Pardew Pleased With Display – But Newcastle Must Score Goals

Blackburn looked like a team who had been beaten three times on the trot this afternoon, but although Newcastle dominated the game they couldn’t score a goal, and therefore didn’t get the 3 points.

Alan Pardew – pleased with display

Newcastle played well and held possession for long periods of the game, but Best and Lovenkrands up front were hardly dominant in the air, and much of Newcastle’s set plays rely on Newcastle winning the initial headers from the crosses.

But that didn’t happen much this afternoon, as Samba won nearly all the headers in the box.

Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:

“We stood up to a Blackburn side who were determined to put a bad run behind them and we got a well-earned point today,”

“We’re just so disappointed we didn’t come away with something bigger than we got. Jose Enrique today was magnificent, probably the best player on the pitch.”

“But we just didn’t get a break – something to fall for us – and unfortunately we didn’t get the win which perhaps we deserved.”

“In the last third we didn’t quite work the goalkeeper enough. We controlled the ball, we controlled the game, so I’m very proud of the players.”

“The team were strong and it’s just a shame for our strikers because I thought they really worked hard without getting a break or a decent opportunity.”

We thought that  both Lovenkrands and Best today were not impressive, and it was only when Nile Ranger came on after 75 minutes, did the strike force seem to have some sparkle and zest.

We would hope that Alan gives the 19 year-old more playing time in future games, since he’s good in the air, otherwise Newcastle are going to find it hard to score goals, like we did today.

We dominated the game, but when you cannot put the ball in the back of the net you just don’t win.

And Peter Lovenkrands had a wonderful opportunity early on in the first half, when he was straight through on goal, and he lobbed the ball over Robinson, but the ball his the cross-bar and peter should have had the ball in the back of the net.

Peter’s golden touch seems to have deserted him in the last few games, and we thought Best had one of those games where he looked  ineffective at best.

Alan continued:

“We’ve been strong defensively since I’ve been at the club and I’ve worked really hard on that. So that first half against Arsenal was a freak for us.”

“Mike Williamson, in particular, has stepped up to the Premier League this year and proved what a great signing he is and he did well today.”

“It’s a crucial period of the Premier League, we’re all aware of that,” he said. “A lot will depend on the next three results for how we finish.”

“We want to finish strong, and these three results are going to tell us where we’re going to finish in some ways.”

We were disappointed that the lads couldn’t get the one goal that was needed to get our 3rd win of the year, and now we have 10 points from the 7 games this year – and far too many draws with 4.

We need to turn those draws into wins, and of course Birmingham, having won their last two games by 1-0, have now gained 4 points on Newcastle in that period, and that’s where the lads play on Tuesday night.

A win at Birmingham would be very nice to make up for the disappointment of today’s game.

Today was a game in which the performance was a lot better than the final result.

Comments welcome.

43 comments so far

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #1

    1st AGAIN 😀

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #2
  • fungus44

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #3

    on another day our shot,s on target would have gone in ,look at last week when we came back from 40 down to draw with arsenal 4 ,4 football can be like that sometime,s the goal,s will come keep the faith.

  • Ezedoesit

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Enrique was IMMENSE today! Hope he stays!… Love Tiote but he’s gotta calm down at times. Another uneeded yellow. Strikers are horrible! Best is so freakin uncoordinated at times. Give Ranger more time up top.


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  • jonny-intense

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Ranger needs a chance to show us what he can do. We are toothless at the moment. Bar against West Ham and Arsenal, we’ve only scored 3 goals in the league this year.

    I’ll probably be shot for this but what about Kuqi and Ranger up top for 45 mins to see what happens?

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Been at work all day so aint heard much bout the match, did Kuqi get on the field?

  • jonny-intense

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #7

    injury time, no chance to have an effect.

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Cant see him having much of an effect really even if he had 90 mins but ill give him a chance atleast… good match or not? did ya see Rooneys goal? I score goals like that almost every wkd haha not!!

  • Spotlight Kid

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #9

    ‘We need to turn those draws into wins..’

    Err, yes, Ed. One slight problem, we have the same set of forwards that most on here thought weren’t good enough for the Chumpionship last Summer, plus a desperate 34 year old loan signing. Meanwhile we have had two transfer windows since promotion and utterly failed to secure a least one proven goalscorer – not even as a replacement for the only one we did have.

