Desire Is All In Premier League But We Had None At Southampton

For a manager who is under pressure at Newcastle, Alan Pardew in his news conference looked calm and fairly placid today, but he is well aware that last week’s performance at Southampton just wasn’t good enough for a Newcastle United side.

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Alan Pardew – at his press conference today

This is some of what Alan Pardew said during his press conference today:

“The mid-season was really strong for us and the injuries to Loic and the transfer of Cabaye have impacted on our quality, there’s no doubt about that.”

“We are grinding towards the end unfortunately, and that’s not what we want.”  “We want to be a lot more easy on the eye, and lot more fluent in what we are doing than we are.”

“But we have become a very functional team now, and that’s what has really got to get us through until such time as Loic is back and Mathieu is back and Tim is back.”

“I have been in many games where you have long, long trips and had very, very difficult afternoons.” “As far as I am concerned, our fans are the best in the world and to give them that performance wasn’t acceptable and we aim to put it right on the pitch.”

“I am just urging my players to put in a better performance than they did on Saturday, that’s the most important thing to me.” “You get disappointments in the Premier League, and we have had them before.”

“The matter is very, very simple: we need a reaction to that performance in terms of energy levels, continuity in the team and a desire to win the game.” “Desire is all in the Premier League.”

 “That is the beauty of professional football: there is always an opportunity around the corner.”  “If we were a boxer and that was our last fight, we might have had to sit on that performance for six months.”

“So in some ways we are lucky and hopefully we can capitalize on that with a good performance.”

Bad news this morning was that Moussa Sissoko is out for two or three weeks with a hamstring strain, and Loic Remy is still not ready from his thigh injury, and Mathieu Debuchy and Tim Krul will also be missing tomorrow.

Pardew is hopeful that Loic will be ready for Stoke, but he did say a week ago he also thought that  Loic would be ready for this game – so we’ll just have to wait and see and keep our fingers crossed.

Newcastle have a number of injuries, but we’ll just have to get on with it – and it could be that Davide Moyes will rest some of his players, after two tough games in the last six days.

But the most important thing we want to see from this team on Saturday is some energy, commitment, passion and 100% effort, which we certainly didn’t see last week – well except for Rob Elliot, who was great in his very first Premier League game of the season.

And the pride must be restored to Newcastle United, after that insipid performance last Saturday – which was simply a disgrace.

And as Alan says above – desire is all in the Premier League – and we had none of that at all last Saturday – that’s for sure.

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48 comments so far

  • guvnor

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Stop it Alan your creasing the fans up.

  • Bambams

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #2

    If the Toon was a boxer bloody hell we would have not got back up months ago…..

    He is clueless and still has a huge ego that prevents him seeing how clueless he is


  • mag

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Stick a microphone and a camera in front of this clown and he’ll rabbit until dawn.

  • cyprus

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #4

    If you are free Saturday I know of a team that may want to use your ideas. If you have any gambling debts maybe we can think of something.

    On gambling debts, this is what AP said:
    “That still hurts me, the casino tag,’ he says, acknowledging the fact that he was photographed emerging from a casino with Ashley and Llambias last week.
    ‘I’ve never bet in a casino; it’s just not something I do. But my owner and my managing director are from that world, they want to socialise in that world and there have been occasions — and there will be in the future — when I go in there with them.
    ‘It’s important we have a good relationship and if that’s where I need to see them then that’s fine by me. But I’m not a gambler. The only gambling I do is on a Saturday afternoon when I might put on two wingers or two strikers…”

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #5

    and one time in band camp
    he stuck a flute up his as and played the same tune

  • BuckLuck

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    We have an owner without desire and a manager who thinks that is ok. That is not a good foundation to build on.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m thinking we may see a record breaking performance against ManU. They could score 6 or 7 with the number of injuries we have and the general indifference of our players. Benny looks a wreck now. Thick around the waist and fed up. De Jong has yet to have a decent shot on goal with us. Gouffy played his worst game with us against Southampton. Please don’t play Dummett again Pards. This is a complete mess and we have Mike and Joe to thank for it as well.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #8

    all players that are in and around the france team all goto the clairfontaine place over there when injured

    do we as a club pay for this as there our players

    I like the idea and think england should do the same sort of thing it must help having all there medical stuff in one place and u know if there just bailing on meaningless friendlies, I know they looked after benny when he broke his leg not sure if he was playing for france then or not

  • mag

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #9

    The only ones that swallow Pardews guff are tds and the skink.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #10

    That sounds horrible cyprus mate. He goes to the casino to watch Mike and Dekka gamble? That must be a terrific time. So he only fools around with players’ wives then and doesn’t gamble? Like Gosling doesn’t gamble I suppose? It’s all very encouraging. Spend some time at the ground with the players Alan. Or maybe not,? I don’t know which would be worse.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #11


    not even the chronicle are buying it now ,

    dead man walking right now

  • cyprus

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #12


  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Pardew is like Fraudley Harrison. Totally deluded.

