We Really Were Very Very Good In First Half – Alan Pardew

Newcastle redeemed themselves this afternoon, from the awful first half showing at Everton on Monday night, by putting on probably their best 45 minutes of football of the season in the first half at Cardiff City today, and we could easily have been 4-0 up at the half and would have deserved to be too.

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Mike Williamson – another solid performance from the center-back today

Before the superb Loic Remy scored his two excellent goals after 30 minutes and 38 minutes Newcastle had four gilt-edged chances that we failed to put away.

But hey, we’re not complaining and we’ll take the win, and in the last five league games, Newcastle have 9 points and three wins, which is not bad at all.

Alan Pardew was quite calm after such an important win, and he had this to say after the game:

“It’s a shame we weren’t at home because the first half our fans would have been drooling. We really were very, very good.”

“The second half wasn’t as good, we didn’t reach the levels of the first half,  but we had to show a different side to us, the resilience to dig in because that’s what we’ve lacked in games.”

“When Man City had a good period we didn’t cope with that very well, and when Everton had a really hot period. But Cardiff had that today and we coped with it better and that bodes well.”

Newcastle did quite well in the second half,  but after Peter Odemwingie scored a poor goal from Newcastle’s viewpoint,  and former Newcastle forward Craig Bellamy came on as a sub, Cardiff seemed to have all the momentum.

But a strong game from Mike Williamson today helped to stem the tide, and Mike again played well at the back, and won some big headers in the penalty box – and this lad has never got the credit he deserves – he’s better player than a lot of us give him credit for.

And with a player like Loic Remy in the side, what a player this lad is, and with Yoan Gouffran again looking sharp, we just need Papiss Cisse to hit some form, and we could score many goals this season.

But the challenge for Newcastle it to keep tightening up on defense,  because in our first seven league games we’ve conceded 12 goals, and that’s far too many.

But an excellent win for the lads today – there’ no doubt about that – and they did exactly what they had to do, after that horror show earlier in the week.

Good job!

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47 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone else think Cisse might be mentally broken at NUFC ? , what with the Wonga saga and all .

    If he doesn’t show any improvement by Jan or the end of the season I would sell him and try to get Ba back from Chelsea .

    Breaks my heart seeing him not even get on the bench when he would be (and was) adored here

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #2


    He’s gone and done a Torres. Very self-defeating, gets easily frustrated. I also wish he would regain his old form but it’s difficult when you’re in a rut like that and you hear the whispers of the fans going against you.

    Or more like angry shouts 🙂

  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Talk about stating the obvious Pardew. And he wishes that had been a home game because he knows who we have coming up at home. Yes sad to see the state Cisse is in. He did try hard today again but as for skill on the ball? I just don’t see it.

  • kt97toonarmy

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #4


    Cisse had 2 great chances nd missed both. I wish we had lukaku. Permanently! I think remy looks like a young henry. We need him in the team. Nd i agree with dropping ben arfa. Despite his dribbling excellance. Dosnt defend whereas gouffran nd remy played there hearts out today. Nd gouffran for 2 million. WOW what a bargin had cardiff worried all game just like remy. So ashley should nd co shud b telling QPR to name there price

    Never thought id say this but williamson was excellant today. Despite his mistake. He is quite solid when he plays like that. But dont rule out mbiwa just yet. he has proven he is quality. Just a case of consistancy thats all
    Colo was at his best today. Nowt got past him. Really hope he stays the rest of his caraer cant fault him.

    To get a result at cardiff is a great result.


  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Dirty mackems, dirty monkey mackems! Who’s going to take on that team with a disjointed squad, loads of new signings and some of their best have gone?

  • yo-yo

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Gonna stick my neck out and predict a draw again the Fools. Thought we’d only draw today too. No reason we can’t snatch a few points from the upcoming hard run if we play and get that resilience and consistency Pardew keeps banging on about.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Have a bad feeling we’ll get stuffed off liverpool and then play a very nervy game in the derby which could go either way, fortunately we have some sort of attacking threat unlike sunderland. Not negativity, just the probable scenario.

  • kt97toonarmy

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #8

    SESSENON was their best player nd sold him for peanuts hahahahaha hope they stay on 1 point all season

  • Harley

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #9


    Cisse has been lost for way over a year now. I don’t know what it is, as he has scored for fun over the years in the bundeglisa.

    He is a shadow of the player he looked when he first came. A lot of his goals were very lucky back then too.

    In contrast remy looks skilful, composed and lethal in front if goal. He ooses class and looks like he could play for any team in the premiership.

    I’d have Ba back in a heart beat.