    When I suggested drafting in Kenny Miller back in August as cover there were howls of derision, he was of course too old for us at 30 (as he was then). 6 months on and it seems 34 is now quite all right, and this Kuqi is no Kenny Miller. But of course, we weren’t going to pick up injuries this season, and Carroll was going nowhere.

    Viva Cashley’s ‘youth’ revolution, eh…?

    And until our assorted band of journeyman pros and unrealised youth potential work out where the back of the net is we are back to Pardew’s secret masterplan of avoiding relegation by dint of 9 more 0-0 draws.

    Gotta feel sorry for the defence, on which our survival now depends; and if the prize Bull departs for Manchester who can blame him? We are rapidly running out of winnable games, even if we had a forward line. You couldn’t make it up after the champagne and justified cautious optimism of last April.

    Rank incompetence & greed, Ashley. And there’s no Hoots to rally the troops now, so you better pray for some clean sheets.

  • jonny-intense

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #10

    We gave them a good going over but couldn’t put it in the net. But, if we’d have been offered a point at kick off I’d have took it so I suppose it’s one more on the board.

    Rooney’s goal was unbelievable, getting back to his best now. Should see if manure will take 35 mil for him 🙂

  • jonny-intense

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #11

    To be honest, I’d rather have Kuqi than Miller. Kuqi has scored in the Championship and Premier League whereas, Miller has scored at League 1 level.

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah 1 thing we have Cashley running the club so wages is a big issue this is why I cant see us getting any big names in the summer…

    People keep writing on here saying get rid of half our squad which is dumb IMO as the one reason we are staying up this season is our team spirit so sell half the team then your going to lose the team spirit as well, people reckon its a game of champ manager sometimes 😉

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Seems as if some people forget that even if Carroll had stayed he wouldn’t even be on the bench. As for new strikers in January, how long did Bruce have to find a striker when Bent went? Did he find one?

  • Oleg G

    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #14

    GeordieGerman // Feb 12, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    TOTALLY AGREE! Carroll would’ve played even if he was our player still. So it doesn’t matter!!!

    Last time I post this. Have a look:
    This is the table league in the lat 6 games:

    Position Team Points
    1) Arsenal 14
    2) Liverpool 14
    3) Manchester United 13
    4) Tottenham Hotspur 11
    5) Fulham 11
    6) Birmingham City 11
    7) Chelsea 10
    Aston Villa 9
    9) Manchester City 8
    10) Everton 8
    11) Newcastle United 7
    12) Blackburn Rovers 7
    13) Stoke City 6
    14) Wigan Athletic 6
    15) Wolverhampton Wanderers 6
    16) West Bromwich Albion 5
    17) West Ham United 5
    18) Sunderland 4
    19) Bolton Wanderers 4
    20) Blackpool 1

    Blackpool is in a horrible position, Sense the Beginning of the year they had 7 Loses, 1 Draw and 1 Win.

    Birmingham and Fulham are doing great right now compare to their whole season.

    Liverpool have the best improvement and are now with 14 points out of their last 6 games and are now in the best position ever this year.

    Scum – Because we don’t win, and no one has stability except Liverpool in the last month, They staid in the same place +/-. But are in a shit form sense Bent left them.

    Bolton lost power and sense they won against us 5-1, they are going down.

    NEWCASLTE: Well, we are holding up, but we are not collecting points. In our last 5 games 4 draws and a lose. Not that good.

  • brklyngeordie

    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #15

    solid performance put in by the lads today deserved the 3 but we will take the 1. No doubt about it enrique man of the match. lovenkrands probably should have had 1 or 2 but i still think was better then best. that being said with the short rest i could see nile getting in the XI on tuesday vs brum. Think it will be a hard fought game 1-2 for the Lads with our captain coming to the rescue! Howay the lads!!!

  • jimiley

    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Hallo peeps. Nepal calling. FC Cashley dooing a great job at Noowcassell. No wins buy plenty of lolleee in bank for casino. Do not fret peeps. He will make sure the club has plenty of munay. He can sell Tiote and Bull for lots of munay and maybe the street fighter too. He has yooth policy you know peeps. He buys cheap and sells dear. Loads more lollee for casino. Great news that he will stay. He would be mad to leave. Loads of mug punters keep giving him munay every week at SJP. FC Ashley is hero in Nepal for way he makes cash and people keep giving him more when they know he is ripping them off. Genius. He sells Andy Carrot for too much and gets Mr Koochee for noffin. Mug punters put up with it. But you keep him. We do not want fat twat in Nepal. Keep the faith peeps.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #17

    We’re forgetting when Ireland is fit (soon), he will likely be played beside Tiote instead of Nolan, with Nolan being pushed up front to support the striker. Nolan has almost as man goals as Carroll and no, they’re not all of Carroll assists (I think 3 were).

