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10:39 pm, Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

Alan Shearer has come out positively today on the current Newcastle team, and he has told talkSPORT that Newcastle can beat any team in the Premier League and when you think we held Liverpool at home to a 2-2 with 10 men for more than half the game, and then beat Chelsea at home and Tottenham away – he’s probably right.

Alan Shearer - recent photo

Alan Pardew – Newcastle on their day can beat any side

However Alan still thinks Newcastle will be inconsistent and will lose to sides we should beat – so we hope he’s wrong there, but we’ll get a decent idea of that when we play Norwich City and West Brom in the next two games at home.

Here’s some of what Alan said today:

Two great results, a month ago everybody kept telling me we’ll find out all about them when they play Liverpool, they play Sunderland, they play Chelsea and they play Spurs.”

“Other than Sunderland, and I say other than, that was probably the biggest one, but three great results against the big boys.” “I think that is what Newcastle will do this season, they will have some great results and they’ll have some poor results.”

“You’ll look at them and say how have they gone and got beat…how have they gone there and got a result?,”

“If you put their first 11 out then they will be a match for anyone because the spine down the middle of Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy, who has started the season in fantastic form, there is not many better than that.”

The big challenge for Alan Pardew form now on is how to get the lads play like we have in the last three games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, when we’ve looked very solid at the back, and only conceded goals in extra time against City.

Certainly is we can win out next two games at home we’ll be doing very well – thank you very much.

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54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 yo-yo // Nov 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Can’t see Big Al holding up his ID No on that mugshot

  • 2 bishopblaize // Nov 12, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Get in Alan ., love you Bro

    Absolute amazing season .. Highs n Lows and a bllody international break that’s gonna seem a lifetime.

    We gotta get this Norwich match wrapped up proper (we should CH too much respect last time he visited us at home)

    Keep climbing guys n gals ;)

  • 3 Marty-Toon // Nov 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    We know all about our team that we usually beat a big team now n again and then go on to lose the ones we expect to win.
    AP has a tough decision to make at CB as we’ve not looked better in a
    long time there.
    I know Mbiwa can play at RB or LB but he deserves his place at CB with Willo.
    Why change something that doesn’t need fixing?

  • 4 Ciaran // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    We could finish 5th again, it won’t really matter will it?

    Ashley will once again not invest, we would go into EL poorly equipped to deal with the rigours of european football and we would be faced with another relegation scrap like last season.

    So really, what is the point of wanting to finish higher while Ashley is in charge?

  • 5 jayphoto // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    @askar – from previous thread – sorry but as someone who watched ben arfa at lyon and marseille, he wasn’t the best player for either of them! Nowhere near! In fact at BOTH he came under criticism and dropped by the manager for only playing for himself and not working for the team! Something both Deschamps and blanc have commented on!

  • 6 jayphoto // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Thing is with HBA, hes a pure highlight reel player! Fans who go to games will watch him do nothing but lose the ball for 89 minutes whereas the non game going supporters will see the highlight reel of 30 secs of him dribbling past strikers around the halfway line!
    Thing also with HBA is the players around him seem to play worse when he plays, debuchy especially has gone up 100% since pardew dropped HBA! Hes a very talented lad, but its not pardews fault if he doesnt apply it! Better managers than pardew have tried and failed at that, they all responded by selling him or dropping him, in the past hes always had potential going for him but now hes a senior player he should be approaching the finished article yet hes outperformed in key passes, goals, assists , crosses by mech lesser talented wingers like routledge, coleman, pennant etc

  • 7 JAMSHA // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    I WOULD PLAY THE SAME TEAM UNTILL WE LOOSE 2 STRAIGHT GAMES

  • 8 Ben3arfa // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    JOKE innear is a scumbag piece of crap

  • 9 Tsunki // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    yo-yo well we will have to disagree there. I think Pards has currently hit on a streak of performances that are paying off by effort and consolidation alone, I dont see our performances as scintillating football, just functional and relying an awful lot on a journeying stand in who wants his mug in the French world cup squad photo. Its built for a fall I dont believe all this talk about ending in a top 6 finish, there is a transfer window yet.

    As for players praising the manager, well hey if it gets you in his good books… You misunderstnd me on Dummett – I could see in his first sub appearance he had the right stuff but in his last game he did schoolboy stuff which shouldnt have been in his game at all, like waving his arms for an offside when he should be closing down the guy who ended up scoring. He has been sold short of top drawer defensive schooling imo. And how long do we give these ‘youngsters’ to come good? 23? 24? Dan Gosling?

