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Newcastle Whiz Kid Scores Again – Video

12:39 am, Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 104 Comments

Adam Armstrong scored in the 51 st minute last night in Coventry City’s 3=2 home win against Crew Alexandra, and former Newcastle Australian youngster Brad Inman scored Crewe’s first goal after 31 minutes.

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Adam Armstrong scores again

The win puts Coventry top of the League One Table with three wins in a row, and it’s now five goals for Adam Armstrong, and he has more than half of Coventry’s 9 league goals scored so far this season.

This is how Adam reacted after the game on his Twitter account.

Last night it was a late winner from Jim O’Brien with just seven minutes remaining that fired Coventry City to the top of League One.

If the Sky Blues keep playing like this they must stand a decent chance of promotion this season, as long as they can keep Adam Armstrong on loan.

Here’s the video of Adam scoring last night.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Adam Armstrong · Loan Moves · Other News · Premier League

104 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 19, 2015 at 12:46 AM

  • 2 Menelauos // Aug 19, 2015 at 12:50 AM


    If that happens in putting £100 on a top half finish.

  • 3 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 12:59 AM


    From previous thread, Janmaat has always been a poor defender here, we just overlook it because he’s good going forward. Don’t forget it was Elia of Southampton who ripped him apart last season and he scored both goals!!

  • 4 Graeme // Aug 19, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    TFL – What a deal that would be. It would certainly strengthen our back 4. Collo as back-up to Chancel and Aymen Abdennour would be simply awesome!! Bring it on!!!

  • 5 Dulcinera // Aug 19, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    checking in once more for my random monthley comment. Finally Took Mister roughs’ advice and checked out the ladies wrestling forum. Wow. wish i would have took his advice seriously far sooner. Far better craic on that forum. Sometimes, they even post suacy pics up of themselves. A lot more interesting than listening to the draconian, outdated, boring spewings of jail for ashley and the like. Business as usual on the blog. After i observed the optimism on the blog following the summer signings its great to see douche’s like jail for ashley and the usual blog downers sprouting there end of the world scenario and how its all doom and gloom after 2 games ito the season. Yawn. some things never change. Even though a good home draw to southampton and an inevitable away defeat to swansea means absolutely nothing for the marathon season that lies ahead. Once again, it’s not the club that’s a laughing stock. It’s the same old silly unrealistic fans bringing this club down.

    See yous in 2 months mates. ppppeaaaaaaceee

  • 6 remember69 // Aug 19, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    ASHLEY IN!!!

  • 7 Our Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    That is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while.

    Someone named Remember 69 (the last trophy of any note we won) has come on to say Ashley in…… Ashley who until the summer basically said we didn’t want to win anything.

  • 8 Llort muw // Aug 19, 2015 at 1:58 AM

    Tbh Janmaat isn’t even that good going forward, he either tries to cut in and shoot which results in a wasted attack, or he tries to cross it with little end product. He isn’t that great, I think he’s over-rated.

  • 9 expatmag // Aug 19, 2015 at 2:19 AM


    It wont happen mate. Abdennour us destined for bigger things than us.

  • 10 expatmag // Aug 19, 2015 at 2:22 AM


    Janmaat created quite a few of our goals last season.

  • 11 Llort muw // Aug 19, 2015 at 2:41 AM


    Maybe so, but how many attacks has he broken down?

    I’m not hating on the player but it baffles me how he gets so much praise, Even if he has a bad game. Yet when the usual scapegoats(Obertan, Gouffran, Williamson) have a good game-rarely- they get shot down straight away.

    Janmaat is a big reason why we concede a lot of goals, bombing forward and giving away possession. He’s as much to blame as most of the usual suspects. :/

  • 12 expatmag // Aug 19, 2015 at 2:56 AM


    It would appear to be the policy of McLaren to get both his full backs to push up and attack.

    It leaves us prone to quick counter attacks especially when both Obertan and Sissoko are reluctant to tick in and cover or work back.

    This in turn forces Anita and Colback to shuffle across therefore leaving their protective cover on front of the central defenders.

    A recipe for disaster.

