Newcastle Doing OK – We’re An Honest Team

If Newcastle had either Andy Carroll or Shola Ameobi in the side on Saturday,  you’ve got to think Newcastle would have beaten Blackburn, and maybe easily too.

Peter Lovenkrands – good time to start scoring again

But even if Andy hadn’t left the Newcastle club at the end of January, for pastures anew, he would still be out through his thigh injury, but it showed that right now, Newcastle don’t have good striking power  with Lovenkrands and Best up front.

We’d really like to see Nile Ranger get at least one start to see what he can do in a full game, rather than being brought on with 15 minutes to go, and also Shefki Kuqi may be given a chance,  if the two current first choice strikers don’t deliver tomorrow night.

We hope the two lads will realize the criticism they have taken over Saturday’s lack-luster performance, and try to put things right, because we’ve seen both of them play really great, on their day.

But Pardew, rather wisely, is not blaming the lack of striking power at the club right now, for not being able to capture all 3 points on Saturday:

“We’re doing OK, we’re an honest team and the fans understand that when you put on a Newcastle shirt the minimum requirement is honesty,”

“Then you add quality and a bit of passion in your play and you can win games.” “We can do that with the players we’ve got.”

Newcastle are on 32 points, just 2 short of their total at the end of the relegation season two years ago, but it’s likely to take 10 points more to ensure Newcastle are safe this season.

The teams are still quite bunched – and there are just 9 points separating the bottom 11 clubs, so either one of those could still be relegated, and that includes both Newcastle and Birmingham.

So if we cannot win tomorrow night, it is important not to lose and have Birmingham gain 3 points on us.

Birmingham are showing some decent form lately, and have won four of their last 5 games, including the Carling Cup games.

But hey, Birmingham actually played their first team in that competition, and are in the final against Arsenal.  And so did West Ham United, and they even reached the semi-final stage, although they are second bottom of the league right now on 25 points.

We thought that it wasn’t allowed to play your first team in the Carling Cup. 😀

Alan was pleased with the performance on Saturday, if not the result:

“It was just another point and it was important just to avoid defeat,”

“We were very resilient on Saturday and the stats suggested we should have won the game. We had a lot of possession and entries into the box but we didn’t win.”

“We move to the next game now which is Birmingham. It’s a Birmingham side who have got their tails up.”

We look for a win tomorrow, but we suppose another draw would be  OK –  but a defeat would be disastrous.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1

    yes – but I wish we had an honest board!

  • free giveaways

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Why didn’t we sign Daniel Sturridge? Even before we sold Carroll we should have signed him. Even David N’Gog would have been better than the strikers we have currently. We could have said to Liverpool “You’re not getting Carroll unless you loan us N’Gog for the rest of the season”.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #3

    I was born and raised in black and white! Can anyone running NUFC say that! Honest team – yes! Manager – he’s the only one we’ve got so I’ll give him a fair chance. But the rest? Honest? MWTL

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #5

    10 more points? – we will get 18 more points starting with a draw tomorrow HWTL

  • Manx Magpie

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #6

    wish there’d be a post where andy carroll wouldn’t be mentioned at all.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #7

    That’s a nonsense. Ronaldo has just retired and if Mike Ashley couldn’t pay Ewerthon and Aliadiare’s wages he won’t even consider paying Ronaldo’s.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed is just being honest. If Carroll had played against Blackburn we would have won.

  • Toonboy_84

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Lets get fatty Ronaldo in. Even if he doesn’t play much, the advice he could pass onto Ranger and even Airie would be great.

    I’m very confident it’s all a load of bull tough!

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Manx Magpie – I agree – lets shut up about him.
    btw I used to live in Laxey – must folks I knew were manu or liverpool “supporters” – never went to a match, but they were “supporters”!

  • Toonboy_84

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #11

    ^Andy who?

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #12

    These next 3 games aren’t fatally critical, but a string of 3 wins, oh boy I’d be ecstatic!! We’d be safe and aiming for 6th or 7th spot, which would means potential recruits in the summer would look at the table, and if they have anything about them, would think it a great challenge to see if they could help us burrow into that top 5! Let’s have a bit of optimism! HWTL!!!

