We Created Numerous Chances Yesterday – Pardew

It was another poor performance by Newcastle yesterday against Swansea, especially since it was at St. James’ Park, where we don’t expect to lose too many times in the season, but we’ve now lost three games of the four we’ve lost this in the league this season at St. James’ Park – and that’s not good.

Alan Pardew – during yesterday’s defeat

The strategy this year is to use our up and coming youngsters to fill in for the side when we have two games a week, so we can participate well in both the Premier League and the Europa League, but with the injuries and suspensions we have picked up this season, that simply isn’t working out too well.

And for instance yesterday, once Swansea scored, our lads seemed to lack conviction and as Alan Pardew has said – that’s because they are young and inexperienced.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game yesterday:

“Up until they scored I was in a fairly good mood.” “We had a young side out with a lot of experienced players missing, and we had a real good application to the game, a good shape to us and were putting good pressure on them.”

“We created numerous chances but just couldn’t get the goal, and I felt if we scored the goal then we would have been in a great position.” “Unfortunately they scored, and the period after that is where we lost a bit of confidence and shape.”

“You would expect that from a young side and with what happened last week.” “I have no complaints about the performances today, but we need our best players and we have to try and bring them back.”

Newcastle had chances to score yesterday, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the net, and Demba Ba had a few chances, which he usually puts away.

This is the first time in Alan Pardew’s tenure on Tyneside, that we have lost two games in a row at home, so things are hardly looking bright on Tyneside this morning.

Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias have a decision to make, are they going to strengthen the side in January, so we can have better players to fill in for the top stars for the rest of the season, or are we going to just get by until the summer.

If it’s the latter we can kiss goodbye to being in Europe next season, but given how we have been unprepared for it this season, maybe that’s a good thing.

What do you think?

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25 comments so far

  • jeff

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    i agree with your post conaldo

    however you may be slightly optimistic

  • jeff

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    hey can anyone tell me when vuckic is expected to return? if he can step up and play behind ba, our problem is solved

    too bad the lad had so much potential

  • jeff

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    just googled it.

    six months.

  • JDdubai

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    We may have had some chances but Swansea had a lots of better ones, 2 million for Michu was a ridiculous piece of business too.

    Cant see anything to convince me we will finish top half this season, Cisse and Jonas would not have improved us yesterday imo.

    Need HBA or Marveaux playing behind Ba now, Id stick with Sammy left wing and anyone on the right but need a box-to-box CM in there next to Tiote, hindsight is a great thing but why we didnt go for Diame on a free transfre in the summer is beyond me, he looked good for Wigan so was hardly a risk for the tightwads that run the club.

    Fergie trained up as a LB too imo, never going to score enough as a wide left attacker but can still be dangerous coming from deep like Santon but with better crossing.

  • jeff

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    man oh man i hope with all these injuries abeid gets a chance in the europa league

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Jeff – I don’t deny that I’m optimistic. However I try not to let it cloud my judgement.

    I understand that we have not been great this season, but things aren’t as bad as people make out. It’s time to support the team, not boo the team when the second goal goes in. As soon as Swansea scored again, 30000 people booed and left. That was absolutely disgraceful. And anyone on here who was at the match and booed and left, I have no hesitations in telling you this. That is not the kind of behaviour we need from the fans right now.

    Stick by the team and when things click, it’ll be ok. When were things ever easy supporting nufc?

  • jeff

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    hey ive had this problem for about 6 months now

    whenever i open nufcblog.com on my computer i get a cached version of a number of months ago (linking nathaniel clyne to us among others)

    does anyone else have this issue and know how to resolve it?


    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    I am a fan of your optimism Conaldo.

    But back to the comments above about chances, we need to start making the chances and scoring from them.

    If we don,t start doing that, we are in trouble.

