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Alan Pardew And Newcastle Now In A Dilemna

8:53 am, Friday, February 15th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

With Newcastle failing to win last night against Metalist Kharkiv, it now presents a challenge for manager Alan Pardew as to which team he plays in the Ukraine next Thursday night, given that we have an important league game against Southampton on the following Sunday afternoon.

newcastle celebrate Metalist - whoop shad that guiy got his flag up

Newcastle celebrate first goal – why’s that guy got the flag up?

And since we are still 5th bottom and tied on points with Southampton, surely we need to play our full strength side against Southampton – and play the strongest side we can against Metalist in the second leg, where a score draw will still see us through to the round of the last sixteen.

It seems that Alan Pardew still hadn’t fully decided what he’s going to do, as he had this to say after the game:

“I can’t play all of the team on Thursday and then all of the team against Southampton, we just aren’t going to have the energy.” “I’m going to have to make changes, either in the second leg of this, or in the Premier League game.”

“I need to get that right because I’m really desperate to go through, even more so with those two decisions going against us.” “The last thing you want to do is look back at the end of the tie and say we should have won two nil”.

The main thing is we cannot lose against Southampton, and if we play a weakened side in the Ukraine – as far as we are concerned – so be it – because the very last thing we want to see this season is another relegation.

And of course if we had been further up the league table Alan Pardew could probably have gambled – but he’s got little wiggle room at the moment.

Things should have looked a lot better today with Cisse’s two goals disallowed and wrongly so, but there’s not much you can do other than grin and bear it – but Newcastle had no luck at all last night – against a good looking Metalist Kharkov side – and our lads played well.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rainrix // Feb 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Bit of a dilemma for sure but we could easily rest 4 or 5 players replace them for once with quality, marv, anita, bigi and haidara could all come in without significantly making us worse.

  • 2 northernirishtoon // Feb 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Big decisions to be made on team selection. Think we should be strong enough to win both

  • 3 El Sleeve // Feb 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    oh this is just so too predictable now

    where’s the players were tired excuse? that one usually works.

    anita and marv were sitting on the bench? why? this is finally a squad of really good players and this game was made for those two. oh jonas and an out of for tiote had to play of course, silly me. jonas, with his one goal and two assists all season. brilliant.

    you wanna know why players are tired pards? coz u keep playing the same ones and they keep underperforming. anita and marv have to start next week, but they wont.

    also, having a go at the kids over the rough period was criminal and shows pards isnt a good manager at all if he cant manage youngsters. if he had some skills, he would’ve put fergie on to whip the crosses in.

    and, most iportantly, we played awful. pards out, fed up of this excuse making baffoon

  • 4 jeff // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    anita, perch, marveaux, sissoko, obertan midfield would be nearly as creative as tiote, cabaye, gutierrez, sissoko, obertan, if not more

    then you can play haidara left back and rest saylor

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Pardew brings it on himself

    Could easily have rested Jonas and dropped Tiote for Anita and Marve.

  • 6 DarloGeordie // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Nah full strength team is needed, get the goals that we deserved lastnight then throw on some dodgy subs and see the rest of the match out… Leaving the rest of us with no nails but qualification to the next round

    Too easy

  • 7 wingspan // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Most u guys dont have a clue. WE DIDNT HAVE A GAME SAT!! Why rest your strongest team??!! He was trying to get the job done. And but for 1 ludicrus decision he wud of. The second was.pretty tight.

    Oh and jonas played pretty well.for.me. Just his.final ball again but he hasnt had that all.his.career!

  • 8 TorqToon // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Morning gents!

    Not a bad game last night. We played some lovely stuff, however we were let down by Tiote who has been nothing short of shambolic. Ridiculous yellow cards for him and cabs whom I have little sympathy with – both born of frustration and needless.

    Imo both goals should’ve counted – 1st was a yard ONSIDE and the second – looking at the lines on the pitch, was level. And benefit of the doubt should always go to the attacking side.

    Cisse played very well and should’ve walked off with 2 goals, Sissoko looked a power house with those charging runs from deep, gabby’s pace cause chaos…

    …but our final ball is awful!! As is our corners and majority of our free kicks.

    BUT….we can get a win out there no probs!

  • 9 pawl250 // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    2nd Leg Team -

    ——————- Krul ———————–
    Santon – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Haidara
    ————- Anita – Perch —————–
    Sissoko —— Cabaye ——- Marveaux
    ——————- Cisse ———————

    Against Southampton -

    ———————– Krul ———————
    Debuchy – STaylor – Coloccini – Santon
    —————- Tiote —- Cabaye ———–
    Jonas ———– Sissoko ——– Gouffran
    ——————— Cisse ———————-

    Players playing both games – Krul, Santon, Colo, Cabaye, Sissoko, Cisse

    Thats 6 players, without losing much quality, personally I dont see why ALL players cannot have a whole 7 day rest now, then play 1 game (albeit in Russia, but not exactly swimming there) then 2 days rest before playing Southampton at home?

    We should be ok, especially given its ANOTHER 6 days rest until next game against Swansea. These are fit footballers, but we need to get through the EL round for the sake of having something to look forward to this season, although I do not want to be relegated but I dont think we will get relegated if am honest.

  • 10 TorqToon // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Pawl – My hope is HBA is fit to start in place of Jonas!

  • 11 Toonfan8 // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Wingspan
    of course we needed to play best team, but unfortunately Jonas and Obertan are not good enough for our best team…Marveaux and Anita are much better, Jonas as a winger has 1 goal??? His final balls are aweful, Obertan is pacy but again final ball is not good enough. Our set pieces are just a joke, very, very bad…

  • 12 Spotlight Kid // Feb 15, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Makes no difference. Pardew is the problem, not the players. The two wins were mainly down to new players not following the Pardew-Principle properly, once they bed into hoofball it will be the normal mediocre service.

    Metallist were barely Championship standard, but we kept giving them the ball back time after time with some terrible passing. Only Jonas has the nous to keep possession and have a go at them, but got precious little support for his efforts. Most of his final balls were OK, but the other players were not reading him at all (the pull back in particular) – making Jonas look the offender each time. Nevertheless, Jonas was my (albeit flawed) MOTM.

    There was mucho underperforming from most of the others, including the new lads. Tiote was pants, and has been all season. Cisse looks lost at times, like some kind of off-form Andy Cole (lite). He just doesn’t get the offside rule – wandering around in an offside position forcing attacking moves to have to wait for him to wake up.

    Take the blindfolds off. A good footballing manager would sort all this on-field mess out in a couple of games. RdM is the man.

  • 13 richyg01 // Feb 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Don’t forget HBA is supposed to be back for Southampton

  • 14 toonicle // Feb 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    My guess is that we’ll see Shola start in Ukraine next week then don’t you think?

  • 15 toonluvva // Feb 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I think that we should start the game with some of the players who were on the bench last night (except Stroller)

    If everything goes our way then we might not need to bring on the likes of cabaye, sissoko, Krul etc and we have the benefit of having them fresher for Southampton the match we really must win.




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