Newcastle Need To Win More Games – Starting Tomorrow


Before last week’s game at Liverpool, Alan Pardew and a few of the Newcastle players had said that the next batch of games in the Premier League are the ones where Newcastle can get quite a few points out of,  and begin to move up the league table.

Davide Santon – in good form this season for Newcastle

But to do that Newcastle need wins rather than draws, and for the second away game running, Newcastle gave up a 1-0 half time lead last Sunday, and finished with just a single point.

And Davide Santon, who is a much improved  player this season than last, is confident Newcastle can get the job done tomorrow afternoon, against two old boys returning to St. James’ Park – Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.

When Andy returned last season on April Fool’s day, he was continually booed as Newcastle beat Liverpool 2-0.

And the Gateshead lad was not too pleased when his then manager Kenny Dalglish replaced him after 79 minutes, and that gave a chance for the sell-out crowd of Geordies, to let Andy know they didn’t much like him leaving his home town club for big money at Liverpool.

This is what Davide Santon told the local press today:

“They have Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan so we have to be careful. It is very important for us to win the game. We are only playing for a win. We have to stop them. We know they are coming here to score. However, we know we have a great defense here.”

“We have a great team and we can stop them.” “West Ham will be a difficult game. They have some good players.” “I think it was better that neither ourselves nor Brugge won the other night.”

“It is better for our mentality. We can still get through in Europe, but we are now ready to win tomorrow.” “This game is very important. We have a lot of confidence and we can win.”

“We just have to get back into the winning mentality every game. We are in a great position to move forward.”

Newcastle put a six game winning streak together  in the league towards the end of last season, and it’s something like that we need at the moment, to reignite Newcastle’s season, because we’ll need to finish somewhere in the top six or thereabouts, to qualify for Europe next season.

And Newcastle need to be in Europe every season, otherwise some of our top players may even think about moving on, and that’s one reason Alan Pardew keeps stressing that the Premier League is Newcastle’s highest priority.

A win against the Hammers tomorrow will get our season going – there’s no doubt about that.

Howay The Lads!!

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92 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Gritting mistook as a hippopotamus at flamingo land and doused with mud is too good for Ashley.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail – he likes that, it’s like a free spa treatment.

    Team for tommorow
    Krul
    Santon Willo Saylor fergie
    Ben arfa Anita cabaye Jonas
    Ba cisse

    Replace ba with shola if still not fit, bring both ameobis on during the match, and give obertan a run in the last 15.

    Jonas and fergie will double up, so west hams physicality won’t be a problem. Santon and Ben arfa will tear them apart down the right, and give Anita a chance to push on from Thursday.

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  • Toon1978

    Nov 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    I really think A.Pardew is taking us places. He is an underestimated manager and some people still think that he ain’t good enough which is laughable. We do need to start winning games but we ain’t exactly getting beat week in week out either. Only Chelsea and Man Utd have beaten us so far. We are a very hard team to beat. If someone had of said to me 3 years ago that we would have HBA and Santon playing for us in the near future i would have laughed out loud . We have some top quality players to take us to top 8. If we strengthen again in January with the likes of Sissoko, Douglas, Carroll and dare i say it Debuchy and we lose no one we will be in a strong position to finish in a CL place but that is easier said then done.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #4

    1978- well said, Pardew can and is taking us places, if someone told you during the championship season that we were going to be nearly in the knockout stages of the Europa league 3 years later, you would have laughed at them.

    Getting into champions league places is easier said than done though, and the key factor for the teams in it, (city, utd, Chelsea, even arsenal and spurs) is money. You need a lot of money to get champions league normally. It is not impossible without money, but it’s 10x more difficult.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Toon1978 – no you dare NOT say Debuchy.

