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Krul – It’s Nice To Make A Contribution To The Team

10:57 pm, Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 139 Comments

Tim Krul was the hero tonight, as the Newcastle goalkeeper made four tremendous saves,  after Newcastle had gone ahead with a penalty goal by Shola Ameobi after 64 minutes.

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Tim Krul congratulated by Danny Simpson after the game

His first save was an excellent block from Willian, who had just come into the game, and then he made two terrific saves in a matter of seconds from the impressive Jonathan Cristaldo.

And with just three minutes remaining he clawed away a goal-bound flick from Willian, and was helped by the impressive debut boy Massadio Haidara at left back, who then cleared the ball for a corner.

Tim Krul was interviewed for the Newcastle web-site on the team coach after the game:

“I’m really pleased, of course.” “It’s nice to be important and to make a contribution to the team.” “We defended well – there were some great blocks and I think we showed some of the qualities that we did last season with everybody working for each other.”

“Everybody had to put a lot of hard graft in. We showed a lot of spirit towards the end but it’s worth it, definitely.” “I think we did really well today.” “We knew if we scored one it was going to be difficult for them to come back because they had to score two and we’re really pleased to go through.”

“It’s massive for the club to be in the last 16 of the Europa League. I think that’s where we belong.” “And it’s great for the club like Newcastle to be in the draw for the last 16.” “We’re going to Anzhi Makhachkala now and that’s a great prospect which I’m really looking forward to.”

Tim Krul was injured near the end of the game after a foul by Cristaldo, and it’s not clear how bad the injury is – although he could not take the goal kicks after his injury and was surprisingly yellow carded by the ref when he waited for a Newcastle player to take the free kick, after he had recovered.

Alan Pardew is apparently hopeful that Tim will be OK for the important game against Southampton on Sunday – but Tim wasn’t too sure:

“I don’t know.” “We’ll have to wait for the scans.”

We have to hope that Tim and Yohan Cabaye are OK – but Yohan didn’t seem to be limping after coming off with a suspected knee injury.

We’ll just have to hope for the best.

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139 responses so far ↓

  • 1 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    we owe alot to krul bexcause of where we are today

  • 2 manxpie // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    jesus why after a great win is the blog focused on arses like check,catchy and this new fella lee (maybe the same person) !!!
    we won we’re through to the next round and playing our 1st tie away!
    finishing second in our group seems better and better
    and spurs have inter! a very good night all in all

  • 3 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I feel sorry for the girlfriends of some of you guys…if you’re so negative and picky about the club you love, I can only imagine what you say about them…

    Yes darling, you did look fantastic on holiday, but now you’ve gained a few pounds. I think it might be time to sack you…

    Your legs and tits are great darling, and I wouldn’t fancy you if you didn’t have a pretty face, but you really need some work on that arse…

    Sometimes you’ve just got to appreciate what you’ve got…

  • 4 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    here here manxpie!

    If all you can do after an important win is slag pards or players you ain’t a real fan IMO.


  • 5 Tsunki // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Trollwatch latest -

    El Sleeve // Feb 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    fed up of these cretinous team selections, shola, cisse rw, gosling is blatantly going to come on, get him out of my club

    Ketsbaia9 // Feb 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Guarantee they’ll score a goal through a Simmo error. What the hell is he doing back in the team. The games a write-off.

    nufcursed // Feb 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    haidara indeed looks good already
    shola on the other hand is sooooo useless cannot believe he’s even in the squad!
    he’s one of the poorest players ever to play for newcastle

    Just some of the pre match gems from the disappearing gripers after we won. Accompanied by the usual stalwart detractors. Just illustrating why I avoid matchtime blogging.

    Well done Pardew, and well done players of NUFC. Now lets bury Southampton. HWTL!

  • 6 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    so manxpie. rewind 4 weeks were u happy then? we have had a great result today i wont deny that but pards will not take us forward

  • 7 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM


    You assume they have girlfriends!

  • 8 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM


    Here here. I’m going to ignore all the crazies from now on. It’s official.

  • 9 Tsunki // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Leeb – you mean he wont take us forward after the next game?

  • 10 tequilamag // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Manx, pretty sad to see people desperately looking for the negatives to justify their entrenched hatred of Pardew but it`s what I have come to expect. Can`t spoil my mood tonight. Onward and upwards.

  • 11 Tsunki // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Spugsybaby – yeah I just fell into that trap right then didnt I? :-D

    Well ists been horrific, gotta rest see y`all another time!

  • 12 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    alright then all you pardew lovers answer me this. next season under pards where will we finish………. then the next…… and the next…………….. and the next. are we going forward

  • 13 Tsunki // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:12 PM


  • 14 ToonDownSouth // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM


    For some reason that’s the happiest I’ve been with a win in a long long time – maybe since the 5-1 actually.

    I just really thought there was no way we’d come through that – I thought it was just going to be one of those things, where we got screwed over by the officiating and we’d just have to accept it.

  • 15 Tsunki // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Leeb – I have no idea. Thats why its such fun!

  • 16 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Ists been emotional Tsunkihunki

  • 17 ToonDownSouth // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Yes Pardew lovers, grab your socks and get the time machine a-rumbling.

    Also, do we ever win a trophy? How long before Apple takes control of an entire country? And how long before we all start to sink?

  • 18 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Spuggy – you have a point. Talking of which, I’m going to climb into bed with mine. Goodnight to the proper fans, and I’ll leave the negative folk to their game of championship manager that just seems to convince them how easy this football management malarkey is after all…

  • 19 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    ok then pardew lovers. who was motm. bet 90% say either gk or defender. Thats how good we are attacking

  • 20 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:19 PM


    I thought warren barton played particularly well. He get’s my vote.

