Pardew Thanks Fans – Strong Line-Up For Wolves Game


It’s really difficult being the manager of Newcastle United when the team gets smashed 5-0.

Cheick Tiote – will be back again in Newcastle colors

But that’s what happened to Alan Pardew and Newcastle on Saturday,  but we thought Alan after the game showed a bit of class.

He made a special point of going over to the fans who had made the long journey down to London, and thanked them for their support.

It would have been very easy for them to have turned on the team when we were being slaughtered 4-0 in that first half, and that happened with other fans sometimes.

But they stayed behind Newcastle, and the Magpies’ manager was really thankful for that.

And when Alan was interviewed by nufcTV immediately after the game, he looked a bit dazed, and he blamed himself for playing too attacking a formation against a very good side.

This is what Alan told to local press today:

“It was a tough day for a fan and they could easily have turned their back on us,” “We could also have turned our backs on each other to a degree. One or two could have pointed fingers and blamed each other.”

“We talked about that at half-time and stuck together and I think the fans probably recognized that we needed to do that. I went over to thank them for sticking with us.”

I’ve always thought the fans who travel to the away games to support the lads are Newcastle heroes, because they go out of their way to support the side.

It’s something my father did in the 1950s and I still remember that wooden rattle he had – painted in black and white stripes of course – and what a real racket it made – at least in our home in Evistones  Gardens.

It’s something my brother Rod remembers well too.

The traveling fans give Newcastle such a good name when they attend the away games and show the tremendous fan support Newcastle have always enjoyed.

Alan Pardew and the players know they will need to produce a performance against Wolves in the next game, to at least make up for the terrible loss and performance at White Hart Lane.

All we want to see a week on Saturday,  is a strong and passionate display from the Newcastle players,  and of course all 3 points.

Some goals would also help our goal difference,  which is at zero at the moment.

And we have a decent idea what the team could be with Cabaye, Tiote and Ryan Taylor all available again:

Krul
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Santon
Taylor (R) Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Be Cisse 

Still no room for Ben Arfa, but that’s not a  bad starting line-up at all – what would your team be against Wolves?

Comments welcome.



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154 comments so far

  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Geoff .. Your last post is a joke .. Howcome this season isn’t a succesfull season .. We’re you exPecting to win the title ?

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Since 2004 … This is our best season /.. Wtf is wrong with this season … Am I missing something .. Does 5th or 6th or 13th get you relegated?

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    The only arguments I hear I response to the terrible football we have played and th awful tactics we have adopted is ‘we are nearly 4th’ ‘do you want to play like barca?’ ‘what do you want? To win the league?’.

    I am far from being an ‘armchair manager’ but the argument is the style of football we are playing not the results or league positioning!

    We simply cannot continue with the shite tacticts we are using. Simple as that. Is anyone really confident that we can beat wolves and the Mackems?

    Against QPR Pardew said we played poor due to the ‘new manager effect’, against Fulham he said it was unexplainable, against Brighton he blamed lack of luck, against Blackburn he said we had good unity, against Villa he said it was injuries and against Tottenham he said they were the better team!

    It’s your shite fcuking tactics Pardew

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Cheick and Bake // Feb 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Ilovetoon .. What’s ur problem… Seriously … Last week, People here were saying that we could mix it with anyone … Since the spurs loss .. Everyone is exPecting us to be relegated again … What were your expectations at the start Of the season ??
    ———-

    Stop repeating the fact that we are 6th. Obviously i’m delighted to see where our club is sitting. Start of the season, i expected our club to finish somewhere in the middle.

    My point like Geoff, IndianMagpie and Gorgonzola and Beattie25 is,

    Even though we are all delighted to see our club being high, we are trying to point out that that is LARGELY down to LUCK, BA AND KRUL. And not because we there on merit. We are still light years away from Chelsea and Arsenal and we are there only because those 2 clubs are performing absolutely rubbish.

    We are playing hopeless HOOFBALL for almost every game i can remember and lower half of the table clubs have all been able to play us off the park even with the likes of Cabaye Tiote Saylor Colo Ba in the side.

