Alan Pardew – We Want To Get Back In The Top Four

Newcastle are facing a bit of an injury  crisis through the end of the year, with Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini, two of Newcastle’s best players this season, both out injured.

The two managers on the sidelines Saturday

The next six weeks will be a big test of Alan Pardew’s management skills, and also a test of  the so far magnificent Newcastle team sprint the lads have shown all season.

It was a bit of a disastrous game on Saturday, even though Newcastle could so easily have come away with a 1-1 draw, but once Steven Taylor picked up his Achilles injury after 88 minutes, Chelsea scored two more goals to put an unfair tilt to the scoreline.

If Steven had come through the game OK things would have looked a lot different today of course, and maybe it would have been just a 1-0 loss (or a 1-1 draw), which was more representative of the game.

But that didn’t happen of course, but it’s still only one game, so Newcastle just have to get on with it this week.

Alan Pardew was rightly disappointed after the game:

“There’s a big feeling of ­disappointment about this game. I felt there were a lot of positives to come out of it, with the team we ended up with at the end. We are really short of players. We go to Norwich and the next three games are winnable for us.”

“We’ve got to approach those, with the players we’ve got ­available and try and win them. And if we try and win them we could find ourselves back in the top four and that’s what we want to try and do.”

“The injuries are our biggest concern now as we look ahead. Steven’s is a bit of a worry, Colo has a thigh strain, we hope it doesn’t tear, so obviously we’ll have to scan them to find out how serious they are.”

“We’ve been a bit unfortunate in these three games, we’ve not had our best squad to pick, and yet I still look at my team and they’re competitive.”

These are the games coming up before Newcastle can really get in any reinforcements in the January transfer window:

Sat 10 15:00 A Norwich City
Sat 17 15:00 H Swansea City
Wed 21 19:45 H WBA
Mon 26 15:00 A Bolton
Fri 30 19:45 A Liverpool
Wed 04 20:00 H Man Utd
Sat 07 15:00 H Blackburn FA Cup

Normally the next four games would all be very winnable for Newcastle, but now with the injuries it will be a fight to get the points, although we’re sure that’s exactly what this team will do in every game – fight.

Most pundits have now written off Newcastle,  as they see just how thin the squad really is, but that must be rectified to some extent in January, and we have to hope that the captain Coloccini is out for only a short while.

Once Coloccini is back at the center of defense we’ll be in much better shape, but until then the lads still have to try to get the wins.

And maybe we can get back into the top four before the end of the year if we surprise everybody and continue to fight above our weight?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • TS -77

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Best way to defend is to attack!


    Raylor – Simpson – Kadar – Santon

    HBA – Guthrie – Cabaye – Jonas

    Ba – Best

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    and Pardew please take that Ostrich Raylor out of the team, squad

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    the last i saw of Gosling was scoring against Mancity, has he died


    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Gonna be a bloody big task and I doubt we are up to but tbf top 10 was the target for the season despite how many are crying

  • rharrison

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d rather see youth been given a chance than regulars playing badly out of position and losing confidence.

  • WesJameson

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    hahahahahahah in the top 4 again, now that’s classic, WE WILL NEVER SEE NUFC IN THE TOP 4 AGAIN IN OUR LIFE TIME!!!!!!

    I’m actually so sick of football, are you telling me the ref wasn’t paid off last night??

    Lets be honest, like i said on the last thread, it’s like learning 1+1=2……….. for a ref, last man, and through on goal=SENDING OFF!!!!!! If that wasn’t the biggest hint at match fixing, nothing is!!!! IM FU#$ING DONE!!!!!!!

    Plus now i hear that Krul, WILL go to the spuds, Tiote is off to Chelski, Coloccini won’t resign, so he is off, so yeah, what a wonderful wonderful thing it is to support the TOON!!

  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Jeeeesus! 1 defeat against a top, champions league team that cost 100’s of millions to put together and this place goes all doom and gloom! We’re top 6 after 14 games! Ahead of a liverpool team thats apparantly having a good season! Cheer the chuff up everyone! We were competitive against chelsea right upto the last, 3-0 flattered them and every pundit i’ve heard since has said the same!

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    What do you make of AVB – saying CFC would have beaten NUFC with 9 MEN, i dont think so, not unless we had 11 raylors

  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    On HBA! Thought that was a good decision by Pardew! He recognized Luiz was struggling aerially and was on a booking, Shola nearly got on and scored a couple goals and thought he looked decent anyway to be fair! HBA wasn’t in the game in the first half and was giving the ball away far too much, he was also leaving Ba Isolated! Pardew has said time and time again that Ben Arfa isn’t a winger, and 1 of the reasons Ben Arfa signed for us was because we were going to play him through the middle! Thought Lovenkrands played decently, he worked hard! Sammy isn’t ready for first team starts yet, he’s young and learning his trade! 20 mins in the 2nd half is good for his development!

  • Brutooon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    How can we be a top four team when we got PERCH as our Centre Back????

