Pressure On Newcastle Now – Tiote Suspended For Two Games

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that Newcastle are certainly not clear of relegation, and could now face a battle to stay in the Premier League this season.

Alan Pardew – the scoreline leaves pressure on us

And in the last two game Newcastle have allowed teams below them in the league to go away with all 3 points –  which is certainly a recipe for complete disaster –  and Wolves are next up who beat Aston Villa at Villa Park today, for only their second away win of the season.

But Wolves are picking up points, and  now have 8 points from their last 4 league games, and are unbeaten in that streak with two wins and two draws, so it’s hardly a good time to face Wolves in our next game.

The fact that it’s at St. James’ Park doesn’t mean too much either, since it’s hardly been a fortress for Newcastle this season, with six home defeats already.

The poor result today leaves Newcastle in 11th place and West Ham, West Brom, Wigan and Wolves have all gained points on Newcastle today – and Wolves and Wigan gained the maximum possible 3 points.

Pardew said after the game:

“We have always been conscious we have never been that far away from the relegation zone.” “The scoreline is going to put some pressure on us in terms of our next home game. It is one of those days you would like to forget as a manager.”

“But I think we have enough in the dressing room and enough quality to win the next game and give ourselves some breathing space.” “I am obviously disappointed with the scoreline. I thought at half-time we were unlucky to be 1-0 down as we controlled much of the tempo.”

“But the first five minutes of the second half cost us the game. Even before Harper made an error we should have got rid of the ball.” “We conceded a second and from moment on we had a mountain to climb.”

“Again with the third goal we put the ball at risk, although I don’t think it was a free-kick.”

And towards the end for the game Fuller was involved in a nasty confrontation with Joey Barton, and there was a scuffle between the players.

Pardew talked about the matter:

“It wasn’t a confrontation with Fuller. Fuller just went up and kicked him and he walked off. Joey just asked him ‘why did you kick me’.”

And Cheick Tiote picked up a yellow card in the 42nd minute of the game, and by our reckoning that’s his 10th yellow card, which presumably means he will  be suspended for two matches.

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot – and after the last 3 games and two defeats and a draw,  the Newcastle squad need to get their act together, and come out with guns blazing against Wolves.

We probably should curtail talk about bringing players in during the summer, until we are definitely safe, because Newcastle could now get dragged into the relegation zone, if we don’t pull out of this big drop in both form and results.

If we are to be in a relegation fight, again, then at least we want to see very single Newcastle players give everything they’ve got in these last 8 games of the season.

And not go down with a whimper like the last  lot did – and most of those overpaid players simply left the club when it was on its knees – and Michael Owen helicoptered out of Newcastle without saying a word two days after relegation.

And he was the captain.

55 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 19, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Stupid tactics, stupid selection, by stupid excuse for a manager. Sort it out now AP, as the fans are starting to look as baffled as the players were in the 2nd half.

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 19, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree that the selection was poor but to be fair he is working with scraps i terms of the amount of players he had available. He didn’t choose to play a 5-3-2, he was forced to play a 5-3-2 because we didn’t have a single fit winger bar Ferguson and an injured Jonas. I would have liked to see Ranger in a winger role due to his pace and work rate. Oh and Pardrew, do us a favour and get Lovenkrands out of the tea,.

  • UTD111

    Mar 19, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Jabba was worried Chris Hughton was doing too well – so he got shot of him and replaced him with a bloke who’s only claim to fame is getting Charlton relegated.
    Together they then came to the magnificent decision to sell Andy Carroll -our best player who fitted perfectly into Jabba’s declared policy of young players who would increase in value – the only player scoring consistently – and who beat Arsenal on his own at the Emirates.
    Jabba’s plan to destroy United is now back on course. Woopydoo

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 19, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #4

    UTD111, I don’t normally call people here. But your comment @ 3. Why didn’t Ashley just Burn his money or give it away? it would be quicker. Idiot.

  • UTD111

    Mar 19, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree Ashley’s an idiot – well spotted. He doesn’t burn money though, he loses it in the Casino.
    But Ashley running a football club is like Tories running the country – not a clue, and destined for disaster.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 19, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Just how bad have things got to get before the Ashley mafia and Pards’ apologists realise they flogging a dead poodle? There even seems to be a collective myopic stupour setting in that is scarily remiscent of 2008-09.

    Nah, we’ll not go down, not us….

    Mike Ashley, I appeal to you, be big enough to realise you have seriously f***ed up AGAIN with this Pardew arrangement and ship him out NOW. Let Carver handle training and go and BEG Rafa Benitez on bended knee to take a temp contract until the end of the season, then beg him again to take a proper one when he keeps us up.

