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Alan Pardew Defends Courageous Davide Santon

11:09 am, Sunday, April 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 77 Comments

We thought young Davide Santon showed a lot of maturity, courage and class this week, in the way he came our after the Benfica game and said it was his fault that we lost – after he had gifted Benfica a goal after 66 minutes with a wayward back pass.

davide santon close up

Davide Santon – a mature and likable young man

But it turns out the striker who scored – the Brazilian Lima – was obscured from Davide’s view by Yanga-Mabiwa – so the youngster simply didn’t see him, before he made that fatal pass back to Tim Krul, which never reached the Newcastle goalkeeper.

But we’re sure young Davide – who is engaged to a Geordie girl and they are expecting their first child soon –  has become an even bigger favorite given his heart felt apology to the Newcastle fans.

And Alan Pardew in his press conference yesterday stoutly defended his young Italian defender:

“Davide has had a fabulous season. He’s even got into the full Italian side.” “He made a mistake, but was obscured and didn’t see the Benfica player. I can’t take him to task. He’s a terrific player.”

“Davide felt a bit down and wants to repay the fans. I told him the best way to do that was go out on the park and put on a performance on Sunday and Thursday.”

Mistakes happen in football and Davide made a bad mistake on Thursday night – no doubt about it.

But it’s the way you respond to failures and disappointments which is the measure of a man (or woman) in this life.

And Davide has shown himself to be a mature and responsible young man – and surely big success is in the stars now – for this very promising Newcastle 21 year-old left back.

We think so.

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77 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AmeobiTheMackemSlayer // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Our best player this season by a mile. He’s ahead of Cabaye now in terms of my favourite player at the club, and that’s a big thing. Considering I’m a bit gay for Cabaye.

  • 2 yo-yo // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Shows maturity to admit his error publicly. . Let’s move on . Today is all that matters

  • 3 Tinman // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Wish we would grab a game by the balls for once:

    ———–Cisse———–
    Gouf—-Marv—-Jonas
    —–Cab——Siso——-
    San—Mbi—Tay—Anit
    ——–King Tim——–

  • 4 catchy in norway // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    pardew go a n d fcuk a duck

    we will get beat today, and he will say , berbetov is unplayable in this mood

  • 5 darrenfletcher88 // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    People talking rubbish!! Will be such a struggle today!!! Lucky to pick up a point!! I love this club but I don’t no what people’s been watching we are simply awful,yes we are a different team when players are fit but there not!!!

  • 6 bills-son // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Why does Santon, or anyone else for that matter, think his best position is left back?

    His strength clearly isn’t defending and he can’t tackle nor for his size is he any good in the air. However, he is a fantastic athlete, has good pace, glides past players and has a good shot on him. It is significant that the only Prem goal he has scored was on his right foot when he right back against Swansea. Why he has ended up as a left back when he is so right footed baffles me.

    If Santon was played as a wide right midfielder he could be another Bale. He is potentially that good. He will never get anywhere near being as good a left back as he could be playing wide right.

  • 7 northernirishtoon // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Tinmam

    Exact team I’d go for. Has to play marveaux in the hole.

    Big big game today

    HWTL

  • 8 yo-yo // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    bill-son

    Got it in one.. Hairdryer is THE natural LB in our side.

  • 9 Marty-Toon // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Toontime
    You’d really pay Jonas at LB?
    Think you missed the game against city lately or something cause if you really didn’t see how poor he was at LB then you need glasses mate.

    Would like to see us try
    Simmo…..Tayls…..Mbiwa …..santon…..
    ……Cabaye …….Perch…….Sissoko……
    Marveau ………..Gouffran ………..
    …………..Cisse ………….

