Sissoko Impressed With Signings – Happy Playing For Newcastle

Moussa Sissoko has returned to pre-season  training and he tasted his first action today in the first half against Malaga in Germany – but Newcastle found the Spanish side in good form, especially in that first half when they knocked three goals past us without reply, and finally won the game 3-1 after a very good goal from Gabby Obertan after 60 minutes in the second half.

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Moussa Sissoko –

Moussa was making some noises in Brazil that he may want to leave Newcastle in the summer, but the 24 year-old is happy with Newcastle’s new signings this summer.

This is what Moussa Sissoko said on the Newcastle official site:

“The squad here is different but I am happy with it.” “The Club has brought some new players and we will all work together to do the best for the new season.”

“I played with Manu in France at Toulouse, and with Remy Cabella in the national team. These are two good players who will do well at Newcastle in the Premier League.”

“It is a very different league to France but they have the talent to do well here, and you will see that soon.”

“It was a hard game against a good Spanish team.” “Malaga played very well. They kept the ball and tried to go forward, and we found it very hard in the first half.”

“The second half was much better and we scored one goal.”  “We have to build on that performance now.” We tried to do the best we could but I found it hard because it was my first game since the World Cup.”

“In your first game you always find it difficult. You don’t know if you need to go forward or stay back, and it is very different.” “But I am happy to be out there again, playing for Newcastle, and to get my first 45 minutes.”

“Tomorrow I would like to maybe play the same again and I will be ready for the first game of the season.”

Newcastle will play an experienced side against hosts Schalke 04 tomorrow afternoon in Gelsenkirchen.

And West Ham beat Schalke 04 today by 7-6 on penalties following the Newcastle game, after it ended 0-0 after 90 minutes, and Jaaskelainen made a terrific diving save to his left from Borgmann, to finally win it for the Hammers.

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42 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #1

    i think a lot of you miss the whole point of this pre season,

    this is it for pardew , he has to get it right from the get go , that includes a good preseason , he needs things to go right for him to get both the fans and the players behind him.

    today he said said he took the blame, but he didn’t , he pointed to an area of the pitch that was a new crew and said it was them , the fact is he lied, the problem was the defence, his baby , the bit he works with the most , that went wrong, not the experimental forward line.

    he needs this team to go into the start of the new season high on confidence from winning games comfortably, going out to beat any team in front of him , to show he means business,

    this crap is just an extension of previous seasons blunders , with him spouting what he thinks weak minded blind followers want to hear,

    what IS going to happen is

    we will loose a few games at the start of the season

    he will say the players need time to adjust which is a luxury he don’t have based on his last 2 seasons

    he will lose the few fans he has apart from manx and a couple of others super pardew fans on here,

    then the players WILL STOP PLAYING for him,

    time is not on his side

    thank god

  • Sliema

    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Anyone else watching the game?

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Glad to hear this talk from Sissoko as I feel he will be amazing playing with De Jong when he is fit

    Just watching the Malaga game now and actually up to the first goal we were more than comfortable but Taylor worries me greatly he is all over the place all the time Mbiwa should be a centre back or on the bench although him ducking out of the way for the 3rd goal was shocking as well

    Haidara gets caught out quite a lot as well but I think he will get better

    Going forward in that first half is basically how we have played 2nd half of last season this needs to change I know its only pre season but we need to at least see what the plan is for creating chances

  • AmeriToon

    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #4

    its preseason so please shut your mouth

  • jayphoto

    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Not going to get antsy because we’ve lost a preseason game but i frickin hate it when Pardew blames offensive players when the problem is clearly the defense! We conceded 3 in this game, thats bugger all to do with ayoze or Arma being inexperienced! Its because we persist in taylor and colo at centre half and MYM at rightback! Same reason we let in 70 odd goals last season

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Blah blah it’s pre-season blah blah. Truth is, you all know deep down that we will play that way in the majority of our games next season regardless of the personnel on the pitch.

  • toon22

    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #7

    1 game in and already we can all see theres nothing changed at the toon.

