Newcastle Must Show More Exuberance At Villa Park

Newcastle have picked up three clean sheets in four PL games so far this season – and that’s not too bad at all.

Alan Pardew – we are not getting carried away

And we always remember Sam Allardyce targeting clean sheets when he was briefly at Newcastle, because the more clean sheets a team had, the higher up the league you would be, and Sam had the stats to prove that.

Pardew has to be pleased with the way his defense is playing so far this season, with Coloccini and Steven Taylor looking just great at the back for Newcastle.

It’s excellent to see Steven Taylor back in form again, and of course if he keeps playing like he is at the moment, there’s no reason why Fabio Capello cannot include him in the England squad.

We thought it was a very lucky point on Monday night, and couldn’t quite believe how QPR seemed to miss so many chances in that first half, but we suppose if you don’t have the good strikers you don’t score the goals.

But manager Neil Warnock will have been delighted that his side at least carved out some gilt edged opportunities, even if they didn’t put them away on the night.

Pardew talked about not getting carried away with the very good start to the season, and told this to the local Newcastle press corps today:

“I have had a period like this before and then not had another clean sheet for eight games, so it’s important to stay on it and not think we’re brilliant.”

“Or think that we can rely on the defense because they are brilliant.” “We need to control the game more, pass the ball better and threaten the goal.”  (that’s so true)

“If we do that then we will find ourselves under less pressure. If we put the defence under as much pressure as we did on Monday night, it’s going to give.”

“I think it is important that we don’t get carried away with ourselves.” “We’re not, and I don’t see that in the staff or the players.”

“Nobody is by any stretch of the imagination.” “But I think that we remember and can be confident about the fact we are fourth in the Premier League because we deserve to be there.”

“We need to take that into the game. We need to show more exuberance than we did the other night at QPR.”  “It’s more than even we hoped for.”

“If you want to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League then you need 13 clean sheets and we have put a big hold in that straight away.”

The best Newcastle can do, is to take the confidence they have, from what is the best start to a season at Newcastle since 1995, but realize also that we haven’t played particularly well in a lot of those games.

And, as Alan so rightly says, the lads have to take the game more to the opposition, and control the games more, and play with more exuberance.

If we see that tomorrow at Villa Park, we will be more than happy.

Comments welcome.

48 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Saying all the right stuff….Can he get our players to show it?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #2

    my prediction Tommarow will be that we will the game 0-1

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #3

    my prediction Tommarow will be that we will Win the game 0-1

  • ross armstrong

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #4

    4-5-1 tomorrow and weve gota chance! 4-4-2 with shola and its waste of time even playing

  • davo

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Tiote will have a blinder tomorrow.He’s a fantastic competitor and he will know he needs to pull his finger out.I’m expecting us to play 4-5-1 and show a lot more endeavor than Monday.HWTL

  • ToonAndy

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Whats the news on Abeid? I haven’t read anything about him since he was stretchered off against sunderland reserves??

    My Team for tomorrow….






    : Bring Obertan off at half time and push Marveaux over to the right and have Gosling in the centre.

    My team for Forrest.






    Looking pretty good!!

  • sammydolan

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #7

    ABEID is injured isnt he?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    To show more exuberance Pardew, you can start by dropping Shola. I hate insulting Shola as i feel he’s a nice guy and brings alot in the dressing room and in the development of youngsters. He’s vital to us in that aspect.

    But his contributions on the field, is like playing with 10 men. Dropping him for another midfielder might just change the way we play.

  • DENIro

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9






  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    deniro we get hammered if we played that silly formation

  • SwedishMagpie

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11

    thats my team for tomorrow but I know we will play 4-4-2 as usual…. -.-

  • Sir Alan

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Our best team with everyone fit:




    Jonas——————–Ben Arfa——————Marveaux


    Subs: Harper/Williason/R.Taylor/Gosling/Obertan/Best/Ameobi

    In reserve: Vuckic/S.Ameobi/Tavernier/Guthrie/Smith/Lovernkrands/Abeid/Kadar/Ranger

  • Dannyo

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Donaldson out on loan… How do people rate him?

  • shearermania

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #14

    scary thought: maybe hes putting smith in as an anchor to help our mean defense

    krul, simmo, saylor, collo, fergie

    raylor, smith, tiote, cabaye, jonas


    toon 0 villa 5

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Exactly as I see us lining up, ToonAndy. I hope so anyway.

  • Stuart

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #16

    If we play 4-5-1 we’ve got a very good shot at a win but if we play 4-4-2 with shola on again we may aswell not turn up.

    Besty up front by himself with jonas, cabaye, tiote, gosling and obertan feeding him.

  • planb

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Will exubrance be wearing the no9 tomorrow?

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #18

    All Shola does, is stunt our flow, you’re never going to hear the words ‘sweeping move’, with Shola in the XI.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Shola plays pants but ends up starting every single 1 of our matches. And we are enduring his performances for the past 10 years. Just how he can start for us, is 1 of the greatest mysteries of this world.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Hope Tiote turns up tomorrow, been nothing like last season. Krul has been immense big day for him aswell. Would still start Ryan Taylor left back despite what some people belive, i dont see young shane ever being a full back.
    Has to be a 3 man centre midfield with Tiote holding, Cabaye and Gosling playing slightly more forward hopefully one of them can be bursting into the box to support the attack.
    Jonas and Obertan to start on the wings, if Obertan doesnt look good swap him with Marv. Finally Best upfront, hopefully the team dont play hoof ball and try playing a few through balls for him to latch onto.
    1 – 0 to the toon Cabaye to score.

