Battling Spirit Got Newcastle The Point At Reading


Newcastle’s battling performance yesterday after we went behind at Reading, was the reason we came away with a point from the Madejski Stadium, but in truth the performance was not acceptable, and we will have to improve a lot in the coming weeks, if we are to start climbing that Premier League table.

Steve Harper – saved Newcastle yesterday with two great saves

Just like at Goodison Park in our last away game, Newcastle were behind twice yesterday, but battled back both times with goals from the indomitable Demba Ba, to take away a vital point, although before the game we were hoping for a win against the bottom placed side in the league.

But the performance just wasn’t good enough from our lads, and in the end we were a bit lucky to get the draw, and it was thanks to two excellent saves from Newcastle’s veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper, who was making his 195th appearance for the Newcastle first team.

This is what Steve Harper said on the Newcastle website after the game:

“Yes, given our performance.” “Only our battling spirit got us a point today.” “Our performance wasn’t good enough and the gaffer’s certainly let the lads know in no uncertain terms that it wasn’t acceptable.”

“What we have got here is spirit but when you come away from home you have to earn the right to play and we didn’t do that today.” “The first half was okay. We knew if we were better second half than we were first, we could come away with a win but it wasn’t to be.”

“We knew they put the ball in the box a lot and to expect a lot of crosses and one or two goals have came from that so it was disappointing in that respect. But if you don’t win, don’t lose and that could end up being a big point for us.” “It was important at the time, late on.”

“That was probably the most I’ve ever had to do in the air in a game as well – the most crosses I think I’ve ever had in 20 years!” “But the pleasing part is obviously not the performance of the team today but just the battling spirit again which will hopefully see us go a long way this season even if performances do need to pick up.”

“The technique for the first goal was absolutely sensational; to hit it first time, a ball like that, on target and to beat the goalkeeper is fantastic.” “And it was a great header on the second one. That’s what happens – he’s up there to score goals and he’s doing that, and showing what a top striker he is.”

By the way, Steve dealt with all the crosses in great style yesterday, and he was as safe as houses, as he usually is in the Newcastle goal, and he still looks like a top class goalkeeper to us.

Steve hasn’t seen the replay of that second goal obviously, and while it certainly looked like a header, it wasn’t, and Demba put the ball into the goal with his right hand – although he said it was purely accidental.

We were lucky yesterday and the performance just wasn’t good enough, so we hope for an improvement in our next game against Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday night, when we should be able to field a stong side, with the game being at home and no travelling involved.

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419 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #1

    We all watched that yesterday, battling it was not,, lucky again

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew , clueless , wimp, liar , and 8 more years of this:( it’s gona be a long 8 years, I think ppl are seeing what a few if us seen last year

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Zzz change the tune catchy, you were boring a long time ago.

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    for you catchy, as you didnt have the decency to answer it before.

    Catchy, man U home, Liverpool home, Sunderland away, wolves home and away, wba away, Swansea away. Chelsea away. Villa home, Fulham home.

    The way we played in those matches was very very good. That’s why we were up the league.

    I cant U derstand how U can say we were poor or even lucky?

    Aye there were a few ha.es where we got tonked but so did arsenal, shit, so did man U.

    Be realistic man

    i will say that, yesterday we were lucky and against everton. I will also say that we have played poorly this season but last season, maybe once or twice.

    one other thing you mention about people watching the table rather than the game…… at the end of the day that is what counts isnt it? the answer is yes, no matter how you wanna sugar coat it. if we went on ur theory, ud be happy to watch us get beaten every game as long as we played well? just like man u mid week?

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Fatman so you dont think Catchys tune is er well catchy then.

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    lol @ fatman

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Catchy
    It certainly is going to be a long 8 years if we are stuck having to read you posting up the same badly spelled regurgitated shite every day! Maybe it would help if you could actually give a reason rather than throwing your little paddie’s!
    Pards is a liar pardews a puppet pardew has no spine blah blah blah zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • nico

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I must say I have a lot of respect for Pardew but recently I’ve become frustrated with his team selections. Last season we played our best football playing 4-2-3-1 or a formation looking like that.
    This season I’ve watched every game and thought to myself ‘this is not entertainment’.
    Yes we are well organised and don’t look like conceding goals (uless our 2 best centre halfs are injured). Because of this we don’t look like scoring goals, unless we concede and then have to try to score and take more risks.
    How to solve this problem?
    Pards needs to ‘MAN UP’ and drop a few stars. If they want to leave in January then okay, off you go.
    Santon – RIGHT BACK
    Go out and buy a good left back (who is left footed)
    Play Ba up top with Cisse on thye bench (they can’t play together)
    Either play Guti in the centre or not at all (he no longer is capable of beating a man and getting a cross in)
    Buy a good centre half so we have some cover.

