Pardew Starting To Build Top Newcastle Side


Peter Lovenkrands got his 4th goal of the season, and we hope he’ll get a lot more in the final 11 games of this very eventful season for Newcastle United.

Great first goal for Newcastle from Peter Lovenkrands

Peter scored after just two minutes last night with a beautifully executed shot on the half volley, from an excellent cross from Argentine Jonas Gutierrez.

Peter was obviously delighted with the goals and his overall display:

“For me personally it was great, and I needed that goal as well because it’s been a while,” “I’ve been feeling good the last couple of games.”

“I hit the crossbar against Blackburn and felt I was almost there. Thankfully today I was there.” “I was delighted to get one, but it was good for the team as well to get an early goal because it gave us confidence, got us settled in the game and got us going.”

“It was a superb win. and three points we needed. We came here and thought we could do it, especially after the good performance at Blackburn where we should have had the win but had to settle for a draw.”

“But four points from the last two away games is great for us to build on and take us further up the table. Hopefully we can now go into some home games and get some more points.”

It was great to get a win again, the first one for 7 games, and of course the sooner we can get to say 42 points, the sooner Newcastle can start to negotiate a new contract for star left-back Jose Enrique, and also look forward to what promises to be a busy transfer window for players.

We hope that’s for players coming in, although we think one or two fringe players will be allowed to leave.

If Newcastle can just keep the squad they have right now, and bring in say 4 or 5 good players this summer, then the squad will be so much better next season, and we can honestly push for, say, a top six finish.

And we’ve been surprised at how well new manager Alan Pardew has done so far, since we were hardly big fans when he foirst arrived.

But Alan obviously knows what he’s doing, and he;s good front for the club, and he also knows he’s in the biggest job he will ever have in football – and will want to keep it.

Alan wants to move into his own house on Tyneside, so we have to think he will be very keen to improve the squad this summer, and we just have to hope he gets full backing from owner Mike Ashley.

If we can get players like Stephen Ireland, Connor Whickham, Gervinho, Sebastian Larsson, Milan Badelj and Johan Elmander through the door in the summer, and keep all all our top players, then the squad will be vastly improved.

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75 comments so far

  • Phil K

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes, praise where it’s due.
    I dearly hope Pardew is a success.
    If he is, then he’ll reap HUGE reward from the fans
    Remember how well liked Chris Hughton turned out to be. And that was just with promotion.

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  • sweendog

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    not sure ed on
    Stephen Ireland, Sebastian Larsson

    surely theres better RW’s than Larsson ..
    Connor Whickham, Gervinho, Milan Badelj and Johan Elmander – all good players ..

    but at least 2 strikers in and 2 strikers out..
    1st choice RW.
    squad players of LW/RW/RB/LB/CB

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  • Phil K

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #3

    All the players mentioned, though….slowly slowly catchee monkey. A slow determined climb and improvement.
    We need Enrique Barton and Tiote contracted for a LONG time. Then we can worry about other players.
    YOUNG players.
    (I’ll never forgive Carroll myself, personally. To the ****** bindippers of all people)

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  • toonry13

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    just thought id mention what a great save it was by harper in the first half from zigics shot.the whole game wouldve changed if that had gone in. first class goalkeeping. still no.1.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Seems the players are behind Pardew, which can only bode well, been impressed since hes took over and with a bit of luck vs sunderland, tottenham and blackburn we could be sitting on 41 points, maybe Ashley knows what hes doing after all lol

    Anyway Nolan was speaking to the Chronicle today and his last quote is interesting:

    He added: “People keep looking at the opposition, but I like to give credit to what we do. What the gaffer’s been working on has been fantastic.”

    He added: “People keep looking at the opposition, but I like to give credit to what we do. What the gaffer’s been working on has been fantastic.”

    He added: “People keep looking at the opposition, but I like to give credit to what we do. What the gaffer’s been working on has been fantastic.”

