Pardew Intensive Training Sessions Paying Off


We know as soon as Alan Pardew came in he worked with the defense on their shape before Alan’s first game in charge against  Liverpool.

Alan Pardew – conducts intensive training sessions

And it seems like Pardew conducts some intensive training sessions, and certainly that seems to be playing off for the defense this season. Now to get even more intensive training sessions with the strikers we have at the club.

There seems to have been a big improvement with the Newcastle defense this season, and Danny Simpson thinks that’s because of Pardew’s training methods:

“When the manager came in, I think the shape of the team was the first thing that he wanted to sort out.”  “He feels that everyone should know their job as soon as they step out onto the pitch, especially at the back.”

“We work together that much on the training ground that we know each other’s job inside out now.”  “I know what Tayls is going to do before he does it, and I think the same is true of him with me.”

“We’re working off each other, we know what our role is, and watch videos back and discuss things as a back four.”  “It seems to be working, but we’ve got to keep working at it because we’re really benefiting from keeping these clean sheets.”

“We’ve got a fairly small squad, but in a strange way, maybe that’s helping at the moment. Competition is good, but it can also be good for players to know they’re going to be playing week in, week out.”

“It means you can start putting partnerships together and working on them. If you’re playing next to the lad you played with the week before it can help in terms of working on your game.”

“It’s nice to have that closeness. We’ve got a small squad, but we also know it’s a long, long season. We’ve brought in a couple of players and hopefully we’ll have more than enough to get through.”

Pardew has concentrated on the shape and discipline of the side, and that was certainly important on Monday night, as Newcastle were under intense pressure in that first half,  but the defense did keep their shape, and they did wonders not to concede a goal.

Aston Villa are also unbeaten this season, so it’s a match on Saturday afternoon between two unbeaten sides , and if we can just  maintain that record at Villa Park, we’ll be happy enough.

If we win, there’s a danger we’ll be talking about Europe and all that stuff on Saturday evening.

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    If shola Ameobi plays, we will get stuffed, cant keep playing with 10 men

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  • ballerfan2

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    You are certainly keeping the threads coming this morning Ed.
    As for Europe …… a bit early yet but I’d love to thing that we might still be in the top 8 in a months time. I can’t stand all the negativity that we keep reading. I think I am a realist and I know that we are not about to rival Barca (or United or City as they pompously call themselves). However neither are things as black as so many would like everyone to believe. We have the makings of a very good defence, potentially a skilful and inventive midfield with pace and a front line of …. well lets just say a work in progress – as is the team all round. The biggest strength we have just now is the obvious team spirit which has survived after recent departures despite the rantings of the doom mongers. Can I say to all the negs – you have made your point and your feelings known, we get it, but you don’t have to keep forcing it down our throats on every blog saying exactly the same thing over and over again. It is very tedious particularly when it turns to insults to anyone who doesn’t share their blinkered opinion.

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  • PapaToon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Ameobi should be on the bench. Ryan taylor was exposed badly against QPR. he cant keep playing at LB. maybe CM.
    Has anyone notice but tiote is not at the same level as last season. He has given away the ball too many times and in our own half. maybe raylor with cabaye just to jolt tiote into form.

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  • HK Toon Army

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    What we are lacking now is pace and skills for both upfront and defence. We witness how SWP run through Ryan more than 3 times in the first half and how our strikers cannot tear off the opponents with high balls only. Intensive training is just not good enough. We need to sort out the dimension issue of our tactics asap.

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  • John

    Sep 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Some of the defending the other nite was terrible, and everything was last ditch, bothroyd lost Taylor twice and missed an open goal a better OPR ST and wed have lost 3-0.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree with John. Before the game started I thought we would get away with chances against Bothroyd, just as we did when we were in the championship. 2-0 and we’d be saying jack all now. I thought it was an awful performance from a team that is placed way above its real level. There are positives, but there are clear negatives too.

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  • Trent Toon

    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    My brother is going there and sitting with the villa fans!! If he gets into mischief after the game make sure you guys back him up.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    God we Toon fans are really doom & gloom merchants we aren’t happy at being undefeated after 4 games I certainly would have taken it at the start of the season. I think everyone knows that we have short comings in the squad but I really do think that the team are working at it and we now have a squad completely committed to the club. As has been said before we may have been lucky but the harder you work the luckier you get. I’ll be happy to finish around 10th this season. Having said that Fat Tw*t needs to get his hand in his pocket to buy a top striker and another defender if he really wants to win something in the next 2-3 years.

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  • aussiemag

    Sep 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #9

    @Indian Magpie
    Mate when Shola plays its like playing with 10 men HES SHITE!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Does that explain Simpson’s backing off and inability to play a ball on the ground.

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  • bristolmagpie

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Did i not watch the same game as everbody else. Training sessions paying off? we were terrible on monday. no options when we had the ball, defending was terrible and long ball football. please stop all the these article`s about us being solid in defence and training paying off

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  • Belly

    Sep 14, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #12

    I would like to see us play 5 in midfield and a loan striker, tiote sitting infront of the defence with goslin and cabaye pushing forward with marv on the left and obertan on the right. Also give santon a run out instead of raylor.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 14, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Indian Magpie – I couldn’t have said it better myself! The guy is completely useless and only resembles a footballer when Scumberland come to town.

    What a waste of money and a ‘player’s’ position.

    Strolla Ameobi OUT, Sammy Ameobi IN !!!

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