Pardew Pressure Mounts – 13 Defeats In Last 18 Games


Newcastle started this game with a little hope (and a prayer), against a side who had won just one game in their last nine and were having some internal strife too – but Newcastle are also on a terrible run and we were beaten 2-1 today, and we have lost the last five games, 12 in the last 17 league games, and 13 in the last 18 games including the home defeat against Cardiff City in the FA Cup.

Is that a terrible record or is that a terrible record?

wilfired bony

Wilfried Bony – scores twice for Swans to get 2-1 win

We’ll have more to say at the end of this article – but here’s how we saw the game this afternoon in brilliant sunshine on Tyneside

After Swansea had been on top in the first 20 minutes,  Cisse had to come off after 21 minutes and Mathieu Debuchy was brought on and Newcastle reverted to a normal back four, after starting out with three at the back.

Newcastle went ahead after 23 minutes when Luuk de Jong got the ball to Shola Ameobi in the penalty area and the Newcastle striker beat his man nicely and rolled the ball into the back of the net.

That was our first goal in five games, and that was Shola’s first Premier League goal since December of 2012.

And then Luuk de Jong, who again looked lightweight picked up an injury, and on came Loic Remy after 40 minutes, to a huge roar from the Newcastle crowd.

And then in the second minute of added time, Newcastle conceded a poor goal from a Ben Davies corner, when Wilfried Bony was allowed to head the ball home from six yards out – where were our defenders?

So at the half,  it was all square with Newcastle still lacking confidence, but at least both Debuchy and Remy were playing in the side.

In the second half Swansea continued to look the more dangerous side, and were making quick breaks from the back, and one after 54 minutes saw Routledge get the ball from Shelvey, but his cross was nicely blocked by Mike Williamson.

At then Newcastle started to continually push forward and were trying to get the winning goal, and Dan Gosling was having another good game for the Magpies, and you wonder why we saw so little of him in the first team over the last four years.

On 70 minutes former Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge put in another good cross but Debuchy was there to prevent Hernandez from getting his shot in.

After 80 minutes young Adam Armstrong was brought on for Dan Gosling and it was the local lad’s home debut.

Both sides went for the winner but then Cheick Tiote committed the foul in the penalty area, about one minute from the end of the added time, and Bony hit home the winner from the penalty spot for his second goal of the game.

Both clubs were in turmoil before this game – but Newcastle are now in much more turmoil, as the struggling Swansea got a valuable 3 points to take them onto 36 points for the season.

Newcastle have been on 46 points for the last five games, and in that time Crystal Palace have won 5 games on the trot, and have gone from 28 points to 43 points – and are now only 3 behind the Magpies.

This is one of the worst runs Newcastle have had for a very long time,  and we have lost eight of the last 11 games – which goes with our bad run last season, when we lost 10 of 13 games.

Alan Pardew will now be under even more pressure as Newcastle are sinking fast – nobody can deny that – after another defeat at home and five defeats on the trot.

We think if Crystal Palace do catch us, and we finish in 11th place, Newcastle could be getting a new manager at the end of the season – because after being on 33 points after 18 games we still didn’t even make our target for the season – a conservative top ten finish.

Next up are Arsenal at the Emirates. 🙁

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote, Dan Gosling (Adam Armstrong 80) Papiss Cisse (Mathieu Debuchy 21), Luuk de Jong (Loic Remy 40), Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi.
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor.

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Jordi Amat, Ashley Williams (c), Ben Davies; Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman; Wayne Routledge (Kyle Bartley 90+1), Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernandez (Marvin Emnes 80); Wilfried Bony.
Subs not used: Gerhard Tremmel, Neil Tylor, Nathan Dyer, Jay Fulton, David Ngog.

Referee: Chris Foy

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160 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #1

    I know a lot of people think the Muppet is un-sackable, however don’t forget every PL place we slip it is the equivalent of burning money and we all know how much Ashley likes his money .

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  • JackButler

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry but I don’t see Pardew being under pressure from Ashley as we are where he wanted us to be

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #3

    I really hope Toonking and Manx get the help they desperately need.

    Last season 16th
    This season no Europa, no domestic cup involvement and played fewer games than any other PL team.

    And still a refusal by Pardew to play any flair and creative playmakers.

    Ben Arfa didn’t even get his usual cameo, out of position and asked to track back more than create and Marveaux (more assists than Cabaye) ostracised again because Pardew doesn’t know what to do with them.

    It would be just the same with Cabella and Grenier. lol !

