We Had To Grind It Out Today – We Weren’t At Our Best

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has talked after the game this afternoon, and said it was an important win for the Magpies.

Papiss Cisse congratulated by Demba Ba after great goal

He’s right about that, and Newcastle went ahead with a great goal from Papiss Cisse after 10 minutes, and Newcastle were 1-0 up at half time, but it really should have been more.

And then Norwich came storming back in the second half  to give Newcastle everything they could handle,  but our lads held on for a 1-0 win, although we were not at our best today.

And Tim Krul was again in great form,  as he pulled of a number of  excellent  saves, including an absolutely  brilliant save from a Whitbread header in the second half, when it looked like Norwich had got the equalizer, but Tim somehow turned the ball over the  crossbar.

And Norwich manager Paul Lambert had his head in his hands, as Krul had saved in magnificent fashion.

Tim talked after the game to Sky Sports and about that save he made from Whitbread:

“That save was up there with my best,”   “It was important for us to win, especially at home. These are the games we have to win.”  “I am really pleased with the three points, especially after Monday night.”

“It was horrible to see something like that yesterday with Fabrice Muamba, and our thoughts are definitely with him,” “The world is standing still and praying for him to get better.”

And it was good of Tim to mention Fabrice Muamba, and most of us are still almost numb at what happened yesterday afternoon at White Hart Lane, and we are hoping and praying he will come through OK.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert should have been buoyed by the Norwich display, especially in the second half, although Newcastle were well on top in those first 45 minutes.

Lambert talked to Sky Sports after the game:

“The performance was excellent, we had chances to score and had a go,”   “This is a tough place to play, we switched off for the goal and have to defend better.”

“We came to a team doing very well with a vibrant crowd and did really well.”  

And finally Alan Pardew was down to earth and truthful as ever after the game, and admitted his side were not at their best this afternoon, but we still managed to get all 3 points,  and it was a tremendous result for Newcastle, even if the display was only mediocre.

This is what Alan had to say after the game to Sky Sports:

“We were not at our best today,”   “We weren’t firing on all cylinders, had eight players injured yesterday and had to grind it out.”

“We have finishers on the pitch and that helps and they can nick you the win and that’s we did today.”  “I think Yohan played in many different  positions today.”

“But we’re are not getting a grip on these games and we were at a bit edgy today, and we missed Cheick today.”

“The fans got edgy today and they didn’t want me to take off  Ben Arfa –  our flair player – and  I understand that.”

Sometimes you have to grind these results out, and when you heard the roar from the Geordie fans when the referee blew that final whistle, you knew it was job well done, even though we were far from our best today.

Newcastle are now on 47 points from 29 games played, and if we can beat the 58 points Newcastle achieved under Glenn Roeder in 2006, it will be the biggest points total since the great Bobby Robson was the Newcastle manager back in 2004.

Are great times on their way back to Tyneside?

We think so.

Comments welcome.

102 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #1

    cheik tiote is a bit like the tooth fairy exept he takes out the teeth.

  • nufc786

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #2

    cheik tiote is right behind you! Made you look.

  • nufc786

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #3

    take positives fro game and move on now thats really it i think bring on errrrrrrrrrrr hold on …

  • nufc786

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #4

    west brom

  • nufc786

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #5

    howay the lads!! Cheik tiote once gave a man an apple. Today that man is known as Steve Jobs.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Why do ppl keep asking about cabaye he’s clearly jus feeling it after playing his first season in a lot tougher league

  • nufc786

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #7

    cheik tiote out boxed his own shadow.

  • nufc786

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #8

    i know mate cabsy is unlike a lot of foreigners ive seen in trying to adapt to this league cabaye played the 1st half of the season brilliant just because he’s had a dip in form but some people never will understand

  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Last season;
    46 points total
    8 clean sheets total
    11 wins total

    This season, with 9 games left to play:
    47 points so far
    10 clean sheets so far
    13 wins so far

    Improvement no?

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Today was a great result, we aren’t in the best form and played a team who are on a decent run with lots of confidence.

    In my opinion our priority should be:

    1) win and play well
    2) win and play poorly
    3) draw and play well
    4) draw and play poorly
    5) loose but play well

    Ideally we want to see good football and a win but today we worked hard, showed some good spells of quality in what was an even game I thought.

  • nufc786

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #11

    well 46 is my luck number so……….

