Pardew Had Expectations Of 50,000 Geordies On His Shoulders

The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew did things yesterday on the sidelines in the Newcastle vs Sunderland derby game,  which he has since regretted.

Alan Pardew yesterday on the sidelines

And one of them was his over the top celebration in front of Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill when local lad Shola Ameobi  scored in the 91st minute to equalize the score at 1-1, and get his 7th goal for Newcastle in a Sunderland derby game.

And we had thought  Sunderland manager Steve Bruce’s celebration when Sunderland made it 1-1 at the Stadium of Light last January in stoppage time was bad enough. 😀

And if Shola had taken the penalty after 82 minutes we could even be celebrating a 2-1 victory today.

But Demba  Ba had put away that penalty at Stoke so coolly after the game had been held up for several minutes, and it’s a bit hard to blame the Newcastle manager for giving the penalty to his 16 goal Senegal star to convert.

But he missed it,  when  Belgium goalkeeper Mignolet made  a great save low to his left.

Alan Pardew has said the expectations of 50,000 Geordies got to him – actually it was another sell-out of 52,388 at the game – after Shola Ameobi had rescued the Magpies with that very late equalizer:

“I do regret approaching the Sunderland bench the way I did,”  “I’ve seen it back on the television and it looks terrible.”  “But it was just sheer relief that we looked as though we might get something out of it.”

“This is a game in which the pressure is unbelievable and unless you’re a manager or a player for Newcastle you can’t appreciate it. We were 1-0 down to Sunderland with the expectation of 50,000 Geordies on our shoulders.”

Both the players and the coaches had no discipline in those first 30 minutes of the game, on a slick and wet St. James’ Park surface,  which made things worse  because players were sliding into their tackles and things were made to look worse than they may have been.

But that’s it for Newcastle in the derby games this season and it’s the same as last season with a win and a draw in the two games.

Now to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium next Monday evening.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Haha, well put by Pardew.
    I was happy to see the passion 🙂 Put a smile on my face.

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2


    😀 HAHAHHA what a scumbag

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    The passion was immense it made us proud! 🙂

  • JDdubai

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought the whole game was what derby day was about. Tackles flying in, mostly mistimed but it had you on the edge of your seat.

    Just wish we had attacked for the whole match instead of just the second half, need to be more aggressive in our approach over 90 minutes and play positively rather than thinking about defence so much for the first hour and hoping to nick a win in the closing stages.


    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Hands were shaken and they left with respect seems a fair conclusion. Better than a lot of other managers in the PL but what’s the betting both teams get fined?


    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    I for one wasn’t expecting to win the game so a point was a very good result, loved the fact Pardew got into O’Neils face after the #MackemSlayer leveled it haha!

    As for O’Neil he’s a complete eeejot don’t get why he’s been slavering on… Its a game he got a decent result in the end.

    What’s the chance HBA starting a week today? I see the same line-up

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7


    really really hope he starts cause he was just mesmerizing…

  • blissna

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Aye, I was pleased to see Brn Arfa putting in a good performance. He deserves a start after that.

  • Beattie25

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    I think yesterday proved once and for all that the team should be set up to compliment ben arfas attacking flair rather than being set up to cover our defensive frailties.

    We go into each game looking like we are going to concede so we must attack rather than be sturdy in defence.

    Anyway I think Pardew finally showed some tactical evoloution yesterday and showed us all he can respond to a game we look like loosing.

    As for the rest of the season if Benny plays and we show the form of the 2nd half then we can get top 6. If redone then top 10 (9th place IMO)

    I’m not saying Benny is that pivotal just the right formation and tactics are!!

    I think next match we should go 4-5-1 and drop Cisse to the bench. Bring in Guthrie and Benny and stuff the arsenal!



    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    I seen loads people yesterday saying play 4-3-3 for me would be perfect, Ba – Cisse – Ben Arfa.
    Just imagine what that would do to a poor Arsenal defence only threat with arsenal is sagna, rvp and theo/chamberlain that’s it, cannot wait for the game!

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11


    agree 100%

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Incredible game yesterday. Not since Bellamy scored against Feyanoord, and Dave Kelly against Grimsby and Pompey have I so utterly lost it. My little 6 years old was howling watching her dad runninag around kicking the couch, kicking the air, screaming, punching the air etc. A few observations. Unfortunatrl, I donk think the ref had a bad game, overall. Also, it was tough having to listen to Waddle being so biased , with that rank accent. Please tell me he comes from Sunlan originally? Can someone clarify? Ben Arfa showed his class, but I can understand why Pardew was so reluctant to start him in a derby. There is an awful lot of scope for improvement in the team, but I cant see plauyers like Guti being jettisoned because pardew puts work rate so far up his list. And in fairness, we wouldnt have all the points we do, without the incredible work rate this team has.

  • gorgonzola

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    AMEOBi it would wouldn’t it…. Dont know if its quite right for the Arsenal game

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    I gotta say too, O Neill is a ferret faced bollocks.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    Have said it on another thread – if the referee had rightly sent off the animal Clattermole for his dangerous (and I guess totally pre-planned) first minute scissor tackle which could have broken Tiote’s leg, all the following mayhem would not have occurred and we may have seen an actual football match break out.
    The ref. bottled it and it is the inept standard of refereeing in this league that is ruining so many games.
    And, from now on, are we going to see every shirt tug in the penalty area being awarded with a spot kick?
    No – because not only are refs incompetent they are totally inconsistent too. They only want to see and give what suits them on the day.

  • moonraker

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    When is someone gonna explain to Chris Waddle that the word is “PENALTY” not “PELANTY”.

    You’d think with all the money ESPN are throwing at this project that someone would have told him by now!

    Very annoying and embarrassing for a tv commentator!

  • moonraker

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    We didn’t get the win but I am as proud as can be, of the lads and the club and Pardew for showing the passion and Ashley is on the programme now for sure!

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but is Waddle a mackem? I assume so with that mental accent? Didnt he come from Tow Law? Not sure where that club/place is…Tyneside or Mackem land? Tks ….

  • moonraker

    Mar 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Think he was born in Felling. He acquired the mental accent at Tottenham and with England. He played for Tow Law before joining the Toon


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