Pardew – We Were Brave But Unlucky – Crowd Were Magnificent

Alan Pardew was pleased with the overall performance of the Newcastle team today – and one thing was obvious – we have players who will run their socks off for the Newcastle cause, and the lads almost got a point today – and against lesser teams than Manchester City – we would have won this game.

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Alan Pardew and Manuel Pellegrini pointing today

But there’s a reason why Manchester City have won the Premier League in two of the last three seasons, and that’s because they have some world-class players – and that was obvious today – especially in the first half.

But give credit to the Newcastle players who came roaring back in the second half, after being 1-0 down at half time – and with just a little bit of luck we could have taken something out of this game.

This is what Alan Pardew said to Sky Sports immediately after the game:

“It was frustrating for us because in the second half we really pushed on up and put some younger players on, who were a bit naive at times,  but who threatened with their pace. We just couldn’t get that equalizer.¨

“I feel that if we could have got that then we could have gone on to win it because we looked like we had more legs in the team.¨  “We were brave, we went for it and there were some outstanding performances.¨

¨All the players were solid and Remy gave us some moments around the box that we haven’t had for a long time.”   “There were a couple of times when we broke down today and perhaps rushed it, with people not understanding Manu’s Riviera runs, but that will come.¨

“But it was a really good team effort against, let’s be honest, real quality, and the quality won it today.¨ “I was pleased with a lot of the aspects of today’s game. The defence was solid and the crowd were magnificent.”

From what we saw today we need to bring in another striker, and while the defense was fairly solid, we still looked too porous at times, and we’d love for Newcastle to bring in a good center-back before September 2nd rolls around.

And it looks like Jack Colback was our best player today – and he hardly ever gave the ball away – this lad can become a great signing for Newcastle and the price wasn’t too bad either – a free agent.

It was great to see the way Jack closed players down today – and hey – this lad can become a future captain at Newcastle United.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #1


    bang you hit the nail on the head, the front 4 dissapointed,

    yet i know there all good players, not world beaters but good enough,

    this is football under pardew, its how its always been, contain, counter attack

    wonder goal moments,

  • Thump

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #2

    ¨All the players were solid and Remy gave us some moments around the box that we haven’t had for a long time.”

    I know of a player who can give us those moments with Cabella. Any idea who he is, Pardy?

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #3

    how were we unlucky

    did the keeper save 12 of our shots
    did he save 5 of our shots
    did he even sve 1 of them

    simple answer is no

    they had 13 , 5 on target and 2 went in

    i dont see how we were unlucky,

    but yeh, the crowd were good

  • Thump

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s the thing, catchy. They disappointed because because they don’t know how to play the final ball. Damn shame because they’re very capable, but it seems like they haven’t been given any instructions what to do when they can’t get to the byline to whip in a cross.

    Riviere made me laugh a few times. Showed some strength to pick the ball up and then the only thing he thought of was rolling the ball out for a goal kick. Then, later on, he took a shot that even Ronaldo would have struggled with. Think he was feeling the pressure a bit today.

  • Four 3 3

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Enjoyed the match today but more out of curiosity to see how all these new signings got on. As many people have pointed out Colback was very good and I loved the way he closed people down quickly and chased players which makes them turn away to protect the ball. Coloccini was superb on the ball and seems a total contract to Williamson who was also decent but in a different way; forceful, good in the air, great timing of tackles.

    The stand out player of the game for me though was Dzecko who we just couldn’t touch throughout the game. Is he made of steel?

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #6

    i don’t think pardew can really say we were unlucky in any way.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Please someone explain the benefit of Percy’s tactic of having all 11 players in our own box to defend a corner?

    Ed, let’s have a poll on who approves of Percy’s ancient tactic of seeking Mike Williamson’s head from every free kick.

  • tequilamag

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #8

    RH Man City deserved the 3 points. Hardly surprising as there is a huge gulf in class between the 2 teams. Aquero one chance one goal. Still a decent performance though. Perez had one chance which was deflected by an excellent deflection from Kompany Ihink.Colo was not even close to the Aquero goal. Not really Pardews fault though that Man City have better players.

  • toonking

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #9

    cabbella has got one thing extra which that other player didn’t have.
    he would help the defence.

    when you watch the city team today and see the amount of players they had back defending when we were on the attack, you can’t deny that everyone in the team need to assist the back as much as they assist the forward line especially when a teams defence is below average and have not got a forward in the clas of suaez.

    really it gets more and more strange how anyone can say HBA deserves another chance when he has already caused off the field problems 3 times (something even the liverpool fans consider was one too many with suaez when he bit a player for the 3rd time)

    then we see fans twisting and moaning about dummett and obatan getting starts or coming on as sub when these two have had just as little game time as HBA well even less really.

    also the poor finishing which HBA himself is just as bad with really because each and every time he has the ball he attempts to shoot himself rather than pick out the right pass so if we hate this teams poor finishing why play HBA who has far more chances wasted than what he creates.

    finally moaning that pardew has players playing too defensive which is what we will see happening even more frequently if he were to play with a midfielder who will never put an effort into assisting the back line.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Four 3 3

    I agree with that.

