This Superb Player Easily Our Man Of The Match

There were not many positives to take out of the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace in what was a poor performance.

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Aarons congratulated by Cabella yesterday after scoring

But one of them was the tremendous form of 18 year-old left winger Rolando Aarons who scored one and made one in the last quarter of the game, after he had come on as a sub for Gouffran.

And the goal he made for Mike Williamson – which was Mike’s first ever goal for Newcastle – came with just tow minutes to go and if we had been able to hang onto to that lead – the headlines this morning would have been about the superlative Aarons.

But we couldn’t hang on for the 7 minutes of stoppage time and Wilfried  Zaha equalized with two minutes to go. 🙁

But in our poll for man of the Match Rolando is head and shoulders above every body else with over 76% of the vote.

Alan Pardew needs to start this lad in the next game – he’s far too good to have on the bench for three quarters of the game, and it was a section error by Pardew yesterday.

Pardew  needs to play our best players and Aarons is one of them – forget his age- if you are good enough you are old enough – even at  Newcastle, who have tended over the years to favor the more expensive and experienced players

And one thing that was really disappointing yesterday was that our three new forwards – Remy Cabella, Siem de Jong and Manu Riviere all struggled to have an impact in the game, and that’s a bit worrying.

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  • Grafton83

    Aug 31, 2014 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Did anyone else notice Colo could have prevented all of those goals, not easily but then if it was easy we’d all be playing for the toon in between our holidays back to Argentina.

    Mike Williamson is our strongest CB by some margin now I reckon

  • FinnBarr

    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Get Mapou back in the defense, some how. The continual, fatal, mental errors by certain defenders are making me lose what little hair I have left (it’s bad enough being a ginger). Any additional signings this window are blind, wishful thinking. Have a feeling we’ll be shutting the doors on the shop and hoping not to get relegated. In the end I don’t think it’ll matter what striker we bring in, playing a striker alone up front in the current set up, having to rely on scraps, is pi$$ poor. At least the boys scored some goals today, which is a start…. saw some periods of decent build up this game, would like to see more of Aarons, and Dummet replaced by Haidara for the time being.

  • BuckLuck

    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #3

    The best move Ashley could possibly do is to use the money on a new manager and new backroom staff. A new CB, even though we need one, will not solve Pardews biggest problem. Him self. He is horrible. He will NEVER come good for us. We have the power to make him flee. Let him hear our anger at every match!


    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #4

    I can,t comment on the game, as i hav,nt seen it !

    Will watch MOTD and try and draw conclusions from that !

    I do find it just typical though that we can,t hang on to a 3-2 lead for the last seven minutes !

    Zaha is, or was a target of ours, why did,nt we get him?

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #5

    # Grafton83

    Ok then Get Mapou back in the defense with

    Or how about kicking all of these 3 and replacing them ???

  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #6

    The new look team is pretty decent attack wise. But defensively we are the same as 2-3 yrs back. Nothings changed apart from some failed attempts at new CBs
    Might as well try Good.

  • cyprus

    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Random comments: alarming slide by Goofy. Cabella needs time so does Riviere. Surprised at anti-siss comments he gives the team a spine.

    How many set plays do we need to score?

    Which teams will we actually beat? Early days but it could be a very difficult season.

  • cyprus

    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #8

    A couple more: will the manager come good? Really hope HBA sticks to his guns. I suspect the new manager will make him the centrepiece 🙂

  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 31, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Why havent we looked at a replacement for mbiwa if we arent playing him.

  • Douglas

    Aug 31, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Will Aarons be sold in this window or the next one?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 31, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Calmed down a bit from yesterday – played ok in patches, My thoughts – got some good individual players but need to start playing as a team.
    No link-up or very little link-up play.
    To many times when we attacked little or no movement off the ball/players making runs to help Riverie isolated for long stretches of the game..
    Same in defence – no movement off the ball/players making runs looking for the pass – and when Palace attacked in the second half midfield went missing allowing them to run at us and in numbers.
    When Krul has the ball no defenders come short for roll-out or from goal kicks so its a hoof and anyones guess where that is going.
    Very lightweight in all departments – time and time again we got muscled off the ball yesterday.
    Aarons made the difference when he came on able to run at and get round defenders and put a cross in. Also like the look of Perez, could be a handful.
    could be a interesting couple of days in the transfer market

  • mkhalaf

    Aug 31, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Riviere is SHIT, never had a scoring record at monaco either, he is not good enough for the PL and thats 4 starts so far with 0 goals!! and he shouldn’t get credit for an assist on that very sloppy goal by janmaat.

