Everybody Is Strong And Fit – I’m Satisfied With Pre-Season


One week to go before our season opens at Manchester City next Monday night, in a game that will be broadcast live around the world, and it’s a great opportunity for Newcastle to make a positive statement in the very first game of the season.

alan pardew steve stone john carver

The three wise men on Saturday – Stone, Carver and Pardew

Of course on the negative side of things, it could also be a time to get fans worried if we suffer a defeat, especially a big defeat, and there appear to be a number of pundits a bit worried about Newcastle for next season.

But the facts are that our squad is better and bigger than it was last season, and we’ll have a lot fewer games, and no Thursday night games in Europe, which really killed us last season – so we are fairly hopeful we
can do well again, as we did the season before last.

If that happens then last season was just a blip, and due to us not being equipped to handle European competition – so we should be a lot wiser the next time around in Europe – maybe the season after next?

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:.

“The big players look in good nick and hopefully we can put a team out at Man City that represents the pre-season that we’ve had.” “They will be the ones that will carry us through the season.”

“Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mapou, the two keepers, Cabaye looks like he’s got the bit between his teeth, and Hatem looks stronger every game.” “In the first half on Saturday we treated it like a friendly, but in the second half we didn’t.”

“And we were a lot more at it, more positive and more aggressive and that showed.” “That’s what we are going to have to be like at Man City if we are going to win the game.” “So I’m pleased that some of our big players done well.”

“I am satisfied in terms of where we are at. The Braga game showed that we are strong and fit. Everybody looks in good focus.” “Like all pre-season games it is difficult to assess the team because the opposition were a different type of team.”

One positive is that Newcastle have suffered very few injuries in pre-season, under the watchful eye of our new fitness consultant Faye Downey, although Jonas did limp off in the second half on Saturday, but we assume the lack of injuries is because of Faye’s knowledge and advice – and that bodes well for the future.

It was difficult to assess the team on Saturday, but there were some good things to take out of the game, especially in the second half, where the defense looked decent and Ben Arfa showed some good fitness and form, and the subs in the second half all performed well.

But what worried us was another penalty given away by Mathieu Debuchy and maybe opposing managers will tell their players to run at Debuchy and get into the box and hope Mathieu makes another one of those ill-timed tackles.

The first test comes a week today at the Etihad Stadium and Newcastle must be competitive in this game, and we have to do a lot better than we did in this fixture last season when we were taken to the cleaners, especially in the first half and lost 4-0. 🙁

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220 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    We still need strengthening at the back and firepower up front. Our midfield is solid.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    We have plenty of good defenders at the club, all defended well at former sides.

    We need pardew to learn how to defend, sitting deep with everyone back is not the solution, it invites pressure and with that much pressure even the best make mistakes, thats why our lads look so average.

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  • prashanth

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    so… man city not in good shape after their pre-season and pellegrini apparently sweating over his squad’s preparations for the season ahead.

    nufc 2 , mcfc 1, anyone?

    also can someone who went to the game/saw it on telly care to comment on Pardew’s claims?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    He is satisfied with Pre season?

    I mean seriously.

    AP=Disgrace

    He was happy with the Squad on 1st sep 2012.

    He had us defending the whole second half against QPR.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    WE have plenty of good defenders granted, But had one of the worst records last season for goals conceded.

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  • numba9

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Midfield looks ok with cabs in there I think we would miss him if he went, but knowing how we work now it would take 18 months to look for a replacement tortoises are quicker than us. Us front obviously we need more options all we have is a crocked loan signing on a rape charge so basically we need two in of different style

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    All the teams in the EPL are a different type of team so is it going to be hard to assess all season then alan??

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Indian

    If you genuinely believe that he was happy with the squad, then you clearly haven’t been paying attention to NUFC for the last five years.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Pardew Gets away with Murder on the pitch because of what he speaks.

    All what ashley wants

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  • nut meg

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Well,now that the players are fit & strong are we going to really focus the training this week on getting them to play as a unit.Some how I think we need a lot longer than a week

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    numba9

    hopefully remy isnt ranger part 2 🙁

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Indian – please change the record FFS!
    If Pardew said he’d had a nice cup of tea you’d find something to niggle about it.
    We know last season’s preparation was not great because of other stuff going on – at least he can’t use fitness or poor preparation as an excuse this time.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13

    TDS

    Believe it or not, there were people on here who said our squad was stronger for 2012-13 season than for 2011-12 season.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #14

    jazzyp

    but with arguably the same defence but debuchy for simmo and mbiwa in the squad we have the same defence as 2 years ago where we kept the 3rd most cleansheets.

    We need to make sure that we aren’t always sitting deep and defending, we must learn to keep the ball better. Some of that is the managers fault as he dictates the style but also the players as they constantly misplace simple/basic passes and lose the ball cheaply.

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  • nut meg

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Sage @ 2
    Too true !

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Magpie 6699

    Sorry, I have only 1 record and that too is broken.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Prashanth
    I like your confidence mate-would be a mint start to the season to turn city over in there own back yard.
    On the game mate from where I was sitting nothing has changed from last season. He tried different formations and tactics all to no avail.
    What was crystal clear is that apart from needing a class striker, We need somebody to link the midfield to the forwards big time.
    Far to often cisse was left stranded and had to keep dropping back to pick up the ball, And you could see the frustration he had from last season of being isolated all the time.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Mag6699

    What the hell is he doing having a cuppa!? He should be training the lads and signing people and ending world hunger!

    Pardew out!

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  • pawl250

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Well according to all the reports I read the 2nd half was the worst one!

