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Magpies Must Play As Though Hammers Were A Top Side

1:57 pm, Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Alan Pardew has talked a little bit about the West Ham game tomorrow, and certainly Newcastle need to end their four game losing streak in all competitions, and a three game losing streak in the Premier League after winning seven of the previous nine league games and picking up a terrific 22 points.

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Alan Pardew – looking to West Ham game tomorrow

Alan was still thinking of the tough loss to Manchester City last weekend, as he talked to the local press today::

“It was so disappointing for our players.” “But we now look to West Ham. We know it’s a tough game, and we’ve got to be ready.”

“Yohan was class against City.” “I thought him and Cheick were the best two players on the pitch.  “We couldn’t have done more. Unfortunately for us, we were on the wrong side of a result we didn’t deserve.”

“It was a reshuffled back four, but they played well,”

Certainly the back four of Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Davide Santon did really well against City,after that first 20 minutes when the opposition seemed to be all over us, but scored only one goal after eight minutes, although they missed chances to go even further ahead.

And then Newcastle came back into the game, and made a match of it and really deserved to take something out of the game, but we just didn’t have any luck.

But it’s time to forget Manchester City game and fully concentrate on tomorrow’s game at Upton Park, where we really need to pick up all 3 points against a side fighting relegation.

Newcastle will have to play with the same drive, guts and determination as they played with against Manchester City last weekend, and we regularly bring to the games against the top sides.

But we don’t always do that against the weaker sides in the league, and in our next three games we are meeting teams currently in the bottom five.

And there’s no reason if we are at our very best,  that we cannot pick up all  9 points, before we play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the game after the Sunderland game at home.

And we are hoping that a 91 year-old record (three Sunderland wins in a row) is not equaled in that game on February 1st – otherwise – heaven help us all.

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Amen, ed. Why do we always raise our game v teams we will stuggle to beat, and play average v poorer sides?

  • 2 Markaccus // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    And before someone says “pardews tactics” i will point out that NUFC have been like that for years.

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM


    Ashley’s leaving the TOON !!!!

    Not quite – Sports Direct are Closing their store in Eldon Square

  • 4 Markaccus // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM


    Has the lease ended? Bet they move somewhere else in town instead.

  • 5 Our Toon // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM


    I’m not saying Cisse is back to form but he has 2 goals in his last 3 games, more importantly he isn’t going to find form sitting on the bench and coming on for 5 mins!! Now he has goals play the guy especially considering come June he will be the only striker left at the club

  • 6 Our Toon // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    On the Cisse debate others are no longer scoring so have no right to be ahead of him now!!

  • 7 Markaccus // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Our toon

    I agree he should start to get more and more game time, as long as he keeps hitting the onion bag.

  • 8 JP...from The Rock // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Ed- Although I agree that we can never underestimate our opponents, we can’t offer them too much respect either and play our game without fear, like we did in the last 30min against Man City.

  • 9 Our Toon // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    He’s the only one to hit the onion bag in 4 games….must count for something :)

  • 10 martoon // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    I feel we can win this game but I’ve got this horrible feeling of dread against a Big Sam team and Andy Carroll’s return.

  • 11 Markaccus // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    No one scored in our last 3 league games though. I don’t see how cisse should jump straight to the top of the pecking order. I just think it’s a tad premature.

  • 12 Our Toon // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Best time to play west ham, they have so many injury problems and suspension issues, especially defensively

  • 13 JP...from The Rock // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM


    70two- I have nothing against foreigners, tbh I prefer them most of the time as they usually possess better technique on the ball compared to Brits. I was mentioning that their lack of fluent English must be a factor when Pardew or any English speaking coach tells their players what to do. They might not grasp the true meaning of some crucial words while still understanding the phrase.

    I remember Pardew saying that all our Frenchies had to be fluent in English by the end of the year, yet we still see even more ‘homegrown’ players struggle to speak properly in an interview. That does not bode well when trying to implement strict tactics in a game.

    Gutierrez has been here five years yet his English is still very poor.

    Maybe it is not that necessary, what do I know, but that’s the point I was making.

    Will you then sign this peace treaty I offer?

    As most on here will confirm I seldom argue or call names on anyone :)

    PS.. I believe Pardew was right though in that we need to mix in some British talent into the team, Tom Ince would be a good start.

  • 14 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Not sure if lease has ended
    but could he be going to change St.James’s into a MEGA Sports Direct Store

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Our Toon…it was called “sabermetric” their approach towards scouting and analyzing players!

    …all I remember on the spot was that Oakland Athletics went on to win 20 consecutive games, an American League record :D

  • 16 JP...from The Rock // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    It’s good news that Nolan is injured for the hammers. I bet he was itching to show us what we’ve been missing without him.

    I do think we need Sissoko to step up his game though. Our Toon you hit the nail on the head when you said that Sissoko was becoming a Gutierrez (no end product).

    I always thought that Sissoko was here to replace Nolan as our box to box midfield enforcer. Yet he is playing on the wing and not offering much sadly.

  • 17 Our Toon // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM


    Remy has 1 goal in 10 games mate, doesn’t belong to us and isn’t scoring!! Cisse isn’t getting confidence warming the bench and certainly won’t be scoring many from there… The pecking order you speak of consists of Shola, Remy and Cisse, Shola has no PL goals in over a year, Remy 1 in 10 but most goals have come from wider position…. Cisse must start as this losing run needs to come to an end and quite frankly we need goals


    Santon/MYM, willo, Saylor/MYM, santon/Haidara
    Tiote, Anita
    HBA, Cabaye, Remy

  • 18 JP...from The Rock // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I would line up like this:





    Ben Arfa————————————–Remy


    What do you think lads?

  • 19 JP...from The Rock // Jan 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    With a bench of: Gouffran, Sammy, Santon, Anita, Marveaux, Elliot, Dummett.

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