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Who Was The Man Of The Match Against Sunderland?

2:04 pm, Sunday, April 14th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 128 Comments


Let us know who you think was the Man of the Match against Sunderland today in what was a complete and utter shocking defeat for Newcastle.

Sunderland won the game 3-0 – that’s our worst home defeat of the season, and it puts Newcastle right back into the relegation dogfight – this is the worst result of the season for Newcastle.

And just to make things even worse – Tim Krul was injured and replaced by Rob Elliot – Tim has a shoulder injury – so we are still not safe from relegation is the bottom line after this dreadful defeat.

Who Was The Man Of The Match Against Sunderland?

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  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I will start by saying I know part of the managers job is to fire up his players, but wtf were our lads doing today?

    No one seemed to care at all. Absolutely no pressure or positioning. Pathetic in the extreme and whilst I know many will lay this solely down to Pardew, or at least apportion most of the blame at him, do we really think the instruction was “Now, don’t pressure them, give them loads of room and where you can don’t be goal side, let them have a crack at goal”.

    Absolutely gutted by that display.

    Also have to say, those were three lovely taken goals, even given the amount of time they were given to take the bloody things. Fair play.

  • 2 TurkishFan101 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Sorry for the caps, please read and dare question if what I am saying is wrong


  • 3 valle // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    The only thing more pathetic than fans screaming for Hughton to come back is fans screaming for Keegan to come back and know absolutely nothing about football… I love CH, he is as nice a guy as anyone in football, but he wouldnt improve us and nor would KK. If we are to improve, we nee to bring someone in with fresh ideas and an attacking mentallity, only problem is, I dunno who could imrpove us who would actually wanna come here. I love the way our club is run, but managers tend to want loads of money and to sign their own players.

  • 4 No Plain Saylor // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Wow. Im tempted to say it was against th run of play, because in fairness we had more ball, more shots. Three crackin goals but. I think if that gimp of a linesman hadn’t disallowed Cisse’s goal which would have made it 1-1 at the time, things may have been very different, we had all the momentum at the time. And within minutes we were two down. The linesman was lookin Cueller in the back of the head, surely he saw him i mean wtf?! Also this is meant to be the one game Shola shows up, no. And whilst this is not Pardews fault at all, decent team out, started well.. you can’t be taking Cabaye off unless he’s injured or we were winning, he’s too important. This season with Cabaye = 40+% games won. Without Cabaye = 18% Games Won. Bear in mind for all you commenting, the game just ended, we were humiliated, simple as. So you’re obviously flustered, but some of the comments on the last post made me laugh.. We need Demba Ba back? F#ck Demba Ba the greedy gobshite. And those of you expecting Pardew to resign today? haha go back on your meds.

  • 5 toonbrother // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Even ordinary fans could see Sissoko did not belong in the withdrawn striker role despite his exploits vs chelsea. Same way ordinary fans could see Jonas would be a liability in defence. The minute ordinary fans can see things the coach cannot see is the minute said coach has to go. Pardumb is like gangrene infecting this club with his mediocrity. Only way to move forward is to have him amputated from the club

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    As if I’m voting on this. Maybe Krul or Elliot as to be honest, can’t fault them for the goals imo and they do make some other big stops.

    There, one slight positive, GK’s. FFS, today hasn’t turned out well.

  • 7 Newcastle for alltid // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Why do we pump high crosses into the box when we haven’t scored from a corner in ages? Play along the ground ffs! Make the opposition chase you! It has come to the point where I’m not looking forward to our games any longer, as we’re putting shackles on some great talents. Oh my, what could’ve been…..

  • 8 newcastle10 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    That was absolutely SHOCKING!! we are going backwards under Pardew he does not know how to get the best out of the players that we have.all he does is play long ball bypassing our creative midfield players. what kind of a manager plays a centre defensive midfielder left wing its absolutely disgracefull!! we have no spark in the way we play. we cannot score from set pieces we cannot create chances for our stikers and we cannot link up play which begs me to question what we do on the training field. and as for the defence very poor. look at southampton they changed their manager they improved same with sunderland. we need a manager that goes to win games. he plays cabaye far too deep he would be more benefical further up the field with sissoko dropping back. if pardew was managing barcelona he would have them mid table. PARDEW OUT i hope ashley was at the game today. selling out 156 k in 3 games we deserve way better then that crap we are getting on the field. and for the people blaming the players pardew is the one that sets out the players he motivates them and tells them what they should do pardew has to go

  • 9 SBergenwall // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    No one.. A total lack of desire and passion from the lads today.

  • 10 No Plain Saylor // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Turkish i might have read that if you left caps lock off..

  • 11 seasons // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    not a single outfield player turned up today. all very poor. motivation is something that is’nt needed in these games as they all know whats at stake

  • 12 daztoon // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    weve backed off all season mate we never go to the player or ball so Pardew and the coaching staff are doing something wrong

  • 13 valle // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Turkishfan… I can onlt answer for myself, but no I wont read it even if you make an excuse for the caps, in fact the only part of your message I read for that first line with that excuse since you managed to write that without caps… Writing in all caps just make you seem childish mate, so think twice next time.

