West Ham A Major Threat On Set Plays


Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has done well against Newcastle, since he was fired in January of 2008, after only eight months on Tyneside, and his Blackburn side and his West Ham side earlier this season, have both won at St. James’ Park since he left.

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Chris Mort and Sam Allardyce at Newcastle in 2007

And Sam will be wanting to notch another win against his former club this afternoon, and if he’s successful that could be another blow to Newcastle’s chances of staying in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew seems worried about West Ham’s set plays, and the ability of our former captain Kevin Nolan to get goals in the penalty box – and we’ll not even mention local striker Andy Carroll’s heading ability.

This is what Alan Pardew said in the Evening Chronicle today:

“We’ve done well against teams who are direct, like Stoke and Everton.” “Since I’ve been here we have been very competitive in those games.”

“But West Ham because they are very good at what they do.” “We know at some point they will leave something for Kevin and we need to be around him.”

“In all my time in football I haven’t seen anybody who is a more clinical finisher than him in the box.” “We need to make sure we look after those two for sure.”

“You have to compete – it’s as simple as that.” “Set-pieces have been a problem for us this year.” “We’re one of the smallest teams in the Premier League.”

“But defensively we have been pretty strong.” “We have to take that into today because their set-pieces are a key feature of Sam Allardyce’s game.”

Newcastle are in a nose dive as far as results go, and we must get something out of the game this afternoon.

The longer we go without picking up points the more likely it is that our Premier League survival will be dependent on how we do against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on the last day of the season, which is two weeks tomorrow.

We want to have Newcastle safe before that game – so we can regroup and build in the summer for another Premier League season.

The alternative is just unthinkable .

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179 comments so far

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    One of the smallest teams?????? Please leave alan your talking even more shite

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  • Krul to be Kind

    May 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    If there is ever a time for a team to click… it’s today!!!

    HWTL

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    being used as practice for police dogs attack drills is too good for Ashley .

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    “But defensively we have been pretty strong.” Yeah you have to be strong at the back to concede 9 goals without reply at home

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  • nico

    May 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Team for today

    ——————-Harper——————
    Simo—–Collo——-Taylor—-Hadaria
    ————–Cabs—–Sissoko————
    Anita————Arfa————Goufran
    ——————Cisse———————

    With a front 4 of these, give them licence to inter-change positions. I think if we trained more like this we would be more likely to score goals.
    Sissoko’s best position is centre mid.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    At this point in such a downward trajectory most managers would just put their heads down, get on with the job, hope for the best and stop talking such gob-sh***. Instead AP BROADCASTS TO THE WORLD….. or at least whoever turns up to listen.

    Barking doesn’t even get close.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Just think where we’d be if Pardew hadn’t boarded up the training ground so all the other clubs didn’t find out our tactics …

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Hatem@7

    He boarded it up in case someone noticed we didn’t actually have any tactics – like nobody notices this fact when we play matches.

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  • BandB

    May 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    I wish he could just occasionally give the impression that he ever thinks about what WE might do to them.
    Despite all the disappointment we’ve experienced, I wake up on a match day hoping we are going to give it a go.
    Maybe we can pass it round the back four for 90 minutes and claim we controlled the match? Defence, it seems, is the best form of attack.
    Defeatism seems to be his mindset, and is structurally built into the way the team sets up. PLEASE Alan, today, TRY to encourage something that looks a bit like normal football.
    HWTL.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    bambams,
    On the Rafa rumour,what makes anybody think that Ashley is going to go from the calibre of managers such as JFK who are ghateful to be offered a job to double CL winners and you say the rumours won’t go away,I think it’s only on line forums and twitter users who are talking about it,it has been mentioned on total sport once this week and it was rubbish by John Anderson.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew’s choice?

    ——————-Harper——————
    Simo—–Willo——-Colo—Perch——
    ————–Cabs—–Tiote————
    Ameobi————————Jonas——
    ————Cisse—Gouffran———

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Band B,
    Have you listened to the interview where he blames the crowd for the Liverpool humiliation.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Nico@5
    With a front 4 of these, give them licence to inter-change positions..

    Err, hello, Nico. We are talking about Pardew here. He reckons Inter Change are Wonga’s newly sponsored Italian club.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Oh God, another day of stress. I reckon 3-1 to West Ham with Carroll and Nolan both scoring. Whatever happens, if they score early , its time up. If we dont get a point today we could be gone. My prediction was that we would lose 0-3 to Sunderland ( scary I know ) and lose at home to Liverpool. I think we’ll lose again today. Again its tragic because a decent manager would have this team way up the league – certainly far away from releation. I know the Europa and plenty of injuries havent helped at all, but we have had bigger problems than that all season. Come on Pardew – go for it today. We need to press them and attack and score. I think we’ll go down because Wigan look like they can beat any team in the league besides Man U or maybe Chelsea right now. And we dont look capable of beating anyone…..

