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Pardew – It Was A Tough Game – Three Points Are Enormous

9:42 am, Monday, March 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

In one of Alan Pardew’s interviews after the game yesterday he said Newcastle had to sharpen up in the second half, although our free kicks and corners were again not too good, and far too many times the Stoke goalkeeper Begovic picked the ball out of the air, as too many crosses were too close to the 6’5″ Bosnia and Herzegovina goalkeeper.

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Alan Pardew – Newcastle’s unshaven manager yesterday

This is what Alan had to say to nufcTV immediately after the game:

It was a tough game,” “Stoke are really tough opposition, our fans are intelligent enough to know that. They defended deep, got bodies behind the ball, made us make mistake and we looked ugly.”

“But that’s what they are good at, and they are always a threat, so to win it was a massive bonus for us.” “We were quicker in the second half from set-plays – our throw-ins, goal-kicks and free-kicks.”

“We sharpened up a bit, which we needed to do and were brighter in our passing, creating a few moments.” “The three points are enormous. We’ve got nine game to get seven points to be safe, and I can’t not see us doing that. We now have some nice breathing space.”

Newcastle’s set plays still need to eb better, although from one of them Yohan Cabaye scored a great equalizer, and after Newcastle wtrn all out for the winning goal, it came when a magnificent defense splitting pass from Frenchman Sylvain Marveaux, and he found Papiss Cisse in the penalty area and the Senegal striker took his chance magnificently to send the Geordie crowd into raptures.

It was a great three points yesterday which hauls Newcastle up the 13th place in the league – unlucky for some – and now we have to beat Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night – to reach the quarter finals of the Europa League.

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Carryingcoals // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Sitting down to a candlelit dinner with Mike and Derek is too good for Jail for Ashley… 😉

  • 2 Carryingcoals // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Jokes aside, I thought we deserved to win yesterday despite a lack of bit up top. A victory to the footballing side at least.

  • 3 Rainrix // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Pardews so smart he went to a respectable university and achieved good grades.

  • 4 HarrogateMag // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I still think Perchinho is a better pick than Cheick who is very slow to learn about his rash tackles. P Erich would not have slid in to Walters in that position as his defensive duties have shown he has come on loads with his decision making – he doesn’t do ‘yellows’ any more

  • 5 Rainrix // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Carrying… Its nice that we came from behind again to win as well. 3 on the trot at home, nice to have that monkey off our backs.

    Now what was that about set pieces? :)

  • 6 Rainrix // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I say nice i’d rather we didn’t concede in the first place thinking about it :)

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM


    Ibiza…I don’t want AP to make a 180 degrees makeshift – I want to see improvement on how we set up the game and what changes he will be making to turn the game around.

    …my biggest problem with him is the infamous ‘kill your darling’ quote 😉 Subs was right yesterday for once (don’ take the word once directly), but he need to learn to use subs more proactive.

    At SJP against a team like Stoke I expect us to chase a win; if what you are doing is not working you need to change it (tactics and subs). We made our first sub at 73 min. Stoke had scored when Marv was warming up. Marv and Haidara came on just as we equalized.

    So we are either chasing a draw and making it more difficult to get the three point than it should have been.

    This has actually been one of the major criticism from the commentators lately (at least on the channels I have been watching the games) We can still finish 10th and go all the way in the EL, but it won’t happen if AP doesn’t lean fast.

    As I said I am a very demanding person (try working with me ;)) lol

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Whoa whoa whoa Colin Murray is a tw@ but let’s not be to hasty I’m mean chiles! The man is painful!

    As for cabs comments
    When he says his English isn’t too good i’m going to assume what he really meant to say is “stoke are an absolute embarresment of a team who seem to have confused football with rugby, except when you tackle them they turn into ballerina’s, especially that sissy boy jerome”
    Gave to say that free kick was top draw, the technique to beat the wall and keeper from the edge of box is unreal

  • 9 Rainrix // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    tads…. Im sorry everyone seems to disagree with me, so i’ll cave to peer pressure and give the crown back to chiles. :)

  • 10 Carryingcoals // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM


    yeah definitely, especially when prior to those three games we hadnt come from behind in a ridiculously long time.

    The corners debacle however… I see no light at the end of that tunnel.

  • 11 Carryingcoals // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM


    ha long live king chiles?

