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Pardew – We Were Excellent Today – Everyone Played Well

6:08 pm, Saturday, January 18th, 2014 by Ed Harrison · 117 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew must have been a  relieved man at 5:00 pm today, after his side had finally won – after four successive defeats – and our first win since we hammered (excuse the pun) a nine man Stoke City side 5-1 on Boxing Day, after being second best in that first half.

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Matt Taylor and Yohan Gouffran practicing some ballet moves today

Newcastle were dominant in the first half today, and should have gone in 2-0 up with goals from Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy, but two minutes into stoppage time the Newcastle defense lost their concentration and conceded a daft  goal – the ball finally coming off Mike Williamson for an own goal.

West Ham came back well in the second half, but they didn’t take their chances, and Newcastle gained control again, with Yohan Cabaye topping off the victory with another brilliant goal – this time from a stunning free kick.

Alan Pardew was happy after the match and had this to say immediately after the game:

“I thought everyone played well, I thought they were excellent today.” “The first half was the platform for victory. West Ham were much better in the second.” “Carroll is important for Big Sam. He’s a terrific character. They were good in the second half.”

It’s a game on paper we were fancied to win today and we did, and we can win the next game at Norwich in 10 days time and then the home game against Sunderland on the following Saturday.

And we don’t want any 91 year-old records equaled in that game.

It’s been that length of time – since 1923 – that  Sunderland last beat  Newcastle three games on the trot.

Bottom line today – it was a great win for the lads.

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117 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Amen!

  • 2 Toon1978 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Cabella starts tonight.

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Anita and Cabaye – class rest of midfield excellent
    Our midfield five – Anita, Cabaye, Sissoko, Tiote and Goufran when ticking one of the best in the Premiership

  • 4 sparky55 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Anita was fabulous today, as was cabaye…in fact most of the team were great in the first half but only average in the second half but bottom line is we won and very welcome it is too.

    At least it looks like we have cabaye’s replacement in line which at least looks like we’re planning in advance. We’ll get 22 million for cabs and we’ll be paying around 15 million euros for the cabella so a good profit margin on Cabs replacement and hopefully some money for two more strikers on the basis Remy also going at the end of the season too.

    So long as we replace with quality we should be happy…we’ll never progress this way but at least we won’t be going backwards.

    little comfort I know but I’ll take all I can with fat boy in charge!

  • 5 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Got a feeling these Cabella quotes have been misinterpreted, just waiting for GFN France to confirm as they are usually spot on.

  • 6 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Our build up play for the second goal was great to watch, I only wish we did it more as we certainly have the players .

    We still didn’t kill the game off and it could have cost us but overall I am delighted to get back to winning ways before the break and hopefully the lads will come back from Dubai refreshed .

    I just hope we bring in a couple of players this window and push on for the rest of the season .

  • 7 lesh // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Toon1978….. No surprise Cabella’s starting if Kinnear’s on the case and it is a big, big IF!

    Kinnear, he’s a waste of oxygen and should’ve been drowned at birth!

  • 8 NUFCarter // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Gonna watch Sochaux vs Montepellier. See how Cabella plays.

  • 9 toonking // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Williamson
    excellent posts mate
    we need more people like yourself.

    I do critise HBA a lot but it’s when I’m seeing so many bloggers being a critic of players like obatan Sammy shola Jonas and colo that I end up going over board with critising HBA.

  • 10 keeganjr // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    NUFCcarter: when does it start??

  • 11 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    First half for me wwas the best we have played this season imo….and despite a lapse in concentration, and maybe just a refound confidence from taylor towards the end of the 1st half for the west ham goal, i really feel that taylor has been proving his doubters wrong in recent games, he plays with his head up most of the time, trying to move the ball out from the back, the same way colo does for us……williamson for me though, england captain, hatrick in the WC final for the lad :)

  • 12 Our Toon // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Toonking

    Stoke game assists for you mate….Remy goal came from HBA assist, Gouffran goal came from HBA cross (another assist) HBA bought down for penalty which Cisse scored another assist….take your own advice and watch the game mate!!

  • 13 Toon1978 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    A good chance that his dad has been interpreted wrong but fingers crossed. He would be a great signing.

