Pardew – Fantastic Performance – Ben Arfa Still Not 100% Fit

Alan Pardew was interviewed on nufcTV immediately after the game tonight in Moscow, and before he boarded the plane back to Newcastle, and the manager seemed really upbeat by what he called a fantastic performance from the Newcastle side.

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Alan Pardew and Guus Hiddink before the match tonight

This is what a delighted Alan Pardew told Rob Scanlon after the game:

“Fantastic performance against a really good side – to get a draw and not concede a goal is fantastic.” “We played a technical side that was good with the ball,  and in the first half we really controlled the ball and gave them limited opportunities.”

“Second half they were a little bit sharper,  and we had to defend well,  and a couple of good saves from Rob (Elliot) which will do him no harm, but a really sound performance tonight, and we have to go to St. James’ Park and we’ve  got to win.”

“Ben Arfa is not 100% fit,  and I thought one area that he  might cause them problems on one of his runs, and he had a great moment just before he went off,  and I fancy if he was fit he would have scored that, but he’s getting there and obviously he’s an important player for us.”

“And I think he’ll play a part on Sunday for sure – if we need him – and hopefully we wont – but we have no injures tonight – it’s a great result – really a super result tonight, and we’re pleased with that – and now we have to do the job at St. James’.”

“But we’re going to need a lot of fans in there on Thursday, because they will make a difference to us,  and they are a really really good side and they have four or five top players.”

The manager makes a very good point at the end, because Newcastle will need a good turn-out from the fans to cheer the lads on next Thursday evening at St. James’ Park – and we’re sure the club will do their best to persuade the local fans to get to the game.

It was another excellent performance from Newcastle tonight, and the defense is starting to look very sound.

In the other Europa League games tonight,  Spurs walloped Inter-Milan 3-0 and Chelsea lost at Steaua Bucharest 1-0.

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100 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Good game, great result

  • hotdog

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Alan Pardew insisted his side still had plenty of work to do to reach the Europa League quarter-finals after their goalless draw at Anzhi Makhachkala.
    Hatem Ben Arfa wasted a superb chance to grab a priceless away goal in a dour first-leg tie at a freezing Luzhniki Stadium, but Pardew was delighted to keep a clean sheet.
    On next week’s return clash at St James’ Park, Pardew said: “I wouldn’t say we are favourites because they have got good counter-attacking abilities in the team, but it’s going to be a very different game at St James’ Park.
    “But we really need to set it up on Sunday against Stoke. Sunday is something we need to put right.
    “If we can get a win there, then I think the mood in our stadium is going to be something that’s going to be very difficult for Anzhi to cope with.
    “We didn’t really have to fight the crowd today, and that probably helped us to settle. We got what we deserved tonight. We came and gave a really disciplined display.
    “Rob Elliot had to make two good saves and really and truly, if someone had said that to me before the game I would have taken that. That’s a really good display in the conditions and environment we were in.”

  • jayphoto

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Benny looked very unfit, his feet werent as quick on the ball as usual, liked the idea of him central, it makes alot of sense just he never seems to play aswell centrally as out on the wing

  • manxpie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #4

    yeah it looked frozen aswell i thought in them climates it’d be heated but to be honest with obertans touches n flicks you wouldn’t know terrible game by him
    i’m usually not a player slater but he pissed me right of tonight what do you think of his chances of staying at this club?
    i think he should be sold and replaced by an out n out left winger and then bring in a younger winger

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Having no injuries tonight is a massive bonus. Also the knowledge that we all have now that Benny is not up to full fitness will surely stop us all demanding he play a full game at the weekend -he’s not up to it just yet. Whilst Sissoko did not have a fantastic game he certainly puts the miles in -chasing down etc.
    Spirits should be high for the Stoke game -I hope we thrash them and that Walters (overated) has a crap game.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #6


    I think obertan has had enough chances to impress and failed a hell of a lot of times with only one or two good displays.

