We’re Worried, Of Course We’re Worried

Alan Pardew has admitted that both he and the players are worried about our recent form, after we have taken only a single point out of our last four league games against sides below us in the Premier League, and games which Alan Pardew had hoped to take quite a few points from those games and move up the league table.

Alan Pardew – we are worried

That has not happened, and instead we’ve gone plummeting down he league table,  and are now only 4 points about the relegation zone, but only 7 points from the position we finished in the league last year – 5th place.

Alan Pardew talked after the game:

“We’re worried, of course we’re worried, because we are Newcastle United and we’ve really got that dressing room to take into Wednesday night.” “It’s not like we can add four or five players from the squad into that group.”

“That is our group and they have been soundly beaten and are going to another tough place.” “We have three days to try and lift the team to try and get ready for another tough game.”

“I am looking forward to the next game and hopefully performing better for our fans.” “They came a long, long way and they are the greatest set of fans in the country, in my opinion.”

“Perhaps we need them more than we did last year because the team really needs a lift.”

We need some luck and could have easily score early in the second half when the score was just 1-0, but we also need to make our own luck, and now’s the time to get on with the game and cut out the excuses.

Alan Pardew is starting to remind me of Graeme Souness, although he’s not as bad, and Graeme seemed to have an excuse for everything when he was manager at Newcastle, but the injuries to the players finally did him in, and he was sacked in early February of 2006, after only a short 17 months as the Newcastle manager.

And to think – after Graeme took over form Bobby Robson in September of 2004, he won eight of the first 10 games in charge and drew the other two – but he still didn’t last long in the job.

We’re sure John Carver will be telling Alan today to cut out the excuses he is making in public, and Alan and the other coaches have to get on with it – and try to inspire the players somehow to start playing well – and winning again.

We live in hope.

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123 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1


    Jesper @ 9

    Surely he meant in terms of playing, and what is that lemon crew does exactly?

  • jeff

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    ok i think it is honestly time pardew builds the team around ben arfa. he needs to accept that ben arfa is our most valuable player and is our messi / ronaldo. if ben arfa wants to leave in january, i will be heartbroken and if he moves to arsenal i might even begin supporting them.

    the reality is ben arfa is leagues ahead of any of our other players and needs to play in a position that suits him best. in my opinion, this is our best line-up:

    simpson – saylor – colo – santon
    —————– tiote
    ——- anita — cabaye – marveaux
    —————– BENNY
    —————– ba

    ba > cisse because he holds up the ball better and plays better with his back against the goal. ben arfa and ba are also good friends so should link up nicely. reasonably flat midfield three with tiote cleaning up the scraps. anita and marv are both capable of playing in the centre letting our wingers push up. maybe marv would be better on the other side as marv + santon seems a bit fragile defensively.

    ben arfa needs to play the 10 role and he is the key to anything we will achieve this season

  • rainrix

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    They have been beaten soundly? Not to jump on the hate bandwagon, i think the players are at fault to a degree, but pards has to except some responsibility as well, something i don’t see him doing as he never does.

    The set up yesterday was all wrong, marv really deserved a start after Thursday and would actually bring a bit of pace something most of the team doesn’t have.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian…the lemon crew is sort of a leisure for some of the bloggers, when all else fails and there is nothing relevant to talk about…

    …we talk nonsens and out of that the lemon crew was born (maybe a bit like the OV thing without the chaos) It’s just a prank really 🙂

  • thebionicMAG

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    “We’re worried, of course we’re worried, because we are Newcastle United…”

    Yeah thats exactly why I’m worried because we are Newcastle United and this crap always seems to be the case with us. 1 step forward 10 steps back.

    I posted a comment a month or so back saying we would only get a few points from our next 5 or 6 games. I hoped I was wrong…sadly I was right.

    Is there a way of pin point searching past posts as I would like to see if my predictions of actual scores were right?

