Pardew – We Might Even Surprise Ourselves This Season


I’ve got to be honest and say that Alan Pardew went up a notch or two in my opinion, after today’s draw against Tottenham.

Alan Pardew – we are all working very hard

Alan did everything he could from the touchline to spur Newcastle on (excuse the pub), and whether it was raising his hands in the air to encourage the fantastic Newcastle supporters , or in the last 20 minutes waving his side forward when they were trailing 2-1, he was the epitome of a committed and even inspired manager today.

And like Harry Redknapp before today’s game,  the Newcastle manager has come out and said it’s about time owner Mike Ashley got some credit for what he ‘s done with the club over the last couple of years.

Managing Director Derek LLambias issued a mission statement for the club today, and it makes very interesting reading,  and in it Derek has said the club should break even over the current financial year, and that’s very good news.

Newcastle were so courageous today as they twice came from behind, and they very nearly won it at the death, when in injury time, Coloccini missed a decent chance in the 91 st minute, and Newcastle could have had a penalty in the 94th minute.

The Newcastle fans certainly got their moneysworth today in what was a terrific game, especially in the second half,  in a game played between two very good sides.

This is what Alan said after the game:

“I am hoping the owner is starting to get a little bit more respect.” “I don’t think we are ever going to win everybody over for Mike and Derek and maybe even myself.”

“But at least you can logically look at it and say we are in a much better position than most Premier League clubs in terms of our financial position.”

“We have an owner who doesn’t want to go away. He wants to invest in the team, but he wants to do it in the right manner.”

“We are working really hard, my scouting team and my staff, to try to bring in the best players we can on the finances we have.

“Chief scout Graham Carr, myself, Assistant Manager John Carver, we have assembled what we think is a team that is better than last year’s.”

“That’s all we are at the minute, and let’s hope we can improve from there.”

Certainly the TV commentators today paid Newcastle many compliments, not only because of the terrific atmosphere the fans create in every game at St. James’ Park, but also because Newcastle are now making headline on the pitch.

They also did that in the Championship when Chris Hughton was managing the club successfully, and news is not being made for dubious off-the-field activities.

Alan Pardew was clear the lads deserved something out of the game this afternoon:

“We deserved something today and it was important for the stadium and the fans because they could have gone away and thought.”

“‘Well, perhaps we are a bit short’.”  “We ain’t short. Maybe we might surprise everybody and maybe we might surprise ourselves.”

Not surprisingly after Spurs had gone 2-1 after 68 minutes,  Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was disappointed that his side, who had won their last four games,  couldn’t hang on for the win.

But Newcastle put his side under tremendous pressure in the last 20 minutes, as the Magpies were unwilling to settle for their first defeat of the season, and the equalizing goal for a certain Shola Ameobi after 86 minutes, was simply a joy to behold.

This is what Redknapp said after the game:

“When you are 2-1 up with minutes to go, you are looking to win the game, for sure, so it becomes disappointing.”

“Last year, we came here and we were losing with a couple of minutes to go and we grabbed an equaliser, so you are delighted.”

“But when you are winning so late in the game, you are really looking to make sure you get the three points if you can.”

Spurs looked a very good side today, and at certain periods of the game, it looked as if finally Newcastle had met their match this season – but please don’t tell that to Alan Pardew or his Newcastle players.

They played their hearts out for the cause today, and at the end the Geordie fans at the game were seen to be  delighted with the result, and the performance from the lads.

As we had pointed out in an earlier article – as long as the players give 100% for the side, that all the fans really ask for.

Well,  the fans  got that committed effort this afternoon, and the lads got a valuable point too, and we’re still unbeaten this season in 10 games.

Things are looking up at Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!



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28 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s right, but it’s gonna take a couple more years and a trophy.

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  • leefire

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought I was gonna be first but when I try’d to log in I couldnt remember password. Gutted you got in first. Brilliant performance and Pardew is becoming a Legend. Ben Arfa was trying to hard to impress and needed to keep it simple. And as for S Ameobi I cant believe that was really him. His first touch was spot on great goal and looked really good. Think I’ll stop saying he’s crap if he keeps that up. Excellent game of football. And thought the whole team played there asses off. Well done.

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  • ronaldeano

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Did anyone elce notice HBA going off the pitch at full time in a huff?

