Looks Like Rhythm Is The Name Of The Game This Week


Alan Pardew is looking forward to a full week on the training ground with his squad this week, because with the European games, the players haven’t had enough time with Alan and the coaches, and it’s beginning to show.

Alan Pardew – what he looks like without rhythm – terrible

Alan Pardew is happy that he will have all his players together this week, and they can now fully prepare for the tough – but very winnable game – on Sunday at Liverpool.

This is what the Newcastle manager said on the official web-site today:

“We’ve got a week this week where we can get on the training ground, and work on the team.” “We are missing that. A Thursday game takes two days off our training schedule, and it’s showing.” “We need to get some rhythm back in the team.”

Alan has used that word rhythm a lot this week, and we hope to see a very much improved display at Anfield. from what the lads served up in the second half against West Brom on Sunday, when we were lucky not to lose and ended up winning the game right at the very death.

Obviously we had no rhythm in that second half on Sunday – watch out Liverpool!

Howay The Lads!!

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112 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #1

    What AP says is the truth.
    It’s like reading for 2 exams in a week.
    Ridicoulus.

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  • Sharkattack

    Oct 31, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #2

    bullshit!!!!other teams can do it. why cant we???

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  • Sharkattack

    Oct 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #3

    bullshit!!!1other teams can do it. why cant we????

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  • Ashton

    Oct 31, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #4

    He has to be the laziest manager in PL. Bitching in every interview he has ever given this season about preparing for two games in one week is just silly!.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Uuurgh, i wish we had moderator so a proper discussion could take place.

    – Laziest manager in the PL
    – Bullshit.

    I swear the average IQ on kids these days is declining.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 31, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Happy 5under1and day everyone.

    You can see where hes coming from sorting out tactics for 2 games in a week but when your not using most of your first teamers in europa surely they can focus on the tactics fir the league game and the rest on europa?? Just a thought like.

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  • toonLYF

    Oct 31, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Liverpool are going to be gunning on Sunday. They always step up to the plate at Anfield against teams who are competing for the same PL positions.

    We are going to need to fly out the traps, not give them an inch and NEVER sit back, if we want to win this match. Still one of the toughest places to go despite their current situation.

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  • Ashton

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Dannyo

    Don’t you think it’s a bit torpid of him, to whine so much about preparing for two games in 7 day. Most respectable managers do so, and you don’t hear them blaming this aspect of football on everything.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Sharkattack
    Other teams are struggling with it to though and always do both fulham and stoke had poor league campaigns when in europa
    Manure arsenal and citeh seem ti be labouring in there performances either domestically or in europe
    Spurs and liverpool are also struggling to get going this season in both campaigns

    Its not as if we’ve stopped picking up points is it top of our europa table 3 points off 5th in the league we maybe labouring with performances but with the exception of chelsea most teams are struggling to balance the two even ferguson has complained about the schedule

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #10

    @Ashton
    Every single manager that has been unexperienced in handling Europe has moaned about the same subject.
    Listen to Pulis, Jol, andd probably many others through the years.
    And the way EL is played has changed over time too.
    It used to be knockout stages only. So it has added more games.

    This is the first year for AP to handle this, and obviously he’s trying to come to grips with. How to train for the use of two different gameplans in a week.

    We all moan about new difficult things. Everytime we have more than one thing to handle, when we have only handled one thing for so long. We moan.
    It’s human. Let him get on with it. There’s surely a golden middle way here, but he’s yet to find it. Probably cause we’re only a few games in plus playoff.

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  • archaeomag

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #11

    It is different from last season – similar squad – more games – it is not rocket science – players like Santon are putting serious miles on the clock.

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  • nimo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #12

    lazyiest manager. get real..every single player comes out and says he’s into every little detail.. all the managers moan about it, redknapp more than most. pulis . moyes . rodgers. fergie jol to name a few.. it is hard on the squad we have, the travelling more so thantthe playing probably .. and all these saying he’s tactically inept. the only games he has played 4-3-3 we have been getting beat easy until he changed it back to 4-4-2 most notably the everton game. get off the guys back and stick to your champ manager

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  • Ashton

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Dannyo

    That’s his problem and job. Europe shouldn’t be an excuse to our shambolic way of playing, because it’s not like we are using the same team in both the league and europe, far from it. Teams like Liverpool and Spurs are doing this. Spurs played with their strongest team against a Slovenian club in Slovenia!! You don’t hear AVB whining all the time about such a thing.

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  • Graeme

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #14

    If he can re-train them to get the ball on the floor, instead of playing hoof-ball from the back, completely by-passing the creative engineroom of the team, we will probably fair far better than we have in most league games this season.

