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Newcastle Star One Booking Away From Suspension

Alan Pardew knows that Jonas Gutierrez, the Argentine International, who has become a permanent fixture in Newcastle’s side since Alan Pardew arrived, has picked up four yellow cards and he is just one caution away from a one match ban.

Jonas Gutierrez – one yellow card away from one match ban

A number of other Newcastle players are also edging towards their fifth yellow card, and with the squad so small, that’s got to be some concern for the manager.

But in Jose’s case we have a number of wingers only too willing to take their chance if Jonas is suspended, and they include Gabby Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux and Romain Amalfitano.

James Perch also has four yellow cards this season, and James is becoming a solid member of the side, and plays in multiple different positions in the first team, currently filling in for Cheick Tiote in defensive midifeld.

Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye have picked up three cautions, and of course Cheick is serving a three match ban in the Premier League for being sent off against Sunderland.

Here’s the stats on discipline so far this season for each Newcastle player, and this is how Alan addressed the cautions:

“There’s nothing I can do about that.” “That’s not in our thinking. I will cope with the suspensions when they arrive.”

Alan’s right about that, all he can do is to tell Newcastle’s players not to pick up silly yellow cards, but to tell them to pull back in their aggression and tackles on the pitch is a dangerous thing to do.

The lads have to have that bite in the tackle and controlled aggression on the field, but they also need to be sensible and not do daft things that gets them a caution.

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133 comments so far

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #121

    If every football game was played on paper, things’d be much simpler. We’re not the only side seriously underperforming. Just look at today’s results…Chelski, Citeh for two…

    We do have a side capable of playing at top five level. The stats analysis posted on here is shocking.
    We are deficient in almost all areas of the game, though the failure to strengthen the back four was always going to catch up with us and now it has … (regardless of the Willo stats he is not top drawer EPL standard). All sides get injuries but a good manager will be allowed to strengthen his squad to cover key areas. The third striker, quality AM backup and at least two in defence as they seem to take more injuries due to the physicality of playing at the back.
    MA has gambled on us holding it together till the January sales, and we have not had a truly solid EPL game yet this season.

    We deffo need another 3-4 purples. AP has had to make do and mend too much and the holes do show.

    We also need the guys to hit form because they have not. Missing on simple passes, poor cross %, 50% ball wins in defence. All poor.
    All these are down to player form and not formation, so the “as soon as we play 4-3-3 all the time it’ll all be great’ brigade on here are wrong. You can still play badly in a 4-3-3.

    TBH I dunno when we are going to hit a good run of form. Tomorrow would be great. We will be knocking on the door of top 6 with another 3 points. Forget our past Anfield record and just go for it HWTL !

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #122


    i agree , stats can make a player look good or bad, a team look great or shit,

    points on the board, do count for a lot, and yes i can see he is doing things to make sure we dont get beat, and that is the point i guess, i dont feel he does enough to try and win,, a 1 goal cushing is not a good cushing, and it sure as hell isnt with our defence

  • breno95

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #123

    We all know that there will be an abundance of stats out there but they all count for nowt. What I am more interested in is seeing the best 11 being sent out to win games in a positive manner and ultimately getting as many points as possible.
    Back 5 picks should pick itself IMO and that includes Saylor and Simpson.
    As for the midfield due to the absence of Tiote I would want to see Anita & Cabaye in the centre with Jonas (sorry to all the guti bashers) and because we need pace Obertan on the right. HBA given a free role to play behind Ba (if fit) or Cisse.
    If either Willo, Perch, Sammy, Fergie make starting 11 we will lose and I truly hope Shola gets no where near the pitch or at the very most gets the last 10 minutes.

  • tarie4

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #124

    catchy in norway

    That is very TRUE, and I would love us to win a game, having played the other team of the park. And it is very disappointing and frustrating watching us play atm, but im sure our performances will pick up soon (fingers crossed tomorrow) but U are very right.

  • beddersmag

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #125


    Agree with jonas who is underrated for the work he does but imo perch is the only one able to effectively deputise for tiote imo. Anita has done nothing to suggest he can do it in there yet, while perch has always done well and gegs stuck in, so cant see him missing out. Hate to be negative but i can see liverpool finding form against us as usual and a draw would be great result. Hope cisse puts in a real shift if he plays. Im getting annoyed with his lethargic efforts and failure to even challenge for high balls

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #126

    That would ideally seem to be the way to go, know and pick your best 11 and show a little more tactical faith in them to go out and outscore the opposition. The problem is of course that injuries and suspensions weaken the side almost every game and the replacements aren’t at the same level, and therefore we get a more conservative approach.
    Even so, I’d rather see us play a more expansive game at the greater risk of dropping points, more fun.

  • Graeme

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #127

    I would be very happy if we turned up, played as a team for 90 minutes, fighting for every chance and even half chance.
    There should be no let up in our intensity, commitment or desire to win the game.

    If, after 90 minutes of playing as well as we possibly could, the result, whatever it is, would be acceptable.

    If they turn up and play like we did against WBA then Pardew should take a long hard look in the mirror and question why he is failing to inspire the team, motivate the players. The buck stops with him after all!!

    I am not proposing he is sacked by the way!!

  • beddersmag

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #128

    Agree with taking few more risks. Better to lose 2 and win one than to grab a couple of draws by being negative. But its a sound plan to get the team looking solid, surely at some stage the talent we have in the team will click into gear and start scoring again

  • breno95

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #129

    Overall Anita is a better footballer and has actual only appeared a total of 6 times since he signed. Not alot for many to form a proper opinion. The only way for his quality to be seen is for AP to play the lad. Good players can play in a new team from the off as long as their manager has the guts to play them.
    We have a fully fit squad. Slight niggle with Ba and 1 suspension re Tiote so AP can put out the strongest 11 possible. Willo, Shola, Sammy, Perch are not players that form our strongest 11.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #130

    I think we can take allot of comfort that AP is aware of the issue when it comes to performances.
    Not many actually do that and try to make excuses instead.
    You could argue that he does that when blaming the EL games, but he lays a reason to it, a reason that is perfectly understandable.
    But what is important here, is that he still does not think the performance levels are acceptable.

    We should be glad he thinks that and that he still is working this from all angles to figure it out.

    AP is a good coach, keep the faith, he’ll turn it around.

  • beddersmag

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #131

    Good point graeme. Too often we go to anfield already beaten . Its a bit on inferiority complex i think. Let just get at them have a real go. If we get a goal their fans will get nervy and i sense they are about to turn on rodgers. If we just try to defend they will break us down eventually so lets take them on. We are the better side at the minute i reckon

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Nov 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #132

    Yeah, we have an almost fully fit squad and an away day at Anfield is a tremendous footballing occasion, so I really hope we go there to play our part in an open game and go for the win. Let’s back ourselves when we can and take on the likes of Liverpool head on. If we did that i’d accept whatever result we get.

  • Graeme

    Nov 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #133

    If we intend to target a top 5 finish – I think a Champions League place is still a step too far – we have to attack our major competitors for the points.

    They are not going to roll over for us, that is for sure!!! They are competing for the same points; the same trophy’s; the same money!!!


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