  • 14 Marty-Toon // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Anita was

  • 15 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Very concerned. It’s obvious that we’ve got a problem in attack. We need 3 new strikers urgently.

    Players like Alderweireld won’t want to come to us now.

    Cabaye and Tiote can slash off in the summer. They can go to Man Utd for £30m as hey aren’t good enough for us.

    We missed Santon and Colocini today.

  • 16 josh // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Chosing a vote between this bunch of knobs is like chosing whether you want hitler of robert mugabe in power. F**k right off.

  • 17 Jonny // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Players fault, not Pardrew. Sissoko, debuchy, mbiwa and goufrann are either seriously over rated or just haven’t got started yet cause the French boys have done nothing for me so far.

  • 18 kevymartins // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    @Valle look were norwich is in the league table. If he can do that with the quality he has I wonder what he could do with the quality we have …Why did he even get sacked in the first place? ooh that’s right pardrew was ashleys gambling and bum buddy.

  • 19 geordie157 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Time for big Andy to return and add some passion to the side!!!!

    Bring in Sakho to partner Mbiwa as Taylor was all over the place first half.

  • 20 davis_toons // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    true toon // Apr 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Don’t worry, we are still champions league material . At least we are a STABLE club with a Stable good english manager .. we will win the league soon…

    Is this GUY an agent?

  • 21 ToonDownSouth // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Ed, why the hell would you post this?

    I’m aware it earns you money, but give it a rest.

  • 22 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Pardew needs to go. Some results this season were hard to take but this takes the cake. I wager any other PL manager could get more out of our team and on paper the starting 11 should have crushed sunderland today however Pardum somehow manages to get them comfartably beaten FFS. Prepare for the excuse train

    “We was tired”
    “we was on the bad end of decisions’

    How about taking the blame for hoofball tactics you moron. The guy has to go

  • 23 toonbrother // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Hughton would be a massive improvement on Pardumb. Why? Because he’s clever enough not to believe his own hype and employs common sense based strategies. He may not have the gift of the gab needed to impress fat cats like Ashley but he’s effective where it counts- coaching and motivating the team!

  • 24 toonking // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    it has been the same all season
    cabaye a CDM when he prefers attacking cisse wide then alone up front with no one to help him marvo not getting started until the last few games hadaira still being left on the bench when he is showing signs of a good FB tiote who is such a bad liability still worth starting the widemen not able to crete chances sissoko just because of 1 good game now is classed as a forward when he is a DM.

  • 25 martoon // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Very upset but you can’t really blame Pardew, he picked the team most people would have started. It was one of those games where we had no luck, good goals given offside and everything they hit ended up in the corner of the net.

  • 26 JDdubai // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Ok firstly we are all angry, hurting, embarrassed etc but lets try not to argue like children shall we…..

    For me, another poor game. As a 1-off you could argue 3 great finishes from them, disallowed goal for us to equalise, luck not with us…

    But there hasnt been a game this season where we dominated, only chelsea home where we looked like a top 6 team. Cant think of any 90minute performance from us this year at all….

    A team with so many creative, skillful players, and such a lack of idea around the box, pass and move not really fluent. To be outclassed today by their players is a joke, on paper we are streets ahead of them and yet we didnt transfer that to the pitch.

    All season we havent been a fluent, attacking team. Our europa games, especially all the group games were horrrendous to watch, sneaking 1-0′s against very poor sides. Please if you have a romantic tinted picture of how we played, just re-watch them somehow.

    Last season, first half we got results but again, there werent too many top performances, lots of luck went our way as we know. Second half of the season and thins look up, cabaye in the hole, HBA on fire, Cisse scoring from anywhere. Promising.

    But to return to this level of performance this season, and it is all season sadly, im sorry but we can bring in all the purple players you like but if the management team cant get them playing well enough then that needs to be looked at.

    Was also thinking, who on our coaching team is qualified to teach them how to play the continental way? If this is the way we want to play, has steve stone ever done it? John carver, who i love and think he is essential to us, he was a number 2 to Bobby where we played 442 with wingers and bellamy and shearer up front, wasnt too much continental style pass and move there. Pardew himself has no experience of this hat i know, so how do they expect to teach it when they havent experienced it themselves???

    Just think if we want to keep pards, then resign AC and play tahat way with correct players, 2 wingers, sissoko in the middle, sell cabaye and go all in. If we want the 4231 stuff then need to look at the coaching coz even bringing in PEA or whoever wont change the way we play.

    Im off to cry now.

  • 27 toonbrother // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Jonas = MOTM …………………………for Sunderland

  • 28 brighter // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    ED please make a ‘none ‘ in a poll.
    We were all shit today.But all responsibility of losing out the game to Guierrezs passing the ball.
    And English refree is done a invalidity desicion again .Maybe we may have a wortless to watch the Premier League.

  • 29 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Cabaye and Tiote are so overrated, it’s unreal. We would’ve got better results with Anita and Marveaux in the starting line-up.

    They have to leave the club.

  • 30 El Tino // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    1)main positive was marveaux. he can play on the wing as ppl have doubted in the past and is prob our best player.

    2)all 3 goals were frm outside the box, which is rare.
    3)linesman robbed us of at least a draw.

