Pardew – We Will Go To Manchester City Thinking We Can Win

Newcastle face a tough trio of games coming up in the league, when they will visit the two Manchester clubs, and then have a home game against Chelsea over the next three Saturdays.

Alan Pardew – we don’t fear any side

Newcastle have won seven and drawn four of their first 11 games to have the best start they have ever had in the league, and anything but a defeat would make this the best start ever by a Newcastle side.

And rather being in any trepidation about the three games,  Alan Pardew will have a game plan for how the  Magpies can win each one of these games.

And with more than a week into the International break, Alan will have had plenty of time to work out how he will have the Newcastle side play ion each of the  three games.

Alan does some serious preparation work for each game,  in checking out the  strengths and weaknesses of the opposition, and then putting a game plan together with those in mind, for how Newcastle can win the game.

One good example of that is when Pardew put together a game plan for the visit to Stoke City, when Newcastle got their first ever win at the Britannia Stadium, with a terrific display of guts and glory, and not a little skill to win the game 3-1.

Alan Pardew has come out today and said his players do not fear the next three rather tough opponents at all:

“Belief comes from results as much as anything.”  “I genuinely think the team believe they can win every game we enter. We will go to Manchester City thinking we can win.”

“That is very important because every manager, I don’t care who he is, sets their team up to win, they have a tactical plan in place.”

“Players, though, have to believe because if there is not an inner belief you can win then the players after 25 minutes, 30 minutes, accept it is going to be a tough day.”

“Perhaps they start protecting themselves, come off the game plan and then it is usually a case of trying to keep the score down or make it respectable.”

“We are not doing that, we believe we can win, no matter if the (other) team scores two. We still believe we can win.”  “When you actually look at our squad, I thought it was a lot stronger than people were giving it credit for.”

“Nevertheless, you still need breaks and you still need to gain wins at crucial times.” “The Sunderland game was a massive game for us and then the Wolves game, when we could have conceded a last-minute goal and when perhaps Wolves deserved to get something that day.”

“Purely because of work-rate, and we have the best defensive record in the league, all those things add up to where we are.”  “Where we go from here is going to be down to momentum and injuries.”

Newcastle could almost be at full strength for the game at the Etihad  Stadium on Saturday, with Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye both standing a decent chance to start that game.

The game between the only unbeaten football league sides is rightly being televised live around the world, so it’s a great opportunity for the lads to show the world just how good a team Newcastle have this season.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 14, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    When does Pardew actually coach the team? He must spend a few hours a day doing interviews

  • toonincheek

    Nov 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    THINK we can win?

    We CAN win – with a top performance (again) and a bit of good fortune.

    But ManC will not underestimate us – I think they will ‘turn up’ for this one, so we will really have a really tough game.

  • ross armstrong

    Nov 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    whats the chances of tiote and cabaye playing then??

  • geoff777

    Nov 14, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #4

    A lot of City’s players will have played two international games, ours haven’t and have been preparing.

    City have an important CL game next week.

    Mancini may want to rest a few players that may have been his first choice.

    I know they still have a great squad .. but it has to help.

    I think we can get a result.
    If anyone will beat them at home it’ll be us!


  • boater

    Nov 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    I have more hope a result than I did in the previous two games against Stoke and Everton.

    Under Pardew’ we do just enough by adjusting to get the result. The Stoke game was an exception this season – we were in cruise mode throughout. We don’t attack for 90 mins under Pardew – he likes us to win the game during a dominant 30min spell, then go compact to see the game out.

    On this basis – that we are able to develop an effective strategy around the opposition – there is some hope we can get something. The worry is Silva, Dzjeko or Aguerro go on a late scoring rampage, and we don’t have time to answer. Still think we could boss midfield though.

  • boater

    Nov 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Plus – I still say there is no pressure on the team. The Everton game was agony in the second half as it set the tone for this run of games, it’s a big advantage for us – no real pressure. Keep it tight defensively and in central midfield as we have been, and just maybe a match-winner type – Arfa, Ba or Sammi might fancy upsetting the odds on the day with a virtuoso solo display.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 14, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    just a thought…I hope to god this american company interested in our stadium naming rights isn’t disney! I couldn’t cope with us running out at Mickey Mouse Field….. joking aside, you can never put it past our owners

  • jayphoto

    Nov 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8

    be a tough tough game, Man City really are a top side, don’t think it’ll be a good 1 for the neutrals! We’ve got the hardest working side in the premier league tho, and its true they may have 1 eye on europe!

