Newcastle Pay The Price For Missed First Half Chances


Newcastle looked a very good side in that first half today, and we thought our lads were going to get the win we needed to relieve the agony of being beaten 3-0 at home by Sunderland last Sunday.

alan padrew at west brom

Alan Pardew on the sidelines this afternoon

But after going ahead with a nice goal from Yoan Gouffran, after good work by Papiss Cisse, who brilliantly put in an excellent cross that Yoan headed home, Newcastle missed some golden opportunities to bury the game in the first 45 minutes.

First of all, on 22 minutes Steven Taylor was clear just five yards out and looked like he must score – but he hit the ball straight at Foster who blocked it.

And then Papiss Cisse about five minutes later intercepted a poor back pass to Foster, as Newcastle had West Bron rattled, but Cisse chipped the ball – and it went over the bar.

Papiss should just have put his foot though the ball and it would have been a simple goal.

But then West Brom were much better in the second half and got the equalizer from Billy Jones after 64 minutes and in the final quarter of the game it was fairly even, although West Brom had a number of corners in stoppage time – but Newcastle finally saw out the game.

It wasn’t the result we wanted – but it wasn’t another defeat either – but we have only 4 points from our last five league games – which is not good.

Alan Pardew in his comments after the game said we should have won:

“After last week against Sunderland it was a decent result.” “We took a lot of criticism but today we showed plenty of energy and character.” “To be honest the game should have been over at half-time.”

“West Brom went direct in the second half but if we had scored that second when we were on top we might have been leaving with all three points. “

We should have done what we did last year, and we should have been 3-0 up at the half – and then the game would have been over, as Alan says, but “shoulds” don’t count.

And when you cannot score from simple chances, Newcastle will continue to struggle this season – with just four games to go.

We are 6 points above Wigan who are 3rd bottom, but they have a game in hand on us, and Aston Villa are at Old Trafford on Monday, and they are 4th bottom 3 points behind Newcastle.

We’re 5th bottom right now – which is hardly good – but we’re just 4 points (because of our poor goal difference) out of 11th place and Fulham.

But a win against Liverpool and we’ll be safe on 40 points (hopefully), and then we can build in the summer for next season.

Hope springs eternal.

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317 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Yo yo

    I’m sorry that my studies in physics has been misinterpreted by yourself.

    Chaos theory does offer the principle that actions cause chaotic and unpredictable reactions but as I said Pardew is in control of that. With a decent manager there is no need to submit everything to the impredicatabilty of chaos theory.

    If you create an environment where negativity can be neutralised (or close to) and allow positivity to breed then any consequence of that positivity will likely yield positive results. If Cisse is coached well enough and confidence builds then a positive outcome is more likely than a negative one. If in training Cisse has similar efforts and Pardew trains him correctly how to take those chances then you eliminate the randomness of a butterfly effect taking control.

    Pardew leaves to much to chance.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Manxpie

    You won’t understand any of that so ill put it differently for you.

    In training Cisse miss so Pardew say ‘no Cisse shoot like this’.

    Cisse try again and Cisse score in training. Cisse does it all time until it is natural.

    Cisse play real match and Cisse have chance. Cisse rely on instinct and Cisse score because manager coach him correct.

    Me clear retard?

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #3

    The worst bit about the game was that West Brom were totally there for the taking we were cutting through their defense easily and they were making mistakes left right and centre

    Boom 2nd half we never bothered going forward but if we had looked to attack them I think we would have been comfortable winners was like the Villa away game
    where we invited bombardment but this time we did not get so lucky

    The Liverpool game is going to be a tough one if we play like the 1st half we could give them a proper game but if we invite them onto us we will get pummelled Gerard always scores against us or does well we were unlucky to not get the win earlier in the season against them

    With regards to the team we should not make any personnel changes except maybe have Jonas out for Arfa/Anita Liverpool are not that physical so we need a good passing side out for it

    But what will probably happen is we will rush Tiote, Colo and Marveux back and struggle and if our players are tired this week give them a few days off training to freshen them up !!!

    I think because Pardew keeps coming out with saying we are tired it makes the players think they are tired

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Harley

    I think people are just getting fed up with Pardew. I’d have taken a point from the game before it started too.

    Then having seen the great play in the first half I was beginning to think we were going to see an unlikely victory but true to form Pards set the team out to sit back and defend a slender 1 goal lead, which, when we conceded, we then looked to defend the draw.

    Given how we all knew we could play, given how we were playing, given how the 3 points were there for the taking if we believed in the team, why does Pardew settle for less than the best?

    The spirit and work rate in the first half was faultless, but the intent in the second half was all wrong.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Pardew

    If we had done this or if we had done that!

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #6

    WBA unusually played 442 in the first half and it didn’t suit them. We had loads of time on the ball.

    He changed it at HT and we were given less time and it was the usual rubbish.

