Man Of The Match Results Show Where Newcastle’s Strength Lies


It was not a good performance from Newcastle on Saturday, but in what was a tough game for us Newcastle managed to keep a clean sheet, and we have conceded only 8 goals in 9 league games.

That’s better than all clubs in the league other than the top three – the two Manchester clubs have conceded only 4 goals, and Tottenham have conceded 6.

Our Man of the Match on Saturday is substitute Mikel Merino who came on early in the second half and helped settle the Newcastle side.

And Mikel then scored his first goal ever for Newcastle with a beautiful header with just 4 minutes to play.

That was from another excellent corner from Matt Ritchie.

Mikel is already a popular player at Newcastle . and maybe he can play in the number 10 role so that Shelvey, Hayden and Mikel can all start at Burnley?

The next three in the voting are all back four players – Jamaal Lascelles, DeAndre Yedlin, and the impressive Florian Lejeune.

Mikel Merino – our Man of the Match

And that shows the Newcastle strength – we are a difficult side to score against and usually very tight in defense.

Compare that to the Liverpool performance yesterday when their defense showed again they are nowhere near good enough to challenge for the Premier League and conceded four goals to Tottenham in the 4-1 defeat.

Back to Newcastle and on the other hand we have scored only 10 goals, so it’s easy to see where we need strengthening in January.

A striker is the primary transfer target and who knows we could even bring two in if the right players are available.

Maybe Cenk Tosun from Besiktas and Liverpool’s Danny Ings on loan?

It was an excellent 3 points on Saturday and now we need the same again at Burnley a week tonight and maybe with a better performance on the night.

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6 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 23, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Does anyone watch Spain U21? I saw them back in Marta when they played Denmark and I don’t remember Merino bring a #10 a lot as he likes to highlight on every article about the lad…

    …I remember him being a #6 and more of a DM kind of player. But then again I don’t watch Spain U21 on a regular basis…

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 23, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    This Shelvey Cabaye thing is quite hilarious, un gentlemanly but never in a million years should shelvey receive a ban.

    It would be a huge slap in the face for Nufc and a massive mistake for the FA.

    Cabaye shouldn’t have been on the pitch, Townshends reaction showed how bad his tackle was. A career ending tackle, if anything Cabaye should get a warning about his tackling as he did the same on occasions for us. Horrible to see a tackle like that on any player ni matter which side they play for.

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 23, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron, from earlier
    Fair enough mate. Polar opposite views there. Interesting to read that point of view from a, shall we say, mature age group fan 🙂
    My step dad took me in the mid / back end of the 70s, I was immediately hooked and was brought up on a diet of terrible football in awful surroundings. You will have been through all that. It was tribal, blinkered support int terms of singing etc… Fuelled by the hope that things would get better.m
    It would have been a very quiet experience if we were waiting for entertainment to get involved.

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  • expatmag

    Oct 23, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    From a few threads back where people were discussing the sale price:

    I am the last person to support Ashley but with regard to the 140 million quid he loaned us, who wouldnt think it was fakr for him to factor this cost into the sale price?

    Other clubs who have debt and have been sold on, have done similar.

    Posters say that Ashley has received free SD sponsorship for 10 years. Has he really? What would the annual bank interest rate on 140 million quid? About the same as a major sponsor would cough up probably.

    Has Ashley taken any money out of the club as yet? Doesnt appear ro have taken a single penny unlike Hall and Shepherd who took salaries and bonuses as well as interest on their investments.

    So, while Ashley might be quoting top dollar to flush out more interest in the club, he probably knows he wont achieve this but he might actually start a bidding process if the 5 reported bidders war serious.

    I personally think he will sell for between 280 and 300 million representing repayment of his initial few plus the loans and a small profit.

    The interesting points are if he can do a deal regarding the SD sponsorship continuation plus the percentage his company takes from NUFC product sales.

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  • Sav

    Oct 23, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    MM is a great kid but tbh Mo Diame made more of a difference to our performance than Merino (goal apart, obv.). It was when Diame came on that we really started to put palace under pressure. Still, don’t let that get in the way of a good story.

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 23, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Jfa and Sitc
    You could be onto something.
    We need to start planting Agent Provocateurs into the quiet sections of the crowd rather like an Undercover Boss turning up to sit in a seat next to the silent ones.
    They would be known only as “Secret Singers” and schooled by Gareth Malone to ensure pitch perfect renditions of “The Blaydon Races” “We are the Geordies” and “Cushy Staveley” “( She’s a grand lass and a Bonny lass and we’d like her here, they call her Amanda Staveley and she’ll buy the beer ” )
    Anyone claiming a sore throat would have to gargle with Broon Ale and and recite “Rafa Rafael” one hundred times to get their voice back into shape.

    And of course there’s the prospect of Standing Areas being reintroduced into grounds which will help.

    Couldn’t help notice that they played ” Don’t back down” by Tom Petty after the final whistle – should make that a regular anthem, maybe at the start of the second half

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