    Janmaat has had a bad start but he is a good player.

  • 13 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 5:21 AM

    I told u guys Mcca has £80m to spend. Thauvin was bought for £4m that is good business by Carr. Now we are going to buy Rolan for 7m plus Goufrann. Then we go hands up high for Abdennour 20m.

  • 14 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 5:29 AM

    If we pull off:
    Mitrovic/ Rolan (Austin)

    Mcca will b on pressure to succeed. And he will have a good squad no excuse.

  • 15 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 5:38 AM

    Chanely is a smart man. He knows prices are going to rocket sky next season with the new TV deal so he is buying alot of players all young to grow with. So the next seasons he will b buying one or two players to add to wat we have or replace wat we have as the academy also produces. Thats why I think Cisse is going to b Sold for either Rolan or Austin.

    Its the defence that worries me we have two 30 yr olds and two 20 yr olds and Abdennour (Coz Carr is going to bring him and we will use our old tricks of stepping stone and we will get u a better club). So we will need to sign CBs in the next coming windows.

    We are going to have a competive squad and Mcca will know how to use it.

  • 16 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    I can’t open TFL’s link @1. What did it say?

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:21 AM

    Rin…non of us can open it it seems!

  • 18 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:25 AM

    Intriguing, jesper!

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Shoot! That was suppose to read Ron 🙂

    …the link is on newsnow but it’s dead there ad well!

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:41 AM


  • 21 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    Perhaps you were thinking of Rin Tin Tin, wonder dog!

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Ron…the wonder dog you say 😀 lol

    …not sure my predictive text knows of that dog! It always changes hibbit’s name to hobbit! and he’s not happy about that by the way 😉

  • 23 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:48 AM

    It’s clearly a fan of Tolkien!

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:49 AM

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    So are we ready for the Man Utd game or are we in for a well deserved beating?

  • 26 mickalfas // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    After signing thauvin for £12m,we’re after abdennour for £15m ,tfl @1

  • 27 nut meg // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    y Sarad Bade Shrestha Updated: November 30, -0001 Abenn
    Twitter 0Facebook 0Google+ 0Pin It Share 0Reddit 0StumbleUpon 0Email –Email to a friendShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Share on Google
    Newcastle United are set to secure the services of Florian Thauvin and Aymen Abdennour, according to reports from La Provence.
    Despite spending heavily to strengthen their squad this summer, Newcastle United have endured a difficult start to the Premier League campaign and it has widely been suggested that the Magpies will make further additions before the window slams shut.
    Now according to reports from La Provence, it has been claimed that Newcastle are close to making a stunning £27million double swoop for Florian Thauvin and Aymen Abdennour.
    It had emerged recently that Newcastle had agreed a £12million fee with Marseille over Thauvin, with Remy Cabella heading the other way on a season long loan deal.
    The deal for Thauvin is expected to be completed soon and Newcastle are now also focusing on another swoop in the form of Aymen Abdennour.
    Abdennour has widely been tipped to leave Monaco this summer and the reports claim that Newcastle will place a bid of around £15million for the Tunisian international, once they finalize the deal for Thauvin.

  • 28 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    Depay is going to be a handful.

    On Thauvin, do Carr & co. see him as a winger & doesn’t he want to be a striker? Maybe I got that wrong!

    Thanks. Mystery solved!

  • 29 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:58 AM

    nut meg
    Seeing’s believing!

  • 30 MikkyD // Aug 19, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    Disappointing spend on Thaurin who has no delivery and a poor end product. McLaren is wasting money that should have been spent on CB and LB. Rolan is small and lightweight there is no power in the team when Sissoko is out… very disappointing use of 50 million overall we have no characters either for the derby fixtures so will be bullied out of points again imo

  • 31 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    Does McClaren want Thauvin? Isn’t he one of Carr’s projects?

  • 32 nut meg // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    A few different opinions on Thauvin. I haven’t seen him play only on you tube clips so can only see some of what he’s capable of. MikkyD,have you seen him play live in many games?

  • 33 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:11 AM


    You tell Mcca to spend. When he p
    spends its a waste of money now wat does he have to do?

