Newcastle Midfielder – It’s A Very Good Feeling – Amazing And Unbelievable

Mo Diame worked really well with Jonjo Shelvey and made Newcastle look a very good team as they won the midfield battle yesterday with Manchester United.

Jonjo had a particularly good game and he’s such a great player when he’s in form and controls himself on the pitch – like he did yesterday.

If Rafa does sell Jonjo this summer – this game will have raised his value in the transfer market because against Man United yesterday he was dominant in midfield.

A really fantastic performance from the former Liverpool player.

But he has to keep it up.

Mo Diame in possession against Paul Pogba yesterday – £4.5M vs £90M

Mo played in defensive midfield and has looked an excellent player for us in over two months now.

There’s just no comparison with the way he is playing now and how he has looked before this.

Mo was really buzzing after the game yesterday as he said this – as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“It’s a very good feeling – unbelievable,”

“It’s the kind of game that when you win it, with this atmosphere, the fans, the pressure we had before the game with the Huddersfield result.”

“It’s just amazing.”

“We’ve done brilliantly today. “The team worked so hard. We were in front of the goal, stopping every single ball.”

“It was a big battle, but we’re so pleased with this result.”

Other players who were outstanding for us yesterday were Dubravka, Lejeune, Lascelles, and of course Shelvey and Diame.

But it’s unfair to pick those players out in what was a demonstration of brilliant team play from Newcastle yesterday.

It had everything – guts, glory, passion, and skill.

What a game – what a team.

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64 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1
  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    No going through, by, over, under, around in a wide circle, or teleportation via an unknown dimension to get past Diame yesterday, he should be tied with four others for MoM . Some of his touches were unreal for a player who a few weeks ago was little more than a thing to fill a space. 🙂 That’s a bit harsh haha but if we’d just bought him we’d be absolutely raving about him. More.

  • G

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki, to be fair to that comment at post 2. It’s not long ago that I expected to see both Shelvey and Diame going through the exit door sooner rather than later. I do like it when our players make me eat my words though.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4
  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    With Mo and Jon Jo teaming up so well in midfield, surely now is the time to try Merino in the No10 position?
    With Slimani likely to be fit for the trip to Bournemouth, I’d love to see Merino played just behind him. He has all the skills required to play there and give some much needed competition for Perez.

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    This team could have the makings of something great. We are scoring goals in all positions, just a few tweaks here and there and we could mature well. ‘m not getting ahead of myself and there’s still work to be done but well done. Rafa is a wizard.

  • G

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Anybody else developing something of a man-crush on our new keeper by the way?

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Bobbybee – good call re Merino, I think he could be superb at number 10, he’s fit again, they have 2 weeks to train with him in that position and JonJo and Big Mo are undoubtedly forming a good relationship at CM. I don’t see a down side, TBH and he plays there for Spain U21.

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Got to say how impressed I was with Jose after the game. Being there I didn’t get to hear his comments until I replayed the game when I got home, but he took it like a man.
    Animals? Who’d have thought you could use that word as a compliment, but he was right. That fight is what will keep us alive.
    Don’t know how anybody can seriously knock Rafa when he can get a team of Championship players to outplay a billionaire club like that.
    Can’t remember when we had a team so happy and proud to wear the black and white stripes and give it everything week in week out, despite the gap in talent.
    For those who watched on TV, the atmosphere was loads better than it sounded, trust me! Good to hear SJP come alive again. Need to keep this up now until we’re safe.
    I reckon Slimani will be the final piece to the jigsaw because despite all the effort from both Gayle and Joselu, neither are good enough Tbf.
    Just keeping us up without spending should win Rafa Manager Of The Season imo.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Jose had an ulterior motive for praising our lads – by doing that, he didn’t have to admit how poor his expensively assembled squad was for the entire match. For Pogba and Mata to be overrun like that, for Lukaku to barely get a touch and for Smalling to resort to that kind of diving is just embarrassing for the guy – his key players didn’t turn up and we took full advantage. Far better to focus on our positives and deflect attention from his own negatives.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Quite on the blog this morning no talk of boycotts!!!

    Oh we must have won!!!!!!!

    Still buzzing from yesterday – brilliant, brilliant – that’s why I go to the games take the pain but when it goes right and the place is buzzing – nowhere better to be.

    Just got back from match
    Bloody hell what a day what a display from all eleven on the pitch and the lads who came on.
    Great atmosphere, which grew as the game went on to until the last five minutes when we were hanging on but fully deserved it in the end.
    At last we have found a keeper that looks comfortable on the ball and commands the box great with pass out and when he kicks a lot more distance and straight.
    Man of the match hard to pick someone out but I am going to give it Dubravka who for his debut was outstanding.

    Nice touch from Rafa at end coming on the pitch and putting arm around Shelvey

    Ref and linesmen were poor – missed penalty and gave some strange decisions.

