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There’s Been An Over-Reaction To Poor Results – Pardew

10:35 am, Saturday, November 17th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Alan Pardew hasn’t had too many crises to deal with during his time at Newcastle, and he’s done an excellent job for the club , but with the Magpies only in the middle of the table, and going through a poor run in the league, the game today at home to Swansea City is an important one – make no mistake about that.

Alan Pardew – there’s been an over-reaction by fans

But Alan seems a straight arrow, and he’s not ducking the very poor performance form Newcastle last week at home to West Ham United, and he had this to say today in the local press:

“I don’t want to bury my head in the sand about the West Ham performance or indeed the West Brom performance, where we won when we know we perhaps shouldn’t have.”

“But by the same token I think there has been a bit of an over-reaction.” “And I can remember us playing as poorly last season in some games.” “There was West Brom game when we lost 3-2 and it could have been more.”

“There was the 0-0 against Swansea when we weren’t that good. We did have these games last season.” “The expectation has risen.” “We should be in the top seven. That is understandable because of what happened last year.”

“We have to carry that expectation. I thought against West Ham we were rushed and we were chasing the goal too much.” “We got into good situations then rushed it. That’s not because we don’t want to win, it is because we want to win too much.”

“It is about getting that balance right.”

Alan Pardew will have been updated by local coaches like John Carver and Steve Stone about how Newcastle fans react to a loss.

And of course we always over-react, and we pointed that out after Sunday’s defeat – that there will be an over-reaction on the negative side – while cunningly making a note to ourselves not to over-react too much on the blog this week. 😀

Newcastle fans also over-react to good wins, and we’ll probably see that afternoon if we can manage a win.

We hope to see an over-reaction on the positive side at 5:00 pm this afternoon – we’re not daft.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BiffBaffBoff // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I dont think its an over reaction.. we’ve been poor in all but about 3-4 games this season, we’re lucky to be where we are.. and the stats suggest that. Our long ball percentage is one of the highest, our shots is one of the lowest, our possession stats are crap, set pieces are atrocious..

  • 2 BelfastMagpie // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Hoping for a far better performance today…

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Im always quick to defend Pards ,but excusing how sh*t we’ve been playing by saying look how shite we were last season sometimes, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  • 4 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Pardew and Ed….It’s as if you’ve never met a fan before! Overreact? Pah.

  • 5 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Jail….Laugh, always laugh.

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Belfast….Surprised to see you up so early after your bender last night!

  • 7 BelfastMagpie // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    I actually think these injuries might help us.
    Freshen up the team a bit.

    Hope to see Marveaux start today,behind Ba.

  • 8 BelfastMagpie // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    What bender was this ??

    Corrie,im a celebirty,and the children in need bender?

    Aye it was great… 😉

  • 9 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    If we are looking for reasons for bad form and shite perfomances here !

    Look at the number of games we have had this year when Pardew has not had his first team choice on match day !

    We were missing Krul, Collo and also Tiote for a lot of games so far this year. Cabaye also just does,nt seem the same player as last season ! Basically if things don,t improve and soon, we will be right back to where we were last year and Relegation candidates !

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Belfast…That’s the one mate. Hardcore.

  • 11 mattnufc // Nov 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Injuries and suspensions should always be expected, especially how we now play more games this season. The majority of people said we needed to get cover during the summer transfer window for precisely this reason; it is not bad luck that we have been without are starting 11 for every game.

  • 12 mattnufc // Nov 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM


  • 13 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Nov 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    @ 11:

    The injuries and suspensions hav,nt helped us.

    The last transfer window is coming back to haunt us. More should of been done, and too much time was spent chasing the likes of Debuchy, Douglas and Luuk de Jong.

    De Jong has disappeared into obscurity, hav,nt heard anything about him for months. We should of gone for more realistic targets and told Lille and Twente to bog off as soon as they started trying to screw us!

  • 14 mattnufc // Nov 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Hear, hear!

  • 15 woolerbill // Nov 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Over reaction, will Mr. Pardew when you give up a days pay to watch your team and that team of over paid players who take half an hour to realise the came has started, I think you need to over react.

  • 16 woolerbill // Nov 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    We pardew what went wrong today.

  • 17 custurd // Nov 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Pardew is right, we did have sh*te games last season, and they were mostly when he inexplicably decided to switch back to 4-4-2 from a 4-3-3 — a formation that was taking teams apart. We haven’t had a decent game this season, and 1-2 today is not only NUFCs second defeat on the bounce it’s a second defeat on the bounce in our own back yard. And we’re not talking about top opposition here. Perhaps the fans over-react. I’m just wandering when Pardew is going to react!!

  • 18 Ross Lindsay // Nov 17, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Still never produced a convincing performance yet this season, these last two games have been a fantastic opportunity to put the points on the board but failed to do so without ever really looking like scoring goals.

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