Alan Pardew – I Think We Can Go Far

Alan Pardew certainly seems to be upbeat these days,  and we’ve got to believe that his players – especially his new players acquired last month – are performing very well in training – and they are certainly performing very well in the games they have played for Newcastle so far.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa metalist 90

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – an excellent acquisition  for Newcastle

That goes for Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – and they have been some of Newcastle’s best players since they arrived on Tyneside last month.

It just shows that the January transfer window could go down as a watershed event at the Tyneside club, because we’ve also noticed the new players are very ambitious,  and want to do well at Newcastle – and have big ambitions for the club  – and that will surely propel Newcastle forward.

That can’t be bad.

This is what Alan Pardew said about tonight’s game in the Evening Chronicle today:

“Maybe with Ben Arfa’s return and how we sit at the moment that would be disappointment because I think we can go far.” “I can’t see how their fans are going to be more fanatical than ours.” “And they got 0-0 at our place somewhat fortunately.”

“I think we can get a score draw here or I think we can win.” “I look at the two teams and I think it is even.” “They have good players and we have good players.” “But I am hoping that we accomplish our main agenda – and that is to score a goal.”

“If we score a goal there will be no extra time.” “That is a definite for me – I don’t want extra time.” “Scoring goals would be good.” “I can’t see it being 0-0.” “I think the team that we have can’t go through two 90 minutes without scoring back to back.”

“Looking at the way they play, I think they will score and I think we will score.”

It’s a good chance tonight for the new Newcastle to show just how good they are – but whatever happens tonight in Kharkiv – as long as we get our lads playing at 100% and doing the best they can, we’ll take whatever result we get – but the next game is against Southampton on Sunday – and we must win that one.

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71 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Alan seems up for this one.

    Bring on KO.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Are we really after him ? The games i have seen he has looked decent but the way they are talking about him he is like a homegrown Obertan !

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Good to see Pardew talking positive looks like he is getting his confidence back which means we might be in line for some “Champagne Football” when Arfa comes back…..

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Santon…One thing we all learned last season about our manager and players is that when confidence is up you can expect big things. Glad to see this current wave of positivity within the camp again. Onwards and upwards.

    On the transfer report…your guess is as good as mine…

  • rainrix

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Strange i didn’t think karkiv were much of a threat tbh, maybe they’ll show more at home but im confident we can win.

    Wonder what their pitch is like, i saw zenit against cesspool and their pitch looked horrific, hopefully karkivs is a bit better maintained.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    @rainrix I actually think that Zenit done that on purpose same as Milan last night against Barca

    Having a pitch like that makes it harder for teams to do Tika Taka Barca were complaining about it last night

    If Metallist do that we will just put Willo and Shola on and hoof them to death!!!

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #7

    @Ibiza yeah i mean if we got that Puncheon on a free transfer on similar wages to Obertan we could then use Ober as a make weight in getting PEA or Mirin in the summer thus having another homegrown and improving our player pool as well!!Simple!

    Cant wait for this game now tempted to start drinking !!

  • Puppet Pardew

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Hi Fans, I like the way you all get so aroused when I talk positive. I’ll have to do it some more, try this….

    “After we smash the Metalist menace by 4 goals to nil we will fly back triumphant and absolutely pound those sickly Saints by five clear net bulgers… Good eh?”


  • beefman13

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Tough game tonight, think it may go to injury time. And hopefully a win for us.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Puppet…You’re making me all weak at the knees

    Santon..Get on it now, what’s the worst thing that could happen? 🙂

  • Vask

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m predicting a 0-1 in our favour tonight. Santon to score a screamer from 1611miles out.

  • chris_g

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #12

    “If Metallist do that we will just put Willo and Shola on and hoof them to death!!! ”

    Willo ???

