It’s Really About Character, Discipline – For Mourinho It’s About Sour Grapes


In the first 30 minutes of the game yesterday at St, James’  Park, it seemed a case of when Chelsea would get the first goal, but Newcastle managed to hold out without conceding a goal in that tough first half, in which we were second best.

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Alan Pardew and Jose Mourinho on the sidelines

But unfortunately our number two goalkeeper Rob Elliot couldn’t hold out until half time – and he injured himself taking a goal kick in stoppage time of that first half, and left the game at half time – and he will now be out until January.

It turns out he had been carrying an injury during all the three games he’s played deputizing for the injured Tim Krul.

On came the 21 year-old untested Jak Alnwick at the beginning of the second half,  and would you believe it, but after 78 minutes Newcastle had gone 2-0 up with goals from substitute Papiss Cisse.

Jak had made some decent punches of crosses – and some decent saves by that time.

Then Steven Taylor was sent off two minutes later for a second yellow card (he deserved it),  and from the resulting free kick from Cesc Fabregas – Didier Drogba headed home for Chelsea.

Newcastle then defended valiantly as Chelsea came at the Magpies with everything they had – and Jak Alnwick played a big part in Newcastle hanging on.

Mourinho was seen complaining  to the 4th official constantly during that time – we have an untested goalkeeper between the sticks and are down to 10 men and he’s complaining?

The referee added a massive six minutes of  injury time,  but to no avail, and somehow the patched up Newcastle side held out for another famous win against money-bags Chelsea – out third consecutive win at home in this fixture.

This is what a delighted Alan Pardew said after the game, which was Chelsea’s first defeat since the semi-final of the Champions League last season:

“That was about character and discipline against the best team in Europe at the moment. I am overjoyed for the players, staff and fans.”

“It is a good feeling, They are a fabulous team in a two-horse race – and probably favourites – and they did play well today.” “At the start, we stood off them, but we stuck at it and we are always a threat.”

“It was an extra-special victory on a special day; a special day for Jak and for a lot of our players. It was a real team effort to beat the best team in Europe.”

“We are in it together, pulling in one way. We know what we are doing, our tactics to stop Chelsea worked quite well and I am absolutely delighted for our fans.”

Jose  Mourinho complained after the game yesterday as much as he had during the game – and it was about the ball boys, the referee, time wasting, the crowd – you name it.

Sir Bobby Robson taught Jose Mourinho all he knows about coaching while Bobby managed clubs in Portugal and Spain and Jose was his assistant,  but one thing Bobby didn’t seem to manage to teach Jose was about dignity.

It would be hard to accuse Jose Mourinho of having any of that after yesterday’s game.

That’s six wins, two draws and one defeat in Newcastle’s last 9 league games – 20 points – and we have done that while leading the Physioroom.com Premier League injury table with 10 players out injured – Chelsea are second bottom with only one injured player out.

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40 comments so far

  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 7, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Cisse-183 clicks,Colback-550.
    Colback’s job is highly rated.Cisse’s is not that much.
    Interesting.

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  • HoboToon

    Dec 7, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #2

    The thing is, cisse was the first to admit he did not play well but he scored two goals. Of course that is his job and he did it brilliantly. The reason colback os motm is because everything went through him today. From at least 4 perfect slide tackles, some where he stopped very dangerous attacks to setting up sissoko brilliantly after a good run and tackle. Would be horror if he was not motm

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  • Goofy

    Dec 7, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Sissoko will be missed against Arse but Abeid is a good stand in and Saylor not that much of a loss, Dummet back to CB and Haidara into LB. Sammy plays better with Haidara behind him anyway.

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  • Reyantoon

    Dec 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Delighted with the Chelsea win yesterday..
    couldn’t ask for more,this is huge win.We as a fan can like some players and don’t like some
    But some fans must understand that Colo is huge and key player for us with enough experience to lead the back line.He is one of those exceptional players who is vital for our recent excellent form.I started to wish he is 25 or 26 sometimes.
    Colback, another solid game,always hard worker,always gives 100%.Seems miracle that we get him for free.Sign of possessing very good scouts in the mgt hierarchy.
    Perez,Janmaat, socks s.Taylor & Dummett are another players who had solid game yest’y.
    Gk,Alnwick did well since came on,though not convining.Obviously lacks some experience but that will come as he play more game in the first team.Disappointing to lose both of our big keepers in this vital period, esp as the league cup QF fast approaching,which I desperately waiting.
    Overall,the lads did enough to win the tough game.We took our chances brilliantly.sometimes, u have to have luck in your side in football games.S.Taylor was unlucky to get sent off,it was by accident he took willian’s leg,not deliberate.No harm,Steve was superb.
    Finally, looks like Socks gonna miss Arsenal game,don’t know the FA rules but I thought he served his fifth yellow in the westham game.
    Anyway,personally, don’t care about the result next at emirates, we did enough already
    I’m looking forward to the league cup.

    well done lads!
    well done king!

