Newcastle Players Dig Deep – Pulling Together In Difficult Period

It’s not exactly a crisis at Newcastle,  but with Norwich beating Manchester United at Carrow Road over the weekend, they now have 11 points from their last five games and only conceded one goal in that period under Chris Hughton, and are now level on points with Newcastle, and Sunderland managed to score three times yesterday to get a good 3-1 win at Fulham, and they are now only 2 points behind the Magpies.

Mike Williamson – a team meeting held last week

The big worry at Newcastle is that we have a lot of our best players out at the moment, and news yesterday was that Yohan Cabaye probably needs surgery on his groin,  and that would put him out until early January, and we also have Ryan Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling and James Perch all out injured, and Coloccini still suspended for one more league game, and the team is not playing well.

Surprisingly Newcastle are not scoring goals, although we are still creating the chances,  and if Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba can recapture some of their form from last season, we could start winning at any time.

Mike Williamson has said there was a meeting of the players last week to try to come to grips with the position we are in, but we lost again on Saturday at home, and in the last three league games, in which Alan Pardew expected to pick up quite a few points, the opposite has happened, and we have just a single point.

This is what Mike said in the local press this morning:

“The lads had a meeting during the week and everyone has put their thoughts across, and it’s just about continuing to work hard and carrying on and sticking together as a group.”  “Everyone will go through tough periods in a season and this one is ours.”  

“It’s no secret our form and the results aren’t and haven’t been what we’d hoped.”  “The fact is we’re looking at things, ways of improving, any different areas where we can progress, from the management to the players.” “That’s what we’re doing. “

“We’re pulling together and that’s what you have to do when go through a difficult period.”  “I think it could be a factor in some ways.” “People have worked certain things out, like who our danger men are.” “There are certain times when there are two or three players on Hatem Ben Arfa, for example.”

“It’s like a puzzle we all have to work out.” “The fact is we need to utilise our big players to the best of their ability, create different ways of attacking and work on being solid, too, because at the moment, we’re struggling to score goals and we’re leaking at the other end.”

“So it’s not great, but it’s something everyone is working on extremely hard behind the scenes to try and correct.” “It has been tough so far and the last two results have been disappointing.” “It’s time to dig deep, you know, show our character, work hard on the training ground.”

“We just continue what we’re doing and I’m sure the belief will come back.” “It’s only a matter of time because it’s not as if we’re doing anything different.” “It’s just that the results aren’t clicking at the minute, so we have to find the right formula like we did last year.”

Newcastle have a game against Maritimo in the Europa league on Thursday night, and that’s really another distraction for the league game at Southampton on Sunday afternoon, and that could be a tricky one with the Saints probably full of confidence from their excellent display at QPR on Saturday where they won that crunch game 3-1.

There’s a good chance we can beat Maritimo on Thursday night and qualify for the knock-out rounds of the Europa league, but that will fall completely flat if we cannot get something at St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.

What do you think?

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22 comments so far

  • rainrix

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Our bad spell is a 3rd of a season? Seems legit

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    When ben arfa gets the ball everyone seems to stand and watch instead of helping him out and ive also noticed there is only 1 striker in the box waiting for a cross get both in there wingers have to be wingers and get the ball in the box we used to do it all the time.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    There is a lack of movement with players not showing for the ball. Like to see Abeid given a full game on thursday and take it from there.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Time for 4-3-3 in the Europa game.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5


    They only player that was moving around all game wanting the ball was anita, we seem to have nothing in the middle of the park its been like that all season. I think ben arfa has to play behind the striker he would cause teams all sorts of problems.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6

    you’ve spent too much time on here and its addled your brain. You can’t just agree with everyone and think you’ll
    end up as a winner. Pardew’s managing in the harsh world of the Premiership you get found out with any weakness.
    Particularly defensively.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7


    I do consider things before I type them, thanks for patronising reponse without actually considerign what I said.