    Stop talking about our league table and its position. It paints a rosy picture definitely. If luck hadn’t been on our side, in another reality we would be in the bottom 6.

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  • magpie6699

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    I was away for the weekend (in Scouseland) but couldn’t help a wry smile when I was able to check the board again. Before I left we were in a great position to challenge for Europe and when I return we are suddenly the worst team with a useless manager who are lucky not to be in the bottom 6. But of course Mystic Mag predicted this! I said we’d have more bad times but I am still convinced we’re slowly working towards improvement. Remember Manure lost 6-1 and Arsenal 8-2 – useless managers of lucky teams?? We beat Manure 3-0 – sack SAF, he has no ideas! We even beat Manure years ago 5-0 – oh, they went on to win the league. We lost 2-6 to Manure under SBR – do we now all think he was a useless manager? Get a grip, bad day at the office for everyone, luck evens out over the season. Were we unlucky to be relegated 3 years ago -maybe but you get the points you deserve so I don’t think so.
    HWTL – support the team and let’s enjoy our position and hope we can finish top 8 for a good season with some more cracking goals from Demba and Dave.
    PS I tend to agree with your team, Ed – but give HBA 20-30 minutes at the end.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    At home against a struggling Wolves side… What better time to say ”Right Hatem, run riot”

    Its the perfect op to play him, bu I agree that Raylor will prbs be back.

    My Team

    ——————————–Krul————————————–Simpson———–Colocinni—Williamson————-Santon
    Ben Arfa———–Cabaye——Tiote——————Gutierrez
    ————————–Ba———Cisse——————————

    I bet this appears all out of line, I can never get it to look right haha!
    HWTL

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  • martoon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed, I think you probably have the team spot on assumming they are all fit – hopefully HBA will get on at some point in the game.
    For those saying we have been lucky this season – I would agree in some games but your luck evens out over the season e.g. we got a lucky penaly at Old Trafford but there have been other games where blatant penalties have not been given.
    I would also agree that we are not playing the most attractive football but we have play to the strengths of the current team using a strong work ethic and yes sometimes ‘hoofball’. But hopefully if we get a european place we will attract quality players and our football style will evolve.
    Football is a results driven business and I would rather be in our position than, say, Wigan who do play attractive football.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Pardew ‘I am pleased we didnt lose our heads’. ‘One or two could have pointed fingers and blamed each other’.

    And your point is?

    Personally I think they DID losde thier heads to 34 minutes, because they were running around like headless chickens.
    And another thing, exactly HOW is the pointing of fingers a bad thing? Half of them need just that. A leader on the field would have certainly made a difference. Roy Keane (he of perculiar dog passtime fame) was a great player, and did not hold back from letting his team mates know what was expected of them. Ditto Souness. Ditto every team which expects to perform or WIN. Getting a bollocking should not be outside of the expectation of anyone tasked with doing their job in a black and white shirt. If a player does not like that, he can get his finger out and prevent it. Simple.

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  • magpie6699

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    PS Ed – you still need to change the “Transfers IN”

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    And you honestly think that cabaye and tiote is going to make a hell lot of difference just because they are back. Even when they were in our midfield, on the 12th september, against QPR, Adel Taraabt and co completely destroyed our team. How we managed a 0-0 draw is a miracle.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    ———————————-KRUL———————————Simpson————-Colo————Wilo——————Santo-HBA——————-Cabaye——-Tiote—————–Jonas—————————-Ba————Cisse————————–

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  • SuperShearer

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Saying we are 6th in the League because Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have stuttered is rubbish. Sorry but that’s a fact. The flip side is that we’re in 6th because our team of ‘relegation players’ according the the experts at the start of the season, have over-performed thanks to Pardew’s tactics AND Man-management style. I’m not suggesting AP is God, far from it, he might well struggle next season. BUT for this season I tip my hat to what he has done, how we have played and where we are in the league. People talk about him having a problem with HBA I disagree, he sees that HBA is returning from a career threatening injury, is still getting used to the league and like Taarbt at QPR is something of a luxury player you can only play if both Tiote and Cabaye are shoring up the midfield.

