This Lad Was A LIve Wire For Magpies – He Changed The Game

Alan Pardew probably saw the best performance form Remy Cabella last night at Turf Moor when Cabella came on for a quiet Ayoze Perez at the start of the second half and seemed to transform Newcastle from a lethargic first half performance into giving all out attacking display in the second.

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Remy Cabella gave an all action performance for Newcastle last night

But once again for all the attacking Newcastle did in that second half, Burnley goalkeeper Heaton didn’t have many saves to make and some of our set pieces still leave much to be desired.

Remy is now showing the form that had Newcastle bringing him to Newcastle in the summer.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game last night:

The big difference was Cabella, who actually gave us some technical ability and produced a really good second half for us,”

“That’s really good news because we’ve been waiting for him to come alive a little bit for us. Tonight he changed the game a little bit.¨ “He played like one of the front row of a rugby team in the second half, he was terrific.¨

“He took the game by the scruff of the neck with his technical ability and that’s what he has to do,  because he’s not going to be a dominant force physically in the Premier League.¨

¨He has to be a player who is going to get on the ball, run at people and create.” “We’re in great form, that’s one defeat in seven or eight, nine games now,”

“We’re looking forward to Chelsea, I’m sure it will be a great day for our fans. We’ll certainly give a good account of ourselves I’m sure.”

The outstanding players in the second half who gave Newcastle energy, after we had looked comatose in that first half,  were Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi and Mehdi Abeid, who was here there and everywhere in that second half for the Magpies.

Steven Taylor probably put himself in the starting eleven for the Chelsea game on Saturday with a solid performance,  and he was energetic in moving forward as Newcastle went all out for that winning second goal.

A terrible first half and an excellent second half display by Newcastle is a quick summary of last night’s game, with some of our youngsters again looking the part.

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59 comments so far

  • manxpie

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #1

    how dare he say a technical player actually does his job!

    wat an arse he is! how can he pick him if he’s not defending!! or should i say “containing” 🙂

  • 70TWO

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #2

    God help us.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Perez should no play the No 10 role

    Gouffron should be at his best position – at the bench

  • RAM

    Dec 3, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #4

    LOL! Really liked your comment about Gouffran’s best position – on the bench! LOL!

  • headtheball

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #5

    He changed the game? What about a change in philosophy? Perhaps picking skillfull players instead of workhorses? Get a left footed player to take corners on the right and right footed players taking corners from the left? Instead of two strikers and two defensive midfield players with a LARGE gap between and the inevitable hoofball, why not have a midfielder committed to driving foreward. There were glimpses of cohesion but they were rare. Cisses first touch was awfull most of the time. Willo adds nothing. Everything must be OK as I saw Ashley smiling unless he was talking about SD profits. The King was in his Altogether.
    Chelsea could be a hammering!

  • SA Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #6

    @Brutooon I agree that Perez had a shocker last night. In fact, the entire team looked flat in the first half. Thought Elliot had a much better game though and Janmaat, Sammy, Haidara and Abeid were all good. I do think we are much more threatening from deep when we play Sissoko, Colback and Abeid, but Tiote’s defense was strong. It will be interesting to see who starts in the middle of the park against Chelsea. Certainly came alive in the second half and Cabella added some much needed creativity. Pity we had to settle for a draw, but the suspensions of Sissoko and Colback may have been a blessing in disguise come Saturday!

  • expatmag

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Team v chelsea


    Janmaat Saylor Colo Dummett

    Tiote Sissoko Colback

    Cabella Perez Aarons

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    Comment #8

    I can’t see us getting a hammering at Chelsea, despite them being far superior. Our midfield is too competitive and the defense too well organized. If we are lucky Cisse nicks a goal or someone, most likely Sissoko, scores a cracker. More likely we get done one or two nil.

  • NOVA2967

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Man are we ever going to score two real goals. The team even looked good in the second half but did we even get a shot. haha WTF

    We really need a passing CM. Cabella did bring that in the center park and as much as Anita isnt great. He could become a good sub, late in the game at 0-0 or 1-0. We need some better passing from the CDM’s…

    Lack of goals is do to Pardew playing for a 0-0 or 1-0 game and you can’t blame him as our players aint up for much better. Two CDM, Sissoko power behind a striker and cross from the width. I think Riverre deserves a run out. He looked powerful today and could be a better pick out with all these crosses to Perez and Sissoko which don’t connect

  • Our Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #10

    I have been saying for a long time now that Jack Colback is full of running but doesn’t really do anything. He gets praise for chasing the ball like a headless chicken. A serial sideways passer yet we have some/alot who believe he should play ahead of Abeid.

