Newcastle Players Tired – Give Me A Break

When Alan Pardew said before the game at Blackpool, there would be no excuses,  because Newcastle were putting out a good side yesterday, he put himself in a corner a little bit.

Alan Pardew – at Blackpool yesterday

So when Newcastle looked like they did at Aston Villa a couple of weeks ago – just hopeless – and it was against a side that had one win,two draws and 10 defeats in their 13 games before yesterday, what does Alan say in the press conference after the game?

Well he says they are tired – the Manchester United game took a lot out of the side – but for heavens sakes – the Newcastle side have played only six games since the end of February – 6 games in 8 weeks – so come again?

This is what Alan Pardew said after the 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road, in which Blackpool were the better side:

“If it was a boxing match you’d have to give it to Blackpool on points, for sure, but it was a football match and our resilience and a bit of quality here and there got us a point,”“It was a tough game. I thought we were lucky we scored actually, because we looked a little flat.” “The intensity of Blackpool’s play was always going to be difficult to compete with after Tuesday, when we put in such a fantastic effort.”

“We looked tired – mentally and physically – in the first half. Sometimes it takes you a while to get out of it and we were sloppy, we created problems for ourselves.” “Tim Krul kept us in the game before they scored with some great saves and great decision-making – especially on the through balls when there was a couple of big penalty shouts, which I thought he got both right.”

“The goal was disappointing because I think you’ve got be beyond doubt if you’re giving that as the linesman and I don’t think he was,” “Seeing it again it doesn’t look like the whole of the ball went over the line. If you’re 40 yards away, as the linesman is, you have to be beyond doubt. It doesn’t look like that to me.”

“Having said that they deserved a goal for their intensity. They have some good players on the pitch – Vaughan and Adam made a difference when they’re teamed up like that.” “We were better second half. I thought we took some intensity out of the play – particularly when Stephen Ireland came on and held the ball up well, I thought.”

“We had a few flat, I thought. I could maybe have freshened it up by putting on one or two, but unfortunately one of my lads who was fresh – Kevin Nolan – had a little groin strain, and we were touch and go whether we kept him on the pitch. But we did.”

Manchester United have been playing two games a week for quite a while, but we didn’t hear Alex Ferguson say his players were tired after the Tuesday night draw.

Saying players are tired, unless the side is in Europe and playing two games a week regularly, is a really poor excuse.

A better thing would have been to say the lads had a very bad day at the office – which would have been a lot closer to the truth.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Apr 24, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #1

    what tired? we got the LEAST games because we are knock out of the FA CUP and LEAGUE CUP early!

    Its your crap tactics which make the players tired !

    1) Long ball to Ameobi
    2) Which 9.5/10 Ameobi won’t win the header THEN Nolan is busy doing his forward run
    3) Blackpool got the ball, Tiote is alone at centre midfield
    4) Blackpool attack (again!)

    And with Ireland coming in, he shud play at the centre then putting him as supporting striker. Nolan is a waste of space in the middle cos he dont distribute etc.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 24, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #2

    thats the reason blackpool control the game – because our tactics are crap enough.

    The players are tired mentally and physically because of that

    The fan are tired of your EXCUSES!!!

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 24, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #3

    The players have been mentally tired for a long tine, we fans don’t help that. I’m afraid some may need to accept it is mission accomplished, move on or stand aside.

  • pearceet

    Apr 24, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Its fast becoming the standard excuse when we play badly, not buying it we were poor and Blackpool were good. We were lucky to get a point but we need to sort it out for Liverpool and lets hope Judas is still injured!

  • 09nufc09

    Apr 24, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #5

    players are tired because we have a small squad and cant afford to give players a rest, for example man u have at least 2 players in every position and when they go off form or are looking tired they get rested, berbatov was looking tired so has not even been on the bench lately.
    There is only one player in the pl this season to play a part in every single pl game this season and that is gutierrez (this is after going straight to the world cup after playing over 40 games in the championship last season and having a couple of weeks off before pre season). all the best teams rest players when they look tired, arsenal rest whilshire, man city rest tevez, chelsea rest drogba. they can afford to do this because they have players of similar quality on the bench, we do not because of our small squad so the same players have to play every week and after a while they will start to get tired.
    pardew is doing just aswel as houghton with a worse squad and his tactics and subs are alot better. ranger comes on with 30 mins to go rather than 5 mins, ferguson was played while jose was out when it could of been perch.
    some people are just looking for reason to jump on pardews back without justification.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 24, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #6

    “players are tired because we have a small squad and cant afford to give players a rest,”

    100% true. also seems like they just didnt think players would get “Injuries” or “Fatigue” with us and Blackpool with the 2 smallest squads in EPL.

    Just saw that link Danny got a 7? did he watch the same game, ALL THE CHANCES came from his side, he was just loose at marker and let the players attack his side was below average from me more a 5.5/6 no way a 7!

    Also i wonder as its Liverpool away i wonder if he will get boo’d? and do you reckon he will do what he should do if and hopefully not he scores, will he celebrate and rub it in or a silent celebration, would be a good way to judge if he has a lil bit of respect for NUFC.