  • 34 smoke beer, drink tabs // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Do we need to spend 12m on thauvin when we have Aaron’s who plays the same position. The lad has to be given a chance. I would have liked us to keep cabella and spend the money sorting our defence out with the money. Cabella might have come good under mcclaren. But out defence has to be the priority. A centre half and possibly left back and cover for right back is more necessary than a winger in my opinion

  • 35 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    We have bought proven young stars which is a good thing. It provides room for improvement and stability if we keep them.

    A team to build on. It will take us 5 years tops we will b a top 6 team back to the old good days.

  • 36 mickalfas // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    Will die
    Get a couple of premiership proven players imo,would be a start
    Instead of buying young players that we can sell,we need a team now not next season all the time
    Tomorrow never comes!!

  • 37 hibbit // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    like every one i wish i had the answer …. is Mc getting the players he wants or the player he is given ……peoples opinions would be a lot different if the back 4 had been sorted and Thauvin was the cream on the cake would he be worth the risk i dont know but if we were sorted at the back i would be like most saying bring it on lets see what he can do

  • 38 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Jam tomorrow, jam yesterday, but never jam today.

  • 39 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    Would McClaren risk the team when Aymen Abdennour and Mbemba are both away on ACON ?

    Possibly yes if their replacements, albeit temporary, were Colo and Saylor / Lascelles / Dummett / Satka.

  • 40 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Smoke beer

    We still have money to spend. And now its balancing player buys and sales.

    Thauvin cost 5.5m = 12m – 6.5m Cabella
    Rolan cost 7m = 12m – 3m Goufrann.
    Abdennour 12m = 15m – Abeid 1.5m & Williamson 1.5m

    Additional spending = 24.5m

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Ron…maybe it all is Carr’s project 😀

    …I don’t care what Thauvin want to be as long as he want to be it out wide and SM changes to 4-3-3.

  • 42 robmefirst // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Genuinely excited about Thauvin. We have a very strong squad at the moment. We just need a backup RB who can play at LB as well, but won’t expect a guaranteed start.

  • 43 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    will die for the toon army

    It doesn’t work like that.

    Firstly, you like all of us don’t know how much has been allocated just for purchases.

    Secondly, you don’t know whether the club balances sales with purchases.

    Lastly, you don’t know the true cost of each purchase.

  • 44 hibbit // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    now is not the time to worry about ACON 2017 a lot can change by then

  • 45 clinath@ed // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Check your maths Will Die….

  • 46 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    We are building a team not for now but for years to come. Look at Swansea, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal. Those are teams that have built a team over years. It will take time but it will happen. Never look short term look wat happened to KK. Once he was fired hell broke loose.

    No foundation.

  • 47 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    But what if Tow-Van starts sulking???

  • 48 mickalfas // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Depay looked fantastic last night,typical he finds his feet just before we play them,with our defence it could be a problem

  • 49 robmefirst // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    I think they might move Mbemba to RB against Man U, and slot Steven Taylor alongside Colo.

  • 50 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:41 AM


    The ACON 2017 qualifiers have already started and continue through 2016. Tunisia have already played their first match.

  • 51 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:41 AM


    We all get stuff from the press and you see of it works out.

    If Mcca doesnt buy a new CB, I dont think I will be impressed. If only we cld get money for Fergie, Bigi and Vuckic like may 2.5m.

    Am hopeful on Abdennour, coz it has all got quite on him and we are e only ones to bid so we will sell him the stepping stone story.

  • 52 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    You’re right: the defence hasn’t been sorted out. What if Thauvin proves to be another Rivière?

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Do you actually believe the things you post, like some of those Christians who vehemently deny that dinosaurs ever existed !

  • 54 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    will die for the toon army @ 46

    Well said. Swansea didn’t perfect their passing game overnight.

  • 55 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    robmefirst @ 49

    Moving Mbemba to RB with Saylor slotting in alongside Colo seems the logical move.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    So after eight years we are going to try and start playing like Swansea, bearing in mind Pardew would still be here. Do you think dinosaurs existed or invented by the Victorians.

