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Tim Krul’s Injury Still Bring Assessed

7:08 pm, Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 109 Comments

Newcastle United have issued a statement regarding goalkeeper’s Tim Krul’s injury – and he will be seeing an ankle specialist before any more updates are given.

timn krul at metalist

Tim Krul after the game last night

There had been a news report on BBC Radio Newcastle that Tim would be out for five weeks, and probably in response to the new bulletin Newcastle have issued the following statement on their web-site

Newcastle United can confirm that Tim Krul was assessed by Club medical staff on Friday and sent for a scan on Friday afternoon after sustaining an ankle injury in Thursday night’s Europa League match against Metalist Kharkiv in the Ukraine. Krul is now scheduled to see an ankle specialist on Monday for a further assessment, after which time the Club should be able to provide another update.

But of course this means that Tim is not playing on Sunday and we’ll see who gets the nod between the experienced Steve Harp and Rob Elliot – and both are good goalkeepers.

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109 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bosamuelson // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Made this season worth while.

    Just watch you will know!!!


  • 2 saxonfenken // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Here we go again, key players out, after Thursdays euphoria, Lets hope Cabs is Ok

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    bosamuelson…Whoever it was who scored that goal against Chelsea needs to be signed asap. What a goal :)

    Dok (from previous thread)…Ah yes, Tevez and his prettiest ape competition….well there’s always next year :)

  • 4 Harley // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    I only post on here now and then but I read every article and pretty much every comment every day, so I feel part of the blog. So here’s my comment-

    I’ve said a few times I’m mates with a couple of the players and repeated on here what they’ve said at times. And not long ago one of them was saying how good Elliott was. He was saying in training he’s just as good as krul and miles better than harper. So as long as Elliot can handle the big game occasion we should be fine.

    I look forward to reading everyone’s comments for the remainder of the night:)

  • 5 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Harley…I am off now, but that is good information to hear. He has always seemed capable when played and had put in some decent saves.

    Have a good night one and all and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.

  • 6 yo-yo // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM


    That is very reassuring. Bit worried at first.

  • 7 cyprus // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Is HBA playing

  • 8 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    So far Elliot hasnt given us anything to worry about, and looks like he’s an agile shot-stopper. I am willing the lad on.

    On Titus – I wonder if he’s always only 3 miles from Rebecca?

  • 9 cyprus // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    i think Elliot Will do fine. I am presuming he is one of the players you know…

  • 10 toonLYF // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    just been having a scan through a Southampton forum and the majority of them seem to think they’ll be leaving SJP with 3 points, or at least 1.

    If Cabaye is fit, and Ben Arfa is in the squad, coupled with the form of Sissoko and our more solid looking defense… i think we could tear them apart personally…

  • 11 cyprus // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Soton will be hard they must be hopeful after beating the champs. A real six pointer. Much more important this game

  • 12 beefman13 // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Bad news Bout Krul, i would go elliot whois very decent and imo wont let us down, we were purring v metalist go one nil up, then the usual defending and heroics as said by our manager, god knows how anita felt being taken off, totally unjust, cisse our wide on the left, its just so counter productive, he misses so many tricks does AP, it was made for campbell to come on or atart yesterday, we did play really well until jonas n perch came on then it was tim krul time after time. For that last 15/20 mins. We could have lost that game by two or three but for timmy. Krul kept us in that tie simple as.

  • 13 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    toonlyf – where we differ from the swansong that southampton are experiencing is that we now are effectively two good teams competing to become the one great team. Oh and that we arent a bunch of sad hoofballing championship monkeys. Cheeky gets.

    The French Legion will dismantle them. Allez les noir et blancs!

  • 14 toonLYF // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    can see a few Southampton fans’ faces matching their shirts when we start the game in a slick passing/moving style, dominating the midfield, holding tight at the back with Santon and Debuchy flying down the wings like freight trains.

