Sissoko Reveals What An Unhappy Pardew Said At Half-Time

Moussa Sissoko is walking away with our Man of the Match award for easily being Newcastle player at White hart Lane – the Frenchman was one of the few players who turned up in the first half and he was simply in blistering form in the second half.

Moussa Sissoko at Tottenham

Moussa Sissoko in action today at White Hart Lane

And Moussa said that while Alan was not angry at half time he wasn’t happy either.

This is what Moussa said on the Newcastle website:

“The manager told us we had to try and play more, because the first half was not good enough.”  “He wasn’t angry – he didn’t shout – but he wasn’t happy either. He knew we could play better and so did we.” “

We had to win more tackles, more headers and be braver when we had the ball.¨ “We did that. We scored straight away, which was good for our confidence, and then we went for another goal, which Ayoze scored.”

“Last year we won 1-0, today it was 2-1.”  “They were very different games because we are now a different team. But in my opinion this win was better than last year’s.¨ “It is good because the start of the season has been hard – we lost or drew too many games.¨

“We stuck together though. We have worked very hard, every day, and now we are getting our rewards. We have great spirit in the dressing room and everyone wants to win games for the Club.¨

“Today, we played very well, and it was a good win for the team, for the Club, for the fans, for everyone.”

Sissoko is right there – it was a great win for Newcastle after another disappointing first half performance.

It was simply a phenomenal turnaround – and it sets up a great home game against Liverpool next Saturday, where it is now certain it will be a sellout at St. James’ Park.

Certainly the 2200 traveling Newcastle fans were in great voice in that second half today, after having to endure a very flat Newcastle side in that very poor first half, when we were very much second best.

But a great second half recovery, and bringing on Sammy Ameobi and Remy Cabella for Gabby Obertan and Vurnon Anita at half time, was a masterstroke by the Newcastle manager.

We’d love to make it three league wins in a row against Liverpool. 😀

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22 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Oct 26, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Canny in Canberra

    pardew also said he needs to be more consistent

    consistency is something that’s been lacking in out squad for quite some time

    still I bet he don’t start for the city on Wednesday
    he might as its a cup game but would he if it was a league game

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m pleased to see the defense looking better also, with Taylor playing well, who at his best is a proper Newcastle centre back, with Jaanmat and Collocini also looking good. With the addition of Santon, that looks potentially a capable defensive line that can play out effectively from the back.

    This squad can definitely climb into the top ten quite quickly and If so, I’d be surprised if we see any new additions in January. They’ll more likely go with what they’ve got and reassess in the off season.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #3

    If, as some on here have suggested, Ashley hates us and wants us to go down then this is when he’ll sack Pardew.

    Which right now would jam us up totally. For all APs faults things are starting to come good switching managers now would do more harm then good.

    Why can’t the lads play that well from the off. Flashes of brilliance and then they all go for a Nanna Nap.

    Sammy deserves a start now surely. Perez certainly benefitted from the support upfront second half. If that isn’t a shout for MORE THAN ONE UP FRONT I don’t know what is.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #4


    the only way he can be consistent is if he gets played.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Team with everyone fit ? :




    —————–De Jong————Cabella——————


  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #6

    If he is coming coming good then better we save him for the League games

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #7

    I know that’s probably not a popular opinion as we should be fielding full strength side and the Cup is just as important blah blah but points are the priority. Pints and staying up.

  • magscar

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #8


    You pose a Catch 22 situation 🙂 Ashley will only spend if we are still in or around bottom 3.

    I hope we are in Top 10 and there is also the right deal at right price for Ashley in Jan. Unfortunately I am not sure he has learnt his lesson yet again from gambling with the squad depth, quality and balance in August. Still reckon he was wanting players out (Mbwia and Ben Arfa) before agreeing to any more in but ran out of road. Not so unusual a stance as even the profligate Freddie Shepherd told Sir Bobby at one stage that there are “only so many pegs in the dressing room”.

  • Blofal

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardew did say in one of the press conferences that the formation we played in the second half was a bit more of an open game and was more risky… but we seem to play better that way and seemed to imply that he might make that change permanent.

    Here’s hoping for more attacking football in the future.

  • Mag52

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #10

    No cause for triumphalism. We’ve a long way to go and a lot of tough matches ahead but, having said that, the team and the manager put in a top performance today. Result – happy days for the majority of NUFC fans.
    The others will, no doubt be crying in their beer, and wracking their brains to understand how on earth the worst manager since time began could come away with a win in Pochettino’s back yard.
    Football – funny old game innit.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #11

    What he should have said to the players was ffs lads will you win this game because I’m fed of some of the moaning that goes on that newcastle blog.

    Or maybe he did

    Ha ha ha

  • Belfast

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Great win absolutely despise Spurs always have done.

  • Belfast

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #13

    I despise Swansea too

  • Belfast

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #14

    And Barry town

  • Belfast

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #15

    And Rhyl

  • Belfast

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #16

    But I like Cardiff City 😉

  • Belfast

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Don’t like Tom Jones though.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Yes, I think unless we’re in danger of going down, it’ll likely be players out before in any in, and that has proved difficult in the past, and of course you have Lascelle joining us next season and De Jong to return in January.

    Perhaps if we can reach a permanent agreement with Roma for Mbiwa and a central striker becomes available at the right price, but we do have players emerging and a large squad, so they would seem likely to remain patient, which of course can also be interpreted as unambitious.

    On the other hand, if by January the team looks like its capable of climbing higher, which looking at the league isn’t completely out of the question, they might push the boat out and reinforce, although that’s probably very much wishful thinking I suppose.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Newcastle do have problems unloading players, although this surely is a problem all EPL clubs must face, as the wages in this league are relatively higher than others.

    How do you offload a player deemed surplus when he’s inevitably on decent money?

    He’s hardly likely to be wanted by a bigger, better side with more money to spend. I can see why Newcastle are circumspect in the market, but of course as a fan would like to see more ambition and urgency, and also worry that the situation will never improve until we do.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #20


    Behave yourself you cheeky sod.

    Ha ha ha

  • MacToon

    Oct 27, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #21

    carl // Oct 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Have you no shame ? Mactoon at least recognised what a tit he was and left quietly!


    carl, You obviously have a bee in your bonny bonnet over something, If you think we played well in the first half today just come out and say it rather than be your usual typical sly and sneaky self.

    I said Pardew should be embarrassed after our first half performance today and you thought I should eat humble pie over this statement.
    Clearly then, you believe Pardew should have been proud after the first half display? I think you should follow Mr T’s advice and head for the ladies wrestling forum as your knowledge of football leaves a lot to be desired.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Oct 27, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #22

    Sissoko’s performance was another pointer to the incompetence of Pardew. The ignorant one has had him playing (most ineffectively) in a sort of dead end right wing channel for most of his time at the club. In a free running role at Spurs he was unstoppable. If he had gone to a proper EPL club from France instead of NUFC he’d possibly be the best player in the Premiership today.


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