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Newcastle Just Fail To Pull Of A Sensational Result

10:22 pm, Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 136 Comments

Newcastle almost pulled off the impossible tonight, as they came on strongly in the second half and a good goal from Papiss Cisse (who else?) after 671 minutes set it up for a grandstand finish, with Newcastle needing one more goal to get through to them last four of the competition.

Soccer - UEFA Europa League - Quarter Final - Second Leg - Newcastle United v Benfica - St James' Park

Cisse in action tonight – yes he scored again – and had two “goals” disallowed

And in the second half Alan Pardew brought on Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux – all attacking moves – to increase the pressure on a Benfica side that were almost being over-run in the last twenty minutes of the game – and with a little luck Newcastle could have had a second goal as they went all out and had the chances to score a second.

But then in the second minute of stoppage time, a quick breakaway from Benfica ended up in Eduardo Salvio putting the ball into the net – and Benfica won the tie by 4-2. It’s just a pity we couldn’t have won it 1-0 to say we beat Benfica and ended their winning streak – but it was not to be.

But Newcastle came ever so close to getting through tonight, in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park crowd – who were roaring the lads on – and it was a perfect game plan from Alan Pardew – and with just a little bit of luck in those last 10 minutes Newcastle could have produced the miracle we all wanted to see.

This was the 14th game in Europe for Newcastle this season – and they have done really well – considering all the injuries the side has had – and they were great tonight.

Ben Arfa in particular tried hard to open up things in the last 20 minutes of the game, and the mercurial Frenchman got a huge reception from the crowd when he was introduced – and Hatem had a couple of decent chances – which he may have blasted home – with a little more match practice.

The lads were fantastic tonight – let’s give them the credit they deserve – even though we didn’t get through against a very good Benfica side – who could go on to win the whole thing.

We were proud of the lads tonight. 😀

Now we have to ensure we beat Sunderland on Sunday, and start picking up points in the Premier League.

We’ll get a full match report out a little later.

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136 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    GUTTED. Proud, but gutted. feel that we will tear sunderland apart though

  • 2 do the hatem shake // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    hope the lads dont have any grudges against the mackems if we play like that for the rest of the season we will be fine

  • 3 Gleese // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Very proud of pardew and the lads…did everything right and were desperately unlucky in the end. Credit to the tactics spot on…if we had attacked them all night they would have definitely caught us on the break at some point and then the game would have been dead! We had them rattled and as gutted as I am i cant fault anything…I think we should all be very proud of them!!! 🙂

  • 4 JDdubai // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    1. Thought we did well when we decided to attack, think he went too extreme though for the first 60 mins. Yes we had to be careful but it was too much for me. Why not just ask UEFA to start the match at 60 mins and be done with it…
    2.showed we can compete with top teams, add a fit HBA, Colo, Debuchy, Santon, Saylor, Tiote, a fit Marveaux, Gouffran to this lot, plus 3 purples in the summer and we should be rocking next year.
    3.Still think its unacceptable how many times Cisse is offside, its just laziness not getting back level with the defenders. Glad his scoring touch is returning tho.
    4.overall feel disappointed as i thought benfica were there for the taking and dont think we did everything we could have tonight. Nevermind, no distractions for top 4 challenge for next season now….

  • 5 Eddie // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Sunderland is going to be messy.

  • 6 Graeme // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Take the very many positives and turn it against the scum.

    We need to give them the thrashing of their lives in full retribution of the injustice tonight. I’ll be VERY happy with TOOOOOOOON 6 -0 mackems lol

    Bring the unwashed on for the ritual slaughter

  • 7 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    The way spurs are playing here it looks like there heading out.

  • 8 Tinman // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    If Pardew got the tactics right why arent we in the semis? You cant argue against that. When we ‘kept it tight’ in the first half we could have easliy conceded two goals. Best form of defence is attack, always has been, always will be.

  • 9 Hatem Ben Hutley // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Very proud. Get a couple new signings to strengthen the squad and were in for a cracking next season!

