Here’s Our Five Top Players In Last Night’s Win


Alan Pardew will have taken quite a few positives out of the win last night where quite a few of our fringe players played well for Newcastle.

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Paul Dummett attacked by team mates after scoring sensational winner

Top of the list in our Man of the Match poll is Manu Riviere, which is not surprising given his two good goals that set Newcastle up for the win – and they were his very first goals for Newcastle.

Next in the list is 17 year-old Adam Armstrong who had a good game last night and looked the part.

Newcastle fans will be hoping that’s just one step on the way to Adam getting a number of first team games this season, and the Chapel House youngster looked the part and brilliantly set up the winner for Paul Dummett to head home after 112 minutes.

Jack Colback had a great first half last night, and was as industrious as ever in Newcastle’s central midfield.

And when you see Jacks performance  last night it’s really not surprising that he was called up for England, and we hope to see the 24 year-old have a long and successful career at Newcastle, and he already seems to be an improved player on Tyneside.

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Manu Riviere scoring from the penalty spot last night

Fabricio Coloccini played a captain’s part last night,  as he drove the players on and made a few runs himself into the Crystal Palace half, and his experience helped the youngsters cope with things last night too.

And although he was unfortunate to be sent off in extra time, Mehdi Abeid showed once again how much he has improved this season,  following his season long loan to Greek Super League side Panathinaikos,  which helped salvage his career on Tyneside.

Mehdi put in another very solid display, much like he had also given in the last round at Gillingham.

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Now we need to have a game plan for Stoke City next Monday night,  that can see us come away with another win – somehow.

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85 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #1

    After the Hull game the post match comments from the ‘media’ have still persisted with the excuses that Pardew does not have a say on transfers, good players are shipped out and the fans have never taken to him from the beginning. They acknowledge the poor results in 2014 but think any manager will struggle to quell the vociferous crowd and be able to thrive in such an unstable environment. Further more they point to the 5th place finish, Manager of the year and more recently Manager of the month last November. As if to say we should put our disappointment to one side and allow Pardew to get the performances of the team on the right track again; given time.

    The opposition to Pardew is based on him never having had a consistently performing team, characterising the rare moments of consecutive good results as being despite his management rather than because of it. Relying heavily on individual talent to provide a winning goal, with a defensive game plan that is flawed and continually leaks 3 or more goals.

    All fans agree that long term stability is to be desired but with a very poor win ratio and a second relegation battle looming would it not be better to act sooner rather than later to replace the manager? Or stick with a manager who has familiarity with the club and the requirements of avoiding the drop?

    Personality is also playing its part, when winning the things that come out of Pardews mouth still grate but have less significance than when his role is being questioned. Really, it is the personality of Ashley that is the most important. He seems determined and dogged about continuing with the current club structure, but will have to decide if another player recruitment drive will be the only requirement to keep NUFC in the Premiership.

    Until that is secured the continuing employment of Alan Pardew is open to question and can only be swayed by organised action by a large proportion of supporters to break his resolve and makes him resign. However the possible detrimental effect on the club could not only ensure relegation, but also make the already unstable atmosphere even more unattractive to a candidate who has the potential ability to lift the club and secure the long term future of the team.

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  • mag92

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #2

    After the recent cup debacles against inferior opposition last night was a breath of fresh air.

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  • Slank

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Not only was it great to see so many youngsters coming good last night but to think that our U21 team are top of their league is fantastic and a credit to all those involved.

    Would it be too early and also tempting fate to say that our academy is actually working ?

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #4

    80Two -that’s far too eloquent and reasonable. Do you not know where you are, man?

    Honestly – can’t even rely on people to be one-sided gits any more… 😉

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  • Whumpie

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Slank – good point, and it’s an awkward one for those of us (most of us? All?) focused on a hatred of the current regime.
    They started transforming our youth progamme six years ago, so you’d expect the kids who were subject to that to start hitting our reserves and U21s about now. So, um, yes – I have to give credit; it does seem to be working.

    On the other hand, only a small percentage of those making it to that level end up as regular 1st-teamers, so I’m not letting off fireworks yet.

    Just Arma and Arrons would be a good output by most clubs’ standards. Those two plus Sammy, Freddy and Dummett is really going some.

    Let’s hope it’s not just a blip, eh.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Great we got a win even if it was against Crystal palace’s b team. Proves we can compete with the smaller clubs at least.

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Whumpie

    There is no right or wrong answer, all I know is that I have never been happy with the way we play under Pardew. When we lost with SBR managing it was fair enough, we gave it a go but weren’t good enough. Now it is just very frustrating and when we win it is astonishing.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Suprised to see Rivvy top the poll, missed a fair few tbf, took his goals well but sorry not MOTM for me
    Colo, Dummet, Abied, Arma take your pick they were all fantastic

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  • Slank

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Whumpie

    Yes, lets hope it’s not just a blip.

