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Krul And Aarons Start For Newcastle: Ferreyra On Bench

3:49 pm, Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 150 Comments

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Tim Krul returns to the Newcastle United team against Schalke 04, and it’s a strong side that Alan Pardew has put out this afternoon.

And new boy Facundo Ferreyra is on the bench, and could even see his debut for Newcastle this afternoon – the 23 year-old Argentine was announced a few hours ago by Newcastle as being on a season-long loan at the Magpies.

As expected, Mike Williamson is back partnering Colo in central defense, and we look for a (much) better performance from the Newcastle defense, than they gave in the first half yesterday.

And it shows that 18 year-old winger Rolando Aarons has done very well in pre-season, as he gets another start in what will be another tough game for the Magpies.

Both full-backs are changed from yesterday, with Vurnon Anita  in at right back and local lad Paul Dummett is at left-back.

But no sign of Siem de Jong – who we assume is still injured.

It would be good if the lads can get another win against a strong Schalke 04 side.

Newcastle: (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons; Emmanuel Riviere, Yoan Gouffran
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Jak Alnwick, Lubo Satka, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Remie Streete, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Remy Cabella, Adam Armstrong, Adam Campbell, Ayoze Perez, Facundo Ferreyra

In the game going on at the moment, Malaga are 2-0 up at half time against West Ham and they also managed to miss two penalties in the first half.

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150 responses so far ↓

  • 1 deeps // Aug 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Nice to see Saylor finally axed :D

  • 2 deeps // Aug 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Ferreryra among the subs?? :o
    When did he land @Germany?

  • 3 Pardews Prolific Boys // Aug 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    No Taylor? Travesty. He is the best cb we have!!!

  • 4 kevymartins // Aug 3, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Chucky flew out there already.

    Where is Tiote/Janmaat. Obertan starts like Pardew trying to show him off so I team comes in for him I bet.

  • 5 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I still don’t understand why pardew is not willing to play Mbiwa in cb

  • 6 Mr Magpie // Aug 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Pardew surely not seeing Obertan as first team player now….just waiting to hear him say “having him back is like bringing in a new player”

  • 7 midweek weekend // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    any links to game guys, also what time is kick off thanks

  • 8 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    will Sissoko play in CM

  • 9 kevymartins // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I hope Pardew is watching this match. That we man Luis Alberto playing CF for Malaga is something special only 21 to.

    Would send a scout to keep a close eye on him. Think malaga are in big debt think thats why they had to sell monreal to Arsenal an all.

  • 10 scout // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Why is he called chucky??? Just wondered

  • 11 TikiTakaAcca // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Well.
    The line-up isn’t the best.
    But at least everyone is in their natural position, except for Anita you could argue.
    Although he’s hopeless at CM, so that’s good.

  • 12 Robby Bobson // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Glad i dont have to watch taylor flapping around not having a clue where to stand, mike is slow and horrible on the ball but hes at least semi solid.

    Dont lile anita right back but suppose we dont have many more options.

  • 13 Belfast // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    I asked that question last night scout, and somebody told me why, but I can’t remember.

    Sorry lol

  • 14 Offkey // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Scout – I read it was because his grand parents called him that as a child because he was naughty……….I presume that means it was from childs play films……

  • 15 kevymartins // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Is that the Luis Alberto that Liverpool had?

  • 16 Toonfan8 // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    that defence look pretty bad tbh…but ok I will wait and see if I am moaner…but I dont believe in Dummett,Willo,Obertan…Colback looked bad yesterday, but Malaga and their way of play made all players looks like fools yesterday

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Mr Magpie

    What pardew has done to obertan is that he put him in a room with Paul McKenna, and got Paul to say to obertan look in to my eyes i want you to be our next Ben arfa.

    Well it’s working he’s got a goal and a assist.

    Ha ha ha

  • 18 Mr Magpie // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Welshgeordie9
    If only Pardew would go in the room with Paul McKenna too mate, he might be able to hypnotize him into playing attacking passing football…lol

  • 19 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    I wonder why Tiote isn’t playing. I assume he joined the squad in Germany. The central midfield looks very weak. Also, wonder why no Janmaat.

    Good to see Aarons. He fully deserves his chance as does the much maligned Obertan after a couple of good performances and a cracking goal.

