Newcastle Side Owes Their Fans A Big Performance Today

Today’s game at home to Birmingham is Newcastle’s best chance through the end of the season, to get their 5th win of the year.

Alan Pardew – no slacking off permitted

But all the players will have to turn up,  and none of this end of season slacking off stuff  – that’s amateurish and cannot be tolerated with highly paid professionals.

It should be personal pride that players go out and play 100% every single game, but we have a lot of  spoiled footballers these days, and their egos are often  far too big, and who have never seemed to mature fully.

David Bentley at Birmingham is one recent example of this, when he walked out on his team mates last week at St, Andrews, when he wasn’t included in the 18 man squad.

Rather than go into a huff maybe he should be looking at his game,  and why he doesn’t seem to be good enough to get into a weak Birmingham squad.

Alan Pardew has stressed over the last two days that he doesn’t want to see any slacking off at Newcastle:

“Making sure we don’t coast for the rest of the season is something I’ve got to focus on,” “We have a professional respect that we handle ourselves very well in these remaining games.”   

“Speaking to other managers it’s a difficult period when you get past that 40-point mark, and we’re experiencing that.” “The hunger and character of the team is what’s driven us and if we let that fall away then we won’t win.”

” Our points tally doesn’t allow us to relax, but you can sometimes sense on the training ground that our focus has dipped a little bit.” “We need to make sure we’re on top of that as a staff, that we’re doing our best and the players need to focus quickly because this is an important game.”

“The players have been absolutely brilliant and we want to finish in the top 10. We want to finish the season right. For us it’s about finishing strongly and making a point.”

While we didn’t expect anything out of the Liverpool game, but th lads didn’t get close to giving Liverpool a game, and still haven’t scored in this fixture since December of 2004, so it’s not been  a happy hunting round for Newcastle.

But the results lately have not been too good either, and newcatsle have only 2 wins in their last 14 league games, and only 2 points from the last four games, in which the lads have  managed to score just one goal.

Pardew continued:

“We did a lot of things very well at Liverpool, but we didn’t hurt them enough and offensively we need to improve. We came in for criticism and we need to put that right.”

“We had a lot of criticism regarding our attitude to the game, and I thought that was a bit harsh, but we need to answer it.” “There is an end of season feel to things which I’m not particularly happy about. As a manager you sense these things – and players sense it too.”

“For us, we want to make sure our fans go away in the summer looking forward to next year and that the base we have is sound.” “Technically, most of the teams are on a level playing field to us, and I include Blackpool and everybody in that, so we need to have the spirit and character out on the pitch and I think we will against Birmingham.

“These next two home games are very important to me and they should be to everybody, and I think that they are.” “We gave a complete performance from back to front at Birmingham when we won there on a bad pitch in inclement weather.”

“We’ve now got the sun our backs with 41 points, and we’ve got to make sure we’re as up for this game against Birmingham.” “That was a question mark put against us against Liverpool – and it’s something we need to put right.”

Alan Pardew is saying all the right things, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating,  and f Newcastle cannot get 3 points today, we can probably kiss goodbye to another win this season.

Our last home game is against WBA, and they have shown massively improved form under new manager Roy Hudgson, and every other team seems to be able to beat Birmingham  on the road these days. And of course the lads already beat them 2-0 at St. Andrews earlier this year.

A win is what we all want to see this afternoon, but it’s now it’s up to the Newcastle players.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • carrollsinger

    May 7, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    3-1 today I hope

  • bills-son

    May 7, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2


  • Lee Dodd

    May 7, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    We Beat Them Away We will Win Today — A Lot of Players have a Lot to Proove to stay in the side Next Season so Today is There Big Chance !!! 3-0 Kev Nolan’ Peter L & Jonas G to Score Today !!!!


    May 7, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Nice to see no one is underestimating Birmingham…they arent the strongest team by far but they have something to play for we however dont.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 7, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #5

    The Pardew file

    1) 2 wins in 13

    2) Still long ball football even without Carroll

    3) Unparalleled amount of injuries even by our standards

    4) Repeatedly linked with C.Cole, Reo-Coker and most horribly of all Konchesky for Enrique!!

    5) Signed the embarrassment that is Kuqi

    6) Appears to be dismantling team spirit and losing the dressing room.

    7) Not rated by our btter players, ie Enrique.

    8) Now looking to play Kuqi and Nolan as an attack force looking for hopeful, percentage flick-ons (no method at all) Whoever called that the pairing of the turtle and the dinosaur wasn’t far wrong !!

    I accept no one else will work for Ashley so the only hope now left is for a take over, because despite some of the good things Ashley has done, employing JFK and Pardwho is just untenable.

    If it really is Konchesky for Enrique as has been reported, then no I won’t take it lying down as we always do. Enough is enough. I invest too much time following this team to be fobbed off with an appallingly clueless manager.

  • toontrific

    May 7, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    neither team has anything to play for this season as 39 points will be enough for staying up. It would be nice to see a win but i dont want to see anymore injuries so they should be relaxing a bit. Our pre-season for next year will mainly be in the injury room!

  • djm...

    May 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda.. You state that pardew only has 2 wins in 13 then go on to say we have an unparalleled number of injuries! Any team would struggle with these injuries even if mourinho or ferguson was manager.

    We have always had injuries so that’s not Parsees fault. Hba with a broken leg, Williamson with a broken arm, shola with a broken cheek. Do you think he goes round hitting players with a bat or something?

    Gosling was signed, by the mighty untouchable Chris Houghton, with a serious injury.

    Your comment totally contradicts itself

    He’s had to contend with suspensions for tiote, Nolan and Barton for yellow cards that where being picked up before he was manager.

    I’m not saying the sun shines out of his arse but I’m at least willing to save judgement until after he’s had a full pre season and starts a new season with a clean slate and new additions that will improve the squad. Instead of people who are still bitter over houghtons sacking on his back no matter what.

  • GeordieGerman

    May 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    0-0. We have no strikers to mention. but our defence is good.

  • jammer_nufc

    May 7, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda heights……. your boring mate, why follow them if you ent gonna support them. Fanss like you are a joke! Wait till the summer then judge!!!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #10

    i want ranger to start this game with kuqi give these guys a chance

  • daneevz

    May 7, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    djm… hits the nail right bang on the head with that statement bang on mate fully agree with u!

  • Rotonda heights

    May 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #12


    I’m not a Hughton fan particularly. I never mentioned him. I didn’t think CH was really the man to take us forward, but one thing I do know for sure it aint lapdog Pardew.

    I think Pardew’s overly competitive training methods leave a lot to be desired. Some injuries you can put down to other factors, but Pardew has contributed to an awful run of 2 wins in 13.


    People like you do my head in. People who call other people boring tend to be very boring individuals themselves and incapable of independent thought.

    Anybody who shows any disatisfaction always gets the standard, mind numbingly predictable response ”why do you support them then ”.

    Suppoting a team and liking the manager are not mutually exclusive. Don’t you want the best for your team ? Apparenly not if you think Pardew is the way forward. How is supporting this dross the way forward ? I suggest you get a dictionary and look up the word ambition and what it means.

  • andre29

    May 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #13

    Newcastle vs Birmingham veetle and flash stream hq


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