Pardew – Our New System Causing Teams Big Problems

Newcastle went from playing a 4-2-3-1 system early this season to a 4-3-3 system, which Alan Pardew has used successfully in the past – and especially in that great season when we finished 5th top back in 2012.

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Alan Pardew – our new system is causing teams some problems

But Alan has said today that the team back then was different to the team now, and our team at the moment is happy with the opposition having more possession of the ball, and our lads have the ability to counter attack quickly, and that asks questions of the opposition.

Our lads also close down the opposition very well and make it difficult for them when they do have the ball.

And our strong  defense of late has also helped a lot,  and we now have three clean sheets in a row and four of those have come in this five game winning streak.

This is what Alan Pardew has said today:

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” “I don’t know the stats behind the run – I’ve not really analysed them at the moment – but all I do know is we look a good side.”

“We look a side that is very, very powerful, has great variation that I can change, and our system is causing teams problems.” “The other teams will get to grips with it, and we’ll have to ask a different question.”

“We’ve played that system (4-3-3) with some successful teams here, with different teams,” “We played it when we finished fifth. We played that system at the start of last year.”

“But this team has a different make-up to those two teams.” “Those teams were about possession, this team is quite happy not to have the ball.”

“It can be just as dangerous without the ball – perhaps even more of a threat at times.”

Good coaching is about getting a system that utilizes the strengths of the players you have available, and that seems to be what Alan has done over these last six weeks or so, and that’s to his credit.

But we cannot be satisfied with just fives wins in a row, especially since our record this year is still not good, so hopefully before the end of the year we can push on and get as many wins under our belts as possible.

And then next year we will have to keep up the good form,. which we couldn’t do for the second half of last season.

If we can do all that,  then we could have a very good season, and that would be a bit of a shock given how we started with just 3 points from our first seven games.

Howay The Lads!!

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67 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Ship out Anita or Tiote with that pretty dark colored chopper and bring in Grenier!!
    That is one way to compete & move forward!!

  • croftus5678

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    way to go al. you let them know what formation we will be playing next and that we wont change so they can research us >.<

    siem will give us a formation change when he's back and 100% but the lads are doing great so far.

    stand out performers are dumett/colo/perez/sissoko/ober/sammy/arma/rolando/colback/abied/janmaat imo.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Damn right we are just as much of a threat, without having the ball all day. Anyone who’s played, or more specifically defended, in football at any level knows the biggest threat comes from pace. Or the fear of it. We have suddenly got it in abundance, even with two of the fastest guys currently out injured temporarily. Not everyone’s a road runner but there’s pace options in all the areas of the pitch. Counter attacking style suits us down to the ground and teams are starting to be less cavalier against us. partly the reason we’re conceding less goals all of a sudden?

  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    ‘our team at the moment is happy with the opposition having more possession of the ball….’. What a way to look at things – in other words, a keep and pass game seems out of his coaching abilty?

    Maybe he needs to ask for advice on playing five-a-side and keepy-up in training?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Loving this run and long may it continue but I have little faith in the perennial record breaker and wearer of silly glasses.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6


    I read it as Pardew saying broadly that we have ability to vary it, that we’re ALSO happy when we haven’t got the ball. Pace youthful exuberance and confidence are what’s keeping the bubble buoyant, meanwhile we’re learning on the job,the young lads are getting priceless experince

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7


    Let’s face it, you never will have. Nothing’s going to change that until Pardew’s gone I take it

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t care if park a bus in the back four through whole 90min as long as we win!
    The least abuse we might get at the end is blabbing from npprs & crocked poor pundits!

  • Son of Geordie

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    It is good to trad some positive news regarding Davide Santon, although he has some competition with Dummett and Haidara for LB.
    At the same time it is all quiet on the western front with news on Curtis Good. When is Curtis expected to return to training or competition?

  • Son of Geordie

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Should have been “read”

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Who knows we may qualify for the CL in this kind of form.ATM only Chelsea able to hit the ground running,other top four clubs are struggling, come to us,we’ll teach u a lesson!

  • Son of Geordie

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Coaching 101: when we have possession we can score and the opposition cannot. I find it difficult to believe that p45dew would be happy with less possession than the opposition, as it means they have more opportunity to score, but then again when we are on a winning run so what difference does it make what is said, a win is a win.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    @12…U nailed it ,spot on!

