That winning feeling!

To say it was a game of two halves would be an understatement. The first was as dire as it could get and it looked to be another long afternoon of football ahead.

It took but a few seconds!
It took but a few seconds!

Then after a rocket from Alan Pardew at half time, the lads came out and showed what can happen when you believe in yourselves and give it your all. Here is what was said.

Pardew said: “There were a few strong words.

“It’s not nice as a manager to go in and bark out orders but sometimes it’s necessary just to shake people up because we needed shaking up.

“We needed to offer a threat. We’re Newcastle United. We’re not a small club. We’re a big club and we were playing like a small club.

“We were giving too much possession to Tottenham, too much space. We never made a challenge. And we were fortunate to come in a 1-0.

“So I reminded them about the fundamentals of a Premier League game and we come out with a much stronger attitude.”

After that epic speech, it only took about seven seconds for the reaction Pardew and us fans were all looking for! When from the second half kick off, a beautiful through ball from Colback was met at full tilt by a rampaging Sammy Ameobi and he lashed it into the back of the net with his left foot. After my initial reaction of WOW! My next thought was ‘that is the kind of thing that normally happens too us not for us’.

From there we really started to press Spurs hard and to me they looked defeated and tired. If you have been a Toon fan long enough, you get to know that look when things start to get tough and no one on the park wants to know about it. And when Perez nodded the ball home for our second and his first ever goal, I must say it was the happiest I had been for some time when watching a game that Newcastle was playing in. I was really pleased for both Sammy and Ayoze, it will do their confidence a world of good. From there until the 95th minute there was the usual edge of the seat stuff and desperate defending. Sissoko had probably his best game for us and the defence did work well as unit. But at the end of the day, the credit must go to the goal scorers. Not because they were the stand outs but because both goals were very well taken by two young players that are looking to make their mark and they will be all the better for it.

We are not out of the woods yet but some more fighting displays like that, a bit of luck and some moments of magic, we might just make something of this season!

Bring on Liverpool!

637 thoughts on “That winning feeling!

  1. ‘We’ve looked much better since Riviere, De Jong and Cabella have played a lesser role.’
    TROY, you said Cabella was the ‘real deal’, I told you after looking at him in one game that he wasn’t……still waiting for him to prove me wrong…youngin’s from reserves are now ahead of him. Just shows you naa’ nowt. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. DJG – Cabella will be a crackin player and I think he will be our next £20m sale. He just needs time to settle and he’s slowly getting there.

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  3. Guys, Cabella has a brain and know that this is a process, he will come good for us I think and he may not be as talented, but can and will probably be better than HBA.

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  4. Are we done with playing full backs as wing backs now? It would work occasionally but I always thought it left us open. And I also hope that we are done with playing right footers on the left and vice versa. It makes a hell of a difference when players are played in their correct positions. Now, fix the set pieces and we might be getting somewhere 🙂

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  5. Woo hoo hoo hoo 😛

    The bionic chumps are all back tracking about Pards. If you don’t slow down you’ll drop in the North Sea. 😛 😳

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  6. Eric Sykes@531, you can’t have enough left footers in the team if you ask me… religion aside of course.. 😳

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  7. Great to see that all the toon fans can enjoy this Satda night, though the Troyster seems to be on a hidden agenda 🙂 Reel em in !

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  8. MM
    Troy is now watching the Strictly Come Dancing or X Factor. He pretends to watch football but doesn’t know much about it. Bless him. He doesn’t know much but has a big mooth! 😮 😎 😕 🙂 ➡ ❗ 😀 😯 😉

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  9. Troy-438 HBA and MYM are not loss at all but it take(took) some time to prove it. I prefer a 100% Saylor to MYM and a Obertan working hard for the team to a lazy HBA

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  10. Cholo….Mbwia is still a toon player, maybe he will come back a better player…he’s still young at the end of the day. He only needs to look as far as young Abeid to see what can be achieved, and that one can turn ones career around. A loan spell in “Grease” did him the world of good 🙂

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  11. Amazing! An Aussie team wins the Champs League. You have no idea how incredible that is. How unlikely it is that WSW are the team to do it – they didn’t exist 3 years ago.

