I Felt Confident – But The Sending Off Changed Everything


The four games in 11 days for Newcastle, probably caught up with some of our players today, but even though we hadn’t looked great in that first half at West Brom, we still thought we’d come away in the second half and win the game – but then Mathieu Debuchy was sent off. 🙁

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Mathieu Debuchy receives his red card from Lee Mason

And Alan Pardew thought it was a definite sending off, so there will presumably be no appeal from Newcastle and the top Frenchman will now miss the next three games.

This is what Pardew said after the game today:

“West Brom sort of let us have possession today and we had a lot of it and we controlled the game to a degree.” “A few breakaways they had but other than that I felt confident that we would win the game – but the sending off did change it of course.”

“Unfortunately, I think it was a red card and then it was uphill and after the amount of games we got tired and we had injuries as well; we had to keep shuffling our team and in the end something give.”

After Newcastle had won seven of nine games in the league and drew one of the other two games, we have now narrowly lost the last two games – so the next thing to do is to regroup and try to get another winning streak going – obviously.

We still have a good side, and maybe some of our fringe layers will now get their chance.

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97 comments so far

  • asenski

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #1

    my god..pardews back to his favourite thema – injures and tiredness

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Does Pardew seem to think we are the only team in the PL to be playing these extra games over the festive period ? .

    Not to mention some teams have played more games than us as they have been in Europe as well .

    Just grow some balls Alan and stop making excuses FFS .

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Very disappointed with not only the result, but also the performance. We seemed devoid of any creative energy, lacked the final pass time and time again.

    Sissoko is not an attacking player and should be played deeper, he lacks the awareness to pick out a team-mate in the final third.

    Gouffran was very poor today, but I would have him in the team every day of the week ahead of HBA in all honesty.

    Shola cannot work up front by himself. Maybe in a 4-2-2 with Remy playing very closely off him, but if Shola has to do anything more with the ball than take it down, he is very ineffective.

    Debuchy can be one of the best RBs in the league, but until he addresses this red mist/insanity that clouds his judgement every now and then, he will never make it to the top. He will be sorely sorely missed during his suspension.

    All in all, what I am taking from today’s result is that we need investment, because we need options/competition up front, and we need depth at the back.

    A number of big games coming up, and not having our RB and captain for these games could really hurt us.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Well you’d a fully fit squad to choose from.
    So why not rotate ?

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #5

    @1 asenki

    did you watch his interview buddy ?
    i’m all for calling things when they are wrong but please dont pick out things and twist them ! he said both teams looked tired hence it wasnt a great game and now we have injuries and suspensions.

    and it was a poor game ! i cant call the starting line up as he put out the best team we had imo (and before someone says he should have fielded squad players i’m pretty sure those same fans would be saying we should have fielded stronger players if he did) the players just couldnt do that final pass (no idea why) but even arfa had a very poor game again when i expected him to make a big impact !

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Belfast you wanna try rotating sometime? 🙂

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Croftus
    Spot someone talking sense at last
    We have had a great first half look at the table an imagine how the Mackems are feeling
    Onwards and upwards
    Interesting that long was on the bench today now there’s a player who would fit our style perfectly

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  • Belfast

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Skunki that’s the best idea you’ve had this year.

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  • asenski

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #9

    croftus
    i think pardew still has no idea how to handle with big squad and his clueless strartings last three games is an evidence.
    none of the teams is possible of playing the strongest 11 during the festive… the aim is to adjust the ones who will provide picking more points
    as to ben arfa- his impact is different when he strarts the game and when comes off the bench imo

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Bills said that Debuchy was the type of player that always give his all, my point was that we need someone like Simmo to keep him on his toes, that’s two needless sendings off now, in an ideal scenario Simmo would come in and play out of his skin to make himself undroppable, Debuchy would then twice about aiding and abbetting a fuskin unnecessary defeat !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #11

    *think

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  • bills-son

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail,

    That was such a stupid tackle by Debuchy that it almost deserves a club fine.

    Pardew didn’t even look at him as he went off.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #13

    belfast its probably going to stay that way ha ha 🙂

    Anyone really want to see what it feels like to be a mackem right now? Promise you will feel instantly better….

    http://salutsunderland.com/2014/01/sixers-sevens-sunderland-1-aston-villa-0-clattermole-keeps-us-on-track-for-relegation-that-is/#comments

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail
    I was lashing it down debucey got a heavy touch and tried it recover it it was simple as that
    I don’t think it will cause us too much problem santon right back Haida left jobs a good un
    Don’t be too hard on debucey he has been the stand out player this season so far and got it slightly wrong on a wet greasy pitch

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #15

    benny will always be a self indulgent glory hunter and pards wants to be the manager who succeeds with him where others have failed waste of time just sell him ffs and take cisse with him

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #16

    In perspective it was a horrible day, ref wasnt giving us much either, its been a long time since his last red as well, its not like tiote was a couple of seasons ago.

