These Were Newcastle’s Four Best Players Yesterday

In our Man of the Match poll for yesterday, our best players in the game were Ayoze Perez, who again tops the poll, Jack Colback was second, and scored his second successive goal for Newcastle yesterday – great effort, Moussa Sissoko was third in the voting and scored the third goal – which we were hoping would be the winner.

Fourth in the poll is Manu Riviere – who we thought had a good game and probably shouldn’t have been replaced by young Adam Armstrong in the second half – but that’s all in retrospect.

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Ayoze Perez in action yesterday

  1. Ayoze Perez continues to be the darling of the Newcastle fans, and he showed fantastic skills to set up the third goal for Moussa Sissoko – and we were really hoping that would be the winner,  but it wasn’t to be and our hearts sagged when they equalized after 86 minutes. Perez got 61% of the vote.
  2. Jack Colback is playing really goof football  these days that he should be called up for the England squad again, and his goal yesterday was simply superb, and what a left foot the Killingworth lad has. He’s been a very valuable player for us all season, and is our most consistent player. Jack had 17% of the vote.
  3. Moussa Sissoko scored another goal yesterday – his 3rd of the season in 22 appearances- and he now has 9 goals for the club in 78 total appearances. And it looks like Arsenal’s interest in him is real, and Newcastle have rejected a £9M bid from Arsenal.
    Now we will see if they increase their bid or whether PSG come in with a bigger bid. If any club bids £16M for Moussa  – he’s gone this month. The Frenchman got 10% of the vote.
  4. Manu Riviere led the line well yesterday, and should start tomorrow at Leicester City – and he can still come good at Newcastle, and he obviously has the talent – he just needs to get a goal or two to get things going.
    Manu hasn’t had many chances this season, and with Papiss Cisse out for at least six weeks, he should get some starts and a chance to show what he can do for Newcastle – he looked good yesterday and got 4% of the vote.

It’s a game yesterday we thought was almost a must win game but we couldn’t do it – maybe we can get through to the 4th round of the FA Cup tomorrow at Leicester City?

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17 comments so far

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Hmm Jack Colback playing so good? For a start that doesn’t even make sense, and secondly aside from his goal, he was non existent yesterday. Extremely poor showing from him I thought, he needs to start imposing himself. He’s got the ability and the work rate.

  • geordie157

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Riviere and Perez up top with cabella in the no.10 role might happen one day.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3


    the facts are there , being bench warmers at bigger clubs , that’s all they are now ,

    they were the main men at our club,

    cabaye tried to force a move for 12 million to ars , a team that has not won anything for a while and are happy with 4th

    I think you will find they were happy to just get away,

    debuchy complained about playing under p45 whilst he was still at the club,bi suppose he did that to get more money too

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    9:07 AM


    your facts about cabaye and Ba are a little distorted , Ba was offered a new contract to stay but wanted to go,

    Cabaye went on strike in the summer to try and force a move for 12 million , only to be promised that if the right offer came in in jan he could go , 12 mil went to 19 mil and he thanked the club for keeping there promise ,
    he played in his beat position and out of his skin to try and get the move he wanted, and let’s face it, he and a few other senior players went to p45 to complain about the style of football they played

    what’s also worth a mention is the fact that we tried to get Cabella in last Jan as cabayes replacement , it didn’t happen because of his chairman , Pardews words were , we couldn’t get him over the line, but he came in the summer , you know what he sits on the bench , and if you ask me , HBA is a better player than cabella,

    all you needed to get into a P45 team was running shoes , no skill needed

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    It still sucks that we just rolled and bent over Burnley. Completely annihilated in the 2nd half.

  • Bambams

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Perez is going to be sone player….Shame it wont be with us !

    The last thing Ash will do before he locks the SJP gates prior to a sale is sign off on Perez transfer. You can see him rubbing his hands now.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    transfer window opens tomorrow – will we see a cb, a centre forward, a playmaker.
    like hell we will.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Catchy…All of those players went for more money, CL football, better all round coaches, basically clubs with footballing ambition.

