Newcastle Star Too Tense – He Will Play A Lot Better

Newcastle have not made a particularly good start in terms of results at least, although the performances haven’t been too bad and the team obviously has to be given a little time to gel – but we really should have won yesterday and we had three decent chances – which fell to Gouffran, Cabella and de Jong – but the lads couldn’t score.

Alan Pardew Villa Park

Alan Pardew – at Villa Park yesterday

Alan was seen trying to relax Remy as did a little jig on the sidelines and made a gesture to Cabella to smile – and that Pardew performance is doing the rounds on the internet.

Here’s what Alan had to say about it after the game:

“I just felt he was trying too hard. He had a lot of publicity last week for his performance against City and I just felt he was a bit tense.”

“He had a couple of great situations for us where he didn’t deliver,  and that is not like him. So I was just trying to get him to play with a smile.”

“I spoke to him again at half-time and I thought he was better in the second half and he kept the balance of the team well.” “But he will play a lot better than he did today.”

We are hoping Newcastle can bring in a couple of players before the transfer window closes a week tomorrow, and we really need another striker who can take the chances we’ve had in the last couple of games, but failed to convert.

There’s also been a little bit of negativity from some fans, after we have taken only one point from the first two games, but we’ll keep supporting the lads and hope for the best – we now need a win on Tuesday night at Gillingham and at home next Saturday afternoon against Crystal Palace.

Daryl Janmaat and the irrepressible Jack Colback were Newcastle’s best two players today.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 24, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Beer…I cannot help feeling a little bit ripped off mate!

    …I don’t want that feeling to return 😉

  • Belfast

    Aug 24, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #2

    The video is hilarious.

    What a pleb lol

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Cabella needs to adjust to premier league fast. He looked very lost today. Hopefully he’ll come good by end of the year.

    HBA is still missed. But he’ll never play for us again as long as Pardew is here. But couldn’t help imagining Arfa and cabella in the wings for us.

  • Toon Tang

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Haaaaaaaahaaaaaaaa chuffin’ funny video that. No wonder Cabella’s been playing shite, can you imagine having to watch pards do that as you’re trying to play footy.

  • Toon Tang

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Peyote trip gone wrong…

  • Toon Tang

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #6

    or right depending on how you look at it.

  • pawl250

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #7

    We weren’t THAT bad today.

    Our finishing was shocking, we had good chances, arguably easy chances that were wasted.

    Perez missed a half sitter, Williamson thought he was Ronaldo instead of doing a simple header and Cabella passed to their keeper, Riviere passed to the keeper, also Gouffran kicks the air to name but a few of the chances I am talking about.

    Then you had a few decent efforts, Janmaat had two decent shots, one being a great effort and another a just too far away to reach header, and Siem had a decent effort.

    Overall we were not that bad.

    Yet simply lack the firepower upfront….


    Krul – 6 had nowt to do all day, 0 shots on target by Villa

    Janmaat – 8 looked solid in defense and ever better going forward. MOTM for us.

    Williamson – 5 Not a bad game, but for a big guy he simply cannot head. He closes his eyes and puts his head down so the ball hits the top of his head opposed to the front. Won most aerial duals, missed great chance and got sent off. Oh and he still hoofs the ball to no one, he just does not look comfortable with the ball.

    Colo – 7 had a decent game, rarely looked troubled today.

    Dummett – 4 his positional play was shocking, he was tortured by Nzogbia and his forward play is awful. Crossing is laughable and offers little to no support to whoever is playing infront of him. Needs dropped!!

    Anita – 6 worked hard, passing is supposed to be amazing but it as usual was terrible. Still he puts a shift in and does the dirty work.

    Colback – 7 Probably our most impressive signing, or atleast consistently so far. Works hard, closes down and is a decent set piece taker. Had an awful free kick at goal but beyond that his delivery was excellent and I thought he did well today. Not as good as he was against City but he may well be our best value signing this year.

