Newcastle Were Outstanding – They Attacked With Flair


Well would you believe it – former Arsenal star Paul Merson has praised Newcastle United’s performance against Chelsea yesterday at Stamford Bridge, when we were the better side in the first half but we tailed off in the second half, but Merson believes Newcastle were simply so unlucky.

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Remy Cabella in action yesterday

From the start in yesterday’s game we attacked Chelsea,  and had we had a bit more luck – particularly with Remy Cabella and Moussa Sissoko – we could have and probably should have scored before Oscar put Chelsea ahead just before half time.

Diego Costa added a second on the hour mark as Chelsea upped their game in the second half.

This is what Paul Merson told Sky Sports – talking about Newcastle:

“They were outstanding, they attacked with flair, Chelsea couldn’t get going. First of all they had Remy Cabella who was on fire.”

“They were isolating John Terry, usually, you get good protection from the back at Chelsea but they didn’t and they were getting into little pockets and Cabella whizzed past him, great shot and save.”

“Sissoko runs at Terry, goes past him and hits the post. There’s another one Gouffran plays it across to Perez in the middle, they were so unlucky.”

Caretaker manager John Carver prepared the team well last week for this game, and with a little bit of luck we could have got something out of the game yesterday.

But it’s obvious we do have some very good players in our team, and if we do get a new head coach in next week or the week after – we could do well through the rest of this season and set ourselves up for a good season next term.

It could be that Newcastle appoint former Lyon coach Remi Garde soon – and it seems he is Newcastle’s number one choice for the job – but talks are ongoing with the 48 year-old.

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152 comments so far

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    we’ve banned an entire region’s journalists.

    yet we can’t keep our contracted players discussing anything related to their employer with the media?

    Sissoko can f*** right off because he’s been crap for the better part of two years. CL winner? Please. A star in our team, but if you ask Carroll and Enrique and Barton, Ba, and Remy and Cabaye, not always cracked up to be what you think you are, or think you deserve.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    I remember the comment from the “not special one” saying “Cabella is not ready for the PL”.

    …I think it was you that was not ready for yet another flair player like Cabella that shouldn’t be asked to track back as his main priority.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    jesper

    agree with most that Cabella should’ve been starting

    But was anyone else alarmed at how slow he is? He showed some nice trickery to get by some players, but come second half, he’d have 10 yards on a defender and pull the ball back because he knew his pace wouldn’t carry him

    A bit like Loic Remy; for whatever reason we just assumed them to be fast (perpetuated no less by various outlets and *cough* blogs that seem to size players up with such surety without actually having seen them play). Shocked at how slow Loic turned out to be. Equally so with Cabella

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #4

    if sissoko wants to leave, let him rot on arsenals bench.

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Not great to hear Sissoko say this publicly but we all know that any player with ambition, who played in the world cup, will not want to stick around in a club that is happy to be mid table and not challenge for anything.

    Cant blame him, wouldve been nice to keep it private tho.

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  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    £25m for Sissoko should scare Arsenal off for now.

    Important thing is to keep him now and hope that Garde or whoever comes in (there’s a big If there) has managed to persuade Ashley that a winning mentality is essential and can lead to bigger things for Newcastle United.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Good luck to sissoko…who does he think he will replace in that arsenal team?

    Ozil? Ramsey? Wilshire? Sanchez? Cazorla?

    He’ll be going there to be a squad player, not bad at a team like madrid, chelsea, bayern where you get trophies but he won’t even get those at arsenal.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Jesper

    It’s a difficult balance I find. Some players don’t want to do any defending which is not acceptable in the modern game, everyone must defend.

    The difference is how they defend. Pardew expected our lads to almost sit on top of the fullback which doesn’t help. They need to press high and follow the runners back when the opposition fullbacks bomb on not just aimlessly sit in our half doing nothing….the top players do it so our average players should too.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Sour grapes some of you on here,Sissoko has every right to leave the club as do any others that want to achieve something as a player.
    As much as we would like it they’ll never achieve anything playing for us in this regime.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    marty

    No issue with him wanting bigger and better things, admire he lads ambition but there are right and wrong ways to go about it.

    We all know agents and clubs speak, so could easily have made the come and get me plea to arsenal without doing it in the media.

    It is disrespectful and lacks class.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Arsenal have been missing a player of Sissoko’s strength since Viera left em.
    He’s more than good enough to play for them as he’s quality in our side but with a team of quality players around him at Arsenal and a top coach then he would do great I’d say.
    CL every season,they won’t win it but he’d be in the comp every year.
    Remy sits on the bench at Chelsea and Cabaye at PSG but Sissoko would get into the Gunners team.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #12

    marty

    He’d only get in as a defensive player…that isn’t his best position so he might struggle.

