Next Two Games Are Crucial To Newcastle’s Season

When Ayoze Perez scored Newcastle’s goal yesterday at the Emirates, which came out of the blue after 63 minutes, Newcastle were definitely in with a chance of getting back in the game, but that depended on scoring a second goal rather quickly, and it didn’t happen.

Alan Pardew Arsenal 4-1

Alan Pardew on the sidelines yesterday

And the score-line was then made to look a lot worse, when Santi Cazorla scored from the penalty spot with just two minutes to play in normal time, after Paul Dummett brought down the impressive Danny Welbeck in the penalty box.

It was the second time we had conceded four goals in a league game this term, the first being the 4-0 disaster at Southampton on 13th September.

After the game Alan Pardew lamented on what could have been:.

“In terms of the two results the first goal was going to be more significant today; the fact they had got beat and we had a good result in beating Chelsea last weekend,”

“I still felt, even at 3-1, that the game was in the balance. If we could have scored the second goal we had half a chance. The demons might have returned from Anderlecht, but we couldn’t get ourselves into that position and probably didn’t deserve to.”

“Arsenal came out flying and had a really good purple patch and we were hanging on. We weren’t as efficient with the ball as we have been.”

“A lot of the credit has to go to Arsenal, they didn’t give us a lot of time and they were quick. We grew into the game a little bit. and had a chance to equalise that we should have taken.”

The chance to equalize was when Gouffran headed the ball from a Jack Colback free kick which Wojciech Szczesny stopped on the line, and Papiss Cisse, of all people, should have done better when he hit the rebound straight at the goalkeeper.

Certainly if we could have scored a second goal to make it 3-2 it would have changed the complexion of the game, but of course we didn’t and an Arsenal breakaway led to their fourth goal.

But the real truth is we did not play well yesterday and didn’t deserve anything out of this game.

The good news is that it’s just one game, and maybe it was just one of those bad days at the office.

But the next two games – in the Capital One Cup quarter-final at Tottenham on Wednesday night, followed by the home game against Sunderland next Sunday –  are crucial games for Newcastle.

Two wins in those two games and we will be flying again.

Two defeats and we may even see the SackPardew brigade reinvigorated, and they have been laying low over the last couple of months since we started winning games.

And it would be very hard to take a fourth defeat in a row from Sunderland.


We’d like to see two wins,  and then we can keep our good season going – hopefully until May.

Howay The Lads!!

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91 comments so far

  • Blofal

    Dec 14, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Is Aarons and Abrid on track for the spurs game? Isnt Janmaat suspended after too many yellow cards?

    I would really like to see more of Armstrong. I really do feel given a decent run of games he could have an impact similar to Perez. Armstrong and Perez up front is much more tasty than Armstrong and Cisse.


    I thought Sammy had a poor game yesterday. Bring him off the bench against Spurs like last time. They’ll have bad memories of that.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Pardew blamed himself for the defeat by saying he was “too ambitious”. Yes, playing Willo and Gouffran shows true ambition!

  • Slank

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #3

    If history is anything to go by then yesterday’s defeat was very predictable. For some unknown reason we have never done well over the years irrespective of whom the manager has been.

    Before the match I didn’t know who would replace Sissoko thinking it could be Cabella, Perez or even Anita (remember him!) but never Ameobi. Ameobi’s strength is on the left wing.

    Also before the match I thought that Riviere would be a better choice than Cisse. Cisse is a real goal moocher but not a player to lead the line. Also Cisse thrives on balls driven into the box and so with neither Ameobi and Haidara on the wing Cisse had little chance.

    Whilst Dummitt is arguably a better defender than Haidara at left back the defensive back line is stronger with Haidara at left back and Colo partnering Dummitt in central positions. Colo doesn’t look comfortable alongside Williamson.

  • Dulcinera

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Those quotes attributed to Lord Sugar mocking us and calling Pardew “a big head”

    That wouldn’t have anything to do with us beating his beloved spurs a wile back? and maybe some sour grapes?

    Anyway as far as Lord Sugar calling ANYONE “big head” well that’s just laughable coming from him

  • Slank

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5


    Yes, Janmaat is suspended for the Spurs game. I suspect that Dummitt will replace him. I think the back line will be:

    Dummitt – Saylor – Colo – Haidara

    I’m not too sure about Armstrong replacing Ameobi. Ameobi is a real threat on the left wing and combines well with Daidara. My team for Spurs would be:

    Dummitt – Saylor – Colo – Haidara
    Tiote – Colback
    Cabella – Sissoko – Ameobi

    If Aarons was available I would play him instead of Cabella.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Where was the poster diigidydaws making racist comments ?

