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Six Things We Learned About Newcastle Yesterday

Here are six things we learned about Newcastle yesterday in the 2-0 defeat by Premier League Champions Manchester City.

tibute to alder and sweeney

The tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney yesterday
Newcastle have shown great class in the way they have handled the tragedy

  • In his debut for the side Jack Colback showed why he is one of the most accurate passers of the ball in the Premier League, and he played very well in Newcastle’s engine room yesterday. Jack has surprised us with his excellent play through mid-season, and we thought he would struggle to be a starter for the club – but we were wrong – and Jack has looked great playing for his home town team – and what a great signing this lad can become.
  • Remy Cabella was probably the pick of the nine players we have brought in this summer, and he showed some of his class yesterday as he went at the City defense, and showed some of the immense skills he has on the ball, and he can do things the opposition just don’t expect. This 24 year-old could become the new darling at Newcastle very quickly, once he gets used to the speed and physicality of the tough Premier League.
  • Alan Pardew has talked about how important team spirit will be this season, if we are to have a good season, and that team spirit was on show yesterday in full force. The 50,000 crowd reacted to the 100% effort by our lads, by urging the players forward in the second half – and the crowd were brilliant – to use the manager’s words after the game.
  • Daryl Janmaat fitted in well at right back, and the Dutch International showed that we shouldn’t miss the departed Mathieu Debuchy too much once Daryl gets a few games under his belt. Janmaat hasn’t played a lot of football in pre-season, as he was given time to recover from the World Cup, but one of his strengths is his wing play and crossing, and we should see more of that from the Dutchman as he gets acclimatized to English football.
  • Both Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez looked threatening when they were introduced in the second half as subs, and as we said yesterday in our match report, Alan Pardew may have to start giving more playing time to these two youngsters. They helped Newcastle launch an all-out attack late in the second half as the lads tried to get at least a point. And Perez almost scored a terrific goal after he had been on the pitch for only a minute, when his deflected shot grazed the outside of the post.
  • And finally we cannot end this without talking about the emotional tribute paid to our two fallen fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney. and they would have been proud looking on from above to see the tribute paid to them before the game. Their families were  present in the center circle before the game as wreaths were laid in their honor. And then on 17 minutes applause came from the Geordie faithful – and that applause will happen in every single game this season in their honor.
    Newcastle get panned a lot for some of the things they do – but the way they have handled the tragic deaths of John and Liam has been pure class – and we are proud of the club for doing that – and the news of the tribute was reported around the world yesterday.

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22 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Aug 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1


    I think we will see socks moved back out to the right in a 4231 when everyone is fit. Its difficult to accomodate SDJ in a 433 so i think we might end up with…


    Haddy (hopefully)




  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2


    Jail for Ashley

    No they didn’t as far as I can tell.

    What they said was that the premiership was the priority, which it is of course.

    I believe they will go out this season to compete in both cups as they know they will not be relegated and cannot get into to the top four, even top six will be difficult.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #3

    for the record

    I think all of our players did well yesterday, bar obertan, we went down to 10 men when he came on.

    people are slating dummet , yet I though Jaanmat got a bigger roasting than dummet, and that’s not to say jaanmat is a poor player, because he is not

    regarding there 2 goals, both goals where quality, who would have expected that back heel ? not many, so on the whole I think our defence didn’t do to bad, as I thought for large portions of the game City just passed it around our box looking for ways in,

    goofy and cabbela, are both very good players, but yesterday, did not really help out their full backs,

    and I am still trying to wrap my head around how we were unlucky, we played containing football for 74 minutes, then decide we can attack ? how does that work.
    they were the champions for the last 15 minutes, the same as they were the champions for the first 74 minutes
    unlucky ??? we had 12 shots , none on target. that’s not unlucky that’s poor
    unlucky would be 12 shot on target and no goals.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 18, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Socks, sdj and cabella are all very capable of getting forward and supporting the striker. Rivvy needs either a strike partner, or a decent no.10 arroind him imo. The 433 yesterday would have worked for him if goofy had come in and helped out more. Was a bit dissapointed in goofy yesterday, i am hoping he has a good season.

  • martoon

    Aug 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    From last topic
    Slank @11 – I agree with your assessment. It seems trendy to slag off Colo & Willo but when you are at the match they work quite well together and Willo’s reading of the game and timely interceptions is pretty good.
    I think the left back is a problem area – Dummett is a better defender but looks lost going forward whereas Haidara is the opposite – ideally a combination of the two would be best.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    When asked if we were safe would we have a go at the cups, they replied with a smarmy, when wrong see rule number one type answer.

  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7


    I have always said that the likely formation would be 4-2-3-1 in order to accommodate De Jong.

    By all accounts Pardew wanted a number ten who could operate and cooperate with the midfield and the forwards.

