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Benfica vs Newcastle – Match Preview

1:22 pm, Thursday, April 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 189 Comments


We would have been a lot more confident about tonight’s game against Benfica in Lisbon if Newcastle had played half-decent in our last game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday – but we weren’t half-decent and in the first half we played just about as badly as we’ve played all season.

So the good thing is Newcastle have a lot to prove tonight, and we hope they will not start this game giving the Portuguese League leaders too much respect, as we did in that last game in Manchester.

Newcastle know all about Benfica who have a fantastic record this season – they are top of the Portuguese League with 64 points from 24 games, and remain unbeaten in the league, and they have won 10 games on the trot and their last defeat was back on Valentines Day.

Newcastle winger Yoan Gouffran had a mission to spy on Benfica when they played his former club Bordeaux, and this si what the Frenchman had to say about Benfica:

“I watched their last game in Bordeaux when they lost 3-2 in the second leg.” “Benfica are a quality team with very good players, for example Oscar Cardozo.”

“He has scored a lot of goals and is a danger – he scored twice against my old club in the second leg.” “We have to be very strong in Portugal to stop him.” “We must try not to concede. If we can get through that without conceding we can make up the difference here in Newcastle.”

“I have a lot of confidence in my team-mates. We are in with a chance. Everybody in the quarter-finals is. So we must keep going.”

But it’s a mistake to think that the Newcastle team will play like we did in that first half on Saturday, and we expect a much improved performance tonight, when we’ll have both Davide Santon and Tim Krul back in the side. But Masssadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote did not make the trip – but we hope they will be available for the important Fulham game at home in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

This is the 19 man squad Alan Pardew took to Lisbon on Tuesday afternoon – in alphabetical order:

Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Papiss Cisse, Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, Jonas Gutierrez, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Davide Santon, Danny Simpson, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Alan could have a few surprises for us in store tonight – but this could be the side that Alan Pardew starts tonight:

Simpson Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Santon
Marveuax Cabaye (c) Anita Gutierrez
Subs: Elliot Bigirimana Williamson Gosling Perch Obertan Ameobi (Sh)

That’s a decent side wand we expect Danny Simpson at right back to put in a much improved performance than he gave in Manchester and also Anita puts in a tidy display in defensive midfield in place of the injured Cheick Tiote.

The Newcastle fans don’t think we’ll do too well tonight.

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Newcastle’s defense needs to put in a top performance tonight if we are going to get a dent result – and it would be great to score an away goal to set up for a fantastic night next Thursday night in the return at St. James’ Park, which will be a full house if the lads can get anything near a decent result tonight.

We could shock people tonight – we hope we will shock people tonight – stranger things have happened.

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189 responses so far ↓

  • 1 daztoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    We need an away goal

  • 2 martoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    AndyNUFC – from last blog – There has been research linking injuries such as muscle strains to alcohol and I think this is Carroll’s problem.
    Beattie – long time no debate :)

  • 3 barkel // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    If i was to pick a team for tonight I’d go with 4-2-3-1, try to keep it quite narrow because nothing really comes from the wings anyway

    Simpson Saylor Yanga Santon
    Anita Perch
    Sissoko Marv Cabs
    Subs: Elliot Bigi Willo Gosling Guti Obertan Shola

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM


    agree 100%…they will score in both legs i think so its crucial we get 1 or 2 away goals.

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM


    exactly the team i want to see tonight

  • 6 barkel // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM


    We can live in hope! I think Shola & Jonas will probably start though going by past selections

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    i’d also accept shola in for perch/anita/marv

    cisse and shola up top with a narrow midfield of cabaye, sissoko, marv/anita/perch

  • 8 Guj NUFC // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I’d deploy Moussa a little bit deeper tonight. I doubt he will get any space at all in the game.

    Simpson Taylor Mbiwa Santon
    Cabaye Perch
    Anita Sissoko Marveaux

    Anita protecting Simpson. Will do 1 million times better job than Obertan did defensively and offensively. I’ve stuck with him since he’s joined but there comes a time you have to say a player just doesn’t perform as you want.

  • 9 daztoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    1 for sure 2 would be brilliant.Don`t mind a loss so long as we give it our best

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    i want cabaye as the furthest forward midfielder though…he is better than sissoko behind the forward….just sissoko is bigger/quicker which plays into pardews hand the way he has us lined up to win the longer balls/hold it up til the players catch up with us sitting deep

  • 11 Guj NUFC // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Actually I would mind Jonas starting in midfield 3 with Cabaye and Perch, Sissoko RW Marveaux LW. Just don’t play Jonas at left back again. And I’d play Anita RB over Simpson.

  • 12 Guj NUFC // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Wouldn’t* mind

  • 13 Tsunki // Apr 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Just wondering if the young Noah Ameobi’s middle name is ‘Nuther’? ;)

    Shut up shop, bus parked etc etc. I think we will lose but IF we can get an away goal I could take a 1-2 or even 1-3 loss. If we could score at theirs, we could score 2 at home I think. Optimism is the key.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM


    a classic joke…can’t beat it the silly ones.

    and yeh it would be good if we got an away goal even in a 2-1 defeat

  • 15 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    optimism epitomized ‘i would take a 1-3 loss’

  • 16 OhSholaAmeobi // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    If simpson plays we’ll lose.

  • 17 Tsunki // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Alan Pas – :)

    GFNFrance ?@GFN_France 6h
    Mapou Yanga MBiwa: ‘I have always dreamt of playing for Manchester United, you know that. #NUFC

    Don’t you just love it when our new signings wax lyrical about being somewhere better for a change? :|

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I want us to play a 4-3-3 with two deeplying CM and no ACM.

  • 19 martoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    I hate slagging off our players or manager but it has to be said if Obertan starts tonight then Pardew has lost the plot!
    I’d go with barkel’s team possibly with Jonas starting instead of Marveaux and then use as sub later in the match.

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Tsunki…it seems they all want to play for SAF these days :-)

    …we just need Pardew to praise them as well lol

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM


    without a CAM we would only have cisse as a goal threat which might not be enough.

  • 22 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Jeeeeeesus there’s some chirpy people on here today!!
    2-2 tonight I reckon then we’ll finish them off at SJP!

