The Result, If Not The Performance, Was Excellent Today

Alan Pardew probably thinks Newcastle were a little bit lucky to get all 3 points in the game today, even though Wolves didn’t score their goal until the 88th minute.

Alan Pardew – Wolves should have had a penalty

But Newcastle did have some luck this afternoon and recorded only their second win in the last 20 visits to Wolves.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game today:

“I don’t think deserved is the word I’d use today, but I did think we played well in the first half and it gave us a platform to win the game,” 

“Certainly, we lost control of the second half at times and our eagerness was causing mistakes. It was a hot day, I thought that was a factor, but I thought Wolves were very good today.”

“The game could have been different. Just about half way through that second half we had two good chances to get a third goal and then there’s no grandstand finish.”

“But fair play to Wolves, they kept coming, the changes that Mick McCarthy made were good and that affected the game a bit and in the end we were a bit fortunate with that decision for the disallowed goal.”

“I’ve watched the two performances here that they’ve got beat, but they were a lot better today and Mick can take great heart from that.”  “If you’re going to use the word deserved, they deserved something from this match.”

It was a mistake for Newcastle not to go at the Wolves defense in the second half, because you just knew that Wolves would come after Newcastle. as they had done last week against Liverpool at Anfield,  and were unlucky then not to get at least a point.

And we don’t think Alan Pardew used the bench too well this afternoon – Lovenkrands was a good replacement for Demba Ba on 71 minutes, but why weren’t Ben Arfa and Marveaux brought on much earlier? Indeed Ben Arfa didn’t get on at all today.

As far as Steven Taylor’s tackle just before half time, that was a foul and inside the box, and should have been a penalty for Wolves, as shown by TV replays, and Alan Pardew seemed to agree with that assessment. as he continued:

“To be honest I’ve seen the fans’ reaction to that and I honestly thought it was a penalty so I’d already accepted that one,”    I think that wouldn’t have been the worst thing that could have happened to us because at half time when you’re 2-0 up the psychology of the dressing room is different.”

“I think we felt like we were comfortable and you’re never comfortable here as it’s been proven. I don’t think Newcastle have won here since 1990 so it’s never an easy place to win.”

“Krul had more work to do today than he has done in the last three of our games if I’m honest and that’s why you need a good goalie. We have a lot of attributes to the team and we had to show different sides of us today.”

“You don’t concede four goals all season without having people putting blocks in, covering each other, trying to help each other. It’s what we had to do at the end there, all hands to the pump and we got really nervous towards the end.”

“We’re a young team, we haven’t got that experience of a Kevin Nolan or a Joey Barton out there that might have stopped the game or affected the game or slowed it down. We’re a different type of team and we need to see games out better than that.”

“We’re a decent team and we’ll get a gauge of how good a team we are in two weeks time [against Tottenham Hotspur]. That in the Premier League is what you should focus on and we will, we won’t get carried away.”

We just have to hope that the arguments and disagreements after these games this season, are after Newcastle have won the game, and maybe the discussion are about why the other side should have done better, even though they didn’t.

Newcastle were the better side this afternoon, especially in the first half, and Newcastle have lots of skill in the side this season,  there’s little doubt about that, but it’s never easy playing Wolves, especially at Molineaux, so the result, if not the performance, was excellent today.

Howay The Lads!!

49 comments so far

  • Lee Dodd

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle in the Top 3 In The Premier League !!!!! AWSOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dannyo

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Ah well, Pardew. I think his last sentence of of his comments there is exactly what happened.
    I think we got a bit carried away with everything the start has brought, and thought “here’s another we can row in to shore”.
    Wolves wanted different tho and put us on our heals. Can’t let that happen, and lets hope that last half was a little wakeup for us.

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #3

    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 and tweak.

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

    APs next selection, will be very interesting.


  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #4

    great result today by the lads they worked hard nice to win away from home and even better to get some luck for a change

  • unclepauly

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #5

    ben arfa wasn’t played because wolves are a dirty team and pardew didnt want to risk him getting his leg broke again – and that was the right decision in my books.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeh u don’t put on BA against cloggers just for ten minutes Pardew did get it right.
    Not sure about lover sub though

  • sirtoongospel

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Impossible to play well 38 times. Man U were poor today………but won. We can’t be compared to them but even the best win when playing badly. The difference is we usually lose. Not this season so far. I think last years team would not have mustered 15 points. We have a better work ethic and our honesty has got us what we fully deserve so far. Pardew deserves full credit.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #8

    marv would of been a better option than lover imo but keeping HBA off was a good decision

  • burnsie

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Lads great result today and SUPERB first half performance!!!!

