Alan Pardew – It’s Frustrating – We Should Have Won

When you are the manager of a side that just collapsed dramatically in the last 30 minutes of the season at home, you have to try to point to the positives.

Alan Pardew – it’s frustrating

And that’s exactly what Alan Pardew did after yesterday’s shambles,  when Newcastle were 3-0 up after 60 minutes at home in front of a sell-out crowd, but managed to drop 2 points to the dismay and anger of their fans.

That seemed almost impossible at the time, but not for the up-and-down side that has been Newcastle this season.

Next season the side will  have to approach matches against sides they should beat with more determination and guile,  and not keep their best performances for the sides we expect to be beaten by – like Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and the like.

Newcastle will  get a lot more points that way next season.

Pardew said this after the game:

“Although I am disappointed, I am trying to keep myself in the zone of saying it’s been a great effort this year, and we mustn’t get away from that.”

“It’s been a tremendous effort from this group of players. We lost Ben Arfa and Andy Carroll and in terms of finishing where we have, 12th, that’s probably about fair, and we need to build on that next year.”

“That’s the level we are at. It’s frustrating, there’s nothing else to say other than that, really.” “We should have seen the game out and we should have won.”

Newcastle almost saw out the 3-2 victory and if they had done that – then celebrations after the game would have been in full swing.

But they didn’t and did an Arsenal by allowing Tchoyi to head home Olsson’s cross with only second remaining in normal time, and claim a point.

And to think Tchoyi scored a hat trick in 30 minutes at Newcastle when he previously scored just one league goal all season – and that tells you the Newcastle defense probably needs strengthening, and has collapsed far too many times this season.

To say the end of the game ruined the season is not accurate, but that’s what it looked like to Newcastle fans around the world and the fans at the game booed the players off the pitch.

They let West Brom come back from 3-0 down and did an Arsenal, and Newcastle didn’t even have the excuse of playing with just 10 men.

It was small wonder the fans were furious at the end of the game – although that reaction was for just one game and not the whole season.

Passion cuts  two ways on Tyneside, and if the Newcastle team collapses like they did at home yesterday, the players should expect exactly what they got.

It’s really spoiled what should have been festive celebrations that the lads have done so well over the full season, and we were never ever in the relegation zone.

And we suspect Alan Pardew will have lost money yesterday too, because he’s paid incentives and you have to believe he’ll get a bonus based on where Newcastle finished in the Premier League.

Everybody associated with Newcastle seems to have lost yesterday, and we cannot think Mike Ashley will have been too happy after the game either.

Newcastle should now rush forward the signing of that International player to help fans get over the negativity that has surrounded yesterday’s diabolical last 30 minutes of the season.

That would help lift the mood on Tyneside – quickly.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Toonboy

    May 23, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I still don’t understand how the players can let a 3-0 lead at home slip, with a bonus to all the staff who slave around for them day in day out on the line.


  • leazes upper

    May 23, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Think the players were already on holiday in second half.hopefully that will be the last time we see Smith in a black n white shirt as he offers nowt.already sick of smug makems at work.they have short memories thou.a quick 5 1 shut most of them up.time for graham carr todo his thing

  • tdt

    May 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Lets be positive about this Ed, come next season its not going to make any difference if we finished 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th this season.

    OK it cost some money and the scum finished above us (which is very gutting), but considering the paper-thin nature of the squad since Feb/March, the lack of investment since promotion, loss of AC and CH, and the fact that we have just been promoted – I’m generally satisfied with the season as a whole.

    Now, as long as we buy some good players during the summer and retain our main stars, it’ll be a successful season all round since promotion.

    Keep the faith people!

  • BigKirky

    May 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    I was there yesterday and it was very very annoying. Unmarked for the last goal. Danny Simpson really needs lessons on not to back off. Its not just this result though that has stopped us going into ninth. Tottenham last minute and Sunderland last minute are just as bad.

