Alan Pardew – I Thought We Were Terrific

Newcastle gave Manchester United a good game last night at Old Trafford, but when all is said and done, we went out of the Capital One Cup at the first attempt, and it wouldn’t have been any easier had we won last night, because we would have drawn Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – the odds of drawing Manchester United away and then Chelsea away seem just astronomical odds, but that’s what would have happened had we managed to win last night.

Dan Gosling challenges Wayne Rooney last night

And we had the chances to win the game last night too, but in the end it was a defeat, and needless to say the result was very disappointing.

But the performance was decent enough, and we thought Newcastle really took it to the Red Devils in the second half, and our lads did really well, but didn’t have much luck.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“I thought we played terrific because I thought we were every bit as good as Manchester United, for an away team.” “We left ourselves open at times when we were chasing. It was a really good game. We were pressing. We knew if we could get Papiss on and if he could get a chance he’d score. We had him on sideline at 1-0.”

“I’m pleased for the players but disappointed for the club because I thought we deserved more.” “Coloccini is a bit sore. Whether he did enough to play on Saturday I don’t know.” “I’m not sure I should have played Williamson. But we’re short at center-half.”

At least under Alan Pardew the sides he puts out are brave and never know when they are beaten – and the lads came storming back when we went 2-0 down in the second half, and Papiss Cisse will have done himself a lot of good with a good first goal of the season a minute after coming on with Shane Ferguson, and Shane provided the left wing cross for the goal.

And Papiss hit the cross-bar a little later with a great overhead kick – that would have been some goal.

Coloccini in his comeback game lasted until Papiss and Shane came on after 61 minutes, but he seems to have found the going tough, and was sore after the game.

But it should be nothing that one of those ice cold baths cannot help to put right – we hope.

It’s best to try to take the positives out of the game last night and there were a few, including James Tavernier looking the part again and is leading our Man of the Match poll with 45% of the vote.

And Rob Elliot proved that last week’s display in Madeira was no fluke with another good display and two great saves to keep Newcastle in the game during the first half..

It’s a defeat so we’ll have the doom and gloomers out – but we thought our lads looked good last night.

But one thing is certain – we now have to go out and win the game at Reading on Saturday afternoon – that’s the next step.

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18 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #1

    When Cisse scored, i thought “good for him, that’ll help his confidence”.
    When Cisse nearly scored on his overhead kick later, i thought: “He’s back!”

  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Alan said it spot on in his post match interview.

    Man U only really looked dangerous on the break because we were left fairly open at the back.

    Like I said I think Alan got his tactics and selection pretty much spot on by choosing to place the experience on the defensive side with Shola leading the line.

    Man U played a strong attack against us in Rooney, Welbeck, Cleverly.

    Unfortunately we did not create enough chances. But the result could have been disastrous had we chosen to match them for power at the top and left the back 4 to our developing players.

  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3


    When Cisse nearly scored his overhead kick I literally ran round the room screaming. i thought it had gone in at first.

    My reaction was much like this

    but on steroids.

  • RonVanDam

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    On a separate note, i think our youngsters are slightly better than Man U’s. Bigi, Fergi, elliot, tarv held their own against some world class players

  • check the toastie

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    We played pretty well, but clearly missed a trick in not playing a slightly stronger team and thus progressing through to the next round.

    When will this club win an trophy? answer – Picking weakened teams in cup competions means never………………..It is a monkey the club needs to get off its back…………gutted…

  • ajcrawfs

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m not sure i agree with everyone who says Tav played well.

    I think he played okay but definitely think he needs to work on his left foot! It makes him look so one dimensional. Several moments in the game he would make really good runs and then make the wrong pass.

  • check the toastie

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Personally would have played a full team and got us through, silverware is the most important thiong, not finishing 5th 6th or 7th.

    We have been playing poor in the league anyway so cant see how playing a few more first teamers last night would have compromised our league performance, utter garbage, hate excuse makers, just get on with it, if we get injuries then the kids then come in and get their chance.

    As previously stated it is clear Tavernier, Bigi, Sammy and Fergy have a future at the club, IMO Gosling and Vuckic have missed the boat and will never be good enough.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #8

    In large periods of the first half we played our most fluent football of the season, much of it down Obertan’s flank.Also, is Marveaux sulking, he seems flat..

  • LGFUAD21

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #9

    On a general basis. I thought we passed the ball around great last night. Our passing created space for us. It was a nice alternative to hoofing.

    Now if only Cabaye can become that missing link we need between the lines.

  • Ian Magpie

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #10

    “I’m not sure I should have played Williamson. But we’re short at center-half.”………………THEN WHY DIDNT YOU BUY A CENTRE HALF IN THE SUMMER YOU MUPPET!


    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Elliot is 26 isnt he? Not really a youngster

  • t00ntime

    Sep 27, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #12

    @ian he wanted too, he wanted a ST aswell but MA cudnt get the ‘right’ deal. Pardew+carr put the names forward and MA+DL do the rest. Cant blame AP for no olayers coming in

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Living down south, it’s the one thing I have had for the last 40+ years ” you’ve never won anything !!!”

    Given the support we enjoy, statiscally we must have been the worst run, mis- managed club in history.

    At 51 I’ve started to think maybe we never will win anything and would I know how to react if we did!!

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #14

    You’ve been programmed since procreation to flip out if we win something, I wouldn’t worry about it.

    This team has as good a chance as any Newcastle side I’ve seen of winning something in the next 2-3 years.

  • ToonToon09

    Sep 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Obertan and Gosling are hopeless ?!
    I would get shot of them both in January, they are stealing a wage at the club.
    Bigi, Fergie and Elliot continue to show great promise.
    Shola continues to do a great “Heskey” job, never gonna score a mass of goals but his a handful, shields the ball really well and lays it off superbly.
    If only we had invested in an international centre back ?!!! Williamson is only a good “squad player”
    Thoughts ???

  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Sep 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Haha same. After cisse scored he just seemed to regain his hunger for goals. Let’s hope he really is back for the game against reading!

  • Graeme

    Sep 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    “Not sure I should have played Willamson, but we are short at centre-half”

    Is that the same Centre-half we were short of last season? The one we FAILED to purchase in the summer, to provide some well noted cover and additional strength?

    Nah, cos that would mean we did not plan our recruitment properly to address our known weaknesses. That’s what muppets do, not a professional football club!!

  • Sav

    Sep 27, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Yes, I’d rather see Pardew handed a 4 year deal and a good centre-half on 4 years as well. Pards has done very well but I can’t help feel his contract extension is an extravagant reward for not complaining in the face of a failure to recruit adequately. As for Obertan, Gosling and Vukic for different reasons, I don’t think any of them are good enough.


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