Pardew – Our First Run Of Games Is Good


We did a little bit of analysis on Newcastle’s first 8 games of the season  yesterday in an article we put out, and estimated we could get (at least) 14 points from that first batch of games.

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini – at Newcastle on August 16th

The good thing is that after facing Premier League Champions Manchester City at home in our first game, we don’t meet another top six side in the following seven games, until we then visit Tottenham.

And Alan Pardew seems to think things could have been a lot worse, as he had this to say to the Shields Gazette about the initial games:

“The first game is a tough game, but our first run of games is good,” “We’ve not played well against Man City in recent seasons. I don’t think we’ve come close to toppling them.”  

“But they are the Champions coming off the back of a World Cup, and it’s a chance for us to get that right.”

That first game against Manchester City is very likely to be delayed until Sunday afternoon or Monday night for the TV – and last year’s game was put back to be the Monday night game.

And in our last 15 Premier League games against Manchester City we have lost thirteen and drawn two – so what does that mean?

It means we are due a win against them – of course.

Here’s the fixture list in case you haven’t yet seen it – and how many points do you think we can get out of the first eight games?

Date                KO Time    Fixture
 
16 Aug 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Manchester City
23 Aug 2014     15:00       Aston Villa v Newcastle
30 Aug 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Crystal Palace
13 Sep 2014     15:00       Southampton v Newcastle
20 Sep 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Hull City
27 Sep 2014     15:00       Stoke City v Newcastle
04 Oct 2014     15:00       Swansea City v Newcastle
18 Oct 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Leicester City
25 Oct 2014     15:00       Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle
01 Nov 2014     15:00       Newcastle United v Liverpool
08 Nov 2014     15:00       West Brom v Newcastle
22 Nov 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Queens Park Rangers
29 Nov 2014     15:00       West Ham United v Newcastle
02 Dec 2014     19:45       Burnley v Newcastle
06 Dec 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Chelsea
13 Dec 2014     15:00       Arsenal v Newcastle
20 Dec 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Sunderland
28 Dec 2014     15:00       Newcastle v Everton
01 Jan 2015     15:00       Newcastle v Burnley
10 Jan 2015     15:00       Chelsea v Newcastle
17 Jan 2015     15:00       Newcastle v Southampton
31 Jan 2015     15:00       Hull City v Newcastle
07 Feb 2015     15:00       Newcastle v Stoke City
10 Feb 2015     20:00       Crystal Palace v Newcastle
21 Feb 2015     15:00       Manchester City v Newcastle
28 Feb 2015     15:00       Newcastle v Aston Villa
04 Mar 2015     19:45       Newcastle v Manchester United
14 Mar 2015     15:00       Everton v Newcastle
21 Mar 2015     15:00       Newcastle United v Arsenal
04 Apr 2015     15:00       Sunderland v Newcastle
11 Apr 2015     15:00       Liverpool v Newcastle
18 Apr 2015     15:00       Newcastle v Tottenham Hotspur
25 Apr 2015     15:00       Newcastle United v Swansea City
02 May 2015     15:00       Leicester City v Newcastle United
09 May 2015     15:00       Newcastle v West Brom
16 May 2015     15:00       Queens Park Rangers v Newcastle
24 May 2015     15:00       Newcastle v West Ham United

Comment welcome.



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123 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    I spend a lot of time in Spain and I don’t think last night or indeed the whole campaign has come as a major shock.

    Basically they have a very good manager who has let a very good team get too old. Alonso, Xavi and Iniesta all in their 30?s now, as well as the keeper and an aging and slowing Pique.

    Plus they got caught between passing football and hoofball (never their style before) to Costa who is the most over rated lump I’ve seen in a long time.

    I loved Chile though and their coach. I don’t think I seen him once write anything in a notebook! They were really intense and passionate and knocked it around brilliantly.

    It is really hard to see with pardew still as the embarrassing unsackable manager and our best players having left / wanting to leave, who of any quality is going to join.

    It will be funny to see Pellegrini first game up saying to pardew ” what did you call me !!”

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘coming off the back of a world cup’? Ha ha Citeh aren’t that good. Although Alan, there might be some cut price Spanish players coming on the market now. Perhaps you can topple Citeh with a few of them?

