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We Won At Old Trafford With Good, Beautiful Football

6:03 pm, Saturday, December 7th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 106 Comments

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 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    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 .

  • 2 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    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

  • 3 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    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!

  • 4 Ted Bundy // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    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

  • 5 Ted Bundy // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM


    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.

  • 6 lesh // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    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?

  • 7 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    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!

  • 8 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Ted Bundy

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

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    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.

  • 10 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM


    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

  • 11 LGFUAD21 // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    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.

  • 12 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    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 .

  • 13 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    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!?

  • 14 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    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.

  • 15 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    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.

  • 16 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

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

  • 17 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    @ 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 .

  • 18 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    ~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 :D

  • 19 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

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

  • 20 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    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.

  • 21 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

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

  • 22 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

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

  • 23 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    i think they might have seen your video anita :)

  • 24 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

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

  • 25 croftus5678 // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    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 :-)

  • 26 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

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

  • 27 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    spurs have been very lucky today lets hope they equalise

  • 28 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM


    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

  • 29 Ben3arfa // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

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

  • 30 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    @ 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” ;)

  • 31 70TWO // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    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.

  • 32 Mister Tuff // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    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

  • 33 NUFCarter // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Haha Brilliant

  • 34 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    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 .

  • 35 Ben3arfa // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    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

  • 36 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    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!

  • 37 Ben3arfa // Dec 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

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

  • 38 NUFCarter // Dec 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

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

  • 39 NUFCarter // Dec 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    or Greggs

  • 40 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

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

  • 41 manxpie // Dec 7, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    jesus handball of the season and the ref in the perfect spot to see it! ah well :)

  • 42 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Lee Mason having a mare :D

  • 43 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    So who else will be going down with Sunderland???

  • 44 NUFCarter // Dec 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    This is interesting

  • 45 Mister Tuff // Dec 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    manx @40 -well yes but my point is we beat them.

  • 46 Ted Bundy // Dec 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    How did we get beat by that drab outfit down the road? Awful team condemned to relegation. Wouldn’t be surprised if in another desperate bid for survival, Poyet isn’t sacked before the season is up.

  • 47 Harley // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    It was great today to be able to bring on players of the calibre of HBA and mbiwa (ok and shola).

    A winger to replace obertan and marveaux, a striker to add to the squad and a replacement for colo if he leaves. Well have a cracking squad if that happens and it won’t cost a lot.

    My preferred 3 would be ince, Ba and lescott.

  • 48 USAGEORDIE // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Fantastic team win! My team for Southampton. Remember Cabaye is disqualified due to too many yellows. I think Benny needs a start!


  • 49 toonicle // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Looks like we found our best midfield set up as well, they won it for us.

  • 50 70TWO // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    It was more like a 4231 today, which is perfect. So on Saturday at home, HBA should definitely start as they will press and leave space in behind.
    ——— Remy
    HBA – Cabaye – Gouffran
    ——-Tiote – Anita
    Santon -CD-CD- Debuchy

  • 51 70TWO // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    ——— Remy
    HBA – Sissoko – Gouffran
    ——-Tiote – Anita
    Santon -CD-CD- Debuchy

  • 52 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Do not trust HBA in a wide position. I know it’s been talked to death, but his lack of understanding the defensive responsibilities Sissoko and Goufron have embraced showed up today.
    I think he should be given a start, but in a 4-1-1 formation behind Remy.

  • 53 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    @ clinath@ed

    HBA was actually good defensively today and passed the ball well . I think one of his runs he lost possession but other than that it was a solid cameo.

    Time will tell if he has fully adopted his game but we will only know if he plays .

  • 54 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Dick!!!! 4-4-1-1, we’re are not that good yet to play 4-1-1…..

  • 55 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Big Papa, I agree, most of his play today was top notch. But, a couple of time he fanned about in our third of the pitch and almost embarrassed himself and Debuchy. It’s that lack of discipline and concentration that let’s him down.
    Playing behind a lone forward he can afford to be a little eccentric, but NOT when covering a fullback.

