I’ve Had Great Backing – Players Have Given Everything

One of the things that may get us out of trouble this season, and even hopefully before the end of the year,  is the effort and graft being shown by all our players in that last six games, three of which we have won with just one defeat at Stoke City.

pardew at tottenham 2-1

Alan Pardew on Sunday – my players have given everything

When a team is struggling near the bottom of the league that’s what you want to see – the players being together and fighting for the shirt – and that’s what we’ve seen from all the players.

And because of that the fans have supported the team – and after 2200 fans being at White Hart Lane on Sunday – there will be 3000 fans at the Etihad Stadium tonight for the 4th round tie of the Capital One Cup – that’s fantastic.

The Newcastle manager made a point after Sunday’s win that he now had managed in 701 games – which is a lot – and if we keep getting some good results maybe the intense criticism of the manager will let up a bit.


Certainly on Sunday Pardew did everything right at the half,  and he transformed the game in Newcastle’s favor with the changes he made and the instructions he gave to the side.

Here’s what Alan has said today:

“This team needs my help.” “They are a young team.” “As much criticism as I have had, I’ve also had some great backing.”

“We’ve got young players who are learning their trade and I’m learning about them.” “It’s tough, we’d like to be stronger.”

“I can’t ask for any more than they are giving me.” “It’s tough, we’d like to be stronger.” “It’s tough, we’d like to be stronger.”

“Foreign players, particularly coming from French football, struggle a little bit because of the intensity and the demands.”

“The demands to defend in this division are phenomenal.” “If you are a center-forward you can’t just hang round at the top of the pitch – you have to put a shift in – in every position.”

“So that’s something they are learning.” “When you lose Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye that is always going to be difficult.”

“This year we have a lot of young players.”

With a win tonight we will be in the quarter finals of a cup competition for the first time in eight years – so it would be something if we can get through, but a game at the Etihad Stadium is one of the toughest games in England these days.

We haven’t had a fitness report from Alan so we are assuming Tiote, Williamson, Riviere and Cisse are still not available for tonight, so we don’t see more than two or three changes being made from the side that did so well at Spurs on Sunday.

Rolando Aarons is back in training, but we would have thought tonight’s game is too early for the 18 year-old winger.

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11 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I always want to see us go full throttle in all games, and don’t see the problem in players backing up occasionally. It’s not exactly two games a week, even if you win a cup, and surely you can train lighter in between fixtures. Newcastle desperately need to win something, and as things stand we are reasonably enough placed in the league. First choice 11 Pards, and take the game right to them, a win at City would give the whole town, team and fans a real and much needed boost.

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Im not too bothered about this game since the win is very unlikely, having said that, i really hope we give them a run for there money and dont just get hammered. My prediction, if strong team: 2-1 City after extra time. Weakened team, 3-0 city.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    The players put a shift in for 45 mins on Sunday – they treated as a friendly in the first half

  • mindshaft

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    On the upside, Liverpool looked gash last night and were lucky to win – never a better time to play them IMO.

  • Markaccus

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Play the same front 3 that ended the spurs game. Perez can be a real “fret” if he has support from 2 wide forwards. Non of them have to work too hard going back if you have a solid mf 3 behind them.

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #6


    It is a good time to play them, however balotelli broke his 9 game duck yesterday and i just have this gut feeling he is going to terrorize our defense. Hope not.

  • hibbit

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #7

    i see mr bishop is at work again drip feeding the good news typical pr pattern but it seems to be working with a lot of fans

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #8


    Problem with 3 in the middle is that we will be over run. Having said that we do need to attack from the off so that formation isnt the worst idea. Will perez do much against a solid city defence ? I say give ferreyra a run up top with him. He really cant be that bad.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9

    hibbit // Oct 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    i see mr bishop is at work again drip feeding the good news typical pr pattern but it seems to be working with a lot of fans
    So we didn`t beat Spurs at WHL mr bishop made it all up Those wicked PR men

  • Sliema

    Oct 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10


    Balotelli won’t score against us. He’ll still not score for a few BPL games imo. He doesn’t actually do much, definitely not in the business of terrorising opposition defences! If he’s up top alone then I’ll actually feel reasonably confident of beating the bindippers!

  • Sliema

    Oct 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #11


    That 4-3-3 is precisely what we need to play. One of the 3 in the middle needs a little bit of licence to go forward, Moussa I assume, but the other 2 need to sit back and protect as much as possible.

    Madrid play this way, lone frontman(Benz), but wingers (Ron,Bale) who can cut in or outside and an att mid (James) to make runs at the CBs. Then have 2 who sit and create/protect (Modric,Kroos/Khedira)

    Unfortunately we’re not quite as strong as them individually haha!


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