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Newcastle Players Must Keep Their Heads And Get The Job Done

9:41 am, Monday, December 3rd, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted that when the team hasn’t won in the last seven games played, desperation has started to creep into the side,  as the players literally try too hard to win a game, and they start making some poor decisions and trying to do other players’ jobs.

Alan Pardew - desperation creeping into our play

There’s no doubt there is enormous pressure on Newcastle this season – because we did so well last season and now we are in Europe – but the squad has been decimated by injuries due to the extra games we have played in Europe, and that has led to a worrying slump in form in the Premier League and four defeats on the trot.

Newcastle fans are well aware of the dilemma Newcastle are in, and the sooner we get a win,  the better it will be for everybody concerned.

This is how Alan explained the situation today:

“We have to win a game.” “We are desperate to win and sometimes desperation to win leads you down wrong avenues, so we have got to be careful.” “We just have to keep our heads and do our jobs, do the jobs we are meant to do.”

“When you have lost two or three – and now four for us – you start doing other people’s jobs, and it’s very important just to focus on your job and do your job.”

We thought we had cracked it at Stoke last week – but after being 1-0 up on 80 minutes we conceded two goals in four minutes and went down to another defeat, although the performance from the lads was very good, and we deserved something from that game.

We hope we’ll not be saying the same things after tonight’s home game against Wigan, and that we can get that vital win that will take the monkey off our players’ backs.

We’re behind the lads 100%.

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Santon03 // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    So.. what AP is trying to say is stick with the long ball, current system/tactic is the correct one, just the players can’t execute it properly. Changing style = wrong avenue?

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Tonight will be an interesting game.

    Wigan will attack, they always do so if we can defend well we should be able to exploit them at the back.

    We just need to make sure we get plenty forward to support the strikers and get the ball to them quickly (but not straight from krul every time).

  • 3 sirtoongospel // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Being honest, I think Pards has made several mistakes this season. He then has to answer the press who bay for blood as soon as possible.

    The biggest problem though, is looking after a bunch of players on huge wages, and the last thing he will want to do is tell them he got it wrong. He may feel that he will lose authority, but for me, if he stood there and said “look I got it wrong, we will try something different”, then I am sure the players would respect him for it.

    On one hand he says the players arent performing, then he says in training they are mixing it up a bit. It has been mixed messages all season. Yes the players havent performed, but the system has been awful at times.

    How many of us though have said for almost 2 years now that Simmo and Willo need replacing? Good solid defenders that are confident and can try to pass from the back would be a HUGE step in the right direction.

    I am sure that 2 defenders would straight away make us a better footballing side. Also, if the CB has pace, we could play higher up the pitch, as right now we are terrified of Willo and we sit deep to avoid the ball over the top. From an attacking point of view it makes us poor.

    Come on Pards, get ya head down, make the hard decisions and do what is best for the club, and as a knock on eccect, your long term job prospects.

    You can turn this around but it needs sorting quickly. Remember though that there were 5 or 6 clubs a year ago who were all wanting PArdew to go to their clubs. What a differenc e a year makes!!!

  • 4 tweaked // Dec 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    yeah and hopefully willo doesn’t continue playing hoof ball, rather pass it back to collo to find a path thru the middle :-)

  • 5 Santon03 // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Sage

    I know this is very very wrong for me to say, if we win tonight, we will see more long ball and AP will say that he’s right blablabla.
    I have mixed feeling right now, I’ve been very negative lately, but I’m with you, I hope we win and change style.

  • 6 Pushy Pardew // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Indian
    Is that the same Stewart Robson who applied for jobs at Charlton and Southampton when Pardew was manager? So gullible !!

  • 7 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    We’re behind the lads 100%. …

    Shame the board weren’t in the summer.

    All the momentum from last season lost by Llambias trying to save 500k here and there.
    Peanuts compared to money lost by finishing ten places lower in the table.

    Does anyone on the board have a footballing background?

    Fans let down by the board again – nothing new there then.

  • 8 mattyNUFC // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    just saw wigan’s injury list

    you want to talk about a depleted first team squad, look at Wigan. Yeah, we have a lot of injuries but namely to fringe players.

