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Newcastle Were Simply Brilliant Yesterday

9:21 am, Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

Whenever Newcastle wear those yellow shirts, blue shorts and white socks away from home, we always seem to play well – and maybe that’s the Brazil effect?

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Hull City v Newcastle United - KC Stadium

Looks like Brazil just scored yesterday

But Newcastle started this game off well yesterday, and Moussa Sissoko scored a wonderful goal after just 10 minutes, when he showed terrific skills to hit a Mathieu Debuchy straight into the top right hand corner of the net with his right foot.

Hull came at Newcastle after that goal, but thanks to Tim Krul and the defense, we held out,  and Tim produced a phenomenal double save to somehow keep out a header and then a follow up shot.

Newcastle were relying on fast breaks from defense, and then just before the half Loic Remy hitched onto a terrible back pass from Maynor Figueroa, and the French striker rounded the goalkeeper to score his 13th goal of the season (unlucky for some) and make it 2-0.

It was never 2-0 as far as the first half performance of the two teams, and Hiull ki9ssed a number of decent chances, but Newcastle had two chances, two shots on goal and were 2-0 up.

But then early in the second half Hull got a goal, and Tim Krul was at fault for coming off his line but never reaching the ball – but overall Tim had a good game yesterday – we have to point that out.

A shot from Yoan Gouffran after 55 minutes was only half saved by Scottish goalkeeper Allan McGregor, and Sissoko was there to poke the ball home fro his second goal of the game and third this season..

Three chances by Newcastle up to this point – and three goals – awesome.

But it was after the third goal that Newcastle really started to control the game, and we made a number of chances and the score could have been a lot bigger than 4-1.

The fourth goal came just seconds before the end of the three minutes of added time, just like last week, but this time it was Vurnon Anita who scored his very first Premier League goal for the club.

But even before that last goal came, Newcastle had two breakaway chances that a tired looking Loic Remy couldn’t quite take advantage of.

This was an excellent performance from our team, and all credit to the players for a workmanlike and professional performance.

Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita controlled the midfield, with vice-captain and captain for the day Tiote simply dominant, and all credit to Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who came in for the missing Coloccini at center-back, and the Frenchman was very solid alongside Mike Williamson at the back.

Of course 95% of the stories today are all about Alan Pardew’s head butt after 71 minutes on a Hull player, and it sadly takes away from the players and the fans what was a great performance from our lads yesterday – all credit to them – they were fantastic.

We wanted to point that out amid all the news about what the Newcastle manager did yesterday – and that certainly spoiled everything.

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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    If Padew is sacked, whilst midway through a touchline ban, what happens?

    Will that Ban carry on to the next team he manages? Is he even allowed to be sacked while touchline banned? Will the new manager take on the ban?

  • 2 tequilamag // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Anita Yes yes and no.

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Regardless of other people’s past behavior this is not acceptable and taking in to consideration not long ago he apologized for pushing a linesman.

    …trying to justify this kind of behavior are drawing parallels is just getting pathetic!

    That said, congratulations to the lads last night…hear it was a well earned victory?

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    *are = and

  • 5 tequilamag // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Jesp giving examples of other managers behaviour is valid but does not excuse Pardews actions. He will get a ban and another fine on top of the club one.

  • 6 jazzyp // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Your quite correct mate it was unnacceptable what pardew did but wasnt anywhere near as bad as what people are making out, he hardly brushed the guys face and there was no malicious intent

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    tequila…that is by no means valid!

    …what other people has or has not done cannot justify this kind of behavior. It won’t even hold in a court of law!

  • 8 catchy in norway // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:31 AM


    while i have said things , i have never actually done anything,

    this is not isolated is it, the fact that he pushed a linesman and wenger (not at our club) suggests he is not learning

    the fact is, willie hit a player and got sacked by the club , the boys age should not come into it, 2 senior officials from our club have lashed out at players and been treated differently
    pardews was worse because it was on tv, and that can not be argued with

    you trying to relate what i say and what he actually physically did is very sad

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Can anybody tell me why we are not playing next weekend

  • 10 tequilamag // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Jesp that is exactly my point. In a court of law sentences are not just haanded out at random. There are guidelines for the offence. If a precedent has been set with Mourinho, admittedly a different country but I would have thought goverened by same UEFA rules then that would be a valid example of a previous offence which cold b used as a guide.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    jazzyp…I cannot comment on Pardew’s intent! It is just not acceptable regardless of what anyone else has done in the past that has gone unnoticed or unpunished.

