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Newcastle Defender Makes Good Start North Of The Border

Newcastle’s Australian center-back Curtis Good is on loan through the end of the season at Dundee United, and that’s good for the 20 year-old who can get some first team games in and hopefully improve through the end of the season in Scotland.

Soccer - Scottish Cup - Fifth Round - Dundee United v St Mirren - Tannadice Park

Curtis Good in action yesterday – Conor Newton is in the background

Curtis joined us eighteen months ago from Melbourne Heart for £400K, and he was highly recommended, and we are  hoping he can make the grade on Tyneside.

Dundee United are 5th top of the Scottish Premier League, but Celtic are 21 points ahead of second placed Aberdeen, and with Rangers still making their way back to the Scottish Premier League, there is no competition for Celtic right now, and it’s a one team league.

Dundee United met St. Mirren in the Scottish Cup yesterday, and his Newcastle team-mates Conor Newton and Adam Campbell played for St. Mirren in their 2-1 win.

Good played the whole game and made his home debut for the Tannadice club, and was solid at the back according to reports of the game.

Conor Newton started on the right wing, but Adam Campbell was only a sub, and eventually came on for Newton in the final five minutes of the game.

Our other loan players missed out – with Jonas Gutierrez out with a calf injury as Norwich held Manchester City 0-0 at Carrow Road, and Shane Ferguson wasn’t in the squad as Birmingham won 2-0 at Charlton in the Championship – so we’re not sure if Shane is out injured at the moment.

Ferguson has played 20 times for Birmingham so far, in his season long loan deal.

Rotherham’s match at Colchester was also postponed, so both James Tavernier or Haris Vuckic didn’t play over the weekend.

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7 comments so far

  • Slank

    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    10Slank // Feb 10, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    I watched the highlights (on a Danish channel strangely enough) and although it lasted only a few minutes I saw Ben Arfa lose the ball twice in our half. He tries to dribble too many times instead of passing. When you are in the opposition half running at them then yes try and beat your man or two but not when you are well inside your own half.

    The other thing I saw was Marveaux lose the ball and make absolutely no attempt to chase the Chelsea player. He just stood there.

    From what I saw which wasn’t a lot, Sammy looked good again. Also Santon didn’t look too bad in an unfamiliar role. Sissoko looked threatening with his driving runs. I don’t know what to to say about MYM. I find it hard to believe he was the captain at his former club and he is a current French international.

    I hope Debuchy, Tiote and Remy are back against Spurs. This is a very winnable game.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    The worry with some of these younger players is that they’ll be in their early twenties and they still won’t be getting games for us once they return.

    It leaves them a bit in limbo, so-to-speak.

  • Santon03

    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3


    Good example on Jose and Mata.
    It’s either pardew method is wrong or the players are lazy. Other than Willo, all the players are getting worse, so the choices are keep pardew and replace the whole squad except Willo or replace pardew and maybe replace some players who are really lazy.

    Regarding making bad decisions, it is easy for us to say it’s good or bad decision because we only watch the game, they have to make it in a split second and has to be precise otherwise it will be bad decision. if it worked, it’s a good decision. If it’s not then it’s a bad decision.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Some of them are younger, obviously, but there’s quite a few gone out on loan. They all won’t play when they get back, so their match day improvement will degrade all the time, which kind of defeats the object of their experience.

  • John Tudor

    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    limbo must have a decent side cause a lot of premier players end up there

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #6


    the difference is jose can just say to mata, you aren’t playing, i’ll use oscar, hazard, willian, etc etc….pardew can’t do that and a lot of players know it, it’s the problem with a small squad.

    I think it’s why Pardew said there will be a big shake up this summer, expected HBA and marv to go. Remy and shola will be off.

    I hope Ashley finally sees what he needs to do and gets in what we need, not holding my breath though.

  • Harley

    Feb 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7

    I feel a bit sorry mbiwa. He was playing really well alongside willo when given a run in the team, then lost his place when he had to cover for debuchy.

    He’s not played since and had to come on on Saturday midway through to face an onslaught. He definitely had a poor game but it unfair to write him off because of a dodgy half hour.


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