We Had To Work Very Very Hard For The Win


Alan Pardew’s job right now it seems is to not only keep his players; feet firmly on the ground, but also those of the Newcastle fans, since if the players get a carried away by our four successive wins then it will be downhill from there.

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A happy Alan Pardew at the game today

It was a tough game today, but when Newcastle went ahead for the second time with that sensational strike from Moussa Sissoko after 56 minutes, the lads played well and defended very solidly.

This is what Alan told Sky Sports after the game:

“We have had to work very, very hard because West Brom showed why they have been so difficult to beat on the road this season.” “We showed a real resilience to come back after they got a great equalizer.”

“Our second goal was an absolute cracker. Moussa’s work rate and his commitment to the victory was just as good as the goal. He’s had a few chances, but he let that ball come down, waited that extra second and hit it perfectly.”

“It is important in the Premier League to have momentum. Alex Ferguson once said that to me. It puts a glow around you, a bit like that old porridge advert. If we can keep that glow and that feeling, we’ll keep plugging away.”

“There are still players who can make an impact for us who are not playing so we are in good shape.”

It was another excellent result and another good performance from a resilient Newcastle side, and now our next test is at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night against Swansea City.

And then next Saturday we are at Manchester United – so two tough games on the road coming up.

We expect the manager will need to make some changes on Wednesday night, since we cannot play the same starting eleven  for three games in eight days.

Time to give guys like Vurnon Anita and Yanga-Mbiwa a start on Wednesday night ion South Wales?

What do you think?

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69 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #1

    I think the key to our team is Pace, 3 players in particular allow us to break very quickly in :

    . Sissoko
    . Remy
    . Gouffran

    There is nothing better than seeing Sissoko pick the ball up with space in front of him 🙂 . If he works on his decision making, final ball and finishing we will have some player on our hands .

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Manx,
    There have been some great moments with Cisse! He, like Colo, I think I would happily see leave for their personal development/family reasons. Whilst I want the best players at this club, I’d love to see Cisse scoring again, and family is far more important than a club that you have no real affiliation to.

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  • asenski

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #3

    does anybody know if michu is injured?

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #4

    It shows the depth, or rather lack of depth, of knowledge when Sholas career as an out and out striker is recalled to make us all think we are being blinded by the emperors new clothes. Well, would you believe it, Pardew has actually built a team with a forward line of Remy for movement, Gouffran for decoy and wait for it, Shola as enforcer freeing both of them from the brutalities of defenders. How the Shola haters must be seething at finding that NOT bagging goals can still make you a very good front man. Surely you must be getting some idea now, lads?

    ED – THE POLL WAS WAY TOO RUSHED!
    Black mark on the blog captain there.

    I couldn’t choose between Shola, sissoko and Willo, and dare I say it, Santon!

    We are finally passing in tight spaces. And using width, although sometimes it didn’t quite work, the cross field passing was probably what drained them most. Sissoko finally using those long cutting runs from deep again, excellent. Also forgot to mention Cabaye who was busy all across the middle tonight. Most of all, disciplined. Keep this up Pards, I may be convinced yet!

    5TH! Ha!

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  • darrylwe

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Michu has an ankle injury but is due back soon. Big question folks – Cisse/Ben Arfa when do we play them?

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Darryl – wednesday.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #7

    to right lilo and it certainly makes a big change of the players solely moving for you know wat?
    and bpc i said that the other night about how good we are at counters ( the night i supposedly nosied in on everything and tried to change everyones opinion according to jesper!!!)
    wat a change from last season and sisskos pace is such a threat and as you say if he hones some of that in wat a player he’s gonna be!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Tsunki,
    Willo, Shola, Sissoko and Santon did well, but for me, Cabaye’s midfield display was imperious, and by far and away the stand out player on the park.

    Picked passes, kept us ticking and grafted, winning the ball numerous times and working side to side covering the full backs. Some boy…

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #9

    tsunki santons good play was solely down to me slagging him off before the game 🙂

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  • MosesNUFC

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #10

    A well deserved, battled win today. A very tough side in west brom, who setup well against us. Ameobi MOTM for me. A bit nerve racking when we sat back towards the end, I thought Ben Arfa should have been brought on as a second striker to try and get us that 3rd goal and bring some flair. 5th in the league now, Pardew for manager of the month! Onwards and upwards HTL!

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  • belgrade fan

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki

    If you talk according to physio room or similar sites Sinclair was 50 % to play vs us and he wasnt on the bench, Gera was totally out for the game etc… Only Laudrup knows about Michu. Think Ranhel want be playing, very good

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  • belgrade fan

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #12

    wont be, sorry

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  • MosesNUFC

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #13

    My team for swansea:

    Krul
    Debuchy Willo M’Biwa Santon
    Sissoko Cabaye Tiote Gouffran
    Ameobi Ben Arfa

    Give remy a rest, plus he wasn’t at his best today, and if benny plays well keep him for game against man u

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #14

    cabaye played as if he were captain today. came so deep he was almost a fifth centre back at times, pinging balls from deep. He covered for the full backs, especially debuchy and was generally very good

    i like seeing him play in his preferred deep lying playmaker role. he said he aspires to be like xavi

