Alan Pardew Pleased With Clean Sheet


If we include the 1-1 draw at Liverpool on November 4th, Newcastle have won two and drawn two of their last 13 league games – and that’s 8 points from a possible 39 points played for, so while we are happy to get an away point and a clean sheet today, Newcastle still have a lot of work to do if we are to pull away from the lower reached of the Premier League.

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Papiss Cisse – in action this afternoon

Newcastle had conceded 15 goals in our previous four matches in all competitions, since keeping a clean sheet at home to QPR, so Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is taking some positives from the 0-0 draw at Carrow Road today – and it’s a better result than our 4-2 defeat there last season.

This is what a relieved Alan Pardew said after today’s game:

“It was a more favorable result for us than for Norwich as they were the home side. It was two teams that worked hard and restricted the opposition.”  “For us it was important to get a clean sheet.”

“I had the luxury of putting some senior players on the pitch and the result showed that.”  “That was a key game. We have Reading at home and Aston Villa away coming up so it is an important time for us.”

And Newcastle are rock bottom of the Premier League form standings, which takes the last six league games played, and we’ve picked up just one win and one draw (4 points) from a possible 18.

But Newcastle cannot be too happy at today’s result,  and now we need two successive wins – at home to Reading and away at Aston Villa, against two sides who are even worse off than we are – and two wins will help us put some points between Newcastle and two of the teams below us in the league table.

And two successive wins will help to lift the mood on Tyneside.

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331 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #1

    1 or 2 players will not be enough Pards. Please bring in more otherwise it could be curtains.

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  • ?Miguel?

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #2

    It will do

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  • achtoon

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    we did beter than last season. onwards and upwards

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #4

    PARDEW OUT! seriously..

    It was a more favorable result for us than for Norwich as they were the home side.

    favorable my ass.. compare newcastle to everton, not norwich…looser..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Being held face down in a scorpion nest is too good for Ashley.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #6

    It was hard to watch. Both teams were very poor. Poor passing all over the pitch, poor set pieces and particularly poor corners. And this is the best league in the world? Don’t think so. Many of the players are technically very unskilled. Couldn’t trap a bag of cement as they say. We had no attack whatsoever. Norwich were there to be beaten but no chance with our attack.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Will it really help sacking Pardew?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Toon1978
    He’s already said they want to bring in 3-4 players where did you get 1-2 from?

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon1978

    yes!

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  • t00ntime

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #10

    @nightfall thats a dumb comment. We are 16th everton are 4th…..

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  • t00ntime

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #11

    5th*

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #12

    i don’t think people are hysterical, just thoroughly peed off.

    2 wins out of 17 is a joke. we have been poor all season even before cabs and Benny were injured. Norwich are hardly blessed with superstars are they!!

    We have these ball payers but still we hoof it. So many times Krul hangs on the ball for the big boot instead of throwing it to someone to get an attack moving.

    I have never seen such a cautious, negative, defensive manager with such limited ideas, ie hoofball and trying to play offsides and who worries so much more about the opposition than imposing ourselves on them.

    Remy and a CB may just save pardew but it’s going to be very tight .

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #13

    5 points from these 3 games should have been the target. That will see us undefeated in three and if we can get a 1-0 win at home to Reading and a 0-0 draw at Villa I’ll take that. Would be nice to think we can nip two 1-0 wins out the next two games to be fair. Clean sheets boost confidence.

    In the next 6 games or so its important to put points on the board. At this stage a 0-0 away against anybody is a good result.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #14

    toonarmydownsouth

    Somebody said Pards mentioned 1-2 players on the last thread mate.

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #15

    t00ntime

    but we have players to be much higher.. dont tell me that everton has a superior squad..

