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Alan Pardew Challenge – How To Keep Steven Taylor Fit

5:39 pm, Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 202 Comments

There’s no doubt that since Steven Taylor returned to the first team starting eleven two games ago, the Newcastle defense has looked a lot more solid than it’s been since Steven picked up a hamstring injury at Reading at the end of September, and was out of the side for over three months.

steven taylor - mathieu debuchy after chelsea win

Taylor and Debuchy after Newcastle’s win against Chelsea

And that’s been Steven’s problem since he picked up an his first serious injury in January of 2010, our promotion season, in a home game against West Brom.

And since then he’s been out of the side for long periods with serious injuries and Steven has only played 225 with 13 goals, even though he made his debut for Newcastle when Bobby Robson was manager almost nine years ago – in March of 2004 – when he came on as a substitute for Andy O’Brien in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round tie against RCD Mallorca.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is well aware of Steven’s injury problems, and the manager is trying to find some way of keeping the local lad fit:

“He’s an outstanding player. The only down-side has been the injuries, that’s where you have to slightly have a disappointment with him, that he’s just not played enough games in his career here.”

“I am very, very conscious, with him and with my staff, that we protect him and try to give him a different regime where hopefully we can keep him fit – because when he is fit, there are not many better.”

“It was interesting to hear him say that it was probably the best feeling he has ever had in a black and white shirt.” “He had the last kick of the Premier League three years ago and he smashed it up the pitch in frustration because the whistle had gone.”

“We showed that before the game as a little bit of extra motivation.”

Steven Taylor is an important player for Newcastle, because although he was born down south in Greenwich, he was brought up in Whitley Bay ever since he was a few months old, and he is one of the few Newcastle players to have graduated from Newcastle’s Youth Academy.

Steven also epitomizes what it’s like being a Geordie and playing for Newcastle United, as we’ve seen only too clearly in the last two games. :D

We’ll just have to hope that Alan Pardew and the coaches and medics at Newcastle can come up with giving Steven some exercise regimen, that can keep him fit and have him playing a lot more games for Newcastle in the future.

And if we can do that there’s no reason why this lad shouldn’t be challenging for an England place – given the status of other English center-backs these days – Steven is as good as any of them.

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Tags: Injuries · Medical · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor





202 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Twatter // Feb 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Repost from last thread:

    Simon Kjaer
    Douglas
    Wilfried Bony
    Sofiane Feghouli
    Gerard Deulofeu

    I’m in dreamland a bit with that last one, but he’s got an £8.1m buyout clause and is the real deal. These five signings would make us top four I’d imagine — only get Douglas in if Coloccini goes.

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Keep him out of greggs for start pards! Dont know if he’s hugging debuchy or weigh him up to see how long to cook him for!

    Been away from the blog a couple of days have i missed much apart from simmo getting sparked, us using ben arfa to try and tempt liverpool into parting company with the injury prone lampost and the southern journos already linking sissoko with a move away?!?!?!

  • 3 ONLINE GUY // Feb 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    YO YO

    Rochdale was a bit dodgy even back in the 70′s ..I cant imagine what it’s like now ..Spotland was the name of the ground ..I lived not to far from there ..We used to train at Sparth Bottoms on Manchester road ..it was also used by the public .. a club with no training ground of it’s own …Spotland was not as good as some non league ground’s back then ..South Shield’s ground .(Simonside Hall) was better, for instance . Reminded me of Hartlepools ground back then.. I learnt A lot about homesickness.

  • 4 Cool Hand Luke // Feb 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Hes always been on the portly side, to be honest I think a bit of bodyweight for a CB doesnt go amiss when it comes to leaning into attackers and putting them off balance etc, its not like hes snail paced.

  • 5 TorqToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Chuck – Sakho is no longer captain mate.

    Thiago silva is.

    Sakho is very much a possibility mate.

  • 6 blew // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Less he plays the less he gets injured. Bring him on for the last 10mins.
    Is he bench pressing ?

  • 7 TorqToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    So Fulham, villa, west Brom and (surprise surprise) – Citeh are all set to vote AGAINST financial fair play?!

  • 8 ONLINE GUY // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Torq ..Stick Benzema in that sack of yours please .

