Pardew – Newcastle Good But Not At Their Best Today

Alan Pardew thought that Newcastle were good at Tottenham today but not at their best, and subsequently were not good enough to get anything out of the game at White Hart Lane.

Alan Pardew – Newcastle good – but not at their best

Things were fairly even this afternoon, but it was two pieces of extra class from the North London side in the second half,  that got them all 3 points, against a willing but less talented Newcastle side.

Aaron Lennon scored the first goal on 57 minutes out on the right, and Gareth Bale scored one of his special goals from the left on 80 minutes, after Spurs had been reduced to 10 men though the stupidity of  Kaboul – who head-butted Cheick Tiote – after 66 minutes.

Pardew had been hoping for Newcastle to produce another good performance this afternoon but it was rather flat compared to the bright and courageous performances at home against Liverpool and Man City, in the previous two games.

This is what Alan told Sky Sports after the game today:

“Their extra bit of quality, especially in the final third, was the difference,”

“We were competitive and worked really hard but we were just off our best today.”

“And some of the quality we had shown against Liverpool and Manchester City was missing.”

Kevin Nolan was suspended for the clash and Jose Enrique failed a late fitness test, and Newcastle missed both players today.

After seeing that his bench is  fairly weak, Pardew will be hoping to strengthen the squad in January – at least we hope Alan will be trying to strengthen the squad in January.

Alan continued::

“We were good today but we were below our best,”

“We had two or three key players missing and that is probably where we are weaker than those teams in terms of players coming off the bench.”

“That is something we can hopefully address as we go down the line.”

Pardew also  feels that Tottenham should be considered as contenders for the Premier League  title, because of  the strength in depth they have in the club:

“Look at the strength they have in depth and of course they are going to be.”

“They are fighting on a number of fronts. With that spirit and a bit of luck here and there they may well pick up a trophy.”

It’s getting clear now that when Newcastle have some of their key players missing like  Enrique, Tiote, Barton, Nolan or Carroll, they are sorely missed,  and the subs that come in are just not as good.

That’s one reason Alan may look to bring in some reinforcements during January.

But our next two games at Wigan and home to West Ham now become very important to get points from, since both sides are below us in the league at the moment.

Newcastle have but one win from their last eight league games, since winning at the Emirates.

Comments welcome.

85 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #1

    After watching that display we need at least 5 players.

  • free giveaways

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #2

    The best thing we could do in January is get a quality striker because we’ve only got one good forward at the club and Carroll can’t perform every week because he’s still young.

    I’ve seen West ham get linked with Adebayor and Robbie Keane. Surely these players would rather play for us.

    Personally I think Adebayor upfront with Carroll would be awesome.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew – “Newcastle Good But Not At Their Best Today”.

    Na, really? You’re taking the pee pee Alan aren’t you?

  • magfly

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Pardew bigging up spuds Ashleys arsh wipe thought he was our manager.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #5

    We need at least 3 good players in January. More than that would be good but we need to keep the great team morale as well. A heavy influx of players would disrupt that. With 3 good players we’ll be okay knowing that very shortly we’ll have Ben Arfa and Gosling back 🙂

  • jj

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #6

    i commented a few weeks back regarding needing wingers that can cross for carroll and i got shot down in flames….today made it clear i was right and i recommended etherington or pienaar on the left and larsson or bentley on the right as i think benny is played better in the hole when hes fit….we really dont have any plan b going forward and unless its a diagonal ball or set piece we dont look like scoring, im not trying to be negative but surely pardew can see this and wants to work on mixing it up, i would go for playing 451 away from home with ferguson and ranger on the wings and nolan in the centre as an attacking midfielder as we cud sit back and defend then use pace to counter attack just like spurs did today…and mancity did on sunday….etc….were short of pace at the mo, BRING ON WEST HAM I HOPE WE PLAY ATTACKING FROM THE OFF.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Comment 2 – I prefer Ranger than Adebayor to be honest.

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #8

    According to the NUFC official website “Perch Proved His Worth”

    He did in deed.

  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #9

    We have Pardew as manager what has he achieved? who is he? is he a international, national, regional or just plane crap manager….. seriously everyone take a look at this club we aim to high we are just going to be a standard team in a very standard league this season.

