Newcastle Character And Discipline Were First Class – Pardew

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was rightly upbeat after the game, and praised his Newcastle players for a very good performance at the DW Stadium.

Alan Pardew this afternoon – comfortable win

Alan Pardew was again delighted with the character shown by all his players away from home in a game that was only close by the score-line with Newcastle seemingly the better side on the day.

Goalkeeper Steve Harper had one save to make after 5 minutes from a very good Tom Cleverley shot, but after that he was hardly troubled by the Wigan attack.

Things looked good when after only two minutes Joey Barton set up Shola Ameobi with a gilt-edged chance when he floated in a cross to the far post that was asking to be headed gome, but Shola put the header over the bar, when it looked os much easier to score.

Yes – it’s 90% certain Andy would have headed that one home.

This is what a happy manager, Alan Pardew, told Sky Sports after the game:

“We worked hard and were disciplined and did the right things at the right times,” “A 1-0 away win, you take those and it’s a good victory for us.”

Speaking about Ameobi’s early miss, Pardew added:

“When you miss a chance like that you can go negative but we stayed in that positive mode and I thought we were deserved winners.”

“The group has shown all season we’re of good character and some of the disciplines we showed were first class.”

“The most important message for a club as big as us is that we should expect to win every game, regardless of the opposition, and then we see where we fall.”

Yes -we should expect to win every game, and that’s a thing that Chris Hughton always tried to do, and we trust that’s exactly what Alan will do too.

But give the Newcastle manager credit in this game, because his tactics today were  spot on – to put pressure on a weak Wigan defense – which is exactly what Newcastle did this afternoon.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was disappointed with his side’s lack-luster performance and that they had not managed to impose themselves on the game much at all.

But in truth when Wigan had to come at Newcastle after the Magpies went ahead, and be a threat –  but for whatever reason they just couldn’t do it –  and Newcastle held them quite easily in the end, for what was a surprisingly comfortable 3 points.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • sammydolan

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #1

    I like this mans attitude and communication. Also I like the fact he is really picking out the praise points and keeping the criticisms to the dressing room. Hopefully this will put some more confidence for the hammers game, a game we should win easily. Cant wait for Tiote vs Parker….

  • Graeme

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #2

    We were poor, but still too good for Wigan, who were dire – how they made the top half, God knows!!

    Playing like that we wont beat many real top half teams, thats for sure. Still, 3 points is what we needed and 3 points is what we got – mission accomplished I guess.

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Shola was awful… With any other striker on the pitch we’d have scored a lot more.

    I’m sorry, but he needs to be replaced, sharpish.Sell Xisco and Best, bring someone else in who will challenge for a place up front and then sell Shola in the summer.

  • toontrific

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #4

    I think the point is earlier in the season we would have lost this game. We could have won it easily if we had shown more quality in front of their goal but we did more than the home game so we have shown some progression.

  • giimps

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #5

    5 more wins for safety, roll on Wednesday after which , we should only need 4 !!!
    West Ham wont be a pushover though, but keep the same spirit and defensive mentality and we shouldnt lose.

  • magpie999

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Graeme I don’t agree

    I thought considering we had out most influential player out today I thought we bossed 80% the game.

    We still need another top striker and a top winger who can cross the ball and judging by Pardew’s reaction to speculation over Keane and Bentley he knows this too.

    Not too fussed on Keane but I’ve been shouting for Bentley for months, wasn’t too long ago he was being touted as the next Beckham…..although I have heard his life style is not the best ala Ranger

  • Ile

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Agree with you Craeme.

    IMO Routledge was poor sub today as he couldn’t deliver decent crosses. As Jonas cant cross either I really hope Pardew could someway fix this and find someone in January transfer window.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #8

    “Playing like that we wont beat many real top half teams”
    Sunderland, Arsenal and Liverpool? Go and fill your half empty glass.

  • wynsleap

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #9

    No Ed. Trying to win every game wasn’t what Chris Hughton always tried to do.
    Much as I admired Chris, his constant routine of telling us how every team in the country was dangerous just before they played against us was tiresome.
    I doubt whether he’d have played two strikers today either.
    Two final points – Cheik was tremendous – again – and Leon Best – why?

  • magpie999

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Best ahead of Ranger because Pardew is a proper manager and making the point to Ranger he needs to sort his act out, turn up to training on time and train hard. Ranger by all accounts needs a kick up the @rse and I’m glad he’s getting it now rather than later.

  • jj

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #11

    i thought today e played to wigans weaknesses well…..and when they tried pushing for a equaliser pardew was right to put on routledge for the counter attack, good tactics, well played but this tactic only works if were 1-0 up so still a bit of creativity lacking. Maybe Kranjcar in for Jonas and benny back in the starting line up will sort us out

  • Selbymag

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Just got back to Selby from the match and happy with 3 points. Ok was not a world beating performance but 3 points is all that counts today.
    Just like to mention Steve Taylor who had a great game won all his headers and used his brain a bit more today. Barton and Tiote were class as usual.
    Nolan was a waste of a shirt for me I dont see what he brings in the middle of the park, no legs no vision.Barton showed more leadership for me.
    Good turnout from the Newcastle fans shame Wigan fans couldnt be arsed.

