Witness For The Defense – Here’s The Verdict


John Anderson was born in Dublin and played for Newcastle from 1982 through 1992 as a center-back, and he played over 300 times for the Magpies, and 16 times for Ireland.

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John Anderson – while at Newcastle

And the 54 year-old thinks the Newcastle defense is coming together very nicely thank you very much, in the last three games, and that’s when captain Fabricio Coloccini has been out injured.

This is what John said in the Chronicle today:

“If you look at the last two games and for 90 minutes of the Capital One Cup match against Manchester City, I think keeping three clean sheets would have surprised anyone.

“You would have been laughed out of the place for predicting that” “Tim Krul took a lot of praise for the Tottenham game but he did not have a great deal to do against Chelsea.”

“So you have to give a lot of credit to the boys in front of him as well.” “They have done a great job and not just the back four, because they have defended from the front.”

“Defending is a bit like scoring goals, it is about confidence and you can see Newcastle’s growing game by game.” “Having an established back four helps, which they have had.”

“Looking at the next two games realistically, you want a minimum of four points.”  “With two wins, suddenly there is added pressure.” “People think we should be winning those two games, and we can, especially if we defend the way we have been doing.”

“That is the challenge now.”

The next two games are Norwich City at home followed by West Brom at home, so there’s even a chance we can get two wins in those games – but 4 points would also be a good return.

The main thing we want to see is two more very good defensive displays from the lads, and that includes players like Gouffran and Remy tracking back,  and if we can get that, then the return from those two games should be a good one – maybe even a very good one.

Comments welcome.

Ian Begg is a reader who recently found out that his Mom was very ill, and he has to return to Australia. Ian has a Platinum Club season ticket that has £700 left on it, and he is willing to sell it for £550 or a best offer.

Please see if you can help Ian out, and you can contact him by email at ian_s_begg@hotmail.com – thanks.

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218 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Why does a billionaire buy a football club and not spend his money.

    Surely he has done more good to himself than the club.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry ed but what a ridiculous headline a while back saying 3 wins in a row is now likely!!!!! Have you learnt nothing about being a NUFC fan and tempting fate!!

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  • JackButler

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Mapou and Williamson are our best pairing imo, they’ve looked solid and their different strengths complement them as a pairing.

    Debuchy’s form has also be a massive factor in us looking far stronger at the back but I would still prefer to see Haidara in place of Santon

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  • bills-son

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Any fan suggesting at the start of the season that Williamson would be part of our best CB pairing would have been riduculed.

    He was, after Shola, the most criticised player in the squad and called Championship standard at best by many.

    Just shows how wrong and fickle fans can be.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #5

    bills-son

    Willo with Colo or Saylor has looked poor, that is something that no one can argue or deny, but alongside Mapou they both look good as a pairing.

    It has nothing to do with fans being fickled, its to do with fans judging players on their performances

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Bills,
    I’ve always liked Willo and definitely thought him good enough for a back up CB, we need to get rid of STaylor, the 25 games he managed last season was the most since 2008/9 .

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Just watched that Cameroon game and that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting lad looks a player. Yes it was against Tunisia but I have nothing else to judge him on! Also, his name is….Legendary.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Himanshu – 1 I read that and thought you were telling a joke.

    I guess we are the real life punchbag, sorry, punchline of a club for him.

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #9

    cb goes by pairings, colo may well be our best individual defender, just as vermaelen may be arsenals, but mertesacker/koscielney and similarly willo/mbiwa compliment each other

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Magpies till death

    Has done well for Mainz. really well

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #11

    With the emphasis on defending like we do, you also sacrifice a lot of creative flair for the fantastic, which is more than unfortunate on the entertaining eye.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #12

    LR32

    No I wasn’t joking.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #13

    @1
    To promote his main business as a free advertising boatd.
    And yes, seemingly has done very well for himself, while giving us relegation and every unwanted club record since the PL began.
    Can anybody think of any records left to break ?

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  • bills-son

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #14

    JB,

    Willo looked good alongside Colo in the first 10 games of our 5th season when (fact) we had the best defensive record in the four divisions.

    The reason then was the same as the last two games. We have two wide men, Gouff and Sissoko, who are working their butts off helping the FBs defend the flanks which allows the CBs to hold their central positions. Guti and Oba (never got the credit he deserved for defending) did exactly the same.

    I was one of the first on here to say that HBA and Cisse on the flanks was seriously weakening our defence espacially after Santon was added into the mix. I also said before the start of the season that as long as HBA played in front of Debuchy and Santon wasn’t protected we’d continue to concede a bucketful of goals.

    Willo, Colo and Taylor last season were constantly getting pulled out into the FB positions leaving gaping holes through the middle. None of them had the pace to cope with that.

    Willo is playing better because the cover for the FBs means he can hold his position and stay close to Mbiwa. The same applied in those first ten games with Colo. If the CBs are rarely far apart that is always a sign of a side defending well as a team.

    On those first ten games of the 5th season, Best never got the credit he deserved for closing defenders down. Cisse was great when he was scoring but we effectively play with ten men when he isn’t.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Can’t have been the only one thinking this was about Remy’s trial!

