It’s An Uphill Battle For Newcastle Now


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was pleased with the performance of his team tonight in Lisbon, when we were beaten 3-1 by Benfica, but he wasn’t too pleased with the actual result.

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Rodrigo celebrates after scoring Benfica’s first goal
Newcastle got off to a great start in this game when Papiss Cisse scored a great breakaway goal after 12 minutes, after good work from Danny Simpson and Moussa Sissoko.

But after 25 minutes Rodrigo equalized, and then two defensive errors in the second half allowed the home side to run out 3-1 winners.

This is what Pardew told ITV Sport after the game.

“We’ve done so much right tonight and got ourselves into a great position with Papiss’ goal,” “The away goal could come into it if we get the first goal at St James’ Park because if we can get that first goal, we are only going to need one more.”

“In terms of the performance and the players, I can’t fault them. We came here to have a go at them and we did that. They caused some problems to us just before half-time for ten to 15 minutes, but other than that we were in control of the game.”

“If it was 2-1, you would think we would have a good chance at home, but it is an uphill chance for us now. We can be proud of the performance, but disappointed with the result. “You have to say they are a quality side,”

“We have to give them respect and on the break they are going to be dangerous at St James’, but we showed signs tonight that if we are ambitious and we can hurt them.”

Newcastle played well tonight with Tim Krul and Papiss Cisse outstanding, but it’s now going to be a tough uphill battle next Thursday night at St. James’ Park,  if we are to get through to the final four of the Europa League.

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Newcastle fans in Lisbon Thursday night

Before that game we have to ensure we pick up 3 points against Fulham at home on Sunday.

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127 comments so far

  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes you can fault them for two schoolboy errors and I hope you do in private, whatever gloss you put on in public

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #2

    for a team that trains with defending 4 days a week , week look very poor,

    you can tell we dont train attacking very much, there is only 1 or 2 players in any attack

    but defending,,, we have normally 9 back on our 18 yard line

    but hay hoe,, only 7 more years to go,, thats the bright side tonight,, almost 1 year gone

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  • leeb1982

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #3

    utter b0ll0cks pardew. he says other than 10-15 mins in first half we controlled game. take those minutes out of game n look at stats n no we didnt controll game at all. we havent controlled a game at all this season we have always looked vunerable

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Funny how all the cheery folk only turn up for a chat after a loss!

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  • DarkSideofTheToon

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Tads

    From my perspective I am not talking about Santon on the basis of tonight, he has annoyed me all season, tonight I thought (back pass aside) he did OK. On tonight’s showing I am as annoyed with Taylor so you’re right.

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Hi Catchy,

    We must have lost for you to be on here. WUM

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  • northernirishtoon

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Thought the tactics were good all the same. Good to see us actually press a team in their own half for a change

    Pardew said –

    “They are a quality side and we have to give them respect, but we showed tonight that, if we are ambitious, we can hurt a team.

    Shame he isn’t ambitious more often!

    That’s the most frustrating thing

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Guys – please separate what Pardew says for PR and public consumption and what he really thinks – it’s an instant reaction for the cameras with another leg to come – he said we ‘gifted them two goals’ – that’s code for unacceptable defensive errors in my book.

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #9

    slbfan

    Good to know we have fans over there, not all too surprising that it’s more than Chelsea and City as they’ve only really become ‘big’ clubs in the last few years.

    I agree that a lot of your players weren’t that good tonight. I expected more from Cardozo, Ola John was hardly in the game and Gomes didn’t really do much either, but then he is very young. I was surprised Aimar didn’t start. Rodrigo impressed me though, and Gaitan looked good in patches although I also expected more from him.

    I thought Benfica were quite far ahead in the league, you don’t need to go out of Europe in order to win do you?

    I’ve always liked Benfica as a team so it was a shame we got drawn together in this tie! It seems like we’d both be happy for Newcastle to win 2-0 in the 2nd leg though haha 😉

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  • leeb1982

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #10

    yoyo why defend them. they are growin men n they f@cked up n should be big enough n man enough to take the sh1t.

