It’s A Killer Blow – We Haven’t Been Good Enough

Steven Taylor made only his second appearance for Newcastle this season yesterday, and after his 45 minutes at Manchester City in the first game of the season when he was sent off just before half time, the game yesterday wasn’t much better,  and Newcastle lost again and are out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, after losing to a very average Cardiff City side 2-1.

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Steven Taylor – we haven’t been good enough

Newcastle again played a weakened side in the FA Cup, and we paid for that with yet another early exit under Alan Pardew,  who has the unenviable record of winning just one of five FA Cup ties since becoming the Newcastle manager just over three years ago.

It’s a pathetic record.

Steven Taylor says he was devastated yesterday by the result yesterday – same here:

“It’s a killer blow.” “We understand – listen, this competition is massive and people don’t realise how big this competition is.”  “Even from a young lad, come the FA Cup, this is what you want to be in and to try to win.”

“But the last three years just haven’t been good enough. We just need more belief.” “This is the third year on the trot for us – that’s got to hurt.”

“We didn’t deserve to win. Maybe for 20 minutes in the first half, we played well and possibly 10 in the second half when we had a good little stint.”

“But they just wanted it that bit more.”  “We didn’t deal with the set-plays and, at the end of the day, that has cost us the game. I am just devastated we lost.”

There’s simply now excuse for our players not wanting to win as much as the Cardiff players did, and it’s up to Alan Pardew as manager to sort out the players who didn’t show the required ambition and make sure they don’t play in our next game against Manchester City next Sunday.

Maybe they were the ones he bawled out after the game yesterday in the dressing room – and if he didn’t he should have – because there’s simply no room in the Newcastle side for players who don’t give 100%.

As well as not being good enough, we just don’t take the FA Cup and the League Cup seriously any more – that ‘s the truth – even though Alan Pardew and some others simply will not admit that.

So now we have the league to concentrate on – and maybe we can get back to doing well in the Premier League – since that’s all that’s left for us this season.

We’re as devastated as Steven is that we lost to Cardiff City yesterday. 🙁

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16 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Am I the only one that thinks Gouffran is wasted out wide ? . Yes he is good defensively, but we must be one of the only teams in the league that have a CF playing left wing and as a second left back when defending .

    If we stick with 4-4-2 I would like to see:





    I think with two left footers on the left we would create a lot more down that side rather than relying on Debuchy . Supposedly Santon has a decent left foot however I am yet to see it, he always cuts back on to his right and it is so easy to defend against .

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #2

    just what you need to hear, another gobshite who thinks they’re all that.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes we made changes but so did Cardiff, Saying that Cardiff wanted it more in front of our own fans is a disgrace.
    Kets- on doumbia, Again would be a terrific signing and maybe available at a bargain price as cska are financially struggling at the moment and need to offload players

  • JaxtheMag

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    pardew OUT laudrop IN.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #5

    You wish !!

  • valle

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Jax, are your name related to Hunnam’s character on SoA? I hated how he betrayed tigs… Anyways, regarding NUFC. I am sick and tired of these war cries from players who deliver diddly nowt on the turf! I have been for a long time, and Saylor have been one of the worst to do it.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Have NUFC ever been convincing at home this season? Yes, we have a very good home record but i really think we have been more convincing away from home. As for Cabella, bob hope and no hope. Not because of the status of NUFC, but because of the total lack of ambition from M.Ashley. Cabella and Cabaye together in midfield is wayyy to ambitious for this club. Also, if we are to get Cabella then best not beat around the bush like we have seen with some many players that have been close to joining.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8


    Transfer Sage- To an extent I agree on your Pardew assessment also. Pardew does tend to sit back on a one goal lead and that is infuriating. We can do better, but remember can do so much worse as it is Ashley who will decide what manager to bring in, and honestly his football decisions scare the hell out of me. Better the devil you know I guess. Tbf to Pardew he hasn’t had the luxury of a Shearer upfront like some of our past managers have had and we still beat Man U at Old Trafford this season with this current squad, without a proper out and out striker. We can’t compare our forward line to the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal as they have quality in abundance. We have a more than a decent squad that just needs that extra bit of tweaking to make it a huge success, if only Ashley could see that.

    We need more of a goal threat and now more than ever without Demba Ba and a goal shy Cisse. I would also like to see us have a Roberto Martinez type of manager that doesn’t sit back on a one goal lead but he ain’t going anywhere soon so let’s focus on what we need and what can be improved on and that is our squad of players. All this negativity around Pardew is a bit over-dramatic I feel as only recently we were doing really well beating the top 4 and giving them a right go. We even drew level with Liverpool with 10 men on the field for an entire half, I can’t remember the last time we did something like that.

