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We Are Injury Free And Playing Terrifically Well

9:39 am, Friday, December 20th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

Newcastle are very well placed in the league at the moment in 6th place before the very busy Christmas period, when we have four league games coming up in the next 12 days  – they are at Crystal Palace, at home to Stoke City and Arsenal, and then on the road at West Brom on New Year’s Day.

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Alan Pardew – hopes we are OK come the 3rd round of FA Cup

And then three days after the West Brom game we are at home to Cardiff City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup – so that’s five games in the next 16 days. 🙁

Tomorrow we are at Selhust Park, in what could be a much more difficult game than it would have been a few weeks ago, before Tony Pulis arrived and has had an instant positive impact at Palace.

But Newcastle are in very good shape before this heavy Christmas period and Alan Pardew is hoping  it stays that way:

“So far, we are injury-free. We have one day of training to go and hopefully we will avoid any problems because we are heading into a very busy period now.”

“It would be nice to come through this period with all our players still in one piece and get to the Cardiff FA Cup game still in a good shape.”

“It is a very busy period over Christmas, but it is the same for every Premier League club. All our levels drop over this period.”  “But the signs are good and the players are playing terrifically well.”

After dropping two points at home to the Saints last Saturday, we need all 3 points tomorrow, but that will not be easy.

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53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kris // Dec 20, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    If we can keep holding on our players, I would be very happy if we could get a striker in.

    For me can Shane Long do a job. He isnt world class, but he runs a lot and could fit in our team. For me would it be awsome if we could get Javier Hernandez over the line.

  • 2 Tommyy // Dec 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    (Repost again! I can’t keep up) Now I haven’t ever done this before but Ed, you used these exact same quotes yesterday in an article (previous thread but also some of these quotes) This sort of thing is happening ever more frequently and it’s lowering the validity of this site in my opinion. We don’t need 10 articles a day of poor and rushed quality, 5 with more time spent on them and maybe some proof reading and a quick check to see whether or not you’ve already covered it would be a step in the right direction.
    This isn’t a slight at your effort at all I appreciate this blog as much as any other and read it daily but I’m finding it increasingly frustrating to be reading the same vague threads over again. Just a bit of constructive criticism.

  • 3 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM


    It’s always been like this?
    Ed’s in the USA and copies and pastes quotes for his articles from other websites.
    He’s been up all night and it’s around 5am there now.
    It’s all second hand news but we get to comment on it in one place.

    I’m always having to explain the sexy ads to my wife.
    “What are you looking at? Porn?”
    “No pet, its just ads on Ed’s NUFC blog”
    “Why does he have porn ads on a football site?”
    “No idea pet, but we’re out of hand lotion …”

  • 4 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM


    From previous thread, I would be surprised if on one came in, purely because last Janaury compared to last summer MA might feel that better deals can be got in the winter rather than the summer, their are a whole host of players who’s contracts end in the summer, McGeady and Gomis being just 2 of them, so which would be the most expensive, paying a small fee and getting a deal ruched through in January as we did for Sissoko and Gouffran last Janauary or wait till the summer when they are free but agents have more time to hike up their signing on fees and to negotiate better wages for their clients, like 12 months ago it could be a case of our summer spending to be none next month when good deals can be rushed through for players who only have 6 months left on their contracts.

  • 5 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Hatem, if the ads are a pest, judging by your post I’m not sure that they are lol, click on here and download which one is suitable for yourself, it really does work very effectively.

  • 6 will190780 // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Tommyy. Who are you to be offering ‘constructive criticism’. This site is a labour of love for Ed and I say keep up the good work.

    If you don’t like what he writes don’t read it.

  • 7 Blofal // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    We are one injury to Remy away from being quite toothless up front. I think we will go for a striker if the right one comes up. They know that.

    At the moment I think our second best option is Gouffran up front and Ben Arfa out wide in his place.

  • 8 Tommyy // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Will – that’s exactly the sort of comment from someone who knows nothing about the concept of a published article and the fact that as a dedicated reader, I am also a customer and therefore entitled to make opinions. So maybe engage your brain ever so slightly before making stupid comments.

  • 9 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Thanks Spoof,

    I have a hosts file on my PC with all the addresses.
    The problem is on my tablet I can’t get rid of them.
    I guess if I dig around in Android I’d find a similar file I could add addresses to?