    Wigan are missing FIRST TEAMERS:
    Ivan Ramis
    Albert Crusat
    Ryo Miyiachi
    Shaun Maloney
    Antolin Alcaraz
    Ben Watson
    and 50/50 on both Caldwell and Dave Jones

    haven’t heard a peep from Martinez on injuries

  • 9 sirtoongospel // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Oh, and what would be great tonight, is if we could show some support for the players. A massive Cisse chant just before kick off, then one for Demba, let them know we are behind them.

    I am personally sick and tired about hearing about Jimmy Saville and Danny Simpson sh**ing.

    It is utterly brainless. Please can we get behind the boys the best way we can. LAst season we were brilliant in the first 20 minutes of games, and we played a big part in that.

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Pardew has an 8 yet contract.

    If he can’t be firm and make demands with Ashley and llambias now he never will be able to.

    He needs to demand signings and if he doesn’t get them come out and say he is annoyed. If he gets sacked he gets 8 years pay, if he doesn’t he looks like he tried to do the right thing but the board let him down.

    At the moment Ashley seems content with llambias and pardew as neither rock the boat and he gets an easy ride.

  • 11 Pushy Pardew // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Indian – If you only repeat or publish the words of people with a chip on their shoulder you might just as well post as Catchy mark 3. You could be in a strait jacket in a bed.

  • 12 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Swap Pardew for Martinez – yes please.

    Song for tonight – “There’s only one Chris Hughton”

  • 13 Indian Magpie // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    PUSHY,

    No Idea, but i get a feeling that your question was Rhetoric

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    pushy

    The guy may have a chip on his shoulder but is her that far wide of the mark or fairly accurate in his assessment of Pardew?

  • 15 Indian Magpie // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    No that is not the case, Pushy, I find Stewart robson’s analysis quite accurate, and that is what he thinks, must admit he is not wrong.

    Me in a strait jacket, put me in a asylum, why at home.

  • 16 Santon03 // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Sage

    We didn’t hear anything when Houghton was in charge and suddenly replaced by AP.
    MA probably already talked with some managers secretly behind the scene, but we never know.

  • 17 Indian Magpie // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    MATTYNUFC,

    Kone is out as well for today’s game.

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Pardew has 2 months in my eyes.

    The season really takes shape in Feb…thats when you can really see how a team has done.

    He needs to improve the play, have a good january window (and if not publicly criticise the board as he is secure with 8 year contract so at least we know who’s fault it is) and pick up points.

    If thsi hoofball continues to the end of the season, especially when ben arfa and cabaye are back then he has to be replaced as it’s clear he cant use the squad, 2 and a half years is enough to at least begin to mould a team to your style.

    If anything we have regressed under pardew. We might have finished 5th but Pardew had a significantly better squad than houghton had…ben arfa, cabaye, ba, cisse all added.

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Shows what I know,I haven’t heard of any of those Wigan players.

  • 20 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    @Transfer Sage

    You are probably right.
    I’m not sure I want to watch us hoof the ball around from a rigid 442 with no wingers providing crosses.

    Why play 442 with no genuine wingers on the pitch?
    I’d sack him today. He’s lost his way.

  • 21 JDdubai // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Hope for miracle tonight and we win but its so sad that we have reached a point where a home game to Wigan isnt an expected 3 points. Gonna be a long battle against relegation ahead sadly.

    Prediction will be

    442
    1 team passing it around as if they have actually seen a ball before and practise during the week and 1 team attempting to do it for a bit but looking awkward and confused and then when their distrust in the green stuff hits maximum level the cry goes out and it goes TO THE SKY!!!!!!

    Midfield non-threatening, none getting forward into the box to get on the end of a cross or the one knockdown we win, wide midfielders not attacking the box when the other side is crossing

    Santon to be our best threat.

    We will look horrendously open on the counter attack with gaps everywhere and our players not getting back quick enough

    Ending in more of the same post-match crap from pardew, ie injuries, effort was there, improved performance, january, young players etc etc.

    I have become a neggar, at least my expectations cant be ruined anymore…….sorry to bring everyone down. I hope HOPE HOOOOOPPPPEEEEE Im wrong.

  • 22 mattyNUFC // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    TS

    i agree with all of your points

    Indian

    if all those first teamers for Wigan are out we stand a good chance. If we cannot beat a depleted Wigan side something is very, very wrong

  • 23 BelfastMagpie // Dec 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Watched Wigans last game against Man City and thought they were the better team for most of the match.

    Wont be an easy game,that’s for sure.




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