This Has To Be A Big Concern At Newcastle

Alan Pardew rightly went on last season about creating a winning atmosphere at Newcastle, and our team more times than not found ways to win games, and in April we went on that great six game winning streak in the league, before we were undone at Wigan.

alan pardew at benton

Alan Pardew – has to inspire his players

And of course the wins give the players that extra confidence, which sets them up nicely to win the next game.  Unfortunately the same thing happens when you are losing games – as Newcastle have over these seven league games – and we’ve managed to lose six of them.

And the same thing in reverse happens when the players’ confidence is down, and then not only do the players not play at your best – but they tend to start doing things that lose games – like we did at Stoke, Fulham and Manchester City in the second half, after being well positioned in all three matches.

And it’s a sad fact that while winning teams do those thing that win games – so do losing teams do things that ensure they lose games – like giving away sloppy goals at crucial times in a match.

This has to be a growing concern for Alan Pardew and the coaches at Newcastle, because we’ve seen that confidence is everything in football, and how many times have we seen a striker score his first goal after a barren spell – and then score another in the same game.

That illustrates just how much confidence plays in this game of football, and why Alan Pardew has to inspire his players to start playing at the level we know they can play at.

But more defeats and the hole we are digging will get deeper, and it will become harder and harder to climb out of it.

Our players must remain positive and give it their all in every game – starting against QPR on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

We can still get out of this but it’s really up to the players now – to show what they are made of – and get us out of this nightmare.

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41 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    We will struggle if 2 defenders, a midfielder and striker isnt brought in Jan. Lets not forget we are still in europe.

    Since MA has a stake in rangers, isnt that a conflict of interest?

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Theres also a rumor that Liverpoll has signed Ince and Sturridge and will be revealed in the first week of the transfer window

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Just been watching SSN post match interview with Ally McCoist. In the background are Ashleys SD adverts. He hasn’t wasted anytime getting that sorted out.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Ron @1
    no conflict of interest as Ashleys stake is limited to 9%. -therefore within the rules.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6


    I don’t see how it will be win win for ashley if we don’t spend and go down, we’ll lose fortunes in tv money for next season. This is one gamble he can’t afford to sit on his hands.

    Personally if we lose at home to QPR, I think pardew’s job is totally untenable and even his most die hard apologists would see that. We’ve lost 7 out of 8 and had only 1 win against 10 men in 11 matches. I can never remember a run that bad in all my time of watching NUFC.

  • Les Grossman

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    As ever, first post is spot and and I would not be surprised at all if the bin dippers have signed sturridge and ince, as I have heard that Ba is off to Chelsea. So this would make sense.

  • Peejay1990

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Yawwwn this blog used to be informative. Now its just repeated posts moaning over the same issues. The club won’t go anywhere with fans berating their every performance, nor will setting such a glum tone, Ed.

  • Les Grossman

    Dec 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Of course it IS all pardews fault and nothing to do with his underperforming far too comfortable players.

  • Les Grossman

    Dec 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    FACT is Pardew has not had any options with both his 2 main play makers been out longterm this season, to play to hius currently players strengths!!

    IF however the board had backed him in the summer and brought in GOOD cover…would we be in this predicament??


  • Les Grossman

    Dec 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    AGREED and there are some right whingeing arsed tits on here

  • Spreadthetoon

    Dec 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Gotta win against QPR….no excuses Pardew…..get the team playing the ball along the ground and passing well and we will be alright. We really need to get back to winning ways….


    Dec 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #13

    What will be the biggest concerns for us is

    1)Demba ba signs for qpr (which i could quite easily see happening
    2)Not signing a centre half , full back and attacking midfielder who can score goals

    The shambles who run our club are oblivious to the state we are in (we cannot let Ba go at any price(why pay £10 mill for Remy when all we have to pay is £6 mill to Ba over 3 years -do we want to commit premiership suicide?

