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High Anxiety Hits 4th Bottom Newcastle

8:11 am, Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 36 Comments

The two big results in the last round of games in the Premier League were the 6-0 trashing of Newcastle by Liverpool at St. James’ Park on Saturday, and it was followed last night by Aston Villa’s 6-1 trouncing of Sunderland at Villa Park.

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Christian Benteke – scored great had trick last night

So much for Sunderland helping us in the relegation battle. :(

Before the last round of games Newcastle had 37 points and a goal difference of -17, and Aston Villa had 34 points and a goal difference of -27 – 10 goals worse than Newcastle’s.

But in one game Aston Villa are above us in the league – level on points at 37 but with a goal difference one better than that of Newcastle – simply amazing, and our goal difference is now the same as Wigan’s – so there goes a potential one point advantage.

We have only one place to drop before we are in the bottom three and the relegation zone.

There are some positives for Newcastle believe it or not – because Wigan on Saturday begin to play throe last four league games in 15 days – and it includes the FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley – so five games in 15 days.

So the hope for Newcastle is that Wigan will not get the five points it would take to overhaul Newcastle, although that would take just two wins in the league, and they almost beat Spurs  2-1 at home on Saturday, but for a last minute own goal; which allowed Spurs to draw 2-2.

Wigan are at West Brom, at home to Swansea, at Arsenal and at home to Aston Villa in their last four games of the season, two of which are in mid-week and they will have played two of those games by next Tuesday night.

Two defeats will let us breathe a little more easily.

The result last night will have caused high anxiety among the powers that be at Newcastle, and it certainly has with the fans, as things are lining up such that we actually could go down this season – unless our players pull their socks up.

And it wasn’t a great result for Sunderland either, who are stuck on 37 points, but with a decent goal difference of -12 compared to Newcastle’s -23.

Newcastle need some wins – or at least say 4 points – in our last three games to ensure we don’t take the drop, and the good news is that it’s still in our hands what actually happens.

We’re hoping we can save ourselves and of course we need to support the players.

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36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Ed,

    Pardew doen’t care as long as we finish there

  • 2 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    I really can’t blame most of the players, only pardew. When you put on a team the wrong way then the whole team look sh!t and individually look sh!t as well. From what I’ve seen the whole season, pardew has been put players on the wrong positions and wrong roles, which is not their strong points or what Carr saw in them. Sissoko is not an attacking midfield or winger, HBA is not good at defending so he will cost more harm than good, Cabaye is not holding midfield or defensive which is supposed to be Sissoko, Gouffran was not a winger Marveaux is but he put Marv as central midfield, Jonas used to be a good winger but not anymore. He ask players with less defensive attributes to do more defending than attacking, they will do more harm than good. We have many players with more defending attributes but pardew didn’t use them (Anita, Perch, Bigi) for defensive tactic. I think pardew is just acting or trying to be clever, it’s recipe for disaster. he said he is meticulous about analyzing opponent and tactic to face them, but every week he didn’t have particular tactic to face opponents and he just put on his favourite players and made up formation for them. IT’S A JOKE, it might worked once or twice but it’s getting perdictable and the opponents know it.

  • 3 nimo // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Yohanne will be upset with the critism his boyfriend been getting lately. If ahearer and co were still playing he’d be getting the same Xmas gift as pistone got.
    Pardew possibly needs to go before the qpr game or we could be without a paddle only hope I see us having is Wigan haven’t hit the form they usually have by now n hopefully we can pick a point n that’s now the do canio effect wore off

  • 4 Mag.no // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Sorry for repost

    This(low team spirit) is all Pardew. His lack of man management and motivating skills is ruining the dressingroom. That together with the obsession of beeing liked by the owner, players and fans, and the lack of dicsiplin is the blueprint for disaster.
    Ba moaned about beeing played out wide when every one saw that he was the man capable of it between him and Cisse, and Pardew sucked his a$$ because Cisse is an easier player to confront. Incredible!
    Ashley: Straight it up. You messed up when you hired this clown and not firing him when every fotball watching fans saw what was going on in december/january.
    Pardew: I wish you all the worst, you lying narsisist.