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  • Mark the Mag

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Benfica aren’t anything special, it all depends on the result against Fulham imo. If we win that then we can give everything in the second leg, it will be a bigger game than the scum imo if we beat Fulham we will be safe. Remember the year we went down when Bassong got sent off, if we can do them and duff, the horrible little *****, then we can go for euro glory, its what we deserve

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #12

    NIT

    Yes – we almost did it against Manure at OT, knocked in 3 at Gooners – so we can play aggressive pressing game – reckon we don’t have the concentration to keep it up which means lack of match conditioning IMO.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Dark side
    I thought santoon actually had a decent game barring the back pass, agree that he’s been inconsistent this season but he’s till young and if you go down the route of buying a developing young players you need patience not just flog em because they have been inconsistent in an unsettled back 4 this season (not suggesting you want the lad sold just seems to be the usual knee jerk reaction from some)
    Remember last season in a settled back 4? One of our most consistent players
    But tayls for me tonight, well tbh furious with him like and think the mob blaming him for the loss are wide of the mark

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  • manxpie

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #14

    transfer i thought santon played much better as a defender 2nite he made alot of good cut outs especially in the 1st half !
    but he obviously made a horror pass back which we obviously didn’t need! to be honest tho he didn’t in my oppinion look match fit but we didn’t have much choice!
    i seriously think we’ve got a great chance in the next leg because we could have scored 4 there and i hope cisse looks as lively at fulham and i also hope marv gets a game even if its just the 1st half because he does seem to fade but has unbelievable moments of skill that creates something!
    at the end of the day we’ve been done by 2 stupid errors (and i blame sissko for duckin out!) n santoon and the wrong spin on the ball on both occasions which is unbelievably unlucky!
    cisse tonight for me was the player who looked ultra hungry and i hope he brings that home on sunday n puts fulham to the sword!

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  • leeb1982

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #15

    yoyo no point in pressing n scoring 3 if ur conceding more the other end

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  • manxpie

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #16

    tads for me it was sisskos fault why did he duck like a girl it was his ball all day!!
    staylors reaction was totally natural and unfortunatly the official on the goal line actually seen it (is that the 1st time them officials have actually done something!)
    we were unlucky 2 nite we are owed some karma in the second leg and i think we’ll do it can’t wait now!

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #17

    yo-yo

    say what you like,, i really dont care,,

    until ppl like you wake up and see us for what we are, ( a joke) things will never change

    we have poor game after poor game, and then we win 1, you all go see its getting better,, its not, from the day he took over , our game play has gome backwards,

    last season was a fluke, we played shit for the most part, but got results, poor results normally follow poor play

    they had 20 shots to our 7

    they had 11 on target , we had 4

    they had 12 corners we had none, and even if we had 1, would we have scored, noooooooooo

    WAKE UP PPL

    HE NEEDS TO BE SACKED ASAP

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  • alex84

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #18

    This tie is no where near over! Jesus we were unlucky tonight, 2 errors that was it against a team with such an impressive home record I thought we were going to be battard, good to see Cisse look so lively

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #19

    off home to me bed for 4 hours 🙁

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  • Troy Stavers

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Absolutely beaten by a better team. I can’t see how anyone can argue.

    These mistakes by us have been my us all season.

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  • Troy Stavers

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #21

    These mistakes have been made by us all season

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  • leeb1982

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #22

    manxpie@16 100% right taylor was complete instinct sissoko ducked it so he had to react . yes he wil regret it now but at hat moment when he had no time to think his body took over and reacted exactly as any other would. cant believe people blame taylor yes it was a handball but its a natural reaction n he would die for nufc on that pitch n when sh1t hits fan he is one player id wanna be standing beside

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #23

    leeb

    agree – the lads need to take responsibility for their mistakes

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Manxpie
    Soz mate but he moved his arm across it was blatantly obvious, as for sissoko i imagine he ducked as when the ball was played in he got a shout no other reason to duck
    Sorry mate but no excuse for that and it’s the one habit tayls hasn’t been able to shake, the bugger always gives away pens for handballs!

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #25

    catchy – just keep banging yer drum you WUM. You’ve got nothing remotely constructive to add to any debate

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  • leeb1982

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #26

    then why defend them yoyo. you balls up you accept it n take the criticism n make sure you dont do it again. not have ur manager make remarks for you to hide behind

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  • Mark the Mag

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Yo Yo
    Yeah think the team needs some viagra. We can play well but as you say we can’t keep it up. We can’t keep possession, even quality like Cabaye struggle, can u imagine him in a manure team ? Short passes build momentum and but its not pardrews objective, he is a realist and thinks we have to hang onto games rather than match the big boys. Who knows if he is given the right tools he may try to and then we can judge him.