    On the previous thread
    Ed no offence intended but why continue to run the Carroll story?
    He won’t be sold for £10 mil we won’t pay £17 mil, west ham have first dibs on him and allardyce has been spouting off lately that he wants him permantley
    Seriously forget andy Carroll ffs move on with your lives! He’s gone, he ain’t coming back!
    Oh and rotonda pardew is going nowhere, so I don’t understand the need to discuss alternative managers or his short comings all day everyday, you don’t like him fine we get that but c’mon on, every page all page every day! It’s not healthy mate

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    TS…I want the widemen deployed as inside forwards and the fullbacks as wings when we go forward; hence the two deeplying CM’s :-)

    …Sissoko would be better as a box to box CM anyway I think?

    It is just an idea:-)

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM


    a team that haven’t been beaten at home except by barcelona….we will struggle. I’d love 22 but could see us getting beat.

    as long as we score, losing by 1 isn’t too bad when we have the home leg to contend with.

  • 25 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    i think sissoko would be better box to box…agree there.

    I think our wide men, whether used wide or more inside don’t offer a goal threat at all….so i’d like to see cabaye behind him to be another body to contend with, as well as being somebody who can finish.

  • 26 ichrisho // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Live on Freeview on ITV4…. Nice :)

    We should go all out attack tonight for what have we to lose… lets just go for it like the boys in ’69…

  • 27 AndyNUFC // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Martoon I can see that in a way. If he came back, on huge wages, nights out in Newcastle – even a knockdown fee would turn out to be a disaster.

    Anyway on tonight – they’ve got a prolific striker, but we’ve got classy CBs in Taylor and M’biwa – my biggest fear is their wingers, Salvio, Gaitan, Ola John – quick, skillful players, let’s see how Simpson copes…

    … Please god let Haidara start…

  • 28 ichrisho // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    @Martoon – … if Obertan starts tonight.. I shall eat the underpants I am wearing today as I give up!!!! He clearly doesnt wish to play so why is he even in the squad…. head-down all the time and contibutes absolutely nothing….

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Don’t mind if we get beat, but Christ man you got to admit its depressing on here, more banter reading the obituaries!
    Over and over “thanks to pardew we’ll get smashed tonight” “why’s he saying this whys he saying that” “he’ll set up to lose before we kick a ball”
    People accuse pardew of being negative! Do they have no faith in our players to go out and put a performance in? Do they think our lads have no drive? No determination? That the players won’t be desperately looking forward to a European away night?
    It’s unbelievable reading the same amount of boring negative repetitive sh1te spouted on here
    By all means hammer the lads or pardew or the kit lady after the game if we’re shocking but ffs don’t people look forward to games on here?

  • 30 ajcrawfs // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM


    Haidara didn’t travel i am afraid

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    TS…I just think we are no threat with an ACM and I actually think Cabs is a deeplying playmaker and he would fit nicely next to Anita in my two man deeplying midfield with Sissoko in front of the them :-)

    The two inside forwards should give us at least two in the box at all time and sometimes three without sacrifacing our defense and midfield!

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM


    Yeh I know. I criticise him like but when it comes to games i tend to stay away from this…much rather enjoy the match, win or lose just watch the match and enjoy it as best you can.

    We may be defensive but watching us cling onto a 1-0 lead might not be entertaining but its tense and exciting.

  • 33 LeToonARMY // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Perch Taylor Yanga Santon
    Marveux Cabaye Gutirrez
    Shola Cisse

  • 34 bollance // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I don’t think Pardews position is safe yet. He basically needs a strong finish to the season which will boost revenue via prize money in Prem and Europa plus TV cash from Europa.

    If we crash out this round plus finish bottom half I think we will see the back of Pards. Then the club will sell the crown jewels and afterwards appoint a new manager with the lure of a large transfer kitty.

    The new manager will be high profile because that will attract the right type of player to the club so we dont have to sell out big wages.

  • 35 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Pretty busy again, but thought I’d drop in….not sure whether to go optimistic or doom and gloom…

    We’ll win!

    We’ve already lost.

    There…job done!

  • 36 northernirishtoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Would love to see

    Simpson. Saylor. Mbiwa. Santon
    ——–cabaye. Sissoko——-

  • 37 slbfan // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Hi guys
    My english is very poor but i hope you all understand me.
    I wish a nice trip to portugal to all NC fans and all the luck in the world for the rest of the season in PL.
    Just let me say that i think NC manager is a fool,not good enought for a club with the reputation of NC. Why the hell he told benfica would be a 8º/10º in PL? To motivate benfica players? Because benfica have been playing in EL with the second team and a lot os fans like me were justing hoping we get out of this competition to focus on our battle vs porto, but then, when someone shows so much arrogance we are demanding our coach to play with the first team and shut up NC coach. I realy dont get that silly mind games…
    As far as people say we were own by celtic in CL, that its not true. We won in heads up with celtic and spartak, the problem was that barça lost 4 points vs celtic… In our first game in celtic´s stadium we had to play with our second team cause we had luisão out, cardozo out, aimar out, gaitan out and the previous week we sold javi garcia to city and witsel to zenit so we played with a complete diferent midfield. Celtic made 3 shots in both games…
    In theory we are favorits but NC its a very strong side despite his poor manager.

    Cheers and sorry for my english :)

  • 38 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM


    I think cabaye’s best games have been behind the striker for us…he is a goal threat and can play the intricate passes to the front 3. I think he can be a deeper player, like pirlo, just not as good at it as he is forward in my view.

    I think the 2 inside forwards could work with gouff and ben arfa….but with the players we have tonight…marv/obertan/jonas i’d rather not use that tactic.

  • 39 nufc 11 // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    God that bench is frightening, if ever a team look like it was going for a 0-0 its that one, Simpson looked very frale sat, Id like to see Santon in more advanced role on the RM think he could influence the game play Perch LB and Jonas covering him or play Anita LB and Perch in CM cant see AP doing that tho park the bus and pray wait and see…

  • 40 martoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I don’t get this ‘Pardew’s not safe’. Mike Ashley is a lot of things but he is no fool and must know there will be ups and downs in football especially with Newcastle. So why would he give Pardew an 8 year contract to then dismiss him in the first ‘down’ period?

  • 41 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM


    He might have thought he would kick on or at least maintain a similar position to last year. The whole season has been a downward spiral apart from europe.

    If the chance to get a much better manager cam along do you not think Ashley would take it?

  • 42 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    equally he might have no intention to replace him and might see this season as a bit of a hangover from last year and poor summer investment.