    If he doesn’t score in the next two matches pardew should bench him.. lets give our youngsters a chance, oh and what ever happened to fucando ferreyra???

  • Premiership Manager

    Aug 31, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Aarons, Perez, Armstrong and Abeid should all be getting playing time, however from what I’ve seen of Aarons and Perez, they should be starting despite their age.

    All of the best players produced in the UK have started at the age of 17/18/19 the game is changing and it’s about time Pardew woke up and got with it.

    At the back Collo is getting on, Williamson has improved but isn’t quick, Janmaat gets out of position and our LB position is weak. It’s been like that for a long time and we’ve signed enough young players or basement priced players for the staff/board to realise that this is an area where you have to pay the price for experienced player. Look at Man Utd, it’s there for all to see now that the experience has gone, the only problem is we have never been in the same class.

    We need an established striker, an established LB and a CB if we are to plug the gaps, however Pardew needs to offload at least 4-6 players to drop the wage bill but unfortunately he’s bought players that nobody wants, some of whom should have been shifted out a year or two ago.

    My only worry now is Tiote may go on the last day and he’s one player I’d like us to hang on to because if anything happens to Colback we’ll be weak in the middle again.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #14

    I haven’t really got a lot to say today as I never seen the match and haven’t heard the views from anyone who attended it, I’m not going to get carried away and say we will be relegated as it is early days and there are worse teams than us out there, I can say it’s not looking good though, already our main striker has got a goal every five record and that’s providing he nets against Soton next fortnight, the defence is exactly the same as the one who conceded a record number of goals a couple of seasons ago and almost bad last season with the exception of an untested Dutchman in place of an untested Frenchman, we have hanging over the squad that late bids could be accepted for any of our players and a manager who is intent on becoming the most reviled man in our history, to top it all we have one of the richest men in Britain owning our club who likes nothing better to sit and grin as dross gets served up for his devoutly loyal paying customers, they used to be called fans.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Players coming in
    I don’t know if the TOON can get any players in because clubs have to declare their 25 at the end of August including 8 home ‘grown players’
    and got a funny feeling the TOON’s quota is full????!!!!????

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #16

    I had had hopes of snatching a late deal for Remy but it’s become obvious now why he was holding on at QPR so I think the top striker boat as sailed, I really can’t see a CB coming in when Mashers lack of football knowledge can only comprehend that we already have four CB’s and Curtis Good and Sakta might make it, the man has proved time and time again that he is prepared to gamble with our demise but not our success, I really hope he hasn’t over cooked it this time.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Good morning, were you at the game yesterday, if so what was the general mood ?

  • Slank

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #18


    There was never any chance of us getting Remy.

    He only ever wanted London and/or Champions League football.

    He only came to us on loan because playing for QPR in the Championship is not the best place to advertise yourself to prospective buyers and achieve your ambition.

  • nufcursed

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #19

    we should go after someone like mark hughes for manager!
    not the greatest but a massive improvement on pardew..
    from there we can start again

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #20

    I think if Tiote was to be sold before Monday with the obvious ‘too late to replace him’ excuse it would be an unmitigated disaster, some people disagree but I believe the selling of James Milner had a huge impact on us getting relegated, a player of his quality surely would have brought one extra point over 38 games, so just as the 11M for him cost us 50M pounds, selling Tiote for a similar amount could have an equally devestating effect.

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #21

    No comment on the game yesterday, just frustration and burning.palace came here to get a point, and they did so and I think they deserved that.we were not good enough to win the game in all aspects.I felt sorry for the fans who’ll attend/attended nu games regularly at sjp.sometimes u will have bad day and good day,yesterday was bad day for most of us.i should say we were lucky to get a draw,considering below par performance from our lads and palace’s organization.still early days though,hope springs everytime,let’s still think positive and wait for good days to come…

  • nufcursed

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #22

    also we should splash the cash on bony.
    cannot believe no bigger club went after him.
    he will get at least 10 goals a season in any team.

    too bad we’re managed by pardew and controlled by ashley. things will never change

  • Slank

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #23


    It looked like we really haven’t replaced Cabaye.

    The best example from yesterday was when De Jong made a fantastic run across the box leaving their defenders standing still but no killer pass came to him. If Cabaye was playing I’m sure he would have picked him out.

    Our midfield is not balanced. Colback is very good, very tidy, full of energy and a good passer of the ball. Sissoko is great bombing forward but is not a particularly good at passing. When he does bomb forward Colback is exposed. Tiote was missed yesterday.

