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Big Changes To Newcastle Side For Swansea – Shelvey Dropped

2:02 pm, Saturday, April 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 297 Comments

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just announced the team for the vital home game against Swansea City this afternoon and Rafa has Anita, Lascelles, Dummett, Tiote, Colback and Cisse all starting this game.

Jonjo Shelvey has been dropped and is on the bench – so the manager has made five changes to the team after a performance last week that was completely unacceptable.

So at least Rafa holds people accountable at Newcastle.

Newcastle: Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Sissoko (c), Tiote, Colback, Townsend, Wijnaldum, Cisse.
Subs: Woodman, Shelvey, Obertan, Aarons, De Jong, Perez, Mitrovic

Moussa Sissoko is captain today so perhaps that will encourage him to turn up for the game.

Rafa has relied on experience and local lads with Dummett and Colback both starting – they will not give up – and Tiote and Cisse again get a chance to show their massive experience in the Premier League.

With Sunderland currently 2-0 up at Carrow Road after 70 minutes, if that score remains a win could see Newcastle draw within 3 points of Norwich and stay 2 points behind Sunderland and we would even have a slim chance of survival.

But we MUST win this game today.

It will be very tough today, especially since we yet again have a patched up defense and too many players out injured.

This is what Rafa said about the game:

“They have some confidence – they have won seven points in the last three games, so they have confidence,” he said. “They are well organized, Guidolin is their manager and he knows his job, so I don’t think that they now risk relegation.”

“I think that they will try to play football, but it will be tough because they have confidence now.” “We have to change the stats, so hopefully we can change the stats right now.”

“Dummett is coming back, Taylor is not available, Janmaat is not available,” “Some players, like Coloccini, had a reaction the other day, and he’s still struggling with it.”

“The good news is Dummett coming back, but we have lost Janmaat, so what we will have to do now is just manage with the players that we have at the moment, and if they know they will play maybe they will be better, with more confidence.”

“We have to have confidence. It’s massive for us, it’s crucial for us, and we know that we have to start winning games,” said the Spaniard.

“The positive thing is that our fans behind us can make a big difference, so if they stay with us I think that the players will do what we are expecting. They will give everything, they have to fight, and hopefully we can get this three points.”

Slightly more fans think we will win this game than lose it.

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297 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Cowardly selection just like those before him.

  • 2 barkel // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Surprised Mitro is on the bench

  • 3 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Service must be supplied to Cisse. Hopefully Townsend can play better again and supply a few quality balls. Everyone should be pitching in with goals throughout the team.

  • 4 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    good changes
    lascelles and mbemba are our best defensive partnership
    Tiote is a much bettter defensive midfielder than shelvey

  • 5 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Wat the fusk team is that!!!
    Tiote!! Sisko!! And cisse!! No shelvey!

  • 6 Oldgit1 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Hmm no shelvey, whose captain?

  • 7 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Sissoko apparently captain 😆

  • 8 Nufc-83 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Hmm can’t be any worse than usual and happy with lascelles at CB (even though no choice) but de Jong been decent and looks to bring some intelligence to the team so not sure why he not get a look in????

  • 9 colwell // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Montero can give Anita a 50 yard start and still beat him no doubt at all we are down with the scum winning today Norwich will probably come down with us as well.

  • 10 martoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    I like Rafa but that’s a bit of a negative selection considering we’re at home and have to win and makems doing us a favour.

  • 11 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Sisko must have a starting clause because this is a joke tbh our worst performer of the season starts again and is captain! Mental

  • 12 MacToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    It’s good to see Rafa actually reacting to our poor performances by changing the team.
    Still surprised to see Sissoko and Wijnaldum beating the drop though but I’d rather trust Rafa than anyone else at the club at this current moment in time. Wonder if they have a “must play” clause?
    Anita has been so poor too but guess we don’t have many options at the back.

  • 13 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Imagine McClaren picking that team at this stage, there’d be hell on.

  • 14 AncientC // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    4-4-1-1 according to nufc.co.uk

    “Left back Paul Dummett returns from injury to make his first start since the home defeat to Bournemouth last month, and is part of a back four alongside Vurnon Anita – who switches to right back in place of the injured Daryl Janmaat – Chancel Mbemba and Jamaal Lascelles, who replaces Steven Taylor, while Karl Darlow will continue in goal.

    Jack Colback returns from suspension to partner Cheick Tiote in the centre of midfield, with Jonjo Shelvey dropping to the bench.

    Winger Andros Townsend – who scored United’s goal in the 3-1 loss at Southampton last week – looks likely to start on the right of midfield in a probable 4-4-1-1 formation, with Moussa Sissoko set to start on the left. The Frenchman will wear the captain’s armband for the Magpies.

    And Holland international Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to line up just behind lone frontman Papiss Cisse, who comes in for Aleksandar Mitrovic. Ayoze Perez also drops to the bench.”

  • 15 Toonacious T // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Shelvey has done nothing the last four games in a row. Obviously Rafa is hoping Colback and Tiote can protect our weak defence. Wings will be crucial though as there won’t be much forward balls coming from central midfield with those two playing there. I think Rafa is thinking try to stay in the game until second half as we have been so poor in the first half recently. Then he will bring Mitro and Shelvey on around 65 minutes, when hopefully we will not be two or three nil down as per usual.