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    I just hope this is just more BS from AP. “I don’t look at the stats”, “We are a very, very powerful side” Let’s face it, he only thing this side has going for it is unchecked speed. If AP can stop overworking his speed players in training sessions, he can expect wins. When the speed is gone (see H B-A) then all is lost.
    Fact is, Beardsley has a better trained attacking, yet positional squad than AP can muster.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Cant understand why we cant have the best of everything such as pace , power and possession !?

    Used to be the way Arsenal played under Wenger with Viera etc who could bully but also keep the ball so well and play super fast 1 – 2s which would shred teams apart we have players who can do this but not sure if Pardew will ever be able to implement it

    Seems to be when we do have lots of possession its slow and laboured between our defence and midfield and back and forth

    Loving the winning run but eventually teams will come to St James’s and expect us to break them down and we need to be able to do it rather than look to sit deep


    Nov 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #16

    @14 : I really think Beardsley is also a better Trainer tha Pardew which is why the U21,s are doing so well ?

    We are starting to play some really good Football after a piss poor start, and long may it continue.
    If this is down to Pardew? well i,me not too sure, and with ACON in January, we will lose a few players for a cuple of weeks. It will then clear to some depending on decisions made if Pardew is actually any good or not?

    Plus punt is that Siem is due to return around that time and if his comeback is half as good as Raylers has been then we should be Okay?


    WTF has everyone got against Anita on here all of a sudden, he is drawing as much negativity on here the last few weeks which he just does not deserve, Lay the F off him ! Obertan had this sort of vitrool for more than a year ?
    He is one player who will be still around for the ACON and shoud Deffo not be sold immo!

    Tiote, is another prospect, and may well go, but i hope if that happens for at least 15 Mil and not to another club in UK ?

    I repeat, Lay off Anita !

  • JDdubai

    Nov 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Sick of that dutch hobbit

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #18

    What does King Percy mean by ……..”this team is quite happy not to have the ball.”
    “It can be just as dangerous without the ball – perhaps even more of a threat at times.”

    Read this part of his statement a few times and cannot work out what he means.

  • G

    Nov 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    @16 completely agree about Anita

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #20

    @16…I like Anita as a player,he started well with colback in MF,then started to vanish,why? Doesn’t this tell you something?
    I sometimes confuse whether he is a defensive MF,playmaker or something else!
    Besides, he is short, that means he can’t compete with bigger and strong players,esp in the air.So’ll be worthwhile to replace him sooner than later as there are better option out there..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 15, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #21

    Not at all, I was quite an ardent defender of our silver/brown tongued lothario as I blamed it all on Mashers, after the Lpool and mackem catastrophes I lost faith in him, I’ve always stated that it wasn’t fair on him that summer we finished fifth, but he was more than happy to tell us there would be signings, he is a complicit liar.

  • AncientC

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Counter-attacking football is just a dressed up way of saying that you cannot compete by playing football.

    The other side is given the impetus to attack and dominate possession, you can also factor in that the opposition can counter-attack our couter-attacks, which gives them twice as much time on the ball and more periods of the game to break us down.

    It is working for now, it would be nice if it lasted, but you simply cannot set your stall out for the future by banking on being in the 30% margins of possession and winning games from it.

    Looks like weak foundations to me.


    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #23

    @19 :

    Its nice to know that at least some people agree with me on here !

    @20 :

    He is an ex Dutch International who learnt his trade in the Youth at Ajax Amsterdam ! He is mostly seen as a Defensive Midfielder but can double up in a fast defensive position too? The thing is, as with a lot of players, Pardew, when he picks him? just keeps playing him out of position or playing him in a position he just can,t play in? Which is why a lot on here are against him, just the same as Gabby but thankfully Gabby has been immune to all the shite directed at him!

    The Sale of Anita would be just a big mistake and he would come back to haunt with another club? Believe me.

    The reason he has,nt been picked recently has been the way the Team has played for the last few weeks !

  • AncientC

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #24

    I also question what will happen if Abeid has a bad game, he is still integrating into the first side and is going to have a few off games… will he be given patience, or dumped on the sidelines? I am not so sure.

