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Pardew – Sissoko Will Find It More Difficult From Now On

2:20 pm, Friday, February 8th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 55 Comments

Moussa Sissoko has shown himself to be a very good player in the two game he has already played for Newcastle United, since his £1.8M move (what an absolute bargain) from Toulouse last month, but opposing Premier League defenses will now be ready for Moussa, and he will find it much more difficult from now on – at least that’s according to his manager Alan Pardew.

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Moussa Sissoko after scoring great goal against Chelsea last Saturday

This is what the Newcastle manager said about both relegation for Newcastle still being a possibility, and about his new star Moussa Sissoko, who played 80 minutes for France in the 2-1 loss to Germany in Paris on Wednesday evening:

“Of course relegation is a possibility – and I still will think about it until such time as we have 40 points because it might take 40 this year.” “In the past, 37, 38 has been enough. I have a feeling it won’t be this year, so we have got to keep working.”

“We are by no means out of the situation we are in.” “It’s nice to be around the city with a more positive feel in terms of our fans and how they feel about the team.” “It’s very, very important. It can’t be underestimated that that’s what we are here for. “

“That’s what we want to do, represent the city and have the city in a good mood about the team.” “Unfortunately for a long period of the season, we haven’t managed to do that.” “Sissoko will find it more difficult from now on.”

“He had a lot of room to run into against Chelsea and if you give him the room, he’s going to exploit it.” “Of course teams are going to make it much more difficult for him.”

Newcastle fans have been very pleasantly surprised by the last two showings of this new Newcastle side, and we’ll get another chance tomorrow to see just how good the side is – against another top four side – but this time away from home.

We have two league wins in a row for the first time this season, and it would be good to add to that record with two successive away wins in a row tomorrow afternoon, after we finally broke our duck on the road with that very hard fought 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

It’s possible Newcastle can win this game tomorrow – but we’ll have to play as well as we did against Chelsea, if we are to achieve that.

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55 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    With team focusing on Sissoko it only give other more time and space, something we have to be sure to exploit

  • 2 G // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I’m sure he has enough in the tank to deal with anything the Prem can throw at him.

  • 3 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Anyways, that is all the debating for me today. I’m off.

  • 4 Markaccus // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Thing is, all three of the players behind cisse were finding space against chelskorovski. Every time chelsea doubled up on goofy, jonas or socks, the other two found gaps. Jonas even found a hole in the middle, and nodded in a canny header. Add to this the fact cabaye is also finding space, I think we’ll see socks get plenty of chances in future games.

  • 5 Joe Blog // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Can’t wait to see him breeze past and swat away Parker! 😀

  • 6 mick1078 // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Please shut up Pardue

  • 7 No Plain Saylor // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Might as well say awh clubs know about this van persie now.. He won’t score. Class is class and you can’t contain it. As Markaccus rightly pointed out you close one of the lads behind Cisse and one of the other will find space. And what happens when benny comes back in for jonas? We will only get better, as Mbiwa, Goofy and Sissoko adapt more, and learn english. Haven’t had the internet workin past few days and I just wanted to bring up Llambias’s interview about how many fans man united have.. Cos he’s a long long way off.. United have 659 million fans worldwide. 370 million of which reside in Asia. Who have they had from asia?? Dong Fangzhou, Park Ji Sung and Kagawa.. Add to that a couple of Asian tours in pre season. So that in essence explains what we have to do to reacha similar par, go ahead with the deal that we heard about last week that allows that chinese sports company to sell sports direct products in china and let them buy 20% of the club, whatever. Also aquire Lee Chung Yung, talented winger, prem experience, he ain’t gonna be back in the prem next season with bolton so im sure they’ll be open to offers. Sign a good asian player, market market and market.. We’ll get there 😉

  • 8 toon1707 // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Thing is good players make there own space Messi ronaldo van Persie are all marked tightly but still manage to have huge impacts on games obviously sissoko is not in the same mould as those I mentioned (yet) I am just saying if he is as good as he looks being marked tightly should not stop him playing how he wants to play

  • 9 Troy Stavers // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    I can’t believe how many interviews Pardew and Llambias have done with the chronicle and journal since we bought the players this window.

    Not complaining like as I like to hear Llambias telling us what their plans are for the future.

  • 10 croftus5678 // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    every yeard they get closer to sissoko is a yard away from one of the fastest players i have seen in goofy

  • 11 Markaccus // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Managers who use the 4231 get the best out of creative players. Even if one of the front four has an off-day, its often covered by the other three. Pards had it working perfectly v chelskovich. Was also nice to see Woy using it v brazil, too. Rooney, wilshire/cleverly and walcott had brazil all over first half. (Only let down was useless wellbeck! He’s another shola, him).

  • 12 Magickit // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Can we play with 6 dm??haha

    Perch, cabaye, sissoko, tiote, bigi, anita .