    It’s not just his lack of quality but the fact he shows no fight and seems to not care about even keeping ot winning the ball.

    I don’t mind Jonas, not good enough anymore but the guy gives his all so I can’t fault him, giving your best is all you can ask, up to the club to get better quality in. Whereas obertan just coasts through games doing the bare minimum and not even doing that well.

  • beefman13

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Pardew, Hatem still isnt one hundred per cent fit but he did well, then goes on i hope he plays SOME part on sunday but i hope he wont have to, so that means no ben arfa in the team on sunday and jonas starting again, you see he dosnt ever fail to try and cover his back, he just boils my piss, spoilt my night with his nonsence.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Well to be fair I thought both teams suffered from the effects of the playing surface and the weather. The ball seemed to drag when along the floor, but of course behaves as usual in the air. Therefore both teams seemed not to be able to get into a good passing stride before losing the ball to a badly judged pass. both sides seemed to have more opportunities and more fluid pay toward the end of the game, unusually, which I think backs up my theory that a 4g pitch, while good, is not the same as the day-in day-out grass that these lads play on. Plus it looked like one of those days you don’t want to get leathered by a ball full on the leg, or the face for that matter ha ha 🙂

    I expect a completely different game at SJP. I think both teams will pass better and play will be sharper. Not necessarily good news for us, though.

  • beefman13

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Maybe benny isnt 100 per cent but he should still in my opinion go straight in against Stoke.

    I take it same starting 11 as v swansea/

    im not saying it was a disaster v swansea but we NOW

  • Ben_BKK

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Mister T – I hate Walters, he’s a shocking player and seems a bit of a wanker too, I loved it a few weeks ago when he missed a pen and scored two own goals, I love a bit of schadenfreude 😀

  • manxpie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah i agree jonas is a perfect squad player imo and also a pro footy player plus i think he can play a few positions which is good when he gets older i’d keep him but in the summer i think we need 2 wingers
    a good 1 and a younger 1
    and the same with strikers and we’d have a very very good squad
    btw i thought pardew played it absolutly right tonight with the subs too
    loved it when you could hear him say “GO ON VERN GO ON VERN” tickled me anyways lol

  • beefman13

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #12

    From previous, we now have a World class player available for selection, get him on the pitch, if hes available he is fit enough.

    We have waited long enough for bennys return and is he being rushed? i say no and he is twice the player of Mo guttierez at half speed AND A MATCH WINNER.


  • bills-son

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Beefman you and the likes of Robin boil my piss (to use your words) with your nonsense about Pardew being useless.

    What you ignore is that the players – who work with him almost every day – clearly respect him as many of them have said previously.

    You and Robin are bigots of the first degree. And fkn clueless about management.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #14


    Id have Ben arfa in vs stoke if he is ok. He looked very leggy tonight and not his usual self.

    Pitch didnt help him but he looked tired.

    If he is ok start him, any genuine risk to him and keep him on the bench I think.

    Jonas isn’t ideal but at least you know what you get, hard work defensively but no end product. Obertan and marv out wide are a total lottery with the odds against us

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #15


    Bit harsh to include Beefman with robin. Beefman may be a little more extreme in his views that you or me but I don’t think anyone can disagree Jonas is poor as a winger in the sense he can’t attack well at all.

    I think the players do respect pardew but at the same time they would hardly say if they didnt. They’d never get a game and would be out the door.

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #16

    I worry when I hear Pardew saying he is ganna keep his beard as its been lucky tonight!!

    For Sir Bobbys sake man! That’s the last thing I need to hear from a manager.

    Why not pray to God whilst you’re on or touch wood!!

    He has done fantastically tonight and spoilt it with that act. !

    I am ganna wear my lucky undies now until next week but I’m not the manager!

    I hope its not postponed. ! One week will be enough. If its postponed my Kegs are ganna crusty!!!

