Pardew – Make Sure It Doesn’t Happen Again And Learn From It

It was an awful display in the final 45 minutes of the game at Craven Cottage on Saturday,  but Alan Pardew will not be changing his plans  in the transfer market.

Alan Pardew – smiling before the game started on Saturday

It seems that Newcastle will still try to bring in a  central defender in the next 8 days, but the new player will be as support for the back four and it doesn’t seem the player will be brought in as an immediate starter for Newcastle.

In other words it looks like the center-back signed this month will be a squad player.

The terrible performance of the back four on Saturday will not change Alan’s search:

“I wouldn’t want to,” “We want to bring a defender in, that’s what I’ve said and we’ll try and do that if we can because we ain’t got no cover.” (oh the double negative)

“If we had an injury at centre-half, we’re going to look vulnerable.”

We are vulnerable at center-back because we really have no cover if  either Coloccini or Williamson are injured and we don’t want to see Danny Simpson or James Perch play there again, as  they did at Norwich.

This is not the time to over-react to the second  half display on Saturday, but it is a good time to find out what exactly happened, and to correct it – so it never happens again.

The squad is in Tenerife, at a warm-weather training camp until Wednesday, and the temperatures will range from lows of around 55F to high of 64°F.

Alan talked about his mini-break:

“The phone will be switched on and I’ll be monitoring the transfer window,” “We’ve got a great squad and we’re looking now to the FA Cup.”

“There’s nothing we can do about Saturday, it’s gone, but we’ve got to make sure we get through the FA Cup.”  

“I was just disappointed, disappointed for them. Really there’s not many times I’ve been disappointed as the manager of this team this season.”

“That’s been our strength all year, our defending,” “For 20 minutes we just didn’t do it very well. It wasn’t about players we did have or didn’t have, it was just the mental concentration and it’s cost us.”

“We all know the Premier League, it’s 90-minute games. For 45 minutes we were great, but that ain’t it. Most games this year for 90 minutes we’ve been very, very strong.”

“We’ve had little lapses in games, but not many. A disappointing period of the game has cost us. We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again and learn from it. That’s what we’ll take away from it.”

“If you just lose concentration at this level it’s going to be costly. The game had gone away from us.”

“We mustn’t dwell on it too much. It’s done. There’s nothing we can do about it, except make sure if we concede a soft goal like we did on Saturday to let a team come back in the game we react better than we did.”

“That will be the lesson of Saturday.”

Those are good words form Alan Pardew, who never seems to lose his cool when he gets in front of those TV cameras.

And even after a calamitous second half,  he was cool and collected after the game, while  explaining how his side had switched off after the first goal was conceded.

As Alan Pardew says – it’s a lesson the team will have to learn and take those lessons learned into the remaining games of the season, starting with a tough FA Cup tie at Brighton on Saturday afternoon, in the late- kick-off  game at 5:15 pm.

Comments welcome.

52 comments so far

  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    We have a good squad not a great on,new lb and cb,and then ya talking,please please please sign a natural lb!!!!!!!!

  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Darren, santon is good at left back. We need more depth in our squad.
    Saturday was a hiccup. Just like it was for Liverpool against bolton. Just like man city vs sunderland. All teams are allowed a bad game against opposition who at firs glance don’t seem much of a challenge. That’s football. Sometimes teams play way above their own level and sometimes way below.

  • tiotal football

    Jan 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    I think it’s worth pointing out that Arsenal and Liverpool both lost away at fulham so it’s not the end of the world

    Yes we could have pulled away from those 2 a bit with a win but these things happen

  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 23, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Santon is a rb!!!!!I play northern league on a Saturday and when. U play 4-4-2,u always try and have balance in your team,left footed players on the left side,and am no Jose mourino!!!!

  • Eastander

    Jan 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    @4 like philip lahm for example? one of the best left backs in the world whos erm, right footed, like nani for man u, left wing right footed, where ronaldo started for man u, left wing right footed, messi often plays for barca, right wing left footed

    give me a left back who’d be capable of playing left back better than santon has for under 5m

  • ash1001

    Jan 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    YES the team has to learn from it, but so has the manager, there are certain players that are just not good enough, he has to accept that and do something about getting them out and replacements in. Most fans know who they are and have know for quite a while, but they seem to survive no matter what.
    In the last two games Santon has had very little help from Jonas, I am not blaming Jonas as AP seems to have given him a free role to wander wherever he wants, this left Best out on the left who never got back to help out Santon, to me that was a disruption to the team that was not necessary, remember a few weeks earlier we had trashed Man U so why change things – over to you AP

  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Exactly eastender. Maldini, one of the best left backs ever, is right footed. If you are good enough you’re good enough

  • thebionicMAG

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    To be honest I’m still numb from what happened at Fulham. We absolutely slaughtered them into depths of humiliation and embarrassment yet they still beat us.
    I mean any team can do what we did, fail to score and get caught with a sucker punch to lose 1-0 but 5-2??!!!!!!!
    Jesus TFC!

