There’s Been A Good Mood But Players Must Focus On Norwich


Alan Pardew has said this afternoon that it’s now important for World Cup stars like Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Moussa Sissoko to now concentrate on what’s important for Newcastle, and first up is our tough game against Norwich at home on Saturday afternoon.

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Alan Pardew – important for players

Alan was talking at his press conference this afternoon, and had this to say about the World Cup travails of some of his players:

“There’s been a good mood.” “Most of our players have made it to the World Cup.” “France coming back from two down to come to win has been a big boost for them.”

“Yohan has played in both games so it is good for us.” “Now they are focusing on an important game for their club.” “It is important to focus on what is important for us which is Norwich.”

In fact it seems that only Papiss Cisse of Senegal didn’t make it through to the World Cp finals in Brazil next summer,  and certainly Senegal had their chances against the Ivory Coast in Casablanca, a game that Cheick Tiote missed through suspension.

And it looks like Alan will have a full squad to pick the team from, with Jonas Gutierrez returning from compassionate leave in Argentina, and both Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett now fit from their hamstring injuries.

What team would you field on Saturday, remembering that Mathieu Debuchy is suspended for that game?

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134 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Nov 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost

    Ahhh Martoon why did you have to start that debate!!Agreed ToonTime!!

    Ciaran some say not having Benny in the team a settling for grafters is Mediocrity (sorry couldn’t resist) agreed though, make it look like the club is doing just enough to make a profit but lets make sure it doesn’t reach its potential. Ashley has realised the better the team do on the pitch the more money he’ll have to invest getting to the next stage!! He doesn’t want to us to be in Europe nor does he want cup success, is happy with 10th though (that screams mediocrity to me)

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  • martoon

    Nov 21, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry Alan but Cabaye didn’t play in both games he was dropped for the first game. Cue the Pardew is a liar posts 😉

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  • Spoof

    Nov 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    team for Norwich

    Krul
    Anita Williamson Mbiwa Santon
    Tiote Sissoko
    Cabaye
    Ben Arfa Remy Gouffran.

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Pards is a liar Cabs was dropped for the first game!! 😉

    Krul
    Santon, Willo, M’biwa, Haidara
    Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko
    HBA, Remy, Gouffran

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  • nufc_123

    Nov 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Krul
    Santon Mbiwa Willo Dummett
    Sissoko Cabaye Tiote Jonas
    Remy Gouff

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    I would like to add something to this headline that our manager constantly seem to forget:

    “There has been a good mood but players need to focus on Norwich and so does I” 😉

    …now play ball!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Martoon,
    Did France not have a friendly on Friday? Could he be referring to both games in this international window, not both play off games? Don’t know if they did, but it would make sense

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  • croftus5678

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    @4 our toon

    i’d second that selection with cisse on for arfa at some point and dummett on for hairdryer.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Spoof,
    That line up is what I consider our best line up nearly. I’d have Sissoko out and Debuchy in, then obviously swap Anita and Debuchy round. On form so far this year anyway. Sissoko could pick his game up but has been disappointing so far in the main.

    However, I don’t think Pardew knows how to work this formation that well, particularly with the type of players in there. At the minute I would stick with what has won us, I don’t think Shola has done anything wrong, he does a job and Remy looks comfortable with him taking the more physical challenge allowing Remy to concentrate on getting in behind.

    It is when we have to play on the front foot that I feel we struggle, as it goes against Pardew’s natural instincts and he hasn’t worked out how to do it so far. Hopefully he has learned, 2 good results in the next 2 home games will go a way to help me think he is learning.

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #10

    @nufc_123

    You would really let Jonas walk right back into the starting 11? I’d have Anita play there before I let Jonas get anywhere near.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Personally I don’t like the way we play because it seems very limited.

    …we even have problems when we need to make subs cause we don’t have that many players that fit into how Pardew wants to play.

    My beef with it though is what do we do when it doesn’t work? Where do we go from this flat 4-4-2 when we need to make change?

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  • martoon

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Lilongwe 7 – I don’t think they would have had time to play a friendly. The first leg was last Friday in the Ukraine and the second leg the following Tuesday in Paris. From memory I think Cabs was an unused substitute in the first game – so Pardew is a liar 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Norcal,
    Completely agree, how on earth could you bring Jonas into a team that has won its last 2 games. Particularly as Jonas has had no form to speak of for about 18 months/2 years….