    I think Armstrong has a great future. He looks so composed and mature for a 17 year old.

    I was also impressed with Abeid. I’m wondering whether he is Tiote’s replacement as he appears always up for any physical contest.

    I have been quite critical of Dummitt as he doesn’t appear as attack minded as Haidara but I think I have figured the situation out. Both fullbacks look great going forward but only when they have a recognised winger (Aarons or Sammy) ahead of them.

    Fingers crossed for all of them.

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #10

    I am not saying that NUFC don’t sing but when you see the CPalace singing section it makes me wonder if the club are missing a trick. Not that they need to try and replicate but a more concerted effort to engage with fans and be more inclusive would certainly re channel some of the current frustration and generate more solidarity.

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  • Slank

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #11

    TADS

    I thought Abeid was MOTM as it was only him and Colback facing a three man Palace midfield. Our two provided the platform for the attack and protection of the defence.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #12

    You’d think we’d just beaten Real Marid, it’s amazing how one win has lifted everyone’s spirits.
    Lets hope we can get a few wins in the premier league.

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  • thejokethatisnufc

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Is it me or are we getting carried away with a draw and a win ?

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  • mindcompressor

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Welcome guys. I wasn’t here for a while… Yes! It was great to see NUFC winning yesterday! And as many people are saying – it is even more great to see how many young guys can have impact on the game and final score.

    I wonder if we are able to play 4-3-3 again…
    Sissoko-Tiote-Coleback
    and in front we got actually plenty of options – Cisse, Arma, Rivierre, Ayoze, Sammy, Aarons… Actually, IMHO they present themselves much better in previous games that Gouffy or Cabella.

    So, it is good to see youth team playing so well too. I hope, if we have to stay with Pardew, he will have enough balls to give youngsters decent chances, even put new transfer on a bench.

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  • Graeme

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15
  • toon kk

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Don’t get too carried away lads we still have a poor squad and a sh.t manager.
    Also we’re bottom of the premier league.

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #17

    At Stoke Mark Hughes was asked:
    What does he think of the speculation about Alan Pardew’s job as Newcastle manager?
    “It’s difficult but he’s a very experienced manager,” says Hughes.
    “He’s in charge of a big club with big expectations and has been through other cases like this before and come out on the other side. His team has shown character in the last couple of games and look like they are still playing for him.”

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #18

    70TWO
    Have to say from the stands Palace came across quiet as f**k mate, could just about hear there drum over the toon army occasionally

    Canny blame them, nout much to shout about watching ya team play in a tin shed

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  • G

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #19

    @18, yeah, Selhurst Donkey Sanctuary never was my favorite ground to visit. Was even worse when the Wombles were there and we had to visit it at least twice a year. Horrible, horrible place.

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  • Slank

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #20

    None football question.

    I use an iPad and only on this website I find that cut and paste doesn’t work.

    Any thoughts anybody ?

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  • G

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Either don’t ‘Cut & Paste’, or ‘Don’t use an ipad’ is the best I can come up with Slank.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #22

    G
    Christ aye was a proper dump when Wimbledon played there, they had those stupid concrete pillars placed across the away stand so you could only see 2/3rds of the pitch!

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  • Slank

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #23

    G

    Wonderful

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Slank
    Have you tried hitting your iPad with a hammer?
    I’m not great with technology but could be worth a crack

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  • G

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    @22, same as Sh*te House Lane for Spurs away. Probably my 2 least favorite away days, with the possible exception of ‘The Dell’ (but only because we seemingly couldn’t win there!).

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Slank/Whumpie,
    Way to early to be praising the youth system. The U21’s were relegated bottom of their division last year so are now playing in the second tier. It would be a worry if we weren’t top, or thereabouts.

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  • Slank

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #27

    TADS

    Ever thought about a career in counselling or Samaritans ?

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  • G

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #28

    To be fair slank, asking for technical support on a football blog is a bit like asking about tropical fish on a motorbike website. The quality of advice you will recieve is inversely proportional to the relevance of the website.

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #29

    toonarmydownsouth

    I suppose my point was more about those in charge at NUFC wanting their customers to sit quietly in their chairs and not embracing the fact fans naturally generate solidarity through singing / flag waving. I doubt it, but more leeway may be given if fans thought the club actually appreciated their paying customers.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #30

    First game I’ve missed in ages, seems it was a cracker. Congrats to the lads, glad for Riviere and others, long may the cup run last-. There is of course the small matter of City next game.

    Still, we know we can win games now and that what counts in the MAIN competition which is the PL, whether we like it or not. Next up Stoke, which is heavily favoured to beat us. I think we’ll manage a draw… thing is, nobody seems to be slipping, except us. AP is still in heaps of trouble. Will he still be around in the ‘deadly’ December run (Arsenal, Chelsea, Sunderland)? Will that be his last game?

    Hats off to him, he’s got 9 lives.

