Newcastle Player – It Could Have Been 9-0

Davide Santon was in the squad for the first time for six weeks yesterday, and was brought on at half time at right back for the woeful Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who had a nightmare first 45 minutes.

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Davide Santon – in action yesterday

And the Italian International pulled no punches,  and understood the performance was simply not good enough,  and but for the great display put in by goalkeeper Rob Elliot, could have been as bad as 9-0.

The traveling fans had every right to boo the side off the field after the performance, and Davide was brave enough to talk on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game:

“It was a very poor performance,”  “I understand the fans’ reaction at the end. I went over to say thank you, like I always do, and they booed.”

“But I understand that because they deserve more from us and they are right.” “They come every single game, they pay a lot of money and travel a long way to support us, they sing for us and they do not deserve this performance.”

“We weren’t good enough. We looked like we played with no passion and that we just want the season to finish, but that isn’t true.” (really?)

“It could have been 8-0 or 9-0 today but Rob Elliot made a few good saves. We didn’t shoot at all. I don’t know if their keeper even got his gloves dirty or not.”

“It doesn’t have to be like this. We have to put in good effort in every single game until the end of the season.”  “Even though we know we cannot get a place in Europe or any competition now, we have to still play our best and that is what we didn’t do today.”

“I’m not 100% yet but it was nice to be back,” “I’ve had problems with my knee, my hamstring and then I have been ill, so it has been very frustrating.”

“It was good to play 45 minutes, to get my feeling with the ball and the team back, but not good to be in a game like today. We have to put it right.”

Davide has had a few poor performances himself this year, but will now be in contention to keep his position at right back for the next game against Manchester United at home next Saturday.

And the good news is that Loic Remy should be back. 😀

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Oleg G

    I 100% agree with your post mate from the last thread.

    if Newcastle were forward thinking then why is Pardew still here? if MA wants attacking football here then why is Pardew here?

    if MA wants us to achieve something or anything we need a new Manager.

    also I’m being honest here but for next season I would take relegation rather than have Pardew here next season

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Remy back to patch over the inept football Pardew serves up with another solo goal if it even comes.

    I like Remy a lot. He’s got pace, skill on the ball, can head and can finish. However, he is not our player. He is QPR’s.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #3

    sometimes I wish it was 9-0 to Southampton then surely Pardew would get the sack

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Laurent Robert 32

    he never was going to be our player, Arsenal will snap him up

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    don’t worry Santon son, Pardew picks players out of favouritism not performance

  • Graeme

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    But the Illustrious Owner is happy; we are now in 9th place, not threatening Europa, out of both cups and no chance of relegation, which is our stated objective.

    The icing on the cake for tubby will be not having to pay out the new bonus scheme – wasn’t that set at finishing in top 8? Another £million or so he doesnt have to spend!!!!!

    What a disgracefull way to run a Football Club.

  • theartfuldodger

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7


    Theyr talking crap cause they need to tempt attacking players this summer.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8


    only free agents will come in the summer I’m afraid, who in the right mind would want to come to Newcastle.

    I think in a way that French chairmen Nicoli are something was 100% right what he said to Cabella not joining us because he will be wasted here.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    jimmysmith posted earlier a post from another site which really sums up what is happening at the Toon. Good post which I cannot disagree with. The club is being run shockingly from top to bottom. The poor play, lies, mis-information from Mr “El Goudo” Tubbs’ website seems to be getting up to full speed now. Suggestions of good things -just around the corner -again.
    If I owned the Toon – I would not want to sell up now -the TV money is a cash cow -you could possibly spend half of it to keep things afloat -and pocket the rest.
    If I was Remy -there is no way I would sign for the Toon. I’m sure one or two will have the feelers out to escape in the summer. Who will want to come -they’ll probably be sold a lie of fantastic future ambition -then realise they’ve been duped. The future does really seam bleak.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    You still looked rusty santon but at least you had the boll0x to face the fans

  • Greebol1892

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Well done all the ones on here giving MYM stick. Hope you’re proud of yourselves. Why don’t we try Willo at LB and see what happens…. Yanga is a left-sided CB, FFS!! Ex-captain of a league-winning side. Our utterly inept manager thinks he’s a utility player and 4th choice behind bloody S Taylor! I could throttle Pardew the way he’s handled MYM!
    As has already been noted on here, we don’t have any backup for Debuchy and we don’t have any wingers.
    At least Santon was trying when he came on.
    Sissoko has no idea what his job is and is certainly not a winger! Gouffran is a STRIKER! We need a goal so he plays 2 LBs (excluding Santon because I think he is more a RM).
    So tired of Pardew’s square-peg line-ups. Defo HBA is a bit-part player now thanks to our manager completely undermining his confidence. Even the commentator was mentioning HBA tracking back…. FFS I don’t want him doing that – he’s a creator not a defender.
    Tired of Pardew’s defensive mindset and NO ATTEMPTS ON GOAL IN THE 1ST HALF.

