We Were Tired But Defended Well – And Got The Job Done

Alan Pardew was simply delighted after the game, and it wasn’t because the lads had pout in a vintage performance, but ground out an expected win at home against Norwich City, and that’s after beating Chelsea at home and Tottenham away for three wins in  a row for the first time since our 5th top season a couple of years ago.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Newcastle United v Norwich City - St James' Park

Loic Remy scoring first goal after 2 minutes

And the important words there are expected win – because Newcastle have not always been able to beat teams we are expected to beat – simply because the team is too inconsistent.

Good teams grind out wins – even when they are not in top form, and that’s basically what Newcastle achieved on Saturday against st Chris Hughton’s side, who were a step down in class from this Newcastle side.

Alan thought some of the lads were a bit tired in that tough second half:

“I thought we looked a little bit tired in the second half because of all the players who had been away on international duty and when you are 2-0 up at half-time, it’s easy to lean on that a little bit.”

“But we still defended very well and had numerous chances to wrap it up, but the most important objective today was the win, and we got the job done.”  “We had a tricky last ten minutes but prior to that I thought we were comfortable.”

“You can get a bit lackadaisical in your play at 2-0 and I don’t think we were as good in possession as we were in the last couple of games.”

West Brom is another good test for the lads next Saturday and West Brom play tonight at home to Aston Villa, so that’s a good game to watch, but Steve Clarke has made West Brom into a good side, in just over a season in charge at The Hawthorns.

And we wouldn’t be surprised if manager Alan Pardew is at that game tonight.

The fact they should have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just over a week ago, but for a ridiculous decision late in added time by referee Mike Riley, who apologized for his mistake – and Jose Mourinho was none too pleased about that.

But the West Brom display shows that it will be a very tough game for our lads this Saturday.

What do you think?

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56 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah! Tim Krul was Tired too.

    supporters are tired too of your excuses

  • martoon

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree that Colo had a poor game on Saturday but to completely dismiss him after one poor performance is a little harsh. Colo was coming back from injury, obviously lacks match fitness & sharpness, has done a lot of travelling on international duty and I suspect his back still bothers him sometimes. I’m not saying he should walk back into the team but “sell him in January” is over the top.

  • Graeme

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    If we get our first choice defence on the pitch, which puts Collo on the bench, there is no reason we cant beat WBA at SJP.

    We have played 3 good games, with 3 good results, allbeit, performing for only one half in 2 of them.

  • Slank

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Against WBA, who always do well against us, we will have to be up and at them the full 90 minutes.

    The only team change will be Debuchy coming back. It’s hard on Yanga-Mbiwa who has played well in the last three games.

    I’m pleased to see the much maligned and derided Williamson and Shola doing so well. I wonder whether the ‘sell em brigade’ are still of that opinion?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Guys, we’re probably never going to play like The Entertainers again and we know the top of the league is more competitive than it has ever been, let’s just enjoy where we are!

    Several key players would have been tired after big international games and we still won. Colo wasn’t his typical magnificent self, but too early to decide if that’s because of age or just rustiness. Too early to write him off, especially if that’s influenced by some translated article and a disputable source.

    Things look pretty good this season don’t they? I doubt any big players will leave in Jan, why risk a WC place if they’re already playing? Hoping we sign a striker though and maybe one or two others if there’s a good deal to be had.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6


    I wouldn’t drop MYM for Debuchy, I’d drop Colo. Don’t think we should mess with the defence unless there’s a very good reason to.

  • Phatoon

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7


    I agree, Colo should go to the bench for the next game, whether is off or not, he is not the future and MYM should get as much time as possible. Colo is a great option to cover injuries and suspension until we sort a replacement for him.

    As much as it pains me to say it, I think S Taylor is our weakest CB. It’s annoying because he seems to be passionate and loves playing for NUFC. You need players like that around (but the have to be good too!)

    Also loving Shola’s perfomances recently. Hopefully he’ll maintain it!

  • Phatoon

    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    **whether HE is off or not

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Ballerfan 2

    I was a huge fan of Colo but it’s obvious to a blind man he wants away due to his personal life, ie family being 1000’s of miles away and you can’t give of your best with that going on in your background.

  • bills-son

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Shola was supposed to be past it and look at how he is performing.

    There always seems to be one player who fans gang up on and it seems its Colo’s turn. Imo the criticism is way over the top. The ball over the top in the first half where they could have scored was down to Santon trying to play offside when the guy was a mile on. Colo was left chasing their guy and we know pace isn’t his strength.

    Having said that I would stick with Willo and MYM in the centre but I’ll trust Pardew’s judgement on who he plays. He hasn’t got much wrong in the last few games.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Bit harsh, I think, to blame Colo too much for the goal.

