Toon dodge the bullet! Accrington Stanley 2-3 Newcastle.

Posted on August 26th, 2010 | 145 Comments |

Ryan Taylor after his wonder strike.
Ryan Taylor after his wonder strike.
Newcastle safely negotiated a potentially hazardous passage through to round three of the Carling Cup last night as they beat Accrington Stanley 3-2 at The Crown Ground.

The catchy advert once said ‘Accrington Stanley….. Who are they?’, and I can pretty much safely say that a largely second-string Newcastle side will know full well just who Accrington Stanley are now.

A decent game with chances at either end probably yielded the correct result come full-time, although if it wasn’t for a combination of poor finishing, the woodwork and some good goalkeeping then the score could have been much higher, for either side in fairness.

Newcastle made most of the running as the game got underway, something you would expect a Premier League team to do against opposition that sits a full three leagues below them, with Nile Ranger looking particularly lively.

The score stayed at 0-0 until the 36th minute when Ryan Taylor unleashed an unstoppable shot from 25-yards that beat the Accrington ‘keeper, Ian Dunbavin all ends up and sailed into the back of the net. It really was a cracking goal from Ryan Taylor, but Accrington levelled on the stroke of half-time with a cracker of their own courtesy of Ray Putterill.

So the score was 1-1 at half-time and it was probably no more than the effort, commitment and tough-tackling of the League 2 side deserved. Scoring just before the interval gave Stanley a reason to believe that an upset could still be on the cards, and that is how they started off in the second-half.

Indeed they could have made it 2-1 just after the restart had Charlie Bennett’s shot from the edge of the area not drifted just past the post. But just a minute later Newcastle regained the lead through Shola Ameobi, who spun and fired the ball into the net from a Peter Lovenkrands knock down.

From then on Newcastle looked in control and deservedly made it 3-1 through Peter Lovenkrands on 67 minutes, the Dane volleying home at the second time of asking from Lua Lua’s cross. It could have been 4-1 to the away side had it not been for Kazenga Lua Lua hitting the post in stoppage time. From that though, Accrington rushed up the other end and made it 3-2 in the dying moments through Sean Hessey.

That was how the game ended, and having got in from work and watched it for myself I must say I was pretty entertained. There aren’t many good old fashioned cup ties around these days, but the match last night most definately was one.

Newcastle now go through to the draw for the next round of the competition which takes place on Saturday, but an honourable mention must go to Accrington Stanley for giving it a real good go, and to their fans for the Sir Bobby banners. That was the touch of class that you just don’t get from fans in the Premier League.

Howay the lads!

Accrington Stanley – Ian Dunbavin, Jonathan Bateson, Dean Winnard, Sean Hessey, Andrew Procter, James Ryan, Charlie Barnett, Ray Putterill, Sean McConville, Phil Edwards, Andy Parkinson.

– Alex Cisak, Leam Richardson, Luke Joyce, Rory Boulding, Chris Turner, Peter Murphy, Andrew Owens.

Newcastle – Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson, Nile Ranger, Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic, Kazenga Lua Lua, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands.

Subs – Ole Soderberg, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Wayne Routledge.

Attendance – 4,098.

Referee – Rob Shoebridge.

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145 Responses

  1. that was a great experience for the young’ns … and ensures that they get another run out in the next round.

    Some real positives as well with good displays all round.

    Roll on Saturday … I’ve got m’ tickets … :)

  2. Everton and Blackburn Rovers are interested in a move for Steven Taylor after the defender and Newcastle United could not reach a contract agreement.

    The former England Under-21 international rejected a four-year offer worth £45k-a-week, and the Magpies have put Taylor up for sale as a result.

    Taylor, who is worth around £4 million has been in talks to get a new deal with Newcastle for months, with his current contract set to expire next summer.

    However, with contract negotiations stalling, Everton and Blackburn are now interested in bidding for Taylor, according to The Mirror.

    The relationship between Taylor and Newcastle soured after sources leaked that Taylor would not be receiving a new deal and that Toon intends to sell the defender.

    Reports suggest that the 24-year-old wanted to be paid £60k-a-week in order to be on a similar salary to team-mates Alan Smith, Joey Barton and Xisco.

    Taylor is currently out injured, recovering from a dislocated shoulder, but the Englishman is targeting a return in about a month.

