This Is What Should Ensure More Top Displays From Magpies


Moussa Sissoko captained Newcastle yesterday in the absence of players like Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote, and Newcastle continued their winning ways and did what was necessary to beat QPR at St. James’ Park, and it was a good goal from the captain for the day that won the game for the Magpies after 78 minutes.

Alan Pardew home to QPR

Alan Pardew – on the sidelines yesterday

That’s now six wins on the trot, and in the last 10 games since we were hammered 4-0 at Southampton in a disgraceful display, we have won seven, drawn two and lost only one game at Stoke City – so its been a very good recovery after the St. Mary’s debacle.

Moussa Sissoko was a very happy man at the final whistle yesterday afternoon:

“The team works hard every day.” “The first five weeks was very hard.” “The team tried to keep confidence, now we see we are a good team and we can go forward together.”

“I was very happy.” “The manager told me before the game I would be captain.” “So I’m happy for that.” “And I am happy to score.”

“I missed a lot of chances this season, today I scored.”

Mousa has been one of our best players this season, but what is now evident is that Newcastle have strength in depth this season – because we had 10 senior players missing through injury yesterday.

In his interview with BBC after the game yesterday, Alan Pardew said he wasn’t surprised at the skill in the side, but that there is more depth in the squad than he realized.

Here’s what the fans think about that.

Do Newcastle Have Strength In Depth For This Season?

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The youngsters and the fringe players have come in and all played well for the team, and they are fighting to keep their places in the saide, and it would be hard to see players like Ayoze Perez, Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi being left out of the starting line-up anytime soon.

And think of our good performance yesterday – and then realize that players like Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mehdi Abeid, Rolando Aarons, Davide Santon, Gabby Obertan, Siem de Jong, Many Riviere and Jonas Gutierrez were all not available through injury.

And as those injured players start to come back, they will all have to fight for their places, and none of the players missing yesterday are necessarily automatic first choices when they are fit again.

The competition for places is getting to be massive on Tyneside, and we have to hope that translates into even more good performances from our players in the weeks and months ahead.

Without getting too carried away – we could even have a very good season …..

Howay The Lads!!

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139 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 23, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Hahaha

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #2

    im surprised rotonda hasnt mentioned the ‘perfect storm’ phrase he loves 😉

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #3

    what I don’t get

    the idiots who back pardew , but have always said the squad is weak,

    then you get me and a few others who have said all along , I think we have a top 6 squad, that I don’t rate liverpools or spuds squads, but the idiots say look how much they have spent,

    they have the managers , but poor squads, we have good young players just not the manager to trust ,

    this is based on when it goes wrong , he is clueless ,

    I hate his smug face ,

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #4

    mag92 // Oct 12, 2014 at 3:41 PM
    The longer Ashley keeps faith with Pardew the closer to the Championship the club gets. Get moyes in!
    mag92 // Oct 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Let’s hope Moyes gets the job and soon!
    mag92 // Oct 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM
    Ashley received 77 million for finishing tenth and pays Pardew a reputed 800k a year, surely paying him off and hiring a manager that’ll keep the club in the premier league is the smart option.

    These are just a few of mag92’s posts before our turn around, the guy is a troll who is keeping his one line posts foot all related to avoid being banned as he has done previously.

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  • jayphoto

    Nov 23, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #5

    @catchy – agree with you on this to an extent! I’ve been one that doesn’t think Pardew is the right man, i still don’t but i don’t think hes awful. Think we have a top 7/8 squad and a top 6 fully fit first 11! I also think some fans overrate certain players! Never rated HBA and hes hardly pulling up trees in Hull, nor Marveaux! More concerned that he was playing our best player (sissoko) on the wing and that Williamson was starting ahead of taylor and especially MYM even when he playef poorly! Also concerned that he played Shola ever and got a horrible feeling tiote will waltz back into the side despite Abeid performing better this season!
    My big problem with pardew is he’ll keep the same 11 far too long running our players into the ground over a season (see last season for example) and he’ll stick by mis-performing players far too long (willo, Jonas, Gouffran etc)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #6

    mag92 // Oct 13, 2014 at 6:31 PM
    Pardew thought Ebola was a transfer target.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #7

    mag92 // Oct 13, 2014 at 6:50 PM
    Nigel Worthington, resigned from York City, it would be too much for Pardew, to resign for the good of the club.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #8

