Even At Our Very Best We Could Struggle To Win At Chelsea

Alan Pardew held an inquest yesterday into the appalling 4-0 defeat at Wigan.

Alan Pardew – at his desk at the Benton training grounds

And as we reported earlier this morning,  it seems Alan took most of the responsibility for the defeat, and that was because of his tactics,  and how he had ill-prepared the players mentally for the game.

The two next games are against top teams in Chelsea and Manchester City, who seem to be in their very best form of the season (drat), so its not a particularly good time to meet either side.

But that’s the way things go during any season, and Alan Pardew knows the players have to go into the upcoming games, and try to win both of them:

“I’d have liked to have gone into this Chelsea game with a different feeling.” “But I know, having looked in the players’ eyes, there’s a determination to put it right.”

“Hopefully, we’ll take that on to the park, but even at our very best we could struggle to win at Chelsea.” “But we’ve got to believe we’ll get a break in the game, and that we’ll be at our very best.”

“When you look at the last seven games, and we’ve won six and lost one, it doesn’t sound so bad.” “The second half buoyed me a little bit. There was a bit of character shown on the pitch. We could’ve got a couple of goals.”

“It wasn’t like 90 minutes of failure – it was 45 minutes of madness, really.” “I think if we make sure that we start well, it’ll probably the key to the game.”

Newcastle slipped up on Saturday, that’s all,  and we’ve slipped up before this year at both Fulham and at Tottenham.

But in both those cases Newcastle came back strongly and showed good character in their next games, and there’s no reason the lads cannot do the same thing in the next couple of games.

That’s what we are hoping for, and while it certainly will be tough – it’s not impossible to win both games.

Comments welcome.

118 comments so far


    May 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1



    May 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    chelsea 0-1 newcastle

  • Jan Stavik

    May 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m afraid Toon will not get more points this season. 3 super difficult games left, Chelsea away is tough, City needs a win to clinch the title while Everton has been simply terrific lately!

  • cyprus

    May 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Ok, no more talk AP. Trying to prepare us for the worst is not necessary, dude. Just go there, give it your all, watch some Rocky videos, play 4-3-3

  • obatoyou

    May 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    please do not say this about your own team thank you

  • pieceofpapiss

    May 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Loving the positivity already lads!!

    Personally im delighted that Pardew has took responsibility for the Wigan game. It takes the preassure off the player.

    Im not particularly bothered about the last 3 games now, european football is a dead cert, campions league may be a step to far at this stage for us. the financial benefits would be great but our league form may suffer. Europa Cup would give us a chance to play the younger players.

    Pardew has done a great job and anyone who is disapointed with our campaign this year needs to have a look at themselves and remember where we were 2 years ago. Success doesnt happen overnight unless you have Man Citeh money.

    Credit to all at the club however, Ashley, all is NOT forgiven……..

  • Klatoon

    May 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Ober and Marv to make the squad tomorrow? Maybe one of them could replace Ba on LW ?

  • Rotonda heights

    May 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    it’s funny I got dog’s abuse for questioning Pardew over the Wigan fiasco and blowing being so close to a CL spot, but here he says so himself

    ” it seems Alan took most of the responsibility for the defeat, and that was because of his tactics, and how he had ill-prepared the players mentally for the game.”

    Fair play to him for that.

  • Rotonda heights

    May 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    No one is disappointed with this season, it’s just human nature that if you are that close to something you get a bit greedy.

    Why would a CL place affect our league position any more than a Europa L spot would? We would still get to play younger players in either.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #11

    I am sure this is some sort of mind games. I would be really surprised if pardew gave this message to his players. a team who has A cup final less than 72 hours the game, a big UCL final and have been poor for most of the season.

    Toon to win 2-1

  • Indian Magpie

    May 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #12

    *after the game

  • Paulo Martins

    May 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13

    I álso vote a 0-1 Ben- Arfa

  • check the toastie

    May 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardew is spot on. Chelsea are flying and should beat us, however there is always hope.

    Hopefully that hope isnt destroyed in the first 10 minutes, ala Spurs game. We need to keep the ball and be brave in possession, booting the ball long is cack and counter productive to getting a result. Guthrie should come back in for me.

  • papiss_on_your_parade

    May 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #15

    We shouldn’t let the wigan loss affect us or overshadow the fantastic season we have had!

    We just have to give it our all, Champions League would be fantastic! It would also encourage Big Mike to really fork out to strengthen the squad.

    Re the Raul interest; obviously would be a great signing, but seems very unlikely due to our youth scheme, and going for unknown stars (cabaye) to avoid big wages/transfer fees.

    Anyone know if there is any truth to this?


