It’s Hardly The Time For Doom And Gloom – Newcastle Won

In the first half yesterday, Newcastle were all business,  and looked the better side and had deservedly gone ahead with a good Demba Ba goal after 35 minutes, his seventh of the season, but Newcastle also had goalkeeper Tim Krul to thank for two saves from Romelu Lukaku, when the Chelsea loan player was straight through and was one on one with Krul – and twice the Newcastle goalkeeper saved quite magnificently to keep the Magpies  in the game.

Demba Ba scores 7th league goal of the season

But the second half was a completely different affair, and West Brom were much the better side and scored through Lukaku after 55 minutes, and were looking to win the game, until a fluke goal in the last few seconds of added time gave Newcastle a victory that was hardly deserved. But we’ll take it – thank you very much.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“We’ve had a tough week,” “We’ve had a derby against Sunderland, and played well in both halves, and had Brugges on Thursday night. We played well in both halves of that game as well.”

“We played well in the first half here because West Brom are a good side, but in the second half I think we just ran out of steam. Physically and emotionally, we were tired. We didn’t have any rhythm, but our honesty got us through.”

“That got us to the last minute, and if you shoot, you never know what can happen. That’s what won us the game, and we’ll take that because we haven’t had many breaks this season. We conceded the goal at Sunderland when maybe we deserved to win, but we got a goal today, and I make no bones about it, we didn’t deserve to win either.”

“West Brom were excellent and they have a real assurance about them.” “Everybody wanted the ball and they made it difficult for us. Clarke will be very disappointed not to even get a draw.” “He’ll probably feel as though he could have won it because at the end of the game, it was them who were pushing for the win.”

“We didn’t look like we had too many ideas at that time. But that’s football. It’s about honesty sometimes, and we defended well and were diligent in terms of getting back into our positions. That probably got us the win.”

It’s hard to believe Newcastle were tired because of the game against Brugge on Thursday night, because Davide Santon and James Perch were the only players who started against Brugge, who also started the game yesterday.

It’s probably good that we have no midweek games this week, but we have a hard task at Liverpool next Sunday.

Liverpool are slowly but surely improving under new manager Brendan Rodgers, and it will be a tough game for our lads, but there’s no reason why we cannot get something out of the game, if the squad can regroup this week.

It was not a good performance in the second half yesterday, and we were lucky to get the win, but there’s been other times when we should have won and didn’t – like last weekend at Sunderland as one good example.

So these things have a way of balancing themselves out – but yesterday’s final 45 minutes will be a wake-up call for Newcastle, no doubt about that, and we must do better at Anfield, but this is hardly the time for doom and gloom .

A win is a win, however you get it.

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14 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Agreed ed all the doom n gloom fans just leave the blog

  • RonVanDam

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Any update on Ba’s injury?

  • obatoyou

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Happy with 2 wins, Liverpool will be a tough game. A win against bruge will see us qualified for the europa next stage. Then games at Home to west ham an Swansea, away to Southampton and stoke, Away to Wigan home to fulham, all games we should win. Then we’ll talk.

  • Grafton83

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Waiting to watch the game on sky, starts in 20mins. I hate it when we’re on sunday and not televised. Sounds like we had a shocker of a 2nd half from reading comments. Agree it can’t really blamed on europe though.

    For me we just aren’t the same as last year when we were riding the crest of a wave. Knowing we were outperforming all expectations and overachieving gave everyone confidence and took all the pressure off. It’s very different this year and it seems we aren’t able to cope nearly as well

  • Wandering Geordie

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #5

    @Davy toon …I agree…I couldnt help notice that Obertan was groaned at every time he touched the ball which was probably affecting his confidence ,but when Ben Arfa lost possession nothing said..We have to get behind the team and stop moaning..Very dissapointed with the crowd..And I dont buy this tired excuse.

  • ArtyH

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    There is no doubt about it West Brom are a very good side. They are very dirty and aggressive too. I thought we were a bit nieve at times and let them run at us in the second half. However well done to Sammy for taking a gamble …. and Cisse for getting in the way of the shot.

  • tarie4

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7


    bills-son // Oct 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    “Tarie4, Tiote can tackle but he’s not an all rounder like Sissokho, that was my point.”

    and you knw this from watching him for a long time?? If U did U would knw he is a different type of player from tiote. He is a box to box player, tiote is a protect the back four player. And there is noone better at it in the premiership imo.
    And U dig on cabaye just shows U dnt knw much about tactics. Look at the games cabaye did impose himself on the game.. Stoke home etc. We had possession of the ball and everyone passed it well. Why U think he plays damn great everytime he plays for France??
    We could have xavi in our midfield at the moment and we would make him look like a Sunday pub league player the way this team is playing atm.
    cabaye does deserve his reputation.

  • Colo-Sus

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    I dont think its doom and gloom…..

