Newcastle Players Need More Passion And Commitment


It was not a goof time for Newcastle to put in their worst performance at St. James’ Park this season, as owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear were at the ground for the first time this season, and they would not have left  very impressed with the Newcastle display – certainly the fans weren’t.

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Alan Pardew – defense was not committed enough

Newcastle looked excellent in the first 20 minutes of the game, and Loic Remy will make a big difference to the team, as long as we can keep him fit, and he is now already joint top scorer with Ben Arfa with two goals, after just over two full games in the black and white shirt.

Alan Pardew did not pick out any particular player for criticism today, and we looked decent going forward:

“I wouldn’t say creativity was the problem. It wasn’t any individual’s performance that cost us the game today. It was a collective effort and it’s the collective effort we need to find consistency in.”

“I thought the whole team defensively should have been more committed. It was that tightness at Villa that got us the victory.”  “I can’t say it’s a day that I’m going to fondly remember.”

“You know, I’m standing on the sidelines and I am a little bit disappointed with a lot of factors about today’s game.”  “But the thing that we must improve on is our consistency of performance, as individuals and as a team.” “That is what got us to finish in fifth place two years ago.”

“This is a place where we need to crank it up all the time and keep the pressure on. I think when we scored, we just went down a gear and that is sometimes enough to give hope to the opposition.”

“They got the goal, and then they probably felt that they could score again, and they ended up doing that.” “In terms of Hull’s display today, it was very good. All their players played very well.”

The Newcastle players should watch the Manchester derby of yesterday, and see the passion and commitment shown by all the Manchester City players, and if our players had shown half of that commitment we would have easily won the game on Saturday,

We need to see more commitment and passion from our players, and the new lads should learn pretty quickly that this is not just any club they are now playing for.

When the lads give 100% they will always be cheered off the field, but when they look half-hearted and hesitant like they did on Saturday, they will get boos at the end of the game, and on Saturday they deserved that send-off at the end of the game from our very long-suffering fans.

The players had all better give 100% on Wednesday night against Leeds United, and it’s a good opportunity for them to make up for the rather pathetic display and terrible result of last Saturday

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104 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Just out of interest what is our home record in the last 10 league games played at St James Park? Hmmmm 5 wins, 4 losses, and a draw. Fortress St James? It wouldn’t appear so. Number of points from last 6 league home games? Hmmm 4 from a possible 18. Number of points from last 6 away league games? Hmmm 2 wins 3 draws, 1 loss means 9 from a possible 18. We’re away game specialists now. That adds up to 13 points from a possible 36 or 41 points in a season. That sounds about right for Pardew. It would probably get us 16th or 17th place.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #2

    From what I hear Mike is so hard up now he’s selling his former wife’s clothes from a booth in front of the mansion. It’s very sad. And to think we would have had to go into the red to buy a player in the summer as well. Shocking really. Where does the money go? One minute your worth 2.3 billion pounds or so Mike and the next you’re flogging second hand clothes and having your manager tell us all the shocking truth about the club. So rich yet so poor. Life is full of conundrums.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Mike has had another inspired thought. He is going to have some of the Sports Direct staff come in and run the club in their spare time. They all know a great deal about football (just like Mike) so we should see some immediate improvement. And think of the wages it will save. Mike you’re amazing lad.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh and it’s Liverpool and Chelsea for our next 2 home games. Think how good our home record is going to be after that. That will be your chance to display your full tactical brilliance Alan.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #5

    A few better signings and certainly better training would make a big difference.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #6

    I see 8 points from our next 10 league games. That would give us 15 from 15 games. Hmmm top 8 looking likely with a point a game from the first 15? Not so sure about that. How does 15th place sound? It goes nicely with the 15 points from 15 games.

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  • toonking

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #7

    what was the team we had when we finished 5th
    1 dutch player from our academy
    1 risky forward who turned out as a good one
    2 passionate argentians who helped get Newcastle promoted

    3 Englishmen who were playing for the passion and enjoyment

    1 ivory coast player with the physical strength of this league

    1 French player who is key to france.

    the team now
    1 argentian who is not far from retirement
    3 French players who came over for a chance to play in a league which is much more famous and gets lots more money
    1 striker who thinks scoring goals is all he should do.
    1 dutch player who showed why he should be starting something a French player called marvo has still not proved
    1 Italian FB who doesn’t seem to bother about defence
    1 LF who is only here on loan.

    their is a reason teams such as Chelsea arsenal and united will not buy the players we have.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #8

    GeordieTwo

    Why so ridiculously negative?? If Hull can beat us and Cardiff can beat Man City, then why can’t we beat Liverpool or Chelsea? That’s the beauty of football. 9 times out of 10, we would have held onto that lead against Hull but this time we didn’t. 99 times out of 100 we would not have come back to draw against Arsenal after being 4-0 down either…but we did that.

