Alan Pardew – We Ran Out Of Steam (Again!)


Alan Pardew after the game said what most Newcastle fans were aware of – that Newcastle ran out of stream – and that’s not for the first time this season the Newcastle defense has collapsed late in a game, when we had a chance of getting a point or more.

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Alan Pardew – we ran out of steam

This is what the Newcastle manager said after the game:

“I thought when we got back to 3-3 we should have shut up shop.” “The last 15-20 minutes was a fresh team against a tired team and perhaps a bit of inexperience on our bench resulted in the scoreline.”

“We’re just so disappointed that we didn’t get something out of it before then.” “The goals we conceded before then were not, not good and that’s been our problem.”

“For 70 minutes it was pretty tight, I thought we were giving a good account of ourselves, but their freshness and the brightness towards the end of the game was just too much for us, and we couldn’t cope.”

These comments after the game are getting repetitive – and it’s all about not lasting the course and conceding poor goals – and if we keep doing this we’ll sink even further down the league table.

And we were concerned before the game, that when it got late Newcastle may leak some goals, which today they did dramatically with three goals conceded in the last six minutes of the 90 minutes, and Giroud hit the cross-bar too in added time, otherwise he would have had a hat trick in a 10 minute spell.

But then again he will not be playing against a very tired Newcastle defense every week.

So what happens now against Everton at home?

Are we going to collapse again late in the game – and of course Everton are the experts at coming on late in games – and they always have a never say die attitude.

It seems to us that some of the Newcastle players may not even be for fit enough – and we’ve made too many excuses for our defense these last couple of months when we’ve lost seven of the last nine league games – and we have to remember we’ve only got Steven Taylor missing – although Mike Williamson was suspended today.

It’s not as if we have four new players playing at the back.

We need at least two new defenders brought in during the January transfer window, and our attacking play in the last two games has been good – very good in fact – and although we didn’t expect any points from the last two games – we didn’t expect to score three goals in each of the game either.

Fix the defense and we could still come away this season and climb the league table, but we need to see a committed effort from our players on Wednesday night against Everton – and a much better performance from our defense – and that goes for the whole match – right through to the end of added time.

What do you think?

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121 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #1

    Buy some player. Strengthen the squad.

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  • archaeomag

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #2

    The Curse of W@nga strikes again . . .

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  • daffy

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Alright lads ?
    Just been watching some old classics this aft , Magnificent 7 & 7 Brides for 7 Brothers
    Any news ?

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  • Spellcheck

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Damn sure the relentless,extra long play,repetitive record of negativity towards our great club that is Catchy knob jockey will av an opinion? HWTL true supporters!!!

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  • nightfa11

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #5

    ok..pardew seem a good person..hes probably a good man..i wish him well..but he manages like hes afraid of mediocre teams & starts panicking when things dont go well…& thats not what a big club needs..sorry.. seriously..he defends against west ham, norwich, etc..but goes all out attack against man utd, city, arsenal,.. what is he? trying to prove SAF that newcastle still has surprise factor?=D

    summary: pardew out..di matteo in..

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

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Exactly. Our attacking play has been nothing short of fantastic at times. We need to fix the defense. I for one would be happy as hell with a boring 0-0 or sluggish 1-0 against Everton if it meant that we had sealed the gaping hole of our defence.
    We can not concede as many goals as we have been and expect to win. Entertainers style football doesn’t work anymore. Or not with our luck anyway.

    We need 2 defenders in January, and tighten the defence, then we will be fine.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #7

    With a minimum of TWO good CB’s who can walk straight into the team, most (NOT ALL) of our problems will be alleviated. Collo needs a rest, he has been doing the work of 3 and it has cost him dearly. Williamson and Saylor can be sold leaving us with 2 new CB’s, Collo, Good and Perchino which should be far better than we have now.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #8

    We were tired because we played two games in a few days. We lost because we were tired. When we get back to playing a game every 7 days we will be fine.

