Pardew – We Go To Chelsea To Give It Our Best Shot


It’s true that Newcastle’s Champions League qualification was impacted by our defeat at Wigan on Saturday.

Pardew – we apologize for that bad 45 minutes

But the lads had won six game sin a row, in the most difficult league in the world, and an end to that winning run had to come sometime.

That it came against a relegation team was surprising, but let’s give credit to Wigan – they were tremendous – especially in that first half – and would have taken many a team apart, as they did Newcastle.

And Tottenham got back to their winning ways yesterday, with a 2-0 win against a listless Blackburn side, and Chelsea ripped apart QPR 6-1.

Newcastle meet Chelsea on Wednesday night, and the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, had this to say to Sky Sports this afternoon:

“Although we are a point above Chelsea, we are certainly the outsiders,” “But Wednesday night is a key night I think.”

“Tottenham have to go to Bolton and we play Chelsea,  and it might be just down to two after that – but then again, it might not be, so we will have to wait and see.”

“I just think you have to put it into perspective of the season we have had.”  “To be, with three games to go and regardless of what fixtures they are, a point above Chelsea and level with Spurs is just outstanding.”

“We would have settled for that at the start of the season, for sure.”  “If we had a bad 45 minutes, we apologise to our fans for that and our critics,” 

“There were reasons for that. We have covered a few of those today and a few more tomorrow.”  “But the bottom line is we have still got three games and all to play for.”

“We are absolutely delighted, really, and we will go to Chelsea and give it our best shot.”

Good words from Alan there, and we’ve been shocked at just how good the Newcastle manager has been in so many ways this season.

He has shown great leadership of the side, and his man management is simply excellent.

It will be a tough ask of Newcastle on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge, but if our lads can get near to playing their best and the defense tightens up significantly from Saturday, we could well surprise people.

A Newcastle win and a Tottenham defeat at Bolton, would really upset the apple cart for the two London clubs.

But whatever happens in these last three games of the season, Newcastle have been like a breath of fresh air, and we have surprised a lot of people by the team’s success – including ourselves. 😀

Long may it continue.



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236 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #1

    All we ask is for passion and commitment.

    I dont mind if we get hammered 4-0 again as long as we show emotioon in what we do.

    That is all we ever ask for.

    That and 100 million to spend on Hazard and Neymar.

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  • pbNcl

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #2

    I honestly can’t see tottenham loosing to bolton, so its up to us to beat chelsea. It can be done, and we’ve got the temperament to do it

    One hell of a match this is turning out to be

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  • nickfish90

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Hi guys,

    Great season so far and long may it continue! Let’s just hope Bolton can go one further than they did against the Mackems.

    On another note, i’d just like to share link with you all please. My dad sadly passed away last month after losing a short six month battle with cancer. The East Lancashire Hospice, where he stayed for his final five weeks, were amazing and offered so much loving care and suppport.

    My mum is taking part in the Starlight Walk 2012 on the 30th June in memory of my Dad, and will be raising money for the East Lancashire Hospice.

    http://www.justgiving.com/Jean-Fish0

    If any of you could spare any change every little helps. We’d like to do as much as we can to raise money for such a great set of people at the Hospice.

    Thanks a lot in advance for even taking your time to read this 🙂 It really does mean the world.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Bakc to the point I feel that we can give Chelsea a good go.

    It is interesting to say that we have not been stuffed over 90 minutes this season. It’s just that our players do not how to respond to going behind to early goals in either half.

    I hope that is one thing we ratify next season. If the players can believe in themseleves even when we go 2-0 down, like all great clubs, then that is what we can be.

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  • pbNcl

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    spot on beattie

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  • pbNcl

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry to hear about your loss nickfish90

    I hope you are alright

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  • nickfish90

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Thanks pbNcl. It has been a really difficult time for all the family, my dad was a huge part of our lives and it was quite a fast illness, he was only diagnosed with cancer back in October and he passed away on the 18th March.

    He’ll always be with us though. “Those we love do not die, they live in our hearts forever”.

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  • pbNcl

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Life is horrifically harsh, I wish you and your family all the very best : )

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Gud words by Pardiola there, its gud to know he understands what went wrong and hopefully simpson will now be dropped.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #10

    only joking, lets hope we are a bit more compact at chelski, keep the ball a bit better and people want the ball and dont hide, thats why guthrie has been so gud, he is brave in possession and will try and play in difficult situations, hope the lad is back to help us get a point or 3.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Just got back from sunny lanzarote and ut must be cold up north cos there were geordies everywher!
    Only just watched the wigan highlights wow what can u say they really punished us for a sloppy 45 mins, although i always thought that it had the potential to be a really tough game, anyway its done and tge lads are in europe so weve got 3 games with nothing to loose CL would be amazing and we seem to love being the underdogs so bring on chelsea!