    Newcastle squad to face Metalist Kharkiv: Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, Jonas Gutierrez, Massadio Haïdara, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Danny Simpson, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Whilst Percy does seem upbeat about tonight, I was a bit concerned about him saying that he thinks they will score and we will score.
    Whilst I think it it quite in order for fans and pundits to speculate about the score I’m not so sure about the manager stating publicly the opposition will score. Percy also states (quite rightly) that we do not want any extra time. So as Percy seems relatively confident, and judging by his comments -it may seem he anticipates a possible 1-1 draw. If this comes to fruition leading up to the final whistle, it is going to have the fans at panic stations – if we go ahead -will we go defensive to protect the 1-0 lead – it’s a certainty – but they’ll have to score twice. Got to have a good defence tonight. Another nail biter I suspect.

  • rainrix

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Santon…. i though zenit mainly played tika takka football? Although i’ll take your word about the milan barca game as i didn’t see it 🙂

    I honestly dont remember how karkiv played although i assume they play tikka takka, a bad pitch will hinder them just as much, although in a pinch we have the mighty shola as you say, never know whats hit them 😉

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #15

    santon – Willo has not travelled to the Ukraine.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #16

    @Mister Tuff no Willo tonight?!?

    GUTTED he is my favourite player…..

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #17

    If we PASS ACCURATELY and make the most of our chances (Cisse) then we will will for sure. Somehow we got two very unlucky offside decisions wrong last time and Cisse did take a couple of his chances, he still lacks confidence though. I see this being a close affair and their crowd will be intimidating. I want to see Haidara play but maybe it would be a safer bet to bring him off the bench when he knows the tempo of the game.

    I can’t wait for the match to start and if we go through I can see us reaching very far now that we have HBA back 😀

  • robin

    Feb 21, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #18

    I hope predictable Pardew, drops Jonas and keeps Shola, the donkey on the bench. Pardew needs to play his flair players and attack Metalist, from the off but knowing this tactical numpty, he will blow it and go defensive. If we get beat tonight Pardew should be sacked in the morning!

  • DokToon

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    for gods sake, robin, did pard spurn you? all you do is call for him to be sacked… youre a broken record, what manager could have done anymore with our slate of injuries?

    methinks youd be a great man blew fan…

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    santon @ 16 – I know you’re joking about Willo.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    @Mister Tuff

    Defo joking!!!

    With no Simpson or Willo the only hoofball merchant in the team is Krul but I am sure he will eventually learn how to pass a ball

  • bollance

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Dont forget..

    6pm (GMT) KO!!!

    Not long to KO

  • dannyboy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #23

    pardrew doesnt half talk some drib drap doesnt he ? hes a waffler !
    he reminds me of a boxer talking up his next game, at the end of the day hes all tlak and when the moment comes he goes back on his word and plays a crap team or we dont get the result we need, then like a boxer does he has some excuse to blame
    if we dont go through tonight i will be heavily disapointed , no point of going through the group stage if we cant even get past this round, strongest team please tonight ! and bring of the 3 key players for this sunday if were winning , we should be able to beat southapton anyway ! were at home for gods sake1 and we will have santon debuchy and goofy fully fit!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #24

    dannyboy….” no point of going through the group stage if we cant even get past this round”

    If only it was that simple 🙂 Clearly someone has to get knocked out.

    Pardew may waffle to some degree, but what is it you want him to say, really?

    Bollance…Are we playing tonight? 🙂

  • dannyboy

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    ibiza – we are not playing world beaters tonight , we were fortunate to get this team in the draw if we cant beat them over two games , its not good enough simple(wrongly disallowed goal or not)
    i dont want him to say anything inparticular , just dont come across like a prat , my friends who support various other teams have picked up on it , he just comes across like abit of a dimwit, like if you listen to other managers there is a big difference in quality of speech and pre match anaylis!

  • bollance

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #26


    Haha mate

    Think it was away to Bruge i got the time wrong and missed the first half. Dont want that fate for anyone today!

  • pawl250

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #27

    I think you need to go for it tonight, no holding back! Worry about Southampton tomorrow, today lets get through to final 16!

