Potters pocketed! Stoke 1 – 3 Newcastle

The masked Taylor celebrates Ba's second
Before kick off, 90% of us saw this as the hardest game of the season so far. Including me.

How wrong we were to think a point would be a struggle and a worthy result. A solid unit Stoke may be, but our lads bullied them off the pitch last night in their own back yard resulting in Newcastle extending their unbeaten league start to the season.

The game kicked off as you would expect, Stoke pumping a high ball into our box only to see the Toon back in numbers and Jonas ‘Guti’ Gutierrez (be prepared to hear this name a lot in this read up) heading away. That set off Frenchman Gabriel Obertan down the right, who won us a corner by cutting inside. Yohan Cabaye then sent in a corner that was headed behind for a retake, which resulted in a clearance and a Ryan ‘Raylor’ Taylor effort from distance that went wide.

Stoke came back at us with a long Rory Delap throw finding a City player in our box. The ball was controlled badly and Guti was on hand to clear. The Toon boys then demonstrated some neat passes from left to right, showing how composed they are on the ball these days.

A little bit into the game and it was obvious Stoke were targeting our left side, with Pennant being released multiple times by his teammates. City had identified Raylor as the weak link in our armoury. He did ok in the early exchanges though and after a bit of pressure from our opponents the forgotten man (until his screamer against Blackburn) Danny Guthrie had the vision to quickly release Obertan who was almost through on goal only for the ‘keeper to rush out and clear.

Stoke began to build up the pressure, but our defence – supplemented by a hardworking midfield – dealt with everything they threw at us. Stoke sprayed the ball from wing to wing trying to find an opening but our boys forced them back into their own half, where Leon Best pressurised their player into playing a long ball upfield and enabled us to regain possession. Good work as he continued to drop deep and look for the ball.

A lovely goal kick from Tim Krul found a flick on from the marginally offside Leon Best, which found Obertan out on the right flank. He cut inside the box and deftly crossed a lovely weighted ball for Ba who read the play well and got himself into position to head home. 0-1, 12 minutes played. What was that about Obertan’s end product people? A goal providing cross described by the commentator as ‘delicious.’

Stoke continued to target our left and Pennant won a corner, which was met by Walters who could only steer a header wide. A bit of confusion after that between Tim Krul and Raylor resulted in another opportunity for a Delap long throw special, however our defenders were back in numbers and we calmly played the ball out of the box, releasing Ba who earnt the Toon a throw in Stoke’s own 3rd of the pitch. Not quite what City hand in mind!

Their fans were not linking this industrious, pacey, robust, talented finisher they call Demba Ba. They had deemed him a write off due a knee injury West Ham and Newcastle fans are yet to bear witness to and he was making their boys look like amateurs. The choruses of ‘YOU’RE A W****R, YOU’RE A W****R DEMBA BA’ rang around the stadium. His response was to catch their defender out in possession and bear down on goal, only to find the ‘keeper again rushing out to clear.

Again Pennant was being continually released down our left, with Raylor marshalling well. Guti was also all over the former Liverpool star, he cleared a long throw then dispossessed Pennant before Raylor made a solid tackle on Wilkinson.

Citydecided to try the left for a change. However, Danny Simpson matched Etherington for pace by tracking match, sticking to him like glue and clearing calmly away. Pennant was again off down their right, but the ball was cleared resulting in Yohan Cabaye putting Ba through who was foiled by a rushing goalkeeper. Shortly afterwards Guti was back tackling down our left resulting in a corner that was caught safely by Krul. This is followed up by a bit of great defending by Raylor. He is pressurised by a determined Stoke, but loses two players before calmly passing to feet.

Stoke come forward and we conceded another corner following more good work by Raylor and Cabaye but Krul spilled an awkward catch. Best is back and clears confidently away. A fast ball finds Obertan who breaks away and wins a throw. However Stoke came back at us only to find a resolute mask adorned Steven ‘Saylor’ Taylor tidying up anything our midfielders had missed. Ba is again boo’d, total jealousy from the Stoke fans who’s £10 million striker Peter Crouch was being completely overshadowed by our free transer ‘injury write-off.’ Finally Crouch produced something and beat both Cabaye and Guthrie, but Captain Coloccini calmly cleaned up. Shortly afterwards Best was again in our own box heading away a Delap throw. The ball fell to Etherington’s feet who shot at goal, only to see his effort saved with ease.

