Pardew – We Rested On Our Laurels – It Was A Reality Check

Alan Pardew reflected on the big defeat at Cardiff City yesterday after the game, when he talked to nufcTV and Alan seemed a little bit in shock as he said that he had arranged the fixture for a reality check – “and my God we go that today.”

Alan Pardew – it was a reality check

This is what Alan Pardew told nufcTv yesterday:

“Well disappointed really – obviously the score-line suggests that, first half  I’m afraid we just wasn’t  right and we were missing some big hitters today.”  “We come a to a good team who I think will do well in the Championship, but nevertheless we were off the pace and  that changed the complex of the day.”

“And the second half was pretty even and we should have had a couple of goals but the the first half was not us .”  “It’s the first time we’ve done that this season and it’s lucky we’ve done it today and not next Saturday.”

“The Hartlepool game was a completely different level to this game, in terms of our attitude and application and  we rested on our laurels  a little bit today.”  We perhaps thought we were a Premier League team and it would come easy.”

“And that’s why I got this fixture for a little bit of a reality check and my God we got that today.

Alan did mention there were some big players missing yesterday in Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, but everybody in defense was available and Newcastle leaked too many goals yesterday, and the defense will be what the Newcastle coaches will be concentrating on this week.

Alan’s right that it was good this happened this weekend and not next Saturday against Tottenham, because Newcastle will now be on their toes (we hope) next Saturday, especially in defense when we kick off the league season with a home game.

What d you think?

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27 comments so far

  • Ewokshatemackems

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #1


  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    A word of advise; if the silver supremo thought we lost because we were missing a few too many big players, then buy a few more 😉

    It wouldn’t hurt would it! 😉

    I know you are trying, but you need to talk some sense into the three stooges 😉

  • Graeme

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Three points against Spuds and everyone will be happy, yesterday will be completely forgotten as “One of those things”

    A couple of signings through the door and everything in the garden will be fabulous.

    One weekend in the life of NUFC!!!

  • t00ntime

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    If someone says again that tiote+ba+cisse are going to ACON i’m gonna kill em lol

    It’s impossible because ivory coast Have to play senegal in a play off match, only 1 can make it ! (most likely ivory coast)

  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    The thing is Graeme with a few more injuries to major players and we are screwed, we need to sign some 1st teamers so all you Ashley bummers who are kissing his arse saying oh he’s done a great job getting us on a sound financial footing….

    We have more games this year and we need more players, lastnight proved we haven’t got the depth and the youth and back up players are simply not up to the correct standard to meet our expectations….

    Ashley out haha jokes

  • blew

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    We played the what is considered the 1st team defence against Cardiff, they are a shambles. Urgently need defensive defenders, those in possession of the shirts are suspect at protecting Krul, Colo excepted.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Why are all these big hitters missing from the squad.

    Surely in the last pre-season game we play very close to the team that starts against Spurs?

    Does Ramadan effect our players so badly that they can’t play or train properly?

    We desperately need a new signing or three.

    How can we play so badly to a Championship club and expect to be competitive against a top Premier league side next weekend?

    This pre-season has been crap. Crap games against crap sides, crap coverage, crap for fans, crap passing, crap finishing.

  • pieceofpapiss

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Hatems better than messi.

    One of the confines of Ramadan is that they cant eat during daylight hours and have to pray more. That would have a huge impact on thier ability to train.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Hatem pre season has been a big step up from last pre season we’ve played better teams, with better players n it’s been all about showing the players what we could b playing against in Europa league

  • Graeme

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Darlo, of course we need a couple of players and there is still time to get them signed up. If we can get Anita & Debuchy/ Mbiwa, maybe even Douglas as well, we will be a much stronger team.

    If we only get Anita he would make a huge difference to the way we play as a team. It doesn’t need meggabucks, you could probably get any three of the above for £12 – 15 Million.

    Please, never call me an “Ashley bummer or an arse licker” you have no idea what you are talking about.

  • Dannyo

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    During Ramadahn, u can only eat between sunset and sunrise.
    Several of my employees celebrate Ramadahn, and ofc i notice that they mood and workrate drops a bit.
    Surely it’s the same for everyone else. And a footballers work is allot more physical, so it’ll drain your body that much faster.

