Good News – Our Man Of The Match Was Excellent


For the third game running Ayoze Perez was our Man Of The Match in the 1-0 defeat by Sunderland yesterday at St. James’ Park.

Ayoze Perez - close sunderland

Ayoze Perez goes close yesterday

Alan Pardew continues to start the 21 year-old, mainly  because Papiss Cisse is still not fully fit, and Ayoze is picking up much needed experience in the Premier League this season.

Along with Moussa Sissoko he was again our most dangerous player, and was unlucky not to score on two or three occasions.

This is what Steven Taylor told the Chronicle today about Ayoze:

“He was causing them a lot of problems, inside and outside, they were scared to touch him in the box.” “He was just unlucky that everything he hit went straight at the goalkeeper.”

“For us, it’s just a bit of a killer.”

Ayoze has a massive 61% of the vote followed by Moussa Sissoko with 21%, and the Frenchman went close yesterday with a couple of good attempts.

Third in the voting is Steven Taylor, who at the end of the game was one of six Geordies on the pitch – and it’s decades since that last happened.

Ayoze Perez  was again the bright spot for Newcastle United yesterday but he needs help up front, and we must get another striker brought in next month,

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116 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    LG

    You’ve hit the nail on the head, “I’m much more interested in him doing the right things”. At the moment for me his decision making is poor!! That may come with age however I pretty certain he won’t make it in the prem. Time will tell lads, I heard all this with campbell, Chopra, Donaldson and many many more!! I’m sceptical for good reason, how many have actually made it!!

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    So what are Alans dwindling supporters using to justify his continuance as manager of nufc? League position? Manager of month award? Last dozen game stats?

    I will be amazed if losing against the mackems time and again in such a paltry way will be the only disastrous occasions we will witness before thus season is out. What is Pardew bringing to this club that people still find worth backing the guy up? If Ashley could take his eye off filleting Rangers for a moment, he has an opportunity to fire this coaching crew and get a new one in while there’s still time in the season to build.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Our Toon,
    That isn’t being sceptical for good reason, you are basing it on other players. It is like me saying that Alnwick is bound to be a very good keeper because Forster and Krul were.

    Which decision making? When he shot rather than squaring to Sissoko? Most centre forwards will go for goal. Cisse certainly would have, and there is no guarantee when it comes to Cisse that it would even go on target. The one you talk about against Spurs came off the defender and went to the keeper, he didn’t hit it at him.

    He might not make it, or it might take him 2/3 years to establish himself as a Prem player, but to write him off now is just ridiculous.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Tsunki

    For me in not bothered on pardew. I want him out but fully expect ashley to replace him with somebody exactly the same so things won’t be better or worse.

    Still rather he left and somebody else had a go but my lack of passion to force him out comes from the belief we would be in for more of the same anyway.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    I voted for Armstrong to start yesterday I thought a front pair with pace and quick feet would peg them back, but Armstrong actually illustrated the gulf from reserve to premier league. He has a lot to learn about holding onto and shielding the ball, if he can’t immediately give and go. He looked like a lad who needs a loan out to a decent club to sharpen him up. Miles off the pace atm.

    Alnwick looked ok though thankfully we’re not lambasting him for letting O’Shea get a hat trick past him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Tsunki,,
    We’ve been through this a million times, Mashers simply doesn’t care, this seasons target of 45/50 points will most likely be met, the transfer kitty safely in the black and no complaints from the staff.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Tsunki

    We can’t afford to loan arma put though. Only have perez and unfit Cisse as better options (rivi doesn’t get anywhere near goal scoring positions) so he kind of needs to stay.

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  • lesh

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Repost from previous thread:

    Jail for Ashley

    I suspect you’re right in hinting that Armstrong’s detractors are some of those slamming Pardew for not playing the lad.

    Pardew has failings but with some folk, he can’t win no matter what he does.

    A number of this blog’s posters don’t understand the term ‘even-handed’ and will take any opportunity to slam the manager and players like Gouffran, Obertan, Willo, Tiote, Saylor and others.

    Fickle? Nah… Well maybe just a little??

    Sage, your right. Get rid of Pardew and he’ll be replaced by another Ashley lap-dog.

    Why folk bother criticising just beats me – nowt has or will change until Ashley moves on.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Sage – but mate, isn’t that kind of defeatism that Ashley has been trying to convince us to have? Put up with the dross, I’ll only get the same or worse if you pressure me? I sympathise with the sentiment, but in practice that kind of apathy plays right into Ashleys hands imo. I’m all for the sackpardew brigade to continue putting the pressure on any manager who thinks they can coast through ruining our team at the behest of this expedient guy who owns it.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    @Tsunki
    Gettin a bit tiresome listening to you and others harp on about Pardew.
    He’s here until the fat guy replaces him,
    The chubby doesn’t listen to his fans.
    Who will come in instead?
    Curbishley?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    My team for Man Utd

    Alnwick
    Janmaat, taylor, colo, haidara/dummet
    Sissoko, Colback, cabella
    Perez, Cisse, sammy

    I think needs must with Perez, will be the best option wide right as he has pace and ability to beat a man (they play ashley Young there) and as they only have the wingback as a wide man janmaat should cope with the support of Perez.