    Newcastle manager Chris Hughton insists that he wants to keep Taylor, a stance that is opposite of what the club announced after failing to reach an agreement on a new deal.

  3. These red tops are entertaining … like they know who offered what, and what saylors demands are.

    I am quite sure that if he sat down with the club (with his agent in another room) it would be sorted out.

    I am siding with the club on this one. I think that he would be a great loss, but if he doesn’t want to be sensible, then he can go :(

  4. The last contract with S.T took a long time for him to agree????? So i think he has tryed it on with the club!! I like him as a player HOWEVER I DONT THINK WE NEED HIM HE,S BEEN OUT 4 A YEAR and we,ve never missed if anything we,ve played better if we could 2-4mil for him we could finally get HBA we need him badley or someone who can play like him if not S.W.P from man city i would love him

  5. Dodged a Bullet?! It wasn’t even close. With out Nile Ranger’s unnecessary flop in the final minutes AS never rallies at the end for that goal. And that cat that scored the first looked more surprised than anyone that he had hit a ball that good. Leave out the fact that the Varsity Squad was ready to take over if need be. I think it was great for 11 benchers and youngsters to get game time and I didn’t sweat for even a second of the match.

  6. Couldnt believe how out of touch Shola was last night, i know he scored but if Ranger had been playing in his position the score wouldnt have been so tight, i think like Taylor, the time has come for him to move on as he is well past his best. We are knackered if thats our back up to Andy Carrol.
    As for Taylor, should be an interesting when he moves on and comes up against Carrol in the league and it doesnt matter what the figures are, im sure if he really wanted to stay at the club he could have worked something out.

  7. Was a bit worried when I saw our starting xi but chuffed with the outcome.

    Some good performances but I still think other than Kadar, Krul and Ranger the rest of the young uns are a bit away from the 1st team yet.

    Lua was good but we will need to see that more often against better oppo. Tavernier looks like he has the attributes but is still a bit raw. I guess Vukic was the biggest disappointment as the game passed him by. As with Lua though – one game does not mean he can or can’t make it. Ferguson was tidy and looks like he has something – needs to get on the weight gain though.

    I think we need to get these guys out on loan for a good 6 month stint in the football league. The problem is our small squad might prevent us doing so. Overall though gotta be pleased with that.

    All in all a very good night’s work

  8. Anyone got any real trnsfer info only a few days to go n its very quite, tiote finds out bout his work permit today, only new rumour I’ve heard is deadine day 7mil move for connor whickham from ipswich

  9. It was an entertaining game. Thought Ranger in particular did well – much more dangerous than Shola and on another night may have got a couple.

    I think the development squad has potential to bring on a few players. I was quite impressed by most of them, and I’m sure just about all of them could make the step up into the seniors – providing that the other 10 playing were usual 1st teamers.

    And good report, Toonsy. Is this rumour that you want to be a journo true?

  10. There were some good performances & some of the young guns took their chance to impress, don’t think anyone is ready just yet (except krul) but a couple arn’t far away & maybe could do with a 6 month loan. I hope vuckic was just having an off-night because I really couldn’t see what all the fuss is about & that was a shocking elbow.

  11. I noticed Taylors agent is saying he was dissapointed at finding out he’d been transfer listed like everyone else on the website. Also says they were still negotiating!

    Who to believe – club did something similar with Milner I remember.

    How did Vuckic play last night?

  12. Lets just hope that Vuckic had an off day as i thought he was probably the worst player on the park last night :-(!!

  13. Richie-he did almost leave that poor lads face in two pieces with what looked like an intentional elbow though. A shame but like I said last night I’m sure CH will have a quiet word in his ear.

  14. Seems were finally gonna find out today were hba is goin lequipe r today reportin us n bremen hav both had offers excepted n hba will reveal were he is goin today

  15. I was impressed with Lua Lua – looks to have a final product to his pace (unlike Routledge who just speeds into dead-ends) but as stated I’ll reserve full judgement until he’s played against stronger opponents

  16. Well Davy, if thats the truth, and he does move to Bremen, we will know definaitely that it was for the money and not footballing reasons as he has stated!!!!!

    And if that is indeed the case………..we dont want the fekka anyway :-)…

    Although i will say, we still need an attacking midfielder/no 10, as on last nights showing Young Vukic is a million miles away from the first team, with Lua lua looking the only prospect that could step up to the mark, but reckon he will be loaned out again !!!