  • 14 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Lets put the united back in spirit and not just in the name!!!! :p

  • 15 NUFCarter // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    West Ham were not good in the second half. a few runs from wide but most of it was just HOOF to Cole and Carroll

  • 16 NUFCarter // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Keeganjr
    19:00

  • 17 roblee7 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Some guy on Chronicle website posted this:

    As a Geordie living in France I can tell you the French sports papers are reporting that a deal has been done —Cabaye to PSG for a fee of 33 million euros, you can only guess where the 12.3 million pound is coming from for Cabella.
    The transfer of Cabaye to PSG is reported to be next June.

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/remy-cabella-join-newcastle-united-6525689

  • 18 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    and we countered it, dummett sub, master stroke, same with sholla, made it difficult for their creative players (their CB’s) to hoof it up long. to think people say we play hoof ball, we try and work the ball when we can, but we aren’t one dimensional, we have options, and if wee can add to what we have, then i think the foundations are in place to continue moving forward……..also i apologise for my rants….but, well i cant help it, i really do think we showed the lot today, grit determination, teamwork, work ethic and class….

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    And Toonking you could invite TB to watch it with you!

    …I cannot come because I am playing with Lego;)

  • 20 NUFCarter // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Hopefully Williamson can score his first goal for NUFC at some point. That would be brilliant, especially at St. James’ park. He definitely deserves it!

  • 21 toonking // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    our toon LOL

    hear that people

    our toon says that a player who has been brought down in the box is an assist for a goal

    looooooooooool
    hahahahahahahahahahaha

    you are simply another catchy ourtoon so from now on I’m just ignoring you altogether so just don’t bother me as I’ve seen enough

    A you didn’t watch the second half today, not what i expect a toon fan to do.

    winning free kicks and penaltys are nothing at all to do with assists assist are when you helped control the ball and made the last pass before the shot. had HBA not been fouled we might not of even scored.

  • 22 jordijohnty // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    How can you ever call a newcastle fan a glory hunter, unless you started to follow in 1955?

  • 23 Graeme // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Williamsons Left Peg (Previous Post) – after more than 50 years of perpetually hoping for a glimmer of success, what do you really expect? The lows are ridiculously low, while the very brief highs are awesome. In my lifetime, the highs are Fairs Cup Win; I was there. Keegan & the Entertainers, Champions League. SBR, Champions League. FA Cup Final loss; League Cup Final Loss.

    We can all see how good this team “could” be; there is no reason, with a little bit of backing, this team couldnt be back in Europe or win a cup for the same result. The level of frustration over so many years, for so many fans, is bound to result in a very deep scepticism, which is evident on here.
    I dont think it means we dont love and support our team, we most definately do – but we have, generally seen it all before, far too often!!

    All most of us want is a team, a club, pushing to be the best it can be, to make us proud to be a fan – even when it doesn’t happen and we are landed with idjits like JFK – 50,000 turn up, snow, hail, rain or sun. What more could you ask??

  • 24 Toon1978 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    RobLee

    As long as we can keep Cabaye until the summer and bring in Cabella now then it wont be much of a bad thing. Plus, i would rather he went back to France than play for another EPL club.

  • 25 roblee7 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/9122064/transfer-news-remy-cabellas-father-claims-talks-over-newcastle-move

    Sky sports saying tonight could be Cabella’s ‘fairwell’ game. Hoep we get him in, lots of top teams have been linked. Why more teams don’t now try to gazump our transfers is beyond me. Even I could see Cabaye was a snip for the price we paid! Yanga-Mbiwa might improve too if this guy comes in, a bit like the Debuchy-Cabaye thing. Plus Mbiwa was captain when Montpellier won Ligue 1 with Cabella, so fingers crossed they’ll replicate the success here :) Seriously, if we could somehow keep Cabaye and sign players like Cabella, surely no-one could question MA’s ambition? We would defo be in with a shot of the CL next season with Cabella and at least 1 or 2 more, with no outgoings. Personally think Cabaye will be off, but just having a nice dream :)

  • 26 toonbrother // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Saylor did well today. The defence would have collapsed against those aerial balls had Colocinni been playing

  • 27 NUFCarter // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Toonking
    If a player wins a penalty for another player to convert it is classed as an assist.

  • 28 BandB // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Williamson

    We showed for a while there we can really boss a game, and have players who can play flowing football and make team goals.
    That needs to be acknowledged.
    The foundations are in place. A few bricks, and we might have a building. You never know.