    Will they leave out ozil, ramsey, cazorla, wishire, sanchez, walcott, welbeck (all who play central or wide mid where sissoko can play)….i can’t see him getting in the side.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Sage
    Remember that the media misquote most players to sell pages.
    We don’t know what he has said.
    They are good at twisting whatever you said.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #14

    marty

    Very true, but those quotes are pretty damning, he shouldn’t really be saying anything about them, he should be focused on us given our difficult time without a manager.

    Not saying others don’t do it, but I like players to show a bit of respect to the fans.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #15

    They play with a flat four,a diamond and many times three in midfield.
    I think he’d get in their team in many positions as Walcott,Ramsey and the likes are often injured and the gunners are always in all comps this play loads more games and need to rotate the team.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    TS…the experience I got from playing football as a prof. was that in reality you cannot expect a football to be a racehorse that runs up and down the flanks.

    …the game is played on should high intensity these days that not many players can do that and usually we end up with these flair players using all their energy defending and not doing what they are suppose to.

    All I am going to say on this mate is we have had this discussion before and I still believe most British clubs has gotten this wrong.

    There are the exceptions of course.

    Regardless of what I think of Carver as a potential new Head Coach I think he has gotten it right about Cabella and using him more as a free roaming player (something most English managers wouldn’t dare to do)

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #17

    marty

    not doubting he’s get some game time, he definitely will, just don’t see him being in their best 11.

    If he does leave I wish him all the best, rather him succeed than fail, just not convinced.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Sage
    Agree with you that it’s better to be like Scholes was through his career,never talked to the press and kept himself out of the limelight.
    Although he was in a team where he won something every year 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think Sissoko is off this window

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesper

    No offence meant here but professional players now are fitter than ever before and can go up and down the pitch for 90 minutes…or should be able to as a lot of them can.

    As I say, it’s not about just “tracking back”, it’s about defending from the front first and foremost, closing down, pressuring defenders to win the ball high up.

    I we expect the fullbacks to bomb on and help the attack it’s only right that we expect the wingers to come back sometimes and help out.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #21

    marty

    It’s a difficult one though I suppose….we all want to hear from players more and more, here what they actually think through sites like facebook, twitter, instagram, etc

    I guess it would be different if somebody like Laczette, Bony, etc had come out and said they wanted to play for newcastle….I’d probably like that so I can’t really complain.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #22

    TS…history would dictate otherwise mate…teams that setup with widemen running up and down the flanks tends to burn out and these players seems to be a lot less effective over the course of a season.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Sissoko maybe a very good player for us, but he would spend the majority of his career warming a bench at any top club. But if that’s what he wants and Cashley won’t say no that’s how the regime works.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Jesper

    To add to that comment….wingers/attackers need to track back sometimes, not all the time.

    If all the time you invite pressure on yourself, if you leave your attackers up the pitch you can counter quicker and the opposition then need to gamble with players when they attack….if they attack with too many then you could catch them on the break very easily.

    As I saw, it’s a difficult balance.

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  • beefman13

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #25

    You here these stories of Players dreaming of playing for other clubs, the latest being Sissoko, oh yea, wants another pay day for himself and his agent, why cant they keep their gobs shut, this fella Sissoko is the ultimate hot n cold performer, his head drags across the floor when things are not going his way, good ball bad ball all the time, good run bad run, no consistancy, 2 goal and an assist, this season, and he is going on like every club are gagging for him.

    He went missing the last two seasons didnt he firstly when we were battling relegation he got a mystery injury, then the world cup were he was scared to get injured so imo faked an injury again, its took him 18 month to get favour at the toon, now he is looking at the frigan gooners and their George 4th dandy players, am just sick of it, who the hell do they think they are, he can go and fcuk right off for me.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #26

    jesper

    what history would dictate that? any teams/players you can think of?

    At chelsea hazard and willian are up and down all game and contribute a hell of a lot going forward. Same as sachez at arsenal, covers so much ground and wins the ball back a lot, still their top scorer.

    Rooney as a foward is the same.

    I agree that they probably contribute more goals/assists if they don’t defend as much, but the benefit they give the team by defending is worth it…just need the right balance.

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  • Mag52

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #27

    The problem with Sissoko at NUFC is that he is a big fish in a small pond.
    He stands out because of the average quality of players around him. He’d come back to reality with a bump at Arsenal.
    If he is set on leaving he must go, but there’s no reason in the world why he should go mid season. His leaving in the summer could be made on the condition that he continues to play for the team to his best ability from now until then.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #28

    mag52

    definitely….we don’t need to sell, ok money wise, he has 3 more years on his contract after this season.

    only reason we should sell now would be for a carroll style 35/40mil bid

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #29

    TS…just so we are clear never did I say wingers nor wide forwards doesn’t have to track back.

