Pardew – Newcastle Ahead Of Where We Thought We’d Be

Newcastle were in the heady heights of the top four, and even the  top three, over the first 11 league games of the season.

Alan Pardew – fantastic position in the league

But a poor patch of just 2 points from the last five games,  has seen Newcastle slide down to 7th place in the league.

But three of those games were against top four opposition, and we didn’t expect many points from those games at all.

In the game following those three,  we were ravaged by injury 11 days ago at Carrow Road, and didn’t have any of our top three center- backs available,  and we lost 4-2 at Norwich City.

But when Newcastle got Coloccini and Tiote back into the side last Saturday, the lads   looked near their best again,  and got their 5th clean sheet of the  season, and dominated  the game against Swansea, but just couldn’t get that one goal to win it.

With Newcastle almost back to their strongest side, there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot do well on  Wednesday night at home to WBA, and then in the following game, away next Monday afternoon at Bolton Wanderers.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted it’s been a much more successful season so far, than he had expected:

 “It’s been a fantastic year. It’s more than I could have hoped for in terms of where we are. You know people will look at our recent run and they don’t actually look at the bigger picture.”

“We’re in a fantastic position in the league, we’re still got some good games coming up and it’s all there for us. We’re just rolling on. We’re ahead of where we thought we’d be, for sure.”

“We didn’t think we’d be in this position. When you’re lying second in the league like we were, with the budget we’ve got, to try and stay there is totally unrealistic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep trying to aim for those heights.”

“We want to keep up there in sixth or seventh. We’ve had some bad fortune with injuries, because when we played against the best teams we didn’t have our best team.”

“When we went to Norwich we were in the unusual position of having our three main, first choice centre-halves out injured. It does turn around and when we get our best team we are competitive.”

Newcastle can start climbing that table again by getting some wins, and prove the many expert pundits wrong, who think Newcastle will not be able to get back into the top six again.

We can can start tomorrow night by taking all 3 points against WBA at home, and that will give the Magpies 30 points from their first 17 games, and that’s not too bad in anybody’s book.

And the news tonight that Luis Suarez has been banned by the FA for 8 games,  will not help Newcastle in their game at Anfield on 30th December.

That’s because Suarez and Liverpool have two weeks to appeal the decision,  and the Uruguayan striker can play over that period.

That’s bad luck for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #1

    From last Article.

    Dannyo & davybtoon, SAF doesn’t make many mistakes. But I think he may be ripping his hair out next season. When Obertan comes good, I think it’s going to be bloody good.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh Effin hell. FIRST… !

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #3

    The most points we could have reasonably expected to get on top of the current total is another 3 – one extra for the draw we should have got at Norwich and 2 extra for beating the Swans – so that’s 90% – not bad but need to get clear of the hoofballers below.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Ye, this Luke De Jong rumour is popping up all over now, just waiting for a journo to get a hold of this and ask some questions…

  • Foxworth

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Team i’d like to see tomorrow;



    Obertan – Tiote – Ben Arfa – Jonas

    Best – Ba

    Yup, Perch.

    Give Willo another few days to get up to speed and let Perch hopefully prove us wrong.

    3-1 w/ Best, Tiote & Loverman the scorers!

    Gonna check PP and see what odds i’ll get on that now 😀

  • Dannyo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Well, it’s hard to say mate, he hasn’t improved much from the first game, and has started all of the league games when fit. He’s gotten plenty of trust from Pardew, but the likes of Collo and Enrique took a season or two to show their best.
    Could be the same with Obertan, altho i do find it slightly odd after being here and adapting to the game for 2 years, altho he hasn’t played much.

    Unfortunatly, for this one, time will tell, he honestly hopes he comes through for us.

  • Foxworth

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Tiote to score 1st & NUFC 3-1 @ 200/1 😉

  • newca

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #8


    Lovenkrand is out because of injury. So, 2 -1 could also be a good result 🙂

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #9

    @ dannyo etc.

    AP must see something in Obertan he can work with in terms of skill and vision and be trying to develop him. Same with HBA – neither is the finished article – both have huge potential and neither slots neatly into the current team formation the way they play now.
    Also reckon another season will see both coming really good, but might be a bit patchy this season form wise

  • pardew no 1

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #10

    pardew pardew pardew I LOVE YOU pardew pardew pardew I LOVE YOU

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Dannyo – Where else you seen about De Jong mate?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #12

    I have a dream, that Sunderland don’t get relegated. I have a dream that Middlesbrough come back into the PL. I have a dream that we are always above them. I have a dream that one day the North East sticks two fingers up to the North West of England and the London clubs and we the NOrth East of England dominate the Premier League in the next 5 to 10 years. I have a dream.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Dannyo // Dec 20, 2011 at 11:33 PM


  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh and I have tomorrow free. Had a couple of drinks.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #15

    On hba I just think pardew has told him he won’t start games to till he works harder tracking back, n he gives the ball away when we hav players comitted forward hence pardew saying we’re more vulnerable to concede when Ben arfa plays which is ryt but I also think we’re more likely to score when Ben arfa plays

  • soundoid

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #16


    Your not the only one!