  • Ewokshatemackems

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Reading between the lines, the big players referred to are getting sold.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Hatem honestly it’s comments like that, that really show up your lack of football knowledge

  • Ewokshatemackems

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14


    If we lose Demba, Papiss and Chieck for the ACON we are proper screwed.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15


    Better teams … we couldn’t score against a racist Dutch third division team. This is after our Portuguese and German/Austrian training camps.

    I’ve watched a few streams and we’ve been poor. Very poor.

  • Ewokshatemackems

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16


    Didn’t we lose to Wigan, then beat the European champions within the space of a week or so?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17


    Egotistical numpty. You always have to make snide personal attacks.

    Every post you make shows your lack of knowledge. W@nker.

  • Spuggy

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Not bothered in the slightest about this result it means nothing, no points lost. What I am bothered about are the injuries to arguably our two best players Collo and Tiote.

    We all know we need a CB, FB and CF but I really think we need a CM to bolster the squad. If either Cabaye or Tiote is injured we suddenly look a lot lighter without Guthrie.

    Have a feeling in the opening match that the midfield holders will be Cabaye and Perch, with Gosling in the forward role, with Willo and Saylor in defense.

  • JDdubai

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Of course Ramadan affects players, you can’t eat or even chew chewing gum or drink water while the sun is up, imagine playing football without food before or even a sip of water during he game.

    Don’t agree that the lack of big hitters is the reason we lost, it was defensively we looked a shambles and a will be our back 5 this weekend so we had better pray they realise how crap they were and take their fingers out.

  • JDdubai

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #20

    And for the record, saying oh we will get the players in by deadline day, we will already have played Chelsea and spurs by then, these 2 games against 2 of our vials could be key to our season, personally I would have thought that we would have everyone in who we need well before these games. If we lose them, that’s 2 6 pointers gone already.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    We won’t sign players on the last day so I would say we will either sign a couple of players this week or we’ll go with what we have. A lesson for Ashley, fat Freddie Sheppherd didn’t invest when we had a qualifying game for the CL against partisans Belgrade I think and the clubs future went down hill from there. We need to build on the momentum from last season. No need to panic but do what it takes to get those 3 players we need in. Avoid players with suspect attitudes if we can. Anita seems like a sensible option. Not sold on vdw or Douglas. Debuchy would be great option but I don’t see him joining without him putting in a transfer request and us upping our bid. Lille have been burnt by us once. Carroll and remy I’d be surprised to see either join us.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #22

    How many times do footballers need to have a ‘reality check’, or ‘to learn a lesson’ (the same one over and over), are they that thick?

  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Ruddy – it would appear that our players need a few, if you remember Norwich, Spurs, Liverpool, Wigan, Everton, Fulham, Brighton, etc., from last season. Or, is because some of our defenders’ aren’t as good as some think they are. Even Pardew said that defence was his big priority this summer – where are they? We will be facing a fair bit of pace next week against Spurs, and quite honestly, the mind boggles!

  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Ap can say big hitters were missing but his tactics and formation was stupid
    Simmo in Rm,Jonas in Cm and Obertan up front
    Sorry Alan but it was a rubbish set up.
    Good he can do it in pre season but hope e won’t play Rayls and Simmo out of position and keep Obertan on the wing

  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #25

    I agree the mind does boggle
    We all consider Willo a weak link although he dd well in the 2nd half of ye season but is slow and clumsy and does a lot of shirt pulling.
    For his height he seems rubbish in the air,he should be commanding in his own area and the opposing teams area.
    Sayls gives us more but his weakness is fitness.
    We lack class without Cabaye and Ben Arfa in the side .
    Powerful defender needed

  • north_country_boy

    Aug 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Don’t think we need to waste money on Anita – we’ve got more than enough cover in there with Cabaye, Tiote, Gosling, Abeid, Bigi, Perch and Amaltifano…we need a full back, centre half and young forward and we will be fine for the season then to fight on all fronts…im sure we’ll get players in before the end of month…just need to be patient…even if we have a poor start the season is a marathon not a sprint and will have plenty of time to catch up once the new signings bed in and our big players are back and match fit…don’t worry – be happy!

  • north_country_boy

    Aug 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Sorry forgot about Vuckic as a midfield option as well


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