Pardew Wants Newcastle To Be More Solid In Defense


Danny Simpson has talked today to the local Newcastle press, and has revealed how Alan Pardew has been walking hard on the Newcastle defense this pre-season.

Danny Simpson –  Pardew wants defense more solid

It was fairly obvious from the start of the Arsenal game, that Pardew and the other Newcastle coaches had the side well drilled,  and while there were one or two anxious moments, especially in the first half, the lads and the defense in particular stuck to their task very well.

This is what Danny revealed today, about how the new French arrivals will be ready for the Sunderland derby game on Saturday:

“We’ve told the new signings from day one what to expect in the derby, so they have been well briefed in advance.”

“Sunderland is a huge game and it means everything to our fans. The new lads know that we’re going there to get something for them.”

“They’ve seen how hard we have to work as a team and what the expectations are.”  “They’ve got the quality, but they also have to work hard, and I’m sure they know what’s required of us in the derby.”

“I think a few have been introduced to the Premier League now!” “It was a great performance from the lads – Arsenal are a quality team.”

“From day one of being here, the manager has wanted us to be solid at the back and not concede.”  “He’s already shown us defensive stats from last season, and he wants us to improve again.”

“He wants to keep us on our toes.” “We know we’ve got players in the team who can win us games.” “As long as we’re solid at the back, we’ve every chance to win games.”

“Shola led the line and competed for everything. We just needed that bit of luck, but it didn’t come.” “Maybe last season, we might have lost the game.”

“It was important we drew and kept a clean sheet if we weren’t going to win.”

The former Red Devil also thanked the crowd at St. James’ Park on Saturday, and we thought the crowd  showed great patience,  especially after a difficult first half for the lads.

But the players, to their immense credit, stuck to their task well, and in the end our boys even had a decent chance of winning the match,  after Gervinho was sent off after 75 minutes.

Danny talked about Newcastle’s top fans:

“They got behind us all through the game.” “I was just glad we got the point and the clean sheet.”

“It’s nice that they’re still backing the lads on the pitch, and still want us to do well.”

“It was good for us that we could give something back – and we certainly want to give something back on Saturday.”

A win on Saturday against local rivals Sunderland will be just what the Doctor ordered, but we think it will be a much harder game than the two derby games of last season.

But a win would be great, a draw would be acceptable, and a defeat would be an absolute disaster.

Comments welcome.



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147 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #1

    We were fairly good at the back last season too i thought. Need to build on that.
    But won’t help to keep a clean sheet if u cant score the goals up top.
    Where’s my blistering paced striker?

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2

    “Shola led the line and competed for everything. We just needed that bit of luck, but it didn’t come.”
    What was he watching? Shola did sweet FA and everything he did “compete” for he lost. He should have played an easy pass into Ba’s run and he would have been in on goal but instead struggled to control the ball, typical. Every good touch he had was followed up quickly by a horrendous one.

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  • Andy

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Is he the first newcastle manager to ever realise you have to have a good defence? I agree with this. It should be a priority as well

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  • arcarius

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Get Pieters signed! Nuff said

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    @barryvenison
    It’s hard to see allll the way from the rightback side of the field.
    All you can see are the tops of Ba and Sholas heads skimming about. They probably looked pretty active from where he was standing.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Shola wasent that bad in all fairness

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  • Andy

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    at least shola is learning to keep the ball when he falls on his arse these days.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #8

    “a defeat would be an absolute disaster”

    I think that’s a bit over the top Ed. Its not gonna be an easy game and if the players went in with that attitude it would be a very long day.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    WWJBD

    He wasnt very good either 😉

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  • mattnufc

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #10

    @6
    I disagree. When the ball came to him it was basically a pass to Arsenal.

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  • jaw4life

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m torn between Pieters and Cissokho. It seem Pieters is more of a ‘solid’ defender but does offer that much going forward. Whereas Aly is strong and super quick, gr8 at taking people on and so much energer, he could link up with Sylvain well perhaps? hmmm I think Cissokho edges it for me, he is world class….

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Notts
    Ba was far worse

    mattnufc
    Where as when it went to Ba it was a goal scoring chance?

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #13

    WWJBD

    They were equally bad but Ba didnt really get a chance.

    Shola and him are different players. Ba plays on the shoulder so he needs good service and good through balls for him to be at his best. Obviously no one can send through balls to Ba when we dont have the ball so i dont really think Ba was that bad.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    World class is edging it a bit but he is a good player. Personally i would go for whoever is cheapest as i think they are both really good players.

