The Only Agenda Was To Win – I’m Really, Really Pleased


Teams play well on some days and don’t play particularly well on other days, and that’s for a multitude of reasons, but the positive way to look at the game against Norwich City today is that we won, even though the lads didn’t play particularly well, and in the second half some of our players looked a bit tired with their World Cup efforts over the last couple of weeks.

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Loic Remy – scores first goal after just two minutes

And Alan Pardew is keeping his feet on the ground after the third league win in a row, but Alan thinks this win is as good as the Chelsea win:

“I keep criticizing the press locally here in that when we win, we are a European team or whatever, and then when we lose, it’s the end of the world.” (So?)

“It’s just really truly about winning games, keeping our feet on the ground and seeing where we go. What we have got, though, is a really good group who were really committed to win today.”

“The only agenda I have set them, really and truly, was to win, there was no other agenda because this game is an easy game to lose today.” “You win against Chelsea, you go to Spurs and then Norwich turn up and you lose.”

“And we have sort of buried that a little bit, and I am really, really pleased.” “I am as pleased tonight as I was when we won at Spurs. I might not look it, but I am.”

It was difficult for Newcastle in the second half, as the lads labored and looked a bit tired in the last 45 minutes.

But Newcastle  got the job done, let’s give credit where it’s due.

There can be no claims of tiredness next Saturday when we face a better team that the Canaries – West Brom – and although we won 2-1 last season in this game, with a freak late goal from Papiss Cisse, West Brom were the better side.

Newcastle need to be near their best next Saturday if we are to win again, but if our best team turns up – that’s just exactly what we can do.

Howay The Lads!!

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61 comments so far

  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Krul to be kind –

    Funny you should mention January sales, I’ve heard from several sources that we are selling Cabaye, debuchy, HBA and losing Remy to another premiership club.

    However…all these sources came from this blog. 🙂

    We will be fine in January, lads. Learn to relax for gods sake. The toon winning 3 on the trot doesn’t happen often. Make the most of it and actually enjoy where we are at, tonight

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #2

    I just wish I could give as many “world exclusives” as Indykalia can!!

    He is averaging about 30 a day. Bless him. 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #3

    TorqToon

    hope to god we don’t lose any of our top players in January and that we add two senior players to the squad

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  • bills-son

    Nov 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Torq,

    Corka about the January sales 🙂

    This squad of ours that wasn’t reinforced in the summer was predicted to be bottom 6 all season by many on here.

    We are 4pts off 2nd after a third of the season.

    Happy days 🙂

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  • toonking

    Nov 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #5

    even if we did stay well advanced as you want they play itself will still be rubbish because Norwich will have too many players in our half of the pitch so it will be very difficult for the passing and dribbling style of play most of it will be hoofball as their will be very few Norwich players in their own half.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #6

    TorqToon

    do you know if there is any truth about Cisse wanting away or is it more BS???

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #7

    JB – Wasn’t the cisse story ran as an ‘exclusive’ by the daily mail?

    Says it all, my friend! 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #8

    TorqToon

    TO be honest mate, I’d didn’t read it in any of the papers, there are a lot of people on who here have brought it up.

    I’d be gutted if he was to leave as i still have faith in the lad getting back to his best

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #9

    @Torq
    lol seriously man I used to read him but he’s gone off the deep end.

    Actually alot of footy accounts are just monetizing their follower base now with those stupid sulia links.

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Can’t see it mate. Personally. Just press trying to gauge the drama around the Remy situation and him allegedly going back to London in the summer.

    No sources, no quotes and no substance to this.

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  • Malta Mag

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Saw the whole game as usual here “on the rock” and we played well enough to win comfortably without breaking sweat but as Pardew says , it’s just important that we actually won.
    I hate to put anything negative on the blog but you have to say Colocinni was at fault for their goal and I do believe that Pardew has to think carefully next week once Debuchy comes back. It will be interesting to see whether he will be brave enough to leave Colocinni on the bench? I don’t think so but it has to be a close call because Williamson did little wrong again and I still believe M’Biwa will turn out to be top drawer.
    Let’s enjoy the moment lads because we’re looking tasty!!!!!

