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Pardew – Some Fantastic Performances – We Looked Sharp

11:28 pm, Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

Alan Pardew was delighted with the top performance of his Newcastle United side at Motherwell tonight, when Newcastle looked a sick passing side, and attacked Motherwell from the first whistle to easily win the game 4-2.

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Alan Pardew – excellent performance tonight

Haris Vuckic, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko and Sylvain Marveaux all scored for Newcastle, and there were some good performances tonight, especially with all the he negativity that’s been going around for the last several weeks.

And after a Premier League season that we all want to forget, and the fact the team contained very few first team players, this could auger well for next season – we hope it augers well for next season. :D

Alan Pardew was rightly pleased at the final whistle, and he had this to say on the Newcastle official site:

“You want to win games but it’s about performance level,” “The performance level was the problem last year, and if you get that right then the results will follow.”

“That performance level was top drawer. With no disrespect to Motherwell, we made them look ordinary at times, and could have scored even more than we did.”

“At the back-end of last year I warned the players that pre-season would be the toughest of my time here, for sure, and one of the toughest I’ve ever done.”

“And that was reflected tonight. That was our best conditioned team and we looked really sharp. The quality was also there and we needed to get a win because we want to get back in that winning habit.”

“It was a great night with some fantastic performances and we played a little bit more relaxed.”

Certainly the team seem to be very fit having been back in training less than two weeks, and there was good news today.

It was reported in the Daily Mail that Newcastle have hired Performance Director Faye Downey, as a fitness consultant for the club in the coming season.

So we can look forward to our players being even fitter by the time the Premier League season starts at Manchester City on August 19th.

Tonight’s  game and result gave Newcastle fans some good news for a change.

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40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 t00ntime // Jul 16, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    problem is with Vuckic and Inman. They both want a CAM/CF role. And Cabaye, HBA and Marv would all love that place too and if all 5 are on top form no way will the first 2 get a look in. If we play 4-2-3-1
    tiote-sissoko
    HBA- cabaye- ?
    Cisse

    All we would really need is a top class LM (marv+gouff are avg. jonas is avg/bad) and a Good ST to give remy some competion+rest. Thats why i’d like Remy+bent. Remy LW cisse+bent can swap around.

    also if playing a bad team we can go more attacking with a 433. tiote lies deap, cabaye+sissoko get freedom.

  • 2 pawl250 // Jul 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I feel this Faye Downey was a no brainer, or if not her someone of a similar mold after last year.

    We had clear fitness and injury issues.

    Time will tell but I feel this year must be improved to entertain any notion of top 7 challengers.

    Could be the most important business we do this pre season, attempting to rectify any fitness issues would be a massive step in the right direction for a change.

    What good are top draw players if they are not able to play week in week out after all?

  • 3 pawl250 // Jul 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    t00ntime

    I personally would prefer De Jong over Bent.

    This for me would be our ideal/dream line up next year and we need only sign two players

    ——————- Krul ——————-
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Coloccini- Santon
    ———————————————
    —– Cabaye —- Tiote — Sissoko —–
    ———————————————
    Ben Arfa ——- Cisse ———– Remy

    or

    ——————- Krul ——————-
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ———————————————
    ———— Cabaye – Sissoko ———–
    Ben Arfa —– De Jong ——— Remy
    —————— Cisse ——————–

  • 4 jimmysmith // Jul 16, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    It would be great to see us play with a fit and confident squad. You do get the feeling that if we did we would compete in the top 3rd with style and commitment, which really would be all I suspect fans would ask. Anything more would provoke sheer unbridled joy.

  • 5 mattyNUFC // Jul 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Haven’t commented in a long while. My thoughts on this summer thus far:

    JFK – couldn’t have written it any better. but, he’s here. just hope he shuts up. Create a bit of maelstrom and voila! not so many people are calling for pards and his atrocious style of football to be gone…

    If cabaye is leaving, well, I don’t mind so much. He’s a patchy player, even in his first season (remember the guthrie v cabaye debate when cabs was out injured for stretches?). The bottom line: He’s one of the best CMs we’ve had but he’s not a DM and pardew won’t change his ways, as proven by however many years of his managerial career. Cash-in, get Seim de Jong who will play in that ACM role and use the rest of the money on a proper left winger. Also think we need a FB. Debuchy and Santon are both inconsistent, Haidara is still young and could do a job, but we need another guy there to push them. Dare I say, in the danny simpson mold as pure back-up?

    My team, as is:

    ……………krul…………….
    deb…mym….colo….santon
    ……….anita…..sissoko….
    ……………marvs………….
    hba………cisse……..goofy

    something tells me come 1st sept though, cisse won’t be here.

    and on this article…..it’s pre-season, Alan. don’t get carried away. there is a LONG road ahead for you, amigo. my advice: start slowly integrating more of the first team-whoever that may be- in the coming weeks when their fitness levels come along. our first team was totally unprepared last year as there was no set team that went out to play together before the season started. i understand giving young players a chance, but young players on the fringes don’t do much for our immediate premier league survival. it’s important we get off to the best start we can this year, no matter your crap tactics employed :)

  • 6 jimmysmith // Jul 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I agree Pawl, those two players would complete the squad, and why not go hard for them, they are excellent, but only as good as the top talent we already have. I suppose, like PEA, the problem is convincing top players to come after the season we’ve had and with other options on the table.

