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Newcastle Needed Win To Stay In Top Four Contention

9:47 am, Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Newcastle had a few problems towards the end of last night’s game at Arsenal.

Alan Pardew – wrinkles starting to show

Danny Simpson was injured and with Newcastle having used all three of their substitutes there wasn’t anything the Magpies could do, but try to hang on.

And the 5 minutes added time at the end of the game didn’t help things, and it was enough time for Arsenal to get the winner in the 95th minute.

And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew thinks Newcastle had to win the game to have a chance of finishing in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

So a draw wouldn’t have helped much, but of course it would have been better than a defeat, and the lads deserved something out of the game last night – they played very well and showed some great spirit.

This is what Alan sad after the game:

“The draw wouldn’t have made any difference to us,” “We needed to win to stay in there and we ain’t going to go there. We must go for the Europa League now. We have a lot to play for still.”

“At that point before Vermaelen’s goal we were not trying to win it, if I’m honest.” “Sometimes when a team is pushing on high there is the greatest opportunity.”

“We had a few problems towards the end of the game. We lost Cheick Tiote to cramp and Danny Simpson had an injury but we had no subs left. Danny just couldn’t get back to stop the goal.”

“In the second half we couldn’t have done more to stop a team that is in good form.” “For commitment and effort, you couldn’t fault us tonight.”

It’s over now and there’s not much that can be done about it,  and after all Newcastle did salvage a point in their game with a stoppage time winner against old enemy Sunderland last time out, so it’s hard to complain too much.

These things tend to sort themselves out over a season so maybe we are due a winner in stoppage time in our last 10 games.

Everton play Liverpool at Anfield tonight, and a Liverpool win will seem them just 2 points behind Newcastle in the league table.

An Everton win would see them on 40 points and just 4 points behind Newcastle and Everton are a team in form and could challenge Newcastle in the league table over the last 10 games of the season, along with Liverpool.

A draw would probably be the best result for Newcastle in the Liverpool derby tonight.

It will be important now for Newcastle to get back to their winning ways against Norwich on Sunday – that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Danny Simpson · Injuries · Newcastle News



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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieToon89 // Mar 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Does anyone know why Santon has been taken off at half time in the last 2 games? he was playing well yday and never looked injured or anything

  • 2 ROSHAN // Mar 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    other teams like everton and others are catching us up
    we need to start winning now

  • 3 cheick Norris // Mar 13, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    @1 think somebody said its a slight groin strain

  • 4 Beattie25 // Mar 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    We needed to win but hardly played liked we wanted to win.

    If we finish above 10th I’ll be amazed.

  • 5 cheick Norris // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    beattie its like our players try hard to impress individually rather than to win as a team

  • 6 GeordieToon89 // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Cheick Norris – Cheers mate, hopefully he’ll be okay for Norwich which will be another really hard game but we MUST win a would use the same team that played last night aswell especially Ben Arfa

  • 7 LewSpi // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    I see nothing but a low scoring draw tonight, both teams are hardly prolific in front of goal this season.

    We played alright last night tbf to the lads, was over the moon for hba, just a shame we always revert to long ball, Krul might as well have had the ball on a piece of elastic tied to his goalpost.

    On another note, I’ve never known a man who winds me up as much as Gutierrez does. Argh just thinking about him makes my blood boil. I can’t comprehend how people consider him to be an asset to the team. 30 games and just two assists. In comparison, even Obertan has played 22 games and has 3 assists.

  • 8 thepict // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Really proud of the team last night. Deserved a point.

