Cabaye Disappointed – We Were Just Poor – It Wasn’t Right

Yohan Cabaye is the Newcastle captain while Fabricio Coloccini recovers from his back injury, which is taking longer than first thought – with it now being five weeks yesterday, since he injured his back in the first half against Southampton, and he’s missed the last six games..

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Yohan Cabaye – we’re disappointed

Yohan has talked to the local press today, and he seems even a little upset that Newcastle were so poor on Saturday – but he’s right about that – in the first half Newcastle were simply hopeless:

“Of course we’re disappointed, especially in the first half because we were really, really poor.” “We played like a team who wanted a draw. It was the wrong mentality.” “The second half was entirely different and if we’d scored one it would have been a different game.” “

We didn’t get that goal and in the end lost 4-0 and we want to forget about it.” “It’s hard. I don’t know why we started so poorly.” “We lacked technique, failed to keep the ball – we kept losing it. We made it difficult for ourselves. We also played too deep, that didn’t help.”

“No, Benfica was not on our minds – that’s unfair. The best way to prepare for the game on Thursday would have been to play well against the Premier League champions. I think and I hope nobody out there was thinking about the Europa League games.

“We were just poor and without our usual qualities out on the pitch.” “Nobody was thinking about a Europa League game. “If you come to a team like Manchester City and think of another game that would be very strange.”

“Every game for us now is very important.” “First of all we have to show on Thursday night we have learned from mistakes today and make sure we get into the second leg at home with good results against Fulham and Benfica.”

“We need good results, nothing else. From now until the end of the season every game is going to be like a final for us and the main thing we have to have in our mind is to be safe because we want to play in the Premier League next season.”

“We have to fight for that and this wasn’t right here.”

As Alan Pardew warned the Newcastle players all last week, this is the business end of the season and the most important part of the season.

So now’s not a good time to have a slump in form or results, and we expect the lads to play a lot better on Thursday night at Benifca.

Although it seems that the top Portuguese side at the moment is scoring goals for fun, and won 6-1 on Saturday, and it will not be an easy game for Newcastle by any means.

Paraguayan Oscar Cordoza is second top of the Portuguese scoring charts with 16 goals, and his team-mate, Brazilian Lima is 3rd with one goal less – so they know how to put the ball in the back of the net.

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14 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Bills,I disagree ,there is a statement from Llambias saying that they sat around a table and decided that we had enough in the squad to see us through,Bills if I told all my pals I was buying a brand new Porsche then turned up at the showroom with 15k in theory I could say I tried to buy the car.

  • Graeme

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Well, if Cabaye doesn’t know what the problem was – its fairly certain non of us on here know either lol.

    Maybe only Pardeaux is the man in the know!!

  • rasul

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Line up vs Benfica:

    And trust me the City match is harder than the Benfica game.

    Santon mbiva saylor haidara
    marveux cabaye tiote Anita
    sissoko cisse.

    vs Fulham


    debuchy saylor mbiva santon
    goufran cabaye tiote marveux
    sissoko cisse.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Jesper ,
    From that rant on the previous thread I think we can take it you are one of those that defended the transfer policy of last window.
    Are you still drunk ?

  • bills-son

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Notice Cabaye says ‘We played like a team who wanted a draw’ not ‘we set up to play for a draw’.

    That tells me it was the players who sat too deep, the players who were too overawed by City to stay calm on the ball and the players who didn’t take the game to City. This wasn’t Pardew saying ‘play deep for a draw’.

    The fact is we lack shouters and fist shakers in the team and that is a big weakness in our squad. The likes of Nolan, Barton and Smith intimadated not only the oppo but also their own players and you never see Colo or Cabaye or any Toon player bawling out a teammate. Anyone who has played at any level knows what a difference that type of character can make to a team – especially away from home or when you are under the cosh.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m sick of watching us play shite.

    Waiting weeks for the next game and then … same old shite.
    Pardew can’t coach, he’s had two years and still we’re complete crap. It’s embarrassing.

    New manager in May please. Not another season of excuses from the manager of the year.

    He was given that award on April 1st last year wasn’t he?

  • bzak12

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardue is a clown, he states we would have struggled with a full strength side, just like Soton and Everton did?

    Whilst I cannot see any point in sacking him now, he must go in the close season or as above our better players will be off. They have him sussed!

  • BandB

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I can tell you this, and I don’t care who accepts it and who scoffs. Last summer Pardew’s view was that “we’d got a bit ahead of ourselves,” last season, and that holding that line was unlikely. He thought new players would come in only if their profile was right, and that was the “purples” policy. His major fear was that stars would be sold, and he’d been given no assurances they wouldn’t. The store was open. He felt that he could achieve the upper mid table target he’s been set in those circumstances. If he thought that unreasonable, he didn’t say so, not even with the slightest nod and wink. There was no talk of “onwards and upwards.”

  • solano

    Apr 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    I think it’s about time we cut some slack to Derek Dastardly and his Fat Friend, in fairness.
    I think Bills was right when he said we should be chanting Ashley’s name at the next game. We have just re-entered the World’s Richest Top 20 clubs, yet the MD insists we “can’t compete with the Big Boys”. Wow! Don’t get too excited there then, sports fans. We’ll just have to be content with staying in the top 20 clubs in this Country!
    What a shame our reactive transfer policy is used to fight fires rather than proactively to push us on.
    Prediction? Survival, probably a noble exit from Europe and some book balancing in the Summer accompanied with some familiar excuses.
    We should be lapping up the Mackems plight, but we just can’t quite voyeuristically enjoy it as much as we should, as lack of forward planning has us lingering in the bottom 6 as well. We should be in the top 6.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Some good Nile ranger stats
    Career Arrests =6
    Career goals =5

  • solano

    Apr 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    @5 Shouters and Fist Shakers is what we need? Really? You rejoiced when Barton and Nolan left when in truth, their stay would have developed a much stronger squad with more facets and angles of approach to our game.
    As for Smith, he was just plain shite and no amount of shouting and bawling would have justified his 55k a week, granted him courtesy of Mr Ashley.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    J4A…I am old enough to know that I don’t have to answer to you my friend!

    …you just stick to your notion that Ashley screwed us over and Pards is nowhere to blame. See where it get you.

    You should try and come over on my side and see things; might be good for you to get some perspective.

    I think you are the only club in Europe who tries to pin everything on the owner (not even Liverpool fan’s would go so low)

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    No one was thinking of the Benfica game but Obertan was definitely not thinking about football when he was on the pitch.
    Never seen a player with such ability not know what to do with it

  • Troy Stavers

    Apr 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    There must be major flaws in the training methods as we never play possession football.

    I’m no coach but common sense tells me that you try and emulate the best club in the world at any given time. Copy their successful techniques and though you may not achieve their success you will at least improve.

    Barca play a system almost totally opposite to us!!!!!!!! Why????

    Why don’t we try and emulate them. ????

    Frightening to be honest.


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