Pardew Tells The Truth – Newcastle Beaten By Better Side


Wigan have now won five of their last seven games and one of the two losses was at Chelsea in a 2-1 defeat, but both Chelsea goals were  offside.

An unhappy Alan Pardew at Wigan today

I start by saying that, because it may help Newcastle fans reading this, to  better understand what happened to Newcastle today at the DW Stadium – maybe.

Wigan were like what Spurs were like in that first half at White Hart Lane earlier this year, when we were also 4-0 down at the break – they were fantastic.

And to have that first half display come from a 4th bottom side is simply amazing, and it looked like Wigan were the 4th top side and Newcastle the 4th bottom side – and not the other way around

But  everything also went Wigan’s way,  and almost every shot they had on goal went in, but they were helped by some terrible and inept Newcastle defending – once again we looked far too vulnerable in defense.

It’s good that Newcastle will bring in a top center-back and a top full-back in the summer, because defense is Newcastle’s weakness this season – and it shows in the poor goal difference which is down to +7 again.

This is what Alan Pardew told BBC Sport after the game:

“That’s as good a team as we’ve faced in last seven or eight games.”   “We just didn’t match their intensity. Forget shape, systems and so on, intensity is everything in football.”

“At Chelsea, we will show the intensity we’re used to showing and give them a far stronger game.”  “For the first two goals we were really loose and disorganized.”

“It was not until half-time that we got back to our level.”  “We should have nicked a goal and that would have changed the mood. But Wigan were terrific and deserved to win by the scoreline.”

“Look at the goals and some of their play – that was as good as we’ve faced. We talked about matching their fight but we could not do that.”  “You’d have to say we got beat by the better team.”

Arsenal had trouble at Stoke today and could only draw 1-1, and we’ll see how Chelsea do at home to QPR tomorrow,  and how Tottenham fare at home to Blackburn Rovers.

But Newcastle got exactly what they deserved out of today’s game – absolutely nothing.

But there are still three games to play – this was a bad day at the office – in fact a very bad day at the office for Newcastle – nothing more than that,  and after all we all have our off days.

But our lads have come back well from adversity before over the last two seasons, and they are made of sterner stuff, and we have every confidence they can do it again in the two tough games coming up.

Those are at Chelsea on Wednesday night and our final home game of the season against Manchester City next Sunday, and then at Everton on May 13th.

Most “expert” pundits will probably expect Newcastle to lose both of the upcoming games – but don’t bet on it.

It’s a great opportunity for the Magpies to show what they are made of this season.

Howay The Lads!!



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38 comments so far

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #1

    All those Stoke fans doing the Wenger impression at the same time. Haha!

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  • toonpanda18

    Apr 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Saw that, it was class!!

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  • JBax97

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #3

    This really has to be put into perspective as this was one of very few poor results this season. It’s still been a great season and who knows maybe it’s all in the master plan to beat Chelsea on Wednesday.

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  • Tooooon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #4

    If only we had Bobby Robson as our manager.. Pardew is great, but no comparison. Robson top man, you won’t find anyone with a bad word to say against him.

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  • prashanth

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #5

    you have to accept its not our day when Franco Di Santo of all people fires in a screamer from 25 yards…

    The lads were definitely rattled and totally out of their depths, all because of this CL talk

    Its been a good season and there are 3 games where we may yet not score a point, but if they show better effort ill be happy.

    Pardew and the lads deserve nothing but praise

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  • jimiley

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Pras,
    Its called praising losers. The 4th top going for Champions League against 4th bottom and we are 4 down at half time. NUFC are the the all time great bottlers. Been there for the last 50 years.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 29, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Pardew recons we lost because they played with “more intensity” than us. That means they tried harder. Why?

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 29, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #8

    jimiley@7 yeah i understand what you say. a CL place at stake and we play like that.It dosnt make any sense. If a CL place cant spur you on, what can?.is something telling them they dont really want that place?????

