Pardew – Fantastic Clean Sheet – We Got The Breaks


A delighted Alan Pardew was full of praise for his players last night, after the lads had won 2-0 and beaten Blackburn for the third time  in  four meetings this season.

Alan Pardew congratulates goal-scorer Obertan last night

Standing just outside the tunnel of Ewood Park last night after the game, this is what Alan Pardew told  nufcTV:

“I felt we were what we’ve been about all year,”  “A good goalie, good defence, resilient and we put our bodies on the line. It was a fantastic clean sheet.”

“Everything comes in your box here at Blackburn. They must have put 60 balls in to our box tonight, and they are not easy to defend.”  “So to get a clean sheet is a fantastic achievement.”

“And to get two goals on top of that has put us fifth in the division and above teams like Arsenal and Liverpool – teams who have invested an enormous amount of money over the last four or five years.”

“We are really pleased.”  “It was nice for our fans today who had traveled here. Most of them probably went all the way to Brighton and didn’t come back with anything.”

“The difference between today and Brighton was that we got the breaks today. And you need the breaks – a deflected goal and a little bit of luck with the chances that Blackburn had. You need that at times.”

“We got it tonight and perhaps we deserved it.”

Alan also praised the Newcastle fans for their support and said one or two of the players have the opportunity to go out on loan today,  but were thinking of staying on Tyneside, because they wanted to help achieve things for Newcastle this season.

Certainly the team spirit in the camp is terrific, and that’s likely to get us more wins over the last 15 games of the season, as we try to qualify for the Europa League next season.

In our Man of the Match poll,  Tim Krul leads with 41% of the vote, followed by Coloccini with 29% and James Perch on 13%.

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33 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    “Obertan was so happy with the goal, he did several loops for us with his UFO on his way home”.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    SILVER

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Dannyo – who said that??????

    😀 funny as fcuk

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    When Pardew said – “we put our boddies on the line” i think what he meant to say was – “we stuck Simo on the line………again”

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    indian i will bury my foot where the sun dont shine i sear, dannyo if thats the closest thing we get to a smile from obertan ha not even a smirk after the match clincher

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  • SingaToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Seriously Glad for the alien bird (same as the one in the Acme cartoons), he needs some confidence.

    What you reckon, Demba Start or Sub? Cisse to play at all?

    Tied 4th if things go our way this weekend……..

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  • king shola

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Pleased to see obertan come on and get a goal. Hopefully he’ll kick on now and get a bit confidence.we were very lucky last night like…

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  • Klatoon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    When’s Marveaux back?

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  • IPToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    would like Pardew to play the below team next game. A lot more positive and has a lot more pace and creativity. Could end up 5-0, 4-3. 3-4, 4-5 who knows. Perch gets the nod over raylor basically because he can run over 2 mph and help out a lot more defencively.

    ——————————— Krul ——————————–
    Simpson ——- Williamson —- Coloccini ——– Santon
    Obertan ——— PERCH ——– Guthrie ——— Ben Arfa
    ———————– Cisse ——– Ba —————————

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  • ~Papiss-Toon~

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Glad to see that Perch is finally getting some credit for his performances as a back up Central Defensive Midfielder. As long as he stays away from Rightback/Centerback and Left Back, he can be a really good squad player.

    Do you think Perch would start in CDM with Guthrie? I’m sure Pardew will be worried about Ireland.

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  • ~Papiss-Toon~

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #11

    @IPToon

    No guttierez?

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  • FloridaToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    “and above teams like Arsenal and Liverpool – teams who have invested an enormous amount of money over the last four or five years.”

    AP taking a shot….love it.

    Also, can the FA review Hoiletts obvious dive and if so can any form of punishment be levied?

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    @ToonTom
    Lol, no one said that mate, i made it up 😉

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  • ~Papiss-Toon~

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #14

    @Floridatoon

    Doubt it. Unless Hoilett is a Newcastle player, the FA won’t take action, tired of the FA being complete f@gs when it comes to Newcastle.