  • 29 keeganjr // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    thax.. saw that now.. have to watch it then ;)

  • 30 roblee7 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Toon1978 – agreed, couldn’t really care less if he went to PSG, but would be pretty heartbreaking seeing him line up against us for Man U or more likely the Gooners

  • 31 bills-son // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    To come out and perform like we did today after four defeats shows there is plenty of team spirit and determination in this squad.

    You have to give Pardew fair credit for that.

  • 32 JP...from The Rock // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    repost:

    sparky55 – Even if we do sell Cabaye for a more skilled player we will still be improving the team I feel. Of course it would be better if both stayed and it is still possible. With Cabella and Cabaye together creating chances we could even push for a CL spot if we’re lucky and it is possible. We are same on points at this same stage in the season we came just 1 point short of CL. This is with a stronger team this time round and if we also sign a striker to replace the useless Strolla then we could be flying.

  • 33 Toon1978 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Rather we lost HBA than Cabaye.

  • 34 roblee7 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Also, if there was a guarantee money from Cabaye was to be spent on at LEAST 2 quality players, say a Cabella and a Marvin Martin, or event to fund transfer of Remy then I’d be more than happy. BUT, as we know, things never seem to happen like that with MA and JK running things…

  • 35 Ciaran // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    The potential signing of one player unproven in the PL puts Mike Ashley’s ambition beyond doubt?

    Put down the happy pills Roblee7, you’re not talking sense.

  • 36 jordijohnty // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I didnt choose to be a newcastle fan. It was forced on me. Hang on. Its my family I should blame for our ills. Not the innocent idiots who have run this club for as long as I can remember

  • 37 roblee7 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Toon1978 – too right, Ben Arfa to PSG would be better for everyone, but I think Ben Arfa is settled here, on good money and probs won’t be going anywhere any time soon as not sure there’d be a better club who’d take him to be honest

  • 38 NUFCarter // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Toon1978
    Agreed. Cabaye would be very hard to replace

  • 39 mag // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Flog Santon and Saylor useless Mr T awesome along with Sissoko MYM and Cabaye!

  • 40 manxpie // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    billson don’t be so stupid it was obviously wrong to start with the same team that did so well against man city!! :)

  • 41 roblee7 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Ciaran – did you read what I said properly?! I said if we can sign players (the letter ‘s’ on the end is the giveaway) and with no outgoings, keeping Cabaye, that would IMO (if I am allowed an opinion Ciaran?) show ambition from MA. So in other words if we signed 2-3 quality (say 10mil players) and sold no one, then yes, I don’t think anyone could say we lack ambition. just my opinion though Ciaran, not any happy pills yer muppet!! This is the first time I’ve understood why so many people find you irritating, lucky me :)

  • 42 Eddie // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Well done to the lads; excellent stuff, especially in the 1st half. I must say I was highly critical of Pards when he first put big Mo on the right wing but it has really paid off: our set up, with Gouff left and Mo right is wonderfully effective.
    It’s also good to see that they’ve worked on their retension as a team – wasn’t it wonderful to see Willo do that drag back?!
    Also good to see Tayls back to his best with those trademark surges into the opposition half – love it :)
    Hope the Cabella and De Jong deals come off and we hang on to Cabs.

  • 43 Ibizatoon // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Hello all,

    So…3 points…didn’t see the game, but mission accomplished.

    I see Williamson has been credited with an own goal…is he back to being championship level…at best?

  • 44 BandB // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    bills-son,

    You are right. Credit to him.
    It seemed to me that when Sam decided to go high, wide, and not very handsome, we stopped trying to play around them, and that Pardew had let Sam off with making a play, by trying to counter it. However, we got the points. So he was right. Look in the score book.

  • 45 Tsunki // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Ted Bundy = if Jesper said Anita didnt play well he could be very well disagreed with, but there’s no need to be obnoxious. And of course you didnt illustrate how he consistently lacks judgement. Plus the insult, which shows you ooze something, but it’s not class. Short-term contributor, Long time WUM.

