Alan Pardew – Newcastle Won A Battle Yesterday

There’s no doubt it was a tough game and Newcastle won yesterday without eight of their first team squad,  who were all out injured.

Alan Pardew – we won a battle yesterday

Those players were Steven Taylor, Leon Best, Sylvian Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Gabby Obertan.

And the first five listed are probably out for the season, although Marveaux and Sammy Ameobi may have a chance of playing before the end of the season.

So in that context it was a good squad win yesterday for Newcastle, and players were asked to play out of position and all did well, and as Alan has said,  we managed to win the battle.

And we wont even mention Alan Smith who is out on loan at MK Dons.

This is what manager Alan Pardew told the local media immediately after the game yesterday:

“Over the last three games against Sunderland, Arsenal and now Norwich, I think we’ve deserved four points, just for squad commitment to try to win a game, and that’s what we did today.”

“Dan Gosling hasn’t had much football but he had to play a role. James Perch had to play a role in central midfield. Everybody’s pulling to try and get us the finish that we need. Winning today has made our European qualification task do-able.”

“Had we lost then it wouldn’t have.” “We were not firing on all cylinders and I can say that. I can look at my team and know we’re not balanced or at our best. And winning when you’re not at your best is a great thing to have.”

“Mike Ashley said to me after the Sunderland game that it was fantastic theater – but there wasn’t much theatre today.”  “What there was, was a real professionalism on the pitch.”

“You have to say that both teams put in a stint and in a way stopped each other from playing a little bit.”  “The flair players could maybe have produced a little bit more je ne sais quoi but my goodness, we did battle and we won a battle.”

With Newcastle finally picking up all three points for the first time in the last five league games,  it will now be important to keep winning if we are to qualify for the Europa League.

Next up is a game at West Brom next Sunday afternoon, with the same kick-off time as yesterday (4:00 pm),   and the game will again be televised live around the world.

Just like with Norwich City, we lost our first game against West Brom 3-2 at St. James’ Park just before Christmas, and we therefore have even more reason to go all out for 3 points.

After West Brom, we have a plum home game against Liverpool,  followed by an away game at Swansea, and both those games will be very tough.

We have to hope we can get Cheick Tiote, Ryan Taylor and Gabby Obertan back for the game at the Hawthorns next Sunday.

But there’s no doubt it was an excellent result for Newcastle yesterday, and we are now on 47 points from 29 games for the season and in 6th position.

That’s  5 points clear of Liverpool who have a game in hand and play  at QPR on Wednesday night.

QPR are due a win,  having not picked up a win in any of their last 6 league games.

Here’s hoping. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1


    A lot has been made of the lack of the ’12th man’.

    I put it to you, how can the fans treat every game as a cup final if the players do not?

    The first 15 minutes were electric at St James yesterday, but the Willo doddled on the ball and the entire mood changed because the players took their foot of the pedal.

    Also we played Norwich and your making out like Perch had an amazing game against a massive club.

    If he plays like that week in week out against Man City, Man Ure, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham etc… then i’ll say he was immense.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2


    agreed 100%

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s really hard to find your voice when the team are playing like that,it’s exciting play that gets the crowd going and there has been a distinct lack of it since the Man U game.

  • Beattie25

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    ”The flair players could maybe have produced a little bit more je ne sais quoi”

    Fckuing hell Pards, how can they provide magic with the tactics employed yesterday?

    Lob sided, defensive and lacking any kind of consitency, it is no wonder our ‘flair’ players werent in the game much.

    I did notice that after the 60th minute Ben Arfa was a little quiet though… oh yeah… cos this wally took him off!

    Fcuking arrogant, sicophant with a attraction to grinding out wins, that is what he is turning into in my opinion.

    It aint the 1980’s anymore Pards, play some modern, attractive football as we have the players to do so.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh Christ, Pardews doing his Del Trotter impression again *facepalm*.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6


  • Tsunki

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Winning is not enough……oh dear! We aren’t Man U – I think perspective is needed here.

    Tactics very negative and playing to sit on a goal all game was dire and risky, more so than pushing for 2 more imo.

