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Pardew – Newcastle Going For 7 Wins In A Row – Nothing Less

11:14 am, Friday, April 27th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 110 Comments

You  cannot accuse Alan Pardew of not trying to win every single game for Newcastle.

Let’s hope this is what Alan Pardew is doing tomorrow after the game

We had to live through the time with Sam Allardyce was at the club, when  Sam’s tactics would be to go in against a top team away from home,  and try to get a draw.

That always seemed like a negative thing to do, because you are limiting the points you are playing for – there’s 3 points available and to only go for one of them seems a bit daft.

And we’ve seen Wigan lately beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium,  and Manchester United at the DW Stadium – and we’re sure Roberto Martinez, the Wigan manager,  doesn’t have the same philosophy as big Sam.

And Alan Pardew doesn’t subscribe to big Sam’s way either, and when he first arrived at the club, the Londoner said he would have Newcastle playing good attractive attacking football,  and would try to win every single game, and he’s been true to his word.

This is what Alan told the local press this morning:

“We’re going for seven wins in a row now.” “It will be a marvellous feat, if we can do it. We’re going to try to get that.”

“In some ways I feel we have to win at Wigan.” “We won’t be taking a draw at any time during the game.”

“Even if there is 20 seconds left we will be trying to win the game.”

With Newcastle already in Europe next season in the Europa League, the Magpies can now have a real go in the last four games, and try to get into the Champions League – we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

And Alan was asked if the season had already been a success - which seems an odd question to ask  - after we have just qualified for Europe – and the Newcastle manager had this to say:

“Absolutely.”  “That’s why it gives me a free hand to attack the Champions League.”  “We are now going to be in Europe.”  “That’s the scenario. We can look forward to that.”

“But in the meantime we have four games left to see what our final points total can be.”   “We have to win at Wigan which isn’t easy.”

“In our last result against Stoke we really played well and caused trouble for the top teams.”

Both Chelsea and Tottenham have got  home games on Sunday against QPR and Blackburn Rovers respectively.

So like Newcastle,  they are facing teams fighting relegation this weekend,  so it should be very  interesting to see what the results are in the games.

There’s no doubt that a Newcastle win at Wigan tomorrow afternoon, will put some significant pressure on the two  London teams – and that’s exactly what we are hoping for.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Europa League · European Champions League · European Competition · Newcastle News





110 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sweendog // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I’d go for 10 wins

  • 2 toontillidie // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    10 wins is a little strong especially as we have to face chelsea and man city but 8 out of 10 with 2 wins from the last 4 should see us in the champions league and 3rd place but regardless it is a great acheievment to be in the Europa League so i wouldnt be too dissappointed if we were to finish 5th or 6th although Champs league would be GREAT !!!

  • 3 mecannylad // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Cheezuz; this is making me very nervous !!!! http://www.mecannylad.com

  • 4 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Hello lads and lasses. How is all in the and of toon?
    People coming terms with possible champs league football, having an owner making the right decisions for the club (be they controversial or not) and a manager who knows his team brilliantly and how to motivate them?

  • 5 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Man for man we have a better first team than 14 – 16 of the other 19 teams in the premier league. Agree/disagree? Which teams are better?

    In terms of playing well together as a team we are better than 15-18 premier league teams. Agree/disagree? Who plays better as a team?

    Who are your top 2/3 premier players in each position?

    Gk –
    Lb –
    Cb -
    Rb -
    Lm/lw –
    Cdm/cm -
    Cam –
    Rm/rw –
    Cf/st -

  • 6 Oleg G // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I don’t know if these numbers are correct but,

    In the last 9 years Chelsea spent 540M on transfers (that is after taking out the income from transfers), and 737M on wages (and I think there are lots of other expenses right?)
    So around 1.5B (!!!) in 9 years. they won 9 times (something). So that is around 170M a year, for a trophy, nice.