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6


    Leisure from blogging, i thought blogging was leisure

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Has anyine seen the movie ‘The Five Obstructions’ by Danish filmmakers Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth? The film is a documentary and the premise is that Lars von Trier has created a challenge for his friend and mentor, Jørgen Leth, another filmmaker. Von Trier gives Leth the task of remaking ‘The Perfect Human’ five times, each time with a different ‘obstruction’ (or obstacle) given by von Trier.

    …maybe something similar could be a task for Pardew; How to remark our team with different obstructions or obstacle if you will.

    1. Don’t play Cisse and Ba side by side

    2. Have to be dominant in MF. If not, then at least be able to keep possession and don’t give away possession.

    3. Benny needs to be in a position where to puts pressure on the opposition.

    4. There most only be a certain distance between the different banks

    5. At all time should there be at least three players in the box

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Indian….not leisure from blogging, but leisure for bloggers 😀

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    …or something like that 😀

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Today i am sad, very sad, if i got any sadder i will know how does it feel to be a mackem 😥

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Indian…how come you are sad today?

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    last night’s result


    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    When was the last time there was no real northern teams in the PL?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Yo….when you say no real northern team, who are we excluding? 😀 lol

  • mindshaft

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #15

    So he should be worried, the team are not performing at all, squad is threadbare on quality
    Can’t see us getting anything at Stoke and can easily see us slipping into relegation zone especially given results thus far against ‘lesser teams’
    We simply have no midfield and our central partnership of Taylor and Willo is probably the worst in the league

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #16

    is he sacked yet?

    he is asking all the wrong questions to the wrong ppl

    he should be asking the players to lift the crowd
    he should be asking himself why do i pick jonas
    he should be asking himself can BA Cisse work
    he should be asking himself how can i get them to work

    southamton flooded our box when ther attcked,


    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Anything north of the fake ‘north’ of manchester haha

  • Papi_Demba

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Pardew is as ordinary a manager as they come not a world class manager. Warnock even better IMO and i hate Warnock. Getting the job through links to the club not on Merit. Gets lucky yes i said it luck to finish 5th and gets arrogant. You know good and well you are in Europa and and you know you need depth but hang on u dont strengthen coz you’ll need an excuse under your sleeve in case of injuries.

    If Pardew needs 5 years to realise he CANT play BA and Cisse together the way he does then we’ll be lucky to even finish top 10. He is a ‘Single-Minded’ rigid numpty who has no plan b and too proud to accept his failure and jus relies on luck and excuses if u ask me. Everyone with a brain in the WORLD can see that Hatem-Ben-Awesome should be our number 10 except for Pardew. He plays him on the wing and i think we’ve drawn and lost games we could have won had he been used correctly.

    Jonas isnt in form period and BA was falling over like humpty

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #19

    is leeds north

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Yo…I would actually like to have the Smoggies back in PL (maybe even Leeds)

    …then we don’t have to travel so far 🙂

  • JDdubai

    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Pards has put together a team that has no pace at all, even when everyone is fit the first choice 11 are slow. As Soton showed yesterday even they understand playing with 3 men behind a CF and having pace in the attack will work.

    We are in a relegation scrap now and with 8 more games before the window opens(not that we will do anything until the very end anyway) then we could easily be deep in the relegation zone by the time we can get reinforcements.

    The side he could have put out yesterday should still have been good enough to either win or at least show some kind of fight and ability on the ball. The players dont seem to have a clue how to pass and move, been the same all season. Its not like we have a team of spazzers in the team, the majority who played yesterday are internationals and the reason needs to be found as to why they dont play like internationals for us.

    Sorry for those who blindly keep saying we will turn it round next game, but iv been hearing that all season and every match gets worse and worse and the fact is that there is nothing to back up any claims that things will get better in the near future other than blind loyalty which was what everyone was doing in our relegation season and how did that turn out……

    Last season seems a long way away 🙁


    Nov 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Also is Colo back against Stoke?


