I Was Happy I Was On The Pitch – Fans Were Brilliant Again

Massadio Haidara came on for an injured Davide Santon  after 56 minutes last night, and he got the nod over local lad Paul Dummett, who was also on the bench last night, and if Santon is not available for the game at Old Trafford on Saturday, it seems the 20 year-old Frenchman will get his first Premier league start of the season.

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Massadio Haidara – in action last night

And we have no doubts that Massadio can already do a job for Newcastle in the first team, and he could be the future Newcastle first team left back in a year or so, and of course he is naturally left footed, is a good defender, and can also bomb down the wing on attack.

Massadio has had a tough season with injury but he talked on the Newcastle web-site after the game, and said he was just happy to get on:

“I am very happy I was on the pitch because it has been a long time since I played in the Premier League. My last game was in April,”  “But at the same time I am angry because we lost the game.”

“We wanted to win and everyone is disappointed.” “The fans were brilliant again, even though it was not the result that anyone wanted.”  “It was a long journey for them and it was very cold.”

“They came to support the team and the least I can do is give them my shirt.”  “Hopefully on Saturday we can make them happier.”

It could even be in Alan Pardew’s best interests to give Massadio a game on saturday – even if Davide is fit – because he needs to give some of the other players a game, as the season goes on.

Newcastle get right back on track with a win on Saturday – but Old Trafford is a place we haven’t won at since 1972 – so we are due a win there – maybe on Saturday.

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76 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #1

    good to have him back, will either replace or push santon to improve..competition for places always helps.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Thought I will post this again

    Colo has been our worst CB, yet the other two have been hauled off.

    Pardew has been given credit for dropping Ben Arfa, he will get more if he drops colo.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3


    I agree. I don’t think colo is a bad defender but the other two are in form and kept two clean sheets together, no idea why you’d drop a good pairing like that. Mbiwa does what colo does but also has pace, looks much better now he has settled.

  • Obafan

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s been a long time since I’ve put a comment on the blog. Here are my thoughts:
    1. For English football it’s a disgrace that Howard Webb is their n°1 referee. We should have had at least 1, maybe 2 penalties and Shelvey should have been sent off.
    2. What has Mbiwa done wrong to lose his spot to Colo. I was always an admirer of Colo, but since his return from injury, he hasn’t convinced me at all. Mbiwa had a difficult game against Lukaku, in which he lost his CB spot, but when he returned he was very good. He and Willo didn’t concede a goal against Chelsea ant Spurs (with a big support of Krul I know), but Colo is back and Mbiwa loses his spot. And most important thing we aren’t able to keep a clean sheet anymore!!!! And Colo has got a few errors which cost us a goal.
    3. What is going on with Ben Arfa and Marveaux?
    4. I’m positively surprised by Ameobi, he is a threat and deserves his spot in the team.
    5. I hope I never see Obertan in NUFC shirt again.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Team v Man U:


    Debuchy Coloccini Mbiwa Haidara

    Sissoko Anita Cabaye Ben Arfa

    Remy Gouffran

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Marveaux on the bench in place of Obertan.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7


    i’d love to know whats happening with marv too…i’m not his biggest fan, think he is poor when he starts and doesn’t pull his weight but i’d love to know how he doesn’t get a spot on the bench ahead of obertan/sammy.

    I haven’t heard he is injured and the prem league website says he is fit (not sure how reliable it is).

    It would just be nice to know whats happening with the lad.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #8


    Sorry mate I probably shouldn’t have phrased the sentence in that manner but a lot on here have been getting carried away with recent wins. Performances haven’t changed the luck had!!

    Obafan – Marv and Benny have been replaced by grafters and grafters are limited in what they bring to the as an attacking option (unfortunately creative players have no chance under Pards)

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Marveauxs a quality player. He’s got everything. On his day, he’s as good as anyone. Pardew doesn’t like small players. Anita would easily get into Man Utds team.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Exactly. Pardew prefers grafters like Gutierrez, Gouffran, Obertan etc and hates Marveaux, Ben Arfa and Anita. I’d love to see those 3 in the starting lineup with Sissoko. We’d kill teams off with them playing.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11


    I agree Colo isnt on form mate, the only reason Willo is in the team is for his height (Dominance aerially) but he has cost us 2 goals in the space of 4 days. We kept 2 clean sheets when Colo was out of the team and we know how lucky we were to come away with 2 clean sheets!! As a pairing Willo and MYM work better but Colo is better at organising

  • ethiotoon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #12

    you can’t win everygame in EPL,we ‘re unlucky yes’y,i mean ref desisions,but frequently why NU panic when they conceed goals?i honestly long time since i watch NU come from behined and win games.pardew did the right thing not changed the winning team,but it wasn’t 2 b our day.on sissoko i expect a lot from him now ,that cracking goal boosted his confidence surely.if we win every game at home,i don’t bother losing games away.it’s toon’s world..another cracking game v manU,can’t wait

  • GoofyFooted

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    AGREED. Colo has to go, he has been an absolute liability and I simply don’t understand why Pardew feels like he deserves an immediate spot back in the starting XI when NOBODY else does. Ben Arfa is arguably our most skilled player, but the fact that he is lazy on defense and doesn’t help the team as a whole has kept him out of the lineup, and rightly so! Goofy has been playing really gutsy football and has deserved his spot. WIllo and YMB deserve to be playing, YMB needed that time to adjust to England but now that he has he should be playing over Colo. It really is looking like Colo wants to go back to Argentina….buy a new CB in January and get him out of here! Give the captain’s band to Tiote, the players clearly respect him.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Marv has been very hit and miss but he gives more as an attacking threat!! Pards said that Obertan was best player in training (think he rewarded him for that yesterday) and in turn Obertan rewarded that faith by showing he can’t control the ball in his path!!