  • 7 Ashton // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    We should sign Jordy Clasie in the summer. Iv’e watched him a lot this season and he will be the best DM in the world in the future. Playing next to Tiote and behind Cabaye we will dominate most teams in the league. He works very hard for the team and his passing and aggression are fantastic he is not as strong as Tiote (no one is) but he makes that up with footballing intelligence, passion and strong mentality.

  • 8 munch27 // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    1day 2hrs 45mins to go

  • 9 jayphoto // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Hovis! like that post, mine wd be
    GK – Hart and Krul
    Lb – Evra and Cole
    cb – Kompany and Collocini
    Rb – Richards and Walker
    Lw – Bale and Nani
    DCM – TIOTE (by a mile) and Song
    ACM – Silva and Mata
    RW – Ben Arfa and Valencia
    ST – Cisse and Aguero
    close misses for van persie, rooney, cabaye, Reina and enrique whod all be close!

  • 10 jayphoto // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    premier league dream team at the moment for me would be Krul, Richards, Kompany, Collocini, Evra, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Silva, Bale, Cisse and Aguero, reckon that team would fair ok!

  • 11 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    For me
    Gk – hart/krul/cech
    Lb – baines/Cole/enrique
    cb – kompany/Colo(im biased)
    Rb – walker/Richards
    Lm/lw – bale/nani
    Cm/Cdm – tiote/song
    cam – silva/Mata/sigurdsson
    Rw – benny/young
    Cf/st – van persie/cisse/aguero

  • 12 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Seems i find myself agreeing a lot with jayphoto.
    And that’s a hell of a dream team on best form

  • 13 munch27 // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Seriously guys no Demba Ba and Sigurdsson better than Cabaye?

  • 14 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    My dreamsquad wud definately include Danni Minogue now i know she likes being laid off old men.

  • 15 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Reading between the lines Pardew’s playing for the draw tomorrow.

  • 16 TemuriKetsbaia // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    GK- Hart/Cech/Krul
    LB – Baines/Cole/Evra
    RB – Walker/Richards/Johnson
    CB – Vidic/Kompany/Colo
    LM- Bale/Nani/Young
    RM- Valencia/Nani/HBA
    DM-Song/Tiote/Yaya
    AM-Silva/Nasri/Mata
    ST- RVP/Aguero/Rooney/Cisse

  • 17 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Its got to be said there is not a lot f great quality currently in the PL, think the standard has gonde down a little, everyone picks pretty much the same names when asked, not many decent RB’s thats for sure.

  • 18 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    I honestly think Sessegnon has had a super season, and no i am not a mackem.

  • 19 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    I think cabaye and ba have had off patches and they along with sessegnon only missed out by a whisker

  • 20 TemuriKetsbaia // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Lawro’s got Arsenal to draw and us to win… 34 games in and he’s got the hang of it.

  • 21 jayphoto // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    sessegnon is class! saw somewhere they don’t think they’ll keep him in the summer though! could sure see him at chelsea or man city! think the thing is with the premier league is that theres some great players playing in smaller clubs that don’t get the recognition because of who they play for! Names who come to mind are Al-Habsi, moses and McCarthy for wigan, Fletcher at wolves, Hoilett and yakubu at blackburn, Etherington and palacios at stoke, Turner and Sessegnon at the scum, think all these players would do a job in a very top team, i mean if liverpool would have had a finisher like yakubu theyd probs be top 4 right now! If theyse players played for the so called bigger clubs theyd be making it onto lists I think but its hard to see players have had great individual seasons when theyre team has been poor!

  • 22 TheChippedFifth // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Newcastle

    Papiss Cisse has now scored in six successive Premier League matches. The last player to net in seven straight games was Emmanuel Adebayor for Arsenal in February 2008. Ruud van Nistelrooy holds the Premier League record, having netted in 10 consecutive matches between March and August 2003.
    Cisse has averaged a goal every 68 minutes so far in the top flight. He has 11 goals in his first 10 top-flight appearances. Micky Quinn (with Coventry in 1992-93) is the only player to have made an equally good start to his Premier League career.
    The Magpies have recorded victories in their last six league games, winning the last five by at least a two-goal margin.

