Fringe Newcastle Players Impressive Last Night


We didn’t really expect Newcastle to get through last night against Manchester City, but as the game went on and the score remained at 0-0, our hopes started to rise, but it was not to be,  and after we missed some good chances, City scored twice in the first period of extra time, and that was it – they now meet Leicester City in the quarter finals.

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Massadio Haidara – looked a good player against City

It was a good performance by Newcastle last night and several players, who were getting a  rare game were impressive, not least of which was 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, who looked very good at left back, and maybe this lad could be the startling left back of the future on Tyneside.

Certainly he is very good at defending and can attack well down the wing and he has a good left foot, but he limped off at half time, and we’re not sure if he will be fit for Saturday.

Alan Pardew said he was impressed with a number of players last night, and talked about them after first talking about Papiss Cisse and the two chances he missed last night, the second one being just three minutes into extra time when he was clean through and one on one with the goalkeeper, but the goalkeeper made the save. 🙁

This is what Alan said on the Newcastle web-site today:

“I think it affected Papiss, that particular chance.” “He always gives everything for us but that seemed to hurt him, that he didn’t take that chance.”

“He wasn’t quite the same after that. But that’s what it’s like for strikers and he’s got to keep going.” “And if there’s ever an example of coming out of this spell, it’s Torres who’s suddenly come alive. We’ve got to hope that happens for Papiss.”

“I think individually it was an important night for a few people,” “Moussa Sissoko needed a good performance and he played well, Vurnon Anita played well again and I thought that Massadio was terrific against Jesus Navas who’s £30M or whatever he is.”

“It’s a shame we lost him. Bless him, since he’s been here it’s been one thing after another and it must be so frustrating for him.”

And it was heartening to see Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have a solid game, after he’s looked just a little dodgy in one or two recent games, but his performance last night will give him a lot of confidence, and Alan Pardew could be right in saying once he gets to grips with the Premier League, he can become a very valuable player for the side.

And Vurnon Anita showed why Check Tiote will have to keep playing at his best to keep his place in defensive midfield, as the Dutchman had another fine game in a black and white strip.

It’s going to be a tough game against Chelsea on Saturday, and our hopes are not too high about getting anything out of the game.

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And maybe Mapou will be fit for the game, since Alan Pardew has not mentioned anything about him not being fit for Chelsea, so it could be the same back four that started last night, with Davide Santon coming in for Massadio at left back.

Comments welcome.

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Dr. Ed Harrison is a retired IBM Executive, and was born and bred in St. Anthony’s estate in Newcastle, and joined IBM in 1970 after completing a PhD in Computing Science at Newcastle University.   
Ed was moved to America in 1973 by IBM, but now he is retired after 34 years at IBM,  he writes about his one passion in life – Newcastle United.



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197 comments so far

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #1

    hes waiting to see what offer they put on the table joes measuring up curtains right now 🙂

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  • Ted Bundy

    Oct 31, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Weren’t we in 11th place in the PL when Hughton got sacked in early December 2010?

    Will be interesting to see where we are placed after we lose our next 2 and Hughton rocks up with his Norwich side, almost 3 years on from his ignominious mistreatment.

    Would be rather poetic if his team were the ones to put the final nail in Pardew’s coffin.

    When you look at it like that too, our state now compared to then, some 3 years ago, we’re really going places people….

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  • Graeme

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, its looking more and more likely that our illustious owners requirement, of avoiding European Football at all costs, is likely to be achieved this season after all.

    I dont know whether to laugh or cry.

    Not at all sure about finishing in the top 10 either, in fact its far from certain. What a statement of intent from the rotund one eh.

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  • G

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #4

    TB @ 2. Nothing official on this one, but lots of tongues wagging on f365’s forum that 3 defeats in a row gets AP his P45. Probably just banter, but I make that 2, or 1 league with Chelsea and Spurs to come. The only worry is who will MA appoint as his successor? Based on current form I would give Sean Dyche the job. Seems he can work miracles whilst having his best players sold, and no transfer money in. Even ticks MA’s boxes.

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  • Mint

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Its that sloped pitch at St James that’s causing all the injuries, its the only anamoly of being a nufc player.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Took kk

    Problem is, a lot more money comes from the PL and sponsors these days rather than the NUFC fans.

    From a purely business perspective, Ashley is mostly right, from a football perspective he’s about as helpful as diarrhea.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7

    TDS

    From previous

    I think as fans we do have a right to have our say on how things are ran. There’s more in the club than just a product, it’s a passionate and emotional club, not a product.

    I don’t think that means we can demand we spend 100mil a year but I certainly think, as all money comes from us whether it’s tickets, merchandise or our tv subscriptions. I do think we can demand that the clubs money is spent in the best possible way. Not to spend his own money but certainly that we don’t waste money on managers, coaches, players and kinnears that we don’t need.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Fatman

    Er…no, he didn’t. He employed an under qualified and unprofessional friend to do a job.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Fatman

    Trouble is we the fans are as bad as Pardew for just taking it and not saying ”we’ve had enough” a long time ago.

    I haven’t been back for over 2 years now and have no intention of supplementing this s..t, but others will sadly keep blindly doing so and wonder why things are how they are.

    dagga

    When my old man first took me as an 8 year old to SJP it was the biggest thing ever to me and I was hooked. It’s a horrible indictment that your lads found it boring and an awful commentary on a so-called entertainments business in the middle of a recession.

    I’m starting to think KK the first time round was really the pinnacle and will sadly now never be repeated under this shambolically run club with 52000 home fans!!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Mister Tuff

    It’s how Ashley thinks though.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda

    Got to appreciate that a lot of people are just please we are in the prem league, a lot of other once great/big clubs have faded away down the leagues.

