Pardew – We Were Excellent Today – Everyone Played Well


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew must have been a  relieved man at 5:00 pm today, after his side had finally won – after four successive defeats – and our first win since we hammered (excuse the pun) a nine man Stoke City side 5-1 on Boxing Day, after being second best in that first half.

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Matt Taylor and Yohan Gouffran practicing some ballet moves today

Newcastle were dominant in the first half today, and should have gone in 2-0 up with goals from Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy, but two minutes into stoppage time the Newcastle defense lost their concentration and conceded a daft  goal – the ball finally coming off Mike Williamson for an own goal.

West Ham came back well in the second half, but they didn’t take their chances, and Newcastle gained control again, with Yohan Cabaye topping off the victory with another brilliant goal – this time from a stunning free kick.

Alan Pardew was happy after the match and had this to say immediately after the game:

“I thought everyone played well, I thought they were excellent today.” “The first half was the platform for victory. West Ham were much better in the second.” “Carroll is important for Big Sam. He’s a terrific character. They were good in the second half.”

It’s a game on paper we were fancied to win today and we did, and we can win the next game at Norwich in 10 days time and then the home game against Sunderland on the following Saturday.

And we don’t want any 91 year-old records equaled in that game.

It’s been that length of time – since 1923 – that  Sunderland last beat  Newcastle three games on the trot.

Bottom line today – it was a great win for the lads.

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117 comments so far

  • WilliamsonsLeftPeg

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Amen!

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Cabella starts tonight.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Anita and Cabaye – class rest of midfield excellent
    Our midfield five – Anita, Cabaye, Sissoko, Tiote and Goufran when ticking one of the best in the Premiership

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  • sparky55

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Anita was fabulous today, as was cabaye…in fact most of the team were great in the first half but only average in the second half but bottom line is we won and very welcome it is too.

    At least it looks like we have cabaye’s replacement in line which at least looks like we’re planning in advance. We’ll get 22 million for cabs and we’ll be paying around 15 million euros for the cabella so a good profit margin on Cabs replacement and hopefully some money for two more strikers on the basis Remy also going at the end of the season too.

    So long as we replace with quality we should be happy…we’ll never progress this way but at least we won’t be going backwards.

    little comfort I know but I’ll take all I can with fat boy in charge!

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Got a feeling these Cabella quotes have been misinterpreted, just waiting for GFN France to confirm as they are usually spot on.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Our build up play for the second goal was great to watch, I only wish we did it more as we certainly have the players .

    We still didn’t kill the game off and it could have cost us but overall I am delighted to get back to winning ways before the break and hopefully the lads will come back from Dubai refreshed .

    I just hope we bring in a couple of players this window and push on for the rest of the season .

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  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Toon1978….. No surprise Cabella’s starting if Kinnear’s on the case and it is a big, big IF!

    Kinnear, he’s a waste of oxygen and should’ve been drowned at birth!

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Gonna watch Sochaux vs Montepellier. See how Cabella plays.

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  • toonking

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Williamson
    excellent posts mate
    we need more people like yourself.

    I do critise HBA a lot but it’s when I’m seeing so many bloggers being a critic of players like obatan Sammy shola Jonas and colo that I end up going over board with critising HBA.

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  • keeganjr

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #10

    NUFCcarter: when does it start??

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  • WilliamsonsLeftPeg

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #11

    First half for me wwas the best we have played this season imo….and despite a lapse in concentration, and maybe just a refound confidence from taylor towards the end of the 1st half for the west ham goal, i really feel that taylor has been proving his doubters wrong in recent games, he plays with his head up most of the time, trying to move the ball out from the back, the same way colo does for us……williamson for me though, england captain, hatrick in the WC final for the lad 🙂

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Toonking

    Stoke game assists for you mate….Remy goal came from HBA assist, Gouffran goal came from HBA cross (another assist) HBA bought down for penalty which Cisse scored another assist….take your own advice and watch the game mate!!

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #13

    A good chance that his dad has been interpreted wrong but fingers crossed. He would be a great signing.

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  • WilliamsonsLeftPeg

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Lets put the united back in spirit and not just in the name!!!! :p

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #15

    West Ham were not good in the second half. a few runs from wide but most of it was just HOOF to Cole and Carroll

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Keeganjr
    19:00

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  • roblee7

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Some guy on Chronicle website posted this:

    As a Geordie living in France I can tell you the French sports papers are reporting that a deal has been done —Cabaye to PSG for a fee of 33 million euros, you can only guess where the 12.3 million pound is coming from for Cabella.
    The transfer of Cabaye to PSG is reported to be next June.

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/remy-cabella-join-newcastle-united-6525689

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  • WilliamsonsLeftPeg

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #18

    and we countered it, dummett sub, master stroke, same with sholla, made it difficult for their creative players (their CB’s) to hoof it up long. to think people say we play hoof ball, we try and work the ball when we can, but we aren’t one dimensional, we have options, and if wee can add to what we have, then i think the foundations are in place to continue moving forward……..also i apologise for my rants….but, well i cant help it, i really do think we showed the lot today, grit determination, teamwork, work ethic and class….

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #19

    And Toonking you could invite TB to watch it with you!

