Tiote – It Was A Shock But We’ll Cheer Up Fans At Chelsea

Cheick Tiote is the first player to come out and apologize to the travelling fans for yesterday’s performance at Wigan.

Don’t think – just get back in there and win that ball!

It’s history now, but Newcastle were hopeless in that first half but were much improved in the second half.

Papiss Cisse failed to score for the first time in seven games, but he hit the post twice and Ben Arfa had a couple of decent chances.

But Newcastle were blanked for the first time since the 5-0 disaster at White Hart Lane on 11th February, and most Newcastle fans felt yesterday the same way we did after that terrible hammering in London – completely shocked.

Cheick has apologized to the travelling fans, which is fitting, but he says the lads will try to make up for it on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge:

“I am disappointed for the supporters,”  “They came a long, long way to support us and there were so many of them.”  “But we lost and we didn’t score any goals, so it is a big shame for them.”

“We are thinking about Wednesday now, and hopefully we can give them something to cheer about at Chelsea.”  “Everyone was disappointed about the result, but I think we really didn’t defend well as a team.”

“That is all you can say really – there were too many goals conceded.”  “Our second half performance was better and we created some chances, so we will take the positives from that, but it was a shock.”

“Before this, we win every game and this one we lost heavily, so it was not good for the team. Everyone is disappointed, but it is finished now and we need to think about Chelsea on Wednesday.”

Cheick is a good lad, and of course is honest as the day is long, and he seems to love it on Tyneside.

The game was very difficult to watch yesterday, and we were in a lot of pain at half time, but it’s only one game after all – just not a very good one for Newcastle.

But it can all be turned on its head on Wednesday night,  when Newcastle will have a good opportunity to get all 3 points, with Chelsea having to field a weakened side to rest some of their top players for the FA Cup Final against Liverpool next Saturday at Wembley.

We’d love Newcastle to be able to take advantage of that – and get all 3 points – and that would help to make up just a little bit, for the terrible shock of yesterday.

Howay the Lads!!

153 comments so far

  • magpie6699

    Apr 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    The curse of the calendar will be lifted for Demba Ba by Wednesday and he will score a hat-trick. Mystic Mag has spoken!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    i think up until yesterday pardew had been quite sensible tempering down expectations, but to wind up wigan about the ticket allocation, showed a lack of class and not for the first time.

  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Why blame Pardew as some have????

    we started playing the exact same formation that worked in the previous games.

    We were being dominated and were 2-0 down so he changed it…..unfortunately it just didn’t work.

    When we lost to fulham people complained we pardew didn’t change it so when he does you cant complain.

    Every manager gets things wrong from time to time.

    Pards is still learning and the mistakes of this season will be addressed during the summer….there is only so much you cant do with the same players. Cant suddenly make williamson faster ….just got to wait til the summer and see who we bring in.

  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4


    bet you were happy we lost????

    all you seem to do is complain about pardew on this blog….we are doing very well and a lot of that is down to pardew.

    Yesterday we set up 4-3-3 and through the players we were 2-0 down inside 13 mins.

    Pardew then matched up wigan which didn’t really help but at least he tried to address the problem.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully yesterday will prove to b a real kick up the ass for the players heading into the final 3 games great season whatever happens n we have Europa to look forward to next year

  • obatoyou

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Didn’t know Pardew swung that way fellas

  • Tooooon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Modric and Bale have said in the last 2 days that they’re likely to leave, them two cuppled with Redknapp likely to leave can’t bode well for team morale and I can’t see Spurs winning today… we’ll see.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8


    Bit of a moronic comment there my friend. No I wasn’t happy. I was very unhappy, hence my comments – durr! I started supporting them in 73, so a lot of time to invest in a team I would be happy to see lose. Try thinking logically about what you say first.

    Pardew wound up Wigan all week over the ticket allocation saying they could do with a few bob, then wound chelsea up saying he wanted them to lose the CL final , already assuming we would get 4th place.

    I asked if we had played 433 from the start. Aplogies if that was the case, but from the 8th minute all I saw was Santona as an auxillliary right wing back.

