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

10:33 am, Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 118 Comments

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.



Tags: European Competition · Newcastle News





118 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JAMSHA // May 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    a

  • 2 JAMSHA // May 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    chelsea 0-1 newcastle

  • 3 Jan Stavik // May 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    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!

  • 4 cyprus // May 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    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

  • 5 obatoyou // May 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    please do not say this about your own team thank you

  • 6 spitfire_ // May 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Jeez… http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/transfer-rumours/120501/former-real-madrid-star-shock-target-fulham-and-newcastle-17

  • 7 pieceofpapiss // May 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    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……..

  • 8 Klatoon // May 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

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

  • 9 Rotonda heights // May 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    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.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // May 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    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.

  • 11 Indian Magpie // May 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    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

  • 12 Indian Magpie // May 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    *after the game

  • 13 Paulo Martins // May 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I álso vote a 0-1 Ben- Arfa

  • 14 check the toastie // May 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    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.

  • 15 papiss_on_your_parade // May 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    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?

    HWTL

  • 16 lewytoon // May 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    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

  • 17 lewytoon // May 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    tats what i heard

  • 18 ToonDownSouth // May 1, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    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.

  • 19 ToonDownSouth // May 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    lewytoon

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

    :|

  • 20 Tsunki // May 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    lewytoon – oops on the europa logic mate. :)

  • 21 Dannyo // May 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    @lewytoon

    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.

  • 22 Dannyo // May 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    @TDS
    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.

    Ridicoulus.

  • 23 Qatar NUFC fan // May 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Hi,
    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??

    CUZ I DON’T WANT TO SET WITH CHELSEA fans : (

  • 24 wynsleap // May 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    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.

  • 25 Garreth // May 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    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!

  • 26 Ashton // May 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    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.

  • 27 LEROI // May 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    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.

  • 28 lewytoon // May 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

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

  • 29 Wor Shearer // May 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    @Ashton

    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5miZxF4trvE

  • 30 WWJBD // May 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    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

  • 31 gaz 44 // May 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM

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

  • 32 Wor Shearer // May 1, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    @gaz 44

    Do you mean the 31yr old Argentinian?

  • 33 gaz 44 // May 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

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

  • 34 lewytoon // May 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    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

  • 35 gaz 44 // May 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    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

  • 36 gaz 44 // May 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    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

  • 37 LEROI // May 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

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

    R.Tayls Collo Willo Santon

    Tiote Perch Guti

    HBA Cisse Ba

  • 38 pbNcl // May 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

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

  • 39 WWJBD // May 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    lewytoon
    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

  • 40 gaz 44 // May 1, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    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

  • 41 LEROI // May 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    This is what i think the chelsea team will be
    cech
    bosingwa/bertrand, ivan, terry, cole

    mata, lamp, essien,

    torres, drogba, sturridge

  • 42 davybtoon // May 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Check ya facts b4 u start making stuff up if u lose your champions league qualify u go into the Europa playoff round fact, so no u don’t drop out of Europe, why wud Ashly only want Europa anyway u only make about 2mill from compared to nearly 20mil in champions league

  • 43 pbNcl // May 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    I don’t think anybodys makin stuff up, I for one just wasn’t sure. That’s one great thing about this blog, you can get the bigger picture of those more informed = D

  • 44 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012%E2%80%9313_UEFA_Europa_League

    If you go to the “Distribution” section it gives a break down of which teams competing for CL get knocked in to Europa…Still not crystal clear for me and would appreciate y’all’s feedback :)

    I’ve looked at the PL understanding of CL qualification and it says:

    “The fourth-placed team enters the Champions League at the play-off round for non-champions and must win a two-legged knockout tie in order to enter the group stage”

    In the Europa article under distribution it says:

    “Group Stage (48 Teams): 31 winners from the play-off round and 10 losers from the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League play-off round”

    which using my understanding would be an English 4th placed team?

    So if you qualify for CL in the league (I.E 4th) and then lose the qualifier, you would go straight in to the Europa group stages

  • 45 gaz 44 // May 1, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    i don’t think anyone comes on here with the aim of mis informing people. they just relay the info they’ve been told.. pretty much like I’ve done with the cambiasso/ba story may be no foundation to it but 3 ppl have told me so i passed it on

  • 46 lewytoon // May 1, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    im not making stuff up, whats the point in that, the commenst section is to share views and stories…. i have not claimed its true simply telling you it to see what you think… chill

  • 47 davis_toons // May 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    anyone who is very disapointed with our campaign this year will be carzy with this current squad. Ofcourse it will be even better if we could do slightly better if we got the chance to benifit from any club that slip up again.