  • 43 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    simpson perch willo anita
    gosling bigi
    Cisse Jonas Obertan

    squad for tonight?

  • 44 Jackel001 // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    If I’m honest I can’t see us getting anything at all tonight. And i’m not that fussed, rather put in a great performance against Fulham on Sunday and by 5 be 36 points in the league and with a slight chance of getting a result at SJP in the second leg. Then of course its the unwashed!

    Would love Pardew to realise that midfield!

  • 45 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Absolutely no chance mate it will be as near to the first team as it can get I reckon

  • 46 John Tudor // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    anyone picked that is paid very well indeed should be motivated to get something from this tie i for one would need no motivation

  • 47 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    tonight there is no reason why we cant just try and blitz them, we need the away goal(s) to take back to st james.

    however in a way i hope we get beat tonight so that we take the game to them in the second leg and have a chance of winning

    if we win tonight pardew will try getting 11 behind the ball for the second leg and we will lose

  • 48 Tsunki // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Man Citeh going to have a chat with PEA? Oh well.

  • 49 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM


    might do but can’t see them going for him…..more likely they want big names like falcao or higuian

  • 50 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    tsunki PEA unfortunately seems like the kind to go for money over playing time aswell, is very flash, materialistic, has the worlds most expensive pair of boots.

    we need players who buy into our project our vision, and *gulp* our manager

  • 51 Tsunki // Apr 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Sage – I can see them going for those big names …. as well :(

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM


    Possibly. All depends what they do with tevez, aguero and dzeko really. Not sure if they will keep then or look to upgrade.

    Alan pas de clue

    I think those boots were made but only worn once and sold for charity.

  • 53 obatoyou // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Looool u funny bastards optimism epitomised ill take a 1-3 loss!!
    We gonna beat these dudes bro 4-0

  • 54 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    transfer sage i thought he wore them all the time to training. anyway on reflection it is not fair to say that a pair of boots is symbolic of a players values

  • 55 tomellifred360 // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Fingers crossed for the match. Will be watching with my son from deepest darkest West Sussex.

  • 56 Tsunki // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I’m not too worried about it, just reflecting on the reality that there is a stratosphere where clubs like that purchase players they can sift through at will and have good players prepared to do bench time because they get more a week than half our squad. Its back to to unfair financing tiers in this game, every time a transfer window approaches we get the same well-meaning sound bites about FFP or whatever smokescreen, then its business as usual.

    Players like PEA don’t just gravitate to the big spenders, in a sense their horrible greed is manufactured by the existence of such teams. Young talented players used to be content with
    Fame and winning honours and peer accolades, but the very big money teams trade talent for avarice, the teams they end up with are never the sum of their parts or they would be better than any international team. Thats because good players go there, earn massive wages, get big egos, and think they are too good to try hard any more.

    The worst part of it for me is that clubs like ours are now viewed as journey markers for good talent, thats why you have the Mbiwa/Santon/HBA etc comments that say essentially ‘I am at this mediocre club now but its in a decent league so please keep your eye on me I would like to play for a decent team instead’.

    I went off on one, didn’t I? Anyway, I hope we get a score draw.

  • 57 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I thought he auctioned them off…might be wrong. Just sure I read it somewhere.

    And even still, it’s no different to buying a flashy £2,000 suit or £100,00 car like half the footballers do anyway.

    I don’t know his character, barely seen him kick a ball, just highlights really. So not sure how good he is even.

  • 58 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM


    I don’t mind players using us as a stepping stone. We are what we are. A decent prem league team but not on the same level as man utd. Then you have the new powers in Chelsea and man city with huge money and with that a good chance to win things too.

    I never blame players for leaving for more money or a bigger club, do what they like as far as I car. I have no loyalty to my company if something better came alone. But they have to give 100% whilst here and play with passion.

  • 59 DokToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    ibiza, welcome back, missed your fence sitting lol… :)

  • 60 Fridge // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I actually beileve that ashley will sack pardew if he is not happy with the results. Some People on here say ashley is too stuborn to do so .However i feel that he has seen what the rest Of us see and will replace him if a better option becomes available. Why do you think pardew got a rolling contract and not a 5 year deal. Because the compensation is far less when he lets him go.

  • 61 Bambams // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Simpson is biding his time for a free transfer so will not be as committed.
    I would have rather tried Anita at rb.

    I think tonight’s opposition are another level to us but hopefully we will have something to still play for at St James’ Park.

    I want us to try and score but against a fast free scoring team it will be very difficult.

    Pards bus will be parked up ….

    Stuck at work so recording it !

  • 62 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM


    pardew got an 8 year deal

  • 63 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM


    last year teams like man utd were another level but we beat them 3-0

    its all what you do on the day…if we play our best we can match them, especially if they aren’t at their best.

  • 64 Bambams // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM


    You have a point fella. …

    Easier or at least cheaper to sack him

  • 65 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    TS…I think what you are describing is the the obvious choice, but I just don’t thiknk we are any good with an ACM sadly.

    Sissoko has been playing further up the field than both our widemen which has seen us finding it had to occupy the box with other than Cisse.

    Playing Cabs in that possition would be a waste wouldn’t it? Who is he going to pass to? :-)

    Since that is his force shouldn’t he be in a possition where he has at least 3 or 4 players in front of him?

    Well it is just a thought from my perspective anyway.

    Ibiza…thanks for the mail mate and good to see you back ;-) Now don’t be a stranger! lol

  • 66 Bambams // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    @Transfer Sage

    Greetings. ..

    I hope you are right, just cant see where we will be able to take the game to them and not be hit on the counter.

    Its not Pards way in my opinion, I may be wrong but the games I have seen we just create so few chances.

    Will hold my hands up if we do a man u job on them and I hope you are right.

    Enjoy mate

  • 67 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Anyone have a link to a site with a list of live streams? Game is on at 4am for me, so planning to get a couple hours sleep before hand.

  • 68 Fridge // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:33 PM


    8 year rolling contract. Reread my post

  • 69 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Dok….I have missed it. Must say I’m a little disappointed to find my spot cold ;)

    Jesper…Me? A Stranger? No chance.

    So how’s everyone feeling about the game? Not overly confident, but hoping we’ll get an away goal or dare I say two?

