Pardew – Humbled And Unlucky Newcastle Must Now Respond

Alan Pardew talked yesterday about his Newcastle team being humbled in the last two games, when we suffered back to back defeats against West Ham United and Swansea City, which were two games we were looking to pick up maximum points from – at least on paper.

Alan Pardew last Sunday on the sideline

But Newcastle also have games coming thick and fast through the end of the year, with a game tomorrow night at home to Maritimo, and then we travel to Southampton on Sunday afternoon, for a tough game against the newly promoted side, who are second bottom of the league table but just beat QPR 3-1 last time out.

Alan Pardew spoke yesterday at a St James’ Park event to promote Show Racism the Red Card, and he had this to say:

“We’ve been humbled a little bit.” “When you’ve been humbled, there’s only one way to respond. Tomorrow and on Sunday I expect my team to respond.” “I think I’ve worked out this Europa League.”

“I would rather play our Premier League games on a Thursday and the Europa League games on a Sunday, it might be easier!” “We all know if we win against Maritimo, a bit of the feel-good factor comes back to us with qualification.”

“Like all teams, I don’t care how good you are, you can suffer with your confidence and we don’t want to go down that road.” “There isn’t much of a gap between 12th and where we want to be but there isn’t much of a gap between 12th and the bottom, either.”

“We have to focus on what’s important, which is the next three points.” “I think I’ve learned the squad has been stretched and injuries compound that .” “With these type of competitions you do need a little bit of luck and we’ve had bad luck .”

“Two cruciate injuries to Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic and another lengthy injury maybe to Yohan Cabaye.” “We have come unstuck a little bit on top of a bigger program. Last year we didn’t have those injuries.”

Newcastle have played 19 matches, which is four games more than we had played last year at this time, but that’s what happens when you are a successful club and finish 5th top of the league in the previous season, so it’s hardly something to complain about.

But Newcastle must keep their nerve and their confidence, and we’ll soon start getting the breaks, but these next two games are definitely important ones.

And if we were going to win one of the them, we’d plump for all 3 points from the Southampton game, as the Premier League is our bread and butter, and we must start climbing the table from our current 12th position with only 14 points from our 12 games so far.

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • jeff

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    i hate abramovich so much

    just saying, if he bought newcastle i would not support us anymore

    cant stand him, contemptible and dirty. makes mike ashley look like more than a saint

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m relieved by this bad patch, all that angst and hope and expectation was killing me.

  • Graeme

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Excuses are always far easier to find than the solution – and this is purely an excuse.

    YES – we have a problem, we all know we have a problem. Now do the job you are paid handsomely for and resolve the issues.

    Simple really!!

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #4


    did u also post on Sky Sports site calling abrahomivic a joke

  • chanty

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    i just don’t get how preparing for 2 games a week is such an issue, he would of had to do it in the lower leagues? what am i missing?

  • jeff

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    no indian magpie

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Also if we were in UCL

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Jeff, i found this

    jeff says November 21, 2012 9:16am

    chelsea football club are an ABSOLUTE JOKE. what do the owner and board want. obviously winning the european and f a cup in one season for matteo isnt enough for these muppets.

    Same school of thought, i’d thought i should ask

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Pardew had a very good season when West ham came up finished 10th almost won FA cup.

    Next season West ham almost got relegated.

    Any correlation, i dont know

  • jeff

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    no thats not me

    my name is jeff he must be an impostor

  • rainrix

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Chanty… Two separate teams and tactics are needed for 2 games in a very short time period. For example you play on thursday, potentially you need players to rest on the friday, then train on a saturday for a completely different game plan. Its a lot to do in a small space of time.

    Of course that excuse doesn’t really wash as we had ample time to prep for swansea and west hame

    Its why europa should be played on tuesday/Wednesday as well, more time to prepare.

    But there’d be no money in that for uefa so we’re stuck with wedensdays.

  • stuart no9

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    AP ” I THINK ive learned that the squad has been stretched ” it has taken him all this time too suss that out . we could have told him that at the start of the season. he reckons where we are is down to ” BAD LUCK ” ok alan now watch di matteo s interview after chelseas loss against juve. and learn how to accept responsability coz sometime or another your excuses will run out.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Crazy crazy decision rto sack Di Matteo. Chelsea are an even bigger joke than ever. I think there is a lot of rubbish talked about keeping managers for years = best approach. That only works oif the manager is very good – eg Fergie, Wenger etc! I would keep faith with Pards till the end of the season bit he has changed IMO. We used to play pressing football with less hoof, and more to the point, his post match interviews were always (IMO ) fair and balanced – unlike idiots like Pulis and Allardyce. But recently, its daft excused and b/s all round…..

  • Sav

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #14

    Have to agree with the last 2 posts. Neither exhaustion nor bad luck explain our performances. We were aiming to control games. Now we are looking like a team hoping to scrape points. We still have the players who can play but we have changed the system and lost our way.
    I think Pards is a good manager but he needs to stow the eyewash at press conferences. And the squad needs to be strengthened and improved every year – like ManU, -the blueprint is there for all to see.

  • toontillidie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #15

    All this calling for pardews head just cos we had a little slip up is really frustrating we ar hampered by injuries that we never had last season plus we are playing more games he got us in the Europa league and will pull us out of the slump we are in give the guy a break and lets see how the next few games pan out before judging its the first time we have been in european competition in so many years the players will be tired and the younger ones need to get a chance if we were top of the league with injured players everyone would be thinking different we can and will i feel make top 6 this is just a slip up.

    As for RDM being sacked we all know abramovich is a greedy person who expects to win everything he will come to realise that the sacking of RDM was a big mistake after what he achieved.

    Howay The Lads


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