Brave Newcastle Performance Is Just What We Needed


It was a game of two halves last night, with Newcastle looking abysmal in the first half, tentative and without much spirit either, but after a rollicking in the dressing room at half time from Alan Pardew, which our players had thoroughly deserved – Newcastle came back with an excellent show in that second half with two Demba Ba goals, but we also had luck on our side.

Demba Ba – after scoring Newcastle’s second goal

In the 79th minute Everton had seemed to score through Anichebe, but once again the officials got it wrong, and for games being televised live around the world , some of these decisions are becoming a bit of a laughing stock, and the sooner FIFA introduces goal line technology the better.

For whatever reason UEFA Present Michel Platini opposes the technology, even after Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany in the World Cup, which was about six yards over the line.

And it wasn’t only the Anichebe header where Everton were on the wrong end of decisions last night, but Fellaini also had a goal disallowed for offside, but it looked like he was level, and it should have counted – but the referee assistants nearly always give the doubt to the defenses, and hardly ever not flag if the forward is level.

But that’s not the rules – although that’s how it used to be in the olden days.

So yes Newcastle had some luck last night, but to leave it there would be taking away an excellent second half performance from Newcastle, when the introduction of  a lively Demba Ba made all the difference.

Ba had been surprisingly left on the subs bench at the start of the game, as Newcastle played in a defensive 4-5-1 formation with only Papiss Cisse up front.

And just after the Anichebe incident Ben Arfa was roaring through the middle of the field when Steven Pienaar fouled him, but Ben Arfa kept his balance and continued to move forward, only for the referee to stop play and bring the ball back for a free kick to Newcastle – woeful refereeing and it could have cost Newcastle a goal.

Newcastle were back somewhere near their best in that second half last night, and although it may sound a bit daft to say this – we could also have won the game as Cisse had two chances he missed and Ben Arfa was clear through in the inside left position with only Tim Howard to beat, but the American goalkeeper made a dent double save.

But the fighting performance in that second half is just what we needed, and that will bring more confidence back into the side, which seemed to be lacking in that pitiful first half performance.

Now we need to beat Maritimo on Thursday night in Madeira, and then get all three points at home on Sunday afternoon against Chris Hughton’s Norwich City.

If we can do that,  things will look a whole lot better on Tyneside.

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28 comments so far

  • outsidethebox

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    great fight second half …but missed collo ..ap get a big commanding ball playing centre back in jan

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  • snowdone

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Dear Ed,

    How to explain a game of two halves? Slower to the ball, not tracking, turning away from attackers allowing them to cross or shoot, humping the ball high to a captive Papiss, players feeling sorry for themselves because four first teamers were out and remembering the drubbing on the last day of the season: Yeah, the first half was all that and more!

    Change of personnel including a fired up Demba, the removal of the lightweight Marveaux, switching Anita and Perch to more comfortable positions and moving a woeful Guttierez to a position he obviously favours did wonders. What a difference a goal makes! Two attackers working in tandem for a change. Add in a large slice of luck and we hopefully will gain some much needed confidence from this.

    Kind regards

    PS Harper to receive fair play award! What a loyal, decent man he is! My MOM for that and his facial expressions alone as the shots rained in.

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Would be nice to have a ball playing centre half. We have been trying harder to play the ball out of defence rather than lump it long, but unfortunately we don’t have the players to do that at the moment. But after Spurs(H), Chelsea(A), Villa(H) and Everton(A) PLUS qualifying for Europa league group stages, I think we have had a decent start to the season! Not spectacular, but by no means poor.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Ohh and can I add, I swapped Cisse for Ba in our FF league in the International break ;D what a genius I am… lol

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  • Belly

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Plaudits go to Steven Taylor yesterday. He was immense all game. If he’s not selected ahead of the likes of Jagielka for the next England squad, there is something desperatly wrong.
    We were so lucky not be out of the game in the first half. I think Pards should play a strong team on thursday, get even more confidence into our attacking players and hopefully win the game comfortably. Then a repeat on Sunday against the legend Hughton.
    We need to play well and score plenty of goals in these games to build or confidence.

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  • snowdone

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed,

    May I also ask our blogger friends to lay off Marveaux. He had a nightmare last night, but he needs to adjust to the rigours of the EPL. In hindsight, he needs to be introduced at St. James’ in small doses just as HBA was.

    I thought Taylor had a great game last night, his only lapse was falling for a skilful turn and touch from our nemesis, Anichebe.

    Williamson also played reasonably well.

    Regards,

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  • stk85

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    so we started with

    ———-harps
    perch tayls willo santon
    marv-cabs-HBA-anita-jonas
    ———cisse

    and finished with:

    ———harps
    anita-tayls-willo-santon
    jonas-cabs-perch-HBA
    —-ba–mackemslayer

    is that right?

    if we play one forward, ba has to start over cisse, dunno why but he is just off the boil, not getting spaces he had last year, ba can conjure something out of not a lot. has to start.

    perch needs to be played centrally, in defence or midfield, he is actually the best replacement we have for tiote at th moment.

    therefore anita should be played at RB, with jonas helping him out. santon has more of a clue about what PL needs, hence he can have HBA in front of him.

    why does it take pards a whole 45 mins to work this out?

    its almost reminiscent of hours tinkering with formations on footy manager. not blessed with alot but spoilt for choice with utility players!

