Pardew – Papiss Cisse Simply A Victim Of Injuries

Alan Pardew gave his press conference yesterday for the game at Manchester United tomorrow, and he seemed upbeat after the hard-fought win against QPR, which we really needed, and he said it would be a busy Christmas Day for the manager and his players.

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Papiss Cisse – work-rate praised by the manager

Newcastle will have a morning training session to prepare for the game at the Red Devils and then they will spend some time with their families before they board the plane to take them to Manchester for the game tomorrow afternoon, which has a normal 3:00 pm kickoff.

And Alan was asked about Papiss Cisse, who seemed visibly frustrated at being taken off amid boos from the Newcastle crowd on Saturday, but the Newcastle manager has paid tribute to Cisse’s work-rate, although the goals are not there this season – so far – with only four goals in all competitions for the Senegal captain.

But Alan Pardew said there were reasons for that:

“I think Papiss is just a victim of our injury program, if I’m honest” “Without Ben Arfa and Cabaye we’ve lacked a bit of flair and quality in the final third and of course if you’ve got that it creates moments for Papiss to finish.”

“He hasn’t had a lot moments in games but his work-rate, his commitment to the cause, cannot be faulted and we continue to work with him and hopefully he’ll get the goals soon.”

It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow afternoon, and we have a feeling that Shola Ameobi and Gabby Obertan will start the game, and maybe even Sylvain Marveaux, and it looks like the reliable and solid James Perch will fill in for the absent Cheick Tiote, who is banned from this game because he picked up his fifth booking against QPR.

We don’t really expect too much out of this game, but we want to see a fighting performance from our lads and some solid and determined defensive play.

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150 comments so far

  • ginkoh

    Dec 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    I expect Shola and Ba upfront with Cisse kn the bench tomorrow

  • Beattie25

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Because it’s Christmas I won’t say what I was going to

    But if it wasn’t Christmas I would say that even with our ‘flair’ players PArdew has continued to play the awful long ball tactics that Colo and Ba have hit out about.

    Discontent in the dressing room and stadia. PArdew on borrowed time? I think so! It is easier to lose and replace a manager than a full team of quality players.

    With the news coming to light that Pardew would only get 1 years pay if sacked, I think he’ll be gone at the end of the season.

    In other news it is Christmas so happy birthday Jesus.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Howay Ed have a day off like its christmas go enjoy yourself!!!
    Happy christmas my fellow bloogers hope you all enjoy your day and lets all look forward to the toon stuffing manure tomorrow!!!

  • Oleg G

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t expect it but I want to see Marv. playing.

    Put him in the middle, give him the ball. He is a play-maker. A play-maker that we desperately need!

    Shola, Cisse, Ba…. doesn’t matter for me really. They don’t create goals most of the time. They sometimes score them. Who is important is the midfield players who should be as creative as the injury situation allows us.

    Just don’t put Cisse as a winger.


    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Newcastle 3-1 Man U…. howays….. cisse 2, Ba 1

  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    beattie you meanie.
    im surprised to see people on today. don’t you have families?

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    no family, no christmas Toon! Toon! Toon!

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    I think it is disgraceful at this time of year -goodwill to all men – that this cynical plot to defame Percy Parsnip has been exposed – re the row with Collocini.
    Percy has denied playing the long ball and has refuted such suggestions from match statistics, from pundits, from reporters, from fans, from SuperMac etc etc.
    Despite what appears to be overwhelming evidence to the contrary we need to accept Percys explanation that the Toon do not play this type of game – he is after all the manager of the year and the Silver Supremo. Support Percy and cast out the false prophets. I understand in the near future he is going to demonstrate how to walk on water. He has not lost the dressing room – support Percy.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Well i am going to admit defeat and say Jonas should probably be rested after the first half, if all is going ok, put Obertan on for the 2nd (I dont think he would have enough in his tank yet for a full game). I think with Anita and Perch in midfield we will be solid enough (lately tiote has been a bit of a liability with his spinning and and needless retention anyway). If Ba is going I think it may be time to rotate the dembas each half too. Marveaux may as well start, cant hurt to give himm a big test and see how he copes. Build the play from the back, so that means Simmo and Santon should hang back and play the ball out and NOT foray past the half way line unless we are 2 up with 10 mins to go. They would be more effective helping midfield control the park and not floundering up the pitch with their lousily ineffective wing play.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10


    Like you as it’s Christmas I will try to hold back, but the players have found out Pardew big time. Hilarious Pardew saying he and Colo were winners. When has Pardew ever been a winner!

    So now Ba, Cisse, CAPTAIN Colo, Marveaux are all fed up along with a lot of the fans.


    It will be the usual 4 x DM’s and 2 x number 9’s. Pardew doesn’t do flair, pace or taking it to the opposition.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Yo Ho Ho and 3 pts at Old Trafford

    Merry Xmas everyone out there

  • toonydoonunder

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Merry Christmas lads and lasses i have a feeling that tomorrow is a win win first child is due and Toon are due a win at Old Trafford HWTL .

  • Tommyy

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    If it is an embarrassing defeat and a poor long ball performance tomorrow, will that be the final straw for the players let alone the fans?
    It’s almost a relief that it’s Man Utd so we don’t have to get as frustrated as if it were Villa or someone similar if we get beaten and play badly.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Style of play
    I don’t know if its me but I have seen (think) I have seen a change in style in the last few weeks – Stoke, Fulham, Man City and Saturday

    Take Saturday for instance did anyone notice how often Krul passed the ball to his full backs instead of hoofing it upo the middle – built from the back. And there is a lot more movement off the ball in our midfield – Still think our forwards tend to be a bit static.

