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Alan Pardew Delighted With Brilliant Newcastle Display

8:00 pm, Saturday, September 24th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Newcastle played some very good football this afternoon against Blackburn, and won the game  much easier than the 3-1 scoreline would suggest.

Demba Ba – after scoring one of his goals today

While we don’t want to get too greedy, after Olsson was sent off after around 70 minutes, with the score 3-1, maybe the lads could have attacked more to get a couple more goals.

But we’re not complaining and Newcastle looked very good this afternoon, and it’s great the way they spray the ball around and play themselves out of defense.

This team is certainly playing some good football.

Demba Ba of course was the hero, with a fabulous hat-trick, but Tiote was very strong in the middle of the park,  and Gabriel Obertan had his best game for Newcastle,  and made some very good runs at the Blackburn defense.

We’re sure we will also see a lot more this season from players like Obertan, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye and of course Ben Arfa, who came on after 75 minutes for Demba Ba.

Alan Pardew, not surprisingly was just delighted that his team were able to play so well and deliver the goods for the home fans.

This is what Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:

“Blackburn going down to ten men was an injustice really because we controlled the game.”  “We were brilliant today.”

“Blackburn going down to ten men was an injustice really because we controlled the game.”  “We’ve had a good start to the season. But you can only take one performance at a time.”

“I was pleased for Demba Ba. He had a slow start and he had a couple of cameos as a sub where you could see he was getting up to speed.”  “Then he had a terrific performance against Villa last week without threatening the goal.”

“But he’s got his goals today.” “He’s a player who will move in the box. If you move in the box you’ll score.”

“I was pleased for Ben Arfa.” “I put him on because of the torment he’s had in terms of injury.”  “He’s worked very hard to come back so I knew he would get a good reception. It was nice for him.”

When you consider players like Dan Gosling, Shane Ferguson, Shola Ameobi, Haris Vuckic (injured), Mike Williamson (injured),  and Mehdi Anbeid didn’t even make the bench today,  then the Newcastle squad looks strong, with lots of good youngsters coming through.

Next game is next Saturday at Wolves, so that will be a good test for this Newcastle side.

Bottom line – a very good performance from Newcastle today, very good indeed.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Cheick Tiote · Demba Ba · Gabriel Obertan · Newcastle News



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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 FloridaToon // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    FloridaToon // Sep 24, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Lets hope history repeats itself:

    “The history of the Premier League, as is researchable via this pretty cool site, bears out the probability. Tote up the standings of the past decade and the average final finish of the fourth-place club after five weeks is exactly fourth. No club standing fourth after five weeks has ever finished lower than 13th. It’s been 12 years since a club standing fourth after five games hasn’t gone to the Champions or UEFA/Europa leagues. In fact, only five times in Premier League history has a fourth-place club after five weeks not gone to Europe, and those were all in the first eight seasons of the league, when conditions were different, including more variance in the length of clubs’ off-seasons due to the international schedule.”

    Link to full article:

    http://www.newcastleunited.us/

  • 2 cupiddstunt // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Listening to Demba Ba his third goal was really a pass for Leon now how is that for trying to play your team mate in an not be gready.

    When you have a team that plays for one another you get the results.

  • 3 Jan Stavik // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Proud to be a Toon these days. Impressive stuff!

  • 4 cupiddstunt // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    So sorry meant greedy

    I don’t quite know what my left hand was trying to say there.

  • 5 Thump // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    @cupid: Aye did you not see Best laughing with Ba afterwards? Lucky header like but his heart was in the right place!

    Totally agree though, Arfa was very unselfish today and didn’t seem to want to get shots off, Marv was as good as ever when he came on but didn’t have enough time to settle into the game and really make an impact. Overall I’d probably give Raylor the dubious “worst of the team” award solely because of that pass that led to them scoring.

    Great performance, though – well done lads!

  • 6 Saka_Bartoon // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    We can do it… Gabriel Obertan needs some more lesson on finishing the ball. Whithout Shola on the strike we’ve got more power on attacking

  • 7 nicktoon // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    I see what your saying Thump but did you see that brilliant bit of defending to deny hoilett (I think) in first half. It was a certain goal so i think that makes up for it. Generally he was very very good today as was every player. So impressed with best, just really wanted him to score !

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Have to say the whole team looked nothing but class today krul didnt have much to do but kept his concentration all game the back four looked solid simmo made some good runs today ( just needs better delivery) saylor and colo solid and composed as ever! Raylor might nit do it pretty but 10/10 for the work rate this lad puts in hes seen an oppurtunity to force his place in to the first team and is defo takin it! Cabaye and tiote look amazin in the middle they control the entire game always runnin and lookin fir that killer pass guti put a great shift in never stopped work obertan worked hard all game ran at defenders switched sides looked sharp demba looked like a beast!! Besty made some good runs had a few great touches shame he couldnt get on the scoresheet marv and benny looked great wen they came on great display and still in the top four!!! Only negative is there still is a f*ckin pundit on ssn who can give us credit for bieng up there!!!

  • 9 cupiddstunt // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    I see Stoke have shown the rest of the league manure are not unbeatable, and by all accounts could have taken all three points off them.

    Just goes to show a couple of injuries in the right/wrong places and even the teams at the top suffer.

  • 10 mattnufc // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Our team is getting stronger and stronger. We seriously need to replace Simpson though.

  • 11 G // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    @ post 10. Do we?

  • 12 p // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Remind me why we want Ashley out again…

  • 13 mattnufc // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    @11. Yeah he’s shocking, he was about 10 yards away for the cross that lead to the goal; always susceptible to mistakes.

  • 14 hdavid23 // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Pardew said it could’ve been 10-1, well, it should’ve been 10-1 with the many many opportunities we’ve had. What a great display, Blackburn had absolutely no chance! Arsenal was very lucky to play us in the first round…

  • 15 ogm // Sep 24, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Great game, great result.

    Funny how the doommongers haven’t been posting

  • 16 G // Sep 24, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    @post 13, if Taylor hadn’t fluffed the pass, we would have been on the counter attack. Not Simpson’s fault at all.

  • 17 UpTheRoad // Sep 24, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    The best I’ve seen Newcastle play in the past 3 years, we were magnificent!




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