    Newcastle 3-1 Southampton

  • 15 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Harley – you are Mr Elliot aren’t you :D

  • 16 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    I tell you what will be interesting – seeing if Elliot rolls the ball out more than Timmy, and if he does punt it skyward, how good his kicks are. I am hoping that Pards goes on the offensive but withdrawing the FB’s so he can protect the new lad and get a few goals in for Cisse.

  • 17 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I am going no goals for the stains, and this will be our first proper handout of the season. 4-0 Toon.

  • 18 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    And that would be Cisse 2, Gouffran and Marv supersub in the closing minutes. Boo-Yah!

  • 19 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    4 comments in a row Tsunki, I best step in before the blog is declared dead :)

  • 20 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    On tomorrow I reckon we will win 3-1, Cisse,Gouffran and Cabaye.

  • 21 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    @Tinman re: Suarez.
    Though he’s obviously a very good footballer I still think he is more style than substance. He tries about 20 nutmegs a game and about 3 come off and people declare him brilliant for it!

    He’s ludicrously selfish to the extent where EVERYTHING he tries in a match is all about making himself look good and quelling his ego rather than progressing the team- the nutmegs being a good example.

    He also risks everything for his own pettiness, the stamps, rakes down the achilles, kicks to the stomach, cynical trips etc. all risk him losing his team a man but he still does them because what HE wants always seems to be more important.

    And that’s just him as a footballer, I’ve not even mentioned his other traits….

  • 22 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    BPC – I held back on a 5th post it seemed cruel.

  • 23 martoon // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    If I remember correctly this is how Krul first got his chance. If Elliot does well Timmy might not walk straight back into the team.

  • 24 Graeme // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Best9 @ 12; Dannyboy @ 15 from 3 posts back.

    UEFA announced the sale of tickets for the Europa League Final on 17th December 2012. You had to apply via their website, with Name, Address, Passport Number & a Credit card number. If more tickets were applied for than the Stadium in Amsterdam can hold, there would be a ballot.

    I put a notice up on here with all the info the same day I received the UEFA email.

    The draw was held in January and I was notified that I had been allocated 2 tickets at a cost of 290 Euros on the 30th January. As teams get knocked out, their fans who had tickets will start selling them off, unless they plan on going anyway.

    Keep watching Ebay – they will soon start appearing.

    Good Luck.

  • 25 toonLYF // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    so basically the Europa league final crowd could be made up of about 80% people who support neither club?

    What a ridiculous process, wouldn’t it make more sense if they say sold 10% of tickets early, and then waited until the final two teams were decided before offering a 45% ticket allocation to each of the clubs…

    I will try as much as possible to get a ticket if we get there… most likely just overpaying online; but it’s a pathetic process nonetheless.

  • 26 northernirishtoon // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    @indykaila: Newcastle fans I got interesting update on takeover talks coming up

  • 27 Harley // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Ha ha tsunki you caught me out. Damn I need to get a new username!!

  • 28 Harley // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Cyprus the players aren’t any of the big guns just a couple of fringe players. Ha ha and no, it’s not Elliott.

  • 29 northernirishtoon // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    @indykaila: Newcastle United football club have rejected two takeover offers.The owners have set price and won’t budge. Info from trusted source

  • 30 obatoyou // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Graeme, I’m so glad you got us tickets!~~
    You should have let me know a little before hand, as I’m all the way in Australia, will have to book my flight.

  • 31 Munster Mag // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Beefman would you ever shut up about Cambell you tool. Is he your nephew or something? If he was that good he’s be closer to the team, end of.

  • 32 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I don’t think any takeover would happen until our Premier League safety survival is assured.

  • 33 aidantoon // Feb 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Hope cabs is ok for Sunday.
    Elliot should be given the chance ahead of harps.
    Another win on Sunday and things will be looking up!
    Not like last season but we are still in Euro cup and this has been a major learning curve for us.
    Next season with about 4 top players coming in fingers x and dead wood out we could target top 4.

  • 34 obatoyou // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Huge learning curve, I agree.
    Can’t wait for the Anzhi game.
    Let’s hope Chelsea and Tottenham get knocked out (chuckle) so our games will be live on telly :)

  • 35 toonicle // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    I’ve got faith in Elliot, but talk about bad timing….

