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The Best Fans In The World Are Happy Now

10:38 am, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

That was some celebration by Papiss Cisse on Sunday when he smashed the ball past Stoke goalkeeper Begovic, and got all three precious points for Newcastle at St. James’ Park and that win moved us up the league to number 13 spot – and 3 points ahead of Sunderland in the league.

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Papiss Cisse – smashing home the winner on Sunday

This is what Papiss Cisse had to say in the Evening Chronicle today:

“The fans can give us even more presence. I am sure a lot of fans will come because they love this team. They are the best fans in the world to me.”

“And now it is down to us to give them even more pleasure by winning.” “I wouldn’t say we can go all the way just yet – but we’ll do our best.”

“It would be nice to get to the final and then see how we go.” “I’m feeling really good.” “It was a great feeling to score in the last minute and help the team win.”

“The team can still move up the table even further. The win over Stoke was very good for us.” “It was an opportunity to take three points and move away from danger, which we did.”

“The fans are happy now too, which is important.” We have a very good team – we train together well and that’s starting to show on the pitch, you can see results.”

“When you train together and everybody enjoys it, it can only help the team.”

Cisse now has nine goals in all competitions this season, and that was his 7th goal in the Premier League – so far.

And it was interesting to see that Newcastle players congratulating each other after the game, and maybe it’s just me but the team spirit seems just fantastic at the club at the moment.

And it was so great to get the late win, especially after we lost out so unluckily at Swansea the week before.

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47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rainrix // Mar 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Hope we get a really good turn out, 45,000 plus would be amazing. For £10 – £15 you cant really go wrong. I honestly think the support could be the difference between winning and losing tomorrow

  • 2 SuperShearer // Mar 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Agree Ed, the team spirit does seem fantastic and that is in no small part down to the mentality that the manager and training staff instill in the players. Wanting to play for the team and each other is a key ingredient to good managing and Pardew et al have done just that. Since Ba has gone you feel all the players are desperate to preform for each other as well as the fans.

  • 3 jayphoto // Mar 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    @ transfer Sage – completely agree with your point earlier on HBA! For a guy with his talent he has too many games where he contributes nothing! When he plays well hes a world beater but his goal, assist and key pass stats throughout his career are awful for a player who plays so far forward and although has improved his work rate doesnt really enhance the defensive side of our play! In france they produce a lot of players like HBA, excitin, go past players etc but little in goals and assists! Boudebouz, taarabt are examples!

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    super

    Yeh that is very clear, nearly all the players put in a shift and work hard for each other. Never see them wanting to let each other down and we are back to the attitude of last season where we are fighting for every single point on offer, never giving up.

  • 5 jayphoto // Mar 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Im not worried that campbell isnt at rooney or owens level when they were 18! Players develop at different speeds and arguabley rooney and owen peaked at 26! Id say owen was half the player st 25 whereas strikers like andy cole, cane through later and performed at the top level for longer into his 30s

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    jay

    I love the fench approach to all sports really. It’s all very technical and they try to produce the most gifted players not just the biggest which is to be admired.

    In their prime the rugby team were fantastic to watch, great interchange and movement.

    I do think on HBA though it’s his decisions that let him down. He reminds me so much of zidane in how he glides around the pitch with the ball at his feet but he isn’t being as influencial as he should.

    I’m not bashing players here, just a genuine criticism of the lad. I want to see him playing to the level his talent is actually capable of.

  • 7 Hencha Boii // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Any news if Willian is fit for tomorrow’s game?

  • 8 Munster Mag // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I agree TS. Many of the fans on the site have a tendancy to exaggerate the worth of our players. Tiote originally and HBA are two that come to mind. HBA needs to have more influence on games, not lose possession and stay fitter / uninjured for longer.

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    jay

    Owen lost it after his injury…before that he was amazing. he started of with 7 in 10 for us the broke his foot, came back and did his knee for england and thats when he lost his pace and his game went out the window.

