Pardew – Our Confidence Is Renewed – Even Though We Lost


Newcastle lost a close game to Arsenal this afternoon, and the goal that did us in was due to some lax defending from the Newcastle defense, that allowed Olivier Giroud to head the ball home after 65 minutes direct from a Theo Walcott free kick.

olivier giroud scores

Mike Williamson cannot stop Giroud from scoring winning goal

Alan Pardew tried to change the game and Ben Arfa was brough on and he had another energetic showing, although the Frenchman couldn’t create a goal for the Magpies, but in those last 10 minutes Newcastle went all out for the equalizer, and on another day we would have got something out of this game.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“I just thought we needed a bit more offensive presence.” “I knew with this crowd and kicking that way, we could start cranking it up.”

“As I say the goal came literally as he entered the pitch which was a shame for us because I think we could have got them on the back foot and maybe won the game.”

“But as I say the goal gave them something to fall back.” “You could argue we should have started a bit more positive.” “It’s very difficult to beat Arsenal.” “You can’t let them dictate the game.”

“And dictate the midfield.” “It was a real, feel each other out in the first half.” “Almost like the first three or four rounds of boxing when you are finding your feet.”

“We knew we had assets on the bench, stronger assets but fortunately we have come out the wrong side of it.” “The goal came at a good time for Arsenal.” “We were just starting to crank it up like we do at home.” “

It gave them something to fall back on.” “It was a tight game and a very tactical battle.“We were as good as them.” “We certainly didn’t deserve to get beat.

“But it was mistake from a set play that we should have defended better although it was a good quality ball in.” “And then some moments at the end when we had a chance to get ourselves a point.”

“We came out with our confidence renewed even though we lost.”

It would be easy to be too hard on Newcastle after this game, and it would also be a mistake.

Newcastle have dropped to 8th place in the league table, after Tottenham beat Stoke 3-0 at White Hart Lane today, although we are 6 points ahead of Southampton in 9th place and still only 3 points behind Liverpool in 5th place.

If we can get a win at West Brom on Wednesday then we’ll have taken 9 points from our four Christmas games and that would be a good return – and there’s no shame in losing to a club who are top of the league and who have been the best side in the Premier League so far this season.

We have to attack West Brom on New Years Day and certainly their defense is not a strong point of their play.

Howay The Lads!!

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204 comments so far

  • IITianToon

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost:
    Santon looked more effective at RW by the way, something I suggested at the start of the season, haha! But of course Sissoko’s position is in no way under threat. Seeing as how often Pards is putting Haidara on at Lb these days, I’d say he is going to start the next match
    Krul
    Debuchy–Willo–Colo–Haidara
    Tiote–Anita–Cabaye
    Sissoko–Cisse–Ben Arfa/Remy

    I think Gouff needs a rest, he really looked jaded. Plus maybe Remy could be more of a threat coming in from the right. What I saw is that Remy dropped deep to help build the play today, and when we were advanced down the wing, there were hardly more than 1 player in the box! Cisse we know will always be around the penalty area, so we can give this setup a go no?

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  • IITianToon

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Remy coming from the left I meant 🙂

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  • IITianToon

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #3

    WBA is a team short of confidence. We absolutely must try and dominate them from the start. If we get an early goal, I can see their shoulders dropping. On the other hand giving them a goal would get their confidence back up at home!
    But we need to win the next game to stay in the Top 6 challenge.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #4

    @ manx

    The most exiting football I have seen was probably us under Keegan with flying wingers and full backs, two strikers up top and goals galore (A big reason why some people became NUFC fans a while back)

    or

    Bayern under Heynckes before Guardiola took over at the point when they demolished Barca over two legs .

    At the minute my favourite teams to watch are Arsenal, Dortmund and Everton .

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  • JAMSHA

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #5

    even tough we lost we played better than arse

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Athletico and Real Madrid play nice stuff as well .

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  • DanRo

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Haven’t commented on this blog for a while.
    At the half-way stage of the season, I am delighted with our team. Please remember the financial limitations on the club in comparison with the rest of the league.

    If Newcastle were to finish 8th at the end of the season that would be excellent, realistic and progress from last season.

    When looking at the table currently, Newcastle are 10 points ahead of Hull and 6 ahead of Southampton. These are the type of teams we need to be ahead of in our mini-league.

    Well done to the players and Pardew.

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  • Tommyy

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #8

    So hard to see us in 8th now, Spurs have been scrappy and are still a point above us, same with Man U, it’s painful. We absolutely have to beat West Brom to stay in the pack, if not it’s midtable and nothing to play for for the rest of the season.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Manx

    Yes I do like watching Barca, always have.
    In English football we seem to turn every ball into a 50/50, lose possession, fight to win it back only to then play the percentages again. Very little method.