  • 57 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:50 AM


    Jst being optimistic. And hoping for the best.

    Every one takes risks wen buying players. All teams have risked and some succeed some fail. Look at Spurs and Manure. Worse of them all is Liverpool. So we cant b any better.

  • 58 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Ron Knee @ 52

    There are many ‘what-ifs’ when buying.

    We just have to put our faith in Carr and McClaren as seasoned football professionals.

    There will always be duds. It happens in every club. Fergie let Paul Pogba and Gerard Piqué leave. So much for his great foresight.

    What if Mbemba turns out like Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa ?
    What if Mitrovic is injured or spends most of the season unavailable due to red cards.

    The permutations are endless.

  • 59 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 7:58 AM


    After eight years, this is the positive I see in all this.
    1. Financially stable club.

    1. No team
    2. No Academy products
    3. No Head Coach we believe in.

    Looking forward to:
    1. Football Board.
    2. No Mike Ashely controlling e club.
    3. Cash in the bank
    4. New Coaching team I trust.

    On positives, Carr has had one bad window of De Jong, Cabela and Rivere.

    I give this club another 5 years.

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    I can be optimistic and say we will finish top four but that’s not what I asked you, your post @46 do you believe that. KK left and a few years later we were lucky enough to get SBR, we didn’t have to deliberately stagnate until that happened.

  • 61 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Jail for Ashley @ 56

    No I didn’t say that.

  • 62 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Jail for Ashley @ 60

    In an earlier post you criticized McClaren for turning us down but that is what Sir Bobby did. Both wanted to honour their existing contracts.

  • 63 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:04 AM


    There is something to that….actually.

  • 64 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Financially stable ? We are so heavily in debt that all we see advertised around the ground are fatties companies completely free of charge !

  • 65 Ron Knee // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    You’re right. There are many imponderables. But surely it would have been common sense to build up a really strong defence? With a limited budget – this is Ca$hley after all! – defence should have been given the priority.

  • 66 Ian Toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    If you take a snap shot in time you can present a distorted picture of the life and times of the Ashley reign. A bit like statistics which arguably can be presented in such a way to convey the view you want to present.

    Football – You’ll all remember when we beat the mackems ( small m for Tsunki) 5-1 at SJP it was the most enjoyable derby result of my lifetime. Well as it transpired following that season the core of the team was sold. The plan was to progress from mediocrity and obtain European qualification. The thinking was to ditch the workers, the battlers, the limited journeymen and for the squad to comprise technically gifted, players; able to pass the ball and keep possession. The acquisitions were to come from lower cost markets; and they’d be younger and somewhat later it was acknowledge with a re- sale value.

    It worked Nolan, Barton and Enrique followed Carroll out of the door to be replaced by Yohan Cabaye, Ba, Santon and in the next window Papiss Cisse( who scored on his sub debut to win the game). Cabaye with vision and a full range of passing soon became worth the admission money alone. Well the very next season we finished 5th – beating ManU 3-0 along the way. The plan seemed to havelegs and it was onwards and upwards – I’ve done the research on here and the usual suspects were shouting of nothing else – even some talk of Champions League football to come. Self sufficiency was the new mantra so the usual suspects were telling us – do the research.
    Alas and alack – the following summer only the disappointing ( for me) Anita arrived with Best ( hat trick against WHU) Forster being sold. Pardew’s game plan abruptly was found out with the team struggling and as it transpired in danger of relegation. January panic buys were made. Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gouffran, Haidara and Sissoko and Ba joined Chelsea. The January following, Cabaye who had been instrumental in our rise in quality also left with Remy coming on loan.. Last summer Janmaat and Perez came in and have been a successes, Cabella flattered to deceive.

  • 67 lochinvar // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Abdennour is I think Algerian so will fit in well with our French players and culture.
    Mclaren does seem to have a plan and one which includes a buddy system which ensures that overseas players are not isolated and feel at home. Hence the Dutch group, the French group, the Geordie group. It’s a professional approach to team building and as a whole they will in time to gel into a strong team. Compared to the random coaching approach of Pardew and Carver it has merit. We should recognise that changes are happening for the better and as that’s what we wanted let’s back it – that’s what fans do isn’t it ?