    Anyway, we are safe with nothing to play for and Ashley’s pockets are still getting filled with fans’ cash. Keep doing it and nothing will change…. idiots.

  • Graeme

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Cheer up chaps – dont forget we have produced the best set of accounts in NUFC history and made a profit for the third consecutive year.
    We are obviously the envy of every other fan in the country – and quite rightly so. THREE CHEERS for the accountants eh!!!!!!

  • banjax

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew and Ashley to blame. Time to bring in fresh leadership and pride into the running of the club. Keeping the same Manager and Owner is no longer an option for the good of NUFC or the fans.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    If Pardew is sacked would he not have to pay money to Ashley that he owes?

    Ashley wants attacking football. Under Pardew that can come only from opponents.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Graeme…I am more concerned about how we play ball than our ownership at the moment!

    …actually don’t think many players care about who Mike Ashley is when they are contemplating signing for us…I think there is something else on their mind 😉

  • mindshaft

    Mar 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    At least Santon faced up to the fans, there’s a pic of him basically standing on his own with no other toon players in sight – disgraceful!

  • mindshaft

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #17

    And top ten is the stated objective so they’ll all get bonuses !

  • mindshaft

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    It wasn’t that long ago when padres came out and said that he had realised his mistake and that saylor would contend with willo to cover the right sided centre back and mbira with collo for the left side – few weeks later he has mbira at right back
    You can’t make this stuff up

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #19

    if a clueless non football fan watched the match yesterday, they would think the ones wearing red were bullying a sunday pub league team wearing yellow and blue..


    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #20

    lookn at debuchys interview… his off to psg nxt season…. we need atleast 10 players

  • theartfuldodger

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21


    We have 15-16 regulars, one of them can speak up after every game.
    They must have a rotation system in place. It was Santons turn this time.

    But leave that aside. Im really worried no one will want to join us this summer.
    And we need strikers who can guarantee goals. We cant fail there. But then Look at spurs, even 28m Soldado doesent come with a guarantee.

  • calvinho

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Yesterday was a new low point. No passion, arguing amongst teammates. I think we’ve seen the little french clique at it’s worst. The attitude was dreadful and our captain joins part of this when things aren’t going right.
    I’d like to see an overhaul of squad in the summer and we start to recruit a few british players. I read Micah Richards this morning. He’d be decent. Zaha would be available for a reasonable fee. I’d bring in Haangaland from Fulham when the go down. Nick Powell could be available. He;s young and very promising.
    Who would you guys like to sign?

  • toon kk

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    I can’t see enough investment put into our shambles of a squad to make much difference next season.
    There’s more to it than the players not preforming, they look like they don’t want to play for Newcastle. Our fitness levels are low and god knows what goes on in training.
    Yesterday looked like a bunch of amateurs.

    I’m not joking I’ve seen the lads down the school field put more effort into a game.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Yes, cause Brits have better attitude!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Sometimes you just have a crappy manager who produces crappy football!

  • Tayls

    Mar 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #26

    I would LOVE IT if Kevin Keegan was back, just LOVE IT!

  • toon kk

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Player’s need to come and go, training staff need to be replaced and I can’t believe pards still has a job.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #28


    Jordan Mutch and Ravel Morrison

    Mind you Joe Ledley and Jedinak were excellent Yesterday

  • beefman13

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #29

    How many 3nowts and 4nowts and 6nowts can we take, we should have been strengthened, that team yestererday would get us relegated simple as. They are not good enough, Mike make 20 billion who cares, u are put of order whatever u put un ti your club ti save yourself not the loyalist fans anywhere in football.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #30

    well it makes sence when the manager tells any1 who will listen that we cant compete with the likes of Southampton and other clubs that maybe the players believe it
    and judging on the performance yesterday they were beaten before we kicked a ball

    its getting to the point where pardew and his ramblings in the press will start to damage the club
    all we ever hear is we cant compete, we don’t want Europe as there is not enough money in it, forget about the prestige and other benefits
    and we must put the league before a cup run as the cups don’t pay

    what player in his right mind would wanna come for mid table mediocrity no chance of a cup and no glory

  • Jonny

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Was at the game, santon was the only player to come over to fans and hold his hands up.

