Newcastle Can Cope – We Have Great Players On The Bench


It was a gutsy performance from Newcastle United yesterday, in breaking the four game losing streak – and that’s especially true after we went 1-0 down after only five minutes of the game at St. James’ Park.

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Fabricio Coloccini in action yesterday

Newcastle have not played well recently, and that lack of confidence was evident yesterday,  as both teams looked nervous at the start of the game with Everton having lose five of their last seven games in all competitions.

And just to keep things interesting, we’ll soon be losing three players to the African Cup of Nations – Mehdi Abeid, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote – and it looks like they will be on their way after the Burnley game on Thursday – although we were assuming they could play in the FA Cup tie at Leicester City on Saturday.

And in any case we may be without Papiss Cisse for the next three games – after he was seen to elbow Seamus Coleman in the face yesterday, and he could now receive a three match ban from the FA for violent conduct.

That at least was the goal of TV pundits yesterday and they could be successful in that quest to get Cisse banned.

After the fantastic 3-2 home win against Everton yesterday this is what Fab Coloccini told the Chronicle:

“Now we have a bigger squad.” “We have great players on the bench as well. We have Manu Riviere and Ayo is doing brilliantly as well. We have Remy Cabella too.”

“There a few good players to come in.” “I think the most important thing was to get the result and we did that. We will get the confidence from that.”

“We lost that on the field in the last few games.”: “It was difficult yesterday.” “We came on to the pitch with ambition to win the game.”

“Then we were 1-0 down. It was difficult but after that we played well.”  “We had many chances to score. We could have scored a few more goals as well.”

Papiss scored his 9th Premier League of the season yesterday, and young Ayoze Perez scored his 5th Premier League goal of the season.

That’s 14 goals from these two strikers of the 22 goals we have scored in the league, that’s 64% of the total from just two players – one of whom we will now lose for about six weeks. 🙁

Let’s hope that young Adam Armstrong and Manu Riviere can get in among the goals when Papiss is away, and Ayoze Perez can stay in among the goals – over the next six weeks or so.

We also need to sign  a striker next month, but whether that will be possible – we don’t know.

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33 comments so far

  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Quest to get Cisse banned…he elbowed someone in the face which he had thought about because he missed twice, hes an idiot and deserves a ban

    As for Pardew I still expect him to stay but I would be over the moon if FDB replaced him more likely to be Pulis though

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost,
    Munster,
    You’ve obviously fallen out of love with football if you continuing to defend this cretin we have trying to play the game with us. First and foremost by biggest gripe is with Mike Ashley and if he replaces this bufoon with another bufoonIit might finally make those last remaing supporters who think that Mike Ashley has some kind of ambition for us wake up and smell the coffeee. Or then again he might surprise us all and get a decent manager in.

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  • nico

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Expat and York

    Seriously, why do you think this would be a good thing if Pards left now. Maybe in the Summer but not now. I was involved in football for some years and still am to a certain extent. Players and coaches being replaced half way through a season rarely works.
    Reasons:
    Players hate the change, especially when things are going ok.
    New ideas take time to bed in.
    Players close to the leaving manager, often lose focus – This however can work in reverse.
    We are playing decent football, best since the glory days of Keegan.

    Sometimes in football, other teams just play better on the day and have a little luck.
    Supporters need to realise this.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Things gathering pace i see re Pardew to palace. Cant see it tbh, but stranger thungs have happened.

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  • Sliema

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Nico

    You cannot seriously think we are playing good football. And you were involved with football!? You have to be kidding mate

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    nico,
    Best football since the glory days of Keegan?? Are you sure you are watching Newcastle, and not doe other team playing in black and white?

    I doubt even some of Pardew’s staunchest fans would say that the football we play is good, let alone better than SBR.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Nico,
    “We are playing decent football, best since the glory days of Keegan.”
    You have not only invalidated that post you have just written with that comment but every one you written in the past or future.

