Manu Has Worked Tirelessly For Us This Season

Emmanuel Riviere had a good game for Newcastle last night at Selhurst Park,  and he scored his first two goals for Newcastle this season and certainly looked the part on his performance in the 3-2 win against Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup 3rd round tie.

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Manu Riviere scores from the penalty spot – his second goal in 12 minutes

Newcastle got through the tie last night,  but it wasn’t easy and Palace had equalized in the second minute of stoppage time.

To add to that Mehdi Abeid was then  sent off for picking up his second yellow card after 10 minutes of extra time.

But it was local lad Paul Dummett who headed in from a right wing cross cross from another local lad – Adam Armstrong – a goal made in Newcastle.

Manager Alan Pardew had this to say to Sky Sports after the game last night:

“Anyone who has seen us play this year will know the top of the pitch has been an issue for us.” “We’ve just not had that cutting edge.¨

“So perhaps the two goals on Saturday and two tonight is a big lift for the club.” “I’m so pleased for Manu, he’s worked tirelessly this season, and he deserves those goals.¨

“That will give him a real lift.” 

“Paul Dummett’s a local lad and he’s having to prove to the Newcastle public that he’s good enough, it’s hard for players to come through the academy these days,”

“Sadio (Massadio Haidara) gets a bit more glamour than Paul, but Paul does what it says on the tin.¨ “He’s a tough tackler, good in the air, getting better going forward.¨

“How he’s ended up in the middle of the goal at that time, I don’t know.”

Newcastle now face a fourth-round trip to Manchester City, who beat us 2-0 in extra time in this competition last season – and City took Sheffield Wednesday apart 7-0 last night.

It was great to see Riviere get his first two goals ever for the club tonight, and when he was replaced after 80 minutes the Geordie fans in London gave him a fantastic ovation – it was well deserved.

We also hope the Newcastle fans managed to get home last night after the late finish to the game – but they’ll be happy enough. 😀

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30 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Cisse, Rivierre and DeJong have the potential to be top notch together, but we’ve needed another of similar quality, as two have been missing and the other understandably toiling, and I think the midfield is good by EPL standards. The squad isn’t that far away, but in this league, not that far away means not at the races. They must have had a pretty good idea of that, when they failed to get the necessary bodies in.


    Sep 25, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Two goals against Palace doesn’t prove he’s a good player, he’s looked completely out of his depth and second rate to me. On par with Leon Best. I’ll change my tune when he starts banging in goals in the league. I hope this builds his confidence, I hope he turns into a good player 15+ goals a season would make an impressive prem debut season but until then the jury is out…

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 25, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Just back from the match, well match/emotional roller coaster!

    Have to say something happened tonight……a glimpse of the NUFC of old turned up!
    We actually played with a degree of passion and intensity tonight, there are still some glaring issues with this squad, but tonight we actually turned up and wanted to play
    We looked much better in a 442 and Rivvy looked more and more confident as the game went on

    Elliot went from zero to villain to hero tonight, he looked rusty in the warm up, looked shaky from the off had an absolute mare with distribution and had a howler for there 2nd goal, but completely redeemed himself with a point blank range save deep in extra time

    Looked good going forward, looked poor at the back, few dodgy backpasses and him and Taylor didn’t look comfortable linking up

    Taylor had one of those classic mixed bag games, something good immediately followed by something mind boggling stupid, still doesn’t look that fit and his positional awareness really isn’t great
    But tbf he made some decent interceptions

    Colo! Colo! Colo! It was honestly like watching the Colo we all fell head over heals in love with in the fizzy pop
    He was everywhere! He always offered himself for the ball, he played it out, he made tackles, he made interceptions, he did his heart attack inducing trademarks of skinning players in his own box and then to top it off pulled a box to box run out of the bag and played an inch perfect through ball to Obertan
    My MOTM

    When i first saw Dummet it was away to Brighton and at the time thought this lad looks canny, it’s fair to say he’s slumped big time over the last season
    But tonight he was phenomenal, his tackling was full on, committed, well timed, he read the game well, made interceptions, won headers, overlapped Sammy/Obertan got the ball in, made some great runs
    And man, his goal, where the hell did he come from! The lad was like an Exocet missile, fantastic header and fully deserved

    Has just given Pardew a massive selection headache, looked equally as impressive as Dummet
    Good turn of pace, read the game well and won the majority of his battles, great display

    Can anyone clear up why the hell he got a red? Because the majority of the fans didn’t even realise he’d been sent off until he was near the tunnel!
    Gutted for him becuase he was brilliant tonight
    What an engine this lad has, he bossed midfield, his passing was spot on, the lad battled for everything, never gave up if he lost possession and was always looking up to try and make something happen

    Decent game, solid if unspectacular good little enforcer but f**k me Pardew stop getting him to take Corners!

