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Alan Pardew Promises More Attacking Play

10:13 am, Friday, September 16th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Newcastle have come in for a lot of criticism this week for their poor attacking performance at QPR on Monday night.

John Carver and Alan Pardew supervise training

Newcastle were under the cosh from almost the first minute of that game, and we have to hope the lads make a much better start to the game tomorrow, than they have in most of their previous games this season.

But manager Pardew seems confident enough that Newcastle will soon show more of their attacking prowess, and of course the Londoner would love that to start tomorrow.

In their five games this term, Newcastle have conceded only two goals, but on the other hand they have scored only five, so that record points  to where the strengths and weaknesses are with the Newcastle side, at least at the moment.

But the forwards must have been impressing in training as Alan Pardew seems fairly confident that Newcastle’s attack will soon show up:

“There have been question marks about our attacking play, our strikers and our wide men,”

“I think that is a little bit unfair, and we will show over the next three or four games that we have a lot more attacking options, and our attacking players will contribute more in terms of opening up defences and causing a bit of havoc.”

“We are hoping to start that on Saturday.” “We had a tough choice with the goalkeeper, and he has done particularly well, but the discipline of the squad is the key and our defenders have really been on top of their game,”

“Where we sit right now is of huge dependence on them, but we want to just change that a little bit, take some pressure off them and get a couple of goals here and there.”

Yes it would be nice to score a goal or two, and the closet the lads came to scoring on Monday night, was a great turn and shot by Leon Best in that first half, that was very well saved by goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

And we are hoping that Demba Ba can come through soon too, and the Senegal striker hasn’t been prominent much this season, although of course there’s still plenty of time for him to get those goals.

And it will be good to have Ben Arfa back for the Carling Cup tie at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Demba Ba · Hatem Ben Arfa · Leon Best · Newcastle News


45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    My team for Tomorrow.


    Its about time we gave the Youth a chance. Starting Strolla is the equivalent of starting with 10 men only. Sammi did just as much, if not more then Strolla in the 7 minutes he was on.

    I reckon Simmo needs a break even though he had a Really good game against QPR (compared to his other games…). New child (aka Lack of sleep) + Continuous games will tend to pile up on the lad, and the last thing we need is another injury to a defender.

  • 2 AshtreeKid // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    my team for tomorrow


  • 3 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    What Pardew needs to f00king do is start making substitutions to impact the game. I was shouting on the couch begging him to take strolla off at half time, Take obertan off after 60 minutes and Guttierez off (due to him having taken a couple of hard knocks and needing on field treatment a few times)

    When Marveux, Sammi and to a small extent Ba came on, the side looked for more pacier.

    It pi55ed me off that he only brought Marv and Sammi on in the 85th? minute. Expecting them to make a f00king impact on the game.

  • 4 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    For Villa game:






  • 5 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    yes. I left Tiote out. He is not looking at his best, and in my opinion based on recent form is not deserving of a start. Im also getting irritated with the amount of back passes he is doing now… He is turning into a Smith. Albeit better. Barely passing forward. nearly always passing backwards.

  • 6 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    forgot santonis injured.

    For Villa game:







  • 7 AshtreeKid // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    @4 santon is injured mate where’ve you been?

  • 8 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM


    Santon is injured. Minimum 4 weeks. Injury during training to his knee.

  • 9 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:26 AM








  • 10 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    If Strolla honestly starts tomorrow. I will be irritated. he brings nowt to the team except the inability to control the ball in the oppositions box.

  • 11 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Do you reckon if we asked every opposition team to wear replica Scumderland Kits, Strolla would actually start being a consistent goalscorer throughout the season. Rather then just against the Scum?

  • 12 Robby Bobson // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Quite simply we get outnumbered in the middle playing 442 so we play it long. Last season barton would took in but if we want to play two wingers then we have to go 433 away from home.

    We have the players to play nice football, ba and marveux.came on and showed.some nice touches.

    Best up front, ba and marveux out wide with cabaye, tiote, guthrie in middle.

    If we play long ball vs dunne and collins then we will loose it every time, especially shola will.

  • 13 ToonMauritius // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:39 AM






    Best team that can be fielded against Villa

  • 14 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Sanotn out for a month? Vukcic three weeks or smthg? Ben Arfa is going to play soon. Is guthrie fit at his best or should we give a chance to Ahbeid?



