  • 46 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    to some of the re posts on this thread i did respond in the previous, aye, we do have some great foundations, and im sure one day it will amount to a glorious buildig, but as they say, rome wasn’t built in a day, so what we just go out and spend a ludicrous amount of money on a load of new players, yeah cos that went well for sunderland, and qpr, for instant sucess, you need to spend like the citys, or chelsea, or i guess we could always borrow aload of money against the club and play financial roulette with the club, and follow the path down to elland road, it takes time man, we’re making progress, we’d have l;ost today not to long back, but we didn’t we’re improving all the time, and i include last year in that, that was part of a massive learning curve, you think the players and coaching staff and even the owner is going to let it get that close again….no chance, hey’re all learning. we have good foundations, lets not go and ruin them by trampelling them before hey have time to dry, and throwing in the sofas before we’ve even put the walls up….

  • 47 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Rob Lee
    For me, if cabs has gone for that money fair play but would not like to see Cabella as a replacement there completely different
    Cabs is more like our Carrick where Cabella is in the Coutinho mould

    If we were to sell cabs in the summer and get Cabella now it would be great but for me we would still need to spend that time looking for a replacement unless were looking at playing a midfield 3 of Tiote Anita and Cabella , even then we’d still need to bring in another young midfielder
    Personally would like to see either Badelj from Hamburg or Rode from Frankfurt

  • 48 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    anyway lads, dont take me the wrong way, we all want the same thing, and i dont mean to come across as some sort of hostile character.

  • 49 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    and guys im with you, dont htink im aiming this at the majority, i know in reality it is the minority, but we just need more positive voices, and as much as an oaf jk is, hes our oaf!

  • 50 lesh // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Roblee,

    You should know by now that Ciaran doesn’t think before he lets his vitreol flow!

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    TB…I said our subs for me played equally and I didn’t think they had an impact…and that was not really their fault!

    …I don’t think it was a great performance today and I will gladly give Pardew credit for that as some are craving!

  • 52 BandB // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    WLP,

    I think you stepped in quite nicely to remind people to celebrate that we’d won. Job well done, I’d say.

  • 53 Tsunki // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    toonking @21 – an artist in missing the point. Our Toon, my sympathies, mate. An assist is nowhere near as good as winning a penalty by being brought dow in the penalty area with a clear scoring chance ha ha ha ha, how can you not see that, loooooooooool.

    btw, what is a looooooooool? laugh out out out out…. :D

  • 54 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    if cabs goes and cabs 2 comes in, i agree, wee would still need to replace cabs1 i think someone like llallana is the route to go down, purely to get another home grown in, and i feel he would fit into that 3 of CT VA + A/O ifeel if we could add anotherr wide man, wth this cabs 2, we still have a top quality finisher in cisse.

  • 55 Ibizatoon // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Tsunki…It’s the stutter of abbreviations.

  • 56 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    For me HBA needs a run of consistent games in the NUFC side as I can’t remember him having a guaranteed spot like Gouffran in the team for more than a month .

    I still don’t like Gouffran on the wing as he is a central striker IMO and should be back up to Remy as our main striker till we bring someone else in .

    My team after Jan would be :

    ——————Cabaye—————Tiote—————–

    ——Sissoko—————Cabella————–HBA——

    ——————————–Remy—————————

  • 57 TheToonKing // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Cabella is a brilliant little player, but i’m a bit worried about hi physically. He’s like Marveux, small and fragile, weak. Not sure how he would adapt.

    Let’s hope we find out.

  • 58 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    i think mr yohan kebab did that with that absolute stunner of a goal did that, if suarez scored that we would never here the end of it, but instead it will all be about fat sam and his generic 1950′s approach to high school rugby philosophies that will get reported….poor old frat sam eh, never mind, id rather the rest of the world writes us of, as long as we dont!

  • 59 Ibizatoon // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    LeftPeg…First you preach patience and now Cisse is a top quality finisher? :)

    Cisse is / can be a great finisher, but he is so lacking in confidence it’s unreal. I’ve been backing him for a while now, but I am starting to wonder whether we’ll ever see the same sort of finishing from him again.

    I’d like nothing more than for him to regain that form again…scores when he wants…fun times.

  • 60 bills-son // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Cabella is unproven in the Prem?

    What a stupid statement.

    So were Tiote, Cabaye, Colo, Debuchy, Gouffran, Remy. …. et al.

  • 61 Toon1978 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Young Tavernier scored and set up a goal today.

