Alan Pardew Pleased With Dull Point After Arsenal

One of the things that Alan Pardew has done at Newcastle since he arrived, is to tighten up the Newcastle defense.

Jose Enrique – fabulous game yesterday from the Spaniard

And that was apparent in yesterday’s game at Blackburn, where Newcastle bossed the game for long period, but just couldn’t get a goal to take all three points.

We are hoping that’s not the way it’s going to be through the end of the season, with now being short of some good strikers.

But at least there are a few who can be given their chance, and it was good to see Shefki Kuqi get on right at the end, and surely Nile Ranger now deserves more playing time than just the last 15 minutes of each game.

But Newcastle looked solid at the back yesterday, except for just a couple of times, and it was good to see them get their third clean sheet of the year, especially after shipping four goals in 25 minutes to Arsenal last Saturday.

Jose Enrique had another terrific game for Newcastle, as he flew down that left wing time and time again,  and we’ll just have to hope Newcastle can hold onto the player in the summer, when no doubt some bigger clubs will be after him.

Alan Pardew took quite a few positives out of the game yesterday:

“We weren’t right against Arsenal – we shipped in goals that were unusual for us,””If you look at our goals against column it’s very good, especially since I arrived. We’ve really tightened up.”

“In the second half against Arsenal we defended very well and then took that into today. We were back to our best.”

“There were a couple of occasions in the first half when Olsson skipped down the left, but apart from that I can’t remember our keeper really having to do anything.”

“I am genuinely very pleased with that performance, especially after Arsenal.”

“We’ve had enough excitement for one week, so a dull game like that was the perfect tonic.”

Almost 5,000 Newcastle fans made the journey yesterday, and they seemed to make a lot more noise than the home crowd, although Blackburn had lost their last 3 games, and really that should have been four yesterday.

Pardew paid tribute to the fantastic Newcastle fans:

“It felt like we were the home team,” he explained.

“Our fans were great and we were making more noise, we bossed the game and it felt like one of those home games where you get a bit frustrated because you don’t win it.”

We were disappointed to only get the draw yesterday, and as it turns out Sunderland lost their second game in a row, this time 2-1 at home to Spurs, and Newcastle missed a chance to gain points on a number of teams above us, as well as pull away from the relegation zone.

Newcastle are still 5 points above 3rd bottom place, but have a much superior goal difference than the bottom clubs, so that’s always worth a point.

But it was a solid performance yesterday, and augers well for the future, and now we’ll have to see if we have better luck at Birmingham on Tuesday night.

Birmingham have won their last two games, but surely we can get all 3 points at St. Andrews?

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12 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Toon attack..Ranger attack, Kuqi Sheriff attack

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2


  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Cracking effort from the lads at a tricky place to go and where our record is poor.
    Enrique was head and shoulders above everyone on the field . But there were some great cameo’s with Jonas, Colo, Tiote and Barton.
    Thought Harps wasn’t at his tip top best and well the two lads up front were shocking. Enrique putting in world class ball after world class ball and the two lads didn’t even come close ( Loven’s ugly effort aside )
    Come on Ashley big effort in the summer for once !

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    ——– Arfa——–Ranger——-Jonas————–

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    DM Tiote

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6


  • Spuggy

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    THe entertiners – bit harsh, Lova had a shot off the post, which could easily have went in and won us the game.

    Granted they didn’t play well but I think many people have a stigma against them because well, it’s lova and best but they hardly got any chances to feet yesterday – they aren’t gonna score many headers are they.

    We need Barton in the middle slipping through balls in but thats not gonna happen until Arfa returns as we’ve nobody better on the wing, don’t know what Irelands like there, but he’s good in the middle too!

  • Spuggy

    Feb 13, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Dennis

    Best formation I’ve ever seen, a sure fire winner. Tiote can run off the pitch, back on on the goal line and score a goal without being offside


  • rwpoynter

    Feb 13, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Tend to agree with you Ed, I don’t know why Pardew doesn’t start with Ranger, the one with real promise, who with a bit of confidence and some goals should put his past problems behind him. It will also take a bit of time to adjust to life without AC, but the defence is looking good again. Just hope Tiote stops getting all those yellows, we are a different side with him in it.
    But, take the positives.. a point away and a clean sheet. I am beginning to warm to Pardew and I will admit I wasn’t impressed with his appointment, but am willing to admit I was wrong if the results prove me so.

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Spuggy, there were plenty opportunities yesterday, did you see the balls Enrique was putting across. Being a striker is not just about scoring when an opportunity presents it’s self ( something both the two lads up front are reasonably decent at ) but it’s about movement and anticipation something Best and Loven are not at the requires level at, if they were yesterday would have been 3 points easy.

  • taker83

    Feb 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    We’ve had enough excitement for one week, so a dull game like that was the perfect tonic.”
    A perfect tonic?is that the ambition that a good manager will have?

  • Bao Zheng

    Feb 14, 2011 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Given that we have lost our last 6 games there a draw is not a bad result. Please try and remember that 18 months ago AC couldn’t get a game in PNE reserves. Have a bit of patience with Best and Lovenkrands. And Ranger should get more time, maybe we are holding him back to protect him from the inevitable criticism when he doesn’t score every game?


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