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Time To Stop Talking About Goals That Never Were

12:08 am, Monday, May 6th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 100 Comments

We’ve had some bad luck this season – there’s no doubt about that – but we have also had enough good luck.

piss cisse in action

Papiss Cisse – can he get the goals to save us?

Some of the good luck are the three last minute goals scored by Papiss Cisse against West Brom, Stoke and Fulham, all at home, which turned a potential draw into wins, and got us another 6 points.

So generally over a season things tend to level themselves out – kind of.

Papiss Cisse almost scored after 25 minutes on Saturday, before Winston Reid just about cleared the ball off the line, but it looked over, and should have been a goal.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the 0-0 against West Ham:

“Unfortunately, I’ve had a season where most incidents have gone against me,” “We had a perfectly good goal against Sunderland at 1-0 chalked off.”

“Now we’ve got to try to keep our minds together that we can ride all of that and get through the season.” “The players will watch the highlights and think about it and it is a bit of a mental blow.”

“You’ve got a perfectly good goal. And goals change games, they do.” “I’m still smarting from the Sunderland goal that we got to make it one-all.”

“People think that games don’t change with goals, they do, massively. It would have been massive for us to get a goal at West Ham.”

It’s time to forget about what has happened up to this stage of the season – we cannot change it – and it’s now all down to the last two games – at QPR and against Arsenal at home.

That’s all that matters now – and if we use bad luck as an excuse if we get relegated – that will completely miss the point – the point being that Newcastle have massively under-performed in the Premier League this season.

It’s not bad luck that we have gone from 5th place to near the bottom in just one season – and with the same players essentially.

The good news is we still have two games to turn things around – that’s all that matters – and that’s where the efforts and energy should be aimed at this week.

It’s all about reasons or results, and we’re hoping we can get the results in the last two games – and stay up. :D

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100 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlietoon // May 6, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Two cup finals coming up

  • 2 Laurent Blanc // May 6, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    More excuses from the worst manager in the league!

  • 3 Charlietoon // May 6, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Wow my first 1st and it was not soem great introspective comment…damn

  • 4 GeordieDan // May 6, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Pardew: “Unfortunately, I’ve had a season where most incidents have gone against me,”

    Me? Against Me?

    Sorry but what kind of a self-absorbed deluded t*at does it take to make a statement like that?

    The thing that have gone against ‘him’ concern everyone of us, player and fans alike FARmore than it affects him.

    He won’t be here(unless Ashley is an even bigger moron than we think he is)next season.

    We will !!!

  • 5 Charlietoon // May 6, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    We can beat QPR away and we can beat anyone at home. I just hope we show some fight and we play a strong team. If we need to sub a striker get Campbell on. He’ll show some passion for the shirt and give his all.

  • 6 stuart no9 // May 6, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    yeah agree time to forget about the goal at west ham.
    Yes it was over the line, but we had 89 mins to score another- we couldnt, – move on !

  • 7 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 6, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Forgets all the fortune we had like at Everton and the Ba handball goal at reading what a f***wit he is

  • 8 Nella // May 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Hate being a pessimist but I honestly can’t see us picking up another point and sadly i don’t believe that 38 points will be enough, I keep hearing people say we’ll get 3 points of Q.P.R but we’ve only won one away game all year in the league and as Arsenal will be desperate for Champions league points I just can’t see it, people are also saying that Norwich will get less points then us but I think they’ll get their 3 points of W.B.A who proved against Wigan they’re more then ready for their holidays.

  • 9 daztoon-anti christ is that the time // May 6, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Forgets the fortune he has had like at Everton the Ba handball goal at Reading and the penalties the Scum should have had the man is self obsessed

  • 10 Newcastle Brown Alien // May 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    I’d almost be tempted with 4 strikers against qpr

    hba and goofy run and produce down the wings, shoal to hold up the inevitable hoofball, cabaye more forward than sissoko

    go at them straight, let them have no freedom or time, get as many goals as we can in 60 mins and bring on campbell for shoal, let him run around and give us something different.

  • 11 GeordieDan // May 6, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Arsenal beat QPR 1-0. Why?

    Because QPR have NOTHING to play for and Arsenal have everything to play for, plus they’re a very good team.