  • expatmag

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Hello TUFF

    You should know by now he talks utter bullsh××.

  • expatmag

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #26


    Anita is technically a very good player but in a physically demanding position, he often lacks the height and strength to compete.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #27


    I said you never will (have faith in Pardew) whatever happens, not never had. meaning you will go on quoting what happened in the past no matter what happens in the future. You’ve kind of set your position there, it seems kind of narrow. Until Pardew is gone.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #28

    @22…ow! even u bring better stat:”ex dutch int’l”, now what does this mean?
    This means he lost his place in the national team as well with such young age,that means he was unable to grow and improve.
    I never saw pard played him out of position except in case of emergencies, at RB usually.
    otherwise he played in his favorite position but didn’t deliver yet,didn’t make an assist,didn’t tackle enough, didn’t pass valuable balls,that means he is not good enough for us
    ATM,colback is miles ahead of him!

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail…don’t look past, move on!

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m a fan of Anita Id sell Tiote first that’s my opinion but everyone’s different.
    If we wanted to play a possetion based passing style you’d want Anita not Tiote.

    Read a cpl articles from Chronicle today on youth and transfer window.

    Looks like we have at least a hand full of decent prospects, I’d be surprised pleasantley I’ll add if we sign someone in Jan. If we are to sell anyone IMO it would be Tiote possibly one of fringe players.
    In reality I expect very little activity for us in or out unless it’s academy players.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Yes I’d sell Tiote first and Anita soon after. That’s assuming we would replace him with another midfield prospect, which is doubtful given Ashley’s track record. As far as Anita goes, I liked him initially, looked very good on the ball and I hoped he would adapt to the faster more robust PL. Unfortunately his stature and style is against him and he’s stood still. Some might say he was Pardewed of course but I doubt that would be a valid explanation.

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #32


    I’d say he plays the DM position totally different to Tiote, when he has been given his chance in that position the teams been in poor form. He likes to show and pass the ball to feet and a lot if time our players wouldn’t show for him.

    He hardly got a sniff in first year and has been played here and there but not concistentley and that’s why he’s lost his place in national squad.

    De Boer rates him highly and that’s good enough for me, I’d like to see him play with Abeid and Colback with Abeid further foward. I wouldn’t get rid yet, Tiote I expect to leave due to age and contract this is when he’s worth most to the club, cash wise he’ll probs decrease in value from now.

  • lesh

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #33

    sing in the corner

    having re-read pards comments and thought about them, I’ll go along with you. Fingers crossed though.

    On formation and tactics, I wonder if the first team have adopted the u21’s? It makes sense to have continuity between the development and Prem squads, IMHO.

  • shearermania

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #34

    i dont care what all you guys think…tiote is our best player by a mile..with him in the side we can play any formation – and were are lethal in 442 with him as he covers so much ground…
    i think letting him go will be a massive loss….hes a warrior, a true legend – always fighting always trying his best – exactly what we geordies wants to see in a black and white shirt… a big fan of tiote….and rate him very highly

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Optimistic Prime

    Aye, a fair point about the form of the team, and his in and out opportunities I suppose. Still think he gets bossed too much, in a way Colback, Sissoko and to an extend Mehdi don’t, when the game gets more physical. Tiote’s too much the other way and as you say prime money making material for Our Michael

  • shearermania

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #36

    i dont rate anita at all….he might be a good player in holland but hes a light weight….hes a massive liability…i said when we signed him that any team with a male midfielder with the female name of Anita is asking for trouble and he/shehavent probed me wrong…
    anita on your bike – just wasnt your league..this is a mans league

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #37


    Coincidental… partly, I reckon. Because when they unexpectedly got their chance the young graduates showed some of the preparation and exuberance in their game and we’ve kind of stumbled on the right formula that way?

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Ha ha love it!
    With you on the up and at em thing about Tiote. But, as has been said before, he’s a bull in a china shop which gets him sent off, suspended etc at bad times. He offers little going forward apart from the odd gem. Good money will swing it of course

  • mag92

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Long may Pardew reign for as much as gets up the whinger@21s hooter!

  • mag92

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Once Anita and the equally awful Williamson, disappeared the team started playing proper football!


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