    ——————— Krul ———————
    Mbiwa – STaylor – Coloccini – Haidara
    ————– Tiote — Anita —————-
    —- Sissoko — Cabaye — Jonas ——-
    ——————– Cisse ———————

    If winning (by atleast 2 goal margin) bring on
    Cisse > Shola
    Cabaye > Bigirmana
    Sissoko > Perch (increase defence)

    If losing
    Haidara > Shola (Anita drops to fullback)
    Marveaux > Jonas
    Tiote > Obertan

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Bollance…To be clear then, KO is in 2hrs and 20 mins, okay? 🙂

    Danny…Please do not think I’m sitting here saying he’s the best thing since sliced bread on either the coaching or press side of things, I just think we’re now in a place where he can’t say or do right by many. To some degree it’s become a little bit of a witch hunt.

    You say we’re not playing world beaters and that is correct, but on the same hand, neither are we. I do expect to win, but more than that I want to see effort and belief. That is the minimum I expect from our team and if they do that then there is little more we can expect tbh. Sometimes sh*t happens and there is little anyone can do but give it their all.

    Lastly, not sure about the dimwit comment, but each to their own 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Pawl…I like the look of that team, something along the lines of what I would go for. On your subs do you mean Guti off for Marv or should Marv have been in your starting line-up?

    I may be tempted to play Obertan on the left, Guti on the right and maybe, I said maybe :), rest either Cabaye or Sissoko and give Anita the start (as you have).

  • pawl250

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Ibiza Jonas starts, Marv off bench.

    I think if you play young Haidara, it will benefit him having Jonas sit infront of him especially if we are on the defensive he puts in a shift!

    Sissoko would play wider while Mbiwa is playing as they have a very decent link up. I like the look of them together.

    Convinced we can win tonight, but we need to positive!!!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Pawl…You’re right with the Hadeira / Jonas link – definitely not a partnership with Obertan (deary me) and I will take your word on the Sissoko / Mbiwa pairing.

    We need to keep tight but play positive. Don’t need to make our job any harder by giving away silly goals, but let’s attack with purpose!

  • rainrix

    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Tbh ibizas got it spot on pards simply in the eyes of some fans cannot win. If he didn’t say anything he’d be accused of running out of ideas, if he says to much he’s clueless. End of the day though no manager is gonna completely win over the entirety of fans.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #33

    I got something spot on? Hoorah! Must call my parents, they’ll be so proud. I knew if I kept posting and posting that one day I’d get something right.

    Now lets see if the lads can make this now very special day even better.

  • rainrix

    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza… Im glad you’re so pleased, in light of your achievement the rainrix empire awards you with the order of shola the highest award a lower born can achieve congrats!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #35

    I have no words right now. I’ve gone all giddy with excitement.

  • pawl250

    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Pardew needs some time, it was this time last year we were signing songs about him, and his silver locks.

    Look lets be honest, he has had a poor season, I am very strong believer injuries have played a massive part in that.

    He has not really done anything to warrant the sack, yes poor form but its not all his fault, he is doing his best.

    Think fans should back him and the team rather than attacking them. It will only disrupt the club, and specifically the players who we need and want to stay!

    Time to show some support, and understand Pardew isnt trying to lose games, if you are in that mindset then it is you that has a problem not Pardew.

    Only one thing he has to improve on in my eyes is his substitutes, I mean Shola is our main striker in reserve but sometimes he just bewilders me playing him/Cisse out wide. Why not leave the natural midfield player who Shola replaces stay on the pitch and do a straigh swap for Cisse, unless we are losing?!

    Other than that, Pardew has done well as manager, people need to look at our club, the stability and quality of our players right now leads me to think we are in the strongest position the club has been since Bobby, despite the current PL table position.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #37

    So Rainrix….What’s your score prediction?

    Let’s go one further. Goal scorers and times please.

    Heck, why don’t you give us a minute by minute breakdown of the game?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Pawl…Bloody good post. Not sure where we would have disagreed about things in the past.

    Do forgive me for talking on your behalf here, but I read something in there that I feel may cause the natives to kick off.

    “Injuries played a massive part” – Not the only reason before you get your whatevers in a twist.

  • pawl250

    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Team for Southampton

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

    Means the centre of the pitch plays 2 matches in 4 days, woooopie doo! They have 7 days to recover before they play a half drunk Swansea team after their cup win this weekend.

  • toonicle

    Feb 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Optimistic about tonight, hoping to see Cisse put in one or two just to get back for last weeks nonsense by the officials.


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