  • 62 roblee7 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    lesh…I know, I shouldn’t react, but having read his comments (I tend to read the blog and comments more than write) to others its quite obvious he’ll be picky with anyone. I don’t care what people write, everyone is entitled to an opinion. PLUS, we won 3-1 away today in London (always a bonus for me!) and are looking quite likely to sign a highly promising young player so can’t be arsed with ‘know-it-alls’, I’m on a mega high after the match and the fist proper link with Cabella :D

  • 63 bills-son // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Can’t understand why Henderson’s pass for the Sturridge goal didn’t get the wax lyrical treatment.

    Absolutely brilliant.

  • 64 roblee7 // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Toon1978…great for Tavernier :) Wonder how Vukic is getting on there?

  • 65 BandB // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    I suspect in the MOTD edit suite right now, most of our first half chances are being chopped out, while the Cole and Carroll chances will make the cut. So that they can tell the “broader story of the game,” ie, that West Ham should have won.
    And we’ll be fifth match. Unless Sam gets the push before 22.30.

  • 66 WilliamsonsLeftPeg // Jan 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    ibiza i think we still have a top finisher in cisse yes, he is in a rut, but i feel over time as the squad builds, he will soon again come good. yes…i may be wrong but i have faith in him. each playerr is a diferent jigsaw piecem, over time as we add more pieces, we will be able to create different jigsaws and im certain there is a jigsaw we will be able to fit our cisse piece into, as we hve a jigsaw atm that fits sholla in. horses for courses.

  • 67 Our Toon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Toonking!!

    I didn’t watch the 2nd half as my mother is fighting for her life, we have set times to visit her….some things are more important than football mate!! This season us the only time I’ve not travelled to every game, don’t make daft assumptions!!

    Winning a pen for the team is not an assist? Really….an assist is not only who made the last pass but key contribution, just watching Liverpool game and commentators were saying Suarez got the assist for Gerard pen goal!!

  • 68 roblee7 // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    bills-son, haha, so was Bergkamp, Henry, Cantona, Suarez, van Persie, Drogba, Hazard, Klinsmann, Vidic….could go on forever to counter-act that debate…

  • 69 Ted Bundy // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Tsunki

    Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade, or in Jesper’s case, a thick, football illiterate, a thick, football illiterate. Don’t see where beating around the bush will get anybody, Jesper has wasted enough of his life offering benighted opinions on a sport he doesn’t get, I’m doing him a favour.

  • 70 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Bills
    It’s understandable that he’s not getting praise, he’s a mackem, no can bring themselves to praise a mackem

  • 71 toonking // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    HBA very good because of a winning penalty

    any player on the pitch can win a penalty.

    a penalty is a handball, mis timed tackle that was done by the opposion or a player who needs to cheat to score the goal

  • 72 Graeme // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Lesh @ 7 They simply threw the wrong bit away at birth mate!!

  • 73 bills-son // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    roblee7

    To belittle the potential £12M signing of Cabella as no sign of ambition because it might be just one player unproven in the Prem is purely an attempt to save face if it happens.

    The boy in question has talked himself hoarse saying we won’t sign anyone or cheapo’s only.

  • 74 Ibizatoon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    BandB…I hope Sam gets to finish the season at West Ham…he’s doing a grand ole job.

    LeftPeg…I hope you’re right, I just don’t view Cisses current issue as one to do with systems or pieces…mostly confidence.

    That could very well change at any given moment, but as I said, my faith is starting to fade.

    I don’t rate Shola highly at all, but he does play a role (obviously not goal scoring ;) ) in that he can win the ball, hold it up a bit and generally muscle the opposition defense about…without clinical finishing though I just don’t see what Cisse brings to the team…keeps the linesman busy mind.

    Once again, I’d be thrilled to see him regain that spark.

  • 75 bills-son // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Tads,

    I meant on Sky not here :-)

  • 76 Ciaran // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Bills

    I’ve never said we won’t sign anyone actually.

    Cabella looks very good, but it would take 4/5/6 signings of his ilk to suggest that MA has any ambition whatsoever.

    Signing Cabella on his own proves nothing. Cabella could well flop in the PL, luckily players Cabaye did not. Comparisons with Bergkamp, Henry and Vieira are just silly.

  • 77 BandB // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    bills-son,

    Signing Cabella would be a sign of ambition if he is an addition, rather than a replacement for God knows who.
    Let’s see how we pay for him first.
    As you always say, wait until the window is over before assessing it.

