Alan Pardew – We Were Magnificent In First Half


You get the distinct impression that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has quickly taken to new boy Moussa Sissoko who set up the first goal for Papiss Cisse with a tremendous defense splitting pass – and Papiss took his chance and put the ball into the net like the true striker that he is.

alan pardew paul lambert befoe ht egame

Alan Pardew and Paul Lambert before the game

Newcastle gave debuts tonight to Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and they all played their part in a gritty backs to the wall win in that second half.

After the game a relived Alan Pardew had this to say:

“There has been a lot of work and effort to get that win, not just from the staff and the players, but the Directors and Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias.” “It was obvious when Demba Ba went, in the position we were in, it was a blow to the personality of the team. But the new players have given us a lift.”

“Sissoko was magnificent in the first half. He is going to be a powerful player in the Premier League.” “Sissoko made a difference today with his power and control, and he helped Papiss, who has been a bit isolated, especially since Demba Ba left.” “I have always had my eye on him. That’s a nice little aperitif that he showed tonight.”

“In the first half we were magnificent.” “We would have given anyone a game with that performance. We played as well as we have played all year.” “In the second half, we had to show another side to our game – to battle, to fight – and everybody played their part.”

“We were disappointed to give a goal away after three minutes. It knocked us a little bit. We haven’t won for a while, so we were a bit rash with our clearances.” “Fair play to Villa.” “They got clapped off at the end – and quite right. They gave it everything. I don’t think they will go down. They have got too much quality.”

“But it was our day today. It is by far not over for us. We have got 14 cup finals to come, but it’s a start.”

It was a hard-fought win – but Newcastle must now build on this excellent three points – and more wins is what we need – and we’re sure the lads will give it all they have on Saturday afternoon against the European Champions, Chelsea.

And Newcastle need their fans more than ever now – and we expect a full house at St. James’ Park for the game that kicks off at 3:00 pm.

It should be quite a game.

Howay The Lads!!

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168 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #1

    game of 2 halves

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  • JackButler

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Sissoko looks brilliant in the first half

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  • HAZZY1

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #3

    The pic on twitter is William Vainqueur he is ue to join after his medical the striker pardew wants is Gomis he wants a target man to play up to to allow sissoko to move up to support.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #4

    one half were good, one half were bad, thats my full match analysis

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Is nuffield the NUFC medical center or is it a public place?

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Hazzy1

    ITK from where ?

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #7

    We need a more signing. A important one. A new manager

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Tsunki

    Just the general tone of your posts. You’re usually such a friendly fella.

    On another note, although I’m completely exaggerating of course, Sissoko is the perfect footballer. He’s tall, he’s fast, he’s strong, he can tackle, he can pass, he has vision, and he loves a cheeky back heel.

    If he can shoot as well, then I suggest we sell everyone else and plough the proceeds into an advanced research program into human cloning.

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  • robcstar

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #9

    beattie its a private hospital

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #10

    A game of eight fifths

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  • HAZZY1

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #11

    The 1st half was a joy to watch we lost our shape in the 2nd and allowed villa to use there wings to cross for benteke jonas looks like a lost sheep on the wing santon had to do both jobs today i thought that was his best devensive performance for us we need goofy and obertan on the wings plenty of pace.

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  • coccolini

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #12

    im 80% sure its doumbia, but still think its a wind up.

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/seydou-doumbia/profil/spieler_75287.html

    https://twitter.com/carlchater/status/296389199421140995/photo/1

    It could be Vainquer though… they look pretty similar

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #13

    The picture is of yven moyo our youth player. William vanquier is much lighter skinned. Been confirmed by nufcfans om twitter.

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  • weg

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Just about every game this season has been a game of two halves! One half good…ish, another half crap! This needs to stop!
    Sissoko is mint!!

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Would players have a check up there?

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  • Toonacious T

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #16

    On another positive note- I’m on a roll here- we gained two points on Scumderland tonight also.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #17

    To me it seems like the team play with freedom and always seem to get a goal or two and then Pardew tells them to play more conservatively and defence orientated even though we did not concede playing offensively.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Dont understand signing Vainquer….. In fairness never seen him play but surely we ‘re stocked in central midfield?

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  • HAZZY1

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #19

    yo-yo lots of press talk in france about us looking for a strong fwd and carr has been looking at gomis for 2yrs now so im guessing he will be the target man as for the pic i looked his profile pic and put it next to the twitter pic and they look a like.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #20

    I have a good feeling about the Chelsea game – especially if Benitez starts Torres and leaves Ba on the bench again.

