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New Signing – We Honor Newcastle Shirt And Deserved More

9:44 am, Sunday, August 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Chancel Mbemba talked on the Newcastle web-site yesterday immediately after the game, and he was disappointed we got nothing out of the game when we went down by only 1-0 to Arsenal,  after we played for 74 minutes with only 10 men following the Mitrovic red card, which is all the talk about the game today.

Chancel Mbemba had another good game for Newcastle, and we again looked strong and resilient at the back – it’s just a pity the good performance wasn’t rewarded with a point.

Chancel Mbemba

Chancel Mbemba challenges Aaron Ramsey yesterday

This is what the 20 year-old defender had to say about the game:

“We definitely deserved more.” “Given the situation, I think we managed the first half really well and put in a lot of hard work before half-time.¨

“Unfortunately, in the second half they got the goal and we had to really push hard to try and get anything from the game.¨

“It didn’t work for us, but I would like to say thank you to the fans because they really pushed us along and helped us.¨

“Arsenal are a massive team who keep the ball very well and pass it well. We gave everything we could on the pitch – we left everything out there.¨

“Everyone gave 100%. It was a massive effort, and we also showed the desire and will to go out there and compete with Arsenal – even with ten men.¨

“For me, it is really important that we honor the Newcastle shirt every time we pull it on, and today I think we did that.”

“Football is like that sometimes,” “The referee has given a red card, and I would need to see it again before I say what I think of it.¨

“But what I can say is that in big games like this you cannot afford to get red cards, so we need to go away, work hard and make things right for the next game.”

Good words from Chancel Mbemba there.

We have been really impressed with Chancel both as a player and as a person since he arrived on Tyneside, and he is so upbeat and has been a very good player for us so far – both at center-back and left-back.

But it seems he will partner Coloccini in central defense this season, and the two of them are already proving to have a good partnership at the back,  with Newcastle looking much more resilient these days.

Last season if we had a player sent off against the Gunners we would have lost by quite a few goals.

It was a tight game yesterday, and it took a deflected shot from Oxlade-Chamberlain off Fabricio Coloccini (that went in off a post) to beat us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Chancel Mbemba · Discipline · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Think this formation is not really working for us and Anita and Coldback looks to be a poor pairing as neither of them has that bite we need, both stand off the play to much and allow space and time for the opposition to play in

  • 2 Slank // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:49 AM



    I watched the Liverpool vs Hammers game and Noble’s red card was totally wrong as he got the ball. Under the Amber card he would have been back on the pitch within minutes.

    In the Stoke vs WBA game the handbags between the two players should have resulted in either two yellows or two reds. The Amber card would have resolved that.

  • 3 mindshaft // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    We really need to start keeping the ball better and to start playing in the opponents half – all this defensive resilience is fine but if we can’t score goals it’s going to be a long season
    Mbemba looks a decent player, not sure on the other incoming players yet – gini & thauvin haven’t shown much and mito has yet shown he’s a nutter

  • 4 clinath@ed // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Happy birthday Welshgeordie. Enjoy the day.

  • 5 Ron Knee // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    I think the Nitro tackle was borderline red/yellow.

    But this is a distraction from our main problem: we can’t mount an effective attack. McClaren has clearly had a positive effect on our defence, but where is our attacking ‘fret’, as King Percy used to call it?

  • 6 Reyantoon // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Mbemba was my man of the match yesterday.
    Showed absolutely brilliant defensive display & leadership qualities!!

  • 7 sparky55 // Aug 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Mitrovic was unlucky there…the ball span up in the air….his eyes were locked on the ball and he was attempting to bring the ball under control when the arsenal player also doing exactly the same put his leg in the way of Mitrovic’s foot coming down.

    There was nothing Mitrovic could have done to come out of the movement he was in so in my book it’s accidental.

    Slow motion actually makes stuff look worse but there was no intent and it was an accidental coming together IMO

  • 8 Slank // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Jack @ 1

    Only part of the formation is not working as it should in my opinion.

    The defence looks right. The midfield and attack haven’t gelled yet.

    With the attack I’m not surprised as two of the three attackers are new and one of them will be absent for the next three games.

    With the midfield the opposition seem to advance on our defence to easily. Gini is superb breaking forward but doesn’t appear to have the tenacity of a Cabaye or Tiote. Colback and Anita cover the ground and get stuck in but there is something that isn’t clicking.

  • 9 Bambams // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:05 AM


    Can’t argue he would have been walking a tightrope for the rest of the game. He is young and will learn.


    Fella you want to go get the Amber card patented! You never know, in a few years ‘Slank from’ will be on Wikipedia for the inventor of the Amber card.

