Pardew – Unbelievable Season But We Let Too Many Goals In

Newcastle were not at their best today, especially in that first half.

Alan Pardew – thumbs up – and that’s very appropriate

But that hasn’t stopped Alan Pardew from talking about what has been a wonderful season for Newcastle United – fantastic and completely unexpected.

It’s always good to go out on a win, but it wasn’t to be this afternoon, but that hardly takes the glitter off what has been a great season for the Magpies.

It’s the best season Newcastle have had for eight years, since the great Bobby Robson had us in 5th place back in 2004 – just before he was fired.

This is what Alan told nufcTV after the game today:

“It has been an unbelievable season.” “What a season we’ve had, the fans were brilliant. It’s just a shame we couldn’t run it a little closer with a win here at Everton.”

“I’m proud to be manager of this football club. It’s a previlege and we’re looking to take that into next year.”  “Today was a tough game. “

“We found it difficult but in the second half we gave it a go and it was a shame we couldn’t get a goal at 2-0 because I thought we deserved as goal.”

“At the back we need to strengthem next year, we’ve let in too many goals so that’s something I will ponder over the summer.”

“I think it’s important that we don’t rest on our laurels. That we understand that we’ve taken the club with a huge leap forward, to finish above all those teams, it’s a huge effort. Just looking to improve on that.”

“I’m looking forward to taking our fans somewhere nice and hot, because Newcastle fans are a credit to the country. Never any trouble.”

Good words from Alan, and we think he will be inspired in the summer, and will want to build up the squad to make it bigger and better than this season.

And even if we lose one or two players this summer – who’d we rather keep – we have good youngsters like Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic all coming through.

And we should also be bringing in some good players over the summer months – some very good players we hope.

It was a disappointing result today, and a disappointing display especially in the first half.

But it’s been a magnificent season for Newcastle, and long may this new found success continue.

Comments welcome.

83 comments so far

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    May 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Good season- haven’t seen the game so won’t comment on that yet.

    Well, pleased to be in europe and at least I don’t need to support against the English club in a Champs. league final!

  • Beattie25

    May 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Here is (for what it’s worth) is my non professional critique of the players this year:


    Krul – Amazing at times, consistent throughout and only bettered by Joe Hart for me as best GK in the PL. Needs to improve his output when kicking.

    Elliot – Who?

    Harper – Great servant and hope he becomes a coach for nufc!


    Simmo – Solid yet unspectacular. Unfairly criticised and often defended too valiently. He is not good enough for starting 11 in the first team next year.

    Perch – Cult hero and always gives 100% but doesn’t have the quality to wee threaten the first team so he will provide good cover but nothing more.

    Colo – At times he seems like a world class defender but when the team is under pressure he is often caught out. He is pivotal to us. When he has a bad game, everyone in the defence does.

    Willo – Sorry but the less said te better.

    Saylor – He was the epitome of the spirit we shows in the opening 11 games and he was so good I sit here wondering what if?!

    Santon – The boy is going to be class an has shown enough this season for me to think he is going to be a superstar!

    Raylor – Solid, dependable and gives 100%. Great in the first 11 and will give us good cover next year.


    Tiote – Solid at times but has been caught short in many games this season. Is it only me that thinks he was much better last season? Anyway still a world class star that we need to retain. Will we? Who knows!

    Cabaye – Great signing and a true treasure. But in the 4-4-2 often gets lost and we saw his superb ability mainly in the 4-3-3.

    Abied – Gonna be good.

    Vuckic – See Abied

    Guti – Lost pace and has bulked up. Cannot play LW anymore and seems to be getting groomed for DM. Squad player next year and on the decline for me.

    Obertan – Unfairly made a scapegoat and was decent for me. He will come good though given room to grow and taking pressure of him.

    Benny – Tremendous and ridiculous at times. Such a Jekyll and Hyde but when he gets te creativity around him next season he will shine.

    Marv – Must say I’m excited by this lad after seeing him only briefly this season.

    Guthrie – Shame for the lad as he was one of our better performers for some time and then declined after being dropped. I would’ve loved to have seen him more often in a 3 with Tiote and Cabs but it’s not to be.

    Gosling – I remain unconvinced but I hope he shows class next year.

    Fergie: Going to be decent and showed glimpses but needs a loan for me.

    Sammy – See Fergie


    Cisse: Revelation and a truly amazing player but starved of creativity he looks ordinary.

    Ba: Immense then the worst player in the 11 for the past 10 games. I still back him to come good IF he remains.

    Best: Not a great player but is good enough but I’d rather have a younger player taking his place.

    Shola – Great player for the last 10 minutes!

    Lover – See you later and thanks for the effort.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #3

    I am sorry i am still mad,

    1st goal a deflection should never come of a defender’s back.

    2nd goal, you watch williamson jogging back, if had ran he could have stopped jelavic’s second attempt.