  • 23 Indian Magpie // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Temuri, may be he has figured out, how to curse NUFC

  • 24 Tom4Nufc // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    There’s not a lot of good RB’s anywhere!

    I mean seriously… Arbeloa as RB at Real Madrid?! He’s a solid player, but that’s it- he’s nowhere near that standard!

    The only top class RB in the world you’ve gotta say is Danny Simp… Oh I mean Alves… My bad!

  • 25 TheChippedFifth // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    i found all that out myself and wrote it all by myself as well. go me

  • 26 Tom4Nufc // Apr 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    (I also think Torosidis is a cracking player- very underrated!)

  • 27 jayphoto // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    think full back is the hardest position on the pitch to look good in! If you attack too much you get caught out of position and if you defend too much you get slated for not providing attacking threat! Branislav Ivanovic is one of the finest defensive right backs iv seen but offers no attacking support in open play! Think sergio Ramos plays the position well! Was always a huge fan of Habib Beye, cant believe how his career turned out! Toons weakest position has always been right back for a long time, warren barton, stephen carr, danny simpson etc, not slating simmo either before people say that, just saying hes the weakest player in our strongest 11!

  • 28 Tom4Nufc // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Try and sign Van Aanholt as a back up if we can’t get Pieters?! I think he’d be a shout!

  • 29 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Everyone saying we have to be carefull with attacking fullbacks should take not of how we played against stoke, it was arguablyour best performance of the season and we were playing with two holding Dm’s in Tiote and Jonas. Santon had licence to get forward
    (And had one of his bet games in a toon shirt)
    all game and if simpson was any good attacking he would have been able to because our Dm’s can cover them in a 4-2-1-3

  • 30 shearermania // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    i think we need to better our goal difference to have a chance of finishing fourth…..cant see us getting more than 7 points in the last 3 games at best……but it may be enough….
    but what a season…what a season

  • 31 shearermania // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    last 4 games

  • 32 Big Pappa Cisse // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Anyone else seen this ?

    http://twitter.com/#!/paddypower/status/195454525472116737/photo/1/large

    Collo looks good as thor like ;)

  • 33 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    All the sides left to play are playing well with some big goal threats (jelavic, drogba anyone?)

  • 34 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    @32 tiote should be the hulk

  • 35 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    @31 even

  • 36 davybtoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Starstruck jus seen pardew, santon n fergie in garage at Newcastle airport

  • 37 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Can,t see any reason at all why we should,nt surprise a few people in our last four games!

  • 38 Wor Shearer // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    @Hovis

    That’s EXACTLY what I thought!

    How is Tiote not The Hulk!?

    Nice poster anyway.

  • 39 Pardew's fist pump // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    This weekend:

    Stoke 1 – 1 Arses
    Nufc 3 -0 Wigan
    Spurs 1 – 2 Blackburn
    Chelski 2 – 1 QPR

    That would give us the added incentive on Wednesday, that if we won Chelski, we’d leapfrog Arses into a net 3rd, then Man City will get beat by Man U and have all the stuffing taken out of them, allowing us to sweep them aside, THEN, The Toffees will be cast away from Liverpool by the time our last match comes around, giving them nothing to play for, which obviously means another win for us.

    Four more wins and 3rd place on the cards! HTL! :D

  • 40 davybtoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Honestly I don’t even think we need to win all 4 to finish 3rd bcoz I don’t think arsenal will win all there 3 games

  • 41 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    We’ll win 2 draw 2

  • 42 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I just think Moyes might play a weakened team in the last game, he probably enjoys seeing a team with limited budget take on the credit card clubs, gud old moyed i know he will come up trumps, plus Baines is out, there most attacking player……

    Prediction for weekend
    Stoke 2 – 0 Arsenal
    Wigan 0 – 2 Nufc (Cisse/Ben Arfa)
    Spurs 1 – 1 Blackburn
    Chelski 1 – 0 QPR

    This wil be gud enough when we go to stamford bridge and turn them over we will almost have 3rd sown up, as we will smash Man City at home and Moyes as previously said will let us win. Moyes luvs the Toon.