    I have always liked Pellegrini from the time he was Argentina’s manager and they once scored from a 38 pass move. .

    The more La liga managers or who have had experience of it like Martinez, Laudrup, Pochettino etc the better if their teams style is anything to go by.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #10

    manxpie // Dec 29, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    i’ve only just noticed we’re 10 points from 10th!! and we’re 8th!! insane really!
    and 6 points from 9th!!! even more insane!

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #11

    WBA result could affect our transfers in january.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #12

    107toonarmydownsouth // Dec 29, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Manx
    It’s also insane that Liverpool are bring touted as title contenders etc and yet were 3 points behind them and are merely described as “plucky”

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #13

    ok, so for all the stick toonbrother gets (and it is deserving considering his hyperbole), he makes plenty of valid points….coloccini was at fault for the goal. for all the good he does, he is left to rest on that because most of his mistakes are because he is so far out of position that the blame is laid on others’ shoulders.

    williamson is the best CH at the club on form currently

    santon needs to be dropped. he hasn’t done a thing at LB all season other than trying to get the ball to his right foot. he was hardly the spark we needed when moved to RW either. Haidara is solid in possession, defending and getting forward. he deserves to start.

    debuchy is a rock.

    sissoko does well on the right because he’s a good player. i don’t think he’s a better winger than HBA though. let the decision be whether to drop one of the current midfield three for sissoko, not HBA. neither sissoko nor gouffran are natural wingers and it shows in our overall play. having one is ok, but neither can provide a consistent outlet.

    we still can’t seem to move up the field as a unit, which is infuriating

    scaffolding should be built so pardew can rest his ever-inflating head once in a while.

    the team did quite well today, but there are a number of things that i think are just being papered-over that need addressing; colo, tiote’s fantastic play being consistently cancelled out by a brainless decision here and there, and the conundrum that are our wings, both FB and further upfield. i’d like to see things mixed up a bit. even though this run has had it’s high points, it’s still very stale and needs plenty of work

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #14

    how would 8th be progress when we finished 5th 2 seasons ago go and now have a stronger squad, no europa league or injuries this season?

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  • manxpie

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #15

    i would hate the day rotonda
    you say you like watching barca but wat about the rest of the league? its dire to watch imo how is it exciting to see 30 passes in 1 half then maybe a chance
    to a chance then instantly another at the other end
    that again is the difference between “beautiful” football and exciting football for me

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  • DanRo

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Good question Rotonda – however my comment was in relation to last season. 8th position would be definitive progress from last season.

    Personally, I think 5th position was an aberration. That season Chelsea and Liverpool finished below Newcastle. The circumstances have totally changed now. Mourinho is back and there is no way Chelsea will be below Newcastle.

    I think I am being realistic when I am suggesting coming top of our mini-league and finishing 8th would be great.

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  • mindshaft

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Debuchy was excellent, Tiote, Williamson and Collo played well, rest of them looked tired although Santon did well on the RW when he was switched
    Poor game overall with both teams under par – Santon at fault for goal
    Arse were falling over and play acting a lot and ref was giving them a lot of leeway, guess we can’t have Atkinson every week although thought that was a def pen on Debuchy
    HBA most skillful and wasteful player on the ball – extremely frustrating !!

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #18

    IITianToon
    It was an interesting switch but he should have kept Gouffran on the pitch. Santon/Debuchy and Sissoko/Haidara

    Gouffran and Remy up front. Cisse and Benny, on if the are off their game.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #19

    aye tads well when we were 6th in the sun the title odds were the usuals plus everton,liverpool and spurs even tho man u n spurs were below us
    suppose we’ll never get our credit we’ll deserve but tbh it worked for us in the 5th season 🙂

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  • mindshaft

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #20

    If we dont get top 4 we’ll be rebuilding for next season as Remy and Cabaye will def be gone, wouldnt be surprised to see someone come in for Debuchy as he’s been superb this season although I guess we can now rule out PSG as french courts have just ratified the 75% tax for those earning over 1 million euros per year … oww!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Sazzer
    Gouffran was burnt out mate, he needed to come off, he wasn’t chasing anything and started giving away some silly free kicks, the lad needs a rest

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Manx

    You would probably say brazil don’t play beautiful football either.

    I like seeing clever football. I only really see barca in europe or el classico.

