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Pardew Challenge – Win At Birmingham Next Saturday – Please!

3:44 pm, Sunday, December 12th, 2010 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

Birmingham have just been beaten 1-0 at Wolves, and would you believe it – Wolves were even the better side.

Alan Pardew – first challenge is at Birmingham next Saturday

And the game was important, in that Newcastle visit St. Andrew’s next Saturday afternoon – with a 3:00 pm kick-off.

In the general scheme of things a game at Birmingham would be one most fans would expect Newcastle to be able to win.

But with the topsy turvy season Newcastle have had so far, and if they keep that up next Saturday, the likelihood is the lads could lose against mediocre Birmingham, after just beating 5 time European Champions Liverpool 3-1.

And that’s where Alan Pardew comes in,  because if he can start to get some consistency into the Newcastle side, and keep the defense a lot more solid than it’s been for most of the season, then a win next Saturday would show he’s off to an excellent start in his Newcastle career.

Newcastle have had some great wins this season, being able to beat Aston Villa, Everton, Sunderland, Arsenal, Chelsea in the Carling Cup  and now Liverpool.

But then contrast that with games the side has lost to Blackpool, Stoke City, Blackburn  and West Brom, teams we would have been expected to beat, and it’s been up and down season so far. Few would disagree with that.

Since it was an up yesterday – a huge win – Newcastle don’t often beat Liverpool, will it now be followed by a down at St. Andrew’s?

The Newcastle senior players and Alan Pardew himself have said the win yesterday was due to the guts and determination of the Newcastle players, and in a way it was also a thank you to the departed Chris  Hughton – so Alan takes no credit for the win yesterday,  and he shouldn’t either.

But next Saturday is different and a win – when we should win – would go down very well with the Newcastle fans.

So if Alan wants to get in the good books of the Newcastle fans quickly then a good first step would be to win the game at Birmingham – and it’s hardly an impossible task, especially with Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Andy Carroll  and Cheick Tiote all available, and Williamson and Coloccini likely to return to bolster the Newcastle defense.

And we’d also like to see 19 year-old Nile Ranger get a start,  in the absence of Shola Ameobi through injury, as the London lad looked so energetic and powerful, and he worked his socks off  in those last 35 minutes.

And didn’t he just scare the living daylights out of those Liverpool defenders? :D

Howay The Lads – we can do it!!

Comments welcome.



Tags: Cheick Tiote · Newcastle News



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76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dennis Twice // Dec 12, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Attack! Toon! Attack! Attack!

    Taylor——Colo——–William———————-

    Routy—–Tiote—–Nolan————-Jonas——–

    Barton————Ranger——-Carroll—————-

  • 2 sweendog // Dec 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Agreed ..
    If we get at them and play ranger and Collo/Willo back we should do well
    4-4-2 again and lets see if we can get a foothold in the premiership .. then maybe start to enjoy an FA Cup run .. in January..

  • 3 JP...from The Rock // Dec 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    We can do it and if Pardew can pull it off he must be doing something right. As you say, and I agree he starts next week against Birmingham.

  • 4 sweendog // Dec 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    don’t agree with Taylor .. if he doesn’t sign a contract .. then don’t play him .. also simpsons doing well…

  • 5 Mac // Dec 12, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    That is an attacking formation. We don’teven have a keeper.

  • 6 geoff777 // Dec 12, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Don’t really get that team Dennis – 3-4-3 & No Enrique?

    Krul

    Simpson Colo Willo Enrique

    Barton Tiote Nolan Jonas

    Ranger Carroll

    No S.Taylor – no contract – so have to sell him in Jan so he doesn’t play again.

    Sol’s a big problem too, needs to lose more weight.

  • 7 MOONDUST // Dec 12, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    So who is going to buy him if he isn’t playing ?

  • 8 Edd Case // Dec 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Think Ed should take off Pardew from the banner until he’s been our skipper a bit longer…perhaps replacing him with Tiote, who’s been the signing of the season so far, 8 yellow cards or not!