  • 43 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    All in all I will look back at the season whatever happens now and marvel at the team work, commitment, talent, skill and determination that has silenced all our detractors. Yes it’s been a great season for the team that is Optimism Valley.

    Oh and the Toon did alright as well.

    If you are worrying about the fate of aston villa, youtube the last match we played them before relegation. You will not feel sorry for them at all. It will be a success if they go down and stay down, and I will be on their blogs like a plague lol

  • 44 Tom4Nufc // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    HOVIS, I don’t like speculating but if we could come out with that points tally I’m not complaining!

  • 45 Tom4Nufc // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Tsunki, the real question is this. Are we not better fans? Humility in success is key, and I feel laughing at them if they go down is just as bad as they were to us!

  • 46 out of toon // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Stoke 2 – 1 Arsenal
    Wigan 0 – 4 Nufc
    Spurs 1 – 1 Blackburn
    Chelski 1 – 1 QPR

    I think chelski are in trouble in the league. i think they might be stretched trying to keep players good for the cups… Late taarabt goal to draw (hopefully controversial :) )

    spurs have no backbone and harry is spending all his time thinking about the euros… floppy chops don’t give a hoot and reading between the lines in all his interviews it certainly shows.

    arsenal need a beating and angry pulis can deliver. gunners defence is shaky and really can’t handle the long/high ball game… although stoke have a pretty bad record against wengers boys maybe could go draw

    nufc send wigan back into the relegation dogfight with a 4-0 thumping. Ba, Cisse double and HBA.

    think pards shoulda kept quiet on the bayern chelsea match… maybe could of waited until the end of the league season. I’d rather see an english team win – although ask me at the end of the premier league season it might be a different story.

    HWTL

  • 47 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    tom4nufc – the higher ground eh? Yeah I suppose so. I’m not really foaming at the mouth vindictive, it’s just I never figured out why they enjoyed it so much, we aren’t Brum, baggies, wolves…

    Can I just have a little dig one one of their blogs though? Can I ……please? :)

  • 48 WWJBD // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Tsunki
    Mate do u really think other teams would of treated us any better if they had sent our circus down?

  • 49 out of toon // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    do unto others

  • 50 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    WWJBD – no, not really :)

    I’m sorry. I’ll be nice. :(

  • 51 jayphoto // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    wouldn’t wanna see most teams relegated but villa…..i would love it if they went down! I work in birmingham about 8/9 days a month, never met such fickle fans! My gf and her family are big villa fans too! To add to the hate, i was part of the villa youth set up till i was 16 and they decided I was too lightweight and cut me, iv since gone on to compete in boxing and MMA! HATE THE VILLA!!!

  • 52 out of toon // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    if it were mackems going down however ;)

  • 53 yorkshireToon // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    No one travel to Wigan tomorrow if you don’t have a ticket because they will turn you away if your trying to get in the home end you have to be previously on there database bying tickets from there before. If your not your out of look. Just had this feel like a right idiot!

  • 54 Londtoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I have a feeling we will get the 3 points tomorrow and put in a really good game in the process

  • 55 WWJBD // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Tsunki
    Haha push peace not war my friend ;) tbf I don’t really like Villa but that’s nothing to do with how we were treated by them. Its more because they add nothing to the league these days they are just boring.

    Feel so sorry for Given poor bloke left us to get higher in his career and look where he is now. Deserves better

  • 56 out of toon // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    i am with you there londtoon…

    theres some rousing blogs around atm about pardews comments… ahahaa many “nufc is a mediocre team” comments, getting shot down

  • 57 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I know a few Villa fans and you know what they are decent lads and speak well of Toon and what we have done this year. I bear them no malice and wud sooner QPR went down, they are a credit card club and cannot sustain their current model (Barton factor wud be quite funny also), plus Hughes sets his teams up to kick sh1t out of othes, Wolves QPR and another, probably Blackburn as i quite like Martinez and Coyle.

    QPR’s owner will continue to pay big bucks and recruit probably decent players so they may become a minor irritation in the seasons ahead.

