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Pardew Praises A Gutsy But Unlucky Newcastle Side

10:35 pm, Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

It was looking to be a Newcastle win after 80 minutes, but it was cruelly taken away in the last nine minutes of the game at Stoke tonight, when the home side scored two simple goals from high crosses into the box.

A stressed out Alan Pardew after the game tonight

But the Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew , now under considerable stress, has said the lads can turn it around if they fight like they did tonight at the Britannia ground.

It was another terrible loss, but our lads were unlucky – and it’s painful for me to say this – but it really looked like we could get another famous win tonight – but it was not to be.

This is what Alan Pardew told BBC Sport after the game:

“The improvement from Sunday was immense and we deserved something I thought we were the better side I thought we could have a penalty at 1-0 but two sucker punches have cost us.”

“It’s galling because we’re on this run and we’re having setback after setback and I feel sorry for the players.” “That team won’t go far short if we play like that.”

Newcastle have now gone five Premier League games without a win but remain in 14th place in the league, but we are now just 2 points above third bottom Southampton.

Coloccini made a huge difference to the side tonight, and we just have to hope that Ben Arfa can come back within a week or two.

But the truth is that it’s looking like it could be a hard and long Premier League season for Newcastle, and we have yet to play the top sides in the league, but consecutive losses to West Ham, Swansea, Southampton and Stoke are scary, to say the least.

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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dannyo // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    We were better than last game to draw any positives, but then again, we didn’t do half bad against Swans either.
    I take nothing from the increase in performance until we actually get a win.

  • 2 Thump // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Has Pardew removed the cut out of Sir Bobby and replaced his shape with Souness?

  • 3 Raztoonarmy // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Pardew is clueless

  • 4 Nufc-83 // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Far short of what pardew you idiot escaping relegation that what he must be talking about as we are not getting near the original goal of europe again.

    I could see a club like united coming in for HBA in jan with a reasonable offer not massive. He is good enough to play in a top team easily and would be even more effective at the likes of chelsea for me he would be considered one of the best players in the prem if he played for a top team. We will obviously reject the offer but will he want to go and force it through thats the question.

  • 5 ONLINE GUY // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Jonas is finished as a forward or mid ..he cant turn with the ball anymore ,,cant beat a man ,,remember him flying at players beating one after another ..Unless Pardew has told him not to ? Full back for Jonas ..Santon on the right for a while ..

    I always thought give SIMPSON a chance but the last few games he is a massive disgrace and Simpson should never play another game for the TOON .
    He does not give 2 F**s ..he does not care .

    And Curtis Goode will do a better job than willo ..come to think of it so would me Grannie. HE is Absolute Shite as a Footballer . SHocking

    Maybe the FA will give us special dispensation to Sign a center back ? If they watch any video of him playing in the prem they might be embarrassed enough to let us sign one ?

  • 6 Raztoonarmy // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    What a duck egg he is

  • 7 Dannyo // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Di Matteo, i dunno, aye, he’s done well with Chelsea, but he’s so unproven, it makes me uneasy to think of him as a genuine option.
    AP was the first englishman ever to recive the two awards last year.
    Where are we now. It’s mind boggling to say the least.

  • 8 Raztoonarmy // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Jan can’t come QUick enough

  • 9 BelfastMagpie // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Grow a set of balls & demand reinforcements in the January window Alan.

    If they mug you off again,walk away..

  • 10 ToonDownSouth // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM


    I know many disagree, but I was fine with us playing ugly football and winning games – considering it was only 2 years after relegation!

    But then that run of games towards the end of the season came, where we played 4-2-3-1, won 6 on the trot and only conceded one goal.

    Why on earth did he switch back to 4-4-2? I just cannot fathom why. If it’s genuinely just to please Ba, then that is disgraceful.

  • 11 Raztoonarmy // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    How can marv adapt to prem speed if he can’t even get on ???

  • 12 belgrade fan // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Pards- spineless man who cares only about his ass because he knows this is the best job he will ever have. Owners puppet…. dont believe he still doesnt want to take a responsibility, keep saying- we are unlucky….

  • 13 ToonDownSouth // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Considering we lack off-the-ball movement and goals – and Marveaux scored a good goal resulting from good off-the-ball movement on his last start – it’s pretty bizzare that he’s still being sidelined.

  • 14 sirtoongospel // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Simpson, Willo, Jonas. Not good enough, Tiote had a bad night. Shame as there were massive positives.

    Anita playing so high showed that Pardew was willing to try something different. We can kick on and beat Wigan on Monday. That was such a kick in the nuts though as we deserved to win hands down.

  • 15 nick_9 // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Wont go far short of what Alan? Top ten? avoiding relegation? Feel sorry for the players all you like, they are on a healthy wage as are you. Its the paying fans that travel to the likes of southampton and stoke that i feel sorry for. Its expensive enough having a season pass without travelling the country supporting us. This is a results based business so pull your socks up and get the results ffs. The lads did seem more determined for the win and i bet Tiote, Williamson and Collocini are gutted after gifting them the win and if they aren’t gutted then they need a tongue lashing.

