Newcastle Will Put In A Proper Performance For The Big Game


The stats that keep coming up is that Newcastle have but one win in the last eight games, and only 5 points  out of a possible 24.

Carver and Pardew – the two men in charge at Newcastle

That’s not a good record, and nowhere near the 25 points we got out of the other 11 games in the league. with that great unbeaten streak we started the season off with.

But you can hardly say we’ve had too much luck lately.

We were unlucky not to get more out of the games against Man City, Chelsea, Swansea, West Brom and Liverpool, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles, as they say.

We also lost Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveuax for the season through injury, and we were without our top three center-backs at Norwich City when we went down 4-2, and that was a painful game to watch.

I was subconsciously trying to head every high ball away that came into the penalty box during that game, because our defenders certainly weren’t.

But hopefully Newcastle will now be able to regroup,  because we’ve got all our players fit and ready to go again, apart form Steven Taylor and Sylvain Maerveaux, and even Gabriel Obertan will be fit for tomorrow night.

This is what Alan Pardew told the press today:

“For our fans, it is important we put in a proper performance.” “It is a game under the floodlights and we know our fans will be roaring us on.”

“John Carver has been talking about this game – it is a big game for our fans.” “We feel we have not had any luck against the big teams.”

“We are just a bit frustrated, really.” “Against Chelsea, we were looking like finding the equaliser at 1-0 down.” “We could have taken the lead against Manchester City.”

“At Liverpool, we just got that free-kick wrong, which is not something we normally do. So it is a bit frustrating.”  “ Manchester will be up for it.”

“They lost against one of the bottom teams and will come with a completely different team.”  “Regardless of what happened to Manchester United at the weekend, this was always going to be a difficult game.”

“We have had a run of hard games, and injuries and suspensions have not helped us.” “We have more or less a full team now, apart from Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux.”

“Demba scored in the last game against Manchester United, and he will be up for it tomorrow night.”

The only time we had any real luck in the last eight games was at Old Trafford,  when we miraculously held out amid a frantic  Red Devils assault in that second half, and came away with a 1-1 draw, thanks  in the main to a brilliant Tim Krul.

But they say that luck tends to even itself out over the season,  and let’s hope we can have some of  Sunderland’s luck in the way they beat Man City on Sunday.

Man City launched attack after attack in that second half at the Stadium of  Light,  but then Sunderland broke away right at the end,  and scored with one just second of the three minutes of added time left on the clock.

That was obviously part of the game plan that was put together by new manager Martin O’Neil, just to to make sure City couldn’t come back.

And when the game kicked off – the final whistle blew – and the plan worked just perfectly – 3 points in the bag.

We wouldn’t  mind something like that tomorrow night. 😀

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21 comments so far

  • Hatem

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets go one better than we did at old trafford HWTL

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Do you mean by one better do you mean a 1-1 draw while keeping them down to only 22 shots on goal

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  • Hatem

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #3

    exactly

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  • JackButler

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    The headline – Newcastle Will Put In A Proper Performance For The Big Game

    So what was the Liverpool game, a friendly kick about?????

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    havent posted for quite a while not that i havent been reading up but why oh why is it the same for every window linked with lashings of utter shite players frustrating the lives out of us b4 eventually signing nobody hate it absoloutly hate it

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #6

    ED are you trying to say we were unlucky against liverpool? what, 1 shot on target and no corners in 90 mins is unlucky? cmon ed its an absolute disgrace , surely you cant justify that showing, of all the teams you mentioned , we were only unlucky against chelsea , yes we should have won, but the rest….we deserved what we got. As for having a full team out against man u, i cant see that making a big difference.

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Okay the more the months go by the clearer things become.

    Mike Ashley is all about profitering from this football club. In a way to promote Sports Direct. He will fund that by the simple principle of buying low and selling high. We will continue this route for as long as he is in charge. Demba Ba, Tim Krul, Chieck Tiote will all find new homes at the end of the season at the latest. In their place will come cheap bargains, brought in by the amazingly talented Graham Carr.

    In this policy, debts and running costs will be paid through transfer dealings whilst the other income will keep the club self sufficient. In all this the ugly logos of Sports Direct will be heavily present and continue to grow throughout the UK from the vehicle that is NUFC.

    If Ashley, and puppet Pardew were serious about this club and making an impact, well the proof would be in the ambition this window.

    We are 7th. Mainly through a lot of other poor teams in the competition, but somehow we are 7th. Now we have had a few injuries and will have a couple of key components go play in another tournament. What should happen if your heart was in the progress of the club? That’s right, buy to guarantee a European spot. We have two ways to make it, that’s by finishing 7th or 6th, or winning the FA Cup. Both scenarios require more depth.

    Now, I am realistic not to expect a lot of big names to head through the door. But there doesnt need to be. All that is required is cunning purchases of depth players.

    For instance.

    Rhys Williams for 3 million pounds from Middlesbrough. Versatile player. Cool, poised and skillful. Can play in ANY defensive and midfield position. Wants to play for a big team in the Premiership.

    James Tomkins, good young CB, ready to go now in the absence of Steven Taylor. Would be a great purchase and give us extra depth in a position we are devoid in.

    Also if they think we can maintain a chance at Europe or winning the FA cup without more striking options, they are kidding themselves. We need 4 players in to the team for added depth and strenght to give us a genuine push for Europe. Nothing else should matter if the owner had the club in first place. It is quite obvious he doesnt.

    Also to the local, gutless journos like Lee Ryder. What a bunch of con artists these guys are. They never ask the hard questions, they regurgitate news that is pointless and always protect the owner and Pardew. These guys have no balls and in no way get the truth of the matter for the fans. They are pawns who are too scared to step on toes at St James’ Park. Gutless twerps.

