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Our Man Of The Match Is Newcastle’s Future

8:56 am, Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Young Adam Armstrong is our Man of the Match for Saturday’s game, when for the third time the very promising youngster made a late cameo appearance, but the local lad again looked the part in a Newcastle shirt.

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Armstrong shocked at Swansea’s late goal

Adam has 19% of the vote followed by Debuchy – who looked good on Saturday in his first game back for seven weeks, and it’s so obvious we missed him.

Newcastle have to keep the French International this summer, and stop selling all our best players when rich clubs come in for them.

That’s easier said than done however, with Mike Ashley the owner seeming to value money above everything else on Tyneside.

Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi and Cheick Tiote also looked decent for the side on Saturday.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Adam Armstrong · Coaching · Man of the Match · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League



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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Benji84 // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    sorry if this has already been mentioned but I throw this out there do you think that pardew has been told that he needs to get around the 10th in the league so he does not have to pay so many bonuses? I know that sounds stupid but f**k me this year and if you look at last year it was ridiculous some of the choices of players on the pitch and also what style of play it has been done. What is your guys thoughts

  • 2 geordie157 // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    It would be nice to see Armstrong start.

    Would also be good to see Aarons on the bench to give us some pace.

  • 3 Average_Contents // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Well lads n lasses cisse is out for the season with a broken kneecap and might be struggling for pre-season too, perhaps pardew laid the heed on his knee to convince fatty we need more striker’s! Perhaps not then :)

  • 4 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Find it a bit strange that you can give someone MOM for playing the last ten minutes unless he changes the game or scored the winner

    Never mind My merit marks for yesterday’s/Saturday’s game
    Krul – 5 one brilliant save but sadly I thought he was at fault for the goal – should of came and collected/punched or at least challenged Bony – distribution poor
    Dummett – 6 nowt special did his job
    Williamson – 7 very good at his job defending but distribution was poor.
    Colocini – 5 poor got turned/caught out time and time again, had to revert to using his heel/back foot to stop a attack.
    Anita – 6 Not his fault starting at full back did OK busy when pushed into midfield – passing game good but no killer pass, easily got knocked off the ball.
    Goufran – 5 Another poor game needs to be rested dropped for rest of season ran out of gas should of been substituted instead of Gosling.
    Gosling – 7 Played well if not if not spectacular, busy all over the pitch but passing occaisionally went astray made Vom pull out a decent save.
    Tiote – 8 My man of the match – had a good game – at least he had a go, got stuck in. Did not hide wanted to win the game – not like some others. But got caught in posession to many times, mianly because he did not have anyone to pass to.
    Cisse – 3 Cannot give a proper mark as was not on long enough – did not want to be there – BUT WASTED playing in a front three on the wing.
    De Jong – 2 lasted a bit longer but poor, looks like a little boy lost playing in a mans game.
    Shola – 7 pick of the forwards, scored and battled all day – must have a bad neck looking up as the ball was punted long and high time after time.

    Subs
    Debuchy – 8 Changed the game when he came on gave a lot more to the team going forward and got stuck in.
    Remy – 6 Again pushed onto the wing – not his position did OK but sadly lacked match fitness.
    Armstrong – 5 liked what I saw, like to see him given at least ahalf against Cardiff at home, busy around the box, always on the move and looks a good passer of the ball.

    Manager – 2 Could not understand the line up and some of the positions players were playing
    Supporters – 10 for turning up after such a shit run but 4 out of ten for the atmosphere flat, not just the players on holiday!

    BEST?PLAYER on the pitch – Bony my a mile
    Swansea – as poor as us looked half the team since Laudrup was sacked.

    IF we do not have a clear out and buy at least half a dozen very good players in the summer we are going to be in BIG?trouble.
    Manager – I have supported him up to now but he has run out of ideas – maybe time to move on!

  • 5 catchy in norway // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    in today’s footballers mindset there are a few things there looking for

    no1
    the footballer with goals to achieve , ie RVP, could have stayed at ARS but chose to leave for the chance of winning things,

    these players are rare

    no2
    the players that want money , and lots of it,
    Rooney tops the bill here for me , but it can be levied against pretty much most players, these players are just leaches,

    no3
    the player that wants to go to a big club, even as a bench warmer , cabaye, Ba , these types if player , they will move to a smaller club to become the big fish there , show they have the tallent to make it then move to the big club , sitting on the bench will get a few games , more money and maybe a trophy or 2

    us as a club WILL NOT pay a big transfer fee , even with this new deal in place we will be looking for very cheap players to “improve them”

    we WILL NOT pay the going salary rates ,

    we ARE NOT wanting to win anything “cups”

    so it baffles me as to who we are going to sign, it’s ok AP coming out and saying the fans should be excited at who we are trying to sign, that is an empty statement trying too fool the masses AGAIN, players like remy cabella will never sign for us , he is at a club with more ambition than ours already, and when you have the likes of crystal palace , stoke , willing to pay more salary or teams like Everton who will offer Europe , we will be petty low Down on this type of players list of clubs to join

    we are now the white elephant in the league, good players will want to avoid us unless we are the last choice/chance for them to play in the premiership,

    right now out club is cursed , it has 3 things wrong ,
    1 owner
    2 manager
    3 fans,
    when I sit and think about it , I am more disheartend by the way the fans are just accepting it, at any other point in our history there would have been lots done about it, but right now Ashley’s mouth piece has done some sort of Jedi mind trick on them to keep turning up and say nothing, hand over your money mug, no please or thank even , and they just do it

    with this crew in charge , WE WILL be relegated next season , it’s now 2 seasons in a row where we have had relegation form for the second half of the season , I fear our better players will go in the summer to be replaced crap no fight in them type of players like Williamson Elliotte , who are simply not good enough, as long as they tow the line

    yipeeee , or baarrrr take your pick

  • 6 cyprus // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Does this team actually have some decent footballers that I’d fancy if they were in other teams?

