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Gouffran – The Manager Told Me To Come Out Fighting

12:00 pm, Monday, February 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 165 Comments

Yoan Gouffran is an experienced player, you can can tell that from the way he has immediately fitted into the Newcastle side and provides Newcastle with a lot more movement up front, and he has some speed too – as he showed when he set up Newcastle’s equalizer in the 68th minute, after he outrun the Chelsea defense, and his shot was only parried by goalkeeper Cech, and a certain Mr. Sissoko followed up and put the ball into the back of the net and it was 2-2.

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Yoan Gouffran – in action on Saturday

Gouffran has been capped 22 times by the French U21 side with three goals, and although Moussa Sissoko has got most of the headlines over the last two games, this lad has put in two excellent performances for the Magpies, and if he keeps up his good form he could even earn a full cap for France in the future.

This is what Gouffran told the Shields Gazette today:

“I’ve not seen anything like this – never, not at all.” “To have those supporters behind us was unbelievable.” “To see a full St James’s Park, and have those fans behind us, was just magnificent. It was beyond belief.”

“When I came to this football club the gaffer told me the most important thing was to come out fighting – there’s no other way.” “I personally don’t believe that the team or the club deserves to be where we are in the table.”

“That’s what we as players remember. Most importantly, we must continue with the fight and show what playing for this football club means to the fans.” “We had belief from the start – that’s the most important thing,”

“We dominated the whole game. Although we fell behind, we quickly fought back in the second half. I believe overall we gave 100 per cent. and I am so happy we won.” “It was very important to come out fighting and show togetherness.”

“Our team has bonded. When you come from another league, you need to get in straight away. There’s no time to waste.” “Most importantly we have shown we can play together and we can improve.” “We can work hard, and that’s the most important thing.”

When Gouffran and Sissoko were given the nod to start by Alan Pardew at Aston Villa, we were a little surprised, but both players have shown they deserve their starting positions at Newcastle.

And to think we’ll have Cheick Tiote back for the Tottenham game, and Ben Arfa cannot be too far away from coming back from his hamstring injury – you talk about competition for places. 😀

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165 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Er hopefully ibiza didn’t see my last comment 🙂 Moving swiftly on…..

  • 2 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I thought what he told players to do was defend and hoof?

  • 3 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    sage.. Im already here 🙂 I knew ibiza would be lurking somewhere hopefully he hasn’t seen this topic.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    These signings either are top lads or get very good PR training in france. They know exactly what to say.

  • 5 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    You two can skip on to this article all you like. I’m going to police blog the hell outta ya.

  • 6 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Sweet jesus *faceplam*

  • 7 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Ibiza… You seem to be appearing out of nowhere my question to you….

  • 8 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    The reaction to Sissoko’s goal when he ran to the bench and all the players jumped on him said everything we need to know about this squads spirit

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM


    Thankfully he is in Ibiza. This gives us a head start to get away.

  • 10 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Gouffran was brilliant like, nice touchs and makes space really well for sissoko and cisse. Also he’s really good at getting back unexpectedly made loads of tackles on the left and set up counters really well.

  • 11 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    pardew told us to go out fighting.
    did Simpson take that motivation or what!

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM


    It was great to see wasn’t it. A mix of joy and relief that they can turn games around now.

    Taylor’s reaction to jump in the air and go to the crowd was great to see.

    Saturdays win will have given them the confidence they needed, they know they can turn a game around against chelsea so why not anyone.

  • 13 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Sage… Quickly into the hindenburg! 🙂

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM


    If we are relying on that we need help. Might be more effective to just dig a hole and stand in it, he will never spot us then.

  • 15 Krul Blow // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM



  • 16 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I watched the game again yesterday (download with a Russian commentary).
    Krul and Colo both hoofed the ball quite a lot.
    Colo was more accurate therefore he was hitting 30-40m passes rather than desperate hoofs.
    Krul was hoofing it goalie style. Surely an easy fix. Tell him never to hoof it unless we need to score in injury time.

  • 17 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    @8 that was my favourite bit. more thang the goals

  • 18 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I’m afraid not, tried to get Conaldo to teach me a thing or two, but he was just using me.

    JB…It was great to watch. There is clearly real unity within the team…wonderful stuff.

  • 19 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM


    The reaction made my day, with all this talk about divisions in the dressing room because they can’t speak English (yet) these new boys have bought into the club and what it means to wear that shirt. Passion, fight, determination all on show

  • 20 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Sage… Is his vision based on movement?