  • t00ntime

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #12

    @dannyo also according to sky only 2 teams have lost less games this season (man utd and man city) !

    its also a big improvment to the 4-2 loss

  • toonking

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #13

    the negatives might over lap the positive in this game but two positives which are good enough at the end of the day is
    perch is proving one and for all how good a squad player he is and i would like him to start over simpson in next game.
    the second positive is we won the game so at the end of the day it is 3 points, but it will be a negative if pardew says in any interview that the crowd should have got behind the team better because i might not be about to afford to go myself but i know crowds hate teams sitting back after scoring

  • nufc786

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #14

    great options there

  • manxpie

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #15

    exactly davy i heard a stat today that torres scored his 1st goals in 152 days today n thats from a £50 million player who is used to this league!

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #16


    I just think some people on here have too high expectations of the side….it’d often said your 2nd season is your hardest back in the prem league…we have improved in our 2nd season and although we aren’t playing as well as some sides we are plying effectively.

    We just need to keep improving year on year and see where we end up.

  • t00ntime

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #17

    @toonking tbf thats one thing I liked more today, during the spells were we had possesion instead of launching it we passed it round the midfield and back 4 it might not be good on the eye but thats good football, forces norwich to come out

    however when theres pressure just lanuch it dont do a williamson lol

  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #18

    He scored his first goal in over 25 hours on the pitch… sick.
    I feel for him tho tbh.

  • Elfy_Toon

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Not a bad game, even after Norwich pushed forward in the second half. We were rather composed and deserved to be 3/4 goals ahead after the first half. I would have preferred us to continue attacking, and we did continue to create a few decent chances. I don’t think anybody played badly per say, everybody did their job, not fantastically, but certainly not badly. At the end of the day, we should be happy; a good first half performance, solid display, overtaken our points total from last season and a win.

  • Oleg G

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Before the Arsenal game, we had a 54% success rate. We suppose to get 18 points from our last 11 games, here are 3, another 15 to go. Lets see if statistics lie or not.

  • sirtoongospel

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Different system today, didn’t seem to work, but then the clean sheet and win justifies Pards decisions again. 4 wins from 9 games. If one of thise is the Liverpool game then we will finish 6th.

    If the boys can battle to 6th place then what a season we will have had. Hoping for a Liverpool v Chelsea/Spurs final now. If that happened and Liverpool did finish above us, then we would still get Europa in 7th.

    Hope that’s the case. Don’t want the unwashed in a semi never mind a final and getting Europa.

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #22


    Thanks (i think you were being sincere lol)

    I just think results are important, more so than performance, especially in the short term.

    People may claim they want a good performance over results but nobody backs a manager of a big team if he plays well but looses….that is the attitude of poor teams like wigan or west brom of the past (the one that were relegated every year they were in the league, not the effective one roy hodgeson has now)

  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Other great stats, we’ve only lost twice home this season.
    And only 4 sides has lost less matches than us.

    Cmon lads, get your heads out of the ditch and look at the numbers. It’s an amazing season so far.
    And if we should lose the rest of our matches, we’ve still done better than last year.
    I have faith in Europe tho 😉

  • magpie6699

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Dannyo – definitely.
    1 We have more points than last season already with 9 games to go.
    2. We were predicted by many to struggle this season
    3. We have many players still in their first season in the PL – Cabaye, Cisse, Santon etc.
    4. We were without Tiote (and have missed Saylor badly in defence)
    I thought Perch put a hell of a shift in today – tackling and harrying in the middle.
    Finally for any who know my posts, here is an unusually negative comment. Just what exactly is the point of Dan Gosling? I’d love to see him produce, I don’t want to be calling a player, but every time I see him I find myself thinking “Go on, do something to impress me!” Instead he either gets sent off or, like today, seems to meander ponderously around the midfield area without even having nuisance value. Sorry to be so harsh, but when we have Vuckic and Abeid on the bench, Tiote, Marveaux and others to come back, I cannot see when I would ever think of playing him.

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #25

    It makes no difference for Europe if we finish 6th or 7th (ideally i want 6th though)

    If we finish 7th and a team outside top 7 gets FA cup final place we dont get it…if we finish 6th and tem outside top 7 gets FA cup final place we dont get Europe…so 6th or 7th makes no difference for Europe but it would certainly be good to finish ahead of liverpool.

  • manxpie

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #26

    well in a way dannyo i wish he’d kept his poor run till the end of the season it ‘d give us a betta chance of finishin above em they’ve got city n spurs next so this result means even more bring on west brom i say!

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeh magpie699

    I am unsure what gosling does, not a box to box player, not an attacking player, not a holding player….he is just there.

    I am happy giving him time though, had a lot of injuries which hamper his development and sure he will improve.