  • 70 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    remember pards said his job is to focus on defense and someone else does the attacking coaching?

    firstly as a manager shouldnt he oversee both?

    secondly the attacking coach needs replacing.

    thirdly for all our defensive play we have leaked a huge number of goals

    pardew needs to shape up big time, and the players need to get their acts together also

  • 71 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Ibiza…well if I have to judge on last few efforts than I am not overly confident!

    …but I guess in football anything could happen :)

  • 72 ajcrawfs // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I reckon we will sit back and try and nick a goal but will end up losing after going 1-0 up.

    probably looking at a 3-1 loss

  • 73 Peter Reid Monkey Heed // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    - Phoenix Warrior Perch

    This link is for you and any others unable to watch it tonight.


    Scroll through the links and find the toon one. When you go into usually there are a good few links above the box that will show the match. Try flicking through a few of them to find the best pictures/sound quality. You will find quite a few adds pop up on the screen but clicking full screen will get rid of all of them.

    Hope this helps.

  • 74 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Jesper…It really depends on how the players approach the game.

    We can argue tactics and Pardew being defensive all day long, but if the players on the pitch aren’t committed it’s game over.

    A defensive plan can work, whilst it may not be pretty, but at the end of the day, the players need to be on their game.

  • 75 toonicle // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I’d rather not see Simpson at RB after Saturday. Put Mbiwa there and play Perch at CB, he’s more than capable there with Stevie.

  • 76 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    toonicle…Compared to the rest of the team was Simpson really any worse? To be honest, apart from Elliot I thought they were all a disappointment and would find it hard to single any player out for being the major offender. I notice Simpson and Obertan are receiving most of the flak, but it seems based on the Man City game they were all as bad as each other.

  • 77 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Ibiza…commitment wouldn’t hurt ;) all for that!

  • 78 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    …so how come opening a few new houses has taking up all your valuable blog time?

    …how dare they :D

  • 79 toonicle // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Ibiza- No one was really all that great against City you are right there, but the thing is unlike many other positions right now we actually have other viable options at RB so I wouldn’t mind seeing a change made where we can.

  • 80 Kc-Toon // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Contratto claims “We have several times had a substantive conversation with the Russian team, which has taken an active interest in my client. But it must be understood that many European teams are interested in my client. Now the player is fully focused on performances for his club, but no one knows what will happen in the summer. I do know that Newcastle are not going to release the player for less than a certain amount.”

    Santons agent better not be sprouting shite.

  • 81 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Man City
    Second best all-over the field – Outclassed, outplayed, Outthought outpassed out everything,
    Hopefully thats our out everything for the rest of the season.

    If not we are in big trouble.

  • 82 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Hi guys. How have I only just stumbled across this blog? Been reading for a few weeks and it is easily the best outlet for all things Toon so I thought I would offer my own thoughts.

    It would appear that many are beginning to question Pardew in the long run and I have my own concerns about him too, even though injury concerns have plagued us this season he does not attack the so called weaker teams enough, for example Stoke at home we relied on serious good fortune to come away with 3 points. He does favour a more methodical defensive approach which given our frailties this season is to be expected.

    He was let down by Mike and the men upstairs in the summer, injuries whittled down what little he had to the bare bones and we’ve seen better since the January signings but I am sensing de ja vu, Hughton had done nothing wrong (much like Pardew), Hughton brought us up a level (much like Pardew) and a better manager was ready to step into Hughton’s role when he reached his glass ceiling (has Pardew reached his glass ceiling or does he need more time?)

    Well hopefully you guys have some interesting thoughts on what I’ve had to say otherwise it will be a massive waste of time! haha

  • 83 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    toonicle… :) Sorry if that came across a little confrontational…I get your point. I have just noted those two getting a lot of grief and granted their history is naff, but based on that game they were all shocking.

    Jesper…It’s probably more a staff issue that a house one. That will be addressed on Monday…some heads will have to roll, this week has been a complete and utter f**ker, but hey, the sun is shining :)

  • 84 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    @Peter Reid Monkey Heed

    Cheers. Much appreciated.

    Anyways off now. Gonna try get a solid 4-5 hours in before I wake up for the game.

  • 85 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Ibiza… do you remember the one where “Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody’s Ass”?

    …on Monday you are going to go “Ibiza All Over Everybody’s Ass” :D lol

  • 86 Jail for Ashley // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Tsunki @13
    Well I’m not expecting a goal fest tonight and I doubt if anyone other than Benfica or Toon fans will be glued to their boxes but I personally would be more than happy if the results went the same way as the Anzhi game.

  • 87 davis_toons // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Even if we have different players for the game. its STILL up to the manager to decided which players to used at the right time right game.

    You can have all the best ingredient in the world, but it is how you cook it.

  • 88 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Jesper…I do remember. Certainly something along those lines :)

  • 89 bollance // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM


    Have we reached 40 points this season? We are not yet safe. Relegation will cost pardew his job, I think we can all agree on that.

    8 year contract only if someone like England come calling Si they have to pay massive compensation. One year contract if we want to sack as he will only get one year compensation. Common knowledge!

    The difference between a good finish and below par but not being relegated could earn the club around £8m extra considering prize money and tv money. Ashley only sees the bottom line.

  • 90 bollance // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Martoon (apologies my friend)

  • 91 Jail for Ashley // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Is the one year compo common knowledge or the same knowledge that he has got massive gambling debts with DL.

  • 92 Jail for Ashley // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Good first post !

  • 93 Klatoon // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Hoping for a score draw. Got a feeling Sissoko will have a great game with our counter attacking.

  • 94 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Ashley is a ruthless businessman and is not stupid.

    i cannot see that he would have given pardew an 8 year contract without a compensation clause.

    secondly i do not think for one second that if ashley could find someone better to do pardews job under the same constraints, that he would even hesitate in sacking pardew.

    financially ashley knows that paying whatever compensation necessary and finishing 4th-10th over the next 7 years is more favourable than keeping pards and finishing 8th-17th

  • 95 Paulo Martins // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    guys welcome to Lisbon, I hope for an unforgettable night for Newcastle, Benfica I will be with my Benfica fans in therir Stand
    I hope not to shout very loud when Cisse scores :-)

  • 96 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Darkside…Somehow missed your post, were you awaiting moderation?

    Welcome to the madhouse, I do agree, nowhere better to stay in touch with NUFC fans worldwide.

    Great summary, very balanced. I suppose the big question in your post is whether Pardew has taken us as far as he can? Honestly I don’t know.