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Oops, sorry for the 3x quotes lol

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  • nden85

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #7

    two players:

    conner whickham £10-12m

    aiden mcgeady £10-14m

    buy them and we’ll be in europe end of next season.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #8

    BiffBaffBoff, are you trying to tell us that Nolan said. “People keep looking at the opposition, but I like to give credit to what we do. What the gaffer’s been working on has been fantastic.”

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Maybe, maybe not 😮

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Id rather play perch left wing than buy McGrath for 14 million

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  • lesh

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Biff @6

    And so you should be sorry for quoting Nolan three times – he actually said it four times!

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Predictive text put mcgrath instead of mcgeady

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  • nden85

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #13

    mcgeady is class, can dribble, can cross, can score and he gets so many assists

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  • nden85

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    ha, yeah i assumed you weren’t talking about the cricketer

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #15

    lesh@11

    Theres a rumour going around that he actually said it 6 times, its trending on twitter at the moment too so it must be true! 😮

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Geordiegerman, I think the point biffbaffboff was trying to relay to us was nolan saying “people keep looking at the opposition, but I like to give credit to what we do. What the gaffer’s been working on has been fantastic.”

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  • toonry13

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #17

    for the summer, we need 2strikers. one who could hold the line and score and a faster trickier player. a combo of el hamdaoiu & van wolfswinkel or wickham & gervinho. one more winger, preferably right sided although ben arfa could take that position. piattti?morveaux?eljero elia?not sure about centre backs, kadar could go on loan and find someone slightly more experienced on the cheap though. id be quite happy with those 4 but then id like to see us bring in a few more youngsters (16-19yrs) from youth academies. just in case we should have a dm and lb lined up if we lose either tiote or enrique. up to 30m for both. when does football take priority over good business?sell those 2 and 65million to spend. i wuld rather see us keep both and make good use of the 35

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  • super bartooon

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Pardew in my opinion has finally shed the shadow that was Chris Hughton with all due respect to the man but hughton for me tactically was lacking in shrewdness I’m starting to take in pardew he seems a far more smarter tactician than Hoots complete performance from the team last night one thing that most teams envy The magpies the battlers we have in the team because nolan barton tiote will not give you an inch even if you deserve it best midfield trio in the EPL and we do have the best LB in The EPL as well in Enrique 5 more points and we safe tantalising prospect how we gonna spend Judas transfer fee HWTL

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Markaccus@16

    Nope you completely misread what I posted, no-where in my post did I mention that Nolan said that 😛

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  • liddz

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Nearly 30 mill for a 17 year old Ipswich player and and a lad who plied his trade in the spl and now plays for a half rate Russian team??

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Ah I see biff, and I notice you repeatedly didn’t say it, in several nowheres within the post. My appologies 😀

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Apology accepted, please dont mis-quote what I post again, that kind of stuff can get a guy into trouble 🙁

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  • boater

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Isn’t it about time the Huntelaar rumours began to surface again:-) ??

    A bit like Carroll- last season after xmas – with every game Wickham is playing his way into the minds of the ‘top’ European spot sides. If liverpool, manure, chelsea pass – you can be sure redknapp will be circling.

    Victor Moses/Lee/Wickham/Gervinho/ Van Aanholt.

    Hardly original but that would dae for me.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Come on guys, please stop with this Fantasy League postings. Wickham at 10-14m, are you crazy?! I’m glad you guys are not running the club.

    Newcastle is not in a position where they can spend 15m on 18 year olds, we need to buy smart. Tiote 3m, Ben Arfa 5, Williamsson 1m. This is the kind of deals Pardew should be aiming for, not wonderkids at crazy money.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #25

    And btw, McGeady at more than 10m is a no-go. He’s not better than what we already got.

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  • southerngeordie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #26

    like the looks of those Boater – if we do leave the Bull Van Aanholt would be my replacement – knows the club, wouldnt cost much and the boy can play…

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  • MacToon

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Great to see different players getting motm in last few games, Jonas, Enrique, Tiote, Barton, Colo and more have all been motm in recent games.

    Shows the strength we have in our first team imo, shame our squad is a little thin though.