  • 9 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    It’s very interesting that those first three clubs are. Can anyone think of possible reasons? :|

  • 10 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    If we miss out on Alderweireld then Sakho would be the next option.

  • 11 TorqToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Kets – Absolutely agree.

    If Alderwield doesn’t happen – we will go in for Sakho.
    I feel we will get Mirin whatever happens with colo.

  • 12 TorqToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Wait….did I just agree with Kets??

    What just happened?? :-)

  • 13 TorqToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    TDS – it’s very odd! Can’t see why they would object…!

  • 14 TorqToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    SISSOKO, YANGA and HAIDARA added to Europa league squad!!

  • 15 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Tell him to stop blocking shots with his crown jewels :) . Not that I am complaining, his block at the weekend against Lampard was amazing.

  • 16 IITianToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    BREAKING: Mapou in, Debuchy out for Europa squad. Me says Oui!! Hope to NOT see Willo again!!

  • 17 ONLINE GUY // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    This will sound bad..Bale Pick’s up ankle injury in Wales defeat.

  • 18 Marty-Toon // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Great player on his day if we can keep him fit,we were much more comfortable with him in the team.
    Our passing was better out of defence which isn’t surprising as they’re usually on their toes when Willo is near the ball.
    He makes the midfield and defence nervous,along with us supporters.
    Hopefully MA will continue to support AP and with 2/3 decent players in we should be lookin good for next season.
    A lot of our boys will be catching the eye of the big boys so hopefully we can keep them away from taking them,although they can take Willo,Simmo and loan some young players off us

  • 19 Tsunki // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    The US military have commissioned a mech suit to ‘augment’ soldiers in the field so they can travel many kilometres at a decent trot loaded with 100kg or so of equipment. It would easily last a game on one charge. Get Saylor bolted into one of those babies. I agree though, no amount of mechanisation will protect the clangers from a point-blank drive so he might want to enhance the armour around the old family jewel compartment. :|

  • 20 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    So you think you can tell….heaven from hell. Blue skies from pain…

    I’m betting after the beastly performances of our imports there will be more quality on the continent wishing they were here ;)

  • 21 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    online

    you kidding about Bale ?

    We lived in Tod.
    Had to go to A&E Rochdale on a Sat night once just on closing time. (son put peas up nose). It was like Piccadilly in rush hour.

  • 22 croftus5678 // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    hmm funny feeling team for europe

    ———————-krull———————
    simpson-williamson-mbiwa-hairdryer
    ——–marv——-tiote———anita—–
    ———-obertan-ameobi-cisse———-

    think bigi will come on at some point aswell as a reward.

  • 23 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Ramsey’s out for Wales.

  • 24 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Ruddy

    You reckon you’re the madcap now then ?

  • 25 Tsunki // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Ruddy – maybe we’ll see them on the Dark side of the Toon BOOYAH! he’s on fire. Much like the guy on the cover of that album come to think of it.

  • 26 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Yo-yo

    That mantle firmly belongs to Kets and him alone. Just thought I’d drop a subtle reference that some will get and others will not :)

  • 27 Robby Bobson // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Inman bagged another 2 last night, feel he may have been overlooked for the likes of Vuckic and Abeid in the past when probably deserved a chance.

    Seems like hes taking that level by storm.

  • 28 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Tsunki

    Oh ho, we’re nothing but a bunch of ANIMALS ;)

    Chilling with a beer, a few more and I’ll be comfortably numb, ho ho

  • 29 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Ruddy

    He’s no diamond..not so sure about the crazy

    Any body got a stream for France – Germany ?

  • 30 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Hey! Yo yo! Leave poor Kets alone!

    ;)

  • 31 magpietillidie // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Wont be watching the England game as the football we play is dier will be watching our french lads in stead see how they play in there positions for france as sissoko and cabaye play diffrent rolles for there country

  • 32 Robby Bobson // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/interactive/2013/feb/06/france-germany-live-video-stream

    Debuchy has come into the team as well….three toon players in there.

  • 33 Marty-Toon // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    He’s defo another brick on this wall ;-)

  • 34 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Marty Toon

    Welcome to the Machine, well done here have a cigar.

  • 35 numba9 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    we need a to sign a centre back in the summer weather colo stays or not two if he leaves, because saylor is injury prone, and a good striker is a must

  • 36 Marty-Toon // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Sure poor Kets is only learning to Fly off the handle ;-)

  • 37 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    so what to watch? England vs Italy or France vs Germany?

