Alan Pardew – Lots Of Positives But Still No Points


There were not very many positives to take out of the first half yesterday against Manchester City, , although Newcastle did start very fast for a change, and probably should have scored at least one goal with any luck, before our defense was unlocked for the first time with a lightning break by City to put them one goal up.

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Alan Pardew – still no points from a good performance

And after the goal the Champions came right back into the game and dominated it and it was 2-0 at the break but could have been worse than that – but our lads came storming back in the second half, and we got a goal through Demba Ba, and then Ba and Cisse missed great opportunities to score, and if they had done that things may have been a bit different than our sixth loss in the last seven league games – the worst run of league ever by the Magpies in the Premier League..

But Alan Pardew seemed pleased with the great second half comeback:

“When you look at the game, as a manager, I would say we could have been 1-0 up. But then Manchester City produced what they can, unfortunately.” “They had a golden period when they scored and should have got a second. When they did score again, it was a killer.”

“We were just hanging in there during that period, but you have to say that after half-time we bossed it.” “To come out like that after going 2-0 down against the champions, shows great spirit.” “Demba Ba missed a great chance at 2-1. We had what was an even better chance for Cisse in the middle of the goal.”

“Had that gone in then this place would have gone mad.” “It was a game where we almost took the lion’s share.” “City went to a back five and you were thinking they were just hanging on but they nicked a third goal and that decided it in the end.”

“There were a lot of positives, but there are no points and that’s my biggest concern.

Next up next Saturday is QPR and the London team have been improving under new manager Harry Redknapp and won their first game yesterday 2-1 at home to Fulham.

And we can hardly afford not to win that game – a win and we’ll have some breathing space, but a defeat or draw and we’ll continue to be in big trouble.

What do you think?

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163 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    QPR have got their first win now so whilst that will give then confidence it might also take some pressure off them.

    Also our lads won’t be worrying that we could be the first team to lose to them so can fully concentrate on our own game hopefully.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Being beaten to within an inch of his life with one of Rudolfs spare antlers is too good for Ashley .

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    QPR is a must win game. They are even worse than us, even if they won yesterday.

    Fail to win that game and the pressure will really start to mount.

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Worse than us defensively that is.

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    If we apply the same pressure we did to Man City yesterday we could score a few. It would be typical if we didn’t turn up though.

    QPR wanting Ba? 😆

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  • Graeme

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, yesterday was the best performance we have produced this season – how on earth can you say otherwise?

    We played the League Champions; a team put together at a cost of something like £250 MILLION and by the time the final whistle went, they were hanging on and we looked the better team.

    It was a huge improvement on previous performances and if we continue to play like we did yesterday, for the rest of the season, we will be comfortably in the top 10. Yes, we lost the game, but we performed like a team worthy of a place in the top 6; long may it continue.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    If a manager is judged on perfirmances then our MD should be judge on his running of the club,if the funds that so many on here seem to think will be available in January materialize and Dirk Dastardly fails to get any players over the line and then gets Pards to announce the quality we already have in the building then he deserves to be sacked.

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail

    Totally agree. Llambias should never have been MD in the first place.
    We need atleast quality signings in January. It’s unlikely that we’ll do that.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    there’s no signing in jan, only free transfers for next season

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    I bet Jose Enrique felt a little bit foolish standing in goal after his top six comments,I see where he’s coming from now.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail

    I’ve wanted that clown sacked since the summer.

    He failed to identify two key things.

    1. The value of a player to his team (debuchy might be worth say 5mil to us but 7mil to Lille, so should have seen that)

    2. When a deal is dead. Debuchy was never coming to us for our price. Should have realised this and gone to the next player on the list

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  • FatmanJoe

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s worrying that pardew is already saying 1 or 2 when we know that means 1 and 1 definitely isn’t enough!

    I think 3 players with the squad the way it is should be enough. But if we lose a couple then they also need replacing.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Lets be honest.
    Good performances count for nothing when your at the wrong end of the table. We need 3 points next week end of story..

    If we dont get them.I’ll be really worried…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    B&W

    There will be signings. Don’t you worry too much.

    Expect 2-4 to come in, good for first team too

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  • FatmanJoe

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Belfast. I kind of agree but it is positive that we could play like that against the champions.

    3 points is a must but we’ve been saying that for weeks.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    two players we should get on the contract clause Diame 3mill and wellington nem 3.5mill, i can’t see us bringing in a CB on the cheap except free transfer for next season.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Belfast

    We so need the points but yesterday was a step in the right direction.

    Id rather a good performance and no points than a poor performance and no points.

    It’s a step in the right direction to getting points in our coming games.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    What ever happens in May, its proven that he is just your run of the mill manager. He needs to pick players on Merit #jonas

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    We need points not good performances.