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    These are going to be the two biggest games of the season so far. One gives us a chance of a semi final which is a good cup run we have been asking for, the other is a massive game for us as with aims of only top ten we need to look to the Derby and cups as the highlights of our season.

    Pick the strongest team for both, players can rest the week/game after if needs be. Sure they can muster the energu for these two even if it means givin up a days physical training and they do a bit more prep tactically.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    The back four was one area that didn’t have changes forced on it, why couldn’t he have kept Dummit and Colo as the CB pairing.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Seeing as I wasn’t on after the game yesterday….

    I thought we did ok. Poor start but kept in the game a while at 1-0, should have scored from a Colback freekick when Cisse hit it right at the keeper, bit unfortunate.

    However when we had to push on arsenal were just too good going forward. Pace and strong aerial threat, couldn’t live with them as not many sides will when they play like that.

    Yes we were a bit cautious in selection and attitude but we saw when we opened up in the second half they just picked us off.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    I think it was shown yesterday that he doesn’t know his strongest team, it might work in our favour if he tries to field a weakened team against Spurs.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11


    Fully agree. I think Dummet is definitely our 3rd best CB ahead of willo, possibly even 2nd best ahead of taylor. With haidara a good option at left back it’s ideal for dummet to be alongside colo.

    I’ve always stood by willo but he is massively out of his depth at the minute, really struggling and loses his man way too often.

    Tiote was poor for me yesterday too. Should have seen red for the kick out at Sanchez and kept hanging onto the ball way too long, not releasing quick passes like abeid does there, strong tackler though and offers plenty.


    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Dummitt at LB is more defensive than Haidara and he is a defensive manager mate

    Haidara would look to get forward and we can’t have that!

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree there. We’ve had good/bad luck with injuries giving Young lads a chance but the manager should really be sticking with them as they have done well, hope he doesn’t just keep casting them aside when they are all fit like he has with dropping dummet from CB.

    What I think yesterday showed was without sissoko we offer little. He runs at people, he gets teams on the back foot so even if he has. A quite game it allows others to exploit his presence and othes benefit from him simply being on the pitch.!

  • toonbrother

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    we will lose both if colocini starts. dreadful player

  • toonbrother

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    i recall someone saying colback was more important to NUFC than sissoko.
    i wont name names but i hope you see the error of your ways. Colback is nowhere near sissoko’s level.
    Had pardew used MY starting line up yesterday we would have won the gane
    Cisse on as an impact sub
    Unfortunately pardew is not too bright. and so we lost

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    @jail and Geordie157
    Shocking display with Willo in the team,I would agree with You that we should’ve kept Dummett at CB and had Haidara at LB.
    GOUFFRAN was utterly useless apart from his saved header.
    Tiote – just sell him,he slowed us down all game and loses the ball too easily with his pirouettes.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Was yesterday Tiotes interview or audition for Arsenal?

    Looked like Colo was after a job to.

    I’d personally sell both for nowt.

  • Sazzer

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Pass Accuracy:
    Kruse 83.1 %
    Cisse 79.7 %
    Ings 74.5 %
    Mitrovic 72.9 %

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #19

    In all seriousness ,who the heck would feel comfortable with Willo playing beside them?
    He’s been great in many displays,but of late he looks off the pace,loses his marker and lumps the ball up the field to the opposition most of the time.
    Gouffran misplaced a lot of passes as did Tiote.
    Wouldn’t bother me if we sold Tiote in January but only if we can bring in a replacement.
    We are short in numbers of late and any sales have to be matched with buys.
    Arsenal were best and thoroughly deserved the win,they were quicker in their movement and their passing.
    Our movement was very slow yesterday and I believe having both Colback and Tiote in there isn’t a good mix,of course had sissoko been in the team it may have been different.
    Best team won and easily to be fair.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Rivière is a very limited player like Cissé (who at least scores goals). Is it worth giving him more playing time? I’m not convinced.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    Next two wins are vital that we win not only for the players confidence but fans as well. If we start any of Williamson, Anita, Gouffran we WILL lose.

    Ferreyra or Riviere or Arma


    Really hope Tiote don’t start the Derby, not keen on cisse either. Could just see tiote ruining the game for us with a red card. For the derby we need pace, flair, power, work ethic, link up play. Aarons, Perez, Ameobi, Haidara, Sissoko all provide that. Gouffran, Cisse, Williamson do not provide that. Ameobi & Haidara have been linking up very well, and we also have the option of Cabella who links up very well with Perez.

    Cisse for me just doesn’t offer anything to the team really. All he can do is tap the ball in. He doesn’t work hard (strolled around against arsenal) can’t hold the ball up, can’t bring others into play, can’t take players on.

