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Our Fans Need To Stay With Us – Alan Pardew

8:14 am, Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

It was the third defeat in a row in the league yesterday for a sluggish Newcastle side, when we went down 2-0 to second bottom placed Southampton, who kept a clean sheet for the first time in the league this season, after conceding 30 goals in their previous 12 games.

Alan Pardew – fans need to stay with us

But this Newcastle side are fining it hard to score goals, and it seems that the 4-4-2 formation with Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba up front doesn’t work very well,  because the two strikers are too much alike, and they don’t complement each other at all.

Alan Pardew is well aware the Newcastle fans are becoming restless,  with only one point from the last four league games against teams lower than us in the league table.

This is what he said after the game last night to nufcTV:

“It’s hard at the minute for us.” “The intensity of the home performance was causing us problems.” “We were trying to be positive and trying to put some confidence in the group but the first goal hurt us and we deserved to get beat today.””

“We’ve got to hold our hands up and say we deserved it.” “I thought both goals were avoidable but you could look at any goal and say that,” “We had a great chance at 1-0 and we really need little lifts like that at the minute for this team.”

“I think our fans are going to need to stay with us now. We’re open to criticism but we need our fans to be with us because we’ve not got a lot of players to choose from.” “It’s not like we can make four or five changes.”

“This is our team and we’re going to have to try and fix them and get them ready for Wednesday.” “It’s going to be very much about riding this period out and staying together as a group – and with our fans as well.”

“Our fans traveled a long bloody way today to see that and they’ll be disappointed. We’ve got to give them a better showing on Wednesday.”

Newcastle had only Coloccini Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye missing from fielding our best side, but Newcastle also have a depleted squad with Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Xisco and Adam Campbell also out injured, and Jonas Gutierrez and James Perch just returning to the squad after recovering from their injuries.

And from that list Adam Campbell and Xisco are hardly first team material right now.

Fabricio Coloccini will return to the side at Stoke on Wednesday night, after serving his three match ban, and he will probably partner Mike Williamson in central defense, because of Mike’s heading ability – but we need to get something out of the game at the Britannia Stadium, before things become even worse for Newcastle, with the team perilously placed in 14th place in the league table.

Thankfully Newcastle can start to put things right on Wednesday night.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WorJordi // Nov 26, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Re-post
    I love my team. I am proud to be a Geordie. I know we cannot win every game. I am realistic enough to know we are not strong enough as a team/squad to challenge for the title or CL.
    BUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Come on Pardew show a bit of wisdom here. You can see as clearly as we all can that our system is crap and every team we play have sussed us before a ball is kicked.
    Grow a pair Pardew, have the guts to admit you are wrong and change the system.
    If you do not we WILL be in REAL TROUBLE come May.
    Oh and if you believe your job is safe as MA handed you an 8 year contract ………….Think again. He is a businessman and will think nothing of shifting you out. Which is what most people on here want.
    Time to grow a pair and get us out of the mess you and your tired system has got us into.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Found this comment. He could not have put it better

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    Ha pardew says we need to get the fans behind us for trip to stoke? What have we got to roar on? Hoofing the ball over the top? I’ve felt sorry for all our fans this season who have gone to see a match. We’ve had nothing in our play to get excited about and get the stadium rocking. Really cheesed off. Southampton is a prime example of what we want to see, they made triangles and split our defense apart with quick one touch passing and the stadium was rocking. Last time we had that was last season.

  • 3 jimiley // Nov 26, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    I am totally behind Pardew. This run of form is just a blip. We need to be patient. Rome was not built in a day. He got us 5th last season and there is no reason why we cannot achieve something similar as long as we keep the faith in the team and Pardew. Time to panic in March if we are still playing the same way. We should give the manager some slack and judge him in March or May. Even if we go down, Pardew is here to stay so you had better all get used to the idea. Big Mike is not going to give him an 8 year deal and sack him a few months later. Mike would look a tool.

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Nov 26, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    jimiley

    You obviously don’t know pardew’s track record where there is absolutely nothing to suggest he will turn it around. Quite the opposite in fact.




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