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Martoon,
    Ha, were the 2 legs that close together? I have paid so little attention to the European qualifiers that I was just assuming that they had been done similarly to the African play offs!!

    What a big fat fibber he is then!! 🙂

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  • MosesNUFC

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15

    My team for norwich:
    4-4-1-1
    Krul
    M’Biwa Williamson Coloccini Santon
    Sissoko Cabaye Tiote Gouffran
    Ben Arfa (free role)
    Remy

    i probs sound a bit cocky here, but i’d really like to see us hammer them 4 or 5-0. that would really put the players and fans confidence sky high

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Kevy Martins

    Wow what a grown up comment on the last thread . You must be all of 12 !!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Jesper,
    I agree, we are limited, and Pardew doesn’t know how to use the players we have to their full capability.

    Who do you blame though? Pards for his limitations, or Ashley and Carr for giving him players that he doesn’t know how to use?

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Lilongwe – exactly, even before his injury he wasn’t a justifiable starter.

    I’m shuddering at the thought of Pards letting him play, but I’m pretty sure he wont.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Lilo

    Totally agree on your assessments of Zaha and Ince.

    Moses

    I like that team but I think Anita should just come in for Debuchy. Colo’s head hasn’t been right for a long time

    Would like to see Benny in for Shola in a proper number 10 position especially at home v a supposed lower club.

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  • Ted Bundy

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #20

    HBA doesn’t deserve his spot and the only defender I’d consider dropping would be Santon, but tha isn’t gonna happen, so – no changes aside from Anita to slot in at RB.

    Uncle Shola to partner Remy and come off on the hour, if things are going accordingly, which they will be, as Shola will net a first-half hat-trick.

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  • Ted Bundy

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #21

    What will disappoint me most is if the CB pairing is broken up, but I don’t think it will be.

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  • MosesNUFC

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #22

    rotonda-i agree but can you really blame pardew if ashley isn’t replacing players who should even be playing for us (Jonas, williamson, obertan, ameobi) with better, more technical, and more english blood. I am loved the way we played against chelsea, no hoofball, a lot of triangles, one two’s, very fluid. But again we are lacking the depth in the squad to consistently play like that. Yes, pardew has his limitations, but believe me, he is a decent manager and i have every faith that he can get us back into the top 8.Its just a shame he doesn’t have backing from ashley or some fans.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #23

    I get that people want HBA in to play against Norwich, but I personally would prefer him as a sub for this one bring him on after Shola has had his 60 minute stint, regardless of the score as even if we are ahead we shouldn’t be looking to play more defensively. If he can impress and work as part of a team against what should be a tiring Norwich back line THEN give him a start against HBA.

    Definitely just Anita in for Debuchy imo. Why disrupt the entire defence for the sake of 1 position. Players should play on merit, not their name otherwise complacency and a lack of effort from those who know they will go straight back out can creep in.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Then give him a start against WBA that should read, although 99% of the time HBA is HBA’s worst enemy!

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ve went from being very ardently behind Pardew to being very ardently against him, mainly as I think his default setting is too defensive. However, I do think that with better players in one or two positions he would regularly have us competing top 8, although I do not think he is a good enough manager to be challenging top 6 regularly.

    Given how readily he has sung from Ashley’s hymn-sheet and complied in trying to deceive the fans, I find it extremely hard not to hold him in sheer contempt though.

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  • Ted Bundy

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Ruddy

    I’m sure Pardew would be crestfallen to hear that.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Lilongwe…I am not saying the ywo in question have been all fair two the silver supremo 😉

    …but I do think he either need to make do with what he got the best way possible or take charge! It might cost him the job, but MA has tried to sack someone and have it backfire on him 😉 Not sure he is going to go down that patch again.

    Maybe it is just me but I don’t think Pardew is getting enough out of what he has got and that is his responsibility or job for that matter!

    I cannot really comment on the Ashley/Carr situation cause I don’t know enough about it 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Ciaran,
    I agree to a point, but it depends on what you mean by better players. 1 or 2 players in the mould of players Pardew wants and knows how to use, or 1 or 2 more technically gifted players who he struggles to get the best out of.

    If it is the former, I agree. If it is the latter, I’m not so sure.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Jesper,
    It certainly isn’t just you. Anyone who is blind in one eye and has impaired vision in the other is seeing Pards isn’t getting the most out of the players he has.