    Time to put sissoko in his favoured position in the middle in a viera position. Pards tactic of sissoko off cisse as a support striker has been worked out. gouffran was taken off too early. shola was useless. should ve been marv, benny, gouffran behind cisse.
    GUTIERREZ IS NOT UNDROPPABLE. THE GUY COVERED AROUND 10KM on THU and was played out of position. Was to blame for 1st goal.
    time to bring in some new coaches as we dont have enough. some spanish or brazillian attacking coaches would be good.
    taylor is good but we need another centreback to take his place, who is good in the air 6ft4 plus and can score goals. we ve had the least amount of goals from defenders according to opta stats. Need to work on sissokos heading.
    Would like to see us sign DIAME , REMY OR AUBEMAYANG as well as a samba/sakho, douglas type beast.
    Imagine coming up against tiote,sissoko and diame.

  • 31 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Not Parsdews fault? Must be irony!
    Had one or two players had a day off, ok… players fault, but a whole f*****n team? That’s goes much deeper than a players.

    I don’t like Di Canio at all as a person, but i would love have him as manager over Pardew. We would at least try to attack with more than one players in the box.

  • 32 seasons // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    as for turkishfan. 5th last year, attacking football, into europe, quarter finals this year. yeah fair play we’ve been shocking in the league but thats purely down to pardew who’s decided to get himself sacked after being voted manager of the year

  • 33 ajcrawfs // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    All their goals were against the run of play catching us on the break. I blame Tiote mostly as the back four were left completely open, should be playing Perch as tiote is god awful at the moment

  • 34 Fridge // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Pardew has to go. End Of

  • 35 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    That PEA isn’t that great. Remy would be the perfect signing.

  • 36 bills-son // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I agree with Ibiza @ 1.

    The better team won simple as that and they wanted the win more than our players did.

    Cisse’s goal was balanced out by Taylor not having a penalty against him and we could have had another two pens against us and Goofy sent off.

    Pardew put an attacking team out and we got beat by a team with more fight and three cracking strikes that they are unlikely to repeat in one match for a long time.

    Sh1t happens and it happened against us today.

  • 37 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    No Plain…I can go along with that to some extent. I do feel our biggest downfall was applying some pressure. Gave them way too much time and way too little respect. It’s one thing for fans to shout their mouths off about how easy a game it should be, the players can’t be that relaxed about it.

  • 38 bills-son // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Ketsbaia – Marv was in the starting line up. Did you watch the game?

  • 39 BandB // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    We set up against Sunderland as if they were Benfica.
    As I said two weeks ago, all that does is encourage out-of-form teams (like Sunderland) to gain confidence and have a go at us.
    There was never any evidence in the way we are playing for the surge up the table to eighth.
    I saw us safe, but only by a couple of points. And that was predicated on us winning today.
    We have London clubs coming up, where we traditionally under-perform. And the “you-just-KNOW-it’s-going-to-happen” prospect of the Fat Sam and ‘Arry doing a victory shuffle.
    Ditto Liverpool.
    We are in trouble lads. And “We are the TOON, we are the TOON!, aggressiveness isn’t going to make anyone but yourself feel better.
    If we keep setting up like this, we’ll go down.
    Pardew, or the club?
    The club.

  • 40 peaco1980 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Amazed anyone voted for Guti. Amazed too that in the space of a couple of weeks, a mad italian can do something that Pardew has singularly failed to do in months; produce a fluent display of football. Do us a favour Alan and HOOF your way back to Croydon.

  • 41 Dennis Twice // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Jonas also MOTM for me, keep going all game.

  • 42 Assam Toon // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    If Pardew cannot be fired, can he be gagged temporarily? Tired of his big mouth…he talks like as if he is fergie or mourinho and comes up with deplorable performances…has he apologised at all this season?

  • 43 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    5 games left and we have West Brom, Liverpool, QPR, West Ham and Arsenal!

    If today indicates how this team plays under pressure then we might as well throw in the towel!

    As mad as it sounds I think we should get rid of Pardew now and bring in a coach to try and help us escape! It might be suicide but I have now lost all faith that we can escape the black hole that is relegation!

    These players need a kick up the arse and Pardew is failing everyone one of them and us!

    You can say the players this or injuries that but everything comes down onto the managers shoulders and it is HIS responsibility to overcome all hurdles and make every team he sends out a team that goes to win!

    Forget the fact it was a derby, this was a relegation 6 pointer that turned into our biggest home defeat against a team in the bottom 4 and haven’t won in something like 10 games.

  • 44 matias // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Marveaux and Krul the only ones who didn`t do much wrong.

    Wonder what`s happened to some of our stars. Cabaye`s been very poor in recent weeks. Sissoko seems to have lost the magic of his first games. Even HBA was very ordinary today. We need to see him in a game we aren`t chasing after. Tiote was unvisible but that`s not necessarily a bad thing in his case :)

    Pardew was MOTM against Benfica but today he didn`t seem to have any kind of system to our play.

  • 45 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Daz…Sorry, don’t agree. It has been a big problem for us this season, but it hasn’t been all season. We have shown under Pardew that we can play a decent game of pressing football. We saw it just the other day.

