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Pardew to Play Best Team Against Anzhi – We Have Great Chance

8:42 pm, Sunday, March 10th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 85 Comments

With Newcastle getting a vital 3 points today in beating Stoke City 2-1, the Newcastle manager is turning his attention to Thursday night, and he says between the Anzhi Makhachkala second leg game, and Wigan Athletic, the European game is now the higher priority.

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Yohan Cabaye – after scoring direct from a free kick – another fabulous goal

Hence he will play Newcastle’s best team on Thursday night at St. James’ Park, and it will be interesting to see what that is – because in the last two games the manager has made seven changes to his starting line-ups, which gives you an idea of the strength of the Newcastle squad since January.

Excellent goals from Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse brought the Magpies back from being 1-0 down this afternoon, after Cheick Tiote gave away a penalty on 67 minutes with a reckless lunge at Jonathan Walters in the penalty box.

This is what Alan Pardew – still unshaven from a few days ago – had to say after the game today:

“The most important priority for this week between Thursday and Sunday against Wigan is Thursday.” “I will play my best team against Anzhi. We’re looking no further than Thursday night, we could have a really special night here.”

“We have a great chance. We’re in the last 16 teams in Europe, we’ve had to battle through too many games, too many for a Premier League team.” “You’ve got to get 40 points, but we’re now seven points from that with nine games left, and you’d expect this team to follow through with that.”

“The bigger picture is to finish strong and take that into next year.” “You can talk about spirit but you need world-class players.” ‘You need a world-class player to put that in the top corner from that free-kick to give you a foundation to win the game.” “I thought Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard today. and I think they really do need to have a look at him at center half because it’s a problem position.”

“Papiss will be the first to tell you he was awful today, he couldn’t do anything today. But then the moment comes.” “An eye-of-a-needle pass from Sylvain Marveaux, and most strikers would snatch at that, but he doesn’t. He let the ball come all the way down and he finished it, and in the 92nd minute that’s not easy to do.”

Yohan Cabaye had a great game, and also the central defensive partnership of Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa looked very solid, and maybe it’s the future for Newcastle, if Colo leaves in the summer.

Newcastle now have 33 points on the board in the league and in 13th place after 29 games played, and  we are level on points with 10th placed Fulham, but there’s a 7 point gap to 9th placed Swansea – so maybe 10th place is the best we can do this season?

Newcastle will go all out to get through the Europa League quarter finals – in front of what we expect to be a very decent crowd – for one of those European nights on Tyneside.

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85 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Extremely optimistic about the anzhi game, just hope our players don’t get complacent because once we concede a goal, the whole game could go t*ts up

  • 2 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    This season may turn out to be half decent after all. HWTL :)

  • 3 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I think if we go at them from the start Anzhi could fold was not really that impressed with them on which is their home ground surface

    They might actually be better on grass but I think if we press them and keep it tight at the back and score first we will win comfortably

    Wonder what the full strength squad will be ?!?

  • 4 gaz 44 // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    was speaking to ben arfa after the game.. he was just outside talking to fans true gent he was aswel but was saying how pardew is the best manager he has played under and how he gets the best out of his players.. i admit after the reading game i was ready to call for his head but now he has the players back and the new frenchies he has been getting the results.. cant see why some people feel the need to still slate him when hes getting the results. subs he made today were spot on.. changing the formation was the right call and obviously the players really rate him..

  • 5 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Does anyone know how serious Willian’s injury is ?. Not that I hope he is injured for a long time or anything but if he could be out until Friday that would be perfect as he is a great talent 😉

  • 6 yo-yo // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    All those wanting to see Marv as a regular starter on the basis of this year’s performances have got to admit he blows hot and cold. He seems to be most effective as an impact sub for 20 mins and every team needs someone like that. He tends to fade in and out over 90 mins. It’s no disgrace to be a sparkling impact sub..

    As for Campbell – no way is he up to a starting place – but he deserves regular sub cameos and he’ll get a couple of goals and then he’ll get his regular starting place as he’ll work his way up the pecking order pretty quickly.

  • 7 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Never saw that coming as stoke looked comfortable to me but well done to the lads for keeping going.

