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Pardew – Performance Good – But Not The Result

4:20 pm, Saturday, February 9th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 127 Comments

It was disappointing to lose another game today at White Hart Lane,  but this Newcastle team is playing so much better with Cabaye back in and Gouffran and Sissoko playing well, and it seems that manager Alan Pardew was happy enough at the display, if not the result.

alan padrew at spurs

Alan Pardew – good performance but poor result

Newcastle played well today – but we should have come away with something from this game, and may have had a late equalizer from Shola Ameobi but the Spurs goalkeeper made a decent save – and it was really two lapses that gave Gareth Bale his two goals that did Newcastle in today.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the game:

“They started really fast, but after that we dug in and played some good stuff.” “It was an even game really other than after that second goal which opened it up.” “I was pleased with the performance but not the result. We should be all right now.”

Yoan Gouffran was taken off on a stretcher after ten minutes of the second half,  and he has an injury to his shin – which we hope is not too bad.

This is what the Newcastle manager said about the injury:

“His shinbone looks sore. It’s fingers crossed.” “We don’t want to lose him, he’s only just come to the club.”

Bale was the difference between the sides today, and he was difficult to mark – and his speed was often too much for the Newcastle defense, and Alan admitted he ‘s hard to contain in this form:

“Well he’s difficult to contain. We tied him down in certain areas but he’s always going to get some freedom. He was electric.”  “The first goal was class. We should have done better for the second.” “The first goal was class. We should have done better for the second.”

We think the first goal should have been much better defended by Newcastle, and the wall broke up quickly, and provided no barrier to Gareth Bale shooting on goal.

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127 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDownSouth // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    I don’t think Pardew will think the goal was quite as class when he sees a replay of the pathetic wall. 😐

  • 2 DanRo // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I think a bit of context is needed.
    Spurs away is a difficult away match for anyone.
    Spurs hadn’t lost in 9 games prior to this game.
    We were more than competent for 75 minutes.
    Crucially for me we have progressed since Reading @ home.

  • 3 ToonMauritius // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Lads, we played well but Bale made the difference, our strike is very poor. If we would had a good striker, it will have been another history

  • 4 89Norcal // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Like most Pardew haters, you flip flop with your demands of him.

    So you wanted Sissoko further back to defend against Tottenham at their home ground? You know Sissoko tracks back already right? THAT would have given Spurs all the chances they needed.

    Perch was excellent, and was subbed because he picked up a knock. Tiote did fine to hold possession under pressure once he came on.

    Marv was also subbed due to Gouffran’s INJURY. And how is putting another attacking player on giving the other team “initative” in midfield? Marveaux has been one of our best players on the ball for the last 2 months.

  • 5 JackButler // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Nice to see a side with fight and determination in it, we may have lost but can hold our heads high as we gave everything and were undone by one player

  • 6 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    You’ve got to take your hat off to the first goal, to get the ball up and over like that is nothing short of ronaldo-esque, wall or no wall.

    Hopeful news on goofy. Everything crossed!

  • 7 Toon1978 // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM


    Great free kick yes but it was never a bloody free kick in the first place. Not 1 yellow for Spurs today.

  • 8 89Norcal // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Danny Graham just got an applause coming on as a sub lol.

  • 9 yo-yo // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM


    Agree – I’m totally amazed at how well the Toon play when they decide their own set up, ignore Pardew and just get on with it. They always seem to win when they do that and lose when they follow directions and his formations.

    Don’t agree with you that man marking Bale is shutting stable door after he’s bolted as we had quite a debate on here earlier in the week abut that. I rate Anita and think he’s nippy enough with good anticipation and would have been ideal for that role. Size is irrelevant in man marking – you need guile.

  • 10 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I accept everyone has an opinion, but the sheer blind hatred of pardew (and shola, and perch etc.) is nothing short of disgusting for a toon supported.

    Short of a top striker, we have a top team now who can hold their own with most teams and gave spurs a run for their money today.

    Hey man, I remember pre-relegation days when we didn’t even get a shot on goal.

    If you’re a supporter, please support the team, including the manager and ALL the players. We know they’re not all world beaters, but they all try their best – the effort is plain to see.

