Newcastle In Good Shape For Stoke Game


The last two games for Newcastle has certainly seen an uptick in form, with one draw in the league and a win in the League Cup last night at Crystal Palace, and in both those games the Newcastle players have shown great courage and not a little guts.

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A serious looking Alan Pardew last night

This is what Alan Pardew has told the press today:

“I think it’s important for the team that strikers score because it gives you belief. Those four goals might be the most important goals we score all season.”

“It’s a tough game to go to Stoke on a Monday night but we’re in good shape for it.”  “It’s so important that strikers score. I think we’ve played well in games, Premier League games.”

“We should have beaten Aston Villa but we haven’t had enough cutting edge – people were starting to question that so it’s nice that Manu got us off the mark with those two goals.”

“They were very important goals for Manu. I was getting worried at 30 minutes or whenever it was because there was a few big chances for him across that box but then he produces something out of the hat so that will give him great confidence.”

“It gives the team confidence and it was nice that he took the penalty, so it’s four goals from our two strikers in our last two games.”

We are hoping that Papiss Cisse, Tim Krul and Yoan Gouffran will all be available for the trip to Stoke City on Monday night, when we really need to pick up something from that game, and hopefully a win.

The three players did not make the trip to London for last night’s game,  because they had been hit with a virus.

And it’s really good that both our top strikers Papiss Cisse and Manu Riviere have both hit two goals in the last two games, and we are going to need that goal scoring prowess if we are to pick up points at Stoke and Swansea in our next two games.

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25 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Riviere is Leon Best in disguise. Nothing but strength, and every now and again finds the net. I doubt he’ll ever amount to much, but will certainly be a favourite of Pardew’s because of his effort, strength, and the all important attribute of being an honest performer. Expect him to block Arma’s progress.

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  • beermonkey

    Sep 26, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #2

    the next willo @1

    how will riviere block arma’s progress to you really think he will get a fair go

    normal service will resume on Monday and I don’t expect any of the players that came into the team last night and did well to feature
    goofy will start

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  • toonicle

    Sep 26, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Not Gouffran please Ed. He’s done nothing besides that one header down to cisse in the last year, and the palace game showed what we can do with a couple actual wingers playing and finally getting some service into Riviere.

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  • EbertNUFC

    Sep 26, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #4

    —–Cisse-Riv
    ——Cabella
    Colback-Sissoko
    ——-Tiote
    Dum-Colo-Willo-Janmaat

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 26, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Padrew is clueless and will start with Gouffran and Sissoko doqn the wings and maybe punish Riviere for his good performance against villa with a place on the bench and opting for Cisse upfront instead.

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  • Blofal

    Sep 26, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Next Mike that is why we need 2 up front if we are going to play Riviere.

    Cisse isn’t fit enough to start though so Pardew won’t play 2 up front. In Pardew ‘ defence (ducks for cover) he did mention in an interview that maybe Paris and Man could play together.

    Against stoke will be the usual 4-2-3-1 unless we start losing then he will add another striker. I would much rather see a 4-1-3-2 and give Obertan a run. He has been solid down the right all preseason and last night. Cabella playing as a number 10.

    ———————-Krul
    Janmaat – Colo – Willo – Dummett
    ———————-Tiote
    —-Obertan – Sissoko – Colback
    ————-Cabella
    ————————–Riviere

    Bench: Elliot, Anita, Gouffran, Haidara, Saylor, Cisse, Perez/ Armstrong

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  • Blofal

    Sep 26, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Meant Papiss and Man. Damn auto correct.

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  • Blofal

    Sep 26, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Manu not man! I give up….lol

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  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 26, 2014 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Let’s give a run for both cisse & revy and finish the game early,then we can hit on the counter in 2nd HF:

    krul
    janmaat-william-coloccini-dummett
    sissoko-tiote-colback-cabella
    reviere-cisse

    sub:Ell,gouf,tay,Perez,Anita,Haida,obertan

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 26, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #10

    ——————-Tim Krul———————-
    Anita——-Steven Taylor—-Collocini—Haidara
    ——————–Sissoko———————-
    ———Obertan—————-Colback
    ——————–Cabella———————–
    ——————————–Emmanuel Riviere
    —————-Demba Cisse——————–
    Winning image.

