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Newcastle Lose Ground With 1-1 Draw At West Brom

5:41 pm, Saturday, April 20th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 99 Comments

Newcastle gained a point at the Hawthorns this afternoon, when the five Frenchmen we signed in January were all in the starting line up for the first time.

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Billy Jones scores after 64 minutes to level the scores

Newcastle started the game well and looked a good outfit and then Newcastle got a goal out of nowhere when Papiss Cisse hooked the ball over for Gouffran to head over Foster, and give Newcastle a deserved lead.

But after Yoan Gouffran put Newcastle ahead after only eight minutes Newcastle missed a number of gilt-edged opportunities to go further ahead in the first half, and that’s getting to be too much of a common trait for Newcastle these days – we find it so difficult to score goals.

On 22 minutes Steven Taylor found himself clear just 5 yards out but his shot was blocked by Foster and then a great shot from Yohan Cabaye was turned for a corner by the West Brom goalkeeper.

On 33 minutes Papiss Cisse got to a terrible back pass to Foster, but instead of just hitting the ball into an open net, he tried to chip it and it went over the bar – a terrible miss by the Newcastle number 9.

Newcastle dominated the first half after the Gouffran goal – his second for Newcastle, but Ben Forster was in good form to keep the score at 1-0 at the half, with Papiss Cisse missing a couple of excellent chances.

A couple of minutes after Gouffran’s goal captain Yohan Cabaye put in an excellent shot from outside the box, and the ball flew only just over the bar.

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Yoan Gouffran - after scoring after only eight minutes

We never replaced Demba Ba in January and Newcastle now find it very difficult to score goals and we’ve only managed three goals in the last four league games.

Just before the break, it looked like Perch may have fouled in the penalty box, but the referee gave a free kick just outside the penalty box – it looked like ti was inside.

And as so often happens in these games West Brom looked a completely different side in the second half, after manager Steve Clarke introduced Shane Long at the break.

On 47 minutes Rob Elliot couldn’t hold a shot from Fortune, but the goalkeeper did well to get a hand to Shane Long’s follow-up shot, to divert the ball away from goal – but that was a warning.

Then Lukaku headed the ball against the bar following a corner, sent over by Brunt, and there followed an almighty scramble in the box, before McAuley hit the ball wide.

And then on 64 minutes it was Billy Jones who turned and smashed the ball into the back of the net, after he had been fed by Lukaka and it was all square.

And then it was West Brom who looked like they could win the game, but to their credit, our lads held out for what was a decent point.

We could have won this game – but our Achilles heel was all those missed opportunities in the first half – and we seem to miss far too many easy chances these days.

However, with Sunderland, Stoke and Norwich all winning they move above Newcastle in the league table, and we are now 5th bottom just 3 points above Aston Villa who play at Manchester United on Monday.

16th place is the lowest we’ve been this season, and we’re now back in the same place as we were after we let Reading beat us at home in January.

The good news is that West Ham beat Wigan 2-0 at Upton Park, so we are now 6 points above 3rd bottom Wigan with a better goal difference, but they have a game in hand.

We’ll take the point and not be too negative, but we lost ground to the teams around us in the league, and Sunderland go above us after beating Everton 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

We’ll have to hope that Wigan don’t go on a hot winning streak – but we must help ourselves and win our final two home games of the season against Liverpool and Arsenal.

5th top last season and with only four games to play we are now 5th bottom – quite a turnaround this season – in the wrong direction. :(

Teams:

West Bromwich Albion (4-4-2): Ben Foster; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Goran Popov; Graham Dorrans, Claudio Yacob (Shane Long 46), James Morrison, Chris Brunt; Marc-Antoine Fortune (Markus Rosenberg 90), Romelu Lukaku (Jerome Thomas 90)
Subs not used: Boaz Myhill, Steven Reid, Liam Ridgewell, Kemar Roofe

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara (Hatem Ben Arfa 77); James Perch, Yohan Cabaye (c) (Dan Gosling 90); Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 69); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Bookings: West Brom – none; Newcastle – Cabaye (86), Sissoko (90)



Tags: Match Reports · Newcastle News · Premier League





99 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ginger // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    To those who are saying Pardew isn’t to blame:

    I was watching the match on a different stream as usual, so the commentators were different. We dominated the first half, but the commentators kept mentioning that Pardew was telling the players to stay back.