    Shame the games not at St James Park would be interesting what reception he would get @ our ground.

  • gazza going fishing

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #7

    With every manager thats been in charge of newcastle in recent years, i have always defended them and hoped we would hang on to them to keep stabillity at the club, but pardew is a joke of a manager, he lies, talks to the press far too much, constantly contradicts himself, and cant motivate his troops after a big game. Tbh a just dont like the man.

  • Danj_008

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Man U played almost the same team and beat everton…

    If the players are tired, then give then more rest and lighter training leading up to the game, especial after Man U. and to be honest Newcastle pushed Man u for 20mins the other night, and you could tell they had nothing left in the tank they looked tired.. if you are going to compete then you need more than that.

    Something is not right on the training ground, which Pardew needs to address. there was an earlier story few weeks back about Pardew pushing the players to their limits, which is well and good, but they still need energy for the games.. which is more important.. any physical trainer like myself knows this.. its called peak training.. no one can keep it up all season without rest..

    Newcastle need a bigger squad, god forbid if we were in europe…

  • Foxworth

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #9

    All i have to say is look at Man Utd today. They were still rusty from our game on Tues – and if they can be tired from that then so can we.

    Although we played terribly we STILL got a point – which is much more than some cases (Man City away) where we left with nothing.

    All you naysayers need to get BEHIND the team and ffs be POSITIVE instead of breeding this negativity.

    Now who’s with me with a BIG HWTL?

  • gorskino10

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #10


    But Man United ALWAYS keep resting players for example Giggs,Scholes, Ji Song Park was playing really good the last few games but didnt play today, he has a BIG squad to rest players and rest them he does, Berbatov etc… and co not even getting some game time today but will do we have the same 11 for game and game ONLY players missing who has seen action is Guthrie and Best. The rest Lua Lua/Ben Arfa/Gosling/Ireland etc.. have hardly played for us we rely so much on our core players and its bounds to affect us in games.

  • baro

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #11

    From the Blackpool played today and the way we played today they rocked us all game! 1 point for us was a good feeling after the game! Now we are safe, hopefully these transfer deals negotiations and we can tie up 5-6 players this summer. 2 Frees, and 2 big strikers, a winger and hopefully 2 players we bring in will be Taarabt and Gervinho

  • stuart no9

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #12

    forget buying players for next season, 1 new owner, 1 new manager, and 1 person who has some idea about football to advise the new owner , that should get NUFC back on track. ……foxworth. i would say that 90% of the bloggers on this site do get behind the team every game, however the owner and manager, never, i will never show them my support untill they prove their heart is in this club, untill then they can f..k off

  • Danj_008

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #13


    I agree with you… if we rely so much on the core players then Pardew needs to rest them more in between games.. and adjust the training style..

    The problem is Man U can do it, because they have the players, the quality and the cash to do it, , and they have played a heap more games than NUFC.. Chelsea had a shorter turn around and won 3-0 I know it was against west ham.. its the same for them, they can do it..

    PL players train everyday, and I know they get paid for it, but our squad is too small.. to push them all the time.. hence why the injuries..

    MA has to see that heart is there for a good/great side. and its time he invested in his weekend project..

  • Foxworth

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Well then stu – i hope they do it in the summer.

    Not just for you – but for ALL of us!

    Only time will tell though and no point dwelling on it until the summer

    Next up the player snatchers – i’ve never forgiven them for Hamann let alone all the recent activity.

    Hope we do them 3-1 with the power Ranger finishin off what he started in round 1 !!!

  • breadman

    Apr 24, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #15

    One thing that really bothers me about AP is that he tends to find excuses for many things. We were crap, admit it. Tiredness is not an excuse.

  • SwedEric

    Apr 24, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #16

    To be fair to alan, I think you look to much in to what he said. He clrearly said that Blackpool were the better ide.

    He said we were a bit tired, but in this articlule, and coment, you make it sound like he only made exuses.

    I thought he was hounest and told it like it was, bpool were better, and we shpould be hapy with a point!

  • darthkir

    Apr 24, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #17

    I stand with my opinion since… always. Pardew is not the manager who will take us forward, we have seen it again and again. The fact is that he is lucky because he inherited the momentum created during Hughton’s time.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 24, 2011 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #18

    PARDEw dont give tat tired Shit reason its ur stupid tactics give nolan a start play 4 5 1 formation fill the mid field get rid of ameobi he is like NUFC he dosent give consistent performance he sucks get rid of him

  • darthkir

    Apr 24, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #19


    I agree with you on ameobi… it was very surprising for pardew not realizing this and waited until last few minutes to change him…

  • Bao Zheng

    Apr 24, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #20

    I took a look and BBC lists MU squad at 36 of which I had heard of 25. NUFC shows 32 of which something like 28 have played at least once for the first team. Both squads include long term injuries. We have played 38 competitive matches this season, MU have played 52. So why do we get tired and they don’t? They are playing to win things, our lot think 40 points is job done and head for the beach. You look tired playing for Sir Ferg and you won’t be playing next week. And of course Sir Ferg organises and rotates his troops a lot smarter than the very ordinary indeed Pardew. If Pardew ever does achieve anything it will be by accident.

