Who Was Newcastle’s Man Of The Match Against Forest?

I managed to screw up the first Man of the Match poll tonight – I had Matt Ritchie in twice and he was first and second in the voting – but no Dwight Gayle!


I’ve created a new poll – please vote again – sorry about that – got too excited after we got back to our winning ways tonight.

Christian Atsu in action tonight – he had a good game

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Forest?

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21 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Just got in from match

    My take on proceedings – nowt different from Monday night except the result. Started off ok got lucky with first goal then total shite until there player got sent off.

    Can’t get my head around why RAFA plays one up front at home – Gayle who got hammered all night – needs a partner to take some weight off his shoulders.

    home line-up tactics sorry RAFA – inept – sorry back passes to Darlow hoof up to Gayle our lone striker – five foot nothing to head the ball – NO! whole team could not tackle – frightened I don’t know but most tackles Forest won – There no 22 Kasami was a powerhouse

    Now I know why Clark and Lascelles don’t pass the ball forward – they can’t.

    Started with two many lightweight midgets – Atsu, Perez, Gayle, Ritchie, Yedlin who got knocked off the ball time and time again.

    Merit marks

    Darlow 7 did nowt wrong but his distribution kicking was poor wish our defenders would come short to get roll-out from him.
    Yedlin 7 best of our defenders going forward – BUT cannot tackle
    Clark 5 – Poor at best to slow to many sideways passes and today couldn’t head the ball to save his life
    Lascalles – 5 as above ditto in everything he did.
    Dummett – 5 tackled well but distribution woeful except for one cross but no one gambled to get on the end.
    Ritchie – 7 MOM probably our best player tonight but still way below his best
    Colback – 6 did ok but his tackling was poor mistimed a lot and gave the ball away in dangerous positions.
    Hayden – 4 thought he was awful tonight looked like he could not be bothered wandered around the pitch like Shola looks a lost cause without Shelvey.
    Perez – 2 woeful – to easy knocked off the ball – only showed up last ten minutes.
    Gayle 7 ploughs a lone furrow up front – touch of class his first goal but needs to be stronger.

    Diame 7 what we needed when he came on showed bit of fight carried the ball and with that the TOON upped their game
    Mitrovich 5 what does he have to do to get a start – playing shit pumping long high balls upfield and still does not get on until the last 5 minutes. Me if I was Mitrovich I would be banging the boss’s door down to get a start,.
    Lazar 5 showed frustration at the end when no one moved to take a pass – get used to it pal

    RAFA 5 –
    did not like his team selection – far to many lightweight players to play in this league and only one up front

    Ref 4 poor made some strange decisions

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 31, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #2

    missed Atsu
    Atsu – 7 showed willing got into good positions carried the ball well but his decision making needs to improve

    Over-all poor performance but the result papers over the cracks.

    goodnight time for shuteye

  • yorkymag

    Dec 31, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry but your analysis is poor and inaccurate
    We were up against yet another team who came to spoil ,
    We were not at our best ,granted ,but we ground out a result .
    The centre backs are exposed due to the missing man we do need another creative influence
    Rafa if you noticed made an excellent change putting diame in central mid ,and I thought there were good signs with Perez and Gayle

  • BandB

    Dec 31, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #4

    I think that in agreeing to sign Benitez, Mike Ashley has gone against a long-held belief that all football people are snake-oil salesmen.

    He is wrong about that. Some managers are definitely far less of a hindrance than others.

    What they can do is talk that nonsensical language known as “football” to people for whom it is the only language of which they have a basic grasp.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 31, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Got into the ground and was shocked to learn Anita was dropped, Colback & Hayden again paired in the middle. Surprise surprise we huffed and puffed again. Too many touches, delayed unambiguous passes. Thank the Lord we got that early deflected free kick.
    Gayle’s first was a lovely instinctive finish.
    Mitro…watching him from close quarters he cut a very frustrated figure at the end. My feeling is he is away soon.
    Again we didn’t fire on anything like all cylinders, but it’s a huge three points. Our confidence seems to have seeped away lately, but this win was vital,however it came, and we can go to Ewood in good shape with a huge away following.
    Diame was more lively.
    Hayden was a worry. Looked disinterested to me.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 31, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #6

    *unambitious passes…


    Dec 31, 2016 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #7


    Just ignore people like that they listen to radio commentary to give an analysis haha. If you were the performance was good just Forrest came with a intention to catch us in the break, which most teams do away from home.
    Perez a 2, dunno what he’s hearing..

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 31, 2016 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Mitrovic clearly blew his chance at starting with that stupid sending off against Spurs, and of course with goal a game Gayle in the shirt he isn’t getting a look in. It could so easily have been the other way round.

    Perez I think has struggled to develop an understanding with Gayle, perhaps because they are inclined to make similar runs. He appears better off the shoulder of Mitrovic, and he also is perhaps not best suited to the rough and tumble of this quite industrial league.

    Of the three players, I’m not sure that it won’t be Gayle who will fall farthest down the pecking order next year, should we go back up.

  • chicousa

    Dec 31, 2016 at 4:42 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Rafa does worry about Mitrovic’s discipline and his sending off in the Spurs match from a moment of insanity was bad. And then Mitro played great in the QPR match and the back to back games vs Preston, and also in his matches for the Serbian national team. So Rafa seemed to be reconsidering Mitrovic. And then came the listless match against Blackburn and even though all our players were off in that game, Rafa seemed to especially have put the blame on Mitro. So not sure where the big Serbian stands now. And Gayle playing so well makes it harder for Mitro to get another chance.
    Perhaps there is an issue with Mitro’s work habits in practice(?) or perhaps Rafa is waiting to see him be more assertive and demand more playing time, or maybe Rafa thinks he is too willing to take back seat to Gayle (like giving up the #9 shirt w/o a fight?!) And the gaffer seems to not want to start a match with 2 up top for the life of him. So Mitro’s future at the club looks cloudy…

  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Thanks Charlie, ameobi, yorky
    For the match reports, I’m assuming most didn’t watch it so these are necessary.