    Perch was standout for me yesterday and I don’t doubt he could play as good a game in that position against many decent sides. Willo what the hell were you doing? More non-directed headers and clearances, he’s starting to look lost at times though the back 4 was a weird setup. HBA would have scored or made something as they looked a bit like they had shot their bolt by 60 mins, AP obviously bottled that. Dullest game I have attended but we won. Next!

  • Klatoon

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    From previous post


    Perch is not same class as those players but NUFC aint in Barca or Madrid’s class either,now are we?

  • wynsleap

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Sick of seeing teams continually pass us to death. When are we going to actually get hold of a game and take charge?
    If we play at our current level I can’t see us getting any more than a point out of our next three games – and that would really damage our European chances.
    Oh .. and Pardew – stop making excuses about having players out. Only Tiote and Saylor would have got into that team automatically yesterday.
    We can’t rely on Tim to save us week in and week out.
    As far as Williamson goes the coaches here have to grab him by the throat and tell him that you don’t dally on the ball near your own box when you have a clear opportunity to get rid of it. Bloke’s a liability.

  • magpie6699

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t get this “we were total crap, Pardew is useless ” stuff all the time. I’m sick of hearing that we are crap with only 2 decent performances (or whatever) this season. Yesterday was not a classic by any means, we were’nt firing on all cylinders and Norwich played a passing game with, however, very little penetration most of the time. As for our play, I remember purring over a one-touch move between about 7 players that just didn’t quite end with a shot on goal; I also thought the goal was stunning and the timing of the pass and the running that found Cisse for his 2nd one-on-one was sublime. Shola (yes, Shola!) showed some great touches after he came on, Jonas played much better when he moved up and Benny, despite a quiet game, had a couple of good runs. The only negative was the poor quality of our clearance and play out of defence which often lked to us being caught unnecessarily. And yes, it was “only” Norwich – who were on 36 points, one behind the “great” Mackems and whose stats show that they include some of the hardest running players in the PL.
    As for Pardew, I have lost count of the times he has been criticised for being rigid, fixated with 4-4-2 and that he should play 4-3-3 at home, yet when he tries it in the first half yesterday, there are people on here moaning about his change of tactics!
    I will allow myself a quiet GRRR!

  • jayphoto

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    actually thought pardew got it right yesterday! saw norwich go to old trafford and create a lot more than we allowed them to! Would have kept ben arfa on, would have instead taken cisse off earlier and moved ben arfa central, think benny took a few risks in his own half, saw pardew going mental at him a few times from the touchline, actually expected him to go off at half time

  • magpiebop

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m a big believer in squad rotation to keep players fresh and energized as my previous posts testify. Players like Vuckic, Abeid, Ferguson, Tavernier and Streete should be getting plenty of playing time until the end of the season wii everyone dropping like flies. Vuckic particularly looks something special.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Was a weird looking team sheet too. Surprised everybody remembered where they were supposed to be. We won. Moving on…..

  • LewSpi

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    The team’s ‘common lingo’ is finally rubbing off on Pards then.

    I have attended every home game this year, and I will admit that there has been an issue with the atmosphere this year, and it has happened for 2 reasons.

    #1 – Ashley has completely eradicated any ‘singing sections’ which existed, with the sole purpose of extending the singing section. Attempts were made for it to simply swap corners, but this ultimately didn’t work as it was expected, also with it being int he opposite corner, the banter with the away fans is just non-existant.

    #2 – a victim of our own success. When we were despised by the media, we simply got a 3 oclock slot on a saturday afternoon, as we were never wanted in the dazzling lights of the TV screens. Now that we are performing and in the spotlight a bit, Sky are wanting us on the TV, meaning we have been moved to a sunday afternoon slot.

    This is bad because on a saturday everyone goes out before the game, has one or ten beers, then goes to the game and is probably a bit louder than they would be sober. With games being on a sunday, and work on a monday, fans tend to be more reserved and watch what they’re drinking, therefore being a lot quieter at the match.

