Pardew – We Will Go To Tottenham And Try To Win


Alan Pardew certainly seemed to know what Newcastle fans wanted from their side,  when he signed on as manager a short 14 months ago.

Alan Pardew being interviewed after yesterday’s game

Not only has Alan done so well at Newcastle in such a short time, with the proof of that being Newcastle standing 5th in the league this morning, and above Arsenal and Liverpool, but he also has Newcastle playing good football.

And Piers Morgan, who was on the Chelsea  – Manchester United Fox Sports broadcast over here yesterday,  said that Newcastle had done just fabulously well this season, and what a turnaround it’s been for Newcastle over the last couple of years.

Piers also said Newcastle are playing good football too, and it’s not since Kevin Keegan was at the club in the 1990’s,  that Newcastle have played such good attacking football.

That was a great compliment by the Arsenal season ticket holder, who wants Arsene Wenger sacked by the way, but we think Bobby Robson also had a decent Newcastle side that played good football and in the European Champions League too.

Alan Pardew talked about how he and the coaches stress the work-rate to the players:

“The work-rate is a feature of not just our team, our squad. We work hard every week trying to emphasise how important the work-rate in terms of in-possession, out of possession is.”

“We make sure the players know – we stick it on the board and make sure they can see each other, so if you are not quite up on those figures, all the other players are going to know, so you best put your performance in.”

“Little things like that all add up, but we have got a good discipline in that dressing room and a camaraderie that keeps us nagging away at the top of the division.”

“We are a big club and although a few pundits at the start of the season tipped us for relegation, I will let them decide where we are going to finish,” 

“For us, it’s about Tottenham, and the one beauty of the result today is to go to Tottenham and let our hair down.”  

“We will have a go and if we are beaten, we are beaten, but we will certainly try to go and win the game there.”

It was good yesterday to see Gabby Obertan, after he had lost the ball on the right wing, run back about twenty five yards and tackle the man in possession and put the ball out for a throw-in.

And that epitomized the work-rate Alan is talking about above, and Gabby got good applause  from the crowd when he did that.

We don’t expect anything out of the game at White Hart Lane next Saturday afternoon,  in a game that kicks off at 5:30 pm,  and  will be televised live around the world.

And then we have two weeks off before  we meet Wolves at home, and fans will expect 3 points from that game.

It’s a good chance for this weakened Newcastle side,  to see how they match up against what is probably the third best team in England at the moment, and the pressure will be on Spurs and not Newcastle next Saturday.

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44 comments so far

  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    there are now

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    BOOM BOOM

    You’re a strange one and you hurl abuse at fellow supporters (i.e. calling me a c**t in a previous post).

    Do us all a favour.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3

    we can go to spurs and let our hair down. Well thats OK then. What kind of message does that send out Alan? Let your hair down a bit like the second half at Fulham? I thought that ‘going to The Canaries for a week’ was to let your hair down? Nothing short of serious hard work will suffice next saturday make no mistake, because Tottenham have the tools to take us to pieces, they have pace skill and finishing power.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Personally speaking, I dread to think what Simpson plays like when he ‘ lets his hair down’. Jesus.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    @ Lynxie

    I think he meant go for it, he stressed the workrate in the comments about too.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    WUM alert

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  • Dannyo

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Boomboom
    No need to do me any favours 😛
    It seems to me that Gabby might just come good this season. He had another great spell yesterday and u could notice that there was a bit more spring in his step. I truly hope he’ll be a real player for us.

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  • Toon_Army

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Full Match of the Day 2 Highlights

    http://www.footytube.com/video/Newcastle-United-vs-Aston-Villa-104053?ref=lchan_results

    Oh, how I enjoyed watching that…

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #9

    @spuggy

    I wouldn’t worry, there are a few kids on this blog who think they’re the blog prefect.

    If you’ve got nothing decent to add on this blog, then don’t bother.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    the pressure is on SPurs the home time. With both Dembas, we will always got a chance

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  • martoon

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    I was surprised at Alex Mcleish’s’ comments when he praised our workrate – I think he was having a swipe at his own players. He picked out Jonas for special praise so obviously opposing managers rate Jonas even if some Toon fans do not.!

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Papiss Demba Cisse will score at White Hart Lane

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  • oo aa demba ba

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t know about anyone else but I’m looking forward to the spurs game, against the bigger teams we have always upper our performance (bar Liverpool and chelsea) but we are a new squad playing fantastic football at times, and grinding out results when you need to. Yes is prefer everyone had a blinder every week, but its encouraging to know we have the steel to see out results when we aren’t at out best. Obertan on the right wing will be invaluable in trying to stifle bale, those who say Ben arfa needs to play right wing need to give themselves a shake, bale will destroy Simpson unless he has adequate tracking which Ben arfa wouldn’t do as much (although there’s been a noticable increase on his work rate which he deserves credit for. Draw would be fantastic, win would send us into dreamland, and with the likes of ba, cisse and guthrie I don’t see why we can’t give it a good go!!

