Alan Pardew Hoping For Successful End To Good Week

Newcastle manager has said today that he will use the full Newcastle squad this season as he takes Newcastle back into Europe and with the 1-1 draw against Atromitos on Thursday night in Greece, we must have a very good chance of qualifying for the group stages of the Europa League which will give us six European games to play before the end of the year.

Newcastle players in training yesterday down south

The fixtures list has given Newcastle a daunting task in their first three games,   and if we can get any result this afternoon at Chelsea, we’ll have made an excellent start in the very first week of the season.

This is what Alan told the Newcastle press corps today:

“Let’s be honest  any result at Chelsea would make it a good week.” “The win against Tottenham was massive. If we get anything from Chelsea it will be a massive thing anyway.”

“We want to round the week off on a high.”  “We had a positive night in Greece.”  “When you look at the first two games, all of our squad have played in the first week – apart from Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson and one or two others.”

“That is the season we are going to have. Everybody is going to be needed and have to play.”

Of course Newcastle went the first 11 games of the season in the league last term, winning seven and drawing four for a points total of 25, and it will be difficult to repeat that feat this time around, but you never know.

Alan Pardew could even make 11 changes from the side that drew in Greece on Thursday evening, and that could happen if  Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba and Fab Coloccini are fit to start this afternoon.

And if Shola is not available, don’t be surprised if young Adam Campbell finds himself on the bench, and he could make his Premier League debut in the second half today.

The good news for Newcastle is that Chelsea captain John Terry has sustained a neck injury (does that mean he’s a pain in the neck?) and he will miss the game today.

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20 comments so far

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    A draw would be enough… and a win amazing.
    No fear !!

  • The Future is Bright The Future is Black & White

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Oioi cheeeeeeeekyyyyyyy

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    Why are people so negative about the transfer window? This was all about keeping our best players, who all have another year of experience under their belt. We haven’t lost anyone of note, we have some youngsters breaking into the first team and we’ve signed a few decent players.

    I for one, don’t expect or demand progression to be at the level of the Sir John Hall days, we’re building slowly and if we could get Cabaye’s mate too, I’d be delighted!

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4


    From previous post.

    I think people expected more investment that what has been made so far.

    Then if tiote or whoever left even further investment would be made.

    I would say that I don’t want Chelsea levels of spending but we have spent less than everton, subderland, Swansea, tottenham, fulham, and others.

    So, whilst I admire the financial prudence of the club we are well off teams close to and below is which shows we need to spend more.

    But, and this is my main point, the window is still open.

    2 days ago we laughed at subderland for no signings, now try have made 2 good, but overpriced for fletcher.

    So there is plenty time left for us to get deals which I’m confident we will.

  • Spuggy

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    To get anything from this game is a big ask for us, so anything other than a loss will be a huge achievement. 3 points from the first 2 games is still fantastic when you look at the competition.

    All we can do is give it a right good go!


  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    We got 5th with the squad we have got now, plus Cisse for half a season. We have lost Guthrie but signed Anita, who looks a class above. The development players look very shrewd and at least two will be regulars in the starting 11 by the end of the season.
    How are we so much weaker ?
    If we get two more signings then we will actually be stronger. Players like Perch are so improved that they are rock solid where we all thought he’d be shaky this time last year..

    Glass half full

  • SuperShearer

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    TDS is right. So far we’ve kept are key players. The club is willing to spend on the RIGHT players. Not just anyone who becomes available. We put in decent bids of De Jong but he opted for elsewhere. I still think we’ll go in again for Carroll and the clown that is Mr. Rodgers has shot himself in the foot with demanding more be declaring he doesn’t want the player anymore. If the window closes and we still have all our current players, I’ll be happy. One more addition and no departures I’d be over the moon.

  • peteb

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Transfer Sage

    Let’s hope the SMB’s have as much transfer success with Fletcher/Jarvis as they did with Connor Wickham……going on loan to Blackburn!

    2-1 to the Toon today. HWTL


    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    as long we get a point m happy… lets end Aug in a bang

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Oh Negativity. How I’ve missed you.

