Alan Pardew – Shola Ameobi’s Fine – Hatem Not Far Away


A happy Alan Pardew was interviewed immediately after the game last night at Victoria Park, and he was very pleased with the performance of many of the Newcastle players in the 5-1 demolition of Hartlepool.

Sylvain Marveaux – looked very good last night

And something we wanted to hear is that the manager says that Shola Ameobi, who came limping off just before half time,  is OK.

Alan Pardew had this to say to say after the game, when asked about Shola:

“He’s fine and he was unplayable tonight , and when he’s like that (laughs) he gives them no end of problems.”

“But we had some great performance tonight and our wide players in particular, with Marveuax, Romain and Gabby all showing that little bit of class tonight.

“And it’s nice to see Hatem get half a game and he’s not far away.” “In his mind he thinks he’s ready but whether we think he’s ready for the first team we don’t know – but he’s missed a lot of pre-season.”

The Newcastle manager talked above about whether Hatem will be ready for the first game, and Alan said although he thinks Ben Arfa thinks he’s ready,  Alan wasn’t sure.

But Alan stressed it was important to play the right teams in those three games in the first week, that starts a week come Saturday.

Newcastle play Tottenham at home on 18th August and then have the first leg of their qualifying tie for the Europa League group stages the following Thursday night,  and Newcastle will know their opponents on Friday,  when the draw is made.

Then Newcastle play at Chelsea two days later, so it’s clear that Newcastle will need to rest some first teamers in the game in Europe, and we have to hope we get a fairly easy draw in that game, but it’s a two legged tie that we must win.

It’s good to hear that Shola is OK, and he had a hand (or should that be foot?) in all of Newcastle’s first three goals last night, and looked very good, along with a number of other Newcastle players.

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33 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Beattie apparantly he had a small knock im sure he’ll play against cardiff hopefully for the full 90 maybe he’s one of these lads who struggle with fitness during pre season remember him at the start of last season?
    I doubt he’d be going to PSG he wanted to get out of ligue 1 for a new challenge and that sh1t about his missus is just a rehash of that story some mackem put out when we signed him!
    As for man utd they have been linked with pretty much our entire starting 11

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  • PK-Norway

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Marv – Hatem – Amifaltao it oozes creativity , didnt see the match yesterday but watched the braga and olympiakos match. I would dare to say that amifaltao would be very goood for us in the future together with Biri…

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  • bollance

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Look at the pools player pulling shola’s plonker???? Maybe that is why Shola came off at half time.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    The Nigerian Drogba should start against Spurs.

    Sod Cisse and Ba. Shola is our 30 goal a season striker!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Shola was a beast last night!!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    Ffs who is starting Cabaye stories bcoz he didn’t play, colo, cisse, tiote n ba dint play does that mean there leaving as well Christ some of you need to get a grip

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Bollance…I want to say well noticed, just not sure it’s the right thing to say.

    Glad to hear the mackem slayer is ok.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Cheers TADS and I agree with your assessment of his wife.

    When your husband is a millionaire footballer you can return to France whenever you want. Plus she isn’t the only ‘le wag’ in Newcastle at the moment.

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Cabaye is going nowhere, end of story 😉

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  • wingspan

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Why did marv take the peno? Thought shola was the clubs peno taker, very generous to give that goal up.

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  • bollance

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza

    Did think twice about posting the observation.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Bollance… 🙂 Don’t worry mate, we accept Shola lovers, it’s just the haters that get to us 🙂

    Wingspan…Not really sure. Seemed a little odd at the time. Maybe’s it’s a practice thing, Pardew thinks Marv will be on the pitch more than Shola, so he needs to be up to speed?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Papiss…and what a great story.

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Gotta love Shola, maybe he just wanted to give the new boy
    a chance to shine, Took it well tho

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    haha. Last days some people here thinks he’s gonne leave just because he has played few games.

    He is a definite starter and don’t all this preseason games, bet he is gonne start against Cardiff.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    I was stuck on the last thread cause no one seems to tell me we had moved on 😉
    Anyhow…

    Has anybody seen much football during the OG?

    Watch a little bit of Brazil and my God Neymar is unbelievable

    …well that goes for Damião and Rômulo as well

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Marveaux is going to be a sensation this season no doubt!

    Debuchy and Anita and it’s top 4 challenge here we come!

    Does anyone else think (taking any bias out of the equation) that the Mackems and the Scousers may struggle this season?

    The mackems are just a poor side and even oneil cannot polish a turd.