  • 48 LEROI // May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    my team for 1st game of next season
    Krul
    Santon Collo Saylor PIETERS

    Cabaye Tiote Guti

    Hba Cisse Ba

    Bench= Forster, VERTONGEN, Tavernier
    AMALFITANO, Marveaux, Best, RHODES,

  • 49 davis_toons // May 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    e next most important now is to get our right targets any not let them slip away from us..

  • 50 davybtoon // May 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Yea I kno ppl jus say what there told like I did in the summer told everyone Nolan, Barton n Jose wud b gone bcoz they weren’t wanted n got mocked for it looked what happened

  • 51 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    You have to laugh at some of the drivel Pardew spouts his latest howler concerns HBA and Cabaye apparently he subbed them to save them for the Chelsea match this is the same Chelsea side that has played Barcelona,liverpool and Qpr inside a week while our pampered poodles got a thumping off lowly Wigan!

  • 52 WWJBD // May 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    davy
    U also said Vuckic was Nolans replacement….dont blow ur own trumpet too much mate ;)

  • 53 pieceofpapiss // May 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Bob @51

    what drivel would that be? Makes sense to me lad. Doesnt matter how many games chelsea have played. not concerened about their fixture list.

    Pardew done the right thing, even if were weren’t 4-0 at half time they would have still been subbed.

  • 54 WWJBD // May 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    pieceofpapiss
    Dont bother mate he is a WUM so u are wasting ur time

  • 55 check the toastie // May 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Nice one Cod – E-mail that to Chubbs, and he might fancy Champions league again.

  • 56 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    pieceofpapiss what makes sense that our two creative players can’t play for 90minutes in a game that could guarantee 4th spot?

  • 57 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    WWJBD your a muppet

  • 58 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Check – I’m meeting him later to address this clear lack of ambition that he has. Perhaps I could raise Bob’s point regarding Pardew and him trying to give some players a rest for this upcoming crucial game…I mean what is he thinking???

  • 59 pieceofpapiss // May 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    WWJBD im a blog noob, whats WUM?

  • 60 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    WWJBD in fact your a thick muppet!

  • 61 Indian Magpie // May 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Sometimes what Pardew says confuses me

  • 62 pbNcl // May 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Here we go

  • 63 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Tbf…Hba and Cabaye we’re guaranteed to score 5 goals if they had been left on, which as Bob quite rightly points out would have kept us in the CL spot.

  • 64 check the toastie // May 1, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    bob knows his stuff alright, cabaye might have grabbed 5 goals in that last 5 minutes, pardew is a right loser, protecting his best players, ridiculous concept.

    As for Cambiasso, wud cream my pants if we pulled that one off, statistically i wud give it a 1.5% chance of happening.

  • 65 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) So these delicate flowers need a rest they’ll be sitting about like you in 2weeks you div!

  • 66 pbNcl // May 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    You do yourself no favours bob, why bother. In WWJBD’s defence I’ve read many a relative post. You contribute nothing but a wind up. And you know it

  • 67 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    pbNcland what do you add to the debate?

  • 68 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I’m a div? I was agreeing with you and was in no way being sarcastic Bob. I personally feel they should scrap the whole idea of a 25 man squad. Who needs that many players. You need 11 players with an allowance for injury only. Bob, have you considered starting your own blog? I would imagine it would be full of bright ideas on not only Newcastle United but how to improve the game of football worldwide. Who knows, given time you may be called up to be part of the FA panel

  • 69 WWJBD // May 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    pieceofpapiss
    Its a wind up merchant mate he comes on here and says thing in order to gain a rise from people. He runs about 4 screen names on here in order to do so normally small names without capitals

    Do believe he showed up just before the mackem game

    My advice is to avoid and ignore him if possible there is little sense to be had from talking to him

  • 70 check the toastie // May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    I luv Bob, he is a really fun guy and makes some excellent well thought out points, wish his mates were on the blog as well, miss eric he has a very similar witty sense of humour.

  • 71 WWJBD // May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    bob
    Am a thick muppet? Not Kermit then….Gonzo?

  • 72 pbNcl // May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I have better things to do than argue with a keyboard warrior, and its boring give it a rest

    Try just being positive and stop calling our manager, players and other bloggers

    Constructive critisism will get you respect but calling our hard working team pampered poodles makes you sound like a jealous mackem. Maybe I have got you wrong and if so I sincerely apologise. Back to the footy eh

  • 73 magpie6699 // May 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    bob – are you a fairly new poster, or a re-incarnation of one of the WUMs who used to make this blog so irritating that a lot of people gave up on it for a while?

