Result On Sunday Is So Vital To Alan Pardew

Whenever you lose three games on the trot, and two of them at home by a cumulative score of 7-0,  then things are in crisis mode on Tyneside, and that’s what has happened at Newcastle over the last three games.

alan pardew home to Sunderland 3-0 Feb 2014

Alan Pardew – Villa result is vital

And in the four games we have been without Yohan Cabaye we have one point, haven’t even scored and conceded 10 goals, but with the teams we have been able to field, the performances and the results should have been a lot better than that.

So Alan Pardew is now under pressure to turn this thing around, and if he cannot get the best out of a decent Newcastle squad before the end of the season, he could be in trouble.

This season is important for Newcastle, because we played so badly last season and only just survived the drop for the second time in four years..

The excuse last season was the 14 Europa League games we played gutted the squad, but there’s no such excuse this term.

The coach’s job is to get the very best out of the players he has available, and that’s why it’s important that Newcastle start to pick up points and hopefully, some good wins over the last 12 games.

Newcastle are still 9 points above 10th placed Swansea and Aston Villa, so a defeat would not be good because then Villa would then be just 6 points behind us.

And those two sides below us have  better goal difference than Newcastle, and the 38 goals we have conceded so far this season after 26 games, is the 5th worst in the league, so our defense still doesn’t seem quite good enough.

Another defeat is not what the doctor ordered for Sunday – and we need a committed performance from the lads and all 3 points.

But it’s also one of those game where the result will be so important, after we have lost seven of the last nine games in all competitions.

If we get a good performance and a result on Sunday, it will go some way towards restoring  confidence in the players and the manager.

And that would be good – very good.

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98 comments so far

  • jeff

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    martin skrtel is liverscum’s 3rd center back and liverscum performed better without gerrard. the dirty mouse

    i hope we start something like this:
    Debuchy Coloshitty Willoshitty Santon
    Tiote Sissoko
    Gouffran Remy DeJong Cisse

    ball to the wall.face it aston villa are shit and we can easily win we have the better team and there only good player is benteke and we have four strikers better then him which is why we should start all four and i am so glad to see the back to steven herpees taylor thank god good riddance #jeffBanters

  • mindshaft

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Reckon we’ll get a draw – atmosphere will be as bad as its been all season – SJP is becoming as bad as craven cottage which is why I prefer away games these days, we may get beaten on the pitch but we have best away fans in the country and its a top day out
    SJP is full of t0ssers who keep telling you to sit down and be quiet !

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    the guy can bang on all he likes about losing 4 top players,

    playing santon as DMC , was all him along with playing him at LB v spurs

    COLO has been out of sorts all season

    Cabaye, fantastic player, but has not been great in many games,

    Remy, started like a house on fire, but then got pardewed, in his last 10 games before his red card, he scored 3 goals, 2 v 9 man stoke and one v a poor west ham, he done most of his damage comingin from the left, then pardew decided to switch him to CF, starved of chances just like Cisse

    we know these players have the talent, but they have not shown it many times, and I put this down to the manager playing to a system that does not suit our players,

    I also believe that if pardew was in charge of suarez, he would struggle to find form also

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    The players can change the atmosphere in 1 second with one goal,then the place will be rocking again.First 20 mins is so important in this game we need to be fired up from the start,Tiote,Collo and Remy back i’m going for a win.

  • terencelim

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    The result is not vital to him. He wouldn’t get sacked even if the team lose tomorrow. Ashley knows this and mid table is the result he’s looking for anyway.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6


    if your looking for 1 second to change the game, its a sad way to view football, because while it only takes one second to score , we are normally defending for our lives for the other 89m,59 seconds,

    I think what we need is a solid performance, players showing heart and courage, I want us to go out and look like we want to win the game, not just hang on and hope to score another wonder goal from 30 yards.

    we need only 5 more points, and villa at home should be an easy 3, but it wont be,

    get the 5 points we need , and im not bothered if we lose every other game IF it helps get pardew out the door,

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    i have absolutely no faith in pardew in restoring any form of confidence in the squad.

    he’s a very poor manager who needs talented player at his disposal to over look his poor tactical nuances.

    he can’t bring the best out of a weak squad like ours.

    i can’t see anything past a defeat at villa park to continue our woeful run. confidence seems shot and its here to stay.

    villa 3 – 0 newcastle

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Do you watch our games or do you just guess at how we have played by the result?,have you not seen the amount of good to decent chances we have missed over the last couple of games?.If we can score one of those chances it will be a massive lift,we haven’t scored in a while,the crowd will be buzzing.With Remy back we have more chance of scoring one of those chances.

