One Ameobi, two Ameobi… Morecambe 0-2 Newcastle

Sammy puts some gloss on the scoreline

Sammy puts some gloss on the scoreline
Sammy puts some gloss on the scoreline
Both Ameobi brothers found the net late on at the Globe Arena to spare United’s blushes against League Two Morecambe last night.

It took until the 84th minute for the breakthrough to be found but eventually Shola Ameobi found the bottom corner of the Morecambe net before his younger added a second on the breakaway in the last minute of time added on.

This is not to take anything away from Morecambe who gave things a real go and could have been a couple of goals to the good had it not been for some goal-line intervention from Dan Gosling and some superb saves from Rob Elliot. However it wasn’t to be and it was Newcastle who progressed to earn themselves a third round tie at home Leeds United.

Morecambe pressurised us all over the park and aside from an early header from Dan Gosling it was the home side who had the bulk of the play. If Gosling’s header was a bit wasteful his efforts at the other end weren’t as he was twice called into action to clear off the line – first from defender Mark Hughes’ header and then from another headed effort from Padraig Amond.

Indeed Amond had another great chance to put the unfancied Shrimps ahead but he found Rob Elliot equal to his efforts as the former Charlton man produced a fine double save to ensure parity wasn’t broken. The hosts had most definitely had the best of the first period and the best United could muster was a free-kick from Gael Bigirimana which dipped and swerved ala Gareth Bale/Cristiano Ronaldo but was hit straight at the Morecambe ‘keeper.

Alan Pardew said he was taking this competition seriously but with eight changes made to the starting side he took a risk. Some players took their chance, like Paul Dummett who impressed again, while other like Haris Vuckic struggled to get into the game with the Slovenian being replaced by Shola Ameobi at half-time.

Indeed it was a change that almost had an immediate impact as Gosling fed the older Ameobi who was clean through on goal only to fire over the bar with just Barry Roche in the Morecambe goal to beat. A glaring miss but the introduction of Shola gave us a presence up front which Yoan Gouffran couldn’t offer alone in the first period and helped us claw our way back into the game.

Sylvain Marveaux wasted another chance for the away side as he ballooned a volley over the bar from ten yards out while at the other end Jack Sampson hit the side-netting offering a reminder that although United were on top they still weren’t out of danger.

However that changed on 84 minutes when Hatem Ben Arfa fed the ball to Shola Ameobi who turned on the outside of the area before firing an early shot on goal which beat Barry Roche with the help of a deflection to put the away side ahead.

Morecambe tried to rally and exerted pressure in the late stages but it was then that United added a second with an incisive breakaway which saw Ben Arfa feed the ball to Sammy Amoebi leaving the younger brother to advance, dance past two defenders and finish past Roche to out the tie beyond doubt.

Morecambe gave us a stern test and to be honest I expect nothing else. This was their night, a glamour night for a side who have not long been involved in league football and they gave it everything they got. United may have got the result but Morecambe can hold their heads high after this.

Howay the lads!

Morecambe: Barry Roche; Mark Hughes, Tony Diagne, Andy Parrish, Andrew Wright; Ryan Williams, Stewart Drummond, Andrew Fleming; Kevin Ellison, Jack Sampson, Padraig Amond

Subs: Andreas Arestidou, Robbie Threlfall, Alex Kenyon, Marcus Marshall, Chris McCready, Joe McGee, Joe Mwasile

Newcastle: Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Curtis Good, Paul Dummett; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling; Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux; Yoan Gouffran

Subs: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Remie Streete, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi

Attendance: 5,375

70 thoughts on “One Ameobi, two Ameobi… Morecambe 0-2 Newcastle

  1. Did anyone else think our players often looked short of breath whereas Morcambe players who did quite a lot of running seemed to have no problems?


