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Two Wins In Our Next Two Games Now Vital

9:56 am, Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

There were some very good performances form some Newcastle players yesterday with Mathieu Debuchy the star man but Cheick Tiote again giving an energetic performance in the center of midfield, and Yohan Cabaye again looked a class player.

alan pardew stoke at home 5-1

Alan Pardew – we had some good performances yesterday

And when Ben Arfa came on just before Arsenal scored he seemed to again energize Newcastle and we went close in those last 15 minutes as the Gunners hung on (stuck to their guns), but alas we just didn’t get the breaks and ended up with nothing – zilch – nada – niente – nichts - nowt!

It was a frustrating end to the game as Newcastle simply ran out of time after attacking Arsenal relentlessly ion those last 15 minutes led by the energetic Ben Arfa.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“It’s frustrating that we haven’t got something on the scoreboard in terms of taking a point,”  “One set play where we didn’t defend well has cost us, and we’ve been good at them all year really.”

“It was a really tight and interesting game. A lot of my players can take massive credit from the way they played.” “We had some outstanding performances, but unfortunately we have nothing to show for it.”

“The margins are so fine,”  “It’s not like we’ve come up against the top teams, played well and lost to all of them.   “We’ve beaten Chelsea and Manchester United and it was as tight a game again. “

“We just came out on the wrong side today, but if we can stay like that against the top teams all year.” “I’ll be relatively happy because I think we’ll win three or four of them.”

“Our confidence should perhaps even improve as a result of that though, and on reflection, hopefully the players will feel that.”

We have to recover and get back to our winning ways at West Brom on Wednesday afternoon, and certainly a win in that game will set us up for the FA Cup 3rd round against Cardiff City at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Two wins in our next two games are what the doctor ordered, and maybe we can even have a decent run in the FA Cup this season?

Hope so.

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45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Burni // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM


    Yeah its good we didnt get hammered. But, if we had played like we did against manure, spurs and chelsea, I think we would have battered arsenal yesterday. Both teams were poor…. But the main difference was the pressing. Arsenal pressed and hounded whereas we were happy to let them come to us. Again we did OK against a good team but no doubt we could have done better…. We could have taken the game to them but we were boring to watch….. Really really droll. And because we were, we were beaten. I feel like I was watching a different match to most, what with all the positivity and that. We were beaten… We didn’t play well…. Granted neither did arsenal but that to me is a green flag to go all out

  • 2 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM


    Don’t mind not signing Gomis.

    one of my fantasies this transfer window is De jong Brothers.

  • 3 Anita the Legend // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Can someone explain to me why Remy has now stopped making runs through the middle?

    He just stood still as we pushed forward and often dropped back! :o …. Really confused me.

  • 4 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I hope your fantasy comes true mate.Would sort out the driving force through the middle of the park as we seem to be overloaded with defence minded players.

  • 5 Ron Knee // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    If we don’t get a win against WBA I can see a rocky road ahead in 2014.

  • 6 bills-son // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM


    Re you post on Anita.

    Small players are ok in the Prem if they can run and dribble like Mata or Silva but Anita doesn’t do that. He passes and moves but he is easily hustled off the ball and rarely wins it back.

    We need a bigger more dominant CM to play with Cabaye and Tiote.

  • 7 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Don’t get to downhearted bud, We played well yesterday and definitely deserved a draw at the very least.We are riding high in the league and cant see why we cant have crack at the cup

  • 8 Ron Knee // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    I suppose I’m an eternal pessimist where NUFC is concerned & I’m still annoyed that AP didn’t stick to his plan of containment yesterday. Putting on HBA was a reckless gamble that backfired massively.

  • 9 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    My biggest concern is losing 3-4 players through injury as I still don’t believe our squad has the depth in quality to sustain our current league position.Take out remy and your relying on shola and cisse. Take out cabs and tiote and the midfield looks week through the middle.

  • 10 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    We look dire upfront whenever Remy plays as a lone striker.

    We need Ameobi back upfront. Though we need to upgrade on him in the summer. Another powerful striker but one who can actually score goals.

  • 11 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    There have been suggestions that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could finish his career at Celtic after the striker spoke glowingly about the Scottish Premiership club. However, Ibrahimovic has suggested that current club Paris St Germain are likely to be his last major team in Europe.
    The guy seriously needs help to even contemplate playing in that league

  • 12 Crow59 // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Pards can’t win either way.mif he sits back and played for the point you souls slate him or as he did tried to go for the win when we began to get a foot in the game you moan.
    I for one am proud of our performance yesterday and believe that the squad we have now work for each other and play with confidence and are all proud to wheere our beloved shirt.
    However over the festive period there’s a lot of games in quick succession and players such as goofy and remy looked a bit jaded yesterday so maybe Ben 10 and shola or cisse with get the nod at WBA.
    On the transfer front I asked about yesterday after the game to people that have been reliable to me in the past and also someone that works in the dugout, the main talk is luuk de Jong in on loan. Departure wise there was the usual s Taylor out on loan rumour however iv a mate that knows him and says he’s going know here and is proud just to be at the toon and is happy we are doing so well.

