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Newcastle Are Due A Win At The Etihad Stadium

10:41 am, Monday, August 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

It’s almost like the time of reckoning is coming for Newcastle tonight at the Etihad, as they take on a side who have spent £90M in the transfer  market this summer, compared with Newcastle’s £2M loan fee for QPR’s Loic Remy, who is not available tonight because of a calf strain.

Alan Pardew at Rangers shouting

Alan Pardew – we have a chance

Newcastle have never won at the Etihad Stadium – and City are unbeaten against tthe Magpies  in the last 13 meetings – and that’s the task Newcastle are up against tonight.

But of course there’s always another way of looking at those stats – and it’s that we are due a win tonight.

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

“We haven’t played well at their stadium at the Etihad – there’s no doubt about that,” “We have played well in patches there, but you have to put it together for 90 minutes to get a result against them.”

“They are one of those teams, and with the quality they’ve got after spending £90M, they can unlock you when you are just thinking you’re doing well. It’s how you react to that.”

“It’s important that we have a really good psychology.” “Through long periods of the game they might dominate, but we must always carry a threat.

“If we can do that, we have a chance.”

Manchester City’s new signings – Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic – will likely make their debuts in this game, which is being beamed live around the world.

So it’s a very good chance to show people that Newcastle United are indeed a very decent side. this season.

We’re hoping that’s what the lads can do tonight and get a result too.

Here’s hoping.

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 numba9 // Aug 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Newcastle are more due a good signing this summer

  • 2 prashanth // Aug 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Is Pardew claiming rightful victory based on the law of averages?

  • 3 runheed // Aug 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Hope hope hopety hope hope… Let’s hope the team has more character than the owners/managers.

  • 4 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I’ve never known a NUFC manager to be under such scrutiny going into the first game of the season.

  • 5 runheed // Aug 19, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Well Jack… he just doesn’t inspire any confidence. He just does too much hedging … ‘We are well prepared, but…’ (insert the appropriate excuse)

  • 6 MosesNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Ok, i just want to say, i totally agree, and you have every right to say what you have just said. I think just about every football fan is fickle in some way, even me. Everyone loved Pardew for getting us to fifth. Not one fan complained, because they saw us play some excellent, pass and move football (3-1 west from, 2-0 liverpool, 2-0 chelsea) and there were sparks of last season from 11/12, like when we beat chelsea 3-2, we played some excellent football, hardly any hoofball. Do you know why we played hoofball, bad results last season? I’ll tell you why. Europa League. Yes, people will say its a poor excuse, but in that summer transfer window we should of bought at least 4 players in! at least 4 players of quality who could rotate and still give benfica a decent game! Simpson had no cover. Santon had no cover. Only had 3 proper centre backs and a utility player. Only cover for ba and cisse were ameobi and ameobi! Some of you fans, you may not be able to notice it, but in our play last season i could tell the energy levels in the players last season were just 0. Hopefully Faye Downey will keep the players fit and healthy and determined for this season. But in 12/13 just about every formation was terrible for the players, maybe the 433 worked but we were starting to get found out with that. I’ll take the game where we beat spurs 2-1 for example. Ben Arfa was in the middle and he was surrounded by tottenham players, the only things he could were too try and skill them which would work 5 times out of 10, or pass it backwards so the defence get closed down more so they hoof it. Or when the ball was in the midfield, Ba and Cisse were just ball watching as 2 strikers standing right next to eachother, not one of them creating space or creating the opportunity to pass to. And you could tell, Pardew was fuming on the touchline, even when we were winning because the players still didn’t have enough energy or determination to do it right. The amount of empty space or space filled with the opponents players, was shocking! But you cannot say it was pardew’s fault for playing hoof ball, because it wasn’t. It was the players choices, and they were pretty fatigued which lead to a lack of determination and creativity, hence why we heavily relied on ben arfa to create something.

    The reason why i think it will be different this season and better this season is because:
    1) The players do not have europa league to deal with, will have more fitness and time to work on tactics etc. in the premier league.
    2) Faye Downey appointed as fitness director, she will certainly make sure the players are fit week in week out and are determined, which again allows Pardew to focus on other things.
    3) Hardly any hoofball in pre season, there were quite a few crosses but we saw some good football.

    Let’s just take the Sunderland (3-0) game because we had the game against Benfica midweek before that, and i’ll tell you why we lost.

    Di Canio was recently appointed, so there was a different mindset in their players, our recent signings do not know what a Tyne-Wear derby is like, Taylor and M’Biwa had no pre season to get to know eachother or bond. Di Canio likes to work on fitness and determination and that was the advantage they had. N’Diaye was a prime example, he was like an engine (God knows why they loaned him out) he was getting from one end of the pitch to the other in no time, and that’s what Sissoko, Tiote and Cabaye will be like this season. We were closed down so much that we were forced to play hoofball and we’d get caught with too many men up the pitch and Tiote was left stranded in midfield, hence why he had a terrible season. Those were just some of the key points on why we lost that you can’t really blame Pardew for. Be as pessimistic as you like back to me, that’s what I think and I know is true.

  • 7 BandB // Aug 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Ten hours to kick off on the first day of OUR season, and there is no change of mood on the blog: no sense of excitement, no tingle of anticipation.
    The City game feels like another pointless pre-season exercise, far away, where the result has already been discounted.
    My hopes travel with those setting off for Manchester determined that whatever else is going on or not going on, they are going to HAVE their matchday.
    The transfer window isn’t over. When it is, we can all draw our own conclusions. Today, it is a sideshow.
    So I suppose what I’m trying to say is….
    Howay the Lads.