    Soooo, we need Ireland and Gosling back (and Taylor would be good too), so we can push nolan up front where his guile and experience often puts him in the right place at the right time.

    2-3 weeks we should be sorted and there’s 11 days gap after our next match with Brum on Tuesday.


  • Charlietoon

    Feb 12, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Lots of trolls on this blog these days.

    I dont think the strikers we have are that bad. I think Best will bang in 5 or six more this season and we might get three or four from Loven. Ranger is the one we need to bring on and he needs to start next game against Birmingham so he has every chance of popping one away. I expected someone from the midfield to step up and score in this game. Jose, Jonas, Nolan and Barton all could have taken better shots and should not have been afraid to shoot from outside the box when it became clear Samba was dominating our forwards.

  • carlton nufc

    Feb 12, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Can sum1 on here tell me how many points from away games we have plz cheers

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 12, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #20

    If Kuqi…62min in….win…

  • gorskino10

    Feb 12, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #21

    @Oleg G

    Yeah but after these lackluster games infront of goal he would be back. but he wont and tbh we are struggling infront of goal, Nolan has been aweful since Andys left (wonder if he needed carrol more than he thought) just upfront AGAIN for another game Loven and Best has been aweful, Best (can) score but needs it to be on a plate for him and same with loven we dont have a strike that gets a goal outta nothing or scores all types of goals apart from tap-ins. having 2 tap in players and Ranger who has yet to score i think he is like Merirelles once he scores it will come more and more with the morale his first would bring, i mean its not like Loven and Best are playing well to keep him out but again he will be on the bench and we will struggle scoring we are HEAVILLY relying on out midfield and even defence. problem is we need a striker that scores all types of goals, headering ability is good and nice pace too and tbh that will be harder to find with the money then we fink. hope we get Doumbia and Gervinhio or Gradel Ivorians FTW 🙂 Or go for Argentinia like Rogerlio Funes Mori, is half american so speaks english and spanish and is young and great pace and heading ability 2 markets we should buy from but i bet we get some hasbeen crud player

  • matt11_25

    Feb 12, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah didnt read some of the four paragraph comments but I have to say the consensus that best and lovenkrands were poor today is mistaken. Best had one clearcut opportunity on the cutback from barton where he could of done better. We had the ball in the final 3rd a great amount but the final usually was what was poor. gutierrez was poor today for me. he got the ball where we’ve come to expect him to take it but then wasted it repeatedly.
    ps.. I would of bitten ur hand off for 30 mil for carroll… just too bad it couldnt of come at the end of the season

  • baro

    Feb 12, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Todays game was totally ours in terms of possession and chances created. We just couldn’t manage to finish the goal! I really was looking forward to all 3 points but everybody knows 1 is better than 0. With Stephen Ireland coming back either for Brum or Bolton I think he will be a great addition to our midfield I’d put him with Nolan in attacking midfield area, its where Ireland is best at normally like his Man Citeh days. Anyways looking forward to the next game 3 days away……….

  • Warwick Hunt

    Feb 12, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #24

    15 points away, 4 wins 3 draws 6 loses out of 13 games.
    17 points at home, 4 wins 5 draws 4 loses out of 13 games.

  • AndyE93

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #25

    15 points away from home must be our best in years. Even when we were going for champions league i remember our away form being dreadful. Shame about the home form earlier on in the season but I think AP may slowly be turning the home form around. Today’s game was a good performance from our lads, we should’ve won it. Still i would’ve taken a point before kick off. Tough game away on tuesday to Brum, hopefully we take our chances there!

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Got a feeling that Martin’s going to come back and haunt us on Tuesday.

  • gorskino10

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Na Gerodie i see a problem with Willimsson being out jumped 87th Minute with Zigic header from a Larsson/Bentley cross :p i hope not tho but i see another draw which would 3 draws in 3 games.