    4-6-0 so we ll hv no selection delimma..

  • 13 Markaccus // Feb 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Magickit, make it 442 with sissoko up front and cabs in behind him 😀

  • 14 Spoof // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Even though they will be more aware of Sissoko, stopping him will still not be easy, and if they concentrate to much on him all that does is give more time to the likes of Ben Arfa ( when he gets back ) Gouffran and Cabaye, which isn’t really a good idea from the oppositions point of view

  • 15 Magickit // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Markaccus, if we really need play 2 fw ,maybe we play debuchy n santon there 😉 ?

  • 16 robin // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Pardew, is such a negative personality, thats why he is such an awful manager. All good players find time and space on the ball and the bad players do not. Sissoko will prove to be a great player just like Cabaye and Ben Arfa alas the same can not be said for Mr Pardew who will never be described as Great.

  • 17 tequilamag // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Robin, is Pardew really such a negative personality? The players seem to like him and now he has a decent squad to pick from performances seem to be much better.
    I will take Pardews personality over that horrible little racist Alf you seem so fond of.

  • 18 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Robin giving lessons on positivity?

    Have you not considered Pardew might just be trying to reduce expectation and pressure on Sissoko? Some might say that’s great management……

  • 19 tequilamag // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Good afternoon Ibiza. onwards and upwards mate. I smell a EL win this season.

  • 20 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Tequila..How’s tricks? Upwards indeed. Win as in the whole tournament or a game? 🙂

    Would be delighted, but cups are just too hard to call, no matter the opposition.

    Fancy our chances getting through this round mind.

  • 21 WWYCD // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Movement from Cabs, Gouffran, HBA, Santon, Debuchy, Marv and Cisse will gift him a fair amount space he just needs to learn how to use it under pressure…which he did a wonderful job of against Chelsea in the second half

    Still gonna have some games where he adds little that’s football but on the most part if he’s good enough he’ll shine

  • 22 JackButler // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    With Addy back for Spurs and Defoe out our chances of winning this game have improved as Defoe’s pace would have cause us real problems. If we can keep Bale quiet we have more than enough to come away with three points and continue our assault to get into the top ten

  • 23 tequilamag // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I am calling cup victory. Without getting too ahead of ourselves I think we have enough to garuntee PL survival.
    Confidence and momentum go hand in hand in football and I think the pendulum is swinging our way now. I think Pardew now has enough in the squad not to feel the need to field weakened teams in the EL.
    Then again I am an incurable optimist.

  • 24 Markaccus // Feb 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Sholy hit, chresus h jist. I come on here after picking middle son up from school, and what do I see?? Some utter pillock STILL pardew bashing. I understand if people still have concerns, its not totally turned around yet, bu surely there is enough eveidence to prove he isn’t ‘such an awful manager’! I mean, ffs, just ffs!

  • 25 rainrix // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Not particularly worried about adebayor tomorrow, he’s been in average form all season really. The danger men are obviously bale and lennon, if debuchy and santon can nullify them i think we stand a decent chance. A tough but winnable game.

  • 26 cyprus // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    So Llambias reads blogs once in a while. Well, I’ll tell you what, they all do. Internet=the leveller! Anyway, right you are AP about that 40 point mark. We are still miles away, and in no way out of it. NONE of the teams seems to be ‘willing’ to give up! Reading victory, QPR unbeaten for ages, Aston Villa unlucky draw, Southampton unlucky vs. Man. u. i.e. still lots of work to be done, 13 more cup finals, players! PS, There are NO easy games ahead!

  • 27 cyprus // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Adebayor was a handful in Africa, playing alone up front. Don’t worry about him at your own peril, dude. He’s better than super selfish Defoe.

  • 28 Markaccus // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Cyprus, yes lots of work to do, but on the other hand, four wins and a draw gets us to 40. I really think we can do that, I’m sure there’s at least four winable games left, and a point anywhere will be fine. (Optamism chip overloaded, warning, warning, blue-screen-of-death)

  • 29 rainrix // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    cyprus.. at least defoe can score.

  • 30 Markaccus // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Defoe has a good club goal scoring record, so glad he’s not playing, but addy is a very dangerous marksman too. Colo and taylor need to make sure he’s not in the game.

  • 31 Toon_Sydney // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Does anybody know how long tickets take to deliver internationally? Got them from nufc site

  • 32 89Norcal // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    I’m more worried about Bale right now. He’s being tipped to score again but to be honest I think we have the defensive solidarity to hold Tottenham this time. Not to mention our spirits are high.

    Taylor and Debuchy are big upgrades from Simmo and WIllo. Just wonder who will have Bale if he plays centrally?

    I would be fine with either Perch or Anita.

