Tough Game Coming Up – Biggest Defeat Last Season

It was good to see Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy in good form for France in their 6-0 win on Friday against Australia in a friendly, and Cheick Tiote looked solid in the Ivory Coast midfield in their 3-1 win over Senegal yesterday, and Papiss Cisse scored with almost the last kick of the game – and Alan Pardew was hoping Papiss could get back on the goal trail over the International break.

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Yohan Cabaye – fantastic goal for France

So far the Newcastle players have looked good for their countries, and hopefully Yohan as one example is getting back to his very best, and he scored a wonderful opportunist goal for France, the best of the bunch,  and Mathieu’s wasn’t too bad either.

That’s good because when the lads all return from the International break next week, Alan Pardew will quickly prepare them for the home game against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, and the Reds look like an improved side from last season.

So when you think they took us apart 6-0 in this corresponding game back in April, we must have our defense and all our players turn up for this game, which certainly wasn’t the case in April, and it was one of our biggest defeats ever at St. James’ Park, and followed the 3-0 humiliation at home to Sunderland.

Liverpool are a fast and skillful side these days, and Luis Suarez will be playing this time around, and our two worst halves of the season – in the first halves at both Manchester City and Everton, when we were also up against a fast and skillful side – we were taken apart.

So the Newcastle defense, which in our view is still Newcastle’s biggest weakness, will need to be on their mettle on Saturday if we are going to get anything out of this game.

Indeed the whole team  will need to be on their mettle on Saturday if we are going to get anything out of this game.

But on the positive side, it’s also a big opportunity for this Newcastle side to show they are much better than we have looked against some sides so far this season.

If we can beat Liverpool on Saturday it would be a massive result for the Magpies – no kidding – and it’s exactly what we need.

Here’s the video of Yohan’s goal – there may be a short advert before it – and notice Mathieu is the first player to congratulate him – who do these guys play for again? 😀

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14 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Oct 13, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    parpoops……… our french connection have over exerted themselves in their international games and should have had more rest

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    We have a forward line who doesn’t score enought goals and and a back line who are leaking like bad piping!

    …I blame the midfield and I blame our misguide concept of how to play a 4-3-3 with the players we have.

    Basically there is a huge difference between how we set out to play and how we eventually play!

  • John Tudor

    Oct 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    a fluid 3-4-3 is the way to go a rotating diamond in midfield

  • John Tudor

    Oct 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    does well in drilling

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 13, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    JT…a 3-4-3 is a difficult formation to master, but one Martinez used at Wigan and I really enjoyed watching them 🙂

    It is being used in Italy and it is something I would like us to try, but if Pardew cannot even get 4-3-3 right I fear how we will look playing 3-4-3 🙁

  • John Tudor

    Oct 13, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    exactly there in lies the problem
    dinosaur manager dinosaur formations and tactics
    it is not that difficult to put into practice just pardew is just so inept

  • John Tudor

    Oct 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    formations, any how who needs them, all of ours inevitably fail

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    They all look class in internationals. But look so poor with us. Especially debuchy.

  • John Tudor

    Oct 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    we could use it to crush opposition at home get at them from the start

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    4-3-1-2 is the way to go, simples.

  • John Tudor

    Oct 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    hmm thought we were playing that way it still more or less 4-4-2

  • John Tudor

    Oct 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    agh no 3 dm lump it over them for attackers if all else fails

  • lesh

    Oct 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    As these guys will be on a bit of a high when they get back, probably best if Pardew kept preparation for the liverpool to a minimum.

    It’s scary that we got hammered last season and that Liverpool have improved considerably. Don’t think it’d be GOP clever to remind the lads of that but to concentrate on
    how we’re gonna win – not not lose!

  • Sav

    Oct 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Sign up Franck Ribery now and we’ll muller them reds.


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