Alan Pardew – Fantastic Effort From My Players

Newcastle gave it everything they had last night at Ewood Park.

Alan Pardew – we give it everything

Just over 10,000 fans turned up for the game,  and almost 4,00 of them were Newcastle fans who had made the journey across to Ewood Park.

But it was the first defeat for a brave Newcastle side this season, who scored two great goals in injury time to tie the score at 2-2,  and take the game into extra time.

But it seems that tiredness cost the lads at the end,  as Givet  scored a in the last minute of the extra time to win the game for Blackburn.

This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the match:

“I don’t like the tag of gallant losers but it was a fantastic effort and the fans would have appreciated the effort we have put in,” 

“It was a game that had some strange parts to it. We lacked urgency in the first half and I was a little disappointed but after that I couldn’t fault my team, I thought we were excellent.”

“Sometimes events just go against you and events certainly did tonight.”  “To go 2-0 down was galling as we were bossing the game at that point and we had had a couple of  penalty shouts.”

“I thought when Demba turned Chris Samba it was a penalty, then at the other end Tim plays the ball and is penalised.”  “But the players don’t know when to give in, we kept going and two great hits got us back into the game.”

“But tiredness cost us at the end.”  “If we are going to go out of the cup that’s how it should be – giving it everything.”

Newcastle didn’t have the luck going for them last night – for once – and in that first half Newcastle were again lackadaisical,  as they’ve been far too many times in the first 45 minutes of games this season.

But Alan Pardew and the Newcastle fans will take a number of good points from this game, with some of the fringe players putting in good performances, and the never-say-die attitude shining through.

So we’ll not win the Carling Cup this season, but the next game at Stoke City on Monday night is now even more important, and we just have to take something from that game and keep pressing on in the league.

Liverpool beat Stoke 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium last night to advance to the Carling Cup quarter finals, so Stoke are not unbeatable at home, although we know it will be a very tough game.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • TS -77

    Oct 27, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Ok, that was the CC Cup, now lets keep the spirit and get 3 points at Stoke!

  • TS -77

    Oct 27, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh my… Im first..? A tear appears in my eye….

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 27, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Great effort yes but we should be beating a poor team like Blackburn. It proves the squad isn’t that great & we need the likes of Steve Taylor & Tiote playing every game. Without them we concede to many goals. We need to buy another CB and lets not forget our 1st shot on target was Guthrie’s goal we need another striker. Very disappointed in Ben Arfa last night.

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 27, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    We blatantly just left the Carling Cup for the rejects as we dont want to get into Europa next year, now we can concentrate on Champions League football by securing a top 4 finish 😉

  • wilko

    Oct 27, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, I hope the radiation treatment is going well and wish you all the best with it

  • GeordieCoaster

    Oct 27, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Was at the match last night, fantastic support. I thought Perch started off very badly but managed to get into the game in the second half. Ba deserved a goal as he worked his socks off up front. Guthrie was great all game. Overall it was a great effort by the players and I think the fans aound me were disapointed more than upset near the end and the team got a standing ovation and applause.

    Man of the match: The Referee

  • beddersmag

    Oct 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7


    Bit harsh. Making 5 changes away to a premier league side will always be tough as those half a team coming in lack fitness and top level sharpness. Add the fact we were denied a penalty and theres wasnt a penalty then doubly harsh. We would have won the game if decisions went the right way. Cant win them all but do agree injuries to defenders and central midfielders and we would slide quickly down the league. Perch is useless and this was never going to be the game for hba. Not liking the premadonna vibes im hearing about him either.

  • beddersmag

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Btw 1007 comments on the match post last night. Must be record?

  • ToonZiga

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Ben arfa havent played for a year, so he will come good in a next few games, just give the lad a chance. I just love the “never say die” in our team, its great- we should beat stoke on monday, with benny boy in the team, he can bomb their defence!

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    geordiedoonsooth how could guthries goal be the first shot on target when ba hit the post????????? how we didnt get a pen is unreal samba falls grabs hold of ba and pulls him down ffs then krul clearly gets the ball i paused it he defo gets there first complete joke

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    beddersmag record was againts scunthorpe in the cup mate was well over that

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #12

    beddersmag scunny in the cup was well over 1000

  • markmac

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Great effort lads, loving the team spirit shown after cabaye’s goal !!!

