Newcastle Still Lack This Vital Quality – Alan Pardew

Before the Liverpool game, the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had talked about his team getting more rhythm, and being able to control the game more, but yet again last Sunday we hardly controlled the game in the second half, after we had gone 1-0 up at the half, after another great goal from French International Yohan Cabaye.

Alan Pardew – we must have control of the game

We hardly dictated the tempo of the game at Liverpool at all, and in fact Liverpool dictated the tempo almost the whole game, so it’s disappointing after the squad had a full week of training, that we were outplayed last Sunday, although in retrospect it was a very good point for the lads, and they showed they are still as resilient as they were last season.

This is what Alan Pardew said about what he wants to see more of from the Newcastle side:

“We have not got the control of the game that I would like. 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.”

Newcastle will play tomorrow night in Belgium and have a chance to show more control when we face Club Brugge for a second time in the Europa League, and they are without a manager at the moment.

And then we take on West Ham United on Sunday, with Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll both returning to St. James’ Park, and surely we can get all 3 points from the Hammers and start putting some wins together.

We hope so.

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7 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Nov 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    On previous comments, (re: Ranger)
    Guys you are all correct about what you say, of course. I was talking about motivation/leadership techniques (it’s my job). Those AP words are all wrong… If that’s absolutely the case he should be released, now, with a couple hundred severance pay which he will receive anyway just for showing up late.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 7, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    We need to continue with the 4-3-3 like we did in the first half against Liverpool.
    We keep the ball much more on the ground then.
    Could u sort that Pards?

  • boom boom Cheick Cheick le room

    Nov 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    First post so bear with me .Am i the only person who has real reservations about Sundays game with Ugly Dices West Ham.I do not think it is a given three points.Beware of the returning Carroll and Nolan.

  • Graeme

    Nov 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Dear Mr Pardew – you seem to have identified the problem – but what are you doing to solve it??

  • GeordieDan

    Nov 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5


    I agree. No way it’s a gimme. Carroll and Nolan will be well up for the game and they’re confident right now.

    If we play as well as we can then we win, easily. But how often have we played at that level so far this season? I’d argue we’ve probably never played to our potential yet this term.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    And how the hell do you propose to control a game without possession of the ball, because of the amount of long balls we play???

  • Raj

    Nov 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    I got a feeling that Shola would be playing with Cisse on Sunday. And we will see a game with a mirror on the center of pitch. Hammers hoofing towards Caroll, who would try knock it on Nolan’s path; and our own mackem slayer trying to knock the hoofs to Cisse’s path!! Such a sad thought..

    With all the hoopla of restructuring, and getting back to our entertaining days with nice grounded passing football, it’s all gone back to hoof-ball days.. Wake up, Pards?? Get you defensive arse up and start some training routines…


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