Pardew – My Team Is In Much Better Shape

Alan Pardew and his players have taken enormous criticism after Alan Pardew became the first manager to lose against Sunderland at home since Bobby Robson did that in November 2000, when we lost 2-1 and Alan Shearer missed that late penalty, when Thomas Sorensen made that great save.

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Alan Pardew – my team is now much better

Ir was also the worst loss since February 1979, when Newcastle lost 4-1 .

Alan Pardew said his team was now much better and have recovered from the Sunderland debacle:

“It’s very important that we respond in terms of our performance level.” “I don’t worry about that. I think my team is in much better shape than it was for Sunday.”

“This week there is no excuse. We’ve had the same amount of time as West Brom and hopefully that will be shown on the pitch.”

“I was told about this club and the extremes here. I don’t think we have reacted to the criticism we’ve had, we’ve accepted it, we know what we think is wrong, and we need to put it right.”

“I do think one or two things that have been said are a bit harsh and unfair. I thought some of it was over the top.”

We have to hope for a good performance and a win against West Brom tomorrow, but Newcastle have only 8 points and one win from our 16 games played on the road, and only Reading – rock bottom of the league – have fewer points than Newcastle.

Reading have 5 points – one win and two draws – and of course their only win was against Newcastle = another disaster in  January.

Our away record is hopeless, and we need to improve it tomorrow with a win – that’s what’s required.

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49 comments so far

  • Dingo†®

    Apr 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #1


  • Toon Tang

    Apr 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #2

    my tactics would be “win the game”


    Apr 19, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #3

    hold on a sec.

    why the **** is pardew praising the players for???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    clueless c**t

  • beddersmag

    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #4


    Dont get suckered in by the journalists headline. He isnt praising anyone except maybe west brom. Hes just saying they are fresher. Which of course they will be after 6 days rest, rather than 4 games in 11 days culminating in the mackem defeat. Notice how we benefitted from free midweeks last season due to early cup exits and no european fixtures. Pardew bashers hold fire. No excuses from here, and if we dont pull our socks up in the last few games its open season 🙂


    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #5

    if we don’t win tomorrow im going to torch every building in Newcastle city centre because im a little chav with a short back and sides.

  • Toonacious T

    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #6

    NLE ^ don’t forget to punch a horse or raise the stakes and kick an elephant!

  • BigKirky

    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Alan, we’ve been beaten 3 nil at home to our local rivals. The embarassment which has been inflicted upon us is harsh, and the only thing over the top was the fact that they, as they away side, had 4 and 5 players in our box when they were attacking, unlike us.

    It’s harsh that you continue to play Jonas as a winger who is expected provide goals for our number 9. Not going to happen. Congratulations, you’ve just starved Papiss of one of only a few supply lines. Cabaye is playing far too deep. Congratulations, you’ve just starved Papiss of another supply line and now have also limited Yohan from shooting around the box. I could go on… These things are so obvious it’s unreal.

    As always, I’m looking forward to the game tomorrow. Hopefully we can put in an improved performance and get a result.


    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #8

    i’ll kick an elephant because am pure rock like hew. my names ‘MC smash ya teeth in’

  • Toonacious T

    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #9

    BigKirky – if Pardew starts Jonas tomorrow then surely that is conclusive proof that he is his secret love child or something. Also, what is the precise nature of Collo’s back injury? He is still supposed to be our club captain but has been very quiet throughout this whole debacle. Leaving in the summer he may be but he should do his bit for the club in its hour of need. Said months ago we will win nothing under MA and I have yet to see anything to change my mind. We need a new manager and a clear out of all the dead wood in the summer if we stay up. If we don’t stay up the Exodus will follow and MA will have overseen two delegations in 4 years

  • Toonacious T

    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #10

    NLE – do elephants even have teeth? Nah, u defo need a more catchy moniker than that. MC X Cuse would be a good one for Pardew


    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #11

    MC Waffler and his other personality is DJ shit tactics

  • Toonacious T

    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #12

    *delegations= relegations

  • stuart no9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #13

    less of the talking alan, just get the job done. what wouldnt surprise me is , if we get beat he will concoct some insane excuse as to why it wasnt his fault. no doubt the players will be to blame again.

  • Toonacious T

    Apr 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Ha, DJ Bell End. He is good at scratching though! He has left us all scratching our heads as to how you can generate such a poor spectacle from the talent available.

