Pardew Cannot Explain Collapse – Ben Arfa Fantastic

We’re not too surprised that Alan Pardew is having  trouble explaining exactly what happened in yestrday’s game at Fulham.

Ben Arfa in action yesterday – scored great goal

It was like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,  as Newcastle looked very good in the first half and very bad in the second.

But it seems to us it was a mental let-down more than anything else, and it seemed the Newcastle players completely lost it after Fulham came back with that soft penalty, when Danny Murphy put Fulham level.

That was after Newcastle had been the dominant side through that point,  and should really have been more than 1-0 up – but if you don’t take your chances you can still be vulnerable.

But whatever it is that happened yesterday it needs to be fixed, because once you feel sorry for yourself in football you are dead meat.

This is what Alan said after the game:

”I can’t really explain what happened to our back four,”  ”It wasn’t a case of us not trying second half, we just lacked mental discipline in that second half and it cost us. Hopefully it won’t happen again.”

”The strength of our team – the defense –  became a problem and that unit didn’t play well in the second half. They were nowhere near good enough in terms of the standards they’ve set themselves.”

”They’re probably more disappointed than me.”  ”We couldn’t have been in a better place at half-time in terms of the way we controlled the game,” 

”The first half we couldn’t have played much better and it is a difficult place to come. They have got some quality players and we completely nullified them.”

”We got the goal, perhaps should have had two by then, but the Premier League is such that you can’t switch off.”  ”The first goal for them changed the game, I thought. “

”We kind of just switched off in that period and it cost us three goals. Then we were in trouble.”    ”I didn’t sense complacency,”  

”We talked about the fact that the wind was with us and therefore balls in behind would hold up and we needed to protect ourselves from that.

”As I say, without criticising individuals in our team our second-half display wasn’t what we have been doing all year.”

“We’ve been brilliant all year. I can’t even think of another period in any game where we were quite as inefficient as we  were at Fulham for 25 minutes.”

”I think the contact for the first penalty was minimal and certainly the only contact that did take place was on the edge of the box,” ”But it got given and you just have to accept that.”

”Hatem, I thought, did some fantastic things,” ”His discipline in the team is improving and I thought he was a good thing for us. He scored a good goal.”

One way to make up for the terrible performance in the second half is to use the game as a marker for the  season.

Newcastle can still do well in the league and there are still 16 games to be played, so now’s not the time to get too down on the team or to over-react.

And if Newcastle can show the form they showed in the first half yesterday, and learn from why they capitulated in those final 45 minutes, we could still finish up in a good position in the league table.

That’s what we want to see – Newcastle starting another good run of games – and it starts with the FA Cup 4th round tie at Brighton on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    colin just blocked me on twitter 🙁

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    no more twitter hunour

  • nufc mad man

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    1st if pardew is really meaning this know how much less HBA is with defence compared to jonas will pardew drop ameobi and put obatan or raylor on the wing and HBA best up front

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    Tomorrow has good news on the defensive front as Pardew closes in on two January targets; plus updates on Prior & Guthrie’s contract #nufc
    15 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    i have not seen anything, linked with mariappa according to

  • nufc mad man

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    3rd not 1st lol


    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    The defence couldn’t deal with pace and the CM couldn’t leep the ball to allow the defence to settle and front R couldn’t hold on to the ball

    No one should of been happy with their performance in the 2nd half imo

    Time to move on though. Douglas’s good news on two signings was about Guthrie and Colo I take it?

  • nightfa11

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    ben arfa wasnt fantastic..great goal..but that was it from him.. tries to much..should remember football should be played simple!

    & i think santon did good..he was very good 1st half..& i think that foul (end of 1st half) was well taken.. oh and there was no penalty!!! his performance collapsed when everyone else started kicking ball like theyre playing football for the first time, but remember..santon is 20..others arent!!

    disappointing day, but im confident we’ll finish the season on 6th or 7th.

    p.s.: oh & thank god they went to tenerife to get away from the shitty british press!=)

  • Saka_Bartoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Jonas sud be at the back, and Cabay more on the front. And Best and Shola they both have no good partnetship.

  • colwell

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t really get what Pards is aiming for if he signs Mariappa. He is 5ft11 he couldn’t play next too Colo it would be like the Norwich game again getting ruined at set playes.

    Colo needs someone thats big with pace a guy that is shorter is never going to work.

  • nightfa11

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10


    when did the media guessed our targets?:D mariappa? no way man=)

  • shearermania

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #11

    benny and jonas only ones with any attacking intent….best and shola were passengers.
    benny worked his behind off yesterday – he tackled ruiz and set up guthrie for the goal,,,,i thought hes work rate was jonasesque yesterday….

  • shearermania

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    definately time for bambi to hang up his skates…

  • colwell

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13


    Very true they are w#nk at who we’re after and I read Pards quote some where he wants an International CB that rules Mariappa out then.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Do you have a son or daughter living near every ground in the country ?

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    i do not know what nightfall 11 @7 is getting at, ben arfa was our best player yesterday

  • Toonboy_83

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16

    I really hope we don’t get Mariappa, he’s a player who has been a 1 man club all his life, like Perch and look how he turned out. I’ve never seen him play so my opinion is unfair, but I really hope he could cut it at a top 6 PL team.

    Really smart of Pardew to say that the only way a player will leave is if a mega stupid offer were to come in… this will deter other clubs from trying to poach our players.