    I accept some of this is going to be down to Pardew and his instruction, that has to be expected, but our players really let us down today, far more than Pardew ever has imo.

  • 46 manxpie // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    jesus the pardew out bregade again!!

    the players didn’t seem up for it as much as them cabeye especially but the lines men and woman were also shocking 2 great goals for them won it if our perfectly good goal was allowed we’d have won that imo just an horrific game all round!
    btw most of you were praising the team sheet before the game

  • 47 Dennis Twice // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    …we re in deep deep deep relegation battle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • 48 LGFUAD21 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    We need a coach. Pardew can man manage but we need a proper coach to develop our team play and individuals.

    We need an Italian. Their managers coach teams they don’t just manage them.

  • 49 nufcusa // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Poor defending cost is today. We were poor but have create less chances and won games this season.

    Made no sense not to play Haidara, at least in 2nd half when it was clear first half tactics were not working. Shola was the wrong sub. Made everything to predictable.

    Haidara for Jonas/gouffran and the one who survived in front of him would of allowed us to stretch the field and create space in the middle for cabaye and sissoko.

    We know we have more talented players but simply do not play to their

  • 50 SBergenwall // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I think this is the first time I’m seriously jumping the “Pardew out” wagon for real. I’ve defended him for so long now but I’ve finally had enough..

  • 51 ajcrawfs // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM


    No we ain’t in trouble,

    we only need one team to be worse than us and there is defintely one of them out of villa, sunderland, stoke, norwich and wigan

  • 52 davis_toons // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    “if pardew was managing barcelona he would have them mid table.”

    Alan Pardew as Baca Manager:

    I thought our players are physically smaller and we needed bigger size players. We need a reform….Ohh defensively we are weak as well. We should focus on our defence. And not forgetting to get those long balls into the box for Messi and co..

  • 53 kevymartins // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    The better team won? don’t you find it strange (odd) they havn’t beat us at st.james for a very long time then they get a new manager and completely out play us?

  • 54 Brutooon // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Jonas is SHIT – for the last 30 games !!!!!!!

    Ameobi the Mackem Slayer My A** !!!! cant even control the ball. rather keep gouffron at the pitch

    Why replace Cabaye? Tiote been SHIT this whole season!

  • 55 peaco1980 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    JDdubai. Completely agree with your assessment. I think a ‘purple’ manager would probably have this lot playing really well.

  • 56 NewcastleMole // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    GK’s to one side the best outfield player was a difficult one.

    Gutierrez is only player i saw who had that passion for the game. How many Free kicks/corners did he win us? He gave 120% in not his natural position. Yeah he did lose the ball often but who didn’t?


    Tactics and team setup are to blame once more.
    4-2-3-1 ive said many times does not suit our players.
    Debuchy, Tiote, Taylor & Goufran didn’t play on Thursday so it’s quite thought provoking that they played quite shocking at times.

  • 57 toonbrother // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    @ajcrawfs i thought tiote had an anonymous game which is unlike him. He may give fouls away from time to tim but he never shies away from making a tackle. It may seem after the fact but i was amazed to see him starting such a crucial match after an injury lay off. He was either going to misjudge tackles or overcompensate by avoiding them. But i ask you who’s decision was it to start him today over Perch? Yup you gueessed it

  • 58 magfly // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Lads don’t panic just yet scum 2 points adrift of us we wont go down and pardew will not be here come the summer.

  • 59 davis_toons // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Pardew should manage STOKE. Its more suited for him and his theory.

  • 60 Jarralad // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I can honestly say that I have never seen in my lifetime a more lacklustre against the mackems than that! I cannot think of a single player that showed the passion required to play in this derby!

    Perhaps all of the pundits that predicted our foreign-based side would lack commitment and the passion to compete in this game were right after all

    Shameful performance from our side, I expect Tayls will apologise whenever SKY decide to show the after-match interviews, but the more apologetic response should come from Pardew…only he can explain why his team did not turn up for this game..and I hope he is honest in his assessment and apologise to the whole Geordie nation for that, simply appalling performance!

  • 61 JDdubai // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    We werent robbed, anyone saying hat is in denial…mackem sould have had a penalty in first half, arguably at least 1 or 2 in the second, gouffran tackle could have been a red too.

    1 offside decision doesnt change the fact that they deserved it.

    Like i said, its not just today’s result that is the issue, things can happen on any given sunday, but its been all season. Its not just one of those things, its been about 40 of those things now…

  • 62 toonheroes // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I just think we look disjointed going forward. There is no fluency. How many times this season have we scored more than 1 goal in a game? We just flap about when we get in the opposition box, utter sheite.

  • 63 El Tino // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    our first team has internationals in every position. why are we struggling to beat fulham etc and losing to mackems?????????????

  • 64 valle // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Kevy… I dont beleive that gamling buddy thing one bit. CH was sacked because player power had taken over and he couldnt sort it. They refused to sign the bonus deal MA and ruthless as MA is he removed anyone who he taught might have anything to do with that. As I said earlier though, CH is a good guy, but im afraid he just lack that dicipline needed in a club like ours. We need someone with passion who can take us to the next level, which imo involves a short passing game and an attacking mindset. I have know idea who would come who ticks those boxes though, so over to you Mike.