    Rooney is still a good player I’d say. His problem is his most productive year came when ronaldo left and he was the main central forward, stayed central, didn’t get back as much and as a result got a lot of goals. Now he plays midfield, wide, behind van persie etc.

    Same as RVP, played as a number 10, did ok…played as a number 9 and for the past 2/3 years has been banging them in.

  • 10 Rainrix // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Regardless of what a realistic valuation of our players is, prices for players are permanently over inflated anyway. Tiote in his prime form is realistically a 10-12 million £ but i wouldn’t see ashley accepting less than £15 mil. With HBA it’ll be a very big sum if he does leave eventually.

  • 11 jayphoto // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Yea not knocking HBA, just his natural talent is such that he should be being talked about with bale and suarez as the leagues best! If you take christiano ronaldo, he has for me less natural talent than HBA but through incredibley hard training and perseverance hes turned himself into a monster of a player, ronaldo is always first into training and at man utd fergie had to tell him to go home most days or hed not leave! At nufc HBA is usually last onto the training pitch and first off! Hes quite bad for messing around and making jokes rather than training hard! Love him and hes still a top player, but he could be phenomenal

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    jay

    And that is ultimately the difference between godo players and the very top….hard work.

    I’ve heard that about ronaldo…he was so focused on improving himself he did anything which could give him an advantage and it has paid off for him.

    Roy hodgeson said the same thing…he said it’s easy to see who goes to extra gym sessions or works on technical aspects of their game compared to those who do the bare minimum.

    How I see it, it should be compulsory for players to work on some things after the general training. It shouldn’t be as optional as roy hodgeson made it out.

  • 13 jayphoto // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Think that will be a notch in young campbells direction, heard great reports about his training levels and attitude! Remember hearing ages ago that andy carroll was the poorest trainer when at nufc, think that showing with his injury level and form since he left! Hes another player that had/has the attributes to be a world beater if he worked hard

  • 14 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Sage
    Seem to remember a story about ronaldo hiring usain bolt just after he signed for real to help train over the summer to improve his sprit time by 1 second! Can’t knock dedication like that!
    Have to say I don’t think the club our strict enoug with our players fitness levels, look at stevie and benny, after lay offs both came back looking like they’d been on holiday at the greggs factory!
    And even after summer none of the lads look particularly healthy, that’s something you just don’t get in most european leagues

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    jay

    That’s good news then if he trains well.

    I generally find with the majority of people (some exceptions) but you get out of life what you put into it. The lads who train hard should have a long career, even if not at the very top level.

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Jayphoto
    No time to train when your at take that concerts with dogleash!!!