    Tinman
    The only thing “balls” about today and your line up is exactly what Jonas is at LB

    Either we come out and pass the ball crisply and safely,making them work hard and with some movement from our lads we can make some good openings but of course it can go he other way if Cabaye’s passing and Cisse’s touch are poor.
    Now AP it’s up to you to get our boys up for this game,no excuses lads

  • 10 Marty-Toon // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    @tinman
    Sorry mate,was reading your team wrong there thinking you had Jonas at left back :-)
    Almost thought you’d been drinking the same stuff as toontime 😉
    Good line up you had here

  • 11 Harley // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Bills son

    Santon is nowhere near the quality of bale.
    Bale has blistering pace, is as strong as a bull, a free kick expert, can score goals from anywhere and is good in the air. He is almost the complete player.

    Just by moving santon in to midfield won’t miraculously transform him in to the next Bale.

    Santon has none of the qualities listed above. Yes he is a good player but let’s not get carried away.

  • 12 Tinman // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Marty, Jonas clearly isnt at LB in my team.

  • 13 Tinman // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Haha thanks apology accepted 😉

  • 14 peaco1980 // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    If we get the ball on the floor, and pass and move we will create chances. It’s a big ‘if’ though. For a side that gives away so much possession (i.e. pumping through aimless long, high balls) it’s no surprise that QPR have a tighter defence than ours.

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Harley
    Think bills is saying could be
    I mean come off it before you completely slat our player try and remember that bale didn’t even have any of them qualities when he was played at LB

  • 16 KayZey78 // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    We should be playing with wingbacks like Juventus does, with Cabaye as our “Pirlo”. We got great quality the backs and we should build our play around them. When and if Ryan Taylor comes back, we’ll have even further quality there. Our wide players aren’t good enough, Orbertan is crap, Jonas doesn’t dribble anymore. Grouffie and Cisse up front and with a solid midfield.

  • 17 northernirishtoon // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Harley

    I don’t think people are saying santon is as good as bale. They are just taking the example of bale as he started at left back then got moved into midfield and the rest is history

    If santon was moved into midfield (cos lets be honest he isn’t a defender) then maybe he could progress like bale has

  • 18 Tinman // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    On Santon, I agree maybe he could play on the wing. But at this stage in the season we cannot afford to take the risk of playing him there.

    Play our lads in familiar positions, you have to realise in a relegation battle even the slightest if or but can lose you the game and the points and your premier league status.

    Give him a shot on the wing through pre season, where its no risk whether it works or not. If it does great, if it doesnt then he is still a good LB.

    You also have to realise Santon has the ability to be a cracking LB, however he is designed to play in a side which is going to go an dominate games. He would be great at the likes of Arsenal.

  • 19 yo-yo // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Definitely worth playing Santon as right mid. His shot is nowhere near as good as Bale – yet. Got to think of where Bale was as a player when he was Santon’s age. I also think its harder for right footed players to defend against a left footed player if they’re not on the pace. Less than half a yard and they’re gone – would then have to be fouled to stop them.

  • 20 Harley // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Tads

    Not sure which post you read but not once did I slat? our player (nor for that matter have I ever)

    My point is santon is good bale is world class.

    You say bale never had those qualities as a left back. I can assure you whilst at Southampton he was strong as a bull, lightning quick and a dead ball expert. None of which santon is.

    Don’t be saying I’m having a go at our players when I’m clearly not. I read your posts and know you are totally behind the team and set up as am I. But I can’t agree when people say santon could be as good as bale. He just hasn’t got the skills bale has had all his career.

  • 21 bills-son // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Harley, Spurs didn’t win in the first 23 games that Bale played in.

    Nobody, not even Bale himself I bet, thought he could be as good as a left winger/hole player as what he has turned out to be. As others have pointed out I said ‘could be as good as Bale’.

    My main point is he isn’t a left back. No way is that the best position for him.

  • 22 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Harley
    But at spurs he was a poor poor LB, much worse than santon tbf
    Think it’s stretch to say that santon has no pace tbf the lads an athlete, also disagree bale has always been strong he’s bulked up a tonne the last couple of seasons and no reason santon couldn’t
    As for set pieces I have no idea on santon cos I’ve never seen him take one! But mustn’t be great tbf because it shouldn’t be to hard to dislodge our set piece takers this season!!! 😉

  • 23 Harley // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Tads

    Never mind, I think santon is a good player that’s all that matters. Lets hope he plays a blinder today and scores the winner!!