    I gave mbiwa my mom. We looked much more assured with him and I don’t think he put a foot wrong.

    Tiote…… Well have you ever seen such a rash challenge from a pro footballer? I’d be disappointed if I seem a 11 year old make that tackle!

  • 8 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Also, does anyone else think that our back line of


    Is our best ? . I certainly think so.

  • 9 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Yoyo- yeah agree on marv but when he had his little run in the team he was one if our better players. I’d have him ahead of guti.

    Big pappa. I think we have a quality player in haidara. The more I see the more I like and offers more than santon on current form.

  • 10 norwegianmagpie // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    hotdog – Yanga-Mbiwa was excellent today, but to give him your mom on mothers day is a bit too far 😉

  • 11 yo-yo // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:08 PM


    Yeh Haidara impresses me more and more every time I see him play

  • 12 gaz 44 // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    hotdog mbwia looks the real deal imo, he dwels a little on the ball at time but is still learning you dont get the time in the premier league, collo will find it hard to get a game when hes back as i think steven taylor has been the stand out player since returning back from injury.. williamson may aswel get his bags packed ready for a move to carlisle

  • 13 yo-yo // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM


    Is Perch enough to provide backup if Tayls gets injured – or do we need another big man ?

  • 14 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    I really believe if we had signed mbiwa last summer we would be 10-15 points better off. That’s how much damage Williamson did IMO. I said months ago it was a shocking decision not bringing a centre half in as this young lad is proving.

  • 15 saxonfenken // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Also remember that the Russian league starts again on Sunday, and they have a tough tie to play, so they will be the ones traveling all that way, with a big game to play on Sunday.
    I think Pards Strongest team is what is available and qualified to play So no Debuchy or

  • 16 Tsunki // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    BPC @8 – unfortunately for Santon, Yes. Ok I am torn for MoM with Cabs, Socks,MYM so I am going for EMoM, or Entertainment Man of the Match, which was ‘there’s only one’ Stevie Taylor ha ha what a clown – in a good way. Mimicking Begovic for the FK and of course the ‘In ya face!’ crouching taunt when the goal went in. He was good as a player today as well of course, one of the few who won most of his aerial duels today.

    It was cold. So cold the lad next to me jumped up for Cabs goal and snapped the seat back in front of him off with his knee, I though at first someone was chucking a seat at me!

    I thought it was decidedly cagey but understandably so, a big and tough outfit and full of rubbish diving theatricals from Jerome and whining from Crouch. I even think Gouffran did well and Jonas. Goofy eaned our FK and was full of running causing problems around the front but of course just needs a run of games. Cabs ran the show with Sissoko, whose pace kept them pegged back thankfully. MYM looked top drawer with Saylor there, Debs usual form him. Santon I thought did ok, he was definitely marked out so no surprise Hairdryer came on, good subs and actually a tactically sound day from Pards, countering Pulis’ bringing the mackems on by fighting fire with fire, our subs had the edge over theirs.

    Massive 3 points and a huge sigh of relief to see Cisse was NOT offside, I don’t remember staying sat down for a goal like I did today ha ha.

  • 17 jayphoto // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Justba thought on corners, maybe its that we have a ridiculously short team! Asides from taylor we have a very poor aerial team! Sissoko is tall but useless in the air as shown when he was a toulouse! Yanga- mbiwa and collo are both fairly short for centre halfs, HBA, tiote, cabaye, anita, cisse, marveaux all under 5″10 …..

  • 18 DanRo // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    2 points to make from today’s game:

    1) Excellent subs from Pardew. He gets a lot of abuse for lack of/poor subs so only fair to praise him where it is due.

    2) Cabaye has to think more about his set-piece delivery. I counted 6-7 balls that landed straight into Begovic’s hands.

    Otherwise, ugly win. Onwards and upwards.

  • 19 north_country_boy // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Got to admit that before today’s game I was still a bit nervous looking at the table especially with Villa and QPR winning yesterday but that win today has put us 9 points clear (or 10 really with GD) and with Wigan, S’land and Fulham in next 4 games I think we’ll be safe sooner rather than later so really think we could have a real go in Europe. We seem to be coming into some sort of form so as long as we can keep most players fit with Ben Arfa back as well we could have a really good end to season which will stand us in good stead for next year and also put us in the limelight for potential signings in the summer – onwards and upwards!