    I don’t know why we’re going for another centre midfielder tbh. Its packed in there as it is. Unless its menez, then I’ll understand 😉

    A well done to the lads for the season though. If we’d have been offered twelfth at the start of the season we’d have taken it. Lets hope we keep our best players…. Actually Enrique was in my dream last night, but said to me that. He was definately going :-(. Good luck to him if he does, but would be fantastic if he stays. Hopefully the calibre of player which is coming in will make him stay!

  • GeordieGerman

    May 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t think we should forget it could have been 3-5 if it wasn’t for Saylors off the line saves.

  • solano

    May 23, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Here’s a positive from a negger….I think Steve Bruce has saved his job at Dunderland for another year and that can only be a good thing for us….horrible rubber-faced Manc that he is…..

  • lesh

    May 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    12th place exceeded many expectations – well done all.

    But if we hadn’t thrown away a 3-0 lead and won that game, we’d have been in 9th and £2.5m better off!


    May 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    No s##t Pardew- it was your substitutions that changed the game (Smith is terrible and should never play for us again) Winning yesterday would have finished the season with a spring in our step however it was a poor end to the season especially with the mackums above us. This is the third game under Pardew we have thrown away the points (Sunderland/Spurs/Albion) -six points we should have banked. I am estatic we have survived(I think we have surpassed ourselves) Now the hard part- moving onto the next level.Its obvious we need quality recruitment but I see today Pardew saying it will not be easy getting new contract for Nolan!! I fear for Pardew if some of our better players go. Is he just a bare faced lieing individual who does exactly as Ashley tells him or can he move us forward. We are 2 to 3 quality players from a top 9 – 10 finish as long as we keep what we have(Smith/Cambell/Kuqi and Perch the exceptions)
    But you know what I DO NOT TRUST PARDEW.
    Keep the Faith

  • leazes upper

    May 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    @ Solano.u mite b rite lol

  • BigKirky

    May 23, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    ….and yesterday rubber stamped what is currently rubber stamped a multitude of times, that we need two quality forwards, as shola missed about 3 or 4 good chances and probably worst of all, before their second goal I think it was, we were on a break away with shola into the channel and somehow he managed to lose it under his lethargic legs and they went up and scored. Attack is the best form of defence… So just think, that wed have actually conceded a few less goals with two quality forwards. Roll on the summer transfer market and the return of magic man Ben Arfa!

  • Nufc_mo

    May 23, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    I reckon Newcastle’s priorities this summer should be

    A Center Defensive Midfielder – Wanyama
    A Right back – Guy demel(Free) Atsuto Uchida(I wish)
    A left back if Enrique leaves – M’Bengue
    A right winger: Jeremy Menez
    2 Strikers: Sturridge and Gervinho…

    Posted this starting 11 earlier…





    ~~~~~~~~Sturridge ~~ Gervinho~~~~~~~~~

    Uchida and M’bengue are young Pacey attack Minded Fullbacks,

    Tiote as always the Brick wall infront of the back 4

    Barton controlling the center of the pitch much like he did yesterday, slotting in through balls for the Wingers and front 2

    Menez and Arfa, the Flair players who can make something out of nothing happen

    Sturridge and Gervinho leading the attack with a proven eagle eye for the goal…

    With the exception of Harper, the oldest player would be Barton @ 28 years of age…

    I would be absolutely over the moon if Mike ashley could make this team happen, and id be willing to forgive him for all the Sins he has commited at the Newcastle Club!

    If menez is out of the question, do you think if Newcastle Inquired we could lure 20 year old Eden Hazard from Lille Aged 20, to join?

    Might be a long shot, but spurs seem to be the only other EPL team after him..

    From Wiki:
    Hazard is known for his creativity, speed, and technical ability and is described as a “fearless, explosive attacking midfielder who can change the game with a turn of pace or a dribble”.[2][3][4] He has also been described as “a defender’s nightmare” and has earned critical acclaim for his playing style, which has led to the media, coaches, and players drawing comparisons to FIFA World Player of the Year winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    On the flip side if Hazard is being way tooo optimistic, maybe Aaron Lennon from spurs?

