Newcastle Haven’t Used Injuries As Any Excuse This Season


Newcastle have had a number of injuries this season, such as losing Steven Taylor for the season, at the beginning of December.

Cheick Tiote – Mr. T could be back on Sunday

But we’ve noticed Alan Pardew and his coaching staff have not moaned about it, even though the Newcastle  squad is still far too small.

And indeed, if Newcastle do qualify for the Europa League next season, we will have to increase the size of  the squad quite a bit over the summer months.

In general when players have come in this season, they have got the job done and praise to players like James Perch and Danny Guthrie amongst others, for doing that.

John Carver believes the ability for squad players to come in and do the job for Newcastle is why Newcastle are flying so high in the league this season:

“We’ve been like this all season.” “The manager hasn’t spoken about injuries or made excuses.” “The pleasing thing from our point is that it has been about the squad.”

“Every single player has contributed to where we are now.” “That has to continue to happen between now and the end of the season.” “We don’t just say it for the sake of it.”

“It’s important that we actually underline that we need these players.” “We knew we would at some stage because of how demanding the Premier League is.”

On Sunday, it looks like James Perch will come into the side at center-back and partner Mike Williamson, since Fabricio Coloccini is out for a couple of games.

And Cheick Tiote could come in for Danny Guthrie,  and Ryan Taylor will probably start at left-back against Liverpool.

Certainly the small squad Newcastle have,   has performed extremely well this season so far, and it was good news that Fabricio will miss only two games with his hamstring problem.

It’s also good we are not using injuries as any excuse, we had enough of that when  Graeme Souness was at the club, where he would complain about the injuries all the time.

Not so with Alan Pardew.

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Hmmm… I’m not quite sure what to think of that topic, but i can never remember Pardew using injuries as an excuse to why we lost a match.
    He’s reminded us of the injuries now and again, but he usually brings it up to praise the players that have come in in their stead.
    I could be wrong. All in all, Pardew is very honest in his interviews. Managers sometimes see things differently to us supporters, but it’s like that everywhere.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Also, dont want to be living in the past but I do feel that we have missed Enrique a touch this season, THink we could have been doing even better with him in the defense, Would have been almost invincible at the beginning of the season with Saylor as well.

    I dont think he’ll regret his move. Liverpool, while massively underperforming are still in 7th and have European football next season so hes not really worse off, like Joey.

    But he will almost certainly have to rethink the comments he made when he left, questioning our ambitions and what not. Reckon he would’ve stayed had he been blessed with hindsight.

    But Enrique has jumped ship, and Santon is young and full of quality and potential

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Be wary of mackem trolls and do not be tempted to reply to billybobtederic. Public service announcement, OV.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Also noticed that Lawro has us down for a win this weekend, nice to have him believe in us for once, C0ck.

    The downside is we have a habbit of proving the man wrong, hope thats not the case this weekend

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  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6

    In regards to my other posts

    nice little video of Abeid here showign my points

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhw4fgdrnj4

    Quite strong ont he ball, but his movement and vision is good. And say what you want about the standard of the football he’s playing but those 2 abilities translate across tiers

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve been a fan of Pardew from his first press conferance, although not before. he’s handled himself superbly.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Haven’t been on here much – what is the current craic? Has the ‘Mystery Man’ performed the big reveal? And by ‘Mystery Man’ I of course mena Beattie, and by ‘big reveal’ I do of course mean quit boring us.

    I do think the coaching staff have not only carried themselves with dignity and the big result of that is that ‘squad players’ have stepped up when required because AP seems to transmit his confidence in the players behind the scenes, I believe that although there are natural first choices he makes clear nobody is irreplaceable, this is why Raylor and Perch are free to play out of their skin without feeling they are the inferior choice. Good management.

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    thanks tsunki. we all need reminding before he finishes school for Easter and trolls all week

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #10

    @4 – thought he had it down as a 1-1?

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  • HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris)

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    @7well said. and he stops boring us at 5 today.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Hang on to your socks lads its post switch time….

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  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew has reminded us more than once that to lose Saylor was a big blow as he is without doubt our best defender in the air in both penalty areas, and of course, he is right, as the remaining defenders, including Colo, are weak under the high ball. For a guy over 6 feet, Williamson is pathetic because he can’t jump, remember N’Zogbia out jumping him at SJP last season. That is why at least two big, strong, physical defenders are the priority this summer, with cover up front, bearing in mind that there is another ACN next year, even if Ba stays.

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  • Jesus1983

    Mar 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #14

    I rate Santon very highly but i think it’s very worrying that Ryan Taylor and James Perch seem to be preferred to him at left back.

    We speak about signing a left back in the summer (Pieters hopefully) and switching Santon to the right….but is he really going to be first choice right back ahead of simpson (if we keep him) and Raylor?

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Did Beattie reinvent himself or has he gone off talking to himself, slagging off pardew, with his superior tactical intellect ? 🙂

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  • geordiesteve520

    Mar 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Just read Lawro’s prediction, he spends 14 of the 15 paragraphs talking about Liverpool (negatively it must be said, but still talking) and one saying we were good against West Brom. Then he basically calls himself a t055er and goes for a draw, does the man understand what he is actually saying.

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