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  • bishopblaize

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Time when Men must be Men!

    Some managers in League are getting their guys playing some of the players in the game and they gettin results through passion & commitment.

    Us on paper, along with the maturity and experience we have, we should be holding our own.

    Saturday was a bleeding shambles to give away the 1st two goals 🙁

    Anyway .. See how go with Leeds

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #10

    My bike has two completely flat tyres but I’ll still do the ride to work because the wheels turn.

    The stability theory, with Alan Pardew.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Very interesting post toonking @7. A lot of painful truths in there. Take note Cisse, Santon, Cabaye et al.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Those are very positive thoughts TDS @8. I was just looking at stats and making a few predictions. Stats aren’t optimistic or pessimistic, just a way to analyze what has happened. The rest is just a guess from me based on our form and our current manager. We have extremely indifferent form and an extremely average manager.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #13

    toonking

    So you pick all of the positives on players when we got 5th and all the perceived negatives now? What’s wrong with you?

    We have most of the same players!

    And in the last couple of years, Chelsea bought Ba, Arsenal tried to buy Cabaye, Liverpool bought Carroll and Enrique and there have been many links to Cabaye, Tiote, Cisse and Krul.

    We achieved 5th place with the following limited players making 10 or more appearances in the league: Simpson (35), Williamson (21), Guthrie (16), Perch (24), Gosling (12), Best (18), Shola (26), Obertan (23), Sammy (10). Also Lovenkrands made 9.

    Of those, several are now playing in the Championship and the rest are still with us.

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  • toonking

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #14

    geodietwo
    sunderland should be winning the premier league their recent record against city is excellent W3 L2 D1 that is their last 6 games sunderland vs city

    we are worst than Cardiff going by your stats we seem to always loose against city yet Cardiff beat them 3-2 when city were 1-0 ahead

    aston villa are good then winning 3-1 away to arsenal

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #15

    GeordieTwo

    People weren’t saying indifferent form before the Hull game though!

    Football fans are crazy…

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  • laserfireball

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    I went to the game on Saturday, don’t get to as many as I’d like as it’s a fair old journey for me. What I will say I noticed is that, yes, there were too many poor performances from the players and yes cisse does look poor at the moment. But what I noticed most of all was the lack of noise and support from the home crowd, very quiet and very negative to the team. How is this going to help?? The home crowd was easily drowned out by the away support, which, quite frankly put our support to shame. Rather than get on the players backs and the managers back, let’s start doing our bit right then if they still play c**p we can moan about it AFTER the game knowing we at least did our bit.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #17

    TDS…you could also look at it this way; how come Cardiff can beat Citeh and we get a real ass wooping and we even get beat by Hull? 😉

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Hmmm. But we still have extremely indifferent form and an extremely average manager TDS @13. Use last season as your example template instead of 2 seasons ago and you might arrive at an entirely different set of conclusions.

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  • geordiemark

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #19

    drop the full backs replace them with the kids least they will play with guts and determination, cissie needs dropped as well hes had enough chances now maybe a month on the subs bench might do wonders, id play with guffy up front or better still field the walt desney set up dee better then that bunch of talentless rabble

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  • geordiemark

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #20

    how many matches has pardew been manager at home does anyone know and how many have we won

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #21

    I think that’s called cherry picking toonking @14 mate. I just looked at our recent home and away record and I think some of the conclusions match our recent form. Terrible at home, there’s no getting away from it. Decent away from home but against mostly mediocre teams. No obvious sign Pardew is turning things around. He still relies on individual brilliance from players like Ben Arfa which doesn’t happen often enough. Overall no clear strategy for improvement except we now have Remy which is actually helping. Cisse may as well be cemented in place for all the good he’s doing us. A long way to go but the signs don’t seem that positive to me. And the injuries haven’t started to take their toll yet either.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #22

    We’ve always been an un consistent team we can play brilliant or unbelievably poor.
    Apart from last season we were consistent in the wrong way.
    We’re an average squad run on a budget, as long as MA owns the club things ain’t gonna change.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Pardew’s overall home record with us is just under 50% wins geordiemark @20 but it has been sliding badly for a while now going back to last season.