    Krul: a very good goalie knocking on Holland’s door for first choice. Lousy kicker.
    Debuchy: anybody knocking Sagna out of first choice must be extremely good.
    Santon: excellent dribbler and prospect! can’t defend or shoot.
    Tiote: a regular for Ivory Coast, always available, top DM.
    Sissokho: top athlete, can even score, could be at Yaya’s level one day.
    HBA: Out of this world dribbler, can do magic, best overall talent at NUFC. Erratic performances, may have been pardewed.
    People who could come good: Haidara, MYM, Cisse (what happened to this lethal player?? Pardewed?)… Marveaux Anita: honourable mention. Gouffran too. Armstrong? No idea.

    So, we need like 10 players! And that’s if those 6 I mentioned as ‘stand outs’ (in quotes) stay!

    Yep, we in trouble.

  • 7 catchy in norway // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    well cisse isn’t getting sold in the summer

  • 8 Ian Toon // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    42Ian Toon // Apr 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Reading the many postings for fans to stop watching our homes games is just plain whistling in the wind – to paraphrase. Those of us toon fans who have regularly travelled the English football circuit, mixing with fans of all club colours, and gauging their views, readily acknowledge the respect for Newcastle’s following, home and away. That despite the vocal home support receding for some months
    at SJP. The Toon Army at West Ham with the visionary Yohan Cabaye giving a superb farewell appearance were accompanied by Newcastle fans never stopping singing. For me the highlight on the road this season. Albeit some peaked too soon.

    I first went as a five year old with my father and grandfather to SJP( in 1993)and looking back to those halcyon days it really was a special place, an arena that made the pulse quicken when the teams came out and the roar that erupted from countless fans throats. It was a great time to become a member of the toon army and I still feel honoured today about my birthright. When it comes to being a fan and watching winning,talented teams, what goes around comes around.

    I recalled this past week over a few pints with mates/ fans, us being at Alan Shearer’s testimonial and what a magnificent time it was because of the outpouring of love for a local hero while also painfully poignant. The absence of Shearer’s name from the team sheet certainly destroys much of the lingering class clinging to the club. I am often reminded by older fans that football didn’t start with the Premier League. I had a recent conversation with an elderly Spurs fan who suggested that Greaves and Shearer would be the best striking combination for England since the Second World War.

    A die-hard Toon disciple of my acquaintance, someone who’s opinion I respect, is convinced that the club will only be transformed from the Ashley stranglehold when supporters show their dissatisfaction with empty seats. No queues in the SD stores might focus a few minds in the boardroom.

    It will never happen. Following Newcastle is a birthright, a religion. On the Geordie list of things to do watching the Toon ranks alongside breathing. Such loyalty merits better communication and leadership. What goes around comes around. You know it makes sense. Those on holiday today enjoy your day off.

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Someone posted a couple of threads back the difference in prize funds of the PL places
    The difference between 10th and 11th was £800k that is probably a fraction of what the bonuses he would have to pay out to the players and staff would be
    If we got 11th Ashley will be jumping for joy, despite Jespers claims 11th would hit him harder financially

  • 10 cyprus // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    TADS,
    You don’t believe that. Do you!?

  • 11 cyprus // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Armstrong MOM? lol
    Did he touch the ball more than a couple times?

  • 12 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    It was good to see Armstrong on, but his positives will maybe be neutralised and a poor team which lacks cohesion, ideas and movement.

    I do think that Armstrong’s involvememt is to slightly appease the fans and get them onside more with a local lad.

    Pardew says with the players he had available, yet Swansea beat us at their place with their forward line out. We had Cisse then Remy playing as well as Gouffran.

    He’s a manipulator and a brainwasher.

  • 13 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Cyprus, it was a hopeful vote of MOM rather than an actual one.

  • 14 anthc // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Debuchy mom for me looked a different class to the rest of the lads. I would send de jong back now. I’m sure hes a nice lad but he just isn’t good enough for this league no pace and lacks any physical presence for a big lad.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Ian Toon,

    No one is calling for a long term boycott. No one. We are suggesting 1 or 2 max half empty stadiums is the only thing that will concentrate Ashley’ mind.

    Retail and bums on seats are the bottom line for Ashley and his ” Oim richer than yow” nouveau riche mantra. . Nothing else apparently registers.

    I would suggest no business can survive long term without the lifeblood of customers which is what we are essentially all are

    Nothing to stop you continuing away day matches but people can not really have their cake and eat it and expect the ongoing mediocrity to be engaged and arrested any time soon whilst filling SJP for another round of sub par entertainment.

    The appeal of a ST has never been so low. We now have the unedifying spectacle of a Mexican stand off with a publically failing (on all fronts) and painfully suffering manager who won’t leave and an odious oaf and little despot of an owner who won’t pay off the ludicrously long remainder of Pardew’s contract.

    The players who back Pardew are the Sholas and Goslings who have displaced Ben Arfa and Marveaux to spectacularly zero effect and are still indulged. New contract for Shola anyone?.

    In any event Ashley can’t be trusted to bring in a proper manager, D.O.F, sponsor etc so why do people still sign up to watch this circus which ain’t leaving town any time soon.

  • 16 bobby mango // Apr 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    If another club came in for any of our plays why would they want to stay? Seriously, the whole club is an absolute disaster.

  • 17 peterk3 // Apr 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    How can a player be judged to be man of the match having played just ten minutes at the end of a game?

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