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Having said the above, I agree with Bills-Son

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #18

    picture looks like its been taken with ghandis flip flop

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Anyway, must go and feed the goat. I’ve just looked oot the window and its chewing the next door neighbours car wing mirror!!

    They gan crackers when I loosen the tether and its free to wander!

    It ate their washing off the line last week!!! 😀

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #20


    Enjoy the match?

    I think it was fantastic tonight. We stopped them with almost ease, only one or two shots at distance for through.

    We had the best chance of the game but hatem couldn’t put it away.

    Not our best display offensively but very good at the back bearing in mind we had a different back 4 to our usual from last few games.

  • manxpie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #21

    transfer beefman has been that extreme when we’ve won so i agree with bills and to be honest we needed guti’s hold up play and calmness instead of ober’s 1 touch play as the away team
    i don’t think after tonights performance arfa deserves a place in the starting line up and thats totally taking in to account his fitness
    btw i can’t wait for him to be on full form with the rest of the team he will replace guti when he’s TOTALLY fit but he needs to be totally fit to play imo

  • bills-son

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Transfer – Pards has just got a draw at Anzi and Beefman lives up to his name by beefing on about some shIt decisions that Pards hasn’t even made yet.

    A plonker of a ‘fan’ imo.

  • beefman13

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Hold on there bills son, i agreed a lot of the time about your views concerning MA and the current regime and the way we are now being run, i wont just agree though about the manager beacuse MA appointed him, every week he backrtacks about something every week he contradicts himself, ie williamson plays we loose only last week then yesterday, williamson is looking really good in training and is there if needed, then Campbell is as good as anyone in training but he wont give him a sniff, letting us down tonight with his Ben Arfa statement were he isnt 100 per cent fit and he wont be starting on sunday and he hopes he dosnt have to play a part!! What???? a world class player who can frighten any defence against a player in gutteirez who has not one assist all season its bloody comical.

    Look peter ramage was a grafter but just not good enough, we have better options than jonas.

    I thought we did well tonight, ITS pardews COMMENTS AFTER THE GAME COVERING HIMSELF, i have said before its the players identified by Graham Carr that will hopefully get us out this mess not Pardews great managment style, it was perfect for Campbell to get 20 mins tonight but senority took hold again with Shola who was awful for 20 mins, to much of the old pals act with our manager, to much of the click, Benny is fit to be in the squad so fit to play,

    And stop being so god almighty about things, beacuse if you think jonas should start then you know squat all Son.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #24


    I agree with you that Beefman is over the top and it annoys me when people slate pardew for something he hasn’t even done and might not do. I just think robin is in a league of his open for crap posted here.


    There’s no debate for me about obertan and guti. Guti every time, neither have consistent end product but guti works hard and he offers so much more defensively. I know not his main job but rather have that than the nothing obertan offers.

    I think HBA and everyone looked worse cause of the pitch. But maybe this game was what Ben arfa needed to get his touch back and get into the swing of it.

    It’s he’s for I’d start him against stoke but if he doesn’t I won’t be annoyed if he is on the bench as I understand why.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Tbf aimlessly slagging off the manager because of the way THEY interpret his statement puts them in the same league!

    Beefman@ all your posts this page
    All that can be said is thank fcuk your not manager then, HBA looked miles off being match fit tonight, of course the pitch didn’t help that but then you want him to travel back from Russia, maybe squeeze in one days training and then start against one of the most physical teams in the league?
    Aye bills is the clueless one………..

  • beefman13

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #26

    “And I think he’ll play a part on Sunday for sure – if we need him – and hopefully we wont – but we have no injures tonight – it’s a great result – really a super result tonight, and we’re pleased with that – and now we have to do the job at St. James’.”

