Pardew Challenges Newcastle To Be In Top Four At Xmas


Alan Pardew has issued a rallying call to his players to have Newcastle United still in the top four by Christmas.

Alan Pardew – hoping for all 3 points tomorrow

Alan Pardew has gone out of his way to make sure his players don’t get carried away too much, with their high position in the league.

But would you believe it,  Ryan Taylor has said this today to the local press:

“The manager asked us to imagine what a great feeling it would be to still be in the top four on Christmas Day when we sit down for our dinners.”

So when this was pointed out to him, Alan was careful not to raise expectations too high, after Ryan had spilled the beans, so to speak:

“We’re into December, and still in there.” “Even if it’s a draw tomorrow, I don’t think anybody can get above us.”

“That wouldn’t be the worst result, but our 52,000 fans will be our 12th man urging us on and giving us an advantage – and we feel like we can win it.”

“Chelsea are miles ahead of us in terms of squad size and funding, but it’s about the team – that wins and loses games – and we’ve got a strong team.”

“Where we finish is still a mystery to me.” Yet Pardew did concede that Chelsea are a side that are living on their nerves at the moment.”

“They’ve had a tough spell, and their spirit will be tested.”  “It’ll be important we don’t give them a leg up with an early goal or a mistake as Wolves did last week.”

“Then you’ve got a different beast to deal with.”  “They’ve got some great players – Lampard, Terry and Drogba are powerful players – and they roll off the tongue.”

“We’ve got to put everything to one side and focus.”  “The mood in the stadium, and the form that we’re in, evens it up.”

Pardew has been very good at keeping the players’ feet firmly on the ground this season, and he has been excellent in the way he has prepared the team for each game, with a specific game plan on how to win.

A draw would be a good result tomorrow, but with St. James’ Park very likely to be jumping with a sell-out crowd the fans will be urging the team on to do better than they did last year in the same fixture.

In that game, Newcastle got a 1-1 draw with Andy Carroll scoring the first goal after just a few minutes after a bad mistake in the Chelsea defense by Alex.

We have to hope we have a similar start in tomorrow’s game.

That happened on 28th November, and it turned out to be the last home game that Chris Hughton was manager of the club, and in the next home game, with Alan Pardew having been drafted in, Newcastle beat Liverpool 3-1 a short two weeks later.

But Chelsea are a good side,  with some very good players,  and they have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on their current  squad.

However,  that doesn’t necessarily mean that Newcastle will not be the better side tomorrow and even get the win.

That’s what we are hoping for.

Howay The Lads!!



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21 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Cant believe how well we’ve done so far this season, if anyone had said at the start that we could be in the top come xmas I would have said that they were nuts, but credit to Pardew he has the team playing for each other with pride in the shirt which is all we can ask for, if we can get through the Jan transfer window without loosing anyone of note and possibly add one or two quality signings then the sky’s the limit for us

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    1st thats only coz ive just been paid off from work lol now i know how you get first you have to be on the rocking roll

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #3

    @2

    Well that’s embarassing….

    Anyone else noticed, we still haven’t dropped a single point compared with the corresponding fixtures last year… I’m pretty sure we’re up aboout 21/22

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    mikeashleyisamackem – ano how you feel mate a got made redundant start of september.. was on the rocking roll for a month and luckily av got 2 xmas jobs one at Asda warehouse and one at City Link warehouse, managed to get today and tomorrow off though

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    ToonDownSouth – sure it was about 4 or 5 weeks ago people wer posting it was about 18 points up so we must have gained points.. Man Utd away gains us 1 point cos we lost last year didnt we

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #6

    tell you what we could be in the top 4 for xmas day..

    Chelsea – Home(tomorrow)
    Norwich – Away(10th Dec)
    Swansea – Home(17th Dec)
    West Brom – Home(21st Dec)

    then
    Bolton – Away(Boxing Day)
    Liverpool – Away(30th Dec)

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  • jamesnufc86

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Lads who is going to take Jonas place? sammy?

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  • Sav

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #8

    If we win this one the critics will start to build expectations. That will make it harder. No-one taking us seriously has played into our hands so far. Fans and team must keep their feet on the ground.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Would either put Sammy in for Jonas or HBA with Best back up top with Ba

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #10

    out of them 6 games a think a would expect around 10 points, but we could easily get between 12 and 18

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #11

    HBA will 10000% not play on the wing Pardew has already said that, a think it will be Sammy or maybe even Lovenkrands but a would prefer Sammy

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  • JackButler

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #12

    GT89
    with that run of games we could have a really good December, I would give anything for us to turn Dogleash’s rabble over at Anfield as I really, really dislike the guy as he ruined us

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  • magpie6699

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed – don’t know the exact current exchange rate but I think you’ll find Chelsea have spent a helluva lot more than “hundreds of thousands of pounds” on their present squad!

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  • LEROI

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m going to sound delusional again here but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that we could carry on strong through Dec & Spurts & Manure could slip up, maybe this wed was only the begining of there purple patches that lead to us in 2nd place on the 31st of Dec.

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  • Willo

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew has said he will not play HBA on a wing so I’d imagine it would be Sammy but if Lovenkrands had a good week in training you never know what you could see. Sammy would have to be told to come back and help Raylor defensively so if that is something he can’t do then I would expect Lovenkrands

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  • LEROI

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #16

    When Sammy played for the England u21’s he tracked back just fine. Sammy is no liability to our team! on Loven although he’s older and smaller in build he can still put a good shift in and he has the experience to know when to attack and when to help Raylor out. Option 3 play young fergy.
    Here comes a daft option play our reserve RB Santon on the left wing.

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  • UpTheRoad

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Anyone think we should chuck Santon in at left back and Raylor left wing instead of Jonas as a precaution or go for it with Sammy?

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  • Irish-toonfan

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #18

    If we win tomorrow it will be official in my mind that were back there to stay!!!! Exciting times!!! I don’t think anyone can disagree that this is the team for chelski :
    ———————————krul—————————————–
    Simpson Taylor Colocini Raylor
    Obertan Cabaye Guthrie sammy
    ———————————HBA——————————–
    ———————————Ba————————————–

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  • Irish-toonfan

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Although i’m sick of watching our brilliant team carry raylor, santon should play LB, even if he makes a mistake he has pace which insures us, raylor at left wing, the reason we like him is his delivery and goals, the wing is bloody perfect it takes all the pressure off of him!!!!!

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  • stk85

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #20

    steady on boys! 2nd as someone mentioned is what’s called getting carried away.

    Chelsea will be tough but circumstances favour us, then WBA, Swans and Norwich will be tough, make no mistake.

    but with the way the season’s gone so far, as pointed out @3 we’re picking up points where we didn’t last year. so long may this continue.

    has anyone got a graphic or table of this year compared to last year?

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  • alec6247toon

    Dec 2, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Having just looked at it quickly, I calculate, on the same results we had from the exact same games last year, (having replaced the QPR (a) game from this year with B’ham (a) as QPR were champions, B’ham finished 18th) and we are up by 17 points.

    At this same stage last season, 13 games played, we were on 18 points having won 5, drawn 4 and lost 4. Compared to this season, where we are on 26 points, having won 7, drawn 5 and lost 1.

    We are doing fantastically well this season so far, and the fact that we have already picked up 17 extra points compared to the exact same fixtures from last season just shows how far the squad and the club has come in such a short space of time.

    Lets hope it stays this way. HWTL

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