    We are a proper club, a big city club, a world famous club (I did not say successful) – yet you are running us like some derelict seaside town end of the pier entertainment. Pardew is simply not up to this task, never has been, and even if we do scrape survival under his inept tactics and poor man-management where do go from there?

    There’s just about enough time for a good manager to sort this mess out, if we lose against Wolves and Blackpool there will not be…

  • boater

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #7

    UTD111 – Ashley is an unscrupulous, malevolent force within the club I agree. Taking 35mil for Carroll was a no-brainer. As I’ve said countless times now, the biggest and most unforgivable thing was not only failing to bring in 3 FIT players during the window – but actually ending up 4 down, including a target striker and a winger. Unbelievable… still!

    Carroll didn’t play arsenal on his own – got the goal, hassled their defense but it was a terrific team display.

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #8

    We still have eight games left this season so it is possible to get 24 points but that obviously wont happen. Out of the eight we probably will beat Wolves, Birmingham and West Brom we could beat Aston Villa and Blackpool but they will be very difficult games so it could maybe be draws for both.
    The most we can do against Liverpool, Man u and chelsea are draws but crazier things have happened to us this season like beating Arsenal Liverpool Aston Villa and Bumderland so i could be wrong which i hope i am.
    What do you think

  • boater

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #9

    I hate the scaremongering, but I do agree there is concern over Pardew – especially the shifty nature of his appointment in the first place, plus whopping 6 year deal. After a decent start, I worry we are now steadily going backwards.

    On the face of it we need just 2 more wins – maybe a win and 2 draws to survive, but with 1 win in the past 10 (?) now, we are visibly moving backwards at an alarming rate.

  • G

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #10

    @ post 2. Fair enough comments mate, but did AP not manage the club during the window? I don’t think that excuses him. The last 3 performances have had the players mulling around, looking at each other for inspiration and finding none. I suspect AP has lost the dressing room already. Something has gone wrong here, and the buck has to stop with him, as he is the manager.

  • UTD111

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #11

    If United do go down, taking £35 million for Carroll might not have been a “no brainer” after all

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #12


    Put another way, on current form, out of your three probable wins, which are 100% certs? Wolves? Sorry they are quite capable of taking all points from us and definitely a draw. Brum? A draw is the most likely outcome. West Brom? Unlike Pardew, Hodgson is no mug and we always struggle against them anyway. So we could conceivably end up with one win from the last nine at best (this would be in keeping with our previous 9 games) which is not going to be enough.

    Relegation looks eminently possible, not quite probable, at present. With no form, no strikers and a defence in constant disarray we are not going to be feared by anyone, home or away, no matter what Pards’ daily sermon might say.

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Hate to say this, but next game is a must win now.

    The performance today was really bad, and while I always thought Harper was a good keeper, he had a game that was bad enough to want Krul to be our no.1 for the remaining season.

    PA took a gamble with Jose and got the worst result. Jose injured again and our left side was exposed. Little Fergie seems to be a good dribbler but he is, at most, average in other aspects. He needs to learn to work harder for the team and help out in defending. Having said that, he is never going to be as good as Jonas imo.

    Shola did okay in the first half and he actually involved in several of our best attacking movements. On the other hand, Loven was not really that bad. Pacey strikers will find it hard to play in this team, no matter how good they are. How many through balls were there in today’s game? It wasn’t that many. Joey just kept swipe crosses and kind in and that has made us really easy to defend with, never mind we were playing with a team that is better than us in headings.

  • G-Man

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Villa look like us at the minute & look what Wolves did to them today, Listened to the match on Stoke fm today, their commentater’s while laughing said Newcastle made them look Barcelona today, hiliarous ah, we’re doomed……….

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #15

    …one win from the last eight…

  • archaeomag

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #16

    It is difficult to be positive, & trying to change the way we play to cope with the might of Stoke is not a good sign,[& it’s what you expect from Big Sam]

    This run-in is already getting too exciting for my taste.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew sure is a grate manager….

  • UTD111

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #18

    The Big Man’s Recent Career Highlights:

    Pardew was appointed manager of Charlton Athletic on Christmas Eve 2006, signing a three-and-a-half year contract. He took over with Charlton in 19th place in the Premier League, with just 12 points and a –20 goal difference, the lowest in the league. Although Charlton’s form improved under Pardew, he was unable to keep Charlton up.

    Pardew led Southampton to the 2010 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley, where they won 4–1 against Carlisle United. The win gave the club their first trophy since 1976. Five months later Pardew was dismissed by the club amidst reports of low staff morale and conflicts between Pardew and club chairman, Nicola Cortese.

