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Magpies In Control Until Near End – But Found A Way To Lose

7:31 pm, Saturday, January 4th, 2014 by Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

There were some choice words said in the dressing room after the 2-1 defeat today against 4th bottom Cardiff City in the FA Cup – and to think Cardiff had won just one game in the last 10 before they knocked Newcastle out today.

alan pardew Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Alan Pardew and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on sidelines today

Alan Pardew has said all was well until the last 20 minutes of this game, after Newcastle had gone 1-0 up on the hour mark, with a goal from Papiss Cisse, but that last 20 minutes Newcastle found a way to lose a game we should have won.

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game:

“Apart from the last 18 minutes we were in control.” “To throw it away like that is terribly disappointing because we got the goal.”  “We looked like we were the best team and they get a wonder goal out of nothing really.”“I am disappointed with my group.

“We’ve managed to lose a game that we were in control of.” “We don’t seem to be able to get through this 3rd round tie. “For the last three years I don’t know, it’s science against me.”

“As a group we were up for the game.” “The first half was difficult because there wasn’t 50,000 in here to assess, I thought we played quite well.”

“We contained them and controlled the game.” “The start of the second half was terrific and we looked OK.” “But the last 20 minutes we didn’t play well and it lost us the game.”

“We know at home, especially of this quality, you can’t just back off.” “You have to keep full on.”“It’s a level when you back off and play a little bit negatively, you are in trouble.”

This is the fourth embarrassing exit in the FA Cup in a row, and we suppose the only saving grace is we were beaten this time by a Premier League club, even though they are struggling in 4th bottom place.

And at St. James Park too, but this is not good – and that’s a huge understatement.

Did I ever say it was really difficult being a Newcastle United fan? :(

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Pardew really should employ a far better script writer.

  • 2 Korean Magpie // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Pardew, isn’t it your job to motivate them even fi there are only 30,000?

  • 3 midweek weekend // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    never saw todays game, but as usual it seems were lacking players, we desperately need another striker and the other day i bought football manager 2014, we have no natural left winger at all like we seriously need more wingers, cant see this problem be solved in January, be a miracle to finish top 6

  • 4 Belfast // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    it’s science against me.” :)

  • 5 manxpie // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    manxpie // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    rotunda you miss the point that laudrop took over a team that already played good football and has done since they were in league 1
    laudrops spent quite a bit of money and 7 wins in 30 prem games is certainly not a good record is it??
    no matter wat football he plays

    in pardews 1st full season he got us to 5th with a newly promoted team and got us into europe!!! does that sound familiar? but supposedly that was just luck!

  • 6 Belfast // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    One day after a defeat Pardew will come out after the game and blame himself.

    Then again maybe not….

  • 7 Santon03 // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    I’ve been reading the news about transfers. AC Milan is very active right now, they already signed Honda and Adil Rami, now they are going for Nainggolan and D’Ambrosio. They are willing to sell MAtri, Robinho, Mexes for transfer funds. Also rumors Milan put Balotelli on transfer list and Chelsea bidding for him, Milan looking to bid Dzeko

  • 8 Ciaran // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    5th with a newly promoted team?

    Pretty sure every single player in our team had top flight experience, many had European experience, international experience and even Cabaye had title winning experience.

    Not quite the same achievement as Laudrup with Swansea but an interesting spin.

  • 9 Santon03 // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Arsenal looking to buy M’Baye Niang for 7.5mil pound

  • 10 croftus5678 // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    well…….atleast cisse is scoring again :-) 2 in 2 for him now ;-)

  • 11 Ciaran // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Croftus

    Might make it easier to flog him :D

  • 12 manxpie // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    ruddy not a spin just fact mate

  • 13 Santon03 // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    finishing 7th will not go to europa, right?

  • 14 mag // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Pardew is completely out of his depth along with the other half of the double act Kinnear both full of Southern bull! Until Ashley starts taking being a football club owner seriously and hires a proper premiership manager we will never do anything worthwhile.

  • 15 midweek weekend // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    santon03 the teams who win league cup and fa cup must be teams who finish in the top 4 that way 6th and 7th get europa

  • 16 Ciaran // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Santon

    All depends who does what in the cups. If a team who has already qualified for Europe through their league position wins the League Cup, then the Europa qualification granted for winning the cup goes back into the league, effectively affording the team who finishes 6th to qualify.

    If both finalists of the FA Cup are have also qualified for Europe by way of league position then the Europa spot gained for winning/finalist of FA Cup goes back into the league.

    If both of those circumstances come to pass, the team who finishes 7th can qualify for Europa.