  • jeff

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    or has anyone had this issue and know how to resolve it. obviously if you have the issue you wouldnt know how to fix it

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    manxpie // Nov 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    catchy you ask 5 games well stoke,west brom, chelsea n man u n liverpool now you tell me 10 games where we played great in the 5 to 8 years before pardew?

    sorry to go back on threads,, but maxpie,, come on

    liverpool was 3-1, but do you put that down to pardew,, id say that was a CH win, he traind the team all week got fired, so i dont thin pardew had much influence on that game,

    chelsea last season, are we talking about 2-1 with 2 cisse wonder goals, in that game like many more we where out played and where hanging on for dear life, cisse scored well into injury time against the run of play,

    man u, hey any win against man u is a great win, but face the facts, it was a long ball game, the tactic worked a treat, but there was no real football involved,

    il give yopu west brom and stoke, the stoke game , even obertan managed to put in a nice cross for ba

    so if in 2 years this is the best you can do in trying to prove we can play good football, it is quite sad

    for me, as i have said this has been coming since he joined the club, and will only get worse

    do we need to be relegated , just to prove he is poor,,

    right now this all reminds me of JFK, other than charls insomnia, every one said he was good to work with, but as fans we could all see it wasnt right,,

    right now im thinking very sorry for SAM AL, he got fired and hated by most fans for his aproach to football, yet so many of you want to embrace worse football from a guy that (IMO) has no clue what he is doing, and yes i think even some of you could do a better job

    as fans we want to see good football and expect not to win every game, but as fans we look at other teams and say id be happy with a point from this game, some games you just hope its not gona be a wholiping, when man u or chelsea have been on form, but in general most other teams you think you can take points of them

    under pardew, i have never felt like we will thrash a team,, and this is sad, we all love to think hey we looked good,,, but we never have under his guidence

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    JBDubai….You say that you’ve seen nothing this season to suggest we will get top 10. The way I look at it is after a third of the way through the season, we have been playing fairly rubbish football. Don’t really look like a unit, many players struggling for form, injuries and annoying suspensions….yet we’re still there, within touching distance.

    We haven’t really seen anything yet. It may turn out the clubs ability to finalise their summer plans have cost us this season in the sense we’re turning up late to the party, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be a million miles off the pace come season end.

    Right now things aren’t looking great. But in two weeks (ish), we could find ourselves with 6 more points (it can happen, just because it isn’t happening yet, doesn’t mean it wont – this is football remember, form is temporary) and qualification for the next stages of the EL.

    Then comes January, a chance for some things to be put right (if you’re feeling let down – personally, I think they had their targets and still do, players not arriving was not part of the plan and will be arriving soon, but that’s just what I think!).

    When we play really well and still lose, then may be the time to panic or when we’re really in the sh*tt*r! Things may not be all rosey right now, but they’re not as bad as some are making out imo.

  • Les Grossman

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Honestly, it’s mass hysteria on here after a bad patch FFS!
    People saying we have played sh1t football since pardew took over, have no knowledge of football at all. Did they say that when we were playing teams off the park last season?
    Eg, Manure……we were sh1te then weren’t we ??
    Honestly, you know who you are on here, all had your tongues so far up Pardews hoop when we were winning and now you want him out.

    P155 of down the road and join the fickle scumbags down there, your tarred with the same brush, hot tar with a bit of luck!
    I won’t name names , you know how you are and your so cowardly that you won’t even acknowledge the fact that you talk sh1te.

    That’s to the collective by the way, not one individual!

  • darrenfletcher88

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Hard facts are we will not win a cup,not good enough, if we don’t finish top six we will lose are players, and we are no wear near a top six side,other teams have improved and we have went backwards

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Jeff – on my computer I get a weird version load up. It works again when you press the home page button.

    Catchy – he might have been talking about Liverpool at our places. We beat Chelsea 2-0 and we dominated. If you can’t see that no wonder your never pleased. If you supported Barcelona you’d slag them off for passing to much.
    Games like the 3-0 against Man U, 2-0 Chelsea, the 2-0 against Liverpool where Enrique went in goal. These are all games we can look back on and enjoy, say I was there or I watched that. Jeez, you will never be happy.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #15

    darren….Was silverware realistically on the menu this season?

    Come on now, how can we argue we’re giving the team a chance by keeping expectations realistic when you’re saying we wont win any cups and that’s not good enough.

    Not too many managers have come along to an side re-building, not invested loads of money and won something in two years. There are things to be disappointed in at the minute, surely this isn’t one of them?