  • 16 bladeuser // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    I think the F S waiter has a clause in his contract that he will be given a massive bonus if he takes us Down
    WTF cisse is shit mitro changed the game last week only our shit defenders F@@@@@ it up RAFA is a clown
    ASH OUT COLO OUT CARR OUT PENFOLD OUT SHEEP ? OUT AND FOR THE FIRST TIME RAFA OUT

  • 17 AncientC // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Swansea

    Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams (c), Taylor, Fer, Cork, Sigurdsson, Montero, Ayew, Paloschi

    subs: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Britton, Routledge, Barrow, Gomis

  • 18 geordie157 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Not sure what De Jong has to do to get a game, he has leadership qualities, is link up play is really good, something we really lack in the side.

    Sissoko captain, time to show us just how committed you are then!

    this will either be a 2-1 win or we’ll concede early and crumble again

  • 19 El Sleeve // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Cissé must be a world-beater in training. Haven’t seen a good game from him in 3 years

  • 20 Goromagpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Cisse has scored 4 goals in 5 games against Swansea city !!!!
    Let’s hope guys !

  • 21 chicousa // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Terrible team selection! Cisse instead of Mitro? Colback AND Tiote, one is bad enough! Not feeling great about our chances today…

  • 22 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Stupid selection

    Mitrovic on the bench.

    Worry about Mbemba at lcb. He’s clearly not comfortable there.

    Agree with Colback and tiote. But Shelvey should be in there too.

  • 23 El Sleeve // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    probably is coz he’s up against our defenders, haha

  • 24 geordie157 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Mitrovic not starting is a bit disappointing, if you are scoring goals you start surely?

  • 25 ToonMatt // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    I trust the manager, Shelvey has been poor the last few games, Glad to see Tiote starting, I’m happy with that line up and I’m confident of the win, Come on the toon!!!

  • 26 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    That lineup seems defensive minded. Seems were just going to try and stay in the game first half.

  • 27 STB // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    A very defensive selection in an attempt to still be in with a chance in the second half.

  • 28 Blofal // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    I agree. Plan looks to be to keep things solid and try and stay in the game. Then we have a bench full of attackers should we need them.

    Mackems are doing us a favour right now dragging Norwich back to the pack.

  • 29 MAUTITOON // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Is it anybody’s guess what the mackems will be praying for after their win today????

  • 30 bettyswallocks // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    I can only assume he will try and play it tight and bring Mitro on as an impact sub second half. Cisse must have been looking sharp in training but how many times this season have we heard how good training has gone only to be left scratching our heads on Matchday.

  • 31 MAUTITOON // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Not sure about ANITA still and perhaps i never will but maybe this is the match that actually kick start our season, but its a BIG MAYBE AS EVER.

  • 32 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Odd selection, again. If rafa wasnt rafa we’d say he has done nothing. Sorry but i dont see how this makes sense. Lose this and u can take a hike rafa.

  • 33 MAUTITOON // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    maybe RAFAELLO is following the trend set here,that is from world beater to zero like the rest of our players.

  • 34 expatmag // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Defeat and relegation confirmed.

    I just hope the board have realised the inevitable and are planning accordingly.

  • 35 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Shelve has been poor but that’s because he’s been playing in colbacks position
    we might see a record number of sideway passes today between colbacks and tiote where is the creativity coming from?

  • 36 VanToonMan // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    How is Doumbia not even on the bench – what was the actual point of signing him?!!

  • 37 Laurent Robert 32 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Munster, but it is Rafa…

  • 38 Wowhatawhopper // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Any good streaming sites for the match?! Any help would be appreciated! My dad and brother at the match and didn’t get me a ticket help a brother out!

  • 39 Derek // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Jofa McBenidew

  • 40 Toonacious T // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    0-3

  • 41 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    All that Mackem score means is WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO CHUFFING WIN AT ANY COST

    Otherwise its a wasted opportunity and will give them bastards renewed hope of survival which they will probably go on and do due to showing some fight.

    Ps. What the frigging hell is Sissoko doing to be a constant starter and now also captain. Its like he’s being rewarded for being total shite.

    Its like them parents thats reward the fcuk out of their kids for drawing a shitty stick man and they go on to fail in life.

    Bollocks of the highest order my friends

  • 42 job // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    0-3 sissoko just needs to be crippled

  • 43 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    If the players cannot get us three points today then we firmly know where the blame lies this season.

    Mackems have done us a favour today.

    Goal difference is massive but not as bad as it was.

    If we can take 3 points now both Norwich and Mackems will be more worried.

    Lose today and …..

  • 44 Tuttelbom // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Endless free kicks for Swansea near our goal and Gylfi Sigurdson is pretty good delivering those, 2 backs getting overrunned especially when Sissoko is expected to run backwards, A red card for Tiote while Cisse is offside most times.
    This is my predictions for this game.
    Not looking forward to see this to be honest.:/

  • 45 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    If Pardew, Carver or McClaren put that side out there would be outrage amongst fans. Incredibly negative, lacking in creativity, and rewarding one of our most gutless with the captaincy…..

    Let’s hope he has it right, and the players can actually put in a shift. Sunderland have done us a favour, but it is all for nowt if we don’t win this.

  • 46 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Makems staying up. Too good for us. Rafa and co blew the home game against them. Toon norwich villa bye bye

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    it’s ironic the chants sunderland fans were singing at us when the fact was we needed them to win and by 3 or more goals to cut Norwich’s GD!!

  • 48 thebionicMAG // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    any good links for the game?