  • 17 Santon03 // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    logically, if we won FA we get europa, if we finished 6th we go to europa as well.
    FA route means more games to play and little chance to go to final. So going out of FA and trying to finish 6th to go to europa is the best option if you look at things differently.

  • 18 croftus5678 // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    @11 ciaran

    thought never once crossed my mind ;-)

  • 19 Rainrix // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Science against pardew this week, everyone look out for a wizard alien next sunday casting a mighty spell against pardew ;)

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    I only heard some of the match on talksport during game time – from what I could gather it wasn’t a very good game?

    …I can see Benny was MOTM again :)

  • 21 Malta Mag // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Of course I’m disappointed, In fact bloody furious but what’s different from now to the last 60 years when we failed to win the cup? Pardew is still the right man for the job even though he will question certain selections, although who doesn’t. I think a good transfer this month will freshen things up and I’m not convinced in selling Gosling as I feel the lad has simply never had a chance. On a positive note, Cisse scored and hopefully he can get back on track again. Watch us now go and beat City?

  • 22 valle // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    There was a time when we had full house every week, so the people in charge have to ask themselves why that isnt the case anymore instead of always laying it on the feet of the supporters to “carry them” and “Be the 12th man”. Its time someone had a vision for this club besides making profits.

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Anybody imploring Ashley to find a better manager is completely wasting their time, Ashley, Llambias and Pardew obviously sat down and talked before he signed his first contract, he is doing everything that has been asked of him, Ashley sees him as a huge success.

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    One great man once said that “sometimes you have to take a leap of faith! the trust part comes later”

    …so maybe if the club wants our trust how about the leap then? ;)

  • 25 Ciaran // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Croftus

    It’s crossed my mind, the sooner we get shot of him the better. Shola was rubbish in our last game but he’s still more useful than Cisse.

  • 26 spitfire_ // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    “The first half was difficult because there wasn’t 50,000 in here to assess”

    So the fans are to blame?

  • 27 Jail for Ashley // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Malta Mag,
    You’re right there that Pardew is the right man for the job, except he’s unfortunately he’s the only man for the job.
    PS
    You think Gosling is decent and we’ll spend this January, and you called me a knobba, what ever one of those is.

  • 28 t00ntime // Jan 4, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I definitely don think Pardew should go. Just wish he would stop being scared of conceding and making us sit back. Yes we will concede, yes we will lose but should we not atleast try and play some football even at 1-0?

    We seemed to do it in november +december but then try and defend between 45 and 60th min (funny enough the time we concede most of our goals) then we pushed out a bit and alot of the time had some comfertable wins (man utd + chelsea to name the main 2). Yes teams put more pressure on but we should still have outlets so we can pressure them and its not just one way traffic. but instead we defend with all 11 and long ball it straight back to them for a while, then finally start playing ok again.

    Just my opinion and would love to see AP try and be more positive even if we do concede more I feel we’d be able to outscore most teams anyway, we show that when we put pressure on most teams are forced all the way back (even arsenal got an extra defender on to cope and they’re one of the best teams this year)

  • 29 toon22 // Jan 4, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    It was obvious what was goingto happen,they were boosted with there new manager.
    AP hasnt got past round 3 and our players are starting to look tired.

    Didnt even listen to is as it was obvious what the outcome was going to be,ive just stoped careing.

  • 30 LeedsMag // Jan 4, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    I dont really blame the players that came in today – they have very little pitch time behind them for some weeks and Cardiff made changes as well.Just a depressing inevitability abot it all.How many times are we the team that comes up against the new manager syndrome or the team that needs a win to save its season or managers job.
    Really thought we could have a run this time .Sland and W Ham are in the Carling semis for godsake.
    But I’m old enough to remember the humiliation of Hereford -used to love the FA cup but this club have knocked the stuffing out of me.
    pardew has enjoyed a good run of late but as much by good fortune as good management and now,I fear the wheels are off once again but at least we should be comfortably safe this season – but not much more

  • 31 mag // Jan 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Just seen the nearly man’s after match comments and it’s just what you expect from a guy out of his depth. Ashley will be wasting good money buying players for this buffoon too dishearten with his weird team formations. Pardew should have been sacked last season.

  • 32 scout // Jan 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Heights
    Your freshened up team done well mate FFs

  • 33 Sav // Jan 5, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    How can you say you are in control when you can barely muster a shot on target?

  • 34 Brutooon // Jan 5, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    1) we not gonna win any cups

    2) AP dont want Europa League because afraid our league position affect

    3) We wont win the premierleague (yet)




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