Newcastle Attitude – To Try To Win Every Game – Good!

Newcastle have made  a great start to the season, but a lot of us are wondering whether that’s because of good play or just good luck.

Alan Pardew – try to win every game

It’s likely to be a combination of both, and today at Villa Park the lads have an opportunity to get the season off to an even better start,  if they can collect all three points.

To date,  this is the best start Newcastle have made to a season since the heady days when Kevin Keegan was managing the club, back  in the 1995-1996 season.

That’s the season when Newcastle were 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League in December, but still finished in second place the following May  to ………  Manchester United.

Second place these days is almost unattainable for Newcastle in the Premier League,  unless a Billionaire buys the club, and is also willing to invest big money into  Newcastle, but that’s extremely unlikely.

Isn’t it?

But at least the attitude of the Newcastle side again is to try to win every game, and that’s good because with some managers like Sam Allardyce, as just one example, they go out to try to draw the tough games away from home, and that just limits the number of points you play for in a season.

If Newcastle had that attitude, they would never have beaten Arsenal and Everton away last season.

It’s never going to happen to win every game we know, but the game plan should be one that can win the game,  and not just draw it – that’s the major point.

Alan Pardew talked about winning games today:

“What is important is that every Premier League team we play against, we go in there with the belief we can win with the players we have got,”

“The game plan will be slightly different against Villa because different players give you different types of problems, but we are going there thinking we can win.”

“That is always the most important thing, regardless of what “division” they are in in the Premier League.” “I do not really think about them too much and where they are in the league.”

That’s even though we’re probably competing against teams like Aston Villa to a certain extent.”

Of course you have to be realistic is what the “experts” will always tell you.  And therefore if you are 4-0 down after 26 minutes, the very last thing you think about, if you are realistic, is winning the game.

And that makes my point completely, because Kevin Nolan almost scored the winner against Arsenal in injury time in that game in February, which finished in a 4-4 draw.

At 4-0 down against Arsenal, that’s when the English commentators talked about that damage control nonsense – which is saying – we are hopeless  and we are getting creamed, so let’s just hang on and try to keep the score down to a respectable level.

Good job Newcastle didn’t think that way back in February.

There’s no doubt it will be a a tough game this afternoon at Villa Park, but there again Newcastle have never played really well in a whole game this season.

And if they can do that this afternoon, they can win the game.



Comments always welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    We can only go upwards in terms of performance imo.

  • dmac

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Good result at Villa is needed! Just hope Zoggy doesnt ruin Raylor too much!

  • Graeme

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Villa’s pace is going to cause us problems, no doubt about it. Whoever is playing LB is going to need a lot of help from the middle of the park or he will be overrun as he was on Monday.

    Can see this being a game bogged down in the middle of the park with maybe one goal in it!! Hopefully TOOOON will do a smash & grab and nick all three points.

    Its on live in Nigeria, so I’m a happy bunny lol.

  • Dannyo

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    This is why i’m hoping for Fergy at LB.

  • magpie6699

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Can’t see us getting away with less than a 2 goal defeat.

  • magpie6699

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #6

    But I did think that about Arsenal and Sunderland.

  • Graeme

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Dannyo – But will Pardwho have the balls to put a youngster in at LB for the first time this season and against Villa? He certainly cant be any worse than Monday; he is naturally a left sided player and if he gets the start, will be so up for the challenge.

    With Gutti in front of him I think he has more than enough to give a good account of himself and his pace will add a bit more to midfield if we ever do attack the Villa!! I would play him.

  • Stuart

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    cheery soul arent you magpie6699 lol.

    3-1 Toon!

  • Klatoon

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Graeme its also live in Uganda so that’s 2 bunnies… Hope Fergie gets the LB spot if only to give us balance.HWTL

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    We are one of those teams who rather play players out of position than give youngsters a go

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Game live in India at 7.30 Pm

    Ill get my pop corns

  • magpie6699

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Point is , both Raylor and Fergie are playing out of position at LB – but I would definitely prefer Fergie – a) left-footed, b) has some pace and c) would add to our attacking

  • Stuart

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Whoever plays LB, Jonas is going to have to do extra work to help defend. All Raylor would really add is the freekick threat but we have cabaye or marveaux for that.

    Fergy would provide the extra attacking threat of overlapping with Jonas and has alot of pace.

    I’d choose Fergy everytime like. But will Alan?

  • Sean

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Anyone got any good links for the villa match ?

