Five Things We Learned About Newcastle Yesterday

It was another win to remember yesterday afternoon against another one of the top six sides in England, and to think we have taken a maximum 6 points from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the last two games without conceding a goal is almost unbelievable.

loic remy raniere sandro

Loic Remy challenges Raniere Sandro yesterday

Here’s five things we learned about the Newcastle side yesterday:

  • Tim Krul is one of the most talented goalkeepers in the Premier League, and he has been a success at Newcastle since joining us in the summer of 2005, when he was just 17 years old.
    And there’s not many goalkeepers who have the ability to make saves like the Dutchman made yesterday, and he’s getting praise from all quarters, and rightly so.
  • Our two full backs nullified the dangerous Tottenham wingers, with Davide Santon putting in an excellent display against the dangerous Andros Townsend, and Mathieu Debuchy again blocking shots and having yet another good game for the Magpies, and nothing much came down Spurs’ left wing yesterday. Both full-backs simply excellently yesterday.
  • In central defense Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa again looked like an excellent pair, who put their lives on the line for Newcastle in every game, and they were again outstanding yesterday.
    Mike’s heading ability and general no-nonsense play combines well with Mapou’s movement and speed – and they’ve been fabulous together in Newcastle last three games.
    And to think we thought Mike may have left the club last summer – wrong again Ed.
  • Loic Remy is a fantastic player for Newcastle, and the goal for Newcastle yesterday was superb, with Yoan Gouffran winning the ball from a Tottenham midfielder and putting the perfect through ball for Remy to run onto, and he went past the goalkeeper, before slotting the ball into the empty net. Please sign up for us soon Loic!
  • The Newcastle players have taken some stick all year about not being passionate enough when they wear a Newcastle shirt, but that has not been evident at all lately, when the lads in the last three games, including the Manchester City League Cup tie have given everything they have and more, and in the 90 minutes in each of the last three games against top six sides, we have not conceded a goal.
    These lads seem to have grown into what the fans want to see – players that give everything they have for Newcastle in every game – and it’s simply inspiring to watch.

What other positives came out of the game yesterday?

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18 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s trying to keep the ball on the floor a bit more and have spells of decent play due to the overwhelming pressure which people have been heaping on him and the fact that we have a quality pacey finisher in Remy. He’s been forced to do something about it due to pressure, not his own tactical forward thinking.

    Anita being involved has helped largely as well, but still stays on the bench.

    With that team he has been gifted by Carr, it can no doubt be capable of very good things.

    It’s like a non-driver in a Ferrari pressing the accelerator and onlookers marvelling how fast they are going. The car (the players) is/are capable of it regardless of the driver. A good driver, however, can enhance the performance to a high level. That is not Pardew.

    With that many players behind the ball for a lot of the game, we are bound to snuff out the opposition attacks simply due to numbers.

    As Catchy said, attacking in the final third still has to improve a lot. We have the capability, I’d just love to see it utilised properly and ruthlessly have a go. Teams will often let you play passes in the bottom two thirds of the pitch, the real skill is the final third, that is what consistently wins games.

    Having said that, 3 points away from home is a good result and they defended well. Krul being the saviour.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2


    if it has taken you this long to figure these things out , what have you been doing?

    out of that team that started v spurs, id only swap 2 of our players for they’ers, shola, and Williamson,

    while Williamson put in another good shift yesterday, he still isn’t (IMO) good enough,
    shola just a very poor player, to heavy, to slow

    now spuds are trying to fight for top 4,, hmmm, something very wrong

    even when I look at man us team,, I wouldn’t swap many of there players for ours, rooney and RVP, but the rest no thank you

    we have a great team, SBR would have done wonders with it

  • TorqToon

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Laurent – shola did well yesterday, but if we can bring in a top CD who is strong and powerful, and works well with Remy, our forward line would improve massively.

    Gouff and sissoko have settled and are really impressing me. Gouff would’ve been my mom had Timmy not have played the best game in his career.

  • Roger

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    All what you said is true, but again, in the first half
    of this game, we do a great forechecking and the Spurs
    find no way against this.
    But what happened in the second half. No more
    forechecking and the game was not as good then in the
    first half. Ok Krul is a worldclass keeper and he`s the
    winner of the game, but what happened when Krul
    is not as good then yesterday, we loose this game.
    From the start of the second half, you can see our
    team is after the middle line, no more forechecking,
    they let play the Spurs there game.
    And why we changed the team, Shola was a good
    player in the first half, and then Pardew changed him
    for Anita, so we had only one stricker on the field.
    At least the next change, Remy is out, in in is the
    looser of the year, Mr I can`t get enough many Cisse.
    Why this player? I hope he will go away in January
    next year.
    But as a resumee of this sunday, Newcastle is the
    winner, Krul is the winner, Pardew can be lucky,
    but he is not the winner.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    I am loving the last 2 results and god knows what the odds were of winning both

    I don’t look for NUFC to lose to have a go at Pardew but previous criticism of him was wholly justified – re Hull, Everton, Sunderland etc, plus last season.

    If we really are turning a corner I couldn’t be happier.

    Sadly I think Benny is at best an impact player now against tiring legs as we do look more solid without him now, Krul’s 14 saves not withstanding!

