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Chelsea vs Newcastle – Match Preview

10:09 am, Saturday, February 8th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 188 Comments

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The game against Chelsea today is the first game after the disgraceful performance last Saturday against Sunderland, when we lost 3-0 at home for the second time running, and lost three in a row for the first time since way back in 1923 – so it’s all about Newcastle regaining their dignity and confidence from now through the end of the season.

Unfortunately we’ve been hit by injuries recently.and Cheick Tiote picked up a hamstring injury in training early in the week, just to make things that little bit worse, and Cheick will possibly be out until the game at Hull on March 1st.

Fab Coloccini is again taking time to heal,  and that knee injury of his will keep him out until the home game against Aston Villa on Sunday 23rd February.

Loic Remy is suspended for another couple of games, and Yoan Gouffran is unfit but could be back on Wednesday for the home game against Tottenham, and Papiss Cisse is still not ready for today’s game.

And since we fortuitously hammered a nine man Stoke side 5-1 at St. Jame’s Park on Boxing Day, and had taken 22 points from the last nine league games – we have played six games and won only one at West Ham, in Yohan Cabaye’s last game for the club in which he scored two goals and we won 3-1.

And in those six games we’ve scored only two goals. and in our last five league games we have scored only once.

So with Shola Ameobi still to score a Premier League goal this season we are hoping that Luuk de Jong will get a start today, maybe as the lone striker up front.

We think Alan Pardew will play something like a 4-5-1 formation – or some variation of that – to try to combat Chelsea’s brilliant midfield players.

So this is a possible side that Pardew could put out today

Krul
Debuchy Taylor (S) Williamson Dummett
Ben Arfa Gosling Anita Sissoko Marveaux
de Jong
Subs: Elliott Haidara Santon Yanga-Mbiwa Ameobi (Sa) Ameobi (Sh) Armstrong

After Davide Santon got the runaround last Saturday against Adam Johnson, we think he will be benched today, and the only reason we have local lad Paul Dummett starting is that he was the one brought on to replace the Italian on Saturday.

Massadio Haidara could also get the start at left back today, and maybe local lad Steven Taylor will get the captain’s armband.

Sylvain Marveaux deserves to start, after being out in the wilderness this season, but he put in a tidy sub appearance last week against Sunderland.

And we’d also love to see 16 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong make his debut for the club, and that would be great give us something positive to talk about after the game.

It’s not really too surprising that 83% of readers think we will lose the game today, and only one in ten think we can win it – which we did two seasons ago, when Papiss Cisse got those two great goals for us in the third last game of the season, to ensure we would finish above Chelsea in the league table.

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Newcastle could have been fighting for a European place again this season, but with Yohan Cabaye departed, that will not now be possible.

And it was yet another dumb decision by the powers that be at Newcastle, which fully illustrates the complete lack of ambition at the club – just in case we had any doubts about that.

And it again shows we are only worried about making top money from our best players, and we will sell at any time to get the greenbacks.

It’s a really sad state of affairs to be sure – but on the positive side of things, at least we are now rid of Joe Kinnear.

We’d love to see the lads hold out as long as possible today in west London, and even get something out of this game, but reality tells us that’s almost impossible.

But there’s always hope.

What do you think?

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188 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Unless De Jong finds his shooting boots, this could be a very uncomfortable afternoon.

  • 2 Dennis Twice // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Attack Toon attack attack!

  • 3 Cantbuyye // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Stuck £5 on S Taylor to score at anytime 33/1. Hoping we get a few corners. Not expecting win today though.

  • 4 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Geordie from previous
    I look at him and cry a bit inside, he has a win rate of 33% 2nd worst only to Guilit, worse streak in top flight ever, biggest home defeat since 70s biggest loss to unwashed since 60s lost 3 in a row to unwashed 1st manager ever to do that.
    I’m sorry his achievements pale into insignificance compaired to his failures, I don’t care about winning at old Trafford fo 41yrs he lost 3 in a row against mackems. He has no credit with me!

    Look what poyet has done with Adam Johnson down the road yet Pardew benches HBA as he can’t work out how to incorporate him into the team.

  • 5 solano38 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    I can’t see anything but a hammering. This is going to be a 4-0 or 5-0 job, and yes we won’t score again. I’d love to be proven wrong!

  • 6 davetoon // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    i was thinking 4-0 or 5-0 myself. might put a tenner on each to make the game bearable

  • 7 stuart no9 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    has there ever been a game n the prem where the score has gone into double figures? or will this be the first one . is alan pardew going to set another record today ???? he likes breaking records.

  • 8 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Solano
    I’m a optimist usually right up until I see team sheet and formation, I said yesterday a bore draw.. I’ll stick with that until 2ish when I see who’s playing where!

  • 9 niafron // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    @LR32

    It’s not only about beny, it’s about the logic of our play as whole.

    Wether beny did well or not in the last months, the way we play isn’t made for guy like him or Marv.

    We can not hope to use him at best until we totaly change of philosphy.

    Until that, having him as a starter or not do not make a big change for the team.

  • 10 Cantbuyye // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    What changed in January? We only lost 2 and drew 1 between Nov and Dec winning all the rest. Fluke? Who knows, all I know is something turned to sh*t. Only thing we can look forward to is guaranteed safety from relegation. Laudrup would be a good choice for me, he’d have no stress as we’re safe from relegation. He could experiment with no gamble.