    I think Gouffran will be the key player. He has looked very sharp in all the preseason games.

    Hope Pardew puts on Chucky so we can see what awaits us this season or not.

  • 20 toon kk // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    If the club was run properly a quality manager would be employed and every tranfer window you should just need a couple of quality signings brought in, instead of penny pinching to the point of relegation then having to buy half a new team to survive.
    Wonder how long it will be before we’re active in the transfer market again? MA will want larger profits for a couple of
    years. So lets hope our new signings do us proud.

  • 21 toonicle // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Sissoko Playing cm? Maybe Pardew has seen the light

  • 22 Bambams // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Where is Janmaat….

    Obertan is just there to be sold….

    Anita full back !

    I like the look of young Aarons

  • 23 kevymartins // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    @Toon kk Half our new signings will probably be sold next summer.

  • 24 JamesToon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Alberto is on loan at malaga from liverpool.

    Good to see a changed up team as a lot of the players still looked like they were suffering from jet lag.

    Great signing Facundo Ferreyra, i think he will do well for us.
    Also what do people think of the Wickham story? 6mil and i’ll happily welcome him, he carried the SMBs to safety

  • 25 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Actually looks like a 442. Rivvy and goofy as a strike partnership will be interesting.

  • 26 Mister Tuff // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Mickalonius – you mentioned earlier that you were taking the wife out. I do not intend to be cheeky but is it a ladies wrestling event you are taking her to. If so well done -changing your game is sorely needed.

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Why can’t we get a young specialist RB

  • 28 JamesToon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Markaccus i personally think Gouffy will play off riviere, as a second striker.

    Jail for ashley, i don;t know why we didn’t go for that Javi Manquillo that Liverpool are getting, young and has good technical ability and fantastic potential.

  • 29 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Would connor wickham count as the experienced striker we need? Difficult question imo.

  • 30 Slank // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Tiote had a slight knock.

    Janmaat not fully integrated yet !

  • 31 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    If there is one thing this pre season has taught us for sure….NUFC ar much better than WHU :D

  • 32 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    James toon

    Kind of a 4411 maybe?

    Be nice to see goofy more central. I really think he could have a big season for us

  • 33 JamesToon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Markaccus

    4411 seems to be our primary formation at the moment, it worked well in New Zealand.

  • 34 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    This is the set up according to the official site.

    United are expected to line up in a 4-4-2 formation, with Krul behind a back four of Vurnon Anita, Mike Williamson, Coloccini and Paul Dummett.
    Gabriel Obertan – who netted against Malaga – and teenager Rolando Aarons will take up roles on either flank, with Sissoko and Colback patrolling the middle of the park.
    And it is an all-French strike force, as summer signing Emmanuel Riviere teams up with Yoan Gouffran to provide Newcastle’s firepower in the final third.

  • 35 Tayls // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Where are you watching his lads? Is it on the tele or some shady link?

  • 36 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Does that look like Sissoko in the middle of the park?

  • 37 firebug666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Tayls

    It’s on the free view Quest Channel mate.

  • 38 same old shit // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Aarons can stake his claim for starting against City today, the lad looks canny good.

  • 39 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Yep. Socks in the middle. Looks a solid, balanced side. I actually fancy a win.

  • 40 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Sissoko in the middle, interesting

  • 41 geordie157 // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Decent line up but are we now lacking right backs. Guess Raylor isn’t quite ready yet. I’d rather Streete played right back or Satka to get some experience than see Mbiwa or Anita there.

    Bet Obertan has a great game.

  • 42 Tayls // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    cheers pal, afternoon sorted.

  • 43 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Markaccus,

    Aye, not a bad starting line up.
    Interesting to hear both Rob Lee and Steve Clarke say they’ve always thought that was Sissoko’s best position!

  • 44 Kris // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    stream?

  • 45 NUFCJackW // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    What score was the West Ham game ?

  • 46 Tayls // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Kris it on freeview mate http://www.questtv.co.uk/find-us/

  • 47 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Didn’t realise how much of a funny bloke Rob Lee is.
    “I see he’s gone for a 442 formation, that’s quite refreshing”
    Classic

  • 48 Ciaran // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Please don’t tell me that this is the beginning of seeing Obertan being re-integrated into the first team?

