Newcastle Are Not The Finished Article – Not Yet Anyway

Newcastle panicked a little towards the end of Saturday’s game at Wolves, when it looked like Newcastle may lose their lead in the game.

Tim Krul – excellent display on Saturday

But after the match, as always, manager Alan Pardew was down to earth and he even agreed that Wolves should probably  have had a penalty in that first half, and didn’t use the cop-out some managers use by saying he didn’t see it.

Alan seems to call things as he sees them, and that will stand him on good stead at Newcastle.

This is what Alan said about the young side he has, following Saturday’s game:

“We’re a young side and we lost control and panicked a bit, but we’re realistic and we know we’re not the finished article,”

“We’re very pleased with where we are and let’s see how far we can go, but I don’t think there’s many Newcastle fans who will be thinking about the Champions League.”

“We’ve just tried to be the best we can be and hopefully against Tottenham in two weeks we’ll control the game a bit better than that.”

Newcastle’s star man on Saturday was goalkeeper Tim Krul,  and he made many good saves and looked a very good goalkeeper in everything he did at Molineaux. Tim will be joining up with the Dutch squad this week for their upcoming European qualifiers.

And the way he’s been playing  this season must give him hope he can become the new Dutch first choce goalkeeper very soon.

Krul also admitted after the game, which saw  Newcastle temporarily in 3rd place in the league, that he couldn’t quite beleive Newcastle were in such a good position:

“We wouldn’t have believed this position if you had told us at the start of the season, but we knew we had a good squad and the confidence has grown game by game. It’s good we have a break because the lads are knackered.”

Newcastle are now back in 4th position after Chelsea hammered a woeful looking Bolton side 5-1 yesterday to regain 3rd place.

And Joey Barton’s new club QPR also looked very poor yesterday,  and were taken to the cleaners by a good looking Fulham side.

The Cottager smashed QPR 6-0 at Craven Cottage, with Andrew Johnson getting a good hat-trick,  to add to his two goals in the Europa League on Thursday night, when Fulham beat Odense BK of Denmark 2-0.

Comments wlecome.

19 comments so far

  • CuPiD

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    I will take Gold!

  • nimo

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    read on a few earlier posts.. ppl suggesting to put santon on bale… yeah maybe he got pace but to stick him on probably the best winger in the league in his firsf game when not match fit is a bit silly. would b a knock to his confidence if he gets skinned ehich most defendrrs do bu gaz bale.. r best hope is he picks up a knock in thr international break

  • Davies

    Oct 3, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    nimo – He’s fit, and he ain’t gonna ge any better waiting for his turn. I’d favour him over Raylor, but I can’t decide whether I favour Raylor over Simpson.

  • nimo

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    id favor him over raylor n simmo over him.. if spurs set up like they did yest van drr vaart will b on santon n be an easier task.. u cant be match fit until playing a good few 1st team games tk get up to the pace of the prem i feel.. couple of games for reserves is great but wont get him match fit

  • nimo

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    my back line would b simmo – sayls – collo – santon

  • JackButler

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    We are winning games while not playing very well, thats the sign of good team with great spirit. Last season we would have lost to Wolves and QPR.
    Pardew deserves massive credit for what he’s doing

  • Klatoon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    We deserve our luck this season,we were so unlucky last season,from the last minute goals conceded,goals chalked off wrongly,goals conceded via fortuitous deflections,the Tiote suspensions,HBA injury…

  • DanToon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Nimo i’d go with…

    R. Taylor – S.Taylor – Coloccini – Santon

    I just think Ryan offers more from set plays etc plus Simpson has some bizarre methods of defending.


    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #9

    We need someone on Bale but somone on v/d Vaart aswell!

    The artikel is right we are still a developing team! Not sure if Santon is ready for his debut,however.
    We have two weeks to prepare for this game and to hold our breath and hope no-one gets crocked on international duty!

    It is not going to be easy, i could even see us losing a game this time round but heh! If we go in with a losing attitude then we will lose! I would try and play the same team if we can!

    We,ve ridden our luck so far this year but its time to stop relying on luck and dodgy decisions by the Ref,s!
    Hoping for at least a point against the Spuds, should be managable with home advantage!

  • nimo

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #10

    cabaye took free kicks @ lile n from what i seen hes as good if not better than raylor.. personally i think tayllr is over rated at fkicks… simmo has pace… imagine how easy bale could grt by raylor.. dnt get me wrong think he will skin simo and was raylors fault for goal on sat im afraid

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Why do people say ‘Last season we would have lost to Wolves’????? When we drew with them and got the sh!t kicked out of us….LAST SEASON!!

    A non-sensical statement that Im afraid.

    We were lucky at weekend but isnt it about time we had our share of luck?
    So not complaining.

    Was wondering why lovenkrands was put on in place of Ba?? Why not marveaux? HBA?

    Bizarre move in itself that and I think if either of those 2 had been put on then Wolves would have dropped back and we may have even knicked a third!!!!

    I was with the the Wolves fans nd they were bricking it that HBA might make an appearance at the end!!

    Not complaing though………

    Come on the toon.


    Oct 3, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Dont want to play with fear as the basis! With Cabaye and Tiote in Midfield we can command the middle of the park!

    We will need to man-mark Bale and v/d Vaart for the whole game and not let them settle on the ball !
    If we go in with too much confidence and arrogance we will be screwed before we start!
    It would be the wrong game to risk Santon in for his debut! Bale would run circles around him and de Vaart too!

    Go for the win but i would be happy with a point !

  • Trent Toon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #13

    I was livid when Pardew took over!!

    but i must say



    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Angry @11 :
    Ba was supposedly injured on Saturday when he came off!
    I would play HBA frome the start behind Best! He is ready Santon is,nt! We need to go for the win and play the same against the Spuds as the likes of Wolves and Shitty played against us last year!

    Marveax i would put on from the start too! but who would you drop then!
    It was not only luck on our side last Sat!The Ref was shite too which will not be the same home against the Spuds!

  • brettsinsa

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #15

    mcloven was always comming on, last week, Pards said he should have given pete a game after his goals in the cup instead of HBA getting a run .. fair enough too(when we are up). im hoping santon gets a run out against spurs , he matched ronaldo when he manned him up so he should be able to account for bale.


  • tiotal football

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #16

    I just think that it’s best to not put players back into the team in a game as physical as the wolves game

    Kelvin has an ammunition of leg breaking challenges and so I think it’s best HBA and Santon didn’t feature

    On the bale front, if you put someone with pace on him then they tend to handle him well. Such as Glen Johnson at liverpool, etc. It therefore makes sense to use Santon and Simmo

  • tiotal football

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #17

    *armoury not ammunition

  • Scottishtoon95

    Oct 3, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Lot of people are worried about bale. I think the smart decision would be to have two men watching bale (preferably Jonas) as this will prevent his long runs. I can also see tiote marking vdv and Steven on adebeyor as colocinni in the air isn’t always that good.

  • Starnufc

    Oct 3, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #19

    santon will not be marked up on bale bc bale is a left mid in every game i have seen of totten and santon is our left back so every1 stop saying u want him on bale it won’t happen!!!!


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