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Santon said somewhere yday he wants to play RB anyways, a think we should get Pieters

  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Am not saying santon is bad at all,he’s a great signing!!but he’s only lb Coz we have no one else!!!!santon was 5.6 million btw!!!maldini played the last 10 years at cb so….maybe cissioko??ashleys hard ball will get him for under 6 mill,as for lahm being the best lb in the world,Evra ash cole,abidal,wud be up there for me!!!!

  • ballerfan2

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    df88@4 – Sorry, but your experience in Northern League doesn’t necessarily qualify you to comment as though what you say is gospel. The idea that because a player is PRIMARILY right footed then he can only play on the right is extremely outdated. With respect, I suspect that Santon is rather more comfortable with his left than you are with your right and is perfectly at home at LB. His appearances in Italy at LB rather confirm that the many professional coaches who have watched him day in day have preferred him to a host of, no doubt, left footed players in that position both for club and country. In short, although you are allowed to express your opinion, you must accept that a vast number of far greater qualified professionals don’t agree with you, including those from our own club.

  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Im not arguing that santon could do great at rb. I just think he’s doing fine there right now and we just need backup. And if you move santon to the right and buy a natural lb then he’s playing rb and is lb backup too. If his knee played up we’d be stuck with raylor as lb cover. I just think i’d much rather have the lb to back him up right now and maybe wait til the summer if we want a first team natural lb.

  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Oh and you aren’t mourinho. Who agreed he could be the next Maldini lol


    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Only reason to move Santon from the LB spot would be if he had been poor which, overall, he has not in fact he has been a bit of a star there (barring Fulham game where everyone was horrible 2nd half)

    If it isn’t broken don’t fix it


    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    So think we need another LB but as back up not starter…though at the same time I really want to see ferguson play again and apparently he is a LB now

  • John

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    krul miss kicked for the 3rd simpson was never clsoe enuf for 2nd as usual, willi caught out 4th on the half way line, HBA ran into 3 dfers and lost the ball for the 5th we looked badly short of pace at the back, hopefully just one of them days shame really coz spurs, arsenal and liverpool lost missed oppertunity, yanga is my call looks the player wer missing.

  • GenralHez

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    This result is still too difficult to take, I feel ashamed of the way we played in the second half.
    The players who did not perform should give a weeks wages away to charity, they do not deserve them, this would also include the referee and the Toon’s coaching staff.
    What a disgrace, however onwards and upwards; let’s win the cup and make Europe.

  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #18

    Oh and Maldini playing cb for the last ten years of.his career. He was in his 30s and showing down so he suited that role better at that point

  • geordieupontyne

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    what happened to olivier giroud????anyone knows???since our new purchase (how good he may be)would be busy every time ACN takes place,shouldn’t it have been better had we purchased a european player??

  • Eastander

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #20

    @19 he didnt want to come, besides their manager put like a 50m euro price on him or something stupid like that


    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #21

    We are too ‘shit’ for him as I recall, according to his boss anyway

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #22

    some 1 said the club secretary was in france with a view to finalising the deals. any news?

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s fair to say that the whole back 4 were poor on saturday, but the 2 centre halves were woeful. But you can forgive them a bad game,they don’t have many, just a pity they chose to have it at the same time. while Cabaye looked tired as did Guthrie. we just stopped getting the ball to the wingers who had bossed the game.

    Also, the long ball over the top for Duff is an obvious one (they have done it for years) and we should have learnt from last year.

    The runs Johnson made in the second half is the type of player we really need, someone to run the channels and put teams on the back foot. Cisse will get in behind though when he arrives. so add 2 defenders and we are almost where we want to be.

  • geordieupontyne

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    oh didn’t know about that…but imo just to avoid what happened on saturday do wish we had a really good ‘spare striker’.by the 70th minute i had desparately wished we actually had even someone like James Beattie.REALLY

  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    U are missing the point santon is a great player but not a left back!!!!he’s only there Coz we have no one else,to go further u need to play players in the best positions!!Simpson good pro but not a top six rb!!! Santon Taylor colo cissioko/fergusion!! Am just saying getting a couple of top top players in and we wud be really close!!!!