Newcastle were just dominating play. Stoke were trying everything they knew, but our boys had a plan. It was all about team work. Defending in numbers, taking set pieces quickly and every player pressurising the opposition when not in possession. Nothing was coming together for Stoke City.

Yohan Cabaye then conceded a free kick on the edge of our box, however it is easily dealt with and resulted in an attack of or own. Raylor tries a long throw of his own after a bit of Delapesque ball drying with the towel. The ball is cleared only to find Coloccini at the half way line. He chips the ball over the top to Best who chests down and shoots off target (I mean passes with intent?!) into the direction Ba, who is again in the right place to find a tap in waiting for him. 0-2, 39 minutes played.

More good defensive team work between Raylor and Guti ensures another Stoke attack in a corner instead of a free cross. This is dealt with by Krul’s strong fists. Raylor is then at the other end of the pitch taking a long throw in, which is easily dealt with and the ball cleared to Stoke players in midfield. However Demba Ba shows good determination to run back, outmuscle his opposition and win back possession for the Toon.

At this point the camera pans to our next opposition’s manager David Moyes of Everton, who looks sick as a parrot thinking about the prospect of breaking our boys down. Raylor goes in for a 50/50 challenge in our box and is knocked for six, needing over two minutes to get back to his feet and recover. Just before half time Newcastle turn up the heat a little with Guti intercepting again. The ball is played out wide to Best, who runs infield. The Stoke defenders are drawn out of position and the Toon find themselves with two players free on the right, but instead of playing them in Best greedily takes a long shot which is wasted. Bad decision.

Half time Stoke City 0 Newcastle United 2

The second half begins with neither side showing much urgency, but Stoke break with Etherington down their left who is tracked and subdued by Simpson plus two others. Guti then beat three players down their right before promptly losing the ball. However he runs all the way back with Pennant and pressurises him, allowing one of our other boys to get the tackle in. Guti is then involved in more chasing back, this time blocking a cross.

A needless Steven Taylor foul on the edge of our box results in an Etherington free kick, but Saylor made up for it by heading away. Delap then played a lovely ball over the top to release Kenwyne Jones, but our defence was wise to it and stepped up in unison to render Jones offside.

Stoke started to build up a head of steam and Pennant attacked our left only to find Raylor block him three times inside ten seconds. A low testing Delap throw ran through our defence only to find Captain Colo clearing. Etherington then tried the other flank only to find Simpson closing him down and conceding the corner. Note: Simmo is not standing off anymore, he is doing a good job. The first corner is cleared over, the second is met by Upson who heads wide.

A long throw is then taken by Delap, which is cleared by Raylor who is taken out by a high knee. There is then great forward play by Stoke but again Guti busts a gut to get back and clear. Stoke build up the pressure and a nice ball from the left just misses Crouch on the edge of the 12 yard box. In the 5 minutes up to the 67th minute, Stoke have 70% possession.

City continue to build play and try going through the middle with a bit on pace and passing to feet, but the Toon players deal with that effectively too. Despite the Stoke pressure, they create nothing of note and the second half turns into a bit of a stalemate, which suits us!

A Stoke long ball then almost finds a way through, only for Coloccini to slide and clear for a Delap special. Krul again punches away confidently. City get a ball into the box via Whelan causing a scramble in which Ba shoulder barges Crouch in the back conceding a penalty. Walters steps up and smashes it home slightly to the left of the middle as Krul dives to his own left side. 1-2, 75 minutes played.

Newcastle then momentarily lose shape and I begin to worry. We start pumping long balls up field reminiscent of last season and we lose the ball repeatedly, resulting in Wilkinson sending a cross in from the left which carries a lot of bend and almost catches Krul out. Luckily he reads it well and recovers. James Perch then comes on for the hard working and tired Yohan Cabeye and we all despair Come on, be honest. You did, didn’t you?! Within seconds Perch goes in with studs up, feet slightly off the ground. He gets some of the ball and some of the player resulting in a yellow card. I know some felt this was a bit harsh, but it could easily have been a red…

Raylor takes another long throw of his own from the left side of Stoke’s final 3rd. It is aimed at Best, who would have had a header at goal if he were not pushed with two hands in the back by Robert Huth. Penalty. Ba steps up and fires it home to the ‘keeper’s right as he dives the other way. 1-3, 80 minutes played.