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Wolfs head
    I have to reluctantly agree
    Two games two cut backs two draws
    But benny goes for the impossible angle
    Get rid

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #18

    @9 asenki

    you could well be right ! but i cant comment after the game has been played as its far too easy once the game has been played !

    personaly i wouldnt change a winning team or one thats on form and thats if we play once a week or 3 times in a week it wouldnt make a difference to me ! like i said before the game the only thing i would have changed from arsenal game would have been colo for mbiwa but colo i thought did as well as mbiwa would have done imo.

    i thought we played well in last 3 matches though but others have different views which is fair enough.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    oh dear hatem and even cisse who hasnt played come in for todays roast…..

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #20

    I love ben arfa skill but he is so difficult to fit in and is certainly not a team player
    The team is less balanced when he plays ,I reluctantly think he has had so many chances it ain’t going to work and we would bke better served moving him on

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Yorky@14,
    Are you fuskin winding me up, bills, profanties better than caps lock.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #22

    speechless

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  • bills-son

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Yorky,

    Debuchy has been brilliant but that tackle was plain stupid. To lunge into a tackle head on with two sets of studs showing is something that doesn’t come naturally.

    I’m not saying he was trying to hurt the guy but Debuchy for whatever reason made a concious decision to go in like that. If you were at the match and haven’t seen it on tv I think you might have a different opinion.

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Debuchy’s red card was ridiculous, shocking tackle. He may be one of our best players this season but that is no reason to forgive his insanity today.

    With Debuchy’s suspension and Colo’s injury, as well as Shola not being who we need up front in that CF role, we need Ashley to open his cheque book as we do not have the options to cope with any more injuries, and we had a full squad to choose from today!

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  • bills-son

    Jan 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail @21?

    No comprende.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Yo tambien amigo

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  • bills-son

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail,

    Que?

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  • clinath@ed

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Suspensions and injuries couldn’t have come at a better time…..it highlights the shortages in the squad, and therefore MAY force mr Ashley to invest this month.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Bills,
    Ablias Esp?nol, que pasa

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Ciaran/Ruddy,
    For me that was unforgivable, totally unnecessary and reminded me of Napoleon invading Russia !

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  • matias

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Big Pappa Cisse.

    How did you come up with Alan thinking we are the only ones having busy schedual? He said post match that every club is having the same problem.

    Once again there was no stupid excuses from Pardew. That reputation is just an untrue cliche.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Only got to see the first half….yawn yawn all the way
    Just seen the Debuchy tackle,disgusting and deserved the red even though he just wanted to win the ball.
    Pardew saying that we had control of the game???
    What game was he watching?
    They had a handful of chances before the red card.
    We had one shot all game.
    I’m no doom n gloomer but Pards has gotta take the blame today.
    Not for Debuchy’s decision but playing tired players after saying that he’d change things.
    This is why we have a squad.
    Cisse,Ben Arfa,Anita and Mbiwa all quite fresh in comparison to Sissoko,Gouffran,Collocini and Shola
    That decision has cost us big again.
    He’s a decent coach but not very good at giving squad players a game and keeping things fresh

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  • pottsclock

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Tsunki @13
    Nice link, thanks. I particularly liked one of the comments.
    “When I was a bairn I was taught to never pass the ball across your own box or close to it. Particularly when the intended recipient has the ball control of Cyril Smith’s Y fronts. ”
    Seems like they love Lee Cattermole

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  • Thump

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #34

    @clinath: That’s a very good way of looking at things. The issue is, will he invest in the right part of the pitch? More importantly, will he invest in a “purple” or will he see the need to have more than 11 first teamers?

    Ugh, this club depresses me sometimes.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Pero Debuchy, el es un jugador muy importante para nosotros.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail @30 – I thought of it as being akin to Hitler annexing the Sudetenland.

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  • pottsclock

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #37

    If Roy could tackle, he’d tackle like that.

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  • pottsclock

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Roy Keane, of course

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  • clinath@ed

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #39

    No need for that language Tsunki @35….

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #40

    @ matias

    So why mention it at all then ? .

    All teams are going to be feeling the effects of the festive schedule and everyone knows it isn’t easy, hardly some secret that Pardew has uncovered .

    I guarantee he would not have brought player fatigue up post match if we won the game that’s for sure . In fact, on Pardews gravestone it will read :

    Here lies Alan Pardew:

    “We was tired”

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