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Newcastle 1 Benfica 1 – (Aggregate 2-4) – Full Match Report

10:50 pm, Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 94 Comments

1-1 in this game does not tell the real story of this game, as Newcastle went ahead with another headed goal from Papiss Cisse after 71 minutes, and almost had Benfica on the ropes,  as the lads went for the all important second goal,  and then a couple of minutes into stoppage time as Newcastle pressed forward, the Portuguese side had a quick breakaway that caught Newcastle short at the back and and they scored to kill the game.

papiss cisse and ben arfa afetr goal

One down and one to go
Cisse the scorer and Ben Arfa after Newcastle’s goal

And to be honest a breakaway goal was always on the cards throughout the game for Benfica – but near the end of the game Newcastle simply had to risk everything to go for glory – and the lads just missed out – after a magnificent and courageous performance from the Newcastle players.

And credit has to go to Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches too, as they had the perfect game plan,  and it was very nearly executed to perfection.

Here’s how we saw the game as it happened – and I aged another couple of years.


On three minutes Tim Krul had to block a shot from Lima as Benfica started the game quickly, and then after five minutes Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal had to claw away a left wing cross that was going in just under the cross-bar.

So two good save from Tim Krul in the first five minutes of the game.

Then on 13 minutes a through ball found Papiss Cisse free in the inside left position,  but he couldn’t control the ball and it went out for a goal kick.  Newcastle were finding it a bit difficult to get going, and it was obvious their number one purpose was to keep the game very tight at the back.

On 28 minutes Krul went for a ball on the right hand side of the penalty box,  but he had to release the ball when he went outside the box, and Lima put the ball inside to Gaitan who took a shot at goal.

But it was Massadio  Haidara reading the situation brilliantly who got back to kick the ball away as it was going in – that was a let-off for Newcastle.

Then on 34 minutes as Newcastle were coming more into the game,  a good move found Yohan Cabaye free on the right wing, but the Frenchman ballooned his cross behind for a goal kick.

And then a breakaway from Benfica started when they dispossessed Cabaye in midfield,  and 20 year-old Salvio headed just wide of Tim Krul’s left hand post – a close call for the Magpies.

On 42 minutes Sissoko made one of his powerhouse runs down the left wing,  and brought the ball inside to Bigirimana, but the 19 year-old shot tamely and straight at the goalkeeper.

Gael looked a bit lost on the right wing – and he was lacking experience for such an important game.

As Newcastle were pressing as the half came to an end,  a left wing cross saw Cisse put the ball in the back of the night – but he was a yard offside.

So the half time whistle came with the score 0-0 with Benfica being the slightly better side in that first half – but Newcastle would have settled for 0-0 at the break before the game – and Newcastle were still right in this game.

At the start of the second half Alan Pardew brought on the experienced Shola Ameobi for Gael Bigirimana.

On 50 minutes a nice move between Simpson and Ameobi saw Shola beat his man on the bye-line and get a corner – which came to nothing.

And then six minutes later another quick move by Benfica had Gaitan in the penalty area,  and he pulled the ball back to Lima, who then hit his shot over the bar – Benfica were dangerous on the break.

On 62 minutes an almighty roar from the Geordie crowd saw the introduction of Ben Arfa for Vurnon Anita,  who had put in a good shift for the Magpies, and it was clear Alan Pardew and the Newcastle team were going for goals, but Benfica were still dangerous.

Three minutes later a cross come shot by Ben Arfa was headed for a corner, and then on 66 minutes Papiss Cisse had the ball int the net again as a cross from Yohan Cabaye was headed onto Cisse who headed it into the net – but he was a yard offside.

Cisse argued with the officials and it got him a yellow card,  and then Sylvain Marveaux replaced Massadio Haidara as Newcastle went all out for a goal – and all three attacking substitutions had been made.

