Newcastle Need Inspired Win At The Hawthorns Tomorrow

We were wondering if Rob Elliot would be fit for the important game at West Brom tomorrow afternoon, after Rob injured his ankle on Sunday, but he is fit to play and will line up between the sticks for Newcastle at the Hawthorns tomorrow.

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Rob Elliot – needs to be in top form tomorrow

Only a win or a very well-played draw will satisfy Newcastle fans, who are still smarting (and hurting) from the terrible and completely unexpected 3-0 loss to Sunderland last Sunday at St. James’ Park.

Alan Pardew has been heavily criticized for the defeat, and he didn’t help himself by saying after the game the reason for the bad defeat was that his players were tired – fans never want to hear lame excuses – which is what it sounded like.

Rob Elliot is well aware the players have to regain the confidence of the Newcastle fans, after badly letting the Geordie Nation down last Sunday.

This is what Rob said in the local press today:

“It’s very hard after losing the derby to ask the fans to get behind us,” “They’re Newcastle through and through, regardless of what’s gone on. They’ll always be there. We’ve got to get them back on our side.”

“We need to get them back to where they were the Thursday against Benfica before the derby, because I’ve never seen go out of a competition and get clapped off the pitch.”

“It was amazing. It just shows the ups and downs of the city.” “They’re hurting at the moment – that’s completely understandable – but I think they still have a lot of faith in this team.”

“We just need to go out and show commitment. The energy levels after a week off will be key. We’ve played a lot of games this year.” “I think we’ve got to use it to kick us on for the rest of the season,”

“It was a low point against Sunderland, especially when you saw the efforts we put in against Benfica. We’ve played a lot of games, and the last one was disappointing.

“We need to kick on in the last five games and put in a proper, honest performance and play to the best of our ability. We were playing well until Sunday.”

“Everyone was disappointed. It’s a case of putting things right in the next five games, and finishing the season strongly. “You want to win every game, regardless of who you’re playing.”

“That’s what we’ll look to do at West Brom. We want to put in a performance first, but we’re looking for the three points, like we do every game. “Off the back of a defeat in a derby, it makes it that bit more important. Hopefully, we can get everything right and get everything back on track.”

“Before Sunday, we were playing good football. We got a good result against Fulham.” “Benfica’s record speaks for itself. So we’ve got to make sure we use the hurt from Sunday to push us on.”

Rob seems an honest lad, and he’s done himself a lot of good with his excellent performances this season for Newcastle.

And he will have to deputize in the last five games for Tim Krul, who is out  for the season with a dislocated shoulder – yet another injury for Newcastle.

We need Rob to be in top form tomorrow, and for our other players to give an inspired performance – nothing else will be good enough.

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31 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    I am a bit bemused by why we have to run such a lean operation though.

    It’s a good approach undoubtedly, but aren’t we sailing a little close to the wind.

    We’re not Blackpool and the owner is filthy rich.

    Has seemed almost belligerently frugal to me at times and I do think Ashley will be to blame if the worst happens.

  • Harley

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Got £10 on us winning. Had a bad feeling about sunderland got a good feeling about this.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3


    I dont know personally whats he best option.

    If pardew is willing to work with a good assisstant that could be it. He might want attractive football but might not know exactly how to get it so panics and reverts to defensive stuff as he thinks thats the best he can do. Offer him help and if he wont take it then his job should be questioned.

    Or you could replace right away with a ready made modern manager. I dont mind either, but dont want exactly the same set up in coaching next year.

  • TorqToon

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Everton beating the scum,
    QPR beating stoke,
    Man Utd beating Villa and
    West Ham beating Wigan…

    That’ll do me!! And nice win or battling draw for us will make my weekend much better than the last one! 🙂

  • TorqToon

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Harley – Great to see the optimism mate! I too had a bad feeling about the makems…!


  • yo-yo

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6


    We desperately need an upgrade on the coaching side. Not suggesting we sack anybody but we need to add new skills and thinking to how we play, tactical vision of players and better all round fitness. I would also get in a top top sports psychologist.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Transfer….Something needs a shake up, that is for sure. We’ve been discussing new assistants for a while and I do like the idea. You would have to question Pardews ego if he opposed the idea.

    With a ready made modern manager we’d get new assistants anyway, so if the right manager isn’t ready yet, whether through availability or financial restrictions (don’t jump on me, just saying we currently have the least paid manager in the league…the last time I checked) then that first scenario would surely be the best step to take in the first instance.

    What has the world come to? Summer is supposed to be about expecting new players…not new coaches 🙂

  • TorqToon

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Yo – Can I suggest a top cardiologist as well??? 🙂

    Seriously though, that’s spot on. We can upgrade the playing staff as much as we are able too, but if the coaching is wrong or inefficient then it’s no good.

    I love carvs but we need a young pretender to come in and learn.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Torq…Football related, it can’t be much worse than last weekend (not tempting fate).

    yo-yo….Good to see you.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Torq…Why, do you know one or someone that pretends to be one? 😉


    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11

    A weeks worth of players apologies and it comes down to tomorrow when we will see if its made a difference. Am not too confident our defence will stand strong against either Long or Lukaku but our attackers are able to put them to the sword but will they is a bigger issue

  • lesh

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    According to Jonas, he and his fellow players who lay down on Sunday haven’t been out and didn’t want to face disappointed fans.

