We Can Have A Very Good Season – Cabaye

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 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #1

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


  • bollance

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #2

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

  • G

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #3

    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.

  • 9

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #4

    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?

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #5


  • Ciaran

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

  • G

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • FAU

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #8

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

  • Ciaran

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

  • Toon1978

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #10

    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.

  • toonluvva

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #11

    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.


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #12

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

  • valle

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #13

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

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #14


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

  • Spuggy

    Sep 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Full match replays should be up soon.


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

  • county down magpie

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #16

    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?


  • check the toastie

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Great Result and Performance..

    Cisse needs a goal..

    And has Pardew seen the light…

    Bring on Hull….and Bruce…hahahahaah

  • valle

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

  • BDin9

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Toon win away. Mackems bottom. Not a bad day

  • askar

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Where is Ruddy Marv? :=)

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #21

    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?

  • yo-yo

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Confidence and resilience are wonderful thimgs


    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #23

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

  • Ciaran

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #24


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

  • bollance

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #25

    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.

  • Toon1978

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #26

    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.

  • Ciaran

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #27


    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.

  • roy

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #28

    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.

  • Ciaran

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #29

    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

  • toonicle

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #30

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

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #31

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

  • BDin9

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Jamsha.Shola ?Please no,no,no

  • check the toastie

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #33

    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.

  • HullMag6

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #35

    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

  • Toon1978

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #36

    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.

  • toonicle

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #37

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

  • askar

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #38

    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!

  • manxpie

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #39

    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?

  • Toon1978

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #40


    Do you think we should drop Cisse?

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