I’m Proud Of The Players – They Couldn’t Have Done More

It was another defeat yesterday, the fourth in a row, but you wont hear  Newcastle fans grumbling this morning (well not too many), with our lads yesterday simply magnificent in their dedication and application in a game we definitely deserved to get something out of.

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Yohan Cabaye questions linesmen after disallowed Tiote goal

And the players had to put up with the frustrations of having a   brilliant Cheick Tiote goal disallowed by referee Mike Jones in the first half, but that didn’t seem to affect them as they went after Manchester City in the second half.

And the sight of manager Pellegrini looking very worried in the dugout in that second half very apparent, as Newcastle continually stormed forward.

Alan Pardew was rightly proud of his players after the game:

“We were very, very good, and you have to pay credit to the opposition to win 2-0 in those circumstances – it was a great result for them.”

“We played very, very well. I was very proud of the players – they couldn’t have done any more.” “We took the frustration in the right way. We had a bit of venom about us in the right way.

“We really had a good go, and had some real quality, but unfortunately we’re on the wrong end of a result which was affected by one big, big call.”

Newcastle now need to play like this in our next three games against West Ham, Norwich and Sunderland,  and we have to become much more consistent in the last 17 games of the season.

When fans see a performance like yesterday’s, when we were second best in those first 20 minutes, but came back into the game magnificently and had City rocking in that second half, you have to ask why we couldn’t have played like that against Cardiff City.

That’s one area that this side has to improve on – and make sure we don’t keep these great performances only for the top sides.

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10 comments so far

  • bills-son

    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Interviewed after the match Pardew said he hadn’t really got an answer from the ref as to why the goal was disallowed and he assumed it was for a “small technicality”.That reinforces my view that the ref thought the ball had hit Gouffran, knew it definitely hadn’t after watching the video and was trying to protect himself against further criticism.If he had just admitted he got it wrong he’d have got stick but no comeback.There might be some comeback for the ref now. It will be interesting to hear what Pardew has to say when he finds out about the ref’s discussion with the linesman.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Apart from Saylor being asleep for their first goal as per, we did play well yesterday and the shot count was much higher than is normally the case.

    I just wish it didn’t always take going a goal behind to bring us out. We kept attacking all match because we had to, to get back in it.

    If Pardew could look beyond just ”containment” and attack throughout 90 mins regardless of the state of the game, then who knows? We probably never will.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3


    Yeh. I have always said that Pardew can get us playing well, he has done it in patches and certain games, we attack in numbers and threaten teams when we want. I just can’t understand why we don’t always do it.

    Hopefully we play with that intensity and mentality in more games.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Why we don’t have video refereeing in the multi million pound environment of the PL is beyond me !

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5


    All sports as far as I am aware only use video replays when there is a natural stoppage in a game. Tennis for line calls, cricket for lbw/caught behind/run out, rugby for try over the line or not…football for goal line (instant without play stopped).

    I don’t see how they can be brought into the game without a lot of unnatural stoppages in the game and a ruined flow to it. If the refs call he will stop it all the time to be safe not sorry, if the managers/players call it could be tactical to stop counter attacks. I just don’t see how it would work.

  • Rainrix

    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda…. The most annoying for me is we’ve now played all of the top 7 now and more or less matched every side, and yet against smaller sides we play as you say a containment game and struggle.

    Pardew’s addressed a few of his flaws from last season but we still seem to panic when we’re a few goals up against weaker opposition. Its even more galling when we all know we have a really good side.

  • Mattroge

    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Bit of help needed her please lads, does anyone know when tickets go on sale for the Sunderland game?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #8

    You point out that Boumsong and Owen wouldn’t have been signed under the current regime, just remind yourself that you’d never have seen Shearer or Cole in black and white shirts either.

  • Alems1983

    Jan 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #9

    The players were immense yesterday! I just think man City have given up buying players and have now turned their attentions to buying refs and linesmen now! Shocking shocking SHOCKING! I feel sick! I felt had that been allowed we could have.gone on and turned city over! We were well up for it I’m immensely proud of our players and manager!!!

  • jimmygscot

    Jan 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Ok I agree competitive games against Arsenal & City but they count for nothing with losses against WBA & Cardiff.
    Most players had a decent game but Toon need a change on the left, Goufran, Guittierez & Ban Arfa have been tried and failed whatever happened to Sammy Ameobi, also there is a lack of genuine pace in this side.
    Can anyone remember when Ben Arfa actually passed to one of his team mates, he is still playing schoolboy soccer!


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