Following this Stoke are undone. Ba does more good work to release Obertan on goal who fires wide. Later Kenwyne Jones attacks our left wing but Perch gets back and tackles well. A Delap throw is then caught by an assured Tim Krul, who is taken out by a frustrated Robert Huth. A little tussle begins for a minute or so, which is dealt with well by the referee Mike Dean. Guti is still closing everything down and didn’t stopped running all day. Must be the fittest footballer to have ever graced the earth! In the 95th minute Simpson goes down in the Newcastle box pretending to be injured and ensured the final minute or so passes without any threat towards the away side. Game over.

So there you have it. Always going to be tough going to Stoke, but our boys kept them at bay comfortably and came away with a 3-1 win. Last season we lost 4-0, so it shows how far we have come. We are now sat in 3rd place outright above Chelsea on points and still unbeaten in the league.

Howay the Toon!

Stoke: Asmir Begovic; Andy Wilkinson, Ryan Shawcross, Jonathan Woodgate, Marc Wilson; Jermaine Pennant, Rory Delap, Glenn Whelan, Matt Etherington; Peter Crouch, Jonathan Walters.

Subs: Thomas Sorensen, Robert Huth, Kenwyne Jones, Dean Whitehead, Matthew Upson, Cameron Jerome, Wilson Palacios.

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba.

Subs: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, James Perch, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi.

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 26,564

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116 thoughts on “Potters pocketed! Stoke 1 – 3 Newcastle

  1. The one thing I noticed last night was how well our team defended. And I mean the whole team. Ba, Obertoon and Jonas all getting inside the box and defending those dangerous Stoke set pieces.

    It’s great to see that wor lads have enough pace and agility to help out in the box and then make such great runs to the other end on the counter attack!

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  2. Cracking write up. I’d said i would have been happy with 6 points from the games starting with Wigan. We already have that!

    05/06 we got 58 points under Roeder. Bit optimistic possibly but that has to be our aim. To top that would be the biggest sign that we are on the road back to the SBR days.

    Last night is probably the proudest i’ve been this season, to come back from the defeat against Blackburn at one of the hardest places to go, without Cheik. All the lads did superb. Grim second half of football though!

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  3. Great result, interesting that we get very little praise from the pundits who seem to think it’s always the other team playing badly giving us these results, **** west brom were woeful on Sunday and could barely string a pass together yet spurs were praised by all the pundits as title challengers
    I don’t expect champions league football next season but we are where we are on merit and for a side put together over the summer it’s a remarkable achievement especially when you consider the cost of the team put out last night

    Krul – nowt
    Simmo – 1 mil
    Taylor – nowt
    Collo – 10 mil
    Taylor (r) 1 mil
    Jonas – 5 mil
    Guthrie – 2 mil
    Cabaye – 4 mil
    Obertan – 3 mil
    Best – 1 mil
    Ba – nowt

    That’s around 27 million for the whole team – we have about 15 mil on the bench, Carroll money could almost buy our whole squad, no wonder the pundits hate it

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  4. Thought everyone played well last night. Players who generally get a lot of stick like Guthrie, Obertan and Simpson played really well.

    Problem for Pardew is, who does he drop for Tiote on Saturday or does he keep the same team?

    Also a mention for Saylor, it showed against Blackburn how important he is, he’s really come on a bundle this year and you can see him and Colo really enjoy playing together.

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  5. So that’s now: (not counting QPR):
    6 points from those 9 games last year
    21 points this year
    Awesome.

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  6. Agree with Robert @1….good write up Shamrock.

    Who’d have thought with just under 1/4 of the season gone and sitting in 4th it could get any better?….then, with just over 1/4 of the season gone we were sitting in 3rd 😯 😀 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆

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  7. Fantastic team effort last night, and you really get the impression that they respect and trust the manager.

    When Ba was asked if he was worried about Stoke’s goal he replied ‘no the gaffer said at half time he wasn’t worried because if they scored, we would score a third’

    The dressing room after the match must have been buzzing.

    HWTL

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  8. i’m not as technically astute at noticing these thing as some of you guys are, but to me, that seemed like a near perfect tactical game by Pardew.
    He’s well on his way to winning me over, fantastic display

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  9. I hated Gary Neville as a player but he is a great pundit, seems far more knowledgable than the other ex pros they wheel out.

