Newcastle To Try Different Strategy With Two Games A Week


The win yesterday was Newcastle’s second win after playing on a Thursday, with the first one being when we beat Norwich 1-0 on Sunday 23rd September, after drawing 0-0 with Maritimo in Madeira the previous Thursday.

A smiling Alan Pardew yesterday
The shot must have been taken before the second half yesterday 😀

When Bobby Robson managed Newcastle in Europe he always insisted on Newcastle winning the game after their European game in midweek, and we did quite well doing that under the legendary Newcastle manager.

But Alan Pardew obviously is not happy with yesterday’s form in the second half,  and Alan has hinted he will do something different when we play Club Brugge in Belgium on Thursday November 8th, and then play West Ham at home the following Sunday.

This is what Alan said today in the local press:

“You’ve only got to look at the Sundays after the Thursdays to see we’ve been struggling a bit.” “We’re trying different things to try to get that Sunday performance there, and we’ll have to try something different next time.

“Certainly in the second half, it was a struggle.” “I thought Sammy was positive. If I’m honest, I was searching for some sort of lift for the team.” “We changed the wingers a couple of times and I messed about with the team a bit, just to try to find a way through.”

“At least when Sammy came on he was positive and he tried to create for us.” “He looked a bit of a spark even before the goal.”

In turns out  the two players you have to thank for the goal were Ben Arfa, who made a nice mazy run before he was fouled and the ball ran to Sammy  Ameobi – and Sammy  himself, who then immediately rifled the ball at goal, and it hit Cisse in the back and went into the net, with Ben Foster hopelessly wrong-footed.

If  Sammy hadn’t shot immediately we would have drawn the game 1-1.

It was a lucky two points, but  we’ll take it, and we have to be able to at least draw at Club Brugge and then hammer West Ham the following Sunday – the next time we play two game sin a week.

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19 comments so far

  • hotdog

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    I dont get why AP is linking the two together, he fielded different teams. The crux of it is Steve Clarke has done an excellent job at WBA and in Mulumbu and Lukaku had the best two players on the pitch. Effort will only get you so far! Hatem looks like the only player we have to unlock teams. I agree with most posts that we need more from our midfield.

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  • rainrix

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Hm that excuse is a bit void here alan, we were at home and barely any of the team that started at brugge started against WBA. Just perch and santon, and santon hardly looked tired. I honestly hoped pards wouldn’t make these kind of excuses when we got into europa but i was wrong apparently

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  • Nipsey

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Hello everyone i’ve just read this article http://www.footmercato.net/breves/un-nouvel-international-tricolore-vers-newcastle_94480
    and it is saying that we have reached an agreement with French devensive midfielder Moussa Sissoko 23 years old who plays for Toulouse in the French League,he is out of contract next June.

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  • check the toastie

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    What is he talking about, there was only Santon and Perch who played 90 minutes on thursday, does he think we are stupid.

    It doesnt help when our midfield consists of a defender (perch) a winger who is no longer quick (Jonas), a striker who has never played midfield in his life (Shola) and 2 french international world class players who must just be mystified by it all. Play midfielders in midfield and we may actually play OK.

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  • rainrix

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Guys you’re a bit behind with the sissoko thing, eds already had an article out 🙂

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  • check the toastie

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    I will believe this Sissoko stuff when he is in the Toon, photoed with old bullshit Alan.

    Actually our two livliest players were probably Perch and Santon, maybe we should play all the players on Thursday night, this would be a different take on it.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Its crazy comming out with this when theres about 8 changes to the team from thurs, the finger is pointed at you mr pardew for not getting them up for it yesterday we should be going all out against teams like WBA and you put shola on the wing also perch was higher up the field than cabaye these things dont work.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Just a quick point

    Why doesn’t Pardew take some of the very good performers from the games in Thursday and switch them for the not so good performers in the EPL games

    Why doesn’t Pardew try these new systems with different players that arnt putting it in for him

    Does he mean that he has 2 new systems that we haven’t seen yet, I’m sure we have seen every permutation u can so with 11 players , in most matches infact

    433 with shola wide right was never going to work, he is not mobile enough to cover the ground

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Oct 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Mr team for Liverpool game Krul Simpson Collo Taylor santon perch cabaye Guti HBA Sammy Ba if fit or Cisse 4 3 3

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  • El Sleeve

    Oct 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #12

    again yesterday, we stafrted 442 and immediately went 433. if he was going to do that, he shouldve started sammy or gabby wide right. but that is benny’s position, he is the most threatening coming in off the right. fine playing cabs and perch together in def mid, but jonas was just utterly lost in a 433 unless he too is deployed in centre mid, which he was outstanding in for our 6 game winning run.

    also, pards mut think we are stupid with those excuses. the man really is losing it. no more jonas LW, no shola RW, its really not that difficult

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  • El Sleeve

    Oct 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    i like that team blaydon, as long as jonas is in the 3 man mid. gabby and sammy need playing time in the league, they deserve it

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  • mindshaft

    Oct 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    @check – its not all about playing – the coaching and managers preperations are severely hampered when playing in europe as they are obviously focused on the Thursday game and then have a day to prepare for the Sunday game – think the main problem is that we dont have the experience of this Thurs / Sun game thing and even bigger teams often suffer the same sunday malaise
    Sunday was a crap tho and was surprised to see us constantly give the ball away which is more the players fault then Pards – I mean how can you pass to the opposition more than you pass to your own players, almost all our players were guilty of this

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  • El Sleeve

    Oct 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    ok, if pardew and coaches has malaise of playing2/3 times a week, why not employ more coaches? or prepare them simultaneously for both games? eg. mon tues – genera training, weds thurs – uefa prep, fri sat, EPL game

    or get in some specialist coaches, who just concentrate on just the one competition if it is too hard on the coaches. 4 doesnt seem to be anywhere near enough anyway. could do with another 2

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  • seancavaz

    Oct 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    My team for Liverpool

    —————–Krul—————–
    Simmo—Taylor Colo——Santon
    ———Perch Cabaye Anita——-
    Benny—————————Ba
    —————–Cisse——————

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  • seancavaz

    Oct 29, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    *Fergie for Ba if Ba isn’t fit

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  • BigKirky

    Oct 29, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Hope we are signing Sissoko as it adds a quality player without really spending our transfer money. Sammy looked lively when he was on yesterday which was great to see again. Wasn’t Ben Arfa’s most successful game dribbling but there were some great moments nevertheless and even Messi loses the ball in dribbles so it isn’t to bad at all. Huffing and puffing a bit but three points is vital! We were due a deflected goal after how unlucky we’ve been conceding them.

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  • Sav

    Oct 29, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Cisse in the middle and Ba wide left. You know it works.

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