  • 74 check the toastie // May 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    pbNcl – you havent got bob wrong, he is a provocateur and a loner.

  • 75 pieceofpapiss // May 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Aaaah cheers lads, i’ve been following this a little and seen many a w*nk3r pulling stunts like this.

    Probably a Mackem still bitter about being back in our shadow after their year in the sun!!

  • 76 tonynufc // May 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Luiz and cahill defo out 2norrow. Confirmed

  • 77 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    They had the chance to grab 4th spot but bottled it against a relegation team just the same way they bottled it against Brighton and Blackburn as soon as there’s anything to play for they go missing and the old excuses come out now its fatigue do me a favour its called a lack of bottle don’t be suprised if they don’t get another point this season.

  • 78 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    WWJBD Ha ha are you the long lost chuckle brother?

  • 79 pieceofpapiss // May 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Still doesnt matter Bob, European qualification is a damn sight more than your boys in 5underland. That being said your ladies team won the league. Overshadowed by the Toon and a bunch of girls. Gutted.

  • 80 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    pieceofpapiss…isn’t that because their women basically are men?

  • 81 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    pieceofpapiss Are you a closet mackem your patter seems a bit retarded which is always a sign of mackemness i think we may have a roker parker trying hard to sound like an intelligent geordie but failing miserably.

  • 82 WWJBD // May 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    bob
    What do the Chuckle brothers have to do with the muppets? I mean come now even u can keep ur references in order surely

  • 83 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Lol. Bob, do you think you come across as intelligent?

  • 84 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    or a Geordie?

  • 85 pieceofpapiss // May 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Bob, epic banter!! All is forgiven!!

    this lad is a poper tool, i think we should keep up giving him this grief so he can have 10 mins of feeling like he has friends!! Then he can go back to abusing his sister.

  • 86 bob // May 1, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) not as much as your name what a sad introduction that is when CODSWALLOP would put it succinctly

  • 87 check the toastie // May 1, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Think bob might have a point about Brighton and Blackburn, very disapointing performances and setups, we have done fantastically well, however there are still things that Pardew can improve on, IMO.

  • 88 ToonDownSouth // May 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    bob said ages back that he’s not a Newcastle fan. Why spend so much time posting on Newcastle blogs? It’s a little strange.

    And of course there are things Pardew can improve on. It would be ridiculous to suggest otherwise.

  • 89 mallyonthetoon // May 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    watching the fa news confrence roy looks like the cat that got the cream i think hes still expecting to wake up for his weetabix

  • 90 bob // May 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    pieceofpapiss High praise from a cave dweller!

  • 91 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Check – Certainly has a point about those games, along with Spurs and Wigan. We should have done better. We didn’t and have to move on. I think the season as a whole has been ok though, wouldn’t you agree?

    Bob – Sorry, but I’m trying to understand your point. You don’t think you come across as intelligent as my name? Well, you are obviously smarter than me, as I have never heard the word “succinctly”. I best bow down to your every word as you have sufficiently shown me to be the fool here

  • 92 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Its a shame Woy got the job as I think he comes accross as a nice enough bloke and the press will absolutely slaughter him if he messes up,where as I would love to see floppy chops getting grief.

  • 93 bob // May 1, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)Your sarcastic language cannot mask your bitterness study more instead of behaving like a born again mackem!

  • 94 WWJBD // May 1, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    JfA
    Not think Woy will get the job done then?

  • 95 CisseIsALegend // May 1, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    I think Roy Hodgson is a better choice for the England manager than Redknapp because in my opinion Redknapp wouldve just played the high profile names but with Hodgson I think theres a chance he will come to St James’ to scout our players for the team.

    If not then…. I’ll be supporting France because they have Cabaye and hopefully Ben Arfa

  • 96 bob // May 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    WWJBD How was your day spent at the workshop for recovering mackems?

  • 97 munch27 // May 1, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    is bob daffy in disguise?

  • 98 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    bob – I will not try and mask my bitterness with sarcasm anymore. Can you suggest some material to study? Spelling and grammar perhaps? Whoops – was that sarcasm again?

  • 99 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    WWJBD,
    Really hope it works out for him and would much rather us made to the quarters with an English man than humiliated by the Gormans with an overpaid foreigner.

  • 100 VTnufc // May 1, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    all is not lost. let’s be fearless and play like there is no tomorrow.

  • 101 bob // May 1, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    munch27 is that your weight 27 stone you fat oaf !

  • 102 mallyonthetoon // May 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Its a good choice roy will look at a wider pool of tallent than harry and i dont think he will let the old guys in the team run things like fabio did

  • 103 Jail for Ashley // May 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Cisseisalegend,
    You should be tarred and feathered for suggesting that you would support France if there was no Toon players in the England squad.