    At half time we come out and were back to Cisse the only person in the other half and he’s telling them to stay even further back.

    He subs Gouffran who was playing quality when Guttierez was playing sh*t for Shola. So that renders all subs useless as it’s only going one way and that’s straight up to Shola.

    He then decides to put Ben Arfa on with nearly no time left to go, instead of taking Guttierez off he takes of Haidara who was had a cracking game and puts Guttierez left back.

    The man is an idiot who trys to retain onto 1-0 leads every friggin game. ANYBODY would have been a better manager that game, hell even the fans were screaming for Ben Arfa to come on at the sixty minute mark.

    Pardew is an idiot, plain and simple.

    I have no idea how he does it, but he manages too.

  • 2 stuart no9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    come on – enough is enough , youve had your bit of fun, now do the honourable thing and get rid of this excuse for a manager before we get relagated

  • 3 kevymartins // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    @Ginger I noticed that myself it was after they had like 3 corners in a row the commentator said pardrew is telling his player’s to stay back. What manager would do that? Surely after the corner is cleared the first thing that should be said is get out. That way it puts players offside and gives you the chance to get the ball back and attack.

  • 4 kilcline // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    We will be ok if we get 38 points.

    Pi$$ poor we are in this position.

  • 5 Ginger // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    My first ever first, beast.

  • 6 futurefanbaseofNUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    ” it was Billy Jones who turned and smashed the ball into the back of the net ”

    lol wouldn’t say he “smashed the ball”

    at least one positive game from this game.

    my dad agrees with me Pardew is a complete imbecile when it comes to tactical changes. shola for benny. its like picking shola over shearer back in the day

    I saw at the 51 minute that they were all over us.

    case of the 1 half on 1 half off syndrome….

  • 7 Tinman - Catchy for Manager // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Newcastle v WBA, 28/10/12, Cisse scores winner in 90th min – 3 points
    Newcastle v Soton, 24/02/13, Cisses scores screamer to change the game – 3 points
    Newcastle v Stoke, 10/03/13, Cisse scores winner 90th min – 3 points
    Newcastle v Anzhi, 14/03/13, Cisse scores winner 90th min – Quarter finals Europa
    Newcastle v Fulham, 07/04/13, Cisse scores winner 90th min – 3 points

    Arguably got us 12 points this season and Europa league Quarter final with some vital goals

  • 8 Ginger // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    @Kevymartins

    No no no!! Because that doesn’t make sense mate, you sit back and invite the pressure on knowing full well that they are eventually going to equalize. Then you do one better and hold out for the draw!!!

    He’s an idiot, I imagine we weren’t the only ones that noticed this.

  • 9 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Manxpie

    The game could, and should have been won in the first 45mins, is Pardew to blame for that? No, as he set the team up the right way.

    We dominated the first half, Clarke made changes tactically to get the upper hand and they managed to do just that.

    So when Clarke made changes to turn the tide of dominance what was Pardew’s reaction? To reclaim the advantage by making positive tactical changes? No. Sit back and hope for the best, maintain the point and stick Ameobi on the pitch.

    Is he accountable for player errors, no of course not, but player error wasn’t the reason we didn’t win this game. We still had the entire second half to go on and try and win the game, we even still had another half hour or so to get the winner after the equaliser yet we showed no intent to do that.

    I ask you, how is Pardew not responsible for that? We never created a single chance in the second half, that tells its own tale for me.

  • 10 No Plain Saylor // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    About 40% of you are too diplomatic, and refuse to say anything one way or the other.
    Another 30% are already typing in rants after 70 minutes of the match waiting on the final whistle so they can write, hoof, pardew out blah blah blah.
    Can we meet somewhere in the middle and not yap at each other, we all support nufc, we all want whats best for the club.
    Now consider this, Di Canio has absolutely transformed Sunderland, there is no reason he would not have done the same here. We were as much in need of a manager as Sunderland when they got him, and have much the better team.
    I started watching Swindon as regularly as I could when he got the job there, he is a hot headed but there is something special about him.
    He’ll never manage us now anyway that’s for sure, neither will Michel Laudrup as his next job will be real madrid.
    I want us to move for Poyet or Solsjkaer before we miss out on them too.