    Chelsea are pretty poor when a team gets a little momentum against them, and Sissoko alone has the momentum of a freight train.

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Sissoko has replaced what we lost with Ba.

    Strength, presence, skill, pace and power. I would say he’s better than Ba on the ball and his positional play is par excellent. Of course he’s not as lethal in front of goal but that isn’t his job.

    Ad a Demba-like forward to this lot and get Marv, Tiote, HBA and Obertan back and we’re looking very tasty indeed.

    I doubt we will sign a striker now though. It’s almost a certainty.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Florian Thauvin is the guy we need, he looks like a younger version of HBA and would be the perfect player to sort our left sided issues

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  • One comment a day

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Beattie, it’s a private hospital Bupa, simply health etc. I was in for a knee op a few years ago, and Zamblera and Sodeberg were in having medicals. (what happened to them) So there are not a lot of people other than staff, and a few patients or players for medicals in there. The majority of patients are day cases. The mackems sometimes send players in for medicals as well, so that could be a red herring for us.

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #24

    And re gomis isn’t he 27 outside of our policy. Pards had to push for debuchy doubt they would do it twice. A take it or leave bid of 10m for pea. Thats what transfer sage said.

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  • robcstar

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Maybe an MRI or something there?

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Anyway where we going to get the funds for a £20m striker from ?

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  • nick_9

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #27

    @nufcfans: “We can attack Chelsea now. This team can attack Chelsea. We can give them a good old go and stadium will be rocking.” AP #NUFC

    I sincerely hope so, we may come worse off but the place is rocking when we attack. We need a spark early on

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Manxpie
    I was agreeing with! LOL
    I know I have been critical of AP but sometimes you have to stand back. Whilst I did not agree with his subs, he had very little on the bench to nullify / change the 2nd half of the match IMO. We need counter attacking offensive players to relieve us off the pressure and change the match i.e. Marv, Ober, HBA – they were not at our disposal.
    I think a lot of teams would have folded under that type of physical pressure. NUFC is a football team not a wrestling team……best leave those tactics to the likes of Stoke, Villa etc who are unable to play football. Seriously think the season can take a turn and that our low point was last week against Reading.
    Gotta see the positives with the 3 pts….some people think that any changes made are in isolation without account for the opposition. Whilst not a polished performance, it was 3 points and you cannot argue with that especially given the season we have had so far! HWTL

    PS I want us to get a striker / winger before the window ends as we need one!!

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #29

    @jack Butler thauvin signed for lille 3.5m loaned back to bastia happened today
    .

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  • JackButler

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #30

    geordiefromthemidlands

    Bugger 🙁

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  • HAZZY1

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Florian Thauvin has just signed for lille and loaned back to bastia. Pardew defo needs a target man if he is going to look for some one to hold up the play sissoko looks great going forward with cabs supporting with through balls we need pace on the wings 442 seems to suit what pardew is planning.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #32

    The guy in the picture isn’t Vainquer!

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Independant have given jonas man of the match tonight …..

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #34

    JB
    Agree with your comment re: Florian Thauvin but looks like he is Lille bound for €3.5m 🙁

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  • Spuggy

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #35

    I think we really missed tiote in the second half today. I hope he returns with a little more for Ivory are doing well so every chance.

    An in form tiote, sissoko and Cabaye in midfield with HBA and Gouffran on each side of cisse is very mouth watering indeed.

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  • nick_9

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Spuggy – perhaps certain attributes have replaced Ba’s but what about the goals? That was the most important thing we lost when Ba went. If he can provide service on the floor like he did today on a regular basis then cisse will be fine. I liked some of the first team balls on the deck that gouffran and sissoko played.

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Was at the game today lads and Have to say after reading back the comments made at Ameobi Sub for Perch that that was tactical genius from Pardew. Ameobi basically man marked Benteke for the last 15 minutes and didn’t let him win a single header. He won every duel and was crucial to our win today. Well done Pardew and well done lads. Happy with the new lads too.

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  • nick_9

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Agreeing with you by the way, not so sure gouffran will chip in with as many but I’m sure they can get a few assists. We have scored twice many times this season so that’s a good omen

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  • miggy

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #39

    agbonalahor stood on debuchys foot for the penalty wasnt a penalty at all but thats football and we held on hwtl

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  • northernirishtoon

    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Jayphoto I seen that

    I must be missing something?

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