  • 68 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Ron Knee

    You are right. The general consensus and words of wisdom from virtually all the great managers is that you build from the back.

    I’m absolutely sure that McClaren and Carr are not mavericks to the above. They have plugged one hole with Mbemba and applied sticking plaster to Colo and crossed their fingers with Lascelles but another experienced centre back is required.

  • 69 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    lochinvar @ 67

    He is Tunisian and plays for their national team unless there someone else with the same name and is Algerian !

  • 70 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Ian Toon.

    All the signings have been spot on and show improvement on wat we already have. It jst back fired last window with Cabella De Jong and Rivere.


    Every one in EPL demands money for their owners. Its only Arsenal and Manure (coz its a bank loan) who have reduced their debts.

    Chelsea owe Abromavic £1b
    Liverpool owe John Henry £453m
    Man City I really dont know
    NUFC owe Mike £131m

  • 71 LGFUAD21 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Thauvin won’t limit Aaron’s options. If he’s really that good he’ll get I. Ahead of either Thauvin or Obertan.

    Thauvin can play either flank so if Aaron’s is deemed better than Obertan then Thauvin will play rw and Aaron’s LW.

    Some people need to stop hyping Aaron’s up so much. He’s young, got pace and skill and has scored a few but can he consistently do it. He’s far from the sort of player you can’t drop from first team.

  • 72 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:21 AM


    Lets put two brand new CB’s in defence in this league, see how we go.

    Love this blog me like.

  • 73 sing in the corner // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    I see you used the popular retort ‘moaning about moaners’ a couple of pages ago. I think there is a huge difference between ‘moaning about moaners’, and commenting that certain other people moan about absolutely everything else at every opportunity. No?

  • 74 LGFUAD21 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Will die.

    Agree that we can’t really expect MA to put his own money up.
    I firmly believe that after this window with what we have spent (bearing in mind Marseille aren’t giving us cash for Cabella until next summer) that the cash reserves we have built will have largely gone.

    The football board better know what they are doing otherwise next summer we’ll be desperate for the right signings and have no money to spend on what we need.

  • 75 robmefirst // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    I’d be happy to be a comfortable Premier League side that challenges in the cups. We definitely are in a better position than the unwashed. We have strengthened well and to be honest, this is the happiest I’ve been for a season for years, mainly for the fresh start under a new coaching team.

  • 76 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    will die for the toon army @ 70

    Quite right.

    Virtually all organisations take out loans and football clubs are no exception perhaps except for the fact that some club owners, like Ashley, make interest free loans.

  • 77 lesh // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    It appears that Dunk didn’t play for Brighton last night though he was named as sub.

    Could he be moving on towards Kings Cross?

  • 78 LGFUAD21 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:30 AM


    Same about the positive.

    I’m not expecting instant results. But I am excited to see where we might be in 5 years under Mcclaren (the same time Pardew had)

    From schteeves point of view. He needs to get MA and the club itself a return in the investments this summer.

    I worry that another poor season and MA will close the purse strings for good if he gets burnt.

  • 79 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Ian Toon,
    Never have I seen a post filled with so many inaccracies !
    Are you trying to say that I like to moan ?

  • 80 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Will Die,
    The problem with building over a number of years is that your side can be dismantled pretty quickly if your players do well. To then cope with that there needs to be succession planning, not just for managers, but for players. There needs to be a well founded development philosophy which means you can produce players that, even if they aren’t world beaters, they can compete at first team level.

    At the minute, it is impossible to say we have that. Or have ever had that under Ashley. Anyone who claims that we now have is talking pure fiction. Quite possibly the club have realised this, but I would have expected greater personnel change at the higher levels, and the same at the younger coaching levels.

    We will be Thauvin’s 5th club in what has been a very short career so far, he isn’t breaking down doors to get here. If he has a good season, and we finish 10th, I’d wager he will be angling for a bigger move. Same will go for a number of players – we have seen it with Sissoko – and he has yet to have a particularly good season!

