Jan
5
2012

The Toon Army Marches On

Yohan Cabaye Free Kick vs Manchester United

Last night, Newcastle United FC gave what can only be described as a “Total Football” performance against a Manchester United team lacking in any real substance or passion. Michael Carrick and Ryan Giggs were torn to shreds by the grit and tenacity of Tiote and Cabaye while Jonas and Taylor suppressed Patrice Evra and Antonio Valencia in their own half. Dimitar Berbatov was totally shut out while Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones showed nothing but frustration as Alan Pardew got his team selection spot on and his tactics A1.

Sir Alex FergusonI spoke briefly on BBC Five Live after the game about what can be taken from this performance; which is how essential Tiote and Ba are to this team and how we shall cope without their presence.

Pardew has delivered, now give him money and a chance to develop this team further. We are not Champions League contenders but we are showing that we are the best of the rest and to push on from here is a must. With Tiote and Ba leaving on Saturday for the African Cup of Nations, replacements must be brought in whether by transfer, loan or even on a free (if there is any talent left on a free at this time of year).

The team played as a team should, working for each other and feeding off each others’ drive and energy. On a night when the North East lit up, let us rejoice and build on what we saw tonight, moving onwards and upwards, so these kind of nights are not novelties that happen every few years.

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About the Author: James P Mahon

James is a former radio Dj with Party 934 & Flirt FM 101.3 in Ireland & has TV presented with News2day on RTE 2 as well as the recent documentary Dingle to LA. He was a writer for Sin newspaper and the Chesterfield Post and is general manager of record label COAL Records Ltd for Tribal Talent Ireland. As well as being a die hard magpie he also writes regularly to www.jamespmahon.com and hosts an online chat show on Youtube.com/JPMTVUK. He is currently studying a masters in broadcast journalism at the University of Sheffield and has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio, Blogtalkradio NYC and ForgeRadio: Twitter= @jamesPmahon

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