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  10. Well lads keep proving the doubters wrong including me a win over everton this weekend and the scum grabbing a draw at manure we could be second. Great team performance last night keep it going lads.

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  11. Now for a win against Everton and we can afford to get nothing against the two manchester sides… The game i look the most forward to is City though, as AP really comes up with some great game plans and i wanna see how he will handle the best in the league.

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  12. Why was Cabaye taken off? Anyone know – was it a knock? Thought he was very good last night on the ball – holds the ball brilliantly and uses it wisely in tight spaces.

    Stokes game tries to bypass MF’s but we didn’t let them. Got to admit being stunned by Perch coming on in MF.

    For me – Jonas and Ba being jointly MOTM was spot on.

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  13. Lacedaemonian…the quality of the punditry on several UK TV channels is really garbage. Yesterday the numpty’s Curbishley and Townsend were a typical example…it often detracts from the quality of the game. It would be great if one could turn off the punditry, but still listen to the crowd…. 🙄

    bbc motd is another garbage show, Hansen and Lawrenson are also both useless, with AS not far behind them. Jobs for the boys…

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  14. Demba Demba have you any goals ,yes sir, yes sir, 3 nets Full, 1 for the Pardew and 1 for my team and ! for the toon army who cheered us on again. a nursery rhyme i will be teaching my 3 grandkids 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀
    I can hear my seat in the leazes shouting for me already roll on saturday 😛

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  15. GEEETTTT IIINNN! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😯

    Still on cloud 9 from last night ❗

    I hate stoke so much and this victory was ever so sweet 😈

    ‘Demba Ba, what a w@nk£r, what a w@nk£r’

    That ‘W@nk£r’ just put 3 past you….. silly b@stards. 😈

    Loved the ameobi song….

    ‘doo doo doooooo – sammi ameobi’… class 😀

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  16. “Toon Chicken
    October 31, 2011 at 08:47

    Kin ‘ell – if the bin dippers can beat them (albeit in the woofters cup) I don’t see why we can’t.

    Let’s have some positivity lads and lasses.

    TOON TOON!!”

    That chicken lad knows his stuff like. 😉

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  17. Stardust@16…I think Cabaye was just cream-crackered so AP took him off.

    Alan Pardew got the subs call right again imo, bringing Perch on for his defensive qualities. However I really think there is a justification in bringing Marveaux on in this capacity too, cos the bloke can hold the ball, which is just what you want when you are going under the cosh a bit. I found yesterday Stoke got after us when we started giving the ball away, which was bound to come with tiredness.

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  18. Seriously though, I hope that shows the rest of the Premier League that they’ve been showing Stoke FAR TOO MUCH respect.

    They are fcuking ****. An embarrassment to the Premier League.

    And their fans? Cheering a throw-in like it’s a penalty? WTF? I’d slit my fcuking wrists if that’s what supporting the Toon was reduced to. What a bunch of cnuts.

    Sorry for the bad language. Still half cut I think.

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  19. I don’t think Andy Townsend is too bad. He admitted he had written us off at the start of the season and got it wrong.

    With regard to the penalties. I agree they were both very soft, but according to the laws of the game, they were correct.

    In fact, although ours was the softer of the two, it was the more correct decision, because Best was pushed with both hands. Whereas Crouch was shoulder barged, which is technically legal. I think Ba was blown up more for backing in.

    Either way, if Mike Dean is going to give one, he has to give the other and so I give him credit for being consistant, which is what every team wants.

    On another day, with another ref, neither team would have got a penalty. All depends how you call it.

    Great result… It brightened an otherwise very ****ty day for me.

    I think Everton is going to be our first “real” test though… What you think guys think? 😉 🙄

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  20. Full marks to pardew cannot fault his tactics at all. Amazing considering this was all without tiote ben arfa marveaux gosling santon lovenkrands ameobi etc

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  21. totallt agree with you chicken… i hate them so much. 👿

    I’ve got my new season ticket… in L1C (just to the left of the dugout as you look at it from the pitch) can’t wait to be cheering the lads on again.