  • 11 BigKirky // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    John Anderson saying on Total Sport as we all know, we’ve very rarely been able to see teams out by defending. He is massively bemused at the second half tactics and subs.

    Pardew interview on radio now: “team disciplined, good energy, showed all sides of our game today. We had to dig in in second half. I dont care if we finish 16th as ling as we stay in division. Shola looked more like himself today, more energy(!!!!).”

  • 12 stuart no9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    ginger @1 i think at this stage of the season , to try and justify why pardew must go, imo is a waste of time . lf some people think that he isnt doing a bad job , then trying to explain now tells me you are wasting your time mate . the man is sh.te – end of .

  • 13 Tsunki // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Ah yes now I remember why I don’t come on here on matchday. Same old stuff. I said before the game I would take a draw away in this one and we got one. I haven’t seen the match but I care not, sounds like an away performance and a panicky manager holding out for the point. Can’t say I blame him given our circumstances. Scousers at home I will take a draw there too.

    The big gripe is the other results but as someone already mentioned the other bottom feeders have some tasty run-ins so that won’t happen every week. The smell of panic here is overpowering ha ha :)

  • 14 nick_9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Nothing wrong with Pardew…..until he opens his mouth to talk to the media or ask the players to do something. We did well today according to him and showed a good response to the derby game after the team got criticised too much? Did they heck. If he is telling us the criticism is unfair what is he saying to the players? It doesn’t sound like they get much of a telling off.

  • 15 El Sleeve // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    did pardew honestly say he didnt care if we finished 16th?! does the man know who he is manager of? we’re not Reading Alan ffs!

  • 16 manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    ruddy “but player error wasn’t the reason we didn’t win this game.”
    so the fact you say we didn’t take our chances and the fact we couldn’t keep the ball or pass to our own players isn’t player errors then??
    all pardews fault!?

  • 17 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    pardew says he is pleased with the result. the man is so negative

  • 18 rfcready // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    WOW!!!!!!! How did we go from a team on FIRE to a bunch of whimpering idiots??????

    PARDEW.

  • 19 El Sleeve // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    manx, are u really happy watching this drivel week in/week out?!?!?! please!

  • 20 nick_9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Manx who trains the team? We need some new input for sure because the current staff aren’t improving our play at all. I see a lot of old English people at the club, perhaps a foreign coach would help if we are to stick with Pardew

  • 21 No Plain Saylor // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Just think for a minute,
    There was a stage where we lost 10 out of 13 games.
    Before today we lost 3 out of our last 4, should have won today too.
    But we have thrown away points left, riht and centre consistantly. That is the only thing we have done consistantly.
    Yet, and yet.. we are 8 points of 8th? Imagine if we pushed on from last season like we should have. Easily could have got top 4 this year.
    Think all the big teams will strengthen big time in the summer, opportunity missed imo! :/

  • 22 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    pardew makes allardyce look like mouriniho

  • 23 BigKirky // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    El Sleeve – yes he said that to Mick Lowes on Radio Newcastle just now.

  • 24 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Manxpie

    If you genuinely believe that Pardew had an attacking philosophy in the second half and tried to win the game then there is not much else I can say to you.

    It is his fault that we camped inside our own half for large periods of the second half, it is his fault that he made no significant tactical changes to turn the game back in our favour, and it is his fault that he set out the team to defend the point.

    Now I know what I must have sounded like to people when I was staunchly defending Pardew….

  • 25 manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    and DC how well are scumderland playing in terms of entertaining football they were dire verse chelsea and moyes has just said how poor the whole game was would some of the posters on here welcome that?

  • 26 El Sleeve // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    BK – that is a statement that really should seal his fate then. honestly. i am in despair

  • 27 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    pardew says the criticism last week was unfair. is the man actually thick or what

  • 28 stuart no9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    the fact that pardew thought the the flak they took last week waswell over the top, suggests to me – he fully dosnt understand what that game means to real fans.

  • 29 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Of course its the manager fault.Clarke made a change at halftime which changed the game and even went for the win.What did Pardew do oh yes put Ameobi on who made no impact what so ever

  • 30 peaco1980 // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Pardew = Parpoo

  • 31 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Criticism was unfair? Doesn’t care if we finish 16th? Seriously!?!?!

    I despair, I really do.

