Three Players Back Thursday – City Just Too Strong


Alan Pardew is hoping to get some of his injured players back for Thursday night in Lisbon – and it looks like Davide Santon will definitely be ready – and Sylvain Marveaux too – after the manager didn’t want to risk the Frenchman today,  because of a slight groin problem.

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Davide Santon scoring his first goal for club at Wigan

This is some of what Alan Pardew said to Rob Scanlon on nufcTV immediately after the game this afternoon – when Newcastle went down 4-0 at Manchester City:

“They had quality and the opposition was too strong for us today – it wasn’t a great result for us – they think the league’s over and they know that and they played with a no-pressure attitude.”

“We didn’t put enough pressure on them we didn’t keep the ball well enough in the first haf, and that’s an important lesson for Thursday night and going forward.” “Santon will be back for Thursday and Time Krul will be available.”

“And Marveaux – I was a little bit concerned about his groin – and he missed some training this week, and I didn’t really want to risk him today – I would if it was 2-1 or something – but he should be OK for Thursday,  and Check was a big miss today – and Massadio has half a chance also.”

“The goal was perfect timing for Manchester City really – if I could have got  them in at 1-0 I think we would have had a better second half,  but 2-0 and we were still out there with great ambition, and should have scored,  and we then would have had a different game.”

“But we couldn’t create enough pressure and their first shot in the second half goes in,  we couldn’t put them in an awkward uncomfortable position – we couldn’t do that today – and you have to do that with good sides.”

“We lacked balance today We had some square pegs in round holes today but we should be better, certainly for Sunday. and hopefully for Thursday too.”

We need to show a lot better form at Benfica and at home next Sunday afternoon, when we entertain Fulham – and that’s now a vital game for us – and we need a full house at St. James” Park to cheer our lads on – hopefully to victory.

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117 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #1

    The only time we showed up today was for about 10 minutes at the beginning of the second half. Other than that it was a poor display.

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  • woolerbill

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #2

    We never show up to win , just not to get beat, but we get beat. Come on Par dew think out of the box or go down.

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  • ToonMauritius

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #3

    hi lads
    i hope we sack AP and get J.Heynckes on board

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  • Bambams

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Ah bless….Pardew !

    They played with no fear….. That might have something to do with after ten minutes they had worked us out, knew we were no threat and could have taken four of their players off and still beaten us.

    You would think after listening to his interview it was a shock result against his attacking team but they just did not play…. We have played negatively all season – The league table does not lie –

    MR Pardew, please work a little more in training on attacking the opposition. Goals win games and if we are causing them grief- they wont be causing us ‘as much ‘ as teams have lately.

    I hope we have these players back for prem league, we NEED them.

    Finally, I have said it before but wont say it again ( as have many others) OBERTAN has had enough chances…no more.

    In my opinion.

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  • Aalesund

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #5

    We have lost 16 games this season out of 31 games… terrible!

    http://www.facebook.com/SackAlanPardew

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  • yo-yo

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Catchy

    You are one of the most negative bloggers on here and rant endlessly about Pardew in frequent hate-fests – but turn up like a bad penny when we get beat. Rarely see your posts when we win. Always when we lose.

    We are a mid table team at present – we totally lost momentum from last season through a combination of circumstances – the most important of which imo was the failure to strengthen in the summertime, followed by our dismal list of injuries, bad form, bad luck (e.g. Wigan) and also poor managerial decisions.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #7

    I listened to the game on the radio today and it wasn’t pretty to watch :O, did Pards really go out and tell the players we would lose today so keep the damage down, when we score four we could have scored five if a tactical 1 0 comes off Cisse is shite for only scoring the winner, sacking managers costs more than buying a top class French international manager we seen how long that took to happen, we’ve got as much chance as seeing Mourinho as we have of seeing Pardew get the bullet.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #8

    International fullback !

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  • daztoon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #9

    Its always an excuse with this guy Guti was the only one played out of position but then again he has played that position before for both club and country.we lack balance every game with 8 defenders 1 in midfield and 1 up top

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #10

    It’s all Mike Ashley’s fault for not signing the players we needed in the summer. If we had signed 5 decent players last summer Demba Ba would’ve signed a new contract. I feel sorry for Cisse, he can’t play up front on his own. We need to sign 3 new strikers in the summer. Gouffran isn’t first team material, he should be on the bench at the most.

    God help us if Simpson has to play at right back on thursday.