    Outstanding. Unbelievable. Exceptional.

    Another step forward for Aussie football.

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  12. Bris ….great stuff mate 🙂

    and with 13 supporters in the crowd too I believe…and 1 woman whoi wasn’t even going to be allowed into Saudi without her dad ? !!!!

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  13. Good to see you are keeping tabs, MM. 😉

    Totally outplayed, and they needed the ref to turn down 2 stonewall penalties, but that’s football. I guess it’s proof of what a good coach can do to a very ordinary football team.

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  14. Bris, I’m all over the place mate, have my finger on the pulse ;-).. We even have an Aussie playing 1 hour up the road from wor hoose… Matthew Leckie at Ingolstad 🙂

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  15. Feel sorry for Obertan. He finally starts to prove me wrong in what felt like a lone support for his clear talent and he pulls up with what looks a serious injury again. I hope he keeps his confidence for when he returns. He has been one of the three along with Aarons and Cisse in revitalizing our season.

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  16. I am actually delighted for us this week. 3 very difficult games and we have won them all. It’s not very often I can say that. Pardew just keep up the good work.

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  17. Wrote a comment but for some reason didn’t post.

    Basically a summary of Michael 12, Erik and Geordie Deb.

    Fantastic performance. Brave selections and tactics. Positive approach.

    Well done Pards. Why has it taken you so long to be brave and do what we’ve all been asking for?

    Keep it up.

    Sissoko, Abied and Colback were outstanding!

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  18. —————-Krul——————
    -Janmaat-Taylor-Coloccini-Dummett-
    —————Abeid——————
    ——–Colback——Sissoko———
    ————–S de Jong—————
    –Cabella——————–Aarons—

    Keep Ayoze and Sammy as impact subs

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  19. Thats our strongest team in my opinion with de Jong fit, Santon can play too but credit to Dummett, he’s playing great at the moment

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  20. Wow. 😛
    The Clueless Crew have been noticeable by their absence. 😉

    They must be totally ashamed. Wow! I’M DYING for you

    You know you are

    Just put your hands up boys and Kim toon and say you got it wrong. 😉

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  21. I’ll bite Troy. If you can’t see that Pardew has changed things for fear of losing his job then you haven’t been watching. First he is starting Steven Taylor who was available at the tail end of last year but Pardew persisted with Williamson. Next, he is playing the fullbacks as fullbacks and getting on speedy wingers. He then switched Sissoko to the middle which everybody and their brother had been calling for. The main change has been his embracing the faster young players. He has even dropped Gouffran and Anita to make way for them.

    I never in a million years thought he would make so many changes to system and personnel. It is so unlike him. His Plan B in the past always consisted of bring on Shola and belt it to him to knock down.

    I am happy to watch a team with speed and intent. The other managers might adapt to our changes but we’ll see. It seems we have a few options now.

    I am not getting carried away by a few wins. I have been a Newcastle supporter for many years and have seen many false dawns. I am happy that we are playing a kind of contained aggression football which actually seems to suit Pardew’s character. To say anybody on here is wrong for past criticisms of Pardew is to miss the point because it is Pardew who has changed and long may it continue.

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  22. The biggest shock for me today is that Dummett made Sterling anonymous. I thought Haidara was the better player but if you are going to play with real wingers then Dummett is the better option. Well done Pardew.

    And that is not a turnaround. It is fair to criticize him when we go on a horrendous run of form but equally it is fair to give him credit when we do well. That is normal behavior. Hypocritical, is to give him all the credit if we win and to only blame the players when we lose.

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  23. Ha ha They really do believe it 🙄 Oh well, if it makes you feel good about yourselves.

    Me? I’m still rapt about the Asian Champs League. To get some comparison going about that achievement, imagine Gateshead winning the FA cup, or Newcastle becoming European champions.

    Simply stunning.

    On far too much of a high to come on here and be dragged down by delusional armchair managers.