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Ilovetoon … So it’s all down to luck , ba and krul … Nothing to do with our strong midfield .. 3 goals thAt best scored .. R Taylor goals .. Simpson’s goal line clearances .. Collo our captain … And pardew the idiot that signed ba for free … No its down to luck

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    @Beattie25 // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    And people on here think that with Cabaye and Tiote back we are suddenly world beaters. Name me 2 games this season game with them in midfield that we completely had the upper hand against the opponent this season? Aside from the Manchester United game i can’t think of any other.

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    So last week .. It was bring on spurs … And now it’s .. F pardew and his shitty tactics

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  • WWJBD

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Cabaye and Tiote are one of the best central partnerships in the league so, imo, them being back is going to make a huge difference

    As for our season resting on luck, Krul and Ba take the GK and the top scorer out of any team and see how they do. And u really think our entire season has come down to us being lucky?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #17

    @Cheick and Bake // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    lol. you are like clutching at straws. yes best scored raylor scored simpson goal line clearance? your point being?

    In those games you mentioned which the goals of Raylor and Best and Simpson 2 goal line clearances, we were played off the park. That’s our point. Against Blackburn and Villa recently, they could have been out of sight by half-time.

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Ilovetoon … That’s because tiote was injured before the Acon … And when the did play together .. We had the best start to a season since 1995 … Oh and ba was fasting at that time … We were undefeated … We lost against Chelsea due to bad luck .. Saylor and collo were injured during that game … And the games after that .. Other teams took advantage .. And started playing hoof ball against us … Against norwich , it was perch and Simpson at cb… Now stop being a bitch and wait until the end of the season ..

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #19

    @WWJBD // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I’m still undecided on Cabaye. He’s still in and out of games and before his suspension, most here already agreed he’s underperforming. Guthrie has performed more outstanding in midfield with the very average Perch beside him.

    And yes, our entire season has been down to luck Ba and Krul? The only defence most of you can come out with is, we are 6th just enjoy it.

    Who isn’t? Now we are truly dissecting the team and scrutinizing every aspect of our game. Not just looking at the table and most here can’t accept fact and suddenly we all become undercover mackems.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~~~~~~~~Simo~~~~~~~Colo~~~~~~~~Willo~~~~~~~

    Santon~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jonas

    ~~~~~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~~HBA~~~~~~~Tiote~~~~~~~

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ba~~~~~~~~Cisse~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    That would be my line up – drastic change to formation with Jonas and Santon at wing back!!!!!! Meaning if a Cabaye and Tiote drop back IF we are under preasure, we would then pottentialy be defending with 7+ men, however this is a strong attacking line up with Santon and Jonas providing the width, with the Dembas and Benny thru the middle, Cabs and Tiote working in the middle!!!!

    No chance it will happen, but that is what i would do as an ARMCHAIR manager 😉

    HWTL

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Undercover Mackems??? Seriously wtf is wrong with you

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  • murvar

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #22

    I fail to understand this mystical belief in Ben Arfa! He’s scored a couple of good goals is all. He gives the ball away as much as that prat Obafemi Martins , has no right foot so defenders can jockey him into areas in which he can’t play, and he isn’t a team player – he just thinks the team should be built round him. Get rid, I say.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #23

    @Cheick and Bake // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Undercover Mackems??? Seriously wtf is wrong with you

    That was what i was called yesterday.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #24

    Toon Toon@19

    Have you taken leave of your senses?
    They cant defend with 4 and you want to go three at the back. Lunacy!

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  • murvar

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Toon Tom

    Thank God you’re just an armchair manager……..

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Toon Tom @19

    Tom *Typo sorry

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #27

    @murvar // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    There is no mystic belief whatsoever regarding HBA. The only reason some are calling him for is because Obertan has been absolutely useless for us this season. HBA has 3 goals in 5 games with 2 assists.

