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Four Things We Learned About Newcastle Last Night

9:38 am, Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 68 Comments

Newcastle played quite well last night, but the lack of bite in the final third of the pitch again cost us dearly, and if Loic Remy had been playing then maybe things would have been a lot different – maybe.

Romelu Lukaku after scoring 3-0

Romelu Lukaku – after scoring second goal for Everton

Here’s some things we learned about Newcastle last night:

  • Luuk de Jong is looking more and more like he’s not good enough to earn a permanent deal in the summer at Newcastle, and he seems to lack the physical qualities necessary to be successful in the Premier League.
    We’d still love for the 23 year-old to come through but it’s not looking good at the moment.
  • With Newcastle looking so anemic in front of goal, without the great Loic Remy in the side, Graham Carr and the scouting team need to identify at least a couple of good strikers Newcastle can bring in during the summer, which is likely to be a very busy transfer season for Newcastle, with players both coming and going.
  • If we can keep all the players we have at the moment that we want to keep, and bring in some good strikers and a couple of good play-makers to replace Yohan Cabaye, we could have a very decent side for  next season.
  • Hatem Ben Arfa again had a very good substitute appearances for the side, and he worked hard when he came on and looks so determined to do well both for himself and for Newcastle.
    If he keeps playing like this, we hope Newcastle offer him a new deal in the summer  but if not there will be a number of top clubs  after the Frenchman in the summer, because this lad is still a match winner with his great skill.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at or sean4eva09 on twitter.

Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Luuk de Jong · Newcastle News · Premier League


68 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    David Burns ?@bbcburnsy 22m
    Hull City’s Ehab Allam reveals they’re investing £5-6m in a new academy at Bishop Burton College and new pitches at Cottingham.

  • 2 70TWO // Mar 26, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    5 – we will finish 10th

  • 3 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    If 8.5 m is too expensive for De jong

    I say Loan him again, have a pre season and then judge.

  • 4 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM


    You call Shola a Legend? yet he is miles worse than Luuk.

  • 5 stan anderson // Mar 26, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    My 9 year old grandson was at his 6th match last night and has yet to see a win.
    He is gutted and beginning to think he is a jinx,bless him.
    I try telling him he has to blame our clueless owner and his ass licking staff.

  • 6 stuart no9 // Mar 26, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    4 things we learnt from last night . 1- We have a shite manager, 2- he dosnt know how to play his players . 3 – pardew dosnt have the intelligence of Martinez , 4 – pardews ambition is to be the 10th best team in the league . 5 – Oh sorry forgot , I had to stop at 4 .

  • 7 Sliema // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    You use those exact words Stan? :P

    Poor kid, it’s not like there’s much we can do about it, but at least things can only better for him! … Show him some YouTube videos of the ‘glory’ days, at least a shearer compilation and some Robert free kicks might help out ;-)

  • 8 Sliema // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    We learned that MYM ain’t a full-back at all. And that Dummet looks championship quality. Haidara is a lot better and 3 years his junior too if I’m not mistaken. He needs some games!

    Also, HBA should start on Saturday.

  • 9 curmon // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Four things that were confirmed last night:
    Mbiwa – awful not good enough for this level of football.

    Ditto Dummett

    Ditto Gouffran

    Ben Arfa is too good for this team and will be gone to a team that can use him

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    two interesting articles

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    I agree Mbiwa is not a fullback, why not try santon at rightback, worth a go as it’s clear mbiwa isn’t one, we know that for sure now.

    I like dummet but he is struggling, maybe time to try mbiwa so the lad doesn’t get too disheartened and come under a lot of criticism.

  • 13 terencelim // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    5th – There will still be ass licking moron defending Ashley, like Pawl250.

  • 14 nut meg // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    A quick question for you if you don’t mind.I think I’ve read somewhere that you see a lot of Dutch football.If that’s correct then you must have seen a lot of Tadic from FC Twente,can you give me your opinion on him as a player & if you think he can step up in the PL. I’ve only seen him on you tube & in a few highlights on TV over here in Asia but I like what I’ve seen but I would like to hear from someone who has seen him play live in a few games.thanks

  • 15 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Nut meg

    I do write about Dutch football (News mainly) Don’t get to watch too much unless in UCL.