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    No need to play Shola, Gosling, Santon and Taylor.

    Krul
    Debuchy, Williamson, M’Biwa, Haidara
    Sissoko Anita
    Marveaux
    Ben Arfa, , De Jong, Sameobi / Obertan

    Shola = 90 mins futile hoofball a la Sunderland debacle. waste of a shirt

    Gosling: Still have yet to see anything in this guy whatsoever. Another waste of a shirt.
    Saylor; Accident waiting to happen with zero pace

    Santon: massively over rated and the very definition of no end product.

    Ok it means playing one of 2 headless chickens in Sammi or Obertan but it’s limiting the damage.

    If Saylor has to start then MYM should play in Tiote’s place.

    With safety first pardew you know exactly how this will pan out

    Mourinho’s got his mind games going buttering up his ego saying Pardew’s a good manager BS etc (with his one and only good season !!)

  • 12 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Stuart
    I believe manure holt record 9 1 against derby I think was a while ago so not quite sure but no ones scored double figures.

  • 13 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Niafron @9 spot on mate.

    Rotunda @11 good attacking looking team with what’s available…. Looks far to attacking and optimistic for Pardew but I’d be happy to see that team..

  • 14 solano38 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Rebecca
    Deesn’t really matter who’s playing where : we just don’t have a squad that’s good enough

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Cantbuyye

    Cabaye was part of the straight 4 game losing streak only scoring 1 goal over the festive period, so I think our problems go a lot deeper, but as usual Pardew plays one player leaving to the hilt and justifies playing 90 min hoofball to Shola!!

    We know today that the usual suspects Shola, Gosling, santon and saylor will a) either provide absolutely nothing as per or b) particularly in saylor’s case will make fatal errors.

  • 16 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Look at what people where saying about the unwashed until they found a coach who knows what’s he’s doing..
    There’ll be few who didn’t think they were dead and buried six weeks ago, don’t underestimate a good coach.
    Problem is we don’t have one and are unlikely to get one under Ashley.

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Rebecca

    It would be interesting to see how many fans pick the same team as pardew!

    I just think pardew’s ”containing” football is just as likely to see us lose in the 90th minute so why not have a go. Alway do what the opposition least wants you to.

    Pardew’s negative approach won’t do us any favours today.

  • 18 stuart no9 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    rebbecca— my concern today is not the players , we have decent players , however, my guess is those players are dreading this game today. the whole team will be a bag of nerves, coz I think that is what pards instills in them. they will be a beaten team before kick off, there fore a scoreline of 5 0r 6 would come as no surprise to anyone on this blog if they were truthful . On the bright side , a right drubbing could go a bit further to pards resigning.

  • 19 stan anderson // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Whats the betting we get a shock result today and all will be forgiven.
    Not going to bet on it mind,but this is the Toon and we do that sort of thing dont we.
    It would certainly put a smile on Pardews kisser.
    Then he will start talking of the top 4 places again.Oh yeh.
    4-0 Chelski me thinks,fingers crossed .

  • 20 solano38 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Chelsea had a great game v Man City : it’s always difficult to play a much inferior side after a performance like that against the best side in the Premier. That’s our only hope, that Chelsea don’t manage to click today, otherwise we’re bound for another humiliation

  • 21 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    MYM for Saylor and Marveaux for Shola would be a start. Couldn’t be worse. Sad indictment of our academy system these days.

  • 22 Markaccus // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Would be difficult with hba and marv in the side. We would lack ball winners. We’d maybe get away with one. I would promote santon to MF and play 433

    Krull

    Debuchy
    willo
    mym
    haidara

    santon
    socks
    anita

    hba
    ldj
    sammy.

    Marvs stats show him to be a decent impact player so he can come on for 20 mins or so.

    However i think pardew will suffer an outbreak of his overcautious side today

  • 23 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Our strongest team for today would be:

    Krul

    Debuchy Saylor Mbiwa Santon

    Sissoko Anita Marveaux Ben Arfa Haidara

    De Jong

    Subs:

    Elliot
    Williamson
    Gosling
    Shola
    Streete
    Obertan

    Lol look at that bench. Our teams depleted.

  • 24 Cantbuyye // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Cabaye must’ve had a real influence in the dressing room. When all the talk of him leaving started spewing out, maybe caused the unrest. The new players we took in maybe got a wake up call on how we operate in transfer windows knowing we won’t strengthen. Us fans always want a couple of new faces to freshen things up, I’m assuming our players expect the same.

  • 25 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Pardews call of squad isn’t big enough stinks.
    He doesn’t use the players he’s got, how many times has Sammy stated before Norwich, Mbiwa keeps 3 clean sheets bye bye, Haidra Dummet how many starts they had? Even Benny or Marveux…
    He sticks with his preferred 11 until injury or suspension force a change, except when he puts them all together for a cup game after most em them haven’t started for 3 or 4 months.

  • 26 stan anderson // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    I would prefer the shock result and not the 4-0 by the way.
    Just hoping it does not get much worse than that.
    Fingers crossed.

  • 27 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Stuart no 9

    That’s the only crumb of comfort from losing is to hopefully see another nail in pardew’s coffin. Even Ash must have a tipping point somewhere.

    JFK gone is a great result so there’s a little hope at least.
    people say Pards would get a 10M pay off. How can that be if he’s on 400K a year and has 6 years left. Maths isn’t my strong point but 10M – really?