  • 65 toonbrother // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    JOnas is not shit. He just isnt a left back!

  • 66 ajcrawfs // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    btw what did everyone think of Niall Quinn’s commentary?

    Biased Much?

  • 67 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Just to think I was laughed at in the summer when I mentioned that we could do with Barton and/or Nolan back!

  • 68 davis_toons // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    No offence there on STOKE.

    Its just that football can be played in many different ways but his methods don’t really work here with these group of players, thats all.

  • 69 manxpie // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    beattie wat!!?
    so injuries and players don’t come in to the equation for you then!?
    so the people actually kicking the football round doesn’t mean anything to ya!?
    thats a totally moronic statement so who’s the person to replace him then beattie!?

  • 70 LGFUAD21 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Also, would have no objection if Cisse was sold. He is not our number 9.

    Scores some fantastic and important goals. But we can’t afford to be playing a lone striker that disappears for 90% of the time.

    W can’t score goals and it adds pressure to our defence.

    Moussa is not a forward player. He is a box to box mid. Played as a forward he runs into player too often.

    Marveaux and hba are miles ahead of th rest of the team when it comes to creativity. They actually play into space rather than running into traps.

    Would rather Shola be up top with Gouffran, Cabaye or Marveaux playing just off him.

  • 71 toonbrother // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    @magfly amen to that.

  • 72 valle // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Ignore the spelling mistakes, im pretty tired…

  • 73 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    aj…Yeah, that didn’t really help the day along having to listen to that tw@.

  • 74 davis_toons // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    “We werent robbed, anyone saying hat is in denial…mackem sould have had a penalty in first half, arguably at least 1 or 2 in the second, gouffran tackle could have been a red too.

    1 offside decision doesnt change the fact that they deserved it.”

    -True. Agree.

  • 75 LeToonARMY // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    i think the ball boy was our man of the match and i dnt think we will get PEA or BONY or SAKHO we ae played shit today and deserved nothing

  • 76 daztoon // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    And how often have we seen it Chelsea home,Benfica away first 20 mins.Even the Benfica goal midweek if Sissoko had gone to the ball instead of waiting for it he could have cleared it.We sit back all to often and let the opposition dictate the play

  • 77 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    If Cabaye is sat so far back all the opposition have to do is put a nippy CM around him and he ordinary!

    He should be up top in the hole and Moussa should be in the DM position!

    That kind of thing is down to the manager!

  • 78 toonbrother // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    man i hate di canio. todays game notwithstanding, Sunderland will suffer under his tenure mark my words

  • 79 reccerobbo // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Debuchy for me was the only player that turned up today.
    I thought the team though 3 points was a given today they were just strolling about not getting in behind the SMB and just playing it in front of them making it far to easy for the scum!!

  • 80 toonking // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    4-2-3-1 i have been saying all season this is what has caused us such a bad season.
    4-3-3 is the way it should have stayed or go a 4-1-3-2 because that way the forward is not going to be left alone and the attacking midfielders are not going to be over run it is when you only have 2 plays getting forward that it is so hard to score which was just how we aare playing ATM as cisse and marvo are the only two going forward cabaye who usually is forward now plays deep sissoko is not keep on his forward position while gouffran is way out on the other side.

  • 81 TurkishFan101 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Ok sorry for the caps I will retype it on a serious note and really want you’s to read and reply thanks.

    I dont know why we cannot blame pardew? At the end of the day the players are following the instructions of pardew and the formation otherwise the players would play anywhere. The thing is pardew needs to go, his tactical negativity has sincked into the club and you could see from jonas’s face that he didn’t want to play LB but pardew forced him or he was going to get dropped. pardew is at fault, he needs to go he adds nothing but negativity and anyone questions otherwise well what can you question? As pardew is the manager here and we have not scored one set piece, corner in our whole career with pardew. We aimed it at williamson in benfica just like we used to and we aim it to steven taylor hoping for a goal. The whole staff needs to get checked and sacked. The medical, assistant, youth head coach everyone. Another injury today to krul we are f**ked!

    Another thing is the whole formation is a mess, what happened to 3 in midfield with cabaye, Anita, tiote which I see as an excellent choice. The whole Sissoko behind Cisse thing does not work at all, Sissoko looks clueless and has been ever since that game with Chelsea, he suited on that role because Chelsea didn’t know we would play a midfield player like him too deep behind Cisse but we are predictable every game due to Pardew’s common sense and tactical philiosophy he as intergrated into our team and I hate watching us play every single game but I watch and support my team and never missed one game cause I love the club, the players and the history which made us today of who we are. Why is Marvo not Sat behind Cisse? He has showed us all that he can create and open opponents up, he has the most assists in our team for the season, what does that say about us? The lad barelys gets to start due to Pardew’s mentality. Im telling you negativity after negativity every game, always defensive, defensive, defensive nothing else “we will catch them out on the counter, and this has worked for us in previous games” he has never took the problem for himself and said its his own fault, this guy as a huge ego for a shite manager but he will only make us play worse and even more worse over time, We need to get rid of him, we need to sort out our staff, sort out the youth academy, sort out the the assistant manager, medical team, coaches everything we needs to from deep roots to start a new philiosophy if Mike Ashley which indeed wants this aswell is working on something right now I hope as he said and Derick Llambias has said we are following Barcelonas foot patch and will invest heavily in the youth and staff.

