Some Good News About Newcastle


The first 10 minutes of last night’s game was terrible to watch, as Manchester City could have easily been at least 3-0 up, and the trepidation we had about last night’s game was justified, as we went from bad to worse when Steven Taylor – through utter frustration – swung his arm at Sergio Aguero – and was rightly sent off.

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Loic Remy – being introduced to the St. James’ Park crowd

At half time we thought it could end up as a cricket score, given we had 10 men and City had ripped us apart when we had the full side out.

But let’s give our lads some credit for showing some guts when all seemed lost, and Paul Dummett will remember his debut for his home town club – he looked the part for Newcastle and Alan Pardew said after the game he thought Paul did great, and he could play on Saturday against Fulham

The surprising news today is that Loic Remy may even be fit for the home against Fulham at St. Jame’s Park a week on Saturday.

The earlier prognosis on Remy was that he would be fit for the Aston Villa game on September 14th, but this is what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“We’re still short – we’re short of Demba Ba,” “That’s what it looks like, and until Remy is fit, or we get another striker, it will be a problem for us.”

“We have Loic Remy coming back, and he’s two weeks away. Maybe he might make the Fulham game. The West Ham game is a bridge too far.”

Newcastle’s attack looked non-existent last night, and we had just one shot on target all night, and when we tried to move forward our attacks were quickly broken up by a City side that looked much superior to Newcastle.

But we also have to remember that we’ll not get much out of the top four or five sides this season – so a defeat at the Etihad would have been the conventional wisdom.

We didn’t expect to be humbled however, but it’s home games against teams like West Ham and Fulham that we have to win – and those are our next two fixtures.

Win against the Hammers and things will quickly look a lot better for fans, than the dark gray skies than hang over Newcastle United this morning.

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77 comments so far

  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Well, I never thought I would pick a team with this lad starting, but after last night, we know that Cisse just cannot hold the ball up to let play catch him up.

    This is my line up for West Ham
    (Assuming Cabs leaves, and knowing no-one will come in)
    (Also assuming Santon & Jonas are injured still)

    _________Krul
    Anita__Collo__Mbiwa__Dumett
    __________Tiote___________
    HBA_________________Marv
    _____ Sissoko_ Gosling______
    __________Shola__________

    Subs
    Elliot, Tav, Vuckic, Sammy, Goofy, Cisse

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m terrified for this season. We looked like a shadow of a football team, and offered absolutely nothing. Something HAS to change and quickly. No excuses we were by far the worst side of the weekend. I was beyond embarrassed watching the game. What the hell are we going to do about it because we are in one hell of a mess now. If possibly we’ve got even worse.

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  • AaranD

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Tiote cannot play on his own in front of the defense, he is a liability at the moment with his suicide passes.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Gonna take a hell of a lot more than remy to improve on the shower of **** that’s was shown last night!

    AaranD
    2 mins ago
    People keep saying, “Ah well it was City we were going to lose.”
    Well yes City are a great side and wont be beaten often this year. Its the manner of the defeat which really rattles me. Showed very little if anything at all ambition wise no gut determination from the team, only HBA showed any spark going forward.
    We lacked discipline massively and as soon as you lose your head you have already lost and our players showed that yesterday.

    Spot on lad

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  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Aparently Ashley has set Cabaye’s price at £20M.

    It is expected PSG will come in with a bid next, and Arsenal will come back in with an improved bid, of around £15M

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    So what happened to this fitness consult/guru or whatever that we signed up to lower the amount of players in the injury room. First game and we have already got guti pulling his calf.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Debuchy and Tiote were beyond abysmal, utterly utterly awful. If
    It weren’t for Krul and some dodgy refereeing we would have lost 10 – 0 and that is not acceptable, it’s as simple as that.

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  • bobby mango

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Couldn’t wait to read this post. In desperate for some good news. Hope last night will trigger Ashley and Kinnear into making some transfer moves. We know we’ll have at least 12m to spend from Cabaye, so spend it now.

    Richyg01 – good ideas… I’d swap Anita for Gosling and Gouffran for Shola. And be playing the wide men ahead of the advanced central midfielders.

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  • Slank

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed,

    Just read your comments and was wondering whether your title and narrative have got mixed up with some other topic you are working on as straws and clutching come to mind with regards to ‘good news’ as I cannot see it.

