It Would Simply Be Unbearable

Moussa Sissoko was the Newcastle captain on Saturday against Arsenal,  and he was a powerful player in central midfield for us, and scored a great goal four minutes into the second half that was brilliantly set up for him by Ryan Taylor and Remy Cabella, who had another very good game for the Magpies.

moussa sissoko scores 49 mins

Moussa Sissoko – scored after 49 minutes

Two Olivier Giroud goals in four minutes in the first half had the Gunners 2-0 up at the break and Moussa admits Carver had told the team they had to watch out for the top French striker.

This is what the Newcastle captain said after the game:

“We played very well but I think the keeper was fantastic. We are a little bit sad but when you play against a big team you know the game will be hard – but I think the team showed a good performance.”

“We started well in the first ten minutes but then we concede so many free-kicks, we know Arsenal have big players and Giroud scored two goals.”

“After that the game was hard. I know every year Giroud scores a lot of goals, and before the game the manager says we have to be very careful about him, but we weren’t.“

“At half-time the manager said the second half is another game or we can stay in the changing room and the game is dead.” “I think we showed character and we can be happy about that.”

“We have to learn from this match and do better at Sunderland. I came here over two years and we have lost every derby game.”

“Now though it is a new game and you have to do everything because it is a massive game for us, the fans, the city, everybody.”

Moussa will be captain in our next game which is the derby at the Stadium of Light – so there’s one Newcastle player who will be really motivated that Sunderland don’t win five games in a row.

If they do, it would be unbearable and we could be in deep trouble, and asking where our next win will come from.

Moussa plays well when he’s the Magpies captain, and we expect a number of our players to be really motivated – we hope a number of our players will be really motivated.

And the lads need to play the whole game against Sunderland like they played the second half against the Gunners.

If we can put Arsenal under terrific pressure, we must be able to do the same at Sunderland, who have been in very poor form almost all season.

We need a win a week on Sunday.

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22 comments so far

  • wolfshead@toon

    Mar 23, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #1


    if rotonda replies it will no doubt have words in it such as ‘dinosaur’ ‘containing football’ ‘mash and tevez’ ‘martinez and lukaku’ ‘hoofball’ and ‘dna’ i dont think i have missed any out 🙂

  • expatmag

    Mar 23, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Big game coming up. A must win game in my opinion. Despite Advocat, there confidence is low and we need to put pace up front against them and hit them on the break.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 23, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #3


    its been very sunny and nice i had a very nice walk along the harbour today to see if i could see the local seal but i have yet to see him, not as exciting as pod of dolphins
    i wont ask you how the weather is as its always hot and sunny in oz isn’t it

  • expatmag

    Mar 23, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #4


    Not this year. We have had a disappointing summer here in Melbourne despite predictions of record heatwave temperatures. We had quite the reverse with only a handful of 30 degree days.

    We also have a local seal here who regularly props himself on our beach for a few days before heading off. Dolphins are regularly seen off the end of our pier and we are lucky enough to have many in Port Phillip bay.

    We also get the occasional shark in here too.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 23, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #5


    a seal is as exciting as it gets for sea life round here
    although i do recall a dead whale floating by for a few days my god it stank

  • expatmag

    Mar 23, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #6


    A bit more interesting over here mate…

    I have my best mates son arriving here next week from Gateshead and he is Newcastle daft. He has a season ticket with his dad Si it will be interesting to here his viewpoints on the club.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 23, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Canny (last post):

    “We need to buy players to play where we need them. Not try and convert players we have into something they are not. That’s the sort of thinking that got us into the shit in the first place.”

    When you buy or develop young players you don’t necessarily know their ultimate specialism. Also, some excellent players are very versatile. Back in the day, Steve Watson must have played in virtually every outfield position. Don’t think we were in the shit at the time.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Mar 23, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #8

    That’s as maybe but I was not referring to times gone by and mister Watson or wether we were in the shit back then or not. I’m talking now and the lack of cover in defence which we wouldn’t need to be covering from other positions if we had bought what we needed in either of the last 2 transfer windows.

  • geordie157

    Mar 23, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #9

    If we attack them and don’t give them time on the ball we’ll win.

  • elpaso_geordie

    Mar 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #10

    we played well but the keeper was fantastic?

    Really ???? I don’t remember their keeper making any saves of note

    I watch different games than anyone else am sure

  • armchair fan

    Mar 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Where is everyone tonight?

    The last half against Arsenal will never be seen again with this 2 week break, Charver has their flipflops on

  • Canny in Canberra

    Mar 23, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Probs right. We can’t seem to string 2 decent halves together never mind play well 2 games in a row. That’s one of the most frustrating things about us to watch, the flashes of brilliance and then sleep for the next 20 minutes. the ability is there the consistency is not 🙁

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 23, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Wolfshead, repeat after me : ” Martinez is a genius” 🙂

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 24, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #14

    What’s with janmaat being centre back?? He played a first half and we conceded two goals. 2nd half janmaat had barely any defending to do
    We were that dominating. Immature calls.

    We need him at right back as that’s his best position. How many assist he had Alrdy for Cisse.

  • Santon03

    Mar 24, 2015 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #15


    because we only have one senior cb available, if we have 2 available then Janmaat will play rb.
    Actually he didn’t do anything wrong the whole game as cb, the goals wasn’t because of his mistakes. 1st goal was accidental imo, it came of giroud knee, the 2nd one was he out muscled Willo.

  • Santon03

    Mar 24, 2015 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #16

    I believe we could win 5 games from remaining fixtures. the players are pump up because of 2nd half performance, the crowd was great, appreciate their effort even though we lose.
    Thank God they don’t read the comments in this blog.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 24, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Wow Santon…I’m liking your positivity! But I’d take 3 wins right now and feel very pleased with that. Not that I think that will happen. I also thought the crowd were good. Just shows the fans are up for it if the players show they are.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #18

    On that theory they should have been pumped up after the 45 mins they played well against Chelsea. Three decent lots of 45 minute spells in 12 games and you’re predicting Carver will almost treble his win rate

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 24, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Somehow beating the mackems is probably the only target for the remainder of our season. It would be a 3 pronged ‘ambition’. Stopping the horror-run against SAFC, all but ensuring we don’t go down, while ensuring a very uncomfortable few weeks for Wearside.

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 24, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #20

    On the last article.

    It would be criminal to move janmaat to cb. He has been one of the best rbs in th league for his attacking side and his defensive side will improve with time (it’s not too shabby now just inconsistent)

    We need his delivery into the box.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 24, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #21

    We know anything can happen in football, but knowing who we have left I think 2-3 wins are what to expect.

    …we are really poor this season on all fronts. Personally I am interesting in seeing whether that second half against Arsenal was a one off.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 24, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Expatmag – where’s “your beach”?


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