Five Things We Learned About Newcastle Yesterday

The first half display yesterday was just exactly what Newcastle fans needed to restore some confidence in their side, as we were coming off two league defeats in which not only did we not  play well but also conceded three goals to both Hull City and Everton.

tim krul in action at cardiff

Tim Krul in action yesterday – we just scored

But yesterday Newcastle started off with energy and purpose, and immediately pressured the Cardiff side, winning 50-50 balls and creating at least six good chances in that first half, and Loic Remy brilliantly scored from two of them.

In the second half the Magpies weren’t as dominant, and Cardiff came back into the game, but Newcastle were still resolute enough to hold out for the win and a massive 3 points.

Here are five things coming out of that game that we learned about our side yesterday:

  • Loic Remy can become a huge star at Newcastle, and his two goals were expertly taken yesterday and he was the difference between the sides – we need to sign him up as soon as we can. Loic has now scored 5 goals in 5 appearances for the Magpies.
  • Mike Williamson came in and his heading ability and overall experience was welcomed in the center of defense – and Mike could turn out to be a key man for Newcastle this season, after beginning the season as the fourth choice center-back
  • Yohan Cabaye is a very important player for us, and in the first half he was simply outstanding and hit a post from 30 yards out with a free kick – let’s hope he’s happy on Tyneside now
  • Jonas Gutierrez returned yesterday in the second half for his first appearance since the opening game of the season, and he’s in good form and he helped Newcastle tighten up and remain resolute to hang on to all 3 points
  • There is significant competition for places this season, and that should help us keep our standards high, and  we probably have our best squad since Bobby Robson was at the club

It was a very welcome win for Newcastle before the long two week International break, but we’ll have to be in top form for our nest game at home to Liverpool, if we are to get anything at all out of that game.

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17 comments so far

  • Sir Braveheart

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Honestly think this season results will be either wins or losses. Very few draws. We’ve got a lot of goals in the team but we’ll concede a lot too.


    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #2

    i expectng from the liverfool game but a fried egg an a red card for one of the players debuchy or tiote


    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #3

    im expectng nothing from the liverfool game but a fried egg an a red card for one of the players debuchy or tiote

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #4

    agree with most points Ed.

    However, what worries me is how players came out at Everton…


    to me today players cant come out careless….

    * even though i really like Sandton, Dummet should be playing…he is actually really good. Left footed can pass….like that.

    * What happens to Cabaye when he is on song he can pass. If he is sold in Jan we will need a player equal of ability if not better.

    * Cisse needs his form back he needs coaching to do so. Pardew is not the person for that.

    * Remy should be offered a contract ASAP, knowing NUFC he will be back safe and sound to QPR.

    * Remy is Henryesque, what a great player, great movement, good pace, intelligence, and finishing.

    * Gouffy to me is starting to look like a great and tidy player….he needs more PL goals.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Liverpool is @home, dont know if thats a relief or curse.

    Relief we wont get thumped away, curse that we will probably lose another home game….

    Pardew should tighten up, play VERY agressive and tight marking like Sunderland tried in the first half vs Manure which worked well.


    Anita(cause of pace) Colo Mbiwa (cause of pace) Dummet

    ——– Cabaye —Tiote—Cissoko

    HBA——– Cisse———–REMY

    ( reason why cisse is still up front dont see Playing Remy up front ass effective as he is now) With a replacement of Gouffy up front.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #6

    We cannot sign Remy until January. And we have not agree a fee with QPR according to JFK – another masterstroke by NUFC!


    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #7

    qpr will demand 15-19 mil

  • Slank

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #9

    What pleased me was the attitude and commitment from the kick-off. They really got stuck in and had Cardiff on the back foot from the off and kept the pressure on right up to half time. Cardiff came out fighting which wasn’t a surprise as it often happens in games (eg Everton second half) but the lads remained firm and resolute.

    I was also pleased with Pardew deservedly dropping Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa as both were rubbish against Everton. I had hoped Anita would play. It looks increasingly likely that it’s either him or Sissoko to partner Tiote and Cabaye both of whom were excellent.

