Alan Pardew’s Game Plan Near Perfect Yesterday


Alan Pardew gets an awful lot of criticism from Newcastle fans, some of it unwarranted, but yesterday’s game plan worked almost to perfection, and after a very hard game on Wednesday night against Manchester City, that went to extra time, the Newcastle manager decided to start the game yesterday cautiously, as much to conserve energy as anything else.

alan pardew jose morunho at end of game

Alan Pardew and Jose Mourinho after the game yesterday

And this is how Alan described the game yesterday:

“We had exerted so much energy in midweek we decided to be very cautious at the start. We perhaps let them have too much possession but we knew in the second half, with the three subs, that we could exert more pressure and that is what happened.”

“We’ve got a great spirit in the group. I think we’ve played well. We’ve had some moments where we’ve not been so great but we’re together. I’m pleased for the club.”

“I’m pleased for everyone associated with Newcastle, it’s a big win for us.” “It’s a great win for us and deserved. I didn’t see a team against Sunderland that deserved to lose,”

“I didn’t see a team that deserved to lose against Man City, but you need to earn your break.” “We earned it today. We weren’t brilliant in the first half with the ball, but second half was much better and we got the reward we wanted.”

We don’t have any personal investment in having Alan Pardew fail at Newcastle, and in fact we;d be delighted if he is successful and has Newcastle finish high up in the league table again come May.

In fact we’d support any Newcastle manager to be successful – because it means Newcastle are successful – and that’s the only thing we are interested in.

It’s really not very complicated.

Comments welcome.

About the author:

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Dr. Ed Harrison is a retired IBM Executive who was born and bred in St. Anthony’s estate in Newcastle, and joined IBM back in 1970, after completing a PhD in Computing Science at Newcastle University.

Ed was moved to America in 1973 by IBM,  and since retiring from the company back in 2004 after 34 years at IBM, Ed now writes about his passion – Newcastle United –  mainly for those fans also away from home base.



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188 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    There was small section on Newcastle today on The Sunday Supplement on sky sports this morning. Some really good points made, not sure if the video for it will exist anywhere online yet.

    To sum up (and they had Sean Custis, local newcastle fan and national journalist on the show).

    – made the point the local papers are the lifeblood in the community, more harmful banning them than nationals
    – Alex ferguson always full of praise for chronicle’s passion of coverage
    – Ashley may own the club but he can’t do as he pleases, emotional attachment huge and should always consider fans (not saying we should sign more players just to respect fans)
    – Same issue as above with cardiff owner changing coour of kit
    – Said the local papers really got the club back on it’s feet by helping Sir John Hall find and buy all the shares which got us to be the big, prem league name we are now
    – Said the fans were RIGHT to protest against the owner for appointing idiots like kinnear who do more harm than good
    – Also confirmed the story kinnear came back from birmingham recommending we sign shane ferguson

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  • martoon

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    I was starting to wonder if I’d wasted my money on a Season Ticket this year but yesterdays game seems to make it worthwhile. I’m absolutely thrilled with yesterday’s result but trying not to get too carried away. Anything at Spurs would be a bonus but the two home games against Norwich & WBA are where we need 6 point but you can’t help feeling it will not be easy with inconsistent NUFC.

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  • low fell mag

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully we are nearly there as to finding our best starting eleven.
    Once finding that we will be good enough to give most teams a good run for their money.
    Great to see some good individual performances.
    Debuchy ,Toite Anita ,Remy, but most of all Gouffran.
    That lad this season has been simply outstanding !

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    They also made a comment on the game plan pardew had. They said was it really a plan or just the way the game panned out?

    We will never know but either ways its not an issue as we defended well and attacked well…so whether the exact plan or not we played a good game.

    And one final issue they mentioned, they said Pardew was daft to dedicate the win to Ashley.

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  • Papiss9

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Gouffran, considering the price, is a very very good signing.

    Love his workrate and commitment. He should be playing every game if he continues his form

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    We don’t have any personal investment in having Alan Pardew fail at Newcastle some on here would disagree with that – naming no names 😉

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    martoon

    true but dont fear spurs

    9 games and only 9 goals, jut let in 5 which is 2nd best record

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    wolfs

    Agree….we all wants pardew to win every game.

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  • dcdick

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Loved Dav Ginola’s summing up on BT tv after the game about the game plan

    Basically…………. let them batter you for an hour, then if your not losing come out & start to play & then go on to win the game

    Great win yes …………………….. tactical masterstroke ????

    Time to go is now Pardew

    Pardew out !!!

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    one swallow and all that
    an unbeaten run of 6/8 games would go far to convincing most and some communication instead of spitting the dummy

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    I really like Gouffran in better times at Newcastle he probably would only be a bench warmer but he gives everything on the pitch and the lad can play if only Marveux and Arfa had his work rate and Jonas had his attacking threat then we would not need to buy any other wingers!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    dcdick

    Well maybe it wasn’t an actual plan, or a poor one.

    But got to accept in these games that chelsea’s better players will have a lot of the ball, we dealt with them well in dangerous areas

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    sage

    i havent seen/heard pards dedication to ashley
    maybe he knows something we dont like a war chest for the january window? 🙂

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    TS

    What makes Shane Ferguson story worse is the fact, that it would have been JFK who would have approved his loan to BCFC.

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  • low fell mag

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #15

    John Tudor ,taxi for you .
    One way taxi, stadium of light.

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  • Papiss9

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16

    After last season I said I’ll give him 10 games.

    For me he has proved last season will not repeat itself. Yes, he’s not a brilliant manager, but I think this season shows he wants to play good football. villa, cardiff, liverpool, city, cheslea, last 20 min of fulham was pretty good performances. and to be fair, he hasn’t been backed in terms of new players – having said that we have 14-15 very good players I think.

