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Alan Pardew – We Didn’t Deserve To Win – It Was A Struggle

7:11 pm, Sunday, October 28th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

Newcastle played well in the first half and were ahead deservedly though a good Demba Ba goal after 35 minutes, with an assist from Shola Ameobi, but in the second half West Brom came more into the game, and looked the more likely side to take all 3 points, until with just 7 seconds to go in the three minutes of  added time, a Sammy Ameobi shot hit Papiss Cisse in the back, and the ball flew into the back of the net.

Sammy Ameobi and Papiss Cisse celebrate remarkable winning goal

Sammy’s shot was going well wide, and Sammy had been set up by a good run that Ben Arfa made, but the Frenchman wa fouled and the ball ran loose to Sammy, who immediately rifled the ball against the back of Cisse, and Newcastle had scored the winning goal.

We wonder how many times they lads have practiced that in training. :D

It was good play as well by referee Chris Foy, who let the play continue, even though Ben Arfa had been brought down.

So we were a little lucky today against a good-looking West Brom side, but we’ll take the three points.

This is what an honest Alan Pardew had to say after the game to Sky Sports:

“It’s sometimes very difficult with strikers because Papiss has looked exactly the same in training and he certainly doesn’t look short of confidence. He has been smashing them in from everywhere.”

“But sometimes you have these runs where you don’t get a goal, and that goal today will do him the world of good.” “We’ve had a tough week and we looked tired physically and emotionally today.”

“We’ve won the game and we’ll take that. We’ve not had many breaks this season. We perhaps deserved to win at Sunderland and today we’ve got a goal in a game we did not deserve to win but we have.”

“We’ve got to look at how we approach Sunday games after the Thursdays, because we are struggling. We will keep trying different things to get that Sunday performance, because the second half was a struggle.”

“I am glad to see the back of West Brom. They were excellent. They have got a real assurance about them. Everyone wanted the ball and made it very difficult for us. They probably thought they should have won it but I think our honesty won it for us in the end.”

We’re not sure why the players looked so tired in the second half, because most of them were not playing on Thursday night against Club Brugge, but Newcastle did look jaded in the second half, but there again in the last 10 minutes,  it was obvious Newcastle did not want to settle for another draw.

It was a lucky three points today, and we have to remember West Brom are a very good side this season under Steve Clarke.

We’ll take the win.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Sammy Ameobi





21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Oct 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    toonarmydownsouth //

    LMAO MATE,,

    hmm iv been saying for a while now, if jonas has to be on the pitch,, then play him at LB, this would give a player who can attack the right to be there,, but knowing pardew,, he would stick obertan there

  • 2 Dimitri // Oct 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Cisse’s first goal of last season was a left footed screamer. Cisse’s first goal this season was a lucky back spinner. Difference matters not ’cause we won both games 2-1. Now let’s hope for a repeat of a flurry of Papisto goals to follow!

  • 3 stuart no9 // Oct 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    dont start giving us the old “tired” bit alan. what he forgets is, if hes going to make excuses up for diabolical performences he needs to back them up with fact. the fact is a lot of these players wernt playing thursday, so that aint gonna cut any ice with most fans on here.it was diabolical end of story, we have been for most of the season, is it going to get better? not this season.

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Oct 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Have to say dont buy the tired line half them didnt play and we were at home!

  • 5 Martin33 // Oct 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    9 games already in PL, still didn’t find the form we have last season. Midfield is the main problem in my opinion. Cabaye looks very much out of form, compare to what he did last season. Why Jonas played more central position rather than wide wing??? If he is getting older and lost his pace, then bring sammy or shane on the pitch. Jonas can hardly pass one creative balls. I am a kind of missing Guthrie TBH.

  • 6 yorkymag // Oct 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Just back from the game
    Worst performance for well over a year .there was no shape a centre forward Shola as a right wing ,a left wide man,jonas as cental mid, a full back perch as central mid and a right back santon at left back.
    If the recruitment is so great why did we pay all that money for Anita and then play peach.
    Pardew is chopping and changing aand making some baffling decisions,
    Let’s hope this terrible ,terrible, show shakes him to his senses and makes cashley realise we were shyin the summer window
    Otherwise we will be low mid table at best

  • 7 dinosaur // Oct 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Martin33 is absolutely correct. We have no midfield. The defence will do and the forwards would perform, but they get no service. Jonas should loose his place, I’m sorry but Oberton is a negative force, and Cabaye and Ben Arfur havn’t contributed. Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson and Cambell should be given a chance. They couldn’t do any worse.