    I like seeing 1-2’s, triangles, overlapping, going beyond the man in possession etc.

    if it takes a few more passes to find the killer ball rather
    than keep turning over possession with hopeful high balls and crosses then so be it

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  • Sav

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes Gouf looked jaded /unfit/intimidated and had a poor game when we needed a biggie. Sissoko hasn’t the greatest touch but that deserted him today and Anita took a long time to get into this match. Benny, I hate to say, fares best against poorer sides where he gets space to inflict his damage. And Remy doesn’t make the main striker runs to the near post often enough so we didn’t pressure Arsenal in their box for long periods. Only at the end and by then, they had put defenders on for forwards. Pity about all of that but a decent effort from the Toon all the same.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #24

    mindshaft
    Arsenal have also ruled out a move for cabs so that looks like PSG and Arsenal no longer interested

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  • manxpie

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #25

    and laudrop has taken over a team that has played that way years before him and has made them worse imo 5 wins in 20 odd games proves that possession and passing football means shit unless you use it the right way which laudrop doesn’t

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  • IITianToon

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #26

    @Sazzer Disagree mate! Gouffran was spent totally. I think he needs a game’s rest this next game. Play Remy or Ben Arfa in his place next game, with Cisse as CF. I think Cisse needs to at least be given a try, cuz Big Shola is not gonna score!

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  • ethiomag

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #27

    we were 2nd best in the game,no doubt.i think the lads overestimated the gunners before kickoff.they were defeated mentally already that’s why we look shaky,disorganized and non-confident..arsenal look intelligent,organized and smart IMO,especially first half.
    pardew’s selection of first eleven was absolutely correct IMO,it just the game setup didn’t work as expected and some of our guns didn’t had a good game,esp sissoko.we were well beaten.
    but this loss doesn’t mean end of the world,yeah we slipped to 8th,we should bounce back like b4,i think the biggest difference 2day was we were mentally beaten.

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #28

    mindshaft
    Both Colo and Santon does next to nothing on the goal but to be fair on them neither should be taking Giroud since they will lose 10 out 10 duels with him. It should have been Debuchy or Remy on him or Shola after he came on.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Next time Shola Scores will be I was there moment

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  • manxpie

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #30

    no i wouldn’t rotonda but thats international football totally different to club week in week out football

    and i still think ya missing the point la liga is a poor league imo and if you watched other games it is very slow and not quick passing triangles as you say its keep possession football in most cases
    my point was that the prem is exciting because of its fast flowing end to end football
    if we get to many of these just pass it round our own half managers from spain which most of them are it will become boring and lose wat the prem is all about

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #31

    19 games 33 points

    if after 38 we have 66, where would we finish? 8th? 7th IMO

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #32

    the season we finished 5th, it was between man utd and man city for the title, spurs and arsenal for 3rd/4th, chelsea had a mare under villas-boas, liverpool were pretty awful under dalglish, and everton did the old moyes trick of starting poorly and finishing strongly. we took advantage well and were consistent.

    this season at this moment in time, nobody knows how the top 8 will end up. i want arsenal to win the league but my head says man city. i want us to finish 6th but it’s gonna be tough with everton and spurs looking good. nobody can write man utd off either, they’re on a good winning streak currently.

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #33

    guys, next game is us at west brom (we have a good record there) while man utd host spurs. which means we can leapfrog one or the other or even both if they draw and we win.

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  • toonking

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #34

    RH

    Swansea have this year only scored 24 goals strange for a team who is said to do masses of passing.
    spurs too were a team who were passing time and time again yet not scoring.

    the passing game is what causes team to go defensive

    the reason city score lots of goals is they play 4-4-1-1 with a holding midfielder, a quality winger and 2 very good forwards

    the match between us and arsenal was just what you wanting, it had all the passing in midfield and the greedy hit and hope from HBA, remy was the stand and wait for that pass.

    the reason teams like barca and Madrid score loads is they have a massive advantage over every other team in that league. real Madrid vs barcalona itself has been mostle a case of 1-0 then 1-1 before a finish of 2-1.
    simple a case of sitting back pasing the ball then waiting for that bit of luck.

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Fair enough. I think Gouffran would have recovered if he would have been allowed rest up front though. It is less demanding.

    Anyway it wouldn’t be wrong to start that way against City and bring Cisse or Benny on in second half instead of Santon and Gouffran.

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Against WBA we could give Gouffran rest and start with Benny behind Remy and try the formation with Santon and Sissoko out.

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #37

    I have not commented recently but have read and can’t belive there are so many who insist on being negative
    It is simply beyond my wildest dreams we have been excellent a few mess ups Swansea the Mackems hull but in the main simply great
    Sure we are short to be challenging for the title but a couple of decent signings and we are going to be in the mix for top 5
    The team spirit seems good and even Pardew is starting to try things out
    Confidence is a great motivator
    Roll on the 2 nd half

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  • toonking

    Dec 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #38

    SWANSEA BTW are the 6th place when it comes to LONG BALLS
    yes they are 6th place with just 1 less than west ham
    Southampton themselves are top of the table for longballs

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  • yorkymag

    Dec 29, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #40

    At last lets hope obertans stays away and disappears in the window
    Good riddance to an absolute load of rubbish

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