    I know a lot of people seem to hate Pardew, but if we turn out to have a good season and play good football in most games that has to be what we all want. dont look for negative things, just because pardew is manager.

    We already have 2 away wins (equal to last season), have beaten cheslea and drawn liverpool with 10 men for an entire half. clean sheet 90 min against city.

    My feeling towards the team is so much better than last year. Let’s give spurs a tough game

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17

    hey mate did back off

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    you stick to going there

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #20

    there aint no need itll be all normal serviced resumed soon pardew was lucky the team pulled out a great result .
    where was these performances hiding .could it be the window is on the horizon or just good fortune

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  • scout

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Pardew for president

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22

    get real pardews pants

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #23

    low fell

    come on, you can’t be happy with Ashley can you?

    I’m not talking wanting more players or anything like that, thats all down to personal opinion who we think is good enough etc.

    But what about the fact he banned local press, he renamed the ground for a season, he appoints idiots like Kinnear to do what are meant to be important jobs.

    As the journo’s said on sky today, over the past few years they have felt the soul being taken from the club.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    sage

    ahh the truth illuminates dedicated to all the fans inc ashley funny how facts can be twisted lol

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    as you are short sighted or dimwitted or both never ever refer to me as a makem or you may one day wish you had not

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #26

    Pardew dedicated the win to Ashley “because believe it or not he is a fan” – that’s not twisting facts.

    Why did he even have to mention Ashley?

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  • Ian Toon

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    The warm feeling felt this morning by the toon fan has nothing to do with the rambling drivel talk on here of marches and animosity towards Pardew and Ashley. I am sure there are many like me waking up this morning free of the shackles of everything but the victory yesterday who saw it as a tonic morale boosting performance.

    It was a televised games and really was a morale lifting showing on so many fronts in front of a capacity crowd and watched by other football fans who think were all drama queens. It reminded toon fans that it’s all about the football and despite all the pre match negativity on here that when we get it right were capable of beating the best sides in the PL.

    Ibizatoon was spot on when he said that he just wanted to enjoy the moment. Talk of beating Chelsea last season and we still only finished 16th and one swallow doesn’t make a summer is so misplaced in being a fan that it says more of those not enjoying until the next game and being proud of our team. Not the matter of fact plastic but the raw passion variety. If you can’t enjoy it when we win what’s the point.

    I thought Mr Tuff captured the mood with his comment on Shola marauding forwarded through a bottling Luiz, it was at that moment that the crowd were really raised and I knew, just knew we were going to win.

    We certainly got the breaks in the first half as we struggled at times to retain possession which left us under pressure from Hazard and Oscar. We rode our luck with the crossbar being hit. But for all their early pressure Timmy Timmy Krul was barely tested and you saw us grow as a side. In fact growing momentum and winning in spectacular style.
    Though Krul had to block Willian’s snapshot with an instinctive save.

    As Pardew said the crowd got involved and from modest containing beginnings an attritional game unfolded and we visibly grew as a team and as fans. SJP was rocking and it was great to see so many young kids loving it just loving it.

    A capacity crowd saw a rousing second half full of intensity, aggression, guts and determination. And plenty of skill and technique amidst a howling gale and rain. Oh how Geordies love a trier and we had plenty with Debuchy, Sissoko,Remy and Gouffran being the best of a good bunch.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    that was a fantastic win why did he not get wins against the hammers hull etc this year not to mention the dross games last year

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  • Papiss9

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #29

    ian toon

    good post 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #30

    wolfs

    if Ashley is a fan, which i can perfectly see as reasonable…why did pardew need to single him out…picked up by journo’s on tv too not just me here

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #31

    journos post

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  • Papiss9

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    spurs lost 0-3 to hammers and have struggled against hull two times in a row.

    It’s not like you can walk over teams in a top divisjon.

    There are few similarities to last season this year. Enjoy the win yesterday.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #33

    ciaran

    the way i read it on here maybe from biased quarters idk as no one on here has a personal investment in seeing pardew fail was that he came out and dedicated the win to assley leading me to believe it was solely to the fat controller

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #34

    to save his job

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    ian

    that’s why last night i was full of praise for a well deserved win…today i just posted the latest news from the sky sports show, the sunday supplement.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #36

    wolfs

    not only to him…but to mention him specifically

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #37

    sage

    believe it or not they have a personal relationship as i would imagine all the staff at the club do things will go on behind closed doors that we will never be privvy to no matter what some itk’s may try to claim that they have inside info on it could be that the man can does have feelings and take things pesonally i. e marches and abusive chants etc

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #38

    Did anyone spot a Chronicle in the ground yesterday or hear a anti Ashley chant – I certainly did not!

    TOON played like a lot of continental teams yesterday soaked up the Chelski pressure played as a unit then broke quickly second half.

    most enjoyable afternoon and many more of the same!

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  • yo-yo

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #39

    ruddy

    Because it is politically appropriate for the manager to acknowledge the owner in a positive way

    JT

    If anyody hasn’t noticed Hull have the same win record as us – they are no pushovers.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    wolfs

    of course they will do but you don’t hear other managers dedicate wins (except trophy/cup finals) to the owner, why even mention him. It’s just more arse kissing from the puppet.

    Pardew is a run of the mill, average manager, i know we can do worse and we can do better. I give him praise when i think it’s fair and yesterday he did very well, doesn’t change my overall opinion of the man though/

    Charlie

    Apparently not, but there were chants on wednesday night for ashley to get out the club.

    Obviously fans support the team a lot more than they worry about the owner, that’s why during the match very little protesting will go on apart from the odd song. Fans dont want to harm the team by not turning up and by raising loads of banners.

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