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #28

    nufc786 had his fingers mysteriously kicked off by Cheik Tiote in response to his likening Tiote to ‘a fairy’. Posts 2 and 7 were made by Tiote himself from nufc786’s computer…

  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Perch did Tiote proud today, what we missed a bit today was Tiotes holding play, otherwise Perch was as good as Tiote on a good day.
    But yes, he’s a squad player, and i think Pardew sees that, i’m glad AP opted for him today tho, i can’t think of anyone in the squad who could’ve done better tbh.

  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Gosling should NOT be sold in the summer he should be loaned out to either a Prem team to get experience or a challenging Championship team.. he will come good he just needs games and time to find his feet

  • Jonny

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Is Jonas a left back? After that game, no. he showed where he is at his best and that is in their half. Santon gets the nod for me. Perch was heroic in the middle of the park today as well, him an Tiote would be a solid pairing away at the big teams! For me, Demba still isn’t the same since he came back from ACON, his fitness looks awful. Good win, very poor second half performance.

    Pull through Muamba, thoughts are with you.

  • toonking

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #32

    this season is the season i would call pardews player analysis, as it is his 1st full season in charge.
    So a good transfer window in the summer, which i feel more confident of then ever during ashley era is all that is needed for the top6 to become a realistically aim next season. the top 4 is still a step too far. it will come down to luck more than anything if we reach there.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #33

    I think we’d provide allot more oppertunities going forward if we had more able bodied fullbacks and wingers, plus, our midfield in general seems to have to help out our defense way too much.

    Willos confidence is simply shot to bits, never seen him this poor over such a long period.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #34

    A perfect way to put it 🙂
    “Pardews player analysis season”. Look at the players we’re targeting and tell me we’ll continue to play “hoofball”, which i only belive a certain few does anyway. As shown today when they become under pressure.

  • manxpie

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #35

    right this isn’t goslings season lets face it he had a career threatining injury that (luckily) he looks like he’s come back from so i can’t believe people r judging him when he’s had a few minutes here n there next season after maybe half a season ya can judge him but now is ajoke in my oppinion!

  • toonking

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #36

    rich it will still get us in europe this season if liverpool is the team in the final as the are already in europa league thanks to the carling cup

  • wynsleap

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Great times WILL come back Ed but only when we stop letting teams pass us to death and dictate the play.
    When we learn to do that, and added to our obvious firepower up front, superb captain at the back and a keeper who is keeping us in this top six race on his own, we should be formidable opponents.
    It’s hard to take when you’re holding on precariously at home against Norwich, yet, having said that, Cisse could have had 3 on another day, the keeper made a miraculous save from Ba and we could possibly have had two penalties (what was the difference between the shirt pull in the area by Whitbread on Ba to the penalty given away for the same action by Williamson in the recent derby match?).
    Final thought – not much longer to go now in having to put up with Williamson. He MUST be replaced in the close season. Not even good enough for a squad player in my opinion.

  • hattambenarfa

    Mar 18, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #38

    my team based on this season

    Simpson Willo (noone else) Colo Santon
    Perch Tiote
    HBA Cisse Ba

  • check the toastie

    Mar 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #39

    One moment defined how the rest of the game was played and demonstrates how Pardewosaurus has managed this year.

    On 15 minutes after playing some good stuff and being in the lead against a poor PL side, Benny takes a chance near our corner flag and keeps possession actually how good players are supposed too. However he finds Guthrie who in turn finds Simmo who in turn finds Willo, who in turn dithers on the ball and loses us possession nearly creating a chance for Norwich.

    Results of this loss of possession is Pardew shouting at Ben Arfa to just get rid, for the rest of the half we reverted to all running up the pitch and letting Krul launch the ball, the whole sh1t performance for the following 75 minutes was down to pardew and nobody else, he is killing players confidence in trying to keep the ball,

    Roll on to 2nd half and on 60 mins Ben Arfa has the ball in our own corner again, he tries to find one of his own players (perch) with a ‘risky’ ball but quite clearly he values his team trying to keep the ball, (very much like a number of new breed managers Rodgers, Martinez, even Lambert, who we could poach) 2 minutes later he is substituted and we hang on for a 1-0 win, he is killing the lad, and it is annoying the sh1t out of me.

    After the game Pardew talks about square pegs round holes (he put them their), and how we ‘werent at our best’ yes we were in fact we have played a lot worse recently, me thinks he is either stupid or deluded,

    I think Ashley will be looking to move him on if he doesnt start to improve the football, for me his squads quality far outweighs his own, starting to get very frustrated by his selections and tactics. Wasnt a massive Hughton Fan but credit to him as he played to his squads strength, pardew does not.

    Running out of patience, if not already ran out.

  • toonking

    Mar 18, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #40

    i hope you mean my team for rest of this season and not best players for the season because saylor would be in that team any day


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