  • 56 asenski // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    cabaye out of next game?
    it is a huge blow as we have never managed to play a proper football when he is being ruled out
    very tough game vs soton and our win today would be pointless if we do not win next saturaday imo

  • 57 Harley // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    I thought HBA changed the game today. Man U were on top and starting to look like like they might get a goal but HBA gave them something to think about.

    He held the ball superbly today and passed just at the right time. He’s great when he’s not trying to take everyone on and score.

    I wish he played like that all the time.

  • 58 Toon1978 // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Just woke up from fainting after the final whistle lol. I was that shocked i passed oot. Have we just beaten Manure at Old Trafford….Pardiola have his name back? HAPPPYYYY DAYYSSS!

  • 59 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Also thought Arfa was pretty good when he came on he was tracking back putting his foot in and was looking up for a pass as well think it would be great if he could provide the same application every game as we would then have a player on our hands

    Against Southampton though I would start him but not on the wing I would play him just behind Remy and make him drop back into midfield to make a 3 man with Tiote and Anita those 2 will hound the living daylights out of any midfield but they need someone to take the ball off them and make things happen

  • 60 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Santon…..100% agree.

  • 61 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 7, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Sorry if this has already been mentioned, but one thing that struck me about today was the number of times some Manure players shirked the 50/50 tackle, whereas our guys were prepared to get hurt to win that ball. Great performance, but I reckon old Fergy realised his team was past it’s sell-by date, and he decided to get out at just the right time (for him).What we need now though is some consistency. I can’t wait for Southampton……..bring it on !

  • 62 USAGEORDIE // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    This might be the most important January transfer window in the last 10 years. With the right investment we could be playing Champions League football! IMO Ba, Ince, and a CB with only Collo leaving would be a great scenario. With the additions we could be in a dog fight for the fourth spot with Everton, Liverpool, and Tottenham

  • 63 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    To be honest, before the game I did not fancy our chances….then I saw their midfield 4 and our 5, the game was on then. The rest now, is HISTORY!

  • 64 Toon1978 // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    We are 3 signings away from a top team. One being Loic Remy. We really need to sign this kid ASAP. I still think we need a striker and a Full back.

  • 65 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    I have got to have a little chuckle when we win how quite the blog is
    Nowt to moan about eh!

    I thought the same they chickened out of a lot of tackles – hadn’t the stomach.
    never mind Manure.
    Our Midfield was brilliant today Cabaye, Tiote and Anita.
    Yet I gave my mOM to ‘Iron Mike’ as he was solid in the middle and dealt with everything in the air.
    And Debuchy – must be the best Full back in the Premiership at the minute.
    benny also did well coming on.

  • 66 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    @ Quasimodo

    Yeah, Fergie is no mug . Amazing to think that he got Man U to win the title last year with pretty much the same team they have now and look where they are in the table under Moyes .

    Sir Alex knew the ship was about to sink and he was the only one that got in a lifeboat .

  • 67 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    USA…. I said a few weeks ago, I believe where we are in the league will dictate Ashley’s spending in January. I think every one agrees ( presumptuous) that he only spends when he HAS to. If we’re doing well, he may well leave it until Summer, if at all!!

  • 68 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Love this picture :

    That smirk :)

  • 69 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    I think Fergie might have approached the Man U owners and said he would stay on if they promised him close to £100 million to rebuild the team to compete with the likes of Man City & Chelsea but they said no because they do have monetary issues despite the size of the club .

    Fergie then would have said no chance and went off to enjoy his retirement going out on a high. Then the owners needed someone who could get results but with little investment (i.e. Moyes at Everton) but it looks like it was never going to work in the PL .