And then Newcastle got the goal they wanted – as the ball was played down the right wing and Shola Ameobi crossed the ball from the bye-line and Papiss Cisse was there to head home from a few yards out – as the Newcastle crowd went absolutely crazy.

Newcastle started to pile forward,  and Ben Arfa was creating chances for the Newcastle forwards, and on 78 minutes Shola had a chance just outside the penalty area, but he slipped just as he was shooting, and the goalkeeper collected the ball easily.

The game was end to end as Newcastle pushed for a second goal which would see them through, adn newcastle were swarming forward and seemed to have Benfica rattled a few times, and it was not unlike the last 20 minutes against Fulham last Sunday.

And then on 89 minute Ben Arfa had a decent chance but he blazed the ball over the bar from a good position.

It would be four minutes added for stoppage time, and Newcastle got a promising free kick just outside the penalty area, and Yohan Cabaye took it and the ball deflected off the wall, but the goalkeeper saved low to his right.

But then would you believe it – Benfica broke away and caught Newcastle short at the back – and it was Salvio who scored rather easily – and Newcastle had to score three goals in the final two minutes.

We didn’t do it.

But this was a well planned  courageous performance from a Newcastle team that just never gives up, and we’re going to be a team to be reckoned with next season.


Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara (Sylvain Marveaux 67); Gael Bigirimana (Shola Ameobi 46), Yohan Cabaye (c), Vurnon Anita (Hatem Ben Arfa 64), Jonas Gutierrez; Moussa Sissoko; Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, James Perch, Adam Campbell

Benfica (4-3-3): Artur; Andre Almeida, Luisao (c), Ezequiel Garay, Melgarejo; Eduardo Salvio (Jardel 90+3), Nemanja Matic, Enzo Perez; Ola John (Rodrigo 76), Lima (Oscar Cardozo 72), Nicolas Gaitan
Subs not used: Paulo Lopes, Maxi Pereira, Pablo Aimar, Andre Gomes

Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Match Reports · Newcastle News

94 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonking // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    the thing i really want to happen next season is for pardew to stop putting weaker teams out for the FA cup games because their is no excuse for not starting the startard team as it is weekend they played not mid week and as for risk to injuries well any football match has that risk so fa cup matches are no differant.

  • 2 Toon Tang // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    good fight lads in the 2nd. we can just go all out and tear into the scum from down the road on sunday now.

  • 3 JAMSHA // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM


  • 4 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM


    id take ole gunner solkjær

    i like what zola is doing at watford

    there are lots of very good young coaches all over europe,, look at southamptons new guy,, id never heard of him

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:55 PM


    I’m not supporting catchy’s view of this match. Everything I have posted I have said pardew got it right in my view tonight. I think what we did made sense, can’t over commit too early.

    Only issue was bigi but if others cant play 90 mins then it’s fine.

    I’m just saying I think he has a point long term on pardew. A better manager, like we did when we ‘upgraded’ houghton isn’t a bad shout to kick on.

  • 6 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Team for the Mackems






    Bring Shola on in the 65th minute and we can demolish them.

  • 7 Toon Tang // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    them couple of really cheap goals in the first leg have cost us at the end of the day. benfica didnt show us anything hugely special over the 2 legs.

    benfica are far more tactically superior to scumderland, so we wont have any problem ribcaging the little stinking piles of turd.

  • 8 daztoon // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Thought Gutierrez had a cracker again and Marv looked very sharp when he came on.Benfica are a quality side

  • 9 GeordieDan // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Just got back from the match.

    Devastated we couldn’t quite get that 2nd goal. VERY proud of the lads effort though.

  • 10 Beattie25 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Does anyone know who we will welcome back into the squad on Sunday?

  • 11 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Still think Pardew should have brought Marv on at half time with Shola, but we were up against a side who have only been beaten by two goals by Barcelona.

    The effort was there from the players and we are a wounded animal going into the derby on Sunday

  • 12 yorkshire_magpie // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Big pappa im drooling off that!

