Pardew – It’s Important To Keep Newcastle Moving Forward

Alan Pardew was a relieved man yesterday, after Newcastle had secured their 6th home win of the season.

Steven Taylor – in action yesterday

The Magpies were helped by the sending off of Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell after 35 minutes, and Liam just for good measure seemed to handle twice on the line, and his second hand ball whipped the ball away from Kevin Nolan who was about the bang the ball home.

So why did the Birmingham players surround the referee and make a big deal of it, since it was an obvious and deliberate hand ball, and an automatic red card not to mention the penalty.

The players these days certainly don’t help the referees at all.

Shola Ameobi dispatched the penalty in great style, and then Steven Taylor showed all the passion he has for his home town club with a terrific header to put Newcastle two up on 43 minutes.

It was fitting that it was two local lads who came through the Newcastle Academy who got the goals yesterday, – and you can say all you like about Taylor and Ameobi,  but they are completely dedicated to Newcastle, it’s as simple as that.

But just to show this was Newcastle, Argentine Coloccini then gifted Birmingham a goal,  when he completely missed a long ball down the center from goalkeeper Ben Forster, who made several outstanding saves throughout the game to keep the score down.

Former Newcastle player Lee Bowyer hit the ball home after a melee,  in which the Newcastle defense tried to recover from the mistake, but couldn’t.

It was 2-1 at half time and stayed that way, although Newcastle were never in much danger of surrendering the lead, and the win took the Magpies into 10th place in the table and mathematically safe from relegation, at last.

This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports News after the game:

“It is very important for the club that we set a marker down for next year.” “Obviously we are going to bring in one or two players and I think we can get stronger from this point.”

“It is important to keep the owner, the club, everything going forward, and a good feeling at the football club. We have got that at the moment.”

“I think the fans know that this team is not filled with big names. But it has been resilient, has shown character when it has needed to, and more importantly it has won.”

“Newcastle are renowned for getting the fans off their seats, and we know that’s probably what is missing and is going to take us beyond where we are at the moment.”

Newcastle will not get their fans off their seats by signing players like Carlton Cole and Paul Konchesky, who are two players who previously played for Alan Pardew, but neither is good enough to be brought to Tyneside.

So it will be a test for Alan Pardew and Chief Scout Graham Carr to bring some good players to Newcastle this summer.

Graham Carr has an excellent record, and we’re hoping he can bring in at least a couple of Cheick Tiote type signings – a player Newcastle pick up for small money,  but turns out to be an excellent player.

The summer transfer window is such an important time in the come back of  Newcastle United form the depths of the second division,  if  the club is going to get back into the big time soon.

We live in hope.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • toonfan09

    May 8, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    this is just a rumour lads but that guy on twitter says pardew has 45 million to spend!/cwarr07

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    May 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    How would he know how much he has toonfan09?

  • toonfan09

    May 8, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3

    duno but he has come through in the past with transfers

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    May 8, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully he is right.

  • Weezertoon

    May 8, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Good solid performance by the lads yesterday, great to see lots of attacking football, great to hear the black and white army shouting ‘shoot’.

    Nice to see we’re safe, and I hope that with the remaining games pardew isn’t afraid to give the youngsters a run out.

    Steven Taylor’s goal was very good, a well executed header. He did look very shakey at the back though. Perhaps a rethink of his position is what’s in order. Everytime there’s a cross I get worried because he just doesn’t jump for the ball. I guess the real test of his defensive capability will be in the coming two matches. He’s got a chance with willo out, let’s hope he takes it.

    For me Willocini is still the best combination.

    Was great to see danny simpson attacking more. I think this lad is very defensive minded and it’s hard for him to break out of it. The Modern full backs have to be a mix of attacking and defensive football, but i’m sure it’s something he’s working on. Good lad.

    All in all a great day for our team! HWTL

  • fungus44

    May 8, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #6

    wait and see he may just surprise us all

  • mag_pie-eater

    May 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #7

    I hope Pardew is just saying “one or two” off hand, as we need a hell of a lot more than “one or two” new players. If anything we need one or two new players in attack, midfield AND defence!

  • nomis_jade

    May 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Was good to see nolan pushed up a bit more yesterday (or at least it looked like that from the MOTD highlights). He is so much better when in and around their box. 451 is still an good option for us in my oppinion. with guthrie in mid alongside tiote and lover or ameobi up front. Id personally but lover just cos he works his socks off at closing down their defenders.

  • Enigma

    May 8, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    A wins a win, but I have to say yesterday highlights how desperate we are for new bodies in the squad. Pardew made his one obligatory change, Ranger for Lovenkrands, and that was all we had in the way of back up.

