Stoke At The Uppermost Of My Thoughts


A win against Stoke City tomorrow and Newcastle fans will be able to relax a little and look forward toi what could be a great game against Anzhi Makhachkala at St. James’ Park where a win will take us through to the Europa League quarter finals for the first time since 2004.

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Alan Pardew – vows to keep that beard – oh no!
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And Alan Pardew will be working with the squad today to prepare them for tomorrow’s vital game, where the result is more important that how we play – we simply must get all 3 points.

And Alan Pardew, fresh from the “success” in Moscow, had this to say about tomorrow’s game:

“The game tomorrow is at the uppermost of my thoughts.” “We need to get a win tomorrow to really set up Anzhi on Thursday night“ “And we don’t want to be going to Wigan having not won against Stoke.”

Newcastle easily won last year’s home game against Stoke by 3-0, and that same score tomorrow will see Newcastle go above Stoke in the league table, and since Stroke are currently in 11th place,that could elevate us in the league table by quite a few places.

A win tomorrow and we;ll be in really good shape – and all we have to do then is to hammer Anzhi on Thursday night.

But then we’ll have to beat Wigan Athletic next Sunday at the DW Stadium.

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74 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Gosh, if we lose to Wigan all the goons on here will be screaming to get their overrated tactically useless manager in as NUFC manager.

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  • bollance

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Munster

    Good point. As much as Martinez is over rated, you could argue Tony Pulis is under rated.

    I would have Pards over both of those two. No competition.

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  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Wigan hitting form at the same time as last season again ? Quality today at Everton, just shows when there on their game there nearly unplayable just like when they done us 4-0. Will have to show them the respect they deserve, as Everton thought it was gonna be a walk over. They seem to relax and play there best football when others start to panic.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Martinez is a quality manager. I would like to see how he would manage with a bigger budget and better players at his disposal. His teams play excellent football and he does not change his philosophy no matter what the circumstances are.
    I would like to see him at Newcastle tbh. Not saying Pardew out, I just like Martinez.

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  • Lucky Les

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Mark the Mag Wigan never seem to play the same standard 2 games in a row so let us hope today is their good day and they have a stinker against us next week.If we were to lose to Stoke the game could suddenly become a vital relegation showdown.Let us hope a win against Stoke makes it less stressful.

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Just found out that Colo is in Argentina to recover from injury…..

    ….not suspicious at all that!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve always said to those who constantly slate Pardew be very careful what you wish for in wanting him sacked, can you imagine the clamour to get rid of Moyes on here after getting humped at home in a quarter final.

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  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Yeah Les, if we can get past Stoke it will be a big relief, and we will be able to enjoy the Anzi game, and take a little pressure off against Wigan. We are much improved now and hopefully a lot wiser because of this experience this season.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve seen posters on here under the illusion that Souness was brought in to instill discipline to our team, the real reason he was brought in is because Moyes, Fat Sam, Bruce the O Leary didnt want the job.

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    If we lose against Stoke who are shite by the way, we are in big trouble. And Martinez is a super manager, is keeping a side in the premier league on an absolute shoestring, if Parsnip had his squad he would give up and just say his squad wasnt good enough and needed strengthening or else we are going down.

    Parsnip Couldnt lace Martinez’s boots in respect of how he wants his team to play. I have seen Wigan in the last two years outplay Arsenal away, Man Utd at home, and i mean outplay, not going in front and then defend desperately for the rest of the game ala Parsnip.

    He has Gary Caldwell playing centre half for f##ks sake, they are bound to concede a bunch every now and then.

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #11

    And personally i think Moyes does OK, however dont think he is up to a big job, just dont think he sets his teams up to play the game in a decent fashion, certainly not in the way Villa Boas has done at Spurs, well impressed with the way press high up the pitch and knock the ball about on the deck.

    Too direct for me, Moyes and if he did get the Man Utd job he wouldnt last long.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Check, why do you think Martinez lost out on the Lpool job to Brendan Rogers.

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  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Check, Martinez inherited a good team from Bruce although they did sell Valencia and Palacios he had them in the top ten. Martinez wasted £7mill on Bosselli and although they do play good football are always struggling relegation, Pardrew and moyes play realist prem leauge football not wanna be barca occasionaly.

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #14

    check – I agree, as soon as Everton have it at all tough they just ghoof it up, like they did today!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Lucky Les -previous post re PL scores today – I agree that the best all round results today would be draws- this equates to potential points lost to all those involved in todays relegation scraps -accompanied of course by a good win tomorrow.
    Really Stoke are a rubbish side -on paper and taking into account our recent signings we should be giving them a walloping. I would like to see Walters have a rubbish game to silence one or two on here who said he might be a good acquisition for us.
    Got some stats below which -should suggest it’s a win for us.
    • Stoke have lost six of their previous eight league games
    • Stoke haven’t scored in five of their past six league away games and have have scored the lowest number of away goals in the league, eight
    • Newcastle have come from behind to win their past two home games in the league
    • Stoke have the most yellow cards from fouls, 48

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  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail, with that list of managers you listed that we missed out on it makes you, appreciate Pardrew even more.

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  • yo-yo

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #17

    JfA

    I thought he’d turned them down ? And Brendan was the backup – may have got that the wrong way round but I rate Martinez above Rogers – it was Martinez who got Swansea organised b4 Rogers arrived.

    Still rate Moyes – it takes more than one game to spoil his reputation but I agree he is tactically basic compared with Martinez. Funny that Martinez night be better for Manure than Moyes too.

