He Couldn’t Move At The End When I Subbed Him

It’s not often these days that a Newcastle side produces a display for the ages, but that’s what happened in the second half on Saturday afternoon, as Newcastle attacked Chelsea and won the game 2-0,  and that was the second successive season we have beaten Chelsea at St. James’ Park, having taken them apart 3-2 in February – well kind of. 😀

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A drenched Alan Pardew after the game on Saturday

So most fans have been celebrating what was a fantastic display by Newcastle – and we know that’s true because even Chelsea supremo Jose Mourinho was magnanimous and full of compliments for both the Newcastle team and the fans, after the game.

But it’s also true that unlike the previous two game that we lost against Sunderland and Manchester City, Newcastle got the breaks, especially in that first half when Chelsea were on top.

And one man who  Alan picked out for special praise for his fantastic work effort and contribution to the game on Saturday was 27 year-old Yohan Gouffran:

“When you look at sides like Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, you say to yourself okay, your wide players nowadays need to work.”  ‘They need to work really, really hard at the top level and you have to put him in that category.” “My goodness me, he worked his socks off.”

“He couldn’t move at the end when I subbed him, he literally couldn’t even walk out. It’s that kind of commitment, I think, our fans love.”  “We are a working-class city and they love flair, but what they really, really want to see is that hard-working grind and a day’s work.”

“My goodness me, he did a day’s work today and more.”

Yoan has now played 28 times for Newcastle and has scored 6 important goals for the club, and if he keeps up his current form,  it wouldn’t surprise us if he gets a call-up to the full French squad.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Yoan Gouffran is our best player by a country mile. The most consistent player in this inconsistent squad

  • RonVanDam

    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s one player who puts his pace to good use, excellent work ethic and gives his all in every game. This guy oozes passion. We need to sign more players like him when we have a average coach

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #3

    “A game for the ages”. Fuggen ‘ell Ed!!!!….we’re not Darlo.

  • Blofal

    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Gouffran is my favourite player in the current squad. He is the kind of player that us fans want, one who cares enough to work his socks off every game. You can tell he is truly appreciative of having the opportunity to play for nufc. And he is showing more and more ability every game.

  • lesh

    Nov 4, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #5

    If this lad’s as good as Pardew says he is, it’s a good time to get Kinnear out to have a look at him with a view to sign him in January!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 4, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Gouffran is everything Jonas couldn’t be. Reaching his level of play. Working his socks off week in week out, and yet chipping in with goals.

    Quickly turning out to be one of my favorite players.

  • shanghai fan

    Nov 4, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #7

    For his commitment and showing what it means to play for the club, Gouffran for vice captain or future captain candidate?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #8

    First time on since the game, cracking performance by the lads. Football wasn’t great in the first half, but we were solid and grew into the game. Chelsea only really threatened properly from set pieces.

    Sissoko looked more like the player we saw last time against Chelsea, he made a couple of those surges again, and showed a bit more body strength for the first time this season – is it a Chelsea thing for the lad? Anita however was outstanding when he came on, particularly his interplay with Obertan for the goal, and his little touch to give him space to cut back to Remy. Again, I’d question why he doesn’t start, we played better football with him on the pitch, and retained possession so much better.

    A fine forwards performance from Shola, he gave us something we have lacked all season, and that is someone who can win the ball up top, and hold on to it allowing us to build our play more effectively. Very disappointed he was brought off for Cisse, but no harm done.

    Remy started slowly, but I will put that down to the amount of longer balls we hit in the first 20 minutes. We resembled the long ball team of lat year. I think if we had conceded during this time we could have been hammered, but we looked solid and started to get a foothold and play more football as the first half went on.

    Goofy, I think everyone else has said all that is needed on him. Excellent professional performance.

    Time to build for the Spurs game. Let’s try and show that this wasn’t a one off and gain a bit of consistency, rather than just raising our game for a handful of top teams.

  • Slank

    Nov 4, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #9

    It looks like Goofy (or Goof as Pardew called him) is making the left wing his own. Can’t see Jonas replacing him when he returns.

