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West Ham A Major Threat On Set Plays

9:32 am, Saturday, May 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 179 Comments

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 responses so far ↓

  • 1 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM

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

  • 2 Krul to be Kind // May 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

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

    HWTL

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

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

  • 4 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

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

  • 5 nico // May 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    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.

  • 6 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    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.

  • 7 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    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 …

  • 8 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    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.

  • 9 BandB // May 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    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.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    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.

  • 11 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Pardew’s choice?

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

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

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

  • 13 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    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.

  • 14 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    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…..

  • 15 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    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.

  • 16 nico // May 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    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.

  • 17 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    JFA

    what was he said again mate???

  • 18 BandB // May 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    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?

  • 19 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    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.

  • 20 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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

  • 21 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

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

  • 22 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    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’….

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

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

  • 24 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Nico@16

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

  • 25 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Anyway way lads may the 4th be with you ;-)

  • 26 NUFCarter // May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    NUFC fans on soccer a.m.

  • 27 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    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.

  • 28 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    JFA

    that will take all on my phone mate ha

  • 29 jeff // May 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Pardew just texted me the team. I am his dad

    Harper
    Simspon
    Taylor
    Coloccini
    Gutierrez
    Tiote
    Perch
    Sissoo
    Cabaye
    Shola
    Cisse

  • 30 jeff // May 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Shola is playing as an inverse winger

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    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.

  • 32 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    @jeff

    Never considered contraception?

  • 33 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    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.”

  • 34 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

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

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    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.

  • 36 Ian Toon // May 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    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

  • 37 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    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.

  • 38 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    #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.

  • 39 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Ian

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

  • 40 nico // May 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

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

  • 41 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    More unbelievable comments from the devious one. So unbelievable in fact, that he’d tell you black is white and white is black. Worst thing is, the deluded fool is believing believing it himself.

    It’s simply his verbal morphing of facts which is getting him the managerial jobs. His CV certainly isn’t a selling point.

  • 42 BandB // May 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I’ve just read that JFA.
    The SJP crown are inured to 94 minutes of stomach-churning misery. It takes a fair bit to make them boo.
    Folks say Pardew isn’t an innovator. But he’s invented an entirely unique brand of football….the football version of Pointless.
    “We’ve been pretty strong defensively?” I presume he means we’ve played lots of people in defensive roles.
    But for the rest of today, he gets my full support.
    C’mon The Wizard of Drivel!
    Prove everyone wrong.

  • 43 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Just been thinking, with wigans game in hand and their usual end of season form, today is a must win, or we will be going down, unless we get still get more than norwich or villa or scumderland, really 2 wins is needed

  • 44 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I heard the lad on the radio saying about MYM at left back also. He can play at full-back as well I do believe.

  • 45 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Ian well done for being there! Give them hell from Munster Mag! HTL

  • 46 Dubaigeordie // May 4, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    hopefully Pardew plays something along the lines of
    ————-Elliot——————-
    Simo—–Saylor——-Collocini—–Yanga
    ——Sissoko——Cabaye——–Anita
    ——-Benny——-Cisse———-Gouffy

    Purely because 4-2-3-1 is not working for us at all !!!
    4-3-3 will see a lot more attacking threat to the game and with the defence simmo saylor and collo all know how each other play and yanga is a strong player who likes to roam with the ball so put him as a full back and he will have a lot more time on the ball to pick out the passes and do the little runs he likes to do.

    Anita over Tiote simply because Anita has better pace has a cooler head on him and does not always get caught in no mans land

    Cabaye down the middle for those chip through balls and to control the park
    Sisso on the right of CM simply because he has good pace accel and strength so can back up benny when needed
    Gouffy out wide instead of centre because of pace again and Cisse in the middle will see a lot more chances with this sort of team!

  • 47 magpie6699 // May 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Bet they’re not better than us at corners!

  • 48 BandB // May 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Ian

    Looking forward to a match report later. Have a great day.

