Half Time Alan Pardew Pep Talk Transformed Loic Remy


Alan Pardew is known for his powers of persuasion and that he can inspire players to give of their best, and we’d still love to know exactly what he said at half time in that Arsenal home game in February of 2011, when we were 4-0 down and came back to get that fantastic 4-4 draw.

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Loic Remy after scoring sensational second Newcastle goal

It seems that after a decent first half performance against Chelsea on Saturday Pardew wanted the side to attack more and to try to win the game, after trying to contain Chelsea and conserve energy in that first half.

Loic Remy was not prominent in the first half at all, but cam more and more into the game in the second half and of course scored the clincher – his sixth goal of the season and our second goal after 88 minutes on Saturday.

Loic confessed Alan had talked to him at the break:

“It’s just a question of confidence. I’m confident at the moment. Everybody talks to me, even the gaffer at half-time of this game, he spoke to me and said ‘come on, you can do better.”  “I know your level, you need to up your level a little bit’ and that’s what I did.”

“In France, if you have Paris Saint Germain against the bottom club they would have a 90% chance of winning. In England, it is different. When I arrived, I was very surprised, because the team at the bottom can beat the big team. That is how alive this league is. You just never know.”

“Before I came here I heard about the Newcastle fans, the atmosphere and what it means for the club, but I didn’t really understand until I felt it on the pitch. When you get a big win like this … wow. ”  I play football to have these kinds of moments. It is very good.”

That’s well said by Loic Remy, and of course Newcastle fans live for games like Saturday’s, when we were better than one of the top sides in Europe in the second half – and that certainly shocked us – we were so good it was unbelievable.

And if we can play like we did on Saturday, after playing extra time against Manchester City on the previous Wednesday, all we need is some consistency, and we could do very well this season in the league.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Nov 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed,
    Why do you make me start with a negative, following this game 🙂 That 0-4 is not something even he takes credit for, no player has ever talked about what the coach said at the break. Maybe dudes like Barton and Nolan (even Best) can take more of that credit.

    But, this game he got spot on. We couldn’t chase them the whole game but in the second we were the most likely to score and did.

    Are we the most consistently inconsistent team in the league? I guess this year there are a few candidates… The bookies (see odds) seem to think so.

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  • cyprus

    Nov 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    At the moment, we are still a win draw lose team, so you can sort of guess how many points we’ll get: 12-13 wins, 12-13 draws, 12-13 losses, ie. about 48 points, give or take a couple.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    There is no doubt about it. When SJP is in full voice, right behind the team and urging them on for the win, the place is electric. It really does make the hairs on the back of your neck tingle.

    It has always had that ability to cause electricity, even back in the 60’s it could be an awesome place to be as a kid. It can make you walk out of there feeling 10 foot tall.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Good words from remy.

    Where in a bit of a catch 22 with him….we want him to do well and score to help us but the better he does the more interest and options there will be for him come summer.

    Suppose it’s just best to enjoy it while we can and hope a couple jan signings come in to show him we mean business and to stay.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    We’re not where

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  • lesh

    Nov 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Sage. You never cease to amaze:

    We’re not where?

    Philosophy?

    At this tine of a Monday morning?

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    any chance we can start talking anout the spurs game ? i think weve talked the chelsea game to death . PLEASE ED.

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    It reminds me of last year when we beat chelsea , we talked about it for days after, however we nearly got relagated . i can see what is going to happen against spurs, – back down to earth with a bump ??????

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  • martoon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    On the subject of the crowd – I was at the match on Saturday and I was gobsmacked at the number of people who leave their seats about 10 minutes before half time and don’t return until about 5 minutes after the match has restarted. They miss about 15 minutes of the 90 minutes as well as disrupting everybody else who have to standup to let them past so blocking the view of people behind them.

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  • ricardohoolio

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    I personally believe he is exactly the opposite. Just look at Papiss Cisse. Could score without looking when he arrived. Now with a full preseason he and his staff have managed to ‘COACH’ every last bit of confidence out of him and now couldnt hit a barn door with a shovel!!! Tiote….although giving him the armband seems to have lifted him atm.

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Just saw a re run of the match at my local and frankly we weren’t that good. Ed in particular ought to calm down before has has a heart attack while Pards is guilty of gushing and Mourinho too generous almost as if in criticism of his own side.

    We played like an away team, battling desperately and hoping to nick a result on the counter attack. A great win, and excellent battling performance, but not a great performance, that’s just too much of a stretch.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Nov 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #12

    The catch 22 swings both ways, if Remy has a very good season, then the chances we are going to have a very good season are improved. If the club is improved in the table, we have a better chance of signing Remy.

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  • joreko@ben10

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #13

    He will stay and become a legend here

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