    I’m not saying they condone the owner but a lot of people do see that things could be much much worse, and they really could. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t want more though.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry Pards but Cisse couldn’t even lace Torres’s boots…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    TS

    But we don’t have the right, we’re just minority customers.

    BUT…we bloody well should be given the right! Sadly, we’ve got an owner who sees our club as a business rather than a living breathing entity.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #14

    For all people worry about Torres he still got close to 20 goals last season and always brought something else to the table, linked play and worked the channels a lot to give others space.

    Torres also has adapted to losing his pace, which has been his problem since his run of injures at end of Liverpool career.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Cisse is getting in good positions, just needs a few goals to boost his confidence!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #16

    TDS

    Well tickets a d merchandise is over 30 mil which is a big minority as well.

    I think we need to make sure our voices are heard, no matter how small they are.

    I’m just sick of our owner not taking the fans views into account. I know he can’t do everything we want but the way he does some things for what appear To be no benefit to the club makes him look like he does things out of spite.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #17

    tds

    @15 lol

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  • Fostino

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #18

    remy
    sousoka

    santon cabaye tiote ben afra

    haidira dummett williamson debuchy

    krul

    i dunont knwo what our best 11 is right now..were so inconsistent. wheres marveaux?? id like to see him involved

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Fostino

    Marv isn’t injured so not sure where.

    Surely he’s worth an option on the bench, kind of player who can unlock doors when it’s tight

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #20
  • Dagga

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    If last night counted as an impressive display from Sissoko then jeez he must have put some shockers in to date.

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  • toon kk

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    MA is slowly but surely ruining our club. Fans on the whole must be fed up, its sad at how many games people expect us to loose and the ones we should be winning we often get beat. Not alot of fun and excitement for your money.
    Going to watch your team play used to be the highlight of the week. Now everyone is usually left feeling depressed.
    The United is being replaced by the MA effect. Sad..

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #23

    TS

    He’s never going to listen when just a few hundred fans are marching calling him a liar and demanding he leaves.

    £30M is a big minority but there’s no united voice.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    what’s the point in getting rid of Pardew now? He should’ve went after the Reading game last January if anything.
    i don’t buy the idea that kinnear will definitely be the next manager, but you should know by now it will remain the same until ashley goes either by boredom or profit or mass protest (30000+ empty seats) and that’s provided we can find a buyer.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #25

    TDS

    Because it varies between wanting a few changes and wanting him out…you’ll never get everyone to agree on things.

    In my opinion it has gone too far to repair the relationship with a lot of fans.

    And the numbers of the march don’t represent exactly upset. You know like when they say 1,000 complaints to a tv channel represent a much bigger amount of people who are upset by the content who just won’t kick up a fuss either for whatever reason (time, don’t think it’s effective, etc)

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  • toonicle

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Who thought being compared to Torres could be such an insult!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #27

    TS

    So, in a word, we’re “stuffed”…

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  • Dagga

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Rotonda Heights

    Yeah totally gutted about my boys. But the lack of atmosphere didn’t help – there were people around me who are obviously regular attenders that spent the whole of the first half chatting away,catching up with what each other had done since the last match they saw each other. Don’t know if they even noticed there was a match on. Really boiled my p*** but not my place to have a go at those who frequent the place far far more often than me. Early signs were encouraging when my youngest berated the ref for awarding a free kick when a Man City player fell over the ball but the interest just petered out

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #29

    TDS

    Personally I think we are stuck until he pushes so hard that you get a big majority wanting him out, no idea what percentage is now though.

    Also I think in the meantime we really should be pushing to get a better manager who is suited to this squad of players.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #30

    shola

    yes that was the window of opportunity just another example of ash lack of ambition

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #31

    to hell with MA & JFK if crunch came to crunch i’d rather have a new manager rather than MA spending in January.

    no matter who we bring in AP will somehow f**k him up

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #32

    I think it is about prioritizing; it is quite obvious that neiter Mike Ashley or Alan Pardew are good for NUFC in the long run, but Mike is not going anywhere unless someone buys the club. We are stuck with him so to speak, but it doesn’t mean we shoudn’t make our voice being heard!

    Pardew on the other hand can be removed and I think as long as we are stuck with our current owner we might as well get the best out of the situation – meaning get a new manager 🙂

    Maybe even an overhaul of the backroom staff and a completely new academy setup.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #33

    at the end of the day MA & JFK are staying so there’s no changing that BUT we can voice our concern towards Pardew, i respect Pardew’s passion for football and our club but it’s just not enough, he’s an below average manager that shouldn’t even be in the PL.

    mark my words if AP was ever to walk out our club and then MA brings in a good manager who know’s attacking style of play and a good tactician we will see our club hitting the high levels

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Jesper

    Well put. I agree with that

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Jesper

    I fully agree with you

    we need a feel good factor very soon

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #36

    quick 2 question guys what would you’s go for!

    1 – a good manager?

    2 – new signing’s by Joke Kinnear?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Thanks guys 😀

    …felt very confident writing that lol

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  • Belgian

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #38

    I have been reading this blog for a few years and i rarely
    post here. I also think AP needs to go.

    One possibility to let the board know how we feel is to wave white flags or handkerchiefs.
    They do so in Spain to let the manager know that they want him out.
    That way its easy to see how many fans feel the same.

    thought i share my idea with you guys

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #39

    a good manager

    even JFK can sign anyone if he offers the right money a good manager can do very well with average players SAF did it last year with Man U

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Belgian…so what has kept you the last few years? 😉

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