Rob Elliot Delighted With Win – Congratulates Darlow

Karl Darlow had his first clean sheet today and he got better protection from the back four than he got last week but Karl had a solid game in goal for the Magpies.

Rob Elliot was watching the game and made three tweets though the game – of course it’s important to Ron and Tim Krul and other injured players that we stay in the Premier League this season.

It was a very good win, but we cannot get too carried away there’s still an awful lot to do in these last five games – but three are at home.


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We put out an article on 17 month-old Poppy-Mai on Friday and she has recently been diagnosed with a progressive malignant rhabdoid tumour, a rare and aggressive form of paediatric cancer.

To show their support two of our readers in New Zealand Sean Gordon and his sister Hayley have cut off their hair which will be donated to the Little Princess Trust in the UK.

They will then transform the hair into beautiful wigs for children who have lost their own hair to cancer and all funds raised will go to Poppy-Mai’s family to create Poppy’s Field.

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43 comments so far

  • DENIro

    Apr 16, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #1

    At the end..
    20.Aston Villa–

  • will die for the toon army

    Apr 16, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Lasceles is our best CB very composed and goood with the ball. Saw him at Everton wen he came on for Mbemba. I really dont get why Rafa benched him for Taylor.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 16, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #3

    It would appear that Rafa had gone for age and experience over youth hence TAylor and Cisse. I think he now realises that Lascelles over Taylor is a no brainier and after today Mitro over Cisse seems obvious.

  • chicousa

    Apr 16, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree, Rafa’s instincts tell him that experienced players will handle the pressure better and lead the team to wins. But passionless, burned out old players past their sell date are a liability when energy and effort are needed. Hopefully Mitro and Lascelles start every match from here on out!

  • martoon

    Apr 16, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Question for the day – when was the last time NUFC and the makems both won 3 – 0 on the same day? I’ve got no idea but it must be a while I’d guess – one for the googlemeister Mr Jib 🙂

  • lesh

    Apr 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #6


    Dream on….. As we all will

  • lesh

    Apr 16, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #7


    Worry not, you’ll get your answer – Jib’s surely on the case and Google’s getting hammered as we speak

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 16, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Borini can eat a massive bag of plums the little girl.

  • martoon

    Apr 16, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Thanks Lesh – I can sleep easy tonight 🙂

  • duncandisorderly

    Apr 16, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #10

    In case anyone is getting carried away with the scoreline, we were absolutely awful today for 70 mins. We only looked like a team when the utterly useless Cisse and the completely disinterested Wynaldum were taken off. If we give Man City that much possession, time and respect, we will be torn apart. Mitrovic and Perez completely changed the team and were superb. If Rafa does not recognise his best team soon he will blow what little chance we have left.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Why don’t you google and find out yourself.

  • martoon

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #12

    welshgeordie9 – Because obviously I’m watching MOTD 🙂

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Fantastic win today. Didn’t get to watch it as had family down. Got the last 5 minutes.

    Mitro the tank setting up Townsend who finished well. Can’t comment on anything else really.

    Let’s hope it gives us some momentum now but two very tough games coming up and sadly I can’t see us getting diddly squat from either.

    Here’s hoping the team can up their game and produce one of those performances like we have in recent seasons against Chelsea at sjp, when we play citeh on Tuesday.

    Fatty out!

  • Sir Braveheart

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m going to predict Norwich get two draws by the end of the season and finish on 33 points. Sunderland to get a win and two draws and finish on 35 points. With their goal difference we need 8 points – three wins, or two wins and two draws.

    Big ask. Not impossible, but a big ask.

    I wonder what people’s opinions are on whether we will stay up at this stage? Maybe worth a poll Ed?

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #15

    You can do two things at once mind, it’s called multitasking.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #16

    If we beat Man City we will stay up.

  • willowdalerez

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Damn… didn’t see the game but the scoreline has me thinking, maybe, just maybe, we can stay up!

    Whatever the case bet Rafa is well into his cups by now and deservedly so!

    duncan – I didn’t see the game but that doesn’t sound too surprising what with all the comments about how Gini was invisible and Citeh is likely to take us apart… but our run of matches after that isn’t too bad so maybe there is hope!

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #18

    After today’s result, we need to either beat city or Liverpool, I’m sure we will get points off palace and villa and with the Spurs game we always do well against them at home.

  • Sir Braveheart

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Might I suggest before Tuesday someone breaks Agueros legs? And De Bruynes?

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #20

    Would be nice to win the game in hand.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t forget toure, he always scores.

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Why did Chelsea get rid of him.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Just back from the game today! Travelled down from Glasgow ! Great journey!

    Thought defensively we looked really solid especially with Anita and Lascalles why did Mclaren not give Jamal a game earlier in the season when Colo etc were all over the place?

    He has looked good every time I have seen him this season a proper defender who is good in the air a bit like a younger version of his opposite number Ashley Williams !

    Sissoko in the middle was okay but hopefully the goal will help him start to do better Wijnaldum worries me a little we should just drop him for Perez or even Obertan for a game or 2 ! Can always bring him off the bench if that doesn’t work !

    Watching City scare me if we can get a draw would be very happy with that !

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 16, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Just watched the WBA guy, who Chumpley and Carr Crash rated at £20m plus, miss two penalties. Hahaha. Chumpley. The guy who goes to a court case concerning his Argentine international who he doesn’t know was an international. You couldn’t make it up.


