Newcastle In Relegation Dogfight

One thing the shocking 3-0 defeat against Sunderland does for Newcastle, is to put us right back in the relegation dogfight.

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Alan Pardew on the sidelines today – players were not ready

And it’s not going to help that we have three games on the road in the last five games of the season – those games are at West Brom, West Ham and QPR – and we’ll have to show a lot more fight than we did against Sunderland, if we are to pick points up from those three games.

And Alan Pardew seemed to take the easy way out after the game, when he said the players were tired – that kind of excuse just doesn’t wash with Newcastle fans – especially against Sunderland.

And our two remaining home games are against Liverpool and Arsenal – those will no be easy – and our easiest game of the season was today against Sunderland – and we lost that one 3-0.

Newcastle’s defense just must be strengthened and we have now leaked 59 goals in 33 games, the third worst defensive record in the division behind only Aston Villa and Reading.

And we’ve done ourselves no favors at all by losing three times this year to teams beneath us in the league table, including Reading and Sunderland at home for heavens sake – and Wigan away.

And we have only 8 points on the road in our 16 away games, which is simply shocking, and our goal difference is now -17 and it was -19 when we were relegated four years ago and was +5 last season.

So it’s accurate to say the Premier League season has been abominable for Newcastle, and we are a massive 23 points worse of than at this time last year in the league.

Here are the remaining games:

Sat 20	15:00	A	West Brom
Sat 27	17:30	H	Liverpool
Sat 04	15:00	A	West Ham 
Sun 12	15:00	A	QPR
Sun 19	16:00	H	Arsenal

Today was a complete shock to the system, and we’ve lost Tim Krul for the season with a dislocated shoulder, and to be truthful we have no idea which Newcastle side will turn up at the Hawthorns next Saturday – but maybe Fab Coloccini will be back.

But Alan Pardew cannot use tiredness as an excuse in the final five games – the players should be told to sleep for the next two days

We are still not safe in the league – and that’s the only thing that matters now – we need at least 6 points to be sure of safety from our last five games.

That will not be easy.

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18 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #1

    just hope the team makes up for this woeful performance against wba

  • Beattie25

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Re post


    As I said earlier there was a noted change to the on field play under ferguson which bought him time despite bad results.

    Watching better football has a habit of doing that.

    What has Pardew shown us on the field? Don’t throw statistics of a manager over 20 years ago to show us why Pardew shouldn’t be sacked.

    Typical Pardew defence excuse

  • true toon

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Challenging for Top 10 ?

    AP might have meant the bottom half of the league table?

    Can someone please enlighten me why does NUFC have a history of preferring English Managers?

    Since the inception of EPL, how many English managers actually won stuff as compared to Managers of other countries? The ones that are actually close or have won some thing is Bobby Robson or KK…

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Dogfight or no dogfight , pardew must go. Never seen a manager with this many execuses after losses

  • Jayden

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m not saying Pardew shouldn’t be sacked – he’s really grinding my gears and I’d get shot of him in the summer.

    I wouldn’t know about United’s style of play – I wasn’t even an idea back then.

    I only hope Ashley does what any good businessman would do when one of his managerial staff aren’t performing, but not now, in the summer.

  • Beattie25

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #6


    Sorry for my brashness I am still upset by it all.

    I agree we shouldn’t sack him now but we should in the summer.

    There is no progress under Pardew and that p is why he should go. 2 1/2 seasons is certainly long enough to see something.

  • Jackel001

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Earlier this morning i watched a short clip of Sir Bobby talking about nufc v mackems. The way he spoke of it was the replica of how a fan does. The passion was terrific.

    Shame those kind of men have gone.

  • Beattie25

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #8


    I don’t think they’ve gone but perhaps the locality of it is missing.

    PDC was as passionate as any in the stadium and he’s been in the job 2 weeks.

    It’s about understanding the passion that comes with it.

    Pardew doesn’t get it despite what he says but PDC gets it.

  • Jayden

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Beattie – Me too, my head’s all over the place.

    I like Pardew, but personally I feel he’s had his chance.

  • El Sleeve

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #10

    gutierrez and tiote were both disgusting. tiote never tackled or broke up play. jonas with THAT pass and then backing off johnson.

    sissoko is lost at CAM and cabaye is lost at CDM.

    his excuse for being tired, just seen it. makes ur blood boil

  • Beattie25

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #11

    What I find weird about football is that I knew straight from kick off we’d get beat.

    When they went down our left and caught Guti out and Yanga kicked it out for a throw in, I knew we’d get a mauling.

    Anybody else have that feeling?

  • Jackel001

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #12

    El Sleeve

    Everyone know’s Cabs is an CAM and even more so that sissoko is CDM, for god sake the bloke has even said he isn’t a CAM!

    Hope this was pards wake up call.

  • beefman13

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #13

    El sleeve, totally agree, jonas n tiote are havin a laugh, just not good enough, Every club Pardew has been at say he gets found out second season, and thats exactly what has happened, hos style of predictable monotonous play is so draining, we have not dominated one game this season, everything seems a struggle, teams know for sure how we are going to play, simple as.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #14


    genuinely thought we would have enough, not happy with jonas on the pitch never mind at left back but i still thought we’d cope.

    If you watch the 2nd goal again…watch how at first jnas points for somebody to go with sessegnon (think it was him) overlapping johnson then when johnson cuts inside he points for somebody to close him.

    That left him stood doing nothing and when he decided to do his job and close down it was too late and he couldn’t get tight enough.

  • north east lincs toon

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #15

    We need captain colo back ASAP no leader today f–ing joke no f–ker stood up they took the p-as h we coul,nt get Larson 2years ago but he is class bet tit w-w-ankle bramble is laughing he s head off! Will there be 52 next home game I wonder ?

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Beattie, bizarrely I texted a fellow hard core Irish toon fan before the game that we would lose 0-3. Scary. We’ve travelled all over England with the Mags and are hurting bad tonite, but being a geordie to hurt so much worse tonite. I’m sick of Pardew. I hope the apologistas like Ibiza and Co are big enough to start admitting they have backed the wrong horse now , instead of pleading their usual injuries/5th place/ 5 yr plan mantra from now on. Long and the short – NUFC can do so much better in managerial terms.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #17


    I have started seeing pardew like i see williamson.

    Started out well but could only defend, wasn’t very good when we had the ball. Then after a good year even the basic defending went out the window and mistakes crept in.

    Its a thank you for what you have done, got some good european nights back for us but your time has run it’s course and we need to upgrade.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 14, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #18

    @Beattie I got the feeling we would get mauled when Taylor slipped and got lucky with the foul Sessegnon and Graham were all over him and Mbiwa who if he has dreams of going to Man Utd is going to have to step up his game by a serious amount !!

    Also when Rose roasted Debuchy for pace in the 1st 50/50 I knew we had no hope as Debuchy is expected to provide most of the chances the way Pardew sets up

    The reason Di Canio gets the derby is because he played for Celtic and its even more insane than our derby Glasgow turns into a battlefield every Old Firm game with people getting stabbed and shot etc

    Just watching match of the day again has just got us more raging if Cisse’s goal had stood we may have won but we deserved to be 2 down and a man down by then

    Just watching Pardews Interview now enough of the tired excuses hopefully the riots will make him and the team realize that this kind of performance is not acceptable

    West Brom away with Shane Long and Lukaku hounding our defense is not the game that I would want next

    Wish we had Paulo’s aggression our players need a kick up the arse Cabaye, Tiote and Jonas need the hardest kick


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