He Was The Best Player On The Pitch


Alan Pardew was a happy man after the game yesterday – which was Newcastle’s sixth win in a row, and he will be even happier with the news that Ryan Taylor is just fine, and the 30 year-old came off during the game because his knee felt uncomfortable,  but Ryan has since tweeted there’s nothing wrong with the knee.

So it’s really good news for Newcastle fans.

Newcastle United's French midfielder Mou

Yoan and Moussa celebrate after winning goal

This is some of what the Newcastle manager said after the game today, when we had a patched up side, but still managed to get all 3 points:

“Going forward we carried a threat all game and Moussa Sissoko was the best player on the pitch.” “It was a good team goal. You can see the strengths of our team.”

“We’re sound defensively and if teams over-commit on the break we’re very, very dangerous and so the goal we got was a bit different as the best chances we got were on the break.”

“But it was a really well-thought out goal from Moussa.” “We had a long discussion about the captaincy because I wanted to make sure with all my staff that it wasn’t going to knock Sissoko out of kilter.

“Sometimes with the captain’s armband you start thinking about other things and that takes your mind off the game. But he just put the armband on and actually he probably grew with it.”

Moussa did just fine in the game, and he was easily the best player on the field.

Moussa scored the winning goal after he did a great one-two with  Sammy Ameobi, before he turned and smashed the ball into the net with his right foot for his second goal in 15 appearances for the Magpies this season.

Moussa seems to be in the best form of his career right now at Newcastle, and long may that continue.

Newcastle are now 5th top in the league – and we were pipped my Manchester United on goal difference for 4th place, after they beat Arsenal 2-1 in the late game at the Emirates yesterday.

But we will remain in 5th place this week whatever the remaining results are over the weekend.

It’s a lot better than being second bottom. 😀

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28 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Nov 23, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Sissoko ran the game for us – he could probably beat both Bellew and Cleverley together in a fight – that fight was absolutely sh1te

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 23, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #2

    mindshaft

    not a great fight that but the rest of the card wernt bad from what I saw

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  • manxpie

    Nov 23, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #3

    wat a shit fight they might aswell got there handbags out

    the undercards were etter than that!

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  • brklyngeordie

    Nov 23, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Uh is this the same team that started the season? the development of some of these young players has been nothing short of astonishing and for a team we all thought was short on players we now have so much depth once at full strength..Is Ashley’s vision of actually balancing books and developing top young players coming to fruition?
    Anyhow loving the run and long may it continue regardless of who is in charge or managing just love to see my club win makes life so much easier : )

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  • ToonLynx

    Nov 23, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Keeping Sissoko will count towards a good transfer window for us!

    Hopefully a CB in Robin Knoche and a winger in Salah/Depay would solidify our squad for the foreseeable future

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  • magpie_in_ohio

    Nov 23, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Great win. Could’ve easily been 3-0. Both Ayoze and Papiss had great great chances. Moved up to 5th. Oustanding!! HWTL….

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  • IITianToon

    Nov 23, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Guys, any idea where I can watch the full match replay?

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  • toonicle

    Nov 23, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Only thing I was kind of disappointed with was having Gouffran come in for taylor, he seems like a waste most of the time and would much rather have had Cabella stay out there when cisse came on.

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  • HTT

    Nov 23, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Sissoko is really fulfilling his potential at the minute, he’s just an absolute machine – couldn’t have asked for a better captain’s performance.

    This was a definite potential banana skin, Zamora and Austin are a test for a makeshift defense – especially with Zamora throwing himself around today – but you got to hand it to Willo, the lad has a habit of stepping up and getting the job done. Very impressed with how easy him and Dummett made it look today, altho Colback is doing a top job shielding them as well.

    Sammy had a cracker, Perez showed he has a lot more to come and I thought Cabella looked like he’s getting to grips with the league as well – could be a quality player for us further into the season.

    Raylor was the only negative, will breathe a little easier once it’s all confirmed he hasn’t done himself a big injury.

    Crazy turnaround, just completely crazy… what can you say ey, I was 100% convinced Pardew needed to go… Very happy I was wrong!