    There needs to be sufficient progress this summer – and season – to suggest that the team can challenge for honours and Europe next season. I’d want Prem experience, particularly when looking at the defence. Someone with know how and experience. I’m not all that thrilled with Adbennour – good though he may be – I would prefer a physical vocal centre half that has played in the Prem already.

    As for Thauvin, I haven’t seen him enough to form a fair and balanced judgement, but when I have he has been underwhelming. I may have caught him on a handful of bad days, I don’t know.

    Rolan is another I haven’t seen much of. But I don’t rate French league for strikers, 15 there probably equates to 6-8 in the Prem. I’d prefer Cisse stayed with Perez backing up, or we went and got an experienced pro that can do a job as a third choice, with Perez slotting into a different offensive role.

  • 81 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    I see Dulcerina was back from his terrorist training camp this morning saying I’m predicting doom and gloom. As it happens I predicted 54 points and ninth place. Saying that home draws to Soton and inevitable defeats away to Swansea hardly bodes well for a claimed optimist.

  • 82 sing in the corner // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:40 AM


    What? Wouldn’t dream of it man! I hope you do get some enjoyment from being a fan of the toon at some point though. Blimey, I can’t imagine the heights we would have reached if that was to come to pass! 🙂

  • 83 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    They could gel into one over time, or they could form disruptive cliques. It would require a leader who isn’t in one of those groups, but inspires confidence to break the bonds down between the cliques.

    For me we lack any leadership, spirit and fight. I saw 72% wanted Barton back the other day on the Ronny, I’m not sure I’d want Barton, but someone with that sort of attitude would be ideal for midfield, and a centre half who leads, organises and controls at the back with Prem experience. Much prefer players like that at this stage than Thauvin, Adbennour, and Rolan.

  • 84 hibbit // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    slank international games always take place the implied problem was the acon its self which does not take place till 2017 not the qualifiers

  • 85 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Yeah, I’m okay with the coaching staff. Would have preferred Beardsley, Richardson and Watson gone as well. I don’t rate Simpson much higher than Carver, but every manager needs at least one coach they know and have worked with to help them get their message across and deliver sessions initially.

    I’d like to see Bramley, Winskill and Dawson given more prominent roles in the youth and development set up

  • 86 Tsunki // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    For me, the real disappointment in Dulcineras posts is that they are all too frequent.

  • 87 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    He didn’t play last weekend either, was on the bench. Hoots said he felt their new German defender was the better choice tactically at the weekend, not sure about last night.

  • 88 Tsunki // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Someone moaning about moaning about the moaners now? Where will it all end? Perhaps if we all put those rose tinted goggles on we can all join hands and sing a happy song. That would be a great blog. No reality, just a fun happy world of peace!

  • 89 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:56 AM


    I agree that the ACON itself is a major issue for any European club that have a number of African players in their first teams.

    What I cannot understand is why can’t the ACON and the EUROS be played at the same time, in the summer.

    I’m sure someone will give me the reason why they cannot !

  • 90 LGFUAD21 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    To play devils advocate with Thauvin.

    The lad clearly has pace and skill and despite some assertions on here his delivery is great. His shot isn’t bad either. It’s just whether it not he will be out muscled.

    I always believed cabella could come good in a central role but that he was the wrong choice as a winger. This sentiment was echoed by French pundits.

    Thauvin certainly seems a better fit for mcclarens system (the one he played at twente and Derby.) he is more direct which could make him a better option than cabella.

    It’s a hell of a fee for raw talent though.

    That said. Sterling is Also lightweight and doesn’t have much better record and he went for £50m

    It’s whether the staff can do a better job than Pardew on bringing it out of him.

  • 91 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    I think we are not sellers of sort. if there is player who says wants to stay at NUFC. I dont think MA will sell. All the players that left wanted to leave even Caroll. it was Nolan and Barton tht were forced out.
    Carroll Ba Cabaye all wtd to leave. The problem was not to replace them. Wen we finished 5th we hanged on our players even this summer the same.
    I remember Derek saying once a player wants to leave we dont stand in his way but the offer has to b right.