  • AndyE93

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #28

    I’ve had exactly the same feeling GG! Hopefully he has one of his off days when he doesn’t touch the ball. Can imagine Tuesday’s game being another boring one

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #29

    I said on an earlier thread that I can see it continuing like this from now on. Point for point.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #30

    Nah we will take 3 point in some of the remaining games, more so at home, but I recon come the end of the season we’ll have won 7 point away from home and 10 at home.

    49 points is my wild guess.

  • singamagpie

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #31

    Good performance, especially Enrique. Really need the end product, and Barton’s corners were dissappointing. Blackburn was really poor… and they strangely took off their most threatening player in Hoilett at halftime.

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 13, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Thought the corner to Colo was good and well worked on.

  • darthkir

    Feb 13, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #33

    Pardew knew that but he still play that way? Trying to deliver high ball? For god sake, change the tactic please!

  • Oleg G

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #34

    Now that I think about it. We need to draw all our games and we will be safe (?!) hhh…

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #35

    6 shots on goal to their zero. That’s not too bad a ratio. Tough lack lads, on another day one would’ve gone in. I’m not a fan of Loven, but he was just unlucky with that lob. And Enrique (best player yesterday) should’ve scored, he just didn’t realise he’d gone by everyone! Unlucky Colo, excellent shot, a few inches left or right and that shot would’ve gone in. (Good CF, if we lose another 1 or 2 through injury. Taylor (if ok) can temporarily hold his place in back!!

  • Oleg G

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Spuggy // Feb 13, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Being optimistic is great, but you also need to be realistic at the same time a little.

    until now: 26 games = Max points 78, we took 32.

    32/78 = 41% success.

    Remained: 12 games = Max 36 points.
    41% of 36 points are, around 15 points, and that is if we continue our same rate.

    but in our last 15 games we had 3 wins, 6 draws.
    That is 15 points out of last 15 games (15 out of 45) That is 33% success (compare to the 41% total this season) [First 11 games of the season gave us 17 points More then 50% success], this means our form is going down. So I would bet more on a 33% success until the end of the season: 36 points Max, then we will get around 12-13.

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #37

    Can’t believe these mangers and back room staff get paid so much for analysing football and making decisions about the club. Hmm let me’ think prior to the window we needed a striker to assist Carroll with the goals……..let’s sell our number one striker and a reserve and not bring anyone in, I wonder what will happen? Answer Blackburn !
    Yes I am a footballing genius, only someone with my footballing knowledge could have predicted our downfall!

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #38

    Hate to sound so negative, especially when the lads ( all but strikers ) put in a cracking display at an awkward opposition. But just feel the club have let the fans down and the team with the lack of strikers!
    Surely these past games have proven that Best and Loven are not up to this level. Really proud of lads and feel let down all over again by management team after these dropped points!

  • Oleg G

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #39

    First 11 games of the season: For-20 Against-14
    Last 15 games of the season: For-20 Against-24

    Don’t forget that in the first 11 games we had a 6-0 and 5-1 wins. So that is actually 9 games and 9 goals (and 2 games 11 goals) in the first 11 games.
    We had the 0-3 in the first game against Man U, so that is 11 goals against in 10 games.

    Goals/game rate:

    For – 11 games: 20/11=1.8 goals per game. Without the Aston Villa and Sunderland game, 9/9= 1 goal per game.

    Against – 11 games: 14/11 = 1.27 conceived per game, without the Man U game 11/10= 1.1 conceived per game.

    The last 15 games, 4-4, 5-0 and 1-5, so that is 9 goals against in 2 games, and 15 goals against in 13 games. On the other hand, we scored 9 goals in 2 games so that is 11 goals in 13 games.

    Goals/game rate:

    For – 15 games: 20/15=1.333 goals per game. Without the 5-0 and 4-4, 11/13=0.84 goals per game.

    Against – 15 games: 24/15 = 1.6 conceived per game
    Without the 4-4 and 1-5: 15/15 = 1 conceived per game

    So except the big losses, we keep a solid defense (1.1, 1 conceived per game).

    The scored goals are going down, (With big wins 1.8 compare with 1.333 ; Without the big wins 1 compare with 0.84).

  • Oleg G

    Feb 13, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #40

    Position 7, 8 don’t send to Europe? because 5-6 is of our reach, but if we get some good results, 8 is possible (as it looks now of course, who knows what will happen in the next 2-3 weeks).


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