It’s A Performance We’ll Make Sure Never Happens Again


It was a performance that was near disgraceful this afternoon at St. Mary’s, when from the very first whistle Newcastle were second best in every department against a young, energetic and attacking Southampton side, who were streets better than this Newcastle side on the day, and hammered us 4-0 – and it could have been a lot worse but for a very good display from stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

Ron may have been the only Newcastle player who actually turned up this afternoon to play.

alan pardew meets Mike ashley soton before game

All smiles as Alan Pardew greets Mike Ashley
Note – this  was before the game


And fans already expect a massive clear-out of the squad this summer with players like Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabby Obertan, Romain Amalfitano and Conor Newton leaving the club.

And we’ll also lose Loic Remy, the French International striker, who will join a bigger club than Newcastle in the summer.

But from this performance today, we are even a long way behind Southampton who are now 2 points ahead of us with a much better goal difference, there’s is +9 and ours is -9, thanks to an 8 goals swing today.

Newcastle are now dropping in the league table and are in 9th position, and only six points above Stoke, who we have to visit in a couple of weeks – so if we don’t improve our form and results in the final six games, it’s possible we will not even make the top ten.

Here’s just some of what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:

“The difference in energy levels between the two teams was marked, I thought,”  “The emphasis of the game was never changed because of the threat.”

“We’ve got to threaten the game more than we did. If you don’t threaten the opposition then they’re going to keep coming, and that’s what Southampton did. It was a great day for them. I thought they played very well, made it very difficult for us.”

“That’s a performance that we need to make sure never happens again. It was our lack of energy, wherever you were sitting in the stadium, that looked a problem.”

It was an insulting performance from the players, and at one point in the first half captain Coloccini and vice-captain Cheick Tiote had words and were arguing, as Newcastle were simply overwhelmed by Southampton.

And it was so bad, that we think it puts a question mark over Alan Pardew’s future at Newcastle – the players are much better than they showed this afternoon.

And before the end of the season the manager must show he can get more out of the side than has happened over the last 14 league games – and remember Alan already has a strike against him because of that Hull incident, when he shamed both Newcastle United and himself.

We’ve won only four of the last 14 league games, and two of the wins were at home against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, with the only goal of the game being scored in stoppage time.

And you cannot accuse Newcastle of being an attacking side, since we haven’t scored in ten of the last 14 league games, and we’ve scored only one goal in the nine games Loic Remy has not played this season. 🙁

Newcastle  got 33 points in the first 18 games of the season, and we have 13 in the last 14 games played – and that’s a frightening statistic.

Talk about limping over the finish line.

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55 comments so far

  • Schwefelberg

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Pardew read Alice in Wonderland in Bed—- Jam Tomorrow!!!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Pardew knows his football when he says dummett is like lallana.

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #3

    “That’s a performance that we need to make sure never happens again.”

    Ironically that’s something we keep hearing again and again.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #4

    I would love to see the little magician that is Valbuena sign for us as he’s in his prime and a rate him very highly. Though he will cost too much and won’t get any better. I think it’s a fabricated story but a player I would love to see here, if only we could get him for say 5M, not a chance though :/

    If Menez is available on a free then I would go for him as he’s also a very very good Frenchie and one that is younger than Valbuena and just as good.

    If he’s not a free transfer I would go for him anyway. Menez, Cabella, Ben Arfa and Gremier all in the same team and we would be in fire.

    Sadly I am dreaming as no one in the board at Newcastle has that sort of ambition 🙁

    On Pardew; Please leave! Why in the hell did you take Ben Arfa off if we weren’t creating chances? Oh that’s right you wanted that presence up top from a big man an the old and always failed 4-4-2, lump it long and hope for the best! I am surprised you didn’t stick your bum chum Strolla Ameobi on to do fcuk all from the bench again!! You’re as useless as he is! PLEASE SPLIT THE TAXI BETWEEN HIM AND FCUK OFF!!!!

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  • Ginger

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Lack of energy? More like a lack of effort and proper coaching.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #6

    jimmysmith

    you beat me to it mate lol

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Its okay because Pardew has made it clear to the players that it has to be better against man utd.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    I never knew MA could shake a hand 🙂

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #9

    84stan anderson // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    But you are a Swansea fan as well are,nt you.
    Not just a toon fan eh.

    Why do you want to know

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Yes, pardew will turn valbuena into a better player so the lad could be tempted.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #11

    imagine if Remy didn’t join on loan we would be rock bottom before Christmas

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Blackley and Brownlie@10

    that’s sarcasm right?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Good evening Blackley

    I haven’t spoken to you for a long time how are you

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Is there any truth in the rumour that Southampton want to swap lallana for dummett?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Good evening all.

    I see you’ve spotted my sarcasm.

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #16

    One slim thing I’d say in the team and managers defense, not by way of excuse but perhaps explanation, is that Southampton are a team with good reason to play with spirit as they are having a season to remember. Newcastle lost any real hope when Cabaye was sold and clearly can’t cope without Remy and to a lesser degree Debuchey.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #17

    This isn’t exactly a one off Pardew ya fcukin gobshite.

    Is he really that deluded or does he think we have short term memory loss FFS.

    My hate grows for the man everytime he speaks.

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  • stan anderson

    Mar 29, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #18

    I dont really ,its just i never had 2 teams to support,only the toon,
    Even when i lived i Manchester i hated them and would not go to watch them as they won all before them.

