We Won At Old Trafford With Good, Beautiful Football


We had mentioned that the very fact we hadn’t won at Old Trafford since way back in 1972, should have acted as an inspiration to our players today to get the win – and Newcastle played very very well to get all three points, and few would say Newcastle didn’t deserve the win today, with good performances all around the field by Newcastle.

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Vurnon Anita challenges Adnan Januzaj this afternoon

And in the last six games we have won five, and won at Manchester United and Tottenham, and at home to Chelsea, and three clean sheets too  it’s all just unbelievable.

The three midfield players today – Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote were all in form and Mike Williamson and Colo were great in central defense, but it’s probably unfair to pick out individual players in what was another great team performance by this now good-looking Newcastle side.

And we have 26 points from 15 games which is exactly where we were two years ago after 15 league games, when we had been beaten 4-2 at Norwich.

Vurnon Anita talked on the Newcastle web-site after the game today:

“We knew that it had been 41 years since we last won here.” “We were told it a few days ago by the manager.”  “It’s a historical win and we did it with good, beautiful football.”

“We pressed the ball and kept it well when we won it back.” “We needed a win, of course. We lost on Wednesday at Swansea so felt we had something to straighten out, and we did it well.”

“It was great to be back in,” “You always want to play, and if you aren’t playing then you have to work hard in training so the manager knows you are ready.”

“I was pleased to start, I enjoyed it, I think I did well and we won, so everything is good.”

Vurnon himself had a very solid game, and the Newcastle players have a lot of individual skill and today passed the ball around really well mat Old Trafford today.

But things don’t get any easier because we have Southampton at home  next Saturday and the Saints are a very good side and have Manchester city everything they could handle in the 1-1 draw at St, Mary’s Stadium  this afternoon.

It will be a very difficult game for us, and we’ll need to be at or near our best form to take all 3 points from that game.

What do you think?

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106 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Anita didn’t play badly actually . Gave the ball away a couple of times but passed well for the most part and closed down well . When playing away from home and an extra body is needed in midfield he is ideal .

    Was I the only person that saw Nani’s tackle on Anita ? . Half way up the leg studs into the shin stamp and should have been a red IMO .

    No one else on here mentioned it .

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  • JackButler

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Sunderland have become a very dirty side, leaving their foot in all the time and can’t believe they haven’t conceded a penalty yet

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  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    jack that wasn’t my point as i said before wen ashley bought the club he spent 30 mill on players then “bought” the fans favourite manager back celebrated with the fans in his newcastle shirt
    is that a person who solely baught the club to keep us midtable and piss of the fans and advertise his shop
    and are we the reason his company has doubled in wealth??
    no no and no
    his company has doubled in wealth because of his compitition crumbeling and cheap clothing in a recession
    so me being called stupid for saying so and fans saying that was the only reason for him being here is ridiculous which is proved by the facts is why i brought it up!

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  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Anita is very clever defensively, a very good judge of when to go in to nick the ball and when to jockey his man, which he does very effectively. Indicative of his all-round game, very good football brain and a natural instinct for when to attack and when to conserve possession. Quick across the ground, too

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  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #5

    JB

    We still haven’t had a pen this season, which is a perverse statistic – hopefully we’ll get a flurry over these next 3/4 games.

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  • lesh

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Michael Owen – ‘United started off..but Newcastle……’

    This ‘United’ bit when referring to Man United really gets on my wick. Is that club the only ‘United’ in the world?

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I have been saying for the last year and a half that we are 2 players short of being a top four team?

    Now there are some who would call me deluded, but i believe that we are still one strong attacking midfielder and a good striker short of becoming a top 4 Team?

    Oh and Big Pappa, No, i watched the game live here in Holland and the bad tackle on Anita was not highlighted !
    Hope he is not out injured for the next three games!

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  • JackButler

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Ted Bundy

    If you see the way that Wes Brown has a hold of Dawson its laughable that no pen was given

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Repost.
    manx I’ve got no idea how many shops Tubbs has got in the Far East -certainly has them in Malaysia and Hong Kong and is expanding all the time. I would think his progress has been halted somewhat by the world recession. You seem to dispute he is going to expand worldwide?

    manx – all that is being said is the reason given by Ashleys reps.SJH is reporting the conversation. Don’t shoot the messenger.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #10

    manxpie

    TBH mate I couldn’t care less why he bought us as I’m only concerned with what he does with us now he does own us and how we perform on the pitch, but I do think his intentions have changed as a result of the abuse he took for the Keegan saga

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  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Great result. We were well worth it today.

    I actually think cisse would’ve been a better option today. He should be hungry and the amount of times we got the ball into the box with no one really there to attack it.

    Debuchy was great. Always one of our most influential. Two great chances. Defended like a champ to.

    We also saw a more exciting santon today.