    Given how this season has panned out and our current situation I can’t see anything being decided until the season is over tbh. All parties need some time to reflect as this season isn’t solely down to Pardew imo.

    Are there better managers? Sure, will we get one? Jury is out. Personally I’m all for Pardew being given more time, but if a top notch manager was to be his replacement I can’t imagine there would be too many unhappy about it…I just don’t want to take a gamble on an untested manager at this level and would rather see this out (not 8 years, but next season).

  • 97 Oldgit1 // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    @darkside, welcome to the best supporters blog, your first blog is spot on, looking forward to some educated points of view from you.

  • 98 bzak12 // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    After his cunning plan to fustrate City failed big style and he suffered much abuse, Percy wont be fooled again and will bring out the bus for tonite’s match.
    Team:- In a more solid 5-4-1 formation
    Perch Taylor Williamson Mbwia Santon
    Oba Sissoko Gosling Guti
    Big Shola
    Hoof ball here we come(Cant wait)

  • 99 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    just as an example of indykaila being a reliable source he broke news of yaya toures new contract an hour ago. i.e. an hour before skysports

  • 100 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Look as long as we do not get relegated this season then I would probably be willing to give Pardew next season to get it right

    Get every player back fit have a top class pre season and bring in some more quality attacking options and if by Xmas we are still playing like a 3rd division team then it would be time for him to go

    If we could get everyone together to play 433 again with Gouffran Cisse and Arfa up front with Cabaye just behind that would be totally magical with Sissoko and Tiote/Anita/Perch behind protecting the back four

    But we need the players to play together a lot to get an understanding people go on about Swansea but they have kept the same players for a long time so most of them know what they are doing we dont know which players are going to be fit from one week to the next which must have a major impact on how we set up I also think a lot of our players are playing through the pain barrier just to help the club as they know we are in deep trouble which cant help fluid play either

    Going for a 2 -1 victory to the Toon Taylor header and Cabaye penalty!!!COME ON!

  • 101 bollance // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM


    Pardew gambling debt – rumour

    One year get out clause – based on paper talk

    Ok, so there is no hard evidence to back the one year get out clause unless u believe everything you read in the paper.

    Good point!

  • 102 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Jail for Ashley/Ibizatoon/Oldgit1

    Very warm welcome indeed, thanks a million guys!

    Yeah I was awaiting moderation, didn’t know whether you guys could read my post or not, was left eagerly awaiting a response, if that’s an omen for how this blog operates then I can see myself getting addicted! haha

    Ibiza, I think the key in determining Pardew’s tenure will be Mike Ashley. Personally I think Ashley has the ultimate goal of making NUFC a European team year in year out, be that EL or even the CL in an attempt to maximise marketing and revenue and if he can get that from Pardew then all well and good, I believe that was what he had in mind when he chose to replace Hughton with him back in 2010, what remains to be seen is whether Mike’s point of view of whether Pardew can do this year in year out has changed in this time.

    Words from Llambias a few weeks ago definitely indicates that those upstairs know they let Pardew down so it seems pretty certain that Pardew will be given transfer backing in the summer (that they failed to give last summer) and then be examined very closely, in terms of both style of play and results.

    The negative defensive football can be justified when injuries take their toll, but if he gets reinforcements in the summer, has a full squad of terrific flair players to pick from and still plays poor defensive football then I think questions will be asked by both fans (it seems they already are doing so in some circles) and by the men upstairs.

    However, if a very exciting, proven manager with CL experience makes himself available in the summer, I hear Benitez has been thrown about, then Mike might bite the bullet, he is a calculated risk taker.

  • 103 danuneek // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I think we have to take a risk tonight and can’t just sit back and give them possession like we probably will. I also don’t think Bambi bouncing around is going to win us the game. They’re a technical side who will be good on the ball, but they’ll also want time on the ball. I would inject a bit of pace into the side and close them down quickly. I also think our best chance of scoring is on the counter attack. I agree with everyone saying Sissoko is more of a box to box midfielder, I feel him and Cabs can do a job in the middle tonight. Also, I don’t think we have the quality in wide areas to play 4-2-3-1. I would go for a 4-4-2 and play Campbell alongside Cisse. Neither player can really play the alone man, but they might just compliment each other. Campbell’s pace would open up space for Cisse.


  • 104 DokToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    a 1-1 draw is how im feeling today… only a win would be better, but il take a score draw… then on to sjp…

  • 105 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Darkside…New posters generally have to be moderated….other than that unless you use a naughty word or post more than one link in a post messages will be instant :)

    Really can’t argue with anything you said there, apart from maybe Benitez as I’m not completely convinced, but credit due he has won a fair amount despite me not being sure.

    I’m a bit of a romantic and love the idea of Pardew being backed and given some time. It seemed we were progressing nicely last season and he was let down in the summer (not that that is the only reason for this season). I’d like him to be given to December as you say and see how we’re doing.

    However, football isn’t always fair and Ashley is first and foremost a business man and if he thinks it’s right to change, then change he will.

  • 106 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    would love pardew to be successful so we could be hailed as a shining example to the rest of the league of how to operate. but i just cant see it. anyway heres hoping for a score draw tonight, fear that if we win pards will be too defensive at st james and we will get beat!

  • 107 bollance // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM


    Spot on, Hughton will testify to your last point.

  • 108 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    I think the words up stairs was that they (Ashley, Llambias and Pardew) misread the situation and gambled on not signing that CB and thought our youngsters were up for it :)

    …still think they tried to sign Debuchy and a forward (but something went wrong…Lille pulled the plug and de Jong wanted to go to Germany)

  • 109 Marty-Toon // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    How’re we supposed to stop tese guys,
    Over 100 goals this season.
    We can barely score this season and have minus 15 goals .luck will need to play a big part

  • 110 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM


    Well I was kind of just using Benitez as an example of someone Mike Ashley could be tempted towards if such a manager became available. His record at Liverpool was excellent, not to mention domestically in Spain he was very accomplished. He did not do too well at Inter but he was following in Mourinho’s footsteps and honestly had a pretty poor squad to work with in my opinion.

    At Chelsea he was fighting a losing battle from the offset which is typical of a club with one of the most detestable fans and owner in the entire league. Do I think Benitez would be an upgrade in terms of playing style? Certainly. Would he be able to operate successfully in Mike Ashley’s NUFC model? I have my doubts.