  • 7 mattyNUFC // Jul 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    ….and that’s assuming cabs is off and tiote is still the headless chicken he’s been for the better part of two seasons

  • 8 mattyNUFC // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    …and when fit, i totally see haris as a first-team player. maybe not a consistent starter this year but definitely pushing the other boys. really hope he can stay fit and live up to his potential. he’s got all the skill sets

  • 9 headtheball // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    pawl@2
    If you were describing Joke in Ear or myself as MOLD I would agree but not our new Sheila. She is much younger.
    HWTL

  • 10 matias // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Well done and good words from Pardew as usual!

  • 11 Bearsize // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    The usuals will be back soon and the poor football will return

  • 12 AaranD // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Remy (£6 million), De Jong (£8 million) and Ince (£8 million) would be top notch signings and snagging Bent for a low fee, £2-3 million, would be good cover. £25 million not bad business and with Bent and Ince helps cover our homegrown potential issue.

    Other options
    Sinclair for Ince be a few million cheaper.
    A De Jong player is essential, Vuckic will be integrated into the 1st team this season if he stays fit but won’t play week in week out, unless he turns out to be a Benteke or Lukaku and have a wonder season :D
    Striker wise, I think the Bent deal is a done one. Not my first choice but will do the job and being WC year who knows. Remy would be ideal due to the versatility. Has pace, trickery and can finish. Hard to find someone of his caliber for the same price. But Pards has come out and said the search is WORLD WIDE, so God knows who we will end up with it!! But we will end up with someone :D

  • 13 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Finally some good news, this is hard to come by right now so milk it eh!

    Keep it coming..

    Onto the next game.

  • 14 t00ntime // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    @pawl I’d take de jong over bent 100% but realistically cant see it happeing :(

  • 15 RonVanDam // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    I’ll be happy if the following happens:

    1) We make it through pre season with no major injuries

    2) Keep hold of all our first team players

    3) Make De Jong our first signing. I think he will be our most important signing in terms of getting goals which we couldn’t seem to do last season

    4) Get a First team CB, Curtis Good can now be considered a fringe player

    5) Get a Left and Right winger

    6) Get rid of Shola and get 2 strikers. Remy and a tall striker in AC’s mould to give us another option when we are hoofing balls up front, when pardew runs out of ideas

    7) Get corners and set pieces right

  • 16 RonVanDam // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    8) Win atleast 18 games

  • 17 Brutooon // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    dont play long ball – this is the key.

    1) look at swansea who play SIMPLE football.

    2) Even Routledge look world class playing that kind of tactics

    3) they won a cup

  • 18 thai-mag // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:36 AM

    lets not get carried away yet, we still have to find a place in the side for Jonas and Tiote, there’s a couple of men down before we kick off

  • 19 RonVanDam // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    http://www.newcastleunited-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/mackem_gets_tattoo_wrong_800162/index.shtml

  • 20 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    I’m with Brutoon.

    1) Stop hoofing it constantly, practise passing and make the team show at least a little cohesion. Also, stop doing the same things EVERY SINGLE TIME: e.g. Shola on at 65/70 mins and the clipped set pieces to the back post to knock back down.

    We did the same set piece every time and didn’t score any. Why did we continue with it?!?!

    Signings, I think most of all we need a forward to play on the left for our 4-3-3. The one formation which we’ve actually attacked under Pardew!

  • 21 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    Also, (Sorry for double post) I’m massively looking forward to (and hoping for) an injury free season for Vuckic. He has a cracking left foot and has always looked technically impressive. Remember those long rangers he scored in the season before last?

    Think he could be a great AM for us as he also times his passes really well.

    As long as he stays on the pitch and out of the physio’s room I think he’ll be one of the surprises of the season in the premier league.

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    Great with a fitness coach, but am I to believe that Pardew doesn’t think we need a technical coach as well to guide him tactically???

    …thought that was bloddy obvious last season!

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    Does anybody know for how long Faye will be staying with us? Hopefully for more than just pre-season!

  • 24 nufc_eire // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Now psg have cavani, we should move quickly for menez and gamerio. An optimistic £10m bid might just get us both!

  • 25 bills-son // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Who was that guy who peeled off the runner and easily slotted the ball into the bottom corner?

    Ah yex, the mystery player we have that most fans rarely mention as a striker…

    Gouffran.

    Fans saying we only have one first team striker in Cisse are wrong – Gouffran imo could do a very good job through the middle. We still need two more strikers though.

  • 26 cyprus // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    “Even Routledge looks good” with that system, says someone above. I totally disagree, the poster and AP got it wrong about that player, he’s much better than they thought. In fact, he was among Swansea’s best players. AP replacing him with Ober (!), while unnecessarily and cruelly saying he’s not PL standard was his first blunder.