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  • toonking

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #4

    what i will say is pardew should never have been given that 8 year contract in the first place. when i think back i get a feeling myself that ashley did it just as another way of getting lots of money really which failed. the thing was at the the FA were looking for an england manager and pardew was a favourite so what ashley probably thought was by giving pardew an 8 year contract with no clauses then the FA would have to pay lots of compensation to ashley for taking him away. The problem is he has failed and as world and european cups only come once every 2 years it’s not very often that england managers are needed

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #5

    i wonder if fatty watches final score if so he would be embarrassed by danny mills summing him up perfectly in public saying he is only in it to take money from the club

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #6

    BPC…I would like to think he is not unsackable 😉

    …I have raised that exact point myself seeing as finishing in the top 10 could finance that new manager!

    *it’s a win win for every one (except for Parsnip)

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    BPC
    From 8th down there’s not a huge revenue difference in terms of places

    Ashley’s see’s a much bigger return off his free advertising

    Plus there’s the money saved from not paying bonuses

    We’re right were the fat one wants us…

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  • manxpie

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #8

    manxpie // Apr 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    but jack who is to blame absolutely for that?

    and again when we had very few injuries we were top 6 actually looking for a top 4 place

    and then we have another shocking and absolute joke of a window and the whole club goes to pot let alone the team and manager

    i seriously can not understand how people can’t see this link and then actually think the answer is a new manager

    and i will actually laugh and list the people who want it because i guarentee it will be a hell of alot worse than pardew i absolutely guarentee it! but then hey wats the next step???

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  • He’s not un-sackable. The relationship with the fans is all but gone, there is no way the club can function with that atmosphere manifesting every game, sooner or later Ashley will have to accept that and make the call.

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  • Bambams

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #10

    TADS
    Spot on …..Ash knows exactly what he is doing! Greedy for money – nothing more.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #11

    look at the braindead zombies behind bony. hahah

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #12

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27090468 Pardew speaking after the game.

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  • BandB

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Pardew maybe feeling pretty vulnerable. The next few months depend on a few narratives working out for Charnley and Pardew, and losing today wasn’t in the script.
    As I said earlier, a win today was only par, but Pardew would have made hay from it.
    I’d be selling Pardews tonight.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Just to make it worse, scum have equalised at Chelski 1-1

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  • JackButler

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #15

    manxpie

    We all know that Ashley is a cancer that is slowly killing this club, no one is denying that and never will, but what most believe is that given the current squad of players we do have, a better manager would get far better results and performances out of them.

    If the reports are to be believed even the players have turned on the manager and have blamed him for the way we play and set up.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #16

    …and I am not buying 😉

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #17

    SSN — PARDS says he needs to get back in the dugout. WHY? hahahahahahahah is that going to make any f……ing difference whatso ever ??? he needs to stay away from newcastle nevermind getting back in the dugout . please alan . we dont need you , i think halifax are looking for a manager , send your cv in , on the other hand dont , just ring and give a false name. hahahah

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  • daztoon

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #18

    good old Pardew blame the players

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  • JackButler

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #19

    We have

    Arsenal (away)
    Cardiff (Home)
    Liverpool (away)

    Anyone see us getting anything at all……………..even a goal from these games???

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Jamsey

    We must have just imagined those ” no more lies, no more excuses, pardew out ” banners

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  • manxpie

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #21

    and anyone who has a brain listen to danny mills comments on the club says exactly how it is and how the managers position is but rotonda seems to see it differently!!

    and the guy with the obviously massive brain doesn’t understand that arfa was injured and that marveux is as much use in this situation as a chocolate fire guard

    but hey on this blog recently brain power doesn’t come into it with the conspiricy’s and that!

    supposedly remy and debuchy were left out because they had an agreement not because they hadn’t played for 6 games!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • daztoon

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #22

    JackButler

    I can see Pardew beating his record thats all mate

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #23

    I find it disturbing that everyone can see the glaringly obvious faults with our team at the moment :

    Lack of creativity – yet our two most likely lads in HBA & Marv can’t even make the bench let alone the starting 11

    Gouffran has never or ever will be a winger

    M’biwa (a French Title winning International) should be starting over Dummet

    De Jong couldn’t score in a brothel (almost a calendar year now BTW) yet Pardew persists.

    Actual pass & move build up play is non existent and we rely on wonder goals or Remy’s individual brilliance .

    Our set pieces (hang it up for the big man) was out of date in the 70’s yet it is the only one we seem to know and Erikksen today showed how its done.

    The scary thing is I could go on. How is it that a guy with actual coaching badges can be so :

    A) Stubborn
    B) Just plain Garbage as a manager .

    I seriously think he found his coaching licence in the bottom of a cereal box FFS .

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  • I cannot believe he genuinely said he could have stopped that goal if he was on the touch line? Does he seriously wonder why the fans dislike him after say stuff like that? Ridiculous thing to say.