  • Toonacious T

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #15

    The players haven’t stuck to the game plan today. Some of them were even trying to play little short passes in the centre of the park. I brought on Shola to try to give us a presence up top, and he u settled their defenders, they couldn’t handle him. He came very close from our 10th corner but the ref hasn’t spotted the holding going on in the box. Then there was Cisse’s goal that was ruled offside, it was a tight call and a lot of them have went against us this season. We maybe lacked a bit of bite in midfield with Cheik out injured and that has been the story all season really. we haven’t been able to field a settled team. There are some positives to take from today though and I think if young Adam Campbell watches another three games from the bench then he should be ready to come on and score a hat trick with five minutes to go in our last match to keep us up. Some of the players need to realise they are playing for last years manager of the season and bring themselves up to my level. We let in two sloppy goals today but we will work on defence for the next six days in training and hopefully if we just keep repeating the same actions then for some inexplicable reason we will get a different outcome, with any luck!

  • DeanToon88

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #16

    If we play with the same boring tactics as we have played all this season tomorrow, im turning off the match within ten munites and calling it at that, i’ve had enough of our defensive minding poor tactics.

  • BigKirky

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Toonacious, it’s crazy how he stays on the pitch so long. I actually like Jonas, but only as a tucked in midfielder as part of a 3.

    To have him as a winger who is expected to cross the ball consistently well throughout the game is a complete fantasty.

    What makes this even more ironic is that Pardew loves his stats. Right Alan, tell me how you’ll get goals with putting your ‘finisher’ forward on the right wing backtracking for nearly two thirds of the season? How you place Jonas responsible for crossing a football to the centre forward yet I’ve seen better crosses put in on a Saturday and Sunday morning in non league matches. Abysmal technique.

    The stats for the number of failed crosses from Guti must be so glaringly obvious it should not be an option to continue persuing that avenue, or at least change it so he’s not crossing, but instead pulling the ball back across the box a lot of the time.

    Yet… Hang on… Ah right, you’re starting him there Alan… and again, and again… and again… aaaaand again… Substitution time, right and so he’s still not coming off is he not Alan? Awful.

    Let’s not forget either, that for most failed crosses there is a turnover in possession. Thus continuing to play Jonas there, means we are actually giving the ball back to the opposition and actually asking them to attack us again. Add Krul’s, Williamson’s and Simpson’s punts leading to turnovers in there as well. When we turnover possession, we then have to expend a lot of energy to get back behind the ball. All cos a select few can’t cross a ball.

    This is a true story…

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #18

    I got to agree with pardew on this one. Team is well rested since we are out of EL and more motivated to right the wrongs from last week. Baggies have nothing to play for, they have secured their safety for next season, EL is out of their reach.
    We need to win at least two games to secure our PL status and this game is one of those winnable games of the five we have remaining. I’m calling it 2-1. Cisse and sissoko to score

  • cockneymagpie90

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Id actually rather anita start in the middle and sissoko come on and affect the game and add more speed and strength to get to get at the opponents…


    Isnt it funny that every formation/line up we think of is all ways let down by pardews deffencive and negative one.

    This is pardews idea of a line up…

    Not much different in terms of players and line up but a massive difference in results and performance because the players are in wrong positions and the way he sets them up.

    Sissoko (who is a CDM or CM) in an AM role is laughable.

    Guti (who is a CM at best) on the wing is laughable.

    Santon (who is blatently a winger) at left back is laughable.

    Gouffran ( striker or an attacking winger) being played deep on the wing is laughable.

    Same goes for benarfa accept u could play him in behind aswell as the no 10.Cabaye playing deep in a DM role is crazy when hes one of the only players who can pick a killer pass for the team.

    Yes he plays the ok but if u had a few cabayes id accept it, we dont so we need him as close to cisse as possible!

    Pardew has played out of form players throughout the whole season ie guti, tiote and santon at left back. (i do rate him but more as a winger but pardew wouldnt know that so sadly him aswell).

    And then he has in form players sitting on the bench ie perch marvo and anita. What a joke!

    Shola is pardews super sub and brings him on if he needs a goal and plays ultimate hoofball. How many times has that been affective?

    When hes had the chance to keep playing football on the ground and get the hungry adam campbell a run out at super sub.

    Do u guys remember when cisse and ba wasnt working upfront at the start of the season and it was plain for everyone to see? Yet pardew persisted with it claiming they need time blah blah blah!

    They are both strikers!!! Where is the link to the midfield??? I was callin for rotation like benitez does with torres and ba at chelsea. Its not rocket science!

    Someone like cabaye, benarfa or marvo could of played that role far better.

    Pardews team has lost as many as won and let in on average of 2 goals a game and scored on avererage a goal a game.

    Basically, HE has to change drastically in his stubborn way of thinking tactically or he will lose hos job, simple as that!

    Im behind the team for the rest of the season and wish them good luck because their going to need it.

    Pardew is a joke and is clueless tactically and i mean this to everyone supporting him.

