Pardew – A Couple Of Mistakes Cost Us The Game

Newcastle were much improved last night at Stoke than we had been in the dismal loss at Southampton last Saturday, but it was another loss, and a cruel one at that with two bad goals conceded in the last nine minutes of the game after Papiss Cisse had put Newcastle ahead with an opportunity goals a few minutes into the second half.

An unhappy looking Alan Pardew – after the game last night

And Alan Pardew is now coming under increased pressure to turn things around because although we have a lot of injuries we were only three players short of the best side we could have played – with Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor missing.

Alan Pardew said the lads carries out his game plan, but we were still beaten:

“Sometimes you have a game plan and your players see it through to the letter and it’s pretty galling to look them in the eye and say they’ve come away with nothing, which I had to do.”

“A couple of mistakes cost us the game, and we didn’t make many mistakes. It’s a tough result for us to take.” “That’s the sort of break you need when you’re on a run like ours and we didn’t get the penalty.”

“But I look at my team and it was such an improved performance. There was real commitment, a good balance to the team, and, if you’re going to get a victory, that’s the sort of performance that’s going to lead you to one.”

“We’re very much aware that it’s four defeats in a row and we can’t really complain about some of them.” “There are a lot of causes for concern – our injury list, the Europa League but there’s no need to harp on about them.”

Newcastle will need to snap out of this losing streak quickly if we are to keep above the drop zone, and now we’re only a couple of points above the Saints – who beat us 2-0 last weekend and gained three points on us.

Things are hardly in good shape at Newcastle at the moment, and at the end of last night’s game I wouldn’t have been the only Newcastle supporter who was absolutely stunned that we lost again.

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21 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Pardew, needs to sort this mess out fast. for some moments Soton were level on points with us.

    we are dropping like a stone.

  • darthkir

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    You sir, has made the most mistakes this season…

  • BigKirky

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    I thought we may well get the win as time pushed on last night. Hope we win on Monday. It’s serious now, but will hit a serious combo if we lose or even draw really on Monday. Need a win.

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Roberto Mancini and Di matteo have taken blame for some defeats for their teams. would be good if pardew can do the same.

    atleast show some honesty.

  • Santon03

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Why am I always get agry when he said injuries and Europa? It’s strange.

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6

    it’s pretty galling to look them in the eye and say they’ve come away with nothing, which I had to do.”

    – so he had to tell them again? that’s what you did after the game, alan?

    of course, just sprinkle the end bit with your run-of-the-mill excuses.

    the second half was better than the first, which isn’t saying really anything. there was fight, but that was about it. we had 10 men running around like headless chickens, given for the cause, we’ve got fresh players on the bench in bigi (who can pass better than tiote) and marveaux who undoubtedly could hold the ball up better than guti, and ranger too. what do we do? at 1-1 alan wants to bring on bigi when the change should’ve been made ages ago. fair enough, no complaints there, we all know pardew will shut-up shop for a draw, and bam, they score. solution? sammy f****** ameobi and nile ranger. sorry, but ranger should’ve been brought on to run their defenders ragged, not try to nick a goal.

    jonas had one of his worst matches in a toon shirt, as did tiote. Willo appears to be trying to set a precedent of some sort. even santon only had flashes of his usually consistent-self.

    yes there was fight and i commend that. the players, taking into account their abilities and manager’s ineptitude, they did all they could.

    they sure as hell could’ve used a bit of help from their manager when all of them were clearly knackered. i won’t even mention anita, arguably our MOTM, came off while guti stays on (but i guess i did)

    really frustrating stuff, all around.

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7


    was reading pre-match stuff from Stoke’s assistant manager, taking full blame for a few of the bad performances.

    take a cue alan

  • Geordie in Africa

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Well, we are now officially in trouble. We had eight games after the Liverpool game – seven of which were very winnable, and we would have won at least five of them last season. Instead of 12 points from the last four games and being in the CL spots, we are now on the verge of the bottom three, and on current form we are only better than QPR. To make matters worse, QPR have changed their manager and will throw money at the problem until it goes away, leaving us as potentially the worst team in the league.