  • davis_toons

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #17

    The Dream can come True.

    If we can continue to keep this flow.. hang on tight to the best players or r/p them with better ones..

  • davis_toons

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #18

    We can so close in the FA cup..and 2ns best in the League.

    SO Proud..(even if we didnt win anything during the times)

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Tears running down my cheeks lads. 🙂

  • Prince Pardew

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #20

    A win tomorrow would be a great boost, many of the teams around us playing each other, so a chance to make up lost ground.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #21

    davybtoon // Dec 20, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Do agree with e points, rtylor do cuase impact to the team,

    1. Jonas will have more defensive work to do which cause us our midfield attack.

    2. When Jonas is free on the midfield, then HBA will have lesses defending to do and creating more attack as well.


  • davis_toons

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #22

    No hard feeling for Rtaylor again, Its for the team and he is a nice utility player for us for far.

    Older backup players will make way and new ones will came in again…

  • Brutooon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #23


    When we play Raylor at Left back, Jonas spend 90% of the time defending. Its like playing with 5 defenders and only 3 midfield

    Let give HBA the room only for attack, let the defending bit be done by other players. Currently what we saw is a 30-40% HBA – wait till he got several more games then he be top of his game

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #24

    davis_toons, agree m8. we have to always (ALWAYS) play our strongest team. Pardew has to have the guts to say. “You are a squad player.” “Maybe that will change. but at the moment, you are a squad player.” The player (for the good of the club) has to accept that and concentrate on improving.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Agree. AP might have his ways of managing HR. Not causing any harm to any player.

    Obtan might be a case during the past, in a way or another at Man Utd..

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #26

    davis_toons, sorry m8, but who or what is HR?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #27

    Anyway. Off to bed. Night.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Human Resource..m8?

  • davis_toons

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #29

    Sweet Dreams!

  • fgb224lbs

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #30

    I hope obertan improves his end product and defensive workrate. Then he wold be amazing. I see flashes of a good player in him.
    I think h is a good player to use because even without the ball he makes such quick runs. This sometimes panics a fb and/or his covering cb potentially drawing them both and creating more space for another player to make a run (ben arfa for instance) into the box. If w get de jong and Douglas in January i’d be happy with our team until the summer when more work can be done.

  • fgb224lbs

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Maybe amazing was too strong a word but really good anyway

  • beefman13

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #32

    I think AP has done a fantastic job and a job that given the restraints of cashflow not many others would be able to match, a big debate on the legends had as usual bernie slaven ridiculing the fact that davide santon likened AP to jose mourinho, now we all know he isa bit warm is maurinho and you cant compare their records but santon was saying there styles and approach c are very similar and he said AP has a more attacking mind to his play, all i will say is AP has been here a year and in my opinion no one could have done a better job than the fella.

  • soundoid

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #33

    I think the team talk at half time against the arse will go down in History…. if we had not come back from that we might be in the championship now

  • dazza

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #34
  • soundoid

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #35


    That is quite funny.


    Dec 21, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    Comment #37

    If Perch and Simmo are played in the back four alongside eachother we,ll Lose!

    As for Pardew,s feelings about where we are at the moment!
    Well i hate to piss on anyone,s Bonfire and be Pessimistic: But consider this:

    January Transfer Window:

    Collo- sold to ManU for 23Mil !
    Tiote- sold to Chelski for 25Mil!
    Krul – sold to Totenham for 15Mil !

    This is all of course pure folly when it comes to the real world! But given the People who run the club this could happen.
    And this is a Nightmare which i have been having on a regular basis for the last few weeks! The thought of something like this just depresses me!

    The nightmare will continue, until all of the above come out in public and commit to the club! Or till the Window slams shut!
    But that commitment would count for Naf-all with Ashley planning to maximise his profit margins and mess about with his plaything!

    Three points tomorrow will help with my bad dreams but the very thought of January and what may happen is for me at least not worth contemplating.
    I hope i,me wrong but, hey we are talking about Newcastle here and nothing would surprise me at all!

  • toonincheek

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #38

    N-E-W – Wake up! Wake up !!
    Like all nightmares, it’s not true.
    No way would we get 23 million for Collo when it’s not so long before his contract expires.

    Hope you have a **t dream instead, about Collo and Tiote getting hattricks.


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