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  24. Two bits of humble pie eaten this morning. One by Eric and one by Begas.

    Shame Begas has choked on his. 😳

    Awful to see a grown man squirm in front of others. Yikes. 😳

    Back Pardew.com 😉

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  25. To be fair to Eric. He is squirming also but in a less pretty pathetic way than Begas. That’s not a compliment by the way,I dint think you can squirm any worse than Begas is.

    So out of a scale 1 to 10 on squirming stakes.

    Eric 9/10
    Begas hitting the moon. 😉

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  26. Any quotes from Pardew this morning Eggs? 😆

    Nope. Thought so. 😉 how foolish would that look. 😛

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  27. In all seriousness. ..great effort from all our **** players..here’s to our relegation! 😛

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  28. Troy@551, Stop it, you are starting to look petty. The difference between you and me and Eric and G Deb and JJ and many others is the fact that we freely acknowledge when Percy gets it right. Where as you just cannot bring yourself to acknowledge the fact that we DO have some very decent players. Oh and by the way if I’m absent it’s because I have a life and not running scared of the likes of you . 😉 😆 😀 😉 See what I did with the emoticons there Troy, Oh and woo hoo by the way.
    Troy, did you notice we won or are you too busy scoring points today 😉

    eric@552 spot on mate, pace and attacking play makes the world of difference, credit to Percy for doing the right thing.

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  29. Aussie@563, I still think we’ll be around 16th or 15th as we won’t sustain this winning run as injuries will kick in soon enough.

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  30. Absolutely buzzing with the win, and it’s nice to see it’s brought some peace and harmony to the blog 😆
    Pardew has done well to drag the spirits up from the gutter. Have to admit, though I’ve always sympathised with him, that I thought he looked too demoralised to do it again.
    Nice to see many giving him credit, though all the things he is being praised for would have been used to tear him to pieces had he lost these last three games (Perez not starting after scoring a winning goal, playing a weak team in the cup,playing only one up front 🙄 )
    Onwards and upwards – 7-9 points from the next four would be great!

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  31. Another great win ( well they all are) I’m finding hard to take in after a horrible year.
    The defence is looking far far tighter without Willo. The time it’s taken AP to realise this tells you a lot about the man. The midfield works perfectly with those three and with Tiote missing. Abeid is a much better intelligent footballer. Tiote slows the game down so much it makes counter attacking almost impossible.
    If Cisse doesn’t score he’s a waste of a shirt. Ayoze is a much better footballer who will get better and better.
    Who would have beleived that Saylor, Abeid and Ayoze would turn our fortunes around (AP wouldn’t have done it without the injuries! – Troy)
    Finally getting the fullbacks to be defenders first makes another big difference. Sterling was terrified of Dummett all game.

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  32. Its bizarre how often managers fall on things: Fat sam wouldnt be playing Sakho & Valencia if Carroll and Nolan had been fit, Fellaini now looks like a starter for Man utd after Van Gaal threw him when they were losing at west brom. Virtually forgotten about Naismiths now regular for Everton, Chambers at centre half for Arsenal.

    In our case i doubt Abeid would have ever played in the premier league if wed been humped in midweek, Sammy only got back on the bench when injuries were piling up. Perez would still be occasional sub if Cisse & Riviere werent injured for Spurs & Saylors back in because Williamsons knacked himself

    All of a sudden we have pace, options from the bench, defensive solidity, confidence and momentum…

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  33. CC: some very good observations. It is great that Pardew might have stumbled upon a winning formula and I am actually shocked that he stuck with it from midweek. I don’t think he should cast aside some of the players who haven’t been involved. I think Gouffran needed a rest but he could be our closer, the way James Milner was for Man City. I also thought Tiote was playing very well and could easily adapt to a more free flowing system – after all his game is to win the ball and make a short pass to someone else who can do something with it.

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  34. I felt really sorry for Obertan yesterday. He was just starting to win me over with his pace and defenders don’t like his pace.

