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Alan Pardew And Players Deliver The Goods On Saturday

9:27 am, Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

If Newcastle had lost the game on Saturday, even if we had played the way we had in that first half, then Alan Pardew’s job at Newcastle would be the main talking point today, but we showed some resilience for once in that second half, when we came under pressure from Cardiff, and the lads hung on for an excellent  2-1 win.

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Alan Pardew and Malky Mackay before the game on Saturday

It really was a good performance, and Loic Remy of course takes the plaudits for two great first half goals, but we can count at least four top chances Newcastle missed before Remy scored that first goal by cutting inside from the left wing and rifling home past goalkeeper David Marshall.

And the Scottish International goalkeeper was in outstanding form all afternoon in the Cardiff City goal,  and kept Cardiff in the game.

Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear saw Newcastle give probably their very best performance in that first half for a few years, and  we could even have been 4-0 up at half time, and it would not have been a surprise.

It was a good day for Alan Pardew and a good day for both Newcastle fans and the players, because while we know we have some good players,  Newcastle have played nowhere near their potential this season.

So Alan Pardew is certainly out of danger at the moment, and he has to be given credit for bringing the side back on Saturday, after the disaster that was Everton.

But since we play Liverpool (h), Sunderland (a), Manchester City (h – Capital One Cup), Chelsea (h) and  Tottenham (a), in our next five games, there can be no let-up at all.

And while our defense played quite well on Saturday, we are still not convinced the defenders we have are good enough to give Newcastle an outstanding  defense this season, and it’s still our biggest weakness – we concede far too many goals.

We simply cannot fall back onto giving stupid goals away, otherwise we could be hammered in any one of those upcoming games  four of the five games are against the best six clubs in England – and Sunderland – who aren’t one of the best six clubs in England – but will still give Newcastle a game at the Stadium of Light.

We know a number of Newcastle fans don’t think Alan Pardew is the manager to take Newcastle forward to bigger and better things, but it would be much better if Alan can again get Newcastle playing good football this season, just like two years ago.

If he can  take us up the league table this season, and have as good a season as we had when we finished 5th – that would be the success scenario for this season.

And if we did that, we could probably even keep Loic Remy on Tyneside – permanently.

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Coaching · Loic Remy · Newcastle News · Premier League



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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bishopblaize // Oct 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Every team we play over next few weeks have shown they can be beaten (including us)

    Let’s hope the International Break serves us well after that canny display we showed on Saturday.

    Proper proud that Pardew dropped some of the stars in what could have been his last game for us if the result didn’t go our way.

    Consitency from now on with every1 giving there 110%

    Including us :)

  • 2 mindshaft // Oct 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    On the Remy front, I understand that we have 1st option on him in the January window for 8 million
    Obviously if he’s still banging in the goals I half expect him to reject an offer and wait until summer when potentially a bigger club will come in and offer him better wages – he’s already shown he’ll follow the cash and I dont have a problem with that- can’t blame Newcastle for waiting until charges are pressed or dropped.

  • 3 runheed // Oct 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    According to the MAG, sunderland are interested in global development…… what is NUFC interested in? I’m serious, what are we interested in?

  • 4 Slank // Oct 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Mindshaft @ 2

    I will be very surprised if £8m remains the asking price for a recognized Premiership goal scorer if he continues to score at his current rate. He must be in the £20m range.

  • 5 runheed // Oct 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Remy isn’t going to be with us next season unless he gets injured or does a ‘Cisse’. He’ll have much better offers. We need to start looking for a replacement

  • 6 martoon // Oct 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Ed – the cameras showed Ashley a few times but no sign of JFK just a blond in a black & white outfit who I assumed was his missus (Ashley’s not JFK’s :) )

  • 7 bishopblaize // Oct 7, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Sunderland in Global Development?

    So are Sports Direct .. Can’t say we aint got no ambition when MA has invested in who the board have reccomended or not?




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