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  • Ted Bundy

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Norcal from last thread

    No. I’ll be neither a happy clapper nor a negative spinner, thanks. Call it how I see it in a moderate way. There was an instance in the second-half, at 2-0, where we had the ball under control on the LW, level with their 18 yard box, but because of a lack of conviction, you’d have to assume directly ordered or instilled by the manager, nobody was looking to do any damage like we did in the 1st half adn knew Norwich were vulnerable to, by advancing beyond the player in possession, loading the box, or moving, instead, the ball ended up all the way back with Krul after going through a few cautious passes, who then passed it to an under pressure Williamson (as we were so kind to invite them to press us), who then had to chip a hasty ball forward which resulted in them having the ball – a clear example of being too cautious leading to handing the opposition the initiative.

    I’m happy with the result, but like somebody else said, we’ve been on the end of a few hammerings under Pardew, against some ‘lesser’ teams too, it’d be nice and you’d expect we’d be capable of the same from time to time.

    Just want Pardew to be more ruthless when the opportunity arises. It’s something to aspire to and I’m sure Pardew would like to improve his judgement and have the same outcome, too.

    I propose a third group:

    Legion of Doom (Negs)
    Ashley Apologists (Headed by TDS)
    To these I introduce the Quixotic Crusaders!
    (Of course there’s Ibiza, alone on his fence, too).

    😆

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #13

    @7:

    The answer is Torq just to take everything that is written in The Dailies with a pinch os salt. Half of what is written is just crap anyway. They are only trying to sell newspapers after all !

    Plus i,ve heard here from a QPR fan ( Yes there is one who lives here in Nijmegen? ) that old sloppy chops does,nt want Remy back anyway and Tarabat either?

    He might also be in Durham Nick come mid January anyway?
    Good three points today, bring on ther Baggies!

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Ted Bundy // Nov 23, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    “There was an instance in the second-half, at 2-0, where we had the ball under control on the LW, level with their 18 yard box, but because of a lack of conviction, you’d have to assume directly ordered or instilled by the manager…”
    _________

    Come on man think back to when you were playing football (or any sport) and those times when you were lackadaisically walking around while the manager was shouting his @ss of at you to get moving.

    I’m just a little on edge with this premise that a manager is at fault because his players are ball-watching. Sometimes players are tired, just plain lazy, or indecisive in trying to read the play and hesitate.

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  • Owldman

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Was this not four on the trot?

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Expat – I’m am also under that same impression.

    Remy on a permanent is my guess. 🙂

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #17

    We did better in some previous games on the counter mind you…Like when Hatem went on his first run down the left hand side. Typically you see 1 or none in the box but we had I think Cisse in the 6 yard area and others coming in behind.

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Owld – No 3 mate. Lost 2-0 to man city and the Derby defeat before that.

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  • Owldman

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #19

    To be fair most of them who were away on internationl duty could hardly walk at the end Remy & Santon were knackerd at the end.

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  • roy

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #20

    The weak link is Colocini, the guy is past it as soon as he returns the clean sheets stop.

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  • yo-yo

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Torq

    Last five games has been 3 wins and the Fools draw in EPL, plus loss to Citeh in Cup.

    If by any chance we did end up with 60 pts at the end of the season there would still be a lot of posters complaining like crazy

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Yo-yo ;

    I am in total agreement mate. It’s a shame really. Anyway, on topic,

    Could shola REALLY make the blogs MOM award??

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  • yo-yo

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #23

    The thing with playing on the counter is to keep the back line a wee bit higher anyway so you’re mostly playing in mid field and not edge of penalty area – just got to defend against quick wingers then

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Wow
    Has this place got so bad that the ott positive people are just as cringeworthy as the ott negative people????

    The ott negatives look for any reason to slate pardew and certain players and the ott positive seem to have little other interests outside of telling people i told you so and your not a fan if there’s even the smallest criticism

    Both if these groups have similar things in common mind, both are boring as hell to read!

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #25

    TADS – you little Ray of sunshine you!! 😉

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Colocini for debuchy next time out and back to how it was.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #27

    TorqToon

    Are you as surprised as I’m am that Willo and Mapou look to be our best central pairing?

    If anyone has said that six months ago they’d be carted off to nut house.

    tads

    Cheer up you miserable sod 😀

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m not surprised that yanga has shown his worth, the lad is pure quality and has been for years. Willo has been a revelation, but let’s be honest, it just shows that the perfect partner for mbiwa is a solid, Good in the air defender.

