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Two Top Players Back On Thursday In Lisbon

9:56 am, Monday, April 1st, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Newcastle’s away record is really poor this season, and in our 16 league games on the road we have a total of just 8 points and one win, and we’ve lost a massive 10 away games.

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Cheick Tiote – should be back on Thursday

So because we cannot seem to do anything away from home for whatever reason, our next two league games at home become very important,  with Newcastle now only 3 points above the drop zone, after losing three of our last four league games, and our goal difference is 5 goals worse during that time.

But Alan Pardew has talked to the local papers today and said he will not re-evaluate the Europa League games because of our poor league results of late.

This is what the Newcastle manager said in the Newcastle Journal today:

“No, I don’t think it was ever going to change,” “Did I expect to win at Manchester City? I hoped we would, but I didn’t expect to. We can’t determine other results.”

“We always knew it would be the remaining games in the Premier League which would be the important ones and that isn’t going to change.”

“The Benfica game has lifted the spirit in the club after the victory we had in the last round and we’ll take that into Thursday.” “I couldn’t go full tilt on Saturday because I had too many players missing.”

“We had square pegs in round holes.” “Next Sunday we will have more players available to put round pegs in round holes and be able to produce a more balanced performance.

“Santon, Tiote, in particular will be important to come back for us on Thursday and Sunday.”

The pressure is on Alan Pardew to stop the rot quickly, and extra pressure will have been put on him after Martin O’Neill was fired on Saturday night,  after losing 1-0 at home to Manchester United.

The next two home games are massive, and we have to play so much better than we did at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday – that first half was one of our worst displays of the season, and it comes at a very bad time as far as the confidence of the side is concerned.

We hope for a better performance in Lisbon, although the Fulham game is a lot more important in our eyes.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Davide Santon · Europa League · European Competition · Premier League





19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mister Tuff // Apr 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    After the furore about Saturday has died down, upon further reflection I still think the Toon were prepared to forsake the City game in order to send out a better team
    against Benfica on Thursday. It was probably thought that we would get no points from the game so why expend too much effort. Again after relfection – City are vastly better than we are at the moment so we should perhaps not read too much into making comparisons. I think the gamble is to put out a good side on Thursday and then give a maximum effort to the remaining leagues games where we more than likely should get some points – probably two wins and we are ok.
    I think Percy now has a bit of cup fever and would like a nice EL winners medal to go along with his Johnsons Paint medal.
    Wow -two awards for last season -and a cup winners medal – great for his CV -but nerve racking for the fans.
    No point in sacking him now it will cause too much disruption.
    I now wonder why we did not get more forwards in January -we knew we were short and can only think that we definately have players already pencilled in for the summer (that we could not get in January) -perhaps another gamble.
    On Saturday you could tell City knew exactly where their players would be running to -even before a pass was made -we looked the opposite – like a group of strangers playing for the first time. I do not believe the guff about Marveaux having a slight strain – I’ve no doubt he’s being kept fresh for Thursday -to start the game. After all our recent problems with hamstring injuries -putting a player on the bench with a known injury -is just not believable. A minimum of 5 players is needed in the summer which will include the return of Andy Carroll.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    One green Tony,
    I shook my head a bit then decided I never said I wanted the mackems to stay up,but Id prefer to see Wigan and Bills go down first,not bothered in which particular order.

  • 3 WWYCD // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Good news we missed Tiote and Santon against City who are much stronger than Benfica in all fairness. I expect a much more equal game against them

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Bills ?.Villa

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Well according to the papers were after Wilson from Celtic to replace colo, hmmmm not really in the same league of colo imo

    Anyone else finding it hilarious that a club sponsored by invest in Africa is now being managed by a racist??

  • 6 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I guess I’d like to see the Mackems lose out on the TV money.
    They might actually spend some wisely and start winning?

    I’d like to play Wigan again and soon. Revenge is sweet.

    Villa I’d like them to go down.

    Spoiled for choice.

    A win v Fulham would settle nerves, if not the Mackem game becomes a real relegation six-pointer.

  • 7 Jamiemac // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Tiote has been dog all season so hurray for us….