  • 13 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:57 PM


    tiote, Debuchy, Gouffran and Saylor should all be back for Sunday

  • 14 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    on a side note what do people feel about the champions league teams dropping down into europa?

  • 15 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Cabaye had a very poor game. I honestly prefer Marveaux in that position. We are a few players short from having a decent team. 2 strikers, 2 centre backs and 1 midfielder should be enough in the summer.

  • 16 yorkshire_magpie // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    But i doubt pardew will play that team!!

  • 17 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM


    is everyoone around you behind pardew and what he is doing,, how we play the game

  • 18 toonLYF // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    against Sunderland




    Ben Arfa————————Marveaux


  • 19 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    @Big Pappa Cissé

    Doubt HBA will be ready to start a game as quickly as Sunday and no doubt Sissoko will be played as a number 10

  • 20 Jonny // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Guti looks so good at left back!

  • 21 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    The thing that annoys me is that we have seen what we can do when we attack teams like Benfica & Man U (away) but we very rarely do it. Why we can’t punish teams like Reading at home is beyond me. Never under another manager have we scored so few goals in games and I do think Pardew is the main problem because we have the players to do it.

  • 22 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    rather play against top quality premier league teams than those third rated teams you guys played in Europe benfica is the only good club you played against and you lost that to in stadium of light in Portugal though

  • 23 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    @cisse’s big toe it’s usually Teams like celtic etc but this year it had to be the likes of chelsea

  • 24 Beattie25 // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM



  • 25 true toon // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Absolutely Gutted…IF only Santon and Taylor haven’t cost us the game in Lisbon.
    We need a new Manager next season. New faces at least 4 first team players

  • 26 Graeme // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    We fought the fight: we gave 100%+ – it just wasnt enough on the night. We should feel NO shame. We should be proud of our team and look forward to Sunday.

    If we play 75% as well against the unwashed, as we did tonight, it could be their most embarrassing defeat of the last 15 years. Cant wait to watch it happen – and yes, I’ll settle for a 1-0 and 3 points lol

  • 27 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM


    hahah now i know your mad,,

    hidarra looked amazing tonight, way better than jonas,,

    jonas and cabaye where our poor players tonghit

  • 28 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM


    At least those third rate teams can actually get into Europe fella

  • 29 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Listen to this fool…He doesn’t realize once we stuff them on sunday they could be playing against fizzypop teams next season.

  • 30 ash // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    does anyone know if we have either tiote, taylor or debuchy back on sunday?

  • 31 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    dream on barcodes cause that’s the best you can do

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM


    we play top prem league teams and european teams….so still better than you.

  • 33 nufc786 // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    catchy in norway

    what would you have done instead of pardew may i ask…

  • 34 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    ya right just the waste of time in Europe waste of travelling supporters money nothing else

  • 35 Beattie25 // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    If we start with the same set up on Sunday I will cut the head off my Pardew voodoo doll.

    Make no mistake they’re going to attack us.

    Sit back and we’ll lose attack them back and we’ll over power them

  • 36 pardrew hater // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    pardrew got it wrong the day

  • 37 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    rather take a nap than playing against those clubs

  • 38 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM


    i would have packed me bags and said sorry to all the fans for all the shit football he makes us watch

  • 39 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM


    100% agreeeeee

  • 40 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    What some of you don’t realise is the only reason Gutierrez looks good at LB is because we have been pressurising the other teams hard in the last couple of games and he has had next to no defending to do. Put him up against a team with a decent right winger and it would be a disaster. He played there for Argentina and was abysmal.

  • 41 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    listen to catchy he thinks brighton play better football than you guys and he is absolutely right

  • 42 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Not trying to nit pick here but in the 2002/3 season when we finished 3rd with sir bobby we scored 63 goals.

    Last year we scored 56 goals so not many different.

