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Pardew – Getting Win Was Important – Environment Didn’t Help

8:49 am, Monday, May 5th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Alan Pardew has talked about the game on Saturday, and anybody who didn’t see the game and saw the 3-0 result, may have thought it was a rather easy win for Newcastle, after six successive defeats.

shola ameobi heads home first goal 18 mins

Shola Ameobi - heading home first goal

Bit ti wasn’t, and Newcastle were outplayed by Cardiff City in the second half, and a combination of good luck and some good defending from the likes of Tim Krul and Fab Coloccini saw us keep a clean sheet for the first time in seven games.

And then we added two late goals from Loic Remy and substitute Steven Taylor to add to the first half goal from Shola Ameobi, who scored for the second successive home game.

This is what Alan Pardew has said about the game:

“Over the last six games we’ve not been as competitive, anywhere near as competitive as we should be for this club.” “When you’ve been on a run like that, you could see there was still a certain nervousness in our team.”

“I said to the players ‘look, the most important thing was the staff at the stadium and the training ground, that we got the win for them’. We wanted to get that in the bag. Even more important than that, was our fans – we have let them down.”

“You could sense it. It was only when the second goal went in that suddenly we started retaining the ball a little better,  and we looked comfortable to get a third goal. It made us very, very edgy and obviously the environment didn’t help.”

“So I was really proud of the players. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that they responded to that challenge, because from a professional manager’s point of view, that was a tough game to play in.”

Alan’s right that it was a very tough environment for Pardew and the players on Saturday, but there again it was after six successive Premier League defeats, which has never happened before in the last 21 years.

It’s hardly surprising that Newcastle fans are fed up and disappointed at the decline of the team this year, and we are creating too many bad records, and it was way back in 1923, when my parents were born, that we last lost three games in a row to Sunderland.

And is anybody really looking forward to playing Sunderland again next season, if they survive, which now looks highly likely – with Gus Poyet and Alan Pardew as the two managers? :(

Pardew is 4-0 against Gus Poyet in games against Brighton and Sunderland, and when was the last time we lost four in a row to Sunderland?

1761?

:D

Comments welcome.



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonarmydownsouth // May 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    No AP the result wasn’t important, not for the fans anyway…

    However AP does seem shortsighted enough to assume that with 3 points in the bag everything has been restored to it’s rightful manner, kept him in a job for another season and will help keep those poor confused jawdee’s hushed for a bit longer…..

    Roll on the Bindippers, The walkout got the media talking, let’s not let the club think that was it, let’s absolutely pepper Anfield with banners and chant as loud as you can against the cockney mafia

  • 2 cyprus // May 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    How many NUFC players will be at the WCup? Usually, teams with lots under-perform the season after. Our chance for CL football!

  • 3 scout // May 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    After spending no money for the last 2 windows
    And selling cabaye

    can someone tell me where we should sit in the table with the current squad?

  • 4 Thump // May 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    “You could sense it. It was only when the second goal went in that suddenly we started retaining the ball a little better”

    So why do we never go for the second goal, you useless prat?

  • 5 sparky55 // May 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Reading between the lines, all the arrogant prick is saying is “if I had been on the sidelines for most of that 6 game run we wouldn’t have been on that run in the first place”

    and as for that bollox about winning it for the staff….just typical Pardew spin…we were just lucky to play cardiff when we did…anyone else in the league we would have lost.

    wish he would just shut the fcuk up…the worlds a much better pace when we don’t have to listen and read the bollox he spews out

    the count down begins…only one year to go before he’s gone and then we can start again.

  • 6 Ian Toon // May 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Re-Post – Let’s stop the ego overdrive and sniping at Ed – top whack around a thousand left SJP – the Chronicle reported hundreds leaving which is probably where he got the number from. As Tequila said the number leaving was less significant than those remaining making their feelings known.

    It would help if the supporter groups were united in a common cause. There are far too many self serving types who totally lack a focus. As an action Group they are neither feared nor respected by the regime. As a result we have seen the onward march of the corporatocracy of NUFC along the lines of SD.

    Intelligence and sensitivity are called for rather than abusing those fans who don’t immediately see your point of view and simply then accusing them of burying their head in the sand. This is no way to win the hearts and minds. Such lamentable spinelessness requires a mission statement with less chiefs but more Indians guided by a mission statement. This requires individual targeting of objectives driven by date certain accountability. Regular reporting of progress and changes made if not achieved. In fact a well orchestrated campaign- I ran such a programme whilst at Uni which was well received. It needs a few leaders. My father tells me that after countless years of Mc Geag (?) and sack the Board chanting at games he was displaced by Sir John Hall winning the hearts and minds of the fans. More brain and less brawn.

    Football fans are fickle and winning overrides short term objectives of action Groups.
    Planning in a methodical way would change the overall dynamic and outward image.
    At present there is a credibility problem because the majority need to buy into the “project”. Most fans want Ashley and Pardew out but are not convinced by the lack
    of a game plan.

  • 7 sparky55 // May 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    I’ve just done the maths…we’ll get 20 million for those that want to leave in the summer, and we’ll need 8 players to replace them, so the average spend per player coming in will be 2.5 million.

    Championship here we come and a Ashley will consider that a job well done and revenge served as cold as it gets, as he flies into the distance in his new helicopter wearing his new SD rangers shirt and buying drinks for the poor losts souls in the middle of Glasgow and groundhog day plays out again…shame sh!te…different city

  • 8 scout // May 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Ian toon

    would you be interested in taking over as my local councillor???
    More sense written in that short post than anything I have ever read on here

  • 9 hibbit // May 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    sky only coverd one exit there are many more so a few hundred from each soon adds up to thousands

  • 10 scout // May 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Maybe all the players wont leave, everyone said the same last season.
    Remy and debuchy will probably leave I reckon the rest will stay, hardly pulling up trees are they???

  • 11 hitman // May 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    the amount of players we need and players who leave.will put us in big trouble next season.as we know it takes time for players to settle and gel.even longer with p45due.not looking good like.

  • 12 spitfire_ // May 5, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    scout

    There isn’t a person who complains about the 9th position this season or at least they are minority… “fans are unhappy because the losing streak” this is pardew’s thinking… he still thinks that we are against him because the results itself… while the problem is much much bigger. First problem is the man managing, the second is the tactics… the third sub at the game against Cardiff prove it… the third is the excuses… Can be even more problems but don’t even want to think about them. But the main problem for me is that pardew made the team in the way when one player is the difference between fighting for 6th – 9th place and relegation. This is not acceptable at all!

  • 13 sparky55 // May 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I wasn’t there saturday…unfortunately getting more treatment but it’s obvious to me there was enough leaving to make the point. The best part of the day however (from what I saw on the tele) was the absolute barrage of abuse going Pardew’s way. That was the turing point for me…there’s been a few in small numbers having a go for quite a while now…but that was the masses being relentless in their hatred to wards Pardew and that for me marked a sea-change in opinion and voicing it.

    absolute magic and I applaud every one of you

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // May 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    So according to the chronicle pardew wants 3-4 players in the summer, nice one mr muppet.

    4 forwards, replace cabaye, 2 wingers, replace the captain and s taylor, if Debuchy goes we need 2 right backs, not to mention if krul and santon goes as well.

    3-4 players dear me




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