Pardew – Shola’s Goal Class – But Feels Sorry For Fans


Alan Pardew had labeled the game today as a must win game – and thanks to a wonderful goal form Shola Ameobi with just nine minutes left in the game, Newcastle took all three points, but it was an ugly game to watch and the Newcastle manager has admitted as much.

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Alan Pardew – felt sorry for the Newcastle fans

Alan Pardew has learned very quickly what Newcastle fans expect of their team and he knew today’s performance was far from what the fans want tos ee, and it was a poor games between two poor sides, but it was a fantastic three points at the end of the day.

This is what a subdued Alan Pardew said after the game:

“The pudding will taste a little bit sweeter. I feel sorry for our fans. We have put them through the rack, really, over this last period.” “They have watched some football that hasn’t been our best.”

“But you have periods in your tenure as a manager and sometimes a season.” “Last season, we sailed through one or two low moments but not many. This year, it’s been a sustained little run.”

“But the last five games, two wins in the last four Premier League games, they are starting to look the right sort of stats now.” “Now we need to back that up and get a big win against one of the big clubs, and that would really cement us into mid-table.”

“Shola’s a big man and this was a big occasion and he likes big occasions.” “I wanted to get Shola on the pitch, and thank goodness I did because it was a really class finish.” “He could have taken the shot with his right foot, which is his stronger foot, but to have that composure in that area is first-class.”

It was Shola’s day today alright, and his very first goal of the season in the league, but his third overall, and it was a terrific effort and his overall play was good too – and we expect Shola to start at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The 31 year-old takes an awful lot of criticism, but let’s admit he was Newcastle’s hero today.

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238 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #1

    We played better today. Would say 2nd best display after the Wigan game

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  • RonVanDam

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #2

    I think we wouldve scored more if the conditions were better

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #3

    honestly think the only reason marveux isnt starting is because he wont drop jonas. hopefully hel have conceeded defeat after today. or has obertan earned the place??

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  • 89Norcal

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #4

    RVD,

    I’m not sure. Our best play over the last month was vs. City, today we were faced with a cynical QPR side that defended and sat back. So maybe that’s why we looked so lax.

    I think Pards is finally waking up to Guti, I think that’s the first time he’s subbed him save for when he was exhausted.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #5

    also shola I love you!!!

    couldnt not mention the big man on HIS thread

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I was at The Game today . Why Does alan pardew persist in playing Ba abd Cisse Together then also Gutierez ?? We needed a speed merchant he brings on Obertan and shakes it up. Shola is still our savior . Just hocan get a run going as Man U Arsenal and then Everton at Home is Going to be Very Hard. ALSO Cisse is not a winger for gods sake Alan !!!!

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

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Have to say, how good is Anita looking!

    I never doubted he had skill, but I knew he would struggle physically, but he’s probably been our man of the match or there abouts for about 5 games now.

    Really happy for him, he had a tough start, but he is really showing his class now. Improving every game.

    Can’t wait for the midfield three of Anita cabaye and tiote.

    Krul
    Debuchy CB colo santon
    Anita tiote cabaye
    Remy cisse Ben arfa

    No way that team will get relegated.

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  • bottle

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #8

    matty NUFC

    peace to all men (and B&B)

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Could you all have a go at this and post your final placing for Newcastle ..points and final position should come out of the average from each of us .. Be straight and honest with yourselves and we should get a true reflection on where or thereabout’s we should finish.

    news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/predictor/default.stm

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    conaldo, repost

    read an interview with Marveaux two weeks ago with ESPN

    can 100% say it is NOT him having a bad attitude. If i were him i’d be throwing a fit by now at worst or at best trying to find out clubs who were interested in me in January. He’s taken everything on the chin like a model pro

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Ba had 5 ree kicks overth top – A Cabaye an HBA or an Ryan Taylor would have nailed it !!!! Demba Ba Either Sign Up or Go as we are not having another fiasko !!!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #12

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRFgqPLmmDY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    We love you big man!!!
    Shola certainly has his critics but shola is everything nufc, he’s the underdog, a fighter and a proper geordie!
    Dont know if anyone else notice’s but at an away game when shola comes on this song normally rings out and soarks the entire away end!

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  • RonVanDam

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #13

    I think there should be few exceptions on buying players under 28 years. I believe we should’ve gone for Ryan Neilson when he became a free agent near the end of last season. I know hes old (35) but he still has IT. Wouldve partnered Collo well at the back.

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

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I feel really sorry for Jonas like. He’s obviously seriously struggling for form, and what do you do there? Either play through and hope he regains form or not play him, but what if he doesn’t regain his form again due to not playing? I don’t think it’s as simple as some people make out, but in current form, there are players who should be ahead of Jonas.

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  • bottle

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Conaldo

    Tiote
    Anita
    HBA
    Cabaye
    and soon Marv I hope

    all class acts, all skilled players, all capable of taking us up the table.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #16

    RonVanDam
    Should always be exceptions like, hangelands out of contract this season inagine him n colo at the back!

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #17

    shola

    such a shame he can’t run. for ten years he was trying to find his place in this team to no avail. played when he was less than deserving, or we were completely out of options (or our owner sold our only other forwards)

    within the last two years he’s really found his niche. wouldn’t say i was ecstatic to see him come off the subs bench today but i’ll happily hold my hands up when he does that….spurs last year, today, he’s got so many little cameos over the past two, two and a half seasons that have proved so important in the grand scheme

    bravo, shola.

