Alan Pardew – Geordie Team Spirit Still There


Good sides find a way to win, and when they are under pressure they are resilient and don’t break.

Ryan Taylor goal – the ball sailed in from the free kick

And the good news is that’s what Newcastle have looked like in their first two games of the season , a resilient  defense in both games, and today at Sunderland the lads found a way to win.

Anybody watching the first half wouldn’t have thought Newcastle could come away with a win and a clean sheet, but that’s exactly what the lads achieved today.

Newcastle  haven’t played great in the first two games, that’s very true, but we now have 4 points from two difficult games.

And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has hailed his side’s performance, because the lads showed grit and  toughness, especially in the first half today, when Sunderland were the better side.

Ryan Taylor’s beautiful free kick after 63 minutes, which sailed into the top left hand corner, gave Newcastle the 1-0 win.

It could have been much easier for Newcastle however, because  Seb Larsson was seen to handle a Joey Barton header from a corner after 15 minutes, and it should have been a penalty and Larsson should have been sent off.

But referee Howard Webb talked to his assistant and they disallowed the claims, but TV replays suggested it was a deliberate hand ball by the Swede.

Pardew though that incident had a big impact on the game:

“The penalty changed the course of the game to a degree.”  “By the players’ reactions you could tell – he had obviously handled it and should have gone off.”

“But I see Howard Webb looking around and I knew he had not seen it so that was out the window and then we were relying on the linesman, and he didn’t see it and I thought it affected us and let it get to us and we kind of carried it with us.”

“We struggled in that period of the game but we stuck with our system, we changed a couple of things at half-time,  and it worked for us, we had more care and had more of the ball.”

“I just thought we had that composure and when you’re away that does help.”  “We should have won last year and even played better last year and we went home really disappointed, so today we saw it over the line and perhaps it was reward for that.”

To give Pardew some credit in both games this season, he’s changed things at half time and Newcastle have come on in the second half and looked a lot better.

And of course Newcastle today scored from a set piece,  which the lads have been concentrating on in training in pre-season.

Alan will now experience what it’s like winning a Newcastle –  Sunderland derby as a Newcastle manager, and will be celebrating tonight.

It doesn’t really matter we didn’t play too well today, because the result is 99% of it, as Alan will find out, as he thinks it will be good for the staff and the squad:

“It brings everyone together, my staff are looking forward to going to town tonight and sharing it with the fans and I will join them for one or two and enjoy it, and that is what it is all about sometimes,” 

“You cannot argue with our two games, Arsenal at home, Sunderland away – maybe experts are saying we would get one point, but to get four points that is a real tick in the box.”

“The spirit is still there, which we were applauded for last year, but even with the new players that is still there.”

It’s been a decent start to the season, but we now have  the Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe on Thursday night, and a 1:00 pm kick off game at home on Sunday against a decent Fulham side.

Two wins in those games and Tyneside will be buzzing again.

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54 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Ey up lads just got in absolutely sloshed…

    Bar in Brisbane seemed to have 50 geordies to every 1 unwashed….

    other than that all cesspool fans. sick really

    pretty piss poor game but a wins a win im so happy, brilliant result

    all you saying we will lose go have a pokeybumwank yeah you SMB

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #2

    we are going down

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    sorry my other comment is getting reviewed better than saying 1st

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  • Graeme

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    The better team on the day won the match – simple as that lol

    Did Stevie Bruce have a face like a smacked arse again? I worry about the poor mans health pmsl

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  • Drona

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #5

    how are we going down?

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  • the_besty_show

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6

    FOOOOKIN GET IN THEEEEEREEEE

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  • pardew no 1

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #7

    pardew you little rebel going for a drink

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #8

    We’re still not that good but we have enough technique and abilities to won it, That’s fact !!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    how are we going down :s

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  • niffnoff

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    @DarloGeordie

    Are you a mackem in disguise?
    Seriously that is the most stupid thing to say right at the begining of a season. I suppose your gonna say ASHLEY OUT! next?

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  • IndianapolisToon

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Pardew going to get his swerve on tonight, he’s going to wake up spooning with Ryan Taylor’s right foot.

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  • geoff777

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #12

    @DarloGeordie

    You going down …. on a LB?

    Celebrate big time my fellow Darlo toon fan …

    Sad Mackem B@stards

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  • geoff777

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #13

    @niffnoff

    ASHLEY OUT!!!

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  • free giveaways

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Lets get a quality striker and lb now please!