    Pardew needs to go back to the counter-attacking 4-1-4-1 system built around Sissoko that beat West Brom, Liverpool, Spurs that was where we played our best football and when we were our most organised unit

  • toon kk

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    I mentioned yesterday before the Arsenal game that Pardew should have been fielding the kids, there was no way we could have won that game with all our injuries, even with a fully fit squad we would have struggled. Its not just their quality its there style of play we just can’t

    Resting our better players for Spurs would have been a sensible option.
    The club would have probably picked up a fine I suppose .

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #23

    Resting players with a view to losing the game anyway is something pi$$ poor clubs that are threatened with relegation do, it lacks integrity and is something a great club like ours should never entertain.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24

    In January we should sell:

    And buy:
    Eder Alvarez Balanta
    Lucas Romero
    Joel Campbell
    Saido Berahino

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #25

    If we done that there’d be a very real danger of finishing sixth or winning a cup, that would take us back a few years in the excellent rebuilding we’ve been doing.

  • toon kk

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    maybe so, but did you seriously think we had a chance of getting something out of that game?

  • Graeme

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #28

    Jail @ 23 – How you can use the term “Integrity” with respect to P45DUE and the heirachy at NUFC is beyond me lol.

  • Tinman

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #29

    If City are seriously after Cisse then sell him.
    Tiote looks well past his best, sell him.
    Gouffran is piss poor, sell him.
    Let Collo go in the summer, his time is up.
    Keep Williamson as back up, he makes no fuss, will be on low wages and is a decent role model. Just stop playing him, seriously.

    Consider Berahino and Carrol (has looked good this come back, keep him fit and he is dangerous for any team) as transfer targets. I feel a target man would work perfectly in a 4-3-3 with the pacey Perez and Aarons alongside. Benteke could be possible alternative to Carrol (who is probably too expensive), or look abroad.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

    -1, +5, -23, -16 and currently standing at -4, these are our goal differences under Alan Pardew, this would suggest that we normally concede far more than we score, this is why Mashley makes the football affordable. Where there is a demand for tickets ie the Derby game then Mashers affordable football goes out the window.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #31

    toon kk,
    Yes, on recent form I thought we could be good for a draw, had we of feilded a weaker team we may well have lost by more.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #32

    Are you seriously suggesting that Mashers might part with 17M+ to bring Carroll back here.

  • Tinman

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #33


    I did correct myself at the end. Dare to dream I guess

  • toon kk

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Your right to start fielding weakened sides isn’t a way forward. But we went into this season weakening our squad by Mash penny pinching by not getting a quality proven striker in. It’s ridiculous a big club like Newcastle not spending on a badly needed player.

  • geordie157

    Dec 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #35

    I’d like us to sign Ings and Berahino but then that would mean Armstrong gets even less chances.

    We do need a Benteke type of option up front, Riviere is a different type of player, who I think needs to play in a top 2 or possibly on the right of a front 3.

    Spurs game I’d like to try

    Streete, Colo, Dummett, Haidara
    Sissoko, Colback
    Riviere, Cabella, Sammy

    Riviere and Perez can swap at times. Streete needs a chance to show what he can do, he’s got the pace and build to do a job at right back, plus it keeps Wilo out of the side.

    I forgot Taylor and Abeid but I’d keep them fresh for the Mackems.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #36

    The big difference between the 2 sides yesterday was quality .they had it in a abundance as much as we lacked it .People on here saying we done ok yesterday is beyond me . A 4-1 hammering is not ok , not ok for NUFC anyway . Like last week , played off the park again , looking for scraps instead of giving them a game’s alright winning a few games like that but over the course of the season quality will tell. We are just not good enough .

  • geordie157

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Watching Perez is exciting, he has no fear, works hard but has the ability to skip past players like they aren’t there. His style of play is a bit like Sanchez and Suarez.

    Cabella is improving, he needs to stop with the fancy backheels though, once a game is fine, needs to play more central.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #38


    i agree mate, i think our squad is quite unbalanced at the moment.

    We haven’t got that aerial threat up front, a player we can just get it up to in the final few minutes to get that equaliser or winner, not just that but defenders hate playing against Benteke/carroll type players who are an absolute nuisance to deal with. Plus we’ve only just discovered our out and out PROPER wingers are in obertan, aarons and ameobi, NOT gouffran or sissoko

  • JamesToon

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Ferreyra is a waste of space, he might be a hidden gem but its clear that he’s just not gonna get a chance, waste of wages if pardews not gonna use him

  • mag92

    Dec 14, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Williamson, Gouffran, and Alnwick, should move to Alnwick Town F.C, before they ruin the rest of this season.


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