So now that the dust has settled on our second season back in the Barclay’s Premier League, we can look back, take a deep breath and say “howay the lads!” what a season it was! Let’s be honest; even the most optimistic of fans weren’t hoping for much from Alan Pardew’s first full season in charge. Carroll had gone in the January of the season before and our skipper and talisman Kevin Nolan was allowed [...]
Who would have thought Newcastle would be the first to break the bank in the January transfer window! Bienvenue Papiss Cisse and now this team can work and move forward into the latter half of the season. QPR were taken care of by Leon Best in a dull and forgettable match that showcased Best’s ability and lack of fitness as well as Ben Arfa’s headless running and constant losing of possession. This team faces a [...]
Two wonder strikes send the Magpies into the next round of the FA cup and at this moment in time it is hard to imagine that this is not some kind of dream. No bust ups, no extreme controversy, no erratic results, is this really Newcastle United? The team has not only scrapped the image of old but is also playing entertaining football and more importantly winning. First the defending champions and now the team [...]
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 [...]
Last Friday Steven Gerrard showed the footballing world what he has done and can still do when fit, unfortunately Newcastle United’s defence and midfield were the victims of his talent. With Liverpool behind us and new injuries to address, Alan Pardew must be wondering if January might be a good time to add some experience to a team that will face Manchester United with either Sammy Ameobi or Shane Ferguson in the starting eleven. With less than 20 [...]
Three victories from a remaining twenty games will more than likely cement the Magpies a place in the EPL for 2012/13. The fight and energy shown in the early part of the season came back in abundance against Bolton, and once again a strong determination to not let the opposition score was on show. The back four, enhanced by Mike Williamson’s return, shut out a Bolton Wanderers attack that looked blunt and limited. With two [...]
What can be taken from the Norwich defeat? Not a huge amount except that in January new defensive recruits are required and that bookings are going to affect this team unless discipline is reigned in to stop the cards flying from referee’s pockets. Swansea, West Brom and Bolton await. If Alan Pardew wants to maintain a stake in the top seven then all three teams must be put to the sword. 9 points would practically [...]
As so many shoppers go about preparing for a busy Christmas, many footballing eyes from Europe’s top clubs will now be looking towards Newcastle United’s Tim Krul. The young Dutch international pulled out a string of top drawer saves yesterday vs Manchester United, helping Newcastle United to a 1-1 draw against the Red Devils and also making his opposite number David De Gea’s price tag seem even more absurd. When Javier Hernandez bundled over Wayne [...]
Nicky Butt took some settling down at St James’ Park. In those early days we didn’t see him as a future manager, but then we didn’t really believe Alan Pardew would have us somewhere north of a Europe spot already, especially as he’d played for ten southern clubs and managed four. It takes time to win us over, but if a player or manager does, we’ll support him for as long as he stays with [...]
The winning streak has ended, Ben Arfa has returned, and ladies and gentlemen Nile Ranger has left the building. A Manchester City squad of overpaid big names and frustrated mega stars of world football found it took forty one minutes for the Magpies defence to be breached, continuing to add another two more goals to give them a comfortable lead, and then out of nowhere, the often “forgotten man” Dan Gosling scored a late consolation [...]
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