    I wouldnt mind him @ Newcastle.. already premier league proven, FAST, and has a good pass on him… but knowing Dirty Harry he would cost us atleast 12mill…

    Sturridge – 10mill
    Gervinho – 10mill
    M’Bengue – 7mill
    Uchida – 8mill (High chance it wont happen)
    Wanyama -1.5mill
    Menez -9mill or Lennon 10-12mill? (Probably wont happen)

    Cost: Between 28.5mill to 42.5mill

    Enrique – 12-15mill
    Smith 1.5mill
    Perch 1mill

    Profit: 12-17.5mill…

    If we get all those In’s and sell all those outs, with the tv revenue we earn we should still have 5mill to spend on wages….

  • Partizan

    May 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    The whole team was a freakin disgrace yesterday,a team with no heart,no desire…just a big bunch of clowns.

    Mike Ashley is right for not investing big,,,he collected a bunch of non ambitios players with a non ambiotious manager.

    I wanted to vomit watching Coloccini yesterday,,Tottenham won against a relegation team knowing its pointless cos Liverpool was losing.
    Man Utd off course,a win is a must.

    We on the other hand,winning by 3-0 and lose the lead in 30 minutes is something i can’t get over it in a long long time.

    We are such a loser team,and i say this with passion.

  • Nufc_mo

    May 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    “We are such a loser team,and i say this with passion.”

    20 minutes and 4 goals against Arsenal. One of the greatest comebacks in football history.. Yes a loser team indeed.

  • Stuart

    May 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    I really dont understand all this negativity today.

    I know we threw away a win yesterday, and 9th place, and bragging rights with sunderland.

    But we didnt lose, we havent been involved in the relegation battle all season, we’ve flirted with the top 8, got some big wins and big scorelines.

    As far as I’m concerned, I said I’d take 17th at the start of the season and we’re 5 places above that. We have a strong team to push on next season aslong as the right players are brought in.

    Do you actually know how to smile Partizan?

  • G

    May 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    West Brom have only lost twice under Woy’s leadership. Both teams were poor yesterday, Woy’s tactical changes worked, ours didn’t. At the end of the day it was a fairly meaningless match. If the rumour about the 500k bonus for not playing staff is true, then it’s unfortunate that they missed out, and yes, it means we get less prize money £2.2M according to some £2.5M according to others, then that is also unfortunate, but far less unfortunate than losing out on Prem status, and survival was our only expectation this season. Roll on the next.

  • Partizan

    May 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Nufc_mo….All that falls into the water with yeasterday’s lack of discipline.
    We simply didn’t care yesterday,and stop comparing it with Arsenal’s game cos those comebacks are once in a million years.
    I am very satisfied with season’s results,but yesterday was too much for me to handle.
    We don’t have that killer instinct,to finish off our opponents and don’t give them a chance to get anything out of the game.
    I would understand if we were leading 1-0 or even 2-0,,,but 3-0 and let it slip…..then there is deffinetly something wrong with that.

  • Nufc_mo

    May 23, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17


    like i suspect all the good news we had yesterday was what lead to our disappointment last night…

  • Nufc_mo

    May 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Ironic that you are “very satisfied with season’s results” but still slate the Club as a loser team for one embarrasing second half performance..

  • Partizan

    May 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Stuart….I don’t care if the game was meaningless,we SHOULD have won it.
    That’s what big teams do when they have a 3-0 lead.

  • Nufc_mo

    May 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #20

    like i suspected… my bad

  • Partizan

    May 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Maybe its ironic for you cos you’re used to it,but for me its a catastrophe.
    All the masks have fallen in the second half and showed our true colours.I didn’t see any pride and determination in our team to finish the season in style.

  • Stuart

    May 23, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #22

    I’ll take that as a no.

  • Partizan

    May 23, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #23

    I would have taken a 3-0 beating by WBA any time of the day,instead of a 3-0 lead and just give it away like that.