  • 49 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    If he says they are a fret again I wont be happy….

  • 50 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Alien, there’s no way we are getting 2 wins. My prediction has been one point off QPR. I really cant see us getting much today. I just hope we dont ship 4 or more. I reckom 3-1 to ” West Am cos they were a bigger fret ( threat ) than us and had more experience , but our “group” is still in this and we are fighting ( amongst ourselves ) and my warrior ( Tiote the useless pub clogger ) was tired today because he got a new haircut in midweek ….” and on and on……..ad nauseum…..

  • 51 Yohan // May 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Harper has the experience and commands his box a lot better than Elliot. Must start today

  • 52 yo-yo // May 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    The chances we will go down will be massively increased should we fail to take a single point from the Hammers.
    Wigan could easily win two of their remaining games so today is very squeaky bum time indeed and …. ‘every game is a cup final’ blah bvlah blah

  • 53 Joe Blog // May 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I call 2-1 to the Hammers.

    Carroll and Nolan for them, a big gust of wind for us. Wigan will win at West Brom too and Villa will garner a draw.

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    well it ain’t easy coming to a place like this,they’ve got a great crowd who get behind em trust me I’ve been ere,yeah they’ve got some big,big players make no mistake and yeah it’s ard to compete wiv teams who can afford the big fees,being away from ome don’t help eiver,we need the crowd onside if were going to get over the line.

  • 55 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Agree. Wigan could win all their remaining games. They just need luck but competed against everyone , including City and spurs ( should have won ) ….we however ……oh for Keegan now….

  • 56 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Here’s a classic from Lee Ryder today in the Chronic:

    ‘In studying Pardew’s managerial career it has to be noted he has developed the skill of knowing when to react and when to stay calm.’

    Not sure a certain assistant referee will agree with this assertion of the silver-supremo’s zen like qualities. He sure had me fooled last week as well when he stormed off down the tunnel without so much as a by your leave.

    ‘Relax – the Pardew way’ – now on betamax at most branches of Poundstretcher.

  • 57 thai-mag // May 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    “defensively we’ve been pretty strong” pardew must have been watching different games from the rest of us, we’ve conceded more goals than any other team in the league

  • 58 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Yo-Yo@52

    The chances we will go down will be massively increased should we fail to take a single point from the Hammers.

    I truly hope this is meant as a statistical assertion as opposed to an honestly held insight.

  • 59 yo-yo // May 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I really don’t care whom plays and it what formation.
    I want to see commitment, spirit, hard work and organisation not desperation, halfheartedness and headless chickens.
    It ain’t over til the final whistle in the Wigan Villa game. But the thought we may need to rely on Villa’s performance again to stay up is pure irony.

  • 60 northernirishtoon // May 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Cisse 2-1 85/1

    Can feel it in my bones. Thought we might get a draw, but I’d rather set myself up for massive disappointment than settle for mediocrity

    Come on the toon

  • 61 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Thai, I think Pardew is referring to games against Stoke and other long ball teams? Leave him alone!!! :)

  • 62 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    But the thought we may need to rely on Villa’s performance again to stay up is pure irony. Yo-Yo@59

    No, Yo-Yo, it is not pure irony, it is pure managerial incompetence.

  • 63 Williamsonsuks // May 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    West Ham definitely have a height advantage for set plays. We should hold a high defensive line today, their strikers are to slow. God we need a win today!!!

  • 64 yo-yo // May 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Spotlight

    I sat and looked at the table, then looked at the fixture list, looked back at the table, looked at the form table and then worked out we need 4 pts to be sure of safety as Wigan are so unpredictable formwise and Swansea could easily take a loss against them.

    It’s both head and heart I’m afraid.

  • 65 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Does anyone else remember the home game v Portsmouth years ago when David Kelly scored? Or am I getting premature dementia?

  • 66 AussieNUFC // May 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    What’s a good online streaming site to watch the game tonight?