  • 32 croftus5678 // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    i’m fine with this tbh ! just hope all those that are desperate for him out do not regret it if we get a new manager who wants there own players in and have to fund it by selling cabaye/arfa/krull ect.

  • 33 stuart no9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    manxpie – or could it be the tea ladys fault we dont play attacking football. justa thought,

  • 34 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    @manxpie
    Scum got another WIN and another clean sheet against a team going for a euro place.We scraped a 1-1 against a team playing for nothing go figure

  • 35 DxSkyline // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Oh at least we know are manager got balls lol “happy to finish 16th” “team dont deserve criticism” words of a deluded man!!!

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    If you lot think that Mike Ashley is going to fire a manager and replace with a man who might not be entirely comfortable standing in front of the cameras and blatantly lying to some of the most passionate fans in the country then you’ve got a torrid time ahead.

  • 37 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    manxpie

    watch the sunderland and everton game and then come back and criticize me.
    he dosent play entertaing football WHAT they beat us 3 nil last week. what plant are you living on. so you enjoy the way pardew plays football. so if pardew is not to blame who is in your eyes?????

  • 38 nick_9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    If anyone follows NUFC STATS on twitter. Jonas first half position was closer to our goal than Haidara, Taylor and Debuchy yet the official site described him as an attacking player today. Rubbish

  • 39 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Croftus

    Obviously a new manager might have his own ideas about what players he wants, and if he values passing football then it is unlikely he’d want to sell either Cabaye or HBA.

  • 40 catchy in norway // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    25manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    the difference between sunderland and us is we have much better players, like nearly a full team better

    they beat a good newcastle team & a very good everton team,

    there manager spreads belief , our talks shit and panics

  • 41 BigKirky // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Let’s not forget, that this type of thing where we sit back is nothing new and he does this the majority of the time. Rather than put the game out of site with another goal (or two) we just invite the other team to score goals. Awful, bearing in mind the quality of our players on the pitch. Carr must be so frustrated.

  • 42 TurkishFan101 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Lads its over I seriously think its over this time with Pardew, if finishing at 16th and him not caring doesn’t create a negative impact upon the fans and the players then what else does? This has proved all along that he wasn’t even aiming for wins but to avoid relegation to try out his stupid silly tactics. I truly hope Mike Ashley was listening to that radio, and I sincerely hope Pardew gets sacked and wish him luck on ever coming back to managing in the Premier League ever again.

  • 43 stuart no9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    so pardew , with ab 8m year contract- in charge of one of the biggest clubs in the prem, dosnt care if we finish 16th, roll on next season lads , lets go one better eh- yeah we;ll show them . fu///ing hell what ever next?

  • 44 rfcready // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    And to all who don’t like “the same old story” about fans bitching here after watching yet another tepid display from the 1 thing that can make or break our week. Tough Tits, start your own blog Im going to bitch my fanny off after watching that managerial display or non managerial display because he can not change a game when it needs changing, after everyone else can see that were struggling. Jeeeez..

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Croftus,
    Silly post mate, which manager would not want to work with the players we’ve got.

  • 46 peaco1980 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Bring back Joe Kinnear

  • 47 catchy in norway // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    25manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    this is amazing,

    keep talking

    your digging a bigger hole all the time, every man and his dog sees rhe problem

    you make me smile

  • 48 stuart no9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    * with an 8 year contract.

  • 49 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    If he genuinely said “I don’t care if we finish 16th” then I don’t see how anyone can defend him.

    I’ve defended him for nigh on too long and that is simply unacceptable. He should be made apologise for saying that, failing that he should be sacked.

  • 50 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    so pardew dosent care if we finish 16th well we care alan why dont you resign if you dont care and get someone in that does CARE

  • 51 JP...from The Rock // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    The amount of times Strolla is introduced onto the pitch and does nothing but complain to the ref at how bad he is and Pardew still relies on him to score us goals or to create something within 20 minutes! Hasn’t Pardew realised that Strolla is NOT A GOAL SCORER nor a playmaker!

    I am so sick of seeing Strolla coming on and doing F all! He costs us points when instead it could have been a lively and fit Campbell eager to show us what he can do or a semi-fit HBA that by himself can score from our own half. Or that striker that should have come in January to replace Ba and not depend on a misfiring Cisse for the remainder of our survival deciding matches.

