Newcastle’s Best Player Yesterday A Pleasant Surprise


It wasn’t a good performance by Newcastle yesterday,  and we could easily have lost our second game in a row this season, but there are obviously some problems in the squad with Yohan Cabaye’s current refusal to play, and that will hardly have helped the situation.

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Vurnon Anita – Newcastle’s best player yesterday

So rather than go on too much about the negatives yesterday, there were a number of positives that came out of the game:

  • Vurnon Anita stepped in again for the missing Yohan Cabaye and is easily leading the poll for Newcastle’s best player with 42 % of the vote
  • Anita and Moussa Sissoko combined well in central midfield, and while Moussa is still a player who has things to learn, he will improve and made some good surging runs to give Newcastle some energy in the engine room yesterday
  • Davide Santon had a good solid game in his first game of the season, and looked a good player and gave his all for the club – and he had to with local lad Paul Dummett challenging  strongly
  • The defense was reasonably sound,  and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has a great chance to solidify his position as Newcastle’s first choice alongside captain Fab Coloccini in central defense,  with Steve Taylor missing three games after his red card at the Etihad
  • Coloccini himself played solidly in defense, and kept the back line together for our first clean sheet of the season and Tim Krul was good as usual
  • Ben Arfa made some good runs,  but had nothing to show for them at the end of the game – but he was willing and able to run at the West Ham defense, and that’s how this lad creates chances for the team

These are difficult times for Newcastle, and it’s always good to see players like Anita, Sissoko, Santon, Ben Arfa, Colo  and Mapou (and others) play their hearts out for the club, and that’s exactly what we need from our players right now.

Anita is a very good technical player,  who obviously found things difficult in his first season in England last term, but it was a promising performance from the 24 year-old yesterday.

And it was his 37th appearance for the club, and his performance augers well for the future,  if the Dutch International can keep turning in performances like this one for Newcastle.

Here’s the poll and there’s still time to vote if you haven’t already done so.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against West Ham

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552 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Shola Ameobi got 24 votes

    Must be the West ham fans

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Mot7,
    This is the Campbell that wasn’t brought off the bench as Carlisle lost 1-0 yesterday? I’m a big fan of the lad, but to say he would have had any impact yesterday is ludicrous.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Anita MOM and no doubt gonna be dropped next week

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Repost from previous …..Tommyy @ 1

    That says it all – there is no strategy at all. It is simply a market trader trading players as and when they make a buck.

    Greeboll

    The risk of brinkmanship in starving Pardew of the right players to make a half decent team is that the side goes tits up and we get relegated. Almost made it last season – perhaps Mashley will go one better this year ?
    You have to remember that Alan Pardew is not the real problem – the guy who hired him is…

    B&W with an Army

    We all know that Cabaye will be sold and we will not bring in a replacement – just like Ba and AC. They are totally unable to plan ahead. IF ONLY we had a replace before we sell policy like Spuds.

    At the beginning of the window a number of posters on here including Bills – said this was the window that would prove or disprove Ashley’s intent, ambition and commitment. Well he is definitely committed to money… but beyond that…

    I like Anita and think he may well prove to be classier than Cabaye and with a much better temperament. Surely the key is how well the mod 3 combine ? If he and Mousaa get an understanding that is worth a lot to us

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Indian,
    Shola was poor yesterday, but still did more than our other 2 strikers have done so far this season…..

    I’m amazed Ben Arfa has so many votes. He cost us yesterday with his greed.

    Anita and Santon deserve to be up their, thought MYM was better than Colo. Sammi definitely showed more than Marveaux from the bits I saw, but his final ball is awful. Stone could cross as a winger back in the day, how come we can’t manage to get a single player to put a decent ball in the box??

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Sparky,
    Funny isn’t it. People will tell you Anita isn’t good enough, but in the league games he has started he must have been MOM on here at least 75% of the time….

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve changed my mind a little after yesterday…

    I don’t think we’re as bad as some might think. West Ham are not that bad a team either, nothing special but they will beat their fair share of teams – which makes me believe we will too…we’re not really far off a having a very good team.

    Some points from yesterday which I feel are encouraging.

    1. We look much better without STaylor. YMB / Colo is a much better combination, Taylor is an idiot and costs us points.
    Debuchy, being told to hold back a bit, also looked better.

    2. Cabaye is gone, fact. He’s not playing because we don’t want him injured, can’t sell a crocked player.
    And good. Anita is better at passing, calmer and bloody well deserves some starting time. We WILL COPE without Cabaye.

    3. Shola cannot handle a full game and when he gets tired, he fouls, and fouls, and fouls some more, stopping our flow and attacks, time after time…

    4. Remy and Cisse, with HBA and Marv will be a top forward 4.

    5. Sissoko maybe trying a bit too hard but in parts, he looked awesome again. The passion and desire is there for all to see.

