Magpies Should Expect Same Stuff From Saints On Saturday


Everton and Southampton play much the same kind of football, and at the Saints the Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been in charge for only fourteen months, has the south coast club  playing some very good entertaining and attacking football, and whether they are at home or away they go after the win in every single game – and that’s always good to see.

Tony Pulis – please take note.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino – 42 year-old Southampton manager

Everton play much the same kind of football and break quickly from defense, as we witnessed last night at St. James’ Park, but Southampton do the exact same thing.

And the Saints are only one point behind us after 31 games played – so it will be important on Saturday to at least try to hold Southampton – if we want to finish up 8th in the league this season – which wouldn’t be too bad.

The difference between Everton and Southampton are that the Saints defense is not all that good, and we saw against Tottenham on Sunday they can be vulnerable at the back.

But of course at the moment Newcastle are powder puff  (at best) in the last third of the field,  so whether we can score on Saturday is a good question – and if Loic Remy is still missing we have our doubts.

Newcastle have failed to score in nine of the last thirteen league games, and that may well be extended to 10 in 14 if we cannot put that ball into the back of the net at St. Mary’s Stadium.

The game last night will have been a good rehearsal for Saturday’s game – but we must watch out for the lightning counter-attacks from Southampton, and it would be nice if somebody in a black and white shirt can score a goal for us . 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Note: Andrew Todd is a passionate Geordie first, and a final year student at De Montfort University second, and he’s busy working on his dissertation. His questionnaire is only for people in the UK Retail Sector, and takes only a few minutes to complete here it is.

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 sean4eva@hotmail.co.uk or sean4eva09 on twitter.



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101 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #1

    As it stands Colo is by far our best centre back, he is the only CB we have who is comfortable with the ball at his feet. Williamson has had an outstanding season but that’s only because we have low expectations for him. As for Dummett being young, some forget he’s less than a year younger than Santon who gets blasted on here by all, for me Santon is better going forward, better defensively as well as being better on the ball. Santon is what I’d call a modern day fullback, good going forward not so great defensively….Dummett is very old school, poor going forward but unfortunately not so great defensively. Time for Haidara at LB and Santon at RB.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #2

    I hate to say this, but I am past caring what happens with the rest of this season.

    It will be an unimaginative lineup against the Saints, kicking long balls out from the back, that being the idea away from home.

    What did Haidara do wrong to become 3rd choice left back…

    Why is Gosling being put on the bench if his contract runs down at the end of the season, and the management have no intention of playing him/giving him a chance.

    How long has Ben Arfa been with us, and why is he being treated like he arrived 2 weeks ago, and is being assessed where he can fit in.

    What is the point of De Jong? I am assuming the thinking is to try and find a glimpse of something, so that a profit can be made somewhere, nothing to do with the good of the side.

    If Colo is leaving in the summer, why is Mbiwa not playing now, so that the transition isn’t so tough next season.

    Why are we playing 4-4-2? What is the forward thinking in that one… are we Hull?

    The questions go on and on… If I were playing a long running prank on a set of fans, I would do exactly what our coaching set up are doing. Somebody somewhere is having a laugh… it can be the only explanation for this flaw in logic.

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  • mag

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3

    That’s how we got completely stuffed 3-0 at home because he is our best defender.

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  • Graeme

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I would be even less confident of getting anything off Saints – at least I expected a point last night. Apart from the first 10 minutes, we were comprhensively out-thought and out-played by Everton.
    Southampton, at St Mary’s will hand us our arse on a platter.

    In reality, Pardew and his team of err “coaches” have 3 days to drum some defensive disipline into the squad. Teach them how to play the ball into the midfield so that OUR creative players get to do something with the ball.

    Who is going to coach the midfield how to take the ball from defence and play it through to the strikers to create a chance for them to score goals – I have no idea.

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  • PMartel

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #5

    NUFC will never maintain Everton’s consistency with a second rate manager at the helm. If we have aspirations to become a better footballing side then Pardew must go, along with all of his coaching staff.

    Last night was a reminder of how big the gap is between ourselves and the teams in Everton’s mould. It was frightening how little leadership was on display on the pitch last night; good job we’re already safe as I can see us struggling massively between now and the end of the of the season.

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #6

    If colocinni plays the result will be the same (possibly worse). coloshitty apologists will soon run out of scapegoats

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  • mag

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Under Pardew the side has been allowed to stagnate, players who are clearly past their best have been kept instead of being moved on. The manager is not good enough for Newcastle United and should be moved along with his equally useless backroom staff.

