Pardew Happy With Point If Not The Performance

Resilient is the perfect word to describe the Newcastle side so far this season.

Alan Pardew – pleased with point

The Newcastle side was under all kinds of pressure last night,  against a good looking QPR side.

But with a little bit of luck, the defense didn’t concede a goal for the third game in four league games this season, and although the lads were far from their best,  they still gained a hard earned point away from home.

Once again the two center backs, Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor were the pick of the Newcastle team, and these two have been huge so far this season for Newcastle. Both Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson cleared off the line for Newcastle.

And it seems fitting that the big Argentine is the new Newcastle captain, because he’s been Newcastle’s best player this season.

But Newcastle were outplayed for most of the game last night if  truth be told, but again they had luck on their side.

Alan Pardew seemed happy with the point, if not the overall performance:

“I’m not disappointed with the point – we didn’t deserve any more,”

“We went with two strikers today and perhaps in hindsight, with the exuberance and the new players they have brought in, maybe I should have helped my central midfield pairing out a little bit more.”

“We struggled there – they dominated that area of the pitch.” “Offensively we never really created enough to warrant winning the game. But on the plus side our defensive display shows what we’ve been doing all season.”

“We don’t give much away, we’re very organised and there’s a resilience and spirit in the group which makes it difficult for teams to beat us.”

“But being Newcastle we need to threaten the goal more – I’m very much aware of that. Our flair players were all a little off key tonight but that’s the first time.”

“Sometimes when you don’t play well you get beaten. We didn’t tonight, I’m happy with that.”

None of the players outside the back four had good games at all, and they will need to do a lot better at Villa Park on Saturday.

Joey Barton had a decent enough game for QPR last night, but we wonder what he thinks of the 16,000 home crowd and a small stadium?

Most Newcastle players and the manager himself  only wish the very best for Joey Barton in London, and this is what Alan Pardew said about his former right winger:

“I wished him well, shook his hand and he’ll be a good player for QPR,”  “He’ll play better than he did tonight though – especially at home. He’s a real impact player at home.”

“Look at the investment they’ve made, the players brought in – I think they’ve got themselves up to Premier League speed.”

“They probably weren’t that before but now they’re a strong outfit and they’ve pitched themselves in with the rest of us outside the top three or four.”

“So it was a difficult evening for us and Joey was going to be part of that. For us it was about making sure he didn’t get the headlines today and we managed to get that.”

The result was a good one but the performance wasn’t, and it’s time to bring in young Davide Santon into the starting line-up at left back, as Ryan Taylor just couldn’t handle Shawn Wright Phillips last night.

Ryan is not a left back, and his best position is probably out on the right wing, and it wouldn’t surprise us if he gets a start there at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Taylor deserves a start in his best position, after manfully filling in at left back at the start of the season, for the departed Jose Enrique.

But our lads will need to show a lot more attacking flair,  if they are to get something out of the game on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • UpTheRoad

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Credit due to QPR they give us a game and the first half was enjoyable. Tiote has not been the same player this season and Gutierrez was average. But let’s not dwell on the negatives!

    Team for next game:

    Raylor Saylor Coloccini Santon
    Obertan Gosling Cabaye Marveaux
    Best Sammy

    Controversial eh? Yes I dropped Tiote, he needs a wake up call in my opinion and I think Marveaux deserves a run out. Gosling looked quite sharp in pre season as well. Sammy deserves it, he did more in 5 minutes than anyone did in the whole game other than Simmo and Saylor on the line 🙂

  • Thump

    Sep 13, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #2

    @UpTheRoad: Not controversial at all – I completely agree. He’s way out of form at the minute and at this stage is basically a yellow card magnet. A shame but he isn’t doing what we love him for and we’d be blind to ignore that.

    Do you think Sameobi is ready for a start though?

  • UpTheRoad

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #3

    @Thump he looks sharper than any of the other strikers we’ve got atm especially with his strikes against Darlo and Scunthorpe, maybe not yet but the game was crying out for a pacy striker around the 65th minute mark! Apologies if this shows up twice my laptop is weird -.-


    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Pleased with the point for sure!

    Anyone watching the tennis? Bah its a beaut man absolute cracker of a game 😀

  • boater

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Nope – don’t start sammi, as tempting as it is, let him make himself play his way in over the course of the next few months… you could damage his development big time. You know when it feels right – and it’s not right yet, just give him more time off the bench though.

    Tiote and Cabaye are a good partnership but sit deep – you need to have more movement in front of them… Obertan is still a problem for me, maybe Marveaux and Guti is the way forward for now.

  • Thump

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #6

    @Am**bi: Women’s tennis?

  • UpTheRoad

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Night lads off to bed early start!

  • UpTheRoad

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Sammy maybe not yet but anyone agree the game was screaming for a pacy striker around the 65th minute mark?

  • Thump

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #9

    @boater: I know we don’t often agree on things but honestly, I can’t fault that comment. Lest we forget that Cabaye is still adapting to the league and I think that’s hurting him a fair bit but I reckon that when he’s up to scratch and in his comfort zone, he’ll be outstanding.


    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Nah thump Djokovic vs Nadal sky sports 2!