    So guys, I’ve been reading people’s predictions for tonight’s game and reading that the Portuguese believe it is “Mission Impossible” for us tonight. Surely they have given Pardew’s team talk for him! Park the bus? No! Attack their suspect defence!

  • 111 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Marty…However, out Europe stats do read a lot better than that…make of it what you will.

    Jesper…I think they did try and buy players but became a bit arrogant and went well we don’t need them now, we finished 5th and can wait until January. The rest as they say is history, which is fine as long as it isn’t repeated and remains exactly that…history.

    Bollance…I’d like to take credit, but I just ran off what Darkside was saying :)

    Pas-de-clue…I think a lot of people have their doubts, but until I can see a credible replacement coming in I’d rather gamble with what we have for now.

  • 112 Paulo Martins // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    lets focus on today´s game , we are not going to be relegated , I believe

  • 113 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Darkside…I get what you’re saying…his credentials do speak for themselves.

    I think I must be a bit naive, but isn’t the point of a defensive / counter attacking style that you contain them and then attack suspect defenses?

    Truth is, we do need to stay tight at the back as we’re too easily punished otherwise, but something is going wrong when it comes to getting up the pitch. I really don’t believe it’s Pardew telling players never to get forward and just park the bus, but I can’t really come up with any sensible reasons for it. It is bizarre, but maybe I just have a little too much faith in Pardew?!?

  • 114 DokToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    ibiza, agree with you, seems weve been on a mission during europa, only to fall back after in the prem… i do think pards needs to be given the chance to field a healthy squad… he did help get us to 5th last season, all mgrs in every sport have mistakes, but injuries really cramped his style…

    but, as you like to state, im on the other side of the pond, and am a clueless barbarian… :)

  • 115 Sazzer // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    My starting eleven tonight would be:
    Santon Taylor Mbiwa Anita
    Cabaye Perch
    Sissoko Marveux Jonas

    I would switch Perch, Jonas and Anita around if I have to and throw in Bigi if one players I have chosen can’t start.

  • 116 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Dok…I never said you were a barbarian, clueless maybe ;)

    Really not sure why we’ve done “better” in Europe tbh. We don’t set up that differently from what I am seeing, probably more a case of PL teams know us and our players so are better prepared?!?

    P.S. Pardew didn’t help us get 5th, we were just lucky ;)

    Uh oh, two winking faces, I shall be in trouble.

  • 117 Rotonda heights // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM


    is it not pardew’s remit to make the players committed?

  • 118 Rotonda heights // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    worth repeating

    Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    remember pards said his job is to focus on defense and someone else does the attacking coaching?

    firstly as a manager shouldnt he oversee both?

    secondly the attacking coach needs replacing.

    thirdly for all our defensive play we have leaked a huge number of goals

    pardew needs to shape up big time, and the players need to get their acts together also

  • 119 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM


    Being an old romantic myself I enjoyed your post. But having been in these types of relationships before I just Alan is the wrong partner for us.

    He doesn’t excite me with his foreplay, often says the wrong thing and is far too plain for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, I love him but I can’t help thinking we can do and deserve better.

    Much like the women from my younger years I thought I would have to make do with the ones I got with due to circumstance. I wanted stability but all it brought me was the same old crap day in and day out. I wanted the relationship to work, but something was wrong. She wouldn’t adapt to my needs due to her stubbornness and never brought out the best in me.

    It was hard to admit it was over because in the beginning all I wanted was for things to work out and us to go forward together and grow old with one another after many years of success. However somethings don’t work out like that no matter how hard you try.

    When the relationship was over, I was nervous about what would happen. Could I do better than her? Would I find someone ever again? Would the next one be worse?

    I took the plunge and now can report to you that I am dating a 6’2” Swedish model named Agatha. She is not only gorgeous to look at, but she brings out the best in me and had led me to greatness.

    Let that be a lesson in love to all of us. We don’t know what waits around the corner but it is worse if we walk around it.

  • 120 DarkSideofTheToon // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM


    There in lies the dilemma, for me anyway. We don’t seem to play a counter attacking style, because to do that effectively, yes you need to be organised at the back but you also need to move the ball out at pace in order to take advantage of your opposition being out of position.

    We do not move the ball quickly enough, we do not retain possession well enough, nor are we incisive enough to ever be categorised as a “counter attacking” team. Although, arguably one of our best results of the season (3-2 win home to Chelsea) was achieved purely down to counter attack football so we can do it, we just don’t!

    I for one would love to see Pardew stamp his authority on this squad, get a fully fit squad of 18 players and chose what he thinks is his best team and play what he thinks is his best side so we will know once and for all what he is truly capable of with this squad of players.

    As for tonight, we will have to be organised at the back but if we are to stand any chance of nicking a goal we cannot sit too deep, we must move the ball quickly through the midfield and we must pray that Cisse’s positional sense and first touch has come back.

  • 121 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Ibiza…yeah arrogance has been bit of a problem for us this season on all levels!

    …and as they say arrogance is confidence’s evil twin :)

  • 122 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Rotonda…It is certainly in there. There is a line though and to some extent I expect players to be able to prepare themselves and to look like they give a rats a**.

    I can only speculate as to what is said between Pardew and the players and I am really not trying to absolve Pardew from any blame, as that cannot be the case, but neither am I willing to think that professional football players can’t put in some effort unless the manager gets it spot on. It is a team sport and that applies to each and every member of Newcastle United….not just the manager.

  • 123 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    * don’t walk around it

  • 124 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Beattie…Nice to see you back again :) One question though, does this Agatha really exist?

    I agree with your sentiment totally, we are still asking the same question though, when is it that time?

    Jesper…Talking of evil twins, where is my mackem brother, has he been on the blog in my absence?

    Darkside…I think it’s the same dilemma we all are facing. We’ve seen this manager with these players do it, so why not consistently. I can guess many posters answer already is Pardew, but it still doesn’t add up for me…unless he really is that daft :)

  • 125 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Well Ibiza… your arch nemesis Ibiza back by no demand has been on a few times :)

    …as I told you I haven’t been on so much the last week and I haven’t seen him the last few days!

    If remember correctly I think to remember we were visited by someone else this week who reminded me of an oldtimer…just can’t put my fingers on it right now! hmm

  • 126 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM


    Better now whilst we are young so that all this potential doesn’t go to waste. It’s better now rather than later because we don’t want to look back on the relationship in years to come and think ‘what if I hadn’t wasted all that talent?’.