  • 82 breno95 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Di canio

  • 83 geordiemark // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    none of the players are my man of the match, I go for the toon army for putting up with this crap week in week out

    pardew has to go if he has any respect at all he will go

  • 84 kevymartins // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    How can someone go from manager of the year to this? How is that even possible?

  • 85 geordie_upon_tyne // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM


  • 86 BandB // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Is this what passes for positivity these days. Praying that someone else will be even worse?
    I’ll give it a go.
    I had Norwich down as the ones who’ll just slip beyond Stoke into oblivion.
    But something better change. I’m not rehearsing any hard-luck stories. Any “perhaps this relegation is our chance to rebuild” stories. You make your own luck, and we have pushed ours.

  • 87 Jonny // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Debuchy lake pace big time. Rose had him in hs back pocket all game. We miss colo a lot!

  • 88 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM


    Purely pointing out that the easiest defence of Pardew is to say that injuries and players performing poorly and bad luck and wah wah wah are what’s to blame, not him.

    I’m pointing out that Pardew is responsible in the overcoming of such things!

    How did our 3 man central midfield get over run by Sebastian Laarson and Alfred?

    It’s was a joke! You could see we had no direction or tactics. Sissoko continuously moving over to the wings, Tiote pushing forwards and Cabaye holding back to ping it upfield.

    Those were the basics! I won’t get started on anything else!!

  • 89 manxpie // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    “We werent robbed, anyone saying hat is in denial…mackem sould have had a penalty in first half, arguably at least 1 or 2 in the second, gouffran tackle could have been a red too.

    you could argue we deserved a penalty in the 1st half for an unnoticed double hand ball plus a handball in the 2nd half plus the rose challenge that was very nasty if debuchy didn;t have his wits about him could have been a hell of alot worse plus it was 2 footed!

  • 90 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Daz…I’m not saying it’s often mate, really I’m not.

    Look at the Sissoko one against Benfica though, how is that down to Pardew?

    Today when Guti gave that pass away, he then just allowed the player goal side, then went in for a stupid tackle from behind. Sorry, I don’t think that’s the manager I think that’s players forgetting what they do for a job.

    Would have expected a bit more from Pardew on the touchline today, try and get them in to the game more.

    Beattie…I think whilst Sissoko had some good games at first in the hole, it seems over and to be honest, with the way he can bring the ball forward, he’s be much better playing further back, would be a better way of bringing ball from defense to attack, something that we seem to struggle with. I would swap Cabaye and Sissoko.

  • 91 Newcastle for alltid // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Switch Sissoko and Cabaye. As simple as that. Cabaye has got so much more vision, passing abilities and creativity. He also had goals in him, before Pardew took him deeper in the pitch and played Sissoko like a Demba Ba replacement. Sissoko would be so much better in the engine room, where he can tackle and run from the deep. He isn’t a CAM, and has never been.

  • 92 kevymartins // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    @Johnny true but debuchy is a rb it should have been a winger attacking rose and not a defender.

  • 93 YorkshiresFinestGeordie // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM


    I agree with you comment about tiote, he’s had a bad season. But cabaye, how’s he overrated and not good enough for us. He may not be in better form than last season but you could put that down to tiredness. He played in euros for France and still plays for them on international break and plays in Europa games.

  • 94 toonbrother // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    RE:How can someone go from manager of the year to this? How is that even possible?

    by turning cabaye into a defensive midfielder, isolating your main striker and mismanaging the squad available by overusing key players in europa and premier league games. thats how

  • 95 nufc_eire // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    We need to hope that come the last three games that QPR are already relegated and that Arsenal have already secured third. Otherwise it doesnt bear thinking about

  • 96 kevymartins // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    @Ibiza jonas mistakes are down to jonas but overall the mistakes are also down to pardrew for playing him out off position which everybody knows he hates playing as a fullback he made that pritty clear after maradona did it for argentina

  • 97 NUFC STEVE // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Think you have to question Pardews COACHING after today. Sunderland weren’t special lets be honest. We have possibly one of the best midfield 3s IMO in Sissoko,cab,Tiote yet a simple high press and we just start lumping the ball up. To add insult to injury pardew then brings on Ameobi so we can do twice the amount of long punts???? What’s going on 1-11 we are better than the scum but did we have the better tactician on the sidelines?? If we want to have any ambitions of Europe next year pardew is not our man and today proved that. Go get Laurent Blanc before someone else does.

  • 98 daztoon // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    I didn`t say Pardew directly i said Pardew and the coaching and the first goal today Taylor backed off and backed off giving the shooting chance.Its like we zone defend

  • 99 El Tino // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    ajcrawfs…agreed. quinn completely wound me up the whole match. What were sky playing at. he was crying with joy at the end.

  • 100 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM


    Pardew got the award based on the league finish not the quality of football, managerial ability regarding tactics or anything else befitting of previous recipients.