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  • WWJBD

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Guthrie over Cabaye the discussion of the morning? Hmm am a Cabaye man myself though he hasen’t had the plaudits of late as he has dropped back to take the Tiote role imo but once he is back from the ACoN we will see the best of Cabaye again

    But Guthrie has hit a good run of form, Id suggest a 4-3-3 with both Cabaye and Guthrie sat infront of Tiote

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    yeah dannyo i thaught he was very good aswell and spuggy i told u to snap out of it cos cabaye will never be a winger even u should no that!

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  • Selbymag

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #16

    Mcleish was blatantly having a dig at some of his players especially Ireland. Was also surprised at how much Keane was having a go at young Clark in the middle of the park yesterday.
    The kid was getting a right earfull. Keane confirmed that he is an odious little get and was trying to ref the game himself yesterday moaning at Halsey all game.

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  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Lynxie I took the “let our hair down” comment as meaning the pressures all on spurs and after villa we can go there and let our game flow, not meaning putting less than 150% effort in.
    And yea agree about Gabby, I’m starting to like him, was actually happy he came on yesterday as he does offer us another dimension, other than Jonas and santon we can sometimes look slow going forward with ball at feet but Gabby can explode with the ball and hoping to are more of it with his confidence growing.
    also haven’t seen anyone mention what a great run and ball in by Jonas for cisse goal, I think Jonas is one of our most invaluable players atm and him and santon are just as good as him and Jose were, he excels with an attacking lb behind him as they can both really get forward. loving santon aswell, can see him attracting big interest from the citehs and chelskis in next couple seasons, but that won’t matter cos well be in Europe also! absolutely loving being a took fan right now, can’t remember being this proud since SBR days. HWTL!!!

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  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #18

    *toon* fat thumbs!

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  • phonics84

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Hi im new to the comments side but have been an avid reader of all the posts for some time now. i personnally dont agree with all the haters on hear for our own players. i mean come on were 5th in the table and who would of thought that at the begining of the season. i must agree shola has lost his way and shudder when he’s on the team sheet. but lets all get behind our boys for the final run in. up th toon agressholaseasonsseason.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #20

    We need to get Guthrie signed up to a long term contract asap he has stepped in and been excellent for us

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #21

    rich toon ha ha class

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  • toonLYF

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Why is it that because Guthrie is playing well people are having a go at cabaye saying he’s not as good and all this, yes Guthrie deserves the spot atm but it doesn’t mean you’s have to slate cabaye, in most games this season he has covered the most ground, he’s class, as is guthrie, I’d love to see all 3, would love to see this for one game. ————————-krul———————— -Santon——Willo————Colo——-jonas- ——————Tiote—–Guthrie————— ———————-Cabaye———————- -Ben Arfa———–Cisse——————-Ba-

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  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Fair play to Guthrie and Perch yesterday. They both did a job but we didn’t have full control of midfield at any stage of the game. By that I mean that there wasn’t the physical presence that Cheick brings and to an extent, the pressure that Cabaye exerts.

    Before the Fulham game, there was a stat from EPL Index showing that Cabaye ran over a mile further than anyone else on the pitch in every game he had played. That is a phenomenal stat. People have a go at foreign players who can’t do the nitty gritty at times, but we have “fans” who slate Cabaye for putting his foot in. Yeah he gets a bit excited sometimes, but doesn’t Scholes do the same thing? And he is one of the greatest players to grace the Prem.

    He is a relentless grafter, gets stuck in and also looks like a superb player. Distribution is cracking, we just haven’t had the movement up front to utilise it fully. When Cabaye and Cheick come back (who is an animal) then we will look very very good indeed. It’s brilliant that Guthrie and Perch can do a job and we have options, but there can be no doubt who our first choice CM pair is.

    Other than the top few teams, I can see us blowing the rest away this season when everyone is back. 14 games, and if we win half then we will be in Europe. We will do that.

    P.s. who do you think will score the most between Ba and Cisse between now and the end of the season???

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  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Just been re-watching the Warnock tackle on Raylor. If that’s not ‘studs up’ I don’t know what is.

    Why can’t the FA review that?

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #25

    RichToon / Spuggy:
    yeah I see that now, I stand corrected. I would hate to think another Fulham was waiting for us down there. I hope Harry Redknapps dog is picking the spurs team….

    I understand he was charged with contempt on Friday because the judge had to warn him ten times to stop winking and nodding at the jury………..