  17. Its sayin we had an improved loan offer accepted on Tuesday the club must b confident of pulling this off coz why put in a lon offer if bremen bid cash, the fact hba has been here twice now n says ch understands him let’s hope its true n he is destroyin wolves n sat

  18. more shit today, reports saying toon have improved offer on tuesday for ben afra,here we go again

  19. RICHIETOON aye m8 canny, sick of crap wish window would shut.

    tickets, always on the front foot thats you :) brave man lol

  20. ani1 kno if ani newcastle blackpool tikets left guna av tah order them bi phone tamorrow

  21. Let’s jus hope prem league is a bigger draw for him than champions league we’ve already got tiote to pick us over champions league so let’s hope we can do it with hba, bremen must hav offered loan deal aswell bcoz why wud om accept a loan offer if they had cash offers

  22. 2 names mentioned in the press today are Dedrick Boyata and Roque Santa Cruz. Really hope not in both cases, Santa Cruz spends more time injured than playing and I remember seeing Boyata play for ManCity last year and wasn’t impressed by him.

  23. Why was Vuckic being asked to play so deep last night? Obviously not his best position, but he was very quiet.

    It is hard to judge on just one game, but of the youngsters on show, the ones who looked like they could step up to the first team in the future are Tavernier (very impressed with him), Lua Lua and young Shane Ferguson.

  24. I will go for 2 m8 with maybe 2 out will gan right to the wire on the outs like.
    thought one or two of the kids stood out last night,AS never gave up credit to them

  25. Morning all – good showing last night from the young guns. Was impressed with Tavernier. After telling everyone down here to watch out for Vukic, thought he had a really disappointing game and was not impressed with that intentional elbow on the young lad – can’t remember his name.Don’t know if it was frustration and sign of his temperament but hopefully Chris Hughton will come down on him like a ton o bricks for that. Overall all a good result and good to see some of our future talent on show

  26. G DEB hows you,i was not impressed with vukic could be me but it looked he thought he was better than these and wasnt arsed,but only one game lets see

  27. Allofs: Werder braucht Ben Harfa nicht

    from todays german papers.Allofs is Werder’s sporting director and he says “Werder don’t need Ben Arfa”…….of course need and want are 2 different things ;-)

  28. The only good thing about the saylor carry-on is that you know who’s name was hardly mentioned yesterday. One of the twitter dreamers (insiders) has posted a smiley next to ben afra name on his latest comment…..wonder what that means. Some people just need constant attention I guess.

  29. Hats off in my opinion. Bit nerve-wracking towards the end but enjoyed it nonetheless. Thought that they came out of it really well as a club and our young ‘uns and fringe players put in a decent shift.

    Bit gutted that Vuckic didn’t show up. That’s twice now, after I sung the bugger’s praises.

  30. I watched Ranger very closely last night and while I did think he had a good game I definitely saw little glimpses of his bad attitude and questionable temperament…

    His foul in the second half where he shoulder barged his marker, realised he’d lost the ball and kind of just fell on top of him. He then just lay on the pitch for ages and refused to move until he got treatment??? Not sure if he was trying to escape a booking or just hold the game up but he did look like a bit of a twat when the ref ordered him off the pitch and he got up, walked off and then tried to walk straight back on again. The arrogance of youth? Maybe.

    Also, towards the end of the second half when he went down in the box (I’m not saying he was trying to win a pen but the guy marking him obviously did). The AS player overreacted but seeing it live it looked like young Nile stooped his head towards him (like a half-hearted Zidane ‘butt!).

    Anyway, I’m not one to focus on the negatives so well done lads and overall, well played Nile. Kepp your head down, your nose clean and I’m sure you’ll be rewarded with some more first team opportunities before long!

  31. Can I also just say that Tavernier and Kadar in particular looked really solid and seemed to have a really good understanding.

    DJG (I think) was saying before the game that he doesn’t know why CH perseveres with Tav but I think we all know now after last nights performance.

  32. T.C. m.macdonad on radio has the same view as you really slated ranger saying he will never ever make a footballer with his attitude

  33. Hi Icedog i agree re Vukic. Maybe he was played out of position, or believeing the hype, or just had an off game. Dont know if i was imagining it but Ranger seems to have bulked up quite a bit.