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  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    @6

    Apparently its the same ‘buttock’ injury that he sustained in pre-season, he should never have played as he was not 100%.

    Its fine having a fitness consultant, but when you have a squad which lacks in strength and depth as much as we do, then it is the manager who decides if someone plays, not the fitness coach.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s time to take action. It really is.

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  • Byker Boy

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Some other good news Taylor will be missing for three games!!!!!!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    No amount of signings will change the tactics

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  • AaranD

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Well Ashley won’t get mugged off over a transfer, yet we do what Arsenal did to us (offer bare minimum). He’ll try get a bidding war going for Cabs with PSG and Arsenal.

    Guti was injured before the game and shouldn’t of played in all fairness.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m also certain we’re beyond the issue of a couple of new players. We just can’t play football and that lies with Pardew, Carver and Stone.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Richy
    I don’t really care what ash has set the price at it won’t be spent
    To be honest I’d rather he was sold quickly, like the next 2 days so we still have time to get a bloody replacement in

    We NEED 3-4 atleast signings still or we are in huge trouble
    A CB is a must, maybe a young RB, a LW and a CF if cabs goes then a CAM needs adding to the list
    Ashley turning another pre season into a complete joke again, no doubt the mini accountants will tell us to shut up and it’s another great bit of business to spend nout and flog cabs to lighten the club debt

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  • bobby mango

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Richyg01 – didn’t spot Anita at rb. Would probably give debuchy another go vs west ham. Know they play with wingers but at home we should be pinning them back.

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  • AaranD

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18

    Just sold another prospect in Inman.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #19

    byker boy

    we have increased our chances of winning our next three games. thank fcuk hes out

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  • Byker Boy

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Spot on Tommyy !

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #21

    So has Inman gone to Crewe?

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Dire stuff … nothing has changed.. in fact the cracks are wider … so flat and disjointed

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #23

    No width is our problem. City tore us to shreds down the flanks.WE NEED WINGERS FFS. Cisse has received nothing from wide areas for months and months but hey hoo it’s ok is Ashley’s eyes as long as his wallet is far. F….g pathetic.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24

    NUFC Carter
    God knows what happened to our improved fitness training because we didn’t look match fit!

    What I want to know is what they all meant by training has been made harder? Because judging by last night all I can figure is pardew is making them train with blindfold’s on

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  • Slank

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    richyg01

    Where did you hear / read ‘Ashley has set Cabaye’s price at £20M’ ?

    I wonder whether Cabaye feels he is good enough to get regular games and any one of these Wiltsure, Cazola, Ramsey, Diaby and Arteta?

    Cabaye is almost guaranteed in a our starting lineup but I’m not entirely sure that would be the case with Arsenal and that wouldn’t be good for his place in the French national team.

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  • Lachu

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    just a doubt .. is there a rule like if theres a bid , the player shouldnt play ??? cabaye s absence was inexplicable … why should pardew drop without even giving him 45mins…

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  • Slatymag

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #27

    We are short of a striker Alan, yes we know. Would you like to sit down Alan, come on and sit down for a while.

    It’s about time Pardew started pointing some fingers. If he really believes he’s the best thing since bread came sliced then he must be itching to put the blame on someone else. My guess is he is fully aware of his own shortcomings and is happy to toe the line knowing that he is as much to blame for his own inability in his managerial role. Everyone who matters in the higher reaches of our club is content with mediocrity in numbers. SJP is one big glass house!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #28

    AaranD,
    To be fair though, he refused to sign a new contract here, so was always away.

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  • GenralHez

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #29

    Could not do worse than last night

    _________Krul
    Anita__Collo__Mbiwa__Dumett
    __________Tiote___________
    Gosling_________________Marv
    _____Goofy_ Sissoko_ HBA

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  • Chrisdb

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #30

    Now I am a newcastle fan from South Africa, First time post, and have to say that you all will in all likelyhood have more soccer knowledge than me, but here are my thoughts. Firstly I would play HBA as the striker in front of Gosling( whom I would have played yesterday as well) and Sisokko, with MARV down the left, Vukic down the right, Anita instead of Tiote who I personnaly would sell. Gosling might just be that midfielder that can score 10 goals a season for us. He needs to play and proved that he can score in the off season.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #31

    When ever I see the title ‘Good news’ my excitement never seems to increase because I know damn well the news won’t be worth getting excited about. It would be good news if Remy was back for our next game but no we have to survive without him for another two.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Another cb, two wingers and a striker. The whole of Football can see this but not the men in charge.

