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We Can Have A Very Good Season – Cabaye

7:18 pm, Saturday, September 14th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 167 Comments

Yohan Cabaye had his first full game for Newcastle this season today, and he put in a workmanlike performance for the side, and Newcastle looked a good side today at Aston Villa,  and for once we even looked a threatening side up front with Ben Arfa and Loic Remy providing a threat on both wings.

Ben Artfa tunrs away after scoring first goal

Ben Arfa scored Newcastle’s first goal this afternoon

And it seemed like the 4-3-3 formation really suited our  players , who are used to playing this type of formation in France and on the continent.

It was good to see Newcastle play so  well today and just about deserve the win.

But it was thanks to Gabriel Agbonlahor for missing an absolute sitter in the second half, when it looked easier to score than miss – and the Villa striker didn’t even hit the goal  but put the ball wide – even I could have scored with that chance – well maybe not. 😀

Yohan was upbeat after the game, and he now thinks the team is playing like we did two years ago, and seems confident we can do well this season:

“We were playing with same shape that we had in the team two seasons ago and that suits us well.” “They found it hard to play against us. We knew with Hatem on the right, Loic on the left and Papiss as well, we have good energy and dangerous players up front.”

“It was important that we kept the ball well with two touches, three touches, and we did that.” “Aston Villa made it hard for us at the start of the second half,  but we stayed solid and in the end we got the win, so it was a good afternoon.” “The best thing is going away from here with the win and three points.”

“We have to keep this mentality around the whole club; if we do that then we have the quality in the team to have a very good season.” “It was a very good win because it is always very difficult to come here and get something.”   “There is a nice feeling in the dressing room after that.”

“We now have two wins in a row in the Premier League so we are moving in the right direction and it is good for us.”

Our next game looks like an easy one at St. James’ Park against Hull City next Saturday afternoon, but nothing is easy in the Premier League,  and Hull have already put in some solid performances under Geordie manager Steve Bruce.

But if the lads can play as well as they did this afternoon – there’s a decent chance we can get another 3 points and be off to an excellent start to the league.

One of the keys for the season is to keep our top players like Ben Atfa and Loic Remy fit – and we hope that Faye Downey will help us do that – because it will make a huge difference.

Here’s hoping.

And did I mention that Sunderland lost 3-1 at home to Arsenal.

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167 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kilcline // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Hull is a massive game for us, 4-3-3 and we should win comfortably.


  • 2 bollance // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Ed is right. Unsung hero Faye Downey. With the first 11 at our disposal it makes a big difference.

  • 3 G // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    So nice today to see a team that was selected on form, rather than just picking the usual suspects. Lets have more of that, and lets start dominating more games, instead of letting the opposition dictate the play.

  • 4 9 // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Remy and Cabaye are clearly key figures on our team. They missed most/all of the first 3 matches; prospects are very good. Top 8, anybody?

  • 5 Toon Tang // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM


  • 6 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Season is 38 games long, let’s hope we can maintain some level of consistency, keep our key players fit and on form, and continue to set up in the right manner.

    If we can manage that, then the on-field product won’t be too bad, in fact, it may even pass as pretty good. It’s laid on shaky foundations though, so here’s hoping we get lucky with injuries.

  • 7 G // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    I wonder if todays formation and team, was a sign of the penny starting to drop for AP? Perhaps all the negative feedback from the former players last week has opened the management’s eyes a bit? Here’s hoping anyway.

  • 8 FAU // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    It will be better if you go for 15mill, and we buy nainggolan as replacement.

  • 9 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Behave. If Fellaini is worth nearly 30m quid then Cabaye is worth at least 20m. Yes he had a poor season last season, but he is a top player.

  • 10 Toon1978 // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I thought we played some great Football. Villa struggled with the trickery of both HBA and Remy pushing forward. It was a blessing to watch this sort of Football. I really hope we get Remy tied up at the end of the season.

  • 11 toonluvva // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Please don’t take the Hull match for granted.

    Underestimating your opponents is the first step to losing.

    Keep focused and the points should be ours.


  • 12 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Nice to see a positive postings after having to trawl through all the doom and gloom and conspiracy theories over the last few weeks.

  • 13 valle // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Anyone got a link to full match? It would make my day after comming home from a 14 hour shift…

  • 14 89Norcal // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM


    Try checking “” later today. They put full videos up.

  • 15 Spuggy // Sep 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Full match replays should be up soon.

    You can often click HD in top right for better stream.

