If We Win Against Wigan We’re Almost Halfway There

One of the things that Alan Pardew himself doesn’t want to do, and certainly he doesn’t wants his coaches or players doing – is to get ahead of themselves.

Alan Pardew – keeping his feet on the ground

So even though Newcastle are now playing some good football to go with their excellent results, Alan fends off questions about Newcastle possibly qualifying Europe this season, and finishing high up in the league.

The goal this year is to do better than we did last year, and it seems a reasonable target this season to be in the top ten in the Premier League.

And even before that,  the goal is to get to 40 points so that Newcastle are safe in the Premier League for next season.

So when Alan was asked yesterday what the team could achieve this season, Alan had this to say:

“We would have 19 points if we won on Saturday and that is halfway to safety,” 

As Newcastle pile up the points,  those questions will keep being put to Alan, but the Londoner seems to have a very good temperament, and certainly doesn’t get carried away – either on the up side or the down side, as some of us tend to  do.

There’s just  no way Alan will let the players think they are a good side, and it’s a challenge on Saturday afternoon against Wigan, and we have  a feeling it will be a tougher game than many fans expect.

But all that really matters right now is preparing for the game on Saturday, so that when 5:00 pm comes around on Saturday,  Newcastle will have 19 points – and remain in 4th place in the league.

And as Alan will no doubt  remind us, we’re almost half way to safety.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • dutchy

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    couldn’t agree more with Pardew there. Safety first, then we can concentrate on getting into the top 10.

  • Big Gaz

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew is doing a great job at the moment, and I for 1, am eating a large amount of humble pie at the moment. I never thought it was a great signing by the club. But Alan seems to be just a genuine nice hard working fella

    I think all of us including Alan himself, also have to thank the likes of John Carver and Steve Stone, who have been guiding Alan, in the way the Geordie faithfull expect things up here. And they have both been an itegral part of the NUFC steam roller.

    All of the backroom staff have been just great this season, and lets hope they keep up the good work.
    3-1 Toon win this weekend.

  • Slank

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    I think the Wigan match could be a banana skin game because there is a danger that we underestimate them because of their lowly position.

    Wigan can be beaten but the team need to have the same attitude, drive and ambition as they had against Spurs.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #4

    I think a clean sheet is very important this weekend after conceding 2 against Spurs!

    Happy with 1-0 on Sat!

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    we definitely need to get back to our clean-sheet ways. not had one in a while. aslong as were winning though eh

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Off topic but I just heard on Newcastle radio Danny Simpson claim that a driving ban would be disastrous as he’s going to be put on the transfer list and will need to get about to different grounds,clever move by the solicitor or something going on behind dem scenes ?

  • bambams

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    I think we are getting a little carried away lately, talking about europe is a little premature (mind you i cant help myself either, probably the biggest culprit) and the Wigan game will be difficult, they will be up for this match.
    I can see Pardieu making a couple of changes, some players need a break- Raylor has done well maybe its time for Santoon and HBA came on against Spurs could get either a start or brought on for second half.
    Antway i can see a ten nil home win, as long as we dont get carried away!

  • Burni

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Big gaz

    I think every single toon fan is eatin humble pie tbh. We all thought he wasnt a good appointment. However, I do feel this is because Ashley sacked hughton to bring him in, and us as fans liked hughton a lot! Tell u what tho I am one too and this pie tastes so good, just like the one I ate on sunday when he brought shola on…. 🙂


    Last season I’d be with you on that but, I just don’t see it happening… It’s as if every match they play as if their lives depended on in…. Not in any way like last season.

    I think it should be a good game but if the lads can play anything like their bests I could see our first hammering of the season (Wigan being the ones gettin hammered of course)

    Also, where are all the negative people? Angry man, jimmymagpie et al. Them guys are eating humble pie more than anyone right now

  • Karltooon

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Even more off topic, but im at work and one of my Indian colleagues just transferred a call from their call centre in India, to me (in Newcastle).. Was only Tim Krul.. I was like “Should you not be training”….. I wasnt

  • danuneek

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #10


    Please let this happen. £10m!!!!! As if its true though … shame.

  • toonincheek

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #11

    There’s an article in the papers today on how easy it seems to be to claim “exceptional hardship” and avoid a driving ban. Something like 43% manage it.

    If the Judge is a Toon fan, or doesn’t rate Danny, should be OK!

  • davybtoon

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Yea jus read that in chronicle bout Simpson drop him for santon he’s the weak link in r team anyway n then buy petiers in jan to play left back

  • Ameobi No.9

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #13

    can we stop playing fifa manager please? the transfer market is months away and I cannot be arsed to read comments like “Lets get Sturridge for £3m he is propa class like” just let the club take care of the transfers because all you are doing is winding other readers up and making a tit of yourselves!