  • 10 JAMSHA // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM


    Lol Mate… Guess the scum stole the box den

  • 11 nufc786 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    It was not to be… i cant fault their effort…maybe marvaux should have started first half to give us a creative outlet when did have have a chance to push forwards in the 1st half

    then bring on benny 2nd half

  • 12 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    McClaren is saying Pards got the tactics right. Enough said.

  • 13 Toon Tang // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    if we play like we did in that 2nd, we will massacre the unwashed similar to that texas chainsaw affair. pardew is cast as leatherface in this epic and this time their isn’t a survivor.

  • 14 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    all of your European games were so boring that your own fellow magpies hated it and called it a distraction

  • 15 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM


    Does getting the tactics right automatically result in a win?

  • 16 toonluvva // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Agree that the Toon did everything they could to win the tie and can be proud of their effort.

    Thought that we should have had a penalty when Cisse was brought down by the keeper in the second half.

    Bring on the mackems on Sunday.

  • 17 nufc786 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    NOW bring on the mackems…

  • 18 do the hatem shake // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    my team for scum would be

    ben arfa…cab……sissoko………..marveux

  • 19 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    people chat about cisses offsides as if its new, he had the highest offside rate in europe before he joined and still scored 20 a season. its frustrating yes, but playing on the last man gets him free, and its part of his make up.

  • 20 toonbrother // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    pardew got it exactly right. the position we were in around the 85 minute mark was a very good one. only a one goal deficit and we had the momentum. They seeemed out on their feet we just couldnt deliver the killer blow. When you consider Benfica have not lost in aeons it was a very valiant performance by our boys. Only player i had a problem with was Anita. He just doesnt stamp his authority in midfield. I would have move bigi there and take him off for shola. No surprise cabaye only came to life when he had sissoko playing alongside him in central mid.

  • 21 Tinman // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Mutiny, excluding bad luck. Yes.

  • 22 ToonDownSouth // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM


    That doesn’t make any sense – You are aware who we were playing against? And that we were two goals down from the first leg?

    It is of course possible to do everything to the best of your abilities, but simply be outclassed by outstanding opposition. Giving away two goals by individual errors doesn’t help too much either.

  • 23 geordie066 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Tinman. Using best form of defence is attack lost newcastle a 12 point lead in the league once… you might have read about it in the paper.. the best form of defence is ball possession and composure.

  • 24 nufc786 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM


    i never knew you watched our games you….

  • 25 Tinman // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Or exceptional goals

  • 26 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM


    How are you qualified to comment on anything to do with Europe???

    Never mind, Championship tickets are far cheaper so you don’t have to mug so many old ladies to pay for yours next season

  • 27 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    The tactics were fine iver the two legs – the execution failed. Two individual errors, two off the woodwork – Shola slipped and Benny didn’t catch his shot right.
    Any two of those six different and we were through

  • 28 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    on a side note, shola may not be the best individual, but cisse looks a much better player alongside him. shearer said he was the best to play with and you can see why.

  • 29 PhillNUFC // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    i had no hopes pinned on us going through i didnt see it happening but with 20 mins to go (like pardew said, and also he got the tactics and subs for that game spot on) i honestly thought we could do it.
    It was soul crushing to see us lose when we didnt deserve it, i would of been happier if we just lost it in the first half but hey its Newcastle they put there hearts into the game just like every Newcastle fan (including me and im normally quite negative in these games) devastating to see us go out but im proud of the team!

  • 30 Toon Tang // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    we were unlucky really, i thought willo played class like. when benny got back on to his left peg at the end i thought ‘this is it’.

    cabaye had an off day as well

  • 31 Assam Toon // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Didnt understand why bigirimana was played. Marveaux should be allowed the platform. Pardew played it safe but almost pulled it through. He knew that between today and Sunday he can afford to lose today only. Sissoko was disappointing. I am Sad but proud…

  • 32 JAMSHA // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:30 PM


    An Yet U Wer Watchn All Our European Games

  • 33 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    if any of you think we will play like that against sunderland,, your more deluded than i thought

    he will sit, and try and hit ont the counter, cisse by himself AGAIN,

    pardew may come accross as confident,, its just a front, confident ppl are bold by there very nature

    pardew is a chicken,, wont go for anything, rather keep what he has

  • 34 ToonDownSouth // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM


    You usually ignore simple logic and reasoning, but I should point out that I’d happily see Pardew replaced by a better manager – in fact, almost everyone would be perfectly happy with that.