  • 21 tequilamag // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    TDS, It was always going to be tense you never can tell if the officials are going to cave in a hostile atmosphere. We look like we are playing with so much more confidence since the Villa game. Self belief is so important..£ points on Sunday now and we are set up for a good end of season.

  • 22 ToonDarnSarf // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Tsunki – your last post about fun…I couldn’t have said it better! There are 20 teams in the PL, at least 6 are richer than ours, and several more have been building a PL squad for longer than we have. If football was predictable, we could write off top 6 completely. But it’s not. And we finished 5th year, and had a chance of the CL on the last day! Awesome!

    19 other clubs all trying to do better than us in the PL, we have no divine right to be better. All I ask is that the staff and players try their hardest to win and to entertain us, the fans. Without some downs, we can’t appreciate the ups.

    We’ll win a trophy some day soon, and just imagine the celebrations!!!

  • 23 manxpie // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    lee i don’t know if i was happy 4 weeks ago maybe maybe not but if you were asking if i was happy with the season so far then no i wasn’t but i could see wat was wrong and guess wat it wasn’t pardew it was a very very bad injury list to key players and replacements and 1 of the smallest squads in the prem or did you miss that!?
    last year with a good injury record and with players like simmo ,willo, perch and half a season with arfa he got 5th and now with injuries clearing up and a squad that can cope and is good enough we win 3 draw1 and imo lose 1 unluckly so how do you judge that as not bein good enough or taking us as far as he can!????

  • 24 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    spugggy im trying to make a valid point so why dont you…… or can you not find one in favour of pardew. how did you feel after west ham and reading by the way. were you there

  • 25 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I had mild indigestion after reading actually. But I have pills for it.

  • 26 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Actually winding them up is much more fun than ignoring them.

  • 27 manxpie // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    tsunki you should do that after every game! brilliant!
    “nufccursed” tells it’s own story really :)

  • 28 miggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    just be happy we made the last 16 yes weve had a bad season but things are on the up so lets get behind the lads and push forward keep the momentum goin which will keep us in the prem and next season with a bit luck n a few signings we do it all again keep smiling n keep the faith HWTL

  • 29 croftus5678 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    hmm we should actually listen to these negative supporters (is it the right word for them support ?) they obviously know what they are talking about and i’m sure a prem team will be knocking at there door soon to be there next prem team manager !

  • 30 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    so manx when all is going going well we are ok but when injuries hit. pardwho struggles.where are the predictions spuggy with pardew in charge. i need to to know

  • 31 aidantoon // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Well done tonight lads!!!!

    Hope cabs and krul are ok for Sunday.

    Sounds good being in last 16.

  • 32 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    My prediction is that pardew will be slagged off win or lose for the rest of the season by a minority.

    Told you I was good.

  • 33 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM


    It’s nice to know you need to know what I think. I feel the love.

  • 34 beefman13 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Tim krul was nothing short of magnificent, we played lovely stuff first half and then got the goal with agret penalty from shola.

    I have go to say though the introduction of jonas and perch nearly cost us and it would have if Krul had not been outstanding, again Pardew with his backs against the wall tactics they created 8 serius chances when those two came on, wht the hell did the two lads who got taken off do wrong, he spoilt the rythy of our play, why does he have to go in to the shoring things up mode when it so very nearly cost us.

    i really an chuffed to be in the next round, tim krul thank you, you were so very close to making a mssive rod for your back again AP we have won and i am still furious with the bloke.

  • 35 Ian Toon // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Tsunki_. Well said me man!!

  • 36 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    ok then end the season now. go out last 16 of europe nowhere in cups and 16 in the league. how many of you are happy

  • 37 manxpie // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    tequiela and TDS i don’t understand either i don’t see there enjoyment out of supporting us wen we havent won nowt in years!
    and i am happiest for a long time with this result with an away result in outer europe with changes in the team and i think we’ll get through this round!

  • 38 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM


    Heaven forbid he was saving key players for Sunday.

  • 39 beefman13 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Spuggy, were you happy to see the rythym of our team spoilt by our substitutions, would you have done that?

    he plays russian roulette our managre and we have those russians next round, is his gun loaded again, you can only go to the well so many times,

    the credit for that victory dosnt go to him, it goes to our goalkeeper,

  • 40 ToonDownSouth // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:46 PM


    Lighten up for once.

    Anita and Cisse were by far our two weakest players in that match, with the possible inclusion of Cabaye as well. Perch and Jonas both did fine when they came on – Perch blocked a likely goal, and Jonas won the ball a few times in the RB position, which he had clearly come on to provide cover for. After all, Cisse is no wide man.

    People complaining about us defending seem to be forgetting that there’s another very good team on the pitch, who are at home, need two goals, and really want to score them. If the situation was reversed you would expect us to be piling on the pressure in the last 20 – you must have seen a football match before, it happens pretty much every game!

  • 41 manxpie // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    what lee!!??
    well lets see? imagine if you lose your legs (god forbid) lets see how you do with out any help hey?

  • 42 croftus5678 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM


    give it a rest will ye ffs
    i didnt see the game only the highlights due to work so can not say if we played well or not but we won ! end of story now change the record and enjoy the win will ya !
    unless you wanted us to lose ?

  • 43 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    How very dare we defend a one goal lead away from home in the last 20 mins in Europe. Who’d of thought any manager would do that?

    Pards out!

