At last! Some reasons to be cheerful

Taking the positives from Villa Park
In our game against QPR on Monday night Yohan Cabaye found himself to be a virtual unknown in the match.

He was sitting very deep at Loftus Road and did not venture very far forward which limited the impact that he had on the game.

In yesterday’s game against Villa there was a notable difference in the way the Frenchman played. I noticed how Cabaye seemed to be playing in a much more advanced role which seemed to suit him a lot better than the position that he played against QPR.

Being in an advanced role such as the one that Yohan played in yesterday will reap benefits for Newcastle United. He found himself more and more involved in the game and demonstrated that he is a very talented player. The passes he made to his other team mates were accurate and enabled us to push further forward when we attacked.

Dreamboat Cabaye found himself in some very good positions to have efforts on Shay Given’s goal and he was unlucky not to have netted his first goal for Newcastle United. With these shots Cabaye was able to show the Toon faithful that he has a very good shot on him and I certainly think it won’t be too long before he finds his first goal for the club.

I was also impressed with how both of our fullbacks played. Ryan Taylor put in another decent performance to show that he is capable of playing at left-back, at least until Davide Santon is fully fit anyway. He found himself venturing further forward and put in several crosses that caused trouble for the Villa back line. It also seemed like Jonas did not help him out as much as he has done in the last few games which suggests to me that he has got used to playing there.

Danny Simpson put in a very solid performance in this game. I think that has been one of his better games for us this season and I thought he managed to keep Charles N’Zogbia at bay who can be quite a lively character when he is on song. It was great to see Simpson put in a solid performance as I have noticed in some of our previous games he hasn’t been up to scratch, however I thought yesterday showed that he is able to play very well at right-back.

Another positive from the game that we played yesterday was that Cheik Tiote almost looked back to his best. He seemed to be aware of his surroundings a lot more and was passing the ball around nicely. At times though he did slip into his old self where he turns in a circle and loses the ball. Other than that it was a big improvement in his play as in previous games have not been up to par. If the Ivory Coast international continues with the way that he played yesterday then he will be a fantastic player for us this year.

The partnership of Leon Best and Demba Ba looks to be one that will grow as they both learn how to play with each other. I thought that they linked well and Ba was able to play several passes into Besty which allowed for attacks to be built.

Leon Best again showed yesterday why he can become a top player for the Magpies. The goal he scored was a poacher’s goal although some may argue that he should have put away the header he had. However that didn’t matter as Leon Best knew exactly where the ball was and put the ball straight in the back of the net. That was his third goal of the season and I think there will be many more for him throughout this season.

Pardew also brought on Sammy Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux towards the end of the game. And they looked very nifty in fairness. Ameobi had a brilliant chance dinking the ball over Shay Given only for play to be brought back for a free-kick. Sylvain Marveaux did contribute to our last effort on goal and played a superb cross over to Cabaye who was unlucky not to find his name on the scoresheet. I would think that both Sammy Ameobi and Marveaux will find themselves participating in the Carling Cup game against Nottingham Forest.

I was very impressed with how we played in the game, a whole lot better than we had done against QPR. We were very unlucky not to come away with all three points as we had many chances on goal and were the better team over the ninety minutes, but I’m not complaining! We are still unbeaten five games into the season and have a total of nine points which seems pretty good to me and yesterday suggested that this group of players are finally gelling together.

What observations did you make from the game yesterday?

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106 thoughts on “At last! Some reasons to be cheerful

  1. glad you like Toons 😀

    …where’s Big Dave and his bum-chums anyway? Last I heard he was tattooing a big heart on Batty’s arse, with a nice portrait of fat Mike in the middle, mouth neatly positioned over ringpiece. Batty is probably too busy giving Stardust the reacharound at this time of night anyway.


  2. I wouldn’t want judas back as we would have to change our style again to suit his play.
    Not saying he’s crap but he’s not getting the service at L’pool.
    £35M ??? Gotta be joking, so far anyhow.


  3. BB, as much as I was veritably pissed off at the sale of Gangsta Carroll, I must admit I was constantly pissing myself with pure yellow pearls of joy whilst watching them get rightly buggered by Spurs.