  • 92 Mag52 // Aug 19, 2015 at 8:59 AM


    Good morning. You seem on particularly good form today.
    Regarding the point you made about McClaren a few posts back, I’m not at all sure he was the club’s first choice to replace Carver. There will be a host of potential managers out there who wouldn’t come anywhere near SJP with Ashley in charge.
    That might be why it took some time to get someone in.
    Then, of course, McClaren could well have been arguing for a release of the purse strings before committing himself. Ashley’s statement and subsequent spending could be the result of McClaren’s efforts.
    I don’t think it’s anything to do with not wanting another ‘cockney’ (AP, as I’m sure you are aware is not a cockney). Ashley would have no problem with a Londoner as coach. It’s certain fans who seem to have a southerner phobia.

  • 93 mickalfas // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    I would guess because of the heat,same with Qatar for the world cup,noone wants to play in 50 degree heat

  • 94 will die for the toon army // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:03 AM


    I wld also have wanted the youth set up fired. They have been rubbish we have spend like 10m on the academy but nothing to show for it.
    And I belive all the players were good.

  • 95 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:08 AM


    Perhaps Lilongwe Geordie would know but I would have thought that Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and maybe some other European countries would be as hot as many African countries.

    I live in southern Europe and it was 42C at 9AM this morning. The day time temperature hasn’t dropped below 35C for about 8 weeks.

  • 96 hibbit // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    slank i think it could have a lot to do with the so called rainy season lilongwe will have more idea

  • 97 Jail for Ashley // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    I was being a bit sarky with the cockney bit as it seems that a lot of the media think that’s why he wasn’t liked, I’ve got a feeling Scteve might dispel that myth.

  • 98 Slank // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    mickalfas @ 93

    Just to add to your comments about Qatar.

    The players themselves would not be playing in 50C in the stadiums in Qatar as they would all be air conditioned.

    The real issue, in my mind, are the supporters. All football supporters like to drink at the World Cup. It’s part of the fun.

    Firstly, where do you drink ? Can only see problems with supporters descending on the bars in the 5 star hotels.

    Secondly, can the police handle drunken supporters ?

    Thirdly, the stadiums are so close together that it would seem highly improbable that Dutch supporters and German supporters would ignore each other.

    Lastly and more worryingly, drinking alcohol in 50C is a death sentence.

  • 99 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Tsunki@86 – agreed! If you don’t want to be part of this, feel free to stay away, permanently. That would be my advice to Dulcinera. You don’t need the blog, the blog doesn’t need you. Find something to do you that you enjoy. The blog will survive without you, I promise.

  • 100 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Africa is a huge continent and has many different climates within. For example, in Malawi, the coolest months are from May to August – still mid 20’s. A lot of the more southern countries are the same, and the leagues in these countries run through these months. Many of the top players are in Europe, but the majority of players are based in leagues that operate from Feb/March through to November. The AFCON is therefore played during the break between seasons for many.

    So, I guess CAF’s response would be why don’t you play the Euro’s at the same time as The Asian Cup or the AFCON? It has been a bigger issue recently as they played two years in a row to change dates from clashing with future World Cups.

    I’d say that the main thing for the European clubs to lobby for is a tournament once every 4 years rather than every 2 years, but then this tournament is one of CAF’s main money spinners and without the income from it many of the leagues and FA’s within Africa would end up with very little income and would struggle to actually have a national league and team.

  • 101 SanD // Aug 19, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Jaanmat is a very good player, granted better at going forward than defending but this is the way the game has evolved.

  • 102 Ravostag // Aug 19, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Premiership players? You mean from Scotland not from our Premier League.

  • 103 Jamesnufc94 // Aug 19, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    How can you say jannmat is the fault for most of the goals?he was the only one bombing down the wings to get a ball in you absalute tool

  • 104 loonie-toon // Aug 19, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Well done to arma he is lookin quality on loan so far. Good experience hope e can continue this wen he back with us looks verry lively we got keep him and arrons get them both exsperiance this season and they carry on with the quality they show no reason cart b in team next seaon

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