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The Psychology In Our Changing Room Was About Winning

4:13 pm, Sunday, December 8th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Things are definitely on the up at Newcastle, and after five wins in our last six games, Newcastle fans are flying high, and who knows,  maybe we are going to do well this season, and we’re exactly where we were two years ago on 26 points after 15 games, and our goal difference then was +2,  while our goal difference right now is -1.

alan pardew and alan david moyes

David Moyes and Alan Pardew yesterday

It’s not surprising that the Newcastle manager has given a lot of interviews since the epic win yesterday, and he was asked if it was a good time to play Manchester United, after they had been beaten 1-0 at home by Everton on Wednesday night:

“I just didn’t know because we might have seen a reaction from them following the defeat to Everton.”  “The most important thing was the psychology in our changing room was about us winning.”

“It was important we made a statement at the start of the game. The first 20 minutes was crucial.”  “We let it be known that we were here and weren’t going to allow Manchester United have their day.”

“We did that at Swansea. We kept giving away possession. It was our retention of the ball that really pleased me.”  “We never really allowed them to play, never allowed them to really threaten.”

“We asked the team to play a different way. That shows we can change tactics and win because we have the confidence to do that. That makes us a dangerous team.”

And it’s not often Newcastle win five of the last six league games, that included victories at Tottenham and Manchester United and at home to Chelsea, and the Toon supporters one hour after the game ended were still singing their hearts out.

That’s the Toon supporters for you –  the best in the land – and there’s no doubt about it that our players have made us all proud –  with the way they have played for the last four weeks or so.

It’s been terrific!

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 yo-yo // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:17 PM


    Ian’s point was far more nuanced than your own.

  • 2 manxpie // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    vs cardiff in fa cup
    not the easiest again !!

  • 3 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Cardiff at Home Happy enough :)

  • 4 JackButler // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Changing the game and tactics in preparation for a game isn’t in question Alan, changing tactics and formation during the game is though and thats what you need to look at

  • 5 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Just realised it will will still be Pards ;)

  • 6 manxpie // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    plenty of all prem games here
    gotta be a fix :)

  • 7 JackButler // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Arsenal v Spurs :D

  • 8 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Arsenal Vs Spurs

  • 9 yo-yo // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:26 PM


    Is there anything that Pardew could do that might please you – say winning away at Manure… or even WHL ?

  • 10 bills-son // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:26 PM


    Ashley sets the transfer policy, Pardew decides the positions that need targeting, Carr scouts and recommends players, Pardew watches them and tells Llambias and now Kinnear who he wants and they negotiate.

    It is far too simplistic to say our good signings are all down to Carr.

  • 11 2_goal_tino // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Good draw for us! At home to a lesser prem team means we should win it but if we don’t then it isn’t too embarrassing AND we avoided Brighton so that’s good.

  • 12 Ciaran // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Yo yo

    Believe me, I will not be taking lessons in discretion from Ian any time soon. Or perhaps it is a case that the same point written by two different people can be perceived differently depending on who is writing it.

  • 13 JackButler // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM


    Carr works within the policy set by Ashley, Pardew and Carr were hardly on speaking terms last year because of the players that Carr was bringing to the club, you have to question how much say Pardew actually has in any signing.

    Put it this way, without Carr I seriously doubt we would have signed the players we now have the man’s influence is that big at the club. Carr said himself that Obertan was Pardew’s signing and that he had nothing to do with it

  • 14 Ciaran // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM


    Interested to know where you have got this inside information as to how we conduct our scouting/player recruitment.

  • 15 WWSBRD // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    The inner workings of Newcastle united are a mystery to us all which isnt surprising considering its often a mystery to those conducting the deals

    Not much point discussing it as we all know jack s**t about it

  • 16 JackButler // Dec 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Is Jack Wilshere made of glass???

    The Arsenal Physio must cover a few miles every game running onto the pitch to treat the lad

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