    Benny only seems able to do it against lesser teams but at only 26 he did win 5 league titles in France.

    Colo mentally hasn’t wanted to be here for a while and M’Biwa is really starting to shut some critics up.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Harsh on shola and willo, they may not in your opinion be good enough, but there what we have and personally I give pardew credit for not dropping willo/yanga for colo yesterday

    Shola has had 3 good consecutive games and remy is thriving off of him, and it was some great pressure from shola that was the catalyst for our goal yesterday by dispossessing chiriches on the edge of there box which lead to shear panic from there backline which goofy and remy took full advantage of
    Granted he’s not a finisher, but he’s a powerhouse and is carrying his role out well

  • SeanNufc87

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #7

    LR 32

    Take your negativity elsewhere mate as its getting pathetic to read now. Heres some truths for you.

    Pardew did not start playing pass n move football because you had a whinge on a blog.

    Players deserve credit for a lot, but I can guarantee that the players didnt have a meeting and decide to put 3 players on townsend when in our half. That was pardews idea, as a result that wing became all but useless.

    Yes tim krul had an awesome day, without that form we probably would have lost… to a top 4 candidate at THEIR ground.

    Sometimes you need to grind out a win and id put money on you saying when chelsea won the CL under di mateo that that was due to good management, yet you wont do the same for pardew?

    Before the weekend the 4 teams at the top were (in no order) arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and chelsea, we took 7 points from 3 of those teams… thats impressive and reason enough to be pleased.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Well said mate, well said

  • yo-yo

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9


    I guess you’re a hockey man – but forechecking describes perfectly what we need to do to teams – leave them no time on the ball, constantly putting them under pressure in possession, leaving them no space to think and time passes etc., Harry and hassle…

    I love hockey and used to be a season ticket holder at Durham Wasps It was a North East traditional hotbed before the Wasps got sold out

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10

    People love a dig at ‘Iron Mike’
    A like him as he is a ‘old fashioned’ centre half not gifted on the ball – but gives it his all likes to tackle gets his head to the ball and body in the way and knows his limitations on the ball passes to colleague and in doubt hoofs it.
    A interesting statistic was mentioned on BBC Total Sport in 32 clean sheets since the TOON came up Williamson has started in 18 of them.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #11

    cheers tads

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #12


    sorry, and I know its all about opinions, but I don’t see remy thriving along side shola, I have not seen any flick ons , any one 2s, nothing,
    remy is playing well with both cabaye and goofy,
    remy is the perfect guy to lead the line under pardews defensive tactics, because he is quick, plays on the shoulder and is a good finisher


    you are a little numpty arnt you,,

    how is it negative, to want us to play more positive ?? im totally lost with your logic
    yesterday, we had a super hero in goal, if it had not have been for him, we would have lost the game , and the only thing in doubt would have been by how many,,

    now in football its easier to defend than attack, stick 11 behind the ball and try and break us down, that’s what we do,
    we pass the ball side ways, not forwards,

    we have the players to do it,

    that’s is being positive

  • lesh

    Nov 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13


    Indeed we do need to to leave teams no time on the ball, constantly putting them under pressure in possession, leaving them no space to think and time passes.

    From what I saw on MotD that’s exactly what our defence were doing yesterday – particularly when Townsend got hold of the ball. Two of our boys, two at least, closed him down abd harried him away and back, away from goal. Even Cabaye was getting in on that act.

    Now I wonder if all those slamming Pardew’s tactics might recognise that positive and productive play? Or should Williamson be dropped for being involved in what was a good tactic in the circumstances.

    Oh, nearly forgot Catchy, Pardew doesn’t do tactics does he!


    Nov 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    if you cant enjoy days like the last two weekends have brought then i dont see why you support a football team?!
    whats the point?
    miserable b*stards on here man

  • Phil K

    Nov 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    The media rightly said we got away with it thanks to Krul.
    However, I’m old enough to recall during the Glenn hoddle period when Spurs were penned in their own area for 90 minutes, broke out half a dozen times and scored FIVE against the run of play, against Newcastle’s TWO.
    But did the press tell the story as “lucky Spurs” ?
    Did they hell

  • Phil K

    Nov 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #16

    ….that game, Newcastle 2 Spurs 5 was the most ridiculous game Ive ever seen, even though I was but a kid at the time 1975. Alfie Conn, a scot, scored a hat trick. 6 shots at goal and scored 5. Newcastle hit post bar, man on line. It was actually funny in the end. In comparison yesterdays was nothing special

  • I I I

    Nov 12, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #17

    On my hands and knees; please:
    5 Players Newcastle need to sign:

    01. Remy
    02. John Guidetti
    03. Andrea Pirlo
    04. Wilifred Zaha
    05. Micah Richards

  • ballerfan2

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    There are still those who wish to perpetuate the myth that Pardew’s tactics are defensive and negative. The second half on Sunday had little to do with being told to play deep but all to do with Spurs upping their game big time (like Sunderland first half). We see it all the time in the PL but when it involves our own team suddenly it is down to Pardew’s tactics??? I will say again that the critics have closed their minds to the possibility that they are wrong about Pardew. There may be better managers about but they are not about to come to Newcastle just yet. The players certainly seem to rate Pardew so that’s good enough for me.


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