And We Thought Newcastle Were Becoming More Consistent

In the first five games that Alan Pardew was in charge of the Newcastle club, he made a good start to his Newcastle management career with three good wins.

Alan Pardew – at Stevenage yesterday

And in  those games it was really only at Tottenham that Newcastle didn’t play up to their usual high standards, although the side held the London side for the first half with a good defensive display.

And yes,  against Manchester  City, we conceded two terrible goals in the first 5 minutes or so, but after that we outplayed the mega-rich City side at St. James’ Park.

And with Steven Taylor back in the Newcastle line-up, his experience and that of Steve Harper back in goal seemed to steady the side, and in the 4th and 5th games we had clean sheets and two wins at Wigan and a 5-0 home win against woeful West Ham.

So things were looking good.

And then came the game yesterday at  Stevenage – and the wheels came off.

Not only did Newcastle not play well – even though they didn’t play the  youngsters like Chris Hughton always used to do in the Cup competitions – but they didn’t even put in the fight – that has been characteristic of the side since Chris Hughton took over in the summer of 2009.

Guts, glory and passion are also characteristic  of some of Newcastle’s great FA Cup wins of the past.

Newcastle have won the FA Cup 6 times and have been beaten finalists 7 times.

Indeed if we had played the youngsters yesterday, at least the effort and fight would have been there for all to see – but instead Alan played the fringe players – the older ones – and they not only let themselves down badly – but they completely let the Newcastle United club down.

The headlines around the world about the FA Cup yesterday, are that Stevenage beat the famous Newcastle United.

Our players were outfought and outplayed by a 4th division side, and the better side – let’s change that just a little bit – the much better side – Stevenage – won quite easily on the day.

And as we said yesterday after the terrible shock – the result was a bad one – but what was unacceptable to Newcastle fans was that the display was even worse.

And where were all the guts and passion?

Nowhere to be seen is the simple answer – and that is completely unacceptable for any Newcastle United side.

This ranks alongside our home defeat against Hereford United back in 1972 as one of Newcatsle’s worst ever defeats in the long traditions of the FA Cup,  that started way back in 1870.

And this was only Alan Pardew’s 6th game in charge of Newcastle United.

His comments to the BBC after the game  tell us that he has no idea what a terrible defeat this is – at least as far as Newcastle fans are concerned.

Why is that?

Because he made one excuse after another for his players – they were tired (poor things) and we were under strength – and all that kind of garbage that we used to get from big Sam and the likes of Graeme Souness.

Alan Pardew has just had the worst defeat  of his football  management career – and the sad thing that should be very worrying to Alan Pardew –  is that he doesn’t even know it.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Purely Belter

    Jan 9, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    newcastle are so inconsistent!

    i bet we would beat barcelona next week if we played them

  • Toonmania

    Jan 9, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    oh well if thats the case we only have the scum so we should thrash them 😀 nice if it was true although the way they played last night they all deserve to get sacked

  • Jondab

    Jan 9, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    lol@purely belter.Keeping possession & not giving the ball away is the key to football, maybe Pardew should make the squad watch some Barcelona games. Being patient in possession is the key, when you play long balls ther is always a chance of losing possession.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle are CONSISTENT in playing crap players like:

    Alan Smith




  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Jan 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Who to blame in this inconsistent NUFC?

    Its not player false, not also manager.
    At the time CH being sacked, i feel we all we be in big trouble.
    Like Chelsea, when they sacked Ray Wilkin, they in big trouble coz player love him.

    Like us, player love CH.

    That my opinion, our poor management cost us, but DO YOU KNOW WHO MOST CONSISTENT.

    The answers is NUFC FAN. No matter what happen we always at the back of our team coz we trust them.

  • alip123

    Jan 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    The defeat was disappointing, but at least we don’t have a cup run to concern us any more. Hopefully Tiote won’t be missed too much.
    Smith has got to go. He was shockingly bad last night

  • jimiley

    Jan 9, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #7

    The lads will still pick up their 6o grand a week for that performance. All the players should donate their wages to charity but the greedy lazy wan…. won’t will they. They cannot live on 200 grand for the rest of the month can they?
    Play Smudger and you lose. Simples. The man has no pride or sense of shame. He does not give a toss. Totally anonymous. The truth is he cannot play, never mind run. I have never booed a NUFC player and never will but I would not criticize any fan who booed this lazy useless tosspot. The worst player ever in a Toon shirt. He is one player who is not fit to wear the shirt. He cannot play but he does not even try anymore. We cannot sell him because he would not accept a pay cut from 60k to a few pence and he does not have the decency to go. A player who has no respect fro the club and he deserves a good shoeing. Sod off Smudger. If Pardew picks him again then he can sod off as well.
    Copied and pasted from another blog but good comments Ed. I would say that this is the worst Toon performance ever because WStevenage totally dominated us and are basically a Conference side. At least against Hereford the Toon was the better team. For people on boggs to say onwards and upwards and defeating the Scum will make things Ok is totally missing the point. This defeat hurts NUFC so much more than the Scum beating us. And Pardews comments are an insult to every Newcastle fan. He should be sacked but he is the fat man’s mate. Another few thousand off the gate which against Irons was down to 42 thousand. Its the gate that will kill off the fat man and his cronies. So keep it up fat man and we will see the back of you sooner than you think.