  • 67 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Yo Yo, thats incorrect. Wigan are in decent form and playing well. I listened to the game on the radio here in Ireland and they said Martinez outfoxed the Spurs boss and they should have won? I think Wigan will win at least 2 games.

  • 68 hibbitonthewing // May 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    If we play this spine bottom to top and the rest work as a bungee cord off them..
    Colo
    Sissoko
    Cabaye
    Cisse

    …we have enough technical players to take on pretty much anyone with any style. Even a resurgent hammers.
    All we needed is a good motivator to get then going.

    Oh…..

  • 69 yo-yo // May 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Spotlight

    Remembering the last half hour in the EPL in our previous relegation season I was being… well, ironic

  • 70 JAMSHA // May 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    DO NOT WORY… CAROLL AN NOLAN WILL SAVE US, CAROLL WILL B INJURD IN 1ST HALF… IM SURE HE WILL FAKE A INJURY… N STILL BELIVE NOLAN WILL TRY TO PLAY CRAP N GIVE AWAY THE BALL

  • 71 yo-yo // May 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Munster

    Exactly … That’s what I said… Wigan could easily win two of their remaining games

    But then they could get a couple of draws. If they get 8 points out of 12 we need 4… or 3 and a better GD

  • 72 yo-yo // May 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    And Wigna have only taken 2 points from the last 12 in offer so they’re not in great form – it just looks like their in better shape than us

  • 73 AussieNUFC // May 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Anyone I need a good website to watch the game ?

  • 74 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Yo-Yo @ 64

    It’s knife edge, Sir, and that’s a fact. We shouldn’t be in this mess, but now we are we will never get out playing the same hoofball as got us in. 4 more points should just about do it – but from where? 2 more points might not be enough this year.

    Pardew’s worrying comments about being good against long-ball teams suggests he reckons more of the same hoofball bilge will actually work today simply ’cause we are playing Big Sam.

    Alas, if we do score first we are surely doomed as Pards will then park the open topped bus at half time – and we will be peppered. Best we can hope for is a dull, dreary 0-0 for 89 minutes with Cisse miraculously staying onside to to snatch a late win (a la Fulham).

    But WHU at home are a completely different prospect to Fulham, so I can’t see any points in this.

  • 75 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    For inspiration… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydF8_mNzMdc

    Hopefully the magic of Hatem can produce more miracles.

    (then cue Pardew with self appreciation and filling himself with his own self awesomeness, even though once again, it is a moment of brilliance produced by the talent he hasn’t a clue how to manage… they’re too small… OK there Tony Pulis).

    Nolan is a threat, yet we have a team full of internationals. Alan, give it a rest will you please.

  • 76 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Aussie. I usually use first row sports if I can’t get to games. Spam central, but nevertheless…

  • 77 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    firstrow1 it’s called

  • 78 Spotlight Kid // May 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    In the end survival this year is not about how well we play in the next 3 games (because under Pardew, trust me, we won’t), it’s about how badly Wigan play, and whether Norwich or Sunderland manage to get sucked back in.

    I suggest selecting Wiziwig, tuning into West Brom v Wigan or Norwich v Villa, and adding years to your life this afternoon. Unless you are some sort of masochist.

  • 79 jimmysmith // May 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Those two home home results were hideous but they were extraordinary games compared to this match.

    One was the derby, with Sunderland suitably up for it and us clearly not, with a logical outcome.

    The other was one good team on the up meeting a jaded one on the slide resulting in an unlikely hammering that sometimes happens.

    This game is more run of the mill and perhaps more predictable.

    West Ham probably will win by the odd goal or we’ll earn a battling or lucky point, but it’s not inconceivable either that we deliver a performance the team is capable of and win either deservedly or with a little luck.

    We could be safe by tea time.

  • 80 ginola_tonic // May 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Just a quick question. What’s happened to marv?

