Question – Can Newcastle Become This Kind Of Team?


I woke up about an hour ago at 2:30 am eastern time, and had to think who I was, where I was,  and how Newcastle had fared yesterday – quickly – and in that order. 😀

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Yohan Cabaye – had good game yesterday

I accomplished the first two tasks fairly quickly, and then a smile came on my face as I remembered the 2-1 win at Cardiff City yesterday – and of course it was a good win that all Newcastle fans had wanted to see, after our previous two successive league defeats.

We now have a respectable 10 points from 7 league games, and have won three of our last five league games, and are placed around mid-table.

The first 45 minutes was probably the best Newcastle have played so far this season, and we looked lethal and created chance after chance in that first half, with slick passing play,  good movement and last bit nor least – determination.

There’s no doubt we have some very good players in the squad, and Loic Remy with two goals and Yohan Cabaye with an excellent first half performance were the stars yesterday, with Mike Williamson also adding some strength and heading ability  at the back.

So it’s hardly surprising that’s the order in our Man of the Match poll,  with Remy having  64% of the vote, Cabaye having 20% and Mike coming in 3rd with 6%.

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But even in the second half there was some loose play that gave Cardiff City their goal, so the big challenge of this Newcastle side is to turn up for each and every game this season, and become a consistently good side.

Certainly if we can do that, Newcastle could have another good season like we had two years ago, when we finished 5th top.

That would be something.

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6 comments so far

  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Oct 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    I fear a complete and utter drubbing by Liverfool next week !

    Strridge and Suarez are on fire at the moment, and they will be very very difficult to break down, i fear the worst !

    As for Remy, well he has now 5 goals in three games, and i still can,t get my head around why he made his now famous U-turn and went to QPR instead of coming to us last Januray ?

    I read on here last week that Harry is,nt interested in getting Remy back to London after his loan-spell ???

    Pull the other one Arry, do you think were daft enough to believe you on that one. If Remy keeps banging goals in at his present rate then a much bigger club than QPR or us for that matter will be in for him in the Transfer window? Munich, Dortmund, Real, PSG, Monaco, and, yes maybe even Barca will come calling?

    As for the game yesterday, well Liverfool at home, is a whole different prospect, believe me! If we go in with the wrong tactics we will get screwed !

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 6, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    A good win yesterday, thanks to a couple of great finishes from Remy. Pleased to see HBA dropped, and it was interesting to note the improved team ethic and performance without him. Hopefully he will have been watching closely and will learn from the display that he has teammates and should get his head up to use them more often.

    Willo – failing to attack the ball for their first goal aside – had a decent game and gave merit to his inclusion, although Cardiff offered very little going forward for the majority of the game.

    I was disappointed not to see Anita start, but can’t fault the midfield 3 too much. Tiote did what he does best, and didn’t attempt to beat anyone in his own box. Can’t find any real complaints for Cabaye and Sissoko, although don’t have too many positives for Sissoko either.

    Jonas came on just to give Santon extra cover with Bellamy’s pace, so made sense.

    2 weeks to prepare for Liverpool, will Pardew stick with the 11, or change it, some big calls. Personally, MYM should come back in against the mobile Suarez and Sturridge.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 6, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Gutierrez got more votes than Santon and Sissoko combined.

    WTF

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Oct 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I,ve just watched MOTD for the second time, and i believe i only saw Jonas touch the ball once?

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  • tequilamag

    Oct 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    NEWEXPAT you do realise motd is edited highlights?
    Jonas almost scored with a header from a corner as soon as he came on. Its hard to see a starting spot for Jonas with the current squad but slagging him off for slagging sakes is pretty pathetic.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Oct 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Agree with you there Tequila, but i was,nt slagging him off?

    Was only reacting to the post @3 !

    Every player in the first squad always have critics on here. Could not believe someone was actually having a go at Anita somewhere on here this morning !

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