  • 11 Mackems are from MORDOR! // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Spurs fighting for champion s league, at home with probably the current top performing pkayer in the league.
    Context required, Southhampton at home next was always going to be more important.
    In reflection, the teams is performing again and we should all look forward to a giid next match at SJP.
    Hope Gouffran is precautionary

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    I cannot recall Bale, when taking a free kick doing a “daisy cutter”. He always goes over the wall. I know that -so why did all the wall not jump.
    Colo has been exposed a bit in the last two games and unfortunately old Shola should not be playing at this level.Strikers are needed . Owl Head had stated there would be cover for different positions – hopefully he does not forget in the summer. Even after this defeat the side has shown enough to dispel any fears of relegation.

  • 13 yo-yo // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    IF the current scores take the points then Unwashed, Reading, QPR and Wigan all stay put

    Swans 4 -1 🙂

  • 14 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    116eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Im gutted we didnt go for it today, we were second best in the middle and poor defending cost us. Marv is so good with the ball at his feet and we never got the ball to him and play to his strengths i would of brought obertan on for goofy we needed his pace for tracking back.

  • 15 DanRo // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    @Mackems are from MORDOR!
    We both have made very similar rational and sensible comments.

  • 16 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM


    I didnt say the toon do well when they ignore pards, I would never agree with that. It’s a ludicrous point.

  • 17 Hugh Jorgan // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Swansea 4
    QPR 1
    It would be so so good if Sloppy Chops Redknapp and his mercenaries are relegated.

  • 18 89Norcal // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Have to say I fear for Gouffran, he didn’t even try to get up from that hit on his shin.

  • 19 Toon1978 // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Bale wan k fest hahahaha. Commentator on BBC saying he could have had 5 goals. Dear me!!!!!!

  • 20 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM


    Errr marv and obertan are not known for tracking back.

  • 21 sirtoongospel // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Lads, quite simply we ran out of gas. For 60 minutes we looked great. Then we were scrappy. Cabaye had a dreadful second half and a sissoko went missing. Gouffran was our best player and his injury was crucial. With Cabaye and Sissoko, it had to be expected, 2 massive games then a full international against a top team. The next 2 weeks will see us gather ourselves for the last few months. The 2 CM boys were knackered at the whistle, we found it harder and harder to get forward as a team and as hard as he tried Papiss was isolated. But we were one mistake from a great draw.

    Don’t get too down hearted; as the tiredness was the key factor. First half we were great.

  • 22 yo-yo // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM


    yes i agree we have a good set up, the owner is doing better than we might have hoped, they do seem to learn from their mistakes, AP is not a bad manager even if not top class, and we have the makings of a phenomenal team.

  • 23 El Tino // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I think the midweek international matches made a diff. Sissoko, Cabs, santon playing full games.

    Also our Bale equivalent , Ben arfa was missing.

    All in all, not too down beat after the loss. Hoping Gouffran is ok. Although didnt understand the subs made by PArds. Losing our best performing player on the day made a big difference.

    While Marveaux is better than Obertan, i think on a big pitch like this Obertan plays more like Gouffran than Marv, and while both have pace, obertan is more likely to exploit the space behind the defence and so better for the counter.

    Also tiote for perch, and leaving jonas on for too long. Subs were all wrong and he took too long to make them after the 2nd goal.

  • 24 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Activate Loic’s release clause in the summer? 🙂

  • 25 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    yo-yo please tell me you are kidding?

    “I’m totally amazed at how well the Toon play when they decide their own set up, ignore Pardew and just get on with it”

    So when the team plays badly, its all pardews fault. When the team plays well, its because they ignore everything the manager says and they do their own thing?

    If you are serious you need your head checked

  • 26 Rotonda heights // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM


    Thanks for the recognition on the last thread. Very magnaminous of you when I suspect secretly you were trying so hard to be obnoxiously abusive with every fibre of your being.

    I think you’ll find 5 times world champions Brazil play 343 but what the hell do they know eh?

  • 27 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Everyone, I mean everyone was calling for marv. Now he got 30 mins people are saying it should of been obertan (who is no world beater btw).

