Pardew – Better Players Than Cabaye Yesterday


It was an excellent performance from Newcastle yesterday in London and Yohan Cabaye made a big difference on his return from suspension and got the vital first goal through another link up with his French International colleague Moussa Sissoko.

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Alan Pardew entering Selhurst Park yesterday afternoon

And while Yohan is leading our Man of the Match poll, Alan  Pardew has said he though there were better performances yesterday from some other Newcastle players.

This is what Alan Pardew has said today:

“I was honest with Yohan all the way. He respects that, but the bottom line is that he’s a great character and had the X Factor for us today. You need that to stay at the top of the Premier League and he gives us that.”

“I actually thought there were better players than him on the field. Fabricio Coloccini and Mathieu Debuchy were absolutely outstanding in their positions; Cheick Tiote as well.”

“We have a team that believes in what it’s doing. We are really professional. Nobody shirks from their responsibility. They all have confidence. There isn’t anyone not doing their job.”

“It is difficult to single out players because it was such a great team effort. It was a sweet feeling for me to come back to a club that I love to see my team play so well.”

“All the stereotypes about French players are a nonsense. They were brilliant again for us today.”

Coloccini had a great game at then back for Newcastle and is approaching his best form now for Newcastle at a good time, and Debuchy continues to pout in top class performances for Newcastle,  and his defensive play has improved dramatically this month.

But a pleasing aspect of Newcastle’s recent play is the team-work and as Alan says every player puts in a good shift for the side, and that’s great to see.

Now to see Newcastle get all three points on Boxing Day against Stoke City.

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146 comments so far

  • clinath@ed

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed’s done me again…..repost,

    Who’s arguingTDS. …and, flaw? How dare you sir? Took me hours to put that together!!
    Seriously (again) any investment has to be good. It’s how it is observed to the people directly involved and the observing public.
    Last Jan we had to buy or be relegated (it could be argued), but with so many coming in they took time to gel….this happened regardless where you are in the league, eg. Spurs and Sunderland.
    But to sign players when, on the surface, you don’t NEED to, sends out the the right message to all those concerned.
    Hope that makes sense…..!?

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    yes cabs is a bit of a pouter haha

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3

    I can see part of Percy’s argument about the EL in that there is no large financial prize for winning it and if your squad in not big enough (or have enough quality) it can impinge of how well you do or do not do in the league and potentially lose millions or even battle against relegation. That having been said players want to win cups and fans want to see their teams winning something -and both probably could not care about the costs involved and whether money is made or lost.
    So I suppose the trick at SJP should be about getting the balance right for next season. Lessons should have been learnt last season – so hopefully if that is true -despite Percy suggesting the squad is better than last season -we should be improving the squad this window and in the summer with a commanding CB and at least one other quality striker otherwise we will regress.
    I hope if we are interested in loanees – it is just for the next six months -and only for players who are in international squads but who are not getting a lot of first team football.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Clinath

    Basically…what you’re saying is that we should sign players in every window? 🙂

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Our best player wants 2 leave for a bigger club, and Pardew is talkin him down from motm. Not a good idea. Just make sure he keeps his more advanced role, that’s now two in two for cabaye.

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  • bills-son

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Munster,

    Disappointing transfer windows can mean making poor signings as well. We’ve had plenty of those under previous regimes and managers.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Munster

    Marketing a very talented, good looking and charming football player is hardly genius or original. And it will have been PR companies and agents that actually did it. I don’t think his track record shows calmness and professionalism.

    When you say disappointing, what would have been average last summer?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Spurs 2-1
    Bollox!

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    what was Hoivelt thinking… shocking own goal, not a spurs player in sight

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Lambert 2-2 what a great goal!

    Pardew use your connections make Lallana a priority signing!

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  • bills-son

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Lamella reminds me of Luque, skill but hasn’t got the pace to make it as a winger in the Prem.

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #12

    great goal, How much for Lallana? LoL

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #13

    please don’t mention Luque… he is well and truely in the ‘not suited for the premier league’ bucket

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Ahhhh ffs Adebayor 3-2

    Sherwood tbf showing exactly why AVB got the boot, not using the huge depth of the spurs squad

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #15

    There was a rumour that Levys breaking point was that AVB refused to play Adebayor. Not sure of the truth in that.

    If it is true, Levy must have a big smile on his face now

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Soldado is possibly the most underwhelming summer signing, his finishing is absolute sh1te in the PL

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #17

    This top 8 will surely be the top 8 at the end of the season? Probably not in that order but they’re the 8 best teams by some distance I think,

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  • AaranD

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Lallana isn’t an out and out winger, but he is such a classy player. Can use both feet, skillful, intelligent and isn’t all that slow has enough pace to get in front of players. Think he could slot into our side easily playing just behind Remy and in font of Cabs and Tiote.

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    hopefully saints can find another goal, draw would be best result for us, gain 2 pts on both sides

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  • mindshaft

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Not sure we could afford Lallana or even if he would come to the toon

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Spuds playing such a high line.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Southampton are constantly wasting possession which is surprise for them. Normally there is an end product to their intricate passing game. They’re letting spurs off the hook.

