This Player Is Now A Class Act At Newcastle

We suppose it’s natural for Alan Pardew to concentrate on some of the positives from last night’s 3-2 defeat at Everton, and he has, praising Yohan Cabaye for his excellent performance in the second half, when Newcastle looked a completely different side from the hesitant and nervous side of the first 45 minutes.

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Yohan Cabaye – scored a great goal last night and got Newcastle going

The French midfielder was left on the bench last night because he had not fully recovered from the groin injury he picked up against Hull City, but we could have done with him in the starting eleven – as things turned out.

This is what Alan Pardew had to say last night about Cabaye to Sky Sports News:

“He’s a class act,” “We had a long chat, me and him, yesterday about him starting and we both felt he wasn’t quite right for 90 minutes.”

“He was terrific in the second half and he hasn’t had any problems coming off, so he’s an absolute banker for Cardiff.”

“That’s what I’m looking at. We need that sort of performance, that kind of 90 minutes he gives me with the quality.”

Cabaye is a very good player, but if Newcastle are down near the relegation zone in January, we suppose the French International could be a transfer target  for other clubs – as he was in the summer.

But on the other hand it’s up to Newcastle to show we are at least a top ten side, and we are currently 5th bottom with two poor performances in our last two games,, and by the looks of Mike Ashley in the Director’s Box last night – he is not a happy man – his face was like thunder.

Newcastle will need to get something at Cardiff City on Saturday, but after Newcastle’s performance against Hull and Everton, Cardiff will certainly fancy their chances of scoring some goals on Saturday – so we had better be ready for the game – which we weren’t last night at Goodison Park. 🙁

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39 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Fuggen ‘ell! not 3 weeks ago he was a reet cnut!

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2



  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3


    Everton took the gas off a bit second half but even then could have scored a hatful more. The pressure was off and we got some consolation but as always too little too late.

  • bri h

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Remember pardew saying we are strong enough in the defensive department.our full backs are too attack minded for a team that loose the ball too easy in midfield pluss our fullbacks are not exactly busting a gut to get back and help when we do loose the ball .They also loose concerntration too easy .Gary neville was spot oin last night .Ateam that ships so many goals have got to have as many players helping out at the back ie FB ,CM RW AND LW.

  • toonbrother

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    the problem with our defence isnt merely the constant presence of coloshitty. The problem is Pardumb’s infatuation with colocinni. Pardumb actually thinks the leader of the worst defence in the league is the new bobby moore. Pardumb wants Colocinni to stay with us for 5 more years. Our quack doctor manager has misdiagnosed the virus in our defence as a vitamin. Our only hope is for Colo to suffer a season ending injury!

  • Sir Braveheart

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Lets be honest, Everton are a better team than us. On paper you could argue position for position we can match them but the truth is they play better as a unit, better movement, more solid defending and better passing.

    Our biggest concern is how many goals we’re conceding. 4 against City I can take, but 3 against Hull and Everton? Its not good enough. We’ve got full backs who leave us exposed all the time. Maybe we should try a 5-3-2? Extra cover in defence, wing backs providing width without leaving us short, still two up front .

  • toonbrother

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #7

    and pardew to get hit by career ending scandal

  • cyprus

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Picking crumbs…

    The big picture: ten games, then Mike must act.

  • Santon03

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #9

    no shape no threat going forward, teams defense can have a cup of tea while defending against us.
    encourage opponents to throw men forward since we are not posing any dangers even if there are only 2 or 3 players at their defense. Even teams like Soton, Norwich, Hull have better shape attacking.
    HBA rarely want to pass, he tried to pass all defenders and then losing the ball and didn’t bother chasing it.

  • Slank

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Cabaye and Williamson made all the difference. Both were strong and resolute unlike Santon and Yanga-Mbiwa who were terrible.

    Yanga-Mbiwa isn’t strong enough against a robust centre forward. Against two good forwards he is useless. Perhaps he should only be played in home games or/and when the opposition have only one forward up front.

    Santon isn’t a good left back. I have never been happy having a right footed fullback at left back. I believe Dummett is better in this position.

    I thought Goofy played well and never stopped. Remy showed again what a good forward he is, however not as good as Lukaku regrettably.

    Everton looked a very good team and the home record is second to none.

  • Ciaran

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #11


    You can never point the finger of blame at Ashley can you? Consider this; Pardew looks at the defence he has and wants back up. He knows there are flaws in it and has asked Mike Ashley to buy more players. Mike Ashley looks at the defence and thinks “nah it’s alright” and leaves it as it is.

