Alan Pardew – Newcastle Didn’t Get The Breaks Today


It was a bad defeat today for Newcastle, and since we’ve been flying high since the start of last season,  we don’t expect to be beaten at home by mediocre teams like West Ham, but that’s what happened today, and after 11 league games we are 11 points behind the pace we set last season.

Kevin Nolan scores – and look at the reaction of Steven Taylor

Kevin Nolan scored the only goal of the game just before half time, and then Andy Carroll missed the proverbial sitter after 74 minutes – thanks to a great save from Tim Krul – otherwise it could have been even worse with our two former players scoring in the game.

And credit to Kevin Nolan for not celebrating after he scored, although you could see he wanted to after he put home a low diagonal cross into the net – let be truthful – Kevin was a class act at Newcastle, and he showed today he has not changed.

Alan Pardew was as frustrated as the rest of the Newcastle fans this afternoon, and we had a great turn-out of over 51,000 fans at St, James’ Park, and after the game the Newcastle manager had this to say to Sky Sports:

“At home we want to get the fans in the stadium in a good place but we didn’t start well.” “And then we’ve conceded when we should have squeezed the pitch in that situation. Then we’ve got a battle on our hands.”

“West Ham with the way they play, it’s very stop-start. There are a lot of set-plays going into your box and it’s fragmented.” “They had a little bit more power on the pitch. But we still created loads of chances.”

“One looks close to being over the line. We needed a break but we didn’t get that today.” “We have had nine efforts on goal today and that’s enough for two goals really but the shots were just lacking in quality and the final pass was lacking imagination.”

“We’ve given everything we can and we’ve come off losing today.”

Alan’s right that we created lots of chances today, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net, and after West Ham scored luck was on their side.  But we also have to start these games as though we want to win them, and we didn’t start to play until we were 1-0 down and then we were the better side.

But it could be that we just don’t have a good enough or big enough squad right now, to cope with European competition in addition to the home program, and we still think that Newcastle will try to fortify their squad by bringing in new players in January.

It may sound silly but we think a defeat could be more positive for Newcastle today than another draw, because we are forced to face the reality of defeat at home against a mediocre side, and if we had managed a draw,  then local reporters would talk about 7 games without defeat.

That means nothing, and wins are what count in football these days , and draws are not what gets you up the league table – and to that end – defeats are not much worse than draws.

This could turn out to be a positive for Newcastle – although we agree – it doesn’t seem like that right now – this defeat is hard to take.

What do you think?

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278 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Pardews luck has finally run out

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #2

    LMFAO

    i can not understand how so many of you can come on here week after week and stick up for pardew,,

    at the end of the day this is his team, he sets them up to play his way,

    he has not got any balls to drop players, instead he tries to fit everyone into one neat little system that is no use to anyone,

    there is a few of us on here that has been saying it from day one, pardew is shit, last season was a fluke, we played shit, but had lots of luck, some of you said we played well,, sorry, we played crap, even against man u, 3-0 it was long ball football,

    some of you think its the players,, well if it was not for BA we would be in deep shit right now,

    CISSE is not a great footballer,, but he is a great finisher, give the guy service

    cabaye, plays amazing for france,, but its hard for him to impose his game in his own half

    HBA, most teams just stick 2 on him now cos we dont play with a left winger, jonas is our 3rd DMF whis he is shit at

    now you lot who like pardew,, its plain to see only 1 of 2 things is happening,

    1, pardew has no clue
    or
    2. the players are not playing for him,,

    i can see no other reason for us playing so shit,,

    take your pick, but both will get him sacked soon

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #3

    tads – Exactly mate, Pardew has made this lot think they will be starting every week regardless. Drop 2 or 3 for a few games and they’ll sharp get bored of sitting on the bench.