    We will stay up but only through Hughton’s hard work in building a great team spirit…. Pardew hahahahahahahahahahahaha joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we are still the laughing stock of the EPL

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 28, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #10

    DarloGeordie, “we are still the laughing stock of the EPL”. No we are not… ! We lost on Saturday but for the way we fought back we earned a lot of respect. We lost today but two of our key players were missing. The loss today hurt, but I think we all expected it. If you don’t like losing, then change your alliances. How about Man. U?

  • free giveaways

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #11

    JP…from The Rock; Adebayor’s premiership record; 138 games. 61 goals. Ranger’s career record; 35 games. 2 goals.

    Nile Ranger has a lot of potential but he can’t finish. He’s missed some great chances this season.

    Adebayor can finish. He’ll get goals which will get us points. Ranger won’t.

  • Sawbuck

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Ashley has booked us a berth at Relegation Wharf!

    What kind of cockamamie appointment was this?
    What kind of crud is Pardew next to Hoots?

    This is a slow strangulation with Ashley getting his jollies watching.

  • archaeomag

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #13

    It showed how much we rely on Barton’s delivery, and he had a bad day – so no quality balls into the box.
    @JJ Yes, wingers or anybody that cross a ball so it lands near one of our players!

    I thought we pressed and closed down well as a team in the first half, which was the only positive for me.

  • newcastle10

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #14 jose enrique reads dis blog

  • vic

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew is proven looser.

    Selection was terrible.

    Routledge as a RW is a proven joke.

    Play Perch and Smith =suicide.

    4-5-1 is a loosing mentality.

    Tension between Pardew and some players is beginning of decay


  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #16

    @ German:

    err only a few weeks ago we sacked one of the most respected managers we have had since Sir Bobby and from this decision from the fat cockney slug we look like a bunch of chumps just like what Blackburn look like now having a bunch of chicken farmers running their club.

    I wont change allegiances i think is the word you are looking for but i will let you off as your German, dont get me wrong i love Newcastle but i work where in Leeds and there is a wide range of supporters – tottenham, Liverpool, scum, chelsea etc etc and they all laugh at our club so in my eyes yes we are the laughing stock of the league, we have something good but we want something better, how can you call Pardew progression and looking to the future when all he has achieved is relegation so…..

    you so wrong BRO

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #17

    DarloGeordie, all that you have wrote has told me one thing. NUFC are not a laughing stock. Ashley maybe and maybe his choice of manager (for me the jury is still out) but not the club, the fans or the team.

    I would like to point out once again that I am not a German. I just live here. I was born in Benwell and spent my childhood in Longridge, Wideopen, Cullercoats, and Chapel House. The misuse of alliances for allegiances may lay on me being dyslectic.

  • danuneek

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #18

    We win games when Carroll has good service from wide positions. Fact is Routledge and Jonas aren’t very good at crossing and we’ve needed Barton to play wide right. Now I suggest we keep him in that position until we can find a worthy replacement. There is one obvious solution that has been mentioned on here. Seb larsson has a great cross, plays wide right and would surely be available for a couple of million in January, particularly as his contract is ending. As for a striker to partner Carroll, keane is passed it, Adebayor has an attitude and would cost too much, to be honest I’m stuck on this one. Perhaps bring back Bellamy on loan. Whoever it is, they need to have pace. Also need a left back as cover for Enrique. So in total, thats three players we need in January.

  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #19

    @ German

    Last thing i wanted to do is offend so sorry… but im not psychic. This site is here to leave your comments and i dont back down on mine, so if you favour this lapdog then please tell me 1 thing Pardew has achieved….

    Dont forget Newcastle is a club that we all expect to achieve and that just is not going to happen under these clowns

  • AussieToon

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #20

    I think people need to stop panicking. We played two teams in the top four and battled well just were missing the quality. We can’t afford to have injuries to two of our better players and Pardew now knows we need depth into the team. He will tell the fat man and the fat mans biggest fear is relegation. We will be purchasing some better depth in January.

    We need another striker and another winger. We also need left back cover.

    Good shout would be Seb Larrson. He has the quality needed to add to the team.

    If we can get maximum points against Wigan and West Ham we will push back into the top half and then we will look forward to Gosling and HBA coming back into the side.

    All of a sudden the depth would be great with Jonas, Gosling etc coming from the bench.