  • 13 saxonfenken // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Ben Arfa energised the team when coming on,
    I know I will be slaughtered for even daring to say anything about him, but here goes anyway.
    In the last two mins he beat his man/men got into perfect position for cut backs, but as usual wasted the opportuniy by going for goal himself.
    Sissoko would have pulled the ball back for the likes of Cabeye or others but not Hatem, always goes for glory. He still has not learned his lesson of being dropped.
    What a great player he could be if only.

  • 14 Ron Knee // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I think HBA should only be played when things are going really well – or really badly.

  • 15 saxonfenken // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    One other thing, they scored within mins of him coming on (Hatem), but to be fair it was not his fault
    Just a co- incidence

  • 16 lesh // Dec 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    God Morgen Jesper.

    Yes I do use IE on my Nokia and it works ok for me. Sites I want to refer to often (eg this one) can be bookmarked by adding them to you Favourites for a one click access.

    To add a link to favourites, open the web page you want to keep, click on the dots at the bottom right of your screen (assuming yours is the same as mine), you’ll see ‘Add to favourites’ and you’ll have the opportunity to either keep the title shown or change it to suit yourself.

    Those dots also allow you to clear your search history (click on ‘Recent’ and you’ll see the option of deleting it)

    Sorry if I appear to be telling you something you know!

    You should be able to access the manual for your phone on the Nokia site, They are very comprehensive as are the forums.

    As far as recommending apps, no I’m not that avid a user.

    Respectable but disappointing result yesterday, after all Arsenal are top!

  • 17 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has moved to confirm his interest in signing French midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle.

    The Saints are believed to have made the France international one of their top targets in the January window, and they appear to be leading the chase for the 27-year-old with Arsenal having puled out of the race.

    And PSG coach Laurent Blanc has now added fuel to speculations linking the French giants with a move for Cabaye having revealed his admiration for the Newcastle star.

    “He (Cabaye) is a very good player and that has always been my opinion. I have nothing else to say,” Blanc said at a press conference.
    Ive read somewhere that he has supposed to made a gentlemen’s agreement that he will not move on this transfer window so lets hope he honours that

  • 18 wolfshead@toon // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    benny is world class against a 9 man team pards only plays him cos hes the best of the rest that cant make the first team id like ash to grow a pair and sell him and cisse ones a passenger the other is a luxury i bet the tan would especially if they dont have an 8 in their birth date haha

  • 19 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Ron knee. Get a grip. You’d have been calling Pardew for everything if he hadn’t brought HBA on as sub, and we had lost.

  • 20 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Pardew is a cockney wide boy yesterday proved how useless he is taking Sissoko off for a leftback when the game was lost. Anita is no better than Perch or Guthrie and they were shit, Santon is the worst leftback in the league and Krul is a 6ft 4inch fanny, Coloccini is a disgrace and WBA will hammer us thanks too that idiot Pardew and his sunday league tactics.

  • 21 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    All these on here praising pardew belt up! The man is a vain fool who has never won anything and has been sacked from massive clubs like Charlton. The man is a patronising c#nt who thinks the Geordies are as thick as him, yesterday proved he is a weak loser who got lucky coming the biggest club he will ever manage.

  • 22 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Roy I understand your pain but our players are not that bad.

    Pardew has done well but he cannot be long term solution.

    WBA will not hammer us. Unless we have a player sent off.

  • 23 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Roy is a mackem.

  • 24 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    @23 Shut the f#uck up you thick twat!

  • 25 belgrade fan // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM


    He is long term solution, at least 6 more years.
    On Anita- not bad, but provide nothing up front. Would like somebody like Diame or Matuidi instead of him.

  • 26 Crow59 // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Roy your a grade A penis

  • 27 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Roy is a cowardly mackem.

  • 28 belgrade fan // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Also one big problem – when we start game we know Santon, Tiote, Anita, Colo, Willo, Shola wont score. Together they score like 1 goal for a season. Big problem

  • 29 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I sat there yesterday expecting at least a draw, but then reality bit and it all fell apart due to that chancer on the touchline. Listening to his loser patter about not wanting to qualify for europe should have the alarm bells ringing, well its WBA and Cardiff next and we will see how he performs there. Bringing defenders on when we are losing complete piss take when Cisse sitting on the bench.

  • 30 belgrade fan // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I honestly didnt understand Sissoko out and Haidara in. LB we really didnt need. Sissoko needed to stay

  • 31 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Crow your as thick as that ugly c#unt @27

  • 32 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    What’s a mackem doing at our game yesterday?

  • 33 t00ntime // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Hba is less selfish than when he was dropped. He seems to pass earlier as well. Yes he made a mistake but I’m sure AP will have given him a bollocking and he will learn. He is getting better but he has been mismanaged most of his career imo. He loves us and seems to listen to pards, selling him doesnt seem right atm.