  • 16 county down magpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Fantastic result today and done in the right manner. Benny is proving to be our main attack focal point which is what he threatened to do before the first major injury at Everton then de jong at city. A good run of games will show everyone what we’ve all seen from the start. Thank funk the boy loves this club and I hope we can sign him up to a new contract otherwise I fear we will lose him if not in jan then deffo next summer if he keeps this up. Pards got it spot on today, formation, line up, subs so credit where credit is due. We’ve a nice run of games now so hopefully get a few more points on the board.

    Ps such a refreshing sight to come on the blog and see positivity instead of all the doom and gloom recently……speaking of which where is catchy et al?


  • 17 check the toastie // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Great Result and Performance..

    Cisse needs a goal..

    And has Pardew seen the light…

    Bring on Hull….and Bruce…hahahahaah

  • 18 valle // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Thanks guys… I pay for an internet tv service that are supposed to show the matches delayed. I was really looking forward to going home and watching the match only for them to screw up and show the wrong match (Spurs to make things worse!)… Im really down now. If any Danes are reading this, stay well clear of Viaplay, they do this all the effing time.

  • 19 BDin9 // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Toon win away. Mackems bottom. Not a bad day

  • 20 askar // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Where is Ruddy Marv? :=)

  • 21 Rotonda heights // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    County Down

    To be fair to catchy and even more moderate people like myself, we were crying out for months for Pardew to pick this team and formation.

    Luckily Pardew finally resisted playing his favourites, put people in their right places, got the ball on the deck and amazingly we didn’t close up shop when they equalised. Maybe the penny has finally dropped / is dropping?

  • 22 yo-yo // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Confidence and resilience are wonderful thimgs

  • 23 JAMSHA // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    cisse needs to go… 1season wonder wont score many… i rather have shola… atlest the man can hold da ball an head the ball

  • 24 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:32 PM


    I’m still here. HBA is playing great stuff but he still isn’t world class :)

  • 25 bollance // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    It is time for JK to earn his corn and get the following out on loan,


    None are in the first team pool and all will benefit from games even if it is just a month on loan.

  • 26 Toon1978 // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    HBA ain’t far off world class. To fulfill his potential to reach a world class player, he need’s a move to a world class club. The likes of Barca, R.Madrid, Man Utd. Not that i want him to go because we should be building the club around him.

  • 27 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM


    Tav has been on loan to Shrewsbury, I think, for the last couple of month. Bigi has said that he wants to fight for his place but he does need to go on loan. I’d like to see Good, Vuckic and Obertan on loan to the Championship. And I’d like to see Campbell on loan to the SPL.

  • 28 roy // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Big Moussa was awesome along with hatem Remy showed enough to know he’s class once he gets up to speed. Villa gave Arsenal a good hiding. We looked a top side and I expect us to finish top seven.

  • 29 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Don’t want to bring the party down but I still stand by my pre-season prediction of 11th because of the inevitable injuries and suspensions

  • 30 toonicle // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Awesome attacking display the whole game, finally! Now just gotta hope Pards sees the potential and sticks with it

  • 31 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Great, Pardew has gone back to the system many of us have been calling for since the 5th place season . About time 😉

  • 32 BDin9 // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Jamsha.Shola ?Please no,no,no

  • 33 check the toastie // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Just need to play with the same pressure on the ball, the same attacking intent all year, wotever the personnel and we will enjoy the season, Jonas and Shola come back and we are in the same shit as last year.

  • 34 HullMag6 // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Faye is worth her weight in gold. I doubt we’ll have so many injuries this season and everyone is fitter already.

    Top 10 and a decent cup run will do as a minimum.

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Glad to see pardew finally revert back to the system fans have been screaming for since the 5th placed finish!

    Have to say though given the energy arfa goofy and remy bring to the attack I’d drop cisse like a tonne of bricks, the lad looks lethargic desperate and the only CF who looks like he’s actually lost his strikers instinct, very rarely in the right place at the right time

    Never the less great win, good performance for 75% of the game and good to see the lads actually working and making space for each other
    Lets hope we can now keep it up, a couple of winnable games coming up where we need to keep that momentum going and pray and pray we don’t get in injuries because let’s be honest there’s no disguising the fact were gambling again this season

  • 36 Toon1978 // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Yes, Sissoko and Anita are receiving very little credit. They both played very well. And, to bring on Goufrann for Remy and Tiote for Anita proves we do have some strength in depth.

  • 37 toonicle // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    TADS- totally agree. Gouffy, Remy and Ben Arfa up front a 433 would be lethal.

  • 38 askar // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Colo, Krull and Arfa are world class for me. I said everyday on this blog that if HBA is fit we Will be Ok :-) -) just give him the ball more and more.

    But Ruddy, Please can you explain what “world class” does mean for you? :-) thank you!