  • 21 toonLYF // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    looks like we’ve brought in another great group of lads, not just ability wise, but also personality wise.

    for example, we took Sissoko over M’vila. Sissoko is known as a shy, quiet guy who loves to work hard in training, and spend his free times with his family. Whereas M’vila is known to cause a few problems in a group every now and again – slight gangster persona.

    Well played to everybody involved in scouting and transfers at Newcastle. We are becoming the transfer window masters.

  • 22 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Especially mbiwa bouncing around like a 6 year old after a bag of haribo despite the facet he’s barely played good to see

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM


    Krul goes long too often especially for somebody with very poor distribution.

    He needs to work on his long kicks and cut down on them as well. Sometimes you have to as there are no options or the risk around it too great, but he does it a little to often.

    It’s easily fixed though, just takes time and effort.

  • 24 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Was nice to see a few players walk round after the whistle to thank us for our support aswell

  • 25 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Hey new banner!

  • 26 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM


    I think thats how he works….so we should be safe.

  • 27 John Tudor // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    yes collo lumped ba but i think the damage was done he he hit the deck face first

  • 28 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    As soon as this season is over we need to strap Ashley down to a chair and make him watch the Reading game over and over then let him watch the Chelsea game so see can see what can be done when he opens up his wallet.
    Two or three more first team players in the summer and we will be golden for next season

  • 29 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    NEW BANNER!!! Nice job.

    Let the battle of “Why hasn’t so and so been added” commence 🙂

  • 30 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM


    when did we sign so and so, i haven’t seen him in any of the squads?

  • 31 magicbus // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I think Tiote will benefit from the new infliux into the side and we will see an improvement in his play.

  • 32 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    So and So is injured, tweaked his ankle in training 😉

  • 33 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I can’t see the logic of Krul having possession and hoofing it making it 50/50 whether we have possession in 10 seconds time.
    He needs to start rolling it out every time, now that we have players who are comfortable with the ball.

  • 34 John Tudor // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    was so n so not arrested

  • 35 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Excuse me whilst my sides split lads 🙂

  • 36 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    JB / Sage – It was magnificent ! That, along with Cabaye touching the badge when he scored the week before…shows EVERBODY all they need to know.

    Two fingers to Houllier that’s for sure!

    Howay !!! New banner!! Nice work ed.

    We can stop the ‘Ed OUT!’ chanting now…

  • 37 Mund30 // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Good job on the banner looks great

  • 38 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Ibiza – Sides split??

    Surely you will need to “Sew and Sew” then??

    Here all week lads….


  • 39 Shane // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Gouffran makes Cisse look so lazy.

    Shape up Cisse!

    Why is Danny “Glass Jaw” Simpson on the banner?

  • 40 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM


    If you fall of that fence of your’s you’ll do more than slip your sides mate

  • 41 boater // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    everyone’s still pumped up but I’m going to play devil’s advocate with a bit of a reality check. Gouffran has really impressed me with his endeavour but doesn’t look like scoring in a month of sunday’s to me – everything is down the goalies’ neck at the moment. It reminds me of the Kevin Gallacher signing – injected pace and energy during a relegation scrap, but not enough cutting edge beyond that.

    sissoko cannot be expected to score 2 goals every game – goals from him are a bonus according to his stats history. Which brings me to Cisse.

    We actually dominated that game for 70min’s.. chances, possession, shots on target.. the lot. We shouldn’t have required last minute heroics from midfield. If Cisse had taken just one chance we would have won it comfortably.

    He is lashing at his chances – some of which have been worked beautifully by teammates. Not sure he is the ‘confidence player’ everyone makes out either.

    I think we will survive (touching wood) but we need a consistent, reliable finisher in the Bent (not him) mould – as opposed to the Martins mould. (not him either).

  • 42 donkeypunch // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    only need a wilfreid bony and a fast winger you can cross the ball really good oh and douglas on a free if colo does go in the summer. then we will easily be able to go for top 4 next year

  • 43 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM


    Cisse’s confidence has taken a battering this season and he’s looked far better in the last two games, give him time and he will come good again

  • 44 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I think a major factor on why our overseas signings seem to hit the ground running is the way they are made to feel welcome by the staff,i’d like to give credit to the people behind the scenes who work hard to make the players integration as seamless and comfortable as possible,top job.My personal moment of the weekend was Jonas’s goal celebration,for me,that was special.

  • 45 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I think cisse had his best game in ages. He had 2 very tame shots he should have done better with but at least he worked the keeper which is a start.

    But his general play was better, the ball stuck to him more, when he came deep he has gouffran going past him and cabaye and sissoko near to let him lay it off and spin round, he was still getting in good scoring positions as well as assisting the team much more which is perfect in my eyes.

