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We Have A Good Side – It Could Be A Great Side

8:10 am, Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Newcastle were the better side in the first half on Saturday , and should have been a couple of goals up at the break, but as Southampton have proved this season, they never give up and they came back well in the second half and were the better side in the final; 45 minutes, so we suppose a 1-1 draw was a fair result.

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Alan Pardew - we could be a great side (maybe)

But Loic Remy still managed to miss a couple of gilt edged chances for Newcastle, which he usually buries, so we were a little disappointed we couldn’t get all three points.

And in that second half there were chants of “Alan Pardew’s Black and White Army”, which have rarely been heard at St. James’ Park, during the three years Alan has been at the helm.

But when you beat Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, almost in successive games, that’s what can happen at Newcastle,

Alan Pardew was asked about the chants after the game:

“You might have heard that,”  “But it’s not about self-gratification for me, the team’s been brilliant.”  “We’ve proved our consistency, that we’re a good side,”

“Whether we can be a great side, we’ll have to wait and see. We already have one more point than we did at this stage of the season two years ago when we ended up finishing fifth.”

You’ve got to give Alan Pardew some credit, after a contingent of fans wanted him out of the club after the second Sunderland defeat in a row, and we wont even mention the trouble we had last season fighting relegation.

But since the Sunderland loss, we were unlucky to lose against Manchester City in the League Cup, and in the league we have played seven games and gained a very good 16 points, with five wins and a draw, and are now 6th top of the league.

So it remains to be seen if the current squad can prove they are a great side, and keep pushing to get as high as possible in the league table.

And we should always remember that every single Premier League game is difficult, and the next two – at Crystal Palace and at home to Stoke City – are just as difficult as those against the Chelseas and Manchester Uniteds of the league.

We’ll be doing very well indeed if we can pick up two wins in the next couple of games.

Here’s hoping.

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    We need to score more goals to threaten the top 5 on goal difference.

    Funny to see AVB blaming a man sent off for their thrashing when they were already 2-0 down. Kind of puts our 2-2 draw in perspective when we lost MYM for a far longer period of that match

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Rotondo
    Defo – puts our performance in perspective.
    We were the better team against the Bin Dippers until Mbiwa was sent off. After that we still matched them and all the way

  • 3 scout // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    If anyone has a spare ticket for palace, please let me know. I’d love to go.

  • 4 scout // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Can anyone explain how the bookies have Sunderland as favs to beat Norwich? I know they’re at home, but they’re the biggest certainties to go down ever for me.
    5 men sent off this season, couldn’t beat a depleted west ham side. The 5/2 about Norwich is worth a score.

  • 5 cyprus // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Do you look at form tables? The 4th team is playing vs. the 7th. We’ve LWLWLW in the last 6 away, so it looks like an L next game. The home team has two W in a row at home.

    Having said all that, we’ll beat them :)

  • 6 Slank // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Regarding Saylor.

    I’m really disappointed at his (through his pimp) public comments. He should look at others especially Shola, Williamson. Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita and Ben Arfa who have maintained a dignified silence whilst on the bench and when asked have come into the side and have done extremely well.

    He should keep his mouth shut and support the team.

  • 7 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Lesh

    I think that would be his number 1 excuse why he can’t score. Wonga or not is not an excuse, it was no problem with virgin money. Last season also no wonga but still can’t score. I think he just need similar partner like Ba or just need new environment. Sometime you just need to take one step backward to go forward, I think loan him out for the rest of the season or 3 months, when he come back he will feel like fresh player or new signing again.

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Bad Memories of Palace
    One of my favourite players ended his career at Palace from a horrendous tackle by Mel Blyth ended his career at the age of 25 having only played 33 games for us.
    Lets get a win!!!!!

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Slank

    Saylor has always been previously indulged by the club, his father and now his current prat of an agent.

    Bleeding black and white (when it suits you) can’t disguise the fact that he is an extremely average footballer with a fatal mistake in him virtually every match.