    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Comon Nadal man!!

  • Thump

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #12

    @Am**bi: MENS tennis?! This is simply unacceptable!


    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Thump haha, its incredible Djokovic is simply the best sadly 🙁

  • Thump

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Haha, I’ve seen some good tennis matches but it’s one of those games I want to play rather than watch, y’know? A bit too slow paced for me!

  • boater

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Cabaye is already one of the 1st names on the sheet, but if he plays with tiote we are going to look flat in the centre this season – hard to beat but lacking in support to the strikers, wingers will have to shape up or we’ll be in trouble,,

    One defender on the bench tonight… and this is the first league game since the window closed,, and he hasn’t kicked a ball for us yet.. I ask you..


    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Haha ofcourse it is that was a f mint game that man!

  • Trent Toon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Pardew for me is a much better manager than chris hughton. He really has turned my head bog time and i wouldnt mind having him around for the next few years and build a good team!


    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Djokovic vs Nadal, what a match ladies 😉

  • dazza

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #19

    the teams neglects to play cabaye in short, always the long ball.

    lukcy not to concede. Krul, STaylor, Tiote are liabilities.

    Jonas finally was off the pace, still put in an honest shift

    Raylor all over the place, had a chance at redemption w the FK but thankfully showed his limitations, time for Santon!

    Simmo was strong.

    Traore for QPR was awesome! Glad/shame he got injured, any chance of buying him??

    We need a game plan cause we are exposed!

  • dazza

    Sep 13, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #20

    @boater completely agreed, no one in the hole, ever!


    Sep 13, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #21

    no attacking threat. simple as. was nt impressed throughout the whole match.. fair play its a monday away from home but still. did we even have a chance on goal? strola is lazy, best showed a little more intent but nothing to write home about. the whole team is still struggling with reading the game and positional sense doesnt seem to exist. getting tired of seeing the team just waiting for a pass when they should be putting themselves in positions to receive a pass.

    a long way to go chaps

  • Willo

    Sep 13, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Simmo Saylor Coloccini Santon
    Tiote Cabaye
    Raylor Obertan Jonas


  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 13, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #23

    knowing pardew. he will probably start with the same team at villa.

  • CAToon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #24

    We are sitting on 8 points and a +2 margin. Last year, after four games, we were at 4 points and a +1 GD, with the forth game last year a loss to promoted Blackpool. Two years prior, when we had high wage players due to fans demanding that NUFC splash the cash on big names, we stood at 4 points and a -3 margin. As the year goes on, the club should be judged against how we performed in 08/09, as this reflects the type of players so many fans demand the club acquire…..

  • shamsoftabriz

    Sep 13, 2011 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #25

    A few takeaways from the match:

    1. QPR are quite good now–no more danger of relegation for them, and I’m happy we took a point from them at Loftus Road. I suspect that 3 or so other squads vying for a top 10 finish this season will not be so lucky.

    2. Our defense is our biggest asset. Colo and S. Taylor were quite heroic against QPR.

    3. We need forwards who can make runs with the ball without sacrificing possession at the first sign of resistance. I realize that there are not many Messis out there to be had, but when service is lacking, we need someone to take matters into their own hands and create shots…or at least threaten to the point where they draw 2-3 defenders so they can dish to an open man. No possession and no creativity tonight and that worries me going forward.

    4. Cabaye needs to hold longer and make runs before he distributes. Unlike our forwards, he has the ability the do that. So does HBA when he returns.

    Overall, I was pleased with the gutsy performance and the point.

  • K4Toon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 5:53 AM

    Comment #26

    given the lack of quality upfront and more available MFs we hv to play 4231: no doubt Santon shld start at LB but he’s rightfooted so Marveaux shld be in front of him to provide crosses and pressing to opposite RB. Best the lone striker, Cabaye behind Best – w/o HBA he’s the only guy w/ big enough footballing brain to orchestrate the attack. the Frenchman’s void could be filled by Gosling/Spiderman, yes in the middle, Tiote will surely benefit from their tireless running and pace. Obertan can start on the right but if he has a down day i don mind hv Loven cutting inside using his pace and hv a shot or two with his left foot. Sammi/Fergie for sub to inject movement n pace in the attack, n Raylor to step in for say Tiote 70 mins to shore up tiring defence n to save the Ivorian a yellow card


    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #27

    My team for villa




  • Chaz

    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #28

    Lets remember we’ve got 3 games coming up in the next 10 days and that 2 of those are away from home. Pardew will want to button things down against Villa, will experiment and give the ‘fringe’ players valuable game time against Notts Forest and push for 3 points with Blackburn. The clean sheets are impressing me. We’re certainly not playing fast flowing attacking football – yet BUT the more clean sheets we can keep the better for us! On last nights performance – I think QPR will be the ‘Blackpool’ of this season. Lots of attractive football, some interesting ‘scalps’, a manager that likes the sound of his own voice but ultimately not quite making it in the end…

