Pardew – The FA Cup Is Very Important To Newcastle

Newcastle’s capitulation on Saturday could become a useful thing if it never happens again to Newcastle this season.

Alan Pardew – we cannot switch off at Brighton

Whenever Newcastle have a good first half from now on,  or when they are on top in any game, they should realize that the game is not won.

Sometimes bad things that happen to us  turn out to be really good things in retrospect,  and certainly if Newcastle can now go on a good run through the end of the season,  we could even be pointing to last Saturday as a turning point?

That’s one positive way of looking at Saturday, but it’s always strange how bad events sometimes turn out to be good things in the larger  scheme of things.

Here’s hoping. 😀

Newcastle are getting ready for the FA Cup in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, and Alan Pardew is now talking about that game:

“We can’t switch off like we did at Fulham.” “The FA Cup’s very important for this football club and always has been.”

“We want to do well in the cup. I’ve come close as a player with Crystal Palace, and a manager with West Ham United, so it’s a competition we are focused on.”

“It’s a tough game, but at least we can build on our first-half performance at Fulham.”  “And again we know we mustn’t switch off like we did in the second half.”

The Newcastle squad will spend through tomorrow in the Canary Islands as they train, and get involved with some  team-building exercises.

There’s some photos on the Newcastle web-site today of Mike Williamson and Shola Ameobi playing tennis together yesterday.

And there will be  a golf tournament between the players and the coaches – and that’s not surprising –  and they should have some decent golf courses in Tenerife.

It’s meant to be a relaxing break,  but obviously the lads will keep fit and Alan Pardew and the coaches will be going over the game plan for how to beat Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.

But it will not be an easy game, and it seems the gap between the Premier League and the Championship has become smaller over these last few seasons.

That’s  shown by the fact that over the last couple of seasons the teams that were promoted have done very well – with Norwich and Swansea doing well this season.

If Newcastle got over confident against Fulham as they completely dominated the first half on Saturday, we’ll know if the same things happens in the first half on Saturday,  there’s just no way Newcastle will lose their concentration.

If we can get through this game on Saturday, there’s no reason we  could have a good run in the cup,  because Newcastle have proved that in any one game they can beat any team in the land this season.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far


    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

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    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

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    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #3

    lads is it true crouch tried to gouge olssons eye out in the west brom match

  • hrocks

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4


    it will depend what/if he is found guilty of.

    if its a tax avoidance scheme he will get slap on wrists and have to pay the tax he owes plus fines. these fine are very steep but i imagine he could easily afford it

    if its tax evasion which by all accounts it seems the crown is looking for the crown is expected to come down hard which would mean jail time. i think it also carrys a long sentence ( i think it maybe 5 years in prison ). Tax avasion now sits with money laundering, “tipping off ” etc so its a big deal.

    The tax man has had enough of footie clubs, agents, managers and players taking the michael out of it.
    They are trying to open the books of football finances because they are an easy target. I think its quite right they do this as well. They are stuffed when clubs go into admin where they get nothing back but players, managers,other clubs are traet as preferential creditors.
    they are also looking at image rights payments and benefits in kind such as using Mr Ashleys helicopter or romans boat. they feel tax and ni should be paid on these.

    The Tax man can smell blood and i think this is a test case before they start to get there hands dirty. A high profile win should carry a sentence to show they mean business. they will prob have an amnesty afterwards asking players to come forward and admit whats been going on. Players managers and clubs will then only have to pay back tax instead of tax and fines to save on court cases. Its a bit like what they did with offshore bank accounts in tax havens

    sorry for repost from last article

  • martoon

    Jan 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #5

    For anybody interested AP is on Radio Newcastle’s Total sport tonight (via telephone) which is available online for our overseas friends.

  • Irie-Magpie

    Jan 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Apologies for repost:

    How often have we heard this, this season, we played well in the first half but badly in the second half or vice versa, we need to be focus and consistent for the full 90+, I know AP said they adapt their game plan based on the team and the conditions but we need to bring the same work ethics that we had against MAN U (3-0) into every single game.
    We have to want it more than the other team, If they dig deep, we need to dig deeper, if they are at home we need to make them think they are at ours.
    If we’re leading 1-0, our mentality should be we’re losing 2-0,
    We need to stifle them in there own half so that they make mistakes (MAN U) … Collo should’ve being rally our guys when we went 2-1 down..
    THIS IS NUFC we will not drop our heads and call it quits..

  • max

    Jan 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #7

    hope we win..

  • Aye Aye How

    Jan 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Howay peeps, lets talk about football, nufc and what this article is saying…its FA cup week, win this and get a good draw possibly home then where sitting pretty in the last 8!!! this has to be our year! once tiote, BA and now Cisse arrive back im sure most teams will be sh*&ing themselves 🙂
    all we need now is maybe 1 or 2 centre backs in by the end of this window and i have every faith in Pardew

    Howay the lads


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