    I’m not Pardew’s biggest fan, but no football manager in the world would decide he doesn’t want more players, it is directors and owners that make that decision. In Newcastle United, the buck always stops with Ashley when it comes to transfers. and the sooner you realise that the better, for your own sake.

  • Santon03

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #12


    Santon was terrible, yes.
    But it has nothing to do with right footed, Maldini also right footed.
    Colo and Mbiwa partnership looked really bad, the goals were mostly mistakes especially the 3rd goal was hilarious.

  • Santon03

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #13

    2nd and 3rd goal were really bad.

  • jettson1971

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Did anyone else notice the joker Kinnear giving the V sign when the cameras were on him??

    Didnt two Scottish players do that a couple of years ago and got a further ban?

  • toonbrother

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #15

    the first goal was quite dreadful. Colocinni and Lukaku running in different direction leaving the latter completely unmarked for an easy finish. Mbiwa is not perfect but he is a million times better than colocinni as a central defender

  • geordiemark

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #16

    ashley has to act now with pardew or its the fizzy pop league the man has no ideas at all, look at last season now look at this season

    my main concern is the fitness of the sqaud, everton rang rings around us and we just watched them we arent fit enough, I agree with slank id drop santon and bring in dummet, take colo out of the back 4 put in williamson or play with a sweeper system and colo can be the main sweeper like john blackley used to do god going back to the old old days here

    if ashley doesnt sack pardew then get set to join the scum at the bottom of the league

  • Santon03

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #17


    It’s more likely that Ashley doesn’t want to invest for pardew. He gave pardew another chance after last season, but only a chance.
    Looking at our summer transfer only 1 loan signing, it does seems that Ashley want to see if pardew can do well or not.
    Let’s say he invested buying 4 or 5 players in summer, then pardew still sh!t then new manager coming in and then doesn’t like with the team he inherited, it won’t do much good.
    There is big possibility that we will have new manager before January and then he will buy the players that he wanted.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Why not? His whole employment history at Newcastle has basically been a big “f@ck you”!

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #19

    Why 10 games .. ? After 3 yrs, Pardew has something new up his sleeve ? Give the new manager time. Starting right now would be giving the entire season to judge the squad.

    Im absolutely sick of seeing one man try and try and try.

    Ashley, are you blind ? You have been watching games as well !!

  • Santon03

    Oct 1, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #20

    it seems that our players don’t know how to attack or defend. How can 11 men on the pitch looked like headless chickens? I don’t know what the training is like, I have no idea what are they doing on the training ground.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #21

    So here we are yet again the morning after the night before and yet another defeat. Pardew has more lives than a cat.

    Everyone said Ashley’s biggest fault was not doing due diligence when he bought NUFC, but giving Pardew an 8 year contract trumps anything in stupidity terms.

    To those who say we haven’t got a big CF since Ba left have very selective memories as we were just as poor with Demba which was one of the reasons (+ money) he left.

    Players aren’t the problem so much. Messi would be confused and depressed playing for Pardew. As just one example Sissoko was once valued at 22M and after that Chelsea game last season probably more. Now he looks like little boy lost.

    KK and SBR could both attract and motivate players. Pardew seems to fail hugely in the latter.

  • geordiemark

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #22

    to me I dont think ashley has a choice really he has to sack pardew and the sooner the better, the scum didnt mess about look what they done and yes I know ashley doesnt want to pay up pardews contract but thats his own stupid fault for giving him that big a contract in the first place

    the manager I would go for is zola, hes doing a fantastic job at watford

  • geordiemark

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda heights

    spot on

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Why is Ashley conspicuously at consecutive games. Not his standard form. Scrutinizing Pards? Sacking imminent?

  • Malta Mag

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #25

    The question is where do you place the blame? Is it Pardew because as Gary Neville stated, he doesn’t believe Pardew sent his team out to play like that. As I had stated yesterday Collocini is over rated even though I love the guy. As for the two fullbacks????? Neither can defend yet people on this blog couldn’t wait to get rid of Danny Simpson who could defend. Arguments will continue as to the selection last night but not many on here would have picked any different. Do you get rid of Pardew? My own view is mixed as I am not so stupid as not to realize we need some inspiration however I do believe in continuity even if I can see patience is running out among the fans, but the question would be who do you get ?