    Get another striker in the summer to compete, work alongside him, etc and we look even better.

  • 46 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Torq…So outside of the transfer window you do the comedy circuit?

    JB….Fall off my fence? Please, I’m a professional fence sitter.

  • 47 BelfastMagpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I wish both of you would fall of the fence & break all your fingers in the process…. 😉

  • 48 SydToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Would be nice to see Sissoko and Gouffran in the banner

  • 49 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    a 20 goal return from 43 games ins’t bad at all when you think how poor we’ve been this season, it’s even better when you think that he’s been played out wide and we’ve had little creativity from our midfield to feed him

  • 50 BelfastMagpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Just heard about Simpson, acting the maggot and getting knocked out lol pity it wasn’t Ranger.

  • 51 darrenfletcher88 // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Hahaha,poor Danny!

  • 52 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Belfast getting your carer to type for you again I see

  • 53 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Belfast’s on…Everyone use small words so the fella can keep up.

    Tip for you Belfast…

    …Everyone = all of us

  • 54 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM


    They are in there mate

  • 55 shanghai fan // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    He’s gone, he’s not, now Demba’s nose is shot, Fabricio…. Fabricio!

  • 56 toonincheek // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Serious question.

    We dodged some bullets with Maiga and Remy.
    Also Gervinho.

    Or did we?

    Maybe they were all a means of diverting attention
    away from our real targets?

  • 57 BelfastMagpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    My carer is cutting My lunch up into small pieces as we speak. Fish fingers today.

  • 58 boater // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    JB – He was missing sitters last season – in between the wonder goals. I think that’s just him. My hunch is that his lack of form/movement has been one of the reasons we’ve struggled – not the other way around.

  • 59 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Belfasts carer taking advantage yet again.

    “here you go lad, lick those fishy fingers”

    Someone should step in, shame no one cares enough.

    Toonincheek….I get the feeling we were in fact after those players, I would say bullet dodged at this moment in time.

  • 60 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM


    He as a 1 in 2 record, as good if not better than bent so he is a real threat. He scores some great goals but some simple ones too, plenty top players miss simple chances, it just happens.

    I think he will come good again now he has better service, he has played well at villa and good at home. He is adding more to his game now that just being a goalscorer which is important.

    It’s good if you can help the team as well as get goals.

    Ideally he needs another forward in to push him for his place, especially seeing as gouff seems to be used as a winger so might not get a central role.

  • 61 toonincheek // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Ibiza – half agree.

    I think we changed our mind at the last minute with Maiga, due to his attitude.

    With Gervinho – I thibnk we were waiting to see but with him stalling for so long, I reckon we may well have done a ‘Maiga’ had he come back to us.

    Remy – Yes – bullet dodged.

  • 62 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM


    I don’t think so myself, when he came in last January he had Ba to his left, HBA to his right and Cabaye feeding him from the midfield. Pardew changed our formation (a winning formation) to accommodate Ba in a central role and it hasn’t work for him or us and as a result we have struggled this season.

    We have been without HBA and Cabaye for large parts of the season, (when Cabaye was playing he was off form), Jonas has delivered little on the left and as a team we have been poor, also he’s not a target man, booming long balls up to him doesn’t work, he needs quick passes to his feet or into space to play at his best.
    His all round play over the last two games has been far better now that we have the players to support and feed him

  • 63 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Reel it in Belfast.

  • 64 donkeypunch // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    toonincheek yes we certanly did dodge sum bullets there and mayby your are right they were all a means of diverting attention away from our real targets.absolute genius if that is what they have done wouldent surprise me wth DL and MA they are very shrewd busines men. they seem to have taken a moneyball approach like the film in how they have run newcastle

  • 65 daztoon // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Was just talking to Beresford bout Sissoko in line for cash machine at bank he said the lad could looks a real bargin and could become a toon legend

  • 66 BelfastMagpie // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Thought I could smell something dodgy.
    Hi Skunki. 🙂

    Places to go people to see, as they say.
    Goodbye !

  • 67 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    It wuld be hilarious to think that they reeled fernandez and molten gob in with Remy so they would blow their wad on him leaving us free to pursue the real targets. Not altogether unbelievable. Mike is a crafty cockney.

  • 68 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Toon….Who was it that was supposedly texting during the meeting? Was that Maiga? If so, you’re probably right.

    Later Belfast.

  • 69 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    How pi55ed off will saylor be that he didnt make the french squad deschamps is conpletely clueless 🙂

  • 70 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I just hope The French FA don’t poach Alain Pardieu or we will have to go after a 2nd rate English manager.