  2. Interesting piece of trivia… this was the first game both Ameobi’s scored in, and the first time an Ameobi has scored in seventeen hundred thousand minutes of football. πŸ˜›


  3. love a thread from wor Toonsy πŸ˜€
    all i can say is in a few short yrs we could be playing in the same lge as those lads with this lot in control ffs


  4. Some cracking draws in the next round! Man U vs. Liverpool and Toon vs. Leeds at home! I thought Gosling put in a decent shift and looks a good hard working player that could play the Nolan role. I was disappointed with Vuckic. Marveaux doesn’t suit being shoved on the right like that, he plays better through the middle.


  5. Toonsy ,It was grim in truth ,we just scraped through ,thank god for Benny and the Ameobis ,never thought I would say that. Comes to something when with all our fresh French talent and promising youngsters it’s an oldie his brother and Benny who save the day. We HAVE to drastically improve we look awful shaky in defence still ,Debuchy I’m sorry to say is really struggling but I was impressed with Curtis Good and Elliott acquitted himself well enough.
    Fulham will not be the easy game we’d like to think ,another test for Pards.


  6. Ive slept on it and decided that actually considering we changed 8 players, playing a team for whom is their biggest game of the season and despite no confidence in our own ability; a clean sheet and 2-0 win is quite satisfactory.

    I noticed other prem teams struggled with far better players starting (everton)


  7. Liam, that’s a fair point ,lower league teams do raise their game for these occasions and normally I would take it as just that ,but in fairness we are crap all over pretty much at present. I’m not saying it’s all Pards as players need to put in a shift and be able to execute simple passes accurately at our level but man he sets us up so negative imo.


  8. Well I cant say too much as I missed over half the game, but what I did see was the same shit different day until Benny came on and started to feed our players with chances.
    But we’re through now which is the main thing, but we will need to up our game against Leeds or we’ll be out


  9. Kim, it’s always been Benny who saves the day for the last couple of years. And then people moan when he has a game where he doesn’t.


  10. Kim why do you think Debuchy is struggling? I thought he was probably our best defender (after Gosling πŸ™‚ ) to be honest. And he had to survive some rough tackles from Morecambe. Good job we don’t still have Dennis Wise or it would have been Morecambe and Wise. πŸ˜•


  11. Morecambe did well in the first have to be fair. We were very lucky not to concede a goal but which might have changed the game. I hope we have more good games to come. The premiership is our bread and butter. Let’s get this win against Fulham


  12. LIAM
    ‘I noticed other prem teams struggled with far better players starting’.

    Totally agree mate. Have to remember that was basically a second choice team from Parsnip, with not a great formation. Anything can happen in a cup game especially away from home. I was impressed with Morecambe, they didn’t look like a bottom of League Two side. Not a bad performance from us all things considered. The aim was to scrape through, not start the first team and chin them.


  13. Pardew took a risk with his line up, but to be fair the stength of the bench suggested he was taking the cup seriously.

    Positives for me were.

    Rob Elliott – has proven himself to be a very competent keeper. I don’t worry anymore when I see he’s in the sticks.

    Curtis Good – had a good loan spell at Bradford last season and showed last night that he could well more into the first team squad.

    Paul Dummett – another solid performance, he’d be in the first team squad for me and maybe even play at LB with Santon at RB with Debuchy dropped.

    Sammy Ameobi – still has alot to learn but to his goal well and did some good work. I’d keep him rather than loan him to monitor his progress closely.

    Shola came on and after missing a relatively easy chance, took his goal well and did have a possitive impact on the game overall.

    Benny – 2 assists and played where I want to see him. Through the middle allowed to roam.
    He’s a much better player when he gets his head up and looks to play people in rather than head down and trying to take on the world.

    Biggest let downs for me were – Debuchy, Mapou, Bigi and Vukic.

    Gosling, Marveaux and Gouffran worked hard but had little to no impact on the game at all.