  • 28 Cantbuyye // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    We defo are missing Goofy. He made Santon look better with all of his back tracking. Need more hard workers like him.

  • 29 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Forgot about Sammi. I’d put him Obertan on the left ahead of Haidara. Dummett will be on the bench.

  • 30 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Rotunda
    A pal said the other day the problem is every fans a manager which is of course right, but 50,000fans can’t be wrong and one man right!

    Stuart
    As we usually do well against this sort of team I’m sort of expecting a draw because as STAN said it’s a knocking bet and Pardew gets a rest bite.

    Stan
    I thought there’d be more uproar at the performance after the derby which was shocking but a lot down to Pardews set up and tactics.

  • 31 jimmysmith // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    You have to find a place for Mbiwa and Santon in the 11 considering absentees. No way players like Gosling, Dummet or Marv are better.

  • 32 Markaccus // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Kets

    anita, marv and hba as our middle 3.
    So we are not bothered about winning ANY ball in the centre of the pitch? Great plan

  • 33 ErnestHemingway // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Can see mym starting at left back today, gosling in midfield and shola up top.

    Flipping heck.

  • 34 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Anita is great at breaking up the play. Who else can we put in there? Mbiwa can play defensive midfield.

  • 35 Cantbuyye // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Sissoko is a tank, stick him in the centre and Marvaux on the wing.

  • 36 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    We need 2 centre backs, 3 midfielders and 2/3 strikers in the summer. At least 7 new players.

  • 37 Santon03 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I still don’t understand why pardew doesn’t want to try Santon as RW or LW from the start.

  • 38 toon kk // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    We’ll be ripped apart by a far superior team.
    our core has gone so we have no chance.

  • 39 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Alderweireld, Agger, Konoplyanka, Cabella, Grenier, Doumbia and Benteke/Ba would be great.

  • 40 niafron // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Cab departure was a signal:

    “In cup, we’re out, we can’t pretend to reach a CPL place, the europa league do not interest us, and we’re far from the relegation battle… so season finished for us. Cab will not stay beyond summer, we got a good offer right now, let’s sell him for he could suffer an injury in the next sixth months and the cherry on the cake, we will not have to pay his wages all that time.”

    Yes, “cherry on the cake” is maybe a bad translation from french, but i guess you see my point.

  • 41 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    little dickie bird just contacted me – Olivier Keman in line for a surprise call up/start

  • 42 niafron // Feb 8, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    If Colo leave, would play Santon CB.

  • 43 Belfast // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Hopefully you’re right Charlie.

    Said a few times I’d rather see a few of the kids getting a game instead of the likes of Shola and Cisse.

  • 44 stuart no9 // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    rotonda— oh i dont know, 10M to get rid of pards ? money well spent !

  • 45 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    My bad sorry forgot we can’t have 2 creative players in a Pardew team. So sad to see pardew’s dullard negativity has sucked some people in so convincingly

    Oh for the days under KK and SBR when we actually had teams worrying about us for a change!!

  • 46 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    No issue with Kemen starting, why not? not exactly a game that we have anything to lose from!

    Would also start Haidara, Williamson, MYM and Debuchy across the back

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    santon 03

    That would mean being imaginative!!

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    kets

    far more importantly we need a good manager

  • 49 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Krul

    Debuchy Williamson MYM Haidara

    Anita Sissoko Kemen
    HBA Marveaux

    De Jong

  • 50 magicbus // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    do well to keep it down to 4

  • 51 geordieboy83 // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Rebecca when you put it like that I’ll just shut my trap lol

    I’m in no way an advocate for keeping Pardew or defending his style of play I’m just a believer in it could be worse.

    Would anyone here take avram grant as a director of football. Got a lot of time for the bloke.

    Ketsbaia
    Haway man that list of players lol

  • 52 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Gouffran got injured because he was run in to the ground and not rested and rotated at all over the festive period

  • 53 Offkey // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Pardew is simply the fall guy. I doubt he chose to sell Carroll or Cabaye and bring in no one to replace. He collects his pay and does an adequate job of doing enough to get by. However, he is well and truly hung out to dry from above. Its for that reason I cant see us getting a really decent manager and also why I wont complain to much about him.

  • 54 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    I admire the optimism of some of your selections but I reckon Pardew will start with..
    Krull
    Debs Taylor willo santon

    Anita mbiwa
    Sis. Benny Sammy/marv
    Shola

    I’d love to be proved wrong but I’d be surprised if it’s much different

  • 55 mindshaft // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Decent article in the telegraph from Michael Owen – pretty much hits nail on the head regarding toon.

  • 56 magpie6699 // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    niafron – “cherry on the cake” works fine in English. Also could have said “the icing on the cake” – same meaning.
    As far as today goes, it’s definitely Dad’s Army time! Don’t panic! We’re doomed!

  • 57 Greebol1892 // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    If we play Taylor forget it. Chelsea runners from midfield…. watch Taylor back-off and back-off and let them shoot at will.
    If strolla gets on the pitch… forget it.

    Otherwise we can easily contain them and hope to nick one…. ;-)

  • 58 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    fantastic if kemen gets a look in but what has happened to Bigirama?

  • 59 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Greenbol

    Otherwise we can easily contain them and hope to nick one

    Wow that will be a real stretch for Pardew…!!!!!

  • 60 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Geordie
    I’ve despaired so much at times I’ve jokingly said Cant wait for JFK to take over, sad thing is I half meant it. Which def makes me wanna cry.