  • Partizan

    May 23, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Stuart…I smile when there is something to smile about,sorry…i’m not a cold blooded person.

    IF you know what i mean!!

  • Stuart

    May 23, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Partizan mate, the way you’re going on you’d think we just got relegated again.

  • Geordie Jonny

    May 23, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #26

    Firstly Partizan calm down. We drew, admitedly we shouldn’t have let the lead slip however their were a lot of positives to get from the game. One of them, and this might sound weird, is that we didn’t actually play that ‘well’ in the first half but we still managed to score twice. We also showed that we can still win without Enrique’s input. Both Enrique and Simpson were poor however S.Taylor was great and single handedly prevented two goals he was also strong in the air. Their second goal was probably the fault of Simpson and their third was due to Enrique and Colo’s poor marking. If we can find suitable replacemens for both Simpson and Enrique (assuming he leaves) and get a decent striker or two then next season could be great.


  • wynsleap

    May 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #27

    No Pardew – 12th is not “the level we’re at”.
    It SHOULD have been 9th and WOULD have been but for your stupid substititions and poor management in allowing a set of players to think they were already on the beach when they were 3-0 up.
    It’s not just more “determination and guile” we need next year Ed it’s more professionalism and pride too. We’ve got to stop being sentimental with players who aren’t doing the business or are just here to gee up the dressing room, play the youngsters who are really doing it instead of the old favourites who are getting game time for no reason and finally get rid of bloody Shola.

  • Partizan

    May 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Stuart….You’re missing my point,i don’t care if we drew with WBA,,,its the WAY how we did it.

    Just look at some of the previous games in other leagues and in EPL aswell.

    Dortmund against Frankfurt last game of the season

    Tottenham against Birmingham 2-1

    Sampdoria vs Palermo 1-2

    Man Utd vs Blackpool 4-2

    Deportivo vs Valencia 0-2

    Arles vs Toulouse 1-0

    Man Utd could have lose it easily but they didn’r

    Valencia with no need of points,they sent Deportivo in second league

    Palermo no chance for relegation,they sent Sampdoria to Seria B.

    Arles with only 1 win in a whole season and relegated long time ago,they stopped Toulouse for catching European spot.

    Dortmund the German Champion could have easily given a point to Frankfurt but they fought for their pride and they didn’t give them a chance in the final game.

    We on the other hand,,had a chance for top 10 finish with a 3-0 lead we didn’t even fight to keep it,3 goals scored by a players who had 1 goal whole season…we are showing too much sentimentality sometimes and thats what’s killing us.

  • Partizan

    May 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #29


  • Brutooon

    May 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    Blame the result on Pardew decision to play the AGEING Alan SHIT !!!

  • Partizan

    May 23, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Brutoon….Off course i blame Pardew,but i also blame certain players.

  • Bao Zheng

    May 23, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    My judgement is with the Partizan Wynsleap. Too many of our players (and the manager) are way too comfortable. The good games show they can play. Way too many performances show often they can’t be arsed. After all it’s only a game. Unless of course Pardew had just cost me 2.5 million in which case I would be struggling to see the fun in that.

  • dave 1961

    May 23, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Pardew is a total prick 100% bum boy for Ashley & Llambias, 5 wins from 22 games Pardews our worst manager in living memory.

  • BigKirky

    May 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #34

    I think pardew has done ok on the whole and has continued where c.h. Left off. He seems to be identifying players who are pacey and have flair. This may sound pretty obvious, but when u look at our other stubborn managers, it certainly hasn’t been obvious to them.

    pardew has made some mistakes, but he seems to be learning from them. E.g. Didn’t play Taylor right back after his nightmare there and left tiote out last two games. When he played him in the cup and got sent off therefore missing Sunderland game.

    We’ve had average at very best forwards and managed to finish twelfth on our first season back up. Nearly ninth. Cut the guy some slack and we should be thankful that hes actually trying to look at flair players to go with what we have now. I believe we are going to progress next season and hopefully he nd carr can get us some great value signings like Ben magic man and grandmaster tiote.


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