    Strange substitution with Haidara, why not take Jonas off?

    Pleased for Gouffran, and Perchy what were you doing.
    Should have scored more but it was a penalty and we should have lost.

    Lucky point.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #7

    West brom went direct in the second half and i just didnt know what to do so i started filling in my crossword again and everytime john gets up he doesnt know what 5 across is either.

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  • JDdubai

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #8

    It wasnt a foul hatems man, let alone a penalty. 2wrong decisions evened themselves out.

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  • Toonarmy77

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Lazy, effortless blame placed in Pardews lap as per usual!

    Do the players not foot any responsibilty for the display!! We take our chances 1st half and we win the game!!

    Wigan lost people and we drew. One more win and we are safe and can rebuild in the summer with an already good squad!!

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #10

    @8

    i’ll second that. no way was it a foul

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  • lukes26

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #11

    to me, this season is the opposite of last season.

    we played very poor football for the first few games of the season, but defended well. somehow nufc went unbeaten through 11 games, when they were second best for large parts of those games.

    this season were outplaying other teams, but the results are going the way of possession & chances created.

    The difference is obviously the defense. No Tiote, Colo, and, yes, Simpson, & the lack of form of Jonas, is the difference this year. Pardew’s ‘style’ of play demands a superior defense.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #12

    JDdubai

    Years ago it wouldn’t have been a foul.
    Perchy went to ground and took the WBA down too. Whether you get the ball is irrelevant in modern football. You don’t go to ground or you leave yourself open to a numpty with a whistle’s interpretation of the rules .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Ruddy,
    Do you think that the second half implosion was down to Pards telling them to hang on to the lead,if it was it’s fusking criminal.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve figured it out.

    The enitire fan base is watching 2 different games, that’s why we see things so differently.

    To the guys like lukes26 who think we’re outplaying teams, you’re watching notts county or juventus. You need to sort your streams out.

    Glad that’s sorted it.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    @9
    Have to agree with that, not saying pardew is blameless we sat way too deep second half, but it’s not helped when a team full of international “class” players can’t seem to remember how to pass the fcuking ball!!
    Not to mention a CF who misses chances that most of us would put money on our gran scoring!

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Either Pardew told them to hold back or his team talk was shit. Either way the team that changed at half time was nufc not WBA.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #17

    P out and that Cisse out!!! …with Ba 1-1??

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  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18

    First half high defensive line we played football in their half.Second half we fall back and defend from our own 18 yard line and invite pressure.They score,hit the bar etc what does Pardew do throw Ameobi on as per usual.Pardew is out thought by a manager in his first season as a manager

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  • wreker16

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh Beattie, your posts are so entertaining, don’t go and hibernate again, the blog suffered in your absence

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  • BigKirky

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed, I think the title should have been ‘Newcastle pay the price for sitting back in the second half and not continuing to attack the opposition’. 🙂 :-\

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  • manxpie

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #21

    sorry scrap that he’s just came up with an even better infact belter!!

    “You won’t understand any of that so ill put it differently for you.

    In training Cisse miss so Pardew say ‘no Cisse shoot like this’.

    Cisse try again and Cisse score in training. Cisse does it all time until it is natural.

    Cisse play real match and Cisse have chance. Cisse rely on instinct and Cisse score because manager coach him correct.”

    Me clear retard?

    and again great use of your vocabulary with your last word i mean you’ve called me disabled and a retard i just hope your kids aren’t that way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tosser!

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  • BigKirky

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #22

    By efficiently attacking and retaining possession, you are indeed defending at the same time.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #23

    I know what pardew says at half time.

    “You are feeling very sleepy when i click my fingers you will sit back and not attack i repeat not attack”

    Click

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #24

    JfA

    Personally, I think he told the team to be much more liberal in attack because he was cacking himself that we would conceded, and then when we did concede he was so afraid we’d concede again that we sat so deep to defend the point.

    The point of view that some say that the players should have taken their chances we’d have won the game and that is right, but a manager must respond to whatever’s happening in the game, Clarke successfully responded, whereas Pardew did not.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Manxpie from previous thread

    I’m definitely not sitting on the fence at all.

    I’ve defended Pardew for too long, I’ve doubted his ability for a little while and the Sunderland result made me question everything about his management.

    Yes we lacked investment, yes we’ve been dogged with injuries, but my point is that most weeks, even with injuries, we’ve had a good enough XI (on paper, or performance whatever way you want to look at it) and we’ve not dominated teams much weaker than ourselves and as far as I am concerned this is not good enough.

    He is putting a leash on the creative aspect of this team all in the name of keeping it tight and until that is challenged from the top down we will never see this team reach its true potential.

    Pards has had alot to contend with, but his ethos doesn’t suit this team and he needs to make way to allow this team to grow.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Just be glad that Cisse is getting chances with the shit creativity we have.

