Newcastle Defense Good – Now We Need To Improve Attack

The Newcastle defense has looked resolute in the first two games of this season.

John Carver and Alan Pardew oversee training

And credit to Alan Pardew, the coaches, and of course the players,  as they have concentrated on that in their pre-season training, and it seems to be paying off.

In both the first 45 minutes of the first two games, Newcastle came under severe pressure from Arsenal and Sunderland, but the lads managed to hang on well, and not concede a goal.

And not only that, but with changes made in the formation after half time, Newcastle came on strong in both games to get an excellent 4 points.

And would you believe it, but Newcastle are the only side in England not to have conceded a goal this season, so that’s quite an accomplishment, and it will be interesting to see how many clean sheets Newcastle can accomplish this season.

The more the better.

Alan Pardew is delighted with the Newcastle defense, but on the other hand Newcastle have looked rather feeble up front, so that needs to be improved.

This is what the manager said today on the official Newcastle site:

“We pride ourselves on some of the defensive work we do here and last year when I was here we were really tight,” 

“I was really pleased with that, but of course it is only a platform to attack and the attacking side of our game needs to improve.”

“We need to threaten the goal more than we have done in the last two Premier League games. But our defensive displays have been very, very good and hopefully we will take that to Scunthorpe.”

Newcastle have five new players in so far, and we’re hoping for at least two more top signings in the next eight days.

A striker and a left-back are still needed, and then if Newcastle also sign the two top French youngsters currently on trial,  Danny Situ and William Rémy, then Newcastle will have done well in the transfer market this summer.

That will be six first team signings and three excellent youngsters  in Abeid,  Situ and Rémy), and at least seven of them will be French, since the two lads on trial are French Youth Internationals from Lens.

The three youngsters will all be from Lens in fact, and we assume they already know each other well, but  Situ and Rémy will need to impress to be offered Newcastle contracts.

Winning is the main thing for the Magpies, and it’s even possible that Newcastle could win their next two games at Scunthorpe on Thursday night in the Carling Cup, and then at home against a beatable Fulham side on Sunday Afternoon.

Alan continued:

“As long as you win, that is the most important thing. I’m not going to go down the road of saying we want to score three or four goals – we are not in that place at the moment,”

“We have a new team, with new players and some people were thinking I would be sat here now with only one point, or even zero from two games.”

“But we have four points, have started the season very solidly and have something to build on.”

The attack could be improved by signing another top striker, which we assume Newcastle will do before September 1st,  although who that will be we have no real idea, since Sochaux’s Modibo Maiga seems too expensive.

And we have to hope that once Demba Ba settles in, he can come through to have a good season, and also Leon Best, who looked just great early in the year.

And we also have Shola Ameobi, who signed a two year contract extension recently, and the reliable Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands, and maybe even youngster Nile Ranger, if he bucks up his ideas and becomes a better professional.

We are also hoping we don’t have any shocks in the last eight days of this window, and we don’t lose any more of our very good players, like Cheick Tiote and Joey Barton, as just two examples.

That would not be good, but we keep looking on the bright side, and everything could end up looking very decent come September 1st.

Howay The Lads!!

41 comments so far

  • G

    Aug 23, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Defence may look good, but it would look a damn site better with a bespoke left back.

  • voodoo85

    Aug 23, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #2

    question is, how would our defense look after a few injuries or suspensions ?, need some extra backup for across the whole back 4

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #3

    we still need a left back and one center back to cover the 3 center back and a right back to fight with simpson

  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Or make Dummett and Henderson available.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Pieters can cover centre back. That should make him a much more attractive proposition.

    We’ve got CB problems. It’s not the MOST important, but I would say that if Colo had broken his leg on Saturday, we would be looking at certain relegation…

  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #6

    @TDS, Williamson hasn’t even started. We still have good coverage there, along with the promising young lads.

  • Dannyo

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #7

    When it comes to backup, it seems we’ll rely on the two french kids, IF they sign, Dummet, and Tavernier when he returns from loans, he’s only there for a month atm.
    Then u have Perch and Williamson as backups. I only rate Williamson tho.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #8

    You call having 3 centre backs in the whole squad good coverage?

    Kadar hasn’t even been given a shirt number, and the two French kids haven’t even signed.