  • ardenTOON

    Jan 9, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    what garbage some spout after a defeat…. the manager has accumulated 9 points we are 8th in the table and have won against fellow strugglers…tiote’s card was not Pardew’s fault..evry top managr wud sub a better player for an ineffective one(smith)…

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Always a shame to lose one especially to a lower division side but maybe this is the sort of game to give the players a kick in the ass. If they are not motivated for Sunderland after putting in that performance the Alan has big problems.

  • toonfan09

    Jan 9, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #10

    dont think we can blame pardew for that defeat he put a strong enough team out tht he thought could win and top be fair to the players this was for some of the their 4th game in just over a week… tiote shouldnt have been red carded but the fa always back the ref decision and hardly ever recinde

  • mashearer

    Jan 9, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    is there any chance for fa to deduct our point regarding the punch up yesterday

  • toonfan09

    Jan 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #12

    if you mean the player getting hit it was one of their own fans not aware of any other punch up

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 9, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Mashearer what you on about?
    Deduct our point?

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Toon fan
    I heard it was on of ours who got hold of one of their scarves

  • toonfan09

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    think he means league points

  • toonfan09

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    even if that did happen would be hard for them to prove all the papers are saying it was a stevenage fan

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #17

    spot on jimiley,

    Well will people ever learn playing Smith and perch is signing a suicide note. One’s bad enough, but playing the pair of them = insanity.
    60K for a prat like Smith makes my blood boil, but still we ge this apologists and he always gives 100% brigade. that should be a given. I’d goive a 100% but I wouldn’t masquerade as a footballer like Smith and Bramble do. They have no shame whatsoever.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #18

    pardew has 3 good wins under his belt?
    surely you cant credit pards with the liverpool winhe only started work the day before,he didnt even know our players, sorry yhat win was CH s then the other 2 wins , wigan and west ham, woopee doo, both relagation faves, then a decent team turn up , not a scooby s on how to handle them , get ready for another relagation battle, which we could actually win, hes been in enough of them

  • Edd Case

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Hope it’s not one of our own fans but inevitably, it will be.

    My thoughts on last night are thus;

    Alan Smith is dreadful and must not play again in a Newcastle shirt.
    Same goes for Perch at left back – he’s barely an average right back, let alone playing him out of position.
    Routledge – I think we can all see why he’s had so many clubs in his career. He promises so much but what makes great players great, is the ability to pass to a team mate, or their final ball – Routledge hits a decent ball 1/100.
    Williamson had a dreadful game…again, not looking as decent as he once did.

    We REALLY need a top class Assistant Manager to help around the place AND new offensive players to freshen things up.

    We’ll be ok though, it’s an old cliche but we can at least concentrate on the league now and make sure we stay up, then buy sensibly in the summer.

    The unwashed are next – which Newcastle will turn up for that?

  • Whitecap

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Not Pardew’s fault Newcastle lost. That said, it is ridiculous that Alan tried to make excuses following the loss. It just has no class. Stevenage outplayed Newcastle in every facet of the game and to try to make excuses demeans the fantastic effort displayed by the opponent.

    Besides, if the players were tired then Pardew would have no one to blame but himself for playing tired players. So it is a silly excuse to make. No excuses next time Alan.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #21


    we are about as far away as being barcelona as you could possibly get. even with carroll back it will be the same old hoofball garbage. we’ve got players on fortunes who can’t pass a ball or move and support. Absoutely pathetic.

  • jlarsen

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #22

    What an embarrassing defeat! He should have played the youngsters, players that are willing to show what they can do, why tire our first team players with a cup tie they are simply not motivated for? Would’ve liked to see Vuckic, Ferguson in that side.. And why do we play the worst right back in the world – on left back!? Stevenage’s right back Wilson or something, he was world class if you compare him to Perch, we could have used Kadar or Ferguson on left back, would’ve been much better. Pardew made another mistake, he played Barton on the left, who is the only one able to put some pace and curve to the ball, crossing, finding our strikers, and we all know Barton is right-footed. Routledge was playing on the right, and we all know he never seem to find the final ball, he just can’t cross. I mean there was NO game plan, Pardew selects our most tired uninterested players, play them out of position, instead of youngsters who definately would have given 100%. We are out of the FA Cup losing to Stevenage, who is 72 league positions below us. (!) this is unacceptable Newcastle.

  • toon4EVER

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #23

    We need a reality check people . Survival is everything this may give us the kick up the ass for next week. Yes it was a crappy performance but these constant doom and gloom articles need to stop so we can focus on moving forward


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