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At Home We Can Beat Anybody – Crowd Is Fantastic

Moussa Sissoko had a decent game in the 1-0 home win against Aston Villa over the weekend, and we like him playing in central midfield, where his power makes a big difference for Newcastle.

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Moussa Sissoko in action on Saturday

Moussa has been off form of late, but he put in a good performance on Saturday, and it was also good to see Fabricio Coloccini have a strong game at the back in the 1-0 win.

Now the lads will be going after a second successive home win tomorrow night against Manchester United, but that will not be easy.

This is what Moussa has told the Chronicle today:

“We lost that game against Man City but I think we have shown – as a team – we do have good character.” “We know our crowd want us to win every game but sometimes we can’t.”

“Against Aston Villa the team won so the players and the fans were happy.” “Now we have to be ready for the game with Manchester United. We have two games together at home.”

“We’ve won the first one and now we have to do our best to get the three points against Man United.” “In the Premier League you have a lot of big teams like Man United, Arsenal, and Tottenham.”

“You have to enjoy yourselves and try to do the best you can.” “This crowd is fantastic, but we have to show a good performance from the team first.”

“At home we can beat anybody. We have to play like we did on Saturday and if we do we can win again.”

Newcastle hammered the Red Devils 3-0 in this fixture three years ago, when we finally finished in 5th place under Alan Pardew.

But last season we suffered one of out biggest homes losses against United in a 4-0 scoreline.

We have no chance of finishing in 5th place this season and currently we are also running with a threadbare squad.

But we do still have a chance to finish mid-table and even in 10th place – which is deemed to be success these days under Mike Ashley.

A top ten finish and huge profits equals great success in Mike Ashley’s eyes.


But we are 5 points adrift of the top half of the table at moment, when you consider our poor goal difference.

A win tomorrow night is what we need, but a defeat will see us struggling to meet the annual requirements every season on Tyneside – a top ten finish.

More ambitious clubs like Stoke, Swansea, West Ham and Southampton are currently above is in the league table.

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66 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #41

    im not sure why people want Taylor at left back, this is the main reason Jonas became a poor player IMO, he had to stay back and help him out, baby sit him

    I would have taylor in my team though, he would be on the right side of MF, if we have learned anything from both Nobby and Beckham, you don’t need pace when you have got a good right foot,

    I think he is to fragile to put in the centre too, abeid and Sissoko are good enough in that dept, in fact I think they are our best pairing IMO

    cisse up top , and im not worried about his offsides, that’s more of a problem from our MF not releasing the ball quick enough,

    id like to see perez given a bit of a roll where he is making runs from MF playing in and around Cisse in the box

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #42


    I would suggest Armstrong is rapidly going backwards, if he was up to the grade for the first team he wold have scored in that Academy Cup game. Your general point about giving game time to younger players I will agree with except they are also currently injured and/or the pressure of achieving some kind of success from Carver means senior players remain in place.

  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #43

    The saddest thing, in all honesty, is that we continue to take up a place in the premier league when other clubs, who are run well and want to win things could be there. We dont want to win anything… Why are we even a team. I am so close to taking out a massive chunk of my heart by practically disowning my love for Newcastle.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #44


    not the way I want to see the team but look at players like anita ( although I think he will be sold) plays midfield and can cover both full back positions
    Lascelles has played rb but not sure how often so there is cover there
    de jong can play both strikers roles I think every player we bought in the last window can cover another position

    not sure we will see any real investment in the team in the summer it will be replace who is sold except players like santon raylor Jonas as they will be viewed as surplus

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #45



    SPOT ON.

    sit and say nothing , you deserve everything that happens to you,

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #46

    attracking – good made up word for very unwanted attention?

  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #47


    Aye, it has had a pretty bad result on some of our youngsters but at least we have been able to see who is close to the first team and who isnt. At least we know that Alnwick isnt good enough and Armstrong isnt ready. Abeid and aarons on the other hand…

  • IrishGeordie9

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #48

    Catchy, you’re right mate. I do deserve what I get. Just like the rest of us. Are you doing anything about it?

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #49


    another good point, which I was just talking to a scouser about the other day,

    team that are coming up now, Derby CO ,Middlesbrough , these teams are well run on and off the pitch, when these get in the league with all this cash, I see them staying in it

    I watched Fulham v Derby the other day, great match, both teams going for the win playing good football, parker and macormac where class on the day

    we would struggle against derby , without Cisse we would be in the bottom 3 right now

  • beermonkey

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #50


    all our kids peak and then go backwards its because the first team is so short all the time there get put in the first team to early and rot on the bench for his age Sammy has a pitiful number of first team games under his belt but has been warming our bench for 3 seasons

    this wont change because the club wont pay out wages for good players to warm the bench
    this is a hangover from pardew who never rotated players and kept his faves in the squad

  • geordie157

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #51


    Have to agree on Raylor, would worry me to see him at left back but on the right of a midfield 4 or possibly a midfield 3 he can influence the game more.

