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Well Played To Newcastle’s Man Of The Match – Poll

2:33 pm, Sunday, March 30th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

There was maybe only one good thing that came out of yesterday’s 4-0 disaster at Southampton, and that was the excellent display of Newcastle’s reserve goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who once again came into the first team and played extremely well for the side, and he literally saved Newcastle from further humiliation.

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Rob Elliot yesterday – where’s my defense?

Rob ha s a whopping 77% of the vote, and the interesting thing is that Ben Arfa is second on 8%, and he was hauled off by Alan Pardew at half time along with the other man on the right hand side – Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

And the manager said Newcastle had a problem down the right in the first half,  and the changes were tactical – but it has to be doubtful if Ben Arfa will still be a Newcastle player come September, after being hauled off at half time, after starting a game for the first time in a long time. :(

But congratulations to Rob Elliot for a terrific display yesterday, and it saved Newcastle the embarrassment of being beaten by an even bigger scoreline than 4-0 – which was bad enough, following the 3-0 loss on Tuesday night at home to Everton.

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Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Rob Elliot



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ciaran // Mar 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Jesper

    You don’t buy the fact that Ashley isn’t the main problem? You don’t buy the fact that a better manager would only solve the problem for a short while? You don’t buy the fact that our custodian will not back any new manager in the transfer market?

    Then I’m afraid we have nothing to discuss because I can’t trust your judgement in that case.

  • 2 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Sad sad sad state of affairs that a MOTM performance can be based on only shipping four goals and damage limitation

    Not knocking his performance btw just think it’s a sad reflection on the shift out in by the hopeless showers of sh1te that wandering around the pitch planning there summer holidays

  • 3 theartfuldodger // Mar 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Before the season began we knew :

    1. cisse was out of form
    2. we have no wingers.
    3. BenArfa Cabaye were our only flair players.
    4. Remy would be the only reliable striker
    5. Collo would be in and out
    6. Santon is better going forward than defending.
    7. Pardew isnt a mngr with attacking flair

    We were skating on thin ice. Now without remy and cabaye we lack any teeth. This isnt a surprise. Not for us nor for Pardew.

    So our mgmt expects everything thats happening.

    Theyv turned their attention to lying about the summer…lying to fans and new recruits. Pretending ambition.

    Grenier Cabella and remy all 3 wont turn us into CL contenders. We need 5 to 6 top players for that. I cant fathom how these ppl can convince anyone about ambition. Our past and present speaks for itself. Foreign imports with nothing to play for are gutless.

  • 4 Thump // Mar 30, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    One positive we can pull from yesterday is that Haidara is a lot better than Dummett. I’d happily see him at LB over Dummett who has been woeful.

  • 5 Ciaran // Mar 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Also Jesper

    Your opinion about our football would carry more weight if you bothered yourself to actually watch the games.

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    RH
    “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”

    Not defending the coaches but out of all those players listed only Cisse and MYM were first team regulars

    HBA has always been in and out if what ever team he’s played for under the promise of potentially being a decent player but never reaching that potential

    Marv has been a bench warmer all his career

    De Jong hasn’t played regular football for nearly a year

    Anita got a run at Ajax, out of position, through injury, and would hardly say he’s been sh1t for us

    Santon has had plenty if loan spells, inter wouldn’t of sold him for so little if they thought he was going to step up

    Haidara was nout more than a prospect, he still is

    I’m sorry but some fans grossly over rate the players at this club hyping them to the extreme, there not that good, put them under an average manager there not going to get better

    Only person to blame is the fat Cnut running this club into the ground ffs

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Thump
    Really? Thought he was awful tbh
    Fluffed his lines time and time again, his clearances were awful one of which set a goal up for them and couldn’t cross for toffee

  • 8 Jeff from Benwell // Mar 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Ciaran I have read your blog.
    Please find another club to inflict your Irish support on.
    This is our record against Southampton
    2013/14: Lost 0-4
    2012/13: Lost 0-2
    2004/05: Won 2-1 OG, Carr
    2003/04: Drew 3-3 Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose
    2003/04: Won 3-0 Dyer 2, Robert
    2002/03: Drew 1-1 Bellamy
    2001/02: Lost 1-3 Shearer
    2000/01: Lost 0-2 No scorer
    1999/00: Lost 2-4 Shearer, Speed
    1998/99: Lost 1-2 Hamann
    1997/98: Lost 1-2 Lee
    1996/97: Drew 2-2 Ferdinand, Clark
    1995/96: Lost 0-1 No scorer
    1994/95: Lost 1-3 Kitson
    1993/94: Lost 1-2 Cole
    1988/89: Lost 0-1 No scorer
    1987/88: Drew 1-1 O’Neill
    1986/87: Lost 1-4 A.Thomas
    1985/86: Drew 1-1 Beardsley
    1984/85: Lost 0-1 No scorer
    1973/74: Lost 1-3 Macdonald

    It is shite and always has been
    Any proper toon fan would know this.
    Jog on
    please

  • 9 Big Archie // Mar 31, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    Jeff
    Spot on Mate.
    Ciaran is typical of the latest breed of opinionated fan -uneducated in the real world but sets himself up as an authority. If anyone disagrees with him he just becomes abusive, perfectly safe behind his virtual shield.

    I also read his blog – once.




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