  • 17 giimps // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Cue a neggar to say HBA has lost his attacking instinct through Pardew and has become too focused on tracking back.
    Also.the team spirit has nothing to do with the staff and management, doing things like french days etc are disrupting alienating the non-french players.
    All a load of blorrocks…..HBA is a much better player than he was before he came, he has so much more to his game…..once he beds in with our newly acquired quality, he will blossom, the team will be better and we WILL be better with him in the team.
    The team spirit has improved since Ba left for pastures new (good luck to him as he was a good goalscorer for us and I personally have no hard feelings, except possibly forcing Cisse out of position).The new guys have hit the ground sprinting (all of them), if the team spirit was poor when they came, and they didnt buy into the Newcastle ethos instilled by Pardew and the rest of the players and staff, I dont think they would have done as well as they have IMHO.
    Cisse has scored 9 so far this season, which means he has scored close to 20 in the calendar year since he came, hes not out of form he is performing pretty much the way any good striker starved of good service plays.
    Now we have our better players back, we should be able to push on, with Benny, Marveaux, Cabaye, Socks and Gouffy playing through balls for him, he should get more opportunities and therefore score more goals.
    The Stoke game was a watershed game to me, that pass and subsequent goal against the giants and spoilers that are Stoke gives me hope.
    The sit deep and let teams try and play through the most drilled defence in the league ethos from Pulis has worked well for years, to break them down with sublime football, and for Cisse to flick the ball up and volley past one of the leagues best keepers, then to see the joy on our and the teams faces was priceless and deserved.
    We now have pace ,power and skill in our team, we have a keeper who can distribute accurately and quickly the ball from Goal kicks and throwing the ball out.
    We have skill, power and pace in defence, midfield and attack, and now we are virtually safe, we can attack without fear, knowing we have quality all over the pitch, instead of worrying about getting caught with Willo, or Simmo on a 1on1 with a striker (no disrespect to those players).
    I believe also, apart from 1 silly challenge which was not as bad as it was made to look by their player (IMHO) Tiote is better since he has quality around him, when he gets the ball under pressure, he has quality to pass to, unlike before, when there was either Willo, Simmo, Guttierez ,Bigi or Sammy.
    I think Sunday was the start of a Beautiful relationship between now and the end of the season, Fans, Players, Bloggers and management, No Nile Ranger to spoil the party, no reason for the media to be …………well, screw the media, they will make up stories about which clubs are in for which of our stars but ………thats all they are…..stories (unless they have an extraordinarily large chequebook).
    Rant over HWTL

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    tads

    It’s something we need to look at. I remember when fabregas signed for barca they were shocked at how unfit he was…and arsenal play some of the highest tempo in the league so if they have unfit players how bad must our boys be compared to barcelona. (they are great players but press and work so hard)

    And another thing about ronaldo, heard he was using weights on his ankles to improve his control with the ball….true dedication from him.

  • 19 Bambams // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    It is not too much to ask of players to stay behind and do a little bit more, especially when it is to their benefit. Some jobs you HAVE to stay on beyond your usual hours and often get nothing extra for it.

    Benny reminds me on occasions of Beardsley, his close control was absolutely amazing. … Beardsley was one of the players you had to drag off the training pitch !

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    bambams

    I’m not sure of the work load they do so I won’t be too critical of the boys. But basically I’m sure you could do a lot more.

    Look at a boxer…they train up to 8 hours a day a lot of the time.

    I understand thats too much for a football as you would be too tired for games after such a heavy work load, but no reason we can’t find a middle ground.

  • 21 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Transfer Sage
    Interesting comments on Ben Arfa.
    To be honest he would not start in my Eleven at the moment.

    In the past he would of been first on the team sheet.

    But at the moment we seem to have a balanced team that works/plays together as a team and we have Marvo to come on who does a similar job. Could he be a super-sub at the moment until up to full fitness

    Don’t get me wrong he is a brilliant player on the ball passing dribbling, scoring spectacular goals.

    A nice conundrum to have – thats why i’m not a manager

  • 22 Munster Mag // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Giimps, nice post but we dont have a solid defence currently. Santon cant defend and the defence isnt as drilled as it needs to be, and isnt fuly settled yet. I expect it to be better next season though. I wouldnt get too cocky about tomorrow night. There’s too much talk about making the final and having a great night as St James’ for my liking. I’d rather see it downplayed and then let the dogs out. Different sport I know, but I remember Gloucester coming to Munster a few years ago in the Heineken cup ( rugby ) and saying how much they were “looking forward” to it. Munster stored up all this anger at their confidence and beat the living daylights out of them on the pitch, with the brilliant Limerick fans pumping the whole thing up. At half time, one of their players turned to another and said ” What sort of f*****g place is this ? ” Now thats what we want …..

  • 23 Lucky Les // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Bambams many years ago I was in a pub in Whickham and a few of our players were having a drink , not a problem as I think it was a Bank Holiday and no game until the following Saturday, when Bobby Shinton stood up to leave and said to the others “See you at work tomorrow”.What is often everything to supporters is sometimes just a job to others .Think this was a relegation season.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    charlie

    I’d have ben arfa in my line up.