    So, there it is, it’s not that we’re not playing attractive football, because we haven’t for years but we were still one of the best fans in the country, it’s simply a mixture between splitting the stadium up and having rubbish kick off times due to being on the TV

  • Ian Magpie

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    I remember a time when we were 12 points clear at the top of the league and looked to be strolling it! Manure just kept wining 1-0, 1-0 1-0! Eric Cantona kept getting the single goal and they were winning ugly and just getting the wins!!! They weren’t pretty but they did a job and finnally overtook us. Sometimes the win is all that matters. Ask yourselves……If or when we are playing in Portugal, France or where ever in the Europa League on a Thursday night next season will you be bothered that we were just winning then??????? At this time of season a win is a win no matter how ugly!

  • LewSpi

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #17

    extending the family section***

  • magpiebop

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Guttierez, Ba, Cisse and Cabaye look like they need a rest to me. Ben Arfa was the wrong sub yesterday and is starting to get the tag of a luxury player from some fans despite his work rate increasing as the season has gone on.

  • Ian Magpie

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #19

    As for atmosphere………….If Ashley was impressed against Sunderland with remarks of great theatre! DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT THEN AND ORGANISE A SINGING END. GET THE FANS AROUND THE TABLE AND ASK THEM HOW WE CAN IMPROVE THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE GROUND! Its been sh*t* for ages!

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #20

    I don’t know Why I am rising to this but Beattie, I’m afraid your views are so very blinkered by your dislike of Pardew. Do you really think Pardew sent the players out to play like they did yesterday? He started with Ba, Cisse, Ben Arfa – all the players people were clamouring for. Sorry, but every time Ben Arfa got the ball he either ran into a blind alley or fell over the ball. He was near his frustrating worst yesterday. Ba’s first touch was generally awful, either knocking it into the path of a Norwich player or at least giving them time to close him down. Cisse could have had a first half hat trick – but didn’t! Pardew’s fault? Get real. Willo is completely devoid of confidence obviously (let’s leave it at that). You also feel it necessary to have a go at Perch again. Did he play well? Yes he did, arguably our best player, so why not just give him some credit for it rather than the constant negativity.

    We have played much better and lost (first half v Fulham arguably our best 45 mins of the season and were drubbed 5-2). We might have possibly deserved a draw at Arsenal and maybe a draw yesterday could be argued though not in my book. That would have been 2 points from 2 games. I much prefer the 3 gained yesterday even though the performance was so terribly disjointed. It definitely wasn’t Pardew’s fault that our team of professional footballers looked at times as though they had never seen a football (or each other) before. We all know they are better than that. Just be thankful for the 3 points after playing badly. That’s what the top teams do.

  • Beattie25

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #21

    God w must watch 2 different games us lot.

    I do not dislike Pardew but there is a growing dislike for the man due to his nonsensical after match and pre game press confences and the fact that we have played poorly all season and his tactice are often very bizaree.

    That wasnt 4-3-3 yesterday it was 4-4-1-1 with a LW at LB, a CM at LW, a CF at AM , an AM at RW and a donkey at CB.

    If it was 1 game, I would say ‘yeah, bad game but we got the 3 points’. It hasn’t been 1 game it has been all season.

    Even with our strongest team we have played like a relegation threatened unit and I have yet to see any improvement in the team since the first game of the season.

    I do not blame Pardew 100% for this but he is the manager some he must shoulder some blame as all managers, in every walk of life have to.

    Take it from me, in any job you can get the results, scrape them in, but if the team isnt performing to its true potential then the manager, regardless of the results, gets it in the ear.

    I aint asking for much just a little positivity from the footballers paid to live our dreams.

    You cannot honestly tell me that any of you are happy with the way we are performing. Take away 6th place for a minute and concentrate on the delivery and application on the field and 1 person says ‘yes Beattie25 I am happy with the performances’ then I will say youre a fcuking liar.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #22

    Am sorry like but it’s not up to one section of the ground to sing, it’s up to all the ground to create an atmosphere

  • martoon

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #23

    For weeks people have been clamouring for us to play 433 (that includes you Beattie although you wont read this as I’m in the BLOBB club). It worked at first but later in the game Norwich countered it effectively. So Pardew adjusted things which meant taking off HBA who was not having one of his best games, and this seemed to work as we came back into the game (slightly)
    After watching the highlights on MOTD2 we had more chances than I remembered. Overall some good football though not enough but the right result.