  • 38 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Parliano Braziliano Mutiny ?

  • 39 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    What’s the France line up lads? Does anyone know?

  • 40 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    O Ronaldinho is playing. Watching the England match then.

  • 41 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    No Perchinio in the Brazil’s line up though

  • 42 shearerclass09 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    he does look like hes carrying a bit of extra timber in the games back but it doesn’t seem to have affect him. when hes fit he has always been one of my favorite players puts blood, sweat and tears on the line and even his goolies if he has to lol,, any links for the french game ? cant believe its no where on tv ,, hwtl

  • 43 Moat1 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    ———————Krul——————-
    -Debuchy—Colicini—Saylor—Santon
    Marvs-Cabaye-Gouffran-Sissoko-Perch
    ——————–Cisse——————–
    Would be Champions leage

  • 44 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Marty

    Usually when music is discussed here we’re given a swift telling off, loving this conversation. Sly references aside, I have only recently re-fallen in love with Pink loyd, my God David Gilmour is a genius.

    Back to the internationals, I think it would be a better shout to watch the France vs Germany game, but my alternative would be to watch Republic of Ireland vs Poland or England vs Brazil and as someone who doesn’t support England that leaves my options pretty thin!

  • 45 shearerclass09 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    would rather watch the french game if i,m honest with ya

  • 46 magpietillidie // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    wonder if sissoko play DM tonight as he,s looked the biz for us pushing forward

  • 47 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    @GFN_France: BREAKING: Last minute change to the #French line up sees #Debuchy replace #Sagna at right back. Unsure why. #FRAvsGER

  • 48 ONLINE GUY // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Yo YO

    I used to get the train from Rochdale station to ..well the route was via Todmorden to Halifax to Leeds .. Got Happy mem’s of a family that used to stand outside a Cottage Near Todmordon ..about 200 metres up the hill ..waving like crazy every time Train passed them ..Wonder if they are still Waving ? Happy days really ..my old Mate Tommy C used to live In Todmorden ..He was from Jarrow origionaly ..That’s not you Tommy is it ..Chrissakes ! …

  • 49 brighter // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Both Santon and Krul are start in friendly match tonight :D

  • 50 Santon03 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Woooohoooo Santon is starting vs dutch, krul also starts

    http://88.80.5.88/c4b00/20130205/vv511170a4f01ab857391003-520926.html

  • 51 Toon1978 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Anyone seen this? Excellent lol.

    http://www.themag.co.uk/video-replay/video-special-nufc-goals-and-fans-at-villa-from-the-terraces/?

  • 52 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra, Cabaye, Matuidi, Sissoko, Valbuena, Ribéry, Benzema

  • 53 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Wow how many players do we have in internationals!! Good sign of quality of NUFC.

  • 54 Toon1978 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Santon03

    Spoilt for choice lol. Not interested in England :( either watch Krul and Santon or the French lads…..hmmmmmmmmm.

  • 55 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Online
    Naw am not Tommy
    But they did film the Railway Children over the hill at Haworth they used to wave at trains.

    Ruddy
    I was lucky enough to see Floyd four times in their heyday.

    Spuggy
    Have we got four starters for France now ?

  • 56 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Is that five Toon starters overall ?

  • 57 DokToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    mother do you think we’re good enough?

    give us one more striker.. and we’re top four next year imo…

  • 58 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    sissoko, cabaye, santon, krul, ferguson

  • 59 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Yo yo

    I’d bet they were immense, I’m too young to really have been able to see them live, and there are no bands now anywhere near their quality.

    Good sign that we’ve so many starters internationally again, it’s always darkest before the dawn they say and dare I dream that we are seeing the first glimmers of the dawn?

  • 60 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Shame about Mbiwa but he could be a sub, he’s not gonna get much game time considering Saylor’s form.

  • 61 Santon03 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Toon1978

    I don’t care about England lol, no NUFC player there.
    I’m watching different version of Santon in Italian squad.

