Pardew – Top Players Coming Into Form For Newcastle


Alan Pardew has his Newcastle side hitting top form at the right time, with just 7 games to go in the season.

Alan Pardew on the sidelines on Sunday

There’s a good possibility that Newcastle can make the Europa League next season,  if they can hold onto 6th place in the league table, and a club other than Everton wins the FA Cup.

Indeed,  if Liverpool beat Everton in the semi-finals, then 6th place will qualify for a Europa League position this season, and Newcastle are a full 10 points clear of 7th placed Everton at the moment.

Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote, Ben Arfa, Mike Williamson and James Perch are coming into some good form of late, and that bodes well for Newcastle through the end of the season.

Alan Pardew has said that he thinks the form has gone downhill since the famous Manchester United 3-0 win at St. James’ Park on January 4th.

And that was the only time Man United have not scored in a league game this season.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today about Newcastle’s form:

“We’ve been struggling to get good performances here, probably since Manchester United and the African Cup of Nations kicked in.”

“We’ve hit form at the right time now though. We were better against Man United, but we were up against a Liverpool side who had all their big guns back.”

“I’m delighted for our fans. We were happy with the Liverpool performance.”  “I know they’ve lost games they shouldn’t have.”

“But they had Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll on the pitch.”  “They had Downing and Henderson on the bench. And we still beat them.”

Newcastle played really well on Sunday, but we were a bit lucky in that first half,  when Danny Simpson could have conceded a penalty and been sent off.

But those kinds of incidents decide how well a team does in  any specific  game, and sometimes they go for you,  and sometimes they go against you. Most things went our way on Sunday.

But there’s no doubt that Newcastle’s fortitude and single-mindedness on getting the wins, always stands them in good stead in any game.

We now need a win at Swansea on Friday afternoon, and the the lads then  face Bolton at home next Monday afternoon – and success would be 6 points from those two games,  and 59 points on the season with 5 games to go.

Howay The Lads!!



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16 comments so far

  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    HBA looks magnificent. And he is smiling again. Also, with not being played too much, he looks so fresh, which at this stage of the season is a huge bonus when others are jaded.

    He made Enrique look average at best, and there are worse left backs than him that’s for sure. I fancy HBA to score 5 and make 5 between now and the season end.

    Playing out of his skin and defenders are terrified to stick a foot out. Brilliant.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh, and his work rate was superb, even challenging for defensive headers.

    HATEM BEN ARFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Vask

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    I can see an unbeaten run between now and the end of the season. There’s only three games in our fixture list that could cause us to drop points but if we continue to play the way we are playing, we can beat anyone.

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  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Ben Arfa has been magnificent in the last few weeks. Really hope our front free remain injury-free for the rest of the season, then we really could have a shot at europe, and who knows, maybe the Champions League? 😀

    Anyone else think cabaye hasn’t been at his best the last couple of weeks?
    His passing has been really poor, especially against Liverfool.

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  • dmac

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    @4 i agree and disagree. I think cabaye has been below the level we have grown to expect from him, however that being said i thought he looked like getting back to old ways against the bin dippers.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Cabs has been struggling since Feb. He’s still not bad at all though!

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  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7

    @Dmac and @Wor Shearer, don’t get me wrong he is still a phenomenal player!

    I just thought he would come into his own a bit more with the 4-3-3 as he played in a similar system with Lille. Perhaps it is playing alongside Guthrie who likes to go forward as opposed to jonas who is more defensive.

    Would just like to see him back at his best, then what could we achieve this season ey? 😀

    Which fixtures does everyone think are winnable out of the remaining 7?

    Swansea – win
    Bolton – win
    Stoke – win
    Wigan – win
    Chelsea – lose
    Man city – lose (title race)
    Everton – draw

    Thoughts?

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  • chrisbrown23

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyone know where I can watch the full 90 mins of the liverpool game?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    most of the goals of Cisse has come from Ben Arfa assist. If i’m not wrong Arfa has 9 assist so far. That’s outstanding. He’s getting the balls into the box for Cisse to just pounce on it and finish it. I can’t believe HBA left enrique on his butt twice.

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  • LooneyToon41

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #10

    @Papiss. We know that Pardew targeted 5 wins out of our last 10 games. 3 Wins from 3 thus far, but i’d love to know just which 5 he targeted. This is the ‘business end’ of the season, and the likes of Bolton and Wigan are fighting for their lives. Man City could be out of the title race by the time our game comes up at St James’. I think all those games are winnable.. and losable!

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  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Apr 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #11

    @LooneyToon

    True. We might need to call on our squad players (perch, raylor) to ‘get the job done’ from the bench against the likes of wigan and bolton, after cisse has secured us a 2-0 lead to sit on that is 😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    ed

    I think Everton only have to be runners up, even if we finish 6th.

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  • Toon in Nairobi

    Apr 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #13

    @chrisbrown23 instead of watching download it and keep it. here is a torrent
    http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7151975/Newcastle_VS_Liverpool_-_01-04-2012

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  • achtoon

    Apr 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #14

    We just need to finish 5th. Chelsea have a harder run in with extra games. our game with them is massive. I cant support dogleash in any think he does so I hope everton win the fa cup. If chelsea dont get into europe this year it could be the end of them. They are already looking like failung the fair play rules and that was with cl money. If we could nick 4th there would be no looking back for us with the new rules kicking in next season. Dont think we will though.

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  • theleckworthbird

    Apr 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Sir Bobby said it was better to come into form toward the end of the season. Looks like we are doing just that.

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  • paddygallagher26

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #16

    @papiss_on_your_parade

    Agree with you on cabaye. He’s been misplacing alot more passes than I’m sure he would like recently. Not sure whether its our constantly changing midfield (having chieck in and out etc.) or the premier leagues pace just catching up with him in these final stages. Still a fantastic player though and I’m sure he’ll pick his form up.

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