Newcastle Damaged By Losing Four Top Players


While Aston Villa are no Chelsea or Tottenham, it will not be an easy game on Sunday, and the opposition play better on the road than they do at Villa Park, and this season they have earned 17 of their 28 points away from home.

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Alan Pardew – players trained much better this week

And the first 20 minutes of this game will be important to Newcastle, because we just cannot get off to a bad start – one reason being if that happens the fans could again turn on the players.

But on the positive side, Newcastle could have their strongest side out on Sunday, with Remy, Tiote and captain Coloccini all available again.

After the Tottenham game there was quite rightly fury on Tyneside from the fans,  for a really gutless performance against Spurs.

And the players weren’t feeling too good either, and Alan Pardew said that was reflected in the training last week, after our third defeat in a row.

But things seemed to have improved this week, with Cheick Tiote and Fab Coloccini were back in training.

This is what Alan has said in the local press:

“They were very, very strong – they worked really hard.” “They’re in a better position mentally.” “Obviously, we’ve got 12 games left to finish strongly.”

“The games coming are more winnable than Chelsea away and Tottenham at home and our stats suggest we’re not the same team without Colo.” 

“It’s like Liverpool losing Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel.”  “Take those three out of Liverpool and they’d be damaged. We’ve been damaged.”

“But that can’t excuse what happened against Spurs. It doesn’t.”

Pardew is referring there to not having Remy, Tiote and Colo in the last few games, and of course it’s really four with Yohan Cabaye gone forever.

But it doesn’t say much for the strength of our squad when we lose three players, and we perform like the lads did in our last game – there’s just no excuse for that, and the manager is aware of that.

What do you think?

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8 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Feb 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d rather have Suarez, Gerrard and Skrtel

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Can anyone sneak into the dressing room on sunday and slip a laxative into saylors pre match energy drink? I doubt Colo will start, and if saylor is stuck on the pot, he will have to pick mym instead.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Steven taylor needs to be on the Bench with Mbiwa and Williamson in defence. Debucy and Hidara with them then Tiote Sissoko remmy and goufran HBA and LDJ.. If were doing ok then bring colo on in the 70th min so have a run out …

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  • 70TWO

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m not sure Coloccini is the answer, but Tiote should add some steal to the back line.
    Team for Villa match:
    ———- Remy ——- de Jong
    —————- Gouffran
    – Sammy ——- Tiote ——- Sissoko
    Haidarra – Mbiwa – Willo – Debuchy
    ——————– Krul

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    There are very few squads who can absorb the loss of the spine of the team. Less caution from the manager and less gutless performances would have maybe got us a few more points, but the fact is we are a stronger side all round with these 3 players in it.

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  • jeff

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    martin skrtel is liverscum’s 3rd center back and liverscum performed better without gerrard. the dirty mouse

    i hope we start something like this:
    Krul
    Debuchy Coloshitty Willoshitty Santon
    Tiote Sissoko
    Gouffran Remy DeJong Cisse

    ball to the wall.face it aston villa are shit and we can easily win we have the better team and there only good player is benteke and we have four strikers better then him which is why we should start all four and i am so glad to see the back to steven herpees taylor thank god good riddance #jeffBanters

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  • breno95

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7

    @70TWO
    put goofy where sammy is and bring HBA in. agree the rest.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    the guy can bang on all he likes about losing 4 top players,

    playing santon as DMC , was all him along with playing him at LB v spurs

    COLO has been out of sorts all season

    Cabaye, fantastic player, but has not been great in many games,

    Remy, started like a house on fire, but then got pardewed, in his last 10 games before his red card, he scored 3 goals, 2 v 9 man stoke and one v a poor west ham, he done most of his damage comingin from the left, then pardew decided to switch him to CF, starved of chances just like Cisse

    we know these players have the talent, but they have not shown it many times, and I put this down to the manager playing to a system that does not suit our players,

    I also believe that if pardew was in charge of suarez, he would struggle to find form also

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