    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #25

    mcwally didnt have the backbone to take the grief if lascelles made a mistake,whereas if a senior player cocks up, then they will get the blame….thought lascelles looked really good today with mbemba and anita and dummett,everyone was quick to close down as soon as the ball came in the last third and knew they could do that coz if they got turned they had the pace to get back to challenge….the likes of colo and taylor would back off and let them play coz if they got turned they were screwed….lascelles is young and will make mistakes,same as mbemba but let them play together and they could be a quality pairing with time… game at a time tho.


    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #26

    i must say i was a bit harsh on gini today,said after the match,from what i seen he was non existant but having watched the game again,the lad put a shift in closing down,chasing back putting a lot of graft in,although i believe he needs to do more going forward,more creativity i have to hold my hands up and admit that he was’nt as bad today as i first thought.

  • Thump

    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #27

    @Springy: He played what I’ve come to call the “Guthrie” role – ie: a lot of off the ball work, but not a lot on the ball.

    In the first half he was all over the place, pushing wide, playing in Sissoko and Dummett, pulling into the centre and forcing Swansea’s defence to track him, really having an impact on the game (just not as easy on the eye).

    Also, Shelvey looked a lot more composed without the weight of the armband. Sissoko, however, seemed to be inspired by it. If that’s the performance we get out of him – long may it continue.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #28

    After watching MOTD I reckon we dodged the bullets today.

    Swanseas shooting was abysmal otherwise the end result could have been very different

    Still a win is a win and a slightly improved GD.

    After watching MC on MOTD I’m very nervous about Tuesday, Zabaletta should have been out of the equation though, Can’t see why he didn’t get a second yellow card.

    As someone already said it would be nice if Aguero could have a warming down mishap.

  • stan anderson

    Apr 17, 2016 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #29

    To late i think,the damage has been done
    Ashley OOT

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 17, 2016 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #30

    I say 36 points will guarantee us safety. We need 2 more wins and draw..
    Still a big ask. I don’t think we’ll survive anyway.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 17, 2016 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #31

    When Sissoko says his central midfield he means in the hole, I suppose. Pretty smart of Rafa, playing him there, with two holding mids to protect the very young back four. Didn’t envisage him dropping Shelvey, although he hasn’t been great, for that tactical switch, but very good to win 3 nil, with a third of the possession, and that defence. Darlow didn’t have a save to make. Five points from the next three, and we give ourselves every chance.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 17, 2016 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #32

    # best position

  • toonbrother

    Apr 17, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Rafa almost blew it in taking off tiote
    for about 10 minutes our midfield became a freeway
    We were lucky not to concede an equalizer in that period
    Hope he understands Shelvey is not a sound defensive midfielder

  • cyprus

    Apr 17, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Love my team. What a ride.

    Rafa, I’ve criticised you, so: master-stroke to drop at the start the largely ineffective Shelvey. That threw them off. We surely have 11 better players. Tiote and Colback were solid as a rock, bullied and bullied them.

    Really, MOM should go to Andros, as he was good at his job AND was always there to help Anita, taking on their best player and generally limiting his threat. I gave it to Anita because he surely did better than Janmaat would have. He had a matching speed, was careful yet decisive with his tackles.

    Congratulations to ALL the team.

  • El Sleeve

    Apr 17, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #35

    what a cruel beast NUFC is. they’ve given us hope, prolonging the nervy end to the season.

    point each from city and liverpool, same team, maybe mitro instead of cissé and perez instead of Gini away from home

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 17, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Agree taking off Tiote made a great big whole in front of defence where Swansea were able to exploit until we got it sorted by bringing on Perez who seemed to play in that position.

    Shelvey is not a grafter in Tiote’s terms as wew were saying in the Gallowgate yesterday – he is a ‘Holywood” footballer likes to spray 50 yard passes but does not do the dirty stuff like Tiote and Colback.

    If Tote keeps it simple fills that whole tackles gets the ball and pass then we look a better team.

    I was not happy in pub before the game on RAFA’s team selection not playing Mitro Shelvey and Perez – but the more you analise it – it was a smart move.

    The last thing Rafa wanted was to give away a early goal when our character and confidence is so low.

    Plan X worked to perfection and with players tiring then bring on Mitrovich and Perez to run at their defence.

    My man of the Match – Lascalles – led the defensive back four well and not frightened to talk to fellow defenders – got a cool head – can head, pass and score the odd goal.

    For Tuesday got to keep it narrow and fill the whole in-front of defence as De Brune or however you spell it will run riot as he did yesterday against Chelsea – he was brilliant

  • mindshaft

    Apr 17, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #37

    Swansea got most of there chances after Tiote was taken off for Shelvey – was worried about Anita at RB but he did a solid job and Townsend was immense both in tracking back to help Anita out and going forward – must have covered some distance .
    I slagged Gini off but like someone else on here has mentioned , if you watch the game back he did an awful lot off the ball
    I actually voted for Lascelles though , agree that him and Mbemba look solid although Tiote and Colback did a good job as defensive mids
    like Lascelles attitude a lot – says a lot that he said he thought he would get stick in the dressing room after last weeks comments but nobody came out and had a go at him … shows what a bunch of fairies we have playing for us when it takes a young kid telling the experienced pros to put some effort in

  • mindshaft

    Apr 17, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #38

    And it’s good to see one of our CBs being a threat at set pieces – he was getting tugged and pulled when he went for that header and many a footballer would have hit the deck looking for a pen .. which is unlikely he would have gotten

  • c-dog

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #39

    We’re still foooooked. 4 points is the max we’ll pick up.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #40

    C dog i’m not so sure….i think we could beat them. I didnt like the team he picked at 3pm but cant complain after that, although it was only swansea. I read that rafa chose cisse because williams wud have preferred marking nitro. Not so sure about that, given mitro was good when he came on. But both tiote and colback have to start and i never thought i wud say that. We need to physically worry city .


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