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  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Ancient

    Wishful thinking, or does that look like a guy resigned to his fate? Dead behind the eyes and sounding utterly depressed.

    How can that drip inspire anybody? Finally, he rounds it off by claiming if he was on the touchline, he’d have prevented the events that led to the goal. He thinks he’s the solution, not the whopping problem. Genuinely delusional.

    11th place is looking so appealing!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Here in Denmark it’s usual common sense to sack the CEO of any big coperration when their stock is dropping and they are loosing money – Yes the Owner/Board might have hired him in the first place, but we don’t bitch and moan about the owner endlessly!

    …neither does the workers who lose their jobs. When the business is failing the CEO has to take blame…and he always does! That is what he is paid to do!

    Now you use another blogger’s words “it’s as simple as that” 😉

    *of course a board can be accountable and if so they walk (not that easy to make a owner walk)

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    *The CEO here represents the manager (that was probably not clear)

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  • daztoon

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #28

    and anyone who has a brain listen to danny mills comments on the club

    Wow lets all bow down to the wisdom of Danny Mills.

    Sums you up really manx

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  • toonking

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #29

    RH
    you are the one who needs help mate not me.
    The negative football and so called damage to so called world class players are the reason you want pardew sacked.
    well if you were so clever then you should also know their is a reason we get these managers in the first place.
    that reason is ashley
    ashley doesn’t back a manager for two seasons in a row, decent managers want to have money spent FACT
    ashley doesn’t want his manager to get into europe, decent managers want to join team who are constantly in europe FACT
    the quality players want to join clubs who play europe every year not a team who has had to hope for other league team to have a bad season FACT
    quality players cost 20 million not £1-£10 mil FACT
    quality players want large wages not 20K FACT

    ashley doesn’t want fans to make him the idiot so theirfore he want to use a manager that he knows will be unable to avoid taking the blame and that is why he most likely sacked hughton because were all fans of hughton.

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  • JackButler

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #30

    manxpie

    Do you think that the people who are calling for Pardew to be sack don’t actually realise that Ashley is the biggest issue at the club?????

    Personally I think they do know this but I also think that they also realise that replacing a very poor manager is more likely to happen than finding someone with a spare £300 million quid to buy Ashley out of NUFC.

    Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t make them wrong

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Classic panic football from a Pardew side. Why did De Jong start? We have no attacking creativity in midfield now. What decent player is going to want to come to us in the summer? You’d have to be mad. Look at how some of our players have been treated. If Pardew stays and nothing changes there is a disaster waiting for us next season.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #32

    *and it might not be clear either, but I don’t really like Mike NoNuts – BUT he has no bearing on the football!

    …he has paid someone to take care of that. And he is not really doing his job (cannot see how NoNuts can think other wise, but we will know soon…maybe)

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #33

    What an absolute dogs breakfast of a line up. At 1 – 0 up I predicted a poor swansea would win 2 -1. I was aghast to see our natural goal scorer shunted out yo the right. It said it all when cisse was replaced by debuchy. That man gets paid 500000 a year to devise tactics like that. OMG!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #34

    JB…you really are my long lost brother from another mother 😉 lol

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  • manxpie

    Apr 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #35

    jack but we played well over 17 games

    until the january window so was pardew a problem then?

    was he the reason or not for that top 6 finish?

    or was that just luck again?

    as i say the real reason is the total demotivisation from ashley on the whole club not building on that!

    and wats your answer to the next manager changing that in any way shape or form?

    seriously you aim all the pressure on ashley you’ll get a result for the club

    you aim it all at pardew you get a result for ashley

    simple as that!

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  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #36

    BPC

    I might get in on the coaching lark, a career change, seems a breeze to to earn top salaries, surely I’d at least make it to Football League level, which’d still pay a couple of grand a week.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #37

    @jackbutler – spot on! Change of manager is obtainable! Fat Mike selling a profit turning business for less than double what its worth and someone stumping up 300m+ isnt likely!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t really think I have to write that much – I just have to say ditto to what ever you write 😀

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #39

    We actually have nothing to lose by actually trying to get a decent manager in. We can’t be relegated and Pardew has completely lost it. It would give the supporters some hope for next season. Surely even Ashley can see we need something more than false promises at this point?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #40

    manx

    Is there actually someone worse than 14 defeats in 18 and not scoring in 12 out of 16 who has spectacularly lost the dressing room just like last season ?

    I don’t know who is more pathetic. Pardew and his endless excuses or the people who buy his spin.

    We were playing Swansea at home. Do they really have a better squad than us and Pardew decides to play no pace or creativity with no Ben Arfa, Marveaux or Obertan, but thinks Shola can get the job done.

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