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Alan Pardew – Newcastle Players Deserve The Plaudits


It must be very pleasing for a manager like Alan Pardew to see his team give such an accomplished performance yesterday, when the pressure was really on our lads.

Yohan Cabaye – after scoring yesterday

And before we scored that first goal,  Newcastle maybe looked a little tentative in the build up, and the TV commentators were saying such daft things like the pressure was getting to the Newcastle players.

But then after two great goals in just four minutes, we didn’t hear them say that for the rest of the game, as Newcastle were quite easily the better side yesterday at St. James’ Park.

Alan Pardew has given a multitude of interviews since the game finished yesterday, and he will be in great demand after his side won their 6th game in a row:

“To win six on the trot is truly outstanding from the players, they’ll get a few plaudits this week and they deserve them.”  “We were accomplished yesterday.”

” I think it was one of those games where you really needed to focus because Stoke have got great players.”  “We did – we were focused from the start and when we got the first goal, which was a great bit of skill from Hatem and a fantastic header from Cisse.”

“It set us up.”  “We looked comfortable from that moment. We haven’t sent a message out, we’re just doing what we do.”  “Our work ethic was the same, it was our four-pronged attack that won us the game. That’s Hatem, Yohan, Demba and Papiss.”

“They really were in irrepressible form at times. That gives you a chance in games.”  “We now go to Wigan, who got a tough result on Saturday, that’s the next hurdle for us.”  “Cabaye was simply terrific. He scored two great goals but perhaps his pass was better than his goals,” 

“I was on the sidelines and I didn’t even see that run. He’s having to manoeuvre the ball with players left, right and centre so to find that pass is exquisite.”  “It was a good finish by the way, but that will have to go down as one of the best passes I have seen at this stadium.”

It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle can get their 7th win in a row at the DW Stadium next Saturday, but Newcastle will need to be ready to fight and scrap for every single ball.

That’s something the Spurs players didn’t show yesterday at  QPR, and they paid the penalty,  as the newly promoted side deserved their 3 points with a 1-0 victory.

Keeping the Newcastle players’ feet on the ground will be important for Alan Pardew over the next four games, but the lads will be trying to pick up as many points as possible in that final run-in to the season.

We will also need a number of players in top form in those games, if we are indeed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2003.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.


210 comments so far

  • NUFCkris

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #81

    There ya gan the hainsey, and diame will also b relatively cheap and has EPL experience, only problem is he will b away with both dembas at ACON

    —————————–Krul———————————

    –Santon——-Taylor———(c)Collocini—–Pieters–

    ———————Tiote———Diame———————

    —————————Cabaye——————————

    ———-HBA———————————-BA————
    —————————–Cisse——————————-

    anyone know a few good dm’s for sale ?

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  • level7wonder

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #82

    NUFCkris @ 81. wakaso mubarak from villareal, young, pacey, good shot, a mini tiote in my eyes

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  • alkinou

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #83

    He’s probably not for sale but howdo you think Fellaini would fit in our midfield?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #84

    Fellaini is a massive massive knob. Cannot stand that man.

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  • NUFCkris

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #85

    Fellani is a donkey, done nowt all season up until today, plus, whats the crack with his hair

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #86

    Has anybody please got a link for the Match of the day NUFC-Stoke highlights,I’m on a barge in Kazahkstan and havent seen anyfootball for ages : (.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #87

    The ACON is just something we have to deal with. If we’re looking for a big strong CM who imposes himself well, it just happens that they tend to come from Africa.

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  • NUFCkris

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #89

    TDS good point. Btw did anyone else know Cheick tiote lost his virginity before his father 😉

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  • msk21dec

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #90

    Just 1 more important game left to guarantee us europe and that is on Tuesday! Hope Barca win. if Chelsea win then there will still be a slight doubt i think. So hope Barca win then we are guaranteed EUROPE!!!

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  • hotdog

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #91

    alkinou – If we have learnt anyhting from our transfer policy, it is that the players we target will be relatively unknown, on no more than £40K a week so 95% of names mentioned on here can be discarded. Happy Days – Passports at the ready 🙂

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #92

    Anyone else see when Cisse’s goal was disallowed yesterday and he was having a laugh with the linesman, most players would have ran up and screamed at the officials. seems like such a nice humble lad

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  • achtoon

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #93

    Europe now confirmed but which competition?

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #94

    Would anyone else take that Karim Frei from fulham, kids gunna b a star

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  • hotdog

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #95

    jesus fergy just like Pulis – no credit to the opposition and all the goals we conceded were bad ones, Kn*b

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #96

    When (not if) Barca stuff Chelski we are in for the most exciting seasons end in the history of the PL I think.

    When Barca win we will have CL football in our own hands and it will be ours to throw away. I still think we are long shots but not only can we upset the top 4 we could potentially decide the title.

    If Man City win today then a week tomorrow will see them play Man Ure. Should they win that too they will be top of the league on goal difference and will head to st James park as favourites. But we can upset the odds and beat them. I’m sure of it.