    Abeid showed last night that he can play that role better than Colback and he showed that he is an attacking threat as well as being solid defensively, Abeid has a better range of FORWARD passing, he looked good going forward yesterday, he looked powerful, made good interceptions and actually had a presence in midfield, complemented Tiote really well who also did very well defensively. Do fellow fans really think that JC should walk back into the team?

  • Our Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #11

    My team for Chelsea match


    Janmaat, Saylor, Colo, Dummett

    Abeid, Tiote, Sissoko

    Perez/Riviere, Cisse, Aaron

    That XI allows us to be flexible with the team and formations

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 3, 2014 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #12

    NOVA2967; we scored two excellent goals v WBA. We’re definitely lacking on the goal scoring front though.

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Dec 3, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #13

    This is the team I would start on Saturday:

    No choice in goals. Taylor in for Williamson on merit, Dummet and Haidara haven’t put a foot wrong so Colo should have to work his way back in. Then in my opinion this is without doubt our best 3 in the center.
    Cabella in for the ruined Gouffran, Sammy to keep his place but would obviously love to see Aarons come off the bench for his return. Riviere must be given more opportunity also.

  • toonicle

    Dec 3, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Wouldn’t mind seeing just sissoko and colback in the holding roles, something like this


    Maybe start cisse just cause its Chelsea

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 3, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree it was a great goal from Cissé, but you must admit he’s missed some sitters recently.

  • WestOzMag

    Dec 3, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #16

    As long as we win I couldnt care who plays. All just gotta put in 100% and not the half a game crap that we can regularly muster. 2 games have passed since we were 5th and now were 10th. A 2 game gap now to get in 4-5th spot and as I said before, if we dont pick up any points and especially 3 pointers in the next tough run of fixture were back to where we started and that run of 5 on the trott meant nothing. Im pissed we got nothing at west ham and im pissed we got a pt a Burnley. NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!

  • cyprus

    Dec 3, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Gave MOM to Ameobi, he torured them over there with Haidara all night. He continues to surprise me.

    Of course, Cabella is world class and he’s beginning to show why he will be our star.

    Other players had good games too:

    Tiote: was a rock and always in their face. PS. Tiote, man, just kick it away when you’re surrrounded by 3 players 🙂

    Elliot: despite goal, he kept us in it with a couple excellent saves.

    Janmaat: better than Debuchy?

    Dummett: continues to put in a decent shift. I had him as useless, he ain’t.

    Will: not a very good night, but tried, as always.

    Taylor: was my pet hate, proving me wrong… thanks!

    Goufy: decent game, was all over, not sure I get the hate mail.

    Abeid: very good player.

    Perez: off night, but kept trying.

    Cisse: he needs more service.

    Riv: come on man, find that form.

  • stephen1971

    Dec 3, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #18

    if pardew thinks we,re in great form then he needs to sit and watch that match over again as it was a terrible performance, motm for me was ings by a country mile, i,d like to see this lad up front for us, a great touch and battles all night for the ball as well as finding excellent positions

  • TheIndianToon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Why play Gouffran instead of Cabella at the start? Why give the no. 10 role to Ayoze, and make him look stupid? That role could have been given to Cabella, with Cisse through the middle and Ayoze up front! What does Goofy bring to the table, apart from his goofs? How so much people think he nicked Janmaat’s cross into Cisse’s path (OR dummied it to him!!), I am dead convinced he went for a cute back-flick towards goal, and missed the ball completely, and thanks to that our goal came off Cisse’s knees. Entire first half was played on the left side of the pitch! He must have got fewer touches than Robbie, I’m sure. Such a waste.. Only sane and sensible formation for this team is with Cabella and Sammy on the wings, Ayoze/Cisse upfront and Sissoko at CAM. With Colback and Tiote as the holding mids. And get Ings plzz, his confidence at holding the ball and making those cute shimmies is BPL level, perfect for our 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formations as the lone CF.