  • 62 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    france game about to start…

  • 63 Marty-Toon // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Ruddy
    Yeah David Gilmore is a genius,have been listening to Santana lately which is also brilliant
    When your a Toon supporter it’s a must to have good music around to wind down ;-)

  • 64 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    wowwww itly vs dutch.. eng vs bra n france all 3 games live in india :-)

  • 65 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    lol.santon.slips almost cost a goal

  • 66 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    confused nw to watch italy or france

  • 67 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Brazil pen joe hart saves it! Great double save, man i forgot ronaldinho even played anymore!!

  • 68 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Marty

    And for me there is no better wind down music than a bit of Pink Floyd and some beer. Santana brilliant too. I’ve been sort of going over the older top class stuff, such as Cream, Led Zep, Dire Straits etc. and they just don’t make it like they used to…

    Anyways, nice to see Santon bombing up and down the flank, haven’t really been watching it though, how has he played?

  • 69 Santon03 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Italy using 4-3-3 with 3 defensive midfield, all of them deep playmaker.

  • 70 Santon03 // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    seems like the italian players are loosing their footing on the pitch

  • 71 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    sissoko playn on.Right Wing

  • 72 Troy Stavers // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Regarding this article. Can you really do anything to prevent players getting injured when they are naturally injury prone?

    To be fair to Saylor, he gives absolutely everything and stretches to reach some balls that others don’t. If you take that away from his game he may lose his strongest asset.

    I don’t believe you could change Saylor if you wanted to. He’s an all or nothing player.

  • 73 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    maher looks class

  • 74 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Ruddy

    Also saw Santana at Newcastle City Hall :)

  • 75 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Yo yo

    Ya bugger ye! Well cannot question your impeccable taste I suppose!

  • 76 DokToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    ruddy,

    love the playlist, old clapton gets me going…

  • 77 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    WAT A BALL BY CABAYE… SISSOKO SHOULD HAVE SCORED THAT

  • 78 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Good finish from rooney

  • 79 Ginger // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    To be honest, I only think we need a striker and a left winger and we’re a top four side.

    Don’t know why people want De Jong. We already have Sissoko, Marveux and Cabaye that can play CAM there very well.

    Striker as back up/competition to Cisse.

    Left Winger as backup/competition to Gouff.

  • 80 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    cabaye looks world classsssss

  • 81 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    BENZIMA THE SELFISH IDIOT

  • 82 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Jamsha

    I’ve been watching the same game and it’s been pretty much all Germany. Seeing something I’m not?

  • 83 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    What link or channel are people watching the France game on?

  • 84 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    goof to hear every1 tokn bout sissoko :-)

  • 85 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    You can see cabs and sissoko are going to develop that amazing understanding – they’ll be scary by the end of the season

  • 86 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Leazes

    http://www.viplivesports.eu/football/131907/2/international-friendly:-france-vs-germany-live-stream-online.html

  • 87 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    yup watchn.our players ;-)

  • 88 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Leazes

    http://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/xxafjv?autoplay=1&hidePopoutButton=1

  • 89 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    dutch 1-0 italy

  • 90 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Can anyone please explain to me what is it that welbeck does that seems to make him an internations regular?

  • 91 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    *international

  • 92 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    sakho = samba

  • 93 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Cheers lads!

  • 94 Santon03 // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    tads

    because there is noone else? other than rooney who else?
    well maybe defoe

  • 95 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Tads

    He plays for Man United…surely that makes him good enough for England? Seems to work for Smalling and Jones too.

  • 96 Mund30 // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Please tell me why Debuchy isnt in the provisional squad for Europa. Sissoko, Mbiwa, Haidara are in Debcuchy misses out. Yoan Gouffran misses out because he has already played in the competition for Bordeaux and Mathieu Debuchy misses out because of a little known rule which only allows one player to play in two European competitions in a season.

    Mbiwa also playing in the Champions League for his former club mean’t it was a choice between the two players.

    Why hasnt he left out Haidara and played Mbiwa at left back if needs be cant believe it.

  • 97 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Mund

    He can’t pick both Debuchy and Mbiwa, even if he left out Haidara he still couldn’t pick both Debuchy and Mbiwa.

    If anything this is a great thing, it means Mbiwa will definitely play EL football.