  • NUFC 1892

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24


    ________BA CISSE

    _________BEN ARFA

    _______TIOTE PERCH

  • shearermania

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #25


    fair dinkum mate…spot on

  • davybtoon

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #26

    Of course it was 433 yesterday it was so clear that was the formation that many have been crying out for, but there ppl on here who think things through properly assess the squad n realise it won’t work yet as we haven’t the players to do it, n what happened we were proved right yet again for we weeks ppl been saying we need to play passing football not hoof ball n for weeks we hav been telling you we play passing football n that it falls apart once it goes any were near willo n Simpson n it happened again yesterday

  • cally22001

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #27

    Beattie, there is another tea,down the road if you aren’t happy. This isn’t f@cking show business they are thereto get results not entertain.if they do both then fantastic. If you would seriously swap 6th forNorwich who I guess by your argument would play. Enter football but who are 14th then you have no right to be a Necastle fan. So yes I am delighted with the performances as they have been good enough for us to be6th, about 5 places higher than I expected.

  • cally22001

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #28

    *better football

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Lewspi ,
    Agree with all your factors in what is making the atmosphere stale these days but I think the most important one is the quality of football being played the crowd react to good football and there isn’t much of it being played at the moment.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #30

    What a cu nty twat Cally is.

  • cally22001

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #31

    Hahaha, good point Fist Pump, very eloquent. If you can’t counter a point then degenerate to name calling. Easy way to win an argument…

  • davybtoon

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #32

    Pardew why because he’s telling it like it is, we’re 6th n we’ve improved this season more clean sheets, more wins, more points been top 7 all season, yet ppl don’t like it bcoz they want instant success well he’s right if u don’t like it, then maybe some of u shud think about supporting some other club

  • NUFC 1892

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #33

    CISSE 3 IN 5
    CARROLL 3 IN 24

  • cally22001

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #34

    I’ll take 1-0 every week. But of course it’s all Pardews fault. He plays HBA who everyone clamours for, plays ba and Cisse as well for good measure, but it’s still his fast the players have had a dip in form. And all those on here would know exactly what to do. Repeat ad nauseam for the rest of the season even if we make Europe.

  • wynsleap

    Mar 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #35

    It’s a difficult one this ‘atmosphere’ question.
    In the 60’s and 70’s the noise and fervour at St. James Park was frightening. Probably the swaying of the whole crowd (not just a little section) and constant songs allied to the tin roof on the Leazes End magnifying the decibels was what frightened most visiting teams. I have seen some players visibly wilt as the Leazesenders (of which I was one) got into full throttle.
    Is it the fact that there isn’t standing now, is it because there is too much money in the game and supporters are constantly anxious over results, balance sheets, European qualification etc. and being embarrassed and annoyed about being pulled to bits on other supporters’ blogs? Perhaps it’s because supporters nowadays treat it as just another outing in busy life rather than the MAIN event of the week or fortnight when it brightened a dull working environment?
    I would love to get back to those days but unfortunately I don’t think it will ever happen.
    Mind, some decent thrilling football would help just a little bit!


    Mar 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #36

    BALLERFAN @ 20 :

    There is,nt many times on here when i totally agree with what someone tries to say! But i have to say that your spoy on here!

    Beatie25 @ 21 :

    I could be sarcastic in reaction to your opinions and what you say and total negativity here: But i would just say this to you:

    We have been playing Crap the whole season according to you! We won the first 11 games of the season you wally!
    If we are so Crap why have a lot of people been praising us for our league position and mentality so far this year!

    You are unbelievably negative and seldom have anything constructive to say! Oh we are SO CRAP ARE,NT WE!!!

    We are deffo niet so crap as you appear to think ! My apologies to you for being so abrupt! But if we win or draw at the Hawthorns then you will be saying on here that were crap again! Just suppose Joey and QPR get a win later this week and we get the result at West Brom! Crap again! i suppose?

    I am in no-way happy with how we are playing either the last few months! How can you expect the lads to be so positive if all you can do is come here and be continually Negative!

    And i think you need to temper your reactions to how people express their opinions and not start calling people liars when they do!



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