    The voters obviously didn’t watch the 50+ games last season because we were this poor last year. The difference? Krul saves Sessegnon shot, Cisse scores and we lumber to a 1-0 home win!

    Shit football last year, even worse this and on paper we have a side capable of top 6!

    Ha ha

  • 101 Bambams // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Maybe we think we are better than we actually are. Hurts me to think this, i genuinely believe half of our players would be good enough for a team in the top six/seven….Its when we have to rely on half fit or fringe players.
    I am not going to beat myself up with this result, i have been worried it was going to come! What i will say is, possibly some of you may remember from the pundits during the Benfica live game on tv ” Oh Alan Pardew. em he has not got any confidence problems” …. That was from Coleman which just goes to show he has possibly an overflated ego and may not acknowledge others 9coaches) who may want to change the style slightly.

    We have a handfull of games left, I still dont believe we will drop as IMO only one place left in the three to go down, i would still not swop for Sunderland team now and i still think they are in more trouble than we are. Big question is and only Ash can answer….Pards or new coach and or new manager.

  • 102 coccolini // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I think it was Niall Quinn’s fault…., that man is a ****

  • 103 toonbrother // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    funny how so many are jumping on the “move sissoko deeper and cabaye forward” bandwaggon. Ive been calling for this for weeks. It will probably take Pardumb another 10 games before realising this is the sensible thing to do. So we’ll have to be patient

  • 104 toonheroes // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Why when we have creative players like Marv and Cabeye are we playing Sissoko in the 10 roll? Cabaye and Sissoko should be swapped. Sissoko often gets the ball, brings it forward comes up against the centerbacks and just runs straight into then because he doesn’t have the creativity to do something with the ball.

    For me Sissoko should be bringing the ball from deep and distributing it to the creative players to unlock the defense. Using him as a battering ram isn’t working.

  • 105 Bambams // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    9coaches= (coaches)

  • 106 NUFC STEVE // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Can someone tell why Sissoko was playing left mid aswell after he set the league alight up beside cisse!?

  • 107 Footballwatch // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    If you wish you can always watch the game in full and its highlights on

  • 108 Transfer Sage // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Only player who had a good game today was Krul I thought, did everything asked for him and could d nothing for the goal.

    Where on earth is the passion today though. Pardew shuld have them fired up but if they can’t even motivate themselves for a game like this with 52,000 screaming fans then they need to look at themselves.

    Poor from manager and players today, both failed miserably compared to their counterparts.

  • 109 Beattie25 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM


    1 or 2 mistakes every so often is down to the player.

    1 or 2 mistakes every game is down to the manager.

  • 110 toonking // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    what i would say is bring back carroll and start playing a 4-1-3-2/ 2-3-3-2 system like this
    what i believe then is each and every player can help each other out both attacking and defensive

  • 111 daztoon // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Just move Marv behind Cisse the lad is wasted on the wing and Anita keeps the flow going,Tiote slows us down

  • 112 Sazzer // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    We need a new coach just to sign players that would have been interest to sign last year. Bring in De Boer and let him take few Ajax players with him.

  • 113 Transfer Sage // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM


    I think we have a side for top 6, but to challenge for it. I think we are there with liverpool in terms of players. I think we are behind arsenal, chelsea and man utd who are the 3-5th teams in the league.

  • 114 manxpie // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    beattie the fact is since you’ve come back on the blog you’ve only slated pardew and its his fault no matter wat!
    so tell me when this season pardews had his full squad to choose from and then had that for a run of games?
    we didn’t play well today i agree but the players are as much to blame today easily, staylor was shocking as was cabeye n tiote n guti had an absolute shocker!
    tell me how 1 man is culpable for that apart from picking them i’d actually add debuchy to that so where’s the replacements that would have done so so much better??
    and who’s the pardew replacement beattie?

  • 115 Nufcjoss // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Feel bad for all those who attended the game. The lads wasn’t dangerous at all. Cisse is a allmost striker for me, and that dosen’t work out when he is as litle involved in the game as he is. Shola, did you even play? Shity game, shity day

  • 116 kevymartins // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    @Bambams we don’t think were better than what we actually are it’s just are players are miss used and seem to be very low on confidence in the premier league.

    Judging by the way the unwashed played today it looks like my local sunday league team could have beat us…Picture if we play like that with remy & co coming at us …

  • 117 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Daz…Can’t really argue that. They just didn’t seem to care to me, we’re just sluggish, no fight.

    I’ll probably be able to reflect on it better later, right now I’m just really angry at that lack of performance.

    Kevy…A few weeks back I would have agreed with you about Jonas at LB. In fact, you’ll find loads of times I have argued that he is no starting LB. However, this is the same guy who has had two cracking games at LB prior to this game. What’s different? Instruction? For me, most of today comes down to lack of attitude from the players. Maybe that has come from management, but ffs it was the derby, try and care a bit.

  • 118 Preqwal // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Totally agree with Beattie. We were this crap last year, but we got lucky and managed to get the important goal and see the game out.

    Pardew is no manager, he’s a politician. He’ll come out and blame the result on something, just like Osbourne keeps on blaming Labour for the deficit!