    I think if we do this we’ll progress.
    What do you think??

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  • nico

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh and start Fergie – He can cross a ball

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    nico agree with nearly everything just not santon RB.

    he prefers LB and is very good at it. its not gonna change just coz hes right footed

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #11

    I am only saying what I see and hear, he sets his team up to play defensive , hits long balls , says the same shit, we was magnificent or we was poor today ,
    Have we looked like a team at all this season

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Nothing catchy about his tune whatsoever tequila.

    Dull and repetitive. Repetitive.

    Unfortunately posters like him and kets seem to spark the most debate on here. A necessary evil if you will.

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Nico given that we had 4 our starting players out yesterday and lost a 5th in Taylor, dropping Cisse and Jonas may not be the wisest option.

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #14

    catchy, please take the time to reiew my post and either disagree or agree please? me and u were having a nice conversation then I posted that, then u stopped talking. Is it because you concede that we actually played some magnificent football at times last season and as such our place in the league was not down to luck.

    u see how I agreed with you about the way we played this year? thats what men do.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Burni
    It wont happen if you can make a case against him twice he just stops talking same with me the other day!

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Seems to me that luck is by definition an unusal occurence. Like say a hole in one. Cant see that you an be luky over an entire season,

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Would agree with burni in that i agree with nico apart from santon lol.

    Can’t understand why people are happy with the point yesterday as reading will imo get relegated and if you want to be a top 6 team you need to be winning these games. Even with injuries that just highlights the lack of depth in the squad so its no excuse. I would have sympathy for the team if we played well and should have won but we were the lucky ones!!!

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  • nico

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #18

    tequilamag

    What’s the definition of a starting player?

    We have a squad and the players picked should be able to do a job in that position. I’m not saying drop Guti, but play him central and play Fergie wide.

    Burni
    Fair enough about Santon. I do like him but I wish he would shoot when he cuts inside. If Fergie was with him who is naturally left footed it would probably work.

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #19

    I really dont mind people being negative re the team sometimes tads. as we all know were not playing as well as were capable of, but some of the tripe that knee-jerk posters contribute is infuriating at times.

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #20

    tads, that three- nil beasting of man u HAD to be luck didnt it? or all the other games in my aforementioned list haha

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  • nico

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Burni
    Yes, I think some people really need to calm down before they post. Next Sunday at 6.30pm, we’ll all be on here saying what a great tactician Pards is as we beat Man U

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #22

    If you are leading twice and only get a draw then its understandable to be unhappy. If you are losing twice and snatch a draw whilst not playing great then yeah I will take it. Newcastlte dont have a divine right to win every game, nobody has. Given the injury problems we have thats not such a terrible result. Look at Man U yesterday. On paper they should have walked it.

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #23

    im pretty sure jonas will end up being a cm for defo.

    nico, Ive been screaming for fergie to play for two seasons now maybe three. first saw him in a couple o reserve matches and the kid is class.

    I agree re santon too, he does seem hesitent when he cuts in and it woukd be good to see him shoot some

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Nufc83

    You are right, we are playing badly at the mo but robson’s school of thought was a draw away from home was fine if you were winning your home games. We’ve just beaten Norwich at home and got a point yesterday. I’ve got no doubt in my mind when players are back to performing at their best we’re going to be beating teams like reading at home easy.

    But yesterday was our poorest performance so far and I want to see much better against united. We should be beating teams like united accordin to kets.

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #25

    fingers crossed eh nico?

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  • tequilamag

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Nico I would say Krul , Simmo, Colo and Cabs would be in most peoples starting 11. Granted Simmo is poison to a lot of posters., but in my opinion we have missed him this season.

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #27

    lol @ fatman, this is one thing the toon have been good at for years though isnt it? maybe not raising their games to the top level every game but when they play the big lads we tend to do pretty well

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  • Burni

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #28

    tequila, I agree.

    when u see what simmo does and the stick he still gets you have to wonder what people want from a RB

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #29

    We do. I think united are going to be smarting from that loss though and come out firing on all cylinders. We definitely cannot go into the game with the same approach as yesterday. Hope cabs is back – both in the line up and back to his best.

    Colo too. Simpson should be getting there I reckon. These players have been sorely missed.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #30

    catchless in norway @ # 2

    You are right of course, absolutely spot on it is going to be a long eight years.

    A daunting thought having to possibly put up with the like of you and the other negatively opinionated trolls posting whinging, moaning, carping dross for the next eight years.

