Pardew – We’ve Gone Up A Couple Of Levels As A Team

There were some worried fans on this site after the game yesterday, when we were beaten at Tottenham, and then when Southampton somehow managed to beat a woeful looking Manchester City side 3-1 at St. Mary’s – that didn’t help because we went down one place in the table to 5th bottom, with Southampton above us on goal difference.

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Yoan Gouffran – injured in the second half yesterday

So we have two weeks in that position before we can start to put some wins together and hopefully get to 40 points or more as quickly as possible, and ensure we are still in the Premier League next season – that’s the main thing right now.

Certainly after the game on nufcTV Alan Pardew seemed very happy with the performance from our lads, and they did play very well at times in yesterday’s game, and we were just a little bit unlucky.

Alan Pardew remained upbeat when he gave an interview in the Sunday Sun today:

“I look at my team today as one that has competed against a good Spurs side who are in a good situation right now. They were lively and we coped well with that.” “We have gone up a couple of levels as a team.”

“This fixture and Manchester City away are the two most difficult we had left.” “We gave a good account of ourselves and we will go into the remaining games looking like we did last season.”  “We have good power in the team now. We will be OK.”

Yoan Gouffran was injured in the second half yesterday, but his shin only seems to have suffered a gash and some very bad bruising – there is no fracture –  thank goodness.

And Yoan played a great game for us yesterday, and scored his first goal for the club, and he has 53% of the vote in our Man of the Match poll,  followed by Yohan Cabaye on 15% and Steven Taylor on 11%.

What a terrific acquisition this 26 year-old Frenchman is for Newcastle.

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107 comments so far

  • fergies left foot

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    thought gouffran and taylor had great games! sissoko on the other hand was noting like in the past weeks. Yes, one assist but passing was sloppy and didnt have the same presence, he will be back to normal for soton though

  • saxonfenken

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Yoan Gouffran is the biggest difference to our team, he was superb yesterday until taken out by a bad challenge. thank goodness it is not as bad as it looked. He now has two weeks to get over it before Southampton. All being well we should also see Tiote and HBA back as well

  • kilcline

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #3

    We really need to get Tom Ince in the summer, offer £7-8m and a few young players on loan or permanent. He will be a £20+ player for sure and would be a good investment.

    He is such a threat.

  • firebug666

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Gouffran and Sissoko have taken us up a couple of levels there is no doubt about that. Getting Benny and Tiote back in the side will be a massive boost, and I can see us finishing strong in the top half of the table.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    good load of games coming up now with only around 4 games we should struggle with.

    looking forward to europe and seeing mbiwa / hairdryer playing and fingers crossed cambell gets a game.

    but we definatly need a forward in the summer.

  • wreker16

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed please can u get the mobile site sorted. I can only post on pages with polls and can look as any page when it gets above around 70 comments. Please help!!!!!!!!

    I actually thought we were relatively poor yesterday. No player was deserving of higher than a 7/10 rating. Krul could have saved second so could colo. cabaye was atrocious in the second half. Cisse wasn’t brilliant, sissoko wasn’t as effective as before (would have been hard though), santon average so was debuchy. Guti wasn’t great, not shocking though. Saylor was fairly solid and gouffran looked good.

    Biggest plus though for me was tiote. Looked good when he came on. Nice passes, 1 classic tackle. Looking forward to seeing mbiwa against karkiv

  • HarrogateMag

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    I think Perch is in posession of the shirt ahead of Tiote for the moment. His distribution is more assured than Tiotes who seems to have lost his passing skill, and he is always a liability in the tackle! Perch has cleaned up his act when it comes to collecting yellow cards.
    Would have liked to see Gabby coming on for Goofy as, when he’s got his ‘head on’ is more direct than Marveaux, who thrives in the middle more

  • magpie6699

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #8

    kilcline – we’ve had a few £20+ players here !! I presume you mean £20 million?

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #9

    @Harrogate, I agree with your comment about Perch and Tiote

    Anyways, I would love to see a starting 11 like this


  • Spuggy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Sissoko Cabaye and santon were visibly knackered after international duty as were some of their players.

  • cyprus

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    So, easy Soton game next, not! We must return to siege mentality, the euphoria of new acquisitions is past now, the delirium of europe cups etc. is in the background, the table is there for us to see. 40 points, that’s the goal, and the up coming teams will be playing as if their life depends on it. So must we

  • cyprus

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Ober and Ameobi should not be near to the first 11, Anita and HBA yes, of course.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m honestly losing my patience with Cisse. His first touch is normally class, but then 9 times out of 10 his second touch completely screws him over.