  • 10 Tommyy // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Hatem – No it hasn’t, I’ve read this blog almost daily since it’s inception in 2006 – and the articles used to be less in number and higher in quality. I love this blog and I love to read it but I just feel standards have slipped a tad. As I said before it’s not a slight against Ed’s effort and commitment because they are commendable in their own right. Just some feedback based on my opinion (and others) that it would be a good idea to focus on improving quality and consistency, that is all.

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Has anyone got the match records of Newcastle United.
    If so
    Can anyone tell me when the last time Newcastle WON the all the games over the Christmas period
    The games before and after Christmas and the one before or New Years Day

    I have followed the TOON for the past 50 years and I do not think they have done it.

  • 12 Blofal // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Tommy your not a customer… your not paying for anything. If things bother you so much go read another blog.

  • 13 Tommyy // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Blofal – Oh my days, please please think before you comment! Ed provides a service of which I use, therefore I am a customer. Being a customer doesn’t have to be monetary based.

  • 14 Tommyy // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    I really enjoy reading the blog that’s the point, if I didn’t why would I bother taking the time to A) read it, and B) offer an opinion on it?

  • 15 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM


    as much as I agree with you I still feel the best way Ed could improve the site would be too ban one or two who come solely to slag off others and be offensive rather than debate in a mature manner, but yes I do agree that less but better and more varied would improve the site, but I still use and enjoy the site, even if there are too many fools who get on.

  • 16 Tommyy // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Spoof – Thank you for a comment which isn’t absolute Ill – thought out garbage! Yes I agree, but unfortunately that’s what happens when over the years people become empowered by the anonymity this blog provides and therefore feel far more comfortable in taking liberties and fueling personal vendettas. Would make a big difference however you’re completely right.

  • 17 geordie1892 // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Hatem’s better than Messi // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Thanks Spoof,

    I have a hosts file on my PC with all the addresses.
    The problem is on my tablet I can’t get rid of them.
    I guess if I dig around in Android I’d find a similar file I could add addresses to?

    Here you go mate, works a treat on andriod based devices:

  • 18 martoon // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Tommyy – I agree with your comments about rehashing articles. I suspect the harsh reality is that Ed has to write a certain amount of blogs per day to keep the advertisers happy. In quiet periods he ends up regurgitating old articles to keep his quota up. However I still enjoy reading them especially the comments.

  • 19 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM


    I have only been using the site for about 18 months, but already their is a list who I just do not respond too, I won’t let them spoil it, as for the articles, yes they are repetative, but again rather than let it annoy as it could I tend not to pay too much attention to the articles and concentrate more on what we submit as I feel our debates are more interesting than the articles, I view the articles as merely being a starter for us to debate, more times than not the debate has nothing to do with the actual article, but as I said having less but better articles would certainly not hamper, but I don’t know what Ed’s reasoning for the site is, obviously he is a very keen Newcastle fan, that goes without saying, but if the website is a major sauce of income for him then he will naturally want as many articles published as possible to help generate interest in his site, as I say I don’t know his circumstances so as a result I won’t criticise too much, but you do make some valid points.

  • 20 AmericanMagpie // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    No way in hell we sign anyone in January. We are 6th in the league. This team will avoid relegation. That is all Ashley wants.

  • 21 NUFCarter // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Malky Mackay has been told to resign or he will be sacked by Vincent Tan. Thank god we aren’t the only club with a sh1t chairman. Things are heating up in the premier league now!

  • 22 will190780 // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM


    Are you in a particularly self righteous mood today or is this normal for you? What has understanding the concept of the published article got to do with this argument?

    Ed does this voluntarily. If you don’t like what he does vote with your feet. Or… produce something better yourself rather than spending your precious time criticising (constructively or otherwise) other peoples efforts!

  • 23 NUFCarter // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Surely Mackay wouldn’t resign anyway otherwise he wont get his compensation package. I reckon he will get sacked after the Liverpool game

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  • 25 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM


    you may be over simplifying it a bit, “This team will avoid relegation. That is all Ashley wants.” as true as that probably is there is a strong likelyhood that Cabaye, Remy and due to Ben Arfa who will be going into the last year of his contract, will all be moving on in the summer, take those 3 out of our current set-up and then you could well have a relegation battle on your hands, he may use January to buy cheaper replacements for those 3 when he can get them cheaper.

  • 26 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM


    there is nothing wrong in critising people even if they are doing a decent job, I happen to believe that Pardew is doing a decent job as do many others, but saying he has done or is doing something wrong when you feel he has is fair comment.

    I feel Remy has done a tremendous job for us since he joined, but I also feel he was very poor on Saturday and he was the main reason why we drew rather than win, to me that is a fair comment which I have a right to express, if Tommyy feels the same about Ed’s articles then he has the same right to make his comment.