    I give up!

  • 28 yo-yo // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM


    I was being ironic- it wasn’t your comments I was referring to but the WUMS who say team responsible when we win but Pardew rubbish when we lose

  • 29 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Every result going our way but Arsenal just got red card.

  • 30 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM


    Errrrrr i think you will find that obertan does track back quite a bit when he plays marv is better in the middle should be nowhere near the wing, thats why i would of brought obertan on

  • 31 89Norcal // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    They are on the verge of climax knowing they are semi-justified in saying Bale is one of the best players in the world.

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


    Agreed. I appreciate my criticism of people may be over the top sometimes, but when they’re so blinded by an insane hatred of a man, it’s difficult to hold in my anger.

    We went 1-0 down after 5 minutes and when I checked the comments at half time, people had been giving it the “Pardew out” rubbish!

  • 33 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM


    Ah gotya fella, my apologies!

  • 34 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Apart from some poor defending for both goals, I dont think anyone did anything wrong really, Pardew included (shock i know).

    We were equal with them for most of the game in terms of quality, and had a real go at them.

    Team was right, tactics were right. Onto the europa league now.

    Even though I dont know much about this Metalist team, they are supposed to be decent. Hope we get a good result at home, take the pressure off the second leg.

  • 35 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM


    I’ve seen obertan tritting back on countless times when we’ve been caught on the break.

    Anyway pointless argument. Marv is a decent player and was a decent sub.

  • 36 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    yoyo – I see you were joking. Carry on 🙂

  • 37 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM


    I’ve heard they’re a bunch of mentalists

  • 38 Toon1978 // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM


    IMO Spurs without Bale would be sitting mid table. They are not the team i thought they where. With 12 men on their side everytime they play at home no wonder they have such a great home record.

  • 39 El Tino // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    personally would ve gone for obertan for gouffran in this situation for once. and marveaux for perch or jonas. finally shola for perch or jonas.

  • 40 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    trotting* @ 35

  • 41 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Get in stoke 2 up v reading.

    Luck on our side today!

  • 42 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM


    I know marv is a decent player just saying we didnt play to his strengths by getting the ball to his feet and running at them

  • 43 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Wigan lose
    Norwich and Fulham draw
    Stoke win
    Sunderland Lose
    QPR lose
    Southampton lose (to play city away later)

    EQUALS perfect results for us, here’s hoping.

  • 44 89Norcal // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Yes it’s true, Bale has been massive for Spurs.

    Just not looking forward to the bias towards him. He’s a top player but there’s still a gap between him and the world’s greatest, mind you.

  • 45 ToonDownSouth // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    In the summer we desperately need a couple of forward options.

    As soon as Spurs got a second today, it was game over – because when a team starts to sit back and hold for a point (which any team would do with 10 minutes left) then we just can’t break them down.

    Cisse was very very disappointing today. I really hope he can get himself together.

  • 46 ToonDownSouth // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM


    I’d rather QPR got a point at Swansea – we should be looking up 😉

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    stoke 2 reading 1

    Nothing between the teams today
    As I saw it 2 badly defended goals to give away
    Goufrnon looked good – hope his injury not to bad

    Per usual didn’t Shola long o get booked

    Chelsea 3 wigan 1 lampard gain

  • 48 daztoon // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Thought Cisse ran his socks off today just lack of service.Two goals given away that were preventable.Also think Anita is wasted on the bench

  • 49 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    chelsea 4 wigan 1

    results are going for us – fingers crossed

  • 50 89Norcal // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Anita will get some time in Europa League. He might have been an asset with the pressure Spurs put on us but I have no problem with Perch, he made some key tackles.

  • 51 Graeme // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Having thoroughly enjoyed a highly entertaining, competitive match, its a shame to see the game changed by the ineptitude of our two CB’s.

    It has to be a toss-up over Collo or Saylor as to which was the bigger clown and ultimately cost us the game.

    Mbiwa should most definitely play in our next game and show them how a REAL CB performs.