    We still plan on playing our “special”brand of tatty shite to suit or owner and shirt/club sponser.

    Its going to be an interesting first game when the crowd really turn on the excuse of a manager.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #8


    colo and taylor willo are to slow
    we start of pushing up but we get caught time after time so they drop back and sit there
    I can believe he cant see it a blind man can

    I would think willo and satka will start tomoz at the back but we will see I spose

  • Scottiedog

    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #9

    @catchy — not sure what you actually know about football but pre seasons are about giving all players a run out to get match time. Seriously stop with the pardew bashing!

  • toon22

    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #10

    We saw not a glimer of tactical nouce or any sembalance of organization anywhere on the field.
    Another group of players who just hoped it would be ok.
    Yes the second half was better but we still dint look like any sort of a team.
    Kind of familiar aint it maybe AP isnt used to being in charge so long he usually gets the sack more than a season ago.

  • toon22

    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #11

    At any point any time in the year did SBR or Keegan ever show a team as disinterested or un oraganized as that?
    We didnt show anything other than personal performances we might as well not have a manager.

    Exactly what is the plan with getting youngsters in the team then blaming them for anything.


  • toon22

    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Our current policy is to try and buy superstars cheaply so we can sell for a profit.
    While they are here we rely on them keeping us in the league as theres little else doing it.

    In other leagues managers accept the owner buying players and having to make a team perform.But we are stuck with a blagger who hasnt a clue.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #13

    I know this preseason is probably better organized than last, but even so, compare it to Man U’s, or our opponents in the first game, City, and it’s hard not to think well be underdone relatively speaking and that it will take two or three fixtures to get up to speed. We’re lucky that we start with a home game and that the second is against Villa, but even a good side might come up empty handed in both ties.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Sissoko is 24, so probably 22 when we got him. Considering his age it’s difficult to take any of the criticism he’s copped seriously. Could be immense for us.

  • stuart no9

    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #15

    ok lads bad result , but there is always some positives to take from games like this .Another nail in pardews coffin is a good place to start.

    He blames the fact he started with 2 inexperienced strikers up front – cant remember them being at fault for the goals in the first have eh. pardew drivel ?? of course it is, just put up with it till xmas then hopefully ash will realise his investment is wasted on a manager who just dosnt understand football. could i do a better job with the players he has ??? almost every one on here could get this team playing better than they played today, why cant he ? hes the expert lol

  • stuart no9

    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #16

    half not have

  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #17

    I think we’ll be relegated next season without a quality CF and CB, maybe that sounds harsh and negative but with a couple of injuries we’re week.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 3, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #18

    Certainly he’s suggesting our inexperienced forwards failed to press and get behind their back four and so we couldn’t find any rhythm and were forced to defend in our own half too often. I didn’t see the game, but that will happen, if you have an ineffective attack. We are 3 strikers light going into these two games, hardly worth any anxiety at all, other than perhaps indicating that neither player is ready to play a role.

  • banjax

    Aug 3, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #19

    M A has at least loosened the purse strings thank god. So dare we hope for a few more quality signings where we need them including a decent half back or two and a nailed on goal scorer. But how long is M A going to give A P before he packs his bags for him. To many of us A P should have gone well before now, but he is still here and by the looks of things not much has changed in the way of tactics and man management. I hope Ashley has a manager lined up – because he is going to need him !

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 3, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Pards might get the sack if we’re in the bottom three at Christmas or finish the season outside the top ten. Neither is likely with the squad we have and more importantly because beyond the usual title contenders and Everton and Spurs, the rest of the sides are pretty ordinary and some terrible, relatively speaking.