    So I really disagree with you there. 3 CB’s really isn’t enough

  • Beardsleys Love Child

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #9

    I still think it is an ABSOLUTE AND UTTER DISGRACE newcastle united are a mere week away from the transfer window being shut and STILL do not have a recognised experienced left back or the genuine replacement for CARROLL after nearly 3 months of the window being re-opened, ASHLEY, stop fannying about, i know you have to balance the books but you have sold fifty million pounds worth of assets stop waiting til the last minute to save a few quid incase clubs want to do late business stop gambling with our future and spend, you billionaire tight a**s


    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #10

    toondown south…

    relegation certain… god you talk some tripe!

    a completely unfounded sensationalist statement… you shoudl write for the daily mail!

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #11


    Seeing as I post on here every day, and haven’t seen you post before, I suggest you read some of my posts.

    Probably the most balanced person on here. But that is my opinion. I think we’d fall to pieces if our ONLY 2 center backs were Taylor & Williamson. I don’t know how you can disagree?

    No need for insults, doesn’t endear you to people on here

  • Any links for the scum game tonight?

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #13


    Who are they playing? Seeing as Bruce was talking about Wembley, I hope it’s a tough one.

  • TDS, Brighton and without one striker up front. 3 on the bench but none up front.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Brighton are on some good form at the moment. Looking forward to more excuses from Bruce.

    Although if they sack him, they’ll probably get Hughes or O’Neil – which would make the derby less of a certainty aha 🙁

    How have the got no strikers? I swear they bought 3 in this window alone :/

  • Yeah but 2 are on the bench + Gyan.

  • Sunderland: Westwood, Elmohamady, Richardson, Brown, Ferdinand, Vaughan, Larsson, Cattermole (C), Colback, Gardner, Sessegnon.
    Subs: Mignolet, Gyan, Laing, Cook, Bramble, Wickham, Dong-won


    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #18

    hahah you condescending little prat… i’ve been on this site for 5years and actually know ed personally.

    and i never questioned the need for cover in our defence, i questioned your sensationalist statement regarding certain relegation

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #19


    More insults? You’re not being very friendly are you?

  • ToonST

    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #20

    we need left back and strike !!!


    Aug 23, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #21

    i’m only friendly to your mother, when she pays me, get over it

  • wynsleap

    Aug 23, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #22

    The defence isn’t “good” it’s “adequate” and only for the moment until we sign a proper quality left back.
    And an additional centre half wouldn’t go amiss either.
    This close season is an excellent opportunity to take this club that little bit further with two or three astute (not necessarily tremendously expensive) purchases, considering the substantial amount of money we have made on transfers.
    Unfortunately Ashley seems intent on having Securicor guard his wallet so we’re going to miss the boat.
    Hell how I hate that guy and what he’s done and doing to my club.

  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #23

    What Has Changed from 3 Weeks ago ??? Totally Nothing !!!! Still Need a Left Back Still Need a Striker !!!! Same old Crap !!! By Next Monday I cant See anyonce Coming In as MIKE ASHLEY WILL NOT SPEND THE MONEY !!… WE ARE NOT IN CHINA BUYING CHEAP T SHIRTS FOR 50 YEN !!!!! HE IS A BLOODY MATE OF GADAFFI!!!!

  • toonbrother

    Aug 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #24

    ToonDown south you make an excellent point regarding the lack of Central defenders. Steven Taylor is quite injury (not to mention suspension) prone and will certainly not be available for all 38 games this season. If both he and Williamson or Colo gets injured, we’ll be screwed.

    Given Ryan Taylors solid early-season performances, plus the fact we’ve got Ferguson and Kader both of whom can play at left back, i think we should buy a CB/LB hybrid like Bassong. i.e. someone who can slot into both roles comfortably.
    Regarding the striker, its quite shocking state of affairs when Strolla is the best we have 7 months after selling Caroll for £35 million. Shocking indeed

  • Felipe

    Aug 23, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #25

    @DJM: I’m afraid sensationalist statements is all we get from the Ashley haters. They have to try harder and harder to justify their stance and the statements get more and more sensationalist. Kind of entertaining watching grown men cry!

  • Felipe

    Aug 23, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #26

    We have Williamson, Kadar and Tavernier who can all cover at CB. If Pardew doesn’t think we have enough cover at CB you can be sure he would be sounding off about it to the press just as he is about a LB and a ST.