    Whatever happens im proud of the lads this season and all there massive accomplishments

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  • bollance

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #12

    At this stage of the season everyone talks about who we will sign but who does everyone think wil shine next season who has been on the fringes?

    Candidates – Obertan, Marveaux, Tavernier, Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Ferguson, Perch, Abeid, Elliott, Gosling or Xisco (lol)?

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  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree with Beattie here…..we need to have few more strong characters in the team who can turn things around when we re struggling.

    We also need a more ruthless streak…..we need to win a couple of games with 5 or 6 goals. It is the thing all top sides do and it helps boost the goal difference. Not that important we just need to hammer a few teams to put fear into opposition.

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  • bollance

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Personally if he can stay fit Marveaux would be a good bet. Tidy player who reminds me of Steven Ireland.

    Would like Vuckic to stay fit and play more next season. Think he could be good!

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  • CisseIsALegend

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #15

    @bollance
    I think marveaux is going to be really good next season because we saw glimpses of what he could do this season before he got injured. All hes got to do is not get injured.

    I dont think obertan will ever get the confidence that will mean he can succeed in the prem but i hope im wrong

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Bollance i would say marv n vuckic depend on fitness as i think they would of been quiet involved this year if they were fit,

    Think abied will be more involved nxt year along with taviner n ferguson also think perch has already shone this season

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #17

    @15 aye you feel that obertan has been put on the backburner does any1 know if hes injured cos hes dropped of the face of the earth doesnt even seem to make the bench anymore

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #18

    There is only thing i can say i’ve been dissapointed about this season, and that alone is saying something as a NUFC supporter.
    I wish i could have seen players like Vuckic, Fergy, Abeid, Tav, Dummett, etc given more playing time, instead of the square pegs in the round holes.

    That is my only complaint. If he had used those more tho, we could’ve lost or drawn more. It’s all shoulda, coulda, woulda. But still. Seeing young hungry players playing with passion is immensly entertaining to watch.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #19

    rich toonfan – you think we should get Nolan back as well?

    bollance – marvaeux is nothing like stephen ireland, he has no hair thats about it.

    Gotta say there is lots of potential behind the reserve team, i like Abeid and Vuckic, think they cud make the grade, but i actually think sammy could step up, he is quick, fearless and direct, with a fair bit if technique, think he could come really gud next year, lets hope so, gud kid as well.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #20

    @check…

    god no…not that part of his comment

    I think we need a player who can really drive the team….grab them by the scruff of the neck and drag us back into a game.

    All the top team have one…gerrard being a prime example…not just ability but leadership qualities.

    I dont think nolan or barton had that…we need a gerrard, a rooney…just somebody who leads by example but also can rally the team

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Gud team Man City’s, hope he rests a few at the weekend, strongly fancy them, cant understand Valencia on the bench for Man Utd, Ji sung park in weird, think its the last stand for Man Utd’s old timers, 3-0 City.

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  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t think obertans probem is lack of confidence….i think it is lack of ability.

    Its one thing doing it in an academy or youth team…..its much different doing it against seasoned pro’s in a league that really matters.

    He just doesn’t have the ability to beat a man, can’t use his pace, doesn’t make good runs, etc

    I would love him to come good and whilst he is playing in the black and white I will cheer him, support him, never boo him but I think he hasn’t got the attitude/ability to succeed

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  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #23

    @check

    fergie always goes to park ji sung for big games…..he will sit back and play for the draw…possibly pinch the win late on.

    There will only be one team tryin to win this game

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #24

    rich – think Douglas is a bit of a leader and if he is playing with Saylor in a back 4 there will be plenty of drive, Gerrards and Rooneys arent around eh, all the top teams have individuals who seem to pull the team together when they are under the cosh, lets hope Saylor grows into the role,

    Benny showed glimpses at wigan were he went looking for the ball, he should do it more often, however he is shackled currently, hopefully as we get more power in the team he will be given more license too offer all around the pitch.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #25

    i.jst pray that we finish 4th or 5th

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Ppl are gonna b proved so wrong about obertan honestly can’t wait for when it happens

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Gary Neville talking about how Man Utds season has gone, going thru the wigan 1-0 loss he says the way Wigan are playing Man Utd did well to keep the score down, hes not wrong, they are playing some great stuff and Martinez deserves massive credit.