  • 15 AshtreeKid // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    @12 not too bad but i had jonas left and raylor right

  • 16 markmac // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    since everyone’s doing there team for tmoz

    …………………….. best ……………………

  • 17 Eastander // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    I know he’s a winger before anyone says but I’d be tempted to give Marveaux a shout as the 2nd striker, he doesnt seem scared to have a go at people, quite tidy with the ball and the season before last scored 16goals or something so seems like he knows how to finish

  • 18 geordie.In.Taipei // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Eastender: are you commenting on the game tomorrow or your fantasy team, haha Cos what you are tempted to do ,isnt what will happen. But i can agree with you on one thing…Marveuax ahould be due his start..a bit skill and some apce will go a long way.

  • 19 GeordieDan // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    My team:

    Simmo-Saylor-Colo-Jonas(see below)

    Subs: Sammy – Raylor- Obertan

    The reason for picking Jonas at left back is that he constantly helps out loads in the LB position anyway and he can burst up the wing). I think he’d be much more composed and capable at LB than Raylor-As temporary cover only of course.

    Having the combination of qualities my subs can bring I think they could all be impact players tomorrow if we need them. Sammy-Trickery and goal threat, Obertan-Speed and trickery, Raylor-Everyone knows what Raylor gives us if we are getting around the box but not sroing directly.

    Gosling and Marveux are both very creative and and our best best to get the service to Ba and Best imo.

    They should both be well up for it given a chance to start tomorrow as well. :D

  • 20 GeordieDan // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Best bet even. :S

  • 21 GeordieDan // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    sroing=scoring. Dammit! Apologies

  • 22 Sir Alan // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    What’s the betting we line up like this?


  • 23 AshtreeKid // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    think he will defo drop ameobi for a midfielder after his comments after last weeks game

  • 24 aussiemag // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:19 AM





  • 25 John // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Id like to see more of Samey and Fergie if fergie was good enuf to start away to chelsea lst season hes good enuf to start@ villa.

  • 26 wynsleap // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    More attacking play will only come with more intent.
    Obertan is fast and passes and moves well but seems disinclined to take his man on.
    Cabaye sits far too far back with Tiote and it seems to me that neither seem to know which should be the one to go forward or stay back.
    Jonas commendably wants a lot of the ball and has the ability to go past his man with good footwork but often loses out in a tackle and runs into trouble. His final ball is often terrible too.
    Best is doing OK but needs support and Stroller shouldn’t be on the bus at all.
    I think Marveaux and Sammi should be given a lot more game time tomorrow and Pardew should be stressing on Obertan the need to get beyond his marker (which he’s capable of doing) and get to the byeline where most of the damage is created.
    Fingers crossed Col and Saylor get no injuries tomorrow or we are in dire trouble.

  • 27 Klatoon // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Sir Alan,i can see Pardew putting out that team…SAD :-(

  • 28 AshtreeKid // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    sammy isnt ready for a start yet

  • 29 markmac // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    ashtree kid, im with you on that 1, i think we’ll deffo see 5 midfielders come kick off, just who will be the 5th is the question ?? gosling guthrie or maybe marveaux with either him jonas or obertan playing behind best??

  • 30 oo aa demba ba // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    I’d love to see Ben Arfa just behind Best when back to fitness, Best has proven he is our most capable striker (at the minute anyway, ba is clearly still getting match sharpness back). Best is great in the air – he won everything against Hangeland a few weeks ago, and showed his skill for the second goal aswell as poaching ability for his first, and unlike Shola challenges for everything and chases everything. Our problem has been no attacking support from the wide men or midfield when on so many occasions weve pumped the ball up top and Best won the header but there was no one there to gamble on his flick on, hopefully Ben Arfa will not only be there for these flick ons, but be able to open up the play for the wide man and Best

  • 31 benscott123123 // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:34 AM


    Simpson Taylor Colo Raylor

    Cabaye Tiote Jonas

    Obertan Best Marveaux

    Bench Ba Fergie Harps Guthrie Ameobi

    I’d change Raylor and Tiote for Fergie and Guthrie if they play as badly as at QPR

  • 32 Klatoon // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Krul Simmo Saylor Colo Fergie Tiote Cabaye Obertan Marveaux Jonas Best. Marv playing off Best

  • 33 Davies // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    I’d like to see Marveaux get a start, but I’d save Sammy as a sub. Bring him on in the second half NO LATER than 60 minutes.