    Put Perch in Man Utd Team and Man Utd will be a Mid Table Club

  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    wish people would stop saying Kruls off to tottenham! He’s not! Goalkeepers never fetch high prices, with the exception of Buffon and he was unreal at the time! No 1 is going to pay for than 10m for Krul and NUFC won’t deal for that! Look at De Gea, Man Utd got him for 18m, and he is meant to be the next world class super keeper, heir apparant to Casillas! De Gea will turn out to be a better keeper than Krul in the long run and I don’t think ashley would sell krul for less than 18m! Not to mention, Spurs have to sell before they buy! They’re giving redknapp very little transfer funds as they know he’s off in the summer to take the England job! Not to mention they have Friedel, Pletikosa, Cudicini and Gomes, all top top keepers!

  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Not bothered about Tiote going as he’d fetch 20m + and he isn’t as good as we make out! Great defensively but he offers little going forward and also holds onto the ball for too long! Be a great player in a 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 formation in the Makalele role but a player like Matuidi (aware he went in the summer) would offer much more in a 4-4-2 system!

  • WesJameson

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    @ jayphoto // Dec 5, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Ummm it’s two defeats now mate, just saying!!

    Both our CB’s out, ( One being our Captain, the other probably vice Captain ) to be replaced by Perch

    Plus we all know, WE ARE A SELLING CLUB NOW!!!!! Mark my words, Tiote, Krul, Cabaye EVEN probably Ben Arfa, are as good as gone Lads 🙁 and if Demba gets injured, who will score then?? Good as F@cked we are!!!

    So sick of Football in general, there are no more fairy tales, like yesteryear chaps!!! 12th spot here we come again!!!!

  • WesJameson

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #14

    @ jayphoto // Dec 5, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Mate, lets be honest Cudiccini, Freidel are both on the verge of retirement, Gomes is rubbish, and Pletikosa, welll say no more

  • stevo14

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree wit TS-17, the best way to defend is to attack but we need to start gosling.
    Ryan T. Danny S. Perch. Santon

    Gosling. Cabaye. Guthrie. Jonas

    Best can enter for Golsing as power sub and kadar will sub if dere is anyneed for sub. Perch had played more games in this season than kadar and obertan and sammy can enter as subs in 2nd half.

  • seantoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    1point out of 9 against the best teams in England and suddenly it’s the end of the world! Who do you think we are? Were no arsenal, were just a club overachieving expectations we have nothing lose were near enough safe from relegation already. There will be smith lovenkrands and maybe Simpson leaving in January and that’s it. Everyone quit your whining and get behind the club

  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    @wesjameson – Krul doesn’t have the pull to attract a fee big enough for us to sell him! Its his first season as number 1, he’s even behind Michel Vorm for his national team! I think he’s going to be a great goalkeeper but his current value isn’t that high! He won’t be going anywhere!

  • jayphoto

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    @wesjameson – why are we a selling club? Because we sold Andy Carroll for 35m?? Have you seen him play for Liverpool? he’s not worth 10m let alone 35m, we’d have been mad not to sell him!
    Nolan and Barton were sold for peanuts as part of a squad overhevel (rightly so too) and Enrique forced the clubs hand and forced a move! We’ve rebuilt a squad with younger, quicker, hungrier players, we’re miles ahead of where we were this time last year and thats all you can ask for! We’ve 3 top class centre halves down, as well as folan and henderson injured, thats 5 centreback injured! show me a team in the PL that can cope with 5 missing centre halves?

  • Sav

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Gary Cahill

  • seantoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #20

    Big chris samba

  • stuart no9

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #21

    when collo and saylor have been playing we have lost once. on saturday when they were both on the pitch it was 0-0. collo gets subbed, soon after we concede ..0-1 saylor gets injured in the last 4 mins and we concede another 2, both defenders off the pitch…..0-3 , frightening really. What we have in reserve is not going to get us back on track. we need a quality CD.The other option is to attack more to relieve the pressure on the defenders. but there would have to be a vast improvement on our options. In jan we need every decent player available, SELLING IS NOT AN OPTION. I f ashley ignores this and sells anyway ,so be it , i for one wont be surprised , even some of the ashley loyalists may start having doubts.

  • toonincheek

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    WesJameson @13 – “Good as F@cked we are!!!”

    Well, if we (and the team) all had that attitude, we probably would be.
    Fortunately, we don’t.

    Is it time for you to start supporting another team – and another Forum?
    Here’s hoping.

  • wagatyne

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #23

    Well i guess our luck is starting to run out. We have to be the only team playing a right footed player in number 3. Yes it was working but only when Ryan was being covered by Gutierrez and now that Guti is out the real right footed right is being exposed. This setting was also limiting Guti’s going forward since he would have to play nanny to Ryan! By the way is Santon really that bad that one would rather sit him on the bench?

  • lesh

    Dec 5, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #24

    Jay @11…. re “They’re giving redknapp very little transfer funds as they know he’s off in the summer to take the England job”…… or JAIL?!

  • martoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #25

    We have just played 3 of the top teams in England and possibly Europe so any points you get is a bonus. It’s the next few matches where we would expect to pick up points. If we only get 1 point from the next 3 or 4 games then I’d be worried!

  • welshy14

    Dec 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #26


    how could ben arfa or cabaye be of to anywere when fifa rules wont alow them to be sold.stop spouting your shiiiit you no nothing either support the team or fek of


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