Our Man Of The Match Is A Hero

We said it after yesterday’s game and we’ll say it again – Ayoze Perez has been great for us this season and yesterday he was the hero by getting the equalizer just before half time, and what a goal if was for the 21 year-old, who was brought in for the Development squad last summer.

He took his chance yesterday simply brilliantly, and we don’t want to see this young lad sold this summer, whoever come in for him – selling our best players all the time is a failed strategy and Mike Ashley has to realize that.

ayoze perez scores against west brom

Paul Dummett congratulates Perez after his equalizer

And it’s not too surprising that Perez is our Man of the Match, with a good 29% of the vote. and Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella and Jonas Gutierrez also had good games.

It was a good performance yesterday for a change, and a repeat next Saturday in London against QPR with maybe Papiss Cisse and Rolando Aarons starting that game could see us even win the game.

Whoops sorry to startle you with that rather rash and outlandish statement.

John Carver cannot be cautious now with our best players either – we only have two games left.

And one reason the team did well yesterday was that they gave 100% and players like Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella and Jonas Gutierrez all had strong games.

One player who really struggled yesterday was Ryan Taylor, and Mehdi Abeid should be brought in against QPR – John Carver needs to give the younger players a chance – he keeps talking about it but doesn’t do it.

But that’s John Carver for you.

It was a vital point yesterday, make no mistake about that – because it should give our lads confidence and they now have a decent chance of even getting 3 points at QPR – and if we can do that we may even be safe.

But we also cannot have a let-down in either of the last two games – if we do we could still be relegated.

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118 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed must be well excited with that point we got the way he’s banging these threads out this morning.

  • John Tudor

    May 10, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    a good coach would have had all three and more from previous games

  • John Tudor

    May 10, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    billy the tramp could have done a better job imho

  • Pokat

    May 10, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah yeah but what I wanna know is how well Anita Cabella and gutierrez did hehe

  • Klatoon

    May 10, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Has any team conceded more from deadballs this season? dont know if anyone can get the official stats. Everytime we give away a corner/freekick I get this sinking feeling…and its always justified

  • firebug666

    May 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Pharrrrrrrrrharrhahahahahahahahahahahahaha, Jurgen Klopp? More likely to get any old flop!

    I am now a little more hopeful for the QPR game next week, a chance to actually get three points. It could all still be resting on the last game of the season for us but we need to and should be beating QPR.


  • Graeme

    May 10, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    The one thing that has been proved, beyond any shadow of doubt, is that John Carver is completely unsuitable to be Head Coach or Manager of NUFC. Unfortunately, in Ashley’s world, we are still in the Premier League and if we finish there, he will think its Christmas again (Which for him, it is) and he will give Carver the job.

    He knows that if Carver screws up, he can replace him in the next winter, to secure our place in the Division and THAT is his only priority. Why spend on a Manager today, when it can be done at some point in the future with little effect on his ambitions?

    The value of NUFC advertising SD simply cannot be underestimated.


  • sparky55

    May 10, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8


    Bang on the money there mate…don’t care what anyone says but our squad is easily capable of a top 8 finish when all fit and under a decent Head Coach

    They’ll all thoroughly dejected playing under the dinosaur that is Carver and it’s easy to see what can be achieved by any mis-firing dysfunctional team when a poor manager is fired and someone half decent comes in.

    Southampton after they fired Pardew
    Crystal Palace after they fired Warnock (for balance!)
    Villa after they sacked Lambert
    West Brom after they sacked Irving

    We could have gone after two of the above and been safe weeks ago by getting much more out of our squad than carver was ever going to get out of them.

    Our only real weakness is in defence but a good coach could easily get what we’ve got working better together and it would cost about 4 million a year to bring in a good coach and his backroom staff which is proper peanuts compared to what’s a risk and the position we find ourselves in now.

    Ashley is prolific gambler and he gambled very badly for the sake of a couple of million which is much less than he’s gambled and lost in casinos all over the world this month alone.

    Not so so fcuking clever after all!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 10, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    my summing up of team performance yesterday…
    Yesterday’s game
    My MOM was
    COLBACK who had a excellent game in front of the back four or was it we played a back three – been asking to play a back three for weeks.
    Also closely followed by ANITA who had his best game in a TOON shirt.

    The rest
    CABELLA also had a decent game – but too many step-overs -needs to move the ball on quicker.
    JONAS had a decent game going forward.
    PEREZ for scoring but over-all thought he struggled a bit today.
    DUMMET better than last week got in with some good tackles
    KRUL as above pulled of a couple of point blank saves to keep us in the game.
    TAYLOR broke up play but now very slow and gets caught out to many times – also living on his free kicks of past.
    COLOCINI did nothing wrong
    RIVIERE the lad tries his heart out but can he score – hopefully once the goal to keep us up.
    SISSOKO started brightly first ten minutes finished brightly last ten minutes in-between not much.

    CISSE not fit but nice to see him on the pitch but it shows he has been away and has not trained
    ABEID to little to late
    AMEOBI to little to late – pity his bicycle kick went over the top.