    5 points from a possible 24 is absolutely dismal, we are second bottom of the form table to bottom placed qpr.

  • 16 Nufc-83 // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I remember when we signed demba ba i was speaking to a couple of West ham fans when i was in London on a night out. They said he will get you goals but he will always drop deep and get the ball the take ages to do anything with it and be very selfish only looking to shoot. They said that west ham played better football without him in the side as he constantly messed up the flow and rhythm of the attacks.
    Thought this was sour grapes but i can see where they were coming from definitely.

  • 17 Black and White with an army lol // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    just a thought, if we play well next year and get about 15 points we can still be on the verge of relegation, ive just seen december’s fixture’s and it scares me.

    we dont only have tough games next month but we have to play them again near the end off season has any body thought of this.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    I heard today that UEFA are thinking of ditching the Europa league and expanding the CL, I hope that pr1cks up our fat fu##in owners ears up and sacks that ”orible MD of ours.

  • 19 ONLINE GUY // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Ashley was on holiday in Rome last transfer window ..Pardew sent him a message via Lambarse read …..
    ….Send reinforcements we are going to advance

    By the time the message got to Ashley, via Lambarse and Lambarse’s son, it read ..Send three and fourpence we’r going to a dance.

  • 20 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Quick points –
    If we don’t sign any player in January, If I were Pardew I would resign straight away. He is getting the mickey taken out of him big style and is paying the price.

    As someone has said. Instead of sitting behind your keyboards criticising, go to the match, get behind your team and support. If you haven’t got a ticket they are selling them ridiculously cheap.
    Actually create and atmosphere in the ground.
    I can’t remember the last time we had a decent atmosphere. Even the away fans at nearly every match have sang ” where’s your famous atmosphere”

    Anyone who can blame Pardew, but goes onto say that injuries and suspensions and europa and players off form are just excuses, I’m sorry, you are clearly not a reasonable human being who can form a though process, so I have no place for discussion with you.

    People here are all too happy to criticise and demand a solution, yet the same people will sit with their hands in there pockets and sit quiet at the match, and probably boo at the end.

    If you need to blame anyone, blame lambias.
    We can’t fix anything untill January, so how about giving the lads our support and we can start to earn our back our reputation as the best fans in the world.

  • 21 croftus5678 // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    think most played half decent esp ba and cisse playing together and anita suits the more attacking midfielder.
    one thing did stand out though and thats we definatly need a new cb/rb or lb and i would rest krull for a fair few games now as all he does is kick it long to the opposing side everytime.
    on the few times he did roll it to colo it resulted in great play but 19/20 times he kicked it we lossed the ball.
    MOM top 3 for me was 1 santon 2 anita 3 ba but close to cisse and colo

  • 22 OhSholaAmeobi // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Repost from last thread:
    It’s us that needs to lift them team, not the team lift us, at the moment. We might pay the money to watch but it’s embarrassing when there’s no support in the stadium until we have an attack, or get a corner etc.
    Saw on another forum the other day a man utd. fan commented that our support was shite when they played us and they didn’t know what had happened to the well renowned cauldron we had.
    Starting on monday, we need to get behind them properly, back to the old days, example being the atmosphere when we were playing Boro in the relegation season.
    No matter what you think of management/tactics etc, no player is going to play their heart out if they don’t have the backing of their own fans.

  • 23 ToonBano // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Lets be clear. We did not deserve to lose that game. Stoke are an abomination of a football team. However, we created nothing. Our goal was from a goalkeeping mistake.

    Demba Ba is without doubt the most selfish player we have ever had in my lifetime. He NEVER passes the ball. Cisse was through on goal and he refused to give him it. He refuses to play Left wing, even though it helps the team. He is only interested in number one. Thats why he has a release clause in his contract. Thats why he demanded £100k a week.

    He may be our highest scorer, but seeing as Papiss Cisse finally got himself a decent goal, we should show faith in him and take Ba down a few notches with a shift on the left hand side.

    We weren’t bad tonight, but we weren’t great either. Relegation battle.

  • 24 stuart no9 // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    It’s galling because we’re on this run and we’re having setback after setback and I feel sorry for the players.” “That team won’t go far short if we play like that.” the team would play much better if you f//k off alan !

  • 25 Raztoonarmy // Nov 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    If pardew did get sacked? Who would everyone want as manager ?

  • 26 stuart no9 // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    am immense improvement??????? we were winning 1-0 with 10 mins to go – we got beat 2 fu/////g 1 alan – AN IMMENSE IMPROVEMENT FFS SACK HIM NOW.

  • 27 mattnufc // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Let’s not sack Pardew.

  • 28 Earl // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM


    @Transfer Sage

    You are right about our play. I agree it has been abysmal at times. I just think that some of the comments that have been made are so far fetched its unreal! I not only see see the lack of confidence in the players, but the supports lack of confidence in out team. As soon as Williamson has the ball, you hear the crowd cringing, and he panics. Its the same on the other end of the scale Our impact players feed off the support. Take Ben Arfa for example every time hes on the ball, the crowd are up off their seats willing him to do his magic. And low and behold he produces something incredible that gets us going again.