    Charlie
    Seen Keeman twice for Bairns and he always stood, I’d be surprised if he got a look in though.

  • 61 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Mindshaft
    I couldn’t read it, I dispose that little cretin he’s the closest thing to Ashley as a player I’ve seen, should stick to his true love the horses.

    More interested in playing for England than us and only came because no one else wanted him, hope one of his horses hives him a boot in the balls.

  • 62 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Despise

  • 63 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Off key

    It was a choice to play hoofball to Shola for 90 mins against a foot of the table team at home.

    No one has a gun to Pardew’s head to make him play that way, regardless of what players he has which in that case was far superior to Sunderland

  • 64 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    The rumour about Olivier Kemen began circulating yesterday. Wasn’t known if he was travelling with the first team to get experience or whether he was a realistic starter.
    Might be a bit of a cauldron today to start a young lad -but you never know.
    I fancy we may be on the end of a walloping today -Percy appears now to have opportunities to experiment a bit with some of the “lesser” players. Whether he’ll do it today is another matter -he may play a more mature team (from who he has got left to chose from) so as to avoid a cricket score.

  • 65 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    As percy stated, he needs to try something different, so F–k it, try today and get a team together without Shola etc, nothing to lose

  • 66 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I’m sure I read on here the other day that Pardew has it in his contract he gets a cut of players sales profits. I think someone said most managers do.
    If that’s the case it no wonder he takes all the flack his bank balance will be keeping him warm, it may explain why certain players are untouchable and are being played to try and showcase them before we move them on.
    Just a thought.

  • 67 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Scottishmag1

    Would love to see that team

  • 68 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Rotonda heights

    So would I and why not………….no one expecting us to compete, at least with that team we would apply some pressure on their back four

  • 69 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Rotonda,
    Bigi is injured at the mo.

    Anyone seen Owen’s piece in the Telegraph??http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/newcastle-united/10625107/There-is-no-club-quite-like-Newcastle-United-for-turning-a-drama-into-full-blown-crisis.html

    As for today, I think we can nick a draw at best, but every player will have to perform and give 100%. Given some of the lineups being touted we could get over run. Not sure Kemen should be starting this one, Sissoko and Anita should be in the centre of midfield providing the steel, not a kid making his debut against Oscar, Matic, Ramires…etc.

    LDJ has to start and we have to have two players supporting him, HBA and Sammi for me, both coming from wide/inside forward position. There is another midfield slot available, I guess between Gosling, Marveaux, maybe MYM for that. Not much of a choice, don’t see the point of playing Gosling, he has said he is off, so that should be that. Marveaux, I’d worry that with Marv, HBA and Sammi we have 3 players who more often than not go missing for large chunks of the game – we can’t afford that today. Plus I would much rather MYM played in defence instead of Taylor. Are there any other options, other than Kemen?? Maybe Santon on the right side of midfield/attack with HBA moving infield?

    Haidara in for Santon as well.

    I hope for a draw, but I’m not ruling out us getting a hiding.

  • 70 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Mindshaft,
    I disagree on the Owen article. I think he misses a lot of the main gripes of fans, and also gets a fair bit wrong. His entire premise of a well run club, commercial innovation, a manager getting the best of his players all falls down when compared with the reality at Newcastle.

    I also don’t see many claiming we should be fighting it out for the title, or that we should be spending hundreds of millions on players.

    Personally, I think it shows how little he ever settled on Tyneside and his failure to connect with the people up here. That and the fact his passion for football is long gone. It was only a job for him for most of his career.

  • 71 ErnestHemingway // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I don’t agree with some of the Owen article but he is certainly right in his assertion that NUFC is always closer to a crisis than any other club in England, perhaps even Europe.

  • 72 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Do we think that NUFC is always closer to a crisis than any other club due to the Fans reactions compered to other clubs?

    Just putting it out there for a reaction

  • 73 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Ernest,
    I don’t know if that is true, and almost impossible to state if it is or not. There are plenty of highly fanatical fan bases all over Europe who act just as Newcastle fans do, but as we are involved in Newcastle, for us it is more acutely noticed our own reactions more, and pay less attention to others. There are plenty of Man U fans who claimed it was a crisis 2 years ago, some were even claiming it early in the season last year.

  • 74 Toon Tang // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    im going away win, purely because stranger things have happened.

  • 75 gazzaforever // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Sissoko is a CDM not a RW, dumb Pard, put him with Bigi in mid with HBA CAM and De Jonk /s Ameobi upfront, With Armstrong for Ameobi in second half. And Mbiwa CB. PLEASE.

  • 76 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Ernest
    I’d agree we are always close to a crisis because it suits Ashley.
    If were in the news for doing well mike Ashley is never mentioned if he’s pulled another fast one and fans agents happy the headline usually read something like “NUFC and SD owner Ashley is under critism”
    Which results in free advertising for SD as their not to blame for his actions at the club.
    Maximum advertising for SD for minimum outlay, I’d love to ask the other SD shareholders when NUFC are going to get kick backs from SD.

  • 77 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Fans aren’t happy

  • 78 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Niafron, I agree about Hatem and the way the team plays.

    Highly annoying and deflating at the same time.

