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A Delighted Alan Pardew – It Was A Brilliant Day For Us

Alan Pardew was coming under pressure as Newcastle, after the fantastic start to the season, but with the last six games without a win, the lads were able to fix that today with a solid 2-0 win at Bolton.

Alan Pardew – this was a big win for us

And Alan revealed to Sky Sports that he held  a team meeting after the 3-2 West Brom defeat at home last Wednesday, and he talked about what the Newcastle side is good at and what they’re not so good at.

And two well taken goals by Ben Arfa and Demba Ba this afternoon, following excellent wing play by Ryan Taylor and Gabriel Obertan respectively,  gave Newcastle a deserved win at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon.

And it  gave Bolton their 7th defeat in 8 home league games this season in the league at the Reebok Stadium  ….   ouch.

This is what a delighted Alan Pardew told  Sky Sports after the game today:

“We had an important meeting this week and had a chat about what we’re good at and what we’re not good at.” “You’ve got to understand your weaknesses as a team.”

“We exposed our weaknesses against West Brom the other night. Tonight we’ve shown our strengths.” “It was about getting back to a few things we’re good at this week as a team.”

“And that’s what we’ve always been about. We’re a strong unit in that dressing room and we showed that today. We were really under a little bit of a pressure to get that win.”

“And we didn’t chase it – we were a lot more controlled. It was a brilliant day for us.”  “We’ve come here today with round pegs in round holes – and that’s important.”

“We haven’t really had our two centre-halves fit for a while and it showed today.”  “Williamson came back and we looked a lot stronger. We looked a lot more like our old selves.”

“It was just a question for me if we could open the door. And it took a sub in a cameo role to come and do that.”  “I was pleased for Ben Arfa – he’s been out for a long time with injury.”

“It was great that he got the goal.”

Mike Williamson came back today, and although the defense wasn’t troubled too much, Mike nevertheless put in a good and solid shift,  and he certainly made the Newcastle defense look a lot better today.

Mike will also be a lot better for the game today,  and since there were no reported injuries,  Pardew  will be able to play a good side at Anfield on Friday night and who knows, we could even get something out of the game.

If Newcastle win on Friday  it will put us two points clear of Liverpool, and into 6th place in the league table.

When Alan talked to nufTV after the game he said he was so happy for the 5,000 fans who had made the journey to the Reebok Stadium, and were singing their heads off after the final  whistle.

An obviously delighted Alan Pardew said it was a very important win today, and he reminded the  interviewer that Newcastle were after all – a big club. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

30 comments so far

  • olivant

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #1


  • olivant

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope we can get something at Liverpool. I think Best should pick up the scoring again if he is to be a replacement for Ba in January.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m sure Ba was limping and looked upset when he went off. Tiote looked concerned for him to.

  • olivant

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #4

    @ GeordieGerman. Did not see the match, is Ba injured ?

  • fgb224lbs

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Great result today but couldn’t help notice on earlier threads that people couldn’t slag off obertan or raylor so they still insisted on blaming our win solely on the fact that perch and shola weren’t playing. Or that Ben arfa is amazing and must start every game. He’s good but i cant see him being on form in a 90 min game yet. Plus best needs playing time ready for January. Ben arfa should get lots of time to prove himself while ba is away for the acn and good luck to him as his goal today was a cracker

  • eplforecast

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Ba will be fine – he might pull out of AON if he is not 100%, and thats a bonus

    Best looked terrible today – heavy touch, no vision and bad passing. If he doesn’t buck up soon – I think he needs shipping out to the Championship for retraining.

  • jimmyxavi

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Ba wasn’t subbed off!!

  • jimmyxavi

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #8

    was he??
    I missed the last 5 mins witha crap stream!

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #9

    today was a pooor pooooor game, 2 good mins and that was it,

    so many long balls , far to many, infact it was like bolton used to play, poor cabaye ran miles without touching the ball,

    raylor did really good , he looked up and picked HBA out, who finished really well,

    colo played everywhere in the back, willamson did well,

    but im getting sick of this long ball stuff he is serving us at the mo

  • jimmyxavi

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #10

    No just checkd, It was Best, Cabaye and Obertan!

