentioned this but I actually let my bro-in-law have my seat for this one even though I predicted a 3-2 win I have watched some dross this season and thought this could go wonderfully right or disastrously wrong. Oh well. 🙁

  • 200 Scottishmag1 // Feb 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM;_ylt=AictlBgkI9Th3LOwanxqw6kxg4t4;_ylu=X3oDMTJxdmkyaDdpBG1pdANQTCBDYXJvdXNlbARwa2cDYTM1NWY1ODktMzgzOC0zNjI0LWE5YzYtMWRiZGQwOTkxZjBlBHBvcwMzBHNlYwNNZWRpYUJDYXJvdXNlbE1peGVkTFBDQQ–;_ylg=X3oDMTI2bGxrbmNzBGludGwDZ2IEbGFuZwNlbi1nYgRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANmb290YmFsbHx3b3JsZGN1cHVuZGVyMjAEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3

    Link to short highlights, credit must go to Cabaye for the Jonas goal, he completely opened them up with one pass to Santon…I only mention as he did not get a lot of credit for his part

  • 201 Ben3arfa // Feb 5, 2013 at 7:49 AM


  • 202 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Just noticed our game is on sky sports saturday at mid day. Means those who can’t get to the game get it on tv or a good internet stream will be on.

  • 203 cyprus // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    On last game… (repost)
    that goal meant a lot to Guti! Why? I think, like we all do, he’s been sneaking a peak at papers and blogs and realised how easily fans can turn on you. Ask poor Ba! From hero to zero, felt for the lad but such is the game with all its riches. Now, AP will really have to do his best in handling all the players and keeping them happy. Will Mapou accept playing second fiddle? Where’s Tiote and HBA going to fit? Anyway, at least we won’t depend on Obertan and Ameobi to turn a game. And how about Marveaux, Anita? What is out best starting 11? Does anyone know? Congrats to the lads for turning a game around for the first time since AP’s arrival.
    On next game…
    Well it’s obvious. Two players, above all, must be kept quiet: Bale, Lennon. Of course, this is a ‘complete’ team and if we can compete, then so are we. Watched their last game and WBA did ok, given they were playing with 10 (what an idiot, the guy who went off), so we can maybe do well.

  • 204 Troy Stavers // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:06 AM


    You missed a cracker ! I had my 10 yr old son with me, young Chip Stavers and he nearly went with the onions when I picked him up.

    I spoke to a few Chelsea fans on the way out and they were disillusioned with Rafa.

    Got to say, despite 3k Chelsea fans being there, their support was crap. They only sang when they scored for a short period.

    Hate to say it, but Man Utd fans have been the noisiest so far this season.

  • 205 cyprus // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Other key players at spurs: We must negate our ‘reject’ (Parker), be careful of their new whippet player from Schalke and beware of their excellent forward (yep, saw him in African Nations, on form, a handful), Adebayor. Next to Arsenal away, our most challenging fixture of the season.

  • 206 Tsunki // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Mbiwa and sissoko registered for Eufa by nufc.

  • 207 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:11 AM


    It took something special from bale to get them a goal so if we contain him we have a great chance of getting something.

    I also think we have a greater threat going forward than west brom with players like cabaye and sissoko able to thread a ball through the eye of a needle.

    It will certainly be a very good game if both sides turn up.

  • 208 Ben3arfa // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I think the reason Debuchy hasnt been picked for Europa is for the simple fact that we have Simpson as backup and we could always play Santon at right back and Haidara on the left.

    I personally prefer the latter.

  • 209 Tsunki // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Troy – yep Manure fans do make some noise, Citeh take a lot with them too. My two lads are ST holders to and they came back and tried to downplay it for my sake, but not very well ha ha. I’ll be there for southampton might stretch to the Metallica gig I dunno. Still think I may have missed game of the season although we play Arsenal last don’t we?

  • 210 cyprus // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    you are right. In any case, our games vs. them are usually quite good. Re: Bale, always close down his left (easier said than done). We’ve kept him quiet in previous games. When Lennon doesn’t play well, spurs are not as sharp, he’s key too.

    On a side, watched Valencia vs. Barca last night (recorded?), wow, that game seemed to be played in fast forward.

  • 211 Tsunki // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    On Chelsea fans – someone posted a link to the chelski blog theshedend and it makes for hilarious reading. Their disdain for the FSWand dislike of us makes for eye watering hilarity. Icing on saturdays cake. The unbathed loss added to the satisfaction no end.

