Pardew – We Were By Far The Better Side Last Night

Newcastle had a few penalty appeals last night turned down, that manager Alan Pardew seems to think should have gone Newcastle’s way.

Alan Pardew – at Ewood Park last night

Referee Robert Madley awarded Blackburn a penalty after 64 minutes after  Tim Krul had run out for a 50-50 ball and kicked it away, but the referee said it was a foul and a penalty, which seemed a harsh decision, to say the least.

Previous Newcastle decisions for a penalty seemed to be a lot more clear-cut than Tim’s supposed foul, after he had won the race for the ball.

Alan Pardew had this to say to the Newcastle web-site after the game last night:

“We were by far the better side, but sometimes events don’t go your way and certainly they didn’t go that way tonight.” “We just don’t give in – that’s why we’re always in the game,”

“Two fantastic goals got us into extra time, which we thoroughly deserved in my opinion, but again it just wouldn’t fall for us tonight.” “The momentum was with us all game in my opinion.”

“We were the only team who played really good football and we didn’t get our reward.” “Sometimes that happens in football. I never say you can win every game – you can’t.”

“There are lots of reasons we didn’t win tonight – and it wasn’t just about our performance.”

But Newcastle have had a lot of luck in their previous games this season, and there was bound to be a time when that luck deserted them, and that’s basically what happened last night.

It was still an excellent chance to get through to the last eight of the Carling Cup,  since Blackburn are rock bottom of the Premier League and aren’t exactly world beaters – but the chance was lost.

The only thing to do now is to concentrate on getting something out of the Stoke City game next Monday night, as there are some tough league games coming up for Newcastle.

Those games are against Everton, the two Manchester clubs (United then City), Chelsea and Norwich City – in that order after the Stoke game.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #1

    The result matters, not the preformance, and if we were better, does nt say much for blackburn, coz we were like

    OLD Garbage

  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #2

    indian, result is the most important I agree, however if the players can take heart from the performance and keep their spirits up its likely we can get a result at stoke.

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #3

    WE were poor, last night, thats all i want 2 say against a relegation standard team

  • TS -77

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #4

    How did Santon do, Ready for more action?

    Hope that eventhough comments about Ben Arfa not played well yesterday, hes given a run in the first team now so he gets up to speed.

  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #5

    how many changes do you think he will make for the stoke game?

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    we wernt poor, we were fu*king sh*te

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    we were obviously going to suffer defeat some time soon, and altho i would have loved us to win the cup, qualiry for Europa etc, i would prefer defeat against blackburn last night than loosing at Stoke or Everton going into the month of death (November)

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #8

    TS-77 – Santon was good, did nothing bad but didnt do nothing awesome neither did a couple good run showed abit of composure and skill

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #9

    I think he would want his first choice team, depends on injuries too. marveaux is 2wice the player obertan is, he has 2 start

  • carrollsinger

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #10

    The ref was the person who won the game for them last night he has never took charge of a prem teams it’s shows we were unlucky but hay nevermind if we finish 6th I will be well chuffed onwards and upwards toon toon!

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Marveaux looked good on the ball last night but also looked very uncomfortable playing on the right didnt help with the fact Olsen and Hoillet wer both down they left we couldnt get him in the game and his passing also let him down quite abit.. Samba for them was immense last night nothing went past him the referee was atrocious

  • stuart no9

    Oct 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #12

    the lads done really well to get a 2#2 draw in normal time, however pards needs to take a leaf out of our former manager CH book, and accept defeat like a man. no excuses, beet by a better side on the night,we had a fantastic opportunity at the start of exrta time to rip them apart, bearing in mind we have just scored 2 goals in stoppage, that should have given us the extra lift we needed to finish them off,instead they were the ones to show more character , come back and hit us with 2 goals that not only surprised me , but probaby surprised themselves. so pards needs to look at that , give them a lot of credit, stop moaning , and get on with the job of trying to get, at least a good performance against stokebut pards tactics have to be bang for that game

  • toonincheek

    Oct 27, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #13

    By far the stronger side?
    According to the stats I saw (ESPN Matchcast) we had plenty of possession but after 90 minutes, not even a single shot on target. Not impressive.

    Seen the Ba pen claim – he fell over.
    Haven’t seen the other ones.

    All credit to the lads for fighting on regardless.

  • Toonbyblood

    Oct 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Does anyone else think the last goal was offside ?

  • Irie-Magpie

    Oct 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Well said toonincheek’ we played good just did’nt get the run of the green, also i think some of you lads need to factor in that the lads were playing for the guts of 2hrs’

  • Irie-Magpie

    Oct 27, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #16

    It was, that’s why Krul didn’t even go for it’ or he was still hurting from the knock he picked up..

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Been support NUFC since 1955 and they have flattered to deceive more often than not. I am sick of getting beat off teams we should win comfortably against and coming out with “we were better, we put up a great show, what a fantastic fightback & we were so unlucky” etc. stc. The fact is our first shot at goal was Gutherie’s goal and we conceded 4 against the worst team in the PL. I really worry if Steve Taylor or Collo get injured and what we will do without Tiote in January doesn’t bear thinking about. I reckon we’ll get 6 points out of our next 5 games if we are “lucky”.

  • Davy Craig

    Oct 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #18


    I thought Santon was ok. He was fine defensively but was brushed off the ball very easily when he forayed forward. He didn’t link up that well with Jonas and took an age to get crosses over. He ended up coming inside and either laying the ball over or hitting right footed crosses along the front of their back four which, if holding a decent defensive line, are easy to defend and clear.

    I think Pardew is painting over the cracks a wee bit here. We had loads of possession (70%) but our passing and movement was poor and we created very little of any worth. We only had 4 shots on target throughout the whole game, which speaks volumes for me.

    I personally think that if Ben Arfa was on form we would have walked it but as he wasn’t at the races at all we had no link or support with Ba. He worked his socks off but couldn’t get anywhere.

    I also think playing two wingers with one striker is a mistake. Obertan hasn’t done it at all yet, for me, and I’d rather play someone like Sammi Ameobi who can drift out wide when needed but will mainly come inside and link the play also giving the option of running directly at defenders. They hate that as the have to make tackles in and around the box and are vulnerable when they are made to turn and come out of position. I think that given the chance to do that, rather than stay out wide, he’d be a revelation. It would be a different kettle of fish if Best was playing as well but it didn’t work for me last night.

    Given all of that they didn’t give in which is always a good sign. I’ve looked at the last goal and stopped it a few times and it was offside.

    @ Toonincheek

    You’re having a bath mate – Ba was dragged down by Samba, clear pelanty, as Chris Waddle would say!


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