  • 49 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Sissoko must have a clause. Or if he starts every game we can extend his contract without him saying otherwise and thats why he’s playing shite to try and get dropped but we’re countering him by giving him extra goodies because he’s Mashley’s favourite bum pal.

    Or he could just be shit…

  • 50 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Toon Tang
    I can only think by giving him the arm band he cannot hide….

    He has the tools to do well just not the work rate.

    It ‘could’ be a masterstroke by Rafa….but there again it could totally fail.

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    eplsite.com

  • 52 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Anyone got decent links that don’t require laptop to have antivirus protection?

    Get allsorts floating in when I try getting on the cheapskate stream sites.

  • 53 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Sissoko definely got it in his contract he can’t be dropped. Rafa once again opting for experience above ability or form. Thought he’d learned Cisse-Offside is a waste of space and contributes nothing to the team unless he scores. Sissoko contributes nothing unless he does a massive charge and scores. Townsend contributes little to the team unless he cuts inside and scores. Wini contributes nothing unless he scores. That’s 4 guys who just stand around waiting to score. Who is going to make runs and passes in this team? Looks like we’re planning to sit back and absorb Swansea and counter them which rarely works. Then when they score we’ll switch strategy to attack and try to get a draw.

  • 54 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Laurent rafa cudnt motivate jack shlit. Awful defensive team. Sunderland showed us they arw better and as i said before, the day sam came to them was a seriously bad day for us. Next question will be, would fans want rafa next season at this rate???

  • 55 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    Bambams, I want you to be right, I really do.

  • 56 AncientC // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    For anybody with acestream

    acestream://d2a87cccb12043603fa3c05ea0cfc1e560bbd266

    The stream will start closer to kick-off time.

  • 57 thebionicMAG // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Rotonda heights
    Thanks a lot 🙂

  • 58 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    I guess Rafa has looked at our early collapse last week and decided to try and keep it tight by having both Tiote and Cokback starting. I’m not convinced that is the way forward mind, Both those players are lily to give away free kicks, one player doing it should be manageable, 2… It isn’t like we are good defending set pieces either, although Dummet does offer us extra protection in that area.

    Going forward though we are pretty toothless. There is little to no creativity in the side, and nobody to hold the ball up while players break forward.

    I hope I’m wrong, but that selection fills me with little confidence.

  • 59 Average_Contents // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Lil

    Spot on.

    As anti football as you’re ever likely to see. Colback AND Tiote. How inspiring and creative that pairing isn’t.

    Shelvey and tiote would allow at least shelvey to orchestrate our attacks with the protection of tiote and the incentive of performing somewhere near his best against his old team.

    Trick missed I feel.

  • 60 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Sissoko being captain today puts him under an even brighter spotlight. If he doesn’t bring his A game I can see the crowd really laying into him and him deliberately getting sent off, like last time he wore the armband.

  • 61 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Is Sissoko standing on the wing today? Or has he been moved? At least if he’s in centre midfield he might miraculously transorm into a good player.

  • 62 JAMSHA // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    http://matchcentre.starsports.com/football/barclays-english-premier-league-100008/newcastle-united-vs-swansea-city-1008835/live-video

  • 63 MacToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Rafa could hardly play the same team/players and it’s a sorry bunch to pick from tbh.
    I’m just pleased he’s at least trying something. Not expecting miracles over night though.

  • 64 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Our worst player rewarded with the captain armsband. Wow

  • 65 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    when i think of cisse, i dont think of mobility

  • 66 toon kk // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    We’ll be ripped apart

  • 67 AncientC // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    AncientC // Mar 11, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    I will not be instantly won over if Benitez arrives. He has been hit and miss throughout his management career, but when it is hit – admittedly, he normally wins silverware.

    He could be absolutely perfect for this club, or the complete wrong fit. I remember Dalglish coming in and trying to make the side difficult to beat, there is something about the club that does not seem to respond well to defensive, or if you prefer, ‘balanced’ tactics.

    Brendan Rodgers was the manager that I wanted, but fans generally know what is good for their club, so I will defer to the majority opinion on this one.

    Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 11, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Ancient C

    “The bloke was a very young manager then. I’d say he’s more than proved he learnt from his early experiences since then. Bore off you doom merchant with your claptrap like “the Real Madrid players couldn’t wait to get rid of him.”, how do you know? Got a personal line to Bale have ya’? Liverpool fans worship him. If failing is winning numerous trophies and consistently finishing in the top 6/7 – give me some of that failure!”

    Whoops.

  • 68 danishmag // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Any links that works lads?

  • 69 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    We can win. But we’ll need to somehow hang on until half time or get a goal against the run of play (Pardew tactics again) then take off Cisse, Tiote and Sissoko after dire performances for Shelvey, Mitro, and De Jong.

  • 70 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Ancient

    Sad act.

  • 71 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Toon scoring a nice early (first) goal is the stuff dreams are made of eh.

  • 72 AncientC // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    danishmag

    https://www.reddit.com/r/soccerstreams/comments/4f1ssa/match_thread_1400_gmt_newcastle_united_vs_swansea/

  • 73 AncientC // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley.

    Indeed.

  • 74 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Cisse’s awful touch there costing him the chance of a goal.

    Good play from Townsend and Anita.

  • 75 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    tiote’s had a good start

  • 76 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    armband looks good on sissoko

  • 77 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Colback such a dope. Often has his man right where he wants them but goes overboard and gives away daft free-kicks.