  • 79 dantoon85 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Would like to see this team

    ————————Krul———————
    ————-saylor–willo–mbiwa————-
    Debuchy—————————–santon
    —————Sissoko—Anita—————–
    ———ben Arfa————–marveux
    ———————-de Jong————-

    HWTL

  • 80 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Scottish
    See @76
    It can’t be choice fence that last time fans wanted Pardews head JFK came in and stole the headlines, renaming SJP etc this has all been carefully thought out by Ashley I’m not buying it’s all mistakes he knows the score.
    He stops revenue from outside ads coming into the club stopping a revenue source then claims we can’t compete. He’s taking us all for a ride.
    Europa league won’t happen again as the outlay isn’t worth it to the club, CL is pointless he can’t advertise SD unless they become our official sponsor or a CL official sponsor.
    To keep us mid table is the perfect zone for him to keep club, he spends next to nothing keeping us in league. We can have a few good days against top teams but every now and then a spanner in the works we kick of bad press for NUFC free press for SD…..

  • 81 Offkey // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Rotunda – agree mate, its also his style at the moment to shoot from range…….but as I say, cant see us getting better at the moment. If we did, I doubt he would last long before lodging some sort of constructive dismissal claim.

  • 82 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Rebbeca

    I agree with your points, my point was that there a lot of clubs across the UK and Europe who suffer the same albeit with less exposure. I don’t agree with all that happens at St James, transfers, advertising etc, all that said…I want the club to be financially stable and as much as it grieves me to admit it, Ashley has done this

  • 83 ErnestHemingway // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Scottimag

    It doesn’t help sometimes, does it? Even now, at a time where a lot of us aren’t happy with the regime, we don’t have one group, one voice to organise a way of pprotesting. We have a number of different groups. When Liverpool were trying to oust the American lads, they had one group, one voice, which made things easier.

    We make it hard for ourselves at times

  • 84 TheToonKing // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    We’re most likely going to get hammered today, but if I see Shola in the line-up i’ll be double mad.

  • 85 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    ErnestHemingway

    The fundamental question through a sale of the club or otherwise, do we buy or build success? if its the latter then the current regime need to invest continually (which they have not done) thats the issue for me

  • 86 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Rebecca

    if a manager getting a cut of player sales isn’t a conflict of interest I don’t know what is!!

  • 87 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Scottish
    That’s the exact reason Ashley bought us, people say we get the most news exposure outside top 4! I’d argue we get just as much as some of them.
    So it’s the perfect place to put his banners up..
    Thousands used to turn up just to see robsons or Keegan’s teams train, were the biggest football city in country with one team the fans live and breath the club and hang on every word printed at times.

  • 88 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Rotonda heights

    he won’t be getting a cut of incomings will he!!!

  • 89 JAMSHA // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    tnxx god the cable operator has blockd all starsports channl… dnt wana,see the defeat

  • 90 Sazzer // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I would start:
    Krul
    Mbiwa Willo S.Taylor Haidara
    Debuchy Anita Sissoko Santon
    Benny
    De Jong

  • 91 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    My previous should have read
    Biggest one team footballing city
    Rotunda
    I totally agree don’t know if it’s true just saw it mentioned on here few days ago.

  • 92 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Rebbeca

    Don’t know, it just feels that our exposure comes about when things get F—k–d up not what we do on the pitch

  • 93 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Coiuld it be if Keman starts that Pardew does not fancy any of the reserve team – mind you they’ve been Sh*te this season

  • 94 Thump // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Pardew has talked about tactics… this means we’re sitting back the whole game.

  • 95 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Scottish
    That could just be the southern press thing, they’ve always wanted us to fail they used to be same with Leeds.
    If your not Liverpool Man U or a London team they don’t want you anywhere near the top, they’ve had to change there tune with city now tho.
    Bad news always makes more noise that’s why I always say Ashley must be planning the timing for the spanners in the works for maximum effect, it can’t all be mistakes and coincidence!

  • 96 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Charlie,
    Only Bigi has been a regular in the centre mid for the reserves. The rest of the time it has mainly been Under 18′s rotating round and taking turns, with the exception of Vuckic who obviously isn’t at the club at the moment, Kemen for example has made 6 appearances for the reserves/U 21 in 13 games.

  • 97 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Lilon @96 hasn’t Keeman been playing for the under 18s he was other week against mackems, has he played for both?

  • 98 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Rebbeca

    Unfortunately the Southern Press (I include Sky and BT Sport within this) have the monopoly over what is read and broadcast thus providing the bias views we all receive…….I cannot understand for the life of me what gains Ashley would have over the timing of throwing spanners into the works………for such a smart guy it seems imponderable

  • 99 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Rebecca,
    He has been playing for both, as have most of our Under 18′s. Because a number of our younger squad players are on loan, and we can only name a few over 21′s per game our Under 21 side is generally about half of our Under 18′s to make up the numbers.

  • 100 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Watching Hazard in action against Man city, what a class act…….who from our team is going to cope with him today??

  • 101 dantoon85 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Not looking forward to today’s game at all especially after the derby performance

  • 102 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Thought I would lighten things up a bit

    Paddy says to Mick, “Christmas is on Friday this year”. Mick said, “Let’s hope it’s not the 13th then.”

    My mate just hired an Eastern European cleaner, took her 15 hours to hoover the house. Turns out she was a Slovak.

    Since the snow came all the wife has done is look through the window. If it gets any worse, I’ll have to let her in.

