Sissoko – We’ve Worked Hard – We Have A Great Team

Moussa Sissoko came into the Newcastle team in early February and started his Newcastle career like a steam train, but he has recently looked a little jaded, although Newcastle really need him back to his best tomorrow at West Ham.

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Moussa Sissoko – we have a great team

And Moussa can play in multiple different positions and maybe Alan Pardew will play him as the holding midfield player, where he played most of the time at Toulouse.

Sissoko has come out and said there are no problems in the Newcastle dressing room, and that communication is not a problem because they have Cabaye and Cisse who speak both English and French well and can translate for the new players.

This is what Sissoko had to say:

“After a heavy defeat it does hurt, especially when it is at home against Liverpool. The important thing for us is we need to bounce back – and fast.”

“The teams behind us are catching up. As professionals we need to go out there and show a different side to the one we did against Liverpool. This week we have worked really hard and we will go to West Ham and give 100% and hopefully come back with the three points.”

“I don’t think communication is a problem. There are a lot of French guys but we have settled into the squad. We French guys have also started to learn English so I don’t think that’s where the problem lies.”

“When the club goes through difficult times and we have a bad result on the pitch one might jump on a certain excuse to say that’s the reason but in reality that is not the case and what we are doing now is focusing on ourselves, what we do on the pitch as a squad and we are ready to go out there and do that against West Ham.”

“I understand what goes on. If there is anything important behind the scenes there is an interpreter to help out. But if there is a problem then we have Yohan Cabaye or Papiss Cisse who speak fluently and they can get a message to us.”

“There isn’t any problem with communication, between ourselves, even off the pitch. We get on well. It is normal that some people have certain groups of friends. It happens in everyday life, but there is no problem between us.”

“We all help each other out, we all have a laugh in the changing room. We need that team spirit and that’s what’s going to get us through.” “Whatever nationality, you don’t want to lose. You have professional pride.”

“Then we will go off on holiday, rest up, spend some time with our families and then we will come back and start together, stronger next season. We have a great team here with some high quality players. It will be a lot better.”

Those are good words from the French International, and at least Moussa seems confident – and that’s what we need to see from our players right now.

And we hope to see Sissoko somewhere near his best form at West Ham tomorrow – in whatever position Pardew plays him.

We need points at West Ham.

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27 comments so far

  • beefman13

    May 4, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #1



  • beefman13

    May 4, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Three goals in our last 6 prem matches, bloody awful, get young Campbell in and give him 90 mins.

  • lesh

    May 4, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #3

    We all help each other out, we all have a laugh in the changing room. We need that team spirit and that’s what’s going to get us through.” “Whatever nationality, you don’t want to lose. You have professional pride.”

    “Then we will go off on holiday, rest up, spend some time with our families and then we will come back and start together, stronger next season. We have a great team here with some high quality players. It will be a lot better.”

    Er, sorry but isn’t there a bit missing between paragraphs? Have I overlooked a reference to the next three games or a the lads in holidays mood before this schitt awful season’s over?

    Hope not otherwise we’re banjaxed!

  • lesh

    May 4, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Whoops. Before nit picking I must read all that’s written!!!!

  • El Sleeve

    May 4, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #5

    honestly hope he’s not played right wing tomorrow.

  • county down magpie

    May 4, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Calm down beefman no need to shout buddy 😉
    In all honesty I reckon we can get a result of sorts today, a draw for us and if other results are favourable then we could be safe. Get this nightmare of a season over and reassess all the wrongs of our setup, manager, coaches, tactics, fitness etc. Drop the deadwood and not yit ourselves if a big name goes, they’ve hardly covered themselves in glory after all. Big Mike may not be the greatest football man in the world but is a damn good businessman and if he can see, like the rest of us, there’s a problem or 9 then he will get it fixed…… I hope!!


  • p

    May 4, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t thing a draw would see us safe, not even a win would for sure

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 4, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Sissoko demonstrates how little Pardew has to do with transfers.

    I doubt he ever watched Sissoko before he turned up for training. Playing him right wing?!?!

    Pardew seems to have that ridiculously basic football brain which says

    “Ahh, he is quite fast- therefore you must play on the wing…”

    That or basically up front. He doesn’t seem comfortable there. He’s great bursting from deep but doesn’t seem to be comfortable starting further forward.

    Surely he should be our Yaya Toure?!?!