  • stuart no9

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #14

    at 2~2 there was only going to be one winner. our tails were up, while they must have been devastated. the lads done fantastic to draw after 90 mins. but very dissapointed to concede 2 in extra time. i dont go with the excuse ” we got tired” we were playing blackburn, not saying we have a right to beat them but we should be as fit as them.we got beat by a better team on the night, to behonest we dont need cups this season , lets cement our league status by getting 3 points at stoke,…. much more important!

  • mattnufc

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #15

    Referee MotM? After that penalty fiasco absolutely not.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #16

    i will be very impressed if we get anything at stoke

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #17

    I think it was a great effort. Take nothing away from Blackburn as they had what sounds like crappy fans and also made 5 changes to their starting line up. Niether team gave up and I think we can go out of this having learnt a few things.

    1.We need Taylor back for Stoke. We have two very good centre backs but only two so we need another to be brought through from the reserves and given a shot or to be purchased in January.
    2. We have got a never say die attitude that should serve us well for the rest of the season
    3. Pardew needs to give his half time speech before the game.
    4. Obertan might be about to lose his place to Marveux

  • BigKirky

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Iv just watched the highlights from the vid Ed posted. Great goals by Danny and Yohan.

    I’ve been pausing the video when Samba connects with the ball and it looks to me like Givet is about a foot or so offside.

    Samba hits the deck for the penalty and cos he’s grabbing hold of Ba, it makes him fall too i.e. Penalty.

    And iv just been replaying and pausing the Krul penalty and to me, it looks like a good challenge as he won the ball and the lad then collided. So all in all, we were quite unlucky with a couple of the goals and Pederson’s goal to a deflection I think.

    Oh well. Great fight back by the lads. Just a shame Givet was totally unmarked at the back post.

  • Klatoon

    Oct 27, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #19

    How did Santon do?

  • IPToon

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Stoke will be a massive test. They will bombard us with corners and long throws which i think will influence Pardews team choice. I can see our 5 footers being replaced by 6 footers for this game which means back to normal pretty much but include Santon.
    —————————– Krul ——————————–
    Simpson ——- Taylor ——– Coloccini ——- Santon Obertan ——— Tiote ——– Cabaye ——– Gutierrez
    ———————Best ———— Ba ————————

  • toonbrother

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Lessons from the game
    1. Tiote is newcastles best player
    2. Cabaye is not too far behind
    3. Colocinni is notthing special without tiote and taylor.
    4. We need new central defenders. Someone to compete with Colocinni for a place alongside Taylor. Judging by how much Gutierez improved under threat from Marveaux I’d say competition for places is a good thing
    5. Guthrie is class!

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    @toon Brother

    I thought i will never hear point # 5

  • boing123

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #23

    Game exposes lack of quality and squad depth. Slightly worrying on the back of another poor performance against Wigan. Players have been playing great due to a combination of siege mentality and confidence, and these are threatening to wear off.

    We have to avoid defeat at Stoke at all costs, otherwise it could be downhill from there. Reckon that we can still do well enough to get 7th or 8th.

    If we get through this bad patch, survive November against the 3 strongest teams, and MA opens his wallet for January, we still have a small chance of surprising and qualifying for Europe.

  • zacharias

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #24

    We seem to be conceding a lo more when Perch is playing.

  • RichK

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Eaststandgeordie, hitting the post is not a shot on target it’s considered off target.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #26

    boing123@23 yep agree, looking at the man city team yesterday, it was a totally changed side from sunday. no im not saying we should be equal , in that department, however what we have is a very good team when they are all fit , however , when changes have to be made,i worry imo we are a long way short of a squad that can push foe europe. yes we have done very well up till now , my fear is , injuries, a dip in confidence, and perhaps a coupe of defeats, then we will see what we have in reserve, my quess is not a lot, we need players in a few departments come the jan window. lets not take away what the players have achieved this season, but lets also not forget it is a long one, we need back up, we also need a good performance against stoke. vital

  • John

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #27

    where was the marking for the fourth goal Givet cud have stop, had a cup of tea, and then tapped it in. their sud be a inquistion this morn. thud krul was very unlucky with the pen.


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