  • 71 Tekkers29 // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    When we signed these players i knew how good they were because i try to watch as much french football as possible and even more now we are buying from there. I was just worried how long it could take them to settle into the team but watching them on saturday was like watching a team who have been together for years. The main things i noticed was the movement of the players and thats not just the new players but every single one on that pitch, and i loved it when Gofy stepped over the ball and sissoko ran onto it.

    But for me the major thing now is that Cabaye has so many options thats he’s now looking like the player we saw in the euro’s for france. The amount of times he drilled a ball wide for both fullbacks who were both drifting into space so we could switch the play was so impressive and will be a major weapon in the future for this team and also when Ben Arfa comes back he will get so much more space as teams will not be able to double team him anymore because they won’t be able to let Debuchy run free like teams normally let simpson run free as he will punish them.

    I now can’t wait until next season and this squad has a pre-season together.

  • 72 brighter // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Ed.Good job for changing the banner of this blog.
    Yeah i know where Moussa is 🙂

  • 73 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    This is genuinely an exciting team . Really cannot wait to see ben arfa back in the side.

  • 74 cornishman // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    If we can keep our squad and maybe add another striker through the summer i really believe we could be on the verge of big things. We are starting to look like a powerhouse team but with a quality to go with it. Wow , we could even have a good crack at the Europa Cup….come on La Toon.

  • 75 JAMSHA // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM


  • 76 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM


    If we add a striker, another 1 or 2 for cover around the team then there is no reason we cannot push on for a top 4 place like spurs have this season.

    Not trying to get ahead of myself but I think we could really be going places with this side.

  • 77 LooneyToon41 // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Great to see some positivity back on the blog! And also some very insightful posts too!

    @44. Mr Mojo. Agreed, i don’t think this can be underestimated!
    @56. Toonincheck. I seem to recall that Gervinho was talking on the phone while in a meeting with the NUFC hierarchy…. and they didn’t like this at all.
    @71. Tekkers. Too right about Cabaye. That ball out to Santon on the left to set up the cross for Jonas’ goal was a gem.

    Note on Santon. 2 Assists playing from Left Back against Chelsea. I hope this finally ends the ‘Santon for Left Midfield/winger’ discussions! + back in the Italian squad i hear! Congrats Davide!

    If you ever get chance to check out the Chelski forum ‘the shed end’ about the match, it’s really amusing!

    Good for a laugh if youve got 10mins spare!

  • 78 toonincheek // Feb 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Sage –
    I reckon we have a better squad than Spuds already.
    Maybe Bale is the difference – we need HBA available.

  • 79 Toon_Sydney // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Hey guys quick question
    I’m looking to buy tickets for the newcastle game v Southampton .
    is it possible to get tickets at the game or will it be sold out. Also if I get them online do I pick up tickets at the box office or does the online ticket come with a barcode which u scan to get in.

  • 80 nufc 11 // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I thought Colo was very poor sat just about got away with it he should have been sent off and penalty given against him, he stood 5 yards off Mata for the 2nd goal id let him off in the summer he has been the catalist for the poor defending that has got us into this mess.

  • 81 boater // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I honestly think we can match Spurs – the mag in me says we will have a better side out than them on saturday – especially if Benny’s fit. But they have been steady this season with Bale in the side, so it’s hard to call.

    Keep on hearing Moussa – Moussa Sissoko – to the tune of Coco Cabana.. the chant possibilities for this lad are endless.

  • 82 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Just quickly – has anybody seen Alf or Catchy??

    Are they back in hibernation until something bad happens?? 🙂

  • 83 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Looney – Was an intriguing read…

    They really don’t like Newcastle do they?? Haha

  • 84 barkintoonfan9 // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    davide santon is back in the italy tea. We need to keep hold of him, he is going to be a superstar

  • 85 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    It would appear that the shed end is full of catchies and Rotundas where the FSW is concerned 🙂

  • 86 Jail for Ashley // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Catchy willbe back after the Man city away game.Maybe 😉

  • 87 tequilamag // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Tsunki. Ed is in negotiation to transfer Catchy to Toonbanos blog. Toonbano hopes to have him over the line soon.

  • 88 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Jail – Yeah you could be right there mate! Joker!

    Yeah sant’s back in the international fold, Yanga, Moussa, Debuchy, cabs all in the France squad…

    We are getting there lads!!! 🙂

  • 89 Beattie25 // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Moussa and Goofy have been brilliant so far, but you guys don’t know nothing.

    You know nothing until you see M’bwia have a run of games.

    Then you’ll know something.

    That boy is pure class.