    We are a team with zero confidence and incapable of scoring goals playing against (lets face it) Remy, who, after what’s happened this season, I’d be very surprised if he didn’t score against us.

    It is beyond ridiculous for a team with as much quality as our to go down but Alan Pardew is on the verge of achieving just that!

    Bravo “manager of the year”, bravo indeed !

  • 12 GeordieDan // May 6, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    And FFS stop calling Sissoko socks!

    That’s almost as bad as calling Cabaye friggin’ dreamboat!

  • 13 santonthenewmaldini // May 6, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    QPR were poor against Arsenal in fact Arsenal were poor against them as well

    Is Debuchy still suspended??

    I know he is poor defensively but for this one last game where we need to win would love Pardew to stick Debs on the right wing with Simpson behind him and just get him to attack the full back with Arfa in the no 10 role and Gouffran wide left ?

    Doubt it think we will see the exact same team start with no one getting into the box its no wonder Cisse struggles when no one makes a run we must be the easiest team in the league to defend against

  • 14 headtheball // May 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I liken our situation to that of the TITANIC.
    Some of our players are already in the lifeboats while the captain (Turnip) is directing musical chairs on the deck.
    Has anyone noticed IanToon/Carl/Pushy et al may be suffering from Walter Mitty syndrome?

  • 15 RonVanDam // May 6, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    According to the DM Liverpool are now after Douglas

    Liverpool are ready to move for Brazilian defender Douglas on a free transfer as a replacement for the retiring Jamie Carragher. The 25-year-old, who currently plays for FC Twente, was previously the subject of a £4m bid from Newcastle but he is out of contract in the summer.

  • 16 Blofal // May 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Unfortunately, I’ve had a season where most incidents have gone against me,”

    There you go. The results didn’t go against Newcastle United they went against Alan Pardew. Self centered tw@t.

    Bring in Joachim Löw. I just love his cocaine dealer suits and skivvy’s.

  • 17 Blofal // May 6, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    4-4-2 Diamond.

    ————Simpson – Colo – Saylor – Mbiwa
    ———Sissoko—————————Ben Arfa

    Gutishitez can come on for Tiote after he gets a yellow card

    Anita for Ben Arfa and maybe Campbell for Gouffran. No Shola do ya hear me!!!

  • 18 obatoyou // May 6, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Could be in the relegation zone :s tomorrow night :s

  • 19 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Well said, Ed!

    Some people just keep looking for excuses for their incompetence, especially keep using bad luck to justify their failure.

    If Sunderland and Wigan win their next game (game in hand), we will be in relegation zone by goal difference with Wigan.

  • 20 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Like Sir Alex said : “He is ungrateful bastard”

  • 21 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Actually, at this point we have the best chance to survive looking at the fixtures from 10th to 18th position, probably West Ham has the 2nd best. It will all be useless if we can’t win against already relegated QPR.

  • 22 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 5:47 AM–Alan-Pardew.html

    He can’t say anything positive

  • 23 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Has any 1 expressed his/her opinion on Jons’s antics on saturday.

    I mean seriously! it was terrible

  • 24 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Believe it or not, if we win QPR game, we will need Sunderland help to win against Stoke and Soton, because Stoke vs Soton will be their final match. If Sunderland won those 2 matches, we will be above Soton and Stoke, and we will be safe even if we get trashed by Arsenal and Wigan won all their remaining games.
    So… Win vs QPR and Sunderland win next 2 games.

  • 25 p // May 6, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Santon, yes on paper we are world beatera, in reality we are a bunch of headless chickens

  • 26 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 6:03 AM


    I agree, I just hope we will win QPR game on pure dumb luck again. How sad is that?

  • 27 p // May 6, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    Fine margins

  • 28 p // May 6, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    I wouldstill like to see everyone win their remaining games except sunderland and see them go down. I must say, i have developed a dislike for wigan

  • 29 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Do wigan better at this time of the year or what!

  • 30 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    In the past whenever i have wished Ill to some one it has come back to NUFC.

    Just hoping we survive!