    I had been advocating playing a 433 which would suit Benny and Cabaye and hey presto we win 6 on the bounce!
    Then I was very happy.

    But no I am not happy that pardew fatally pushes the self destuct button again and we choke spectacularly in our most vital game of the season. We may never get a chance like this again for years.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Rumours of a pre season tour of south Africa this summer

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Also seen the fryers rumours from man utd good left back from what I’ve seen like

  • out of toon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    gutted lads
    absolutely gutted

    i saw this as a good chance to flex our muscle and what a spectacular fall from from grace. In the first five minutes i said to my mates, this is gonna be a disaster and lo and behold. Where was the intensity and movement we’ve seen in the last six games? The passing was at times shambolic and off the ball movement was criminal.

    Hat’s off to Wigan who played like we’d been playing… Clinical finishing, inspired movement and deft passing. No-one person to blame here. I think Pardew had no choice but to start with the 433 and Martinez simply outwitted him. Several of our key players were worse than off-key and it was all bad. I don’t mind losing a few here and there – i just wish we’d put up a fight when we do…

    Here’s to looking forward and to playing in Europe next season regardless of how the remaining games pan out. The hard work has been done, let’s forget about Wigan and let our hair down in London. Big up to THE LION for fronting up to the fans, but we all know a better way to make up for it – a smash and grab at Stamford Bridge!!!!


  • Tsunki

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Beattie I caught your post(s) about the 3 points of failure and I think you put it well. Point about willo and simmo I think we all know that ww have commended them for playing well and doing a job this season but when the tactical positioning does not suit them they cannot adapt and are cruelly exposed to the weaker side of their game. In simmos case he will always be caught too far forward and being pulled by two forwards because he is not disciined to stay back until he has weighed up the opposition. Willo is not confident and shows indecision mainly due to lack of matches and a run in one single system he can be totally familiar with, he doesn’t have the international grade experience Colo has to switch things around. Ba or Cisse for me I am afraid, jonas is missing more of games as the season goes on and he is asked to play a different part each week. And is it me or do we tend to suffer most when we are trying to accomodate Santon in the flying FB/WB role?

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13

    I hardly think Pardew was to blame yesterday, at least not too much anyway. He set up the same way he had done for the previous 6 victories, his only mistake was to allow complacency in the players performances.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Wor shearer – don’t blame him as such but to go away and try and pay a home game against a resurgent side fighting for their lives is a mistake. 4-0 proves that. 2nd half should have been the first half.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    “But no I am not happy that pardew fatally pushes the self destuct button again and we choke spectacularly in our most vital game of the season. We may never get a chance like this again for years.”

    How did Pardew push the self destruct button?? He changed to having Santon RWB when we were 2-0 down after 10 minutes because Wigans width was destroying us with 433.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #16

    The person I really blame for the loss yesterday was Martinez. His players were always finding space, always picking out a player in blue and worked exceptionally hard.

    Its the typical scenario of someone bringing success and high standards and people getting all bitchy when the team fails to live up to the high standards that werent in place before he was here anyway!

  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17


    Again…..how is it Pardews fault….he used the 4-3-3 system that got us 6 wins on the bounce and we were 2-0 down after 13 mins- suggests it was the players…we didn’t close down well and lost our shape to easy.

    thats when the change i formation was made.

    He suggested what many mangers do in that we should get as many fans in to help with the atmosphere….would you have prefered him to say I hop chelsea win the champs league cause we wont finish 4th?

    And I said you were happy to see us lose so you can complain about Pardew.

    You are like a few small minded fans on here who feel the need to complain when we have had a brilliant season. Arsenal lost 8-2 but find themselves in 3rd. Man utd lost 6-1 but could win the title.

    We suffered a heavy defeat but could still be in the champs league. The way we have collapsed in the games at spurs fulham and wigan suggest to me it is the players. We used different styles in those games and its just a mad half where the team lose the plot and surrender. If it was the managers fault surely those issues would arise more than in 3 halves of football.

