The true faith : TIFOSI have given their verdict upon the fantastic away win at Villa Park on Saturday. Coming uyour way is a good feeling about Hatem Ben Arfa (well, there is until I remind you it is Joe Fucking Kinnear who is charged with renegotiating his contract and the pound signs will be rolling around in Ashley’s head now) and Remy had a great game (not our player and with every good display increases his value and puts himself further from our reach on a permanent deal). Anyway, as the Buddhists amongst you, its best to just live in the moment so on that thought . RRRRRAAAAGGGGHHH

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Man wearing ski maskMATT STARK

Poor passing, lack of ideas, defence as rickety as a bag of broken bones, no shots on target…a fair summation of the first half, but not ours!

Save for a flurry of half chances around 40 minutes, villa looked like us a few weeks ago. Truly awful. Newcastle united, however,  looked strong and decisive; with space and time on the ball, passing to feet and eventually we got a fully deserved goal after 20 minutes or so, due to some fervent work from Remy on the left, muscling his marker out the way and a flick from Cisse giving Ben Arfa a simple tap in.
Villa came out firing in the second half and after some decent play and a horrible miss by Agbonlahor, (clearly still reeling from tripping up his favorite boy band hero) they deserved their equalizer, a set piece, Krul flapping and Benteke’s head.. Five minutes later it was that man, our man, again. If there was a football equivalent of torture-porn, it’d star Hatem Ben Arfa and the frankly dreadful Antonio Luna. Ben Arfa drifted inside and fired, his parried shot turned in by Yoan Gouffran.
 Mike Dean did his best to try and spoil things, awarding Yanga-Mbiwa a yellow, seemingly for having Christian Benteke too deep in the depths of his pocket as well as  waving away a clear push on Hatem ben Arfa in the box. However, he redeemed himself by blowing the final whistle, giving us a truly deserved win.
Alan Pardew said in the week that he’d seen a new level of fitness in his team, I’m inclined to agree, our only player you could arguably say had a poor show was Cisse, his confidence looks a little shot, but if we keep going like this, it won’t be long before he starts firing again.
There’s also something incredibly satisfying about winning at Villa park too.



Positive vibes started seeping from this one as soon as the teamsheet was printed. Anita retaining his place ahead of Tioté and thankfully the liability that is Steven Taylor on the bench, certainly gave me a good feeling. We’ve been playing with two upfront as of late, but went with two wide in this one, Remy performing very well and stretching his side of the field, but once again, like two weeks ago, this one was all about Ben Arfa. He’s so tricky and an absolute bastard nightmare when he’s up for it, and recently, he’s been very up for it. Cabaye looked very influential from what I saw in the middle of the field, I’m not sure, we just seem to have a bit more confidence on the ball and boy does it fucking tell. Last year we repeatedly humped it long, over a very good set of midfielders, this year we are using them and are reaping the rewards. The big let down on today was obviously the goal, as it looks as if it could have been easily avoided. Three Villa strikers jump, yet not a single NUFC defender. Poor. Dare I say we might have let that one go at the end of last year when nerves had set in, but this time around, with added confidence I’ve mentioned, we went back at them, and although their keeper won’t be happy with his role in the winner, Gouffran was still on hand for a tidy finish, something he’s been sorely lacking so far this year. Beating these cunts on their own turf is always a joyful experience after ’09. Sob on the Tyne indeed! 3 – Ben Arfa. 2 – Yanga Mbiwa 1 – Remy.