  • 24 catchy in norway // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    bills-son

    while i fully agree with you on santon, and his best position, you have to look at your glorious leader and ask him why he plays so many out of there best postions not just santon.

    cisse, often get used as a winger, he has no clue what to do out there

    HBA, right winger, yes he can be a RW , but come on, him sitting behind the forward is his best position,

    cabaye, i have never seen him have a good game playing as DMC, but stick him up field 20 meters , world class

    jonas, was a good attacking left sided player when pardew came, now, he isnt even a shadow of himself, pardew has made him think defense

    santon has no clue as to whether he is is left wing or left back and gets cought in the middle to much

    even the new guys that have came in are starting to look poorer players
    first few games goofy and sissoko played, i thought WOW, now i just think goofy hides, he makes maybe 3 runs a game

    tiote anaita marv and many others also look shows of there normal selfs

    please remind yourself that a football game last 90+ mins, we normally play well for a 20 min spell, then switch off,,

    OC i want us to score early, but i cringe when we do, because i know pardew thinks he has his goal, lets defend it, almost 3 years of watch him tells you he isnt going to change his thinking no matter what players he brings in, he has his way of playing the game,

    we have no formation still after 3 years, and in that time he has almost upgraded the whole team

    Newcastle
    26 Krul
    03 Jose Enrique
    05 Campbell
    12 Simpson
    27 Taylor
    04 Nolan (Smith 87)
    07 Barton (Routledge 90+3)
    18 Gutierrez yellow card
    24 Tiote yellow card
    09 Carroll
    23 Ameobi (Ranger 63)

    today, 6 of this team will not start, bambi might get on, yet this team played better football,

  • 25 Harley // Apr 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Ha ha bills son I think we could go on for ever here.

    I personally don’t think santon could be as good as bale but nothing would make me happier than for him to prove me wrong.

    Lets just wait and see how he develops and one of us will be right.

    Right off for Sunday lunch, 3 points today a must. We can do it!!!

  • 26 boater // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Loving Bills-Sons/TADS line of logic that even though Santon is no way whatsoever, in any way such way, anything like Gareth Bale – we can’t say he won’t be like Bale until he is switched to a different position – to which he has neither played nor is in anyway suited. I happen to think Haidara is the next Van Persie – and because there is no information to the contrary, it therefore must be true.

    Not joining this Dali-esque leap of faith into projected supposition is tantamount to NUFC heresy – according to TADS.

  • 27 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Boater
    So santon is in no way suited to be a winger? Lol okay
    And according to you does that mean players can never convert into a new position?
    Also im saying he is similar to bale when bale played LB they poses similar qualities so how can you say he might not flourish in a new role until you’ve seen him there?

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Not sure why 433 just seems to have been dumped completely. I don’t mind 4231 but it means Cabaye is played too deep.

    Have to turn 20 min good spells into 30 mins.

    When all fit

    Krul

    Debuchy Colo M’Biwa Haidara

    Cabs Anita Marveaux

    Benny Cisse Goofy

  • 29 boater // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Catchy –
    Not playing Santon at RW is hardly ‘not playing him in his best position’. He has never played there before – you are adding 2+2+2 and making 13. You’re entitled to do that as a slightly unhinged individual but lambasting the manager for not mirroring your thoughts is bordering on narcissistic psychosis.

    Jonas was not an exceptionally talented left winger – in fact he rarely delivered a final ball or threatened the goal, so Hughton/Pardew cultivated him into a box-to-box defensive midfielder where his lack of a final ball is less of a factor.

    Sissoko was having a quiet patch a long time before he came here – so no surprises there. Gouffran was a £1.8mil makeweight to see out the season.

