Newcastle United Want To Build That Winning Habit

Newcastle did very well in the first part of last season through Christmas, and it was interesting that during that time we didn’t pick up too many injuries, but in the disastrous second half of the season, when we kept losing, we did start to pick up injuries and a number of our better players were injured – and that didn’t help things too much.

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Alan Pardew on Tuesday night against Sydney FC

Newcastle have a history of picking up lots of injuries, and it seems our players tend to suffer from a lot of hamstring injuries.

Alan Pardew is already worried about injuries so early in pre-season, and this is what he had to say from Wellington, New Zealand today:

“The most important thing is that the game’s played in a sensible manner no-one gets injured.” “That’s the first part we would like.”

“The second part is that it’s competitive and that the teams are here to win and Wellington Phoenix we know will try to do that and so will we.”

“You’ve got to build that winning habit.” “And the third thing is probably the result.” “That’s the order I look at it.’’

‘’Of course it was a good win for Wellington, because West Ham have got some fantastic players.” “But you never know in pre-season what they did the day before – they might’ve been fatigued or whatever.”

“We worked hard yesterday, but we’ll have a lighter day today so we should be in good shape for Saturday. No excuses from us.’’

Newcastle play Wellington at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday night with a local 7:30 kick off time,  and they beat West Ham 2-1 last night in Auckland.

Newcastle will be going all out for another win, although in pre-season there are other important factors as Alan has talked about above – but it’s always nice to get a win.

And we know that good teams always find a way to win.

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20 comments so far

  • phoonck

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Recently leaked photos of our new jersey looked poorly done, but i’ve just come across The Telegraph’s website and their photo of our new jersey looks good! Make that great!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    I am happy we are trying to build a winning mentallity, but non of the players Pardew is trying to ship out – or blame for his own shortcomings – had any impact on last season one way or the other.

    …Pardew you need to look somewhere else if you want to build a winning mentality. Start with the man in the mirror.

    *That goes for you too Mr. Tubbs.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Looks better than the original pic. The black wonga does not look as ugly as the blue ( but is still wonga unfortunately) and the top black bit looks better because its not a V shape like in the other pic.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #4

    One or two on here saying that Obertans’ problem is that he lacks confidence. This is utter rubbish and just invented by those who post such tosh. It is not so long ago that Obertan was quoted as saying he believed he should be in the French squad – he has also stated, not so long ago, that he was confident. So he states he is confident yet one or two on here says he isn’t . Mmmmm.
    Truth is he’s just not a good PL player.

  • WestOzMag

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #5

    @phoonck Yep if that is the new kit then I for one think it looks great too and may be swayed to get it

  • Markaccus

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #6


    Everyone thought he needed games and confidence when he first arrived… however he has been here long enough, had those games, and i am still a better player than he is. Confidence my ar$e!

  • nut meg

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #7

    No excuses from us wow, did he really say that !

  • martoon

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #8

    phoonck @1 – The Wonga logo looks less intrusive in black & white but I find it hard to believe that Wonga would allow that – most companies are pretty fussy about their logos – shape, size, font, colour etc. and don’t like any deviation from the standard logo.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Dog eating eastern people…………………..OOT
    Peruvian guinea pig chompers……………..OOT
    Tree huggers……………………………………….OOT
    Mr Tubbs…………………………………………….OOT

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t know I think this time around it looks more like a prison shirt…and the barcodes are too thick!

  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #11



    It is arguable that because Pardew has probably spent more time with Ben Arfa (to cure his errant ways) since his arrival than he should have with any one player other members of the squad are possibly not getting sufficient attention themselves.

    In a squad environment this will probably breed resentment against Ben Arfa as probably all other players would have knuckled down to the health and fitness targets that the coaches have set them.

    I don’t blame Pardew. He has tried, as have other managers, but the players’ bad attitude, lack of discipline and respect to his team mates, the coaching staff, the fans and the club don’t deserve any sympathy.

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #12

    I believe we have bought well so far but to say we may get one more striker in if the price is right is nonsense.
    Pardew is a proper yes man and needs to man up otherwise he will be sat in that dug out soon with the boos ringing out again in his ears
    Another striker is a necessity this season and a possible loan player to cover at centre half from Man City

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Slank…don’t repost that!

    Do we really have to go through this again?

  • kakaobi

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s obvious that Cabaye ran the show last year as soon as he left Pardew’s useless tactics started to show how long before we play the long ball this season my money’s one the man city game

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Obertan was rubbish from day one he had pace to die for but sadly nothing else to go with it
    Jonas had the heart of a lion but didn’t deliver on crosses or goals and Ben Arfa only has himself to blame what a talent

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Man Utd. 7 – 0 L.A. Galaxy

    Good start by Van Gaal!

  • expatmag

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #17



  • Dingo†®

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #18
  • Dingo†®

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #19

    youve probably all send that image before but for me, at first glance, it tickled me pink

  • terencelim

    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #20

    …when he couldn’t even get a win against Gus Poyet’s weaker team?


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