  • 52 boater // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Spuggy – Trying to appeal for reason on here is a noble but ultimately pointless pursuit. It’s like Salom on here. When they smells the blood of a wounded creature they comes out like a rabid hunting pack. I smells a lynching boys.

  • 53 89Norcal // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM


    They were good all game except for those 2 mental lapses. Saylor in particular is just class.

    But I agree they were awful, fatal mistakes.

  • 54 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    mackems 0 ten man arsenal 1 yahoooooooo

    Greame agree our two CB’s were on walk-about half the afternoon

  • 55 Wandering Geordie // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    How many more times is Krul going to kick the ball into opposing half and find that our defenders are under pressure from from the quick return.This resulted in the winning goal as far as I am concerned.Taylor no pace .and overweight.
    Having said that there was some promising moves and we sadly froze after Gouffran went off.which disjointed us a bit.

  • 56 89Norcal // Feb 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Dont get me started on Krul.

    Even though we got the bodies and conviction to win aerial battles now, I still put my face in my hands everytime I see him pointing everyone forward for the long ball.

  • 57 mindshaft // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Poor goals to give away – freekick was really poorly defended, wall didnt do its job especially perch and Krul could have done better in my opinion – 2nd goal was down to Taylors error full stop … thats the trouble with Taylor he always has a mistake in him and today its cost us a point

    Gouffran was MOM until his injury, Cabaye a close second

  • 58 yo-yo // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM


    see post 28

    Who seriously thinks Pardew is only responsible when we lose ?

  • 59 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    just imagine that team with a gomis/bony/pea/rvw .
    think we have an awsome team now and goofy cemented his place as one of the first on the teamsheet along with sissoko/deb’s.

    shame demba is not in this team or it would have been a top 4 team.

    the things we need to improve on though are once again krull’s long balls and the fact perch who is top class on his day and consistant a lot of the time ! does have his off days as i dont think he tried as hard as he should today !

    you can never judge who is going to have an off day and its very easy saying who should have played in there place at the end of a game once you have seen there performance!

    but for me i said at the start of the game he should reward the players who played the previous 2 games as they did nothing wrong and when i thought things were needing insperation he brought on positive players where and when i thought we needed them.

    so my only negatives are individual lack of concentration for both goals and the same on cisse’s part for the missed header.

    but all in all proud of my boys today well done lads and bring on europe 🙂

  • 60 El Tino // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Cisse is under rated and linking up quite well with the new boys.

    Cisse plays on the shoulder more than ba does and stretches the defence. Which in turn gives more room for the creative players in between opposition midfield and defence. Gouffrans goal was also partly down to cisse pulling players away with his movement. Ba reminds me of Benzema when he plays for France on how he comes deep too often. Cisse suits this team more

  • 61 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    yoyo – There are loads of people, on here and twatter that blame pardew for everything. It is ridiculous.


    I have word from my bookies on who is the next to get slated:

    Jonas – Evens
    Cisse – 3/1
    Colo – 3/1
    Pardew – 4/1
    Saylor – 5/1
    Sissoko – 9/1
    Santon – 10/1
    marveaux – 10/1

    and of course Willo – evens.

    Place your bets people.

  • 62 josh // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    lads can you no longer comment via mobile phone website? cause i cant seem to (on pc now) iv emailed ed twice but he hasnt bothered getting back to me

  • 63 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    paul dummet at st miren looks like he had a good game he was involved in everything.

  • 64 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    And I must say, of the new 1st team signings we bought, Gouffran was the one I was probably least excited about. I thought he was very average.

    I must say, I am already taking that back. Last 3 games he has been great. Definitely a 1st team player. Hope he is not badly injured, he could be very important for us.

  • 65 El Tino // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Looking forward to the Southampton match. If Gouffran is fit, will Pards go for Perch, tiote or marveaux.

    Marveaux, cabs n sissoko were pards first choice mid against villa b4 marv injury.

    And who will Ben Arfa replace if he’s fit?

  • 66 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Josh – I had that problem, The only way I could do it was to switch to desktop view, sign in, then switch back to mobile view, but within 10 mins I would be signed out again. So If I’m on my phone I just stay in desktop view. I just comment when I am at my computer now though. Its very annoying.