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  35. I give Obertan credit as I give Pardew credit for a run of good results. Aaron is looking very impressive and at 17 remarkable and will continue to get better. Nice little problem for Roy Hodgeson. If Ashley gets a big offer his gone and that’s the sad thing! Colback doing really well also and Perez. The defence looks much stronger without Williamson. The cheap players have impressed me more this season meaning Perez and Colback, Arrons also.

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  36. Kim I even think Ashley could win me over with players like Arrons coming threw the youth academy. I’m all for that but you just know his going to piss everyone off again. Pardew should of been sacked last season and I haven’t completely forgiven him by no mean’s. Now his given his younger players a chance results are improving, instead of his favourite’s.

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  37. By the way Troy: Ben Arfa has started the last two games for Hull, so as usual your statements are not backed up by facts.

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  38. I see some saying about Pards finally doing what the fans have been asking as in Saylor playing ahead of Willow 😯 well being that Saylor is one of my favs I can assure you that most Fans were wanting Willo ahead of Saylor as they said Saylor was an accident waiting to happen.
    But now that Saylor has came in and done well it seems that most fans have been calling for him ahead of Willo 😆 😆 😉

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  39. Big D: that is a pretty simplified version of events. Almost everyone wanted a new centre back, neither Taylor nor Williamson. Most also wanted a new player and identified it as our key weakness. A lot of people wanted Mbiwa to be given a go after he had a couple of bad games and was discarded by Pardew or played out of position.

    The club admitted that they wanted a new centre back but there were complications in moving MBiwa to Roma and bringing in Laschelles. So we were stuck with what we have.

    Everybody knows how limited Williamson is but he was there to defend set pieces and head out long balls. Taylor is a hothead and seemingly made of glass so we were faced with two very bad choices. That it has worked out for a few games is great, but nobody was a great champion of either Williamson or Taylor.

    The bonus with Williamson out of the team is that there is some variety now on our corners and free kicks which everybody had been calling for. It hasn’t worked out yet but it cant be any worse than what we were doing.

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  40. If Saylor can lose the occasional brain farts and keep fit I would have him over Willo any day of the week. He’s pretty fearless when it comes to putting his body on the line.

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  41. Dave@577, In fairness, most have just wanted to see him set us up to attack rather than contain which we were hopeless at. I do think he’s taken a different approach for what ever reason. It’s paid off handsomely over last few matches, we still aren’t the real deal yet but just putting that bit of pace out wide and up front plus tweaking the back four has made a difference, as has putting Abeid into the mix. As fans we can only call it as we see it and I don’t think that’s being an arm chair manager as some would say but more a case of having an opinion . If we just sat back and never questioned anything that would equate to us not caring and that’s the time to really start worrying. It’s a game of opinions in the end, be they right or wrong.

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  42. Dave, Like you I like Saylor but he has to learn not to be doing them shinnanigans ( spelling 😕 ) in the box as it makes him and the team look daft. That said if he can stay fit and grow up a bit he actually could be captain material.

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  43. Next 4 games crucial to our season.
    All winnable games and would take the pressure off a tough looking December.
    Momentum is a big factor.
    Howay the Lads

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  44. CC – I agree with you that Pardew has benefit from circumstance forcing some changes on him. For that it is difficult to give credit – however what it does show is that he has strength in depth with this squad, and that the youth system appears to be working.

    However, where Pardew gets my acknowledgement is the starting line ups – as in going with Sammy and Oba and leaving Goof on the bench. Also his subs recently have been very good/positive – when Oba was crocked he put Aarons on when he could have went with Goof – or Perez at half time when again he could have went with Goof.

    Having been critical of Colo recently, I have to say that he was very good yesterday. A good team performance, with Abied as my MOTM. But I have to say that Paul Dummett is quickly becoming my cult hero 😆 He had another great game yesterday and had Sterling in his pocket the whole game 😛

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  45. Eric yeah it is simplified because it was a simple point I was making, ie some are now saying that Willo isnt in the team because Pards has listened to the fans, but why would the fans now be happy that he has been replaced by Saylor, the player that most fans were complaining about not being good enough and worse than Willo.