  • 39 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    rotonda do you not think that pards has now got the confidence of playing that formation?
    because in all honesty our left side has been a massive unbalanced problem
    marv is shit there
    gutti doesn’t offer enough of an attackin threat
    who else was there?
    now remy’s in he’s got the confidence to play it again just a thought?

  • 40 Toon1978 // Sep 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM


    Do you think we should drop Cisse?

  • 41 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM


    World class is a player who would start for any team in the world. None of our players meet that criteria. Krul has the potential to be world class, maybe Ben Arfa has the abiltiy to get there too.

    We can’t be depending solely on one player though. We need balance throughout the side so that if injuries strike, we can cope and have players capable of stepping up and being match winners themselves.

  • 42 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM


    I agree that it could well have been a confidence issue that has prevented Pardew from playing 4-3-3. Now he has versatility up front, and especially on the left, he has players who can play 4-3-3 properly.

    Problem lies with injuries. If Remy or Gouffran suffer an injury, the 4-3-3 will be out the window. We have a formation dependant on certain players, instead of having a squad of players who fit our best formation.

  • 43 toon kk // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    I’ve gone off Cisse at the moment he seems all legs and offers very little, he needs to learn the off side rule.
    The rest looked more like an organised team, keep it up lads!
    As for Sunderland they made far too many new signings and it could be a disastrous season for them, what a shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 44 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    ruddy it was just my analysis like :)
    i agree and i think an extra attacker in the ilk of ince should have been made in the window and pardew agreed its just the tosspot above didn’t
    but here’s hoping we’ll actually have some luck this year

  • 45 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM


    I agree….we need another striker, winger and CB as we needed….we need one or two injuries we would be in trouble…

  • 46 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    toon kk

    I think Cisse’s confidence has been shot to piece’s

  • 47 roy // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Ciaran enjoy it for now and worry about unplanned events if and when they happen. The team have enough to get up the table.

  • 48 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Hullcity game…front 3

    HBA ——GOUFFY——–Remy

  • 49 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    talkin of the scum i did laugh at di canio’s post match interview if u ain’t seen it u should

  • 50 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    MANXPIE….Any link for his interview?

  • 51 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM


    I didn’t think you were nitpicking at all, analyse away! Haha I’m all for seeing the best from this bunch of players, and if Pardew can achieve that, all well and good. In all fairness, with a proper football owner, who would sign the players we need, Pardew may even play a decent brand of football, despite his defensive tendencies, but, as you say, it’s the powers above that prevent him from doing that.

    If we had depth for our forward players, and be able to rotate and keep 4-3-3 no matter what injuries we might suffer, then I would be a lot more hopeful of our chances. As it stands, I worry about how thin our squad is.


    We’ve enough to finish top 7 if we never suffered a single injury or suspension, but what are the chances of that happening?

  • 52 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Let me guess, the blog is filled with balanced, middle ground comments? :)

    Really a great win for us today. There will be mistakes, it will take time to adjust, but the big thing today is that confidence within the team seems to be on the rise.

    Credit to whoever is responsible. Given all of the recent negativity and turmoil and it’s great to see the team pulling together and pushing on…can’t ask for anything more from them and Pardew. I hope they keep it up.

    I don’t think there are many people that don’t think our starting 11 and a few of the bench players are good enough and if they stay fit etc then we can do reasonably well. The issue these fans have is that we normally seem to have some of the worst injury records in the league and if we are missing 2-3 key players, which we were for large parts of last season, then the back up / impact it has on the managers approach / confidence leaves us seriously lacking.

    That has still not really been addressed or tested yet this season…let’s hope it doesn’t.

    I think what it boils down to with a lot of people, certainly me, is that Ashley doesn’t really seem to have any major ambition to push us on. It’s all so difficult, delayed and full off misdirection.

    As for Benny being world class…he has it all there, but he needs to keep it up and give us some consistency. He seems to have the will and desire to do just that and that is simply great news for him and us…what a cracking performance from the lad…the way he was holding on to the ball, teasing the opposition…love it. He was knackered by the end though, we need to make sure he doesn’t get burnt out too quickly. Pardew has to find a way to not be quite so reliant, maybe Marveuax can play a part here? Not to sound negative…more than happy to see Benny doing the business…just thinking ahead :)

    On Cisse, he is a confidence striker that relies on good service from the team. He hasn’t had that for around a year, so now the team is starting to click we need to give him some time imo. Is it reasonable to just expect him to click instantly as other players have?

    Plus, it’s not like we have too many options. Gouffran played well when he came on, but I really don’t see him as an out and out striker. Remy can play there, but tbh, given the way he runs at defenders he’s perfect for that left wing position in a 4-3-3.

    Absolutely buzzing about today. Nice to have something else to talk about for a bit.