    At the moment there is a load of ifs and buts but I am very excited. We need IMO 10points to guarantee CL. Maybe 9 will be enough?! How many do you think we need?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #97

    Its official, my passport is dust free and ready to travel Europe with me and the toon next season! Howay the lads!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #98

    A think we need 12 points to guarentee champ league.. But the qualifiers will be really hard aswell

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  • shaun83

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #99

    Beattie, obviously we need to go for all of them but personally I think 7 will do it, as long as one of those points is at Chelsea

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #101

    It’s difficult to predict anything. All we can do is beat Wigan, and by the end of the weekend Spurs and Arsenal may well have dropped points to Blackburn and Stoke.

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  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #102

    Are we in europe !!!!!! are we are we lads!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #103

    Having taken 4 points from Manchester United this season, I feel the least we can do is thump City for them.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #104

    Speaking of moments of class in yesterdays game – what about Colo’s Cruyff tackle in the second half??!!

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #105

    What a massive massive difference it has made playing Jonas alongside Tiote.

    This has put Cabaye back where he belongs, further forward.

    It was clear that before this great run Cabaye was sitting deeper and deeper which was wasting his talents.

    Now hes further forward he can score goals set up Cisse, Ba and Ben Arfa.

    Jonas is fantastic in this new position as his work rate is 2nd to none.

    This really is one of the most exciting newcastle teams i have seen for decades. If we can keep this lot together and add a 5 or 6 top quality players (Hoilett, Moses, Wolfswinkle, Pieters, Douglas) we could really cement our place in the top 6.

    Didn’t Ashley say he had a 5 year plan? Well its certainly looking like coming to fruition now.

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  • Special K

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #106

    Back in Europe, amazing. Can’t describe it really, those games against AZ Alkmaar seem decades ago. Buzzing really.

    Does anyone know when the Citeh game goes on General Sale? I reckon tomorrow?

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  • roblee7

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #107

    Random, I know, but anyone know of any decent jobs out there in Newcastle area-ish? been looking around and not much success :s

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  • toonfan76

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #108

    @roblee7
    How about a job at Nissan, not exactly Newcastle but the money is pretty reasonable and they are looking for 590 new employees.

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  • roblee7

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #109

    Nissan – good call – shame the factories in the land of the unwashed but nevertheless, good call!

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  • toonfan76

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #110

    Just wanted to say to Ed, hadn’t realized you were from the walker area, reading one of your articles and you mentioned Evistone Gardens. Don’t know if your up to date on event in the local area or not but I can tell you that the birds nest pub and the club have both been torn down. The place looks a lot different these days. Just thought i’d give you a little bit of info on your old stomping ground. Take Care and get well soon.

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  • ConsettToff

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #111

    Just want to make sure I’ve got this right:

    – We’re guaranteed at least 6th place & Europa League right now.

    – If we want 4th, the only way to guarantee that is to get a minimum of 10 points, assuming that Chelski & Spuds win their remaining games.

    – 4th place will only guarantee us Champions League if Chelski fail to win the CL.

    – The only guarantee of 3rd place is for Arsenal to drop a point or more, and for us to win all of our remaining games.

    Is that a fair summary of how things stand currently?

    Genuinely think we’ve now got one of the toughest run-ins, so I won’t be disappointed if we don’t make CL; this season has exceeded all expectations and I’m incredibly proud of the lads.

    And I believe that with just a couple of refinements we should be challenging for CL next season. I hope that the southern biased media continue to ignore us though as it takes the pressure off and allows us to continue to be a surprise package.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #112

    That touch of skill yesterday by Benny was sublime, wot the video doesnt show is the trap and pass to simpson and then Simmo just running the ball out, how to put the mockers on a lovely move, Simmo is struggling and it was interesting Pardiola took him off and moved Perch to RB last 15minutes, lets hope this is a glimpse of the future.

    Perch is showing great ability currently, displaying great passion for the shirt and should be played, gud on the ball and all, would fancy him to stop most wingers, and offer a lot more than simpson going forward.

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  • toonfan76

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #113

    @roblee7
    I’m a walker lad and I’ve been working there since December. I’ve had worse jobs than this, I’m actually a joiner by trade. But the best thing about working there is the amount of Mackems you can wind up after the weekends matches. One of my personal favorites is when I’m happily working away singing, “Have you ever seen a Mackem in Milan.” Seeing these people up close, you realize how cold it must be for them living in the shadow of a real team like Newcastle. Honestly it’s priceless seeing their faces, knowing their only ambition in life is to finish above us in the league. HWTL

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  • Markaccus

    Apr 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #114

    @consettoff, yes i think thats about right with everton getting only a point, Worst we can do is 6th. Best is 3rd. 4th good enough for champs league, unless chelsea win it and finnish 5th or 6th.

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  • hotdog

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #115

    check the toastie – I think they are both adequate defenders but neither have the quality to attack. It’s a certainty that AP will bring in a right back or switch Santon and bring in left back.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #116

    hotdog – not saying we shouldnt buy an even better option in the summer, just making the point that currently Perch offers more to the team than Simpson, the biggest thing currently that he offers is confidence, Simmo has lost any he previously had.

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  • Offkey

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #117

    Perchs’ passing yesterday was great……and you gotta love a sliding tackle or two.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #118

    Question:

    If Chelsea win the Champs League and finish fifth or sixth? The top 3 and Chelsea will get Champs, right? Which places will get Europe then? fourth?

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  • Offkey

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #119

    4th 5th and 6th europa

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  • Offkey

    Apr 22, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #120

    Mutiny – only a team like Everton getting to 5th would have stopped 6th being europa after the cup places have been decided.

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