Surprise – Newcastle So Close To Pace Of Two Years Ago


Alan Pardew has finally been talking about the game on Saturday, after all the talk about his head-butt at Hull on Davide Meyler, and of course it was a great performance from our lads,  and two wins in a row in what were two very tough games.

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Luuk de Jong in action on Saturday – played very well

But wins is what Newcastle need, if we are climb the league table, and it could be that 7th place gets a Europa League spot this season – and if a top four side wins the FA Cup, that will happen.

Alan Pardew is pleased enough with the last two games, and he had this to say today:

“It has been two great results for us, to beat Aston Villa at home and Hull away. They’re both close to us and now we have given ourselves a nice cushion.” “We have put ourselves in touch with the top and that is where we want to be.”

Newcastle now have 43 points from 28 games with a goal difference of -2 and 13 wins.

And two years ago we finished 5th we had 44 points from the first 28 games with a goal difference of -1 and 12 wins.

So we are very close to where we were when we finished in 5th place.

A good run-in will have been made more difficult once Alan Pardew receives his ban from the FA – either a touch-line ban or a more serious stadium ban, and it’s all been self-inflicted. 🙁

But whatever happens John Carver will be taking more responsibility from now on.

But we have great confidence in the Geordie assistant manager, and he’s always done very well when he’s come in to manage a game at Newcastle.

It’s still possible Newcastle can climb the league table, and with 43 points from 28 games we need to at least to break 60 points this season, and that’s very possible given the games we still have to play.

And all our players are fit again – so we could do very well.

Given what’s happened we need to do very well.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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36 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes

    Can any one see us going on run of 6 games without conceding. could happen.!!!!

    Then pardew will bring up a game like the one against Wigan!

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    First!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

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  • Nufc-83

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    In regards to mapou:

    Thought he was average at best to be honest but still 10x the player Staylor is.

    Thought De Jong has looked excellent so far and would be delighted to get him signed in the summer. We have been crying out for someone to link the midfield to attack for a long time and hopefully he can now add goals to his game.

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m not sure if Pards being banned from the stadium will help or hinder us to be honest, I think it might actually be the latter

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  • dufuss

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5

    never first thats eds honour with the lead

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    dufuss

    You are just being jealous

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Extradite Pardew for being Anti football.

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  • scitoon

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Sujprise, Ed? Seriously, do you not read your posts prior to publishing? Every post these days seems to be littered with typos that detract from what should be an enjoyable read with my mid-morning coffee.

    Anyway, Not sure Pards adds anything momentous from the touchline regarding strategy and tactics. Carver is just as vocal so in terms of a voice to urge our players on then i think a touchline ban for Pards will not affect us greatly. Su(j)rprised to see we are only 1 pt off what we were 2 seasons ago.

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  • 70TWO

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    The team over achieved finishing 5th, under achieved and now look to be hitting their target. If it is possible to predict Ashley, I would expect the target next season would be to equal the league finish, proving consistency, whilst creating a squad capable of competing for a cup also. Proving ambition to take the next step up and generate greater profitability.

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  • scitoon

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Haha well done Ed, a timely correction!

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  • We hate isaac dunn

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Pards out
    Fat cockney Ash out

    Isaac Dunn in

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Blacklie -previous post. I have tried to provide you with information about specific matters based upon my knowledge of the subjects concerned. Specifically, the Data Protection Act. You chose,yet again to deny the advice. I do not see it as my lifes work to instruct you on the finer points of the Data Protection Act. I have used the Data Protection Act regularly during my last 10 years as part of my employment -requesting information from organisations and denying requests from others. My knowledge of the DPA is not theoretical but practical.
    As I’ve suggested to you previously -research things yourself -instead of your regular denials and refusals to accept what others tell you- who had offered their wisdom to you in good faith. So, in order to not bore the pants off fellow bloggers -that is my final word on the matter. Matter for you whether you believe what I say or not. You seem to challenge everything people say – not because you know better/differently -but because of your lack of understanding of the matter being discussed. You are an extremely annoying poster.

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  • mag

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Ashley may part company with Pardew, if the FA come down really hard on Pardew as it could constitute gross misconduct and Ashley wouldn’t have to honour Pardews remaining six years of his contract.

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  • 70TWO

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    NUFC is currently just above the 1.5 points to achieve a top half finish, if they had 1.75 points per game (49) they would be 6th at present. Of the 11 losses, 5 were by one goal and potentially could have been made into draws. Or, more probable the 0-0 draws against Norwich and West Ham should have been wins.

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  • 70TWO

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Mister Tuff

    I would expect his so called friends to agree with him quiet readily.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    70TWO we’ve all heard the classic joke about some folk starting an argument with themselves in a phone box. I always thought the scenario of that was imaginary -to enhance the comedy. By God I know differently now. I’ve met some argumentative folk in my lifetime but this guy takes the biscuit.

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  • martoon

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #17

    scitoon @7 – Ed gets up in the middle of the night to write some of these articles so I think we can forgive him the odd typo!
    Like I said yesterday people generally fall into 2 camps – the Pardew haters who want to use this as an excuse to sack him and the rest of us who don’t condone Pardew’s actions and feel a proportionate punishment is necessary. I think Ed’s poll showed that the majority are in the second camp!