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Yanga Mbiwa is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and even played the holding midfield position at montpeiller during their title winning season. Only a moron like Pardew would drop MYM and start the unadulterated trash that is colocinni

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #9

    That Barkley goal was a fantastic run and finish, but we’ve allowed him to run 70 to 80 yards without getting a tackle. He doesn’t actually have to beat anyone. That surely is the most hapless defending, because it came from a corner. We’d committed too many men forward and so a player could run the length of the field unchallenged, that’s 10 seconds to regain our shape and couldn’t do it. So that’s a lack of awareness and lack of pace. God knows what hay a team like Barcelona would have made of our defense on the night if Everton can score three on the counter attack. I suspect in Dummett, Willo and Collo are simply too slow to play together against the better sides. I think if Santon or Mbiwa had been in the middle or on the left Barkley couldn’t have made than run.

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  • BuckLuck

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #10

    mag

    Spot on @7

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    @9jimmysmith spot on

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Toonbrother

    MYM has also played the least amount of minutes against Everton and conceded 6 goals mate!! MYM is decent but needs to bulk up a bit more, We’ve conceded more goals with Yanga on the pitch than we have without him, We’ve kept more clean sheets without Yanga on the pitch than we have when he’s played!!

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ve always said the best way to win games is by dominating possession, ball retention is key and unfortunately Pards doesn’t believe in that, we set up to sit back and then try to break on teams. Liverpool showed how to play against Everton, 5 in midfield and press them high up the pitch. Southampton will do that to us on Saturday but we believe in a dinosaur style. We still haven’t come back from any match this season when conceding first!! Hard to break the defensive style when that’s all we ever work on!!

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  • guvnor

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Colo is well past it and he wants out of the Toon but the bent manager keeps playing him.

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #15

    How many goals have we conceded with Willo & MYM playing together in their rightful posistions? Very few
    Colocinni “led£ the line when
    – we conceded 3 at home vs hull (absent when we destroyed them in the return fixture)
    – 3 away to everton
    – 3 at home to everton
    – 4 away to city
    – 3 away to swansea
    – 2 at home to CARDIFF
    ..in previous seasons who can forget
    – 7 away to Arsenal
    – 4 sway to manu
    the list goes on…..

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think Collo is past it, but I think you need some pace and awareness in the fullback positions if you play him and Willo together, especially if theyre gonna go up for corners.

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  • guvnor

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #17

    When barkley scored colo had his rollerblades on instead of boots the way he went down in the box the clowns all over the place.

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Colocinni plays like he looks- a clueless clown

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Toonbrother

    Everton away MYM substituted after 45 mins because he was ripped a new one by Lukaku. I’ve never seen such an abject performance from a player, 2nd half Willo and Collo didn’t concede, Colo isn’t past it but does need someone with him who has a bit of pace, only an idiot would have played MYM at CB after what happened to him at Everton earlier in the season. The way we set up doesn’t help our defenders either though.

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Our Toon he was playing alongisde Colocinni. A terrible partner for any defender

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Willo and MYM is our best central defensive pairing. Only a absolute moron fails to see this

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Collocini has run the length of the field to get back and doesn’t quite get there. Willo is ten yards behind him, as is Dummet, who took the corner.Tiote gives the ball away on the edge of the box, taking himself out of play and exposing the defense. Mbiwa makes an unsuccessful challenge. It’s a comedy of defensive errors and a great run and finish, but Collocini is the least culpable.

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  • lewisnufc

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #23

    How anybody can have the audacity to say that colo is past it is beyond me.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #24

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again regardless of the stick I get from a certain group of ” do gooders” but we as fans have to share a certain amount of responsibility for the plight we or NUFC now find ourselves in . Ok I stopped going to SJP in November last year vowing to stay away untill- 1 , we had a manager fit enough to run our team , and 2 , an owner ambitious enough to run our club . Neither has happened , hence , I watch the games on TV and keep my H,E,C , in my pocket . Maybe, just maybe more fans thought more of the club than of their selfish needs to watch a game of football , regardless the pityful rubbish that is served up these days , things might just change , otherwise expect NUFC to carry on with an inept owner and manager because that is all that is instore for the rest of this season , and the next and the next . Nothing but disgusting rubbish .