  14. Fucking pics headsΒ  πŸ‘Ώ Β the game is going to a several shame for newcastle united if hatem unblocked the match on last 10mn enter…thanks god no 10 free creative position ❗ Β We must loose this game before the 80 th ❗ …..Sack fuck pards now …  or change tactical formation and stoping fucking hoof style pards shit of shitΒ Β Β  ❗ πŸ‘Ώ


  15. On that performance lack of quality in squad apparent and laid bare. In other words “Bleeding Obvious” πŸ’‘ 😯


  16. I was surprised Saylor didn’t play last night with him being suspended in the league to be honest.
    But I think last night showed that actually our defence is probably the strongest area of the team in terms strength in depth.
    But we desperately need to strengthen attack and midfield.


  17. DJG @12 ,sorry been painting mate ,considering his main attribute is his speed getting forward and putting in crosses I haven’t seen much to excite me so far and his defensive play is poor ,often beaten and skinned at PL level and ALWAYS looks like conceding a pen at some point ,but I really hope he gets into the PL level many thought he would prior to arriving. He did get some rough tackles on him last night but that’s par for the course against lower league teams and he has to adapt to the physicality of the English league if he’s to impress ,hopefully he will be like Colo and Enrique and grow into our game.


  18. Kim, I thought he was alright against West Ham, maybe he is the latest scapegoat in the absence of an Obertan or someone like that, there always has to be a scapegoat somewhere on the pitch. One other thing I noticed when watching Man U vs. Chelsea (and what a drab game that was) was that the right backs were basically players who look more like a centre half. Maybe that is the way it is going where the right fullback is just expected to be totally defensive and an extra CB to defend set pieces.


  19. DJG ,possibly mate ,not from me ,I just say what I see . On Saturday I moaned a lot about him but when he did do something right I was quick to acknowledge it too. I’m just sad he’s not the real deal many had hoped he was but like I said hope he comes good as after all he is our player. πŸ˜‰


  20. Kim – it certainly needs strengthening, but not as urgently as midfield or attack is what I mean.

    I agree with you regarding Debuchy. To be fair to the lad he has admitted that he’s found it tough and like you say, hopefully with time he’ll do a Colo or Enrique and get up to speed.
    He came with alot of expectation as well which I don’t think help him much either.


  21. Sharpy

    Totally agree about Sammy, after I saw him in a pre-season game I thought basically get rid. But then he has shown little glimpses of something and took his goal well last night. I would start him ahead of Guttierez now because at least he gets past players and gets a cross in occasionally, where with Guttierez it is never. It wouldn’t surprise me if he is a frustrating player who is always verging on being good enough, ie. an Ameobi. πŸ™‚


  22. Nice to get a win at least. There were some truly average players in our team last night. Vuckic, Marv, Gosling and even Gouffran the most notable. Even Bigi looked poor and I think he’s good. Seems he’s a central DM or nothing. Thought Good was excellent on the ball but weak in the air and physically. Good prospect. MYM was dreadful but I expect a lot more from him and it had a lot to do with the central midfield being so weak.

    Thank the lord for Hatem.


  23. I think that they may have upped their game, but we should’ve too. Not to mention we also had a lot of fringe players in the shop window so to speak. There were reasons for our lads to have shown what they can do and for me only 3-4 came out with real credit. Gosling and Elliot kept us in it and did well, Dummett and Good looked decent too. Sameobi did some bits and bobs and Bigi seemed ok, but the rest just didnt up their game. Marveux hasnt maybe had the run in the team, but he didnt do anything to warrant a start on Sat. Vuckic is the major disappointment though. Think Pardew shouldve hooked Marv instead of Vuckic to be fair.

    I dont think having a good strong ST will make any difference unless we improve the supply line. We have very little creativity. I seriously wonder why we havent gone in for Sinclair, Ince, Moses, decent pacy wingers with a bit of the unknown. We need that. I would like us to try and get Moses from Chelski, he cant play 1-9-0 can he?

    I have not changed my mind. I really want Pardew replaced with a coach and staff that can get the best out of this group of players.

    On a different tack, how impressive are the spuds? I dont care for them much but you have to say that they are really showing what can be done when you re-invest money from a sale. They have done some epic business so far. Top 4 nailed on, maybe even a push for the title at this rate. Hats off to Levy. Shame we havent the same ambition.