    During the whole 90 minutes, he had 1 good chance, his header. During the 20-30 minutes Ameobi was on, he had a better ON TARGET chance.

    Not to mention, half the time he is off side or he makes poor runs. Cisse and Sissoko yesterday a prime example. Goofy can make intelligent runs and with Sissoko’s ability to thread the ball in, we could abuse Goofy’s run, his intelligence to get into open spaces and most of all his pace.

  • Santiago Munez

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Thought AP blew it by playing too defensively in the 2nd half. Yes some players were definitely exhausted (sissoko in particular) but when you play that negatively youre bound to give up a goal eventually. would rather lose a game trying to win it than lose trying to draw. We’ve been unlucky with injuries but how many games have we looked poor in the 2nd half and ended up conceding after playing a defensive shell?

  • Santiago Munez

    Feb 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #15

    @Phoenix Ameobi’s one chance was complete luck on a big deflection. Cisse was mistiming runs but combo of Cabaye and Sissoko feeding him through balls the last few matches looks promising

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #16


    Given the choice between Jonas/Marv/Obertan playing in a LW role (in the scenario were goofy is the CF as he is in the line up I suggested)

    Who would you pick?

    Jonas – Hard working, tracks back, Wins the occasional free kick. Doesn’t really work in Sync with Santon. Quite often they don’t link up well and the ball goes out of play. Jonas also looks better on the right.

    Marveux – Has flair, can cross, goes missing a lot. Pretty much non existent when he came on yesterday. He seems to play best just behind the striker as he did end of last year

    Obertan – Fastest out of the three, also tracks back to an extent, best position is LW. He played two consecutive games end of last year due to the injuries in our squad and got two assists in those games.

    Or perhaps Jonas on the right with Ben arfa down the left instead.


  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Did we really play defensively?

    You’re playing against the team 4th in the league, with arguably the PL’s most in-form player at the moment, away from home.

    Tottenham absolutely dominated Manchester United at WHL the other week. It’s incredibly ignorant to expect us to go there and boss the game.

    People seem to forget that the opposition also has a game plan and tactics.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #18

    @Santiago Munez

    It may have been luck, but at the end of the day he had just as many good opportunities as Cisse did and he was on for about 1/3rd of the time.

    Yes, those through balls have looked promising, but Cisse isn’t putting them away. Perhaps if we utilized a player that can make an intelligent run, that (as far as I can remember has yet to be off side) and looks pretty confident at the moment would be even better?

    Not to mention Goofy has pace to burn. A through ball + Goofys intelligent runs + goofy’s pace. Is that not a mouth watering prospect?

  • clinta2

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Wow, we win two games and Pardews already comparing us to much better sides. Fair enough, we’ve been playing a lot better the past couple of games, but it only a couple of games. Nothing to get carried away by.

    Much like the whole ‘how wonderful is Sissoko’ thing. He’s obviously a great capture but let’s let the lad settle for a while before we sing his praises too highly. Although he has been doing more than is fair share of talking too.

    A couple of solid victories in the next two games will be a better indication of where we are at and can be.

  • NewcastleMole

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #20

    When spurs are in that kind of form theres no stopping them. They have too much power & pace to cope with. Much like ourselves if they had a couple of top strikers they’d be much more the finished article.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #21

    I thought we did really well overall. We looked like a composed passing team who was willing to chase to get the ball back. Without Bale we would have won, although thats a bit daft, I appreciate. Gouffran reminds me a bit of Bellamy, and thats a compliment, without Bellamys grace and charm though ! 🙂

  • Santiago Munez

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22

    @Phoenix Goofy would be interesting as the main ST but itll take something drastic for AP to take Cisse out of the lineup. Plus he likes the 4-3-3 and goofy is looking like our best winger with HBA out. Thought you were suggesting starting Shola

    @ToonDownSouth like i said we looked tired and the lack of real attacking options on the bench make it tough to press the whole game but yes we played more defensively. spurs are the better side but Man City clearly better than Southampton and Soton managed to press them the entire match. Just saying would rather lose trying to play positively than leak a late goal playing negatively. Fitness was clearly a factor though, and I don’t think anyone is arguing that we’re better than Spurs and that we should expect the win away to them

  • texasgaijin

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #23

    @wreker16 – Totally agree. In the second half, thought we were average at best and extremely ineffective at worst. Once Gouffran came off injured and we started losing more and more control of the midfield battles, Pardew should have considered bringing on Tiote much earlier than the 82′ minute. Who knows if putting him in closer to 65′ would have made more of a difference, but with 7 minutes of extra time added on, that would have given him more than half an hour in the game–time enough to make a difference. Marveaux and Ameobi were useless subs.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #24


    Oh god no. Ameobi should not start unless its against the Mackem’s, where his alter ego “The Mackem Slayer” takes over.