  • Felipe

    Aug 23, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #27

    @Lee Dodd 23: And you seriously thought they were going to splash the cash a whole week before the end of the transfer window! There will be virtually no deals between any clubs until the last day. Once a couple of moves are announced then the dominoes will start to fall. The club won’t know who is really available until that happens. I mean it’s the same every transfer window for every club and yet each time you all work yourselves into a frenzy for the month of August.

  • Billy1985

    Aug 23, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #28

    people are saying our defence would be better with a left back but if we had a left back we wouldnt of seen the wonder free kick against the scum would we, we should be used to nufc by now lads

  • wynsleap

    Aug 23, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Felipe@ 25 – You really are a pathetic excuse for a Toon supporter.
    Kind of sad watching Ashley apologists trying to justify his contempt of this club.

  • LeedsMag

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #30

    Good points here.The LB issue is priority as we have all known since January but the whole back 4 is short of cover.
    Can anyone tell me what the deal is with Kadar – this lad was rated just as highly as Vukic as one to watch – and he is left sided

  • toonthompson

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #31


  • toonthompson

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #32


  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #33

    It’s really sad to watch us fans argue against each other. Unfortunately I’ve had to witness that all summer. ASHLEY is to blame. He is responsible for all the tension between us. I despise the man and his constant silence, when he does speak he only makes matters worse. As much as I hate the man he has done really well with our youth and scouting departments. Also like the fact he is balancing the books and playing hardball (too hard) in transfer dealings.

    BUT that is the problem, he just plays too hard on transfers and our club’s fate. He loves to gamble and is clearly playing on our loyalty and survival. his lack of true ambition is disrespectful and an utter disgrace.

    Our LB and ST positions should have been more than dealt with by now is it was obvious to everyone since January that we needed cover.

    He is squabbling about a few quid here or there when he already has more than enough profit to balance the books AND improve on those positions mentioned.

    We started really well at the start of the summer and I thought we would be making King Kev eat his words. Although we didn’t spend much on them as they were free transfers they are fantastic signings none the less. I though he was saving his money on a quality LB and more importantly a fabulous finisher that might wear the #9 jersey.

    Instead we only have 8 days left till the end of the transfer window and we’re all here still waiting for those two signings we cry out for.

    We need even more than 2 to be complete but I’d be happy if we just get a top striker as I would count ourselves lucky Ashley finally spent some bucks on one player we so desperately need.

    I can’t for the life get used to the thought of seeing Strolla Ameobi trying to be our ‘saviour’ on our striking department. Ba is decent and so is Best. Ameobi how he gets on the pitch is beyond me time and time again he proves he is definitely not worth a place, perhaps as an emergency squad player, but to hand him another miraculous 2 year extension is Ashley just taking the piss it seems.

    Sorry for the dribble but I just had to keep taking this off my chest as I have lost my patience on Ashley and his penny counting ways.



    Again sorry for the long post 🙂

  • toonthompson

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #34


  • toonthompson

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:23 PM

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  • toonthompson

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #36


  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #37

    When I said in my post ‘balance the books’ I meant he has made enough this transfer window to balance them ‘further’ with the sale of Nolan, Enrique, Carroll etc. There is still a lot of debt to balance out and the loans etc but Ashley HAS TO spend now if he ever wants us to be successful. If not all we will ever be is a mid table club. That might be good enough for him but we are only 2 players away from top 10, so WHY THE FU*K NOT!!!?????

    ASHLEY SPEND PLEA$E!! don’t waste even more precious time we have left.

    Sorry again I can’t help myself 😛

  • Brutooon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #38

    Despite our two clean sheet over two game i still think our defence need strengthen especially at left back. Arsenal attack a lot at that area and Raylor can’t play there the whole season

    Left Back and Strikers (two Strikers to be exact)

  • seoultoon

    Aug 24, 2011 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #39

    I know this may sound stupid, but we should sign Park Chu-Young from Monaco. He may have to go to the army in a couple years, but the merchandising in Asia should more than make up for not being able to get a transfer fee when he leaves. He has a decent scoring record to boot!

  • Sav

    Aug 24, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #40

    Should sign Bassong as well as a LB. He’s available, young enough and experienced and we know he’s good. Raylor and Tavernier should be ok to cover RB if Simmo has an injury.
    Its up front we have the numbers but not the quality and I’m not al all sure the lad from Socheaux has enough.
    What the hecks going on at Lens that we’ve just signed 3 of their most promising youngsters?


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