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Well At Least Young Haris Vuckic Looked Great Last Night

Newcastle were almost the opposite of the Newcastle side of the first 11 games of the season, as they let in three goals and looked anything but water-tight in defense.

Haris Vuckic in action last night

But at least there were a couple of things very positive things to take out of last night’s 3-2 home defeat against West Brom.

Demba Ba looked a terrific striker once again,  and now he has 13 goals in 18 appearances for Newcastle, after he scored another brace last night, and he took both goals brilliantly.

And 19 year-old Haris Vuckic looked what he is last night, a potential future super-star in central midfield,  as the 6’3″ youngster strode around majestically  in midfield.

And Haris has talked today about last night’s game:

“At 2-2 I grabbed the ball and thought ‘we have to get the win now’. We went for it.”  “In football you never know, they had chances to score too. We just have to stick together and be patient.”

“Now we just have to get a good result at Bolton.”   “When you do that, you get more motivation to grow in the game step by step. I tried to pull off some good passes and shots.”

“The confidence was building in the team. We wanted to prove we could do it.”  “The fans were as good as gold unfortunately we couldn’t score the goal to win the game or take the point.”

“I am happy to get my chance.”  “The things that I did were good, I tried my best and hopefully I proved to the fans that I can do it.”

“We had our chances on the night and we deserved the minimum of a draw.”  “Hopefully we can win next time.”

Vuckic got his game because of the one game suspension of Yohan Cabaye,  and the French International will be back  for Bolton  Wanderers on Monday, and Harris will probably end up on the bench.

And as good as Haris is, Frenchman Mehdi Abeid is on about  at the same level, and it was touch and go who played last night.

But both lads could be pushing for a first team place this season, and  certainly next season.

We don’t need too many central midfielders in the summer, unless we lose Cheick Tiote next month or in the summer,  to one of the big clubs after him.

In fact Haris was the pick of the side last night apart from the mercurial Demba Ba, who looks so hungry to score goals these days, and scored another two great goals last night.

What a buy this player has been – and how much did he cost again?

In our man of the Match voting on the home page, Ba is tops at 61% followed by Vuckic on 28%.

Then comes Ben Arfa at 6%, who again looked a skillful and good player when he came on in the second half, and that was good to see – and James Perch is in fourth place on 2%.

Even though James is simply not a center-back,  and has been criticized a lot recently,  he has to be given credit for the way he’s buckled down, and last night he was fairly solid.

And in fact it was  Coloccini who was for once was not at his best,  as he found the nimble Shane Long too quick for him at times.

But however well Perch played, we think Pardew should bring in Mike Williamson on Monday, who is a tried and true center-back,  and has played there all his footballing life.

Whether we can arrest the surprising decline of Newcastle on Monday afternoon (at least as far as results go),  we don’t know, but Bolton are by no means one of the top teams in the league.

They are second bottom of the league and have won only one of their eight games at home this season, losing the other seven.

We should be able to win that game, shouldn’t we?

Comments welcome.


31 comments so far

  • Mark

    Dec 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Definitly think vuckic shoul play more, perhaps in a 4-3-1-2 formation
    Simmo – Collo – Santon – Raylor
    —Cabaye – Tiote – Gutti—
    —-Best/arfa — Ba —-
    What do you think?

  • aussietoonfan

    Dec 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #2

    yes we should ed…….yes we should

  • G

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t say he looked great (then again, I am a hetrosexual bloke), but it’s the first time I seen him look like a pro footballer in a competitive match. People keep banging on about his performances in friendlies, which was impressive, however, a quick warning in this cattegory – ‘Daniel Cordone’. He looked great in friendlies, but if you put him in a Prem game, he looked like a complete spanner. Well done HV though.

  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Ben Arfa- Vuckic-Jonas

  • alex84

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    simmo colo willo santon

    tiote cabaye


    arfa jonas

    433 Let arfa come in like mata and silva do getting in between the lines

  • colwell

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #6


    Great post mate. Vuckic has played in carling cup games etc but has never looked anything special last night he did look good.

    And Daniel Cordone the guy that had his earings welded, pile of shite lol.

  • G

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Didn’t he look world class in the friendlies though. A mate pointed out that his ‘welded ear-rings’ were like Sampsons hair.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Has anybody noticed that we havent won a game since MA changed the stadium name,circulated a rumour that Tiote was for sale and offered our captain a contract that he’s obviously not happy with.