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  • toonLYF

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #11

    anyone know anything about Debuchy’s return date? He’s the player we’re missing the most.

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  • daztoon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #12

    @toonLYF
    agree with that at least Debuchy doesn`t keep backing off

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Why did Pardew have to say we were safe FFS. We need 6 points from our next two games and for our players to dig deep and fight for NUFC. Hopefully we will have a few players back for Fulham and we can get back on the winning trail.

    Also what was Pardew doing putting Gosling on ?

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  • gazzaforever

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #14

    i disagree, the player we miss the most is benny, apart from, was I wrong when I warned you that gouffran was just an average, at best, player?

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  • Bambams

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #15

    I still think a new coach would help, French if possible, out of work , even a short term contract…… Who though….My mind has gone Blanc.

    Pards would block this though, maybe understandable. … I just think there is more to get from these players in the offensive third. Pards has not really got a great cv for attacking football.

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  • toonLYF

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #16

    nah, no way do we miss Ben Arfa more than we miss Debuchy. You don’t realise how important it is for defenders to have good distribution and to not panic in possession around the box. Time after time today Simpson got the ball, and then gave it straight back away to a City player in a dangerous position. I’m not saying it would’ve changed the outcome, but if Debuchy was playing, he would’ve relieved the danger to greater effect and perhaps we could have settled into the game a bit better. I feel City targeted Simpson today.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Ferguson got another assist from a corner yesterday and scored a peach of a free kick….The boy is doing well in the championship which is more physical than the premier

    Thing is he never looked bad for us always tried we just never gave him the ball a boy who can deliver a cross like he can should always get a proper chance with us especially when you see our other wingers

    I can actually see us turning over Benfica over there as we will play a different team and will probably be 2 physical for them will be a 1 nil victory for us with them hardly getting a shot and us scoring with 1 or 2 shots

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  • daztoon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Nah Debuchy for me, he is actually better than i thought he was and offers in both defence and attack

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  • Sack Llambias

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #19

    @7
    Can anyone please translate into English !!

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  • daztoon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Simpson and Ober really are poor players and to play them together on the right today was a really poor decision

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  • toonLYF

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #21

    daztoon – Debuchy is an outstanding player like, the best of the new signings imo

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  • manxpie

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #22

    bambams hows blancs CV?
    i must admit i don’t know anything about his managerial record?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Gouffran is average now is he?

    *face palm*

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  • daztoon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #24

    @toonLYF
    i agree hadn`t really seen him that much shame we didn`t go the extra mile in the summer to land him.I don`t think we would be in this position now if we had

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  • manxpie

    Mar 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #25

    toondownsouth supposedly anita gouff and sissoko are useless to some posters 2day?!! oh and cisse!
    all pardews fault ofcourse 🙂

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  • daztoon

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #26

    @manxpie
    You already know i aint pro Pardew against Swansea away we wern`t at the races but Pardew was having a right go at the players.Which i thought hang on maybe i`d been to harsh as it worked.Second half we played em off the park and were unlucky to lose.Today it was a matter of time before they scored we backed off so much and the man did nothing to get em going.He gave up as soon as they scored

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  • Footballwatch

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #27

    If you wish you can watch the game in full or its highlights on http://www.footballwatch.net/team/137

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  • Bambams

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #28

    @manxpie.

    Other than doing an internet search I cant say….. The reason I have put him up is after a conversation myself and a colleague had about four months ago with a current French Toon player who said his knowledge of football was the best he had come across. I am sure Ginola also did an article on him a while ago.

    The football he had the French playing when he was manager was great, I am sure they went almost twenty games without a loss.

    I just think he would be a great choice not just brcause we have French players but he had played at all levels, managed to a high level and SAF even touted him as a future manure manager. Mainly though I think he would come to the Toon.

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  • JAMSHA

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #29

    HAPPI EASTER LAD’S…. HOPE ALL GOES WELL FOR US FROM.NOW ON

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  • AndyMac

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #30

    “Manchester City might have lost their title but they have not lost their mettle. Roberto Mancini’s side were simply too good for Newcastle and put in the kind of performance that saw them triumph last May. Sadly for Mancini, they have not done it often enough this time around.”

    That’s because they only play Clueless’s Newcastle twice a season 🙁 What is it with Pardwho ? He surely couldn’t hope to defend for 90 minutes against a side bursting with quality players.