  • 44 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    spuggy lets end this here…. last year with a fit squad pards was good. this year with injuries he is abysmal. no moivational skills . this is not my view this is a fact. look at hye table n stats if u doubt me. doubt you will tho

  • 45 ToonDownSouth // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM


    The “table n stats” prove that Pardew has no motivational skills?

    I’m concerned about your idea of what the word “proof” means.

  • 46 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Willian and jakson on on at 66 mins – they started to dominate and overun the midfield – with willian a particular threat (very good player).

    Point being we were already being overun when he made the changes, not he mae the changes THEN we got overun.


  • 47 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM


    I think I could grow to love you, I mean I love my son, and he irritates the shot outta me sometimes.

  • 48 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    croftus when will you lot get my point. im not against pardew i just dont think he will take us forward. we were 5th now where. its my opinion im not telling you to think the same s respect my view n p off. if not dont comment on a blog

  • 49 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    leeb I wish you would end it here

  • 50 manxpie // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    beef do you at ANY AND I MEAN ANY time account for the other team???
    they made 3 subs and 2 of them were counted as pardews danger men last game!
    did you miss the perch block on the line?
    and to blame the subs and pardew on there attacking in the last 20 mins instead of the fact they needed 2 goals to progress is not just ignorant but idiotic!!

  • 51 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    PErhaps it’s your timing leeb – after a vital win. Think about your timing in future.

  • 52 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    TDS nufc west ham charlton and southampton…. other than our 5th place please tell me the finshing positions of those teams with pards in charge

  • 53 croftus5678 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM


    injuries as the difference from last season to this season does not mean motivational skills ! it surely means the players that replaced the injured ones were not good enough !

    they should have bought in the summer but hey who’s to know cabaye/arfa/collo/saylor would get injured ?

    and now they have corrected that “mistake” we can not take it back so whats the point in looking back ! just move on.

  • 54 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    good game tonight im glad we got one over them, but on the negative side of things im totally disgrace of the metalist fans attacking us goerdies before and after the match and the police stood there watching.

    when they came here they had nothing but respect from us, i hope the lads and lasses that went over there came back safe and sound and i also hope in the near future we play them again to see whats it’s like for them to get bullied at our ground.

  • 55 Spuggy // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Off for some Z’s


  • 56 croftus5678 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    @48 leeb

    hehe and i dont recall this being your blog !
    and its my opinions that i’m stating ! so hows that any different than yours ?

  • 57 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    croftus go away. did we spend money coz pards realised we ffffff up or because cashley knows the money available next year…… think i know the answer

  • 58 leeb1982 // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    croftus read the post u prick….. a blog is what i said not MY blog

  • 59 beefman13 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    TDS, our manager does these tactics every time we are one up, we start defending deeper, we now have a chance to stay in the prem beacuse of the players brought in, if they had not have come in we would have wen down imo,i still think he is pants tacticly, he peed me off tonite brigning those two on, jonas will no doubt start again v southampton as well, wha is he going to do when benny is back, will he drop jonas, i really think he will find a way not to drop the fella.

    in fact there hasnt been a time in any game this seson when one od his decisions has not peed me off, i relly could not believe those sbstitutions tonight, over the moon with the win, but our manager is a fruitcake.

  • 60 manxpie // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    lee we won so go an slit ya wrists and put us all out of YOUR misery!

  • 61 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    @58 leeb

    ” its my opinion im not telling you to think the same s respect my view n p off. if not dont comment on a blog”

    like i said my view is obv different to yours but you tell me to respect your view or not post ^^ or am i missing something ?

    and thats mr prick to you boy.

  • 62 leeb1982 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    again spot on beefman. what has jonas done this year. im sure spuggy n co will dig though the archives to when hen he pulled oot the mask. u remember

  • 63 manxpie // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    did you see my post beefman or just choose to ignore it?

  • 64 leeb1982 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    yes croftus at what point did i say it was my blog…… never so please get ur point right

  • 65 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Kruls world class!

    Best thing about him is how he reads the game and shuts the man down making himself big. That other great thing he does is take the ball from the air.

    We would deffinately miss him and hes deffinatley worth the askin price. I think about 10m might sell him, but id say hes deffinately worth 20m, hes a game changer!

    Quality game for the lads today and i cant wait to have our two best wingers back in amongst the frey, in what would be our strongest line up.

    We are lackin something upfront and that is the quality and pace of ben arfa and gouffran. Weve been very well organised at the back and our keeper, defence and midfield have been of the quality u would expect from a world class team.

    I just think upfront we havent seen enough and if i had to pick a couple to do that job, id like to think benny boy and gouffran has the skill and pace to score goals, set them up and torment defenders.

    Cant wait til i see this line up and i hope pardew does something similar..


    That front 3 will find the goals we need!

    Pardew would probably play taylor ahead of mbiwa and tiote ahead of anita but its still a good team!

    Not long now boys, not long :)

  • 66 beefman13 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Manx, PARDEW has did those tactics all season who ever we have played, he would have taken us down im pretty sure of it, we are still to play a solid consistant 90mins. we are not out of the woods, players like benny will help no doubts, i think ian bogie who was over at gateshead could get us away from relegation as easy as this bloke pardew, i have not ever known a manager infuriate me so much, not even souness, last season was last season.

  • 67 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:13 AM


    i’m loving the look of that buddy.
    i’d be tempted to put tiote in anita’s place though to cover all area’s of midfield.
    but good times ahead with a team selection like that :-)

  • 68 leeb1982 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    beefman why do we need to be seem as negative when in fact we are positive coz we wanna take team forward not stagnate like the super spuggy n tds

  • 69 Jamiemac // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I do love how the bloggers being ultra negative pre match NEVER make an appearance post match if we win.