  • 78 mindshaft // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:18 PM

    Swansea look like they are playing an end of season game, if we don’t win this our players need shooting

  • 79 mindshaft // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    We do look like a championship side though

  • 80 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Mbemba loves a block when 1 vs 1 doesn’t he? Shite.

  • 81 c-dog // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    Mbemba is a heap of garbage.

  • 82 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    lmao sigurdson

  • 83 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    We have been absolutely dreadful going forward. As usual.

  • 84 mindshaft // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    what a dull game

  • 85 mindshaft // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    this ref is blowing for anything

  • 86 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    On a positive note based in the performance so far we might be decent in the championship.

  • 87 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    mitrovic for colback pls

  • 88 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Relatively bright opening 10. Since then been lulled into playing at Swansea’s end of season intensity.

  • 89 mindshaft // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Colback you useless tw@t

  • 90 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    greAT FLICK
    but cisse is awful AT HOLding up the ball

  • 91 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Smart flicked header from Cisse. Shame it wasn’t Gini on the end of it.

  • 92 job // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    poor crowd atmosphere

  • 93 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Bloody hell i remember colback smashing a similar chance like that against someone a few years back

  • 94 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    phew

  • 95 job // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    sharp we will be put out of our misery

  • 96 mindshaft // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    there is no pressing at all

  • 97 c-dog // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Wijnaldum anonymous as usual.

  • 98 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Swansea team are already on their holidays. Yet we are still so pathetic.

  • 99 toon kk // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    About time

  • 100 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    go on lascelles

  • 101 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Get in! What power from lascelles!

  • 102 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Get in lacelles!!! Bit lucky but I’ll take that

  • 103 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    GET IN THERE LASCELLES!

    Real CB in the making. Proper threat from set-plays.

  • 104 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    finally a goal scoring CB

  • 105 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    At least he chose lascelles after his strong words. Sissoko good choice as captain imo. But defensive team again

  • 106 SPRINGY // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    any decent kodi links

  • 107 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Ha lascelles scored. Im a genius!! 🙂

  • 108 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    FFS Colback. Moron.

  • 109 Mister Tuff // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Colback is very poor – good at giving free kicks away though.

  • 110 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    omg pi55 off ref

  • 111 Thump // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Much better from us.

    Now for the inevitable collapse.

  • 112 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    When was the last time we were winning at half time i seriously can’t remember?

  • 113 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    solid start
    rafa really jeopardized our relegation battle benching lascelles v norwich and southampton

  • 114 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    That’ll do.

    Shaded the half. Another assist for Townsend and great header from young Lascelles who’s emerging as our best CB.

  • 115 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Final ball is so poor.

    Couldn’t believe a bloody pop advert came on the stream as we took the corner !!!

    Mbemba and Lascelles have been excellent.

    Townsend needs to get more involved and we need to try more ‘disguised’ through balls now. Keeper will be expecting us to shoot.

    How did the ref not spot that foul on the edge of the box !!!!

  • 116 Patoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Anybody any good streams? My usual 1 is sh1t today

  • 117 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Lascelles is a monster at set pieces.

  • 118 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    I’d bring De Jong on now for wiji as he’s done nothing again and we might actually see a team who give a shit

  • 119 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    excellent first half..

    gini much better, colback and tiote dictating the midfield

    cisse looks sharp, good choice in selection over mitro slightly surprised to say

    anita motm performance though, who would think that he’d be our best RB… if you told be that last year, wouldnt believe you.

  • 120 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Taylor should never play for this club again. Lascelles is good. But can improve more. Him and mbemba should Make a good partnership.

    Other than that, we are still very poor today. Swansea are in their holidays. But I don’t care how it comes.

    1 nil and I’ll be delighted.

  • 121 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    As soon as the Swansea players get touched they go down and get a free kick !

  • 122 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    All Colback he needs is somebody in his ear to go over clips with him and make him realise most of the free-kicks he gives away are in situations where he has the opponent in trouble, or going nowhere, but then he gives them a break by going too far.

    Unfortunately I expect he’s been told many times before and he just can’t learn to reign it in a bit.

  • 123 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    eplsite.com

  • 124 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Swans are in cruise mode. Could do with another couple for GD – great opportunity for it.

  • 125 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Brave selection from rafa which is working. Cisse has been good today. I still don’t like him playing gini though. Prefer sdj.

  • 126 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    also..dummett..we’ve missed you.

    ill take his aimless puntings of the ball if he continues to defend like that

  • 127 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Glad Shelvey was drop. Phew….(that guy don’t defends and do simple stuff, why was he here in the first place?)

    “On a positive note based in the performance so far we might be decent in the championship.”

    That’s if those performing players are still around.

  • 128 Our Toon // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Good compact performance with the holding lads doing a stellar job. Think Swansea are very vulnerable in the air, could make sense to see what mitro could do against them. Can’t fault any of the players though, sissoko plenty of running and gini good at keeping the ball playing out of position, has linked well at times with dummett

  • 129 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    The ref might cost us yet as he’s given them free kicks for nothing and then not giving us them for stonewallers

  • 130 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Glad we have to take advantage of this 1st half. On Track..
    Now 2nd half is next.

  • 131 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Yes, we needed the Ref decision. That’s important. All factors are needed.