    I wanted him gone at Christmas, but his signings saved his job. But if this continues we need a change.

    We should be controlling games instead of playing counter attacking football. Also, our crossing is crap, our corners are crap and our freekicks are crap!

  • 119 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Beattie…Is it that simple? Thanks for clearing it up for me :)

  • 120 reccerobbo // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    @coccolini totally agree Niall Quinn is a joke why the hell was commentating sky need to sort out there commentators as he was a joke at times never said a good word about newcastle

  • 121 ToonDownSouth // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Swapping two players around is the not problem.

    If the problem was that simple, it would not have cost us about 9 PL places and the worst defeat suffered in my lifetimes of supporting Newcastle.

    Hopefully the fact that I’m usually so level headed means that this carries more weight, but I’d be very unhappy to see Pardew start next season as Newcastle United manager.

    If there is one job that a Newcastle manager has, it’s to get more than ONE point from Sunderland in a season – especially when they’ve got one of the worst teams I can remember.

  • 122 JDdubai // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Need to stop thinking about just this game, take a step back and look at the season as a whole…..under pardew have we played well? Tell me 2 games all season where we have played well for 90 mins? Only Chelsea at home i can think of.

    Its not just about today, it could have gone either way today, on another day we get the equaliser and it all changes.

    The coaching needs to change, bring in someone who knows how to coach these foreign lads. Do you think what they must think, having been coached in France, many at clairfontaine, being taught pass and move, control etc and hen coming to us??????

    Just think we could improve by adding a couple of foreign coaches to the team, or someone qualified to train the type of players we have

  • 123 NUFC STEVE // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Come on mate that formation would leave more holes in midfield than QPR. We want to play neat controlling football not fuckin lump ball to Carroll and everybody run after it???
    ———–Krul ———–/
    Debuch- saylor -biwa-santo
    ———-Cisse —————-

  • 124 Bambams // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM


    Fella i have not seen a moment of the match, i managed to keep having a look at the blog and read what you lot were blogging in between my job.

    I do hear several of the boys re we just played on thursday, i am at work now with a former Toon goalkeeper who you can imagine is furious and had seen the match prior to coming to work. from what i gather we were second to everything and saylor did not do too well.

    My biggest issue, no worry is that we are all so crackers about our club do we see more in some of our players that really is not there. I hope i am wrong, this season has been truely woeful and it shudders me to think it will be similar next year.

    Re your local Sunday team, got any quick strikers ???

  • 125 ginola_tonic // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Did you see the passion of di canio. If only AP had half of it for his team talks. Anyone got Laurent Blanc phone number.
    Had a feeling we might lose today. Seriously think we are going down. It’ll be on the last day as well when we need a win and we will lose :(

  • 126 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I knew somebody would say that. I meant over the course of the season. Pardew left Marveaux on the bench too much earlier on in the season. Syvlain has been our star player this season. He just needs to add a few goals.

    On paper our team looked much better than theirs today. Pardew needs to take the blame. We’d be a lot higher if we had kept Ba and signed Remy.

  • 127 DxK // Apr 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    It’s tough Kets, we have to put this one behind us to an extent and take what we can from it.

    Steven Taylor didn’t look 100% for me and a lot of the players were running on fumes. Our best chance is if WBA don’t really feel motivated as they’re kind of in a nothing position in the league – safe, but not going to make Europe and then if QPR are already mathematically down when we play them.

    That could be the four points we need perhaps. The only other hope is that Stoke, who have been abysmal for a while, lose almost every match they have to play.

    Our best chance seems to be to give Saylor a rest, rotate him with Colo alongside Mbiwa, who I thought did fine today. Then have Marveaux and Ben Arfa as our x-factor players, with Sissoko deep and Cabaye further forward AND actually putting a left back at left back, not a winger.

    Today my ratings were;

    Krul – 7 – made some good stops
    (Elliott – 6 – no chance with the goals really and otherwise ok)

    Debuchy – 6 – was one of our best outfield players
    Mbiwa – 6 – Not really at fault for the goals
    Saylor – 4 – Didn’t look fit, really struggled
    Jonas – 4 – Gave the ball away, mind boggling LB selection

    Cabaye – 4 – Not in the match at all
    Tiote – 5 – Occasionally got stuck in, a shadow of former self.
    Sissoko – 5 – Some good runs, mostly into dead ends

    Marveaux – 6.5 – Right now seems the only one to unlock opposition defences.
    Gouffran – 5 – Did nothing of note, should play up top or be sub.

    Cisse – 6.5 – Made some great runs and ‘goal’ was onside.

    HBA – 6 – Missed great chance (header), was a slight threat.
    Shola – 5.5 – Tried to impose himself, but the body’s not able.

    Pardew – 3 – Bizarre. A week he’ll want to forget, now has to raise the troops or it could be an unbelievable relegation, with a far stronger squad than Shearer took down. Will be lucky to still be manager next season if we don’t win 3/5 matches in the run in.

  • 128 Owldman // Apr 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Pretty Pretty for two thirds lovely passing but after that nothing no penitration, on the other hand Sunderland achieved that with a couple of passes.Was Hiadara injured? And why didnt we start with the team that finished the game on Thursday

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