Newcastle Defend Well – A Big Threat On The Counter-Attack


Jamie Carragher has talked about Newcastle today in his Sky Sports column, and the former Liverpool great has said that Newcastle now defend well as a team, and with pace in the side, they are a big threat on the counter-attack and are causing opposing sides a lot of problems.

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Jamie Carragher – in his new career at Sky Sports

Of course as we all know we also have very good ball-boys when we play at home – which can help – as Jose Mourinho noticed last Saturday when we beat them 2-1.

And Carragher should know a little bit about defending, and he seems to have made the change from a player to a pundit very smoothly and seems to have a good career ahead of him in the media.

This is what Jamie has written today in his Sky Sports column:

“They have a way of playing at the moment that has proved very successful: they defend deep and play on the counter-attack and it is causing teams a lot of problems.”

“They have great pace in there and with them defending so deep and so organised, it obviously helps their defensive record, because when they get exposed it is obviously a problem for them.”

“I think we have seen that in the past with Newcastle teams,  but now they look like they are defending as a team and they are a big threat on the counter-attack.”

Newcastle’s improved  defending showed up a little bit in the Stoke City game, when we were a little unlucky to lose, and only conceded one goal in what is always a difficult place to visit – as Arsenal found out last Saturday when they were beaten 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium.

In our last nine games, of which we have won seven – Newcastle have conceded only four goals – and let’s hope we can continue that good defensive form at Arsenal on Saturday.

And Arsene Wenger has said today he has some defensive problems for the game,  with a number of his players being currently unavailable through injury.

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42 comments so far

  • saliba91

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m sure parsnip will come up with another master plan. Hopefully jack is well protected at the back. The young lad has to embrace this opportunity. And win himself a contract. Howay the lads.

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  • mag92

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Under Freddy Shepherd, Newcastle United, spent £ 92 million; won nothing and sacked five managers too.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Mag92 – he also got very rich out of it as well!!

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  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #4

    3Graeme // Dec 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Mag92 – he also got very rich out of it as well!!

    Richer than Ashley has. Some people should consider that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #5

    LFGUAD
    By the time Mashers leaves the money he will have had out of us will make what Hall/Shepherd took look like chicken feed.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #6

    under ashley
    hes has spent little won nowt and made a hell of a lot more
    pipe start smoking

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Mashers went through more managers in two years than Hall/Shepherd did in seventeen.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #8

    lets all have a disco

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #9

    What do people think about Rhiyad Mahrez from Leicester ? I personaly think he would be a really good buy. We are short on right wingers and is one of the leicester players who has been consistent this season. A tidy player full of tricks and capable of creating chances out of. nothing. I think he is around 22 so he is a good age.

    Bolasie has also been really good this season. Not sure how old he is though.

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #10

    unfortunately we have no say in transfers much like pardew

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #11

    You right there John Tudor we should have a disco, let’s get this party started, let yours truly start it.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Who wants one of my jokes, hands up.

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  • geordie157

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13

    If you all love Ashley clap ya hands

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #14

    i think we going to get a draw at arsenal this weekend, which I won’t mind.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #15

    geordie157

    i wouldn’t go that far

    Ha ha ha

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #16

    i predict 5-3 to the toon

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  • toon kk

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Welsh come on give us all some jokes! !!!

    We’re always going to have Ashley lovers and the rest of us who can see what’s going on.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #18

    You guys may as well be arguing about being f###ed in the #rs#! Which one took you from behind (Ashley) or at least had the decency to look you in the face (Shepard), if you were smiled at, treated gently or given a compliment. At the end of the day your left comparing how emotionally scarred you feel and how how your confidence has been drained. Your buggered and your only desire is to return to an abstract place of comfort and familiarity, except nothing changes however much you try to share the burden of your disgruntled opinion.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #19

    The interview with Carragher seems to be mainly about Arsenal, but what he says about Newcastle is:

    Newcastle are a team in form – they are doing really well under Alan Pardew, who was a manager under big, big pressure earlier on in the season, but who has turned it around brilliantly. But it is a game that you would expect Arsenal to win at the Emirates.

    All in all, Alan Pardew has done a good job at Newcastle. He got Manager of the Year one year as well, the next year they went into the Europa and found it difficult, and then they started the following season very well, but lost Yohan Cabaye.

    But I think that the fans’ frustration comes more towards the owners than Alan Pardew and the fact that when you have a manager for so long, I think that at times people become bored and they want change. They want something new, something different.

    And of course, it was a difficult start to this season after the end to last season, so you can understand the fans’ frustration.

    However, credit to Alan Pardew, I think he handled himself really well. He was dignified in his interviews afterwards, he always said the right things and as I said, I think at this moment they have come out the other side.