    …I cannot come because I am playing with Lego;)

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Hopefully Williamson can score his first goal for NUFC at some point. That would be brilliant, especially at St. James’ park. He definitely deserves it!

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  • toonking

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #21

    our toon LOL

    hear that people

    our toon says that a player who has been brought down in the box is an assist for a goal

    looooooooooool
    hahahahahahahahahahaha

    you are simply another catchy ourtoon so from now on I’m just ignoring you altogether so just don’t bother me as I’ve seen enough

    A you didn’t watch the second half today, not what i expect a toon fan to do.

    winning free kicks and penaltys are nothing at all to do with assists assist are when you helped control the ball and made the last pass before the shot. had HBA not been fouled we might not of even scored.

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  • jordijohnty

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #22

    How can you ever call a newcastle fan a glory hunter, unless you started to follow in 1955?

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  • Graeme

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Williamsons Left Peg (Previous Post) – after more than 50 years of perpetually hoping for a glimmer of success, what do you really expect? The lows are ridiculously low, while the very brief highs are awesome. In my lifetime, the highs are Fairs Cup Win; I was there. Keegan & the Entertainers, Champions League. SBR, Champions League. FA Cup Final loss; League Cup Final Loss.

    We can all see how good this team “could” be; there is no reason, with a little bit of backing, this team couldnt be back in Europe or win a cup for the same result. The level of frustration over so many years, for so many fans, is bound to result in a very deep scepticism, which is evident on here.
    I dont think it means we dont love and support our team, we most definately do – but we have, generally seen it all before, far too often!!

    All most of us want is a team, a club, pushing to be the best it can be, to make us proud to be a fan – even when it doesn’t happen and we are landed with idjits like JFK – 50,000 turn up, snow, hail, rain or sun. What more could you ask??

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #24

    RobLee

    As long as we can keep Cabaye until the summer and bring in Cabella now then it wont be much of a bad thing. Plus, i would rather he went back to France than play for another EPL club.

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  • roblee7

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #25

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/9122064/transfer-news-remy-cabellas-father-claims-talks-over-newcastle-move

    Sky sports saying tonight could be Cabella’s ‘fairwell’ game. Hoep we get him in, lots of top teams have been linked. Why more teams don’t now try to gazump our transfers is beyond me. Even I could see Cabaye was a snip for the price we paid! Yanga-Mbiwa might improve too if this guy comes in, a bit like the Debuchy-Cabaye thing. Plus Mbiwa was captain when Montpellier won Ligue 1 with Cabella, so fingers crossed they’ll replicate the success here 🙂 Seriously, if we could somehow keep Cabaye and sign players like Cabella, surely no-one could question MA’s ambition? We would defo be in with a shot of the CL next season with Cabella and at least 1 or 2 more, with no outgoings. Personally think Cabaye will be off, but just having a nice dream 🙂

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Saylor did well today. The defence would have collapsed against those aerial balls had Colocinni been playing

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Toonking
    If a player wins a penalty for another player to convert it is classed as an assist.

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  • BandB

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Williamson

    We showed for a while there we can really boss a game, and have players who can play flowing football and make team goals.
    That needs to be acknowledged.
    The foundations are in place. A few bricks, and we might have a building. You never know.

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  • keeganjr

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #29

    thax.. saw that now.. have to watch it then 😉

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  • roblee7

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Toon1978 – agreed, couldn’t really care less if he went to PSG, but would be pretty heartbreaking seeing him line up against us for Man U or more likely the Gooners

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  • bills-son

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #31

    To come out and perform like we did today after four defeats shows there is plenty of team spirit and determination in this squad.

    You have to give Pardew fair credit for that.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #32

    repost:

    sparky55 – Even if we do sell Cabaye for a more skilled player we will still be improving the team I feel. Of course it would be better if both stayed and it is still possible. With Cabella and Cabaye together creating chances we could even push for a CL spot if we’re lucky and it is possible. We are same on points at this same stage in the season we came just 1 point short of CL. This is with a stronger team this time round and if we also sign a striker to replace the useless Strolla then we could be flying.

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #33

    Rather we lost HBA than Cabaye.

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  • roblee7

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Also, if there was a guarantee money from Cabaye was to be spent on at LEAST 2 quality players, say a Cabella and a Marvin Martin, or event to fund transfer of Remy then I’d be more than happy. BUT, as we know, things never seem to happen like that with MA and JK running things…

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  • Ciaran

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #35

    The potential signing of one player unproven in the PL puts Mike Ashley’s ambition beyond doubt?

    Put down the happy pills Roblee7, you’re not talking sense.

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  • jordijohnty

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #36

    I didnt choose to be a newcastle fan. It was forced on me. Hang on. Its my family I should blame for our ills. Not the innocent idiots who have run this club for as long as I can remember

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  • roblee7

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon1978 – too right, Ben Arfa to PSG would be better for everyone, but I think Ben Arfa is settled here, on good money and probs won’t be going anywhere any time soon as not sure there’d be a better club who’d take him to be honest

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Toon1978
    Agreed. Cabaye would be very hard to replace

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  • mag

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Flog Santon and Saylor useless Mr T awesome along with Sissoko MYM and Cabaye!

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  • manxpie

    Jan 18, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #40

    billson don’t be so stupid it was obviously wrong to start with the same team that did so well against man city!! 🙂

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