    Bit worrying, nevermind.

    Anyone suspecting we will win on Monday needs to wake up and realise one fact!

    The 3 Manchester City new signings (Navas, Fernandinho, Negredo) cost alone could buy our entire starting 11, AND bench. I would not be surprised if their wages weren’t far off either!

    That statement alone should determine the victor of not only the match, but were abouts Man City will end up end of the season (top 3 without a doubt).

    Anyone expecting a win, you 19 times out of 20 will be left disappointed, only hope its that 1 time you won’t be.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #20

    I am off to watch Day 4 of 4th Ashes test.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    indian
    what else can he say though….if he says the team isn’t good enough how much does that knock the lads confidence.

    For all we know he may be shouting and screaming at ashley behind the scenes, equally he might not. But publicly he always says he wants a few players, only so much he can do if the club wont back him.

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s called backside covering

    He says he wants two strikers and we are ‘light up front’ but then he says we have a good pre-season and the squad is looking great so when JFK fails to deliver or MAsh puts the mockers on a deal because its 99p too expensive – then the Teflon is all on Pardew – not my fault we didn’t get them over the line – but we’ll manage … we’ve got a big strong squad…. Just like 2012 ain’t it ?

    TBH I don’t blame him at all – he has to protect his own position and at least be positive for the fans and players…

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  • Goodfella

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Three wise men more like the three stooges 😉

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Transfer sage-Morning mate
    I agree with your assessment, But I was at the game on Saturday and it was the same old same old.
    Long balls-No link play between the midfield and forwards-the defence looked very vulnerable at times.
    And this is not going to change under our current manager.

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    To cheer on the Aussies I take it Indian. C’mon boys, go you good things!

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  • Raffo

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Good defence? How did we do last season? Didnt we have all the defenders in last season? (a couple after jan granted) Simmo and PErch have gone. We dont have a good defence, we will lose cabs and not replace them.

    We are going to be lower half, and hopefully not fighting the drop again. I do not see us doing well. Pardew is a joke and needs to go

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  • valle

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Ince, Sinclair and McCarthy would be great… Gomis a bonus, but I doubt we will get that many players. I just cannot figure MA out. Surely, that lot wouldnt cost way above what we have and it would leave us so much stronger. Then again, I cannot understand why AP is still here and why JFK have now been added as well… The ways of MA are mysterious to say the least.

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  • NotEvenGeordie

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #28

    Indian
    Pardew gets away with murder on the pitch does he? So none of us have complained about our performances last season? All because he’s a smooth talker? You talk more rubbish than he does mate.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #29

    How many points from our first three games?

    Man City (a)
    W Ham (h)
    Fulham (h)

    I think … 1pt a draw v WHU
    Then it will turn toxic for Pardew as he repeats last season.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #30

    jazzy

    Agree that I can’t see things changing.

    I dont get why we buy technical based players who all seem to prefer a short/passing game then hire a manager who doesn’t play that way most of the time, he does occasionally which makes it worse as i can’t understand why he doesnt all the time.

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  • geordiemark

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #31

    yeah pardew parsnip is satisfied with pre season but were not with him nor the club on bringing much needed players for the defence and strikers, if we dont win v west ham i can see the toon army really venting there anger towards tight arse ashley and the management

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  • NotEvenGeordie

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #32

    Pawl250
    It’s the opening day of the season, anything can happen, there’s no form book to go on, they’re under huge pressure to beat us, we’re not expected to get anything, maybe just maybe we can do it.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #33

    Weird thing with Pardew, no1 believes him if he says something positive, they put it down to spin, but the same people believe everything he says if he says something they don’t like!
    There is no way he is happy with our current squad and there is no way he was happy with the squad after last summer! Remember in sept he actually had showdown talks with the board over it and there wrre rumours he’d resigned! Think he just likes to keep stuff in-house, nowt wrong with that! Not really a pardew fan when it comes to tactics but glad he doesn’t broadcast all our problems and fall outs across the media, nufc has had too much dirty laundry aired in the past

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  • numba9

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #34

    Hatem two points

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #35

    Hatem
    I will go for a loss-win-win

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  • Wiz

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    We don’t have good defenders. We are shipping fifty goals a season. And we are not a bigger and better squad than we were in the second half of last season, when we were dreadful. I do think we will see more of our newer players, and they will do better. But we are inadequately equipped in the extreme. Look at the players Pardew has picked for the friendlies. He is still trusting in the first eleven he was trusting last year.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #37

    raffo

    but that defense has had one bad and one good season…went from 3rd most clean sheets to being battered most weeks last season…it’s hard to explain really.

    hatem better than messi

    I think 6 points from first 2 games

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  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #38

    hey indian

    was nice when you used to talk about the team instead of spewing out these not-so-clever one liners you seem to brandish daily.

    I’m as vehement in my dislike of pardew as you are, but all your posts are hyperbolic and rather uninsightful nowadays

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  • BuckLuck

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Hatem’s better than Messi

    We should have 6 easy points with our squad, but with Pardew… hopefully 3, and that’s just sad.

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  • prashanth

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #40

    thanks Jazzy!

    Figured as much,going by the comments on here. To be honest I was giving pardew slack last season taking into account the injuries we had. But Liverpool at Home changed all tht.The man played Sissoko on the wing when we had Benny and Gouffran available. Then I realized what Beattie,Catchy and some others had been saying was not far off the truth. The man will never take us forward because the very thought of taking control of a match frightens him. He is a ‘play it safe’ guy and saves the swagger for the press, not for the opponents…

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