A New Desire And Spirit The Key For Newcastle


Newcastle now have three Premier League road wins this season at Aston Villa, Cardiff City and Tottenham, and that’s one more away win than we had all of last season, when the extra Europa League games simply decimated our squad, and we just escaped a shock relegation to the Championship.

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Chris Hughton – coming to Toon a week on Saturday

We have been delighted at the form of our five new French players this season, after they struggled a bit when they first arrived in January, and it was always a big ask that they immediately play well in the Premier League.

The five new arrivals had good games and poor games last season, but now Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran are all starters becoming a lot more consistent.

All four Frenchmen are showing they have been excellent buys for the club, and the recent results are starting to show that.

20 year-old French U21 International  left back Massadio Haidara was bought fin or the long term, and he’s been injured most of the season, but he looked a very good player in that first half against Manchester City in the League Cup a couple of weeks ago.

Alan Pardew says the desire and spirit that exists in the team has brought some of the recent excellent results:

“It was a side to us that we’ll need if we’re going to win more games away from home,” “It was our third win away. We didn’t have that many last year. We’ve got that already.”

“We’ve shown that desire and spirit in those three games.” “Cardiff, Aston Villa and Tottenham – away games aren’t easy to win in the Premier League.”

“We’ve had to scrap in all three of them, and we had a little bit of luck too against Tottenham.”

The next game will be another scrap against Norwich City, and they had an excellent 3-1 home win on Saturday, in a game they were losing 1-0 at the break, and the match was between two former Newcastle managers, with Sam Allardyce still in charge of the Hammers.

We need to win this next game, and that’s all that matters right now, and a win would take us to 20 points from 12 league games, which is not too bad at all.

Comments welcome;

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.

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15 comments so far

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    ballerfan2

    Pardews tactics are defensive and negative, Pardew has done good so far 7 points out of 9 and against bigger clubs than us i think is fantastic and Pardew and the lads deserve credit for it.

    but then again look at last season we won Spurs & Chelsea and drawn against Liverpool 1-1 to me everything seems to repeat itself and we all know Newcastle has a habit of doing that

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    i only hope AP can get the lads to keep going on good form for the next 2 home games against Norwich & West brom because after that we have Swansea & Man united away

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  • martoon

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Our Toon from previous topic – Yes but Oscar is a young boy of 22 – I could run all day at that age – lets see if he can still do it in his middle to late 20’s. Anyway it is not always tiredness that is the issue it is conditioning and peaking yourself to play at certain times and Thursdays & Sundays are alien to a lot of players. Even if you don’t play then travelling to away games in different time zones is tiring. Whatever the reason it affected Stoke & us let’s see how Swansea & Spurs do as they progress in the tournament!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Ballerfan2
    I think Pardew is a decent manager and I am happy with him He is not afraid to make changes, tactics when the need is and is not afraid to drop players.
    And the team at the minute are behind him and are gelling as a very good premiership team.

    Also since I first went to see the TOON in 1961/62 season I have seen 32 managers, stand in managers temporary managers in the 50 years plus of following the TOON – and numerous directors board of directors, chairmen owners.

    I know Ashley has done some daft things to get the fans backs up should of bought two summers ago but I think we are going in the right direction.

    Don’t know how long Hiadara is out but maybe he could be fit for the Norwich game – if so I would bring him in for the suspended Ddebuchy

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    OurToon…It’s not just tiredness that comes from EL football.

    There is the planning and training implications in that you have less time.

    Chopping and changing squads can prove a difficult obstacle, especially if you don’t have the quality in depth, which we didn’t have last year.

    That isn’t to excuse completely last seasons performance in the league, but how anyone can say it has no impact is beyond me.

    We also have to remember, it was Pardews first time with European football, it was also the first time for a fair few of our players.

    Whilst I was happy to see lots of players arrive last January, adding almost half a starting mid season was always going to be a tricky task.

    Considering all of that, as well as remembering Pardews own short comings, we weren’t really a million miles off as far as points are concerned.

    Please don’t think this is a defense of Pardew or our style of play.

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  • Klatoon

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6

    So anyone realised that if our keeper makes 14 saves…our defence needs sorting? Colo back in, anyone?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Klatoon…Aye, whilst it is an impressive stat for Krul, it should raise concerns about the defense.

    However, it is also the same defense that has not leaked a goal against City (during normal time), Chelsea and Spurs.