    I dont know why its preferable to call Pards bumbling rather than ineffective, but I say the latter. He is just not up to speed and the coaching staff need a boost for definite. We will be found out and soon enough the tears will be flowing freely once again on the blog. Its in his DNA, its in his DNA :)

  • 10 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Change the record Ruddy, it’s boring.

    I seem to remember you, and several others, saying that we had no chance with that sequence of games.

    We had a tough few games and we’ve done damn well. Let’s just give the team some credit and stop worrying about what’s next.

  • 11 wolfshead@toon // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    jay

    ive told you before about coming on here with facts ;-) lol

  • 12 jimmysmith // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    If Ashley hadn’t effectively forced Llambias’ hand by hiring Joe, then I’d say we just might have still been in with a chance of learning from our mistakes and gradually climbing into the top six and possibly staying there.

    Now, well, the suggestion seems almost inconceivable after such a remarkably reckless act, to punctuate six years as owner.

  • 13 lesh // Nov 13, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Ben3arfa // Nov 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    JOKE innear is a scumbag piece of crap

    Ah, such inspirational words.

    Who’s reading after you? Shelley, Keats, Byron, Longfellow?

    Your words are truly wonderful and it’s good to see that Laudnum continues to feed such a fertile mind!

  • 14 lesh // Nov 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Ben3arfa, nevertheless, he is. Kinnear that is, a waste of space!

  • 15 RonVanDam // Nov 13, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    One of the reasons why we are doing well is:

    1) Lack of injuries, means less disruptions to team. Almost same 11 playing every week – just like the the season we finished 5th. Last 3 games slightly mirrors our first 10 games of that season
    2) Players not played out of position
    3) More togetherness, higher fitness level, and players playing for each other.

    What i would like to see less of is:

    1) Joe – Period
    2) MA or AP coming out to say top 10 is our target. No wonder Remy wont sign and Cabaye wanted to leave. These things ruin morale. Only way to keep these two and other star players is by finishing 5th or higher this season and showing real ambition

    About MA banning journalist interviewing players – this has its up and downside as well

    Good
    1) Players will be less distracted and worry less about what to say to the media or what they’ve said in the media
    2) JK doesnt make our club sound like a joke
    3) Targets dont get leaked

    Bad
    1) Less good publicity and more negative publicity filled with false rumors by journalist trying to stir things up

  • 16 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Without Debuchy, I would say Anita on the right.
    there is also other choice like Dummet LB and Santon RB.
    We could also try different system like 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 but I would rather go with 3-5-2. It has worked so well for Inter.
    ———————Krul———————-
    ———Mbiwa—–Willo——Dummet——-
    ————Anita————Tiote————–
    Sissoko————-Cabaye————Santon
    —————Gouffran——-Remy————

    I wonder what happen to Raylor? is he still injured or loaned out or sold?

  • 17 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    I put Dummet in instead Colo because I still want Tiote as captain of the team, if Colo plays then automatically he will be the captain.
    Why is it that Saylor always injured during this months every year?

  • 18 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    RVD

    I guess you agree with me that banning the media is a good thing.

    Btw who is our current fitness coach? is it that woman (I forgot her name) the new fitness coach?

  • 19 RonVanDam // Nov 13, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    @ Santon

    Faye Downey. Her twitter page states: Strength & Conditioning Coach and Elite Performance Management. Main areas of interest are speed & power.

  • 20 RonVanDam // Nov 13, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    @16

    Don’t pin your hopes on pardew to use 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 anytime soon. Since taking over he’s only used 4 formations: 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-5-1, 4-3-3

    His default formation is 4-4-2, weakest 4-2-3-1 and strongest 4-3-3, it’s a shame he didn’t use the 4-3-3 formation last season as often as he should’ve

  • 21 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 13, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Santon,
    I’m not sure about switching it all around to a 343. The only change I would make to the team is Debuchy due to suspension. Anita can play there, and his performances, although not in that role have earned him the right to start. I can’t say the same of Colo/HBA/Dummet etc.

    On Raylor, he is still out injured. He is unlikely to play before Feb/March time, if at all this season.

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 13, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    Agree 100% with JayPhoto on HBA. The bloke has never been able to do it consistently and has always been a show pony when it comes to the game.

