Alan Pardew Must Now Revitalize The Newcastle Side


Newcastle now have one win, two draws and five defeats in their last five league games, and must start to get more points on the board.

Alan Pardew – has some hard work to do now at Newcastle

In the last three games since Alan Pardew took over at Newcastle, we have got three points against Liverpool, and two defeats against Man City and Tottenham.

And let’s be honest, these are not teams we thought we’d get many points out of this season.

Where Newcastle have gone wrong so far this season is not getting the points out of the lower level sides in the Premier League.

But Newcastle can put things right in their next two league games, before we go to Stevenage in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on January 8th.

Next Sunday we are at Wigan Athletic, and then take on West Ham at home on the following Wednesday.

Let’s be clear that two wins in those games will put us right back on track, to be safe this year and stay in the Premier League.

But it’s worrying that when Newcastle are short of any of the following players – Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote or Carroll, we just don’t seem to be the same side.

We were missing two of them yesterday in Enrique and Nolan, and although the lads were competitive in the first half, the extra class of Spurs showed in the second half.

We now have to hope that both Noland and Enrique are fit for next Sunday’s game.

One worrying thing is that Tiote picked up his 9th yellow card yesterday, and one more and he’ll be suspended for a couple of games, and if he picks one up at Wigan he’ll miss the West Ham game at home.

We suppose Alan Smith can come in – but when he last did that at WBA,  we were just hopeless.

And Alan Pardew will now need to get at least a couple of new players in during the January transfer window,  and there are a few good players who could be available.

But the main thing is for Alan and the lads to keep their cool, and start to play the football we know they are capable of – at least with the full side, and start to beat the teams that are currently below us in the league.

If we can do that we’ll be just fine.

Comments welcome.



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11 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Alan Smith is Crap!

    Play Williamson at the CB and Collocini at Defensive Midfielder

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  • archaeomag

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Have to agree with you on most of this Ed.
    Mike Ashley has a perfectly sensible policy of developing younger players, so I don’t think can expect big money & names in the transfer window.

    At the moment having just one good player per position is a very risky strategy, if Barton, Carroll, Nolan etc get a long term injury or even a suspension, we will soon be in the sh*t; loose our next two games and we will be there very quickly, and the rest of the season will be no fun.
    We just have to win the next 2 games.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Must Beat Wigan and Waste Ham. Simple as that

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  • John Hoy

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    How did you work out the maths in your first sentence Ed?

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  • munch27

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Brutoon you talk some shite Smithy played well yesterday he was all over the pitch trying his heart out , i even thought Perch had his best game for us so far.

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  • archaeomag

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    @John Hoy – Well spotted
    Ed – Lack of due diligence at the beginning there , & we all know where that can lead . . .

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  • expatgeordie

    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Munch27 I agree that Smith played well yesterday & that Perch had (for him) a decent game but unfortunately Smith’s legs have gone & Perch just isn’t a PL player. We would have been better playing Kadar left back. We also need to get some creativity in to the team. If teams cut out the supply to Carroll or like yesterday Barton has an off day we are stuffed we don’t have another option. We also need a different type of striker to compliment Carroll. Wins against Wigan & West Ham are musts

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    if smith and perch playing “well” why are we losing to spurs playing with 10 player?

    Barton is a distribution player not someone who support carroll, the best thing last night to put lovenkrands part of the 5 midfield and put smith where he belong best – BENCH

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  • Doctapaul

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Graeme Souness only ever made one piece of sense to me – “you find out who’s good when you start losing” – and Newcastle have won once in their last 8 games.
    make no mistake, yesterday we played like relegation fodder.
    Gutierrez and Routledge seem incapable of going down the wing and getting any decent crosses in. As for cutting in and scoring, or passing the ball to an overlapping full back – forget it. Barton kicked too many balls into touch – and Smith and Tiote (who had a miserable game) created nothing.
    Pardew says we lost the game down the flanks – that was the alleged difference between the two sides – bollocks. What game was he at?
    Modric won the match – he dominated the middle of the park. His energy was superhuman.
    Newcastle need two wingers, a creative midfield player, a right back and a top striker alongside Carroll – pronto. + they need to put an end to route 1 football when playing 4-5-1.
    This was garbage Mr Pardew.

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  • darthkir

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    We are starting to decline with Pardew… trust me, the next 2 games wont be easy…

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  • jj

    Dec 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree we do need to strengthen but our main concern is we need a top defensive coach to teach what we have to defend better..wally downes would be great….and our tactics need seriously looking at as we need a Plan A…lofting diagonal balls to big andy is a Plan B not a plan A, i watch a lot of football and i never see newcastle doing little one twos on teh edge of the box and breaking free on goal or play amazing through balls on the reverse like every other team does….even scumderland play decent attacking football at times…when have we scored a goal this season where weve played it through the defence for someone to finish neatly…and dont say andys goal v bolton cos that was their defender who played it through to him lol????

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