    I wonder if he’d got wind of how some Argentinian fans reacted to poor results?

  • yo-yo

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Did my constipated mathematician act with our goals against stats since 2001 last night and we are total shite – over 50 goals against more often than not – only bettered EPL average goals against 4 times in 12 years – the defence might have great players but collectively they are still rubbish.

  • BigKirky

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s really deflating for the squad we have, not to be really going at the other team and even worse when we have gone a goal up and try to just sit back. Pardew has set us up to do this for numerous matches.

    The difference with Man Utd scoring late goals and getting wins, is that they get their regular games when they play well, score goals and take all three points and the ones where they nick the extra goal is when they’re not playing so well and losing or drawing. Turning draws into wins from relying on the individual brilliance of their players.

    Our pattern is that we dont have games where we’ve played well for 90minutes and scored goals. Instead, we are relying on the quality of players which we have to nick us wins.

    The quality of our players are finding ways now and then to score a goal, but just through their own ability, not the end product of great teamwork.

    This is what is so frustrating for me.

    If played correctly, I can see Sissoko, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Krul, Debuchy all starting games for Man U, yet that is nearly half our side and we’re still struggling to put in a cohesive and efficient attacking performance, yet our other players in Cisse M’Biwa, Anita etc are still very good players.

    Keep Pardew til the summer, then IF there is a good upgrade then switch him out. Carr is doing all the scouting so we wont need mass change of personnel, just some of the obvious fringe players who we know are going anyway. The new manager works with the undoubted quality which we already possess. Someone with positive technical philosophies.

    NPS made some interesting points on Solskjaer.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Lesh…I imagine they just heard about Bud and thought it best not to go out.

    Yo…Yep, they have talked the talk, now they need to, well, you know.

  • TorqToon

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza – I can ask around. I know this one bloke, he mainly stays in his studio apartment, writing on a blog and playing ‘operation’!

    That should do nicely….! 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #17


    It’s true, all our coaches seem stuck in the past in terms of methods, just from what i see, they might not be but seems that way.

    I think we need to make sure we have good coaches for every aspect, fitness, technical aspects etc….if one can do all great, if not need people who can work together.

    Even the best managers in the league over time, wenger and ferguson change assistants every so often to learn new things or improve where they are weak as well as having plenty of good coaches to work with the first team.


    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Lay down and ship goals? Seems the trend

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #19

    yo-yo…Took a look at that, some fine digging skills.

    Our defense has always been fairly shocking. I can see why extra attention is paid to it, but at the moment it isn’t doing anything to help (as you point out) and we’re neglecting our attacking.

    Needs a shake up one way or another.

    Having said all of that, a solid defense with a run of games together would do us the world of good. Our backline changes more than…ermmm…help me out here?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Interesting article just came up on my screen about premiership teams advertising and taken on unpaid interns.

    Hope the toon are not doing this.

    f**in stinks

  • LeToonARMY

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #21

    We need a win tomorrow
    debuchy Taylor Yanga Hadira
    Cabaye Tiote Sissoko Marveux
    Gouffran Cisse

    Ben Arfa


    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #22

    442 with Cabs on the wing? Ala Barton recently promoted style?

  • BigKirky

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Also, in comparison, Dalglish, Souness, Gullit and Allardyce played some dreadful football and although we aren’t exactly playing free flowing football now, I would say that at the moment we’re having a few more shots on target than in those days when I can remember barely having two shots on target at times.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #24


    we have had terrible defences for the past 10 years…very few times have we had even a solid back 4, never mind a good back 4.

    I think during the last 10 years we have had some utter useless managers and that is the biggest reason. Also constantly changing managers with totally different styles means there is no consistency in the play and as a result there are too many settling in periods which doesn’t help.

    Plus we are usually and attacking side, so defending was always second on the list.

  • lesh

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Ibiza – this one lends itself to a Spanish accent:

    Knock knock….
    ‘Who’s there?’
    ‘Doris who?’
    “Doris locked, that’s why I’m knocking!”

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Yo…Why so cynical? Oh right… 🙂

    Torq…As long as he’s good at playing operation, he sounds like our man!

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #27

    Lesh…I like it 🙂

  • winnynufc

    Apr 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Now is the time for actions i really like R Elliott i think he gets NUFC & its fans & sounds like a good pro! All season we have had players saying this & that. Now its serious now is the time to put up really! Hope the players know actions speak louder than words. A win tommorow would ease so much pressure! HWTL

  • toon kk

    Apr 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Just hope we can get a win, we’ll have to be at our best West Brom fight to the end and carry a lot of energy. So no excuses this time.

  • Harley

    Apr 19, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #30


    On the morning of the sunderland we were in the pub and I was being cursed for saying I’d settle for a draw. I just had this bad feeling that the new manager syndrome was going to kick in.

    My thoughts on pardew should he stay or go debate. I like the guy and think he loves the club. He seems a good man manager and good with the press. If I were his boss I’d be asking him what he needs to start playing good football and if its a whole new back room team than so be it.

    I think Ashley has the right to demand a far better season next season. If not o can see major changes but not with the manager, with the coaching.

  • nufc 11

    Apr 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Wel we will know for sure if the players are playing for AP after 2maro’s game its stand up and be counted time.


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