  • 53 Munster Mag // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Great stuff, havent even looked at the video yet – am waiting to watch Sky tonight. Good formation, but formations are nothing without a lot of other things – despite the protestations of some so called experts here who design new set ups every week. Well done Pardew – here’s hoping that Remy has foced him to rethink his approach. Remy is a serious, serious athlete. I’ve rarely seen his like. Hugely disappointed that such a big club is run in a penny pinching ambitionless way, but delighted with thsi result. I predicted 2-2 and knew we wouldnt lose today. Feeling good. Surely Pardew wont accomodate Guti automatically now? Well done to all.

  • 54 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM


    Has PDC been slagging his players off again?

    The guy is a nutcase and his side were shocking today

  • 55 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    gorganzola hopefully this works

  • 56 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Also, back on Benny…I don’t think anyone wanted him sold as they thought he was no good. I think the debate at the time was whether it was worth considering cashing in as we haven’t to date seen him at his best consistently…or actually been able to use him consistently.

    I still stand by my answer. No. Benny stays :)

  • 57 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    must say so glad Gouffy got the goal…will do loads for his confidence….got a major soft spot for him and Santon

  • 58 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM


    thanks lad…

    di canio is such a chop…

  • 59 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    nah not really jb but he offered the referee to send him off to complete the (bad) job so the reff did lol

  • 60 leeb1982 // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    What’s pardews plan gonna b when teams sit back n not bomb fullbacks on

  • 61 santonthenewmaldini // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Also can people stop moaning with the whole “If Arfa was not playing we would have lost” thats what star players do THEY WIN YOU THE GAME!

    Spurs last season would have finished about 8th or 9th without Bale winning games for them Liverpool with Suarez last year , Van Persie and Benteke are other examples

    If we can keep Arfa fit you know we have a chance in any game if we get him the ball especially if we can defend like that every game

  • 62 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Its amazing seeing us play with a proper formation that suits us…need that 3 man midfield…to hold possession…

    Pitty about conceding that goal wth was Krul doing no idea….

    If only we signed 2 more players we would really be on top….now we pray we dont have injuries…

  • 63 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    wow the most expensive line-up in history are losing
    bale looks ultra nervous not surprising i suppose

  • 64 BDin9 // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    JB. Mackem lads at work think he’s great. Hope they keep the nutcase,cos he will get them relegated.. His ego is to big

  • 65 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    manxpie…There are some fundamental things that PDC stands for that absolutely disgust me…however, he is proving to be be top quality entertainment and I can’t think of a better club for it to happen to.

    Agent Bruce has nothing on this guy. No one will like any aspect of Sunderland by the time he’s finished. The refs, the players, the fans…ho ho ho.

  • 66 Munster Mag // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    I think Sunderland must have known some time ago that they made a poor choice in Di Canio. A sort of Roy Keane, but without the intelligence. They could be a fun club to watch this year :)

  • 67 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM


    to be fair the ref was very poor with some of his decisions today but sunderland are a very poor side, Arsenal could have and really should have easily been three or four up at half time

  • 68 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM


    Poor deluded lot you work with mate 😀

    You have my deepest sympathies

  • 69 askar // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Ok thank you.
    But in my opinion, Arfa, Krull and Colo would start for any team in the world :-)

    And for me Arfa is a fantastic and world class player. He could play and start for Any PL Team :-)
    Hope he Will stay fit and we Will finish in the top 6 :-)

    NUFC win + Arfa scoring = good weekend.

  • 70 roy // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Not all players are on form at the same time Cisse will come good look at Rooney the sitters he missed today.

  • 71 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    agree ibiza could be a very funny season in that respect
    and jb i didn’t see any of there game but still had to laugh at his offer

  • 72 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

  • 73 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM


    Juan Mata was even benched for Chelsea at the start of the season, and Mata is much much better than Arfa. I love Hatem, but he wouldn’t start for every team in the PL, never mind the world. Same goes for Colo and Krul.

    But I agree, a NUFC win is always great. Even better to see HBA score 2 league games running. His confidence is bound to be up.

  • 74 yo-yo // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Roy Keane without the intelligence ?
    What a thought…I think PDC is more like Keano… but Italian.

  • 75 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Madrid paid £100 million for Bale hahahaha

    They should have bought a decent defence as the one they have now is being ripped to pieces

  • 76 A monkey is better then Pardew // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Apart from the goal, I can’t remember Bale touching the ball..

  • 77 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    bale scores just as it was written lol
    but probably the worst he’s ever scored

  • 78 Munster Mag // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Yo Yo, Keane is a very intelligent man, and this has been commented on many times by journalists and others. I dont like him, have to say that. Di Canio will isolate his players and they wont put the effort if for him, soon. Top class managers are both LIKED and respected by their players. Its a key ingredient.