    Also a match isnt lost by 1 player, lots of players made (small)mistakes that all together meant we lost the game.
    Tiote kept giving away needless free kicks
    Colo lost his man
    Debuchy couldnt cross (normally decent)
    Cabaye kept overpowering passes
    Sissoko should of headed down to cabaye for an open goal
    Gouffran should of attacked the header instead of waiting and letting sagna get there

    I could go on, all minor incedents but if had gone as they should of (including hbas mistake) we could of won 2/3-0

    Also anyone else worried about Remy? Doesnt look good as a lone ST and we dont have anyone to play next to him. Would really help him if we went to a 4-4-2 and bought a ST.
    Or maybe play 4411 with marv/hba behind him (though marv isnt impressing the reserves atm) or even cabaye if needed (last resort lol)

    I dont know he just seems alot better and energetic with a partner than solo.

  • 34 Rooster // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Of course our bench is looking stronger, but HBA is the only game changer, Shola been there seen that, same old same old, in my opinion we need another real quality striker, its been said many times everyone knows what Shola brings to the table, half decent hold up play and he takes a bit of pressure of the team late on in games at times, but that is not enough for me, 12 months without a prem goal is mad, he could not get in our first team 12 years ago, he should not be near it now, av had me fill of the kid nice lad n all that but your paid to score goals and you dont look anywhere near doing it, im not Shola bashing but he has fed of NUFC long enough, we are looking a real decent team now, its time to up the anti and say goodbye to wor Shola, hes stunting the potential of others at the club, thanks for the memories and all that, but we have to keep moving forward and we still need couple of quality signings in this coming window.

  • 35 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    @32 probably watching, you thick c#nt as Ray Winston says your a proper tool!

  • 36 wolfshead@toon // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM


    if you want a hazard you have to pay hazard money…

  • 37 Rooster // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    we have to keep moving forward and we still need couple of quality signings in this coming window, we really do, we are draining every last drop out of some of the players, Goofy has been great but hes looking a tad jaded,its a hell of a long season and certain players need a breather now and again to recharge.

  • 38 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Don’t understand People calling others Mackems if they don’t agree with them.

  • 39 roy // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    @38 they do it because they are narrow minded clowns, who fall for Pardew’s shit. We could have won yesterday but for Pardew and his weirdo substitutions.

  • 40 thevoiceofreason // Dec 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Roy you’re entitled to your opinion but not your !@#+!¥$ language. There is no need for it.

    HBA made a difference yesterday and was a good display by the team, which crucially is what NUFC appear to be coming again. Had the effort from Debuchy gone in on the stroke of halftime and we are only talking The difference of a few centimetres either way as the ball hit the underside of the bar, then it could have been a very different result.

    You can slate HBA for being greedy all you like but you really do need to look at what options he had, especially with the firs one that you have all been talking about. The two other attacking players both managed to run towards defenders not away from them.

    We do need a box to box midfielder though because at present we have little support in the six yard area. I know some of you might think I’m ridiculous but I would put Steven Taylor in midfield, boy has a good engine can get up and down the pitch knows how to defend, knows how to score goals, especially with his head which is something lacking at the moment.

  • 41 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    @voice of reason

    I agree with your HBA points but putting Taylor in midfield would be a horrific idea last time he scored pretty sure the Romans were in power …

    But yeah we do need a goal scoring midfielder even Gosling would have been a better idea to bring off the bench than Haidara cause no one was gambling on Shola’s knockdowns at least Gosling would have got on the end of one of them Cabaye does not burst into the box enough we need someone who can do that from midfield Siem De Jong etc

    It is a bit worrying that we are pretty much full strength and we dont really have options on the bench to make an impact to change a game we need at least 2 attackers in this window one beast and one speed demon

  • 42 lesh // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Himanshu @38

    The reason for the mutual coolness between Sunderland and Newcastle goes way back in history, The two cities, despite being so close together, had split loyalties during the English Civil War that ran between 1642 and 1651.

    Newcastle supported the Royalists and Sunderland was Parliamentarian. This political rivalry continued into the late 17th century and 18th century during the Jacobite Rebellions when they were divided again. No one had ever even kicked a ball at that point but they still hated each other.

    Hence many Geordies refer to people associated with Sunderland as Mackems as a term of dislike.

    Now you might ask why people from Sunderland are referred to as ‘Mackems’.

    That again is down to local rivalries in shipbuilding. Many ships were built at Sunderland and were bought [taken] by Newcastle ship-owners

    Hence Mackem derives from the term of resentment – ‘We mackem [make them] and they tackem [take them].

    Hope that helps your understanding of the rivalries.

  • 43 LEROI // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM


    Steven Taylor as a box to box midfielder would just be wasting the space of a much needed natural midfielder, a bit like having a 50% crapper Perch, but the amount of times i got annoyed with bloody Anita yesterday was unbelievable if he wasn’t being easily out muscled by little guys like rosicy & wilshire the he was passing the ball straight to them. i can only rember 1 half decent ball he played into the box the whole game. in hindsight as much as i don’t want to see Jonas back in our 1st 11 i think he would have given us more than Vurnon Anita did against them pesky Goon children!

  • 44 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Roy and Fu Manchu. As you’re obviously both a little short of grey matter, let me explain. I described Roy as a mackem rather than stoop to his gutter level of foul language. Now why don’t you both get back to playing with your Christmas presents.

  • 45 ronjohno // Dec 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Am I the only one to think that Krul should have saved Giroud header???

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