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 7, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Much as I want Cisse to continue this happy knack of scoring goals in patches.. and NUFC have a lot to thank his goals for this season..it’s bitter sweet. MA as we know will be getting more and more tempted to keep the purse strings tightly knotted and not buy another striker in Jan. mind you, de Jong to come in and hopefully rivière to come good,weighing in with a few goals…? Colback…future toon legend,by the way.(in an understated unsung way of course)

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 7, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d like to see some stats on how much ground
    our midfield covered yesterday, Colback in
    particular.
    Also Fabregas.

    Anyone have the figures? Or a link?

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  • Mag52

    Dec 7, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Mr.Tuff.

    Looks like the exploding cigar has, again, exploded in the face of its manufacturer.
    It seems to have happened quite a bit of late. Suggest you investigate the contents of said cigar. Wouldn’t want you to come to any harm.

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  • Mag52

    Dec 7, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Dulcinera (re previous thread)

    We’d all love to see free flowing ‘sexy’ football from our team, but sometimes you’ve got to live within your means.
    Our team, at present, patched together as they are with all the injuries/suspensions, are maybe winning ‘ugly’. But they’re winning some big games, they’re a young team and could move on to play the sort of football we’d all like to see, always provided that our owner keeps faith with the manager and the team in the transfer window.

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  • Slank

    Dec 7, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #9

    I remember Jose’s mentor Sir Bobby saying about Wenger, following an Arsenal defeat, that he needs to learn to accept defeat with dignity.

    I wonder whether the memory of Sir Bobby plays on the mind of Jose and affects his actions. He always seems subdued when he comes to St James’ Park.

    I also wonder whether other clubs will take notice of his comments about not giving the ball back and copy.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 7, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Shearer and gullet on match of the day…hahaha AWKWARD!!?

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  • Goofy

    Dec 7, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Toonincheek… had a look for stats was curious but no colbaclk stats, got invodual player stats we were 7s and 8s Chelski 5s and 6s

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  • Goofy

    Dec 7, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #12

    *individual

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  • Goofy

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #13

    No Abeid next game? Never knew he was injured, looks like Anita will get a shout.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #14

    people mentioning Cisse didn’t play well
    mmm- a lot of natural goalscorers don’t do much but seem to hve the knack of popping up in the right place at the right time – and Cisse is one of them.
    Colback my MOM closely followed by Janmaat, Sissoko, Dummet and Colo

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Forgot to mention the atmosphere the last 10 fifteen minutes was electric absolute brilliant whole ground up on their feet more of that please!!!!!!

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Dare we hope for another fabulous result,this time at Arsenal?? Never know, might not be a bad time to play them either. I know they are already through in CL but they’ll not be able to send a total scratch team to the bear pit Galatasaray in midweek. Meanwhile we get to recharge batteries. We can get at them on the counter, they are by no means solid at the back now. We need them to have a nice little calf tweak (Sanchez) and in growing toe nail or something, (giroud) just to even things up a bit.. with our frustrating injuries / suspensions..

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #17

    mag52 I’ll not be savouring my celebratory cigar until after the January window -not rushing to judgement about the team until it produces a bit of consistency/ is more consistent, and we may know more about the Tubbs/Rangers situation ( is he going to bail them out for £8 million which they’ll need then).
    In the meantime I can certainly celebrate wins like yesterday. Very good game, some decent skills and effort visible as well as the excitement/ edge of the seat stuff as was the last ten minutes of the game. Nothing wrong with that surely.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Ref the FA rules for the Sissoko yellow card(s).
    The last game when he got the two yellows and red. It is only the first yellow that is counted for totting up – he has been punished already for being sent off – 1 game ban. So his yellow total as of now is 5.

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  • Mag52

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Mr.Tuff.