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 17, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    They say go for a win, but how demoralising is it when you see Lovenkrands, Shola, Guthrie and Smith on the bench halting the progress of Vuksic, Abeid, Fergie, Sammy and Moyo.

    Playing Raylor is an open invitation to teams. God knows what Pardew is doing in training to get so many injuries and now really importantly Santon. Can’t just be the pitch.

    I honestly thought we were ong to be a fast fluid attacking team. Only evidence so far is long ball after long ball and players out of position.

  • Hebburn Mag

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #16

    ===================== Tiote==================
    =================== Obertan================

    Probably on of the best team we are able to play at the moment. Its a team that is more than capable of going into most games and getting a result. Would love to see this team played today against Villa and we’d more than likely get the 3 points.

  • oo aa demba ba

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    I hope he doesn’t opt for Ferguson at left back, at his last game pre season at Darlington Fergie was getting outmuscled and beaten by their Blue Square Premier winger, imagine what he’d be like up against N’Zogbia or Agbonlahor! Not physical enough for a left back and his pace is wasted there, only touted as a left back to try and compenate for the evident lack of squad depth paticularly in the defence. R.Taylor is the best we have at the minute for that position, yes SWP made mincemeat out of him but with his pace and trickery he will be doing that to the majority of the left backs he comes up against. Taylor is also a major asset from set pieces, dont forget hes our joint top scorer in all competitions!

  • Dannyo

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    @Rotonda heights
    Very true, altho Vuckic and Abeid are still injured.

  • magpie6699

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d like to try:
    Simmo Saylor Colo Fergie
    Gosling Tiote Cabaye Jonas

    Could use Ba as sub for Best and Ober as sub for Marveaux;

  • Ameobi No.9

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20

    If we keep the ball on the floor instead of lobbing it up the pitch to strolla, we have a good chance of coming out with the points.

    I think we will start slow today, and keep playing slowly until we concede 1-2 goals then we will start to play some good attacking football, but by that time it will be too late, going for 3-1 villa.

    I do not normally put the score line against us but,I cannot for the life of me see it going any other way.

  • magpiebop

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Not keen on Obertan, we have a much better right winger in Frenchman Yven Moyo who scored in midweek for the reserves and would even switch Guttierez to avoid playing Obertan!


    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #22

    Finaly the show has been calld of. Nw I can watch the game at home 😀

  • Ameobi No.9

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    are you serious?? @magpie6699 @Klatoon

    Putting YOUNG Fergie at left back would be a HUGE mistake, the only thing he has over Taylor is his left foot. Zoggy and Albrighton would skip past him as though he was not there.

  • Dannyo

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    I thought Moyo was a LW and he played LB in pre-season.

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #25



    How thick can you be!!!???
    How many times are we going to ruin quality young players by playing them out of their natural positions!!!???

    We’ve done it time and again throughout the last 20 or so years…some of you need to get a grip! Do you want Fegie to lose his confidence playing in unfamiliar territory? What if he gets turned inside out as he’s not a full back??? what then??? HES A LEFT SIDED MIDFIELDER WITH HUGE POTENTIAL….ANY CHANCE OF US LOOKING AFTER THAT FOR ONCE!!!???

    Reading some of the comments on here about playing him at left back has really boiled my p!ss!!!!!!

    Look at Stevie Watson….played RB, RM, CB, CM….we ruined him!
    Jon Dahl Tomasson….one of the best young talents in the world when we signed him….played him CF and he lost it! went to Italy, played in his proper role and he’s a one man wrecking machine
    Hugo Viana…..rated above Christiano Ronaldo at the time we signed him…..played him on the left instead of his natural central attacking role and finished the young kid off
    Charles Nzogbia… of the best young left sided forwards in the league…..what do we do??? play him left back……..

    …and some of you want to do the same to young Shane??????? Do me a favour…….

  • archaeomag

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26

    @Daft_lad 24 – Spot on

  • boater

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #27

    I don’t even know anymore…

    I laugh at all the cheerleaders on here about how good our team will be… it’s the weakest squad we’ve had in many a year. We lack goals and match winners, no one to turn a game.. lack of quality in attack and no cover in defense.

    Having said all that, we work hard off the ball – so we’re harder to beat in the past.

  • ToonAndy

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #28

    Daft_lad – Your name is correct…..He’s certainly much more of a left back than Ryan Taylor!!….. He’s quick, can tackle and rarely loses the ball…

    If playing him at leftback will give him premier league starts then how can u complain about his development… Wud u sooner him be sat on the bench waiting to play at left wing for another year?

