Double Injury Blow To Newcastle

Bad news today that Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse will not be fit enough to play in Newcastle’s two upcoming games this week at Manchester City and at home to Liverpool.

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Cheick Tiote – out for the next two games

Cheick has been missing the last two games, when we have won our first two league games of the season, with Vurnon Anita replacing Cheick, but Vurnon was withdrawn in both games at the half,  as Alan Pardew changed the tactics.

Alan Pardew has said this today about Cheick and Papiss – two of our best players this season:

“I don’t see those two playing in the next two games” “It was important that we got a win against Tottenham to prove we can do it without them.”

That’s a big blow, but it does give some of the fringe and younger players another chance to show they can get the job done.

Certainly both Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez took their chance yesterday big time, and they scored their first Premier League goals ever for the club.

Moussa Sissoko played in the central three in the 4-3-3 formation we used yesterday, and the Frenchman provided the strength and energy that Cheick usually provides in the center of midfield, so we would expect to see Moussa stay in that position in Tiote’s absence.

And Alan’s right in that it does give Newcastle a renewed confidence that we can win games with our two best in-form players missing at the moment, and that’s the major thing that’s happened in the last couple of games.

The win will give our players renewed confidence, and to a very large extent football is all about confidence.

Wonder if we can beat LIverpool on Saturday at St. James’ Park, and make it three wins in a row?

What do you think?

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17 comments so far

  • mag92

    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Another win against Liverpool and it’s all change. Keemon!

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #2

    NUFCJackW October 27, 2014

    Welsh Geordie

    Sometimes, you can be “battered” by a team without them having many shots at goal. Spurs lacked that final ball, that was the only thing keeping us in the game. They only had to look up to the backpost to find two of there players unmarked waiting for an easy goal. Watch MOTD, they point that out. Thats how they got there goal. But hey, we could only manage 30 odd percent of possession against a poor team. It actually got to the point where i would cheer when we had the ball in there half. Did we even have a shot ?! No!

    Second half was much improved, it only seemed that way because of how lacklustre we were in the first half. Fans ARE happy with the result, but the performance doesnt fill us with great hope. It just papers over the cracks. These last two performances arent enough to just make us forget the hurrendous record and performances we have (seen) this year.

    Like i said before, if spurs played like they should be, the game would have been gone by half-time.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #3

    For Liverpool game Sissoko needs to start alongside Colback – Anita has been very poor this season – Sammy and Cabella to start on wings with Aarons replacing Sammy after an hour as he’ll be cream crackered – don’t really care about man city as we’re likely to get beaten no matter who starts

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #4

    The reason we weren’t more than one down in first half was Spurs being poor and shooting from distance, they had plenty of opportunity to finish us off yet poor play and descesion making saved our bacon.

    A wonder goal from no where from Sammy stunned Spurs as it did us, it changed the game. A flukey goal!

    Spurs could have put us to the sword in second half and again poor play from them saved us.

    How many times have you seen NUFC batter a team over the years only to lose the game 1-0?
    I’ve seen it a hundred times at least and that’s what yesterday was, we mugged the better team on the day.
    As for Spurs being a great team or top 7 big boys that’s 3 in a row they’ve lost at home, the flukey Sammy goal scared them for long enough for us to get something.

    Yesterday again was more luck than judgement, just another blip in Pardews abysmal record which just keeps repeating itself. Couple more results and we’ll be on another record breaking run of garbage results!

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Nufc jack

    Here here!

  • mindshaft

    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #6

    side for city game

    Ryan Taylor Willo, Satka, Haidara
    Gouffran, Vuckic, Bigi, Fergie

  • Sliema

    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #7

    My team for Citeh:


    We need to put out a strong team. However I would usually still rest one or two… not entirely possible with our injury problems atm.

    I say give Chucky a shot up top, he’s physical, we need that away at Citeh. But at the half if it ain’t going too well we have Perez to bring on (for Abeid) and can go 4-4-2 with little and large together up top.

    Have Cabs and Sammy swap wings a few times, so easy to do and actually quite effective.

    We need to flood the centre again v Citeh. That’s the only way we get enough of the territory to have a real chance at a result.

    We need the wingers to really go for it. Citeh have some non-Pardew-esque players like Silva, Nasri, Jesus Navas (I imagine he will start) who are all small and don’t have the physical or defensive capabilities to track back. (Nor should they) Perhaps if Sammy and Cabs both cut inside and they can interact with each other with 1-2s then we can cause them a couple of headaches!

    I know Citeh have a great B-team, but they don’t play a lot of competitive football those cup/reserve/backup players do they?

    We have a real chance.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #8


    I really don’t rate Colback and wouldn’t start him full stop

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #9


    What ?

  • mag92

    Oct 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Its called football pessimistic anything will and can happen when you get 22 people on a pitch! Leicester 5-3 against millionaire Mancs Westham against millionaire Mancs, Newcastle against millionaire Spurs, get the gist?

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Janmatt Saylor Colo Haidra
    Sissoko Anita Raylor
    Cabs Perez Sammy

    I’d play them and tell them to go for Citeh at every opportunity, cabs I’m still not sure about so I’d consider Rivierre there instead.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12


    Funny it always happens whoever we play, except the odd occasion like yesterday.

    Nufc jack
    I agree with what you said

  • mag92

    Oct 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Colback was a different player when Anita the worst player on the pitch went off. He started spraying the ball about and Vurnon was at fault for their goal.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #14


    If spurs did this, if spurs did that, at the end of the day spurs did sweet fa.

    All ifs and buts.

  • Slank

    Oct 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #15

    The dilemma for the club is whether to compete against City, who in normal circumstances would almost certainly win, and play some of the players or the same team that beat Spurs or rest them for the clash against Liverpool who can be beat.

    Whilst I am all in favour of competing in the cup, fate has dealt us a bum card in Man City and therefore I think beating Liverpool and climbing out of the relegation scrap is more important.

    I would rest Sissoko for the City game but play him in central midfield for the Liverpool game. Abeid has to play against City. He deserves a full 90 minutes. For the Liverpool game Aarons and/or Sammy needs to play. In both games we have to play with two wingers. It’s the only we are going to get behind their defence.

    Whoever lines up for us all I ask for is that they compete. Losing to Man City is no disgrace.

  • toonincheek

    Oct 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #16

    NUFCJaxk & O-P –

    Great result, performance a lot less than convincing, even in the 2nd half.
    1st half – no shots on target
    2nd half – with a far better showing – still just 2 shots on target.
    Two goals from those 2 shots – how many times could we manage that?

  • BigPapaCisse

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Colback has been our best player this season


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