Pardew – This Was A Tough Tough Game – Make No Mistake


Newcastle did not play well in the first half at Morecambe tonight, when the home team were the better side, and had the better chances.

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A pensive Alan Pardew at Morecambe

But in the second half it seemed to us that it was Newcastle’s extra fitness that started to tell, and the introduction of Shola Ameobi and then Ben Arfa turned out to be very good substitutions by manager Alan Pardew.

That was our first two goals of the season and the first win of the season, and it should give the squad some cadded onfidence.

Alan Pardew seemed relived after the game, as he had this to say to Sky Sports:

“This was a tough, tough game, make no mistake.” “We were really under the cosh with the power of that team.” “They’re a very physical side, a big, big side, and they had a couple of good chances.”

“They really accredited themselves well, the stadium, the fans, and especially the team.” “The second half I could sense we were going to get a goal. It was important for us to get a goal, because obviously we haven’t scored this year, so to get two goals was a nice bonus.”

“We probably wouldn’t have won it without that little bit of quality from Hatem Ben Arfa in particular.” “And then Shola came on and gave us a bit more power.”

And Newcastle were drawn against Leeds United at home in the next round – the third round – of the Carling Cup and Alan talked about the tie:

“Well, I’m pleased because it’s the first time we’ve drawn them in the cup.” “We’re set for the weekend, we have got no injuries, and that’s what you want from this competition – get through and have no injuries.”

Morecambe were great, and played a really good game, and in the first half in particular were the better side, and their manager Jim Bentley had this to say after the game:

“At the end of the day, we have given a great account of ourselves. I think we were the better side in the first half, we just needed to score when we were on top.

“It could have been a whole different ball game. Their crowd might have got on top of them a little bit, it would have given us that little bit more confidence.

“But we gave a good account of ourselves, we had a right good go and I am proud of all the players tonight for their efforts.”

It was a good second half performance from Newcastle, and on balance we deserved to get through to the next round.

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115 comments so far

  • Tinman

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Disagree Ed, completely, if anyone ‘deserved’ to get through it was them

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  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Hi All
    I didn’t get to see the match but what I can gather we were terrible until our star players got on. I am stoked that Curtis Good played really well, he is potentially Australia’s next big thing. We have a Dutch style youth system being developed here in Australia and he and Tom Rogic who is at Celtic are our brightest prospects. Happy for the win and with Leeds in the next game we could make the fourth round for a change!!

    Lets just hope we can put a decent enough performance against Fulham, don’t care if we win 1-0 and perform bad, we need points!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #3

    @ manxpie

    If you are not annoyed with how poorly we played tonight then I don’t know what some NUFC fans are watching.

    You act like these players have just got of a plane from another country and are being asked to play in a team with people they have never met before.

    These lads train with each other every day in training and that is just the type of excuse Pardew would use for us playing poorly .

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  • Harley

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #4

    3 points against Fulham and its been a great week.

    We just need more fire power up front.

    When shola is your best striker it’s a worrying time. Cisse and goufran have been totally useless so far.

    My mouth waters at the thought of a front 3 of remy, Ba and HBA.

    I just pray the club can get Ba (or gomis) on ASAP. Also remy hurries up!

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  • Harley

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Sydney

    Good didn’t put a foot wrong tonight. My only worry with him for cb is his size but I suppose it hasn’t stopped coloccini.

    He looks a great prospect.

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Your right for once pards, you would not have won it is benarfa did not come on.
    Was it Man U or Morecombe we were playing tonight?