    But I agree with everything you said. Its a bit weird here on match days and especially those awful times when we get beat by teams we should be clogging every day of the week, i.e. MAN UNITED (my sides…..) there are an inordinate amount of unrealistic posters shooting for the moon decrying all that is terrible in the state of Newcastle. A check on the real world shows we are a feared team nobody fancies their chances against (said Man u and chelski got bitten by us last year too and will again) and we are also trying out a very successful outfit of youngsters in european footy. How could progress be better? I’m afraid fans who need to see us turn arund to a top 3 CL side in 3 years need to do some serious head-shaking. Its right to be critical when things go badly, and tactics sometimes deserve ridicule even, but when a poster attaches phrases like ‘We will never progress with Pardew’, ‘Selling club’ ‘Championship quality’ ‘lack of investment’ and the like I just start switching off and my laptop lid begins to close.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    There is no need to kid ourselves; we need to put in better performances and shift things around if we want to start winning – no one is going to hand it to us on a silver platter!

    …we cannot count on lady luck to safe us or others mesh up! It is up to us to change things.

    NUFC man up 😀

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Tsunki…we have them all on here not just the unrealistic posters, but also those with red tinted glases!

    …don’t know what is worst (both bug me at times)

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Santon seems a top top lad. The only player who slowly walks round the corners of SJP applauding at the end of games. Always gets a roar from the Gallowgate.

    Turning out to be a very good fullback too, his defensive work has improved alot since joining us, and his attacking work has always been a threat. I sense his first goal is not too far away, and can see it being a bit of a rocket 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Jesper – do you not feel that maybe too much is expected of this team too soon? People always seem to see shortfalls, lately Jonas has become favourite go-to letdown player in a succession of those deemed to be adding to our ‘woes’, but is it all really fair or objective?

    I think the best way to look at the team is at the beginning of a long-ish project that forms slowly but surely out of a plan that filters down from the hard business of the boardroom to the coaching and talent-nurturing of the playing staff. I increasingly see transfer-window purchases as stop gaps and helping hands, but the real business is in making our own players tailored to the way the coaching staff want to shape a team for the future. It’s all at the beginning really, I think better years are ahead but some slight disappointments are inevitable along the way, it takes time to stop the rot that has plagued the club for decades, and it takes a broken egg or two to make an omelette, or indeed any other scrambled-egg containing dish. Even mayonnaise. I’m hungry.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #10

    I would like to add that Arsenal doesn’t spand that much money – they are actually making money and them are CL contenters every season.

    …even Spurs should be in our reach spending-wise in the long run.

    Money should not be an excuse for us. I am happy where we are and for now I just want stability, but we should be wary of complacency and we should also set new goals 🙂

    What should our goal be now that HBA and Santon is playing for us and stability seems to be within our grasp?

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #11

    ToonLyf – yes I noticed that he seems to really be at home here. Colo always lets the crowd know he appreciates them, Timmy before ( waving his arms up and down lol) and after gets a good shout too. Actually now you mention that, I seem to have this image of Simmo always giving the crowd a nod, strange for someone who seems to be on his way?

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think our players will leave if we don’t qualify for Europe next season cause we don’t play them in Europe do we

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Simmo likes to do the Stevie Taylor duty when the stamp collector isn’t playing. Tim gets his own separate applause as he runs into the Gallowgate goal pre kick-off – usually followed by shouts of “TIMMMEHH” (south park reference) 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Jesper – I get the feeling that many posters feel Mike should dip his hand into his very deep pockets to splash on top players, but wouldn’t doing that defeat the purpose of a long-term construction plan? The sharp end of buyiing big for me isnt that it creates an elite group of CL teams that cant be penetrated, it’s more the proliferation of a whole swathe of middling foreign talent that stifles the development of teams own academies. OK, football is migrational by definition of the transfer arrangement, but it cant continue to be ‘outsourcing’ for playing talent with the highest bidder winning everything, it should be that each club develops players that appreciate the club , its followers and its traditions, and have the right work ethic rather than just being cash journeymen. Its been discussed before, but football is a fine balance between the entertainent industry and pure money-making business, if the balance goes either way it all goes wrong.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Tsunki…I think I am with you more or less all the way 🙂 it is a progress and it all takes time.