  • 58 Tom4Nufc // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Tsunki, do what you want buddy, each to their own and all that! However, if it was me, I would take the higher ground, but that’s just me!

  • 59 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Pardew could be more diplomatic, but you know what it, is nice to hear a bit of honesty, fcuk Chelski hope they get destroyed in the final, and hopefully Pardew feels the same way whether we finish 4th or not.

    Everyone beats around the bush nower days and PArdew has just said it as it is, good enough for him. Nobody likes us we dont care, it has worked for Man Utd for years. Jose Mourinho and Wenger dont care too much for other teams either, its called a winning mentality, create the Siege, us against the world, i like it Pards.

  • 60 benarfa23 // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    people wondering why ben arfa (one of the best talent in france) cabaye (win double with lille) and tiote (win eredivisie) agree to join our newly promoted club and relegated threatening (most of pundit said)
    here’s why:
    the three of them believe in their ability and have this arrogance (read : self confidence) that :
    “No Way In Hell I’m Gonna relegated”

  • 61 tarie4 // Apr 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Wwjbd

    Did I see city fans mocking wolves after the game?? Did I see united fans mock Blackpool..?? I am sure if we went down to say stoke, Wigan etc I think they would have not mocked us, it was uncalled for…

  • 62 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Its nice to have the feeling that however this crop of players come up against they all will give 100% for the shirt, and we will have a chance of 3 points against anyone, and it wont be for the want of trying.

    To be honest it has been like that for the last 3 years, the club has been cleansed of prima donnas and relegation in hindsight was a massive blessing. Loving the last three years at the toon, it fills you with pride pro footballers doing their all for the club.

  • 63 joppadoni // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    where the prematch conference and the blummin backroom battle :(. nufctv r a bit crap this week :(

  • 64 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    however-whoever (d1ck)

  • 65 joppadoni // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    i believe heart on heart that the players who we picked up in the summer wanted to showcase their abilities in the premier league. however, such a successful campaign and the obvious love we have for our club and the players who play for us has had an emotional reaction with them.

  • 66 joppadoni // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    hand on heart rather >.<

  • 67 Toon_Tom // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    STAT -

    Newcastle are the only team to have scored in their last 10 PL Games!!!!!!!

    HWTL

  • 68 joppadoni // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    when we went down check i remember consoling myself with the possibility it may be the best thing to happen to the club. its still very early days but all signs are encouraging

  • 69 Indian Magpie // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    On My way back from Office, i had this thought that came into in my mind.

    ALAN SMITH, was a great player at Leeds, always gave his all, even in the relegation season, gave his all for NUFC in the championship and in PL too, may not have been good enough after his injury, but, never stopped trying.

    When you come 2 think of it, would make a good coach, if not at NUFC, may b somewhere else.

  • 70 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Love Demba Ba to bits and our season has been built on his goals, however would prefer it if he stayed over on the left side all game as we are much more potent currently with Cisse as the man up top, as much as i applaud Cisse’s work tracking back and helping Santon is this really were we want to see the lad, not me,

    Demba needs to hold his position most of the game, dont mind him having 5 minutes rest, but continually swapping as has happened a fair bit over the last few games, wastes Cisse a bit. If Ba gets tired bring Guthrie on and move Jonas out into his spot, simples. This Ba must score thing could start hindering our fluidity, the goals will come just needs to be patient, form is temporary, class is permanent.

  • 71 joppadoni // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    check … cisse played left last week and could have had 4 goals. his work rate allows that and personally i think he and ba should switch during the game like they did eventually against stoke. cisses tracking back is allowed due to his fitness. think he should be more out wide than Ba. Ba’s a big lad and not really as nimble as cisse. hopefully will be same again tomorrow

  • 72 tdt // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    If 100,000 people paid £1.93 per week (less than 28p per day), for a year – there would be enough money to pay more than £10M per year for the naming rights of St.James’ Park.

    Then it would stay St.James’ Park, and revenue would increase by £10M per year. Mind, we’d have to trust MA not to pocket the difference!