    Nothing wrong at all with that.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Ref the suspension of moussa…that sucks! Or should I have said Socks? Wow, I’m getting nearly as funny as Mr Tuff.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #21

    where was your joke tell me the post number and I’ll check it out.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #22

    SITC

    wouldnt take much mate. My dog is funnier than TUFF

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #23

    expat – well I probably cannot argue about you dog being funny. It still puzzles me why you falsely promote that your hound is a black and white border collie called Shearer- the evidence from those photos you sent me reveals you own a pink ribboned toy poodle called Fifi.
    I can just hear you now ” Heel Fifi walkies” – said in a high pitched squeaky voice.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Ha ha tuff…keep your famous ‘banter’ coming.
    In the spirit of the Christmas ceasefire, toon fans of all persuasion, its ok to come out of your trenches (or entrenched positions) and bask in the enjoyment of some tremendous results and dare I say it the odd good performance too?
    I was just wondering, when is the November manager of the month coming out?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Great result yesterday, almost a carbon copy of the performance against Chelsea last year. Bring them onto us and hit them on the break. A bit of luck for both goals, but the effort and commitment from the lads was deserving of a bit of luck.

    I thought both Saylor and Colo were superb at the back, although I said at half time to a lad I watched the match with that Saylor was doing so well, that he would have a rush of blood to the head and cost us a goal, or get sent off. Real shame that he invariably does something daft when he is doing so well. Costa was really disappointing, a combination of him being off form and our good performance.

    Dummet and Janmaat had poorer games then in recent weeks, but the quality of opposition was far higher. I remain unconvinced about Dummet at left back, looks a far better centre half.

    Colback was superb in midfield, giving Our Toon those bursting runs he has been asking for, and offering a little bit of creativity. Tiote did his job, and bar one shocking pass in the first half was fairly solid and reliable.

    The front 4 offered us good outlets on the break. Ayoze work rate was superb, particularly late on when he was switched to the flank. Cisse mayn’t have done a huge amount of passing, but his job is to be in the right place at the right time, and he did that superbly yesterday, can’t knock him for that. If he starts to do more in the game then we lose him from being in the right position. He is a poacher, wouldn’t want to change that, or knock his performance because of that.

    Special mention for Jak Alnwick, who, other than the goal, looked fairly assured and composed. Didn’t have many difficult stops to make but dealt with all the routine saves comfortably. A bit more confidence and he should start to come off his line a bit more, but a very solid debut, and you could see he was buzzing after the game.

    All in all a great day.

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  • Goofy

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #26

    West ham v Swansea today. What will be best resul for us? If Swansea win we drop to 8th if West ham win they go 4 points clear of us, a draw would still drop us to 8th but will keep it tight.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #27

    mayn’t?? may not….

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #28

    Draw for me, no doubt. But not too worried about fighting out a place with these two teams if they are in and around us as the season develops

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #29

    On a totally different tack, really pleased to see Bojan starting to perform well for Stoke. His movement was brilliant yesterday. I hope he can keep those personal demons he seems to have locked away and get back to being the footballer he promised to be.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #30

    Swansea are awful away from home, provided the Hammers have a couple of their injured players back I see nothing but a Hammers win. Wouldn’t worry too much about them going 4 points ahead, they will drop off by February.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 7, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #31

    sitc – Christmas ceasefire on the blog – what an excellent idea. Great stuff. It’s a deal I’ll be British and you can be a German.

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  • Goofy

    Dec 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #32

    What changes in Nov and Dec in Newcastle? It’s like a carbon copy of last season when we had 2 months with only 1 defeat then from Jan til May it went flat. Hopefully a fully fit squad for start of next year with Aarons, DeJong and hopefully a new RW and Striker, we’ve got 2 new players coming from Forest and defence is looking the best it’s been in years.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Jawohl Tuff, for you ze war is over. Maybe Catchy can do a Norway and sit on the fence? Pigs might fly…

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #34

    If you prefer Football to Mr Tuff/ Here is The Observer Football Correspondent view as an alternative to the Ladies Wrestling Hack:

    All good things must come to an end and, sure enough, Chelsea’s 23-game unbeaten run was brought to a shuddering halt by Alan Pardew’s pace-suffused counterattacking specialists. José Mourinho has never won a league match at Newcastle United and not even the enforced replacement of Pardew’s second-choice goalkeeper, Rob Elliot, with the debutant Jak Alnwick at half-time, followed by the 81st-minute dismissal of the hitherto outstanding Steven Taylor, could turn things the Chelsea manager’s way.

    With his team stripped of their invincibles label Mourinho was reduced to muttering about a Tyneside time-wasting conspiracy but no one should take any notice.

    This was not only Newcastle’s day but the sort of match capable of reaffirming a cynic’s faith in Premier League football. It featured Papiss Cissé stepping off the bench to score twice, Jack Colback looking England-class in the home midfield and Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett shining in the full-back berths. Alnwick, though, ended up eclipsing everyone courtesy of a stunning performance.