    Got to build on that performance and if so we will be safe – no problems – hopefully two week break to get Slamani fit

    Dubravka 10 – didn’t put a foot wrong outstanding saves first half kept us in the game and was the launch pad for our win. At long last a keeper he used his mouth to shout and organise defenders
    Dummett 9.5 – absolute brilliant – block after block don’t know how many he blocked and tackled if his life dependent on it
    Lejuene 9 – Excellent game back in a black and white shirt was always available for the pass out from ‘Dub Star’ great tackle block to deny Sanchez and great header back across goal to set up the goal. Passed the ball well going forward.
    Lascalles 9 – Another captain’s performance at the back looked a lot more comfortable with Lejuene alongside
    Yedlin 8 – did well but at times gave Young to much space to attack into. Excellent going forward
    Diame 9 – Keeps getting better set the tone for the rest of the team in the first ten minutes with some excellent tackles and interceptions.
    Shelvey 9.5 – That’s more like it disciplined performance got better as the game went on and stepped up last 15 minutes when Kenedy tired and took control of our midfield
    Kenedy 9.5 – Another who was outstanding carried the ball out of defence made some great runs linked up well with Diame and Perez – drove us forward with Diame but ran out on his legs last 15 minutes
    Ritchie 8.5 – Best game in ages great goal. Ran tirelessly all game still lacking confidence tho and turns inside looking for players slowing the game up – but hopefully his goal will bring back his confidence.
    Perez 8 – Another who put in a shift but sometimes infuriating as he has his head down and does not see players making movements around him.
    Gayle 8 – Another who had a good game – should have had a penalty and great lay-off for the goal.
    Joselu – did well to hold the ball up the pitch some nice touches.
    Atsu – as above and drew fouls from Man Utd
    Hayden – not on long enough

  • posada

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Just a point about Mo Jo.
    In modern football he is a big man to be playing in midfield.
    15 yrs ago perhaps not. Arsenal had Petit and Veira in there. At 6’2 or 3 they could get to the ball in a stride and a half, like a centre half, as opposed to two.

    Game has changed since then. Keep ball is the way. Better pitches, lighter ball, carpet slipper boots. Its the era of the smaller midfielder, although there are still exceptions.
    To be able to cover the ground and hurl yourself about when you are the size of MoJo means you have to be in great shape.
    When he is he can terrorize some other players. It’s literally a cruiser weight against a welter weight. I’ll bet there are a few who just want to stay out of his way.

    Also, for a taller man of his stature it places a lot of stress and strain on the body. You need plenty of recovery time.
    We have I think a full week between games from now until the end of the season. That will help him.

  • posada

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    At the final whistle folks were jumping about, cuddling each other and shaking hands.
    When did we last have a moment like that.
    A young lad sits along from me he’s about 14. I don’t think he will have seen anything like it.
    Winning the Championship with the last kick of the season was good, but not like yesterday.

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Charlie, everyone around me are ST holders too. They won’t boycott either. The only people who talk boycotts don’t go because they don’t get it. It’s like asking an alcoholic to stop drinking. They know it’s not good for their health, but they won’t stop. 🙂
    Days like yesterday make up for the hurt and disappointments – more than make up for them. You can’t really enjoy the highs without experiencing the lows imo. It’s the roller-coaster ride that makes it so worthwhile.
    Let’s be honest, 50k turned up yesterday secretly expecting a battering. The gallows humour around us before kick off was excellent. And then that happens! Give that up? Ha ha ha ha! Never!!! 🙂

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #15
  • beefman13

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Any potential buyer of our great club should take note of the atmosphere created yesterday which is second to none, we are giants, come on someone get this club bought and let big Mike get on with his other interests, its time to go bonny lad.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    I actually put us down for a win on Saturday on ED’s blog prediction – and for some funny feeling, – don’t know why – I was not nervous before or during the game until the last 5 minutes when we started to defend too deep and give away silly free kick.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    I think its great news that Diame has retired from international football as well so it means he will be well rested he is what we have needed a warrior in the middle!

    Shelvey and him have been playing well in recent games could be that they are now getting run together than being rotated?

    Would like to see Merino get in there at some point to play with them both in midfield 3 as I reckon they would be able to control a lot of games Bobby mentioned him as a no 10 and it might eventually happen once Slimani is fit

    Just a bit gutted we have a break now as we will be flying into the next game

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Charlie, I ALWAYS put us down for a win 🙂 The only time my accy comes up is if we win as well!
    My point is, on form, looking at the quality of the two teams etc, we should never have won – but we did. Won well at that. Deserved it. Days like yesterday make up for days like Everton.
    Everton were the worst team I’ve seen at SJP this season by a country mile – awful. Yet they beat us. It’s the ups and downs that draw us back game after game. I’m still buzzing from yesterday. I can’t give that up and nobody has the right to ask me to. Might as well save their breath. 🙂 HOWAY THE LADS!!!!