  • 79 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM


    Did the same bloody thing today, saying how well we were playing and how well the game was going and Benteke bloody scored FFS

  • 80 askar // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Rudyy wtf???? Arfa = 10000000000*Mata+Hazar

    Hope you are joking :-)

    For me Mata = Cabaye = avarage.

  • 81 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    JB…Makes you question the whole “the best form of defense is attack” theory.

    Only joking lads, don’t hurt me.

    Manx…It’s great to be able to take joy in the mackems doing badly and that not be the consolation of the day. It goes much better with a Newcastle win and a good performance too.

    What did everyone think about Cabaye today? Not quite up to the pace yet, seems more determined though. Hopefully just needs some game time to settle.

  • 82 toon kk // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Our key this season will be injuries to our best players or should I say our best staying injury free.
    Its the difference between top seven or struggling like last season. Mash gambled in the transfer window, let’s hope for the best.

  • 83 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    haha jb go and support sunderland then and do us all a favour :)

  • 84 9 // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    We have lots of classy players. We finished 5th top 2 years ago. Our squad is now, clearly, stronger than then (Ba the only significant loss – what is his future, now?) so, things could be good “going forward”, plus, unlike many lesser financial rivals, our owner hasn’t spent any of the Premier League Multi £££ due, before it actually arrives; things could get really good after this season + next summer’s spend.

  • 85 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM


    It has to be that way for Madrid as their back four are a total shambles so far in this game

  • 86 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM


    Thats not even funny :( I wouldn’t wish supporting that lot on anyone

  • 87 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    JB…Maybe we should send them Williamson? Yep, that’ll sort ’em out.

  • 88 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:50 PM


    He’d probably get a game mate

  • 89 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    actually jb i did the same i made a comment about them only havin 28% poss lesson learned anyways lol

  • 90 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    JB…I’m thinking we offer him to them at say around £15m? Sound about right? I mean he’s good, but he’s no Bale.

  • 91 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    ruddy would you say bale is world class then?
    i wouldn’t btw lol

  • 92 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:54 PM


    Haha if you go back and look I made the comment about Arsenal having 74% possession at the same bloody time…………..think it’s best if neither of us say anything from now on 😀

  • 93 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:55 PM


    If you say so…

  • 94 9 // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    We can expect the usual neggers to keep schtum for a match or two – you will all have noticed none of them have contributed to this post- but when we go through a series of tough games and, it is to be expected, tough results, they’ll be swarming on here dissing the manager and owner, the one-eyed punters that they are. We will all see them spilling their bile then – pity they can’t acknowledge (a little) positivity.

  • 95 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM


    I wouldn’t say Bale is World class either, think he’s very talented, and could develop into a world class player, but on current ability, no.

  • 96 Uncertain Toon // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Brilliant result, fully deserved after a great all round performance. Bit early to get carried away however.
    As far as the substitutions and Pardew’s tactics go:-
    1) He puts the right team out to start the game
    2) Goofy was always going to come on for Remy who was never going to last 90 mins.
    3) Tiote was getting ready to come on when Goofy scored. Was he thinking about the point? tis open for debate i suppose.
    4) Putting Sammy on for Cabs could have quite easily backfired.
    Whether the subs were reactive to what was occurring is open for debate i reckon, but Pardew gets the benefit of the doubt this week for me, where’s that champagne!!!

  • 97 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    A Welsh player? World class? Surely not, aye JB?

  • 98 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM


    Now was there any need to go there??? 😀

    But yes he is world class in my opinion as he’d get into any starting 11 in world football

  • 99 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM


    What is it about him that makes him world class? Excellent dribbling ability and carried a team for half a season, but world class? Not for me.

  • 100 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    yeah jb infact i think that was the 1st time i’ve posted ever mid game so it was my fault we conceded but dont worry it’ll never happen again lol

    yeah ruddy but i think arfa has more in his locker than bale tbh and to think we got him for 6mill lol

  • 101 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    JB…You’re right, it goes without saying :)

    I’d say you’re probably right. Still quite young mind, not sure if “world class” is a title that should be earned over time?

    Can’t hide from the fact he is one of, if not the best of the young talent out there. He is some player, even though he’s annoying tw@ to look at.

  • 102 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    HBA has more in his locker technique wise than a lot of players, but he needs to be able to impact a game as much and as often as a lot of other players do.

    Look at Ozil’s debut. Set up one goal, instrumental in the second, created 2/3 golden opportunities for his team mates and on another day he would have had 3/4 assists in one game!

    HBA had a day like that today, and last time out against Fulham, and if he can manage it for an entire season and get maybe 8/9 goals, and as many assists then we can definitely say he’s at the very least getting there.