  • terencelim

    Apr 24, 2011 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #21

    It’s not the squad problem. In fact we play the least games in the competition so that is not a problem.

    It is the long ball to Ameobi tactic that makes every players on the pitch tired and demotivated easily =)

  • terencelim

    Apr 24, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #22

    By that I meant it’s Pardew’s tactic that make the performance ineffective and the players tired easily.

    Like it or not, watch it again and again =)

  • terencelim

    Apr 24, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #23

    That’s not only physically tired, but mentally tired for any good players on the pitch and think “Gosh it’s Ameobi again but I have to pass the ball to him”.

    If you are Hatem Ben Arfa, would you rather pass the ball to a guy called Shola Ameobi or David Villa?

    If you are Andy Carroll, would you rather play alongside Luis Suarez or Shola Ameobi?

    That’s what I meant by having a bad player in the team will generally demotivating other good players and cause them mentally tired in long term.

    Sorry for my english, but I guess you guys can catch what I meant.

  • Brutooon

    Apr 24, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #24

    how can we blame the players? Pardew should know there will be at minimum 38 games per season!

    its the LONG BALL tactics that make the players tired.

  • adi-bizzle

    Apr 24, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #25

    His changes piss me off. Why make a change in the 92nd minute. Kuqi might not be the best striker but he did us a favour and he never complains so give the lad a good 20 mins or so, not just 1 min of injury time

  • ganiyu

    Apr 24, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Joey barton on the right wing was a minus one….ireland can replace him…we need a new winger

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Apr 24, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #27

    Ireland isn’t a Winger,Hes a Attacking midfield like Kevin Nolan. I believe Ireland would play better if he plays the Attacking Midfield pushing Kevin Nolan into the striker role. This could work because Kevin Nolan is decent in the air and his strong on the ball but this is my own opinion.

  • ganiyu

    Apr 24, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #28

    Jose enrique too can go.the lad was playing for himself.releasing a pass or cross was a problem .i wonder why we still keep players who dont have interest for the club

  • ganiyu

    Apr 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #29

    @ derkawhatsay-i suggested we get a new winger or play jonas right wing.
    joey barton couldnt make short accurate passes unlike ireland who was the only postive hope on the pitch when it matters to ball distrubution.

  • ganiyu

    Apr 24, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #30

    Newcastle needs a very agile and pacy just praying we acquire ireland (namesake).
    I wish we could also get a player like balotelli too

  • DerkaSayWhat

    Apr 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Joey Barton blow hot and cold since he has said he was the best english midfielder this season, in my eyes it has to be Scotty Parker. Joey Barton was horrible to watch yesterday,his free kicks were displeasing and hard to watch at times.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #32

    09nufc09 – SPOT ON!!! I agree that many fans here are just looking for lame excuses to jump on Pardew’s head. We played awful yesterday but I have to agree with Pardew that ‘mental’ fatigue more than physical fatigue had a huge part in our sorry performance yesterday. The lingering worry of relegation was on every players minds again and that does affect your game. It is a huge drain and giving it all against Man U a couple days earlier doesn’t help.

    We should be celebrating after achieving a magnificent feat in surviving in the top 10 considering all the massive set backs and drama this season.

    We should be happy and not depressed or angry! We will be in the Premiership next year and we will be much more ready next time with some great and exciting signings in the horizon.

  • Oleg G

    Apr 24, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #33

    I agree with Brutooon, terencelim,

    1. To those who say that people should stop being negative and be supportive. Support doesn’t mean blind worshiping, we should be critisizing the team and manager for what they are doing wrong, just like we praise them for the good things.

    2. Long balls are making them tired, that is a shitty tactic that I do not understand why the team continue using, if 95% of the times it makes us loose possession and momentum. On the other hand, the slow taking of set piece and throw-ins is also horrible and too slow and obvious.

    3. It is so so so hard to play along side players like Loven and Ameobi (Like it was with Butt) that you know – if I pass to them, they will probably loose the ball. That is very tough and effects moral. Play flat passes, create chances from the middle too, not only going from one side (Guti) all the time. Stop with the long high balls of Krul, it doesn’t get anywhere (only sometimes by luck, after the ball bounces of 5 players and gets to us by chance). This also makes the players tired, run quickly up, then run back if we loose the ball, then up again.

    4. Tactics need to be changed during a game if you see that they are not working (and not on the 70th minute, much earlier then that).

    5. Continue with note number 3 – Taking too long with those long balls, doesn’t help either, it just gives time for the other teams to get back in place.

    6. Players have to MOVE for the ball and to help the player with the ball and always give him 2-3 options to pass. Our attacks looks like children VS. men. We start with 2-3 passes and then, there are no options to pass, a long pass deep in the other teams defense and….. nothing.

    7. Pressure. and not only in the first 2 mins of the game. it needs to come in waves, every 15-20 minutes or so, 5 minutes of pressure. Otherwise you let them settle to well and they control the game.

  • chuck

    Apr 24, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #34

    It`s my opinion Alan Pardew could`nt manage a good bowel movement, but i`m sure he can give an opinion on who to blame for it ?


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