  • TS -77

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Perch at 4:th place, you guys really has some sence of humour..

    Nice to see Vuckic perfermance yesterday, looks as promising as it said to be.

  • colwell

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10


    Yeah he did was quick aswell thought we had a great player on our hands.

    Bobby Robson got him too have the earings removed too give him more pace lol

  • CaptainGeordie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    He will be gone within two years,saddening times for us fans.I wish Sir John Hall was the chairman.

  • ToonRob91

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    From what I saw last night I don’t think HV was great, he had 2 or 3 world class shots on goal, but as a CM he wasn’t playing up to his role, I never thought we would have a CM problem this season but it looks like we did last night, Tiote looked like he didn’t want to be there, I think we were playing much better with Guthrie and Cabaye, once DG is fit again I think he will be better in the squad, especially seeing as though Tiote might have upped sticks by then

  • planb

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    The scenes set for Andy carroll the balls will be put out to Bellamy on the left downing on the right and all carroll has to fend off is Perch the the Mr Bean of centre halves and the goals will flow again for him Daglish must think its xmas!

  • magicmac

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I dont want to be rude or bad mouth any of our players, but i really can not understand alan pardew playing james perch, i know he is an nice lad, and a good professional, but he is simply not good enough to be in the team, in fact i honestly dont think he would get his place in any other premier league team, at best he is only a championship player, so the way i look at things is, we are only playing with 10 men, when we play james perch, i know this might seem very harsh, but its my honest opinion about the lad, we are being found out now because of the weakness of our squad, we simply dont have the strength in depth, and i really fear if demba ba gets injured, as without his goals, we would be very near the bottom of the league, as he seems to be the only player who can score goals for us, the way things are going at the moment, we might be lucky to finish in the top 10. howay the lads.

  • Slank

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Geordie-Jake & Alex84

    I agree that we should play a combination of these players our next game.

    Simpson – Willio – Colo – Santon (if injured then Raylor)
    Cabaye – Tiote
    Ben Arfa – Vuckic – Jonas

    We need Willo for height. Santon should start but if still injured then Raylor. Cabaye and Tiote to anchor the middle and cover the defence. Ben Arfa, Vuckic and Jonas to support the midfield when required but also to quickly support Ba in attack. I don’t think Ba needs Best as a strike partner. Ba looks good enough alone to keep their defenders on their toes.

    I have a feeling that we are probably better away than at home.

  • phillyg

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Vukic was very productive going forward but did not have the work rate of Cabaye (abeid had more positional discipline and work rate when he play Not Forrest). I would have played abied instead but easy for me to say after the match. HBA showed once again that he can unlock a defence with a single pass maybe could have been the trick against the Swans. My team against Bolton will be
    Obertan Guiti
    HBA – Cabaye

    Bolton do not have pacey forwards so again no need to panic for a shocking slow looking defence. Willo needs to get the nod over perch as perch will get battered by Bolton’s physical forwards. Ober and guit should maintain on wings with Cabaye and HBA roaming from the CAM role to devastate the slow defence of Bolton. With Cabaye and HBA passing Ba could easily get a hat-trick against any defence. Tiote looks like he did at start of season, so playing time and he will be his usuall brick wall.

    Subs would be Sameobi on for obertan or guiti who ever isnt at the races. Vukic or Abied for HBA or Tiote if they aint with the pace. Best or Ameobi on standby in case Ba needs support.

  • hotdog

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #17

    #3 Agree mate good fitst game but not great as some are suggesting in my view. I took my lad along into level 7 and you really get a good perspective even though you are fooked by the time you get up there – some points id like to share
    Demba Ba is looking better and better his workrate was great, was really impressed with him

    Leon Best the exact opposite of the Demba how he can put a shift like that on his a disgrace, should not pick up his wages.

    My prediction to my lad that they had some good players ie Long. Brunt, Shorey proved correct they have a decent first 11 and if Obertan showed the heart of long he might become a player but i cant see it, no drive.

    Perch has been slated on here but he had a decent game last night.

    Finally 50,000 geordies on a wed night against west brom great support lads and lasses 🙂

  • CaptainGeordie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Thats be honest it was Haris Vuckic first Premier League apperance in his career of he wouldn’t of been up to speed with the game,the season is at the firing point.Good peformance from him last night.