    Liverpoo will be coming at us down both wings, non-stop and no doubt Enrique will be desperate to get his name on the score sheet. We need to be on top of out game, from first whistle, for a full 90 minutes to have any chance of a result at Anfield.

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  • tequilamag

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #15

    It`s a long season Newcastle will reap the benefit of rotating the squad at the back end of the season when other teams are running out of steam.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Nimo
    Exactly every manager complains about it every year
    People seem to think because we play a different 11 in europe it doesnt effect the traing the squad has to do when it does as tues/wed is about preparing for europa which only leaves friday and light training saturday to prepare for subday

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  • Ashton

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #17

    nimo

    But we are basically playing with our second team in Europe so far. And we’ve only played 3 games two of them at SJP!! Unlike the other managers who play with the same team twice a week and they don’t moan and blame it for every negative thing. Can’t you see how silly this seems.

    Also he isn’t the most tactically gifted manager in the league. And the 433 didn’t work against Everton because the players positions were wrong and we weren’t that much better in the second half because we conceded 3 perfectly good goals in that half as opposed to one in the first.

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Of course it effects your team, it’s funny really bcoz I think our Europa team has been brilliant but our league form ain’t been great but it ain’t that bad only been beat off Chelsea n man utd, although we ain’t playing great football were getting results n I would take getting results over pretty football n not getting results

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  • nimo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Ashton and as tads points out were playing teams that have been training with European football for years or teams that have had all week to prepare for the game

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  • nimo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #20

    n also i don’t think pardew is a great tactician very rare he can make subs t change a game in my opinion but he seems a brilliant man manager n no i don’t Want to see long ball football but if you watch now the second one of our so called play makers the other team has 2-3 players ready to pounce

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Davyb
    Agreed mate

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  • archaeomag

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #22

    @Aston
    Are you saying other teams have better managers and players than us?
    . .And is this why they beat us?

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #23

    @Ashton
    I’d argue that Liverpool and Tottenham have tougher groups to play in than we do first of all.
    2nd, when we faced Bordoux, we fielded a strong team aswell.
    AVB is well versed in Europe already, being there with Porto, Chelsea and now Tottenham.
    So he thinks he has a formula for it.
    BUT, with both teams being supposedly stronger, none of them are on the same points we are in the EL, and one is worse off in the league too.
    Yet we are always fielding the weaker teams more often than not.

    What AP speaks of is preparation on the training ground. He knows NUFC fans have impossibly high expectations, so of course he’ll talk of the difficulties.

    It is your job to do what you do, but i bet you moan about the same things AP does, just in different regards.

    The difference is, AP has a camera in his face and is put in the paper every day of the week.

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  • tequilamag

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #24

    People are already moaning that young players don`t get a chance, if Pardew didn`t rotate they would have even less opportunity. The El has been great for the development of players like Fergie and Bigi and is excellent preparation for them when they do make the step up to regular first team players. For me Pardew is doing an excellent job.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #25

    @tequilamag
    I could not agree more with that comment.

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  • Ashton

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #26

    nimo

    If you think that’s a legitimate excuse for our display and the way we are playing in the league then well.. I don’t agree with you.

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Pardew is best manager we’ve had since bobby, fans get on my nerves they want European football then when we get they don’t even turn up to the games even though the tickets are dirt cheap, arm chair bloody supporters who are quick to put the team down but never quick to praise

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Tequila
    With our fans you just cant win play our first team he’s getting blamed fir stunting our youngsters growth plays our youngsters were showing a lack of ambition!

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  • tequilamag

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Cheers Dannyo, also agree with the comment about fan expectations, a cursory glance at this blog will tell you that Pards does not have a hope in well in pleasing everybody.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #30

    @nimo
    I think the comment on Pardew not being a great tacticitian can be somewhat discussed.

    I think he prepares excellent for games, especially for the teams that really don’t change their system to fit their opponent. Stoke and Swansea last season are excellent examples of that.
    I think it becomes tougher for him when he meets managers and teams who set many of their players to match his players.
    As APs team is sometimes guessed a week in advance.

    So, in terms of preparation, i can’t think of anyone better tbh. But when it comes to adjust and perhaps the subbing at times, he seems to react a bit too slow, and have too much confidence in some players.

    I sense that has changed a bit this season. He knows players more now and fields players to fit the oppositions players. Like how he explained the choice of Perch over Biggie and Anita this weekend.

    Also, his emphasis lies with his man management, not that much on tactics during games.
    Still works i say.