    Heard a rumor HBA will be signed for 5 years and Ashley has promised Pardew for funds for a qulaity striker. If that’s the case we should be happy.

    At seasons end, we need to invest more to move up, but this season, avoiding relegation is all that is needed for mine.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #21

    DarloGeordie, Pardew has achieved nowt, as I said @ 17:
    “NUFC are not a laughing stock. Ashley maybe and maybe his choice of manager (for me the jury is still out)”.
    I’ll judge after the next two games, where I want to see 4-6 points. Anything less and I won’t be the only one shouting for his departure. Which would make us leaders in the EPL. Only Chelsea and Tottenham equal us with 11 managers since the start of the PL.

  • baro

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Has anyone noticed that we haven’t won a game with the blue jerseys? Besides the cup game against a lower league side. I hate those jerseys.

  • Oba

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Do you know what I hate?

    When people call them jerseys.

  • Jarra

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #24

    First half we looked very organised, against a very good team.
    The crunch was always going to be when or if they scored.
    Plan B after they scored was limited due to lack of creative players.
    The reality is we need to address the lack of depth in creative positions and decide who is not going to make the grade and sell those to create funds to buy.
    AP has viewed all the video’s of the games played this season, I think amongst us we would name similar names who should be off loaded.
    This is where AP could lay down his marker and wheel and deal with players that will be better than what we already have, if he fails in that, then he will have a hard time ahead.
    He can only be judged on his tactics, transfer dealings and results.
    I dunno why, but for some reason I am backing him to get it right.
    I do worry though as we all do whilst Ashley is at the helm.

  • archaeomag

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #25

    @GG 21 agreed;
    Loose against West Ham & Wigan and we will be in trouble.
    I hope I’m proved wrong, but I can’t see Ashley spending his way out of trouble, so we can forget about shopping lists of players.

  • baro

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #26


    Has anyone noticed that we haven’t won a game with the blue kits? Besides the cup game against a lower league side.

  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #27

    German – Ok sweet i just really dont rate him as manager… i said from the start i would give him 5 games but from the looks of things they are going down hill and yes its Cashleys decisions and im sure he had the final say on Taylors contract and didnt have much to do with Pardew despite Edds dribble….

    All good

    Respect to u n everyone who has there own opinion man without a debate this place would be very very boring…..

    Over n out for the night

  • RossGellar

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #28

    We need depth. It’s as simple as that. You look at most of the top ten teams in the league and they have international-level players on the bench. An injury or two and our subs are reserve players.

    We need a war chest.

  • AndyE93

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #29

    I think us as fans need to take a reality check and realise that we are a team that has just been promoted playing against a strong spurs side who beat the European champions this year. The days of us going to play against the top teams and expecting free flowing attacking football are over! Don’t judge Pardew on 2 teams possibly playing Champions League football next year. Keep your judgement for the next 2 games and see how we fair against the teams we are battling with! Get off Pardews back for god’s sake! Do any of you really think Hughton would have done any better in the last 2 games, I certainly don’t!

  • baro

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Where does everybody think we will finish in this league?

    I’m saying 10th

  • archaeomag

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #31

    I thought so; it feels like watching Chelski, but with one important difference . . .

  • baro

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Is the difference that Tim Krul doesn’t have a helmet on ?!?

  • archaeomag

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Well spotted; and our no 9 spends marginally less time on his arse!

  • archaeomag

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #34

    League position; not sure, just as long as there is 3 teams that are worse than us, and we will be OK.
    Next 2 games will be an indication.

  • baro

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #35


  • baro

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #36

    For the next games I hope we get Jose Enrique back! He is our best defender, we also need Captain Nolan back.

  • archaeomag

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #37

    Jose is vital; we have a good [enough] team, but only one; take out a couple of players and we struggle.

  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 28, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Haha Helmet…. good crack

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 28, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t think Pardew expected a win this game. Why play Perch and leave Williamson on the bench? I think he’s going to go all out for the next two games. At least I hope that’s his plan.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 28, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #40

    why ppl panicking bout relegation we played city n if werent for first 5 mins we wudda got sumthing, n spurs r good team n hav what we need players like lennon n bale out wide who make things happen obviously we aint getting lennon or bale but we need players who quick n direct n creative like them 2 n a striker n a lb n were sorted id sign swp n loan johnson with option to buy


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