    Liverpool are in transition but it takes years to change the ethos of a club and you cannot teach players to become a neat passing team. The quality simply has to be there. Rodgers inherited the team at Swansea and it’ll be a massive challenge to get them playing. Especially as they seem to be in a financial pickle.

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Jesper

    Oscar looks really good too. Nice to see after i’ve kept buying him a lot on fm. Chelsea will be very good next season I guess.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Beattie well that Hartlepool side we battered last nyt beat Sunderland so yes they are crap n they will b calling for oneills head by xmas, n can I jus add 12mill for fletcher hahahaha

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    All prejudice aside i think Sunderland will really struggle this season. Oneill loves to spend but agent Bruce spunked all the dough last season on poor players.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    @Papiss9

    Brazil is going places with that team no doubt about it.

    How much did Oscar set Chelski back?

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    God, the cr-p that gets on here – Cabaye is fine. He’s has been ill and missed a few days training, but should be fine for Cardiff. He is a neighbour of mine and my wife and his converse regularly when exercising the dogs. She hasn’t seen Madame Cabaye for a few days, but kniws that she does goe home often to see her own mother who isn’t in the best of health.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    I was reading 4-4-2 magazine last night (cost an effin fiver by the way, rip off!) and it was previewing the new season.

    According to them we will finish 7th and the Scousers in 6th.

    Why do journos rate the Scousers so highly every season? Look at the team, its pants.

    Bookies are offering odds of 20/1 for Cisse to be top scorer and 12/1 for Suarez! The worlds gone mad.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Liverpool finish about 12th. That’s my honest opinion without any hint of the hatred I feel towards them.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Beattie…Agree on Marv, looks to be a real special player, cheers Liverpool 🙂

    I also think both liverpool and the scum will struggle. Neither have shown anything to make me think otherwise and I know pre-season isn’t really a great way to judge teams, I just don’t see where they’re going to get enough results from.

    Jesper…Have watched little to none of the Olympics tbh.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #25

    Beattie
    Cant see the mackems and there team of has beens doing fcuk all tbh

    As for the bindippers i think the key point, as you said, is he inherited a team where all the ground work had been done and they had a stability about them for me it remains to be seen if hes good enough to intergrate a bew system in to a team who perform with huge expectations especially without the financial backing dogleash had i think “king kenny” may have done a fair bit of damage to the fools

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Oh 2days till our Europa draw am so excited

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27

    They might win WC on homesoil, Neymar is unreal!
    Oscar transferfee was about £25M I think. They Have really splashed the Cash. Maybe because ambramovic at last got his CL-title.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #28

    I see that Pardew is now saying 1 or 2 players in. I just wish he would shut up on transfers, as he says something different every week. What about the strong physical centre back, that he said was a priority? My own gut feeling is that if we can get Anita over the line, that might be it. Ashley won’t pay the necessary to get a top striker, and it is getting more difficult and more expensive the closer the season gets. Clubs won’t sell top players, strikers in particular, if they haven’t got time to sign replacements.

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  • bills-son

    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Shola has looked great in all of the pre-season games. His first 20 minutes against Olympiakos were brilliant. He battered their back four and you could see them looking at each other thinking “who the fk is that!”.

    Shola is a hugely respected player in the dressing room and he is NUFC through and through. He also knows that he will probably be mostly used in the Prem as an impact player and he knows he is bloody good at it. He also knows he is becoming a cult player with fans now and that is driving his confidence through the roof.

    Big CFs of Shola’s build and playing style often have their best years in their late 20’s and early 30’s. That’s when their size and experience make them a right handful, especially for young defenders.

    Make no mistake, Shola in his own way is a big player for us in more ways than one.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Anita and Debuchy won’t be enough. We desperately need a quality centre-back and striker as well. If we get the 4 players in, we have a realistic chance of breaking into the top 4.

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  • Toon73

    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #31

    4? haha that’s optimistic…hopefully we’ll get two in…Debuchy is gone, hopefully:

    Anita
    Cissokho
    Toivenen

    Forget Debuchy

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #32

    I know Pardew would like to get some first team players over the line; who wouldn’t 😉

    But there is a difference between wanting something and getting something.

    My fear is we won’t get any first team players – Debuchy was the obvious one and that doesn’t look to happen.

    We might sign a few more development players, but as for the first team we might have to brace ourselves for the worse 🙁

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  • LooneyToon41

    Aug 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #33

    @23 Beattie25. On paper, Liverpool have double the revenue that NUFC have, despite non qualification to the Champs League, and hence Suarez gets a new £120k a week contract, a contract that we could never afford unless our turnover increases dramatically. Luckily, they have wasted loads of money and have expensive contracts in place. I do agree with you that we will finish above them again this season!

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