    With Elliot struggling with thigh trouble, a sizeable chance finally beckoned last week. Yet if Alnwick was not entirely surprised to be called to arms, the bigger shock was that Elliot, deputising for the injured Tim Krul, never need to make a serious first-half save. Admittedly Chelsea had their moments – quite a few of them – but bar a spectacular overhead kick from Oscar that flew fractionally wide, Mourinho’s players generally huffed and puffed to little ultimate avail.

    Granted Chelsea struggles were of an unusually elegant, invariably exciting variety, with Eden Hazard especially hinting at trouble ahead for Newcastle but they still ended up hitting brick walls. As the minutes slipped by, Diego Costa and company found Taylor and the wonderfully assured Fabricio Coloccini a particularly obdurate central defensive barrier. Even when Cheik Tioté did his bit to help Mourinho’s cause with one horribly heavy touch and then a slide-rule pass to a slightly startled Oscar’s feet, Pardew’s defence rode to the rescue.

    Chelsea’s growing frustration was underscored by a certain anxiety; when Mourinho’s team were not pressing and probing in the home half they invariably could be found coping with lightning counterattacks.

    If the cameo when Taylor decided to treat everyone to his Franz Beckenbauer impression, exchanging passes with Sammy Ameobi as he surged towards the visiting penalty area was never going to end in a goal, Colback could have scored a couple. Taking a break from disrupting Chelsea’s passing rhythm, the former Sunderland midfielder burst late into the area, met Ayoze Pérez’s clever delivery and forced the advancing Thibault Courtois into a good save as he attempted to chip him. A little later, Colback shot narrowly wide.

    While Chelsea were sporadically ruffled by Moussa Sissoko’s advances, Pérez’s counterattacking pace threatened to undo them. Receiving the ball on the halfway line, the young Spaniard drew Gary Cahill into a challenge before dodging the centre-half’s lunge and leaving Cahill a fast receding speck in his rear-view mirror. Mourinho had plenty to ponder but with Elliot limping off at the interval but the Portuguese could surely not have envisaged that Pardew would shortly be punching thin air with joy.

    Cissé had only just replaced Rémy Cabella when Ameobi crossed from the left, Cahill mis-kicked and, from six yards, shot unerringly beyond Courtois.

    Hazard subsequently hit a post from around 12 yards but as Chelsea’s chased an equaliser another Newcastle counterattack resulted in a goal. This time Colback’s superlative pass picked out Sissoko down the left. The France midfielder shaped to shoot but, crowded by defenders, the ball seemed to become tangled in his feet and he ended up somehow hooking it in Cissé’s direction.

    With a host of markers distracted and Courtois by now off his line, the Senegal striker took full advantage, whipping the ball into the empty net.

    Mourinho shook his head, repeatedly, a disbelieving smile playing across his face. It became considerably broader when Taylor, already booked for a silly foul on Willian, received a second yellow card for flying in late on Andre Schürrle. Off he trudged, with only himself to blame for spoiling an otherwise stellar display.

    By then Didier Drogba was on as a substitute and, as he emphasised when heading Cesc Fàbregas’s free-kick past Alnwick, making quite an impact. The Ivorian’s introduction coincided with Mourinho ordering a switch to direct tactics and, aided by a somewhat astonishing six minutes of stoppage time, Chelsea launched an attacking blitz.

    Commendably Alnwick held firm, dealing brilliantly with a barrage of high balls and crosses while also performing wonders to tip Costa’s drive over the bar and parry Filipe Luís’s long-range shot.

    Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of Pardew’s installation as Newcastle’s manager; it promises to be a very happy occasion.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #35

    Btw just wondering, if Alnwick starts next match, who’s our bench Keeps?

    I hope whoever it is has tidied his room and done his homework.

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  • sing in the corner

    Dec 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #36

    Bloody hell Ian, that was a long read for this time of the morning, with a bit of a hangover! But aye,let’s enjoy it while it lasts. Nice to get a bit of good press around the club. MA might put on a press party at SJP the way things are going

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  • expatmag

    Dec 7, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #37

    TUFF

    I have never sent you photos of my dog. Stop telling lies, you big dope

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #38

    expatmag

    just ignore him mate, he’s a bit like jail, if you don’t agree with them they go off on one, it will be only a matter of time before they call you a troll, if i got paid everytime I’ve been called that on here I would be a millionaire.

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  • murvar

    Dec 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Tsunki – Freddie Woodman, son of goalkeeping coach. Already a seasoned England international.

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  • Ian Toon

    Dec 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #40

    expatmag- Youve known Mr Tuff for many years has he always behaved as if he is permanently auditioning for Scrooge in a Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Tuff!!

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