Pardew Analysis – It Was This Man’s Fault

Alan Pardew was trying to defend his players after the game Sunday, when it looked like it was going to end up 1-1, which would have been a decent result for Newcastle, but that was before Fabio Borini hit the winner after 84 minutes.

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Alan Pardew – defends his players

This is what Alan Pardew said immediately after the game yesterday:

“If you have any sort of knowledge of the game, there looked like only being one winner.” “But at 1-1 you’re still vulnerable. If we’d have got the second goal, we’d have won.”

“We could have looked to tie the game up.” “We looked for the win – you can’t knock us for that.” “That one incident, where we switched us, has cost us.”

“It’s just galling to lose that game.” “I thought we were the better side.”“The referee’s played a part. I don’t think it’s a foul.”  “Our players momentarily stopped. We should have had a throw in.”

“The linesman indicated a throw in. They’ve gone down the other end and got a goal with their first shot of the second half.”  “It was a game we looked like winning, let alone drawing, and so it’s particularly galling to lose.”

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up. We’ve got a big week ahead of us.”

It’s poor form to blame the referee Lee Probert for their winning  goal, and Alan will need to get a bit more creative with his excuses when we lose again.

It’s true that Newcastle fans over-react to results, and we over-react to results much more in the local derby with Sunderland, where the only thing that matters is the result – not whether you played well or played poorly – it really doesn’t matter.

Maybe it should – but it doesn’t.

And even though Newcastle did get a grip on this game after 30 minutes or so, and looked like we could even win it, the result is all that matters.

And that’s why Newcastle fans are unhappy today, and especially since that was the first time in 46 years the Black Cats have beaten s twice in a row.

And that’s not good. 🙁

34 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    You know what ? I feel it is the start of the fall of the regime . Ok Ash is thick skinned and a selfish tw@t , however , he is upsetting more and more people . He is uncomfortable at he minute , banning the media tells me all is not going smoothly in that mixed up head of his . He is not happy , and he is at a point where he thinks the whole Geordie nation and football in General are against him – they are . He is no good in football , there is no Place for him , as for pardew – his days are numbered – we as fans must stick together. Fight the cause , protest week in week out he is getting rattled , yep he might fu@k the club up before he goes , but the most important thing is that he does go nufc will bounce back better and stronger , but be patient . It will happen .

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    11Toon-Prodigy // Oct 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM


    We do indeed.

    People can look and blame Pardew but at the end of the day like I’v been saying for a year on here. He is not the major problem here.

    The manager can be overlooked when you have a regime operating like this one. It’s just not good enough. Time4change has made it clear that Pardew is just as much a victim in all this and I agree. You don’t hire a manager if you don’t want to back him. He’s not perfect, but an employee that meets Ashleys ambition. Which is next to nout.

    As for the squad, we need English in quickly. That’s what is lacking for me. These imports are struggling and have no idea of the area and tradition. Rectified quickly please.

  • bills-son

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    There wasn’t one player other than Tiote who looked up for this game.

    My biggest reservations about this squad – as I’ve said many times before – is the lack of leaders, fist shakers, shouters and players with real physical presence. The lack of all of those qualities cost us the game yesterday and will cost us many more.

    If I was Pardew I would have blasted every player bar Tiote at half time and full time. There were NO excuses for this performance and I hope all of the players and management at the club are hurting as much as us fans.

    Not acceptable Padrew – not acceptable at all.

  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Those of you starting to call each other idiots take a good look in the mirror… You are upset. So are the others with a different opinion to yours. Live with it.

    On the game. Yes, we were the better side, they the more passionate. But, like Trevor Francis said (9 out of 10 he gets it right, just like when he played the game!), we were ineffective in terms of shots on goal. What’s the matter with our forwards? What’s the ‘curse’ with nu. 9? Cisse didn’t play well, Remy was terrible, HBA another stinker, Goufy wasn’t a ‘9’, even temporarily.

    Although we conceded our standard 2 goals and there has to be some blame there, I think our forward line is misfiring too much.

  • Ciaran

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5


    One of the few posts I agree with. I go one step further and say their lack of fight and desire stems from a toxic lack of ambition which emanates from the top.

  • geordieboy83

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Ciaran and bills

    Yeah I’ll go along with that although I do feel debuchy can hold his head up a bit. Thought he did well and it may have been an empty gesture but kissing the badge meant a lot to me

  • bills-son

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7


    How the hell can you blame Ashley for a performance like yesterdays?

    There were eight full internationals in that side, players who have bags more skill, pace and goalscoring ability than Sunderland. The same ten players who matched Liverpool even with ten men last Saturday.

    We didn’t lose through bad luck, great saves from the keeper or bad refereeing decisions – we lost because Sunderland had more desire to win that game than we did.

    That isn’t Ashley’s fault – it’s totally the fault of the players and Pardew. End of.