  • 8 nico // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    The next 2 weeks are massive for the Toon.
    Imagine we sneak through against Benfica and win our 2 home gamnes against Fulham and the mackems.
    We would be safe from relegation and in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

  • 9 toonbrother // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    lol 2 weeks ago you could be forgiven for thinking santon and tiote were bin laden and the antichrist respectively given the kind of bile directed towards them. Even Ed’s hypothetical starting 11s had tiote on the bench. As the sayings go: you dont know what you’ve got till its gone; absence makes the heart grow fonder, …i could go on :-D

  • 10 Marty-Toon // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Think we should go with Obertan and Jonas up front in the next games as that’ll keep them away from the midfield where they don’t know what they’re doing ;-) round pegs square holes Alan,you’re the one that put Jonas at Lb when we had Perchy or Anita to put there-Daft
    Santon will give us balance in the side and hopefully Tiote can start playing to his best along with Haidara hopefully coming back although it seems very early for him and could have repercussions

  • 11 bzak12 // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    nico
    you dont fool me I know its 1st April. LOL

  • 12 nico // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Does anyone else think that Sunderland’s move for Di Canio is boarding on insane?
    I think he is a character and good for the game but a bit of a loose cannon, good luck controlling him. It may however be a touch of genious, hopefully not though.

  • 13 Sack Llambias // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    @5 mackem fans on phone in on the appointment of de canio. Not the usual chat about style of management but questioning on him the man.
    He needs to be asked what fascism means to him ? Do you believe in kicking racism out of football? Another caller felt that he should apologise to qt he fans for his past salutes and gestures. Internet is full of hate comments and calls for him to resign from lifetime great unwashed. Little sympathy because de canio has baggage . You couldn’t make it up. Forget the evil ideology we’ll take the 3 points.

  • 14 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Unfortunately DiCanio is probably a great short term choice.
    He’ll get them fired up that’s for sure.

    Long-term, well it’s just a question of waiting for the explosion.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Sack Llambias,
    Forget the evil ideology we’ll take three points, I don’t get it.

  • 16 Marty-Toon // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Nico,
    I think it’ll save them actually.
    I hope they lose against us but he just might give them the belief but he’s no long term manager for them.
    Their fans have been talking about wanting Sparky Hughes in lol
    That’s a route for disaster,get Hughes in and he’ll spend all your money,win very few games,get fired and a pay off.
    Their fans also have said that look how well he did at Blackburn,well he did ok while spending lots of cash and look at them now lol

  • 17 toonbrother // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    under pardumbs stewardship i genuinely think relegation is a possibility.Under a better manager the following attacking line up could have been deployed in Europe with confidence
    obertan….bigirimana…sissoko….marveaux
    ………………..|Cisse…..Ameobi

    and this line up in the league

    Jonas……. Tiote..Sissoko
    ………………..Cabaye…………..Gouffran
    ……………..Cisse…

    unfortunately he has mismanaged sissoko ,turned marveaux into a cameo specialist, decimated obertans confidence and stunted bigirimana’s progress. Now we are over-reliant on cabaye and tiote (neither of whom was having a stellar season to begion with) expecting them to produce miracles in 7 seven days. I’m sorry Pardew is pure unadulterated garbage

  • 18 Sack Llambias // Apr 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Much looking back at our season on here last night. For me having got to the brink of Champions League football last season a message was sent out to the players that there was to be no real investment this season to push on. This left some players thinking that they could not go much further to achieving this objective. A feeling of a lack of interest and ambition causes complacency to set in. Players think of fresh pastures and fresh challenges. Add to the injuries and increased number of games. Fortunately we have now made an impressive statement in the transfer market but as bold and ambitious as that was it takes time to reverse the damage caused. Buying half a new side takes time to settle. Ashley has shown that he learns from his mistakes and will meet Pardew’s transfer plan to get into the Champion League elite. Firstly 6points from the next
    two home games will see us able to concentrate on the Europa.

  • 19 LeToonARMY // Apr 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    My team for Thursday 4-3-3

    ____Eliote____
    Perch__Taylor__Yanga__Santon
    _Cabaye___Tiote__Gutirez_
    Sissoko___Cisse___Marveux
    Subs:-
    Krul
    Anita
    Simpson
    Campbell
    Bigi

    Mu team for fulham Game

    ___Krul____
    Perch__Taylor__Yanga__Santon
    _Cabaye____Tiote_
    _Gouffan_Sissoko_Marveux_
    __Cisse__

    Subs:-
    Eliote
    Anita
    Guttirez
    Haidra
    Shola
    Shola




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