    3rd goal – what do i say, all in front of you

  • G

    May 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #4

    No doubt next season there will be Spurs / Gooners fans giving us the ‘Thursday nights, Channel 5’ chant, however, I for one will smile when I hear that, after all, we’ve come so far in such a short time since getting back in the prem, and also, my best mate is a Mackem’s fan, and he would give his right nut for his team to get into Europe.

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Krul – have to be one of the Best player in Newcastle Setup. (yes, there are somethings that he can improve on and he is young)

    We cant afford to lose him if we are trying to win somthing.

  • dbeeio(The poster formely known as KissMyAss)

    May 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #6

    We’ve been really lucky this season. Wigan and Everton showed flaws in our armor that other teams couldn’t see

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #7

    We have got a habbit of getting a deflected goal for our oppsition and lossing the last game of the season.

    Wilo will never chase back because he is not the kind of quality player you are looking for Indian. (i would want him to take a backup position while we look for another backup after getting in our 1st team CD)

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Jelavic was taking on Colo, in fact Wilo shld deal with him and hld be able to.

    This is the kind of player Colo hate most.


    May 13, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardew has hit it on the head
    Willi- average squad player
    Perch-100% committed squad player
    Raylor-good ryt foot, bad defender
    Collo-Brilliant all year but needs pace in alot of games beside him
    Santon- potential
    Saylor- reason why we went from top 4 to bottom half standard defense.For me he is the making if coloccini with his aerial prowess

  • Indian Magpie

    May 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Williamson was very – very Poor

  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #11

    think the players looked really tired in the 1st half

    we were so much better when raylor and marveux came on cant wait to see him play a lot more next season

  • Nufc-83

    May 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Would have to agree fully with beatties view of the players this season. Get someone physical and pacey next to Colo u will have a great partnership .

  • Tooooon

    May 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Agree Indian… Williamson has conceded so many deflected goals this season, not because he’s unlucky but because he always turns away from the ball when the striker shoots, to turn his back to it where the ball nearly always deflects of his back and into the goal. Also, he is pretty bad on the floor aswell, whenever he gets the ball he just hoofs it upfield and for a 6 ft 3″ striker you’d expect him to be more dominant in the air.. it’s a shame really. We desperately need a commanding CB, someone like Douglas. I mean not to be too harsh on the poor lad, and even if we had Nesta in defense we still would have lost, but it’s desperately an aspcet Pardew needs to look at over the summer.

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Good review above.

    Obertan – he lack guts – (problems-do pass ball to opp team, still not a good player.)

    Guthrie – Still feels he doesnt have the power that StevG for Pool not a 1st team player tired out easily. (good if he can stay, if not we have got youth waiting)

  • Tooooon

    May 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah Saylor would be a brilliant defender alongside Colloccini, how ever he is never able to stay fit. I wonder where we would have come if he had stayed fit. I still blame that ref at the Chelsea game.


    May 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve watched Douglas from Twente for the last few months and he DEFINETLEY has no pace!!!

  • Tooooon

    May 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Unfortunately I also reckon Ba will leave this summer, so who would you like as his replacement?

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #18

    ..ball nearly always deflects of his back and into the goal.

    –if thats e case willo shld also beef up as well with young fergie so that he could have a big fat ass to block it like TittusB.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Villareal relegated

  • Big Pappa Cisse

    May 13, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #20

    In the time Mike Williamson has been at NUFC he has scored more own goals than he has actually scored
    (not sure he has scored any btw)


  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #21

    on Ba leaving
    ..still have seen a good teamwork from BA n No9. tbh until now. In the game, its alot of communication btw them but always break down.

    (Some are mean to be gel up with instinct, remb Cole n Yoke, both speak different languages)

  • GeordieToon89

    May 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #22

    See Villareal have been relegated, could try nab a couple of ther players, Mateo Musacchio is a cracking CB only 21 and he’s Argentinian so Jonas and Colo could help him

  • Indian Magpie

    May 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #23

    willamson has scored 000000000000000000000000 goals

  • supatoonkid

    May 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Right now we’re in the Europa League got to be realistic with who we’ll bring in so if all the lads we think will go go e.g. Simmo, Best, Guthrie + the fringe players (excluding Ba as i can only see him leaving for PSG) then this is who we need to sign:
    CB: Douglas or Mbiwa (prefer Mbiwa but both are TANKS just Mbiwa is more versatile, younger & quicker)
    RB: Debuchy (Simmo’s much better replacement)
    LB: Fryers (give back up to Santon)
    CDM: Leroy Fer (back up for Tiote or straight up replacement if the Tiote does leave but don’t think he will)
    CAM: Marvin Martin or Rasmus Elm (need a set piece specialist, not dissing Raylor, Benny or Cabaye but they’re a bit 50/50; preferably Martin as his overall game is better)
    Wing Forward: Junior Hoilett, Elijero Elia or Wilfried Zaha (all quality players so any would be welcome but Hoilett on a free is a superb deal)
    Centre Forward: Jay Rodriguez or Jordan Rhodes (need somebody to come in when Ba & Cisse are at ACON but if Ba or Cisse leave sign up Luuk de Jong as well).