  • 81 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Yo Yo, Wigan are not in good form. A bit unlucky but playing 100% better than us. They only team in freefall is us. Funnily enough I’m not sure Sunderland are in any way safe. No strikers ?? Could sink again. But I reckon its NUFC for the drop. Wigan could give any team in the divison a real game now. We cant, for a whole variety of reasons. We should be able to though, with a better manager. Isnt is strange to remember back to Pardews comments when we got rid of guys liek Nolan, and at the start of this season….about retaining the ball, controlling games etc? He either talks crap, or knows what he wants but doesnt have the ability to implememnt it ??

  • 82 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Marveaux injured for rest of season with a groin re-occurrence problem I think it is.

  • 83 Andymax // May 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    http://atdee.net/

    or

    http://www.viplivesports.eu/sports/football.html

  • 84 yo-yo // May 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Spotlight

    I’m off to work now till 6 p.m. with a steam radio only – so its going to be very nerve wracking..

    Munster

    Let’s just hope Wigan only take another 2 pts from their next 12. It’s a long shot but.. as Spotlight says its almost out of our hands.

    If we play with the spirit we did against Gooners away and Manure at Old Trafford we do have a chance – provided we keep concentrating.
    My view of AP is that he is a dinosaur thrashing its tale as it dies the long death. It sure ain’t pretty and makes awful noises. I just don’t want him to take us down with him.

  • 85 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    So pardew wants us to win, but has prepared us for losing. Typical

  • 86 ginola_tonic // May 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    @yo-yo

    Your last comment about the dinosaur is spot on about parsnip. Lol.

  • 87 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Wigan create chance, so they have a chance of winning any game. If you don’t go out to win games, you’re either going to struggle to get 3 points, or more than likely draw or lose. Cheers Pardew, don’t keep up the bad work.

  • 88 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    *chances

  • 89 NUFC FOR SALE // May 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Team for Today Guaranteed

    Elliott
    Simpson Taylor Collo Mbiwa
    Jonas Tiote Cabaye Goufran
    Cisse Shola

    Team that should be played

    Elliott
    Simpson Taylor Collo Mbiwa
    Ben Arfa Tiote Cabaye Goufran
    Sissoko
    Cisse

  • 90 Andymax // May 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Aussie try these 2, watch out for spam though;

    h**p://atdee.net/

    or

    h**p://www.viplivesports.eu/sports/football.html

  • 91 toon kk // May 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Sad to say but I can’t see us winning any more games this season, our confidence has gone. If West Ham put pressure on us we’ll crack. It will depend on Wiggons results, trouble is they seem to want it more. I wonder the logic behind pardews tactics this season.

  • 92 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t play Shola. He’ll be there to combat the FRET on set plays and as a way of lumping it to Strolla up front in general.

    Of course we could try to utilise the pace and skill in our side, but that would be too easy wouldn’t it Mr. Pardew?

  • 93 toonarmydownsouth // May 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Elliott
    Simpson Willo Collo Mbiwa
    Sissoko Cabaye
    Jonas Benny. Goofy
    Cisse

  • 94 firebug666 // May 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Hate to be the bearer of more bad news but Sissoko did not travel with the squad due to an ankle injury he picked up in training. Reported in the Daily Mail @ 11:44

  • 95 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Mail reporting Sissoko out …

  • 96 Graeme // May 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Aussie, I use firstrowsports.eu it works a treat, even out here in Nigeria. Good luck

  • 97 Cisse's Big Toe // May 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    no sissoko haidara or marv today, ferguson travelled with squad.

    for the last 3 games i would just go with the flat basic 442 that we played last year, so today i would line up

    elliot
    simpson taylor collo anita
    hba cabaye tiote guti
    cisse shola

  • 98 toonarmydownsouth // May 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    CBT
    Are you sure? Pretty sure ferguson is in the starting line up for birmingham today

  • 99 thai-mag // May 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    it may just be a coincidence but lots of people were saying Sissoko walked out of training early on Monday, may be there was something in that after all

  • 100 Cisse's Big Toe // May 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    tads all i know is i was told yesterday that sissoko was out, ferguson sammy and campbell travelled with the squad

  • 101 toonarmydownsouth // May 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    CBT
    Not sure where they heard that mate, fergies in the starting line up, kicks off in about 20 mins
    Campbell normally travels tbf

    Wasnt there a rumour that sissoko stormed out if training this week?