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  • Nufc-83

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #25

    jimmysmith // Mar 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Collocini has run the length of the field to get back and doesn’t quite get there. Willo is ten yards behind him, as is Dummet, who took the corner.Tiote gives the ball away on the edge of the box, taking himself out of play and exposing the defense. Mbiwa makes an unsuccessful challenge. It’s a comedy of defensive errors and a great run and finish, but Collocini is the least culpable.

    Jimmy it is not worth explaining to the imbecile that is toonbrother as you are clearly wasting your breath.

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Toonbrother

    Only a moron would lay the blame with colo. In fact that game was on Sky (Monday Night Football) both Gary Neville and Jamie Carraghar slammed MYM for his defensive display in that 45mins. It was shocking to witness MYM running away from challenging for the ball against Lukaku, you clear have an agenda against Colo which is quite sad really because MYM is poor. He put us in a pickle when getting sent off against Liverpool as well

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  • Ashton

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Only the utter moron Pardew is responsible for our defeat. He just got outclassed yet again by a better manager. Playing 442 against a team like Everton is retarded and only Pardew is capable of such thinking. Everton play 5 in the middle and they are a good passing side who play counter attacking football. Playing with a man short in the middle against them is beyond stupid.

    Also playing Dummet over Hidara just shows what a clown and a fool Pardew is.

    The guy is so stupid it’s surprising that he sometimes doesn’t forget how to breath and choke to death.

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  • Ashton

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Dummet was shit and shouldn’t be playing first team football for us. All the goals were his fault.

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Only a moron cites the opinion of Carragher and Neville rather than using his own brain to assess what he saw YESTERDAY.

    Was MYM responsible for any of the goals yesdterday? Was MYM responsible for colocinni’s clownsish slide in the 6 yard resulting in barkley;s first goal? Was MYM responsible for Colocinni being mugged by Lukaku en route to the second goal? In the first leg colocinni was directly responsible for at least two of the goals as well.

    When one’s head is stuck up colocinni’ backside i suppose his brain is starved of oxygen

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  • guvnor

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Calamity colo should be stripped of the captaincy as he’s shocking and Tiote should get it as he’s a proper footballer.

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  • guvnor

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Only Tiote and Sissoko are any good little Vurnon what a joke the Everton players ran past him like wasn’t there and Marveuax another Carr cock-up disgraceful.

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Shit is a strong word, but neither Mbiwa nor Dummet, look right at this stage. Compare Dummett to Coleman, whose also young, a real difference in pace and athleticism. Mbiwa seems to be playing without confidence. He hasn’t adjusted to the remorseless pace of the league. He seems a bit shell shocked at times. We really need Debuchey and Santon back, although he’s got his shortcomings defensively also.

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  • guvnor

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Dummett wouldn’t get a game for Gateshead the kids got no pace he’s slower than the two centre halves and that takes some doing.

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  • Ashton

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #34

    Nufc-83

    It was Dummet’s fault. He played the corner which was pathetic and when he tracked back he should’ve committed a professional foul. He had all the time to take one for the team. He is way out of his depth playing for us in the PL. And the fact that Pardew can’t see that even though he watches him train everyday shows what a donkey he is.

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  • Our Toon

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Are Guv’nor & Toonbrother same person?

    Yeah Toonbrother your right, 2 experts who has played in that position can clearly see how inept MYM is but you know it all, carry on playing FIFA or whatever numpties like you do!!

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Dummet is a decent player and very promising talent. Colocinni is shit

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  • toon kk

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #37

    I can’t believe people think we have a strong squad we have a very average squad. I’m not sure what goes on in training, we lack pace, our fitness levels are low, our manager is dated, we only have one goalscorer (Remy) and most of all its plain to see we’re not giving 100%
    Without seriously revamping our lacklustre squad with quality players we will be relegated next season.
    Take out a couple of our best players and our team plays the WORST football in the premier league.

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  • guvnor

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Why does willimson go up for the corners the big stiff div doesn’t do anything its pathetic another Pardew tactic from league one.

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  • toonbrother

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Our toon what was Carragher and Nevills’s assessment of colocinnis performance YESTERDAY?
    Having your head permanently lodged in colocinni’s backside cannot be good for your brain cells.

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  • guvnor

    Mar 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #40

    @35 what a load of bollocks you do print yanga hardly gets game at centre halve yet calamity colo still makes all the mistakes.

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