    Mr. Pardew blames injuries, but who is injured? Stephen Taylor – we have only won three of the 12 league games which has played in this season. Ben Arfa – the same, he has played 12 times, and we have only won three. Yohan Cabaye – ten league games he has played and we have only won those same three. Each of these has also played some role in the recent debacle of four straight defeats from four “easy games”.

    Mr. Pardew blames the Europa league and having to play on Thursdays. We have won three league games all season – Tottenham on the opening day; Norwich, which we won on a Sunday after flying back from playing Maritimo on the Thursday; and West Brom, which we won on a Sunday after playing on the Thursday against Brugge. Our record for games played after a Thursday fixture this season is P7 W2 D1 L4 – seven points from seven games. For games not played after a Thursday fixture, our record is P7 W1 D4 L2 – seven points from seven games. There is therefore little to support this argument, especially when Tottenham are fifth and have not needed the same excuse.

    Mr. Pardew blames the lack of squad size. This year’s squad = last year’s squad plus Anita and Begirimana. Nobody has left, and he has even been able to bring on some players through the extra games – Marveaux, Perch, Ferguson and Sammy Am have all noticeably improved since last year, and some thanks must go to the Europa League. These players have played as much time this season already as they did in the whole of last season. The squad is actually better this season than it was last season.

    No, there is something else. And for my money it is the system of playing Ba and Cisse stood next to each other, and then kicking the ball at speeds in excess of 80mph vaguely towards where they are standing. This is lower league English football – the ball is never passed, but aimed somewhere near where one of our shirts should be. Not since Sam Allardyce left have we had to endure this low quality football. Ben Arfa and Cabaye are likely to be out with neck injuries, having to watch the ball fly over their heads constantly. Our width of attack is rarely greater than the width of the penalty box – compare to Man Utd who batter teams across the full width of the park, and pass the ball there rather than aim it. It only needs three opposition players to stop every one of our attacks. We have eight players behind the ball much of the time, which means we cannot expose teams on the counter-attack. One third of all goals are scored when the opposition is unsettled within the first six seconds of gaining possession; but eight of our players are too far from the game to be able to get within sight of goal within six seconds. One third of all goals are scored from retained possession attacks – our approach of long ball does not allow us to maintain possession long enough to score these goals either. This leaves set pieces. Set pieces are the result of good possession deep in the opponents half which leads the opponent to make a mistake – penalties, direct free kicks within sight of goal and corners. And this is not something we enjoy

  • jeff

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #9

    roberto di matteo IN

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #10

    and Ba,

    what a prancing little pr!ck that guy is. knows nothing about team, won’t pass to anyone, and i think it’s more than fair at this point in time to blame a part of our current predicament both on his whining and AP not letting his balls drop to push him wide again for the benefit of the team

  • Jarra

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #11

    God this is a mess and can not see anyone out injured or fit making a difference at the moment. The midfield is a shambles Jonas needs a rest or even a career break. the defence is stable when Colo is playing and with what we have got on the books its about as good as we can hope for. But the midfield is a massive problem we are not doing the simple things like passing the ball, maybe due to lack of confidence. We have two centre forwards who can score goals for fun if supplied the chances. Make no chances score no goals. I have seen the comments we are using a long ball tactic not sure if its a tactic or just not comfortable passing the ball, but for me Mr Pardew seriously needs to sort the midfield out if that means changes tactics then do it, because if they do not win on Monday night against Wigan he will really start to feel the stress when the home ground vent anger there is no hiding place. So Howay the lads play yourself out of trouble relax on the ball and do the simple things its not a difficult game, but punting the ball is so easy to defend against.

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Geordie in Africa

    will you be our manager? 🙂

    really good points there

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Indian….. 🙂

    Tequila….It was my view yesterday that at this point we can’t fixate about the style or wiping the floor clean perfromances for the next little while. It will be scrappy and we can’t fly off the wall after each game. But that is just my opinion, clearly not shared by everyone.

    Right guys, enjoy your day.

  • Colo-Sus

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Players who id chop one off for right now:


    Guthrie isnt even gettign a game at reading!

    Last night was better, Anita was better, Cisse was better.

    JONAS NEEDS TO BE SOLD, i have been baging on about it for ages, he is technically very poor and falls over every time he gets the ball. legs are gone

    Tiote is declining rapidly too.

