Newcastle Still Look A Good Side – Pardew Laments Poor Defending


The result at Carrow Road today was not good, but the performance was very good,  but Newcastle paid dearly for very poor defending from crosses and corners into the box this afternoon.

Norwich score the first goal this afternoon

The good news is that Davide Santon looks some player, and we’d be very surprised if he doesn’t start at either full-back position next Saturday against Swansea City.

And it’s a good time for Davide to come in when we are playing two of the weaker sides at home in Swansea and WBA .

But Newcastle’s lack of cover in defense was brutally  exposed by Norwich today as all four of the goals conceded came from free headers in the penalty box.

Newcastle were missing there three best center-backs backs today in Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor, who is now out for the season.

But there seems every chance that Pardew will have Coloccini and Willaimson  available for next week’s game.

Alan Pardew was down to earth after the game and said you cannot concede the goals Newcastle conceded today:

“You can’t concede three set-plays in the Premier League and that is what we have done today,”

“I think there was extra emphasis on them to go and attack knowing we did not have our three first-choice centre-backs on the pitch.”

“And  I think any Premier League team is going to struggle with that.”

And to make things just a little worse for Newcastle, Dan Gosling managed to get himself sent off after 65 minutes with a daft two footed challenge,  which looked a red card when he made the challenge.

And Alan had no complaints about the sending off:

“I don’t think he has gone to hurt the player, but he was late for sure, so he has put himself in the ball park for being sent off and unfortunately he was,” 

“We were right in the game then so that was disappointing.”

The doom and gloomers will be coming out in full force now,  from all corners,  after two successive defeats and seven goals conceded, after being extremely quiet so far this season. 😀

We’ll now suddenly become a relegation side – you watch.

Alan Pardew will  quickly   become a hopeless manager, after he took Newcastle to their joint best league start ever, with seven wins and four draws in their first 11 games.

But anybody who saw the game had to take a lot of good things away from it.

Newcastle just never give up,  and looked a good side moving forward today, with good performances from Demba Ba, Shola Ameobi and Davide Santon, and an excellent late ten minute sub appearance on the right wing from young Sammy Ameobi.

It;s not as bad as it may look, but now Newcastle must try to strengthen the squad in January,  and the top seven remains a good possibility for this attacking Newcastle side, who have had no luck at all in their last two games.

Keep the faith – and the situation Newcastle are in is nothing that two successive home wins against mediocre opposition wont cure.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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101 comments so far

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #1

    glass still half full !
    We’re 7th and can easily hold that position.

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  • lucasnufc

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew said Cabaye got booked and would be suspended for Swansea, but he wasn’t..
    If we don’t have Tiote, who in the world are we gonna play in CM next week? Perch and Smith?!

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Demba Ba…Alan Shearer…are there any other sheep related players we can sign in Jan?

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  • Twatter

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Simpson is 5’8. I disagree with playing him as CB based purely on this whether he plays well at that position or not – why Kadar wasn’t even on the bench today is a mystery.

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  • boater

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Pardew is talking only about the defensive injuries when Norwich had key men out at the back as well. It is my humble opinion that this game was lost in midfield. There was so no protection from those 4 and nothing much going forwards – we never took a hold of the game. Really need tiote back.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #6

    After The last 2 Games – Players Getting Sent off and Injuries to key players we need mike ashley to get us 2 new centre halves and not from the championship like perch as he is hopeless not a leader like Colo is. We need a new midfielder and a new striker also or the good work earlier in the season is going to be a waste …

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Santon played decent.. but went off with a sligh knee injury by the looks of it

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #8

    why do we need a new midfielder? wher is he going to play when Tiote and Cabaye play? and weve got Guthrie/Abeid/Vuckic/Gosling/Perch

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  • nico

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #9

    We were always going to concede goals with them centre-backs. Pardew shoulkd have played Kadar, he would have stood up to the ariel bombardment better. Hopefully Jan can bring us a real left back and at least 1 good centre-back. I think Santon’s best postition is right back as he often looks to get the ball onto his right foot.

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  • Toon Tang

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #10

    just made meself a beef rice if anyones chipping in ???

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Alan Pardew is infallible, beyond reproach…

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  • spitfire_

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Couple questions to Pardew – why 4 FB’s for back four? Does Newcastle doesn’t have at least one typical CB in the reserves or in the academy? Where is Kadar or he is worst than Perch?

