Good News On Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew held his press conference today for the Manchester City home game on Sunday, and as usual Alan was upbeat and positive, and looking forward to the game on Sunday.

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Alan Pardew – upbeat about Sunday

As far as the game on Sunday is concerned, this is some of what Alan said in his press conference today:

“We have had a very good campaign in terms of league performances as we have been very strong. In two or three games we have not been at our best but even Manchester City are like that.”

“One or two players are going to be missed like Fabricio Coloccini and Mathieu Debuchy, but we are in good shape to play a team at the very top of their game and it will be a real challenge for us.”

“After the last game I was very disappointed, not so much by losing to Cardiff who are a good side, but because we have had three FA Cup third round defeats in previous years and in particular because we controlled the game for a reasonable period.”

“You can’t start poorly and end poorly like we did against Cardiff.” “We have also lost the last three games on set plays which is something we have touched on in training and City are a real threat from them.”

And it looks like Yohan Cabaye will be available on Sunday, which is good news,  but left-back Davide Santon seems to be a doubt, as Alan talked about the two of them:

“Cabaye trained on Tuesday and Friday and Santon has not trained so he is a slight doubt. But it is good to have Yohan back as he creates an opening in tight games.”

“We are lucky to have that, but City have five or six of that calibre, but we have one of our own.”

If Santon is not available to play then Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa  could fill in for Mathieu Debuchy at right back, and Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor could be the central defenders, and the young and impressive Massadio Haidara would probably come in at left-back – so that’s not too bad a back four.

And Tim Krul will also be back in goal.

We have a chance against Manchester City, but the opposition will be expected to win this game – so in that sense Newcastle have nothing to lose on Sunday – and therefore we expect our lads to go all out for a result – and we need a decent result for sure.

Howay The Lads!!

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7 comments so far

  • Bearsize

    Jan 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #1

    I think we will win 2-1. Early red for city. Get ya bets on 😉

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #2


    Do you not think city could beat us with 10 men?

    Band B

    I think you have it spot on when you say ”soul-less”

    That’s where I feel now, totally drained of any enthusiasm and emotion at the hands of the dull and joyless triumvirate of messrs Ashley, JFK and Pardew.

    A few good results, helped by Manu losing to everyone now, Krul beating Spurs single handedly and 2 red cards seeing us past Stoke, hinted at something better.

    However, normal service was resumed with consecutive defeats to bottom clubs Cardiff and WBA as well as to an Ozil and Ramsay less Arsenal. The latter due to a spectacular failure by pardew to rest and rotate during the busy festive period.

    Yes, soul-less describes the whole scenario very well.

  • BandB

    Jan 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Dok, Rotonda,

    Nice to talk to you again, guys.
    I had intended to describe Pardew as “cock-a-hoop” and not, er, the other thing.
    Although, as they have been known to inject an element of excitement into otherwise predictable and soul-less situations, I am happy with the effect, and commend it to him.

  • Graeme

    Jan 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #4

    The thought of Saylor starting in ANY place in the back four is a frightening thought!!

  • GeordieDan

    Jan 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #5

    “After the last game I was very disappointed, not so much by losing to Cardiff who are a good side”

    In what way are Cardiff a good side Alan?

    They are absolutely CRAP… but we were worse-that’s what cost us yet another “attempt” at the FA cup!

    I have accepted that we are well and truly stuck with Ashley, JFK and Pardew but that doesn’t make it any easier to digest the constant flow of bullshit that secrets from the slimey persona of our club’s management and board.

    Our whole club is now a shameful example of how to take your greatest asset (the fantastic fanbase) and embarrass, neglect and completely take it for granted!

    Whatever happened to supporting your club as entertainment?

    How fantastic to have an owner who strives to never win ANYTHING but a profit-a profit that he puts in his own pocket as well!!!!!

  • magicbus

    Jan 10, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Perhaps he has decided its time for him to get back some of the £100m interest free loan he put into the club by having no signings at all. He could halve the debt and that might attract a buyer ( wishful thinking on my part ).

  • Malta Mag

    Jan 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Hail Alan Pardew. Come on son let’s show the doubters


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