Newcastle Star Thanks Fans – We Have To Stay Together


Moussa Sissoko was our Man of the Match in Saturday’s disaster at the Etihad Stadium, and hopefully the 25 year-old French International is coming into some good form.

moussa sissoko in action at city 5-0

Moussa Sissoko in action on Saturday

It was Newcastle worst display of the season , and also our biggest defeat of the season, and hopefully the Newcastle players will make amends on Saturday afternoon.

We play second bottom Aston Villa at home, and they have recently appointed Tim Sherwood as their new manager, after finally dismissing Paul Lambert.

This is what Moussa Sissoko has told the Shields Gazette today:

“The fans have been behind us all season – when we’ve won and when we’ve lost.” “We have to say thank you and do the best every game. We try to win the next game for us and for the fans.”

“We have to stay together. To lose 5-0 is hard, but if we want to do something for the rest of the season we have to stay together.”

“We have to work hard and be ready for Saturday.” “It’s a team. I have a responsibility to the team, and I will try to do my best.”

“I can play well and I can play bad sometimes, but as a team we try to play well together. We’ll see in the next game.”

“We didn’t play well,” “We conceded a penalty too early.” “When they scored after 20 seconds, it’s hard to do something.”

“Now we have to learn about this game and train very hard and be ready for the next game.” “The plan was to stay solid and compact and try to score one goal if we can, but we conceded a goal too early.”

“Everybody knows we didn’t play well. We have to learn about this game and try to win the next game.” “We have to be ready and stay focused.”

“It’s a massive game for everybody and we have to get the three points.”

When Moussa Sissoko is in form, Newcastle usually do very well,  and it’s really a good opportunity to get all three points against a side that have scored only four goals in their 13 road games this season.

In fact we hope there are a number of Newcastle’s players in top form on Saturday, after the tripe they served up last time out.

It just wasn’t good enough for a Newcastle United side – and we hope they will do a lot better against Villa.

A win would be terrific.

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21 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Well at least they are all sticking together.

    Carver, Janmaat, and now Sissoko have all given statements, and all say the same thing, Ashley’s attempting to save the planet, One sheet of paper, one interview printed on it, and passed around the team with bullet points highlighted.

    Wonder who gets it next?

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  • curmon

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Why was Sissoko man of the match ?

    Answer: Because he was desperately trying to impress Man City management to buy him in the summer. His efforts came out of self interest, and his contribution to NUFC was a by product.

    Waiut until the summer to see if I am correct.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    So the master plan really was to keep it tight and to try and get a goal. Glorious.

    As City showed us guys, there isn’t a one goal maximum in football.

    A little tip, if you want to try and contain a team, try putting a little pressure on them and not leave some of the most talented players in the league with loads of room. Just an idea.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4

    curmon…To city? He wouldn’t get a look in imo.

    I didn’t think it was a good Sissoko peformance. The MOTM came from the fact that all of our players were poor on the day.

    firebug…Usually STaylor comes out with something.

    Personally I’m waiting for the Carver interview where he claims that Sir Bobby came to him in a dream to tell him what a good job he’s doing and how all Geordies must be so proud.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Firebug,
    And yet when youngsters were brought into the team earlier in the season we had our only brief patch of success since the end of 2013.

    I understand what you are saying, but things need freshening up. Sissoko has been going through the motions, will be gone in the summer, Cisse isn’t fit and is likely to be off in the summer as well. Willo and Colo have been woeful recently. Colback has been okay, not much more, Anita has done little to write home about. Goofy seems to have more impact from the bench. Perez is having less impact.

    Aarons is in the same boat as the there youngsters. But he performed well in a side that wasn’t performing.

    They may not cut it, but neither are their more senior colleagues doing enough. Is bringing Jonas in really a better option?

