Newcastle Side Lacked Quality – But Not Fighting Spirit


The Newcastle team on Saturday showed that the current squad just doesn’t have enough class and creativity in depth – at least not yet.

David Moyes and Alan Pardew in discussion on Saturday
He just charged me £8 for a beer!

But the lads played their hearts out on Saturday, and it’s hard to argue with the effort each one of them put into the game in trying to get something out of it.

Alan was aware of that and he praised the effort of the side today:

“I’ve always talked about a need to strengthen the squad in the summer,” “Ever since I arrived I always thought the squad needs a bit more depth of quality.”

“But I think it’s a bit harsh for me to talk about that side of things after the squad have given me so much effort on Saturday. They were top-drawer and I can’t argue with what they gave me.

“Everton have been established for a number of years now and we’ve only just been promoted. When you have as long in the Premier League as they’ve had, you’re going to keep building and adding quality.”

“They were meant to be having a European season this season and at times they showed that quality yet we matched them for long periods and almost got something out of the game.”

This is the English Premier League’s 19th season, and Newcastle have been part of the Premier League in all but two of those seasons – the very first season in 1992-1993 and last season, so it’s hard to say Newcastle are not an established side.  By our reckoning we’ve finished 2nd twice, 3rd twice, 4th once, 5th once and 6th once.

So that’s 7 times Newcastle have finished in the top 6 of the Premier League – not too bad.

For the record Manchester  United have won it 11 times, Chelsea and Arsenal 3 times each, and Blackburn once.

But there again it is true that we had to jettison some of our highly paid players in the summer of 2009, in order to survive financially in the English second division, where our revenues were about 35% of those in the top league the previous season.

And the fact that we hardly missed any of them should tell us something, and that seems to be it’s much more important to have players on Tyneside who want to play here – and are not just here for the money.

That’s one reason that if Jose Enrique wants to move on in the summer- so be it.

You hardly ever saw the fight that Newcastle put up on Saturday afternoon in our relegation season, even though the side lacked the quality – but you can never accuse our lads in the last two seaosns of not giving everything they have for the side.

That’s the most important thing we want to see, and adding more quality to the squad in the summer, is just exactly what the doctor ordered.

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6 comments so far

  • Nufc_rulzz_our_heart

    Mar 7, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Lets be optimistic and positive…4-points from next 2 games and we will be flying towards safety..yes we lost to everton and we dint play that well but were missing few key players.This is not the newcastle united that we saw during the relegation season.Apart from chelsea and liverpool away i think we can get points from all our remaining games.With this break and our injured players returning we can only get better…HTL

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  • Keano9

    Mar 7, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Just any idea but these are the people I think we should bring in to strength the squad during the summer:
    Falco, striker from FC Porto 12-16 Million
    Grevinho, Winger/ Striker from Lile 10-15 Million
    Larrson, Right Mid From Brimingham City Free in Summer (a younger Barton)
    Cheikh M’Bengue, Left Back from Toulouse Fc in France around 5-10 Millon
    Connor Whickham or other young striker e.g. Dainel Studridge 10 Million for either of them
    and maybe another Centre Back

    Total = 51 million, so thats Judas money and if enrique leaves(Hope fully not) 12 Million for him

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  • Sav

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashley reportedly wanted Barton sold ages ago and was prevailed upon to keep him. Is this contract fiasco the fatman’s determination to get the better of Joey also getting the better of his common sense and the good of the club?
    Pardew wants Joey. Any manager would. He’s 28, not 33, so what is the problem with a 3 year contract?
    Barton is in the form of his life and behaving himself. He is also the heart of the team through (another) difficult season. He wants to stay. Whjat is the issue? If we don’t get the benefit of his ability, someone else will.

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  • Sav

    Mar 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Ashley reportedly wanted Barton sold ages ago and was prevailed upon to keep him. Is this contract fiasco the fatman’s determination to get the better of Joey also getting the better of his common sense and the good of the club?
    Pardew wants Joey. Any manager would. He’s 28, not 33, so what is the problem with a 3 year contract?
    Barton is in the form of his life and behaving himself. He is also the heart of the team through (another) difficult season. He wants to stay. What is the issue? If we don’t get the benefit of his ability, someone else will.

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  • G

    Mar 7, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t know what game you were watching on Saturday on your TV set Ed, but I was at the game, and in the second half, I only saw half a squad with any fight in them. Most of the players were walking around giving blank looks, and those that were working, looked baffled too. There was very little of our famous fighting spirit going on the second half. AP needs to get the team motivated, or that relegation season could well turn to deja vu.

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  • chuck

    Mar 7, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Sav
    You are right, i believe the original offer of a two year deal, was insulting and if that`s what i think, you know Joey was pissed.
    Here we go again, compounding one mistake after another.
    When will these guys learn.
    Beginning to look a lot like two seasons ago, where we won one outta eight.
    Hey the word is we are thin on the ground when it comes to quality, with guys like Kuqi, Perch and kids like Ferguson on the bench.
    And they want to get rid of the heart of this team Joey ?
    When he does`nt play it`s a different side, he has a similar effect, that Keane had on Man U. he inspires.
    But i think they are looking at figures and have some idea he may be disruptive, therefore get what you can for him by forcing him out, morons ?
    Also looks like Enrique has had enough of this circus (since Hughtons firing) and just wants away, would`nt surprie me if Jonas wants out too.
    We may be living in interesting times, if we avoid the drop (yeah i know , but no one expected it last time either and the way we are playing now does not inspire confidence) could be major ins and outs.
    Ah well after all it is a form of show business.

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