    But most clearly just feel that sitting on an internet blog moaning and posting abuse about Pardew is somewhat of a waste of your life. Football doesn’t seem to give you any enjoyment whatsoever. You should give it a rest.

  • 35 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM


    I thought Anita played fine – first half they held the high line, gave us no time on the ball and his passing options were pretty limited.

  • 36 Tinman // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Look all I’m saying is Pardew got it wrong. Again…

    Pardew made mistakes tonight:
    Starting Williamson – he cant pass out of defence for shit, all this ends up doing is wasting us time.
    Dropping/Resting Marveaux – abosulutley ludicrous. Wouldnt of minded Bigi in for Anita, but Bigi for Marveaux is a joke. Marveaux has been our best player over the last 3 games.
    Bringing Ameobi on at HT – hes shocking. Gives away free kicks, wasting time.
    Waiting too long to bring on Ben Arfa and Marveaux – game changed when they came on, what more can I say?

    Oh and while I am at it. Have been backing Cisse for MONTHS. He has been fantastic over the last month. Tonight showed his passion for our club. He was everywhere tonight. Not even sure if he will have the energy to walk tomorrow. He left his heart and soul on that pitch.

  • 37 Cool Hand Luke // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I almost pity the Mackems now… in my minds eye I can see Shola/Ben10 crush our enemies, see them driven before us, and hear the lamentation of their women.

  • 38 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    ben arfa not fully fit but still made a noticeable difference, for me a fit in form benny scores that shot on his left

  • 39 nufc786 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    catchy in norway
    mate your worse than the mackem on here…
    cmon on lad your a geordie… Arent you????

  • 40 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    yes I was watching your European games just to see how you people were fighting with eachother

  • 41 toonking // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    a defensive line up should be used in away legs not home ties all we wanted last week was an away goal we didn’t go their to try getting a win. would we play an attacking side away to manchester united and defensive side for the home matches no so why do that in the awa legs?
    HBA i agree with him being on the bench but if we rested marvo and brought him on at HT he would not have been so tired so we could have started him today.

  • 42 DxSkyline // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Glad we gave it a hell of a go when ben arfa and marveux were on post 65+mins, but up unitl then we showed why we are in the relegation zone! we need a change

  • 43 toonicle // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Only thing I would have changed is Marv for Bigi from the start. Cabaye was lacking a bit tonight too it seemed, really wanted one of those magic free kick goals of his.

  • 44 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM


    Can I take it that when we beat the Unwashed on sunday you’ll disappear as you always do when you can’t slag everything and everyone off???

  • 45 Tinman // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Shows how much people are like sheep. They see one or two is saying Pardew got tactics right so they all jump on the band wagon.

    Just like Maggie Thatcher, people who couldnt even name any of her policies say she is the devil just because everyone else is.

    At least people like Catchy have the balls to say what THEY think

  • 46 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    @Mackem warrior jealous much?

    I think every fan on here wishes you’s don’t get relagated just so we can watch you’s fighting for survival rotting at the bottom and taking 6 points of yous every season you’s are just a joke to us

  • 47 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    are you

    geordies are proud ppl,,

    you can not be proud watching that

  • 48 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Why do you only come on here when we lose Catchy – (drew tonight but lost the tie).
    Why don’t you come on when we win ?
    Classic WUM.

    Pardew called it just right.

  • 49 JAMSHA // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Team For Scum BAGS







  • 50 Williamsonsuks // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Well played to the lads!! Now bring on the scum 🙂

  • 51 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    catchy is right you will loose against us

  • 52 Fridge // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM


    I disagree. Will just have to agree to disagree. Im just sad we didnt go through to the semis. Hopefully will have a win on sunday.

