Sammy Ameobi beginning to take his chance on Tyneside

Sammy Ameobi scores Newcastle's equaliser against Spurs at White Hart Lane

Ameobi – Rifled home an absolute beauty 7 seconds into the second half at White Hart Lane

When Newcastle United scampered down the tunnel after a ridiculously poor first half showing against Tottenham Hotspur, Toon fans began to ask the question – what kind of gameplan did NUFC really bring to White Hart Lane? Whatever the idea of the first 45 minutes happened to be, it was nothing short of appalling. We didn’t create a chance, and the majority of the players didn’t look bothered about representing the shirt they were wearing. The second half however, was brilliant. As many of you will know, I – alongside thousands of other Newcastle fans – find it quite difficult to get excited about the Toon these days, but the second half was refreshing to the say the least. We looked a proper Premier League team. The players worked tirelessly, and actually went at the Spurs defence for the kill, a tie which was eventually settled by the highly-talented Ayoze Perez on his first league start.

The arrival of Sammy Ameobi and Rémy Cabella changed the game. They both added a dynamic to our forward line that didn’t exist in the first half. Just 7 seconds into the second period, Jack Colback pulled off the pass of the season so far from inside his own half to set up Ameobi for NUFC’s equaliser.

The lanky winger took it in his strike before sending a bullet past Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner – a fantastic finish, and a response that had Spurs reeling from the … Continue Reading …

‘Relieved’ Mike Ashley will be in for a shock in the near future

Gabriel Obertan celebrates scoring against Leicester City

Obertan- Scored an impressive solo effort in a relatively poor display from the Toon on Saturday

I couldn’t help but have a good laugh to myself when I heard that Mike Ashley had visited the home dressing-room after Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City to congratulate the players on securing their first Premier League win of the season. It just proved to countless NUFC and myself – something we already knew: Mike Ashley has no understanding of the game. When Leicester City failed to take their chances in front of goal and Gabriel Obertan eventually went on to score a fine solo effort to secure all three points, it was an almost embarrassing victory. I don’t mean that in any disrespect to Leicester City, but the fashion in which Alan Pardew’s side went about securing victory had me shaking my head in disbelief.

I know there was quite a bit of pressure on the players throughout the 90 minutes, and they gave everything — so credit to them for securing all three points. As well as that, the home support was nothing short of fantastic, although this has always been the case.

There was full support for the players, and no obvious protests against Pardew, Saturday was all about the result, and to think the mass media regard us as deluded.. … Continue Reading …

Cheick Tioté wants out as Pardew limps on

Cheick Tioté celebrates by sprinting to the substitutes bench

Tioté – Even he has begun to point the finger at the extremely poor manager in charge of Newcastle United

When Peter Crouch easily rose above captain Fabricio Coloccini to nod home what turned out to be Stoke City’s winner, it was all too familiar for Newcastle United fans. There wasn’t despair, no head in hands, no tears. A sense of acceptance swept through a wet Brittania Stadium. Then, as per the last few games, chants and banners dominated the TV screens as the majority of Newcastle supporters voiced their anger, and demands to the away dugout. The message was clear, Alan Pardew is finished, his relationship with the real fans of this club, irreparable. Lining out in their third kit, the eleven Toon players on the pitch tried desperately to garner an equaliser. Our right-back, Daryl Janmaat coming closest with a fierce effort from outside the area. Our forward line was blunt, a certain chemistry nowhere to be seen. Rémy Cabella tried to show his creativity by running around Stoke players, but alas, nothing gave. At half-time, in typical Pardew style, he didn’t go offensive, merely replaced an anonymous cog in the Toon forward line, bringing on an unfit Papiss Cissé for an underwhelming Emmanuel Rivière.

The men in Navy and Green battled on, desperately seeking to restore parity. It was the energetic, and clearly passionate local lad, Jack Colback that summed up the night in Stoke with a rasping left-footed strike from four yards out. It smashed against the … Continue Reading …

Hull City collapse prolongs Pardew’s painful stay

Alan Pardew paints a distressed figure on the sideline at St. James' Park

Pardew – Has publicly thanked players for helping temporarily save his job after mounting two goal comeback

The atmosphere promised to be toxic. That very word had been bandied around the offices of every media outlet covering Newcastle United ahead of their home encounter with Hull City. The SackPardew campaign had gone down seamlessly and was going nicely up until kick-off. As crowds filtered into St. James’ Park, security guards confiscated hundreds of banners and posters, despite the protesters being given a written go-ahead from the club and the local police. In true Mike Ashley style, promises were broken and in the end, the protest did not achieve its full capacity within the stadium. The 5th minute was greeted with some murmurs for the crowd, whilst at various intervals during the game, Pardew was reminded of his place. However, even when trailing 0-2, Newcastle supporters never caused huge uproar. Dare I say, it probably didn’t even reach the levels of the side’s last win at St. James’ Park, when they saw off a beleaguered Cardiff City.

Perhaps it was the true nature of the Newcastle United supporters that shone through. They urged the players on and acted as the infamous ’12th man’ when Papiss Cissé grabbed one back with just minutes remaining. When the Senegalese forward tapped home his second to restore parity, for the most part, SJP erupted. It was a spirited comeback … Continue Reading …