  • 67 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM


    yep i think we should repay him by giving him a chance up front now.

    the lad is just all over the place even breaking play down by tracking back he’s fastly become my fave player even over arfa/sissoko….you just can not help but know your team is going to play well while he’s in the team as he tries so hard.

  • 68 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Any news on Gouffy ?

  • 69 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    *I have that problem

  • 70 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Gouffran said not to be in distress as he went to hospital.
    Hopefully it isn’t a break.

  • 71 tequilamag // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    El Tino Marv did not play against Villa.
    It was Perch Cabs and Sissoko

  • 72 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:32 PM


    dont take this as me having a go at perch but i think that display by him gives us an excuse to use tiote in that role now.

    and goofy 1st choice without question for me but if not fit arfa then marv but marv and arfa are different players from one another and may need to be played different from goofy.

  • 73 tequilamag // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I thought Tiote was good when he came on. Perch always plays to the best of his ability but Tiote is the better player.

  • 74 josh // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    @conaldo. yeah trouble is the website claims i have a desktop browser and tells me i cant go on the mobile view, so i click desktop and it sends me back to the mobile view where i cant comment. its properly messed up. apologies to ed, i kind of worded “hasnt bothered to get back to me” in a way i didnt mean it to come across. id slap me

  • 75 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    euro team for me should be

    ober -tiote-bigi-anita

    really hate i have no other choice but to choose cisse 🙁
    and reason for williamson is i think he’s good enough for europa and i want to see if mbiwa and saylor back wether he is going to step up his game.

  • 76 DanRo // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Newcastle United are pleased to report that a precautionary X-ray has shown that Yoan Gouffran has not broken his right leg #nufc

  • 77 DanRo // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    breaking news from official website

  • 78 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    cheers dan

  • 79 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Josh –

    I think its probably a problem with the wordpress software rather than the blog itself. Im sure Ed will be able to fix it somehow. He normally responds fairly quickly, I wouldnt think it will take too long for him to get back to you.

  • 80 GeordieRealist // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Gouffran’s injury changed the game massively. Check out the Spuds complaining about that same analysis on this article…

  • 81 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Thank goodness for that. S’ampton one up against city!!! Noooo

  • 82 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Best news of the day.
    He’s got amazing energy and a good brain.
    I hope he can keep it going at the same level.

    How long will a seriously bruised shinbone take to heal?

  • 83 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM


    good to hear m8 thanks for reporting that.

  • 84 DanRo // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    No problem lads. I am very glad to hear the news it isn’t broken.

  • 85 DanRo // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Newcastle United FC ?@NUFCOfficial

    Gouffran was stretchered off this afternoon at Tottenham and will be further assessed on Sunday by the Club’s medical staff. #nufc

    No more tomorrow…

  • 86 tequilamag // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Next Pl game is the 24th Goofy is cup tie for the EL games anyway so should be fine.

  • 87 josh // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    @conaldo. its been about 3 weeks lol but i dont want to press a man with far more important issues on the go lol. itll get sorted eventually im sure.

  • 88 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Thanks Joe Hart 🙁

  • 89 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I think we can guarantee that today QPR are definitely down and the title race looks over.

  • 90 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Saints now 2 up against city! We’ve dropped to 16th

  • 91 Super Magpie // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    We were beaten by sloppy defending and the better team today. Gouffran’s injury changed the game as we lost all our momentum. Bale single handedly destroyed us and we didn’t do enough to stop him. Sky did everything they could to tell everyone how good he is and how he is a world class player. He can’t use his right foot, he is not a world class player… yet.

  • 92 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Rafa or MANKINI next to go?

  • 93 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 9, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    @ Super

    I was listening to Radio Newcastle and heard Mick Lowes say that the only player better than Bale in the world is Messi. Has the guy never heard of Ronaldo or Falcao 🙂

  • 94 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM


    only 24mins gone and they bundles 2 balls over the line from 2 mistakes !
    i can only see city thinking wtf is happening and leathering 3-4 goals in now.

  • 95 Beattie25 // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Pardew doesn’t learn from his lessons. Far too defensive after the substitution.