  • 9 jimiley // Dec 12, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Fat man will sell as many as he can and pocket as much money as he can. He will sell for 5 million and buy for one. When has he evr bought more than he has sold. Its called PROFIT for the fat man. His ambition is for the club to muddle through on a shoestring whilst he cops as much cash as he can until he can sell for maximum profit. SIMPLES. There are still juveniles and other like minded deluded people who think the fat man is interested in this club. He will always sell for more than he buys. Proper supporters call that asset stripping. Or do you actually believe anything his press office says eg 27/10/10 “we are in negotiations with CH about a new contract and CH will remain NUFC manager”Some of you just do not get it do you?

  • 10 BiffBaffBoff // Dec 12, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    “medicore Birmingham”

    Come on Ed, its thinking like that what makes us lose against teams outside the “big 4″

    Birmingham have lost 1 game at home all season, and 2 less then us overall, last season they were great in the PL and just because they didnt perform for 1 game, doesnt mean its going to be easy, they will think we’re crap if they watched us at Bolton or WBA.

  • 11 nufclewin // Dec 12, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Ashley-is-the-Worlds-Worst-Football-Club-Owner/176077812422408

  • 12 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Its actually very important to get SOMETHING out of Brum, with manc shitty and spurts to follow. A win would be great, and after watching them today – they were hopeless – should be possible.
    Over to you Partridge.

  • 13 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 12, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Knowing Newcastle and inconsistency Birmingham will probably be a harder match than Liverpool , it’s the same as the time we beat Arsenal and then got beat by Blackburn how much people would have predicted that so don’t go about saying that the next game will be a bit easy, it is the premier league after all.

  • 14 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 12, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Dennis what sort of team is that to put out anyway especially when Barton is playing up front which is the complete wrong position for him keep him in the middle where he can win a lot of balls and play in Carroll and Ranger/Ameobi.

    I’ll go with:

    Harper

    Simpson Colo Williamson Enrique

    Nolan Cheiky Barton Jonas

    Ranger Carroll

  • 15 listie // Dec 12, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Birmingham will be a tough game, they are having trouble scoring, but they are also very good at stopping the other team scoring. They will be smarting after losing to Wolves aswell

  • 16 craignufc // Dec 12, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    a win against brum would be great, with colo and williamson back also such a bonus.

    if s.taylor isn’t going to sign a new deal don’t play him got no ambition for the clubs future so wont care less if we lose a game.

    get him sold for around 5 million and replace with wheater wouldn’t be 2 bad

  • 17 nden85 // Dec 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    craig nufc: who’s is gonna pay £5m for taylor, he’s about 2 stone too heavy, extremely injury prone and available for free in 6 months. we’d get £2m tops, which i would take.

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Not defending ashley , but

    Colo 10M on 90k a week

    Guti 5M on 60k a week

    Xisco 5M on 50 k a week

    Barton 6M + 60K a eek

    Smith 6M + 60K a week

    Ben Arfa ????

    Tiote 3.5M + ?

    etc etc

  • 19 short trousers // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    rottonda heights 1 diredtion r 2-1 m8 xfactor u haveing abet m8 ?? thay wil win thenite

  • 20 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Rotondo – compare them wages to championship wages…….

    Now tell me where you’d rather be.

    OK they’re a tad ott, but thats how it is.

    so if you’re not defending the fat Coont, what’s your point???

  • 21 short trousers // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    lads xfaxtor is on

  • 22 short trousers // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    lea davies faxtor is on m8lololo

  • 23 Edd Case // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    fuc* xfactor, Barcelona on Sky Sports 1, now that’s entertainment.

    It’ll be how Newcastle will be in 2016, eh Pardew.

  • 24 short trousers // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    edd case do u goon .org m8??

  • 25 loothas // Dec 12, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Lew Davies I think rotonda i’s referrin to an earlier comment that jimiley made about money spent on players

  • 26 tdt // Dec 12, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    I see the FA might look into Barton’s “obscene gestures” when he grabbed his groin at Torres yesterday, according to the Telegraph. Needless to say they wouldn’t have even noticed it if it was anyone else. Tall about unconsisent disiplinary procedure, considering the amount of diving, elbowing and two-footed tackles we see going unpunished every weekend.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/newcastle-united/8197843/Newcastle-United-midfielder-Joey-Barton-could-face-FA-punishment-over-obscene-gesture-to-Fernando-Torres.html

  • 27 tdt // Dec 12, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/newcastle-united/8197843/Newcastle-United-midfielder-Joey-Barton-could-face-FA-punishment-over-obscene-gesture-to-Fernando-Torres.html

  • 28 MOONDUST // Dec 12, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    short trousers have you got them trousers turned up yet

  • 29 Hughton Till I Die // Dec 12, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Just heard that the FA are considering taking action against Barton for an ‘obscene gesture’ towards Torres. What a pathetic governing body english football is under, they try and find absolutely anything just to punish the man.