    …some you can never please – some just don’t want to be pleased, but we also have to be carefull we don’t find excuses for everything.

    You know I expect certain things from people around me and I let them know if they let me down. You need to have expectations and goals, but you also need to be able to step back and reflect on it all…and sometimes come to the conclusion that your idea was that the right one 🙂

    That’s what I have learned in life and being in here regularly I can tell you alot of people have problems doing or accepting this 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #16

    *should have said was not the right one 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Just thought I’d give ol’ Catchy a shout of derision for decrying Pards because we didn’t bust a gut and go all out with guns blazing to win the ‘important’ league cup. Bah.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Jesper yes I agree, I always aintain that criticism can be constructive even if you don’t fully agree with it, there’s always a shred of something true and mind-changing you take along with you, thats how opinions are formed. It’s the intransigent ones with an obvious agenda that stew me. Always the same thing, never adapting their view, but never proving it either. Anyway I am getting all philosophical when what I really need is a sandwich and some crisps. It was all the egg talk I think. MMmmmmm…..egggggg….aaaaaahaaaahhh….

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki..crisps you say 🙂 I miss those salt and vinegar ones you have. I loved them when I lived in London.

    …now you can only find them here on the Pubs 🙂

    There a few on here that always say the same, they are never happy and they never interact or wise up 🙂

    What can you do about it really? I just leave them alone lol

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Toon1978 //

    if you believe he is underestimated , well your entiteld to think to think that,
    me i think he is very over rated, for these reasons

    1, tactics,, he dont seem to have any, now i hear pl saying he dont have the personnel to do do it, we have a small squad, this is not right,, we have a small squad, but it is packed with very good players,
    krul
    colo taylor santon
    cabaye, tiote, anita, HBA
    cisse,BA
    these are top players, and would get into a lot ov teams in the top half,
    but still pardews main game plan is long ball

    2. style of play,, we can not hold onto the ball,

    3. his reluctance to pick or drop some players
    this season, jonas has been the worst player we have out there and we have options, ferg or sammy for left wing, anita or bigi in MF

    4, subs, everything about his subs seems wrong, last week he made 3 subs, all left wingers, first obertan came on, then sammy, then ferg,, now i dont know about any of you,, but i think that is just strange, firstly its all the same position, 2nd, for left wing, surley ferg should have been first choice, being a natural left footer, then sammy, he just has no fear and runs at them, then obertan,, he hides,

    5, not strong enough with the chairman/owner,, we needed defenders not midfielders in the summer, now we can all prob agree, debuchy, he would be amazing at our club, he defends and attacks , even at 7 million he would be a bargin, anita cost 6.5, and is not a bad player, but we didnt need him, why not use that 6.5 on debuchy??,,

    for me, the sooner he is gone the better, his brand of football is worse than SA,JFK,

    i also hate when he comes out and tries to build up the players,,, i mean young ferg,, 2 weeks ago, pardew was saying he could peel oranges with that left foot, , it was so sweet, the kid has shown us more in a few sub aperances than obertan has shown us full stop,, obertan is nearly always first sub on the pitch,,,

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah what can you do? Anyway all this eating talk I have had no lunch so I am off out now to descend on a place of food. Later all.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #22

    See you later Tsunki 😉

    …go get your egg sandwich lol

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  • APBWA

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d bet on Fergie to start LB tomorrow. Apparently Simpson is out and I was suprised to see him left out of the team in midweek.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul
    ~~~Santon Williamson Taylor Fergie
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jonas
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~Anita Cabaye
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ben Arfa
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cisse Ba
    Would be chuffed if this is the team for sunday, it has every player in their best position and width to the team with two attacking full backs that are able to cross. We should be looking to dominate the game really

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #24

    ‘Asprilla claims Newcastle talks’

    …did anyone pick up on this? Here is the link:

    http://www.sportinglife.com/football/news/article/165/8239086/asprilla-claims-newcastle-talks?