    No Punishment for De Jong for breaking a player’s leg. 3 game ban for Cabaye for accidentally causing the brighton lad to get a little blood on his lip.

    Seems totally fair to me.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    how many of think ben ARFA will be dropped from the squad against villa and will get a place in the bench

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  • Papiss9

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    4-2-3-1

    ———-krul———–
    simps,willo,colo,santon
    —-guth—raylor———
    obertan,jonas,ben arfa
    ————Ba————-

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  • outsidethebox

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    florida i agree …what would the papers be full of if it had been hba that had dived on edge of box …i think it may have been replayed a few times and kean would have called for fa ban

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  • Duffeh

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    @13 Maybe he needs it, hes was out an awful long time and this is his first long run of starting games and playing most of the 90 minutes. I’d imagine its starting to take its toll now.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #19

    for all those putting benny in starting line up i doubt well c him for a while done himself no justice at all l8ly

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  • IPToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Nope no Gutierrez, he would start on the bench next game. Dont think he has been dropped all season and he has put in some terrible attacking performances and as my team was based on being more attacking, pacey, flairey (making up words now) i have gone for Ben Arfa and Obertan. Then when we are 5-0 up bring on Gutierrez to hold on for the win.

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  • nufcursed

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    review of yesterday’s game:

    coloccini 2nd for man of the match???he looked very shaky and made some poor decisions. committed performance though from defense.

    and to end THE AMEOBI DEBATE once and for all:
    he should never wear a newcastle shirt again!!!
    WHY?
    he’s a terrible football player, but that’s ok cause there are other less talented players in the squad. but the problem with ameobi is that he’s not committed and soooo lazy it frustrates other players (see best’s reactions yesterday)
    he does not run, just strolls around like he’s out shopping.

    he who defends shola, does not know anything about football! the laziest football player i’ve ever seen, anywhere, in any game, in any country

    Shola is an absolute waste of space!!!

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  • tomnewcastle

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #22

    y is obertan suddenly better than gutierrez because he came on for 3 minutes and scored when he was pretty much 1 on 1 with the keeper. gutierrez will always be a better player over 90mins. he is an impact sub but dont get me wrong im not having a go its just he still hasnt convincd me.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    @King Shola

    I have just literally laughed out loud at work at the Pepperami comment,

    He really does!

    On a serious note Perch was outstandin when he came on last night. That should be his role and nothing more, Enforcer and game closer. Well done James.

    I think those getting on HBA’s back are premature. the lad is never going to be a Jonas in terms of graft but we arer seeing glimpses of his class. I think that in behind the Dembas would be his best position. My strongest team to the end of the season (with all available) Is here:

    ——————————–Krul————————————–
    Simpson————Colocinni—-Williamson———–Santon
    ——————————-Tiote————————————–
    ——————Cabaye————-Guthrie/Jonas—————-
    ——————————-HBA———————————————————–Ba———————-Cisse————-

    The idea that Tiote Cleans everything up and covers both Full back when needed, it looks narrow but its the formation chelsea played under Mourinho, with Makelele in that role.
    Next season with Marveaux we have a real gem in waiting as well.

    Obertan Impact sub role for now. I was over the moon for him last night and was pleased he pointed to the fans after he scored. Those who Booed him should be ashamed. He is a young lad trying to nake his way. More importantly he is one of our own.

    The more positivity from people on here the better. We are being ran extremely well and sensibly, we are 5th in the league and Europe is a huge possiblilty now.

    Pardew does not care how it looks (righly so) Its not a beauty contest, Its about WINNING!

    HWTL and well done!

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #24

    obv Ba more central than appears above (typo)

    What you guys think?

