Pardew Happy With Display – Little Time To Prepare For Chelsea


Gael Bigirimana, James Perch, Vurnon Anita and of course Ryan Taylor were the pick of the bunch last night in Athens, Greece and now Newcastle must have a decent chance of making the group stages of the Europa league and six more guaranteed games, when we take on Atromitos next Thursday night at home, but we cannot be over confident.

Gael Bigirimana again looked impressive last night

Substitutes Romain Amalfitano and Adam Campbell also caught the eye late in the game, and it was a decent performance from what was really our second team, with Ryan Taylor running the show for Newcastle, and Ryan will be pushing for a first team starting position now.

Adam Campbell at 17 years and 236 days old, became the youngest player ever to represent Newcastle in Europe and beat Andy Carroll’s record by 64 days and three hours – approximately. 😀

Alan Pardew said that Adam earned the record, and the gaffer seemed fairly pleased with the overall performance of the side last night:

“Adam is a really nice lad. I was aware that he would make history if he came on, and I wanted to give him the tag. He richly deserves it.” “It is all about Chelsea now. That is the priority for us.”  “It really will be a great week’s work for us if we can get a result down there.” 

“We go home with some new experience, and certainly for some of our players because they won’t get that time on the ball they had tonight in a Premier League game.”  “Sometimes you can be uncomfortable with time, trust me. I have been there as a player, so I know.”

“You pick out the wrong pass and you can lose confidence.”  “But I tonight, everybody used the ball well. We could have had a little bit more devil in our game, but otherwise, I was really happy.”  “They have shown us tonight that it ain’t going to be any push-over and it ain’t going to be a foregone conclusion.”

“So we have got to be right and we have got to make sure that the team is strong enough.”  “But that team I fielded tonight, I thought we got it just about right, and now we have got to get next Thursday right.”  “Our retention of the ball tonight was first-class, like we showed at Hartlepool and like we showed at Braga, and that’s been important.”  

“Your sight needs to change for Europe a little bit. The tempo of the game is slower, you have to be more patient.”  “There were a lot of really good things tonight. We put the ball in the box at the right times and carried a threat, and I just thought the pre-season experience helped us tonight, and hopefully we can take that forward.”  

“The hospitality we have received on this trip has been absolutely overwhelming, and I would like to thank Atromitos for that. It couldn’t have been better.”

Now Newcastle have very little time to get ready for their tough assignment at Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon, which will be broadcast live around the world and has a 5:30 pm kick off time,

The Newcastle squad are due to fly out of Athens to Farnborough Airport today to prepare for the game with Chelsea.

There are injury worries concerning Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba, Fabricio Coloccini and Shola Ameobi,  and all have been receiving treatment for knocks, and as we reported earlier today, if those four are fit Newcastle could field a completely different side than started the game last night in Athens.

That tells you that the Newcastle squad is slowly but surely becoming stronger, and that’s good.

Maybe it will be even stronger by September 1st?

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16 comments so far

  • AmericanMagpie

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Howay The Lads. Draw at Chelski at would be a good start to the season. A win would be a fantastic start.

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Would love it if we get something out of the Chelsea game, really tough game mind you.

    Is Tiote the Toughguy made out of glass now, sick of him missing games, wonder when the last time he played 4 or 5 games on the trot. quite a while. Hope Pards plays 433 or 4231 or else i think Cabs will find it tough again in a midfield 2.

    My Team

    Krul
    Perch Saylor Collo Santon
    Tiote/Anita Jonas
    Ben Arfa Cabs Marveaux
    Ba

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  • Graeme

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Chelski were not the best team on Saturday, but came up with 3 points; They were not the best team Wednesday, but came up with 3 points!!

    They can be beaten with the right application and I think we could do it on Saturday. Bring it on!!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    You are one happy camper this morning Ed; really toshing out articles after articles…not easy to catch up you know 😉 lol

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  • Minato

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    @2

    Too right, however its mainly because of the high risk way that he plays the game, goes in hard regardless of the consequences. In many ways it’s frustrating but he wouldn’t be the same player if he didn’t. Looks like with Bigi and Anita we at least have two very talented deputies to step in.

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Was talking to one of my mates, who is an Arsenal fan. Discussing the departure of Song etc. He is a big fan of Tiote, and is one of the many Arsenal fans that would welcome the Hulk to their squad.

    I proposed a possible scenario, which caught him off guard.

    A fee between 5-10mill + Oxlade Chamberlain for Tiote.

    Would anyone here take that offer? :/

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  • Minato

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Quite frankly the only team I wouldn’t want to play every week is city…otherwise I feel confident getting a result against anyone else in the league.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Maya Yoshida

    Another link with him today.

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  • to0n

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    They would never ever agree to that ahahaha, ox has one of the brightest futures around In football

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  • pawl250

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    My team for Chelsea

    ———————- Krul ————————
    Simpson – STaylor — Coloccini – Santon
    ——————————————————
    Ben Arfa — Tiote —– Cabaye — Gutierrez
    ——————————————————
    ————– Cisse ——– Ba ——————

    This team would be strong enough in my opinion. You have the option to turn it into a 4-3-3 OR 4-3-1-2 during the match.

    For me our key player would be Ben Arfa, give him a free to roam role. It would add pressure to our left flank but it would cause Chelsea problems.

    We need to contain Hazard and Mata. They can change a game with just 1 sublime moment or pass. Torres should be easy to contain.

    We need to not concede a penalty as Hazard will go down if touched.

    If we play 1 striker I would play Ba.

    ———————- Krul ————————
    Simpson – STaylor — Coloccini – Santon
    ——————————————————
    Arfa – Tiote — Cabaye — Anita – Gutierrez
    ——————————————————
    ———————– Ba ————————–

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Not a Newcastle video. But dam well awesome to watch.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTnfCBThM0w

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  • Minato

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    @8

    I hope we get him in..looked excellent during the olympics..really can’t understand why we haven’t looked more into Japanese/ Korean players..tend to be talented, professional and obviously great for opening the overseas marketing..don’t see it happening but hope it does. Makes sense on every level.

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    ToOn.

    Aye it’s highly unlikely. But its not like Arsenal have said no to letting their better players leave, in recent years 😛

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  • ballerfan2

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s a very odd scenario at Liverpool regarding Carroll. He did travel to Edinburgh with the squad but then didn’t even make the bench as we know, despite Rodgers’ statements about needing him as a third striker. So it seems as though he will play Carroll only as a very last resort OR perhaps he didn’t want to cup tie the boy ………………

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  • ballerfan2

    Aug 24, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15

    …. I see SPN are repoorting that Carroll was left out with a niggle – spelks in his arse more like.

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  • USToonRaider

    Aug 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #16

    I support the 4-5-1 formation on the road against the attacking might of Chelsea

    ———————- Krul ————————
    Simpson – STaylor — Coloccini – Santon
    ——————————————————
    Arfa – Tiote — Cabaye — Anita – Gutierrez
    ——————————————————
    ———————– Ba ————————–

    Works for me, and other than Anita, we have 10 fresh/fit new starters from Thurs.

    We can sub some additional offense in the second half if needed by replacing Anita

    Still think we need to acquire a RB/CB and perhaps a striker to truly meet the thurs/weekend challenges

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