    If we’d of buried the 10 men after 60-70 mins then yesterday would of been an excellent opportunity to blood some younger faces, but we are toothless up front.

    Cracking pen from Shola mind.

  • nomis_jade

    May 8, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    @weezertoon. Taylor has been out for a while and is prob a bit rusty. Hopefully he can improve. it is close between him and willo. Like you say, maybe taylor at RB?

  • toonfan09

    May 8, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    got to admit when shola stepped up to take the pena i was screaming for barton to take it

  • sweendog

    May 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    see theres talk of tiote to spurs .. hope not .. we really need him and cover for him when smith leaves

  • Solaidback

    May 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed fella, stop with the constant repeats man… Yes Cole & Konchesky use to play for Pardew but so did 100’s of other… you’re just doing what the crap-loids are doing & adding 2+2 to get 5…..

    There’s enough rubbish being posted around to get the fans wound up against Ashley this summer without your blog adding to it fella….

    When I started posting on here several years ago, you use to post some great stories but lately, since you came back, it’s as if you’re just into repeating what the journo’s in the Southern press write & it’s getting very tiresome & repetitive, please go back to writing your own stuff fella, back to writing about the club & not repeating what some idle irk at a news desk pulls off the Internet becuase he’s too lazy to actually do some proper research yeah….

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    May 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    I think we will buy players for 25 million, 10 million on wages, and the other 10 to 15 million we would have buy players for if we have not sold Carroll will ashley take…

  • sweendog

    May 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    toonfan09 .. agreed good pen by shola

  • Solaidback

    May 8, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Oh I forgot to say, great game yesterday, imagine what the score would have been if we’d only got a couple of descent strikers on the pitch… lol 😉

  • Enigma

    May 8, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Nomis Jade – don’t fancy saylor at rb, I have to say. I think he just needs his confidence back and he’ll be a cracking defender again.

    I think it’d be best to buy competition for Simpson in the summer and let saylor concentrate on becoming the class cb he’s going to be.

  • Solaidback

    May 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Imo I think Saylor could do a job as DMF tbh… I think he’d be a good replacement for Smith & backup for Tiote if/when required… 🙂

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    we should sign fringe players from TOTENHAM

  • nomis_jade

    May 8, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #21

    enigma – I actually agree m8. I reckon he can still be class CB and he is still young. He’s been unlucky with that shoulder injury. Hopefully good pre-season and he will add to the great competition we have at centre back. Best defense we have had for ages!
    on another note, did anyone see that jose looked well pleased when the pen went in (maybe he was just relived cos it was shola) and was right in amounst them during celebrations. Still hope he will stay. We are defo safe now after all!

  • arfa chance

    May 8, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    How about Samba from blackburn ?

  • sweendog

    May 8, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #23

    arfa chance .. yep good player

  • RedMissionBells

    May 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #24

    We were once called The Entertainers mainly because we had very flamboyant and technically gifted players like Ginola, Albert and Asprilla.

    If we ever want to challenge for the top 6, we must sign players who can pass the ball around and are technically gifted. Hatem Ben Arfa is a good start.

    I look at our current Newcastle team and sometimes I think we play a little like Stoke or Bolton. Very ordinary and not threathening. We have few players who can hold their own against the top sides.

    I look at the current Tottenham team and I think they are the club we should be trying to emulate. They signed Van der Vaart for less than 10 million. Their players are very quick, technical and can pass the ball around. The fact that Kranjcar cannot get into the starting 11 says alot about their team.

    If we want to move forward and complete, we need to spend wisely on GOOD players. Free transfers will add depth to our squad, but it will not strengthen our first 11. Also, the Coca Cola league standard is FAR from the PL. Lovenkrands was owning teams in the lower league. So if we are to sign players from Coca Cola league, we need to be realistic and realise these players WILL struggle to adapt to the pace when they play in the PL.

    We have the money, we just need to invest.

    On a side note, Alan Smith must go.

