Manager Ecstatic After Terrific Performance From Patched Up Side

Alan Pardew has been waxing lyrical about everything Newcastle, after his patched up side fought like Trojans this afternoon, to get a well deserved point at Stamford Bridge, with the dramatic equalizer coming at the death from local lad  Steven Taylor.

Steven Taylor – after scoring dramatic late equalizer

That was Steven’s 12th goal ever for Newcastle, and his second successive headed goal since returning to the first team in place of the injured Mike Williamson, and Steven has showed he’s as good as he ever was in those games.

Don’t forget the patched-up Newcastle side had a bunch of youngsters on the bench,  compared with Chelsea’s bench of superstars.

Newcastle’s bench was Ole Soderberg, James Tavernier, Alan Smith, Kazenga LuaLua, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Shefki Kuqi

Chelsea’s bench was Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira, David Luiz, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel, Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba

So you see what we mean, but Newcastle still came away with a well earned point.

Guts and fighting spirit means a lot these days in the Premier League, and Newcastle have shown that in abundance this season, and we’ll not even mention it was sadly missing in our relegation season two years ago.

Newcastle were playing against a side that Roman Abramovich has spent over £850M on since he became owner, but we don’t worry – Newcastle will have £35M to spend in the summer on new players – we think – we hope. 😀

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“It was one of the most enjoyable goals I can think of. When you get a performance and young players entering the field of play, at this club, it gives them a great start.”

“They deserved it today. Ferguson, Kazenga LuaLua, Sammy Ameobi who came on, Ryan Taylor playing out of position.”

“I was thrilled with some of the younger players’ performances. It was a just result.”

Alan Pardew has already done a lot of work for the upcoming transfer window along with Chief Scout Graham Carr and the rest of his coaching staff.

And he was reported to be in France early last week doing some transfer business, but exactly what that was,  we have no idea.

Alan Pardew, who is obviously delighted to have become the Newcastle manager, and seems to be warming to the job, added:

“Newcastle is a big, big club, we want to attract big players and bring a few younger players in.” “I think the focus is to try and beat West Brom, if we beat them we jump above them then there’s the possibility of a top ten finish.”

“It’s outstanding considering we lost Carroll and Ben Arfa through injuries and the suspensions. The staff are very resilient, and never give up.” “When you get a performance and young players entering the field of play at this club it gives them a great start.”

“Ferguson, Lua Lua, Ameobi and Ryan Taylor playing out of position, and experienced players did well.” “The two center halves were outstanding, you can’t get a result at Chelsea unless you’ve got very good players.”

“Whilst youth contributed, our senior players were outstanding.” “The next stage for us – our fans who are in great voice day, outstanding support we always get, we can’t take that for granted, we’ve got to give them hope and belief.”

If there are no injuries from today’s game – Shane Ferguson, who again looked excellent in a black and white shirt today, was taken off  injured after 69 minutes – then Alan Pardew will likely start the same side against West Brom in the final game of the season, where a win would be a great finale to the season.

3 points would also very likely have Newcastle finish in the top 10 in the league, which would exceed all expectations for this season.

And then the real business starts in earnest in strengthening the Newcastle squad, and that would be helped enormously if Newcastle can nail down Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique on long term contracts at the Tyneside club.

The three of them are talisman for Newcastle, and certainly the excellent fighting performance from a severely weakened Magpies side this afternoon,  will help them make up their minds – to stay – hopefully.

Things are starting to look up at Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!

74 comments so far

  • ToonST

    May 15, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #1


  • ToonDownSouth

    May 15, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Our problem is that Barton generally only performs against world class opposition. He loves testing himself against them.

    Also, credit were credit is due guys. Pardew gets a lot of stick from some of you, but a few times this season we’ve seen some great attacking, passing football from our team, and today his tactics were spot on.

    Yes, we got lucky with the free kick, and that Chelsea neglected to mark our best header of the ball, but it also takes courage to throw four young kids into the first team against Chelsea when it’s 1-1.

    He could easily have stuck with it and defended, maybe sticking Smith on, but he knew what the fans wanted.

  • archaeomag

    May 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #3

    I was impressed by the confidence of the squad, the youngsters fitted in and took responsibility.
    Amazing result, and a point well won!


    May 15, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #4

    I rather enjoyed the Barton-Lampard tussle that ran throughout the match think Lamps was proving a point as why he is in the English squad and Barton isnt

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #5

    I reckon Hughton will end up at West Ham.