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  • Jonny

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #33

    We have no team spirit and no leadership in the team (Nolan,Barton etc.) really worrying times for this club.

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  • richyg01

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #34

    Last night highlighted how important Cabaye is to the team, without him we have no one who can just put their foot on the ball and control things in the middle.

    We lack flair, HBA was the only one trying last night, and if the players around him do not give the same effort, then he too will give up the same as them.

    We are defensively unstable, Debuchy is a liability. People say he needs time to bed in, but look at Pieters at Stoke, he looked solid and assured in his first game and he was getting forward into good positions too.

    Something has to change, but what?

    Change manager?
    Still have Ashley in charge of the purse strings, so a new manager would not be backed the same as a new manager at another club.

    Change owner?
    Not that easy really though is it, also takeovers take a lot of time, so this would not make any difference for this window.

    Change tactics?
    Sure, we can play different players in different positions, but where is our fight or determination. We go a goal down and our heads instantly drop, a decision goes against us and the anger in the players is unreal.

    I really do not know where we go from here, we are in a bad bad place, and I really see this season will be a long hard slog which will result in us being relegated.

    The PL table we can see this morning, could easily resemble that of the end of the season.

    Its sad but its true.

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  • geordiemark

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #35

    well if ashley has any sence at all he will spend big money on keeping us in the premire league because if he doesnt were relegated its as simple as that, so mr ashley your wanting 267m quid for the club well youll get nowhere near that amount when were stuck in the fizzy pop league thats for sure so either put the money up or sell up now so someone could at least show ambition and sign some decent players

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #36

    One moment cemented in my mind where Debucy, Sissoko and Ben Arfa played a triangle, and not one of them moved into space or created space with a run, not one! Ben Arfa just stood where he was! I mean it’s goddamn basic coaching for God’s sake! he should play the pass and then move into space! I’m exasperated with it! What do they do in training?

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #37

    I don’t think the team is the problem at all at this club.
    The only problem we have is the tight a****d, disrespectful, unambitious Ashley. Remove him and his inept joke of a management/coaching team and even the same players would enhance their performances greatly.
    The club is rotten from the top.
    If any fans still think that boycotting home games will not help this team they should think again as relegation looks nailed on this season anyway.
    We MUST get Ashley out whatever it takes and however it’s done because we’ll still be sitting here in the next few years complaining about the same things.

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  • Toon73

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #38

    ————Krul———

    Debuchy-Colo-MYM-Santon

    ——-Sissoko-Anita—-

    HBA—-Cabaye—–Marv

    ———-Cisse————-

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  • cjtoon

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #39

    @ richyg01

    Thats really your formation and team? No offence but its awful. Cisse is getting a lot of stick for last night and yes he struggled to hold up play. The problem is, even if he had kept the ball better (which wouldnt have been hard), he had no support within 30-40 yards of him. especially once we went down to 10.

    I really don’t understand why people moan about Ben Arfa’s defensive frailties and then put him in a line up on the right wing. He is a no. 10 he cant defend and shouldnt waste his energy trying. He was good last night to start with, then got into his usual ‘groundhog day’ stuff of trying to run through players when easy passes are available. It must be hard when you are essentially the only creative player in a team and are expected to make it happen on your own.

    We have no link between midfield and Cisse. He is more than isolated, he may aswell have just gone off with Taylor last night. We knew the sort of player he was when we bought him and he showed how good he can be if he has support. The problem is we leave him stranded for 90 mins and expect him to do something.

    Another worrying thing about last night was how we went back to sitting really deep. I know Transfer Sage has been saying this all summer and it was evident again last night. We cram everyone back and stop closing down as a unit, inviting more pressure onto our defence. Then when we have the ball our midfield and defence are 10 yards apart and Cisse is 50 yards away completely isolated against 6 opposition players.

    Its a mess of our own creation.

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  • AaranD

    Aug 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #40

    Well Tiote has come and said the right things.
    http://tyneandwear.sky.com/newcastleunited/video/78087/newcastle-uniteds-cheick-tiote-urges-mike-ashley-to-spend-after

    Basically saying wasn’t good enough and the sending off killed the team spirit, the very little that was there.
    And with 2 more players out for 3 plus games he hopes Ashley spends money on the club as the squad is so small.

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