Defense Such A Well Drilled Unit For Newcastle

Alan Pardew had said the game at Wolves would be a very tough one,  and he was right.

Danny Simpson – well drilled defense

We would have been satisfied with a draw before the game,  but once the lads were 2-0 up at the half and played well, a win is all that mattered.

The lads finally achieved that by holding out until just two minutes from the normal 90 minutes,  when Steven Fletcher finally scored for the home side.

Of course the reports on the game were all about the luck Newcastle had,  when Wolves should have had a penalty in the first half, when Steven Taylor fouled Jamie O’Hara inside the box and not outside as the referee saw it.

And then Wolves could have had an equalizer in injury time, but the ball was ruled to have gone across the bye-line before Kevin Doyle scrambled the ball over the line.

Those things always happen in football, and you take the luck when you can get it, and push on when you don’t, but you never make an excuse for it, either when you lose through it or win through it.

Danny Simpson has talked again about how the Newcastle manager has drilled the defense this season, and they seem to be an outstanding unit of the side:

“We worked a lot on the defensive side, the gaffer’s put in a lot of work all over the pitch on what he wants the players to do,” “It just seems to be working well and everyone seems to know what they’re doing.”

“Sometimes you don’t even tell each other, you just expect them to be there now.”

“Once you’ve got that kind of understanding on the pitch, you’ve seen in the last couple of games what we can do, passing the ball around. When we passed the ball around we got our goals. We know we’re going to create goals.”

One of the things we like about Alan Pardew,  is that he wants to win every game Newcastle play, and that’s different to other recent managers at the club,  who would set up their plans away from home to get a draw at Molineaux.

Not so with Alan Pardew,  who told everybody before the game that Newcastle were going for a win, and at half time it looked so good at 2-0 up, with Newcastle being the better  side.

But Newcastle were put under tremendous pressure in that second half,  and Wolves will  do that a lot at Molineax this season.

Danny Simpson talked about how positive the Newcastle manager is:

“He mentioned not many teams reach 15 points after seven games,”  “If you look down the years it’s the typical Man Us, Chelseas and Arsenals who’ve done that.’

“So he said on Saturday, ‘Go on, you’ve done so well, go out and get a win.”  “It’s a magnificent achievement but we’re not finished yet, we’ve got to kick on. We can’t get complacent.”

“We’ve got a nice sort of a break now and a big game against Tottenham when we come back. We’re putting ourselves into a great position to get something and kick on.”

“We saw a league table in the dressing room after the game when Newcastle were 3rd, and it just seems as if things are getting better and better this season.”

“We’re well prepared, everyone knows what they’re doing, we’re a tight group, and everyone gets on with each other. You must have been able to tell how much we all want to do well for each other. We’re trying to save each other, help each other out and work for each other and the club.”

“You’ve got to say we had a bit of luck but the lads put their bodies on the line I don’t know how many times. Tim Krul was fantastic in some of the saves he made.”

“The defence has been top but on Saturday Tim got the back four out of the mess a couple of times.”  “It was a good performance from the boys. We rode a bit of luck but you need your luck along the way when things are going well.”

We’re in the two week International break now, but the next game should be great to watch – Tottenham at home on Sunday, 16th October.

Ben Arfa and Davide Santon  have to get into the side somehow, but we’re not sure if Alan will change the side that won at Wolves, although he may have to, with Demba Ba being a possible doubt with his twisted ankle.

If Ba is not available, he could play Ben Arfa as a withdrawn striker behind Leon Best.

What do you think the side should be against Tottneham?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    I honestly think we can beat Spuds – the looked good v the arse yesterday – but, we are at SJP and I think we will win it.

  • Davies

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    It would be nice to go back to the days of relying on Spurs for an easy six points every season. Almost makes me wish we still had Martins.

  • batcheese

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Santon needs to replace Ryan Taylor, you could see that they were targeting him as his positional sense is terrible and was at fault for both the goal and the dissallowed one.

    bale would rip him apart.


    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    The spuds are a good team and everyone knows that fact!

    We will not only need to man-mark Bale but v/d Vaart too if he plays!
    I can see another home draw coming on! Would be happy with a point home against them!

  • Trent Toon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    batcheese // Oct 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    i disagree r taylor save a certain goal by blocking the shot. How is that poor positioning. I think gets more comfortable every game there at the back. Saying that Santon needs to get a chance so we will see when he performs.


    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Agree with you Trent;

    Was,nt it Sir Bobby who said “Never change a good team”!
    Raylor seems to be improving every game at that position! Even if he is,nt a recognised Right Back!

    Our defensive record so far this year speaks for itself ! Santon is,nt ready yet! It would pure folly to drop Raylor and put him on against the Spuds! Its not as some say all down to luck!

    Ba is apparantly injured now so i would have Best on alone with HBA behind him and Marvaux on for their debuts coz i think those two are ready while Santon needs more time! Not sure who Marveaux would replace though!

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 3, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #7

    We had a bit of a torrid time with Wolves but I think that was down to the style of play from them, Spuds are more of a team of footballers and will want to play the ball more than the player and I feel that this will suit our midfield and defence.

    They don’t have the best of defences and if Ba is not 100% then Benny linking up with Best I think will bear fruit.

    I am optimistic about the game.


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