Newcastle Midfielder Again Our Man Of The Match

Moussa Sissoko had another good game for Newcastle yesterday at Craven Cottage, and he was the pick of the bunch – just like he was at Hull two weeks ago when he scored two great goals in the 4-1 win.

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Moussa Sissoko – Man of the Match for second game running

Moussa had a decent game and Fabricio Coloccini was again steady at the back. and the Argentine is currently second in the voting.

And one bright spot yesterday was the Newcastle debut of local lad Adam Armstrong, and he didn’t look out of place in those last five minutes of the game, and he’s in third place in the voting.

Adam was 17 years and 33 days old yesterday, when he made his debut – and that’s very young, but the lad is a tremendous prospect for Newcastle.

As a comparison, a certain Paul Gascoigne made his Newcastle debut about a month before he turned 18,  in April, 1985 against QPR at St. James’ Park.

Certainly Adam should get more chances through the end of the season, because the 17 year-old is the future of Newcastle, and there’s a very good chance he’ll make his home debut next Saturday against Crystal Palace.

And there’s still time to vote if you haven’t already done so.

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60 comments so far

  • toonaids

    Mar 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    We should sign Anelka for the rest of the season, FRENCH BEAST IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED!

  • toonaids

    Mar 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d rather have Le Sulk then Le Shit!

  • theartfuldodger

    Mar 16, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Haha..Isnt it too often now that we hear we werent good enough…things not clicking or gelling..

    Wish this season was over already. Getting boring.

  • martoon

    Mar 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    I have to say of all the defeats this season this and the makems was the most gutting. Fulham are the worst team in the premiership and even though we had 2 weeks to prepare we made them look good. It really was a shocking performance – I’m normally quite upbeat but I really am fed up – there were no MOM’s they we all sh*t from Krul who should have saved their goal to Cisse who should have scored at least one.

  • toon kk

    Mar 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Accrington Stanley would have beat us yesterday.
    We were so poor.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I didn’t watch the game, but I always thought it was pointless voting a MoTM when there really were no good!

    …I apologies if I am wrong here (just what I heard)

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    What if we could dress Pardew in a disguise for the next game and put him amongst our fans with a mic on him to chat with JC in the dugout.
    We could dress him up as Jimmy 5 bellies 😉 or whatever his name is.

  • Graeme

    Mar 16, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Jesper, I did watch the game, from the comfort of my laptop – and we were dire. No creativity in mid-field; No threat in attack; A static defense – and no connection between the 3.
    Two weeks preparation – it looked like they had met for the first time, in the car park, 20 minutes before kick-off and played accordingly.

    No desire, no passion, no drive. We got what we deserved, which was nothing at all.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Exactly,the two Mackems defeats have to be the worst.
    Think if they are relegated that we’ve actually given them 6 of their total points.
    We really are the team to play if you’ve had a bad run.
    Does that translate as we’re the team that is likened to toilet paper?

  • mindshaft

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Krul – 4 – pathetic attempt at saving goal
    Mbiwa -4 – not a RB
    Willi – 5 – steady
    Collo – 6 – helped out Dummett a lot
    Dummett- 4 – poor set pieces out of position a lot
    Gouff – 4 – missing
    Anita – 4 – overran in MF
    Tiote – 4 – couldn’t get a grip
    Sissoko – 7 – best player
    LDJ – 4 – waste of space
    Cisse – 4 – got in good positions but has lost ability to score

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    They filled their midfield by the sounds of it and Anita along with Tiote can’t manage against 5

  • Belfast

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    I never vote when we lose Jesper

    They were all shite tbh

  • Belfast

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Aye the second half was dire. We were getting overrun in midfield and we didn’t change it. Then they scored and instead of putting a midfielder on, we put Shola on lol

    Really could have done with signing Holtby on loan in January in my opinion.

  • toon kk

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    To sum Nufc up In one word from the owner down to the under par players- HOPELESS!

  • Belfast

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Fair to the Fulham manager for having the balls to play that young kid up front yesterday too. Especially in their current situation.

    We’ve nowt to play for and we give our young lad 5 minutes at the end.

  • rex

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Without remy newcastle would be in a relegation scrap delong is never a premiere league strker

  • mag

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Without Remys goals NUFC, would be in a relegation scrap.

  • 70TWO

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    What went wrong?

    Like blaming the goal keeper for letting in a goal, it is also easy to pour scorn on strikers who do not score but Cisse & de Jong were not out of the ordinary in comparison to others who played yesterday. Cisse had two shots with both on target & de Jong 4 shots with one on target, which made me wonder how does the amount of opportunities compare?

    Counting the number of chances created in open play and placing all the PL teams in a table (also using goals and combining equals), out of 10 positions Newcastle were 7th. A total of eight chances compared to eleven for 1st. Fulham were a place behind us which shows how poor the game was.

    Two points can be made, 1) in a match between two poorly performing teams Fulham were more fortunate to get a goal as they perhaps had more incentive; 2) the use of two strikers was not proving fruitful and should have been changed. This point is more frustrating when we are told about the analysts employed.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Graeme…thanks for sharing mate. It is a bit sad very what is happening to our club – on all levels 🙁

    Belfast…I never vote if we are dire 😉

  • mag

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Ashley the 15th richest man in the UK, has to invest and sack Pardew, who is a national joke through his own failure to control himself in a civil manner.

