Top Players To Return – Selection Problems For Pardew

Fabricio Coloccini was at the game last night at Burnley  in the stands, as Newcastle put in a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde performance  – we  made a poor start to the game and looked very poor in the first half when we went in  at the break 1-0 down.

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Jack Colback – back on Saturday
But then manager  Pardew made two crucial changes at half time, and brought on Steven Taylor for Mike Williamson and Remy Cabella for Ayoze Perez, and Newcastle looked a different and a very good side in that second half.

We were unlucky not to take all 3 points.

The thing that raised the hopes of Newcastle fans was that terrific second half performance, and we had some excellent performances from some of our players in that second half.

Alan Pardew was delighted with Newcastle’s second half all-out performance and he said this after the game:

“Hopefully, we’ll have one or two back.” “Jack and Moussa will be back, nice and fresh, and maybe the captain too.”

“This was the ideal situation for Coloccini – he has that air of authority.” “We lacked that a little bit. It’ll be nice to see him.”

“We’re in great form. We’re looking forward to Chelsea. I think it’ll be a great day.” “We were sweating in the warm-up that we’d get news that one of them wasn’t going to make it,”

“Willo wasn’t quite right in his focus.” “He had a court appearance he had to do. He wasn’t really as good as he has been.”

“That’s when you need your experienced players, and Cheick Tiote and (Steven) Taylor made a difference second half.”

It looks like Willo shouldn’t have started the game.

With Coloccini and also Rolando Aarons likely to be back in the squad against Chelsea on Saturday, and since we also have Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback back from suspension –  the stage is set for a very good game against an unbeaten Chelsea side on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

Alan Pardew will have some selection problems too, given the excellent performances put in last night by the likes of Remy Cabella, Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi, who were all in top form in that second half.

On thing is certain – it should be a strong starting eleven and a strong bench for Newcastle on Saturday.

Howay The Lads!! 

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20 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Our Toon

    December 3, 2014


    Danny Ings is a striker who can play with his back to goal, cisse is a striker who plays in the shoulder so is likely to get offside a lot. Completely different strikers, Cisse has an excellent record in 3 countries, when he joined he had excellent service. It’s been a while since that service has been right for him. Burnley play to Ings strength and we play to pinch a goal….not to Cisse’s strength.

    Ings had a good game but in the 1st half we allowed them to play like that, he’s decent but much like Shane Long the lad isn’t going to be prolific at this level!! 4 goals of which 2 or 3 have been pens!!

    Our Toon

    December 3, 2014


    You and I would also guarantee 100% effort on a weekly basis for the toon doesn’t mean we should play though does it? At that level / to go onto the next level we need to have end product that goes with the effort otherwise it’s just wasted

  • Our Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2


    Which is why I have used words like very rarely does he look for a forward pass. 1 assist is all Colback has mate. Abeid played Colbacks role last night and played it better than Colback himself would have. I agree they are different players but we already have Tiote who’s the best ball winner in midfield, and Sissoko who’s the best at bursting forward and powerful with his running. Abeid is the closest to them both as he can play both roles as shown yesterday, Colback can’t play either.

    heading to a meeting peeps catch up in a bit

  • Slank

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    I think the only selection problem Pardew has is who of the three midfield players start from Tiote, Abeid, Sissoko and Colback. I suspect from his comments that Tiote will get the nod over Abeid.

    Probable team could be:

    Janmaat – Colo – Dummitt – Haidara
    Tiote – Colback
    Cabella – Sissoko – Ameobi

    Sadly Abeid and Perez may miss out but could come off the bench. Not sure whether Ameobi has a knock.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    I find it a bit hard to be pleased with the second half after the first was such a horror show.

    45mins is better than only 20mins, if we perform like that against Chelsea they’ll be out of sight by half time.

    Both full backs constantly leaving big gaps either flank yet neither of our DM filled in to cover them, 2 of them surely 1 should be covering fullbacks whilst ones in the middle.

    Happy with a point but the first half over shadows the first IMO

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    First over shadows the second half

  • Pugwash

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Our Toon

    Yes I agree they are completely different strikers in terms of how they play. I assume by 3 counties, you are including England in that. I am not going to trawl through stats but I think his record at NUFC has been worse than average (after the 1st dozen games or so).

    He is offside far too much, regardless of how he plays, I appreciate that players like him are often looking to spring the trap but he rarely does that well. When needed (and teams like us need it occasionally/often) he is incapable of holding the ball up.

    I like the bloke but I am losing faith in his footballing ability (or at least what he has to offer us).

    In my opinion Danny Ings is a better all round player and better suited to how we play.

  • martoon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Slank @3 – On BBC Newcastle they were saying Ameobi looked like he had a hamstring injury so he could well be out for a few weeks – hopefully Aarons will be back.

  • thehen

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    janmatt collocini dummett haidarra
    colback abeid
    cabella sissoko ameobi

  • cyprus

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Any formal news on Ameobi?

  • thehen

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Senior career*
    Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
    2009–2011 Bournemouth 27 (7)
    2010 ? Dorchester Town (loan) 9 (4)
    2011– Burnley 97 (31)

    mate thats danny ings stats there its hardly amazing he has scored four PL goals

  • Mag52

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Any news on Elliot’s wife’s baby?

  • 70TWO

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Team to play Chelsea (LOL):

  • John Tudor

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    what about ian wright came up from non-league he had crap stats

  • Thump

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Willo has a court appearance? For what? (Taking a wild guess on speeding)

    No news on Sammy yet. Hope it’s not too serious, he’s been pretty effective at deputising.

  • bills-son

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Brutooon // Dec 2, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Williamson is a league 2 quality defender.

    The only TALL defender in the world who NEVER won any header.

    NEVER won ANY header??

    Brutoon wins the prize for the daftest post this year.

  • anthc

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Saw the goal we conceeded last night and thought a decent keeper would’ve had that. I dont think elliot is good enough and could be our downfall on saturday. Cisses not the greatest but he scored a goal that got us a point. I still don’t think we score enough goals though.

  • Pugwash

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17


    I am not the founder member of the Danny Ings fan club or anything, I was just disagreeing with your statement that he was terrible last night when clearly he wasn’t.

    I have quite liked what I have seen of him this season and Cisse is frustrating me more and more. To me, he no longer looks like a natural goal scorer.

    Thanks for the stats on Danny Ings, I think you must have accidently missed off

    2013– England U21 7 (4)

  • 70TWO

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Mag52 @11

    It slipped through his fingers due to incorrect starting position and support staff blocking his view of the flight. However he got enough on it to force a set piece which he dealt with adequately. Afterwards he was reported to have said “I would like to thank the Manager and I hope the supporters don’t expect to much for at least another few years.”

  • nut meg

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #19

    @ 10
    Cisse has scored 28 goal in 82 PL games. Is that amazing for a experienced PL striker ?

  • thehen

    Dec 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    cisse has scored 28 PL goals for a below average toon side and england u 21s?? so what cisse averages a goal in every three which for this day and age isnt bad sayin we play the favoured 4-2–3-1 formation


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