  • 30 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    doh ! and I was ready for a fight lol.
    dammit.

  • 31 balubas1 // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    If we loose to Birmingham it will just prove how very strange this season is… Chelsea draw, Arsenal win, L’pool win and a series of odd losses

  • 32 MOONDUST // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    balubas1 how many times have brum been beaten at home this season ? i dont think it will be strange

  • 33 DanNUFC // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    http://aggbot.com/link.php?id=11802758&r=tw&c=48

    what an absolute joke, the FA really do have it in for us don’t they?

  • 34 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Moonflower [ but this is NUFC, stats go out the window mate, records get broken etc. Normally against us admittedly, but hey, we live in hope. lol.
    Anyway I watched that game 2day, and their attack was pathetic even when rat face philips came on. so want a draw at the minimum. But I think we can do them, depends on how much partridge changes things around this week.

  • 35 MOONDUST // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Loo roll i hope your right but i dont think it will be a walkover like some think it will

  • 36 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    never said it would be, but who has???
    Just being optimistic and hoping. Thats not a crime.

  • 37 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Its a big week coming up because AP is going to want to make his mark.
    Hope it goes well, dont want anymore unrest.

  • 38 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Dan wots that link? it wont work 4 me!

  • 39 GeordieGerman // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    DanNUFC, On that photo the ref is looking directly at Joey and Joey is just pointing a finger at Torres. Effin FA tw@s

  • 40 GeordieGerman // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    @ 36.

    http://aggbot.com/docs/link.php?id=11802758&r=s&c=48

  • 41 DanNUFC // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    GG

    i know, i really hope he put it in his match report as joey is going to be crucial in our next few games.

    Lew, its about the FA are going to look into something that barton did to torres if it isnt in the ref’s report. to be fair they were both having a go at each other and if anything torres was in the wrong

  • 42 GeordieGerman // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    DanNUFC, Yeah but Barton has a rep and Torres uis a big girls blouse. In fact that’s probably what Joey is saying to him.

  • 43 GeordieGerman // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    *uis=is

  • 44 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Feckin marvelous !!!
    Thanks GG.
    Thats all we need now, another 3 match ban at the most crucial time of the season.
    Please NO.
    I would like to hope common sense will prevail, but then again this is the FA
    :(

  • 45 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Thanks Dan/GG
    Dont need this like.

  • 46 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    some good news tho for boxing day:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/man_city/9280265.stm

    Good to have some turmoil away from NUFC for a change.

  • 47 Thump // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Barton pointing at Torres?! My god! Sack him from the game, we can’t possibly have a man pointing at another man during a game!

    Don’t you just love Sundays?

    No doubt Newcastle will put in a cheeky bid for Tevez if he is up for sale.

  • 48 Thump // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Haha, I’d actually love to see Tevez reaction to Pardew putting a bid in for it. I’d buy nufctv again for that now I think of it.

  • 49 Edd Case // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    short trousers // Dec 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM
    edd case do u goon .org m8??

    Nope??? Whats that?

    Told you it would be entertainment, Barca 5-0 winners, Messi two great goals again.
    LuaLua can be our Messi…Vuckic our Xavi…sort of?!

  • 50 GeordieGerman // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Lew Davies, As Thump say’s. Don’t think there’s much to it. If the FA was to do Joey it would look like a vendetta.

  • 51 loothas // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    This gesture? Wouldn’t be when he was grabbing his crotch when shouting at Torres would it? Would that be frowned on by the fa? Jesus, I hope not coz that’s pretty pedantic, seems like everything he does is scrutinised!

  • 52 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    And you think they care what people think?
    If they do him then quite simply it is a vendetta. and a disgrace.