    I have not called for Pardew to be sacked…well not for this anyway ;) lol

  • 12 Oleg G // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Anyone can tell us here what our stats when we are playing with the Brazil kit?

    Maybe that is part of Brazil’s success? The shirts? The color? The ability to spot your own player easily on the field?

  • 13 WWSBRD // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    At the end of the day Pardew will be punished by the FA and already has been by the club, it was stupid but really wasn’t that bad. Hes not killed anyone, hasn’t hurt anyone and really done nothing new other than make himself look a tool

  • 14 beermonkey // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM


    we were due to play everton and there still in the fa cup and our match is postponed

  • 15 sparky55 // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    I was at the game yesterday and it was weird. Hull were absolutely terrible and their fans were just sitting there not believing how bad they were and were clapping if they managed a simple pass. I haven’t seen the stats but it looked like we had 80% possession and our passing was just so slick it was absolute pleasure to watch…we were completely dominant and to such an extent it was a non contest..just like us vs spurs last week…so credit where it’s due…pardew got them up for the game and got his high press tactics bang on the money…just a shame he did what he did to distract from one of the best performances I’ve seen for years

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  • 16 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    tequila…for there to be a precedent the matter you are referring to have to have been to court.

    Even if there was a precedent it is still unjust to make excuses of this kind of behavior by drawing parallels… that is the behavior you would expect from a lawyer.

  • 17 catchy in norway // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    our club is a joke, full stop

  • 18 tequilamag // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Catchy I find your behaviour worse. Pardew acted in the heat of the moment and will take his punishment. It was an agressive gesture rather than an assault.
    You on the other hand think it`s acceptable to fantasise about committing a violent act at 9.30 in the morning. That is not acting in anger it shows deeply unpleasent side of your character

  • 19 jazzyp // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Anyway to a more important factor for me was the display on the pitch by Nufc.On that display could anyone on here still justify trying to ben arfa’s starting place over Sissokho’s ??
    Another note although still no goal I thought Ldj is looking every inch a Newcastle player

  • 20 Harley // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    There was no headbutt yesterday. If anyone says that’s a headbutt then they’re a pansy!!!

    There was a slight movement of the head towards an aggravating player.

    Headbutt? Don’t make me laugh.

    Catchy I bet I’d made your day though as you can now moan about pardew some more.

  • 21 sparky55 // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Oops sorry lads…New phone….don’t know what happened there!

  • 22 jazzyp // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    The only joke on here is you

  • 23 geordieboy83 // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Morning all

    Get in there what a result. Have to say I’m very impressed with that performance. I often wonder just how quick sissoko is! When he’s in full flight he eats up the pitch. Can’t think of a weak performance out there.

    On Pardew, the bloke was a plonker but we can all sit here and say he can’t do that but we have no idea the pressures and adrenaline your under on the touchline. Unfortunately he has provided a stick that certain people are more than happy to beat him with.
    Catchy give up Bonnie lad, if you are trying to compare the incident with willie and this then I’m afraid your hatred for the man has consumed you. I can categorically state that if we were top 4 with a manager you didn’t have an obsession with, playing good football, you wouldn’t bat an eye lid if they did simikar

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    jazzup…I didn’t see the game, but it is just one game mate ;)

    It would be like asking me next week if Sisokko had a nightmare if anyone still could justify Sisokko starting over Benny!

  • 25 tequilamag // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Jesp, the disciplinary system does have parallels with a court of law. As such they have to be shown to be consistent with any punishments handed out. This is not a justification of Pardews actions. It was stupid but no more stupid that we see in games all the time when players square up. It is more stupid posturing rather that genuine violent action.

  • 26 firebug666 // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I thought we were fantastic yesterday, LDJ made all the difference with his style of play, holding the ball well, intelligent passing, and allowing his team mates to surge forward. We got bodies into the box yesterday for the first time in god knows how long, and that was in no small part down to the movement and passing of LDJ and Anita.

  • 27 jazzyp // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Could you please tell me what Benny has done this season or last season for that matter.Siss deserves his place in the team no question.
    Im afraid the same cannot be said about Arfa

  • 28 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Thought I would wait till the dust settled from last nights fall out before commenting ! Pardew clearly feeling the pressure from having his hands tied by Ashley !