    What is needed at Newcastle is a couple of journos that actually research happenings, not sit and interview people at the club to right puff pieces. Need journos who will step on toes and get to the bottom, and slap them when mistakes happen.

    Until this happens, fans of NUFC across the world are getting ripped off.

    Utterly disgusting.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8

    i don’t think we were unlucky at Liverpool. We were absolutely rubbish. We are hopeless in the last 5 games especially after a spirited performance against the 3 big clubs earlier. If we play like we have been playing in the last 5 games, machester will have a field day in possession with atleast 20 shots on goal.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9

    u cant argue with anyone liverpool was a disgrace worst performance of the season even worse than norwich no doubt about that

    aussie toon ya spot on about some of the younger players from the lower leagues who we shud b goin for like rhys williams, james tomkins, billy sharp, nicky maynard, zaha, clynne n many more how much more top young talent r we gonna miss out on after already missing out on the likes anthony pilkington, shane long, adam hammill, kyle walker all these players got snapped n r proving there prem class

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  • GeordieAnt

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #10

    New Andy Carroll rumour: Apparently there is a strong chance that we are going to get him on loan, and with Liverpool being after Darren Bent there is a strong possibility it could happen. I know it’s talksport, but hell…I for one hope it’s true. If there’s a chance I’d be happy to have him back. I think he’s realised the grass isn’t always greener on the other side by now, and would be well up for coming back to Newcastle.

    Link: http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/transfer-rumours/1430/81/exclusive-carroll-could-make-shock-loan-return-newcastle

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    We should get Kwesi Appiah instead of Jason Prior
    hes got 32 goals already this season for Margate which is a higher league than Bognor and he’s younger

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11686/7409087/Race-on-for-Appiah

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  • martoon

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #12

    AussieToon you are right about the local journalists but I guess if they did what you suggest then their access to players etc. would be withdrawn leaving them with nothing but rumours to report i.e. no job, so they will never do it.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    aussie toon, i have said for a long time, we are not an ambitious club. How is it possible to gel a good side together when we only have players for a couple of years before a REAL ambitious comes calling.I am not asking for multi million pound buys, the bargains we are getting are ok, another couple of up and coming kids with prospects this month to cover certain area, would not win leagues or cups but give them a couple of years and may be we could get a decent side together,HOWEVER, the problem we have is that these good young lads we have will get noticed, as you correctly put it, and will be gone.we will never get a good side as long as we go on trafficking young lads to the top 4. impossible . that is why untill ashly sells , forget even finishing top 10 ,it wont happen

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  • JBax97

    Jan 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Taking the train up from London to see this 1 so we’d better give it go unlike against Liverpool! First game I’m going to see since I moved so hopefully I’ll be a good omen 🙂

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  • Rickmagpie

    Jan 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #15

    I really think Alan Pardew should try something else. Newcastle performances during the first 11 games were awesome. But when u see how we played against liverpool. Try something else. Put Jonas on the right wing , ben arfa on the left. And try sammy and ba on the front . And please stop sticking to that 4-4-2 formation. It doesnt work and against manchester united we will be thrashed out.

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  • magicbus

    Jan 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #16

    My guess is Obertan will play BUT will he put in a proper performance for us?

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  • max

    Jan 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #17

    we have kadar but why pardew dont want to use him…

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Jack- He’s nowhere near got the natural ability Santon has! He’s a solid player, not the strongest centre half iv seen, bases his game around good positioning! Not the strongest in the air either! Doesn’t like having the ball, basically plays to defend, wins the ball, and passes, clears it within 1/2 touches! He’s positional play is excellent though, makes a lot of interceptions etc, i’d say he’s in the same class as willo! He won’t add to our quality, but having him in the squad would make sure what happened at norwich doesnt happen again!

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  • vman

    Jan 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Hi all,

    Question is, do we have the right leadership at board level to create a successful team ? All decisions directly/indirectly are derived or influenced from there…

    Remember Houghton and our rise from the championship, combination of the team will, his leadership and harnessing players into their natural strengths which worked for a time (doesn’t always work). From the outside, he seemed to run in opposition to the board and the rest is history as well as any plans Houghton may have laid for the team and individual players.

    Then came Pardew. Would it be harsh to say our ambition was set in this appointment ? He hasn’t had much time in the job and our first half to the season was fantastic, so i don’t wish to judge harshly. But results talk, and you are only as good as your last result and coming back from adversity.

    Players are important but we will bob and weave across the table if the leadership is malfunctioning and certainly we will not bring in the ‘right’ players to fit into the club strategy.

    Has any serious journalist asked the board for their strategy for the club – for 2012 and beyond ? Do they have a clear way on how to make this real ?…..

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 3, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #20

    GeordieAnt – Andy Caroll wont be coming thats got to be nonsense surely. And where would he get any better crosses than he does at Liverpool? I dont think our ‘wingers’ have put one in above his chest height all season. In any case, how motivated would our erstwhile no 9 be when his pay cheque is from the Bank of Scouseland? I do hope they get Bent though (however you read that) – it would be so funny. As for transfers, it’s pointless speculating because we wont know anything about anything until its done, and I for one will not get sucked into the worthless Sky ‘Deadline Day’ frenzy. I dont like to be on Ashleys side either but you have to be realistic – he runs his business well even if you hate his methods – and if he can see a way to earn milions from european football on his own terms I have no doubt he will do that. We need patience, Mike and his pals will either succeed, or they will move on.

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  • Sav

    Jan 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #21

    No doubting your enthusiasm, Ed, but I think most posters think you got it wrong in your assessment of the Liverpool game.We got exactly what we deserved, except for a Carroll goal.

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