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #6

    curmon
    Is your name an abbreviation of CURMUDGEON ?

    definition
    curmudgeon k???m?d?(?)n/
    noun
    noun: curmudgeon; plural noun: curmudgeons

    a bad-tempered or surly person.

    perhaps a sunlan wum ?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Curmon,
    You think Sissoko’s performance would have impressed City? He wouldn’t even make their 25 man Premier league squad on his current performances.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #8

    very worried that we don’t seem to have been able to tie Aaarons down to a long term deal and don’t seem remotely interested in doing so. Club’s best emerging young player and we are just sitting on our hands, doing sweet fa.

    The promoted tea boy Charmless really does seem totally impotent in what should be a very defining position within the club.

    Really hope Carver, stone and woodman are paid off in the summer to allow some proper modern coaches to come in.

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  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza

    It’s too early for sarcasm!

    Oh, buenos dias.

    Ps, when do the bikinis start to blossom?

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  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Rotonda heights

    You shouldn’t be worried about Aarons not being tied down – you should be used to their tight-arsed behaviour by now.

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  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Jeff from Benwell

    It’s too early for Ibiza’s sarcasm and equally it’s too early for provoking arguments!

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  • hibbit

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    jeff do think that could be part of any deal i would be happy if it was as need a change of direction

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  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Lil

    You’re right the youngster cannot be any worse than the rubbish we have been watching, But my concern is about their future, how it would affect their development.

    I have no doubts that some could come in and do a job, Aarons if he had stayed fit for this season would have been an inspiration, or burned out a bit like poor Perez at the moment.

    Some players will admittedly be ready to make the step up, some will find it daunting.

    But this team we have now will not help them, Aarons came on and changed games, but the team never changed their attitude, they just sat back and let him do all the hard work.

    The mentality of the team is all wrong, they get praised for a mediocre performance, told they played well when all we fans see is rubbish hoofball.

    The team needs to be a team, before anyone is able to slot in to it.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Lesh…It’s definitely too early for bikini season, so I’m afriad sarcasm cannot be put on hold.

    Roll on May!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Firebug,
    Maybe for it to become a team, the players need to change. Why keep picking the same players in the hope they start to play as a team when you could change the players and possibly come across a more cohesive unit?

    We have nothing to play for but pride. I haven’t seen a great deal of that for 15 months, but at least the odd kid would have that.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16

    “John…John….I am the ghost of Bobby Robson past….woooooo…heed my words… stop mentioning me every time you hash up!”

    Sing with me now…

    Let’s stick together,
    C’mon Come on,
    Let’s stick together,
    You know we made a vow,
    To make each game heavy wea..therrr..

    You know you want to.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #17

    hahaha! Carver say he wants the team to provide more service for Cisse.

    Surely he should be working on how to do that in training, a game plan, a better formation (one that does not leave the striker isolated), a change of tactics, maybe a second striker to play of (e.g. Riviere).

    It’s no good talking about what you want to happen, Get out on the training pitch and make it happen.

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  • hibbit

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    firebug we can not rest players or drop a play who is out of form so players know there safe its not a healthy there under no pressure to perform

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  • firebug666

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #19

    hibbit

    I agree mate, and I agree with Lil too, I’m not saying don’t use some of the youth, I’m just concerned that it could have a detrimental effect on their development if you stick one or two in with this shambles.

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #20

    “The plan was to stay solid and compact.” But that leaves spaces elsewhere, as the TV pundits love to demonstrate with their stripey circles and rectangles, leaving the opponents the time to take a touch, choose the pass and effortlessly control possession until they go in for the kill. It also leads to dangerous short passes in your own danger zone. Carver is not a tactical genius, but he could improve if he watched MOTD.

    Jeff, Lilongwe etc. Yes – play the youngsters. The Etihad Cup match was a perfect example. Not every game – let them know they’re auditioning.

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Feb 24, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Firebug
    Service for Cissé… You’re right that a strike partner for a big CF is in principle an effective arrangement (41311 style, maybe). But Cissé is more likely to shoot than supply. Good that he does, but even an Altidore or a Sagbo provides a useful outlet – not suggesting we look to sign one… Do you think Sturridge is looking a tiny bit greedy/goal-hungry? Andy Carroll has the balance right.

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