  • 103 dantoon85 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    @scottishmag1

    I was just about to say the same thing

  • 104 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Scottish
    Have you seen how much SD profits have gone up in last 3 4 years?
    Their taking money out our pocket and. Giving nothing back, he said when he came he wanted us to push SD worldwide. He’s realised he doesn’t have to do much to get a ton of advertising for free, even if we all stayed away the tv money would more than compensate and if anything give the cameras a clearer view of his ads!

    His personal wealth went up something like 800mil last year, he knows what he’s doing!

  • 105 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Theres more

    A mummy covered in chocolate and nuts has been discovered in Egypt .
    Archaeologists believe it may be Pharaoh Roche…

    ITS A BOY” I shouted “A BOY, I DON’T BELIEVE IT, ITS A BOY”
    And with tears streaming down my face I swore I’d never visit another Thai Brothel!!!

    Two Indian junkies accidentally snorted curry powder instead of cocaine.
    Both in hospital…one’s in a korma.. The other’s got a dodgy tikka!

  • 106 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    What do you call a dog with no to tongue?
    Scruffy bollocks.

  • 107 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Rebbeca

    Isn’t that the irony though, with the right investment in the team the Global / European Advertising would follow…..

  • 108 mag // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    The little horse comes up against the donkey! Pardew out!

  • 109 dantoon85 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Gonna be a high scoring game today

  • 110 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Scottish,
    No it wouldn’t. Advertising in the Champions league is all UEFA advertising, the individual club can’t do that. That is why it makes no sense to push for Europe in terms of advertising exposure.

    Anyway, the Prem receives global coverage. Only one Newcastle league match this season hasn’t been broadcast over here in Malawi on African TV.

  • 111 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Well the pundits on Gillette soccer special provide us with no hope, we must have a chance then ha ha

  • 112 ilovetoon8788 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    If shola starts, we know what are in for. Whether i watch the game or not is going to depend on the starting line up. Shola and its a early night for me.

  • 113 clinath@ed // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Rebecca @95…someone asked on the radio last week, why no one hates Man City..?
    I think you’ve hit on the answer, they are not Man U, Liverpool or a London club! Simple.

  • 114 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Fair point, can’t dispute that

  • 115 MacToon // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Chelsea are flying at the moment and gave Man City a lesson on Monday. can’t say it’s the best of times to face them but who knows, one thing for sure is we are full of surprises.
    The poll certainly seems one sided.
    Hoping the travelling Toon Army are full of voice today.

    Owen, like Lilongwe says, shows how little he actually connected with the North East, he was EMO after all. He is also a huge reason why I wouldn’t consider getting BT internet (for the free sport tv channel) or paying for their sport channel.

  • 116 dantoon85 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    I’m surprised that Ashley hasn’t plastered SD on our kit yet

  • 117 mag // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Its the two lethargic centre halves the idiot insists on playing that are the real concern. Sack Pardew!

  • 118 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Right all,

    off to watch the bin dippers v Arses

    c ya all soon

  • 119 breno95 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    dantoon85 has called line up spot on but with one change which is too drop kick a very poor santon out and replace with Haidarra.
    otherwise he has players right and formation.
    he must have seen my post from earlier thread.

  • 120 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Fcn Michael Owen commentating again on this, he is shi..te

  • 121 dantoon85 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Breno95

    Was debating wether or not to put hairdryer in

  • 122 Scottishmag1 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Bindippers 1 up already

  • 123 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    there is 0 possibility Shola doesnt start. that stiff pardew is gonna swap marv for tiote and call it a day. thats about all the thought he gave this match

  • 124 dantoon85 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Gary Neville is just as annoying. Sounds like a right fcuk in Mong at times

  • 125 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Just been watching Football Focus – they previewed Chelsea and in particular Hazard. My fears about a walloping have increased further.
    Whatever is happening in the summer (if anything is happening at all) we really need something exceptional to happen -in the alleged rebuilding process. We hear arguments about the squad -strength/depth -without doubt it’s not good enough. With all the TV money sloshing about -other clubs will be spending -this will have the effect of the cost of most new signings rising.
    There needs to be a mass clearout.

  • 126 clinath@ed // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Owen can’t keep the joy out of his voice when they scored

  • 127 ilovetoon8788 // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    i think so too. he was clueless against sunderland. the last wins at chelsea he had cabaye and an inform sissoko to carry him.

    now pardew has lost the player who was carrying the team on his own this season.

    now pardew got to use his tactical skills to win game. but pardew and tactical nous are worlds apart. lol.

  • 128 clinath@ed // Feb 8, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Owen is cumin in his pants.

  • 129 Markaccus // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Hmm

    I notice there was critisism while i was away linked to me saying we cant afford to start hba AND marv, due to the fact it would leave our midfeild light weight and open to attack? Sick of people talking about attacking football and moaning when others disagree. Whats the point of all out attack if we are not going to win ANY ball ffs???

  • 130 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Mister tuff @125

    I agree mate not only squad but the whole football side needs a shake up.
    The only way I could live with Ashley is if he made Carr DOF and told him to identify a new manager to suit the players etc that’ll be their budget etc.
    I’m sure I read Ashley trusts Carr if that’s the case he could be the perfect solution to everyone’s problems.
    I’m sure he has contacts everywhere and will be able to recognise a good coach as well as players.

    I’m not sure if Carr would be up for it but he ticks all the boxes none of Ashley’s other appointments have.

