Superb Win Over Chelsea Bodes Well For Newcastle’s Future


Now that we know Newcastle can play like they did in that second half on Saturday, and even in the Manchester City game and the first half on Saturday, Newcastle showed some solidity in defense and held out, then if we can only become more professional and more consistent, Newcastle could have a very good season.

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Alan Pardew directing traffic on Saturday with Mourinho in the background

Newcastle have more strength in depth than the last two seasons when we have players like Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita and others, who didn’t even start the game on Saturday.

Add to that the fact that four of the players we signed in January, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran all played a big part in the win, then it looks like last January’s signings could turn out to be top ones for the club.

The only one missing was 20 year-old left back Massadio Haidara, who was injured,  and he played really well on Wednesday night in that first half, against a top winger in Jesús Navas.

Alan Pardew talked about the Chelsea game in the local press today:

“It was almost like a theater production.” “It started off slow and the songs weren’t particularly good at the start.”  “Then at the end there was a crescendo.”

“That’s the way to win a game. I am chuffed for everybody here.” “This victory puts us in a position – roughly – where I thought we’d be.”

“I hoped for three more points than we have at the moment.” “But it is a good total.” “I think it is something to build on.”  I’m pleased because we’ve worked hard and not really had a reward.”

“All of us have played a part,” “The most important thing is we have really good spirit.”  “Sunderland was a bad, bad day but you have to pick yourself up and go again.”

“We’ve done that in a really good way and it bodes well for the future.”

What Newcastle have to do now after that fantastic display, is put in a similar performance at White Hart Lane on Sunday,  in the early kick-off game, and make no  mistake Spurs are a very good side with some excellent players, and they looked good in their 0-0 draw at Goodison Park yesterday.

It’s another big test for Newcastle, but the lads cannot get carried away by one good performance, and the goal is to keep putting those performances in against the good teams, the mediocre teams and the poor teams, and start picking up points.

If the lads can do that,  we could just shock ourselves again this season, especially now we have a bigger and better squad than we had the last two seasons.

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164 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    yeh but more often than not we get a sunderland type of game performance

    if we played like that every week, we would get beat more often then win

    fook me, you get over excited when we win,,

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    fcuk

    you get a hard on and think we will play like that from now on ,, when even recent history tells you we get a performance like the one V Scumderland,

    and even if we played like that against another team, we will get beat,
    sitting back and given them the ball is very dangerous,

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    catchy

    pards said that was the plan and its fair enough given the lads only had 2 days between matches 90 mins of attack would have been suicide oops bad terminology haha

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    wolf

    he had a week to sort out the tactic v Sunderland game, he used the same defensive set up he used v Liverpool,,

    and don’t give me , we were great v Liverpool, for 45 mins, we passed the ball around not trying to go forward,, the sending off changed the game, and made it look like a good result

    some of you fans are so easy pleased

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    It was a great performance, especially since the lads faced 120 mins against Man City mid-week. Nothing can take away from how well they had done.

    Yes, we got battered for the first half but in the second half there was only going to be one winner.

    However, to claim that 1 win bodes well for our future is exaggerating to the nth degree. We could have said that the Fulham win would kick-start our season, or that the Villa away win would kick-start our season, or even the 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool when we were down to 10 men would kick-start our season, but none of these results have.

    I think we are destined to go through the entire 38 games rolling from 1 bad performance to 1 good performance. We have no consistency, no fluidity, no coherent game plan, but we are capable of good performances and good results when we least expect it.

    As Stuart said, let’s focus on the Spurs game next weekend. I watched them yesterday and while they are impressive in 2/3 of the park, they seriously lacked cutting edge yesterday.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    after the efforts on wednesday it would have been hard to attack the full 90, especially against a strong chelsea who had won 6 on the bounce.

    sometimes, especially against teams much better, you need to dig in and just fight for periods of the game. During the second half we really came into it and we more than worthy winners.

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy

    I agree with a lot of what you say, but there are a lot of people out there who would say the opposite to you – that you can never be pleased. Some just want the 3 points regardless of how we play, others want to see good passing, attacking football regardless of the result. I’m somewhere in between.

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  • Rainrix

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Good thing spurs haven’t exactly been prolific in front of goal this season. So given our inconsistency i expect they’ll put 5 past us then 🙂 That or we’ll get a decent result at spurs and then completely fail against norwich.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    We’ve played like that in several halves this season, the difficulty is in maintaining it for 90mins and then for match after match. This is nothing unique to our football club, every single one has the issue of consistency.

