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Big Test Of Newcastle Character Next Monday At Bolton


Newcastle didn’t look solid last night in defense, and that may be an understatement.

An unhappy Alan Pardew after the game last night

West Brom don’t usually do very well and don’t usually win on Tyneside, and in fact last night was the first win for them at Newcastle since way back in 1977, when I was only just past being middle-aged. :D.

And a frustrated Alan Pardew talked to the local press today:

“We are disappointed – we cannot hide that.” “It was a game we wanted to win and get ourselves 30 points before our Christmas dinner, but it did not happen.”

“Their front two unsettled us a little bit, and made us edgy.” “We lost a bit of discipline in our shape, which was unusual for us.”

“We still did some marvellous stuff and came back twice.” “Haris had a fantastic debut as a 19-year-old. There were positives, but in all honesty we should have done better.”

“We are not sure about Davide. He had just come into the team and settled in. It is disappointing.”

Davide Santon has suffered a knee injury,  and we have to think it’s the one he’s had trouble with before.

Davide had fluid on the knee a few months ago, and it’s an injury that troubled him while he was at Inter-Milan.

The good news is that the Italian  was seen leaving St. James’ Park without a limp last night, and he looked fairly comfortable according to local reports, so we have to hope he was brought off as a precaution, and not too much damage was done.

Davide will be looked at this morning by the Newcastle medical team, and we have to hope he can start at Bolton, because this lad looks a good player at left-back for Newcastle.

It will be another test of Newcastle’s character on Monday afternoon, and of course the first goal will be all important, as it was last night.

But Newcastle must use their team spirit and keep fighting whatever happens on Monday, because the next thing on the agenda for Newcastle this season is to turn  this bad slump around.

That’s the next challenge for this team, and there are always ups and downs in life and in football.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in this case it’s how our lads rise to the challenge that’s right in front of them.

Howay The Lads!!


192 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #121

    Seem to remember a small few on here calling for Shane Long to be signed in the summer, when most said he was no where near good enough???

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #122

    Robson 79

    What a daft comment. I don’t personally boo, but people pay a lot of money to see these guys who earn more in a week than some of them do in a year. I think they are real fans but are just frustrated at a manager who is devoid of ideas and won’t change the record and try something different to what we know doesn’t work already.

    The youngsters have never let us down when they’ve had a chance. Lets drop a few tired players and give the Vuksics and Abeid’s etc a go

    Krul

    Santon Colo Kadar Fergie

    Tiote Cabaye

    Abeid Ben Arfa Vuksic

    Ba

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #123

    JackButler, aye remember them saying that Long having so many goals in championship proved nothing and us comparing him to Carroll in championship.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #124

    @GG

    I’ve always like him, he works his arse off every game and knows how to score a goal would have been a great addition to our squad

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  • super magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #125

    Definitely, if we had signed shane long this couldve been even better than it was now, also larsson much better rw than obertan and plus if we hadv signed him the mackems would be doin even worse, but these are ‘what ifs’.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #126

    super magpie, I know it’s if my aunty had balls she’d be my uncle. What narks me is the abuse you get for putting a name forward during a transfer window.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #127

    Whether it’s Colo or Perch at fault we have been completely exposed in the air over the last few games without Saylor. That was where he was dominant. Saylor to clear balls in the air from crosses, corners, set pieces and Colo to tidy up and make a good outlet pass. Perch cannot take the place of Saylor plain and simple. Get a true big centre back in there now Pardew, whether it is Kadar or Williamson, otherwise we will continue to be destroyed on set pieces, corners and crosses.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #128

    I wonder how long into the window it will take for someone to come up with a Benzema or a Gomez, it always happens, it give us a laugh if nothing else I suppose 😉

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #129

    @GeordieTwo

    Agree with you there mate, Perch seems to do well when the ball is on the ground, but from corners, set plays and crosses he seems to get lost. To be fair to him last night Colo was well below par

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  • super magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #130

    @GG dont seen to recall any abuse as iv only just made an account today…

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #131

    Long looked good against our horrible defense GG but I agree he is miles better than Best in my eyes. The idea of Best as a target man to provide knock-downs to Ba just doesn’t seem to be working. Play carpet football with Ben Arfa and Ba and you will see a lot more goals like Ba’s second. Best, like Perch simply isn’t good enough.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #132

    I fear this coming window Jack Butler. Could Ashley be insane and greedy enough to part with 1 or 2 of our best players (Ba, Tiote, and Krul come to mind)? Please no Ashley, spend and get a good centre back and stand pat otherwise if you have to but no sales please!

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #133

    Haha yeah I was in the ‘get Shane Long signed up’ crew and I do remember the abuse we got for it haha

    I saw the kid play for Reading a few times and even when he had a poor game he was a grafter throughtout and when the ball went near him he was like a bleeding terrier. Good pace about him, good strenght for a little lad and heart as big as any I have seen recently but he was classed as way below our standards at the time

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  • bringbackemre

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #134

    some of the criticism is really ridiculos someone said jonas has no skill look at the few goals hes scored some are messi esque … i watched the game today and i cant remeber him giving thre ball away once .. the obertan criticim is way over the top however i must admit im not his biggest fan .. he did a lot of ostives against west brom and had a decent game with some decent dribles etc ..
    the perch criticim is also way over the top but he was at fault for the first goal and his ariel abitlity is very weak..
    id like to see a 5 man midfeild for the next game tho with ben arfa

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #135

    WWJBD

    There were only a few of us that wanted him, most said that he’s done nothing, wasn’t good enough, blah blah blah.
    The guy has everything that you need to succeed in this league.

