Alan Pardew – I’m Very Proud Of My Players


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew left no doubt with the Newcastle fans that he was proud of his players in today’s excellent display at the Stadium of Light,  when Newcastle almost held onto a 1-0 win with only 10 men, before a late Demba Ba own goal rescued Sunderland.

A proud Alan Pardew salutes the Newcastle fans – and his players!

Yohan Cabaye scored after only three minutes at the Stadium of Light, with a well worked goal and Newcastle looked in control when Cheick Tiote was sent off,  after 25 minutes,  for high kick on Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher.

And the Sunderland equalizer was a lucky one, as John O’Shea’s flick-on from Sebastian Larsson’s nice free-kick into the box was going wide, but it struck Demba Ba in the face and the ball was diverted past a helpless Tim Krul into the goal – and Newcastle had no luck at all.

Pardew told Sky Sports he was proud of the Newcastle display:

“It was a magnificent effort. We said to the players before the game how important it was to the fans, we’ve now shown how important it is to us.”

“Playing an hour with 10 men, if we could have just seen it out, it would have been one of the greatest victories ever here. But it’s a great point and I’m very proud of my players.”

And when asked about Tiote’s red card, which altered the game in Sunderland’s favor, the Newcastle manager had this to say:

“At first I didn’t think it was that bad, but looking back at it again we can’t have any complaints. But what a response from the rest of the group.”

The truth was it’s very hard to argue that Cheick shouldn’t have been sent off, because his tackle was high, but we’ve seen players only get a yellow for that.

The good news is this was ane an excellent and courageous performance from our lads, and maybe even though we didn’t get the win, it will give Newcastle the confidence, and we can tear West Brom apart at St. James’ Park next Sunday.

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188 comments so far

  • toonking

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #1

    now that tiote is going to miss the next 3 league games i dread to think how great the risk will be starting him in our europa league games because his chances of red in europe could be very high, european teams and refs are real soft sh!tes so i can’t see tiote stay on for 90 mins if he plays like he is in league games.

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  • Ashton

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Tiote has been acting like a madman recently. It’s Pardew’s job to control him and tell him to calm down a bit. Hopefully he will learn from this over the next 3 games in which he won’t be playing.

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  • Super Magpie

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Ashton

    You forget we played with 10 men for 70minutes

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  • toonking

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #4

    BTW where are the kets and BPC today with their comments, could they be hiding as negative things are hard to bring up?

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  • Ashton

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Super Magpie

    So what? All I’m saying is; Pardew made a mistake replacing Shola instead of Ba. Because Shola knows how to play as a lone striker and is far more helpful to our defence. It would’ve been a far better choice to sacrifice Ba instead of Shola but Pardew didn’t and that’s his fault.

    And I think he knows that but is too afraid of Ba and how he might react.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Think the worst thing we done was bring on Taylor as that gave the Scum crowd a lift should have put Perch to CB and then brought Anita on

    Got to be happy we never got beat but raging at Tiote because we would have pounded them so glad we never bought Johnson he is a poor mans Ben Arfa

    Under Oneill Sunderland will play that way all season we will still finish higher because we have a much better team

    Also really we cant defend Jonas anymore he was SHITE today the worst i have seen him cant make a pass does not win free kicks restricts Santon as well cause the young lad has to worry about him these days used to be the other way about but Santon was immense today and Simpson and Williamson were solid so much better with Colo at the back!!!

    Anita Perch and Cabaye in the 3 man Midfield for next game against West Brom has to be the way forward and if we get results well Tiote should not get back in the team

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  • seancavaz

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Warriors the lot of them! Bigi in for the Weat Brom game! Gotta say Colo was immense today, the difference he brings simply by keeping his foot on the ball and bringing in Cabaye and Ben Arfa by playing it to feet, he was the difference! But need to give a shout out to Santon as well. This lad for me has been the pick so far this season, and you can all ridicule me, but the Maldini comparisons are starting to be seen. Inside, outside, pace, the lad has it all, can only get better, just hope his Geordie girlfriend keeps him hrounded

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  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Bills-son. I thought the red was harsh. The point I was making was I don’t believe the ref would have made the same decision if the situation was reversed.
    The Larson assault on Shola is evidence of this. I did not think that was a red but it should have resulted in a yellow card.

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  • toonking

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #9

    @santon
    the WBA game is the game i think shane ferguson should start. it was so stupid of pardew starting him against a team like manure and he could not do as good as he would have like but when we play WB they won’t have a top class FB so we should start fergie in LM.