    What I don’t understand is that Pards has said Obertan suffers from nervousness (playing in front of big crowds) hence poor performances otherwise he’s brilliant (in fact he said that last year) so surely he knows there’s no pressure in training but there is in a game….why throw him on? Doesnt make sense because he played at OT

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #15


    I accept we can’t win every game, some teams should beat us but also some will just be luckier and get upsets on the day, happens to all teams at some point.

    I just was confused as to why we didn’t go 5 in midfield sooner, why anita remained on the bench, why colo has walked back in, why did we bring two defenders on? it was a strange game.


    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    he’s a top defender haidara, looks a decent buy for most clubs in the league and yet hes young and plenty to learn still.

    my team vs man united……

    santon collo taylor haidara

    HBA anita cabaye Jonas

    cisse shola

    a team that could win the game but only if they are on top of their game.

    also means that we’ll have rested

    debuchy gouffran sissoko mbiwa willo remy tiote and krul for our game after ( which we are more likely to win ) and also gives Elliot a chance to push the others for a place in the starting line up.

    competition for places is very good atm, I just wish pardew would pick the team that is on form and not pick the ones that aren’t.

    very good start to the season and still upbeat after a 3-0 win says everything about this season compared to last season.

    howay the lads!!!!

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Can’t win every game but to lose a game to a team without a recogonised Striker 3-0 is quite embarrassing

  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Man Utd are very reliant on attacking the flanks, even more so without Rooney.

    If they are going to score against us, it is almost certainly going to come from headed goals.

    Lock up the flanks, deal with high balls – then take the game to them.

    Easier said than done I guess, but this Man Utd side are predictable right now.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Looking back over the last few weeks -with the four on the trot wins -I think a lot on here were slowly wondering whether Percy really had introduced something new into his tactics/philosophies and that he was changing for the better. Looking back -I missed the “danger sign” that he probably had not really altered his mindset and was still the same old Percy. The moment was when he declared that Obertan was exceptional in training. Now I can understand a manager trying to support players at the club -but this lad is useless, not his fault, he’s just not going to make the grade. A manager highlighting a duffer ahead of others who are better can only lead to discontent.

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    29jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew // Dec 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    The reason this blog is crash course and have been since Christmas is not down to those whose who speak their mind and ask questions!

    …it’s because of those who constantly reminds others that they are wrong and they are right

    Ian and I had a funny conversation the other day about “a young mindset” vs. “an old mindset”. Sums it pretty much up in here!

    Jesper- I did not get your just a question of class point!
    My earlier input was in respect of how one( people) think(s) about issues/ things and interprets the world around you. Much of the so called issues on here are simply the error of viewing opinions as if they were facts.

    Reverting, your brain age is the age of your mindset- as I said earlier it can be greatly different from the actual age. Young people with an entrenched mindset can be viewed as being old before their time. Simply, at any age you can have an old brain or a young brain. Those that allow themselves to develop an old brain tend to be anxious, stressed, irascible, risk averse( overly cautious) and negative. They are those you mentioned getting frustrated with whom believe they are right and everyone else is wrong.

    Equally, those that always insist that everything was so much better in the past. This acts as a comforting mindset if you have no intention of coming to terms with changes in society – for example.

    I favour a young brain because it enables a more open and creative existence-LOL

    My simplistic , brief view through time constraints, on last nights defeat : Given the passing style of Swansea and their team composition, Yanga in place of Williamson from the start would have enabled us to play a higher line and contest the play rather than seek to counterattack from a detached source. On the night Tim Krul and Howard Webb have much to answer.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #21

    it’s not coloccini. it’s santon.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #22


    It’s not Santon and its not Colo but other defenders making the mistakes!! just colo and santon the scapegoats, remember when Santon went off we were losing 1-0


    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #23

    my team






  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #24

    our toon

    all our defenders have made mistakes, all cost us games at points this season, and last. For me we need to just get the best back 4 that work together and thats easier said than done. Spurs was a clean sheet but they had 3 chances at least from close range what a goo finisher wouldn’t have even given krul the chance to save no matter how well he was playing.

    I think our defense is ok, just they aren’t the best and struggle to put in consistently performances for 90 mins every week, they all have a mistake in them, thats the problem.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #25

    We clearly do not want to be in Europe

    Cups are not our priority

    Top 10 in the league is our priority, sadly we can’t even look good doing that.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #26


    you are in a bit of a bad mood these past few days…how are things?