  • 131 catchy in norway // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    rebbeka

    from earlier

    with some of the fans on here and fans in general, they tend to hang on words from comentators or ex pros, because they say they are involved in the game,
    utter bollox
    most of these x pros have no idea about football, they may have had a skill with the ball, but that does not qualify them as know it all football guy,
    and comentators are jurnos , simple as, so what qualifies them to have a superior opinion, and the kicker in all this is they come 2 see our club 2 times a year and suddenly there experts in what is going on around the club,

    michael own said something in that interview in the independant, he had a good relationship with JFK, but could tell the game had moved on a bit from him, why didnt the senior players do something then?? . instead he kept quiet and we got relegated. he is just as guilty as the manager in my eyes

  • 132 Graeme // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Well, the scum put 3 past us without too much of a problem – if we can keep a far, far superior team than them down to 3, with the same side, would that be some progress??

    Maybe Pardew CAN instill some belief, that we have only lost one player, against a team we have already beaten this year; maybe non of them watched the game Morhino played against City.

    If we can keep it down to 3, I wouldnt be too upset, a draw would be a major result for us.

  • 133 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    bloody hell 3-0 to the dippers

  • 134 theartfuldodger // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Ozil is Arsenals BenArfa..Lost the ball and lpool now 3-0 up..

  • 135 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    My God I dread going to Anfield as we could lose by double figures .

    3-0 up in 16 minutes and going balls to the wall attack . What I wouldn’t give to see us play like Liverpool under Rodgers .

  • 136 Offkey // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    cracking game 4-0

  • 137 theartfuldodger // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    4-0 as we speak …

  • 138 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    OMFG ! .

    Arsenal pi55ing the title away .

  • 139 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Catchy
    Pretty much spot on, if there so knowledgable why aren’t they managing?
    Bit like when we got Lawronson in as a defensive coach under Keegan, talk the talk but can’t walk the walk. I love Lawros predictions on bbc football it gives me a good laugh every week!

  • 140 BuckLuck // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    I would kill to have a manager like Rodgers.
    Pardew makes football boring.

  • 141 theartfuldodger // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Ashley take note..Strikers are important..

  • 142 MacToon // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Wow 4 in 19 minutes.

    Must say I’m not a fan of seeing a manager celebrate the way Rogers does.

  • 143 Goodfella // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Liverpool wow!

  • 144 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Sad to admit but Liverpool are probably my favourite team to watch in the PL .

  • 145 clinath@ed // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    It’s like a RED wave crashing on a Yellow shore.

  • 146 JAMSHA // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    ohh dear… my bindiper frnd is so happy…. hope to see arse come back

  • 147 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Rebecca – I would leave Graham Carr where he is -as he seems to be very able at his job. In my opinion we have perhaps been trying to get bargains -not necessarily getting players to fit the gaps in the first team. There have been lots of comments on here in the past about us looking good/playing well but that additional piece of the jigsaw missing. Whether Percy has the ability to fully assess what we need exactly I’m not so sure about. When you see players from other teams -Chelsea/Man City playing “blind” balls into a space without looking – but knowing that a runner should/will be there -it reveals quality training/tactics which we just seem unable to replicate.

  • 148 JAMSHA // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    team news nxt… samy starts so does shola

  • 149 BuckLuck // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    As much as I hate everything that’s connected to Liverpool this is a victory for football. Positive, modern and attacking. Beautiful!

    Take note Pardew…

  • 150 Ancientcoptic // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    If Shola Ameobi plays, I will not be watching the game.

  • 151 niafron // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Christian Gourcuff anyone?

  • 152 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I’ve got a couple mates who are arsenal fans and they weren’t happy when the window closed.
    Bit daft getting injured CM in to cover for 2 injured CMs
    I used to really like Wengers approach of get them youngish coach them well into good players but I think he’s losing his marbles.
    He turned Van Persie and Henry from wingers into world class strikers but didn’t shell out massively for either, now there’s talk he wants to buy and turn Draxler into a striker which I find crazy, he’d cost 37million to take a chance it works..
    Absolutely crazy Negrado cost less than half that and he’s the finished article.

  • 153 catchy in norway // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    mactoon

    you just love pardew running into the crowd then

  • 154 MacToon // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Catchy, well if it’s an occasional emotional celebration then maybe it’s ok :-) but Rogers seems to do it all the time. I just think it’s disrespectful and a bit classless. I will get over it though ha ha

  • 155 catchy in norway // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    rebbeca

    i love listening to lawro to, total muppet

    always great at telling what went wrong after it happened, something we can all see
    and he gets paid for that

  • 156 catchy in norway // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    mactoon

    its all an act

  • 157 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Mister tuff
    I was kinda hoping Carr could convince Ashley what we need to do to go forward throughout the club.
    I agree with you on how we play and our tactics etc, a lot of the time we can look beaten before we play, Anita for me is the only player who knows how to play, always makes himself available his movement on and off the ball is way better than anybody’s.

    I hate watching football on TV hate the view, it’s always a close up you never get to see the full picture of the game, time and time again there’s no runner or if he does go it doesn’t happen to often so no one notices. Debs was the only player capable of running into space and receiving the ball but there’ll be no more of that now Cabaye has gone.

  • 158 catchy in norway // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    ozil

    is a very over rated player

    he is not a bad player. but not 30+ million

  • 159 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    @ buck

    Pardew doean’t have the knowledge or the balls to set up like Liverpool have the first 20 minutes of this game.