  • 20 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    @ Yo

    I do still think we need another Cb even if collo stays tbh

  • 21 north_country_boy // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    DanRo – great minds think alike!

  • 22 DanRo // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    In addition, after looking at the six games since Reading.

    4 wins and 2 defeats in Premier League.
    Even the two defeats against Spurs and Swansea away (no disgrace btw), I felt we were very unfortunate.
    Performances are improving. Confidence is higher. Team are getting results.

  • 23 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    I think this team could do the job on Thursday

    Simmo saylor m’biwa haidara
    Tiote sissoko
    Jonas cisse santon

    Highly doubt that will be the line up tho :(

  • 24 jayphoto // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Great result after travelling back from moscow! Anyone who has to travel regularly for work will tell you how draining the process is! Im out of the country about 15 times A year and it wipes me out every time! Thought we looked in complete control today, played nice carpet football just lacked a cutting edge up front! HBA back and cisse being 100% should hopefully change that

  • 25 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    We had 14 corners today. If we can head them out of our box, surely we can get on the end of one or two.

  • 26 jayphoto // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Anyone noticed how good Rob Elliotts distribution is? Adds a new dimension to our play! The lads really taking his chance, hasnt put a foot wrong, nt spilled anything and comes off his line fantastically in that sweeper keeper role! looks to have great keeper attributes too! Krul hasnt been as good this year as he was last, his place must surely be under threat!

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Most admit I hope Campbell will be send out on loan next season. Would like to see what he can do on a regular basic and I think it would be good for his football education!

    …though we should have bought another forward in January and send him out on loan – seems like the only reason he is still here is as an insurance for Cissé and Shola!

  • 28 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    The thing with the corners annoys me is its the same corners that Cabaye hits why not put them in low with pace if we are not good in the air?!

    I dont actually believe that we are bad in the air as Taylor can score from headers in the past the way we set up with everyone in the middle then making runs does not work but its the delivery which is the problem its always floated in and always nearly goes into the keepers hands

    Anita or Marveux can whip a good dead ball as well but because we dont play them from the start in games we will never know if they could do something different

    Just hope we win Thursday as loving winding the Mackem’s up on the Yahoo comments they are raging that we are still in europe!

  • 29 Rainrix // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Even the most optimistic fan would have to admit we’re by far the worse team in the league by far on set pieces. It isnt just cabs’ delivery marvs and hbas has been off as well. I dont see why we just dont hit it into the danger area with pace and see what happens, gotta be better than what we’re doing atm. We get soooooo many corners and free kicks and we may as well just pass the ball to the opposition.

    Wonder how much time in training is spent on set plays, not a lot i imagine

  • 30 gaz 44 // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    jay elliots kicking was attrocious today when the ball was laid back to him, he always seems to want to take a touch also when might not have the time.. from dead ball he is pretty handy and looks to give to defenders rather than hoof.

  • 31 Cisse09 // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Hotdog* very sensible point!

  • 32 beefman13 // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Rainrix, it is embarrasing our failures from these set pieces, it has been happening so long now but why are we not addresing it more it must be known about, we simply cannot get on the end of any corners or crosses, surely we can get more work done on set plays, we dont seem to run and attack corners we are just static have three running in from the edge of the 18 yard box to attack incoming corners, there has got to be more to set plays than the cross in the box.

  • 33 bollance // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Although missing oportunities and not being the same players as the 2nd half of last season, Cisse has a decent return recently? Anyone have some stats over his last 10 games, some of which he has played on right or been hooked early.

  • 34 bollance // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Anyone at the game, am i right in hearing a Cabaye chant from the crowd?

  • 35 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Should a journo not be putting this question to him? On not scoring all season from a corner. It’s gotta be some kind of record!

  • 36 bollance // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Marv upto 6 assists this season.

    Tiote seemed quite today, not getting stuck into tackles apart from pen of course and not getting booked.

    Chicken or egg? Do we lack accuracy with crosses or someone to attack them?