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 15, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s either because Lamps consistently scores 20+ from CM every season, or because Barton’s a thug whose been in jail, been injured for years, got an awful discipline record, and recently thumped that tw@t Pedersen.

    My money’s on a combination of both. Don’t get me wrong though, I love Joey. It’s great to have characters like him in the squad.


    May 15, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #7

    lads barton was class in the middle 2day.nolan and tiote or barton and tiote next year if we buy a winger.

  • Andy

    May 15, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Joey helps us create that siege mentality that I as a fan already have about us as a club. He’s a loon alright, but a very talented one and long may it continue!

  • ginkoh

    May 15, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Barton is superb today. He’s rhythm of our midfield and second to none even Lampard today. Maybe he’s too slow sometime but he’s one of the England best midfield, no doubt.


    May 15, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #10

    I would love to see CH getting the job and West Ham could be a good fit for him.

    Haha Barton is a good player and a reformed character but his past will mean he wont ever get into the English squad again. Whereas I do think Lamps is a classy character I have always liked him.

    Glad Barton kept his cool though

  • Andy

    May 15, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Only good thing about lampard is his bird! Ok maybe a bit harsh but Nolan would score the same amount playing alongside the players he has played alongside over the years. He is just an over-hyped Nolan imo

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 15, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Watching Barton wind people up (see Fat Frank’s booking today) has been one of the best things about this season. I find it absolutely hilarious.

    Andy, completely agree about that, and that we all have it as fans. I felt like crying today when, before, after and during the game, Paul Merson was “waxing lyrical” about Newcastle.

    He must have been on the coke again – I don’t recall hearing a good word from Sky about us all year.

  • Jammydodger

    May 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Toon down south is right Pardew has made the team more fluid, tactically today for me not putting guttierez on the right but playing him ss with the attackminded lovenhands on the right too ashley cole out of the game as he couldn’t go forward

  • toonarmy1986

    May 15, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #14

    One thing I’m liking about Pardew we look a very organised side who have a plan when we go out there. With a couple of quality editions and a bit more strengthen I think we can push on with him. Just hope fans will be realistic with expectations next as survival is the aim again as the 2nd season can always prove harder.

  • Andy

    May 15, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #15

    If i had to split player of the season into 1st and 2nd I would definitely have Jonas as poty for the second half. Barton for first and Tiote for overall. Our squad looks good aslong as the youngsters keep progressing.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #16

    If Ben Arfa was on the pitch we might have even won the game today!
    Much better result and performance than I expected.
    All the Chelsea fans I spoke to after the game were impressed with the Toon!

    Credit to Alan Pardew!

  • sticklebricks

    May 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Joey is class, let’s hope he can stay fit next season. Pards is gonna have a serious headache fitting Arfa,Barton,Nolan,Tiote,Jonas and any possible new signings into our midfield next season.

    Not sure Nolan is going to get enough playing time next season to be the squad’s captain..

  • panzer attack 912

    May 15, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #18

    bbc football “demba ba agent looking 4 new club 7 mil 10 mil cum to toon how mint he is faast strong and probs available on cheap

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 15, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #19



    May 15, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #20

    I like the fact Pardew will have a headache with picking our Midfield and means we will actually have proven quality subs to change a game.

    I disagree that Nolan wont get enough playing time though him and Tiote will be the normal CM positions and probably Barton on the right then Benny CAM with new LW and new ST. I can see Jonas becoming a impact sub


    May 15, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #21

    I think pardew didn’t think Barton cud play midfield before 2 day ( that is cm) but now u have to say he and Tiote wud be a great pair !!! Many great partnerships in midfield consist of a passer and a tackler and with those 2 u get that!!!!!


    May 15, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah fair point but Barton is no captain (used to think he was but proven wrong) Nolan keeps everyone in check and pushes players he also knows which battles to pick. We need a captain on the pitch and thats Nolan

  • Andy

    May 15, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #23

    I had a conversation with my mate the other day about nolan. We had the same dilemma so thought what if he could play up front. He has the finishing, is reasonably strong in the air, isn’t as slow as some think and could still organize from the front. Realistically you want 11 captains not just 1 and if we only have 1 player with the balls to command and organize then that isn’t good enough


    May 15, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #24

    True but Tiote wud also be a great captain!!!We wud also have the option to play 4-3-3 if we buy a good enough striker to lead the line!!!

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 15, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Nolan is a good captain because he’d walk through fire to win a game.

    Shearer used to play covered in bandages and stitches, and Fabregas played on with a broken leg against Barcelona.

