This Is What Worries Alan Pardew The Most


Alan Pardew has talked continually this week  about controlling the game, and we did a lot of that last season in doing so well and finishing in 5th place in the league.  But we haven’t controlled the games so much this season, and that’s one reason why we haven’t made as good as start in the league as we did last year.

The top two coaches at Newcastle – John Carver and manager Alan Pardew

Even last week in the second half against West Brom, after looking fairly comfortable with a 1-0 lead at the half, it was West Brom who controlled the game in the second half and we were a little lucky to avoid a defeat if truth be told, but we still managed to get the win.

Alan has talked about controlling the game today in the local Sunday Sun:

“I have always said that is very important for the club, what we had last year and that’s what we lost against West Brom in the second half, the control of the game.” “If you’re winning games in the Premier League you do not always have to look a great team, rhythmically great.”

“You have got to have control of the game, and that is what has worried me more than us aesthetically looking good.” “When the opposition has a grip of the game, that should not happen to us as much as it has this year.”

After a full week’s training and coming off a poor performance in the second half last Sunday against West brom, we are hoping for a good display this afternoon, whether Demba Ba is fit to play or not, and we want to see Newcastle controlling the game at Anfield.

It’s OK talking about it, but the lads now have to take what they’ve done on the training field this week, and reproduce it this afternoon at Anfield.

A win would be fantastic for Newcastle – just fantastic.

Did I make it clear that a win would be fantastic for Newcastle today? 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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22 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    having Anita playing the ball out from the back rather than simmo ‘s hopeful hoofs to no one in particular should be an improvement.

    We have to go 4231 or 433 or even 451 as 442 just leaves us too stretched all the time

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  • davybtoon

    Nov 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Rotonda I’ve been saying for a while pards needs to ditch playing 2 strikers go with ba then play winger who can actually do a job on the wing that formation rather than sticking shola or cisse out there it don’t work

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    we did finish 5th,, but we never controled many games last season,, we just broke a lot quicker and supported the front more,,

    last season we still played a lot of long ball football, and that is not any way to control a game

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  • check the toastie

    Nov 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Rotonda – totally agree, would play Benny in front of Anita with Cabaye close by to try and make things tick down the right hand side. Perchy filling in if anita wants to push on. Shame we havent got Mr T for this game really.

    Gotta say i think Perchy played better than Jonas last week, Jonas is rubbish currently.

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  • Jamiemac

    Nov 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Win today and we go 6th, (depending on west brom) 1 point behind 4th!!

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    i think your both spot on

    pardew tries to keep to many ppl happy, and fit them into a strange system

    unless you have amazing players ,(we dont, but we have good players at there jobs) its best to play cf as a cf, lw as a left winger, and so on,,

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  • davybtoon

    Nov 4, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    That’s the one thing about pardew I don’t like him playing shola n cisse wide rather than just playing a winger in sammi or fergie will b far more effective take WBA last week we played 451 n shola was playing right wing ffs

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  • APBWA

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    The team i hope to see today…

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul
    Santon Williamson Coloccini Jonas (has to play)
    Ben Arfa Cabaye Perch Anita Sameobi
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~Ba/Cisse

    Subs: Harper, Taylor, Simpson, Bigi, Fergie, Obertan/Cisse, Shola. Would love to see simpson off the bench for Campbell but can;t see it happening

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  • davybtoon

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Huge today win would b amazing but also important not to get best bcoz either win or draw puts in touching distance of 4th

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  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    I think the first goal will be really important to the outcome of the game today. An early goal for them, and we could crumble. If we get an early goal, I feel Liverpool could get nervous and struggle to break us down. As I said earlier, a point would be great.

    HWTL!

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    APBWA

    the only thing i see wrong with your team is sammy,, id put ferg ahead of him on the left wing, its his natural position, but sammy is an excellent player, who i think should have a great future at our club,

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  • davybtoon

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone listen to bbc Newcastle phone in yesterday haha the Mackems hav turned on oneil n want him out, so funny listening to them funniest thing was they are actually realising they have a crap team

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  • davybtoon

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Toonboy agree a point would b good but really Liverpool are awful this season n we should b looking to win

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Toonboy totally agree and said something similar yesterday about the first goal be crucial if we get it I think they could struggle to break us down on the flip side if they score first it could be a long afternoon !

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  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Blaydon

    It will be a long afternoon if we concede early. We’re not great at coming from behind.

    Davy

    I don’t think Liverpool are that bad. Apart from the swans game, they seem to be clicking recently. And I don’t need to talk about our record at Anfield.

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  • kirkyman

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Guys, I’m thinking of heading over to home game against Liverpool at the end of April. What would the chances be of getting tickets for this game? I don’t want to go ahead and book flights and then not be able to get match tickets.

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  • kirkyman

    Nov 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Guys, I’m thinking of heading over to the home game against Liverpool at the end of April. What would the chances be of getting tickets for this game? I don’t want to go ahead and book flights and then not be able to get match tickets.

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  • Jamiemac

    Nov 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #18

    APBWA

    Simpson not even worthy of a place on the bench now? Deluded.

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  • chubtree

    Nov 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Kirkyman e-mail the club now and ask I’m sure they’ll sort it for you. If not Viagogo sell toon tickets for most games well in advance.

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  • chubtree

    Nov 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Kirkyman e-mail the club now and ask I’m sure they’ll sort it for you. If not Vi a gogo sell toon tickets for most games well in advance.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Control the game at anfield? They’;ll have 60% possession if we’re not more aggressive.

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  • GeordieDan

    Nov 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Why is everyone saying Anita is starting at RB and Simmo isn’t going to be playing?

    I would bet my house that isn’t going to happen today for a few reasons:

    1) Pardew has said this week that Anita is really struggling to get up to speed with the Prem and it will take time-which is absolutely fair enough.
    2) He knows Simmo is his most reliable choice at RB week in week out
    3) In a game as important as this WHY would we chance Anita’s low confidence against someone like Suarez?

    Don’t believe daft rumours. And don’t doubt that Simmo is (right now) arguably the best and most reliable RB (defensively)we have at the club.

    And that’s what we need to get the 3 points today-NOT tinkering for no reason.

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