    Our other players aren’t cleverer enough to play with him? Funny that when at least half of those other players play for the national team he can’t get a call up for… Movement for him may well slow down, but I’d say that is more to do with the fact players know there is a slim chance he will actually try an play the ball to him.

    Finally, I know 90% of the posters on here have the sense not to compare Ronaldo and HBA, but just so that it can be clear for Askar, this season alone in 17 games Ronaldo has scored 24 goals and has 7 assists. Compared to HBA in 72 games for Newcastle 13 goals and 14 assists. In HBA’s entire career he has 248 appearances 39 goals and 34 assists. Just last season Ronaldo had 62 goals and 17 assists.

    HBA is more comparable to Johnson and Downing then Ronaldo and Messi.

  • 23 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 13, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    *clever enough even…

  • 24 RonVanDam // Nov 13, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    In other news Borussia Mönchengladbach are prepared to send luuk de Jong on loan. He’s only played 67mins this season, wkly wage 9.5 euros. Would be worth taking a punt

  • 25 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 13, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    RVD,
    Not on loan, I’d take a chance outright in Jan. I think he can do the role Shola has been doing recently, but with that little bit more. Any idea of transfer fee, surely a bid of around 5million would be more than enough given his form since arriving, or would they take a straight swap for Cisse? Is he still rated in Germany?

  • 26 RonVanDam // Nov 13, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    I doubt he’ll be sold for 5m when he was bought for 15. I can see cisse coming good around Xmas. Maybe a loan deal with option to buy would be good in case Remy goes elsewhere, that way we’ll be able to test luuk and see if he will be able to survive the PL and suit our style of play

  • 27 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    I wonder what collo would be like at rb hmmmm…

  • 28 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Would anyone take a chance on shane long for 5m in jan?
    Or what about aluko from hull?

  • 29 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    RVD,
    I just don’t like the idea of going through the second half of next season with our 2 first choice strikers being here on loan. That leaves us incredibly vulnerable going into the summer. Sellers will then look to increase prices as we are desperate for a striker, players could also push for higher wages if they know we are desperate to sign someone. All of that leads to a lack of value for players, which under Ashley, has led to players not arriving.

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    LeRoi,
    Not seen enough of Aluko. Long would be okay, but is another stop gap/impact player from the bench. He isn’t the hold up play style centre forward that we need, and Pardew seems to want.

  • 31 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    @19
    Thanks for the info, she’s doing a great job.

    @20 & 21
    Well, it’s either 4 at the back with the best option Anita as RB (who is not playing regularly and not his strength) or play Anita or Dummet at LB and switch Santon as RB.
    As for playing the players at their strengt and best positions then pardew has to change the formation to 3-5-2. I can’t think any other formation that suited our available players, Raylor will be good as backup RB but he is still injured. Unless we have another good natural RB.

  • 32 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    @29

    Unless there is option to buy in the agreement.
    I like the idea of getting players on loan with option to buy, minimizing the chance of buying the wrong players.

  • 33 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    There doesn’t seem to be many decent young, reasonably priced forwards that can hold the ball/play up around. i’ll put a few options on here and then we’ll see why there good or bad options.

    bafe gomis
    ken jones
    matt smith
    laci traore
    yan sagbo
    cam jerome
    j.p. gignac

  • 34 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    @29

    Unless there is option to buy in the agreement.
    I like the idea of getting players on loan with option to buy, minimizing the chance of buying the wrong players

  • 35 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    sorry for double posting, this stupid smartphone.

  • 36 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    what happen to Haidara?

  • 37 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Haidara got a strain in the cup game the other week then we brought on dums and he got a problem as well.

  • 38 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    As for HBA, he is like a ferrari or bugatti veyron, definitely not for heavy duty. Good for speed and getting girls, but not for carrying heavy stuffs or off road. For now, we need Toyota Hilux, Land Rover, Pajero type. We need heavy duty players.

  • 39 askar // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Lilongwe:
    I am not agree with you. Pardew is playing him out of position. Give him free role behind remy I said :-) ;-)

    @Jayphoto:
    IMO you are wrong. Ben arfa at lyon and marseille was their best player. He was dropped by the manager for other reasons and you know that! Without HBA MARSEILLE would never won the title that year! Without a magic HBA against QPR, our loved NUFC would be playing CH this year :-)

  • 40 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Santon

    what sorts of cars would you say remy & gouffy are?