  • 36 The next Mike Williamson // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    what a hero Krul is. Single handedly saving our European dream and playing on with a possible broken ankle

  • 37 Graeme // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM


    You have to remember that UEFA actually dont give a shit who buys the tickets – they are only interested in ensuring that they sell every ticket they need to and cover the cost of the “Hangers-On” who get the freebies!!

  • 38 beefman13 // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Sharpest tool in the box munster!

  • 39 Spuggy // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I think there’s something in these takeover talks. Watch this space.

  • 40 breno95 // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Optimism on the blog always massively outweighs reality.

    Yes they won the match last night but as someone pointed out it could have just as easily been a defeat but for Krul.

    The new signings have made an impact BUT they should all be in starting 11. Whilst the manager persists in playing the likes of perch, Jonas, tiote from the off then all games will be a struggle. It appears to me he is either devoid of the ability to appreciate his best 11 or is just incapable full stop. The decision to start Shola last night is a prime example of his poor ability to make good decisions. Another example last night was to hook Anita rather than Cabaye or Sissoko and then to try and shut up shop with over 20 mins to go by introducing Jonas and perch.

    With Krul out of Sundays must win game the starting 11 needs to be:-
    Debuchy mbwia Taylor haidarra
    Anita Cabaye (C)
    Ben Arfa Sissoko Santon

    Drop Cisse cos he can’t hit a barn door of late.
    Drop Tiote cos he is a liability.
    Perch is not a PL player
    Jonas produces nothing and is too slow
    Shola – well won’t go there.

    The tempo of the play has to be high from the start and hopefully Elliott looks to roll it out and start from the back like he has done in other games when he’s been between the sticks.

    However, that 11 will not start, the tempo will be slow, substitutions will be poor and at bad times and it could be a bad day as Soton are no mugs.

    With the squad available to Pardew then the failure to utilise it is on his head. Many a PL manager can only dream of having such a squad and if used correctly with the right players picked to start along with the right tactics being applied it is top 6 for sure. Alas, Pardew sees it his way so until such a time when he departs we will never see it at it’s best.

  • 41 Hatem // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    See Lawro predicted us to win this week, bad omen I guess haha. My dads a Charlton fan, and down there they used to call him fat Rob, decent Keeper IMO, and has done well when called upon. I don’t know why we didn’t pick up a younger alternative when we signed him though, guess he must be content with sitting on the bench.

  • 42 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    @ hatem

    We already have one in Alnwick. Should be on the bench Sunday with Harper injured as well

  • 43 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    That Indykaila person is the only one who talks about takeover stuff and he was on about it a couple of weeks ago too. A bit suspect I think, seeing as PL status is still not assured I cant imagine Ashley would even entertain talk of offers until he has half a successful season going and NUFC’s value rises accordingly.

    Breno – is Colo on holiday in your scenario?

  • 44 olivant // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    What is this talk of a take over ? And predictions for tomorrows game anyone. I am hoping for a 4-0 flogging :)

  • 45 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Visualize this team…

    That team would score for fun!!

    And then a bench of quality and experience to see games out or even nick a late goal…


    Come on pardew lets start taking it to teams and show them we can get goals!!

  • 46 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    breno you said

    Optimism on the blog always massively outweighs reality.

    Yes they won the match last night but as someone pointed out it could have just as easily been a defeat but for Krul.

    In other words, if it wasnt for good players, they would have been better than us and therefore beat us. Duh.

    Allow me to offer another version of your opening statement :-

    Pessimism on this blog always massively contradicts reality.

  • 47 olivant // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    I think that team could get some goals tomorrow. We need to stick it to them a bit more. We need to hammer a team like soton tomorrow at home.
    Looking forward to the game with eagerness

  • 48 breno95 // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    No colo is not on holiday. I would drop him to bench is all. With all the hype surrounding him lately coupled with him looking jaded and touch too slow I feel the pairing of Taylor and mwbia is the better option for this game.

