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5 things We Learnt from the Villa Game

Newcastle rounded off a fantastic 2-1 away victory at Aston Villa last night. Here we look at the five most important things we learnt from this truly significant victory:


1.  Sissoko is a beast

Many Newcastle United fans still can’t quite believe that we have signed Moussa Sissoko. The boy is some player and there’s no doubt that he showed it last night (mostly in the first half). The pass that played in Papiss Cisse for Newcastle’s first goal yesterday was nothing short of amazing. He has power, pace and strength that will certainly be invaluable to the team this season. Fantastic buy.

2.  A week that changed our season?

Four players in and Colo staying was probably unimaginable for most NUFC fans after the Reading game but it has happened and we will now hopefully reap the rewards. Colo staying is huge; it means Williamson will become fourth choice centre half and with his recent displays that can only be a good thing.  The four French lads need to settle into the group as soon as possible.

3.   Scoring a 2nd goal is key.

After Papiss scored the opening goal yesterday we kept creating chances and it paid off when Cabaye’s right footed half volley went flying past Brad Guzan to make it 2-0. This took the pressure off the players, it didn’t help conceding so early in the 2nd half but we managed to hold on and get our first away win of the season.

4. Stevie Taylor’s Return

The return of Taylor is a massive bonus for Newcastle, not only does it push Willo down the pecking order but Stevie loves playing for the club and he gives everything when he is playing. With Yanga-Mbiwa coming in, he will challenge Taylor and Colo for a starting place and this will create a competitive but positive atmosphere on the training ground.

5. What has happened to Jonas?

Jonas Gutierrez has been a great servant for our club over the years, but over the last couple of games he has been very wasteful. You can see Santon getting frustrated with him as he just doesn’t do the work rate part of his game anymore. Furthermore his passing has been nothing short of woeful. Is his time being a NUFC player coming to an end? And is Marveaux the player to replace him?

Paul Milloy (@milloy11)

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About Harry Savill (Editor) (418 Articles)
I am the Editor of 'The Spectator's View'. I set up the website so that I could combine my two passions: Newcastle United and writing, and I hope for it to be a platform where fans can express their views on the club. History Graduate from Durham University. Junior Account Executive at M&C Saatchi.

6 Comments on 5 things We Learnt from the Villa Game

  1. Pardew will never drop jonas unless hes injured

  2. I agree with the Jonas thing but he still cleared a goal off the line 🙂 – You’ve missed a bit of an obvious one out there too, what about the fact we failed to put a pass together in the 2nd half and instead of trying to keep and move the ball up, we constantly booted a long ball and lost it! Why not ust keep it simple!??

  3. agree. marv is a better choice than jonas at the moment. but i would rather put anita in at the starting line up. cisse, gouffran, HBA will go for goals, cabs and sissoko will fancy a shot. so we need anita’s calming effect…until tiote is back.
    krul
    debuchy (staylor/mapou) colo santon
    (tiote/anita)
    cabs sissoko
    (marv/hba) gouffran
    cisse

    to keep cisse on his toes, maybe gouffran could play central role sometimes with both hba and marv behind him.

  4. Lucky we did not get hammered 2nd half. Villa wer by far the better team . French poodles falling over all the time

  5. Himanshu Dhingra // January 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm // Reply

    Jonas and Shola are Pardew’s love children

  6. When the French boys get up to speed (get used to the sometimes frantic pace of Premiership), we’ll see a re-born Newcastle on the ascendancy.

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