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #15

    I think they’ll shut up shop in May … go on holiday and Pardew will still be in charge for preseason.

    There are better managers out there but he’s the best spin doctor Ashley will find.

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  • nico

    May 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Spotlight Kid

    Yes I know what you mean.
    This is the team I would play, and I would have them training both how to attack and switch positions and then how to defend when we lose the ball.
    If only Pardew had some belief in his players and let them express themselves.
    The new French players did that when they first came.
    3 months later, Pards has banged that out of them.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    JFA

    what was he said again mate???

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  • BandB

    May 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Jail,

    Like you, I think he wasn’t backed. But he sounds like Comical Ali at the moment. Total bunker mentality. I wish he’d just shut his cakehole.
    My new fear is that he may be arguing behind the scenes that Carr is giving him players who don’t understand and aren’t physical enough for the EPL. The mention of Jay Spearing made my heart sink. Imagine this IS his argument, and he wins it?

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  • Munster Mag

    May 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Jeez sorry to be so depressing guys but i did call 0-3 to the mackems. 0-6 was a clear sign that he has lost some of the players. Lets just hope it was a one off and we find our fight today. 1-1 would be brilliant.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #20

    We have conceded the most goals in the league and he comes out with “But defensively we have been pretty strong.”

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #21

    @Nico #5 Haidara is out with a hamstring injury in training.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #22

    Maybe Ashley laid a big juicy £10m bet on relegation this time last year when the odds would have been unfathomably generous…. Who better to deliver this than Pardew? Do I sniff corruption?

    Where’s Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective Lieutenant Police Squad when you need most him? Or is Pardew really Drebin working undercover? All will be revealed in this weeks exciting episode: ‘Under the Hammers’….

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #23

    eaststand ,
    go back to yesterday tea time and a poster called Laurent ….. posted a link to the interview.

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  • Spotlight Kid

    May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #24

    Nico@16

    Sorry to break it to you, the man is incapable of such thinking. He’s an amateur footballer turned amateur manager.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Anyway way lads may the 4th be with you 😉

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  • NUFCarter

    May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #26

    NUFC fans on soccer a.m.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Let’s hope we score very late or he’ll try to defend a 1 goal lead … instead of going for two … that’s Pardew’s idea of football. Great if you have a squad of top players who don’t make individual mistakes or panic. Not so clever if you ship goals like this Pardew team.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #28

    JFA

    that will take all on my phone mate ha

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  • jeff

    May 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #29

    Pardew just texted me the team. I am his dad

    Harper
    Simspon
    Taylor
    Coloccini
    Gutierrez
    Tiote
    Perch
    Sissoo
    Cabaye
    Shola
    Cisse

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  • jeff

    May 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #30

    Shola is playing as an inverse winger

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #31

    Hibbiton…formation and tactics has been discussed alot in your absense of the blog 😉

    …result is all well short term, but we need a little more than that I think if we don’t want to be down here again.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #32

    @jeff

    Never considered contraception?

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #33

    Found it

    “Brendan Rodgers said to me after the game, after 15 minutes, he thought we’d made a really good pass and got booed by the crowd. Y’ know, that’s where we are with the crowd, so it’s difficult to play under them conditions… so is it better to play away from home? I only hope our away fans are on top form for us.”

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  • Munster Mag

    May 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #34

    Eaststand…in fairness I think Pardew is referring to being defensively strong againt the big ball merchants?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #35

    some guy on the radio yesterday claimed to have given a first team player a lift to work and said Mbwia would be at LB.

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  • Ian Toon

    May 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Good Morning– All Toon Army and Toon Talk, were in the Duke of Edinburgh from 12 o’clock. Just a few hundred yards up from Upton Park Station. Nice and friendly- bangers and mash. HWTL

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #37

    Munster

    He just need to shut the fcuk up and deal with the job in hand and stoke battered us at their place when they got their goals we couldnt cope with them.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #38

    #33

    It doesn’t help but when you are paying a huge chunk of cash for watching dross week in week out this is going to happen.
    Times are hard, people want value for their money. NUFC have hardly been entertainers recently.

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    May 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #39

    Ian

    Theres a canny club around the corner we went to its away fans only up stairs

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  • nico

    May 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #40

    Jail for Ashley
    Makes sense actually. Who else will play there. Gutti had a mare against the unwashed

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