Alan Pardew Thanks Fans – We Weren’t Brilliant – We Know That


We heard the chant of “Alan Pardew’s Black and White Army” for the first time on Saturday, and it was clear from Alan Pardew’s smiles that he was simply delighted that the Newcastle fans may finally be getting behind him on Tyneside.

Alan Pardew – on the sidelines on Saturday

Alan is diplomatic,  and he took the chants to be for his entire coaching staff, which is only right and proper, and he thanked the fans for the chants, and also for being so patient with the side, since it wasn’t until the 81st minute that Cabaye  scorted  his great winning goal:

“That was a nice personal thing for me. It’s nice. I appreciate that, and thank them for it.”  “It was really good.”

“I’m talking for the whole playing staff when I say we appreciated that massively – that won’t be the first time that happens when we’re not quite right.”

“The crowd were brilliantly patient, and they got their reward. It was worth paying your money for the goal.”

“There are 15 points between us and the bottom. Now we can go into a big run of games with a great points tally, and do to the bigger teams what Wigan did to us on Saturday.”

“And give it a go. We can go out and figh against the bigger sides. ”  “We have Stoke and Everton, and then the big three. It is a tough month coming up for us, and this was an important time for us.”

“We weren’t brilliant – we know that. It was very difficult. As much as we talk about things in the dressing room, and plan ahead, it’s difficult sometimes for players to get themselves up to the level needed. Wigan were crisper and faster than us at times.”

“They caused us problems, but the reason we have 19 points is because there’s a resilience to the team. There’s a quality when you need it. We had some desperate defending, and there was a fantastic save from our goalie.”

“We dug in at times when they had possession, and kept it at 0-0. In the second half, I felt we’d score. It was late and it was tight, but I still thought we’d get one.”

“I didn’t expect Cabaye to score because it was a difficult position. I felt he’d hit the target, and maybe we’d get something from the rebound, but it was such a clean hit, it gave the keeper no chance.”

Newcastle are getting very good at grinding out the results, and now in successive games at home they have scored a great goal in the last 10 minutes in each game, and have captured 4 points in those two games against Tottenham and Wigan.

That’s an excellent return from those two games, and Newcastle seem to be very professional these days, and the team itself was patient in that second half, as they created more and more pressure on the Wigan defense, until they finally broke.

We know Alan is targeting the Carling Cup as something Newcastle can actually win this season (that’s not a misprint),  so it will be interesting to see what team he selects for Wednesday night at Blackburn.

But we think he may keep some of his players in from Saturday afternoon, and not make the wholesome changes he made in the last round at Nottingham Forest.

This could be the team he selects:

Krul
Santon Coloccini Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Gosling Tiote Guthrie Marveaux
Ben Arfa
Demba Ba

Steven Taylor has a broken nose and he may be rested for Wednesday night, but there’s not many who can play at center-back, with Mike Williamson still out injured,  and we suppose James Perch could come in.

The team above shows just four changes from the side on Saturday,  and he may give games to Peter Lovenkrands, Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi, Alan Smith and James Perch among others, so it’s a tough call to make.

What would your team be for Wednesday night?

Comments welcome.



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138 comments so far

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Marveaux (free) > N’Zogbia (10m)
    Ba (free) > Andy Carroll (35m)
    Cabaye (4.5m) > Henderson (20m)
    Krul (academy) > De Gea (20m)

    So satisfying. 😀

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  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Perch at CB fills me full of dread like! I’d prefer we stuck simmo on the right, santon on the left and mr versitility raylor in at CB if Saylor can’t play.

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  • Tiote4PM

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Mike Ashley’s Black and Army!
    Mike Ashley’s Black and Army!
    Mike Ashley’s Black and Army!
    Mike Ashley’s Black and Army!

    Sing it and watch the signings come in…. this will appeal to the guy.

    HWTL

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #4

    RATHER PLAY KADAR THAN PEARCH

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Stuart Perch at CB got very good reviews from anyone who saw the last carling cup game by all accounts.

    Wouldnt worry too much mate its only Blackburn 😉

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #6

    roshan
    Why would you RATHER PLAY KADAR THAN PERCH?

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  • Andy

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    PremierLeagueCF Chris Ford
    Pardew was giving nothing away about #nufc CC team today, Tim Krul though says he “will play”. So that’s 1, you can work out the other 10!

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  • Tiote4PM

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Excellent post AP – made me feel warm inside 🙂

    HWTL

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  • ballerfan2

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Well, it’s official – we are effectively invisible.

    I’m just in, having driven home listening to Talksport. The conversation went along the lines – “The title race is wide open, just look – we have City but then Man U, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal are all within touching distance …. blah, blah, blah ….

    I know Gary Speed said that Newcastle fans should be happy to be under the radar but this takes the biscuit.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #10

    well WWJBD it seems that KADAR is back to his best for reserves so why wont you play a natural cb rather than a make shift cb

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  • Andy

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #11

    i like being under the radar. Mackems were getting praised from all over last year in jan then they went on a horrible run. Prefer just going along quietly

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #12

    So Perch (who is our CB cover and has been on the bench a fair few times and has more recent experience) shouldnt start so Kadar who wasen’t even announced on the first team numbers list earlier this season can? Nar am not feeling that one like

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Also Perch is more a defensive utility man imo he has played LB RB CB and CDM

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  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #14

    kadar is under 21 so didnt need to be named right?