    Mike Williamson deserves a lot of praise as he looked solid and nearly always won the high balls. Colo looked more comfortable alongside him than with Yanga-Mbiwa. Although Debuchy isn’t the greatest fullback at defending what I’ve noticed over the weeks is that he never shirks a challenge. He takes a lot of punishment but always gets up. Krul and Santon were OK. Cisse worked hard as did Goofy who is getting better with each game. Remy was what we all knew a natural goal scorer. I bet his transfer figure is going up in tandem with his goals scored.

  • Harley

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #10


    You say cisse is out if form and that he needs coaching but pardew is unable to do this.

    Then in your next sentence you say remy is great and goufran is starting to look great and tidy.

    So is someone else coaching remy and goufran, or is pardew just trying a bit harder with those 2?

  • Toon Boy

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Pft Jonas did nothing. Jonas is useless and should be got rid of.

    Hmm here is wha I think. Attack is the best form of defense. That is what Pards need to realise. He has this thing where soon as they score, he goes uber defensive and allows them to keep having shots. Guess what, if you give them shots, they will eventually score. if we had scored one more we would have buried them. Their tempo and drive would disappear. I am sickas soon as the other team scores, Pardew subs of the players that were looking likely to score and puts on crap defensive players. He should have put on Ben Arfa for Sissoko at 70, Sammy Ameobi for Cisse and Marveaux for Remy ( If he was injured). So frustrating. And soon as they scored NEwcastle defense went crap. Was the same as last weeks.

  • bills-son

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    One of the big differences yesterday was the protection Remy and especially Goofy gave to the full backs. They not only chased back but also closed defenders down. That allowed Cabaye, Tiote and Sissoko to hold their positions in CM and give the back four decent protection when Cardiff had the ball.

    The team looked far more composed and organised than we did in the Villa away win and but for Willo’s mistake – who otherwise was superb – we would have won the game with ease.

    Pardew has a big decision for the Lpool game – does he keep the same team or bring HBA back. The problem with HBA is that he can be a match winner or a match loser – whichever wing he plays on he offers absolutely no protection to the FB and that has a big impact on the shape of the team.

    If he plays I’d be tempted to try him through the middle in a free role in place of Cisse.

  • Irish-Toon

    Oct 6, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Agree with most points Ed makes, apart from the Williamson one. He’s good in the air, but a liability with the ball at his feet. He doesn’t look to see if there’s a player on, he just hoofs it, giving possession straight back to the opposition.
    Unless he’s attacking the ball with his head his judgment is awful, take their goal yesterday. When he’s defending corners/set pieces he’s liable to give penalties away as he hangs on to the opponents shirt. I’m sorry but I wouldn’t have in my team, he’s a championship player at best, and that’s pushing it


    Oct 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Well Ed, correct if i,me wrong but Remy has bagged 5 goals in three games?

    Your right Jamsha, about QPR will demand to get Remy to come to us on a Permanent deal !
    In fact, i believe that a deal for the player will never be done? Especially if the player keeps scoring for us at his present rate?
    It looks like QPR will be coming straight back up to the Prem, so i believe QPR will just end his loan-period and take Remy back to London! Our mistake, was not bidding more money for him in January and guaranteeing that the player came to us in the first place!

  • nufc 11

    Oct 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Santon was ok? dnt make me laugh he shouldn’t be playing come on he makes countless mistakes he actually walks on water no more than colo their positioning and decision making are awful and cost the team alot of points but they never get dropped but players like Anita who have done very well get dropped to acommodate AP’s untouchables.

  • ronjohno

    Oct 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #16


    Glad to see someone else sees Williamson for what he is – I would put it stronger – His failure to attack and clear the ball yesterday allowed Cardiff to break forward and score.
    Have to admit mind that I have never had any time for him so I am very biased.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Williamson or Mbiwa against Liverpool, that is the Pardew’s upcoming headache.


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