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #28

    yoyo

    like you have to

    all you do is kiss hoop 🙂

    yo-yo // Apr 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    leeb

    agree – the lads need to take responsibility for their mistakes

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #29

    troy

    Unforced errors and loss of concentration is why we’re scratching away in the relegation zone. Toon have made daft errors as long as I can remember (Hereford FA Cup). Separates winners from losers.

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  • manxpie

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #30

    and also transfer i’ve got to pull you up on 1 of your earlier posts 2day!
    you said you stuck up for catchy because he’s a “passionate” fan!! load of bollicks
    tell me when he was contributing to this blog when we were playing well or at least winning?? he’s an arse mate and some1 who sets his own example so so low that eventually he’ll be able to spout his bile!
    put it this way if we were doin well we wouldn’t even know who catchy is at least rotunda had sum support for the team selection and imo pardew has no fault in this loss tonight and for once i think rotunda would actually agree!!
    i’ll wait and see tho lol 🙂

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  • DarkSideofTheToon

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #31

    Tads

    I wouldn’t advocate selling him, and you probably have a point that in a settled back four he would be much more solid. It will be interesting to see how far Haidara pushes him for a starting spot next season and if he does dislodge him, how effectively Santon improves upon the flaws in his game to regain his spot as he has had it all his own way since he dislodged Raylor at the start of last season.

    Patience is needed but it is hard given how poor he has been this season as a whole, some say one of our best, personally I would say one of our worst.

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  • northernirishtoon

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #32

    Leeb

    Get a grip pal. It’s not a natural reaction to stick your arm to the ball. Especially in a game as important as that.

    Saylor has been immense since he has come back but that truly was an awful mistake and its not the first time he’s done it. You’d think he would learn

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  • leeb1982

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #33

    mark the mag- start of the season pardew said he was happy with what he had. he then had it strengthened with numerous players in january yet he still cant do a thing with them. he is hopeless he needs sacked and he needs it quick

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  • reccerobbo

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Lets forget about to nite, and get behind the lads on Sunday massive game anything less than 3 points n we will definetly be in the sticky stuff!!

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #35

    manxpie
    yeh yeh yeh

    yet another one blinded by the light shining out of pardews ass,,

    winners dont accept defeat, they hate losing full stop,,

    fans like you, just sit back and say , im a supporter me,, love to hear the words,,

    who do you support? cos right now, its pardew not NUFC,

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  • leeb1982

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #36

    irish it is a normal reaction if i throw a ball at u. u will react towards it. he was on the back of sissoko when he ducked so how much time do you think he had to react.

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  • Mark the Mag

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #37

    Leeb
    He has to be a politician and back track on himself by saying he was happy with the squad when we all know he needed the players he said he wanted i.e. goal scoring CB he harper on about. He had a cheap skate chairman who didn’t back him when he was awarded manager of the year in the poisoned chalice of a hotseat. Everyone can see his weaknesses but we need stability.

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  • manxpie

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #38

    tads i’m not disputing him doin it deliberatly but its natural to him to try n get a block on it and to b honest it was defo sissoko’s ball all day and the replay didn’t look like he shouted tbf

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #39
  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 5, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #40

    NUFC looked the better side for long periods of the first 45, but unlike top sides lack the concentration / motivation / discipline / professionalism (delete where applicable) to sustain this standard over the whole of a game.

    For newcomers, Taylor has been doing the ‘stiff arm accidental handball thing’ for several seasons now – he made a feature of it when we were in the Championship (I remember commenting a couple of times about it), and it’s probably followed him through from youth football. Unfortunately it has now become a daft reflex action, that is destined to fail with a touchline official. Problem is, he now seems to do it in spite of himself. Maybe hypnotherapy is needed?

    Santon’s backpass was, however, just sheer, unthinking, Sunday league madness. The only effective therapy for this involves spending the remainder of the season in the U21 team, and repeating K.I.S.S. tens times on rising and retiring.

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