  • 104 bob // May 1, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)Well its a start and some civility along with a little football knowledge and you maybe on your way!

  • 105 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // May 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Bob – By civility do you mean comments such as:

    “munch27 is that your weight 27 stone you fat oaf !”

    Is my Fifa12 knowledge not enough “football knowledge”? Oh, I also know the balls are sphere shaped

  • 106 munch27 // May 1, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Nah daffy i use 27 as it’s both the date of my birthday and Stevie T’s number i’m around 13 stone so whilst not fat i can act an oaf sometimes.

  • 107 munch27 // May 1, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Acting an oaf sometimes is better than acting a dick all the time tho eh daffy?

  • 108 WWJBD // May 1, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    bob
    How about we agree to ignore each other? Though I retain the ability to warn others about u

    JfA
    I think Woy has as good of a chance as anyone to be a success in the job…slim to none haha but u never know and he is a good manager with bags of experience given some time he could be very good for England

    munch27
    daffy is decent banter tbh so I doubt bob is him

  • 109 pbNcl // May 1, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I can’t be chewed with england anymore its always the same. I blame the media for this, if we win one crap game its ”england march onto final” or ”3 lions roar again” then we loose the next one and the papers rip us to shreds for about a week. Plus I’m sick of the fa’s politics. Hence ill be watchin france, unless old roy really shakes things up by droppin terry and the like

  • 110 thebionicMAG // May 1, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I must admit I think we will get 1 point more out of the season and that will be at Everton. Chelsea will beat us soundly tomorrow as will Man Citeh on Sun.
    The goals we conceded against a free playing Wigan were shocking. How on earth Williamson cannot out jump a footballer who could qualify as an extra in the new movie The Hobbit is beyond me. The only goal that was unstoppable was the ‘wonder goal’ you cant do anything about those, but the point is we were found wanting in an extreme way and not for the first time.
    The fact of the matter is as good as we are in attack we are as bad in defence. Beating Chelsea is not about how good we are going to be on the day, its about how bad Chelsea are going to be and they know CL football MUST be qualified in the league regardless of whether they win the final. Sorry to be the poster of doom and gloom but I hope i’m wrong.
    And for the umpteenth time Steven Taylor will not make pre season…no way. For that he needs to be in light training now and I haven’t heard a peep…has anyone else?

  • 111 Rotonda heights // May 1, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Nothing personal against Hodgson, but basically he’s failed at Blackburn, Inter and Liverpool. TBF, Redknapp’s record is not amazing either. It’s really embarrassig when you compare English / British managers’ CV’s to the likes of Sven and Capello.

    I’ really glad that my 2 favourite managers over the last 3 years, Di Matteo and Martinez are getting a bit of recognition now. Just wish we weren’t playing their teams right now!!,

  • 112 Vask // May 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I’d love it if Chelsea finish fourth and win the CL thus preventing themselves from entering the competition. If only…

  • 113 MacToon // May 1, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2012/05/01/sir-john-hall-s-hope-to-bring-back-gates-of-st-james-park-72703-30876189/

    Should look good, a blast from the past and ideal for photo opportunities.

  • 114 Big Pappa Cisse // May 1, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Our current starting 11

    Strikeforce – top 6 quality

    Midfield – top 6 quality

    Defence – left side – top 6 quality
    right side – championship quality

    Keeper- top 6 quality

    Can anyone see our problem ?

  • 115 GeordieGesus // May 1, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Big Pappa Cisse, Reading between the lines. I think you’re pointing out that our defence is weak.

  • 116 shay Robson // May 1, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    I have to laugh reading the arguments on here. Does anyone remember edd kicking people off maybe a year ago for annoying everyone.

    Oh and in the early days edd used to comment and join in. Ah remember coozy coming on with some great heads up.

    Personally I do not like krul hoofing the ball up. It always looks good when colo brings it forward. I know this has been a great season and at the same time I am really looking forward to next season when we strengthen seriously , push on and our new players have adjusted and improve.

  • 117 shay Robson // May 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I have to laugh reading the arguments on here. Does anyone remember edd kicking people off maybe a year ago for annoying everyone.

    Oh and in the early days edd used to comment and join in. Ah remember coozy coming on with some great heads up.

    Personally I do not like krul hoofing the ball up. It always looks good when colo brings it forward. I know this has be
    en a great season and at the same time I am really looking forward to next season when we strengthen seriously , push on and our new players have adjusted and improve.

  • 118 Ketsbaia9 // May 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    You also forgot to mention, Centre Back X1 – League Two standard.




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