    I think some credit to pards he managed the game well. Set us up to frustrate and slow the game down. And added energy at the perfect time with Benny. Then shola to help is kill it off.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I still get worried about Santon .

    He was better offensively today but one thing I notice about him is he drifts towards the CB position far too many times and he left us vulnerable out wide on a few occasions .

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  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #13

    exactly jack again i was just responding to the fans saying he ONLY baught the club to advertise his shop
    for me i’d love an owner with ambition
    and tuff how can you say he’s being stopped buy the world recession and then say he’s doubled his wealth since!?

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  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Shola will never be a prolific scorer… but boy does he know how to kill the time and let the clock run.

    That picnic he had with Ben Arfa at the end of the game by the corner flag. three corners and a free kick all in the space of a minute.

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  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone else rooting (reluctantly) for a Mackem win today?

    Spur’s next two PL fixtures are tough ones against Liverpool (Suarez is in some blazing hot form at the moment) and Southampton. Could widen the gap between us and them… assuming we do win our games.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #16

    sorry tuff it wasn’t you who said he’d doubled his wealth but jail in the original argument!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Anita

    Yeah Ben Arfa & Shola wrere taking the pi55 in that corner like 🙂 .

    A couple moments that made me chuckle during the gamer were :

    1) HBA not letting Moyes give the ball to a Man U player when it went out for a throw in . Looked like they were playing basketball 🙂 .

    2) . Tiote & Cabaye playing head tennis in the middle of Old Trafford 🙂 . Great stuff .

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  • JackButler

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #18

    ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    I don’t care what the benefits of a Sunderland win mean to us, I can never hope that they win 😀

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  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #19

    anita aslong as we win our next games i’d actually wecome wins in them games and a draw today!

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  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Aye Jack, fair enough. It was hard for me to admit it… but I am rooting for them…

    I swear… its only for the benefit of our club!

    @Big Pappa Cisse

    Those moments were brilliant. Those hours of practice for the header challenge is really paying off.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImwDZI9jki4

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  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #21

    bpc i pissed meself at that (maybe to much info)
    finaly keepy uppy came of tho

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  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Btw, what actually happened after the ‘Anita Handball’? Looked like they were attempting a dog pile…

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  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #23

    i think they might have seen your video anita 🙂

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  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #24

    That must be like their 5th own goal this season…

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  • croftus5678

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #25

    my take on game is

    we played great for majority of it
    tiote my motm 1st half (through all my calling of the lad i’m about ready to take it all back now and not just for his tackling he was creative,great at passing and hold up play and always looking forward)
    williamson again a very solid game and collo was pretty good although i still prefere mbiwa hand on heart.

    debuchy was my motm all game around and has to be my player of the season so far

    pards got tactics spot on and his post match interview where he realised his mistakes at swans proved that he’s improved no end also.

    my only negative was cabaye was not on form that game with virtualy all his shots being missfired and his passing not what we are used to from him but i’m sure we can forgive that for his goal 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #26

    The ref in the Sunderland v Spurs game is either blind completely unaware of the rules of the game

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  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #27

    spurs have been very lucky today lets hope they equalise

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  • JackButler

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #28

    manx

    Spurs could have been awarded two pens in the first half, not to mention the amount of fouls Sunderland have committed that have gone unpunished

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  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Wow spurs fans outsinging the mackems in the stadium of sh1te haha

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30

    @ ben3arfa

    Today our away supporters out sung the rest of Old Trafford for 90 minutes .

    Some guy on twitter said “nice to see Man United hold a 90 minute silence for Nelson Mandela” 🙂 .

    Also our fans singing “your going down with the Mackems” 😉

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Excellent performance, all 15 including the manager deserve the man of the match. I have been crying out for that formation and so pleased it came through, plus Pardews sincerity in BBC interview.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Manx – one thing is for sure – like I posted earlier. This game will have been watched by more people in the world (and the Far East) than any other game this weekend. With us beating Man U it will promote the Toon internationally -which can only be good

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #34

    One thing that Man United will be dreading if they don’t make the Champions League, or even get into Europe at all .

    Their sponsors won’t be happy they are not being advertised on the biggest stage and that could affect their money issues even more .

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  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #35

    To think Spurs signed Holtby last season for 1.25 mil , where was our tight a$$ scouting network there? lol

    The kid is pure class

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  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #36

    well tuff if’s n maybe’s but again i’m only replying to me being called stupid for pointing out something that was against the grain at the time on the blog that was all!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #37

    By the way , its a shame Cabaye is going to miss the Southampton game next week.
    Maybe a chance for Ben Arfa to play?

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  • NUFCarter

    Dec 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Big pappa cisse
    They’ll be sponsored by some charity next season like Sunderland

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  • NUFCarter

    Dec 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #39

    or Greggs

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  • manxpie

    Dec 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #40

    and tuff any prem team against man u will have been watched all over the world btw

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