    What’s happened to Krul?

    Colo again showing that despite his best intentions his head isn’t 100%.

    Perch should never play ahead of Anita and Tiote.

    Cisse has been ruined by the poor service and odd tactics.

    Other than that, good performance.

  • 96 yo-yo // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Reckon Gouffy could be the catalyst to get Cisse scoring again as he links play real well and has a great work rate.

    He’ll surely be out for both Metallica fixtures but hopefully back for Southampton – looking like another 6 pointer that one.

  • 97 DanRo // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Gouffran definitely not playing in the two European games due to ineligibility.

  • 98 yo-yo // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    So which position does Marv play defensively Beattie ?

    He just wasn’t very effective and that put more pressure on midfield and the defence.

  • 99 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM


  • 100 Toon1978 // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Jonas and Perch should not be starters ffs. We have Anita, Marveaux and bloody Tiote on the bench yet he sticks with Jonas and Perch…….what a plonka haha. Time to bring in Mbiwa, Tiote or Anita.

  • 101 Super Magpie // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Krul-6: A few good saves but a few errors too. Needs more consistency
    Debuchy-6: Good going forward, left exposed too often.
    Saylor- 5: Poor game. Was at fault for the 2nd goal.
    Colo-5: Like Saylor was at fault for the 2nd goal.
    Santon-5: Poor defensively and offensively. Lennon ran riot.
    Perch-6: Did his job as usual. Probably should’ve jumped for 1st goal.
    Cabaye-8: Played well today. Using his vision to full effect.
    Jonas-5: The Jonas we’ve became accustomed to this season.
    Sissoko-6: Didn’t have much space to work with. Assisted the goal.
    Gouffran-8: Our best player before he went off. Hopefully he’s ok.
    Cisse-5: Very poor again. Constantly offside and poor on the ball.

    Marveaux-4: Didn’t get much of the ball. When he did didn’t make much impact.

    Tiote-6: Looked Ok until he tried his outrageous volley which nearly cost us a 3rd goal.

    Shola: Wasn’t on long enough to make an impact but was unlucky not to equalise when Lloris made a good save.

  • 102 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Dzeko pulls one back

  • 103 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    yo-yo – Gouffy isnt able to play in the Europa league anyway. So he has plenty time to get fit for southampton.

  • 104 Spuggy // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I thought we could have been forgiven for rocking up defensive but we give it a real go.

    An in form striker and HBA would make the difference in these games. But a good performance and I’m keeping faith with Cisse whilst he’s getting goal scoring chances.

  • 105 Eddie // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Great news about Gouffran! I can now sink into an alchoholic stupor on the pretext of toasting his good health.

  • 106 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    howay city. We need southampton to get beat.

    Also, If city dont win the title race is over. Very boring.

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

    Collo is a great defender but i believe his head is else where so to speak. Maybe Mbiwa in for Collo.

  • 108 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Also, I know really we should be looking up rather than down, I think West Ham beatting Villa tommorow will be better for us.

  • 109 DanRo // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    For those calling for Mbiwa to come in for Coloccini – if that does indeed happen Coloccini’s head would be totally lost. I suppose that is the decision Pardew has to make.

  • 110 Super Magpie // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    We’ve got 6pts from Villa, Chelsea and Spurs. A very good return.
    Southampton is now a crucial game. If we don’t win then we are suddenly looking down again. It’s one of those games where we expect to win but will be alot harder than we think. They’ve been playing well recently and are 2-0 up against City?

    It’s an important game for Pardew too. Like Reading, the fans could start to turn if we don’t win.

  • 111 DanRo // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Before anyone does indeed jump down my neck I am currently undecided as to what pairing I would have.
    Personally, I would like to see Mbiwa in two European games and then make an informed decision.

  • 112 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM


    you was not saying that after the av game or the chelsea game or even at the begining of this game yet at the end of it ^^

    none of the substitutes or the way they played were defensive sp lets stop all this blks about pards too negative ect as you just all talking out your backsides and just proving that your dumb. (unless ofc you can prove it as me and the majority of other supporters may be the blind ones)

    i do think tiote should be in the place of perch and arfa when fit should be in jonas’s place but only now as we lost and they gave us enough reason to be replaced not that they were not prem class players.