    Onto the performance can anyone honestly moan about that?Our players who played showed why Taylor, Santon, Arfa and Marveux should be on the bench for a while till they sort their attitudes out

    The way our front 4 rotated , done little 1 – 2s reminded me of a junior Arsenal at times with the way we broke for some of our goals people saying Anita is not good enough do not have a clue Sissoko is a winger he plays best on the wing he has a build of a Yaya but is a completely different player

    I would say Gouffran is out of position but he wants to play so gives it his all

    Dummett and Mbiwa were nervous to begin with but they dealt with the likes of Long pretty well

  • 29 WWSBRD // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Howay man are u telling me that ur of the opinion Pardews latest antic is that bad? It was stupid purely because he was a manager but the act was nothing

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    tequila…there lies the problem. We agree it was stupid an uncalled for behavior, but you keep making parallels.

    …parallels does not justify this kind of behavior and it does not explain them or justify them.

    Pardew will receive his punishment in accordance to his actions…not anyone else.

  • 31 jazzyp // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I agree with you on LDJ mate.He is a player that links the midfield with the forwards in a similar manner to what Andy Carrol use to

  • 32 croftus5678 // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    @19 jazzyp

    agree sissoko played a blinder and should have had a hatrick if remy could have passed that ball.

    however i would have liked luuk to have got that rebound that sissoko got to first lol. (great team performance all round and not one bad player)

    anita/tiote/sissoko all stepped up there and if they keep that going and can do it against better opponents then we wont miss cabaye at all.

  • 33 Paolo Rossi // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Been reading all this tosh about Pardew for god sake yes he did wrong, yes it was a bad example but blimey how over hyped has it been….. His push an the linesmen was worse!!!! People seem to be forgetting about MEYLERS Actions is that the right example to set to young players leaving the field of play to retrieve the pall and trying to push the opposing teams manager over who was no where near it…….. That hasn’t even been mentioned!!!!!!

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Yo…I think it was very bad! I cannot even describe how bad I think it was – especially taking everything that has happened in his past (last year or so)

    …I won’t ask for a manager to be sacked for it though. I think there are other ways to handle something like this that is much for constructive and proactive.

    A dismissal does not rectify anything. That would only be politics.

  • 35 tequilamag // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Jesper to clarify. I am not drawing paralleles to justify his actions. There is no justification for his actions. I am drawing parallels to illustrate what his pinishment should be.

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    LDJ has played well last couple of matches but hasnt scored, will we sign him in the summer if he doesn’t score.

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Jazzyp…I think Benny has had alot of great performances for us. I won’t start the Benny discussion again. It is a pointless discussion mate.

    …we simply does not agree on the matter to say the least ;)

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    tequila…that is not how a court of law works. You cannot draw those parallels because each action is different.

  • 39 WWSBRD // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Players get reds for putting their head in all the time, hell Remy did it not too long ago…I dont recall everyone suggesting we cancel his loan and send him back to QPR

    Jose while at Madrid poked Tito’s eye, Carver gets in more scraps than I can mention same with Woodman and there are tunnel scraps regularly in the game

    I dont really see why this incident is such huge news

  • 40 jazzyp // Mar 2, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    No worries mate that is what this blog is for,For everyone to have a difference of opinion.
    Its a pity yours is wrong lol……….Only joking mate

  • 41 tequilamag // Mar 2, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Jesp of course you can, it`s an aiutomatic ban for redcards because that is the punishment set down. If two players commit a headbut they get the same punishment. If a manager has already been punished for violent conduct then that at least gives a guideline as to likely punishment for Pardew. I don.t understand why you think we have any bone of contention here. I have not once tried to say is was OK for Pardew to do what he did and certainly not because another manager has misbehaved. We both agree he should be punished but sacking would be wrong.What is it exactly you disagree with?

  • 42 kt97toonarmy // Mar 2, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Half of u are goin on like u wouldnt do the same. Come on man. Heres a senario for all of you. Ur newcastle manager 1-0 down to the scum with 4 minutes left nd gus poyet gets in ur face and gloats how his team win again . U wud react in the heat of the moment. With more than a headbutt i cud imagine

  • 43 the_besty_show // Mar 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    wtf has happened to this country, the amount of grown men twisting about how bad that headbutt was, it was a bit of handbags probably deserves slightly worse than a player would get for same offense i would say about 5 game ban. People going on about the sack probably same ones who wanted robson out when we finished 5th

  • 44 toonicle // Mar 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Poor Luuk was robbed of his first goal

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