Alan Pardew Worried About Stevenage In FA Cup


Newcastle will be kicking off against Stevenage in the FA Cup 3rd round in less than 48 hours time, in a game that is being televised live around the world..

Alan Pardew – worried about Stevenage

And that game will bring to an end a hectic 5 games in 13 days for the Newcastle team, and the other Premier League sides too.

And yet looking at the fixtures list coming up, we have but two league fixtures in March – so it’s an odd fixture this season, list to say the least.

Once thing we like about new manager Alan Pardew, is he always just concentrates on the next game – which is always the most important — whatever happened in the previous game.

And this is what Alan said today about the Stevenage game, which he doesn’t expect to be easy:

“The next game is the most important, and the cup has always been really good to me. I’ve got some fantastic memories from it,”

“I’ve played in this competition at every level and know what it means to Stevenage.”

“I saw their manger last night at the West Ham game, and know exactly where they are with it, so need to relay that to our players.”

“Because if our application and preparation aren’t the same then we will find ourselves on the wrong end of an upset.”

“The players understand that their focus has to be right, or otherwise we will be in trouble at Stevenage.”

“But also we do have that massive game against Sunderland around the corner, and the desire to keep the shirt must be there.”

“Any player in the squad would love to play in that game. It is a really big game.”

Alan Pardew is already looking to having Newcastle target some silverware sooner rather then later – and when you think one  upcoming Carling Cop semi-final is between two great under-achievers in the Premier League – Birmingham City and West Ham United – Newcastle are better than both those sides, so we may have a realistic chance of advancing in the FA Cup this year, with a favorable draw.

We have nothing against West Ham or Birmingham, but they are probable favorites to be relegated this season, and are certainly two of the weaker sides this year in England’s top league.

Alan continued:

“I think this club ultimately needs to hunt for trophies,”

“We know winning the Premier League is awfully difficult, given the finances of some of the top clubs.”

“And if you can win a cup then that is certainly going to be the easier route.”

Alan Pardew has a very good record at starting well when he takes over as manager of a club, and he could well have Newcastle nicely positioned in the PL come the end of May – but we’ll be very happy as long as Newcastle are not in the bottom three.

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47 comments so far

  • Thump

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Anybody remember Hereford in 1972 (I’m sure some people still have nightmares about it)?

    Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again…

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  • NUFCmagpie

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #2

    i think we’ll be fine. Ranger is hungry for a goal and even though we have Andy, Strolla and possibly Best out for the match I’m sure the younger lads will put in a good performance.

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  • G

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Thump @ 1. As long as Ronnie Radford doesn’t come out of retirement, then we have a chance!

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Yeah Thump i’m sure i heard somewhere that they have introduced the Ronnie Radford trophy for the biggest upset in the FA Cup each year.

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  • roitoon1

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #5

    My team..
    Krul
    Traviner willo kadar perch
    Rout smith vukic fergie
    Loverman ranger

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  • Thump

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree NUFCmagpie, just hope Pardew plays a young-ish team. Would love to see Vuckic get a good run out.

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  • Thump

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah they have Shot Bru, starting this year iirc. I think it’s a great idea to be honest.

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #8

    It would be great to forget the hereford game, but it seems that no one will ever let us.
    Weird!..’cos it’s not like there haven’t been other massive shocks since then…But i guess, if in doubt hack away at NUFC…

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  • JWatson

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope Carroll doesn’t start. I wouldn’t mind him coming on as a sub in the 2nd half just to get back on the field but we don’t want him to make his injury worse.

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  • boater

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #10

    “Fresh from Wednesday night’s 5-0 thrashing of West Ham United, Pardew then hinted that he is also hoping to recruit from his former club. “I want a player, our board wants a player but that doesn’t mean the other club wants to sell,” he said.

    “In some ways you don’t know if the result yesterday was a good thing or a bad thing. There’s a sort of clue thrown in there.” “

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Just seen by SSN that Lee Miller joins Magpies. Thank god it was Notts County.

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #12

    AC won’t play…He’s out of the country for a sit on the beach, so no need to worry y’purdy lil’ heyad!..
    😉

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  • 09nufc09

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #13

    david bentley at newcastle airport according to facebook… dont know weather its true just what i been told.

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  • Jamma

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #14

    boater that last part makes me think it’s a striker..

    “In some ways you don’t know if the result yesterday was a good thing or a bad thing. There’s a sort of clue thrown in there.”

    translation: “shit, i didn’t think Leon Best could actually do a job and now we are bringing in another striker, not sure if that’s the right move now..”

    what do you think?

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #15

    If it’s on basef**k it must be true…

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Well, that & the fact that AP has already come out & said that he wants a striker…
    In fact, the world & his wife, even the phuckin’ dog knows we need a small, quick no. 8/10 player…

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  • toonie

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #17

    NUFCmagpie
    Ranger hungry for a goal !!!
    I would think he is starving after that miss !!