  • 49 BDin9 // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Breno is just looking for someone to respond to his blog.Score.Pish

  • 50 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    olivant – hey hey thats my prediction!

  • 51 olivant // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Tsunki i am hoping we are both spot on :)

  • 52 Hatem // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Really want to see Colo played in a holding midfield role, a bit like where David Luiz has been playing recently, he’s great on the ball, ambitious going forward, and can pick a pass. It’s unlikely to happen but Taylor and Mbiwa at the back with Cabaye, Sissoko, Colo, Anita, Tiote and Marveaux all midfield options we could tear teams apart.

  • 53 olivant // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    @ Hatem, i think it would be interesting to see Colo in that position. Maybe he could be used to rotate the midfield system, and make it more unpredictible for other teams

  • 54 toonLYF // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Hatem…i think that is something we’d all like to see tested out. Alas, we may never get to if Colo is to leave at the end of the season.

    …but a team of





    Ben Arfa————-Cisse————–Gouffran

    …would be amazing, especially for big games where it’s important to keep a clean sheet, whilst still having another threat in attack.

  • 55 Toonacious T // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Brento95- agree with your summation but think that’s harsh on Perch, who has done a decent enough job and is a good sub at least. I would say to break up the Saylor -collo pairing off back to back cleansheets would be risky given the importance of cbs knowing each others game, as Saylor n Collo clearly do. Is Gouffran going to be able to play up top on his own, he hardly has a record as a prolific goalscorer. Benny lacks any match practice so couldn’t start given his time on the sidelines being two months. I agree on the Hadeira santon prospect out left and also would put anita n cabs over Mr.T, who has been a massive disappointment this season and needs to step up or get shipped out, as his demise has been rapid since some great form early last season. To drop Cisse now would be a mistake as he is a confidence player who has done enough in the recent past to deserve a few more starts to see if he can get on scoring run again, he is still making good runs but needs a bit of luck infront of goal. I agree Pards needs to experiment with the starting eleven more but he is clearly a conservative manager by instinct and is as you point out under pressure, after all Cashley has splashed big money, as he would see it, and will want to see results of his investment.

  • 56 breno95 // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:54 PM


    Could not careless either way if people choose to raise a comment to my opinion or not. Very rarely do I leave a comment unlike those who post everyday.
    As for tsunki, its just calling it how I see it and I have watched enough of NUFC and football in general to know good play from bad. The football on display at NUFC has been awful this season and last.

    Sunday will be interesting. I want a win but also to see some decent football as it costs enough.

  • 57 Hatem // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Defiantly, it also adds a physical presence to our centre halfs, although Colo is no pushover, it seems Mbiwa and Taylor could be a dominant pairing at the back. Saying that, I wouldn’t like to see Colo out of the side as he’s just so calm and really holds the back four together, classy player and really don’t want to see him leave.

  • 58 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Would anyone else think about dropping Collo and letting M’Biwa & Taylor start to form a partnership ? . This is provided Collo has told the board he is definitely leaving in the summer.

  • 59 Hatem // Feb 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Wow BPC just answered your question before you asked it.

  • 60 BDin9 // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Breno took you a while.Been thinking about your reply. Slow mate.

  • 61 Toonacious T // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    BPC- it would be too risky at this juncture and Collo has improved since the window closed. If we were comfortably out of relegation scrap then yes but not until then, no.

  • 62 santonthenewmaldini // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    The annoying thing is in the Southampton away we got totally dominated by them but times have changed for us if we start the way we did against Metallist we could have them beaten by half time

    Man Utd and City dont like teams that press them high up the field like Swansea and Southampton but we have pace at the back now in Mbiwa so we can afford to squeeze them out

  • 63 breno95 // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Colo into CDM is a good option to seriously consider IMO. Good call by whoever raised it.
    Question is though would AP consider it.

    Do you post on here to just trash talk others posts or do / can you comment on football issues? It is a football blog after all.

  • 64 Toonacious T // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    What team do u think Pardew will line out with?

