Newcastle Manager Wants To See Fire In The Bellies


It’s not surprising that a lot has been made of the last time we met Liverpool at St. James Park, which was on Saturday, 27th April when we  were humiliated 6-0, and that was only 13 days (unlucky for some) after we had been beaten 3-0 by Sunderland at home. 🙁

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Alan Pardew – wants t see fire in the bellies

After Newcastle started the Liverpool game as though they were half asleep and were 2-0 down very quickly,  we were hoping the lads could come back in the second half, but things got even worse and Newcastle gave an uninspired display in those final 45 minutes and leaked four more goals for the worst home defeat in decades.

It was not good.

So understanding the way in which the Newcastle side went down last time against Liverpool,  maybe it’s not surprising that Alan Pardew wants to see some fire in the bellies of the Newcastle players who get the chance to get some recompense on Saturday:

“If there isn’t an extra bit of fire in the bellies of some of our players this weekend, then there’ll be something wrong.”

“There’ll be quite a few players playing who played on that day, and I’d be disappointed if they don’t respond. That’s what you like to see.”

“I certainly want to get a result more than in most games that we play.”

With Liverpool in such good form this season, and Sturridge and Suarez looking great up front, and with Coloccini missing tomorrow, and since we don’t know which Newcastle side will show up, we’d be very happy with a point.

This is the first game in a tough five game schedule that includes Sunderland (a), Manchester City (League Cup – h), Chelsea (h) and Tottenham (a).

The results of those games will tell us just how good or how poor a team we have this season, but we have to get something out of this game.

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • Burni

    Oct 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    On “theres no reason we cant cope against Liverpool” There is four reasons…. Our defence. They are not very good at defending. Our mids and atts when we attack can beat any team on their day but our defence can’t defend for toffee

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 18, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Whilst his excuses are fully prepped and planned for post-match. He is the master of lowering expectation without the capability to consistently achieve. He is not good enough.

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  • tynesidetommo

    Oct 18, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Give it a rest LR32 ffs. The guy is doing his best under difficult circumstances. You don’t have to be sheep-like and follow the other brainless bloggers. Just think for yourself.

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  • geordieboy83

    Oct 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning all

    Got a sneaky feeling we can do it 2-0 tomorrow. Our defense ain’t the best but we can hurt them in attack. If mr T is in form and sissoko has a beast of a game we can batter them.

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  • Sav

    Oct 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Hatem or Gouffran?

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  • lesh

    Oct 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    @3 – tynesidetommo.

    It’s so disappointing that there are so many sheep that find it easier to criticise Pardew.

    Ok, he may not be in the same league as Mourinho et al but we don’t seem to hear constant criticism of Hughton for example who like other managers hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. Have we got more sheep in our little fraternity?

    The only words of caution for the sheep is be careful what you wish for.

    Don’t forget that Ashley got rid if Allardyce because the fans didn’t like him but get rid of Pardew and there’s at least one thing for sure – there’ll be no Keegan or other fans’ favourite brought in to replace him!

    Caveat emptor.

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  • tynesidetommo

    Oct 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Well said, Lesh, and a clever use of Latin. This blog is suddenly looking up 🙂

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