  24. I think some of those players are not half bad players to be honest, but they have one role or position that they are good at or they are knackered if they’re not played in it, some of them. And Pardew is not getting the best out of them, that’s the top and bottom of it in my opinion. Right I’m off, laters.


  25. Aussie (last thread)
    Who would those wide CMs be? Sissoko and Anita?
    Agree about Santon RB, Dummett LB. Debuchy has been so poor that he needs to know that he will lose his place in the XI if he’s poor. Davide and Paul have both showed fight and seem like our best FBs at present. Mapou is too casual in defence, he is a brain defender and next to Colo an enforcer is needed so based on a very solid performance I’d play Good.
    If you don’t know what I mean the best CB pairings consist of a brain (organises the defence and makes the intelligent tackles, and the enforcer (big man who puts himself about, last ditch tackles and blocks and a danger at a set piece.
    Kompany – brain Lescott – enforcer
    Ferdinand – brain Vidic – enforcer
    Puyol – brain PiquΓ© – enforcer
    Hummels – brain. Subotic -enforcer


  26. I think we will get Gomis in before Monday.

    Ayew only if cabaye goes and that will likely be our lot.

    Would we be disappointed with that? All we need is a striker, a decent winger and a utility player


    The best CB pairing in the world are brains, braun, skill, speed, everything. ie. Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini πŸ˜‰


  28. I actually thought there were a few positives sammy was good and took his goal well, he needs to work on his final ball and bulk up a bit but there’s a lot of potential there.

    Good was as his name suggests pretty good, Elliott made some decent stops and the subs had an impact again something pardew has got right this season.

    I understand people gripes with style but did you see the pitch, I’ve played 5 a side on bigger, it was so congested it was going to nigh on impossible to play a possession game…


  29. V good point that Andy, Terry is the enforcer with Luiz/Cahill the brains.

    I think we need more than 1 winger. I think we need 2 and even then thats bare minimum. I think it is a shame that players like Obertan havent been replaced. There’s major surgery required.

    Do wonder if we have waited to see if we can nab some fringe players from Spuds and Chelsea. Wouldnt mind that, they are clearly above us and I would happily take Townshend + Moses for either wing.

    I like the idea of Santoon at RB and Dummett at LB, but I wonder about the possible benefits of a 3-5-2, with them both pushed further forward to counter the fact we have v little width. We could have MYM/Collo/Good as 3 CB, we would only need to have Tiote/Anita as the sitter and the rest can be fluid and interchanging with perhaps a Gomis/Ba figurehead.

    Dont really rate Cisse.


  30. Why do people think we should be getting Eriksen over Spuds?
    Get a grip mon! πŸ™„


  31. So if Chelsea want Β£10m for Ba – and for arguement sake – he wanted to come back to Newcastle permanently.
    Would Ba be the best option for us for that money or do we need more of a target man?.


  32. LST – I’d rather bring Josh McEachran to Newcastle. I think he’s a real quality player who has little to no future at Chelsea.
    He may not be ready just yet but he’s certainly someone who could challenge the likes of Cabaye (if he stays), Anita and Sissoko.
    I’d even consider someone like Jack Rodwell, who’s another who will be a forgotten man at City.
    I think playing regularly, he’s an England international alongside Wilshire.

    I also think we should offer Β£5m plus Gosling or obertan to Derby for Will Hughes.


  33. Stuart-Taylor was sitting out his league ban, apparently it applies for league cup games.

    Andy re the last thread-sorry pal yeah the diamond 4-4-2 is what you described. I’d have Sissoko and Anita as the “wide” men, both are well rounded players, Sissoko on the right to be an outlet particularly on the break, or if we’ve built up slowly give it to Anita on the left who seems best at dictating the play in the opposition half-Cabs for me was a bit too slow and flat footed for that role, he liked to slot passes in behind or take long shots but he doesn’t have the quick feet and high tempo passing that Anita favours, plus Anita can acually turn and beat a man, even if his shots aren’t anywhere near as dangerous. If Tiote’s form is still shite we can still rotate Sissoko or even Anita in the DM role, plenty of options there at least.