  • 65 Dennis Twice // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    my team for Southampton…but i`m drunk…



    ——————–Sammy ——————–



  • 66 BDin9 // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Breno sorry I am not trying to trash you. I suppose humour is difficult when not face to face. Such is blogging.

  • 67 DevonToon // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I think anita and marv have been unfairly dropped like, but im just gunna chuck it out there and say tiote is gunna smash the saints with a classic Mr T performance, to justify his place. Marv sadly offered nout on the wings, but plenty in the centre, where unluckily cabaye + sissoko reside. One moan bout pards, playing cisse on the wing…. Really annoying like! Cisses in this rut cos he got stuck on the wing in the 1st place

  • 68 Dennis Twice // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Tiote 3min red???

  • 69 breno95 // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    No problem.

    What are your thoughts/opinion on team selections and displays then? Plus what would be your 11 against soton. I have given my views and hence it’s created some debate from some. I would consider playing Colo in the CDM role so that would make my team now
    Debuchy Taylor mwbia santon

    Cabaye. Sissoko

    Ben Arfa. gouffran


    I’m giving Cisse another chance to find his shooting boots.

  • 70 Toonacious T // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    BDin9- I thought it was funny. I think we will need a big performance from all our big hitters on Sunday, Southampton’s confidence must be sky high after their last result. I just hope we can get an early goal. Does anyone else think Cabs should let someone else hit the corners, his delivery has been crap in the last lot of games.

  • 71 jayphoto // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Dont think elliott was/is content to be a bench player, think our offer to him was too good to turn down and hes confident when given a chance he can stake a claim! One thing in his favour, his distribution is miles better than kruls

  • 72 tdt // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    Subs: Alnwick, Haidara, Mbiwa, Anita, Marveaux, Jonas, Sh.Ameobi.

    Other than Krul that’s the strongest team we’ve got. I know HBA is a doubt for Sunday but hopefully Pardew’s bluffing! But if he’s not then I’d simply start with Jonas on the wing and upgrade Obertan to the bench.

  • 73 yo-yo // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    I’d rather see Anita as CDM as I think he has better vision in passing and is quicker than Colo.
    If we were up against a pure hoofball side where we needed the extra height then Colo may be a good pick = but basically you’ve then got 3 CBs so its looking quite like a morphed 3-5-2

  • 74 Marty-Toon // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Elliot is a fine keeper but we’ll miss Krul,hopefully Elliott can fill his gloves well and o himself and the team proud.

  • 75 Dannyo // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Mark Douglas done a huge job on interviewing the french players for tomorrow. And there’s quite a few of them!
    Looking forward to it :)

  • 76 BDin9 // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Breno imo I would still keep Tiote in DFM. I think putting Collo in the position is bold so can’t see that happening.maybe when were safe. Deffo agree on Cisse though

  • 77 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Why not go all out attack against Southampton






    We might concede a couple but all that creativity is bound to get goals :)

  • 78 obatoyou // Feb 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Harem not ready til swans

  • 79 obatoyou // Feb 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM


  • 80 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    @ obatoyou

    I would take that info with a pinch of salt. Pardew has done this in the past and then Bam, HBA is in the team. Keep the opponents guessing ;)

  • 81 santonthenewmaldini // Feb 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Cabaye’s corners have been terrible !

    Anita can hit a good corner as can Marveux but because they probably wont be playing it will Cabaye again just wish he would just fizz them into the box near the goalie with pace so people can attack it rather then float it in or hit the 1st defender

    Maybe Arfa when he comes back could take a good corner?!

  • 82 brklyngeordie // Feb 22, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Unfortunate news about Krul hope he makes a speedy recovery as he is one of our best and often taken for granted on just how important he is to the club.

    Glad we eliminated those dirty Metalist players team made me sick honestly and were always trying to tempt our players into spats and pull one over on refs good ridance.

    The Anzhi matchup will be a real test for the team as they do have some serious players and should make for a very intriguing matchup we will have to be very stout in the back to eliminate them looking very much forward to the games.

