Newcastle Cannot Do This And Still Beat Chelsea

One of the unusual facets of the first half last night at Burnley, was that Newcastle were out fought by the opposition, and the Burnley players worked harder than the Newcastle players in that first 45 minutes, and went in at the break with that 1-0 lead.

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Alan Pardew – during the first half last night – not happy

That’s been very unusual in Newcastle’s good streak over the last couple of months,  but two good insightful changes made by Alan Pardew at half time – taking off the out-of-sorts Mike Williamson and replacing him with Steven Taylor, and bringing on Remy Cabella for Ayoze Perez and those changes did the trick.

And Remy was the difference in that second half – in what was a very good performance from Newcastle United, and we were a bit unlucky not to win the game.

But we cannot play only half a game against Chelsea, and if we start like we did at Burnley and not match Chelsea’s hard-working players, the game could be as good as over at half time.

If we are to get anything out of the game on Saturday against the league leaders – then we have to put in two good halves – like the one we put in during the second half last night.

One other thing that Newcastle must improve is our set plays – which haven’t been good  for quite a while and at least all this year.

Maybe our ineffective set-plays was the main reason we didn’t win the game last night, because the corners and free kicks were poor,  and the final ball was never good enough.

That explains why Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton didn’t have a save to make in those final 40 minutes of the game.

So hopefully Alan Pardew will sort the set plays out before Saturday – hopefully – and last night Mehdi Abeid did a lot of the duties, but it was one of the few things in his game that didn’t work for the Algerian last night.

Maybe Remy Cabella is the one to take the free kicks – or local lad Jack Colback.

The Newcastle players will know they will have to work like crazy for the full 90 minutes if we are to duplicate last season’s  result in this match – and win the game.

That would be something!!

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35 comments so far

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #1

    BandB // Dec 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Here’s another bash a game that isn’t pillow fighting.
    Without checking Transfermarkt (which can be a bit conservative and behind the times…eg: it rates Aaarons at £200,000.)
    What values do we put on the following players in January?


    If you can’t be arsed to do that, can you suggest the Transfermarkt value of the most and least valued player?

    PS…we can beat Chelsea. Sometimes they don’t show up against us. Slank’s team from earlier, with Gouffran in place of Sammy, who is injured.

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s okay men.
    I’ve gone.
    You can come out now.

  • Patoon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail, i can’t c us signing a replacement for Tiote as Abeid is a ready made 1 and we hav Colback and Sissoko, i don’t rate Anita at all so if we sold Tiote and Anita we could possibly bring in a defensive midfielder type player then, we do need a center back, Dummet has been great this season and would really like to c him get a real run at center back,

    i would rate these players as follows
    Tiote 15m
    Gouffran 8m
    Anita 4m
    Sissoko 15 to 18m wouldn’t sell, one of our best atm
    Cisse 15 to 18m, wouldn’t sell, will score lots of goals if fir

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #4


    Again, without looking, the value you put on one of our players is very similar to his value as estimated on Transfermarkt.
    Which one would you guess?

  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #5

    not enough to get fatty drooling its either 30 mill or keep them till their legs have gone

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Howay Wolfs,

    Its just a game.
    I’ve even tried not to make it a team game.
    Have a go.
    Okay, what is the closest value, on Transfermarkt to £30m?
    And remember, its based on a premiss, like Pointless.
    You don’t have to be actually blind to play Blind Man’s Buff.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #7

    I understand that we have Abeid, Sissoko and Colback but they are not immune to injuries, suspensions and loss of form, as has just been shown, why is there such a clamour to get rid of one of our best players just because somebody else has come good.

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Howay lads….

    Stop shooting.
    Have a game of footie between the lines.
    Stillen Nacht.
    Tis the season to be jolly, tra-la-la-la-la.
    Loosen your stays. Shake the nearest hand, friend or negger. Kiss under the mistletoe. Give me more figgy pudding.
    Play my game. You gits 🙂

  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #9

    well cisse cost 10 mill and couldnt hit a cows arse with a banjo for 2 seasons so id say 5 mill tops

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Would anyone one here have Gignac ? .

