Archive for category: NUFC Match reports.

Newcastle United vs Liverpool: The two key Toon performances

October 21st, 2013 | 29 Comments |

Yohan Cabaye vs Liverpool.
Yohan Cabaye: A man of the match performance.
My latest blog on metro.co.uk was published yesterday.

Usually I would just write a few words about it and post a link. However, I am getting so sick of them being hacked to pieces by trainee Metro sub-eds that I have now decided to publish the original version on here, complete with the original title.

If you like, you can see the butchered version on the metro here.

Key performance #1: Yohan Cabaye.

The fleet-footed Frenchman was the fulcrum of Newcastle United’s midfield on Saturday, and was at the heart of most things for Newcastle United in attack.

Besides scoring a brilliant goal in the 23rd minute, he also provided the great set piece which led to Paul Dummett’s goal in the 56th. Of course, the Magpies’ set pieces have been the focus of much criticism in recent times and rightly so when you look at the amount of goals scored by this method over the last season or two. Although it could be said that Aly Sissokho made things slightly easier than he could have for the second goal, Cabaye’s free kick was excellent, and the way Dummett exploited this with a true poacher’s instinct was superb, remarkably so for such a young, inexperienced player who is supposed to be a defender rather than a striker. But I digress… (more…)


The madness of Alan Pardew and the Three Stooges in Nice

August 21st, 2013 | 65 Comments |

NUFC Blog on metro.co.uk
NUFC Blog on metro.co.uk
My two latest blogs for metro.co.uk are now up!

The first one, entitled “Pardew – Is he deluded to the point of insanity?” takes a look at some of the talking points from Monday evening’s game with Manchester City. Talking points such as the gossip surrounding Yohan Cabaye and not least, something all we Newcastle United fans have become wearily familiar with, Alan Pardew’s total lack of a grip on reality in his post-match assessment of games.

The second one is called “Were Newcastle’s ‘Three Stooges’ in Nice to sell Cabaye or buy Cvitanich?” (The sub-editor changed the original title so don’t blame me!). Basically, it is my ruminations on what Newcastle United’s “Three Stooges,” Alan Pardew, Joe Kinnear and Graham Carr might have been doing at Nice airport, where they were spotted and photographed by a Northumbria University student and Toon fan who calls himself “Sewelly” on Twitta. (more…)



Guest Blog: Wigan Victory Makes a Mockery of This Season’s Excuses…

December 5th, 2012 | 22 Comments |

Demba Ba and Vurnon Anita v Wigan.
Demba Ba and Vurnon Anita v Wigan.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a guest blog this time! Many thanks to “ToonBano” from the Toon blog www.toonbano.com for his thoughts – wt.

What a relief.

NUFC have stopped the rot of 4 straight defeats, got a clean sheet and scored three well worked goals in the 3-0 victory over Wigan. What is even more of a relief is the system and the strategy used for the Monday night win. The 4-3-3 has been begged and pleaded to come out of retirement by myself and others this season because it is the system that suits our players the best. Against Wigan we finally used it properly, passing the ball to each other and created space with movement and fluidity, as the players were completely comfortable playing in positions that suited them as well as the team overall. Hallelujah!

We were far from perfect but it was a damn sight better than kicking the ball long, bypassing midfield altogether into the two strikers. This way of playing is rigid, lazy and has no place with the type of players we have. I never want to see us play like that ever again. Hopefully the penny has finally dropped with Alan Pardew but we will only know over the next month. It wouldn’t surprise me if he decided to go back to hoofball. He’s done it before. (more…)



Newcastle United vs Swansea City full match video, extended highlights and interviews

November 20th, 2012 | 48 Comments |

Newcastle United v Swansea full match video.

Newcastle United v Swansea City full match video (opens in new window).

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Another disappointing home defeat for the Magpies as they were sunk by two goals, with Swansea’s leading goalscorer Michu getting his seventh of the season in the 58th minute. A disastrous sliced clearence from Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal fell to the Swans’ Spanish international winger Pablo Hernandez, who then proceeded to bang in an excellent cross straight on to the head of his fellow Spaniard, who headed powerfully past the hapless flying Dutchman. (more…)



Liverpool vs Newcastle United match highlights video and report

November 4th, 2012 | 17 Comments |

Highlights from this afternoon’s game between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield.

Liverpool vs Newcastle United full match video, highlights, interviews and match report.

It was a case of “same old same old” from Pardew at the start as Liverpool were all over the Magpies at the start. However, they were also rather sterile when it came to the crunch and couldn’t put a goal past the obstinate newcastle defence. So, for once this season, Newcastle United weren’t a goal or two down before the inevitable improvement came. As usual though, it took some exceptional play from two of the usual suspects, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye to combine for an opening goal for the Magpies. Ben Arfa’s silky dribbling skills took him through two Liverpool players before he floated in a great cross to the far post for his fellow Frenchman. Cabaye more than kept his end up too with an excellent finish from what looked like a very tricky angle. (more…)


Newcastle United vs Club Brugge full match video and highlights

October 26th, 2012 | 25 Comments |

Newcastle United v Club Brugge full match video.

Newcastle United vs Club Brugge full match video.

Full match video and highlights of yesterday evening’s Newcastle United v Club Brugge Europa League game at St James’ Park.

Highlights of the game include an excellent, Cruyff like flick over the shoulder from Sammy Ameobi before a good assist to Gabriel Obertan for a well finished goal in the 48th minute. Another was another excellent cross by little Shane Ferguson to Papiss Cisse, who’s resulting effort was saved by Bojan Jorgacevic in the Brugge goal.

Match highlights. (more…)


Sunderland v Newcastle United extended match highlights video and post match interviews.

October 21st, 2012 | 17 Comments |

Highlights from the Derby at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland vs Newcastle United full match video.

It all started so well for the Magpies with a goal after only three minutes from Yohan Cabaye. However it all went a bit “Pete Tong” when Tiote was given a straight red card after 25 minutes for an unnecessary studs up challenge when referee Martin Atkinson was already giving us a free kick, though it should also be said that the sending off was a little harsh. Not the biggest miscarriage of justice in human history perhaps, though a little harsh nonetheless. Sadly, it also curtailed Shola Ameobi’s Mackem slaying for the today as Alan Pardew sacrificed him to shore up the defensive side with the introduction of James Perch after around 40 minutes. (more…)