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  • boater

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Or even worse it’s a West ham forward. C Cole!? please no.

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  • Jamma

    Jan 6, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #19

    punk skunk do we need one that badly though? lovenkrands and best were quality yesterday, i think they suprised alot of people. I think we need wingers more than anything, routledge and gutierrez are infuriating to watch. Wingers that can CROSS will keep us well away from the drop zone, that’s why i’d love it to be Bentley.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #20

    how bout a double signing tomorrow bently on loan with option to buy at end of season and jason puncheon on a permanent, also think we cud see either 2 of gradel,lallana n lambert b4 end of window

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  • Jamma

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #21

    i’d love to see us get bentley, gradel, onouah (hijack from mackems!) and van aanholt. Would be made up with that lot. love the look of ricky van wolfswinkel aswell – maybe in the summer!

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s Upson! To replace Campbell and injured Taylor!! Hence 5 goals conceded… Good thing or bad thing????

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #24

    i can c ranger being sent on loan for the rest of the season, pardew said last nyt he is very talented boy but appilcation n attitude needs to improve, got to say best looked like a proper player last nyt

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  • nufc7

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #25

    only player i’d sign from west ham would be junior stanislas.. doubt they’d sell though all the cockneys around here rate him really highly

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  • Jamma

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #26

    i think it could either be a west ham player, or the fact that it’s someone to come in and take lovenkrands/best’s place. I’d also love to see Chris Hughton get the West Ham job and for him to keep them up! Just the right sort of club to get the man back in action

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Crikey surely not Upson..as bad as Cole!

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  • boater

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Jamma – we’re playing Barton at right wing who’s been exceptional, and routledge is a decent enough back up even at premiership level. Not been outstanding so far. Guti is what he is, frustrating at times maybe, but if he delivered crosses as well as he shimmied past players he’d be playing for real madrid. Ben arfa, Ferguson too offer width.
    I’d be looking at a young, speedy tricky no.10 type player.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #29

    how bout this lads bently on loan with option to buy in summer that way pardew gets his star signing n ashly gets a cheap deal, then the rest of pardew signings are puncheon, lallana n lambert n gradel all young exciting players costing less than 10 million, with sol campbell,xisco,guthrie,smith(ptex for gradel) leaving n maybe routledge

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  • Whitecap

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #30

    We’ll see how worried Pardew is about Stevenage when we see how strong of a side he chooses.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #31

    lads this is what i was on bout b4 with toon fans bein snobbish bout signings everyone automaticly assuming its a west ham player n id say its more likely to southampton players

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  • connor_nufc

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Plz no bentley!
    He wont even get into the team cause barton is playing so good!

    Hes far too overrated

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  • baro

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Stevenage will be tricky but i think we will fairly easily win this game. We have some top quality youngsters in the reserves and i’m sure they can do the job. Play the key ones like Nile Ranger, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, Tamas Kadar, Phil Airey, also we need a couple of starters, like Routledge as his speed always kills lower division sides.

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  • Jamma

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #34

    davybtoon you could be right, but to be fair i love it even more when we sign a bargain player. It’s brilliant when somebody homegrown or somebody we get in a really good deal (tiote, ben arfa) turn out to be amazing, gives an extra buzz if they get highlighted on motd aswell! So if it is somebody from southampton or leeds i wont look down on them..

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #35

    i remeber bently when he was at blackburn n he was an outstanding player then he lost hi way at spurs again

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  • ellington87

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Think it might be the 17 year old winger oxdale chamberlain from southampton. Let him stay on loan there till end of season. It fits the criteria youung with potential but like the qoute said pardew and or board want the player but its up to the other club if they want to sell.

    As for bentley think it would be a good signing loan to buy being away from london might help him to focus and get playing. Also i think the club dont want to send ranger on loan as he may go off track and go back to his old southampton ways. at least while he is at newcastle they can keep a close eye on him. We could however send him on loan to leeds with smith and let smithy keep an eye on him.

    Does anyone think a wayne routledge swap for babel would be a good idea?? he has pace can play as a striker or either wing but at liverpool not enough game time to show what he can do he is still young…..could deffo do a job for us!

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  • Jamma

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Babel could be ok, on youtube he looked amazing before he came to liverpool but has flopped really. If it is a lower league player i’d definitely like to see lallana or gradel. Not too sure about oxdale-chamberlain but from what i read the fee being offered by other clubs was really high! – which would put us out of the picture. Southampton do have alot of good youngsters at the minute like!

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  • punk skunk...

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #39

    jamma,
    yes we do mate, then we wouldn’t have to rely on wingers so much in the first place.
    We are 1D with everything having to go ‘up’ to AC…& it’s boring & predictable…We will get found out & have no other means of scorin’…
    So, get a nippy ‘foil’ in & we hae a built in plan B…

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  • Jamma

    Jan 6, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #40

    yeah see what you’re saying mate, but i think ben arfa will make such a difference when he’s back and will probably play in the hole or as a withdrawn striker.

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