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These Were Newcastle´s Best Four Players Yesterday

8:06 am, Sunday, December 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Rob Elliot continues to have a great season as stand-in for the injured Tim Krul – and the Republic of Ireland International again made some vital saves for Newcastle in both halves yesterday to keep Newcastle in the game against Everton.

Elliot twice saved from the dangerous Romelu Lukaka in the first half as it was all hands to the pump for Newcastle just to keep the scores level before half time.

rob elliot saves from mirallas

Rob Elliot saves from Kevin Mirallas yesterday

Rob Elliot 41%

Rob Elliot again saved us several times during this game with some outstanding saves – two in particular from Romelu Lukaka and one from Aaron Lennon among others that kept Newcastle in this game.

His punch from the last minute corner unfortunately went straight to Tom Cleverley who did well to keep his cool and head the ball straight back into the net and it was a crushing blow to the whole Newcastle side and to Elliot in particular.

We´ll not even mention how crushing it was to Newcastle fans as our lads had fought so well throughout the game – it was very hard to take for everybody associated with Newcastle.


This was now Elliot´s third match in a  row where he has been our Man of the Match and he´s been in great form for us.

If our goalkeeper hadn´t been so outstanding in the last three games there´s not way we would have picked up four points.

chancel mbemba aaron lennon

Chancel Mbemba 25%

Just like last week against Aston Villa Chancel Mbemba had another strong game alongside Colo in central defense – and just how we managed to keep a clean sheet in the first half was amazing and yes – we had some luck.

But not one head dropped and we kept ourselves in the game very much like we did at Bournemouth.

Chancel is turning out to be a very good buy for us and he´s also a consistent player and will only get better as this season progresses.

vurnon anita tom cleverely

Vurnon Anita 17%

The unsung hero at Newcastle is fast becoming a very important player for the team, as the Dutchman works his socks off for the team in Newcastle´s engine room in every single game.

He may be small in stature but Vernon is a giant as far as courage and tenacity is concerned – and he epitomizes Newcastle´s new-found spirit and his simple straightforward play is fast becoming very effective for the side.

Steve McClaren is certainly getting the very best out of the Dutchman this season – to his credit.

romelu lukaka fab coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini 5%

Fourth in the voting is our captain Fabricio Coloccini, who put in another fighting display for the side yesterday and set a great example to the side as we somehow weathered that first half storm from the Toffees.

He´s put in some good performances since the 5-1 debacle at Crystal Palace and let´s hope the Argentine can keep it up for the rest of the season – we need Colo to be in form if we are going to survive in the Premier League this season.


These four players were similarly placed in the voting last week against Aston Villa, so they have been our best four players for two games in succession.

Notice they are all defensive players.

It´s always very difficult to lose a game, especially when we are back in relegation trouble, but let´s hear it for the players for a real gutsy performance yesterday.

And we could have even won it – it was anybody´s game in those final 20 minutes with both teams going all out for the win.

On another day we could have won it and we would all be over the moon this morning – so we should probably keep the defeat in perspective.

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Tags: Chancel Mbemba · Fabricio Coloccini · Man of the Match · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Rob Elliot · Vurnon Anita

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    What happened to top three? The voting shows a clear distinction and it is not really necessary to praise Sideshow Bob as I can not remember doing anything outstanding or doing anything to lift the confidence of the players he leads……oh, now I see – raising the comment count!

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Steve…I can tell you as bystander that you did deserve to loose!

    …you might not feel that way, but ask a Everton supporter or the manager what his thought is on that!

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    *as a bystander

  • 4 jimmysmith // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Collocini was as good as Mbemba, and has been as good all season on balance, and while Anita put in a real shift and was very neat and tidy, he still doesn’t offer enough alongside Colback to win the midfield against the better sides, and that’s a problem for McC.

    We have some good players, but not enough, and collectively we aren’t quite a team. Three or four of this side will be discarded from the starting 11 over the next couple of windows. I think Anita will be one, along with Dummett, possibly Colback and also Colo, due to age. Others such as Perez and Mitrovic need to find the net more, to be worth their places.