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  • Spoof

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda

    what was obvious too me last night with Spain was a real lacking of pace, apart from the Sam Allardyce type of long ball game all other types of football need some pace added to it, Bobby Robson swore by it, I don’t think we deserved to lose on Saturday and I thought we looked dangerous, we have a lot of pace which is difficult to defend against, this is why I hope we go for players like Ibarbo, who I admit I thought to be a striker until you corrected me but he is very quick and we don’t have enough like him, apart from Obertan but he is so frightened to be classed as being a one trick pony that he refuses to use the only trick he has.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    From previous thread

    What? It’s hard to get players in a world cup year? No I don’t believe it! How can this be? Oh I know, we left it late to rebuild the squad and now we’re paying the price, quite literally (or not as we never do) should of been sorted fcuking weeks ago you bunch of clueless clowns!

    Oh and apparently Lasogga walked out during negotiations as we wouldn’t meet his wage demands! If reports are to be believed he wants around 45k a week which in this day and age isn’t really that much

    Sort it out you wankers

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    From previous thread

    What? It’s hard to get players in a world cup year? No I don’t believe it! How can this be? Oh I know, we left it late to rebuild the squad and now we’re paying the price, quite literally (or not as we never do) should of been sorted fcuking weeks ago you bunch of clueless clowns!

    Oh and apparently Lasogga walked out during negotiations as we wouldn’t meet his wage demands! If reports are to be believed he wants around 45k a week which in this day and age isn’t really that much

    Sort it out you knobbers

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda

    Totally agree about spain. That team grew up with that manager, and they are unable to assimilate younger blood properly into that style. A style they no longer play quite as well and quite as quickly as they did two, four or 6 years ago. I hope they do not get slated. It is time for change, but they should do it by saying “thank you so much for our world dominance, you served us well, but we need to rebuild now”

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  • Spoof

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    What is he supposed to say, should he tell the truth and say City are far superior and no matter what we do we will probably lose ?, he can’t just throw the towel in, damned if he does damned if he doesn’t.

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  • lesh

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Average_Contents

    Where’s the story about Lasogga walking out on discussions come from?

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    lesh

    given he has started making excuses already
    and the state of the team
    any Pardewismometer would prob blow up around xmas at this rate

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    insider info
    i heard jfk was there and he called him
    Noggin The Nog and spat his coffee at him

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  • Spoof

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Lasogga walking out, where’s that come from as I haven’t heard anything about it, mind it wouldn’t be a surprise as Ashley still wants to pay 1980’s transfer fee’s and pay 1980’s wages, yet miraculously when it comes to selling he is certainly in the year 2014 !

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    apart from cabrella how many of our targets
    are actually at the world cup

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #13

    I think it was quite unfair of Blatter and his cronies to suddenly announce a World cup right at the beginning of our most important transfer window in many a year, if they could have given us, say about four years, we could have planned so much better and brought in two last summer and another two in January leaving only two or three to worry about this summer.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #14

    Yes Pards, our first run of games is good, but we need to score a goal and prevent the opposition from scoring in order to win a game…

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #15

    That’s the conundrum.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Spoof – that might be because whatever he does is wrong 🙂

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  • Spoof

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail

    give over bonny lad, thats 6 signings in 4 years, you know the club never move that quickly, 14 years perhaps, but not 4 lol

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Spoof

    You’re not wrong. You can’t put a price on pace these days and being able to get behind slow turning defenders – at which we excel with Colo, Willo and Saylor, while wanting to ditch the only one with any pace MYM. You couldn’t make it up.

    Markakkus

    Yes I hope Spain don’t get slated. They’ve had a brilliant run.

    Major Plusses for me have been Costa Rica, Columbia and Chile. Would love that Chile coach – superb. Maybe Vargas and a couple of other players too. They look like the new kids on the block.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #19

    TT @ 13

    Not sure Pards is familiar with that concept!

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Lesh

    Its from the chron and as I said “apparently” obviously it could be made up but on the other hand it sounds like us lol

    United have signed Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez from Sunderland and Tenerife respectively.

    They are also in for Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier while Pierre-Michel Lasogga walked out during talks because United would not meet his wage demands.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Ash still wants to pay an 80’s manager too!