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #13

    See the world has ended again. Missed the match (apparently not a bad thing) did we actually play badly or was it a case of injuries ruined us

    Norwich arent a bad team and we were away from home so I cant really complain about the score line. From the highlights it seems we were beaten by our lack of height at CB

    Ba looked wonderful though

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Kadar didnt even make the bench that tells everyone where he is in the rankings…not sure why everyone is begging for him to play as he obviously isnt as good as Perch or Simpson at CB

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  • Twatter

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #15

    @WWJBD Not begging but you can’t play someone at CB if they’re 5’8, it doesn’t make sense. Baring in mind, all four of their goals came from the air having someone over 6 foot in the back four to deal with it is a no-brainer.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #16

    wasn’t able to catch the game but whyohwhy has kadar not started? He surely couldn’t have gotten much worse from the championship a few years ago. He was consistent and above average when he played.

    this is the same kid who broke his leg in a reserve team game against sunderland and the only thing he said after was that he wished he could’ve gone a better job trying to keep out the goal…….he broke his leg in the challenge trying to stop that goal.

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Twatter
    Only if they are a better footballer tbh. If Stoke ran out of CBs they wouldnt play Crouch there.

    Now I havent seen Kadar play for a hell of a long time so I cant judge how good he is or isnt thats up to Pards and we have a crisis at CB atm so if he was good enough then he would of atleast been on the bench and he wasent, only thing I can take from that is he isnt even near good enough for a CB

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #18

    could somebody who is unbiased put up a ranking for the players today? No doomsters and no “askley is god” followers, just an honest assessment of the lads today…..thanks

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #19

    No, Matty, you’ve got it all wrong. AP deems him not good enough to start in front of Perch, therefore it’s gospel; how dare you question APs judgment, he’s the oracle of football.

    Repeat after me: Alan Pardew is infallible and beyond reproach.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Getting a little bit tiresome. Grow up

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  • davis_toons

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #21

    If Kadar is really not good enough then we got to get more kids in the CD/Defensive position.

    But one got to be played for everyone to judge. / Before jury.

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #22

    AP
    U seem to have said that alot this afternoon….I dont really get why though :s

    davis
    For everyone to judge? What do u mean by that?

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  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Matty

    Krul 6
    Santon 6
    Perch 5
    Simo 6
    Raylor 5
    Cabaye 6
    Gosling 5
    Jonas 7
    Obertan 4
    Ameobi 7
    Ba 9

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Krul 6

    Raylor 5
    Simpson 7
    Perch 5
    Santon 7

    Obertan 5
    Cabaye 6
    Gosling 4
    Jonas 6

    Shola 6
    Ba 8

    for what it’s worth. On he two occasions I’ve seen Gosling start this season, I now appreciate Guthrie even more.

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Ruddy

    You were tiresome, from the moment you decided to post on here.

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #26

    WWJBD

    Because it’s true.

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #27

    AP
    Erm ok

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #28

    again, i havent seen the match, but i’ve yet to see a good performance from gosling, much less why/how he warrants a place over abeid and vuckic

    disappointing to not see any of the youngins on the bench bar ferguson

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #29

    any links for madrid barca???????

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  • DJM TOON

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #31

    bookmark the link

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 10, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #32

    matty
    Maybe because he has played in the PL and is simply better at the moment? Abied didnt play a competitve match for Lens what makes u think he is ready for the PL?

    And Vuckic is made of glass and from what I know of him he plays in the withdrawn striker spot or a CAM which we didnt need today as we had HBA on the bench

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #33

    My my my ronny misses a sitter…

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #34

    what evidence have you seen that gosling is ready for the prem, cause he aint

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  • NottsGeordie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #35

    A lot of positives from this game! IMO Pardew can take no blame, he is still a great manager. Perch and Simpson are terrible so as soon as we get Williamson and Coloccini back we’ll be back to winning ways.

    With Colo, Willo, Tiote and Hatem back in the team i could see us beating Swansea easily!

    HWTL

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  • WWJBD

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Well he has played in the PL, he was highly rated at Everton and he looked very good in pre season. More than either of the two u have mentioned plus he plays in the position we needed

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  • NottsGeordie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #37

    On a miserable note…

    Gosling, Perch, Simpson and Obertan were all awful!

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  • AMEOBI

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Right I don’t get 80% of you lot, have you been to a game in your life?!
    You can’t slag your own team because 3 first choice CB’s are injured yes Perch and Simpson what else would you do?
    Kadar might not be match fit..
    Anyways I’m happy with the lads horrible results but size of morrison and holt compared to Simpson and Perch, I will say they worked well on their tactics that’s Norwich that is.
    GET BEHIND YOUR TEAM!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Messi says he wants to play alongside Jonas and in the famous black n white stripes 🙂
    If only Carlsberg could be our sponsors

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  • fleury14

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #40

    If you think we have lost 3 of the last 4 and are still in 7th 3 points behind 4th place,thats not bad.
    If we beat swansea we go 6th.with liverpool playing villa away on sunday and arsenal got man city away so not all bad could be 6th by the end of sunday or maybe 4th if chelsea lose against man city 2moz and draw or lose to wigan away next week.Also arsenal are 6+ goal difference and we have 2+ plus so only need us to win 2-0 and hope man city beat them bt 2 or more

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