    Obertan is just as lazy as Arfa and gives the ball away as well. Atleast Arfa is a threat going forward with his unpredictable style and getting the crowd on his feet.

    He changed the game for us against Bolton because suddenly they had to double him up and he created massive space around the midfield.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #28

    23 / 24 – its actually 5 at the back with wingBACKS.

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #29

    Then that’s what u deserve to be called

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  • ToonMax94

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #30

    @Beattie25

    Would you rather be playing a better style of football and be a bottom half club or play how we are and sit in the european places?

    Now we have Tiote and Cabaye back we will start playing the football that we were anyway. Just chill out and see how we go in the next chunk of games. People are too quick to start complaining after one defeat.

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #31

    And I thought relegation was a bad season

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #32

    @Cheick and Bake // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Weak.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #33

    in pardews defence, i found this tweet

    JohnDykes @JohnDykesUK
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    /ets my goat when football fans only look to current/most recent jobs when deeming a manager a “failure”. Assess an entire career people!

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  • rotherschild

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #34

    Hi Ed ,
    My Team against Wolves
    GK R Simpson
    A McMichael: Frank Brennan: W. Foulkes:Joe Harvey:Ted Robledo:B Mitchell :Ivor Broadis :Wor Jackie :G Robledo :T Casey

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #35

    I KNOW 😉

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #36

    We are a team only 2 seasons out of the Championship guys, the other big teams have had 20 consecutive years near the top to build teams that can play fancy football and challenge for honours.

    We are a work in progress and until we can replace the likes of obertan/willo/simmo etc then we have to play the best way possible, if that means when we only had Shola and Best up front that we play it into them to hold it up then thats just where we are right now.

    Next season with further quality players brought in then we can look to play a more attractive style but it wont change in a day, it takes time to build a team.

    Just be happy we are where we are, we have over achieved with the quality of players we have in our squad this season and for the first time in god knows how long we are not even thinking about relegation in January and February!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #37

    murvar – Ben Arfa loses the ball no more than Obertan and Jonas.. he offers more going forward he can deliver a ball he can pass a ball and can score a goal aswell.. he shouldnt be playing on the RW for a start he should be on the LW where he made his name

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Ben Arfa is our David Silva (who is going to be player of the year this season). Defenders are terrified of him, he has sublime close control and can finish. When our defensive midfield returns, only then might we accomodate him. Its not about how much defensive work he does, its what he brings to the team. A great player, but you have to be able to accept his frailties. How many of us would love to see another Ginola, yet forget his total disregard for graft, covering, and defence?
    We we must try and find a formation where he can show us. he is certainly not going to do any damage where he sits every week………..

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  • FloridaToon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Repost:

    FloridaToon // Feb 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    I really don’t know what to say. The blame game is getting very old. First I don’t know how you can blame anyone for anything. We are in 6th and challenging for Europe, what and who is to blame? Were we suppose to be challenging for 1st? If so then yeah its someones fault we sit in 6th.

    But guess what, most on here had us finishing lower half of the table or close to relegation….so how do you point out blame for overperforming(I predicted top 8 before season)?

    I have no problem with saying AP or certain players can do better but how can you BLAME anyone for being 6th…it makes no sense. Everyone needs to remember that our team hasn’t even played a full season together. Throw in injuries, ACN and suspensions and our best side hasn’t had many games together. The core of team is still learning the little things about each other that will make us even better.

    I admit that there are times we could play better but not every team can play great every game….just ask Chelsea fans after this weekend. AP could make better decisions at times but he is still learning about this team as well. We won’t make Europe by beating the top 3 teams it will be by beating the rest of them.

    I read on another blog(sorry Ed) that when Tiote and Cabaye have started together we have only lost ONE match(Liverpool). Heads up everyone, its only going to get better.

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  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #40

    Ben Arfa’s best position is in the hole behind the two lads up top. Shape the midfield accordingly, and put a leash on Santon and Simmo.

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