    He never shook anyones hand or anything, he just went down the tunnel in a right strop…

    He is a very talented player, but I think he needs to pass the ball more… He got caught in possession a few times today

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #4

    @leefire
    U can have my 1st mate, it’s ok, i’ve had plenty 😉

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #5

    `well when we win a trophy this season are you still not gonna be convinsed,hwtl toon toon black n white army.champions league here we come

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  • PaddyToon

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Great game to watch. Im impressed with the lads and how they played. I hope for the wigan game that Santon replaces Simmo/Raylor…not sure hu i would replace him for as well as giving marveaux a start in place of Obertoon otherwise the rest of the team id keep the same. I hope this will continue to improve as i still feel that the team can gel even further…HWTL

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #7

    ben arfa just wants to play and thats a good thing he should start for wigan that ll keep him happy

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  • Andy

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Obertan out against wigan for me. Jonas was awesome today and has really stepped his game up this year. Marveaux deserves a start though. Ben Arfa maybe deserves one but i think marv should be in instead of obertan. Ba 5 in 3! Get in there lad. Shola though! Still can’t get over that goal. Cracking finish

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  • hrocks

    Oct 16, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #9

    obas getting some stick tonight. i thought he did quite well keeping bale out the game. still not showing much end product but he did contribute quite a bit. just watched the goals again and colo at fault for both imo. Stupid pass to cabaye who had 2 men on him which lead to him losing it. s taylor should also not dive in. Second colos marking defoe and steps out towards the ball meaning r taylor is now the wrong side.
    Bit harsh on my fave player who i had for last goal and us to win 3-2. wasnt even priced on the slip so my negativity may come from his double miss
    if only shola could do that week in week out. class for 20 mins today. he never put a foot wrong

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  • rexthemascot1

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #10

    re no 3 – noticed that myself, he was excellent and woeful (in terms of getting caught in possesssion) in equal measures once he came on. However after our 2nd equaliser he got involved in a scrap with defoe and he did walk off without shaking hands, unless approached, with anyone and failed to acknowledge fans – compare his reaction with Cabaye’s at full-time. His history suggests he will be trouble at some point but hopefully once he starts a game and settles into starting 11 things will be ok, To be fair he has had a horrendous 12 months and probably trying too hard. By the way Ryan Taylor worked his pods off and was pleasing to see him using his left foot despite being out of position – Ryan right back and Santon left back?

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  • nimo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #11

    collo steps out to mark adebeyor.. it is therefor upto raylor to get goal side of defoe which he has more than enough time to do… oba wa poor today but not gonna get into critising him as i think he will turn out to be a shrewd signing.. didnt think simpson really put a foot wrong but was rightly took off as raylor offers the threat of the free-kick when were chasing a game

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  • newcastlefan10

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #12

    we are actually first on MOTD.

    Thats a surprise 😉

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  • Toon666

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #13

    @12 – we were only 1st on MOTD cos it was against Spurs……….we all know how many c@cks old ‘Arry sucks at the BBC each week!!

    In response to those comment about HBA – I have to agree with what has been said – he was trying too hard and that caused him to be caught in possession etc etc – and I didn’t see him walk off in a huff but I’ll take you word for that…..

    But let’s put that all in context – the poor lad is blessed/cursed with genius…….he is a potential Messi/Maradona/Platini/Van Basten ……….. and he has been sat on the bench and played his last few games in empty stadiums against 3rd rate reserve teams…..

    And he is YOUNG…let’snot forget that either…..I would rather see him in a huff because he wants to prove himself on the big stage – that do a “Michael Owen” and take a huff when he actually has to come OFF the bench and earn his money……….

    Let’s give him the befit of the doubt……..he has the Geordie spirit and he wants to impress us – that’s all!!

    Other than that – GREAT Defoe goal………but also GREAT Ameobi goal – and a GREAT TOON perfomance!!! A draw was a fair result – but WHAT a game – we are the “entertainers” yet again!!!!!

    HOWAY THE TOON!!!!

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  • hrocks

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #14

    we looked good on motd now thats the suprise.