  • 73 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Afternoon all….good to see some chat going on without any abuse…makes a change :)

    Seems people are confident (ish) of a result tomorrow…just need to get through today first :)

  • 74 toonking // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    i think this weekend is our best chance to close the gap on arsenal “when we both playing” as they play stoke city. Also the difficulty we face against city imo will have a big effect off what the result from the manchester derby is, i can’t see manure dropping points in the last two games so city will be either 6 points behind after the derby or level and will need to win last two.

    what i think isthe order difficulty for the last 4 games
    hardest to easiest

    everton
    wigan
    chelsea
    man city*

    if city win derby then i think it will become second hardest if not the hardest

  • 75 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    On Cisse and Ba and who should play where…I think Cisse needs to stay as the main man up front. I would love to accommodate Ba to get him some goals and can see Cisse still being effective from the left, however, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it. We’re on a great run, leave it as it is. They will swap over during the game anyway, as they have been. Plus Ba has been close on several occasions since his change to the left…he’ll score and I promise it wont take as long as Torres

  • 76 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    toonking…you think the hardest game will be against a team with the littlest to play for? Not sure about that.

    On paper i’d say it’s

    Man C
    Chelsea
    Everton
    Wigan

    In reality, given what each team is fighting for i’d say

    Man City – Pushing for the title
    Wigan – Fighting for Survival
    Chelsea / Wigan – Can’t decide. Wigan fighting relegation, Chelsea trying to climb the table, however I think Chelsea will be too concerned about upcoming games so will be slightly distracted, possibly making it easier than against Wigan

    But hey, this is football, who bloody knows?

  • 77 toonking // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    @joppadoni71
    thanks for that post mate, one blogger was thinking i was an idiot when i said last week at HT that pardew might have swapped ba and cisse around to help ba get a goal himself, now that i read that post you did i know i was not an idiot and pardew or the forwards them selves did decide to do that.

  • 78 tarie4 // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Funny how Liverpool have 3 players there haha

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story/_/id/1054403/hubbard:-the-premier-league's-worst-signings-of-the-season?cc=5739

  • 79 jakesome // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Gk –vorm/krul
    Lb –cole/enrique
    Cb -collo/kompany
    Rb -walker/richards
    Lm/lw –silva/nani
    Cdm/cm -y.toure/tiote
    Cam –rooney/sigaurdson?
    Rm/rw –HBA/valencia
    Cf/st -cisse/van persie

  • 80 toonking // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    codarm the reason i was thinking the everton game would be hardest was i think of the team they sit just above. as a newcastle fan i would much rather finish above sunderland than below them, wouldn’t you? so that is probably how everton will feel about staying above liverpool. but who know by then they might be already guarentee to finish above the fools.

  • 81 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Toonking…Fair enough point. I suppose we’ll be slightly more comfortable calling it once we know how things are after the next 3 games, i.e. do Everton have anything left to play for.

  • 82 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Joppa – Cisse didnt play Left last week, he started up top and was involved in both goals from that area, he then moved over to the left at times during the 1st half to help Ba, to be fair the front 4 all have licence to roam,

    I think Cisse should for the majority of the game be up top, thats all, for a large portion of the 2nd half last week he was more left than Ba for sure, i know they are trying to help Bas confidence which is commendable but The Predator is wasted out wide even if he is still class there.

  • 83 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Another gruelling week at work over, statistically 99% of companies would have sacked me by now.

  • 84 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Agree with Check….Once we have 2 or 3 goals fine, move him out. Until that point, we need to keep him at the front imo. Ba’s been playing well from the left, only thing missing is a goal, which apart for his confidence doesn’t hurt the team at all as others certainly are getting them

  • 85 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Reading between the lines Check is employee of the year or knows how to please his boss :)

  • 86 toonking // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    check it might be tiring for you but you must be happier than if you were like me who has to put up with benifits due to having epilleptic fits and aspergers-which is a weak form of autism

  • 87 check the toastie // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    toonking – sorry to here that, keep your head up mate must be tough, lets hope the Toon can keep cheering you up.