  • 12 Munster Mag // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Delighted to get the points yesterday but poor game, especially as we had plenty of fresh legs on. We are developing a massive over reliance on Cabaye and if the rumours are true, Man U will test us heavily in the summer with a large bid. He looks perfect for them in midfield and just what the sods need. Either way, we need to find more creativity through midfield and that can start with dropping the overrated Tiote and putting Anita or Marv in there. I would also drop Santon. As I have said from very early on in his Toon career – an overrated player who contributes far less than all his running around would suggest and he’s a poor defender. Haidara looks excellent, and Santon will be a very useful sub for a number of positions.

  • 13 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Jesper…Not sure I get where you’re coming from in respect of the Stoke game, maybe the rest of the games this season though :)

    Marv was warming up, so the change was already in mind, no? It just so happened they got a penalty from a silly challenge from Tiote, apart from that we were mainly in control.

    I think we’re well set to get top 10 now tbh, even with Pardews normal tactics.

    For me, I’d like to see improvements made to set plays for the remainder of this season, the other aspects can wait until the summer.

  • 14 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Unfortunately chiles is still on ITV for the FA cup and international games, although it doesn’t help that he has Roy keane on the panel, awful awful presenter panel combo!

  • 15 Carryingcoals // Mar 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM


    The worst for sure

  • 16 Rainrix // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Carrying…. Wouldn’t surprise me if we got to october without scoring from a corner and make it an even 2 years 😐

    Tads… How that man gets work. Surely the producers know he’s universally hated, perhaps they just like trolling us :)

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Out of all our players funnily enough cabaye is the one player I’m not worried about losing, he really is the main man here, now captain, loved by all and seems to be custom picking any signing he bloody well wants too! His best mate/possible lover debs is here just can’t see him going where as players like check/Marv/cisse/HBA I think have the potential to have there heads turned, especially as we’ve lost our way abit this season

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Seriously you know it’s bad when southgate is the “respected” pundit for his footy knowledge!

  • 19 Fostino // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    toonarmy down south

    i reckon colo & simpson are def gone in the summer. out of everyone else then i fear for hba & cabaye…..either would be a huge loss. i think a cb & st in summer should persuade them to stay….making cabaye captain could be a good idea permanently

  • 20 Munster Mag // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Personally I like aspects of Pardews stewardship such as the defensive strength we showed last season but he is extremely conservative and could do with taking the game to opponents more by getting more creativity on the pitch earlier.

  • 21 jayphoto // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Quite like Roy keane being on the panel! His always disagreeing with everyone on everything no matter how wrong is amusing, puts the fear of god into southgate too! Only pundit to ever slate man utd too

  • 22 Assam Toon // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM


    Mapou Taylor
    Haidara Santon
    Perch Cabaye
    Ben Arfa Jonas

    Use Haidara and Santon because they will give us more going forward. Play Perch because he can assist the CBs as an extra defender whenever the full backs go forward and also we might use two markers for Willian as and when required. Cabaye and Sissoko in the midfield. Included Jonas because he will allow santon more liberty to go forward and that pardew will use him anyway, although I personally think Marveaux is more productive. I was irritated when pardew constantly used perch couple of years ago, but in the hindsight maybe pardew nurtured him well.
    If we are winning, we can bring anita or tiote in place of ben arfa and crowd the midfield. If we trail we can bring marveaux in place of jonas. But what I am looking forward to is Sissoko and HBA getting the passes from Cabaye and doing one two between them as they intrude the box…

  • 23 Munster Mag // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Fostino, wud be very concerned re Cabaye. I hope we have plans in place but trust we do if he leaves.

  • 24 Munster Mag // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    TDS, unless Cisse’s touch improves I wouldnt be too worried if we lost him. Love the guy but love can be fickle. Maybe there’s a reason why loads of clubs didnt buy him??

  • 25 WesJameson // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Why does everyone fear Cabaye leaving?

    Did we not just sign his best mate? Debuchy?

    Cant see him, walking just yet lads

  • 26 pethmag // Mar 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Stoke set up for the draw and made it hard for us . But i thought we lacked creativity in the first half . Picked it up in the second half after going behind from yet again another tiote error. He is a liability you just know he will give something to the opposition . Stick anita or perch or marv in there alongside cabaye . When are we ever going to capitalise on corners . Plus we should look to get more free kicks around the box as we have the players to score . At the end of the day though it was a huge 3 points and keeps us moving in the right direction . Hopefully now we can knock anzhi out and progress to the last 8 of europa cup .

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