Pardew Waiting To Find Out Just How Good Newcastle Are

It seems that Alan Pardew is just like the Newcastle fans,  in that he is waiting to find out just how good the team turns out to be this season.

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It seems that Alan has done more than a decent job of preventing  the lads getting complacent and he has managed to prepare them well for most games this season.

But it seems to us the side has also carried a lot of luck in their games this season, and what happens when that luck goes solidly against the side?  Do we collapse or do we come back fighting like the side of the last two years did, and the 4-4 Arsenal game last February was one of the best examples of doing just that.

It seems Alan Pardew himself is waiting to find out the answers to those question too, as he had this to say this morning

“I just genuinely think our points total of 12 from six matches suggests we’re kind of in no-man’s land really,”

“We’re kind of like, how good are we going to be? I think that’s a question that will be answered if we can get a result at Wolves. Perhaps the question goes to Tottenham, one of the top teams, at home.”

” How are we going to perform? Did we match them? Did we get lucky and get a win? Or did we actually dominate the game and were unlucky not to win?”

“I honestly can’t tell you how good we are. The signs I’m getting suggest we’re a good side.”  “I think we’re a little bit more vulnerable,” . “Last year we were a functional team. We were a team who could get results. We could get goals at set-plays. We could eke a result out.”

“This team isn’t really like that. This team is more about rhythm. And there’s more things that can go wrong. Two or three lose confidence and it might not look the same.”  “So it’s different. We’ve got all those battles to come. When we go down to ten men, can we still nick a result?”

“When things are really going against us – a penalty decision that was never a penalty, another goal straight after and we’re 2-0 down – how are we going to react?”  “These are all different types of scenarios that could go wrong for us.”

“I think Wolves are just a tough team,” “They have to be because of the finance they have. Like us, you’re trying to buy the best players in the areas you’re working in, which they do. They’ve brought some great players to the club on small fees.”

“Whenever I see them win at home it never surprises me – whether it’s Man United, who they beat last year, or anybody. So it’s very, very important we set our stall out and we try to play the way we want to there, rather than get roped into what Wolves do.”

Alan Pardew is a sage manager and so much better than we had expected,  and he seems to have a canny knack of saying the right things, so he keeps his players from getting carried away with things.

And we’ve noticed he’s an extremely good man-manager, and with the his comments this week on Carlos Tevez, he even seems to welcome the challenge of handling players who are difficult.

One case in point was last week when he said  he expected some trouble with Ben Arfa,  if the Frenchman wasn’t starting for Newcastle fairly soon.   What that does is make the French International think twice if he gets frustrated, about knocking on Alan’s door,  and the likelihood is he will now be less likely to complain if he doesn’t start soon.

And we we’ll have to see if Pardew can rescue the Newcastle career of Nile Ranger, which seems rather doubtful, but Nile played the full game for the Reserves last Wednesday night at Swansea.  The Newcastle manager has said he would only play the 20 year old when he had buckled and was behaving in a more professional way, so maybe Nile has come to his senses, although that’s still a big maybe.

Newcastle take on Wolves, and like Alan Pardew himself,  the Newcastle fans will find out more about the side this afternoon, and just how good they may be. With so many good players pressing for a starting position now,  we have to hope that inspires the starting side to put in a very good performance at Molineaux

A win would be terrific.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • magpie6699

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Reposting cos Ed’s too quick for me!
    I’m pleased that Pards is being so sensible. He’s said he’s not sure we’re that good and that we could still be fragile if things start to go against us – he doesn’t know. Absolutely spot on. I’m still in the mood that we’ve got 12 points and another 28 will probably see us safe. What is pleasing me is some of the football – if you watch last week’s game we looked really good at times. For that reason I enjoyed the game more than some big wins last season e.g. West Ham.
    As for today – who knows? I’m a natural pessimist and I can guarantee that even if we play well, and that’s still an if (QPR anyone?), there will be some hairy moments – and it will depend if we can get away with them or if Wolves manage to score. The bookies have them slight favourites and they are no fools. Also concerned about Wolves tactics – they may try to get at Cabaye and Tiote in their usual dirty way and provoke a backlash – just hope we keep our cool and the ref is on the ball – whoops! I’m in for an FA warning now!

  • magpie6699

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    I take it I’m supposed to do a lap of honour or something for being first??

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    magpie6699, and rip your shirt off.

  • Stuart

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    I wouldnt do that, you’ll get booked coz we cant see your shirt sponsor!

  • Sav

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Good assessment from Pardsdew sums up most fans’ thinking about the side. Mind you, if Pards doesn’t know and he sees the lads in training every day…but we’ll just enjoy finding out.

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Like ive said before, this squad may have another level to it with players.adapting anf finding form.

    So called experts wrote us off because they had never heard of some of our players, when really noone, even pardew couldnt be sure if they would tick or not. England played france last year and were totally dominated by better technique, yet for some reason they thought replacing the likes of nolan with cabaye would get is relegated.

    I agree with pards, we will find out how good.we realy are when we play spurs.

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #7

    To be honest you only find out how good you are at the end of the season by then luck has a tendency to have evened itself out and you have had some disastrous games where you have totally dominated the opposition and lose, and others where you have defended for 85 mins and scored on your one and only run up the park and won.

    I feel that watching the play over the last couple of games we have the potential to be a very good side, we now have more players that are comfortable on the ball we pass the ball well and our ability to keep the ball is improving with every game.

    We are starting to get pace all over the park and when you combine pace with ball control you have what the opposition hate and that is constant goal threat.

    In the last game plenty of posters were saying Cabaye had a very quiet game when in reality it was Blackburn paying a lot of attention to him but all that achieved was to open space for other players to exploit and we did that, and as long as we have the ability to do that we will do ok.


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