    This weekend worries me a little but will be much more confident if HBA is back as he will put a shot of energy into the squad that maybe very much needed after this weeks mid-week fixture but hope the lads understand this game may make or break how we fare in the league and how we approach Europa league.HWTL!! Viva Le Toon!!

  • 83 cockneymagpie90 // Feb 23, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Bit harsh about cisse, he had 2 goals disallowed last week! And although the 2 nd may of been just offside, it looked like a classy cisse goal we come to expect!

    Have faith in the no9!

  • 84 Grafton83 // Feb 23, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Tim Krul, great keeper but surely he can afford a better haircut. Perhaps he’ll find his way to a barber during his 5 weeks off.

    Ankles are a very annoying injury, even though they feel better sometimes they’re just not and if your not careful you can really muck them up.

    I hope he’s not rushed back too quickly, last time I saw Elliot in EL he played very well. I have less confidence in Harps as he seems to be coasting towards retirement somewhat.

  • 85 Grafton83 // Feb 23, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Whats Debuchy and Santon like on corners? Our record attacking corners is rubbish and it’s not just Willos fault although I like to blame him because he’s such a plank in most things he does on the feild. Anyway someone must be able to whip in a simple good corner it’s really not that difficult.

  • 86 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 23, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    I always thought the reason for cabaye’s ‘floated’ corners with the outside of his foot was because they’re teed up for the back post (williamson) to head back across which I thought was a Pardew instruction.

    I’m sure he did this at West ham as well didn’t he?

  • 87 do the hatem shake // Feb 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    finally i can log in been reading this blog for 2 years and i use to be called pardew no 1 if anyone can remember it feels good to be back…

  • 88 Super Magpie // Feb 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    The back post tactic is simply laughable and predictable. The opposition have more chance from scoring on the counter than we do from set pieces. I can’t remember the last time we scored a corner or a delivered free kick.

    It can’t be hard to come up set plays. Try something different which will catch opponents out, even if it will only work once.

  • 89 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 23, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Don’t even need to be creative, just don’t do the same thing EVERY time!

  • 90 Grafton83 // Feb 23, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    When you see how other teams do corners it’s often very well worked. The hard bit for the attacking player is to time a run past another team mate and their marker in such close proximity that his marker can not follow. In this way it affords the attacking player a moment of time and space where a perfect cross can find him for a free header into the net. John Terry is an excellent example of someone who does this well.

  • 91 coccolini // Feb 23, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Was it wolves away last season? Cabaye corner, wipped in near lost, demba ba ran forward and flicked it in? Coloccini has hit the woodwork a few times since mind

  • 92 county down magpie // Feb 23, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Southampton is gonna be a tricky one, they’ve got their tails up this last few weeks and pellegrino seems to have come in quite seamlessly. The game will be won in the middle of the park imo. Cabs and sissokho will need to be up for it and hopefully goofy snd benny will play some part cos their skill and speed will scare the $hite outta them


  • 93 jimmysmith // Feb 23, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    I understand Willo has his limitations and there is little room for sentiment in the professional game, let alone at the elite level, but the poor chap is not even in the frame anymore. Always thought he was stalwart fellow and hope he gets a good move away in the summer. He certainly was a fine signing and pro for us all things considered and is deserving of regular first team football at one of a dozen EPL sides. More power to him.

  • 94 toonicle // Feb 23, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Jimmy- Agreed. He’s always worked hard it’s jsut unfortunate that he isn’t up to the standard we need at the back. Hopefully he can find some good first team action elsewhere

  • 95 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Feb 23, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    To be fair I don’t think Willo’s attitude or professionalism has ever been a problem in any way but he remains a liability in defence and prevents good football going forward with his lumps upfield or clipped balls to nowhere.

  • 96 chris_g // Feb 23, 2013 at 6:08 AM


    If you really want to be fair to Willo, why not try to make an objective comparison of his performances compared to the other players?

    Take his last game against Reading, for example. He had the second best overall player rating for the game (behind Cabaye) and his passing accuracy was identical to Cabaye’s, and better than Santon’s and Debuchy’s (not to mention most of the other players as well). He also won 14 aerial duels, which was 11 more than Coloccini !!!