  • carrollsinger

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Simmo colo Taylor santoon
    Hba tiote cabaye Anita guti

  • Les Grossman

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Magpies Fly High
    We lost more than just Guthrie.
    Leonbestismint went. Very important to replace. What with AOC round corner. Plus if one or 2 of the Demba pick up injuries. We have no decent cover in any of the fullback positions. Using utility players is never a great long term option! Sadly, I felt young tavernier still has lots to learn at higheset level. Too often caught out by the Greeks Thursday. So a CB is needed. With a new striker a new CB and a CF we can be a major force I believe. But only if we hold on to what we have.
    If we reach later stages of cups, it will be against good teams, playing the Dev squad will not carry us through.

  • Les Grossman

    Aug 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    WTF is AOC!
    Predictive txt, take a huuuuge step back…..

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m not being negative. Just asking to compare with teams around us.

    Clubs above and below have strengthened more.

    The issue is….If the club have identified we need a striker, centre back and right back in de Jong, debuchy and Douglas then we need to act.

    Debuchy and Douglas could still be on so no need to look elsewhere, just play a waiting game.

    De Jong has joined a different club so hopefully we will pursue other targets soon, Carroll, remy, whoever the club see as a suitable replacement.

    Arguably we don’t need much strengthening as we have a good side.

  • Les Grossman

    Aug 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    What no Cisse?
    Obviously didn’t see how he terrorised the cock a nees last season!

  • Minato

    Aug 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Still agree than we need one or two more bodies in…especially a quality centre back. However there is a good argument to say we are stronger than last year..Marveux back, hopefully Saylor remaining fit, amalfinato to replace an aging lover man and Anita replacing Guthrie…Abeid and Bigi looking like they are ready to make a step up, if needed. Seems stronger to me…only worry is that the squad essentially is still small and injuries will come..

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    TransferSage – I’m glad we didn’t sign Johnson for £10M. He must be on about £80k pw too. You’re also not mentioning that Everton, Swansea and Fulham have lost top players, they’ve just tried to replace them. The mackems are desperate so they’re overpaying again, let them do it.

    The investment needs to be focused, and why buy someone like Johnson now, when we can but a younger version of him for £1M who will challenge for the first time in a season or two?

  • NorthernTiger74

    Aug 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Taken from CFCnet:

    On Saturday, the Chelsea wheels keep turning as we host Newcastle United in the league, six days before we travel to Monaco to face Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. The Blues are coming off two victories against Wigan and Reading and will be looking to add a third consecutive win against a team that beat them at Stamford Bridge last May.

    We all recall the two wonder-strikes by Papiss Cisse that condemned us to defeat, and we will look to not let that happen again, especially since reinforcements are on the way.

    It was announced today that Cesar Azpilicueta, the Spanish right back, has joined the club for £7 million, filling the hole left by the departed Jose Bosingwa, and news reports have us sealing up a £9 million deal for our tormentor from the first match, Victor Moses.

    Newcastle comes in after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, though manager Alan Pardew will most likely be condemned to the stands after pushing the linesman in a moment of madness. Newcastle also come to the Bridge with largely the same squad they had last season, but with the addition of midfielder Vurnon Anita off the bench. Their starting 11 is essentially the same.

    This is a winnable game, but it’s also our sternest test outside the Community Shield. Newcastle are a side that will expect to once again challenge for the top 4 and will see this as a chance to take 3 early points, knowing full-well that they did so last year.

    Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are clearly a problem area for our back line.
    Cisse and Ba are clearly the two danger men for Newcastle United and will be a slight worry for the pairing of David Luiz and Gary Cahill. John Terry is set to miss out with a slight injury.

    The concern for the back line is the threat of both Ba and Cisse in the air, given how easy Pavel Pogrebnyak ghosted past Cahill for the first goal for Reading, and their skillfulness on the ball, as shown by the wonder goals from Cisse last year.

    These two as a partnership are a danger, and Pardew has seemed to work out how to get them both in good positions. Against Tottenham, both provided intermittent threats, but their lack of overall service has to be credited to the way that Tottenham’s midfield pressed and starved them. The goals came after they started to lose energy.

