Pardew Absolutely Furious At Half Time – You Let Our Fans Down

Newcastle gave their worst display at St. James’ Park in many years in that first half on Saturday.

Cheick Tiote’s goal – will never ever be forgotten

But the amazing turnaround, and the fantastic Cheick Tiote’s equalizing goal and his subsequent  celebrations, has been news around the world over the weekend.

How many times in years to come will we see that goal again – many many times – and it’s even being shown continually on ESPN over here in the US – as they just love Cheick’s reaction after scoring.

And what a great great shot of Alan Pardew punching the air continuously, and then the switch to Arsene Wenger complaining about anything he can think of to anybody who will listen.


You cannot make this stuff up.

And one big question we all wanted to know was what Alan Pardew said at half time.

Well it turns out he gave the players a real roasting, as revealed today by Cheick Tiote, and things were thrown  around in the dressing room.

This is what Cheick Tiote had to say about half time in that dressing room:

“At half-time it was a very angry dressing room. The manager was furious, shouting. “

“He said it was up to us to put it right, to give something back to the fans. We had let them down.”

“There were things thrown in there and we had let ourselves down in the first half. It was not a normal performance.”

“He told us to go out there and put it right. He kept the same team for the second half because he said it was up to us to put it right.”

Alan had said he had told them they could go on feeling sorry for themselves about losing Andy, and they would get hammered again in that second half.

But we all knew it had to have been more than that,  because as soon as the second half started, we were a completely different team.

And of course their performance was such that had a good goal from Leon Best not been disallowed for offside, they could even have won the game.

And Newcastle will have gained new fans aorund the world for what they did in that second half, in what was the greatest comeback in Premier League history.

We were told Alan Pardew had motivational skills when he arrived, and he had said after the game that in years to come he would look back on this game with great  pride.

Alan will have done a lot on Saturday in that 10 minute dressing room talk,  to get himself into the fans’ good books, that’s for sure.

We think Alan is like Chris Hughton, and is being inspired by the absolute passion for football he has found on Tyneside – we hope so anyway – and he certainly produced a miraculous turnaround on Saturday.

It would have been great to have a recording of that dressing room talk at half time – I wish I had been a  fly on  the wall – but there again I might have been hit by one of those  flying object. 😀

Whatever Alan did say did the trick and produced what  has to be close to a miracle in those final 45 minutes.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 7, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    What’s this about Interpol investigating the game rosisky for the 2nd pen and the ref as there were a hight number of strange betting patterns anyone heard?

  • Xavi

    Feb 7, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    nothing in the betting investigation.

    1st pen was stone cold and im sure the ref helped tiote put it in the goal from 30 yards

  • Drona

    Feb 7, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    @ carrollsinger – its just forum talk, will be bullshit by the end of it and even if its true, arsenal will be punished for it, not Newcastle

  • daneevz

    Feb 7, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    It Was A Magical Day At St James’s Something to tell the grand kids.

  • sammydolan

    Feb 7, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    To the tune of music man!  

    He is our midfield man
    He comes from far away
    Where does he play, where does he play
    He plays in midfield 

    Tio Tio Tiote Tiote Tiote
    Tio Tio Tiote Tio Tiote!

  • liam85

    Feb 7, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    We have to keep Cheick Tiote.. him and Ben Arfa have both scored such amazing goals. We need to keep them!!!

  • traceline

    Feb 7, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    was watching the full 90 mins on sky’s football first and one thing that I did notice was mills (I think it was mills, commentating) just before 1/2 time stated that “you can’t solve those defensive problems in a 15 minute team talk”



    Well done NUFC – it’s a long time since I’ve been this proud of the team.

  • shpetmeister

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Wonder what Bobby Robson would have said to them in the break 😛 ?

    Ranger, Hugo Wiana, Robert, get inn!

    Grahem Souness : Lets not get any more goals, Boumsoung, get in!

    Fat sam : Lets take them on set pices, Ill get in !

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9
  • carrollsinger

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Yeah Newcastle out played them even more then they did us the first half we deserved that every player performed at the same time pardew is mister motivator but thanks goes to Barton and Nolan the club means everything to them as as for bartons tackle arsene is just jeleous because he has a team of bottlers and pussys who pull out of a tackle(diaby)

  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Personally Ed I don’t see the similarity between Pards and Chris. Loved Chris, Warming to Pards, but think they’re completely different. (cue the anti Pards brigade, lying backstabber etc etc).

    I really didn’t see the point of level 7 giving us ‘There’s only one Chris Houghton’ when we were 4 nil down. By all means have a go Ashley if you want but what did having a go at Pards achieve.

    Well done for the team talk Pards, it must have been pretty special!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #12

    If Robson had been manager I don’t think we would have been 4-0 down at half-time. Just listened to Talksport this morning what a bunch of pathetic whining tw*ts the Arsenal fans are. A team trying to win the league should never lose a 4 goal lead they only have themselves to blame but all the can do is try and blame other people. I seem to remember when we beat them 3-1 at Highbury when SBR was in charge they winged about bad decisions and bad tackles that weren’t. I hope they win nowt this season including the Carling Cup

  • archaeomag

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Interesting insight in the dressing room.
    Odd betting patterns:
    I would have put money on 7 nil at halftime!
    It’s never f’king dull . .

  • neblexa

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    I completely ageee with stuckdownsouth, that chant was pathetic and really pi 55ed me off at the time. Sang by complete tools. I hope they were the same fans who left at half time cause they didnt deserve to witness that second half.

  • taker83

    Feb 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    We were lucky that diaby was sent off.If not I think it wont be 4-4.It was a great come back though.
    Now, the first half display was truly aweful!No excuses for that!

  • dave 1961

    Feb 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #16

    So Pardew’s trying to make out it was him that turned the game around, it was the fans that turned the game, and especially Barton reacting to the fans, the same as it was not Pardew’s fault for the first half, it was the awful depressing week the club had been put thru. Let’s hope now we can use this game to push us on to get the 5 wins that will get us to safety. I was at the game I know what changed the play.

  • dave 1961

    Feb 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    and those singing for Hughton it was to get at Ashley, no one sang to sack Pardew, and if Pardew is now feeling unloved, Chris Hughton was in the begining his loyalty won the fans, the same as Pardew will have to do he’s done nothing yet so he cant expect to be liked the same As Hughton. Pardew has to earn the trust and loyalty by his deed’s.


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