  • 33 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM


    I touched upon this earlier today and would like to see Tiote back in. Although Perch warrants his place at the minute and i wouldn’t mind him starting. I’d like to see Tiote given the chance with this new set-up and personnel. I think it’s time to unleash the beast once again and put him on Bale who will probably be playing in the hole. He needs it and where due a big performance from him.

    He will probably be on the bench though this saturday.

  • 34 89Norcal // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Toon Prodigy

    Hopefully Tiote is back to decent form, I haven’t watched the ACON but heard he scored for Ivory Coast and has been starting. It was mostly his passing that was poor for us this season.

    I would be fine with that also, but not sure if I would want Tiote paired with Perch just because the latter has become a short fuse I noticed. Rather have Cheick and Vurnon paired up.

  • 35 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Im wondering what formation we are going to go with. Im intrigued to think if it’s going to be changed playing a top four club away from home.

  • 36 89Norcal // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Maybe but our football has been so good with our new signings in this 4231. I think the last we would want is to sit deep and invite Tottenham on their own ground.

    Kaboul is still injured, not sure we’d try a 433

  • 37 yo-yo // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Sissoko managed to find plenty of space against Germany.

  • 38 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Most teams in the league seem to play 4231 and it seems to be working for us as well so why change it ?

  • 39 yo-yo // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM


    Our best football has been when AP has said ‘go at them’ Gooners, ManU, Chelski. He’s no slouch. It could go either way but we know now the 4231 works for us. He’s not one for sudden change either.

  • 40 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    It would make for a hell of a game if we were to stick to that formation or a 4-3-3. Roll on saturday dinner time. Wonder if they are going to adjust to look after Bale or play our normal game and see how it goes.

    I think this is going to be one hell of a game. Alot of goals.

  • 41 JackButler // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Addy is easier to mark against than Defoe as Defoe’s pace would cause us real problems as we don’t exactly have quick center half’s. Bale is the major threat

  • 42 toon1707 // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Just put a bet on newcastle to win Cabaye to score at anytime during the game and its only 3/1 I thought I would be looking at about 14/1 at least are we the favourites with the bookies tomorrow??

  • 43 89Norcal // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM


    Yeah I’ve noticed we taken it to top sides even in away matches, for the last 2 seasons.

    It typically works well, only time I can remember it not is vs. Arsenal last season at the Emirates, but they scored at the death.

    Never want to sit deep at a team’s home ground, at least not in the EPL

  • 44 TORONTOON // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    BEN ARFA——————————-JONAS

  • 45 89Norcal // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    ugh hate to say it but Jonas probably is a guaranteed start after that header.

    Let’s hope there’s a fire in his belly this time.

  • 46 Krul to be Kind // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    one more sleep to spuds game, sooooo excited again!!!

    the build up to every match day since the influx of signings i’ve been like a child in a sweet shop!


    onward and upward

    vive la france!

  • 47 Krul to be Kind // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    norcal – do you not think Guti on his game could be instrumental in doubling up and keeping Bale quiet? I think this game was made for him.

  • 48 89Norcal // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Krul to be Kind
    Think it will depend on where Bale actually sets up. With Defoe out and the possibility Adebayor will miss the match, he could be up front or central for Spurs because of his goal scoring form.

    People have hinted he could play as striker. Tbh I’m not sure Guti would slow him any more than Marv would, whilst Guti would do his part in blunting our attack. Likely this has come up in the staff’s match preparations.

  • 49 Krul to be Kind // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    he worries me norcal, but it’s a sign of our progress that he is the only player spurs possess that does!

    Defoe and Sandro will be big misses for them, i forgot about dempsey and dembele in the spurs ranks who would be better options up top until one of the fellow bloggers (can’t mind who it was) reminded me about these 2 so i think he will be depolyed in one of the 3 births behind the striker where he is most dangerous, as ss he’s a box of tricks, lw his crossing is lethal and rw his cutting is lethal he needs contained from the first whistle to the last and jonas would be best as he doesn’t give away as many niggly frees as for eg tiote

  • 50 Krul to be Kind // Feb 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM


  • 51 northernirishtoon // Feb 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM


    I got 4/1 on William hill just for the win

    Also got 105/1 for cisse 2-1 lol

  • 52 toonicle // Feb 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Seems like good managing from Pards. Sissoko has been amazing but he’s not a super hero, gotta manage those expectations for him.

  • 53 toon1707 // Feb 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I got those odds at Chisholm on Heaton road I say 3/1 the actuall odds were 100-30

  • 54 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Pardew is right to put the brakes on the Euphoria about Sissoko !

    The rest of the league saw his dream debut last week too, and will be man marking him accordingly!

  • 55 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    A plus to Sissoko playing so well of course, is that if they are all trying to Man-mark Soussa then we have more chances for Goofy and Cisse?

    I say we have a good chance of beating the Spuds today at Whitehart Lane?

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