Pardew – I’m Disappointed – We Should Have Played Better

Newcastle had two league defeats before yesterday’s shambles against West Ham, and we were beaten 2-0 at Chelsea and 3-0 at home to Manchester United, so to be beaten by those two top teams was not shameful, but to be beaten by newly promoted West Ham, and at home too – is not good.

Still pals after all these years – Nolan and Gutierrez before the game yesterday

And our only other defeat before yesterday was at Manchester United in the League Cup, but then came yesterday,  and Newcastle looked awful in that first half, until Kevin Nolan scored in the 38th minute.

And after that Newcastle raised their game a notch or two, but couldn’t score, even though Demba Ba went close on a number of occasions and it looked like we should have had a penalty before half time when James Tomkins shoved Steven Taylor in the back, following a right wing corner and right in front of the referee.

But these are nothing but excuses, and if anything, West Ham deserved the points, and for them it was a great victory, and on Kevin Nolan’s performance yesterday, he was the one we should have kept on board at Newcastle.

We got too much money to keep Andy Carroll on Tyneside, and we had to unload Joey Barton – and Jose Enrique, who was the Man of the Match yesterday at Chelsea in Liverpool’s good 1-1 draw, wanted to leave the club.

It was a frustrating performance for the Newcastle fans yesterday, who packed St. James’ Park and there were more than 51,00 at the game, to see Newcastle go down with a poor performance.

Alan Pardew was also frustrated with both the performance and the result after the game:

“If you don’t score at home then you’re asking for trouble. We threatened the goal, we had about 8 or 9 shots, but nothing really with any purpose or quality.”

“I’m disappointed. We should have played better. We missed an opportunity in the first 20 minutes, we wasted 20 minutes, we couldn’t get going.” “We should of done better defensively for Nolan’s goal.”

“We should have just squeezed the box a little bit there. We’re behind, we’re at home, the crowd are frustrated, we’re frustrated, some of the players are frustrated.”

There will be a big over reaction to this defeat by fans and in the press, and it’s happening already, but next up for Newcastle is a home game with Swansea, who are not a bad side.

And we somehow have to hope we can get back to our winning ways soon, after claiming only 3 victories so far this season in the league – last year at this time we had 7 wins and were 3rd top of the table, behind the two Manchester clubs.

So it’s been disappointing so far this season for Newcastle and the Geordie fans.

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9 comments so far


    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    MIKE ASHLEY is a joker…i hear sources saying that newcastle scouting team has headed into amazon jungle to find a replacement for shola,simpson etc…

    i hope they would be coming with a bunch of monkeys,,snakes,,elephant for free of cost..
    so i hope he will play them the next season……
    pls…someone drag MA to hell…

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    So guys, what’s the recommended bet….Pardew to be fired or us to get relegated this season? Or should I go for both?

    Cathy is fair enough with his criticism, as he has disliked Pardew since day one and hasn’t altered his criticism…I may not agree with him, but he is consistent!

    We all knew this season would be more challenging than the last. Like it or not, Pardew isn’t an experience European manager and this was always going to be a test run. Ashley knows what he has invested and what he wants back this season and for the upcoming seasons, he is a calculating man.

    So far, I am happy with the Europa campaign. I recognise we haven’t had a tough group and the intensity will likely increase as and when of if we qualify (although it is looking good). So far this season we have had so many disruptions to the playing team and have been missing some key players, through no fault of Pardews (Please don’t say it’s down to him no new players came in, it’s clear he wants new players, are we suggesting he walks or gets on with the job?).

    There may be better managers out there, in fact, I’m willing to bet there are, however, I can not think of one that is established / proven that would be willing to take over, so why keep going on and on? Now is the time to support our manager and team, not create a bigger feel of negativity in an area that I honestly don’t feel we can better at the minute.

    Constructive criticism is one thing, I’m not sure how discussing the merits or essential need to fire Pardew is helping anything at all, even our own understandings of what’s going on. No one is being educated by this, just stirring mass panic. Might be wrong, but it strikes resemblances to our past days when unreasonable expectations lost a very decent manager and made our club a daily circus for the public.

    Once again, not saying we should kid ourselves and have censorship on a blog to discuss all things Newcastle, but keep within the realms of reality, even if you think Ashley may fire Pardew, who the hell are we going to get that would be an improvement.

