Two Silly Mistakes Cost Us And Makes Me Angry

Alan Pardew is under a but of pressure at the moment, although you wouldn’t have guessed that with the cool, calm and professional way in which he held his press conference yesterday, when he again said he thought we played well against Sunderland but we turned off for both their goals.

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Alan Pardew – I’m still angry

Pardew believes his group of players is more experienced now, than they were in April when we last lost to local rivals Sunderland, and he’s hoping the lads can prove that tonight against Manchester City.

This is what he had this to say in the local papers today:

“Players who have grown to know each other a bit more and you get to grow a better spirit in the group and that is what we have got and I think that will be reflected.”

“There is a bit of anger in me we did not win that game because I felt we were in charge and two silly mistakes have cost us and that is what I was angry about.”

“It was not the attitude of the players or their application, but it is about concentration and professionalism when you are looking at the margins. Am I over that anger? Not really.”

“I want to take it into Man City and hope my players do to but in the right manner because we need to find the right solution to win the game and we need to have that extra bit of aggression in our play.”

“That’s in terms of moving the ball, passing it fast and passing it quicker than we did on Sunday and making sure the physical challenges are stronger than Man City’s.”

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will probably replace Paul Dummett in central defense, and we would expect Paul  to get another start tonight at left back, as he gains more experience in the first team.

He had a tough baptism in his first derby game on Sunday in that first 25 minutes, but his good character and application shone through after that, and he settled down and played well.

It’s going to be very tough to get a win tonight against Manchester City, but it would be great if we got through and were then drawn after the game at home against a beatable side – that’s what we need – some hope for the future after what happened on Sunday.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    tonight i’d go for

    debs, mbiwa(colo if fit), willo, santon
    tiote, cabs, marv
    gouf, remy, hba

    marv creates, might be a bit lightweight compared to sissoko but there is enough steel in tiote and cabaye to fight the battle but also cabs and marv can keep the ball moving too, possession is also a defensive tool

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    i know marv is a gamble over 90 mins, as he can go missing, but we lack creativity in the final third so a worthwhile gamble i feel

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    So what do we do, do we build the team to suit one player (cisse) or do we move him on free up the wages and bring in someone in the Ba mould who does suit the team?

    What do you make of the club shop selling merchandise of another team? For me given the fact SD own the rights to sell the rangers merchandise (won it from JJB i think?) it suggests that he’s moved yet another revenue stream away from the club (only a theory of course!)

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    we also can’t keep a clean sheet, even against the mackems or hull, so no chance tonight…might as well attack

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyone heard anything about this other than from Twitter star Colin?

    Colin ?@cwarr07 Protected account 1h

    The plot thickens Llambias taking up a position at Rangers. So much for a supposed fall out with Ashley #NUFC #ashleyreadytosell?

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6


    Well personally i feel the team playing 20 yards further up would not only benefit cisse but suit all our players like cabaye, remy, and hba…get them involved in dangeous areas and with all the team there they have proper support, not isolated and easy to mark.

    So I would go for that, as it could be done with the current crop, no need to buy.

    On selling rangers gear, not happy with that in the club shop at all. There is only 4/5 club shops i believe…a couple in the city and couple in metro centre?

    when he can sell rangers stuff in all of his hundreds sports direct shops or online don’t see why we have it in our club when we aren’t affiliated in anyway.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    blah blah blah blah – yeah Pards we hear it after every defeat, in fact we’re sick of hearing it, sadly I can only see a defeat tonight regardless of the team we put out or the fact that Citeh have only won once away from home all season – we have a knack of kickstarting someone elses season whilst forever leaving ours in the doldrums of lower table mediocrity

  • martoon

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Ibizatoon @5 – First I’ve heard of that but very interesting if true.
    Off topic I see Jonas is still in Argentina – any rumours as to why? I can only assume it is a serious family illness or such like.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    martoon….Interesting if true indeed.

    Not heard much on Jonas tbh. Certainly not such a fuss being kicked up as it was over Colo last season.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ve said since he bought that share in rangers, that should be his long term project, it’s better suited to him
    Minimal investment, there going to fly back to the top flight, when they get there near on guaranteed to be in the CL so for the love of god just sell up! Can’t see it costing him more than £10-15 mil to buy rangers!!!

    On Marv, not sure if he’ll feature or what’s even going on with him he’s vanished off the face of the planet! Not sure what the issue is with him fitness/attitude/useless in training but it needs sorting as he has shown flashes of being a very good player but has also shown a very lazy uninterested side aswell
    And your right are inability to keep a clean sheet desperately needs addressing, but so does the whole team, were in November and pardew still doesn’t know his best formation or line up

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s the last paragraph that worries but also pleases me.

    Pardew has seen the problem we had, too slow in our play and decisions to exploit any gap we might open up in a tight defence, why we shoot from distance a lot. It’s good he has seen the problem.

    But has has had the team 3 years and this group for 10 months nearly (except remy) so surely we should have improved on that by now but I’ve seen nothing to suggest we have. Only positive is we look to keep the ball on the deck more.

    Just watch teams around us like Swansea and Southampton, the way they shape up means there is nearly always a pass on, even if it’s back. We seem to static and don’t position ourselves well.

    Not wanting to be negative, just how it comes across when I watch us. It is something which can be corrected quick with the right advice though

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    So your looking forward to the game tonight 🙂

    The only thing heard about jonas was personal reason, saw on twitter it’s something to do with his dad, but that’s twitter so who knows!

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Tads…We shall see. If £10-15m is the current market value, they can expect an offer of about £3-5m then 😉

  • dcdick

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Pardew out !!!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    In all fairness pardew has said a few times we need to improve our movement, move the ball faster etc
    Which really does beg the question why isn’t it happening on the pitch?
    The coaches not good enough to implement the changes? Pardew not good enough with his instruction? The players simply not committed enough to put the effort in? Or is there just an all round rock bottom morale with all the negativity that Ashley is bringing to the club?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Devil and the deep blue sea who we lay tonight. Ideal scenario would be us to progress with Marvo and Anita playing in midfield

  • Whumpie

    Oct 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m actually glad I’m going to miss tonight’s match. speaking imminent.
    It seems that the fundamental root has set in. The inconstantcy may be a symptom of the players being distracted and demoralised by being in the middle of such a shambles of a club.
    Who can blame them? There been shops the vision of an ambitious club with legendary support and history. .. and instead they find protests, inexplicable director appointments and Stazi-style press bans.
    Hardly a crucible of talent development is it?

  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #18


    Hello hello hello, what we got here then?


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