Pardew – Newcastle Not A Bad Team – But Not Great

On paper Newcastle seem to have a strong squad this season, but we have rarely played well, with our best performance coming in the game at Villa Park, when we looked good for the full 90 minutes and came away with a very good 2-1 win.

Alan Pardew at Rangers shouting

Alan Pardew – we’re not bad – but we’re not great

But usually this season, at least so far, we have been inconsistent, and there was no  better demonstration of that than at Everton last Monday, when we were hopeless in the first half and very good in the second half.

Hopeless and then very good all in one game.

Whether we can continue where we left off at Everton at Cardiff City this afternoon is a good question, but going into the two week International break with a third successive league defeat would not be good, and that’s putting it mildly.

It’s hard enough during the International breaks with no league games and not much news about Newcastle,  but to have to endure it after three successive defeats would not be easy – it would in fact be extremely painful.

Here’s how Alan Pardew summed up where Newcastle are at the moment:

“In general, if you cut through where we’re at, we’ve got seven points, which is probably mid-table.” “Our goal difference isn’t good and we’ve shown some inconsistency in games.”

“We’re not a bad team, but we’re not a great team. We need to find out what we are and I think we will settle down and Cardiff is an important game.”  “We don’t want to see what happened in the first-half ever again.”

“I think we can reflect well on that second half and draw strength from that as we go along.” “In some ways, you can use it as a beacon of what to do, and the first half as a beacon of what not to do.”

“Because the contrast was forward passing, forward movement and a bit of energy in terms of trying to win the game, even though we were 3-0 down.”

“If we’d have started like that, maybe the score would have been different.”

Monday night was an amazing transformation in that second half, that was the good news on a bad night, and Newcastle players looked 100% sharper than they were in that first half.

And it showed in not only a very good performance, but excellent commitment from the lads and two good goals,  after a disastrous first 45 minutes.

If we can play like we did in the second half at Goodison Park for 90 minutes today at the Cardiff City Stadium, then we’ll win the game.

It’s really as simple as that.

But the big question is – can we do that?

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Why do we have a manager who looks like he needs help for more than a year..that too frm ashley and kinnear on non transfer related issues.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    but they are better than you make them look

    no one is saying we should be challenging for title, but a good cup run and top IS what we can achive ,

    your shit and you know you are your shit and you know you are

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    8 is the missing number 🙁

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Against Cardiff if we
    Loose – On course for relegation
    Draw – Good enough for 15th-17th
    Win – Better than 15th

    Cardiff isnt a good measure of anything except bottom five.
    We have more to lose than to gain.
    Hardly exciting..

  • jackostoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Well Mr Pardew,
    If you sent your team out to attack at the beginning of a match and not when the opposition are out of reach, well then yes, the score might well of been different, good night folks time for bed after night shift

  • lesh

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Repost relevant to this thread too:

    Reading this extract from an article in Friday’s Chronicle – ‘Pardew insists Ashley was nothing but supportive and feels Kinnear’s presence is with a view to the January transfer window’ – it indicates why fans’ criticisms of Pardew could be a tad unfair?

    Surely and to place a lot of the responsibility for this seasons poor start for us, had Kinnear not made a complete bollix of the summer window, he should be reported as being at games to review his summer buys’ performances and assessing needs for January

    If, if he had tone his job properly, fans may not feel the need to slam Pardew at any opportunity!

  • jayphoto

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #7

    7 points isn’t midtable….. If it was then we wouldn ‘t be 16th! One Pardews massive problems has been that he doesn’t play the players that suit the style he enforces! If you try to defend a lead and you have Santon and Debuchy as full backs, and HBA, Remy and Cisse as attacking players on the pitch you’re going to concede! If he wants to grind out results with hard work we have the players to do that and be comfortably midtable! A team of Krul, Anita Taylor, collo, MYM, santon/gouffran ( right mid) Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote ,Jonas amd Remy up front would most likely put in the running to compete and would be solid enough to grind out 1-0’s. Problem is pardew expects flair players to put the running in and plays them, when they don’t we hemmorhage goals! Il honestly bet no other right mid gives seamus colman the easy game benny gave him in that first half!

  • jayphoto

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Just to emphasise, im not saying drop Ben Arfa! Im saying its pointless and poor to play players like him and expect us to be able to sit and defend! If Pardew wants benny on the pitch the only way is to make attack the best form of defense and go more gung ho

  • geoff777

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Lets use it as a beacon?

    wtf is he on about?

  • jayphoto

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Saying that, ive followed french football for long enough to see HBA at lyon and Marseille! He wasn’t ever really a nailed on starter for either due to his inconsistency, he was always in and out of the side ! Think NUFC has seen his most consistently picked for first 11 in his career!
    His talent has never been questioned but hes been inconsistent his whole career but then if he had have been he would have cost alot more than 3.5m! Msybe you cant teach an old dog new tricks? Also if anyone watches real or barca, Messi and Ronaldo work their socks off for the team too!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #11

    simple fact is Pardew plays to any opponents advantage and not his own, and regardless of MA & JFK supporting him AP is getting them in his good books and makes them look good in the papers, even if MA spent 50 million in the transfers market and bring in the likes of PEA, Zouma, Belhada & Gomis we will still be in the position we are now

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    next thread

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    I dread to think what he thinks a bad team are.


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