Pardew Tries Again To Explain Disgraceful Stevenage Display

Alan Pardew has tried to explain the terrible defeat yesterday at Stevenage, which is now headlines around the world of course.

Alan Pardew – at Stevenage yesterday

Wonderful publicity for the Newcastle club, to be sure.

Our players were no match for a side in England’s fourth tier, and if that’s not something to be completely ashamed of – we don’t know what is.

Maybe getting walloped by Sunderland next Sunday is – oh no – I wish I hadn’t even said that.

We don’t accept this nonsense about the players being tired – if that was the case how did so many other Premier League sides easily get through their 3rd round ties yesterday?

We don’t like to hear excuses from managers – but here’s Alan again:

“I can say that we’re sorry about the result and the performance,”“The performance level was the problem. It’s come off the back of a really tough run for us and the players we had missing didn’t help either. But the manner of the defeat was disappointing – we’re Newcastle, we expect to win here.”

“We talked about what we were expecting but the pressure and the physical nature of Stevenage’s game was a problem all night.”   “It was a difficult night. We just couldn’t match their energy levels and that was a big part of the game – we were dominated in both boxes.”

“Looking at some of my players we were running on empty – the team was a shadow of the team that played at Wigan and against West Ham.”

Back when I was an IBM executive and did something useful, I wouldn’t allow people to come up with simple and stupid excuses when something had gone wrong – I wanted solid explanations of what actually happened.

In yesterday’s game why were the players so timid of Stevenage, and why was there no fight in the team in the second half, when they went behind?

Saying the players were simply tired, is almost an insult to the players themselves.

The defeat yesterday goes against everything we thought the Newcastle United club stands for.

Guts, spirit  and passion – and there was absolutely none of it on show yesterday.

That’s why it was a disgrace to the Newcastle United Football club.

34 comments so far

  • hitman

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    fk you pardwho…fkin playing key men when we have the scum next game is a fkin disgrace should of played the kids…daffy you mug we will turn yous reet owa next week…

  • Whitecap

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Shameful words by Pardew. Stevenage were fantastic and all praises should have been given to them. If the players were tired then he should have played ones that weren’t. A weaker side than this one went into Stamford Bridge and came away with a win. No one but yourself to blame for playing tired players Alan. Keep the excuses to yourself next time.

  • Daniel Abela (Malta)

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Ziani is not on the magpies radar according to the Sunday Sun, Pardew gave the impression that it’s either two loans or 1 permanent signing.

    He also said that if fringe players are to be released , they might be replaced…I believe the campbell might and guthrie might be on there way

  • tjshawsey

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    C’mon Ed, no more of these stories, we need to move on. The sooner we do, the better. The lads are gutted, and are definately going to take it out on Sunderland!

  • hitman

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6
  • carrollsinger

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    If he woulda have played the kids then people would still moan we played 5 games in 13 days or something like that some players were just not good enough like smith perch Barton playing on left and going 1 up top pardew got it wrong completely we need to move on wish Stevenage well in the next round they wanted it more we now go and beat the scum and all is forgotten yeah we played very poor but that’s life it hurts but the players will feel it more and hopefully they wanna prove a point in the next game

  • davybtoon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    of course ziani is on our radar how many times did ch used to say doubt there b any business then we sign 3 players, we aint gonna broadcast who or how many players were after, we will make 2 permanent signings n if players we will get replacements, campbell,guthrie,xisco defo gone i think

  • davybtoon

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    my money wud be on ziani n larrson both less than 4mill, but if we only make one signing id want taarabt

  • IrishMagpie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Ok, so we lost. Lost badly against a far weaker opposition but thats the cup for you. It’s not the end of the world. I for one didn’t want a cup run to distract us from the league this year anyway.

    An endless stream of articles bashing the players and manager isn’t going to change things and isn’t helping anyone.
    So Ed, can you just leave it alone now please, your doing my head in.

  • geordiehammer

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    What a joke… our players are tired and we could’nt match their physical approach to the game.
    This is a disgrace, why the hell do these players get payed so much money? Are’nt they supposed to be prepared for each game, and at the peak of their fitness??
    I was willing to give Pardew a chance but if this is the sort of feeble excuse he’s gonna come out with then hes just as bad as Souness, Fat Sam, etc.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Well I for one am not bothered one iota about going out of the cup, but Pardew has some serious explaining to do. Hopefully he will now see beyond the myth of Nile ranger, who was an absolute disgrace to the shirt last night. if he cam not play against defenders from league 2, then maybe thats the level at which he needs to be playing at (or lower). Alan Smith = Liability. Once again this moron gets booked needlessly (possibly to show his grit and determination? Fkin halfwit). If Smith was tired, why was he on the pitch, If Tiote was fit, why was he NOT on the pitch. You either play a weakened team and save the best for next weeks important game, or play your strongest team, risk injuries red cards and brush lower league opposition aside.
    Half measures get punished.