  • 41 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Two things I don’t like about HBA
    1. he rarely pass and try to get through opponents by himself.
    2. he doesn’t work hard enough when the team under pressure.

  • 42 RonVanDam // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Nice analogy @38 santon. As long as they haven’t been in too many accidents coz I hate paying for a car that stays parked in the garage all the time eh :)

  • 43 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Leroi

    Gouffy and Remy helped the defense a lot, especially last game against spurs otherwise we would lose that game if HBA played as LW. They constantly attacking our left side with 3 or 4 players.

  • 44 Santon03 // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    RVD

    Hahaha you wouldn’t use it for daily routines either, good for certain occations.

  • 45 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    I’ve had time calm down about hba harmful ball greediness during the makem game and he did play a nice through ball that cisse the stupid fool shouldve scored from in the cup game. so i feel he deserves another chance not a start though but 15mins at the end of the next game & if he can do some good there 30mins against wba then if he makes a good impact there not just being selfish ball greedy arrogant little show pony but passing when he has to as well as putting the odd cross in. then he can start against swansea but if he goes back to selfish hba stick him on the transfer list and hoy in the reserves till he gans.

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Santon,
    But with an option to buy doesn’t mean they will join. If they are a huge success there is nothing to stop them upping their contractual demands, or other clubs poaching them off us.

    In theory, I am fine with it, but when our strike force would potentially be a woefully out of form Cisse, an aging and at best back up Shola, plus 2 players on loan, one in Remy who is unlikely to sign, and De Jong. That would leave us potentially needing 3/4 strikers this summer……

  • 47 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Santon

    gouff and remy are my favorites i know they both defend like badasses and hba defends like a lazy a*se haha

  • 48 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Askar,
    HBA won Marseille the title, you realise he scored 3 goals and had 3 assists in 29 appearances??? Hardly a key part.

  • 49 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 13, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Askar,
    The manager only saw fit to use him for a full 90 minutes on 7 occasions in the league. Hardly the signs of an integral member of the team.

  • 50 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    So what is the general consensus on the right back issue then peeps is mess the whole defence up by putting mbiwa at left back, santon rb and colo back in as cb or is it just play anita at rb or is it mbiwa to right back and collo back in cb or is it let tavernier have a chance or what?

  • 51 Tommyy // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    I’ve enjoyed the wins, can’t take away anything from the team and Pardew for that really. My concern is the performances and style have been very reminiscent of that season we came 5th, i.e the issues are exactly the same, we’re not winning by being the better side and we’re overly reliant on players for these wins.
    Like tsunki has said I think it will derail and when it does we don’t have the performances to fall back on. It simply boils down to Pardew just not being good enough. He tries and he gets a few tactical games spot on but he’s missing that natural ability to get us playing like a top side.
    It’s a tricky one for sure but it’s evident we’ve gone as far as we can under Pardew for me, I’ve seen no core improvement in 3 years and no real vision for how we will play. I also believe it to be imperative that we upgrade the coaching staff ASAP, we have one of the smallest back room teams in the league as it is and they’re not exactly pedigree. I’ve been saying it for almost 2 years but we really do need that technical impetus and more to evolve our game and be able to compete.

  • 52 LEROI // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Tommy

    i agree with everything you just said mate. our lads don’t seem to play with the same movement and fluidity of passing that a spurs, man city or even Southampton do. they still don’t get into the right positions on such simple things as throw ins for some odd reason. you do have to question what A.P & his staff are playing at when such fundamental things are not looked at acknowledged & improved upon.

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Nov 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Ciaran,

    We undeniably have a stronger squad now than when we finished 5th.

    Ok we bucked the trend by buying SIX players in Jan rather than in the summer but Colo, Anita, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Obertan, Jonas, Saylor, Haidara etc currently can’t get starts and some can’t even make the bench!!

    I do think people make a bit too much of not getting in more than Remy in the summer.

  • 54 Ancientcoptic // Nov 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I think some fans are jumping the gun a bit with claiming the side is playing bad football.

    We have been playing good football since the 2nd half against Everton, right up until the 2nd half against Tottenham, in which we camped on our 1 goal lead.

    It has only been a bad 45 minutes of football out of a run of games now. Collectively and overall, our football has been good recently. I would not go claiming we are playing substandard football quite yet.




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