    I’m not saying that the crowd is the main reason we are playing so badly, I just think that with our fans, there’s always an extra effort and spark in the players when we are at full volume. For example we gave man utd and liverpool (Caroll in particular) a right drumming and the place was bouncing

    Why not show that passion against Wigan Monday night?

  • 29 Earl // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    * the man u and liverpool games last season

  • 30 Big Gaz // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Stuart No9…… You are clearly stupid…… Nuff said……

  • 31 felling mag // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    everywhere you look Pardew is to blame he`s got no balls and ano am not the only one suffering from his piss poor team selections he`s got better players on the bench but he has no balls to play them! if we lose on monday we`ll see how big the fat man`s balls are!! For me he`s got mondays game 3pts or so long sucker!!!

  • 32 LeedsMag // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Massive improvement on the last game – bit of an overstatement – we created very little,played very little football.Two bad teams on show and they were slightly less bad than us with a bit more physical strength.
    Whatever the problems with injuries and suspensions,we look a team devoid of belief and confidence and that comes from the manager.
    If you believe there will be a sudden strengthening in January, where have you been the last couple of years.I’ve been looking around for 3 worse teams in the prem for the last month and I’m struggling to name them.
    This season has the same worrying smell as the relegation season.Pundits and bookies dont think we will go down simply because they are looking at last seasons results

  • 33 Raztoonarmy // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Krul Simmo perch colo santon. Anita tiote bigi Hba cisse ba Team for wigan

  • 34 jplizardking // Nov 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    I’m sorry… but Mike Williamson is very very poor and most often at fault for the goals we have conceded. We needed to bring in a physical, robust and agressive defender to compliment the technique and ability to read the game that Mr Collocini posseses. This has been our weakness all season.

  • 35 LeedsMag // Nov 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Seem to recall Pardews response to the failure to bring in the CB we needed in July was that it would hamper the development of up and coming talent like Streete and Goode hmmm! I would feel a bit more confident if he didnt keep coming out with an interminable stream of crap

  • 36 jplizardking // Nov 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Pardew will sort the form out, I cant believe there are people calling for his sacking, it makes me embarrassed to be a Newcastle supporter. We have lots of injuries, and not a lot can be done except to reinforce in January with at least a decent centre half and another attacking centre mid. But Everyone must stick by the team and have faith!

  • 37 YankeeToon // Nov 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Unlucky….HAH….whatever, we were fortunate to be ahead 1-0.
    Haven’t looked an attacking side in the last 5 EPL games…hardly any shots on goal and time spent in the attacking third…and are set pieces and corners are the laughing stock of the league.
    More performances like the start of the season until now and hello Championship.
    Newcastle are as predictable as any team in the league. Press em and they fold are boot the ball 50 yards to no one…unlucky…HAH

  • 38 Ketsbaia9 // Nov 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    I was right all along. Night.

  • 39 yorkymag // Nov 29, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    You are simply wrong
    I have just got back from the game and this was the best performance for weeks ,unlucky not to be two ahead and should have had a penalty.
    Webb and his linesmen were awful all night
    Playing like we did tonight we will finish top half
    Just need a bit of luck

  • 40 ash1001 // Nov 29, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    Yes the team is poor and it needs sorting, but why do people on here continue to go on about the same possible buys i.e. Debuchy and Douglas, are they the only two players out there. We do not really have a clue what the thoughts are of those in charge are.
    We have wasted loads of our time and energy on here chatting about buys, formations etc – does it make one blind bit of difference, does it hell.
    The football club we support does not give a toss about us, never has done since MA took over, do you think it ever will, he is now playing with a supposed bigger fish ‘Rangers’ so any money he wants to spend on football is going to be split two ways, that means even less investment for NUFC.
    It really is time we gave ourselves a reality check.

  • 41 hdavid23 // Nov 29, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    i really dont understand this guy… we played 433 once this season, when we won 3-0 in the EL, and i was hopeful we would go back to that formation in the PL as well… and what happens? we start to play 442 in the EL and are simply unable to win a game…..

  • 42 yorkymag // Nov 29, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    We played 433 last night wit Cisse out wide right so your point is !,,,

  • 43 yorkymag // Nov 29, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    It’s true it became a 451 with Cisse and Jonas dropping deep but it was not a conventional 442 and to be really fair it worked .cisse had his best game for ages andcBa looked much better.
    Pardew may be could have changed it at about 75 mins and put some fresh legs on ,but he must have looked at the bench available and thought are they any better than the lads on the park ,it was a tough call.
    We got beat because we have a few weak spots well documented on this blog,,but the main issue was a lack of real creativity in midfield,hardly surprising with the two french boys out
    Anita gave his all and looked to have his best game in black and white.which was encouraging .
    Soo for me I feel much better after a gutsy performance at a real s…t hole than after the drubbing at southampton

    Cheer up

  • 44 Visten // Nov 29, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    @Yorky – ‘Cheer Up’ are you for real mate let’s all put smiles on our faces as things are going so well for us at the moment. Owner and his sidekick efin clueless, manager effin clueless and players effin clueless. Team dropping like a stone. Can’t defend, can’t create, can’t score. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

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