Four Reasons Newcastle Are Now Looking A Good Side


We have now won four games in a row and rather suddenly Newcastle from looking hopeless, are now starting to look like a much better side.

Ayoze Perez and crowd-010

Ayoze takes the accolades after scoring the winner on Saturday

Here are four reasons why we think Newcastle are now looking a good side and we can even look forward to a decent season ahead.

  • The defense has steadily improved over the last several games, and we seem to have a steady back four of Janmaat, Taylor (S), Coloccini and Dummett. They have played well and withstood a lot of pressure at Tottenham and also at Manchester City when Paul went to center-back and Haidara came in and was very decent at left back.
    Defense has been our weakness over the last few seasons, but even without the injured Mike Williamson the lads at the back and goalkeeper Tim Krul have done very well over the last several games, and in our four wins we have kept three clean sheets.
  • Some of our youngsters are really starting to come through. Rolando Aarons looks like a top young player in the making, and Ayoze Perez had been a revelation so far this season, and he has shown he is a natural goalscorer. Add to that the good form of Sammy Ameobi and the fact that Paul Dummett seems to be getting better with every game, and it’s got to be a promising time for the youngsters.
    In the last couple of games one of our star players had been 22 year-old Mehdi Abeid in defensive midfield, and in his Premier League debut on Saturday against Liverpool he played great and was easily our Man of the Match. To play like that in your very first start in the Premier league was simply phenomenal and Mehdi can become a star player at Newcastle – he’s shown that this season.
  • The team spirit in the squad even when the lads were losing has always been good this season, but ever since the defeat at Southampton, when it appeared some of the players gave up – every game has seen our lads fighting for the shirt – and it’s been great to watch.
    They have stood by the manager through thick and thin this season – mostly thick. It could even be that the Sack Pardew protests – organized by a group that still stays anonymous – have brought the players closer together, and they are fighting for the club and the manager. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the team spirit be so high or the energy of our players be so high. In the last couple of games against City and Liverpool they closed down the opposition in great style every time they lose the ball – and the wins at City and at home to Liverpool have been great team performances – with the emphasis on team.
  • And finally Alan Pardew somehow has survived the heavy pressure on him from the fans and the media to get him out of the club. But at Tottenham, when he changed the game at half time with his substitutions, at Manchester City and on Saturday against Liverpool he showed he can prepare the team well for what to expect. And as at Tottenham if it doesn’t work he can change things so it does work.
    When we saw the Manchester City starting eleven and we looked at our inexperienced line-up we were sure we would lose the game.
    But on merit the lads beat the PL Champions and Capital One Cup holders, and it was something to behold.  So even though a large number of fans now have too much invested in seeing Alan be fired, and therefore will not change their minds on him, that’s not the case with us.
    If the boss can continue to turn this thing around that’s just fine with us.
    It’s more important that Newcastle do well than that Alan Pardew gets fired and one thing is for sure – if Pardew can survive this period at Newcastle, he will become a much better manager.

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26 comments so far

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Team for the next match:

    Krul

    Janmaat Saylor Coloccini Haidara

    Cabella Sissoko Abeid Anita Aarons

    Perez/Cisse

    Subs:

    Elliott
    Good
    Raylor
    Sammi Ameobi
    Perez/Cisse
    Ferreyra
    Tiote
    Gouffran

    January signings:

    Benteke/Doumbia – £15m
    Clement Grenier – £9m
    Jan Vertonghen – £10m
    Konoplyanka – £11m
    Virgin Van Dijk – £6m

    Total = £51m

    Out:

    Colback – £3m
    Williamson – £2m
    Dummett – £1.5m

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  • dazzler

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Ibiza,

    I agree with your sentiment. I believe most fans at this point should wait and see. The next few matches will be telling.

    I don’t get the calls to apologise to Pardew mind, why shouldn’t fans be unhappy when a club goes on a really poor run? We pay good money to support our team and the team didn’t deliver for long periods.

    Now things seem like they are improving we are getting behind the team and the manager. But it has taken the manager to make the necessary changes to allow that to happen. Changes that previously he hasn’t done.

    People can blame the PR machine in place if they like, but unless that Bishop tool, picks our team and sets up our tactics then it is unfounded. 4 wins is 4 wins and a reason to be positive for a change.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    The funny thing is, Abeid’s not even a defensive midfielder. He’s an attacking midfielder. He scored 10 goals last season and is better going forward. Anita need’s to be given a chance. He is a quality player.

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  • dazzler

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Kets

    Colback out?? He’s done more than Anita. He’s not a world beater but definitely should be in there before Anita.

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  • Mag52

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Dazzler.

    Old playground expression ‘ But they started it !’

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  • mag92

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Anita is the worst midfielder at the club and Colback is one of the best!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #7

    dazzler…It’s all just so ridiculous. Where does it end? We know we’re going to lose some games, Pardew will likely not get it right, then what? Back to where we were a week ago.

    There is merit to both sides, but going to extreme sides of the argument hasn’t and wont help much.

    More to the point, I don’t get what people get from gloating? Nothing has been proved either way.

    I can understand peoples view point of support the team no matter what, I honestly do, but there is a line and for many people, myself included, the club have stomped all over it.

    It’ll take a lot more than 4 wins, however spectacular (notice I say wins, not performances – even though they were much improved), to turn the complete mood around. however, it’s a start.

