Midfielder Was Terrific At Chelsea – Pardew

We thought Davide Santon had a good game at Chelsea, and it’s the first time we’ve seen the 22 year-old in a position other than in one of the full-back positions.

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Alan Pardew – Davide Santon was terrific
At his press conference on Monday for the Tottenham game on Wednesday, Alan Pardew talked about the game at Chelsea on Saturday, and said there were some good things that came out of the game:

“The players we had gave everything against a really superior Chelsea on the day, in terms of the quality they had to call upon.”

“So I was pleased in terms of the attitude of the players  – we tried to attack the game but it was very difficult for us.”

“Some of the performances were very good for us – Davide Santon  in midfield – his stats replicate what the naked eye told me  – that he did terrific  in there, and that’s another string in our bow.”

“Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi played well,  and we can take that forward and these guys need these games, so there were some benefits to take out of the game.”

Sammy Ameobi was our Man of the Match and Luuk de Jong was second with captain for the day Moussa Sissoko in third place.

And with Cheick Tiote still out, we will probably see Davide Santon in central midfield against Spurs – maybe it’s a new position for the Italian International?

It’s going to be very tough to take something out of this game, however.

What do you think?

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34 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Feb 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #1

    We have the players available to win this game. Its almost 10 years since Spuds won at SJP and long may it continue. There is absolutely NO DOUBT that Pardew has a squad of players with the skill and ability to win this game.

    The question is – Does he have what it takes to put a team on the pitch prepared to put the graft, the hard yards in, to make it happen? Mr Pardew, you are running out of excuses – lets see a battling performance; 90 minutes of proper graft, grit and determination to WIN the game. Bring it on!!!

  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #2

    luiz looked an average defender then blossomed playing midfield so why not sants like having a new signing possibly? haha

  • Thump

    Feb 11, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Davide Santon in midfield – his stats replicate what the naked eye told me – that he did terrific in there

    Bollocks, I must have missed that.

  • andrew84

    Feb 11, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Thump @ 3

    Cheers for that, just spat a load of drink all owa me laptop!

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 11, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #5

    What did the naked eye tell alan about chelsea’s first goal?

    de jong as second for motm Ed? It must have been your glass eye that told you that, was it?

  • Sav

    Feb 11, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Santon cuts inside so much that is why he’s no stranger to playing midfield.
    More importantlt, the time to start rebuilding in the summer starts now. That is why we should be looking for a deal-maker to join up with Carr, Pardew and the Academy coaches NOW. Of course Monster Mash would rather save ten bob on wages and wait until the World Cup is over before appointing anyone.

  • 70TWO

    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #7

    In the first half of the Chelsea game, when it could be argued we were still in the game, I struggled to see the good game Santon is supposed to have shown. If he is to continue, he needs to up his concentration and sharpness. However IMO he will more readily fill the RB role on Wednesday, with potentially Mbiwa in the holding midfielder role.

    I also struggle to see Soko fitting comfortably in the second striker role, his power is used to good attacking effect but he should be using it to control the middle of the pitch. Unfortunately I saw him more often further forward than Sammy who I wonder may have fared better with the chance before Chelseas’ 2nd.

    The formation at Chelsea IMO resembled a 4141 more than anything but Santon needed support in front of the defense, they lost the midfield area and got pulled out of position in defense. The CL opposition did a very good job, but we still managed to create the odd chance, were not totally humiliated and had two youngsters on the pitch.

    With two of our most consistent and talented midfielders out, AP needs to keep it simple and perhaps go back to a basic holding midfield pair to protect the back four. Making this a rigid defense (aka Chelsea v ManC) allows the front four to attack without the hindrance of defensive responsibility.

    I wish HBA could form a strike partnership with LDJ but he seems to be more confident coming off the wing and perhaps with more than one offside striker to pass to he may(?) make this more part of his game. With Sammy continuing to develop (yawn) on the left that only leaves the #10 role open and dependent on who is fit enough returning from injury. My team would be:

    —————– de Jong
    — Sammy —— Anita —— HBA
    ———- Mbiwa —— Sissoko
    Dummett – Saylor – Willo – Santon

  • manxpie

    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #8

    does anyone on here pay for nufctv??