    I know Jonas has been getting stick recently, alot of it unfair, but christ he had one of the most shocking 15-20 minutes i’ve seen live from a professional footballer. Cant remember him making a single pass/dribble or tackle. A central midfielder, he is not.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Nout to do with not getting the breaks we just didnt turn up and any team that creates that many chances at home without taking them can have no excuses other than a poor performance

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #5

    nice to see you beattie

    you have been missed

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #6

    “we didnt get the breaks today” we did get the breaks, but our docile manager decided not to put bodies in the box, and get on the end of those breaks , what a tosser.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #7

    hahahaha

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20196343

    watch it

    newcastle at home, we must score 1/2/3/4,, when has any game undre pardew looked like we will score 4

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #8

    1. Goalline show the Ball cross-over the line.
    2. The West Ham goal, Shane (LB) could have done more, he didnt notice that O’brien was just behind him. (Needed more games to get experience)

    Is so much the team can do..with limited “purple” players

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #9

    that 8 year contract was an awful decision!! Pardew hasn’t a bloody clue! We have to put up with his stupid management for 8 years!!!!!! Also, when Cisse isn’t on form he really is crap!! Something needs to be done or we’ll be the laughing stock of the league again.

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  • spitfire_

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #10

    “West Ham with the way they play, it’s very stop-start. There are a lot of set-plays going into your box and it’s fragmented.”

    Said again? Isn’t this also our style of play? Isn’t we play with a lot and I mean A LOT of long balls and cross in the box… just like West Ham? Pardew is blind or retarded… no offense to those who are blind or retarded.

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  • donegalmag

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #11

    anyone else rather see Sammy than Shola at half time..we were to predictable today, didn’t really change the system enough to trouble west ham..too easy for them to defend long balls..

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #12

    players i dont want to see come on

    shola
    obertan,,

    nothing from them

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #13

    worst managerial performance I have ever seen.
    Chasing a game and hardly anyone in the box in the 95th min.

    Is it good enough to keep pardew just because no one else would work for ashley? if so we’re f….d for the next 8 years.

    Hughton got us to a level, pardew got us to another level, has he now hit the buffers? People keep saying it will change. Well it didn’t when Pardew had the best striker in the world (tevez) at the time and the best DM (mascherano)

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Catchy and rotonda –

    Run off? Where am I going to run off to? THIS IS THE INTERNET!!! It’s not an actual geographical location, running off? No im sick of people like you slagging off my football team. People like you are the ones who sacked bobby Robson and I hated the people for that.

    And catchy saying that he wasn’t even happy with the 3-0 vs Man U, not only do I find that personally offensive as a Newcastle fan, it shows he is not a Newcastle fan, and that he will never be happy with anything so there is no point in talking to him.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #15

    We didnt deserve anything today we have nothing in the middle

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Pardew doesn’t pick the best team. Anita should’ve started and Abeid and Marveaux should’ve also played. Xisco should at least be on the bench. Street or Good should be in place of Williamson.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Moyes will only leave Everton,for a man utd,Man City etc.

    And there’s no way he would tow the party line,like Pardew does.

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Conaldo just logged on to catch the reactions. Hysterical sums it up

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  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #19

    He won’t get the sack,not for a long time.
    We got lucky against west brom and played rubbish in most of our games now,especially from the start.
    We don’t seem to boss the midfield in any of our games,and today our passing was pathetic.
    Ap is dodging bullets,we created chances(yes we did)but we didn’t look hungry and couldn’t keep the ball at home.
    Alan,we’re at home and expect things to happen.
    He sad before the game that both teams ave been playing good football but we haven’t at all.
    We’re gettin shwn up by mediocre sides,Swansea will have us chasing shadows.
    To blame Europe is wrong,we ad 9changes from Brugge game so our team was “fresh”,I understand that our squad is small but we had a lot of rested players on.
    So what’s wrong with our attitude ??

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Tequila – who needs to pay for comedy! Or a psychology of the clinically insane lesson.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Conaldo
    LOL

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #22

    conaldo

    i never said o wasnt happy with the win against man u,, what i said was, it was long ball football that got the 3 points, that is pardews game

    you can be as unhappy with me and few others as much as you like, but its pardew that is killing YOUR TEAM, NOT ME

    wake up you fool

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  • blew

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23

    This ‘mediocre’ West Ham side are 5th in the PL.
    The midfield has not functioned again, which suggests it is imbalanced. Jonas is useless and would struggle at any level of English football, but he is an AP favourite., I would go as far as to say if AP had a straightforward choice between him and Messi, I think Lionel would be on the bench.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #24

    the players have stopped playing for pardew,,

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Did someone mention the clinically insane? Good, I’m not late then….