    …that was not the point I was making. Just to clear up any misunderstanding so we can get back on track.

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  • beefman13

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Garde, 1/6 wi skybet for the toon job, everyone is saying good things about the bloke, got all the right attributes.

    Most have no doubt seen his record at Lyon, very decent, and the fact that both PSG and Monaco came on to the scene with shed loads of bit probably explains the 4th n 5th place finishes in his last two seasons.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Love how Merson said we were great considering he said last week our team was pretty terrible and it was only because Pardew was doing such a good job that we were in the top 10 ahead of Stoke who in his head are miles better!!

    I hope we get Garde in who allows us to play with freedom and we start spanking some of these awful teams at home starting with Hull in 2 weeks !!

    Sissoko issuing a come and get me plea to Arsenal well I hope we dont sell him for anything less than 25 million and then have other bonuses for appearances and sell on after think he would be good for them but he wouldnt be the star man as he does not have the touch or the shooting ability so would be a dear bench warmer

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 11, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Its the same as cabaye, stands out for us and is the main man but wont be at a CL team and will get limited game time and eventually will have to move on to a smaller club again to be first choice.

    Carroll, cabaye, Ba, Remy etc etc.

    But he will at least get more wages and be part of a team that is trying to achieve something.

    Until we get rid of Ashley and get an owner with ambition then every single player who signs for us will be thinking the same, couple of seasons in the shop window and then onto better things.

    Real shame as we could have had an amazing team by now if we showed amibition.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Come on, Southampton! Get a win & cheer me up.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 11, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Summer will be the real tester for us,
    Collo will be gone,Tayls will still be in rehab.
    We have the lad from Forest coming in but he’s very hot and cold as I’ve seen both he and Darlow are nothing to write home about.
    Willo should be got rid of.
    Maybe Good will come through along with Streete and Satko.

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  • JDdubai

    Jan 11, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Garde did a top job with Lyon.

    They were trying to pay for their new stadium so everyone that had value was sold off each year to balance the books, kind of like our situation except they had a good reason for doing it instead of just lining fatmans pockets.

    He will do well for us, i know 3 or 4 Lyon fans and they all still rate him and he left on good terms, doesnt happen much nowadays.

    Plus as mentioned Monaco and PSG came in with the money as went crazy, if they hadnt then Garde could have won them the league.

    Just get him in, get the fatman out and finally things are looking up.

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  • beefman13

    Jan 11, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #36

    JDdubai, we have seen many times the grass isnt always greener for these players who want to do a moonlight flit, that said, who knows a new forward thinking manager and we may be up there in a few years with players wanting to come to us, (yea i know we can deram)at the min we are a stepping stone as such, we know that, i suppose these french clubs will look at us the way we look at the Gooners and the like, we are just a rung down at the moment, can we get on the next rung, well thats up to the man at the top, has he real ambition or is it still just an angle of getting more publicity for SD and growing that product which after all is his main concern.

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  • anthc

    Jan 11, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Only managed match of the day and thought cabella done well. I just wish he could strike a ball hard as his shots are less than tame.
    Regarding sissoko all quotes are different. The echo are saying he said nufc aren’t a big club yet he does not say that in any of his quotes. Lazy journo’s although i do expect him to move on to bigger and better things sometime in the near future.

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  • beefman13

    Jan 11, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #38

    anthc, Cabella was delicious in that first half, and second half he did not stop grafting, Mourinho literally told his players to do a hatchet job on the kid, 2 n 3 defenders on him all the time and some pretty bad tackles as well, Matic could have been off for one of them.

    If we can bring a couple of players in???? young Aarons gets back flying we can still have a good season, loads of ifs and butts and a bit of positivity from the beefman.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 11, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Carroll made a stupid mistake going to l’pool and has been injured a lot since but the form he’s in of late is a great asset to any team.
    Scored a wonder goal yesterday and is up the table with the big boys.
    All because the owner has strengthened well.
    Of course they got lucky that the new lads started well and the team gelled.
    They have a good balance of power,height and speed in the team.
    They don’t play pretty football but their effective.
    Most teams that struggle to get points and go on a poor run usually come to us and get three points.
    Hull will probably do the same.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 11, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #40

    TRANSLATION—————Questioned by Téléfoot, asked about a more prestigious team. “The transfer window is open things can change from one day to the next, but I do not think about this, if anything needs to be done it will be done, otherwise I am in Newcastle. Sign for a bigger club is my dream, but I do not know when it will happen, “he assured.The midfielder wants to stay in England. “Staying in England is my priority. Arsenal? If Arsene Wenger calls me good. Arsenal is my club at heart. “Someday I will want to “go higher” and “play Champions League,”

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