  • Demba_Ba

    Nov 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    its my daughters 1st birthday saturday and she is having i a party , i realy want to watch the game

  • geoff777

    Nov 14, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #10


    She won’t remember … no brainer …

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Demba_Ba, first birthdays are a waste of time and money. Watch the game she won’t know.

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    geoff – haha, classic > good answer!

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 14, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #13

    @ jayphoto 7. Could be worse, It could be Warner Bros. Loony (Tunes) Toons Stadium.

  • nickfish90

    Nov 14, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Great article here guys on French Football Ligue 1 and the current stars in French football.

    It mentions Newcastle quite a few times too and that has to be a good thing as we have now over taken Arsenal it seems as the main link between Ligue 1 and the Premier League.

  • liam85

    Nov 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15

    @geoff777 – best answer!! I would Agree 😀


    Nov 14, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Would be great to see them win!

    A draw is a more likely result, as long as Nigel de Jong does,nt break anyones legs!

  • PalmerToon

    Nov 14, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Afternoon Toon fans! Now I know this is the most reliable toon blog in the world and I am after some help. I am desperately trying to get tickets for Norwich v Newcastle in December. Its my Dads 50th birthday and he has been a Toon for 40 odd years. We are actually from the Norwich area and I would dearly love to take him to a game. I have been on the website but you have to be a season ticket holder or something like that… Is there any other way of buying them? I only want 2! Any help would be great! Thanks guys :).


    Nov 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Venkys won’t sell Blackburn wonder who they will chat to next…

  • Stuart

    Nov 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #19

    apparently its everton WWJBD.


    Nov 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Stuart oh that would be another one to add to the top 6 then haha Everton with money would be impressive

    Palmer you will have to get a season ticket holder if ya to stand a chance of getting tickets in the away end am afraid. If u find one they will probably help u out…try getting in touch with some of the twitter lords if ya can NUFCfans will probably help out

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #21

    PalmerToon – the tickets are something like £45 each.. wher abouts in Norwich you from?

    Ive did this before for someone down Manchester he sent a cheque a sent the tickets was for Man City away last season..

  • Thump

    Nov 14, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Aye the Norwich tickets are £45 and they’re only available to ST holders/members with 25 loyalty points.

    I was going to go down for it but I saw the price and laughed so hard my money broke.

  • Thump

    Nov 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Oh and have a look on Newcastle-Online, PalmerToon. They usually have a ticket sale/trade area.

  • PalmerToon

    Nov 14, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24

    GeordieToon – Tickets for £45 each is what I expected. I’m from a little town near Norwich called Wymondham. Would you be able to sort me out?

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 14, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Thump its 0 points now mate

    PalmerToon – its only letting me have 1 ticket it must only be 1 ticket per season ticket so am guessing its a low allocation.. a was allowed 3 last year for the Man City game

  • AP's Black & White Army

    Nov 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #26

    If I become a ‘negger’, does that mean I’m on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s side? It’s an appealing lure, if it does.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #27

    It is a proven FACT that 8,5cm (3,2 inches) is all that is needed to make a woman happy…

    … It doesn’t matter whether it’s VISA or MasterCard.

  • PalmerToon

    Nov 14, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #28

    GeordieToon89- Thanks for trying mate. So if I buy a one off membership for £25 from the website, will I then be able to purchase 1 ticket?

  • magpiebop

    Nov 14, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #29

    4-4-1-1 vs Man City


    Subs- Elliot, Tavernier, Guthrie, Gosling, Ben Arfa, SAMeobi, Ameobi.

  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 14, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #30

    PalmerToon – no bother mate my gf has family near norwich well kind of its mainly norfolk area lol, yeah you might have to wait a few days until they go on sale to members but you will be able to buy 1 (providing they dont all get bourght by season ticket holders).. personally a dont think its right how people need to buy a £25 membership just to buy a ticket for a game ano all the money from memberships go into improving the academy and a like that but a just think its wrong and harsh especially for families looking 2 buy tickets for a birthday or something.. but thats what you get when you get total tw*ts going to an away friendly and ruining it by being ar*eholes

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 14, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Just got a ticket for the city game,buzzin

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 14, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyone got the line up for Belgium U-21 v England U-21? Is Sammy playing?

  • soundoid

    Nov 14, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #33

    England Under-21 team to face Belgium in the Euro 2013 qualifier at Stade Charles Tondreau tonight, kick-off 1945GMT: Butland, Smith, Clyne, Lowe, Kelly, Dawson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Sordell, McEachran, Ameobi. Subs: Flanagan, Steele, Gardner, Dunk, Barkley, Butterfield, Keane.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #34

    soundoid, Cheers mate. Sammy playing so I’ll watch.


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