    So which teams in the league do you think have a better squad.

    I say, man utd, city, chelsea, arsenal, spurs, everton…..wouldn’t say others have any better squad depth and over all ability than ours.

    also how am I banging off? I am just suggesting a few things i have seen which I think could be improved on with out current players.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8


    I dont agree with everyone.

    I think people, positive and negative both make good points.

    I agree with bits of each but I don’t think its all doom and gloom, pardew should be sacked, but I also don’t think everything is rosy and Pardew is without any fault.

    This season is a combination of board, manager and players.

  • ginkoh

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    They should understand their own role on the pitch. Work hard is pointless if we still don’t know what we working for. No doubt we’re running too hard every game but our run is uneffective at all, Need more intelligent and better discipline on the pitch also.

    When we play bad, we should accept it, watch Pardew try to make excuse as lack of experience or player injury or Too much Match play is making anything worse, IMO.

    We play shit that’s why we lose, that’s fact.

  • WorJordi

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    If we can get a decent home win in Thursday it will set us up in a better frame of mind for the weekend. The team need a lift. A win will do this. it wont cure all the problems but with qualification for the Europa out of the way we can then concentrate on the PL. I am as jacked off as anyone about the way we are playing at the moment but I am a NUFC fan, I cant help it. I want to win and want to win a trophy BUT realise AP is not a hands on manager he is a HANDS TIED manager. So we have to back him. Name me one decent manager who would leave where they are now and take over the reins at SJP …… AND make a better job of where we are now Knowing who sits on the board? Go on…you can can you. Lets back AP and the lads and hope for a good result Thursday HWTL

  • Pushy Pardew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    HBA does need to play higher up the field where he can have more impact. Anita is an intelligent player who showed for a short pass only to see the usual suspects hoof it past him. One of the problems is that only half the side can play football and Pardew is finding old habits die hard with the rest.
    Ian Toon made the point wasted on you that Pardew is slowly getting a team i think he said was it 5out of nine he’s bought but there are pieces missing still..

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    It seems 99% of people can see what would work and what isn’t working. Why is it that the guy paid the big bucks is the only one who just can’t or won’t!

    Last season we stumbled on 433 and played brilliantly for 6 games, but that has inexplicably been kicked in to the long grass.

    In our current set up there is no movement and good passing whatsoever. Most criminally we have 2 alleged premiership footballers in Simmo and Willo who are not fit for purpose and should be at Stoke where footballing ability is not a requirement.

    If we took Benny out of it we would have zero creativy at all. So many long balls make us a worse watch than Pulis and Allardyce. No invention from set pieces at all.
    We look absolutely devoid of anything unless Benny produces a moment of brilliance.

    This could all be remedied so easily:-
    1) Go back to 433 or 4231 with 1 central striker.
    Put Cisse on the bench to alternate with Ba.
    2) Play Santon RB and Jonas LB
    3) Play 3 in the middle with Anita and Tiote sitting, Cabs or Abeid advanced.

    Please listen Pardew and stop flogging dead horses, otherwise it will be West Ham part 2 all over again.
    Tevez and Mascherano or Harewood and Mullins….hmm.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #13


    Floppy chops would do a good job with the players we have, do you not think he could?

    But we dont want this shite again we need to stick with what we have and hope we can get out of this sticky patch we are in, a win on thur could set us up. Next 3 league games are winnable, wish we still had best or even lover would come in handy at the mo.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    So when is Pardew no longer the man to take us forward? CH wasn’t at a similar stage of the season, sitting in a similar position and with an inferior squad.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    I have to go. It’s not my intention to patronise you but you must reflect on pointers made or you’ll just be say another tads who constantly misses the point. I think
    Ian was doing an Ibiza, on a reference to reflection, because you came back with the same point and did not expand your thinking. .