    Anyway has anybody got an idea if the first leg is home or away? Looking to get tickets for the home leg.

  • 70 jonobbad // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Good win tonight, I can’t wait for Southampton though very excited for that game.
    I love reading pretty much all the comments, positive and negative but the posts that really seem to annoy me are the posters slamming people as not real supporters for having a different view to them. If everyone was positive or negative the blog would be a waste of time. Wind your necks in fellas the blog doesn’t just revolve around you.

  • 71 beefman13 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Just to add not one cross put in to the box from open play, and 275 corners and counting since we last scored from a one, some of our stats are unbelievable, like i said the quality of graham carrs new players should get us out of the mess we are in in the prem. im not giving our manager any credit until he starts letting the team flow for the full 90, he stifles us all the time. he puts us in danger with his negative tactics. we dont have to do the custers last stand tactics every game surel, do we?

  • 72 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM


    we was solid throughout 90mins against villa and chelsea (even though results tell a different story) but the team played great in those games and imo since the 5 signings have come in we have improved in leaps and bounds !

    any teams will have shaky patches ask any manu fan !

    we are far from perfect and still make mistakes but we are definatly not one of the worst teams around (take manager/coaches/chairman/players everything into consideration and we have a hell of a lot to be gratefull for when comparing to other teams).

  • 73 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    His tactics are good, but only if u have a front 3 who can do the damage

    The problem i have with pardew is the fact he has tactically defended with no quality up top and has resulted in a lot of games with not many goals or if any at all.

    I just think benarfa, cisse and gouffran have enough quality to play pardews defencive, organised system.

    Makes me very excited about the coming games :)


    I believe anita is more of a complete midfielder and passes and creates a lot more than tiote, so id rather him to be honest.

    Tiote is more one dimentional, with only his tackles (especially recently) being of real quality. The thought of sissoko, cabaye and anita interchanging is mouth watering.

    I do like tiote still though, he just needs that competition to find his feet again and stop losing the bloody ball!

  • 74 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:31 AM


    i’m with you all the way there anita has been my fave player the 1st half of the season and didnt deserve to be replaced.

  • 75 manxpie // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    beefman keep believing that your even talking like he’s gone ” he would have taken us down im pretty sure of it,”
    and then go on to say “where not out of the woods” make your feeeckin mind up!
    with the current set up and squad we,ve got and wit a couple more key area’s filled in the summer we’ve got a whole set up that will rival imo the top 4!
    but if you wanna get this world class (imaginary) manager in then fair enough but who is that again?
    go on give us another laugh name the manager who’s gonna take us forward????

  • 76 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:41 AM


    I do think tactically hes not the best and he has proved that in the first half of the season but we might aswell get behind him like ashley does.

    Mainly becaise hes very defence minded and i think that has been the downfall to this season. He hasnt attacked enough games when we havent had the quality to hold them off and play thay that system.

    I think ben arfa and gouffran will help and give that bit of quality we have missed up top to take the limited chances we get a game.

  • 77 NUFC_LEAZES END // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    did anyone else get flashbacks of our uefa cup game against Palermo when tim krul kept us in that game, and he was only about 17 or 18 then :O fantastic performance brought a tear to my eye :D

  • 78 Super Magpie // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Pardew tactics have been baffling at times but you have to remember that when you have the likes of Williamson playing every week then he needs some protection. The football we’ve played for the majority of this season had been pretty dire. That can be put down to many reasons.

    The last few weeks have seen a sudden uplift in performances and the quality of football, mostly due to the new arrivals.
    2 clean sheets back to back in Europe is a great achievement which not many teams do in the knockout stages and an away win to add to that makes it even better.

  • 79 Super Magpie // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Didn’t actually get to see the game tonight as I was out, does anyone have the highlights of Krul’s saves?

  • 80 manxpie // Feb 22, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    cockney but every manager in the world want’s a strong defence and a strong defensive and atacking midfield and a striker/s but this season he hasn’t had any of that all season
    most fans think of the barca way but forget over the years they’ve also had a very strong defence but imo the PL is far superior than the spanish league
    great teams are formed from defence and with the squad strengthened the way it has i believe we’ve got a good chance of doin well in the cup and climbing up thr league
    wat i dont understand is the negativity after winning a very very tough tie in europe

  • 81 jimmysmith // Feb 22, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Delighted with a result and performance that continues our splendid upward momentum of recent weeks, but let’s not sell ourselves short. A squad of this quality and depth, alongside regular appearances in the quarter finals of European competition and consistently challenging for honours domestically should be the benchmark for a club of our stature and potential.

    My own self esteem is actually receiving a boost as a result of the clubs recent performances. Which is I’m afraid as much an indicator of our previous underperformance as our current excellent efforts and achievements.

  • 82 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    @manx + cockney

    i agree with you both in honesty imo pards has not had the good players to have the option to relax the defence and play more attacking football.
    and on the other hand i tend to think there has been a few substitute’s that put us on the back foot too much (thinking in honesty the player was at fault more than pards though as they well underperformed and did not make an impact)

    but too much negativity does no one any good it only feeds the vulnerable into acting on what can actually effect the club in bad chants at games.

    i have no problems reading peoples opinions if its constructive and there is actually a point to be made but there is 2 sides to everything and some are fast to point out a negative but never say anything about any of the positives.

