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Surprise, Surprise – Newcastle Can Still Catch Southampton

7:28 pm, Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said he wants to see a win or two before the end of the season and with four games to go – with two of them at Arsenal and Liverpool, maybe 6 points is all we can get from the last four games of the season – that would take us onto 52 points – which we suppose that wouldn’t be too bad – given the trials and tribulations of this year.

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Erik Pieters – Stoke’s goalscorer celebrates

It was a really poor goal that Newcastle conceded today, when Erik Pieters mis-hit his intended cross,  and it beat Tim Krul and went into the top right-hand corner of the goal – and that was it – we went down 1-0, and the fourth defeat on the trot.

This is what Alan Pardew had to say to Sky Sports after the game:

“I thought that we gave an honest performance. It was a close game, a fluke goal for them – which is our luck at the moment.”  “It’s a difficult place to come and we gave a good account of ourselves today – but it wasn’t enough.”

“It’s tough – especially when you’re Newcastle. They’ve been a tough four fixtures and hopefully next week when we’re at home (to Swansea City) we’ll get a win.”  “I’d like to see a win or two that will secure our position and secure our confidence going into the summer.”

“We’ve got a good opportunity in the summer to bring players in, but we need to get ourselves a couple of wins just to steady everyone down.”  “I think the local press up in the North-East have been damaging for us this week,”

“They’ve come for us, they’ve been banned from the stadium and that’s reflected in the fans today. “

It’s a little surprising that Alan criticizes the local journalists in that comment – and we suppose they are the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun – since they are the ones banned by Mike Ashley since early November.

The really surprising thing is that even though Newcastle have been on a terrible run this year, Southampton are still only two points ahead of us , and they were surprisingly beaten at home 1-0 today by Cardiff City.

But things are not good at Newcastle at the moment, and we just have to hope Loic Remy is back for next Saturday’s home game against Swansea – and maybe – just maybe – we can get a goal and win the  game.

We desperately need a good result.

Comments welcome.



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50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Beattie,
    Your intelligent and witty posts are missed from this blog.

    On the AP matter I think most people (ok there are exceptions, respect for your endurance) have decided. He’s crap. As a manager I mean. The head butt was no big deal Ed :) compared to the crimes against football ;)

    We can catch Southampton?! No sxxt.

  • 2 Himanshu Dhingra // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    LOL

    Stoke can still catch us.

    Surprise……. Sur….prise

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    I note wily Pardew played young Armstrong in a wide right position. Because that’s his most comfortable position, isn’t it? That’s what the fans have been crying out for, isn’t it?

    Wily Pardew used to bring young Campbell on wide left because that is his best position, isn’t it?

    Of course, if Armstrong or Campbell actually scored, the fans would be right. How embarrassing would that be? Best not to play them in their best positions then!

  • 4 Magpies4Life // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    HWTL

  • 5 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    pardews biggest test will come next season when we most certainly will have seen ourselves with a massive amount of activity happening over the summer.

    pardew was in a relegation battle last season but ashley only got us 1 player that summer, those in january were clearly panic buyes.

    pardew has managed to hopefully finish in the top 10 but this season was a season when he had just 1 goal scorer and 2 tranfer windows without even 1 player getting bought, comparison to the sale of a great utility player-perch and our greatest creative player cabaye.

    next season however is when the money should be spent and we should have lots of attacking players coming in, so if pardew doesn’t perform well then he deserve the blame.
    If we don’t spend in the summer then any fan who still thinks pardew is the biggest problem and expects a decent manager to take his place can you please give me what it is your taking.

  • 6 Average_Contents // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Who are people betting on going through on penalties?

  • 7 archaeomag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    flukey goal -it’s the curse of W@nga …..again

  • 8 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Wigan straight through!

  • 9 croftus5678 // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    i’m very disapointed and cant see how we will progress next season without 5+ min signings and thats if they are all hits !

    however i’m not such a critic and remember what i actually said before we even kicked a ball after our terrible transfer window and said that if we hit 10th we would have had a good season as they just dont learn !

    just because we got some great results these absolute dismal results are leveling out what a lot thought at the start and thats that we are just not good enough for a top 6 challenge !

  • 10 Average_Contents // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Got a feeling wigan will sneak through

  • 11 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    “Good account of ourselves” ?

    What, one shot on target FFS . Just leave Pardew you MUG .

  • 12 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Pardew the moronic oaf played 3 central defenders and subbed Gosling the man’s a total cock.