  • gorgonzola

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Why are people like ben Arfa and Santon out injured why isnt Strilla out injured for 2 more years…. somebody up there hates us…

  • geoff777

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    My team

    ————————- Krul ———————
    Simpson —– Saylor ——Colo —– Jonas

    ——————-Tiote — Cabaye ————
    Obertan ———- Gosling ——–Marveaux

    ————————– Ba ———————–

    what I think Pardew will do …

    ————————- Krul ———————
    Simpson —– Saylor ——Colo —– Raylor

    Obertan——–Tiote — Cabaye ——Jonas
    ——————- Best .. Ameobi ————–

  • gonz

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #23

    If we want to take the game to Aston Villa and try and outright win the match we are going to need the most attacking team we are capable of picking to take 3 points away and I only see that by playing this team:




    4-1-3-1 formation with Marveaux playing in the hole as a second frontman and Cabaye more in a CAM role and leaving Tiote to play as the only DM cleaning up and hardly crossing the half way line, and making the simple passes instead of trying to dribble past the opposition. Jonas and Obertan to bomb down the wings using their pace and direct dribbling skills and not really crossing the ball in, but rather passing to feet and working the ball to Marveaux to be the creative force in the hole, the same position that Ben Arfa will utilise once he’s fit again. I expect the back four to continue where they left off and have another solid game, they’ll need to be on their best as Agbonlahor and Bent will be a handful. Subs will be important in this match and we will need to use Ba and one of the Ameobis at some stage in the second half, hopefully not in the 85th minute again. Perhaps Gosling will get a run out at some point since he scored two goals for the reserves earlier this week. This isn’t going to be an easy game, infact I think this will be our toughest game yet. I see us maybe doing a smash & grab or a score draw.

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #24


  • gonz

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Not sure what happened with that formation I did, but Obertan should be on the right and Jonas on the left with Cabaye directly infront of Tiote.

  • Willo

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Simmo Saylor Colo Fergie
    Tiote Cabaye
    Raylor Gosling Jonas

    We certainly cannot put Raylor at left back again he was manhandled at QPR. Put Fergie there and Jonas can support him down the left. Raylor needs to be in the side in nothing but for his threat from set pieces. Someone has to score the goals and Leon can’t do it by himself. If you want Marveaux in the second half then and then Sammy for some speed.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #27

    For Villa game:












  • Dannyo

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    @2 AMEOBI’S

    I think we need Fergy at LB due to his pace. Dunno if Raylor will keep up with Zoggy. Thats the only reason why i would place Fergy there tho. Will also be better than Raylor technically i think
    Raylor has the experience tho, but he got well overrun by SWP at QPR, and Zoggy isn’t exactly worse, imo even better.
    Fergy would be able to keep up and he’d have Gutti to track back and help a bit when needed.

  • benscott123123

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #29

    For me Jonas will be the key player tomorrow against Villa, his abilility to back up the full backs to stop N’Zogbia will be crucial. Simpson was destroyed by him last season at Wigan and Raylor showed last week how he performs against pace worrying! Toon to win 2-1 Steven Taylor Bent and Best

  • benscott123123

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #30

    hah just said pretty much the same thing as Dannyo!

  • Dannyo

    Sep 16, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #31


    lol, great minds think alike? 😛

  • hartoon

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #32

    If anyone is interested here are the stats for newcastle in fifa 12.
    Shola Ameobi -71
    Demba Ba -79
    Hatem Ben Arfa -79
    Leon Best -72
    Yohan Cabaye -80
    Fabricio Coloccini -79
    Ryan Donaldson -60
    Jóan Símun Edmundsson -52
    Rob Elliot -65
    Shane Ferguson -56 ( WTF )
    Dan Gosling -73
    Danny Guthrie -72
    Jonás Gutiérrez -79
    Steve Harper -75 ( ….)
    Bradden Inman -57
    Tamás Kádár -65
    Tim Krul -74 ( ok piss off EA )
    Peter Løvenkrands -71
    Sylvain Marveaux -75
    Gabriel Obertan -71
    James Perch -69
    Nile Ranger -67
    Davide Santon -75 ( he went down because he joined us … )
    Danny Simpson -75
    Alan Smith -70
    Ole Söderberg -60
    Ryan Taylor -73
    Steven Taylor -76
    Cheick Tioté -78
    Haris Vu?ki? -61 ( oh come on )
    Mike Williamson -75

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #33








    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh lord the Jonas at LB shouts are back closely followed by the Fergy at LB…only Kadar yet to come

    Raylor is our LB for the forseeable lads time to face it

  • jonnymcdonald

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Hats off to Pardew for sticking with 2 up front against QPR but it was our downfall. They had 5 in midfield which quickly changed to 4-3-3 when attacking.

    Down Villa it is going to be just as had so we need to pack our midfield and tell people like Jonas and Obertan to get past the full backs. Obertan has immense pace but seems to have been told to release the ball early instead of going past his man.

    4-5-1 with Gosling coming in for one of the strikers. Probs stick with Best in my opinion!!!


    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh and dropping Tiote lads? Howay man

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #37

    @35 jonny, i like the way you are thinking 🙂

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #38

    yeah, tiote still needs some training, cause he missed pre-season and it is clearly to see. p.s or he could start and if he still would be looking out of place then change him in the second half.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #39

    think Ba deserves a start tomorrow last couple of games hes looked lively when he’s came on

  • sirtoongospel

    Sep 16, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Tiote has to play. and hopefully Gosling instead of a striker.


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