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Our Goalie Was The Best Player Today – Pardew

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is nothing if not perfectly straight.

Tim Krul – had excellent game today

And even though Newcastle came with a few minutes of getting another clean sheet,  Alan Pardew didn’t think the lads deserved one.

And yes, Newcastle had the rub of the green in today’s game, which has been the case in the vast majority of Newcastle games this season, if the truth be told.

But Newcastle also have a lot of class in the side this season, and that’s what can win games, as it did today, with two excellent goals from Ba and Gutierrez.

And new signing Davide Santon ran down the touchline to congratulate Gutierrez after he had scored, and that enthusiasm was nice to see.

Wolves probably should have had a penalty in the first half,  when Wolves were awarded a free-kick by referee Mark Halsey just outside the box, when TV replays showed the foul was committed inside by a few feet, and that was a let off for the Magpies.

And then right at the end of the game, Steven Fletcher’s 88th minute goal set up a frantic finish, and Kevin Doyle had a “goal” disallowed after the ball had gone out of play for a goal kick, before Jarvis had crossed it, and that was close too.

Alan Pardew was matter of fact after the game today as he told Sky Sports:

“We didn’t deserve a clean sheet, really, and we didn’t get one.”  “From where I was sitting, the ball didn’t look like it had crossed the line.”

“But the linesman has only got the back of the player, so it is probably a tough call for him. He called it favourably for us.”

“The penalty decision, I thought you can tell from the fans’ reaction it probably was in the box. The referee didn’t give that either. But we would have had time to react.”

“The second one was much more fortunate because we wouldn’t have had time to react. We might have been struggling to get anything out of the game.”

“Our goalie was the best player today, I thought. That is not usual for us. We didn’t defend as well as we have been in previous games.

“We didn’t deserve a clean sheet, really, and we didn’t get one.”

Before today’s game Newcastle had just one win in 19 attempts when visiting Molineaux, so history was not on the side of the Magpies today, but we still think Newcastle deserved to win the game, and yes – we may also be a little biased.

It was clear Newcastle had some good players on display today, and they played as a team for most of the game, but in that second half they lost just a little bit of their discipline,  but managed to hang on for maximum points.

But that’s what good teams do.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • geordieupontyne

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #1

    absolutely….without doubt

  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Aye, i like Pardew cause of his honesty. He says it like it is, and u have to like that. So many managers hide behind excuses.
    Great man Pardew, and hopefully we’ll win the matches we’re supposed to over the course of the season. All credit to him.

  • Dai

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Dannyo: I think that’s a good call. Lot’s of fans didn’t want him, didn’t like him, thought he was/is Ashley puppet, but things are going well and we all seems to like the sound of him. Very pleasing.

  • Mancgeordie

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Harsh as it is not bothered we took a very good 3 points this is a great start now lets beat spurs n people may start taking us seriously n start giving us some credit

  • Sir Alan

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #5


    WOW! Massive respect for Pardrew and the team for this. 9 games unbeaten is unheard of in the north east. May long it continue….Not that i can see it ending in the next few games either!! Exciting times for us with Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Gosling and Santon yet to get match fit and will all make a massive impact on the starting XI. Also with Vuckic coming back who was awesome in pre-season and without doubt our best youngster in my opinion.

  • Sir Alan

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunately MOTD will still say that we will do well to stay up this season!!! How many more cracking results will it take for us to get credit?

  • Jan Stavik

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Scrappy win, and a lucky one I would say. We need to improve our play up front, especially since Lovenkrands came on we didn’t manage to keep the ball at all. He’s not good enough, unfortunately.

    Krul is an awesome goalie, with Harper between the post’s we would have been 1-0 down from that free-kick after 5 minutes!

  • Mancgeordie

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Like i said before Sir Alan lets beat spurs n floppy chops n the whole thing will suddenly change

  • Mancgeordie

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Jan i have a feeling that lovenkrands could be replaced in jan with another pacey striker

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m glad Best and Ba keep scoring,but anyway,
    if we fail singing Papis Cisse, Loic Remy, or Maiga, or Erdnic, i would
    like our scout to look at these players from Netherlands. Offcoure could
    anyone update me about our acadamy striker starlets? Airey is injured? Donaldson? When Vukcic
    is going to play for reserves, what’s new about his injury ?
    Has Ranger improved his attitude (he gets games for reserves, that should be positive news.)
    I also heard Hooper is doing very well..


    P.s Congratulate everyone with todays double against
    wolves and sunderland u-18 (4-0!!):)

  • Dai

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #11

    MOTD are so mean to us it’s unreal. Never show a true balance. Just look at the Villa match, I was left thinking we were luckly to hang on, but we actually dominated. Just silly really. Why don’t they relocate out of London and take the cockney blinkers off !!

  • geordieupontyne

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #12

    whats impressive from the last two matches isn’t just that we won them but also we created history/new records.unlike last season when we ended up to draw from the jaws of victory against spurs and s’land.

  • tdt

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Very happy with the result today, no matter how we got it!

    Also, I was very pleased to see the youth team beat their scum counterparts 4-0!

  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #14

    I was happy with the U-18s winning too mate.
    Even happier that both Campbell and Hooper were both on target. Good prospects those two.

  • Mancgeordie

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #15

    I personally can’t wait to play some of the big boys hopefully we can give them a game and i’am interested to see just how good this side really is


    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Nxt spurs. Hope v beat them.

  • Alberts_tash

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #17

    And yet in a previous post someone was slagging off his kicking. It’s just unbelievable really… of all the things to pick out.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Just noticed, we’re not only 3rd, but we STILL have the tightest defense in the league 🙂 I’m chuffed to bits atm, really didn’t think we had it in us to win this.
    SOOO happy i was wrong.

  • Nojdani

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #19

    A win is a win and nothing else matters!!

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #20

    My mind boggles, as to how we eeked that one out.

    Have a nice break now. Plenty of time for AP to evaluate our start.

    I actually think we have a very well suited side, to combat Spurs main threats.

    APs next selection, will be very interesting.

    TOON TOON! 😀

  • Lee Dodd

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Holland and Newcastle United Number 1 International Keeper . TIM KRUL !!!!!! AWSOME….

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Spot on about Pardew Dannyo @2 . He admitted after QPR where he got it wrong and hopefully he’s the guy to make sure the team don’t get complacent in defending a lead in future.
    Spuds will show whether we’re all being a bit too light heeded about how good the lads are.

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #23

    How long before ashley cashes in on krul??

    great win today, even if a lucky one. big ups to all involved !!

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Jan Stavik @ # 7

    I can understand without entirely agreeing with the first part of your comment,

    But your comment on the keepers is just plain STUPID Harper has proved throughout his career at NUFC that he is a very competent keeper and to slag him like that is disrespectful to a very loyal and competent servant of the club not to mention the aformentioned stupid.

  • pinkorbrown

    Oct 1, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Did anyone else notice how wide open our right hand side looked yesterday? obertan in front of simpson still doesnt convince me. we were lucky to get a draw after the 2nd half


    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #26

    Agreed.. The right hand side looked weak!! Particularly going forward. You would think Obertan would have more confidence going at Wolves defence. Gut would also be a much better player with a wing back who’s better on the ball.. Like Enrique was

    A win’s a win though! Look at Man U v Cjelsea a couple of weeks back… Chelsea were the better side… 2 off-sides for the first two goals.. It’s a harsh world out there.. If we’re gifted a goal in the Premier League we should take it with open arms..

  • Hawaiian Geordie

    Oct 2, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #27



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