    My M.O.M has to be Jonas though, Tim made three great saves but he was totally under the cosh for 90 minutes as seems to be being painted by some.

    Guti ran and ran but today ran with more purpose than iv ever seen him run before.

    ………and can anyone remember his last goal of last season????

    YES, a mazey run and shot……..AGAINST WOLVES at SJP.

    Anyway, my final thought on the match is that if u watch the Wolves goal again Simpson and Obertan are absolutely attrocious in it. Simspon is NOWHERE near his man, having already backed right off………….AND OBERTAN is just fannying about near Jarvis (?) and doesnt even put a foot in…..just turns away and gives up.

    Watch the highlights and u all will see…………..terrible defending!

  • burnsie

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #10

    last post meant to say WASNT totally under the cosh…..

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #11

    burnsie and obertan gave the ball away that lead to the goal he had a stinker today! good to be able to play bad and win

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Krul: 9 Some outstanding saves today
    Simpson: 8 Solid for most part. Improving…
    Colo: 8.5 Not his best,but still Captain Colo!
    S.Taylor: 8.5 Best this season?
    R. Taylor 8 Did you see his clearance about half-way through the 1st half!!!
    Tiote: 8 Better and better
    Cabaye: 8.5 Like a ninja(I know,lol):when he plays bad you hardly notice him, when he plays well he’s scary!
    Oberatan: 7 Very lively but still needs end product
    Jonas: 9.5 My M.O.M. Lively everywhere, scored a wondergoal, but was superb all game. What a contribution. NO wonder Benny and Marveux had to wait..>Would you have risked them?
    Best: 7.0 Good contibution but way off his (sorry)
    Ba: Great header, little else. But won’t knock anyone today. great stuff

    Subs: Lovenkrands 6

  • Tramp

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Tbe misses just finished it with me!

    Aha, f

    Thank the lord for football!

  • shola show

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Alright lads. Went to the match today. Our first half was good, and We got The rub of the green. Wolves played well but I agree took our chances well and slacked off second half. Obertan and Simpson both played badly. And krul although not peppered kept the 3 pts for us. Plenty for pardew to work on but as We are a different side to last yrs workmanlike side, We will be vunerable to sides like wolves. Anyway living in wolverhampton and being a Toon fan, regardless of the second half performance and the ruled out goal, lots of wolves fans are saying We will do well this season.

  • Tramp

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Fek it, the misses just finished it with me!

    Aha, ah man. Thank the lord for the beautiful game.

    Also, Ba’s interview on BBC today…

    Interviewer: “Have you learnt any Geordie yet?”
    Ba: “What is Geordie?”

    Haa! I’ll forgive him if he keeps bangin’ ’em in.

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Krul, will soon attract the title ‘best keeper in the world’. Definitely the heir, to Van Der Sar’s throne.

  • davis_toons

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #17

    ED !!!!! Check this bookout – Cancer Cured Naturally – Betty Khoo-Kingsley.

    It about how all the patients cure/fight/overcome their cancer and the food they eat.

    There are quite a few of them in there…

  • hainesy

    Oct 1, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Hey guys, fifa 12 poll.

    Would you sell Ben Arfa if you got a bid of 10M. Valued at 8.5M?

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Inter Milan are in turmoil. Being beat, again. Love watching mighty teams fall 😆

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #21

    As much as i like Pardew, i find the way he uses his substitutes very strange. lol. Does anyone have some statistics on the timing he brings on his substitutes? As far as i can remember he uses his substitutes at like around the 80min mark, and refuses to use them even if the game is not going our way. I’m curious to know what goes on Pardew’s head.

    But he’s the best manager we have got in a long time.