    Got a new song for Ba (to the tune of boney m’s – ‘brown girl in the ring’)

    Demba put it in the net, Ba B-Ba B-Ba
    Demab put it in the net Baaaa Ba Ba Ba Baaa

    Yay or Nay? ❓ :mrgreen:

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  22. I think the Toon set up is perfect for away games, where the onus is on the home team to make the running, and we can exploit them on the break with our speed. That’s why we made Stoke look so poor yesterday cos we were just too compact, speedy and took our chances clinically. The defence stood the test brilliantly too against the best that a uncomfortable Stoke team could offer.

    The toon home games are a different kettle of fish, cos we need to push on a bit more, and the away team can play us at our own game. Everton will be a tough game, for sure, they have a good side and Moyes is no fool.
    To remain undefeated over the next five games would be a brilliant achievement, and to be honest when everyone is pulling together, with Tiote back in the team, and avoiding some howlers from us or the ref that should be possible.

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  23. Well with the win at Stoke, we have beaten our longest ever run of games unbeaten in the Premier League.

    Its now 13 games in a row without defeat:

    2010/2011
    2-1 Brum (H)
    2-2 Chelsea (A)
    3-3 West Brom (H)

    2011/2012
    0-0 Arsenal (H)
    2-1 Mackems (A)
    2-1 Fulham (H)
    0-0 QPR (A)
    1-1 Villa (A)
    3-1 Blackburn (H)
    2-1 Wolves (A)
    2-2 Spurs (H)
    1-0 Wigan (H)
    3-1 Stoke (A)

    I think when we eventually lose, the pundits will say, well this was there first “real test”, and they failed it! 🙄 😉

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  24. What a brilliant team performance. I would reward Ba by changing the number on his shirt – he is worthy of the cherished no 9

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  25. I genuinely believe we could get a win at chelsea (H) and a draw at manure(A)… man city (A) will be our hardest game of the season.. i don’t care what the ****in pundits say… we’ve been tested… its over a quarter through the season now… do they want us playing barcelona every week? tools.

    I keep watching obertan’s ball into ba for the 1st goal and with every watch it gets sweeter, ba seems to float in mid as well :mrgreen:

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  26. wouldn’t normally do this, and apologies to Toonsy et al if you’re not happy at cutting & pasting from other sites but saw this comment on The Guardian’s match report and thought it was very apt and perfectly describes why Newcastle are able to do so well up to now>

    madpete

    1 November 2011 5:10AM

    When will the morons that pose as experts understand that at this level every single player is able to pass the ball two yards and to move into space when in possession. They are also able to close down rapidly and not give the opposition any time on the ball. Additionally, they are equally capable of working hard, being disciplined and realising that it’s not a one man game but a team game where the result at the end of 90 minutes applies to the whole team.

    No player is worth more than any other player on a football pitch. That may come as a surprise to you fantasy league players struggling to make ends meet, but it refers to players within a team. What has happened at Newcastle could easily happen at any other club. Ashley has refused to pay big wages, but has stuck the big money in the bonus which is not for individuals but for the team result. Once you pay someone more money than someone else doing the same job (yes goalkeeping is exactly the same job as scoring goals) you immediately tell the lesser paid person that they are inferior. “Hold on”, the mentally challenged will be saying”goalkeeping is not the same job as scoring goals!” It is because the job is to win football matches! Teams win football matches not individuals. Simple principle, but true. The striker may put the ball in the bak of the net in the 91st minute of a 0-0 game, but the rest of the team have contributed firstly to the clean sheet, and secondly to his goal.

    Newcastle have a set of players who have brains (except Nile Ranger who is a moron and more suited to playing prison football than PL football) and they exercise them regularly. All it takes is a sense of togetherness, camaraderie of in management consultancy BS: synergy. Basically, to understand the concept of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts consider this. Imagine a wonderful handmade engine and gearbox. Precisely machined and designed suspension. Around 500 nuts and bolts, a couple of seats, dashboard etc etc in a pile on your garage floor. Assembling them correctly and with precision and you end up with a Ferrari 458 Italia. Consider a football team. 11 individuals (à la Man City last season) (plus subs) with different specialties and preferences, the two things they all have in common is wanting to win and the shirt (possibly 3, they’re human in most cases, Rooney and Crouch are honorary members almost, well of the apes, if not humans). Mentally players under perform because when they see someone earning £180-280k a week miss a penalty or fumble a ball or whatever and they’re on half or a quarter, they get wound up inside and start casting aspersions either wittingly or subconsciously.

