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Pardew – Don’t Pat Us On The Back – That’s Very Dangerous

10:18 am, Sunday, September 25th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

One of the good things we like about Alan Pardew is he doesn’t get carried away.

Pardew and Obertan – Gabriel was great yesterday!

And with Newcastle doing so well, he’s very concentrated on keeping his own feet firmly on the ground, and those of his players too.

The new look Newcatsle put ina  good performance yesterday and got all 3 points against Blackburn rather easily, whatever Blackburn manager Steve Keen said after the game, with some woulda coulda shoulda stuff.

Steve  must have been watching a different game, and his  interview after the game reminded me of Newcastle when we were relegated way back in 1961, and we were just hopeless under then manager Charlie Mitten.

Newcastle would be beaten say 3-0 and we’d say the first two goals were offside, the goalkeeper should have saved the third one,  and we missed two open goals – we should have won 2-0!

That’s what I call woulda coulda shoulda and it’s all about being in complete denial.

Alan Pardew has given an excellent interview in today’s Sunday Sun and this is what he had to say:

“The team did excite me against Blackburn. The second half at Villa and on Saturday; the speed of some of our attacks and some of our passing and movement was very, very good.”

“We were good. I thought that our control of the game was probably the most pleasing thing.”  “Some of the speed of our attacks and some of our passing was exceptional – it was a very pleasing day.”

“I think its only fair that some of the games we’ve had this year, we haven’t threatened the goal enough,” “Some of that was because we wanted to get a solid start and some of it is because some of our players are finding their feet in this division.”

“But they’re beginning to blossom and I think there’s real competition in all areas and that has armed me a little bit – one or two players have jumped up a level because of the competition around them. That’s what the big clubs should have.”

“The discipline of the team is important to maintain,” “If we just keep our discipline at all times, we’re going to win more than we lose this year. Blackburn did a job on Yohan Cabaye and in doing so they left other areas of the pitch we can exploit.”

“We’ve shown we’re not just a one trick pony, we can deliver in other areas. I thought Gabriel Obertan was brilliant and so was Jonas Gutierrez. In wide areas, we caused a lot of trouble.”

“I don’t have goals and ambitions to put in front of this team as it stands.”  “We’ve got Wolves to come and we want to go into that game and try and remain unbeaten. We’ll go from there.”

“I don’t think it’s a pat on the back for me or for anyone. That’s very, very dangerous and we talked about it after the game and at half-time.”

“It’s important to keep the disciplines we had before – the club’s in really, really good health throughout the club. The fans were brilliant and it’d be great to have a season where there’s a really good feeling about the place.”

“We’ve only just started and hopefully we can continue the feeling we had yesterday.”

Indeed the speed of one of Newcastle’s attacks in the second half was responsible for Olsson getting a second yellow card and being sent off, as he brought down Leon Best deliberately as Newcastle moved like lightning from defense into attack, which they did a few times yesterday.

It’s interesting that Alan has pointed out it’s no time to pat anybody on the back, and the players and coaching staff have to maintain their focus on winning each game as it comes along.

And Yohan Cabaye had a quiet game yesterday,  although Tiote was great for the second week running, and Obertan looked pure class.

And of course Demba Ba hit a fantastic hat-trick and got a great ovation when he was replaced by Ben Arga after 75 minutes, and Ben Arfa also received loud applause in his first appearance at home since that double leg fracture.

Things are looking up on Tyneside, but the only thing that matters now is to beat Wolves away next Saturday, and that will not be easy.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Demba Ba · Gabriel Obertan · Newcastle News · Yohan Cabaye



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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Slowly starting to like Pardew. During his appointment, i was one of those…. “What the f00k is happening, Cashley knows nothing, Pardouch is sh!te… etc ,

    The way Pardew knows how to kick players up the @rse at half time if they are asleep the first half is impressive, and the way he sets teams out to play is looking impressive so far. I still have my criticism’s of him, and as usual will tend to exaggerate them :P

    I reckon Pardew will set the team up similar to how to how it was against QPR. With thugs like “kelvin” Henry in the Wolves midfield, I’d be more comfortable with a bit more protection there.

    Then on the counter attack we outpace them and hopefully do the damage by scoring.

  • 2 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    F00kin Finally. an Article whose first comment isn’t some ridiculous child like comment.

  • 3 ~~San-Toon~~ // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Priorities for the Jan transfer window should obviously be,
    In this order:

    1. Pacey, Agbonglahor Type Striker

    2. Central defensive cover, (We only have 3 1/2 Specialised Center backs atm, Staylor/Colo/Willo and Kadar)

    3. Right back Cover (*cough* Atsuto Uchida *cough*

    4. Depending on how Santon settles down, maybe another Left back?

  • 4 GeordieToon89 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    a fancie a 5 in midfield job next week

    ————–Krul
    Simo–Taylor–Colo–Raylor
    ——-Tiote–Cabaye
    Obertan–Marveaux–Jonas
    ————Ba

  • 5 2 AMEOBI'S // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    @Santoon i would agree with you when you say he will set the team up similar to qpr. I belive that he is trying to make us hard to beat away from home and to go for the win at home.

    Also steve kean is comical in his ‘analyisis’ of yesterdays game here is a link for anyone who hasnt seen it…

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/15049357.stm

  • 6 GeordieToon89 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    San-Toon – 5 – Junior Hoillet

  • 7 Stuart // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    take it a game at a time for now, if we’re still around the top 5 before we play manure manc el citeh and chelski, then I’ll start to get excited.

    Awesome performance yesterday, and as usual absolutely terrible coverage on MOTD.

    We’re currently 4th yet bottom half strugglers arsenal were shown before us, and when they finally did get round to us we only won because Blackburn were terrible apparently.

    I wonder how long we’d have to stay unbeaten before the pundits can manage one slight bit of praise like.

  • 8 geoff777 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    The fans all want a five-man midfield away from home but Pardew seems loathe to drop a forward.

    We went 4-4-2 against QPR and were over run in midfield.

    Molineaux is the widest pitch in the Premier league (joint with Villa).
    It should help our passing game.

    I think he’ll start with the same team, possibly with Santon on the bench unless he has another reserve game.

    http://soccervoice.com/grounds.htm

  • 9 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    ED???
    And Yohan Cabaye had a quiet game yesterday, although Tiote was great for the second week running, and Obertan looked pure class.

    wow, im starting to wonder what makes a great footballer in yours and many others eyes,

    cabaye was quiet, what i seen was a midfield 2 that played well together, tiote was the one doing the running and cabaye sat and coverd,

    obertan pure class, please, grrrr,, does it make a player great cos he can run??
    a wingers job,
    1 cross the ball , he carnt cross a ball, he nearly always lays it back to simpson
    2 run at players and beat them, he loses more than he gets through
    3 cover lb/rb, for the goal yesterday, (which im not blaming him for) but watch the video, he is only jogging back to the center,

    simpson in not a good right back, but he supports obertan going forward, yet obertan dont help that much in df,

    the artical says dont pat us on the back, and here you are putting the guy on top of the world

  • 10 ardenTOON // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Pardew seems to have that genuine passion that is needed to manage Newcastle. He really values the fan support of this football club and communicates with the fans honestly. He favours the type of football SBR used to play. And unlike most other big names Gullit, Souness and Fat Sam who came here for the paypacket he’s come to prove himself and his experience at West ham seems to have made him steady and if he manages to win something here he would be on par with SBR and better than Keegan in my estimation. Never felt so optimistic in a long time being a toon supporter. HWTL

  • 11 PapaToon // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    it was good that other ppl stepped upto the plate when cabaye had a quite game.




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