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Humble pie getting duly consumed by all fans I would say!

    was gutted when Chris got sacked though, he done a cracking job and still think he deserved at least one season in the EPL – but look at us now, hard to say if chris would have us in the same position we are in now though….

    Anyway, hope he does well @ Birmingham and in Europe

    Hughton’s a Geordie for life 🙂

  • geordiefinn

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Lol 10 million for Raylor… Oh wait it is Liverpool.

    It seems Simpson won’t get a new contract, he even admits he could be moving in january..

    [i]“There is a chance in the future that I will be moving, whether in the transfer window in January or in the summer. I have 18 months’ life on my contract and I don’t think it will go past that.”[/i]


    Any thoughts? I like Simpson tbh, yes he’s not a top player, but I’d offer him a new contract as I think he’s a very decent player to have in the squad.

  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #16

    @Jail for Ashley: Probably just a con to get him off the driving ban because he was almost sold on the final day iirc. Wouldn’t surprise me if he was on his way though, with Raylor and Santon chomping at the bit he might find it difficult to get into the squad.

    That said I’d rather we didn’t sell him. He’s a reliable player and it makes no sense to further weaken an already weak (or rather thin) back line. Rotate him and Raylor and we’d be sorted.

    @danuneek: I’d take £10m for him but isn’t he an Everton fan? That would be like Carroll moving to the Unwashed. Definitely hope it isn’t true though.

  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh and also it’s Caught Offside – let’s be honest, they’re hardly top notch reporters haha

  • UpTheRoad

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Simpson looks weak but he’s played well this season, solid at the back and better going forward! Although like Gutierrez his crossing is inconsistent!



    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #19

    10m For Raylor ……. Take It . 🙂

  • Thump

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #20

    I love how Simmo says he doesn’t have the money for a chauffeur but he has the money for an Audi haha

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #21

    10M for Raylor – take their hands off

    10M = Maiga & Peiters – good business?? FOR SURE

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Tuesday’s Chronicle reported that Newcastle reserve Ryan Donaldson accepted a police caution for assault following an incident in Newcastle city centre early on Sunday that also involved a former Magpies player.

    A police spokeswoman commented:

    “Officers were called to the premises at 3.24am on Sunday after a 30-year-old Newcastle man was found with head injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    “Two men both aged 20 years were been arrested on suspicion of assault. The arrested men have both been cautioned for common assault.”

    The incident happened outside Tup Tup Palace and was claimed to be over a former girlfriend of Donaldson’s. He’s currently recovering from a hamstring problems that cut short his loan spell at Tranmere Rovers last month.

    = anyone know who the “former toon player” was ???

  • mattnufc

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Sorry to Simpson, but I really hope Santon replaces him and we get a new LB in January.

  • Toon Tang

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #24

    @ Toon_Tom

    Its pavel srnicek mate

  • krokodilizm

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Pardew is a great man manager and he is trying to bring his players down to earth. Deep inside he is sure relegation is out of question, but he doesn’t want bellicose comments about 4th spot.
    On the other hand this may damage self confidence a bit. 40 points from 114 is too few. It means losing points, which means losing games without regret. I don’t want that. I want to go into every game with a view to win or draw. That includes trips to Manchester and London.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Team with new signings.


    Santon Taylor Coloccini Pieters

    Magia Tiote Cabaye Guttierez

    Ben arfa


    SUBS: Elliot, Ryan Taylor, Williamson, Gosling, Obertan, Best, Shola.

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #27

    @24 >


  • Toon Tang

    Oct 19, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #28

    hahaha i can remember some of pavels wallsend streetfighting days

  • Karltooon

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #29

    @The-Ciaran8 – What the fish? Maiga out on the right wing? and your bench could be better too

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 19, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #30

    how can it be Pavel :s it says two 20 year olds and a 30 year old, so ad say the other 20 year old is a ex newcastle player whos been released because doesnt say Pav or someone around his age had something to do with it and it would if he did

  • OttersPocket

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    The ex NUFC player was a youth player who never made it, and also a former NUFC player from the 80s son was involved.

  • jakesome

    Oct 19, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #32

    ||@amiobi number 9
    whole point of this blog is to let the fans read and discuss all aspects of the club
    if you dont like it get off the boat

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Oct 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #33

    pav about 40.this says 20 and 30.isnt there a few of our ex young uns at Gateshead maybe 1 of them


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