Just How Professional Are Newcastle – We’ll Find Out Tomorrow

The game tomorrow worries us a little bit, and Newcastle have to be professional, because after a couple of huge wins in the last week, it’s a danger that the team starts to live on their laurels a bit – but really good sides go into every single game with the right mental attitude.

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Alan Pardew delivering a left hook to Roberto Martinez
That was last season after they took us apart 4-0

So we’ll get a chance to see just how good and professional this new Newcastle side are tomorrow, and we’ll have to do better than we did last season in the same fixture, when we didn’t turn up and we were taken apart 4-0 – and that was after winning six league games in a row.

This is some of what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:

“It’s very much about business being back on – we have a very difficult team to play in Wigan.” “Their manager has a dilemma – he left out three or four of his best players, and they won 3-0 at Everton.”

“We don’t really know what their team will be.” “What we do know is that last year was one of the biggest disappointments of our season. We went there as a team in a Champions League position, and we got beat.”

“That’s what we have to put right, and hopefully we’ll have the mental strength to do that.” “You have to say that both teams are coming off the best result of the season.” “Forget what other results we’ve had this season, that was our best win.”

“They’re the best team we’ve beaten this season, and I include Chelsea in that.” “It was a hell of a coup for us, and Wigan’s 3-0 win at Everton was one of their best results of the season. “

“It made everybody’s heads turn.” “It’s important that neither our players or Wigan’s players get carried away. “Our business is the Premier League, and we need to make sure we put in a really disciplined display.”

Those are good words form the Newcastle manager , and we want our lads to turn up tomorrow and be ready for a very tough game against a side that took Everton apart last time out.

And hopefully we can get something out of this game tomorrow, and even win it, and you know we think the lads will turn up tomorrow – we hope the lads will turn up tomorrow. 😀

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35 comments so far

  • bollance

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #1

    How many defenders have scored a goal for us this season?

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Depends on which wigan turn up. Could be the one that spanked Everton or in turn got spanked by Liverpool, we will just have to prepare for both tbh. They have some decent players in Kone & Maloney but even with our injuries we should be to strong for them. Plus they have not won at home for something like 6 games

  • Fostino

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3


    none id say…..santon with a few assists but thats it…a goalscoring cb who can dominate air is needed in summer to replace cool

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    @ bollance

    Short answer, None 🙂

  • Fostino

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    im hoping for a debuchy assist tomorrow…he’s been close

  • El Sleeve

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    why didnt we take a punt on koné last summer, we really missed a trick there

    just as long as we turn up tomorrow, pass teh ball around and dont play like we did on thursday, we’ll be fine

  • manxpie

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Bollance you forgot about perchinhio there’s our goal scoring CB right there lol

  • Jonny

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Every team we beat seem to be the best we’ve played.

  • bollance

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #9

    good efforts..

    Ryan Taylor free kick vs Maritimo away in Europa group stages. That game he was playing right back.

    Next question, who is best free kick taker in the club? (when having a pop at goal)

  • bollance

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #10


    If we play Man City ninus Kompany we have a chance as they will be missing their best player and captain

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #11

    @ bollance

    1. Cabaye
    2. Raylor
    3. Marveaux

    Those are probably the 3 best at freekicks in order

  • hatemorloveit

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone eslse noticed that cisse has scored 26 goals in 50 games- a good return

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #13

    big pappa

    i love cabaye but raylor is a cut above anyone in our team at free kicks

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #14


    never doubted cisse, even this season when played upfront he has had a one in two ratio, and i would say his overall game has improved (although not necessarily because he was haphazardly lobbed on the right)

    you can always be confident that cisse will come up with something as long as he doesnt have too much time to think

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    @ Alan

    I know Raylor has not played a lot for us but I think Cabaye has already scored more free kicks for us. Correct me if I’m wrong

  • Twatter

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t buy the latest stuff coming out from Pardew about Ben Arfa’s injury, I think it was really shoddy work on him because they needed to be decisive. As always we delay and delay players coming back, it doesn’t seem like we have a proper strategy in place to get players fit again.

    Or if we do it’s failed. Utter calamity in terms of Ben Arfa’s injury though. There’s no other way to put it.