  • 83 obatoyou // Feb 22, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    I knew all along we would win against Metalist, and we will beat Southampton
    Head down to the betting agency fellas, even money for Newcastle, gee whiz we might win that one 3-0
    betting agencies over here are called TAB’s, not sure what u call em in the UK..

  • 84 Corny74 // Feb 22, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    We finished 5th last season (and will definitely stay up this season), last 16 in Europa this season. Have had one of the best January windows in memory! If offered this whilst we were plying our trade in the championship. ….I’d have bit your hand off. Well played N.U.F.C. Howay the Lads.

  • 85 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 22, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Exactly, so if hes had no real quality he should of attacked more games with more creative players in midfield and play the numbers game.

    He could have rotated the two dembas and had a lot more creativty in the midfield and have 1 up top as a lone striker and 1 to break up the play in midfield.

    Something like this…

    With cover
    2 wingers.

    2 CMs

    1 DM

    I could have produced good line ups that would take it to the other teams, even with the injuries, theres no excuse!

    If u defend a game and you dont have the quality up there, your not going to get many goals.

    With our much improved defence and midfield when hatem and yoan come back i think they would be the perfect team with his defencive, organised tactics.

    They dont need many chances them two! Especially benny boy! :)

    Something like this..



    Now whatever game you go back to where there were bound to be injuries, i bet you could play this system 99% of the time without having someone out of position and problems going forward and scoring goals.

    Just my opinion.

  • 86 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 22, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Don’t bite at the makums, lads. It really isn’t worth the time.

    Anyone who comes on here slating after a victory and clean sheet is obvious. Especially in Europe.

    Laugh instead of biting ;)

    Ha ha ha ha ha!

  • 87 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 22, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    Team I’d love to see against Southampton


  • 88 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 22, 2013 at 3:20 AM


    You really hate Tiote don’t you..

    Are you jabbing darts into posters :)

    He will come back into form at some point, he has much more ability than anyone else in our squad as a defensive mid

  • 89 89Norcal // Feb 22, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Missed the game. When I saw a 1-0 scoreline with a Shola penalty, I feared it was a s*** performance with a lucky penalty kick, but happy to see we played well :)

    I’m sure morale is high and we can handle Southampton. The next round of EL will be tough though. Anzhi are stronger than Metalist. But as someone who’s followed Barcelona for 14 years, it will be cool to see Eto’o line up against Newcastle.

    Let’s just hope he doesnt score :)

  • 90 Grafton83 // Feb 22, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Check out the teamsheet for Liverpool when they lost 1-0 away to Ahnzi in the group stages. They feilded an entire B team and it would suggest they aren’t too much of a threat compared to other teams left in the competition.

  • 91 check the toastie // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Pardew has now stated anita would have been on the bench again if Tiote was fit, so now Parsnip is preferring Simpson and Haidara (impressed) over Anita.

    Think the lad should leave the club, Pardew has no eye for a player. he is the link man the man that makes a team function ala first half, a super little footballer who is getting a raw deal, the fact the lad played so well says a lot for his tremendous attitude.

    Pardew is clueless in so many aspects, he should go, he is out of his depth, and has a small club mentality. Personally all credit goes to our players and none to Pardew for me, he is detrimental to our progress and should be sacked.

  • 92 dmac // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Remember please guys just to ignore the trolls. They need to feel special and loved and by responding your doing that. Ignore them and they will go.

    On a positive note! What a victory lets keep pushing on now up the table and further in this comp!

    Howay the lads!

  • 93 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Toon-Prodigy // Feb 22, 2013 at 3:20 AM


    You really hate Tiote don’t you..

    Are you jabbing darts into posters

    He will come back into form at some point, he has much more ability than anyone else in our squad as a defensive mid

    I don’t hate him. I just don’t feel he deserves to start. I generally prefer having 11 players on the field for the full 90 minutes ;)

    He has not impressed me at all this season… nor has he impressed me since coming back from ACON.


  • 94 89Norcal // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    To Grafton’s point at #91

    Anzhi didn’t impress me at the start of the EL either, but they have since found more fluency in their attack with Eto and Traore and have since added Willian.

    I think we are a better team at our best however they have the talent up front to really cause problems, especially with how cagey we’ve been at the back, even with Colo and Saylor in there.

  • 95 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Well done the lads – KEPT YOUR HEADS when provoked could of easily reacted to some of their cynical play. Maybe a blessing in disguise Tiote going down with a bug.

    Must single out danny Simpson – had one of his best games in a Toon shirt.

    Krul back to his best

  • 96 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM


    Why is not playing anita such a crime?

    I can understand to an extent when people complained he wasn’t selected ahead of perch…as he is a much better player although perch did well in the games he played so I don’t really have a problem.

    I think that when we have cabaye, sissoko, gouff and jonas (hopefully HBA soon) it’s ok to have a bit more steel in midfield with Tiote.

    I just think Pardew not picking anita doesn’t make him clueless.

  • 97 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Anyway….my view on last night.

    The team played very well, we weren’t great in the final third but we kept the ball better than we have in the past.

    Yes they had a few good spells at the end of each half but teams are allowed to do well against us, especially teams that made the quarter finals of this comp last year.

    We did get a bit deeper towards the end but they were piling the pressure on so it’s difficult to get out sometimes.

  • 98 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Well that was frustrating to watch. Internet here last night was dreadful. My man of the match goes to the little circle thing in the middle whilst video is buffering…the thing was non-stop and absolutely bossed the entire game :)

    From what I did see we played pretty well and were at least equal to the win.

