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Newcastle’s Dismal Display Points To Missed Summer Opportunity

10:30 am, Monday, October 8th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

We had mentioned in one of our articles leading up to the game yesterday,  that the last time we had heard Alan Pardew so upbeat and positive, and talking about attacking the opposition from the first whistle, was back at Tottenham earlier this year, when we conceded four goals in the first half and lost that game 5-0.

Alan Pardew – seems happy enough to work within strict financial constraints

And make no mistake about it,  in the first 20 minutes yesterday things could have been a lot worse for Newcastle, and it was only that Manchester United missed some great chances – that it could have been as bad as it was at Tottenham and Wigan last season, when we were 4-0 down at the half.

Of course the big difference is that yesterday’s game was at home, and with the team we had out – there’s no way we could go toe to toe with the Red Devils, because we’re just not good enough without the likes of Tim Krul, Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor in the line-up.

We’ll never question the passion and determination of squad players like James Perch and Mike Williamson, and they perform well for us against the lesser opposition in the league, but when you are up against world-class opposition it’s hard for them to cope.

And we didn’t cope yesterday, and it didn’t help that Manchester United played their best game of the season yesterday.

So what do we do about?

Not too much other than to realize our squad needs improving, and we need at least another couple of top defenders and another top striker to come in as soon as possible, and of course keep the top players we have – but if don’t do well this season, some of them may even want to leave in the summer.

If we get those three players in during January (very small chance of that) and have injuries down the road – we may be able to cope a lot better than we did yesterday.

But for us yesterday’s performance and result was all about the opportunity Newcatsle missed in the summer to significantly strengthen the side.

But the good deals were just not there, or so we are told, but it’s a bit daunting,  that we’ll only bring good players in when we can get on good deals and will not pay even £1M over the odds for top players Like Mathieu Debuchy or Douglas.

There’s something not quite right about that, and it means we’ll take some time in building up our squad so that we can again challenge for honors in the future.

But we were up against a very good side yesterday, and it was only one game, and we’re still very hopeful we’ll do well in the league this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 markmac // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    from [2 articles back now i think] at catchy in norway –
    @9 ] I know where your coming from with everyone playing in different positions, i think that shows the fact were trying to get value for money or keeping costs down [whichever way you want to look at it] by having versatile players who can fill several positions rather than say 2 accomplished players to every postion, i think some players can do this better than others, perch and raylor have shown this, but it obviously doesnt work for everyone, and as you say not everyone is 100% where or what theyre supposed to be doing, and who with, ie playing down the same flank with the same person week after week you obviously get to know each other inside out, just think how well jonas and jose enrique used to work together, i guess it must be confusing,

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Having molten gold poured down his throat is too good for Ashley.

  • 3 Ketsbaia9 // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Exactly. If we would’ve signed Konate, Remy, Cissokho, Debuchy, Aldereweirld, Marvin Martin and Mbiwa, we would’ve been pushing for the top 4. Now we have a mid-table side whom could drop into a relegation battle due to a shortage in every area. Getting rid of Frazer Forster and Leon Best was a mistake.

  • 4 catchy in norway // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    we will be in the bottom half come the end of the season,,,,

    stability,, remember that word,, 8 years of this stability

  • 5 WWYCD // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Winning Europa league on Friday getting relegated on Monday its like a Sinatra song

  • 6 eaststandgeordie1982 // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    We will finish top half i have no doubts about that but something needs sorting out asap.

  • 7 eaststandgeordie1982 // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM


    More like a craig david song

  • 8 catchy in norway // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM


    im all for versatile players,, and it used to be we had one in the team,, but right now, pardew thinks his team plays the dutch style of total football and packs his team full of them

    if we played a steady system, players would get used to where they need to be, it seems to work for most teams around the world,,

    build a team around HBA , he can be our messi, get players to play of him

  • 9 Phatoon // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Rabble rabble rabble….. We lost to Man Utd! Not Stevenage!!

    They put out a £155m “weakened” starting 11 against our £35m starting 11.