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 29, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I can’t see us winning any of our remaining games.. It has been an incredibly season nonetheless.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 29, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Stuart,
    I have been supporting the Toon for 50 years. They are great but will never win anything. Last title was in 1927. Just accept it. Whenever they get a sniff of success they blow it. Maybe its just an inferiority complex.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 29, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #11

    jim – me too. i remember watching the great jim iley when i first started going, my first game was milburns testamomial with my dad in the old popular end. as you say when something was up for grabs- they blow it . went to wembley twice in the 70s – so dissapointing .as you say a complex or whatever, but all we need is that first cup………

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 29, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Jimiley – hell man lots of people have been supporting NUFC for years but get a grip this is one game and another thing here is you talk of the side as being the same players who played 50 years ago! What is your point? If we win our remaining matches ( and no you wouldn’t actually put your house on it not happening) you will be just another griper who thinks failure is 4th and the inability to go 7 matches winning. Chelski and spuds may fail tomorrow. Cheer up, it may actually happen.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 29, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Listen reality check here – at some point any team will hit the ground running, and when a bottom feeder (who have surprised some big names this season before us) has a purple patch when we are playing a home game at the away ground this can happen. If we had started conservatively and given more respect we may have sneaked a 1 or 2 goal away win. Lets move on. Tomorrow is another day, and the teams around us can be as much bottlers as us.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 29, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Chwlsea draw with qpr, Spud-u-dislike to lose. Things aint so bad. 🙂

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Just one of those days I reckon. Wigan’s shots to goal ratio was about 10 times higher in that game than any other game this season.

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  • t00ntime

    Apr 29, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #16

    @jim if u dont mind me asking why do you refer to our team as ‘they’ ?

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  • darthkir

    Apr 29, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #17

    why the change of formation? 3 CB with simmo as one?

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  • t00ntime

    Apr 29, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #18

    @tsunki exactly… I cant see us losing all 3 games… if we beat chelsea we might be in to the CL… what everybody seems to forget is that chelsea have been playing a game every 3 days for 2weeks now and 3 days after us they have a final! and then liverpool again! maybe because we got spanked by wigan chelsea will lose respect and think they can use a Bteam then bam we win 😉

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  • Badladbudgie

    Apr 29, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Comment #19

    All credit to wigan they came out firing as though their lives depended on winning and scored some great goals we were just shell shocked would not worry too much about this game the real testing games are still to come… More drama awaits me thinks?

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  • beardo

    Apr 29, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #20

    The upcoming fixture is tough, but who knows what’s gonna happen. Who would have guessed we could beat man utd 3-0! Chelsea are likely to rest some of the key players on Wednesday. That will give us a better chance to get something out of the game.

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  • pbNcl

    Apr 29, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #21

    I see the plastic fans have emerged, or as I say, mackems on the wrong blog.

    I don’t jus sing when were winning, I get behind our team and I get behind pardew. Anybody who slates the mighty newcastle after a bad game is quite simply pathetic in the character department. My head is still held high. We grit our teeth and we move forwards, real fans don’t moan after one bad game, mackems do

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  • thai-mag

    Apr 29, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #22

    its one game, we got thumped by spurs by the same margin then won the next 6, who says we wont win the next 3

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #23

    We were beaten by a team that wanted it more in the first half IMO we’ve only played bad football 4 times this season first half yesterday, spurs away, n fulham 2nd half, n Norwich away that’s not bad out of 35 games but it jus shows what we all kno we need sum top quality defenders brought in this summer

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #24

    So true about fake fans though u don’t hear from them for the last 6games then bang there back on moaning

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  • Lew Davies

    Apr 29, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #25

    the most pathetic comment EVER:
    Tooooon // Apr 29, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    If only we had Bobby Robson as our manager.. Pardew is great, but no comparison. Robson top man, you won’t find anyone with a bad word to say against him.

    Pardew is so much less experienced than the great man, and will only learn and improve by making these bad mistakes.
    Are you seriously saying SBR never made any mistakes or ever got it wrong.
    Perhaps you should enquire as to why he was hounded out of the club for finishing 4th, 3rd and 5th.
    Pardew was spot on by stating we were undone by their intensity. But my question is WHY?

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  • Lew Davies

    Apr 29, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #26

    its simple, we got too big for our boots. Big heads and no brains.
    Well if thats not a reality check then nothing is.
    Shit happens now and then. We will learn from this and improve.
    So glad we play again on wednesday so we can put this to bed.
    Hway me Lads

