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We’ve Got A Good Enough Team To Stay Up

12:26 am, Monday, April 22nd, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 51 Comments

James Perch has been interviewed in the Daily Mail,  and he thinks Newcastle have a good enough team to avoid relegation – now where have we heard that before?

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James Perch – in action against West Brom on Saturday

Newcastle are now on 37 points and 5th bottom with four games to go, and we are 6 points above Wigan who are in 3rd bottom place, but the Latics have a game in hand.

This is what James Perch had to say about our position:

“If we keep playing like that we will be fine.” “We have got a good enough team, we have got good enough players in the squad to make sure we don’t go down.”

“It is looking like it is going to be a low-points survival this year, but we still want to hit that 40-point mark to be sure.” “We just hope we keep playing well and picking up points away from home, and make sure our home form is a bit better.”

“They put us under a lot of pressure but we defended well and a lot of credit has to go to Rob Elliot. “In the first half we had a couple of chances. Papiss had the one-on-one which, he knows himself, he probably should have scored.”

“At 2-0 it would have been a different second half.” “We played well first half, we edged it, but they had the second half so I think a draw is a fair result.”

“If nothing else we had to show the fight and desire we were lacking against Sunderland.” “That is the bare minimum of any game – work rate and desire to win the game.”

‘We lacked that against Sunderland and we knew we had to put it right.”

Good words there from James Perch.

Basically Newcastle played very well in the first half on Saturday, where we dominated the play, but we should have been two or three goals up at the half, and as James says, it would have been a different second half if that had been the case.

And it means we still have only one win in our 17 league games on the road – which is really just pathetic.

But we cannot say this Premier League season has been anything but extremely disappointing.

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51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jail4pardew // Apr 22, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    We had over 400 international caps in the team the last time we went down, points are gold dust but that also applies to when the season starts and 18 defeats shows we deserve to be were we are for playing the most inconsistant poor football of any team in the prem IMO

  • 2 AMEOBI // Apr 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Well said Perch, been our uprising player this season been brilliant.. You over Tiote for me

  • 3 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 22, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Yeah well if Perch plays over Tiote for the rest of the season its obvious Pardew is too scared to play Anita who would thrive against Liverpool so rather Perch than Tiote

    Tiote should not play again for us this season he is shite

  • 4 El Sleeve // Apr 22, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    its obvious no pundits have seen tiote as they all keep on saying we lack something when he has been missing.

    honestly, the tiote fiasco is mind boggling. sign him up on 50k a week for 6 years, reject a 20 mill big from chelsea, i bet something isnt right in his personal life, something has to explain how poor he’s been.

    perch should start with anita and sissoko in cm, move cabs forward, gouffran and cisse up top.

    but the manager knows best. oh wait, no he doesnt, he stick with jonas week in week out

    eliot
    —-
    debs
    mbiwa
    saylor
    haidara
    ——-
    perch
    anita
    sissoko
    ——
    cabs (license to roam)
    —–
    goofy
    cisse

    no tiote or jonas and we’ll be fine. its like we play with 9 men when they play

  • 5 terencelim // Apr 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Anita is no better than Tiote even at his best.

  • 6 p // Apr 22, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    See betting for Saturday is very tight. I am surprised at that, would of thought Liverpool are clear favs based on us being shite

  • 7 p // Apr 22, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    to be honest, most of our players are both good and bad. Tiote and Anita are both clearly talented.

    However, like the rest of the team they are not performing to their potential.

    We seem to coach talent out of everyone except our keepers who get so much practice they become world class.

    It seems like that anyway.

  • 8 santonthenewmaldini // Apr 22, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Can you really blame players like Anita for being hit and miss tho???Whats the point in trying if you know for a fact no matter how well you do you will be warming the bench the next game ?

    Gets thrown in cause of injuries into a team playing shite and loads of long balls eventually starts to get grip on the game Man of the Match 3 games running or something him Cabaye and Marveux play well against Reading , Pardew takes him off we LOSE!!!