    Pards has got the most out of his squad, it’s not his fault we didn’t get a CB or any other cover in Jan.

  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #18


    I dont get the playing like a home team comment.

    No matter where you play you are up against the same quality of player, whether we face wigan home, away or a neutral game.

    We have the players to go there and dominate the game, the fact is they didn’t turn up nd play well.

  • pbNcl

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Bang on Robby Bobson @ 16

    Its only one result lads chin up, were bloody geordies!!!

    Well done wigan, bring on chelski!!!!

  • davybtoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #20

    U hav to giv Wigan credit even though I don’t think we turned up first half but they hav beat man u, arsenal n shud of beat Chelsea

  • pbNcl

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    We remain graceful in the defeat of others, and we stand tall when we taste defeat at our door.

    We are the geordies, not petulant mackems

    We have already secured a place in european competiton, I would like to knock on alan pardew’s door this morning and tell him the city is behind him

  • ToonAndy

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    Why does every1 say the “4-3-3 we play our best at” when it’s clearly a 4-2-3-1… I love this formation…. What I find strange is pardew plays cabaye in behind cisse and ba on the left…




    BEN ARFA—————–CABAYE—————————-BA


    Why not swap Cabaye and Ba??

    P.S. …. Statistically, Simpson was sh1te yesterday!! 🙁

  • fray bentos

    Apr 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Retonda Heights = complete moron

    No point even communicating with them

  • shearermania

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #24

    yes we were not good yesterday…but wigan was fantastic….end of story

  • mecannylad

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #25

    I know that there are NUFC club guidelines in place for its employees not to comment via sites such as this but I still wonder nevertheless whether the players and staff read our s***e … and if they do does it really influence them in any way.

  • Gash

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Reality check yesterday.
    Yes it was a cup final. We lost away to a team that on form over the past few weeks are top 4 side, along with us.
    Listened to Pardew on Talk-sport and he was magnanimous in defeat which shows a lot about the bloke. No one like to lose.
    We should come out mid week against Chelski and batter them and that will put a real edge on next weeks game against Citeh.
    It aint over till we’ve played Everton. 7 points from the next 3 games and Chelsea get beat in the CL final and we get CL .
    What an end to a season
    Keep the Faith lads

  • Rowan Milsted

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Terrible result but let’s keep perspective. Wigan were outstanding – fair play to them. We weren’t very good – it happens. It won’t take the shine off what has been an amazing season. I’m disappointed and was a little gutted yesterday but I don’t feel as bad as I normally do when we lose as the team have done us all proud this season. You never know, we may come out fighting like a wounded beast now on Wednesday!

    Just remember guys, Man Utd are top of the table and were beaten 6-1 at home by City… and 3-0 by us at SJP of course! Arsenal had a dire run and are in 3rd. We were smashed by Spurs and Fulham before this game and look where we are – still fighting! If the result yesterday reflected our form and the season thusfar then I’d be worried, but it doesn’t and I’m not. It was a bad day at the office, but I trust AP and the lads will bounce back. These things happen in football, to the best teams, the worst teams and all the teams in between. Heads up, keep the faith, come on NUFC!!!

  • magpie6699

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #28

    rich – agree with most of what you say. We lost badly – several players were off and Wigan played exceptionally well. We join a recent list that includes Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool and very nearly the 14 players of Chelsea (1st 11 plus 2 linesmen and ref!). Clearly that’s all the fault of Ferguson, Wenger tc who have become terrible managers overnight because of a bad esult – or for that matter a few bad results. Get real, people. We lost – game over – tilt! We are somewhere between the 4th and 6th best team in the EPL this season, we’ve had some good results AND we’ve had fun! I personally enjoyed Man U, Liverpool, Stoke etc. etc. and am very pleased with the bunch of lads who’ve turned out for us this season. Let’s give them a great send-off next Sunday whatever happens. HWTL!