    In the second half against Spurs, I think it was more a case of the battle being lost in midfield, they had us totally pegged back, of course they’re going to get shots.

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    ballerfan2

    Really? Forget the 2nd half against Spurs for a minute…..Cardiff away from home we really dominated the first half were 2-0 up, yes 2nd half was going to be different but they smashed us that 2nd half, we were lucky to come away with the win. We sat back and defended, it almost cost us. Hull at home it did cost us we ended up losing!! That’s just this season. WBA at home last yr, we scored in the first half but then sat back in the 2nd WBA should have won that game, they hammered us, we scored in last minute off Cisse’s rear. Stoke away when they scored 2 goals in last 10 minutes to win the game (We were winning 1-0) Everton at home we scored after 2mins, 2nd half we were poor. Reading at home last year winning 1-0 at HT and then lose the game to Le Fondre. WBA away we were really good first half winning 1-0 then got hammered in the 2nd half and were lucky to hold on for a point. These are just game I can remember from the top of my head!!

    If this isn’t down to Pards being defensive then he must give some of the best team talks ever for players performance to drop as badly as it does and this happens on a regular basis

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  • Klatoon

    Nov 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza, makes sense! We’l be forced into changes though with Debuchy out, no?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Klatoon…Indeed we will.

    If Haidara is fit, i’d probably play him at LB and Santon RB and leave the CB’s as they are.

    If not, MBiwa to LB, Santon to RB and Colo in at CB.

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Ibizatoon,

    I did say the its not tiredness that has the effect, it’s the lack of preparation if anything. Preparation is key and its quite obvious that we didn’t deal with it very well, I look at Swansea who were robbed at the weekend by the ref, losing 2-0 at HT and coming back to take a 3-2 lead in the 2nd half!! They travelled to Russia, Spurs played Sheriff at home!! Most of the Senior first teamers don’t travel to these games, but it certainly affects preparation as it does with Champions League teams. Spurs have had the most shots on target this season in all European leagues!! The biggest issue they have is Townsend on the right and a right footed player on the left, Soldado was a beast when Valencia played to his strengths, maybe he needs Adebayor up top with him. The likes of Oscar are quite unique (wanting to play as many games as possible) because the modern day footballer has it drilled into them about rotation and tiredness etc, this wasn’t an issue until I believe Rafa come to this country along with the tinker man (Raneri) now we see players chopping and changing all the time!! If tiredness was such an issue how on earth did English club football dominate the European scene for the last decade I believe, more of our teams progressed further than any other countries yet they had mid-season breaks. However when we (England) reach major competitions and flatter to deceive then the press and pundits jump on the tiredness bandwagon…..what about the other players who represent other countries but play in our league? Why do they still perform to the best of their abilities whilst the likes of Rooney are poor.

    Tiredness is an excuse, I look at tennis players who don’t get much rest but yet churn out performances on a daily basis. Preparation is key, tiredness is BS!!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Some things I really don’t get…

    1 – why all the stress and pressure about Remy? We’ve got him on loan for a year, can’t we just enjoy his performances rather than turn it into a negative because he hasn’t signed permanently? It’s pretty obvious that with a potential rape case hanging over his head that a loan deal was the way to go.
    2 – I saw a laughable comment on an earlier page that we have a squad as good as Liverpool’s or Spurs’ and that it’s Pardew’s fault for us not pushing the top 4! That’s ridiculous! Try comparing our squad with theirs man for man and they are significantly better! That’s not to say we can’t beat them (obviously) and it’s not to say we can’t finish above them either, but they have better squads.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    OurToon…It certainly is an over used excuse, we could even say a “tired” excuse. Oh alright, I’ll try be serious.

    Generally tiredness is in the head. You talk about the English of old and they always had a mantra of don’t quit, keep fighting. It’s a modern thing for me, people don’t want to work as hard as they used to, life has become quite comfortable, especially for those with money to burn.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Nov 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Our Toon – 8

    I agree.

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  • toonincheek

    Nov 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza – spot on.
    “Tiredness is in the head”
    Not exclusively, but mental state is so important.

    That’s why AVB wanted to play it down as a factor – he didn’t want it to get into players minds to expect to be tired.
    That was a mistake that AP made.

    I recall in the SBR days, we had an excellent record in the weekend games following a mid-week European game.

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