  • 98 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    USELESS BINZIMA

  • 99 Mund30 // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    ah yea ive read that wrong my bad its a great shout and agreed lol so failed

  • 100 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Mund

    Haha yeah no worries, I mean at worst we could always use Simmo at RB, or even Santon RB and Haidara at LB in the EL, with Colo/Saylor with Mbiwa in the EL we’d have a hell of a defence, and with Sissoko in the middle with Cabaye/Anita/Tiote we should be more than a match for the teams left in the competition.

    The only downside is that we are light up front, so do we play Cisse in both the PL and the EL?

  • 101 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Mund
    Haidaras selection has no bearing on debuchy, he’s choosen mbiwa because we could only name debuchy or mbiwa, debuchy is getting regular football mbiwa needs to surely its the smart choice

    Ruddy
    Oh yeah forgot the man utd rule! Wonders if its there contract? Suprised powells not playing!!

  • 102 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Tads

    Wouldn’t surprise me if it was. Ben Amos is in line to replace Hart despite not ever playing for Man U, nah I’m kidding but still. Seems that most England bosses think that the border stops at Manchester. Hodgson is probably really surprised that Simpson, Taylor and Williamson haven’t been called up by Scotland yet…

    Queue unnecessary Willo and Simmo abuse :P

  • 103 Mund30 // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Totally agree with you mate, simmo still about, if aint still seeing stars haha classic.

    We have a real shout to give the Europa a real go with the squad depth we got now, like you said tho apart from up top But i feel we give first leg as strong as we can, get a good result and 2nd leg give Shola a shout. Just hope Cisse stays injury free for the remainder of the season and i think he’ll come good soon maybe even at Spurs and get us three points. He’s played well last 2 games, getting in the right positions and he is due one. Im going for a Newcastle win, Cisse scores.

  • 104 check the toastie // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I would just like to state that Simpleson should be nowhere near our Europa League team, He is out of contract in summer, has recently showed how focused he is on football and mostly is totally shit, we have many better options.

    If any other poster puts up a team with him in it i will hunt you down and show you my particular set of unique skills.

  • 105 Santon03 // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    This is why England is not a good team, the players for the national team are recruited from top teams only while other countries recruited their players based on performance not by top clubs only.
    Players in top clubs have better chance playing for England even if they never started a game.

  • 106 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Mund

    I think the first half of the season where he was shafted out onto the wing to suit the selfish fecker who shall rename anonymous, has really dented his confidence and that takes time, and goals to build back up. He scored against Villa, should have had at least one against Chelsea and his positioning is encouraging, but his finishing is not, though I’d be a lot more worried if he wasn’t getting into the right positions.

    I agree, first leg give it a good shout and then perhaps Shola or maybe even give Campbell a taste of first team football

  • 107 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Mention of Simpson up pops Check.

    Like beetlejuice, except Toastie doesn’t have the manners to wait for 3 times.

  • 108 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    England are total shiiiite. Couldn’t care less about those bunch of overpaid premadonas.

    English players – cost twice as much half as much talent.

  • 109 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    france 1-0 ger

  • 110 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    France 1-0

  • 111 cheddar // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    sissoko assist

  • 112 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    1-0

  • 113 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    sissoko just runs and runs.

  • 114 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    It seems that people now think it’s fashionable to talk about how bad England are. It’s pretty pathetic. Who cares if they’re not as good as Brazil?

    You know who else is terrible? Newcastle. We’ve been absolutely appalling this season – probably been playing the worst football in the league in my opinion.

    Hopefully you still support Newcastle when we’re struggling?

  • 115 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Has catchy shown up yet?? Getting worried he’s been missing for a while now!;)

  • 116 shearerclass09 // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    sissoko is a beast much prefer watching France to England ,, weird wonder why lol ,, hopefully they will take the big man of soon i don’t think he knows how to go into second gear HWTfrenchL ,,

  • 117 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    TDS

    It seems that people now think it’s fashionable to talk about how bad England are. It’s pretty pathetic.

    Who cares if they’re not as good as Brazil?

    Contradiction?

  • 118 Magpies-till-d3ath // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    1-0 France! Valbuena goal, Sissoko assist! Brazil all over England!

  • 119 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    TDS

    Got no interest in England’s performance.

  • 120 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    TDS

    It’s always been fashionable to talk about how bad England are. Nothing new there lad. If you ask me, my club comes before my country before all else. A World Cup for Ireland or a Premier League title for Newcastle? Premier League every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

    I do think you’re comparing people in two different lights, of course the majority here will support Newcastle when they are struggling because most don’t care about England.