    It beggars belief the stupidity behind our thinking sometimes. We keep gambling on our premier league status and we’ll be extremely lucky to come out of this season still as a premier league team.

  • 52 Ginger // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    @stuart no9

    Fair enough like.

    It just really frustrates me, we’ve just such a good first 11 and yet he ruins it all.

  • 53 manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    ruddy so bringing on shola is a defensive sub ie changing formation to 442 and also would you be happy if we went all out attack and lost?
    seriously you think its as easy as attacking in the second half as an away team and then we’ll win and that the players after the season we’ve had will be confident in doing so?
    i know people want some1 to blame but it is stupid to blame pardew for this season imo did you see my stat about how many players he’s had to play this season?
    32! and when you think for at least half the season every1 would agree we had a small squad thats 3 different teams worth!

  • 54 davis_toons // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    @no9. “yet we showed no intent to do that.”

    Yes, we are just like last season, trying to run down every game time. Do you see this happens to more successful teams or their players? Its the character of the team. Whos responsible, who can change that?

    Same thing Gk will hoop ball forward and everyone will starting chasing and fight for it.

    Like i say if we really need to play this kind of approach then Mike got to get Carroll back, for the sick of pardew.

    Carroll is a target man, a tall and strong player. That is what Pardew wants all season.

  • 55 Fridge // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I cant take This anymore. Not one more season Of This shitty football. He cant Even make them win ugly like last year. His time is up. Gotta be

  • 56 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    I’d guess 70% want rid of him
    20% want continuity and for that reason only want him to stay.
    5% think he’s doing a decent job
    5% can’t decide

  • 57 El Sleeve // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    manx, this has been happening all season.

    the penny has finally dropped, even though we’ve been this bad since october.

    wake up, get with it. we’re utterly useless and with the players we have, we should be doing something more than what we have

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    After two matches now, , I’ve decided that watching Pardews football on the radio is easier on the eyes.

  • 59 nick_9 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Shola is a sitting ****** duck man, a lame dog. Over 250 apps to get 50 goals!!!!!!

  • 60 JP...from The Rock // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    “but we must help ourselves and win our final two home games of the season against Liverpool and Arsenal.” – Ed you made me chuckle there. Very slim chance of us nicking a point in those two games let alone 2 wins.

  • 61 croftus5678 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    @39

    aye maybe its all a bit unknown isnt it “if’s and but’s”
    whatever happens it will be a gamble i just hope its the right one !

    i want to see more attacking ect also i want us to play like the first half ! but think we should all own up to the fact of us saying ba was bad for the team and that cisse upfront alone would score a lot more goals shows we do not exactlly know what we are talking about either.

  • 62 manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    catchy you keep saying you want to see beautiful football but dicanio hasn’t brought that has he so wats so funny ya tosser?
    and DC which game were you watching then us or scum!!?
    ya maybe showed ya true colours there fella!?

  • 63 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Manx

    Everyone who streamed the game heard the stat, yup 32 player is a lot and it’s down to injuries, but the XI we had on the pitch was good enough to win, the intent didn’t match the quality.

    And you’re bringing my knowledge of the game into question, seriously? Have I in any way said “we just needed to attack….” Duhhhhhhhhh

    We didn’t press the ball, we kept a ridiculously deep line for the entire second half and showed no willingness to get the ball into the WBA penalty box, we just launched it at Shola in an attempt to relieve pressure, not to create chances.

    Sure Cisse missed a few chances, but we were never going to score in the second half if we refused to create chances for him in the second half!

    Far be it of me to think Pardew has the responsibility for how his team plays.

  • 64 Footballwatch // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    If you wish you can always watch the game’s highlights on http://www.footballwatch.net/team/137

  • 65 MosesNUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    LAURENT BLANC LAH LAH LAH LAURENT BLANC LAH LAH LAH LAURENT BLANC LAH LAH LAH

  • 66 BigKirky // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Yes, Ruddy, believe it, Pardew said it. “Dont care if we finish 16th as long as we stay in the division”.

    I was typing as he was saying stuff. Anyone listening to the post match interview on Radio Newcastle will have heard it. Even those just reading the blog, not commenting.