  • cyprus

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m thinking, if we let them score 3-4 in quick succession, won’t that put them in a false sense of security? And then we can do an Arsenal?!
    Maybe no.

  • mag

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #15

    When even Lee Ryder has sussed old Pardew out the writing is on the wall.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #16

    He forgets that abysmal results were when our players were also fit. No Loic for his individual goals now, Alan.

  • mag

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Six points donated to the Sunderland relegation fund should have saw Pardew gone down the A1.

  • geordie157

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #18

    I’d start gosling and marveaux vs utd, bring aarons onto the bench. Anita or santon right back

  • toon kk

    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #19

    I can’t believe that some fans think we even have a chance of winning against man u. We haven’t even a goalscorer on the pitch.
    The best we can hope for is a 0-0 draw but with our team on early vacation that’s highly unlikely.

    But let’s hope I’m wrong.

  • mindshaft

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #20

    If the toon were a boxer we’d be banned from fighting again for at least 6 months due to the pummeling last weekend
    Ref would have shown mercy after 15 mins,brought game to an end and just awarded the game to Southampton

  • mindshaft

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Paris really needs to stop pulling out that Cabaye excuse – fook me, he left months ago

  • Bambams

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Sticking neck out time again….
    cisse and benny up front
    marv just behind
    gouf tiote anita
    Hiadara mym will sants

    unless one of these I have named are injured that is what I would put out. Luuk is so low on confidence I would have him on the bench and shola is low in skill so leave him at home.
    Gosling can come into midfield and possibly some youngins.

    we need to at least worry their back four and benny and cisse can at least do that.
    Marv has an eye for a pass

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Is it just me or is Pardew a tad repetitive and quite boring?

  • toon kk

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Poor decision bringing Luuk in, he couldn’t get a place in the team in Germany so why think a chancer is going to work at Newcastle. It boils down to a cheap alternative which is proving to be another below average member of our squad.

  • Bambams

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Stuart Pearce anyone….Psycho certainly would not be a yes man. See Forest have taken him

    Pearce or Bruce….

    Think I would have to go for Bruce. Harps reckons he would be ideal as a toon manager.

    Would live a mourinho or wenger or blanc….. Years away from attracting top managers and it wont be under Ashley reign.

  • Bambams

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Live = love
    allo allo copper again

  • AaranD

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d rather we went out and had a go at ManU. They wont be playing like they did against Bayern and that leaves them vulnerable with no decent holding midfielder and ageing center backs. But without Remy we really lack the pace up top. Hopefully a change in tactics from Pardew to exploit this, rather than same drivel we have been served up recently!

  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Why do people keep saying Ben Arfa is overweight.

    Tell me something:

    Does this look like an overweight player to you?

    It is time this myth that is circulating is put to bed.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #29

    In fact, if anything, the Southampton players could be accused of looking a bit chubby… check that pictured I linked, take a look at Rickie Lambert.

    Ben Arfa does not have an inch of flab on him.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 3, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #30

    How can you not love Andrea Pirlo ? .

  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #31


    id love to have pirlo as player/manager 🙂

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #32

    That’s Luke Shaw

  • gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb)

    Apr 3, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Desire is all we can ask for with Pardew in charge- we all know skill, technique and attacking prowess won’t be in his teams any time soon….

  • lesh

    Apr 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Rather than ask whether we’ll win, draw or lose, maybe a more appropriate would be a poll on the score or beaten by how many.

    We’re gonna be hammered and we’ll see another three or four at least put past us.

    Such results were once the exception but sad to say, they no longer come as a surprise.

    Maybe it is time for an overhaul of the management and coaching structure after all.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 3, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #35

    toonarmydownsouth – Yep, I was not implying it was Rickie Lambert, if that was what you meant. I was drawing attention to Southampton players & then saying also look at Rickie Lambert as another example.

  • aidytoon9

    Apr 3, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #36

    It’s the same old story, play two or three bad games then say lets have a reaction!
    Why is that?
    You should be reacting anyway as your on great money in the first place.
    Pardew you don’t know how to play football that is good on the eye on a regular basis. You have run out of ideas.

  • toon kk

    Apr 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #37

    We could do much better than Pards but even with a better manager half of our squad simply aren’t good enough and would still struggle how ever we played.

  • aidytoon9

    Apr 3, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Toon kk
    I think he could get a lot more out the current squad than he is doing at the moment so I do think this squad is capable of better.
    I think morale is a big thing and the way the team is set up also.
    Yes we have sold cabs but still have players like benny and marv who can unlock doors.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 3, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Ah right, well Ricky Lambert is a 30+ yr old target man tbf
    Not a number 10 who’s supposed to be in the prime of his career

  • AaranD

    Apr 3, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #40

    That Lacazette lad didn’t get much of a sniff tonight, not really surprising against this Juve team.


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