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  • Spoof

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #7

    B and B

    are you for real, what would be the point of employing a good manager if the owner who has proved when he had a top manager in Kevin Keegan refused to allow the said manager to manage, Mourinho could take over and we would not benefit because the owner would never allow it, and by the way I was around and watching the likes of Stuart Boem, Peter Cartwright, Alan Shoulder, Steve Carney (rip) Stuart Pearse(remember the pen against the Mackums) I also remember John Brownlie and John Blackley, so shove your experienced self rightious attitude up your ignorant backside as far as you can, I don’t care how young a fan is they are entitled to an opinion and for you to belittle their opinion because you are older and have experienced worse than what they have is pathetic

    Fans of your and my age should be hammering the club to give the younger fans a better chance of tasting success, the late 70?s seem just like yesterday, it was over 30 years ago, in another 30 years going as we are we could be dead and still not have a trophy to celebrate, do you really wish that on our next generation, stop feeling sorry for yourself and help the younger generation have what we never had, success.

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  • gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb)

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #8

    If that was the case Pardew then why continually lump it up from the back?!?! Why continually miss out the midfield?

    He really doesn’t help himself.

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  • roblee7

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone else heard these daft twitter rumours we’r interested in Luis Fabiano? Haha…hilarious, reckon we might pip Real Madrid to Bale too

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  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #10

    So no injuries Mr Pardew, so we expect a full strength team at Fulham??? If so then I suspect this will be the squad

    Krul
    Debuchy. Mbiwa Colo. Santon
    Tiote Anita
    Ben Arfa Sissokho Remy
    Cisse

    Bench: Elliot, Good, Guti, Marveaux, Sammy, Shola and Gouffran

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  • valle

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Fabiano is 32 so yah, thats a non starter.

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  • JAMSHA

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #12

    shola is better than messi… mesi cnt score a penalty

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  • Spoof

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #13

    gonufc

    and when the midfield get the ball what do they do with it, they give it away bacause they don’t know what to do with it, and no that is not down to a lack of coaching that is down to a lack of ability. Look at the players, a bunch of kids with Gouffran who is not good enough and Marveaux who makes SAMeobi look effective, wake up m8, the players are very poor and no manager in the world could do much better than what Pardew is, why do you think Keegan walked out, come on think about it.

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  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Harley

    He will get bigger, still growing at 20. He is the Captain if the Under 21 Australia side, he is 3 times the player of Craig Moore and Lucas Neill, who have been our best defenders for a long time.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Really hope we get in a few players lads. Screaming out for fresh legs Remy will be a welcome addition on Saturday hopefully.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Vuckic again had a very disappointing performance. He’d better go out on loan and do very well if not I think we’d better cut our losses. He looks out of pace every time and easily shoved off the ball and injury prone :/

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  • manxpie

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #17

    manxpie // Aug 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    harley yeah i remember lampard being the lesser of that famous west ham team but he worked hard then got his big move but he still wasn’t the player that we seen today
    when i watch gosling he has the heart and drive to be a top player but obviously i’m on drugs for thinking that 🙂
    but i think he’ll become very good in the next couple of years and i hope its with us
    plus he’s young and english and seemingly wants to actually play for us
    also where’s the marveux lovers i mean he was absolutly shite tonight again!
    pardew talked about young players last chance but his performance in the last 2 games has been absolutley shocking and i’m sure you’ll all still defend him but he’s payed to play and provide balls to win games but absolutley nothing from him!

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #18

    aidytoon9

    Pardew is gash mate, proper gash!
    I’m that uncertain i’m getting this thought creeping in of whether it’s worth a punt giving JFK a shot!
    I know it’s a terrible thought and i should go scrub myself with a wire brush in a salt water shower but bad times are upon us pal!!
    If no players of 1st team quality come in we’re knackered. I just think they have ability and if the manager can’t get them playing he has to go. However Remy could be the catalyst.