  • 31 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    FYI: The Italian press has been busy with Antonio Conte as the next successor of Sir Alex. Conte has limited manager experience, but he is a brilliant manager. Pogba was Mutd reject and he turn him into superstar. Nobody heard Vidal before, now he is also superstar. Juve now has a lot of local players and rejects, and they become great team because of Conte. It’s opposite with what we have, great players has been turned into rejects, thanks to our brilliant manager.
    Also Conte using a lot of 3-5-2, 3-4-2-1, and 4-3-3 formation, I can only dream we play like them.

  • 32 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Like it or not, I hope Sunderland stays up and win those 2 games. Not only our survival depends on them, I would also love to see us against Sunderland again next season.

  • 33 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 6, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    I can see
    Sunderland drawing with Stoke
    Wigan beating Swansea who are shit at the moment and Michu is injured
    That would leave us third bottom on the same no of points table would read:
    Newcastle 36 played 38 points
    Norwich 36 played 38 points
    Wigan 36 played 38 points
    Sunderland 36 played 38 points
    Southampton 36 played 39 points
    Aston Villa 36 played 40 points
    Fulham 36 played 40 points
    Stoke 36 played 41 points

    Oh Boy its going to be a fun fortnight and I can see us or Norwich being the team relegated going on form

  • 34 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Pogba – Reject?
    Vidal – Unknown?

    Which press is making this crap up?

    Vidal was wanted by Munich! he was a superstar at Leverkusen

    Pogba was a prodigy

  • 35 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 6:52 AM


    If he was a prodigy, why he was sold? He said it himself in the italian press that he didn’t like it in MU and he couldn’t get a game.
    Regarding Vidal, he was unknown to most people until he moved to Juve.

  • 36 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 6:54 AM


    All press are craps except your articles.

  • 37 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Pogba was not sold,

    His contract ran out. United are still furious abt that

    Vidal was not unknown

  • 38 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Leave my articles alone! will you

  • 39 Lilongwe Geordie // May 6, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Indian is right, Man Utd offered Pogba a new deal, which he turned down to join Juve. Vidal was far from being well known and was wanted by numerous high profile clubs before choosing Juve.

  • 40 jimiley // May 6, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    We need to kep the faith in Alan and Big Mike. They got us in this mess and they will get us out of it. P redict a defaet against QPR and a win against Arsenal. We always do things the hard way. Norwich to go down and another 7 years with Alan to win something.

  • 41 Lilongwe Geordie // May 6, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Meant to say far from being UNknown

  • 42 bills-son // May 6, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Just because there was a gap between the ball and the line doesn’t prove it was a goal. The whole of the ball has to be over the line and because it is round :-) if part of it is over the line a gap will appear when viewed from above.

    I’ve given Pardew the benefit of the doubt but stupid comments saying he has had no luck this season are not motivating in any way to himself, the players or us fans.

    The only attitude to take through this week is a war like mentality that we are going to get out on that pitch against QPR and take them to the fkn cleaners. Self pity, excuses and any hint of negativity are the worst attitudes possible in our situation.

  • 43 tunearmy // May 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Nice graphical representation of the leagues.
    Pity about our position.

  • 44 Korean Magpie // May 6, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    I think we should give Harris Vuckic a chance rater an putting in Gosling…

  • 45 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 8:02 AM


    Yes, Pogba wasn’t sold. He refused new contract because he was unhappy lack of playing times.
    If you watched a lot of Bundesliga then yes he is well known, honestly I follow Milan and Juve a lot and didn’t know much about Vidal. I choose to watch Milan and Juve than Leverkusen at the time, same as Cabaye before moving to NUFC.

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // May 6, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Vukic is injured. I imagine, had he been fit this season he would have been the link forward, no. 10 that people want playing.

  • 47 Klatoon // May 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Qpr should be an interesting game, two teams that, on paper, ought to be at the opposite end of the table.

  • 48 check the toastie // May 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    How has this delusional dickhead not been sacked yet.

    Sack him this week or we will be beaten at QPR, another 90 minutes defending our 18yards box.



  • 49 Slank // May 6, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Klatoon @ 46

    ‘..Qpr should be an interesting game, two teams that, on paper, ought to be at the opposite end of the table..’