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    peaco @ 14

    How true

  • 31 boater // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    TADS – What qualities did they share? They get forward a bit?

    I’d have thought the fact that Santon is basically ineffective in the final third would pour some caution over your – ‘he’s going to metamorphosise into the 3rd best attacking player in Europe’ theory. Obviously not.

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    yo yo

    Shame Saylor doesn’t have the same maturity and humility
    to admit his stupidity as well. Santon was a silly mistake but Saylor should know better, it’s hardly his first time.

  • 33 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    just gannin’ oot to try the new bar at the groond.

    not lookin’ forward to the game – infact crappin’ mesell.
    worst ootcome cood be joint thord bottom to-nite.

    hopin’ for aal home wins today

  • 34 catchy in norway // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    boater

    my point is not about santon should be a left winger right winger left back

    id rather him have only 1 position and become good at that,,

    and your wrong about jonas,, CH, used him as a left winger, who was not the best at crossing , grant you that, but he had a great partnership with jose and between them both we had a great left side, they both attacked both defended,

    sissoko might not have been having a great time before he came, but when he did , he exploded into the prem, now, pardew thinks he has another HBA, to do magic,

    for what its worth, i see sissoko as a right winger, he seems to do his best stuff out there, he stretches the play, picks a man out rather than lump aimless balls nowhere ,

    and boater, since your a clever guy,, why are we looking so poor ALL THE TIME

  • 35 daztoon // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Santon is a young lad still learning his trade and will make mistakes.No doubt he has quality and see him more of a wingback than an out n out full back but time will tell

  • 36 northernirishtoon // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Rotonda

    Anita in your team ahead of sissoko?

    Give me a smoke of whatever it is your on

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    i think charlie’s got his geordie translator working

    http://www.whoohoo.co.uk/geordie-translator.asp

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    northern irish

    I had completely forgotten about him!!!

    This is why I get annoyed when pardew keeps on about injuries. I had forgotten about sissoko and couldn’t fit Tiote
    and santon in either

  • 39 northernirishtoon // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Rotonda

    Lol. Makes u remember what a good squad we have. Shame about the manager

  • 40 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Boater
    You mean apart from santon and bales great skill, ability to beat a man with ease, great ball control, great pace and fantastic athleticism?
    And when santo went RB vs Wigan his final ball looked far more potent what with him being on his natural side and all

  • 41 bringbackemre // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Boater
    I agree with catchy on Jonas . Under Hughton he seemed a completely different player , really talented and a very good dribbler and intelligently linked up with enrique .He has for me suffered the most under Pardew (I do still support Pardew though ) , since his game at stoke last year where he made an exeptional defensive conrtibtion he has slowly evoled into such a defensive player .
    Could be age though either or confidence or a mixture of everything ut there is no denying that he has gone backwards .

  • 42 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    I think the Benfica game was really a game that has summed up our season out of luck….

    whatever Cisse struck did not go in whatever he touched last season went in. I think if we scored those two chances that game could have ended very differently and personally…

    Knowing NUFC…I reckon we can pull a 2:0 win at St James’s personally and I see no reason why not.

    I think what injury has hurt us most this season and that is HBA…without him our creativity is severely cut short.

    And as for the summer signings there has to be a HBA backup without a doubt. HBA should play and should be taken care off…and selling him would be possibly the biggest mistake this club would do just like we sold Ginola, Ferdinand back in the day.

  • 43 aguiavitoria // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I am a Benfica fan.
    Davide Santon is a great player, had the misfortune, like any great player also sometimes has.
    By taking your error is demonstrated that a great man.
    http://aguiavitoria.blogs.sapo.pt/

  • 44 JAMSHA // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Liverpool v West Ham
    Tottenham v Everton
    Chelsea v Sunderland
    Newcastle v Fulham
    QPR v Wigan

    All home teams are strong … so we should win

  • 45 corkypants85 // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    great post gorgonzola i agree 100% just no luck and when ever we play teams they allways seem to be in a bit of form are luck changes today!!!