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  • musomag

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Go Spoof. Word

    Buy some decent, proven players, get a real manager and slap yourself hard in the face a lot for being such a bellend for so long Mr Ashley. Sort our club out immediately or do one

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  • roblee7

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #20

    I just want Ba back. Like it or not, he’s the best striker we’ve had in yonks, perfect all rounder and twice the player of Cisse. Also…I do not like Pardew or his tactics but gettin a bit fed up with everyone saying its all his fault. The players have been equally crap and regardless of tactics, as pro’s they shud be more than capable of putting in a performance no matter what their position. Players who disappointed me of late: Vukic.. (seriously, will people stop saying he’s the next zidane….des hamilton was bett), Sissoko, Debuchy, Gouffran, S Taylor, Yanga, Cabaye (never rated him.has one good game in five, and that includes season wen we came 5th). He is a luxury we cannot afford to play, wud do well around players who are better than him imo

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Hey at least we never done as bad as Everton, Liverpool and Fulham they had a lot more seniors in their team as well

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #22

    M.o.m goes to Sammy because of his surging runs forward and his energetic display throughout ht whole match. He was involved in everything! lol Very good to see, shame it was only against league 2 opposition but if he could play like that consistently for us at Premier League level we would have some player.

    A good mention must go out to;

    Elliott – for his world class saves that saved our blushes in the first half.

    Gosling – read above lol – very good off the line clearances, on another day it could have easily gone the other way.

    HBA- For his two great assists. Changed the game in our favour with his passing and opened up spaces with his dribbling in the short time he was on the pitch.

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  • toon22

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #23

    What we found out about the players.

    Goffy aint a striker
    Marveux isnt any good
    S.Ameobi can play wide left but he is a bit raw
    If Shola is our destroyer we are in trouble
    Dummet will be fine as one of our kids
    Biggi needs a loan move to get games,his possition is saturated by other players

    But most importantly we play without spirit or direction,the whole lot of em need there heads knocking to gether.

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  • kevs57

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyone who demands marveaux to be in the team every week should look at his last two games – awful

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  • manxpie

    Aug 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #25

    i’m not annoyed bpc at all because we won quite simply and i also new it would be a tough hard fought game away from home with alot of changes!

    but it seems that you believe that because we’re a premier league team it means we should win 10 nil!!?
    seriously again liverpool scraped through with a much stronger team everton only just scraped through same with fulham its a cup game ffs wat were you really expecting please tell me when the space between there defense n midfield was a couple of yards please tell me i’m eager to hear how ya think we could actually play football in a game like that!!?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #26

    Roblee7 – I have to agree m8. Spot on.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #27

    Spoof

    You should read Ruddy’s comment to which mine was a restrained response. So wind your neck in fella.

    It is my view that if you’d watched the likes of Billy Rafferty, George Reilly, Tony Cunningham, Bobby Shinton, Frank Pingel etc you’d appreciate what we have now. That’s a reasonable view. Ruddy is entitled to disagree with it but he should take my response, however it comes, if he wants to rubbish it.

    Of course there would be no point in employing a good manager if you’re not going to back him 100%. Mikey has to get that right.

    We can’t win the league without a wealthy benefactor; we simply can’t compete with the big boys. But you can’t just be negative towards the current owner because that’s not going to help matters. A good manager might just get us a cup in our lifetime. Trouble is Pardew is shit.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #28

    musomag

    Go Spoof Word, excuse my ignorance but wtf does that mean ?

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #29

    Uncertain toon
    I agree pards has to go but the problem lies deeper than that, it’s the owner who won’t put his hand in his pocket.
    Not asking for 100 million to be spent just 20-30, which is just tv money by the way to improve the squad.
    I hate sounding negative but it is just the way I see it, defo bottom six I feel at the moment.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Spoof

    Your opinion holds less weight than a pocket of air.

    Were you on the match or streaming it?

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #31

    Oh and also if we cant beat Fulham at the weekend we deserve to go down !!

    I was worried about them last season when we beat them at home 1 nil because with better finishing we would have beat them by about 3 or 4 goals which tells you how poor they are as we are gash!!

    We need to get right into them from the 1st whistle as they are probably in more trouble than we are and thats saying something

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #32

    Spoof, you want to wake up mate if you’re seriously saying no manager in the world could do much better than Pardew is doing. Woo hooo!