  • 43 jimmysmith // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Strangely not gutted as is so often the case, we are right up there with the likes of Benfica, on a steep upwards curve, Ben Arfa is back, and we have the home derby on Sunday to already look forward to.

    And we’re gonna pull down their pants! Splendid

  • 44 pardrew hater // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    pardrew will never take this team forward this team is to good for him he does not no what to do with it

  • 45 bollance // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM


    Guti 4th or 5th on MOM, not sure he was poor. Cant remember him misplacing a pass and worked his socks.

    Cabaye tho has lost a bit of class and is not pulling the strings like he had done when he came back. Too many games for club and country taking its toll on him.

  • 46 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    they also play better football than you lot 🙂

  • 47 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    debuchy taylor mbiwa haidara
    cabaye sissoko
    hba marveaux gouffran

    its very french, worth a try?

  • 48 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM


    Don’t expect a reasoned response from catchy if you ask him what he would change or who he would want to replace Pardew as he reserve’s the right to slate everything and everyone without having to give a reasoned, intelligent response

  • 49 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM


    and we play better football that you

  • 50 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    We have relied too much on Cisse up front. All the top teams have 4 decent strikers. We only have 1. If we would’ve kept Ba and signed Remy, we would’ve probably won the europa cup.

  • 51 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    @ Mackem

    So if Brighton are better than us yet we are above 5under1and in the league what does that make you ? 😉

  • 52 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM


    he played left wing right??

    funny cos i carnt remember him putting a ball into the box

  • 53 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    o please you play hoofball game worst than stoke stats shows that

  • 54 bollance // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM


    Shola’s gonna get ya

  • 55 ShadowsNGB // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Good effort from Newcastle players, but too few chances of goal.
    Congratulations to all Newcastle fans for the support to your team and good luck to the Premiership.
    Hope that Newcastle can achieve a better place.
    Cheers from Lisbon!

  • 56 manxpie // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    catchy i don’t understand football??????????
    well yes i do but i also understand how to enjoy football!
    i enjoy watching my team playing which you don’t!
    and my most important question to you is why you are never on when we win and always negative before games!!
    you are not a fan simple as that!
    you say last season we were shit!!
    we finished 5th you c**t
    and it was only our second season back in the prem you c**t
    and you also said today we’ve got our best squad for ages and i agree!! but i don’t agree “regardless of injuries”!!
    please tell me when we’ve had the opportunity to field the best team and subs just 1 time this season!!???????

    go on catchy lets see you answer all of that without looking like a negative fantasist you c**t!!!!????

  • 57 Harley // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Just back from the match and not had time to read all the comments but I hope there’s no willo or simmo bashing going on tonight.
    We played excellent against a top European team and were so unlucky AGAIN.
    Hats off to all the players. Do that on Sunday and well win win 5-0!!!

  • 58 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    dosent matter what it makes us the only thing that matter is that you guys are no different than us

  • 59 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM


    yet we still score more goals than you and look better doing it.

    its k to be jealous, i mean we have top class players and you have cattermole, bramble, o’shea, mclean…wow exciting to watch.

  • 60 pardrew hater // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    yes we have relied on cisse to much but who faults is that pardrew we have other strikers but he plays cisse upfront on his own all the time

  • 61 GeordieDan // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM


    I think Pardew actually didn’t get it wrong 2nite. The team were poor in the 1st half but he made the changes that sparked us running riot in the 2nd.

    For me it was simple bad luck we didn’t end up winning it!

  • 62 bollance // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM


    Guti played left wing then when Haidara came off he slotted into left back but still got up and down the pitch. He is having a decent end to the season. Maybe it will be his last with us?

  • 63 manxpie // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    sorry for the “c**t” part but he annoys the hell out of me!