  • Bambams

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Cisse is a confidence striker…. simple as that.

    Today is the first time i have watched him and noticed him vocally have a go at some of the service he was getting.

    Remy scoring twice seemed to make him react a little more than normal. This is understandable.

    The problem Cisse has is he does not have explosive pace, he is a finisher without a doubt but how many chances during a game do we make (other than today). He is definately worth persevering with as he will get it back. How we do this is down to pards and staff.

    I did not see us getting a win here today, that shows how much confidence i now have with the whole set up…… Few years ago i would have had us as a nailed on 3 points against teams of the ilk of Cardiff.

    Credit where credit due…….

    Hopefully we will get the ten wins we need and enough draws to get us safe…Not good that i and others still hope we stay up and someone buys OUR club from Ash that wants more than just Prem survival/advert own brand.

    Clock ticking….

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Cisse’s feeling the pressure, all goes back to that stupid penalty kick we gave him to take when he hadn’t scored in 6 games. He wasn’t playing badly at all then but that must have put him in the frame of mind that he had to be scoring to be playing well.
    Like Torres he just needs some man-management, Torres v Spurs last week was the best i’ve seen him in a long long time.

  • croftus5678

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #12

    williamson/deb’s/remy/tiote/cabaye/goofy/collo all played great and deserve to start the next game.

    agree cisse is not looking like he will become what we though he was when he first came so imo we need to look for a more solid/consistant performer that can help the team when not in form.

    great team performance today but i do think krull needs a few games off tbh as we look like we are burning him out.

    in jan remy is a must followed by that fingobassen lad and zaha on loan or ince on perm.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #13


    Yep! Sessegnon is a huge loss for them, and they lost Mignolet too. Quite funny, especially considering some fools on here were jealous of the Di Canio appointment and jealous of their signings!

    I’d rather we kept our powder dry than sign a bunch of no-hopers.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Sod just targeting safety but let’s not get carried away and think of Europe at this stage.

    We’ve got a good team and we must have money for the Jan window. The next 5 games will be telling though!

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #15

    From the Sunderland team, Cattermole would be a good signing for a bottom half team, Giaccherini is a good player, and Fletcher is a good finisher. Other than that…well it’s pretty bleak for them

  • Bambams

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Hope you are right mate.

    Sorry for my lack of ‘belief’….. Just cant see a prolonged run of form from our team that could take us to lofty position.

    Would love to be proven wrong though !

    As for coin in Jan………….. I have heard Ash helicopter is due a service…There goes the savings !

  • magpie6699

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Now if we could just combine the first half against Cardiff with the second half against Everton……
    Trouble is we’re more like;y to do it the other way round! Oh wait a minute, we already have, it was called Man City away.

  • kt97toonarmy

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #18

    I was shocked at sunderland goin 1 up against man utd. We have liverpool next i think we will b up for that. But our defending must improve if we are to defend suarez nd sturidge. But i think with a full crowd behind us we can shock liverpool. As they will b expecting an easy win after last season

  • Harley

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #19

    The problem with cisse is we don’t have anyone to play there instead of him.

    Remy and goufran are not suited to that role. Rather than go for an unproven gomis I’d far rather spend double and try and lure Ba back. Make him, remy and cabaye the highest paid players at the club.

  • kt97toonarmy

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #20


    Gomis would become a favorite quickly as he can hold up the ball better. Dosent live offside nd can actully head a ball

  • Harley

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #21


    I hope so as it seems like that is who we’re after. Not saying you’re wrong as I do t know much about him but I’d much rather have the safe option of Ba.

  • kt97toonarmy

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #22

    I dont think ba would come back personally

  • Harley

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Maybe not but I bet if we dangled enough money he’d think about it.
    Him and his agents are only after 1 thing but I don’t care as he gives 100%.

    We need someone who can hold the ball up though.

    Like a younger, faster, injury free shola!!!!!

  • TorqToon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Kt97 – Ba had reps at today’s game also mate.

    2 games running. Think the interest is there. Obviously money talks, and they DID watch the capitulation against Hull, but at least we showed them a glimpse of our true quality today, as well as the resilience we showed in the second half. 🙂

    Hope we are all well, gents! Cracking result today! Tough place to take 3 points from. 🙂

  • lesh

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Whilst we’re all waxing lyrical about Remy, let’s not forget (JOE) that we haven’t replaced Demba Ba with a permanent signing yet.

    Let’s get Remy tied up now on a full-time contract that’s conditional on it not being frustrated by matters outside our control.