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #23

    I think Lallana coming here would depend on his other opportunities, surely hes on a lot less cash at Southampton than we could pay.
    Would be interesting to see the wage bill of the top 8.

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  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Funny how a manager being paid millions can be detrimental to a team. AVB will probably leave our shores and look for an Italian or Spanish club, his reputation is in tatters.

    To think if we beat Stoke, our match against Arsenal is a CL 6 pointer 😆 I laugh, but I feel there’s a sense we’re their on merit this season and there’s not the giddy disbelief, as most of our fans long recognise the talent in the squad we have.

    Team selection is imperative over the course of this period. Will Pardew go guns blazing against Stoke and see Arsenal as a ‘bonus game’, opting to switch it up in that one, or think we can beat Stoke with a shuffled team and save the current winning formula for Arsenal?

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  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #25

    we’re there*

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  • bills-son

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #26

    davetoon,

    Other players not suited to the Prem,

    Pistone, Marcellino, Boumsong, Maric, Viana, Guivarch, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Andreas Andersson.

    Add in Luque and £60M was spent on that lot.

    There will be a few I’ve missed as well.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Quite right about Cabs ok he gets flavour of the month award becasue he’s trying hard to keep in focus for Brazil, but his overhit long passes and selfish attempts dont help to endear him that mmuch to me really. Lets not forget this is a want away player with an angenda who is tolerated because his ambitions currently suit our needs. Soon as he can he will plunge the clu into the search for a replacement and this blog into meltdown over who that should be, and, eventually, why we didn’t get anyone in the end. Sayng it like its going to be thats all. 🙂

    Debuchy because apart from a couple of abortive forsy nothing came down his flank yesterday, but he gave their LB a hernia trying to keep him at bay.

    Tiote (harsh yellow btw) also good again, yes he does have a few issues but dont take your eye away from how he controls the midfield and forward of CD. We will miss him I fear.

    And Pards is on the money with Colo, a popular figure of fun (the new Willo) for some. Good solid and imperious game which is what you want from a leader at the back.

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #28

    @ bills.. ahh Viana..never seen a more hyped player

    Might be unfair to add Kluivert to that list as he was almost retired and he did score that goal against Chelsea in the cup

    Then there’s 17million sick note Owen

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Davetoon

    A huge percentage of a PL club’s income is from the PL itself so actually we don’t have that much more money than the other 13 that aren’t in the top 6. The top 6 have more because they win trophies and get into Europe. That gives them prize money and greater pull for sponsors.

    We should be able to pay a bit more than Saints but not loads. Question is, do Saints want a huge wage bill when they’re more likely to get relegated than us in the next few years?

    We’re a step up for Lallana that’s for sure, but is he either loyal to Saints or holding out for a regular CL team.

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  • AaranD

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Stoke aren’t great away from home and also aren’t the same bruiser side they once were, so if we stick to our passing game at home can see us taking the 3 points comfortably. Could do with a Remy goal in that get the confidence back!

    The Arsenal game should be a very interesting one. Probably the top team in the league possession wise so I’d pack the midfield and frustrate them like against Chelsea. I’m glad Tiote will be back but Ozil will not be :D!!

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  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #31

    As much as I usually like to see Spurs struggle, especially since their spending extravaganza, I’m glad Southampton have been put back in their box in recent weeks.

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  • bills-son

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Six games without a win for Southampton.

    Pochettino just like Laudrup still has plenty to prove in the Prem.

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #33

    @TDS agree on prem league money although obviously the more consistency you have with league positions, the more you will get shown on tv and also pick up the end of season finishing position money.

    Still trying to work out how Sthmptn lost that game. Spurs were average at best

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Gah! Spurs level on points, at least the GD is way in our favour.

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  • bills-son

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #35

    davetoon,

    SBR signed Viana aged 19 for £8M and Bramble aged 20/21 for £6M the summer after we finished 3rd or 4th.

    As great as Bobby was they were two bad signings and a missed opportunity to improve the team in key positions.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Afternoon lads…………….halfway through the season and everything is going well. But do we put this down to being injury free or the fact that the French contingent of last January are starting to blossom,or the fact we haven’t the Europa league to contend with.
    Personally I feel a CF is a priority as remy is only on loan,Cisse has had his day and shola bless him is not a player we should look to for the future.
    If we were to lose Cabs and Krull,Marvs,Gutti and Cisse for around the £50 mill mark and just let us all dream the fat controller reinvested it back into the squad, Imo I think this could take us to the next level and become a permanent fixture in the top six.
    I do believe with a little bit of tinkering nufc could be come great again rather than bordering on greatness that we seem to strive for !! or not.

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  • roy

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Drop Coloccini and Santon they are both liabilities!

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  • AaranD

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Hugo Viana, that goal against Feyenoord in the 1st Group Stage of Champions League ooooo good times…

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  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Ah yes, Hugo Viana – once Young World Player of The Year I believe.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Bills

    Did you forget Cort?

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