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  • toonking

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #10

    team for thursday
    ______harp
    tav perch willo jonas
    obatan tiote marvo
    _sammy___cisse
    _______shola
    saturday
    krul
    simmo saylor colo san
    HBA cabaye anita fergy
    _____ba cisse

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  • boater

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki – the reason I didn’t mention Larrson’s wild challenge was for the same reason I wasn’t particularly interested in going into the Tiote red. Refereeing decisions are a random, unavoidable facet of any football game – some go your way (Everton’s ‘non-goal’ and Reading’s ‘offside’ winner) and some don’t – as with today. Apart from a way for fans to vent their spleen – there’s little point in worrying about it and nothing to be gleaned in the long run- our interest is that of NUFC and how Pardew deploys his men for battle. On this occasion (and speaking as a big fan of AP) I thought we threw the win as a result of Pardew’s more negative, reactive tactical approach. Introducing a converted right-back in defensive midfield at the expense of a genuine target man that would have alleviated pressure and given us an outlet, merely compounded the loss of Tiote.

    People saying we would have run out 3-0 winners with Tiote. I honestly felt we would have hung on to the win with bolder (or no) substitutions – aside from the unavoidable one in defense.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #12

    At first I though Tiote shouldbt have gone off. It looked like an accident and he was merely fighting for the ball which he wouldve had at his feet were in not for Colback.

    On replay though, he acted foolishly. I knew he would. And his actions created a bias in the ref against us.

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  • boater

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #13

    * make that Ba’s handball goal against Reading.

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  • ArtyH

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #14

    The sending off was a disgrace, Tiote did not follow through, yes it was high but he could claim he was off balance after having the shirt pulled off his back. TBH it was a yellow at best but made great media for the $hite who commentate on $ky. They all hate the toon and cannot resist a back handed slapp every other minute. Do think Shola should have stayed on though at the expence of Benny who IMHO was not at his best today. Even worse Benny was replaced by Obertan who is never even going to tackle a five year old, hawaye man lets get a grip.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #15

    What I can’t understand is how can people say tiote’s foul was that bad.

    He didn’t stamp or take his studs, yes he was high and he left his foot in, could easily have avoided it so always running the risk of a red.

    But surely a full of stud up challenge in the chest is just as bad. A studs up challenge low down could break a leg but a studs up challenge around the chest/neck/head could cause even more damage.

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  • boater

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashton – couldn’t agree more. When I saw Perch being readied I knew what was coming – sit off with 10 men away from home for over an hour. We handed the opposition the incentive too early. By asking ba or Shola to drop back until half time, keep some attacking threat and we could have seen what was really needed on the pitch. Had we conceded before half time we then look to hold them off.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Overall though the performance was good.

    We had to bring a striker off as we needed the 4 in midfield so that was a good move.

    I thinks pardew hoped Ba would maybe have that bit of magic or be clinical of he got a chance. And in fairness he did well, had a could chance with he ball over the top from cabaye but just disnt have the room between himself and the keeper to touch it round the defender.

    Very unlucky to concede as they were limited to only 2 shots on goal, nothing you would call clear cut either.

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  • MagPieMan

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #18

    My team for Thursday:
    —————————–Eliot
    —–taverniere—-Perch—-Wiliamson—-Ferguson
    ———————tiote——–Bigi
    ——-Obertan—–Amalfitano—-Marveaux
    ————————–Shola

    Now that Vucic, Gosling and Taylor are injured, we are lacking cover in central midfield. It maybe time to play Amalfitano

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  • check the toastie

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Shola is not the man for holding out for 70 minutes, i am not a big Pardew fan and question his tactics constantly, but anybody thinking we would have done any better with a midfield 3 of Jonas(past it) Benny and Cabaye are living in cloud cuckoo land.

    Perch was superb, and really if it was not for a bit of bad luck we would have seen out the win comfortably, people need to praise the team for the effort they put in and Perch in CM was key to that.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Boater

    In fairness tiote was sent off 24th minute.

    Perch came on in the 37th

    So pardew did give it 10 mins to see how we were coping with the 3 in midfield.

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  • magpiebop

    Oct 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Still waiting for the metro to leave Scumberland.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Check

    Spot on. And it’s not like a game away at say villa where pardew could maybe gamble and keep both forwards on.

    It was derby game and with us having the lead he had to shut up shop. If he kept them both on and we for overran and lost the game he would have been slated.

    Sometimes you just have to accept that you need to shut up shop, defend well and come out fighting next time.

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  • stuart no9

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #23

    pards” very proud of my players” true – they played the best they could under the circumstances. however, imo pards cost us a win today. 3 points learned today
    1 BA is not a defender. what on earth was he doing that deep ?
    2 tiote must go in summer.
    3. our colours are black and white- play in them. pards handed the psychological advantage to the mackems the moment we walked out the dressing room. seeing vomit green shirts – shirts that look like should be worn by a conference side, coming running towards you, dosnt quite have the same impact as having the the black and white stripes of the mighty magpies coming at you, ok scrap the mighty, but you know where im coming from. pards wants to stick to managing and forget the PR. another pards blunder, he took the wrong man off. BA should have been subbed, he was knackered The mackems must have sighed a sigh of relief when shola went off. tiote is a liability . all in all .pards blew it today big style he is a very lucky man we managed a draw. a good side would have tonked us today luckily it was only sunderland.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Remember the Manchester derby last year that city won 6-1.