    Since then Pardew relegates him to the bench the moment Jonas and Tiote come back fit who were shite before they were injured and are still SHITE!!!

    How is this fair ?That is exactly what happened and Marveux got kind of shafted with it this season as well

  • 9 p // Apr 22, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Well yes, they are all getting paid handsomely, they should all play their best for that as well as pride.

    But if they are being instructed badly – and most people on here are now (or for a long time) are questioning tactics – then it’s likely the coaching staff.

    We do not know what goes on. But those tacticians, do they really say to Pardew.. “yea, the best way to beat WBA is to push for a goal and then sit back and invite longs balls on to Shane Long and Lukaku but it’s okay because our defense are world beaters, then bring HBA on and hope he dribbles past 5 hapless opponents before bursting the roof of the net”

  • 10 SydneyMag // Apr 22, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Been the most disapointing premier league season that I can remember, title race has been won months ago by a man u squad which is miles below par, there’s only a 9 point difference between 11th and 18th and to top it all off we’ve consistently played some of the worst football that I can remember nufc playing. Can’t wait for this season to be over and for the next on to start which had better be an improvement, just hope we’re able to beat the drop and snap out of this slump we’re in.

  • 11 dembademba // Apr 22, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    El Sleeve

    safe to say u don’t know better than pardew.
    that team would get us nowhere

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 22, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    Morning lads!

    So today is a very important match for NUFC; if Villa looses to United we are still alright…for now that is!

    …if only we could get three point quickly we might just be save – it is all about psycology and mental stage now.

    With three point QPR and Reading are down for sure and that only leave one more team. Both Wigan and Stoke will be in trouble and If Villa looses today they’ll be in same dire state as the Scum and us!

    Any news on the Suarez situation?

  • 13 Slank // Apr 22, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    The table doesn’t lie.

    We have as much a chance as Sunderland and Stoke. It could include Villa if they beat ManU tonight which seems highly unlikely but anything is possible.

    However, Villa and Wigan have inferior goal differences to us, Sunderland and Stoke so they would have to either win more of their remaining games as us or score substantially more than us or we have to let in more than them.

  • 14 Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness // Apr 22, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    @jesper the last matches are definitely about mental strength and spirit more than ability.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Apr 22, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Basically the rot set in when Mike Ashley decided that we had a big enough squad to finish in the top ten, this sent out a message that there was basically nothing to play for probably the most disheartening thing a top international can hear, it beggars belief that Spurs went out and said that they wanted another crack at CL where as our owner deliberately set out to take us backwards then awarded his spin doctor an eight year contract for standing in front of the cameras and telling lie after lie.

  • 16 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    No Suarez v Liverpool will be a great help. Bite me you bitch!

    Congrats to Celtic on winning the SPL what an achievement!
    Like us being in a league full of teams like Stevenage and Brighton …
    Perhaps Pardew should manage Celtic next season, that’ll give the other teams a fighting chance!

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Apr 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Its funny that Alan Pardew has blamed the EL for our league position while Chelsea,Spurs and Liverpool dont seem to be in danger of relegation.

  • 18 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    If Saurez likes fish for dinner he might fancy a bite of Perch

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Or poultry he could have Gosling – Ho Ho Ho

  • 20 DanRo // Apr 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    I think a lot of NUFC fans have unrealistic expectations.
    I have read 2-3 blogs in the last few days which have made comment that NUFC should aim to finish in the top 6. In reality is this plausible?

    I doubt it. Last season was fantastic and full credit to the players and staff – but it was rare occasion when the top teams monopoly on the top 5-6 positions in the league was broken.

    This season has been disappointing, however, as a comparison to last season I think NUFC overachieved, this season NUFC have underachieved. An interesting debate would be to discuss NUFC’s par position – I would suggest 7-8th place.

    There are many reasons for the underachievement which I and many bloggers have discussed in previous posts. Despite this, I still do not think NUFC will, nor should stray from our philosophy with regards to buying players and maintaining the overall health of the club.