    Not bothered on dummet or haidara playing, very similar ability to me. Neither offer a great cross when attacking.

    Then I’d have sissoko and Colback as box to box with cabella in front of them, tiote is banned and few other options.

    I’d like Cisse to start even if it’s just 45 mins we get from him then change it around half time of his knee is a problem.

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  • stestickle

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    squads nowhere near as good as some people think but pardew is garbage and an decent manager would have us playing better football have an plan A and B pardews so feking lucky to have this job and he knows it

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    We set up as though we were playing Chelsea. Sunderland were always going to do what we do, sit back and try to hit us on the break. Although we made chances it wasn’t until late in second half we actually had a go.

    I don’t understand why Tiote and Gouffran had to start and I’d have put Haidra on for width instead of Dummet at LB.

    Countless times they picked up the ball in their half and ran unchallenged for 40-50yds. I can’t understand why we brought Cisse on, we weren’t getting balls into the box or playing many through balls. Seemed pointless to me as did Cabella on 88mins.

    They had 3 chances they def should have scored from before they did, you could see we were going to get mugged all game.

    That yesterday was Pardews strongest team except Krul which wouldn’t have made much difference, after that except De Jong and poss Obertan who else is missing from best 11?

    So even with his best team he’s still a poor manager.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki

    I’m all for change and I do see what you are saying but in my opinion it’s exactly what will happen. It might sound defeatist but it is reality in my opinion, just look at his previous managers.

    The pressure needs to be on fat ash mainly.

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  • JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER)

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Our Toon // Dec 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Promising players must do the basics, age is not an excuse for shooting straight at a keeper when even a 5 year old is taught to go across the keeper, age is not an excuse to be selfish and shoot when a senior player is in acres of space waiting for a tap in. The occasion got to young Armstrong and for that I blame the manager for throwing him on.

    Michael Chopra was also another lad that was raved about and he’s now playing in India. Promise means nothing, it has to be shown in games. The biggest problem with our (british) youngsters is that they think they’ve made it before they actually do anything!!

    Be honest lads has Armstrong lived up to your expectations? Has he justified all the hype?

    Chopra Cnt Even Score A Single Goal In The Indian League

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  • stestickle

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    optimistic spot on there mate

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Op

    Missing players Id say are obertan and Aarons. It might not sound much but the pace they offer is very important.

    Not defending the bloke as he should adapt as all managers have to, he just can’t adapt, doesn’t have it in him.

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  • nightfa11

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    perez is amazing player..period.. in few years time, its a big chance he’ll be as good as torres was..

    as for pardew..i think its quite clear ashley will buy ranges (its better for him..if he wants to run a club the same way he runs newcastle – buy cheap players with potential and sell them for profit..+ rangers will be in europe every year – its a good deal for him..and that also means he’ll sell newcastle and hopefully will take pardew with him..

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m a bit optimistic about the Man Utd game,Tiote is out for it so maybe we can play a more free style type of game.
    He holds us up and would love to see him sold but only when we’ve got enough numbers.
    Sissoko will play through the middle and maybe Cabella and Abeid,Colback,Ameobi and Ayoze the front six.
    Think that SAMMY needs to change it a bit,he always goes for the line and crosses it.
    Maybe he should float some in with his right foot and put the ball in early.
    Ayoze didn’t hit those shots straight at Pantillimon,he made two top saves

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Lesh, you’d be pushed to name a single player that hasn’t come in for criticism even when we were on a good run, do that doesn’t connect with anti – Pardew arguments really, it’s just a collection of opinions from individuals from around the world who all have their pet hates, a collection of minority views. However the main constant of complaint has been Ashleys running of the club, and Pardew’s coaching as a symptom of it. We’re talking about the majority view there.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Transfer

    That sums Pardew and our squad up, we miss Obertan and Aaron’s.
    We miss a bloke who’s done nowt in 3years and miss a 18yr old who hasn’t played a hand full of games yet.

    Quite a sorry state of affairs IMO

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Marty – sorry mate, but until he’s gone might as well get used to it. This weekend will be a familiar feeling while they are here, would you prefer to quietly enjoy results like yesterday in peace?

    I’m expecting that Ashley transplants Pardew and his crew north and brings a cut price crew in here, that way we will have no grounds for complaining when we are being hammered every week. That’ll teach us!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Op

    Agree it’s very poor but that’s how it is unfortunately. It will always been the same with Ashley and Pards here. We’ll have some good times and rightly people will enjoy them, but the bad times will put weight them.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #24

    I suppose it was a step in the right direction as we didn’t concede 3.