  • 132 JAMSHA // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    All Depends On Townsend, We May Have A Low Profile HBA aka Townsend, Nxt Season He Should B Class

  • 133 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    such a difference for a defence when you have tiote and colback protecting you and not Shelvey/Gini

    i mean, saylor is still completely useless..but cb’s always look better when they dont have much to do

  • 134 ToonMatt // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Patoon, This one is decent mate

    http://www.stream2watch.co/live-now/sports/soccer/newcastle-united-vs-swansea-city-live-stream-april-16

  • 135 benjohnsen // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    For people having a go at Cisse. He is a lot better at stretchering the opponent than Mitrovic, no doubt about it.

    Anita is a lot better full back than Janmaat. Much better positioning and good at closing down the space.

    Tiote has been missed in the middle.

  • 136 Magtoonpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Lascelles for captain if we drop. Nitro should come on second half so we don’t.

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    If you’ve got p2pstream addon in Kodi that link is pretty good. Paste it into the Ace stream url option. You have to install the ace stream engine but I you’ve got p2pstream addon you already knew that

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  • 138 JAMSHA // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    all we need is townsend to get te ball an shoot, atleast the lad has shots on target no matter where he shoots from

  • 139 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Yes, we needed the Ref decision. That’s important. All factors are needed.

    Yes, Mitrovic coming off the bench will be better.

  • 140 Magtoonpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Luke the only problem with Tiote and Colback at back is that in a game they can get 6 yellows between them.

  • 141 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    davis

    i wouldnt say shelvey is poor..he just isnt a holding midfielder.

    if shelvey plays, you would have to drop sissoko, gini or townsend / and then lack some mobility/athleticism

    I’d say shelvey is a ‘luxury’ player, who you only play if you decidedly control possession

  • 142 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    well done townsend

  • 143 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    lol cisse

  • 144 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    that wasnt offside

  • 145 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Well I’ve seen it all now sisko makes a tackle after losing it

  • 146 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Sissoko like a new man with that armband hahaha

  • 147 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    why are we playing so deep???????

  • 148 Magtoonpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Half satirically half seriously but I think cisse training should include a shock collar that gets activated when hes offside.

  • 149 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Townsend and Anita defending well together. Townsend really putting in a shift and our best on the ball.

  • 150 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Brilliant there at the back so far players putting it on the line for once

  • 151 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    anazing defending by mbemba

  • 152 lordjoesnow // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    how much better does our defence look without Janmaat. He’s been the biggest dissapointment – far worse than sissoko wijnaldum (and maybe cisse)

  • 153 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    cisses inability to hold up the ball kills any outlet for our defence
    thats why we are having to play so deep

  • 154 Tuttelbom // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Still in shock. Still in the lead? And it looks like we have a defence for once??

  • 155 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    what a waste townsend

  • 156 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Could he not have swung for the volley then??

  • 157 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Nicely organised in defence.

    Anita doing very well.

    Keep tiote focused and he’s one of our most important players. He breaks up play.

    We’ve struggled without anyone protecting our defence all season.

    Townsend was a great signing. He works hard and creates for the team. Never thought I’d say that 2 years ago.

    Agree cisse stretches defence more. Still think we’d benefit from having mitro as that outlet though.

  • 158 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Also.

    What has happened to saivet?

    It’s like he has disappeared off the face off the earth.

  • 159 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Very DANGER MOVE…taking CH out…

  • 160 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Toonbrother

    There is nothing wrong with playing deep. When you have a leaky defence we do t want to be pushing too hard and opening ourselves up.

    Feel that sub is bad though. Tiote was doing well. We could now be vulnerable.

  • 161 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    why take off tiote?

  • 162 mindshaft // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    thought Tiote was going okay – Gini has been anonymous

  • 163 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    this is a bad move

  • 164 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Tiote has been brilliant today. Can’t understand that sub

  • 165 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Is it wise pulling Chuck Tiote when he’s been busting play?

  • 166 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Gini has been completely anonymous

  • 167 Mister Tuff // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    mitro on next.

  • 168 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Our defence looks better because Dummett stays back and helps much like danny Simpson used to

  • 169 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Rafa playing with fire trying to hang on to a 1-0.

    If we’re gonna sit and counter, maybe bring Obertan on for Cisse.

  • 170 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    If Benitez goes bi wouldn’t mind taking guidollin

    He’s a promotion specialist and he’s done great at Swansea.

  • 171 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    yeah, im a little worried by that move.

    wonder if we’ll see obertan come on towards the end

  • 172 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Who would’ve thought we’d all be going on about Tiote coming off.

    Squeaky bum time. Swansea are dominating us now.

  • 173 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    are we gonna hold out for 20 + stoppages defending?

  • 174 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    This

    Tiote is doing ok..or i should say well. Why is he out for someone that dont close players down….?

  • 175 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    0 protection for the back four

  • 176 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Its coming eh

  • 177 davetoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    We need another goal to win this

  • 178 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    How was that not a foul.

  • 179 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    F U Ref

  • 180 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Don’t know what Perez is gonna bring to the table.

  • 181 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    De Jong must be knackered we need someone on to hold the ball higher up the pitch so why perez

  • 182 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    we lost our shape almost immediately after tiote went off

  • 183 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    this is not going well

  • 184 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    We’ll be very lucky to scrap this 1-0.

  • 185 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    The Shelvey head need to take care of his game.

  • 186 Mister Tuff // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    backing off there -lucky.