    Aussie-agree with you last thread, wanting the team to lose? I’ll never understand that.


  34. Sharpy-I don’t rate McEachran one jot, just another overrated English youth player particularly as he’s at a top club. Completely average for me. We need a striker (just sign Gomis already) and a winger if we’re not going to switch formation.


  35. Newkie
    Yeah I thought that’s what you were meaning. Would it be Cisse and Remy upfront or someone like Gomis in the front two?
    Said in the last thread that it was stupid for a fan to want us to lose, going into mackem territory there πŸ˜• 😯 .


  36. Andy-this was working on the basis of the players we have so far, so from them I’d go for Cisse and Remy when fit, Goof otherwise. Although from what I’ve seen, Goof does just look the player we paid for, a Β£750k striker πŸ˜• Had some decent touches and runs and energy yesterday, held the ball better than Cisse could, but I’m not convinced he can unlock a defence or find the net consistently enough.

    Rotate Benny between top of the diamond and the striker role if injuries hit, put Marv top of the diamond-but he has to show more hunger to get in the side, he’s clearly not interested in doing the leg work of a winger. I’m not sure whether it’s a lack of effort or a fear of doing himself in with injuries, he’s had a bad record and maybe he’s worried about over exerting himself? πŸ˜• Can’t really be a PL player either attitude though.

    Re the last point-exactly.


  37. Newkie – I actually think that despite Chelsea being a top club, their youth policy seems shite.
    Other than Ryan Bertrand, they don’t ever seem to bring young players through. They’re quick to buy them up but then spend bigger money to buy players to block their progress.
    McEachran is a good ball player from what I saw of him at Boro and I work with a couple of Boro fans who said he’s young and has a bit to learn but has the ability to open a game.
    He’d be bought to develop and I’m not suggesting he’d be Cabayes replacement straight away but he could make it in a slightly lesser team, playing more regularly.

    Your diamond formation I’d have more of a 4-3-1-2. I think 4-4-2 would suggest wingers in the team and we wouldn’t have those. I’d agree though, Tiote at the bottom, Sissoko right and Anita left with Benny having a free role behind the front 2 of Gomis and Remy.


  38. According to Pardew we are still after a striker and a flair player, or two flair players. Hasn’t he been saying this for the last two years?

    Bored now.

    Cabaye will be sold and we will not bring any other players in imo.


  39. A bit dissapointed to see some of us on here wanted the team to lose, no matter for what reason. If they insist on doing that, I can safely say that they are either glory hunters or bandwagoners. πŸ™„

    Sammy deserves a start ahead of Jonas (if fit) or Marveaux next Saturday. Marveaux is not a winger, despite appears to be one.

    Is Obertan injured? He was not on the bench for our last 2 games. He and Amalfitano are eating squad places with contributing next to nothing to our team. In a normal world i would like to get rid of them and get better squad players but we don’t have that luxury here. πŸ™


  40. Sharpy-I agree their policy is pretty shocking, but then they can afford for it to be. Sturridge is an example of the big spenders liking the look of a player but not having the patience for him-if you ask me he’ll end up better than Ba, he’s already a far better striker than Moses and they could easily have played him ahead of Malouda or Kalou back in the day, imo.

    As for McEachran, I remember I think it was the 2-2 game against us two seasons back, in the build up he was all the rage and commentators were drooling over him-he was shite (yes he was young, but still) and I remember thinking Shane Ferguson looked twice the player he did. Sammyobi also looked quality for Boro like so take what those inbreds say with a pinch of salt πŸ˜€ Don’t bother with him. If we’re keeping Gosling we need to find a use for him, and Bigi needs to develop too, he’s got just as much promise imo.

