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We Need Performances Above And Beyond Call Of Duty

11:46 am, Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

It’s not hard to see that some of the players in our last four league games have been nowhere near their best form for Newcastle, and not only have we leaked some very poor goals, but we also are finding it hard to score goals at the other end.

Ben Arfa - next to return – but in a couple of weeks

And it’s not surprising that the Newcastle manager is under extreme pressure right now, because in a season where we were aiming at a top six place, we are only 4 points about third bottom place in the league table after 13 games played.

And it doesn’t help to remember that when we were relegated in 2009, we also started that season with high hopes of performing well in the league under returning manager Kevin Keegan, and we all know what happened that term, once Kevin left the club in early September.

Newcastle will not have any player coming back anytime soon, except Fab Coloccini, our captain, who has served his three match ban for his sending off at Liverpool, and the next to return should be Ben Arfa, but that’s not for a couple of weeks, and another three or more games will have been played by that time.

Newcastle are going to have to turn this thing around with the players that we have available right now.

This is what the Newcastle manager said in the local press today:

“We are going to have to.” “For Newcastle this is a tough result.” “It has put us in a terrible position in the Premier League.”

“We have seven or eight core group players that now need to put performance in that are above and beyond the call of duty.” “We’re really up against it.”

“We need people to come out and dig in now.” “We have no complaints with the result, I’m afraid.” “They had a greater intensity than us in the game.”

“We struggled to contain them at times. It was disappointing.”

Some Newcastle players are out of form, but when they hit a poor period like this, they are going to have to fight all the harder, but in truth if we play like we did yesterday, it’s hard to see Newcastle getting much out of their trip to Stoke City on Wednesday night, and another loss would certainly set the alarm bells ringing at St. James’ Park – more than they are right now.

That’s what we don’t want to hear on Wednesday night.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ketsbaia9 // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    We need to sign 2 left backs, 2 centre backs, 1 right winger, 1 attacking midfielder and 2 strikers.

  • 2 mattyNUFC // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    seems like he talks more to the press than trying to resolve the glaring deficiencies he brings to the table

  • 3 mattyNUFC // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    jayphoto, last thread

    about krul, how often do you see his CBs showing for him for a pass? I don’t think it’s all the defenders’ faults, but it sure as hell isn’t just theirs or Krul’s, if ya catch my drift….

  • 4 Ketsbaia9 // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Give Pardew until xmas and if we’re not in the top 10, he needs to go. We should’ve gone for someone like Martin Jol or Temuri Ketsbaia.

  • 5 jonobbad // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    We are only 1 point better off than this time in our relegation season.
    Nothing like progress eh?

  • 6 DarloGeordie // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Nice “call of duty” reference Ed did the wifey buy you a nice prezzy this year….

    It’s the only thing getting me through these performances…

    Ashley out ;-)

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    We need a style of play and a consistent game plan (one that fits the players we have)

    …of course we need every one to give their best and work as a team, but that goes without saying! (and it will only get us so far)

  • 8 alex84 // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I really feel the players are carrying something negative with them, I dont think Pardew has lost the dressing room, i really feel the summer has made them have 2nd thoughts on nufc,

    Pardew needs to be banging on that door and demanding more quality signings, we have a top scout bloody use him!

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Alex

    I wonder on what grounds players like cabaye, tiote, cisse and Ba were brought to the club on.

    We’re they told come here, play well and if you get a big money move we won’t stand in your way.

    Or we’re they told come here, we will look to keep building and get you a trophy.

    If it was the latter I could see why they would be annoyed but we have no idea which it is.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I know people hate my rumours as I have no direct source I can state or any physical evidence

    But I heard arsenal had scouts at a lot of our games and that tentative enquiries have been made for Ben arfa.

  • 11 rainrix // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Transfer… i think if you look at specifically cabaye tiote and cisse, all 3 were looking for a new challenge, tiote and cabaye had just won league titles and cisse was constantly battling relegation. Seeing as we
    were the only ones looking at them I’m sure thats why they came. I assume pards and houts had to sell them their visions so to speak, i cant imagine right from the get go we’d buy players a just to sell them on.

    As for ba well he only had half a season, albeit a successful one with west ham and was still sort of an unknown quantity, plus add all that fiasco with his knee and it was potentially a risky transfer, likely he had just settled with staying in the PL and the season we had was likely a massive bonus for him.

    Now that he’s proven PL quality and his knee shows no sign of giving out he’s starting to attract interest from other clubs

  • 12 blew // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Alex @ 8 – The majority of top scout Carrs signings are failing the club. We need 6 top established stars in January, not cut price gambles, the problem is – who will sign for a club in the thick of a relegation battle. Believe me this shower, those on AND off the pitch, will be in serious trouble come January.
    2 defenders, 2 midfielders, 1 winger(with pace and can cross a ball) and a striker.

  • 13 seancavaz // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    What’s noticeable is panic and heads dropping….now whether that’s confidence or something else who knows, but the average players are just that ATM and our star players just don’t appear to be interested, again why? Who knows. There needs to be a realisation soon though, that unless we pull our socks up and man up then a season of promise could well be a disaster. 442 just doesn’t suit us, the players we have are technically good, yet the need to panic and punt the ball to the front two, neither of whom could trap wind ATM, is frightening! A solid 3 in centre mid surely had to be the answer, even if its just to get a foot hold of a game, pass n move, once we can hold the ball, then these short passes and confidence surely will come back into the game, meaning the opposition running around wasting energy and creating holes for our players to exploit. Another note, Krul has been poor, again is that confidence or too much gone to his head, knowing if he plays crap he’ll still be picked? Maybe drop him for stoke and give him a reality check? N Williamson, he’s played so much, and all credit to him, but it’s starting to show, ball watching, loose passes, I mean stoke are going to pepper our box all game, are you confident the panic clearances are gonna go? At stoke maybes introduce a sweeper? Williamson and perch with colo sweeping? Who knows, but Pardew if you’re reading this, and I’m leaving myself open to insult, I trust you will get the best out of what we have and things will turn around….lets just hope it’s sooner rather then later

  • 14 chris // Nov 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    the players seem not to be bothered we need a couple of midfielders couple of centre backs small nippy striker and a left back with them players the players will no they have compersition and they would have to step up there game

  • 15 ash1001 // Nov 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Ed you have dressed yesterdays result up about 4 times now with different comments from Pardew, your getting as bad as Pardew with spin doctoring. The truth is as a whole the current bunch of players are not up to scratch as far as the PL is concerned and that includes the so called stars of the pack with few exceptions.
    The management team are not up scratch as far as providing the resources to compete fully in the PL, that includes everyone from the owner downwards.
    According to most on this blog the tactics are also wrong, I just see it as we have only scored 13 goals in 13 PL games yet conceded 19, that’s going down statistics, like it or not.
    55 years on from my first game at SJP I have seen it all, will not go down the Shearer, Ferdinand etc road, that would be too painful but woweee. Will stick to current times and what is missing – easy answer, someone of the Kevin Nolan character (a leader, a shouter + a canny footballer), no one on the field is leading the charge, Jonas yesterday as captain was invisible but it does show what Pardew is looking for in a captain – NOTHING, then he comes out today and says he needs the support of the TOON ARMY, does he want us to organise the onfield tactics cos he is incapable – probably. who’s the best from the blog on Championship Manager -WE NEED YOU NOW.

  • 16 jimiley // Nov 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    We need Jonas to step up to the plate and give a captain’s performance. When he plays well, the team plays well. A couple of assists from our winger and even a goal would be nice.




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