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  • Lucky Les

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #18

    The quicker we can get safe in the league the quicker we can hopefully field our first team and make a big effort in the Europa.

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  • check the toastie

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Jail – Martinez turned the job down, plus Rodgers is also a super manager, Liverpool will only improve under him, even though he is awful to listen to.

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  • do the hatem shake

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #20

    if we lost ben arfa who would be your replacement ? hopefully this will get the banter starter

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m feeling fairly confident about our next two games (probably a precursor to us losing them both!). Stoke at home are always tricky but at our place it’ll be a different matter. We’ll be going all guns blazing and I also have a good feeling that both Cisse and HBA will be fit.

    As for Anzi, I thought we did a very good tactical job on them and it was good to see Pardew get it right in that respect. Again, at our place it will be very tough for them. Yup, I’m feeling good. Could be a massive two wins for us.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Well tads…when you rush back a player with a hamstring problem who should have been out at least 4-5 weeks and you course a setback of 3 month then it is called mismanage my friend.

    It actually doesn’t take a dooctor to explain this to Pardew. I have played professionally myself and injuries did me in. I called this when it happened and said that is 4 or 5 weeks in the treatmentroom.

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  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Ben Arfa simply irreplacable, but if he did go i wouldnt be too diasppointed if we signed Ronaldo or Bale, and Messi wouldnt be to bad either i suppose.
    Filth have just scored an alright goal for them on the counter like.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Martinez is a good manager no doubt about that!

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  • Mark the Mag

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #25

    remy 1-1, not so much of a mug now, starting to like him.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #26

    I wouldn’t mind the Scum beating QPR 🙂

    …I enjoy our rivalry with Sunderland, but I distaste QPR!

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  • WWYCD

    Mar 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Once again with the managers preferable to Pardew conversation? Pards isn’t leaving just accept this lads and none of the names mentioned would want to manage Ashleys Newcastle

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Sky sports are saying that Huth is out for tomorrows game and the Etherington is doubtful too 🙂 everything helps
    We should have enough tomorrow but with Cisse on and off or mainly off I wonder who’ll score.
    Shola will help hold the ball up,would rather see Ben Arfa or Gouffran up there but then we’d maybe end up with the clueless Alien on the wing again 🙁
    Marveau could take Gouffran’s place as could Santon with Haidara playing LB
    Many possibilities

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Jesper
    Your missing the entire point of the fact that Ben arfa does none of his rehabilitation work at newcastle, he goes to the clairfontaine, if he returns and there medical staff are telling ours staff he’s looking fit, has a couple of weeks training where he has looked good and he’s telling the staff and media as he was, that he feels good then how has pardew mismanaged him?
    Your not going to convince me that a manager, who held HBA back the previous season until he was 100% sure that he was ready despite the fans screaming for benny and Pardews head, is going to just say ah fcuk it and throw him in for the sake of it

    Sorry Jesper but I do think you pin far far far to much on pardew and at the same time are very reluctant to give credit where it’s due

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #30

    YO
    Spot on mate, it’s kind of like talking about what to spend your money on when you win the lotto 😉

    Bills
    From previous previous post!
    Completely agree mate mate would hate to see us run like QPR tbh when you read there interviews etc, and given there rock bottom they come across as embarrassing, you get the impression that nobody at the club believes or cares if they can stay up
    Think they could do a Pompey if they get relegated

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  • 89Norcal

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #31

    So long as Cisse is match fit, he will almost surely be up front, Marty Toon. The Ben Arfa experiment there was more out of desperation with no Cisse or Gouffran.

    That’s better because it means Gouffran will play on the left and Hatem’s return will FINALLY spell the end of Jonas’ starting spot!

    Sory Guti I’ve been pulling for you but you’re so inconsistent man.

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Marty

    I reckon we’ll play Cisse, Marvs and Gouffran as an attacking 3 and assuming they’re all fit. Benny just behind, Cabs and Tiote behind him, Usual back 4 but without Colo of course. Elliot in goal.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Rowan
    What makes you think marveaux will start? Think seeing as jonas was rested he’ll defiantly start which tbh I’d rather him than Marv who is shocking wide just looks lazy

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Tads,
    A mixture between Mashleys business sense and Fernadez’s generosity would be pretty good bar an ogliarch or Arab sheik.

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  • 89Norcal

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #35

    “…jonas was rested he’ll defiantly start…”

    Say it isn’t so, tads 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Tads,
    Tbh I’m not that impressed with Marveaux, you seen more than I did of him at WHL, but I only counted three touches and I think the good he has done isn’t that memorable, would like to see him and Obertan shipped out or swapped in the summer.

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  • MacToon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Can’t believe I’m wanting the mackems to score!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #38

    JFA
    Hmm a fernandes ashley combo? Half the stadium would be a buffett!!!
    As for marveaux completely agree don’t really get what he offers the team, I mean he’s a winger who doesn’t play on the wing anymore and now wants to be a CAM
    Well there’s def nobody in midfield who he’d knock out the squad!
    Sell him and obertan and get a genuine wide man for me

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Mactoon
    QPR do have that ability to make them the most dislikeable teams in the league!

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  • MacToon

    Mar 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #40

    tads, I’d just love to see if saggy chops jumps ship or spends a year in the championship and ofcourse for him to stop stealing our players 😉
    A draw would be the perfect result for us in this qpr/mackems match.

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