Nothing Went Right – But We Have To Tighten Up

The goals we conceded last night were not good ones at all, and that’s putting is mildly, and in the first half, with almost every Everton attack it looked like there was a possibility the home side would score – it was that bad, and we were glad to see half time arrive.

Romelu Lukaku scored first goal

Romelu Lukaka – all alone am I – scoring Everton’s third goal

And that poor defending in the first half came after we had conceded two goals in the second half against Hull City and gifted them all 3 points – so we were expecting better than what Newcastle served up in the first half last night.

This is what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports immediately after the game last night:.

“The goals were poor, so poor, in the first half, and defensively we’ve got to better than we are at the moment,”  “But we’ve got goals in the team, and we’ve shown that tonight.”

“We had numerous chances apart from the two goals we’ve scored, but we’ve got to tighten up, that’s for sure.”  “Nothing went right for us and the inconsistency being shown was disturbing at one point.”

“We managed in the second half to get ourselves a little better balanced in the team to make some sort of game of it.”  “We came out with a bit of pride and almost at the end got more than that.”

“But the goals in the first half were not acceptable for me, and we’re going to have to tighten up and make a couple of changes there.”

We looked a completely different and much better side in that second half, and Pardew is right, we had other chances and Yoan Gouffran hit the post before Yohan Cabaye scored his spectacular goal.

But the Newcastle players were running all over the place in that second half and pressing the Everton players and we nearly got something out of the game.

But why couldn’t we have done that in the first half? 🙁

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22 comments so far

  • Wiz

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Any new manager would need to win the confidence of the dressing room immediately. Steve McClaren would have been a poor choice for us, because he might think he can speak French by speaking English with a funny accent, and frankly, and more seriously, I think he is a busted flush and would be floundering in today’s Premiership. It’s a shame we have missed the boat with Rudi Garcia. He developed Hazard and has coached the best Lille team for years. I don’t know why they sacked him. He is not free at the moment, and would not come, but he is the kind of guy I would suggest Newcastle need. A good coach, a savvy manager, and experienced in European competitions.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2


    We can hardly blame the changes for what happened though. I was impressed that he made changes as I think it required something but some people were saying Willo for MYM or Dummett for Santon. I wouldn’t have minded the former, was dubious about the latter but wouldn’t have complained at either to be honest.

    Fact is, the defence was shocking yesterday and of course that is Pardew’s fault. If Colo and MYM are only that good and Willo and Saylor are worse then we’re in trouble. On the other hand, if Pardew just can’t get the best out of them then he needs to sort it out quickly or go.

  • believeintoon

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3


    I think if we look at who MA has brought in as our manager,we cannot expect good things.


    MA doesn’t have great connection in the football world,so there aren’t so much choices for him.
    Do you think MA has the power to bring a manager like Montella?

    Besides,who wants to work for under an owner who refuses to pay to strengh the squad and lack ambition.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Di Matteo got sacked for taking West Brom to the brink of relegation. For Zola read West Ham.

    Martinez isn’t a great manager, but he has been well backed by his chairman getting Lukaku and McCarthy. I think as time goes on his team will start to unravel. Defensively they were not great yesterday, and when we put them under pressure they struggled.

    As for it not being Pards fault, well, to a point that holds true. Certain players, and we all know who they were, put in performances that were just plain and simple shambolic. But at the end of the day, it is his job to get them playing well, and operating as a team. Something we still seem to fail to do despite a starting 11 and 2 subs where only 1 (Goofy) hasn’t featured for their full national side in the past 18months.

  • outsidethebox

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    scottie @63
    why french ???
    could be cynical and say cashley desperate to get s d into french market but i think a mixture of cheap and available is probably closer..

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6


    I think Garcia had bigger fish to fry…didn’t he go to Roma? Better squad, more money, closer to the CL.

    I also don’t think the current ownership situation would be attractive to new managers. MA can convince them that the club is stable and he plans to be around for a while but does a new manager want to join a club when the fans are protesting?!

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7


    Kinnear has some football connections , maybe not as much as he brags but more than llambias.
    Is that why JFK came ?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Any new manager needs to be able to get the best out of this group. In that sense we need someone who is tactically astute, can coach to a very high level and can motivate and manage players. Zola is the only one their that I think may come close to matching those criteria. Let’s face it, Terry and Lampard really managed Chelsea.

    I’ve said before I’d take a massive gamble on 2 particular people, but I’m certain if I looked for an hour that I would find others who could come in and get more out of the squad for money Ashley is willing to pay.

  • valle

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Signings that was supposed to be really top signings aint working out for us. Cisse looks a shadow of the player we had in his first half season. Sissoko is looking worse for every game, Debuchy never looked good at all and M´biwa changes from top class to rubbish. I dont believe that these are bad player, I might question their mentality, but I have no doubt that these are good players. That means that the guy in charge of motivation and tactics has allot of the blame and he has to go. If the owner went as well, then great, because I fear that if Pardew ever did go, we would end up with Kinnear or someone simelar.