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  • hairofthewolf

    Sep 25, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #31

    When’s the last time four Geordie lads were in the starting xi?

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Graeme @15

    You would think with the precedence of Red Bull and City that any SFA ruling could be repealed. However, the world wide viewing of the Premiership would be more than those following Rangers, especially as the Champions League does not allow unofficial advertising to be shown. Potentially being associated with a winning brand may be tempting but that depends on Ashley investing properly in players long term to build a proper team. Although the exposure he gets from NUFC is not positive it does not effect the profitability, which is his bottom line.

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #33

    my view on game was;

    elliott had an awsome game esp from corners and in the air catches this lad is miles above krull in that area but shot stopping he’s not as good ! overall he’s def a great backup.

    janmaat; good game i though even though he was caught out and i didnt think it was a peno and we was weaker when hairdyer came on.

    colo; one of his better games ! so composed and some of his attacking/reading of the game and creativeness going forward was awsome !!! would love to see him in colback/tiote possition at this age as he has a lot more to his game than i realised.

    saylor; didnt put a foot wrong tbh but to me he was still avg and that was one of his better games.

    dummett; def our most solid defence wise for attack i prefere hairdryer tbh but the lad does try and a great backup imo.

    colback; motm in the first half but ran himself into the ground and became avg in second half ! non the less he’s our most consistant performer all season imo and always first on the teamsheet.

    abied; this lad has always looked avg at best imo and i doubted he would ever be good enough for even a squad possition ! how he proved me wrong !!! he was all over and very good at everything outperforming the international players. on that performance alone he has gone ahead of anita.also he shouldnt have been red carded.

    sissoko; made us a lot more solid when he came on imo his through balls and running/strength is always an asset to us.

    river; the lads a tryer thats for sure has lots of energy and great he got some goals but he should have had 3-4 goals tbh ! something in my mind reminds me of goofy tbh and cant help but think he would be better on the wing or as a no10 as he doesnt seem to like pushing the back 4.

    perez; i’m fairly disapointed in him this time around tbh ! he seemed to lose the ball too easy and wasnt trying to get into the box anywhere near enough for me ! avg at best on his performance but he can do a lot lot better.

    arma; considering he’s only 17 a good game for the lad ! he got an assist and showed lots of parts to his game in his strength/awareness and eye for an assist and goal ! think he will be a lot better forward wise once he gets a proper no9 to play alongside.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Sorry to do this G, but Tech Support here – slank what browser are you using on the iPad? It may be the interaction between the browser and the iPad OS that’s a bit shaky, and shown up by the peculiarities of the code on this site. I’d start with downloading another browser and trying that to isolate the problem. There may be a setting in your current browser that is disallowing cut and paste or copy operations with this site. Let me know if that’s been any help. Your calls are appreciated, and only recorded as part of a program of continual self -improvement. All or part of your house may be destroyed and you may have a suitcase full of apricot jam thrown onto your roof. Terms and Conditions apply.

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #35

    “Emotionally, no matter how much he tries to put a brave face on, the abuse Ashley receives as Newcastle’s owner must take its toll. There are only so many times you can be told you are overweight and not wanted.”

    Whilst I agree with the point I can’t help but feel Luke Edwards of the banned Telegraph is having his own personal dig.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Btw lads thanks for answering scottie dogs banal question I couldn’t be chucked. 🙁

    There seems to be a school of thought among the ‘one more chance’ legion that wanting Pardew gone is equated with being disappointed if we win. I never stop supporting the lads, they are in fact to be supported even more as they suffer in their career due to his oversight. The fact they won last night with yet another experimental cup team is excellent, and good to see some fringe players give it all for the shirt while the injuries mount.

    But talk of keeping Pardew now we have won A game is irrelevant and annoying, even more so is questioning whether we would still want him out if he got us to 6th. My answer would be to look up the word ‘moot’. Regardless of our league position, our team and good players are being stifled and made vulnerable week in week out by his lousy application. We don’t know if we are going to scrape a draw, a win against play, or be stuffed, again. We are treading water and getting tired. We can’t go down any further until next spring so the time is right to get rid.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #37

    I will be mortified if we lose to the mackems again.and even more so if Pardew is still in the North East after it.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki
    Was that really happening?
    Ffs was a cracking win but ffs Pardew still 100% needs to be sacked!

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Tads, it’s disappointing but the real fickleness of some fans is that one moment they begrudgingly admit that Pardew is indeed poor, but a half result here and there and the jam is on its way! Cue derision of all anti – Pardites. I saw one poster who wondered if sackpardew.com was going to put up a ‘first London cup win in forever’ stat on the site to redress the entire balance of unwanted stats they have already catalogued. Wow. Wow.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki
    Just Wow
    Still bottom of the league like!
    Can see the fact the game to extra time being wheeled out as an excuse if we don’t get a result Monday

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