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The Fans Have To Be Proud Of The Newcastle Team

11:42 pm, Saturday, December 7th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Newcastle have won five of their last six games in the league, and during that time we have beaten Chelsea at home, and Tottenham and Manchester United on the road, and in those three great wins, we had three clean sheets, including the magnificent 1-0 win today at Old Trafford, our first win there since February of 1972.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Newcastle United - Old Trafford

Fab Coloccini – does this man look committed?

Newcastle had only two wins on the road in the league all of last season, but now we already have four, and the 26 points from 15 games is exactly what we had two years ago after 15 games, when we finally finished 5th top of the league.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini has talked on the Newcastle web-site about the game today:

“Another clean sheet was very important – massive,” “We were playing against a big team and so to keep a clean sheet against a team like Manchester United means we are working hard for each other.”

“After the mistakes of last year I think we have learned a lot away from home. We now know when we can play and when we have to be a bit more direct.”

“If you stop to think, the goal came from a long ball from Tim to Moussa, and sometimes you need to play like that.”  “We want to keep the ball all the time but sometimes you have to change it and you also have to fight.”

“It is a special day because after 41 years we finally won here.”  “The fans have to be proud of the team because on top of the result we played well. We beat Manchester United and it wasn’t lucky; we deserved it.”

“The last time we played here we played really well but we didn’t get the result we wanted. But this year we played well and got the three points and our confidence is really high.

“We were more determined to win.” “Today we worked hard together and that is why the team won.”

Newcastle played near their top form today and got off to a fast start in the first half, which didn’t happen at Swansea, when we lost 3-0 on Wednesday night.

But Newcastle showed their character by storming back today, and we have players who are mentally strong, and not afraid to win against any team, either at home or on the road.

We just have to hope we can keep it up during the heavy December schedule – and then who knows where we may be in the league table come the new year.

What do you think?

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nufc786 // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/man-uniteds-anderson-was-the-piggy-in-the-middle-as-newcastles-tiote-cabaye-played-head-tennis-at-old-trafford/

    you will never get sick of this

  • 2 wolfshead@toon // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    @1

    they were taking the pass :-)

  • 3 jasper // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Yes we should strengthen the squad…….BUT
    Look at Arsenal. Wenger has been under pressure to spend big for several seasons but until he signed Ozil he had kept the cheque book closed. Why? For the reason he said, that the right players were not available.
    Sure we would be a much better team with a strong CF such as Lukaku. Or Benteke. But they”re NOT AVAILABLE.
    The danger inherent in splashing the cash is evident with Spurs this season. What have they spent with the Bale money, £80m? Not exactly setting the league on fire.
    We have been linked to a lot of players over the last couple of years – Maiga, van WW, Carroll, Bony etc. More dodged bullets than missed opportunities there.
    So will we sign a CF, CB or attacking MF in January? I think that the plan is to fill one or more of these positions – but only if the right player is available.
    We have done well with the first team signings of the last few seasons (Putting Obertan to one side, who was an AP driven aberration and I think the lesson has been learnt). Going forward patience is the name of the game. Let’s not waste money in January that could be spent well in the summer.

    PS. I think MA has done a good many stupid things, mostly appointments, but does he want to win the PL? Of course he does. He wants to be top dog. But he isn’t ever going to spend money in a scattergun fashion like Chelsea or ManC.
    Arsenal is the model and he is going to stick to it.

  • 4 remember69 // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Great game today, and well done to Pardew on the tactics. The pundits here in the USA were full of praise, as they should be.
    I have to comment on the Anita ‘handball’ on the line. The ball came at him from the post – his arm was behind his back and there is absolutely no way he could have got out of the way even if he did have time to do so. No-one over here thought it could have possibly been a pen and I have to agree with them.
    It’s good to see supporters on the blog United in their praise one again (heck, even Catchy had good things to say – he may not be the Grinch after all…….).
    5 wins our of 6 can’t be a fluke…..”…happy times…..

  • 5 BeeGuy // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    I’m quite pleased with the win. But even though NUFC were actually comfotably seeing the game out, my stomach was in knots that something weird would happen to deny the victory. That is three years running the lads have put in a great effort at Old Trafford. I hope thay do it again next year.

    That said, Southampton may be a tougher test than MANU will be this year.

  • 6 jasper // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Zaha looked totally devoid of talent today – on the evidence of this game we should forget about him.

