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Alan Pardew – I Don’t Worry About Newcastle

2:47 am, Monday, March 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

Alan Pardew was very confident after the Swansea loss, even if he was just a little frustrated that we took absolutely nothing from the game, when we were the better side.

alan pardew at swansea

Alan Pardew on the sidelines on Saturday at Swansea in South Wales

But that’s football and you don’t always get what you deserve, especially when you let in sloppy goals in the last five minutes as Newcastle did on saturday with some woeful defending before Luke Moore scrambled in the sinner after 85 minutes to take all 3 points for Swansea.

Newcastle had some excellent chances to score in the second half through Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko and captain for the day Yohan Cabaye, but the closest we got the getting a goal was when Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm turned Cabaye’s great effort onto the cross-bar for a corner.

But nothing came of the corner, and once again Newcastle set pieces were simply awful, and it’s hard to think we work on these set pieces each and every week.

But the Newcastle manager was confident when he was asked if he worries about relegation:

“None at all.” “I don’t worry about this team. It is strong and it is just disappointing when you don’t get anything and that is what our overriding emotion will be after this game.”

If we can win our next two league games at home to Stoke City and away to Wigan Athletic on the next two Sundays, that will put us on 36 points after 30 games played,  and we should be in a much better position than we are now – which is just 6 points above the drop zone.

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40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 IITianToon // Mar 4, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    “..before Luke Moore scrambled in the sinner..”
    Haha, classic Ed malaproprism.

  • 2 roshan MAGPIE // Mar 4, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    I am saying this again premier league is important than europa league so hope he plays this team against anzi
    santon Williamson Mbiwa haidara
    obertan perch marveux guti ameobi cisse

  • 3 brian kilclines pony tail // Mar 4, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    I couldnt sleep so I thought I would attempt to break the remainder of the league season down in an attempt to bore myself to sleep.

    Home games

    Away games
    Man City
    West brom
    West ham

    Teams around us that we have to play
    West Ham

    6 of our 10 remaining games are against teams that have been playing at a similar level to us this season – these are the key games that will dictate the season.
    3 of the 10 are against teams I would expect us to lose (liverpool – yes i know, arsenal and city).
    1 of the 10 us against west brom who should beat us on season form plus the fact we are away.

    Of these 6 games we have 3 at home and 3 away. our away form has been so poor this year that we cant expect any points from all 3. this means we need to maximize our points from the home games against stoke, fulham and the scum, none of these games are easy – so few are in the premier league.
    the only silver lining that we may have is the fact our players tend to raise their game when we play the bigger teams, why I dont know but this is always the case, either that or we get totally thumped.
    Doing this has actually made me realise that we could be in serious trouble very soon.
    This situation is hardly something not worth worrying about alan.
    I started this because I couldnt sleep, now if i do i end up getting to sleep I may start having a nightmare.

  • 4 true toon // Mar 4, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    “I don’t worry about newcastle”
    Thats the problem !

  • 5 LeToonARMY // Mar 4, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    This is my team for next weeks game 1 english player


    ____Ben Arfa____sissoko____Guffan___


  • 6 Assam Toon // Mar 4, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    I don’t see us picking more than 10-12 points. I think the new signing bubble period is mostly over and we will just drag along for the remainder of a disappointing season.
    Over in Europa, anzi looks like a very formidable team. They have a very good home league record, (8 wins in 10) so if we send a weakened side (defensively) to Moskow, then Traore and Eto’o will prevail. However their away record is awful for a no.2 side (4 wins out of 9), so if we don’t lose by too many goals we can still hope to recover. And although we keep saying EPL is the priority not EL, elimination in EL will not have any positive impact in the league form either. If we do manage to win over Anzi, there will be a big gung ho feeling in the field. Besides, what is the point of expanding the squad if we cannot fight on both fronts? So I like the fact that Pardew has not yet written off EL and at the same time is confident of survival. Survival and a good cup run is probably what he is hoping for.

  • 7 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 4, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    He may not worry about Newcastle?

    It would seem he leaves that to the rest of us Supporters?

    He should of, i think used his Sustitutes, earlier last Sat in Swansea choosing , i believe to try and settle for a point !
    At least, thats my opinion, and i,me sticking to it ! If Marvaux and Anita had come on in the last 15 minutes, with the chances we were creating we could of had all three points !

    Frustrating !

  • 8 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Mar 4, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    “Substitutes ” ?

  • 9 cyprus // Mar 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    fair analysis, hope you managed to sleep! It’s a question of how far back, in terms of form:points do we go? Last five, 3 wins 2 losses. If we use that analogy, then in we last 10, we win 6, lose 4. I think that, which would get us to 48 points, is a touch optimistic. We probably need to look at season form, despite the new additions, as we are still leaking goals, we’ve lost Ba, Cisse still not quite there and HBA hasn’t emerged again, yet. So, we’ve been getting about a point a game. If we do that in the last 10 games, we should be ok, at 40 points.