    Faded in and out of the game, had flashes of brilliance but also had flashes of Ameobi where he’d just stroll around the pitch in the first half, second half much better but doesn’t look 100% fit

    Actually really surprised , had an indifferent opening 20 minutes but grew in to the game, held the ball up well, still dawdles on it a bit to much when you want him to just put it in but tbf to the lad he was always looking to drive the team forward and bring others into the attack
    Oh and Jesus the lad must of spent a year in the gym, the f**ker is huge!

    Really impressed, no where near the finished article, but the lad is a very busy little player, strong on the ball, needs to get his heed up a bit more
    The lad can use both feet well and wow has he got a rocket of a shot on him!

    Missed a few decent chances but took his goal very very well and was cool as f**k burying that pen like
    Was breathing out his ars3 when he came off but great effort from him tonight and looks miles better with someone to play off

    Disappointing didn’t really influence the game

    Showed some great touches need to start using him a bit more

    The ref btw was woeful tonight, shocking display

    The crowd were phenomenal tonight, was expecting a but of a toxic atmosphere but they were in full voice

    All in all a good performance and were still in the cup!!!!

  • beermonkey

    Sep 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #4

    does pardew really call haidira sadio there is a touch of the Kinnear about what I will say he might be happyio if he got a fair crack

    on his quote about dummett
    “How he’s ended up in the middle of the goal at that time, I don’t know.” (this was missed of the end) he will fined 3 weeks wages for crossing the halfway line he knows the rules about that

  • beermonkey

    Sep 25, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #5


    it was proper soft the second yellow
    can you appeal second yellows

  • Brutooon

    Sep 25, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Good win to boost the team

    still far for winning any cup tbh

  • lesh

    Sep 25, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #7


    As it works, let’s hope Pardew sees that too and doesn’t fall back into his tried and tested failed 4-3-2-1 too quickly.

  • AmericanMagpie

    Sep 25, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #8

    2nd yellow was real soft.

  • Sav

    Sep 25, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Full marks to Dummy – I’m not alwayd his biggest fan but he played the whole game on Saturday, then found himself switched to the opposite flank against the likes of Zaha, the side are down to 10 men, match goes to extra time and he still finds it in the tank to leg it into the 6 yard box and score a diving header for the winner, topped off. with a Big Al celebration. Phenomenal!

  • lesh

    Sep 25, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #10


    Never mind Dummy’s Big Al-like celebration, he scored a brave Big Al type goal too!

    Very good cross from Armstrong too. He’s gonna grow into something special.

  • lesh

    Sep 25, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #11

    * Sac = Sav.

    Sorry baat that Sav

  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 25, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Glad we made it to the next round,I am sure it was a tough game.we are getting better and better.unlucky
    to draw with city as there are weaker teams in the competition.If we beat city in the next round, we’ll give it a real go throughout.
    Also glad for Reviere ,finally find it.He worked hard in every game he played and deserved that.hope more to come from him.He and cisse should play together upfront IMO.
    Howay Revy!!

  • willowdalerez

    Sep 25, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Now Riviere needs to settle in and keep on scoring. Hope last night did the trick! Hope Pards fields a decent squad against City b/c MA may not give a crap but I do and would like us to give it a shot!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 25, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Good result eventually. People seem to be getting a bit carried away, reading back through comments during the match. You would think we were playing against a good Prem sides best team. We played against one of the poorest teams in the Prems second string. Even the lads that came off the bench haven’t featured for the first team.

    I’m pleased for the lads that came in but to say that they should all be playing first team now is a bit much. Also pleased to see Rivi get off the mark, it will be a weight off his shoulders.

    They said on commentary Janmaat had picked up a knock according to the Newcastle bench, any further news on that?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Did we play a 442 last night?? Looked very much like a 4231 again with Armstrong in behind Rivy most of the time. The difference is that the 3 played much higher up with Colback and Abeid also pushing them forward. It does help that Arma’s natural tendency is to push on, whereas the others are all more midfielders so have see their role in there differently.

    This gave Rivy more support, and he can’t complain of a lack of opportunities, he could have had a hat trick on another day by the time he got his first.

  • bobby mango

    Sep 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #16

    “How he’s ended up in the middle of the goal at that time, I don’t know.”

