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Can Newcastle Now Push On From This Great Performance?

9:49 am, Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Newcastle are an inconsistent side, and one way to look at yesterday’s performance and result against Chelsea,  is that we were again massively inconsistent, and by all accounts we should have lost the game yesterday, but we didn’t,  and we won it fair and square against one of England’s top sides, who have the great Jose Mourinho back at the helm.

yoan gouffran heading ball home

Yoan Gouffran heading home the first goal yesterday

And we know Jose is a great manager because he learned everything from the great Sir Bobby Robson, when Bobby was managing on the continent in the 1990s, and Mourinho became his assistant.

But now the big question is can Newcastle keep producing this type of performance on a regular basis,  particularly against the poorer sides in the league – like Sunderland for example?

The next four league games are against Tottenham (a), Norwich (h), West Brom (h) and Swansea (a).

We should win the two home games, so there’s the challenge – can we take 6 points out of Norwich and West Brom?

And we should approach those two games with the same determination and spirit that we approached yesterday’s game, and we have to remember that no game is easy in the Premier League, as Jose Mourinho found out yesterday.

The next game is at Tottenham, and Spurs have had some troubles at home this season, drawing one and losing one of their five home league games so far.

If we can win the two home league games and draw the away games, then that’s 8 points from those four games, which is a good return and we’d then have 22 points from 14 games which is not too bad.

Winning games is what will propel Newcastle  up the league table, and it was also nice to have a two goal league win yesterday, to improve our goal difference, which is now -2, and it’s worse than all the eight teams above us in the league table.

Yesterday was the first time we won by two goals in the league since we beat Southampton 4-2 at St. James’ Park back on 24th February, and that’s when Colo hurt his back in that first half.

That was 23 league games ago, :(

So the performance yesterday certainly gives fans some hope,  that we can do well in the league this season. assuming the lads can get some consistency into their play.

Comments always welcome.



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ciaran // Nov 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    We followed up a good result against Villa by getting beat off Hull. We followed up a good result against Liverpool by getting beat off the Mackems. So how will we follow up our good result yesterday, because the only thing we seem to be consistent at is being inconsistent.

  • 2 stuart no9 // Nov 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    when we beat villa a few weeks back everybody was jumping up and down with excitement saying how we were going to kick on from that win . the opposite happened. we went to everton and were dreadful, we looked totally disorganised since then . , so my point is .dont hold your breath.

  • 3 NUFCarter // Nov 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Routing for a Cardiff win today! It ensures Swansea get pegged back in the league and it will put more pressure on the mackems

  • 4 Levi // Nov 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Yesterday was the happiest iv been since we stuffed them 3-2 last year.

  • 5 santonthenewmaldini // Nov 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I actually think we will get a result against Spurs we will come flying out the blocks and battle for everything not sure Spurs are good at handling that type of battle at the moment good time to play them I would also give Mbiwa and Williamson the starting slots Mbiwa seems to play better against teams who play it on the deck will take time to get better in the air but I think Willamson’s no nonsense approach is a better learning partner for him as Mbiwa does not fanny about with the ball as much now he just focuses on defending

    Its the home games were we are expected to win we get too cocky like the Hull game the first 20 mins I was dreaming of Champions league cause of the way we were playing then all of a sudden we were 3 – 2 down and looked clueless!

    If we can get a result against Spurs and beat Norwich and West Brom we will be firmly in the top 8 coming up to the festive period tough games with Arsenal and Man Utd to come

  • 6 Papiss9 // Nov 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Everyone talked about the 4 next games before the liverpoolgame (liverpool, sunderland, chelsea, spurs) and how hard that was going to be. after 3 games we have got 4 points. I don’t think spurs have been very impressive in the last games, so let’s see how they perform against everton.

    If we get a point at white hart lane we should be happy with the points from those games, even tho the sunderlandgame hurts.

    Norwich and west brom is must win games and I think we will win those. Swansea away.. anything can happen.

    For me the first 10 games this season has proved that last season is not the standard of Pardew. We are playing a lot better and I think we will have a good season. Still a great feeling to beat the special one 2-0 , great result and we played some fanatastic stuff at times. Loved the combinations which gave us opportunities (remy sissoko, anita obertan etc) HWTL

  • 7 low fell mag // Nov 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    What we need for more consistency is for the manager to pick his best eleven ( barring injuries @ suspensions ) and stick with it .
    All of the great sides of the past, picked itself and all of the fans knew their team ,week in , week out.
    Simple….?

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Santon
    I agree Mbiwa looks a much better player alongside Williamson. Both were excellent yesterday alongside Debuchy who I gave my MOM to he was brilliant in defence and attack. Anita was also excellent and should start. Feel sorry for HBA but in games like yesterday Newcastle cannot afford to carry a ‘luxury’ player as I call them.

  • 9 bills-son // Nov 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Pardew needs to get a settled team and formation and hopefully the consistency will come.

    We’ve had five different CB pairings, changed the team to try and accomodate HBA, had Sissoko and Cisse almost totally ineffective yet we’ve still managed to make Lpool, City and Chelsea look ordinary.

    Settled teams and formations with no passengers produce consistency. I’d play this team;

    Krul
    Debuchy Willo Mbiwa Santon
    Sissoko Tiote Cabaye Gouffran
    Anita
    Remy

    I’d play Anita as the link between midfield and attack as for me he doex his best work in the final third. We saw in the second half yesterday how effective Remy is through the middle where his pace and directness caused Chelsea big problems.

    The inconsistency of HBA and the ineffectiveness of Cisse dont justify a place in the team currently.

  • 10 Papiss9 // Nov 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    low fell mag

    Anita, Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko, Gouffran, HBA, Remy, Shola, Cisse. There are 6 spots for these players + others.

    For me the team should be picked depending on the games. Only Cabaye and Remy are certain starters. I think.

    If I could choose I would pick this team

    ———————-Tiote———————————
    ———Cabaye————–Anita————————-
    Sissoko/HBA———————————–Remy
    ——————–Gouffran———————————

    Sissoko away from home if we need a hardworking teamperformance

    Home against Norwich and West brom I would like to see HBA from the start, and sissoko has to sit on the bench for me. Not very good with his passing this year. I know he has been better the last games, but I expect more from him.

    Whoever you ask I dont think theres a clear startinglineup for the six players in midfield and attack. The good think is there is some quality on the bench

  • 11 south coast toon // Nov 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    i think we or some of us have too get off pards back now, we are playin good football now and not being out played by the bigger teams, just need the team to find consistence now, anita looked good going forward and linked up well with others ,groff is proving to be a bargin who grafts for the team, cisse is the real problem for me, we have striker who is not offering anything now, do we sale in jan and replace with ba, bentekee as i dont think he,ll be hangin round to long at villa or go gun ho and get luka coo, or get to belgiam and find a gem, even defo, or do we wait to see if he can find form again,if we dont sign remy by next summer and cisse is still off form……we will need to find 2 strikers next summer……… best we get one signed up jan…
    but at the mo you have got to say pards is doing well with the squad he has considering the form our top striker cisse is in,

  • 12 Sav // Nov 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Have a season target by all means but don’t start setting ’3 points here’ and ’1 point there’ targets or it just leads to massive pressure and there’ll be more barracking of Pardew and individual players. We are a work in progress. We are not going to be relegated and we won’t qualify for Europe (doubtful). We may have a decent FA cup run. Apart from that, it is performances that matter more than anything, even if we lose a few. Enjoy the games and let us do the same and see where it takes us.




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