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  • Reyantoon

    Nov 23, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Another great and vital win yesterday.I was satisfied with our movement, attacking play & the threat upfront.Initially, the game plan was to play carefully and hit them on the counter bcoz of the injuries we sustained.That is why the game looked boring at times.Otherwise, we’d have hammered them had the game plan was different from the mentioned as QPR were poor yest’y.We looked dangerous on the counter,Perez’d have scored atleast two alone.Sammy ‘d have scored too as he had excellent game.He was dangerous everytime when he had the ball.His crosses,link up play and vision were immense.And there is colback,what a signing, always industrious,&
    my motm in the game.He was everywhere, made successful charges and tackles and buzzed on top of QPR players in midfield. Cabella had good game as well,tried everything to create chances,I don’t know why he was sub’d bcoz if we were to score in the game yest’y, it definitely would come from his assist or by himself. Perez is the one who should have been off for cisse bcoz he squandered some big chances.In the mean time,that kind of miss by cisse should not be repeated again,it is very costly,I am sure the boss will give him a warning..
    And there is sissoko,instrumental and beast,what a finish by him.our key player from all in our recent success.Don’t have word for him!
    All in all,unbelievable run,hope it’s endless..
    we are in dreamland, so is the boss..
    I can’t believe it is REAL!
    keep it up lads..
    Hwtl!!

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  • Reyantoon

    Nov 23, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    Comment #11

    HTT…you nailed it all correct, spot on!
    Except u didn’t point out.. that site should be changed to backpardew. com…lol !

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  • expatmag

    Nov 23, 2014 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #12

    The change in thus team is down to threw things in my opinion and these are areas of the game that should be coached in EVERY session because they are the basics of our game:

    1…closing down

    It should be second nature to pressure the opposition en masse (hunting in packs) forcing mistakes and gaining possession. The fact the central midfield is protecting the central defenders and our wide midfielders are doubling up shows the hard work that is so different to the way we were playing from january to september.

    2…movement

    There is so much more running off the ball now that we are finding the space to receive and give and go again. Perez running the channels and opening the space for colback sissoko etc to move into is a good example.

    3… pace

    Defenders are frightened of quick players especially in the forward 3rd. Cabella Perez Ameobi and Sissoko together with his power is certainly putting defenders on the back foot therefore creating opportunities in the penalty area. Both full backs pushing forward in recent weeks has further created goals and chances. When Aarons and Obertan are back plus the signing of Depay (if correctly reported) will make us even more fearsome in pacy attack.

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  • expatmag

    Nov 23, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Interesting stat in our 6 game run.

    Each of our 3 wins at home have bee 1-0 v Leicester Liverpool and QPR….the winning goals coming around the final 20 minutes mark in each game.

    In each of our 3 away wins at Spurs Man City and WBA, we have scored 2 goals winning 2-1, 2-0 and 2-0.

    Of the 9 goals scored, 7 have come in the second half. One of the two first half goals came on the brink of half time.

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  • Toonmania

    Nov 23, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Who is this Tiote bloke everyone keeps on about?

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Tremendous, tremendous win and huge congratulations to Pardew and his team. I have hardly been able to sleep last night from the adrenaline and pleasure it gives me to see my club continuing this run of form! Nothing wrong with playing to your strengths. The total football can evolve, but there’s nowt more exhilarating than a sweeping Lacey counter after drawing the sting in my opinion. Better than watching 75 percent possession football if the stat is a lie, and you get that Spanish type of 40 sideways or backwards 10 yard passing. The surprise for me is how we’ve dried up the goals conceded,having been leaking horribly.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Ha ha lacey counter. You know what I mean!!

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  • Mag52

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Time to give Ameobi a new contract. He’s improving with every game.

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  • toonincheek

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #19

    These wins have nothing to do with Pardew.

    They are the result of being forced to play younsters who have been coached by Beardsley, and fringe players who have been all but ignored by Pardew.

    They have brought a fast-flowing attacking game to replace Pardew’s preference for a slow tedious 4-2-3-1 formation.

    OK – just having a bit of fun on a lovely sunny Sunday morning after a great win.

    When you consider some of the players out injured, plus the two loanees, the future could be very very bright.

    A far cry from the policy of signing expensive big names who were just looking for one last big contract.