    With regards to the manager, continuity is in my opinion, the only way to try to challenge the top teams whilst remaining under financial constraints. Everton, I feel are a prime example of this and although I do not want to play the brand of football that they’re currently displaying, I envy their consistency and continuity.

    If I could open the debate as to what perhaps NUFC’s par position would be that would be great.
    Perhaps Ed could introduce a new thread?

  • 21 El Sleeve // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    yea, sorry, got a bit arrogant there, u know, as one does after a bit of vino!

    gotta question pards team set ups tho. and the merit of his excuses

  • 22 El Sleeve // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    if not top 6, then top 8 is more than achievable for the 20th richest club in the world.

  • 23 lesh // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Harem, haven’t we lost to teams like Stevenage and Brighton?

  • 24 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Good Morning All,

    Hypocrites….Can I just clear something up as maybe I’ve got the definition of that word wrong. Being a hypocrite would be to say you hold certain values / beliefs yet live / carry out your life in a contradictory way. Not if you once believed something and then have since changed your thinking…you are allowed to monitor situations, change your opinion with more information, basically be a human being. If someone accepts they were once wrong how does that make them a hypocrite?

    Anyway…Good to see some old faces back. Solano and Zero, welcome back.

    Anyone have any idea when we’ll hear about Gnashers?

  • 25 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    So, now the dust has settled are people happy with a point? I said before the weekend a win would be great, but a draw was realistic and welcome.

    However, the way we played in the first half blew them away. I appreciate that Clarke tweaked his tactics to counter us, but our only response was to drop a little deeper. IMO that isn’t acceptable. We saw again that when allowed to play expansive football, we can outplay teams, so way rein our players in. Baffling.

    As for the excuse of Europe being our problem, I now understand why he wants to aim for a top 10 finish. No relegation threats, and no need to worry about playing 50 games in a season. Heaven forbid that we had been successful in the domestic cups.

    We won’t go down, Wigan have some tough games, and despite beating QPR Stoke are awful, and so are Villa. Man U will want to wrap the title up at home so I can see them going at Villa full throttle tonight, again benefiting us. We will stay up, but how much of that is down to us and how much down to others being so poor is up for question.

  • 26 Ian Toon // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Pardew’s tactics can only go so far. Players have to take responsibility
    and work out the state of a game and determine what has to be done. . The ability and talent/class of the most gifted are the predominant force not tactics.
    Tactics can negate the opposition and cover weak parts of a team but managers ultimately are very much at the mercy of the most talented both in winning and losing games. The best players are not governed by tactics. Talented players are often restricted by managers. Messi,
    Ronaldo, Cabaye, Bale etc just need to be aware of tactics of the manager/ coach. The best players dictate and determine outcomes.
    Anyone at the Spurs away game will testify that Bale won the game not their good tactics or our bad tactics. Or even Gouffy’s injury.

  • 27 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    @Danro

    Please: Not the Everton – Moyes argument for keeping Pardew.

    Ferguson, Wenger and Moyes are good managers, Pardew isn’t.
    The idiot has a great team and we could get relegated.
    We play unattractive unproductive football.
    We need to get rid after the last whistle of the season blows.

  • 28 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Good Morning Ibiza,

    Have you been called a hypocrite? Are you now with the Change is needed now crew?

  • 29 lesh // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Harem….. Whoops, sorry Hatem. Guess my mind was elsewhere…… or it’s this Mickey mouse phone’s filthy mind!!

  • 30 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Yes we have Lesh … facepalm.

    Didn’t realise I was using joined up typing. Sorry.

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Having said all that, if Cisse knew how to finish before the 90th minute then we couldand should have been home and dry by half time. You can’t blame Pardew for that.

    So, his first half tactics were spot on, his second half was abysmal. Our very own Dr Pardew and Mr Pardon’t

  • 32 lesh // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Ibiza, what price Suarez gets most but a slap for testing out his teeth?

    After all, he plays for the bindippers!

  • 33 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Lilongwe…Morning.

    I believe Beattie (sorry, may have been someone else but pretty sure if was him) started saying people who were happy with our squad in the summer who are now saying that Ashleys lack of summer spending started a lot of our problems this year are hypocrites. I would say we’ve just been proved wrong, as many have accepted over the course of the season.

