Magpies Could Find It Tough Against In-Form Blackburn Side


In his press conference yesterday Alan talked about the league game tonight at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers.

Alan Pardew – let’s hope he does this tonight

Alan talked about the transfer window and that he was hopeful of keeping all his top players, which we did, and then he became animated talking about the Yohan Cabaye violent conduct charge, and Pardew thinks it was nothing of the kind.

We should hear the verdict from the FA hearing in London very soon this morning, but we don’t have high hopes it will be overturned,  and we expect a three match ban to be handed down.

Neither of our two top strikers will play tonight, as Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse couldn’t make it back in time to be ready to play tonight, because Alan said they had commitments with the Senegal federation.

Alan was asked if he was confident about the game tonight at Blackburn:

“We are confident in so much that the performance at Brighton was a good performance in terms of physically and our technical stats,”

“It was a game we would have won normally – there were enough chances there.” “The only criticism was what I spoke about after – that we should have perhaps put a bit more percentage ball in the box.”

“And then we would have created a couple more.” “I think that is something we can correct at Blackburn.”  “I think Steve Kean has done a terrific job just lately with that team,” said Newcastle’s manager.”

“They are a lot stronger and better than they were when we’ve played them before, and it’s going to be a tough game.”  “I think they’ve got stronger and you have to admire him for coming through what was the eye of a storm at that time.”

“Now it will be the second half of the season and trying to keep the team in the division, and I hope he does.”

Blackburn have won two and drawn two in their last five league games, so it will not be easy at Ewood Park tonight, and as Alan points out Blackburn are a much better side than the one we beat 3-1 at St. James’ Park on 24th September.

That was when a certain Demba Ba scored his first goals ever for Newcastle,  and notched a terrific hat-trick.

We’d love a win tonight, but we cannot see that happening, but a draw would be okay and then we can smash Aston Villa on Sunday with Ba and Cisse starting that game up front for us – hopefully.

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183 comments so far

  • sephir0

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6BZI3Q56dA

    yeah he definetley does. it’s a difficult one… he’s not exactly speaking fast is he? :/

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Damn it 🙁 hehe

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    after that goal in the cup against them, wouldn’t be surprise if Ben Arfa doesn’t get clattered a few times tonight! I think blackburn aren’t a bad side, it’ll be a hard game, any luck theyre fans will do there protests, always seems to have a negative effect on there football!

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  • fgb224lbs

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Blackburn are gonna be well up for this. We need to attack them hard

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  • sephir0

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    sorry jesperfuglsang… didnt mean to papiss on your parade 😉

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    1st,

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  • FloridaToon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    I would take a draw, but i got a good feeling about this one.

    2-1 to us with Best and HBA hitting the net.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    @sephir0

    lol

    That’s alright mate 😉

    I just didn’t have anything constructive to say 🙂

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  • bambams

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    If we are to get anything tonight we need to have some more shots AT goal, simple as that. The last two games, well the second half at Fulham and the Brighton game we have played as though we were waiting for a goal to happen rather than making a goal- hope that makes sense.

    Anyway on a brighter note- if someone had offered me in the transfer window we would sign Cisse, not lose anyone and Colo to sign his new contract (hopefully)..I would have bitten their hands off

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    SORRY 7TH! haha

    Ill never do that again (lame)

    I agree i think itll be tough tonight,

    any links lads?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    shola to score tonight,

    if he goes to a brothel with 500 pounds

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  • lewytoon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    i think jim white said it unintentional, scottish accent and that probs made it sound worse

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  • richard

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    sephir0 i tried to link it but not that computer litterate, too auld ha ha. yip it looks like he new what he said and thought oh no did i really say that. someone may complain

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    “We’d love a win tonight but can not see that happening”

    Errrrrrm, if we take it to them, attack them from the start and stay strong at the back then even with the DembaDemba duo not here we still have a chance of grabbing all 3 points.

    I am optimistic and would go as far as saying 2-0!

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  • FloridaToon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    FloridaToon // Feb 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    I would take a draw, but i got a good feeling about this one.

    2-1 to us with Best and HBA hitting the net.

    IF Shola does not start. Not slating just his form has been terrible the last two games. If Shola starts then its either 0-1 loss or a 0-0 draw.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Every game in the Premier league is a tough game, but look at the positions. Every other team in the top half would look to win this game and we will too.

    Not a chance would we swap their squad for ours, and you would struggle to find a player who could get in our team (apart from Samba who might not even play).

    I think that we need crosses into the box tonight and plenty of them. Obertan needs to play, HBA central and either Shola or Best dropped.

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #18

    1) It doesn’t matter how much ball we put into the box, when we only had the statuesque Shola in there most of the time, more interested in grappling with CBs than being on his toes and losing his marker.

    2) It was an awful display all around, including tactics; devoid of ideas. I don’t care if the stats said our passing was accurate, that’s because we went backwards and sideways, a lot.

    3) Why can’t the teams benchmark in terms of effort be the Man U game? Or can they just not be bothered against ‘lesser’ opposition?

    4) Go for the jugular tonight!

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  • -Tendo-

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #19

    While i don’t agree with rosham/indian mackems constant bashing of shola…he has been awful the past few games and lovenkranks should take his place tonight without doubt….

