Pardew – We Controlled The Game – We Respected Gillingham

Games at lower league teams are never easy – just ask Manchester United who were thrashed 4-0 at the MK Dons, but Newcastle were quite comfortable;e in winning 1-0 at Gillingham, although we again found it difficult to put the ball in the net.

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A relaxed Alan Pardew tonight

It was  own goal from former Sunderland center-back John Egan after 25 minutes that was enough for the Magpies to progress.

Alan Pardew was happy with both the result and the performance:

“The scoreline didn’t really reflect our dominance.” “I’ve been here many times as a manager, I’ve played here, done a lot of scouting here when I was at Charlton and Crystal Palace as a player.”

“It’s a very, very difficult place to come.” “And yet we controlled the game more or less all the way through.” “I’m pleased but a bit frustrated we didn’t score more than the one.”

“They gave up a lot of space in midfield to play that extra centre-half.” “It was difficult to penetrate their three center-halves.” “But I can’t be disappointed, I thought our application to the game was great.”

“The two center-halves typified that, particularly the skipper.” “Absolute respect was what we showed Gillingham tonight, and that’s how you get wins at places like this.”

Fab Coloccini had a very good game, and the Argentine used all his experience to keep the Newcastle defense steady at the back, and Steven Taylor was solid, when  he needed to be.

It was a good win for the lads, and now if we can get a win on Saturday at home to Crystal Palace, then we’ll have made a very decent start to the season and can even enjoy the International break.

But we have to get better in the final third of the pitch if we are to beat Palace.

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62 comments so far

  • deeps

    Aug 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Sign a goal scorer pleaseeeeeeeeee

  • Tinman

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #2

    mattyNUFC from previous post,

    You say that is a better article than Eds? I don’t think so, it is also speculation. The same poster has put articles up on most of the games played tonight. Unless he can teleport I doubt it was our game he was at….

  • switch365

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #3

    “Absolute respect was what we showed Gillingham tonight”

    That statement, above all others that P45dew has given recently, sums up exactly what is currently wrong.
    It’s not the personnel, it’s not the formation, it’s too much respect and not enough threat!

    Too much respect and you find you’re playing defensively in a match you should be dominating.
    Yes it was great to see us taking things seriously in a cup match, with almost a full strength first 11 on the pitch.
    But if there aren’t players in and around the box to get onto the end of things, we’re gonna have a long, hard season with very little to get excited about.

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #4


    Tbh most of the match reports say the same thing….not much but at least that one had a bit more depth as the ones I read were about a paragraph long if that!

  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #5

    did any1 watch the game??????

  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #6

    beer jesper might have

    ask him? 😉

  • WLtoon

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #7

    We could have the players that Barcelona have and we still would struggle to score with Pardew,s negative tactics.
    Ok ,we won the game and did dominate Gillingham, but so di Barnsley at the weekend, only they put 4 past them

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Hope Clarkey wears his SMB top tomorrow whilst his team smashes the mackems 🙂

  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #9


    has he had a rant

    all I know is we appear to have won by an own goal

    I had to endure man u the pub lol one of my best mates is a man u fan so it was sort of fun

  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #10

    ourtoon just a side note lvg doesn’t regret playing the side he played and even laughed at the question!

    again if that was pardew saying and doing that you’d lose your shit faster than an incontinent vegetable
    but supposedly pardew is the only manager that says such stupid things!!

  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #11

    beer sort of fun!!? lol

    sorry but it is hilarious the downfall of a team that has been so great for so long is brilliant

    i’m just giving back some stick to jesper since he called me out again beer so sorry it was just for my amusement (he doesn’t watch our games on purpose) but still has an opinion on them which i think is strange and wrong and then belfast told him to take the breeze block challenge which he massively took the wrong way but belfast is to blame if we don’t here from him again 🙂

    on the game we certainly didn’t sound in much trouble tbf and did dominate and have better chances and abeid sounded like he did very well so more pluses in my book

  • Sav

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Gayle scored a hat-trick for Palace tonight, so he’s already had his break in front of goal and is now truly up and running.Here’s hoping we get no bid for Hatem before next week as I am sure Pardew is enough of a pragmatist to make peace with him once the window is closed. On the other hand, we could surely do with bringing Remy back.

  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #13

    ourtoon oh and supposedly you can’t make a new team in 1 month or 1 year! # lvg

  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #14


    Pardew a pragmatist?