  • 37 manxpie // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    i know we’re terrible on set pieces unless its from 1 player thats on target but how many corners do you see every week scored!?
    very rare aswell imo so it’s not just us btw!

  • 38 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Cisse09. Which one i make so many 😉

    When I played 11 aside I used to always hang at the back edge of the box. It was uncanny how many things you get on the end of. Do you think I should go up to little Benton and do a few drills haha

  • 39 DanRo // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    @north_country_boy (21)- indeed they do
    It would be quite good to vary set-pieces.
    1) a cross-field pass to have a volley
    2) a quick short corner and a pull to the edge of the box
    3) a low fast corner into the mix
    4) a corner where the near post player dummies
    5) Front-post player does a loop to the back and back-post player goes to the front.

    I’m not a set-piece coach but surely the players need to get to work on this.

  • 40 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Manxpie. It is more than that mate. Teams clear it easily we don’t even create mayhem a few scrambles, nothing.

  • 41 DanRo // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Another quick example of invention.

  • 42 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Danro – you do the drills ill make the coffee :-)

  • 43 manxpie // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    oh FSS jespers back :)
    i agree jesper unfortunatly we need him till the end of this season but he deffo needs a few months out on loan hopefully at a championship team.
    i have high hopes for him tho

  • 44 cockneymagpie90 // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Cabaye floats the ball in, which is where i think the problem lies…

    He should whip it in with pace and get a left footer in ben arfa, marvo or haidara to take from the right side

  • 45 DanRo // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Hotdog – I’ll have a word with Pards and Carver. See what happens. I expect the club to have mocha’s and latte’s – rather than meagre coffee!

  • 46 manxpie // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    i know hotdog it deffo needs to be changed but some people sound like its the easiest way to anihilate the opposition where as the truth is very few teams score from corners lol??

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Not a great game on the eye
    Sissoko my man of the match for the toon carried the game to them.
    Elliot alos cped well with the high balls into the box
    Thought Ref had a good game and kept the lid on when the game threatened to blow up.
    Onwards and upwards

  • 48 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Danro – I’m sure that woodman fella will have some rum in his locker. It’s gonna be chilly on the training pitch next week :-)

  • 49 DanRo // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Hotdog – If it’s not Captain Morgan I’m not interested.

  • 50 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Charlie – sissoko was great at carrying us forward again but his final ball was poor today.

  • 51 DanRo // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Btw – if anyone hasn’t seen the youtube clip:

    You really should.

  • 52 beefman13 // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Manx, it is 280 corner kicks since we last put one in the back of the net, i understand you are a positive sort of kid regarding everythink the toon playing wise but everyone sees how pathetic we are at these set plays.

    Danro, subs were made and a result came from it by the skin of our teeth but again they should have been made after 70 mins, we were going nowhere fast.

    I really do believe its Pardews thick skin and proof that he has chosen the right team that stops him making them earlierer, as ive said and quite a few others from his previous clubs, the fella has a really big EGO, for me that has came in to the forefront this season especially the first half of this season when he simply would not change thesystem playing staff or the way we were set up, marv was coming on great as was anita when they were getting a run in the team and then they got completly frozen out, somebody mentioned marv has 6 assists the miost at the club and less than half the playing time of a number of others, it just does not add up why he does not get more time on the pitch at home especially for sure.

  • 53 hotdog // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Danro – noted. If it looks a bit chilly for me you will find me in the changers hiccup :-/

    I expect a turnaround on Thursday after your input :-)

  • 54 DanRo // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    ‘Danro, subs were made and a result came from it by the skin of our teeth but again they should have been made after 70 mins’

    – Pardew made the subs on 73mins. I think we’re splitting hairs. He reacted to Stoke’s goal. Plus, the reasonable amount of time it took to warm up and a break in play. He made them and it did change the game. Praise.

  • 55 Harley // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Just got back in from the match. Been for a nice meal afterwards with my mam.

    Great win against an awful team. They came to do a job and did it very well but we somehow managed to get a win. It was freezing cold and not easy on the eye but all credit for not giving up.

    Tiote was stupid but other than that I thought he played well. The defence looked solid apart from santon. I don’t know what’s happened to him but haidara looks twice as good. He was great when he came on. I’d have him in the team over santon all day.

