When We Win They Go Mad – When We Lose They Go Mad

Alan Pardew has experienced the lows and highs – in that order – of being the Newcastle United manager – and that’s all happened in less than three months – in just eleven league games this season.

both managers before the game

The solemn two managers recognize Remembrance Day before the game today

We picked up only 4 points from our first seven games,  and have picked up a maximum 12 points from our last four games, and are now 8th in the table..

And while Alan has been disciplined in not getting carried away either during the bad spell or during this current good (excellent) spell,  he was seen to give the thumbs up sign to owner Mike Ashley in the stands, during stoppage time today.

Pardew talked about Mike and how he supported him this season:

“He’s stuck with me and was very supportive, particularly after the Southampton game, and you’ve got to have that as a manager.”

“You’ve got to have that faith in what you’re doing at the training ground – that you’re doing the right things.¨

“I like to think that buys you a bit of time and it bought me just enough time on that occasion. It was nice to just say ‘good win’.”

“I think Newcastle fans are an extreme of any fan.” “They’re emotional; when we win they go mad and when we lose they go mad, too.¨

“We weren’t winning games, I’m paid to win games. I tried to be consistent through that period, now we’ve got this lovely little spell and I’ll be consistent through this.¨

“I hope that they respect that. We’ve got a lot to do, a lot to learn these young players, but so far, so good.”

To put what Alan has said in another way – we just love winning, but we hate losing.

Alan still has a management challenge on his hands with so many young players in the side, although they have been great for us over the last four weeks or so.

But they are still unproven in the long term, and youngsters tend to make mistakes as they learn.

But over the last three games they have closed down the opposition and every one of them has given everything for the team, and you cannot ask for more than that.

That passion was epitomized by local lad Paul Dummett near the end of the game today.

Paul, who had another good game at center-back, headed the ball clear from the six yard line, and before the ball had come down just outside the penalty area,  he was there to out-jump a West Brom player to head the ball further away and clear the danger.

That kind of 100% commitment is what has driven this current winning run – and long may it continue.

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27 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Colo absolutely f*%ksmashed that header into the net

    Dig that oot!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Wow, in depth analysis there MOTD, all 50 seconds of it…

  • manxpie

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #3

    aye tads shearer was in fast forward but tbf they did have to talk about how shit arsenal were like it’s new

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #4

    According to daily star they say that pardew reckons that Perez signing is the signing since cabaye, early to say that surely.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye they have 2 london teams struggling thats the big news !! Should be talking about Perez’s goal for ages ! As Shearer says if that was Aguero they would be talking about that for weeks !!

  • manxpie

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #6

    santon it’s true and even longer if it was rooney

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Best signing it should have read.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #8


    God if Rooney scored the header that Colo scored they would be going on about it for years !!

    Saying that happy for us to quietly creep up the table not getting the credit dont want Ashley thinking of January sales……

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #9

    expat – enough of your buck – I thought a compliment would be in order for my prediction 1-0 or 2-0 nil win with Perez prodding one in.
    (quick quality prediction and victory crow here ………cock a doodle do).

    I’m liking Perez more and more -granted he’s on the weedy side but my God he keeps plugging away -good positional awareness – makes the runs -and obviously has the skill. For a young lad to try that flick in the cauldron of a PL game having recently played in the Spanish second tier shows he’s got something special.
    I have to say ol permed hairs’ hit on the ball when he scored was like a bullet.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Blog “pouncer” riding his Newcastle United horse -waiting to bash the brains out of any unsuspecting blogger. You will note that his clothing suggests the location of where the photo was taken.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Nov 10, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #11

    First off, would like to pay respect to the people of Great Britain and the brave warriors that have fought in battle side by side with the United States of America in almost every war either of us has fought. I know first hand about the honor, courage, and bravery the British soldiers brought to the battlefield in Afghanistan and Iraq and was honored to fight along side them. England and America good or bad are forever linked as friends and allies. Once again nothing but respect for your country and its military.

    On to the football of my adopted 2nd hometown, Howay the lads!!!! What a performance from the kids and the gaffer continues to silence his critics. I’ve said all along you can’t win manager of the year and then forget how to be a manager. He has made some poor choices in the past but he has also been fed one sh!te sandwich after another by the fat man in terms of pawning his best players at the worst time. Plus there is the question even if we did fire pards who could we get that’s better. Who that is better then pardew would come and work under Ashley cuz I can assure you sir Alex and mourinho ain’t coming or anyone like them…. Pardew has managed to figure out how to keep us competitive under horrible circumstances and now that Ashley is putting a little bit of money into the club pards will get us into chpions league in the next 3 years… The so called big clubs are in chaos and now is out chance… If we can hit the champions league jackpot once and the fat man gets a taste of that money and the marketing for his business he will keep war chest filled so we can stay in it… Good things are coming lads keep the faith and Perez is a star in the making, that back heel was sublime and Sammy played well in spots, but most impressive for me is abeid… He is a destroyer in the midfield, he is a younger and better destroyer then tiote plus he can play football too lol.!he is not just a destroyer the kid has skills, can pass the ball, very smart, full of potential… Need to sign this kid up on a 8 year deal lol along with Aaron’s and Perez… Sammy needs a rolling one year deal so he doesn’t get comfy and lazy and play when he wants like shola.
    Well out of time, gotta do some physical therapy… Nufc is flying high!
    Howay the lads!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 10, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Hey what a turnaround.