  • G

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Bobby @ 19. You are right about nobody having the right to ask you that. Besides, most people know that behaviour like that will never hurt a man with Ashley’s power. If the fans stopped coming, he would just lay of ground staff, save on Policing and cut the overhead by closing part of the stadium. Little man loses again, and the Billionaire is still nonchalant about it. Protest in numbers loudly at the games, whilst cheering the team is a far more affective move than creating toxic atmospheres.

  • G

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    effective even.

  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Well it’s the next day and I’m still thinking WOW!! That was brilliant work rate from our team. Every player wants to play for Newcastle.
    Those 3 points could be our savior come the end of the season.

  • Jib

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Great win – blog buzzing
    Eeeh where’s
    Catchy , Jesper , Ruddy , and all the boycotters?
    and they wonder why I call them plastic Geordies ?
    It has to be said no Welshie either
    although his Rugby team did get chinned at Twickers.

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #24

    I thought West Ham were the poorest team that played at SJP this season they were shocking

  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Dubravka a massive plus! Did a few things Shearer missed on MOTD…His distribution when passing was calm and pinpoint…His blind clearances fell mid way into the oppositions half…really got us up the pitch! He also spent the whole game screaming at the back 4, positioning them, telling them to get higher up the pitch! All things we lacked in Darlow and Elliott!

  • Oldgit1

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Just like to mention Leguone if that’s how you spell his name. Thought he was immenced, best game from him and showed why Rafa wanted him. His tackles, distribution, and last second blocks was a joy to watch. Oh and not to mentioned his hand in the goal.
    He could become a very important player for us.
    You could see that him and all of the other players wants to play for our Rafa, the respect he has from his players on this performance alone he will surely keep us up.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #27

    @Aces-of-Eights- Agree with that! West Ham were shocking! Stoke in the first half at st james could have been 4 or 5 down also! Got a feeling West Brom might end up being the worst side we see at home… Pardew alone will generate an atmosphere which might go in our favour!
    Seen a few non nufc games too and Swansea by far are the worst team ive watched! Seem to be putting together a few results too to be fair to them but ever such a lucky side

  • posada

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Just opened my post. There’s a letter from the club.
    To keep my season ticket going all I have to do is keep paying the direct debit, the first payment being on 1st March 2018.
    So, that’s why they won yesterday.

    Clever, very clever. That Rafa, he’s good. He’s very good. Really, really really good.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #29


    It’s Lejeune, mate. Florian Young!

  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #30

    @Oldgit – Lejeune was really highly regarded in Spain, its no surprise hes starting to find his feet.. think our defensive record when hes partnered Lascelles is excellent! Im not a huge fan of Clark…he can look good because hes decent at last ditch blocks and tackles but his positioning at top level is horrendous as is his awareness and tracking runs…
    Dummetts made a difference since he came back too… not had a bad game

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #31
  • c-dog

    Feb 12, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Big Mo – Toon Legend!

  • outside the box

    Feb 12, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #33

    it was obvious that smalling was attempting to get jonno booked and nullify his influence on game …surprised this wasn,t made an issue a different ref could have booked jonno and the red mist would have changed game …..a must win game for toon must attempt to keep momentum going

  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 12, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #34

    I don’t think united where poor yesterday at all. They had their chances but we were defending inside our own box like lionesses.

    Dummett definitely makes us better defensively. He’s been tucking in to help out Clark a lot. Still think he’d make a better cb than left back.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #35

    @LGFUAD – Dummett just looks made for the left hand side of a back 3.. Got a feeling we might see that system sooner than later as Kenedy adds the left wing back elemet, Slimani adds the physical striker element and Dubravka adds the sweeper keeper element that lets the defence push 5-10 yards higher!

  • martoon

    Feb 12, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #37

    With a 2 week break because of the FA cup next weekend I wonder if Rafa will the give the lads a couple of days off or if they are going away for warm weather training? Also I notice that a lot of the teams around us in the relegation fight are still in the FA Cup – I’m trying to work out if that’s a good or bad thing?

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 12, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #38

    LGFUAD #21
    All we did was continue from where we left off at C PAL, the only difference being, we were branded a team of no-hopers compared to C Pal for hanging on by some people on this blog, instead of saying it as it was, a great gritty defensive performance that fired the lads up for the ManU game,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #39

    If the lads do get away for a bit of warm weather training I wonder if Lascelles will break his back while putting on his underpants and therefore allowing him spend the rest of the season watching his local football team back in Nottingham. I somehow doubt it 😮

  • jayphoto

    Feb 12, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #40

    @martoon – rafa said a few days back I think that there would be no warm weather training or breaks as they all needed no distractions and to stay focused


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