true faith : TIFOSI (Villa (h))

by • February 23, 2014 • Match reportsComments (6)733

I must admit, even I was disinterested in this match at half time. I was nursing one hell of SimonCampbellnewa hangover and was more than tempted to just go home at half time. 45 minutes later I was reminded why the £50 goes out of my account every month. That buzz you get leaving St James’ after a win is unmatched. I defy anyone, even those that see no positive in the club at the moment, to say they don’t get that feeling from Newcastle winning.

We played well enough for a team shot of confidence after the start to the year we have had. Both a win and a clean sheet were needed today and on the whole we got what we deserved. A few early jitters were to be expected. 442 was not working particularly well. We had much of the ball and many many corners as always, with little to show for it.  The changes after half time were what won us the game. Pardew gets a lot of flack for not making the right substitutions at the right time. I hope the same critics can give praise when he gets it right.
Ironically, after his unforgivable miss in the first half, Cissé wasn’t too bad when moved out to the right to accommodate De Jong, who showed shades of a very decent forward regaining some match sharpness in the middle. He played well here when Ba demanded to play up front and perhaps with a few more games and his confidence mended, his career doesnt have to go down the toilet. Remy looked a lot better cutting in from the left and we should have won the game before we did.

I don’t think I have seen a better defender in a Newcastle shirt than Collocini. He is world class. Steven Taylor has less than 5% of his talent. Colo is so good, he gives Mike Williamson the confidence to also put in these kind of top drawer performances. I hope the Abdoulaye Faye of Whitley Bay (nearly works!) is nowhere near the team for the rest of the season.

5 points from 6th. 33 to play for. I still believe we can get something out of this season. 3 more points at Susan Boyle’s Hull and we can really push the last 10 games. Why not?


Well it’s about time. How long have we waited for a home win now? It feels like an eternity

SteveFarrellsince we walked out of the Palace of the Absurd with three points in our back pocket.

In all honesty, that game could have gone either way. I suppose we have to be grateful that Agbonlahor is utter dog muck and Benteke has got the same disease as poor Pappiss. The last 20 mins or so we properly took control. We inexplicably hit the post when it was easier to score, could maybe have had a penalty and has a goal ruled out for offside. You can’t beat the last minute winner feeling though. It may well paper over the cracks at this stage but to be honest, I don’t care. I’m just happy to win again.

Anita and Willo my Men of the Match if you’re asking.


Alan Pardew spoke at length in the build up to this match about how the last few home

Man wearing ski maskperformances haven’t been good enough. To be perfectly honest, neither was this one. It’s a good job that Villa are as shite as their fans as United could have been a few goals down in the 1st 45. After a bright opening, the performance fizzled out leaving the fans little to get excited about; as the performance suffered, so did the atmosphere; Cisse missed an absolute sitter on the stroke on half time and it seemed that there was little hope of anything but a point today, It’s awful to have to say but there’s a massive Cabaye-shaped hole in our midfield with little to no creativity coming from that direction. Vurnon Anita was abysmal, making the lack of depth in that position abundantly clear. The return of Coloccini and Remy, however, made a significant difference to the side. A superb tackle from Mike Williamson galvanised the game to life on the 80th minute; an increasingly sharp-looking Luuk De Jong had a deflected shot that Remy capitalised on, firing in the winner in the 90th minute. It’s such a shame that there’s no way in hell Remy will sign for us permanently in the summer; we’re going to just have to consider ourselves lucky he’s chosen us as his shop window.

The good bits: Remy, Debucy, Coloccini – class acts. 3 points we only just deserved.  ‘Vurnon Anita’s sudden change of heart after 80 minutes when he decided to play’
The bad bits: Anita, hopefully it’s a just a bad patch and Krul’s diabolical distribution.

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6 Responses to true faith : TIFOSI (Villa (h))

  1. porciestreet says:

    Don’t know what I was drinking but I seem to have missed a few goals. MOTD should be very illuminating.

  2. Steven says:

    Have to disagree on Anita, thought he was one of the few players who showed something today, also believe he is technically the best midfielder we have. Also thought dummett was very decent at LB.

  3. Simon says:

    Totally agree with Matt’s comments. Our midfield was pish, with no dynamism or movement…until Big Vurn started to show some urgency on 80 mins. I love Willo and Colo oozes class, but i think Dummett is a championship player. Give Haidara a run man. The strikers had very little to feed off, but i thought De Jong did well when he came on. Still think Pardew has a negative effect on flair players and he should do better with the squad he has at his disposal

    • Bob says:

      I think both Haidara and Yanga Mbwa are better left full backs than Dummet and even Santon We sould start playing Yanga or he will be off come summer.

  4. David Rutherford says:

    Simon, are you sure you didn’t leave at half time? Cisse didn’t move to the right to accomodate De Jong, he was substituted for him.

    • Simon C says:

      Good spot Dave. I was indeed a state on Sunday. Cisse definitely did some good in the second half nonetheless. Id like to see all three play again, Gouff and sissoko looking particularly worn out at the moment.