Pardew to Play Best Team Against Anzhi – We Have Great Chance


With Newcastle getting a vital 3 points today in beating Stoke City 2-1, the Newcastle manager is turning his attention to Thursday night, and he says between the Anzhi Makhachkala second leg game, and Wigan Athletic, the European game is now the higher priority.

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Yohan Cabaye – after scoring direct from a free kick – another fabulous goal

Hence he will play Newcastle’s best team on Thursday night at St. James’ Park, and it will be interesting to see what that is – because in the last two games the manager has made seven changes to his starting line-ups, which gives you an idea of the strength of the Newcastle squad since January.

Excellent goals from Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse brought the Magpies back from being 1-0 down this afternoon, after Cheick Tiote gave away a penalty on 67 minutes with a reckless lunge at Jonathan Walters in the penalty box.

This is what Alan Pardew – still unshaven from a few days ago – had to say after the game today:

“The most important priority for this week between Thursday and Sunday against Wigan is Thursday.” “I will play my best team against Anzhi. We’re looking no further than Thursday night, we could have a really special night here.”

“We have a great chance. We’re in the last 16 teams in Europe, we’ve had to battle through too many games, too many for a Premier League team.” “You’ve got to get 40 points, but we’re now seven points from that with nine games left, and you’d expect this team to follow through with that.”

“The bigger picture is to finish strong and take that into next year.” “You can talk about spirit but you need world-class players.” ‘You need a world-class player to put that in the top corner from that free-kick to give you a foundation to win the game.” “I thought Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard today. and I think they really do need to have a look at him at center half because it’s a problem position.”

“Papiss will be the first to tell you he was awful today, he couldn’t do anything today. But then the moment comes.” “An eye-of-a-needle pass from Sylvain Marveaux, and most strikers would snatch at that, but he doesn’t. He let the ball come all the way down and he finished it, and in the 92nd minute that’s not easy to do.”

Yohan Cabaye had a great game, and also the central defensive partnership of Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa looked very solid, and maybe it’s the future for Newcastle, if Colo leaves in the summer.

Newcastle now have 33 points on the board in the league and in 13th place after 29 games played, and  we are level on points with 10th placed Fulham, but there’s a 7 point gap to 9th placed Swansea – so maybe 10th place is the best we can do this season?

Newcastle will go all out to get through the Europa League quarter finals – in front of what we expect to be a very decent crowd – for one of those European nights on Tyneside.

Howay The Lads!!

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85 comments so far

  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Extremely optimistic about the anzhi game, just hope our players don’t get complacent because once we concede a goal, the whole game could go t*ts up

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 10, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #2

    This season may turn out to be half decent after all. HWTL 🙂

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 10, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #3

    I think if we go at them from the start Anzhi could fold was not really that impressed with them on which is their home ground surface

    They might actually be better on grass but I think if we press them and keep it tight at the back and score first we will win comfortably

    Wonder what the full strength squad will be ?!?

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  • gaz 44

    Mar 10, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #4

    was speaking to ben arfa after the game.. he was just outside talking to fans true gent he was aswel but was saying how pardew is the best manager he has played under and how he gets the best out of his players.. i admit after the reading game i was ready to call for his head but now he has the players back and the new frenchies he has been getting the results.. cant see why some people feel the need to still slate him when hes getting the results. subs he made today were spot on.. changing the formation was the right call and obviously the players really rate him..

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Does anyone know how serious Willian’s injury is ?. Not that I hope he is injured for a long time or anything but if he could be out until Friday that would be perfect as he is a great talent 😉

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  • yo-yo

    Mar 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #6

    All those wanting to see Marv as a regular starter on the basis of this year’s performances have got to admit he blows hot and cold. He seems to be most effective as an impact sub for 20 mins and every team needs someone like that. He tends to fade in and out over 90 mins. It’s no disgrace to be a sparkling impact sub..

    As for Campbell – no way is he up to a starting place – but he deserves regular sub cameos and he’ll get a couple of goals and then he’ll get his regular starting place as he’ll work his way up the pecking order pretty quickly.

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  • hotdog

    Mar 10, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Never saw that coming as stoke looked comfortable to me but well done to the lads for keeping going.

    I gave mbiwa my mom. We looked much more assured with him and I don’t think he put a foot wrong.

    Tiote…… Well have you ever seen such a rash challenge from a pro footballer? I’d be disappointed if I seem a 11 year old make that tackle!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Also, does anyone else think that our back line of

    ——Debuchy——Taylor——M’biwa——Haidara

    Is our best ? . I certainly think so.