    Oh dear Pardew. You should’ve kept that to yourself.
    I understand it’s a shock the RB was at CF, when we were down to ten men, in extra time BUT don’t let people know you don’t know what your players are doing in the pitch.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 25, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #17

    1.Crystal Palace were not the same team and quality like the game we played against them couple a weeks ago.
    2.Obertan proved that he is the ONLY TRUE right side winger in the team.Wingers make the game beautiful not defensive midfielders like Sissoko.
    3.Adam Armstrong with his physique definitely is more appropriate like a creative midfielder like Scholes,Noble,Lampard etc.That is the best for his career future.
    4.For the next game with City we MUST play 100% defensively and wait for counterattacks.City is not a joke.Heavy defensive game is a MUST.
    5.Congratulations for the win.

  • Mag52

    Sep 25, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #18

    C’mon lads, no reason to knock Pardew for his comment about Dummet appearing from nowhere in the box to score the winner.
    He was simply expressing admiration for the player who, after a hard fought match, in extra time still had enough in the tank to get up there and put it in the net like a CF.
    Again they played for him, and dumped Warnock out of the cup. Solid result.

  • Santon03

    Sep 25, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #19


    I agree with you except Janmaat. His foul that result penalty, wasn’t penalty Zaha dived imo. Saylor’s pass was close range and behind him abit too strong which caused him to lose control of the ball. Saylor’s passes was like that most 1st half, I think he was rusty and nervous with all the pressures must win game. 2nd half was better for him.
    I’m very impressed with Abeid, Obertan, Dummet, and Armstrong. barely ever seen them played but they really showed that they are good enough to fight for 1st eleven spot. the question is will pardew brave enough to play them ahead of 1st choices like Gouffran, Sissoko, etc?
    Based on last night I want to see them more, not only in cup games but league games as well.
    Maybe like 4-3-3 with 3 defensive midfields Tiote, Abeid and Colback, with Obertan instead Gouffran.
    I’m also glad that Rivi finally scored, it will boost his confidence.
    The chances for these guys to play are scarce, but I’m really happy that they took it.

  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 25, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Haven’t seen the game,but based on reading the comments of fellow bloggers,we played quiet well.
    The positive thing is Reviere finds the net..
    The negative is we still leak goals with a strong back four,considering palace played with entire second string,apart from zaha and Gayle.Still a lot of work should be done at the back.
    How did Armstrong get starting place ahead of Perez? Doesn’t ring a bell to me!!

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 25, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #21

    gutted we won, quite happy to lose every game until he is gone

    saying that,

    dumett, that was some goal, you don’t see many diving headers now

    Abeid, for me he was our best players last night.

    best player on the pitch barry bananananan, this kid is not a bad player

  • Santon03

    Sep 25, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t like pardew, but based on the last 2 games and how the players reacted. I will wait and see maybe next 5 games before sacking him.
    I’m not saying people who protested are wrong, but because they protested the team plays better. thanks to them that the team including pardew wakes up and play better.

  • Mag52

    Sep 25, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #23


    Sorry you’re gutted Catchy. It must be so disappointing for you to see NUFC get a well deserved win.
    Wonder how poor old Laurent and Average are feeling.

  • JamesToon

    Sep 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #24

    It was a good performance last but i’m sorry there’s no way pardew is gonna take us to city and beat them. he’s just not tactical enough to go all the way in cups let alone the league

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #25

    September 25, 2014

    Sorry you’re gutted Catchy. It must be so disappointing for you to see NUFC get a well deserved win.
    Wonder how poor old Laurent and Average are feeling.

    Well said mate, i don’t know why they bother supporting this club.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #26

    catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    gutted we won, quite happy to lose every game until he is gone

    How can any one give credence to anything this fool says now ?

  • Markaccus

    Sep 25, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #27

    League results will be what decides Pardews job status. Cup losses dont matter to Tubbs. In fact, i would say every cup victory is a big ‘up yours’ from the team to ashley. At least THEY want to win something!

  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #28

    Good morning Jeff you coming down to the liberty next week.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #29

    If only Pardew would try cisse up front suppprted by Rivvy on Monday. Both have goals under their belt and surely this has boosted their confidence?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Abeid & Armstrong should be pushing to start in our next game. They can both provide the link between attack & midfield that we lack.

    Also Riviere a tireless worker. We can only have so many guys that do little but run about. Maybe it’s time to drop Gouffran. He’s done nothing for about a year or more.


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