    Man utd were a man down, decided to go for it, conceded 3 late goals which ultimately were the different in where the title went.

    A lot of ex pros and pundits were saying man utd should have just held, especially after the 4th goal went and ruined any chane of a comeback.

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  • APBWA

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #25

    I cant believe the pardew bashing! its ludicrous, we can’t play a game with 3 in midfield when ben arfa doesnt know a thing about defending, so we would have had a poor jonas and cabaye, which would have been easily overrun. Excellent decisions by pardew, except i would have kept coloccini on despite his niggle, he was a class act

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  • Jonny

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Not having the “tiote must go” comment.

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  • nufc786

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #27

    23
    1. as i recall tiote was sent off and we were a man down ba was doing all he could for us including defending and attacking at the same time……..

    2. let us remid ourselves who really tiote is………
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51h9GM6sHSo&feature=fvwp

    3. Just To Clarify: NUFC not able to wear black shorts and socks. Would not be allowed by PL.

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  • rainrix

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Jesus, was that ref from pennywell? Horrible showing from him.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Stuart

    I too think pardew makes some odd decisions at times.

    But today Ba was the man to keep on. He had no support, so I presume shola wouldn’t have had any either.

    Therefore I would prefer Ba to be up here as he is more likely to make something out of nothing or a half chance than shola is.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #30

    The fact that it was Ba that scored the O.G is unfair, thought he was absolutely brilliant today! As well as Coloccini!

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  • nico

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #31

    People are criticising Pards for making a sub when down to 10 men. I think he got it spit on, Perch was immense. Made some great tackles and closed down well. And we were 5 mins away from pinching it. They only had 2 attempts at goal.
    Tiotes tackle wasn’t a red in my oppinion. He was off balance trying to kick the ball off the ground, he misses it by a fraction. Larson studded Shola in the neck, not even a yellow. All them idiots in the studio can do one.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #32

    I know what Stuart is getting at about tiote.

    I think he needs a kick up the backside. A good few games he has played this year he keeps having niggling fouls on dangerous areas, leaving his foot in (a red was inevitable sooner or later) and a worst of all he holds possession too long deep in our half and puts pressure on himself and the team when he loses it there.

    He isn’t a bad player all of a sudden, not sure what’s causing it, but he needs to sort himself out and hopefully this suspension can help him see that.

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  • boater

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #33

    In principle it’s sensible to sacrifice a striker in that situation – but we handed a stuttering sunderland side the chance to hold a high line, pass the ball around and removed our own outlet. Pardew is a smashing manager – we have some talented players, maybe this is the wrong occasion to be making the point – I just wish we would allow ourselves to think big. Pardew’s fist punch at the away end really annoyed me – can you imagine Wenger or Fergie doing that having just conceded a win with minutes left on the clock?

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  • toonking

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #35

    transfer
    you are spot on with what you said post 24 pardew know we a goal ahead and now sunderland were sure to start charging i was suprised oneil didn’t bring a 3rd forward on quicker and go 4-3-3.
    last year sunderland were down to 10 men because of clattermole but still got a draw because they sat back and i think it also happened with england in the world cup.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #36

    boater ok I think we disagree on this one, in the end of the day I am disappointed with the lost points but with ten men always inevitable.

    Still dont get the ‘custodian’ comment though – are you actually implying that I think anyone actually takes notice of me or values what I say? Hmm dunno ’bout that like 🙂

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  • beefman13

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #37

    We were in total control of that game until you know what, it spoit the game for me as i knew it would be backs against the wall stuff most of the second half,

    Tiote is definatly one of my favs at the toon, but being a proffesional footballer he has got to show restraint

    Yea its the way he plays but that is going to have to be more controlled as we all are going to get affected by this sort of discipline.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #38

    We did well today and would’ve got 3 points if Tiote wouldn’t have been sent off. Coloccini was our best player. Simpson let us down in attacking positions today. his final ball was dire. Williamson couldn’t clear his lines properly. Ba had a decent game. Was a bit unfortunate about the goal though. We will finish 10th this season.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Toonking

    Sometimes it’s not pretty and as fans we want to see our team dominate an win derbies but at the same time we have to be careful.

    The only reason pardew is getting criticism for bringing shola off is not because it wasn’t tactically sound, but because Sunderland were so poor they wouldn’t have attacked and created much if we had 8 men on the field.

    Pardew will have expected Sunderland to commit more forward but they didn’t, they just passed around, in front of our 2 banks of 4 and did nothing with the ball.

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  • bollance

    Oct 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Suprised Tiote got a red. From looking at the replay the ref is unsighted by colback and the lines man and 4th official do not indicate anything untoward to the ref.

    But Pards suggests we wont challenge it so that indicates that it is clear cut and should have been a red.

    I read on here lots of people saying Tiote would get red. You were right.

    That will hurt tiote a lot because he seems to love nufc.

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