    6. Krul still can’t kick a ball to a team mate. I’d let him go too (for £10M +) and have Elliott in the team no problem.

    7. Overall we did ok, considering we got battered in the previous match.

    We need some better quality up front and in the attacking sense in midfield, defensive cover and bit of calmness back and we’re right back in it.

    Over to you Joe…

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    repost

    musomag

    iv’e done my part mate, i didn’t renew my season ticket and haven’t bought any more toon tops, i’m only watching the games at home online

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  • musomag

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    A boycott would be good but not as effective as a midweek, 50,000 fan protest outside SJP. That WOULD force a response from the club. Bring the town to a complete standstill in the middle of the day, it’ll make nationwide news and actually give our unhappiness a voice that Ashley & Co will hear and finally have to react to.
    IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW FANS
    Let’s actually get these clowns out of our club or force them to start pulling their weight….they’ve certainly got enough of it.

    I’d be there, would you?

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Edd case

    Love the optimism – wish I felt the same way but I’ve been ground down by the ownership’s attitude. Totally agree about Anita – but we still need another creative player, probably a left sided winger who can cross properly and ideally another classy CB – (better than Saylor for example).

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  • musomag

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Black and White,

    That’s a really good start my friend but I’d be much happier hearing that you’ve rushed out to buy a new season ticket because we’ve got OUR great team back. We really need positive action and media coverage.

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  • Twatter

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    @7

    Living in cloud cuckoo land, mate. What’s the weather like up there? You want to sell Krul, do you? Well, with the Amazing Rob Elliott on the bench, who needs him, eh? Sissoko was awesome, was he?

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    i think Sissoko would be best as a AMC, when he runs with the ball in CM you can tell he’s an threat running at defense from that position, imagine playing as a AMC like he did against Chelsea he could bag about 10+ goals

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  • Slank

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Edd Case @ 7

    1. Yesterday we looked better without Taylor but if West Ham had played Carroll would you be saying the same thing today?

    2. I agree Cabaye is gone and Anita did well but we can’t allow ourselves to have only one playmaker / attacking midfield player. We have to strengthen in that area. Could Marveaux be cover for Anita?

    3. Shola is past it, I agree.

    4. Remy and Cisse with Ben Arfa but not Marveaux as he isn’t a winger. Better to get Ince. The best position for Marveaux is in the middle. It was so noticeable how much better we were when Sammy was on the wing.

    5. Agree about Sissoko.

    6. Agree Krul kicks too much. As we now have only two keepers, why would we want to sell one of them?

    7. I disagree. Overall we didn’t do well. No shots on target. West Ham could have easily have scored. Nolan missed a sitter.

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  • stan anderson

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Shola was his normal self, in that he does nowt but give away silly fouls and not contribute anything to the match.He would not get a game at any other club in top flight.But the Arsehole in charge picks him regardless.I just dont get it .

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  • numba9

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Cabs like ba realises that this regime has no ambition to kick on sign a few players at the right times and push other teams and the evidencis there for all to see .if pockets big transfer fees aswell as sky dosh and spends very little or wants freebies and loans employs a fall guy kinear on sh1t wage but still cash that could be better spent on match day staff …. This greedy leach needs to go

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #17

    musomag

    only time i will by tickets and that’s when the 3 cockney dogs has left

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  • jimiley

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Keep the faith in Big Mike and Percy. We need to be patient. Within 10 years they will deliver success to this club.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    I think a lot of you are missing the point…a half decent manager can make this club great again…we already have a good squad and will have a much better one once Cabs and Cisse have gone…(we might lose Krul as well be the way but we will get at least 4 through the door before the end of the window)

    Pardew has not found a way of effectively joing midfield and attack which is woeful looking at what players we have.

    Ashley might not be everyones favourite but he has financed the assembly of a very good squad.

    All we need to transform the club on the pitch is a good manager…very very simple but we’ll have to wait til the day after the window closes because no player will come if we sack him now…that’s why I bet on Pardew being sacked in September when in reality he deserves to be sacked now

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Lilongwe geordie

    Even though am ben arfas biggest fan, I have to agree with you he was nowhere the near the same impact as other times.

    But with the pathetic movement of our strikers, anyone will struggle.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    stan anderson

    it’s simple mate AP ain’t a manager, i would love to know how he passed his courses or badges, he must off bribed some 1

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  • jimiley

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    Stan Anderson,

    Shola is a loyal servant of the club and should be recognized for his efforts. He is a mackem slayer. When Jonas returns and supplies the bullets for Shola with his accurate crosses, I am sure the goals will fly in. Shola and Cisse and the guy on bail for rape will score 15 goals each. We will be top 8 easy.

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  • Twatter

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #23

    Wonder if Cabaye will end up sitting on PSG’s bench for the rest of the season. That’s probably the ambition he’s missing. I know when Ba’s up here he goes for meals with Cabaye, maybe he’s been telling him how cosy it is on the Chelsea bench and that’s convinced him to leave.

