Alan Pardew – I Did Not Cover Myself In Glory

Alan Pardew was almost as bad as Steve Bruce was a year last January,  in the way both managers celebrated their team’s last gasp equalizers in stoppage time.

Alan Pardew overdid the celebration after Shola scored

We all get caught up in the emotions of these games of course, and Alan Pardew was saved by a certain Shola Ameobi, from being the first manager since Bobby Robson back in November of 2000, in losing a home game to the old enemy Sunderland.

Alan knew he had overdone the celebration thing, and he was very straight about it when he talked to reporters after the game:

“I have seen it again and I did not cover myself in glory. I just felt a little bit of justice. I was just really angry so many physical challenges were going in.”

“They were unnecessary if I am honest. We got wrapped as well, it was not just them.” “They did well in the first half and I was proud of the second half.”

Usually the two managers relax after the games and have a glass of wine together, and both managers can be proud of their sides for a rip roaring game.

But it was  too physical a lot of the time, with Sunderland having come in to try to upset the Newcastle players and put them off their game, which they succeeded in doing in that first 45 minutes.

Pardew said there were no hard feeling between him and Martin O’Neill  after the game, and that’s good to hear:

 “We had words on the side, he is passionate about his team and I am about mine.”  “It will not carry on, we are two experienced pros and it will be dead and buried as far as I am concerned.”

 “With the mind-set they were in with tackles and trying to upset us – I knew somebody was going to go.”  “I did not expect Sessegnon to go because he had been very level-headed.”

“Nevertheless we won a penalty and it was justice – that was my emotion.”  “We missed it but we still had the character to get the equalizer.”  “It was a passionate game. We got wrapped up into Sunderland’s game plan.”

“Sunderland came here to upset us. Cattermole set the scene for the game (after a first half challenge on Tiote). I thought it was ugly if I’m honest.”

“They took the lead through a pull of a shirt, which we see a thousand times and they do not get given. It was a penalty but you could go to a thousand games and see that all the time.”

What Sunderland tried to do with Newcastle yesterday is what Arsenal, as one example, have to put up with in every game, as the opposition try to make it into a physical game against the smallish Arsenal players.

But Alan Pardew deserves credit for switching the Newcastle team around at half time, and we noticed he had Ben Arfa warming up during that first half.

Davide Santon is a good young player,  but his defensive work is not the best part of his game, and we think Pardew could start Ryan Taylor in the  left back spot and start Hatem Ben Arfa out on the right wing,  in our next game next Monday night at the Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman showed his supreme class yesterday, and the Newcastle manager knows he has to find some way to have the lad with the mercurial skills in the team – somewhere, somehow.

It was a good second half performance yesterday,  and that gives us hope for the future 11 games,  that we can again show some of our very best form and start winning games again.

Comments welcome.

203 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Arsenal game is a bit up in the air now, but i expect a defensive Newcastle, we need the points now to make Europe happen.

  • Beattie25

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    17Beattie25 // Mar 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Even the best players can be out of form Cyprus!

    Your just being a 2 bit knob thinking you know everything about football because you read match magazine, collect panini stickers and crack one off over your barca shirt!

    My opinion is as valid as anybodies and I will thank you to never question Anybodies opinions again!

  • Eastander

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m actually looking forward to the Arsenal games, after games against Wolves and Sunderland which were scrappy at best both teams might actually get a chance to play football

  • Elb11

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    “Alan Pardew overdid the celebration after Shola scored”

    Wasn’t it after the penalty award, not the equalizer that Pardew celebrated like that?

  • shearermania

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    so how many goals do you guys reckon van persie is going to score against us next week???

    (hope he gets a ban for than w@anker gesture towards kelly ) think williamson is hoping too

  • Tiote4PM

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    anywhere i can watch full game again?

  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ll be happy with a draw, i don’t expect us to win.
    Some decent footy and a solid point and i’ll be smiling 🙂

  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Your point in first paragraph is valid, your bullying in second I’ll ignore and I do agree that your opinion is valid, but surely it can be questioned, just like mine? (This is the last response to you)

  • sanchez

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    He overdid nowt, you need passion in games like this, you’ve got to have it

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Hi guys,

    what do you reckon we played in the second half yesterday; it can sometimes be a bit difficult to spot what Pardew is playing when he changes it around.

    I thought at times it looked like a 4-3-3 variant, but at other times it still looked a lot like a 4-4-2.

    Any thoughts?

  • Beattie25

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11


    Your opinion is that my opinion is not worth anything because of messi and maradonna!

    If you construct a worthy point and follow it with an interesting point of view then excellent!

    What you did was attack my opinion with nothing but anamosity so I am valid in my reaction!

  • gaz 44

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    surprised hatem is winning mom so clearly.. had a great game but tiote was a midfield monster won everything.. n created a fair bit too

  • martoon

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d agree with that formation at home but not away to Arsenal – it could turn into another Spurs!

  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Including, on paper, our best players, and excluding those who are “loyal” or injury free, my best setup would look like this:


    Tiote in front of the back four, HBA in the middle, been given the oppertunity to slide into nr 10 as a link up role. Cabaye RM, sliding in behind HBA when runs up.
    Gutti at LM, hopefully dragging some defenders with him, opening up for HBA.
    Also, at the back, i want Fergy at LB and Santon at RB.