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  • toonking

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #24

    TDS
    the negative thing I have with this current team is that it consists of players who really will not care about relegation.
    while we in the premier league we might be able to keep hold of them but players know that they stand an easier chance of moving away if we got relegated.

    players such as willo and shola and younsters like Sammy might not be as good but I will know that they’ll always put their best effort into getting the result we want.
    something that most of that team Saturday didn’t show apart from colo remy and anita

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #25

    FREE THE GEORDIE TWO

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #26

    jesper

    Cardiff beat Citeh, Citeh thrash Man Utd. So Cardiff are much better than Man Utd?

    Comparisons like that are pointless…it’s all a matter of what happens on the day.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #27

    TDS…my point is self-reflection!

    …we seem to have a serious problem showing commitment both when we play the big team or when we play those we should be able to get three ponts against – especially at SJP!

    …alot of the lesser teams don’t seem to have that problem – you know self awareness is the key to improvement 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #28

    * ponts = points

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  • nufcalex

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #29

    What we need is a world class manager for our world class club, sack pardew, employ roberto dimmiato and give him £50 million to spend in January, we should be competing for top 6 every year. if we adapt Tottenham’s philosophy, players will perform. or simply show them the door

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  • toonking

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #30

    geordietwo21

    what them results I have used describe is that you can never be gurentee of a win in this league.

    if it was so easy to expect results from teams such as hull then teams like Swansea and stoke would not be on the current run of consecutive league seasons.

    their is two leagues in this premier league 1-7 and 8-20

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #31

    toonking

    That’s one game! You can’t pick on one game and write off a load of players. Loads of our players will be desperate to go to the World Cup and will be playing their hearts out to do that. And if they want to move to a bigger club then they’ll have to play their hearts out to get a move too. Cabaye learned that there’s no point being valued as a £10M back-up player for Arsenal. If he wants to go to a CL team he either has to get Newcastle there or play so well that they’ll pay £20M+ for him and he’ll get into the first team.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #32

    jesper

    Yep. We can beat the bigger teams and we can lose to the smaller teams…

    Whereas some people have us losing to the bigger teams before we’ve even kicked off and likewise we were going to beat Hull 4-0 apparently…

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  • toonking

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #33

    as for this reliance on idiviual performance that is going to be the trouble for most managers who come to Newcastle at the minute.

    pardew has never been able to have any say on who will be coming to Newcastle and the academy we have at the minute is so poor

    cisse is a striker who does best in 4-4-2 with a shola type but we have not got any of that type other than shola also that would mean creative wingers who do crosses which we lack

    debuchy and santon are very threatening FB 1 might be ok but 2 in the same team is going too far but all pardew has in depth is dummett

    playing remy as a winger shows how poor we are with width.

    the very best manager Newcastle could have is a one who is suited to the U21 level as academy is our best chance of improvement

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  • toon kk

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #34

    The thing is with Newcastle you never know what we’re going to play like on the day. Same with most teams.
    For what ever reason we just seem to give up or don’t try hard enough in certain games. When you watch mainly newly promoted clubs they maybe haven’t got the best squad but at least they give 100%, something we should learn from.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #35

    pardew ashley and kinnear in some eyes the best thing since sliced bread……..
    you can now get panninis cobs chibata soda bread

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  • jimiley

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #36

    We need to keep the faith in Alan and Joe. There should be no knee jerk reactions as at Mackemland. We are in this for the long haul and stability even if the stability is crap. Alan has 7 years left on his contract and we should see where we are in 4 years. If we have made no progress or gone backwards then we should think about replacing him.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #37

    i think if they get the right man in it could be we pass each other by jan

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #38

    while we stick with an idiot and a yes man

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #39

    sorry jim if he is here in 4 years god help us

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  • toonking

    Sep 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #40

    TDS
    anita remy and colo are the only three did good last game
    HBA well I’ve always said he is all or nothing
    sissoko I think he is still not being able to do what he wants due to the FBs
    krul is probably not helped by the threats
    mbiwa well willo is not as good and we have got the passion in colo anyway.

    the players who I think need questioning are santon debuchy cabaye and cisse

    santon and debuchy we can only really drop 1 and the other play RB while dummett or hadaira goes LB

    cabaye well it could be anything behide why he is dropping in form transfer, injuries just starting to get back into his main role.

    cisse this is the player who I think has had enough chances now demba ba was forced wide for the sake of cisse and went into a slip of form but as soon as ba went ba into the centre ba recovered yet cisse since returning has did nothing much at all. cisse might just not be suited to this formation so why not just drop him try Sammy as the LW and remy as the lone forward because another thing with Sammy is he has got pace so we’ll have 2 fast players now.

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