    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Its time to go away and to stop reading some of the rubbish being written on here today by some of you!

    Bye, Bye!

  • Super Magpie

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    No excuses for yesterday. Pardew changed to 4-4-2 in the 2nd half and after a good 10 minute spell Swansea settled and started to dominate. After a couple of missed chances for them, they scored from a mistake from us. The second goal, we were simply picked off, and guess what? I knew it was going to happen.
    Swansea were causing us trouble on the break for the full game and were eventually going to score. We had to get first goal IMO, so they wouldn’t sit back. Obviously we didn’t. I don’t agree with the fact we created chances. A lot of our chances came from shots outside the box.
    There was only Ba’s header, 1 v 1 (which was offside) and when Shola literally rocketed the ball into Ba when he was 6 yards out.

    Anyway, the first half I was happy with. The performance was good but Swansea looked dangerous on the break. We had to score. In the second half it was back to hoofball. Simpson,Williamson and Santon were appauling yesterday. Santon has been consistent this season and will only improve. Simpson and Williamson are simply not good enough. I blame Pardew for some dodgy tactics at HT but more of the blame goes to Ashley and Llambias because Pardew has to work with such a small squad atm. January is a big window for us. It will show truly once and for all if they really want us to go forward and consistently push for a top 6 position. I can’t see our best players wanting to stick around either at this rate.

    I’ll probably get slated for being ‘negative’ after that. But it’s hard to find positives from this season. And after 2 consecutive home defeats, people are starring to turn. We haven’t played well for a full 90 minutes this season. Something needs to be done to change this,

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Les Grossman

    why dont you say what you think,,

    if i was like you, id believe it would never rain again
    id still believe in the tooth fairy
    id still believe in santa

    unfortunily the world is not fair, the guy has had llong enough to impose his style on the players we have and for me this is 2 years of wasted time


  • Tsunki

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Conaldo – I saw what seemed like half the ground get up and leave after the 2nd goal, and I wondered where did this misplaced expectation come from? Are we suddenly a top 5 team who are expected to beat 80% of the league? I never leave before the bitter end btw just to beat the traffic ha ha, so I was there to give the lads a round of applause for trying. This was a largely inexperienced squad who learned a harsh lesson today. And Swansea did not have MORE chances than us, the ones they did have were more clear-cut due to our thin and high defence due to pushing for a goal ourselves, we were faced with most of their team behind the ball which was extremely difficult to cut through. Ba had a glaring miss. HBA should have made at least one goal. Hey ho.

  • darrenfletcher88

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza,we have players that have come out and said they want European football,we are no where near getting that again,no investment has left us hear!!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Darren…..I think we’re about 5 points off a European qualification spot mate. We’re top of our Europa League group.

    It’s not easy at the minute, but we knew it would be.

    Wanting European football and demanding silverware are two entirely different objectives.

  • Les Grossman

    Nov 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #22

    And solskjaer has done exactly what in a top class league?

  • Sav

    Nov 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Should have left on Ferguson and taken off Sammy for Shola..Only Fergie and Ben Arfa can cross a ball.

    Lets face it, everyone knew we were short this season. A 22-man squad with Xisco and a few young’uns in it is not enough. Its no shock. Last season we were lucky with injuries but its balancing out this year. Mashley gambled and this time it hasn’t paid off. Anita was only signing and so far, he’s looked like your average utility player although obviously the teammates he has now aren’t passing and moving like the Ajax side he’s used to.
    As for our academy and reserve sides, they haven’t been up to the scratch of other clubs for years. Finding stars of tomorrow isn’t easy but our record is abysmal as reflected in the hidings we received this week..

  • GeordieLadMick

    Nov 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #24

    I think we need to take a look at Krul and his kicking. He has always been a terrible kicker of the ball. Yes, in terms of being able to stop a shot he is right up there with the best. However, it has to improve or make a change. If we are going to play the hoofball game, we need the ball to go to one of our players. Just a thought, try Elliot in goal when he’s available?

  • microbar

    Nov 19, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #25

    God help us another 7 years plus of this dire crap,
    Why did mike award such a long contract to such a crap manager ?.


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