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  • solano

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #15

    A great result…enjoy your day……keyboard warriors, Ashley bumchums, Deluded Possers…..Steve Cram (celebrity fan) ….Kate Adie….Steve “Busted Couch Face” Bruce….John Humble…..etc 😉

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #16

    im pissed, misssed the game here stateside….anybody know where i can watch replay or good highlights…..

    on another note f@ck the monkey mackems im so proud of our boys

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  • gorskino10

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Saw this Rumour on #NUFC rather strange but,

    During the negotiations with Inter for Sulley Muntari, Newcastle have asked the Italian club some informations about 21 year old fullback Davide Santon.

    Link: http://www.footballpress.net/index.php?action=read&idsel=90827

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  • niffnoff

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #18

    @geoff777

    LOL I expected someone to do it 😉

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  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #19

    I know our defense will take a lot of praise today, but in reality although we did defend well I would imagine it could have been a different scenario had this game been mid-season; strikers are unforgiving in mid-season and although we defended well I do think we still need to step up our game a little bit, Danny Simpson was the only disappointment today if I’m being very cynical – although he defended well he was weak going forward and lost possession far too often, anyway he’s only young and can improve on this. Tiote aswell was slightly disappointing gave the ball away way to often but is to be expected to a player with great technique who isn’t at their sharpest.

    Jonas and Collo stand out performances today. We just need a good striker and a decent LB to have the makings of a good squad.

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  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Davide Santon is amazing guys btw – but I can imagine he is our of our price range.

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  • geoff777

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #21

    @Sgt. Heagerty

    The Canadians had a great stream on Setanta … did you sleep in?

    We were top of the league ( for 45 mins) 🙂

    Toon Army!!!

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  • gorskino10

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Toonboy_83@

    Not sure about Amazing, saw him was a weaklink and thats why Nagatomo has taken his place, he got loaned our at Cesena, Looked nervious in preseason, not too sure if he is like Keirisson, HUGE potential but one quite not achieved.

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  • free giveaways

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Santon in a brilliant player, potentially better than Enrique, I’d be very surprised if we got him. I guess Muntari would be a replacement for Barton, whether he leaves this season or next.

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Superb deal ! if we can sign Santon or even loan + option like Ben Arfa.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #25

    no mate i set here and watched updates on the official site and itr bout killed me mate, im here in missouir brother….

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  • The Shola Show

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #26

    anyone know who actually got man of the match? 🙂

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  • geoff777

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #27

    @niffnoff

    Had to be done … 🙂
    We can all celebrate today.

    I think Darlo’s in Thailand still probably going down on something really nasty … with red & white stripes.

    Still a broad spectrum antibiotic when he gets home and he’ll be fine … 🙂

    HWTL

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Krul got MOTM.

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  • Toonboy_83

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Trust me; I’ve bought Davide Santon on both Football Manager 2010 and Football Manager 2011 and he is the best LB in the game, he is incredibly versatile he can play RB aswell – and in my Newcastle team which is the best in Europe he is easily one of my first choice players. He is quality at set pieces aswell.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #30

    cant even watch the highlights on here wtf!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • geoff777

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #31

    @ginkoh

    That’s slightly surprising but he was perfect so why not …

    They all deserve awards.

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #32

    @geoff777

    Totally agree, Our overall performance today is decent. Played as team and tactic spot on. Well done for all lads !! HWTL !

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #33

    anybody know where i can see good highlights please so i can talk the match over with my toon army brethren

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  • Conan The Destroyer

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #34

    I tried signing that Santon on Fifa 11 the other night, b*stards rejected my bid..

    We need another playmaker a striker and 2 left backs.. just in case one gets injured.

    Get the wallet out Ashley me old son!!

    The scum spent 25 mil on 11 players this transfer window (not that it helped them any) but Newcastle need more players!!..

    and the win today should say something to you Mr Ashley..

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #35

    We still neEd two striker and ameobi still sucks

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #36

    And I’m quite surprise how well Cabaye adapt his style to PRM. Class !

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  • geoff777

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #37

    @Sgt. Heagerty

    Mackems were dirty talentless low-lifes for 95 minutes.

    The referee was useless and missed a clear NUFC penalty Larsson hand-ball on the line (red card) 1st half.

    2nd half we were better, Raylor scored from a great free kick.

    Bardswell sent off for the sad Mackem B@stards.

    The ref gave the scum every chance to come back by adding five minutes on from nowhere.

    But even with home advantage, crap officials, we beat the low lifes 0-1.

    That’s the highlights … now you can go out and drink beer for breakfast … 🙂

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #38

    OMG, just realised……

    TIOTE DIDN’T GET BOOKED!!!!

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  • mattnufc

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Krul, Collocini, Jonas were the standout players for me but everyone played well. Cabaye was good as well.

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  • geoff777

    Aug 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #40

    @ToonDownSouth

    Well spotted mate … missed that one 🙂

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