    Kim I hate seeing him dancing about infront of the goalie but he most be doing what he’s asked because I cant see him doing it again if Pards wasn’t happy about it, so I can’t see it being him just being daft for the sake of it.

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  46. Kim

    I won’t admit to something I don’t believe. Strange request you’ve made of me. 😉

    Sorry for showing you and the Clueless Crew up. But really it’d Pardew you should be blaming for that. 😉

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  47. Sharpy

    Hes got lucky but he does deserve credit for sticking with them when he could have gone with his faves again. With a fully fit Cisse, Tiote, Santon, De Jong we should have some nice options.

    Dave

    Agree mate; Saylor gets worse in the eyes of some when hes not playing. Superior to Williamson in virtually every way

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  48. CC IMO Saylor would do anything for the team, yeah he can be a bit daft at times but he has a B&W heart of a lion and is about the only player that really understands what the club is about.
    I have always said I would have a team of decent players that will always give 100% over a team of superstars that only give you 80% .

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  49. DAVE I agree about saylor but needs to get his head in order he keeps getting brain freeze from time to time,great result but Sammy still has a way to go to impress me 5/10 min spells is not good enough imo

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  50. Dave – Saylors biggest problem in his career had been his injuries. Had he been able to have longer runs in the side without such long lay overs then we may have seen a different player. I agree with you about his heart, and I think he’s better than he gets credit for. But the biggest think I think he brings to the team is communication.

    Looking at Nov, our next 3 games – W Brom, QPR and WHU. Personally I see no reason why our unbeaten run can’t continue and from those games I think 7 points is perfectly achievable.

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  51. Ice yeah he can have an odd brain freeze but for me he is far better than Willo.
    As for Sammi I really dont think he is that good yeah he has a bit of skill but for me that doesn’t make up for the fact that he gives the ball away or fouls far too much.

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  52. Ice – Sammy is a good squad player to have IMO. He’s a good impact sub who can bring pace and threat if its needed later in the game. He wouldn’t start for me, and my wide men would defo be Aarons and Cabella at the moment. I don’t think Sammy is ****, he’s just not a 90min player at the moment for me. But if you say to him ‘go on for the last 15-20mins and cause havoc’, then I think he’d do a great job.

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  53. Troy, YOU show me up 😆 show yourself up more like. And I wouldn’t expect you to admit you are wrong about the squad because you are too arrogant for that .

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  54. Sammy should be an impact sub. Has done brilliantly in spurts but can’t remember him putting a solid full match together.

    Yeah Taylor and Abeid have earned their spots for me. Not sure what he’ll do when Tiote’s fit. Maybe more Sissoko to the wing?

    Shame about Obertan as that will hurt our pace and make us fairly thin on the wing. Don’t think we can rely on Sammy and young Aarons for 90 minutes yet. I guess Gouffeon could slot back in

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  55. MDS, I think Goofy needs a good rest for the minute. He was one of our better players last season but seems to have run out of steam. I’m sure he’ll come back good again, especially if he sees competition for places.

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  56. Kim – if we can get 12-15m for Tiote then I’d let him go. I think we would have to replace him though. I quite like N’zonzi at Stoke, but my under the radar but would be John Bostock, currently at Royal Antwerp – English and only 22. I would stick with Abied in there with Colback and Sissoko personally though. Also, Marv is still to come back – could he play in that 3 man midfield as well?!.

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  57. I agree Sammy should be used as a impact sub only for me he’s is a shola in waiting,hope the kid proves me wrong but for years I waited for shola to come good apart from scum games he was crap

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  58. SHARPY I too would let him go at12mil his record has improved but I still think he is a red waiting to happen and it seems the older he’s getting the more injury prone he is

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  59. Every time ive seen Villa in the last few years i cant believe theres three worse sides in the division than them

    No way Spurs wont win this

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  60. Kim if we’re going to sell Tiote I’d prefer we wait until the summer. He’s getting to the age where I wouldn’t mind if we sold him for the right price (more than 12M) so long as we reinvested in the MF

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