  • 90 tequilamag // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Beattie nice use of the double negative. But one thing I do is the correct spelling of M`bwia is Mbiwa

  • 91 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Beattie – we know nothing? I’ve been scouting Yanga for years!! 🙂 🙂

    But I get what you are saying – he’s ALREADY a superstar in France, and when he finally shows the prem what he can do, he will be the talk of the toon!

  • 92 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I heard simmo was watching highlights of the toon game on his phone it got to the bit when colo booted bas nose all over his face and thats what knocked him out just what ive heard mind lads 😉

  • 93 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    East stand – Are you claiming ITK status right there!?? 🙂

  • 94 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Had a text message on my phone from one of my mates when it happened,

    “Colo hit the ba-r”

    Made me chuckle. Anyways, hope it isn’t anything too serious.

  • 95 woolerbill // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    New faces
    Our new players will be getting checked out on video this week by the teams we have left to play. The spurs game will not be so easy for them, I hope Pardew prepares them for some crunching tackles.

  • 96 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Apart from Parker, do spurs have any actual physical presence in their midfield?

    The game will be won, depending on who dominates the central area,

    Perch, Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote are pretty physical players. Imo Anita is a bit lightweight, but still a talented player.

  • 97 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:18 PM


    I never thought of that 🙂

  • 98 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I don’t think colo was lucky to be not sent off at all.

    Ba got the header in, therefore the ref played the advantage, Ba just wasted the chance by missing the header. The ref was spot on, advantage but it was wasted. Even if he gave a pen its not a red card as he didn’t deny a goal scoring opportunity as Ba got his shot away.

    Remires could have walked for his 2 footed tackle, was a type of foul often given a red.

    Cisse should have seen red too for grabbing the throat of cole, thats a red these days.Hope Pardew gave him a right rollocking as he needs to be responsible now he is the main striker, we need him.

  • 99 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:25 PM


    Spurs have been playing parker and demebele in the central role.

    I imagine adebeyor will be up front with with bale just behind like he has been recently.

    They will have lennon right, maybe dempsey left. Holtby could feature as he has looked good.

    It will be a good game I think, we have a good chance if we keep bale and lennon quiet.

  • 100 LooneyToon41 // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    @83 Torq and @85 Jail. 😉 And not even one post saying that NUFC were the better team over 90mins.
    …. and they really hate Raffa. FSW – Fat Spanish Waiter lol.
    Regarding the Colo incident. I actually agree with Keown (MOTD), it was a penalty, and anywhere else on the pitch it would be a freekick.
    But short memories…. David Luiz last season??

  • 101 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:32 PM

  • 102 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    If Sissoko, cabaye and whichever out of these 3 plays, Perch/Anita/Tiote, can make their presence felt, then I reckon we have a good chance of getting a result.

    If Bale does play a rather centralish role behind Adebayor, then I’d be rather Tiote, be on the bench.

    With Tiote’s reputation as a hard tackler and Bales reputation as a ‘diver’, it could be a potential disaster for us.

  • 103 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM


    not a foul for me, gave the advantage as Ba got his shot away, just he missed


    I saw that on bbc last friday, we let him travel to wigan then asked for more money so cancelled the deal. He will want to be near his pals in manchester.

  • 104 LooneyToon41 // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    @101. Phoenix. That would be the Daily Mail who once blasted the EU for writing up new laws that ‘Banana’s mustn’t be curvy’ and that Sausages must now be called ‘something or other offal extract’ etc etc

  • 105 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM


    it could work in our favour, tiote clatters bale and then he gets booked for diving haha.

  • 106 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM


    from what i read on the bbc site it said we agreed a fee, he traveled to wigan, then we asked them to up the offer, they didn’t so he came back to us.

  • 107 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Aye, there’s a chance that could happen… but I’d rather it be Perch/Anita or anyone else for that matter doing the tackling.

    Not someone with a reputation for getting yellows and leaving players scattered around him during one of his rampages. 😛

    With Bale rolling on the ground, and Tiote’s rep. It’s more likely that he would get the card.

    This doesn’t mean to say, I wouldn’t enjoy Tiote clattering him. Personally I don’t like Bale… I despise him as much as I do Wilshere. >.>

  • 108 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Not had time to check the blog out completely..

    Has anybody slagged off Pardew yet for tactics and not integrating the new ppayers proeprly or playing them out of position ?
    Like not playing Mbiwa yet or leaving Anita out ?

    And how can we possibly expect a French DM to play in the hole ? I mean it just won’t work…

    Any sign of the ‘only blog when we’re losing’ brigade ?