  • 102 Jamesthefirst // May 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    As much as everyone is worried about relegation, I still believe 100% that Cisse’s last minute winner against Fulham was the goal that kept us in the Premier League.

  • 103 Tommyy // May 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Sissoko, Haidara, Marveaux all out!? I’m sick of this, every f*****g week we get someone new injured and it’s become normality. This summer the medical and fitness team need to be sorted.

  • 104 Cisse's Big Toe // May 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    tads, just checked, it was an assumption based on shane saying it was his last training session with birmingham the other day, ofc that didnt mean he had played his last match

  • 105 Rotonda heights // May 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Jimmysmith

    Only we could be jaded with 5 new players

  • 106 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    We’ve lost 16 of the last 25 league matches Sky Sports has just had on the ticker. Wow. Awful.

    I want to be hopeful for 2 hours time, it’s just so hard to be with all the things we’ve seen in recent weeks.

  • 107 cockneymagpie90 // May 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    mbiwa-colo-taylor-perch
    —————anita————–
    ——sissoko—-cabaye—–
    Benarfa—cisse—gouffran

    Strong tight flat back four to deal with arial threat.

    And then pass and move attacking threat goin forward.

    Doubt this will be it though…

    Got a feeling pardew will try and play them at their own game and we will lose.

  • 108 Rotonda heights // May 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

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

    Love it !!

  • 109 ilovetoon8788 // May 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    “defensively we are very strong”

    Ahahahahahaha. Yea damn right. One of the highest conceded in the league.

    I want some of what he’s smoking!

  • 110 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    If we manage to escape hopefully Ashley will have to look at spending more each summer.
    Now there’s a 60M+ downside to relegation, wafer thin, weak squads are too big a gamble even for the bargain bin king.

  • 111 Jackel001 // May 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Sissoko not in the squad.. Wonder if the story about him storming out of training is true…

  • 112 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Laurent ,
    Have you just started posting or have you posted under a previous name,I find your posts very interesting.

  • 113 JAMSHA // May 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    wen does our match start????

  • 114 tunearmy // May 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I saw some strange stuff this week, I was working on power lines by the training ground up a cherry picker and could see over the fence.
    Ben arfa was wearing psg gear including scarf.
    Pardew had everyone in weird positions, at one point he forced them into human pyramids with Jonas on top wearing weird gimp outfit with his pony tail sticking out.
    Sissoko wouldn’t climb up cos he was scared of heights.
    Pardew was wearing a tutu and had a fairy wand and was skipping about.
    It was all a bit weird and I felt time would be better used practicing different ways of taking corners or something.

  • 115 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Name change JFA ;-)

  • 116 JAMSHA // May 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    tunearmy

    was arfa barefoot with the psg kit?

  • 117 tunearmy // May 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    He had plimsoles on I think.

  • 118 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    I read the articles every day, whether I catch up or am up to date. Sometimes I post, sometimes I don’t, depending on mood and or what I’m doing at the time.

    Just hope we get something from todays game, without letting Pardew off the hook (even though I don’t want to be nasty sort of thing, but I think folk know what I mean).

  • 119 tunearmy // May 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Could have been Ballet shoes though

  • 120 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    tunearmy

    The best explanation of our season so far … I believe you mate.

  • 121 toonarmydownsouth // May 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Personally today would startHBA as a CAM not a winger, pointless trying to deliver crosses, cisse will get bullied in the air against them, but there static at the back so benny through the middle would cause havoc
    Also having jonas on the wing in front of simpson will completley nulify there main threat, matt jarvis who’s the main service supply for carroll

  • 122 cockneymagpie90 // May 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Pardew: Ohhh no Sissoko is injured! Tiote, you will be my no.10 today.