    Pardew was never the main problem.

    Even with this squad he has turned the tide. Yes, he will struggle again once we miss key individuals but thats Ashley not Pardew.

    Seems the haters have been shown up..


  • Reyantoon

    Nov 10, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Another vital win before December cracker..
    Incredible! credit to the boss..
    Beauty from Perez, a weapon from Colo.Perfect game plan.Solid in defense.Disciplined,spirit,chara’r,industrious display.Cannot be happy more than this.
    Hope injury free…another clean sweep for Dummett.
    Amazing, we r officially back in contention for big..
    Hope the roll be endless..

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 10, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    Comment #14


    We are back in contention for mid-table

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Nov 10, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Alright I’m back lads, the pain from my physical therapy is easier to deal with after a big win for the toon. We have match if the day here stateside but its not the same as in England. NBC does it here and they have the 2 Robbie’s who have always been tools towards newcastle but even they have been giving the props to the toon. It’s nice to see, I just keep thinking about how well we are playing with a team full of new players and youngsters who are starting to gel, plus with all the injuries we have had, if we ever get healthy and de Jong gets back and if we could just make a few solid moves in the transfer market that make us stronger instead of weaker like a solid center half, a midfielder, and a proven goalscorer with the league being in such chaos with the so called big clubs (man ure, the bindippers, spuds, etc) struggling we have a real punchers chance of getting into the champions league…. I know I know I’m getting ahead of myself but its a realistic dream lads and dreams are all we have. Just one taste of newcastle in the champions league and ill be satisfied because I believe if we just hit the champions league jackpot once we will be there 7 outta 10 seasons from then on out because it will further build our brand and Ashley’s and he will either invest the money to keep us there of somebody will see us and buy us and keep us there…. Newcastle is big in America, not like some of the othe big clubs but we need to grow it more here stateside cuz there is big money here with football booming… Alright in rambling and dreaming I’m gonna stop… Howay the lads

  • Santon03

    Nov 10, 2014 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Apart from 2 assists, Janmaat did very well in defense. Abeid is a monster, he out muscled everyone, he did extremely well protecting our defense, his partnership with Collback has been the key point of our winning streak. We dominated midfield, I hope when Tiote is fully fit he won’t be back in first team straight away, I love this partnership of Abeid Collback. I still don’t see what everyone rave about Haidara, I would prefer Santon if Dummet as CB. Santon as RW if Dummet as LB.
    In January if we sell Tiote (I hope Anita too), I wouldn’t mind if we don’t get replacement. We still have Raylor, Bigi, Sissoko who can play defensive midfield.

  • Chris

    Nov 10, 2014 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Respects to you as well Sgt, but let’s not just single out the Brits for special mention. This blog is read by people all around the world, so let’s also acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices that some of those other allies have made over the years – for example the Aussies and Kiwis, to name just a couple.


    Lest we forget

  • cyprus

    Nov 10, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Hit ‘enter’ once in a while, man, for an easier read.

    Although, predictably, the best moments of the game came from the goals (1st: amazing flick; 2nd: Colo’s passion – see his eyes!- in celebrating), the online battle continues in the pro AP and against AP camps.
    Now the pros are out in force with smug comments.

    Why? I guess all here is so black and white…
    Anyway, long may it last. And, for now, hats off to both AP and MA.

    PS. Some are trying to shift the focus of blame on MA. Mate, they is a team (to paraphrase AP). If you must, choose a camp.

  • cyprus

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #19

    I agree with some previous comments. If Rooney had scored that goal it would be all over the papers and we’d see it 100 times on TV. AND on the news too.

  • cyprus

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #20

    If Gerrard had scored it we would be talking about it for years 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #21


    Do you not think AP was possibly given some kind of ultimatum, ie to use pace, play the youngsters, drop his favourites and try to win games?

    Something must have happened because we were only going one way before and AP was in the last chance saloon.

    If the worst run in NUFC’s history finally made the penny drop that’s great but these are the same players and they aren’t and weren’t as weak a squad as made out.