    So many split opinions about Red or Yellow. Just hope , as feared by some we are not brandished with the ‘dirty tag’. We have had enough crap over the last few years without all the officials having a go at us. Mind you when was our last penalty…lol

  • 10 lochinvar // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    The FA have lost control of the game and the Refs reflect this.
    We’ve already seen the disastrous decision making of Refs gift Liverpool six points.
    Yesterday’s carnival of red cards across the Premiership and a variety of bad and inconsistent decisions is evident to all.
    In a previous game/incident ( I forget which one ) a decision was apparently changed by the Fourth Ref – what’s the ruling there then ? Was such an option used yesterday for the Red card decisions or is it a random process that might or might not be used depending which officials are officiating.

    Additionally we see the playground antics of the likes of the Chelsea and Arsenal players interrupting play and particularly in their own half getting away with it but destroying attacking breakouts nevertheless. Many of those fouls go unpunished and the Refs are not applying the rules fairly. The pundits should do some analysis on that – how many fouls that stop break out attacking play from a defences own half have seen yellow or red cards this season ?
    Then we had the so called Penalty claim by Arsenal yesterday – did the TV pundits analyse that then – because it’s quite clear that the Arsenal defender flicks his left foot backwards and sideways in a very deliberate move to simulate a trip. It’s the antics of professional cheats and wasn’t even remotely a natural move and Mariner saw it as that – but typically failed to give the Yellow card for a dive .
    Wenger last week wanted TMO decision making introduced but conveniently forgot that request this week as there were no Oscars available. However….he’s right and with all errors refs are making and the betting scams going on and opportunities to bet on “incidents” and when they take place you have to believe that the FA would move to introduce TMO technology immediately to get some fair decision making across all games then but that might upset FIFA . The stench is becoming unbearable.
    Rant over.

  • 11 richy71 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Hi all I’m a gooner and thought I’d comment here, a tough match and glad we came away with the points. Thought Newcastle were resilient and put hell of a lot of effort into the game. Think you will be top half of table no issue just need to work on ball retention. Mitrovic did deserve to be sent off, no there was no malice or intent in the tackle but it was dangerous and for that reason it was a red. Think he was frustrated at lack of possession and acted rashly to try and change that. The penalty was not given ref gave benefit of doubt to defender which is fine as it should be but it was a penalty. For me you could have had three or four players for man of the match mbemba had an improved showing from last week from what I saw. However, I think what made the difference is the amount of chasing you had to do. Think Maclaren got it wrong after sending off and should have withdrawn anita and put cisse or Perez on to get an out ball you may have not conceded at all then. But because you had no out ball you were under incessant pressure and eventually succumbed to it even if goal was slightly fortunate for us gooners.

  • 12 richy71 // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    The refereeing I saw yesterday was of a good standard only thing I disagree with was Stoke game gardener should have gone as well as affelay and Charlie Adams was an intentional stamp. Other than that it was genuinely high. As for Liverpool gaining six points from lines mans bad decisions they have but in ramseys one it was borderline and seeing it at full speed it would have been hard for the assistant to make any other decision. The Liverpool one against Bournemouth, however is another matter and was just poor officiating from linesman.

  • 13 killers_perm // Aug 30, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Definitely we were masters of our own downfall but more because we played into Wengers game plan rather than had the smarts to see what they were trying to do. The ref allowed so much to happen and then chose what to penalise (not suggesting that most of our cards weren’t well deserved, but there was little fairness across both teams) that it was embarrassingly transparent where his focus lay. “Please Mr Wenger, give me a good report today”

    The sad thing is, for the past 7 seasons Premiership refs have relied on matchday reports and ratings from managers to support their applications to referee Champions League & Europa Cup matches – as such they know which managers are well respected at UEFA and therefore which managers they need to ‘keep sweet’ – it’s no surprise to see how often the ‘top 4’ have had favourable referring decisions if it means the ref in question gets a good rating and a recommendation to UEFA. Of course, they all hide behind the rules when it suits them or play the retrospective review when they are reminded that they didn’t do as was agreed.

    Making refs professional was supposed to introduce more structure, more balance and more accountability – instead it has created an elitist bunch who all want to be seen on Sky/BT, travel the world and are happy to protect the expected status quo by favouring certain clubs. Sadly, this will never change as the power now lies with the biggest clubs and the ‘Professional Referees’ feel that they are a part of that group too.

    It’s not just FIFA that is rotten

  • 14 Moonraker15 // Aug 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM


    Our attacking “fret” was sent off! That’s the whole point!

  • 15 Charlietoon // Aug 30, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    What shits me is that twice now, once with Janmaat and Montero and now with Mbemba and Cocq. Both times our player was booked for a fairly cynical foul. That foul waas then repeated by the other player and nothing happened. Look at montero through himself at Janmaat not even remotely going for the ball, and Cocq does the same when he barges Mbemba off the ball, the exact thing that earnt him a yellow card.

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