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)