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Our Man Of The Match Against Arsenal A Nice Surprise

8:50 am, Monday, January 4th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

There was a buzz after the game with Newcastle fans on Saturday – not only that Newcastle had done so much better than we thought they would do at the Emirates – but that Cheick Tiote had simply great game for Newcastle.

The Ivorian looked like the Cheick of old and put in a tremendous performance in the middle of the park for the team, and we just hope he can keep that form up – it will be important if we are to survive relegation.

Cheick is our Man of the Match with 23% of the vote just edging out Gini Wijnaldum on 22%, with the reliable and solid Chancel Mbemba third on 12%.

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Cheick Tiote in action Saturday challenging Aaron Ramsey

Cheick is on four yellow cards so one more and he will be suspended for the game but somehow we need him against Manchester United a week tomorrow where we must go all out for 3 points.

Maybe Steve McClaren, wh0 who managed Cheick at FC Twente the season before he joined Newcastle in August 2010 can get the best out of the 53 times capped Ivory Coast International.

We are at Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday.

McClaren finally saw the light and moved Gini Wijnaldum to the center of midfield – something the Dutchman has wanted all season – and he played a number 10 role and looked very good and very classy – although he was guilty of missing a couple of very good chances for us.

The missed chances cost Newcastle maybe all 3 points on Saturday – and we must do better when we get the chances.

But with Cheick and Gini both playing well in the center of the park,  we looked a good side at the Emirates and even outplayed Arsenal for long stretches.

And third in the voting was another player who plays in the center and always puts in a good performance for us and another new signing in the summer –  Chancel Mbemba.

And with Chancel being strong we looked decent enough in defense but it still was a poor goal we let in that beat us.

And it was simply tragic we got nothing out of this game and we were very close to making big headlines by beating Arsenal – but it wasn´t to be.

Now we have to try to beat the Red Devils next Tuesday night and continue playing at a high level against every single side from now on – whether it´s Arsenal, Norwich or Sunderland.

A win gets us 3 points.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Santon03 // Jan 4, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    I doubt we will get Remy on loan, it is just going to benefit Chelsea like QPR.
    Even if we get someone on loan, it will be with option to buy clause.
    Our transfer targets will probably be someone unknown like Perez.
    Before getting new players, SM has to decide who will go first either on loan or permanently. Otherwise we will have a lot of “senior players” playing for reserve team.

  • 2 Ron Knee // Jan 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM


    Apart from a relegation fight, not a lot!

  • 3 firebug666 // Jan 4, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    The funeral for the former goalkeeper in the Czech Republic will be held on Monday afternoon, while a book of condolence will also open at St Andrew’s Church, in Newcastle.

    He will be laid to rest at the Ostrava Vitkovice house of mourning at 2pm. A memorial service is expected to be held at St Andrew’s on Wednesday, January 13, for those who couldn’t attend the Czech funeral.

    A statement on Srnicek’s website said: “The world football scene is mourning the death of Czech goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek. who left us on December 29, 2015, at the age of 47.

    “Funeral services,for all who would like to pay tribute, will be held on Monday, January 4, 2016, from 2pm to 5pm at the Ostrava Vitkovice house of mourning. All friends and colleagues are respectfully invited.”

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Jan 4, 2016 at 9:02 AM


    Sorry to hear about your wife. Best wishes to her.

  • 5 hibbitt // Jan 4, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    santon what you seem to be missing is its not SM who makes the decisions its down to carr and charnley……one other thing how many games have you seen arma play either on tv or live to asses him so highly or is it fifa / football manager you base your opinion on ????

  • 6 Sav // Jan 4, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Would Arsene and Arsenal stop the blather about winning ugly. That is what sides like West Brom and Stoke do. Pulis sides. Allardyce sides. Arsenal did not dig in against superior opposition. They are an expensively assembled side of top class players who played badly (were outplayed on the day) and got very lucky. And pundits’ platitudes about the sign of a good side is playing badly and winning.- no, its not. Arsenal had a couple of match-winners we lacked. That’s it.

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