Pardew – My Players Have Question Marks Over Their Heads


Newcastle have played well in the last two and a half games – the second half at Everton, and the games at Cardiff City and at home to Liverpool last Saturday, so we hope the lads can take that form to the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon and get a win.

alan pardew at cardiff

Alan Pardew – question marks on players still exist?

That would make up for the disaster that happened at St. James’ park in April when we lost 3-0, and it will be almost the same players that Alan Pardew will use in this game.

And Alan Pardew is correct to say there are still some question marks hanging over some of the players, because after the 3-0 defeat by the Black Cats the team played even worse in the next home game against Liverpool and lost 6-0.

That was one of the biggest league defeats ever at St. James’ Park – and that was an embarrassing disaster to say the least – and we even had one fan try to take it out on  one of the police horses after the game – but it wasn’t Gus’ fault. 😀

This is what Alan said this afternoon at his press conference, and he talked about the question marks hanging over the players, and the two times he has watched Sunderland play this season:

“This group of players have had question marks hanging over them at times, particularly after that derby defeat last year.”  “I’ve never doubted the spirit in the group but sometimes you need a game like Liverpool when you are reduced to ten men for it to come to the fore”

“I think our fans saw that our players care very much and wanted to put in a performance that merited that.”  “Sunderland did OK in both games I saw,and were a little bit unfortunate to lose both.”   

“They have some good players and they certainly have the standard to stay up.”  “But if we can beat them, we can put them in very difficult position although obviously, we want to win for ourselves.”  

“It’s Gus Poyet’s first home game in charge so there will be an extra special atmosphere there,  and we need to be prepared for that.”

Pardew is also under a bit of pressure on Sunday, because both time we have met Gus Poyet, when he was manager at Brighton they got the better of us, and some would say Gus out-coached Alan Pardew in both games.

So we need to see a top performance from Newcastle on Sunday – there are no excuses – and we need to win this game to make up for the embarrassment in April.

It’s really as simple as that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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43 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Oct 25, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #1

    I blame those sky animations, names following players about, circles drawn round them and arrows pointing where they are going – so offputting when you are trying to win a game of football. And now they are having to run around with question marks above their heads! TV has gone too far.

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  • Ian Toon

    Oct 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Tsunki- it was a groin injury.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Somehow I think the ‘New Manager’ euphoria the mackems have ‘enjoyed’ in the past isn’t going to be on show this time. He’s just like a typical Pennywell kids’ dad – a transient and ever-changing figure.

    The mackems aren’t going into this game as fired up as usual, I can see a negative atmosphere that will implode if we get the first goal in nice and early.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 25, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Ian, I know its a quick peek at wicked pee dear, but it does quote this:-

    “It was confirmed on 18 November 2011 that he would require hip surgery, scheduled to be undertaken by Dr Marc Phillipon at the clinic of Dr Richard Steadman in Colorado.”

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 25, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #5

    …and whats all the bar mitzvah stuff? Have I been telling jokes I can’t remember? Again.

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  • Topbanana

    Oct 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #6

    From a good source JK was watching the Brum V Leeds match and afterwards was speaking with someone from the Brum. Said he was very impressed with a young kid in the Brum team, and asked what his availability was.
    The Brum representitve said you’re winding me up. KJ no, why? We have him on loan from you, he was talking about Shane Ferguson. What a DOF we have.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 25, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Topbanana – the Brum v Leeds match the other day? The one in which Fergy was an unused sub? Nice story, but someone posted that exact yarn here a month or so ago.

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  • TorqToon

    Oct 25, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Banana – I’m hoping that was a joke aimed at cheering us all up and NOT a serious post?!

    Because if it was an attempt to wind people up, more homework is needed! 🙂

    Good evening to you all.

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  • morocco0015

    Oct 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #9

    topbanana, Steve Howey sitting in for John Anderson on Radio Newcastle confirmed this as true via Lee clark. shows what a knob Kinnear is.

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  • roy

    Oct 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #10

    The mackems have got the Pope as their 12th man.

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  • magpie6699

    Oct 25, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #11

    roy – and I saw a sign on a church saying “Jesus saves” so will he be in goal for them?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Perhaps Pards has been reading the blogs for advice on his lineups as they seem much more sensible now. 🙂 As for the game I think we all now it will be very tense to start and the tackling could be vicious. The lads have to keep their heads early. With Remy, Gouffy and Ben Arfa in the attack we should be fine and Cabaye to provide the passes and long distance shots. Howay the lads!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Part of our new confidence seems to be the performance of Willo who some of us (including me) don’t rate that highly. I have to admit I have been impressed by his recent play and we had better hope it continues with Colo out for quite a while now and many not trusting Saylor to come back in. Cover in front of Willo will be crucial so the play of Tiote will be very important to our success as well. Let’s see how it works out in the next few games. I think Pardew is in a bit of a spot with Mbiwa as well. Do we put him back in there at CB since his confidence seems shaky at best right now?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I heard that on another blog as well banana @6 and assumed it was bollocks. Haven’t seen any further mention of it in the press. Probably a windup mate.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Their defence is shocking and the pace of HBA,Remy & Gouffran will give O’shea a heart attack 😉 .

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Steve Howey actually confirmed it morocco @9? Even if Fergie was an unused substitute as Tsunki says @7? I’m a harsh critic of wor Joe but let’s get our facts straight.