  34. Fulham have agreed a £1.6m deal for Carlos Salcido and we are supposedly offering the same for Kamil Zayatte…

    Surely Salcido is the sort we should be looking at plays left back where we are crying out for cover and can play all across the back.

    On Taylor i hope sense prevails and he signs a new deal because Hughtons statement about the decision to transfer list him sounds a bit like Keegans talk about Milner and i hope its not going to hit the fan again…

  35. One last thing – I see quite a few people are using Lua Lua’s MOTM performance as a stick to beat Wayne “no end product” Routledge with (err, how many goals and assists did he get in the 2nd half of last season???).

    It was fcucking Accrington Stanley (who are they) for Christ’s sake! Get a God damned grip will ya!! :)

  36. Will HBA saga have sting io the tail…?

    Below from France this morning says OM have agreement with NUFC and either player needs to finalise and accept conditions or another club will have to come in with a better offer. If he really does fancy coming for reasonable wages , it seems the path is clear for him.

    “Cela devient d’autant plus urgent que Newcastle a enfin envoyé une offre acceptable à l’OM. “Ils proposent de lever l’option d’achat si Hatem joue 25 matches et payer les 5% de la FIFA. Nous allons y répondre. Ensuite, à Hatem de se mettre d’accord avec eux, ajoute le président de l’OM. Il faut qu’on en finisse au plus vite avec toute cette histoire.”

  37. Morning Bowburn – so it’s your fault re Vukic’s performance. The curse of BBM… seriously how’s things? When’s your bike ride?

  38. Whoa – cool ya jets, Ice! :)

    I’m not really slating Ranger and I’m defs not saying he’ll never make it. I said I seen glimpses, that’s all.

    He’s certainly got the physical attributes and skills to make it, but I think we all know it takes more than that to reach the top.

  39. CC – of course Hughton wants to keep Taylor, and so do the club if the reports are true that they offered him a new contract worth £40k a week!

  40. lads i think arsenal found out about taylor are holding off the deal for that seville player..can se arsenal making a bid for him..would push the price up for him..gosling transfer was the same came to see us twice and signed..the papers were saying west ham had jumped a head off us then it was the mackems..ben arfa might be going the same way..werder bremen said they dont wont him..if that is true he would be their player already..i hope it is true..with gosling coming into the team we would have a very strong midfield with goals all over the park and as good as anything after the top 6-7 clubs by a long way..

  41. Funny how some of the papers are carring the headline, ‘Newcastle scrape through past Accrington’. And at no point do they mention that we fielded largely a reserve team.

  42. As some people were saying obvs lualua looked good but it was accrington stanley after all, would not be happy if we didn’t get decent cover on the wings, and if jonas got injured I wouldn’t be happy with playing lualua in the premiership obviously…same goes for Ranger really, he did look dangerous on multiple occasions…just wasn’t clinical enough, and probably got unlucky, not gonna slag bambi off because he got us a goal, did look a bit lazy and I got the feeling he wasn’t trying to impress which isn’t the attitude he should have taken to the game but oh well. Would be happy to see Xisco get in on the action in the next tie tbh..just see what he’s made of up front like. Would be nice if Ranger/Lua could get some loan time really..maybe a few more cup games and someone will be interested in january? Right now I wouldn’t risk any of them in the prem, and I can appreciate Vuckic probably had a bad game but regardless I think CH made fair calls in the subs he made against villa etc.

  43. French to English translation.

    After declining several offers in July-August, Hoffenheim came from Parma or because he really wanted to go to Newcastle (Ginola syndrome?), While continuing to train and play with OM, Hatem Ben Arfa eventually turned back to the English team, a few days after leaving the Commandery, slamming the door. It is true that the arrival of Andre-Pierre Gignac and the more complicated medical problems because of the unfortunate Loïc Rémy, pushed to the background of wandering champion Lyon in France, that’s results alone.

    In recent days, it is in Bremen, Bremen have sold Özil to Real Madrid and now have the cash. “But they have still not sent any offers, claims Jean-Claude Dassier, now they are qualified for the Champions League, they’ll have to decide!” This becomes even more urgent that Newcastle has finally sent an acceptable offer to the OM. “They propose to exercise the option to purchase if Hatem plays 25 games and pay 5% of FIFA. We will reply. Then, Hatem must agree with them, added the president of OM . It must be done with it as quickly as possible. “

  44. Other sites suggesting that OM ahave stated thatif Werder don’t confirm their offer for HBA officially today, he could end up at NUFC.
    As Werder qualified for CL and have cash from Ozil, they still seem favourites.