    Any manager who is worried about their stability in a job in football will try to distort the perspective with subtle things in interviews. This is Pardew to the max. He also said he had to thanks the away fans who were magnificent. Yes, Alan, you get that every week from us.

  • 67 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    manxpie

    YOU CLOWN .I was making the point that you should watch the game before judging di canios style of play instead of listing to moyes post match conference.

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Manx,
    I think we’ve defended him long enough, replacing Haidara instead of Jonas seems to me like the actions of a man who has let the pressure get in the way of a clear thought process.

  • 69 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    manxpie

    you must get a thrill out of a relegation dogfight

  • 70 davis_toons // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I does understand your point from what Pardew faces.

    But today game was almost there for the taking and our players didn’t take their chances and maybrr Pardew decided to close the doors in the 2nd half.

    The best time to judge pardew will be 2nd half of next season. Its should be fair enough.

    (Theres just something not right, just pure irritating)

  • 71 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Big Kirky

    Disgusting, truly disgusting. I’m quickly losing my rag with him, that’s not on.

  • 72 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    manxpie

    take a look at the table do you enjoy seeing us in 16th position DO YOU ?

  • 73 rfcready // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    I don’t care if we have to dig up Mussolini to get this team fired up. We need more than 8 minutes of effort.

  • 74 oldbobaycliffe // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    what we need is a young manager with his own way of playing we have had enough of old english managers like allardyce kinnear and pardew. even if he is foreign.a manager who is allowed to bring in the players he wants not only the players carr suggests.and i dont mean players that will break the bank. with perhaps a backroom staff rather than the one we have now

  • 75 davis_toons // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    When i watch our player in every matches wasting so much time.

    It show too much respect to almost every team that we forgotten how to go about attacking them and breaking them down..

  • 76 solano // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    7 seasons left on manager’s contract!
    The Mike Ashley Role of Honour in last 6 years reads as follows:
    1) 07-08 Relegation Battle
    2) 08-09 Relegation
    3) 09-10 Win Championship
    4)10-11 Lower League Finish
    5) 11-12 Qualify for Europa
    6) 12-13 Relegation Battle

    NUFC deserves so much more than this regime.

  • 77 croftus5678 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    @72

    the other side of that arguement could be to look at last seasons table with the same manager and say do you enjoy looking at 5th !

    no problem with pards going as to me he is only a stop gap anyways but have any of you got anything good to take away from this season ?

    i will take away quaters of europe a bigger far better quality squad of players lets be honest we should not have been able to get.

  • 78 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Croftus

    You’re only as good as your last season. Benitez got Liverpool 2nd and was sacked the next season.

    Look forward, stop looking back.

  • 79 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    croftus5678

    He has failed to get the best out of our players what makes you think it will be better next season. he plays a cdm left wing he dosent drop players who are off form and most of all he plays hoofball which dosent suit our players style of play

  • 80 davetoon // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Pardew has to try Sissoko behind Cisse rather than out on the right wing, play Gouffran on left wing or play them as 3 up front

  • 81 kilcline // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    I want this team to play rest of the season:

    ———————Elliot

    Debuchy –Taylor —Yanga-M’Biwa —Haidara

    Ben A——-Sissoko—–Cabaye——-Jonas

    ————–Cisse——-Gouffran

    Play your players in their best positions! It’s not hard!!!

  • 82 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    @croftus5678
    we aint talkin about last season its the hear and now and he has got a fantastic set of players and we are scraping points off of teams who have nothing to play for.

  • 83 JP...from The Rock // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    I am just wondering if we do manage to stay up which now seems unlikely, how in the hell will we attract the likes of Aubameyang to NUFC? I bet Remy is even thinking he made the right choice not coming here.

  • 84 rfcready // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    OMG I just watched the interview after the game, The man is insane.

  • 85 rfcready // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Or it might be me.

  • 86 sula // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Can someone please buy us a win and keep us safe. Wow how people think we are a big club with the type of football we are playing small minded manager. i honestly think the players are fed up with this guy i sure as hell am. Ameobi before benny dam pardew what the hell are you smoking. what do you do all week in training why cant you get these quality players to perform at their best. I cant see us go down again it will break me.