    Great to see us move up the table. Lets go for broke on Thursday!!!

  • 56 DanRo // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    @Hotdog if we score from a set piece on Thursday I am taking ALL the credit.

  • 57 manxpie // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    and who ever mentioned about set pieces and us being a small team is right!
    i mentioned this months ago and we have got a very small team that’s why we were launching it to willo every time!
    since carroll went we ain’t had that choice so i kind of understand the record but we could work to our strengths with our good hitters of the ball i.e cabeye on the edge of the box!!!

  • 58 north east lincs toon // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    No tiote or oberang against Anji 2-0

  • 59 manxpie // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    beefman i’m not a kid btw but tell me the last goal you seen scored direct from a corner?
    seriously its not just our problem infact i wonder when was the last time barcelona scored from a corner?
    the fact is its not all bad no matter wat stats you put infront of your argument we’ve won 5 in 9 and lost 2
    which for me corners didn’t matter

  • 60 Transfer Sage // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    We are the only prem league team to not score from a corner this year. We are shocking from them.

    Man utd have over 10 goals from corners, Sunderland have 7.

    They are the top two but we are poor.

    Not saying we should be scoring loads, recent stats I saw said 3.7% of corners get goals so in the 280 we haven’t scored from the average team would have 8/9 goals.

    We have some plans like cut backs that worked and got a shot on target or for colo to head of edge of box. But rarely done and we waste a lot.

    At villa Martin oneils team got a lot of goals from corners. He sai it was a result of players making varied runs (nothin planned just run for space and spread out) and put the ball in at pace, law of averages says you will win some headers.

    It’s something we need to look at. Cabayes delivery is shocking. Debuchy whips in a nice cross at pace so is be tempted to let him take some and see what happens. Can’t do harm.

  • 61 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    As much as I hate that donkey lookin Suarez he is some player like. We need someone in the mould of him or Hernandez from Man U for a striker in the summer. I am sure Carr can find someone like that for our budget.

  • 62 AMEOBI // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Bollance, yes you did after he scored and through first half from family section (my season ticket seat)… it goes Don’t sell Cabaye, Yohan Cabaye I just don’t think you understand that if you sell Cabaye, Yohan Cabaye. You’ll have a riot on your hands!

  • 63 manxpie // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    transfer i know we’re bad but we are a small team and have been shockling since carroll left (soz was wathing motd2)
    anita seems a good set piece taker but unless you’ve got a natural scorer from set pieces where not gonna score!
    infact scoring from corners imo is a dieing breed!

  • 64 manxpie // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    thats why andy carroll isn’t at liverpool or the first striker on the england teamsheet even tho they offer alot in CERTAIN situations it’s a dying breed!!

  • 65 DxK // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Looking at Thursday and perhaps our best side, this is what I’d love to see;



    I’d like to see Santon at right back and Anita deserves his spot. Marveaux must be on a high, so he could show better form here..
    I’d also rest Steven Taylor as I’m not convinced he should be playing Thursday, Sunday with his injury record. Perch did a fantastic job last time as well.

  • 66 Toon Tang // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    ste taylors celebration after cabaye free kick were hilarious hahah good lad

  • 67 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I actually think a fully fit Arfa could be our answer to Bale and Suarez

    Man by man they have similar teams to us but have a top player to make the difference Arfa in a free role with the better players we have would mean he will have more space to make a difference cause he was our only player who could make a difference earlier in the season and teams used to just double up but they wont be able to do that now

    Also Liverpool are so jammy both of those last 2 goals were Spurs fault

  • 68 lesh // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Hotdog. We’ll need a barista to make the coffee? I’ll go to the quay in the morn and see if I can find one to do few shifts when he/ she’s not in court!

  • 69 DxK // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    if we could get Benteke in the summer then we’d be laughing. He’s absolutely top notch in a really weak side, so in our powerful squad he’d be a brilliant success.

    I’d love to see Benteke, Sakho and a top right winger join the club to complete the set.

    Really pleased to see Adam Campbell get a Premier League debut today, really excited to see how he progresses, maybe next term put him above Shola in the pecking order.