    I’ve never thought of QPR as a top ten team

  • 50 Lilongwe Geordie // May 6, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Pogba wasn’t a reject then as he rejected them. To be fair, had he been at Juve last season, I don’t think he would have played much either. He would have been heavily involved at Man Utd as their midfield is ageing or people playing out of position. Carrick is their top man their, after that Cleverly is okay, Scholes getting on, same with Giggs, and the fact they are using Rooney in there shows their lack of strength. I fully expect Ferg to go after at least 1 top class centre mid over the summer, with Tunnicliffe coming through as well.

    Anyway, enough of Man Utd and Juve talk. On your Sunderland theory, I can see the merits, but I would feel a lot more comfortable if both them and Wigan lost this week. This is must win for Wigan, as if others pull away from them this weekend when they play the cup final it is over for them. Not to mention they also play Arsenal, who as we all keep pointing out are desperate for that Champions league spot.

  • 51 nico // May 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I would prefer for Blunderland to just lose all of their last 3 games. Then we don’t even need another point and Blunderland will be down haha

  • 52 carl // May 6, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    headtheball/ Ruddy
    What sort of person makes a random insulting post in the middle of the night! Says more about you and your ugly world. A better line would have been to rearrange the deckchairs on the titanic.

  • 53 geordie1892 // May 6, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    We need to hope Norwich don’t win another game this season, that and a point at QPR will see us scrape through on the bones of our arsecheeks.

    Norwich – WBA at Home, City away
    Nufc – QPR away, Arsenal home

    Really hope WBA aren’t on their holidays just yet because we aren’t going to get more than a point from our remaining games

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // May 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    carl ,
    You and Ian Toon will look out for each other next Saturday,have you tried one of these mobile phones they’re quite popular these days.

  • 55 Lilongwe Geordie // May 6, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Like I said last week, he won’t be sacked. All of Ashleys get out of the contract without paying much will be based on the FINAL league position, therefore he has to wait until we are in our final position, and the league is finished. Otherwise, I firmly believe that he would have been sacked after the Sunderland or Liverpool games.

  • 56 geordie1892 // May 6, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Pardew won’t be sacked. He should be but won’t.

  • 57 Lilongwe Geordie // May 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Maybe it will be too late by then…. We will know more after the next 2 days!

  • 58 geordie1892 // May 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Even if we go down I reckon he will stay

  • 59 Klatoon // May 6, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Slank, just have a look at some of the players in their squad. Top 10 quality. Same as us!

  • 60 carl // May 6, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Pardew should just shut up until the QPR game. Also i would welcome less talk from the players in the media which is the same repeated drivel. Let’s just get the job done and beat QPR.

  • 61 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Simpson or Debuchy for QPR

  • 62 jimiley // May 6, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Pardew will stay because we are a hopeless club run by a useless owner. keep the faith in Big Mike and Alan. If Wigan win their next game, our destiny is not in out own hands. With each passing week we drop deeper and deeper. Keep the faith in Alan.

  • 63 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Another good think is that stoke need to win tonight to stay up.

  • 64 geordie1892 // May 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Some of the names being mentioned are just ridiculous by the way, obviously it’s just people dreaming and fair play it’s only natural to want the likes of Laudrupp, Benitez, Lowe, Klopp but its never going to happen.

    More realistic candidates would be Paul Sturrock, Gary Megson, Micky Adams if we are to go by Ashelys track record of managers.

  • 65 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM


  • 66 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    jimiley @ 61

    I know what you mean, but even if wigan win their next match against Swansea our destiny is in our own hands we can get to 44 points while both Villa and Wigan Cannot

  • 67 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    What about Parkinson from Bradford City

  • 68 catchy in norway // May 6, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    yeh lets go for the feel sorry for me vote

    i think he forgets that a season is over 38 games and you are where you are from the effort put in
    i think he will find that if he looks at the season as a whole, he never went to score goals, the sames goals he says change games
    we have conceded way to many goals,
    he seems to shut the team down when we a half way through winning a game risking losing it, which we have many times

    i can not ever forgive him for playing jonas as a winger, he creats nothing for the forwards, so what does he expect?
    he expects bits of magic every game to win him points,

    like i have said many times, he is a poor manager, and has no concept of how football is ment to be played, he seems to have a silver tongue that gets him good things in life, that he just wastes ,

    him and DL are killing our club

  • 69 geordie1892 // May 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Good shout Indian.

