I Couldn’t Have Asked For Anything More – He Was Terrific


We had mentioned what a good game Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had on Saturday, where he was very sound and steady at the back, and seemed to do everything right – and we hardly missed Coloccini at all at Hull.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – had good game Saturday

Since he arrived on Tyneside, Mapou has played some very games for the side, and he’s also had some shockers too, but we are hoping that inconsistency is simply part of the process of getting to grips with the Premier League, and certainly he will become  a much better player on Tyneside.

Yanga was the surprise choice on Saturday, as we had thought Steven Taylor would come in, but the Frenchman got the nod and took his chance very well indeed.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:

“It didn’t disrupt things too much because Mapou was with us, and it was one for one,” “The best thing in those circumstances was the guys who played to produce a top performance, which they did.”

“It’s given an opportunity to Mapou, which he’s taken.” “I’ll take that into consideration when I pick my next team, obviously.”

“I took Mapou over Steven because I think Steven is a little bit uncomfortable on the left,” “He prefers Willo’s channel.”

“So I made the decision after the Spurs game that – Mapou and Colo on the left side, and Willo and Tayls will contest the right side.”

“I couldn’t have asked for any more from Mapou. He was terrific.”

Mapou still has more to do to become a regular on Tyneside, but when he plays like he did on Saturday he looks a very solid player at the back, and of course he can play anywhere across the back four, and the 24 year-old will make lots of appearances because of that.

Last season he appeared 20 times for Newcastle and so far this season he has made the same number of appearances, but mostly as a substitute.

We really hope Mapou can keep improving on Tyneside.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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11 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Jesus the moral outrage from some fans about Pardew is hilarious. If he picked his nose on the sideline some of you would be screaming for instant dismissal.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    only if he ate it munster mag

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  • AusMagpie

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    “He was terrific”

    Yep he certainly was. Does anyone know our record when Mbiwa and Willo are our CB’s?

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  • scitoon

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    It is odd that a lot of the harsher comments about Pardew in the media have come from hypocrites – Savage, Sounness and Merson – who were pretty dirty players in their time or in Merson who is hardly a saint with all his past problems. Not sure they are the ones to take the moral high ground on a manager showing aggressive behaviour.

    BBC did mention that Pardew has won 59 games out of 152, which by my calculations gives a 38.8% win percentage. Is that a correct stat by the BBC? Not that great a win % in all honesty.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Mister Tuff

    The Data Protection Act is thrown at everything because people don’t understand it. By quoting the act and then referring to section 55, it makes it sound as if you are right and you know what you’re talking about. You have to be mindful of the act but it really is limited in its scope; it applies only to data. It wouldn’t prevent the CC (for your sake, any of the CCs representatives) from discussing the incident with the FA.

    As I say, you don’t need to try to be so erudite and knowledgeable in order to elevate your argument above mine or anyone else’s. Your opinion is cogent enough that you don’t need to demonstrate your knowledge by tracking side show areas in ever decreasing circles. You say it is to inform the debate (and you have done that), but I believe heaping in your knowledge in relation to the minutiae detracts from your good arguments.

    Just mentioning “s55” doesn’t take us any further forward. If you do want to go down such a route then you ought to follow it through and not just quote the section but its effect. You haven’t explained how it is practically relevant; you’ve just left it out there.

    As you like to quote the law (nothing wrong with that), it would be better to stick to the main point that goes to the crux of the matter and on which Humberside’s rationale is based. Keep the focus on what the law says about violence of players and the violence of other people at sports grounds. What does it say?

    If it is in the public interest not to prosecute players for rash actions in the cut and thrust of the game, should that be extended to managers and match officials? If so, what sets them in the same bracket as players and a different bracket from the ordinary fan?

    Are fans inured to this sort of behaviour and have they developed a different moral compass through their experience of players’ antics and the fact that they are dealt with by the FA? Personally, I think they’ve lost sight of the bigger picture. You shouldn’t be able to do what Pardew did without picking up some criminal sanction, even a caution for a public order offence when the ordinary man in the street gets a criminal record for non-violent conduct. The manager’s behaviour should be judged alongside that of the ordinary fans and not that of the players involved in the cut and thrust.

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  • Nufc-83

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Thought he was average at best to be honest but still 10x the player Staylor is.

    Thought De Jong has looked excellent so far and would be delighted to get him signed in the summer. We have been crying out for someone to link the midfield to attack for a long time and hopefully he can now add goals to his game.

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  • jazzyp

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Nicolin trying to drum interest in cabella already i see. The man is just bitter over the mapou affair and so long as we come up up with the right figure, this player could still be ours.

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  • dufuss

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    big polls ed
    sacked for performance
    sacked for indiscretions

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  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    “So I made the decision after the Spurs game that – Mapou and Colo on the left side, and Willo and Tayls will contest the right side.”

    You just figured that out now Pards? lol

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  • Malta Mag

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Just to remind everyone that I’ve been saying M’Biwa is our best defender at the club. Problem is Colo will come back against Fulham and he’ll be left on the sidelines again. Surely it makes sense for him to stay in the team because with only 10 games remaining and knowing Colo will be away at the end of the season you don’t want him getting disgruntled and possibly leaving too?

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  • Carl819

    Mar 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Y.M.B is streets ahead of Taylor and a different type of centre back to Williamson. Their partnership (Willo) looked pretty steady to me and Pards needs to think about developing this if Colo is definitely off soon. If he has to play him at full back until the end of the season, so be it as he is not someone we want to lose.

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