    Streete, Satka and Good could break through soon.
    A midfield of Abeid, with Ssoks and Colback is a match for anyone.
    Perez needs support – he can’t turn it on every week and certainly not twice a week.
    Hope Cisse recovers his confidence
    Hope Arma gets more chances and establishes himself as a solid backup/sub player this season.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Toonincheek

    Blimey man,don’t do that to me! Nearly choked on me cornflakes at the first few lines. And did you know that typing in your name auto corrects to ‘too inches’. About the shrivelled size of the sack Pardew.com campaign’s current relevance

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  • expatmag

    Nov 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #21

    Toon

    Love him or hate him, Pardew changed the system to 433 and used the pace in the forward players to our advantage.

    By changing the system, it has allowed the central midfield players to offer more protection to the back 4.

    He made the changes at half time in the Spurs game by being brave and making 2 subs and we havent looked back since.

    The introduction of the kids with their no fear attitude plus playing Sissoko in his rightful central position as well as the instruction to pressure the opposition all over the park has impacted greatly on the group with high confidence, greater squad depth with noone wanting to be left out.

    Much of this is down to Pardew.

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  • Slank

    Nov 23, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #22

    I feared a Sunday morning paper headline of ‘Shock Result’ but was absolutely delighted with the win as we had to play without the influential Colo and Abeid and take the game to QPR whose lowly position masks a good team.

    Sissoko was my MOTM because he was inspirational and showed by a captains example to never give in and not to let the loss of Raylor affect the team who were clearly upset by what happened to Ryan. Some of Sissoko’s passing was of the highest order (almost like Cabaye) and his driving runs were thrilling.

    A special mention must go to Sammy who I thought had his best game so far for the club. He was always dangerous and his crossing was excellent but it was his willingness to chase and tackle that impressed me most.

    Another special mention must go to Perez who, although he didn’t score, got into goal scoring positions that is always a sure sign of a natural goal scorer. Also, I like how he chases and hounds defenders and can stand up to hefty challenges.

    Special mention too to Colback, Mr Consistency. The lad is so reliable and so consistently good.

    Finally, hope Ryan’s injury is not as bad as many feared and he returns soon as he was excellent yesterday.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 23, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Expat

    People don’t need to love or hate Pardew, just to be consistent in their appraisal of the situation. If you slate Pardew and lay a large portion of the blame at the manager’s feet for everything that’s gone before without full possession of the facts, then it’s hypocrisy to refuse to give him any credit for the turnaround which nobody surely can deny is now taking hold properly. Yes there are problems with the ethos of the owner, but the table doesn’t lie when you have gone this far into a PL season. I understand it’s hard to climb out of a well entrenched position (eg. Of despising Pardew) but hopefully people will remember that what we’ve achieved in the last couple months is possible and a hiccup or two in the future doesn’t necessarily mean it’s back to the bad old days

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  • Whumpie

    Nov 23, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #24

    Great to be at SJP yesterday – 1st time in ages and well worth the 700 miles 🙂

    It’s all been said about the good strategy and tactics, excellent movement, pace closing down and so on.

    But I’d argue that Sissoko wasn’t the best on the pitch – bloody good yes, but not the best. For me the reason QPR never got hold of the game was Jack Colback. He was everywhere, giving it absolutely everything to ensure no QPR player really had a moment to think.
    MOTM for me.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #25

    I too think Colback should come in for some more recognition. I recall people writing off his signing , and him as an average player not good enough for us. He’s now showing signs of the massive player he can be for us. The epitome of the unsung grafter. Great ‘engine’ on him and I was pleased to see him and the hugely impressive Sissoko breaking into the box together on several occasions!

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  • Whumpie

    Nov 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Well f me – just going through airport security and got chatting to the bloke in front of me with the highly entertaining 2-year old boy in tow.

    Moussa!!!

    I kid you not. Just met him, thanked him for yesterday’s performance and talked fatherhood for a bit.

    Chuffed to bits. What a trip!!

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  • Whumpie

    Nov 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Well **** me – just going through airport security and got chatting to the bloke in front of me with the highly entertaining 2-year old boy in tow.

    Moussa!!!

    I s*** you not. Just met him, thanked him for yesterday’s performance and talked fatherhood for a bit.

    Chuffed to bits. What a trip!!

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  • MassiveG

    Nov 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Yeah Sammy’s passing is looking better, after thinking he was just a pacy winger.

    Tiote’s return will give us flexibility to stray from our 4-2-3-1 if too many wingers out (like now) with 4-4-2 diamond with Tiote at base Sissoko at tip and Abeid colback in centre. Although our wing play and counters are our strength at the mo

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