    Good to see Check being a bit more positive

    Looney @ 77

    Shed enders were always a bunch of nutters anyway.
    Like the blog format though where you can answer a specific blog comment. Looks tidy.
    They really don’t like Benitez any more than the bindippers 🙂

  • 109 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Much prefer to see Anita against Bale.
    Think its a no-brainer.

  • 110 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    PWP – I agree mate! Tiote vs bale has got red card written all over it.

    A brief one on Demba Ba. Whilst I can see why some people boo’d him on his return to SJP, I wasn’t one of them. He didn’t leave for QPR / West ham etc, he left to play for the European champions. With that comes a pay rise in line with the club – but I didn’t enjoy seeing him like that on Saturday. I’ve met Demba a couple of times and he was always very courteous and easy to get along with. I feel his ‘advisors’ did more damage than he did. Nobody should enjoy seeing anybody in pain like that – apart from maybe R£my ! 🙂

    The colo challenge is a tough one – both only had eyes for the ball, colo wasn’t what I would call ‘wreckless’, and Ba’s bravery is really what made this come about. It could’ve gone either way – however I don’t feel it would merit a red. The ball had already gone – therefore not preventing a goal scoring opportunity, but just mistimed.

  • 111 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    tequilamag // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Tsunki. Ed is in negotiation to transfer Catchy to Toonbanos blog. Toonbano hopes to have him over the line soon.

    Tequila…Brilliant. Top notch stuff. I salute you good sir.

  • 112 JackButler // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    the thing about going into the Spurs game now is that they will be worrying about us as much as we are about them. With Defoe looking as though he could miss out we only have Bale and Lennon to fear, while they will have Sissoko, Cabaye, Gouffran and Cisse. Advantage NUFC I think 😀

  • 113 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I’d actually be more confident with Perch. Not being biased (name blah blah) but he seems to be the better tackler between Him and Anita.

    He pretty much dominated Weimann against Villa, did a decent job against Mata, putting in two solid and crucial challenges.

  • 114 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Yoyo – It’s strangely positive on here today. Took us to beat the reigning European champs to make that happen mind you ! 🙂 To be fair – daytime bloggers are always my preferred people to discuss with.

    Did anybody see we broke Cech’s finger as well on Saturday? Hadn’t he only just come back off injury?

  • 115 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Ibiza – did you see we have a NEW ITK?

    Eaststandgeordie1982 – Come on down!!

    He’ got THE scoop on the Danny Simpson fight…!

    🙂 🙂

  • 116 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Ba-roken nose..
    Cech got a bendy pinky !

    Even more good news for the FSW !

  • 117 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Torq…Really? What scoop is that?

    I’m thinking I might need to actually provide some info to keep up my ITK status then, not sure I can swing this “my info is there is no info” malarkey for much longer…I’m not even sure I’ve swung it to date, just people taking pity on me and my isolated location. Kind of sweet to make me feel part of it really 🙂

  • 118 Novocastrian66 // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    This Colocini & Ba thing is getting on my nerves. Everyone could see it was a clear sending off for dangerous play.
    Ba definitely stuck the nut on Colocini’s foot and should have walked!

  • 119 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    If Bale’s in the hole again, its Anita for me. Both Tiote and Perch are tough tacklers, but Tiote’s way out of form and Perch is a little slow. Anita is a real busy body, all over the pitch, a good tackler and a turn of pace, I’ve been really impressed with him this season and like most of our young players he can only get better. Good to see Santon back in the Italy squad, Forza.

  • 120 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Novo…I’m with you. No one has mentioned the blood stains on Colos boots, who is paying to have them cleaned?

  • 121 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I was proud to hear some of the fans applauded Ba when he walked off. To boo him after having his nose smashed in is really rubbing salt in the wound. I’m not convinced he deserves that.

    btw does anyone else think Gouffran looks like a bald Neymar.

  • 122 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM


    If he had a rounder face, he could look like Morpheus from the Matrix.

  • 123 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    To those saying Colo should’ve been sent off on Sat. – WHY?

    High foot- yellow card.
    Stopping a goalscoring opportunity – he had already got his header away: he didn’t stop anything.
    Violence: seriously?

    Why on earth should he have been sent off, or even penalty?!?! Ba put his head down where he knew he could get hit. Welcome to sport.
    Not everything has to be a big incident.

  • 124 Novocastrian66 // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Cech broke his finger too. Who should have been sent off for smashing the ball against his hand?

  • 125 Novocastrian66 // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Ibiza. Not to mention the claret all over the pitch.

  • 126 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM


    I saw the villa game on a bad stream and he looked like obertan. It made me dislike him but he won me over with a good display haha.

  • 127 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM


    Exactly. At worst yellow card and pen. That’s normally what happens for a high foot, either free kick/pen and sometimes a yellow.