  45. “According to L’Equipe, Liverpool have shown a late interest in Hatem Ben Arfa, but it is expected to be too late for a deal. Newcastle United’s loan offer has reportedly satisfied Marseille’s demands, but the French champions are also waiting on Werder Bremen to make a firm offer, with the winger’s future set to be decided in the next couple of days.”

    Sky as vague as always!

    I hope he doesnt turn out to be another Robert/Luque effort….

  46. Toon Chicken says:
    August 26, 2010 at 10:19 am
    CC – of course Hughton wants to keep Taylor, and so do the club if the reports are true that they offered him a new contract worth £40k a week!<<<<< hit the nail on the head if reports are true tc because we all know that fat ash and his cronies dont lie dont we

  47. stuart79 says:
    August 26, 2010 at 8:45 am
    I noticed Taylors agent is saying he was dissapointed at finding out he’d been transfer listed like everyone else on the website. Also says they were still negotiating!

    Who to believe – club did something similar with Milner I remember.<<<<<< well who do u beleive stu

  48. MonkeyMagic- If he can impact a game in the same manner that Robert could, is it not safe to assume that the supporters would be happy with his output?

  49. Batty and Stu – Taylor’s agent has been exposed as a liar and a cheat in a court of law FFS!

  50. Was most impressed with Kadar last night. Ranger’s temperament did show a couple times, and to be fair both Vuckic and Donaldson were played out of position so can’t come down too hard on those guys. The Sky commentator said before the game that Shola seemed ‘very underwhelmed’ at being made captain, and in all honesty it looked like he thought he was above playing game’s like that.

  51. “club did something similar with Milner I remember”

    is this the same james milner who’s done summat similar at villa…??

  52. deb – yeah probably my fault!! Things are alright. I got refused my time off for this week though so I’m stuck in work while my family are across at The Lakes. Worst holiday ever.

    Great North Run is 3 weeks Sunday and then the bike ride starts the following Friday.

  53. By the way if anyone donates now and gets us to £4k while mentioning me, I get a cake baked for me.

    Think of the good cause you’ll be supporting. And think of Breast Cancer Campaign too.

  54. just home from accrington! what a town…..stayed the night coz my transport had a little hiccup of the over the limit alchohol type,stayed in a run down b+b with a very eccentric owner who im positive was spying on us through a hole in the bathroom! no joke lads! anyways…thought the bairns did very well to fight all the way with these league 2’ers,seems to be the same team spirit all the way through the squad and its a big hats off to hoots for that one.hope all those getting on hoots’s back about not playing vuckic more will now maybe realise that he possibly isnt quite ready for the rough n tumble of a pl dog fight? he needs time and yes he will have to get minutes on the pitch to gain experience but as yet he dont look anywhere near ready so just trust in sir hoots judgement,im sure he knows what he is doing.thought tavernier looked dodgy to be honest but he only young and it was a tough game,same goes for vuckic.lua lua was the brightest point of the game for me.he looks like a real prospect and of all those on show think he is the one closest to being our back up winger maybe? shola dissapointing but did get the goal so thats what he there for? kadar did ok and ranger was good.heard that hba is back in toon last night and that he will be signing today but how many times have we heard that? il believe it when i see it

  55. JT – depends if those talents also come with a Robert-esq attitude

    although in the current climate of players refusing to play etc – it could be much worse!

  56. think today will be the day that we get our hba! will he be able to play v wolves if he is signed by tonite?

  57. Howay man Waddles – you were telling us he was almost certain to sign for Manure the other day – its getting a bit tiresome now.

  58. Whatever happens with Scargill I’d put money on Hoots fielding exactly the same team that started against Man U and Villa for the Wolves game.

  59. does anybody like me hope that hoots dont drop willo for sol when he returns? little of topic i know but its been worrying me a bit.think willo 10000per cent deserves to stay in the side and should be one of the 1st names on the team sheet. not sure what sol’s temprement is like? would he do another ‘notts county’ on us if he wasnt in the team when fit? i have every confidence in hoots as many of you will know from my long posts praising him,just wonder that when everbody is fit then there could be a few bruised ego’s like sol,saylor etc that arent in the team.willo and collo are out 2 best centre backs like imo and should be kept together to further build on the highly promising start to there partnership so far.will sol walk into the team on account of hoots’s strong relationship with him?