    That’s what captains should be

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 15, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Tiote would be an incredible captain! But unfortunately, I think he’ll move on to better things at some point. We need a captain we know will be around for a while.


    May 15, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Andy thats a very good point and to some extent I think we do have a lot of strong characters who act like captains but Nolan is clear headed which the rest of our lot arent. He’s like a manager on the pitch. Am a big fan of Nolan because he is such a good captain.

    I hope you said Tiote as captain for a joke 🙂

  • Turkish Magpie

    May 15, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #28

    i expect the team vs WBA will be the same except with Ranger for Shola or Loven.

    Also if Fergie is injured then a straight swap for LuaLua

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 15, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #29

    Andy, you’re picturing Kevin Davis right? 😛

  • Toon1978

    May 15, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #30


    There is no better things then NUFC….how dare you lol. I must disagree Tiote would be a dreadful captain. Firstly, no bugger would understand him and secondly the young ones can not really look up to as he is always bloody banned hehehehe!!

  • Andy

    May 15, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Haha he’d be very similar. Just think he would contribute more up top and it means we have a more creative influence in cm in Barton. Also he’s got more legs than Nolan to help Tiote out and stop him getting booked so bliddy often!

  • AndyMac

    May 15, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Jammydodger says:
    “Toon down south is right Pardew has made the team more fluid, tactically today for me not putting guttierez on the right but playing him ss with the attackminded lovenhands on the right too ashley cole out of the game as he couldn’t go forward”

    There are some of us who have advocated playing that formation for a while not just because we didnt have any other options which forced the Cockney tw@ts hand.

    I read his comments on saying “we were positive today”. Just a shame he couldnt have come up with that ground breaking formula against Villa ( a game begging to be won) or the Red Scousers 🙁

  • boater

    May 15, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Excellent all round performance today. Team spirit has been back in the past few weeks – Liverpool match aside.

    I’d give POTS to Barton personally, even though Nolan’s goals have kept us up just about, and Enrique who is arguably our pound-for-pound best player – I could honestly see him turning out for Barcelona these days. Then there’s Colo who has possibly been the most consistent central defender in the league after Vidic. Special mentions to Tiote (too many suspensions) and Jonas n’all.


  • alip123

    May 15, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #34

    At 2-1 down, I was gutted. Didn’t think we wud get a point, and also we had played so well. Then the team proves me wrong and saylor scores a good equaliser. We may not have completely dominated or illuminated the match with spectacular football, but look at the teams. We were gutsy and we fought like our lives depended on it.
    Sometimes (such as Carroll saga and Hughton getting sacked) I wonder why I still support Newcastle. Then days like today where we see the true Geordie fighting spirit come up, and I remember why.
    The 4-4 cannot be eclipsed this season in terms of fighting spirit on show, but this has been the difference between relegation two years ago and the toon of today.

    HWTL. let’s finish above the mackens and in the top half!

  • alip123

    May 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #35

    And Andymac – Pardew has done much better than anyone thought we would. Had it not been for the Carroll departure (I personally think that Hughton’s sacking had made up his mind. No disrespect to Pardew but Carroll would have been devastated to lose Hughton, and also I think it was too much money) and injuries we would have beaten teams such as Villa Nd Blackpool.
    We have more often than not had bad luck. Whether Pards can be blamed for injuries I don’t know, but give the guy some credit. I moaned when he became manager, but I’m man enough to admit that he’s proven me wrong. Hate to say it but Hughton had some bad days as well this season. But we expected that. I would have taken 17th at the start of the season. Let’s celebrate what is good about the toon, and the good result, and not grumble


    May 15, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #36

    ‘most consistent after vidic’
    U having a laugh!!!he was at fault even today!!!!!

  • kilcline

    May 15, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #37


    Colo has been our best centre back since woodgate.

    Also, my pants are bulging at the thought of transfers

  • sticklebricks

    May 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #38

    I agree that Nolan is a great captain, just as I would think S.Taylor would be, natural leaders.
    I Just think if Pards starts Nolan as captain at the he’s going to find it hard to drop him if the team isn’t performing.

    If he were to hand it to say Colo but state it’s until a permenant captain is decided then if there is room in the team for Nolan/hes not performing its going to be alot easier to drop him.

  • Andy

    May 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #39

    kilcline you hear any whispers? Or does the word transfer just generally arous you?

  • Andy

    May 15, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #40

    heard* arouse* Must try harder. (face palm)


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