    Ba got his shot in so didnt deny a goal scoring opportunity.

    I don’t know why pundits said it should be a red. There are too many red cards given now anyway, they need to cut back.

  • 128 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Novo…I’d expect the groundsmen to settle that one in a small claims court.

    As for the Cech incident, clearly the ball should have seen red, or better still been popped right in the middle of the field, made an example of. Can’t keep letting balls get away with this type of thing.

  • 129 davis_toons // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    …Guys.. the last time we have a quality player in the height of Sissoko was this guy called …Didi Hamann (Dietmar Hamann) the German International, whom was also poach by liverfool, then to MenCity.

    A nice tweet btw both our former midfielders


  • 130 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Transfer Sage
    lol isn’t it funny how looks can make you hate someone 🙂

    Phoenix Warrior
    haha I think you’re right. If he put on 40 lbs, got some shades, and slapped his face repeatedly with a cheese grater, he would look just like him

  • 131 yo-yo // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Hatem @ 119

    Spot on there. Anita’s got a lot of football intelligence too

  • 132 89Norcal // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I’m inclined to agree with that. I do think Perch could be beaten easily by Bale and seems a better matchup for the man mountains we come up against.

    Can you imagine the football we’ll be playing with Anita back in? It’s going to be absolute delight.

  • 133 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Oh Joey Barton annoys me so much, who does he think he is. Every time I check is twatter he infuriates me with his arrogance and stubbornness.

  • 134 boater // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Some juicy odds around 9/2 and 4/1 on us beating Spurs. They have home advantage but we have more match winners in the team – closer to evens I would say. Seen a 10/1 on us being ahead at half-time/full time, and a 5/2 draw no bet… tempting.

  • 135 Magpies-till-d3ath // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    There’s no new banner on mine!!!! Hey……Ats Not FAIR!!!!!

  • 136 beefman13 // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Anita has been so unlucky to lose his place in the team, he has so much extra class than perch, got to be more than this floating around puting the odd strong tackle in like perch does, i would say Anita is worth three time what perch is, the Manager obviously likes perch, but again its missing a trick, as ive said we won on saturday not beacuse of perchs performance, a lad who is an honest sort of player but no were near the quality of Anita who was maybe our best player in the three games he had played previously.

    We paid decent money for Anita for a reason, he was getting up to full speed then he gets the chop, that sort of thing is a reason why i have had a pop this season at the manager, i have always supported the owner as i feel he has more than had a bum deal at the toon, he has put fortynes in to us, hopefully we can push on and learn from mistakes of the past, but already we are buying real top notch talent and taking them away from the Arsenals and Spurs and Ac Milans, Im hoping our manager can cope with the good problem of a large squad and use it as the players comingin are of at least good quality, this way the tiredness issue dosnt come in to play.

    At home get out of the traps and play offensive that will always pay dividends, if you want to play holding players play a holder who can use the ball as well, perch is a lad who plays the ball like its on fire, Anita has the ability to move forward if needed and play a pass, i feel he is a much better option altogether. same goes for Jonas it should not be written in stone he has to play 90 mins of every game. Big squad AP use the bugga.

  • 137 Magpies-till-d3ath // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Got the new Banner!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 138 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I want to see Mbiwa play soon, but Saylor and Colo have been playing well for a few games now. If we keep winning and defending well then all is fine, plus Pards has a history of taking time to inbed new signings, notably defenders. HWTL

  • 139 Marty-Toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Gouffran looks a very decent buy and there’s definitely only a matter of time for Obertan to learn the trade or find another club.
    He’s got the perfect style of payer to learn off now,if AP sits him down and makes him watch footage of Gouffran’s movement and choice of ball then he could turn into a decent player
    Well happy with our acquisitions,should be fun against spuds as I reckon we’ll be well up for it and could shock em.

  • 140 proudtobageordie // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    on the new banner who is to percy’s right?

  • 141 Jam only For H.ben Arfa // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    this Saturday French players (cabaye, sissoko, debuchy & mapou) will be tired, France play wednesday night, and with Travel…
    The game will be @ 13h45…
    It’s a Bad News…

  • 142 WhiteTeeth // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I see remy is out for a couple of months, looks like we dodged that bullet and it hit old sloppy chops squarely between the eyes.

  • 143 ronjohno // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Everything great again.
    My only worry is that I hope Pardew doesnt “upset” Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
    I am sure he did not come here to warm the bench and it should not be overlooked that he turned down Arsenal in favour of us.
    This guy is our future NOW (not one for the future!!) and despite how much we like Colo -and his displays are top notch again -recent events have shown that he would appear to only be short term now.
    Am I alone int his thought or does anyone else share my concern?