    When a player of Fers quality makes a run from the edge of the box, gets in exactly the right place for the flight of the ball, takes a running jump and hits the inside of the post with his header, it’s hard to blame anyone.

    It was a quality header – virtually undefendable.

  • croftus5678

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #12

    collo is a good defender and on his day a world class cb but he will not get better now only worse and has been slowing down for a while now same as sol cambell did.

    he’s still my 3rd choice but i think we should let him go and get someone younger in.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Blame Colo for he goal, blame Remy for being selfish, blame Krul for not saving it, blame Cabaye for being tired, blame Pardew for being Pardew…

    I guess the Norwich was at fault for Ameobi getting his header in too? Dozens of mistakes every game, it’s a little harsh to pick on Colo when he’s been such a great players for the club.

  • Phatoon

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Also, Fer is an absolute tank, it would take a big guy to beat him for a header, if anything, they should have put Shola on him for corners, but he’d already been subbed…

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Rio, Terry and plenty of other centre backs slowed down and also had dips in form. But they are still going. Towards the end of last season he was excellent. Let’s just see what happens…

  • Ciaran

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Pointless flogging a dead horse. Colo should be allowed to move on. This is not just the case of a wantaway player, he is having personal problems for the best part of a year and he has been very professional.

    He isn’t the player he once was, so keeping him does no good for anyone. Let’s treat him with the respect he deserves. If there is 1 player at the club whom we could forgo a transfer fee (it would only be a couple of mill) in order to let him return home, surely it is Colo?

  • martoon

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    As I said earlier suggesting selling Colo in January is a bit over the top. However I think we are seeing the wisdom of not giving older players long contracts on high wages. They can be great one season but quickly tail off the next as age and injuries start to catch up with them.

  • Ciaran

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #18

    If we are not selling Colo in Jan, it could be beneficial looking into buying his replacement in Jan so he is ready to take up the mantle by the start of next season. Or do we think Willo/Taylor are actually 1st team material?

  • Iain Dowie

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Why are people having a dig at Pardew for bringing Colo into the defense and moving Mbiwa to right back. He made the right decision , it caused the least disruption to the defense and it worked. I was at the game and did not think Colo played badly at all. Mbiwa is good defender but can be erratic and make bad decisions where as Colo brings a calm assurance to the back four and is dependable when under pressure.

    The thing is but for Tim Krul in the spurs game we could of been beaten by 6 or 7 so our defense wasn’t that solid and people would be saying that we need Colo back and so on.

    The Problem we have is Debuchy is back next week therefore a Centre back will have to be dropped and that will probably be Mbiwa. His pace offers us something different at the back as we all know Colo and Williamson have the pace of a barge

  • Ciaran

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #20

    It will be the wrong call in my opinion to drop M’biwa. For whatever reason, Willo looks decent beside M’biwa, and personally I thought Colo looked seriously out of sorts on Saturday.

    Granted, he is only coming back to the 1st team, but he has lost that yard of pace, his head is no longer switched on to long balls over the top, and if there is validity to the claims that he has been quoted in Argentinian newspapers about still wanting to go home, then I no longer see the point in persisting with him.

  • bills-son

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    TonnDarnSarf @ 13,

    Aye, Chelsea, Spurs and Norwich lost to a squad that has a lousy manager, donkeys in Willo. Shola and a head gone Colo, a selfish striker and a team that sits deep (not very well) as soon they go ahead. And of course, Krul constantly kicks the ball to the oppo.

    The fans of the teams we just beat must be going absolutely crazy at losing to a bun club like us

  • Ciaran

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #22

    The cocks are crowing. Sad that some fans feel the need to gloat when we win, almost oblivious to the fact that 99.9% of Toon fans are absolutely delighted with our recent form.

    However, the issues that some fans are negative about have not been addressed despite the upturn in recent fortunes so they really have no need to gloat whatsoever.

  • martoon

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Ciaran @22 – I wouldn’t say gloating just enjoying our current run of good form and results. Sooner or later we will lose a couple of games in row and Catchy will come out the woodwork. 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #24

    You wanted to know why people don’t post as often, easy take a look at your posts today, apparently no ones allowed an opinion with out it being ridiculed and being called fickle

    No one has said colo hasn’t been a fantastic servant to the club, no one at all
    Both he and the club have stated his desire to leave at the end if the season so for fans to say his hearts not in it us not an over reaction or being fickle, it’s making an assumption on his dip in form this season is directly related to his off field issues, the assumption maybe be right, it may be wrong but unless your colo you have no idea so stop shooting people down
    Shola has been getting plenty of deserved praise so not sure why your using him to exaggerate a point, I’m sure you’ve probably had a moan about him in the past
    The simple fact is MYM and Williamson have formed a great partnership and Tiote has flourished with the armband so to break all that up to fit in a player who is gone in the summer is ridiculous

    On his game at Norwich, he wasn’t calm, he wasn’t assured and had no understanding with the rest of the back four, Willo called on him a couple of times to clear he took an age to react and very nearly got beat at the back post twice but not being aware of Martin behind him

  • martoon

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Mind you after the match I did text my son “We wuz tired in the second ‘alf” and when I got home amazingly Pardew said the same thing 😉

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Sad that fans need to gloat?!?!