For the second game running, we have managed to put in a performance that truly warranted the three points – all the better coming at a team who danced on our graves back in ’09 – an image most of us have not forgotten. I was pleased with the way that we lined up. I had a feeling that Pardew might have immediately reinstalled Jonas, Tiote and Taylor back into the team given that they were all available. Thankfully, the boss has also realised that on current form no one really deserves to be dropped in order to accommodate them. I’m loving Anita getting an extended run in the team. It’s baffled me as to why we can’t find a place in the team for our excellent Dutch international. Mbiwa was solid and looks better as each game goes by. Remy once again impressed in his full debut, and was crucial in the build up to the first goal. Most of the plaudits will go the way of Hatem, and rightly so. If we manage to get a full season out of him – I’d be very optimistic about our prospects. On the other side of the coin, you’d have to fear one of the big boys coming sniffing if he does maintain his form and fitness. It makes getting him tied down on a long-term contract an absolute priority in the coming months. The bloke is a magician. Although he can frustrate when he wants to do EVERYTHING himself, his ability to change a game as he has on countless occasions most definitely makes up for it. It’s a big if, but if we can keep the spine of this side fit for most of, or even better all of, the season – we will have a very decent season. There are enough match winners in that XI to see us through well. Hopefully more of the same next weekend.

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Last week I said I’d bounced down the Gallowgate steps. Next week I’ll definitely be springing back up them. A first 3 points on the road has, for the time being at least, put some swagger back into Newcastle United. Hatem put us ahead and preceded to look every bit the player we all know he can be. A full season of Ben Arfa at full tilt is certainly a mouth-watering prospect. Fingers crossed. Remy brings a new dimension to our attack, Moussa bossed the middle of the park and it was great to see Gouffran on the score sheet.The lad’s taken some flak in recent weeks, with his inability to convert chances costing us a couple of points, but there’s a half decent player in there. A world-beater he’ll never be, but at the very least he’s worthy of half an hour off the bench. Hopefully he can break his SJP hoodoo next week if given the chance. At the back Mapou rightly retained his place alongside our skipper and once again they put in an accomplished display. Only a rare moment of madness from Tim prevented a third consecutive league shut out, but the class oozing from the pair of them was obvious for all to see. If we can keep them together this partnership will only flourish. And fair play to Pards. I’ve been critical of him in recent times, but credit where it’s due he got it right today. His tactics and team sheet were attacking and even his subs were spot on. For now it’s a case of roll on next week. There’s no easy game in this league, but if we serious harbour ambitions climbing the table then three points are vital. Do that and we’ve made a very decent start.



Well, well, well….who’d have thunk it? The right players, playing in the right position, Cisse not isolated, Anita and Mapou retaining their place (rightfully so) all add up to an away win! I’m not the biggest optimist in the world, more of a curmudgeon but I actually thought that if we went with the right team we could beat Vile. The fact that Alan didnt do his usual and bring Tiote, Taylor and Jonas back really heartened me, could it actually be sinking in with him we have better players than those three? Dont get me wrong, I love Jonas but I think his legs have gone, as for Tiote he seems to have lost the plot recently and Taylor…well he’s whacky Stevie Fistpumps isn’t he? He needs to settle down and stop going on like a dick.

Hatem was unplayable today and he tortured Luna…total class act. I only hope we can hang on to him for another couple of seasons. Remy looked good again and I love it when we play 4-3-3 but it’s just not clicking for poor Dave. The man is natural finisher and it wont be long until he firing again but I still think he could do with a big lad up front with him. As soon a s Goufazzzzz came on I said he would score and he duly obliged. I know he is not everyone’s cup of tea but I love him and he grafts his arse off. I don’t think he should start but he always puts in a decent shift. I was slightly mystified by Alan’s decision to take a midfielder off, Cabaye, and replace him with Sammy when we wanted to hold the lead but we won so what do I know.
I never used to be that arsed about Vile but I fucking despise them and I wouldn’t shed a tear if they imploded.
In the week when the Fat Man made record profits through Shite Direct it was a refreshing change to see a team with intent and movement and I cant help thinking if he would only shell out for 4 decent players then we might not be far off a top ten place….but even if he did Kinnear would probably fuck it up anyway the pissed prick.
Now, deliver me a birthday win against Hull next week and I might just crack a smile! TF_INITIALS_LOGO