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    We’ve got no chance to score if Shola plays as a lone striker….but I think we all know that

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  • sephir0

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Richard

    haha no worries mate 🙂 some are saying he was gonna say QPR but then changed it to Queens Park Rangers as he was saying it, and then others are saying it was cus a picture of a black person came up (Djbrill Cisse) that just made say it without thinking.

    Either way, people will no doubt complain… it’s in sky’s hands, they’ll probably put it down to an honest mistake to be fair.

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    indian man give it a rest with Shola! we know you don’t rate him! leave it at that! If your just in it to slate players, theres a team just down the road with about 25 poor players you can slate every week! You have no idea what being a toon fan is about, supporting ALL the players that wear our shirts! Seeing as you’ve probs been a fan for all of 5 mins you won’t remember the years of Boumsongs, Brambles, Kilclines, who haven’t quite been upto scratch, but they still got our support!

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  • toonashwin

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #23

    we need a win to be above the l’fools

    go for win pardew
    and do subs when needed don’t jst wait for it
    like after 15mins – shola gone and someone on (kidding)

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  • lewytoon

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    i think shola is a terrible player, but is good for cover and ONLY cover. stop bashing him as he does do a job occasionaly, such as spurs at home. he shouldn’t be startign 11 in a million years, now lets all praise demba and pappiss 🙂

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  • Partizan

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #25

    As much as i dislike Shola,i still cannot forget that it was HIS goals that put us at the top of the Championship till he got injured….so i thank him for that.Just remember the first 10 games of the Championship season and who was the only player who stood out from the rest at that time,,when he got injured all we had to do is to maintain that lead.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    K

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #27

    personally tonight i’d play Best upfront with Ben Arfa free role and bring obertan back in! Would quite like to see Mehdi Abeid or Vuckic get some time (1 or the other tho, not both)

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  • shearermania

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #28

    A amazing
    M Mesmerising
    E Elegant
    O on-site
    B Brilliant
    I invincible

    have some respect for the lad…

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  • bambams

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #29

    I loved Kilcline……..Thought he was one of KK best signings, certainly owe him a lot- cant argue about the other two…Boomsong, god nightmare. IMO

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Repost form last article: (sorry it’s just that Ed is too quick for me 😛 )

    Jayphoto – He does make a good squad player and I like the way Pardew is using him late in games for extra cover to hold a lead. I do think he has been intimidated by all the talent around him and lost confidence and that’s why he’s looked so nervous when he’s come on. But slowly I can see him becoming more and more useful if he keeps his Brighton standard up.

    I am really pleased none of our players left as I did fear us losing perhaps Krul this January. I was confident that Ba and Tiote would be safe away in the ACN so was not worried on losing them 2. Next January will be the same they are all out in the ACN again so we’ll be safe again

    It’s a huge blow to lose Marveaux and Saylor for the rest of the season as Saylor is a rock, a leader and a real inspiration to others on the field as his wholehearted displays spreads to the others around him.

    Marveaux is just so intelligent, quick and classy that we really lack any creativity in the final third from our LW.

    Gutierrez has had a dip in form recently after his wonder goal against Blackburn in the Fa Cup. And Spidermag is more useful as an impact sub or to hold a lead and helping our defence with his incredible defensive work.

    When all of our players are back and with my starting line up I seriously believe we can challenge top 6 comfortably.

    HWTL!!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #31

    some people here dont like my comments i am happy with that but saying that i am not a NUFC supporter and all that stuffs i hate it YOU PEOPLE DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL ME THAT I AM NOT A NUFC SUPPORTER

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #32

    roshan – to be fair, yes we do! you don’t SUPPORT the toon, you just slate its players!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    SOME OF YOU GUYS GO 2 MATCHES PAYING GOOD MONEY 40 – 50 POUNDS, WHICH I ASSUME U ERAN THE HARD WAY.

    THEN TO SEE SOME PLAYERS (23) PUT IN DISPLAYS WHICH WOULD PUT PPL SITTING FOR OIL PAINTINGS PROUD MUST B HARD.

    IF YOU DONT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT FINE , NIETHER DO I

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  • VanToonMan

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34

    A big hello guys…long-standing toon fan…new to the blog although I have read the articles posted for a while now.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #35

    NEBLEXA BOOM BOOM AND FGB YOU DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ME YOU DONT HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE MY PASSION FOR NUFC

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  • bambams

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #36

    I heard yesterday that as many as 12 of our 2nd and 3rd year pro’s (youth team and some reserve players) are to be released over the next couple of weeks.

    Are we expecting another batch of youngsters me wonders…… Donaldson was even named, thought he was quite decent.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #37

    There are Good and Bad Things This January Mainly That We Kept our Top Players . We got shot of alan smith to mk dons but why we let james tavernier go out on loan when defence is so weak gawd knows ??especialy with steven taylor out and colo out injured still.. WE HAVE to win tonight against blackburn to keep the momentum up and stay in 6th place. The Sooner our 2 strikers are back the better. Roll On the Ason Villa Game there gonna get a Tonkin !!!!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #38

    AMEOBI IS INDEED MESMERISING, MESMERISED HIMSELF THAT’S WHY HE SLIPS

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  • shearermania

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #39

    indian magpie…go watch some cricket

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #40

    JAY PHOTO HOW MANY PLAYERS HAVE I SLATED

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