    I was sitting there listening to my best mate ( A Man U fan) say they were after the likes of Bale, Falcao & Lewandowski and me telling him they can’t compete financially anymore, only to be told I was jealous .

    I don’t think I have to tell you how much fun I have winding him up now, especially after today ;) .

  • 70 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Charlie…..even the loons are out celebrating. Nice to have decent comments to read instead of the bitchin’….

  • 71 Toon1978 // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Krul – 9 (Cut out some great crosses)

    Debuchy – 9 (Absolute rock atm and should have scored….twice)

    Williamson – 8 (This kid has become a solid CB for NUFC)

    Collo – 8 (Read the game brilliantly)

    Santon – 7 (Played well but nearly caught out a few times)

    Sissoko – 8 (Shaky start, gave the ball away quite a lot at first but settled well and played a quality ball for goal)

    Cabaye – 9 ( Class)

    Anita – 8 (Solid performance)

    Tiote – 10 (World class today, didnt give Manure a sniff)

    Goufrann – 8 (Worked his socks off)

    Remy – 9 ( No goals but his contribution was awesome)

    HBA – 8 (Changed the game when he came on as Manure started taking control)

    Ameobi – 7 ( Playing top of his game atm)

    Mbiwa – 8 (Slotted in perfect for Debuchy)

    Pardiola……10 ( Played a blinder by changing the game with his subs as things looked shaky.

  • 72 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Big Papa….their fall could be long and painfull. Don’t think many football fans out there will give them any sympathy.

  • 73 jimmysmith // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I’ve been a big critic of Ashley, mainly because of the ground renaming and Wonga fiascos, as well as a laundry list of other lesser misdemeanors, but we do now look a side worthy of the esteemed name and potential, and if we can sustain this level of performance and continue to build and develop from here, then the owner will have come good and realistically of course he can. This is a great run in what has been a fairly traumatic ownership. Ashley needs to grasp the nettle now! The money is there.

  • 74 Toon1978 // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Man Utd sites wanting Tiote and Cabaye at their club. Come in with 25 million for Cabs and 20 million for Tiote and you might get a sniff ;)

  • 75 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Long may it continue.
    Agree about Krul I am his biggest critic on him commanding the six yard box
    MUCH MUCH better today.
    got to go having difficulty hitting the right keys

  • 76 Thump // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Pardew seems to be growing up. One of the biggest criticisms of him was his inability to accept responsibility and yet in that interview he actually admitted that it was partly his fault. If he can keep this up, maybe he can be the manager he wants to be.

  • 77 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Thump….a lot of the saner bloggers on here were prepared to give Pardew at least 10 games to see how we got on in the new season. So far so good.

  • 78 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I am sorry but on current form we would be crazy to let Cabs and Tiote go for full whack Modric went for 40 Fellaini went for close to 30 etc etc when those 2 are on form they are as good as anyone in that bracket so we should be holding out for 30 plus for Cabaye it was different when he had a bad season but he is looking the part again for us

    Glad Tiote is back to form as well seems to have improved his all round game I was one of the people who said he should have been dropped and he should have but he has obviously worked hard in training to get back to his best we need that type of attitude in our players

  • 79 Grumpy // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Good Beautiful football are you mad. We were sloppy at passing and we gave the ball away countless of times. The Man U of old would have beaten us today so lets not get carried away.

  • 80 MrToon // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    the link for the full match.
    Enjoy your celebrations everyone.

  • 81 Thump // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    @clinath@ed: In all fairness, any other owner would have sacked him at the end of last season. Who knows what was said behind closed doors but it certainly seems to have worked.

  • 82 89Norcal // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    countless times grumpy?

  • 83 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Thump…..something along the lines of ” ..survive, or else,”

  • 84 bills-son // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    So, the wee joke club with a pi$$ weak squad, a puppet for a manager, a clown for a DOF and fat tight cockney bstad of an owner are four points off 2nd after 15 games.

    And fans believed it so much they were marching in protest on the streets on Newcastle.

