Some Newcastle Players Haven’t Been Able To Carry The Flag

The next couple of games will determine whether Newcastle get off to a good start to this season or not.

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Peter Taylor – Gillingham manager

Newcastle will play at Gillingham tonight in the second round of the Capital One Cup,  and the manager will take a strong squad for that game.

But we could also see starting places for players like Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Massadio Haidara, Mehdi Abeid, Ayoze Perez and Rolando Aarons, and we just hope the side Pardew puts out is good enough to win the game in 90 minutes.

And then on Saturday we are at home to Crustal Palace, who have lost their first two games of the season after manager Tony Pulis left the club just before the season started, and anything but a win in that game will be a disappointment to Newcastle fans.

This is what Alan Pardew has said about his squad for this season:

“I think we have much more depth to our team.” “The last two or three years in the Premier League we have lost key players like Remy and Yohan Cabaye and the players who have come in just haven’t been able to carry the flag.”

“That’s not to say they are poor players, but we just needed a little bit more quality.” “We have more depth now. Rolando Aarons and Adam Armstrong are coming through as well. We have good young players.

“It is a shame we didn’t win at Villa, but I am still smiling and fairly confident about the team.”

It’s not the last two or three years we have lost Cabaye and Remy but this year – and they haven’t been replaced yet with similar style players that have the same level of experience.

And it’s not the first time we all thought we had some strength in depth but found out quickly some of our younger players were not up to it – when put to the test.

Newcastle will have to get through the tie tonight, otherwise Alan Pardew could be under pressure early in the season, with a number of Newcastle fans still of the opinion that he’s not the right man for the job.

Having a couple of poor results tonight and on Saturday, is certainly not what we want to see,  and if that happens it’s going to be a miserable two weeks over the upcoming International break.

Two wins and we’ll be flying.

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6 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 26, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Just back in, although back out again in about 15 minute.

    Just to add to my point re cups, I looked into it when the fans forum minutes were published. I posted this on a different blog at the time.

    “It is amazing that any club would commission research into why a cup run is a bad thing, let alone vocally publicise that they have done so.

    Since the 1999/2000 season, 18 teams outside of the top 6 have made it to a cup final. 3 have been relegated. One of those were also deducted 9 points to ensure relegation. To put it a different way, of the 45 teams to have been relegated since 99/00, only 3 made it to a cup final.

    Many managers actually cite good cup runs as stimulating an upturn in form thanks to the confidence and the positivity it brings, but hey let’s listen to the figures that the club want us to see rather than football people and a wider picture.

    Yeah we didn’t put out a bad side, and we may have been looking to win that game, but that doesn’t change the fact the club look on cup runs with caution – which is nothing short of a disgrace.”

    Still stand by every word.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 26, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #2

    5Ian Toon // Aug 26, 2014 at 8:17

    24Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 26, 2014 at 6:51 AM
    I didn’t have you down as a wish promoting the thought process blogger. Your so much bettert but you wrongly interpreted what Pardew actually said and as we both know he has enough deficiencies so why bother.
    What he said in response to a question:
    ” Perhaps we at board level say what other boards don’t say – that the PL is the be all and end all, because of the television money.
    We have said that the PL is our priority but of course we want to win a cup and of course our fans do. I want to get some cows on that field in Newcastle”.

    He went on to say how disappointed he was to lose to Cardiff late on in a game they really should have won and we need to put cup football right.

    Pardew is not Wenger or Mourinho but he’s not Allardyce either. We are where we are.
    Happy to respond further when I have time.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 26, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #3

    It is supposition what Pardew says about other boards, he probably doesn’t have that insight. I highly doubt that any of the comfortable mid table sides – where we are – would say that the league is the “be all and end all”.

    However I am not misinterpreting what he said. The club made it very clear in the fans forum that cup runs were detrimental to a clubs league performance and can result in relegation. They commissioned research into it – spent money on people to look into why cup runs are bad. If that isn’t a ridiculous notion then what is.

    As demonstrated in my post at the time, repeated above, that to say that the chances of relegation increase when you get to a cup final is true is totally incorrect.

    As I said then, the club look on cup runs with caution. That is a ridiculous state of affairs. I think the club should research the effects of not buying players at the correct time, and selling top players part way through the season and find out the effects on teams performance then. We were 99% safe by the FA Cup 3rd round last year, field the strongest team and go for it.

    As for how disappointed he was to lose to Cardiff, I should bloody well hope so!! That game was shocking, sadly for me I was in the UK at the time and actually had the misfortune to attend that match. Utterly dismal and to say we should have won isn’t really true. We were awful, Cardiff weren’t any better, but they sure as hell wanted it that little bit more.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Lowering expectations once again. Unacceptable.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 26, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    I hate this lowering of expectations bullsh*t! What does the board take us for? mugs!?

    We’re not stupid we’re know our chances are slim when it comes to silverware but bloody hell give it a right go, anything can happen. We don’t need this negativity and cautious tripe before a ball is kicked in the cup!

    Pardew grow a pair ffs and be positive! Your negativity rubs off on the players, don’t you realize you tool.

    Pardew you should say something along the lines of; “We should be giving Gillingham hell, they’ll try to make it tough but I believe this determined group of players will want to have some fun out there, play well and get the the points in the bag so we can progress into the next round. I would expect nothing less”.

  • Lynxie

    Aug 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew’s BS infects the dressing room like the plague. When the manager turns around and says ‘obviously the league is a priority’ the players do not think it is worthwhile giving 110% to win cup games. I recall seeing us stroll out of the cup without breaking sweat at Brighton (twice) under this dickheads tenure. We deserve a manager saying ‘we are going to give Gillingham a taste of top class attacking football’. After all, they are hardly Real Madrid, they are a tiny little meaningless team from Kent. Hence we will probably struggle, because it is their cup final tonight. Cue the Pardew-esque excuses game……… ‘We wuz tired after the Villa game, and the final third wasn’t great (again), but we are gonna try and put it right for the Palace game…..’………. I am just managing your expectations a bit.


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