    I thought we played well second half,but Man city seemed to lose their way when Nasri went off & took their foot of the gas. The game seemed to change when he went off.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #20

    if we don’t win against QPR next week we will be unable to sign any1 simply because they won’t come to a out of form club but saying that they could tempted to come via euro league benefits

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  • sula

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Transfer sage

    LEts wait and see your 4-5 players coming in i will be shocked if that happens. Simpson out jonas out lets be serious these 2 need to go elsewhere. There time is up at st james park lets not make this club a conference side we need quality case this is a quality club PERIOD.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Indian

    Mister tuff said it was something about pardew when he was at westham apparently spouting off about how much
    money he had or something on those lines.

    just hope v qpr we take the initiative and not always wait till we are a goal down and play ba or Cisse
    not both unless it’s 433 with ba out left, nothing else works.

    just wish we had more Anitas who can pass and move
    like he does. Willo and simmo really shouldn’t be on the same pitch.

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  • woolerbill

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Lots of positives, lots of bull. It’s his standard response. It’s rubbish because he does nothing about it, drop the players not performing,, the fans will point them out to you because you and your coaching staff don’t see the problem players.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Before Nasri went off we were chasing shadows..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #25

    Transfer,
    Having probably never heard of Eden Hazard Dirk Llambias was probably unaware that Lille had received a sizable sum of money and were not desperate for cash as were Freiburg,he was probably unaware of their CL qualification as well.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    black and white

    wellington nem – new name on me?

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  • Super Magpie

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Team for next week providing HBA is fit:

    Krul
    Simpson Willo Colo Santon
    Anita Tiote Perch
    HBA Ba Marveaux

    Subs- Elliot Tavernier Ferguson Bigi Jonas Cisse Shola

    Marveaux looked good once again when he came on yesterday. I know he played behind Ba but I don’t want see Jonas at LW. He isn’t good enough and deserves to be dropped. Marveaux has to start for me.
    Anita, HBA, Ba and Marveaux all linking up sounds promising.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #28

    sage

    you do seem very confident about these players coming in

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    super

    definitely way to go

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  • FatmanJoe

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #30

    4-5 is unlikely and probably not needed. 3 quality players to improve our team is enough.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Conaldo

    sorry , but i think you are so wrong,,

    PARDEW IS FULLY TO BLAME

    he has shown over the last few games that he is trying to play the ball rather than hoof, it, so for large parts of last season and all of this season, why the hoofing,
    both williamson and simpson were in the team yesterday,,,

    pardew insists on playing jonas, who is no use to anyone right now,, take your pick, both bigi and marv are better options,
    jonas has now played LB LW RW AMC DMC AND front LEFT FORWARD, and for me his stint at LB was the only one he was any good at,, this is sad

    pardew insists on playing cisse as a right winger, and he has no clue what to do there

    this is not the players putting them selfs there ,,

    both shearer and sir les both played in the same team,, but we had wingers feeding them,

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #32

    wellington nem, Brazilian, 19 years old amazing player i’ve been watching him a few months now and he is like Eden Hazard and HBA, the only downfall to Nem is that he doesn’t speak english but he does speaks spanish like colo and jonas

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #33

    graeme

    Hanging on!!! they were 3-1 up and should have had a 4th. We were way better for a period in the 2nd half yesterday but city hanging on is pushing it a bit

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    BelfastMagpie

    you are right

    and yes send the bat over for ibiza,, il take him out 😉

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #35

    OK thanks, i’ll look out for him

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #36

    Catchy,
    You continually blame Pards for picking Willo and Simpson but due to Mashed and Dastardlys transfer dealings what choice does he have like I said yesterday the whole back four know they cannot be dropped no matter how they play this has instilled complacency and has had a detrimental effect on players performances.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #37

    Black and White with an army lol

    brazilians normally speak portugese

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  • beddersmag

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Always amazes me how simpson and willo kops stick no matter what. It was colo and santon who were more at fault yesterday but people always jump on the scapegoats. Dont get me wrong willo is poor but simpson is a steady player and a good defensive foil for benny on the right side. The defence has been below par but i do think willo unsettles the others. We would be different team with saylor or another top centre half. I also think its the midfield we should worry about most. The defence looks bad but shouldnt have to soak up so much pressure if we retained the ball in centre of the park. Tiote been terrible, cabaye never started, and poor jonas looks a broken man. Cant help thinking the all the negative critisicm has shot his confidence. Always felt he was undervalued but no hiding hes now doing badly. His body language when he loses the ball is worrying and if we had options he should be taken out firing line – but we dont. I hate to be negative but we are right in a relegation dogfight and qpr game will define our season. Lose and we are in massive trouble as dont see many more points coming in over next few weeks with fixtures we have

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  • FatmanJoe

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #39

    Catchy lol

    Most brazilians are taught Spanish at school.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #40

    catchy, of course he speaks portugese but he also speaks spanish like marv he speaks french but i bet most of you’s didn’t think he also speaks russian

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