  • 64 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM


    but its a loaded question he asks,,

    should i say i would play 12 up front???

    any reply i give to that will be shot down, by all of you pardew lovers,,

    the facts are he plyed the wrong strting line up,, he went defensive

    he took hidarra off, who was having a great game, anita, wasnt worse than cabaye,

    cabayes set plays were beyond shocking for the quality he has

  • 65 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    shola will be injured as always

  • 66 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    @ Mackem

    5 points different at least 🙂 . Soon to be eight and another division 😉

  • 67 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM


    see my response at the top of the page?

  • 68 Toon Tang // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    @manxpie hahaha lols at all the c**ts

  • 69 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Haidara was outstanding tonight goal line clearance and bombing down the left wing and the only player who was trying to put balls into the box.

  • 70 pardrew hater // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    so if pardrew got it right he only brought on shola straight away which made no diffrence till we brought on marv and arfa till the 65 min so how did pardrew got it wright

  • 71 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    with all your top class players you are just a few points ahead of us and after Sunday you will be almost with us so your players are no different than our players

  • 72 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM


    genuinely what would you have done tonight other than go more attacking?

    as well as presuming marv and ben arfa could make the starting line up through injury. Marv was sat on the floor the last couple mins of fulham game, was shattered.

  • 73 NUFCarter // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    If the mackem warrior is agreeing to catchys opinions what does that say about catchy?

    Also mackem warrior, your only on here to get a buzz from your made up bull. A buzz which you cant get watching sunderland or talking about them. In fact you get more of a buzz talking about nufc than sunderland and you also seem to know alot about the toon. Im sorry that we are just alot more of an interesting club than that small club in sunderland.

  • 74 bollance // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Who is this Pardew Hater? Does he pop up when we lose?

  • 75 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    change your team name from magpies to laughing stocks

  • 76 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM


    we have a god few french internationals, senegalese one, ivory coast international, dutch international

    you have barely any, a belgian then a bunch of scots

  • 77 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    HAHAHAHHAHAHA @Cockam cattermole like tiote? johnson like ben arfa? sessesh*t like sissoko…The best 1 yet brown like saylor or oshea like mbiwa please man your making yourself look like a right delusional inbred ****…Go and suck on your daddys c*ck again

  • 78 Toon Tang // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    it feels good having a mackem in here with us to vent all our pent up post match aggression on.

    virtual punching bag.

    I bet its a new idea reeled out by Ed to take the heat off us arguing amongst ourselves hahah

  • 79 JP...from The Rock // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    All this talk of needing a new manager is fking ridiculous. I am well proud of the lads after a very valiant effort and Pardew’s game plan was oh so near perfection.

    We lost to a Benfica a team that was undefeated in 31 matches in all competitions before kick-off.

    We were slightly unlucky we didn’t manage to clinch it in the end and it was a great spectacle for any neutral.

    I am dissapointed we lost but it was mainly due to our errors in Portugal that cost us dearly.

    We go out of our Europa League adventure with our heads held high and I am proud to be a Newcastle Fan!

    Now bring on Sunday so we can destroy the Scum!


  • 80 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM



    we finished 5th,, that should see us ok for the next 8 seasons

    you can honestly not say you enjoy watching us play football,,

    we dont play football, and we have not played football since the man arrived at our club

    i think you dont know football, i think you have just latched onto a team,

    i am guessing pardew is your all time fav player? and prob thats why you love nufc now,, bit like that german girl

  • 81 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    toon tang

    that must be it…..i knew it was suspicious when one of them could use a computer. something was wrong.

  • 82 pardrew hater // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    mackem warrior what the f1ck you talking about wore team is way better then yours and always will be and have you ever seen a mackem in milan no and u never will the diffrence between our team and yours is we have a sh1t manager but have a great team what did oneil by with the millions he spent ask yourself that your idiot

  • 83 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM


    Understand one thing mate, I’m no Pardew lover, but I’m also intelligent enough to understand that spouting off every day on a bloody blog isn’t going to change anything other than drive me to despair.