  • 121 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    English players are so behind europe and the rest of the world in terms of tactical and technical ability it’s unreal.

  • 122 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Spuggy

    No… no it’s not. If you class ‘not as good as Brazil’ as bad, then you probably need to reassess your view of football.

  • 123 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    But as a Celt its good to see Scotland and Wales both ahead

  • 124 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    TDS
    in all fairness theres nothing to say the people on here slating england are actually english

  • 125 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    TDS

    You care about International football, the vast majority of us don’t. Doesn’t mean we are bad Newcastle supporters.

  • 126 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    TDS

    Until england do something to inspire me to watch and support them then I’m out. Friendlies is one thing but we can’t deliver when it matter with the so called golden generation.

  • 127 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I’m fully aware that many have no interest in England – however I assume you wouldn’t be celebrating or cheering England on if we won a tournament? Of course you would.

    It’s just annoying having to read you all stating it on here every time England play, like you’re being original in some way.

  • 128 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Lampard has to be the best goalscoring midfielder ive ever seen

  • 129 magpietillidie // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    the england team we watch today plays a very boring game not played good football since 96

  • 130 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    And for the record I’ve supported england for decades, but gave up after the abysmal attempt in Poland and Ukraine.

  • 131 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Eaststand

    Mata

  • 132 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    TDS

    I wouldn’t be celebrating if England won a tournament. As an Irishman I see that as somewhat inconvenient given how much you guys go on about 1966 :P

  • 133 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Yo -yo

    Franks been doing it for years

  • 134 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Ruddy

    You’d probably have to take a break from England-based Newcastle blogs mate. But don’t worry, you’ve probably got a few decades to prepare.

  • 135 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Finally, this is a NUFC blog, it is global and it relates to everything NUFC related. It just so happens that the England team has absolutely nothing to do with the current NUFC squad so save for the proportion of bloggers here who are actually English, the rest of us couldn’t give a toss about England.

    And there are a proportion of English bloggers that couldn’t give a toss about England so I think you’re fighting a losing battle here.

  • 136 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Who scored for France? I’m going to assume it wasn’t Benzema, because he plays like Carlton Cole in a France shirt.

  • 137 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    They may be world class players for their clubs but Lampard, Gerrard, Terry, Ferdinand, Cole and Rooney simply have not delivered for england.

  • 138 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    TDS

    This is an America based Newcastle blog, going to try and be a smart @rse at least get your facts right lad ;)

  • 139 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Eaststand

    Fair comment but Mata is driving Chelski just now – they’d be down the table without him, same with Spuds and Bale

  • 140 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Eaststand
    Agreed

    TDS
    Once again mate not everyone on here is english so why would they cheer england on? Of course people who arent english are going to slag england off, we play the most boring generic football in europe! 1 decent performance in 10 normally
    Think the last Euros highlighted how much people are disheartened by the england team, you’d barely know the euros were on the pubs were so quiet and there was no suprise when england limped out with a whimper

  • 141 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Now…more important matters….

    Good confidence boosting performance seconds half and no injuries please. For France that is.

  • 142 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Ruddy

    I’m not fighting any battle. I’m just pointing out how annoying it is.

    I couldn’t care less if people on here don’t care about England – or should I say, don’t care unless England are winning – it’s just annoying having to read everyone going on about it.

  • 143 Jackel001 // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    On this performance, Neymar is defo not worth 50mil!

  • 144 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Ruddy

    Being a smart arse? Um…

    That’s one way to misinterpret me.

  • 145 northernirishtoon // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/interactive/2013/feb/06/france-germany-live-video-stream

    Perfect stream for France game lads

  • 146 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Yo-yo

    And frank has just got back in the team and hes scoring for fun if he had played from the start i think chelsea would be alot closer to manure.

  • 147 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    TDS

    Errrr England are winning.

  • 148 Spreadthetoon // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Milner was good when he played for us – now he’s just a lazy git who plays for Citeh!

  • 149 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    TDS

    How does the support/lack thereof for England from this blog impact upon the everyday support we give to Newcastle? You somehow seemed to imply that because people slate England when they struggle but would sing when they win is indicative of how poorly they would support Newcastle if they too struggled (which is somewhat unfair given the fact that we have struggled this season)

    I, and others, have tried to point out that a lot of people either (a) aren’t English or (b) are English and don’t care about England.