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  • Ashton

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #31

    Dannyo

    All I’m trying to say is: We have the potential and the players to play so much better in the league. But we are not. And this shouldn’t be blamed on our European endeavor as frequently as Pardew does. Because it’s so early for that and we are playing with our second team and only have played 3 odd times so far. It makes no sense what so ever.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 31, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Thats right davy nobody gets their seat where i am on a euro night it pisses me off, we should be filling the stadium at those prices they will all turn up when we get a good team in the comp or get further in it, i know i was there every game to get behind the lads we all need to do the same.

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  • Ashton

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #33

    davybtoon

    The squad we have right now is the best since Sir Bobby if not better. Our performance in the league is no where near as good as we are capable. Our tactics are all wrong and we have been so lucky in the league that if someone wants to make sure that there isn’t a God should watch our games against Everton, WBA, Norwich,Reading.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #34

    @Ashton
    I see what u’re saying, but i don’t share the view.
    It is because it is early days the complaints and hardships are there for AP.
    You have to remember, our side was virtually unchanged for the first 14 games last season.
    Also he had a week to prepare for each game.

    AP has probably a much bigger workload nowadays himself, and until he finds what clicks for him, the complaints and thoughts on the subject will still come.

    Yes, we have potential to play better, we had a 7 win trot towards the end of last season. And the start of this season has been like the rough patch we had after christmas last year.

    It’s about form for me, it’s not just formations and tactics, it’s quite clear that injuries and lack of form for a big part of our squad has been absent. Especially our bigger players like Cisse and Cabaye.

    The potential will be reached, and it will become even better once we get a damned CB. Willo is strictly average for me.

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  • davybtoon

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Ashton – am getting really sick of fans saying we’re lucky, u make your own luck by hard work n graft n if we are lucky we would not of had the injuries we have this season
    We’re 4 pts off 4th n we ain’t played well yet were only gonna get better not worse

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  • Ashton

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Dannyo

    Form is not the major reason why we are playing so poorly. Ben Arfa is in form so is Cabaye and Coloccini and Ba is in the best form of his life the same could be said about Santon. Ben Arfa and Cabaye are shackled in the 442 which Pardew adores so much. And it’s costing us and that’s his fault. Our best players( Cabaye and Ben Arfa) don’t perform well in the 442 with hoofballing tactics.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #37

    @Ashton
    We played 4-3-3 for an hour against WBA.
    Altho we dominated the first half, i thought Cabs was largely quiet.
    Altho his deliveries from set pieces has improved.

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  • AS MAGS

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #38

    FFS what’s up with people, we have a great group of players. Not a huge squad but a close nit squad, all in it together. Pardew is getting us through our schedule as best as he can, players are returning from injury, youth is being blooded in Europe. 1 thing apart fom nit picking fans at the moment is the hissing that Obertan received when he came on as sub, hangout of order. I love Pards to bits, he has created a bit of a siege mentality around the club, think he took that fon his pal Mourinho. Us against the world. Long may that continue

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  • nick_9

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #39

    I’m going to be controversial here and ask if we really have high expectations as fans? Granted a few youngsters and wums expect us to finish in Europe or win the league but the majority seem level headed. We have a club with a very good fan base, good revenue and now a good wages to turnover ratio so surely we should be up there with the best right? Obviously some clubs are untouchable over the course of 38 games but the majority we should be able to match or better? The majority of fans I see on forums or at the game seem to downplay our chances of Europe again after failing to push on in the last window and struggling so far.

    As for Pardew again I am going to be controversial and ask if we are much further on under him? Granted we have come along way since the championship but people forget we was half a match away from finishing seventh but let a 3 goal lead slip in the last game. Is the team playing any better then that side? I wouldn’t say so at the moment but obviously we finished fifth so something must be working right? Or did everything just go our way last season? I personally feel that last season was a much easier season due to a lot of teams not performing and us having two great finishers firing them in. It certainly helps having two strikers who could each challenge for the leading scorer in the league. Anyway back to the original question of do our fans have high expectations? I personally don’t think so, any realistic fans knows it would be very difficult to finish 5th again, other teams have strengthened whereas we haven’t really and have Europe.

    Controversy aside I would love to see us try out a 4:2:3:1 formation or a 4:3:1:2.
    Santon colo Taylor ferguson
    Anita tiote
    Ben Arfa cabaye marveaux
    Ba

    Or if we are chasing the game:

    Santon – colo – Taylor – ferguson
    Anita. Cabaye. Tiote
    Ben Arfa
    Cisse. Ba

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 31, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #40

    @Ashton
    Also, players and AP says they work on passing, and have supposedly improved on the area.
    But i still find players that aren’t comfy on the ball kicks it up and has the vast majority of the blame for “hoofball tactics” as u call em.
    They will cease to exist once AP gets his wanted men into the squad.

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