    If it wasn’t for his movement and ability to find space not only would we be bottom 3 but we wouldn’t create shit.

    It’s all fair blaming him for missing them but at least he can still get shots in with these awful tactics.

    If we actually had the ambition to create more than 2 or 3 chances a game then Cisse would score a lot more and you toss pots having a go would be cracking one off over your live streams.

    Part time fans, no ambition but to be able to watch the team play on Iraq goals every week against ‘big’ teams like Arsenal.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #27

    We couldn’t hold onto the ball for more that two passes,it was a shambles in the second half.
    It’s been like this all year with ridiculously nervous passing.
    We look useless but top class in the first half.
    Would love to see Jonas sold but it won’t happen.
    He’s good defensively and that’s why Pards puts him on to make us harder to beat not to beat teams harder 🙂 he’s such a defensive minded coach.
    Terrible season,he’s been hiding behind excuses the whole time.
    Agree we’ve had a terrible injury crisis but today we had a good choice of players.
    Terrible changes as usual
    Gutted for the lads that are quality on the field

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #28

    I also think we miss that degree of calm that colo brings to our backline he’s about the only player we have who doesn’t seem to get drawn in to blind panic, he’s not that vocal but he’s calm
    Watching Taylor these last few weeks has been like watching those inflatable arm flaying tube men they have in ground at barca games!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda heights // Apr 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    hope they can keep this going and not go defensive 2nd half as per.

    manxpie

    it’s not your fault you come across as a retard. Monkey see monkey do.

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  • manxpie

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #30

    ruddy you say

    “Yes we lacked investment, yes we’ve been dogged with injuries, but my point is that most weeks, even with injuries, we’ve had a good enough XI (on paper, or performance whatever way you want to look at it) and we’ve not dominated teams much weaker than ourselves and as far as I am concerned this is not good enough.”

    but you say that to me without repect for the other team who has got there way of playing without the injuries and changes that we have had to do or plannining we’ve had to do for the europa and btw we weren’t that bad against sunderland 3 wonder goals and guess wat we could have scored 3 ourselves!!

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  • Toonarmy77

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #31

    @TDS

    Pardew has to shoulder some blame without doubt but its a collective failure

    Ive not heard one player say a bad word about Pardew and how he trains the team and in a relegation scrape that is rare

    Lets get the win we need and see waht happensin the summer

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #32

    “I would expect us to challenge for top 10 next season but we have got to stay in the division.” A.Pardew – post match comment.

    Genius, pure genius, AP!

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #33

    …in fact almost worthy of KK.

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  • lukes26

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #34

    beattie..

    newcastle are obviously not as good as last year. what im saying is that its the defense & some bad luck thats the difference.

    from the sunderland game:

    19 shots newcastle
    10 shots sunderland

    65% possesion newcastle
    35% possession sunderland

    sunderland 3 newcastle 0. 2 poorly defended goals. 1 unstoppable goal from etherington (i think)…1 goal disallowed from cisse

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #35

    @26

    am i one of the tosspots having a go ?
    we dont need to go into playground rules i dont think as some of us a way past school age !
    and the thing is cisse is not as good as we thought he was in his first season with us ! not that it means he’s a bad striker because no one is saying that !
    but if guti missed those kind of chances i’m sure you would see things differently.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Beattie …that was a joke : ) ok get it!! If Ba not Cisse…: )

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Souness Pld 83 W 36, D 18, L 29 win percentage 43.37%
    Pardew 107 39 29 39 36.44%

    And he’s getting rapidly worse the longer he gets. He has the worst stats out of any manager we’ve had.

    He officially plays the worst football in the league.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Manxpie

    You seriously are the worst blogger on the site. You really offer absolute zilch in terms of thoughtful contribution to the topics at hand.

    Your mind is polluted by a toxic sense of righteousness that enables you to make the silliest opinions ever generated.

    Seriously I think you must be a troll if you think Sunderland wasn’t that bad. Who says that?

    I am ignorant, arrogant and a complete cock but at least I do not delude myself to such a degree my points become worthless, my opinions become weightless and my posts become unreadable.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Also not to sure about the Colo comments he is one of the worst players for losing his head especially against players like Long he loses the rag this season

    Thought Mbiwa defended great today Taylor was all over the place though we need to buy another top drawer defender and then put Taylor as the 3rd choice defender as he is not good enough to play every game and would also not be surprised if he gets injured before end of season

    Elliot looked a bit shakey today as well he has been quite good since he came in but today he was flapping at crosses all day long

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #40

    toonarmy77

    Again you can’t operate on ”what ifs and buts” all the time. The only thing our manager is consistent at is making excuses.

    They were obviously under the usual instructions second half to shut up shop instead of going for a 2nd and third goal. It’s been this way for so long now, it’s as deflating for the fans as it must be for the players.

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