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  • hotdog

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Yoyo- yeah agree on marv but when he had his little run in the team he was one if our better players. I’d have him ahead of guti.

    Big pappa. I think we have a quality player in haidara. The more I see the more I like and offers more than santon on current form.

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  • norwegianmagpie

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #10

    hotdog – Yanga-Mbiwa was excellent today, but to give him your mom on mothers day is a bit too far 😉

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  • yo-yo

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #11

    hotdog

    Yeh Haidara impresses me more and more every time I see him play

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  • gaz 44

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #12

    hotdog mbwia looks the real deal imo, he dwels a little on the ball at time but is still learning you dont get the time in the premier league, collo will find it hard to get a game when hes back as i think steven taylor has been the stand out player since returning back from injury.. williamson may aswel get his bags packed ready for a move to carlisle

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  • yo-yo

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #13

    BPC

    Is Perch enough to provide backup if Tayls gets injured – or do we need another big man ?

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  • hotdog

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #14

    I really believe if we had signed mbiwa last summer we would be 10-15 points better off. That’s how much damage Williamson did IMO. I said months ago it was a shocking decision not bringing a centre half in as this young lad is proving.

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  • saxonfenken

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Also remember that the Russian league starts again on Sunday, and they have a tough tie to play, so they will be the ones traveling all that way, with a big game to play on Sunday.
    I think Pards Strongest team is what is available and qualified to play So no Debuchy or
    Gouffron

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #16

    BPC @8 – unfortunately for Santon, Yes. Ok I am torn for MoM with Cabs, Socks,MYM so I am going for EMoM, or Entertainment Man of the Match, which was ‘there’s only one’ Stevie Taylor ha ha what a clown – in a good way. Mimicking Begovic for the FK and of course the ‘In ya face!’ crouching taunt when the goal went in. He was good as a player today as well of course, one of the few who won most of his aerial duels today.

    It was cold. So cold the lad next to me jumped up for Cabs goal and snapped the seat back in front of him off with his knee, I though at first someone was chucking a seat at me!

    I thought it was decidedly cagey but understandably so, a big and tough outfit and full of rubbish diving theatricals from Jerome and whining from Crouch. I even think Gouffran did well and Jonas. Goofy eaned our FK and was full of running causing problems around the front but of course just needs a run of games. Cabs ran the show with Sissoko, whose pace kept them pegged back thankfully. MYM looked top drawer with Saylor there, Debs usual form him. Santon I thought did ok, he was definitely marked out so no surprise Hairdryer came on, good subs and actually a tactically sound day from Pards, countering Pulis’ bringing the mackems on by fighting fire with fire, our subs had the edge over theirs.

    Massive 3 points and a huge sigh of relief to see Cisse was NOT offside, I don’t remember staying sat down for a goal like I did today ha ha.

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #17

    Justba thought on corners, maybe its that we have a ridiculously short team! Asides from taylor we have a very poor aerial team! Sissoko is tall but useless in the air as shown when he was a toulouse! Yanga- mbiwa and collo are both fairly short for centre halfs, HBA, tiote, cabaye, anita, cisse, marveaux all under 5″10 …..

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  • DanRo

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #18

    2 points to make from today’s game:

    1) Excellent subs from Pardew. He gets a lot of abuse for lack of/poor subs so only fair to praise him where it is due.

    2) Cabaye has to think more about his set-piece delivery. I counted 6-7 balls that landed straight into Begovic’s hands.

    Otherwise, ugly win. Onwards and upwards.

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  • north_country_boy

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Got to admit that before today’s game I was still a bit nervous looking at the table especially with Villa and QPR winning yesterday but that win today has put us 9 points clear (or 10 really with GD) and with Wigan, S’land and Fulham in next 4 games I think we’ll be safe sooner rather than later so really think we could have a real go in Europe. We seem to be coming into some sort of form so as long as we can keep most players fit with Ben Arfa back as well we could have a really good end to season which will stand us in good stead for next year and also put us in the limelight for potential signings in the summer – onwards and upwards!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #20

    @ Yo

    I do still think we need another Cb even if collo stays tbh

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  • north_country_boy

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #21

    DanRo – great minds think alike!

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  • DanRo

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #22

    In addition, after looking at the six games since Reading.