    I think we are trying to do more than that, not like we don’t want to be in europe, was more that pardew was annoyed we werent equipped for it last year. I think he said he wants to be back in it this year.

  • belgrade fan

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Spurs was clean sheet because Kruk was Spiderman, not bcs of Willo. Man is slow and not a EPL standard. He was old Willo yesterday. And if you people expect him to transform to Vertonghen not gonna happened. And your hero Shola scored like 1 goal in 40 games. With this 2 in team we wont progress. And Marv not even on the bench- no coment.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #28


    Things are like NUFC, up and down

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Last goal in open play for shola Ameobi

    20th Dec 2012 against QPR in a 1-0 victory. saved us from Relegation those extra 2 points.

  • cyprus

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Looking at the bright side, maybe that was our annual drubbing out of the way and there will be no 5-0!

    Despite the loss, we have had good performances recently, players are willing to hold onto the ball and do make themselves available for the pass. Also, perhaps AP is realising that football is played as much when you don’t have the ball.

    AP, you have to get HBA back up to speed, same with Cisse. At least we have Obertan you say ? 😉

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #31


    That’s what I’m saying mate fans on here are calling for Willo and MYM because we kept 2 clean sheets!! We conceded the most chances in PL history against Spurs with MYM and Willo at the back, wake up people MYM made an unreal clearance off the line and Krul was just in top form but they carved us open on numerous occasions. If we had shut them out with good defending then fair play but that just simply wasn’t the case, the best pairing isnt Willo & MYM but is Colo & MYM

  • belgrade fan

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #32


    Exactly. Man scored 1 goal in 2 seasons. My mom could score more. And if HBA doesnt score in 2 games he is the worst player on the world. Silly

  • Scottiedog

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Just seen that Shelvey has got away with his headbutt!!! Yet Ravel Morrison got booked for it the day before!?!?!?!? HOW!!!!

  • belgrade fan

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Our toon

    Txanks for great thinking. Colo and Mbiwa r our best. Not Willo. Krul made him great

  • 70TWO

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #35

    I hope our midfield will be able to deal with ManU better, but I still wonder about them being stretched with our defense not being able to hold a high line. I would feel more secure with two holding midfielders and Cabaye further forward. Which would also allow the FBs to go forward, which is always a danger but would counter their wingers.

    —————- Remy
    – Gouffran -Cabaye – Sissoko
    ———– Tiote – Anita
    Hiadara – Colo – Willo – Debuchy
    —————- Krul

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36


    Individual players have played well at times but as a unit we’ve not played well, we did well against Chelsea but had decisions go our way, Spurs (we all know what happened there) Norwich we scored early but couldn’t maintain it, they had good spells in first half and were better team in the 2nd half we pretty much hung on for the 2-1 victory. WBA game good first half showing, Remy could have finished them by getting the 2nd but decided to go to ground. 2nd half we were shocking again, if Sissoko hadn’t of scored that cracker we would have lost. Yesterday we were shockingly bad, no fight what so ever, players have played well individually within these games but as a unit we have been incredibly inconsistent

    Those wanting HBA out for the likes of Shola, Shola has had 2 good games but had a stinker last night, if that had been HBA this blog would have been full of drop him he has no consistency didn’t help out defensively blah blah. HBA brings more to the team than Shola ever will, look at the stats

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #37

    did shelvey even make contact? from the dodgy stream and reports i read he didn’t.

    if so why should it be a red card? i know the rule about intent, doesn’t need to be contact but nobody got hurt and the game moved on, but i do agree its annoying some refs would have sent him off when some wouldn.t

  • toonaids

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #38

    baftembi gomis comment
    I can’t beleive we are still in for this player. Hes nothign special in regards to the strikers out there
    hes not even top ten scorers in the french ligue or even his own team
    goal ratio so far of 4 goals every 200 odd minutes
    hes 28
    hes not in the french squad
    if west ham are sniffing about hes not worth it
    would rather spend the money on someone decent, bit younger than 28, and maybe someone who has a track record of playing well for different clubs or proven in the premier league.
    if we get him for a couple of mill hes worth playing than shola and cisse mayyyyybe at a punt or roll of the dice
    but we have a team now of unreal stars. just need two unreal hungry strikers
    that hereeveen lad is good, figobobornoson
    shane long
    or even splash the cash and invest in an unreal striker then we would be a serious threat

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Partly NUFC related

    Shelvey’s not getting sent off is not an excuse. we must beat a team with 11 men.

  • cyprus

    Dec 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Have to agree with most of your points, actually. Regarding Shola, I never thought I’d defend him, I’ve been wanting him out for ages, but, hats off, he’s been playing well lately. HBA, now there’s a mystery. To me, he’s our most talented player, but then again he’s so up and down, much like NUFC as a unit I guess.

    On last night’s match I’ve already posted. We were totally outplayed but we could’ve snatched it, if Webb had given that definite penalty. Then again, we used up lots of our luck chips vs. Spurs!


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