No Break For Pardew As He Prepares For Sunderland Game

Newcastle have not made a great start to this season, and in our first seven games we’ve picked up just 9 points, and that’s 6 points off the pace we set last year when we went the first 11 games unbeaten in the league.

Alan Pardew – no rest for the Newcastle manager

And of course included in those 15 points in the first 7 games were 3 points we picked up at the Stadium of Light through a Ryan Taylor special from a free-kick, but Ryan is out for the rest of the season with an ACL knee injury, along with Haris Vuckic.

Last season we also managed to hammer Manchester United 3-0, but in our last home game it was Manchester United who were much the better side and left St. James’ Park with deserved a 3-0 win.

Next up is Sunderland away on Sunday, and the lads need to get at least a point out of that game, which is one of the most important of the season, along with the home tie with Sunderland.

We’re in the International break at the moment of course,  but there has been no let-up for Alan Pardew and the coaching staff, as they have been preparing for the Sunderland game, and Alan Pardew had this to say today in the local press:

“It’s not about reflection.” “It’s about making sure we’re right for Sunderland, because that’s going to be a tough game – they’re better this year.”

“We’re going to have to roll our sleeves up and put in a proper performance for our fans and for ourselves, because we need to get a win on the board.”

The very last thing we need on Sunday is another defeat, that would be a tragedy, but the good news is that with just a bit of luck we’ll have four first teamers returning to the side from injury – Danny Simpson, Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Tim Krul in goal.

So we should have a strong side out against Sunderland, and there seems no reason why we cannot pick up all 3 points in that game, if we can play somewhere near our best form.

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12 comments so far

  • sammydolan

    Oct 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d love it if we beat um…..

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Oct 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    can’t wait for our derby game hope we hammer them ba Ben arfa and cisse to score a goal each

  • Deadpool

    Oct 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    ‘they’re better this year’

    Yeah and we stood still and now try to find every excuse as to why that’s a good thing!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 15, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Be great to see the core of the team back for this one.

    Deadpool. Even if we had improved (that’s another debate), they are better this year. Are you going to find fault in every line that comes out of the club this season?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m in a place called Ravenna in Northern Italy and will be finishing early for the game,any suggestions on how to find out where the game is being televised (Bologna) is the nearest big city.

  • seancavaz

    Oct 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    6 points difference, throw in the Europa league, players returned from the Euros not fit and not in form having played their first PL season, a year on in players development, the emergence this year of Santon, Bigi aka Tiotes son, Ben Arfa thriving(how much did we pay again? Steal) we have to be realistic, last season we exceeded expectations, only our 3rd year back, financially sound, long term stability, The Mackems have improved but so have we, we will always be the bigger better club and all out players will be getting in drummed into them by the likes of Taylor Harps Carver Stone how much this means, and no doubt if we see any of the lads this week they’ll get the bug! HTL

  • wynsleap

    Oct 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Deadpool – You’re right and that’s why this game is going to be a difficult one.
    As Ibiza says it will help to have our best performers back.
    The return of Krul, Saylor and Colo will make a huge difference to us…. and of course there’s always Shola to fall back on.

  • Santon03

    Oct 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Maybe I’m not up to date, but the news that I keep hearing is that the top clubs wanting our players, I don’t hear anything about they want Sunderland players. We have more Internationals than Sunderland.
    Yes, they have improved to be difficult to beat under O’Neil, they were able to get a draw against Liverpool.

  • Santon03

    Oct 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9


    2 points difference but they have a game in hand

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail…I guess you mean a venue where they’re showing the game rather than a stream?

    Is the game on Sky or ESPN? If so, I would try a google search like “Live football Sky/ESPN Bologna” see what it comes up with. Other than that, for links try:

    Wynsleap….Whilst Elliot and Harper have done a decent job, I think we’ve missed Krul. Collo and Saylor are clear misses from the team and they should all be up for this game.

    Santon…On paper I feel we should win the game, but this is football any anything can happen, especially considering how intense these derbys can be. Bring it on.

  • seancavaz

    Oct 15, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Santon: meant us from last season. Ain’t interested in the scum, as long as shola can be wheeled on to the pitch, the Mackem slayer will always swing the result our way 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

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