  • 70 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Lilong & nico

    Both Sunderland and Wigan are as desperate as we are, but on the pitch we are probably the worst team in the league right now. They have better chance than we do on winning games and if we are all level on points then we will be relegated since there is no play-off if level on points and goal diffence is the same as one point. Currently we have the 3rd worst goal difference and I’m not too confident our team can win big against QPR or Arsenal, but if Sunderland can win against Soton (39pts) and Stoke (40pts) and we win QPR game we will be 41pts then we couldn’t care less about Arsenal trashing us imo. I have a feeling that Wigan will win against Swans and Villa.

    Let’s just pray that Wigan and Sunderland not going to win anymore games, because I doubt that we will do well against QPR.

  • 71 geordie1892 // May 6, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    36.44% Win percentage. I would have been out on my arse in my job if that was my record.

  • 72 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Last year Pardew did the same thing, Luck and individual ability bailed him out.

    Just because he mentions fans almost every time some people are just happy with that.

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // May 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Once your goal has been achieved and we are relegated and as a lot of us have the bad feeling that Pardew will still be here no matter what,are you then going to publicly state that you want us relegated into league 1.

  • 74 lesh // May 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Geordie. It’s interesting that Pardew refers to himself (Unfortunately, I’ve had a season where most incidents have gone against me,”) when he really means the players.

    Now, when his excuses for defeats have included such as player tiredness for post euro defeats, has he been meaning that it’s been himself he’s referring to?

    If that is the case, then maybe he needs a break!

  • 75 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Last year after Ben arfa scored that spectacular goal against BRFC, this idiot dropped him against QPR in the next game.

  • 76 catchy in norway // May 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    please find for me, anywhere i have said i want us relegated

    i think you will find that was your agenda, not mine

  • 77 Greebol1892 // May 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Too much media talk Alan! Blah blah blah. Shut your trap man! Excuse after excuse blah, blah, blah.
    Just play Tiote & Sissoko (if not fit – Perch or Jonas) and tell the rest of the forward players to ATTACK. Simple but you persist on giving our lone striker no support or decent service and defensive tactics. 2 games left Alan = no time for bullshit, we have to go for GOALS and try and WIN, etc, etc, etc.

  • 78 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM


    don’t forget he used the pitch as an excuse too

  • 79 ErnestHemingway // May 6, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Which squad of players do you think is better….this seasons, or the squad that took us down to the championship last time?

  • 80 Jail for Ashley // May 6, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    You carnt deny that you said that it’s the major reason you bug the sh1t out of the majority of people on here.

  • 81 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    There were Rumours and i say only Rumours that he used Wind as an excuse against mckems

  • 82 catchy in norway // May 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    i think pardews plan was always point at west ham, 3 against QPR
    thrashed by QPR

    cast your minds back

    SBR his first game 8-0 with a team that was struggling

    hmmmm makes you think dont it

  • 83 Lilongwe Geordie // May 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    I still think we can beat QPR, we will see what ‘Arry decides to do. If I was him I would play those players that will fight for the club and will be there next year, then I think it will be much tougher for us. If he plays players of the ilk of Bosingwa, Taarabt and some of the others who aren’t really committed we can win IF we get in amongst them and show desire.

    To be honest, if Wigan don’t win tomorrow, I think 1 more point will save us. If they do, a win this weekend is a must.

  • 84 Jail for Ashley // May 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Two very talented squads unfortunately headed by an insidious ownership.

  • 85 Jail for Ashley // May 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    SBR s third game,first at home.

  • 86 catchy in norway // May 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Jail for Ashley


    i think you changed what i said to suit your wants not mine,,,

    i think you will find i said id be happy to lose a few games to get him fired,, its exactly what the players are doing right now

    e few dont mean every,,

    you see it how you like

  • 87 catchy in norway // May 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Jail for Ashley

  • 88 catchy in norway // May 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    talk about agendas

    its not the owners ,, they no nothing about football,

    they are getting bad advice

    but have good intentions

  • 89 lesh // May 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Santon03, forgot about the pitch excuse. Maybe he thinks he’s everything he sees.