  • Santon03

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #26

    I will wait for 10 games which will mean 2 more games ( 6 league and 2 cup games already) total we have 4 wins 1 draw 3 loses.

  • geordiemark

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #27


    think what happened with the hull city game ashley must have thought lets see what happens at everton before I act well lets hope he acts

  • Santon03

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #28

    I thought that 8 years contract was given by his best friend Llambias?

  • geordiemark

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #29

    Malta Mag

    its because pardew lost the player last season with his negitive tactics and do think this has a massive part to play in it as well its not just pardew but the players need to take responsibility as well but we cant sack all them

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #30

    While Cabaye and Willo defintely made a difference, it is difficult to tell how much. You see it all the time in games like that, a team takes a comfy lead into half time and they ease off in the second half. For all our improved performance in the second half other than Goofy’s shot which hit the post they had the better chances.

    Santon was awful last night. Mirallas and Coleman took the piss out of him all game, as did Deulofeu when he came on. I’ll ignore his 2 shocking free kicks.

    HBA was poor, and rightly removed at half time. He wasn’t crowded out this time, he just wasn’t good enough to cause problems.

    Remy suffered from the same problems Cisse has, isolation.

    MYM and Colo were tormented by Lukaku – what a player that boy is and will be. Obviously he wasn’t better than we have as no one was available at an affordable price (loan) that was better than what we have.

    Cardiff up next, that and Sunderland are the only games I see as point gaining games in the next 5.

    Very worrying how easy it was for Everton last night. Scoring twice is papering over fissures not cracks. Ashley looked distinctly unimpressed when the camera was on him. I reckon Pards is on the ropes now, Cardiff could be his tipping point if we don’t get anything there.

  • geordiemark

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #31


    somehow I still dont think Llambias has left the club you know still think hes around somewhere

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #32

    Someone made some sweeping ignorant xenophobic comment about foreign players lacking heart!!!

    I notice Arsenal now have 3 Germans.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #33

    Of course pardew never sent him team out to play like that, why would he?

    bu the problem is he cannot get them to play the way he wants consistently during a game.

  • Ginola

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #34

    The most obvious flaw with the team yesterday was the lack of leadership. The defense didn’t communicate at all in the first half (mostly MBiwas fault), and that led to all the Everton goals. Williamson looked rock solid in the second half. Doing things easy and winning the majority of the long balls. And Cabaye showed, except from a wondergoal, some hard tackles and bad language. We need that, not just flair.

    Dummett and Williamson (or Taylor) must play on saturday. And Ben Arfa can’t be given any defensive responsibility. If he plays.

  • bobby vee

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #35

    When will the powers that be at NUFC finally see the
    light and rid the club of our answer to FRANK DREBIN
    of Police Squad and Naked Gun Fame! I’m sick of hearing the apologists for Pardew saying give him 10 games. The chances are we will be well and truly rock bottom by then and in total disarray! For Gods sake get him OUT now before all is lost. This useless excuse for
    a Manager would get Barcelona relegated.
    Having supported my beloved NUFC for over 60 years
    my faith is being drained from me with every game this waste of space is allowed. The time to act is NOW!!

  • Scouse_geordie

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #36

    Please change the #$@#@! record!! Why is pardew getting so much grief. The man set his team up to play a specific way, in the pre match interview he even said how he wanted to play! We were supposed to play a bit defensive and then catch them on the break, instead we defended beyond poor with possibly the most nonchalonte performance by a centre half since Taylor at Liverpool.

    Pardew may not be the best manager about but no one can argue that his changes weren’t correct. And it takes balls to pull your cb away from home. He is just an easy target now and his job is already hard enough seen as though he is constantly undermined by an ownerbwho wont even back him financially.

  • Scouse_geordie

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #37

    Again I’m not saying he is a great manager but I’m so bored of people blaming him when the players are the ones not even close to doing their job.


    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #38

    If y may,y prononced 4 remarks,
    1 goal,error of Santon(Aidara better marking and faster in the race)
    2 goal,marking error of Mapu
    3 goal,failing Colo,lake of power againt Lukaku
    For AP,good idea to replace HBA by Cabaye
    bad idea to replace Anita by Cissé
    At this moment,the team was well ser and dominated the midfield;
    y think that AP took too many risks in the first half time and did not measure the power of Lukaku .

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #39


    Because this sort of display happens way too often

    I appreciate pardew might want a different style but if he does he can’t get it out of the players consistently and thats a bad sign.


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