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Newcastle’s Pathetic Form Doesn’t Justify Winter Break

9:00 am, Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

When the Newcastle squad took off for their winter break to Abu Dhabi on 20th January, things were looking OK. and Newcastle had just broken their four game losing streak with a very good 3-1 win at West Ham, and with a game at Norwich next up, things were looking good.

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Alan Pardew – keen on winter breaks

But of course before the Norwich game the Yohan Cabaye news broke that he could be off to PSG ,and the Frenchmen was left out of the team that could only draw with Norwich 0-0.

And of course we lost Loic Remy to a red card late in that game, and we have lost our last three games by a cumulative score of 10-0 and also lost Yohan Cabaye to PSG permanently.

Winter breaks have always to be justified to Geordie fans, who think they are simply a boondoggle to get away from the tough weather in Newcastle during January.

And our results since returning from that five-day break have hardly been good, in fact they’ve been terrible, and we have just one point from those four games and have conceded 10 and not scored a single goal.

And we hate to bring it up. but one of those defeats was the 3-0 walloping by Sunderland at home, and the first time we have lost three successive games to Sunderland since 1923.

Not really what you expect after the players have supposedly had their batteries recharged – those chargers must not have been working too well with the warm weather in Abu Dhabi.

After three successive losses and just one win in the last eight games, Newcastle will be trying to stop the rot tomorrow against Aston Villa, where the first 20 minutes of the game tomorrow will be really important for the home side not to concede a goal.

The form and attitude of some of our players since that winter break have hardly been a positive persuasion that this winter break has done any good at all for the Newcastle squad, with just one point and no goals in the last four games.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    hayley

    go and paint your nails or wash your hair

    people like you are total idiots, your argument is, trust me i know,

  • 2 catchy in norway // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    the winter break was an olive branch from AP, its about the only thin he can organize , a good piis up for the lads, see who pulls the most birds,

  • 3 niafron // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    @Slank (repost).

    Over the pond? You mean the US?

    Well would be nice to remind them time to the time they were very quiet at home when we dealed with the wrath of the germans.

    And we don’t said we saved the world after the russians did the job…

  • 4 niafron // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    @toon22

    You can’t use the words “cheap” and “french” in the same statement. Do not have any sense…

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Harley…how do you think you look in the eyes of some of us?

    …stop taking the morale high ground it is not becoming!

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Harley,
    While I don’t agree with everything Catchy says, his stats are much more relevant than someone just having a pop at another poster for discussing NUFC….

    On HBA, who cares, he wouldn’t start, and rarely actually has an end product.

    On Pards, he isn’t jealous of Sunderland? Good. But what a bell end thee jour no who asked that question is. Anyone know who, or what paper? Just trouble making asking that sort of thing.

  • 7 niafron // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Hi Jesper!

    Is there some sublime naked woman on the beach front of your home today?

  • 8 niafron // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    @Lilongwe.

    I care.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Niafron…if there are, then I didn’t get the memo :) lol

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Lilongwe…I would say I care as well. I have seen enough of Benny to say he makes a difference. Something else is up for sure – especially with more than half of our team underperforming consistently :)

    …it does seem we are consistent at something then! Lol

  • 11 niafron // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Talking of the germans, what were your feelings about mid week CPL games?

    Would say that:

    1)There’s a widening gap between top 5 clubs and the others.

    2)The selection wasn’t made before this round, so it question the interest of the first phase.

    3)Sending off a player for a fault killing a goal chance is killing the interest of the games as well. As the idea in the first place was to protect offensive play, this is clueless. The board should reconsider that.

    4)I’m a bit worry for english top clubs. The PL is a very hard championship, but the top teams seems now all out of the european top 5 (mainly cause MU is in free fall).

    5) Very impressed by PSG.

    6) Disapointed by Leverkussen. Bayern apart, not sure now the Bundesliga is so strong than that.

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Niafron,
    Why? The team doesn’t play in a way that benefits him, although we do play to highlight his ability. He don’t produce regularly enough to be carried through games and he will be sold in the summer.

    I’d personally prefer that we looked to build something for next year by using players who are more likely to be here. Not great for this year, but hey, nor is the current first 11 judging by recent gems.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Jesper,
    If it was the first time HBA had under performed at a club, then fair enough, but under performing and not producing enough from his undoubted talent is what he has been most consistent at in his career.

    To take it to an extreme stat, Obertan has more goals and assists per minute played at Newcastle than HBA. Surely we should be starting him……

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Niafron…at the moment I have enough on my plate contemplating Newcastle and getting my head around comments like “Pardew is not to blame for everything” or “we have played some good football at times”.

    As if this is about blaming anyone for everything or being grateful of a few good games. What ever happened to honest men standing up taking responsibility for their decisions?

  • 15 niafron // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    @Lilongwe

    Never said it was logic. Just, when it touch the ball, you got the feeling something spectacular could happen.

    Football is about pleasure.

    And he’s not gone yet. He could leave, but i don’t understand why almost everyone is so sure of it.

  • 16 catchy in norway // Feb 22, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    i very much care about HBA, he is a scape goat for AP,

    he is the one player we have in our squad that our team should be built around,

    in (what i think should be his natural position) right behind the forward or AMC, he would shine,

    over the last week i have studied how pardew plays his game and why layers like HBA and marv will never fit in

    the one thing that has been common in all of his seasons is the link up between a CF and MF, he prefers not to commit bodies to the 18Y box, he dont mind the odd runner from MF but he will not put someone there as a genuine link between them, he likes his strikers to drop deep,

    he prefers to hold onto the ball in MF pass side ways and backwards,

    in each of his 3 seasons here
    we shoot more than any other team outside the box, fact
    we shoot less than anyone inside the 18Y box , fact

    i know people slate big sam, but the guy never hides the way he wants to play the game, pardew tries to have us all believe that he is a forward thinking manager, always on the front foot, and blames his players for everything going wrong,

    i get sick of people coming on here and say we are passing the ball better, when then stats are the same for every season he has been here,

    for every good 45 mins of football we play under pardew, i can point to 10 full games of poor but lucky in some way games we have played,

    while i believe bigs sams football is poor, it is the same football that pardew plays, but sam has perfected it better with more average players,

    i hope we lose tomorrow, its one step closer to the door for him




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