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  1. nufc.net
    December 18, 2011

    No idea why HBA didnt make an appearance.

    • RD
      December 18, 2011

      Can only assume that Pardew felt his tactics/formation was working and there was no need to change..

  2. Geordies.net
    December 18, 2011

    As normal a excellent analysis of the match, I love reading your match reports

  3. AndyMac
    December 18, 2011

    “For the opening 13 games of the season, Gutierrez has played in front of Ryan Taylor. While Taylor has filled in admirably, he is not naturally a left back, which has regularly lead to Gutierrez selflessly playing deeper to offer protection to his teammate, and in the process almost sacrificing his attacking duties. With the more accomplished Santon at left back, Gutierrez’ defensive shackles were lessened which lead to him attempting 12 crosses into the box in open play, more than any other Newcastle player. In fact, to highlight Santon’s attacking impact, 42% of Newcastle’s attacking play was on their left against Swansea, far higher than their seasonal average of 33%. Although two right footers on the left aren’t ideal in the long term, Santon’s introduction at least gives Newcastle another attacking option in the short term”

    RD did I not ask what the f is wrong with Santon a couple of weeks ago ?and did you not respond with”If he doesnt play him against Norwich then eyebrows will be raised (or something along those lines ;) )

    Pardwho has had options to tweak his team for different games all season long yet he still remains “loyal” to those who haven’t let him down – despite the obvious fact that we had played no one until the Mancs came along in November.

    I dont rate Mancini (at Citeh) at all but he’s managed to weave top paid (accompanied with their huge ego’s) players in and out of the first team without too much fuss (apart from the money grabbing Tevez). Pardwho has to learn that loyalty counts for f all especially if we founder on the rocks of mediocrity while genuine alternatives are freezing their buns off on the bench.

    • RD
      December 18, 2011

      Yeah, just checked. You said: ‘However as we all saw Raylor getting stuffed by Sturridge yesterday the question on everyone’s lips is “What the F@ck is wrong with Santon ?” If he’s worth £5m then let’s play him if not why did we buy him ?’

      I said: ‘guess we’ll find out how good he is next Saturday. If he can’t get in the starting line up for that game with all the defensive injuries I’d be very concerned’

      Was impressed with him yesterday and think he’ll keep his place now. I’d say, even on the little time that I’ve seen of him, that he’s our best full back and so should be in the team whether at left or right back

  4. AndyMac
    December 18, 2011

    “Was impressed with him yesterday and think he’ll keep his place now”

    Most people were RD but I thought there were times when he got into good attacking, crossing positions only to look for a colleague when a first time ball was a better option. However he looked comfortable, as you said, although he was only up against Routledge :)

    My point was that Pardwho has to realise that 4-4-2 and some of his personnel just dont do it right now – witness the unsuccessful crossing stats. Either we improve the delivery or we change the style and format to suit ?

  5. CLiNT FLiCK
    December 18, 2011

    Santon has been ‘eased’ into the english, obviously!
    Could it be more obvious?
    Just like HBA is being ‘eased’ back into the pace/strength of the game after a real bad injury.

    What’s the point of hoying a player in at the deepend, just so a select few can destroy their initial confidence & make life in a new country/style/language more difficult than it needs to be?

  6. CLiNT FLiCK
    December 18, 2011


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