We’re Not Getting Carried Away But Can Newcastle Have Good Season?


We watched the Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal game last Wednesday night, and they are certainly two top teams, and one thing we noticed about both sides was that every single player was willing to work their socks off for the side.

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Alan Pardew – consistency is the challenge of  this Newcastle side

But they were not too much different from what we’ve seen from Newcastle United in these last three games, and once they lose the ball our players close down the opposing players, and make it very difficult for them to play their game.

If Newcastle can keep playing like we have in those last three games against the lesser teams in the league, like Norwich and West Brom for example, then there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot have a very good season.

And it just so happens that our next two games are at home to Norwich City and West Brom, with the West Brom now starting to play very well under former Newcastle assistant coach Steve Clarke, and but for a very poor referee decision in added time that gave Chelsea a penalty, West Brom would have beaten Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Good teams like Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund play at their top form whatever the level of the opposition,  and that’s what Newcastle have got to start doing – and that’s a good definition of what consistency is in football – playing at your top level against every team.

Whether we can do that we don’t know,  but there’s a good opportunity for Newcastle to show the last two results were not just a flash in the pan,  and that they can also play at their top form and beat teams who are not in the top six.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note: Ian Begg is a reader who recently found out that his Mom was very ill, and he has to return to Australia. Ian has a Platinum Club season ticket that has £700 left on it, and he is willing to sell it for £650 or a best offer.

Please see if you can help Ian out, and you can contact him by email at ian_s_begg@hotmail.com – thanks.

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123 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Turkey People are coming!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Well, if we’re not going to get carried away then I may as well be off.

    Dortmund or Arsenal, the poor mans Newcastle!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Love Remy’s salute celebration when he scores 🙂 .

    My front line for Norwich would be :

    —-Sissoko——–Cabaye——–Tiote——–Gouffran—-

    ——————————-HBA——————————

    ——————————-Remy—————————–

    We don’t need to worry about Benny losing the ball as much in the middle of the park, plus against lesser teams we can afford to play him IMO .

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #4

    I only wanted to remind everyone that I hadnt forgotten my promise to tell the story involving Mr C. It will come out in due time. Like a turkey from the oven ok I will let it go now.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Big Pappa…It will be interesting to see if Pardew views this “easier” game as an opportunity to try an bring Benny back in to the mix or does he continue to reward the hard working efforts of the current lot?

    Is Debuchy out for the next game? If so, it may force Pardew in to being even more defensive, which would mean Benny has no chance.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Isn’t Debuchy suspended for Norwich, Anita is a more than capable RB but I doubt Pards will play him there.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #7

    no I think Norwich is a game for HBA to get a late runout. I still think Pards views him as a bomb for some teams, but he really needs to show he has more to his game than a relentless appetite for taking on world+dog.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #8

    What constitutes as a good season for Ashley and co?

    Not having to spend any money?

    Avoiding relegation?

    Staying well clear of those pesky Europa League games next season?

    A mid table existence?

    Or all of the above?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail…I think so.

    JB…Did you cut and paste that from the official site?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Tsunki… Why can’t you take a turkey to church?

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  • JackButler

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza

    I managed to get a sneak peak at Mr. Ashley’s official blue print for us 😀

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #12

    I dont know, Jesper – WHY cant you take a turkey to church?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki… They use FOWL language 😀

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #14

    JB…Was it written with crayons?

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Gah Jesper even though I braced myself that still hurt like hell! 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Jespers joke was… 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Alright this one is right up your alley 😉

    What happened when the turkey got into a fight?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #18

    JB,
    On the form of the last two games we’ve shown that we could have an outside chance of qualifying for EL, depenging on which teams win the cups seventh could get you there, do you think they would field a weakened team to avoid qualifying.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Mr A’s blue print for us was the Wonga logo. It ruins our Brasil kit imo. I would definitely buy it without that cack on it.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza

    It was indeed written with crayons and the spelling was atrocious, so I’m not sure if it was written by Ashley or Kinnear………………..further investigation is needed

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Go on Jesper, tell me what happened etc etc….

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #22

    JB…A little tip. The plans with the greasy food stains on them are usually Ashleys. Kinnears usually features little doodles.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #23

    To be clear…I said “PLANS”.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #24

    hang on its not ‘Nothing – he turned out to be Chicken!’ ?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #25

    He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

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  • JackButler

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Jail

    I think Ashley would love EL football if only to have his grubby little shop advertised to a bigger audience, whereas I think Pardew doesn’t have the knowledge or forethought to deal with EL, the man struggles enough dealing with the league and first round of cup games throw EL into that and he’s baffled as what to do

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #27

    I cant take any more.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #28

    JB,
    I would say all of the above, we waited three years for Mwiba, if Collo leaves and isn’t replaced it’s back to square one.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Is it simply because Pards commutes to the Toon and would have to live up here in the grim shabby North if we were playing more than once a week? He would have to show up more than 4 days a month then. Unacceptable.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry 🙁 I’ll lay off the Turkey jokes

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Wouldn’t the excitement of qualifying be outweighed by the lack of signings and another season like last.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #32

    yes I would Jesper they will make you fat.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Hey btw Jeser, did you know about Turkey Dinosaurs? Its not a joke they really do exist.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki… 🙂 no I did not!

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #35

    They make schoolchildren eat them here. No wonder we ruled half the bladdy world 😀

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #36

    So what are they like fish sticks or chicken fingers? 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #37

    yeah like dinosaur shapes made of ‘turkey’. Jamie Oliver got them banned though. I have absolutely no idea where I am going with this. Where is Bernard Matthews to field this one? oh, yeah…thats right….

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Wasnt it me who sarcastically mentioned something about staying on-topic and talking about football? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Ok, on topic, yes we are getting carried away, no sooner do we start talking about top 6 finishes than we get spanked 6-0 by Norwich. beware the omens….

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 11, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #39

    I also have more posts in one article than Timmy made saves against the spuds and thats according to Opta Stats.

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  • croftus5678

    Nov 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #40

    krull (even though his kicking should have improved by now)/williamson/debuchy/mbiwa/goofy/cabaye/remy/shola from last game have earnt the right to keep there place for next game imo.

    benny needs to improve and i’m kind of doubting weather cisse is worth playing at all atm

    ober needs scrapping as i wouldnt even put him on to waste time and i think sissoko needs to be in cm or dm to play to his best.

    i must say though that striking position still scares me as after remy our next best striker for scoring is goofy ! (hoping for remy perm + another striker aswell as a consistant winger maybe ince or zahato show benny being a winger means you have to work and not lose the ball.

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