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  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 26, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #11

    I think we should bring back Carroll in January.I know he currently has injury woes but we can get him on loan and see how he progress. westham have plenty strikers,so I am sure they are happy to loan him with an option to make it permanent.looks Ferreyra became a liability, and cisse may head to ACN in January,so we desperately need at least one.
    If we can get a center back as well,we can have
    wonderful season.

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  • Blofal

    Sep 26, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #12
  • toonincheek

    Sep 26, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Blofal – know how you feel.
    And he IS still employed by NUFC.

    From the NUFC website:

    Contrary to reports that the loan deal that took Hatem Ben Arfa to Hull City on transfer deadline day contained no recall provision, it’s now emerged that the player and the two clubs all have provision to end the agreement.

    Given the poor standing of the player in the Newcastle dressing room though, it’s difficult to envisage seeing Hatem again in a black and white shirt – regardless of whether Alan Pardew remains in post or not.

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 26, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #14

    I thought it was an ok and honest interview. But the haters will keep hating no matter what he does or if the team turns the corner. I’ve seen this kind of thing over the years and it does nothing to help the team. Be positive and support!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 26, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Blofal, superb assist isn’t it?

    Beautiful pass, a Fabregas type of pass.
    The lad scores and lets goals up, no surprises there. It’s a crime he has left whilst Pardunce stays on

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 26, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #16

    *sets goals up

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 26, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Sing in the corner, are you still positive with your car tyres cars if they are all flat but just about get you home, or do you change the tyres because they don’t do the job properly?

    Pardew out, Ashley out.

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  • toonincheek

    Sep 26, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Yes – great pass, but you need the other players making runs.

    There are times, though, when HBA holds onto the ball too long and too often.
    Players have no idea when he is going to pass, so they stop making the runs.
    No runs being made leads to HBA taking a pot shot.

    A problem, perhaps, but there really should be a fairly straightforward solution found through discussion and understanding.

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 26, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s a process and all we can do is build with what we have. The jury’s still out on these players,more time needed before damning judgements passed I think. People have to give bits of credit where it’s due, no matter how grudgingly!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 26, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #20

    A short history lesson:

    “I can’t stop the reaction of the crowd. They are what they are. We thanked the ones who stayed behind…the expectation here is so high.”

    Alan Pardew’s comment? nope, the words of Sir Bobby Robson after the final home game of the season in May 2004, when a spontaneous vote of no confidence in him and his team resulted in a collective walkout at full time before the planned lap of honour. We finished fifth in the league that season and exited from the UEFA Cup at the semi-final stage.
    Some things never change

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  • lesh

    Sep 26, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #21

    Jeff from Benwell

    I’ve always felt that fans’s expectations of the club are at times, so unreasonable.

    I’m fairly confident that a lot of those calling for Pardew’s head on a stick are the very same ones calling for owld Bobby’s then.

    History tells us that they got what they wanted when Shepherd got the wind up and decided that Souness would be our saviour!

    The moral? Be realistic and be careful of what one wishes for!

    There’s no way I’m placing Pardew in the same league as Bobby, but just trying to illustrate a point. We’re too demanding at times!

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  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #22

    so we have three cracking games this week:
    Liv v eve..,Ars v spurs…,and of course stok v new..
    we are in good mood and rest going to Britannia,
    can’t wait to have Aarons & santon in our squad, they indeed can make difference, our season will reignite on Monday night, Howay the king!!

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  • lesh

    Sep 26, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #23

    First glance if Pardew’s coat sleeve and I thought he’d been promoted to Admiral of the Fleet.

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  • banjax

    Sep 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #24

    ‘It is important for the team that strikers..score goals…’ Words of wisdom once again from AP. The fact is we’ve won one game and it wasn’t even a premier league game so our chances of winning against Stoke are slim. The fact is we need three points otherwise we become further embedded at the the bottom of the table. Dare I say we need Mike Ashley to make the decision to P45ardew and bring in a manager whilst we have time to turn things around.

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  • Mag52

    Sep 26, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #25

    Jeff@ 20

    What a stunner of a quote !
    Well done mate for reinforcing the case against those who will insist that the grass is greener on the other side of the street. It ain’t always so.

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