  • 212 cyprus // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    And Troy,
    sounds like you’re one of the ‘french’ legion with the berets and mustaches. That is fun 🙂

  • 213 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    I also read the Shitski blog.
    What a bunch of sados – oh dear me the whole world and Howard Webb is against them.
    We kicked them all over the pitch dirty team should of had two sent off – should take a long hard look at themselves.
    Spoilt Ba****ds
    Thought the mackems were the sados – SMB

  • 214 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:33 AM


    Some people are just idiots and chelsea fans are the biggest of the lot. A jumped up club full of plastic fans. They refuse to give rafa a chance which they dont realise is harming their own team.

  • 215 Santon03 // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Sorry didn’t see Santon there before

  • 216 Santon03 // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    to contain Bale we will need Jonas and Tiote, Jonas on the right will help alot and Bale loves to go mid we will need Tiote (as long as he is not too excited with his challenges) or maybe Perch can do the job.

  • 217 miggy // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    to think mwbia is not in ur starting eleven is some what amazing we definatley have strengh in depth until collo leaves then we need to go for samba when qpr go down thatll do nicely mr ashley

  • 218 cyprus // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    I thought of Tiote-Bale as well, but then again he needs someone fast to man mark him. Anita, maybe? Perch?

  • 219 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM


    I think it will be the same team with the only change being tiote in for perch if any are made.

    Bale has had a central role behind the striker recently and I think sissoko, cabaye and perch/tiote/anita are capable of limiting his space well.

  • 220 Dimitri // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Anyone seen this?

    Who in the world would believe Tony Fernandes?

  • 221 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Transfer Sage
    Totally agree with you and giving Rafa a chance
    Like their owner – want instant success, whatever the costs
    Wouldn’t it be nice to see them do a Portsmouth

  • 222 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM


    Anita might do that well, could see it working.

    With him playing central he picked the ball up a lot around his own half and ran through the middle of west brom.

    I don’t think sissoko and cabaye will allow this as they can tackle and sissoko has good pace.

    Then tiote could just sit and pick him off when he gets too close.

    Either way I think we can contain Bale if we play well.

  • 223 Santon03 // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    TS & Cyprus

    I think Tiote will be replacing Perch, I don’t see Anita will start soon. I would like to see Gouff as central striker and Marv start instead Cisse.

  • 224 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:49 AM


    Thats the one reason I dont want a super rich owner. Everything just becomes about winning and managers are rarely given time to develop a team. If you dont win a game you feel disappointed and it takes all the fun out of football really.

    Abramovich is the kind of man who constantly signs the biggest name in management, he doesn’t have the same style manager come in therefore every year or two they have to have an overhaul of players and they new ones aren’t given chance to settle.

  • 225 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM


    We might see gouff up front in europe maybe.

    When benny comes back i’m not sure who will be dropped, gouff or jonas. So if gouff is dropped he might play in europe.

  • 226 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Transfer Sage
    A man after my heart
    That’s why I have backed Ashley ( ok he’s got some things wrong) and Pardew – we have just got to be patient.
    Rather have Ashley than Shepherd anyday.
    The Toon is being built on sound foundations not quicksand

  • 227 Jail for Ashley // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Is Goufran not cup tied , it would help our cause in EL no end if he wasn’t.

  • 228 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM


    I think Ashley makes mistakes as does Pardew. I said I’d give Ashley january to put it right and he has. I said i’d give pardew the rest of the season before judging him and seeing what he can do with the new boys and he is so far getting some much better football out of them.

    I think Ashley is learning as an owner still and has to show the right direction in the summer with a couple additions too but he has done everythign right in january so he is given time.

    Pardew isn’t a tactical genius and doesn’t have a history of good football so it will take time for him to learn exactly how to deploy it. He will find it easier with all his outfield players comfortable on the ball. A top manager might be able to get more from willo but pardew couldn’t so he signed a replacement which is what was needed to improve the team.

    I would still love a coach with passing football experience to come in and work under pardew with the first team. I think that could bring the players on even more.

  • 229 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM


    I forgot about that, I think he is cup tied so won’t play, thats a shame.

  • 230 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Yeah I think looking from the outside we’ve got the Geordie coaches who will give the passion/pride and what the team means to the Geordies –
    Also it looks like that Pardew is a great man manager
    But I agree with the technical side a coach to bring in pass and move side.

  • 231 silmanj12 // Feb 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Best NUFC team w/all fit:

    Debuchy Yanga-Mbiwa Collocini Santon

    Tiote Cabaye
    Ben Arfa Sissoko Marveaux

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