  • 9 Steviebaby1978 // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I normally don’t like it when fans start complaining about our team becasue we still sit sixth in the league and they all put in a good shift. I don’t know how we are sixth with the recent run of results but we are.
    However I can’t bite my tongue any longer. I was very frustrated watching the game last night, it just seemed to be long ball after long ball, then watching Arsenal it was slick passing and lots of movement. I’m guessing Pardews tactics were to sit deep and defend for our lives, Against an in form Arsenal that probably wasn’t a bad idea. However a few other things worried me a bit. One major one being Jonas. Now I’m a converted fan of Jonas but does anyone else that watched the game last night think he was looking slow and out of shape and by that I mean chubby??? Also in my honest opinion the normally magnificent Cabaye’s passing was a bit sloppy which is very un like him.
    Simpson however, and I agree he shouldn’t have been where he was for the throw in in the last few minutes of the game, put in a fantastic performance, he was very solid and cleared the ball off the line at least a couple of times so I don’t think he should be getting such a hard time.
    Anyway thats just my opinion an no doubt some people on here won’t agree with me but I would just prefer to see a more up tempo passing game that plays to some of our players strengths. In a nutshell I felt that the workrate and passion was an 8 out of 10. Skill on and off the ball however was 5 out of 10.

  • 10 cheick Norris // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    @gt89 i agreebon using the same team.
    @lew he frustrates me but does cover for santon when he gets forward. obertan statistically creates a lot of goal scoring opportunities. think he’d play well in his new position against norwich.

  • 11 tomtoon7 // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    we defended like trojans until very last minute of very difficult game against a team on form.Yet again Tim krul was magnificent!Lets av a reallity check doom mongers Arsenal scored 12goals in their last 2home games(1game v Spurs),altho dissappointed immensely at manner of loss,proud of grit shown.Bring on norwich,revenge will b sweet.HWTL

  • 12 Jonny // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    That Danny Simpson throw in is going to haunt me.

    1. WHY an earth was he taking the throw-in in the 93rd minute in their corner?

    2. If he was injured why was he sprinting up the pitch in the 93rd minute?

    3. If Pardrew knew he was injured why did he watch him run literally straight past him without telling him to get back?

    4. Why did he throw it to a player with a red shirt on?

  • 13 cheick Norris // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Danny Simpson was trying too hard and not thinking hard enough. we really need to improve our decision making.

  • 14 Jonny // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Perch proved he can be a decent squad player and showed Santon how to tackle. Demba needs to do some more fitness work as he looks tired come 60/70 mins (COuld be cause of ACON) Obertan played horrible last night, worst game i have ever seen him play. Ben Arfa played well but we did not have enough possesion to give him the ball more often. Williamson is SOOO uncomfortable on the ball it is unreal, need replacement asap. Krul really needs to stop booting it everyime as we didn’t manage to keep possession once when he kicked it. Unlucky last night though.

  • 15 ArtyH // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Arsenal are a great team and in form, so I always feared we would get beat, however it was a much better performance than any other we showed in London for a long time. IMHO I think the team has lost belief in themselves, there were certain players last night who did not want the ball or were not comfortable while they had it. Again if a player looses the ball IMHO he should at least try to get it back not just run along side the opposition who know certain ones are not going to even try getting it back.

  • 16 martoon // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    I always like to reflect on the match before I comment.
    We did not deserve a draw but it was gutting to have it wrenched away in the last minute.
    I thought the tactics were right but the personnel wrong especially Obertan who looked completely lost in centre mid. Walcott was murdering us and although Perch coped better he still supplied a lot of crosses. The most worrying thing is the form of Cabaye who is just not the same player he was earlier in the season.
    Overall it is no disgrace to get beat away at an in form Arsenal but if we don’t beat Norwich at home on Sunday then the wheels are starting to come off this season.
    Also if Simpson was carrying an injury why did he run up the field to take a throw-in in the 95th minute?

  • 17 sirtoongospel // Mar 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    We lost in added time (of which there was far too much) and to a team that has just smashed spurs and Milan.

    Simpson was wrecked but what was Guthrie’s excuse? Ambling back whan he easily could have picked up at the back post as Vermaelen ran past him.

    It was unfortunate but can’t be anything but proud of our fight.

    10 games to go, 4 wins, 2 draws and we will secure 6th. And that is very much achievable. As people have mentioned though, Jonas, Cabaye and especially Demba are looking tired.

    Demba hasn’t won anything in recent games and was legless after 75 minutes last night.

    Maybe Papiss and HBA could start up top on Sunday? Bring Demba on after an hour.