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  • euanpolo

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Team for West Ham:

    Krul
    Simpson – Williamson – S.Taylor – Santon
    Anita – Gutierrez
    Ben Arfa – Cabaye – Ferguson
    Cisse

    Subs: Harper, Tavernier, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Obertan, Ba, Sh. Ameobi

    I don’t think we should play Ba unless we really need him so he can fully recover from his injury.

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  • APBWA

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #26

    No sammy even on the bench? I’d say he is the player most likely to break into the 11 except fergie

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #27

    @Jesper
    It’s VERY belated news, i read that on nufcfans.com a week ago.
    Dunno why the media decided to pick up on it now.

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Jesper @ 6 I think you are doing the players a disservice if you think we have relied on luck or other teams to mess up.
    Lucky by definition is an unusual occurrence, that cannot be the case over the 17 games we have played this season.
    Whilst performances have not been as good as we would have liked is it not within the bounds of possibility that great team spirit and willingness to fight for the entire game rather than rolling over when things have not been going well is a more likely explanation for the fact we are virtually qualified from EL and still in a healthy position in the league. The PL is the most competitive team in Europe , there are no easy games. Some people on here just seem to think if only Pardew picked the players and formations they favour we would top four. Sorry mate but it`s just not that simple.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Dannyo…sometimes the media circus just copy each other…sometimes just a bit late 🙂 lol

    …anyways it was news to me and I didn’t know if it had been posted here (don’t think Ed has mentioned it?)

    Is there any news on the horizon?

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #30

    euonpolo ur an idiot if you think free scoring demba ba deserves to stay on the bench

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Haha I just read that story about tino online Jesper, was just about to do a wizard news about it. Oh well.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Is anyone going to be watching some PL this afternoon?

    ….I am taking in Southampton vs. Swansea 🙂 Like the way Swansea play and I like the philosophy of Laudrup 🙂 (my kind of football)

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #33

    i hope everton beat sunderland like be quite nice nite for me watching them get hammered lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Wizard…you can do a new feed on it, just add something new to it 😉 lol

    …whst’s the news on Twitter?

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  • beddersmag

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Catchy

    Bit negative there mate. His tactics cant be too bad he has won plenty of games. Granted subs were strange other night but seen the subs work well as much as they have bombed. Hes not reluctant to drop likes of jonas- its just he rates him because he is disciplined and doesnt lose possession often. He has made more changes in personnel than any manager we have had and still managed to keep picking up points against good sides. Too soft with the chairman- Do you have much success telling your boss how to spend his money? Your even having a go for building young players confidence up. What would you have him do?

    Sorry mate but the grass is not always greener. We are a VERY solid unit for the first time since i started whatching the club in the 90s. What is amazing is his man management skills and way he has contributed to and fostered an amazing spirit in the camp. I sat through the allardyce regime and to say his brand of winning football is worse is just crazy imo. Did you not enjoy last year then? Hands up like a lot of fans i didnt want him in the first place but he gets 9.5/10 from me so far, and manager of the season backs it up.

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #36

    jesper – i can hardly resist watching Everton put the mackems to the slaughter 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #37

    *news

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #38

    LYF….that’s a good choice as well 🙂

    …maybe I can do split screens 😀 lol

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Nov 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #39

    everyones kicked of are sunderland 1-0 down yet

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Jesper – ill try and make something up to add to it. That’s what most newspapers do 🙂
    I’ve not read the link you posted, but apparently if he comes, he’s gonna bring some kids from his academy in Colombia, hopefully not against there will 🙂
    (That wasn’t made up)

    There’s not much news on twitter, just the continuing debate about wether or not people will boo Nolan.

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