    Cabella – 4 Awful game, missed a couple of chances, completely fluffed a opportunity when free to create a goal and managed to reach row z. He works hard, tracks back which is invaluable if you can get him playing like he did against City. He was very much in Huttons back pocket today and rarely troubled Villa. His set pieces were shocking too! 12m? I fail to see why on today’s performance he struggled to justify even half of that value. Pressure getting to him? Pardew seems to think so, he certainly did not look as comfortable or as confident today.

    Sissoko – 5 If anyone has been “Pardewed” it’s him. He is a Cm playing out wide and adapts by running at the opposition. He did it well last season. Now he is asked to play more centrally and it’s like he has adopted the running at people philosophy and dropped what he was good at early doors and before arriving at Newcastle. He runs into a brick wall of players and waits far to late to pass the ball. He makes some good runs and is strong aerially but he looks lazy in comparison to Anita and Colback he shows little interest chasing the ball down. Think he needs dropped when Tiote/De Jong is back, or play him on the right. He has not turned into the player I expected him to be….. Has so much potential aswell, but looks so uninterested.

    Gouffran 5 – Did zero today, he missed a sitter and as a supposedly out of position striker hit air instead of the ball. He works hard but has no end product and went missing alot in today’s game. Had it not been for his defensive work he would have scored less. He is offering little going forward and I expect he will be dropped when Siem is fully fit.

    Riviere – 4 To quote Star Wars “this is not the striker we are looking for” he is gash. Quite simply looks out of his depth. Supposed to be pacey but outpaced by Senderos and quite simply he has no physical side to his game constantly being man handled with little effort by Vlaar and Senderos. Think he will struggle in the Pl, yet is left isolated as lone striker which clearly is not his game. Wondering if perhaps a wide role will suit his game more, or atleast until he gets up to speed or adds a more physical presence to his game.


    STaylor – 5 Did nowt, had perhaps 1 header to make in 2 minutes he was on the pitch.

    De Jong – 6 Managed to get a shot on goal. Was not in the game much but looks composed on the ball. Did not look match fit but showed aerially he was up for physical side in his own area defending. Looks a top notch player and look forward to see him play more minutes of a game when fully fit.

    Perez – 6 Fluffed a half decent chance, end in the air instead of goal, managed to set Siem for his shot. Was subbed for STaylor after red card, bit harsh but understandbale. Looks promising, especially if he adds abit muscle for Pl could be exciting to watch in the future.

    Overall it may look like I am being harsh but we had chances and we missed them or fluffed them when it mattered. It was promising away performance yet toothless. We looked solid at the back today surprisingly, perhaps with the exception of Dummett who often wonders out of position.

  • Toon Tang

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #8

    pawl, “He closes his eyes and puts his head down so the ball hits the top of his head opposed to the front” made me laugh out loud for a good length of time.

    I have no idea why but it sounded funny and im now off to my pit to catch 40 winks.


  • pawl250

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Another opinion which really does not differ much from mine.

    It may look bad but as I said I deducted points for silly mistakes.

    If I were starting a team next week against Palace (Tiote being injured) I would start

    Janmaat Williamson Coloccini Haidara
    Anita Colback
    Sissoko De Jong Cabella

    Bench Elliot, Mbiwa, Dummett, Gouffran, Aarons, Riviere, Perez

    Please note Williamson will serve his ban against Gillingham mid week.

  • JrReps

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Give Obertan a chance. Please. Play Sissoko thru the middle. Please. Give Ferreyra his debut. Please.

  • pawl250

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Toon Tang

    You need only watch the match too see him look at the floor during most set pieces and the ball hits the top of his head….

    Almost as though he is scared. Almost like watching an Infant head the ball?

    Yet for such a big guy, and his size he should lift his head and accurately head the ball like say Terry, Kompany or to save time any decent defender would do.

    We very much have 1 trick for set pieces (which rarely works and is so obvious now for opposition we should change it up) and he is key to that scenario….. The ball is basically played to him in every set piece to head back across goal. I ask myself why?

    Think we need to add De Jong on that attacking list for future purpose, and Sissoko!!

  • pawl250

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #12


    Obertan is not a good player. Back up at best. He hardly warrants a start, maybe a place on the bench but I rather see Aarons and Perez in his place as they are more exciting and offer more potential…..