    Based on what I have read Quincy Promes from FCTwente would be good option.

    Sorry haven’t watched too much of Tadic.

  • 16 ash1001 // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Ed, know you were watching on the little box so all you saw was the same as Pardew, not the bigger view of the pitch etc.
    Here’s what I saw been at the match, Carver and Stone discussing the ‘Price of Fish’ time after time while waiting for the call from Pardew to do something. They were there seeing it all in front of the eyes so should have been the ones to make the decisions.
    HBA and Marveaux should have been on from the beginning that was so obvious, Letting Jonas go was a bad mistake, Dummet is simply not good enough – Colo was covering for him all over the place. What has Hadiera done to deserve been frozen out, – nothing that I know of.
    De Jong just just be returned now, sinmply not good enough, even Ashley will have seen that.
    Some facts from last nights football, illustrates the problems we have.
    Anita – tackles 1/5, Passes 53/61
    Tiote – tackles 5/6, Passes 63/68
    Whos the better Tiote by a country mile and its like that since Cabs left Anita runs about doing absolutely nothing. Now for a real footballer.
    Philipp Lahm Tackles 1/2 Passes 134/134 and that’s in one game.
    Sorry but we are not at the races as far as been a footballing side,
    When you look at the contracts players are sitting on, ie Anita to 2017, Obertan to 2016, unless we can farm out we would appear to be stuck with what we have – Alarming

  • 17 stuart no9 // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Transfer — The only thing I can think of as to why Ashley turned up the last 3 games was the he, like many more of us was going to see some entertaining stuff now that pardew wS banned from games , however , judging by his face on the pic, wished like 51,000 others , he hadn’t bothered and stayed in the pub

  • 18 midweek weekend // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    We need serious investment in the summer, a new cb cm a proper winger a striker and with lots of fringe players leaving, just can’t see how the fat one will bring all this in, this summer is massive for us

  • 19 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM


    Against which team did Everton get there first away win of 2014 and against which team did Fulham get their first win of 2014?

  • 20 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Did any one see this tweet

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder Mar 24
    AP says: “I had a letter from one of our fans this week saying that they have been proud of the team since we got 40 points.” #nufc

  • 21 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    why would Lukaku want to come to us anyways?

  • 22 Our Toon // Mar 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    I’ve stayed away from posting because most on here criticised me for being vocal when saying Dummett is championship standard and also when I said the HBA should be starting every game. On the HBA subject I consistently here that he’s not consistent, well guess what no one in our team is consistent. Santon should be at RB whilst Debuchy is out and Haidara should be at LB. 5 in midfield with HBA given a free role and Cisse upfront by himself, I got criticised when I said De Jong is useless and we shouldn’t be going in for him…..What can you say about the main man Pards, the tactical dinosaur does it again. We’ve scored 38 goals this season in the league and 5 of those came against 9 man Stoke.

    The problem we have is with fans attending games, the likes of Thump who come on here and criticised Roberto Martinez and saying that it was Moyes team that won yesterday, Barry, Delufeou, Lukaku, Barkley (didn’t play under Moyes) and McCarthy, to name a few. Add to that Everton actually play the ball on the deck rather than lump it to Felliani, Martinez has won the FA Cup, Percy won the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

  • 23 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Another reason why mike Ashley does not want team to achieve potential is because a successful team is more likely to be bought and he does not want to sell.

  • 24 toonbrother // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    COLOCINNI IS A TERRIBLE DEFENDER and a CURSE on this club. HE was at fault for the first two goals not Dummett. Had it been Santon playing we would have been blaming him instead. When will we wake up and smell the coffee. COLOCINNI has to go.

  • 25 mag // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    We learned Coloccini is finished Anita is like De Jong out of his league. The only two players who are any good are MrT and Sissoko the rest are mere passengers. Barkley ran past them like they were statues the whole defence is garbage.

  • 26 toonbrother // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    This blog is ridiculous. We conceded 3 goals at home to a team that hasnt won away from home in ages and none of the” 4 things we learned ” involves our Shambolic defence. What a clueless blog

  • 27 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Toon Brother

    ED uses a Royal we.

    He is speaking for himself.