    Plus the man carries himself with grace and humility, not a big commodity in todays game.

    Davyb – i was of the same opinion that obertan cud still turn out to be a gem, however that arsenal away game for me showed he has no heart, couldnt be ar5ed and was hauled off, not been sighted since and for me should be way down pecking order next year, behind benni, marveaux, sammi, fergy and moses.

    First of all he needs to show desire consistently, not quite done that for me, although i do believe he is talented and feel he has done decent for us in certain games. People certainly need to lay off him for sure, he has talent beyond doubt.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Davyb i hope ur patient mate cos even tge club seeem to have lost faith in him, either that or there drilling him hard ready for next season where squad rotation will play a huge part,
    However if win sign some1 like hoilett i think ober will be miles down the pecking order under benny jonas marv gos n santon can play on the wing sammy any possible new signings fergy n so on

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Check agree with u there martinez is a fantastic coach n despite wigan for some reason being down the table hes not lost any backing from any1 at the club also has a real class which the ‘top’ managers should take a leaf from i.e wenger mancini n dogleash

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #30

    richtoon

    Thanks for agreeing with me and how do I reply? By disagreeing with you.

    I am deeply sorry for that fact but opinions are opinions and I think Obertan will come good. I would say that despite his age we need to treat Obertan as we would treat a 18-19 year old. Give him game time, give him confidence and knock out what Man Ure tried to do with him.

    He has the ability IMO and has shown glimpses of that this year. I say that next year he will show his worth and the year after come to blossom. I mean he’s only 22 and we should keep him and try to develop him for the next few years.

    It’s not like we will have wasted a fortune if he doesn’t come good but something about him screams quality. I think given what’s happened to Perchinho, Obertan can become a toon favourite.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Obertan is injured has been for a while so stop makin up your version of events to suit your argument saying the club has lost patience with him so ppl honestly it’s joke

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyone got a working link for the Manc derby tonight ?

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Obertan is 22 came from the great clairefontaine academy he was wanna of the hottest talents in France b4 man utd signed him n fergie ruined him, b4 u say fergie dosent ruin good player what about forlan, Rossi n piqué quality players who fergie couldn’t get to perform

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  • rknufc

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #34

    the reserves are 1-0 up dummet scored

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #35

    See we’ve let folan, Henderson n McDermott go to notts county for trial I think must all b bring released

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Beattie ur right we picked ober up for a good price and the club do seem to get the best out of players i genuinly think that the coaching staff have written him off for the last part of the seaon, not in a bad way, but like they did with benny n fergy hes kinda a combination of the both, fergy they wanted to bulk up and benny that wanted him to show a maturity with the way he played the game and it has payed off massivly with them 2 i think we wont see obertan til next season and hopefully he’ll be a better player for it

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  • t00ntime

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #37

    somebody said in an earlier post to take ba off for obertan and put ben arfa on the LW, imo thats a very bad call cause the best thing about ben arfa is the fact that he can cut inside to shoot and as he crosses with his left his curled crosses are much easier on the RW (its already on the out side of his foot) ben arfa has played on the LW before and if you force him to stay on the left he normally plays quite bad, ben arfa needs either RW or free attacking role in the middle.

    Also ba had 1 bad game… that was against wigan… didnt everbody have a bad game that day? You must be crazy if you think ba has been sh1te since cisse came, when he played on the LW he made great runs and passes. Why does he need to score every other game? I think ba shud stick to the left and if he wants to be the ST tell him either score more then cisse or sit on the bench then.

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  • hotdog

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Lads I admire your backing of Obertan but many NUFC fans i know have seen him and do not rate him. Forget where he is has come from and see the here and now. Everybody is entitled to their opinion mine is he is Crap!! 🙂

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #39

    I think they will try to evolve ober into a second striker. He can finish (we saw that against Blackburn) and he is unbelievably quick. I can see him filling the lovenkrands role.

    If he could take on a man and deliver a ball he’d be immense but working with Benny can only improve him! I do think though if he came on for the last 20 minutes against tired players he could get 10 goals a season for sure.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Patience mes amis.
    Obertan still has promise and I reckon the silver fox is the guy to bring him on. He hasn’t put a foot wrong with any of our players and knows how to show players respect as well as drive them on.

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