  • 27 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    The thing that was good about this win was the way we played everyone of the goals we scored were pretty much team goals with passing and movement which we did not score many of those last season Starting the pre season with attacking intent is the best way for us to go as last pre season was a disaster

    I look back to last pre season and we were terrible in every game looked out of ideas and were playing it long all the time and look what happened – we started the season like that out of ideas early in a game and sluggish

    If this fitness coach can get us up to speed maybe we can play the sort of high pressing football we played against Man Utd and Arsenal every game and not run out of steam !

  • 28 cyprus // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    On the team, here’s AP’s new challenge through uncharted waters: learning to rotate.
    This makes more players feel as if they are part of it, keeps morale high, allows for benching out of form top players (e.g. from last year Cabaye, Jonas and… rest of them), makes all match fit, allows for injuries, helps adjust when ‘found out’, allows for different formations, surprises opposition.
    Get to it AP :)

  • 29 SeanNufc87 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Nufc Eire

    Optimistic? Down right cheeky that! 10m for them two would be the deal of the season, like getting Rooney for 8

  • 30 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    No chance in hell would we get gamiero and menez for £10mil!!!

    Menez would cost over that on his own!!!

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Is Faye Downey not permanent now. When the papers broke it, it was consultant, but she stated on her official twitter it was as Performance Director. That must be a full time role?

    As for last night, we looked decent, but let’s not forget we were playing a Motherwell side who finished second last season because Rangers aren’t there and Hearts have gone into meltdown. Scottish football is poor, and we weren’t even facing their strongest 11.

  • 32 posada // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Looking at all these formations. Great, but for me there is a problem with all of them.
    Cisse. Great ability to finnish. A rare talent in itself.
    However. He is not suited to play as a lone striker in any of those formations. Can’t hold the ball up, link up play is very poor, does not have the pace to get in behind the best defences.
    Best lone striker. Think Drogba. Cisse can never be that.
    Needs close support.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Bills,
    Some rambler on total sport last night said we only need one striker and thats it, he mentioned when we had Lover and Shola as the third and fourth strikers and saw Gouffran as the third striker, he didn’t mention who the second or fourth were, imo I don’t think a squad should work like that, all four strikers should be able to come in and do a job depending on the opposition.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Ed

    ”Newcastle looked a sick passing side”

    I know sick means something else these days with the young people. lol !

  • 35 HullMag6 // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Is it too early to suggest converting Santon back to being a winger. Using Haidara as lb and Dummett as cover? Santon was a winger before Jose had a crisis at inter and Davide stepped up. The way he played at wigan as a winger showed and bagged a goal too. Yes its a money saver but more funds for say Sinclair/Ince for opposite wing maybe a DeJong plus a striker or two.

    I’d send Campbell out on loan, then select from Cisse, Gouffran, new guy 1 then Shola (or new guy 2) for starting line ups/bench.

  • 36 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    While Goofy can play as a striker, he is hardly prolific when it comes to goal scoring. I’d say he is moreof a Lovenkrands replacement then the man to push Cisse for a spot, or to partner Cisse. Shola (goal every 276) has a better goals per minute played then Goofy (goal every 282) over their careers. Factor in the difference in quality between Ligue 1 and the Prem, makes Shola’s record look much better.

  • 37 bills-son // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Jail, we desperately need a striker who can hold the ball up and bring other players into play. The ball doesn’t ‘stick’ when its knocked up to Cisse and alot of our so called hoofball is because our players know thst and try to hit it into space for Cisse to run on to.

    This is bad enough at home but away it just means everytime the oppo retains possession we are back under pressure. In our 5th season Best did the challenging and holding up of balls knocked forward and was never given the credit for it.

    Because we constantly lose the ball when it is played forward our midfield aren’t able to get into forward positions. Imo a holding striker is one of the most important signings we need – he doesn’t have to be a 20 goal a season man because Cisse, HBA, Cabaye and Sissoko will benefit and get goals.

    If Kinnear can’t see and doesn’t get the type of striker we need to balance the team I can us having plenty of the same goal scoring problems we had last season.

  • 38 Premiership Manager // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    It’s al well and good playing 3 up front against Motherwell however we will be found wanting by better teams.

    HBA is a good player but he is a liability and personally I prefer Goufran and Marvaux who are willing to track back, pass and don’t give the ball away.

    We definitely need a hungry goal scorer to replace Cisse should he get injured and to offer options up front however despite Pardews praise we still conceded 2 goals and that is a worry because against better teams if they score first we will be on the back foot from the off and that is how we lost so many games last year.

  • 39 Owldman // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    If Bent is the limit of our aspirations, then I am in despair that we are in for another crap season, this man could not even hold down a place in a very poor Aston Villa side last season.One minute Pardew is telling us we are searching the world to find the right striker to bring in then if the press is to be believed he hopes to sign Bent by the weekend.I do not believe most of our supporters want him, lets not get involved with this mercenary.

  • 40 rossi // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    bent is a better player than shola and scores more goals so for the sake of 2-3 mil its an improvement . remy can also improve our forward line . we need more options on the wings sinclaire from city maybe also a mid-field playmaker for when cabaye can’t be bothered




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