Pardew Has Massive Job To Do Through End Of The Season

Alan Pardew now has a massive job on his hands, to get the best out of the few strikers he now has left in the final 14 games of the season, after we lost Shola Ameobi last night.

Alan Pardew – last night at Craven Cottage

In a game we had hoped we could have taken all 3 points from, the result was the worst possible, as it allowed a lower level side to gain a full 3 points on us.

And of course a certain Damien Duff got the winner, which made it even harder to take.

Alan though the lads were just a little unlucky last night:

“It was always going to be about the first goal,” “Once they got that they sat on it a little bit and then caught us on the break a couple of times. But up until then we weren’t really troubled – we were solid.”

“It was a game that was tight on a really difficult pitch.” “We could have passed it better in the first half than we did, but I thought we started the second half better and had a good little spell when we could have scored.”

“It didn’t come unfortunately, and then the goal was poor on our part. That was very, very unusual for us as we have defended very well since I’ve arrived.”

Shola Ameobi could also be out for a lengthy spell, and Pardew also thinks the departure of Shola so early in the game hit his match plans last night:

“It’s a massive blow,” “We’re going to have to hope Shola’s injury isn’t as bad as we fear, but losing him early on was significant in the result.”

“We’ve got to work with our strikers now. There’s no Shola, no Carroll and we’ve got to work to make sure we get the best out of the strikers we’ve got.”

It even appears that Alan will now change his tactics to utilize what he has left of  his strike force, which isn’t much in Best, Lovenkrands and Ranger.

We’ll see what those tactics are at home on Saturday against Arsenal – but last night was nothing that all 3 points on Saturday cannot put right immediately.

We need about 12 points from our last 14 games to be safe – and in our relegation year, when we went into a terrible slump in 2009, we still secured 10 points from our last 14 league games.

Hope springs eternal.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • RichK

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I was really disappointed last night, we offered nothing in terms of a goalscoring threat and we didn’t keep the ball well enough!

    Jonas has to be switched to the right hand side I’m sick of seeing him not willing to use his left foot when he’s in ideal crossing situations. I think we have to go with the following team on Saturday:

    Simpson Willo Colo Enrique
    Jonas Barton Tiote Ferguson

    And then when all players are fit

    Simpson Taylor Colo Enrique
    Barton Nolan Ireland
    Ben Arfa

    That’s a side more than good enough to stay up even without striking options! We’re going to have a tough month or so but we’ll have enough to stay up I have no doubt. Keep the faith! HWTL’s

  • hitman

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    pardew is up against it,can see us struggling till the end of the season

  • mattnufc

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    In some ways I’m glad he has had something to deal with. That air of arrogance around him has vapourised.

  • boater

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #4

    December 2010 – a spirited newcastle side see off a ragged, dispirited liverpool side at home – featuring goals from our local star striker, and his scouse captain/mentor – taking us even further above them in the league.

    February 2010 – we face a relegation run-in, relying on 3 reserve, unproven strikers . The star striker has been sold – with zero money having gone into the squad – and his captain is doing smiling endorsement interviews for the liverpool official club site.

    Injuries continue to ravage the squad, and the players themselves are starting to show signs of discontent at the state of the club.

    We had it good, AND on a miser’s budget. We had a popular manager, we had stability and we had team spirit. Look at liverpool now – and look at us.

  • Sinner

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5


    Struggling that’s really an understatement mate,we are now the top underdog in Premier league.

  • Newcastle Rock

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew is shit as his players.we are so stupid and believe everything said.

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7

    This goes to show MA, DL & AP are not pals. Who would do this to a friend?

  • jimmyxavi

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Well i hate to say i told you so – But I told you so!

    Ed, a couple of weeks ago you where writing about our chances of Europe, now it has suddenly dawned on you that we are not as safe as the league position had made out!

    The problem with our Fans is that most of them live in a dream world. There was no chance of us getting a European spo – Our squad never had the depth – Even before the transfer window!

    We now have a battle on our Hands with the likes of West Ham, Birmingham and Fulham all signing players in the window!

  • El Geordieo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Did anyone go to the match? I was wondering if we were singing any songs about carroll/fat man??

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m giving up on this – what’s the point of a new blog every 20 minutes – I can’t follow the thread, by the time I’ve read whats there its all moved on to the same rants on a new page with no real dialogue or development of ideas – what on earth are we – real supporters with something important to say and ideas to swop at a time of crisis – or a bunch of old women with no attention span winging at the bingo?

  • El Geordieo

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    supermacnumber9 – its really the same conversation on each thread, everyone is gutted and the mood is black, once in a while someone chips in and says something postive to try and cheer everyone up

  • Sinner

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #12

    We need to get this guy in!
    He is surely better than all of our strikers.
    He got a good goals scoring ratio.
    Beside he is a free agent and we can snap him up for atleast a 6 months deal!

  • TS -77

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #13

    boater, In Februari 2010 we were actually about to secure promotion rather than in a relegation fight

  • toonarmy1986

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    don’t think we can sign free agents because of the registration thing in place unless there under 21.

  • Sinner

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Well we signed Pancrate in late november and he was a free agent!/
    Not sure though. =/

  • jimmyxavi

    Feb 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #16

    We can becasue we haven’t got 25 players over 21 registered ! Thats how thin our squad is!

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said JimmyXavi at 8 – agree with every word. Please no stupid songs about Steve Bruce and the mackems on Sat, because they will be in the Premier League next season, and their club is run a damned sight better than the shambles we have . Any stupid songs will just sound pathetic.

  • Nufcboy88

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #18

    I went to the game last night n after seeing best play last night i would not play him again. He was useless he had no movement and didnt really look interested!! balls were being played down the flanks for him to run into, and nothin he was nowher to b seen. I wonder if MA is thinking we should of kept hold of Carroll now. He could of been worth more than £35mil in the long term. Big mistake to sell him. We looked flat and dull last night. Kept the ball well and defending was good but as soon as the ball was played up top there was nothing! Reminded me a bit of the season we went down, we created no chances and had no flair. That was a game that we did not deserve to loose and was there for the taking. I know Carroll is injured n we wouldnt of had him last night but i think he was the difference, a big man to hit up top and cause some problems. It will b a long hard season now. AP should be worried, MA wont tho coz he dont no fu*k all about football and jus sees pound sounds. They need to get out we are continually being distable by this idiot causing problems. Sorry to go on lol. HWTL

  • MacToon

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Pardew, just another of Ashley’s muppets/puppets!

  • Carl92

    Feb 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Sinner, good shout that mate. We need a senior striker that can score goals. Even if it was just till the end of the season.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 3, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Not sure if it’s been answered YET? but we can sign any out of contract player that fits our squad quotas, & we can sign anyone who has bought out his contract. but the only loan is with the permission of the premier leagues, permission being granted, from West ham, Everton, Wigan, I DOUBT THAT WILL EVER HAPPEN.

  • geoff777

    Feb 3, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Pardew is a puppet.

    We’re in this position because he didn’t have the balls to stand up to Ashley and dig in about the Carroll transfer.

    He said his job was to open Ashley’s wallet …. the transfer window for NUFC must have been the biggest negative ever.

    Resign Pardew you are a liar. How many times did the muppet say Carroll was our future.

    Just f······g go.

  • Sav

    Feb 4, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Against Chris Baird I reckon the pace of Routledge would have had a chance but…oh no, he’s on loan to QPR.
    What a difference between us and Liverpool. Even when they are bad, they are streets ahead of us.

  • samag

    Feb 4, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #24

    What Would Hoots Do!


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