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #25

    21nufcursed // Feb 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    review of yesterday’s game:

    coloccini 2nd for man of the match???he looked very shaky and made some poor decisions. committed performance though from defense.

    and to end THE AMEOBI DEBATE once and for all:
    he should never wear a newcastle shirt again!!!
    WHY?
    he’s a terrible football player, but that’s ok cause there are other less talented players in the squad. but the problem with ameobi is that he’s not committed and soooo lazy it frustrates other players (see best’s reactions yesterday)
    he does not run, just strolls around like he’s out shopping.

    he who defends shola, does not know anything about football! the laziest football player i’ve ever seen, anywhere, in any game, in any country

    Shola is an absolute waste of space!!!

    100 percent agreed mate.

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  • IPToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26

    Part of the problem with Ben Arfa in the last few games is what Pardew is actually trying to make him do. Fair enough he has been poor BUT we keep playing Ameobi & Best up front who ONLY want the ball put in the box from crosses, they cant do little one twos and fancy stuff, they dont come short when he has got the ball and try and play possession stuff. When Ben Arfa gets the ball they just run in the box and basically say, go on then take them on and set us up.

    Not trying to make excuses for him because he has been sloppy but the team and tactics of the team of late are not going to suit him. We have played very negatively and have relied on him running with it.

    Play more attacking, with more pace in the team and better options up front and he will look better. therefore the below will score atleast 15 goals in the next game.

    Obertan — Perch — Guthrie — Ben Arfa
    ————– Cisse — Ba —————–

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  • IPToon

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #28

    tomnewcastle
    i wouldnt say obertan is suddenly better than gutierrez, he isnt. but he does bring more to the team in the current tactics going forward. We have been so negative recently, midfield playing so deep and last night we couldnt string 3 passes together. Obertans pace would have atleast got us moving up the pitch a bit more and given us a different option, where as gutierrez last night created naff all.

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  • nden85

    Feb 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #29

    @ nufcursed // Feb 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM: Couldn’t agree more collo was very poor at times i thought. best was going mental at strolla with good reason, he should be fined for putting so little effort in. a particular moment that pissed me off was towards the end when he was jogging to close somebody down on the touchline, his momentum carried him off the pitch and as they took a quick throw in he could be seen slowly sauntering back onto the field. this was about the 88th minute or something daft, trying desperately to cling onto the lead.

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  • NUFC_DOWNUNDER

    Feb 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #30

    Pardew shouldve never played Arfa agains BBurn… He needs to get the ball feet out on the wing or in front of the back four and there was no one ther to get that ball to him.

    When Tiote and Cabayes back it makes sense for Arfa to step back in..

    On another note.. I’m disappointed with Gutierrez last few games. Lack of finished product… Extremely frustrating. Watching Paderson and Hoillett tonight – two players I would pick in front of Gut any day. Much more effective. Every great side has at least one good winger with a finished product

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  • nufcursed

    Feb 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #31

    glad there are some people here who know something about football and see that ameobi does NOT belong on a football pitch!:)

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  • ballerfan2

    Feb 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #32

    So the wind has changed direction then. Just a few short weeks ago Perch and Obertan were the worst players ever to have pulled on a Toon shirt. Now it seems they are the saviours of our season. No doubt though if either one of them have a sub par performance at the weekend they will be both back to square one. It has been “interesting” to note the changing reactions to different players – Simpson, Willo, Santon, Raylor, Best are good examples of those who have seen serious and exaggerated criticism during the course of this season, while Ben Arfa is on the receiving end just now. Can I suggest that as Newcastle players they , like players everywhere, will have dips in performance but supporting them all through their lows rather than resorting to vitriolic abuse is more likely to get them back to their best. We have all witnessed our team when there is no confidence (relegation season anyone?). Can I suggest a little more tolerance with certain individuals when things don’t so go smoothly. Then we will be in a better position to call ourselves the best fans in the country. Respectful rant over. HWTL.

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  • max

    Feb 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #33

    blackbyrn desreve to win last night, but luckily we managed to hold them. hope, our team will improve next game. and no more ameobi cause he lost ball so much..

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