Pardew’s Savvy Game Plans Are Working A Treat At The Moment

Newcastle’s game plan on  Monday night at Stoke worked a treat.

Alan Pardew – it worked – at the final whistle on Monday night

And you can bet that game will be used as a model for other sides who have to take on Stoke City, as they work out just how well Newcastle dealt with the aerial threat of  Stoke City.

The Stoke style of play is always to get the ball into the penalty box whatever way they can, be it from those Rory Delap throw-ins or high centers into the box from free kicks, corners and in open play.

And that’s why they always like to play with a big physical center-forward like Peter Crouch last Monday, and wanted Andy Carroll a year last summer, and also have big former Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones also at the club.

Newcastle on Monday night had both Jonas Gutierrez and Gabriel Obertan working hard to help out the fullbacks Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor.

And that seemed to work quite well as Jermain Pennant and Matthew Etherington didn’t see too much of the ball,  and didn’t get too many of those crosses in.

The back four all played well last Monday, and were physical when they needed to be, and it’s now hard to see Davide Santon getting into the back four anytime soon, if  Simpson and Ryan Taylor keep putting in performances like they did on Monday night.

Now the task is to get together a suitable game plan for the next tough challenge, which is Everton at home in an early  12:45 pm game on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle would love to keep their unbeaten record prior to the International break, and that would set up a potential match between the only two unbeaten sides in the Premier League at Manchester City in just over two weeks time.

That’s assuming Man City remain unbeaten at QPR on Saturday afternoon.

Danny Simpson talked about the game plan Pardew and the other Newcastle coaches put together for each game:

“We had a game plan from minute one at Stoke, we stuck to it and it came off,”  “If you ask teams when they go to Stoke, maybe they would take a point.”

“But when you look at the players we’ve got, and we knew our game plan.”  “We knew if we stuck to that and coped with their main threat, which is the throw-ins and crosses, then we would have a chance.”

“When we got the chance to play it on the floor and pass it, we knew we had the players to score goals and it worked to a tee.”  

“Sometimes you need to slow the game down and play the game how the opposition play it, like at Stoke.”

“I think it worked at Stoke and we move on.”  “When you go to a place like Stoke, little things matter. You’ve got to be professional and use things to your advantage.”

“You play the game then you set up for the next one. Credit to the team, and the staff for the game plan on Monday. We took everything on board and now it’s all about the next one.”

We knew we were doing well at Stoke when Ryan Taylor started to use the towels  from the ball boys,  to dry the ball before his throw-ins. 😀

That’s something Stoke have become so proficient at – especially at the Britannia Stadium – so that’s one example of how Newcastle used things to their advantage on Monday night, and it was a terrific performance from our team.

Alan will be studying how Everton tend to play, and they always pack the central midfield, and try to gain control of the game that way.

So it will be difficult for our two central midfielders, who will probably first choices Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, who should be fit again after his knee problems.

Pardew always seems to want to play with two strikers up front,  so Cabaye and Tiote often have their work cut out for them,  as the Newcastle manager very rarely plays with a 4-5-1 formation these days, especially at home.

But if we see every single Newcastle player give it everything they have on Saturday, as we saw on Monday night, the chances are good that Newcastle will be able to get something out of the Everton game.

It’s not a game we want to see Newcastle’s unbeaten record fall, because we then have a two week break, so a good result would be great, and even a point will keep Newcastle in the top three for another two weeks at least.

Things are looking up at Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    There was a plan?

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 3, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Indian Magpie, You’re being ironic…

    … Aren’t you?

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3


  • connor_nufc

    Nov 3, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    obertan could be out for a month apparentely according to lee ryder

  • geoff777

    Nov 3, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Might have been a savvy game plan to keep the Obertan injury quiet until the team sheets came out on Saturday?

  • JimmyToonToon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Would be amazing if Gosling came on and scored against his old club!

    Now Obertoon has a gammy toe it will be a good chance for Marveaux to get games under his belt and establish a place in the team. (I’m not bad mouthing Obertoon it’s just Marveaux’s moment).


  • curmon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    What is all this rubbish about Simpson having a good game against Stoke.

    Facts are, He gave the ball away too many times with misplaced passes that went to the opposition, and he was caught out of position too much. This is not the standard of play we should be prepared to accept if we want a top six finish.

  • magpiebop

    Nov 3, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Gosling instead of Best would be an interesting selection for saturday against his old club.

  • stripes1009

    Nov 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Maybe the referees may adopt a new game plan when they take charge of a Stoke@home game….stop Delap and his mates ‘pinching’ yards everytime they take a throw-in. It was very noticeable how much they stole each throw and yet nothing was done about it!

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    stripes1009 – there were an instance when the ball went out next to the corner flag and jug ears took it from the 18 yard line. they will have to sort it out coz its beyond a joke now.

    ps that pic of pards is quality – looks like hes just seen harry redknapps new face lift.

  • geoff777

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11


    We’re 3rd in the league with the best defensive record in the entire league and you are having a pop at one of our back-four.


  • curmon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #12

    geoff you are deluded !!!!

  • geoff777

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13


    You are not a very good “supporter”.

    Simpson has got in some amazing blocks and cleared off the line a few times.
    He’s faced some world-class wingers and has done a great job.

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Indian Magpie @ # 1 & 3

    that was funny 🙂

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #15

    It was almost like you and GG were a double act 🙂

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 3, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #16


    curmon is obviously one of those fans that can only see the mistakes and is totally blind to the rest of someone’s game, and constantly quote NONE FACT facts.

    I think Simpson has been improving steadily and yes there are parts of his game that can still improve but on the whole not a bad defender.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Spot on Geoff. Simpson had a good game the other night. He is quick and competitive, always plus points for a full back. Some fans are never happy eh?

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 3, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Incidentally, as i havent been on here much in the last few days, I gotta say that i thought Stoke were truly shocking and their style of football is far worse than i had realised. Neanderthal stuff.

  • YankeeToon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Have no idea which game you were watching.

    “Simpson who – in perhaps his most accomplished performance in the Premier League for Newcastle (vs Stoke) – made more tackles (7) and had more touches (59) than any of his team mates.”

  • curmon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #20

    I stand corrected

  • Starnufc

    Nov 3, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #21

    haha oh dont worry about the idiots on here like curmon enjoy being top three above chelski arse and totten and old new.(liver)

  • moonraker

    Nov 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #22

    I just loved every minute of the game on Monday, albeit on TV and I’ve sat and watched it again. (my missus thinks I’m totally mad).

    One thing I loved was the way our players asked for the towel from the ball boys for the throw-ins, and our 3rd goal the penalty was a direct result of the long throw ha ha Pulis must have been as sick as a parrott at that, especially with Demba Ba scoring the hat-trick.

    Serves them right for making the pitch narrower and shorter. I reckon every visiting team will be onto that one now at the Brittania Stadium.

    This is turning into a great season and we havent even seen HBA or Marveax yet!

    Howay the Lads!


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