    Maybe next year we can get a draw 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #25

    Op – that’s it really. If Pardew had to choose which team to manage on the day yesterday, he wouldn’t have touched the mackem side with a bargepole. Yet Poyet drilled them well enough to catch him out, yet again. Pardew is a classic case of trying the same useless stuff until eventually it works then he’ll be able to say when he edges game number ten that he told us he was right to stick by his plan.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #26

    It just shows that Pardew’s winning run team happened not by his coaching and tactical skills but by chance and circumstance.

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  • toon kk

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #27

    I can’t understand why alot are so shocked by us getting beat, its a matter of a surprise if we win, with a fully fit squad we can compete but at the moment we’re not strong enough so we can just take part. A few good players ie Perez, Sissoko and Colback isn’t a team.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #28

    It’s just sickening and dejavu of last season all over again. but december fixtures have been really really tough on the team and we must be more practical of the criticism.

    facing very high quality opponents back to back for the whole month is bound to take it’s toll on the team. i won’t be surprised if we can a hammering at Manchester. fixure list hasn’t been very kind to us and we must accept that.

    pardew’s gamble all over completely failed him yesterday. he’s a decent manager but he’s way too inconsistent.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Ok, what about asking Pardew’s support network for their reasons for our record breaking succession of losses to, ironically, the worst mackem side in recent history?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #30

    Tsunki

    What sums up your point @25 perfectly is this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012%E2%80%9313_Newcastle_United_F.C._season#Results_summary

    Scroll down to the prem league results section and it very much highlights it. We played 13 games in the mid point of the season, losing 10, wining 2 (against a 10 man wigan and a soon to be relegated QPR both at home) and drew 1.

    During that time he never really changed the system, changed some personel but never thought to even just toughen up our shape and make us hard to beat to get a few draws like sunderland have done since their 8-0 defeat.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #31

    i love toon

    I don’t think he is a decent manager at all. He only chnages things due to injury usually and even when this lets him stumble on a new system or player he just reverts back to type when his usuals are fit.

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Arma coming on yesterday actually changed things for the better so you can’t blame Pardew for that.

    However, starting the Goofy as winger and keeping him on for longer than 45 minutes is certainly on his head.

    I thought the subs made us take over the game yesterday at least enough to nick a late goal.

    I didn’t think we deserve to get goal against us during the period when it actually came.

    Sunderland played better than us for the first hour and should been couple of goals up by then. In the last 30 minutes however, it look like we were closer to score one goal than them.

    Sure you can’t point out that taking Tiote out made us more vulnurable for a counter-attack.

    But that simply because before he came off their we struggled to even attack and should arguable been few goals down already.

    In the end it shitty defending from Dummet that gave at least a draw away.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #33

    Sage – depressing reading isn’t it. This is a man who is dependant on useless stats (he’s always quoting them about players and games) to guide him in his law of averages, percentage style playbook. Ashley is quite comfortable with this as I think Pardew has shown him mathematically how the club will in all probability hover around the middle of the PL comfortably generating interest on his interest free loan

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #34

    Dummet shouldn’t be our first choice lb. If I was Haidara I would be looking for a way out ASAP.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Tsunki

    I am not a qualified coach so I can’t say exactly how I would change things but what I can say is that there needs to be change, everyone can see we need to do things differently if we want to be a team which is consistent and can adapt to each game.

    I know Ashley doens’t care about the club but in my opinion he could make us a bigger threat, improve the academy (and as result generate more cash), keep fans happy and grow the club making it easier to sell for more money when he wants to eventually.

    Better/more scouting, better youth academy and better managers (don’t cost a fortune to get a young, hungry guy) can make us better all around.

    He actually watches games too so surely he wants to be entertained.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki

    Just wait for santon to come back into the side, then we will continue with 3 left backs when none of them are great defenders.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #37

    If sissoko got himself another club in January you could hardly blame him. Under the current setup, nufc is exactly the place to come if you are a decent foreign player wanting to make the breakthrough by coming to one of the most challenging leagues in the world. Then, having hit yourself in that shop window, you make the step up to the kind of club you REALLY want to be at. Cabaye, Debuchy, Ba, they may not have gone on to competitive glory but they certainly hot their payday as compensation, and it was better than overstaying your welcome under a Pardew team. This is why Remy took a wide berth around signing for us.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #38

    Sage – what I really don’t get is the lack of speed and quality in our passing. Even the poorest teams in this league have better drilling than us. The only real spark of it that I have seen in months was the Chelsea game, that and the incessant closing down, it was almost a surreal experience seeing this in a nufc side.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #39

    Tsunki…What worries me also, is that the club would probably view Sissokos surge in form as an indicator that it’s time to sell and fund the next cycle of “improvement”.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki

    Maybe Mourinho was right, we are currently one of those teams who just ups their game for certain occasions.

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