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  • spitfire_

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #22

    I see at the previous article that pardew already started the new season of “pardew’s excuse bingo”. We probably are prepared a monstrous improved bid for Cabella with 200k above our last bid.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki

    Pardew should go and he should take certain others with him, but even so, when he tries to put on a positive spin and he tries stay or look positive which is all he has done here then knocking him for that is not belittling him, it is belittling but it’s not him being belittled, I just find this constant slagging off even when there is no cause for it a bit childish, it’s not necessary, why not wait till he defends Ashley when the summer window has been a disaster as it will be and as he will, then you will have reason to knock him, but not for comments like this.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #24

    Thing is he doesnt need an excuse for losing to Citeh, I doubt any mag would come away from a loss to them crying about bring beaten. But the rope he has given himself a good length of is the bit where he quite rightly says the rest of the run in is pretty good. If we are struggling with single figures before the big guns come at us near crimbo, then if he’s still in a job he must have photos of Mike stashed somewhere real safe.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Toon Tang,
    It’s quite clever how our abysmal strike record can make everyone forget ghat we have the worst defence outside of the bottom three and now they’re gone I suppose we have the worst defence in the PL.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #26

    Sorry spoof

    But the dickhead makes a rod for how own back everytime he opens his mouth so it’s his own fault

    Can’t really blame fans for not believing or ridiculing everything that spews from his vile gob as he’s said enough shite to last us a lifetime mate

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  • nut meg

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Lesh @ 7
    It’s in the Mickey Quinn article in the chronicle.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Spoof I see what you are saying, but it’s a matter of his credibility, of which he hasn’t any. He has run the gamut now and his utterances carry no weight. I agree that a lot of managers get into a rut due to no fault of their own (poor squads, injuries, core of disenchanted players, bad form) but Pards has used these up, turned the bottle upside down and hit it repeatedly. Of course, it means that the fault for all of this is ultimately Ashley for first of all keeping him, and second for using him as his whipping boy. I feel sorry for Alan in many ways, but not enough to keep humouring him as the co-ruiner of our club. If the only way we have of getting rid of any of these characters is by weighing fan opinion against him by our constant collective moaning, then so be it.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #29

    * his

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  • Spoof

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #30

    Rotonda

    I find the MYM situation very strange as well, personally I don’t think he is a good defender but neither are the other 3 you mention and he is the only one with pace so as a result he should be the first one which we should keep.

    I’m also concerned about this Lasogga fellow, although I disagree with you on the hoof ball as I feel Pardew prefers to keep it down, I do accept that plan “B” is hoofball with Shola, Lasogga is over 6tf2″ and not very quick, actually he is slow and because of that I am fearful that plan “A” could now be hoofball especially as we have no decent creative players in the squad, you thought he played hoofball before, you may be in for a rude awakening next season judging by how the window has gone so far.

    It’s all very scary !!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Actually if I’d said my piece the way Average did, I’d have used less words and made a clearer point 😀

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #32

    Tsunki

    Would you like me to proof read your future posts 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #33

    MYM Has to be the spearhead example of how nufc is not a development club. In fact we try and squeeze them into a mould and if they don’t fit, they are broken

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Jail, true indeed, its not the most uplifting of combinations eh, ye olde ‘cant score a goal and leak the most in the league’ combination.

    Willo (of the aforementioned defense) got blog player of the season as well which I suppose is a tough call as its like trying to pick out which apple is the least rotten in a bottle of white lightning…

    The plot thickens.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #35

    AC and Tsunki

    most of us have similar views, but why be childish about it, it doesn’t help the course, all it does is to embarrass the fans, just think about, all he has implied is that City due to the WC may have 1 or 2 players who may not be quite ready for the season opener which may be of help to us, now what is wrong in saying that, but then the fans start slagging him off for saying it, come on lads surely we are bigger and better than that ?

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #36

    White lighting lol

    How about some hooch or skol :*)

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Average – maybe I could PM You a draft and you could bullet point for me? I could then rejig it and send it back for approval before final blog submission. Hang on, isn’t this how Lee works……

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  • hitman

    Jun 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #38

    so p45due has written owa chances off against city on opening day.just love this mans positive attitude.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #39

    Spoof – top and bottom of it is I wish he would just shut it and limit his utterances to a brief one-sentence observation of why we lost after each game right up to the day he gets canned. 🙂

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  • Graeme

    Jun 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #40

    Jail – I guess that is FCB’s long term strategy. He is having another gamble that there will be three worse performing teams than us.

    It also allows him to move the Bonus Point further up the scale, maybe 9th, knowing damn well there will be no need to pay it!!
    Who said the man was stupid eh? lol

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