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    May 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #25

    Alan Smith +

  • Crawfordladd17

    May 8, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #26

    Bassong £4m
    Wendt Free
    Larsson Free
    Ireland £4m
    Sow £10m
    Bendtner Loan

    Campbell Free Retired maybe
    Tozer Loan Northampton
    Enrique £12m Liverpool
    Smith £2m Leeds
    Routledge £3m QPR
    Xisco £2m Spanish Team
    Income: £20m

    Total Income:-9m not bad

    GK Krul Harper Forster Soderburg
    RB Simpson R.Taylor Tavernier
    CB Coloccini Bassong S.Taylor Williamson Kadar
    LB M’Bengue Wendt Perch
    CDM Tiote Gosling
    RM Jonas Larsson
    CM Barton Ireland Guthrie Richardson
    LM Ben Arfa Tabanou Ferguson
    CAM Nolan(c) Vuckic
    ST Sow Bendtner Best Ameobi Loverkands Ranger Airey Donaldson

    CDM Tiote
    RM Jonas
    LM Ben Arfa
    CAM Nolan(c)
    ST Sow
    ST Bendtner

    Top 8 for Sure!!!!!!!!!!

  • xmindcrimex

    May 8, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27


    Love how he mentions Haris Vuckic as key player coming back. Hope he makes a breakthrough to the first team next year.

  • LoonyToonyMagPieMan

    May 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #28

    Something i read on a blog. These are our supposed targets. Do you agree with any
    Age: 27?
    Position: Midfielder?
    Club: Sevilla?
    Price: £4.5m
    Notes: Has argued with Sevilla manger Gregorio Manzano about how much time he has spent on the bench, looks to be on his way out.

    Age: 21?
    Position: Striker?
    Club: AZ Alkmaar?
    Price: £2m
    Notes: Newcastle scout Graham Carr has been scouting the Dutch league after finding Cheik Tiote at FC Twente. The 6ft 1in Icelandic striker is highly rated.

    Age: 24?
    Position: Striker?
    Club: Barcelona?
    Price: £3m
    Notes: Struggles to get near the first team with the quality in the Barcelona squad, QPR and Rangers are also said to be interested in the striker who turned down a contract extension.

    Age: 24?
    Position: Midfielder?
    Club: Wolves?
    Price: £5m
    Notes: An England call-up has added to his price tag. If Wolves are relegated from the Premier League there is a good chance he will look to move on.

    Age: 21?
    Position: Attacking Midfielder?
    Club: QPR?
    Price: £9m
    Notes: Has lit up the field at Loftus Road and been linked to many other clubs. Could be tough to sign.

    6. Robbie Keane
    Age: 30?
    Position: Striker?
    Club: West Ham (on loan from Spurs)?
    Price: £6m
    Notes: Unhappy at Spurs and on loan at West Ham, could Keane be on his way to Newcastle? They failed to get the deal through last summer, could it happen this year?

    7. Johan Elmander
    Age: 29?
    Position: Striker?
    Club: Bolton?
    Price: FREE
    Notes: Still hasn’t signed a contract with Bolton which means Newcastle could grab a bargain, but competition from clubs with Champions League prospects would be a threat to the deal.

    Age: 26?
    Position: Central Defender?
    Club: Hertha Berlin?
    Price: £4m
    Notes: Hubnik wants to leave Hertha Berlin, but the club are not that keen to get rid of the reliable and strong central defender.

    9. Niko Kranjcar
    Age: 26?
    Position: Attacking Midfielder?
    Club: Tottenham?
    Price: £7m
    Notes: Has lost his deserved first-team place to Van der Vaart. Very talented playmaker who has been linked with a move to Newcastle for some time.

    10. GERVINHO
    Age: 23?
    Position: Winger/Striker?
    Club: Lille?
    Price: £12m
    Notes: Strong interest from Liverpool in January window but after signing Carroll, they probably won’t be interested now.

  • magpie6699

    May 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m not sure I agree that Saylor was too shaky in defence yesterday – he seemed to win almost every ball pumped forward, whereas Collocini (who incidentally is my “Mr Consistent” for the season otherwise) was beaten in the air by Jerome every time. Much as I like Simpson he’s not the finished article by any means and at least once a game teams seem to be able to penetrate our penalty area on that right side. I also think Shola still has a future as our 3rd / 4th striker – he got a lot of stick yesterday around me but he did some good stuff in terms of holding the ball and bringing the midfield into play when it was actually passed to him.
    Otherwise I’m just happy now – PL next year and I’ve seen some great games (Villa, West Ham, Blunderland, Wolves, Arsenal ) so rhubarb to all the negativity I’m reading! My recollection of our relegation season was that despite our “stars” Martins, Owen, Viduka, we NEVER hammered anybody. Did we ever score more than 3 goals in a game? HWTL!

  • The Entertainers

    May 8, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #30

    There is no better time to see Ashleys true intentions this summer.
    Previous summer Ashley hasn’t wanted to committ too much cash on players, due to plugging the giant cash hole Sheppard left.
    Well this summer is different, we’re in the black and we have cash! Over to you Mike, we wait in anticipation !


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