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Newcastle Owe Traveling Fans – After Manchester Shocker

9:56 am, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

If Newcastle are going to stand any chance of reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League – and also picking up enough points to avoid the drop in the Premier League, the side will have to play so much better than we did on Saturday at Manchester City – where we were simply torn to shreds by a much superior team.

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Alan Pardew – owes fans after terrible performance last time out

But Alan Pardew has said in a number of interviews since that disaster, that whatever side he puts out on Thursday night will play a lot better than on Saturday.

We hope so.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:

“It’s one of the great European adventures, trust me.” “Their stadium is going to be rocking on Thursday night – and after our result they will be looking forward to us coming.”

“But we will certainly be better than we were on Saturday.” “We’ve already seen off one of the best teams in the competition.” “You have to say we have been dogged in the Europa League.”

“We haven’t given in. The crowd have got involved.” “There are three English teams left and three good English teams.” “We didn’t want to get them because for our fans it is about the European experience.”

“To draw a domestic side is tough.” “But as I say we’ve already put out one of the favorites in Anzhi. They are as good as Man United or Man City or Chelsea. We have to be confident.”

3,500 Newcastle fans are travelling out for the game in Lisbon, which is a beautiful city, and we hoep they can have something to be happy about at the end fo the game.

This is our biggest European game  since we were in the quarter finals against another Lisbon side – Sporting Lisbon, back in April of 2005, and we won the first leg 1-0 at home and were 1-0 up in the second leg in Portugal, but lost it 4-1 and were eliminated.

In the season before, in May of 2004, Bobby Robson had us in the semi-finals against Marseilles, and we lost 2-0 in France with two goals from Didier Drogba,  after drawing the first leg 0-0.

So we’ll see how the lads perform in Lisbon this time around – but after that – we just have to beat Fulham at home on Sunday afternoon to get some points in the Premier League.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Manxpie, (from a previous thread)

    What you fail to see is that we could have played 433 with Cisse centre and Ba left from the start of the season. It was a system that worked.

    But Pardew persevered with Ba centre and Cisse left for the worst losing streak in premiership history. He didn’t even consider alternating them. He just caved in to Ba.

    Do you really want a manager as weak as that? Classic first season enthusiasm and then very quickly tactically found out in second season and how!!

    If someone can not see a problem then how on earth can it be fixed?

    It’s a recurring theme. Pardew stumbled on a system last year where Raylor got injured and Benny finally got a game in a front 3 and we took off. But Pardew had to tinker with something that worked and we’ve been poor ever since

    There’s just too many idiotic stupidly arrogant situations like playing Benny from the start on a plastic pitch in freezing conditions. You don’t need a slapheed physio to tell you it was never going to be a good idea.

    It’s very difficult for the players when the manager is totally curbing their natural flair and instincts.
    Pardew is the first to deflect blame elsewhere and never holds his hands up for a long series of footballing ineptitude on a grand scale.

    Like saying we were safe way too early. You couldn’t really have any faith in what Pardew says.

    The early promise of Sissoko and Goofy already looks to have been worn down by Pardew’s bizarre and negative tactics with people played out of position. I am actually quite envious of Sunderland and Di Canio and that says a lot.

    Pardew is the man getting the big bucks to motivate the team. If he can’t do that then he should go. Why have all these technically gifted ball players when his tactics are totally opposite to what they naturally want to do. Let other teams worry about us.

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Apr 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    This is the competition where i’d happily see us play defensive and dogged to get through, its what chelsea did last year and their fans loved it even if “football purists” criticised them.

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Not just me then !!!

    madmick
    9:31 AM on 2/4/2013

    Top of the list to move on is Alan Pardew. He over achieved last year and will never reach those heights again. Tactically inept, totally incapable of man management in regards to enthusing a team of fairly decent players into taking a game to the opponents. Completely wasted the talents of a certain Papiss Cisse by deploying strangulation tactics of not playing to his strengths. His press conferences are awful, he changes his tune on an hourly basis and has a disastrous record of any Toon manager ever this season. To watch NUFC this season has been torturous and to go out of two domestic cups at the first hurdle was disastrous to for the coffers. All in all it is not the time to go strainght away but at the end of the season dispense with his and the coaches services and actually employ a tactically astute manager just like Southampton have. Thanks for last season, disgusted at this season good bye.

  • 4 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    If we beat Benfica in Lison – I will personally eat my underpants live on the internet…

  • 5 Jonny // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Anzi aren’t in the same league as utd and city Pardrew

  • 6 lesh // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Aye, when we played Marseille, Bobby Robson said he liked the look of Droghba but that came to nowr!

  • 7 lesh // Apr 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Pards owes the travelling fans big time – the debt goes back way before the Citeh game!




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