    Where’s Rainrix? Has he been on as I am a little worried that Shola scoring and ultimately sending us through may have been just too much joy for the guy to handle.

  • 99 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:07 AM


    Shola is king of penalties….total confidence when he steps up for them.

    I think cisse struggled last night, was ok when up top with shola but when towards the right wing he seemed to struggle (which is understandable as not his position).

    I’d like to have seem obertan come onto the right to try and catch them out on the break for the last 20/25 mins but we won and went through against a decent team so I can’t complain.

    Bring on Anzi.

  • 100 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    TS….Even with a broken stream Sholas confidence was there to be seen :)

    There will always be players or moments or something that can be improved but as you say, we won. To the final 16 we go! Who is PAnzi?

  • 101 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM


    My stream froze just as sissoko was fouled…came back to find he had a won a penalty.

    Then it was all tense, shola spotted the ball, froze, i could feel the pressure, came back on a few seconds later, had skipped ahead the we were walking back to our own half…..good result but took all the pressure away haha.

  • 102 89Norcal // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM


    Advocating for someone to play out of position for the sake of an argument is all check has left. Just ignore the poor, trolling fool.

  • 103 TorqToon // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Morning gents.

    Great result yesterday, against a very technically sound Metalist side.

    First time in ages I steered clear of the blog on a match day as I can imagine the furore that would have been rife when shola was unveiled in the starting XI…

    I’m sure they all disappeared after around 67mins!! :-)

    Shola takes a cracking penalty, like! Always has done!

  • 104 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    TS….A Newcastle game without pressure? That must be a first?

    Check…I’m starting to think you might secretly work for Ashley with this constant trying to sell Anita. Before the last 5 games Anita had featured heavily, granted as we have been missing some players, but he was a huge member of the team for the majority of this season and no doubt would have benefited from some rest. Since then he missed 4 starts, the first two we won. I think his career at NUFC is far from over, we need the depth to be able to rotate. Let’s see how he is used for the remainder of the season, not just a handful of games which covers approximately 10% of our season.

  • 105 bills-son // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Shola showed again last night how important he is to the squad and Pards got it spot on geeing him up for the game. There is a real confidence, almost arrogance, in Shola these days. He believes no defender can out muscle him and his physical presence up front ruffled their feathets all night. Shola is no Messi but any fan who says he is a donkey doesn’t understand the game.

  • 106 toonboyjake // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    morning all, i dont know if this has been already mentioned but its early and im too tired to look through every comment. What will happen with the second leg of the tie? falls on sunday 14th with the derby being saturday 13th, i though europa league was midweek football? hoping the derby isnt moved to a midweek game

  • 107 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Bills…He played his role well last night. He is what he is so you can’t expect him to be about making great runs or anything like that. He did hold the ball up well, applied pressure, combined pretty well with the team…and of course was available to show how a penalty is taken….not bad for a donkey :)

  • 108 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:31 AM


    I don’t get it sometimes….people complain Ashley didn’t improve the squad enough then when he does they complain Pardew doesn’t play them all. There are only 11 places on the pitch and for me Anita doesn’t deserve one.

    He runs a lot, works hard and can pass the ball but I think the combination of tiote, cabaye and sissoko is the perfect one. Pardew is trying to get tiote to play himself into form I think. I think he wants him to get back to his best with the help of an inform cabaye and sissoko around him.

  • 109 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Bills and Ibiza

    I like Shola, I think he is an average player but that’s not a bad thing, he isn’t poor and he isn’t a world beater.

    Last night he showed his ability, he held the ball up well, won some free kicks in good positions, showed his ability from the spot and should have had a goal if marv had crossed the ball as he made a good run to be free in the centre.

    Shola’s problem is and always has been consistency. Last night he showed why he deserves to be in and around the team, next week he might well show he shouldn’t be in the squad.

    He is sometimes clumsy and gives away to many fouls and wastes things but then last night he is very good and doesn’t make daft mistakes.

    If he was consistent he would be a good player.

  • 110 eaststandgeordie1982 // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    So happy to be in the last 16 i thought we played much better last night than we did last week we look really comfortable with the ball last night, next round is a tough one but i cant wait.

  • 111 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Shola’s got a great touch and scores some important goals.
    He holds the ball up well.

    He’s a lazy player. Doesn’t run enough and saunters back to an onside position if we lose possession. Meaning if we suddenly recover the ball we can’t pass it to our favourite CF.

    So annoying.

    Like most of Cabaye’s crosses.
    Cisse’s offsides.
    Obertan’s decision making.
    Krul and Simpson’s distribution.

    Great win though, cheers lads!
    That takes some doing. Going to the Ukraine in February and winning.


  • 112 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    TS…Consistency is key and you’re right in that Shola often fails to deliver. But as an option, which is really all he is, he has a role to play.

    TS…Not sure I agree that Anita doesn’t deserve a starting spot when comparing to say Tiote. If anything Anita is probably more deserving, but it’s not always that simple really. He will get his game time, but for now that may be more as a sub. Anita can act as a direct replacement for most of our midfield and to be a good quality, he is a perfect super sub really, not that I’m belittling his talents nor am I saying he wont ever be a starter. He is class.

  • 113 rainrix // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:44 AM

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  • 114 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    btw Pardew got the substitutions right last night.

    Perch & Jonas from the bench. My preferred starting position for these two excellent squad players.