  • 7 jasper // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Jail,
    You around? Did you get to the pub with the game on? Better still were there any Reds there looking sickly?

  • 8 nufc7lad // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I think Santon will leave in 2015.
    He will have a year left on his contract.
    He would be 24
    With the reputation of one of the best younger full backs in the world
    Hed probs want to spend his peak in Italy.
    Could see him going back to Inter
    Him on the left and Wallace on the right would be something amazing to see
    We are lucky to have Santon
    We will miss him when hes gone

  • 9 croftus5678 // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    @6 jasper

    yep i completely agree (hard to believe its the same lad who was at palace on todays performance)

  • 10 icon3815 // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    NUFC scouts please check this player out for a transfer target, he seems pretty lethal. At the moment he plays in the Turkish League at Kasimpasa, and keeps putting the goals in…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8HGNlV0c_0

  • 11 DJM TOON // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    i dont post often, but i’m proud that their are certain characters that have their views and opinions about the whole “brutality” of the regime, and its not perfect or, for the want of a better word, satisfying, but the lads, including pardew, it shows their is strength in this team… we’re the toon, we are going to demand, always. but this group of playing can play… play! its been a long time since i’ve felt turned on….i hate MA, i’m not a fan of AP, but we have it, we have unity, not since bobby have we had this mentality… i have no say in the way this team or club decides to go in, we are passive passengers on this journey…. its never gonna be easy but moments like the last few weeks have been epic, amazing….

    faith

  • 12 icon3815 // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Ezequiel Oscar Scarione is he’s name

  • 13 DJM TOON // Dec 8, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    fifa scouts!

  • 14 lesh // Dec 8, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    nufc786 @1….. That little head tennis demo’s priceless and very simply the product of the confidence that the players had had when in control of the game.

    Now, if only we could bottle it for issue before our next few games.

  • 15 toonincheek // Dec 8, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    The Scari One That would be magic.

  • 16 lesh // Dec 8, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Watched MoTD and although the Beeb claim to edit its highlights to reflect the balance of a game, this one certainly did not.

    They had possession at 55-45 in our favour yet one could be forgiven for taking it that the game was all ManU which had hard lines at goal on a number of occasions.

    Not much sign of the flowing movement and interplay that I saw on BT’s coverage of the game. No sign of Cabaye and Tiote playing with Anderson although. The post match analysis gave the impression that ManU lost because van Persie didn’t get any service a d was placed out of position – nowt to do with the fact that they were contained by a better midfield and beaten by better and more creative passing movements.

    All in all, it was more a report on ManU losing and why so, rather than one of them being beaten by a better team on the day.

    As Pardew rightly forecast in his post-match interview on BT, we’d get nowt out of the post-match reports – it must beyond the media to big-up Newcastle United. This was a great win a d no doubt about it, credit all round for player performances, selection and tactics.

    Oh, nearly forgot, Pardew out…..of the critics’ firing lines and showing that he does have a lot going for him.

    Or could it be Kinnear who’s fired us up? Just thought I’d throw that one in for good measure

  • 17 Chris // Dec 8, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    nufc7lad

    Just because Santon is Italian it doesn’t follow that he’d want to spend his peak in Italy. Elite sportsmen usually want to compete at the highest possible level, which would probably rule out a move back to Serie A:
    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/23299204

    I think it’s more likely that he’d end up at one of the top English clubs who could offer him Champions League football. Who knows, in 2015 that could even be us :)

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Jasper,
    Watched the game in the pub with no commentary, funnily enough there were plenty of reds about before the game….

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate,
    It’s a shame you have to chuckle that the blog is so quiet, this place is a favourite pastime of mine and it has been quiet a lot longer than this recent run of good results.

  • 20 tarie4 // Dec 8, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    sell santon?? no way.. the kid is class and at only 22 he has years to improve. in jan roll out a new 5-6 year contract please.

  • 21 JAMSHA // Dec 8, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Can We Play With Yello Brazil kit on sat home??? It seems to real give out team energia

  • 22 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 8, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    What kind of a circus is Sunderland

    Red Cards and own goals.

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 8, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    I know people would love to think we look like Brazil in the yellow shirt, but people I am sorry to tell you we look more like Sweden hence the blue on the shirt ;-)

    …sorry lads I know you had your hopes up but Brazil wears a yellow shirt with greem ;-) lol

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 8, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    *green




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