    A good lawyer could sort such a contract out so that when he’s cleared of any charges hanging over his head, his permanent signing is completed automatically

    There could of course be a downside for Ashley and Kinnear in that they may have to part with some money and we all know how efficient we are in that department don’t we. There lies the worry that our business brain of Britain (that’s Kinnear if you hadn’t guessed) may be denied the opportunity of making a bollix of that too! We can’t deny him of his fun can we? Yes we can, just give him a fair hearing and then sack him!

  • marcotoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m very proud of the team today, a top performance at a tough place to go to, Man City and Everton couldn’t win there. I know some of you will think that it’s just papering over the cracks but apart from the disastrous result against Hull I genuinely don’t think the team is playing that badly, there are a lot of teams who would want to be in our position.
    However I fear a heavy defeat against Liverpool as they are flying and as for the derby, they aren’t playing well at all but because it’s a derby I don’t wish to be too confident, anyway a good result today.
    Oh and Mr Kinnear please actually do something useful and sign up Remy, none of this season long loan crap.

  • Harley

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #27


    Did he rely have reps there?

    I’m convinced if we’re in a decent league position in jan and the money’s right he’d come back.

    If we can keep our performances decent until jan and then add Ba and a big centre back I think we could do ok.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Areet lads
    Missed the game today had to work! How did we play? Was the performance as good as pards has said? Match reports I’ve read seemed quiet balanced as in both sides had very good and very bad moments!

    Also sounds like cisse, yet again, didn’t turn up and that krul had a bit if a mare again???

  • jazzyp

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Evening all
    Playing cisse week in week out on the form he shows on the pitch proves unfortunately our lack of depth.Remy must be a priority for January because he has proven for the 2nd season running that he can cut it in the PL and offers so much more than cisse in every department.
    I would love nothing more than to have cisse discover the electric form of his first season with us but im afraid I am more negative than positive on this outcome

  • jayphoto

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #30

    @KT97 – Gomis is possibly the only striker in european football who is offside more than cisse actually! Gomis isn ‘t a bad player but for the 60/70k a week hed cost we could sign better! Gomis will sign for Marseille anyway, we ‘re more likely to sign Gignac!

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #31

    How good was jordan Mutch,

    Can’t believe we did not buy from Birmingham, when we were linked with him.

    Probably would have ruined him anyways.

  • Thump

    Oct 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #32

    @jayphoto: we’re more likely to sign Gignac!

    Oh Christ, please don’t joke.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #33

    We need to find Lukaku’s clone as I think he will either get a first team spot at Chelsea next season or go to one of the bigger clubs and there is no chance we will get him now.

    I like Lukaku because he is a big unit but is surprisingly quick . Plus he can hold the ball up and showed great skill to mug Lescott off when he scored today.

    Remy is perfect on the left for us and I still like HBA on the other side. If we can bring in a CF that can hold the ball up in Jan then our strikeforce will be immense.


  • jayphoto

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #34

    @Thump – talk is in france that marseille are nailed on for Gomis and will try hard to offload Gignac! Thought he was decent for Toulouse but hes not progressed at marseille!
    Would love us to sign Riviere, hes at Monaco but on really low wages and is tipped to be replaced in january when they spend some again!
    Saying that, think Danny Ings or Jordan Rhodes would be as good, both proper finishers

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #35

    @ Jay

    Good shout on Rivierre m8 . Seen him a few times for Monaco and he has impressed, very quick and skilfull .

    We should also go for Max Kruse from Gladbach.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Pleased for Pards. When he talks about now having the players to set up the way he would have liked I believe him and he really hope can deliver the consistency we need and that Ashley backs him in Jan with quality options in a couple of positions, which I think is on the cards.

    Oh and Wonga off the shirt and fewer Sports Direct Signs around the ground, which I think isnt.

  • Harley

    Oct 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #37


    I think we’re showing signs of getting there but I still feel the board let him down this summer as he clearly wanted a target man.

    I think a target man in this system would be the 1 position that would make the most difference.

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #38

    kt97toonarmy – Actually Gomis does live offside. I remember reading that about him specifically.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Its gonna be difficult to get real quality in. I think we need a top target man and winger, but neither would be guaranteed a spot. Gomis or better, I’m sure would expect to consistently play, as would Cisse.
    Maybe a player like Ince might be happy to begin as cover. Interesting to see how they get on if indeed they are sincere about adding the finishing touches to this particular group of players.

  • Thump

    Oct 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #40

    @jayphoto: I’d pay the transfer fee myself if it meant he didn’t come here. Absolute waste of oxygen that bloke.

    Anybody else heard that Remy has been involved in a car accident?


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