  • Manx Magpie

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #13

    supermacnumber9 – I live in laxey now, totally agree about all the manu and liverpool supporters around here, not true fans at all. I try and get to as many games as i can, expensive, but totally worth it.

  • Toonboy_84

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14


    It would be good on here if everyone had your optimism.

    Probably be alot of disappointment though

  • ogbell

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Firstly – if Carroll was here we wouldn’t have had him fit for the Fulham/Arsenal/Blackburn/Birmingham/Bolton games so that ain’t an excuse. Sure enough the board messed up in not getting a replacement in and I reckon even Mike Ashley will hold his hands up there.

    Looking at our remaining fixtures I feel away from home we need to pick up 1 win. I’ve marked Blackpool as that away day. In terms of home results – let us be pessimistic for arguments sake. We should get points from Bolton, Everton, Wolves, Birmingham and WBA. I reckon we will only win 2 of these, though I can’t see us losing any. So, that said, my estimations have us gaining another 12 points – aside of our other home game vs Man Utd (We’ll lose – Rooney will score etc). If we can go to Birmingham tomorrow and avoid defeat, and do similar at Villa Park and Stoke then we will be adding a minimum of 15 points to our current 32.

    47 points should see the lads finish in and around 9th/11th – now how about that with £35m and TV revenues being reinvested within the club.

    The future is bright. I reckon there is a big signing around the corner – something that will make others sit up and applaud Ashley.

    Fingers crossed! HWTL

  • free giveaways

    Feb 14, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Hope we get to see Ireland play tomorrow. I would be happy with a draw, they’re a good team at home.

  • DeanToon88

    Feb 14, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Why are you people seemingly allowing yourself to think that every game you would be happy with a draw ffs? show some passion!! and say ofc we can take points from birmingham and bolton we have a better team than all of our upcoming games 3 points tomorrow, i wont settle for anything less.

  • giimps

    Feb 14, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #18

    The big signing is a jumbo pie for Cashley.
    Im an optomist and reckon we can get another 15pts, Im signing me and my son and daughter up for 10 years season ticket for a total price of £37.50 pm, not a bad effort considering that can be the price of 1 ticket at Boro.
    As much as I despise Cashley for some of his mistakes, I believe (hope Im not wrong) that this could be the rebirth of Newcastle Utd.
    Imho Cashley may just be starting to get things right,stable club built on a realistic financial platform, quite a few of our “stars” are or will be on long contracts and Pards seems to be doing ok with what is at his disposal.
    My only concern is his ability to change the game when it aint working, he persists with players who are underperorming (jonas, lovaman and best, nolan too on occasion) instead of shaking it up a tad, bring on ferguson with Nile Ranger for half an hour rather than 10 mins……anyway I digress, Happy so far…..putting my money and faith in the future too, just hope pieman dont make a mug of me and my family……and predictions for tomorrow night……3-1 to us Barton and nolan to get one each with Ranger to score his 1st this season in pl……oba for them

  • Howay The Lads

    Feb 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #19

    “If Newcastle had either Andy Carroll or Shola Ameobi in the side on Saturday, you’ve got to think Newcastle would have beaten Blackburn, and maybe easily too.”

    Well that’s a ridiculous way to look at it as they’re both injured.

    If we had HBA there maybe we would have won. If we’d had Shearer there maybe we would have.

    We don’t!

    Get over it! Liverpool are hoping Carroll will be able to play by April. Until then stop whinging and moaning it’s getting tedious

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Just as the owner Ashley has a strategy ie. maximize his own profit, the supporters must have a strategy as well. Surely this should be something like the following: continue to support the team in any way possible but deny Ashley a huge source of revenue and let him see our dissatisfaction with his methods by refusing to buy seasons tickets. Pay as you go and make sure Ashley is clear that this will continue until he is willing to put money back into the team. Don’t be fooled into thinking he will spend the Carroll money in the summer. He will look for a cheap striker, probably someone in trouble at his own club. He will also try to re-sign Jose at low wages to increase his sell-on value. If Jose refuses he will be sold in the summer and we will be told Ashley had no choice. Of course he has a choice – pay each player according to their value to the team. Don’t be fooled by Ashley any longer. Support NUST, pay as you go and continue to put pressure on this pathetic excuse for an owner.