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  • Kris

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Krul
    Debuchy, Williamson, Colo (Taylor), Santon
    Tiote, Cabaye
    Sissoko
    Gouffran, Ameobi, Remy

    Subs: Elliott, Dummett (Starts If no Taylor or Colo), Taylor (Sammy) Anita, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Obertan

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #18

    So what are the real facts about Colo’s injury? Is it fairly serious or has he more or less recovered? I will feel much more confident if we have Colo in there beside Willo, especially if Tiote plays well in front of them. They haven’t had a great attack this season but we still have to have a steady defense in front of Tim.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Ameobi to start over Ben Arfa Kris @17? I realize Benny has been poor recently but can’t see Shola in there to start. He’s more likely to be the super sub mackem slayer don’t you think mate?

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #20

    id be worried about tiote/cabaye/debuchy getting sent off tomorrow

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #21

    sunday even

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #22

    They have a few lads likely to be sent off as well Yohan mate @20,21. It could end up nine vs nine 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Yohan by the way are you the Yohan Kebab that Joe thinks plays for us? How are you feeling before this big game lad? We all hope you play well. 🙂

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  • morocco0015

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Geordie two- yes on wednesday evening, he says Clarkey thought he was takin the piss and couldn’t believe he was serious !!!

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  • morocco0015

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #25

    It was not the Leeds game it was a night game last month and Fergi played, just repeating what SH said mate.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Strange story morocco mate @24, 25. I hope it’s not true. If it is Joe is even more out of it than most of us suspect. I would love to hear Howey say it if it is recorded somewhere.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #27

    If this is true about Kinnear saying that at Birmingham the main positive we can take from that is that Ferguson impressed him!! Ha ha

    Young Fergie was kind of hung out to dry by Pardew last season would like to see him come back after xmas and fight for the left wing place his crosses would create lots of opportunities for the likes of Remy and Cisse

    I know we like to see the likes of flair players on the wing with tricks galore but the way our team plays we would be better off with hard working wingers who have one thought in their mind which is the get the ball to the striker in the box as much as possible Gillespie and Ginola were great at this I think we cut inside too much for Cisse to really work for him

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  • morocco0015

    Oct 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Gerrdie= Steve sounded sincere enough to me, don’t know if Radio newcastle keep recordings but its a phone in show on every night ring em op mate?

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Also really not fussed for Taylor coming back into the starting line up he was the main man at fault in our last derby defeat Danny Graham dominated him and truth be told they should have had a penalty in the first half

    Would rather have a fully fit Dummett than a half fit Saylor because he will cost us a goal but also if he plays we wont be able to play a highline because we would have no pace and we need to squeeze them Dummett has pace which will allow us to do this

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  • A monkey is better then Pardew

    Oct 25, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #30

    For the first time since mid last season… I’ll have Tiote in my desired line up… mainly because he played well last game.. (about bl00dy time he played well…) and because we need that extra defensive presence that Anita does not provide.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Debuchy~~~~~Willo~~~~ Dummett~~~~~~~~Santon~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tiote~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sissoko~~~~~~~~~
    ~Arfa~~~~~~~~~~~~~Remy~~~~~~~~~~~~~Goofy~

    With Arfa and Goofy Interchanging.

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  • Kris

    Oct 25, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #31

    @ GeordieTwo

    I would put Ben Arfa anydays over Ameobi, but I think if it is a game Shola should play it is against the Mackems. He uses to score in these games. I think Ben Arfa will give us more as a sub in this game. It would be a big fight on the pitch and the players will run their socks of. I think Shola will give a lot of a game if he gets the nod.

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  • fatman

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #32

    upload of pdf for the weekends game a downloadable pdf checked with the latest Norton complete with a free gift not bad for nothing, don’t take it too seriously though. its not called slander for now’t.

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  • fatman

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #33

    i should have added that the same applies about the manager but his question marks have been with him his hole life,

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Police dogs will search fans for flares and smoke bombs at Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light.

    nice of them to put us first on the Tyne-Wear haha

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  • martoon

    Oct 25, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Re: Colo – It just shows how much the press know. They said he had returned to NUFC for treatment when now it transpires he stayed in Argentina (logical when you think about it). Then they said he had returned to Argentina when obviously he had never left. Then they said injury was 8 weeks, again obviously it isn’t.
    As the old saying goes “never let the truth get in the way of a good story” 🙂

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  • kiwi toon

    Oct 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Hey guys first time poster my team I wld like to see against the scum.

    Krul
    Debs Williamson Dummett Santon
    Tiote
    Cabs. Anita
    HBA
    Remy. Goofy

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  • jimmysmith

    Oct 25, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #38

    They have some handy players particularly up front, and Cattermole, despite the derision he gets on here, is capable of being their catalyst for a momentous victory. Should be a cracker!

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  • fatman

    Oct 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Pope Francis has been given a personalised Black Cats shirt ahead of this weekend’s derby clash with arch-rivals Newcastle United.

    The shirt was presented to him by Father Marc Lyden-Smith, who is Sunderland Football Club’s chaplain.

    He is in Rome with Bishop Seamus Cunningham and a group of pilgrims.
    ‘A miracle’

    Fr Lyden-Smith said: “We have 60 pilgrims from the North East in Rome at the moment visiting churches and shrines. As part of the pilgrimage we took part in the papal audience on Wednesday morning.

    “As chaplain of Sunderland Football Club, they asked if I could present him with a shirt that had his name on the back – Papa Francesco.

    isn’t papa a kids name for s**t

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  • fatman

    Oct 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Just as well I’m an Atheist or i would have to become one, i mean the last time one acted as strange as this one someone shot him, anyway hes sure to be contaminated now. he will need a god to save the balmy bugger.

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