    As for the diamond they tend to be considered wide midfielders, the “in the hole” player filling in for the attacking duties that wingers used to be far more focused with until recently. Pards wants to play Sissoko on the wing- wide mid will give him the space and opportunity to run without having to bother crossing, Anita, while he lacks pace is at least left footed and a very complete player. Both would be more suited to it than Cabs, in fact the only role cabs could do in that team IMO would be DM, and we’re stocked with them. I’ve not seen enough of Gomis to say whether he would walk right in ahead of Cisse-hopefully cisse can find some form this weekend, but Remy would have to start for me.


  41. Newkie – I felt sorry for Gouffran last night like. He worked really hard but with Marv and Vukic having such a poor game, I think he was left very isolated. That said, I don’t see him being a 15 plus goals a season player either. I think double figures would be a good season for him.

    Based on last night I also think that Sammy would be better at the top of a diamond formation rather than the left where he’d have to help out with defending as well.

    Stu – I agree with Pardew. I don’t expect we’ll see all of them this window, but at least he can see what’s needed. I’m sure he’d like a striker and 2 flair players in, but thanks to JFK and MA he won’t get them.


  42. Newkie – so one game when he was 18 and you don’t rate him?! :???:. I’m sure not mate and the beauty of football is we can all have differing opinions, but if we could get him at a decent price I’d defo get him.
    As for Gosling – I’d use him as a player plus cash for Will Hughes at Derby. He’s a championship player IMO but at 18 I think Hughes could well make a PL player.

    If spurs get Eriksen I’d like us to go after Sigurdsson rather than McCarthy. Sig can play through the middle and on the left side and at 23 would be a great player for us. We could possibly get him for around Β£7-8m as well but not sure what his wage demands would be.


  43. Kim – he’s clearly not is he?!. I actually think he’d be wrong to play him and it would be very unfair to Anita.
    I still can fathom out what Pardews long term plan for Anita is or why he ever bought him for that matter. He played well against WH and will be dumped on again for a player who clearly doesn’t want to play for us and hasn’t had a competitive game yet this season. The only way I’d have him in would be:

    ——– Sissoko – Cabaye – Anita ——-
    ——————- Ben Arfa ——————
    ———— Cisse ——- Shola ————-


  44. Sharpy-I agree, Vuckic was completely out of the game yesterday, he’s both a highlights reel player and a sick note, I do think yesterday was his last real chance πŸ˜• Goof didn’t do badly, but we need more quality. As fourth choice he’d be great though. Not so sure about Sammy diamond…I know he’s not great defensively but he’s got good pace and trickery and he can cross far more consistently than any of our other wingers. If we’re going to play a bog standard 4-4-2 he’d be on the wing for me.

    I know its bad to judge on that but whenever the hype comes out I find it hard not to just disregard that player-because it happens with every english player nowadays. He’s looked poor for the U21 side when I’ve seen him (most do)-I’d take him on a free but we have far more pressing concerns imo. Hughes looks decent but Cloughie was asking for 8mil plus, I’m not sure Gosling is valued at any more than 1mil these days πŸ˜• I’d rather get someone who can make an instant impact-we need it-and I agree I’d take Siggy, give us some goals from the midfield.

    Kim-what else can he say? If he says yes and Cabs buggers off there is egg on his face and people will slate him, if people says no people will slate him because he apparently plays Cabaye out of position and that’s why he wants to leave-or some such horseshit. Or because they want him sold if he isn’t committed-oh the irony.


  45. Arsenal resign Flamini. So Cabaye to stay after all πŸ˜† ? let him rot in reserves until after international break.


  46. Cabaye is no way committed to the club ? He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Newcastle. He is more intrested about playing for france. Being our vice captain and getting paid by the club means nothing to him. He really has been over rated by fans on here. 10 million is all his worth.


  47. We need to play 3 centre backs. Santon & Debuchy are wing backs; they do ok defensively but are much better going forward.

    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”BEN ARFAβ€”β€”MARVEAUXβ€”β€”


  48. KK – because Hangeland and Senderos are big strong CBs and Shola could battle with them. Gouffran to come on later when legs are tired and get in behind them for me.
    I think Cisse and Gouffran would be too light weight against those physical CBs.