    May 4, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Bring Back NOLAN Bring Back BARTON

  • Douglas

    May 4, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Simpson Collo Taylor Migyu
    HBA Cabaye Sissoko Anita
    Cambell Cisse


  • jimmysmith

    May 4, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #11

    The Toon have driven me into a bipolar state of mind. One moment wanting to tar and feather the manager or at least run him out of Toon on a rail. The next, staunchly and defiantly in support of him against a tide of bile.

    Even so, I’ve pulled myself sufficiently together to suggest this 11 against the ‘Ammers.


    Simpson Taylor Coloccini Anita

    Sissoko Cabaye

    HBA Cisse Gutierez

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #12

    I think they are all together and they want to win everything is fine until just over an hour before kick off when pardumb puts the team sheet up and everyone just goes into shock then he starts explaining that what we have worked on all week was a lie we are just going to sit back again and play the same formation that has not worked for months.

  • tweaked

    May 4, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Hoping to see a basic 442 side today, with hopefully nothing but a win mindset

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 4, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #14

    I won’t be watching the game today again like it has been the case for the last two games!

    …I am finished with Newcastle for this season – hope we will win and good luck to does who is going to be watching (you are probably going to need it)

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Great Team !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great Players !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Well it’s about time you show it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! –
    Starting TODAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hibbitonthewing

    May 4, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Returning commenter after a moderate break(a year or so).
    Fascinating Pardew debate…I was of the sceptic turned supporter turned head in hands brigade. Send to be a momentum gathering now…but I’m guessing most of us will reflect over the summer IF we stay up. The alternatives are not obvious. An old mentor of mine always said…don’t think you can choose between good and bad…just decide which set of problems you’re best able to deal with.
    Now onto team selection for today. What a surprise, no clear consensus on this blog with pretty much every concoction suggested.
    I personally would go with a double diamond and bring in a wing back concept with a 3-5-1-1.
    Colo sweeping with 2 marking central defenders. Anita and Simpson as attacking wing backs. Socks at base of diamond in the middle with Benny and goofy outside and cabs as forward diamond . The outside diamond is made up of Colo, wing backs and cisse.
    The idea is to form 2 and 3 man link groups all over the pitch.
    Oh yeah…and attack.

  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #17

    all we need is a good manager,
    a great manager would be great
    but a good one would be a huge step up from the shitty one we have right now

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Give it a rest Pardew. Nobody exactly missed Nolan’s and Barton’s experience last season and nobody blamed a language barrier as Cabs, Benny, Cisse, Ba, Tiote (all French speakers ) etc were doing just fine.

    Cabaye has more than enough experience. Just play him in his right position for once.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 4, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #19


    i quite like the sound of that but simpson attacking?

  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #20


    i said yesterday our squad suits a 3 5 2 formation

  • hibbitonthewing

    May 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #21

    …nothing is perfect in the world

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #22

    I reckon a draw today its going to the wire

  • catchy in norway

    May 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #23


    it seems to me , pardew reads the papers and goes with the flow of what there saying

    one minut its tirdness’
    the next its injuries
    now its leaders
    sissoko seems like a leader
    mbiwa was captain of his last club
    saylor england u21 captain

    the guy is full of horse sht!!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 4, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #24

    I am more of a 3-4-3 kind of guy (3-5-2 is too oldschool for my liking ;))

    …plus we have enough oldschool thinking at this club as it is!

  • Bambams

    May 4, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #25

    It will go down to us needing 3 points against the Arsenal.

    I cannot see us getting anything against the Hammers the way we have played lately.

    QPR ….. no idea how they will play now that they are relegated.

    Just hope Wigan lose …..

  • hibbitonthewing

    May 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Last time I checked running a free sweeper with a diamond midfield was pretty progressive. Depends how you deploy full/wing backs. Most attacking minded teams execute in this style even if the team isn’t set out like that on paper. You’ll often see one of 2 centre backs taking a free and creative role o/ key moves and being covered by a full back with a midfielder tucking in. Just needs a bit of thought both on the touchline and on/ the field of play.
    Bottom line is it disrupts patterns of play and is difficult to defend against. I think.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #27

    hibbiton…I guess that depends on what kind of football you watch.

    …a sweeper is anything but progressive if you ask me and deploying WB is something Uruguay did in the ’70tees 😉 …and you are not going to pull that on off toda and not in England.


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