    Cabaye won’t go to either Liverpool or Roma. Direct competition with Gerrard in world cup year or competition with De Rossi, Strootman, Pjanic, Bradley & Florenzi in a team top of their league.

    I could see him at Chelsea (Lampard replacement) or PSG though.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Good point Bills-son, I think Gouffran especially makes a hell of a difference with his effort and also the ability to cause problems. My favourite player at the moment!

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  • Sav

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Jack Butler, you can add Ryan Taylor, Perchino, Tiote and Pardew to that list of victims of fickle fans. Always on the verge of triumph and disaster at the Toon. Unfortunately, some fans equate ‘passionate’ with ‘mindless’.

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  • Douglas

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Would it increase our chances of signing Remy if he is found guilty? I hope not. If he is guilty we should not touch him.

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  • scout

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Loving the positivity Ed regarding the 3 wins. Never doubt it lads think like a winner, love it Ed love it son

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Bills
    Why label all fans as fickle?
    Have often praised willo and have said time and time again I’d much rather have willo in the frame than Taylor, put him in the same bracket as perch and Ryan Taylor , great professionals who always come in and do a solid job

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  • bills-son

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Tads,

    I never said all fans were fickle.

    But most are to some degree, me included.

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  • cyprus

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #22

    So Ed, did you put in that part about Colo or did he? But I get his point in any case. Still, we used up some of our luck chips vs. Spurs.

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  • Foxworth

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #23

    RE: Last Thread

    I think Shane Long would be a great buy for NUFC.

    He chases lost causes, leaps like a salmon, has pace to burn & has a great never-say-die attitude.

    I for one would be very happy if we got him, better than Cisse currently.

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  • scout

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Williamson is terrible IMO more the keeper against spurs could have been 6-1 easily.
    People getting carried away now, remember Yanga against Everton ??? Short memories

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  • IITianToon

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #25

    The team that I would like to see start against Norwich:
    Krul
    Mbiwa–Willo–Colo–Haidara/Dummy(if fit), else Santon
    Sissoko–Tiote–Cabaye–Gouffran
    Ben Arfa
    Remy

    Santon is never able to keep out incoming crosses, and when he loses the ball upfield , strolls back. If it were not for Gouffran, his frailties would further exposed. Mbiwa can do a job at RB, and Colo will not get burned for pace against Norwich surely. Also this is a good game for Ben Arfa to be brought back into the fold.

    Really feel for Anita though. But I would not play him at full back, just so that he gets a game.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Bills
    Fair point, but surely that’s the nature if football? Only as good as your last game!

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  • IITianToon

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Hey guys, when is Remy’s trial? It would be great if his case gets decided one way or the other soon. The more it gets delayed, I feel, the lesser is our chance of signing him on a permanent deal.

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  • IITianToon

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #28

    So NUFC going for Long and Zaha? I would be tempted to make a double bid for the De JOng brothers, getting 1 might be tough, but if we try to get both, who knows!

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #29

    just came across this, doesn’t seem so relevant now our form is picking up bit still interesting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NsMGs52I3Y

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t get the love for Long on this blog .

    We already have the hardworking pacey striker in Gouffran, what we need is an out an out goal scorer .

    Remy is that guy at the moment but every goal he scores the less likely he will be here next season .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #31

    It can’t be doing Willo any harm knowing if he has a poor game Collo will be straight back in the team, competition for places at CB for the first time in years.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Will Collo still be here next season ?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #33

    BPC
    Can’t see anyone suggesting long will be coming in to replace someone
    Is there any harm in bringing in a proven super sub to strengthen the bench?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #34

    JFA
    Colo? Here next season? No

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  • bzak12

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #35

    JFA @13 I’ll give you an unwanted record Ashley will be going for, Pardew to beat SAF longest serving premiership manager, only another twenty odd years of Percy. Get in!!!

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #36

    the funny thing is the way pardew plays i dont think ‘proper wingers’ would work as they wouldnt offer enough defensive cover for his liking

    much better to get the hard working players. we are one top target man and one big cb away from a team that plays the way pardew wants

    the fact that our club has an identity problem doesnt help

    the fans want to see one thing
    pardew wants another
    graham carr wants another

    maybe pardew has finally been big enough to say, i am manager and this is how im going to play??

    all hinges on having 2 world class players running the cm at the moment. the moment we lose cabaye or tiote drops form we will get overrun

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #37

    @ tads

    Our bench doesn’t really need filling at the moment .Lately our bench has included the likes of :

    Cisse, HBA ,Anita ,Shola with Marv, Collo & Guti out for other reasons.

    Why Bring in Long who would possibly take up a place that could be given to one of our youngsters like Campbell .

    If one of our strikers leaves (which is likely) then yes, but at the minute we need one striker (2 if Remy goes) .

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Colo will be gone by next season. Then i will relate my tedious tale……

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #39

    BPC,
    Is Campbell really good enough, I know we all want him to be, but tbh would there be talk of him going to Gateshead if he was, surely there would be a host of CC clubs wanting his services for a season if he was so close to starting for a mid table PL club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #40

    tads
    At 3M Leon Best was deemed too expensive for the bench, can’t see Long being bought until Remy goes.

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