    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #25

    We’ve gone up a couple of levels or we have realised we were playing way below our level? Hard to tell

    Looking to the future I expect Simmo, Hadaira, Willo and Yang Mbiwa to play in Europa Tiote Anita and Marv with Obertan and Sammy (or Ferguson) flanking big Show up top (though I’d put Cisse in there personnally might get him scoring again). Krul in goal for me but wouldn’t be shocked to see Elliot…be nice to see Harps but I doubt he’ll get the nod

  • Spuggy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Amoebi useless. He almost scored at the death. Wouldn’t call that useless.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #27


    we have better players ergo gone up a couple of levels.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Don’t forget adebayor and ekotto came on 70+ in. Like someone said their players influence the game too


    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #29

    We got 5th last season without those better players mate. Not saying they haven’t added something and we are a better team with them but imo they just put us back on the level we played at last season. Brought back a bit of heart and drive maybe a bit of belief as well tbf

  • robin

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Pardew, would screw Barcelona up with his style of play. How the hell Mbwia, cannot get a game ahead of Colocini, who’s mind is clearly elsewhere beggars belief Colocini, should have been allowed to leave in January and Perch instead of Tiote another master stroke by Pardew the Fergie of Tyneside as Llambias describes him. What is Pardews obsession with Jonas, who is finished as a winger while more mobile players are left on the bench?

  • El Sleeve

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #31

    i normally just comment to have a moan, but CONGRATULATIONS ED, GREAT NEWS!

    nice that the number one sources of nufc news will be continuing, keep it up!

    all the best

  • Rake

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Can’t believe people blaming Pardew for yesterday…. Pardew made it clear we would have to keep it tight and unfortunately two defensive errors cost us two goals. Tottenham had most of their chances when we where chasing the game when we attacked them after the second goal. As people have said they brought on some good players late on in the game and Marv was very anonymous…

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Bale should have been man marked by probably our fastest player MYM. It’s amazing how no one ever tried to push him on to his weaker right side.

    I think with our better payers we should now be ok as far as relegation goes, but you can’t legislate for a manager who plays Perch ahead of Anita, MYM and Tiote and Jonas ahead of anyone!!

  • boater

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Shola played well when he came on – not the answer as a starter, but he did the basics right and showed up a few things about Cisse – who has struggled all season with his movement and haunting first touch (2nd is a tackle).

    I think Cisse should be in the starting 11, but he’s not a reliable or consistent enough goal scorer to play as a lone striker.

  • ToonAndy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #35

    What would the score be here lad?

    Team 1:







    Team 2:







    I’d put a solid 3-1 win for team 2 like…

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #36


    You’re right and poor old Shola should have been allowed to play for Nigeria.. What must he be thinking today around 6.00pm!

    As I say with our new players assembled by Carr we should be ok but before, during and after every match pardew leaves me scratching my head.

  • mattnufc

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Congrats, Ed 🙂

  • south coast toon

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #38

    bale made the difference yesterday as groufan did for us, we played well and showed fight through out the team a draw would of been fair, cisse looks lasy not interested and 10 per cent of the players around him this also hekped spurs, i have defended cisse but yesterday everyone worked there socks off and he skipped around like a bloody ferry, we looked more than a decent side yesterday and am proud to surrport the toon,as long as they are putting the effort in and they did, god no wonder talors injured alot he takes it like a man my god the last 2 mtches hes taken it were it hurts and not rolled around like a ferry, we,ve missed him he gives everything and so do the others around him we now need cisse to hit form big time

  • ToonAndy

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Team 1 has 2/3 goalscorers… Team 2 has 6

  • boater

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Rotonda – I read your comments and sometimes almost think you make an intelligent argument for questioning Pardew’s then…. you blow all credibility with ‘he shouldn’t play Jonas ahead of anyone’.

    If you can’t see why Jonas’ work ethic, experience, covering box-to-box running is being called upon to steady this (much changed- young) side amidst a relegation battle – I think you are seriously someone who struggles with the very crude, rudimentary basics of rational and objective reasoning.


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