    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #23

    I’d love the smoggies back in our league! Would like Leeds around as well

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #24

    Yo…I think Colo will be back for the Stoke game 🙂

  • wynsleap

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #25

    “It’s not like we can add four or five players into that group”
    Should have been done in the Summer mate.
    You knew it, the players knew it and, more importantly, the fans knew it.
    Pity you didn’t tell your tightwad, unambitious, uncaring, boss instead of making pathetic excuses for him at the time.
    The words ‘roost home chickens coming to’ springs to mind but not necessarily in that order.


    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #26

    Thank god for that he was a mug to get sent off against Liverpool our defence have looked a shell since, Taylor can’t lead a back line imo plus he’s crocked now

  • Colo-Sus

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Pardew is not using Excuses…He is stating facts:

    After his first 11, the backup is simply not very good, or too young and inexperienced. Its FACT!

    Here is a short evaluation of each player in our squad:

    Krul: Very good GK, still developing.
    Harper: Too old, poor reflexes, time to retire.
    Elliott: Have not seen enough looked better this season.

    We are ok in the GK dept,

    Colo: Our best defender by some distance

    Saylor: IMO hugely over-rated, get away with it from fans due to his effort. Poor decsion maker, poor positional play, lost without Colo.

    Wilo- Very average all round player, not a threat at corners etc, plays well very to infrequently.

    Santon: Very talented going forward, but also very very predicatble, had no left foot for a left back!

    Simpson: Average in all areas. bobby average.

    Summary: WELL WELL, look at that it would seem we are in dore need of a quality CB and a new RB………What an intersting conlusion.

    Perch: Good solid backup for Tiote, game closer thats all he should be in the squad for.

    Anita: has been thrown in at the deep end through injuries, had he had the same sheltered start as Santon he may have looked better. I think he has a good future but needs time we dont have at present.

    Jonas: As much as i like the guy and he has been a good player for us, HE IS SHOT, be realistic guys, we have another Geremi here, his legs have gone, falls over almost every time he gets possesion or gives it away. shoudl be sold in Jan imo.

    Cabaye: A quality player lacking a bit of form and confidence, not worried about him, apart from him being sold.

    HBA: Same as above

    Tiote: Same as above, apart form he seems to have lost confidence too, needs help in there.

    Bigi: talent, but not readu for first team yet imo, deciosn makign isnt the best.

    Vuckic: Sick note
    Gosling: As above

    Sammy: A slighlty better version of Shola ewhen he was young,. Forced into situations hes not ready for.

    Abeid: Not sure what the crach there is?

    Marveaux: Looks to be improving now fit, looks liek he needs a rocket up his backside mind! Does not display any fight whatsoever, never looks to bothered.

    Obertan: Decent Squady
    Amalfitano: Reserve at mo
    fergie: Potential, but not prem ready yet, cups and europa…Another example of pardews hand being forced..NOT AND EXCUSE


    We need, a good backup or rotation for Cabaye…..SISSOKHO screams ideal fit. We also need another winger.

    Cisse: Utter dross, terrible movement off the ball, does not look accross the line, runs in straight lines. offers nothign to the midfield. Last season was great but id we had the luxury Id serious;y put him in the reserves for a bit and sort out his off the ballplay as its shockingly bad.

    BA: need to work on is bloody forst touch, but as class palyer who will also come good

    Shola: In the squad for two games per season v the unwashed. keep on that Basis

    Shock horror we need a Striker

    We need a Shane Long esq player with some pace.

  • The_Toon

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #28

    4-3-3 or 4-4-2 we just don’t have the players for those formations!
    4-3-3 reasons are;
    1. Requires full backs with technical and crossing abilities and therefore Simpson just doesn’t fit
    2. when we speak about 3 up front, the three players need to have the ability to rotate between each other (i.e Any one of them could be on the left/right or center) therefore Cisse wouldn’t fit because he has proven to play only in center positions, however Ba should be fine along with HBA.
    3. You need three creative players in the middle with defensive abilities (Tiote, Anita and Cabaye) which I feel that the more the play together the better we will get.
    Moving to he 4-4-2;
    1. Same reason as the first
    2. You need you’re four midfielders to track back for 90 minutes and this will work against HBA unless he had the stamina of Guti!
    3. The two up front have to be different in styles, Cisse and BA just aren’t and that is why Ba plays better with Shola on.
    Conclusion is very simple, get Debuchy for simpson, Andy carroll to fit into a 4-4-2 formation and an attacker that can play in a 4-3-3 formation and finally a center back (douglas) for cover.