    I know we are short on options and should have bought more in the summer, but seriously to beat Man Utd is a massive result. For us to be thinking that we would beat them will take a lot of bullding and investment.

  • 10 catchy in norway // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM


    how can you say this, when this is the same brand of football as last year, but with less luck,, and we still have lots of luck on our side

  • 11 WWYCD // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Haha fair point…shows the differences in our musical taste though 😉

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    We had to get rid of Forster he had much more ambition than Harps and didn’t want to play second fiddle to Krul which is a shame as he would have been an excellent back up keeper,on Leon Best I thought the club was showing real ambition by offloading him,little did we know that the deal was made to finance Mashleys coffers rather than make way for his replacement.

  • 13 Widowmaker // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Had a tough day yesterday and the result just hit me too badly at the wrong time. Make no mistake, I never expected much from games against Man U. But it was still hard to take as I truely believed we had a better set of midfielders.

    The way we got beat yesterday will put huge pressures on AP and players and I truely hope they could recover.

    By the way, who said we never needed one extra established CD? :(

  • 14 catchy in norway // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM


    its a bit short sighted to say we got beat of man u,, when most of us are talking about the season so far,,,

    we got beat of man u, yes,, but pardew gave them the win by playing them 2 at CB, fergy LB with no cover from JONAS

    every season, you look at some teams and yes,, we will prob lose against them, but you want to at least fight

  • 15 eaststandgeordie1982 // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM


    I said the same last year when everyone had us relegated just calm down there is alot of poor teams in the pl.


    I like all kinds of music i used to work in bars years ago so i have a wide range :-)

  • 16 WWYCD // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Haha can’t argue with that specially considering I understood what u meant staight away…just trying to make myself look cool :( haha

  • 17 Phatoon // Oct 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM


    Who would you have rather played at CB? He had to play those 2.

    This is my overview of results so far (What we got/What I though we should be getting – before the game):

    Spurs (h) 3/1
    Villa (h) 1/3
    Norwich (h) 3/3
    Man Utd (h) 0/1
    Everton (a) 1/0
    Chelsea (a) 0/0
    Reading (a) 1/3
    Total: 9/11

    So the way I’m looking at the season is that we dropped points against Reading and Villa. If we had won those we would have been 2 points ahead of my schedule.

  • 18 catchy in norway // Oct 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    that would be 4 points

  • 19 eaststandgeordie1982 // Oct 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM


    Haha it is cool to know his songs well it was at the time not as much now.

  • 20 eaststandgeordie1982 // Oct 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Out of 7 games weve played 3 that finished in the top 4 and we are still in the top half

  • 21 eaststandgeordie1982 // Oct 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Out of 7 games weve played 2 that finished in the top 4 and the champs league winners who imo will win the league and we are still in the top half so things are not as bad as they seem

  • 22 danuneek // Oct 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Although im dissapointed, i’m not too worried as people seem to be forgetting this was manu we were playing. I saw enough yesterday to be positive. Apart from the first 15 minutes where I think pardew got the tactics wrong, we kept the ball well and created chances. We obviously need another center back and im not sure ferguson is a left back. I also think krul would of come for those corners. But looking at the table, im fairly happy to say we haven’t got into full swing yet.

  • 23 nufcusa // Oct 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Phatoon – your predictions/expectations of the games we have played are very fair and realistic.

    I 100% agree with you that we can not “expect” to beat top teams and any points against the to teams are still bonus points.

    We have one top season and all of a sudden we have a god given right to beat sours and Manu at home?? Whoever thinks that us delusional.

    If we can take 10 points from our next 15 I would be delighted. That would be 3 home wins, a draw at the mackems and a defeat at anfield.

    Anymore than that and we are back in track.

  • 24 oldbobaycliffe // Oct 8, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    we have got one of the best scouts in the business? yet we couldn,t find a second choice cb it was douglas or nothing.yet every position we drop this season costs us 800,000.we are already out of one cup now sliding down the league i wonder how much ashleys tight fisted approach will cost him.

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