  • 123 stuart no9 // May 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    unless we can borrow – kevin nolan and joey barton for the last 2 games , i worry about our survival.
    Just watching football focus on tv someone mentioned the word – character . My thoughts immediately went back to last saturday.,if that is what it takes to stay up , god help us.
    We have a manager who , to be honest , should not be managing in this league, finally we are playing a side that , for so many reasons will want to finish us off. historically we dont do very well against london clubs, so to have west ham- qpr and arsenal as our last 3 games, the odds are really stacked up against us today. 2-0 or if pards performs some sort of miracle 1-1.

  • 124 Benji84 // May 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    sissoko out injured whats the opinions there then

  • 125 NUFC_LEAZES END // May 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    good day of football today, mainly championship. I hope hull get promoted so its a closer away game to go to.

  • 126 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Pardew saying we need experienced players like Nolan …

    He was manager at the time Nolan was sold?
    He’s had a fair few transfer windows to buy experienced players to replace Nolan & Barton … so wtf is Pardew talking about? Has he just had this revelation since last Saturday?

  • 127 NUFC_LEAZES END // May 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    im happy sissoko is injured if that is true. theres no doubt pardew would have played him out of position anyways and would have just gave the ball away too often

  • 128 Cisse's Big Toe // May 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    our supposed team for today 433

    Elliot – Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa – Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez – Ben Arfa, Cisse, Gouffran.

    not too far from a great line up, i would have anita in there and keep gouffran for bench impact

  • 129 Mister Tuff // May 4, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Percys comments about us being defensively strong is utter tosh. The goals against for us and the some of the teams around us are as follows:-
    Toon 66 against
    Reading 65 against
    Villa 64 against
    Wigan 62 against
    The other clubs goals against are all in the 50′s. Currently our defensive record is the worst in the league.
    How this equates to us being “defensively strong” is plain and simple mind blowing.
    Other points for today Elliot – gives me the collywobbles – nervy – and has panic/uncertainty written all over him.
    Colo – is he match fit -should he be playing -in view of the fact he wants away – could end up being hero or villain.
    If we go a goal down – panic mode will prevail and we’ll lose shape and collapse.
    Lastly -a message for our roving reporter -please no reports after the game -of dubious conversations with West Ham fans extolling the virtues of Percy – or bumping into Charlton/Reading/Soton fans who have similar fables to tell.

  • 130 Cisse's Big Toe // May 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    first goal wins today

  • 131 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Benji84

    He ruptured his passing ability in March, he’being playing on though …

  • 132 JAMSHA // May 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    if we loose, pardew will blame sissiko

  • 133 Joe Blog // May 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Hatem’s

    I think he’s passed all the idiot tests and we can nw draw him up a certificate and present him it when he’s (hopefully) fired.

    Anyway, for now I’m cheering my home town and second team on – Hull City :)

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  • 137 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Pardew managing these technical players in the Premier League is a bit like a Maths GCSE schoolboy in the lower classes going in to the New York Stock exchange trying to organise people to trade for millions.

    Unqualified, incapable and not up to the required level, the schoolboy’s likely result is a massive downward spiral.

    No offence to the schoolboy though, as they’d have the brains to realise this and ask for help. Whereas we have a guy who continues to do the same things badly, and expects things to be different next time round even after numerous fails.

    The hope is draining from me each week.

    Howay the lads for three points!

  • 138 JAMSHA // May 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    useng android + opera mini

  • 139 ToonAndy // May 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Call me mad lads but I think Sissokos “injury” is a blessing in disguise!!…. Pardew has insisted on playing him out of position in this number 10 role… Where tbh he is an absolute donkey… This could give CABAYE the chance and a number 10 role and play Anita as a holding mid…

    ————————–KRUL—————–

    SIMPSON–SAYLOR—COLLO–PERCH

    —————–TIOTE——-ANITA———-

    BEN ARFA——–CABAYE—–GOUFFY

    ————————-CISSE——————

    That’s actually a Really strong team

  • 140 alanrichie // May 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I know it wont happen, but if i was Andy Carroll growing up supporting the toon, a proper fan, being on loan for a season at West Ham who are safe and have nothing really to play for,also knowing that if he scores he could be sending us down, i’d miss every chance in heartbeat…

  • 141 Benji84 // May 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    haetem love the comment!!