  • bollance

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    One of the biggest mysteries is Cabaye is excellent at free kicks when shooting on goal. To score you need to be able to hit a precise area.

    Why can he not do that from corners and free kicks into the box?

    Marveaux vs Anzhi put dangerous balls into the box and even Saylor got a header on goal which floated over the bar. Can anyone remember us even having headers on goal from free kicks or corners.

    Earlier in the season Wilo had a few soft headers on / towards goal.

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #18

    big pappa cisse off the top of my head i can only think of three that cabaye has scored and two of raylor so im not much use lol

  • bollance

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Raylor will be back in training soon. Will he even make the bench in the current squad?

  • Sav

    Mar 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Sissoko looked either jaded or ‘sussed’ in the last two matches. No doubt the overhyping which always goes on at the Toon (so desperate are we for any success), didn’t help. We need him back to his best, bestriding the midfield like a colossus in the absense of Cab, perhaps.

    – Howzat for overhyping?

  • benarfa23

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #21

    pardew : The most important thing for Hatem and this football club is that he gets a pre- season. He missed this season’s and it’s not good to miss two.” “So that’s why I have gone quite bullish and said that’s him done for the season.”
    first season : didn’t have preaseason (Join in August but had preseason on marseille)
    second season : missed most of pre-season due to injury.
    Third Season : Missed pre-season due to participating in euro 2012.
    his miss all of three pre-season but he still one of our best peformer this season. wonder how he turn up he he have proper pre-season.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Bollance…you probably have to go back as far to the Shearer days for that to happen (Saylor though has scored some goals on setpieces if I remember correctly)

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #23

    sissoko is a cdm who had a lucky couple of games at cam and everyone thought pards was a genius, hes a great player but hes not yaya

  • bills-son

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Alan @ 23 – a couple of lucky games from Sissiko?

    The guy comes to a new club tand is one of five new players in the team and you expect him to be top notch game in game out from day one? And if he plays well he’s lucky and if he doesn’t it just shows Pardew is no genius?

    We are all entitled to our opinions but yours is as daft as they come.

  • saxonfenken

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Alan Pas-de-clue
    Sounds as if you do not want Socks to be as good as Yaya

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #26


    having watched sissoko for france toulouse and now newcastle it is my opinion that he is a solid energetic cdm, he simply doesnt have the technical ability to play further up. maybe lucky was the wrong word, he played very well, but thats not his natural position

  • nufc_eire

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #27

    I agree with alan pas-de-clue. I think Sissoko would be better as a CDM and bombing forward from deep. I’d play him alongside anita and push cabaye into the advanced playmaker role.

  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #28

    if it was up to me my team would be

    debuchy taylor mbiwa haidara
    sissoko guttierez
    marv cabaye gouffran

  • Jonny

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Having looked at fixtures, I think that the three teams to go down will be, Reading, Villa and Sunderland.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Sissoko does look a natural replacement in time for Tiote. They share an energy and drive which is essential in the best of midfields. Whilst Sissoko is not the creative influence of a Cabaye or Marveaux he does provide a balance in a side which is increasingly counter attacking. It’s a nice problem for Pardew to have and will overcome the absence of HBA. It is quite remarkable how well our January signings have blended into the side. Earlier in the season the absence of Krul, Coloccini, HBA or Cabaye was a major blow. As Ibiza said when reflecting on our progress in the Europa League. Enjoy the moment.

  • beefman13

    Mar 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Sissoko has settled brilliant for the toon to be fair, our league is so much quicker than the french league, some foreign players take ages to settle ie bergKamp n henri who had a torrid first season, hTs of to our frogs, they have done us proud.

  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 16, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #32

    And Dennis says as u…..”Attack Toon attack attack!”

  • toontillidie

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #33

    i believe it is gonna be a 3 – 0 win for us tomorrow this is the team i think will be playing

    Goofy————— Sissoko————-Jonas


    Harps – Perchino-Bigi-Tiote-Haidara-Campbell-Obertan

  • toontillidie

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #34

    2 goals from Cisse and one from Tayls cos he played amazing on Thursday and deserves one from a debs set pice

  • toontillidie

    Mar 16, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #35

    sorry switch jonas for Marvs and put jonas on bench over obertan cant ya tell i been drinking


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