This Was As Important As Beating Chelsea And Spurs.


Newcastle got the points their fans expected today, and while it looked easy in the first half, and the lads were two up with goals from two Frenchmen – Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran – in the second half we saw a bit of a labored performance from the Magpies.

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Loic Remy in action this afternoon

After the game Alan Pardew had this to say on BBC Sport:

“I thought we looked a little tired in the second half. Norwich had a good second half but I felt we were in control of the game,”

“That is a third win on the trot and a big, big win.” “That is a third win on the trot and a big, big win.” “This was as important as beating Chelsea and Spurs.”

“We are looking really solid and have good influence off the bench. We are in good shape. We deserved to win. I don’t think we were brilliant but the most important thing was the three points.”

It wasn’t a great performance from Newcastle today, although we were well in control in that first half.

But Newcastle made it a little nervous for their fas in the second half, and we did look a little bit lackadaisical in those final 45 minutes.

But we now have 20 points from just 12 games – and halfway to safety. 😀

Last season – as a comparison – we had 20 points after 21 league games.

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88 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Newcastle go ahead of Man City and equal with ManU and Spuds, just two points from a champions league spot – fans continue moaning…..

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  • NUFCarter

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #2

    That is a third win on the trot and a big, big win

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #3

    If Pardew can just address the second half drop off we will be in very, very good shape.

    3 points off WBA would put most of us in dream land

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  • NUFCarter

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #4

    At least Pardew has realised we weren’t brilliant which means he can improve what went wrong

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  • NUFCarter

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #5

    0-2 Chelsea. Oscar.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #6

    First fight, first KO

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #7

    manxpie – choices like sitting back 2nd half, allowing them more time on the ball, not making incisive subs until very late and a draw looked possible is what I am ‘on’ about. Good win overall, 8th place.

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #8

    To be honest we should have had 1 or 2 extra clear chances in the 2nd half. Remy was going for glory when he had Cisse with him.

    Confident for WBA. Swans might be tricky but I think we have some decent performances against them in recent times.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #9

    I still don’t rate Pardew as a manager despite our recent success .

    For me he can get a team to play 4-4-2 relatively well but with very little movement off the ball, 1-2’s or pressing the opposition (although we did play some nice stuff in the first half) .

    I also don’t like the way we always try to hold on to leads rather than just play like we were to get us 1 or 2 goals up . A more confident manager would have probably had us win that game 3-0 .

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #10

    As great a result as it was I do worry that when we get on top we start coasting and dropping off and go much too deep, inviting too much pressure like Krul’s 14 saves v Spurs.

    We were superb first half, absolutely outstanding and half time came at the wrong time for us really.

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #11

    I think you guys are exaggerating the whole sitting deep bit. We had several good chances in the second half and got forward a decent amount.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda heights

    You have to wonder what Pardew is saying to the players at half time? Norwich came out and had a real good go in the second half and he should have changed things to counter what Houghton did and regain control of the game as we made very hard work of that game

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  • bills-son

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Everton have a loan striker scoring the majority of their goals and are one point ahead of us. …

    I wonder if their fans are throwing as many spanners in the works as ours?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Big Papa

    I hav been Pardew’s biggest critic but the movement was vastly improved first half. For the first time I can remember under Pardew we were seeing 1-2’s, triangles, overlapping and people moving beyond the man with the ball.

    Second half the predictable drop off and trying to hold what we have. A very dangerous ploy.

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #15

    I thought today was going to have ‘Hull’ written all over it again!

    Very happily eating humble pie, great result 9 pts from 3 games when everyone thought 3 pts would be a decent return.

    After reading a few posts on the previous thread I believe my withdrawal into the blog wilderness is justified… I just give up!

    Torq – Glad to see your return before January sales for some tasty French rumours 😉

    HWTL’s

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #16

    @bills-son
    lol good point, might be worth a peek at some everton forums…

    I’ve done it before and realize that most supporters around the league can be very very cynical, it’s just that our lot kick it up a notch 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #17

    89Norcal

    We did sit deeper the second half, its something we’ve done many, many times before under Pardew. I understand doing it for the last 10 or 15 minutes of a game in order to close out the win but not for an entire half.

    We got luck today as we could have easily dropped two points and after the way we played in the first half that would have been criminal

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  • HullMag6

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #18

    So far so good

    At the end of the season we need to imo

    Tie remy down or sign an equivalent
    Let Colo go sign two cbs one technical one old school psychopath or youngster.
    Look at development/improvements in squad etc.