    If fans can’t gloat when we win 3 on the trot, including 2 against top 6 teams, when can we gloat?

    Bills, you’re spot on.

  • Ciaran

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Gloating against their own fans, but of course you knew that. Otherwise you’re lack of ability to contextualise a comment is shocking.


    By all means I am also loving our recent form, and long may it continue.

  • Ciaran

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #28


  • Belfast

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #29

    Sadly percy won’t have the swingers to drop Colo, same way he doesn’t have the swingers to take the armband of him even though he wants to leave.

    I thought the first half on Saturday was Shola’s best half in a newcastle shirt in years, and when I say years I really do mean years.

  • bills-son

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #30




    Nobody allowed an opinion without being ridiculed and called fickle???

    The usual total over the top reaction to a bit of banter.

  • bills-son

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #31


    So how come Pardew had the swingers to drop HBA and Cisse? Or does that not count?

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #32

    I think some of you are very easy pleased

    id love to know how shola impressed you so much,

    CF, did he link up much, NO
    he did not run that much
    he had 1 headed shot on target, which I think he should have scored,

    this is like the season we finished 5th, good team capable of more than we are getting,
    sitting off teams and given them the ball,

    we did not get tired, there was 2 teams out there bot had players away, so what makes our team so different, take Man C, battered spurs, for 90+ mins, they had most of there players away too,

    stop using excuses, we were poor in the 2nd half because of tactics , no other reason

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Aye shola was an absolute beast, he won everything and have Norwich a nightmare!

    Personally hope colo goes in jan for the pure reason that I want to read the Tsunki diaries!!!!

  • croftus5678

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #34

    we all have different opinions and no one can know 100% if we are right or wrong so it takes both pos and neg comments to get to reality and i dont think any fan even the most negative of fans wants us to do badly tbh.

    @ 18 ciaran

    thinking thats spot on m8 and was hoping for someone at the start for just that reason.

  • bishopblaize

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Was a big test for Colo on Saturday just coming back from injury.
    The header on goal was class so can’t blame since we got the 3 points.
    Fans were onside throughout so good display all around.
    Let’s hope we have a full fit squad to play at weekend.
    3-0 Toon 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Like your OTT reaction to mister Tuff’s banter?

    Calling fans dumb or fickle isn’t banter it’s arrogance and you know it

    My post to you wasn’t OTT at all mate, just countering your opinion

  • low fell mag

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Another great win on Saturday and fully deserved.
    Whoever is going to beat this Newcastle side will have to work their socks off, as this side is very resilient .
    Apart from the silkiness of Remy ,there is the hard graft of Gouffran @ Shola upfront.
    Tiote @ Cabaye ,compliment each other in the middle of the park, along with little Anita if either get leggy.
    The defence ,once Debuchy returns ,is the best we have had for many years,if not the best.
    Then if the defence is breached ,we have the mighty Tim in sticks .
    This is a very good Newcastle team!

  • Our Toon

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Morning all,

    Glad we got the 3 pts but again pards inspirational HT team talk worked wonders. We are on a good run but let’s not get carried away, just like we shouldn’t get carried away when we lose. Fans aren’t negative but just realistic….I’ve been one of Shola’s biggest critics but he was immense on Saturday, got his first shots on target this season for us, normally he strolls about (strolla) but seems to be playing with more vigour over past couple of games, hopefully this has nothing to do with it being a World Cup year and him wanting to impress if Super Eagles make it!! Defensively…nothing’s changed really, we still conceded more chances than we should have, there was panic at the back. Willo has done well but this is down to his aerial ability, wonder if Douglas was bought (6ft 4in) if he would have made same impression, we defo need a dominant force aerially to complement the class of a Colo or MYM but MYM has pace which is why I would definitely have him in Def.

  • Belfast

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Oh give over Bill son

    He persisted with Cisse even though he was awful for a full season. He also played Jonas every week, who was also terrible. Ben Arfa was easy to drop because the old he cant defend excuse.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Ciaran @18
    Think any player can turn it around mate, and I fully credit willo for getting his head down and working hard, if he plays like he has been then why not?
    But fully agree that we should be looking to bring in a CB in jan regardless of whether colo goes it not to give him time to bed in


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