Newcastle’s Dramatic Slump Now In Full Focus


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping that his players will learn from their mistakes yesterday, and those errors robbed us of what could have been our first victory at Old Trafford in 40 years, but one reason the manager looked so miserable after the game was that it was our experienced back-line that made the errors that lost us this particular game.

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Alan Pardew – let down by his experienced players

Alan Pardew hopes his players will now learn from the mistakes they made:

“I genuinely feel for the players, but at the same time we have to learn.” “There’s no point saying ‘we’ve put in a great performance’, because we got nothing.” “I can’t remember a defeat being as painful, if I’m honest.”

“I genuinely think we could have won – we scored three goals and had some great opportunities.” “We hit the post and the bar.” “You’ve got to be able to defend that situation – the last goal was galling.”

“We’ll be asking questions of ourselves for at least one of their goals, for sure.” “There were so many good things.” “It was such a young midfield.” “A little bit of inexperience in there has let them come on to us.”

It’s hard to remember when Alan Pardew looked so miserable or shaken after a Newcastle game, but that’s how he looked during his first few interviews yesterday, and we think what’s galling to him was that it was the experienced back five who let in two poor goals that put paid to everything the lads did well yesterday – and it’s still a defeat – another defeat.

We’ve now lost almost half of our games as we reach the half way point – 19 games played and 9 defeats – and in the 38 games last season we suffered only 11 defeats and had 19 wins – and right now we have only five wins in the first half of the season – so it’s really a dramatic downturn in performance from one season to the next.

That’s what happens when you lose seven of nine league games.

We have to hope for a stellar second half to the season when we should get some of our players back – but it will now be difficult – very difficult – to make the top six – although not impossible.

But another defeat at Arsenal on Saturday will be very hard to take. 🙁

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294 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Having catchy appointed his new PR Agent and motivational speaker is too good for ashley

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    We might do an everton you never know the last few games apart from qpr we have put some good performances in and with a bit of luck we could of got a few wins, we should play every game like we have nothing to lose it seems to do the trick.

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  • niafron

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Bonjour messieurs.

    So this is worst and worst…

    Will not ask you who is injured but rather who is availlable for Saturday?

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  • JDdubai

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #4

    So tempted to get Street into the matchday squad now, no point effing about, get him in like Bigi and see if he is ready….however he’s probably lacking match fitness after his injury but should be on the bench from now on.

    Team vs Arsenal

    Krul
    Simmo-Perch-Colo-Santon
    Tiote-Bigi
    Cisse-Marveaux-Obertan
    Ba

    if Anita is somehow fit then:

    Obertan-Anita-Marveaux
    Ba/Cisse

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  • wreker16

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Remi streete ftw

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  • Kyo

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m hoping Ashley will some day sell NUFC to someone that knows what football is about. Until then we’ll have to suffer.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Niafron , I hope so, Fixtures look a lot better in Jan and with players coming back and some new signings we should see a significant improvement in results.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    The problem wasnt just with Williamson yesterday, there were several occasions where Collo was guilty of ball watching, of losing his man and was not blameless in their last two goals.

    He has developed a very annoying habit of turning his back on an attacking player which leaves him wide open.

    Two good CB’s are needed to give Collo a break, allow him to recover his composure and confidence. That would then give us 3 CB’s with a bit of class with either Williamson or Saylor as the 4th – the other should be released – if Goode is as good as they think, he could be the 4th with both Saylor and Williamson allowed to leave.

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  • Kyo

    Dec 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Simpson is the worst. The absolute worst.

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    The players did a great job, not many teams can do that to MU at Old Trafford. It was amazing, it was not what I expected to be honest, but the last 10-15 minutes I kind of got a feeling that MU will score and they did.
    It was far better improvement than previous games.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #11

    people said before the season started this was going to happen , the ONLY way we will get better is when ash decides to sell – untill then – enjoy it.

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  • hotdog

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    Perch will do a job v arsenal. They don’t have big powerful forwards but will try to play through us which will suit perch. I’d like to get a look at remi at some point.

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    SAnton like always was excellent, Simpson did well too. The worst player for me last night was Colo & Ba.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Remi Streete should be out on loan along with Fergie and Tav the same as Nile Ranger should have been sent out to a third division team to build his confidence,so this five year plan that aims to use youth players is being completely mis managed due to a threadbare squad.

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  • Kyo

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Stuart

    I was one of those people. People here called me a mackem…

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  • Luke-A-Like

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Team for saturday…? Something along the lines of:
    Krul
    Simmo Perch Collo Santon
    Marv Tiote Bigi
    Cisse Ba Obertan

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  • hotdog

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Jfa – streete has been injured though right?

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  • Kyo

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Santon03

    Maybe you should watch the game next time… Simpson was poor all over.