    70two i thought he certainly improved throughout the game but as you say his concentration was poor early on
    sisko is courently the 3rd best in the league for chances created and thats when he’s been on the right so i’d keep him there tbh
    and have arfa in the middle and try anita n santon again in the holding roles because he certainly improved and made a few very good passes
    i hope goof is back tho we have missed him massively imo

  • 70TWO

    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #9


    I don’t do NUFCtv

    I was not happy with Anita at #10 and as you say Soko has played well for most of the season on the right. I do not like to see CD pushed forward in to midfield but neither Anita or Santon can do the ugly, breaking up play part that is necessary.

  • manxpie

    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #10

    70two its just it is shocking that i pay really only to see the pre and post pressers and can’t hear 1 question lol and can’t see a place to complain thats all

    i agree on anita supposedly he’s a dm but i’ll be honest and say i ain’t seen him make even 1 tackle!
    i think he’s technical and quick minded and great passer

    but your right 1 of em needs to be an enforcer and i haven’t seen it in them but tbf i havent seen it in sissko either

    i actually think collo would be great in that holding role he reads the game well and he wouldn’t have to rely on speed

    but for spurs i think and to be fair our only options is to go the same but i hope arfa n sisko swap

  • 70TWO

    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #11


    I would rather see the more experienced Gosling playing in midfield than Santon, who I think could develop in to a right winger. Even though Soko has performed really well out there, he should be playing box to box and perhaps he is the missing enforcer that I think was missing from the Chelsea game.

  • 70TWO

    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #12


    There will be no complaints at NUFC!

    Soko has more of the upper body strength to play DM but I hardly seem him putting in tackles. The squad is very unbalanced with a lot of AM and LB and little anywhere else.

  • manxpie

    Feb 11, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #13

    70two forgot about gos actually but i stand by not seeing sisko defending well in the middle he certainly should become that player tho thats wat he’s built for

    i think we might see the same team tho for spurs but being at home i hope pardew goes with sisko on the wing n arfa in the hole

    cant wait to see a front 3 of remy dejong n arfa
    with goof tiote n sissko behind tho in a 433 that to me looks very tasty

  • 70TWO

    Feb 11, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Knowing that we are not going to be relegated or finish in Euro places is making me slightly calmer, due to the non consequence of the remaining games. I have hardly the enthusiasm to form an opinion on Pardews team selection and tactics, as the is a certain inevitability about them….more than likely puzzling and whilst not totally successful, rigidly adhered to until unfortunate substitute is thrown on to muck along in there.

  • manxpie

    Feb 11, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #15

    70two lol i thought as much but its shocking at a press conference and you can’t hear the questions surely its a very easy thing to sort! but then again microphones cost money this’ll be my last payment to them anyways!!

    and on the squad i have been telling everyone that’ll listen especially the (best squad ever brigade) how unbalanced the squad is and we haven’t got any actual wingers
    and losing cabeye and now tiote (i actually thought we were well stocked in cm) but it shows how unbalanced it is when we’ve got a striker and a cdm out wide lol and with them 2 losses our whole midfield has to change!!

    but hey remember its the best squad ever and with a better manager we’ll be top 4!!

  • beermonkey

    Feb 11, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #16

    have to agree with u manxpie on the unbalanced team but is not helped by pards playing square pegs in round holes all the time

  • Expat MAG

    Feb 11, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Santon was ok against Chelsea and in the first half had 2 good chances but missed both opportunities to get back into the game. The Hazard goals in the 1st half were class, especially the 2nd!!!!

    Hmmm, 10 years since Spurs last won at SJP you say, long may it continue….. HWTL

  • Santon03

    Feb 11, 2014 at 5:21 AM

    Comment #18

    I would love to see Santon as RW instead HBA.
    Santon———-HBA(2nd striker)——-Sammy

    Santon played as RW in 2 games (in both games only played as RW about 30 mins each). I think recently it was against Norwich or Cardiff.
    This is one against wigan when he scored, so in total about 1 hour as RW he scored 1 goal.


  • catchy in norway

    Feb 11, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #19


    what is unbalanced about the squad?