    At the end of the day some are saying to Tommyy if you don’t like Ed’s articles then don’t read them, but at the same time if those people don’t like Tommyy’s posts then they don’t have to read them, they critise Tommyy because he is critisising Ed, but what they don’t realise is that they are doing exactly the same by critising Tommyy for what he is posting.

  • 27 estechco // Dec 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    geordie1892 – I think that only works on ‘rooted’ phones, which for the uninitiated or those simply wanting to safeguard their existing contract, isn’t a straightforward task.

  • 28 wolfshead@toon // Dec 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    assley is a fvcking tw@t he hasnt learnt that penny pinching is the road to relagation one loan in the summer and likely 1 to none in jan its disgraceful wheres the money going come on ciaran get your banner out of the loft haha 🙂

  • 29 will190780 // Dec 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM


    I agree with you that we all have a right to express opinion and comment on Pardew and his players all of whom are well paid and for whom criticism is part of their job.

    As for criticising this blog and Ed’s work I’m not sure I agree that it is the same thing. It seems to me that if I invited someone to my house and they criticised the decor I would be entitled to take offence and show them the door.

    Hopefully I haven’t been added to Tommyy’s bad list for politely disagreeing with him!

  • 30 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM


    if you go to a restuarant and order a meal it’s because they have invited you in, not directly but by allowing you to book a table that in a sense is an invite, if your served a bad meal you complain, if you walk past a pub and the doors are open that is an invite, but if you are served a bad pint you complain ( or you should ) Ed writes articles and advertises them on Newsnow, he is inviting us to read them and he always finishes them off with Comments welcome, those last two words gives me, you and everyone else the opportunity to make a comment which we feel is fitting, good article, bad article, interesting article whatever is applicable, it makes no mention about Comments welcome but not if you are going to critise me, sorry Will but if your a footballer, you as you rightly say are open to criticism, if you write articles with the intention of others to read them then like an author or a newspaper reporter you are also open to criticism, it goes with the job, you may disagree with the criticism, that’s fine, I said Pardew was doing well, people may and will disagree, I blamed Remy for us not winning on Saturday, agree or not it doesn’t alter the fact that I can say that, just as much as Tommyy has the right to comment on Ed’s articles, in fairness Ed does ask for the comments so I really do find it strange when people criticise others on Ed’s behalf when all they have done is what Ed asked them to do. Comment !

  • 31 Tommyy // Dec 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Will – Politely disagreeing? Ha, I think not. The fact that it is a published article indicates it is produced for the general public to read and comment on. By doing so I am then within my right to offer up criticism just as you are praise as in return we are giving our support to the blog by reading it i.e keeping it running. Nothing self- righteous about telling you what I can and can’t do and you not being able to grasp that extremely basic point.

  • 32 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Can’t believe this crap about Pulis’ palace.

    If pulis was incharge of Leyton orient we would be still be frittering

  • 33 Tommyy // Dec 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Martoon – That’s a possibility but surely by producing finer quality articles you can encourage a deeper and more meaningful debate which in turn generates traffic and hits? But of course I see your point, it’s a tough one really.

  • 34 lesh // Dec 20, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Bringing Faye Dunaway or whatever’s her name in, was an excellent investment.

  • 35 will190780 // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM


    I like the ever increasingly complex examples! If I was having my horse rehoofed and … Nah can’t knock you on that if you put things out into the public domain then it’s fair game.

    Not convinced Loic had that bad a game mind you! He missed a couple of sitters but you can’t score them all and he linked things nicely otherwise.


    My only reason for defending Ed is that I wouldn’t want him to be put off from writing and keeping this blog running by negativity and criticism. It must be deflating for him reading people slating his work. Don’t you think?

  • 36 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Best of Luck OLLIE
    Ex Newcastle left-back Olivier Bernard has become the new owner and chairman of non-league Durham City after agreeing to buy the club

  • 37 AndyNUFC // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Tommyy – you are well within your rights. Does it make it right? Well, as hard as I can try to avoid the sympathy vote here, just take a glance at the ‘health update’ on the right of the articles Ed writes, think about his age and location/personal circumstances, and maybe actually take some admiration and respect from his daily Newcastle blogging activity?

    As I say, it’s not exactly something that prevents you giving an opinion, but for god’s sake, for you and especially Ciaran (his own blog is his favourite but spends all his time here…) – just have a think he may do this as much for himself than for also the millions of views he has had on this site?