    For me, it sums KD up. Nahs nowt.

    Carrolls price tag was bumped up, big style, over 2 years.

    Unfortunately for KD, AC’s performance was a result of many years of progression through NUFC. When he became our no 1 no9, the whole team had been built around him.

    He’s nee Aguero.


    Definitely robbed.

    …just a shame we ain’t seen ANY OF THE FUCKING CASH YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. Ha Ha just realised in his post match interview, Pardew says HBA will be playing in the coca cola cup on tues.
    Epic fail or what. I thought it was the carling cup


  5. This weekend also makes me happier Barton has moved on. We are all talking about football, just read this good piece, and others all quite positive about our development.

    QPR also had a good result but the talk is all about Barton’s childish spat with Henry. If he was still here, our decent, stepping stone performance would have been missed and it would be semi-negative news again about what pot Barton has most recently stirred. Good player but good riddance.


  6. I think I just saw the most rediculous interview ever. Mancini was complaining that he didn’t have the quantity and quality of players to compete with Fulham.

    I am not kidding, he really said it.


  7. Hmm, our french foreign legion starting to come together?

    Tiote and Cabaye- we all know what potential is there. If Tiote gets back to his best, in my opinion he offers great protection to the back four, has excellent ball retention and almost has the mobility and presence of two players at times. Cabaye looks like a good all rounder to me, he can do the defensive stuff but also has shown what he can do getting forward; not every player is a dribbler and Cabaye seems the international quality ball sprayer to me, a sort of Lampard at his very best.

    Obertoon- I think now that Barton and Routledge has gone and Guthrie is clearly down the pecking order Ober’toon’ has started to show some promise and if not the complete ‘trophy’ signing the fans hoped for, he has something to offer and has had a steady start. For one thing he offers the sort of pace that we have been lacking in Barton and the sort of ability to get a cross in that failed Routledge. He even trys a few sneeky dribbles putting the balls the other side of the defender; one of which came off on a rusty Warnock towards the end of the game.

    Marveux- He hasn’t had much time apart from the last cup game, in which I thought he was a key player over 120 minutes. I hope we see more of him on Tuesday.

    Benny- In my eyes this is the final piece of the jigsaw in our french foreign legion, Pardew has said recently that he is ‘capable of things of which no other player is capable of at this club at the training ground’. I hope he is introduced sparingly, if at all at Forest. We need him to come back slowly and ajust methinks. I would rather see him come on for 20 minutes against less physical teams to start with, we have to be conservative because he is a target for enforcers and quite a fragile player IMO.



  8. GS, that is classic, would have liked to have seen that. In that sense, gotta give Pardew more credit for saying that it was probably he that got the tactics wrong against QPR, and not blaming it on not getting more players in, or on losing Barton etc.


  9. GS, are u talking about when Mancini said, “We don’t have many players in the middle of the park. We have just Yaya (Toure) and Gareth (Barry), so if I had other players, I would have made the changes. We have too many injuries in that area.”

    So apparently Toure and Barry are their only central options right now?! Mancini is Italian, so he wouldn’t dare try somebody out of the academy. Ridiculous.


  10. If I was Mansour I’d question just why, after a billion quid has been spent, there are still holes in their squad. I mean I know there are holes in ours, but at least we have the excuse of not spending much to account for them 😆


  11. Well said Tony Pulis by the way. After the Sunderland game:

    “We make no excuses about the effects of travelling to Kiev. When you think of what happened in South Wales and the deaths of the miners – it is ridiculous to make travelling an excuse.”

    “We live in a bubble. My players earn more in a week than those men working underground do in a year and we need to burst that bubble to see what is happening in the outside world.”


  12. AnndrewT:

    Yes, I was paraphrasing because I saw it on Sky Sports and couldn’t remember his exact words. Thanks for printing what he said. I burst out laughing when he said it.

    I don’t know the injury situation specifically, but surely Milner or Adam Johnson could fill in if push came to shove.

    It reminded me of Harry Rednapp and him always being down to “bare bones”.


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