    This was Sunderland with one point ffs – not Man City or Everton away.

  • MosesNUFC

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #8

    We need more english blood. Players like coloccini, cabaye, cisse are gonna leave sooner than later, hopefully jonas and obertan follow.

    the team hughton had, could easily beat sunderland, could get a result against arsenal, man u etc. because the players had heart, spirit and fight. we don’t have someone like nolan who can lead by example, we don’t have a 100% player in barton anymore, we don’t have the geordie blood of andy carroll, steve harper anymore. its time we get some more british players to give us some spirit and fight. My suggestions:
    Ciaran Clark
    Sam Byram
    Tom Ince
    Will Hughes
    James Milner
    Matt Jarvis
    Adam Lallana
    Jay Rodriguez
    Aaron Lennon
    Dwight Gayle
    Gabby Agbonlahor

    And pardew could very well be sacked (sadly) if he doesn’t get anything from the next 3 games. i hope ashley and kinnear follow him although i doubt it. I don’t think we’ll get someone like Bielsa or Hiddink. I think we’d get someone like Di Matteo, Martin O’Neill or Giafranco Zola.

    This club is being torn apart right to the core.
    sorry for the mood change, but for some reason, when i think about the derby loss yesterday, i’m not as devastated as i expected to be.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9


    with you on yesterday

    ashley is not to blame, we had a team more than capable of playing good football and winning.

    the blame lies squarely at the feet of the manager and players for yesterday

    if pardew thinks we looked like winning he is an idiot…it looked like a draw, neither side looked like creating a real chance.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    maybe games should be 2 mins long ,

    we had 90 mins to score more than them ,

    taken shots from distance does not mean you are trying to win the game

    Gus put borrini on and he had 2 chances , to me from when the subs came on there was only one team trying to win , and it wasn’t us

    sack him

  • stuart no9

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Bills – I totally agree . However the question must be – why have we got no fist shakers , why have we got no shouters , and why have we got no physical presence? Why have we not got a terry butcher – a Paul ince , a fuc@ing hard man ? We need one . Do you think Roy kean fancies a game ?

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12


    nothing to do with nationality..its the character of the individuals, they go missing when its tough

    tiote doesnt go missing and he isn’t english

  • bills-son

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13

    @ 5

    The players have a toxic lack of ambition?

    What – in World Cup year ????

    The reason for yesterdays performance is far simpler – too many of our players have a toxic lack of fight when the heavy physical stuff comes in.

    It’s that simple.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    TS…to be fair Tiote has been gone missing for more than a season 😉 lol

    …but point taken and I agree!

    The problem is that we are trying to point fingers here – and it’s not that simple (it never was) Newcastle has major problems these days in both manager, owner and players not showing up and some fans trying to project the blame on certain players.

  • JackButler

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Morning lads.

    Everyone calling for more English players need to remember that they are over priced and over hyped.

    Nationality counts for nothing if they cannot be motivated coached and set up properly

  • MosesNUFC

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    transfer sage, yh tiote doesn’t go missing because he’s been here for years and he came in when we had 4 or 5 british players in starting 11. did you really think cabaye or remy cared about the result yesterday? cabaye’s head is turned, he’s gonna leave in january, . The fact that he said he waited till the transfer window closed to fully focus on newcastle which is so disrespectful.remy will wait for someone like arsenal or spurs to come in for him. Sissoko, M’Biwa, Gouffran all came in to a all foreign team. There is obviously a lack of communication, and unless we get some more english players, people like sissoko, remy, cabaye, debuchy will keep on secretly using french terms behind pardew’s back, because they are lazy and find it easier. The sunderland players are probably average, but they have more players than us in terms of heart and fight, johnson has looked way better, colback and cattermole just wouldn’t let sissoko, tiote or cabaye past. fletcher led by example for them.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    You know this fixation on British players has some racist undertones!

    …not digging it!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    The simple reason there are no leaders in the team is that Mike Ashley doesn’t wantanybody standing up to him.

  • Belfast

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Well bills your pal Ashley got rid of the shouters and shakers and replaced them with a load of frenchies who dont give a shit. So he must take some of the blame.

  • bills-son

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #20

    stuart no9,

    From what I’ve gathered Pardew has long been arguing for more physical players with Prem experience but he continually gets handed French technical artisans + Anita.

    Is it Ashley’s fault, is it Carr’s fault or was it Llambias fault – who knows.

    All I know is that type of performance never surprises me from this squad of players and yesterday was one of the lowest points for me in a long long time.