  • 87 manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    ruddy so the manager told his team to not press the ball?
    so the manager told his players to sit back and invite pressure
    so the manager told his players to make bad pass’s
    so the manager told elliot n mbwia to make shocking and i mean shocking pass’s
    so the manager told cisse n taylor 2 miss great chances?????????
    did you also forget that another team was playing that changed there game for the second half?
    for people on here to say its so easy to win a game with this or that is a joke and you just pushing off the fact that we’ve used 32 players this season more then any1 proves my point!
    your not taking into account players confidence,moral or anything else for that matter it’s just blame pardew!
    you also say “but the XI we had on the pitch was good enough to win,” why was that is it because of there names or the way they’ve played?
    btw we should have won by half time!

  • 88 davis_toons // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    solano, if for the next 6 years Mike got to us out of this lower gear football by providing the players we needed to compete at the top level. (TOP 5) and not again hesitate.

    Tbf, reinforcement got to come earlier last season. I hope there will be no such problem again. (Anyway, the new players will be much settle by then. (1 year) 2nd half next season)

    Then we will see how Pardew perform his magic..

  • 89 croftus5678 // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    @78

    i find it hard to see us getting a manager who has done well this year to take us on as a manager then !
    i know what you mean but most managers e.g. kk we took back based on what he achieved in the past same with kenny dalglish and graham souness ect ect then we tried shearer who was passionate and knows the game inside out and can motivate as he did as captain but..that didnt work too well either ! i dont need to mention the other managers we had for 6month’s then got rid really but i think we pretty much get the idea that it did not work.

    unless we are very carefull and not pressured into finding a new manager i think ashley can get the perfect one for us but when the pressure is on things can go very bad.

  • 90 solano // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Davis @ 88… hilarious. Look at the pattern! More book balancing to come in summer.
    Incompetents, the lot of them!

  • 91 manxpie // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    DS are you mental?
    why as a fan would i possibly want to see us where we are?
    but why is it so many people can’t see that the reason for this season is much much more than pardew infact last summer’s business for me is the main reason and the hangover afterwards add to that the cronic injuries plus the extra games does that not raise any problems to you!!???

  • 92 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Manxpie

    Do you hear how condescending you’re coming across.

    First you challenge my basic knowledge of the game, and then you ask “did you forget that there was another team playing”

    You’re just coming across as bitter and entrenched, unwilling to consider another argument than your own, whereas I’ve already conceded that with the chances we had we should have won by half time, and that Pardew set the team up the right way.

    However, you seem unwilling to offer any criticism towards Pardew for that inept second half, which indicates to me that you’re simply failing to see the wood for the trees when it comes to reviewing Pardew

  • 93 DS_NUFC // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    manxpie

    Playing a cdm left wing says it all. ever club has injuries it is not an excuse

  • 94 davis_toons // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Stoke won 2-0 at QPR HOME.

    We will be visiting QPR. No excuse! …or will they?

  • 95 davis_toons // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    For some just gtg look at the statics of match between Sunderland and Everton.

    Sunderland, is clearly with a manager that loves to play possession football. Its PDC. He love to attack, dribble, keep the ball under his feet, turn defenders inside out. thats all his traits.

    Thats is what he will ask from his players.

  • 96 davis_toons // Apr 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    How do you score against Everton if you don’t keep on attacking them? If you lay back, Everton will come forward and bite you. They don’t need invitation.

  • 97 toonluvva // Apr 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Time for Ashley to be thinking about the close season.

    His options are:-
    1) keep Pardew, give him cash to buy players that Carr recommends and then slowly destroy them leading to relegation next season thus losing £Millions in TV revenue.

    or
    2) replace Pardew with a new manager who is keen to provide attacking football with flair and invention, support the new manager with cash to buy players that Carr recommends who are brought on and rise in value having raised the profile of the Toon and taken them to the brink of the Champions League.

    Broken down in those terms, I know what option I would prefer. The question is, does Ashley see it the same way?

  • 98 solano // Apr 20, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Toonluvva….Alternative Ashley Option
    3) Keep Patsy Pardew and DON’T give him any money to spend, instead choosing to horse trade and balance books after the unplanned and forced January spending spree of 2013. At the same time, pocket the TV cash Bonanza, keep your fingers crossed and hope we survive for another season.
    BANG ON!

  • 99 NobbyNolano // Apr 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Brilliant first half, shite second.

    http://www.theyoungernolan.blogspot.com




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