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Great fightback. We can argue all we like about the 4-5-1 and 4-4-2 etc but I think we need to have these two strikers on the pitch . At the end of the day , attitude and aggression and ability on the ball is far more important than 4-5-1 etc …..too many Football Managers on here as I have said before. I’ve never been convinced that Pardew is a big fan of Marveaux and even less so now. Again, Santon proved that he is a poor defender – he just refuses to get close enough to his man ….

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Stk85…you need to switch Benny and Jonas 🙂 Your first lineup would have given us something entiely different than what you saw in the first half ;D

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  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Armchair critics
    The travelling Toon army did not behave like you lot. We all had a view on what had to be done to change things but we supported the team. Reading back the comments up to our exualising goal it was one big tantrum. Some seemed delighted to appear to be proven right in their pre match criticism of certain players and the manager. As fans we can all support a winning team. Constructive criticism is fine but don’t look to find
    fault to criticise certain players. Far to many tv critics
    threw their toys, blankets and dummies out in their abuse of the team. The comments up to the second half in the main were an absolute disgrace. We know who you are support the Toon. I’ll see a large number of fans at the Everton game also at SJP tonight for the reserve game against the mackems. We’ll still be talking about the showing at Everton. One of our group spoke to Pardew late last night, he said he would have changed things sooner had he been in the dug out.

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  • stk85

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    from the start against norwich (a team we should be rolling over)

    ————krul/harps(very happy for harps if he continues)

    anita—tayls—–willo—santon

    ——–bigi—-perch

    jonas——cabs———- HBA

    ————-ba

    or swap bigi for cissé, jonas sitting in midfield, hba right, ba left

    ————–krul
    anita—- tayls—-willo—-santon
    ——-jonas——–perch
    HBA——-cabaye———ba
    ———cisse

    PHWOAR!!!

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Wasn’t it great to see both Harps and Shola in action last night. Harps was as composed, poised and unflappable as ever and Shola looks like the heavyweight champion of the world, an imperious cameo from the great man. I love ’em both.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Snowdone, not sure why we have to be so gradual with Marveaux. He’s not some 18 yr old ?

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  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Equalising-LOL
    Good to have Cabaye back he won some vital tackles.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Pushy…how was the atmosphere at Goodison? 🙂

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Pushy – Unfortunately mate, that’s a recurring trend on this blog when things don’t go well. Hence people stepping away. Too many people quick to criticise rather than get behind the team. Many are hoping for poor performances from certain players to, as you say, be proven right. Willo being a prime example. As I said, I DO believe we need a stronger, ball playing centre half over Willo, but I never bitch and moan at the lad and hope for him to fail. Unfortunately some love targetting our lads (Willo/Anita/obertan et al) which is no benefit to anybody!

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  • snowdone

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Dear Munster Mag,

    Nor was HBA a stripling. But he also needed time. We’ll see how Pardew handles him. Wohnen Sie in Deutschland?

    Regards

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18

    And Jesp – the atmosphere was incredible my friend! Our travelling support truly is the best in the league! 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    Torq…I do sometimes envy you guys for living in the UK 😀 (i lived for a year in London back in 2001)

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  • wynsleap

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Pushy Pardew @ 10 – Some good points there but that last comment doesn’t make sense. I thought Pardew said he was going to have a mobile telephone to talk to Carver during the match.
    Surely he could have passed on his instructions… or is that another excuse from the manager?

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Jesp – You able to get over at all for games? I appreciate it’s not just like hopping on the metro ! 🙂 I’m unable to get to Maritimo away as I have to fly out to France this afternoon but I’m sure the lads who will travel and support the toon will do us all proud! HWTL

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #22

    I have mixed feelings about competing in Europe. If that squad simply had domestic football to focus on I feel we’d be in for a very entertaining and successful season.

    Lasts nights game was great to watch and when we scored our second a surge of adrenalin had me instinctively up and out of my armchair and screaming at the telly. It’s amazing how much joy the lads can give you.

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  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Torq
    Maritimo looked very good on tv v Sporting at weekend.
    They should have won on chances could be a tough game enjoy.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Torq…God willingly if I put my mind to it all I had to do was to get on a train to Copenhagen and fly out to Newcastle or London (for an away game) 😀

    …it is probably because of all the planning and money-wise it’s an entirely different ball game 😀 lol

    Newcastle is in my future plans though no need to worry – my son needs the experince and pleasure that is NUFC… lol

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Torq…and save flight mate – remember to scout a few players while you’re in France 😉

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  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Torq
    Your right on the criticism of certain players. Williamson did OK. He’s a good squad player. On Anita his passing
    is a strong part of his game but because he’s still adjusting to EPL pace it looks like a weakness. Watching Ba he was really fired up and he was the old instictive striker of the first half of last season.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #27

    With all due respect, I cant believe that fans are already having a go at Pardew . Ridiculous.

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #28

    ….more ammunition to the “southern” media who laugh at your expectations. What else do ye expect ???

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