  • 113 Super Magpie // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    2-1 now

  • 114 nick_9 // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Toon1979 – do you think Tiote did enough today to warrant a starting berth? I don’t. When he Came on he did nothing but look for the long ball and give it away, Jonas had a poor second half though but who else could step in for him? Marveaux doesn’t put as much effort in as gouffran does and obertan isn’t upto scratch. I think marveaux is a good player but too casual. Best case scenario for Southampton is that Ben Arfa returns and gouffran is available.

  • 115 Super Magpie // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Team for Southampton providing HBA and Gouffran are available-

    Debuchy Saylor/Colo/M’Biwa Santon
    Anita Cabaye
    HBA Sissoko Gouffran

    Bench- Elliot Perch Saylor/ Colo/ MYB Tiote Jonas Marveaux Shola

  • 116 Beattie25 // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    What has this blog come to?

    It so boring and full of retards.

    Yo yo

    Marveaux for Gouffran was not a negative substitute but the tactics employed for most of the second half were. FACT!!!

    It happens all the time. Pardew settles for what he’s got at about 60 minutes. That has not changed in the 2 years he’s been here.

    You sir are so blinded in your loyalty to him that you cannot have anyone question his tactics, his management or his decisions.

    Why don’t you take off your rose tinted glasses, remove your nose from his arse and have an intelligent conversation based on reality.

    In fact don’t waste your energy or your single brain cell on responding to this as I am not going to read it.

    This blog used to be good for all NUFC related chat, opinion and debate. Now it’s full of people trying to be funny and/or people talking utter crap.

    Surely it’s not just me that feels that way?

  • 117 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Good news on goofy and now he can have a rest.

  • 118 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:24 PM


    few days ago i would have said mbiwa/collo then after last 2 games and before today i would have said saylor/collo but after that game it gets me thinking saylor/mbiwa lol.

    in fairness i think collo just had a few moments of madness which he normally does not as he played brilliantly for most of that game.

    but after the next 2 euro games we will know better who our fave cb pairings are (not that i would be unhappy with any 2 of mbiwa/saylor/collo atm.

  • 119 pedro // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Don’t think Colo’s head is not there, just think that the pace of Bale was always likely to be the factor if he got the chance to run at him. When the ball broke he was quicker than Colo to the ball and then it was over, its a bit of a stretch in my opinion to say that his head wasnt right.
    Overall, I thought we were decent. Gouffran’s injury was a blow (pleased to hear thats not as bad as first thought), we didnt create as much as we should. There are a lot of poor balls put into the box or when Cisse is the only person there and except Coloccini’s cross in the first half they came to nothing. Krul had a poor game today other than some good stops near the end. He looked a little nervy throughout and his kicking was terrible.
    Spurs away was always going to be difficult so we move on. Still plenty of points to play for and im absolute certain we will win a lot, especially once HBA is back in the team.
    Argentine season started this weekend, so if you want a break. Check out my blog. Great goal in the Velez game last night, so take a look

  • 120 tequilamag // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Beattie, you really need to change the record. Your posts are both boring and predictable… yawn. And as for calling people retards.. It`s so playground.

  • 121 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM


    sorry beatie but i watched the game.
    then watched the highlights.
    and after this comment i will now watch the highlights again !
    but the full game and the highlights i did not see this trying to defend everything like you say i only see the fact there was no goofy outlet and marv could not get into the game ! but even tiote (our defensive member who came on in perch’s place) was a hell of a lot more forward than perch ever was all game not to mention ameobi coming on and cisse not coming off (which surely means we was trying to get something out of the game ?)

  • 122 yo-yo // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM


    Forgot about Gouffy havin a break 🙂


    Never let the trutth get in the way of a good argument.

    Your facts are opinions. Simple as.

  • 123 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Evening lads just got home from the game havent read the comments today hopefully not too negative!
    Just thought id add my thoughts on the game

    Firstly it was a hood awat oerformance from the lads and tbh we definatly deserved a point but we let ourselves down with two poor pieces of defending!