    Just remember that and try and cut out the hysterical overreactions if we lose two games on the trot.

  • 85 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Grumpy….I’d rather concentrate on how many time we won the ball back. That Man utd team is gone, we can only play the one in front of us now…..and we won, comfortably.

  • 86 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Oh the….” Wee club up north” comment. Forgot all about that, wish I’d dug it up earlier. Nice one Billson.

  • 87 jimmysmith // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    On the other hand, the fans had every right and plenty reason to march and may yet still have to again.

  • 88 clinath@ed // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Hysterical overreaction……quite common on here in the past, not been part of it myself, though it can stimulate debate, more often than not it just ends up a cat fight and kills the blog dead!
    I prefer to accept the bad, so that I can really enjoy the good.

  • 89 bills-son // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM


    The fans had every right to march?

    An opinion only shared by the few hundred who marched.

    Not the 10′s of 1000′s who didn’t.

  • 90 bills-son // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    And just to make things clear,

    I don’t believe that we have suddenly become a great team or that Pardew has suddenly become a great manager just because we are 7th after 15 games or that we don’t need three players to make this squad far more complete.

    Just that we were never the sh1t squad with a sh1t manager and totally sh1t owner that some on here claimed.

  • 91 jimmysmith // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Bills Son, the fans do have every right to march whether you, or anyone else likes it or not.

    I supported it on the grounds it gave fans a clear voice, and it certainly did no harm, as far as I can tell, and may well have done some real good.

  • 92 bills-son // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM


    I agree fans have every right to march.

    Whether they are right to march is a matter of opinion.

  • 93 jimmysmith // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM


  • 94 Harley // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Bills son

    Well said. I had many a debate on here at the time about how unnecessary the march was. We were joint 8th at the time ffs!!!

    Anyway today was great. As have 5 out out of the last 6 games been too.

    It must be killing some people on here how well we’re doing!

  • 95 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    To be honest I think the March has been a good thing I think Pardew has used it in a positive way in the dressing room by saying to the players that they need to prove a point that they are good enough to play and it seems to be working

    They had every right to complain about the running of the club yes the results have been good at the moment but it does not gloss over the fact that we could be doing better with proper investment not big names just a few more players in the vain that we buy the last 2 seasons the Champions League places have been up for grabs for another team outside the usual top 4 this season is the same all it takes is for us to get into the Champions League just once for the money to flow in look what happened to Dortmund since they got back into the Champs league

  • 96 Harley // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    As bills son said. About a couple of hundred thought it was a good a good idea, tens if thousands didn’t.

    Each to their own though.

  • 97 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Chelsea’s back four trying to play hide-and-go-seek with one another

  • 98 bollance // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    ‘Into the net like a laser’

  • 99 jimmysmith // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Hey, you can’t say with any sort of certainty at all, or seriousness, that only the few hundred that marched supported it.

    Anyway, great, great, result for the lads and all of us.

  • 100 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    I simply cannot believe how poor Chelsea’s back four are.

    My God they look slow and confused

  • 101 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    You’ve gotta love the way the BBC edit the game to get their highlights, someone tell them that there were two teams playing

  • 102 Harley // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    It does send shudders down me when I see an England midfield with the likes of cleverley, jones and Henderson in it.

    It really shows how short of talent we are as a nation.

  • 103 EatEthiopian // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Is yellow our lucky color? Remember the ugly yellow stripes in the championship when we dominated…..let the good times role

  • 104 JackButler // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

  • 105 Spreadthetoon // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    I was critical of Pardew mid week and rightly so. I have to say for the 1st time Pardew has admitted he got it wrong at Swansea. I am appreciative of him being at least honest about that, so fair enough respect is given where respect is due. norm Tiote without a doubt. Pardew got it right today, the team played very well so I’m as proud as punch with their achievements today. Hwtl

  • 106 jasper // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:55 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.

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