  • 187 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    yeah, ayoze is ok number 10 , but poor winger

  • 188 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    It’s only a matter of time before they score

  • 189 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Shelvey SUCKS. So much danger after he comes on.

  • 190 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    only a matter of time now

  • 191 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    F Shelvey. I cant believe he is on…WHY!!!!

  • 192 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Asking for it like we so often do.

    Either bring Mitro on and try and control the game again, if not bring Obertan on so we at least have threat in behind on the counter. Cisse not doing much of anything this half.

  • 193 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    To all the betting men and woman out there, stick a 5 on either swansea next goal or over 1.5 MG

  • 194 Mister Tuff // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Obertron – ????????????????????????????????????????

    No no no no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 195 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    I rather GOUFFY on.

    Shelvey cant defends shit!

  • 196 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    We’ve been worse after shelvey came on. Tiote was so crucial to us. Crap sub by raga.

  • 197 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Think we look more disorganised with Shelvey because he gets preoccupied with dishing out orders for others, instead of allowing them to do their job whilst he concentrates on his.

  • 198 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    bboooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmjmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • 199 davetoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Yyyyeeessssss

  • 200 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Mitrovic on the team is more balance now.. He will hold on to the ball for the last min.

  • 201 Mister Tuff // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Here we go Mitro to seal it.

  • 202 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    😆

    SISSOKO!

    Of all players!

    😆

  • 203 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    ahhh

  • 204 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    What. Did moussa score?

  • 205 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    sissoko = legend

  • 206 Mister Tuff // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    that’ll do.

  • 207 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Well fusk me who said drop sisko!! Lol
    get in that should do it hopefully

  • 208 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    of all people hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

  • 209 davetoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    A glimour of hope

  • 210 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Sissloko yess. Well done for making him captain if it improved him

  • 211 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    I followed my own bet and doubled one more corner and one more match goal. 5 wins £24

    WINNING

  • 212 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Can’t believe sissoko scored. He practically offered us very little all game.

  • 213 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Come on lads.

    Keep it together. Keep it tight.

  • 214 mindshaft // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    jeez – are we actually going to win a game and keep a clean sheet !!!

  • 215 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    2 goals from set pieces.

    THE END IS NIGH

  • 216 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    we need a third

  • 217 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Rafa tactic of playing mitrovic off the bench is masterclass.

  • 218 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    YEEEEAH

  • 219 Magtoonpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Toonsend turned it on today.

  • 220 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    WIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Deserves that Townsend!

    Up and down all match.

    Mitro definitely had an impact and helped turn the tide.

  • 221 MacToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Ha ha get in…… Happy Birthday Rafa!

  • 222 davetoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Wish we could spread these 3 goals out over next couple of games

  • 223 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Get in.

    Townsend. What a signing. I said it earlier.

    Nice to have a winger.

    I think he’s now out scored his past season at Spurs.

  • 224 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Brilliant by mitro and great finish and a clean sheet unbelievable

  • 225 Our Toon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Best player on the pitch townsend deserved his goal….class play by mitro, well done rafa….tiote was also immense…..3 points get in and importantly 3 goals to reduce that deficit

  • 226 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Exactly what we needed. In touching distance of Norwich’s GD now, which is vital given the 3pt difference.

  • 227 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    imagine where we would ve been had he played this central defensive pairing all season!

  • 228 daztoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Mitro = legend

  • 229 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Rafa got his tactic spot on today in general. Though I didn’t like some his subs and starting gini. But he showed why he’s a world class manager today. Well done.

  • 230 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    come on lads clean sheet today pls

  • 231 toonbrother // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    lascelles = colossus

  • 232 Toonacious T // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    All those slagg’in off Rafa’s team selection for today’s game feel free to now come on and state that is why he is a top manager and you are a fan commenting on a blog! HWTL.

  • 233 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Plus the best bit is we have made the scums day a lot worse after them doing us a favour brilliant

  • 234 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Aside from the Tiote sub.

    Well done Rafa.

    Players looked like they gave a crap today.

  • 235 Our Toon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley

    Agree with you on Shelvey, we do look more unorganised with him in

    Anita class at RB, thank God Janmaat is out injured

  • 236 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Lascelles still gets my vote for captain.

  • 237 MacToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    All you doubting Thomases before the game. We needed changes. Rafa made changes, got a result, 3 points AND a clean sheet.
    He’s still the anti-Christ though?

    Will it be enough? Who knows but well done for today.

  • 238 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Bcked Townsend all the way since he came. Always been professional and given it his all.

    His critics were just regurgitating criticisms from bitter Spurs fans.

    That’s 7 games 3 goals and 2 assists (arguably 3)

    MOTM.

    Need a point at least against Man City, then I’ll be back on board the belief boat.

  • 239 toon kk // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Credit when credit is due, great to see us looking like we want to stay in the premier league.
    We’ll done Rafa.

  • 240 davetoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Merson was right after all. ? always wonderedwhy Ed posted his predictions

  • 241 Magpie Season // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Don’t forget the goal difference. We made +6 goals on Norwich. Thanks to both us & Sunderland’s 3-0 wins.

  • 242 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Dont Forget our good Player Tiote that work SO hard to win ball, jump for the ball for the team.

    Shelvey SUCKS.

  • 243 Magtoonpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Happy Bday! And he even shared his present with everyone. Great needed win. On to the next one.