  • olivant

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #11

    I think it is a problem that we get to few goals from midfield and defense. We cant put it all on the strikers.

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #12


    Is Ba camping out at the Reebok then? We picking him up on the way to Anfield?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Ba wasn’t subbed but at the end of the game he was holding the back of his knee and (I think) leaning on Tiote.

  • JackButler

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #14

    HBA has to start now, as for Obertan the only thing he has is pace so we’d be better off having Usain Bolt in our starting 11

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #15

    JackButler, Bolt’s no good. He stops every 100 m and does an Archer impression.

  • JackButler

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #16


    Better than Obertan who stops every 50 yards and looks confused

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #17

    JackButler ROFL. 🙂

  • Dannyo

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Rofl, took me a while to recover just so i could write this.
    Hopefully this helps on his confidence and he learns what to do and what not to do. Atleast he ran at Robinson several tines today, something he has had yet to do in a few games, looked dangerous a few times and has his first shot ON GOAL for us.

  • cyprus

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Don’t understand negative comments @9. Solid performance, 15 to 3 chances, Williamson back at full stride as if he wasn’t gone, HBA brilliant goal, Ba the usual, Simpson, Jonas, Krul (when needed) solid, non nonsense Tiote and Colo, they never looked like winning, and that’s a desperate team. Some were talking of our biggest test of the season. btw, if one cares to look back, got the score right and one of the scorers.

  • JackButler

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Don’t get me wrong I’d love nothing more than to see Obertan come good, I can understand is confidence taking a knock at Man U as he basically never made the starting 11, but he’s playing week in week out for us and even when we went on a great run at the start of the season he looked out of place.
    As I said he looks confused as to what to do next on times

  • Klatoon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Was hoping for a Shane Fergie cameo,would certainly have done more than wor shola

  • hatem or love him

    Dec 26, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Can someone please tell me how everyone did in the game, I was at gym and unfortunately missed it oh and 5,000 fans. Absolutely amazing best fans in the world by far and I ain’t just saying that 8)

  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 26, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #24


    Indeed. The commentator said near the end “Coloccini hasn’t even broken a sweat today”.

    On another note, Sunderland got screwed by a hilariously poor decision!!

  • toon tom

    Dec 26, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #25

    nice to see jeff stelling sticking up for us with the aston villa are a bigger club than newcastle shite

  • Klatoon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Hatem or love him,
    i can only tell you about the 1st half it was horrible,long ball after long ball with Krul as the “maestro” hoofing it up at every opportunity,i started to feel sorry for Cabaye. Some on here even called for AP’s head!

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #27


    Catchy – you prove my points exactly.

    We are not Man City, United, Chelsea or even Arsenal when it comes to resources or current squad strength.
    Yet the guys who you think aren’t good enough have got us 30 pts along with the rest of the team.
    The manager who isn’t good enough has got us the best start in a long, long time and is beginning to build a team ready for the top 4 given time and money.

    Give it a rest and try to say something positive – or at least informed comment for a change.
    How about a debate on team formation ? I’m a 4-3-3- man myself

    And for all those Pardew slaggers – he is not a hoofball man – he’s been saying all along he wants to play on the deck. I think someone else has posted a comment that it’s been lack of confidence and panic that has led us to too much long ball but Pardew is quick enough to recognise that and try to drill it our of the team. This is one of the reasons he brings on HBA – to try to correct the balance and change the dynamics of our attack.

  • rudy

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Catchy in Norway;
    I think you summed in up very well mate. My words. And you should be a manager! 🙂

  • beddersmag

    Dec 26, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Fgb @5

    couldnt agree more hba was good today but as just getting back to his best and best need games to get up to speed for acn cover id keep hba as impact sub next couple of games. Hopefully both will b in ideal from and fitness by time ba leaves

  • Graeme

    Dec 27, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Angels, Got to be honest mate, I’m a boob man myself, with a nice arse close 2nd then a gorgeous pair of legs – preferably wrapped round my neck.

    Makes for a wonderful weekend lol. Or, as some philosopher pointed out “One swallow does not a summer make”
    It could be the start of a great relationship though lol.

    Bring on the bin dippers


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