We Had No Fighting Spirit – The Manager Was Very Angry

Whatever happens in any game that Newcastle play – win, lose or draw, – one thing that is simply unacceptable to Newcastle fans is for the players not to show any fight or any guts, and for the other side to want to win the game more than we do.

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Yoan Gouffran – apologizes to Newcastle fans

And unfortunately that’s exactly what happened last Saturday when Newcastle were not good, and even when we went ahead, we allowed a very ordinary Cardiff side to come from behind and win the game 2-1 – and it also took place on the hallowed turf of St. James’ Park. 🙁

And Yoan Gouffran has revealed just how angry Alan Pardew was after the game, and there have been reports there were a few choice words said in the dressing room after another embarrassing defeat:

We played very badly. We had no fighting spirit and we deserved to lose the game.” “This hurts more than losing in the league because we wanted to win something this year, but we have lost in both cups.”

“We felt we could go far in this competition.” “We wanted to win for the fans, we know what it means to them, but we played so bad and we are disappointed we couldn’t give them something to cheer about.”

“We scored one goal and we thought we were going to win then, but we gave away two goals and we are very disappointed,”  “I am very angry, the manager was very angry with us.”

“We can’t play like that at home. It was unacceptable and we have to try and change the mentality.” “We thought we were going to win so maybe we lost a little bit of intensity and concentration.”

“We should have tried to get a second goal but we didn’t and we gave away two bad goals.”  “It’s been a bad start to the year  but we will train and work as hard as we can.”

“We have fewer matches so we can go out there with a good team spirit and get back to winning ways.”

Those are good words from Yoan, and we dare say we’ll fight like hell against Manchester City on Sunday, but maybe suffer another loss to them, to go with the four successive times they have won this particular fixture.

And if we had shown that same fight last Saturday against a side 4th bottom of the league and struggling in the Premier League, and who we had already had beaten 2-1 away from home – we would now be in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

That’s one of the things that’s so disturbing about the pathetic display last Saturday.

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9 comments so far

  • Blofal

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    From the sounds of that its was the Players that sat back and not Pardews game plan. Im still not sure though…

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2


    even if it was the players it is something that happens too often…so even if it’s not tactical he needs to find a way to stop it happen

  • Toon1978

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    By the time Pardew and co complete all these meetings the window will be shut. Meetings,meetings and more meetings. Clubs sniffing out Remy apparently. Time to stop pishing about and get some deals done. After another dozen meetings that is lol.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s a worry if the players don’t listen to the manger and think he’s lost the plot.. Can’t blame them mind. One of pardew’s ” containing ” pre match chats would tune you out.

    For the frontal lobotomy jobs who think pardew is better than Laudrup and Pochettino, we have a far stronger squad than either of Swansea and Soton and both of their managers play a vastly more exciting, entertaining and watchable brand of football than us. Think what either of them would do with our squad.

    8th place is the bare minimum of where we should be.
    The fact we get little to no enjoyment from watching it is all down to pardew. Laudrup and Pochettino are both much younger than Pardew yet Laudrup had a trophy in his first season and Pochettino was a breath of fresh air,

    Pardew is pardew. Average to mediocre record everywhere he’s been really, allied to some of the most negative, mind numbing football you’ll ever see.

    What a council of war. Ash knows nothing about football, JFK is still drunk from the 90?s and Pardew’s coaching never left the 80?s, while all 3 are pathological liars. Happy days.

  • cjtoon

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5


    Exactly my view also, there must be something in it since it happens at some point in almost every game! It is Pardews responsibility to rectify it either way, I really would like to hope its not a conscious tactical set-up although quite regularly ‘contain’ is the game plan.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    I find it very hard to believe its the players faults,

    IMO its the style that is drummed into them by pardew, sit back , contain, and nick a goal rather than go for the win

    also, it was a whole new team that was playing, some of them have had very little playing time this season, how many were match fit?

    then throw into the fact Cardiff had just got a new manager, all players have a clean slate, playing for positions, the players were playing for a winner, a guy that’s has won everything at club level, and also won 2 championships here in Norway, he has instant respect

  • bobby mango

    Jan 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Heard it all before – no fight, shouldn’t be beaten at home etc etc. Yet it still keeps happening.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 8, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t worry Yoan if he was angry it was fake.

    Everything went to plan.
    We’re out of both cup competitions and we can concentrate on finishing in the top ten and continued EPL survival..

    I find this lack of effort in the cups unsporting and not what I support a football team for.
    Is it right to just concentrate on the league and lose in the cup on purpose?
    I know the club have denied this (they have to, to avoid fines) but we all know (except Bills-Son I guess) we’re not trying in cup matches.

  • Roger

    Jan 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Lads, what happened on the weekand? We lost against
    Cardiff City. Who the f is Cardiff City?
    No fight, nothing. We have one first team and after
    this first team there is nothing. If 1, 2 or more
    players of this first team are not able to play, we
    always have a problem. And now on the next
    weekend we play against Man City. When we lost
    again, i think we will lost, then we had realy a crisis.
    All the players who play on sunday, you must think
    there are thousands of fans all over the world, they
    all want that you fight for them, for Newcastle and
    the world.
    Go out and blow them away.
    Who the f is Manchester City?


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