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  • Nordhausen

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Bet Pardew was unable to locate his wristwatch after the encounter with Mr Ashley.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Nobody likes doing their job when their boss is sitting so close. It can put you off your focus scenario a little bit if I’m honest. Mikes been fantastic with me, 100%, but I’ll need to follow up the seating situation with him next week, for sure, because it was one of those style cramping scenarios if I’m honest and that might have been a factor today, a little bit.

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  • valle

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #21

    Havnt we heard this speech before? Its like a violent drunk beating his wife up and then promising her afterwards that he will change and all will get better… Next weekend its the same beating all over again though.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #22

    just watched the game and i must admit it was worse than i thought it was . dolnt know what to say really, must go down as one of the worst displays ive seen from any newcastle side. 3 years it has taken for pards to put that side together , and you know what , he never look embarressed, i was more embarressed than him watching on MOFD. thats what happens when you know you are unsackable . come on ashly – enough is enough , think of the fans for once , its not funny any more – sack him now.

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  • Schwefelberg

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #23

    You don’t bring in People like Pardew and Wonga if you have good Thoughts for the Club.

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  • stan anderson

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Sorry but all that should be said on here tonight is Pardew i s crap and he should get to know he is crap and should not be anywhere near our club,as well as his master.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #25

    Our energy levels were low after our performance against everton when our energy levels were low.

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  • mindcompressor

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #26

    when tavs is coming back from rotheram? he scores again there… i bet he can play own position better than MYM… i even dont want to listen to lunatic words on pardew… i think we are the only club in all top leagues in the worlds where so useless c**ts can work as manager or play on the pitch without will of play, without scoring, etc. i wish to see academy playing against manu – i don’t care about result – i can bet they will work do everything they can to win the game. i can see us loosing, but after decent, strong fighting.

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  • gaz 44

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #27

    All you who we’re raving how good mbwia is must of only ever seen him on champ manager he’s absolute dire , I honestly think my 6 yr old son can defend better..
    Not that it would make any difference what so ever but I thought it was a bad tackle on tiote when lalana scored

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #28

    What will you do alan to make sure that that sort of performance never happens again? Have you not made similar promises on many occasions before, but most notably after games against our local rivals?

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  • Nordhausen

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #29

    I can fully appreciate the difficult scenario outlined in comment 20, we all feel subdued in the presence of our betters, I imagine Carver was unable to decipher the starstruck stuttered ramblings of Pardew resulting in the late introduction of Shola, hence defeat.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #30

    Alan, please note there is a fine line between entertaining us with your comical and ludicrous statements, and insulting our intelligence with your ridiculous promises.

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  • Sazzer

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #31

    JP…from The Rock
    Pardews head would explode if Ashley would buy Menez, Valbuena, Grenier and Cabella. He wouldn’t know how to destroy all that creativity and discipline some workrate into those lads.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #32

    I wonder what is wrong with Stan Collymore.

    https://twitter.com/StanCollymore

    He seems to have it in for Shearer this evening. (Didn’t see MOTD, so can’t really comment)

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 30, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #33

    Pardew’s verbal bile is once again an absolute disgrace.

    We have had MANY of these pathetic displays and scorelines. It is the same crap he spews after each one. The man is an incompetent joke.

    He’d have been sacked at any other club months ago, which is just the norm in his mediocre and underwhelming career. He is used to results like today. Disgraceful.

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  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Looking at the photo of Pardew and Ashley, I wonder whether Pardew’s shaking his own hand? Could he be a contortionist? Bon accord? 😛

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  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #35

    And Van Gaal’s made it known he’s available, Gullitt has him ‘nailed on’ for Sperz.

    One can only hope.

    Oh, and Hoddle’s let it be known he’s available (Sperz’s ‘in his dna’) and Ashley was supposedly spotted having dinner with him.

    Could be interesting times ahead?

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  • sparky55

    Mar 30, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Pardew would never have survived at any club anywhere in the world with the record he has at newcastle…and the reason why is very simple.
    He’s a pathetic gambler whose gambling debts at Lambias’ casino were bought by Ashley.

    Ashley then gave him the worst contract in premiership so he could pay the debt back to Ashley.

    The 8 year contract was given to Pardew because at that time Ashley was hoping to sell the club but Pardew hadn’t paid back all the money owed to him so by giving him the 8 year contract meant that the new owner would immediately come in and sack Pardew, and the pay off money would be used to settle the debt with Ashley therefore guaranteeing ashley would be paid.

    Everything Ashley does is about making money and making sure he gets what’s owed.

    Nothing else matters…NUFC doesn’t matter in Ashleys little bubble…it’s just a free advertising hoarding.

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  • lesh

    Mar 30, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #37

    2014

    Black and White…….

    You never knew MA could shake a hand ……

    . And lift a wallet and watch at the same time!

    :-]

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  • Schwefelberg

    Mar 30, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #38

    Sparky sounds as credible as anything else.

    But Ashley hurts himself by lowballing the club. Seen Newcastle on CNN lately? If he wants to advertise his imported babywear then he’d reach a bigger Audience rather than us beaten and laughed at every week.

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 30, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Mbiwa needs to be drug tested. He was either drunk or on chronic.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 30, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Sparky,
    My theory is much more credible imo !

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