    Our wingers would be to busy defending to be anywhere near the box. I really hope this superfast counter-attacking football takes over from the tikka-takka shite, so much more entertaining to watch and more importantly it works.

    Bayern proved that when they demolished Barca over two legs using it. The thing is you need pace to make it work and we have Remy, HB, Sissoko & Gouff that all have pace so we should be able to do it. The only thing stopping us is Pardew

  • 160 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    @ Catchy

    I think he is technically brilliant and has all the ability to be one of the best creative midfielders in the world, but he looks so uninterested and lazy at times, like losing the ball and not tracking back or jogging rather than sprinting (very similar to Berbatov) .

    Probably why he was called “the part time magician” at Madrid and why they replaced him with Isco .

  • 161 BuckLuck // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Big Pappa Cissé

    I totaly agree with you. Pardew is not capable and he never will be.
    Pardew has gone from hoofing to possession, but like Catchy and others write it’s only in our own half. Why do it there? Old school ignorance.

  • 162 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Big pappa
    It would be like a dream to play anywhere near Bayerns level…

    Why say that when I was going to watch as stream of us Chelsea, I’m gonna go for a walk instead listen to the radio.

    What the eyes can’t see the heart can’t worry over

  • 163 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Catchy
    Did you go to the William Shatner School of blog posting?,with a sentence then a gap then another sentence.Your posts look like the script of a Star Trek episode.

  • 164 Toon Tang // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    am i seeing that scouse scoreline correctly?

    They’re going to have to pull a toon out somewhere now eh

  • 165 catchy in norway // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    bpc

    i think you could have a point with that, something is not right, i dont think he is worth the money

  • 166 bishopblaize // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    I’m hoping it will be Adam Armstrongs day to day .. Focus our energies on all things positive!

    A nicely untested forward line that Mourhinio hasn’t seen in action so let’s hope they cause a few probs!

    I recon we win 3-1

  • 167 Rotonda heights // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I don’t get the people who rubbish Rodgers, Martinez and Poyet.

    Their teams all play good to watch, attacking football and most importantly SCORE GOALS!!

    Liverpool also proving you don’t need a 6 ft, six” target man either when you’ve got pace to burn and skilful mobile strikers up front.

  • 168 catchy in norway // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    mojo

    dont you worry about it ;)

    you worry about your bussom buddy pardew, , not long before we see his latest blunder,

  • 169 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Big pappa
    I would be really interested to know what Pardews overall record was just against those modern managers.
    We all know the poyet record but off the top of my head I can’t think of his record against Rodgers Martinez and possibly laudrap…
    I dare say it wouldn’t be great.

  • 170 BuckLuck // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Rotonda heights

    People who rubish Rodgers, Martinez and Poyet probably just watch Newcastle games.

  • 171 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Catchy
    Are you sharpening your knives?,have you prepared what your are going to say? as you gleefully await a defeat for the team you support.

  • 172 niafron // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    In 3 seasons, Ozil made 72 assists with Madrid…

  • 173 catchy in norway // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    mojo

    got another nail ready for his coffin ;)

    it worries me about your loyalties lie with pardew rather than the club you are ment to love,

  • 174 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    @ Rotonda

    All of those managers I would have loved here but was constantly told all Martinez was good for was getting into relegation scraps, yet he has proven how talented he is, same with Rodgers & Poyet.
    Not to mention they are all younger and “inexperienced”.

    @ rotunda

    I agree, and Martinez has proved that you don’t need to hit it long even when playing a big man in Lukaku. Unless the striker is as slow as Shola there is no reason you can’t play slick attacking football. Why can’t De Jong for us be like Giroud at Arsenal ? .

  • 175 catchy in norway // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    naifron

    that is real madrid

    he has not looked the same player for arsenal

  • 176 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Catchy
    Don’t worry about me bud,don’t forget your hand cream and wipes for the final whistle.

  • 177 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    @ Niafron

    No one is saying Ozil is a bad player, just overrated.

    Not hard to get assists in arguably the second best team in the world when you are as talented as Ozil. I just think he could be so much more in terms of workrate and effort IMO.

    Would have him at NUFC in a heartbeat like ;) .

  • 178 Toon Tang // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    i wonder if the home team have listening devices installed in the away team dressing rooms. I bet there’s been a few cases of that type of thing going on. There’s probably regs and checks and the like eh

  • 179 Toon Tang // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    it goes from bad to worse case for the arse

  • 180 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Arse are getting shafted

  • 181 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Sorry about that,couldn’t stop myself.

  • 182 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    If Liverpool keep Suarez and bring in a couple of defenders and a replacement for Gerrard they could easily be title contenders IMO.

  • 183 Toon Tang // Feb 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Bpc defo mate, if they had had a watertight defense this season they would probably have won it. They’ve been slacker than cathy barry at the back eh

  • 184 MrMojoRisin76 // Feb 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Didn’t Queen write a song about slack bottomed girls?

  • 185 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 8, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Arsenal are getting absolutely demolished!

  • 186 Jonny // Feb 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    ——————–krul——————–
    Debuchy—willo——Taylor—–dummet
    ————-sissoko——Anita————
    Sammy————hatem————santon
    ———————-de Jong—————–

  • 187 asenski // Feb 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    shola starts at st bridge my god
    think the best thing after the match could be pardew’s sacking

  • 188 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 8, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Asenki
    Get your facts straight doughnut




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