    I’ll be honest, I skim many articles on here, and cut straight to the comments to engage and reflect with other fans online – and admittedly Ed doesn’t produce a ‘cutting edge / breaking news’ piece everytime, but for the sheer amount of content, perseverance and the platform to connect with all these other fans it is just easily the best NUFC related website on the web, for me personally.

    I would just also say, as much as you don’t need to read what you don’t want to, he doesn’t need to write what you want him to.

  • 38 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Here’s a record I would like to see the TOON break.
    Since the Second World War Newcastle United have not won every game over the festive period of Christmas and New Year.

    League but have lost all a few times

    They have won the pre Christmas, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and mid festive league games only 3 times but then lost the Pre New Years Game or the Post New Years Game.

    Good Web site for results ETC.,

  • 39 Spoof // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM


    I do the same cut the articles and go to the comments for most parts anyway, and yes I accept what your saying about Ed’s circumstances, but in all honesty if you have a blog as Ed does then you have to accept that people will comment, now if you read what has been mentioned about Ed’s articles it all been said in a decent manner, never off hand or abusive, it was done the way it should be, I would be amazed if Ed took any offence to it.

    Will, I wouldn’t want Ed to be put off either, but surely offering an opinion in a decent manner wouldn’t do that, and basically that’s all that has been done.
    On Remy last Saturday, anymore like that and we will be calling him Cisse lol.

  • 40 OhSholaAmeobi // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Think we need to buy an english player considering our other less used players (the Taylors, Gosling etc) may be on their way out.
    Problem is, the vast majority are overrated. I don’t think there’s much between Zaha, Ince, Redmond, Sterling (to name a few) to be honest. Redmond for example has only shown a few flashes of quality so far.
    We could definitely do with a winger or a centre forward, but who to buy?

  • 41 Toon-Army // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Hi guys, I’m a Newcastle university student but am out of Newcastle for the holidays. I therefore have 2 tickets for sale as I cannot make them; stoke and arsenal. Both L7 (same seat, my season tixket) please do not hesitate to contact me on here or twitter (sean4eva09). Thanks again.

  • 42 Yohan Kebab // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    i would much rather have ashley in charge than a lunatic like vincent tan

  • 43 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Stefano Denswil.

    20 year old CB. Refusing to sign contract extension at Ajax.

    Has represented Holland at every age level from u-15

    5 million

  • 44 Ultra Mag-ness // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Up to now the boys have done good but as the article says we have been injury free. The busy festive period is going to define our season if we beat Crystal Palace, Stoke and WBA then that stands us in good stead. I don’t expect 5 signings like last January but if MA wants to hit the ground running at the start of next season and heaven forbid qualify for next season’s Europa League then we need 2/3 to be bedded in – with the exception of Sissoko none of the signings had an immediate impact. I am wary Cabaye and Colloccini will be gone in the summer so these are the areas we need to look to sign Menez, Matuidi would be two I would like us to be interested in but realise they are more likely to get snapped up by Champions League teams especially in the way Belhanda and M’Villa were snapped by Russian Clubs – but you can only dream

  • 45 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Yohan Kebab

    Vincent Tan is a crack but Ashley is not much better.

    Ashley has given us. JFK, Wise, Llambias

  • 46 Yohan Kebab // Dec 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    denswil is off to man u by all accounts. although we could take him and ship taylor out on loan whilst colo is still around

  • 47 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    M’Baye Niang to Montpellier on loan.

  • 48 NUFCarter // Dec 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Journalists are bloody awful. especially the b1tch at the start. Change the subject!

  • 49 tequilamag // Dec 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    @47 bit harsh there, I am sure the Cardiff supporters want to know what is going at their club.

  • 50 belgrade fan // Dec 20, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Before AP starts with statements how we need nobody bcs e r super strong he should know 2 facts-
    Us and Spurs are only 2 teams which never in this season score more than a 2 goals
    Only one game in a season we won with more than 1 goal diff (vs Chelsea)
    when we conceded first we lost (not even draw) every single game
    If we dont sign at least a one striker it will be criminal. But since our DoF is great, I expect nobody to came in

  • 51 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    An article by me on NUFC

    What do you think.

  • 52 tequilamag // Dec 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Has the world gone mad. HD praising Willo and Shola.
    Not a bad read but no mention of Pardew. Reading between the lines I would guess that you could not really come out with much to criticise but could not quite bring yourself to offer praise.

  • 53 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Never Criticized willo.

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