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  • spennymoor-mag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Only positive from today’s game was the return of cabaye. I’ve just read on skysports news that we are close to signing remy. But it says spurs are going to try and make a last minute hijack of the deal. If remy watched that today I’m sure he had quickly changed his mind

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #17

    I must be one of a few people that doesn’t want to see Pardew sacked. I do think he should grow a set of balls and tell the board how it is. Do any of you think signings will save our season?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Toon1978
    Fair enough lee ryders quoting him as 3-4 after the game

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  • swemag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #19

    That was poor. By Championship standards. Before I was not worried. We came out fighting against Man Utd. We did ok against Arsenal but for the last 10. Now I am worried. Maybe it is time for Pardew to say good bye. Not saying we will find a better coach out there, but at least when there is change in any organisation, football club or a company, people usually get out of their comfort zone and try to outperform the person they were yesterday. Norwich were physically stronger, they had more purpose, every time a ball seemed to fall into what was perceived as a no mans land there was a yellow jersey there. They tried to counter and not overrun the midfield, but even when playing through the midfield where we supposedly had 5 players, we were outnumbered. I fail to see how that could happen. How could they find space all the time. Very poor game. What is really worrying is that if any team would ever win this contest, it could only be one team. That team was not Newcastle United Football Club. Hello Alan Pardew. You are in serious trouble now. Beginning to wonder if Ben Arfa and Tim Krul covered up the full 2011/12 season for a team that really is not that good. Even Demba Ba would not have made a difference today.

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  • nick_9

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Boater exactly, if we can’t cope with a few injuries then surely the whole purple strategy needs revising and the squad players need improving. Anybody would think our team is solely hba, cabaye and taylor. The only long term injuries we have had is cabaye and Taylor. If Pardew is going to use the injuries as an excuse then he cannot tell me we only need 1 or 2 players.

    7 points from a possible 36
    8 points from a possible 39
    2 wins 1 draw 9 defeats in our last 12 games
    Worst form of the league

    Apologies for not getting excited over our twentieth rubbish performances and a point that sees us slip lower in the table.

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  • boater

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #21

    @Sir Braveheart – “Rangers in the same bracket as the Ameobi brothers; they’re not going to do anything disasterous to cost you the game but they’re never going to win you the match.”

    Sorry, I must have dreamt that one of the Ameobi brothers came off the bench a few weeks ago to score a fine individual goal that secured us our one and only win in 10 matches.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Krul

    Debuchy Colo???? Okore Santon

    Cabaye Anirta Marveaux

    Benny Cisse Remy

    That’s a great team on paper and I have to admit I don’t think even pards could screw that up.

    catchy
    i have agreed with you on a lot re – pardew, but I don’t want a return to 442!!!

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda your not the only one peed off. I am peed off with relentless criticism from people like you and Catchy. Catchy predicted a loss today, presumably because that was the result he wanted so I suppose he will be peed off as well.
    A clean sheet and away draw is not a bad result when we are coming off the back of a bad run of results.Even if we won today you would still find something to twist about.

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  • DanRo

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Do we know our best team? I don’t think we do and that is the biggest problem the lack of consistency in the team. Players do not look familiar with each other nor where they’re supposed to be.
    I think Steven Taylor, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote (despite his poor form of late) into the starting XI would restore familiarity and more confidence.
    The squad is still desperately short, a problem that was not rectified in the summer.

    However, my overriding message is remain positive, be supportive and stick with the players and manager that achieved so much last year.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #25

    toonarmydownsouth

    I hope he did say 3-4 mate. I don’t think 4 will be enough. We lack strength in depth. We have a good first team but scratch the surface and we have below average players. I noticed that possession swung in our favor as soon as Cabaye came on lol. Good news in the fact we got a draw and Cabaye is back, bad news that SAFC won and we dropped a place in the league.

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  • alf

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Shocking performance no attacking ideas relegation look about us!