  • 78 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Our Toon…my deepest condolence mate :(

    …if it is any comfort you didn’t miss anything. Today I am just grateful for Cabaye!

  • 79 toonbrother // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Marveaux not on the bench today. If Cabella comes in I hope he goes on loan to get playing time and isnt sold. I maintain he is still our most creative player after Cabaye

  • 80 wolfshead@toon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    lesh

    joe a waste of oxygen drowned at birth he was actually a very good player signed by the great bill nicholson

    tsunki

    jesper is a well balanced poster you mean he is in the same anti pards camp as you ;-)

  • 81 Our Toon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Any player on the pitch can get an assist toon king, sorry if you think I’m being awkward but you made a false statement and I corrected it but you acted very childish and got personal which was uncalled for

    Good debate though, when you look through papers tomorrow you’ll see Suarez get the assist for gerrards pen :)

    On a happier note well done Percy for getting it right today, would have kept Anita on but we won so Percy got it right, should have finished them in first half though!! I’m Percy’s biggest critic but unlike some I can look at things objectively even when we win/lose or draw

  • 82 Ciaran // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Also, if you are trawling through quotes to try and find what I did or did suggest would happen in this transfer window, I can tell you for a fact that I would be impressed if we signed Cabella and De Jong so long as no one else left the club.

    You keep saying that myself and Jail claimed we would sign no one despite both of us disputing this claim – which you have yet to support.

    Who has said we would sign no one Bills?

  • 83 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Cabella has a bit of HBA in him hope we get him…. Hope he matures well with us and plays like a deamon

  • 84 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Wow I am really in for some praise today – TB are you really Manx? ;) lol

  • 85 BandB // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Ibizatoon,

    Did you miss the match, AGAIN!

    Galivanting, I’d call it!

  • 86 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    If I hear (insert player name here) is too lightweight for the PL one more time then I will explode .

    If they are good enough they are good enough, simple as . Maybe that is why English football is so far behind other countries in the world because we only focus on athletic ability rather than talent, just like Pardew with Anita & Marveaux .

    An example of players that are “supposedly” to lightweight for the PL

    Cazorla
    Ozil
    Mata
    Silva
    Hazard
    Oscar
    Navas

    Those are just the obvious examples . Not saying I want the whole 11 to be small technical passers but there has to be a balance and players should not be wrote of before they are given a chance simply because of how much they weigh FFS .

  • 87 Our Toon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Jesper

    Thank you my friend, unfortunately it’s all part of life mate!! Enjoy Cabaye whilst he’s still here my friend!!

  • 88 Ibizatoon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    BandB….Well said. I was trying to write something along the same lines but surprise surprise, it was all rather long winded. Then I just thought…what’s the point?

  • 89 manxpie // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    jesper but surely u were expecting a “dross” performance because the same team started!??

  • 90 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Wolfs…and I thought you liked me ;)

  • 91 Ibizatoon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    BandB…Just to be clear, the “well said” was to your post about judging the signings once the window is over…not me missing the match…again…I’m not even a fan really…I just enjoy this blogs colourful characters :)

  • 92 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    So now I am going to get crap from both you and TB?

    …what a treat ;)

  • 93 BandB // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    I knew what you meant.
    And shift along.
    You are taking up HALF the fence.

  • 94 Ibizatoon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Now I may have misread the thread…so I hope my timing is right…

    Jesper out?

    How’s things cap’n?

  • 95 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    this is a striker we should get

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQmzu5ZEepY

  • 96 NUFCarter // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Goal Montepellier! Cabella with a lovely flicked assist!

  • 97 Ibizatoon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    BandB…Apologies, it’s these American meals…definitely not going to be in shape for my mankini this summer….so I suppose there’s some good news there.

  • 98 Ciaran // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Anyway, just to clarify. I will not be viewing this window as demonstrative of showing ambition unless we sign at least 2 players who could immediately bolster the squad we already have – as well as selling no one.

    On top of that, given how we could be seeing a number of players leave in the summer, I think we should be getting a leg up in replacing them in this window, and if not this window, very early in the next one.

    I fully expected Gomis to sign in this window at the very least, and would be pleasantly surprised with the addition of Cabella and Luuk/Siem de Jong.

