Newcastle Manager Praises Fans And Local Lad

You’ve got to give it to the traveling Newcastle fans – we have always thought they were the real die-hard supporters of Newcastle United, as they travel all over the country to support the lads – and all credit goes to them.

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A stressful looking Alan Pardew last night before the game at Selhurst Park

Some of the Newcastle displays away from home are an insult to those fans – like the game at Southampton – but not last night where our players showed tremendous character, guts and the will to win to get a famous win for Newcastle, after we had gone down to 10 men in extra time after the unlucky Mehdi Abeid picked up a soft yellow card – his second of the game after 00 minutes of play.

We also noticed that manager Alan Pardew looked to be stressed out a bit last night, although we suppose that is hardly surprising, given what’s happened over the last couple of weeks.

But it was a good win last night and will give the players confidence, and the manager had this to say about the traveling Newcastle fans and a certain 17 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong – who looked the part last night and set up the winning goal for another local lad – Paul Dummett:

“It’s always lovely to come back, I thought our fans were terrific, they made a conscious effort to support the team.”  “They didn’t focus on my position too much, and I thank them for that.”

“Armstrong’s a player that excites us as a football club, I know England think highly of him,” “I’ve given debuts to a few good 17-year-olds, Noble, Shelvey, Oxlade-Chamberlain in terms of potential.¨

“Obviously those guys have fulfilled that and that’s what he’s got to do now.¨ “Adam showed a few moments that whetted the appetite and he’s got to move on from this.”

The way Adam quickly put over the right wing cross for Paul Dummett and placed it almost perfectly on the six yard line after 112 minutes of play, was great to see and much harder than it appeared.

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17 year-old Adam Armstrong – good game last night

Certainly if Adam does start to come through this season, and he looked good last night, we shouldn’t have too much to worry about,  because Adam scores goals as well as makes them.

It was a good performance from our lads last night, and credit goes out to all of them for fighting all the way – and never giving up.

We can win more games if the lads show that spirit regularly. 😀

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15 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #1

    I wish we could get no comment from pardew


  • Whumpie

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #2

    I wish I’d been able to see the match – sounds like it was promising and entertaining stuff. Yes, it doesn’t constitute a reason to forget our position in the league, but let’s enjoy it for what it was.

    Two big positives for me:

    1. Lovely to see five Geordies in a winning NUFC team. It’s been a while, and confirms that when you need a gutsy performance, call in the locals. Say what you like about Saylor, Dummy, Colback, Sammy and Arma – but they have one thing in common: no fear of any opposition under any circumstances. That’s what we need right now.

    2. Is it just me, or is Arma the natural understudy for SDJ? I’ve watched him in the reserves and England U18s and his creativity and assist rate is superb. From text commentaries from last night it looks like he was the last link before the strike on many occasions and seems to be able to close that yawning gap to Rivvy better than anyone else recently. Can anyone who was there confirm?

  • Whumpie

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Wow, catchy: 1st in, and still nothing new to say. Your contribution is, um…


    …. leave it with me. I’ll think of something.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Praises for Ben Arfa also you …….. .

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #5

    How long will we have to wait until you think of something ————–next year!

  • Thump

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #6

    I thought our fans were terrific, they made a conscious effort to support the team.” “They didn’t focus on my position too much, and I thank them for that.

    So do the same and focus on the team rather than talking about yourself, you f’ing muppet.

    @Whumpie: Completely agreed. Saylor surprised me a bit last night, proved that he still has some ability. Needs to be kept away from big games, though, that’s when the stupidity comes out.

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Whumpie – He’s class mate. And this isn’t just going on being in good spirits following yesterday’s performance.

    His touch, movement and reading of the game is ideal to play that supporting striker role from what we saw in particular last night, but also, the kid’s work rate is something else. His legs will be in bits today after the miles he put in, a very promising player.

    All of the younger players were decent if not good last night IMO.

    My MOTM award will go to Abeid regardless of the red card. He read the game so well and was able to command the CM really well, breaking up play and then intelligently getting us moving forwards after too.

    And I don’t know about understudy to SDJ to be honest, he has shown a bit more capability than him!

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #8

    No doubt the psychotic pardew killers were not happy that we didn’t win 0-6 . Lets be grateful that he clearly has not lost the dressing room . We have a chance to build on this so lets see what happens. A win away against a prem side is fully acceptable in this cup – so well done to all concerned.

  • Slank

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #9


    Scottie @ 69

    I know what you mean about fans attitude (of Bournemouth) as I saw the same positive attitude of Saints fans when their club were selling all their star players during the summer (before any replacements).

    Perhaps it is a south coast thing.

    There seems to be a strange dichotomy attitude with many Toon fans.

    They continue to turn up in vast numbers in support of the team and have done so for years without the club having won anything but it would be wrong to say they are forever hopeful or unrealistically ambitious (as many pundits and fans of other clubs often state) as there appears an atmosphere of defeatist fatalism with many who find it difficult to accept and congradulate the team and manager when they win.

  • toon kk

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Great for the lads to get a win last night, shame we’ve drawn ManC in the next round. Typical!
    I didn’t see the game but sky sports said we bossed the majority of the game and that Sammy and Ober played well.
    We just need to get it together in the premier league now.

  • G

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    ” but it would be wrong to say they are forever hopeful or unrealistically ambitious (as many pundits and fans of other clubs often state) ”

    Slank, I think this one is fairly easy to translate for most fans. In simple terms, a team our size, who has never dropped to 3rd tier of English football, should (according to the law of averages) have won something domestically by now. Our fans simply believe that we are overdue winning something.

  • Whumpie

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Thump – good to hear Saylor played well. They need to get him a decent shrink or he’ll always be a liability. So much talent and guts, but can lose games for us through sheer stupidity.

    So – any thoughts on Arma vs SDJ?

  • mag92

    Sep 25, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #13

    The side looked up for it that’s the first time we have came back from a goal down and went onto win for ages.

  • AndyMac

    Sep 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Yes the fans go everywhere – just ask the families of dear departed John and Liam. However bear in mind there are a lot of Geordies doon sooth nowadays and its their opportunity to meet up every now and then at a Toon game.

    As for Pardwho’s comments “I thought our fans were terrific, they made a conscious effort to support the team. They didn’t focus on my position too much, and I thank them for that.”

    Most Toon Army members, when travelling away, dont focus on the clueless numpty but there are some unacceptable games when we clearly lose the plot and Pardwho is the ideal target.

    At Saints, for example, we could have focused on any one of eight players to protest about but they are all part of a team managed by the Clueless One.

    So whether he likes it or not he, as any other manager in the football world knows, is where the buck stops. Either get it working or do that thing that people do when they’re asked if they know about sex and travel !

  • likeajediknight

    Sep 25, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah he hasnt lost the dressing room and hes finally getting some players to look like their best. So wtf is the issue? There was passion last night which for me is far more important than “nice” football. This guy has helped a lot in making carr look so good and he has to constantly put up with pedantic and shallow fans calling for his head week after week so anyone who is continually criticising is just wishing their life away. I dont moan about my life cos it doesnt get me anywhere, so why do u self righteous lot think anyone cares how much u hate pardew. Only person who matters is ashley and he doesnt care what any of us think so just get behind the fucking team or go home. On a more important note colo, arma, manu andcolback were mint last night. Shows what we can do when our fans are on our side. Peace


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