  • 244 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Toonacious i’m not afraid to stand over my comments. Most people felt same. I am big enough to stand over what i said. You are just being wise after the event. So zero cojones there mate. From what i hear swansea are on hols. So lets not wet our pants yet big boy.

  • 245 daztoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Sissoko legend, the bloke got 1 goal all season hardly legend material

  • 246 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Great win. Well done rafa and co.

  • 247 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    best players in order 1. anita 2. townsend 3. tiote 4. mbemba/lascelles

    team looked organized for the first 60 minutes, it must be said that swansea were poor though.

  • 248 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Toonacious

    So what about the last few games when he’s selected Taylor over Lascelles?

    Think more lucked into a good defence as those were the only available.

    Give him credit for Colback and Tiote, it worked to give us a foothold that the lower energy Shelvey may not have.

  • 249 davetoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    I’m glad I got to see Sissoko smile at the end of the game when cisse came up to him. I hope he can realise his potential over the rest of the season

  • 250 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Norwich next games against arsenal and man u Sunderland against arsenal and Stoke away the survival is back on

  • 251 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Gotta say i like townsend. A real pro. Delighted for lasvelles. I think sunderland are the big problem though.

  • 252 Tsunki // Apr 16, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Hmm apart from the goal and that wonder tackle which he wouldn’t have had to do if he hadn’t given the ball up like a three year old, sissoko is much better when the team leave him out of their moves 🙂

  • 253 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Sissoko for the Captain.

    Shelvey SUCKS.

  • 254 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Only a 1 goal difference with Norwich now as well unbelievable day

  • 255 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Tiote did a lot of work to keep the defensive line safe and stable.

  • 256 Thump // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Glad I was wrong about the inevitable collapse!

    That’s the performance we’ve been waiting for. Another win, a result or two going our way, and I reckon we can actually stay up. Fantastic performance.

  • 257 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Scenes

  • 258 lesh // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    You can imagine tomorrow’s headlines – police join fans’ conga through city centre

  • 259 Goofy // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Anita or Townsend for motm. Perez and Mitro done great in the last 10 mins, never really seen Wini all day.

  • 260 Tsunki // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Lascelles is shaping up to be future captain more than anyone else on the park today. Not a bad defensive lineup, had a good feeling about this when it got to half time and Swansea were awful going forward. Wijnaldum can stay at home. Townsend is top when everyone around him perks up. Cisse just needs game time which we can’t afford. Rafas subs just right and timed well today. Ground them out then pounced on them

  • 261 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Glad I went match goals and not Swans to score next hahahahah

  • 262 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Toonacious Wat were your thoughts before the game on team selection oh wats that? we’ll never know!

  • 263 Tsunki // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Oh yeah Anita – it’s his end of season party piece isn’t it? 🙂

  • 264 GeordieTwo // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Absolutely enormous win. Real effort in there. Anita’s work in the first half against Montero was crucial. Townsend played well. Tiote worked hard. A lot of good performances.

  • 265 JAMSHA // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    MOTM TOWNSEND

  • 266 Oleg G // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM
    Cowardly selection just like those before him.

    2 barkel // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM
    Surprised Mitro is on the bench

    5 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:07 PM
    Wat the fusk team is that!!!
    Tiote!! Sisko!! And cisse!! No shelvey!

    10 martoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM
    I like Rafa but that’s a bit of a negative selection considering we’re at home and have to win and makems doing us a favour.

    12 MacToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM
    It’s good to see Rafa actually reacting to our poor performances by changing the team.
    Still surprised to see Sissoko and Wijnaldum beating the drop though but I’d rather trust Rafa than anyone else at the club at this current moment in time. Wonder if they have a “must play” clause?
    Anita has been so poor too but guess we don’t have many options at the back.

    13 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM
    Imagine McClaren picking that team at this stage, there’d be hell on.

  • 267 Bambams // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Given ourselves a chance…..

  • 268 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    We really overpaid for shelvey. He’s so poor. Tiote gave us the platform for victory today.

  • 269 Toonacious T // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Munster Mag
    I was defended his selection before the game and trying to explain what I thought was his rationale.
    You can stand over your comments all you like, you have still been proved wrong and don’t worry about my cojones either mate. I can assure you I have plenty.

    15Toonacious T // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Shelvey has done nothing the last four games in a row. Obviously Rafa is hoping Colback and Tiote can protect our weak defence. Wings will be crucial though as there won’t be much forward balls coming from central midfield with those two playing there. I think Rafa is thinking try to stay in the game until second half as we have been so poor in the first half recently. Then he will bring Mitro and Shelvey on around 65 minutes, when hopefully we will not be two or three nil down as per usual.

  • 270 Tsunki // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Was it a one off? I hope it gives them some confidence to get their heads down and win a few

  • 271 Ron Knee // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Just the small matter of Citeh next!

  • 272 Toon Tang // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    Are we all imagining what might have happened if this CB partnership had remained without Taylor somehow muscling his way in.

    Maybe a draw or 2 in those games we looked awful in defence in.

    Having said that though we still had Janmaat.

  • 273 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    NO matter how bad Sissoko is he cannot be worst than Shelvey.

    At least he didn’t have to do all the hands gesture and the team did their job.

    Yes, Swansea was in a slow mode. Glad we take advantage of it.

  • 274 Oleg G // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Makems staying up. Too good for us. Rafa and co blew the home game against them. Toon norwich villa bye bye

    And I say like I said for the past 4 games:
    Still 5 games to play.
    Still enough time to improve.