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Were We cocked up is We gavelan pardew an 8 Year Contract. We could have Given pardew Th eBullet and Got Harry Rednap . Now were stck with Hoof Ball and Cisse on The Right Wing as when Remy Signs that is were he will be . We seem to have to Play Obertan who is a Nightmare. Why cant pardew See this ?? This is Why Ba Cleared off … .. Even when H.B.A Returns it wont be much better as we just wallop it up the middle Hoping someone will get it !!!! We are Going To Be Very Very Lucky If were in The Premier League Next Season I am Telling ya !!!! Next Step get out The Micky Mouse Europa Cup. Concentrate on The Premier league For Gods Sake.

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  • nick_9

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon1978 – I think a cb will certainly help us stop conceding silly goals which is a start. We need another leader at the back or in general just a very good cb. Another striker would go amiss, we know cisse needs the ball at his feet yet still send it long or offer no support for him.

    I also think we need proper wingers and not half hearted wingers, not even hba is a winger but we would rather stick him on the wing where it’s less dangerous

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  • macdonaldtudor

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #29

    I hope the Remy deal goes through as poor Cisse needs some service

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  • Andres InYaNestEh

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Don’t think any signings will save our season to be fair. it will, in the large part be down to our existing players. They have to turn this around

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #31

    TADS
    1-2 players is what AP said on BBC….so I guess no one can trust a word that comes out of APs mouth…..sick of it to tell ya the truth!

    Not defending Catchy but must say I did not entirely agree with your below comment……
    “Catchy
    So after a whole season of whinging like fcuk about 442 your now saying you would of played that today?
    Unbelievable you cant even balance your own opinion let alone criticise others!!!”

    I do not think that is fair comment because:-
    (1) 4-2-3-1 was what people had wanted in the event Ba played centrally but not Cisse on the wing….so your comment does not make much sense to me. You play the formation to the players you have available to an extent….if it does not work then you change it……we didn’t…….and that’s the point AP appears unable to change things around for the better during a match….perhaps at half-time but not mid-flow………perhaps AP has very rigid coaching structures which are not helpful to the players……
    (2) On paper also see nothing wrong with 4-2-3-1 but then we did not play hardly any balls to Cisse’s feet though admit Cabaye made some difference you cannot expect him to be effective….besides the mid-field sat too deep and Cisse was isolated……he’s not Ba, his play is completely different in that respect.

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  • DanRo

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Before anyone points out the obvious – I realise that Ben Arfa and Tiote won’t be back for a foreseeable time period due to injury and AFCON.

    A point against a difficult opponent in Norwich and a clean sheet is not bad despite the performance. We have played several games (especially over xmas) where we played well and got nothing.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #33

    nick_9

    Not really sure who else we are linked with apart from Remy. I heard Sissokho could be off to SAFC. Hope this is rubbish.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #34

    If We can get Steven Taylor Back for Next week. cabaye Starts With Perch in Midfield with marvaux and Gutierez as wingers maybe we can beat Reading With a Cisse hat Trick !!!!

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #35

    We are sitting 16th in the table,there’s no positives!!

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  • two steps forward one step back

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Poor game, clean sheet and draw is progress after the last two weeks.
    We could have played fantastic and gone down 4-3 but I’d rather have the point.

    Grow up neggers

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #37

    I really don’t want Remy. He’s nowhere near good enough. Even someone like Snodgrass would be a better shout.

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  • Tommyy

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Not great but hey ho we were away and we got a clean sheet. Need more fluidity but at times we looked like it might click with everyone back and playing together.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #39

    We Need Remy and Sissoko and 3 More Players !!! The Ones we should have had in The Summer !!!! If We go Down Then I for One will Not Be Re Newing My Platinum Club Season Ticket. Paper Tickets again In The Leazers End !!!!

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Willow played ok today. He did give the ball away a lot with long balls but did defend really well. Pech also played his socks off. Jonas did nothing great or eye catching but i must admit we have been missing his work rate on a huge scale. I have really criticized Jonas in the past but he worked his ass off today. I really hope Collo does not lave, he was also very good today. Anita was a little unusual today but also grafted hard.

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