    Simpson, should be sols in jan and flown to his desination of choice.

    Marveaux needs to be played

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #15



    Santon Colo Perch Jonas

    Tiote Anita

    Obertan Benny Marveaux


    * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


    Colo Perch Good??

    Santon Tiote Anita Fergie

    Benny Cisse Marveaux

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza, c’mon, man

    you don’t even watch the games half the time ffs! I’m sure you’d feel differently if you’ve sat through this crap for so long!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Geordie in Africa- You’re absolutely right mate. I completely agree. Our lack of good passing is shocking. It’s been there for a few years but this season it’s becoming glaringly obvious. Krul, Willo, Simpson, Gutierrez and Tiote can’t pass an accurate ball in a match unless their lives depended on it and even then they’d struggle. That’s half our first team that just loves to whack it long and as you say ‘aim’ it towards our forwards. They never pass it along the ground and when they do it’s wayward at best. Gutierrez, Simmo and Willo are by far the most annoying at this and now due to injuries they will be getting more playing time so to eradicate this non-passing problem overnight is a no go unfortunately.
    It appears to be rubbing off as well as now our whole team seems incapable of stringing more than 3 passes together! It is a worry and a very sad sight to see considering last season we were playing some lovely pass and move football. Where has all that skill gone? We look less than a shadow of the team we were last season and I have to agree it must be the stubborn 4-4-2 formation that DOES NOT WORK! Ba and Cisse together up front doesn’t work at all. Surprisingly they have no chemistry even them both playing regularly for Senegal. Pardew must accept defeat in his attempt to play them together as in my eye’s it is costing us points. 4-4-2 gives us no strength in midfield as Tiote’s ball watching and terrible passing never allows us to advance. Gutierrez only had one cross in last night’s game and that is a shameful contribution from our ‘Winger’. How on earth are Ba and Cisse going to get their head on something if they never receive a quality ball into the box?-not even from corners. On the other wing we would have HBA but he is now injured so we are fu**ed.

    We need to mix it up a bit and change our formation from the old static 4-4-2 to a new and more fluid 4-3-2-1 formation for us to have any success soon.

    It bemuses me as to why Pardew is so adamant in playing 4-4-2, the only thing I can think of is a foolish promise made to keep Demba Ba happy and sadly it could cost him his job.

    4-3-2-1 or 4-3-1-2 would spice us up and be more effective than the tried and unsuccessful 4-4-2 let’s just hope Pardew goes against his word and plays Ba on the left again before it’s too late.

    Sorry for dragging on but I am very concerned about our terrible form atm.


  • Graeme

    Nov 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    Geordie in Africa – good points mate, nicely stated. Where in Africa are you based? I’m over in Nigeria!!

  • malaysian magpie

    Nov 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Geordie in Africa, good points..

    yes i can only wish we could play nice passing football before the 6 second static deadlock.. passing football on the ground like swansea (with very industrious but normal players – not stars or with a hefty pricetag, like routledge).. with the squad we have, i would have thought we just needed a passing gameplan, each player very sure of their own role and the shape of the squad on the field.. but the way it is, it is hoofball.. Ba and Cisse tumble over too easily with the static long ball approach.. i think french based football is more on passing? we were keeping the ball on the ground much more last year.. and when we passed the enemy moved with it and it opened up spaces.. it doesnt have take cabaye or HBA to do that.. swansea can do that.. just needs practice and keeping things simple and relatively fit players to always be running around and give options for passing to.. (and as you say before 6 seconds is up) im get a feeling marv / anita / ba / cisse / cabaye / hba / colo are all more cut out for the ball on the ground approach..

  • stuart no9

    Nov 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #20

    one big mistake cost us the game MR PARDEW.

  • Sav

    Nov 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #21

    It wasn’t a classic but until Walters’ goal we were heading for a good win and the headlines would have praised us to the rafters for going to Stoke and grinding out a dogged but deserved win and praising Cisse for getting back on the goal trail.
    That’s not how it worked out but we must keep the faith. I never believed the ‘Top 4’ talk anyway. The team will haul itself out of it with effort like last night. It wasn’t a gutless showing and that’s a big positive. HTL!


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