  • 53 Jayden // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Pardew’s tactics and subs were spot on tonight. Willo and Jonas both had great games, and Marv & HBA changed the whole game when they came on. As much as I hate to say it, I prefer Haidara over Santon at LB. Some of the lads interceptions were vital, and the GL clearance was Simpson-esque 😛

  • 54 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    for all those saying jonas cannot play lb, his positioning is better than santons (although not haidaras) and he makes some great forward runs, hes looked very good there

  • 55 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM


    Cabs was definitely mediocre – his two free kicks were average and he needs to control himself better as captain. We seriously lost momentum after his foul – even though it was like a drama school out rehearsal out there

  • 56 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM


    if your haapy to see him go,, why stick up for him so much,,

    if more ppl said that then he would be ousted,,

    but instead you sit on the fence hopping it will get better,, and to that is pure madness

  • 57 nufc786 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    catchy in norway

    i cannot fault the effort regardless of mistakes…. you may not like pardew but you cannot fault our players that played their hearts out for us…

    they play for us

  • 58 pardrew hater // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    for all those people that said pardrew got it right need there heads sorted out pardrew got it wrong simple we were playing againts benfica and he should of had marv and ben arfa from the start we would not good first half but second half were class if we had the right team out from the start we would of won this game and went throught i mean why rest players when we r just playing the scum not man u this is a game we should of won and started best team not resting players simple so pardrew got it wrong and the only 1 that got is wright was catchy so pardrew never took this cup series because he is shit simple he waited to late like he always does so this is down to pardrew

  • 59 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    everyone post there line up here all the time but never seen any of those line up in your games

  • 60 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    subs change games, we would have no impact if marv and hba started. pardew got it right, he can only do so much, it was on the flip of a coin at the end, unfortunately the ref told benfica it was double headed…

  • 61 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Jayden and Cisse’s big toe

    Haidara cracking at LB and Guti was canny too

  • 62 danishmag // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Catchy in norway is one of the unwashed

  • 63 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Spurs hung on by a threat now in a shoot out itv1

  • 64 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM


    i never said we will loose

    i said we wont attack like we did in the 2nd half,, he will be back to his safe football,, nick a goal at the end

  • 65 ToonDownSouth // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM


    I just know that sitting on a blog complaining does not make a difference.

    The people who make a difference are those who turn up to the stadium every fortnight, which I do not. And if they’re happy, then who am I to complain? They’re the ones who pay the players wages.

  • 66 LocalZero // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Thought Pardew got it bang on. He even predicted what would happen (almost)!! And the proof that we couldn’t have got away with attacking for 90 minutes is that they scored when we attacked for 25. Anyone trying to have a go at Pards after that has got another agenda (ie Pards out). This tie was lost on bad luck and mistakes in leg 1.

  • 67 Tinman // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Anyone who thinks Williamson had a good game must have been watching Tottenham and have mistaked him for Dawson.

  • 68 newcben // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I tell you what a fully fit Hatem would of just sent us into the next round!
    We look a force with him back in our team, can’t wait to see him and Debuchy down the right.


    Thats got to be the team to start against Sunderland surely? Maybe to attacking?

  • 69 Gleese // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    With all due respect Tinman you are completely wrong (apart from your paragraph on Cisse)

  • 70 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I am so happy tonight all your hope of qualifying went in smoke

  • 71 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    @Cisse’s Big Toe

    Still think we should have seen Marv come on at half time

  • 72 Toon Tang // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    MACKEM WARRIOR – your boys are gunna get sliced ear to ear come sunday, you may bring a hundred or so fans with you to the great st james’ but only 50 are going home.

    the calm before the storm lad…

  • 73 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM


    you have not heard me say one thing about any player tonight,,

    even jonas, who was usless,, i thought the players carried out pardews plan to perfection,

  • 74 yorkshire_magpie // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Hate to say it but cabaye was poor today but looked much better when marv and hba came on.

  • 75 NUFCarter // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Mackem warrior.
    Just one question. Will you be on the NUFC blog in the evening when we embarras you at st james’ park. 3-0 to the toon. Suppose you wont mind that because you just got to remember, we are newcastle and your sunderland meaning you’ve got no chance!

  • 76 saxonfenken // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    catchy in norway
    Glad you are in Norway , with you constant negativity you are a disgrace to call yourself a supporter

  • 77 daztoon // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    We were unlucky tonight not a pardew fan but gotta give him credit got the tactics spot on.would like to see marv in place of cabaye on Sunday.