  • 88 xmindcrimex // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    happy b-day to lewspy :)

  • 89 LewSpi // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Nice to see you fellas defending me in my absence yesterday , I do appreciate it.

    To the guy who said my comment was the worst you’d read for a long time, I cleared it up afterwards by saying I was being ironic, sarcastic and whatever other low form of wit toucan think of. I know that I can’t have a go at the guy for being ‘ageist’, and be ‘ageist’ back to him, I’m not that moronic.

    One of the reasons I read this blog daily is because of the variety in the posters, it’s interesting to get the views of fans across the world of all different ages, races and backgrounds (as well as Ed’s informative and well written articles, of course). ;-)

    But yeah, cheers fellas.

  • 90 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    LewSpi…there’s no room for being ageist or ironic on here and you should be ashamed ;)

  • 91 LewSpi // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    mind crime

    I think you may be mistaking me for lewytoon, it’s his birthday.

    Happy birthday lewy, btw. Your 18th or 19th isn’t it? If its your 18th, have a drink on me. ;-)

  • 92 LewSpi // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Haha I know Ibiza, I should know better.

    Never mind, anyway, back onto more pressing matters..

    Did anyone discover who the mystery guy is that was mentioned in the journal, about returning to Newcastle?

    Anyone think it might be Van Aanholt?

  • 93 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    LewSpi, Lewytoon…Any Lew will do

  • 94 Rotonda heights // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Ed

    Allardyce played for draws at home too!

  • 95 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    LewSpi…someone said it was Smith, but from what I read he say’s he would love to manage and technically hasn’t even gone yet. Not seen anything else related tbh

  • 96 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Rotonda…Not sure you can say Allardyce played for anything….oh how I hope that West Ham stay down in the championship another year. Sorry for the fans, but that man really gets to me.

  • 97 benarfa23 // Apr 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    what matter most that we get to CL, screw other team

  • 98 Beardosfacedouble // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Statistically, 7 out of 10 cats said they preferred reading between the lines to any other form of written communication

  • 99 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I’m just impressed the cats can read mate

  • 100 Beardosfacedouble // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Just thought blog had gone quiet for a while.
    Anyway, of course hoping for a big win tomorrow, but expecting a bit of a scrap. On paper our easiest game of final 4, but Wigan will be fighting so hard.

  • 101 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    It’s gone scarily quiet….something is about to unfold :)

    We shouldn’t underestimate Wigan, but we should go with confidence, we’re a better team, in better form and should give them a game rather than the other way around

  • 102 qtoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Has anyone seen this guy play? Heung Min-son

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/7707623/Hamburg-starlet-focussed

    Another player we’ve been ‘linked’ with. Actually fits the criteria we seem to be looking for. Nowt wrong with gaining a bit of press in south korea either

  • 103 xmindcrimex // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    aaah :) sorry lewspi!

    happy b-day lewytoon! :)

  • 104 TimKrulFan // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Ba Hattrick

  • 105 LewSpi // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I guess we’ll have a good chance to look at a few of their players tomorrow.

    More notably, Diame and Moses.

  • 106 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    LewSpi…Yeah. A lot of people are giving them a lot of praise this year, so be good to see them up against our lot. I’m just hoping for some of the passing and movement from the stoke game. We’re starting to play some real nice flowing football

  • 107 thaitoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    many new fans here in Thailand now, they have been converted due to the great football we play, usually only see man u, liverpool, chelsea shirts etc…. loving this season, amazing how we are playing now.

  • 108 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Wasn’t it Man City who stopped our unbeaten run at the beginning of the season? Be bizarre if something happens again, although for that to happen we will need to at least win the next 2…which would be fine by me

  • 109 dids // Apr 28, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    Propper buzzing for the next few weeks action best season ive experienced in a long while got a sneaky feeling we win the next 2 games and after united smash city if all goes to plan they will have nothing to play for but saying that we will give them a GAME regardless .. and gaby ober to grab the winner go on gabby sun

  • 110 obatoyou // Apr 28, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    I think we can beat wigan, question is..what do you think?




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