Team Spirit A Huge Positive At Newcastle This Season


At half-time on Sunday, we were not too happy and thinking that if we could keep the score down to 2-0 or 3-0 it would be a decent result given how Newcastle had been dominated in that first half by Spurs, and we had not been an  attacking threat at all and hadn’t even had a shot on target.

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Sammy Ameobi – after scoring sensational equalizer on Sunday

And then approximately 6.57 seconds into the second half we were all square, with a sensational goal from substitute Sammy Ameobi,  after he had been put through on goal by a long ball from another Geordie boy – Jack Colback.

And after that it was all change in the game,  and Newcastle were the better side in the second half,  and showed a lot more spirit than the stunned Spurs players as we came away with the 2-1 win.

This is what Sammy has said on nufcTV

“It’s been a tough start to the season – everybody knows that – but we’ve stuck together,” “We had to stick together or we wouldn’t be where we are now. We’ve had to just fight for it because that’s the Premier League.¨

¨There are no easy games and hopefully we can kick on from here.¨ ¨It’s never an easy place to go, Man City, but I’m really looking forward to it.””If we can go out with the confidence we had against Tottenham, you never know what can happen.”

“Hopefully I can get a good stint of football.”  “That’s all I want; injury-free football.¨ “I’ll keep working, strengthening myself, and hopefully I’ll get that.”

Sammy will probably get a start tomorrow night at the Etihad Stadium in the Capital One Cup against Manchester City, and he’s right that the team spirit has been a huge plus for Newcastle this season.

Theres no doubt the lads have stuck together through some very difficult times, and it’s made a difference as some of our new players are fighting for form in the English league.

The 22 year-old is in the last year of his contract at Newcastle,  and he is literally fighting to continue his career at his home town club.

More performances like Sammy gave in that second half on Sunday, when he, Ayoze Perez and Moussa Sissoko were the star players for Newcastle, will mean he should have a decent chance of staying here past June next year.

That’s what we are hoping for.

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56 comments so far

  • scout

    Oct 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Never been a fan of sam but fair play to him, you can see he’s filled out and been smashing the gym. I would love him to prove me wrong.

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  • blew

    Oct 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #2

    The manager discovered by default the side
    doesn’t function with 1 upfront, maybe now
    after the Spurs win he will listen to the majority
    of the fans – instead of defying them, and play
    to win. The Spurs win was not down to his
    tactical nous, the team plays with 2/3 upfront,
    now he knows.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Sammy can be mini version of Peter Crouch.

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  • mag92

    Oct 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Sammy for a big lad has good skills, if he can add goals and stamina to his game he’ll be a top player.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Manchester City is unbeatable with normal football.They will push,push,push and will score goal.In order to beat or draw City Newcastle must play hardly defensive Italian or Spanish type of football.They will have many,many shoots on goal.That is a must.No 100 % good defense,no success with City.City is definitely the most boring club in the Premier League.They play non English football.And because of that we are the best opponent for them.

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  • John Irving

    Oct 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #6

    scout
    Yes. He will always be Fat Sam to me. Getting shot of him was a good move. I watched the Stoke game where post match he told us how well we’d played. All bluster and wind.

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  • John Irving

    Oct 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Sammy needs a run of games. He will be feeling confident so let’s be positive and start with him and Cabella.

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  • nufc786

    Oct 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Should Abeid start tomorrow against Man city?

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  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #10

    My team for city: (4-3-2-1)

    Krul
    Taylor(R)-Taylor(S)-Colo-Haidara
    Abeid-Colback-sissoko
    Riviere-Sammy
    Ayoze

    Subs to come on:

    Cabella
    Obertan
    Armstrong

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s highly unlikely that Ryan Taylor could last anywhere near 90 mins – more likely 30 mins at most

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 28, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #12

    And Riviere is allegedly injured for bindippers game so unlikely to be able to start tomorrow night

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  • mag92

    Oct 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Abied should definitely get a game ahead of the useless Anita who is a liability.

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  • mag92

    Oct 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew should just throw caution to the wind tomorrow and if Newcastle get anything out of the game it’s a bonus.

