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Upbeat Pardew Still Has Hope Against Chelsea

10:27 pm, Friday, November 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

We are now in the third game of a tough four game schedule, when we meet Chelsea tomorrow afternoon at home, and we lost the first two games at Sunderland and to a Manchester City second eleven on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup.

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A happy looking Alan Pardew before the game on Wednesday

Alan Pardew is trying to remain positive after two poor results, although the team played quite well in both the previous two games, but we missed  our chances, and that will nearly always count against you.

And in our poll only 17% of readers think we can win the game tomorrow against an in-form Chelsea side, but Alan Pardew still thinks it’s 50-50:

“I think we have got an even chance against Chelsea, I genuinely do — as well as they are playing because I think my team is playing well.”

“But you need those breaks and things to go your way and the first goal will be important in this fixture.” “To beat one of the top teams — and let’s be honest, Chelsea are one of those.”

“And we have got Spurs after that, who are in great form as well — you need to be at your very best.”

If Newcastle are going to get anything out of this game tomorrow, we will need to defend at or near our very best, and take any chances that we get, but we have Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett out injured.

But in all honesty, looking at this game,  it’s very difficult to see how Newcastle can come out on top and actually win the game, and given the poor spirits our fans are in at the moment, a win is really what we need right now.

But we suppose we can take some solace out of the fact that we won this same game last season 3-2.

So here’s hoping.

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 yo-yo // Nov 1, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Does lightning strike twice at SJP ?

    More to the point does Cisse ?

  • 2 Graeme // Nov 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    We will be lucky to just lose – we could be given an absolute shafting if we dont start off flat out and attack them. It will need every ounce of the managers tactical accumen to get anything out of this game!!

  • 3 toon22 // Nov 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    For me the sad thing the whole season is so inevitable ive just stoped caring.
    Untill MA goes there will only ever be the bottom of the barrrel shite he peddles.

    We are a cheap advert for his tacky shops,hope he f^fks off to Scotland and buys Rangers.

  • 4 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 1, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    “Playing well” ?

    Other than the first half against Liverpool, away at Cardiff and the second half against Everton it has been same old same old .

    Who does Pardew think he is kidding ? .

  • 5 toon22 // Nov 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Nobody cars what he has to say,not even the players.

  • 6 toon22 // Nov 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM


  • 7 wolfshead@toon // Nov 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    is that a shadow on pards face or did he forget to turn when he was getting a spray tan

  • 8 Kris // Nov 2, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Team against Chelsea:
    Debuchy, Willo, Mapou, Santon
    Cabaye, Tiote
    Gouffran, Cisse, Remy

  • 9 Graeme // Nov 2, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Wolfs – he was trying to emulate Ibiza’s “Manly Pose” but failed, miserably!! The alternative, causing the shadow, just doesn’t bear thinking about, given him and Ash are bossom buddies!!!!
    If you have a quesy tummy, DO NOT read this post!!
    Sorry chaps

  • 10 Toon Tang // Nov 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    we will probs set up defensively and let them play like the home side and then go a goal down and wonder why that has happened and then we will revert to plan A.2 which is very very very similar to plan A.1 and then cisse will be offside for the entire 2nd half and then we will get hit on the counter whilst trying to push for a consolation near to the end when we have finally woken up

  • 11 Toon Tang // Nov 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM


  • 12 Toon Tang // Nov 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM


  • 13 wolfshead@toon // Nov 2, 2013 at 12:19 AM


    are you insinuating hes been brown nosing haha

  • 14 jimmysmith // Nov 2, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    I definitely think we can turn over Chelsea at St James’, who are a nice football team and so give you a chance. Also think we have a chance against Spuds, who would struggle to hit a cows arse with the proverbial banjo at the mo, fortunately for us, considering our at times hapless defense.

    Then again it is the hope that kills you.

    Aww, Fug that, pathetic navel gazing. C’mon lads! Haway, man!

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Nov 2, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    That was one of the best football games at SJP I had been at in awhile at the same fixture last season, and funnily enough even though we lost 0-3 the best I seen us play the season before that, but unfortunately I have lost all interest in watching them in our famous stadium.

  • 16 AndyNUFC // Nov 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Despite the doom and gloom this season, you have to give credit to the lad Dummett to now be mentioned as one of our starters. I really see him setting the example for the academy (barring a stupendous fee from liverpool) and hope Campbell, Streete and Armstrong follow his path.

  • 17 gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb) // Nov 2, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    I hate this pathetic spiel before every match!

    He’s so incredibly defeatist- just like before man city he was telling us about how we can’t compete against the squad strength of the likes of City and Chelsea.

    Then he talks about how every side is a very good side which we need to be at our best to beat. It hardly instills confidence does it?

  • 18 Toon-Prodigy // Nov 2, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Sadly this team coming to St James has REAL world class players.

    Loving the optimism Alan, but it is going to take something very special to get something out of this game today.

    And at Spurs aswell.

    Atleast with NUFC you just never know. Always a glimmer of hope.
    Even if the odds have been stacked against you from your own boardroom.

    Howay the TOON. Get yourselfs out fighting today.

  • 19 John Tudor // Nov 2, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    hmmm work =money
    footy = depression morbidity

  • 20 John Tudor // Nov 2, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    @ would do you think pardew is telling the players cos it aint working

  • 21 John Tudor // Nov 2, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    see that pardew is making me incoherent
    it should have been
    @17 what do you think

  • 22 John Tudor // Nov 2, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    its time to stand up and be counted

  • 23 John Tudor // Nov 2, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    blah blah blah

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 2, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Morning lads!

    …could someome please explain my son that he has to eat his oatmeal before he cam have honey puffs 😉 lol

  • 25 John Tudor // Nov 2, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    two portions of both mixed together gives a wholesome start to the day if you dont eat it youll turn into mr ashley

  • 26 John Tudor // Nov 2, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    and with that sterling advice its off to work

  • 27 Ian Toon // Nov 2, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Jesper- Good Morning. My brother/ Sister in law read The Gruffalo
    Book to their youngster and use the character to reinforce the healthy option. The line the Gruffalo has taken and eaten all( the sugar filled )honey puffs/ pops) you could even introduce it into your bedtime story to reinforce it. It will work wonders.
    The Gruffalo Book’s by Julia Donaldson and Villads will love it.
    You can donate my fee to a dog charity.

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 2, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Haha…thank you Ian, I’ll look into it 😉

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