    Silva and Dzecko were outstanding.

  • pawl250

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #11

    we were unlucky because on another day one of our shots could have been on target or we could have took a deflection.

    On another day Fernando may have not been that extra second quick to may the block against Perez.

    We were not played off the park like I expected.

    It was promising.

    I personally thought Sissoko and Colo were awful today.

    Colo should have stayed in position for first goal and was far to slow moving out of his own area for second goal therefore keeping Aguero onside for a one on one with him and he simply lacks the pace. For Mbiwa should be starting beside Williamson, although I prefer another Cb to come in to start beside him.

    Dummett was awful too. His free header on goal was a gift. Donkey that he is. Haidara is a much better player in my opinion.

    Cabella and Colback stand out best players.

    Riviere couldn’t finish if he was playing all day. His shots were wild and poor as suspected we lack a goalscorer. Remy would have had chances to atleast get a shot on target.

    Think Siem is a big miss in and around the box.

    Bottom line, we expected to lose. We did. And did so without being humiliated like last year. We looked decent enough to actually steal a draw towards the end. Just unfortunate not to. The fine lines of Sissoko missing a shot to a minute later conceding the second goal.

    Simply put I saw enough to think a top 10 finish is not unrealistic.

    Pardew also needs slapped for putting Obertan on.

  • pawl250

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Also Cabella being a technically gifted and skillful player….. Defended.

    Wow!! See people a good skillful player can still defend and be effective.

    Just shows how poor Hba is as a squad player. And how much Hba plays for Hba opposed for Newcastle and working for his team and fans.

    Cabella showed quality on and off the ball today.

  • toonking

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #13

    my point as a whole is not towards you alone it’s at all them HBA lovers still insisting we could do better with HBA playing.

  • toonking

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #14

    it’s also why i would have actually been happy to see HBA join everton.

  • cestriasteve

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Sorry, I thought it was an excellent game, Collo makes one mistake and it’s probably because he thought willo couldn’t deal with the problem himself. Jack Colbeck was the stand out player for us. Agree Dzecko was class

  • geordie157

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought we deserved to get a draw but the difference was clear with city just having that extra quality in their side. Cabella and colback impressed, Perez and Aarons showed no fear against the champions.

    If we get a centre back and striker we’d be in for a good season.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #17

    didn’t see all the match

    did all our set plays go at willos head ???

    thought there were some good positives to come out of today from what I saw

  • tequilamag

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #18

    I don`t think it was a bad performance. Man City picked up 5 yellow cards today which shows the amount of pressure we put on them. Very few people predicted a win for us today and I think the scoreline flattered City

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #19

    our toon – I’ll check out the incidents later on when the game is on MOtD – still think we can blame Colo for both goals. They may have an in depth look at the goals – don’t know who the pundits are tonight on MOtD.
    In the meantime you may find a white stick helpful.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Just got back from game – atmosphere more like the old times – could here a pin drop in the minutes silence.
    To the match – overall thought we played well difference in the teams – City had a little more class where it told. Looking forward to seeing Siem du Jong slotting in.

    The biggest difference was our movement off the ball much much better than seasons gone.
    Colback my MOM
    Got speed to burn upfront scared the life out of City second half just need to put our chances away.

  • toonking

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #21

    beer monkey
    do you miss shola ameobi that much or is it you are a fan who would love use to use saylor?

    willo at the minute is reall the only tall physical player we have.

    a ball did reach dummetts head but he was far too small so it was hit more like a volleey ball and went over the bar.

    gouffran had a chance for a goal but as he had to attempt it by his feet it was harder to get his shot and they tackled him.

    we need these players to stop being softies when in the box battling for the ball or bring back the hoofballers amobi nolan and carroll.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #22

    In the first two minutes Cabella showed why he is a rated, valuable player, and HBA is an overweight troublemaker. Cabella chased one of their players down the wing and kept nipping at him, never giving ground. HBA wouldnt have been even near him. He has caused trouble everywhere and will be considered a nobody when he is finished , despite laughingly trying to compare himself to Messi / Ronaldo . Rotunda, people like you have little clue about football, and would probably rather see NUFC relegated with HBA as a main talent in the team, in the team, and Pardew then sacked , than see us do well. I saw loads and loads of positives there today. On we lost, but on a different day we might have got a draw. City are a class outfit, and we made them work hard. Things will get better. The attic dwellers need to get off Pardew’s case and start being supporters rather than dreamworld journalists.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Thought Sissoko and Coloccini had half decent games. Sissoko was full of energy.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Yaya Toure did nothing today.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #25


    we played far to deep, and the gap between MF and our only outlet was massive.

    man c made the same moves through out the game and pardew did nothing about it. our full backs got murderd for 90 mins

  • Markaccus

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #26


    I agree with that. Citeh were rattled, particularly second half, and they were the ones who made a defensive sub on the end when fernandinho came on. Obertan fooled pardew into giving him a chance, but did sod all as usual. Hopefully he is done with him. I think sdj will replace him. Two from aarons, perez and ferreyra will be the other attackers on the bench.

