Newcastle Players Should Be Much Fitter Now


One reason Alan Pardew took the lads out to Portugal last week, was to ensure they were fully fit and had enough stamina to play all-out for the full 90 minutes, and injury time too.

Mike Williamson – tough training all last week

And it seems that Pardew worked on the players’ fitness big time last week, and both circuit training and hard running were on the agenda, during a punishing schedule.

Good.

And it appears new Assistant Manager John Carver was seeing to the shuttle runs and hard graft even on Friday back on Tyneside,  so we expect to see a very fit Newcastle side on Wednesday night at Craven Cottage, and hopefully we can all 3 points.

Newcastle center-back Mike Williamson talked about the Portugal trip:

“The gaffer wanted to get some work done out there. We’ve been struggling with the pitches and the cold weather over here so it was great to get out there,”

“It was hard work but we spent a decent amount of time as a team too.” “There was golf tournaments, table football, table tennis . . . always staff against the players, so I don’t think I need to tell you who won!”    😀

“Our aim is to not let our performance levels drop from now until the end of the season and hopefully that will be the case.”   “We had some seriously dodgy results earlier in the season but recently we’ve taken points – and beaten – some of the biggest teams in the league so people know what we can do.”

“The lads know that the mindset has to be that we go into every game as if we’re playing a Manchester United, a Chelsea or an Arsenal. They are the top teams, they are the teams that we’ve generally done well against so we have to replicate that attitude that we’ve had in those games.”

And there have been good performances by many of Newcastle’s players over the last month or so, and of course Mike himself, has been in great form – apart from the FA Cup game at Stevenage, where he maybe had his worst game in a black and white shirt. Apologies for bringing Stevenage up again.

One thing Alan Pardew seems to have been successful at is tightening up the back four, and of course the lads have conceded only 2 goals in the last four league games, and both in injury time , of course.

But Mike’s a good sensible guy,  and he will learn things about himself  from that poor display, and hopefully will continue to improve and become a better player for Newcastle United.

That’s just exactly what we want to see.

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152 comments so far

  • IceIceGeordie

    Jan 30, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Pardew must have a bird in Portugal.

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Speakin of birds, there is something about Andy Murrays mam…I know Im about to get a load of abuse but you know you’ve all thought about it!

    😉

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #3

    And scouting the next c.ronaldo or nani

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    You know Pards seems to be doing OK but there is something about him that doesnt sit right with me. Im being positive for now but I cant help think hes Mike’s puppet…and guess what…I DONT TRUST MIKE!!

    Having said that, squads looking ok, top clubs after our players is a good sign. Waiting for it to all go wrong!

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Y does everyone assume Pardew sleeps around. That rumour about southampton was absolute rubbish. He just never got on with the board

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Obvious disaster would be if mike cashes in on Carroll, Tiote and Jose then sells the club. Hope he sticks to his 5 year plan…if he does then I truley thing the good time will be back…europe anyway.

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  • cheikmate

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Any news yet coozy?

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #8

    You don’t gain stamina through a 4 day boot camp. Continuity and gradually upping the ante is the key to fitness levels.

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  • cheikmate

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    The sunday sun is also reporting that we are interested in a loan move for jamie ohara, but how many cerntre mids do we need. we need a winger and a full back (either side) imo.

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  • lou9brasil

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Little of topic but just got told by a scouser that Torres is a much better striker than Shearer was… If the statement wasn’t so ridiculously funny I think I would have floored the daft tw@t…. Still trying to get my head around what the freak just said!!!

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    cwarr07 Colin Warris
    Not just Ireland coming into #nufc Good to see Ashley backing AP

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  • toonfan76

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Coozy, we need your info mate, Looks like Ireland, but who else?

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    can any1 fill me in iv seen the news about ireland but why do people think there is somebody else?

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14

    @ lou9brasil some people are just born stupid i once had an arguement with Man U fan who was trying to tell me solskjaer was better than shearer… so ridiculous even another Man U fan stepped in and told matey to shut up lol

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  • burnsie

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #15

    wheres gorskino1o at today????

    the lad thinks that ireland is ”utter garbage”.

    if you are reading this mate just have a look at the previous article and its thread of positive posts! everybody on this blog knows that ireland is a class player regardless of form and is happy that weve signed him.