    It seems we weren’t nearly as bad as we played in the first 7or 8 games. But this run will come to an end soon. I think we’re about a 12th place team by the end of the season. Several teams are playing well below their ability and that will change. We’re fifth place with a negative goal differential! No other club in the top 9 can say that.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail for Ashley

    Why are you to trying to stir, i thought everyone was getting on.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone really think we’re a top 5 team over a whole season? I just don’t believe it. Ashley shouldn’t relax just yet.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #11

    GeordieTwo

    Every team goes on a good and a bad run.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #12

    mag92 // Oct 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM
    The third rate set pieces that consists of the cart horse Williamson trying and ultimately failing to win a header are the most embarrassing to watch and it’s a great example of the substandard Pardew at work.

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  • Douglas

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13

    All,
    we might as well drop the discussion regardig Pardew (is he the right man for the job”. He’s here for another 5 years.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #14

    This run will come to an end.

    Dear me

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #15

    mag92 // Oct 14, 2014 at 11:54
    At the end of the day results will do for Pardew what protests couldn’t.

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  • magscar

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Geordie Two@10

    No not even Pardew

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Get my point.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #18

    JFA

    He won’t respond.
    I called him out last week asking him questions on posts he’d contradicted himself on during the day and he vanished. Didn’t appear until following day.

    He’ll be back in a day or two when he thinks people have forgot or he’ll change his name.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Not many sides are as streaky as we are welshie. This run is a bit of a miracle for Pardew. I’m interested to see what our record is by Christmas. We have had several outstanding performances recently from Perez and Sissoko in particular but the squad is not nearly deep enough. We are not a top 5 or 6 team over an entire season. Even if we were it would possibly put us in Europa again which would be a disaster thanks to Ashley’s approach to ownership.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #20

    jay

    he has proved many times now, his favourite players walk back into the team

    Williamson
    tiote
    goofy
    will all return soon
    still hasn’t got a clue about his best left back , so ends up giving them both half each

    rivi cisse are lost up front all alone under his system ,but he thinks they should score more goals

    I did rate HBA , I don’t think he was given a fair chance to prove himself , everything was always his fault , no matter what

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #21

    G2

    With Pardew and the squad we should be able to manage top ten but I doubt euro places unless we strengthend.

    Even with the kids stepping up we still have a small squad, if we lose anymore players we’d struggle to get a side out.

    I’m happy with the wins but at the minute I’m still worried if the changes in Pardew team etc are significant enough to carry this change of fortune on.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #22

    welsh,
    Not stirring at all, just proving that your mate mag92 is a snidey troll. He was slagging Pardew like fcuk a few weeks ago trying to get a reaction and now he is on slagging anyone who slated Pardew, are you too stupid to realise the guy is on a wind up or because he’s your pal, don’t you care?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #23

    The form of Liverpool is shocking. Two players out (Suarez gone, Sturridge injured) and they fall apart. Strange days. Arsenal will recover and end up top 4 as usual. West Ham will drop down the table. We will drop down the table. The final standings will look a lot more like people usually expect because money talks.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #24

    thing is once something is published its pretty damning welshie

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Catchy

    I was a bit surprised when he put Goufran on for Raylor. If you didn’t want to bring Anita on I would have thought Cisse on Perez drop back behind him would have been the more obvious choice than Gouffran.