  • 46 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I have supported this club for as long as I know the PL.

    I can see this season ranks amongst the potential unfulfilled rather than a mark to show we put performed ourselves last year. We just never got going simple as that. Partially Pardew partially injuries partially morale. But I think players need to pull together and fight like crazy for Europa league survival, if we can leave a bit of a mark in europe, cause we will not be there next year other than if we dont win it which will be really hard.

    I think we did a poor jon in the last summer window cost us dearly. I hope the board do not repeat that mistake. We need to lok at our fitness team, as to not repeat the silly injuries we had with the likes of HBA.

    Whats also a sore feeling after the game in Lisbon is that first 20 minutes we where absolutely demon like. And I miss that.

  • 47 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    @ gorgonzola

    I agree to a certain extent with injuries and bad decisions but the majority of the time you make your own luck in football. We have seen what we can do when we attack teams even without or full strength squad like we did against Benfica & Man U away. However Pardew thinks we can go a goal ahead in games and try to sit on it for 40 minutes and hope the other team doesn’t score. If they do is it down to bad luck or bad tactics ? . I know which one it is like.

  • 48 Barras // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    I’m glad to see how many people agree that Santon should be allowed to transcend from a LB/LWB to a RW.

  • 49 WWYCD // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Moving Santon to RW? Don’t know don’t care more focused on the game today and our survival fight tbh

    Preseason is for playing around not now we need points, wins and luck to see this season out. Rumours of players flying up to watch us today can take a big back seat as well

  • 50 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Santon’s the best full-back in the premier league at the moment. He deserves to get player of the season for us this year. Not injury prone either. What a tremendous acquisition.

  • 51 JAMSHA // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Ketsbaia9

    Agree An So Must Jonas 😛

  • 52 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Cisse

    I agree. But was it down to him the Benfica game or is it the fact that Benfica turned the heat up. I think both of their two goals are pure luck that we gave them. Our back four still isn’t good. there was that one moment when we could not get the ball out of our penalty area it was ping ponging along.

    Talkin about luck this season I look at Manure and you quickly see they have had a fair share of an luck overdose.

    I think if I take a look at our team I cant help to think we currently have players that are almost not finished players yet. I think there are chances that needed a smarter pass, a more weighted pass, a smarter attack route and things in games would be very different to me that is a job for Pardew who in some ways has failed there… Mourinho knows how to get close to the most of his players., more importantly most of the time.

    I know the fans are split down the middle, but I cant help feel that NUFC as a club needs a brain. Like SBR was. Knew his players very well, knew how to motivate them.

    I think Pardew does not have it. I dont think he is a bad signing but to me he should not be here for the long haul. I dont mind him all that much but for us to make that transition to a great club not just a well supported club need a smart cunning manager.

    I think for once, is it possible to concentrate on one of the cups fully, or forget the cups all together as we fall out of them all the time and fight hard for a really high league position. Those are the types of decisions we need to be hard on about.

  • 53 WWYCD // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Kets
    Haha never thought I’d say this but I missed being annoyed by ur odd rumblings…. How’s the Abied stalking going?

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Just to take the heat of us for an hour or so, but wouldn’t it be great if Wigan beat QPR today :)

    …need something to look forward to!

  • 55 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    @ gorgonzola

    Don’t forget we have had our fair share of luck as well. Ba’s handball & Everton’s disallowed goal, and those are just off the top of my head.

  • 56 northernirishtoon // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Kets

    There is no doubt about santons quality but I think he has been at fault for a lot of goals this season and has probably cost us as many points as Williamson.

    And the biggest mistake of all last week that has potentially ended our euro adventure.

    Hope he scores the day and has a solid game. Will do his confidence a lot of good.

