We Need To Win Every Game To Relieve The Pressure

Newcastle have only two points in our first five game of the Premier League, and that record needs to improve quickly if Alan Pardew is to keep his job on Tyneside, but next up for Newcastle is a game at Crystal Palace tomorrow night in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup.

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John Carver and Alan Pardew on Saturday

Our only win this season was a decent effort at Gillingham when we won 1-0, but we know that the cups are not a priority at Newcastle these days, and with Newcastle being bottom of the league, the next league game at Stoke on Monday night will be taking priority.

So it could well be that we go out of the League Cup tomorrow night – where a result is needed – even if we have to go to extra time and penalties..

But the manager cannot afford too many more defeats if he is to keep his job, so we expect a fairly strong side to be named for tomorrow night’s game, especially since the lads will have five days to recover before the Stoke game.

Alan Pardew has decided not to give his usual press conference for the game, but he had this to say today:

“We need to win every game we can at the moment to release some pressure.” “It is difficult to play under pressure.” “I am being accused of making excuses but just want to defend the team.”

“We were really good at times against Hull.” “I hope our fans see that and maybe they can digest that this week and we can follow it up.”

Pardew is in a results oriented business, and when you are not getting the results there’s bound to be additional pressure – that’s the nature of the job.

There’s no doubt that Pardew is still under huge pressure to deliver results, and that pressure was cranked up on Sunday when the two clubs beneath us in the league both won their games on the road.

West Brom won 1-0 at Spurs and Crystal Palace surprisingly won 3-2 at Goodison Park.

So even after the decent point against Hull City on Saturday we couldn’t lift ourselves off the bottom spot,  and a defeat at Stoke next Monday will see us remain rock bottom.

While the season is only five games old – we don’t think Mike Ashley will wait too long before replacing Pardew – if we are still bottom after the next two or three games.

And in our poll,  there is still little support for Alan, even after Saturday’s good display.

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On the positive side, if we can win tomorrow night and then win at Stoke next Monday night, that would definitely relieve the pressure – that’s what’s needed.

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20 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #1


    The family issue is an important one. I speak to a ST holder regularly (he is often on my bus in the evening) and he sometimes has his son with him. He said he wouldnt go to home cup games, but those are the only ones he can take his son to, because the seats near him are always occupied for league games. He is of the opinion that it is unfair to involve the kids in the political turmoil at the club, and i would agree. I can imagine the convo…..

    “Dad, will you take me to the next cup match?”

    “No son…. here have an ashley out sticker”

    “But i like football! MAAAAM, HE WONT TAKE ME”

    We all know what happens next 😀

  • Lost Plot

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t see what magic any other manager could give to the team

    They’d use the excuse that certain individuals ain’t good enough .. And in time they be bolstered once we’ve movrd on the latter

    No different than we are playing things at the moment (apart from the weak excuses we can’t release because of contracts and wages)

    This is dilemma evolves from the Board & Owner
    So that’s why Pards has backing from Ashley

    Business .. A Funny ol Game .. And then we have Football

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Mark, the guy in front of me had his kid standing on the seat helping him to lift up the banner as well.

    Kid was maybe 7 years old.

    I can understand people not wanting to involve the kids, but the question should also be posed as to why take them to a game which was possibly going to have demonstrations in?

  • Wayayman

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    “We need to win every game we can at the moment to release some pressure”

    No Alan mate, we don’t need to win every game, but we need to TRY to win every game. If your team did that -hand on heart- for every game then we wouldn’t be where we are now. This season has started so badly, I’m almost looking at West Ham with envy at their manager. Almost.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Just winning one would be nice!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Lost Plot, do you remember Sit Bobby’s impact with Gullit’s team?

    Martinez has got Everton playing a great brand of football, as did Pochettino at his English clubs.

    Good managers raise the output and cohesion of the players. Poor managers lower the general level.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7


    Thats basically my point though. How do you tell a 7 year old he cant go to a game because it might not be safe? If that parent was happy for his child to do that, and felt the situation was safe enough, then thats on their judgement should anything go wrong. Example, standing on a folding seat? No exactly the safest is it?

  • Wayayman

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Lost Plot @ 2
    The difference a good manager makes should never be underestimated. Moyes fell apart at Man U with pretty much the same team Ferguson left behind. THAT is the proof of what a good manager can do for you.
    Closer to home, there’s a champions league team currently unbeaten and haven’t conceded a goal in their league yet either. One of their main defenders is on loan from us as he was deemed not good enough, but can get in and do a great job in a country where defending is an artform.

    Different managers can make a massive difference.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 23, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #9

    I find the chat about Carroll extraordinary. Geordie or not the man’s a total crock. Even fat sham the former high priest of hoofball wants rid.

    It’s funny my friend rang up about tickets the other day just to check availability, not that he was going to go and he had no trouble at all getting any if he had wanted. I remember in the KK days you had to get to the ground 3 hours ahead!!!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #10


    “It’s difficult when you have 46 points on the board.” – Pardunce

  • BuckLuck

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #11


    Good post! I don’t expect us to win every game either, or win the league or a cup. All they really need to do is to try as you say, and entertain. That’s what football is all about.

  • chrisbx1

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Fcuk me have we had a point deducted ed thought we were bottom of league on 3 pts

  • Markaccus

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #13


    Also, i posted an appology for the facism comments on the last article. Just in case you missed it.

  • Mr Magpie

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Be a start if he set the team up in an attacking formation with the intention of winning the game as opposed to the defensive set up in the vain hope of not losing!

  • Markaccus

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #15


    “Even fat sham the former high priest of hoofball wants rid”

    Love that. Made me laugh.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ve seen lots of kids near me over the years standing on the seats to see. Usually their parents have hold of them, although I remember once when a kid fell off/though the seat and was crying. I don’t think the parent has hold of them. That was right in front of me again.

    There’s quite a few kids at the game though. Parents can grab them and lift them up as well.

    If they know there maybe trouble there, then that is up to them if they feel their kid won’t be scared or they don’t mind the bad language etc.

    I guess it depends on the parent’s views.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #17

    I read that, Mark. No problem, ta.

  • Kris

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #18

    My team against Palace:
    Janmaat, S.Taylor, Colo, Haidara
    Sissoko, Anita, Abeid, Sammy/Obby
    Riviere, Perez

    Subs: Alnwick, Dummy, Willo, Cisse, Obby/Sammy, Arma, Colback

    Gouffran, Cabella, Krul and Tioté need a rest.

  • lesh

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Winning breeds confidence and playing a weakened team may not help develop it.

    We need to win at the Palace so a full-strength team’s essential.

    Bollox to Ashkey’s views on cup football, if we want to drag ourselves off the bottom, winning this game’s essential.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 23, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #20


    I think a manager who preaches attacking football will always see and get the best out of their players.

    It’s like a defensive batsman who allows the bowlers to totally dominate rather than taking it to them and removing the shackles.

    Confidence comes from positive play. as a lack of does from negativity.

    Although I can’t stick AP as a person I would have a lot more time for him as a manager if he consistently let our players off the leash not just for the last 15 mins when we’re always chasing a game.


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