These Were Newcastle’s Best Two Players Yesterday – Two Monumental Performances

It was a game and result that Newcastle fans dream about – beating a top football club at home at St. James’ Park in front of a sold-out 52,300 fans.

And we also got our credit for winning the game and out-fighting the more famous Manchester United players.

Rafa worked all week with our players putting together a game plan to win the game and combat the many expensive stars who play in red.

And it all worked beautifully and first of all, we have to say every single one of our players played their hearts out yesterday and did their job.

We were proud of every single one of them – let’s be clear about that.

Martin Dubravka – fantastic debut for Newcastle – well done

Martin Dubravka made his debut in goal for Newcastle in that white-hot atmosphere and showed he is not only a top-class goalkeeper but cool and decisiveness under pressure.

He was magnificent all game long and if this lad plays like this for the rest of the season – that alone can save us from relegation.

Martin is top of our poll with 45% of the vote.

He will also be motivated to play well because he wants a permanent transfer to play for Newcastle United in the Premier League.

And he is closely followed in the voting by Jonjo Shelvey with 42% and Jonjo showed what a great player he can be when he’s in the mood.

And he controlled himself superbly during the game and he was here, there and everywhere during those final 15 minutes of the game; that’s when it was all hands to the pump for our players.

Jonjo Shelvey holds off Alexis Sanchez 

This is one of the best ever games Jonjo has played for Newcastle in the two years he’s been at the club and we hope he can keep that passion and top form up for the next 11 games.

Mikel Merino will soon be 100% fit again and the Spanish U21 International will be challenging for Jonjo’s position in central midfield.

All our players deserved kudos after their performance yesterday and Dubravka and Shelvey were our best two players in the poll.

They were both simply magnificent.

And Shelvey is worth only £12M?

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177 comments so far

  • Oldgit1

    Feb 12, 2018 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #81

    Ha ha, just read big Sam saying that it’s too cold for the £27m Tosun to play after only playing for 13 minutes since him arriving. just as well he didn’t come to NUFC it would have frozen his bollocks off.
    Just shows that buying players from hot countries like Turkey is a shock to their system on their arrival to this country, maybe that’s the reason a lot of them have a preference to go to London clubs.
    Pleased we were not in for him or were we, dodged a bullit if we were.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #82

    Sturridge off after 3 minutes.

  • GPPaweyyekna

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #83

    Talksport? Talkport? It shou;ld be called TalkArsenal Arsenal Arsenal sometimes Chelsea Arsenalsport. I think Mourinho has a soft spot for NUFC. Even if the current owner has totally ruined our brand, our love for Rafa has spread and made a few PL managers a bit jealous. I think he fancies a shot at winning something for us. If Rafa does not first.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #84

    Lejuene was my player of the season pick for Martoons predictions – sadly dickface Kane went through the back of the first game. Yesterday he looked class at the back and a great foil for Dubravka as he is comfortable on the ball for his pass outs unlike Clark
    Yeah it was some leap reminded of one of my heroes Wyn Davies.
    Also did you see the height Dubstar leaped to claim a cross first half great to see a keeper that goes for crosses

  • Tinman

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #85

    Studger injured after 5mins. Who would have thought?

  • Jib

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #86

    Jay Rodrigues needs shagging with a yard broom for that

  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #87

    Hamstring for sturridge, he could be out for awhile.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #88

    9 lol nice analogy although I reserve my right to wild speculation when it comes to my club

  • ctommo

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #89

    Oh Daniel Sturridge. This will hopefully prove that the god’s were for once shining on us when he turned us down. Hopefully Slimani can have a debut to match Dubrovkas Next Week. Great performance yesterday. Such a huge difference when jonjo is up for it.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #90

    toon kk

    Bullet dodged!

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #91

    One of the saddest most predictable things this season is Sturbridge picking up an injury. Could have been us trying to put him back together. Pleased it’s not

  • Jib

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #92

    Sturridge turns down the Toon and Rafa
    for WBA and Alan Pardew
    pulls a hammy after 3 minutes
    the word

  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #93

    Chelsea 1 up

  • lochinvar

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #94

    All we need now is Slimani to show that he can leap like Wyn Davies and crash home some headers .