    Move Jonas to Tiote position and move Marvo into Jonas position may work for the Man-ure game.

    Pardew – believe in your players and not the hoofball

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    I also would not be sad if Tim accidentally took out rvp with a mistimed punch. Not kill him of course, just loosen a tooth.

  • magpie6699

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    I don’t understand the harping on about long – ball tactics. The last 2 home games we have seen much more of a passing game or (attempted) wing-play / crossing game – I can only remember a bit of emphasis on long-ball after Shola came on – which was justifiable. There are 2 other factors – 1. Krul’s reluctance to throw the ball out to a player – he seems to opt for the hoof upfield – why? and 2. the absence of Benny which reduces our ability to run at / through players.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Yep the hoofing has calmed down, maybe the Cap’n has got some halfway agreement with Ol’ Pardsy?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    BTW first day off for months and how was my lie in? Woke up about 6.30am as usual. 🙁

    Damn bio clock.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #19

    I think some of the players have had enough of pardew’s long ball rubbish and started playing the way they want.
    If the captain is complaining then with any luck pardew’s negative bull isn’t getting through to the rest of the team. Great players, mediocre manager.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Anyway is it too early to start a relegation prediction? I would love the mackems to be in there of course, but I think it will be


    That order.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Can’t see Obertan playing from the start tomorrow,he’s not trained in 6 weeks and sad he isn’t match fit so why would AP start him?
    Think we can stifle them in their place but we’ll need a lot of luck along with digging deep and working hard.

  • Mumbai Mag

    Dec 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Yeah we’ve been bit more fluid these last 2 games. But I feel we’ll be back to hoofball at Old Trafford.

    Wont be too disappointed if we lose to Man Utd tbh. Just want the lads to show some fight, bodies on the line, defend like mad. like we did there last season.

    Pardew has talked about freshening things up. We’ll see if that means Guti on the bench. I have a feeling he might give Fergie a go on the left wing in place of Guti & Obertan cud start on the right with Marveaux coming on a sub.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Is it just me or have we seen Fergie as good as he will ever get?

  • Vask

    Dec 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #24

    you may have a point tsunki I think he could fit in well in a Keegan team but I don’t think he’s suited the current style being played at Newcastle United. got a good cross on him but he runs funny.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #25

    i have been saying for a while now that he is losing the dressing room , i find it totally bizzar that he would come out and say that he has had an argument with his cap, alleged over the style of football

    for this to happen it would take a lot of players to say , hey colo sort this out,,

    i dont think this is something colo would do on his own with out back up from the squad,,

    seems also very strange that, ba came out and said it a few weeks ago

    seems like me and a few of us neggers where right,, or are we neggers , i prefer to say not blind and saying what we see,,

    waiting for you lot to come on now and say we were wrong,

    this about papis is bullshit too,, and you all know it,,

    pardews problem is , he love the press,, he feels like he has to tell them things,, and if you can not see he is causing more uprest for our club by doing so then your all blind,,

    this is stability

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #26


    under pardew he will never get better,,

    he is a player that at 21, is a good crosser of the ball, with a llittle pace too,

    he should be hugging the touch line, and getting the ball fed to him to just keep running and pumping crosses in the box

  • tequilamag

    Dec 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Catchy man it`s Xmas , give it a rest for one day.

  • Kyo

    Dec 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Cisse is also a victim of poor finishing and being caught offside 900 times in every game.

  • manxpie

    Dec 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #29

    people saying its pardews tactics for the long ball is bollicks did you watch the fulham game he was staring daggers at krul for hoofing it you could tell he was fuming!
    merry christmas btw everyone except catchy 🙂

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Just like its better to tear Band -aid in one go. NUFC would be better served to get shot of Pards in one go.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #31



    Last time I checked , Pardew is still boss,

    Or is it just because you know your wrong

    Loving it , just loving it

    The club is falling to bits, and you think it’s all ok,

  • Beattie25

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #32


    I personally think Pardew would be upset If he said to stop playing long balls because Hangeland was destroying us in the air. However you cannot say that the long balls are no a creation of tactics.

    Yes Krul hoofs it aimlessly but the amount of times he does it is not down to a personal choice, it is given via coaching.

    Pardew can dodge as many bullets as he wants and you can jump in front of them too but we cannot escape what we see week in and week out.

    Merry Christmas.

    Let’s be honest but upbeat. Pardew will, in the next 6 months prove to be either the messiah reincarnated or a parsnip. I have my own opinion and time will prove me wrong or right. Until that point all we can do is watch and debate.

  • Joe Blog

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Indian, I hope writing isn’t your day job.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #34


    Bar humbug 😉

    Don’t even think your a fan

  • niafron

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Bonjour messieurs.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Joe Blog

    Just the part time.

  • Beattie25

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Joyuex Noël

  • niafron

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Did not seen last game, was traveling.

    Just read the articles on the blog.

    So it was boring?

  • niafron

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Noyons Joel!

  • tequilamag

    Dec 25, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Catchy, I called you out months ago that you did not want us to win. Glad to see you finally outed yourself last week.
    It`s not healthy to live a lie.


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