    If our attacking line up would click, i think we will be picking up good results

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #27

    22Munster Mag

    Well said mate

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Moan moan bloody moan

  • Small World

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Coming in from the match tonight, I reckon best write up on the game is found on another website ( Instead of the some time hysterical comments on here, unreasonable folks with agendas to pursue and of course trying their damnedest to be a WUM. Try checking this out. I couldn’t agree more…


    Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2

    A new-look Newcastle side gave their all against the Premier League Champions but lost by two goals – like both games against City at St. James’ Park last season.

    However, despite the scoreline, there was much to be positive about with the debutants all showing some promise, and a decent all round team performance leaving the home crowd far from despondent.

    The difference was two bits of clinical finishing in either half from David Silva and substitute, Sergio Aguero but arguably United had the better chances but failed to make Joe Hart make a save.

    Ayoze Perez almost equalised seconds after coming off the bench, his deflected shot shaving the Gallowgate goal post, and Moussa Sissoko blasted a late chance over the bar from a similar position to where he netted against Real Sociedad.

    There were also chances for Emmanuel Riviere, Yoan Gouffran and Paul Dummett, while Remy Cabella showed some creativity and nifty footwork but over elaborated at times.

    Daryl Janmaat marked his debut with our only booking but looked solid at right back and Jack Colback had an excellent first start in midfield.

    Rolando Aarons also featured in his first Premier League game and was almost on the end of a Colback free-kick but Sissoko took it off his toes and headed narrowly wide.

    The two decisive moments came in the 38th and 92nd minutes and both will have frustrated Alan Pardew as Silva found space in the box to tuck the bull under Tim Krul following Edin Dzeko’s backheel.

    Aguero’s added-time winner came when Yaya Toure picked him out and the Argentinean striker evaded Fabricio Coloccini’s challenge before firing a shot that Krul parried back to him before tucking in the rebound.

    It was similar to last season’s league meeting when Alvaro Negredo finished the game in added time after slotting home after Krul had saved his first effort.

    But there was an overall feelgood factor in the sunshine at St. James’ this season that the new signings have engendered and hopefully some positive results in the first half dozen games will build on that.

    The defeat leaves us as the only side to have lost by more than one goal in the first round of fixtures with Burnley still to host Chelsea on Monday. However, being bottom should only be a temporary low.


  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Why can’t everybody just be happy with our players

  • beermonkey

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #31


    what is the point in floating it to the tall man it has not worked in 3 years
    during preseason we tried some different things
    all I wanted to know was did we vary it

    its a weakness in the team our set piece taking and it wont get any better unless we alter what we do

  • Grumpy

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Keep calm and carry on.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #33


    I am happy enough even pards did ok
    thought 433 was the way to go
    first sub at 1 0 down was an attacking option on shame it had to be obatan but it wasn’t another left back

  • Markaccus

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #34


    Colback delivered a flat one onto dummets head but it wen over, and one was landed on sissoko. Thats at least two that were not aimed at willo 😀

  • Klatoon

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #35

    lads i watched the game with reckoned yaya toure looked 40 yrs old

  • stuart no9

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Pardew reckons we were unlucky – nowt new there , but apart from the late deflection that could have gone in , where were we lucky ????

  • toon kk

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Credit where credit is due, although I new we’d loose, we played far better than I expected. We just lack that bit of quality expecially in front of goal.
    Obviously Mash has pulled the pin on any more signings, pardew knows we could need a top striker and a CB, but has no testicles so he covers the fat mans decisions.

    I think mid table is going to be a realistic prediction this season

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Thought it was a decent display a few things that pleased :

    Cabella looked good City are probably the heaviest team in the league and he did not look lightweight so think he will handle the physical nature of the league

    Colback was very impressive to be honest he should be taking Tiote’s place he wins tackles , hardly loses the ball presses all over and his set pieces were good

    Riviere showed glimpses of being a total beast he bounced away Kompany and Toure during one run, he won a lot in the air and is quick he is a total Shola upgrade he does need to improve his composure in front of goal

    Liked the youngsters coming on Perez and Aarons showed no fear and it put City on the back foot cant remember the last time Toon brought on 2 young subs who made a difference (actually dont know if its ever happened?!?)

    The bits that did not please me :

    Sissoko is not a Yaya Toure !! Anyone with a clue about football would have seen today they dont even play the same way at all !!Sissoko is better out wide he does not have the touch , composure or vision to play in the middle , he is much more effective on the wing would have offered better protection against Kolarov who had so much space !

    As mentioned Kolarov and Silva had far too much space to get crosses in

    We still dont get enough people in the box when we are counter attacking if we had have committed just one or 2 bodies more we may have taken advantage of a few situations hopefully that was cause it was City but its been a feature of Pardews tenure were we dont commit enough forward !

    Not a HBA lover like some on here but it would have been good to have him as an option of the bench instead of Obertan !!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #39

    If you are going to persist on using this blog, why can’t you post something remotely interesting, you contribute absolutely nothing and are quite frankly a nuisance.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #40


    cheers its all I wanna know don’t mind if we are varying and it didn’t come off at least were trying and it looks to have been addressed

    you see another positive the positives keep racking up

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