  60. I agree that Williamsons work ethic and enthusiam have been a great example so far – he’s come into the season flying IMO

  61. bit off topic as they say..but..

    is mike ashley still being investigated by the serious fraud office ? anyone know whats happening ?…..if he is & is found guilty he could be facing up to a 10 year stretch :)

    …i live in hope with absolutley everything crossed.

  62. Alright then Waddles, forgive me if I put 2 and 2 together and got 5, its just that there were a load of articles posted about HBA and then you said – somethings happening today, followed by a wink.

    So what is happening then – you clearly know something???

    Sorry if I seem a little short its just I’m bored of all these internet attention seekers who claim to be “in the know”.

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    sorry if it seems like im plugging something here,im a genuine poster and just thought somebody may be interested as i need the money!

  64. TC
    aye totally agree, why on earth would hoots change the team that just won their last game 6-0? It’s going to be the same side barring injuries.

    I think Saturday will be a fantastic test for us. Guaranteed Hoots would have put the season into little sections and said how many points he wants for each period and against which teams, I bet Wolves will be on there for a possible 3 points, and I would agree.

    We have played 4-5-1 for a season now and are used to it, especially away from home, added to this our aerial presence, I fancy us to get some points away this season, starting with Wolves.

    I think comparing the Villa game against what happens on Saturday could give us an indication of how things may go for us this season.

  65. Toon Chicken says:
    August 26, 2010 at 10:43 am
    Batty and Stu – Taylor’s agent has been exposed as a liar and a cheat in a court of law FFS!<<<<<lol TC didnt the fat man admit lieing too us all lololol

  66. untill i see arfa in a nufc shirt i aint getting excited, werder can offer champions league football, even if arfa does want to join the toon, his head could still be turnt…never no.

  67. batty says:
    August 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    lol TC didnt the fat man admit lieing too us all lololol

    k’in hell man, any excuse for an Ashley bash ehh

  68. Good to see everton & fulham put out pretty much full strength teams last night, obviously they won, but they’re still puffs.

    Although i wouldn’t put the team we did last night out in the next round like.
    It does depend who we draw like too.

  69. I would put the same team out personally, why not?
    The league is the priority and if it gives the players a rest then all the better.

  70. this is this guy on twitter
    HBA on his way, Marseille finally given the green light & no way back this time #nufc
    5 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

  71. ILM,
    so if we draw, say, liverpool, everton, s*land etc you’d stick with this team?
    I wouldn’t, i wouldn’t play the 1st team either, just not this exact team, bit more experience in there.
    & CH will too, no doubt.

  72. richie,
    maybe we coulda just put out 9 men, or possibly the youth team & no goalie?

  73. If no-one of all the moles has spotted HBA in Newcastle yet, he’s probably waiting to see if Werder make an offer before this evening’s self imposed deadline.
    I would imagine that Werder would accept to pay him more now, than we would after the loan period.

  74. bit of fence sitting here im afraid as I would agree, if drawn against one of the ‘big’ clubs I think CH would change the team.

    However, if I were the manager, I would send out the same team, whats the worst that could happen? Loose? Boo hoo, you win some you loose some.

    There would be no expectations on the younguns and I would say, ‘right, there is the tactics, now just go and have some fun, nee biggy if you loose’

    Cant exactly imagine CH saying ‘nee biggy’ during a team talk like, but you get my drift :D

  75. ohh and just on twitter, anyone think it’s actually the saddest thing in the world? Just dont get it!

    I can see the attraction for following a celeb maybe, but for an average Joe? Like anyone cares what your doing at every minute of the day, your not that important, and even worse, your not that interesting!

  76. except the only people linking Werder Bremen are Marseilles themselves.Werder have continually said they don’t want him and Benny has already said he doesnt want to go there…………who knows whats true,the only thing I do know is that just about everything that L’OM have said so far has turned out to be untrue.What will be will be.

  77. Werder Bremen will not go in for Ben Arfa. Have you lot seen Werder’s team? They don’t need him as they already have a better player in Maurin. Also, they have just signed a highly rated Brazilian to replace Ozil. This Werder Bremen stuff is just nonsense from Marseille trying to force our hand. The German club have denied having any interest in Ben Arfa three times now.