    He’d also work well with Janmaat. Obertan may have the pace but it was Obertan who was being more productive vs Villa, Raylor would naturally provide cover when he gets forward.

    i’ll go with this for tomorrow

    Janmaat, Wilo, Colo, Haidara
    Raylor, Abeid, Sissoko
    Riviere, Cisse, Sammy

    My logic for leaving Perez out is I want Riviere to get a run of games but not as a lone striker, then we might see how good he actually is. Sammy needs to find some consistency, he will track back and has been fairly productive with his corners and getting forward. Cisse given chances will score goals. Plus a fresh Perez off the bench for 25-30mins could catch out the Utd defence.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #52


    iv been making my mouth go about it for a few years now,

    I don’t buy anything from NUFC or with NUFC on it, have not been to a match since P45 took over the team and don’t intent to go while Ashley runs the club the way he does

    now don’t get me wrong, im not against everything Ashley does, I think we buy good players at good prices, when we buy them is a different thing, for me its more down to coaching why we look such a poor team

  • geordie157

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #53

    As for Armstrong, he should have been loaned out this season. But again that’s partly down to us not bringing in another striker to allow us to do so.

    Roberts for me, is our brightest prospect and when we are definately safe he could be eased in off the bench.

  • John Tudor

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #54

    Give me a Football Club not a private money making machine – See more at: http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/03/give-football-club-private-money-making-machine/?#sthash.eNNMxBjg.dpuf

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #55


    obertan and productive don’t go together,

    for me his athleticism gets him into great positions, then his football ability and football brain mess it all up, leaving me very frustrated.
    id rather see a slower player ability in this position, obertan might try 10 crosses and get 1 in the box, id rather get 3 crosses in the box and reach there target and cause some danger.

    obertan is 6ft1, has pace to beat just about anyone, he bottle out of headers, he would rather do step overs than run the legs of the person in front of him

  • Pop n Wyn

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #56

    Yes we have brought in quite a few players and sold quite a few players, thing is we are buying when we are in desperation stakes and have to, ie all the frenchman a few seasons ago, we did not build on a 5th place finish which was criminal, that is bad planning and ownership.

    You just know we are getting conned when you have utter rubbish like Williamson still playing at centre back and a shoe in as well, pathetic, he was here in our championship season, everyone can see it, yet we are bringing in a championship player end of season untested to prem level and just surviving championship level, Colo the ultimate hot n cold performer, a lilly livered midfield with no bite whatsoever, no leaders on the pitch, they dont do anything unless they have a complete kick up the backside. all in all someone is taking the pee big style and we know who it is.

  • Kebabacus

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #57

    Just read the article at 21, here’s a sample:

    “Arguably Tiote’s finest hour in a Magpies shirt came during that famous 4-4 fight back against Arsenal a few years back, with the Ivorian levelling the scores with an absolute screamer.

    And though somewhat less prolific, Mbodji certainly has a rocket of a right foot, as this goal for Genk duly demonstrates.”

    Less prolific than Tiote?! How is that possible?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #58

    We can get rid of these players in the summer:

    Tiote – £12m
    Dummett – £1.5m
    Williamson – £1m
    Colback – £5m
    Riviere – £5m
    Sammi – £2m
    Saylor – £2m

    Total = £28.5m

  • John Tudor

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #59

    and many more eventually we will have a squad to rival blackpool

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #60

    My God just read this story about a Toon fan, wearing a Toon top bummed to death by a male zebra he had been taunting, whilst on safari in Tanzania.
    The fan John Kearsley was said to have been drinking too many lagers.
    Link to story:-

    I can see the likes of the fool from the valleys, the Howlett Heedbanger and the multiple poster John Irving now cancelling their summer jaunts to Magaluf preferring a safari in Tanzania.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #61

    Do you think some club would pay £5 million for Rivière?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #62

    Get rid of Obertan for £3m as well, so that’s £31.5m


    Kara Mbodj – £5m
    Van Dijk – £6m
    Konoplyanka – Free
    Andre Ayew – Free
    Nathan Redmond – £5m
    Benteke – £15m
    Danny Ings – Free

    Net spend = -£0.5m

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #63

    Hopefully. We paid £6m for him and he’s only 24.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #64

    Good news/bad news for tomorrow: RVP out; Haidara out too.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #65

    Retain Marveaux and Santon for next season.

  • Kebabacus

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #66

    Kets, Sammy is out of contract in the summer, we ain’t getting £2 million for him.

    Oh, and everything else you said is nonsense too.


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