    The lunatics have taken over the asylum

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14

    In the world outside we know when we’re being wound up.! We listen to what people have to say, we read what they write. That’s our evidence , that is our corroboration. If the face contradicts the words spoken, we interrogate the face. If there is no direct eye contact , is there a shifty look in the eye, the twitch of a face muscle and then we know. We recognise the hypocrisy the false statement or claim and the truth is evident. Increasingly, when reading this blog I question whether so many people posting are for real. Are they supporters and fans of Nufc? It’s no contest being a supporter when things are going swimmingly and everything is hunky dory. There were few dissenting voices when qualifying for the Europa. It was not too difficult lending support ! If there is any consolation it is that these
    fickle flip flop types are not representative of the fans that will be 100% behind the team against QPR .


    Dec 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Agree with Peejay,

    Posts are all repeated every morning, pointless reading comments lately. Just support the team you love, just got my Brighton away tickets.. Can’t wait

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 19, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Just had a look at 13 teams NUFC can face. Man they all look tough. Teams like Hannover, Lazio and benfica.

    Others include teams from far far away


    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    tho the lack of investment is critical to our current situation so is the role of the manager. he knows the score, he knows he has to get a team on the pitch that can win games, and he isn`t doing it. never mind injuries, suspensions or under-performance, it`s about the manager motivating his players, and making the right decisions tactically. time for him to do precisely that

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Kets – what about Paul Scharner, surely we should be spending all our time and money getting him?!
    We would win the league if we had wor Paul

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #20


    Apparently pardew’s motivation and man management are his main attributes an what he gets paid the big bucks for. Oh really? If he can’t get them up for it then yes it is his fault. You can only mask his tactical weaknesses so far.

    Well 1 win in 11 is a pretty damning record and far worse than Hughton ever did. Did Hughton have better players I don’t think so.

    Yes 1 or 2 inuries and yes it would have been nice to have a couple more players in, but stoke, swansea, southampton, fulham and west ham are hardly world beaters with vastly suprerior squads. Quite the reverse.

    No one has put a gun to pardew’s head and told him to play defensive hoofball all season. say what you like about Ba but he said it in a nutshell – not the sort of football fans want to see.

    And to the holier than thou crowd it’s a forum, Look it up and get over yourselves.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Indian – not as tough as the unseeded group. If we finished first in the group, we would have had a much harder draw.

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #22

    I wish people would stop banging on about hughton. Yes he was a good guy, a good manager. But he has nothing to do with Newcastle anymore, so get over it. But where were all these comments when we finished 5th?
    And people saying Norwich play amazing football. From the Norwich games I’ve watched this season, most of their goals and chances come from set pieces, crosses and long balls.
    People just love to complain.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #23

    just got in read the blogs dear me – had to cheer myself up with some Northern Soul
    If the players, managemernt backroom staff etc., took the same attitude as most of the blogs then it ain’t worth turning up on Saturday.
    The team needs the to fans back them the way we did second half and as they did at Fulham.
    so stop thre bloody moaning and get behind them Saturday.

  • nick_9

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Charlie in the gallowgate there’s more fight on this blog than in our team mate.

    Conaldo – plenty said last season that our football wasn’t great, but it’s hard to slate the team when they finish fifth. Football is fickle, we’ve known for ages that Ashley is tight and gambles with transfers. If his mate cannot get him to spend money after finishing fifth then what will. He’s more interested in buying ofer business down south or shares in a Scottish club to enhance his worth.

  • toonLYF

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    As punishment for Ba’s antics, Pardew should start him out on the left of a 4-3-3 at the weekend, and let him watch Cisse take the limelight and prove we wouldn’t struggle without him. He’s bang out of order slating our football which went from an incredible fluent passing/moving style to a rigid 442, to suit him! Get out of our club Demba, thanks for the goals.

  • danishmag

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed put up a poll. Asking about why we have had such a bad season so far. I voted for the injury list. But not many others have.. Are you blind lads? Take a good look at this link:

    Most of the best from last season have been missing for 35-40% of the games.
    Krul, Simmo, Colo, Tioté, S.Taylor, R.Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Ben Arfa…

    Yes we should have bought one or two more first team players, but that injury list is the main reason for the slump this season!

    But no.. Blame it on Pardew and his staff..
    Ignorant fools


    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #27


    keep taking the numpty pills
    I am glad your not manager of our team(get rid of Ba )he has only scored over 60% of our goals.

