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Newcastle’s Defensive Options Improve Even Further

10:22 pm, Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

You’ve got to give huge credit to the Newcastle defense in particular and the Newcastle team in general today, the way they worked their socks off and played so well at Old Trafford.

And who knows, with a little bit more luck Aleksandar Mitrovic could have scored with that wonderful header he put in after 23 minutes which hit the cross-bar, and then when Newcastle had a three on one break in stoppage time, but Florian Thauvin just failed to reach Cisse’s cross (or was it a shot?) to score the winner on his debut.

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Paul Dummett in action on last day of last season

But more than anything else, this will give the side confidence that we can defend and certainly Newcastle were put to the test today,  and came away from Manchester with their first clean sheet of the season.

Fabricio Coloccini was the man who made it possible with a majestic performance at the heart of Newcastle’s defense, but we also saw goalkeeper Tim Krul in top form with a number of top saves.

It was Colo’s best game for a while for the team, and he was terrific at a stadium, where it’s very rare for the home time to be held goalless.

Newcastle will have two full backs returning after this game – the ones who were first choice last season – Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett.

Newcastle will play on Tuesday night at home to Northampton Town in the League Cup, and we could see Daryl Janmaat return for that game, after he missed out  today through suspension after being sent off last Saturday.

But the Dutchman will have to play really well if he is to get his place back for the home game against Arsenal next Saturday.

Coloccini and Steven Taylor were great at the back for Newcastle against the Red devils, and they blocked shots and made some vital tackles and Mbemba and Haidara also put in good shifts in both full back positions.

Paul Dummett is now fit enough to resume full training on Monday, after he’s been fighting a hamstring injury in pre-season.

The Newcastle-born defender tweeted two messages after the draw today – one was congratulations to the lads,  and one was the news he’s back in full training on Monday.

It was a defensive performance that was good and a surprise given the resilience with which we held out – but we’d still like one new defender to be brought into the squad before the end of the transfer window.

It was also good to see all four new signings in the game,  once Florian Thauvin came on after 69 minutes,  and Florian made a good contribution – given he only joined us a few days ago.

It was a confidence building performance from Newcastle United today and points to better things ahead this season.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 switch365 // Aug 22, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    New Species of Titi Monkey Discovered In Peru.

    They’re going to call the genus “mackem”

  • 2 wynsleap // Aug 22, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Thought Perez was very good today. Always confident in taking on the ball and going past Manc players with ease. Can’t see where De Jong will fit into this team when Sissoko returns.
    Would really like to see Aarons being given his chance though as he is really special and needs some game time. If we don’t play him we’ll lose him.
    Mitrovich is a really aggressive handful and will score goals once the first one goes in while Mbemba looks the part at the back. Couldn’t understand the whining Owen on TV saying he was having a nightmare.
    Don’t agree with Dummett coming back in at left back either as I think Haidara will grow into his role very quickly. Thought he did well today as did Anita.
    He looks a different player under Schtevie.

  • 3 cornishman // Aug 22, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    We still need a commanding CB. Today we were great but Mancs didn’t have the threat in the air that we had against Southampton.
    Though nice to see we have an aerial threat of our own, I though Alek Mitrovic had a great debut and with more games the sharpness will only help
    Good point and a fillip for the Arsenal

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // Aug 23, 2015 at 1:15 AM

    Ed you should do a ‘Who was the WORST player today’ poll too. I bet most would rightfully say Overtan who was absolutely useless today and offered nothing at all. He was dead awful and back to his crappy self again. We need to get rid of this inconsistent player ASAP.

    Colback was another that had a game to forget as well. Terrible pass thoughout the match and truly out of character as his passing is usually spot on.

    It was as if we were play with 9 men all game yet still managed a draw.

    But that performance by Obertan was a real stinker and should be no where near the first team. Get rid please! McClaren you know what to do!

  • 5 JP...from The Rock // Aug 23, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    As pleasing as the performance was we were extremely lucky to come out of it with a draw tbh. We didn’t have a single shot on target and barely had the ball most of the game. Yet I am proud of the lads today as they showed fight and character that was all missing from last season. We’ve proved we can defend as a team when we want to and I just loved to see Mitrovic chase the ball back like a man possessed. Thauvin looked lively when he came on and I pray to God that means the end of Obertan who offers nothing at all, not attacking wise nor defending wise. He’s shite and today he just proved it again after fooling some including me for the first two games. Get Rid Asap!

    I think we should be wise in gettig another CM as Anita although has been olaying well is a bit lightweight and Colback is OK, but then who do we have to play there if they get injured? Tiote, Wijnaldum? Neither is a proper CM. Would love it if in January we went for Grenier again. But right now I would love it if we get Sam Byram, that kid will be something special soon.

  • 6 mkhalaf // Aug 23, 2015 at 8:22 AM


    now that thuavin is here i highly doubt that obertan will keep his place,,, thuavin/sissoko/aarons/perez are all better than him on the wing..

    I agree,, needs to leave ASAP or keep him for the cup games

  • 7 geniusofthelamps // Aug 23, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    I thought mbemba was immense on Saturday. strong and quick and made some great tackles and was my man of the match. my concern with colback and anita is that they aren’t going to control games. I think sissoko and wijnaldym may be better in the middle with De jong behind mitrovic and thauvin and aarons or obertan on the other wing. the two in the middle were so deep we invited man utd on to us. happy with a point but could have stolen all three

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