  • stan anderson

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    Reading Remy asking fans for support.
    Does he realise that if the side give any inclanation of winning something he would not need to ask for support.
    The fans just need a smell of success and it will be impossible to buy a ticket for matches.
    Players would be treat like gods even the mediocre .
    I find it insulting when a wealthy footballer starts asking for fans support,when we have such a long history of under performing on and off the pitch.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Just please,no MYM.I see a few people hoping he starts,Benteke v MYM in football is the equivalent of Mike Tyson v Professor Stephen Hawkings in a fight.Do people really want to see a player who,not long after he joined,said he hopes to play for a big club one day?

    The line””I want to play with the best players and for big clubs, and this is one of the steps”
    sums him up,thought he would stroll this league then found out quickly not everyone can cope with the pace of the football in the Prem.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11


    its a good job we are playing at home then isn’t it 😀

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #12

    If you are supporting the team, you are supporting the regime

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    And sorry Loic Remy is the last person to be issuing rallying cries to the fans who has rejected us in the past and probably going to reject us again after we put you in the shop window,it wouldn’t surprise me if he was in the minority Williamson hinted at that didn’t care.IMO he’ll keep playing well for the club for his own reasons,the shops are not open til January and he needs to keep his stock high.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Mojo, players want to play in the Champions League and challenge for titles. Whether other players have said it or not doesn’t matter. Most of them will do.

    The lad just captained Montpellier to the title before he came. He has ambition. That is good, no matter if it hurts that he said that. Cabaye has just left for the same reason.

    Just because Ashley doesn’t have real ambition for the club by not spending in the two windows and keeping a sacked league one manager in charge even after record defeats, doesn’t mean he should lower his own expectations to our level.

    He’s ambitious, we aren’t. I have no problem with him airing his views. We should be asking why he’s saying that and look close to home for the answer. Unambitious owner and unqualified manager.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15


    in the last few games???

    other than cisse and debuchy, v spurs, I don’t recall many chances being created in the box in many of our games,
    we don’t normally get bodies into the box, hence our shots outside the 18Y bx being the highest and our shots inside the 18Y bx are the lowest amongst all the teams in the premiership,

    our team philosophy is shoot on site

    shots inside the 6Y box we 16th with 6%
    shots inside the 18Y box we are 20th with 37%
    shots outside the 18 Y box we are 1st with 57%
    4% higher than sunderland and villa


    we are 2nd worst at defending in our own 6Y box 8% of all shots against us are in our 6Y box, only Fulham have it worse with 9%
    we are also 2nd worst at defending in our own 18Y box, with 53% of all shots coming from inside it, only spurs are worse
    we are also 2nd worst at defending shots from outside of the 18Y box 39%
    only spurs are worse..

    all stats are from here

    now players can blamed all you like, but reading those stats, that is telling me it is not a player problem or an Ashley problem, as there are team with far worse players than us doing much better than us on all accounts of attacking and defending,

    spurs only proved what these stats are telling us, defend high against us as we do not commit bodies forward,

    and push us high up the pitch as we are poor at defending,

    please tell me you see that from all those stats for the whole of this season, this is not because we just lost cabaye,


  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16


    The sad thing is the result is anything but vital to Pardew.

    Even if he did so badly as all the following unimaginable things, he is safe as houses.

    He could finish 16th, lose 7 out of 9, only scoring 4 goals, have the record number of consecutive home defeats, the worst losing run in the premiership at both WHU and NUFC, the most goals conceded in a season whilst playing a god awful in his words ” containing ” football. .

    Oh wait….

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    There’s far too much pre-prepared happy-clappy interviews and Pardew type spin in football.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    cabaye played in 5 of the 7 losses in this 9 game streak.

    Imagine having Mojo as your boss, you could burn the place down and he would apologise to you!!

  • stan anderson

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    Just about sums us up dont it,a stepping stone to a bigger club that has ambition.
    Shame on the slugs in charge of our club.
    Stay away till we show the ambition to even try.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Catchy, good work on the stats again. As you know, we are some of the fans who can actually see it going on while it’s live.