  • 90 numba9 // May 6, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Should have been playing Campbell weeks ago unknown quantity and passion for the cause a blind man can see that

  • 91 Lilongwe Geordie // May 6, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Good question. I would have to say probably this squad is technically better then the last time, although in that squad we had several players who could get goals. Martins, Owen, Viduka. This time round, unless someone does something spectacular or the opposition make an error I can’t see where a goal will come from.

    Certainly our group of midfielders are better technically. In defence, I would say we have a better right back, 2 of the same centre halves, although one (Colo) is much better now as he has adapted to the English game, and 1 who is in the same position Colo was back then. Left back is much of a muchness for me, as Enrique struggled for consistency in his first year. Would definitely take a Bassong type player in there now though.

    Keepers again, very similar, although Harper was better than Elliot is now for me.

    In short, I think everything bar goalscorers is the same or better this time round.

  • 92 Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter) // May 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Pardew is the 1 reason why we re in this mess.

  • 93 Santon03 // May 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM


    definitely, otherwise he wouldn’t say those things.

  • 94 geordie1892 // May 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    My favorite excuse has to be “We wanted to get our crosses in but the opposition just wouldn’t let us” :D

  • 95 Jail for Ashley // May 6, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    You really need to take off the blinkers,bad advice,the fat fucsker is advising him self that’s why it’s bad advice,which football person anywhere in the country would have advised not only not to strengthen a squad before a season full of extra fixtures but actually weaken it.

  • 96 Lilongwe Geordie // May 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM


    I wouldn’t mind Campbell playing, but with the pressure of looming relegation it could break the kid if he misses a few good chances. That would set his confidence right back, which seems to have happened with a number of our youngsters this term.

    If he was going to start playing regularly it should have been February when we were on a high from the new signings, unfortunately when he has come on players don’t seem keen to give him the ball, which to me indicates a lack of confidence/faith in his ability at the moment from his fellow players.

  • 97 eaststandgeordie1982 // May 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Norwich have alot of pressure on them now and they have not had that this season wigan and sunderland have alot of pressure on them aswell as us but wigan are the only team used to this so i think its between us, norwich and the mackems.

  • 98 numba9 // May 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    If I was Campbell I would have a lack of faith in the ability of my fellow players . There is only Benny that is comfy with the ball. The rest treat it like a hot potatoe and struggle to find a pass . Imo Campbell should have been playing a lot sooner and Harper in goal since krul injury

  • 99 sparky55 // May 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Everything is always about Pardew…if he was made of chocolate he would have eaten himself a long time ago and he’d probably have eaten his kn*b first!). He thinks he comes across well on camera but when you look back it’s always about me me me. These aren’t slips of the tongue…his biggest focus is always himself and all season long he’s been coming out with excuses as to why nothing is ever his fault…injuries, Europe, bad linesmen, bad refs, the pitch, thin squad, we can’t compete with the big guys on wages bla bla bla…it’s like he knew himself his second season would implode just like it has everywhere else he’s been…the Tw*t makes me wanna puke and I hope and pray he gets the silver bullet sooner rather than later. Can’t wait to see his first tv interview after he’s been sacked…I can see it now…

    ‘The weather in cuba was awful and that had a negative effect on my players…I wanted to change things but the snow in the alps soon put paid to that and the french players just couldn’t understand my double dutch…it could have been oh so different if we’d have sent Graham Carr into deepest Essex so that way there’d have been no bullshit language barrier to contend with…but irrespective of all that bad luck as you could see in that game against west ham (that other premiership club I took to the edge of oblivion)…you could see we were togever as a team and that was more important to me than premiership survival…it’s all about togeverness and me being on tele after match of the day and if the season had lasted another 5 games I fink I cud ave got them talking again…because that’s wot’s really important…proving to the press there was no split in the dressing room…don’t matter we went down…at least we were togever to the very end and don’t talk to me about bad luck…if it wasn’t for bad luck I’d ‘ave had no luck at all…I have to be the unluckiest manager of them all but I’m not using that as excuse…I’m sure I’ll get lucky again soon waiting around in the casino bar…you never know…I just might get another offer!”

  • 100 sparky55 // May 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    No doubting it…Campbell should be playing…he’s already proven he’s good enough and more importantly he know’s where the net is.

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