  • 8 yorkymag // Oct 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    At least Guthrie had fast feet and got the ball moving quickly ,west brom central midfielders controlled the ball and had they taken there chances they would have been leading at half time

  • 9 rudy // Oct 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    @yorkyman: agree on every single word
    @martin33 & dinasour: likewise
    Players out of position. What was Shola doing?? Obertan has no brain, sorry for the lad, today he was really poor. What was Cabaye wining about all the time? And Benny seemed out of it as well. Even Colo at parts. The lads seemed pissed off… Pardew, why all these long balls? And there was no shape at all today? If you press up, do it as a team and from the right positions, otherwise a few run around like headless chickens and only get more tired… Bad game, but happy with 3 points!

  • 10 jayarrscott // Oct 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Apart from the fact that some players were played out of position and some are having poor runs, what about the COACHING? West Brom gave us a lesson in slick passing & running into a space, we were stop/start by comparison (and EXTREMELY lucky to win).
    However Manager & coaching staff have 8 year contracts!! Cahab=nges need to be made!

  • 11 rudy // Oct 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    @yorkyman: agree on every single word
    @martin33 & dinasour: likewise
    Players out of position. What was Shola doing?? Obertan has no brain, sorry for the lad, today he was really poor. What was Cabaye wining about all the time? And Benny seemed out of it as well. Even Colo at parts. The lads seemed p*ssed off… Pardew, why all these long balls? And there was no shape at all today? If you press up, do it as a team and from the right positions, otherwise a few run around like headless chickens and only get more tired… Bad game, but happy with 3 points!

  • 12 yorkymag // Oct 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    On obertan the guy is out of his depth and the quicker he is sold to a div 1 or championship side the better.its so bad I feel sorry for him ,but then 20grand a week maybe not just get rid and put the lad and us ou of ou misery

  • 13 cole the goal // Oct 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    First post, been reading blog for while now. We were poor 2nd half but decent in first. West brom looked very decent team.

  • 14 rudy // Oct 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    @yorkyman: agree on every single word
    @martin33 & dinasour: likewise
    Players out of position. What was Shola doing?? Obertan has no brain, sorry for the lad, today he was really poor. What was Cabaye wining about all the time? And Benny seemed out of it as well. Even Colo at parts. The lads seemed ‘not happy’… Pardew, why all these long balls? And there was no shape at all today? If you press up, do it as a team and from the right positions, otherwise a few run around like headless chickens and only get more tired… Bad game, but happy with 3 points!

  • 15 rudy // Oct 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    @yorkyman: agree on every single word
    @martin33 & dinasour: likewise
    Players out of position. What was Shola doing?? Obertan has no brain, sorry for the lad, today he was really poor. What was Cabaye being real French and complaining about eveything all the time? And Benny seemed out of it as well. Even Colo at parts. The lads seemed pissend off… Pardew, why all these long balls? And there was no shape at all today? If you press up, do it as a team and from the right positions, otherwise a few run around like headless chickens and only get more tired… Bad game, but happy with 3 points!

  • 16 Magpie from Lithuania // Oct 28, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    I tell you one thing: TIOTE was missing, that’s the main problem why there was such a mess in midfield. Hope ashley seees it too and don’t sell him in jan.

  • 17 santoon // Oct 29, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    tiote has been horrible this season, always poor passing that the other team always breaks on and always taking unnecessary risks and getting caught and his tackling…

  • 18 swemag // Oct 29, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Tiote was missing and he has not been horrible all season. this season to be honest (as Pardew would put it, very honest man Pardew it seems) still did not take off, still waiting for the game where it feels like finally all players are firing and the summer is long gone. Looking at our performances it still feels like we just played the Portugal tournament.
    WBA was good, but I don’t agree that we were complete crap.
    Season starting soon?

  • 19 curmon // Oct 29, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Why wasn’t Steven Taylor playing ? Willo was awful as well his prescence in the team unnerves the whole defence. He can,t outjump people a foot shorter than him, and his positional sense is non existent.

  • 20 Best9 // Oct 29, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    nowt wrong with Willo in that game tbh, he’s earned his starting place in my opinion! Yes Steven Taylor is class….but also a class option to come off the bench should we need him for Colo’s tiring legs or whatever. Simpson had a poor game and I don’t get the Obertan attraction, he runs fast aye but thats about it, cant cross and cant keep the ball so get rid.
    Jonas getting older and losing pace however he is another calming influence (like Colo), play him at LB bring young Shane on to take up Jonas’ slot then switch Santon to RB! Sell Simpson…seems not interested like!

  • 21 Owldman // Oct 29, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    We got real lucky today & anyone who thinks otherwise is either blind or was.nt at the game.Sammi,s shot was going wide until it hit Cisse who new nothing about it,but West Brom are a good team.Hope we carry the same luck against Liverpool.we will need it.our defence looked shocking at times in the second half but then we were going for the winner. Anyone know what was wrong with Steve Taylor?




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