Jose Enrique Convinced Pardew He Was Fully Fit

Alan Pardew is obviously getting questions about why he ever played Jose Enrique, when the Spaniard last only 22 minutes on Saturday.

Jose Enrique – just wants to play – every game!

In the fitness test he had just before the game, it seems like Jose convinced everybody he was fit to play, and he certainly looked OK at the start, until of course his hamstring tightened fairly quickly.

This is what Alan said today:

“Our medical team were apprehensive about whether he could make the team, but José was very very confident,”“That swayed my decision because he is such a good player.”

“I didn’t want to think that I was protecting this performance because we have important games at home. I wanted to win the game at Stoke.”

“So I played what I thought was my best team and obviously he was part of that. We think we have taken him off in time. He is quite sensible.”

“He has had this injury before and he felt it was just tightening. So, without putting him at risk in terms of tightening and pulling, we took him off.”

It seems that Jose convinced everybody he was fit, but he’s probably one of those players who just wants to play every game, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but he’s come back too early before from his hamstring pulls.

But Alan Pardew will now know if Jose says he’s fully fit – that may not always be the case. 😀

It does seem  that as soon as Jose felt the hamstring tightening he came off, which as Alan says was very sensible, because hopefully he has not made the injury much worse – we hope he has not made the injury worse.

When  we have class in the side like Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique, we’re  just too good for many of the sides at the lower end of the table, and hopefully if we have all three of them playing against Wolves, we can win that game, and others games too against teams fighting relegation.

But Saturday did at least provide Shane Ferguson a platform to show he’s one of the brightest prospects at the club with a performance that was excellent for one so young. You talk about taking your chances when they are offered.

And he was easily Newcastle’s best player, but with Joey Barton also taking the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, and looking very good too.

I just hope the club are not going to let Joey go in the summer, he’s become one of the best central midfielders in England this season, and we would be absolutely stupid to let this player leave Newcastle.

Alan Pardew believes Newcastle’s lack of activity recently – just two games in three weeks – cost Newcastle on Saturday, but it’s our own fault that we have such few games, because we lost in  the FA Cup in the very first round we competed in, and to a side way down the leagues in Stevenage.

Pardew continued:

“I honestly feel that played a factor against Stoke. We hadn’t had a game for 14 days and they had just played a quarter-final. We lost concentration and that period cost us.”

“We can’t afford to do that and now we have a fortnight with no game and people going all over the place with the internationals – I don’t even know where they are going to.”

“We have to get that all sorted and make sure we have everyone around us in the build up to the Wolves game. We might not have some of them back until that Thursday.” “It is a crucial time for us to be right for the Wolves game, they had a great victory over the weekend.”

It’s never worth making too many excuses when you lose, because that’s not taking full responsibility for the poor result.

But the lads did lose concentration, and maybe they need a few practice games in the next couple of weeks to sharpen up – but no more injuries please.

It’s going to be a long wait for the Wolves game, but surely the lads will not let the fans down for the third game in a row.

We certainly hope not.

21 comments so far


    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    One minute he says a two week break gives us plenty of time to prepare and focus then after the game, the break was the reason we lost. This man is a fool and we have him for 5 years!!!!!

    Keep the faith

  • daneevz

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    im not lookin forward to wolves game as our home form is far from good! but hopefully we can put it right

  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Pardews other excuses were as follows:

    Stoke played one or two balls short and then played a couple long. We obviously did not expect them to do this and we were caught off guard.

    Once or twice the ball was going from left to right, and I thought we coped quite well with those. but then they started passing it from right to left, and we simply were not prepared.

    In addition to running very fast, Stoke caught us out by not running fast at all, with obvious consequences. We will however, have another look at this, and start preparing our excuses in a much better fashion for the wolves game.


    Clueless, inept, incompetent and inadequate. Just what do they do all week?

  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    John Tudor has convinced Pardew he is fit.

  • daneevz

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle United have missed out on Dutch prospect Luc Castaignos as he joins inter

  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle United have missed out on Dutch prospect Luc Castaignos as he would have cost some money, obviously ruling him out of a move to Newcastle

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    lynxie – Clueless, inept, incompetent and inadequate – 4 out of 4 aint bad
    the problem is that they are our Clueless, inept, incompetent and inadequate and we have to support them
    but pardwho is Clueless, inept, incompetent, inadequate and in charge! and I can’t find it in my heart or guts to support him – so how do I back the team but not the manager?