  • 115 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    When i saw sholas name on the team sheet last night, i must admit i though ffs! Love shola but dont see him as a 90 min player, luckily i was dead wrong because he caused them all sorts of problems last night he had a cracking game! My stream froze just as sissoko got fouled (not cisse as the bbc claim) and all i heard the ESPN commentators say was cisse is bound to want this and i actually fiund myself pleading with god, nnnnnoooooooooooo please ffs not cisse shola is the penalty master! Thankfully it was a shola classic, hammered it home!
    Also massive massive game last night for haidara and mbiwa who had absolutly cracking games along with everyone else, almost
    After about 20 mins have to say was glad tiote wasnt playing because with that ref he would have walked in no time!

  • 116 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM


    Maybe I should have said that a little better.

    Anita is as deserving if not more than tiote but with the two ball players and attacking threats in cabaye and sissoko who can link the team Anita’s abilities are needed less than earlier when we had perch and bigi in there.

    I think tiote being an out and out DM is more important for now, just to see if he can recapture his form now he has more support around him.

    I am not against anita playing as cabaye and sissoko can also do defensive roles well so with anita we have 3 ball players who can also tackle but I want tiote to have another go for a few matches.

    I think players who have done well consistently in the past (recent past, previous season not 10 years ago) deserve the games to try and get back in form. Chopping and changing too much can keep players out of form.

    I think guti has had a fair crack as has willo so others deserve a go in their place.

  • 117 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Tiote’s a liability because of his temper and he makes lots of stupid mistakes in front of our back four.

    I’d rather he came back to form on the training ground and a few 20 minute sub appearances.

    Anita and Perch don’t make too many mistakes and Perch’s tackles are tremendous.
    I’d rather see one of them start games atm.

  • 118 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    about the anita subject !
    i think he is definatly 1st team material in our team and most other prem teams.
    but then again so are our other midfielders and if anita was in there place i’m sure we would be saying the same on whoever was left out !

    its a good thing as means we have true quality for backup not that pards needs the sack for not playing every good player we have.

  • 119 county down magpie // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Great result last nite, I didn’t come on here last nite cos on matchdays you have the full troll patrol on!
    Thought the team played well overall, pards made the right selections and we seem set for sunday, personally I’d have taken Cabaye off around the 70 but hey im just pickin the bones! Southampton will be no pushovers, I think they’ll be playing for a draw, we’re gonna have to start quickly but, with a packed house, benny possibly back and the lads spirits up we should have too much for them


  • 120 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I missed the game due to a powercut, so followed on my phone in a bar while cocktail testing. Excellent night by all accounts, strong performances throughout, and a solid debut from Haidara.

    Cisse as inside right/right wing is still an odd move from Pards, if that is what he is after surely Obertan is better suited to the role.

    Always great to see Big Shols step up to rattle home a penalty, as well as showing his value to the team.

    Tough to see why certain people are being negative after yesterdays result, the only downsides I see are the Krul and Cabaye knocks. Hopefully they will be fine for Sunday. Would like to see Anita keep his place for Sunday, I feel he will be more effective against the Saints than Tiote.

  • 121 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    TS…It’s too late now, we all know you have Anita and want him gone. I know what you’re saying and don’t have any issues with that at all. We will need all of them at some point, for instance Cabaye may miss some games from his injury last night.

    Tads…Never doubt Shola.

    Rainrix…There doesn’t appear to be an international shipping option. You’ve left me disappointed….yet again.

  • 122 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    jonas better than messi

    I know what you mean but can only get so far back to your best in training and off the bench…need full games against opposition to get right back to it.

    The beauty of these discussions here are that nobody is really wrong. We have a lot of quality in midfield now and other than needing to improve with a wide player and forward we have plenty of quality in depth.

  • 123 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Should be a great atmosphere on Sunday.

    The heroes return.
    Winning away in Europe is a tough ask.

    Hope Krul & Cabaye are okay.
    Both looked serious injuries at the time, but both played on for a few minutes. Which has to be a good sign.

  • 124 rainrix // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    ibiza… Sorry i’ll have this remedied immediately no bro should be without the sho

  • 125 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM


    I’m just glad we can all now have arguments saying Anita should be playing, tiote should be in, etc etc…..instead of earlier in the season when a lot were arguing over who shouldn’t be playing. We have enough depth in the squad now to have options which is great.

  • 126 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Rainrix…I appreciate that, but I still have a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. Any chance of a discount as a gesture of good will?

  • 127 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM


    thats my way of thinking bout the tiote situation also.

    no doubt he’s by far the better player in the holding role with his presence and bullying ! but there is also the downside of silly fouls and sendings off (which i’m not too upset when perch takes his position either).

    imo its a fine line and a tough choice for me anita would prob edge it over tiote ! but then again i could be wrong as i dont see the ins and outs of what goes on at the club and how it affects the players.

    either way we are very spoilt for choice with players that only improve our team.

    and on shola’s peno ! i thought he was going to die of exhaustion before he got to the ball ^^ (i still do not think he’s the quality we need) but good on the lad for scoring.

  • 128 rainrix // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    At least we have plenty of players who should have a full tank for sunday, debuch gouffran santon tayls Nice to have depth for once :) i wonder who’ll start at CB. For me mbiwa saylor or colo dont really deserve to be dropped. If i had to pick 1 i’d say colo as he hasn’t been at his best recently, that being said he’s still putting shifts in. Decisions Decisions

  • 129 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Just to weigh in on the Anita debate, Anita Cabaye and Sissoko provide us with the most fluid centre midfield 3 I can remember at the club. Each of them can (and has played at a top level) in a defensive role, an attacking role, a box to box, playmaker, basically any role needed in that midfield. Tiote is more of an enforcer in which case he is better suited to games against top opposition, or physical opposition.