  • 70TWO

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #21

    ….. Also, when will we score from a set piece?

  • Belfast

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Probably never 70two.

    We’ll probably concede more goals on the counter attack considering our left back is stuck at the corner flag, if the other team clear the corner. lol

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #23

    Sissoko our MOM two matches in a row and he wouldn’t be making the bench of one of the top six clubs.

  • mag

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #24

    The whole team look like they are on their holidays, de Jong should be sent back as he’s not what Newcastle need.

  • Ciaran

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Luuk de Jong plays well in every game he has played in thus far apart from yesterday and suddenly he isn’t even an 8.5 million pound player? C’mon man, wise up.

    The kid had a poor game yesterday but is exactly the CF we’ve been crying out for. Good in the air, quick feet and works very well with a quick striker alongside him.

    If Cisse is a 9 million quid player then I think we can shell out 8.5 million for de Jong. Think some people need to demand more from Ashley. 8.5 million for a striker is small change.

  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Ill save my overall judgement on De Jong till after a couple more games. Not going to judge him after just 3-4 appearances.

    He was lackluster yesterday, but was on form against Hull and linked up well.

    Cisse and Ameobi are two wannabe footballers we should get rid off ASAP. Absolutely woeful players… FFS bring back Xisco.=.. he couldn’t possible do any worse.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #27

    I’d like to see Sissoko tried in the middle for the rest of the season. If he can adapt to the pace in the middle he could be some player.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Ruddy…I am not watching games these days, but de Jong is not even hitting the goal! Surely we are not suppose to pay £8.5M for such a striker?

    …I can see we are playing 4-4-1-1 with de Jong in the hole. Why?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    On Cisse, I think he is a £9M striker, just not for us!

    …just like a think Benny is an amazing player, just not for us!

  • yo-yo

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #30


    Good to see a vote of confidence in LDJ.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Agreed Sissoko would be better playing through the middle but the problem is that there is no balance in the squad. Players have been bought simply because they have been available and cheap. There has been no plan to construct a squad with players who complement each other. So Sissoko is pushed out wide because Anita and Tiote can only play in the middle.

  • Ciaran

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #32


    Granted, de Jong scuffed a couple of chances that came his way, but look at it from his point of view – the kid has only started 4 games all season, and those were for us! At Monchengladbach he was made feel like he was a nobody so he will surely take time to get into the swing of things at our club.

    However, I feel that, unlike Cisse, when de Jong isn’t scoring goals, he is still providing something of note for the team – be that his aerial ability, his ability to hold up the ball or his vision to get someone in behind the lines.

    Cisse only has goals, and when they desert him, he has nothing.

    Also, 8.5 million quid is not a lot of money in this day and age of mega-bucks TV deals and bumper sponsorship (which NUFC is not getting because of Ashley’s insistence on giving himself free advertising)

    People laughed when Swansea paid big money for Wilfried Bony but he’s having a great 1st season with Swansea, already has 10 in the PL and had 9 goals in the cups. He cost 12 million quid!

    I think de Jong could be of that standard, or be part of a cracking top two pairing if we signed a nippy striker like Remy in the summer (we won’t get Remy but someone like him)

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #33


    Stop using my words

    Pot kettle

  • beermonkey

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #34

    another dismal display yesterday and not for the first time this season
    raises the question why are we so inconsistent for most of the season we play for 20 30 mins a game the odd half but never a whole match
    the one time this season pardew looked to have taken the shackles off we played well at hull
    we have 2 weeks off to train and carry on the good work, ad we get what we get yesterday and worryingly not for the first time, why?.

    I don’t believe losing remy and debuchy against the worst team in the prem would make us that bad if anything its a game where players can be rested if needed

    is it down to our coaching?
    is that we play a few players out of position in the team
    is it the manager

    I am not sure what it is but I know we should not be getting to the last 9 games of the season and still having the same problem we have had all season

  • elpaso_geordie

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #35

    if Luuk De Jong is the answer……

    WTF is the question

    He aint looked like he would score in any game so far, people on here so desparate for him succeed when clearly he aint up to standard.

    Remy you could tell in first 10 mins of his first game he was quality and gonna be great for us – not this lad though

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #36

    The question is how much we are going to pay for him in the summer

  • mag

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #37

    The squad already has strikers that can’t score Cisse, Shola, Sammy and Gouffran without adding to the problem with De Jong and bearing mind he’s playing for a permanent move to Newcastle United.

  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #38

    I think as poor as were creatively, Fulham defended and kept their shape really well.

    Also for all this criticism is anybody going to mention their goal should have been disallowed for offside and that we should have had 2 penalties?

    Ciaran did you watch the match? De Jong isn’t worth anywhere near that amount -that kid upfront for Fulham done more damage than him.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Ruddy…fair enough!

    …but I will reserve my judgment, but I would not pay £8.5M for no goals 😉 Too big a risk for me seeing as Mike don’t like to pay out much for a player.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #40

    For me we have two major problems at the moment

    . No creativity from the middle of the park with Tiote & Anita as they are both out and out DM’s .

    . Strikers

    With Remy out Gouffran should be played through the middle as he is wasted on the left and had done virtually nothing for the last couple of months .

    We need creativity in midfield and someone that won’t fluff his lines up front . From now on we should play :




    Also I like Dummet but Haidara for me is still the best LB at the club .


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