    The best ones build up that winning feeling and keep it going.

    I really do hope the fans can stop being so “bipolar” (as Steve Harper put it) and see that we’re doing just fine right now. We’re pretty much where we should expect to be right now and that’s actually a good achievement for everyone at the club.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Pardew needs to be given what he as been asking for in January…he has cried out for a big CB and a big CF…they need to be brought it.

    We look a better side with willo and shola in…so now if we can upgrade them they will be huge gaps filled and we can push on. Just hope Ashley listens to him for once.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    TS

    I will look at those games you put up for me today 😉
    I have more time at work

    Ciaran

    I get what your saying,,

    IMO you not a fan of football if you watch it for results,, my stand has always been about the game first,

    and if you have been around this site long enough , you would know I have only been like this with pardew and JFK, but not as bad with JFK,

    play football the right way with the squad we have, and the results will follow, we should be in the top 6 with what we have

    I honestly think we are being held back,

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    TDS

    The problem is we are massively inconsistent. The slightly tweaked style with shola being used looks like it is helping in the two games. 0-0 with city over 90 mins and 2-0 over chelsea are very good….especially seeing as both results were fair and reflective of the game.

    It is a step in the right direction, we just need to make sure we don’t take 2 back now….and thats down to everyone, players, manager and owner.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    catchy

    OK, let me know what you think…or if i have missed any off you thought i should have included. It’s hard to remember every game from results, so i might have missed some.

    On being a fan for results…two different issues for me. I can enjoy any newcastle game we win, just like to see the lads win. Football in general though i like to watch certain teams who play certain styles. I like dortmund, munich, madrid and arsenal…favourite sides to watch currently. I do like good wing play and a CF powering in a header….used to love Carroll climbing above everyone to smash a header home. (favourite one being the headed goal he got from the free kick vs arsenal)

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    I just dont want pards thinking he is a tactical charlie big potatoes after that win that could be catastrophic for us

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  • cyprus

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    I guess changing a game plan during a game is a big challenge: e.g. what if we sit back in order to attack later and they score a couple?
    I think vs Spurs we should shock them a bit. Play like maniacs, closing them down, running after everything, for the first 10 minutes (i.e. like Sunderland, City, Everton did to us).
    Because I suspect we’ll have the same game plan as V. Chelsea: sit back, then attack in the second. AVB will know that.

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  • wynsleap

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    It’s obvious that when we play to our maximum we are a match for anyone. However you just know that we are coming down to earth with a bang against Spurs next week.
    It’s in our make up and heritage – just like having a crap owner (except Sir John).

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17

    cyprus

    I don’t fear spurs though ,they don’t have goals in them, one of the lowest scoring in the league….9 in 10 games where we have scored the 5th most goals with 14.

    I know you can’t write them off as they have only let in 5 goals, but i can’t see them running away with it, can’t see them getting 3/4 goals and i think we have enough to match 1 or 2 goals.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #18

    tang

    esp as he “pardewed” cabs into placing that free kick at the back of chelskis defence haha

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  • cyprus

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    On the entertainment value. It depends how Machiavellian you are. Does the end justify the means? Is winning the be all and end all? Think about your life; it’s not. It’s about how you do it…

    Sorry about all this philosophical crap 🙂 My point, I want the entertainers back! (sprinkled with dazzling, dramatic wins!)

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #20

    i don’t want to give pardew too much praise for the free kick, as, like pardew said himself, it was cabaye and gouff but i do think he was important.

    In his interview pardew said he gets a good shape when shooting so try to ‘shoot’ the ball not take a normal free kick….it was noticeable how much flatter the delivery was which made it impossible for cech to come for….so credit to pardew for that.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #21

    TS

    A lot of clubs in the PL have been very inconsistent this season.

    We all know that Pardew wanted a top striker in the Gomis mould and he would be an upgrade on Shola. I don’t agree with the Shola bashing, I think he always puts in a shift and he puts his body on the line, but we could really do with a player like him who is also a significant goal threat or at least can play a full 90mins. He’s like a poor man’s Heskey.

