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Pardew – We Conceded Some Poor Goals

9:30 am, Monday, August 1st, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

Newcastle just didn’t look at the races yesterday, and put in rather a lack luster display.

Alan Pardew - disappointing display

But the most worrying thing for manager Alan Pardew was the poor defending,  and each one of the Leeds goals were questionable and should have been prevented.

Of course things didn’t start very well with Fraser Forster dropping a straight forward cross, and Newcastle were 1-0 down after just 8 minutes.

Alan Pardew has admitted he was disappointed with his team’s overall play yesterday, and it was a little like the Orlando City game, the lads seemed tired and almost disinterested.

Newcastle need to put in a performance against Fiorentina next Saturday like they did at Columbus last week, and the same thing when Arsenal visit St. James’ Park on 13th August.

This is what Alan told the local Newcastle press this morning:

“I think there was a bit of tiredness and the first goal probably set the tone for the rest of the game. There were a lot of mistakes from both sides and the goals we conceded were really poor.”

“We’ve defended well this pre-season so I’m disappointed. It’s fairly obvious that Williamson needs another game, and we’ll probably play him at Gateshead on Tuesday to get him up to speed.”

“There were some positives today. Cabaye played in Cheick’s position in a holding role. We all know he’s a fantastic passer, but I thought he showed good defensive qualities in there.”

“So that bodes well. Haris came on for a nice little cameo and I thought Demba Ba was sharp as well. But overall I was a bit disappointed with our quality. We needed to experiment though and sometimes when you lose, you can learn more.”

Cabaye certainly looks the real deal, and could become a big player for Newcastle next season and Demba Ba is getting sharper with every game.

It was a disappointing display overall yesterday, and we look for much stronger displays against Gateshead and Fiorentina in the coming week.

And then of course the  first game against Arsenal will be important, and we’d take a point,  but will be looking for a win to get the season off to a fast start.

Arsenal are also having their troubles in pre-season, and they were booed off the field yesterday after their 1-1 draw at New York Red Bulls.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Demba Ba · Fraser Forster · Newcastle News · Yohan Cabaye



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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Starnufc // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    1st and no duh

  • 2 Brettoon // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Blah blah by Pardew.

    Don’t blame him for being a muppet. We have signed some quality but overall we need 2-3 definite players.

    Although he has gone from saying we need a few, to 2, to 1 or maybe 2, to one more player.

    Blah

  • 3 ochytoon // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_7075340,00.html

  • 4 Aye Aye How // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Very poor denfensive errors, WE NEED another centre back with proven Premier league experience, Upson on a free maybe??
    Scott Dann of birmingham looks a good buy aswell, young but has great prospect of becoming a fututre england centre back!!

  • 5 JohnnyBrookes // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Is Stuart now a NEGGER!! :) LOL

    Just joking, but seriously now, some people STILL defending Ashley after the latest player comes out and criticises them is beyond belief honestly. what does it take for people to take notice… Barton,Enrique,Keegan,Nolan,Shearer,Routledge, Hughton..

    Come on on, honestly? Why bother any more, I would have been perfectly happy to admit that I was wrong if Ashley had spent in this window, I would have been happy to!!. So why not the other way round!?

  • 6 Aye Aye How // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    @ ochytoon, Good link, its about time we stop hearing about erding now like, He was poor at the weekend against new york red bulls, We nned to focus on other possible targets, like actually making a move for Shane Long or taking a last ditch move on Dundees David Goodwillie from Blackburn, seen a few games last season of him and hes very promising, albeit its the scottish leagues he bagged 20 goals last season!!

  • 7 ochytoon // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Aye Aye How
    The thing is that Pardew is constantly going on about a deal being close but the player has said he won’t leave Paris and now his manager has as well. In fact he even said they’ve never had discussions with us.

  • 8 Brettoon // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Think we can safely say goodbye to Erding.. Next!

  • 9 Brettoon // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Suppose we never really said hello so goodbye might not be the word!

  • 10 Indian Magpie // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Shola Ameobi needs to clear his desk too.

  • 11 Xavi // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    i completely agree JohnnyBrookes

    ashely is a liar, llambias is a snake. pardew a puppet

  • 12 grumpy_old_sod // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Cabaye playing in tiote’s position! Is he telling us that cheik is leaving. I am usually the optimist, but yesterday did not look good. I can’t believe pardew only wants one more player in. Getting a bit worried now.