    As for is change needed now, I assume you mean at the end of the season and not literally “now”? Some change is needed, as has been proved, change to some degree is always needed, but that doesn’t mean Pardew for me, but is an option.

    There will be a change in players and there should at least be some change with the coaches, which would happen if we get a new manager anyway.

    I’ve seen more outrage at Pardew for his comments after the game. “TOP 10?” people shout. As always, I’d suggest people just calm down a little and not take words of a man between a rock and a hard place as gospel. He’s being asked about next season when really all we should be concentrating on is this one. I doubt targets have been set yet and the time to evaluate will come, but it isn’t now imo.

  • 34 Ian Toon // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Having seen a post showing just how much Moyes has spent let’s put into perspective the perennial question. Many Everton fans see Moyes as having the distinction of being in charge for 11 years , longer than any other manager not to win anything. I think he’s a good manager but overrated. The time for post mortem’s will be at the end of the season.

  • 35 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Lesh…I only watched it this morning, expecting to see some footage that might slightly indicate a coming together or something, but no, he actually grabs his arm and sticks his face in there….amazing. What happened to eating cut oranges at HT? Simpler days.

  • 36 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Urm .. We was tired, er, the pitch was poor, er, we gave everything in Europe.

    I can’t take any more of this slimy cretin.
    We’re shite … end of … Cor blimey ain’t that the troof?

  • 37 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    On our own game from the weekend…

    People have pointed to Pardews lack of ability to combat their tactics for the second half….what tactics? The one where they keep just lumping the ball into our box. It worked well for them, but surely we have to appreciate that our team are and will be low on confidence and that when a team does that it is fairly difficult to get the ball down on the ground and to be able to pick out a pass. There comes a point where you are left with little option other than to smack it back upfield and re-group. We went for a second goal for around 30 minutes and should have got at least one, I can understand why the players got nervous. Would have liked to see us pressing them in their own half a little more, but each time we did go to, it just got lumped back to our box again.

    Saying all of that, I am going to watch the game again, as I did watch a lot of that second half through my hands. Still a point is a point, shame other results didn’t go our way – Not saying I’d like our fate to be decided by other teams, but we are where we are.

  • 38 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Rabies jabs before the Bindippers game?

    Will he need obedience training and a Hannibal style muzzle?

    As it’s not his first biting offence will he be put down?

    Or will the FA be toothless again?

  • 39 Ian Toon // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Ibiza- Good Morning. The difference is that whilst your both never knowingly unopinionated any discerning poster is only too aware of the difference between quality and dross. He is constantly being embarrassed by Yo-Yo for talking on subjects he clearly has know real understanding of. and on the grounds of a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

  • 40 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Ibiza,
    Right, I missed that post about summer signings etc. Well, I wouldn’t say I was happy with the business, but I did think we had enough. Unfortunately for a variety of reasons it was proved to be wrong.

    I can understand peoples outrage at Pardews comments, as some of them are frankly ridiculous. I agree however, that he is in a position where if he aimed higher than top 10, say top 6 and publicly said that he would get lambasted as being arrogant and that he was nowhere near good enough to get any club to that place. Whatever he says, he will be criticised, rightly or wrongly.

    Yes, change now meant change after the Arsenal game. I am beginning to lean more towards the getting rid of Pardew camp, although I am still not convinced that there is a better alternative who would be willing to come here at the moment. I’d be fully behind backroom staff changes, keep Carver, I’d move Bramley up a level in the academy, other than that, not sure I would shed too many tears if the rest went out. Maybe keep Woodman, only so we keep his lad who looks a top prospect.

  • 41 Ian Toon // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Ibiza- I share much of what you say on WBA in the second half. Mind you we will have to do better when we encounter Fat Sam’s ammers.

  • 42 Ian Toon // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Fundementally we missed a number of first half chances Saylor, Cisse 2 which should have put the game out of WBA’s sight. Second half they closed us down and launched balls forward . To talk of Pardew being outsmarted by tactics shows a basic lack of understanding of football .