    I believe playing him at leftback will give him a solid overall game

  • wynsleap

    Sep 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Daft_Lad – you’re not so daft.
    We HAVE, over the years, played far too many players out of their positions just to fit them in somewhere in the team or to cover a position where we have injuries or suspensions and because of a squad short on numbers due to lack of transfer acquisitions.
    Guthrie and Barton weren’t right wingers, Raylor is not a left back, Gutierrez is not a full back (whatever Diego Maradona may think) although some fans are asking to give it a go, and Shola is not a striker.
    Either buy more players for their right positions or bring in a specialist position player from the reserves but don’t play a guy in a position where he is not suited as it invariably spells trouble.

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 17, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Daft lad

    I have read a few of your comments recently and there all about ruining players careers by playing them out of position,…

    surely playing Ferguson and getting him much needed game time and premier league experience is not going to be a negative on his professional progession… its not champ man where it says LM so they have to play LM.

    Humans adapt to their surroundings and learn quickly, Ferguson could, should and would play LB he has proved he can play there, fair enough he has been out of position before but he is young, talented and learning.

    You are wrong!! would you really prefer Perch there…

    Answer: no

  • Ldntoon

    Sep 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Got to play 451 away we were lucky at QPR.
    Simo Collo Saylor Raylor
    Obertan Gosling Cabaye Jonas

    we have to be more solid than at QPR and build attacks not just hoof it.

  • Nick 69

    Sep 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Daft_lad – your name says it all. Our left back is injured at the minute incase you forgot so therefore we HAVE to play SOMEONE out of position until Santon is fit. Why not choose the best player to fill the void for the next few weeks. Everyone knows Fergie is a winger, and he WILL be played there once he becomes a regular. Playing a young kid out of position for a few games isnt gonna hurt him considering he played at left back anyway up until a couple of years ago

  • DarloGeordie

    Sep 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Plus Viana being touted as better than ronaldo and tomasson ha… where are they now… no where!!

    Did you read these predictions in the newspaper because if they really are as good as you say they should have been then they would be right up there week in week out being legends…

    Oh wait… Newcastle United ruined their careers playing them out of position.

    You daft daft lad

  • danishmag

    Sep 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #34

    hey fellow magpies…
    here in denmark the game is not shown on tv..
    any links here mates… por favor ;o)


    Sep 17, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is planning a £5m January bid for Southampton striker Rickie Lambert – THE SUN

  • Toon-Barmy

    Sep 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Nice to see we’ve finally got rid of Fabio Zamblera, just need Samuel Adjei out next……

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 17, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Just logged back in……

    @ DarloGeordie
    Have you learned the skill of reading yet? I mean not just looking at the words but understanding them?
    WHEN WE BOUGHT VIANA….WHEN WE BOUGHT TOMASSON this is where these players were at….read what is written! You thick darlo monkey! Their standing as young prodigious talent was well established throughout the game….do you read World Soccer or anything credible like that??? or do you get your footballing insight from the Sun?

    You talk about giving Ferguson game time….its no good playing him out of position though….he’ll lose his way just as those players ive already highlighted did….im stating FACT not making something up….if we continue to try to play this young kid at full back we’ll finish him. Id also like to point out that Shane Ferguson isnt a particularly good left back either so where this notion of him proving he can play there comes from is beyond me! I could throw a top on my young un and get him to play left back….doesnt mean he’s any good there though you muppet….anyone that has any idea about football would tell you that you play players in their established positions….especially young players to get the best out of them… should stick to chasing sheep or whatever it is you do down there in Yorkshire

    My name says it all eh? and what does yours say about you….very intelligent that and yeh im geet propa fick me….and thanks for reminding me that our left back is injured as I didnt have a clue, thanks so much for that insight. Ferguson is not a left back and is not the best player to fill the position either….Raylor and Perch both have more experience at full back and both have played at LB previously

    ‘Playing a young kid out of position for a few games isnt gonna hurt him’ you say….thats what they said about Stevie Watson


    So from what youre saying then the overiding issue here is

  • Daft_lad

    Sep 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #38


    So from what you’re saying the overiding issue is Premier league starts not development of the player through playing in his natural position? What a load of sh!te! So you’d take the best young talent at the club and give him EPL game time wherever there is a slot….thats what you’re effectively saying….not very bright are you really? feel free to borrow my nickname if you like….it has sentimental value as it was given to me by my late father but i’ll let you use it as its more apt for you than it probably is for me….

    Can you imagine taking a young Alan Shearer and then playing him out of position in goal….lol oh wait a minute…..we did do that didnt we!


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