    And I also think that you have to give owner Mike Ashley some credit, because obviously in the past a lot of owners have got rid of a manager early after the fans turn on them. But he has done a really good job and I am sure that the Newcastle fans, even though they were criticising him, will want this to continue.

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  • mag92

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #20

    In 1981,Mckeag and Lord Westwood and other board members were each asked to stump up £16k each to stop the club falling into administration; Westwood resigned as chairman 1981, Ah! the good old days!

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Newcastle, Pardew and Ashley are seemingly doing alright, possibly very well, but it’s far too early to judge this season of course, and it is surely time we started consistently competing in the top third. Newcastle was a big, big, club when he bought us, 8 long years ago now.

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  • DJM TOON

    Dec 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #22

    tell us jimmy… what made us a big big club 8 years ago thats any different from now??

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #23

    So Batman came up to me & he hit me over the head with a vase & he went T’PAU! I said “Don’t you mean KAPOW?? He said “No, I’ve got china in my hand.”

    China in my hand

    Did you get it

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 11, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #24

    It’s the way i tell them.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Cisse to score 3 at the weekend, 2-2 draw.

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  • mag92

    Dec 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #26

    8, years ago a 13th spot finish; one better than the season before 14th! Ah! Those halcyon days!

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 11, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #27

    I see spurs lost tonight and there away to Swansea on sunday not an easy place to go, lets hope moral is very low when we get there wed night

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  • Thump

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #28

    @beermonkey: I hope so too, but on the same note I fully expect them to want to set the record straight.

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #29

    thump

    I think pochitino is struggling with accommodating players on the pitch and what he wants them to do

    hope they sort it out after we knock them out

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #30

    IrishGeordie9
    I feel we need look for players that are even better than Mahrez and Bolasie or as good as them with greater potential.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #31

    Let’s let JFA run the club. We’ll be bankrupt by christmas. This christmas.

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Come on lads i’m going for a shock 2-0 win against arsenal!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #33

    LFGUAD!
    You’ve completely missed the point, you said what if we’d bought five players and went out at the group stage, as in we’d be in financial dire straights if we had, as I said we needed five players regardless of EL, the fact that we NEVER bought those five players until January very nearly took us down.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #34

    JFA re your earlier comment.

    You realise Ashley doesn’t take a salary from the club. Taking a huge salary is about the only way he could be pocketing the millions from player sales. Other than that. Most mays would be illegal.

    Hall on the other hand took one of the biggest salaries seen in the premier league.

    Get you head out of you arsenal. Put your emotions aside and provide a rational, measured case based on a foundation more solid than the house that pig built on the sand other than blind ignorance.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #35

    You missed my point JFA.

    I was talking about the window before Europa not the jan window.

    My point stands regardless of what happened that season. I have seldom seen a team go out and invest for Europa.

    Everton is a case in point. And IMO we had a better team that season we played Europa come September first.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #36

    LFGUAD,
    Firstly, I’m also talking about the window before EL, you are suggesting it would have been folly to have bought five players before that season started, I’m saying that regardless of EL or not, to build on that fifth place finish we needed a minimum of five players brought in. You also asked where would we have been if we had of bought them suggesting we’d be in financial clarts if we’d gone out of Europe early, the money was there in January and was spent and we still turned a profit, what might have been if there had of been investement in the summer.
    Secondly,
    As for Ashley not taking a salary like the good samaritan he is, where’s the match day revenue going, shirt sales and advertising money going, how come the business genius as seen our revenues fall so dramatically since he’s been here, despite turning a profit, average wages and cheap contintal buys that debt he inherited and increased has never once decreased.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Anyway the fact that you believe we honestly tried to sign Insomnia for 12M on deadline day proves you are a second hand car salesman dream.

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  • toon kk

    Dec 11, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #38

    LGFUAD
    what did you think of MA when we fell apart in the second half of last season and the beginning of this season? We couldn’t buy a win.
    Do you not think he took a massive gamble in the last two transfer windows?
    Not getting a proven striker in to save money is hardly ambitious. Lets hope Cisse doesn’t pick up an injury.
    Could you tell me where all the sky tv money is going?

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  • jimmysmith

    Dec 11, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Surely Newcastle has a big enough fan base and infrastructure in place to be considered a side that should consistently be challenging top eight. Eight years ago we were in reality closer to doing that. Eight years is a long time even if You accept Newcastle was in need of restructuring. Newcastle have always certainly been a top eight club in size and support. Best owner in 50 years may be correct but as another poster had indicated it’s no great accolade, we have a terrible record of under achievement.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Looking forward to the match at the weekend, I hope pardew plays both cisse and perez from the start.

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