  • 13 Average_Contents // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Bpc

    Unfortunately that isn’t going to happen whilst the fat one is in charge mate

  • 14 NUFCarter // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUlea23HcSE

    This guy shares the views of the majority of NUFC fans I believe

  • 15 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    High balls against Stoke the idiot just hasn’t got a clue!

  • 16 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    haha sorry but this is surely the best quote on here…

    “you were also not very nice calling me cathy”

    :)

  • 17 NUFCarter // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Bayerb munich 0-3 Borrusia Dortmund. Shock result of the weekend!

  • 18 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Come on Perchy!

  • 19 catchy in norway // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    ibiza

    typo or not , it happened when I was getting “bullied” for having my own mind , not just being a mindless sheep

    and yes I was ok with it, it’s not the most offence thing to be called

    and as for me not being happy finishing 5th, that a little wrong, I was disappointed he dropped his ass , as I felt we could and should have been top 4 that season,

    I also expressed my opinion on most of the games were lucky wins , us hanging on to 1 goal leads for 60-70 mins ,

    the luck has gone but that same idea is being played every week

  • 20 archaeomag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Wigan all the way for me go on you Northernish

  • 21 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Catchy,
    No arguments on Pardew’s shortcomings whatsoever, or the fact that as manager, he should be able to get the best out of what he does have. All I was pointing out initially was it isn’t one or the other which seemed to be the debate on here.

    Anyway, I’m heading off, it all seems to be going round in circles again.

    Manx,
    For what it is worth, rather than looking at well known people, I would look for someone, or a group of people that have excellent coaching credentials. Gary White (current Guam manager, excellent coaching record and development record. So much so that the US Olympic Committee redesigned their youth development program around his methods) would be my number one choice, I’d look at Paul Clement (Ancelotti’s number 2, but has previously expressed interest in managing a Prem club, rumoured to have applied at West Brom after Hodgson).

    Getting people who can get the best out of players at least enables us to reach our maximum under Ashley, even if that maximum is way below what we all want to aspire to!

  • 22 catchy in norway // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    toonking

    you know nothing about football

    one good striker???

    more like he don’t create enough chances for the others, remy got something like 11 goals in his first 15 games, then he has been as poor as the rest since

    our team shoots from distance , we don’t create chances

  • 23 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    id like us to score a goal or two before the end of the season. ffs

  • 24 archaeomag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    typical wenger – bet they practiced pens

  • 25 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Caldwell another ex mag pile of crap.

  • 26 catchy in norway // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-united-fc-fans-stage-6982600

    read it manx you muppet

    seems there where more than just 5 kids

  • 27 croftus5678 // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    @12 mag

    playing “ONLY” 3 defenders seems like a positive to me as we cant score for s*&t and we need to score somehow instead of constant defending when we cant defend to save our lives !

    and from what i could see armstrong was not played on the wing he was trying to look for space to get involved in play as you’d expect from a young lad not wanting the game to pass him by.

    “most” of our players our manager and our owner just are not good enough for top 6 imo

    anita gave a good account of himself and showed he’s great as a winger with a very good cross (which is a suprise for me tbh) mbiwa was our best cb when he came on and looked suited to 3 cb formation and i’ll give some credit to gosling who wanted to score (even though he’s not prem quality imo) but the rest of them need to earn there wages.

    and i’d say goofy is best as a striker (but its easy to say once the game is over)

  • 28 NUFCarter // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Unlucky Wigan. Carson embarrassed himself. hate keepers who jump around in the goal trying to put the taker off

  • 29 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    At least Wigan had a go unlike Pardews limp sides.

  • 30 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    lilon but the thing is the new one will have to also spout the ashley way so again unknown managers or coaches haven’t got a chance
    and the kinear and the more recent charnley appointments prove that

    infact all ashley’s appointments since keegan he’s known

  • 31 Billythefish // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Nothing will change as long as we have Ashley and pathetic Pardew. He is a clean sheet specialist only problem is its at the wrong end of the pitch.
    We are not building for the future under this lot, and won’t be anywhere near challenging for anything other than having good accounts. His brand of football is shit and he’s a liar. No season ticket getting renewed off me. We need something to excite us and I can’t see that happening.

  • 32 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    croftus5678

    that’s what separates a long term fan from a short term fan.