  • jj

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree Selbymag i know nolan scores goals but other than that we carry him through games and i think when Benny is fit he will fill that position in the hole behing the striker/s, he is a good attacking midfielder at times but other times hes average….i can only assume its his leadership skills that keep him in the side, if we were to buy Keane and a winger i can see him being dropped as u cant drop joey or tiote.

  • jj

    Jan 2, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #14

    i know how stupid it sounds to say other than score goals cos thats whats more important but i think it just covers cracks to be honest, sorry guys but i really think Joey should be captain or Collo then move joey in the middle with tiote and play benny and a pacey winger in midfield and play nolan in away games and control the midfield

  • jj

    Jan 2, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #15



    BenArfa .Barton………..Tiote……………..Kranjcar




  • jj

    Jan 2, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #16


  • daneevz

    Jan 2, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #17

    No..No..No.. Chris Hughton didnt not try win every game most the time i watched the toon under him we played alot of defense and when we won the ball in our half and midfielder broke forward no 1 was infront of him. Im quite like us under pardew we attack and he knows wen somthings wrong and aint afriad to say it,also looks very active in doing somthing about getting the players we need.chughton was a yes man and if ashley said no1 in jan he would of agreed.

  • daneevz

    Jan 2, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #18

    simpson colo stayler enrique
    barton tiote nolan
    ben arfa Keane

  • Darth Vivid

    Jan 2, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Horribly negative attitude today. Pardew claimed he would play classic Newcastle United attacking football. Utter tripe on todays performance.
    Glad of the 3 points,on another day Wigans chances in the 1st half could have punished us.
    Every substitution seemed more & more negative to me.
    This blog is an embaressment to NUFC fans.

  • baro

    Jan 2, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Great 3 points we captured today! The players looked really sharp and did a great job. Now its time for West Ham at home.

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 2, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Ap sure ahd confidence to put Best and Smith on to show them to January buyers. Someone will scoop up Best after the long runs he conducted-forget the non-finishes. And Smitty did not get a card, which will work in his favor.

    THis club has some talent and tons of character, just get in some depth, please.

  • baro

    Jan 2, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Also i really hope we don’t fall for Harry Redknapp transfer business. Newcastle and Tottenhm are both in for David Beckham. Harry is trying to offer us his bench warmers Robbie Keane and David Bentley ( Now i’m not saying they are poor players ) and he is trying to clear the path for him to sign David Beckham. I would love David Beckham to come and sign with Newcastle. The fans here have lots of respect for him and he would fit into our team perfectly feeding Andy Carroll.

  • Spuggy

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #23

    JJ completely agree with your team, apart from playing the second striker away from home depending on the opposition.

    Would LOVE to see kranjcar here, but he’ll prob be on uber wages. Failing that Bentley, and keane.

  • Spuggy

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Was impressed with Simpson today, his cross for the missed Strolla goal was peachy. If he could do that week in week out Carroll would be in the goals for sure.

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Not good news:

    Heard from a reliable source that both SAF and Damian Commoli (LFC DoF) were both there to look at Tiote. I know SAF obviously had other reasons (Cleverly) but with the way Tiote’s been playing this does not surprise me. The guy’s a legend and it would be devestating to lose him after only a year

  • nufc7

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #26

    reading too much into it i think, tiote’s going nowhere. saf was watching cleverly as they need to decide whether to let him extend his loan with park at the asia cup. think hodgson was watching rodallega as liverpool are after a striker to partner torres.

  • chuck

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Don`t get paranoid, they were looking at Cleverly, they need someone up front to play with El Nino.
    Though I imagine there will be plenty of clubs who will attempt to lure him from Tyneside, Tiote that is.
    But he`s not the complete article yet, needs to improve his passing game, I`m talking about him becoming a distributor, not getting rid of it safely and as quickly as possible.
    Sissoko @ Liverpool had all the skills including more pace than Tiote, but they eventually sold him because he did`nt have a passing game.
    Now young Cleverly seems to have what it takes of an AM or striker and it`s going to be a big decision by Fergy whether to sell him or give him a contract.
    There will be clubs lined up for him.

  • gorskino10

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Doubt its about Tiote tbh he only just joined us and i dont think we have to sell anyone its time to build not deplete, Pardew and i think our board know that!

    Transfer Rumours: Probs all fake buy hey!

    Bentley going on Loan with view to permenant deal. but i feel Spurs wont allow this until we agree to sell Williamsson to them.

    also heard some news we are interested in some lower league players, Charlie Austin for one as a striker plus heard some stuff on Adam Hamill too and Rickie Lambert.

