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Alan Pardew – The Intensity Will Be There At Chelsea

8:58 am, Sunday, April 29th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Its seems that Alan Pardew said all the right things in the dressing room before the game at Wigan yesterday.

You should have kept the ball – Alan

And it certainly seems that he has said all the right things after the game, but Newcastle were still pummeled  at the DW Stadium,  because the Wigan players had about twice the intensity the Newcastle players had, at least in the first 45 minutes when they left the field 4-0 up.

But Alan Pardew has promised there will be the intensity at Chelsea on Wednesday night from his players, and Newcastle are likely to face a weakened Chelsea side, since the London club take on Liverpool three days later in the FA Cup Final.

This is what Alan said after the game:

“It’s disappointing because we said all the right things in the dressing room – not to be complacent and to give them the respect they deserve – and we got caught out by that one word, intensity.”

“The fourth goal, which was an absolutely special goal, was key because I knew if I could get them in at half-time I could tighten it up, get some intensity in our play and we’d get chances.”

“I don’t see a problem in any of my players,” “We failed as a team, not as individuals. It will be important we go to Chelsea with an away-game mentality which I didn’t think we had today.”

“When you’ve won six on the trot, you can go away from home expecting to win. That will put a shock into the players.” “People said if we won at Wigan we’d have a great chance of the Champions League, even though we’d got three tough fixtures.”

“Well, we lost at Wigan and those tough games might be a good thing.” “I know the intensity will be there on Wednesday and it will be a tough game for Chelsea, bearing in mind they’ve got the cup final on Saturday.”

“Champions League football is not away from us by any stretch of the imagination.”

You have to give enormous credit to Wigan for their performance yesterday, and of course they have been great in previous recent games.

They were the better side against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal,  and deserved to win those those three games – which they did.

They also deserved something out of their game at Chelsea,  but some hopeless officiating gave Chelsea two goals and the win, and both goals were later seen to be offside in TV replays, with the winner coming in stoppage time.

It’s amazing that Roberto Martinez can get his players playing like this,  at the business end of the season, but he is a very good manager, and we think he will finally be on his way to another club at the end of the season.

The drama for Newcastle may not be over however, and a win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in our game in hand, could turn everything in Newcastle’s favor.

That’s what we are hoping for.

And Alan Pardew has taken a beating in some of the comments after the game, which is a little unfair for a guy who has performed wonders at Newcastle.

Alan is a great man-manager and we are expecting to see a hungry and motivated Newcastle side in each of the last three games of the season.

That starts on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge and a 7th win in eight games is not out of the question four our lads, who have been brilliant this season.

Howay The Lads!!



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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LewSpi // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    I’m just looking at the big picture, look where we are in the league and some of the results we’ve achieved.

    If, 7 games ago, someone had said “I’m gonna give you 6 wins and 1 loss”, we’d have he’d their hands off. You can’t win them all.

    The only thing that bothers me, is when this team does lose, they lose big. We’ve lost 5-0 twice and now 4-0. That’s -14 from 3 games, if that wasn’t the case an they were just 1-0 losses we’d be on +18 (the same as Spurs), rather than +7.

  • 2 LewSpi // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Snatched their hands off**

  • 3 thai-mag // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    apart from the bad result, why did the toon have to play in that crap orange kit, I think it must be to sell a few more away shirts, there must be thousands of them left in the fat mans shops to get rid of, lets get back to black and white at chelsea

  • 4 spitfire_ // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Okay I don’t get it. In the official site was written quote “After Moses’ early brace, Pardew switched formation to match Wigan’s 3-4-3″… Moses goal came after 13 minutes of play. The average player positions of Newcastle players after the game show that we’ve played with three defenders… I’m lost… when the opponent play with three strikers you change your tactics to three defenders… is that right?

  • 5 davybtoon // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Look we got outplayed it happens, I’ll b gutted if we don’t get cl from the position were in but even if we finish 6th n Europa league I’ll b buzzing so it’s bit of mixed emotions

  • 6 davybtoon // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I think we all jus overlooked Wigan fans, players n management n we got bit carried away with all the cl talk
    Look at this we finish 4th we want bayern to win cl
    Spurs finish 4th we want Chelsea to win the cl ha
    We finish 5th or 6th still fantastic season

  • 7 davybtoon // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Plus we beat Chelsea we go back to within 1pt from arsenal

  • 8 fungus44 // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    stop the moaning bout cl it,s to soon but the Europa league i think we can cope with if we strengthen the squad in summer,we have done well all season so give the lads credit for doing a great job , also we have been in the top 6 all fooking season stop the moaning and support the team and we will surprise a lot of the pundits which we have done already

  • 9 Lew Davies // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    spitfire – it was the midfield where we were over run. so AP changed it to match them 3-4-3.
    It was too late tho, the damage was done.
    We should have started 4-5-1 and maybe they wouldn’t have started so well.

  • 10 spitfire_ // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Okay but if you match 3-4-3 this means to put Simpson alone on the right… two of the goals came from this side. Besides Colo or Williamson was the two who goes to help him. This means one of the CB’s to be out of position. It doesn’t make any sense to put your team to play one on one.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    I try to look at the positive ;-) HBA was great as an ACM in the second half – I wouldnt mind trying him there against Chelski.

    It should be possible for either Guthrie, Gosling or Abeid to make an impact in the last three games when you look at Tiotes display.

    Ba needs a rest which leave room for either Fergy or Marveaux. Its all positives ;-)

    But yesterday is a reminder that the defence is our weakest link and we need to keep the ball away from it. Our midfield need to be at its best and it werent yesterday – far from it.

    I would bench both Tiote and Ba against Chelski :-)

  • 12 thebionicMAG // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Lew, very good comments.

    You’re right, its this losing big when teams take the game to us. We need to be able to stem pressure for as long as it takes for the opposition to clm down. Everywhere where we played there was loads of blue shirts, Wigan totally got in our faces and we didn’t have a game plan to take the sting out of their attack.
    No tem can play at that intensity, it would be like trying to print a marathon, so on form teams at home who are up for a bit of prolonged physical we have to have a game plan which will effectively stem the heat. Coudld you imagine a team giving it all they have against another that just soaks up all the pressure? Very demoralising not to mention tiring, THATS when we turn it on. I hope we learn from this.

  • 13 thebionicMAG // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I should have said no team can ply at that intensity for 90 minutes…

  • 14 Lew Davies // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Agreed that Demba Ba needs rested.
    Would love to see Marveaux back on the LW again.

  • 15 bambams // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    davytoon you are spot on.

    I watched the match yesterday in Jesmond and there were four or five youngins (18-22) who were going off it at 4-0…… I could not help myself in reminding them we HAVE Europe, yes CL would be brilliant but bloody hell EUROPE !!! In the bag already with games still to go!

    I will take 4th 5th or 6th and be one very happy Geordie !

  • 16 Cool Hand Luke // Apr 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    I dont think its unfair to be critical of the manager if his tactics were off. The way i saw it Santon was over on the right from the start of the match and the 3 at the back clearly didnt work. It was complete chaos at the back. To be fair though to Wigan their passing and finishing was exceptional.

    We seem to always start slowly in games and its caught us out more than once now.

  • 17 Munster Mag // Apr 29, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Boys, we are not CL league material, end of. No shame in that.




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