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18

    I get that points make prises , I just don’t get why so many are happy just looking at a table , there is no enjoyment at watching a poor match then saying at the end of it , that’s great we are 5th,

    does it make you a better supporter to say you can sit through 90mins of crap football , I don’t think so

    I would hope that you love the game first and formost then your team ,

    you can say what you like , but in the last 20 years at nufc , out of the managers who have played around a full seasons worth of games , Alan pardew has the 2worst win % with ruud G only just behind him , all the other managers have a win % mid 40s or higher,

    for football reasons alone I don’t get why most don’t want him out, please don’t give me the M Ashley is an horrible boss, CH had the same boss and did very well under him,

    one way is to say pardew is over achiving another is the team is under achiving

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  • 70TWO

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Mister Tuff

    I have just read the letter from Mr Barrett to the Chief Inspector for Humberside Police and must admit it is reasonably plausible.
    http://www.newcastleunited-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/toon_fan_asks_police_why_pardew_was_not_charged_826535/index.shtml?
    Until you realise that Pardew is employed to be in the situation and is therefore primarily governed by specific rules that for the most part take precedence in order to not over burden the judicial authority….but I take it you already know that.

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  • Slank

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Mag @ 12

    ‘…Ashley may part company with Pardew.. ‘

    Ashley isn’t too keen on authority and is his own man and is just as likely to give Pardew a rise.

    I would suspect, given his previous actions, that he will get rid of Pardew when he feels like it and not when others tell him.

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  • 70TWO

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #21

    catchy in norway @17

    I would contest that the ‘love of the game’ is the emotion football derives, whether that is from a win or loss, good play or bad play, grumbling or rejoicing.

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  • mag

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #22

    The FA may give Ashley the means to sack Pardew without having to pay his remaining six year contract.

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  • Slank

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    70TWO @ 18

    As I see it, the player pushed the opposition manager which is deemed an assault. The manager reacted, like any other manager probably would. The manager threatened the player with his head but did not assault him but the intent was there and is deemed an assault.

    Both individuals were at fault.

    As was Hull for not controlling their player and therefore should be punished. Newcastle should also be punished for not controlling their manager. The referee was also at fault for not showing a red card against the player for assault.

    The question is will Hull and their player be punished?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    catchy

    With newcasle I want a win first and foremost, then a performance as the desire to win comes above the desire to be entertained.

    I don’t think our games are boring, even if we play bad football (we are so hit and miss) it’s still exciting as anything can happen, concede, krul makes a brilliant save, lots of individual talent….not the best football but exciting I think.

    I’d love a new manager who got points and great football….but under Ashley I just can’t see it, he had a chance to sack Pardew this week and didnt so can’t see it.

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  • 70TWO

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Slank

    The Tigers are animals and should not even be in the League. This is the type of reaction that some people regard as credible comment, whereas the majority would recognise it as ridiculous. To answer your question, I think we already know the outcome from the FA and have to abide by their procedures.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #26

    All the rubbish about criminal proceedings doesn’t help…the police confirmed they wouldn’t take it forward as no complaint.

    If that happened in the street and the victim didn’t want to press charges then nothing would happn.

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  • 70TWO

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Transfer Sage

    Equally if Pardew was at the local park, standing at the side of the pitch as a spectator and did the same thing he would be liable to prosecution by the Police. As he is not employed to be in the situation and judicial laws are the only rules that apply.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #28

    70TWO interesting letter form the supporter. will be interesting to see whether the cops respond -or if they do respond whether it is informative or not.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    tuff

    what letter is that? i never saw

    70two

    Providing that the person want to press charges, the police wont chase it up for such a minor incident unless the victim is willing to cooperate and want the charges against Pardew.

    Also there is such little in the incident, the shove was more aggressive than leaning with his head that they’d not really have anything to charge.

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  • 70TWO

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Transfer Sage

    Link to letter @18 in blue at the bottom of the article, however it is not applicable.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #31

    70two

    cheers

    But for a start the police have received no complaint, also there was none/very minimal contact (not a headtbutt which the dictionary describes as ‘a violent thrust with the head’). Therefore there is nothing to deal with even if a complaint was made.

    Also I don’t know this man’s case, so without seeing the video it’s impossible to compare.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #32

    70TWO -thinking about the supporters letter to the cops a bit more- I think-that the cops will probably not expand on their decision not to investigate Percy further -save for what they’ve already said in their press release.
    Usually the fine details about whether a person is investigated for offences or charged – would not be appropriate to publicise to the general public. If the cops have sought legal advice from the CPS Solicitors – this information then becomes the same as a client/solicitor relationship (legal advice) which is not disclosable under the Data Protection Act.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #33

    statsy in norway.

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  • martoon

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Wanting Pardew sacked is one thing but wanting the Police to press charges against him is truly pathetic!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #35

    I agree with the punishment he will get, what he did was wrong, but it’s not worthy of criminal convictions.

    There are so many incidents like this which happen where people just walk away, nobody is hurt and get on with their lives….just because it’s high profile doesn’t meant it should face tougher sanctions from the law, that’s not how our legal system works.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Mister Tuff,
    Good evening, what’s this about supporters letters to the police, if that’s the case I want Dirk Dastardly investigated for indecent exposure after running across our hallowed turf in his birthday suit !

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