    David Wheater looks set to leave if we sell a defender we may be looking at him for around £3 Million

    Heard we have ALREADY offered City for Johnson on loan but got rejected as he is not going on Loan.

    On striker i have heard Papiss Demba Cisse whos at Friberg is one Pardew may be looking at.

  • baro

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #29

    A better chance David Beckham is going to come to Tyneside……
    David Beckham has put on a black n’ white shirt!

  • lewman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #30

    that pictures well old baro but who knows what could happen.
    not sure why people moan so much about nolan as he is probably the most composed player in our squad. also we cant just rip up our team and change it so dramatically as some people seem to want as it will destroy any morale that we have .

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Why would willo wanna go spuds when arry didn’t play him once at Pompy he ain’t going and as for tiote we just signed him and it looks like Ashley wants to move the team forward not sell our best players we are only going one way from bow on and that’s up!

  • Magickit

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #32

    our team spirit is very good today.

    due to wigan’s very bad def, we have many many golden chances today. but only convert 1 of them to goal.

    1st Half
    – Ameobi header at 3 yards
    – Lover 6 yard right foot
    – Colo header hit the bar
    …. ….
    2nd Half
    – Taylor hit the bar
    – Best 1 on1 keeper
    – Enrique right juz over the bar
    …. ….

    We should have improve our finishing ~
    but a win is a win !

  • baro

    Jan 3, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #33


    Well and perfectly said!

  • Sav

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #34

    Shola showed a good touch all afternoon. Well done.

    And if Wigan are made this bad when N’Zog is absent we should definitely buy him back.

  • branunited

    Jan 3, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #35

    i am sure that roy hogdson, was the game to wach joey barton, and try to sing in january.

  • Sinner

    Jan 3, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #36

    Why was Hodgson at the match?
    Well thats no brainer.D:/
    Just take players not performing in Liverpool.
    Konchesky(LB) and Lucas(DM)
    The best players on the field yesterday were Tiote and Enrique.
    But Hodgson is just making allusion,that mental tw*t!

  • balubas1

    Jan 3, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #37

    I don’t see how some here can give stick to our wingers… sure the crosses were not there as usual, but Jonas and Routledge were dancing out there! I didn’t see alot of CLEAR targets for them in the box either. All marked up.

  • ardenTOON

    Jan 3, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #38

    Hey Ed, danny simpson put in the cross that ameobi headed over.. You owe your readers some accuracy mate 🙁 Another player that frustrated was Routledge. Beat his man constantly but could’nt put a decent ball in. Best does have pace as he showed..but lots of guys here slag him for no reason

  • StevieGee

    Jan 3, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #39

    Hi Ed,

    Yep I was about to call you on the cross for the first chance as well but I’ve just noticed that ardenTOON has already pointed it out. It was a great cross from Simpson.

    I was nervous about todays game and relieved to get a win. I think if today’s game showed anything it was how rusty our backup strikers are. Shola’s miss in the first minute was a shocker but I can’t help thinking he’s getting a lot of abuse for it because he’s Shola. I have seen Carroll miss a couple of these this season as well, I think the last one was against ManCity perhaps although I can’t remember off the top of my head.

    Also Best when he came on. When he had the break at the end.. I was disappointed to see him lose his feet. I would have expected him to take that to the edge of the box and hammer a powerful shot home which would have given him that confidence boost he needs. He looks like he’s had no games which is not his fault. Has he actually been transfer listed?

    Routledge is starting to beat his man more recently which is promising. He seems like his confidence is increasing. I hope that translates in to better performances and crossing. Still if he’s getting to the by-line and causing problems it can only be a good thing.

    I thought Loverman did very well. Caused problems and looked the sharpest of the strikers we saw. If it wasn’t for him following up on Barton’s shot we woud be bemoaning a poor draw and Shola really would be getting abuse for his miss.

    It wasn’t our prettiest victory but I think there were positives to take in to the next game.

    Hopefully that game has given the strikers a bit of a run out to put a performance in against West Ham and Stevenage.

  • samag

    Jan 3, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Quite a display from the boys in black and white. but at the end of the day we were never under any heavy pressure bsides me losing my breath and heart skipping a beat nearly everytime taylor got near the ball. I saw many times during the first and second half where taylor was not communicating with his back line. would often leave the ball for someone else and actually have a few scary moments when he was being closed down and forcing the back pass. I have never been a great fan of steven taylor and am now very worried after his performances. They have not been of the high standard that colo and williamson showed at the beginning of the season. Lets hope it improves.

    One last thing. The blog has failed to show us his deliberate handball followed by an immediate stomach cramp. my word what a *(!@#$^ coulda easily cost us 2 points. he just reminds me of a certain t.bramble.


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