    His selected team told Citeh “Ayeup lads this is a practice game”

    LET US HOPE THE PENNY HAS FINALLY DROPPED WITH CLUELESS THAT OBERTAN IS NOT A BPL PLAYER !!!!!!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Prefer Marveaux instead of Cabaye and Gouffran.

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  • JAMSHA

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #32

    holy shit jst 3 pts above 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Sack Llambias,
    Point taken, I’m looking back at that and can only barely understand what I was trying to say.

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #34

    If Pardew isn’t sacked at the end of the season this team will never fulfill it’s potential. I actually said this last season and said I’d happily give him one more chance given the teams high finish.

    Not only have we gone backwards but there is a real chance that we could be relegated. Make no bones about it, we have nothing but difficult games left and today was reminiscent of the relegation season and a return to pre Chelsea performances.

    Pardew should not be able to hide behind the Europa League and if (and it is a big if) we manage to stay up, he should go.

    We have been simply awful. Blame injuries all you want but we are a terrible football team that plays not to lose rather than plays to win.

    I never expected anything against Man City other than a bit of decent play and a team showing no fear.

    Where is the Pardew of a few weeks ago saying ‘we’re safe’. I’ll tell you where, he is once again contradicting himself and leading us to oblivion.

    As usual I will probably find many of you disagreeing and pointing out the usual things, but when you really and honestly look at our team, a full and fit starting 11, do you think Pardew is the man to bring the best out of those players?

    I don’t. Never have and never will.

    Many of you think we will bring in a bad manager, but it seems to me that Ashley and even Llambias are learning more and more about the game of football and surely they will see that a good manager is the most important thing you need on a match day. Someone who can out think opponents, bring the best out of the team and go out to win every single game.

    Pardew is the weak link and my pessimistic self honestly thinks we could be down in the bottom 4 come the last game of the season.

    There are so many talented foreign managers out there that could not only bring the best out of the team but help the players realise their potential.

    Pardew s a charlatan convincing many toon fans and probably even the board he is the man.

    If we stay up and we sign PEA or Belhanda or Sakho or who ever will we see a toon title challenge. On paper yes, but in reality no.

    Again blame injuries all you want but even with them a team as good as ours should have been top 12 minimum. The rest is down to shoddy tactics, poor management and out of form players. All roads lead to Rome and Pardew has the biggest villa in the city.

    Peace out you lot, see you in the Summer.

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  • alex84

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Id like us to play with more tempo, when is possession and when not, we need to press teams higher up the pitch, especially at home, look what a high tempo pressing game does, Southampton for example, that’s how they play since the manager has come in and it is working, Liverpool do it as well, we sit back to much, I don’t think Pards needs to be sacked like some muppets on here think, but just tweak the style a bit

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  • manxpie

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #36

    bambams to be honest its not hard to pick the best players from the best teams in the world for your country?
    i was more interested in to your knowledge of picking him from his club achievements but obviously not lol

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  • Bambams

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #37

    @alex84….
    A few weeks ago I posted almost word for word what you have above.

    I also think Pardew is a decent bloke who maybe got carried away with the LMA award last season.

    The big question is who tells Pards he needs to tweak the style of play?

    Its a difficult one and this is why I have suggested bringing in a new coach which would not look as though Pards is not the main man.

    We will not be sucessfull playing this style though. Imo

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Beattie,
    Back at last one of my top five favourite bloggers, sacking Pards isn’t an option unfortunately for our stubborn business minded owner.

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #39

    A leopard cannot change his spots.

    Pardew in his career as a footballer and manager has reveled in negative football and tactics.

    He found temporary success but is always found out. He doesn’t have the ability to tweak his tactics. Some managers just don’t have the ability. Pardew is the Obertan of football management. We wan’t him to do good, we see he has something, but he will never make it.

    Look at our remaining fixtures and tell me we’ll get to 40 points. I can’t see where 7 points are coming from. My predictions in brackets.

    vs Fulham @ home (D 1 pt)
    vs Sunderland @ home (D 1pt)
    vs WBA away (L 0pt)
    vs Liverpool @ home (L 0pt)
    vs West Ham away (D 1pt)
    vs QPR away (L 0pt)
    vs Arsenal home (L 0pt)

    That’s 35 points for us in my opinion.

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  • Bambams

    Mar 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #40

    @manxpie

    I am sure he won the French league with Bordeux which helped him get the national job.

    Sorry fella thats about the best I can offer. However he is rated highly by at least one current toon player when he was asked directly which manager he would love to play for at the toon if Pards got the England job (it was a while ago )

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