    Finally playing to players’ strengths and most importantly without fear is great to see, but it’s been a hell of a long time coming and people who were critical before had every right to be, so maybe you could lose the holier than thou, ”I told you so” approach and enjoy the moment like everyone else.

  • mindshaft

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Tiote is more likely to take colbacks place, they are a more similiar type of player.

    Janmatts finding his feet in the PL, bet fatty can see a tidy profit being made there – surprised we got him for 5 million!

    Collos back to his best – I’m loving the fact that all the players we were slagging off barely two weeks ago have suddenly come good – thought collo was going to do a ketsbaia yesterday after he scored – he looked pumped

    One more thing – the sack pardew campaign was fully justified at the time, 1 win in 15 is normally the sack in the PL, not sure if we would have gotten anyone better though. Anyway, that’s all forgotten now, as pard’s said himself he was lucky fatty upstairs kept faith in him as fans, pundits and anyone with fatty ear must have been dropping the wink – pard’s even mentioned this himself.

    Pard’s – we’ll let it go this time but make sure you don’t do it again 🙂

  • Slank

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #23



    ‘…major contributing factor to recent successes has been the no fear factor of the kids in the side..? ‘

    I think it has been a significant factor but the turnaround is probably down to a number of factors, some designed and some by chance.

    The defence has been rock steady possibly due to Colo’s rediscovered form and the settling in and adapting to Premiership life of Janmaat together with the emergence of Dummitt who looks as good a centre back as I have seen.

    The midfield have benefited from Tiote’s injury and Anita’s poor form enabling Abeid to demonstrate what an excellent midfield player he is alongside Colback. The introduction of Aarons and Ameobi on the wings have enabled Sissoko to switch to central midfield alongside Abeid and Colback who with their holding / defensive duties allows Sissoko to bomb forward, which is his strength.

    It’s fair to say that Perez only got his chance because Cisse was injured and Riviere has vanished but he has taken his opportunity and deservedly so. Many on here, myself included, have said from his very first game that we thought the lad had something about him. His goals have been great but to me the really pleasing thing is he never gives up and although slight in build is not afraid to mix it and get stuck in. He chases and hounds the opposition defenders. Cabella can learn a lot from him.

    Playing Aarons and Ameobi has provided the pace and width that was very much missed. Like Perez both our wingers have taken their opportunities. Again it is the off form of Gouffran that has provided the opportunities.

    Lastly, praise must go to Pardew for giving these younger players their chance whether by his design or through circumstances it has worked and worked well.

  • Mag52

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #24


    Fine post and good to read first thing on a Monday morning.
    Howay the lads !

  • toonincheek

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #25

    I reckon it was the ManC game where AP brought in a lot of youngsters, protecting his ‘senior’ players for the weekend game following.

    Their success (team and younsters) opened the door to giving the younsters more of a chance, plus playing Sissoko in his best position.

    Abeid may not catch the eye as much as Aarons and Sammi but he has been a major factor.
    Nearest thing we have to Cabaye,.

  • Malta Mag

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Really pleased for Alan Pardew as I always liked the bloke but you had to question his credentials with such a dismal run, hence the calls for his sacking? I think the 4-3-3 formation has been his catalyst as it fits in with his mind set. The emergence of all three wingers allowed him to revert to this formation. No one expected Obertan, Aarons and Sammy to show up so well and that allowed Sissoko to revert back to a more central role which really has seen him emerge into what we always knew he was. I also think, and this may be the old romantic in me, that the introduction of Sammy, Dummett, Steven Taylor and Colback has given us back that Geordie identity? We have a long way to go but to see the work rate and determination from the team and to see the sheer delight of Colo when he scored, dispels any rumours of dressing room discontent and says a lot for Pardew’s man management skills. He’s been lucky for sure but as long as he’s our manager he deserves support and I for one wish him well.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Nov 11, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #27


    I was saluting the British military specifically because of rememberence day mate. I agree though respect to all soldiers no matter what nationality or country. As long as they aren’t terrorists or fake soldiers of terrible inhumane oppressive regimes, then they have my respect because soldiers , real soldiers, are men of honor and courage and are to be respected. Especially our (British and American) allies in our latest wars like the Aussies, polish, Koreans,Japanese, Israelis, etc and last but not least the brave men from a small country called Estonia. We had a company of “stones” as we called them (Estonian infantry) attached to my Cavalry unit and they were tough as a 2 dollar steak, brave as any soldiers on earth; tenacious and fierce fighters, loyal, and honerable… Besides the Brits best allies we had… Once again though i spoke mainly about the Brits cuz of Remembrance Day and out of respect for that… God save the Queen and God bless America… And also God; if its not too much a top 4 for the toon lol


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