  • 53 komfort // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    can the student that poked the…duchess of cornwall…with a..stick..please come foward as i’d like to shake you by the jazz band & give you £5oo.

  • 54 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    A cheeky bid for tevez???
    I think mancs paid £5oM for him and might want some of that back lol
    plus his wages are £285k per week.
    Fat ash would have a seizure.
    Go on Pards, knock on his door.
    :)

  • 55 komfort // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    please make contact…again.

  • 56 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    eh?

  • 57 GeordieGerman // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    komfort, He’ll think you’re a Cop or he’s a really stupid student.

  • 58 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Oh fek its not going to get political now is it?

  • 59 komfort // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    bog roll watch the news man..

    …short troosers didn’t you used to post as hitman ?

    you should be banned off these boards you..ilitarate..get

  • 60 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Tool ! it can stay on the news then, not on here.

  • 61 komfort // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    lewis do you want the slapping of your life ?

  • 62 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Ah! been on the irn bru again.
    tut tut.

  • 63 roy cropper // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    lew – i can vouch for komfort & in truth it wouldn’t be a bad idea if you – stepped – back m8.

  • 64 roy cropper // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    good night anyways

  • 65 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    ooops pardon me not wanting to talk about the latest news item on a NUFC blog.
    Hmmm.

  • 66 GeordieGerman // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Lew, could it be that Joey scratched his balls and shouted at Torres “that’s better”?

  • 67 Brutooon // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    i love when Alan Pardew sub Ameobi on the 60 mins and replace him with Hungry Ranger

    Thats the key!

    if CH, he would wait till the 75 mins, which is a bit late to introduce ranger

    For the birmingham game, start with lazy ameobi then gave ranger the supersub role

  • 68 roy cropper // Dec 12, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    lew – all i’m saying is there any point in upsetting someone & falling out with them m8 – specially the temperamental ones ? – well av had me hot choc & am deffo off te bed now. good nite komfy – nite lew.

  • 69 BengGaBoy // Dec 13, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    If kick off timing is anything to go with, usually 3p.m kick off signify a Newcastle lost/draw is on the way.

    Liverpool – 5.30p.m (Sat)
    Chelsea – 1.30p.m (Sunday)
    Arsenal – 1.30 p.m (Sunday)
    Sunderland – 1.30p.m (Sunday)
    West Ham – 5.30p.m (Sat)
    Everton – 3.00 p.m (Sat)
    Aston Villa – 1.30p.m (Sunday)

    Bolton – 3p.m
    Fulham – 3p.m
    Wigan – 3p.m
    Man City – 1.30p.m (Sunday)
    Stoke City – 4.10p.m (Sunday)
    Blackpool – 3.00p.m
    Wolves – 3.00p.m

  • 70 spanishtoon // Dec 13, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    beautiful NUFC piece on how it feels to be a fan “tied in for life” http://www.postmatchpint.com
    great stuff

  • 71 john_cena163 // Dec 13, 2010 at 3:29 AM

    My team 4 saturday
    Krul
    Danny-taylor-colo-jose
    Joey-toto-nolan-jonas
    Ranger-andy

  • 72 baro // Dec 13, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    —————————-Krul————————–

    Simpson—–Staylor———–Colo——Enrique

    ———————Tiote——Nolan——————

    Barton——————————————-Jonas

    ——————Ranger——-Carroll—————-

    Gaurantee you if Nile Ranger starts vs Brum than the headlines after the game will be……

    RANGER the game CHANGER!!

  • 73 lualua777 // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    i would go with

    krul

    simpson colo willo enrique

    tiote

    barton jonas

    nolan

    carrol ranger/vuckic(last 30 mins)

  • 74 Rotonda heights // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    I quite like Dennis’ 3-4-3 but I’d have Enrique rather than Jonas.

    I think an average team plays 4-4-2, a good team plays 4-3-3 and an outstanding team plays 3-4-3 a la Brazil.

    At this point only urgent changes needed are Sol and Ameobi out, with Colo and Ranger back in.

  • 75 Rotonda heights // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Komfort

    That’s a classic calling someone illiterate and spelling it ..ilitarate

  • 76 komfort // Dec 13, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    not if your fishing for..mugs..Rotonda.




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