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Promising News On Newcastle’s Injury Front

After Newcastle gifted Benfica two goals in the second half last night, the score-line of 3-1 was not  consistent with how competitive the game was, but it also shows that at this level you cannot give silly goals away to the opposition, and we paid heavily for those mistakes.

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James Perch – injured last night

But there were glimpses last night of how good a side Newcastle can become with say three top players joining the club in the summer, but we still have to improve.

Another disturbing aspect of the second half was that both James Perch and Danny Simpson went off injured, but the news form Alan Pardew is that it seems the injuries are not serious and maybe Danny Simpson, who has a good game last night and set up the first goal with a beautiful through ball to Moussa Sissoko on the right wing, could even play on Sunday against Fulham.

Immediately after the match Alan Pardew was pleased with the performance if not the result, and he had this to say about Newcastle’s injuries last night:

“Hopefully they are OK, I think Perch is probably slightly worse than Danny Simpson but we’ll have to wait and see.” “It has been hard for Danny and he showed a little bit of confidence tonight, like his old self. A great pass for the goal and he’ll get a big lift from that.”

We’d be surprised if Mathieu Debuchy can make the Fulham game – but he could amke it – and Alan Pardew has said the game will define Newcastle’s season, but we are very hopeful that Massadio Haidara and Cheick Tiote are available for the vital game.

Newcastle will now have to lick their wounds from last night, and given the way the lads played – with Cisse twice hitting the upright and looking menacing up fornt for the Magpies, , we could have been looking at a much better result this morning for Newcastle – but it wasn’t to be. 🙁

But Newcastle can both lift the mood of the fans and set things up for next Thursday’s return leg with a good win against Fulham on Sunday.

We need all three points – and last night’s performance was much btter than the result suggests.

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12 comments so far

  • magicbus

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Winning 2 – 0 at St. James is not impossible an if we id go out at least we can focus totally on staying in the Premiership.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2


    I think the players we have brought in have been great.

    No clubs gets everything right…ie obertan. But cabaye, marv, cisse, debuchy, mbiwa, santon, anita, gouffran…all decent players really.

    I think the problem was he wasn’t allowed enough. Pardew said he wanted more in the summer…we went for luuk de jong, debuchy and pards said he wanted a goal scoring CB….these were not bought for him…nothing he can do about that.

    I do believe the football he gets us playing is poor a lot of the time, we just sit off and let all teams play which is annoying and his fault.

    But i do think with a full squad, or a fair amount of injuries…not above the norm like we have had this year then we would be around 8-10th i think…just my view, no way to prove it just what i think.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Thats the spirit MagicBus… 2-0 it will be… and then Win against Fulham and Scumberland… we’ll be all fine… Its Spurs that are in the bad position…

  • ichrisho

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Sage – I think youre right and when Pardew gets the few he needs in the summer – we will be back and fighting… this Europa League thing this year is a highlight and something we should not have expected from Pardew until 3-4 years into his tenure…

  • Rainrix

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    ichrisho… Dont worry lynching isnt race or ethnically motivated on here, its more a case of needing a suitable sacrifice to appease pardew 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m not saying pardew shouldn’t learn a lot from this year and look to put it right next year…he clearly has mad mistakes he needs to address.

    fitness, set pieces, overly cautious when against lesser sides, lack of fight in too many games….but unless we can get a significantly better manager i’d let him have next season to put it right.

  • ichrisho

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Rainrix – good to know. .”..I shall offer myself to him…” (Withnail & I style)… Has anyone read what lee Ryder wrote in the Chronicle… I fell asleep into my cereal halfway through it… 🙂

  • Assam Toon

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8


    Rodgers deny Andy Hatem swap plans. That is good, because although bringing Andy in would always be welcome but that in no way should be in exchange of Ben Arfa. I strongly believe our results would have been different had ben arfa been around. A Carroll for Pardew deal could be proposed instead, since Liverpool is that stupid.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    These three games this week are huge, We’ll need to go all out attack on thursday and we can start by practicing attacking football against Fulham. Anyone know when Ben Arfa’s back? I can’t recall us playing good without him.

    Jonas played well last night, i’d say he’s back to his best. Unfortunately that just means running about. He’s not much of an attacking left foward. I’d be brave and play Campbell there or Santon if Haidara returns.

  • nufc 11

    Apr 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    How many times can you say it Santon is not a defender, not a defender, not a defender he is better played on the RM he really would have made a difference on the RM last night weve no HBA so why not Perch at LB. Cant help but wonder if people are smiling and saying to Roy Hodgson see I told you so about Taylor he cant be trusted that was a joke shot us in the foot no more than Santon, feel like pulling ur hair out. Despartly unlucky for Cisse hitting the post. If we start the Fulham game like last night we should be ok.

  • ArtyH

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #11

    IMHO the only way to convay the concept of what us as NUFC want to see our team to play like is portrayed in the two 4-3 games played at Liverpool in the 90’s. If these games were shown to the toon squad I am sure they would understand what the toon spirit is all about. That was our golden age and ALL toon fans were in heaven for that two year period, until Dastardly Dogleash destroyed the team.

  • ArtyH

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Oops Convey.


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