    Great appointment Jabba…..

  • ochytoon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #19

    U forgot he won the FA cup with West Ham btw so yh he was a terrible appointment. Also, he completely turned Southampton around from a club on the verge of league one relagation candidates to contenders to win the title.

  • UTD111

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #20

    If they had to have a cockney manager, they should have gone for Curbishley…..or kept Chris Hughton

  • UTD111

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #21

    ochytoon – won the FA Cup? when was that then? He lost to Liverpool in the final surely?

  • ochytoon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #22

    sorry got west ham to the final. i uhhhh i apologise

  • UTD111

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #23

    No need – getting to the final is still a good achievement so what you said is valid. My point is that overall in his management career he hasn’t exactly pulled up any trees – and at Southampton there is a suspicion he lost the dressing room. If he’s also already lost it at United – we are in trouble mate!

  • ochytoon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #24

    He lost the dressing room cos he slept with one of the players wives apparentley. Thats the rumour I hear going round

  • UTD111

    Mar 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #25

    She must have been desperate LOL!

  • ochytoon

    Mar 19, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #26

    I dunno if its true but I live near Southampton and watch them quite often but my mates who support tell me thats what happened

  • stuart no9

    Mar 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #27

    just back fron stoke, shocked is an understatement, AP was clueless at what to do,first he starts with jose, who had to go off after 25 mins and brought on ferguson, nowt wrong with ferguson,( check out his sublime piece of skill near the corner flag on MOTD pure quality) however bringing on a sub so early in the game was totally uncalled for, jose should never have started, nor should have S cambell a total disgrace and should never be allowed to wear a newcastle shirt again, when we went 3 down after55 mins it took AP who was standing on the touchline with his arms folded, totally clueless about 15 mins to make a change, by this time stoke had already made a substitution, and they were winning 3 0 , why the long wait from our so called manager, he did not know what to do , make no mistake this was a relagation performance by a team void of ideas , passion, and substance, while ash has ripped the heart out of the club AP has flattened any self belief the team had prior to his arrival , any other club would be looking to get rid of him , to try to save their season, but of course that is unlikely to happen

  • Oleg G

    Mar 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #28

    To AP: ZZZZZzzzzzzz…….

  • G

    Mar 19, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Now Sky Sports News are reporting some junk about Leon Best and Stephen Ireland being spotted in a nightclub… and? Obviously nothing to report, and Sky attempting to undermine Alan Pardew. Well done Sky.

  • daffy

    Mar 19, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #30

    motd now ,oh dear!

  • Burni

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #31

    Yay! Daffys back! Havent shown ya face on here since the day before the match at ur place! Bein a tool and shouting ya mouth off about how use wa gonna beast wa! Come on to gloat for a minor drop in form? Nice, full o class yee like! Mate, ur lot ain’t bin playin very well all year so u have no idea how much of an idiot u sound

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #32

    daffy, surprised you have time to comment here. Shouldn’t you be busy blowing up strikers for tomorrow?

  • sweendog

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #33

    poor result .. some mistakes cos us .. still think we’ll be safe .. a win against wolves and we near enough safe .. hopefully we’ll play with a proper back four .. ie no campbell

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #34

    Told you so! Oh mike? Why sell our striker? Because relegation will still make you a profit?

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #35

    Daffy? Give me your chairman Anyday!

  • daffy

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #36

    GG- Gyan & Welbeck , not bad compared to your limp lot!

  • daffy

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Angry – aey well said , Quinny does love the club & the fans , Yous wont progress till the big fella goes .

  • daffy

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #38

    Whatever Bunni.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Mar 20, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #39

    CH – 19 points from 16 games, we were 8th when he got sacked, after 38 games following the same point scoring we would have ended up on 45 points

    AP – 17 points from 14 games, now we’re 11th and hes supposedly more experienced, we will end up on 46 points if we follow the same point scoring.

    Is sacking a manager worth 1 point?

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 20, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #40

    only 8 games left – my running form table is looking over optimistic, but we should get 11 points or now possibly only 8 due to injuries, suspensions & generally being a gutless load of fannies

    supermacnumber9 // Feb 4, 2011 at 12:41 AM said

    Games to play – points hoped for- points won

    arsenal 0……………….1
    blackburn a 0……………….1
    birmingham a 1……………….3
    bolton h 3……………….1
    everton h 3……………….0
    stoke a 1……………….0
    wolves h 3
    villa a 0
    man u h 0
    blackpool a 1
    liverpool a 0
    birmingham h 3
    chelsea a 0
    west brom h 3

    18 points………….16 points – 2 behind!

    wolves at home is now a crunch match we must win
    will 8 points be enough?


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