Newcastle Midfielder – We’re In A Good Way – Now Have To Build On West Ham Win


Newcastle got an excellent and well-deserved win on Saturday at the London Stadium against West Ham, and we again looked well organized and “compact.”

We won the game 3-2 with a terrific goal from a free kick by Henri Saivet and two fast breakaway goals by Mo Diame and Christian Atsu.

That was the first time we have won since October 21st, and it was good to get 3 points in one game.

We had gained just one point in the previous 9 games so what we need now are a few good wins – on the trot if possible.

Mo Diame – played well at West Ham

We play Manchester City on Wednesday night at home, and they know all about winning having won their last 17 games and dropped only 2 points in the league this season – a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

Logic says they should (easily) get 3 points at St. James’ Park but you never know, and football can be a funny game.

Mo Diame had a good game in central midfield against his former club on Saturday, and this is what he had to say on the Newcastle website:

“It’s important because we need to build from this game now.”

“The performance of the team was good. I thought we got to 3-1 and after maybe should have dealt better with the situation, but the most important thing was to win, and we did that.”

“We now have to prepare for Manchester City because it’s coming very quickly, and again try to get points from these games.”

“It’s what we needed. Everyone knows we have the fans pushing us, but it’s important that the players on the pitch try to push on the team and the players next to them to make sure they give everything.”

“We’ve seen that we have to give everything if we want to win games.”

“We are in a good way – we have to keep working now, and build from this game.”

It could be very tough against one of the best club teams in the world at the moment under manager Pep Guardiola.

But we need to put in a good and strong performance, and the players need to believe we can get something out of this game.

As Rafa says – every single game is important for Newcastle.

After City we play at home to Brighton on Saturday and then away at Stoke on New Year’s day – two games we can win.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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80 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Dec 25, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Where is Ashley this Christmas?
    No doubt throwing cash at some seedy casino in Las Vegas eating cheesy chips, drinking bottles of cheap ale and looking longingly at the fireplace in the corner

    Meanwhile

    Where is Amanda this Christmas ?
    No doubt lounging on some sun kissed beach, sipping Piña Coladas, leaving generous tips for the locals and looking a million dollars.
    Whitley Bay hasn’t seen the like for a long time.

    Class will out

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  • lesh

    Dec 25, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Lochinvar

    Ashley’s got a place in Florida by all accounts and no doubt will’ve been high giving with that other fine example of grace – Trump!

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  • lesh

    Dec 25, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #3

    * high giving = high fiving!

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 25, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #4

    From toontoon

    Previous post

    Frank Pingle is spitting feathers because he’s spent the last 5/6 weeks kissing all their bums. Any news guys any news guys any news guys. Ho ho ho ho ho. He’s now slowly caught on he was being told what he wanted to hear. Boo hoooooo. Get over it.

    Merry Christmas Frank you pillock.

    Thanks ToonToon for your input

    You disgusting scruffy fat pig sitting at home in your scruffy piss stained boxer shorts.

    Enjoy wearside

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #5

    it seems that the Premier league administers the fit and proper persons test not the FA.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fit-and-proper-person_test

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39990956

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 25, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Merry Christmas all. Thrilled with the win. Even Diame had a good match! Brilliant from Atsu. Tremendous effort from all the lads. They worked their socks off. Lots of work still to be done.

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #7

    “The Premier League and English Football League administer the Test for clubs in their leagues. Any queries in relation to the application of the Test to a club in membership of the Premier League or English Football League should be addressed to the respective league. The FA administers the Test to clubs in membership of the National League and the three leagues below.”

    http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/policies/financial-regulation

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 25, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Possibly we need Will Grigg from Wigan? Just joking. Have no idea how good he really is..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 25, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Probably not. Already 26 but definitely has improved over time. Who do we need? And Rafa still doesn’t know how much he will have to spend. Good planning Ashley.

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  • Thump

    Dec 25, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #10

    @GeordieTwo: He plays for Wigan, I think that probably tells you all he needs to know about his skill level, mate!

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #11

    this suggests the fit and proper persons test takes 14 days:

    3. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
    3.1 Submission of Declaration
    3.1.1 No later than 14 days prior to the date on which it is anticipated that a person shall
    become or qualify as an Officer of a Club, that Club must submit to The Association
    a duly completed Declaration in respect of the Applicant Officer signed by the
    Applicant Officer and by an Authorised Signatory.
    3.1.2 The Association shall use its best endeavours to send the Confirmation to the Club
    within 14 days of receipt of a completed Declaration. The Confirmation shall be
    given to the Club in writing, by post or email and copied to the League of which the
    Club is a member.
    3.1.3 The Applicant Officer shall not be permitted to act as an Officer of that Club until
    such time as The Association gives written confirmation to the Club.

    http://www.thefa.com/-/media/files/thefaportal/governance-docs/rules-of-the-association/2017-18-final/030owners-and-directors.ashx

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  • ToonToon

    Dec 25, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Ho ho ho Frank. It’s funny you should mention stains actually. A was probably supporting the toon when you was just a stain on your mams carpet. You keep rimming away pet and work on your insults while you’re at it.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 25, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Cenk Tosun 25 milyon Euro’ya Everton’a transfer oldu
    Ve Cenk Tosun’un yeni tak?m? belli oldu. Be?ikta? y?ld?z golcüsü Cenk Tosun’u 25 milyon Euro (113 Milyon TL) kar??l???nda ?ngiltere Premier Lig ekibi Everton’a gönderdi. Resmi aç?klama k?sa süre içinde yap?lacak.