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 3, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #21

    I normally don’t get to vexed about preseason games but that was pathetic and the biggest concern was; the overall performance was typical of last seasons shambles.
    Players isolated in possession and defensively. Ponderous passing and zero movement off the ball. No sustained attacks with no real chances created. Malaga could have played without a keeper.
    It’s a bit disingenuous of Pardew to blame the lack of experience as the reason for the poor first half because it was simply a rerun of everything that was wrong last season.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Aug 3, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #22

    Pardew Should’ve said the holding midfielders were
    garbage today + the 2 CBs , not the young strikers
    I hate when this man opens his mouth
    this is an experienced side , it’s not an excuse to say
    Malaga also had some players missing ,
    his tactics gone wrong in this game .
    the problem is clear ,

    – we don’t have this back line who can build the attack
    & defend well at the same time

    – we don’t have this holding midfielder who can send the
    ball forward quickly and take the killer passes

  • beefman13

    Aug 3, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #23

    So fekn offensive to blame our front line, it made me sick a bit in my mouth, ball watching of the highest other coupled with not closing down and Yanga Mbiwa if you ever turn your back on another shot u big pussy I will personally track you down for a scudding, totally disgusted with our manager yet again for blaming the easy targets. Willo Colo Taylor Mbiwa not good enough, even if we win today, there is no go mm uni cation with our back line, the team has to start from there, yet again a Wilfred brambles!!!!

  • expatmag

    Aug 3, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #24


    I am not a Pardew lover by any means but you need to seriously see someone about your inherent hatred of the man.

    Pre season games are all about match fitness, trying new players out and looking at different tactics. Credit might also be given to the opposition too.

    His comments were not directed at the youngsters inability but more towards the set up he played.

    I remember the ore season when we finished 5th. It wasnt very impressive.

    So get a grip man and see a specialist about your problem and pull your head in.

  • expatmag

    Aug 3, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #25

    So many fannies on here get their knickers in a twist already. Laughable really.

  • expatmag

    Aug 3, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #26

    From the first half of todays game, the following players who would normally be considered for the City game were:

    Krul – not considered
    Janmaat – not considered
    Santon – Injured
    Williamson – bench 2nd half sub
    Tiote – bench
    Sissoko – underdone 1st run out
    De Jong – Injured
    Cabella – underdone 1st run out
    Anita – bench
    Rivierie – bench 2nd half sub
    Ferraya – not signed yet
    Cisse – injured

    Players who did start and probably wont play against City


    Once again, this is just a training game and I would expect Pardew will use close to his starting team at Huddersfield and against Real Sociedad.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 3, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #27

    Anybody saw the Manchester game with Real Madrid.

    LVG is making an instant impact. What a difference a great manager can do. Their 3-5-2 system is extremely fluid and their tiki-taka is smooth and a joy to watch.

    they will be a force to reckon with this season.

    seeing these clubs playing football of such high calibre only in pre-season makes me jealous.

    how i wish a manager like LVG will take over us.

  • expatmag

    Aug 3, 2014 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #28


    Get used to what we have. Another 6 years to go….lol

  • shearermania

    Aug 3, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #29

    okay i get was all just preseason and we all need to calm down after what we saw yesterday…
    but for me it was just that i was really looking forward to see our new signings and the so called new way that were playing that parsnip has been telling us about…
    needless to say it was very underwhelming and the new style?
    was just the same old crap…
    different day same sh!t

  • expatmag

    Aug 3, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #30


    We wont see an improvement until Pardew plays a fully fit senior side together. You gave to look upon these fames as fitness exercises more than anything else.

    There is no point in going full tilt in friendlies and risking injuries when the business side starts in 2 weeks.

    From yesterdays starting side, Krul Janmaat Santon Tiote De Jong Riviere Williamson Gouffran and the new CF were missing from the probable first 11 as well as Sissoko and Cabella being underdone.

    When Pardew has all these guys fit and ready to go, I can see better and more attacking performances displayed.

    However, this will be litmus test for him and if he fails, he could be on his bike sooner than expected.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 3, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #31

    A lot of people going over the top – yes
    first half we were awful – second half a lot better .
    Hopefully today we continue to improve and hopefully payers will get to know each other a lot better- And – by next Sunday’s game we start with most of the players that will start against City so they can knit together iron out problems – lack of match fitness.