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Mag92 – Anita is a decent player but he is not a defensive mid, I’ve no idea why Pardew plays him in that role as he cannot tackle or slow the game down.
    Anita is a creative midfield player who in his Ajax years was played as a forward thinking mid who could spray a pass or two.

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  • mag92

    Oct 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Mindshaft have you seen any evidence of this as his passing is shocking and when he does venture forward he is completely hopeless and the move breaks down. According to his ajax days he can operate at right back god forbid!

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  • John Irving

    Oct 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #17

    For those who didn’t read earlier. It’s the usual well balanced view of George Caulkin:

    To borrow a football term, Mike Ashley has never knowingly “parked the bus”. Bullish and with an eye for a punt, his approach to business has been equated to driving a tank on to a rival’s lawn, something to which the former directors of Newcastle United could testify. Seven years ago, he blindsided Freddy Shepherd to wrest control at St James’ Park and although his methods at Rangers have been based on stealth, the result is broadly similar.
    Ashley is used to getting his way. It has made him a billionaire and transformed Sports Direct from a single shop in Maidenhead into a FTSE-100 powerhouse. The journey has not been without controversy — the use of zero-hour contracts for employees, bonus schemes for directors — but compared with football, he has been sure-footed. The question is whether a rocky experience at Newcastle can serve him better in Glasgow.
    The circumstances are not identical — Newcastle wallowing in the riches of the Barclays Premier League, Rangers pressed for money and recovering from meltdown — but where Ashley found a measure of success was in the aftermath of a corrosive relegation and a compendium of dreadful decisions, from the treatment of Kevin Keegan and Alan Shearer to the appointment of Joe Kinnear as manager.
    That penchant for contentiousness has never quite left him (at times it feels like a compulsion), but demotion saw his business instincts kick in. While the role of Chris Hughton and the team spirit forged by a committed group of players should not be undersold, he knew how to pare Newcastle back, strip down departments and set them on the path to self-sufficiency.
    In Graham Carr, a Hughton appointment, Ashley put his faith in a chief scout who could spot potential, often in France, and restock Newcastle with assets. Finding young, affordable players and selling them at a premium seemed like a winning module when the club finished fifth in the table in 2012, less so in the two, largely gruelling seasons since.
    The criticism on Tyneside is that Ashley has drained the love from Newcastle. The Sports Direct tie-in means not earning to their potential, that they will never be given top-four investment and, in dry communications with supporters, the club insist that cup competitions are not a “priority”. The involvement of Wonga, the payday loan company, the brief return of Kinnear and the unpopularity of Alan Pardew, the manager, leaves them fractured. From the outside, what Rangers require is the platform that Ashley provided when Newcastle went down in 2009. He and Derek Llambias, his former managing director at St James’ Park, know how to staunch losses and to stabilise and believe that they have a system that is transferable. Away from short-term cashflow issues, it will cost significantly less to make Rangers competitive in Scotland. Perhaps that will bring the fun so absent in the north east.
    A return to the Champions League would bring Sports Direct exposure to a market that Newcastle are unlikely to reach and that, really, would appear to be Ashley’s great aim. He owns 8.92 per cent of Rangers — he agreed with the Scottish FA not to own more than 10 per cent while his relationship continues south of the border — but his £2 million interest-free loan allows him to choose two directors. The key influence is his.
    That would be enough to create complications if Newcastle, who Ashley has said he will not sell for at least two seasons “under any circumstances”, met Rangers in Europe, although given the latter’s position and the former’s “priorities” the prospect is remote. This time, he has not acted impulsively.

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  • mag92

    Oct 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Anita signed in August 2012 and took Guthries number 8 shirt Guthrie scored 7 goals and Anita has scored 1 goal and cost 6.7 million.

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  • John Irving

    Oct 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #19

    1 comment
    Ian Scurfield

    1 comment
    Ian Scurfield

    For me on this occasion Ashley is being highly transparent. Ibrox will soon cease to exist and it will be welcome to the sports direct arena – the home of poor quality cheap tat. Rangers need working capital to get them through the next couple of seasons. Then they will have financial stability and a presence in the Champions League. This could well coincide with Ashley selling NUFC.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Anita’s one of the better players. People pick on him because of his height. He is a quality technical player and is much better than Jack Colback. Pardew only starts him because he’s English. Our team is worser than last season. If we would’ve kept Remy, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Mbiwa and signed Grenier/Gaitan, Konoplanka, Vertonghen and Doumbia, we’d be in the top 4 this season.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Anita’s a holding midfield player. Guthrie is a central midfielder/attacking midfielder.