  • west-ldn magpie

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #19

    We will lose against bolton,it’s not easy to say that but we are playing so bad defensibly.I’m worried big time.

  • TimToon9

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #20

    He’s made of glass though.. But a great footballer!

  • ash1001

    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry but have to disagree with the headline, yes he had a number of shots on goal, and deserved to score with at least one of them, but, he left the defence exposed far to often. Tiote was overworked, and with Perch etc behind him, he should have played a little further back, but there again it could be that it was were AP told him to play. Its just an opinion.

  • JoshNufc91

    Dec 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Everyone loves to blame Perch straight away, anyone who’s unbiased would have realised that we has played very well since Taylor got injured (bar norwich), last night he won everything in the air and had the pace to nullify long and odemwingie, the problem was colocinni who is half fit and very slow, he got done for pace and positional awareness on numerous occasions. MOM was Ba by a mile. Leon Best wouldn’t even get into Gatesheads team

  • Robson1979

    Dec 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #23

    For the few fans that booed at the end of the game last night ‘ DONT BOTHER COMING BACK TO SJP ‘ you are not true fans.

    My team selection for our away trip to Bolton would be

    Simmo Perch Colo RTaylor

    HBA Tiote Cabaye Santon



    I would rest Jonas as he looks knackard and drop Obertan as he needs a wake up call. Santon can play on the wing and can take players on with good crossing ability the same with HBA. Cabaye and RTayor would take the Corners Free Kicks. Vuckic is good in the air, has pace and has a cracking shot. Ba speaks for himself he is awesome!! Perch played extremely well and hardly put a foot wrong (also he looked hungry and had the desire to win)

    I am a season ticket holder and have seen every Newcastle game home and away this season. The team I have chosen is based on what I have seen.

  • ARFA

    Dec 22, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #24

    cabaye tiote
    raylor vuckic ben arfa

    raylor for deliver good cross and ben arfa for unlock defence from wide…

  • Manch3go

    Dec 22, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #25

    @ash1001 – absolutely agree. A few times he looked to be the furthest man up the pitch (!), and only appeared to be dropping deep as an after thought. At times Tiote just lacked support, and looked a bit flustered as he didn’t know where his midfield partner was. We seriously miss Cabaye/Guthrie to link up play.

    Having said that, when Vuckic had the ball he always used it well and what a shot he has on him!

  • HOGC

    Dec 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #26

    for those who said Perch played well, can you pls WAKE UP YOUR IDEA!

    If u watched the last 2 goals that we conceded carefully, and PLEASE WATCH IT IN DETAIL, you will see that Perch was the closest to the defender, but he wasn’t even interested in looking out for them, he just wanted to look at where the ball was, defending like an amateur, that is not Prem Class at all. he is shit. and there were a few times when his positioning and reading of the game was so shitty that the West Brom midfielders managed to make a pass that allowed their strikers to run into space. Hardworking lad, but sorry, just not good enough.

    And Obertan is really useless in my opinion, i dont think he will ever come good. if you observe him carefully in games, he emits the aura of “i have no confidence in myself”. if you dont even believe in yourself even though others (Alan Pardew) gave you a chance, then you are totally hopeless.

  • milkman808

    Dec 22, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Mmm love all the comments on here, and everyone gotta remember its only their opinion…
    Ba MOM by a country mile, Vukic only got a left foot ?
    Colo v slow last night, carrying an injury ?
    Best, not up to his best by any stretch.
    Perch, not terrible, but defo not good.
    Tiote, not fit ? Or not match fit ?
    Really need to buck idea’s, change team aroubnd for Bolton or the makems will be on our backs……

  • Brutooon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Perch played well when we saw he did won 5 tackles out of 5


    Both 2nd and 3rd WBA goal are Perch’s fault simple because:
    1) he is the nearest NUFC defender for both goals
    2) if he is a good defender he would STOP both attack

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Ha ha ha Brutoon had to come with the perch comment ….dweeb

  • Brutooon

    Dec 23, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #30

    Marty Toon

    at least its not 100% bad about perch

  • nathan113

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #31

    This blog is full of absolute mongs offering up ridiculous fantasy formations and teams. Vuckic has two brilliant shots in a game and suddenly theres people on here claiming he should be first choice in some sort of free role behind Demba Ba. Baffling really.


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