    Rant over

  • 5 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    If we got relegated again, there are 2 winners and 2 losers. Winners : pardew and players, Losers : Ashley and Fans.
    Winners in this case still getting money and posibly more money and a chance to walk away.

  • 6 dubzy // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    F*UCK OF PARDEW.Simple as that

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    If he has lost the dressing room couldn’t be worse than letting Cabaye if he is the ‘French Lieutenant’ then let him pick and run the team for the last three games.

    Can’t be worse than the apathetic shit we were served up on Saturday

  • 8 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Not sure how I feel this morning. Wanted a Sunderland win solely as confidence of us getting the needed points this season is lacking.

    On the flip side, it puts the mackems right back in the mix.

    Still a lot to play for, just hope we turn up to play.

  • 9 Mark the Mag // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    This is not happening, this is not reality, this isn’t the way it should be, this is not fair, this is a nightmare, this shouldn’t be going on, this is the life of an nufc fan.

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Noticed someone mentioning the Benitez link again last night. Didn’t this indy person say contact had been some weeks ago? The new tweet seemed like it had happened recently. Not sounding too consistent really.

    Time will tell.

  • 11 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    What Sir Alex Ferguson still stuck on my mind : “alan pardew is ungrateful sh!t and we are a wee club from north”. Damn, it became reality.

  • 12 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Alex Ferguson said*

  • 13 LeToonARMY // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I bet you guys any money A.P. will play gutti at left bk again against West Ham

    Eliot
    Yanga Taylor Collo Gutti
    Cabaye Tiote
    HBA Sissoko Gouffran
    Cisse

  • 14 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Santon…We may well be struggling and our league position may not reflect it, but we are no “wee club”.

  • 15 Roger // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Why this none checker Pardew is manager at this
    moment. 0 3 against Sunderland and now 0 6 against
    Liverpool. Why he is manager?
    Why he speaks about the next year? Next year we will
    play in the championship. I think we lost in West Ham,
    we lost on Loftus Road and we also lost at home
    against Arsenal.
    Why the chief not send Mr Pardew to the moon?
    It`s terrible to see what he have done to this great club.
    Hope I´m wrong!
    Many greatings from Germany.

  • 16 naptoon // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Never posted for a while I had such high hopes after jan but we are now in a waking nightmare. Only one saving grace is its still in our hands we need to get behind the team and by hook or by crook gets another win and draw which would see us safe. No point in saying out about Pardews tactics its all been said but we are stuck with him till end of season then surely he’s gone …. I’d like to see lee Clarke given a chance whatever division we are in HWTL (please)

  • 17 Owldman // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    @10 We’ve got as much chance of getting Messi or Ronaldo as we have in getting Benteke.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Ibiza,
    Dark weekend for Tyne and Wear football…. Starting to look more and more like the last relegation season, where we just pipped Sunderland to the last spot. Hopefully, it will be the other way round this time….

    It is starting to look more and more like Pards has lost the dressing room, and that is most worrying and in that case surely he has to go, previously that had been his saving grace that everyone seemed together.

  • 19 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Ibiza

    Can’t help myself feeling that way now, all thanks to sir pardew.

  • 20 Mag.no // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Roger
    Agree. Pardew should be fired yesterday with a motivating man taking charge of the last three games.
    You can’t change too much tactics, but you sure can pick the right players and motivate/threaten/dicsiplin them to work their socks off in the remaining games. Still i don’t think we’ll win against West Ham, but we will win against QPR if the players work together.

  • 21 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Lilongwe…Whilst he’s had my support I have always said, if there is a divide between Pardew and the players then he does have to go and quickly.

    I can’t get my head around why Ashley would keep him if there were such problems, surely there is far too much at stake to risk it, especially if the last 2 results are a product of this reported issue.

  • 22 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Santon…Sorry to hear that.

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    ibiza

    maybe ashley is gambling….doesn’t want pardew gone now as it looks like the players wield the power.

    Just hoping we stay up so he can put it right in the summer?

    just speculation though.

