Pardew – It Was A Great Win – We Had Eight Players Missing


Alan Pardew talked to nufcTV after the game, and he seemed delighted to take all 3 points against Norwich City.

Alan Pardew – on the touchline this afternoon

Having been on a bit of a barren spell with only two home points out of  our  last  four games, it was great to get back to our winning ways.

But it was hardly an easy game against a very good Norwich side, who play some very good football, and they were the better side in that tough second half.

But Newcastle hung on well, when it was obvious the lads were nowhere near their best form, and to get 3 points was a a terrific achievement for Newcastle.

This is what Alan Pardew told nufcTV after the game:

“It was a strange game because Norwich had a good grip on it, especially in possession, but we always looked like we were going to get goals.” 

“But we couldn’t do what we did against Wolves and give them a way back. In the second half we made sure that they didn’t come back – we sacrificed a couple of flair players, which is something I don’t really like to do.”

“We are a bit nervous at the minute, confidence isn’t high, we are not operating on all cylinders – I think that was evident. But the job for that squad was to win, and we managed to do it.”

Pardew’s team selection was a little strange to say the least,  with Jonas Gutierrez at left back, although he did play at full back for Argentina in the last World Cup in South Africa.

James Perch was in defensive midfield,  and Yohan Cabaye was wide on the left wing, and the only one that really worked in our opinion was James Perch,  who had another  solid game in defensive midfield.

And James looks to be walking away with our Man of the Match Award with 41% of the vote on our home page.

Alan Pardew believes his weird selection turned out to be fully justified:

“I felt the way Norwich play, our full-backs would get a lot of possession and Jonas’ left-foot coming from deeper might be valuable.” 

“It created the goal, so that’s a good thing.”  “Perchy was brilliant, and that’s what he’s all about. That tackle he did in the first four minutes set the tone.”

“But my man of the match today was Cabaye. He played left-midfield, right-midfield, sitting midfield player, attacking midfield player and did them all very, very well.”

“It’s brilliant to have a player like that.”  “This was a game for the squad, with eight senior players missing. It was almost a crisis for us, so a win for the squad.”

It’s true that Yohan played all over the place this afternoon, and he was always in the game.

But we have to hope the week’s rest before our next game at West Brom next Sunday afternoon,  can at least get Cheick Tiote back and ready to go,  and give some our players a good rest.

Even if Newcastle had played at their very best  this afternoon, we would have captured no more points than we ended up with this afternoon, so it’s always good to get all 3 points when you are not at your best.

Howay The Lads!!

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76 comments so far

  • JTOONJ

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #1

    I think the atmos at games at moment is attortious, we need to get back to how it was. HWTL

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Gosling was strangely quiet. He usually grabs a yellow or two 😛 And he was on for 15 minutes aswell.
    Usually he’s all over the pitch.
    Did Guthrie go off with an injury btw?

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  • RobertNufc25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #3

    West Brom Next week now.

    They have been are bogey team for the last few seasons.

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  • JTOONJ

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Gosling actually looked quite sharp

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #5

    @Robert
    Aye, i dunno what to guess on that outcome tbh.
    I can’t say i’m expecting us to lose, cause on paper we shouldn’t. But what it says on paper rarely helps in a match.
    I’m gunning for a win, i’m ok with a draw, but i’ll be dissapointed if we lose.

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  • toonking

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #6

    when we play west brom i think that perch should be given the chance to start as a fullback esspecially if he went LB and santon moved RB because it could help HBA loads and jonas can give perch that extra help when needed also guthrie deserves to start in the 5 man midfield the puzzle i have is who should we have upfront cisse or ba

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  • alex84

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #7

    toonking, simmo wont be dropped.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #8

    People forget (Including me) that last season was the first time Perch had played at this level.

    Massive Improvement like,didn’t put a foot wrong all day.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Dannyo – Yeah Guthrie went off with an injury

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  • RobertNufc25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Dont no what to expect at West Brom next week.

    If we play like today we’ll probably get beat.

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  • sammydolan

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #11

    I cannot wait for WBA game now, got loads of baggies mates so cant wait to head down there!

