Newcastle Points Haul Not Good Lately – We Need A Win


In Newcastle’s last 14 league games since mid January, they have just two wins, seven draws and five defeats.

Alan Pardew – keen to get a win tomorrow

So in those 14 games Newcastle have picked up only 13 points, and that’s close to relegation form, to be truthful.

Alan Pardew will be hoping for two home wins against Birmingham and WBA to end off the season on a positive note, otherwise Alan’s record will not look all that good since he arrived last December.

To be fair to the 49 year-old Londoner, he has had to operate without big Andy Carroll this year, and of course Leon Best got himself injured and is out for the season after scoring 6 goals in 11 league appearances for Newcastle.

Leon’s is just one of far too many injuries Newcastle players have been picking up this year.

And it’s scoring goals where the obvious Newcastle weakness lies, and in half of the last 12 games, Newcastle haven’t even been able to score a goal, so the lads couldn’t win those games.

Alan is obviously aiming to get one of those rare wins tomorrow, as he told the local Newcastle press corps today:

“This is a big game for Birmingham too.” “For us it is about finishing strongly.” “At Liverpool we did a lot of things very well – but we didn’t hurt them.” “Offensively we need to improve.”

“At Birmingham we got the goals at the right times, and that was important.” “Scoring goals is obviously important to us.” “We have done well in some games at home and we have to continue that.”

“Coming off the two games Birmingham have had, they will be motivated.” “They had a guy sent off in their last game and got a point, and before that they had a similar performance to us at Liverpool – they will want to come out fighting.”

“They will be desperate to get some sort of victory.”

An early goal will be just what Newcastle need tomorrow, and of course captain Kevin Nolan, after apologizing to Newcastle fans for last Sunday’s dismal performance at Liverpool, usually comes up with a goal when it’s important.

We expect Kevin to get a goal tomorrow, and that would be his 13th of the season – unlucky for some.

But if indeed Kevin can get a goal tomorrow,  and the defense plays as well as they did against the Red Devils, that may just be enough to capture all three points against a weak looking Birmingham outfit.

The Newcastle side owes the fans a good and gutsy performance tomorrow, that’s for sure.

A win is what we all want to see, and that will raise the spirits of both the Newcastle fans and the players too – and we’ll not even mention how good Alan will feel tomorrow night. 😀

Howay The Lads!!



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58 comments so far

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 6, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Our problem all season is that because we don’t have any clinical finishers, we don’t have the ability to not play well AND win.

    Most other teams nick points when they’ve played like cr@p, be it penalties or just taking their chances, but we have no threat in the box.

    We’ve probably earned the least amount of penalties all year. 2 we were VERY lucky to get in the Arsenal game, and one against the unwashed. Is that it? :/

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  • wynsleap

    May 6, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #2

    No strikers, no goals = maximum one point.
    Add just one defensive mistake (no matter how well the defense plays) = no points.
    It’s not rocket science.
    And it’s not successful.

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  • Bell

    May 6, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #3

    i think we should easily get 3 points from three games but i would like us to try and get a win against an in form WBA side. beating the blues is the main thing for me.
    TOOON!

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  • cg

    May 6, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Like the posters above me already pointed out.
    No finishers.

    Dare something new, a youngster or two. The worst thing that could happen is – they don’t produce the goals/threat, either.

    Sick of seeing the same up top game after another despite of being invisible and producing nowt. What message does that send?

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  • NI Toon

    May 6, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #5

    I say we stick Collo up front, he has had a couple of cracking efforts this season and can’t be any worse than Ameobi / Loven… 🙂
    Only Joking we need him at the back!

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  • Tommyy

    May 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Is it me, or does Pardew say exactly what we all say/think/discuss such as lack of pace, needing better attack, more fluid in our play etc? and when he says it I think good, he knows what we want and what we need, unlike managers before him (they never seemed to be on the same wavelength). Yet when it boils down to it, nothing seems to be changing and we still see poor formation/positioning/line up at times?

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 6, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #7

    There goes Sherlock again.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 6, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #8

    A win will put us mathematically safe and if we win one more then we might even finish in the top 10. That will help us attract better players in the summer. Without Best, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Willo and Ireland we will struggle to achieve anything I am afraid. I just hope Pardew uses his common sense and plays Ranger from the start with Lovenkrands or perhaps with Airey. We can’t keep playing Ameobi he’s pathetic.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Tommyy – You’re absolutely right. He keeps saying the right things but then sticks with Ameobi upfront, and sometimes even praises him! That must send an awful message right through the team as everyone can see Ameobi is SH*T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *and costing us points, it’s like playing with 10 men when he’s on.

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  • davybtoon

    May 6, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    tommy n jp ya ryt bout pardew saying what we need but ya failing to forget that we wont see that till next season coz we jus aint got the players to do that, i least he has identified it for next year

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 6, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #11

    davybtoon – but anyone is better than Ameobi. Even Ranger has come out today crying for a start. He confidence must be extremely low knowing that Pardew sees Ameobi better than Ranger up front. Ranger must be thinking how that’s possible and I don’t blame him.

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  • coolcatcarter89

    May 6, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #12

    If he isn’t going to budge on playing Jonas LW, therefore Joey RW, why not try Fergie in the no10 role, running at their defence, drifting to support either wing? I just think this kid has a special talent.