    If you had said Willo and simpson i would agree

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Danish, when Pardew hides behind Cisse’s involvement with his country as an excuse , it starts to get silly and he loses credibility big time. The other question is whether Pards would have done any better with fitter players, given the decline in form of almost every player we have and the over reliance on HBA , the long ball tactics ( which plenty of muppets on here denied by the way until the Sunday Times showed them up ) and the indecision over BA and Cisse. Pardew has plenty to answer for, as how his players, as to the fools who run NUFC.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Ah but the squad depth in quality terms was revealed to be lacking. So its a combo, knock-on thing.

    I am optimistic about the QPR game, from what – saw against city and providing the defensive idiocy has been addressed. 3-0 to us.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Nick _9
    Not lately – been flat except for 2nd half Saturday.
    Anyway I know the problem stopped playing Blitzkrieg Bop before the start of the game

  • numba9

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #31

    HAHAHA he doesnt like the style of play at newcastle at the moment, well demba you didnt like it when the TEAM was doing well with a formation and style that suited the TEAM so you have no point whatsoever considering parsnip man has bent over backwards to keep that fake smile on your face changing from a winning formation to one which might suit you! MUSLIMS are supposed to not envy and chase the cash this is where the hatred towards the west comes from, and u are selling that out now, so leave our club because you make no sense at the MOMENT lol


    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #32

    danish mag, injuries happen. toonLYF, pardew picks the team and should have the balls to pick the front three you describe. connaldo, chris who? rotonda, spot on chief. kets, alderweild doesn`t want to come here.

  • nick_9

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Danish they haven’t all been out at one, if you look in the Matchday program you will see the team for every week. We have had a couple of players missing each week but isn’t that what a squad is for? We all want improvements to our starting eleven and that’s before you even look at the backup players. We have no decent cover at cb, none at fb, poor wingers, no cover at st and no real ACM. If we had a decent squad injuries wouldn’t have been so much of an issue. Guys it was Pardew who stated he was happy with our cover in Defense after losing perch and raylor, this was when the window was still open. He has now looked and in hindsight finally admitted we didn’t do enough in the window but now only wants one player in unless players leave and then we will sign replacements. It sure as hell best be the fringe players leaving. We have a decent eleven the year we had Nolan, Carroll and Barton which needed more quality players around then instead we ended up replacing them.

  • numba9

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #34

    agree nick 9

  • hotdog

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #35

    I know people say one game at a time but if we lose to QPR we have Man u, Arsenal and Everton next!

    I have a feeling we will have new players after the Everton game on the 2nd Jan and before Norwich on the 12th. The pressure will be right on Pards if we lose the above games and i can see the new signings deflecting criticism. How long he gets after that is anyones guess but i think he will get the next three Norwich, Reading & Villa.

  • nick_9

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Charlie I agree with that, barring the first ten minutes and in the second half against city we have been pretty flat all season, the other game we did ok was Man U. The trouble is as a team we are lifeless and void of any ideas (up until recently, we are improving) and with each passing game if you look around you can just see the glum faces draining. What happened in the second half of that game? We took it to the champions of England and tried something, the fans responded and at one point was probably at their loudest this season. We need a spark because gone are the days when we motivate the team, the fans have been struggling under this regime, don’t forget Ashley split the singing section up

  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Sure we’ll still finish top four danish mag according to you lol

  • danishmag

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #38

    two or three players missing in every game, is tough on the team. There is no consistency. And missing players of such high value is hard for any team in the league..

    As i said.. Yes, we should have bought a couple of more first team players, but that is not the main reason for the mess we are in.

    Last year, we hardly had any major injuries.. Other than Saylor, Tiotés bad fall, and off to ACN and Ben arfa returning from his broken leg.

    This year even our best squad players from last year have been/are still injured.. Raylor, Perch, Obertan etc..

    Would two more players in had done the difference?

    six or seven more would have.. not two.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #39


    Lets hope fans and players remember second half

  • danishmag

    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #40

    before last season even started, i was over the moon because of the players we had gotten in the summer..
    Ba, Cabaye, Santon, Obertan etc..

    I predicted that we would end up in 6th spot. And in january, when Cissé came in, i said that Ba/Cissé would end on a total of 30.. We ended in 5th spot, and they knicked 29.. Not far from what i said eh?

    I have not said anything this season, other than i believed we are the 6th best team in the league. I still think we are, when all of our players are fit.


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