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 29, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #27

    when newcastle loose it they loose it, in 45 min spells they can reall fall to bits,

    firstly well done wigan, for 45 mins they did look a very good team , but i feel 2 of the goals showed why sipmson and willamson arnt good enough

    the first goal, what on earth was williamson trying to do, he was stooping down to try and win a header against a much smaller guy instead of trying to out jump him 🙁

    then the 3rd goal, simpson was caught ball watching and it just got passed around him, great finnish

    the 4th goal, was just a class finish,

    on a plus side though, santon looked a very good ball player, trying to push on and get us back in the game,,

    dont understand why pardew went to 3 at the back and in the process put williamson in the center,, he would be the last one of the 3 id have there, being the slowest,,

    lets hope it woke the lads up for wednesday,

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #28

    This was prob missed yesterday but Chelsea signing Marko Marin for 7mill bargain

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  • Lew Davies

    Apr 29, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #29

    No it wasn’t missed, it just wasn’t/isn’t relevant.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 29, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #30

    Agreed – we started looking at the last three games, totally disrespecting Wigan, who have already taken some major scalps. I think Pards is right they wanted it more – we have Europa, we have a top 6 finish, it just took the shine off going the extra mile as we’ve already blown this seasons targets out the water.

    Wigan were excellent too – they aren’t a bad team they’e just failed to convert chances, yesterday everything they hit went in. It happens, it happens for us at times too.

    I remember watching matches a few seasons ago where we’d get hammered and not even get one chance on goal. At least we hit the woodwork twice (Cisse) and had shots just wide. It shows we’re still firing up front, there chances went in our didn’t. They were the better team.

    We move on to Chelsea.

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  • Spuggy

    Apr 29, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #31

    For those slagging Willo and Simmo – you raise fair points, but don’t forget the 4 clean sheets and 6 wins on the spin which they were also part of.

    We all know we need strengthening in defense, but we need to get behind all the lads for the last 3 games.

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  • OLDGEORDIE

    Apr 29, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #32

    One defeat, one defeat and the misseries come out. MY FIRST GAME WAS IN 1949 and despite everything that has happened since I still love the TOON and keep optimistic. We were in the championship not long ago lost our so called “stars”, but have had wonderful season but met a team who belied their position and just played superbly. We had no run of the green everything they did came off. Hats off to the Latics and even if we lose our next 3 we have had terrific season. Few good buys and weell be ready for Europe HWTL

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  • geordiehammer

    Apr 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #33

    Having watched the game i have to agree with Pardews comments, although you have to ask the question, why could’nt we match their intensity?
    with so much at stake i find it hard to believe we could become so complacent! going into the game we had won six but new wigan were in good form also.
    The question for me now is, can we bounce back against Chelsea? weve done it so many times this season i trust Pardew can get the players motivated.
    Credit to Wigan aswell, they couldnt put a foot wrong in the first half, outstanding display from a team fighting at the bottom!

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  • geordiehammer

    Apr 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #34

    Agreed Oldgeordie! europe was just a pipedream a year ago, this is what being a fan is all about, cant wait for a few trips away next season. win OR lose

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  • ash1001

    Apr 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #35

    Anybody who has watch Wigans last few games would tell you that they are the form team – results prove it, I do not know whether we were ready for them, but we should have been, it did not appear as if we were.
    They knew how to get at us and they certainly did so, exposing the weaknesses, think we all know Willo and Simpo are not good enough unfortunately, as for Willo hes a 100% honest pro, but Simpo thinks hes Gods Gift To the Toon, and maybe its time for the last 3 games to play Stanton there and Fergie at LB. will be a good exercise to see how it goes against 3 top teams as I think the CL is beyond us now, unfortunately.

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  • Owldman

    Apr 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Wrote it on a blog a couple of weeks ago Wigan were a banana skin waiting to happen ,Also anyone read Bales comment if Spurs dont get Champion League football next season he will have to consider his future.Not at the Spurs next season then!

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  • Owldman

    Apr 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #37

    To all those doom & gloom merchants,as a Toon supporter for over 60 years i have seen it all the highs & the lows that Wigan defeat only goes to show we are the most unpredictable team in the league,but i will always love & support my beloved Toon.

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  • AndyMac

    Apr 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #38

    I know you have the best interests of the Toon at heart Ed but

    “Wigan were able to string five defenders across the box in defence because of the wing backs, which ************* struggled to break down, but then thanks to the stamina and positions of Boyce and Beausejour, they were able to become auxiliary midfielders. ************ seemed to be thrown off by the flexibility of Wigan’s formation; players seemed to be unsure of who they were meant to be marking, and what shape they were meant to take up in order to counter-act the 5-4-1/3-4-3”

    I read that two weeks ago, after the Arsenal Wigan game, dont you think Pardwho could have done likewise ?

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