    All i want is the team to play positive and go for it. The only positive thing is that first half against west brom if we play like that and take our chances we will win. Lets go

  • 142 breno95 // May 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Todays selected 11 to start we truly define pardews abilities as a manager and show the true level of his capabilities.
    For me, taking into account our perilous position, tiote and jonas should not start as tiote is a liability and jonas offers noth
    ing
    My 11, acknowledging the aerialof WHU

  • 143 ToonAndy // May 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Elliot for KRUL obviously…. I’m half asleep

  • 144 JAMSHA // May 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    anyways it doest work… unknown format… + it doesnt show up in.my sd card untill.u search for the file

  • 145 Benji84 // May 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Just a thought how about he throw Jonas up front may be that will confused there defense and even ours?

  • 146 Munster Mag // May 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Toonandy, not sure any team with Tiote is strobg. I cant see pards changing now and getting Cabaye up the pitch?

  • 147 breno95 // May 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Stupid blog/phone
    as i said above my 11, counting for the sissoko injury is
    elliott
    saylor
    colo
    willo
    mbwia
    arfa
    anita
    cabaye (sissoko if fit)
    Gouffran
    cisse
    shola (purely to give us a physical presence up top).

  • 148 Jail for Ashley // May 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Laurent ,
    Troy Stavers ?

  • 149 Rotonda heights // May 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    breno

    shola wll just foul people and give free kicks away plus he can’t do 90 mins

  • 150 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Sissoko is supposedly out injured today!

    …don’t know if it has been reported yet?

  • 151 Rotonda heights // May 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    laurent at 137

    superb analogy

  • 152 bringbackemre // May 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Benji4
    I know your probably joking but
    I think that is the only place for him now , Id say he could hold it up when no1 else is around
    The role he has now of box to box winger , he really doesn have the legs anymore ,
    his best games for me where when he wasin trying to get back on every counter attack the guy is shattered

  • 153 Rotonda heights // May 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Hatem

    Pardew should give it a rest. Nobody exactly missed Nolan’s and Barton’s experience last season and nobody blamed a language barrier as Cabs, Benny, Cisse, Ba, Tiote (all French speakers ) etc were doing just fine.

    Cabaye has more than enough experience. Just play him in his right position for once.

  • 154 JackButler // May 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Anyone else’s stomach in knots waiting for the game, we HAVE to get something

  • 155 NUFC_LEAZES END // May 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    60th minute in the 1st half in the Watford vs leeds game wtf haha

  • 156 Thump // May 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    @JackButler: It is but it may just be the porridge.

  • 157 Benji84 // May 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    bringback
    mate i am totally joking but as you said his legs are not there any more. Look you cant hate the guy really he does give a shite and does put a 100% but his passing position most of the season has been poo. Im just hoping benny starts and we give it a crack. West Ham are an ok team i dont think they are that special and i feel if the team is switched on they should get a result. I just hope wigan down win they serious piss me right off. The whole Mc Cullam thing is still confusing me?

  • 158 breno95 // May 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Rotonda
    cant play 90 minutes?? Will just foul???
    This is a game where all need to give it their all no matter what including shola. How old is he 100. He is 31/32 yrs old ffs and paid a shitload of cash. As a local lad he should be coming off totally knackered.
    As i said before this is the true acid test of pardews capabilities. Shola is in for me to hold it up in their 3rd rather than cisse. Pardew should have it where its to be played into feet.
    But as said if the likes of tiote, jonas start and cisse played out on a limb on his own it will confirm beyond any doubt the severe failings in pardews managerial skills. I.e. He has not got any.
    Not impressed with these last minute injuries either to sissoko and haidarra marv etc. To me its a kop out when things get tough.