  • Satan

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #22

    A good first 45 from the lads but not the greatest of displays in the 2nd half….i guess as the away team you had to expect that Wolves were going to come onto us at some point. Disappointing how we weren’t able to take the sting out of the game in the last 10 minutes, we showed a lot of naivety there; good teams slow the pace and keep the ball by spreading the play….we didn’t. Disappointed by AP’s use of subs today too, but over the moon at being 3rd no matter how short lived it may be, we need to be better if we have aspirations of a top 8 finish….we were lucky again today.

    Krul 9
    Simpson 7
    Colccini 7.5
    Saylor 7.5
    Raylor 6.5
    Tiote 8
    Cabaye 7.5
    Obertan 6.5
    Jonas 8.5
    Best 6
    Ba 7

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #23

    in contrast mccarthy made brilliant subs in brining on hammil and the other player on the 58th min. took the game to us from that moment. pardew is still growing as a manager and im sure he will learn about how to use substituition in the future.

    but 3 points is 3 points. no matter how they come.

  • Geordie9

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #24

    What is Cabaye doing on Strictly? He can do everything!

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #25

    this stage last season we had 7 points from 7 games and in the same round of the cup.. so weve more than doubled our points tally(15) which last season we didnt reach until game 11 when we beat Arsenal away 1-0 so we are doing fantastically well hope they keep it up

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #26

    tiote has now gone 2 pl games without a yellow card is this a record

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Been playing FIfa 24/7 latelly and I must say even though its MUCH less arcady it has some SERIOUS FLAWS…

    I played with Juve for the Italian cup just to get in with the game… I lost the final 4:3 to Milan on PRO…if you dont adjust the Player settings to 65 speed and 65 acc you get absolutelly TOASTED. I mean if I leave the settings default I cant SMELL THE BALL at all… And I am playing Juventus… Krasic cant get past anybody yet Ibrahimovic scores from the words most insane angles…

    SO just to compete I adjusted the speed of the user and still lost…. Its a half baked product again I am afraid where it gained in simulation it lost a lot in balance….

  • adam20692

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #28

    @Gorgonzola, i think your just poor at fifa m8, been playing as torino seria b side nd beet juventus 2-1 in the cup on world class, jst need to play it more m8

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Poor ? HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAH yeah right. I DOUBT I am poor, and I think you could be LYING….. in all honesty m8. So take Torino and play Milan good luck to you.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 1, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #30

    a havnt adjusted any settings and a beat barcelona 2-1 with arsenal on world class

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #31

    of coarse you did, thats how you beat them noob, I changed everything to MANUAL.

  • hainesy

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #32

    I just lost 1-0 on pro as the toon first game of the season! Sammy missed the chance to equalize last gasp when he was one on one with Szcezny. Demba Ba top scorer pre season too.

  • adam20692

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #33

    @gorgonzola I think you will find i did, got beat by palmero in the next round tho, you just need to play it some more nd get used to the new tackling system

  • hainesy

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #34

    I really hate the new B button tackling!

  • wynsleap

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #35

    No doubt all we are going to hear about this week is how lucky we were and how not only the ref but also Krul saved us from defeat.
    Well just tough.
    McCarthy should stop moaning, be a man and accept that is what happens in games.
    Hell knows we have been “robbed” of many a point through ridiculous/biased refereeing decisions – even our disastrous relegation three seasons ago hinged on a perfectly good goal being disallowed at SJP.
    Really is nice to see the Toon getting some luck just for once.
    How long have Manure with their late goals and bent “homer” referees been picking up points when they shouldn’t have.
    Maybe our luck is starting to turn – and not before time.
    And before any other Mackem fans or media start having a go – just look at the table.

  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Just realised that we’re bottom of the fair play table 🙁

    @gorgonzola: I loved it yesterday but now I’ve had some time to really have a look at it, it’s starting to get on my nerves a little.

    Try playing as a player in career mode. Good luck keeping your squad!

  • hainesy

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Finally an easy game!
    Just thrashed Exeter 3-1.
    Ba double and Ben Arfa. Shame they got an injury time consolation.
    MOTD! Can’t wait!

  • pardew no 1

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #38

    guys please tell me your ultimate team mine is newcastle with upgraded ba he is class

  • gorgonzola

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Ignore a roo

    Hainesy m8 you can change that back to legacy I also found you cant get the ball of players sometimes U have to approach them like super carefully cant jostle them anymore its a bit irriating…

  • Thump

    Oct 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Oh wait a minute, the fair play table is from last year.



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