    In my opinion, Anita, Cabaye and Sissoko are perfect for games against ball playing teams that rely on passing and movement. They would be my starting trio for the upcoming games against Saints, Swansea and Wigan.

  • 130 rainrix // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    ibiza… You’re chancellor man, take it out of the blog economy, i know thats about £3.00 but still take it. You cant be a fascist society if you don’t abuse your powers ;)

  • 131 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    @125 transfer

    spot on m8 just a few short month’s ago it was fergusson/sammyobi who were our “they should be playing” how much our quality has improved :-)

  • 132 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM


    Yeh I think anita would help with a quicker passing game and might get us more on the front foot.

    Saying that tiote is no mug, not a great passer but when he keeps it simple he is good…he too often tried to go for a difficult pass which he can do but is not consistent enough with.

  • 133 Transfer Sage // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM


    It’s finally good to have the depth we have needed.

    And in my opinion Pardew should be given a chance with this squad.

    He showed last year that with a good, consistent team he could get us 5th…can’t fluke a full season despite what some say. We weren’t fluid but effective for most parts.

    This year Pards has shown that with a weaker squad suffering injuries he struggles. He can’t get your basic players playing good football (not many manages can) and he struggles to get a team performance when big players are missing, we lose shape etc. But again, thats not easy, not many managers do better in that situation, just the special ones. Although after a tough few months he got the fringe guys playing some good stuff but in defeat unfortunately.

    Now we have a good squad he has gotten some good results and football is getting even better so he needs to show what he can do with this team.

    I think people need to remember his previous clubs, west ham, charlton, southampton….not good teams. He won’t be used to players this technically good so it will take him some time to learn how to get the best out of them and how to train them effectively also.

  • 134 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Rainrix…What I love about your reign is your lack of censorship with regards to your wrong doings. I don’t however see it lasting long :)


  • 135 Ian Toon // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Good Morning to Toon fans wherever you are. Great disciplined performance and justice was done. I thought we saw what Shola has to offer in providing physicality and maturity where it is sometimes needed. Pardew knows his players . He has the ability to tell people off but is respected . He is a good man manager. He is not always a good public communicator and displays nervous tendencies and often says too much. Fans make far to much of this and often I believe misinterpret what is said, it’s something he can easily work on. Pardew is a good match for the toon it’s some bloggers that aren’t . Martinez – your having a laugh !! Laudrup is being touted as the next manager of Real and in any event is possibly too shy a personality for the confrontational Geordie fan. Are we really the best fans in the game? Since posting n here i have questioned the contention. Many need to complete their football fan metamorphosis which really would be a dramatic coming of age. We all know who they are but it’s the lack of consistency the metamorphic change that has Rotunda and Beefman going in opposite directions that is the most curious when viewed by a fanatical fan. If you can be bothered you only need to look back pre and post match on here. Rotonda is the classic you only sing when your winning type whilst Beefman well, I have still to discover. Onwards and upwards.

  • 136 Wayayman // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I’m sure this has been said before (but I can’t be @rsed to read all 132 previous posts!) but Danny Simpson (who i think is an absolute parcel) had an decent game last night. Alright, he still looks totally lost going forward but he actually tackled yesterday and looked well up for it. Great to see Debuchy’s arrival really has mad him buck up his ideas.
    Still want him to leave at the end of the season though…

    Hiadara was a revelation, maybe him and Santon on the LW could be an unstoppable force for us?
    Mapou was immense, both he and Haidara read the game so well making it look like they have blistering pace when actually their footballing brains just anticipate the danger.

    This was a tough tie, and a baffling referee last night too, we’ve done very well and the team spirit was there for all to see.

  • 137 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM


    I had arguments with people last season about Tiote with people saying he gives the ball away too often. last season he didn’t his pass completion was excellent. This season however, playing in a team low on confidence has led to him having to alter his play, and attempt things he didn’t do last year. He has being trying to shoulder more responsibility and to take things on himself when he shouldn’t. That is why he is giving it away more.

    I agree when he keeps it simple he is excellent and rarely gives it away, and I also agree that playing with Sissoko/Cabaye/Anita will help him get back to what he did so well. But rather than just picking our best 11 players, I’d prefer to pick our best 11 players for the game.

  • 138 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Personally for now i’d start with anita over tiote, tiote needs a couple of sub apperances to find his feet again but also know he’s not untouchable, i think perhaps pardew has overhyped him and he thinks he is now a garunteed starter
    Also see nothing wrong in having a midfield 3 who can rotate through out the game which sissoko cabs n anita would do very effectivly imho!

    On last night, as great as it was there were 2 negatives for me, cisse and marveux
    Cisse looks shot, his confidence is non existent his runs our poirly timed and he is picking ua p stupid amount of yellow cards lately for lashing out at players
    Personally i’d bench him vs southampton start gouffran upfront, give cisse a rest from the spotlight let him get his head straight

    As for marveux, he was so unimpressive and just plain greedy on the ball last night, really cut an infuriating figure

  • 139 El Sleeve // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    anyone else wish danny simpson would stay after last night? he’s a more than reliable back up and is an ok defender.

    v impressed with Haidara and Mbiwa. our best back line now is:
    should try and play that a few times in prep for next season. on their days saylor and mbiwa can be as good as anyone

    think we’ve got a great chance of beeating Anzhi Mackakackalacka, just need to somehow contain the danger three of eto’o traore and willian

    wait, isnt willian cup tied? or not coz its different comp to UCL?

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