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Pardew – Team Is Ready – All Bases Covered

10:34 am, Sunday, October 21st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 41 Comments

Alan Pardew is pleased with the preparation of his Newcastle squad this week, and he thinks they’ve done a pretty thorough job of  preparing the players for Sunderland, in a game that kicks off at 1:30pm this afternoon.

Alan Pardew – pleased with the preparation this week

Alan Pardew is convinced he has his team fully ready for the battle today, as he had this to say in today’s Sunday Sun:

“It’s very much about the preparation of the team. I have been really pleased with the work we have done on the training ground. I would hope to have all the bases covered and then I’ll look forward to my meal on Saturday night as I normally do.”

“I don’t get nervous, if I’m honest. After the game there may be a period of wondering what the ramifications will be, if we were to lose. But then that wouldn’t last long either. You have to prepare yourself very quickly.”

If Newcastle get beat today we have to think Alan will be just a little nervous – because the ramifications will be terrible – and we’d be devastated.

But enough of this negative talk – there’s no reason why our lads cannot put in a good show today and take all three points, and all we need is for most of our top stars like Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and Fab Coloccini as just four examples – to be on form and that should do it.

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Tags: Coaching · Demba Ba · Fabricio Coloccini · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Yohan Cabaye

41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Oct 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Does anyone feel a touch of sympathy for the unwashed – they have a chronic record against us both home and away. Its years since they managed a win against us – even at the dark place??

    It could be causing them major mental anguish and trauma!!

    No? Nah, thought not, me neither lol

  • 2 Rowan Milsted // Oct 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Not even the tiniest nano particle of sympathy!

  • 3 magpie6699 // Oct 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    At least it’s a nice day so I should be OK hibernating under my pile of leaves in the garden until it’s all over. I DREAD derbies -may have something to do with having a Mackem wife who supports the Toon to humour me but still has (understandably) a sneaky liking for Blunderland, not to mention a mother-in-law from Wearside – no mixed loyalties there!

  • 4 magpie6699 // Oct 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    PS -unless we find some better form I can’t see anything but a defeat. Now which is the best pile of leaves……

  • 5 Burni // Oct 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    All I would like to see is the lads turning up from the first whistle to the last. I dont wanna see the nufc I’ve seen all season. Kick start the season from here lads and hopefully we can get a good win.

  • 6 NUFC_LEAZES END // Oct 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Does anyone know what the odds are for a shola hattrick please?;)

  • 7 toonfan76 // Oct 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    does anyone know if there are any links for the game as my usual place hasn’t posted any< any help would be appreciated. HWTL

  • 8 NUFC_LEAZES END // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

  • 9 check the toastie // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    We have the players to give any team in the league a game, however this season so far we have been poor. I would love to see Pardew play the team below, however it aint ever gonna happen.

    Santon Saylor Collo Jonas
    Tiote Bigi/Anita
    Cabaye Ben Arfa Sammy

    4231 all the way for me, its when we have played our best, plus Sunderland will play their own shitty brand of 442 so we can win the midfield battle and see if Benny, Sammi, Ba and Cabs can become creative, instead of defensive.

  • 10 toonfan76 // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Thanks NUFC_LEAZES END. I’ll check it out nearer kickoff.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    So Pardew want Benny to score today (and score more often) 🙂 I play in a 442 formation and in the same position as Benny and I know how difficult it is to score from that position if you are not an setpiece expert 🙂

    …mind you we don’t create enough chances as it is wo warrant two forwards. Want Bennt to score more often and Cabaye set up more goals change the formation.

    We have had the same discussion where I play (of course it is nowhere near this level ;-)) lol

  • 12 jesperfuglsang // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    * just look past the spelling mistakes 😀 (damn phone)

  • 13 toonfan76 // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Always a little edgy on Derby day but I’m pretty confident that we can kick their butts. I just hope we hit the ground runninig right from the off. Lets torture them in their own back yard. HWTL

  • 14 Rowan Milsted // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Heart’s going ten to the dozen… when will team sheets be posted! Want confirmation that Colo, Saylor and Krul are back, will be one hell of a boost.

  • 15 Crow59 // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Just placed a double on todays premiership games, obvious the toon to beat scumberland and the toffees to win at qpr, double pays nearly 6/1 so happy days if all goes to plan HWTL

  • 16 nezzatoonmad // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    if any1 is looking for a link go on firstrow sports to watch all the toon games

  • 17 nezzatoonmad // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    my toon prediction 3-1 to the toon HWTL

  • 18 obatoyou // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Good luck to u crow, dont bet anymore m’self, but Tipped 6/8 yesterday in the tipping comp. Newcastle and draw to make 8/10!

  • 19 check the toastie // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Concerned about Atkinson sending Cheick off, he just loves sending folk off and spoiling the game. Fingers crossed he is not a dick.

    Also would be good for cheick to get through the first 10 minutes without a booking, highly unlikely mind you.

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    On the plus side its traditionally mackems he likes sending off though!

  • 21 jesperfuglsang // Oct 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    By the way the Rolling Stones has just released a new single and it is the theme song to nufcblog and nufc – it is called ‘Doom and Gloom’ 🙂 lol

  • 22 check the toastie // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Team news must be immenent, dannyo usually posts first, pretty much his only decent contribution to the blog.

  • 23 Gateshead-Mag // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    merry christmas everyone!!!

  • 24 toonLYF // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    are we expecting team news in the next 10 minutes or so?

  • 25 wreker16 // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Simpson has to play, he’s played in the high intensity matches before, guti will be crucial. Don’t get sent of tiote PLEASE

  • 26 jesperfuglsang // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    1 hour to kick-off 🙂

    …who’s going?

  • 27 obatoyou // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Merry Christmas to you too Gateshead my brother from another mother and all the brethren~

  • 28 Offkey // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Saylor on the bench?

  • 29 Gateshead-Mag // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM


    i hope santas good to us this year 🙂

    all i had on my list was a win over the mackems!!

    any1 else buzzing yet??

    first cans goin down a treat got this blasting

  • 30 rainrix // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    #nufc Krul Simpson Coloccini Williamson Santon Jonas Cabaye Tiote Ben Arfa Ba Shola Ameobi

  • 31 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM


  • 32 Gateshead-Mag // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM


    im there in spirit!! haha

  • 33 Offkey // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Tads – unfit apparently.

  • 34 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Ohh shola to start its mackem slaying time!!!

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Gutted genuinly thought he was match fit hence him mouthing off during the week 🙁

  • 36 jesperfuglsang // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Hyphen…a bit early don’t you think 😉 (unless ‘the unwashed’ are going to hand us our Christmas present early this year ;))

  • 37 Rowan Milsted // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    C’mon Shola, the stage is set! Good work lads, hoping Saylor is on the bench at least.

  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Shola hatrick c’mon son!!!

  • 39 rainrix // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Steven Taylor is on the bench #nufc v #SAFC: Harper, Steven Taylor, Ferguson, Perch, Anita, Obertan, Cisse.

  • 40 Gateshead-Mag // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM


    derby day is christmas for ‘grown ups’ 🙂

  • 41 jesperfuglsang // Oct 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Hyphen…how did I miss that one (so obvious :)) lol

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