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Naptoon,
    Lee Clark did well at Huddersfield, but couldn’t quite take them up. He is working under difficult conditions at Birmingham, not sure how good the football is or how he is perceived to have done. If he did come I hope he brings Redmond with him.

  • 25 naptoon // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    and after last nite how bad does our 3-0 gubbing look

  • 26 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Alan Pardew may have lost the dressing room, but what he has found is, his Mojo ;)

  • 27 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Ibiza,
    It depends who Ashley trusts on football matters and how much he has learned over the recent years. I think one more poor performance and that will be it. I imagine he will be checking up on the truth of these stories though and act accordingly.

    Alternatively, Sage could be right, and Ashley is gambling until he has a chance to hold a cosmetic review of the season to say that the reason Pardew leaves is X,Y, or Z.

    Or the theory I think holds most water, the break clauses in the contract which require minimal compensation are based on where the side finishes, and if he was sacked prior to the end of the season the clause is null and void meaning Pardew gets a 7 years pay off.

  • 28 Sawbuck // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Trust the amckems to ruin my betting strategy.

    I was going to place a monster bet at 10/1 as insurance against the drop. But now we slid to 6/1 my plan is in tatters.

    Damn unreliable the mackems.

  • 29 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    TS…I wouldn’t put it past him, loves a bit of an arrogant gamble. Just hope he has some sense in that if the dressing room has been lost, rightly or wrongly, something needs to be done and now.

    I’m sure he’s concerned which is the right move, not the first time we’ve been here and changing managers last time around hardly worked well, but nor did he bring in an experienced manager. I love Shearer, but it was a bit like getting in a cheer leader for 8 games.

    If and only if there is a problem between players, then I think Pardew has to go. If he’s why there is no belief, what else can we do? Just hope Wigan don’t catch us? Dear me.

  • 30 Rainrix // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Bloody hell sunderland trying to do their best nufc tribute act last night? Typical always copying us.

    Perfect example of a late replacement of a manager. A couple of good wins against us and everton and then straight back to where they were. In the short term it might’ve just saved them from relegation. In the long term however it’ll be more of the same. I bet my hat they’ll be scrapping for survival again next season.

  • 31 naptoon // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    His teams are functional and difficult to beat performed miracles at Birmingham really I think though he only plays that way as that’s the players at his disposal he did cut his teeth under ardiles and keegan so I think he will know how to set up a footballing team with better players

  • 32 Santon03 // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Lilong

    I think he already lost it before january, but got it back thanks to 5 clueless frenchman, and he lost it again when Colo gone. It’s what happen when you have a leader who always blamed something or someone else and not taking responsibility for his own failure. I don’t think he has the ability to see his mistakes, he is too proud and arrogant, even now he still thinks he is the best manager and we are very lucky to have him managing the club. He keep saying that the fans are intelligent means that we should understand that it’s not his fault.

  • 33 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // Apr 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Lilongwe…I suppose we sit and wait…deep joy!

  • 34 markmac // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    @11 SANTON – Ferguson also said something like ‘dont trust a manager who makes notes during a game’ :-/

  • 35 MAUTITOON // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    what do you lot think if we play without a striker against west ham cause anyways cisse is not getting any decent service at the moment and i’m pessimist if that’s going to change. could we try this?
    harper
    taylor collossus mbiwa
    st james perch sissoko
    obertoon cabbage goofy
    benny marveauxlous
    would that be any good?i’m no expert but at this point i know how all magpies must be feeling and our most sincere wish right now would be a miracle to happen and somehow our beloved team survive this plaque of the moment.having watched wigam play against spurs,truth be said i’m almost have no hope.they nearly defeated them and had kone been more inspired in front of goal that day,well i dare not wonder the consequences,they may have five games in 15 days but can’t see them losing 3 game.its up to our team to take destiny in their own hands and not rely upon our opponents result.as it stands all sound so bleek… a candle and a match box please anyone?

  • 36 Mark the Mag // Apr 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Why always us ??? Where talking about Pardrew owning up and taking responsibility, like any walk of life its the only way forward, maybe its our time as fans to take a look at ourselves and ask why always us ???




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