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 14, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Couldn’t agree more with the ” if only we had a honest board” comments.
    I partly buy into Ashleys vision, the youth developement, not buying anyone for huge amounts over a certain age.
    But the biggest and mist reasonable complaint against Ashley etc is their lack of communication and when we do hear from the big man or his partner in crime it’s normally patronising, contradictory garbage!
    They have been here for a number of years and still haven’t Learnt the need for honesty towards the Newcastle fans!

  • Oleg G

    Feb 14, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah Ed, And if we had Tevez or Rooney or “put a name of a very good striker” we would win, why to talk about player we don’t have.

    Seriously Ed, you are taking the transfer of Amy Carrot very badly, you need to relax. Every post you’ve mention him. Why? What is the point?

    MOVE ON! (please)

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 14, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #23

    I am really hoping Pardew hands Ranger his much deserved first start. With Ameobi returning tomorrows game might be his last chance.

    On to another topic — If Jose Enrique’s contract is up next summer then why is Pardew bragging about how good he is now??

    It seems as if Pardew is getting Enrique publicity so his price and demand goes up just like an agent would. I don’t have anything against Pardew as so far he’s done okay. I am just saying this suddenly constant Enrique praise is rather worrying especially after what happened to us and Judas.

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #24

    An honest team, except for the owner who doesn’t realize it is not ok to lie in court. Leadership comes from the top down. Now instead of lying the owner says nothing. Wow, what a leader. Impressive.

  • bills-son

    Feb 15, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #25

    giimps @18 – thats exactly the right attitude from a rightly sceptical fan who is willing to give MA the benefit of the doubt.

    The hardest time for AP and MA will come in the summer. It is a no brainer that we will get big offers for Enrique and Tiote and possibly Barton. For me it won’t be a question so much of whether MA wants to keep them – I’m sure he does – but whether they want to stay. AC going to LFC and getting £80K a week will be on their minds for sure. I reckon Barton not signing now – on a pay cut – is because he wants to see what wages MA will pay to JE and CT + new signings in the summer. CT especially won’t stay for £30K/£40K a week no matter how much he loves the Toon.

    If MA pays out big wages ie., £60K/£70K/£80K every decent player we have – and we have a few now – will want the same.

    The summer is going to be a big call for MA – does he abandon his wages policy and pay what it takes to keep JE, JB and CT and set the level for other players – or does he set a limit, sell if they won’t accept it and have another £20M+ in the transfer kitty to add to add to the £35M already there?

    One way or another it won’t be a dull summer for us Toon fans.

  • bills-son

    Feb 15, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #26

    Soz – meant JE the Bull (not CE) won’t stay for £30K/£40K a week with just 12 months left on his contract.

  • solano

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #27

    An exciting summer for me will not be selling our best players then seeing who we get in bills-son! That will spell disaster…you can’t build a new team every season and cross your fingers that it will improve on the last…Ashley has made more mad and arbitrary decisions during his time at NUFC than Hitler made in the bunker….the man is a so-called billionaire…he doesn’t have to sell at the first sniff of profit…but he will…..he has pocketed money in EVERY transfer window since he arrived and no doubt any and everyone will be available this summer…..our current manager believes we are punching above our weight at the moment and I agree…we may be paper thin on quality in certain areas but we seem to possess a spirit which can’t easily be replicated if they rip out the soul of the team. Sell players such as Jose, Tiote and Barton…and it will go pear-shaped….I honestly believe that we must give these players decent contract offers that are competitive with other clubs while at the same time showing ambition in the transfer market….afterall, he was prepared to pay top money to dross like Xisco (signed by his little friend) for three years….why not reward people who have proven their worth??
    Unfortunately, we will continue to be run like one of his poxy shops………..until we do something to get rid!


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