    4 wins and 2 defeats in Premier League.
    Even the two defeats against Spurs and Swansea away (no disgrace btw), I felt we were very unfortunate.
    Performances are improving. Confidence is higher. Team are getting results.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #23

    I think this team could do the job on Thursday

    Elliot
    Simmo saylor m’biwa haidara
    Tiote sissoko
    Cabaye
    Jonas cisse santon

    Highly doubt that will be the line up tho 🙁

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Great result after travelling back from moscow! Anyone who has to travel regularly for work will tell you how draining the process is! Im out of the country about 15 times A year and it wipes me out every time! Thought we looked in complete control today, played nice carpet football just lacked a cutting edge up front! HBA back and cisse being 100% should hopefully change that

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  • hotdog

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #25

    We had 14 corners today. If we can head them out of our box, surely we can get on the end of one or two.

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Anyone noticed how good Rob Elliotts distribution is? Adds a new dimension to our play! The lads really taking his chance, hasnt put a foot wrong, nt spilled anything and comes off his line fantastically in that sweeper keeper role! looks to have great keeper attributes too! Krul hasnt been as good this year as he was last, his place must surely be under threat!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Most admit I hope Campbell will be send out on loan next season. Would like to see what he can do on a regular basic and I think it would be good for his football education!

    …though we should have bought another forward in January and send him out on loan – seems like the only reason he is still here is as an insurance for Cissé and Shola!

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #28

    The thing with the corners annoys me is its the same corners that Cabaye hits why not put them in low with pace if we are not good in the air?!

    I dont actually believe that we are bad in the air as Taylor can score from headers in the past the way we set up with everyone in the middle then making runs does not work but its the delivery which is the problem its always floated in and always nearly goes into the keepers hands

    Anita or Marveux can whip a good dead ball as well but because we dont play them from the start in games we will never know if they could do something different

    Just hope we win Thursday as loving winding the Mackem’s up on the Yahoo comments they are raging that we are still in europe!

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  • Rainrix

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Even the most optimistic fan would have to admit we’re by far the worse team in the league by far on set pieces. It isnt just cabs’ delivery marvs and hbas has been off as well. I dont see why we just dont hit it into the danger area with pace and see what happens, gotta be better than what we’re doing atm. We get soooooo many corners and free kicks and we may as well just pass the ball to the opposition.

    Wonder how much time in training is spent on set plays, not a lot i imagine

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  • gaz 44

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #30

    jay elliots kicking was attrocious today when the ball was laid back to him, he always seems to want to take a touch also when might not have the time.. from dead ball he is pretty handy and looks to give to defenders rather than hoof.

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  • Cisse09

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Hotdog* very sensible point!

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  • beefman13

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #32

    Rainrix, it is embarrasing our failures from these set pieces, it has been happening so long now but why are we not addresing it more it must be known about, we simply cannot get on the end of any corners or crosses, surely we can get more work done on set plays, we dont seem to run and attack corners we are just static have three running in from the edge of the 18 yard box to attack incoming corners, there has got to be more to set plays than the cross in the box.

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  • bollance

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Although missing oportunities and not being the same players as the 2nd half of last season, Cisse has a decent return recently? Anyone have some stats over his last 10 games, some of which he has played on right or been hooked early.

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  • bollance

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Anyone at the game, am i right in hearing a Cabaye chant from the crowd?

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  • hotdog

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Should a journo not be putting this question to him? On not scoring all season from a corner. It’s gotta be some kind of record!

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  • bollance

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Marv upto 6 assists this season.

    Tiote seemed quite today, not getting stuck into tackles apart from pen of course and not getting booked.

    Chicken or egg? Do we lack accuracy with crosses or someone to attack them?

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  • manxpie

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #37

    i know we’re terrible on set pieces unless its from 1 player thats on target but how many corners do you see every week scored!?
    very rare aswell imo so it’s not just us btw!

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  • hotdog

    Mar 10, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Cisse09. Which one i make so many 😉

    When I played 11 aside I used to always hang at the back edge of the box. It was uncanny how many things you get on the end of. Do you think I should go up to little Benton and do a few drills haha

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  • DanRo

    Mar 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #39

    @north_country_boy (21)- indeed they do
    It would be quite good to vary set-pieces.
    1) a cross-field pass to have a volley
    2) a quick short corner and a pull to the edge of the box
    3) a low fast corner into the mix
    4) a corner where the near post player dummies
    5) Front-post player does a loop to the back and back-post player goes to the front.

    I’m not a set-piece coach but surely the players need to get to work on this.

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  • hotdog

    Mar 10, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Manxpie. It is more than that mate. Teams clear it easily we don’t even create mayhem a few scrambles, nothing.

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