    Obertan basically is one of the quickest players in the Pl but never uses it to his advantage, he just has no confidence in beating a man. And when he does try he normally does it to close to the line and if runs out for a goal kick.

    It’s odd watching his old clips in the France when he was booming with pace and confidence, I would look at that player and think what a great signing he would make, but in reality I would be totally wrong.

    I think he is not suited for the Pl for whatever reason.

  • pawl250

    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #13

    I wonder who this 10th signing will be….

    Van Djik?








    I just hope he improves our starting 11, preferably a centre back or striker.

    I think we need a striker more than a centre back though.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 24, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #14

    agree with Pawl.

    Sissoko looks very very poor for us. he has games where he just doesn’t know what he’s doing.

    i’d drop him for Aarons.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 24, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #15

    i can’t understand why people are asking for strikers. we can have 3 strikers and yet our forward line is so isolated.

    we have reviere ferreyra and ayoze perez who looks really good and armstrong and campbell as backup. that’s 5.

    we need better tactics for a better transition between midfield and attack. this has been going on for the whole of last season especially towards the end where we scored in only 6 of the last 16 games.

    abysmal form really.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 24, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #16

    When we have De Jong in full flow and fit he is the key to making this whole system work. Exactly the same as Cabaye was. Which is why we suffered greatly when he left.

    The problems will really arise if we lose De Jong for an extended length of time. It will be pretty much as it is now, toothless in attack.

    It’s not really surprising we are struggling up top without the main ingriedent in full flow.

    It should fit together the more fitter and the more accustomed De Jong gets. This is my thinking anyway.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 24, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #17

    @Toon-Prodigy // Aug 24, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    i certainly hope so too. pray it comes fast. continuing this kind of football in attack from last season and it certainly spells trouble. we might struggle to score even 15 goals in the league.

  • Benji84

    Aug 24, 2014 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #18

    overall i think the guys played well in patches and if you look at it cabella and jammanet should have scored. But in the scale of things there is 7 new players in the squad its going to take time to gel. Cabella will be a greaet signing as pardew says when he relaxes he does look up tight though. Also jammenet looks mega. Keep the faith i think when they get a win and start to gel i think everyone will be happy. Also dejong when he gets a few games he be better too.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 24, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Cabella just needs to chill out, I think Pardew is right on this. He looks to be buzzing out his brain with adrenaline at present and all this publicity since he arrived needs to settle down. He has did some talking, it’s time to knuckle down now and settle.

    Pardew needs to protect him by not talking about him also. Enough about the lad.

    He will settle down sooner rather than later and his talent will come through naturally.

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 24, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #20

    So first he head butts a player and now does this stupid dance on the sideline. What an embarrassment pardew is. He needs to leave asap

  • willowdalerez

    Aug 24, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Cabella has pace, can pass, is creative and has the talent to score… Pards is spot on about the nerves… we expect a lot of our new signings and Remy in particular… The pressure is on and he looks rattled. Pards job is to help him make the adjustment. There are only two ways this can go, really well or really bad… No in betweens with a big money signing. I only hope he doesn’t fall apart (think of our boy Andy at Liverpool) ! If his game comes together he will be key for us to make Europe next year!

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t have much to say about villa game but I was so frustrated,we were nervous in front of goals,cabella,Goufran,William, to mention some ,squandered big chances.we miss smart finishers like Remy,ba as ED said.
    I agree with pawl250’s assessment of the game,moreover what I noticed yesterday was we need a striker and playmaker,more than centerback,I saw siem de jong play for first time on nu shirt,slow, and can’t be playmaker,Anita and colback were excellent in our first two games,esp colback was superb once again,determined, calm,composed & tireless.
    but we still need a player like cabaye,someone who can split stuborn defenses like villa.
    overall, we weren’t that bad,villa had zero shots on target, we had 4 or 5 but we need to convert them..
    Hope the 10th signing will be a striker or playmaker,
    something to cheer about,
    How come Warnock know about our new signing?