  • mecannylad

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #29

    An other heinous crime from Mecannylass over breakfast this morning. “It`s only a game” she said !!! http://www.mecannylad.com

  • bob

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Tiote maybe good on FIFA12 but really he is a 1 season wonder and if they can move him on for decent money then do so Williamson is the worst centre half in the league a big nancy boy Simpson flatters to decieve and should be dropped and moved on in the summer Perch should try to establish himself at right back jonas should be dropped and replaced by either guthrie or gosling as jonas has’nt the stamina or tactical nous to play centre mid.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Robby Bobson at 16 – spot on fella. We expect to win most games now because of the job Pardew (and others, of course) has done. Let’s not overly criticise him now – as you say, these are the high standards that he’s helped to instil.


    I feel that you’re way too harsh on Pardew and love a chance to criticise him, but hey, that’s your opinion and all, and I do actually agree with you on one thing – Pardew shouldn’t have made those comments earlier in the week. I mean, they were blown out of proportion and the Wigan response was a bit much, but he kinda set himself up for it. I reckon Martinez might have used that to fire his team up. Oh well, it’s done now, keep the faith and let’s bring the smiles back on Wednesday!

  • seantoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyone know if our game is on sky or espn Wednesday?

  • moonraker

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Disappointed about yesterday’s result but still optimistic because this has happened a few times this season ; Spurs, Fulham comes to mind and on each occasion we have come back strong.

    With a bit of luck we could have got a couple of goals back in the second half and, lets face it you would want di Santo to shoot from where he was and he would only score 1 in a 100 times.

    We have to continue to improve though cos you shouldnt be going 4-0 down like that when challenging for CL; it just shows the level of concentration you have to hold at our level!

    Still good times- we in Europe whatever happens and we’d take that at start of season.

    The other thing is how good is Cisse? his touch is superb and I think he’s gotta be one of the best centre forwards we’ve ever had? Anyone agree? have we had a better one other than Shearer?

  • pbNcl

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #34

    I think I speak for us all when I say

    Get lost bob

    You DO NOT insult our tiote you mackem

  • seantoon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Gutted Bolton game is on over our game Wednesday.

  • Tooooon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Pretty sure Enrique used to read this blog mecannylad, and I guarantee players like Simpson will our used to read this blog, to see what the fans think. Also Steve Stone and John Carver probably do, to give feedback to Pardew.

    If you’re reading this any Newcastle player, then you let us down yesterday!

  • moonraker

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #37

    bob @ 30

    being polite mate you haven’t got a clue.

  • Tooooon

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #38

    bob u mackem, do u really think cattermole is any better?

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #39

    this is about bout pardew under achiving

    i have to say yes i think he is, as much as i think we have had a great season, i carnt help but think we could be doing a lot better than we are right now,,

    right this is a great quality to have as a human, but for me pardew shows to much compassion to some of the players who arnt good enough, and this is to the detrement of the team at times,, obertan being his biggest weakness, yes im on about him again, first half of the season was crap to watch, as we tried to play with width but the wingers wernt/arnt good enough,
    we as fans well half of us that know about footballers want HBA to play alot more than he has, in the end pardew gave into us,

    i wont say these players are not good players, there just not at a level we need them at

    obertan, lack of confidence and ability

    simpson, great goal line clearences, but lots of time dosnt know whether to attack or defend and gets caught out , right now, id be playing santon RB, young ferg LB,

    willamson, simply not good enough, great heart, but, to slow and always looks nervous,

    best, he is a willing runner, but not good enough infront of goal,

    jonas, (one of my fave players at the club) but little end product unless you are looking for free kicks

    strola, again not good enough, plays when he wants to, gives away to many stupid fouls, and dont score enough

    perch, not been as bad of late, but still not a player that will keep you in the top 4,

    and thats the point, right now we are sitting in 4th, and not one of those players would get into any other squad, let alone first team in the top half of the table, we are there because we have got great players in the othe positions, a good goalie, and good forwards, BA and cisse to get goals in tight games, if that was best and shola up there, you all know we would struggle to score,

    but pardew seems to think these are good enough,

  • Rowan Milsted

    Apr 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #40


    Couldn’t agree more but don’t even bother responding to him. Just ignore him routinely – it’s the best way. We all know he talks utter nonsense.


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