My Team Played Like Lions In That Second Half – Pardew

Newcastle registered one of the greatest comeback in Premier League history this afternoon.

Alan Pardew – proud of his players

Let’s be more accurate – Newcastle registered the greatest comeback in Premier  League history this afternoon.

This is what Alan Pardew, obviously very proud of his players, said following the game:

“We went out there and played like lions,” “At half-time you have to make a call. “

“What I said was that if you want to go out there and feel sorry for yourselves after losing at Fulham and losing a really good young player  then you’re going to get embarrassed,.”

“But we more than made up for it in the second half.” “That’s what we’ve been about all year, even before I came here, we’ve shown character,”

“Making a challenge and putting people under pressure. We did that and we got a goal, and that can change any game.”

Arsene Wenger was furious with Joey Barton for his challenge, but of course Wenger must have been embarrassed the way his side completely folded in that second half,  and needed some excuse – and Joey’s always been a convenient foil in the past.

But Alan Pardew completely disagreed with Wenger, and it looked to us like Diaby was just so  stupid when he pushed Joey to the ground – and we were proud of Joey for not reacting.

Alan continued:

“We forced the sending off. I’ve seen it and it was a sending off. Joey’s [Barton] tackle was aggressive, but that’s what you need in football, you need to show that it means something to you. Then we got the second goal and I felt that something was going on here,” he said.

“It’s one of the most remarkable games I’ve ever been involved in, and I’m even talking about Sunday morning games where I’ve seen some matches end 7-7!

“I’m looking forward to one day looking back at this game and it filling me with pride. The way the fans reacted, the way the players reacted, it was unbelievable.”

It was a great last 45 minutes of what has been a terrible week for the Newcastle manager.

And maybe Alan is getting used to being Newcastle manager – and he can certainly take the heat that’s for sure – at half time most Newcastle fans were looking to see who were gaining on us in the table – as it looked like we would be in a huige relegation fight.

But the magnificent second half display will help ignite the rest of the Newcastle season, and we now need 11 points from our last 13 games to be safe in the league – and we need to get those points just as soon as we can. 😀

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • Thump

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley’s Zoo plan one step closer to fruition…

  • Oleg G

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah, now it is “We” “Us” “My team”.

    If it ended 4-0 he would’ve said – They, The lads, The boys.

  • Whitecap

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I firmly believe that it was Nolan and Barton who rallied this team. Pardew may have said some words at half time, but it was those two who lead the comeback and fought like warriors today.

  • newcastle29

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #5

    fantastic goal by tiote!

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  • newcastle29

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #6
  • John Tudor

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    nolans retrival of the ball was when the game was stopped, the keeper is supposed to release the ball

  • Oleg G

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Man U LOST!

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #9


    spot on barton and Nolan were the Generals out there today. The whole team fought like lions but those two led from the front as we say in the army and they spilled their guts out for the black and white today and it will never be forgotten. Nolan didnt score and people get on him alot but he keeps this club clicking same with barton. Just a great day to be a geordie. Barton needs to hurry up and sign his deal now…

  • John Tudor

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #10

    wilshire should read the laws

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Manu ure perfect no more…lol and the scum lost in squeeky bum time…great day lads great day….

    We dont care about Judas,
    We dont care about ashley,
    all we care about is N-U-F-C!!!!!!

  • lewman

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #12

    wilshire is young and obviously p1ss3d off, its understandable and he shouldnt really get any punishment for writing that even though he was wrong. he has a lot of time to grow up and learn from his mistakes so i would hope he just gets a warning as all this type of thing is getting out of hand.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #13

    any links to highlights, that one ed posted isnt working for me

  • John Tudor

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #14

    chuck the book at him, the laws of the game

  • lewman

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #15

    or actually give him a fine as he can easily afford it and thats not really much of a punishment to a pl footballer but i still think it is a bit pathetic how the fa get involved in such trivial matters

  • Oba

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #16


    Only word to describe that. This team has something now that the team that took us down didn’t; fight.

  • AngelOfDeath

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #17

    wolves just won the league title!!!! 🙄 😯

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #18


    H practicly started crying to the linesman, after Nolan treated their keeper like they were in a dark alley outside a pub on tyneside…lol

  • brighter

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #19

    the lads played very well in 2nd’s a deserved to draw.but,hey pardew you were nothing at all.shut your mouth up!!!i won’t forget that you are puppet and liar.

  • SGToon

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #20

    I was with a few arsenal fans and got the shite thrown at me during half time and worse … the 4-0 … however, having seen that our team had not given up at any time and looking for positives … they realli did me proud today …

    even when it was 4-0 down … the team never lost heart … and neither did I … I would have been satisfied if the score stayed at 4-1, thinking that the match was lost … but what can u say about our team … made history with the greatest comeback of all … 4-4 … fantastic! majestic!

    credits have to go to the team … specially barton, whom deserved mentioning – with a grapple hold on my neck, I would have reacted, but he didnt … good on ya barton! hope u sign the contract soon!

    howay the lads! I was so proud today that I almost cried! NUFC never cease to amaze me!