    My expectation at the start of this season was to see newcastle finish in the top 10 especially once the transfer window closed.

    in december i was starting to think of a battle for europe but the minute cabaye was sold and january transfer window closed i went straight back towards the expectation of seeing us finish in the top 10

    the next group are the short term fans, those who are never willing to accept too many defeats in a row. they will accept us getting 14 defeats a season but if 7 of them came at a certain period then it would be considered valid enough to see him sacked.

  • 33 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Croftus he played. Five at the back and that doesn’t seem very good.

  • 34 yo-yo // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Ibiza

    Pardew IS a pawn in this game and I’m sure his days are numbered, and not in 1000′s either. I still think his contract will be terminated at the end of the season. There are two options:
    a) terminate with extreme prejudice and pay him his dues:
    b) kick him upstairs as general manager or some other such pseudo-job;

    I cam’t decide which way it will go. Of one thing I’m sure – Hoddle and comparable alternatives will do no better without serious strengthening the side and that ain’t even on the agenda

  • 35 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Manxpie has the waccy kicked in yet?

  • 36 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 12, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    “I think the local press up in the North-East have been damaging for us this week,”

    “They’ve come for us, they’ve been banned from the stadium and that’s reflected in the fans today. “

    Typical! That boils my pish! His excuses are unbearable. He blames the press, and the fans for believing the press. This bloke is bullet proof. He can slag off anyone he likes and he gets way with it. Send him into Syria.

  • 37 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    catchy
    all strikers go on a goal scoring drought even shearer. that was most likely what happened to remy, also don’t forget remy was with a relegation battling team before he joined us so he can’t be that good just yet. finally he has missed the last 5 games so this is his 6th game out and that was when we started to drop in form.

  • 38 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Said this would happen :

    Tomorrow’s Sunday Sun front page :

    pic.twitter.com/o7dQH7nWgY

  • 39 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    catchy thats from a paper that hates the club

    again i’ll say 52000 fans turn up and don’t say or unvail any banners!

  • 40 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Instead of burdening the Syrians with the cretin,send him back to the south where he belongs.

  • 41 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Manx,
    I had said I was off, but then I went on a bit too much in my post to you!

    I don’t understand why you think that an unknown manager looking for a break in the game wouldn’t be willing to work under these constraints.

    As I have said already, Ashley is a problem, but with a good coach/manager with a track record of developing players at least we can reach our potential and perform to our best under Ashley. It is by no means a cure all solution, but are you honestly happy watching the football that has been served up over the last 4 months? The squad we have isn’t as bad as we have been performing.

    Do you think Sunderland’s squad last season was better than our current squad? In Martin O’Neills last 16 games in charge, Sunderland scored more, conceded less, and earned more points. At the time every pundit and fan going was talking about how poor they were. We are currently worse!! It cost O’Neill his job, and he has a far better record than Pardew throughout his career.

  • 42 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Manxpie you clown they haven’t had 52000 for ages you fruitcake.

  • 43 croftus5678 // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    @33 mag

    sorry to disagree personally but i did not see 5 at the back as anita/gosling/dummet was over the half way line more often than not unless stoke was on the attack and then we had most of our players behind the ball but ofc different fans see different things and not everyone is the same.

  • 44 toonking // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    lil
    in the first half of this season we were doing excellent.
    pardew has tried using dummett as a LB but going by the amount of posts pardew was wrong to play dummett and he is rubbish.
    sammy was looking likely to get his chance in the starting 11 but going by the posts what’s the point when fans will call him a rubbish player just because he has the name ameobi.
    finally if pardew was really making players do worst than they were to begin with their is no way you would see ashley still wanting to hold onto pardew, ashley’s main aim is devoloping players to be sold for profit.

  • 45 mag // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Croftus 3centre halves and 2 wingbacks now repeat.

  • 46 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    i don’t usually reply to a troll but mag!
    ages wat ya mean 7 days!?

    last game 52081!!!

  • 47 manxpie // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    lilo its not that its the other way round its ashley who will not employ who he doesn’t know or trust!

  • 48 croftus5678 // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    @45 mag

    you know what wingbacks are ? wingers asked to track back when needed not a lb/rb they are midfielders buddy thats why the formation is 3/5/2

  • 49 toonicle // Apr 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    So now its the journos fault Pards? Ugh

  • 50 toonluvva // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    This really simple.

    WE CAN, BUT WON’T CATCH SOUTHAMPTON!.

    There, it really is that simple.




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