    If you want to blame someone for lumping the ball upfield all the time, and giving away posession unnecessarily, why not single out Tim Krul instead?

    Match Stats: Newcastle 1 : 2 Reading
    Sat 19 Jan

    Overall player ratings (top 5)

    8.18 Cabaye
    7.78 Williamson
    7.29 Debuchy
    7.23 Shola
    7.04 Colo

    Pass success % (all players)

    92 Colo
    88 Marveaux
    88 Anita
    84 Cabaye
    84 Williamson
    83 Perch
    81 Jonas
    80 Santon
    80 Bigirimana
    80 Obertan
    76 Debuchy
    75 Cisse
    74 Shola
    28 Krul !!!!


  • 97 obatoyou // Feb 23, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    anyone else notice that our keeper looks like leonardo di caprio~

  • 98 obatoyou // Feb 23, 2013 at 6:27 AM


    Not sure that statistic can be applied to the keeper.
    His passes are 50 metres longer than everyone elses.

  • 99 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 23, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Morning lads!

    …so Krul is basically made of glass – wonder how he could injure himself that bad from that challenge.

    We are going to miss him though…real bad. Not the biggest fan of Elliott, but I hope he’ll step up the plate :-)

    …what’s the news on Cabs?

  • 100 shielsy_83 // Feb 23, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    accordind to pards benny not making the saints game so coz mbiwa looked comfi at the back didn’t panic once ithink this should be the team :
    Elliot/ coz krul out



    hba is out according yp pards other wise he’d have jonas place in my team and the only reason av droped cisse is coz he can’t finish at the mo although am all for standing by him but think we also need to try somthing different just to mix it up lets not forget goofy got summit like 15 goal as a striker last season

  • 101 AS MAGS // Feb 23, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Indykaila the freelance reporter has said that 2 bids fom middle eastern buyers have been rejected by ashley, won’t budge on asking price

  • 102 Marty-Toon // Feb 23, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    See that Tayls is being watched by Woy for the England squad :-) well done Stevie boy,you deserve t mate.
    Just hope he can keep producing the goods and stay fit for his and our sake.

  • 103 toonincheek // Feb 23, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Would NOT like to see Colo in midfield.
    Great as CB – DM needs someone quicker.
    And I don’t think Colo’s anticipation, which has been honed in a CB position, would stretch to DM.

    I’d like to see Mbiwa start on Sunday.
    Preferably Colo given a rest . . but
    Maybe Staylor should be eased back gently
    to full match fitness.

  • 104 Rotonda heights // Feb 23, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Its pochettino not pellegrino !!!

  • 105 Graeme // Feb 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Marty – did someone take woy to Heathrow and put him on the wrong flight? He would never find his way North of Wembly on his own!!!

  • 106 Marty-Toon // Feb 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Watching the game on Footballorigin and Haidara looks a real good player.
    Good control on the ball and can run with it and pass well.
    He’s also strong and quick in the tackle.
    A very good buy.
    We showed that we can pass the ball throughout the team,some very good one touch and movement off the ball.
    Anyone see the elbow on Mbiwa in the first 10 mins?,cheeky one to say the least.He coulda been sent for an early shower there

  • 107 Rotonda heights // Feb 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Don’t think we can afford to keep M’Biwa out. We have to find a place for him permanently.

    Amazing we could play any one of Anita, MYM, Tiote or Colo as a DM alongside Socks and Cabs in a middle 3.

    Hope Haidara stays in the picture, could even play him behind Santon. Haidara lik MYM reads the game so well. So many great options now.

  • 108 Marty-Toon // Feb 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    You’re not far off there,think he got conned with a Christmas gift of return flights to the north east and screamed like a girl on the plane as the temp dropped the more north they flew .
    Here’s a link

  • 109 Marty-Toon // Feb 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    I agree that Haidara and Santon on the left sounds juicer than having Jonas there but with le Pards that’ll be difficult to leave spidey out of the team.

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