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    So… we have Streete and Good available, right?

    Krul
    Def: Simo, Tav, Good, Streete, Colo, Fergie, Santon
    Mid: Marvv, Ober, Tiote, Jonas, Bigi, Perch (def), Sammy, Abeid
    Att: Ba, Cisse, Shola, Ranger

    Did I miss someone?

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Kyo

    Ssshhh

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  • jimiley

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    We will lose at Arsenal. 8 defeats in 10 games and then its Everton. We are sleepwalking towards relegation and there are no alarm bells ringing in Ashley’s office. thats what you call an 8 year plan towards oblivion. Every other club would have sacked Pardew ages ago. Chelsea sacked Di matteo when they were 3rd in league after a couple of draws. But they demand success. Our owner wants survival. There are winners and there are the eternal losers.

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    oh yeah I missed Xisco

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  • woodsee

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #23

    Match of the day chaffs my gusset,didnt even show valencias tackle on anita and being stretchered off,and as for alex ferguson,where do u start

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #24

    This available players

    Krul, Harp, elliot
    Def: Simo, Tav, Good, Streete, Colo, Fergie, Santon
    Mid: Marvv, Ober, Tiote, Jonas, Bigi, Perch (def), Sammy, Abeid, Amalfitano
    Att: Ba, Cisse, Shola, Ranger, Xisco

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  • Tommyy

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #25

    I think it’s high time Ba was was shifted to the left, he was wasteful and selfish again yesterday and his link up play is poor. Get Cisse through the middle, Ba on the left and Obertan on either side, Tiote, Bigi and Marveux in the middle.

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  • spitfire_

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Santon03

    Good is on load at Bradford.

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  • spitfire_

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #27

    *loan

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Santon you have been selective in your viewing Simpson was dire, a few good runs count for nothing when he cost us possession, wasted opportunities and very definitely one goal. He has to go.
    Muppets who celebrate Willo being out – do you honestly think we have a tried and tested better replacement? Wake up.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #29

    Ba will be gone in January. He has scored 60% of out goals. Prediction: we will get relegated unless we buy three yop players in January. A top striker, a top right back and centre back. No purchases means relegation.

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  • Tommyy

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #30

    What’s happened to Amalfitano? another example of a pointless purchase when he’s clearly not good enough.
    We need rid of these second rate players him, Gosling, Williamson, Simpson, Ranger, Xisco all need their contracts bought out and to get going.

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #31

    tads – sorry repost

    I understand why Catchy want us to lose, because he hate AP and his style. The only way to get rid of AP is when MA hit the panic button. Panic button will be hit if we keep losing games and in 17-20 place in the table.

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  • hotdog

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #32

    Tsunki – I’m happy to be a muppet in your eyes as long as he is nowhere near our first team.

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #33

    I would have curtis good in before remie, hes supposed to be playing top notch, but the point is we need a new cb.
    its frustrating that whilst krul, colo, tiote, definitely jonas and arguably cisse are out of form, all fans still see two glaringly obvious weak links in our team.

    Pardew must have seen this. We also need to get rid of ba, hes bringing disharmony to the team and whilst he may score, i feel cisse could score more playing upfront. a winger come striker is just what we need as back up to cisse in a 433

    Its not unusual for good teams to start this badly, everton have done it, as i believe so have tottenham and to a lesser extent arsenal

    as long as we stay up this season and dont lose any of our big players, without the added weight of europe i really do feel we could bounce back to top 4 next season. Getting europe put a real spanner in the works of ashleys long term investment plan

    if we had been on a winning run and had that result yesterday nobody would complain, and in reality we only need maybe 7 wins from the rest of the season to stay up. this time we really are far too good to go down

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki

    I didn’t view Simo by only few good runs, he did quite well helping attack and def. Colo can’t keep up with RVP or Hernandez last night.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #35

    Alan,
    As long as we stay up this season we can bounce back to top 4 next season? Joker!

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Tsunki

    of course, I would rather see new RB, but he is our current 1st choice RB.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #37

    toonarmydownsouth

    i love the attention,, good or bad,,

    say what you want,, but what you carnt hack is , you carnt answer the questions
    simple questions

    maybe its cos your a londoner, sticking up for one of your own, i dont know, southen softies, isnt that what you lot are called

    have you ever been to SJP, do you know where newcastle is even,,

    your only a puppet 😀

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  • Kyo

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #38

    Santon03 must have been watching a different game. Simpson cost us the first goal and skied every single cross attempt. He is turd.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #39

    Mr Pardew looks a bit haggard at the mo. He should calm down because when he gets the sack he will be worth a fortune. A Euro millions lotto winner!

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  • Santon03

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Spitfire

    Yes, i just checked. He is at bradford now. Thanks

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