    International football does not impact upon how well a person supports their club, of course we get more passionate about Newcastle.

  • 150 eastend toon // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    just saw sissoko and sakho in deep conversation coming out the tunnel…. i applied my excellent lip reading skills and it definitely seemed to me that sissoko was telling him to get his ass to the toon :)

  • 151 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    TDS

    If I misinterpreted your post I do apologise and of course retract the statement.

    Anyway, lads I am off for this evening! Have a good one! :D

  • 152 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Would like lennon to pull a hammy here

  • 153 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Ruddy

    You know as well as I do that when Newcastle aren’t playing well, the definition of ‘support’ gets severely twisted. If support is constantly abusing the owner, manager and players – then yes, everyone’s a fantastic supporter.

    Night

  • 154 Toon1978 // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    There is no way Sagna is any better then Debucy.

  • 155 check the toastie // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    There is a centre half for Germany who has just ran past Sissoko, maybe its Cole who has lost his pace??

  • 156 Troy Stavers // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    @Spuggy

    You can’t argue with tonight’s performance. We’ve been the best side.

  • 157 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I’d say Sagna has been better than Debuchy over previous seasons, but since Sagna returned from injury this season he’s been poor.

  • 158 tequilamag // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    The one thing everyone on the blog has in common is they support Newcastle. I would not expect non- English supporters to give a toss about England,
    A lot of English people are totally apathetic about the national side but I think that is pretty much down to poor performances in recent tournaments. Experience tells me that when England perform well in tournaments that apathy goes out the window. During Italia 90 and Euro 96 when the team were playing well even people who don`t care about football get swept up in the moment.

  • 159 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    check

    Haha, or maybe we need to sign a german centre half. As long as it wasn’t Mertesacker – then Sissoko must be injured.

  • 160 Toon1978 // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    ToonDownSouth (155)

    Fair point.

  • 161 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    BTW

    Germany are pretty good to watch too :)

  • 162 check the toastie // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Sissoko is a powerful runner mind, and a good footballer.

  • 163 JAMSHA // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Dutch 1-1 Italy

  • 164 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Let’s face it we have got some absolutely top class guys this window. And Cabs back on form, Colo playing really well and Benny on his way.

    Let’s just enjoy the ride

  • 165 check the toastie // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Thought England were pretty good for us, kept the ball well under pressure and had a bit of pace, could be worse, and no Gareth Barry, wohoooooo

  • 166 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I do not like Ribery.
    Head wedged firmly ….

  • 167 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    How does lee evans get a game for england hes utter shite

  • 168 Troy Stavers // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    @Tequila

    Can’t argue with that.

    When England are doing well, the whole nation gets behind them.

    The trouble is, they invariably play crap and we all get disillusioned.

    It would be incredible if we won a tournament.

    You would see celebrations on a national scale similar to a local celebration if we won the FA Cup.

    I’m still proud to be English and love to see England do well.

    Not a patch on how I feel about the Toon tho.

    That’s just pure love and emotion for me.

  • 169 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Holy crap. Ozil – Woof.

  • 170 carl // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Ruddy
    You need to be calmer . You can achieve this state of mind by being more realistic as to how situations happen. Try reading BF Skinner – operant conditioning. Try living and learning unless you always want to be a black dog. Finally you really need to know yourself and attempt to not always blame others for one’s moods rather have an understanding of what is going on inside your head. You apologised but if you work through issues in advance you will not need to excuse your errors. Keep going but in the right direction.

  • 171 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    German efficiency

  • 172 Spuggy // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Ooooo a blog shrink!

  • 173 ToonDownSouth // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Woah.. That’s weird..

  • 174 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    troy
    careful – you’re getting to sound too like Beattie there

  • 175 boater // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Cliched or otherwise, I don’t give two shites about England PLC losing or winning.

  • 176 tequilamag // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Troy, yeah Newcastle comes first for me as well. I often think that for people who don`t support Newcastle that the experience of supporting England gives them a taste of what it is like to support Newcastle. A lot of hope with some great highs and not a great deal of success. Still always watch the England games but enjoyed them more when we had a bedrock of Newcastle players like Shearer Waddle Gasgoigne and Beardo.