    It’s easy to point the finger at Pardew because he plays it safe way too many times but you can’t hide the fact he has improved our team in general and we are slowly improving under him. If we could make bigger strides forward under another manager is open to question but until his contract is up we’ll have to put up with him I am afraid.

    I dream of the day Strolla leaves and we sign a proper ST that scores and creates ffs. That will be the day. Too long has he kept us back and too long managers have been deceived and folled into thinking he is a ‘footballer’ let alone a ‘striker’ to score goals and take us up the league.

    We lack the layers and never have fully recovered since the great Alan Shearer left us. Owen was supposed to be the answer and we all know how that twat sent us back years.

    As I mentioned we keep shooting ourselves in the foot and it’s so frustrating to watch. Now that we have the pacey Bellamy type player we needed in Remy he’s only here on loan and we’ll probably have to look again at the end of the season. The same happened with Carroll and Demba Ba although Carroll is an exception as I would have taken that money too, it was a crazy bid from Liverpool that did us a huge favour tbh, look at the great squad we have now because of it.

    STs and CAMs is what we need to take us to the next level so let’s pray that Ashley delivers this January.

    PS Sorry for the very long post.

  • stuart no9

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Surely now is the time to get rid of pardew . It’s getting so bad , it’s not funny anymore. The man has proved yet again that he has only a handful of good results every season , then crumbles . We need a flair manager , with a positive approach to the modern game . Pardew may do ok in the lower leagues but is well and truely out of his depth in a league that is well out of his reach . His excuses are becoming more and more embarrassing, cringing in fact . He has done bloody well to last 3 years but now he needs to f@@ k oowf .

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10


    Rotonda – Marveaux really is a mystery as he was doing the business only to be left out of the cold ala Anita. The thing with Anita is that he hasn’t stopped trying to impress Pardew and maybe Marveaux has in training. Who knows? I really do wonder what the deal is with him as I like him as a CAM. Though sometimes he does go missing in games. We can’t really blame Pardew on that one as we don’t know the full strory, maybe his attitude stinks?

    What I hate about Pardew is his reliance on Strolla. Last season it was with Gutierrez, and that was obviously not our best option. This year thankfully Strolla hasn’t featured as much, but the fact is he shouldn’t be anywhere near our team. The same goes with Obertan. The guy is also useless. Makes me look like a football superstar. We need to get rid of this dead wood and there is no point risking playing them to put them in the ‘shopwindow’ if it’s going to cost us points!

    The sooner we get rid of them players the sooner we’ll improve and move forward.

    Just imagine if we replaced them with Carr’s recommended players.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 5, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #11

    We have a clash of opinions here
    In the blue corner Stuart no9 a spotty little keyboard warrior
    In the red corner the EPL panel
    We know the blue corner’s opinion
    The red corner made AP manager of the month last month
    and in 2011/2012 season Manager of the year
    Thank god we have an intelligent and sophisticated owner like Mike Ashley who totally ignores the ignorant knee jerk crap from the average thick Geordie and sticks to his long term plans for the future of NUFC

  • jimiley

    Jan 5, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #12

    It is a damning indictment of our club that Pardew is the second longest serving manager in the Premiership. Somebody thinks the excuse maker is doing a good job but it is not the fans. I wonder who that could be?
    Tired of the excuses, the pickpocket wins even against dross (when did we put an inferior side to the sword? Do not mention the lucky goals against Palace or the win against 9 man Stoke), the drab football and the inane and insulting simplistic mumblings to the fans. “You won’t win the Cup getting knocked out in 3rd round!!!!!!”
    Pardew out. And some proper investment in quality players from the disinterested owner. If only pigs could fly.
    And stop selling Rangers stuff in our shop.

  • jimiley

    Jan 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #13


    You little Mackem tease, you!!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 5, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Born and brought up in North Shields actually.
    My first game at SJP was against Southampton in 1963 and Jim Iley the bald warrior scored !!!!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Talking of selling Rangers stuff.
    I watched St Mirren v The Bhoys to see how Campbell and Newton were faring and noticed that the Buddies sponsor was Blacks outdoor clothing , owned by guess who ?
    No wonder they take so many of our players on loan.

  • Troy Stavers

    Jan 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Got to stick with Pards IMO.

    8th in the league and closer to 7th than 9th.

    He’s bang on target for the clubs expectations.

    If anyone should get flak, it’s Ashley who sets the expectations.

    Top 10 finish is not ambitious enough. The real culprit is the owner.

    So many people find too many excuses not to blame him but are quick to blame Pardew. Don’t get it at all.


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