  • Mat Nufc

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    the game shows us that we lack strength in depth especially on the left side..Perch is not up to mark at right back and even worse at left back, being a single-footed player.

    Best somehow lacks football brain..all balls to him he tried to flick for Lovey to chase..Carroll sometimes would hold the ball and bring others into play.

    Willo looks disinterested last night but who else do we have to partner Colo since that STaylor is injured?

    Ranger only knows how to fall and i think still lacks the killer instinct. The best is to send him out on loan but who then would be our other striker?

    Until Ben Arfa and Gosling are available, it looks like we have to rely on the same people, hence lethargic can be an issue..

    Btw, i do still think this is a blessing in disguise..our focus this year is to re-establish ourselves in PM..with our lack in strength in depth, going out early can be a good thing…(though having have to stay up and watch the game early hours in the morning, i would have wish for a more spirited display)

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Everyone loves pardew the last 2 WINS now we lost one your on his case get a grip if we finish in a euro place this season and it could happen with benny and gos coming back plus a couple of signing everyone will be estatic it’s one game yeah we lost all teams loose bad sone days get behind the manager and the team

  • stuart no9

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    the mans a disgrace
    on the back of a tough run? ( wigan and west ham ?)couldnt match their energy levels, are you sure? this is not barca or madrid were talking about hear, its stevenage, if we couldnt match their energy levels, WHY? dominated both boxes ,jeez it gets worse tell joey barton he couldnt match their energy levels,he”l end up sticking one on him, by the way we had 60% of the ball, so E levels dosnt come into it, the fact is we had no idea what to do with it, E LEVELS MY A…SE , also notice he has blamed every thing and every one exept the most important person, HIM, he thinks its got nothing to do with him, he just manages them,the mans a D..k He had nothing to do with the liverpool game,he cant take one ounce of credit for that win, HIS first game in charge we were 2,0 down in the first 4 mins , the 2 wins wigan , and west ham woopee doo , both relagation faves, the 2 losses man city and spurs , he didnt have a scooby s how to handle them , even with a player extra at spurs, then he said before the cup game , ” we cant afford any more players to get injured, enter tiote bang on Q , why? only he knows, misses scum game, great move,pards better get to grips ans start putting some of the blame at hid door, coz it wont be long before these players , get p…ed off with taking all the blame, they wont play for him , why should they, he F…k .d up and blames them get ready for a relagation fight, which we might win, hes had enough of them, D..K HEAD

  • Daniel Abela (Malta)

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    I honestly believe that this elemination will be a blessing in disguise…sunderland got beat at home yesterday to Notts County ,so they have a point to prove…they are still hurting from the 5-1 loss a st.James’s park…and more importantly we can’t afford another dire display like yesterday.

    I honestly prefer a positive results next week rather than a win against stevenage.

    ever team suffers a giant killing…last year leeds from league 1 knocked out man utd, northampton knocked liverpool at anfield

    so dont make an issue out of this result, the league is the priority

  • geordiehammer

    Jan 9, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    If Pardew had come out and said we were poor and theres no excuse then fair enough.
    Its the poor excuses about tiredness and not being upto the physical side that annoys most supporters!
    This doesnt mean the fans arent behind the team anymore.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Pardew is doing an excellent job, f****k off doubters

  • kimbo

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Once again Alan Smith was a total waste space.Like the Adam Ant song”Can`t pass ,can`t tackle,What can he do.”What does he offer our team,simple answer …nothing,biggest waste of £60K per week ever.He should be told not to bother coming to work and sit at home where he mote effective for NUFC as he allows other players to play.

  • Daniel Abela (Malta)

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    But what was he supposed to do if 10 first team players were unavailable….and yes it’s the truth, the players were exhausted, everybody could see that, why shouldnt he say it?

    It’s a message to Mike Ashley…if MA can read between the lines, Alan pardew is saying that the squad lacks depth.

    It’ not the end of the world that we lost , everybody makes mistakes…if no mistakes are made all games would finish 0-0.

    This pressure on Alan Pardew is not fair, I never wanted CH to depart, but what ever Alan pardew has done till now has been spot on, and the players seem to have taken into him.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #21

    I have not seen Tiote’s challenge again on TV yet, but can anyone tell me if we have any chance with, and are we even going to try, and have it overturned? I thought both feet were off the ground but the tackle was made with one foot, winning the ball and therefore legal.