  • JDdubai

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #29

    Can someone not send Pards an email or paint it on the ground…442 does not effing work!!!!!!


    Or even if we are expecting a high ball onslaught…


    A la Wigan, width from the kids, solid in the middle. If we know we are playing crap and not creating then at least we should be trying to be a lot tougher to get through than we were yesterday.

  • rainrix

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Colo… Whats annoying is that he wont accept any responsibility, i think if he just held up his hands once in a while and said ” fair enough i got it wrong today or i set us up wrong” but he doesn’t he always try bring something up like oh they were too intense for us.

    fair enough our squad is thin atm but its still better than most teams, pards got his game plan all wrong yesterday and has the last 4 games and yet wont admit any wrong doing, The quote up there is a perfect example. “My dressing room got soundly beaten” not we got soundly beaten, they got soundly beaten that just sounds like shifting the blame to me

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #31

    I have been toying the the though lately if you can play 3-4-3 in the Premier league?

    …if so, with our lack of defenders and Pardew’s reluctance to drop either Ba or Cissé, maybe 3-4-3 could be a solution.

    Benny of course have to drop down a bit at times, but it would be great I think against 4-4-2 teams. Teams that play with players between lines can cause us problems, but we just need to work on that.

    Just a thought!

  • Colo-Sus

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #32

    Truth is our average players are being exposed this season, everyone around us strengthened properly in the summer, we didnt, LUNANCY! more games to play….just lunancy.

    I refuse to believe there is no money there…

    In my view this is our best availabale team in formataion:


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Colo-Sus..our players are noot more average than any other team outside the top 6!

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #34

    Formations are not the problems.

    For whatever reason the team is not motivated. This is where pardew and his man management skills he rightly got praise for last year need to kick in.

    Get the lads together. All fighting for every point.

    At the moment it looks like the players are turning up not bothered if they win or lose.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #35


  • davybtoon

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #36

    I was on here yesterday defending pardew no more will I do that, while he is making these pathetic excuses, when will he except some of the blame bcoz it’s not all him the players aren’t performing, yesterday was a shambles yet again he got his formation wrong from the start n his team selection we started 442 by half time we were 451 n 2nd half we were 4231 which is what we should b anyway.
    When will he learn ba n cisse don’t work together no matter what formation u play
    When will he learn n the fans that Jonas should b no were near the team
    For 2 seasons now ppl have been saying ferguson is a winger well he’s not he’s better at left back use him there n drop Simpson

  • ArtyH

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #37

    That game yesterday was a joke, the saints were all over us, we were just not up for it. Every time there was a loose ball they attacked it like tigers, we could not or did not match them in that department, they gained in confidence from that. Hey they could have got a hat full, a good goal chalked offside ( NOT ) and all the woodwork saves, disappointing to say the least. Is it tactics or have the team lost confidence?

  • davybtoon

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #38

    And he’s already making excuses for stoke ffs pardew were only missing cabs n benny, is he gonna moan we played Sunday so wear tired

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #39


    Agree about the money.

    But it’s not even spending big. Why don’t we look at free transfers who were available like Diame or cheap players like michu who would have all added to the squad.

    We desperately need 2 defenders and a forward/winger with genuine pace

  • rainrix

    Nov 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #40

    Jesper… Something like this?

    Perch saylor colo
    santon jonas/fergie
    tiote Cabaye
    Ba cisse

    Could work i suppose might be a bit narrow i suppose but we could go through the middle more to compensate

    The last time we tried that was against wigan, and we lost 4 0 🙂

    Although that was pards fault that time, he tried to match their formation and it didn’t work, wether it could work against other sides is a mystery, although i doubt pards will ever be that inventive tbh


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