    The other option in that position is jonas, obertan and marv….he offers more than those I feel.

  • 25 jayphoto // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    You cant leave HBA out, hes a top player, the only criticism is that he could be far better with his ability! Think the thing is that hba has gone from everybodies first name on the team sheet to being behind sissoko, Cabaye, Taylor and possibly debuchy who has been outstanding!

  • 26 renzo // Mar 13, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    my first ever presence st james park last sunday – speechless! first time at newcastle – beautiful city but terribly cold – well, no better tonic than an injury-time winner!! hopefully the first of many trips to the northeast
    HWDL

  • 27 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    jay

    I’m of the same opinion. Unless we get somebody who offers more to the team he plays in my view.

    I’d like to see somebody brought in this summer who can genuinely give real competition to ben arfa and gouffran for the wide spots and push them on.

    The same way haidara is no challenging santon, anita challenges tiote, mbiwa challenged saylor and colo, and marv is mushing cabaye and sissoko.

    WE need competion out wide and also upfront.

  • 28 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    now challenging not ‘no challenging’

  • 29 toonLYF // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    renzo…it ain’t always that cold, Sunday was one of the coldest days i remember for a long time.

  • 30 toonLYF // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Regarding Hatem, it’s unfair to just go off his stats. What about all of the runs he makes which drag 2-3 defenders out of position? Part of why he is so valuable for the team, is because of how he intimidates the opposition into mistakes, without actually having to do anything out of the ordinary. It’s not all about goals assists and key passes. Think you’s are having a fairly invalid conversation.

  • 31 renzo // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    well no wonder i felt numb all over for most of the day lol

    i am from malta and cold is 18degrees

    will return for sure -

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    toon lyf

    Not invalid at all.

    What about the players hazard and mata drag out of position but they still get the goals and assists hatem doesn’t.

    There is more to the game that just goals and assist I accept that, but in his role as a winger (or occasionally a number 10) he needs to chip in more with goals and assists. I think that’s a fair criticism.

  • 33 toonLYF // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I don’t think it’s fair to compare Hatem with those until he gets an extended run in our new look and much higher quality team. I have a feeling next season if he doesn’t get injured, his stats could prove what we’ve all been thinking for a while, that indeed he is as good as anyone in the league.

  • 34 robin // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    This talk of the best fans in the world, is a bit patronising. Probably the most tolerant of failure fans in the world is a more fitting description. After all no trophies for 44 years is a disgrace for a club the size of NUFC. Millions spent and yet its always the same out come, one season riding high the next fighting relegation. Except when Keegan, put the team back in the big time, only for Daglish and the maniac Gullit, to ruin it until Bobby, saved the day only to have his good work screwed up by a stream of chancers, which led to another relegation and promotion to where we are now under Pardew, a team that looks capable of great things, but is the manager up to the task?

  • 35 obatoyou // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Looking forward to tomorrow night fellas, have a good one, this is what it’s all about mate~

  • 36 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    toonlyf

    No doubt he will be better playing with better players. It’s the same for any player. You have more options and have more time as players can’t just focus on one or two players, need to watch the whole team.

    However through is whole career to date ben arfa has never scored double figures in any league campaign. He always has an excuse, bad attitude, falling out with coach, injuries, etc….can only make excuses for so long. (hazard got 20+ in one season in france which is very good, ben arfa should have done that)

    He could be like van persie and find form around 27 if he keeps clear of injuires….he can do it, just not sure if he ever will.

  • 37 Bambams // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Boy’s I am not knocking our players, I agree it is just a job to them and one day will be similar to any other day.

    I was trying to make a comparison between Benny who I think is a magician at times and my all time favourite Beardsley.

    I recall Keegan stating Beardsley was the last to come off the training pitch and I believe Benny could become a great if he took a leaf out of how Pedro trained.

    I take your point re it’s a job and maybe i should have left out the part where you sometimes have to work beyond your shift for zilch.