    Newkie – I’d be giving whoevers at the top of the diamond the freedom to find areas on the pitch where they can be most dangerous. Whether that be left or right flank to make more of a 4-3-3 formation or to drop off and pick the ball up. Someone like Benny would have the intelligence to do that and Sammy seemed to be doing it last night.

    Toon TRW – that’s interesting mate. Will be interesting to see what Arsenal do now coz I read earlier that Podolski is out for about 10wks. So I reckon Wenger will be looking to get a forward in.
    Reckon Cabayes to Arsenal may well be dead in the water now.
    Over to you PSG?.


  49. or a quick swap…

    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”BEN ARFAβ€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”


  50. KK
    When I looked at your first team/formation I was thinking that a Anita-Sissoko partnership would be better than Marv and so your second team would be the one I pick all day long. Sakho would be good but unless its part of a Cabaye deal I can’t see it.


  51. KK – I take it Anita or Sissoko would get forward to support with the wing backs pushing on as well.
    We could adopt that formation now really with Good playing in Sakhos place if we didnt bring anyone in.

    KK – I don’t see the PSG money men giving Β£20m for Cabaye like so it would depend on how much they would offer – no more than Β£15m I’d reckon.


  52. Sharpy
    Good played well against Morcambe but is he ready to play v PL opposition? At the moment though I’d have him over Saylor (dumbass) and I don’t think Colo-MYM works as you NEED an enforcer (Sakho is a good shout for that).


  53. Dear Newcastle Fan’s,
    I hope you enjoyed the wonderful display Newcastle put in against Morecambe last night ? Alan really did us all proud and deserves the utmost respect for a great victory. I have had word’s with Cabaye and he is playing against Fulham and staying with the club. I have tried getting Ba on loan but Chelsea aren’t intrested. Gomis is on going because of personal terms with Lyon and his agents. We haven’t given up on him just yet. I am looking forward to the Fulham match. Hope to see you all there with your wonga tops on. If you haven’t bought a top there 40 pounds from the club shop. Get your favourite players name on the back or Kinnear if you like. Treat yourself to a game and a nice wonga top.
    From Joe Kinner ( Director of Football)


  54. Sharpy-yeah I see what you mean. The lad can score rockets and has some dribbling skill despite the fact he runs and looks just like his brother did in his early days πŸ˜† has to be one of the least graceful to look at but fuck it it seems to work. πŸ˜†

    Podolski got injured? Yup that will be arsenal looking for a striker instead then. Blanc will prove to be a complete fool if he offered anything more than 12 for cabs, hopefully his love-in will force his hand but i’m skeptical.


  55. ANDYMAG – Saylor just reminds me of Bramble. He can be really solid for most of a game but you know somewhere in every game he is just going to screw up. Sometimes he’ll get away with it but sometimes he won’t.

    I think we could (and should) swap Cabaye for Sakho. We might even get some money in the process as Sakho’s contract is running out.

    SHARPY – I’d expect Anita and Sissoko to take turns getting forward to support with the wing backs. I think Anita already has the intelligence to know where he should be on the pitch depending on the state of play and he can really set the tempo for the team.

    Sissoko should surprise the opposition with occasional burst from deep through the middle.


  56. We need three centre backs to allow Debuchy and Santon to attack without fear of leaving us short at the back.

    Plus if they’re attacking it means that they would be pinning the opposition wingers back.


  57. @Sharpy
    I think Cabaye has picked a wrong time to get a move away mate. Did he think he deserves big money move after playing like that last season?

    Personally I would like to see him stay and have a good season with us, help France qualify to World Cup and has a good campaign at Brazil. Then he can go to the highest bidder. However if his head really turned already better to get rid of him as fast as possible. Doubt we will get a replacement though.

    Arsenal only has Giroud and the new kid Sanogo left. Bendtner & Park are their Amalfitano. Surely Wenger are going to bring in a striker?


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