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24

    People on this forum live in a total Ben Arfa fanny haze. …. he can’t do any wrong… gets compared to Messi… do me a f##king favour. … he couldn’t lace Messis boots.
    He is dangerous running at people but doesn’t choose the right option and had so much to learn is untrue for a player his age.

    Anita was different class and almost always man of the match when he plays a proper footballer. .. his first touch is brilliant. .. needs to play we ruin him.

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  • Matt

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    Edd case another thing about Krul aswell is when he has the ball he holds it for far too long ie from a corner when we could be hitting teams on the counter or is it pardew telling him to do so

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Cockneymafiaout,
    He could be so good. It is frustrating to see him waste good possession by overdoing it. Remember when he ran the ball out of play yesterday second half? He was in there box, all he had to do was play it between along the 6 yard box, instead he turned out, then turned back and ended up running the ball out of play. We had 2 men in and around the 6 yard box, plus 4 defenders. Hard and low into that area and any touch could send it in. That happens all too often, both yesterday, and against City.

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  • musomag

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Ashley, Pardew and Kinnear OUT.

    These are the team changes we need

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  • hdavid23

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #28

    We need Shearer back ASAP. He could sort out this mess. Need someone with guts atm.

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  • Greebol1892

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #29

    stan anderson

    Dead right.

    jimiley

    ROFL!

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Twatter I hope so. .. I’d love to see Cabaye
    Lose his international place because he can’t get a game. ..Wilshire was on arsenal s bench yesterday.
    How funny would it be if yanga sis and debuchy went to world cup and he stayed at home. …I really hate him now

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #31

    MOM by far was anita

    but come on guys, cisse was not our worst player yesterday,

    shola fould or stud still
    goffy did sweet FA and missed a sitter
    debuchy got skinned many times

    at least cisse tried to track back,

    pardew has our players looking worse than they are

    marv, his set plays where the best we have had in a few seasons now,

    and OMG ED, pleasant surprise ,, noooooooo I think if you think back to last season, you will remember, Anita won man MOM awards on here, but was still dropped for spiderman

    it would be a pleasant surprise if he kept his place in the side

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  • Twatter

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #32

    @NUFC FOR SALE

    Ben Arfa and Shola were both as bad as eachother yesterday in my honest opinion. The question is how much of the ball do you give to Hatem when he’s doing absolutely nothing with it? Clearly the team doesn’t want to play (which is another issue entirely) but Ben Arfa was sh*te yesterday and that needs to be recognised.

    He needs to mix up his game more if he’s going to have any chance of getting into the France squad. That’s if he ever had one in the first place, what with Deschamps about.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #33

    hell no…keep shearer from getting anywhere near the management of this club…great great footballer…but a sh!te manager and a bit of an arse

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  • Twatter

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #34

    The whole reason Cabaye is leaving is purely based on the fact that he’s heard “top clubs” like PSG and Arsenal have really comfy heated seating on their benches. That’s his only reason! That and Mike Ashley, of course. He loves the soft feeling Demba’s been raving on about since he left and wants some for himself.

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  • hdavid23

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #35

    not necessarily as manager, but as assistant or whatever… these players really need someone like him now in my opinion… someone who hs the guts to tell Cabaye to f off, or to just have a storming teamtalk to fire them up.. highly doubt Pards or God forbid Joke Kinnear can do that

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  • stan anderson

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #36

    Jim Iley and myself had a great midfield partnership back in the 60s mind.
    I love the comments on here you can look at it from either perspective.
    More entertaining than the footy we are playing at the moment.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #37

    I can only assume Krul has been told to get the ball up there as quickly as possible, there was one point where the ball was played back to him and there wasn’t one West Ham player in our half and Santon shot back and called for it to feet so that he could turn and run with it and keep it on the ground. Krul completely ignored him and smashed it up the pitch and it was immediately lost. Santon then proceeded to give Krul the hand gestures of exasperation that he wanted it played to his feet.

    Massive worry for me that was. Krul is a good and intelligent player, surely he knows that it would have been better to give it to Santon when he was calling for it.

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  • hdavid23

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #38

    i wouldnt necessarily make him manager.. just bring him in as assistant or whatever, his presence would be great in the locker room.. even though he’s an arse

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #39

    sparky

    If you think the only problem needing solving is the mediocre manager then you are going to be disappointed if/when he goes.

    The squad is hardly brimming with talent, full of journeymen and with very few flair/ valuable players who can hack it at CL level.
    It isn’t just tactics where we are short

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #40

    Shearer back????? Things are bad, but not that bad man! The bloke can stay on that MOTD sofa with his clueless mates for as long as he wants! You realise he has been interviewed by Ipswich, Watford and Cardiff since leaving us, and none of them offered him the job….

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