I Can’t Fault The Players – We Pushed And Pushed


It was a very even game yesterday at West Ham and it could have gone either way – and whereas the game has gone in Newcastle’s favor over the last six games, that didn’t happen at Upton Park yesterday and in fact West Ham got a little bit lucky when a mis-hit shot from Kouyate was pounced on by Aaron Cresswell and he had the ball in the back of the net in a flash – before the Newcastle defenders could react.

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Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew on the sidelines yesterday

This is what Alan Pardew had to say to Sky Sports after the game:

“Well I’m frustrated in so much that the game was so tight.”  “It wasn’t really much to call between the two sides. One break for them, a lucky break, and they’ve scored the goal and suddenly we’re under pressure to try and get ourselves in a winning position.

“We pushed and pushed, even with 10 men, but it wouldn’t come.”  “Yeah, I think Moussa’s had a minute there where he has lost his head a little bit.”  “He’s kicked the ball away.¨

¨I think he was frustrated that the referee gave a foul and then straight up the other end he’s ended up in an incident with Andy Carroll, which actually didn’t do him any justice either.¨

“He’s an honest boy and really and truly that’s not him, but he’ll learn from that.” “I can’t fault the players. They have been absolutely brilliant and again the attitude today was first-class, but it just didn’t fall for us.¨

“We didn’t get the bit of quality that we normally produce and therefore we have ended up with a defeat.”

The unfortunate thing yesterday was that Moussa will now miss the game on Tuesday night at Turf Moor as will Jack Colback who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season – so it’s a good question as to who will come into midfield for that game,  with players like Mehdi Abeid and Ryan Taylor still out injured.

It’s almost certain that Vurnon Anita will be drafted in and the Dutchman will get a chance to show what he can do in a Newcastle shirt.

The last thing we want to see on Tuesday night is a second successive defeat – this time to a side that is second bottom of the league – Newcastle must go all out to get back to our winning ways.

Wonder if Rolando Aarons will be fit for Tuesday night?

What do you think?

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22 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    so he cant fault t5he players and its no the fans fault so it must be yours dipstick

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t worry pardew we can’t fault you either.

    What a legend.

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  • Sliema

    Nov 30, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #3

    We played pretty well against a well organised WH who have been in good for this season.

    It was a defensive game. We all expected that.

    If we hadn’t gone to 10 men I feel we would’ve gotten a point. But meh, I’m still reasonably content with our performance.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #4

    davetoon you posted earlier :-
    “Its like a schizophrenic help group”

    Seems like a half decent description of the blog. The loonies can convince themselves that they are normal by asking the other loonies to confirm they are normal.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Daily Mirror journo asks `Alan are you surprised at the Toons current form?` The reply “It has surprised me, and some of the football we have played has been very consistent. But we look strong defensively and are a threat at almost any moment in the game.” NOT STUNNED STUART 9 –––––– Southampton are getting found out by Man City at the mo We lose 1 0 away from home and the member for Nogland (Catchy ) comes straight out of the woodwork

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  • matias

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Good words from Pardew as usual.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Mister Tuff

    I will take that as a compliment.

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Mister Tuff

    So do you think I’m normal.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #9

    As I said yesterday it was a reasonable effort. Only question over selection would be gouffran but with obertan and aarons out there weren’t that many options to use there so fair enough.

    Think sissoko cost us a good chance of a point yesterday through frustration.

    We weren’t right at it yesterday, sometimes just happens, winning runs need to end some time. Don’t fault pardew for anything yesterday.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Woo woo City score a goal with 10 players The ref is pony btw

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    I was asked if i have got a problem with alcohol, i said don’t be so silly i love it.

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ll get my coat.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    I think what this season has shown so far is that when we use wide players we can threaten anyone. (common sense, nothing new discovered there).

    Which is why in january we need to buy a genuine, top quality right sided player. Will improve the team and also offer competition to obertan. Sammy and aarons can handle the left side for this season.

    Could also do with a good quality centre back, ours have done well so far, dummet looks good there, but would always welcome more quality.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #14

    As for our next game….

    I’d have cabella in the middle where sissoko would normaly be, not got the power to drive through teams but he has the quick feet to do a similar job.

    Tiote and Abeid (if fit) playing the holding roles.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #15

    sorry for so many posts

    Arsenal won’t go for sissoko. They need a player with pace, power, drive, strength in the middle of the park so that probably means wenger will go out and buy a light weight, tricky wide man.

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  • davetoon

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #16

    I still think we need a high quality striker although I know its not going to happen

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17

    dave

    Agree. I like perez but he is probably a 10-15 goal a season striker.

    To really kick on and threaten higher up it’s so much easier to do that with a 15-20 or 20-25 goal a season striker. Might sound an obvious statement to make, but you know what I mean…a striker who gets goals out of nothing is worth his weight in gold….a bit like ba was for us.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Transfer Sage Sissoko will be back and raring to go agin Chelski Woop woop 2nd goal for City Watch Soton tumble down the table

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  • toonicle

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Tough choice for first 11 on Tuesday now with so many missing. Anyone think Riviere should maybe be given a shot at RW? Anita in DM with Ameobi, Cabella and Riviere ahead of him, Cisse and Perez up top. I know it leaves us a bit open on defense but the back 4 have been solid and our problem seems to be consistent goals.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    toonicle

    I think we look better with a three man central midfield.

    I’d have tiote and abeid (anita if not fit) with cabella in front. Then have sammy left, perez up top and riviere wide right.

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  • davetoon

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    yep, think we need a high quality striker and deJong back to support…

    What we have now…

    Perez – great young talent, can’t expect him to play every game
    Rivierre – injuries, needs time to adapt, future player
    Cisse – Lead scorer so far this season but has ACoN in JAN, prone to injuries, hope he can regain his best for us when he returns from Equatorial Guinea.
    Ferreyra – ?
    Armstrong – not had a lot of chances, not expected to lead to line any time soon

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  • toonicle

    Nov 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Sage- forgot Tiote was available, he was forgettable yesterday haha, but I’d start him over Cisse as well and think Riviere could play well on the right with his pace. He’s put a couple good crosses in if I remember correctly.

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