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  • bills-son

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Yesterday I posted that IMO we lack a physical presence especially in midfield. Lining up with Anita and Colback in CM as we did on Sunday in the first half is a recipe for a walkover in the Prem.

    We have to get an aggressive physical defensive CM in January as cover for Tiote but I would give this team a try now:

    Krul

    Jamnaat/Santon Taylor Collo Dummett
    Obertan Sissoko Tiote Ameobi
    Cabella
    Cisse

    This team immediately brings more height and aggression into CM and Oba and Sammy (especially) are no pushovers out wide and both track back well PLUS both have a big point to prove that they are worth a first team place.

    Having Cabella behind Cisse is IMO the best way to get him into positions where he can best use his skill and pace to create chances for himself and space for Cisse to run into.

    And talking about pace – this team has real pace in Oba, Sammy, Cabella, Cisse and Sissoko.

    Having Colback, Gouffran, Anita, Perez and Aarons on the bench gives Pardew plenty of options. If we under the cosh or protecting a lead he can take Cabella off bring Colback on and put him next to Tiote with Sissoko moving into a CDM position in front of the midfield four – Sissoko can also bomb forward on the break. We’d have Aarons to keep Sammy and Oba on their toes and sub for either. Gouffran or Perez could replace Cabella to make a 442 or replace Cisse if he was flagging.

    IMO this starting team has the best mix of height, pace and skill and puts all of the players in their best position.

    Over to you Pardew.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Ketsbaia9 If we would’ve kept Remy, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Mbiwa and signed Grenier/Gaitan, Konoplanka, Vertonghen and Doumbia, we’d be in the top 4 this season // but we didnt DOH // Is your 1st name Homer

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  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Sami has earned the right to be picked to start the Liverpool game, Obertan can play at City. If he can stay injury free he can be a top player. Imagine if he was given the ‘let’s build his confidence’ soft ride that Obertan has ridden on for years now.

    Kets, I think some of your posts make good sense, although you get lambasted by some posters.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Billson,
    welcome back. I like what you did there, except Ober I’m afraid.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Sissoko and Colback is a good and dynamic combo, and I know Goufran has been turned into a utility player, but he does cover a lot of ground and has an engine on him. Tiote sits well behind those two.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Good evening ladies and what are we moaning about this evening.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Swans to win tonight and put more misery on Liverpool before they play newcastle on Saturday.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #29

    I think we’ll sign 3 players in Jan. I think we’ll get Doumbia, Grenier and a centre back (probably Van Dijk).

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  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Krul

    Jamnaat/Santon Taylor Collo Dummett/Haidara
    Tiote Colback
    Cabella Sissoko Ameobi
    Cisse

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #31

    We should make a bid for Jan Vertonghen though.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Bony hat trick and the following players to get injured and to miss the newcastle match.

    Sterling
    Courtinho
    Gerrard

    i can only dream.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #34

    I want Gerard to play, tbh. Overrated. Mistake prone.

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  • mag92

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Anita 63 league appearances 1 goal. Cabaye 79, 17 goals, Nolan 115, 29 goals, Barton 81, 7 goals. The guy matches well with James Perch 65 appearances 1 goal and Dan Gosling 24, 1 goal so Vurnon is in prolific company!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #36

    cyprus

    Gerrard has got a habit of scoring against us.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Am I the only person who thinks sammy looks threatening every time he’s playing. After 6 seconds of been subbed on he’s scored

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Anita’s a defensive midfielder. How many has Tiote scored????

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Always said I don’t see what Anita brings to the table. Not out and out defensive/strong/solid, not got a killer final ball, not a real goal threat, only good with short 5/10 yard passes…pretty little footballer but nothing special.

    Rather have him that Tiote though, he’s a joke. Never known a player miss so many league games but rock up to play 2 internationals every time they have a week away.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Bills

    I don’t mind that side, works well for me. Maybe Colback for tiote as he’s only fit if he’s wearing an Ivory Coast shirt.

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