  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #15

    lets get this celtic manager in hey catchy!!!!!!!!?????????

    or maybe big fat sam 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • lesh

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #16

    If were to sign Gayle before Saturday, then our chances of not losing are going to get better.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #17


    literally just gotin from the pub, bit of a concern we relied on an own goal, but plus could be abied but only of pards is willing to play him in the league

    I had to endure the stupid iced water challenge breeze blocks would amuse me more

    has pards colback and Ashley done it yet

  • NZGeordieviaAfrica

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #18

    3 games played , not a single goal scored by one of our players. Sums it up really. We’re stuffed! So much for the 7 new signing saving the day. They’ve been Pardewed faster than ever before?!

  • gazzaforever

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #19

    If you want to sell Ben Arfa, make him play so other clubs can see him, if you want to keep him, make him play. What is so hard to understand here ?

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #20

    2 of our main threats up front cant even score against Gillingham. Pathetic. Shows the lack of creativity we have. Yeh im a neggar, Im sick of Pardew and his defensive attitude that clearly does not work. Look at the stats for Goals against. Gets worse every season he is here. Totally out of his depth he is and needs to go. Once again this crap 1 up front business I a pure JOKE!!

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #21

    *is A PURE JOKE

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 27, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #22

    Dummett might be a solid pro, but he really doesn’t look a premiership fullback to me and if he’s keeping Haidarra out on merit and in turn Santon then I hope those two far more talented players get the fuggen message and tighten up where they need to. Don’t like seeing Dummett picked ahead of either one at all and it is surprising, because all it takes is the recognition that you need to sought yourself out defensively first and go forward with discression.

  • stingray

    Aug 27, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Can’t believe 3 games in, and “own goals” is our top scorer, in fact our only scorer.

    Still not encouraging players to take risks up front by getting midfielders to run beyond the ball, give and go etc.


    Aug 27, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #24

    I thought pardew said we can score more than one goal in each and every game and after three games we still didn’t scored a single goal

  • Go toon gooooo

    Aug 27, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Newcastle United currently is a club WITHOUT true strikers.No strikers,no goals.Riviere?Perez??????Armstrong?If top quality Premier League striker doesn’t come as soon as possible we will be DRAW team this season.Relegated or not time will tell.BUT everything will be changed if Alan Pardew out.

  • toonaus

    Aug 27, 2014 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #26

    Not good enough considering we played a half decent first team against a lower league team. Why does Alan always play the same formation again and again hardly the element of surprise if you were a coach preparing for a game againstall Newcastle you wouldn’t. have to do any home work on them. Another thing why are we playing a lone striker up front who has no pl experience he clearly needs support to crawl before he can walk On his own. Going to be another hard season for the toons

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 27, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #27

    wake up goo toon
    it was Gillingham , a team struggling at the bottom end of their division, they got walloped at the weekend , in Pardews words we controlled the game , but what was he controlling ? @ 1-0 with an own goal as the goal , your not controlling anything , 1-0 is the most dangerousness score line out there , as no matter how good you are , it only takes a second a goal, then what ,?

    it’s poor management and tactics

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 27, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Does anyone know what the deal is with Chucky, why we bothered signing him if we aren’t actually going to use him? Surely he could have come on for the last 20 minutes or so last night, give him a taste rather than bringing on Goofy. Personally, I would have had him in starting for Ober and Rivi dropped out wide.

    If he isn’t fully match fit then fair enough, but give the lad a run off from the bench. If he isn’t even fit enough for that, then he should have stayed back and played with the U21’s on Monday. If it is the fact then he is worse up front then what we have been using, then why did we bother getting him on loan?

    Other than that a win is a win, that’s is all you need in the cups. Wasn’t a sparkling performance and doesn’t fill me with confidence. Think Pardew picked a decent side (other then the change I mentioned above). Still, maybe it was Ober in the shop window and we will be fielding calls today, there were reports that 2 clubs were watching him!

  • south coast toon

    Aug 27, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m worried 3 games in and we haven’t scored a goal don’t think we have a stronger team than last season in fact we still haven’t got the centre back we have craved and no goal scorer to replace remy or ba we might not have replaced shola at this rate lol you could also play we haven’t replaced cabye
    Some of the signings are defo good players but are they going to cut it if we don’t get a result against palace or even a goal we might be hoping cisse hits form
    I think we haven’t signed a proven goal scorer a commanding goal scoring centreback or a cabs replacement it could be another long season
    But then Man City scored more against Liverpool than us
    Man U got beet by mk dons 4 nil
    The new right back seems to have settled better than debs did
    Colbeck looks a great signing
    And we are passing the ball about
    And it’s been a cracking summer
    Can we sign a new manager as this ones a tool and am fed up with hearing him alteady

  • firebug666

    Aug 27, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #30

    I really fear for us this season, we simply do not have a goal threat. and I’m not talking about the need to bring a striker in, (we all know that needs to happen), I’m talking about what we have and the way we are deployed by the inept one in this 4-2-3-1 formation that simply does not work.