    That to me says he is not starting

    Oh and BILLS how many fans have called you a plonker over the last 3/4 years, your just a big a bully when the shoes on the other foot and things are going a bit more smoothly, ive heard you spouting on about i told you so this i told you so that, well we are very near relegation so you told me nothing?!? will we get out the mess yes probably but lets no be all lording it over, beacuse its been a frustrating season in so many ways and it need not have been, i have put the blame on the managers doorstep for most this season, it was him who said he was happy with our squad at the kick of of the season injuries or not, he is a billy bullshiter.

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Troy @ 15’s ganna wear his lucky undies now until next week? Lightweight – mines’s staying on til June (ne’er cast a clout til May’s out) and then they’ll be in the poss-tub, whither the need washin or not!
    Great result against a class side managed by a top top gaffer. Well done to Pards and the lads!


  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #28


  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Lesh @26
    Well put mate huge result tonight
    Although according to beefman it’s got f all to do with pardew and us down purely to graham carr……..

  • manxpie

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #30

    transfer first of all robin is a mackem so beefman is different but i’m sure remembering him bein an ultra positive poster lol
    eitherway there both massivly wrong and pardew is a massive part of this club and i think next season we’ll see how good a team,manager and club we are!!
    on arfa i think he’ll make a much bigger impact coming on imo and the rest of the team have had a rest

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #31

    How long was the contract we gave obertan when we signed him?

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Stern performance from the lads tonight. Can’t wait for next thursday, taking my girl to her first match at SJP. Bring us a bit luck hopefully. HTL!

  • beefman13

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #33

    tads, (less the lip del boy) or should i say rodney YOU PLONKER!!! why start Ben Arfa tonight if he is not 100 per cent, surely the workhorse jonas should have played?? or should i say carthorse? csnnot beat a player has put one cross in in three games, its pathetic beyond belief.

  • Deana

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Pardew gets a bit of stick now and again but he got it spot on tonight. Very good side were subdued to a couple of efforts.

    I’m very pleased with a couple of things tonight….. Mbiwa for one was excellent. Hiadarah (sp the left back) was immense, he looks amazing and we paid buttons. We already know Sissoko is the dogs b. d. Simpson played well, very handy man to have around, keep him..

    The only minor complaints, as we all already knew are…. Poor old Obertan is deinately not on the same wave length as the rest of the team, sorry but game over for him.
    Marveaux a little disapointing tonight but I do rate him highly. Hopefully just a one off for him.

    Big night next thurs, I’ll look forward to seeing you all there.

    Come on the Toon!!!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #35

    tads – Obertan has a contract up to June 2016 (unfortunately)

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Beefman(10%beef 90% horsesh1t)
    Not as pathetic as your constant pardew bashing for no reason!
    So your now saying that you wanted jonas to start up front tonight?
    Benny was the only option as an attacker tonight, he just about made it too the hour mark, has a long journey home will have one training session and you want him to start!
    He had a little run out, didn’t do much as he’s clearly not fit

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Mister tuff
    Oh dear was hoping my mate was right and he only had a 3 year contract, oh well, reckon he’ll be back off to France in the summer

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Like quite a few other posters have suggested….i would also like to see Haidara start as our LB with Santon ahead of him.

    Haidara looks as if he is going to develop into a magic player….hopefully Pardew gives him some games in the league this season in preparation for next season.

    On a side note…UEFA need to sort their Sh*t out when it comes to Russia….having to pay $160 pounds for a visa to watch a game on an artificial pitch in a Russian winter is ridiculous! Visas should be waived for football fans going to russia.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #39

    tads – I think Obertan should be away in the summer -the only possible/potential that he won’t might -stress might -be Percys’ pride -as he was responsible for the signing -Carr was not involved and has stressed this fact in an interview.
    A lot of lads on here had backed him -but I think most now think he has blown his remaining chances.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m happy that the players are just ignoring Pardew’s terrible management and going out and playing well by themselves.

    And well done to Graham Carr for getting the lads to play so well tonight. He should be given a chance as Newcastle manager.



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