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  • boater

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Jan Stavik – disagree.

    Yes, the spending patterns of Ashley has been budget – and doesn’t tally with the size of our gate, media revenues and merchandizing incomes.

    Supposedly, this has been done to eradicate mistakes in the past and balance the books. The 35mil is a massive cash bonus to one of the few clubs that is meant to be on an even financial footing once more- and has been ‘allocated’ for transfer kitty.

    Not saying Ashley is gonna think big in the transfer market, but based on where we are now – we have every right to think ambitiously about young top player prospects – even at 15mil, etc.

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  • ToonAndy

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #29

    I might be being a little bit greedy but I would like to see three strikers in the summer! any 2 of these;

    Gervinhio, Doumbia, Hulk, Wolfswinkle

    And

    Connor Wickham to develop.

    But also a natural right winger and a solid centre back!… 5 players in summer and i’ll be extatic..

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  • ArtyH

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #30

    IMHO we should forget about AC and every thing to do with him, just get on with what we have got. Now we have a great TEAM of battlers and it is a good balanced side with a fantastic work ethic, we may not be the most technical ( strikers ) but get the job done. We are now starting to look like a football team and the first time for a long time. Lets be happy with what we have for the time being and hope for some additions in the summer. HTL.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed if you are thinking that Pardew has 35m to spend on transfer fees in the summer, Boater.

    Anyway, it not make sense to spend 40% of the fee on an unproven rookie from CCC with 9 goals in 51 appearances after this weekends hat trick.

    I’d go with budget transfers, we’ve been doing that quite well lately. Thank God the Shepherd style big money signings are history, we made ourselves look stupid with those.

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  • Visten

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Agee on McGeady pure quality but unproven in the Prem. We could get him for about £8m I reckon.

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  • The Entertainers

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #33

    We have to be realistic and I reckon we’ll have app’ £20-25 million to spend on actual transfer fees, but someone like Whickham will set us back between £ 10-15 million, that’s a huge chunk of our budget. Yes we can pick if players like Elmander and this French winger for free, will of course help us. That will still leave us with app £5 million left if we do indeed go for for Ireland too, prehaps the cheaper alternative in Larsson!
    Actually looking forward to the summer spending, no doubt I’ll be left frustrated and annoyed though. Had there ever been any other kind of feeling after a window shuts under Ashley ! Harsh ok, but still bitter from the last one!

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Newcastle: 18/02/03 with 2 goals by shola!
    8 years this friday
    where did it all go wrong?
    why are we still unsure of shola?
    how long before we are back in europe?
    HWTL

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #35

    when the transfer window opended pardrew said we were short of bodies and need 3 in – then 3 went out! so by their own calculations we are 6 short now. If we get rid of 3 0r 4 (not good enough) that means by his own calculations we will be 9-10 men short! If he wants us to trust him he realy needs to explain to us what he is doing because comunications remain poor.
    HWTL

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #36

    35m will not get us (and pay the wages of) 10 top players.

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  • boater

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #37

    supermacnumber9 – I’m not unsure of SHola – as cover at this level. The fact that he our 4th-5th choice striker 8 years ago is now our no.1 tells you everything you need to know about where it all went wrong. Still – woke up this morning thinking one more win and a couple of draws from 11 games will see us safe. Then we can look to the future.

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  • free giveaways

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Potential players we could get for £35m
    Gervinho (£9m)
    N’Zogbia (£12m)
    Wickham (£10m)
    Badelj (£3.5m)
    Marveaux (Free)
    Elmander (Free)
    Ashley Williams (Free)

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  • southerngeordie

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #39

    These numbers for Wickham are ridiculous £15m for a 17 year old who has just over a season within the Championship and less than 15 odd goals???

    The lad has talent no doubt but we can’t be held to ransom – £8m and smudger

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  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #40

    so if we get in 4-5 that will improve the first team, but we realy can’t off load anyone as it will leave the squad too thin – will they be prepared to foot the wage bill for a big squad?

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