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  • LocalZero

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #19

    @ bills-son
    Totally agree (#13) and with your point on the last thread.

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Hull @ 18

    That’s exactly what we need for the back line… we haven’t had an animal in the centre of defence since the good old days of Albert the Moustachioed one!

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  • bills-son

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #21

    Amazed there haven’t been comments about us scoring direct from a corner.

    Two years of training ground practice has finally paid off.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #22

    bills-son

    The first goal we score from a corner in two years and i bloody missed it 🙁

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  • toonking

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #23

    spurs are not scoring goals wonder how they feel.

    arsenal 1-0 ahead until the last 5 minutes of the game is their team moaning.

    what would our team be like without remy.because these fans seem to not be bothered about the long run all they want is 6 goals in this game even if it does mean injuries occur.

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  • bills-son

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #24

    JB,

    Did you get delayed having a bit chat and back slap with Ashley? 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #25

    bills-son

    Yes mate, we were have a competition to see who could stuff the most prawn sandwiches in their mouths and by the time I’d beaten him and given Kinnear a slap for good measure we’d already scrored the opener

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  • HullMag6

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #26

    @ krul

    I was thinking along the lines of vidic/skrtel/hangeland type is there anyone out there about 25 showing that kind of defensive dominance? Then maybe then keep looking at youngsters like Harry Maguire etc

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #27

    As somebody mentioned Everton also have a great loan striker who they won’t expect to keep who is propelling them up the table (into a false position if you’re cynical), so they’re in exactly the same boat as us.

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Hull

    Douglas would have been ideal but unfortunately that ship has sailed!

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  • bills-son

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #29

    JB,

    That story sounds a bit fishy to me pal.

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #30

    bills-son

    Hahaha……………..it’s the truth I swear, Kinnear even told me about the operation that Ashley has had to shorten his arms after his tailor made him suits with very deep pockets 😉

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Also, would it kill Pardew to get Tiote to take 15 minutes after training and practice shots from 20 yards out or just tell him to stop shooting from range all together .

    I think his volley against Arsenal was that 1 in 100 that goes in because everything he has hit since goes flying over the bar .

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  • toonking

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #32

    BS 21
    truth that is surprising like.

    the one think I am surprised about myself is for a so call fan who thinks before he types something, it’s quite strange that not one of them negative posts has mentioned what I think is questionable about pardew today.

    colocini was captain today, I am not complaining at all about him starting and he was my choice anyway, the thing with it is I am not as confident that our back 4 of recent games is going to stay that way which I hope it does. why give colo the captains arm band if he is going to go back onto the bench when debuchy returns next game.

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #33

    @JB

    but we didn’t sit deep the entire half at all. Tottenham was one thing, but we had a few chances on goal in the second half and I clearly remember Remy and Hatem bursting forward either for a quick chance on goal or holding up until we got a couple men forward.

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  • bills-son

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #34

    JB,

    Good craic.

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  • toonking

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Bs
    I am not questioning your status as a so called fan because I can tell you are. the one who never seem to be positive are what I mean by “so called fans”

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  • JackButler

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #36

    toonking

    Should Colo still have the armband though after his call’s about wanting to quit as soon as possible for a second time?

    Debuchy, Willo, Mapou and Santon is working very well and the only change that I’d consider making is bringing in Haidara in place of Santon

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #37

    btw i mean we didn’t JUST sit back all 2nd half. I know we did sit back a few times while norwich went on the attack. But that’s not overly-defensive or cynical, it’s just football. Momentum can shift.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #38

    so jb tsunki mactoon and anyone else?
    is it pardews”FAULT” for the sitting back?
    sorry but i can’t see how a whole team sits back for 45 mins as you’s say! because of a manager saying so at half time?
    i’d say thats how the game panned out over tiredness n norwich chasing the game imo

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  • theartfuldodger

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Looks like Pardew has got back his favourite setup of 4-4-2 with hardworking wingers tracking back,solid CBs, and a striker in top form. Similar to how it was when we finished fifth.

    We said everton pulled off the gas in the second half against us. Well, we did the same today. Thats fine.

    Only negative today was the appaling quality of long range shots.

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  • MacToon

    Nov 23, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    Aye, nee balls to go for the jugular!

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