Two Massive Games First Big Challenge For Alan Pardew

One of the great things we liked about former manager Chris Hughton, is that when Newcastle approached a really crucial  game, he seemed able to inspire his players to play out of their skins for him.

Alan Pardew – first big test for  new Newcastle manager

It’s clear from what the Newcastle players said about him that when Chris was in charge,  they’d  walk through a brick wall for him – so to speak.

That was evident in a few games this season, the first being the first home game of the season, when we demolished Aston Villa 6-0.

And then when the second team faced a formidable trip to Chelsea in the Carling Cup, the lads went on to win 4-3, and produce a game and performance to remember.

And then of course there was the vital game at home against Sunderland, when the lads hammered the local foe 5-1, for their biggest win in 55 years – and still  – Chris got the sack.

But we are only bringing that up, because we’ll see in these next two crucial games for Newcastle, just how good Alan Pardew is at inspiring the troops,  to have them play at their very best, when it matters most.

It’s something the great Bobby Robson was very good at, and at times when Newcastle started important games under Bobby, the team started the game like a steam train coming out of the blocks – at full speed. It was just fantastic to watch.

Alan is well aware that  the next two games are absolutely crucial to steadying the Newcastle ship, and he had this to say today:

“I went to Wigan and watched them against Arsenal, and there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a tough game.”

“They’re a very good team who plays a particular brand of football which we’ll have to be prepared for.”

“We’ll be looking for an improvement from the Tottenham game, and we’re obviously hoping to get that at Wigan.”

“The Wigan and West Ham games are vital for us. And everybody here is aware of that.”

So we’ll get an opportunity to see how good Alan is at rallying the troops on Tyneside, because these are two massive games for the Newcastle club in the next 5 days, there’s no doubt about that.

Two wins and we’ll be absolutely flying, but two defeats and we’ll not be flying – in fact we’ll be worried sick. 😀

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Dec 31, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Without Carroll these two games will be rough. I’m gutted that we lose the lad right when we are on the verge of slipping into the bottom three. I’m absolutely sickened at the thought. We need points badly!!!

  • alkinou

    Dec 31, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    We often lost crucial games against the bottom teams with Hughton, generally the games we won were the one’s with no real pressure on them (I said generally of course the Sunderland one is an exception) so the comparaison in the atricle isn’t great.

  • john_cena163

    Dec 31, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Happi New Yr Al In Advance, N Hope Newcastle Starts Da New Yr With Wins

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    For goodness sake look at the spelling & grammar in the post by john_cena163 this is disgraceful

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Geordiedoonsooth, Ah howay man. After all it’s New Years eve.

  • nufc7

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Just remember Wigan are missing their best player too.
    Shola will step up..we hope

  • Sinner

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #7

    lool,would be in for a shocker if Best gets to start coming sunday.
    I would like if Xisco is given the chance.
    In Villa match,i saw how he played.
    He got good composure,speed and passing.
    Get him to start along ameobi.But thats just me.x_x
    Most probably,Pard would start Ameobi.

  • Sav

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #8

    At least its a chance for Ranger to get a start and show what he’s got.
    Trouble is, if he does too well (I wish), will BFA be tempted to cash his chips on AC?
    – The torment of being a Newcastle supporter! Whipping boys or delusional, damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
    Its also time Vukic started to bang on Pardew’s door with some big performances in the reserves and in training. He arrived with big expectations and needs to be fulfilling them. Jonas seems to be holding the door open for Ferguson to come in and he too needs to start pressing for a place. HTL!

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #9

    My dream team:

  • sweendog

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Team for wigan —–

    ………………….Tiote ……………………..

    Also hope Pardew gets them practising attacking moves .. we were poor at Spurs in this department.. also I think Williamson needs brought back .. good solid player .. he maybe slow but hes a good header of the ball and always gets his foot in at the right time ..

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Great News pundit score predict us lose, so we will make them be WRONG again.

  • sweendog

    Dec 31, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #12

    I reckon we need an early goal or 2 .. if so I predict 3-1 to the black n white army .. hope Pardew has them primed to attack from the 1st min ..

  • sweendog

    Dec 31, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #13

    anyone know if Carrol is injured or “injured” as in Spurs bidding for him..

  • balubas1

    Dec 31, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #14

    This will be interesting.

    How will Pardew lay out his tactics now that Carroll is out. Time to take another step away from the longballs maybe?

