Pardew – There Were A Lot More Positives Than Negatives

Alan Pardew thinks there were a lot more positives than negatives in Newcastle’s 3-1 defeat last night at Rio Ave, when we were quickly 2-0 down after only 9 minutes.

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Alan Pardew – more positives than negatives

The Portuguese club have qualified for the Europa League this season and they were 6th top of the league last season, and the home side were 3-0 up after just 26 minutes.

But Pardew said they only had three chances in that first half,  and they took them all – but again our leaky defense is a bit worrying.

This is what Alan Pardew said on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game:

“I don’t think the result really reflected the game because I think we bossed about 70 per cent of it,” “But they had three chances in the first half and scored them all, which put us right on the back foot.”

“We were a bit passive for the first 20 or so minutes and, if I’m being honest with you, they surprised us a bit with their quality.” “A couple of their players were very, very good and it shows why they nearly qualified for the Europa League last season.”

“We don’t want to lose, ever, but there were some real highlights.” “Dummett, again, Obertan and Sammy made a big difference when they came on, Cabaye was good, Cheick was good, Moussa was good, Rob was good and Santon did very, very well.

“There were a lot more positives than negatives.”

You’ve got to be careful about over-reacting to the results one way or the other in pre-season, because quite honestly the results usually have no bearing on how well a team does in the upcoming season.

The manager tries out various players, and Newcastle certainly looked a much better side in the second half than in the first, and some of our first team players did look good, as Alan points out.

But we suppose any and every defeat now will bring out the fans who want Alan Pardew out, and that  happened last night..

Newcastle play Pacos de Ferreira at the Estadio da Capital do Movel on Tuesday night. and we expect the lads to do better in the second and final game in Portugal – and we should see a strong team that night, with captain Fabricio Coloccini likely to be back.

We didn’t play well in that first half last night, but there still were some good performances from a number of our players.

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22 comments so far

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1

    and the spin begins …

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Id say if this gomis deal isnt sorted by the end of today theres something wrong, I know we haven’t settled on a price but if we agree a contract with gomis, then surely the price is just a case of meeting in the middle.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Just looking back over the fixture lists and the quality of opposition in pre season friendlies has sreadily declined over the last few years, I wonder if thats a financial thing.

  • Blofal

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Cisse is deadly with good service. He scored a bag full on arrival then Pardew put him out on the wing the next season where he lost his confidence.

    Once Ba left and Cisse was put back in his natural position as striker it took him a while to get his confidence back and eventually he did, scoring numerous last mintue goals for us and having a number disallowed. All this whilst Pardew persisted with long ball tatics that didnt suithis style of player and terrible service from our midfield.

    People who say he is average need a slap in the face. The man is an aboslute gem who when confident in a decent team that plays to his strengths can tear an opposition apart with his opportunistic goals. Hopefully Vuckic can work his way into the team because he seems one of the few players we have that can pick out a pass.

  • scout

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyone who thinks cabaye is worth 20 million is mad. Have you seen him on??? He can’t boss a game. Cattermole is better

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Where’s the praise for Marveaux and Anita. Swear they’ll be leaving the club soon. Pardew always seems to praise Obertan. He is a complete prat.

  • TheToonKing

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    from the last thread :

    @SeanNufc87 yes, exactly the same thing as Ronaldo not wanting to wear white and play for Madrid.

    Cisse is not saying that that club should renounce to the Wonga sponsorship, he just doesn’t want to wear the shirt with Wonga on it. It’s childish, this whole thing is.

    Faith should not even be a factor.
    Like I said before, the entire club, fans, city is counting on him , he’s being paid millions and is potentially the variable that takes us down or to the Champions leagues, forming history and all that. And he doesn’t want to play because he’s shirt has a logo on it that he doesn’t like ??!! Outrageous, i’d show him the door in a heartbeat, it shows total lack of respect towards the club and fans.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Was this like the West Brom away game when he said the subs made an impact, yet for pretty much all of the second half we struggled to get into an attacking third? Think we had one shot in that second half, yet the subs made an impact?

    Give it a rest Pardew, man.

    His ability to lower expectations so it’s easier for him to achieve is frightening.

    He’s glad we’re not in Europe etc. The man is useless.

  • scout

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    He couldn’t hit a barn door anyway!
    Sell him and sign Remy, bent and lambert.

  • scout

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Post 7
    Spoken like peanut from 44 inch chest

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew sucks.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    I said before…5 games in is all it takes..

    He has a shoddy start or even a very mediocre one, meaning we get smashed with city but win a few against easy opposition.

    Still…. if he is not sacked then we are going down and Ashley deserves no credit for anything other than being a coward who is afraid o ppl who know how to run a club and wont be “yes” men.

  • Slank

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #13

    For those that agonize over the defeat yesterday just think about 25 July 2009 and Leyton Orient 6 – 1 Newcastle.

    Pre-season games are not a foretaste of what lies ahead.

  • peaco1980

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Picks up where he left off last term. Ashley made the wrong guy the scapegoat for last season. What will it take for him to wake up? At least when Pas de Clue gets us relegated (and he will if he stays), we can’t drop any more than one league at a time.

  • scout

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #15

    I’d keep this team up, no chance of going down.
    Happy for anyone to remind me of this post in th future


    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    This Blog is totally starting to get on my nerve ! All the Negativity from a lot of people on here!

    I believe, and, ( correct me if i,me wrong here please )! if any of you can remember this, we had an absolutely disastrous Pre-season in the year in which we finnished 5th, qualifiying for the Europa League in the process?

    Cisse, i think will be gone before the season begins, which will be a great shame but if he is rocking the boat over something so trivial as a Shirt sponsor then i think he shoud be sold to the highest bidder ! He can and will be replaced, even by a better player, because they are better players out there ?

    Further to this, Pardew maybe a prat, but as long as he is trainer, i will be backing him to the Hilt, as i will be the club in the coming season !

    I can,t understand why some of the people on here have the Nounce to call themselves Magpies supporters !

    HOWAY THE LADS !!!!!

  • pottsie

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #17

    If Cisse goes and we replace with quality it wont be such a bad thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got the most offsides in the league last season. You can be the best striker in the world but if are permanently 1yard offside your a liability. You can argue that this can be fixed but it didn’t happen last term.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18


    Yep you’re a better fan than the rest of us.
    You keep backing the prat …


    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #19


    Oh yes, now let me see, “Who is the better Fan”?
    Childish Mon !

    Let me re-itterrate here, i am no Pardew fan, but as long as he is our trainer, and i don,t think you are going to be able to get that changed in the short term, then warts and all!

    Yep, the Prat will get my support, what matters to me is the club, not the trainer!

    We are talking about a Pre-Season friendly here ! and listen to what he says in his peace above! Prat he may be, but for the time being, he,s our Prat and were stuck with him !

  • pottsie

    Jul 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    18 & 19 pardew has a big season ahead, it is defo sink or swim. Don’t think there is any point arguing over his ability because if he doesn’t cut it early next season ashley will get rid quickly. I hope he swims because if he is we are doing well. Not arsed about who the manager is as long as we are winning.

    With all the change at the top 4, next season could be very good if we show a bit of ambition.


    Jul 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #21


    I totally agree with you ! I hope we have a better season than last year, but then that won,t be too difficult eh!

    Plus i hope that Ashley will have the balls to sack Pardew if it all begins to go Pear-Shaped !

  • rossi

    Jul 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #22

    i see the same old problems under pardew. the easy way to beat newcastle is in the first 30 min. we are always slow to start will he ever change. i personally don’t think so


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