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  • veto

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #9

    di matteo in ? omg , hah , no thanks .
    pard’s aint doing to bad with what he’s been given

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Does we ran out of steam mean we are not fit enough. When Notts Forest won European Cup they played 84 matches with a squad of just 17 players. We just have not got enough quality. Graeme is spot on but it won’t happen because MA will want to sell the little quality we have to raise money for replacements NOT add to the squad. We have too many sicknotes like Saylor & too many wimps like Willo, Gosling & Obertan and youngsters just arn’t ready

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  • AmeobiTheMackemSlayer

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Hell no to Di Matteo. Most overrated manager ever!
    These excuses are getting boring, Pardew needs to grow some bollocks and demand that money is spent in January. I couldn’t give a solitary s*** how much money is spent. At the end of the day. More money is lost being relegated then spending £20,000,000 on quality players.

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  • joeytoon

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #12

    TIRED? RAN OUT OF STEAM !!!!!!!
    UTTER BOLLOCKS
    THESE GUYS ARE PAID THOUSANDS PER WEEK TO PLAY FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    we are not good enough defensively, IT WAS SCHOOLBOY DEFENDING,
    i will say it again
    we got away with murder at times last season,it was unbelievably obvious to ANYONE that we needed to sign 3/4 quality players in the summer,
    ashley runs nufc football company ,and thats what it is to him,
    Llambias wouldnt know a footballer if he kicked him in the bollocks,
    i sincerely hope that the embarrasing humiliation of the last 20 mins,finally convinces the fat one that we need to spend 20/25 million to stay in this division,
    invest 20/25 million to get 92 million at the end of the season
    invest nothing in january and you will get nothing ……..except relegation

    we look good going forward and have proved that we can score goals but an extra GOALSCORER is imperative
    simmo willo and gutts must go they are not good enough

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #13

    To create steam we need fire in our bellies for 90 + 5 minutes! Quality creates time. Quality players don’t have to run around like blue arsed flies

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  • jimiley

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #14

    It is no good throwing good money after bad. Jan is never a good time to buy. This squad is good enuf for mid table and we should be happy with that. No need to panic. keep the faith in Alan.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #15

    bad end result obviously but we matched them for most of the game with a totally depleted squad with only 2 days TRAINING,REST AND TACTIC ANALYSIS some “fans” are shocking on here and i only hope this blog doesn’t amount to the majority of our fan base!
    willo the “sunday league player” in the team today we imo wouldn’t have conceded that many!
    jonas has been massive loss i remember arguing with transfer sage about the support he brings to our left backs wether it be santon raylor or joe bloggs he sure as hell shores up that side!
    we’ve prooved over the last couple of games that we can score goals but i think not only under perdew but since hughton we haven’t had a balanced side defencevly or in midfield and the only people to blame for that is ashley and lamearse!

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  • Harley

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #16

    We’ll be ok once we get out players back fit. It’s hard to take at the minute but we’ll sort if out.

    Arsenal leaked 7 last season as did Man U, it can happen.

    In 2013 a midfield of cabaye, Anita and tiote/bigi, with a front 3 of ba/cisse, marveaux and Ben Arfa will get us up the table. Not to mention any incoming players.

    We’ll finish top 8!

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #17

    At 3-3 we were doing ok- pardew is seen on camera shouting”no more goals” which was confirmed in his interview. Whatever he meant by it proves his tactics were totally wrong – not just this game but all season. Pards is a loser , that goes without saying, he needs to go . We could have a good side , give or take a couple of players, if he left.

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  • jimiley

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Harley, We could finish top 6 if we get a bit of luck for a change

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  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Ameobi @ 20 – that is the bottom line and I believe our Illustrious Owner will be made well aware of this fact in the next few days.

    An investment of £20 million over the next 2 weeks will rescue this season; It will bed the incoming players and ensure we hit the ground running next season with a top 6 target.