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  • toonfan09

    May 6, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #13

    everyone can write off gervinho said he wants champions league footy next season

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 6, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #14

    coolcatcarter89 – Even that’s worth a shot, it’s better than playing Ameobi. Ranger up front on his own with Fergie just behind. Now that’s experimenting with the team alright! 🙂 Why not try something crazy like that we haven’t got much to lose. Just don’t play Ameobi anymore please Pardew.

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  • Tommyy

    May 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s true what you are saying about next year being a different story, and hopefully he can go through with what he has been saying. Yet even now there must be a few things he can do to impress his publicised ideals onto the players? Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be happening, and for all his good relate-able talk, we are still seeing flat awkward football with players sometimes shifted out of position.

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  • Tommyy

    May 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Unless of course he has been, but our Attacking Mid and Strike force really aren’t good enough to change their style.

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  • Andy

    May 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    I Just want to see Ferguson get a chance. He’s could’ve played a few more games this year rather than Perch at lb. Want to see him on the wing running at people and put jonas rw. Having 2 people that can run at a man and take him on would strike fear into most defences and full backs meaning more spaces open up for us down the middle

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  • The Entertainers

    May 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Gervinho just ruled himself out of Newcastle, stating if he leaves it’s only for a CL club.

    Not overly disappointed , there’s plenty of quality strikers out there

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  • boonarmy

    May 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19
  • PoolieToon

    May 6, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Pardew needs these wins to show his competence, yeh judas going left us light up front but all of these injuries could be pinned on Pards. Its becoming a bit of a joke now and looking at his form its not suiting the direction we were told the club was giong. Im quite confident that we would be in a better position now if CH was still at the helm

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  • toonfan09

    May 6, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #21

    people a blaming pardew for doing a crap job then saying we have crap players like ameobi and lovernkrands who cant finish pardew is doing what he can with a limited squad everyone saying we have no strikers but still blaming pardew for the results

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  • Andy

    May 6, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    I think if Pardew was another manager with a better record at other clubs he may not get the bother he does. People will probably see our bad form as just Pardew picking up where he left of at other clubs. This season was all about survival, we’ve done that now so job done for Pardew. Next season is different it will be Pardews biggest test as a manager to date.

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  • PoolieToon

    May 6, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Technically we are only one striker less, and we can get goals from midfield. I agree with everyone believes that Pards is saying the right things but doesn’t act on them. His options are limited yes but he can atleast make one chang to mix it up a little and thats by starting Ranger. Yet to break his duck yes but compared to having Strolla on th pitch I would rather have a youngster with a point to prove who tests defences

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Beat me to it lads , gervinho would have been mice but osvaldo and gameiro , pva and wendt will do

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  • terencelim

    May 6, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Pardew probably doesn’t have many choices on the players, but he needs to responsible for the crap tactics he was applying for the past many games. Fact.

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  • terencelim

    May 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Think about it man, if it’s all about having good players and winning the match, then top clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona can simply appoint a crap manager and let the players play.

    When a team lose (and win), the manager take the bigger part of the responsibility.

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  • PoolieToon

    May 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #27

    True enough. the two losses at Stoke and Liverpool stand out as tactical failures, the heavy defeats suggest enough but both times the ball wasn’t delivered up the left enough. It is fragile to depend on enrique and jonas but without them two delivering we have absolutely no direction

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  • Mortz

    May 6, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Agree with the comments about Pardew saying all the right things, however now we are more or less over the line, I think he has his thoughts on the type of players we can get in the summer to try and match what he is saying and not necessarily with the players he has now. This will be his big test, to see if he can get the players in to play the good game that he talks.

    Unfortunately it did not work with Souness. I sit and listen to guy when he is doing the pundit role and I must admit that he does identify the pattern of the game, what needs changing, what is going well etc. Unfortunately, as we know too well at Newcastle, he could never get the team to play the way he spoke about the game.

    I will reserve judgement on AP until he has had the chance to get some players in, but I must admit the similarities are concerning at the moment. Lets hope his actions can back up his words

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Even though he was a but if a headless chicken dies anyone else think that We were a more balanced side with an out and out rw in routledge.

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry lads was supposed to be bit of lol

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  • PoolieToon

    May 6, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Well i read Lennon is unhappy at spurs and there is a price of 15 mill. One can dream eh?

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #32

    @entertainers you know ur football players, what do you think of jonathan legear, the rw in the Belgian league spoken about in jan ?

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Think a few seasons ago lennon could have gone for sub 10 million. He has really moved his game on, no chance now.

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  • JAMSHA

    May 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #34
  • JAMSHA

    May 6, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Sum say its our away kit. Hope not

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Arfa, I though routledge actually looks ok when he got a few games early on.

    But clearly he was doing something wrong, and Hughton and Pards both neglected him…

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Training kit looks better than the home kit. But is it me , or do the puma kits make our players look fat? Is it so ashley feels more at home in a Newcastle shirt?

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  • PoolieToon

    May 6, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Aye, we are not mentioned as linked, liverpool and man city are. the latter might mean johnson could be let go

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #39

    @toondownsouth
    Fair point re routledge. I feel We have lost a lot of shape , Barton seems to want to drive the diagonal 40 yrd ball all the time. I miss wingers getting chalk on their boots, legging it down the wing to the byline to cross it in.

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  • arfa chance

    May 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Wud luv Johnson back in Toon

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