    I felt we needed to stick with him and give him a real chance, that time hasn’t lapsed yet and I’m willing to sacrifice a season at least to see what he can do. Are we really going to be the fans that have a slow / bad start (if that’s what you want to call it) and start calling for the managers head?

  • jeff

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    someone posted something about potential managers and martinez’ name popped up

    id love him here if im honest although i havent lost faith in pardew just yet!!!

    we need to play more aggressively at home and we need to stop playing such a rigid formation. absolutely none of the top 5 (or even every other team in the league) is as rigid as us. even fat sam plays five in the midfield!!! off topic but what a player diame is

    as for the starting line-up given yesterdays game, these are the players who shouldnt be starting next week.

    simpson – but we dont have any other options
    williamson – but he will
    jonas – sad that i hope he is not risked next game because of his injury
    ferguson – a lot of you on this blog hype him up, i remember in one article he was compared to baines and bale!! which was ridiculous. he is too small and too timid, he needs some rough-housing
    cisse – poor guy and positionally naive at times

    with that outta the way i wanna see this vs swansea!!! we can afford to play smaller players as they dont have many large guys except michu



  • jeff

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    actually scratch bigi, play abeid instead

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5


    Re – a previous thread. I don’t think it’s a lack of investment particularly. We have far better players than West Ham and we were playing at home. Ashley got rid of Allardyce because he didn’t like his style, but ironically Pardew is turning out to be far worse.

    Statiscally we have played more long balls this season than Stoke and West ham which is a really damning indictment and like fat Sham we are so negative even at home.

    I just find it incredible that maybe 95% of people on here can see the problem but the guy paid the big bucks can’t. I remember 1 game at Norwich when we were chasing a goal Pardew put perch on just so we didn’t lose by more!

    Obvious things:-

    1) Simmo – extremely limited as a footballer. Move Santon right, play Jonas at left back.

    2) Willo – Ok Colo was injured so maybe no choice

    3) Anita was bought as a DM to play in a middle 3 with Tiote and Cabs to let Cabs go forward. Still waiting to see it.

    4) A blind man can see Cisse and Ba will never work in a 442 no matter how long Pardew flogs it. They did work in 433 with Ba out left, but he won’t do that any more. So you play 1 or the other centrally with a whole selection of Sammi, Fergie, Marv or Obertan to choose from to play left.

    5) has to be ONE central striker up front in a 433 / 4231 or 451. 442 has to be kicked in to the long grass.

    Brian Clough never had money to spend at Forest but they were twice European champions because he got the players to buy in to a good passing and moving system.

    Pardew is a typical English FA clone. We ahve the players, now we need a manager who will let them express themselves and not be consumed with fear all the time.

    This season has been the biggest bore fest ever. Yes we need a good RB and CH, but a lot of teams would kill for the players we have and they are just being wasted in Pardew’s straitjackets.

    Why can’t Pardew think back to how we beat WBA away last season. That should have been the blueprint for this season. Wasted opportunity

  • jeff

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    reasoning for obertan: look how fast teams like liverpool and other lamers hit us on the counteract. we look so susceptible when WE are taking OUR corners to the counter attack however we are such a slow team that when other teams are taking corners we offer nothing unless ben arfa can dribble through three players then release ba

    we need some pace

  • jeff

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #7

    also WOW we have been so boring this season

  • seancavaz

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah let’s sack the manager! Ffs I’m deleting my account on here. The amount of crap I’ve read over the last few weeks is beyond a joke!

    So last season Pardew wins LMA manager of the year yet this year all of a sudden people are calling for his head! We’re 10th in the league, 4 points off 6th place and near enough qualified for the next round of Europe!

    Yes we ain’t playing well, Christ Stevie Wonder can see that. Yes we can all see the problem, too many hopeless long balls aiming to no-one in particular, therefore by passing our creative players in Cabaye(poor this season I’ll admit) and Ben Arfa. Once the confidence to play from defence through the midfield and into the channels for Cisse and Ba to burst the net creeps back into our game no doubt everyone will be claiming Pardew as a worthy 2 time to manager of the year again yeah!

    Opinions are what makes football great, however the last time I checked none of us are on Sky Sports or Match of the day giving our interviews to the press.

    So less negativity, think of where we’ve come from, get a reality check that last year far exceeded expectations and trust the management!

  • stuart no9

    Nov 12, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    sean @8 ashley got rid of big sam coz he didnt like his brand of football , and also us fans didnt like his brand of football,. so…why is pardew any different.?


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