Good Win But We Need To Improve In The Forward Area

Newcastle got a second clean sheet in a row last night at Gillingham, and we scored our first goal in three games, albeit an own goal to progress to the third round of the Capital One Cup – and the draw for that is tonight.

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Obertan and Aarons celebrate goal
It was a Obertan cross that John Egan put into his own net

Alan Pardew played a decent team last night, although there were still six changes from the side that started the game at Villa Park last Saturday, with two of the changes being enforced –  Mike Williamson was suspended after his sending off on Saturday, and apparently Jack Colback is injured.

Alan talked about the difficulty of team selection in the local cups:

“You’re damned if you do, and damned if you’re don’t.”  “We could have lost with six internationals and everyone would have said ‘what are you doing?’”

“But we’ve won, and that’s the most important thing for the manager in the cup, and to be in the next round.” “The two games we’ve played before this, there is one thing that’s typical of us at the minute – we’re not really conceding many chances.”

“And we didn’t again tonight, that’s three games against very different opposition.” “I’m really pleased on that side, but there’s no doubt we need to improve on forward areas.”

It’s good that we have only conceded two goals in the first three games, that’s for sure, but it’s also a little worrying that we have scored only once, especially since we are creating enough chances.

The general consensus among fans seems to be that we need another striker brought in before next Tuesday, but whether we can do that is a very good question – there’s not too many good strikers available.

And Celtic lost 1-0 to Maribor last night in the Champions League and go out on a 2-1 aggregate score, so maybe that opens up the door for us to sign their 23 year-old center-back Virgil van Dijk?

Hope so.

Comments welcome.

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19 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Colback’s fit for palace according to parsnip, no word on tiote yet though, I wonder why that is? Haven’t heard nothing since last Friday have we it’s like an eerie silence and no wonder people speculate so much 😉

    Colback missed last night’s 1-0 Capital One Cup win over Gillingham with a knock.

    But the 24-year-old, signed from Sunderland this summer, is expected to recover in time to make his competitive home debut for Newcastle.

    Asked if Colback would be fit to face Palace, United manager Alan Pardew simply said: “Yes.”

    Colback started the club’s first two Premier League games.

  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #2


    Lilongwe Geordie @52 – But why ‘Chucky’? I had been hoping to work out who it was for the last couple of days but was no closer.

    Last night was crying out for two out and out strikers, but I think the team selection was more based on the need for Siem to get match time and an attempt to use proper wingers. However the one striker we had in the box was marked out the game by three defenders whilst the midfield were not at the races. Abeid was wasteful, Sissoko was not really in the game and Siem likes the ball played to feet. But we are through and on to the next…

    The last time we played Palace their defence was narrow, we struggled to get round the back on the flanks and crosses were easily cleared. Last nights tactics do not inspire confidence and need to be enhanced or Pardew will need to rethink and reorganise.

  • nut meg

    Aug 27, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t say need,I would say MUST.

  • Roger

    Aug 27, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Hello Lads,

    Podolski is willing to change, why not in the North.
    Poldi is a great player with a great heart and he is
    the right one for NUFC.


    Aug 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    now leave pardew….. ur shit….u will never win anytng even if we buy messi an ronaldo

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Once again Pardew you clueless moron try playing 2 up front or even getting your fat toyboy to put his tight fisted hand in his back pocket to fund us a new ST who has proven abiltiy to score goals in the EPL Everton has no problem doing it. Eto and Lukaku vs Riviere and Perez. Says it all!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Very very sad what Cisse, Ben Arfa and MYM have now all been reduced to.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #8


    Podolski actually not a bad shout but god knows where pardew would play him!

  • firebug666

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Once again Pardrew shows us why he must go. If we were having so much space in midfield we should have changed to s 4-3-3 formation and added more to our attack, Trying to get a goal against 3 centre hales with just one striker up front is a nonsense.
    We still made mistakes at the back the would have cost us against other teams, and it seems that Riviere needs a partner up front if he is going to find a route through to goal.
    We played a very poor team last night and whilst we dominated possession we never found the net on our own. This is all down to tactics and formation, or lack thereof.

  • deeps

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Guys when’s the draw for the capital one cup next round

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11


    ” or Pardew will need to rethink and reorganise.”
    – – – – – – – – – –

    That’s going to happen….!!! Good managers have a plan A, B, C and D. Ours is struggling to find a plan A.

    The spin that’s gone round about Cisse, Ben Arfa, MYM and others is scandalous. All scapegoated while the unsackable gutless buffoon is still here.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #12

    i wonder if the fans at the game against palace start to get on pardews back if we don’t score.

  • nut meg

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #13

    After tonights game is what I read.

  • jayphoto

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Don’t know much about Ferreyra but seen enough of Riviere in last 4 years to know he can’t lead the line! Hes strongest either left prong of a 4-3-3 or alongside a target man in a front 2! Toulouse tried to turn him into a lead the line striker and he struggled massively for goals and dropped down a division for peanuts because of it (before monaco got the money) whereas St Ettiene and monaco used him in an almost #10 role and he performed well!
    Hate seeing Pardew play players out if position it never prospers

  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #15

    The more I think about it, the tactics last night fell between two stools and I wonder which direction Pardew will go against Palace. If we play two wingers he also needs two proper strikers in a 442, or should he play Siem DJ in a formation that has yet to produce any goals?

  • jayphoto

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    @Roger – as a german (well half) ive watched Podolski an awful lot, id seriously question his heart! He struggles alot to intergrate himself into squads and even now spends every chance he can in Cologne! Hes a guy that needs a big Polish community around him to settle and the guys as tempermental as a tropical fish for what makes him unhappy or homesick! Hes a guy that got homesick just from a move to Munich! He was also a far better player 4 years ago to now! Think we need a more physical striker that can hold the ball up and bring players into the game! Shame we missed on Lasogga

  • jayphoto

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Siem De Jong will bail Pardew out of trouble alot i think this season snatching goals in 1-0 tight games! Thats my prediction for Palace! 1-0 de jong, about 65% of the ball but few real chances

  • Lynxie

    Aug 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Average Contents @ 1:
    ‘Colback missed last night’s 1-0 Capital One Cup win over Gillingham with a knock.

    But the 24-year-old, signed from Sunderland this summer, is expected to recover in time to make his competitive home debut for Newcastle’

    Colback was MOM in the opening home game of the season vs Man City fella……

  • WLtoon

    Aug 27, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #19

    The new manager at Palace(Warnock) feel good factor will be Pardew,s excuse if we lose on saturday.
    Just wait for it.


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