Pardew – We’ve Made A Decent Start To Season


There has been some grumbling by fans recently with Newcastle’s mediocre start to the season, with only four points from the first three league games, but of course we did qualify for the Europa League group stages by beating Atromitos, although those two games were not easy ones.

Alan Pardew – looking forward to Everton game

And in the Newcastle Journal today, manager Alan Pardew says the lads have done quite well, although we have not yet shown the great form of last term, but we should also probably wait until 10 games have been played before passing judgement.

No chance. 😀

This is what Alan Pardew had to say:

“We have done okay. We have had a decent start and I’m looking forward to the Everton game.” “The international break does not help any of the squads or the managers to build any continuity. I look at all the teams and there is the odd game where you play well, but no one has really hit top form.”

“You could argue that Chelsea hit the road running, but all of us managers are just trying to get our teams nailed down.” “After ten games is when you can judge whether or not you have made a good start to the season, a bad start or just an indifferent start – and at the moment we are just getting going.”

“I think that what with the European campaign and our first games in there with a squad who have mostly never played in Europe, we have done really well.” “In the league games, performance-wise, you would like to see us being a bit more fluid and hopefully that will come in the next few games.”

“We have had some good news in that Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi are back in training, and they are two players who I thought would have featured by now in the first team, so I am looking forward to seeing them out there.” “They really have got a great year in front of them. They are two of our better players.”

The manager  was speaking at an event publicizing the Pedal for Petrov cycle ride, which is attempting to raise £250K for leukaemia and lymphoma research.

Things have been a bit quiet at Newcastle during the International break, but things should now start picking up for the very tough game ast Goodison Park on Monday night.

And Pardew will be hoping that players like Yohan Cabaye, and our two top strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can start showing their form of last season, when all three were outstanding players for Newcastle.

With only a win, loss and a defeat so far in the league, Newcastle need to pick something up from the trip to Goodison Park, but it’s always difficult for us to get anything out of that game, although two years ago we did get the 1-0 win with a fantastic strike  from the in-form Ben Arfa – his first goal ever for Newcastle.

The same result would be great on Monday night – just what we need.

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23 comments so far

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    I believe so too

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    By the way that comment is directed toward the title

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Then I saw the results, now I’m a believer!

    So, Pardews words – No complaining until after 10 games 🙂

    OK, a slight twisting of words.

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  • lesh

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Me as well Cupid. Err, what am I believing in by the way?

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    We lost all momentum from last season due to the failure of the board to sign our targets.

    The streams I’ve had have been poor quality, but our performances (like my streams) look to have been stuttering and lacking in quality. (bar HBA)

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Yup decent enough start but the next few games will be hard and stretch our squad

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  • lesh

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Ah, you must be telepathic Cupid, you answered my question before I posted it……… spooky or what!!!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Hatem…..That may be the case, but it could just as easily be down to Euro competition over the summer, lack of pre-season and maybe one or two greggs pasties.

    The performances have been far from spectacular so far, if we assume we’ll never get in to gear, then yes, this could be a slow one. Do we really think though that our star performers of last season wont pick up their form again?

    Mutiny…..The next month or two will tell us a lot about the upcoming season. I expect a few surprises along the way…hopefully more good than bad.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Would normally think that you can see how the team is going before you get to ten games , but in reality we were generally hard to beat most of last season apart from a couple of anomalies.

    So maybe he is right and it will take ten or so games to get a picture developing.

    I feel that if we can plug the hole which is the lack of concentration games the season should look after itself, we will win more than we lose, and if we can stop losing points to the perceived weaker teams we should be ok.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Lesh @ # 4

    As the title suggests, I also believe we have made a decent start to the season, five games lost one, that’s a decent start in my books.

    Some will complain that the competition meant we should have won more but last season showed we can still fall to the perceived lesser teams and beat handsomely the stronger ones so opposition apart a decent start I think.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza

    If decent means lacklustre …
    If decent is scraping a draw at home against a poor Villa team …

    You really have to hope it’s going to get better.
    4 points out of 9 (2 home games) -1 GD.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    So…Cisse scores an amazing goal at the end of the season against Chelsea and then starts off the season with another amazing goal against Ivory Coast….must be a good striker?

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Sorry Lesh missed post # 7 😉 😆 😆

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Hatem…Well I cannot answer for Pardew as “decent” was his wording, not mine. He also said “we had done okay”, which is probably a fair assessment. There were periods of last season where we didn’t play well and ground out results, which is different from the past when we would generally lose those type of games.

    We’re growing as a team, where has this expectation that we will play beautiful football each game come from? We finish 5th so therefore must now play every game wonderfully – it’s just not realistic imo.

    Are we playing better than two years ago? I would say so. 4 Points from Spurs home, Chelsea away and Villa home really isn’t that bad. I would think most reasonable fans would have taken that prior to a ball being kicked. We perhaps after getting 3 points from the first 2 games, made it six against Villa, but these things do happen, especially when key players haven’t been firing yet.

    I don’t see the end results being an issue so far, the performances more so, but nothing that can’t be improved and certainly no need for panic imo.

    Mutiny…Probably just lucky 😉

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Decent – seems a difficult word to pin down, a result at Goodison would add some clarity. Cmon!!!

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  • Elfy_Toon

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #16

    @hatem’s better than messi – dont go using ‘4 from 9’ as a solid arguement, if we go into numbers then at the end of the season nobody scores very well do they 114 points up for grabs and what did we get last season? just over half, I agree with Pardew tbh, we’ve had extra games to worry about for the first time in a few years and if we had qualified for the group stages and won our first three games it would have been a miracle, we’ve done well to get 4 points from three good teams. Give the team a chance to get some steam going before judging them.

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  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #17

    I hear that Man City managed to get a new face in just before the deadline – Tevez and Lescott are fighting over it!

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  • lordjoesnow

    Sep 12, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    yeh sure we didnt buy enough cover for the team, but look on the bright side: imagine the state of the banner that Ed makes when the squad is any stronger?

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    I am quoting Pardew now, bare in mind out of context 😉 :

    “In the league games, performance-wise, you would like to see us being a bit more fluid and hopefully that will come in the next few games.”

    Does that man we’ll be playing a 4-3-3 kind of formation soon? 🙂

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Would you expect him to abandon his preferred formation after a decent start to the season.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #21

    jaw…expect is such a powerful word 😉

    …in all fairness I probably wouldn’t have expected him to play 4-4-2 at all 😉 bu here we are… lol

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  • nufcusa

    Sep 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22

    I agree with Ibiza. The disappointment is not having 4 points. It is that we didn’t get 6 after what was a “bonus” 3 against Spurs. I say bonus as I don’t think we can “expect” to beat top teams. We are good enough, but single points in those games would be accepted.

    With that being said, everyone is another game where 1 point is good and 3 is a bonus.

    Whether we end up with 4, 5, or 7 points after Monday who knows. In my opinion 4 represents an indifferent start. 5 a good start and 7 a very good start taking into account that our opening 4 games would have accounted for 3 of last years top 7 teams.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza, I think our start hasnt been good. Spurs are not doing well in any way shape or form, so 3 points off them isnt amazing, although welcome. I understand we were poor v Atromitos at home, and we were poor v Villa, who themselves have had a shocking start. Outclassed by Chelsea. Did well second half, but had they needed more goals, they would have got them. We didnt buy two established players which was a real error, and our defence looks shaky, our strikers not combining and our manager seems set on the 4-4-2 that I have said all along he would, and its not functioning.

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