    We jumped in and committed to soon but it’s never to early to say things aren’t going well. Better to leave now and see what fish are in the sea than to continue swimming with a goldfish.

    We might pull a trout but that’s the risk you take IMO.

    Also Agatha doesn’t exist but one day she might.

  • 127 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Jesper…He’s probably practicing his salutes :)

    An old timer aye, I get the feeling you can put your fingers on it, but aren’t….

  • 128 toonicle // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Beattie that was beautiful :). I do think 1 more year of Pards (as long as he’s fully backed this summer) to show us what he can do is going to decide it for all of us. He’s going to sink or swim next year and if we aren’t atleast qualifying for Europa then he’s out.

  • 129 Beattie25 // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Gotta go the wife’s made my tea.

    Sausage and chips again!!!

    God I wish she was exciting enough to make me paella or coq au van or even pasta.

    You know what I mean?

  • 130 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    ohhhh…and Belfast is back in new wolves clothes :)

  • 131 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Beattie…You’re such a heart breaker, but it is why you’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

    I’m afraid I cannot agree with you, yet. All relationships go through bad times, they either break it or make it stronger. If we parted ways with Pardew now, I’d always be wondering “what if”.

    I guess that would become insignificant if his replacement turned out to be an improvement, but that smacks of old Newcastle to me.

    Sorry to say, but I’m still pro Pardew for now.

  • 132 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    …or is it sheep clothes? :)

  • 133 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Beattie…Enjoy it mate. One day you may find yourself longing for some sausage…. :)

    Jesper…Oh Belfast. Yeah, that’s a major disappointment :)

  • 134 Jamesh // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Really hope Pardew doesn’t go to defensive tonight, a goal is so crucial. I’m predicting 1-1.

  • 135 Sazzer // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Here you go Beattie:

  • 136 bollance // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Biggest game of the season to date?

  • 137 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    The home game against Chelsea in that 1st half we were fantastic we closed them down and were good at keeping possession Chelsea could barely get a touch that 1st 20 minutes!!Any touches they did get we were onto them bullying them off the ball

    If we were to play like that against Benfica I think they would crumble cause they are not used to that type of football at all they are like Barca in that they like things to go their way and if it does not resort to diving around trying to get the red cards

    Its frustrating as the players have shown glimpses of what they can do and so can the manager is it just me or the reason we have got players for such knock down prices is because they are in-consistent ?!?

    Like Sissoko for cheap with apparently no other teams making a bid he seems to have a 1 good game to 3 bad game ratio could it be that It will take the players a lot longer to be the real deal?!?Even Arfa has games where he goes missing

  • 138 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Yeah that i how we all feel lol

    …is the game at 2200?

  • 139 Mister Tuff // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    What the hell is going on here tonight – hello it’s match night. What’s all this talk of romance, spurned love, Swedish models. You boys need to apply a cold flannel to your foreheads.

  • 140 Marty-Toon // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Gotta go to the in-laws now for some Norwegian waffles :-)
    Not that I need to be dragged out for that :-)
    Hopefully back home in time to see the game

    Hopefully the lads can pick themselves up and actually make a few passes n shots stick tonight.

  • 141 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Tuff…And if the cold flannel hasn’t worked? Should I seek medical help?

    Jesper…21.05 future time.

    Bollance…Certainly can be argued. A good result tonight would be massive for us.

    Santon…Not sure on that really. I think the way most of our players have slotted in has been pretty great tbh, considering the changes to the team the past 2 years it’s not surprising we blow a little hot and cold.

  • 142 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Norwegian waffles?

    …are they any different from Danish waffles? :)

  • 143 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Ibiza…thank god I thought it was at 2200 :)

  • 144 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Jesper…You had me worried there so had to check…bloody knackered today and not sure I could stand to go through the stress of watching us that late :)

  • 145 Mister Tuff // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    ibiza @141 – the cold flannel should work -if not could I suggest a “gentlemans” magazine. That should get your mind away from such matters and allow you to concentrate on the match.

  • 146 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Tuff….Please do suggest a gentlemans magazine for me, which is your personal favourite?

    Sillyness aside, what are your thoughts on tonight? Any confidence?

  • 147 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Ibiza…yeah had myself worried for bit there as well :)

    …like it when it’s a 2100 then I can get junior in bed before kick off and put a Kötstrizer in the fridge! Any later and I am sleeping in front of the telly lol

  • 148 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Jesper…I beg of you, don’t give me reason to make old jokes :)

  • 149 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    A gentleman’s magazine isn’t that just street slang for a dirty magazine? ;) lol

  • 150 WWYCD // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Have to miss the match due to a bell end phoning in sick at work but a big Newcastle performance would cheer me up no end hell of an ask though we always tend to do better when given no chance of winning

    Season changing night lads howay the lads

  • 151 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Ibiza…HAHA :) (danmit!)

  • 152 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Jesper…It certainly is

  • 153 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Yo…a bell and phoning in sick?

    …so how do that relate to the game tonight :)

  • 154 Tsunki // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Sorry – what link have I clicked on now? Has ‘Samantha’ finally caught up with us? AAAggghhhhh!

    Oh no, its only Beattie’s lonely hearts column. :)

  • 155 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Yo…That sucks.

    Jesper…Bell end, not and ;)

  • 156 check the toastie // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Pardew should be sacked in the summer irrelevent of the rest of the season, he has been in charge 2.5years coming up and i have no idea on what how he wants his team to play.

    The only way for me that will ever compete at the top of the PL under Pardew is if we get Andy Carroll back and he stays fit. Pardrip has no idea on how to get his team to pass the ball up the pitch, the hoof is all he knows and if thats the case we need a quality big man unfortunately, dont know were that leaves Carr scouting good technical players.

    Its all just f#cked up in my opinion, scouting players that the manager has no idea on how to get the best out of. Sacked in the Summer, surely.

    I should be looking forward to the next few games as we have built an amazing squad in the last 2 years, however Pardope is strangling every single player in the team, nobody is currently playing as well as he could and as such the team are massively underperforming, surely even pro Pardew supporters can see this.

    Team of internationals playing as badly as anyone in the PL.

    Its so so Sad to see, makes me Depressed.

  • 157 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Ibiza…Ohh :) (misread that one)

    …it didn’t really make any sense lol

  • 158 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Check…On the upside, Simpson might play tonight, so don’t get too down.