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  • mindshaft

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #22

    We should probably wait till after the Spurs and Norwich games before we get carried away, was a good win but we usually follow those up with a poor display and a defeat – inconsistency being our only consistent this year
    Interesting Loic waiting till July, obviously going to wait and see what offers he gets ( fair enough I suppose ) – that’s the trouble with loans and the reason I hate them

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #23

    cyprus

    got to be a balance though…results are important as keeps you in the league…and after a win you are always happy, even a lucky one.

    In general I want to see good football, but need results in there too.

    I don’t know how arsenal fans complain, win a lot more than they lose, play good football, get champs league every year….will a cup make it that much better?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #24

    TDS

    like i said…ashley has let pardew down by not getting the commanding aerial centre back and centre forward he has spoke about for 2 years now. He needs these.

    Nothing against shola, does ok, but we need somebody who does what he does better…a drogba, lukaku, benteke, etc…another player in that mold.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #25

    TS

    Agree. Apart from the use of the word “need”. Every squad in the PL has weaknesses and I’d say our biggest is a strong goal scoring striker. The kind of centre back that you’re talking about certainly doesn’t come cheap and I imagine that we’ll need to get one of those in when Colo moves on (freeing up his huge wages).

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    TDS

    Well vidic and kompany cost their manchester clubs 7mil…both big, strong, commanding CBs, so it shows if you scout well and look around you can get these players for a good fee.

    Hummels was 4 mil euro to dortmund.

    Just need to look around, the key is we can buy that type of player and with the current crop of players can give him a season to settle as we have others who can play.

    I’d never play colo and mbiwa together, neither are physical enough, need willo or saylor to partner one of them.

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #27

    it is interesting that what pardew has been crying out for is exactly what it looks like we need

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #28

    sage

    he kicked him in the teeth when we qualified for europe and the platform we built was knocked down by bringing in just one player if he hadnt realised it before then pards knew then that assley knows f all about football

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  • Sav

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29

    Les Miserables?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #30

    TS

    I agree if you scout around, but you can hardly slate the club for not getting a bargain centre half like Vidic or Kompany, they’ve signed so many bargain players over the last few years.

    As well as bargain centre halves, there have also been plenty of funky buys over the years, think about Boumsoung, Marcelino and others for us.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #31

    wolfs

    yeh exactly, pardew isn’t my choice but the man gets let down.

    It’s all well and good saying he has a technical squad but in the prem league you need some big, physical players too (even arsenal have mertesaker and giroud).

    If Pardew is the man to take us on in Ashley’s eyes he has to listen to him with what he wants.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #32

    TDS

    not slating them for not getting a bargain centre half…I am slating ashley for not listening to the manager who has said, since the season we finsihed 5th…we need a big CB and a big CF. 2 years is enough time to bring them in, that’s poor by Ashley.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #33

    there must be a tall cb in france nearing the end of his contract somewhere haha

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #34

    TDS

    Also pardew never screamed to have yet another midfielder which we seem to keep buying, yes that adds depth, but the players he wants for starting 11 are a CB and CF…thats the priority and what the club should have provided for him.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #35

    TDS

    not the first time,, but I think your a fool,,

    shola used to be just like Sammy, full of running , held onto the ball, and I always said that if he could do what he did out side the box, inside the box, he could be a world beater,

    well he didn’t, he got injured a lot, esp his hip. he stopped running, and became lazy, he gives away to many fouls from backing in, using his elbows, and we loose good positions because of it

    look at lakuku , looks like a strong athlete , shola looks like a boxer,

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  • tequilamag

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Good morning Catchy, how was your weekend ? must have been a bit of a blow when Remy scored the second.. Never mind chin up there is always next weekend. If we lose against Spurs you can explain to us all how it was all Pardews fault.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #37

    “It was almost like a theater production.”

    While the past 18 months have been like living in a Comedy Club 😀

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #38

    jack

    was nice of chelsea to follow our script in that case.

    Pardew Lloyd Webber did good.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #39

    or should i have put Alan Lloyd Webber…not sure

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #40

    tequila

    I love us winning

    I hate all this shit that comes with it, people are making out that we are like this all the time,

    this is an odd one out

    I hate that , all the pro pardew fans come out and say, there look I told you so,,
    or do exactly what you did,, don’t worry there is always next week, idiots actually believe you, I just think your weak minded and carnt think for yourselves, you have to be told we played well, you carnt make your own minds up

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