  • yo-yo

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #32


    We can’t compete with the Saints – end of. Reason – our owner will not invest in the squad enough to get us above mid table. Pardew has got us as high as we can go. The players are mediocre and the coaching is too = mid table for as far into the future as we can see. The thing that really needs to change is the talent (and orice) of incoming transfers. Less bargain basement and more quality – change of business model, ain’t going to happen with Mash

  • yo-yo

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #33

    * price

    depressing prospects though

  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Very noticeable that performances and results really went down the pan when it became clear that Cabaye was off. All the fans could see what would happen and Ashley must take some responsibility for a points haul of 10 from 14 games.

    ‘Twas he who gave Kinnear free rein to make a dogs breakfast of a nearly selling Cabaye at under-value; twas he who let Kinnear loose and failing to land a replacement; ’twas he who’s presided over a near-relegation and since then mediocrity.

    He really needs to demonstrate some commitment to the club, the fans and the City by making some substantial changes to both the playing and management and coaching staffing arrangements.

  • Ginger

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #35

    To those who are saying that this isn’t Pardews fault I want yous to honestly do something:

    Ask yourselves would all the managers and fans lower than us take the squad we have now? Even without Remy? I’d say yes. Every single one of them.

    Yet here we are, without Remy we are the worst team in the league. Ask yourselves who fault is that?

    Who’s job is it to work on set pieces? Who’s job is it to make game changing substitutions? Who’s job is it to create passing techniques and work on movement of the ball? Who’s job is it to pick a balance between attack and defence? Who’s job is it to represent the club in a good light? Who’s job it is to motivate the team? Who’s job is it to pick players that play in the right position? Who’s job is it to bleed the youngsters into the team?

    Tell me one of those things that Pardew do right. None. So what is the point? I could keep going on about the duties he just simply neglects.

    Yes the team should have put more effort in, but working under arguably the worst manager in the league cannot be very motivating.

  • yo-yo

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #36


    I really don’t rate the squad at all – based on perfrormances. Odd individuals rise above the mire but..

    All your points are okay but the players are not delivering – performances are rubbish. The coaching team can’t actually kick the ball for them.

    Agree the motivation is useless but if the lights are on but there’s nobody home ? We really need a Kets style clear out, players and management.

  • MosesNUFC

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Laudrup is the man to take us forward IMO. He can get us playing mouth watering football week in week out. Get the best out of the likes of ben arfa. The likes of Coloccini, Taylor, Gosling, Jonas, Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Ferguson, Newton, Amalfitano need to leave. We need more english players like Richards, Lascelles, Lennon, Young, Ince and possibly with Laudrup we could maybe get Pozuelo as a Cabaye replacement. Abel Hernandez would be a decent signing as well, along with Angel Correa who looks promising.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 30, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Pard’s and the coaching staff are a major part of the problem
    Martinez has less money and he’s already stated his first term us about reducing the wage bill and getting fringe players off the books so they can send in the summer
    Pulis had little money and plays crap football but you can see palace actually have tactics and pulis has them playing to them
    Pard’s has a decent squad which shouldn’t be getting hammered every few games – the players barely look like they know how to kick a ball and every team knows our set piece routine by now
    He constantly sets us up for defeat by praising the opposition pre game and banging on about how we struggle after selling cabaye etc – when the commentator asked if he’d given them a rocket in the dressing room he almost went red where he was thinking … Oh yeah, I should have done that
    Its like he’s basically given up and just thinks this is the best we can do ….

    We can blame fatty all we want but getting the players to put in effort and okay to tactics is solely down to manager and coaches – if they won’t do it then pard’s and co should leave or be sacked

  • wolfshead@toon

    Mar 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #39

    lmao at the pards out mob they say a new manager would do better with this team then type out long lists of players to sell and buy haha

    time for a blog holiday

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #40

    tabuk toon army

    Give me something to be positive about and I’m there with bells on. Maybe I’m a bit more discerning and not a sheep and can spot a ”wrongun” who is no good for our club.

    Yo yo

    I’m not missing the point at all. I realise we are not going to win anything and I don’t have unrealistic expectations.
    All I want is to see some purposeful football played with a bit of cohesion. Is that really to much to ask for from any set of players.

    We had just as many players as Soto who could and should have been motivated to go to Brazil.

    All the idiots who maligned Martinez would see a totally different approach from our players if he, Pochetinno, Laudrup etc were in charge.

    Just heard one excuse too many from Pardew, it’s so so boring and predictable just like he was at all his previous clubs. he will never accept any blame whatsoever.

    Yes Ash could and should give him more players but the style or rather lack of any won’t change, it’s in his DNA.

    How do Cisse, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, MYM, De Jong, Anita, santon, Haidara, etc collectively turn to sh–e or can’t get starts without some rank coaching


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