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Wor Shearer:
    I am with you on that. milijas (Wolves) got 3 games (possibly raised to 4 after failed appeal?) for far less. raylor was lucky to still have a leg after warnocks challenge, and he has lots of previous. He needs banned or he will end someones career. Referee did not see it, hence retrospective review (a la cabaye)? Come on FA be consistent and prove that there exists a level playing field.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Edd case, there’s no way I could agree that Santon is better than Enrique so far. The spaniard was almost unbeatable by a winger , with devastating runs out of defence, and a teleptahic understanding with Guti. Santon has running power, and is good on the ball, but thats about it, by comparison. he would also be a better right back than left back.

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Danny has been great in the last few games he has played. All credit to him.

    Cabaye hasn’t been quite as hot lately, but let’s not be hasty.
    Cabaye has been playing quite a few games withoiut Tiote (or someone like Perchino!) to support him, carrying a bit of an injury I think, and played a lot of games over the holiday period.

    Let’s remember how good Cabaye was at the start of the season – that’s what Danny has to match.
    He’s been close in the last couple of games, for sure, but I still reckon Yohan is the No. 1.

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  • wynsleap

    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #29

    “Work rate – we stick it on the board so we can see each other” says Pardew.
    Great idea I think, but surely Shola must be a bit embarrassed each day?
    Having said that I think his most effective spell for the club for a while was the 3 or 4 valuable minutes yesterday at the very end of the game, shielding and holding the ball in the corner and allowing himself to be fouled while the clock ran down. Nice to know he can actually do something.
    (Cue the Stroller defendants coming on)

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #30

    wynsleap @29:
    If shola played every 90 minutes like he did yesterday for 4 minutes, he would be playing for England.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #31

    ……. but as that was his only 4 minute contribution since the Chelsea game at Home, lets just say it was LONG overdue.

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  • alegau69

    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #32

    I thought Guthrie was outstanding yesterday, and despite various criticisms Perch also did a great job. However, I still believe there’s no doubt who our 2 starters in CM are. Lets hope we can hold into them in the summer when we’re flying in Europe!!!
    HWTL!

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  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #33

    Lynxie @ # 4

    NUFC have five players in the top fifty of the “EA SPORTS Player Performance Index” and Danny happens to be one of them so pull your neck back into your shell.

    I get a little pit pissed off when I keep reading negative posts from tunnel visioned knownowts like you, you spot a couple of mistakes by a player and there after you bang on about him.

    So who do I believe

    Believe EA Sports
    Believe lynxie
    Believe EA Sports
    Believe lynxie
    Believe EA Sports
    Believe lyn…….. yeah dream on boy……

    Well I recon EA just shades it by a mile or ten.

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  • arctoa

    Feb 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Santon is settling into the side faster than what Enrique did, so while he is not up to the same standard now there’s a good chance he’ll get there, or even surpass Enrique’s contributions for us. He’s already linking up well with Jonas, and if you watched them yesterday Jonas is doing a good job of communicating with him on the pitch.

    As for the Spuds, anything other than a defeat will be a bonus for us. I personally think we’ll get stuffed 3-1 but I’d like to be proven wrong.

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  • jackson0022

    Feb 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #35

    I strongly think that if Guthrie keeps up his form, when Cabaye comes back he has to wait and Guthrie should still be in the starting line up. It will give the sense to all players that no one deserves a guarantee in the starting unless they are better than the existing ones. This gives all people a pressure to improve!

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  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Wynsleap @ # 29

    As you have pointed out the “work rate” gets pinned on the board so everyone can see what each other is doing.

    Which shows that all you bellends slagging Shola and others for not putting a shift in don’t know what they are talking about, some players look like they are constantly busy but really don’t do a lot others look casual in their play but can be surprisingly effective.

    But it all comes down to heart rate, short burst and sustained elevated heart rate, energy output and recovery time a lot more than ground covered. That’s the kind of data gleaned from the training ground sessions and applied to the game time.

    Prob one of the main reasons HBA is sitting on the bench so often, maybe thinks because he is gifted he doesn’t need to work at it.

    So next time you are about to slag a player for work ethic think “do I know more than the data analysis” and the answer is NO so leave it out it’s not needed.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Cupidstunt:

    In the words of EA sports ‘EA Sports: ITS A GAME’.
    I rest my case you moron.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #38

    cupidstunt;

    I wonder where the following players are in EA Sports index:

    Charles NZogbia (Villa)
    Alan Buckley (Brighton)
    The Scunthorpe winger who took Simpsons trousers down in the carling cup (all night long)

    Obviously they never bothered to read the index before tearing him a new one eh? I prefer to judge based upon ACTUAL performances, rather than someone elses unfounded and unreliable GAME data.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Players who should have read the EA sports index (but didnt);
    Last week: Alan Buckley (Brighton)
    Previously: Shaun Wright Phillips (QPR) Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
    Latest: Charles Nzogbia.

    These lot obviously didnt give a monkeys about any game data either and tore him a new one.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #40

    cupidstunt>
    Did you actually watch the game on Sunday? and did you see Danny Simpson showing exactly why EA sports are a bunch of knackers?

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