  • 18 Bucks mag // Mar 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    We were never gonna get Champions League, I wish people would stop talking about it and just concentrate on each game. Talk of Europe has been to our detriment imo

  • 19 Jonny // Mar 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    @17
    I agree, start HBA and Cisse and bring on Demba.

  • 20 Colo-Sus // Mar 13, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Right

    I had the Beer goggs on last night so I was a bit irate and inaccurate in my comments.

    In the sober light of day:

    Pardew (Although ima big fan of his)
    BOTTLED IT, at half time we were in the game to a level and still looked threatening.

    Although Perch did Ok when he came on, the left side was clearly targeted by Arsenal even more after his introduction. Santon got beat TWICE he was not ”torn a new one by Walcott, and on two occassions he dealt with him well.
    Obertan and CABAYE gave the ball away far too easily last night, and over all were poor.
    Ba was isolated in the second half terribly and the long Ball was never a threat until Shola came on, but even then we did not have the supporting runners to justify it.

    Willo did his very very best but although I like him and believe he always puts a shift in, hes just not good enough for where we want to go.

    Ben Arfa was exeptional in all he did bar one or two give aways, but even then he broke his back trying to win it back, hats off to him.

    Jonas was poor in possesion and never looked a threat he has been poor for weeks now and should be dropped, unless hes playing as a full back which iss all he seems to do at the moment (barring v Wolves for about 10 mins).

    Before i get told im being a neggar… The regular posters on here will all know and vouch that I am for the most part very positive about us and i think we have been great this season….

    HOWEVER, we CAN play with the so called Top Teams. We have proved it before. We can Beat Arsenal or anyone on our day and we are a good enough FOOTBALLING TEAM to do it.

    Cabaye, jonas, Obertan etc need to pull their fingers out big time and find some form particularly Cabaye, yes its his first season and I think the guy is a great player, but he and Pardew need to work out whats gone one with his game, he is too deep at times and when hes more advanced he is far better.

    ANNNND Breathe

    Rant over

  • 21 Colo-Sus // Mar 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Oh and by the way

    Drop BA….Have a word with yourselves lads,

    He did well last night but for me it has to be 4-3-3 now.

    HBA has shown he will work back for the team now.

    Id play this teaam V Norwich and be 100% confident of hammering them:

    =============Krul==============
    Simo/Rayls==Colo==Wilo=====Santon
    =====Cabaye==Tiote==Guthrie======
    ===HBA=======Ba=========Cisse-===

  • 22 Steviebaby1978 // Mar 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Colo-Sus. Totaly agree with your team selection m8. Hopefully a 4-3-3 will give us a bit more depth and movement. Dropping Jonas for a game or two to get his fitness back isn’t a bad shout either. Great player for us but he needs to get that greatness back.

  • 23 Lynxie // Mar 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    For the millionth time this season, Danny ‘never make a premier league footballer as long as his hole points at the grass’ Simpson is caught too far upfield and we get punished.
    Either a) Pardew can not see this as an emerging pattern, b) Simpson really is the best attacking full back in the world ever, or c) there is no-one else at the club who can play evn one per cent better.
    I dont believe any of these, yet Bozo costs us time and time again. We already have the passenger that is Williamson to carry, without this knucklehead constantly making ridiculous decisions (declining the opportunity to clear the danger, instead choosing to passing the ball back to HBA, putting him under pressure on his wrong foot, on the edge of the 6 yard box was the pick of them last night, and nearly cost yet another goal). Surely if he is injured, Pardew might be ‘forced’ into a master stroke of putting a competent full back in there on Saturday. Jeeeeeeez I hope so, this bloke is a liability.

  • 24 Lynxie // Mar 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    By the way. Did anyone else notice how at one point Williamson decided it was better to pass RVP on to Simpson (who was not paying attention and standing with his arm in the air appealing for a never in a million years offside decision), by means of pointing behind him (not bothering to look and see who was there), and assuming that Simpson would help him out? Absolutely shambolic defending, which thankfully RVP did not punish at this time. Two very poor defenders with unbelievably woeful communication. The decision to not bring in a defender in January may cost us dearly methinks.




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