  • 159 JackButler // May 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    @Thump – That porridge has to a lot to answer for, almost as much as Pardew :D

  • 160 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Rotonda

    One of the biggest problems is Pardew’s gameplan.
    Too much time is spent on trying to counteract the opposition instead of letting them worry about us.

    Attack attack attack.

  • 161 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    @JackButler
    has been since last night but after hearing all of Pardews quotes”we lack experience,were a small side etc”.`i`m even more nervous god knows how the players feel if they have read his comments too

  • 162 Thump // May 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    @Laurent (137): It’s the definition of psychosis, mate.

  • 163 jimiley // May 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Perhaps West Ham coaches can give our clowns some tips at set plays?

  • 164 northernirishtoon // May 4, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    @nufcfans: #NUFC v #WHUFC (unconfirmed 433) – Elliot – Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa – Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez – Ben Arfa, Cisse, Gouffran.

    This guy says this from source. Se source called sissoko injury last nite.

    Looks good team to me

    Haven’t said that in a while

  • 165 JackButler // May 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    @daztoon – I honestly don’t know if it’s through nerves or my boiling anger that we are in this bloody position in the first?

    Pardew couldn’t motivate an alcoholic to finish his pint, the guy is simply a tool of the highest order

  • 166 toon22 // May 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Chalk n Cheese
    We have no threat where as its there biggest threat

  • 167 JackButler // May 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Please be true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/04/newcastle-consider-replacing-alan-pardew-with-montpellier-coach-rene-girard-3712899/?

  • 168 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    @JackButler
    I know the feeling mate but every week i just hope Pardew will surprise me.A performance where he lets the players play like the man u away game.Maybe i was high that day and it didn`t really happen.I live in hope

  • 169 do the hatem shake // May 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran
    Substitutes: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi

  • 170 Benji84 // May 4, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    i think like everyone will be interested what will happen in the summer?

  • 171 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    That team depends on Tiote and Cabaye turning up and controlling the centre.

    Do that and we might get something out of this game.

  • 172 JackButler // May 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Girard has managed Nîmes, Strasbourg, Pau FC and multiple France youth teams. He coached the France national under-21 football team from 2004-08. On 3 June 2009 he became the new head coach of Montpellier, replacing Rolland Courbis. In the 2011-12 season, Montpellier shocked the footballing world by winning its first Ligue 1 title, finishing the season with 82 points, three more than runner-up Paris Saint-Germain. He said after his team won it. “I think our triumph is a real shot in the arm for French football. “It just goes to show that everyone can beat everyone and that money isn’t the be-all and end-all. We’re a club of mates, a club that brings young players through and gives them a chance. “At the end of the day, it’s worked out well for us. We played some great football, with a well-balanced team and I’m overwhelmed.”

    Seems to fit with Ashley’s ‘Vision’

  • 173 Hatem's better than Messi // May 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    So nobody gets dropped just a few late injuries … mmm

  • 174 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Afternoon all…

    Decent line up. Hopefully their heads are in the right place.

    HWTL!

  • 175 Big Pappa Cissé // May 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    More confident than I was last week anyway

  • 176 Laurent Robert 32 // May 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    433 it seems from Mick and John.

  • 177 JackButler // May 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22381080

  • 178 breno95 // May 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Throwing this one out for views but we all or vast majority banged on about transfers and were all more than happy with the increasing french contingent however at this present time and with hindsight i would say that sometimes its better the devil you know. In games like today how many believe we would see us clear if we could be fielding this 11
    Harper
    simpson
    taylor
    colo
    ryan taylor
    arfa
    perch
    cabaye
    routledge
    carrol
    cisse

  • 179 thai-mag // May 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Off out now to the geordie bar to watch game, cant say I’ m expecting to much, apart from sissoko I think it will the same team




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