    If no one is signed, I won’t be surprised in the slightest, but that does not mean I expect it.

  • 99 wolfshead@toon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    ciaran

    congrats at covering all bases there lol

  • 100 BandB // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Ibizatoon,

    I once had a little friend who told me to move my arse as I was taking up “half the bed.”
    I wanted to point out it was a double bed.
    But like you, I thought: “what’s the point?”
    Half the bed is an offensive demand, it seems.

  • 101 Ciaran // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Wolfs

    Thanks, perhaps I am clambering back on to the fence…..some chance! Haha

  • 102 manxpie // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    no jesper but remember i wasn’t even on the blog when you said i talked dross!!!!!
    so remember that next time!!
    and maybe just remember that your opinion isn’t the right 1 and will be challenged!?????

  • 103 manxpie // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    carter have you watched the whole game?
    how has he played?

  • 104 JP...from The Rock // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    I would love to see some players with great technique like Cabella, Thauvin, Boudebouz, Martin etc.

  • 105 Ibizatoon // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    BandB…Well, half of something between two is a tad greedy. I for one have certainly learned a valuable lesson…as I’m sure you did too.

    Ciaran…As always, even after this window closes we’ll be left unsure and waiting for the next window for further clarification.

  • 106 JP...from The Rock // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    …sign for Newcastle. It is possible and we are aiming towards that I think. Slowly we’re getting there.

  • 107 NUFCarter // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Manxpie
    Its been 30 mins. He hasnt had the ball much, but he chases down alot and when he has had the ball hes done well, beating players and making the right passes. His assist for the goal was brilliant, flicked into Mouniers path past two players and he slotted past the goalie

  • 108 Goodfella // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Horrible bin dippers just done me for 184 quid. (Pissed off)

  • 109 Transfer Sage // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Well finally got round to coming on here after a busy day, caught the game and thought we played very well in the first half, kept attacking even after the first and second goal which is a very positive step.

    We struggled in the 2nd half but that goal gave them a huge boost and really cole and carroll should have made it 3-2, but they didn’t, we got the little bit of luck at key times this week after not getting it last week.

    Dummet impressed me once again when he came on, looks a reliable fullback. I don’t think shola offered a lot, not even in hold up play, remy did better running in behind to relieve pressure but we have limited options for strikers so it’s difficult to find fault with bringing shola on really.

    On cabella, hope it’s true but also hope we keep playing cabaye near the striker, he is getting so many goals.

  • 110 manxpie // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    cheers carter have ya got a link that won’t infest my laptop? :)?

  • 111 nufc786 // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Check out Abeids goals for Panathinaikos, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTOEy4wCqqA

  • 112 Ciaran // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Ibiza

    I’m convinced MA has no ambition, and suspicious about supposed activity. However, if players came in with none going out I would be surprised. However, if Cabella came in now, there would be intense speculation about Cabaye’s future in the summer, so we would be in a state of not knowing until the close of the summer window.

  • 113 jayphoto // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Never get why people want boudebouz to sign! Hes average! Theres a reason he signed for Bastia and not a top club in any of the top leagues! Hes a poor mans Assaidi who is himself a poor mans ben arfa who himself isn’t consistent enough to hold down a starting place!
    Some top players in Ligue 1 but people get too easily fooled by the dribblers like boudebouz ,brahimi was another one people called for a year ago…

  • 114 jayphoto // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Cabella on the other hand? That Lad will go on to play for Real Madrid! Hope we get him for 3 or 4 seasons before that happens! Itl make up for being rejected by Thauvin last season!
    Grenier at lyon is another worth going for! A line up of thauvin, grenier and cabella id probably the future of french football

  • 115 lesh // Jan 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Graeme // Jan 18, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Lesh @ 7 They simply threw the wrong bit away at birth mate!!

    Now that is cruel….. But spot on!

  • 116 Rake // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Where’s Catchy did he miss the game….

  • 117 Brutooon // Jan 18, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    1) we still need a good target man, remy best position would be at the wings

    2) Ameobi is old and cisse forget how to play football, hence a big target man is needed

    3) i am a big fan of HBA but the last one year he been frustrating. he cant always dribble the whole team and score 40 yards goal – be a team player please

    4) Mapou will be a world class defender !! this guy can play any centre, left back and also right back !!!




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