    Anyone think the \fulham game is the last game for Newcastle for one of players..?

    Hope we get our man from Ajax.. that’ll show that we really do mean business, not a Championship player.

  • Toonboy_83

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Also just need to mention that yesterdays high line was catastrophic.. who’s plan was that? All of their goals were 1v1 with the keeper. Pathetic tactics.

  • nightfa11

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Indian Magpie

    hba lost about 20 balls yesterday…forgot to take 3 of them on his dribbles=) hes got skills, but seriously..he lost about 20 balls.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Mariappa seriously? We were looking at Hodson before from watford hes a cracking young RB now its gone to mariappa lol

  • shearermania

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #20

    benny lost balls cause no one makes any runs..they just watch him

  • magpie6699

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #21

    nufc nad man – I’m not convinced by the Benny / Best combo up front. That’s not just hypothetical, we tried it in one game (West Brom? Swansea? – can’t remember) and we looked pathetic up front for the first half. Strangely (!?) it was introducing Shola alongside Best and putting Benny at right wing that sparked the big improvement in the 2nd half. And blaming the attack for a bad day at the office for the whole team yesterday seems odd – a team that scores 2 goals away from home (whoever scored them) should expect at least 1 point and most of the time 3 points.
    We have to get over it – other teams have had crap days (Arsenal, Man U etc.) and don’t think the whole system is broken. We are still 6th, have 2 more points already than the relegation season with 16 games to go, have 3 main men away (and 1-2 injured – Saylor and perhaps Marveaux?) so let’s keep the faith and not be so bloody bipolar – beat QPR and CL here we come, get hammered by Fulham and sack everyone cos’ we’re doomed! FFS!!

  • YOY_Yorkshire

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Well said Magpie6699… Given that we played with 9 men for a large portion of the game, a left back who went walkout (without the usual Jonas cover) and a lack of midfield enforcement then the results as not surprising if it was a bit harsh. In terms of strikers Fulham have 4 international class players on the pitch… Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora and Duff… Strola and least Best would struggle to get on the bench. The weakness was we failed to capitalise on a dominant first half through lack of striking options….

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #23

    J for A – I have a daughter in Manchester and one in Chiswick, a son in Swindon and another one in Southampton – do you have a problem with that. I’m staying in Chiswick for the week with my Doctor daughter, was at Fulham yesterday, and staying on for Brighton. As I posted here yesterday morning, the Southern press have the Mariatta deal as good as done – I’m just passing on, don’t shoot the messenger.

  • moonraker

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #24

    nightfall you werent at the same match as me ! Ben Arfa was superb, setting up Guthrie’s goal by winning the ball and scoring a super solo goal!

    He is always gonna lose possession sometimes but as long as he does his dribbles in the forward areas that should be ok.

    What we lacked was an extra man in midfield and we had 2 passengers up front.

    We all know Shola by now but I am convinced Best is no more than a championship player! get rid!

  • Trent Toon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #25

    I think Leon Best has a decent quality, and can come up big when needed.

    I think Shola Ameobi has quality (i think far more than Leon Best) and can also come up big when needed.

    However put the two together and the pair suck horse sh!t


    I would rather put a glass tube up my pen!s hole and smash it with a hammer than play the two together up front.

  • planb

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #26

    At halftime Pardews handing out the King eddie cigars at fulltime hes written out his resignation speech the mug!

  • Brutooon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #27

    what do you mean cannot explain collapse?

    its because of ONE man – Shola Lazy Shit “Loyal” Ameobi aka Legend of all Bullshit !!!!

  • Ian Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Im not one to slag individuals but if the forwards can’t hold the ball up to lay it off to midfielders then it comes straight back at the defence and puts us under increasing presssure. If anyone knows football they should know that the TEAM defends and not just the back 4! We were also far too high up the pitch when they got the equaliser and as we pushed for the goal they stung us on the break!!! THESE THINGS HAPPEN PEOPLE! Be patient!! We are NOT a top 4 side and are having a very good season. We will be there or there abouts for a Europa place. With a full strength first team we will upset alot of teams this season.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #29

    I feel sorry for Santon. he was put in a position where hw HAD to foul johnston.. then the penalty was SOFT. not his fault really

  • dutchmagpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Brutoon.. 100% agree, still can’t believe some people praise him..

  • bills-son

    Jan 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Got to say I disagree with Pardew that HBA was fantastic. His goal was, but not his general play.

    For me, he should be showing and looking for the ball all the time – and he doesn’t. Look at the amount of ball Guti gets. Why? Because he keeps dropping short, tracks back, makes himself available to his full back etc. In other words he works his bo££oxs off when he doesn’t have the ball.

    HBA just doesn’t do enough of that which means he doesn’t get enough of the ball. It’s a waste of his talent. If he had more of the ball he’d be a 20 goal a season and umpteen assist player. I hope Pards keeps on at him because if ups his workrate HBA can be special, very special.

  • bardigianni

    Jan 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Why do we persist with passengers who cant hack it at top level and not give the youngsters a chance. Simpson needs to go joining Perch Raylor Shola .
    Ferguson Vuckic Gosling and Abeid should be getting more pitch time.

  • Jinky Jim

    Jan 22, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Pardew cannot explain collapse !
    It,s not rocket science Pards,your tactics were crap.
    Shola picked again ffs!


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