  • 78 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I d understand catchy’s point…not entirely agree with all of it but it makes sense. Having a winner in charge is a huge boost.

    A winner as a player or manager (must still be able to manage though) is important.

    quick example – in our village cricket team we lost most games despite having an overseas pro from india, he had to go home, we got in another, a winner, had played in under 19’s world cup, was top scorer, very driven and played top level domestically in india. Now he won of a lot of games himself with just talent, but he got everybody playing 100% every game so our lads who under performed all year started playing like world beaters just feeding off his confidence and drive.

    Same can be said with a manager…guardiola, laudrupp, soljskaer….all very good starts to careers, their players have belief and go to win every game. They got that from their playing days.

    It’s something I would have loved for our club.

    Nothing against Pardew, I’d love him to be the guy who turns into a winner, but it doesn’t seem in his make up. He has fight and passion but we don’t have a killer instinct.

    Like I say, happy for him to stay also, don’t want him gone but like any player we have, if we get a big upgrade i’d accept the decision.

  • 79 soundoid // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    So anyone got a Hitler costume for the game all the fancy dress shops are out of them. had to borrow mine off of Prince Harry

  • 80 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    Cabaye hasn’t been anywhere near his best since being played deeper, he can’t influence the games from so deep

  • 81 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    debuchy mbiwa haidara marv arfa cabaye sissoko gouffran

    how good are our french guys

  • 82 toonking // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    mewcben the only one i would take out is tiote and play goufran
    but if these guyes think pardew got his tactics spot on then why don’t we play a simular team to the one we started today
    the only changes being debuchy for simmo and gouffran for bigi and just bring both marvo and benny on late as subs change the game so we just need to avoid conceding early.

  • 83 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    mackem warrior

    Again….who did you last play in europe? or have you never been.

  • 84 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    common barcodes don’t get your hopes high you can’t beat us remember keep your reasons ready after you lose against us for example fatigue and all that bullishit

  • 85 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Good shoot out here lads spurs might be heading out

  • 86 nufc786 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    catchy in norway

    true… but then why do you post doom and gloom about our next match cant you see take anything positive from our players in to the next game??????

  • 87 ochytoon // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Hope Basel knock the yids out. Really want too see a Chelsea vs. Basel final. Both teams playing great football

  • 88 danishmag // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    some of you fools havent got a clue of tactics!!!

    if we had played with Marveaux and Ben arfa from the start we could have been down with 1 or 2 at halft time.

  • 89 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    @Transfer Sage

    We’d all love a top class manager in charge but bleating on about it on here for what, close to three years now as catchy has done is not going to change anything

  • 90 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    Because benfica pose a huge threat compared to sunderland.

    We didn’t go out to just defend, we had bigi in which i didn’t like but we have limited options if benny and marv weren’t fit to start. We tried to quieten them down but also offer a bit before really throwing the sink at them in the 2nd half.

  • 91 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    how good are basel at pens

  • 92 manxpie // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    catchy where were you after the fulham win!!!!!????????????
    or any win for that matter!!??
    and beattie
    Beattie25 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    By the way, how good did Benny, Cabs, Sissy and MArv look for about 10 minutes there?

    beattie how many times have we had that option this season go on tell me!
    and i know ya didn’t answer me last time but how much management experience have you had i mean you come on here every time stating your oppinion as you know how to manage as a premier league coach and now a european coach!! why don’t you apply man!

    great effort 2night were very unlucky over the 2 legs and the subs WHEN THEY WERE NEEDED!! (cough cough all the pardew haters) changed the game and we nearly did it!
    if we had started as alot of ya wanted we’d have conceded a few goals imo so no blame at all for the tactics imo!!!

  • 93 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Spurs are out…Basel through

  • 94 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    i used to turn up,, and still would if i was there

    i know a lot a fans who do go ,, and i would say nearly all have almost the same opinion as me, would love to see him go,

    think we have a great squad, that is way under used, and some of our better player are going backwards under him,,,

    all i get from ppl on here, (manxpie) and others, is you never here the players complain,,

    im sure BA complaind,

    im aslo sure steven taylor said he loved playing for JFK, and we all know he was a joke

  • 95 Tinman // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Least we know we will hammer the mackems. I know it was a spirited performance tonight, but with a better manager we would have been in the semi finals.