  • 5 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    I saw just as much of Mitro and Perez in defense in yesterdays match and then they had to cover the sodden ground to be at the top of the pitch. There is no wonder why they were tired and yet some fans say they should not be on the pitch. The defenders get noticed more because we play defensively, whether that is because we have to compensate for poor defenders or the lack of ability to keep possession throughout the team.

  • 6 expatmag // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Well, if he believes his players gave everything yesterday, then we are well and truly royally fcuked as I do believe a game lasts 90 minutes plus and we seem incapable of matching, let alone, overcoming the opposition in less than half the time.

    Championship football beckons.

  • 7 Ron Knee // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Morning jesper

    So we’re firmly stuck in the relegation zone. Can we count on Norwich to play even worse than us?

  • 8 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    I hope this is right and beneficial.

    Lose = to suffer a loss
    Loose = the opposite of tight, as in sitting on the loo because your bowels are loose.

  • 9 LGFUAD21 // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    I think these 4 deserve to be singled out.

    Particularly the top 3

    Elliott has been a revelation for us. I can see him winning us some vital points before the season is out.

    Mbemba is fantastic to watch. So fast, sweeps everything up. And along with mapou one of the most technically gifted cbs I’ve seen. Always smiling too.

    Anita was the one I was praising during the game. He’s now showing signs of the player he was at ajax. He gets lampooned for not being a dm and not beg creative but if you watch him carefully he brings a hint of calm to us. He holds the ball exceptionally well and he moves it around faster than the rest but it never gets noticed because he’s not picking out champagne passes.

    I like Colback with him being a geordie and all but I am beginning to agree wth those that say he is limited. We could do with a real dm to support anita.

    I also think that moussa was decent yesterday. He showed more desire to play as part of a team. Had some nice touches and made some good decisions with his moves. He’s beginning to show his potential again.

    I love Perez but the lad needs to simplify his game a bit I think. He’s always running into defenders. Maybe it’s time t see de Jong and Perez together. Perez is a great finished and de Jong has the patience to pick a pass for him.

    Many are slaughtering mitro but I have faith. Give him some time and chances and he’ll get his shooting boots on.

    Gini is fast becoming a bit of a problem. Great when he pops up in the box as we never get midfielders into scoring positions. But we can’t afford to have him absent for long periods. I’d even like to see him trailed as a number 10 as he was excellent at psv on the counter (which we seem to play) it’d also allow him to get into scoring positions more often.

  • 10 jimmysmith // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    We probably will see Tiote, De Jong and Thauvin in for the Brom game. Atleast I hope so, to rest tired legs after the effort put in on that heavy pitch.

    It might even give us the chance to field a better balanced side. I’d play Tiote holding, with Widj slightly ahead, and Dejong off Mitro’s shoulder. Colback or Mbabu at left back and Thauvin where Widjnaldum has been playing, hopefully doing what Widj can’t, swinging in crosses from advanced and wide positions.

  • 11 Ron Knee // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:39 AM


    I see you favour the American spelling of ‘defence’. Is there a reason for this?

  • 12 Mag52 // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Good effort by the team and a disappointing finish.
    Lucky v Bournemouth, unlucky v Everton. It usually evens itself over the course of the season.
    Significant though that, once again, the goalie is our mom.

  • 13 lesh // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:01 AM


  • 14 bladeuser // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    so wally If your players gave everything whatever that is supposed to mean and quote magnificent how would he describe Evertons players Messi like or world beaters as they had more possession more attempts more composure passed it better I could go on SMAC comes out with all this crap every week he is a poor manager who is winging itand only fatty would put up with him as he hasn’t got a clue either
    SHEEP Out

  • 15 nufc 11 // Dec 27, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    free kicks and corner deliverys were the worst I’ve seen in a long time just awful who ever signed thauvin needs a visit to specsavers very very bad at crossing the ball passing up on resigning cabaye looks a major blunder we haven’t got one player who can cross take a corner or a free kick God we really are headed for the championship.

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