West Brom Are Better On The Road Than At Home

Alan Pardew had great respect for West Brom’s very experienced manager Roy Hodgson.

Roy Hodgson – WBA’s experienced  manager

Newcastle did extremely well in Sunday’s game with Norwich and to win it 1-0 when we were far from our best shows the lads’ fighting qualities.

Newcastle took a lot of criticism for the display,  but if you watched the Manchester City game against Chelsea last night – City were just hopeless for the first 75 minutes and they spent over £800M on players since August of 2008.

We’ve spent about two and sixpence since then,  in comparison. 😀

Roy is one of the most experienced managers in the Premier League and has managed over 20 different sides since he was Assistant Manager at Maidstone United in 1971, where he started his management career.

He has since managed Switzerland, Blackburn Rovers, Inter-Milan, FC Copenhagen. Finland, Fulham and Liverpool, amongst others, since 1971.

It turns out Newcastle United have 999 points in the Premier League since 1993, and anything out of the game on Sunday will get us to that 1,000 point total.

Alan Pardew seems to be a big admirer of 64 year-old Roy Hodgson’s management ability:

“Roy is as good a candidate as anybody for the England boss for me.” “I know Harry Redknapp is probably the media’s favourite to get the job, but Roy would be a great choice.”

“He has put together a strong side at West Brom and he has very good players.” “He will make it tough for us.”

We think Newcastle will find WBA a tough nut to crack on Sunday, and they gave us all we could handle when they won 3-2 at St. James’ Park in December, and only Chelsea this season have also managed to do that.

But the good news is that West Brom are probably better away from home than at The Hawthorns.

In their 14 home games they have four wins and 14 points, but in their 15 games on the road they have 6 wins and 22 points.

Alan Pardew has had a talk with his players this week,  as they assess where we are and what goals the lads could achieve in the final 9 games of the season.

With the win on Sunday we now have 47 points, one more point than we got the whole of last season in 38 games, and we could end up with our highest points total since 2003.

Alan Pardew talked to the local press today and talked about the 47 points, one point more than last season’s  total:

“I noticed that stat and that we are one point better off, but the boys are staying focused.”  “Last week’s refocusing has set us on a new direction.”

“At the start of the season we would have taken a place in the top 10.”  “Yet this is a new team and we have to see where we can finish in the last nine games.”

“The win was important for us but the clean sheet was perhaps more important.”  “We are in a good state and we got a lift from it.”  “We are vibrant going into the game and that bodes very well for Sunday.”

“It is a tough game but everybody was in a good frame of mind for it in training yesterday.”  “We will be out there to stump West Brom’s growth on Sunday.”

With the clean sheet on Sunday that’s now 10 for the season, and one more than last season, and it’s the first time we have reached double figures since Glenn Roeder got us up to 7th place with 58 points in 2006, when we won six of our last seven league games.

A win on Sunday at West Brom would take us up to 50 points, and we’ll be really flying.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    WBA is our Moby Dick in last couple of seasons… good at home, bad at home… we should be aware.

  • lewytoon

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    i want santon to play rb because as we saw eh immediately bombed down the wing and crossed it in against norwich on sunday, simpson doesnt offer that because hes crap. play fergie lb who is also quite attackign and the team would also be more balanced. it seems ferguson hasnt had a look in for some reason.

    in the summer i hope we sign corgent, hoilet, douglas, pieters and rhodes.

    play 4-3-3 with cabaye tiote corgent across the middle witht he back four being santon – colo – saylor and pieters. a

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    excited about Pieters arrival.. will have a solid foundation at the back. Santon is still young and improving. Sometimes he’s out of position but in time he will be solid as well. Another quality centre back like Mbiwa and we will have good depth as well. Provided no one leaves including Williamson. 4th choice.


    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    is it for real The BINDIPERS LOST? COZ LAST I SAW WAS DIPERS 2 – 1 QPR

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5


    Better believe it. They did a Newcastle and threw it away

  • jakesome

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    3-2 qpr brother

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m not sure how I’d feel about Santon playing RB on his todd, with essentially Willo covering him.

    Still think the lad has leaps to go before he meets enrique’s standards last season.

    I dont doubt he’ll get there but im not confident in hos defending abilities. I’ve seen him get beaten so many times and hes survived with Colo picking up the slack but on the other side with Benny there I would worry.