    Was fairly solid today but had a couple of panic monements, his clearence straight into a spuds player and completley missed a punch, but pulled off a couple of top saves, nothing he could do about the goals really

    Once again fairly solid good going forward but just lacked that precision with his final pass but thought he played well

    Another battling display today but today his complete lack of pace was there for all too see as his got left in the dust several times, felt for him on the second goal done his bit but lazy lazy play from colo and perch

    Hmm dont think he was at the races today drifted out of position a bit and had an absolute eternity to beat bale to the ball for the second and didnt make much effort to get back and make up for it, poor game today imo

    This lad gets better and better, especially with gouffran infront of him!
    Looked a bit stranded when marveaux came on buy made some great runs and some cracking tackles today

    Dont want to sound like im bashing him because i like perch, but i said since after chelsea he is the one change i’d make to deal with bale cutting in, and unfortunatly perch couldnt deal with him, he drifted all over the place after holtby leaving acres for bale too operate in
    As for the goals, well what do you say?
    Your in the wall man JUMP ffs if you got 3 inches off the floor its not a goal, simply not acceptable, and the second? He just stood there staring aimlessly shouldnt of been in the 11 today im afraid

    Somebody please just give this man the armband already!!!!
    He’s putting in the full blooded, gritty, determined, battling performances our captain should be, fantastic today bossed midfield for us, with him in the center we’ll soon start climbing the table he simply oozes class

    Looked a bit tired today tbh, but a hard working performance just lacked a cutting edge today but is certainly well on track to becoming a toon hero goid display

    Another tireless solid performance looks much more comfortable on the right, bit sloppy in posseion at times but think he’s starting to look like the old guti again happy days 🙂

    Really hope is knock is not to bad, because we need this boy in the squad, he’s left he’s right he tracks back he bursts forward he links up well makes chances makes runs simply fantastic display, congrats on your first goal goofy!!!

    Frustrating truly frustrating, great touch followes by poor touch, great run followed by poor run
    Its just baffling, he looks lost, there was on point sissoko made a great driving run through the middle and instead of dragging a defender wide or try and make some space he ran next too him and looked like he was trying to get a piggyback!!!

    Looked like the tiote of old, battled away made his presence known and passed well keep it up mr t!

    Um not great lost possesion continuelessly, didnt track back and just didnt graft, done himself no favours today imo

    Didnt really have a chance to do anything!

  • 124 northernirishtoon // Feb 9, 2013 at 6:57 PM


    Pretty much agree with your evaluation there.

    Thought it was a great performance from us

    Lets put things in perspective lads

  • 125 El Tino // Feb 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    @ tequilamag 71

    sorry mate. i didnt make myself clear. what i meant was, that pards was going to play marv , cabs and sissoko at villa, but perch was drafted in for marv due to injury.

    So if everyone is fit, will he go for tiote ot marv (instead of perch) against southampton. If he goes for Marveaux, will he play Sissoko deeper. Pards has decisions to make and im counting down the days to that match.

    Also Guti completely shuts down a wing. Bale switched wings to avoid Guti, only remember one occasion when Bale got a cross in from the left when against guti. but i still think he’s low in confidence in an attacking sense. There were a few occasions where he chose not to dribble, when he would have in the past. But if benny is fit, will jonas be dropped at home against southampton? Pards will have some big decisions to make

  • 126 marcotoon // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Sadly it is another defeat but I didn’t expect us to get anything today anyway. The positives are there, like it was actually Gareth Bale 2 Newcastle 1. There is no shame in being beaten by one of the world’s top players. I hope Gouffran is OK as I thought he treally played well today, although it is a defeat there are positives. Hatem can’t come back fast enough. We must contonue this form and high levels of team spirit. That was the first time we scored at White Hart Lane in a good few years.

  • 127 LGFUAD21 // Feb 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Disappointed to net get the point but we made spurs earn it.

    Bale was the difference. Actually think krul should have done better with his free kick.

    Second goal what can we expect with a high line against bale.

    That said we passed the ball around well and created chances.

    We will smash Southampton.

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