QPR vs Newcastle – Match Preview – Magpies Must Produce


This is the biggest game of the season for Newcastle tomorrow afternoon at bottom of the table and already relegated Queens Park Rangers.
It’s also a crucial game for manager Alan Pardew – and it’s a chance to see us safe in the league before the last game of the season a week tomorrow.

A win will see us safe – officially – and a draw would be a very decent point – but a defeat would put us in real danger of being relegated for the second time in four years – which would be a complete disaster for Newcastle.

And if the relegation battle goes down to the last game of the season, we wouldn’t fancy our chances too much.

That’s because in the last two home matches against Sunderland and Liverpool we’ve been hammered 9-0 by a cumulative score – and it seems just too much for some of our players – some of whom seemed to give up in those two games.

There’s too many similarities with four years ago when we thought we were looking in a good position with two games to play – bu lost both of them and found ourselves relegated.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the game today:

“They’re professionals and any professional team is difficult to beat. Sometimes it’s about falling on teams; I think QPR three or four weeks ago have had some tricky games but they’ve got themselves together a little bit better.”

“Certainly against Arsenal they were a lot more disciplined and I think that’s the team we’ll face, so it’s not going to be easy.” “They’ve got goalscorers – Bobby Zamora who I’ve worked with at West Ham, Loic Remy who we tried to bring here.”

“So we know the two strikers very well and we’re going to need to be on our guard against them because they can get goals. “And obviously they have(Adel Taarabt who is their Hatem Ben Arfa.”

“He can create something out of nothing. I can’t say that this game is a game that we’re confident of winning but we’re positive in our attitude to go there and try and win.” “There was a little bit of tension lifted when the result came through, you could sense that at the training ground, but it doesn’t make the task easier,”

“We still need to get something at QPR and hopefully get ourselves an away win. Our away form has been poor this year so hopefully that’s what we’ll do.”

“We still need to get something at QPR and hopefully get ourselves an away win. Our away form has been poor this year so hopefully that’s what we’ll do.” “We’ve still got six points to play for”

“We think they’re two games we can win, with one of them being a home game, and that’s what we’re going to have to do – try and get six points because six points at this stage is going to jump you considerably up the league.

“On Sunday, we’re going to have look for a positive result and then hopefully get a result against Arsenal.”

Let’s put Alan’s words into perspective – QPR may have good strikers but they have scored only 29 goals this season in 36 matches, and after all they are already relegated and are bottom of the league, and have won only four games all season and lost 19.

You could argue that the best team to play at this stage of the season for Newcastle is the bottom of the league side, who are already relegated, and there are rumors that some of their players are showing signs of not caring too much about the club’s situation.

Moussa Sissoko and Shola Ameobi are out for the season, but it looks like Davide Santon and Sylvain Marveaux are fit again, and we think they will start on the bench – which will be a strong one.

And we have to think that Sylvain Marveaux will be introduced at some point in the second half, as he has a few assists for us this season, and has looked a good player.

We are assuming Massadio Haidara is still out with his hamstring problem, so here’s the team that could start tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa
Ben Arfa Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Gouffran Cisse
Subs: Harper Debuchy Santon Perch Ferguson Marveaux Campbell

What would your team be for tomorrow?

If Newcastle manage to lose this game – against a team sho have only scored 29 goals this season – then there’s a case that could be made that we may even deserve to be relegated, because we’ve choked over the last eight games – when other teams are starting to fight their way clear of relegation.

Anything but a defeat would be an acceptable result tomorrow afternoon, and in our poll only 15% think we’ll lose this game.

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We need our lads to really produce tomorrow – and remember a win will mean we are safe.

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101 comments so far

  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    May 11, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail, it doesnt matter why we went down in 2009. It has no relevance to the post.
    The point I made in my last post was that Ashley is not the man who increases a players confidence and morale. Its not his job. That is the job of the manager. End of.

  • thespecialone-ameobi

    May 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #2

    A Lot off you guys want pardew gone and sadly so do i, there arent many people who will want the job. so stop dreaming, i say there is only one man for the job
    one man who can save us
    one man who can take us to the top 4
    one man who might even deliver us the title
    one man who will make us great

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 11, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Tin man,
    it is actually very relevant,the same players that showed the fight and resilience in 2008 to stop us getting relegated gave up the fight in 2009 and a very different bunch of players who got us to fifth in 2012 chucked the towel in on 2013 how many managers do you want to blame for that.

  • BDin9

    May 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Can we really blow it now. I hope not,but we have the best manager that can ensure that we can.

  • thespecialone-ameobi

    May 11, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #5


    I think if ameobi was playing we would off 10000percent stayed up very nervous about tomorrow

  • wreker16

    May 11, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #6

    “I can’t say this is a game we are confident of winning”

    Against bottom of the league.

    When we have everything to play for.

    With him and the players up for it (I hope)

    And we are still not confident.