    Anita or M’biwa has never worked at RB so if Janmaat ever suffers an injury we’re going to be light there. Thankfully Saylor is axed but only for Mr Dependable-but-still-terrible…

    Can anyone tell me why Janmaat isn’t even in the squad for today?

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Not sure about Anita at full back- good that young Aarons is playing – looks like he’s got a trick or two.
    Should be a better performance today though. Most important for me is to closely watch Coloccini – I suspect if the opposition are attack minded ol permed hair is going to be exposed defensively.

  • 50 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Ciaran

    Janmaat and krul were both unlikely to play a part. Its a surprise that krul is, but janmaat played alot at the wc so probably why he isnt figuring.

  • 51 Belfast // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Don’t think Rob Lee is a fan of Pardew

  • 52 JamesToon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Ciaran if obertan’s gonna play well then i’m all for him being in contention for the team this season

  • 53 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Anita can be a capable RB so hopefully there will be less defensive wobbles today

  • 54 Ciaran // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Markaccus

    With only 2 weeks before the start of the season I’d have liked to have seen him get 20 mins today though I suspect that’s probably why he’s been omitted.

    Will be keeping a close eye on Aarons to see if he’s anywhere close to the first team. I suspect not, but he’s well regarded by many who’ve watched the u-21s so we’ll see.

  • 55 Ciaran // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    JamesToon

    Obertan is terrible. Just a truly terrible excuse for a footballer. Scoring a pre-season goal doesn’t change that fact, and it is a fact.

  • 56 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Obertan just hasn’t got it, just watching him it’s so obvious. Granted he has the odd flashes here and there but it’s his movement, awareness, decision making that just isn’t there.

  • 57 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Belfast,
    I’m not sure there are many West Ham lads who are fans of Pardew. Rob Lee has the dubious pleasure of having ties with 2 clubs Pardew has been at. And Fat Sam. It never rains but it pours…

  • 58 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Love watching Aarons, so direct and the ball sticks to him.

  • 59 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Aarons might just have what it takes to step up this year

  • 60 Harley // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Eff me Aarons is fast!!!!!

  • 61 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Uncertain – I think so to, he’s way better than Obertan and we don’t have any other wingers aside from Ameobi.

  • 62 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    lads prediction

  • 63 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Bit of a heafty kick from colo there. We do look less headless ar the back though so far today

  • 64 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Geremi’s

    I think he needs to be around the 1st team squad.
    Great to bring on late in games when opposition legs are getting tired, could be a game changer

  • 65 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Definitely. He reminds me massively of a young Shaun Wright – Phillips. Pacey, tricky and low centre of gravity.

  • 66 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Say what you like about Williamson but he’s the only defender we have with a presence.

  • 67 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Williamson gets absolutely no power on his headers.

  • 68 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Again, pressing is non existent. We are so poor to watch.

  • 69 midweek weekend // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    ahhh can someone please give me a link that doesnt lag every 5 seconds, cheers

  • 70 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Colback keeps passing to schalke.

  • 71 clinath@ed // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Panic betraying to set in. Can’t keep the ball

  • 72 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    It will be another season of being pushed on the back foot most of the game.

  • 73 Ancientcoptic // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    This is looking very familiar, watching a Newcastle game where we are camped in our own half.

    Not even sure I want to watch this game.

  • 74 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    They’ve got big Tim the world cup legend baring at them!

  • 75 Douglas // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Soo, who should we get to replace Pardew.

  • 76 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Rolando Aarons is a Shaun Wright Phillips
    Sammy Ameobi is a Bradley Wright Phillips
    Gabriel Obertan is a Dave Benson Phillips

  • 77 BennygivesmeTinglyBalls // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    I would love to see our training sessions, do we even use a football? Looks so foreign to us when we have possession. Clueless.

  • 78 clinath@ed // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    *starting

  • 79 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    barking*

  • 80 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Also we need to bear in mind that this a massively under strength Shalke side, whereas we are only 2/3 players under strength.

  • 81 NUFCJackW // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Riviere!!!!!!!
    Yessssss
    well played aarons.

  • 82 clinath@ed // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Good goal. From nowhere….well done Aarons

  • 83 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Absolutely brilliant by Aarons. Undeserved but he’s got an end product which is what we need.