    MYM is light years ahead of Saylor and he ridiculously can’t get in the team so hopefully Saylor’s days and his ego are numbered now!

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    charlie

    who was that?

  • 11 Santon03 // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Slank @6

    Completely agree with you. I can imagine how Willo’s felt last season when Saylor was fit and he has to be a benchwarmer, and then we bought Mbiwa. He is good example of being proffesional.

  • 12 asenski // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    charlie who ended his at palace?

    yeah pardew…we have a good side but avarage manager
    just imagine what kind of football would we play under laudrup,martinez,pochetinno …and these teams are somehow below us ..i just can’t believe that

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    asenski

    because we have a far better squad than people say.

  • 14 scout // Dec 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Cyprus
    Bookies must love you with your twisted logic
    Ill give you some advice if you toss a coin 6 times and you have 6 heads the 7th spin doesn’t mean tails will come in any more than heads. It’s 50/50 every single time.
    Never let what’s happened in the past influence your judgement on what could happen in the future. You should cast judgement not by form figures but by injury news and style of play.

  • 15 scout // Dec 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    That comment above about having a different manager in is absolute bull—-. You don’t know that at all, pure guess work. We’ve had a decent run, live with it. Why go into teenager mode, Pardew deserves the credit. He finished 5th before which is some achievement.
    I’ve never been the biggest fan of Alan Pardew but common were flying.

  • 16 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Dec 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    The Title says it all really !

    I,ve been saying for months, that if we sign a strong attacking midfielder to boss the midfield and one who can also score occassionally, we would have a top four team.

    One Striker plus one midfielder, can anyone on here see us getting anyone though?

    Seen stories on here that we are interested in Berbatov? All gone sour for him at Fulham, he is one of the laziest players i,ve ever seen? But he only has to get one sniff in front of goal and he scores!
    Remy missed at least two clear cut chances against the Saints, Berbatov, i think would of buried both of them !

  • 17 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    What’s people hating Steven Taylor for now and praising Shola & Willo. Short memories some people. He’s put his neck on the line and saved us loads. Yes he’s a dirty player but he nearly always gets away with it. I remember Willo playing shit loads too. 5 or 6 games without looking hopeless isn’t enough for me. And Shola looks as bad as ever. He just happens to be in a winning team same way Jesper Blomquist was in Man U’s treble winning team.

  • 18 ballerfan2 // Dec 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Next MW – you have just said what I was thinking. I remember at one point not so long ago that Saylor was our best defender and was being talker about as an England “fit”. Willo was “gone” because he was rubbish and so on and so on. Willo is making noises now about possible moving on. If he reads the stuff being said about him on here I don’t blame him frankly. He is better than a lot give him credit for and has saved us on numerous occasions in the past. He does bleed black and white – as much as any of us, that is obvious and he is a very good defender – when at his best. Get off his back. Get behind him again and we might see the best of Steven Taylor again. And if he does leave then give him some respect for what he has done for us in the past without reverting to childish abuse and drivel.

  • 19 ballerfan2 // Dec 16, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Saylor not Willo making noises about moving on.

  • 20 Ancientcoptic // Dec 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    scout, Sunderland have quite a good home record since poyet arrived – won 3 out of 5.

    The two they lost were against Chelsea & Tottenham.

  • 21 Ancientcoptic // Dec 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    scout

    ”Bookies must love you with your twisted logic
    Ill give you some advice if you toss a coin 6 times and you have 6 heads the 7th spin doesn’t mean tails will come in any more than heads. It’s 50/50 every single time.”

    Football is not flipping a coin and is rarely ever 50/50 – form guide can be followed in football; therefore cyprus has a point.

    That is bit like saying Barcelona are on a run of 5 wins, but their 6th fixture is 50/50… I know I am taking that point to the extreme, but I am showing an example of how the flipping a coin logic is nothing to do with football results.

  • 22 scout // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Would you like to compare your betting account to mine?




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