  • 28 toonbrother // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    “Graham Carr and the scouting team need to identify at least a couple of good strikers”…right that’s it. Graham carr needs to find us a striker who will score us 4 goals and earn us three points when we give away 3 goals at home

  • 29 mag // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Dummett is league one standard along with the coaching techniques, they never make a substitution until 80 minutes and the game is lost then old Shola trots on completely embarrassing.

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Our toon,

    You’re right Thump made a ridiculous claim that it was Moyes’ team. I’d even forgotten about McCarthy, to add to Barry, Lukaku, Delafeo and bravely promoted Stones and Barkley.

    Don’t think many Evertonians would swap the great football they’re seeing now with Moyes’ (like Pardew) more functional approach.

    Some things are so obvious to everyone except pardew. Dummet is championship material, no more, with awful delivery that goes in the keepers hands every time. Why Haidara is getting frozen out like others before him is a total mystery.

    In truth Pulis and Allardyce apart we have the worst manager in the division who got very lucky one year with a perfect storm.

    Without Benny and Marveaux, for all their faults, we have no creativity whatsoever.

    Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Cisse, MYM, Haidara etc weren’t bad players before. I really dread Armstrong being Pardewed too.

  • 31 mag // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Marveuax and Anita fine examples of Carrs scouting, pension him off!

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    If ash does sell off that land then we are royally screwed as no buyer will touch us with no room for expansion.

  • 33 mag // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Pardew has got to go along with all his crappy ideas the morons are ruining the club.

  • 34 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    NUFC’s Goal difference at SJP is -3

    Scored 19 conceded 22

  • 35 mag // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Which match was carver watching that allowed Dummett to stay on all their attacks came down the leftwing, old Coloccini and Dummett couldn’t cope and Dummett can’t make overlapping runs up the wing so what use is he?

  • 36 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    5 of them against 9 men Stoke.

  • 37 mag // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Benny boy runs into traffic and can’t see a pass like Anita and De Jong plenty of running around but zero end product.

  • 38 Iain Dowie // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    You lot are so fickle it’s a joke. When a player has a poor game the majority of you immediately start writing them off and saying they’re shit and not good enough. Colo is still our best defender, I’ve even read comments stating Gouffran isn’t good enough.

    Players have bad games for god sake, deal with it. We had MYM playing right back, dummet had a poor game and two strikers up front who never look like scoring. Not to mention two players playing on the wing who don’t offer any width what so ever. It’s not surprising that our defenders looked poor when we have nothing happening up top.

    I remember last season when most people on here wanted rid of Tiote, now look how well he’s playing.

  • 39 guvnor // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Fickle fans is it getting beat 3-0 at home of a team full of ancient players old distins about 40 barrys 32 Phil js about 33 and our. Prima donnas couldn’t cope.

  • 40 Slank // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Thoughts from last night. Everton are a very good team with some excellent players. I cannot see Lukaku being on loan next season. He is very good. Someone will snap him up if Chelsea strangely don’t want him.

    To us. Cisse looked sharp. DeJong doesn’t look like he has what it takes to be a regular goalscorer. Ben Arfa looked good as he did against Palace. Perhaps he should start as he does make things happen. MYM is not a fullback, he panicked a few times with aimless kicks up the field. Debuchy was sorely missed. Anita worked his little socks off again and came nearest to scoring even though at the time he was our fullback. Can Dummitt get past his man, I’m not sure. Goofy at times looked knackered. Tiote and Sissoko were their usual selves. Marveaux looked ok.

  • 41 lew // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    1. We have no plan what so ever when attacking.
    2. When Ben Arfa plays, we actually come to chances.
    3. Why don’t Arfa get 45mins at least?

  • 42 Our Toon // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM


    Completely agree with the fact the Pards is the 3rd worst manager in the league. Anita works well in a 3 man Central midfield and almost always looks shocking in a 2 man midfield, to think some thought he would automatically replace Cabaye. We can’t create with grafters, Marv and HBA need to start more often, Gouffran has definitely gone off the boil, the lad looks shot of energy and continuously lets players run off him….he just looks tired though.

    I wouldn’t play Remy again this season, we are playing for nothing now and it’s important to give the committed players game time now, the likes of HBA won’t be offered a new deal meaning he will be off in the summer leaving us with zero creative players……I’m dreading next season, at least I got rid of my season ticket for this season though!!