    Even though there’s a conflict of opinions 🙂

    If it was anything like our previous game, Charlie is possibly nearer to the mark.

    I’m not sure what Rafa is up to with Mitro. Hope it’s not personal and is football related. Anyway, Gayle is banging them in so fair play.

  • Veltman

    Dec 31, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Pleased to get back to winning ways quickly.I usually don’t give flyers whether they played good or bad as long as it’s a win but judging by reports and comments,we are sloppy and unconvincing In the last few games.
    He needs to add more players,atleast a creative midfielder that can fill Jonjo’s boots.Adding a winger and a striker to that will be a bonus.Don’t want to slate the Mgr just yet as his setup and project has been working and his team is in a good run and at the top but to make very sure things don’t collapse in the middle and not create holes (loss of form by some,suspensions,injuries etc) he needs to act in the upcoming window.

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Cannot wait until we are back in the PL so I don’t have to listen to the whingefest that is BBC Radio Newcastles match commentary.

    When you think of some of the Beeb’s commentators like Alan Green and Jimmy Armfield who could paint pictures with words the cosy fireside chat style of Simon Pryde (a Sunlun fan ) and the whining Dublin accent of Ando is horrible.

    For all the insight you get about what’s happening on the pitch the BBC may as well stick a mic in the Gallowgate next to a couple of supporters.

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Twas a win without the talismanic Gouffran as well.

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #14

    I think for Monday afternoon’s starting team you look at the subs bench from last night first.
    even Lazar and M’Bemba all have a chance to be starters at Blackburn .

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #15

    The following are all due to return to NUFC next month

    Alex Gilliead – Luton Town
    Haris Vuckic – Bradford City
    Sammy Ameobi – Bolton Wanderers
    Kyle Cameron – Newport County
    Alan Armstrong – Barnsley
    Tom Heardman – British West Hartlepool

    There are players there who have played for the first team and who could handle the Championship no danger

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Dec 31, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    just as I suspected… Looks like we are being Pardoned and he is not even there. Think to learn how to play the passing game and pressure game you need the players for it. We don’t possess those players at the moment it seems.

    Thats the only thing I can think of to be honest. If you say is true we are in deep trouble and the difference in the two leagues is bigger than ever. We will be ripped apart in the PL if we go up. We could probably go back straight down.

    What King Ash does not realise is the fact that he will once again have to spend an enourmoussssssss amount of money come summer.

    After all a player like Sissoko is worth 30 mil. Imagine what a good player is worth? And we would be after good players not stellar.

    Going to be a huge wake up call.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Dec 31, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Mitro is wasting his time here…. come Jan, he should hand in his request. Or for all we know he is leaving anyway… Pathetic end to a young prospect, was looking to see him play in the championship.

    Thats what you get for the Loyalty for the club. Pathetic.

  • giimps

    Dec 31, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Maybe Rafa will take a punt on Alex or Tom but we already have Gayle who is on fire so may not get Adam back, however, if Gayle gets injured or loses form, we could try Adam as hes a similar player to Gayle and Rafa likes these types of players, pace and trickery ,especially in this league.
    Haris and Sammy also offer something different and could be classed as home grown…….time will tell hwtl

  • giimps

    Dec 31, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Mitro imho is ,or can be a liability, especially with a ref who is known to dish out cards like confetti, Rafa will more than likely use him more when the afcon guys are gone, maybe in short spurts but i think hel get his chance,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Basically despite the match stats they were shite, very shite, luckily we weren’t as poor as them and there was a happy ending.

  • expatmag

    Dec 31, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #21

    Having read through the last few threads and been absolutely gobsmacked at some of the criticism laid at Rafas door by drama queens like Booboo or whatever his name is, I have come to the realisation that idiots such as him have very little, if any understanding of football.

    Lets get a few points in place.

    Firstly, Rafa has been here less than a year. He was appointed far too late to save us from relegation but came so close with an unbeaten 6 game run at the end of the season. Only a fluked win by the mackems against Chelsea stopped that.

    Despite relegation, he has set to work on revamping the entire club with major changes to the academy, the training centre, the facilities, the medical department and his senior squad. I believe 22 players were either sold, loaned out or released with 11 players coming in.

    Statistics are showing that injuries are eell down on recent years and academy and reserve squads sre starting to achieve some decent results.

    On transfer deals, he has made a £30 million plus profit as well as an agreed £10 million for Thauvin next summer. To get the fees for Sissoko and Wijnaldum was an achievement in itself.

    I think the most important thing is that the board developed under McLaren has gone. Rafa is now in charge of all football related matters and appears to liase well with Charnley who nowdeals with nothing else but administration.

    Most importantly though, Ashley stays well away and supplies the money only. He seems to have confidence in Rafa/Charnley to run the club properly.

    Graham Carr appears nothing more than a scout and judging by the signings recently of youngsters frtom Spain and South Africa, the scouting jet appears to be flung much wider now.

    Finally, immediate promotion to the PL is a distinct possibility and whilst sitting top of the league at new year, we are in prime position to achieve this.

    And all this has been done in less than 12 MONTHS!!!!!!!!

    There again, I suppose there will be some idiots on here who would want Pardew Carver or McLaren back.

    In RAFA we trust


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