    Just my opinion.

  • 96 stretchintoon // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    once again no favours from the poxy ref…unlucky lads

  • 97 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I’ll be here during our derby game just to laugh at you guys

  • 98 nufc786 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    mate we will see on sunday…

  • 99 toonking // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    if that is the case then why did he start with marvo for the away leg when they are even harder games to win as you don’t have the fans

  • 100 davis_toons // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Spurs is OUT

  • 101 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM



    because its like ground hog day,, every match

  • 102 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Excellent performance, really proud of all involved tonight.

    Tactics were spot on and nearly pulled it off but for getting that killer second goal. So so close. We had our chances, It was set-up perfectly, we just could not get it.

    With the players out injured we have, and the games coming thick and fast, to come so close to nicking it and stopping a 31 game unbeaten run is a great effort by all involved.

    Now onto Sunderland, our players will be fresh, we will have bodys back and once again St James will be buzzing. Great to see Ben Arfa back.

    If we can fit him and Marveux into an attacking trio we will be lethal.

    Heres to a great finish to the season. Onwards & upwards.


  • 103 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM


    Who would you want to replace Pardew then???

  • 104 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM


    Yeh it does get tiresome…but there is little to talk about between games when transfer window is shut. He clearly is a passionate guy and if you thought somebody was ruining your club, or not getting full use of it, i can see how it can occupy a lot of your thoughts on the club.

    mackem warrior

    you only never lost last time because of a BA own goal. A goal which made him your top scorer that month. Pathetic side who are more boring than stoke.

  • 105 nufc786 // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    catchy in norway
    even when we win??????

  • 106 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    i doubted pardew but he has impressed me the last couple of games. thats not to say if the opportunity of getting benitez came up i wouldnt take it…

  • 107 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:47 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.

  • 108 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM


    I think marv would have started tonight if fit. He was sat on the floor at the end of fulham game when cisse scored, either tired or tight muscle.

  • 109 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    @Cisse’s Big Toe

    Benitez………………………….wash your mouth out lad, wouldn’t want that odious little man in the away dugout let alone the home one

  • 110 LocalZero // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Seriously Pardew haters, we attack for 25 minutes and they score, what makes you think we should have done it for 90 minutes??! We were one Ben Arfa slice of magic away from the semis. Credit to Pardew where it’s due.

  • 111 JAMSHA // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM


    Willo Played Well no complains

  • 112 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM


    you really dont understand football do you?

    the objective is to win the game,, try and score more than the other team,

    under pardew, his objective is to stop them scoring, and hope to score,,

    his tactics are always start very defensive,, how was that right tonight, he had 90 mins to try and score, but chose to bring on his attacking players in the second half,, 45 mins wasted

  • 113 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM


    id take you over him

  • 114 clinath@ed // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    This game, and the tie, could have been lost at any time during the 90 minutes, but it was only going to be won in the last 20 mins…so his tactics were spot on. IMO.

  • 115 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    local zero

    thats my view, keep it tight whilst still trying to offer a threat, which we did. then really go last 30 mins like we did.

  • 116 MACKEM WARRIOR // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    you people have always been the laughing stock in premier league and always will be what’s the point of playing in Europe if you play against the clubs like maritimo boredaux and all those third rated European clubs and you act like you played against Milan or barca this season forget about history don’t want your history lessons even against those third rated teams you were poor and lucky to come this far in europa league your performance in Europe was shit like even Sunday league teams play better football than you guys

  • 117 JackButler // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM


    Again…………………who would you want to replace Pardew???

  • 118 kevymartins // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Who said benitez? are they crazy? would have pardrew over him anyday….Pardrew is fine we just need to make some small changes like wilo out another quality cb in another quality st in and we are set.

  • 119 Cisse's Big Toe // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    today pardew was perfectly right in being defensive. that doesnt mean he cant attack wigan, reading etc

  • 120 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.

  • 121 NewcastleMole // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Full credit to all the lads cant fault them for the overall result.

    I think our game plan was the opposite to what it should be.

    We started the game expecting to keep things tight and try and nick a goal.