    THE CROWD – much better – better all-round atmosphere and got behind the team.

    Over-all point better than nowt need a win as I can see Hull winning a least one of their remaining games and the Mackems will beat Leicester – they no how to get out of the situation

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 10, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Back to Ashley
    Since the Tories got back in Sports Direct shares have risen 5% because the Labour Party were going to scrap zero hours contracts and Sports Direct accounts for a fifth of all zero-hours contracts

  • hibbit

    May 10, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    charlie for the life of me i cannot see how perez was voted mom,,,,colback by a mile never put a foot wrong gave 100% a lot on here are are newcastle supporters but anti geordies

  • hibbit

    May 10, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    charlie newcastle city council and south tyneside council both labour employ hundreds of workers on zero hours contracts

  • Ron Knee

    May 10, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    This gambling culture transfers to Charnley too. The less he spends the greater his bonus (I assume). By appointing low-cost Carver he took the risk that we would be able to muddle through.
    This is reminiscent of the bonus-driven PPI scandal.

  • banjax

    May 10, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    The changes for Newcastle start at the top with the owner M A and Lee Charnley, realising of course that M A is unlikely to sack himself, he should however rid himself of the current model of Newcastle United which has brought the club to the brink of every bad thing you can imagine. Unless the new Manager can choose which players to buy and sell, then no manager worth their salt would take the job at Newcastle. May as well put up the Job Ad to read, “Yes Man Wanted to be a Puppet of anything that Mike Ashley tells you to do “. Surely now Mike Ashley realises that it is all his fault where NUFC find themselves now. Surely he realises the £millions he has pissed away trying to gamble with the reputation and the proper conduct of our once esteemed club. But then again Mike Ashley could probably afford to lose a few million just so he can stick two fingers up at the supporters of Newcastle United Football Club !

  • scout

    May 10, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Maybe we could get some Hull players in as it looks like they’ll go

  • dave 1961

    May 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #16

    i would P**s myself if one of those workers burns this slave trader out.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #17

    I’ts a sad country we live hate the F**in things

  • toon kk

    May 10, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Great to get a point, but let’s be honest, we were really lack quality, we really miss that Ba, Remy type player in front of goal.
    We are a ready made mid tabled championship side.
    After seeing the Boro play off game on tv on Friday evening I noticed how far behind we actually are.

  • Average_Contents

    May 10, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    2009 by dekka

    I would urge all supporters of this truly great football club to come together, get behind the team and, whatever grievances you may or may not have, put them to one side for the benefit of seeing Newcastle United regain their position in the elite of English football. Mike and myself are here to do our absolute best for Newcastle United and with you on board, we fervently believe we can deliver a successful football club for you to take pride and joy in.”

    Eerily similar to penfolds guff I’d say. The only difference being that dekka mentions the slug by name. It was guff then and it’s guff now.

    Onto the game.

    The players obviously tried yesterday. Is trying enough though when there’s no clear game plan. No team cohesion. Celebrating a draw against wba like it was a win is in itself insulting.

    It’s almost as if it was planned isn’t it. Here you go, here’s EIGHT losses on the bounce, lowering any expectations we have then here you go here’s a draw – you should be happy now.

    Ayoze my motm simply because we would of lost. The only positives I can take were him and not losing.

  • hibbit

    May 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    scout don’t count your chickens till there hatched

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #21

    Ron…I wouldn’t put it passed them one minute…everyone under Ashley more or less has been opportunists whom only goal is to maximize their own gain whether it’s wealth or fortune!

    These people are equally a part of the conflict/problem that is Newcastle. Imagine if certain people on here where to solved the conflict that is Northern Ireland…they would probably just pin in on either Ireland or the UK and say problem solved!

    If we want to find a way through our troubles in the foreseeable future (and not putting all our faith in a billionaire coming to save us) we need to see the problems for what they are and say to everyone coming here “we won’t stand for self gain charlatans who are just here yo take advantage of us and the current situation which has left us blindsided”.

    If we only focus on Ashley we won’t get anywhere and I am saying this 8 years down the road to nowhere.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 10, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Based on past discussions on here I am not counting on this to be absorbed by many, but at least I got it off my chest!

    …I tried!

  • toon kk

    May 10, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Collo’s letter didn’t make any difference to MA, he kept nicely out of the way.
    He wasn’t going to risk any self inflicted abuse.

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #24

    The customer is always wrong

  • beermonkey

    May 10, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #25


    I would hope that if (big IF) some1 bought the club firstly they will know and understand why we are protesting
    secondly they will sit down and talk with the fans forum

  • Ron Knee

    May 10, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Ashley thinks he can transfer discount selling practices to football. He’s wrong. Why do we have an imbalance of players in the team? Because quality strikers and defenders cost money.
    They wanted a striker like Gomis, but weren’t prepared to pay his price. Look who got instead! Bargain basement Rivière.
    We need the services of an exorcist to cast out Ashley!

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 10, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Blackley, you weren’t too impressed with the performance yesterday. Have you changed your mind after some time to reflect?