  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8


    Ed Zachary. We have to support the lads, but hopefully a limp into safety and premier league footy next season and who knows, a poor start may convince fatty to part company with mister motivator.
    Alan ‘rabbit in the headlights’ Pardew. Paid not just to make decisions, BUT TO GET THEM RIGHT.

  • daneevz

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    he signed for 4m euros to inter

  • alex84

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    im sure people were saying how they liked how Pardew was doing before we lost to Everton and Stoke…hmmm funny that.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Liked? I dont think you will see many who prescribed to that. Tolerated on account of a half decent points total, yes. But Liked? debatable.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    alex84 – some were – but most were like me, disgusted by CH’s sacking, baffled & disappionted that the experienced new manager was AP, but said (on this blog & elsewhere) he should be given a chance, but (in my case) openly expressed my valid and honest opinion (based on 50 years of supporting NUFC) that 12 points from 12 games is long enough to prove he is not upto the job
    we have a slightly above average team with experienced players who should be able to match that record on their own without a manager!
    if others agree then that does not make it a band wagon – it is an upswell of popular opinion and we are entitled to it!

  • taker83

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew is a silly bast@rd that’s it.

  • Sav

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Pardew has done ok under the circumstances – crazy circumstances like loaning out our only right-winger and selling our talisman striker too late to find a replacement. Circumstances like the club failing to renegotiate with Enrique and failing to find common ground with Barton.
    Nobody has said a thing about Routledge – the Carroll saga threw a blanket over it – but that is the most mystifying to me, even though I’m not Routledge’s biggest fan. Pards has only had a proper assistant since Xmas since when Carver came in – when paradoxically, results have deteriorated. Why aren’t you blaming Carver?

    A new manager leaves us with the same players, the same classless owner, the same scumbag General manager, the same set-up. Let’s just hope we can limp across the finishing line ahead of three other poor teams and maybe spend that £35million Carroll windfall, plus the money we were going to have to spend anyway if we hadn’t sold him, to rebuild a side for next year.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree entirely. One look at Pardews face when the second and third goals went in on Saturday, spoke volumes. He did not know what to do next.
    We should have had Ranger on when we went one down, but THREE???? I feel he is trying to prove a point with young Ranger, who may not be the finished article, but scares defenders. If this is the case we may be deeper in trouble because of Pardews poor man management and stubbornness. Points not opinions make prizes (and safety). Message to Pardew: Start earning your wages by choosing the right men for the job, and not just putting 11 ‘people’ on the field to prove your own opinions right. Simpson is NOT a winger (if we are so short of staff, bring Routledge back). Lovenkrands is NOT a midfielder (Guthrie may not be the best, but thats his position!). Square pegs in round holes= recipe for disaster. Give your head a shake.

  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16

    who picks the team? I am certain it is not Carver.
    repairing mistakes, now that is Carvers job. lets see if we are so bad defenxsively next time out. Wolves worry me.

  • shear-class

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Im not that fussed on pardew either but we have to get on with it at least until end of the season, lets back the team as we always do if that includes backing pardew, starting with wolves a week on saturday 3 points will do just nicely to ease any anxietys, Tiote will be a massive miss thow

  • Lynxie

    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Shear class:

    My sentimenst exactly. tiote out is a massive blow, as we have no one to really come in and do half as good a job. Guthrie? Raylor? Ireland? What we need is for Guttierez to pull his socks up and turn up for this one. if we attacking, then defensive midfield is not where we will hurt them. many people may have overlooked that Guttierez is MORE than due a performance, he has gone missing for months now. At his best, Wolves will have no answer to him, and (hopefully) he can create a few goals. We totally outplayed Wolves at Molyneux, and can do again, but the lads have got to get rid of the fear of playing at SJP. If we freeze, they will beat us, simple as that.


    Mar 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    I would like to see Guittierez have a roving role swopping left wing with right wing and then back again. Nolan/Barton/Guthrie should have enough in the middle. Guittierez should be given free reign to wreak havoc down the wings.

    Keep the Faith

  • stuart no9

    Mar 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #20

    sav @ 14 ” why not blame carver” simply coz he is not the boss , the blame lies ENTIRELY at his door, he gets paid to make big decissions, IF carver is not doing his job, and thats a big if, it is then down to pards to sack him and to get someone in that can, again a decission that lies with him, responsibility comes with job, if this was any other club ,pards would be sacked by now, not carver

  • Sav

    Mar 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m not saying blame Carver. Read it again. I said its a waste of time calling for Pardew’s head.
    Under the circumstances at the club just now (listed in earlier post), he’s done ok.
    When our decent players fail to turn up or get injured, there’s not a lot left in the larder.


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