    Missed the game today, looks like that was a stroke of luck.

    Anything constructive out there? Let’s just assume we all know it’s all Pardews fault, he hasn’t got a clue and is getting fired, blah blah, anything else to report?

    Finally, what’s this about Beattie returning? Which Beattie was it, medicated or not?

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Conaldo. It does have it`s comedy value. It`s the glee with which defeat is greeted by some I find disturbing. Some people find it so important that their views are validated that they would rather lose just so they can scream Look I told you so.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #27

    blew

    your right,,

    messi will not track back
    lmao

    and ppl like conaldo would still back pardew

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Swansea is a good team, with not many stars in them but they pass well and keep the ball well.

    Are we hoping to win them by free kicks, set-pieces, corner kick, or penalty?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Pardews killing the team?

    I know better than coming on here game day.

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  • IFC.Toon

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #30

    We have officially have Europa-League-Syndrome, I have said it loads but I am sure Ben Arfa is a complete waste out wide. Give him the no.10 role. Two strikers is outdated in the prem.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #31

    The Pardew out crew never ever suggest a replacement lol

    If you could suggest a better replacement,I might agree with you… 😉

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #32

    Conaldo

    I like your posts and think you offer a lot to the blog.

    But surely you cannot be happy with this season.

    I’m not on for jumping to conclusions and I think a manager should be judges season to season, no snap decisions to a few bad results.

    But do you not think that this season we have played some terrible stuff and scraped points with hard work, not skill.

    Our starting 11 is surely as good as evertons and they play some brilliant, fluent stuff.

    Pardew isn’t clueless from what I can see, he just seems cautious and I cannot put my finger on why.

    With the talent n our squad he should be sending them out to dominate and win games. He has some big decisions to make soon with a few top players under performing.

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Evening Ibiza, missed a pretty awful game to be fair. But yeah your pretty much bang on with the reactions.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #34

    I heard Mourinho was available??

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Ibiza
    All there is to say is that was a truly dismal display today mate fo yourself a favour and dont watch any highlights there painful!
    Sacking pards seems to be the war cry but seems drastically OTT personally think the players have more to answer for than the coaching staff today

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Belfast….It’s funny that, isn’t it? Seems it’s easier to just whinge about things.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Tequila

    In fairness to these fans who scream look i told you so……..

    …I would say they are not happy with the defeat, they would much rather be proved wrong.

    The defeat and general performance of the team this season goes some way to vindicating their argument.

    I’m sure if pardew got the team playing fluent attacking football and winning games at a canter you would say “we told you so”

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #38

    tequilamag

    its not about being vindicated, not at all,

    i hate it when my/our team loses, but some find it hard to point the finger of blame, when, its there for all to see, he has the team playing shit football, yet some chose to look at the table and point out we are 4 points of europe,,, get real ppl, we will finish bottom half

    but the players we have i think can get us in the top 5 with the right manager

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Ibiza – for what it’s worth, my take on things today.

    toonLYF // Nov 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    don’t usually like to criticise, but after a showing like that i can’t even begin to put a slightly positive spin on things. We were completely dismantled in the centre of the pitch, Diame controlled the game, and Jonas, Cabaye and Anita are at entire fault for that.

    We have players not performing all over the pitch at the moment and it’s causing other players to wander in attempt to try and cover – however, in effect it’s just leaving us looking like a disjointed//disorganised team who can’t even put 3 decent passes together.

    This persevering has to stop now. I want to see players dropped on Saturday, with some fresh legs in the XI.

    Oh and some pass//move drills in training wouldn’t go a miss, cause our lads looked like a bunch of 11 year olds today minus Ben Arfa and Ba.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #40

    martinez
    jol
    clarkie

    there is 3 names

    all will have us playing football

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