First Half As Good As We’ve Ever Played

If there’s a good time o put in a good display and get a win, it’s the game before the two week International, because if you lose and play poorly in that game, it’s a long time before the team can make amends.

alan pardew at cardiff

Alan Pardew – best we’ve played under me
And if you play well and win, like Newcastle did yesterday, we can now start thinking for the next two weeks that we may even have a good side this season. 😀

Alan Pardew has said that not only was the first half the best we have played this season, but it’s the best we’ve very played since Alan took over from Chris Hughton almost three years go.

This is what the Newcastle manager said in the Chronicle today:

“It was an important win because we let ourselves down as a group on Monday night. We put that right today.”

“It was a terrific display. The first half, I thought, was as good as I have seen us play as Newcastle manager, and that goes right back to the period when we finished fifth.”

“We locked then in, had a more offensive look to us, and while we didn’t play as well in the second half, we at least showed some resilience. We showed that when the home team come at us, we can cope with it.”

“At the moment, one mistake costs us a goal. We lost a header on the halfway line and I knew it was going to end in a goal. That happens sometimes to a team.”

“I am really pleased with the whole product, how they conducted themselves and how the players that were left out conducted themselves.” “It’s been a good day for us.”

“We should have had a penalty and our first-half display maybe merited a third goal. But Malky Mackay did a good job at half-time because they gave us more problems.”

It’s a very good sign that there is no bad feelings from the players who were left out of the team yesterday, and the team spirit must be very good.

And after all,  the results are what’s important in this game, and there will be plenty of opportunities for those left out to fight their way back into the side, much like Mike Williamson has already done this season.

It was a great result yesterday, but we need to now keep up this good form – and it’s Liverpool at home in two weeks time – but until then we can feel good about things.

Howay The Lads!!

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13 comments so far

  • Rooster

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #1

    No doubts it was a terrific first half performance and it did lead me on to think we may for once dominate a whole game!!! that was not the case of course and the game looked a lot like the Everton game last week in reverse, I don’t know what gets said at halftime at our club, we either come out firing or defending, knowing Pardews track record it was obvious he was shutting up shop, these Premiership points are just to precious for him and Mikes Money.

  • belgrade fan

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Ricky Van Volfs didn’t have a shoot on goal in last 4 games. Thatswhy players like he is go to Norwich

  • lesh

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh Pards…. Aren’t we just over-egging the puddin a tad?

  • lesh

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Rodgers must be crappin himself now he’s heard that.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    park the bus time haha

  • low fell mag

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Lesh, maybes not , but im sure he will be a little worried about Remy. J ust as lethal as the SAS

  • bills-son

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7

    So – everytime the oppo have a good spell after we go ahead its because Pardew is shutting up shop?

    Got nowt to do with the oppo trying to up their game to get back into the match?

    The Pardew slaggers never miss a chance to moan do they.

  • roy

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Pardew is one defeat away from the sack. Colocini will make it happen totally overrated if he hadn’t got injured last season we would have been relegated.

  • Rooster

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Bills in fairness, Pardew has done virtually tried to shut up shop every time we have been in a lead going in to the second half this was not the first time and expect like most other fans you thought like myself we would do the same again, I did have an inkling we may push on for that third to kill it completely, but was again drawn in to a false dawn, three welocome point but the points as I said mean so much that Pardew has not the stomach to tell his players to keep pushing on, after all when we were getting stuffed by Everton we threw caution to the wind!!! he must have known for sure Cardiff were going to o the same thing, they did of course, have we another plan to counter this obvious second half move when we are winning, I don’t think we have judging by the previous seasons performances, we used up all our luck the season before last, he only knows one pattern which to play, go in front and hold on or when we go behind start pushing forward, on paper we do have a good team but restraints mean we are limited and that is why imo we wont reach the true potential of the players if he is in charge.

  • Harley

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #10


    I don’t get that post.

    Coloccini is totally overrated but if he hadn’t got injured we’d have been relegated?

    Surely the second part of that sentence contradicts the first. Or have I read it wrong?

  • ballerfan2

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t for a moment believe that Pardew tells his players at half time to hang on to what they’ve got. In every game played you will see a team have periods where they are pressing, against the general flow. If that team scores in that period then the other may become nervous. We are particularly susceptible to this and can retreat into a defensive mode which has nothing to do with the managers instructions. It’s the mentality of those on the pitch and I suspect as frustrating to Pardew as it is to us, hence his indication to the players to play further up the pitch. But of course if you want to believe otherwise then keep blaming Pardew. Oh – and Collo is still our best defender despite being not at his best recently. We would be in a bigger mess defensively without him for sure.

  • remember69

    Oct 7, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m afraid I have to agree with bills-son on this one. Cardiff made a tactical change at the half which changed the flow of the game.

    It never ceases to amaze me how folks on this blog can talk so authoritatively about Pardew’s lack of tactical nous when they seem to have so little,understanding of the game.

  • Malta Mag

    Oct 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Well said bil son!! Of course Pardew didn’t shut up shop. Cardiff’s not an easy fixture and it was obvious they’d come out fighting. If Pardew had gone gun ho after the break and they’d been allowed back to draw he’d have been the first to be slaughtered on these pages. Sensible substitutions to follow what was a brave selection. Credit where credits due and before you label me I’m not pro or anti Pardew I just see it as it is and unlike some on here actually enjoy seeing us win!!!!!!


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