    Basically Everton have agreed a fee and personal terms for Cenk Tosun to join in January.
    If true not a very good start to the January transfer window

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  • Tenbytoon

    Dec 25, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Jazzy

    We we’re never getting him anyway

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 25, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #15

    jazzy

    only if we were going after him

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 25, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Evening Beermonkey

    Happy Christmas to you and your family.
    Has Santa been good??

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #17

    if Amanda and Mike’s meal on 7th December was to celebrate agreeing a deal and fit and proper persons can be done in 14 days then the take-over could be complete by now.

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  • jazzyp

    Dec 25, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Tenbytoon

    Says who bud. Do ya have inside information??

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 25, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #19

    jazzy

    happy xmas to you and your family
    santa has been and played fast and loose with my plastic

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 25, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #20

    ToonToon

    Comesock says No

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 25, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #21

    If Cenk Tosan ends up at Everton and Barkley and Shaw at Spuds then so be it but it indicates that the silly money for transfers is being sloshed around as clubs try to buy their league positions or status. It also shows how the top six or perhaps those with cash rich owners ( of which we may be one by late January ) operate a virtual cartel which ensures that they hoover up the better spare players not just to bolster their own squads but to disadvantage their rivals from doing the same.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 25, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Jane@17
    The maths looks good but let’s work on the notion that the meal on the 8th was a celebratory nod to the fact that had agreed in principal to the Heads of a Terms for a takeover. I’m no expert but suspect that their legal teams are then told to finalise the paper work which is signed some days later. Allowing 14 days after that and the probability that the Premier League and FA take long Christmas holidays I guess that takes us into mid January and instinct tells me after we have signed or loaned new players on early January then the deal can be made public so as to avoid being ripped off by greedy Agents and clubs who thinK that NUFC are the new Man City on the block.
    The deal may well be done but could be embargoed until a specific date such as 1st February which could be timely for all concerned.

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #23

    after the deal had been agreed in principal at the meal meeting you would think they would have been confident enough to start the 14 day fit and proper persons application rather than wait to do that after the purchase agreement had been drafted i.e. progress both at the same time if they wanted to speed things up.

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #24

    also completing the deal mid-January or early February complicates matters because are the January transfers out of Ashley’s money or the buyers money. this would all have to be agreed and stuck to.

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #25

    my conclusion is the take-over will either be this week or has been delayed till later/end of the season.

    i’m not an ITK though 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #26

    If the more than likely defeat comes on Wednesday night it’s most definitely not the end of the world, looking at the other fixtures I don’t think we can drop in to the bottom three. The Brighton and Stoke games are far more important.

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #27

    jail

    brighton and stoke are both winnable but i would take some delight in beating stoke and hughs getting the sack
    i dont know why i just dislike him

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #28

    i don’t think it is possible to drop into the bottom 3 as Bournemouth are playing West Ham so both can’t win.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #29

    beer,
    I dislike Stoke full stop, just another shite club that’s won more than us over the last 47 years 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #30

    beer,
    I hope they keep Hughes till the end of the season, that would do me very nicely seeing, them WBA and Swansea going down.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Somebody’s going to have to do some bridging if this deal hasn’t been finalised yet. Mike has to ensure the club has pl value. So he needs a deal quick or he will be paying on account.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #32

    I think with the fixture us Brighton and Huddersfield have coming up, I think it’s very do-able to be on top of those two in three games time.

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #33

    don’t worry Tsunki we have some good signings lined up for January Rafa has hinted.

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  • jane

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #34

    i want Palace, West Ham and Southampton to be relegated.

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #35

    jail

    i would take those 3 to go down

    i am suprised they havent gone cap in hand to pulis

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #36

    jane

    southampton??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Everton are now safe and have years of mind numbing football to look forward to so hopefully they’ll think West Brom. I’d normally like a draw between ‘udders and Stoke but I think ‘udders are going to be ok so hopefully they’ll turn Stoke over before our visit. Normally like to see Arsenal and Liverpool slip up but this time would like to see them both whop Swansea and Palace respectively. Although I detest Moyes now would prefer a draw between W ham and Bournemouth.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #38

    beer,
    Maybe they have and he’s seen the task at hand and thought bollix, I’m a multi millionaire I’ll wait for the West Ham job.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 25, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #39

    I know all wins are important when you’re in the mess we’re in but that win the other day was huge considering who we’ve got next then the two games after.

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 25, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #40

    jail

    get this city game out the way we have
    brighton
    stoke
    luton
    swansea
    city again
    burnley

    again city aside there all winnable games so jan coule be a good month

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