    Why oh why , is he employed

  • sparky55

    May 11, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #7

    I can see it now

    Simpson, williamson, taylor Mbiwa
    debuchy colo, tiote, cabaye, santon

    a couple of shots from 60 yards and we’ll win 2-0

  • sparky55

    May 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #8

    and in his post match interview he’ll say we had a real go, we defended admirably, we showed we were together as team and above all we didn’t lose!

  • Keith in France

    May 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Having watched the Cup Final -Wigan were excellent.

    They showed passion, pride and a belief – something our team have never shown this season .

    I don’t care about the manager or the comments from the team about how they are focused and committed to the cause – this season something has happened and they are plainly not.

    Our team is simply not good enough and if they have to rely on others to stay up then that says it all.

    The only thing we have that few teams can compete with is a fantastic and world beating set of supporters.

    For too long we have been treated to underperforming teams – blame the manager or the owner if you like but they doesn’t step out on the pitch every week -the players must take some of the responsibility.

    Last season was a fluke nothing more – if we had a decent team we would simply be not in this position we are in now.

    I am not confident at all about tomorrow – I hope for all our terrific supporters I am wrong.

  • northernirishtoon

    May 11, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Can’t read this mans quotes now without dissecting them and getting angry

    He doesn’t fill you with much confidence does he

    If he can’t give the fans confidence, then I doubt the players will be filled with confidence either

  • do the hatem shake

    May 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #11

    so pardew team talk tomorrow “right they are relegated the pressure is on us we will defend as a unit until ben arfa comes on which will be the 80 min then we will give the ball to him and sit and watch the magic happen”

  • Keith in France

    May 11, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Why couldn’t our manager say ‘ we are all fired up ,the players and staff -we are going to give it our very best shot and if we fail it won’t be for the want of trying I can promise the supports that’
    He sounds like we are beaten already.

  • sparky55

    May 11, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #13

    lets hope the team takes charge by ignoring Pardew tomorrow and going out there playing the way they want to play

  • Ulster_Toon

    May 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #14

    win is needed, i think we will draw but still jut survive, Need a change in manager asap. Whoever comes in, needs the entire transfer window and all of pre season with the squad. Then a realistic target is top 10 or top 8 hopefully. If we lose then need a result against arsenal it really will be squeaky bum time

  • sparky55

    May 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #15

    ulster…you’re absolutely right…the new manager should be in for June to talk the players into staying by explaining how things will change and the shape of the football to come

  • Ulster_Toon

    May 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Team for tomorrow, id go for (4-3-3)

    Yanga Mbiwa
    Ben Arfa

  • sparky55

    May 11, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #17

    you don’t like my suggestion @7 then????

  • do the hatem shake

    May 11, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #18

    is marvuex confirmed to be back?

  • Papiss9

    May 11, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #19

    What the h*** is wrong with Pardew.. How can he say that, trying to lower expectations? against bottomtable team who’s already down. Let’s f**** crush them. Show some desire and will to win. haven’t seen that for a while. When “his” team scores a goal all he wants to do is protect the lead, which he has shown this season is a very unclever way to get points

  • Ulster_Toon

    May 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Sparky, hopefully the new manager (rafa?) will let the team play football and have some tactical ability. Tired of the defensive and negative attitude and the constant hoofball. And tired of watching quality internationals (anita to name one) struggle due to woeful tatics

  • AndyNUFC

    May 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #21

    I would never, ever take a cup and Europe if we got relegated in the same month. One cup, or building a team’s season in the top flight?

    Do not get romanticised by the cliche of cup football, Wigan only beat Everton and City as good opposition – and by god were City awful.

    I would love it, just love it if Wigan go down, lose all their TV money, can’t get back up and go into administration – just like DW/JJB sports.

  • BDin9

    May 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Einstein theory on stupidity might actually be relevant for us fans as well lol

  • sparky55

    May 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #23

    ulster…you’re bang on the money again…even if we stay up the players will leave in droves if Pardew is allowed to stay…the footballers in the team all hate him and you can see it in their faces.

    Ashley needs to understand the squad will inevitably be broken up if we go down resulting in Pardew being sacked of course…and if we survive the team will also be broken up because none of players have any respect for Pardew any more…so fat boy…what you gonna do

  • AndyNUFC

    May 11, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Right anyone who classes Pardew as defensive, please can you elaborate without the line “holds onto a 1 goal lead”?

    Personally I think the most effective, succesful and above all pleasing to watch is defensively building from the back, working as a team to protect posession and being able to get defenders in the right places at the right time.

    “Sitting back” is not defensive, it is a counter attacking mentality that we can’t play because Coloccini can’t play it out (hasn’t been on form/away injured), only have 1 striker who can’t pass or hold the ball, and have no real wingers to take it up the lines.

  • marshy

    May 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #25

    i can’t believe he is picking jonas again, it’s like playing with tn men.