    We all differ on which players e rate but Pardew goes for players he can depend on putting in a shift, it will be very interesting once he has a fully fit squad.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Time will tell optimistic mate but runs like this are once a season for a club like us. We may finish 10th or so but no higher. If Perez or Sissoko get injured what then? As you say we just don’t have any depth thanks to Ashley. I still see us finishing slightly below mid table over the whole season.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #27

    i think we will do well this season, because this season we have got the added bonus of youngsters and fringe players doing well which we haven’t had for the last couple of seasons, for example last couple of seasons in matches we would be using more or less the same players every match, but when we had injuries or didn’t buy in the transfer windows we would struggle, this season how ever like i said before we have signed a couple of players this season, plus we have got youngsters and fringe players on top of that plus we have got a player doing well that’s never played premiership football before in Aarons, 10 players injured for the match against qpr and we won, if that happend last year if qpr was in the league i don’t think we would have won, that’s why I think we will do well this season, it was just a matter time before we got our first win it just took us a couple of games

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  • magscar

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #28

    jfa

    In view of ongoing posts I thought I would post this set of rules from a Liverpool forum I strayed on to earlier today (thanks to Liverpool Kop) – only to see how they were treating Rogers 🙂

    Ed’s rules are comprehensive but aren’t as detailed as these and I feel they are as relevant to all Football Blogs but to us in particular this last year. Mind you I have no idea if they are abided by and if not how enforced.

    Neverthe less it would be beneficial if all posters of all shades of opinion could take note e.g. not only Mag92 but Catchy for his “idiots” reference.
    ——
    * ALL views are welcome, and if someone’s football-related opinion doesn’t fit your pre-conceived notion of what constitutes an LFC ‘fan’, then tough luck.

    * Good-natured banter is fine, but posts containing personal insults, belittlement, sniping, deliberate antagonism etc (directed at fellow posters, players, managers, rival fans etc) will be deleted.

    * Attack the argument, not the person. Repeat offenders will be banned.

    * Posts moaning about ‘negativity’ will also be deleted. The aim of this site is ‘critical realism about LFC’, so please expect a critical/analytical approach, and be prepared to have your opinion challenged.

    * Txt spk is outlawed. Please write in proper sentences, and avoid using abbreviations like LOL, PMSL etc.

    * The site owner welcomes and encourages disagreement, but only if opposing views are presented in line with the guidelines above.
    Ultimately, it’s simple: be as vehement and passionate as you like, but please remain civil at all times. Thank you.
    ———-

    Not saying Ed’s rules are not sufficient or that there aren’t improvements could be made to these but worth looking at for their commomsense .

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail for Ashley

    how the hell is he my mate, if you want to keep on arguing with people be my guest, you the one acting like a clown.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #30

    OP

    I would have thought Anita would have been better suited for that position ahead of raylor if I’m honest,

    goofy is a cf, and that’s all he is, he is lost when ever he switches sides to the right side of the pitch , but he will run,

    I remember a few seasons ago, Anita mangled to get a few games in a row, he won mom a few times , both for his ability and the energy he put into the game, still managed to get dropped by inept one

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #31

    i was trying to keep the peace i won’t bother next time

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #32

    exactly jail

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #33

    The middle of the table is exactly where Ashley wants us. That way there will be very little pressure on him to sack Pardew or spend on the club. This run will end soon and the struggles and complaints will begin straight away. The West Ham game will be very interesting. Supposedly it will be a battle of two rising sides who belong in the top 6. We’ll see if it’s true or not.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #34

    mag

    go F yourself mate 🙂 theirs a nice boy, go back to your Liverpool site,

    right now I don’t know a Liverpool fan that is not moaning and whining on , most want Rodgers out

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #35

    magscar
    lol m8 🙂

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #36

    ooh get catchy with his smiley face haha

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Magscar

    There canny 😉

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m looking forward to the west ham match, be happy with a draw in that one.

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  • Mag52

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Catchy.

    “I think we have a top six squad”
    What are you on Catchy? We have defenders who, a few weeks ago, were seen as, at best, championship quality (Williamson and Saylor) and the abuse Collo was getting on here was amazing.
    We have young, until recently untested players in the premiership, Aarons, Perez,and Ameobi, and we have Obertan, a player no one has rated for a couple of years, all of whom have, under Pardew’s direction, been playing out of their skins in the last half dozen matches.
    This doesn’t suddenly turn them into a squad to compare with that available to Rodgers or to Pochettino. It simply shows what the much maligned AP has recently achieved with the resources available to him – and long may it continue !

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #40

    We do have some positives going forward but I think people should realize anything near our current form will be impossible to maintain and we’re bound to slip down the table quite a distance.

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