  • 159 t00ntime // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    i like the way ed always picks a 4-4-1-1 squad even tho we always play 4-2-3-1.

    I think our european nights might be over :(. i like AP and i cant see him leaving but i dont think we hvae been playing well enough this season to beat a team like benfica. Lets hope i and many others are proven wrong.

  • 160 WWYCD // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Might be something lost in translation there mate haha

    Indeed it does but I will be at the return leg so every cloud I suppose (I reckon we will still be in the tie as well)

    Am sure Pards is gutted u can’t understand how he wants his team to play, maybe send him a letter? He’s a nice bloke might sends u a note which u could follow

  • 161 WWYCD // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    We beat European champions Chelsea not too long ago mate

  • 162 LewSpi v2.0 // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I think he might start a different defence to most of them that I’ve seen on here, admittedly I haven’t read them all. But I think Simpson stands off too much to play against these players, they’ll just pass round him and I think that’s why Williamson is there, as CB cover, where Perch is normally on the bench to cover CB I think he might start FB, or even Anita with the other in defensive midfield. Either way I don’t think Simpson will start.

    Might just be wishful thinking like.

  • 163 Mister Tuff // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    ibiza – difficult games to call in view of the fact that we do not know a great deal about them -Benfica or Portuguese football in general (apart from the Celtic game and the Bordeaux game) -still difficult to make any informed decisions. As they are unbeaten -they will be very confident and I note they scored 6 in their last match. So regardless of the leagues standard their forwards appear to know how to play together. We could get a trouncing tonight -however I’m going to keep the faith and suggest a scoreless or a 1 -1 draw. I only hope Sissoko plays well with the ball and does not spend his time running around chasing the ball and gets knackered after 70 mins or so.
    Other point is -please no Obertan and if Simpson starts no errors.

  • 164 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Yo…We have a good chance of still being in with a shout at the semi’s. Bet the atmosphere will be rocking at SJP.

  • 165 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Tuff….Fair assessment. Let’s see how things work out.

  • 166 check the toastie // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Ibiza – when a man is down you shouldnt kick him, Simmo still being in and around the first team is incredulous, leaving the club in 2 months and starting in place of Anita previously has bolied my piss.

    Anyway on a positive note, Simmo will be gone soon, hopefully taking Gosling with him, another player Pardew sees something in, weird, bad judge of a player old Parsnip, god knows who we would have ended up with if Carr wasnt in charge of transfers. He sees last ditch defending as more beneficial to actually the ability to keep the ball.

    I love Graham Carr and Fat Mike, hopefully the bullet will soon be fired. :) I also love all of our first team, think they are great but strangled by defensive holding tactics by the gaffer, its a crying shame.

  • 167 WWYCD // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I hope it is I doubt the Benfica fans will be quiet tonight and I won’t be out sing by them!

    Anyway lads enjoy the game

  • 168 LewSpi v2.0 // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Pitch is absolutely drenched apparently. Can only work in our favour, right?

  • 169 t00ntime // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    @wwycd an underperforming european champion. befinca arent under performing, if they were i would be more confident. but we just lost against wigan and got destroyed against city without even showing fight. I’m sure AP will have them more motivated today tho

  • 170 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Check…Sorry, wasn’t too kind on my part :)

  • 171 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    i know benfica are on form but they drew 0-0 and narrowly beat celtic 2-1, surely we can more than match them. and please dont give me the ‘celtic beat barca’ story please

  • 172 check the toastie // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Would defo play Perchy in CM tonight to rattle a few of their glamour boys, played great with Cabaye against Chelski and then lost his place straight away to Tiote as Pardew is clueless, needs to be reinstated.

    We have some super players, would like to see MArv play behing Cisse and Socks playing a little wider and deeper down the right to protect Anita.


    Its a pretty good looking team, bring Obertan or Shola on late in the game, we do lack pace mind you, shame Obertan is so heartless, the lad has talent but is so disinterested away from home. Soft Shite he is.

  • 173 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    still no anita today. marveaux and perch start

  • 174 Rotonda heights // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM


    spot on. if carroll comes back and lets be honest hoof is what pardew is primarily happy with we may as well flog benny, cabaye, marveaux, anita etc.

    it’s tragic how carr has scouted all these technical gems but one man is scuppering and strangling the life out of their creativity.

  • 175 LewSpi v2.0 // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Really like that team Check, I’m pretty sure Pards has said Shola will be playing, don;t know if that’s as a sub or not like.

  • 176 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    check your team is bang on the lineup except simmo starts

  • 177 LewSpi v2.0 // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Krul; Simpson, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Perch, Cabaye (c); Marveuax, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse

  • 178 Rotonda heights // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    i don’t know how simpson gets ahead of anita. Foreign teams don’t play aerial balls so absolutely no advantage

  • 179 LewSpi v2.0 // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    So I’ve been blowing hot gas in my last few comments.

  • 180 toonbrother // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Good line up. Hoping for the best HTL

  • 181 toonLYF // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM






    I’m pleased with that.

  • 182 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    maybe anita has been giving pards grief over not having a bigger role and pards has decided to show him whos boss ?

  • 183 beefman13 // Apr 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 3m
    #nufc team v #benfica Krul; Simpson, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Perch, Cabaye (c); Marveuax, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse
    Details Campbell willy gosling shola elliot anita obertan, subs

  • 184 jimiley // Apr 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I have a good feeling about this game. I reckon we will win 3-1 and Guti will prove his doubters wrong and score a couple and set up the other. Simples!!!!

  • 185 wearethemags // Apr 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Those are great words from the Gouf and I say bring it on. Can’t wait Hwtl.

  • 186 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    benfica have 3 danger men, ola john, gaitan and cardozo

  • 187 check the toastie // Apr 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Simmo. my piss has vapourised, unbelievable how an unfit, shite footballer as himself is given a spot instead of Anita full back, Anita should put a transfer request in, to be fair the rest of the team is as good as it gets.

    Hope we press the ball and show some energy, if we just defend our own box we will go down. Perchy playing and Tiote being injured is a bonus for me.

  • 188 Mark the Mag // Apr 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Everywhere we go, we always take the weather with us, everywhere we gooo.

    Win it and Pardrew will be King, shut you negative doubters up.

    Enjoy it lads, best supporters in the world.


  • 189 woolerbill // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    HOW TO GET BEAT, by Newcastle. You play people with no brains. The game was there for the taking. Stupid dastards.

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