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Aside from the abject defending, Everton gave us a master class in the art of power, pace and precision. Lukaku demonstrated a strong and powerful but skilfull demolition of our CB’s. He scored two and made another for Barkley.

    An inquest into the abject defending will not put matters right unless individual players take responsibility on the field because too many just bottled it. Coloccini is a shadow of the player he was a couple of seasons ago and gave a timid performance.

    Kinnear prevented Douglas and Redmond joining us at a minimum cost and his remit was to look at the squad and it’s needs. We are for ever saying we need a reaction from the team to a setback but we need to get something from the Cardiff game.

    I understand that the various action groups were prevented by Everton stewards from showing dissent towards our esteemed owner. They had to abandon banners or not get into the ground.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    A current manager may also look at the ownership situation and say, why would i join a team that won’t back me financially with the players I want, and instead listen closer to 2 other senior officials at the club. Why would I want to be employed by a man who was proved to have lied in court?

    A manager would look at it and ask, why are they protesting? Can’t say if he would find Ashley a positive or negative. Both could be argued, neither could be proved, even if the bloke took the job, it may be a case of a stepping stone, or his only potential offer.

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12


    Thats a team pardew can set up. Its defensive with obertan as a running outlet and jonas to get free kicks.

  • Slank

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #13


    Truly top managers only manage top clubs. We are not a top club. We are a middle table team who haven’t won anything in 50 years. Middle table clubs get middle capability managers.

    If we want a truly top manager the club would have to bribe him to travel north with lots of dosh, which I would be very surprised at. The alternative is to convince some up and coming European manager in a lesser league to ‘give it a go’.

    There is an argument that it may be more beneficial to pay top money for a top manager than top money for one or two players.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #14

    I would be interested to know from anyone involved in the protest march what they want to happen in the actual game that day? Should we beat Liverpool, then the protest will have a hollow ring to it as it will have been a very good result. For the protest to gather a bit of pace momentum and support, it would need us to get beaten, and the more we lose by, the more resonant the protest will be.

    So, do you want us to get a hiding for the cause, or win and the march look a bit less meaningful?

  • Slank

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Lilongwe Geordie @ 11

    Managers don’t think like that.

    They know that all owners are difficult and single minded and have achieved their position and wealth in life by being ruthless.

  • JaxtheMag

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    ed pleace don’t ever saywe have any class players again, coz we have some average players at best,that includes cabaye and krull, remy is not ours.

  • Toondog2

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    last season we let so many goals , yet nothing seems to be done about it . We are at it again leaking goals galore . I cannot see how we will get anywhere unless this aspect of the game is sorted out and quickly .
    However it does seem to me that the coaching staff has to hold their hands up as well as the players.
    Regarding the manager, well enough has been said , but I fear we are stuck in the same mind set and do not know how to get out of it .
    I think we shall be struggling in the bottom 5 this season as last season .
    I do not understand Mike Ashley`s seemingly lack of ambition to see the Team improve as he clearly knows how to run a business. It would help enormously if he would communicate openly about his ambitions for the Club.
    All so frustrating !!

  • fatman

    Oct 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Time to go billy bullsh*tter the weakest link n all that, just go and die before my club does you parasite.

  • dcdick

    Oct 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Pardew out !!!

  • nufc 11

    Oct 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #20

    The goals started to leak when Santon became the first choice LB he has to be the worst italian ive ever seen at defending how he cud ever be compared to paolo maldini is a joke. He is a winger Alan Pardew cant you see it!!!! Colo knows he is not EPL stantard anymore and not worthy of being the captain sent a strong msg and strip him of it Alan Pardew cant you see it!!! Yanga looks like a holding DM at best no CB anyway nor is Debuchy a RB maybe a RM but AP cant see this, Carver and back room staff cant coach the mistakes out of them so they are not doing their jobs are they coz the bk4 is among the worst crop weve ever had bk to the days of Peacock, Brambles, Boumsongs, Marcelino’s, Cacapa the list goes on.

  • nufc 11

    Oct 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Wasnt AP spouting yest. that wed be up and ready for the game last night what happened Alan? We crawled over, rolled over and died talking about door mats where’s the fight in the team? dnt say last night we fought Everton stopped playing 3-0 up at half time we need a manager whos team takes the dressing room door off when going pitch side you dnt get that from french flair tho so where has the balance gone Alan? Balls of steel more like musceles and french toast.

  • toonicle

    Oct 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22

    We looked better second half because Everton turned off. They could have had 4-5 goals if they played the way they did first half.


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