    I’ve noticed that Debuchy is much more effective when he has Sissoko in front of him. I suppose he knows that Sissoko will track back and tackle.

    The team certainly looks more balanced with Goofy and Sissoko on either wing together with Tiote and Cabaye in the middle.

  • bills-son

    Nov 4, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Stats show that most goals are created from wide positions and defending the flanks has been our biggest weakness and the biggest reason for our high goals against.

    As Slank says, with Gouff and Sissoko out wide the full backs have proper protection and that allows the Cabaye and Tiote and the two CBs to hold their positions in the centre instead of being pulled all over the pitch covering the full backs.

    The teamwork between FBs and the their respective wide men can only be honed by playing together regularly and Pardew needs to settle on a team and formation. We can’t go on chopping and changing to try and get HBA and Cisse firing because its disrupting the balance and settling of the team.

    I’d replace Cisse by bringing Anita to play in front of Cabaye and Tiote and give Remy a free role through the middle. He showed in the second half against Chelsea how potent he is in that role.

  • Mag52

    Nov 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Well,well. Reading some of the other blogs this morning, I can’t help getting the feeling that the Pardew haters must have had mixed emotions big time at the final whistle on Saturday. Elation at the win, but tempered by disappointment that they wouldn’t have the opportunity to slag off their man here over the weekend.
    What a sad lot you are!
    Grudging comments in praise of the performance while asking why the team doesn’t always perform like that.
    For f’s sake there are no teams doing it week In week out in the premiership at the moment, and those, like Chelsea, who string a run of six wins together can always come a cropper, as happened on Saturday, and Chelsea have far more talented players at their disposal than we do.
    Why don’t you guys for once resist the temptation to get your digs in at the manager, accept that he got it spot on and enjoy the moment without reservation.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Way the French lads are playing at the minute the French team for the World Cup Qualifier against Ukraine could have 6 players in the team/squad: Debuchy, Cabaye, Remy, Sissoko, Goufran and Mbiwa not bad eh and if HBA could of discovered his early season form why not 7

  • lesh

    Nov 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #13


    You’re talking sense and unfortunately many of the Pardew out brigade are so obsessed with their mantra that common sense and reason have gone out of the window. So, expect much of the same obsessive and unreasonable idiocy to appear.

    Most posters are reasonable and when those who’ve seen the Pardew out brigade’s utterings as a convenient vehicle to jump on, to follow, see that they do not stand out as individuals with their own views, they will start to form their own opinions.

  • ricardohoolio

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #14

    MUST improve his finishing if he is to become a full French international! Missed too many sitters.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Lesh – agree but it’s not as bad as I thought; pretty balanced on here.
    I think most just have a rose-tinted idea of what a manager should be able to do. Why do we expect them to get it right all the time any more than we expect 100% pass completion or shots on target? In most matches one manager is beaten by the other – as beautifully demonstrated by AP over The Spaccy One on Saturday.

    He’s doing ok. Talks bollocks a lot but he works in football; it’s a standard. 😉

  • Sav

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Mag52, Well said. I don’t know who the fans would prefer. They slagged off KK when he stood on principle and walked out. Pards carries on in the most difficult circumstances, holding the club together in spite of Mashey, Kinnear, Time4 Change and all the rest of the circus. Lets give the man some credit and unreserved praise for a change.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #17

    I’d argue that AP is vital to us right now. He keeps a bit of air between the team and the pile of festering site that pays them, and can clearly motivate them despite all the shitty, spinning fans.

    If he walks, we’re in serious trouble.

  • Malta Mag

    Nov 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #18

    One thing you could never take away from Alan Pardew is his clear love affair with our club and everything that comes with it. He has always been dignified and polite even during the most adverse periods. No one would like him to succeed more than me and I’ve been a supporter of his even during those difficult periods although there are still questions over, just how good he is. His tactics were spot on, on Saturday and he out thought “the Special One”. Credit to the man.


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