    The thing with Bale is that while I don’t think he’s world class, his sheer greed means he’s bound to impact upon the game with the amount of bloody shots he takes. Count the amount of assists he gets…not many.

  • 103 mikeashleyisamackem // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    havent posted in a while but am doing so as i have a diffrent view to most on here ,alan pardew deserves credit where credit s due he has backed the team this season put his reputation on the line by backing ashley he could of easy of come out and said its difficult times instead he has said we have a good squad so if he mucks it up he does not have that excuse ,its clear the players are playing for him and are behind him ,i read an article about pardew when he was first appointed manager ,that he was reading a book about a very successfull american football coach and he to me has copied the guys style in that at newcastle he has created a us versus them attitude ,everyone is against the regime and has wrote us off even the panel on sky sports news has wrote us off and pardew is using this to jeer up his players ,he has backed them and put his job on the line ,i believe he would of loved to sign a couple a players but he has stuck up for ashley and backed his players ,i have alot more respect for him for that because he couldof easily said its gonna be a long hard season but he has not and the players have been terriffic so far ,ben arfa is easily the next best player to messi if he continues like this and stays fit think we will have a world record transfer next summer that could easily top 100 million he is complete class and my favorite player ever and i am putting money on that he will be real madrids or barcalonas next mega purchase if he stays fit we will lose him to a top team ,man city manu chelsea etc dont have a player like this guy he is the real deal oozes class and imo is best player in the prem when fit ,just hope we get champions league to stand a chance a keeping him ,am really excited about him and am sure he can become best player in the world with confidence he has everthing you would ever want from a player ,amnot happy with the summer transfer business but if ashley wants to do his business in january instead of the summer thats fine by me just wish he had come out and said it you do get better value for money i totally agree ,if ashley spends in january again i will except this policy ,time for newcastle fans to stop been all doom and gloom and get behind the manager

  • 104 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM


    For me a world class player is someone who would get into any side in football and improve them which is what Bale will do at Madrid.

    Take the £100 million price tag out of the equation and name is single side in world football that wouldn’t have in their starting 11. He’d walk into every single side in the Premier League, France, Spain, Italy Germany etc etc

  • 105 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    ashleyisa….I agree that now is the time to get behind the manager and the players. At the end of the day, they are what we have and our frustrations don’t really lie with them (I know some have issues with Pardew and his choices etc, but looking at the bigger picture, if Ashley wanted better he’d have better). Pardew does seem to have dealt with things fairly well and is approaching things positively. The feel within the team, the confidence and intent, is getting back to where it was 2 years ago. Hopefully that continues.

    Not sure I see Benny being the best player in the league. Certainly one of the most exciting when on his game. Really hope he gets to show everyone the full extent of what he can do throughout a whole season…definitely something to be happy about.

  • 106 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    yeah ruddy but he must be close to half % of goals to games ratio in the very very stop start career he’s had with us in the toughest league in the world
    i’d say thats a good record and hopefully this season which i’m sure he will, show how good he really is hopefully with a full season which remember he hasn’t had here

  • 107 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM


    Don’t think he’d walk into Barcelona’s starting XI. Neymar is a vastly superior player to Bale. Reus is better than him at Dortmund. Mata is better than him at Chelsea. Real Madrid sold a better player in Ozil, for half the price they paid for Bale! Madness.

    Sorry, can’t agree that he’s world class, or that he’d start for any team in the world, and even if he could, there would be better players in a vast number of them. Bale isn’t even my list of top 10 best players in the world.

  • 108 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Totally agree manx. If HBA can get 30+ games, this season then I expect a good goal/assist return from him. Hopefully he has put his injury past behind him and we can see the real Hatem Ben Arfa.

  • 109 Belfast // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I thought we really missed Jonas today.

  • 110 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Belfast…Funny, I was just thinking the same about you 😉

  • 111 Sheikh MagToon // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Anyone know why Santon was wearing an un-named shirt with number 5 on the back? Shorts had 3 on them.

  • 112 mikeashleyisamackem // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    ben arfa only has himself to blame if he does not go on an become best player in the world

  • 113 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    jb but he’s only had really 1 n a bit good seasons in the prem i agree he’s got talent and great potential but i still believe he shouldn’t be the worlds most expensive player imo

  • 114 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM


    Thats the thing mate, opinions on who is and isn’t world class will always differ, some will sat that HBA is world class where I don’t think that he is it’s all down to personal opinion

  • 115 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM


    Think he got blood on his own shirt and had to change it. Must have been the only other shirt they had.