    I suppose we will just have to wait and see.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    nasri got subbed as he no affect on the right wing, why was that ?

    why all the hate for dummet

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9

    I was talking to a Chelsea mate and he said he was very impressed with our young guns. That was generally my feeling too, I saw a lot of exciting potential in Rivi, Cabella, Perez and Aarons.

    It’s a shame it always seems to take going a goal down for us to start applying some pressure and we seem unused to getting numbers forward in support.

    Maybe this will come if Pardew ever loses the fear and wants to start taking the game to the opposition for 90 mins, not just the last 20 chasing the game. Admittedly against city that was never going to be easy.

    Would really like to see one of those German defenders like Rutiger come in, as sadly Colo’s
    boat has now definitely sailed.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Dummet did nowt wrong. People wanted him to be to blame because they wanted haidara to play instead. He did ok defensively and broke up a couple of attacks.Did his primary job competently imo.

  • Rainrix

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11

    I’ll give dummet credit he’s probably defensively our best LB. Thats not really saying much i know. Problem is he offers nothing going forward.

    Janmaat might need a little time to settle. Lets be patient with the lad. I don’t think he looked that bad tbh made a few good tackles some which were quite tricky. It was a bit annoying however watching him lump crosses in with only one player in the box. Think he might have been a tad frustrated with the lack of movement as he did against real.

  • martoon

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #12

    catchy @3 – Not often I agree with you but yes as I said earlier Janmaat was poor but hopefully he will improve with experience. However where I disagree with you against the champions if you go all out attack they will pick you off and the game will be over by half time. At least we were in the game until the last few minutes. If we did the same tactic against, say, Burnley at home then you would have a valid point.

  • Goofy

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Imho Colo did a lot of good yesterday but was only noticed for the blunders. All the Colo haters must’ve missed all the interceptions, and cleaning up he did for most of the match. Put yourself in his shoes. We had a LB that frankly shouldn’t be in the 1st team, a big slow thick CB as a partner and a new RB who needs to adjust to the EPL. Not all his fault I think.

    Noticed that Anita takes a fair bit of stick on here as well. He’s our most level headed CM, never panics, snaps at the heels of the opposition. Has great vision for a pass, I think he’s a little gem of a player, very underrated.

    Williamson and Dummet need to be replaced. Yes Williamson wins the headers mainly because he’s the tallest defender we have but lacks everything else. There seems to be a delay between his brain and legs.
    The rest of the squad seem fine, got strength, speed, flair and grafters.

    Pardew has to work on the set pieces, crossing every free kick to Williamsons head is childs play. Try passing to feet or take the shot. 9 times out of 10 Williamson gives away a free kick with his clamouring over their defence.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #14

    …also could have had a goal if he could have kept his header down (from probably one of the best delivered free kicks from a toon player in 2 seasons)

  • gaz 44

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Catchy completely agree with you on dummett. Man city had obviously decided to attack that left side and doubled up on janmaat.. I like hairdara but think against the big guns dummet will get the nod as he’s a lot better defender

  • Toonfan8

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #16

    I think first goal was Collocinis bad decision, he saw that Willo is closing down Dzeko and he went there as well…Dummet, I rather want there Haidara…and of course with Tiote there will be more agression…and with SDJ more intelligence and goal threat…I like the cameo of Perez and Aarons…they have pace and skills…next week

    and Cabella was great to watch, his skills are amazing, he will be a real gem here….with this team we can really play great…but CD for me is a must, and not to replace Willo, but Collo

  • Markaccus

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #17


    Classic Pardew plan…. convert Dummet to a CB. He is tall and strong and defensively sound, and reads oposition attacks well. Pardew LOVES a utility player 😀

  • Slank

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #18


    I think Williamson is probably one of the first on the team sheet.

    He isn’t pretty and isn’t flash and cannot play his way out of a paper bag but he knows how to defend and is rarely beaten in the air and his very good at a tackle and anticipation.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Well,i say tall, hes tallish at 6 feet exactly

  • Dick_Biggs

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Siem de Jong does look injury prone which is a concern. Gouffran hasn’t had much of a mention from yesterday, he works his socks off for the team and is good at getting back. It appears Pards prefers Perez to Ferrerya as back up striker currently and Perez almost got us a result, so unlucky.

  • Dick_Biggs

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #21

    I’ve noticed Willo is also very vocal aswell, more so than Coloccini…..

  • Goofy

    Aug 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Stats don’t really say shit. Anyone who didn’t watch just see 13 shots none on target. In the last 10 mins, we had 3 clear cut chances. Goofy had a good chance that all the City defenders dived in to block, perez’s shot that was deflected inches from going in and a less tired looking Sissoko would’ve buried that last shot. On a good day we’d have drawn or won.


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