  • 38 Transfer Sage // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    bambams

    I know what you mean though. I know plenty of people who work extra hours unpaid, do tons of research in their own time, etc etc just to give themselves a slight advantage at work.

    If you want to move up the ranks it takes hard work, not just work time but also using some of your own time. People at the top, no matter how over paid they may seem, work very long hours usually.

    Its the same in football, just the difference is the wages are higher. So for the average 20k a week prem footballer you can do the bare minimum and pick up your 20k.

    Or you can maximise your talent…soembody like james milner….works so hard, doesn’t drink, eats right, keeps a low profile and has been rewarded with a very good wage at man city and the pleasure of getting to play in a title winning team.

  • 39 G // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Anbody else been reading about this Qatari ‘Dream League’? £175million guarunteed just for turning up? If only the whole thing wasn’t an elaborate hoax.

  • 40 pawl250 // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Hey guys been looking over the blog, can honestly say that it sounds very optimistic on here recently.

    I think, personally we could still get relegated, am not saying we will, infact its unlikely but for all those saying its over already need to look at the table.

    1 loss this weekend, too Wigan aswell makes its minimum 6 points away, and then we have City next week! Its not over, perhaps a win over Wigan would be 99% job done, but that isnt going to be that easy.

    I suggest we enjoy the European leg this Thursday, hopefully we qualify but more importantly we really need a win on Sunday!

    Team for Anzi -
    ———————- Elliot ——————–
    Santon — STaylor — Mbiwa — Haidara
    ————– Anita — Cabaye ————
    Ben Arfa —— Sissoko —– Marveaux
    ——————– Cisse ———————

    Team v Wigan-
    ———————— Elliot ——————–
    Debuchy — STaylor — Mbiwa — Santon
    —————– Tiote —- Cabaye ———–
    Jonas ————- Sissoko —— Gouffran
    ———————– Cisse ——————–

  • 41 G // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    @ post 40 -vs Wigan, switch Gouffran and Jonas around, and that looks about right.

  • 42 Bambams // Mar 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    TS
    Totally agree fella. Pleased I clarified what I was trying to get across.

  • 43 Mr Funk // Mar 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    How about:

    Team for Anzi -
    ———————- Elliot ——————–
    Santon — STaylor — Mbiwa — Haidara
    ————– Anita — Cabaye ————
    Marveaux
    Ben Arfa —— Sissoko
    ——————– Cisse ———————

  • 44 SportBilly // Mar 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    @ Post 40 – totally agree we aren’t really safe yet anything can still happen with so many points to play for. they suggested on MOTD that it was a bit early still to think we are safe even though historically I think it would be a first for a team in our position at this time – but anything can still happen, lets all enjoy Thursday, try and spur the team on to a win to get to the next round, and then take it from there like some other people have said too.

  • 45 mindshaft // Mar 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Best fans in the world? I don’t think so, admittedly we have turned out in our thousands for very little return in the way of success and have had to endure some of the worst football in the league, Souness, Allardyce, Daglish etc but just turning up doesn’t make us the best fans in the league
    We whinge at the first opportunity and if you’ve been to SJP in the last 5 years you’ll have noticed how quiet it is for a lot of games
    Now best away fans in the league I’ll take, we almost always out sing the opposition fans come rain or high water regardless of result or how we’re playing. I think part of it is that at the away games, we are always standing and everyone joins in with the singing unlike at home where we’re sitting and grouped all over the place – anyway I much prefer going to away games these days
    Howay the lads

  • 46 woolerbill // Mar 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    HBA-
    Is a very good player but the bloggers liking him to messi Ronaldo, are dreaming. He doesn’t apply himself, he thinks football is just for fun like a kid. He will never be one of the greats.

  • 47 Benarfabomb // Mar 13, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200353722274777&set=a.10200353722234776.2195827.1506450868&type=1&theater




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