    This game was a real test of character for the players and Pardew and they let us down in the worst possible way.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #21


    did you see my comment about HBA a few stories back? thought it might have interested you


    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #22

    FOKR OFF PARDEW U BOTCH …. leave our club along with.ur puppets ashely n kinnear

  • stuart no9

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Why is Ashley to blame ??????? Come on lads , I know it’s Monday but surely your heads are a big more clear this morning . Why is Ashley to blame -? Simple – he didn’t sack that other useless tw?t call pardew when he had the chance , if pardew is to blame why why why why why why is he still fu??ing here – c’mon ffs .

  • Ciaran

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #24

    They should have ambition to play for the jersey regardless if they are fighting for a World Cup place or not. Do you think Van Persie is only giving it a go to get into Netherland’s national team? Aguero only scoring for City to get into Argentina’s team? Suppose Sturridge is just knocking them in to get into the England team?

    Players are more motivated by silverware and the chance to play in the CL. Of course playing in the WC is an added factor, but we shouldn’t be relying on it to get anything from our players.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Ts…sorry no I didn’t see it! Been busy so I haven’t read up on each post 🙂

    …manx so of gave me grief about that yesterday. Believing I had to read everything posted my way and comment.

    But could you rephrase or direct me to the post? I will have a look at it as long as it’s not the same drivel tads is spouting!

  • Belfast

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #26

    He also sacked a manager who had created a great team spirit, and replaced him with Pardew.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #27


    I basically said ben arfa gets more blame as he loses the ball trying to beat the man where the rest lose the ball through bad passing or wasteful shooting…either way we lose the ball so all as bad as each other.

    I think the problem is there is no link up between any players, no partnerships, no triangles, not good link down the wing between fullback and wide man.

    It’s all sloppy and the 11 play as individuals…ben arfa just stands out more even though he is one of the few who can do this individual stuff well.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #28

    TS…that’s basically what I have been trying to say for ages.

    First of I don’t think Benny has been great the last few games or so – but if he was the only one not producing I could understand the criticism, but fact it more or less no one is showing up (at least not for the 90 mins)

    Ever since the Everton game when Pardew pulled Mbiwa and Benny and we played a better second half (that was bound to happen whether not he pulled anyone), there seem to be this sad fixation on Benny being the root to the problem.

    I just think it is sad!

    But as I said there is no easy fix to this problem unless Pardew accept what’s the problem and deals with it!

    *on a side note, why are we blaming Ashley for the football we are playing? How those that work for you? That is just sad as well! Ashley is an idiot no doubt, but that is for so many other reasons!

    What you guys are witnessing every week is down to players and manager!


    Oct 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #29

    Of course Ashley is to blame.
    1)We have needed a commanding centre half for years,had one practically signed but Ashley wouldn’t pay the money for a free transfer(you will always concede goals when you have Williamson in your team-I feel sorry for Dummet who is a left back
    2)He employs Pardue who is a second rate manager who should have been sacked before xmas last year-This manager had Gouffran playing as a second full back yesterday and hasn;t a clue how to get the best out of this squad.Any half decent manager with most of these players at his disposal would of wiped the floor against the mackems.

    I would accept relegation if it meant we would see the back of these 3 jokers

    god help us

  • spitfire_

    Oct 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #30

    26th October: No excuses this time!
    27th October: The ref goes wrong.

    The evolving of Alan Pardew.

  • geordiemark

    Oct 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #31

    I blame pardew 100% and the players mind there not getting away with anything

    after yesturdays abismal display theres 4 players ill transfer list straight away, some on here might think am mad but I would first put cissie,sossisko,krul,ben arfa all listed for transfer ive watched these players for a while now and to me there just to much of a luxury we cant afford, krul i blame for the liverpool result and the mackem result the header he should have had he was to close to his near post he should have been in the middle he had we had 3 players at the side of him so its his fault really, cissie well the only problem he caused during the match was the squaring up to the mackem mascot that was about it for him and sossisko nee comment he done nothing and ben arfa done the same he mide as well had been in the dug out and pardew needs sacked right now or were nackard

  • geordiemark

    Oct 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #32

    I find it very suprising they banned the chronicle, sunday sun sports reporters and the national press, now this is what all the fans want for all tv and press to get on our side and get rid of ashley and co for good

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #33



    This team and squad has been built by Ashley and through his greedy decisions over the past six years. Don’t give me the speel about internationals eh? Did they look like internationals yesterday?

    Did Pardew put them out like that? Give over.

    They are over rated.

    The truth is we have a bunch of cheap imports who are struggling to compete in this league and bed in.

    That is down to Ashley and his wicked plan no one else.

    Those players are playing to the tune of a mediocre medium manager and thats all its ever supposed to of been.

    Think twice if you think a change of manager will change anything

  • joreko@ben10

    Oct 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #34

    Every team is a reflection of its manager because he has the powers and ability to set up the team according to what he sees good for the team going by the personnel at his disposal. When a team fails to deliver it simply means the manager has failed to get the best out of his personnel. if his tactics are poor then he must survive on motivation. AP you have run out of excuses.


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