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Pardew – This Player Did A Fantastic Job For Us

10:07 am, Monday, September 16th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

When we were playing well two seasons ago, Alan Pardew deployed a 4-3-3 system, and we still remember when we ripped West Brom apart in the game at the Hawthorns, and we were 3-0 up at the half, and the game had been won.

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Alan Pardew – good start to the season

We weren’t quite as penetrative on Saturday at Villa Park, but Newcastle looking a good attacking side in that same formation, with Loic Remy seeming to make all the difference on the left wing, and of course Remy can also play on the right or up the center – and he already looks an excellent acquisition for the season.

Alan Pardew has come under some big criticism this year for the side not playing well, and yes we have had a lot of injuries, but we have none at the moment, and if we can keep our players fit and healthy – and with fewer games to play this season – we could be a lot more successful than we ever imagined.

This is what Alan has said today in the local papers today:

“I’ve been saying since Demba left that we’ve not really carried that offensive threat.”  “Loic gave us that. He gave us that bit of quality. He did a fantastic job in terms of the role in the team he had.”

“I know we’ve had a lot of criticism playing the shape that we do when we play the five – with the two wide players up the top of the pitch – but when it works, and it did work when we finished fifth, it works really well.”

“We won six on the trot with that system. It’s something that we’ve got to get right home and away this season.”

It’s too early in the season to think we can do really well but at least the signs are there that we now have a good side, maybe even a very good side, when all our top players are available.

But we need to take  one game at a time, and the next test is at home to Hull City this Saturday, and the last time we played them in this fixture was five years ago they beat us 2-1,  and we could only draw the game away from home at Hull the following January, and they finished one point us above us in the league, and we were relegated.

We should remember those two games when we face them again on Saturday – that should be good motivation.

Hopefully next May we will be a lot higher than 3rd bottom, maybe even a lot higher. 😀

It was a good display and a great result on Saturday.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 micktoon // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    oh if i must 1st

  • 2 Assam Toon // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    it was a relief to see us play two good halves. last year was mostly rally in one half and blown away in the other. it is obvious that 433 is the way to go. and keeping tiote and goof on the bench helps to bring in the confidence from substitutions. it was so depressing to see shola come on when we were trailing, or anita. i still have agut feeling that pardew will make one last attempt to force jonas into the side.

  • 3 BandB // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I finally got to see the goals on MOTD2 last night.
    Just about everything went right. We seemed to have a lot of players forward when we were attacking.
    If we keep playing with confidence, Cisse will click.

    Alan Pardew has played a tricky hand with a lot of skill and as much dignity as anyone could be expected to muster, in his shoes. Maybe his hand has been forced by injury and a suspension, but he is still owed a few dibs.

  • 4 JDdubai // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    The test comes when jonas is fit again and Tiote is fully up to speed. The old Pardew would bring them in for anita or whoever, if he is to get the support of the fans and show he means what he says then he has to stick with the same 11(possibly gouffran for cisse for me) and leave his favourites out.

  • 5 JackButler // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    JDdubai

    Anita and Sissoko dominated the midfield on Saturday and are forming a really solid paring playing some nice football along the way. I have no issues with Jonas or Tiote coming back into the side as long as they earn the right to start again and produce the type of form to justify them keeping their places, but if they come in and produce the same poor displays that the have over the last 18 months then Pardew can now expect all the fans to turn on him very quickly.

  • 6 cyprus // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    HBA’s statement was as good as his dribbling.

  • 7 Wiz // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    BandB I quite agree – Pardew has been dealt a series of almost impossible hands. As regards the possible return of Gutierrez, Pardew is not guilty of favouritism, I believe, but he is loyal to those in possession, perhaps not always sensibly so. But if we keep winning then he won’t disrupt the midfield, and will persist with a three-man attack. But on the wider question of how good we are, well, I believe we are very average. We are getting a lot of propaganda about how our first choice team is strong, but we have added only Remy, and we know our squad is relatively weak. Manchester City, who have not played well this season but did against us, showed conclusively how good we are. The last two games have produced success, but we have played well only once, and that was against Villa who are deep in despond. We are not good. We will finish fifteenth or something like that. We will certainly have injuries and suspensions. We will not be able to rely on our top eleven players all season long. We will pay once again for our repeated stupidity and meanness.

  • 8 roy // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    The side looks disciplined well balanced and confident, things that were missing last season. We are well equipped to stay in the top half of the League.

  • 9 bobby mango // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Wouldn’t say we have everyone fit… What about Ryan Taylor? Very useful player, very unlucky with these injuries. He’d be great competition for both fullbacks… And his deliveries would be useful.

  • 10 fatman // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Against hull we need to start the same 11 as against villa, but we need to concentrate on our game and not hull. Pardew needs to understand he is no good at tactics. stick our players in there best positions. And Pardew just needs to tell the players that if they are up for it we cant loose does not matter how they play. the game is there for us to loose.

  • 11 toon kk // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    I’m so pleased we played more like a team on Saturday.
    Pity we didn’t strengthen, our season relies on being injury free. Big gamble by tight Mash.

  • 12 MrMojoRisin76 // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Lol,gotta laugh at the Anti-Pardews fans putting our recent decent form down to him suddenly changing mentality,we were doing what we did to Villa the season we finished 5th,he hasn’t changed mentality,he just has the proper tools at his disposal now.

  • 13 Graeme // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    The team that started on Saturday performed well and did everything that could have been expected of them, away from home. If we are going to develop consistancy, a settled side, then barring injuries, the same side should start our next match.

    Change, for the sake of change, rarely produces great benefits whereas stability can reap far greater rewards.

    I hope Pardew leaves well alone – he has hit on a winning formula, whether by design or good fortune – so stick with it, unless forced to change.

  • 14 count // Sep 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    The bipolar nature of this blog is depressing. We win a couple of games and we are suddenly perhaps a really good team… We lose a couple and it is absolute disaster. Any excuse to bombasticise.

    “if we can keep our players fit” WHEN THE FRICK DOES THAT EVER HAPPEN?
    If all we needed to do to reduce our awful injury record, was employ a half decent fitness expert, it kind of makes a mockery of the last twenty odd years I have been watching.




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