    Huge plaudits to willo who has taken so much stick, but Colo will be off shortly and we need to upgrade him with a similar style, yet greater quality player.

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  • TorqToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #29

    ^^^than willo, I mean. Yanga was always Colo’s replacement.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Mapou has always promised to be a top class player but never thought he be showing that alongside Willo, who in fairness to the lad has really stepped up when we’ve needed him the most.

    Colo is more or less out the door and thats where we need to strengthen asap, along with a striker and young understudy for Debuchy in the mould of Haidara

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Torq
    Lol it’s true though!!!
    There are people that blame pardew for literally everything, then there are people that think supporting the club should be on a point scoring exercise!

    On the game
    The first half was absolutely fcuking brilliant!!!
    We passed the ball, we carved them open, we were fluid, fast on the break, we were exciting to watch and shola was absolutely 100% in beast mode, I don’t know what pardews been sneaking into his cornflakes but it’s working, the blokes a tank!

    Second half we showed where most fans concern lies this season, with our consistency
    We weren’t awful, but we certainly invited pressure and the build up to them goal was absolutely shocking, we gave them what 4 corners in a row? We just seem to start panicking for no reason!
    But still regrouped got the 3 points and are sitting pretty

    For me though there was a huge negative today, Colo
    He looked disinterested, he was poor and the team seemed to genuinely ignore him and bypass him, for me it was a mistake to start the lad, with debs back next week I’d personally like to see the back four go back to debs willo yanga and santon

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  • jimiley

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Alan Pardew is proving to be a great manager and we should honour him. We can finish top 4 and win the league in the next 3 years. You do not need 100s of millions to win the league and Sir Alan will prove that.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #33

    jimiley

    Been on the pop have we? or are you trying to take sarcasm to a whole new level?

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  • jimiley

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Jack,
    have you got anything against Pardew or do you think he is a w….er like most others on this blob until we win a couple of games and then want to keep him?

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #35

    jimiley

    I’m not his biggest fan and never have been, but credit where it’s due, he does have us playing some good football at the moment though there are still glaring shortcomings to how we play at times.

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  • Sazzer

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Happy times despite everything that have been going on.

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  • pottsclock

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Anita did not start at RB because Pardew knew that Cabaye was not going to last 70mins and needed a fresh Anita as his sub. Cabaye understandably looked out of touch. I thought we offered much less threat without Debuchy and for the next match I would still like to see Anita (or Santon) at RB as Cabaye will be fresher and able to last 90mins.
    The Collo thing just does not work for me – he should be on the bench but definitely not captain if he plays.
    Remy likes working with Shola because Shola is not selfish and works as an enabler for others. Cisse and Remy are both goal scorers and clearly don’t work well together…in fact I was a bit disappointed by Remy’s selfishness as much as it is understandable given Cisse’s recent lack of prowess. Whoever we buy as a striker needs to be more than a goal scorer but capable of holding up and developing play as even if Remy leaves, Cisse will still need that type of partner.
    Glad for three points. Disappointed that we couldn’t develop our play better in the 2nd half. WBA will be tougher than Norwich

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  • Diggedydaws

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #38

    IMOA, Mbiwa at the back post is worrying, frightened to head the ball.
    Any ball in the air with Colo on the back foot, terrifying.

    We bossed Norwich 1st half apart from two defensive mix ups caused by high cross and a low cross both of which I think came from lack of communication from Colo.

    He’s great coming out with the ball, so composed but his frailties are becoming all too aparent for me.

    That said, we won at a canter and we only looked so worried by them is because we were miles better and stopped concentrating.

    HWTL!!! soon be 4 on the bounce!

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Very happy to see Colloccini back, along with a fit Taylor and Debuchey to return next match, we look about as well placed defensively as we can be.

    We are playing well. I think we are basically punching our weight now, which is a credit to the manager and the players. But our weight, as things to stand, is seventh through tenth, which says we are a good side, which in truth is probably about as low as any owner of NUFC worth his salt would dare lower the bar to. More signings in January please.

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 23, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #40

    jimiley @32====== hahaha what you on mate@ sir alan ?maybe when hes won the prem 14 times won the fa cup , godknows howmany times won the CL a couple of times , but untill then, lets keep it – pards, and thats being nice.

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