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Are Newcastle The Real Deal This Season?

8:26 am, Sunday, December 8th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Manchester United fans may just have to suffer for their team like the rest of us have done at Newcastle for many years, and some didn’t take too kindly to Newcastle beating the Red Devils yesterday, as they streamed out of the ground before the end of the game, and booed the team off at the end – welcome to the job of supporting a team that doesn’t win all the time.

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David Moyes and Alan Pardew yesterday on the sidelines

I’ve never quite seen Alan Pardew so happy after a game, as he went around his players on the field and emotionally congratulated them, and in his interviews after the game, he was upbeat and not reserved as he usually tries to be – even when we win.

Pardew was happy for the fans and he had this to say in the Express:

“I have great respect for David,” “But I remember the FA Cup final in 1990 when they scored with eight minutes to go. They got out of jail because we should have won.”

“They stood by him. David might have to have a year like that where it’s touch and go but he’ll come through it because he’s a strong man.”

“It’s a long time since 1972 isn’t it?”  “Sometimes when you get victories of this manner it’s difficult to digest straight away and obviously the headlines might be elsewhere, but I hope the players get credit for their performance.”

“I could still hear our fans singing when I was down the tunnel. It’s a huge win for them.”  “I knew our players were very conscious of those 41 years and were determined to put that right, although it is easier said than done.”

And when Alan was being interviewed after the game they talked about how great the fans were, and you could still hear the fans in the background singing away.

And I’ve been reminded that I did a Q&A session before the game to a Manchester United blog and guess what – I predicted a 1-0 win for Newcastle – see question 10.

Well sometimes you get lucky. :D

Our lads were simply fantastic yesterday, and we looked a very good side, with the game plan working to perfection, and the Newcastle players will experience what it’s like to be a player at Newcastle, when we are doing so well – they are all heroes today.

And with Newcastle winning five of our last six games, and beating Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United along the way, and with clean sheets too – Newcastle may just be the real deal this season.

Wouldn’t that be something.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YankToonFan // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    The real deal? No, not yet.

    We have a negative goal differential and have only scored 20 goals on the season. And we are one of only two teams yet to score more than two goals in a game.

    In other words, our margin for error is very small. We need another striker and a better CB, maybe a RW as well come January.

  • 2 clinath@ed // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    689Norcal….. Shearer and the pundits were fine in their analysis, it was the match coverage that was skewed in Manchester’s favour. Some would say typical BBC!

  • 3 89Norcal // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Was gonna say the same York. Still need another striker and a top winger imo. I dont think we should rely on gouffran running his ass off every match especially if god forbid he get injured.

    I say clear out Jonas and Obertan if the fat one really wants to be a tightwad. But atm this feels a lot like 2011 when we were fortunate to have few injuries.

  • 4 89Norcal // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    @clin
    Oh thanks man. Yeah they always use their own commentary don’t they.

  • 5 89Norcal // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    If Remy were permanent I’d say we are a winger away from having a very strong side. While Sissoko has taken on that wide role well at times, I would like to have someone that can consistently take on fullbacks with pace and skill on the ball who is a solid goalmaker.

  • 6 clinath@ed // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Gave you an extra 6 there Norcal….can’t get cutting and pasting right on this ipad….

  • 7 scout // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Can’t wait for January this blog will melt down when the big signing arrives

  • 8 clinath@ed // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    The midfield 4/5 are picking themselves at the moment, but what I really like is the fluidity of the personnel. They all cover one another when defending, hunting in pack in the middle.
    Injuries are always going to effect this, hopefully we can continue to keep them to a minimal.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Football is an emotional game, but I don’t think the Man Utd board are that trigger happy ;-)

  • 10 clinath@ed // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Scout…..don’t hold yer breath. Lol.

  • 11 clinath@ed // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Jesper….imagine 3 or 4 years without champions league football for Man Utd, the amount of debt they’re carrying would frighten any owner!
    Wonder how full Old Trafford would be then?

  • 12 asenski // Dec 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    hey where can i watch motm or highlights from the game?

  • 13 Greebol1892 // Dec 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Great achievement winning at Man Ure for only the 2nd time in my lifetime! They just don’t like it in their face. Diving & moaning at the ref when they were being outplayed.
    While I’m still not convinced with our lack of chances created during games (and our manager), some of our inter-passing & build-up play is a joy at times. HEAD-TENNIS!

    Sides that get involved in relegation battles just don’t put these kind of runs together so I’m glad to say – we are safe!

    Just wondering where are the people who were saying in April / May that we should sell Debuchy? Probably the same place as those who said Tiote should be sold and Yanga-Mbiwa not good enough…….
    Never rated Strolla at all but his international call-up seems to have woken him from his slumber….. still never scores though! (he IS a striker, you know…. ask Gouffran).
    I predicted 13th place finish but if we can keep down on injuries then top 8 should be achievable!

  • 14 toonbrother // Dec 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Not until we fix the gaping hole in the centre of our defence can we be considered the real deal.

  • 15 veto // Dec 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    team seems alot more settled , not sure what the guy above me is going on about , we have leaked very few goals lately .

  • 16 Malta Mag // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Yes we are the real deal as I’ve been saying since the start of the season. We may not win the Premiership and still do what Newcastle have always done and disappoint in the cups, but we have the backbone of an excellent team. The other thing that constantly annoys me is this attitude of having a paper thin squad? Look at our bench yesterday and see the players who can’t get near the first X1 and tell me that’s a weak squad. The other issue is this constant drivel about our manager. Of course he still has to prove himself but those screaming for Martin Jol, David Moyes, etc should see how they would be considered now? The problem will always be that if you go a couple of games with bad results which with any team is inevitable, the pressure from the likes of some on here can result in a knee jerk reaction?The problem with Pardew will always be his lack of Geographical or Historical connection to our club which means he is always under pressure. One day we may all be singing the praises of both Pardew and Ashley for giving us a team to be proud of.

  • 17 remember69 // Dec 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Toon brother,
    Other than the Swansea game the defense have looked rock solid the past few games, and conceding less goals than most of the top teams.

    I watched the whole game yesterday and thought Colo and Wiliamson were outstanding. Match highlights only tend to cover chances on goal, you rarely see consistent/great defensive play or even midfield for that matter unless it results in a shot.
    I’e been really impressed with the rise of Williamson in the past few games I’ve seen – he has been massive.

  • 18 Malta Mag // Dec 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Watching Fulham v Villa and if there’s one player I’d love to see at Newcastle it would be Berbatov. The man is sheer class and would be the catalyst for this team of ours. An absolute magician regardless of his age.




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