    Frankly I don’t care if we play long balls, but they are a tactic made especially for Carroll. Ameobi can’t perform as good as he does.

    I hope Pardew can widen our ability a bit. I want to see our backs coming up a bit more. “If you don’t risk anything, you won’t win anything”.

  • obaflamey

    Dec 31, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Yannick Djalo of Sporting Lisbon up for sale for £3.5 m. Worth a punt?

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 31, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #16


    R U 4 Real? lol

    Shaddap knocking peoples spelling and grammar u muppet!

    Talk football or don’t talk.

    NUFC v West Ham – 3pts to us
    Wigan v NUFC – 1 pt

  • pearceet

    Dec 31, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Apparently Newcastle and everton have been notified that Yannick Djalo is available for just £3.5m he’s 24 and we have been linked with him before …….
    Worth the punt anyone??????

  • pearceet

    Dec 31, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #18


    beat me to it!

  • Toon1978

    Dec 31, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #19

    NUFC have the opportunity to have HBA and Djalo playing at this club for under 10 million quid. Ashley should have HBA tied up asap and should be on the phone to Sporting to sort out a deal asap before other clubs start sniffing. Everton are interested but we should be in there. However, Ashley does not move very fast when he has to spend money so i would not be surprised to see Djalo join Everton.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 31, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Typical Arry,

    “Tottenham have opened talks over the £4m signing of Portugal striker Yannick Djalo from Sporting Lisbon but Newcastle are also reported to be interested”.

    He must really want us to take Keane

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 31, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry, sorry, sorry, it was old news. SORRY.

  • Toon1978

    Dec 31, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #22


    I wonder how many player ARRY Redknapp really wants, i really gets to me the spitefulness in Football. Arry has Pav,Crouch,Defoe,Keane why the hell would he want Djalo also????? F..k spurs i am really starting to detest them tw.ts big time. There is no way on this earth NUFC should pay 3 million quid for a thirty year old striker. We pay 3 million for him and Spurs will use THAT 3 million to buy Djalo. hahaha how mad can it get. Forget Keane and spend to money on a young quick striker like Djalo. We would be crazy to buy Keane. On loan yes but not to buy. To expensive, injury prone and to old.

  • Toon1978

    Dec 31, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #23


    Gitt lol glad its old news haha.

  • nuttyward

    Dec 31, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #24

    german where is it the harry wants him or is it gossip. not that it would make much differance as Cashley wouldnt buy a packet of fecking chips unless it was in the casino.
    the signings we will get will be all lower league shite or hasbeens same old ashly tight twat

  • nuttyward

    Dec 31, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #25

    german thought you were nearly on ya way to sort harry out there lol

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 31, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Just me gettinf into the New Year spirit. 😉

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 31, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #27

    gettinf? getting 🙁

  • seannew1

    Dec 31, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m a bit worried about the wigan game,we never do well there and wigan are decent enough at home,still a win is a must in both games. I’d personally take a point from the DW stadium and 3 pts against the hammers

  • daneevz

    Dec 31, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #29

    I Agree Spend £3mill on Djalo yes Keane NO!! alot more pro’s to Djalo And keane is just not for us i believe dont doubt his ability but does like the injury list and age doesnt help. and it cant be in Fat Mans 5yr plan to get a 30yr old

  • steburnip

    Dec 31, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #30

    HI, whats ppl’s views on oba martins returning?
    he was spotted in madame koos in newcastle on monday night and was said to be telling people that he was coming back to sign?

    any thoughts?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 31, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #31

    steburnip, no thanks m8.

  • baro

    Dec 31, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #32


    I would absolutely love it! Obafemi Martins was my favorite player on Newcastle, but once he left I really was disappointed. His speed and amazing goals were brilliant! I really miss his back flips.

  • steburnip

    Dec 31, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #33

    I thought he did really well when fit, would do well with carrol, but dunno if this move will happen,

    sorry new to this but why is everyone going on about yannick djalo? has anyone actually ever seen him play or is it all just “lets jump on the bandwagon” because people are saying he is good, automaticly makes him a good player.
    no premier league experience,and he has hardly set the portuguese leagues a light, Id prefer a loan for keane, who is proven scorer.

    Its pointless buying players who may not cut it, waste of money, money we dont have!!

  • Toon XI

    Dec 31, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Oba…Oba…Obafemi Martins!!!!


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