    Get some bloody sense!!!

  • BigKirky

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Hopefully they are well rested and we do get a result.

  • cockneymagpie90

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Line ups


    Sorry bout that ima bit pissed n made a mistake! 🙂

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #22

    I hope pards plays a more possession based game using the width of the field either playing 3-4-3 or 3-1-3-3 and wear WBA out in the first half and unless a fury of attack in the final 30. Substitution will be important in this game.

    Just a thought guys, do u think Oberton will better suit us in 4-4-2 formation playing behind cisse as a second striker. Boy has good ball skills and can find gaps and slice through balls for cisse rather than running aimlessly on the flanks as a winger

  • stuart no9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #23

    toonacious- @15 or how about- yhe lads looked really tired today. we had a very tough match last sunday and the players looked a bit tired in the closing stages of the first half. the travelling hasnt helped either, the boys have had to drive to the training ground every day this week then back again, then with the coach ride down to the midlands on friday , its erm its been a bit hectic, however i dont want to use that as an excuse, we just didnt get the rub of the green today and we lost our shape at the start of the 2nd half after we went 1-0 up, still we were hard done by coming away with nothing, we deserved at least a point , but i promise we will be in much better shape next week.

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 20, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #24

    1 away win all chuffing season tells me we aint gonna get pish from this game but im still hoping. come on lads lets tackle these brummy munters.

    sisoko also needs to just play the easy pass, too many times now there has been an easy ball on and hes gone for the champagne steamer with the ball and lost it. 10/10 for effort but we need to retain possession.

    and if i were pards id rather bring on pavel srnicek to supply cisse coz jonas cant cross. the ball just pea rolls along the floor. i bet hes got good golf putting abilities

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 20, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Autocorrect error: unless a fury… = unleash a fury of attack

  • DeanToon88

    Apr 20, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #26

    well rested or not these people are professional footballers FOR F*** SAKE. they are on more money a week than people who save lives are on a week TIREDNESS IS NOT AN EXCUSE, ITS AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

  • stuart no9

    Apr 20, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #27

    ron @25 – thanks for correcting that error. didnt want to say anything coz i thought it was just me being pissed!

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 20, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #28

    ron – I think Obertan was playing for the reserves last night so is not in the squad.

  • p

    Apr 20, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Yeah, there no excuses. Lets see what happens

  • chris_g

    Apr 20, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Mister Tuff

    Yes he was – played very well apparently and scored a hat-trick, so Ron’s suggestion @22 makes a lot of sense.

  • Charlietoon

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #31

    With Obertan getting a hat trick for the under 21 maybe he should be on the bench

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Comment #32

    This season has been a basket case. I’m tired and I’m emotional and frankly, I’ve had enough.

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #33

    Weak moment, my apologies.

    Bring it on you Brummie Bastards!!!!!!

    Haway Lads!!!


    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #34

    How can Pardew say that the reaction to a Local Derby Loss to the Scum is Unfair?

    No-one at the club can be in doubt, what an effect such a loss against the Mackems would cause!
    This result will be celebrated by them for years to come!
    I don,t think our French contingent realised how important this whole fixture is in our season and this was,nt explained to them fully beforehand!

    Did the manager not have the French lads watching videos of highlights from old Derby,s from recent history and even from years gone-by?

    Like to know what exactly Pardew,s preparation was?
    David Moyes is correct when he states in the press that the Derby result will have Galvanised Sunderland and make their fixture today a more difficult match to play?

    This may be the one and only time that i can say that i hope the Toffee,s hammer the Scum today ! Am hoping that they get the same treatment and feel just as humiliated as i did last week in the bar in Nijmegen watching the match at st James Park live !

    But, like i have already said we need to bounce back Big-Time? A loss today may bring a reaction from Ashley which may cot you your job Mr Pardew ! Then the cat will be among the Pidgeons and a lot of people may get their way and your tenureship will be over Pards !

    The Shit will hit the preverbial Fan !


    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #35

    For cot read “cost”!

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Pardumb will have them set up like this

    Debs saylor mbiwa haidara
    Tiote cabs
    Goofy Sissoko Jonas


    He lives a massive gap from midfeild to cisse

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Apr 20, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #37


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #38

    I wonder what the excuss will be today if the unthinkable happens and we loose!

    …maybe the sun was in their eyes 😉

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #39

    Just checked how many points we have accumulated on our away trips on Saturday’s.

    2 bloody points a lucky draw at Reading and a 0-0 at Norwich

    Bloody brilliant!!!!!!


    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #40

    We did beat the Villains away Charlie?

    Not sure if it was a Saturday though,but ?

    So thats 5 points we got in away games this year, speaks volumes eh?


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