  • 43 guvnor // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Ben afraid is a fat has been the only decent players are Remy Debuchy Tiote and Sissoko the rest are crap.

  • 44 Iain Dowie // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Ancient players like Barnes,Coleman,lukaku,duelafuo,Barkley McCarthy? What has age got to do with anything if the players are good enough. They are a better team end of. We had two of our best players injured yesterday and it showed. And yes like I said our fans are very fickle.

  • 45 Our Toon // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM


    HBA is 2nd in the assists charts for us…’s that for zero end product, if he can’t see a pass than jesus we should get rid of all the players below him in that record. Add to that the chances players miss when he creates opportunities for them, he’s chance to mins played creation is really good even for a defensive side like ours. Anita has 3 or 4 assists for this season and even if you take last year into consideration he had 0 assists, De Jong…..haha don’t even get me started on this guy, yet to get an assist and dare I say 2 shots on target!!

  • 46 guvnor // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Ian you haven’t a scooby do blaming the fans for complaining about that wallop old Pardew and his merry men served up.

  • 47 Slank // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Our Toon

    Pardew is the 8th best manager in the Premiership. That is a fact because how else to you assess a manager than by the position of his team in the league?

  • 48 Our Toon // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Ian Dowie,

    2 best players injured? Give over mate, they were missing Pienaar, Jagielka, Miralles (on the bench after his 2 assists on Saturday) Lacina Traore, Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo

    We were missing……Remy and Debuchy!!

  • 49 Our Toon // Mar 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM


    You assess a manager based on the squad and type of football teams produce, not based on positions. By your reckoning Brendon Rodgers is a better manager than Arsene Wenger, give this team to dare I say a Gus Poyet or a Roberto Martinez and we would be fighting for top 4 ahead of Everton.

  • 50 Iain Dowie // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Our toon – what are you talking about. They are two of our better players. Comparisons can’t be made as there replacement are obviously better than ours. Remy is out and we bring luke de jong in, we replace debuchy with a dodgy centre back. Our squad lacks depth.

  • 51 Iain Dowie // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Guvnor- I’m guessing your one of them nufc fans who think we have a given right to finish in the top six season after season. I’m not blaming the fans I’m stating that a large amount of our fans get carried away when a player has a poor game. The way some of them go on you’d think we were bottom of the league.

  • 52 toonbrother // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    I cant believe some folks are blaming the strikers for us conceding 3 goals ar home. You couldnt make it up

  • 53 toonbrother // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    6 goals conceded to everton this season over 180 mins of football. Which defender has played all of those 180 ?
    first we blamed mym, then we blamed saylor now we’re blaming dummet, Who has played all of those minutes?

  • 54 Our Toon // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Ian Dowie

    I agree that our replacements aren’t as good as there’s but playing at home would you not think that an HBA would produce more than a De Jong? Debuchy and Remy both played at their place and we still lost. Not every team has the best players available to them so it’s important to ensure we are at the very least competitive, yesterday we weren’t anywhere near them to be competitive. Miriallas and Pienaar are automatic starters for Everton as well

    Would Remy have stopped the goals we conceded? Did we create enough for a Remy to take advantage? Would Debuchy have played at left back and stopped the goals coming from that side? Stop making excuses mate it was an empathetic 3-0 loss not a 1-0 defeat!!

  • 55 toonbrother // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    @Our Toon // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    spot on mate.

  • 56 guvnor // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    The side is packed with cheap crap like Ashleys stores are the manager is a third rate loser who’s at home managing these cheapskates Carr scouts.

  • 57 mindshaft // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    @toonbrother @mag – what we learned last night is that Collo cannot play CB and LB at the same time – Dummett was continually out of position and Delafousu made him look a fool time and time again

  • 58 AndyNUFC // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    OK lads, has anyone got a number for a local youth asylum for guvnor?

    His mind is twisted enough to believe “Graham Carr scouts cheapskates” so therefore is the reason we don’t sign anyone unless they’re cheap…

  • 59 midweek weekend // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Until we get better players we will continue to lose to teams like Everton, this summer is so huge lots of players leaving and we need to bring lots in but will mike Ashley make it happen, what happens if we sign no players again and even if we do is pardew the right man to take us forward, and if he ain’t who would want to work under mike Ashley, talk of new players talk of a better manager god we need a new owner to lead us to salvation!