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  • jamesnufc86

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #12

    West Brom away is a completely different proposition and much harder , they are really good especially at home. I thought perch was exceptional today , he’s really starting to grow on me. I’ve never rated Williamson and today he just looked so uncomfortable on the ball and looks to heavy and slow in everything he does. Not even sure if I’d like him as our 3rd choice after Saylor is back

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #13

    3 points with a cripple squad. Ill take it. All you folks calling for simmos head after today’s game are daft. He wasn’t at his best but I would argue besides krill, perch, and gutti none were. He still played hard and we kept a clean sheet. His solid performances and goal line saves have out weighed his few below par performances. Sign him up he is still learning and getting better. Only his 2nd season in the premiership ans hes only 24. We played hard with a cripple squad and grinder 3 points. Ill take it anyday. Especially when you look at how close papisto is to linking with demba properly. We are gonna be lethal down the stretch. Hwtl

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  • RobertNufc25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    GeordieToon89 // Mar 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    You’ve became addicted to that twatter mate lol

    Im watching!!!!! 😉

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #15

    West Brom (A) – Shane Long/Peter Odemwinge –

    Liverpool (H) – Craig Bellamy/Luis Suarez

    Swansea (A) – Scott Sinclair/Nathan Dyer/Wayne Routledge

    Bolton (H) – Ryo Myachi/Chung Le/’N’Gog

    Chelsea (A) – Torres/Mata/Sturridge

    Stoke (H) – Crouch/Walters

    Wigan (A) – Moses/Rodeglla

    Man City (H) – Aguero/Tevez/Silva/Nasri

    Everton (A) – Peinaar/Jelavic/Osman

    These are the teams yet to play and their probable attacking choices against us. It is a fair assesment but we will get our arses handed to us if we play like today (or any game since the Man U match).

    We are not in for a pretty run in at all.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #16

    pardew ” we had 8 players missing” who are the eight? . sounds to me like pards trying to justify the poor shows for fear of losing his job.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Williamson just looks like a lower league player playing in the premiership.

    He gets it & hoofs It 99 times out of 100.

    I remember when Bramble used to get the ball passed to him at the back & I used to crap myself. 🙂

    Its the same with Willamson. lol

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #18

    After Guti’s performance today at LB surely there could be justification in saying that Simmo has got competition at RB?

    I’d go for it if was Pards. We haven’t got anything to loose but everything to win.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Stuart – All a can come up with is: Taylor, Taylor, Lovenkrands, Tiote, Obertan, Best, then maybe you could include Marveaux and Sammy to make the 8

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  • TimKrulFan

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Jonas at Rb with santon at left toite for perch even though he had a fantastic game first half I thought we played well but seconed half we were poor but defened well everyone seems to forget Norwich are a good team and basically played 6 in midfield at one point Ben arfa was ok I like him at RM but it will be to predictable eventurly so switch it up

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  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #21

    @stuart09
    I’ll count them for u since u’re so bad at it.
    Saylor, Marveux, Tiote, Raylor, Loven, Best, Sammy, and possibly Obertan, or else i doubt Donaldson would be in the squad. Maybe Fergy too?

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Against WBA:

    ———————–Krul————————-
    Santon—–Willo——–Colo————Guti
    ———————–Tiote———————–
    —————-Cabaye–Guthrie—————
    HBA—————————————–Ober
    ————————Ba————————-

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #23

    8 players missing?but they ain all starters

    Great to win again
    AP says we weren’t at our best today but we haven’t been since the game against Man u.
    Actually we have played poorly for a team so high up and loads of teams are showing us up with their quality passing game.
    Without Krul this season we woulda lost lots of games.
    Hint:buy some decent defenders.
    Hba is quality,loses the ball a bit but has got better and why AP took him off?He runs scared with his tactics.
    Shoulda put an extra man in midfield.
    We really have to learn to kill off teams by putting away our chances and holding the ball while playing at home.
    Too much this year we haven’t even looked like the home team.

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  • TimKrulFan

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Beattie you want to drop cisse u mad and away from home it should be 5 man midfield BA CF as cisse looks so deadly

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #25

    I hate Pardews tactics. He is way too defensive and too much hoofball and that is why we don’t get enough out of Ben Arfa. Being dominated by Norwich at home is just poor.

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  • toonking

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #26

    stuart even though we have only 2 maybe 3 missing from 1st team if you listen to what you PE teacher he will explain that subs and squad depth are just as important as starting 11 so therefore aswell as saylor tiote and possibly raylor missing we had sammy loven best and marv out plus tavier on loan so that makes it 8. why else did gosling start today

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  • toonking

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #27

    *subbed

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #28

    To say that we played poorly because of injuries is admitting that the players coming in aren’t good enough.