    IMHO, that’s the best team we can put out there, and outside Gutti, they’re all able crossers, so an excellent change for both short passing game and mixing it so we can go direct.

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    “Your just being a 2 bit knob thinking you know everything about football because you read match magazine, collect panini stickers and crack one off over your barca shirt!”


  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #16

    So a winger-less formation right?

  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Aye, a winger-less formation. Atleast currently, it really isn’t our strong suit this season.
    Only player i’d regret leaving out is Marveux tbh, atleast as things are standing.
    But he could cover for Gutti, or even be 1st choice. Propably the latter.

  • Eastander

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Personally I’d do this but it wont happen

    Ben Arfa–Guthrie–Cabaye–Guiti

    Then if its going well in the second half take Guthrie off and stick Cisse on, we need to match them in the middle and make sure a Spurs doesnt happen again, want to at least be in the game with half an hour left to go 2 up top

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #19

    One ting I have been sure of all season it that we should more less stay clear of 4-4-2; we don’t have the players for it and Pardew tend to like it a bid too stiff for my liking 😉 lol

    > that sounded so wrong <

    But we looked good for most parts of the second half against 5under1and, so I just thought what you reckoned we played – it looked like a 4-3-3 variant, but I am not sure.

    Personally i am a huge admire of 4-2-3-1, but think of current team should be a 4-3-3 – maybe tweaked to a 4-2-3-1.

    I like wingers going inside and acting more like ACMs or forwards 🙂

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #20

    ‘Brutooon // Mar 4, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Shola Ameobi will NEVER score again beacuse he is lazy and shit

    I promise if Shola Ameobi score another goal, i will quit this blog for good

    p/s: we all knew that not going to happen right?’

    ….what a tosspot

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Dannyo, the ting about a winger-less formation sounds good to me; have been thinking about it my self lately.

    Probably why I would like us to play 4-3-3 – it’s a little bit of an hybrid formation because it can be with or without wingers.

    But I would like to see a 4-1-3-2 formation as you suggested. Might be interesting 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Eastander, that’s the famous Barcalona formation – it was at discussion yesterday as well 😉

    Might be pushing it against Arsenal don’t you think?

  • Eastander

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    It is indeed, but its similar to the Arsenal formation and we need at least as many men in midfield or we’ll get over run, the ball just wasn’t sticking with the strikers yesterday and it will be a cricket score if that happens against them!

  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #24

    @20 he’ll probably wait a week and change his username and come back as knoberiffic as ever

  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Goals Doesn’t Always Bring Smiles 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Eastander, I wouldn’t even consider playing two strikers against Arsenal 🙂

    Agree we need a 5 man midfield – though I would like to see Dannyo’s formation at one time!

    A 4-3-3 ala Holland and Denmark might be the way I would go with what be have.

    But as Dannyo says, it has been pointless up until know playing with wingers – there are no service what so ever.

  • GoalsBringSmiles

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27


    nice grammar 😉

  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #28

    ill go out on a limb and say we’ll play 4-4-2 against wengers boys. radial i know 😉
    i really want us to go at them. their defense really suffer under wave upon wave of attack.

  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #29

    best seller in the arsenal club store. the robin van persie tea tray.

    guaranteed to carry ten mugs

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #30

    immymagpie // Mar 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    I’m not going to get involved with details of yesterday because as an NUFC supporter, some things pleased me, and some things most certainly didn’t, on and off the pitch. I just want to say as a former Class 1 referee myself, and somebody who doesn’t normally rate Mike Dean, I thought he did splendidly. You can always disagree with one or two decisions, as in every game, but overall, I thought he was blo-dy excellent in very difficult circumstances, and I am pleased that he was lauded by all the pundits in the media that I have heard.
    23 jimmymagpie // Mar 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Remember, Dean was the referee that give us a penalty at Stoke this season, in exactly the same way that he rightly penalised Williamson yesterday.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    planbillytedbob, lets hope not.

    Pardew went the exact same way against Sunderland, Wolves and Spurs and only seemed to have a plan B against 5under1and 🙂

    And for ones we looked good.

    No more 4-4-2 plaease.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #32


  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Hehe, cheers.
    Altho it was ment as an ironic pun for Brutoon… 😛
    I think he had mixed feelings about Shola’s goal, lol.
    One more reason to slander him? 😛

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #34

    I agree jimmymagpie , I thought the ref did very well indeed.

    And a penalty it was! Just a shame we missed ours 🙁

  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t think too many level headed supporters could slander M. Dean that much yesterday.
    There was nothing to say on the cards given and the penalties.’
    But he also missed 1-2 clearcut situations that should have been acted upon.
    But then again, that’s the nature of the game atm, and we can’t do much about it if we don’t add more aid through technology for the refs.
    Can’t relly rep to hard on M. Dean for yesterday, fair play.

  • tynesidetommo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Martin O’Neill is notorious within the game for winding up opposing managers so there is no need for AP to bat an eye. Think we would all have reacted the same way especially when Big Shola scored 🙂

  • SurefootedShola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #37

    AP was one step away from getting his wagger out and helicoptering it at Martin O’Neill.

  • Benry

    Mar 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #39

    I love it when Pards gloats at the other managers and does a fist pump when things go his way. Pretty funny and shows he has passion. Anyone remember when he fist pumped at Wenger while at West Ham, and the two nearly came to blows!

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #40


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