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  • Tyneside

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #15

    @NottsGeordie

    Ashley will go for whoevers cheapest too

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  • thai-mag

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #17

    we will need good defense this season because we wont be scoring many goals thats for certain

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  • Ollieh51

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    One seems like a wing back and the other a more traditional Full back?

    Think Pieters fits best as would allow Jonas/Marveaux to push up the park a bit more than Cissokho would?

    And Pieters would be cheaper too it seems?

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Notts
    Ba not that bad? He literally did nothing during the game and was with drawn at half time
    Ba was wee poor for the 45 he was on the pitch imo I just hope it was a blip…though did he score a goal during preseason? hmmm

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Why would we not score any goals thai mag?

    Last year our front was

    Barton Tiote Nolan Gutierrez
    Best Ameobi

    This year it will be

    Barton Tiote Cabaye Obertan
    Ben Arfa
    Ba

    tell me which front 6 is better and which has more goals in it…..

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  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Shola was awful, I’d give him 4 out of 10. Ba also struggled, 5 to him. I seems that Best is our best striker at the moment, throw him in against the dirty mackems. Love that song btw, Dirty Mackem – Septic Hank 😉

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #22

    WWJBD

    Yeah the reason he did bad was because he got no service and had no one to pass him the ball. That was why Pardew brought him off not because he was poor or cus he is a bad player.

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Even if we don’t get a striker in before the unwashed, there’s 15 days to go, not over yet!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 16, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Pieters in yet?

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  • jamesnufc86

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Ameobi was worse than Ba , I feel sorry for Ba being made to link up with Ameobi, Ameobi simply hasnt got the ability to form a good relationship with ANY striker! I really hope we start with Best and Ba for Sunderland and also would like to see Obertan get a start

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #26

    jamesnufc86

    Spot on mate!! Best looked lively and Obertan was class.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Notts
    Well not really because Shola barely got the ball but was kept on. He has also had, in preseason, supply but still didnt score

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  • Eastander

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Right now I would say Best is the best striker at the club

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #29

    WWJBD

    He also scored 7 goals in 13 games last year so give the lad a chance. Anyway pre season is meant for getting fit not scoring a hat trick in every game, how many minutes was he on the pitch anyway? Overall he probably played like 300 minutes….not really a goal drought.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #30

    I would go for Best & Ba upfront, don’t know why that pairing wasn’t tried out in pre season?!

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  • arcarius

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Although Shola was crap against Arse, couldnt deny he has a good first touch though which is kinda surprising for a man his size.

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  • Eastander

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #32

    @31 whats more of a surprise for a man of his size is that he jumps 5ft 8!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Ba just couldn’t get in the game vs Arsenal, he couldnt get a pass let alone a chance on goal.

    our link up play needs to improve and Cabaye needs to play infront of Mr T

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Notts
    Not saying he is a bad player but he is very much a worry atm imo I hope its just a blip as I have said
    And tbh preseason for a striker is about getting fit and scoring goals

    And 300 minutes is over 3 full games against poorer teams….not exactly filling me with confidence

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #35

    @28 – Thats depressing…

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  • jamesnufc86

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Shola good first touch mmmmmm…not the best , its his 2nd 3rd and 4th that worry me most!

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Richy
    Only reason I can think of is because Best isnt rated within the club

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #38

    Why havent any other big clubs came in for Maynard – Bristol City paid a hell of a cprice for him 2 years ago – Didnt he start at Arsenal?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #39

    ________ Krul
    Simmo_Collo_Saylor_?
    ________Tiote
    Oba____Cabaye__Jonas
    _______Best_Ba

    Subs: Foster, Willo, Gosling, Barton, Vuckic, Abheid, Sh Ameobi, Sa Ameobi

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  • Andy

    Aug 16, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Ba was clean through and if shola had played him in he would had a clean shot at goal. Shola couldn’t see it and kept the ball for 3 extra touches then by the time he saw it it was too late. They were both equally bad first half as the tactics were totally wrong. Ba would have benefitted second half as he is not a target man. He is a big guy but does not play like shola. Some people seem to think he is a carbon copy. Anyways for mackems we have to start 5 in m/f i think. Obertan right jonas left barton tiote and cabaye centre and whoever pardew thinks is the right man

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