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It’s All About Picking Up Remnants Of Our Season – Pardew

10:28 am, Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Alan Pardew is not far from the truth when he says everything that could have gone against Newcastle this season has gone wrong – what with all our injuries and not having a big squad to start the season with – especially when we had to play games in Europe.

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Alan Pardew limbering up at the Metalist Stadium
And some of that was our own fault for not having a big enough squad – but all that has changed in the last six weeks or so, with five good first team players coming through the door last month from France.

And some of our best players like Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor have returned from long term injuries, and Ben Arfa is due back soon too from his hamstring injury – and he is now back in full training at Benton.

This is what Alan Pardew said in the Evening Chronicle today about the season context of tonight’s match:

“Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture.” “As I stand here today we look like we’ve got a good side if we keep everybody fit.” “This year we are picking up the remnants of what has been a season where everything has really gone against us.”

“It is about salvaging this season the best we can.” “Now probably the best we can achieve is a top-10 finish.” “That’s going to be nowhere near the fifth place of last year.” “So we can’t really be in that area.” “But we’re in this competition and we earned the right to be here.”

“So we have a chance in this.” “Tonight’s tie is very important because if you manage to get through then this competition comes to life – as it did last year.” “We might be entering that crucial part with the strongest team we’ve had all year.”

“It’s a really key game for us on that score.” “If we were to lose we’d have to accept that.”

So it looks like Newcastle will give it all they have tonight,  and we cannot ask much more than that.

But it’s also important what he says in that last sentence – if we do lose we have to move on – and then try to win as many of the last 12 league games as we can – so we can get as high up the league table as possible – and a great late run in the league would also salvage our season.

And two or three good new players in the summer and our squad will be awesome for next season.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 coccolini // Feb 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Just put £50 on us winning tonight, the odds are absolutely ridiculous. Nearly 5/1 on bet365. Do they know something we dont? i normally shy away from betting on us, heart over head and all that, but seriouslu, 5 to 1. I think we have a very decent chance! they looked fairly average

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Coccolini,
    Nearly 5/1 on 365?? It’s 3/1 on that particular site, haven’t checked others so not sure what best priceis. Safer bet is the 10/11 on Draw or Toon win. Although I think it could drift out to evens later on as people bet against us.

  • 3 davyboy32 // Feb 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Morning lads,

    I’m convinced Pards is going for three at the back tongiht. Mbwia – Collo – Tayls

    What do you reckon? Can’t see him giving Haidara first start in the Ukraine.

    On itv tonight?

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Davy,
    I can’t see it personally, but I have been known to be wrong before. I think the formation will remain the same as he allows the players to grow and develop into the system as a unit. Likewise I don’t expect wholesale changes to the side. I would like to see Haidara play, but agree it isn’t an easy debut, and would understand the reasoning if Pards was to leave him out of the 11.

  • 5 Ian Toon // Feb 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    ” As I stand here today” very statesman-like Alan but let’s not get all Churchillian when Joe Harveyian would be better . As Munster pointed out this competition did replace the Inter Cities Fairs Cup.
    For those SJP season ticket holders in my row, who have been known to turn up at 4pm for a non televised 3 o’clock kick off the following is for you:
    Kick off is at 6pm and on ESPN.

  • 6 bishopblaize // Feb 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    NOT on ITV .. None of our Europa Ties have been on National TV this Season … CHANNEL 5 used to show em all back in day :(

    It is on ESPN though and ALJEZZERA 7

  • 7 Munster Mag // Feb 21, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Result I have ESPN :)

  • 8 Ian Toon // Feb 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    ?

  • 9 geordiesteve520 // Feb 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Am I the only one who is thoroughly fed up with ITV’s complete lack of coverage of our European games? Surely they have a legal obligation to show at lwaat ome of our games. Not everyone can afford ESPN. Typical of London based media organisations to ignore us.

  • 10 geordiemark // Feb 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    ill be watching the match on setanta sports 1 as i cant stand them lot on espn they make my blood boil :) look on here shows you the channels the match is on
    http://liveonsat.com/LJ__soccer_intl_UEFA_europa.php

  • 11 geordiemark // Feb 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    thats nowt new there geordiesteve and when we are on the box they do nowt but insult us just like espn and sky sports




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