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #16

    you got to love big mike dont ya,, he just hit the nail on the head there

    “We just continue what we’re doing and I’m sure the belief will come back.” “It’s only a matter of time because it’s not as if we’re doing anything different.” “It’s just that the results aren’t clicking at the minute, so we have to find the right formula like we did last year.”


    someone mentioned luck not beine with us for every game and we finished 5th with good results

    well im telling you one lucky thing that lasted a whole season that wont happen this year is CHELSEA AND LIVERPOOL, they were so poor last year, there players and managers just did not turn up, so i believe we gained 2 positions there, il take that

    last year we still played lots of long ball football, no one can say we did not, ba scored a lot from long balls, then cisse came and we had 3 players trying to play football, HBA cabeye linking well with cisse,,

    this season pardew has tried to keep to many players happy instead of playing the best players he has, he is trying to fit them into strange systems that just dont work, we all see this,

    what i hate is some of you telling me not to be vocal and back the manager, but you same guys are putting forward team line ups and different systems,,, please tell me how you doing this is any better than me saying he is not good enough, if you thought he was /is good enough you would not sugest teams or formations, you would only discuss things that the ref did not give us or how so and so miised a sitter,

    the fact is, he is not good enough, he wants to have his team full of workers with no flare or creativity, i realy dont think the guy knows how to get the best out of good players

    this is the best squad of players we have had since SIR BOBBY, but it does not look like it on the pitch,, and im not just talking about this season, this has been since he gott here,

    he says we play one way, the sats and what you see every week suggest we play another way

    if you take the next 8 fixtures and look at where the points are coming from, its scary, on paper we should beat southampton, but what is our record like at there ground?? not good

    wigan and qpr we should get points, but there fighting for there lives, and mike want to keep it as it is because it will come good,,
    thats why it was important to take points from WH and SWAN, 2 very winable home games, now i fear that come half way point we could have as little as 14 / 20 points,, thats a relegation battle for the second half of the season

    this 8 year contract is a noose around our necks right now

  • Pushy Pardew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    It was not a best seller when you peddled it the first time and certainly not for the umpteenth time. Call the dogs off go and have a lay down in a dark room.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18


    I understand what Ian said.

    It just he can back at my point with a different one too.

    My point is the current players should do better under pardew.

    I accept if he had all his own players it would be better, that is a given.

    My complaint is that he need to get the barest out of what we have

  • WorJordi

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    @East Stand Geordie
    Ok I’ll give you that. He does have an ability to motivate and cajole players. But as you say we wouldnt really want him in.
    Thursday inst a must win its a “we’re going to win and then move on to the next game” That attitude will bring things around and we can go into the festive period with a chance of making something of the season with a cup run and/or a climb up the league.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #20

    Catchy and ROTONDA
    The batman and Robin of daytime blogging. You never see them in the same room together.
    Too much fun it’s back to the hard grind. This not a reference to Simpson’s offield activities.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #21

    Ian, re Tonnbanno’s blog , I dont see why you should have an issue with me being influenced by it. Its a good post, passionately put across. I dont want to see Pardew sacked at all. Mind you the huge contract he is on will make that very difficult. Still cant see what that achieved. I hope he can work his way out of this, but I’m certainly beginning to wonder if he is indeed a middle of the road coach who came from middling teams and got lucky last year. Hopefully not – time will tell, but I wouldnt continue with him beyond the summer if we dont see improvement, although we have to allow fir Cabaye. I want to see him come through, but I appreciate he has been hamstrung by Ashley. But then, isnt this the greatest owner ever – the man people couldnt say anything bad about because he is such a rich clever businessman?

  • wynsleap

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    WorJordi @ 10 – You say Pardew is a HANDS TIED manager and who else could we get in to do the job any better?
    That is perfectly true and doesn’t that just sum up the dire situation we currently have at this club when we have to meekly accept that fact?
    eaststandgeordie72 @ 13 – ‘Floppychops’ would want to have a super large budget or he can’t function at all.
    Something he’d NEVER get from Ashley.


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