Newcastle Are Now Dangerous To The Top Teams


Alan Pardew’s game plan yesterday against his old club again worked almost perfectly, and credit to the players who carried it out with great execution, and we looked streets ahead of Crystal Palace throughout the game yesterday and we could (should) have won by more than 3-0.

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Alan Pardew waves to travelling fans at end of the game yesterday

Alan Pardew was very close to the sack last January,  so it’s not too surprising if Alan is guarded and reflective when talking about how well Newcastle are doing – for the second season in the last three.

This is what he has said in the local press today – when asked if his team could stay at the top:

“I don’t know really.” “People can say what they like, but for us it really is about the here and now.”  “But the truth of it is that we are playing really well.”

“If we can beat Stoke City on Boxing Day then Arsenal won’t feel so good about playing us and coming to our place.” “The difference between us at Christmas this year and last year is that we looked tired and had injuries.”

“This year, we are fresh and everyone is fit.”  “With a squad that isn’t deep in numbers, it is very important for us that we stay with the pack.” “Everton are probably the same as us.”

“If they or ourselves lose two or three players, it becomes difficult. It did for us last year with the program we had.” “I think it’s fair to say that we have a team at the moment that looks dangerous. Even teams at the top wouldn’t relish playing us.”

We need to beat Stoke City on Thursday afternoon, and they are not the same team on the road this season as they are at the Britannia Stadium.

And then we have a plum game against Arsenal at St. James’ Park in the early kick-off game next Sunday, which will be beamed live around the world.

Alan Pardew will certainly not need to do too much to get his players ready for that game, and maybe we can add Arsenal to the top sides we have beaten this season?

We’ll see.

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84 comments so far

  • asenski

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    i do not think we are like everton in terms of playing but players have massively improved
    but let’s wait until after the transfer window closes and see how ambitious our club is

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  • Slank

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes we don’t look tired and that’s because we are winning with a settled team. Winning each week is probably the biggest motivator and to shrug off injuries.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    MA has peed off a lot of people with his antics but I think it’s hard to complain when you have Ben Arfa, MYM, Cisse etc on the bench and the likes of Marveaux, Jonas and Bigi etc not even in the squad !

    Would love to know what the situation is regarding Faye Downey and what her status at the club is, ie if she works with the squad on a weekly basis or just occasionally on a consultancy basis?

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    nico

    first thing first mate did you know MA went of his head when we won Chelsea because he wanted Newcastle to remain between 12th – 15th not much ambition in there is it!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda heights

    i think she works on regular bases since she an fitness coach ( i think )

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  • asenski

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda

    as to our subs i can’t see cisse/shola or anybody else like game changer ..definetely only ben arfa but i still think he is just a player for not being used as a sub
    it is up to pardew’s competence to find him a place

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda heights

    saying that she’s probable motivating the lads in fitness training with her tight gear, abs and fine looking ass 😉

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #8

    B&W

    Where did you hear ash wasn’t happy beating chelsea?

    That wouldn’t make a lot of sense if you get way more money for finishing for example 5 places higher.

    the year pardew blew finishing 9th when we were 3-0 up at home in the last game, in the end finishing 12th Ash was livid.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    B & W

    didn’t see that coming.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Rotonda heights

    day after the Chelsea game on one of the sites it could of been speculations though but if it involves MA it’s probably true

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  • asenski

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    is there any transfer news around us? do you know any recent rumours guys

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda heights @8

    i think it was concerned for MA that the higher we finish the more he will have to spend on improving the squad

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    i could just imagine Newcastle finishing 4th or 3rd getting into the Champions league and getting about 60-100 million through the TV deal and the money of the FA for finishing 4th or 3rd, WOW and MA doesn’t want this!

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  • magpie6699

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s still crucial we don’t get too many injuries. My concern against Stoke is missing the destroyer, Mr. T, who’s suspended for the game. Who would have thought we’d say that after last season? That’s not belittling our other midfielders Cabaye, Anita and Sissoko who are all showing their true qualities (“form is temporary, class is permanent” – just wish Cisse could remember that!). But against a Mark Hughes Stoke side we need all the power and strength we can muster. .

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    magpie6699

    that’s alight mate, hopefully HBA can start on the right wing with Remy on the left and Goufrran up top and Cabaye, Anita, Sissoko in midfield

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  • asenski

    Dec 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    qpr in for taylor according to express newspaper

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  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    @Magpie6699

    Aye… I was one of the most Anti-tiote people on here last season and quite rightly so. He was absolute sh!t for most of last season… however… Praise the heavens.. the Tiote of Old has returned and he is actually putting in the performances we know he can produce. Thank god.

    With Tiote out for the stoke game, I can see Pardew reverting back to a 4-4-2 formation, reintroducing Strolla into the line up for his physicality.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~Debuchy~~~Willo~~~~~~~Colo~~~~~Santon~~~~
    ~~Sissoko~~~~~Cabaye~~~Anita~~~~~~Goofy~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Shola~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Remy~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A 4-4-2 formation, but with Shola playing closer to the midfield, winning the flick ons and playing the occassional classy through ball to Remy and helping boss the center of the pitch with his brutish approach when required.