  • 8 MosesNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    BandB what about me??? haha

  • 9 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    There are two sides to this story. Firstly Pardew is correct, other teams have been investing well. He clearly is getting annoyed and is happy to vocalise it. It doesnt seem to be a problem for mighty Swansea to get a good player but we have a transfer policy which I have mapped out before, and it causes us major issues on players valued around 7-12 million. The second asspect though, is that Pardew is clearly getting in his excuses early. He has lots of good players when fit, but knows that he is too rigid in his approach to release his team to play attacking football, so he knows a botton 8 finish is likely. I just wish Ashley would sell out and sod off and we could get a better manager in place. Its still incredible that Pardew got the job unopposed, but Ashley is known to need trusted men around him ( paranoid ? ) and thats why he appoints guys who arent much good – eg Llambias and Kinnear. Its a mess.

  • 10 lewisnufc // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Imagine the buzz if we win tonight! I feel confident, don’t know why, I’ve just got a good feeling… I must still be a bit goosed off the weekend.

  • 11 Sazzer // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Get two of Thauvin, Tadic, Hughes, Ince and Boudebouz! And even Shola will score decent amount.

  • 12 prashanth // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    JB.. We neither play with heart and grit nor with skill or swagger. His use of available players, lack of a philosophy have made NUFC neither a team that battles with grit nor sparkles with swagger. Sometimes our efforts seem sapped of belief and he is to blame as he is the man to instill it… the 4-4 v Arsenal comes to mind, everyone gave Pardew credit for being the architect of an impossible revival. Now he is dong the polar opposite. He is under scrutiny because he fails to inspire, implores fans not to aspire and I could go on.

  • 13 JackButler // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    MosesNUFC

    The reason we struggled last season was down to poor tactic’s, poor selection and very, very poor preparation.

    Yes we had a small squad a but most of our injuries came from the training ground because the players were not trained, conditioned and prepared in the right way.

    Every manager has to deal with injuries, every manager would like to have a bigger, better squad but other managers use their ability to navigate these issues whereas our manager constantly used it as an excuse.

    The Liverpool and Sunderland embarrassments showed that he his out of his depth

  • 14 Sav // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    That’s like saying the moon is due to show us its backside one of these nights. We’d all be a lot happier had we seen another couple of class signings. Having said that, I think Remy was the best of Gomis/Bent/Remy choices. But we are still short a decent winger and DO NOT say Obertan. Its not even funny.

  • 15 Munster Mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Moses, I’m sorry mate but you are deluded. Managers have football philosophies, and these are not compromised over a full season. We know what Pardews philosophy is ( well its certainly not to attack teams ) , and there is no reason to expect significant improvement. I do think we will be physically stronger and fitter, so that will help. But I cant see him releasing the creativity of the team. Remy will help but thats about all. I would also worry about the mental strength of this bunch of players, who collapsed last season , and were saved by Swansea.

  • 16 lesh // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    And I’ve been due a big win on the lottery fir years but it ain’t happened!

    However, hope springs eternal.

  • 17 Sav // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    5 Signs you’ll get Alzheimers…? Is that ad specially for JFK?
    You can’t remember names, You have delusions of Past Acheievements, You can’t add up the number of times you think you were Manager of the Year, You find yourself in a strange place not knowing what the heck you are doing, You can’t answer the simple question ‘Who are ya?’
    Then either you have advanced stage Alzheimers or you are Newcastle’s Director of F****all.

  • 18 felling mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    I thought all us mags were deluded? Then why do 90% of us think were gona get tonked then. We`ve got some cracking players ourselves man, players who can get goals out of nothing.

  • 19 hotdog // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Who else witnessed player power at Arsenal on Saturday?

    Top players such as Cazorla strolling through the game. A clear message to the Management “We need better players to compete and win things”

    I would not be surprised if we see the same scenario unfolding at Newcastle!

  • 20 martoon // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    MosesNUFC @6 – you make some good points BUT a lot of people on here would argue that it is Pardew’s job to ensure the players are fit & ready for every game. However I do agree with you that hopefully we will play better without the midweek Europa games to think about.

  • 21 MosesNUFC // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Ok then so if its pardew job also to keep players fit AND provide match preparation for premier league AND match preparation and tactics for europa league. Thats a lot of work, especially when you’re with a paper thin squad and only half of them have quality and the rest are youths. I could argue that we will be better and it will be more like 11/12 with Faye Downey appointed as director of fitness, so pardew will not have to worry about that as much, and it will give him more time to work on tactics against premier league clubs, like 11.12

  • 22 nut meg // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Sazzer @11 previous post
    Did you see Tadic yesterday? Scored a pen,assisted 2 & made 3/4 other good chances for his forwards.I can only hope we are interested in him.

  • 23 felling mag // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Just a though if big Demba was to come back what would happen with Cisse as we all know they carn`t play as a pair. Would have to be one or the other. Personally think ba would score more in the current team but if we were to sign a winger or two then Cisse is more than capable of getting 25+ goals. Ba or a good winger which would be the better option. obviously both but it wont happen me thinks.

  • 24 fatman // Aug 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Trouble is when we compare Pardew to say bobby, the night before a game Bobby would be in bed by 11pm, while our pervy Rex Harrison look a like, is in club’s until 2, 3 & 4am trying to pull young bits of totty, hardly the best preparation before games, then how do you expect players to be responsible.

  • 25 James RS // Aug 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    All I hope is that Krul plays because if you look back to last season the rot set in once Krul was injured and Eliot took over..Eliot’s positioning and reading of the game is awful and Krul brought off some magnificent saves in games prior to this. Elliot is championship standard only. Krul is worth 5 to 10 points extra a season. We need a good back up goalkeeper so why on earth did they let Forster go and replace him with an inferior keeper.

  • 26 Greebol1892 // Aug 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Well done Ed! Yes it’s the ETIHAD stadium…. not EMIRATES *clap clap*




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