    It’s not just the players that have done it at Newcastle, I hate to admit it, but Ashley’s financial regime has played a massive part. I used to coach development football, and there are loads of kids who play in lower leagues in awful teams, but who are outstanding players. Managers rarely look there because as at the top level they want the big name signing, the so called “Wunder-Kind”. All Newcastle have done is bought some top quality International players from an inferior league. All the fans clamouring for £50m for a striker are as stupid as the so called experts. You don’t need to pay stupid money and burden your club with debt. Tioté, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Krul, Gutierrez, Marveaux, Obertan (came from Bordeaux to ManU, I think) and Ba. None of these players cost more than £6m, some even cost nothing, but all of them bar two are current internationals. Gutierrez though recently dropped by Argentina and Colocinni play(ed) for a team which makes England and many other teams look like donkeys. There is no current English player good enough either technically, tactically or mentally good enough to play for Argentina. Cabaye, Ben Arfa and Marveaux are all French Internationals, and France is a team who have won international competitions in the modern era, not when footballers were womanising, drunken, unfit oafs (oh nothing’s changed much Messrs Ranger and Bramble?)

    Is it any wonder that Newcastle will finish in the top 4? Who with half an ounce of common sense would bet against them? No matter who they bring in (and if you’re not a fan you won’t know about young players like Vukcic, Donaldson, Sodeberg, Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Kadar some of whom are already full internationals) Newcastle will do well, that’s guaranteed. The reason is because Newcastle from cleaner through Ashley, Pardew, right the way through the kit man and the players are a team all working towards a common objective, winning football matches. If you’re a true fan of football with a brain, you will realise that that’s all that’s necessary at this level, everyone pulling together in the same direction. If you’re of the moronic expert type, consider this “If Newcastle are lucky, why are the “Big” clubs lining up for their players in January?”

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  27. Thad@28…Ian Snodin used to play for Everton, but he wasn’t very good. That’s why he makes such a good job as a journalist and pundit.. 🙄

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  28. What a professional and polished performance that was!

    I’ve thrown grandma Baba Vanga out on the streets with her bloody crystal ball.

    Mind, I did always say I would forgive Ashley if he learnt from his mistakes.

    The criticism that me and like minded people gave Ashley has been rewarded by him listening to our foresight.

    High tank Hugh. 😛

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  29. What a result and what a performance! I know we wont finish in the top 4 but Im going to enjoy it as long as it last!

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  30. Bobby – just seen a bull**** bus for sale on eBay – good at going roond in circles but wheels have come off – collect from 5under1and area. Not yours is it? 😆

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  31. Looks like November will be an interesting month; football wise.

    I for one cannot wait for 12:45 saturday

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  32. @TC

    Not my bus. I’ve kicked grandma Baba Vanga oot the hoose and told her to get on the bloody bus. Not cos she was wrong with her predictions but because she kept eating all the hobnobs!

    Im just so pleased Ashley listened to me and
    realised he needed to change his ways.

    He’s now realised I was right all along. 😛

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  33. @TC

    You owe me an apology. I campaigned against Ashley and his tactics.
    He listened and has learnt.

    Now go to the nearest mirror and repeat the following words,
    “TROY IS ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE GAME AND HE HAS HELPED TO REFORM AND UNITE THE TOON”

    Don’t beat yourself up too much though. You’re not the only one. 😛

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  34. Troy – fair play to you – I used to laugh when you said we’d be a better team without Barton, Tugboat and Judas.

    I even mocked you when you said Cabaye was CLASS after only seeing him play live once.

    I promise to try and take you a bit more seriously from now on.

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  35. @TC

    you speak wise words my friend. 😛

    Now get to the mirror or I will add another verse.

    TROY REFUSED TO LET ASHLEY RAIL ROAD HIS WAY OVER THE FANS AND HAS MANAGED TO PERSUADE ASHLEY THE FANS COME FIRST ”

    Now any mirror will do. Even your pocket mirror. 😛

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  36. Troy…it was only a matter of time before the masses came round to our way of thinking…. 😉

    Breaking news on Sky Sports…..Steve Bruce has just signed grandma Baba Vanga on a five year deal…. 😆 😆

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  37. The reality train is being stoked up.

    Delays are expected due to Ashley changing his tactics due to Troys campaign.
    Timetable has been reprinted and now includes destinations abroad.