    One last thing: When will we EVER score from a dead ball!! If Pardew (and his coaching staff) are horrible at anything, it is the set piece training. Such a shame…. HWTL..


    Dec 3, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #20


    i would put that team aswell against chelsea.. i wouldn play tiote anywer…

  • firebug666

    Dec 3, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #21

    For my two peneth,

    Cisse should be sold, his first touch was abysmal and lets face it the ball bounced of his knee for the goal, There is a great deal of potential in the squad, and I believe that with the right manager we could be a top six side.

    We looked so poor in the first half, I was expecting to get thrashed in the second, but fare play to the lads they found some fighting spirit to earn a poor draw.

    The biggest problem we have is the inept one, he has tried his best with the players we have and has failed. Time for him to move on, he simply cannot manage at this level. Being very pleased with a draw against Burnley really shows us where he is mentally. Most of the fans I have spoken with were angry overall, because we never turned up in the first half, and managed to be average in the second half. But the inept one was very pleased. Ahh well!

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 3, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #22


    Not just pleased, pleased as punch 😉

  • firebug666

    Dec 3, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #23


    Honestly mate, I cringe every time he opens his mouth. I was going to ask what his thinking was behind last nights team selection? Then realised how futile the question would have been, as the answer is simply… He doesn’t think.

  • nut meg

    Dec 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #24

    It was like watching two pub teams for 45minutes.We improved in the 2nd 45 but ended up with a point which was only what we deserved. Cabella showed me that he’s getting to grips with what the PL is about & I look forward to seeing more from him in future. I really like the look of Danny Ings. That’s the first time I’ve seen 90 from him & I think he’s every inch a PL player & I’d like to see us bring him in asap.

  • thehen

    Dec 3, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #25

    it was freezing cold last night mind but it was a great second half, cabella was great and showed how good he can be albeit against a crap championship side. perez was poor last night and should be benched for a couple of games. cisse came alive in the box and i thought janmatt was always a treat, i hope sammy is okay as he looked injured when he went off, s ameobi was always a threat on the left side and this is where we always threatened last night

  • thehen

    Dec 3, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #26

    oh and danny ings was proper garbage no way a toon player i would rather shit in my hands and clap than pay them lot 10 mil plus for him. and keep this form going lads, you never know a win on saturday would be nice for santa coming

  • firebug666

    Dec 3, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #27


    I think Perez was poor only because he was played as a number ten. Taken out of his comfort zone and played in an unfamiliar position will always make a player look poor. The thing is we had number tens available, But the inept one has to play players out of position for some insane reason.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 3, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Cabella is the best attacking midfielder in the Premier League.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #29

    Saw nowt of the game last night…pressing engagement of a vital darts league tie at the pub! But reading some of the game time blog it seem smaybe it was a ‘game of 2 halves’? We were poor and Pardew doesn’t know what he is doing / is to blame? Oh well, bring on Chelsea eh chaps? Would it be just like the toon to beat them now? Well we can dream… I hope we came through unscathed injury wise but ? ameobi got a knock?

  • Mag52

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #30


    By far and away the most balanced summary of player performances v Burnley yesterday. Watch out though Cyprus. Suggesting that Tiote kick it away when surrounded by three opponents ( often the most sensible option in certain situations) could get you criticized for advocating ‘hoof’ ball, a style of play poor old Willo has, somewhat unfairly, been labelled with.

  • mindcompressor

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #31

    When I was watching our last two games and whole impression was similar to beginning of the season, I got conspiracy theory 🙂

    There was pressure upon Pardew, so he said: “Alright, if I’m so bad – let’s see what will happen if I will stay out of training ground. I’m guessing what guys will figure out without my wonderful skills”. And they did – and we had results 🙂 Now he came back on the bench and again – we are harmless.

    Apart of that – all winning games were without Gouffran on the pitch. Coincidence? I don’t think so 🙂

    And pissing me off situation with Armstrong. If he is behind Cisse, Perez, Rivierre and we are playing with 1 striker, so he has no chances for playing. Let him go on some loan or go back to reserves/U21 because we are wasting him!

    If somebody produced jewel and you are deciding to pick up this jewel, put it in crown, not in the dark pocket.