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  • dazzler

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Mag52

    Possibly but then we could argue about the chicken and the egg after that. I’m sure there would have been comments pre-January in a similar vein, that born out of comments made that summer born out of comments made about a 5th placed finish and so on…

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  • lukes26

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #9

    I think I found something I agree with Kets on!

    Abeid is a very good player. A lot of his work goes unnoticed because he cuts down passing options.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyway, I’m off to a BBQ. How’s the weather back home lads?

    🙂

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  • dazzler

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza,

    Very true. And I was and am still sceptical about Pardews ability to turn it around. No one after the Southampton game thought he’d last, he looked ready to do himself in.

    But credit to him he’s making the right noises. It’s not perfect, nor is it overly pretty but it’s better. I have enjoyed the last couple of games because I saw potential, effort and a change of direction and purpose in the team. I don’t fully believe we are over that hill yet but a few more wins, and a league cup semi final may convince me.

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  • mag92

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Ibiza I do know which games you’ve been watching,but the side is playing some nice football. We’re dominating midfield keeping clean sheets unbeaten in the last 8 matches against three top sides.

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  • lukes26

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #13

    The only problem with Abeid is that I haven’t seen a wide range of passing skill from him. Thats generally what you’d expect from a midfield maestro…which is probably why Pardew chooses to have him sit back and play the tiote/anita role

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  • dazzler

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Lukes,

    He’s a cabaye type player, he looks similar in the DM role as cabaye when he was first deployed there. If Pardew keeps playing him I believe he could be a stand out performer most games

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  • dazzler

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Mag92

    Ironically I think we played nicer football when we weren’t picking up points. 60%+ possession etc. The issue was we kept it in midfield and rarely passed forward.

    What we are now is direct, and fast. We have an attacking purpose in favour of keeping possession and it’s paying off. Statistics would show us as playing worse, but in reality we have been the better side in the last 2.5 games.

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  • mag92

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Is that how Abied got Barclays man of the match, on Saturday for not being able to pass against three established English internationals, Gerrard, Henderson and Sterling?

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  • lukes26

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #17

    dazzler

    he could well possibly be. Maybe he has the ability to pass it about like Cabaye, but just hasn’t had the opportunity.

    I think he’s better than cabaye defensively, Cabaye was good at tackling and bad a marking.

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  • mag92

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Possession stats are misleading Liverpool had 64%, but most of it was between their defenders in their half.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #19

    3 of our last 4 wins have come from counter attacking football. It could also be argued that our win against Leicester was achieved from the winner being scored on the break. It was only when Leicester opened up and attacked that we scored., although we did dominate for long periods.
    We struggle to break teams down, but that seems to be the case for most teams in the Premier League at the moment.

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  • derekm

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #20

    time has proved that 4-0 away at southampton is a distinct possibility for most of the teams in the premier to endure this season, let alone one finding its feet with new signings and their best positions.

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  • Magpie Myles

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza

    I agree with you about all this extreme complining one side or another. It’s pathetic, we can disagree and debate and have opinions but having a go and starting arguments because you disgree with a point of view is sad and ruins this blog.

    On Abeid – i think hes a potentail world beater and he has some good strength on he ball. Him and Sissoko will come in like a wrecking ball.

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  • Supermatt

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Ketsbaia9 are you mad or do you not watch our games colbacks been one of our best players this season

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  • mikeyconcon

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Team for West Brom:
    Krul
    Janmaat Taylor Coloccini Dummett
    Sissoko Abeid Tiote
    Cabella Cisse Aarons

    Bench:
    Elliot
    Haidara
    Colback
    R. Taylor
    Ameobi
    Perez
    Riviere

    For me, Anita and Gouffran haven’t done enough this season. Some woeful performances. Sissoko, Abeid and Tiote is a pretty tough midfield and hopefully Cabella and Aarons (alongside Sissoko’s storming runs) can provide the trickery to feed the in-form Cisse. Always got the option of throwing on Sammy/Riviere/Perez if things don’t go to plan. Abeid has been my MOM for the last 2 games and deserves his place ahead of Colback.

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  • mikeyconcon

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #24

    On a side note, couldn’t give a hoot if Pardew stays or goes as long as the team wins football matches.

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  • Mag52

    Nov 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Dazzler.

    Possession is all very well, but it doesn’t necessarily win matches. It’s always got to be possession with an end result, like, say, Barcelona.
    There are other perfectly valid ways to win football matches, as NUFC have demonstrated recently. Allow the opposition plenty of the ball, suck them in and hit them on the break.
    I’d maintain that neither tactic is necessarily superior to the other.

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Nov 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #26

    We have a quality squad we have 2 decent players per position apart from the centre backs, yet with have 5 decent players (HBA, M’Bwia, Campbell, Darlow and Lascelles) out on loan and 2 players that haven’t really played De Jong and Santon.
    The strongest team fully fit for me is 4-3-3
    Krul
    Janmaat Colo S.Taylor(need someone better) Dummett
    Tiote Colback Sissoko
    Obertan Cisse Aarons
    Then look who we have as cover Elliot, Santon, Haidara, R.Taylor, Abeid, Cabella, Sammy, Perez, Armstrong. Then we have a few average players who aren’t any good Anita, Williamson, Gourffan, Riviere. Plus I don’t know about De Jong

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