  • 10 cyprus // Mar 4, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Game by game, it’s hard to know what will happen. We had good games vs. ‘big’ teams ( see Manchesters) even before our additions, so we could do some damage vs. arsenal and man city. Let’s assume there’s a point somewhere there. Liverpool is a tough one to call. They’re obviously better than us :( but the crowd may help us. Win or draw, I’ll go for a draw. The REAL games of the season for us are those vs. teams around us, the so called 6 pointers: draw at Wigan, loss to QPR, win at West Ham, Newcastle connections all over, they’ll do us the favour 😉
    That’s 6 points there. See below for the other 4 points! ie. 10 ‘easy’ points! But it means we must beat Sunder
    1= Home team, x= draw, 2= away team:
    Home games
    Stoke 2
    Fulham x
    Scum 1
    Liverpool x
    Arsenal 2

    Away games
    Wigan x
    Man City x
    West brom 1
    West ham 2
    QPR 1

  • 11 jimmysmith // Mar 4, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    This Newcastle squad does look top 6-8 material but it’s easy to forget you have to go out there week in week out against disciplined committed opposition and battle hard for 90 minutes to collect points.

    Three wins in the last 5 games and we are still very much in the relegation mix would indicate we still have a real job of work to do to stay up.

  • 12 check the toastie // Mar 4, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Big game against Stoke, we lose that one and we are right back in it, could Parsnip take us down??

    Surely not. Worried i always am, no confidence in the bloke running the team. Tiote should be dropped along with Jonas, we dont need physical presence we need footballers, outdated thinking.

    Best Team.


  • 13 one Tony Green // Mar 4, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Assam if we send a side to Moscow then Pardew is more clueless than I give him credit for. Anzi play in Dagestan which is 1200 miles away from there.

  • 14 WWYCD // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    one Tony Green
    Might want to do a bit of research into our EL game there lad because the boy will be heading to Moscow and Pards will be anything but clueless

  • 15 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Oh dear Tony – you need to do some research :) anzhi play in Moscow because Dagestan is unstable at the moment.

  • 16 Graeme // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Tony – Anzi are banned from playing at home and their games are to be played in Moscow. That’s why we had better send them to Moscow as that’s where the game will be lol.

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    One tony green, The blog Eds only source of income,I some how think a man who has spent his entire career at the top of his field with a Doctorate in computer science isnt relying on Rebecca to pay his electricity bills.

  • 18 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Yo! Snappity snap! Ha ha 😀

  • 19 WWYCD // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Why are they banned from playing at home?

  • 20 WWYCD // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Haha great minds and all that

  • 21 Tsunki // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Well said Jaily Boy – Ed runs the blog for a purpose and the nitpicking is not constructive. Shame some people spend more time on commas and typos than talking about er what was it again…?

  • 22 estechco // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Think I also read somewhere that they play on AstroTurf, which should be an interesting test for our side?

    Brings back unpleasant memories of Luton/QPR away in the 80’s where we never seemed to fair especially well

  • 23 bills-son // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Estecho – re playing on atsroturf – I remember the game when we were 4.0 up at half time against QPR and ended up drawing 5-5.

    Can you imagine the comments on the blog from one half to another if that type of result happened today.

  • 24 darrenfletcher88 // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    He should be!! Qpr to beat scum on Saturday, lots of the bottom 8 playing each other, we might be under alot of pressure Sunday!!! And stoke won’t be easy! Anita needed it are team and Ben Arfa needed so badly. Jonas just give up son and even check is just not good enough he can’t just contain a ball and play it simple!! Briton for Swansea for example!

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Out of curiosity what is your native language ?

  • 26 cyprus // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    “I mean, was Wayne gonna be a long term first team player for us? and I don’t think he was.”

    “Because You have to sort of move on players to grow, and, you know, we have to get better than Wayne and that’s what we’re gonna aim to do.”

    Who said the above?

  • 27 estechco // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Arsenal 4-4 a couple of years back ran that one pretty close? Main difference being our comeback rather than collapse

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    There is unrest in Dagestan, probably due to the country being oil rich and not wanting to be Russian anymore.

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    In all fairness Routledge didn’t seem to make the step up to the EPL which he hadn’t done before with Villa and Spurs, so moving him on was the logical thing to do, unfortunately as it turned out Obertan makes him look world class.

  • 30 cyprus // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Agreed on all your points, actually.

  • 31 JAMSHA // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Why Would He Worry , He Has More 7 yrs Left

  • 32 cyprus // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Cabaye could’ve had a red… Why is Anita, out of favour? He was bossing games before being dropped. I’m guessing it’s a Cabaye vs. Anita scenario and the latter lost. But, that’s a 6 mil. Ajax play-maker right there…

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    I’ve got a feeling the only reason Anita was signed is because Dirk Dastardly was arrogant enough to think that his “hardballing” would see Chelsea raise their offer to 20M for Tiote, the deal never went through and we’ve ended up with a player who in Pards eyes seems surplus to requirements, remember this is only my opinion and not FACT.

  • 34 cyprus // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Perhaps an injury will bring him back in, or a good game over in Russia.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Mar 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Or Tiote will be sold for 12M in the summer and we will see a lot more of Anita and Bigi, but more likely Perch.

  • 36 cyprus // Mar 4, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Tiote is not in the same category as Anita, just different players. Tiote is a warrior, needed to stop cute Swansea-like teams mocking us.

  • 37 cyprus // Mar 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Bigi and Perch, solid but not at the same level as Anita-Tiote-cabs. Good squad players, as is Raylor.

  • 38 WWYCD // Mar 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Maybe Anita is being given time to bulk up and adapt to the PL. He’s a busy player but he has never controlled a game like Cabs and has never been a tank like Tiote plus he’s not attack minded enough to play in front of them. I’d imagine he’ll see more game time next season once he’s more settled

  • 39 one Tony Green // Mar 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Cheers Graeme obviously Pardew know more than me. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • 40 one Tony Green // Mar 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Assam apologise for doubting your more up to date information than mine. Best

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