  • 57 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    @ Jesper

    Why Wigan win ? . If anything I would want that game to end in a draw

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Well it’s that time of the week again, I agree with bills in that those expecting us to suddenly find form and for Fulham not to turn up I think are in for a bit of a shock, I definitely think we can win but Fulham have been a bit of a bogey team in the past and have stuck nails in the coffin before so today is the day that we have to prove we are too good to go down, if we lose today god help this blog and if we win we’ll have the usual posters saying we never pressed enough and the usual poster staying away in the huff till the next defeat.

  • 59 Mr Random // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I really think we should deploy santon as a winger. Pace, goals and creativity….he’s got it!

    My team for today

    Krul
    Simmo Taylor mbiwa perch
    Santon Anita cabaye Gutierrez
    Sissoko
    Cisse

  • 60 boater // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Kets – Santon is the best full back in the league? He’s not even the best full back at our club. Plenty of potential and technically very good, but he’s left us exposed all season long.

    Catchy – ‘Why are we looking so poor all the time?’ On that, we agree. The buck stops with Pardew as far as the lacklustre, powder puff team performances go.

  • 61 breno95 // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Santon best FB in PL by kets. What a crock of shit mate.
    Santon has potential but thats all he has moment.
    To become good the lad needs to apply a better workrate. When he loses the ball or mislays a pass i have not once seen a gut busting reaction to get back to position this season. So annoying. Nearly as lazy as shola.
    For those along with myself going today i truly hope we see cabaye in the advanced midfield position. Best passer of the ball we have and yet alot on here thenselves are posting line ups with him sitting deep in front of the back 4.
    Sissoko is a CDM but has it in locker to use his power to drive forward.
    As for others who are including Colo in the best 11 seem to forget he wont be at the club next season and so will a few others if fingers are not pulled out of a few backsides.
    Team to play due to current injury list
    krul
    Simpson taylor yanga santon
    sissoko jonas
    marveaux cabaye goufrran
    cisse
    heres hoping but i will be disappointed.

  • 62 papattack // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    rumours on twitter bennys having a fitness test for fulham…..

  • 63 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    BPC…I just really want QPR to loose that’s all :)

  • 64 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    papa attack….one can only hope…. Jesus…

  • 65 Beattie25 // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    As a Itk I can confirm that my friend Hatem ben Arfa is having a fitness test.

    However this is a plot to get the crowd buzzing before kick off and ben Arfa will not feature because he has one leg and is currently 18 stone.

    Expect mike Williamson to come in for Margeaux though.

  • 66 NUFC_LEAZES END // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Does anyone know if Inman is playing on skysports1 right now for Crewe?
    If he is I’m going to watch it see how he does :)

  • 67 Edd Case // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Hmmm, Lee Ryder apparently confirming that HBA WAS having a FITNESS TEST before todays game!

  • 68 Edd Case // Apr 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    And I’m late with this news as usual…whey hey

  • 69 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Wow Beattie this season is really starting to get to you isn’t it :) . How different things were a year ago, from fighting for the Champions Leage to fighting the drop. Such a shame.

  • 70 Edd Case // Apr 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    DAMN, No Benny today

  • 71 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    if sunderland lose today and we win, if we beat them next week we will be 8 points clear of them with 5 games to go, and effectively safe

  • 72 Eddie // Apr 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Looking forward to seeing Mo in the middle of the park.

  • 73 Alan Pas-de-clue // Apr 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    although sunderland have stoke southampton and villa

  • 74 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Spurs leading in 30 seconds. Is that the fastest goal this season ?

  • 75 papattack // Apr 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    pardew must of been reading hes picked my team :)

  • 76 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 7, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Santon’s been at fault for 3 goals this season. He has also created a lot. He set up Sissoko for the winner against Chelsea. He assisted Cisse last season against Chelsea. He has broken back into the Italian squad. Great physique

    Jan Vertonghen has to be the signing of the season. That’s who we really needed.

  • 77 JP...from The Rock // Apr 7, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Catchy – Sod off you miserable cu*t – Every day you spout out your negative vibe on this site and try to bring other fans down- Go do one you bellend!




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