  • 43 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Hatem….Rabies shots are looking like a must.

    Ian…You know I have a soft spot for Beattie, but still, like us all, he sure can spout off some rubbish at times.

    West Ham will be tricky for sure. We can rest easy in that fat Sam isn’t actually a long ball kinda manager :)

    Lilongwe…”I think we had enough” is the line that I’d follow tbh. I completely underestimated the impact of EL, injuries etc, it was naive.

    Questions will be asked this summer and decisions will be made. It may likely be a very telling summer.

    Agree with the second paragraph, as at this point, nothing he says will do anything positive for the majority of fans. Would be great if he was able to avoid the press until season close.

  • 44 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    IanToon,
    Most of the reports I’ve read have stated that WBA changed tactics in the second half and took control of the game. To say that switching to playing long balls isn’t a tactic also shows a basic lack of understanding of the game. We did drop 10 yards deeper, and stopped doing what we had been in the first half. You could see during the game, Pardew telling players to drop deeper.

    To say that he was outsmarted, which I didn’t but as I did bring up the tactics I guess that is aimed at me, is not what I said. He got it wrong. As was evidenced by the differing performances in each half.

    I also said the players take a lot of the blame for missing chances in the first half, and I agree, confidence also will have played a part as we were being bombarded with long balls, but higher pressing and playing a higher line would have helped. We have pace in that back 4 now, and if the keeper also plays further up, then he can act as a sweeper for long balls over the top as well. All of that IS tactics, and also, it isn’t rocket science to realise that.

  • 45 Ian Toon // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Lilongwe- Please see me @ 26

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Ibiza,
    It would be great if the entire club could. We don’t need to be told how much the players want to win the next game for the fans, or how they are all hurting. We just need to see some evidence on the pitch.

    This summer could be interesting indeed. All reports re the contract say there were targets in Pardews contract for bonuses and for termination. It will be very interesting to see if Ashley sticks or twists. I think, as I have said before, a lot of Ashleys decisions re manager and staff will be hugely influenced by Graham Carrs advice and takings on where things have gone wrong this season.

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    IanToon @26,
    To an extent I agree, but tactics can drag players down. Pardew was seen telling players to drop deep, as a player you will generally do what your manager tells you to, that is a basic given. If your manager says drop 190 yards, you will do it, particularly in a team low on confidence. A top manager can use tactics to make his team better than they are. Swansea are a good example, they have, in the majority, average players, but their tactics make them a better side then they should be.

    Also, tactics are based around Ronaldo, Messi, and Bale. These players are generally given license to play as they want because they are just that good, and the rest of the team is organised to allow for that. We do not have anyone even close to the level of those 3. Cabaye is not that standard.

  • 48 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Lilongwe… I just don’t see what everyone expects them to say. Anyway, in the scheme of things, it isn’t that important. What happens on the pitch is and we now have four games left to secure PL and then see what the summer brings.

    I imagine Carr is a trusted member of the team too.

  • 49 Ian Toon // Apr 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Lilongwe
    You would not be saying that of Cabaye were he to be playing @ Barcelona or Real. He’s that good . Even in one of the Manchester sides. He was non existent in the second half. We played too deep second half but not from Pardew’s choosing. Players just go too their comfort zones . Just watch Saylor when he’s under pressure. Successive managers have tried to coach him into making a challenge further up the field rather than back pedalling into and around the area.
    Have a good day.

  • 50 lesh // Apr 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Ah, oh yes Ibiza, the coming together and not being able to prove the crime. That’ll be the FA’s line on it – unless Suarez admits biting the player. He’s apologised for letting his club down and that’s all – no mention of biting though. He’ll probably claim he wanted to ease an itch or he hates sucking on oranges!!

  • 51 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Lesh…Just been catching up with the news and with the apology (even though not saying he bit the guy) surely they have to take action?

    What is he a 3 year old? Pathetic. No doubting he’s a talented player, but the guy is a complete waste of talent.




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