  • 84 Harley // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    What a goal?!!!!!!!!

    Aaron’s is special!!

  • 85 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Get in.

    We actually hit the buggers on the break. Aarons. I love you :D

  • 86 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Douglas,
    I’ll stick with Gary White. Paul Clement would be high up the list. Both affordable and would both be willing as both are coaches primarily so aim to get the best from what they have.

  • 87 BennygivesmeTinglyBalls // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Right come on boys, lets hold this 1-0…

  • 88 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Rolando Aarons is a Shaun Wright Phillips
    Sammy Ameobi is a Bradley Wright Phillips
    Gabriel Obertan is a Dave Benson Phillips

    Beatrol wins the internet today.

  • 89 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Aarons – Great strength for a young little fella and a great cross
    Riviere – Shearer would be proud of that header, excellent attacking the ball

  • 90 Bambams // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Rolando Aarons…..Remember his name!

    Well done son absolutely brilliant. I see now why Pards thinks you should be a left full back !

    Brilliant son and great header from Rivvy….

    Almost similar to “Ginola….Cross….Ferdinand…Goal”

  • 91 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Aarons a bet to start against City? Cabella in the middle with De Jong? Would work better than our standard flat formations.

  • 92 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    How much will we get for Aarons next year? I’m going £8 million

  • 93 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    They might have had lota of ball but to be fair they still looked less threatening with it than we do with the rare possetion we had so far

  • 94 HoboToon // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Anyone got a good link?

  • 95 anthc // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Riviere looks canny to me. Other than the goal he seems able to hold it up and lay it off. He looks to work hard too dropping deep and helping out although would appreciate him further up the field!
    Took his goal well though. however, pardumb will wanna park the bus now.

  • 96 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    It would be nice to us just once control a game though.

  • 97 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    So they’ve had most of the possession and most of the attempts but we are 1-0 up, just the way Pardew likes it.

    Now to sit back for 65 minutes and hold out this lead. C’mon NUFC you can do it, defend with your lives!!!!

  • 98 Ollie666 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    http://www.vipstand.is/football/239928/1/fc-schalke-04-vs-newcastle-united-live-stream-online.html good link here lads

  • 99 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    The set piece to willo never gets old!!!

  • 100 Ancientcoptic // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    http://www.streamking.org/channel4.html

    Not a great link, and not in English…. but it’s something at least.

  • 101 NUFCJackW // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Surely scoring a goal out of nothin is a good thing ?

  • 102 midweek weekend // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    thanks for the links guys!

  • 103 Mister Tuff // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Percy now has winger and CF positions sorted – wrote it in his book after the goal.
    Those who think Obertron might play well – no nowt about football – changed your game please to ladies wrestling and do us all a favour.

  • 104 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Why does Pardew sound like a Sunday league manager on the touchline?

  • 105 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Tis a good job they have no strikers!

  • 106 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Does anybody know where is the main man siem de jong???

  • 107 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Yellow for that?

  • 108 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Wtf ref???

  • 109 anirudh175 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    we need defenders!!! and pastore for creativity

  • 110 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Shadow

    minor injury in NZ so is being rested as a precaution

  • 111 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Not sure about Sissoko in the middle, don’t think he has the control or awareness.

  • 112 anirudh175 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    we are screwed if one of the CBs get injured early in the season…

  • 113 clinath@ed // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Stupid Goufron

  • 114 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Thank goodness SDJ nothing serious.
    Thanks markaccus

  • 115 clinath@ed // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Goofy struggling. Looks injured.

  • 116 Sliema // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Krul has made big difference today.

    But Saylor not playing is to thank for our more solid display today.

  • 117 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    We really,REALLY need a cb. I think colo is good enough if he has a true athlete with him. Staylor and willo are not that. Mym is athletic but still needs experience

  • 118 anirudh175 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    we need a world class CB with Colo…someone like Hummels

  • 119 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Does anybody really enjoy watching us play anymore? Apart from the odd good goal I mean.

  • 120 Ancientcoptic // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Very impressed with Obertan… not so sure about Dummett.

  • 121 Douglas // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    We should have gone for Ferdinand. But FMA only has one trick, buy young and sell at a profit.

  • 122 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Commentator: ‘I think they’ve come with a plan to contain’ when don’t we? It’s every single game.