  78. ILM,
    I admire y’stance mate, but i doubt most fans would accept that if we were ‘bound’ to lose, specially v s*land or some other beatable 3rd tier team.
    I ain’t chowed about this cup or any cup really, this season is all about staying up.
    But i’m not on about what i would do or would like, i’m on about CH & what most fans would take.

  79. ILM,
    aye mate, i divn’t tw@tter, it’s for twits & bairns, it makes ’em feel important, ’til they reach 16 & realize ‘oh!, i’m a mong & better grow up’.

    Na, each to their own, twatter away, bace fook too. I’ve never been bace fooked.
    Fank thuck!

  80. Slack news day, eh.

    1. Team for Wolves: yep, why change?
    2. Team for ‘big teams’ away: flat back 10?
    3. HBA: Having trouble giving a stuff; strongly suspect he is a git. Hoping to be proved wrong; stronger suspicion that his boss is a git.

    Really thought Kaz staked a claim as 1st-choice LW backup when Jonas is unavailable. Bit of a young Routledge for the other side, like.
    Also, don’t think we really dodged a bullet last night; always had another gear if needed. (Particularly liked the ‘bench’ – a breeze-block wall!)

  81. Manchien or however you spell it has gone on loan to wolves from chelsea again. Cracking player. The type we need to get in.

  82. :)
    Hilarious lads.

    Love it.

    I’m off down the street, i’ll tell you of my adventures later, it’s gonna be great.

  83. Micky,
    they would only loan him to a team that won’t compete with them, at all, ever.
    Not suggesting we will, just doubt chelsea would rule us out.

  84. Werder Bremen are firmly in the driving seat to sign Newcastle and Liverpool target Hatem Ben Arfa , although the transfer has been held up due to a bureaucratic glitch, according to French reports.
    L’Equipe said Thursday that the German club had sent a confirmation fax to Ben Arfa’s club, Olympique Marseille , on Wednesday night to finalize the transfer, but it failed to arrive due to a technical error.

    The paper said that the transfer should go through today, but if it doesn’t, the pendulum would swing back in Newcastle’s favour.

    Werder Bremen have offered Marseille €7 million for the 23-year-old, while L’Equipe said that Newcastle made an offer to the French champions on Tuesday.

    Liverpool, who have expressed interest in Ben Arfa to his agent, are expected to lose out on the player, according to the report.

    i just dont no what to believe now

  85. just out of interest and since the topic of signed shirts came up, I have Alan Shearer’s match worn (still dirty) shirt from Peter Beardsley’s testimonial game, embroidered with Peter Beardsley’s name and date of the match, and signed by Alan Shearer. Just wondering what it would be worth (not looking to sell just get an idea of value) I saw the players shirts from Bobby Robson/Ipswich game on Ebay n they went for 3K – 6K I think!!

  86. Actually, much though I admire wor Krul, it did look like he was a bit late on that last goal. Still a cracking goalie, though, and really not far off challenging Harps. Hopefully Harps will be ok with CH playing him in more than cup games now and then.

    For me, I’d still like experienced gloves in against the big boys and away from home.

  87. But he had 3 world class saves during the game,Is something happening in Stevey Harper’s Personal life ? because doesnt like look the same as last season……

  88. But he let 2 in v league 2 team.
    Caught flat footed on the first, slow off the mark for the second.
    Watch it again.

  89. I Love Mike says:
    August 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    batty says:
    August 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    lol TC didnt the fat man admit lieing too us all lololol

    k’in hell man, any excuse for an Ashley bash ehh<<<<<<< is it not trueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lololololol

  90. Yeah your right, he should leave.
    We’ll do fine with no financing, money is over rated anyway isn’t it…

  91. Oddly enough (sadly, if you enjoy having a go at the powers-that-be) we are starting to resemble a well-run club at the moment. Has anyone noticed how even the ST transfer story hasn’t attracted the usual slaggings-off and ridicule in the press where they use anything to suggest panic/disorder/unrest/sheer lunacy at NUFC?
    I know some won’t like it, but what some have been calling ‘being tight’ is now being seen by many as ‘being sensible and standing your ground’ to avoid ‘doing a Portsmouth’.

    Ok, let the slaggings-off commence. I can take it ;)

  92. plus point of yesterday for me is that maybe we don’t need cover out wide as desperately as we thought, lualua looked, on that performance, capable of covering for jonas/routledge