  • 116 John Tudor // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    the neggars are not neggars of the team dufuss just ashley pardew and kinnear sorry

  • 117 WWSBRD // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Here lads I hear this Ben Arfa lads a bit decent when he fancies it

  • 118 Belfast // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Nah only joking really lol

    Hopefully today ends the myth that Jonas needs to play for his fantastic defensive qualities.

  • 119 Ciaran // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM


    Exactly, you’re welshness makes you a bit biased though. But to fair I think Jonny Walters and Paul McShane are world class, so I understand where you’re coming from….

    Off to watch MOTD chaps! 😀

  • 120 Belfast // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I didn’t even get one bite ferk sake lol

  • 121 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM


    Agree that his price was stupid, if he’s worth £100 million how much would Messi cost?

  • 122 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    A back four comprising of Bramble, Williamson, Marcelino Elena and Jean-Alain Boumsong would be better than Madrid’s back four

  • 123 Uncertain Toon // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Good player that Bale, but he’s no Ben Arfa!

  • 124 Belfast // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Ibiza on the night shift ? You got no crystal meth to sell tonight ?

  • 125 mikeashleyisamackem // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    exactly ben arfa or bale that would be a good survey for ed ,imo ben arfa any day

  • 126 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    lol thats the problem jb on them ratios he’ll be the 1st 1billion pound player and unfortunatley it won’t be to far away! as stupid as it sounds thank god we’ve got ashley :)

  • 127 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Belfast…Nah mate, thought I’d dip in to the stock to celebrate the win, so no selling meth to kids in San An tonight.

  • 128 mikeashleyisamackem // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    ha its mental on here one extrewme to another one week we aresa getting relagated the next we are mint hahaah

  • 129 bollance // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Anyone want to have a crack at best team in the world?


    Ronaldo Ribery

    Messi RVP

    Anyone think they can finish off the team?

  • 130 valle // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Checked all the highlight pages… We arent going to get a full match video it seems. Bad endning to a long, hard day.

  • 131 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM


    you’d have to have Tiote and Jonas in there wouldn’t you? 😉

  • 132 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

  • 133 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Oh bless…did you hear those cheers?

    Tbf, they’re not playing that badly for a team stuck to the bottom of the table. Not playing that great mind 😉

  • 134 JackButler // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM


    Just watched the full game mate and they were battered, Arsenal had 74% possession in the first half and if Wallcott could finish they would have been 3/4 up easily

  • 135 Novocastrian66 // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Newcastle were excellent on Saturday. Ben Arfa is superb, worth the season ticket price alone. He is up there with Ginola and Beardsley for me.
    Happy with our start. Fxck the boycott.(FTB)..

  • 136 Ibizatoon // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    JB…I suppose highlights aren’t the best way to judge. Walcott should have done better. Hasn’t helped his claims that he should be a striker.

    Anyway, back to laughing at the scum…ha ha, ho ho, he he.

  • 137 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    @ Bollance





  • 138 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    bloody hell eto looks ancient lol

  • 139 Belfast // Sep 14, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Eto is another one of these players with a dodgy passport. I think he’s probably about 45.

  • 140 Yohan Kebab // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM


    buffon (still)
    lahm silva barzagli cole
    ronaldo schwein iniesta ribery
    messi ibra

  • 141 bollance // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:04 PM


    Are u insinuating that I am Pards??

    Tiote plays too much backwards. When he came on today it resulted in Krul kicking long. If cabaye plays week in week out I am not sure whether to play Anita or tiote. Without cabaye Anita is excellent.

  • 142 Novocastrian66 // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Eto played against the Toon for Majorca years ago and he was class. He was on loan from Real Madrid at the time an his movement was brilliant. His finishing was not so good. He hasn’t lost the knack of being in the right place at the right time but he still lacks the final finish.

  • 143 bollance // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM


    I thought about falcao too. RVP is a goal machine though

  • 144 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Erikksen looks brilliant like, could be the signing of the season along with Ozil IMO. His passing and skills are loveley to watch.

  • 145 bollance // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM


    Eto swapped shirts with Saylor after the game vs Mallorca

  • 146 manxpie // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    haha belfast ya might be right like!

  • 147 santonthenewmaldini // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Also I dont know if anyone noticed but did you not think that Krul’s kicking was a LOT BETTER ! ?!?

  • 148 Novocastrian66 // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Bollance. You’re right. I think we won comfortably but Eto stood out. He signed for Barca not long after.
    He looks shot now mind.

  • 149 Belfast // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Ashley Young should be banned for that dive like. Embarrasing

  • 150 Novocastrian66 // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    His kicking may have been better, but he flapped at crosses. Which is unusual for him.