    ….not you though eh? cos hes ”crap” as you said yday. go and design some computer games lol. maybe you can invent the next footy manager or something.

    HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • sephir0

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #16

    whats this shout of 3 players coming in? Cmon pleaaaaseeeee. 30 days of this has drove me crazy, so ireland and who? id love to know today, but at least all this will be over with by tommorow, and we can get back to enjoying the football with our awesome team! HWTL /

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    On twitter some kid saying this….”Mate on Facebook knows someone who works at Jesmond Dene Hotel and reckons #NUFC have booked 3 players in today? Ireland and ??? @nufcfans”

    Probably bollox tbh!!

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18

    ———————–HARPER————————–

    SIMPSON–COLOCCINI–TAYLOR–ENRIQUE

    ————————TIOTE—————————

    ——BARTON—–NOLAN——-IRELAND——–

    ———————-BEN ARFA————————

    ———————-CARROLL————————-

    WHAT A TEAM!!

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  • sephir0

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Burnsie

    you two still playing that record? Lol 🙂

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  • sephir0

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Im done with twitter rumours man…. im more likely to coincidentley fart the names of players coming in than most of them sh!t talkers.

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  • Sinner

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Any good news? 🙁

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  • mashearer

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22

    well if there really are 3players coming thats mean craigcoozy really legit because he is the first ithink to broke that news

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  • sephir0

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Sinner

    Apparentley word out is their is 3 players coming into the Jesmond, Ireland and two others…. we are waiting on confimation of the other two.

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #24

    @sephir0 // Jan 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Im done with twitter rumours man…. im more likely to coincidentley fart the names of players coming in than most of them sh!t talkers.

    HA HA HA!

    Would normally agree but there has to be some substance to this Jessy Dene hotel thing.

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Does anyone live near Jesmond? Im 10 minutes away but I simply can’t be arsed…;-)

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  • lewman

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #26

    lou9brazil, i reckon the 3 best strikers ever to play in england are shearer, b.charlton and his uncle jackie, and all 3 have one thing in common.

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #27

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_6706897,00.html
    Are we getting this guy, perhaps the second player in toon today

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  • geordiedownsouth

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #28

    wheres coozy when u need him!

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #29

    @ Lewman

    they are all bald?

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  • sephir0

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Herbies Bonnet

    Lol thats my thoughts on it neway 😀 especially after somebody announced last night that their mate has DEFINETLEY seen Podolski in newcastle. Out on the lash was he? with a medical the next day? yeah righto! The 3 players coming in has come from coozy, i dont know the guy but from what ive read on here he is quite a reliable source.

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  • Thump

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #31

    We should have an NUFCblog meet up at the hotel and find out for ourselves 😀

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #32

    i rekon.. Ireland, Puncheon and a supriseee

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  • john_cena163

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #33
  • lewman

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #34

    i thought milburn had a full head of hair, i know im not old enough to remember properly but his statue has hair

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #35

    @ sephiro

    I reckon its that guy from Southend (Bilal Mohsni ), centre half/centre forward and SWP. SWP is inconsistent but better than rouledge. Would love Mcgeedy but doubt than will happen…you know what its like though, expect the unexpected! Where you from?

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #36

    sephiro

    It was me who said Podoski was seen in Newcastle and i said it was off Twitter mate and i also said that it was more than likely utter bollox.

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  • sephir0

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Personally if i lived in Newcastle i would have gone to the Jesmond to find out, but i live in Cambridge….. which is some trek. Lol

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  • sephir0

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Toon1978

    yes u did mate and when i read it that was the last straw for me on twitter rumours, how many names have bin mentioned since the transfer window opened? Bring on tommorow! this month has bin crazy, all ive thought about is who’s coming in nearly every minute of the day, drove me nuts! lol sure the feeling is mutual for many, many fans.

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  • ochytoon

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Geordietoon86
    You might be right as puncheon wasnt in saints squad last nite. was he in newcastle?

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  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #40

    I think there are a lot of wind up merchants on twitter etc. We need to recruit a true insider!

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