We’re Feeling Better – Atmosphere In Training Very Good

Davide Santon was on the plane yesterday to the Ukraine for our important second leg game against Metalist Kharkiv, and the big question is what kind of side will Alan Pardew put out tomorrow night.

davide santon with ball

Davide Santon – we’re feeling better

In the poll we are running on what side Alan should field – 66% think he should field his strongest side possible  – and then we suppose he would need to play a weakened side against Southampton on Sunday – but maybe not.

If Alan Pardew does that and we beat the Saints then everything will be fine – but whatever happens tomorrow night – if we end up losing or even drawing to Southampton with a weakened side, the Newcastle manager is bound to face some criticism.

We keep being told that the Premier League is the top priority, and of course we must try to get away from the relegation zone just as soon as possible.

And Davide Santon says the players are really looking forward to tomorrow night’s game, and that the atmosphere in training is good.

This is what the 8 times capped Italian International said in the Shields Gazette:

“We’re feeling better.” “In training the atmosphere’s very good.” “We were sad for Yoan, but I hope he is better for the next game.” “He is a good character for us, and will be really important.”

That comment on Yoan is because of the gashed leg he picked up at Spurs, when he also scored his first goal for the club, but Yoan returned to training on Monday, and should be ready to start the game against Spurs on Sunday afternoon, which is good news.

Mathieu Debuchy also didn’t travel with the squad because he was not named in the Europa League squad, but the French international will also be fresh and ready to start the game against the Saints.

Two wins is what we want in these two games and then the mood on Tyneside will be sky high, and we don’t even need two wins – and a score draw will see us through tomorrow night.

Here’s hoping.

Howay The Lads!!

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16 comments so far

  • Grafton83

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    What Pards thinks our strongest XI is and what everyone else thinks are two completly seperate things

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    If we are to be successful tomorrow then the likes of Taylor and it should be said, Jonas, and their undying commitment are needed. I also believe Cabaye is so important to the team. When he doesn’t play we don’t look the same. That of course is Pardieux’ dilemma – play him or rest him in favour of Anita/Bigi.

  • Grafton83

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Southamptons sucess is built mainly on passing and movement. For that reason I’d think that packing the midfeild with the likes of perch, Anita and maybe Tiote would probably make it difficult for them. That leaves some of our best players available for Metallica with Cabs, Mousain Bolt, HBA, Marv etc all available for DMC, CM and AMC roles.

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Grafton confirms my point that no matter what Pardew does he is going to be wrong for a number of wannabe managers who’s experience has been to play amateur/youth footie “at a high level”. I suspect Grafton is agreeing with me on that point

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Grafton, there’s no way Marv will play unless he has to. He just doesnt show enough effort and cant be relied on. Interesting comments from a Saints blog re Pardew:

    Not only did Adkins achieve better results, he also did it in style with a team who liked to pass the ball. Under Pardew the style of football was alright, but nothing special. It was usually quite direct and relied heavily on long balls towards Lambert, although to call it ‘long ball’ football would be doing it a disservice. Compared to what we’ve seen under Adkins, Pochettino and even Jan Poortvliet it was not too appealing.

    €Unfortunately I was in hosp for the Matallist game – how did we play ? Was the style of football ok? Did we go 442?


  • Grafton83

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Vs Mettalist

    ……………………. Krul …………………..

    *HBA and Mav can rotate positions in that formation
    – Also can give Santon, Cisse and HBA a rest with subs should we be ahead by a goal considering away goals rule

    Vs Southampton
    ……………………. Krul …………………..

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7


    Thats the thing thoguh…people think that picking jonas over marv is terrible or that tiote over anita is a disgrace.

    People demand we have a strong squad then want us to use the same 11 players every week…the point of our squad being bigger is that we can rotate players and not suffer too much.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8


    debuchy and gouff can’t play, cup tied.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9


    I mentioned something similar yesterday about Pardew.

    I don’t think he is good enough to get average players passing well like willo, simmo etc…and a few of the lads he’d have had at southampton.

    I think with good players he can get them playing nice stuff as it’s more natural…don’t think he can get average players to be more technical but he gets them to work hard.

  • Grafton83

    Feb 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Oh pants forget about that transfer sage, back to the drawing board

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11


    I did the same the other day…i just think try and keep the same 8/9 core players in both games and only rest or rotate those who are tired or a bit stiff.

  • chris_g

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Actually I would take the opposite approach to Grafton. Southampton are a team that play good football, and they play the game fairly as well, so I think the best way for us to beat them would be to play our most skillful players.

    Metalist, on the other hand, will be playing a very different brand of football on a very hard pitch (in spite of the ‘alleged’ under-soil heating!) and we will need to match them in terms of aggression. The very last thing we should do would be to play most of our ‘gifted’ players (especially Benny) who could end up crocked for the rest of the season.

  • Assam Toon

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13

    fair point graftoon, against a good passing side we can hope that perch, tiote, anita will not be chasing shadows, while marv, jonas, obertan probably would. besides, hba, goofy and debs are anyways out of europa…or resting in other words. they can come in to replace a tired cabs and sissoko anyway. although cabs is one player i wud prefer in both matches.
    i wud be very happy with
    simmo colo mapou santon
    perch, tiote(sub shola) , cabaye(sub by anita), sissoko (sub jonas)
    marv cisse
    1-1 would be good enough….0-3, on the other hand, will make the saints a bit scared 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    TS, yes i agree. There was more aggression in recent times like last season. Earlier on , we were drifting back all the times into 2 lines of four. No pressure on the ball. Home to Everton was bad in that way. How did we do at home to Kharkiv ? Did we play well?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15


    I only managed to catch extended highlights but we seemed to be doing much better…conceded a couple of chances but created a lot more ourselves and in reality should have had 3/4 goals if decisions went our way and our players finished properly.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #16

    I just wonder how much of this ‘tiredness’ is in the mond.

    Anyone remember when we were in Europe, quite a few seasons ago.

    We didn’t have the same squad depth as now so it was almost the same team playing during the week AND at the weekend.

    AND – our record in the PL after a match in Europe was outstanding.
    Better than when we hadn’t played.

    I don’t have any stats but that is how I remember it very clearly.


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