It’s Now A Big Test Of Character For Newcastle Players

Alan Pardew seems at least to be down to earth, and he’s not trying to avoid the criticism that has come his way, after the disastrous display and result against Stoke City on Saturday.

Alan Pardew reacts to a Stoke goal – do you know which one?

But it seems like after the game, the senior players did the job for Alan, and they already know what they have to do now, and hands were held up in the dressing room for all four goals the lads conceded on Saturday.

And captain Kevin Nolan has already come out today holding his hands up and apologizing to the fans for the disgraceful display of the team, and of course especially the ones who traveled all the way to Stoke, only to be embarrassed by the incompetence of the defense.

This is what Alan said today:

“I don’t think we should hide from the fact this is a test of character now. The pressure is going to build as we get towards the Wolves game as well on the back of this result.” “It has not been an ideal day.”

“But I think we have the quality between the players and the staff to get out of it and get the next result in. We have some characters in the side and there was some words said after the game that I thought were spot on. I think we all know where we went wrong.”

“It is nice to come in after a game to hear the players’ opinions reflect your own in what went wrong.” “That is not going to become public, that is between us. In the dressing room we know we have to knuckle down now, and in the next four games do the job we need to do, and not leave it too late in terms of getting over the line.”

“That is now the priority. It was constructive after the game and it was the right message. The bottom of the table is mad and it is something we don’t want to get involved in. We’re too close for comfort. We’re not burying our heads in the sand about it, we have to face reality and get over the line as quick as possible.”

Talking is all very good, but we always remember in the relegations season, the players coming out after a poor defeat (and there were many), and saying what they were going to do in the next game, and that the fans shouldn’t worry because they’ll put it right – and all that good stuff.

Then the lads would could out in the next game,  get a goal behind, and half of them were then finished for the day, and w;ed be beaten again.

So while it’s all good and well to apologize and say things will get better, the proof of the pudding is always on the field of play, and we want every single player play like their lives depended on it against Wolves.

And Newcastle should start the game like the proverbial steam train and keep going through thick and thin for 90 minutes plus the added time.

Nothing less than that will be good enough, and of course we’ll have to do it without Cheick Tiote who is suspended for two games.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • toonruz

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1


  • toonruz

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    ashley is a nugget for not giveing joey and jose new contracts

  • toonruz

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    if we go down this is all ashleys doing YET AGAIN

  • toonruz

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4


  • Selbymag

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Has anyone got any stats on Newcastle with Carroll versus us without Carroll might be interesting to see how good a deal £35m was if we go down!!
    I realise he was injured etc but AC was a luxury Hoots had.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunately this season is shaping up just like the last relegation disaster. Three games at home where we are pinning our survivla on. (Remember Boro, Pompey and Fulham? Everyone thought, ‘we will just win those and will be ok…..? we won one drew one lost one!)
    Fast forward to today, and its not Boro Pompey and Fulham, but Wolves, Birmingham and West Brom. I would settle for 4 points from those 3 games right now, because cvhrist knows where the goals are gonna come from, and how we are going to stop leaking stupid golas, from simple mistakes, by players that should know better (you know who you are, this is not a Sunday stroll, this is survival.)
    Next up for some vitriol: Guttierez: get interested, and start doing what we know you can do.
    Ranger: sort your act out and MAKE pardew pick you.
    Lovenkrands: Sorry, but you know you are not putting a shift in. Must try harder.
    Campbell: WTF? that was Stoke City by the way. Stoke………. City. get a grip man.
    Last but not least, Harper. Heres a few words to wake you up. Frazer. Foster. Now give your lackadaisical head a shake.

    HWTL, Get your fingers out.

  • Selbymag

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Lynxie agree 100% -the manager picks the side but once over the white line its the players who need to be doing the business.

    Pardew cant not be blamed for harpers fannying aboot or for the poor wall for the 3rd goal. Its a bag of air you tarts it doesnt hurt cover your balls but be men…

    Ok Pardews selection not right but a lot of people on here wanted 3-5-2 on Friday. FFS we are Newcastle we cant defend with 4 at the back never mind 2 and Campbell.

    Oh by the way Ashley im a 40 year old central defender im thinking about packing in at the end of the year but if you can stretch to £20k a week I will sign… at least I will give a f8ck which makes me better than Sol.

  • Graeme

    Mar 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I always thought that the training ground was the place to correct mistakes? You come back from a game, the MANAGER analyses what went wrong and sets up training regimes to correct the problems.

    If so, WHY are we making the same mistakes, week in, week out, home and away??

    Either the players are as thick as pig shit (moot point) or the Manager isn’t getting it across and isn’t solving the problems.

    Headless chickens get you nowhere – we tried that 2 years ago and got relegated ffs!!

  • Sinner

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Lynxie,its a different story from 2 years ago.8 games to go and for us to survive we need only 4 points meaning 4 draws!!
    If we can draw against the likes of Blackpool,Wolves,West Brom and Birmingham(All of them are relegation candidates),i feel we will be ok. 😉

  • clinta2

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #10

    @ toonruz, really thoughtful rounded comments there lad, I’m thinking you must be a genious!

  • bojous

    Mar 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #11

    @ Sinner you say that 4 draws against 4 relagation threatened teams is all that we need and yet this season has showed us that anybody can best anybody so I don’t think it’s really going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination.

  • Toon XI

    Mar 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Not sure our team has the heart to fight. They quit two years ago and it is has many of the same players still taking the pitch each week as we did back then.

    If we don’t beat Wolves they will fold for the remainder of the season. It will be one of the worst collapses on Tyneside yet. Don’t see where goals will come from and I don’t see how we’ll get our defensive issues solved either.

    AP has lost the changing room and they are all quitting again. Sorry lads, but I’ve lost faith in the club. I still love the black and white. They’ll always be my team, but I don’t believe in them anymore.

  • Sav

    Mar 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #13

    The emphasis has certainly shifted from earlier in the season when we were told scouts were reviewing our next opponents to pick out weaknesses for us to exploit. Here we are now, bricking it that we are unable to control our own game, never mind exploiting flaws in someone else’s.


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