    And now, only 2 points from Sunderland and 3 points from Norwich with an extra game.

  • 275 GeordieTwo // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    It worked out so well. Tiote and Anita brought stability and even Colback chipped in. That first goal was huge. Lascelles has good instincts around goal. Good to see us score from set pieces for a change. That never happened with Pardew.

  • 276 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Another hindsight specialist that doesn’t put his opinion out there beforehand.

    Nee nads.

    Good win, but until we invited them back around the 60min mark, Swansea were on their hols. Fortunately they can’t defend corners for toffee.

    A point against Man City much needed. Thunlun now in the driving seat.

  • 277 Rotonda heights // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Munster

    RAFA BENITEZ RAFA BENITEZ
    RAFA BENITEZ RAFA BENITEZ

    What a day. Brave decisions by Rafa before and during the game.

    Anita superb at RB

    Lascelles really growing in to the role.

    Townsend proving me wrong!

    Even Sissoko came over very well and honestly in post match interview.

  • 278 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Lol apologies just seen yours but for me it shows the usual starters don’t give a damn and Anita and dummet were immense and so were tiote and colback
    But tiote was worse than shocking in his last game so was right to be shocked

  • 279 JamesToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Anita Townsend and Lascelles were our best players today, keep the same team except Mitro for cisse, city game might just give us a chance

  • 280 davetoon // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Glad tbat noone is getting ahead of themselves. Long way to go. And of course we are jib free today.

  • 281 GeordieTwo // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    That man Rafa really knows how to manage. His tactics worked out brilliantly. We’ll need the same against City.

  • 282 benjohnsen // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    The reason Tiote got subbed is because he hasn’t played a full match in a long time.

    Shelvey has a lot to learn from Mr Tiote when it comes to position himself in the midfield.

    Anita and Townsend look like a really good pair on the right side. Keep that up.

    Lascelles is definitely growing for each game he gets and regardless of our status at the end of the season he will be important to us.

    A lot of positives in this game.

  • 283 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Hail

    I wouldn’t say bitter spurs fans.

    He’s always been a talented player that doesn’t deliver.

    Changed here though.

  • 284 SPRINGY // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    good result and a decent day results wise for goal difference,didnt see the first could’nt get a decent stream,cheers to bambam for the site so got to see second half..thought townsend was good,colback tiote grafted,anita very good at right back but thought lascelles was just about man of the match for me…looked very composed and solid

  • 285 Oleg G // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    chicousa // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM
    Terrible team selection! Cisse instead of Mitro? Colback AND Tiote, one is bad enough! Not feeling great about our chances today…

    22 LGFUAD21 // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:17 PM
    Stupid selection
    Mitrovic on the bench.
    Worry about Mbemba at lcb. He’s clearly not comfortable there.
    Agree with Colback and tiote. But Shelvey should be in there too.

    32 Munster Mag // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:27 PM
    Odd selection, again. If rafa wasnt rafa we’d say he has done nothing. Sorry but i dont see how this makes sense. Lose this and u can take a hike rafa.

    33 MAUTITOON // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:29 PM
    maybe RAFAELLO is following the trend set here,that is from world beater to zero like the rest of our players.

    34 expatmag // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:29 PM
    Defeat and relegation confirmed.
    I just hope the board have realised the inevitable and are planning accordingly.

  • 286 Rotonda heights // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Toon tang

    the vital 3/4 games taylor played killed us, from bournemouth onwards he seemed to be directly or indirectly responsible for every goal conceded.
    Lascelles and MBemba could be great, just pray it’s not too late for PL.

  • 287 Oleg G // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    And one who got it right.

    25 ToonMatt // Apr 16, 2016 at 2:20 PM
    I trust the manager, Shelvey has been poor the last few games, Glad to see Tiote starting, I’m happy with that line up and I’m confident of the win, Come on the toon!!!

  • 288 Ron Knee // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Villa relegated. Who will be next?

  • 289 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Shelvey now public enemy no1 I see.

    He’s far from poor. We’ve seen his quality in spurts, it’s more just a matter of focus, feel he’s been thrust into a position of seniority prematurely and he’s trying too hard to live up to it. Play on the front foot with confidence, which we’re not in the ideal situation to be doing given our fragile position and he shines.

  • 290 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Wat is amazing tho shelvey getting stick when another anonymous performance from wiji gets nothing

  • 291 lukes26 // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    i actually think sissoko played very well..I’ll take the missed passes if he continues to defend like that

  • 292 manxpie // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Oleg g where are your thoughts before the game fella! !!?

  • 293 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    I reckon 3 wins will keep us up. We can beat Man City, Palace and Villa. We can get a result at Anfield. I think our last game is the toughest. Another draw would be great. Hopefully we’ll get 3 wins and 2 draws. Got a great chance now.

  • 294 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    The team is very unbalance. Every MD we bought is to play Central, who going to play left of right?

    For now, the most effective player to play left is Wijnaldum. He covers and close down the defensive space with better.

    Perez will have to stay bench for now together with Mitro. They are better use at later stage or emergency.

  • 295 davis_toons // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Good highlight from Oleg G !!!

  • 296 MacToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Oleg, you put my post up as if I was against Rafa and his choices but read again and that is NOT true ffs.

  • 297 MacToon // Apr 16, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Oleg, what part of “but I’d rather trust Rafa than anyone else at the club at this current moment in time.” don’t you understand?




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