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Big Surprise If Newcastle Can Beat Manchester City – But ….

10:33 am, Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

Next up for Newcastle United are Manchester City, and we have lost our previous two fixtures in the league at home to Manchester City by a couple of goals, and it would be a huge surprise if Newcastle can get anything out of this game tomorrow.

alan pardew close up

Alan Pardew – in happier times

But given where we are in the table, and having been beaten by mediocre sides five times in the last six games, that’s exactly what Newcastle now has to do – get some points against the good sides, otherwise we’ll drop into the relegation zone – which is the last place we want to be.

Alan Pardew is well aware he has to turn this thing around at Newcastle:

“They are a team that won the Premier League last year and they have fantastic players.” “But this year they are having a bit of a struggle for the team that they are. They come to us in the same mode as us – struggling.”

“We’re looking to find our best performance.” “At Fulham there were a lot of good things.” “A few incidents let us down and we can’t afford to have them at this stage.” “But the mood of the team, the aggression of the team and the work-rate of the team – I would never fault that.”

“I thought it was good on Monday.”

Even if Newcastle can get two goals up tomorrow, it will be hard to hang onto that lead because the PL Champions have proved they are more than able to come back in a game after going behind.

It would be a huge surprise if Newcastle can get anything out of tomorrow’s game – but that’s exactly the type of thing we need to do – to get us away from the relegation zone.

And stranger things have happened.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RonVanDam // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Be realistic. We wont win but playing opponents like MC, Arsenal, MU in the next 4 rounds will help us become a better and we may actually start to play better football

  • 2 RonVanDam // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    We need a minimum of 3 players in the Jan window. Preferably 2 backs and a striker, anything more will be a bonus.

    Heres hoping MA doesnt take a gamble on our defense and not sign douglas expecting to sign him for free in the summer. Douglas is a type of player who changes his mind alot as to the team he wants to play for. If the opportunity arises in Jan, sign him up for a few million, will pay off at the end of the season

    From what i gather, MA is still looking for free agents and doesn’t want to spend a penny. I hate to say this but im hoping we are in the bottom 3 in Jan so MA see’s his mistakes for being a miser and actually opens his wallets and buys quality players

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    You never know in football.

    We are out of form but have players who can create out of nothing, ben arfa, Ba and Cisse.

    City have more than us so could easily go against us but with our players even playing badly we are in every game.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    RVD

    I think just a CB and FB are absolutes musts….

    …ideally we need quality CM and Wide Strker/Winger but they aren’t crucial now.

    Rather get the defence in check first.

    CB first priority followed by a full back

  • 5 Graeme // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    We have two options here!!

    We can park the bus, play 5 – 4 – 1 and if that’s not working, switch to 6 – 4 – 0 and pray for a point!!

    Alternatively, we can try and do a Keegan on them; balls out attack for 90 minutes and try and put 4 or 5 past them. I doubt Mancini will see that one coming and by the time he knows what’s going on, he’s 4 down and counting!! If they do come back and score 2 or 3, so what!!!

    Maybe wishful thinking, but we need to do something lol we are expected to lose, so why not go for broke, from the off??

  • 6 Joe Blog // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Graeme

    If only Pardew had that kind of courage and conviction. No chance of that, he prefers to delude himself into believing he’s some kind of master tactician – “board up the training ground!”.

  • 7 catchy in norway // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Ibizatoon – Back by popular demand

    i dont think we will win tomorrow, fullstop,

    i think we will get steam rollerd,, i know you said the wigan game was an improvement, with 10 men, it looked more of a fair fight ,, tomorrow i think it will be like palying against 14 men,,,

    wigan lacked good forwards and passed all day, with no product, tevez and aguero will be all over, droppin deep,,

    like i said earlier, we lack leadership on and off the pitch

    the team is the one id be playing tomorrow, and your right about perch or willo at CB, i think perch flaps more at CB, he seems more comfertable infront of them, i think his tackling is good, the preasure at CB gets t him :(

  • 8 Colo-Sus // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Getting a bit sick of everybody moaning and twisting on here about Pardew etc, just because you won the champions league on Football Manager with Scunthorpe does not mean you have some sort of clue….

    Yes we are stuggling, but back your manager, he needs it the team need it and club as a whole need it!

    The blame lies at the feet of Ashley ans Lambias for not strengthening the squad in the summer. Pardew wanted defenders and didnt get them. He had to temper that and be professional as thats his job! Moaning in his press conferences would only Disrupt his squad.

    Lets hope we get a couple in Jan. But until then, be positive, support the team and the manager.

    The worst thing in my book about this season has been the atmosphere at home, its toally dead most games,

    and we claim to be ”the best most loyal fans in the country”

    What a joke! Stop twisting, puff yoru chests out roll up your sleeves and get behind the lads, we can beat City of course we can!

    That stadium nees tro be a cauldron this weekend, I for one will be making an effort. if you want me im in the gallowgate, upper tier!!!

    HWTL

  • 9 Colo-Sus // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Catchy im sick of your moaning, why dont you go and bore another blog with your constant negativity.

    Bore off

    Support the team and your manager Its the boards fault we didnt strengthen in the summer and pardew has been left a suad of ijured, out of form player with only reserved as back up!!

    HWTL

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Dec 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Catchy…Let’s hang on to this Perch at CB issue, it seems it’s one of few things we agree on (not sure it’s middle ground, but we could call it a middle step :) ).

    There is a difference between playing well and playing beautiful football. I do think we were playing well even before they went down to 10 men. We’ll never know what would have happened without the red card, but that shouldn’t take away from how we played imo. On the same hand, we can’t say it’s a game that has turned anything around. Just small steps.




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