  • 123 anirudh175 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    even Rojo would do… the Argentine defender!! someone quick off the blocks…

  • 124 Ancientcoptic // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Some of our players are so far apart, I almost wonder if they can see each other.

  • 125 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    We should’ve went for Chris Samba years ago.

  • 126 clinath@ed // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Do not rate Obertan one little bit….but he played ok that half. Anita and Rivière looked best of the rest

  • 127 anirudh175 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    micah richards…

  • 128 Jeff from Benwell // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Doing rather well for a team with only 10 men
    In the second half , if he’s still on , keep your eye on Obertan , he has not got a football cell in his body never mind a football brain.
    he runs away from the ball and seems to try and leave the biggest gap he can and in 4 years I’ve never seen him tackle

  • 129 Markaccus // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Ok. They had quantity of posession, but i think we had more quality on the ball when we managed to get hold of it. I would like to see us have control in the second half. Ferry to come on and get a goal or two. This is not exactly pretty, but it is much better than yesterdays first half. I think we should sub Aarons. The ref has his eye on him, and i dont think he wants to take him out for dinner and a movie!

  • 130 anirudh175 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    yeah..Samba wudve been a good coup!!

  • 131 Harley // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Well whether people like it or not, Williamson has made all the difference today. Just like he did against Everton last season, he’s come in and steadied the ship.

    He may not be the glamour signing people are wanting, or be French, Dutch or German but he’s certainly our best defender.

  • 132 Douglas // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Geremi’s Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Does anybody really enjoy watching us play anymore? I suspect not many, we’re just hooked and can’t kick the habit.

  • 133 Uncertain Toon // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Containing football again, with random sparks of counter attacking play and the odd Willo set piece, however we’ll take that 1-0 at half time.
    Aarons has been that stand out youngster so far in preseason, deserves to be brought in to 1st team squad.
    Now, stop messing about Pardew and bring Chucky on for 2nd half, really looking forward to seeing this lad play as he appears to have all the tools required.

  • 134 Douglas // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    If only we still had Brian Kilkline

  • 135 Mickalonius // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Mr. Tuff. You need to think up a new joke, you have posted two three times now. What is your point ? I have posted anything non-factual ? Like I said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts. So what is your point ? Aside from you don’t like Alan Pardew, I get that bit…

  • 136 Beatroll25 // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    We need someone like Uroš Spaji?. A lad with the potential to be the next Vidic.

    Will put his head anywhere and will fight non stop. A good, young eastern European CB.

  • 137 martoon // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    You can say what you like about Willo’s limitations but when he plays we look more solid!

  • 138 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Steve Clarke is supposed to be a manager, Rivière big and strong but not the quickest? What?

  • 139 Douglas // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Just seen Mexico TV presenter Vanessa Huppenkothen getting interviewed at halftime.

    MIGHT SUPPORT mexico in future!

  • 140 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    This is textbook Pardew and the only formation we look like we know what we are doing under him is 4-4-2 .

  • 141 Minato // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Have to echo whats been said so far….Willo seems to make Collo more assured..its interesting because it really highlights how badly we need to strengthen in this area. Willo is generally solid but always looks prone to a mistake..and I’ve suffered enough defenders of this ilk donning the black and white over the years..Bramble…Boomsong anyone? I feel going with Willo will cost us vital games next season.

    Aarons has been so positive, but I’ve been happy with Colback too who has really sprayed the ball around well…always liking Anita on the ball and he has looked assured today too… not a bad first half but to be frank this German side are missing half their team and haven’t been great.

  • 142 Minato // Aug 3, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Interesting to see how Yanga Mbiwa does now…

  • 143 Harley // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Definitely a shot!!

  • 144 Ancientcoptic // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    whaaaaattt???!!!

  • 145 nufcalex // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Didn’t know Cisse was playing

  • 146 Ancientcoptic // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    First time I have seen this kid play… I now know why you were banging on about him. Holy Hell.

  • 147 Harley // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    By the way I was joking.

    But amazing skill to get in to that position in the first place.

  • 148 Harley // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Get in cabella!!

  • 149 Tayls // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I really don’t have faith in Dummet

  • 150 Harley // Aug 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Ok so another article has started!




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