    It’s easy to see. Clueless coaching in the final third, hence the long shots.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    This is a classic example of why Jabba is ruining our club,what was the thought process that led us to sign Remy?.There were plenty good players available that transfer window yet we bring a player in who had ridiculously rejected us before,perfect deal for Jabba,doesn’t have to fork out a massive transfer fee because of the rape trial,he doesn’t care if he will be here in the summer or not,he got a quality player for a season for 2m,if he brings a 4m striker in in the summer we are not going to care too much because we haven’t seen him play,we’ll just be grateful he signed someone.F@ck the team,it’s all about numbers.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Imagine an attacker spending years 8-17 working on his attacking skills. Honing it day in day out

    and then Pardew wants you to defend.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m not going to list all the chances but here are a few from the Chelsea game that i saw with my own eyes,why are you bringing up stats about where we have shot from?,Moussa through one on one(which Santon created,he cost us a goal,should have created us a goal),Sammy Ameobi late on set up by LDJ blasted over from about ten yards,Marv late on missed from 4 yds.Why did you not see these?

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #24

    without saylor we may have a chance. since he’s come back we’ve been woeful. Should never have split up the Willo / MYM partnership, absolute stupidity.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #25


    to many get carried away with the wonder goals we score and convince themselves we played well over 90 mins

    most IMHO don’t watch the game, they see it but there not taking much in, they link a win to the coments that pardew says and carnt see what is really happening

    I’m 100% behind the guys against Ashley, but pardew has to take 100% responsibility for team coaching , tactics , team selection , and subs,

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Catchy @32

    Spurs away a perfect example.

    3 points yes! But for what? trophy – No! European qualification – no

    Mid table oblivion – May be

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #27

    @ 25 I meant

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Cabaye was in the best form of his Newcastle career when we sold him,that is a fact.What have i told you about addressing posts to me?,you stay away from me and i will stay away from you.If you keep posting your slimy sneering comments at me i will be forced to verbally destroy you.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #29

    That’s all from me for now anyway,too many space cadets in here for my liking.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #30


    you are pointing out 1 game where we, in that same game Chelsea had more chances they should have scored from to

    the fact is your not looking at the bigger picture as to why we are the way we are,

    the stats are compiled over an average of 26 games this season , not only one,

    players are wrongly singled out by pardew as scape goats, and fans like yourself but it,

    I have no problem with players missing chances, the fact they get into that great position is great, but we don’t create many of them ,

    ozil cost 42 million and misses more chances and is more lazy than both marv and HBA , and we paid only 5 million for them both

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #31


    it could also be said cabaye was in the form of his career as he was playing for the move nUFC had promised him in the summer,

    was he playing for us or himself?

  • jayphoto

    Feb 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Think the loss in form was more to do with The loss of coloccini and Tiote than the cabaye sale!
    Think Coloccini is past his better days but hes still 10 times the defender Taylor is

  • kt97toonarmy

    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #33



    However i think colo in defence with 1 leg nd blindfolded is 10 times better then what taylor is.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #34

    Manchester City are ready to rival Atletico Madrid for the signing of the youngster dubbed the next Sergio Aguero.

    Scouts from the Quadruple-chasing Blues were in Buenos Aires to watch San Lorenzo’s Angel Correa again on Wednesday night, amid reports Spanish title contenders Atletico have already lodged a bid.

    This is where we could use Colo… although San Lorenzo may not actually like the idea of having to pay/swap for Colo.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35


    if you watch us you can see it

    but why cant the manager see it and he gets all the opta stats
    why cant the manager see we are useless at set pieces
    and all we need to do with set pieces is practise more,

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #36

    Himanshu Dhingra

    its a very good example,

    1 player saved us that day, nothing to do with tactics

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #37


    what about that saying, I can not see the wood for the trees ?
    its that type of thing

    I have to say, I watch the game, and see where we are going wrong, and back it up with stats,

    I also wonder how many really know the game, have they ever played at any level other than playground,

    I was always taught, you play to the players strengths, not systems first, and it confuses me how a guy can pass all his coaching badges, work with some good coaches, and not see what strengths his players have and use them,

    this for me is where pardew fails as a manager, its his system is perfect, just the players can not carry it out, well in his eyes

  • Brutooon

    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #38

    Since Saylor starts, we never WON!!!

    He is just below average Centre Back and the reason he is starting is because he is a “local lad”

  • beermonkey

    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #39

    it takes him so long to change things when he knows there is a problem

    could he not tell half way through last season that the players were not fit enough it took him till this season to ring in the fay girl
    has benny tried hitting on her cos he defo aint been attending her sessions

    its a strange way to run a team most managers set there team around who is available

    we have a system and players have to conform to it

  • jayphoto

    Feb 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #40

    @beermonkey – think it was kinnear that brought in Faye Downey actually?
    Pards doesn’t strike me as the kind to think his coaching and management could be improved….


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