  • 144 estechco // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    @140 – It’s Bigi

  • 145 scout // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    The spurs game will be a cracker, I see our boys winning the midfield battles, just need to keep Bale out the game really.
    I believe we can get plenty of possession which obviously will get Bale chasing, not his greatest strength really. Personally think we will see Sissoko in a deeper role away from home, possibly push cabaye up behind the lone striker Cisse

  • 146 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    143- I agree, but Colo has held us together and even if he is only here till the end of the season we may as well utilise his ability. He oozes class, and hopefully Mbiwa can learn a lot off of him. Also its unfortunate but likely that Saylor will pick up another injury soon and Mbiwa will get a run of games, imagine how good Saylor would be if he could play a whole season!

  • 147 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Raylor and Abeid should be on the banner instead of Willo and Simmo. Raylor was our best player last season.

  • 148 Marty-Toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    It’s Tiote the bull not Bigi as estechco is stating

  • 149 Marty-Toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Agree with Rayls being on the banner but Abeid?seriously?
    When has he been a first teamer?
    Fergie has played more games than he has and isn’t on the banner

  • 150 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Why should Abeid be on there, Willo and Simmo at least give 100% every game, Abeid was exciting when we signed him, he shows flashes but if he wants to make it at this club, he’s gonna have to step up to the plate immediately, it may even be too late for him.

  • 151 proudtobageordie // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM


    tiote is 8 to the right of percy so it must be tiote’s son

  • 152 xmindcrimex // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Ahhh. love the banner. Good stuff.

  • 153 JP...from The Rock // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Yeah me too love the banner Ed 🙂

  • 154 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Just dropped in to see what was occurring and lo! and behold! ketsy says Raylor was our best player last season. I now consider all the gaps in my perception of last years’ success filled in.

    Dont worry about Mr Mbiwa – Saylor will not be there long ha ha. With Colo going in a couple of months his place is virtually guaranteed and I think he will be philosophical enough to bide his time to the new season.. Expect some euro runouts though (depending on how we progress if at all of course).

    I was pleased that Santon played well on saturday, I have been knocking him for his lack of covering his position, but he seemed to do this much better this time. I would say that Gouffran ran his socks off and dropped back to lb quite a lot though although not very effectively on their second, but hey, that was a top class goal from Mata so no grumbles about that, (although Colo’s Charleston leg- flick was pathetic). Santon could still take a leaf out of Debuchy’s book about how and when to surge forward and drop back, (never mind how to get a decent cross in) but he is getting there. I was starting to get despondent that he would never learn, but he still might end up a top show.

  • 155 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Ibiza this is the massive scoop torq was going on about i am now a ITK get in.

    eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I heard simmo was watching highlights of the toon game on his phone it got to the bit when colo booted bas nose all over his face and thats what knocked him out just what ive heard mind lads

  • 156 estechco // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Defo bigi
    Tiote is further along as proud says

  • 157 Tsunki // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Kets – did Abeid autograph your ben10 lunchbox?

  • 158 Marty-Toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    I agree it’s a shame to have such a talent on the bench but we needed these wins and you can’t break up Tayls n Colo when they’re playing so well together.
    Maybe he needs time to get used to the pace and ferocity of it and get some mins in DM
    He will defo get time in the Euro league but with a squad that’s how it is at times,just look at Anita who has been one of our best players up till the reading game,he’s been very unlucky to miss out.

  • 159 hugotoon // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Great to see the new faces….as well as Dembas!

  • 160 Marty-Toon // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Lol,I thought you had said Perchy’s right 🙂

  • 161 Sir Braveheart // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM


    I think Mbiwa will be Colos replacement next season. Pards probably promised him as much. Think he’ll also get the nod in the Europa League too.

  • 162 Hatem // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    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.

  • 163 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Abeid’s a class player. He’ll shine on loan at St Johnstone.

  • 164 stretchintoon // Feb 4, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    @ kets ,like he did against brighton,do me a favour

  • 165 Lynxie // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    So you have found a new ‘stalker type love fascination’ target now that ‘waste of a pair of underpants’ Xisco has been thankfully and eventually moved on to pastures new?
    Mehdi Abeid is the new Zidane then is he?
    And you are no doubt devastated to learn of Paul Scharner going back to Wigan, coz he is a fantastic player………….
    Let me guess…your new wind-up has to be something along the lines of a) Wouldnt it be a good idea to bring Chopra back as a back up, because you just cant get enough local lads in the team, or b) why dont we utilise Ranger’s pace more…?


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