    And what was the idea with Perez as no.10 position? Where all this bullshit is coming from? It was just Burnley – with whole respect to that team – if we push them, they would do mistakes, but again – preservative attitude and lucky goal to catch a draw…

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #32

    If we must play a winger who contributes nothing at all going forward (ie his job) then we might as well play Jonas. Gouffran is a poor mans Jonas and I think it’s a myth that he never stops running. At least the stats that show who covered the most miles suggest that. It just looks like he’s running a lot because he’s always back helping. What people forget is he’s never forward helping out. I’m sick of Pardew giving opportunities to players just becasue they try their best. Could you imagine Guardiola putting someone in simply through sympathy.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #33

    Just realised the Chelsea fixture is at St James’, so I’ll revise my prediction from a one or two goal loss, to a tight home win. HWTL

  • Slank

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #34

    cyprus @ 17

    My MOM was also Ameobi. What impressed me most was his defensive duties. He and Haidara work really well together. Nothing like having left footed players on the left side of the team.

    Cabella is very good but in my opinion hasn’t done enough enough times.

    Haidara: Another excellent game. He takes a lot of punishment but thankfully gets up now. Excellent left foot. Hope he remains in position when Santon is fit. The team has looked so much more balanced with Dummitt, Haidara, Ameobi and Colback all being left footed playing on the left side of the team. Not rocket science.

    Totally agree about Tiote. I nearly have heart failure when he does his spinnerets in front of three opposition players. He will get caught out. Jose almost certainly has taken note of this.

    Elliot: Good.

    Janmaat: Much better than Debuchy. Another cross and another goal.

    Dummett: Solid as ever. Can’t see him losing his place. See Williamson and Saylor losing their places to Colo.

    Williamson: Rabbit in the headlights. Made the whole back line nervous.

    Taylor: Solid. Brought calmness to the back line which is not something that is often said about him. His charges up field were impressive only because they didn’t result in Burnley scoring against us whilst he was away from our penalty area.

    Goufy: Nice flick for the goal. Two minds about him. Tireless worker but not a game changer (well apart from last night !). Can see Aarons or Obertan ousting him for home games.

    Abeid: Excellent yet again. Will replace Tiote who will probably leave in the summer. Our coaches need to tell him that the goal posts are not somewhere in row 21 when shooting from distance.

    Perez: Not his night but he never gives up.

    Cisse: Doesn’t look razor sharp although the goal was very well taken. Probably needs more games to get back to his lethal self.

    Danny Ings was probably the best player on the pitch. Does he look so good because the rest of the Burnley team are so average, I don’t know.

  • thehen

    Dec 3, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #35

    danny ings the best player on the pitch???? slank he was terrible and is a top championship player at best mate. cisse is a preditor.. dont expect loads from him but boy does he come alive in the box, thats what he does and his scoring record proves it, get balls to him in the box and he will score

    fire bug i agree i love perez but i dont want loads of pressure on them young shoulders already he has shown huge potential.. its a mouthwatering thought but i cannot wait to have a fully fit squad i.e de jong, gabby, aarons ect back

  • SimonCypher

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #36

    This is not related to this post admittedly, but do derby day tickets go on sale Monday 8th December? I appreciate that they won’t go on general sale, but thankfully I’m a member and also have a friend who’s a season ticket holder and looking to secure two tickets.

  • kilbane

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #37

    I want to see more of Abeid in Attacking positions cos he was prolific in Pananthinicos last season and I still remember his stunner against Olympiacos. He should be our deadball specialist in the absence of Raylor and playmaker in the absence of Sissoko.

  • firebug666

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #38

    When the inept one sated in his interview that we were poor in the first half, and he was surprised the fans stayed. He should remember that it was him on the touchline shouting at the players to stay back and hold that defensive line, therefore stifling any form of attack.

  • mindshaft

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #39

    Didn’t see game last night but by all accounts we were dire in a poor game – tiotes return has resulted in 1 point in 6, can’t see us getting many points in December.

    Abeid plays well with Colback and Sissoko, not so well with tiote / gouffran

  • AncientC

    Dec 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #40

    Not bad for a player deemed ‘s***e, lightweight, does too many step-overs, not cut out for the Premier League & should be sold.’

    Cabella’s quality has been there for all to see, which is why he was in the top 3 players in the Premier League, for creating chances… until he was dropped that is.

    Then again “lightweight & does too many step-overs” is always a good assessment of a player. (As if lightweight means anything when you are talking about football & not boxing)


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