  • rknufc

    May 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #25

    villareal just got relegated.. guiseppe rossi anyone??

  • GeordieToon89

    May 13, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Mateo Musacchio – 21
    Guisseppi Ross(Injured) – 25

    Both would be good signings

  • jimiley

    May 13, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Rome was not built in a day. Patience. We will win the championship one day. Last time was in 1927. Hopefully before 2027 but I doubt it. We will sell our best players if the price is right. Somebody is making a lot of money out of this club but it aint the Toon.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Villareal relegated and we are thinking of buying their players, We are a MEAN Bunch


    May 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Geat suggestions maybe

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #30

    AP have always say that 1st goal is important for our team and we cant let in the 1st one.


    Because we have yet to win game when the oppsition score 1st. (im i right? ..that what i heard)

  • jimiley

    May 13, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Smudger Smith needs to step up to the plate next season. 60K a week and no goal in 90 games. What is going on?

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #32

    …just Mbiwa is more versatile, younger & quicker.

    Then we really needed him. Because Colo is only going down hill just like jonas..with age.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 13, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Pardew says we conceded too many goals but we have 15 clean sheets.

    It just seems we are either really tight or all over the shop.

    Credit to Everton though, Pienaar was fantastic.

  • LewSpi

    May 13, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Nice summary of the players Beattie, would imagine Pards will sit down with JC tomorrow and do something very similar.

  • Gav00Toon

    May 13, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #35

    I am so thankfull fro the season we have just had. Pardew has been awesome and got the very best out of the players.
    I do wonder though, had we spent money on a CB in January (even if it had been £10mill) would we have been in the Champions leauge? I think so! Williamson made far to many mistakes and cost us at least 9 points.


    May 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Smith,Loven,Guthrie,Simmo,ranger,Kadar,Harper,Best=150-200k a week in wages.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Williamson is a decent defender, teams concede goals, its going to happen.

    It seems whenever Williamson could have done better it gets remebered, when its someone else it doesnt. For example Indian moaning at Williamson for Jelavics goal, didnt he just run off the back of Colo from a long punt?

  • rich_toonfan

    May 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #38

    I think Pardew is spot on…..we need to work on the defence. You have to remember though the target this season was top 10….the defence we currently have is good enough for top ten.

    However, now we have improved out league standing and next year our goal must be to maintain or improve the position this year. Therefore we need to increase the standard of player in our defence.

    For me Collo is very good….prone to the odd mistake and gets away with criticism sometimes due to the even biger mistakes by others around him.

    I think Williamson is not good enough for where we want to be…not even good enough as 4th choice for a champions league challenging side.

    Simpson is good but not a starter for a team looking for top 4. Decent defending but caught out of position a lot, tires towards the last 20 mins of games and offers nothing going forward. In modern football your fullback has to offer more going forward.

    Santon has mistakes too but he is young and has come a long way since the start of the season……he will keep progressing with more first team football.

    And finally steven taylor…….very good CB, plays with heart, determination, puts his body on the line for the team but we cannot really on him to be a starter, too injury prone. The last 4 league seasons he has played 27, 21, 14 and 14…..that is simply unreliable to be a starter.

    We therefore need to sign a right back….not going to say who, trust the club to find the right one.

    We also need 2 CB’s……a one who can start alongside Collo, ideally with pace and dominant in the air. And a good back up, ready to play first team if an injury occurs.

    Cant fault the lads this season…they achieved more than they should have, we took advantage of a poor chelsea and liverpool season….and played some good stuff and deserve to be 5th.

    And finally onto Ba and Cisse… me they both look like number 9’s……if we play two up top we need a 9 and 10….a goal scorer and and a creator.

    For me it is either or with Ba and Cisse….they do not work as a pair. They are both selfish and want to score (a good quality but not if both have the same attitude). They need to learn to pass the ball more of play in a rotation system…..which will be ideal with the amount of games…..and I presume at some point they will not be in form and it is useful to have a great player to come in.

    We still need a new striker to come in for when the boys go to the african cup of nations…..we cannot rely on shola nd best for over a month.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 13, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Robby B

    I am Just saying that he should have placed himself well, and i need to look up DECENT in dictionary again

  • Robby Bobson

    May 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Last time we were in champions league we had Andy O’brien, Bramble and the Juve slayer Andy Griffin in the team…looking back its remarkable we did it.

    Our last game in europe i seem to remember we fielded someone called Paul Huntington at left back, whos gone on to do…? Our squad is alot better than our past endevours into europe.


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