Pardew Promises Better Performance Than Against Norwich

Newcastle just about  made it to the finish line last week against Norwich, but we did have a bit of luck to hang on to our 1-0 lead in the second half.

Alan Pardew – we will play better today

Norwich upped their game in that second half, but the Newcastle players were fighting hard for the win and it was a gut check, and in the end it was a great result,  if not a good performance for Newcastle.

It broke the four game streak without a win, and we know Alan Pardew has his feet firmly on the ground,  and he knows it was not a great performance from the side.

But he sees a new buoyancy in training this week with the players, and thinks the lads will player better today at The Hawthorns:

“I said after Norwich we’re under no illusions we’re not firing all cylinders. But we needed a win,” 

“I see on the training ground this week a new bouyancy among us and I do think we’ll play better on Sunday than we did against Norwich. I’m convinced of that.”

“We’ve still got to get a result against a team who are very formidable at home.”  “I do feel in better shape this week than I have done for a long time.”

The Newcastle manager seems to be just a little worried about our away form, although the last time on the road at Arsenal, Newcastle played well and were desperately unlucky not to get a point out of that game.

Newcastle still have to play at Wigan, Fulham, Swansea, Everton and Chelsea and none of those games look easy.

Alan thinks Newcastle are fighting for form away from home, but he seems to be looking forward to the  Manchester City game at home near the end of the season on 6th May, and that should be a great match:

“I think on a given day, with our best team, we’re as good as the top teams – especially at home,”   “Away you need to have that experience of a few campaigns.”

“You see Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea and Spurs now away from home, they have a comfort they can win the game.”  

“We’re fighting away from home and I think our form suggests that – we’re fighting to try and find the formula to win away.”

“But not at home. When Manchester City come here. . . well, people talk about them playing Man United as being a title decider.”

“But they have got a tough game afterwards as they’ve got to come to our place.”

“As much as that Man United game could be a title decider, that game could too.”

Newcastle also have to play Liverpool at home next Sunday, and that’s almost a must-win match – especially with Liverpool down in the dumps with two successive defeats against relegation fighting sides,  QPR and Wigan.

But first things first and Newcastle must handle West Brom today,  and it will not be easy, but a win is what we want to see, especially since they beat us 3-2 at St. James’ Park in December.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • geoff777

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think our run is is too bad.
    It could be a lot worse.

    Quite a few mid-table teams who could be playing for nothing.
    Everton have the distraction of the cup …

    We could take 5th …


  • Toon Tang

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    clocks moving has thrown me right out of sync. if we perform like we did against delia smith weel get done. need to continue like we did in the first half against arsenal.

    anyways, 1-0 toon. cant wait

  • cally22001

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Why exactly is the Liverpool game now a must win match? Bit of sensationalism.

    Anyway, what an opportunity the bin dippers have given us today. Win and 6th looks pretty secure ans we can really have a go at Chelsea. Incredible that I am saying that after 29 games!


    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    If we have a shitty performance again and still get the three points i,ll be happy!

    The most important thig is the three points!

  • pbNcl

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Must win fundamental game this.
    We gotta gan absolute raggo yagga yagga on them.
    The time has come!!


    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    must win do or die . v cnt let 3 pts slip away if we wana play in europe


    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #7


    If we win against the bindippers on 1st April then our high league finnish is more or less secure!

    Liverpool is not a must-win match! But they have been dropping points big time in their last few games! And this has helped us!
    We have,nt been setting the world on fire either and our form aint been good in the last few weeks! A win today would do us nicely but don,t hold your breath!

    Next Sunday will see the first return of Enrique and Andy Carroll since they left us! Because of that one fact it will be sweet if we could beat them! Just can,t imagine the sort of welcome they are going to get!

  • 9

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    West Brom’s home record looks awful, so despite our current lack of form, we must view this as one of our best chances for 3 points away from home. Let’s hope we can do it!

  • obatoyou

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    what’s their home record like?

  • obatoyou

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    they beat chelsea at home not long ago, and 4-0 over sunderland the home game before that one.

  • geoff777

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    It would be good to put in a decent performance today.

    It’s been a strange season. With Liverpool, Chelsea & Arsenal all playing well below expected standards.

    We’ve watched some dire performances recently but were lucky that the teams around us have been playing badly too.

    There’s a triangle of players Simmo – Willo and Perch who find it difficult to pass the ball forwards.
    Lets hope Tiote really is fit and its all a clever plan …

    I think we’ll win. I hope we control the game and win with style.

  • 9

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    West Brom’s home record in the league this season:
    P14 W4 D2 L8 F14 A18
    That’s shocking!

  • obatoyou

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    that is shocking, thank you

    recent results not too horrible tho

    5-1 over wolves 4-0 over sunderland and 1-0 over chelsea,, crikey they must have been happy that week.

  • 9

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    ……………unfortunately, 2 of that pathetic number of just 4 home wins, have been their last 2 home matches, both against teams in top form for their new managers! Maybe our timing isn’t so good!

  • obatoyou

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    think villas-boas was still there for west brom game.

    anyway, it says that their home form before the last two was

    P12 W2 D2 L8 F9 A18

    that is terrible, they should be relegated on that form

  • 9

    Mar 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    oba@15 You’re spot on. It was AVB’s last match, he was sacked the next day. I stand corrected.

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry to be picky “Ed” but you are falling into the poor English football commenting.

    “Just about made it” means that they did not succeed and it is expressions like this that is becoming more and more prevalent with sports commentators.

    I do believe that this type of wrong use of expressions comes from American commentators who I think struggle to speak the language to any great anyway so you may have half an excuse but only half a one.

    C’mon Ed pick up the slack and show your origins, English is your first language (well maybe second to Geordie).

    By the way critique apart, best of luck and keep up the great work


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