    There is NO reason it cannot be achieved

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  • jimiley

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Arsenal game showed that Ba is selfish and nowhere near as good as Cisse. The sooner Ba goes the better.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #21

    sorry, Ameobi at 11 lol

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  • manxpie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #22

    also i’d love to here from readers that don’t post to actually get a fuller oppinion on this blog because in the voting posts there’s a hell of alot of votes too the people that actually post!

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  • keeganjr

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #23

    i blame that fat pr… ashley also… We where lucky last season+ we where a tight unit that worked hard for the team.. we should have built on that and get 5-6 bodies in too make the challenge and cover stronger.. not buy defenders was the biggest mistake we have done for some years, and we have done many mistakes.. Its a must now too buy 4-6 players in january.. DO WE?? ehhh no

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #24

    I hope he doesn’t bring Jonas back like.

    We’ve been able to keep the ball for a change the last few games & we’re far quicker going forward too.

    We need a centre half & a new right back.
    Jonas ain’t the answer to our problems.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #25

    If Cissé is to be used on the wing, then we need a f***ing belter of a RB. Simpson needs looking after never mind left with a novice in front of him.

    We need 3 defenders. Going forward we were great and showed enough to win plenty games. But our defence is shite.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Tell me what manager could have got more out of our team today?
    Would they be able to have better players on the bench?
    Would they be able to get our team to have better fitness after the amount of games our injury plagued squad has played lately?
    I’m not AP’s biggest fan by a long shot but he has hem playing the best attacking football we’ve played in 2years.
    We’re useless defensively but he can’t do anything about it without getting the players he wants.
    You can’t make Simmo or Willo better than they are atthe moment,they’ve probably reached the heights of the quality available to them.
    Putting in Streete or Tavernier who are not ready is not the answer.
    Sacking AP isn’t the answer either as who are we gonna get in?
    The likes of Mc Leish/Curbishley/Keane/Strachan or someone of Psycho’s ability?
    Get a fec-in grip lads
    We’re in the deep sh1t and it’ll be with AP and the mugs in the boardroom

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Keep talking sense Graeme. To do nothing in January is not an option. Have these beggers talking about 6th or 8th been drinking – they’ll be talking about Champions League next blog. Accept it we are without Saylor, Cabaye & Bennie to end of Jan also Tiote African Nations. Anita, Gutierrez several weeks & Raylor to end of season. No need to worry then!

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #28

    On a positive Marveaux and andd the youngin where really good.

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  • pedro

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Comical defending today even before “running out of steam”. A shame because for large parts of the game I thought we passed the ball around well against a full strength Arsenal team. Scoring 3 goals is good and Marveaux’s pass for the third was sublime but to concede like we did was shambolic.
    Its a frustrating season. We have not played well at all and now I see us trying to pass the ball. With some additions defensively and a fit Ben Arfa and Cabaye back in the mix I think we have a great team.
    The quick fix of sacking Pardew maybe great if we had a quality replacement but I really struggle to think of someone who is realistic. Most managers are either in jobs or would be unwilling to work under Ashley. We would more than likely end up with someone like Kinnear. Some other suggestions are crap -Di Matteo is no better in my opinion.
    The commentators for the game here in Argentina kept talking about Coloccini. According to them, San Lorenzo have the money available (I find this hard to believe) and will move in the next few days.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #30

    we are were we are because we have played like this for 20 games now,,

    26 goals for
    37 against
    5 wins
    5 draws
    10 defeats
    this same defence kept 15 clean sheets last season, so why is it so bad this season
    now i can accept us losing ground on the top 5 because of lack of signings,, but come on guys, we lost no one, not one of our big players

    you carnt come on here and say yes we were great at man u then blame the team for falling to bits a few days later, you carnt have it both ways to suit your argument

    we are here because we have played like this for 20 games, no just the last 2

    i think your clutching at straws to say we are improving
    wiggan v 10 men we won
    fulham,, you said we are improving got beat
    man c , you said we are improving, we got beat, and they torcherd us first half
    QPR we won, but it was a poor game
    man u best game under pardew, but we lost