  • 70 Baro // Mar 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Man i’m gutted I missed the match…




  • 71 stuart no9 // Mar 11, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    didnt see the game today but caught the highlights om MOTD. i have never seen a newcastle game at home with so few chances. if they were the highlights thank f”k i missed the game. wow, pards bought all those players in jan and didnt bother with a striker. no striker to put in if cisse , for what hes worth, gets injured . have to sort it out for thursday.

  • 72 lesh // Mar 11, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Don’t be a pan Stuart, we won didn’t we?

  • 73 Big Pappa Cissé // Mar 11, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    @ Stuart

    Gouffran is a striker m8 😉

  • 74 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 11, 2013 at 12:38 AM


    If u actually watched the game, we were pressing them most of the game and we were very unlucky to even go 1-0 down, even though it was a blatant foul. And if 14 corners doesn’t prove that we were threatening them a lot then I dunno what does

  • 75 89Norcal // Mar 11, 2013 at 12:39 AM


    They might have it for download on

    You have to register but that’s usually where I download matches. Got the 3-2 vs Chelsea from there :)

  • 76 nick_9 // Mar 11, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Manx – agreed result is the only real stat what matters but we’ve been giving possession away very cheaply with our set pieces. It got to the point were gaining a corner wasn’t really an advantage for us, I don’t blame them for trying something different with the short corners.

    Steven Taylor had a great game and played a blinder getting the crowd worked up for the freekick. He isn’t just joking around he is trying to gain a psychological edge and work the crowd, it worked great and served Sorensen right for time wasting.

    Stuart we obviously wanted Remy in the summer but came up short. Gouffran is a good hard working player but I’m yet to see much to say he can replace the 1 in 2 goal ratio Ba had. A striker in the summer window is a must and then perhaps a genuine wide player.

    Right in the mixer now and a top half finish along with progress in Europe would be pleasing giving we messed up 1/3 of a season

  • 77 Baro // Mar 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM


    Ya i already checked there, but nothing..
    thanks anyways..

  • 78 daztoon // Mar 11, 2013 at 1:08 AM


  • 79 Baro // Mar 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM


    I even checked that site too earlier!!

    oh thank YOU!!!!!!!!!

  • 80 Baro // Mar 11, 2013 at 1:14 AM


    is there a first half?

  • 81 matclarke4000 // Mar 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    just checked – Anzhi lost 2-0 away to bottom placed Mordovia Saransk on Saturday. No sign of Willian on the pitch or the bench. Bodes well for Thursday I think!

  • 82 ende // Mar 11, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Here’s my summer shopping list:

    1) Another top CB if Colo leaves. Like Mb and Saylor, but injuries make me nervous. Glad to see Good looks to be developing well. Injuries to a thin front half leads to more draws, injuries to a thin back half lead to more losses.

    2) Big target man to play along side Cisse. Ba’s replacement. We’re going to have to play 4-2-2 sometimes. Carroll could actually be this, if the price was right.

    3) Set piece specialist LW. I agree with those saying Marv is better off in the middle. We need a good compliment to HBA on the left though, and we should specifically target someone who is a great crosser and can take those corners and set pieces (Cabaya can take them from the middle). A throw in specialist would be nice too. So basically the love child of Rory Delap and Ryan Taylor, under the tutelage of Bale. Does this player exist?

    And if we can:
    4) A pacey young striker to give us another option.

  • 83 Mister Tuff // Mar 11, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    nick_9 @76 – Sorenson was not playing today.

  • 84 Bruva_muz // Mar 11, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    I think we miss Ryan Taylor’s free kicks and corners as he tend to use more variety. With corners I think a drilled ball would be more effective and have been thinking it since Joey Barton left he use to just blast balls at Andy head and they would go in or a least course havoc. On the last 3 games of our come back season I remember Steven Taylor getting 3 goals in 3 games from corners. Put the ball on Stevie’s head.

  • 85 chuck // Mar 11, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    We have a great chance of winning the cup?
    Puleeese ! be serious, it may bring in a few bucks of revenue, but no, we are not ready to win anything yet.
    Perhaps next year with a copppla addiotions we may be competetive enough to win something ?

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