  • 177 Toon1978 // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    The German’s know how to pass the ball the ball about. Absolute class!!

  • 178 Spreadthetoon // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Good that Sissoko is finally off, he looks knackered. I reckon he’ll play 70mins max on Saturday.

  • 179 boater // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Wild celebrations on a national scale? Sounds like the Jubilee again. No ta.

  • 180 check the toastie // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Gotta be said Cabaye plays really deep for France, personally dont actually think we need a Defensive midfielder of the like of Tiote/Perch etc, A midfield 3 of Cabaye, Anita and Sissoko, with WIde players such as Goofy, Jonas, Marv, Obertan, Ben10 gives us more than enough to protect our back 4.

    As much as i like Perchy, we are losing something by not playing Anita with Cabaye in Midfield. Sissoko could drop in and give some muscle if needed for me.

  • 181 Toon1978 // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Don’t know why i said “the ball” twice hahahaha.

  • 182 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    carl

    He’s not a lab rat !!

  • 183 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    anyway behaviourism is a bit reductionist

  • 184 check the toastie // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Currently Bale is on fire, Parsnip needs to come up with cunning plan for us to get anything from the game saturday. Wonder what it will be? mmmmmmmm

    Jonas maybe…………..

  • 185 northernirishtoon // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Santon played full match. He’s gonna be fcuked on sat too

  • 186 Spreadthetoon // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Cabaye way too deep for France tonight IMO. Germany look a very strong side.

  • 187 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Germany probably have the strongest squad in world football. Not to mention youngsters they have coming through are immense as well.

  • 188 Toon1978 // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Thought Cabaye was gonna get the equalizer there but for that lanky German tw.t lol.

  • 189 yo-yo // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    spread

    Cabs nearly got in very last shot.
    He still played some great passes

  • 190 Spreadthetoon // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    yoyo
    Flicked in and out of the match…..not saying Cabaye did not have a good game….but I don’t think you get the best of him playing as deep as that, just me opinion like.

  • 191 ONLINE GUY // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Don’t suppose there’s enough money in Ashley’s coffer’s to buy Ribery.

  • 192 ONLINE GUY // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Yo YO

    Did not know that film was made there ..Perhaps that’s the Cottage on the hill I refer to and they just carry on the tradition . JUst joking about Bale Earlier ..He come of after 59 min’s, fresh as a d….Put the Voodoo doll back in its box..

  • 193 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    the answer to the question posed in the title is surely to stick him in a big bubble

  • 194 WWYCD // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Replace him and dont let him play anymore?

    Good on England as well quite enjoyed watching them play for once wont happen when the pressure on but hey ho all the fun of being a England fan

  • 195 ONLINE GUY // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Watched some of the welsh match…bit of England ..But mostly France…was a good game ..The Germans are ..well just Germany …Class. French game looked more suited to our prem ,,they never give up.

  • 196 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    @check why not Jonas on the right. probably one of our better defensive options to help debuchy with bale. only problem is pace.

  • 197 northernirishtoon // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Don’t think one England player would get in the Germany team if I’m honest

  • 198 Troy Stavers // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    @Spreadthetoon

    You say Cabaye was way too deep for France tonight. That’s where he’s played for the Toon since he came.

  • 199 Troy Stavers // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    @Tequilamag

    I’ve used that comparison for years. Supporting the Toon is exactly like supporting England.

    We build ourselves up as if we are going to win something and the passion is so strong. The team then lets you down, time after time after time.

    Exactly how I describe it. ;-)

  • 200 Troy Stavers // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    @Northernirishtoon

    We’ve just beat Brazil. :-/

    I’m not suggesting we are world beaters but Rooney, Cole, Wilshire and Walcott would certainly get in their team.

  • 201 Troy Stavers // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    @yo yo

    I’m new to this blog. You compared me to Beattie. What’s he like? It’s clearly a warning. ;-)

  • 202 Bowzer912 // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Top 4 side:
    Krul
    Debs Saylor Mbiwa Santoon
    Cabs Tiote
    Benny Sissoko Belhanda-7/8m
    Cisse
    Subs:
    Elliot
    Douglas
    Haidara
    Anita
    Marveuax
    Gouffran
    Gomis-Free




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