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #23

    when willo sent off, s.Taylor came on in place of Perez,isn’t Perez already on in place of Reviere or I miss the sub rule??

  • Go toon gooooo

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #24

    With this static Newcastle squad the first goal seems not to be very soon.Alan Pardew out.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Playing with a smile is brought about by encouraging a positive approach to the game and the correct cohesion of all the players as one fluid unit.

    Confirming looking like a puppet doing a dance on the sideline isn’t the way to really put a smile on his face.
    Negative football lowers confidence, motivation and enjoyment. Do you wonder why he’s got a sad face after only his second game!!


  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Ethiotoon…you can sub a sub’ed player, there is no rule about that.

    …the only two rules are:

    a) only three subs can be used

    b) a player who have left the field cannot come on again (unless he is getting medical attention)

  • cyprus

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Drop Sissoko for Aarons?! Please play Obertan!!!

    Guys, we are getting desperate here. It’s simple really: AP has 8 more games to get these people playing. If he doesn’t, he should go.

    BTW, kudos for his funny little dance for Cabs. Good management. Credit where credit is due. And congrats to Cabs for applauding Goofy’s woeful pass to him, ie. applauding the idea.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #28

    Ashley was above him controlling his strings for that dance. The puppet master.

  • cyprus

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Clarification: In that first sentence I’m quoting previous posters.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Do we really have to wait these symbolic 8 games?

    …I am still counting from last season. No wiping the slate clean just because you get new players. No more excuses.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #31

    Siem De Jong and Gouffran will be useless on the pitch with this tactic of Pardew.Williamson,Anita and Dummet are low class players and need to be replaced by better Newcastle players.Sissoko needs back to be defensive midfielder because at the front he is headless chicken and loses 10 balls per game.Ben Arfa must return as soon as possible.Janmaat is very good player but still he doesn’t have the best height for right back.And Remy Cabella probably will be sold soon because he is seriously extraordinary player.Real football player.Alan Pardew out as soon as possible.Roberto Di Matteo in.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Anita is definitely not useless! We are just trying to fit him into useless tactics.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #33

    Jesper, well said!

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #34

    ” a player who have left the field cannot come on again “…isn’t a player substituted to play cannot substituted back again?unless he get injured..
    That is the only rule I familiar with so far unless it changed this season.
    if u sub and fielded new player,u can not sub same new player off unless he is injured..

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 24, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Ethiotoon…your question was if you could sub a player (take him off) when he was a sub for another player earlier in the game right?

    …and I said you can. The only rules I know of are those I listed.

    It would mean if I wad playing and I was sub’ed for Ibiza then if Belfast got injured you could take Ibiza off again in put TS in.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 24, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Siem seems pretty big and strong and capable of playing in the hole or as a striker. Looking forward to him playing behind or in tandem with Rivière who is also strong, and fast as well and can finish. I agree this side has goals in it and think well start to see it at home against Palace. Tiote in for Anita, Sissoko in for Gouffran and we have quite a side. Also thought Willo and Colo played well.

  • Mag52

    Aug 24, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #37

    Go Toon.
    What on earth makes you think that Roberto de Matteo would ever consider coming to work under Mike Ashley at NUFC ?
    In your dreams mate!

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 24, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #38

    janmaat: good game,good link up play and going forward,lacks pace but getting settled well.will be one of best RB in PL soon.
    colback: more than superb,excellent,magical,genius
    determined,industrious,tireless, king..
    Cabella: looked like Ben arfa yesterday,nervous, well controlled by Hutton and Richardson
    Reviere: again worked hard,didn’t get clear-cut chance to score,looked hungry, always mobile, strong,determined, has good future,will score soon
    Perez: two good sub games,unlucky in both,great movement, position,when get gelled well,he’ll find it
    Williamson: good game,sending off was accidental,
    siem dj: good player but no pace,cannot be playmaker as far as I saw,we need Grenier quick..

  • expatmag

    Aug 24, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #39

    If some of you guys thought we were negative, what must the villa fans think about their lot!!!!!

    Parked the bus at home for the majority of the game and created nought.


    Aug 24, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #40

    troy deeny our new man hope not


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