    Its a fair point to say that we are not playing well.

    Cabaye – looks a shadow of last season, down to lack of support around him i think

    Cisse-Needs one to fall his way, bit defenders are wiser to him now.

    Ben Arfa-Playing well imo

    Jonas-Needs to be dropped, he simply offers nothing going forward anymore, Sammy and Fergie are ahead of him fo me

    Tiote-Has been dreadful, but hes scared of his own shadow at the moment, All he needs to do is get confidence back and start affecting things like he can.

    Santon-very good, impressed this season.

    Ba- Same as Santon.

    Anita-Has not adjusted yet, needs time to get settled etc.

    Obertan-Too hot and Cold, no consostency, I think he has ability but he has poor awareness and a poor football brain.

    Krul- Class


    Willo-Does some good things but get lost and out of position alot, hes a back up and we need to realise that,

    Basically, WE NEED A NEW CB, I also think we need one to play with COLO ahead of Saylor….I like Taylor but hes a blockhead and his honesty gets him through alot of the time.

    No way we get within 10 points of the top 4 at the moment, we need to sign a coupel in Jan, obv not big bucks but bodies are required or the progress…as it has done…..will stop

  • sirtoongospel

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Agreed. We are doing a juggling act with Europe and the league, and we are doing a good job of it. We have only lost 3 times this season, twice to Man United and once to Chelsea. We aren’t really firing all cylinders yet but we are top half if the table and only really one win away from being the top 5 or 6 team we can be.

    Yes we are muddling a bit, but we are still there or there abouts. My only gripe (if you can call it that) is Pardews tactics recently. The 4-4-2 hasn’t been effective so yesterday he went to a 4-3-3 of sorts, which would have suited Cisse perfectly, instead he drops him and plays Shola wide right! Then second half he took Shola off when the 4-4-2 would have worked and put Cisse on in a system that didn’t suit him either.

    Everyone near me seems convinced that everything is done to suit Demba, even though other players will suffer as a result. For us to be the team we were at tunes last season, we have to get Cabaye higher up the pitch, picking out HBA and Cisse and Demba. The system we play now looks awful as without Cheick we have nothing in centre midfield and we seem to be making it harder and harder for Hatem to have an impact. He might as well be playing full back at times!!!

    With Demba, Cisse and HBA all in advanced positions we look superb, West Brom away last season was a perfect example. We blew them away.

    Please Pards, will you play to OUR strengths and stop worrying about other teams when they aren’t as good as us. Yesterday was so nearly another disappointing draw. Time to learn some lessons and kick on.

  • Belly

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    I think what Pards really means is that he is struggling to cope with two matches in a week and doing the reaserch and preparing for two totally different types of games. I’m not buying the tired excuse.

  • sirtoongospel

    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Oh, and just one other thing. How can a team get into a rhythm when we play a different team and different system EVERY game??? Teams have to get used to a system and a routine. We look like strangers at the minute. Admittedly some of it us forced, injuries and suspensions etc, but sometimes we over complicate things by changing things around and the players don’t seem to understand their roles. I agree that at home in particular, Jonas needs to be left out for Sammy or Fergie. He offers nothing going forward so you have 3 out of 4 in midfield playing defensively, leaving all the onus on Hatem. He can’t do it alone.

  • Ashton

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    So many good posts in this thread. I’m actually quite surprised by the quality of them because I was starting to think that this blog was full of tactically inept individuals with no footballing knowledge what so ever.

  • ToonToon09

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    I get fed up with negativity as well, but……………………..
    I thought The whole point of a blog was to discuss and analyse all things NUFC ( individual players performances, team cohesion, tactics, etc etc).
    Surely reading or ignoring other people’s opinions is what it’s all about?
    Pretty dire performance yesterday, but a fantastic ground out result.
    Missed Tiote, loved Tim Krul, Santon just gets better and better, Totally understand why Gutti plays every game ( combative, gives balance to the team, achieves set pieces for fun, gives his heart and soul to the cause and allows Santon more and more freedom without the defensive risks).
    Obertan ?! Just don’t get it, should be a sprinter NOT a top 6 club player, sorry but I don’t rate him at all ?! ( is Usain Bolt available, he would be no worse)?!
    And finally, when we click, which I believe is only a matter of weeks away people will be back to raving about the potential of this team ( with a new International class CB).
    Hope this is not too much Doom and Gloom for you Davy ??

  • stuart no9

    Oct 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #14

    davtbtoon@1 “all doom and gloom fansleave the blog” what? just coz a few of us- well a lot of us really, dont live in cuckoo land and are not afraid to tell the truth – unlike some who dare not speak out of turn against our great club in FEAR of falling out with others. you can bury your head in the sand as much as you like, but it will never stop me coming on this blog and telling it as it really is.when we are sh//te i will say it. about time you did too.


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