  • theartfuldodger

    Feb 11, 2014 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Alan sometimes truth hurts..The rest of the season, we dont have anything to play for..FACT

    2 seasons ago he said We finished above chelsea, who are now looking to win the league.
    Now he looks at Manu, who previous yr won the league and next year will almost surely finish above us.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 11, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Santon…4-2-3-1 never seems to work for us mate!

    …that formation is not for everyone because you need to a certain football philosophy to pull that off.

    Pardew had nothing to loose so he might as well just go crazy and try to reinvent himself for the remainder of the season. Try and get Benny firing 😉

  • Slank

    Feb 11, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #22

    theartfuldodger @ 20

    We rarely have any cups to play for at this time of the year. Suggest you look at the stats.

    Since 1974 we have reached the FA Cup Final three times under Joe Harvey and the much maligned and useless (according to the fans) Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit.

    Our glorious record from 2002 is:
    semi, 3,6,3,4,semi, 6,3,4,3,4,3,4,3,3

  • Santon03

    Feb 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #23


    LDJ seems to be strong and good with crosses, Santon and Sammy can provide good crosses.
    As a lot of people here said Santon on LW cut inside too much, putting HBA on RW would be the same, because he is left footed and cut inside all the time (I wonder why noone complains about it). Sissoko is not a finisher, he had a chance one on one with GK but couldn’t do it. I think he will be better playing Yaya’s role. With what we have now, I think there is limited options.
    No Tiote, Debuchy, Gouffran, Remy, Colo, and Marv doesn’t seem to be interested in playing anymore. Probably Bigirimana can bring more option.
    Can’t play 4-3-3 or 4-4-2, well 4-4-2 maybe with Shola and LDJ, but definitely don’t want to see Shola even if all the strkers are injured.

  • theartfuldodger

    Feb 11, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #24


    We had the Europa league to fight for until cabaye was sold.
    An outside chance of CL too if we had replaced him with Grenier and Cabella both.

  • Santon03

    Feb 11, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #25

    TS & Coach

    Regarding foreign and english managers, sorry for late reply.
    I didn’t want to mention top 6 teams, because they buy superstars. I didn’t want to mention Jose, ANcelotti, Benitez, Mancini, (in their 1st season) because they buy superstars. They are not in the same category as our club.
    I don’t think Laudrup was sacked due to performance alone and he won a trophy in his 1st season (he is a special case).

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #26


    Swansea said it was to do with laudrup not fitting in with the values of swansea, there was a clique developing and a lot of players were being put out so they made the decision…he also wouldn’t commit long term so they took a decision to remove him which is fair enough in my view.

    Laudrup did win the league cup but so has manages like steve mclaren, alex mcleish and others i wouldn’t want at newcastle.

    I’m not saying he is a bad manager, looks quite good, but he hasn’t done a lot in his ten years so far and not really moved up the level of club either.

  • magpie6699

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #27

    Isn’t Goof back? If he’s fit, he’d definitely be in my team. Could even be pushed up with de Jong.

  • runheed

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #28

    Treading water…..

  • John Tudor

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #29

    scuba diving in lead boots

  • John Tudor

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #30

    self contained unachieving ashley

  • John Tudor

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #31

    missed out bullsh#t

  • sparky55

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #32

    I’m not sure if Ed makes up these Pardew quotes just to get a reaction from us or whether Pardew has decided to take on the JFK mantle of talking absolute bollox now there’s no-one else at the club to do it…but some of things Pardew is alleged to have said are absolutely mind boggling.

    maybe when they got back to the training ground after being humped by Chelsea at the weekend he asked some old duffer to put the chelsea game on and they played the one where we one 2-nowt…cos from the extended sky highlights I’ve seen I just don’t get where he’s coming from.

    Anyone else scratching their heads???

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #33

    We didn’t have Tiote for chelsea. He’s such a vital player in our midfield. Without him, the rest of our midfield plays with practically zero confidence.

    After Cabaye, he’s our most important player. Even Cabaye looked half the player without Tiote beside him. Tiote’s presence is felt througout the team.

    Evidence from the game against Liverpool. He was practically on a one man mission and nothing got pass him.

  • runheed

    Feb 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #34

    Glug glug glug ….. We’re going down…..


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