  • Richy_c90

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Lynxie – I thought Tiote’s tackle was a great tackle, he has some ground to make up so he lunged, but didn’t get the man as he jumped at the ball which was a yard or so in front of him, well timed tackle – it was the reaction that caused the sending off.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Richy, thats what I thought, but the Tv picture in the pub wasnt the greatset so could not tell.
    Can we appeal this?

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #24

    the red card not the Tv picture :LOL

  • awesome_fumaca

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #25

    We just need to leave this behind now. We came up against a team who couldn’t have been more up for it and they deservedly won the game. I don’t think this is in any way a reflection on the rest of the season, unless we keep going on about it and make it affect the team’s mentality.

    Forget and move on.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Just a thought, but have you had a quick peek at the fixture list yet? Does next week not worry you any, in view of the inept display last night? Dont you think the soap dodgers are going to be ‘up for it’? Jesus, I think they all need extra training to shake them up a bit, never mind all this ‘tired’ shit.

  • Richy_c90

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Personally I think it should be appealed – Pardew says the referee got it wrong, and it should be won, but it’s not totally straight forward and most of the press saying it was a bad tackle, but the ESPN commentator was adament it wasn’t, if only he was part of the FA. He did’t jump at the player, he did so at the ball, there are many tackles like that a game, you need to be off the ground to make alot of tackles just not two footed, or over the top of the ball at the player.

  • awesome_fumaca

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #28


    Yes, there are some tough fixtures coming up. What I’m saying is sometimes freak results happen in football and the best thing is to avoid dwelling on it too long. I’m just as pi55ed off as everyone else about the match yesterday but I can honestly see us getting something out of the match next weekend and we’ll still be safe. A bad team does not have a 6-0, 5-0 and 5-1 in one season. Granted, we’re inconsistent, but we’ll be safe- we’re 8th for god’s sake.

    Stevenage have had their little revenge now so let’s give them credit and get behind the boys for next week. I think we’ll get at least a draw.

  • awesome_fumaca

    Jan 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Re the Tiote challenge. We’ve got no chance overturning it. I thought it was a fair tackle, but the argument would be that if it was even slightly mistimed it could have been a leg breaker. If you go in that far off the ground you’re asking for trouble. It was pretty stupid from him and certainly not what we needed in the situation.

    Vs Sunderland let’s put Joey back in CM to add some bite. Stick Jonas on the right and maybe play Ferg on the left. Worth a try, rahter than using Smith or Routledge.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #30

    The only way we can get something from mackem game is if we meet fire with fire. that means no place for Jonas, Guthrie, perch, Ranger, Lovenkrands, Ryan taylor, Routledge.
    Hmmm. Houston, we have a problem.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #31

    That was no freak result. They totally deserved it. To the victor the spoils. Steep Learning curve for the millionaires.

  • leedodd

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #32

    At the end of the day we have to put this behind us now – To Show Face we need to Beat Sunderland and That will be the Game to Kick the players up the Behind to Show us all They can Play a Bit. Also on New Signings Who Have We NOT been Linked with ?? Every Man and His Dog This week !!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #33

    No excuses!! If we were tired he shouldn’t have played so many regular first teamers. I still don’t know why Guthrie and Vuckic weren’t playing. Especially Vuckic as the kid just signed a new contract the day before the match. Why Pardew has backed Smith is beyond me. The ‘player’ is useless an will only get worse. We could have had Vuckic given a chance at least it would have been miles better.

    Still trying to forget the disaster last night but dwelling on it too much won’t help. The team must learn the mistakes, and Pardew should be honest and say that we played like crap and the players should show more passion for the cup.

    I don’t want to said but I will, Hughton always spoke the truth and would have let us all know that the players let him down. Maybe Alan Pardew does that behind the scenes as not to ridicule the players even further I don’t know. I personally prefer the honest truth like Hughton used to do.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #34

    One more thing: Smith, Perch and Xisco should be sent packing simply not good enough. Routledge, Ameobi, R.Taylor as squad players and 3-6 new signings now please!!!!!

    We desperately need 3-6 players to have good cover all round. Last night was a horror show and only showed that we struggle with these players on board.

    I still want to know why in the hell were we playing long balls all the time!!??? We did that every time we had the ball only to lose possession instantly. Clueless tactics and I only hope the players opted for long ball and not the manager. Clearly that only works with Carroll, and Stevenage of all teams should be beaten by playing the ball on the ground with slick passing and not up top to turn it into more of a physical battle that only suits the opposition.

    Well that’s enough negativity from me I just had to get it off my chest. Now onwards and upwards hopefully, bring on Sunderland!!


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