  • lewytoon

    May 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #16

    we wont have champions league this season, ashley doesnt want it.

    if we get champions league we will have to qualify, if we dont qualify we have no europe all together. ashley wants europe so if we hang back we are guranteed europa league so we have at least 4 european games to look forward too, and obivously guranteed more money if we were to fail to qualify

  • lewytoon

    May 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #17

    tats what i heard

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Raul is paid about £100k a week.

    I thought he was already considering offers from the MLS and dubai for a massive final pay day.

    Fair play to him, he deserves it after his career. Love the guy.

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #19


    If you lose in the CL qualifying round, you drop straight into the Europa League group stages.


  • Tsunki

    May 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #20

    lewytoon – oops on the europa logic mate. 🙂

  • Dannyo

    May 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #21


    Don’t go around making things up, it only looks bad on u.
    For one, u don’t drop out of Europe by not making it through the qualifying rounds.
    Second, AP said that MA is backing us for the CL cause that’s what he wants.

    Your post is hereby a waste of space.

  • Dannyo

    May 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #22

    I laughed when i saw that article, how talksport can get som utterly thoughtless is beyond me.
    That article is even worse than what caughtoffside posts.


  • Qatar NUFC fan

    May 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m a Newcastle fan from Qatar and I just arrived London one day ago and I would like to attend the mach tomorrow and set with Newcastle fan but I couldn’t find any ticket.. So can any one tell me how can I get away ticket plz??


  • wynsleap

    May 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Jan Stavik @ 3 – You say we’ll get nothing at Everton because “they have been terrific lately”.
    We were “terrific” for 6 games until we came up against Wigan.
    Have some heart man. It’s going to be difficult the last three games but this team has always shown themselves to be fighters. My head says 2 points from the last three but don’t bet against it being 6 or 7.

  • Garreth

    May 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Expect a high scoring game. Chelsea are without Luiz and Cahill, so their defence is in shatters. Our attacking force is a match for any defence, certainly one at not full-strength.

    I think it’s going to be a case of trying to score more than them, rather than stopping them from scoring.

    I genuinely believe we can do it though! 3-2 to the toon!

  • Ashton

    May 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #26

    We should sign Jordy Classie, he is an amazing player and will only get better. We need a class midfielder and Classie is a class act.


    May 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #27

    I just got 100/1 for Cisse and 2-1 to the Toon and 125/1 for the same score but HBA to grab the 1st goal. Bookies really are taking us for chumps after the wigan let down. I think it would be so typical of Newcastle to lose to wigan then beat all 3 of our remaining tough opponents. I still believe in the Toon even if they did choke on saturday.

  • lewytoon

    May 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #28

    well thats what my dad heard in the club so dont shoot the messenger

  • Wor Shearer

    May 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #29


    As a YouTube scout, I’d say Jordy Clasie looks a fine talent. His ability at the ‘standing tackle’ seems pretty incredible and his precision and range of passing is immense….as far as a YT edit goes.



    May 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Pretty sure if you dont get through the qualifiers for the CL u dont drop to Europa that only happens when u get knocked out in the group stages

    Fail in the qualifiers and no European football fail in the groups and u drop to Europa is how I have understood it to work could be wrong though

  • gaz 44

    May 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    rumours around benton is that if we make champs league cambiasso is coming for €10 million. he’s after a new challenge

  • Wor Shearer

    May 1, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #32

    @gaz 44

    Do you mean the 31yr old Argentinian?

  • gaz 44

    May 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #33

    yeah i got it wrong there willing to offer €10 million plus cambiasso for ba

  • lewytoon

    May 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #34

    wwjbd thats how it works, if u fail in group stages u go to europa league but if u fail to qualify ur out all togther, thats why i thought the story may have had truth in it and thought id tell yous

  • gaz 44

    May 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #35

    i don’t.know if its true or not just heard it as you do anything else.. apparently if we get there cambiasso will be willing to comen with Milan paying 45% of his wage if we don’t make champs league its a non starter

  • gaz 44

    May 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #36

    lewytoon no its not. we got knocked out in qualifiers against dynamo zagreb or someone impregnate sure and want into europa or eufa league as it was known


    May 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #37

    My team for 2mora if Simmo & Cabaye are ruled out.

    R.Tayls Collo Willo Santon

    Tiote Perch Guti

    HBA Cisse Ba

  • pbNcl

    May 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #38

    I thought that was the case aswell lewytoon, be a relief if its not tho!


    May 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Well its a interesting theory and could very well be correct MA cares more about SD than NUFC (cant really see anyone argue with that) and NUFC are a way for him to push his brand, dropping out of Europe after a couple games wont do much but lasting 10+ in Europa would get him more

    But then again the money pot in CL is far greater meaning he can have NUFC start (possibly continue) paying him back for his loans

    Dont the manager and players would agree with not going for CL though

  • gaz 44

    May 1, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #40

    my bad was partizan Belgrade who knocked us out of champions league qualifier … went onto be the year where didier drogba destroyed us for Marseille


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