    @GeordieTwo

    Even if we get through Jan without loosing any of our bigger names, we’ll only have to go through it in the summer. Ashley needs to prove that we are not a selling club and that he wants to build the squad for success

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #136

    super magpie, didn’t mean you.

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  • danishmag

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #137

    my team for next game:
    Krul
    Simmo—Willo—Colo—Santon
    Cabaye—Tioté
    Ben Arfa—Vuckic—Sa.Ameobi
    Monster Ba

    If we want to stay up there, it is now we have to get three points.. It´s not one point.. or the next game.. IT´S THIS BOLTON GAME! Back on trakc lads..

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #138

    It’s a blip just a blip… ! Fingers, toes, arms, legs and eyes crossed.

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #139

    JB
    Haha aye mate I remember we were talking on here when he was playing in the promotion play offs, both of us admiring him and people slating us without even seeing him play haha good times eh.

    Fair play to him now though living the dream with West Brom and what a little player he is so far hope he keeps it up

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #140

    What gets me is that we would not pay for Long and yet we are prepared to pay 7mil for Maiga who has gone on strike twice. Pure madness

    This is my starting line up, would love to see them 😉

    http://www.footballfancast.com/2011/05/football-blogs/the-premier-league-wag-xi-of-the-season/attachment/la-conduttrice-alessia-marcuzzi-101508-233×300

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #141

    danishmag
    If thats the team we play I will eat my laptop

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #142

    Has anyone been keeping tabs on Nicky Maynard, there were loads on here in the summer hoping we’d sign him?

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #143

    JB
    He doesnt play for a PL club so he isnt good enough damnit! Haha nar I dont know but I know he is up for sale at 9mill I think I read…rules us out easily

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  • danishmag

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #144

    wwjbd…
    yeah well…
    it´s my team for Bolton.. But then again.. Pardew knows the players better than we do, though we do see what happens in the games.. And the wingers do need a rest.. And the alternatives, Ben Arfa and Sa. Ameobi could do the job out there!
    Vuckic i am certain of to start.. Willo might not, but Colo needs a CB next to him!

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  • super magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #145

    I take it theirs another super magpie then?

    @JB Maynards decent in the championship, i wouldnt have him, a couple of years he couldnt stop scoring but now he hasnt been scoring as much, how old he is as well, 25?

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #146

    The one thing that I’d love to see again is two natural wingers. I know that Jonas works his arse off every time he puts on the shirt and that Obertan…………………………..?
    But I miss seeing a Robert, Ginola, Solano and Gilespie type of player. Some one with pace, skill and the ability to provide a quality cross

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #147

    @super magpie

    Yeah mate he’s 25, not seen a lot of him myself but there were quite a few on here in the summer who would have loved to have seen him come, for me I wanted to see us sign Lewis McGugan from Forrest

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #148

    danishmag
    Haha fair one
    U reckon Vuckic will start? I highly doubt it, he was good but Cabaye is far better imo centre point of our team atm so he isnt getting his spot and HBA is surely ahead of him in the ST sense so not getting in there imo

    He will be on the bench no doubt….probably next to HBA

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  • super magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #149

    Mcgugans canny, knows how to strike a ball as well, personally players id like to see brought in are-

    Cb’s -vertoghnen and/or samba
    Lb -Aly Cissokho
    St -moussa sow or girourd

    Think sow would link up well with cabaye as they played with eachother at lille

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #150

    Wwjbd – that was what really got to me in the summer these fans who think that if a player is from the lower leagues or dosent cost close to 10mill that means there rubbish lol it jus really show a lack of knowledge

    I think vukic could play jus off ba with benny out wide

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  • colwell

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #151

    @JackButler

    Nicky Maynard has been transfer listed, I’d take him all day long.

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  • Sholameobi

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #152

    Hopefully we don’t

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #153

    davy
    Haha I dont mind aslong as they have watched him play and dont think he is good enough but just assuming it is laughable imo

    Shola was prefered to HBA playing out wide when Obertan went off last night…I think its safe to say Benny boy wont be playing on the wing

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  • JackButler

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #154

    Chelsea 1-1, Sturridge again

    For me I get far more enjoyment seeing a relatively cheap player come to us and then perform in a way that amazes us, Tiote for example. Players, GOOD players don’t have to cost the earth neither do they have to come from some European power house of a club

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  • Sholameobi

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #155

    Hopefully we don’t try and play long balls like yesterday against Bolton there’s no way best will win many against Cahill and knight. HBA should be given his chance against a poorer team to boost confidence an match fitness

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  • Offkey

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #156

    Some stats of last nights game. HBA looks like he should easily take Best’s place going off these.

    http://www.eplindex.com/newcastle-2-wba-3-stats-match-analysis/

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  • Offkey

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #157

    Those stats also show that Perch played pretty well and Colo abysmally. Obertan dont look good on them either.

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  • Beattie25

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #158

    Has anybody read this on Sky Sports News?

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/7392107/Pardew-wants-a-defender

    Looks like Pardew is softening us for the blow of not being able to get a defender and giving it the ‘we tried…’

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #159

    super magpie @149 any of those players would cost a fortune. Many of us have been hoping for Samba for a long time now but will the owner fork out the cash? Probably only if he will take an average wage and it may mean we will sell someone to balance the books. Hate to think this way but it seems to be the only way for Ashley.

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  • lucasnufc

    Dec 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #160

    would really like Chelsea midfielders to stop getting injured..

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