    “No. Not at all. Blackley has woken up to find that a wave of renewed optimism has broken out. Lets not kid ourselves. That was a disjointed, amateurish performance, the sort of showing that has got us into this mess in the first place. Carver is celebrating a draw against a WBA side with their flip flops on, and we rode our luck big time. If we are to survive, it will be because Hull don’t pick up enough points. Unfortunately Blackley predicts Hull will find something.”

    Thank you Blackley. So there you have it from the old man. No place for sentiment in the prediction game.

  • dave 1961

    May 10, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #28


    True that is what Chris Mort did

  • Owldman

    May 10, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #29

    We are in this mess because we appointed an amateur coach to replace Pardew he’s not even a good amateur at that .Jonas showed what a fighter he is.pity we hadn’t had that sort of fight all season then we might just have been in the comfort zone . I’ve no doubt that Ashley took the cheap option appointing Carver after all we only needed half a dozen points to be safe.we cant score goals never mind get points.One thing is certain no matter what happens we have to sort out the coaching staff.

  • BandB

    May 10, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #30

    The renewal of optimism seems to emanate largely from the relief that Hull lost their most winnable remaining game.
    We got a draw at home against a team that came for nothing else. Pulis’s teams play in one way. They were never likely to think “Newcastle aren’t very good…let’s rip them apart.”
    They sat deep and let us play in front of them. We haven’t had that much control of the midfield all season. They always looked likely to concede a goal, not least because they didn’t win a lot of their defensive headers and gave the ball away easily.
    We seemed to try harder and several players had a very decent game…by our standards. The worry for me is that they may now “do a Hull” and switch off in the next game.
    So I hope we hear no talk from Carver this week of ‘we won’t be taking our foot off the gas.” and “don’t worry, we are not relaxing just yet.”
    Because that’s exactly what he said after the Hul[ victory…..

  • Deji adesoga

    May 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #31


    We have conceded 8 goals from set-piece this season,more than anyother team in the EPL.
    We have also conceded more goals in the last ten minutes,while not scoring in this period ourselves.

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    Without any argument or silly he said she said, I’d like to ask a question.

    We hear we don’t pay massive wages like other clubs. If you tie that into letting our better players go any replacing them with a cheaper untested option.

    How is our wage bill going up and not dropping?

    It may just be me but it always looks like we let more players leave than we sign so I just don’t understand the rise in our player wages.

    Any ideas?

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Along with conceding loads from set pieces. We’ve also had the most red cards of any club in the last two years, awful discipline record.

  • BandB

    May 10, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #34


    If we had fewer players on lower wages, then it must follow that the wages bill for players has fallen.
    Two minuses can’t make a plus no matter what you argue.
    If it is a FACT that the wage bill has risen then either the number of players on the wage bill must have risen, or wages must have risen, or both.

  • beermonkey

    May 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #35


    not sure its gone up has it??
    but i never seems to go down by enough when you consider who leave and who comes in
    its an odd one

    is it not the problem with wages players leave one year you don’t see the benefit in terms of wages saves till the next year then we see the accounts
    so if that makes any sense were say 2 years behind in what we see in the accounts as it were

  • Bambams

    May 10, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #36

    If SDJ is fit Taylor will not start.
    He is only in the team for set plays and the odd long range pass


    But if SDJ is fit he offers the possibility of a lot more. Just needs to get fit..

    Aarons is a must if fit

    Cisse must play from the start to give Rangers something to worry about on the counter attack. No good playing toothless up front it just encourages them to attack

    Again IMO

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #37


    We obviously don’t know what players are on but we are the seventh highest on wages (if I rember right) whilst being told we won’t pay over the top.
    It’s all a puzzle to me.

    Especially when we don’t seem to have any expirienced pros sitting on the subs bench.

    I’m assuming the wages are for everyone at the club not just players, we’ve sacked loads including the tea lady. Surley Charnley is cheaper than Deka! So again I don’t get it 🙁

    Plus there’s the question of the un named director on a quite healthy wage.

    Ok I give up.


    It went up £15.3mil on last books.

  • magpie6699

    May 10, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #38

    I keep thinking about the stupid points we gave away in the last minutes of so many games. Didn’t seem so important at the time but remember Stoke – 2 points thrown away, Man U, Mackems at home – one point. If we had those four points we’d be feeling more relaxed – and we could protest as much as we like without worrying about affecting the team etc. And I think those who believe that relegation is the way to get rid of Mike Ashley, that just feels so naive. NUFC is relatively small money compared to his main business interests and if we’re cheap as chips in the Championship, he won’t care. As a matter of principle he will not sell at a loss but still go his own way.

  • optimistic prime

    May 10, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #39


    I can’t think of a year we’ve bought more players than we’ve sold.

  • toon kk

    May 10, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Most keep blaming our coach, first P45 now Carver, don’t get me wrong we could do MUCH better, but look at our squad ffs, talk about lacking quality.
    I know that many thought we had a top eight side! The table doesn’t lie.


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