    It should of been where we started with Ben Arfa, Ameobi & Marvauex and then once we got what we needed we could of brought the more defensive minded players on to shore things up.

    Sunday will be an almighy close game as Sunderland will be fitter and sharper than our lads (despite what di canio says). Many fans ive spoke to seem to be taking the game for granted. Form goes out the window in the derby, it means more to both sides than just 3 points.

  • 122 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM


    I know it’s ifs and buts but if cisse was that half yard onside and scored in the first half it would have set us up nicely t bring on ben arfa and marv.

  • 123 pardrew hater // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    so if anybody has a view about pardrew got it wrong it makes them a shit supporter what ever i support the toon and always will no matter what league we r in but when we had better players on the bench its not good enough so i have the right to speak my mind and i think pardrew got it wrong and he did if we started with wore best team tonight we would be in the semi finals but pardrew thought differrent so he got it wrong the bloke has got it wrong so manys times ive had enough

  • 124 catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM


    how many games under pardew have we looked like a team that is going to win the game?

    do we dominate anyone?

    even brighton looked like a much better team than we do

  • 125 rossc // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Gotta say one thing to come out of today is that i couldn’t have more respect for Haidara!
    To come back so quick, and play so so well. And more importantly not be afraid to go in for challenge after challenge.
    the number of times you see players pulling out of 50/50s after comgin back from a bad injury, not this lad, great great return.
    A big future i hope!

  • 126 LocalZero // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Transfer Sage

    Exactly. Pardew knew exactly how he wanted this game to pan out, had a game plan and so nearly pulled off what would have been a major scalp. It’s not like we were favourites after the 1st leg!

  • 127 manxpie // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    transfer i’m disappionted in your support for catchy tbh we seen wat happened at the end when we really went for it!?
    if that happened in the 1st half the tie would have been over and i’ve got no doubt about that tbh it was a perfect plan especially if arfa scored that chance!
    catchy chats all the time when we lose and i’ll post his last post before fulham soon!!

  • 128 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM



    what third rate european teams have your lot ever played?

  • 129 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 11, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Team for the Mackems






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

  • 130 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.

  • 131 pardrew hater // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    well all i can say is the every supporter want to win things but yous all dont really to come out with statement like this pardrew f1cked the game up tonight its in black and white but lets all wait till next season and see how he does

  • 132 danishmag // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    we shold have been ahead 2-0 when Benfica had their first chance in the first game. Again good tactics attacking from the start, and Benfica had not seen that coming. Tonight Pardew reversed the tactics!
    Luck were against us in both games.

  • 133 wynsleap // Apr 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Have to say I was proud of the lads tonight although I would have liked to have seen more attacking drive from the team in the first half.
    Thought Willo had a good game considering he has been out for a lot of the recent games. Never lost a ball in the air and hardly misplaced a pass. He also tried to avoid hoofball tonight.
    Marveaux and Ben Arfa made a huge difference to the team tonight when they came on and they certainly seemed scared of Benny when he started marauding down the right side. If they were both fit from the off we would have clinched that tie.
    Cabaye was truly awful tonight and needs to up his game considerably on Sunday against the Mackems
    as his position and contribution is vital to the team.
    If we play for 90 mins against the Mackems the way we went at Benfica in the last twenty five I fear Di Canio will not be a happy bunny by the end of the match.
    As for that painfully pathetic Mackem on this board – how jealousy and envy can make someone sound so stupid and infantile.
    Have you ever stopped to read your own comments? Sad isn’t it?

  • 134 Owldman // Apr 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Anyone seen a replay of the two Cisse disallowed goals was behind the goal at the Gallowgate end and its hard to judge from there.Were they onside or offside?

  • 135 Owldman // Apr 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    @132 Totaly agree with you mate we just did not get the run of the ball, which you need no matter how good you play, Cabye did look a bit off , still doesn’t look 100% fit to me

  • 136 toontillidie // Apr 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    so what we went out but the lads gave it their all and i for one am a proud toon fan they gave everything out there last night and if they can do that against sunderland then we will beat them hopefully another 5 – 1 battering for the scum we might not have got through to the semis but we did not lose the game that is what makes me proud HWTL

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