    That can’t be laid down solely or even mainly at Pardews door.

    The bottom line for me, as usual, is that Pardew would not have been here as long as he was, had Ashley had footballing ambitions for this club. Everything is a knock on from there, surely?

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9


    I think the moves are motivated by trophies, money and champions league. They wanted to play at the highest level possible and backed their ability, I doubt they thought they’d be warming a bench.

    Ba went to chelsea and not got a chance ahead of a past it Torres and old etoo. Cabaye was a leading star for the French national side so expected to start.

    Not saying they will have loved pardew but I don’t blame him for them leaving.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10


    exactly, it’s not rocket science but if carver is just another pardew aacolyte it won’t happen.

    A lot of fear and negatiivity in the subs yesterday when ina good position. Sound familiar!

    Rivi was playing well with good movement and skill and needs match time not being hauled off for the ineffective armstrong who it’s pointless lumping long balls too in any case.

    Dummet should have moved to CB and Haidara brought on at LB. I just groan when I see Willo.

    Finally there was a game for Cabella to enjoy himself yesterday. Just what is the point of Gouffran!

  • Our Toon

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Very disappointed at Sissoko, Colback and Tiote yesterday. They allowed Burnley to out battle them and to take control of the game. It really does make me wonder what fans see when they vote on these things, we should have a category for none of the above!!

    The French Heskey did what he’s good at and that’s hold the ball up but boy is he shite in front of goal, I’ve never known someone so devoid of finishing. Armstrong shouldn’t be coming off the bench to replace the french Heskey. Young Alnwick won’t make it at this level. Dummett made a couple of howlers yesterday that led to goals. Williamson is pants and how anyone voted him as player of the year on this blog for a side that conceded 60 odd goals is beyond me. A lot of negatives from yesterday, best 45 mins for a long time and worst 45 mins for a long time!! Bizarre substitutions as well!!

  • Our Toon

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12


    For me Cabella is just as bad as Gouffran if not worse, both are ineffective going forward but Gouffran is more likely to score, Gouffran is better defensively, however if you are looking for someone to do step overs when no one is around then look no further than Cabella.

    For someone who got into double figures last season he looks god awful when shooting, watching him on training and before games kick off and even during games, the lad has no conviction or power in his shots, very weak in front of goal, looks lost when trying to finish. I’m pretty certain he’s missed at least 5 sitters this season, starting with Villa match and ending with Everton game

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #13

    It cannot be laid down solely on anyone’s door, but surely if this players wanted more from their career then playing football the Pardew way would not be a career step!

    …so of course an ambitious footballer would leave both because of an unambiguous owner and a very average coach ay best?

  • Markaccus

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Our toon

    Wow. You’re in a bad mood!
    I agree about our MF being weak in the second half. Shocking turn around after looking in charge fitst half

    Willo got voted player of the year that time because he was the least useless at the time. We can’t exactly vote on how they might play in the future, as non of us a fcuking psychic! However, i agree he is no good to us now.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 2, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #15


    It all adds up doesn’t it. An average coach employed by an unambitious owner is not attractive to any player who wants anything more than mid-table mediocrity. Whoever the next manager is might play slightly better football, but nothing else much will change until mash lraves

  • nufc 11

    Jan 2, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #16

    We dont have to be world beaters just solid and we’d win more than we’d lose but our defence is awful and colo is the main culprit and he’s the captain who was been nominated for management deluded r what much as I didn’t like ap he was the main winner tru all ma bullshit how could any manager work for that man holding my breath to see what underwhelming and despairing appointment he will make.

  • lesh

    Jan 2, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    Sissoko’s gonna provide a fine example of how to attract a quality replacement for Pardew – Ashley to go for the money rather than show potential applicants that he has ambition for Newcastle United.

    His obsession with making money is gonna be the ruin of a once-respected football club – as far as he’s concerned, the club’s nothing more than a money generator.

    Pity he wouldn’t focus on improving rather than depleting an already weak squad.

    The sooner Ashley sells up, hopefully to an ambitious owner with integrity, the better.


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