    It’s about time you got control of your bigotry stepped back a little and looked at the situation for what it is and less of what your delusional little mind makes it look.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #31

    what we need is to start one of our forwards each game then bring the other on for the last 30 minuets then we play a better formation, we don’t tire either one out, and we play our best team each game. your forwards are the players who get tired most (as they cover more ground), then your midfield, and lastly your defense i would play each game then rest them once or twice, this constant changing is pathetic when we have so many international breaks, and finally bring your kids on when you have cover for them not like yesterday when we dump a kid on when we don’t have any support for them, its crazy to have to bring on kids because you took a chance that every man and his dog knew would bite our a*rses.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Dave that’s a HUGE generalisation saying your forwards get tired first coz they cover the most ground!! You’re telling me cisse and shola will get tired quicker than colo or Ben arfa coz they cover the most ground?

    Depends on the type of game you play too! If you’re getting hammered constanty by a strong attacking side then your defenders generally get tired quicker. Even your keeper would! Likewise if you spend the 90 running at your opponents and attacking the whole game your attacking players will get tired quicker.

    I agree with the rest though. One striker up front with obertan or Ben arfa playing a free role behind him will suit our players much more.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Burni,
    I’m not sticking up for catchy in anyway,shape or form but were you at the Wolves at home game last year it was absolute dross as was QPR,Norwich and Villa.

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  • check the toastie

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Burni – have you ever been to a game, certainly cant of gone to Wolves home and away last year, we were stinking at home, long hoofball. Lucky to escape with anything at Wolves. Swansea away, counter attacking performance, 30% possession, West Brom away the same.

    Actually in all those games i imagine our possession was less than 50%, it seems your list of games that we played so well in is a little shitty, i can most certainly make a list longer than that were we have been completely outplayed and so lucky to come away with any points,

    Chelsea away is our Stand out performance, however we were still indebted to 2 amazing strikes by Cisse to turn that game into a win.

    I would counter your list with games were we have been insepid, however it would take too long.

    My beef is we have talented technical footballers and i swear i havent seen any of them play a one-two in months. No great movement and certainly no attacking fluidity, no clue on how to create at times, just all a bit weird and its annoying the shit out of me.

    Jonas needs to be stood down.

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #35

    FatmanJoe
    i had to give a narrow view as i am commenting to hairy Arse* Bloke’s who know at least as much about football as i do, i felt i did not need to spell it out, and also i am not trying to convince anyone my opinion’s not as good as anyone else. i just feel too many are building the likes of Pardew up into some kind of cult hero and the higher you build him the more difficult for him to stay there. i don’t like Pardew, and don’t want too as all the ones i have liked have failed. i understand his many flaws and i therefore not need him to prove anything as when he has a full strength squad we will win more than we loose, and at the moment i only see one manager who i would rather have & that would be a risk. so until someone better comes around i will put up with Pardew, i will moan on here and support the team at the games.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Check,
    Unfortunately I missed the Man U and Lpool games last season,the best I seen us play at home strangely enough, was the 0-3 against Chelsea apart from RTaylor being horribly found out I think we more than deserved something out of that game.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #37

    No matter how much you all sugar coat it if we want to be a top 6 side which i all hope we agree we should be then we need to be beating relegation fodder.

    What we want from a rb well that’s simple somebody who can actually add something when we have possession of the ball. Not asking for dani alves just a seamus Coleman will do solid defensively but causes the opposition problems is that too much to ask?

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Even if our possession was low doesn’t mean we don’t play well. Counter attacking football has it’s own merits and we played that well. And we took our chances. I remember WBA away being excellent coz every time we went forward we looked dangerous and sharp.

    We can go backwards and forwards and everyone has a different opinion but it seems some people have better memories than others. We built this team with a minimum budget and they got us fifth. Not that long ago we were playing against Peterborough. Quality of football is something that happens later.

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  • faustino

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Fact is, if we had a fully fit squad who were firing on all cylinders and we’re bang in form and we were getting these results I’d be terrified.

    But, we don’t, they’re not and they ain’t. That’s the only positive we have going for us at the moment.

    You can flounder around blaming formation and individuals all you like, but at the end of the day we have a team/squad of players that are under performing ‘to a man’ and as a group.

    Our passing is woeful, but the main problem for me is that as a team we aren’t closing down when we lose the ball even half as effectively as we were at the same stage last season, and especially in the final third. This is why we currently have the leagues top scorer yet 9 points from a possible 18 and a GD of 0.

    Some intensity and spirit would not go a miss. It’s taken conceding a goal to ignite us on the pitch too many times.

    Sloppy is the kindest way I can describe our current form. Amateurish, immensely frustrating and sans-bloody-testicles would be more accurate.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Fatman Joe,
    And not really that long ago we played Champions league football,were not some kind of Swansea resurrected from years in the wilderness.

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