  • 13 Aye Aye How // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    ochytoon & Brettoon HAHA SO very true, See ya erding!! he would never have fitted in, we need a in and out striker/poacher thats always making runs and in th right place at the right time! SHANE LONG….i swear hes going to make it! watched him loads he is good, carroll was a nobody bagging in goals in championship, then hit 12 in first prem appreances! IM sure shane good do th smae

  • 14 paulrutter1511 // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    What about the 4000+ fools who had to watch that shower of !! i was there with my son and apart from vuckic, cabaye and ba and best two of those were subs we looked pap !! i mean he said simpson played well but he kept getting skinned all game !! is ap for real ?? i feel cheated !! we need to build up a squad i mean we so lacked collo, enrique yesterday it was scary

  • 15 Hoppefot79 // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    I’m not worried at all! Think we have some very good players at the club, and even youngsters pushing for the 1st team. I think Pardew is an ok manager and will do well this season. Barton shouldn’t tweet the stuff he’s tweeting, not helping anyone. Couldn’t care less if he’s telling the truth or not, it’s doing the cause no good. I’m remaining positive, top 8 for me!

  • 16 thetoonarmybarracks // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    we have no chance with erdinc

    http://thetoonarmybarracks.blogspot.com

  • 17 The Eternal Optimist // Aug 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    pre-season friendlies are time for managers to experiement with the team for the benefit of the team. I’m amazed at the reaction to this game. The doom-mongers are talking like we’ve just lost a cup game and regardless of what Pards says it’s ripped apart and indicative that he’s a puppet and the cockneys are trying to ruin our club blah blah bollocks.

    Cabaye is a vast improvement on Nolan from what I’ve seen of his Lille, France and early Toon exploits. Demba Ba is vastly better than Kuqi. We have genuine cause to be optimistic about our young’uns, fergie, haris, sami, tav… etc and yet people still can’t get behind the team. Yes it was not the best showing yesterday but we’ve lost no points and exited no competition- so calm down lads!

  • 18 Ian Magpie // Aug 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Ive tried so hard to give the club the benefit of the doubt but I can’t help but feel lied to! Any club showing ambition would have had business all done and dusted now. The squad shows bits of potential but I get a rather sickly feeling that, going by what the players are saying (Barton, Jose) its going to be a long hard season! Yes we have brought some good players in on frees but a squad that was woefully short last season is just as short this season! Its a mess (again) The club have brought it on themselves! The PR STINKS!!!

  • 19 Ian Magpie // Aug 1, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    @14 Wish I shared your optimism! For all of us, lets hope so!

  • 20 WesJameson // Aug 1, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Who fekking cares anymore, when i was a youngster, i couldnt wait, to watch my beloved NUFC play, week in and week out, they were exciting, dynamic, attacking, pleasing to the eye, and generally very well respected in Europe

    Now we struggle to even sign players from the Fizzy pop, F@ck this man, nothing much to live for, to be excited about, thats how much i Love football :-(

  • 21 simonsez // Aug 1, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Ian Magpie, you say any club would have business all done and dusted by now. when was this ever the case? look at previous windows and see how many big name signing were made on the last day of the window, (im talking about all clubs, not just nufc). Im getting sick of all the complaining. havent even started the season and we have a load of so called fans saying we are going to do rubbish. and we have a bunch of overpaid players on twitter complaining about the club that pays them amounts of money I could only dream of. Thats whats wrong with our club not the owners manager etc.

  • 22 tweaked // Aug 1, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    sloppy defending and forster just cost himself a jersey for another season.. without collo and taylor @ CB we pretty much screwed

  • 23 cg // Aug 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    @12: More like Cheick will be watching a few games from the stand cause of yellow card suspensions ;) Need a replacement then.

  • 24 Felipe // Aug 1, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    One pre season friendly, one bad result, players are all crap, forster should be sold on the back of one bad save, wilkinson can go as well, the fact he’s just back from injury is no excuse he’s useless., Ba and Ameobi didn’t score, they can go, jonas did nowt he can go as well, barton’s a stupid loud mouth twit he can go, pardew lost a pre season friendly, he can go. Championship here we come…

  • 25 Felipe // Aug 1, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    @IanMagpie 18: How does 12th in our first season back in the premier league translate into woefully short. No wonder supporters of other teams think toon fans are all suffering from delusions of grandeur. Any one of us would have been happy with safety last season. We finished 12th and but for a bad 45 mins against west brom it could have been 9th. Get real and get supporting the team ffs.




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