    @nimo raylor had no chance of getting goal side for the second. yeah he steps out to get to adebeyor but i think it was a little bit of lack of communication between them. more the point was loads are slating oba and if we are critical then he has not done anything to cost us. colo/raylor and colo/cabaye/saylor made errors for both goals
    for me im just happy to be seeing us win and draw while playing football.And thats the main thing the lads have the ability to use the ball and hurt other teams.long may it last

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Great to see we are finally getting some positive press from Motd2 i’ll not get too carried away but when the time comes that Mark Lawrenson starts giving us rave reviews thats when we know we’re in the big leagues 😛

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Just realized, it’s only a 2-3 weeks until Williamson is available again. That’ll be a sigh of relief.

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  • nimo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #17

    could really do with 3 wins out of 3 in the next games to keep high up in the league after the 3 games of man u man c and chelsea which we will do well to get a point

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  • Kris

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #18

    I think we should play the next game unchanged aswell…But I am afraid to see Shola in the starting-11 instead of Best, cause he scored, thats typical, but I hope AP dont take off cause Shola just scored and helped us getting a point.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #19

    @nimo
    Wigan and Everton at home then yeah we should be getting 6 points from those two games but Stoke at the Britannia?they are monstrous at home we’d do well to get a point there but hey we are proving unbeatable this season so never know!

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  • nimo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #20

    long looks a player for wba.. he looked good in championship but didnt think he could make the step up.. proving me wrong at min thou

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #21

    6.5 million for him looking like a steal, gutted we didn’t go after him, him and Demba would be tearing it up!

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  • nimo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #22

    and if we are able to get the ball down and play football we will beat stoke.. i know there at home but there still a long ball team with big lads and a solid defence.. just depends if we can play the game pardew will want to

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Colo will have Crouch in his back pocket, cabaye and whelan will run rings around Whelan and Palacios but they will pepper the box with pressure from set pieces and we can’t give the ball away as much as we did today, we were poor in possession at times.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Obertan seemed to put in an extra gear when HBA came on tbh. They know eachother from France, attending the same academy. I also remember i noticed that on Vuckic and Sammy during the SCU cup match.
    Players who know eachother well often feel a bit “safer” on the pitch, and are therefor able to play off eachother better.
    None of them wants to do worse than the other and both have a point to prove. Could be the way to go for Obertan atleast.
    Was interesting to watch none the less.

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  • Jinky Jim

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #25

    It,s humble pie time! I am without doubt no Shola fan,but from the time he came on today he was superb,his great little touches, to a fantastic goal.
    The rest of the team gave it there all, there fighting attitude made it a great game for the fans to watch.
    The only downer I thought was that the amount of ball that Oberton had today,which was plenty,his end product was not there.
    A special mention of the Argies! Our captain WAS fantastic and Jonas WAS spiderman !
    To the whole team and Management, Thanks for a great game
    HTL,s

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  • Toon666

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #26

    @ 18 Kris…….I agree pretty much every player gave 100% today but would you really field an unchanged team?

    I thought Santon looked pretty class for the time he was on…..this was his debut let’s not forget – didn’t put a foot wrong for me and stepped up to the plate.

    Also – kinda repeating myself – but HBA given 20 minutes to impress will always be susceptable to “trying to hard” – let’s at least start him – if he know’s he has 90 minutes to create magic – he is much more likely to relax and play to his strengths……

    Also – all this negativity about Obertan – ok – maybe his final ball wasn’t great – and few chances came from his creations……but howay – FFS – not every player is gonna have a stormer every game – agaisnt Villa he was CLASS – against Wolves he did the job – even tonight he was NEVER a liability – he was chasing balls……tracking back – give the lad a break – Jesus

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  • BigKirky

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Yes I watched Ben Arfa walk all the way off. He did slap one of our players’ hands but did go straight down the tunnel. He may have just been annoyed with himself for losing the ball like he did on occasions – but still looked good too. It must be very frustrating for him not to be fully up to speed and of course against good opposition. I hope him and Santon start against Wigan and Marveaux too.

    A few words on Cabaye… I sit third row from the front in the gallowgate corner and Yohan came right over on his own and continuously clapped his appreciation to the fans. The man seems a great human being and he seems totally humbled by the support we give to the team. It was absolutely fantastic to see at the end of the game. Not when other players were clapping, but when almost every other player had gone down the tunnel. He came towards our corner and clapped. A brilliant sight.

    Great performance by the lads.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 16, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #28

    @Toon666
    agree with absolutely everything that you said,finally someone talking a bit of sense!

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