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #15

    rotonda as i said the other night
    i wonder how long it will be till laudrop blames injuries and europa i wasn’t talking about now i mean after the next run mate especially after losing two players in the europa game

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #16

    fifth centre back, third! even we arent that defensive

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Collocini also played well again, for about the 160th time in a Toon shirt, and the second week in a row after a long lay off. Mbiwa, like Taylor will have to cool his jets, for the time being, which is a lovely thing for us to have in reserve.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #18

    jimmy i do think it was harsh for yanga but i agree the critisisms of last week were over the top and some forget he blocked and cleared a goal scoring chance and tbf it really was just a great header from a player running straight on to the ball
    and as you say the competition is brill for the whole team

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #19

    thatt was about colo btw

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #20

    asenski

    yeah he’s out at the moment, i took him out of my dream team for the time being

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Willo not good enough, Shola not good enough, Tiote is a one season wonder, Colo is past it, our full backs can’t defend, squad is wafer thin, club has no ambition and Pardew has to go, it’s as simple as that.

    5th place is a disgrace, if Mike Ashley had any ambition for this club, he’d bribe the FA to put us in the CL places. Shocking…

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  • Oleg G

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #22

    We should win the game against Swansea.

    They are having 4 games in 12 days. They played Valencia, Tomorrow they will play Man C, and they had Fulham on the 23rd. And they have one day less to rest before the game against us.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 30, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #23

    I remember being slated for wanting Martinez as NUFC manager, people saying he was only good for getting teams into relegation battles .

    Also Deolofeu looks a real talent, still a greedy barstuard though 😉

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #24

    bpc but we’re 1 point behind them and they’ve got man u and arsenal next
    i said this a few weeks ago about southampton and how easy there runs been and how bad there next run is
    shows how a fixture list can make or break ya

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  • HullMag6

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Shola becoming our Heskey not a prolific scorere but good for the team and developing chances for other players.

    What if we keep going and someone above slips we might be top 4 at Christmas. Who’d have thought that was possible in August.

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  • JAMSHA

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #26

    i would play arfa ,anita an haidera… keep mopo for man u n drop colo

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #27

    wow wat a pundits view there on motd must be worth there pay!!!

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #28

    anyone notice how coloshitty always DELIBERATELY drifts out wide into the full back positions so that his weaknesses as a centre half- arent so obvious?

    very often when we concede he is MIA in central defence . This is no accident.For me this is the pinnacle of dishonest football. Hed rather abandon Willo in central defence than allow himself be embarrassed

    As long as this cancerous creature remains a part of our starting line up, we will not achieve clean sheets. You can take that to the bank

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #29

    anyone notice how toonbrother DELIBERATELY singles out collo??

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #30

    v chelsea clean sheet. No Coloshitty
    v Spurs clean sheet. No Coloshitty
    v WestBrom goal conceded. Coloshitty at fault
    v Norwich goal conceded Coloshitty at fault

    Only a moron like Pardumb fails to see the perfect correlation between lack of clean sheets and presence of Coloshitty

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #31

    v chelsea win
    v spurs win
    v west brom win
    v norwich win

    only a moron could manage that mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Wow, just woke up, (well after half an hour of trying to get on the blog) and seen the result, what a great season so far, a first result at Old Trafford in a long, long time is not out of the question.

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  • CramlingtonMag

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Although toonbrother is expressing himself horrifically, I do agree and think it was a shocking decision to drop yanga-mbiwa for coloccini. He was probably the worst player for us today and didnt cover himself in glory with the Fer goal. Plus he usually panics whenever he plays against Shane Long anyway so I wasnt at all surpised.
    Would love to see yanga-mbiwa and anita in the side for wednesday but I know it is very difficult to justify changing a winning team.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #34

    how much did sunderland pay for that italian player
    miss of the season!! 🙂

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #35

    only a complete moron overlooks the fact our ONLY clean sheets this season have been achieved in the absence of coloshitty.

    Only a moron makes the one change to the starting line up that weakens the side

    Same type of moron that that nearly managed us back into the championship last season.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Manxpie,
    As you well know I am not one of Pardews biggest antagonists, although definitely not his biggest fan being of the opinion he was dealt a very short hand last year from our illustrious owner, but I would hang fire with the smugness as Lpool and the mackems at home isn’t yet a distant memory !

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #37

    only a complete moron overlooks the fact our ONLY clean sheets in the league this season have been achieved in the absence of coloshitty (apart from westham in august)

    Only a moron makes the one change to the starting line up that weakens the side

    Same type of moron that that nearly managed us back into the championship last season.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #38

    The blog has been quiet today…the neggers have nothing to say and many proper posters have been chased off?

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  • manxpie

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #39

    jail i might have a bet meself but bet its not as good odds as u’d think!
    cramlington i agree to a degree but to be fair the compitition now is brilliant and is only ever a good thing
    at least we know we’ve got great compitition?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #40

    No biast opinions please, was it a good game today, NUFC.com has it as a well deserved win.

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