    You constantly call for Pardew’s head as if you actually think that Ashley’s going to hear you and change the manager (funny how you never put up a realistic replacement though).

    99% of us would replace him IF we could find the right man but we are not the owners of the club and we understand that sitting in our arm chairs calling for his head and slagging him and the players off will change absolutely nothing

  • 84 ToonDownSouth // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    If there’s one club in the league that play more negative, soul destroying football than us – it’s Sunderland.

  • 85 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM


    not saying i want him gone…but if we had the chance to upgrade i’d take it….same as with any player we have.

  • 86 manxpie // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    and transfer where building a team here and last season with the team we had pardew got us 5th!
    thats including ober,simmo n willo we’ve eventually upgraded them (well apart from ober) but arfa if he was fit would have been there anyways we were never set for this seasons set up!
    and that lies at the summer window full stop!
    we could all see the annoyance from pardew agree transfer??
    now pardew has actually got close to the team he wants to build and play, you want him gone when by bad luck n i mean bad luck has ravenged his opportunity to play his best team just ONCE!!!
    that to me is not just unfair but madness!!

  • 87 NUFCarter // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Mackem warrior
    So your saying you wont swap bramble and cuellar for mbiwa and taylor. Haha we got rid of bramble for a reason.

    The only player i see at sunderland that posseses a bit of quality (which is extremely rare) is danny rose and guess what hes on loan. Haha i bet he cant wait to leave!

  • 88 pardrew hater // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    yes the team played well well second half anyway i dont blame the players i blame pardrew end of the day its my view you dont like it then dont read it and yes ive only been coming on here to view i dont always comment as most people on here r pardrew lovers and r happy just for us to manage every season yes last season we finished 5th but that was down to the players not pardrew but just wait till next season does not matter who we bring in pardrew does not no what to do with them

  • 89 JP...from The Rock // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Transfer Sage- Is it really worth all the disruption it brings.

    The bond with the player and manager is broken obviously and the new manager must gain the trust of all his players again.

    The new manager might not play our favourite players and stick to the less prefered types like Willo, Perch etc.

    The new manger might also play players out of position constantly and upset the balance of the team.

    The new manager must know what it means to be a Newcastle manager, know the Premier league and be able to handle all the pressure it brings.

    I am confident Pardew can bring us success. We have slowly been assembling an amazing team with just a few final adjustments in the summer. Soon we will be scaring the top 4 with our powerful young team staking our claim amongst the big boys and rubbing shoulders with them season after season.

  • 90 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM


    Every post you make is Groundhog Day.

  • 91 ginola_tonic // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Very very proud of the lads and Pardew tonight. We coulda shoulda woulda. Who cares. They gave it 110% tonight. Tie was lost in Portugal anyway. Let’s hope they lose in the final hopefully 🙂

    Marv is a quality player. Just gets better each game. Miles better than cabaye. What’s happened to him? Poor guy needs a happy pill.

  • 92 manxpie // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    catchy i absolutly loved last season and i mean loved it was brilliant and any one who didn’t simply doesn’t support nufc imo
    it was wat football is about!
    and totally exciting and to think THAT WAS OUR SECOND SEASON IN THE PREM!!
    u expected us to play like barca!!
    you want us to play like swansea but hey there only 5 points ahead of us after a terrible terrible season through INJURY!!
    he’s building his own team right now next season you can judge not now!
    and for you to say last season was shit just shows wat type of c**t you are!!
    soz for using it again other posters!

  • 93 JP...from The Rock // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    manxpie – Thanks you saved me from typing the exact same thing. I loved last season too. This season injuries and Ba’s departure have hit us hard. Next season will be a different story.

  • 94 Fridge // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM


    If we played good football and lose ill take it. If we play shitty and win ill take it. But when we play shitty over and over again and lose, my patience is gone. Pardew will never have this team play to there full potential, surely you must agree with that? Last season and 5th place was GREAT, but we did not play good football.

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