  • HoboToon

    Aug 3, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Yknw the scariest thing about the friendly yesterday was that the back four pardew played could be our actual back four in the epl

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 3, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #33

    It’s funny how catchy has been too busy with this summers cod haul while we were in NZ, the first defeat since Oldham and he’s back with a vengeance with the same delusion that Mike Ashley cares about league placing, Mashers does not care about the quality of football or customer satisfaction, he is happy as long as that conveyor belt of unproven PL players can be bought cheap and sold a year or two later with a manager who is happy to kid himself that he is ‘building’ three and four and five new teams the way Fergie built three seperate title winning teams during his reign.

  • sparky55

    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #34

    Losing yesterday was hardly surprising because all spanish teams play pretty much the same way and are great at ball retention which when you’re english opposition means you chase and chase and chase and get dragged out of position and holes then appear and hey presto our very sluggish back four get found out.

    nothing new there then…but what always disappoints me about pre-season is the lack of cohesion and the lack of structured experimentation with formation.

    There was no shape, no trying out the 3-5-2 everyone else is looking at and with 3 centre halves why note have a crack.

    It’s not like we don’t have pace and skill…we just don’t have the coaching ability to coach it properly because he’s a useless cnut.

    I know I’m repeating myself but a good young coach could transform the way we play and transform our performances.

    Pardew’s 4 in midfield just doesn’t cut the mustard in modern football and the lack of experimentation in pre-season means we’re gonna get served the same old bile.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #35

    Charlie, they will have taken their foot off the gas in the second half after already being 3 nil up. Naturally it will be a bit easier for us.

  • firebug666

    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #36

    For all those who are saying this is only pre-season.

    The formation we played yesterday is the same formation that we played through to the end of last season that seen us get done by practically every team in the league, and ship so many goals by making exactly the same mistakes.

    To me we looked exactly the way we looked coming in to the end of last season, Different personnel on the field, but exactly the same problems.

    Yes it was only a pre-season game, but it is pre-season for the teams we are playing against, but they look a damn sight better prepared for the new season than we do.

    When you look at yesterdays performance and the second half of last season there is simply no difference.

    The only problem we have that is unchanged is Pardrew.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #37

    It was pre-season, yes. Again can’t read too much into it.
    However, they were also in pre-season and they probably had a mixed line-up too, yet they wiped the floor with us. The worry is that it’s not just pre-season blues for us, but a continuation of record breaking abysmal league form

  • GeordieRob

    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #38

    What back 4 could we have played? No specialist RB in the squad. Neither Colo or Mbiwa particularly strong in the air, so those 2 playing CH together is dangerous. Willo under cooked. The only change that was likely was Anita at RB, and he can’t tackle.

    Mbiwa could be a great player but he tends to do things that look really bad (like casually standing around for goal 3 yesterday, or waiting until Suarez – the biggest diver in football – is goal side and in on goal then deciding to foul him). I know Saylor has some supporters here, but I don’t see it – he’s not great and he’s fragile. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Williamson was missed.

    The midfield was poor yesterday. You can’t be all that critical of the back 4, when Malaga’s midfield had all the time in the world to lob balls behind our defense! Especially with our CHs that aren’t great on the turn or fast. The supply has got to dry up. We had to press their possession. But our midfield were slow without the ball and didn’t offer an option when we had it. We got stuck in our defense and punished as a result.

    It’s only pre-season. Hopefully Sissoko & Cabella are better for the run.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #39

    Even when younger players are involved, we should see a system in place and a similar approach no matter which players are in. The difference being that it is done a bit less effectively with the younger players. That is acceptable because it’s understandable.

    Isolation, lack of cohesion and lack of threat in the final third have been our competitive norm for many games regardless of experience or kids in there.

  • Bambams

    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #40

    It was interesting listening to Brendan Rogers interview when talking about his youngsters playing mith maturity. However he also added he was pleased they played the ‘system and style’ he wanted. This is my biggest concern for our club. We dont have a way of playing, we dont build from the back or use wingers, counter attack, possession football……

    I cant see any hiding places this year for P45due, ok we have not spent a fortune but he has been backed more than ever.

    Lets see how his team plays later this afternoon.


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