  • 60 AndyNUFC // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Mindshaft don’t give the hideous trolls a bite!

  • 61 bobby mango // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Things reiterated from last night –
    We have no style or game plan
    Our strikers are poor
    Set pieces are poor
    We’re not a match for Everton

  • 62 Carl819 // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Cannot believe Pards. is taking any blame. The only season he has kept the team he wants (without them being sold or long term injured) we finished 5 th. We were flying again this season before the predictable happened again. Does anyone think that if it was up to him he wouldn’t have given Demba, Cabaye or Remy a better deal ? Who would want his job knowing the constraints he has to work under. Or maybe you want to go back to Sourness or Allardyarse football, look at the money these 2 ‘giants of management ‘ spent.

  • 63 martoon // Mar 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Well I haven’t been on for a while becasue I’m sick of all the negativity. After a defeat it is no better I see (in fact it wasn’t much better after beating Crystal Palace).
    The fact is Everton played very well last night and took their chances, we played OK and missed all ours. If Remy & Debuchy had been playing it would have been a lot closer. Despite people blaming Willo the problem was on the wings – our fulbacks were getting murdered – we know MYM is not a fullback but Dummett was poor. Defending he let players past a few times and was at fault for the second goal and going forward he always passes backwards and never forward with hardly a cross worth speaking of. It was a bad day at the office but Everton were excellent on the night.

  • 64 Nufc-83 // Mar 26, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Toonbrother its clear to me that Colocinni has done something to you personally as the hate you have is disturbing. Anyone who knows anything at all about football would say he is a good defender playing in a very poor side. Willo by his standards has had an outsanding season and really done enough to be kept at the club. Dummett and MYM look shocking to say the least even if MYM is playing out of position i just dont see what he offers as a premiership CB. Toonborther you keep very quiet when collo has a great game or when we win yet when we lose you come on here and blame almost every goal conceded on him even if it has nothing to do with him its laughable at best you idiot.

  • 65 Nufc-83 // Mar 26, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    One thing i still cant believe and i would love to know how we compare to other teams (but cant be bothered looking) is our set peices. I have never seen a team so poor for such a long time i really cant see how this is not being rectified. Do we really have nobody in the team (Debuchy is the onlyone i am aware of) who can cross a ball with a bit of whip and pace?? All of the set pieces are floated in and so easy to defend its a joke.

  • 66 Norpie // Mar 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Two huge mistakes from last night was not playing Anita and Haidara as fullbacks. Dummet had a terrible night, and I really feel for MYM being played so obviously out of place.

    Raylor has now been injured since forever. Are there really no players from the Academy ready to step up in this position? If not; why on earth didn’t they keep Simpson?

  • 67 Malta Mag // Mar 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Fine line between winning and losing and yesterday showed just that. We were as every bit as good as Everton however they proved slightly more clinical simple. The football we played was smashing at times and yes Remy may have made a difference however don’t close the door on De Jong just yet. He showed enough deft touches to suggest he may be worth a gamble. My men of the match were Sissoko and Anita who I thought was terrific.

  • 68 arpeco19 // Mar 27, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    In 14 league games this season we haven’t scored within 90 mins… 2 games in that 14 we have scored in the 92nd & 94th min…. Pardew was on the radio before the Everton game saying Newcastle fans will be happy that we have 46 points with 8 games to play….. Eeeerrrgghhh excuse me for this…. But Alan, this club isn’t a Wigan or Hull City or a Brighton… We are a massive club and should and do have massive ambitions/expectations not just say we’re glad we’ve escaped relegation…. With 8 games to spare… what is the point of entering a competition/cups if your not bothered about ever finishing anywhere near the top???? At the start of the season Ashley wanted top 10 for money reasons… What does pardew want? Is he just accepting that?? He doesn’t want to be in Europe, as stated last year. So he’ll accept 8th-10th. Players and managers are only in the game for a short period of time. Does this ensemble of heirachy/manager/assistants not want to win anything for their own personal pride etc. To me it sadly looks that way. PARDEW OUT…

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