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  • sparky55

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    JAIL…Can’t answer you because I’m be moderated by ED but he was not put in charge of a 300 million business…he was put in charge of coaching some players with no say in anything else whatsoever

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    nico
    U raised some decent points but shot yourself in the foot right at the end

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    *some

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    At best we sometimes play reasonable football under AP, passing clicks and we counter attack competently. Unfortunately it is inconsistent and when we dont play well, we play HORRIBLY! We go back to a negative system and look clueless, and get HUMPED.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Sparky,
    He effictively is responsible for the 300M business because it goes seriously t1ts up if he takes us down.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Sorry, SBR. I am sure Nico didn’t mean it.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14

    It makes a change somebody else is being moderated, it’s normally me or mag92.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Toonmania

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    If Cisse does get banned then surely he would see out his ban on the Acon duty as he’s away for the next 4-5 weeks surely the FA cannot wait until his return

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Markaccus,
    Humped !
    We have had more 4+ hidings under this defensive coach than every other PL manager of ours combined, they’ve become so common place we don’t even fail the pain anymore.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Now i wonder who’s been moaning to ed this time.

    Hmm

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  • sparky55

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    No way Jail…Ashley always steps in and spends some money if the inept one flirts too closely with relegation

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Simple things……

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #21

    hardly think mannu qualifies as a great player on the bench ..poor touch and not good enough to play as out and out striker. him and cabella are good examples of why we should spend less time scouting in france. would rather see arma alongside perez .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Sparky,
    Lets agree to disagree.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail,
    I think it is something like 24% of our games this season have resulted in conceding 3 or more goals…. with slightly less percent being defeats to nil.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Sorry, not this season, this calendar year.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Three excellent insights this morning welsh, keep up the good work !

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #26

    JFA

    Exactly. Is it worth the continued batterings just for the odd epiphany AP gets? Not really 😀
    Even if we win more games than we lose in a season, we end up -GD because we win by one or two, bit lose by 4 loads.

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  • sparky55

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #27

    jail…go to google and type ‘pardew met ashley in a casino’

    Enjoy the read

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #28

    p45 was warned that if he didnt face the press he would just be adding fuel to the fire, what did he do exactly that, he turned a good win into all about him again, just as he did at hull,

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #29

    So then jail if pardew leaves, who do you want as the next manager.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #30

    This whole pardew fiasco is gathering so much heat.
    I really hope pardew stays. Only because you never know what u get with Ashley. Warnock or Pulis might come in.

    Better the devil I know. Pardew is decent and has really done well amidst some fierce abuse from fans. I feel sorry for him. And hope he sticks with us.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Cause and effect.
    The ref failed to intervene with Cisse being manhandled and should have awarded a penalty, end of story. Cisses arm swinging was seen by the ref and from what I’ve seen of TV replays it’s not an elbow to the jaw more a flailing arm to rid himself of the Everton defender hanging onto him. So FA can’t take any action unless the ref changes his story which gives credence to Mourinos ramblings about inconsistent refs bucking to commentator pressure. For Sounrness of all people to get on his high horse about physical play is laughable, he’s just playing to the gallery as a C list wannabe celeb. As to Pardew does he want out before the New Years Sale starts as he won’t want to be associated with what’s left of the team after that. If we have a new Manager he or she will want reassurances that no one is sold – Pardew excepted !

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #32

    oh what can the matter be three old gits locked in the lavatory

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  • Sav

    Dec 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #33

    I agree, lochinvar. Not a word of censure for Coleman hanging out of Cisse’s arm. Or any other grappling such as Rooney on Kane yesterday.The FA is as much to blame for allowing this fiasco to continue to frustrate players and supporters. The Everton lad, who was still hanging on like a limpet for the final swing of Cisse’s arm, clearly didn’t get an elbow in the jaw, so wtf with the 3-match ban? the referee saw the incident and like most others he took no action whatsoever. And as for Martinez – what about Callum McManaman when you were manager of Wigan and he almost ended Haidara’s career? He was a ‘nice boy and not that kind of player’ etc. then.

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