    Ligue 1’s top scorer joint with Lacazette and is on a free soon . Would suit Pardew’s play style more and if he is a flop then we haven’t paid stupid money for him .

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #11

    I sounded like Rodney Bewes there…….
    Wolfs, valued at a high of over £16m in January 2012, your man (and remember everyone, it’s just a bit of fun, a-hah-hah-ha) is now valued at hardly more than you say.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #12

    ———–Gignac—————————De Jong———

    Could be good .

  • Kris

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Was it Lascelles that sat next to Colo at the match yesterday?

  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #14

    ooh do i win a prize 🙂

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d be tempted to start this midfield and attack against the size and speed of Chelsea, who are about as formidable side as you’ll meet.

    There’s consistent pace, power, and serious endeavour there, with some flair, artistry and youthful exuberance to come in off the bench in Cabella, Sammi, or Peres, and also Cisse to maybe nick a goal for you late on.

    Not the set up I’d go with generally, but Chelsea are no ordinary opposition.

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #16

    You know, the generals put an end to the Christmas truce, on pain of the firing squad. No more of that “peace on earth” bollocks.”
    It’s a bit like when your boss tells you that you have to stay “positive”.
    Work more and more Bob Cratchit hours for Bob Cratchit wages, while he gets dumber and richer, far from the trenches.
    So you carry it into your private lives. “Feeling positive for the match, m8s. Hope no-one messes with my mojo.”
    FFS. The world is devolving into hate-your-neighbour donkey-led-by-donkeys distaster.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #17


    Have you been drinking.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Or smoked something you shouldn’t have.

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #19


    Yes. Its my “Soldier’s Bath” award.
    It is six foot long, but only half an inch deep.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #20

    er we’ll have none of that bolshy talk in here madam haha

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #21


    Good comeback lad. And just the three hours to think of it (think of it again, I mean)
    I knew you were coming. I could hear your knuckles dragging on the floor.
    Though it may have been your school satchel.

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m off,

    The sun is sinking over the Carparthians and Dracula and his Polly Put the Kettle On will be stirring.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #23

    A question for everyone.

    If a boy ask a girl would she like to to go for a drink with him and she turns round and says don’t know maybe, has he got a chance.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #24

    And that question is not for me by the way, it’s just i have got a friend and he’s a bit shy to ask, just like me really.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Imagine if we had Diego Costa to lead our line. Jesus, despite all the financial doping that goes on among the senior sides, if we had him, I’d back us to beat anyone at St James’.

  • kenlau88210

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #26

    top notch goal by Remy

  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #27


    If she hasn’t told you, er I mean your friend to Gan Shite straight toff the bat then I’d take that as a positive.
    She’s probably got her eye on some one else and is keeping you on ice in case he asks her.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #28


    Are you OK. Earthquakes in Melbourne last night. You’re not under a pile of rubble are you?
    But then he wouldn’t answer would he. I’m so blonde sometimes.Lol

  • BandB

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #29


    If as girl really likes your friend. She’ll let your friend know soon enough.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Good results for us tonight. I am expecting, hoping perhaps, to see West Ham, Swansea and Southampton all slide down the table and for us to finish ahead of them as well as one out of Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool, if we can sort out this injury plague that blights our every turn.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Factor in a few more automatic suspensions and the Derby game is not looking as promising either.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Has he got a chance, this is conversation that he told me.

    Boy Would you like to come out for a drink on Saturday
    Girl i can’t on Saturdays because i work
    Boy What about any day of the week
    Girl i don’t know we’ll see.

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Full moon tonight then lads?

  • beermonkey

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #34


    cant u take this to dear Deirdre or that twat Jeremey kyle I am they will help you

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #35


    Dear Deirdre good idea, I’ll give her a shout.

    Jaaaaaaiiiiiiillllllllll where are you.

    Ha ha ha


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