    Middle of the second half, when legs begin to tire for both teams, Shola will come off for Ben Arfa and we revert to a 4-3-3 formation.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Debuchy~~~Willo~~~~~~Colo~~~~~Santon~
    ~~~~~Sissoko~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~Anita~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Arfa~~~~~~~~~Remy~~~~~~~Goofy~~~~

    That’s what I would expect.

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  • Harley

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Black and white.

    Are you actually serious. Jesus Christ, you read it on a site so you think it’s true?!

    I know why I don’t read the posts as much these days!

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  • sweendog

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Asenski .. Seems like we want a perm move for Taylor for 5 mill .. QPR want a 2 mill loan ..according to the gutter press

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  • sweendog

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Harley does seem far fetched ..

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  • pottsclock

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d actually like to see Haidara at left back. I think Santon has not impressed in the last few games – cost us the equaliser against Soton and was not too good yesterday either..he wandered into central midfield and lost the ball a few times in dangerous positions. Do that against Arsenal and they could make us pay.
    Alternatively, Pardew needs to talk to him about that. I like Santon – he has been good for us. I just think we have strength in that position so why not use it when a player is not at his best.
    If Palace had shut down our right side yesterday then the match would have been completely difference because our left side was not very effective.

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    bring mym in for tiote
    make a like to like change
    dont change the formation

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  • pottsclock

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #23

    There is absolutely no reason why MA would not want us to finish as high as possible in this league and beat every team in every game. No reason. More points = more money, more value for his assets, more exposure for Sports Diredirect.
    Any talk of the opposite is beyond belief.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #24

    lots of threads to read thru interesting about beardo wanted white shorts and socks juve did the same eons ago when they realised they played better

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #25

    The difference this season is no injuries as this is the best it will ever get, only Ryan Taylor out.
    Who knows how we would have gone last season with no injuries, even with the Thursday games

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Harley

    Well said. The crap that some people spout as fact on here is an absolute joke! Sad thing is that some vindictive idiot made that up and then more idiots decide to believe it.

    I read somewhere that B&W is really a 30stone Mackem who dresses in women’s clothes…

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #27

    If rumours are true there is no way a team will pay 5 million for Taylor and 10 million for Cisse!!Unless they make the highlights footage as good as the Xisco one that we got conned with….

    Although imagine we did get rid of Cisse , Taylor and Obertan this window and signed better players and qualified for the Champions league? I think some of the neggers would stop supporting us

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Sunday transfer rumours…please ignore. The gutter press literally make stories up today.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #29

    tds you posted :-
    “I read somewhere that B&W is really a 30stone Mackem who dresses in women’s clothes…”

    That’s going a bit too far insulting him – how do you know he’s a mackem.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #30

    pottsclock @23 having to pay out for flights to and from games- hotels every couple of weeks , and the expectation from fans for new players when we get into europe , may be part of the reason why he dosnt want europe,. – dont forget he has brainwashed a lot of fans into believing we cant compete with other teams for players , as these other teams have money generated from playing in europe every year , so, if we get into europe he will be expected to buy , , ouch. also his theory of not being able to ‘compete’ will be out the window., so expect 8th or 9 th – that will keep him happy and his theory intact.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #31

    ah tuffers this place has been boring how about regaling us with a tale from you hellfire club haha 😉

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #32

    I would hate to sell any player as we aren’t guaranteed to buy anyone as our record shows.
    The only time we spent a decent amount was when we were in serious danger of being relegated

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Stuart, the fans want new players regardless of whether we are in Europe or not.The Europa league is not a big earner for clubs and puts a strain on the squad but if are to believe that MA only uses Newcastle to promote SD that why would he not want the extra exposure to promote his brand.

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  • mindshaft

    Dec 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Both MA and Pards want to finish in top four, they don’t want to finish in a Europa League place as there’s no money in that competition and it has a lot of downsides – UEFA need to look at the format and keep it to a simple knock out comp, stop the champs league clubs dropping into it .

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Hehe Mister Tuff.

    I don’t. But I hope he is…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Davetoon

    Other than when Carroll left late in the transfer window for a ridiculous fee and when injured…could you kindly provide examples of when we have sold players and not replaced them. Thanks.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #37

    im going to be boring now and say that coincidentally juves away strip is the same as ours lol

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Dec 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #38

    Stuart

    Before you spout written diarrhoea, do you think about what you’re about to post? If we get in the CL, the club will generate more money, better sponsors and more coverage. Not to mention the club being worth more money.

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  • davetoon

    Dec 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #39

    @TDS comment was more about when have we bought anyone recently except for last Jan?

    I’m more worried if we let Cisse go in Jan and Remy goes back to QPR after they get promoted or goes elsewhere, will we be seriously compete for a decent striker in the summer?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Do we need to sign anybody in the January transfer window.

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