    If we’re playing attacking football, It would definitely be worth giving Jonas a try at left back and putting Marveaux on the wing in front of him. Simpson at RB with Obertan in front of him and Gosling/Guthrie beside Cabeye in the middle, with Tiote in just behind them. Best or Ba up front.

    The way forward?

  • 34 magpiebop // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    How about vs Villa

    Vs Forest

  • 35 IPToon // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Amazed at all the people still puting Raylor as full back in their team for tomorrow. Can only assume they didnt see the QPR game.

    He has now been exposed as an awful slow defender and any manager setting their team up against us now will say get the ball wide and get at raylor, hit it past him and go because he doesnt want to run or defend. Every manager will be saying that. Even a youth with a bit of pace will be a better option or gutierrez / ferguson / tavernier / gosling / me. Yes i know these arent left backs but neither is Raylor. Especially considering he may be up against agbonlahor or nzogbia who are quick

  • 36 SincerelySamuel // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    i think this gives us widespread flair and our CMs a chance to actually impact the game plus pace on both flanks to deal with Agbonlahor and Nzogbia + anyone else think Benny may sneak onto our bench for saturday poss playing 10 mins
    but i reckon this will be the actual team

  • 37 SincerelySamuel // Sep 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    p.s. if shola starts i may cry on behalf of world football

  • 38 SincerelySamuel // Sep 16, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Darnel Situ update he aint gonna play for swansea at all until at the soonest January
    transfer blocked by FIFA

  • 39 BiffBaffBoff // Sep 16, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Do you know who I blame for Mike Ashley not spending any money? Sam Allardyce.

    Cast your mind back to 2007, Mike Ashley had just bought the club and Allardyce was our manager. Mike Ashley oversaw the transfer of players like Smith, Geremi, Viduka, Rozenhal and, my personal favourite, Cacapa. These players were all signed on big wages. When your manager asks you to sign these players, it’s going to make you lose hope in the transfer business of football and now we’re paying the price for that.

  • 40 ross armstrong // Sep 16, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    my team v villa


    simpson collo taylor taylor

    obertan gosling cabaye tiote gutierez


  • 41 ross armstrong // Sep 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    my attacking team when all fit

    santon collo taylor
    obertan marveaux gutierez
    ben arfa sameobi

  • 42 jayphoto // Sep 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    bloody ‘ell, I’d forgotten/blocked out of my mind all about Cacapa! Agreed though, when Mike Ashley took over he was throwing money about with wages and transfer fees! Geremi at 72k a week comes to mind, 10m and 80k a week for collocini, 6m a peice for smith and jose enrique, 75k a week for viduka….barton at 5m on 60k a week…..
    When Ashley brought the club, there was a lot of talk of a big Marquee signing to signal their intentions, pretty sure they made enquiries for Raul and Ronaldinho (both of whom weren’t in the first team at their clubs at the time)….how much has changed since then! Saying that, I feel we have our strongest starting 11 since Mike Ashley brought the club. Ben Arfa has the potential to be the best creative player to play for the toon since beardo, collocini i think is our best centre half of at least the last 15 years and if you rate him higher than Albert, probs the last 25 years! We’re 2 players away from being a great side when everyones fit! If we sign Pieters and a striker, say for example erdinc/Maiga (don’t think we’ve seen the last of those stories) then our potential starting line up of Krul, Santon, Taylor, Collo, Pieters, Obertan/Gosling, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas/marveaux, Benny and Striker is champions league challenging material!

  • 43 planb // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Its all setup for us to get a good hiding we are two strikers short of a half decent team also the midfield with cabaye who has all the hallmarks of another emre to small easily bossed off the ball doesnt inspire any confidence i cant see him or tiote scoring many if any goals this season so whos going to supply the goals that nolan used to bring to the team?

  • 44 woodsee // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    I cant stand shola,but if he plays tomorrow will probably score then do nowt for the rest of the game,or the next 4 or 5 matches,then get injured then come back and do the same all over again,hes fluked a whole career doin it

  • 45 DENIro // Sep 16, 2011 at 1:35 PM


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