    It is all down to Ashley really, he either gives Pards the players he asks for – more physicality and less technique based or sack him and employ a manager who knows how to use the technical ability within the squad.

    I’d prefer to get a more technical and tactical manager in, but if we are sticking with Pards at least give him the style of player he wants and can use best in his style.

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Ted

    I’m sure he is devastated, why you felt the need to pass comment on that is beyond me though.

    Lilongwe

    I mean the former. That is why I think the club pursued someone like Gomis, who in essence, is a slightly better Shola. I do think Pardew favours a 4-4-2 with a big man up top. Until we get an upgrade on Shola and have a better centre forward to hold up the ball, we will always be falling short of what Pardew wants to do with these players.

    I can see the sense in buying a CF, but the very fact that we are pursuing someone as distinctly average as Gomis goes to show the level of ambition at the club currently.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Lilongwe…I agree. I have been very vocal about this certain problem or should I call it picture we are seeing.

    …we are buying players not suited for how Pardew wants to play. But honestly I think Pardew has a responsibility to make that point to Ashley.

    I am not sure that he has?

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Jesper

    Perhaps because Ashley has shown himself to be of the attitude of “shut up, accept what I tell you, and do not question my authority or I will ban you from existing”

    AP is spineless, it’s the reason he is still in the job, and it is the reason that Hughton got the boot.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #33

    From what I could gather from Pardew’s past then he is basically a 4-5-1 kind of man – maybe that is why he confuses that with 4-3-3 at time 😉 lol

    Seriously…there is that big difference between the kind of flat limited 4-4-2 we play and the 4-5-1 he use to dig so much 🙂 You just end up using a targetman and a quick lad with one slightly withdrawned!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Ciaran,
    I agree on Gomis, not sure at all what anyone sees in him. I’d say buying Gomis would be similar to buying a Shola of maybe 6/7 years ago. Similar standard of player. Now, with Shola getting on, he is an upgrade, but a very marginal one. I’d rather persist with Shola then bring Gomis in for the sake of having a signing to parade.

    Pards has said he wants a big strong striker, and a no nonsense physical defender. it is a shame Pardew seems to toe the party line after every window closes, if he stuck to his guns I think there would be a lot less anti Pardew talk and much more sympathy for him.

    He still will never consistently perform to a top 6 level, but at least give him the tools he wants to do his job.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Jesper,
    Pardew seems to say what he feels he needs in the squad at the start of the summer windows and then when it doesn’t arrive he says that we decided we was strong enough. I don’t like that about him, if he had seen incredible improvement of Streete/Good at centre half and Campbell/Vuckic up top then I could understand that, but he obviously hasn’t as they would have featured more if that was the case.

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  • Ciaran

    Nov 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Lilongwe

    If he stuck to his guns he would be sacked and he knows he will never have a job as big as Newcastle United again, so in a sense he is being pragmatic in his approach to the media and defending Ashley’s policy. It royally pisses me off and ensures that I will never respect the man, but I can understand why he does it.

    I agree that we should not be going for Gomis, but the reality is that with 6 months left on his contract we will either nab him for about 2 million in Jan or sign him for nothing next summer. It is purely an economic rather than football related reason.

    There are plenty of other strong centre forwards who would be a vast upgrade on Shola, and wouldn’t break the bank, but we must be careful of not going into our overdraft facility… *sigh*

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Pards is a limited manager with limited skills, give any half decent manager this team and they would have us competing for top 10 or even top 8 but I think we missed the boat on Poyet, who I believe will make a very good manager. Was the brains behind Leeds revival when Wise was manager and lifted Brighton out of a hole then got em promoted and competing well in a tough league!!

    Give pards technically sound players that play on the deck and his head spins but everytime you watch us play listen to Pards shout good ball when punted from back to front….says a lot really

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Lilongwe/Ruddy…I definitely agree 😀

    *nice to be in here with civil and likeminded people for a change lol

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  • MosesNUFC

    Nov 21, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #39

    our toon-you do realise a few games ago we were top of the league in terms of most passes leading to goals?

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  • bills-son

    Nov 21, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Guys, don’t know why you are discussing which players we need to buy.

    According to those in the know on here Ashley won’t be signing anybody as long we are top 10 in January. They state that as a fact.

    So, best to start your post on would be signings by stating “I think we’ll be outside of the top ten in Jan and think we should sign xxxxxxx

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