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #15

    I mean his number wasen’t named Stuart, even the under21s get their numbers released when the season starts

    Kadar was left out and there was a fair amount circulating basically saying he just wasen’t impressing anyone these days

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  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #16

    ah right, fair one, i remember all those rumblings like.

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  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #17

    @Stuart: Think he’s just turned 21 mate but aye, he can play for this season without being named in the 25 man squad. For cup games, nobody has to be named – anybody can play, basically.

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Kadar, Streete and Folan could do a job for the first team if called on playing alongside the experienced Collocini, but against Liverpool reserves we got done by a few defense splitting passes. We looked more solid in the second half wii Streete at rightback and Kadar and Folan in the middle. The same can be said of Richardson not good at fullback but usefull in centre mid and scored a great goal!

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  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #19

    @WWJBD: That’s a good point actually. Wiki doesn’t have a number for him either.

    Weird.

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  • Stuart

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #20

    If we’re serious about winning a cup we have to play our strongest team possible like. Bollocks to resting players, they can sleep when they’re dead!

    I want silverware! Haha!

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah I dont think he has a number of his own at the moment….not saying he is a bad player but its not looking good for him at NUFC. Whereas Perch is our CB cover (whether we like it or we dont)

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  • Andy

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #22

    We also have a longer rest as we play monday. ‘Resting’ isn’t needed but i think the 2 cms shouldn’t be risked because of how close to bans they are. Abeid needs as much first team exposure as possible. Same for tiote

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  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Huh… this is interesting. Doing some lazy “investigating” into the mystery of Kadar’s vanishing shirt number and he’s listed in the reserve squad on the official site.

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/Teams/ReservePlayerProfile/0,,10278~2109959,00.html

    An interesting fact about myself: When I was at college, I played handball. I played for about ten years and I had to make a choice between football and handball.

    I know handball is a sport and all but it makes me a bit uneasy knowing one of our defenders was a… handballer…? I guess?

    Also fairly certain he can be given a temporary number for cup games.

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  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #24

    @Andy: Forgetting that we’re playing a very physical Stoke team on that Monday? Wouldn’t want to risk any kind of fatigue myself like.

    That said, I would do a Hughton and play the youth squad either but still!

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  • sanchez

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye that’s spot on like Stuart, I really wouldn’t be changing too much for this cup match, remember this is Premier League opposition, we should keep it as close to our best XI as we can cause it could be tough. Only Stevie Taylor and maybe Ba should be rested I think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgJDV84dPp0
    For anyone who’s bothered I made a compilation vid of the Toon’s last year or so. Bit gutted Cabaye’s goal isn’t on there now. Uncanny title though 🙂

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  • Andy

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Thump it is a hard balancing act. Tbf i don’t really mind who starts or if we go through as long as we beat stoke or draw with them. If he fields a weakened side and we get a result at stoke it’s worth it imo. A cup would be nice but league first for me.

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  • ochytoon

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Thump @23
    Oh so Saylor must have played hand ball as well then? haha

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #28

    My team:

    —————–Krul
    Simpson–Perch–Colo–Santon
    ———–Abeid–Gosling
    Marveaux–Ben Arfa–Sammy
    ————-Lovenkrands

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  • WWJBD

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #29

    GT89
    That would be my team as well mate

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  • Thump

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Yep, agreed with GT89. Maybe Obertan on for the first half and Sammy on the second.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #31

    depending on the score also a would take benny off after around 70mins bring best on and keep benny for stoke as a think we’l be in for a treat and it’l be our 4-5-1 at stoke with Ba uptop by himself

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #32

    yeah agree with Obertan maybe would be better then Marveaux can atleast start in his favourite position

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  • BandW

    Oct 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #33

    ——————Krul—————–
    Santon–Colo-STaylor-RTaylor
    —————-Gosling—————
    —————-Guthrie—————-
    Obertan—–BenArfa–Marveaux
    ——————-Ba——————-

    Subs: Best, Cabaye, Jonas, Simpson, Tiote, Kadar, Ferguson

    Give Ben Arfa and Santon the 90 minutes. If we are winning happily bring ferguson on for Marveaux and Kadar on for RTaylor.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 24, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #34

    @GT89
    Spot on with that team, we’d shift things around a bit, but we’d still be a strong team.
    Probably the strongest team we can field when giving fringies playing time.
    So happy there’s a match again this soon, hard for the lads, great for the fans 🙂
    Shame to see Harps go, would rather let Elliott tho, i wonder why Harps isn’t getting his chance, feels like somethings not quite right here…

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 24, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #35

    BandW – we need Santon to get used to playing Left Back not right back lol

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  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 24, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Leaving at 3pm on wednesday for me journey down to Blackburn dont think ive been ther before :s over 3000 fans have bourght tickets aswel and Blackburn are having a protest yess.!!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Oct 24, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #37

    WWJBD

    Agree about Perch mate. I think the same every time someone suggests starting Sammy, Tavernier, Airey – even Vuckic and Ferguson to be fair.

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  • Andy

    Oct 24, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #38

    Think they are selling tickets on the door for the upper tier of ewood that the toon fans are in. Should be a good crowd going. Always will be wherever we go!

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 24, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #39

    So far under the radar that we’re still 500/1 for the title!

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 24, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #40

    @TDS
    Tbh, i think it’d be great to see Tavernier in action for the first team. He’s constantly getting rave reviews at Carlisle, did well in pre-season, and is highly rated at the club by his coaches.
    We’ve probably seen the least of Tavernier in comparison to our other “golden nuggets”.

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