    Hatem Ben Arfa is the second danger man and the forward creator.
    If Hatem Ben Arfa would have had a better overall attitude, work ethic, and not so many niggling injuries, Ben Arfa would have been a fixture in the France side and a much bigger club that Newcastle now. Back in his younger days at Lyon, Ben Arfa was considered the heir to Zinedine Zidane’s number 10 role and a better overall prospect than Marseille’s number 10 offering, Samir Nasri.

    However, falling out’s with managers and niggling injuries gave him a reputation as a problem, and his options for playing at big clubs became limited. However, he’s still just 25, and his talent is still there, even if the broken leg has robbed him of pace. He will start on the right hand side, but with Jonas balancing on the left, he will have the freedom to drift into the center.

    His ability to create alongside Cisse and Ba’s ability to alternate playing target striker or second striker makes the three players a lethal combination and leads to them threatening a backline.

    Chelsea must be acutely aware of this for reasons that will be stated at number 5.

    Jonas is the unsung hero of the attacking players.
    When you think of the Newcastle side, Jonas is one of the last players that pops into your head, but he’s one of the most important. It’s his versatility at being able to play both centrally and in wide areas that allow the front three of Ba, Cisse, and Ben Arfa to operate. Jonas abilities permit the team to either attack using 4-4-2, 4-3-2-1, and the ability to play in a 4-4-2 diamond, depending on the control of the midfield. That tactical flexibility means that Pardew can change systems without making changes, and it also means that they players can shift them on their own.

    Our formation’s midfield setup will be tested, first with Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.
    If Jonas is the unsung hero that allows the flexibility of Newcastle, it’s Tiote and Cabaye that provide the engine room behind it and the ability to distribute the ball. Tiote has developed into one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League and gives them steel in the middle to break up attacks.

    Cabaye gives Tiote a partner with a bit more flair to his game and the ability to pick out a pass.

    It will challenge the center midfield of Frank Lampard and John Mikel Obi because ball retention has been something that they’ve struggled with as of late.

    Which leads us to the last and final point: Chelsea must tighten up the midfield and the defense, or Newcastle might run roughshod through us.
    For all the money spent on attacking players, our biggest concern this season will be adapting to the 4-2-3-1 of Roberto Di Matteo while also not conceding goals.

    Our biggest problem lies in that Lampard/Mikel partnership deep. Since the player in the hole behind the striker is Juan Mata or Eden Hazard, it’s imperative that Lampard and Mikel take up deeper positions, if for no other reason than to close the gap between midfield and defence. However, what I’ve seen in the first two matches is that Lampard is still Lampard, and he wants to spring forward in the attack. There have been numerous occasions when Lampard was further up the pitch than Mata, and Mata was forced to come deep.

    If Lampard is going to burst forward as is his tendency, it exposes Mikel because he already has to take up a higher position than a holding midfielder usually does in order to cycle the ball. Mikel is then left to cover the space behind Lampard, while also watching for diagonal balls and space behind himself.

    This gap behind the midfield and defence is a problem because both Wigan and Reading found it, and Manchester City with Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero exposed it. They get in behind Mikel, attack the two CBs by running at one of them, and opening the space behind that CB to attack.

    Lampard must sit deeper and restrict his forward movement. Otherwise, that gap will keep appearing and any time possession is lost without it being a goal kick, our CBs are hung out to dry.

    This is our toughest league test to date, and it might prove a sticking point later on if it proves to expose a weakness. The Blues must also find some continuity in their play, but part of that stems from a lack of training time as a full unit with Olympics and holidays and such.

    Hopefully, we lay down a little marker on Saturday.

    Fair analysis.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #19

    I think we’ll draw. I hope Cisse is fired up for this one. He has looked very rusty in our games so far and needs to ind his sharpness back pronto. Ba, Bigi, Perch, Saylor, Colo, Amalfitano, Ralyor and HBA have been on fire up to now. The rest are still getting up to speed and I hope those players make the step up today, we’ll need it if we want something from the game.


  • mickg108

    Aug 25, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #20

    NorthernTiger74,,good analysis,,BUT if Ben Arfa has lost pace,,ferk me Usain Bolt would of won Bronze :)))..


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