    I’m happy to have Simmo RB I think he is unjustly criticised by everyone.

  • liamgowland

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Danny Simpson has been solid at the back for us all season, especially defensively, and has improved immensely. He might not overlap and whip balls in like Enrique used to, but he understands our game very well, and hangs alot of balls up into the box from deep, which we seem to gain from in terms of knock-downs etc from our two big men in Cisse and Ba (or Shola/best if they feature) which is smart and playing to our strenghts. Hatem could take note of him at times and just get the ball in the box!!

    Absolutely no point in sticking Ferguson in the side when he hasn’t featured for ages, he’s far from the finished article yet, although he is very promising along with Vuckic, Tavernier, Abied etc. Next season perhaps they can get some more game time….

    And I wish we would all stop dreaming about Hoilett. There is no way he’ll be coming to Newcastle with the salary cap we have in place, not to mention the abudence of offers he’ll get from CL clubs.

    As for this weekend, I would take a point, I’m never optimistic at The Hawthorns!

  • jakesome

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    anyone know where to find the highlights of the games yesterday?
    if there was a match of the day i missed it(dont think there was)


    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #10

    🙂 i stlk cnt belive it hahaha da fools lost 🙂 holy sh**

  • jakesome

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    its not unjust, half of a RB job is to bomb forward a whip balls in if he is too scared to do that then how does he justify getting paid 15-20k a week


    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #12

    im loven it dnt no what the reaction will b of ma frnds who support bindipers 🙂

  • jakesome

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    i was a great day for us yesterday. when i went on the ssn app and saw the results i celebrated like a toon win

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    MOTD last night maybe on BBC i player

  • GeordieToon89

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Really hoping we get these dutch lads in, we could have half of the future of dutch defence, Tim Van Krul, Erik Van Pieters and Virgil Van Dijk, this Van Dijk is supposed to be some player aswell meant to be quick and strong and can also pop up with a goal when he heads up for set pieces only 20 aswell excellent prospect who can hopefully challenge for a place without being unhappy hes behind Taylor and Colo for a season or two

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16


    I see your point. But I think many overlook the support he has given whoever plays in front of him most of the time. He knows when to run forwards when to stay.

    His defensive technique holds the opposition at bay allowing for the defense to structure for attacks.

    I just think people are perhaps looking at Santon through tinted glasses, Yes he has an impressive CV for a guy his age, and a clear abundance of skill. And is more exciting to see when he attacks but I can safely say that I think we would conceded far more with Santon constantly pushing up field too much and getting beaten by wingers all the time over Simmo.

    I just think Its shameful the amount of stick he has been getting from fans (especially the twitter thing) for a guy that has saved our a55 so many times this season.

    And nobody seems to be able to criticise him properly, its just Simmo is CR4p, not good enough.

    As my gaffer tells me “Come to me with a problem, I dont care, Come to me with a solution to that problem and i’ll happily listen”

    In otherwords you can translate that statement to if you’re gonna complain at least justify it.

    I can pick out faults with Santon’s play atm that Im sure he will improve on but we need to think whats the best option available now.

    You can criticise Benny (earlier in the season) for his off the ball work. You can pick out whats wrong with Obertan.

    But nobody ever picks out a reason for hating on Danny. They just do.

    Play Santon at RB and who will you have at LB? Fergie, an untried young promising player that will have none of the understanding of the game that Simmo has.

    Fergie looks great but I dont get all the people saying “play him now” when back in the early season everyone was saying “Sammy is not ready yet” Does the same not apply to Fergie?

    Young players will look good when they come on for cameos against tired players they have been watching all game and the manager has identified what they need to do. But play them a whole game and will they be able to do the same thing on their own back?

    When has Simmo screwed up so colossally?

  • LooneyToon41

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    City were hopeless for the first 75mins?? I don’t know what game you were watching. They dominated Chelsea throughout. Nasri had probably his best game for City, he was excellent. Very tough game against WBA, but they have little to play for as they’re pretty much safe…. then again… last game of season last year, we were 3-0 up, and drew 3-3. Hopefully, Obinwingy won’t be fit to play!

  • LooneyToon41

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Oh, and Simmo must play. He’s a regular is what has been (95% of the season) a solid defence this year. In fact, i can’t even think back to a better defensive season in recent times.