    Surely the whole point of having a squad is so that when injuries happen a player can slot in and do an equal job.

    For me it was tactics that failed. We suprised Norwich for the first 15, Lambert changed it around, and then Pardew neglected to alter anything.

    Then when he did he invited Norwich onto us by taking Benny off when we needed to bring on a player who could retain and play alongside Benny. For me at that point Guthrie off for Vuckic wouldv’e been the best call to alieviate the pressure.

    I don’t know if Pardew has the tactical ability. I’m not asking for Barca just a little pass and move and retaining of the ball. I do however reserve complete judgement until next season and we will see in the Summer.

    Got a sneaky feeling we will keep Perch, Simmo and Willo and sell HBA, Tiote and BA.

    Ha ha only joking

    Or am I?

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #29

    ““But my man of the match today was Cabaye. He played left-midfield, right-midfield, sitting midfield player, attacking midfield player and did them all very, very well.””

    Sorry to say BUT WHO was he watching cause Cabaye was getting bossed entire match he put plenty passes wrong, he lost plenty of possession, he failed to make tackles, he was just tired…

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  • alip123

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #30

    A win is a win. Thought we weren’t playing too well but Jonas was great as was Perch. Colo kept things at the back, Willo was shambolic again. Cisse scored a good goal and looked quite sharp; once he has fully adapted then the rest of the prem will fear him.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Most improved player this season is close between perch and rtaylor for me both been brilliant whenever called up on

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Timkrulfan

    I am mad.

    But I think 4-4-2 would be lost at WBA and speed is needed to worry their CB’s.

    Impact sub, remember he is still settling in.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Cisse goal is a hell of a finish probably harder chance than the 2 one on ones he had

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  • gorgonzola

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #34

    West Brom (A) – Shane Long/Peter Odemwinge –

    Liverpool (H) – Craig Bellamy/Luis Suarez

    Swansea (A) – Scott Sinclair/Nathan Dyer/Wayne Routledge

    Bolton (H) – Ryo Myachi/Chung Le/’N’Gog

    Chelsea (A) – Torres/Mata/Sturridge

    Stoke (H) – Crouch/Walters

    Wigan (A) – Moses/Rodeglla

    Man City (H) – Aguero/Tevez/Silva/Nasri

    Everton (A) – Peinaar/Jelavic/Osman

    hell there are no easy games there at all…

    I think games that will surprise us are Everton, Chelsea and Swansea…

    I am personally not looking forward to them…..we seem to pick up form for the big boys…. Swansea I am scared to hell they are playing amazing football, strange that I envy a team that is newly promoted…

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  • hattambenarfa

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Does anyone else get the feeling that Ba was just a coincidentally in form stop gap solution, before we got cisse. I fully expect to see him leave in the summer and dont mind since i dont believe he will ever get back to the form he has been in. i can see us playing a 4 33 variation next year and neither of ba or cisse will want to be full time on bench, so unless ba plays lw, which we will have jonas and marveaux fighting for, he wont really be in the team

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  • hattambenarfa

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Krul
    Santon Taylor Colo Raylor
    Perch Tiote
    HBA Cabaye Marveaux
    Cisse

    My team from our players with everybody fit

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #37

    geordietoon89-dannyo– scraping the barrel their lads- how many of them are starters? there is probably more than 8 if you count the reserves and the kids. saying your so good at maths dannyo how many is that. – loven marveau- donaldson haha com on lads have a night off

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  • alex84

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Perch only plays well against lower teams, gets found out agains teams with real quality im afraid.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #39

    You know if ppl aren’t happy with us being 6th when most thought we wud struggle this season they shud really maybe start thinking about supporting another team

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  • tooninspain

    Mar 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #40

    I can’t believe there are people on here who are saying that Jonas had a great game. For crying out loud………if he’d been up against a speedy winger like Lennon for example, we would have been murdered. He was out of position countless times. Some of you only seem to notice what he does when he has the ball. What’s as important is what he does when he hasn’t got it, and invariably he’s out of position. How many times did you see Colo, Perch, Guthrie and Cabaye having to come over and cover for him. Take the bloody blinkers off!

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