Newcastle Fans Pushed Us To The Win

We were a little bit surprised that Luuk de Jong started the game on Sunday on the bench against Aston Villa, with Papiss Cisse getting the nod from manager Alan Pardew, but when Luuk did come on with less than 20 minutes to play he made a good contribution.

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Luuk de Jong – made a good contribution when he came on

With two minutes to go in normal time he cut the ball back to Loic Remy, but Loic hit the post when he probably should have scored, but then in added time the ball was in the box and Luuk had a shot deflected to Remy, and the rest is history, as Loic put the ball in the back of the net with great skill, and St, James’ Park, the players and the coaching staff just simply erupted.

This is what Luuk told the Shields Gazette today:

“It was really important to win at home, especially for the fans.” “They pushed us on in the last five or 10 minutes and that helped us.”

“We created some good chances and eventually at the end we scored the goal.”  “Everyone is happy as we hadn’t won for a few games.”

“We were afraid they may score on the counter near the end, but we also have to say that our defense and Tim Krul were really good.”

“We were a little bit unlucky when Remy’s shot hit the post, which would have given me an assist.  “In the end, though, we won the game, and it was a good finish by Remy.”

In truth the game could have gone either way in those last 10 minutes, as Aston Villa were always dangerous on the counter-attack, but the defense held firm – with Mike Williamson and Fab Coloccini looking very solid at the back, and they make a good combination for Newcastle.

And it was only the second win in the last ten games for Newcastle, but it will give our lads confidence when they visit Hull City on Saturday – and another 3 points in that game would be terrific.

Here’s hoping.

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5 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1


    Your life’s work is slagging off Ashley at every turn and on every post so a bit hypocritical there my fiend. Look we all come on to vent. With you it’s Ash, with others it’s Pardew, with some it’s both. Doesn’t make you or any of us wrong or right.

    Would love to see Red Bull take us over. Far better prospect than Vince McMahon. Red Bull Newcastle wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. Not as if NUFC has brought us anything meaningful since 1955.

    I don’t know if we should stick with Pardew in the hope he will eventually get things right. I think many other managers would have dropped or not brought back Saylor in the first place.

    That did seem to coincide with our horrendous run starting 10 matches ago. Why did it takes so long to drop Santon too? Point being maybe Pardew does get there eventually. Maybe not.

    Not sure how easy it would be to get rid of Obertan if he decides to sit out his contract. Similarly with Marveaux and others. Would be happy to see Gosling, Shola and Saylor depart. Maybe we’ve had our fun with Ben Arfa too by now.


    LDJ ?
    Abeid back in


    Ben Arfa?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    lillongwe – from previous

    Ah I see, we will be short for the prem league next year in my opinion never mind Europe.

    I still want Europe though, they are great nights, it brings prestige with it also.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Has ciaran been on to tell us how much money he’s prepared to commit personally to the club through NUST? We should have no worries for transfer funds when that money rolls in. I’m expecting an exciting summer.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    It isn’t a case of me not wanting Europe, it is a case of me failing to see how we would cope next year if we had it unless something unexpected happens in the summer!

  • 70TWO

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Whilst speculating on the players potentially going in or out is fun, most of those suggested for leaving hardly feature in the first team squad and do not indicate large fees being spent on incoming transfers. The reality is that three first team strikers are out of contract, what is NUFC going to do?

    If Ashley does not sell before next season what is the likely minimum? Generally the one in one out theory does not apply, however there will be a need for at least two strikers. One probably being de Jong as a target man who can distribute the ball, the other could be filled with an existing player ie Gouffran, HBA, Sammy or Armstrong. The theory being that when Ashley analyses the squad he is likely to conclude that there is not value for money, as players are being unused and are ready made replacements

    Another option previously used by Ashley is to haul in a number of players on the cheap, in the hope that once established at least one or two can be sold on for a much higher value. This is dependent on how successful he judges this practice to be. But it will placate a majority of fans with the illusion of investment, when in reality it will be NUFC income being spent.


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