  • jakesome

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #19

    good points he has been good at the back this season and we wouldnt of been able to play hba on the right without him (or someone like him). i think its a confidence thing for him when hes on the ball, i do feel his decision making when he has the ball is rushed and a few times he does get caught out of position. i just think in order to progress he needs to be backup not starting (when we get a decent replacement)
    he does put the effort in i will give him that

  • martoon

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    LGFUAD21 agree with you about Simmo – he is never going to be a world beater but he is a solid defender who has been an ever present this season. A major criticism of him is his ball out of defence but he surely just has to learn to give the ball to colo or a midfield player.

  • liamgowland

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21


    Agreed wholeheartedly. Simpson is far from spectaular, and is awkward on the ball at times, and won’t play it out of defence, but who are we kidding? We used to get angry at Enrique for ‘over-playing’ at the back anyway. He does a good job defensively, and is very solid- good Premier League full back. Don’t get me wrong I would love to have Pieters at LB and Santon (hopefully more matured defensively at RB next season) but keep Danny Simpson if we can. he’s a good professional to have at the club.

    Also, agree with LooneyToon41, City were the dominant side last night throughout, and barring Chelsea’s fortunate goal, they never looked like scoring.

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #22

    I’m not saying he is up to standarn necessarily. Im just saying I dont think he deserves all the stick he gets. Especially the Twitter stuff, which clearly affected his game at the weekend.

    I would have no qualms with him being replaced in the summer at all.

    But if we are living in the here and now, he is our best option, and not too bad an option at that. So whats the point in slagging him all the time. Get behind him instead.

    I’ve said this before on here but i’ll say it again. In the words of John Wayne regarding JFK’s elections:

    “I didnt vote for him but he’s my president and I hope he does well”

    You may not have voted for him but hes our defender so lets cheer him on.

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23


    As would I, given that Santon has matured enough and we can get Pieters over the line.

    There jsut seems to be so much negativity among the fans atm and I think its shameful. We can no longer call ourselves the best fans in the league because atm we are far from it. We are becoming the RVP of fan bases, brats that need levelling

  • LooneyToon41

    Mar 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Full backs are defenders first and foremost. Look back at the likes of Winterburn and Dixon at Arsenal, or Irwin and Neville at ManU. All played in very successful sides, and all were good defenders. These are the kind of full backs needed in the Premier League. Maybe you can play Roberto Carlos and Cafu type players, but only if you have the best team in the world! Simpson overall has defended well this season.

  • JDdubai

    Mar 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Simmo(and Willo) are average players, not their fault they aren’t fantastic on the ball however I would say that they clearly have nothing to aim at when they look up, the midfield arent showing for a pass as they would prefer to give it simple I would imagine and so all they have left to do is hit it long.

    They are in need of replacement though if we are serious at becoming a top 6 side each season, they are mid-lower premier league players, not bad as squad players but no more and I doubt Simmo would accept being a squad player.

    I do think Fergie should have been given more of a chance this season, even from the bench. We know how good Simmo will be, he’s pretty much at his peak now but Fergie has so much potential, if we had given him moe time then who knows how much he could have pushed on this season…….

  • wynsleap

    Mar 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #26

    “Stump their growth” Alan? I’m sure you mean “stunt”.
    Nevertheless the only way we are going to beat West Brom is we stop giving them 70% of the play and watch them pass us all over the park as we have been allowing teams to do to us recently.
    The scrag end of the season is where the teams that really have got the bottle, go on and fight for the top positions.
    Do we have it? Does Pardew allow us to have it?
    Lose the fear Pardew and get the boys firing. That means playing Cisse, Demba AND Benny. Let teams worry about us instead of the other way round.


    Mar 22, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #27

    There is absolutely no guarantee,s or conclusions that we can make as far as regards another clubs record at home or away!

    We should just concentrate on our own game and go and get the three points at their place!

    Hodgson may be a good manager but he was crap while at Liverpool !

  • markmac

    Mar 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #28

    we need to have some pace at the back this weekend,because thats how they undid us last time with raylor at LB, after jonas’ decent performance last time out maybe he’d be a good option there again?

  • cheik tioonte

    Mar 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Hello this is my first post on this blog, 2-1 win for the toon on Sunday
    Could somebody please tell me what IMO means


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