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  • Do the shaka hislop

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #33

    Nico

    I agree with you mate, why not give the lad a chance. He’s playing with more impetus than the rest of our french shite and the yellow card accumulator. Anita comes from ajax,one of thw greatest technical footy institutes in the world, hes an exxeptional passer and will only improve, doesnt need to be played at DM.

    Good and dummett looked great together, what we lacked out there tonight was a leader, thats why the defence was shakey, two young lads playing with heart, and mbiwa looking lost because debuchys about as much use as the popes cock.

    Sammi looked decent but needs to improve his crossing drastically. Cool finish by the boy though. Vukic was nowhere to be seen, passenger. Marveaux was again a passenger. Elliott made some belting saves but his handling leaves alot to be desired.

    benny is class, and I love the fact hes playing with heart, more than can be said for moose debs or cabayebye.

    bigi has potential, and I cant wait to see him become a toon regular. Get him upto st.mirren, theyve done a good job with dummett. Why not?

    Strolla is has and always will be shite. But he’s our shite yna. Goofy isnt good enough to play up top regularly.

    In realistic terms we should look to sign- winger either fischer of ajax or ince, Ba on loan or buy back id pick him up if he said hed come. Gomis to add a different dimension. And we need a decent CB mbiwa needs to develop. Saylors dog. Willo’s worse and collo’s off in 2014. Someone like shawcross of stoke or jonny evans frm manure.

    Think if you take gomis out of the figure cos we were gonna spend that anyway, you could gwt those players in for 15-20mil. Then sell cisse and give him an offside rule for dummies guide as a leaving present. Doesnt work hard enough and 3 worldys a season then scraps isnt gettig us top 10. No way. Sell him for 10-15mil.

    The cockney puddins buttered his pocket, weve got a massively stronger team, and I wont have to scream at cisse to get back onside anymore. Everyone wins.

    thoughts anyone?

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  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #34

    beattie were you at the match?

    marveaux was shocking (supposedly our great creater!)
    mbwia very very dodgy again (supposedly our defensive saviour!)!!!?

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #35

    Yes marv was poor tonight!
    I have said on more than one occasion give him ten games as I believe he has quality, but if I am wrong I will gladly say so.

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  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #36

    Spoof

    Seriously, Pardew has no clue what to do with our squad!! Look at Rodgers with the squad he had at Swansea at the time, Martinez with Wigan for so many seasons escaping relegation but playing brands worthy of mention. Look at Redknapp with Portsmouth at the time, we have a stronger squad than any of those teams and yet our system of play is downright confusing, the players are confused hence why passing it to Hatem every 3 minutes tells you one thing, Pardew sees Hatem as our only attacking threat so has told them to get the ball to him regularly. When we counter, we are slower than an injured Shola!! Imagine what we could be like with a forward thinking manager, actually predict it as we will be rid of Pards soon, I can feel it. One thing about JFK is this, he is trigger happy when he is angry, if we lost I think Pards would have been punted, if we lose bad to Fulham, Pards is gone. There are some quality managers about, I think we will poach one from another club rather than see who is a free agent manager.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #37

    B and B

    I did watch those fella’s and yes what we have now is better than what it was watching them, I couldn’t argue with that, but then as now it is simply not good enough, what you forget is that many of our younger fans started supporting us through the Keegan entertainers and the Sir Bobby Robson young guns periods, not all fans are 45 years plus, so how can we possibly tell them that what we now have under Ashley is acceptable because we experienced worse, it doesn’t work like that m8, you have to move on and progress, and peaching that now is ok because we have had worse is not acceptable. Stop living in the past, we are not in the 1970’s with Lord Westwood or Gordon McKeag, and stop being so bitter and give the kids something to celebrate or at least to look forward too.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #38

    Load of utter twaddle being spouted this evening.

    So because we were a poor team over 20 or 30 odd years ago, we should simply accept that we are a mid table team and be grateful we’re in the league?

    Nonsense, utter nonsense.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #39

    beattie you still there!?

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  • manxpie

    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #40

    ruddy wat did you expect from tonight with the team we put out honestly?

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