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

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Matty – ill have a look for the article.
    I was only speculating, but I think the reason is the defensive side of his game. Everyone needs to defend in the premier league, but again im only guessing.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #19

    on a more sour note

    is anyone else equally worried about Colo’s form this season?

    flashes of brilliance, but too many Willo imitations for my liking…..think he’ll be able to hack it next year at this level (pending we stay here)?

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #20

    conaldo

    i dont know if its just me but do ya not think jonas looks porkier than he did in championship and promotion season?? looks asif he hasnt got the pace or ability to go past people he had maybe this has something to do with it?

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  • daztoon

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #22

    A win is a win but still to negative from Pardew at home against the worst side in the prem.missed the opportunity to get The goal diff down.Pardew blames injuries but still refuses to start Marv.What must he be thinking when Obertan comes back from being injured yet still gets on before him.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #23

    gateshead

    jonas looks the same to me

    difference is, some players lose ‘it’ when they’re 35, some when they’re 30, some earlier. it all depends. whatever it is, jonas has lost it

    will say though, today was by far his best performance this season for us (and still left much to be desired)

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

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Gateshead – I don’t know wether it’s that, as he seems in decent enough shape, and when he does run he’s still fairly fast,
    I think it might be a confidence thing, I think that might be why he struggles to take on the defenders etc.

    Matty- ha cheers, ill have a read in a minute.

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  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #25

    wonder if Indian will post?

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  • RonVanDam

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Whos with me that Ba shouldve been replaced instead of Cisse?

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #27

    conaldo

    well what ever it is i think an all-firing marveux would be on another level to an all-firing jonas amy hoo. but what do i know? haha

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  • miggy

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #28

    nice to see people applauding shola on here for a change still back to normal come wednesday lol n yes a dont think we will get a result against manure but i live in hope cmon the toon i think we get beat of manure we beat the gooners 1 nil n draw at home w everton u heard it here first

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  • hotdog

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #29

    If you missed football focus this is quality 🙂

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20805697

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

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Decent article. He seems a good bloke.

    Hopefully he can get a run in the team, as he obviously has talent.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #31

    RVD

    I think a lot of fans, including myself, felt that way

    Ba’s off, I’m consigned to that, why shoot Cisse’s confidence even further. Nothing personal against Ba, but Cisse wants to be here, you saw his frustration.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #32

    The fact Pardew took Jonas off today,suggests he may have seen the light,regarding the Jonas situation.

    Up until that point we never strecthed their defence once,even though we were camped in their half,for the most part.

    Once Obertan came on & started running at the full back,they were all over the place.

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  • Tommyy

    Dec 22, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Agree that Jonas has lost the edge, just doesn’t look like a footballer anymore (that is not to say he can’t play football) just don’t think he’s good enough technically for us anymore.
    I’m glad Pardew has come out and acknowledged the fact that we were yet again poor today. At least he’s seeing it, but it really is down to him. We’ve argued and discussed it to death these last two seasons but we need to start playing football, and as to why we don’t/can’t still remains an a elusive mystery.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Some of you have probably missed this:
    (Matt Spiro isn’t one to throw suggestions around easily btw)

    Matt Spiro ?@mattspiro
    Mathieu Debuchy left out of squad by Lille today. Wants January move and has probably played his last game for club #NUFC #LOSC
    Expand

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  • Macas

    Dec 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Seem to disagree with most posters here but thought Gurierrez and Cisse were two of our better players the first half. Cisse was sharper than I’ve seen him for a while, and Gutierrez looked much better than against City, got a few decent balls in.
    Don’t understand the praise for Obertan either, he was just as useless as usual, poor ball control and one or two duff passes.
    Tracked back well a few times but that’s not what he’s there for.
    He’ll never make it, but as he’s Pardew’s pet project it seems he’ll get plenty of chances.
    Nice to see Marveaux come on and make an impact, looks so bright and sharp these days and really deserves a start.
    As for Williamson getting flak for conceding a free kick late on, it was Perch who gave the ball away and put us in trouble.

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  • RonVanDam

    Dec 22, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #36

    @ mattyNUFC
    Cisse was more of a threat than Ba and had a better game between the two. I think AP keeps playing BA because of the physical presence he provides in the box

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

    Dec 22, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Bringing cisse off could give him something to prove though, It smells of a Pardew Jedi mind trick.

    I’ve pretty much come to terms with ba leaving like. As long as we bring someone else in.

    But this could get cisse all riled up and he could knock in 4 goals past manure! No? Well. He might score one or two.

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  • BigKirky

    Dec 22, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #38

    Most definately the booing was for the fact that Cisse was taken off, not Ba, who we know wants to be off in search of mega money.

    Plus, he may pass to Cisse on the odd occassion but he never wants to create something for him. That is the difference.

    You know, Cisse and Ba DOES work. It requires Cisse in the middle and Ba wide left like last year and Benny on the right as a three. But of course, Ba doesn’t want that, so it doesn’t happen like last season.

    If Remy comes in, I’m sure the team will function a lot better as a 433.

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  • Macas

    Dec 22, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Also we played better first half, second half was very scrappy.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 22, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Sad day for me, wanted us to lose so we can get rid,

    We won , but wrong starting line up, and most of you know that

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