  • taker83

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    The important thing is, Alan Pardew should learn from the defeat too about tactical awareness and most importantly shola amoebi is best played the last 10 minutes of the game.

  • Eastander

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    Were you going to play him then? He’s not a right back, by nature he’s a striker

  • Brutooon

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Santon might not have a good game at fulham but i trust he will improve more. remember jose enrique struggle during his first season at NUFC.

  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #29

    @25 i know what you mean but we can wait til the summer to mess around with our full backs. atm we just need backup. Cissokho id have, but in the summer when we have the preseason to bed new players in like we did with cabaye.
    I see the point you are trying to make but we don’t want another first team defender to try an throw in mid-season

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #30
  • spitfire_

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #31

    Sky said that we are after Mariappa… They was first about Cisse… Hope they are wrong this time.

  • fgb224lbs

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #32

    Never thought id say this but agreed Brutoon. And santon isn’t anywhere near struggling like joses first season

  • Brettoon

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #33

    True – Santon has looked good.

    He played like cr4p against Fulham and definitely deserved a Red but the whole team played like p1ss.

    Jose wasn’t great at all in the first season so let’s hope for big things for Davide!!!

  • Premiership Manager

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    For me it isn’t the problem at the back that it an issue, it’ts the problem at the front in being able to hold up the ball retain possesion and convert chances into goals.

    You can carry HBA if he’s having an off day, however you cannot afford to carry Best and Shola.

    Sholas work rate, contribution and technical ability do not need to be discussed any further and Pardue has to take responsibility for selecting him and leaving im on the pitch.

    If Best had played with HBA in the hole and R Taylor or Gosling on the right we would have been much more balanced and would have dominated midfield.

    On way games until Ba and Cisse are back we have to play 5 in midfield or HBA up front with Best.

    Simpson regardless of what many say has been solid all year and if those up front and in midfield protected them adequately we would not be pointinh fingers in the wrong direction.

  • magpie6699

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #35

    But Best and HBA was played for a first half one game and looked hopelessly inefeective.

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #36

    Received a call from my nephew 30 mins ago, and he confirms the Sky report that we have put in a firm bid for Mariappa. Don’t shoot the messenger. Santon is a winger converted to full back, and it showed on Saturday. The lad himself said last week that he prefers playing further up the park, and sees his long term future as a wide midfielder. All very well Pardew saying to players ‘don’t let it happen again’, but if they haven’t got the pace to live with quick players who run at them, there’s not a lot you can do except buy quicker players. The same happened when Long murdered Coloccini in the West Brom game. Colo is also physically week for a centre back, and is the first to lose his discipline and composure when up against it. He ran around like the proverbial headless on Saturday after Fulham equalised on Saturday, and before some of you jump up and down with indignation, I can assure you that I was far from being the only one saying these things leaving Craven Cottage on Saturday.

  • gorgonzola

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #37

    wait a secodn sinc when is Santon meant to be a midfield player? More like Bale I though he was a genuine LB well he was at Inter?

    I dont like this slaughtering of the players, We had a shocker of a game a game where we could have buried them first half they where truly PATHETIC we didn’t in football is ALWAYS comes back to haunt you and is the case ow so often with us.

    Never mind, game doesn’t exist in my head at least its not 7:1 Lads common man…. We where ok we messed up in defense, I think it shows a great deal what a real knock it is to loose S. Taylor. Powerhouse brickhouse in defense….

    I think its a bit of a concern to see us blow so hot and cold so often…Like Man u then QPR then this would never put the team as one would you…Then again this is all on the DAY…on the day we could have smahsed man u 5:0 but didnt, on the day we should have taken care of Swansea and Norwich and look at what happened….

    I reckon a bit of the blame is the stubbornness of Pardews boring formation, I wont say he is the guilty one but surely by now we should play a bit more attacking a 433 with HBA on one wing…

    a good looking formation when cisse is in is LW BA ST CISSE RW HBA….. as Ba played LW in Germany….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Do you think Ba could get 15+ goals from left wing though.

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #39

    Mariappa Is 5’11” Tall , Quite short for a centre back .. would he be effective in the premiere league ? even as a squad player?

  • gorgonzola

    Jan 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #40

    I think he would why not….I think if anything he would have more space and hooking up with Cisse they could cause all sorts of problems….

    A more attacking LW not a crossing one….

    what is this:

    ANd all I hear across the blog is the hate for the Mariappa is he bad what the hell are we doing in trying to get him?


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