  • cyprus

    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Krul: 8. Despite the sustained pressure he didn’t have to do too much, but was there when needed
    Simpson: 9. My man of the match, defended well, saved off the line, tried to put a semblance of ambition in the team and help Ober down the right.
    Taylor + Colo: 8. Big tough game for the pair of them, have been helping us grind points. 4 games, 1 conceded. Tops. Taylor keeping out a class central back, deservedly.
    Raylor: 6. He’s earned us 3 points in a game we should ‘ve drawn at best. But last time he was horribly exposed by the little guy. Having said that, I don’t know many LBs who can handle him!
    Tiote: 7. Had a poor game, given his standards. Lost the ball in key positions, is not quite there yet.
    Cabaye: 7. Although didn’t do much wrong, was unable to establish himself in the game. ie. he lost the midfield battle.
    Jonas: 6. I’m his biggest fan, I think he’s our best player, but had his worst game in a NUFC shirt.
    Ober: 5. I’m seriously concerned about this lad. Can he get by a player?
    Shola: 1. He’s a liability, slow, lazy, no instinct for goal. We played with 10 men while he was on. Why he ever plays is beyond me. Perhaps he’s a really nice guy.
    Best: 7. He did his ‘best’, could’ve scored, moved about a lot. 7 because he didn’t score.
    Subs: Both Marveaux and Sammy looked like they deserved to start.

  • shearermania

    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #30

    we just need to play without fear…….

    we need benny boy sooo bad…

    ive seen some poor shola games but this one has to be the worst….shocker

  • shearermania

    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #31

    cyprus are you using a 1-15 scale….cause 7 to tiote, 6 to raylor, 9 to simpson….lol

  • cyprus

    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #32

    lol, shearermania what can I say. Maybe you’re right! But Simpson did do well given the way the game went!

  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #33

    What i don’t feckin get is why bring on Marv/Sami with 3 minutes of normal time left, and expect them to change the game then?

    I was screaming for Pardew to get Mr Anon off and Obertan off during the 2nd half… Obertan looked good first half but seemed to have disappeared 2nd half…

    I don;t even think i heard the commentator say Cabaye’s name once….

  • shearermania

    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #34

    simpson was my mom as well…very good effort from him….on the other hand tiote and cabaye were dismal…oberan and jonas didnt try to take their defender on which i find very strange….shola i cant even be bothered commenting on…

  • Raz

    Sep 13, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #35

    Why is Sylvain Marveaux not on the “Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player At QPR” Poll, when he came on the complexion changed dramatically, albeit due to formation change also, but he looked good

  • toonfan76

    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #36

    Agree that Simmo had one of his best games for us last night, Guti seemed to be getting the ball stuck under his feet all night, Obertan was ok but is definitely a confidence player and didn’t seem too confident last night. I think that it’s about time we started adopting a different formation. 4231 is the one to go for, Cabaye is gonna have to stay alongside Tiote for now and have someone in the hole in front of them, perhaps Guti until Ben Arfa returns, Oba on the right and Marveux on the left. If Guti is in the centre and running at defenders, he will commit more of the oppositon players, creating space for the wingers and the lone Striker. For me at the moment our first choice Striker has to be Best because non of the others are showing me the movement required to play the lone Striker, A few glimpses from Ba last night too but nothing special. A pacy Striker in Jan is a must but I’m not holding my breath on that one!

  • Edd Case

    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #37


    Shola, yet again…
    Raylor, not a left back, Santon must play there from now on.
    Jonas, so, so wasteful, can’t he ever put a decent cross in?
    Tiote, what’s wrong with him at the minute?
    And lastly Krul, wild and too eager at times. (the lob over him just one example)


    The defense, Colo, Saylor and Simmo looked decent.
    Obertan, wants the ball, over time will show he’s class.
    Cabaye, getting better each game.
    Best, really works hard, nearly scored again.

    Also, fair play to Pardew who admitted he got things tactically wrong, not many mangers do that.

    Nice to see Sammy Ameobi come on, wish Marveaux had come on a lot earlier than he did though, Jonas, as mentioned, was terrible.


    Point gained not two dropped, without any doubt.

    I think, given how short of a decent striker we are, we must play a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 system and I cannot wait for HBA to be back.

    My side would be…

    Simmo – Colo – Saylor – Santon
    Tiote – Cabaye – Gosling
    HBA – Best – Marveaux

    4-3-3 but 4-5-1 when defending/against better teams away from home etc.

  • toonfan76

    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #38

    By the way forgot to mention, time for Santon to get a start!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #39

    So far, i would prefer not to watch our games. It makes it so much easier to accept how high we are up the table and the number of clean sheets.

    In our 5 games so far, for some unknown reasons the opponent just can’t put the ball in the back of our net. We could have been out of sight in the first half in the games against Fulham, Sunderland, QPR and Arsenal. Could have easily been 3 or 4-0 down at half time. How we got some points from those games really baffles me.

    Footballing wise, we are horrible to watch. Worse than under Sam Allardyce. I’m delighted with the points nonetheless.

  • curmon

    Sep 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #40

    If you look at all the theoretical teams that have been picked in the previous posts, No one has picked Shola, that sort of tells you something. BUT I bet that Pardew will pick him against Villa.

    No one will convince me that Pardew is a football manager until he is capable of spotting the obvious fact that Ameobi is not of this league.


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