    If De Jong is the third member of the midfield I’m not aware of it. I’m not sure, and possibly he is not sure whether he should be alongside Riviere or in the midfield alongside Colback and Sissoko.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #24

    good morning sir
    I was at the game – general mood was good – few shouts,chants for HBA but in general more atmosphere/noise than last year – exciting game for the neutral —- But not for the TOON supporter/me – frustrating – give three poor goals away – all three could of been prevented.

    We have got some good players, more pleasing to watch but have not gelled as a team, still too static when players are not one the ball, got pace in the team but do not utilise it.

    Can’t say anyone had a bad game but at the same time cannot say anyone had a good game except for Aarons when he came on.

    Jail – in my opinion we look lightweight throughout the team and to easily get muscled off the ball.

    I think patience is the key to getting the team to gel but cannot see the fans giving Pardew much longer.

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #25

    jail spot on @14!!

  • daveymucklenufc

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Cabella is a poor version of ben artha riveire isn’t going to cut the mustard and worried about dejong performance yesterday as for me he was the only banker but he done nowt yesterday we seem unable to move the ball in a forward attacking motion we are clueless wen it comes to build up play and our football is so painful and predictable to watch Wtf is happening in training if lesser teams like swansea and Southampton can pass the ball why can’t we Pardew is clueless. Another season of pain and frustration woohoo

  • firebug666

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Ethiotoon @21

    But no comment on the game lol

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Agree Tiote was a big miss yesterday – there was a huge gap in front of our defence which they exploited second half, every attack the had came down the inside left channel.
    Also your point midfield are not playing as a unit seem to be all-over the place thus leaving gaps. getting in each others way which happened a few times yesterday.

  • geordie157

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Hope there’s some truth in the alderwiereld rumours but would it be a perm deal or a loan.

    Deadline day move for Wickham.

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #30


  • Slank

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #31


    ‘..Hope there’s some truth in the alderwiereld rumours..’

    If so, what ever will Kets go on and on about next time !

  • cestriasteve

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #32


    I was thinking the same thing myself, Tiote would have cleaned up most of that mess.

    Someone said on an earlier thread that Colo could have prevented all 3 goals, sorry it think you are wrong.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #33

    ET toon 21

    your from another planet

    they came for a draw, they scored 3 goals and had 7 shots on target,

    we were the home team playing a poor team and still set up with 4 defenders and 2 dmc and only 1 striker
    our best player most inform player starts on the bench and did not even get on the bench last week,
    goofy is not even on the pitch , he is missing in action

    the great and fantastic , was totally lost , the tactic went over his head yesterday , he was sure if he was a forward or a midfielder , so didn’t do either ,

    aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggg I’m gona scream sooooooon

  • firebug666

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #34

    I thought we looked good in patches, but not sustained going forward. As expected we were poor at the back, we knew about their pace going forward yet did nothing to counter it.

    Pardrew got it wrong again expecting them to sit back and allow us all the possession. The lads got a real good work out that I don’t think they were expecting.

    The positives were Aarons coming on and being fantastic for us, and we found the back of the net 3 times, the negatives…. so did they, our defensive play is unchanged so now every man and his dog knows how to get through.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #35


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Their second goal Col needs his arse kicking – you should never turn your back on someone shooting


    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #37

    We need to bring in Alderweireld and a left back.
    Is it possible to do the job properly? I doubt it with the clowns running our club.

  • Slank

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #38

    The defence was at fault for their second. Their player waited for the ball to drop before volleying it into the net. All our defenders stood looking. There was no attempt at closing him down.

    IMHO, no blame can be attributed to the defence for the first. It was a strong shot from a melee that Krul at full stretch palmed onto the post and it rebounded nicely into their player.

    I think I had closed my eyes for the third.

  • cestriasteve

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #39


    I think it was going in anyway, I still think the problem lies in front of the back four, if he plays both Tiote(if he doesn’t sell him) and Colbeck we will be pretty solid however creativity on the other hand may be a problem.

    Williamson our best defender, how way man!!! I can’t believe someone would think it!!

  • firebug666

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #40

    Nobody challenged Puncheon for the ball when they got their second goal. The ball was up in the air and Newcastle players just stood watching while Puncheon waited for it to come down and then volley it in.

    Coloccini was between Puncheon and the goal and should have closed him down in essence blocking the volley. It was atrocious defending by Newcastle, especially the captain.

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