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #95

    Do you nah what our transfer window might just work out by provaritaking over transfers we have dodged a couple of bullets in Sturridge and the Danish lad in getting in Slamani if he hits the ground running plus Kenedy and Dubravka

  • Basogeordie

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #96

    Lads, I see you talking about wor flags. Lee Marshall has offered clarity and they are not banned.

    There was a security issue last display whereby some of the volunteers entered onto the pitch when setting up the display which is a big no no. They were organising security passes for the responsible volunteers and were allowed to display for the yesterday game, however it was only confirmed on Saturday via email that they could set the display on Saturday. I believe the group could not work under such short notice so did not take up the offer.

    My understanding is that Lee Marshall has been instrumental in pushing the group’s to the knobs in charge and is Pi ssed with the lads entering the pitch saying they let the group down. I do believe his explanation and we all should be seeing future displays.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #97

    Sturridge man! Haha karma !

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #98

    As the Chelsea/WB started i was thinking, blo0dy marvelous Sturridge getting a game whilst we have our new striker coming in injured, lo and behold 3 minutes later he’s limping off.

    I think Jose might be correct in that the football gods are starting to smile on us. 🙂

    Giroud might also be off soon, he’s getting a right battering from the WB defense, real trier though.

  • Jib

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #99

    Last season Everton qualified for Europe with
    61 points

    Guess what ?

    If we win our remaining 11 games

    We get 61 points !!!!!!!

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #100
  • chicousa

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #101

    Like the optimism Jib. World class! 😉

  • JDdubai

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #102

    Pard’s west brom looking a real fret today, could arguably be ahead. Would just be sods law they turn over chelski after our result.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #103

    Chelsea 2-0. West Brom have missed a few, should have signed a striker. Oh, wait….

  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #104

    Getting a thumping now 3-0 good last goal off Hazard.

  • consettmags

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #105

    West Bromwich need a miracle so pleased pardew is coaching them down

  • Jib

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #106

    Could you imagine Pardew and Sturridge
    celebrating a goal together !!

    is who taught Sturridge how to bust a move

  • chicousa

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #107

    Love the Sturridge heat map! I’m still laughing!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #108

    Looks like Pardew’s gonna have another relegation on his cv! How does he get these jobs?

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2018 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #109

    Pardew thinks he’s “blessed”!

    He’s actually “cursed”


  • chicousa

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #110

    Actually Pardew is very smart! What other occupation could one work at where you sign a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract, “work” at it for a few months, get bought out / fired and then “dance” all the way to the bank!

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #111

    WBA = 7 points from safety with 11 games remaining. They’re not recovering from that

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #112

    “West Brom’s next six fixtures: Huddersfield, Watford, Leicester, Bournemouth, Burnley, Swansea

    “They have won one of the past 25 in the league but probably need to win four of the next half dozen to stand a chance of staying up.”

  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #113

    It’s nice that Alan finally gets to take a long time pl side down to the haberdashery floor at last, after failing to stay around long enough to do it to us. So pleased for him. Couldn’t happen to a etc etc..

  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #114

    You could tell he wanted it so bad like, he even took a side wearing dark and white stripes & with a bird nickname down the toilet just to replicate the experience he tried to have with us.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #115

    So definitely West brom rooted, I think Stoke are about done seeing as they’ve got some tough games and no indication of form. It’s any one from us, Southampton, Huddersfield, palace and the mighty Swans. Hmmmm

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #116

    Antonio Conte is a bundle of joy isn’t he? Heading back to the boredom of Italian football fo sure in the summer!

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #117

    We are out of it mate! The only way is up!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #118

    Mind West ham haven’t got the easiest ride i wouldn’t discount their chances of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #119

    If we turn over Bournemouth I think the bookies will start putting long odds on us . I just hope we don’t get one of those deflating days where we just don’t turn up.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 12, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #120

    You didn’t mention Brighton and they are below us! Bournemouth still in it!


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