    ARS today, last time i checked the game lasts 90 mins,, pardew in his wisdom said no more goals, shut up shop, so when he went defensive it went pairshape, he made a choice and it went badly wrong

    we can all sit here and not blame pardew and look at the board, but at the end of the day
    players like simpson, should not be playing, why is cisse playing right wing,,
    what do we get out of having cisse out on the right wing

    marv today, showed his class, best player by a mile ( for us) why has it took pardew so long to have him in the team

    how much longer ehh

    if you look at the fixture,, its not getting any easier for us, he looks flat, he has no new ideas,,

    like i say. its not just about the last 2 matches,, its the last 20

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  • manxpie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #31

    stuart so after getting the lead back 3 times I.E conceding 3 goals away from home!
    you don’t agree we shouldn’t concede anymore well i’m speechless on that logic like!!

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  • jimiley

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #32

    No need to panic until March. If we are two points off third bottom in March, panic!!!!! In Alan we trust.

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  • breno95

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #33

    What a lot of moaning, whinging, and hypocrites there are posting on here. Promoted straight back to EPL, a steady mid table return 1st season back and then a very much surprised 5th place securing Euro football this term. Ok, things are not great but which side would not suffer on the pitch with the injury and suspension list we have had during 1st half of the season?
    How many really expected anything out of last 3 games against current champions in city, top of the league team in Utd and a rejuvenated and fresh Gunners side? We have given a good account tonight for 75 mins but poor subs knacked it up. 3 goals tonight away to any other team outside top 4 would have got 3 points. The same applies to Boxing Days game.
    IMO Tiote is a spent force. Young Bigi has shown he is more than capable. If the offers are still there for Tiote I would sell him this window and if Ba goes then he goes. Look to add Sakho, Pieters, Debuchy, Sissoko and Remy – easy to type than it us to happen but with those on board along with the return from injury of Saylor, Anita, Cabaye and HBA we will be stronger. In the summer moves should be made now to sound out either Samba, Alderwield or Douglas plus Long.
    If and I know it’s a big if as our transfer dealings don’t run smooth we can land those named this window very early in January we could be lining up with :-
    Krul, Debuchy, Sakho, Colo, Pieters
    Sissoko, Bigi, Anita, Cabaye
    HBA
    Cisse
    Offload Simpson, Willo in the summer, retire Shola work damn hard to get the injured back fully fit such as Raylor,Gosling and Vuckic added to the list named for 2013 summer window and we should all have a better season.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Jonas could be played at LB and put Santon on at RB

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  • sirtoongospel

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Personally I thought Bigi was our M O M today. Never put a foot wrong all game. Wish he had stayed on.

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  • Toon Tang

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #36

    meltdown in the last 15 min eh. we looked good at 3-3 . perch at the back dosnt work and collo has been shite as well recently we played some nice ‘on the deck’ passing stuff and looked class for parts of the game but as always this season the deffence has let us down. all these ‘top teams’ have been there for the taking this season and we have shot ourselves in the foot by letting in sloppy goal after sloppy goal.

    surely after today and last wed they will dip in and buy some decent defence. if it keeps going like this we are screwed . we can score but will always ship more than we score and thats fact

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  • West Lancs Geordie

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Don’t buy 3 quality defenders & an engine in midfield in the window then remain the Wee Team in the North East.
    Rememember where you heard it Mr.Ashley.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #38

    who thinks we are in a position to go out and buy good players
    and if we are, how many would come with the club the way it is,, sliding fast out of the league

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #39

    wenger is a shit

    he is saying he played a good newcastle team to make the 7 goals look better,,

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  • Harley

    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Jimiley

    Totally agree, it’s not impossible.

    We’re only 9 points of 8th. A good run and that can be made up in a few weeks. Who knows what could happen if we make that up.

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