  • Toonmania

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Very proud to be a NUFC fan after that wonderful display Excellent

  • alip123

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #22

    I think I may die at 33 of a heart attack… never mind alton towers supporting Newcastle United is a bloody emotional rollercoaster in itself, never mind the match

  • john_cena163

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Who got da MOM?

  • lewman

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #24

    i didnt see that sgt but i am sure i will on match of the day later. i think that players having a go at officials in a game deserves punishment but players making twitter comments when they lose games or draw games that they were comfortably winning, should just be taken with a pinch of salt imo.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #25

    From being utterly useless to being amazingly outstanding all in 90 minutes. Just show is you don’t give up sometimes the unexpected can happen. All we need now is another 10-12 points to be really safe

  • Robby Bobson

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #26

    A little something for all the doom and gloomers who raise there head only to moan….

    Toon XI // Feb 5, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Agreed. This team needs to be gutted. There are the same quitters from 2 years ago.

    toonbrother // Feb 5, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    thats what we get when you sack a good manager and hire a born loser like pardew. Newcastle are going down this season no doubt

    toonarmy21 // Feb 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Were going down don’t care what ppl say were poor we can’t score and no creativity pardews tactics are s**t

    jj // Feb 5, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    The only way were staying up is if the shit below us dont win many games…FACT

    i_hate_mike_ashley // Feb 5, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    4-0….so that it next season can go to Championship again….Thank Mike Ashley….

    immymagpie // Feb 5, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Some of you take a long time to wake up. Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Gutierrez, Nolan, Best, Lovenkrands, all 3rd rate and always havebeen. There isn’t one of them that another manager in this league would have as a gift. RELEGATION IS A CERTAINTY!!!

  • ToonTex

    Feb 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #27

    The 2nd half saved this season.
    What a galvanizing moment for a new manager and a team left totally disillusioned by the club’s ownership. Brave effort to right the wrongs of the first half and utterly astonishing the amount of support the team had in the stadium to will them to it. TOON!

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Robby Bobson you`re so right
    …Toon Attack Toon Attack…Attack even 4-0 still attack, attack till the end….

  • lewman

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #29

    apparently this has been the highest scoring day in premiership history so match of the day will be a treat tonight and i cant wait to watch the highlights of todays game at sjp because i want to see the look on the gooners faces that we missed in the goals video.

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Bobby is in balance now….

  • baro

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #31

    What an excellent team performance today! Every player should up doing their best in the second half! The ones I have to point out is Simpson, Tiote who were both awesome in the first minute til’ the final whistle! It was just an amazing game! The lads played with all their hearts. The fans pushed the lads to get a result out of a domination of 4 -0. Great confidence in the lads!

  • Toonmania

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Robby Bobson,
    i have to admit over the last few days i have wrote some things that have been doom and gloom but i think it’s only when you see what the board get upto you get disillusioned especially after the week everyone that supports this club and the players they must all have had the same thoughts.
    i now think we can move on Carroll WAS a big player for us he’s now gunna be a regular in the treatment room at LFC the injury he has will NEVER heal fully it will always be a weak spot for him now and he could end up like Owen Hargreaves but thats there problem now 😉


  • Cockney Magpie

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Andy who? 😉

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #34

    One word to describe that – UNBELIEVABLE!! Howay the lads!!

  • ginkoh

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #35

    We have to accept 1st half was loser form but 2nd half was totally different. Thank for calmed-head Barton and stupidly Diaby.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #36

    How I wish I could have been at St James Park today to witness this remarkable comeback. I bet all those that left at half time are regretting it now. I now urge all Toon fans to get behind the team. We are of course their 12th Man. Forget whats going on behind the scenes it’s what’s happening on the pitch that matters!We need 3 more wins then let’s see what happens after that.

  • tcbelfast

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Fantastic…..was watching online switched on after 13 minutes or so and we were 3 down.logged off and turned telly on at around 445pm and it was 4-4.wot a mistake i made by turning offline.a truly magnificent point,well done to the crowd who cheered them on!!
    ps…..well done to the ballboys.i know of 1 very proud grandad there to-day!!!

  • davcon22

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #38

    @brighter Change the f**kin record mate!!
    Sick of the bullsh*t some people write on here,can we not just enjoy the day!!!

  • lewman

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #39

    i bet alex ferguson is starting to regret letting simpson go as that rafael or fabio(cant remember which one plays rb) is crap

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Feb 5, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #40

    football first were game of the day channel 409 now


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