  • AndyNUFC

    May 11, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Marshy he is the closest thing to a left back we have, how sad is that?

  • tom68

    May 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #27

    You know lads Ashley is going to be so angry at Wigan and Whelan winning the f.a cup that it might work out best for us. Hopefully he will sack Pardew and most of the background team and then throw a fair amount of money at getting a top manager and coaching team.
    I think we will see him spend a lot in the summer to try and bring us success just to throw in Whelans face cos u can be sure Whelan will be giving it large and hopefully driving Ashley nuts.

  • stuart no9

    May 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #28

    AAAARRRRRRRRRRRGH – what the ffffffffffffffffffffffffff//ck is pardew saying? ” hes not confident of going there and getting a win”
    He has bigged evey qpr player up and not mentioned 1 of his own players. has anyone ever heard a player or manager say in an interview that they are not confident? a must win game and he has got the players sh\\ting themselves ., beat before they get off the bus ! , that is truly a disgrace , even by pathetic pompis pardews own despicable standards. f;;ck man he has to go.!
    if we get beat tomorrow he has to go , and let the team sort themselves out against arsenal. and we may have a chance

  • sparky55

    May 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Pardew’s such a muppet he’s defensive even when we’re losing. Not quite sure what you’re trying to do with this one AndyNUFC but one thing’s for sure…we’re too defensive minded and when cabaye’s been told to sit just in front of the back four then we know we’re in trouble because there is no link between midfield and attack.

    The number of times I’ve seen Cabaye on the ball and no-one runs past him to help move the ball up the pitch is so frustrating it’s just not true. There’s so much wrong with the way Pardew sets up his teams and plays players out of position it’s just a big mess that produces poor performances and resulting low league position. We need a manager who can get them playing football again and I hope we can talk Martinez into coming to do just that

  • daztoon-anti christ is that the time

    May 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Our away form has been no poorer than our home form its all been shit and Pardew says he`s a winner at what marbles

  • AndyNUFC

    May 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Stuart I hope the players take his message in the meant way – it is a huge pressure game, there is no way we can be confident of just walking through a relegated team for 3 points.

  • Ulster_Toon

    May 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Andy, to give an example a few games back. We started with 3 defensive midfielders. And even then they gave no defensive cover and no attacking threat. I will give it to you that the odd game we do play quite attacking football, just look at the arsenal or man U games. But these games have been few and far between, its fine getting 11 men behind the ball to play the counter attack. But we cant even do that properly. we defend then play hoofball, if we countered with some nice passes and pace onto the ball with players running into space it would be different.

  • sparky55

    May 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Like that a lot tom68!. let’s hope you’re right!

  • papscrunt

    May 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Pardew really talks more rubbish than Willie McFaul. Something I never thought I’d say at all. ‘Robertson hasn’t settled in the North East, He’s homesick’ My favourite crap quote of all time by one of our managers. Edinburgh is just up the A1 Willie, Robertson was just pure crap.

  • stuart no9

    May 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #35

    also – pardew asks the fans to be “super positive” after that interview ??? the man is sick .

  • The_Toon

    May 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Everyone is complaining about Pardew’s comments! Do you expect him to say infront of the press “we will hammer QPR” obviously not! That’s something to be said in the dressing room. Get behind the team and staff till the end of the season then complain as much as you guys want

  • AndyNUFC

    May 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Sparky what a load of rubbish, Martinez for an attacking rejunivation? You would prefer 3 centre backs… so we attack more…

    And Cabaye, nor Ben arfa are above getting back to help. Tiote has been woeful so no wonder Cabaye has taken more defensive duty, but yet again you blame players not running on Pardews set up. What set up? He has 1 bloody striker who was born offside, and no choice of wingers.

  • papattack

    May 11, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #38

    he is such a negative manager, hes almost preparing us for the way hes going to get the lads to play for a point and hope wigan lose at the emirates.

    pardew really gets on my tits these days. one minute its we’re nufc we’re massive we should win every game blah blah blah. next minute its, well we’re gunna go down to qpr and give it a right old go. but dont forget they do have tarrabt and zamora… oh no!! that guy who couldnt hit a barn door with a banjo and another nugget whos always trying to score wonder goals every game but never does?!?!

    why does he talk the opposition up, why not talk us up and our players? lets hope we win and he gets the chop at the end of the season in favour of a manager with testosterone levels higher than an 8 year old girl.

  • sparky55

    May 11, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #39

    the_toon we’re way past that point in time mate…he doesn’t deserve our support anymore because he’s sold us down the river with his arrogant ineptitude…I’ll support the team but will never support that self preening knob so long as I’ve got a hole in me @rse

  • papattack

    May 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #40

    i want martinez at newcastle brilliant job with a poor wigan squad for a long time and now hes got them an fa cup to boot.

    i really think the french lads would relish playing his way. doubt it will happen though. probably go to everton.


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