    Last night we played a very poor Gillingham team that are struggling at the wrong end of league 1. We played a very strong team that on paper should have been 3 or 4 goals to the good at half time. But our passing was at times ludicrous, and we made a few to many mistakes in defence.

    If we had played any other team last night we would have been punished because of those poor defensive mistakes, Taylor and Krul between them could have cost us two goals, and without any ideas at the other end you have to wonder where the goals are going to come from.

    We have the potential to be a good team, but we lack a manager who has the ability to unlock that potential, and bring out the best from the players.

    Earlier this month I thought we were set for a top half finish, but having seen our first three performances ( well listened to last night on the radio) I don’t see that, We have the same defence, making the same mistakes that against better teams will cost us. With the new players upfront not seeming to gel (yet) and none seeming to know how to score we will find it difficult to break into the top ten.

    IMO the only thing that can save us this season is a new manager who knows what he is doing, sticking with Pardrew is the biggest mistake of all.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Aug 27, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #31

    catchy in norway
    With his new players(except Remy Cabella)Pardew will sink himself.He bought a bunch of static players and players which can pierce through defense like Ferguson,Obertan,Ben Arfa and formerly Marveaux ignores.Pardew will sink himself and that is all he deserves.And Newcastle although damaged CAN survive and build post-Pardew era if manager who knows and lives football comes at Saint James Park.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 27, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #32

    Siem is till getting his fitness levels back, just the run out will have done him good. He did, according to the radio, play a few lovely through balls which we either wasted or nobody read. That will come with playing time and getting to know each other.

    Aarons got a further bit of experience under his belt, so that is a plus. Haidara looked decent, but was rarely pushed defensively which is where he is weak, so hard to tell how good he actually was.

    Rivi, well I don’t want to say too much. I’m trying to give the lad a chance, as I was very sceptical when we signed him, so I won’t criticise just yet.

    I’m most annoyed about Crewe scoring a 98th minute equaliser to down my acca last night!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 27, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Gillingham being a very hard place to go to didn’t stop fourteen other leaugue one clubs picking up points there last season with eight of them picking up all three, the man really is beyond help as far as his dellusions go, I think the real world will come very apparent to him if we fail to score on Saturday, I think the fans have been very generous toward him in wiping the slate clean from last season and getting behind him so far, spouting the party line, BS interviews like the one above and crucially poor results and it won’t take the crowd long to revisit the feelings of last season.

  • firebug666

    Aug 27, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #34

    The team badly needs a change of tactics and a new formation that suites the players we have. The only way to get this is to get Pardrew out.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 27, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #35

    Just imagine if the late great James Alexander Gordon had had to deal with this when reading the football results.
    “Tottenham Hotspur, home win”, “Forfar Athletic score draw”, ” Newcastle United just respect”.
    Doesn’t do it for me.
    Just wonder how much respect other teams will show us – maybe they will understand our predicament and allow us easy goals to equalise”
    Does Pardew like beige I wonder ?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 27, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Have to admit i was very disappointed not to see Chucky get a run out last night
    I’m not sure it’s got much to do with his fitness, Imo Pardew is desperate to get Rivière off the mark as he knows he doesn’t have the time for these players to really bed in, he needs his CF’s firing to stop him getting fired!
    That being said i think we should of started Perez who has looked very very lively in his appearances so far and given Chucky at least 30 mins in the second half
    Glad Abied got some game time, sounds like he was decent enough as long as he wasn’t shooting!

    All in all we progressed but were still 3 games into the season and yet to find the back of the net

  • Pottz

    Aug 27, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #37

    A win is a win, no matter how poorly Gillingham have done in the league, it was a tricky tie.

    If we had got humped 4-0 like Man U did last night we would no doubt be outraged.

    I am no fan of Pardew, his tactics, footballing philosophy or his utter misleading spin.

    I agree with Jail for Ashley, come Saturday and we struggle for goals, draw or lose, The fans will turn nasty towards him once again. This will affect player performances negatively and results.

    The so called easy start to the season might start to look more like a noose tightening around Alan Pardew’s neck.

    My bet is that Alan will be gone after the Liverpool game in November.

  • firebug666

    Aug 27, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #38


    I have to disagree with it being a tricky tie, They were there for the taking, even with our poor tactical set up we dominated them, If it was not for a luck break with the own goal this could well have been a replay.

    We also made a few bad mistakes that could have cost us dearly, and would have against a better team. a win for us yes, but it was a poor win against poor opposition where we still could not find the net on our own.

    I really do worry for us this season.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #39

    No replays in the league cup mate

  • firebug666

    Aug 27, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #40


    I see well we might have got beat on penalties then.


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