  • 151 nufc7lad // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM


    Lahm Silva Ramos Alaba

    iniesta Busquets Fabregas

    Bale Messi Ronaldo

  • 152 Yohan Kebab // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    krul made a mistake for the corner, all keepers make them occasionally. the cross that he flapped at was a very difficult one to judge, no contact they score, stay in goal they prob score, too heavy and u may knock it to another player

    to me krul, along with ben arfa and cabaye are in our top bracket of player, with colo remy behind

  • 153 jimmysmith // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Faye Downey and Remy appear to be excellent acquisitions to compliment an already excellent core of talent. I like Alan Pardew, despite being convinced about him as a technical coach. Ashley remains an ass.

  • 154 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Well MOTD mugged us off with highlights. Didn’t show the penalty appeal or Cabaye’s chance.

  • 155 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    can’t beliec Man U payed nearly £30 million for Fellani. They could have got Eriksen for 12 :) .

  • 156 Toonacious T // Sep 14, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    BPC- I’m glad you said that mate. Charlie Nicholas said on SS that we were good value for our win, yet from MoTD highlights you don’t get that impression. Shearer needs to have a word ffs!

  • 157 Toonacious T // Sep 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM


  • 158 fatman // Sep 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    A good performance, plenty to take into the next game, but we need to play the way we should and just hit hull from kickoff to final whistle, we need to improve goal difference we have to get Cisse a goal or 2 but really happy today lifted my spirits no end, but with my feet on the floor. and i managed to eat and drink for the first time since Monday, all points to a good week ahead.

  • 159 MacToon // Sep 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Plenty of chirping chips about today but why not after a good away performance and excellent 3 points.
    Special prizes go to one hit wonder Torq and stockholm syndrome-son though, how lost would we be without you.

    BBC coverage continues to fail us but that table looked good at the end of the show.

  • 160 Grumpy // Sep 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Don’t give a rats ass about what Cabaye has to say.

  • 161 santonthenewmaldini // Sep 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    For me Cisse should lead the line against Hull and Leeds and if he is still misfiring then Gouffran should take his place for a little while possibly starting from the Liverpool home game

    I think Arfa will probably beat Hull all on his own so Cisse will get chances just like he did yesterday he needs to take them although Gouffran could be on a high after scoring so might be worth a start in a 433

    Don’t know if it was still because Cabaye is sulking or he is just unfit but he never seemed to create chances the way he should do in the no 10 role never seemed to be in the position to make the killer pass to set up Cisse

  • 162 MacToon // Sep 15, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Travelling Toon Army on top form today mind.

  • 163 Ciaran // Sep 15, 2013 at 1:05 AM

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    Or alternatively you can go to: 😀

  • 164 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Sep 15, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Yohan !

    If you had played in the first three games instead of trying to push for a move to Arsenal ? We could of had more points and be much higher up in the league!

    Some seem to forget quick what went on at the start !

  • 165 Expat MAG // Sep 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I only watched the first half of the game but was impressed with the our performance, especially Ben Arfa and Remy on either wing. Cisse needs a goal or two to gain confidence, but he’ll come good.

    The Villa goal was a mistake by Krull but he’s a good keeper and Benteke took the goal well.

    Next Saturday’s game at home to Hull is winnable, although there’s no easy games in the PL…..


  • 166 askar // Sep 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    @JB and Ruddy:
    I like all your comments even if I am not agree with your opinions on Arfa.

    I will not repeat what others say: “Bale is world class, RVP is good player, Arfa is not yet blah blah”
    I am watching NUFC games: Arfa is a Magic player :=) as simple as that.

    IMO, the only reason Arfa still plays for us is that he hasn’t had a full season here ==> Injuries.
    Everyone seems to have a clear idea of what is a “world class” player, but trust me Arfa could start for any PL team when he is fit. I hope he will play for us throughout his football career, it will be fantastic :=)

    Arfa=Messi or Ronaldo or Neymar
    Arfa=1000*Bale + Mata + Hazar + RVP

    NUFC and fans=Ars + Tot + Chels + WH + London. :=) :=) :=)

  • 167 askar // Sep 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    @JB and Ruddy:
    I like all your comments even if I am not agree with your opinions on Arfa.

    I will not repeat what others say: “Bale is world class, RVP is good player, Arfa is not yet blah blah”
    I am watching NUFC games: Arfa is a Magic player :=) as simple as that.

    IMO, the only reason Arfa still plays for us is that he hasn’t had a full season here ==> Injuries.
    Everyone seems to have a clear idea of what is a “world class” player, but trust me Arfa could start for any PL team when he is fit. I hope he will play for us throughout his football career, it will be fantastic :=)

    Arfa=Messi or Ronaldo or Neymar
    Arfa=1000*Bale + Mata + Hazar + RVP

    NUFC and fans=Ars + Tot + Chels + WH + London. :-) :-) :-)

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