    Jump on board boys. Batty Stoke the fire. 😛

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  38. I’ve never seen a team go to stoke and dry the ball, (Delap-esque) as we did yesterday. I’m so glad we beat them at their own game. The ref can’t say anything about or book anyone for time-wasting as he’s be forced to book Delap. Pulis had the cheek to imply that we “didn’t exactly play them off the park.” How can a team play Stoke of the park? They narrow the pitch and allow the grass to grow long to prevent teams playing football. I hope other teams do what we did and get this boring, digusting team of ex-mackems relegated. Let’s face it . . .if all teams played the way Stoke play Football wouldn’t be worth watching

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  39. equaled stokes biggest home prem defeat at the brit t 🙂 and as prem sed on last thread 1st prem hatrick at the britt 😆 i love it just love it 😉

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  40. The best thing about being on top is that we now can sell our players for a higher value.. jeez.. let´s hope that doesn´t happen. Great game last night, cheap penalties at both ends…Go Toon!

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  41. “Demba Ba, Superstar! How many goals have you scored so far?!”

    That’s the winning song for me, made famous in the Supermac days !!

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  42. Ahhhhhh Batty – you are a weasel and scoundrel. You will note I, nor TC, nor Toonpipes, nor many others have not made a single smug remark. Even towards the slug like Potty79.

    One swallow (or ten) don’t make a summer – but season after seasons do. But we have a team – from the post relegation year onwards – and seemly more every year – that we can be proud of. I can’t remember feeling like this for a long long time.

    Batty and Troy – time to show your arses in Fenwicks windows.

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  43. The perfect away performance? Showed quality in the first half which more or less won us the game and then resiliance, grit and determination in the second.

    I think a top 7 finish has to be our aim and we should achieve it from here, we’re 9 points clear of 8th. Think we’ll finish 7th too as the teams around us do have a stronger squad and that will probably be our downfall, but you have to say this is progress! 🙂

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  44. stardust looks like you were wrong for turning on ashley for sacking clueless chris 😆 hoying your toys oot of your pram 🙂

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  45. So, does Barfa finally get a start on Saturday, or have the incumbents done enough to keep their places?

    And what about Gootrie?

    I’m guessing Tiote will come straight back in if fit, but Hatem will have to wait.

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  46. TC…Pardew cannot really change a winning team after that performance…apart from perhaps Tiote, which is real tough on Guthrie.

    The rest of the French Connection on the bench will be brought on as jokers where necessary to change the game on Saturday…

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  47. Potty – was Halloween the day your ghostly corpse rose from the dead and joined Ashleys revolution?

    Changing a clubs DNA takes years – imo – Ashley has prepared a perfect platform. Most clever owner in the Prem bar none.

    The downside to this model (though I think we all have been educated) is that nobody is irreplaceable – as tough as we will find that – that’s also brilliance – no person is bigger than the club – improvements should be fought for every day.

    An emerging youth set up, improving first team, increased international networks and structured local scouting and support – isn’t this what every football fans ideal is? I find it disturbing when folks find time to be negative at times like these.

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  48. Way out of order these twitters targetting Sammy. He seems like a sound lad, I would love it if he got a chance to come on on Saturday and the whole crowd showed him there support with the hokey-kokey chant…….that would be AMAZING …

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  49. i am getting sick of people media going on about are first real test…we are not a top side at the start of the season…people were saying we will struggle..what ever.. every game against us teams would have said we could win this..what real test..we are not going 2 get a bigger test then stoke…we passed it with flying colours…we are not going 2 get city or united playing long balls..

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  50. Gotta be pushing 50k at SJP on Saturday, even tho the game is on the telly.

    Again, this was exactly as predicted my Bobby and his magic balls at the start of the season and we all laughed at him.

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  51. Cheik Tiote sleeps with a night light. Not because he’s afraid of the dark but because the dark is afraid of Cheik Tiote.

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  52. Great write up Shamrock, felt like I was there watching it. Hope this euphoric feeling carries on all season. What a performance by the lads, and credit to Neville for recognising & admitting it. All smiles again for geordie boys today. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  53. Not quite, Starbust.

    I give Ashley credit for appointing Pardew although I said at the time he would do a good job, but he has done it with one arm tied behind his back so well done, Alan.

    Although I am seeing subtle changes to the way the club is being run, both in terms of supporter interaction and within the club and the bords releationship with it’s players.

    Maybe they’re learning after all… 😯

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