Liverpool Result Today May Rest On This Player’s Shoulders

Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa were both replaced at half time at Everton after that woeful first half display, which is one of the things that make us think our defense is not too much improved from last season when we leaked 68 goals in the Premier League, and we must do a lot better than that this season, otherwise we could be struggling again.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – big game for the Frenchman today

And today if we play like we did at Everton or Manchester City at the start of the game, then the match will be over by half time – it’s as easy as that.

Frenchman Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was benched in the next game at Cardiff, but with Coloccini again being injured while on International duty, Alan Pardew has said that Mapou will play in this game.

Steven Taylor should also be fit, but it seems he will not be coming in for Colo today, and Steven is having yet another injury ravaged season and hasn’t played since the first game when he got himself sent off just before half time – just to make things that little bit harder for the team. 🙁

Alan Pardew talked about Yanga-Mbiwa today:

“If you take a defender out, you have to say why and give them some solutions,” “I’d like to think I’ve done that for him. I’m pretty sure he’s going to play today, and we need to get a performance out of him like some of the ones he has put in for this club.”

“I think it’s very difficult for defenders to adjust to the Premier League, much more so than for attackers. I’ve always thought that and stand by it.

“Come out, have a look at it, then come back in and show real character. I look at him, and he has got character, there’s no doubt about that. I’d like to think he’ll show it against Liverpool.”

There’s no doubt that Yanga-Mbiwa has struggled in the Premier League, but as Alan says he’s also put in some stellar games and he has to be given more time to get acclimatized to the English game.

We wonder whether he can make it at center-back in the Premier League, and think his best position could be in one of the full-back positions.

But we’d like nothing better than Mapou have an absolutely outstanding game today, and prove us wrong, and help Newcastle get a result.

Sp there’s no doubt that Yanga-Mbiwa will be a very important player for Newcastle today.

We are not invested in being right about our opinions – only that Newcastle do well – so that’s what we hope for today – that Alan Pardew comes up with a great game plan – and Mapou carries out his instructions perfectly on the pitch.

That would be just terrific.

Howay The Lads!!

12 comments so far

  • magpie6699

    Oct 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    I dream of the time – anyone else remember? – when we hammered Liverpool 4-0 after being trounced by them in the Cup. I just remember the chant “Wembley was a fluke…”!
    My head says 1-3 defeat.

  • jeff

    Oct 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    “We wonder whether he can make it at center-back in the Premier League, and think his best position could be in one of the full-back positions.””

    lol just lol. cb captain of title winning montpellier and u honestly believe his best position is lb? get off saylors junk

  • bollance

    Oct 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Sadly can’t watch the game but as unpredictable as we are I wouldn’t bet against us winning today.

  • bollance

    Oct 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4


    Did you not watch the games at the end of last season. I am with Ed on this one especially after the Everton game. He was not tight on his man which cost us 2 goals.

    If we had another good centre back I would consider moving him to full back because he has the attributes to be our best all round fullback.


    Oct 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    It is wrong to put the responsibility of a result of a game on one players shoulders !

    They walk out as a team, and win as a team, and yes, in the event of a loss, the blame will be with the whole team.

    To try and say beforehand that if we lose it will be one player to blame is pure Folly Ed !

  • jeff

    Oct 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    ed always picks on the black players

    i can understand he wants geordies in the team, but theres no need to always target yanga and co for our losses

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d play him just in front of the defence today. Taylor and Willo centre halves with MYM in the space that Coutinho, if fit, and Suarez love to drop into. Tiote could do the same job, but MYM has a bit more mobility which will be needed today.

    Cabaye and Sissoko in as well, with a front 3 of Remy and Goofy either side of HBA. Run at Sakho, he has looked shaky and clumsy when people have put him on the back foot so far.

  • bollance

    Oct 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8


    Ed can never win because if he expresses his opinion he is criticized and likewise if he is impartial.

    But one theme is shared and that is those who critique the blog show themselves for who they are.. You did that long ago.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Have to disagree mate, Taylor hasn’t played for months mate this would be an awful game for him to start, tbh I doubt he’s even fit, and even if he was the lads a huge liability and should be no where near our backline

  • tequilamag

    Oct 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Jeff you have a history of using this blog to troll. Last Summer it was pretending to be a 13 year old Indian boy ( how disturbing is that) now it seems you are targeting Ed to get a reaction. It actually says something for ED that he tolerates your presence on the blog.
    Back to Pennywell you sad little man.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    All of our defenders can be liabilities though, if we are singling Taylor out for that we shouldn’t play any of them!! Willo won’t have a prayer of coping with Suarez or Sturridge either, let’s face it Colo has struggled each time as well against Suarez.

    My reasoning is because Suarez will cause problems by pulling Willo and Taylor out of position with his movement. MYM in front allows either him to pick up Suarez if he comes deep, or slot in to centre half if he pulls one slightly wide.

  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Oct 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks as I’m a little tired of all the infighting, but Jeff has just woken me from my apathy. Jeff……kindly go forth and multiply.


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