It’s A Big Week – We Want To Win Both Games


Newcastle’s next two games are very big games, and we have a chance tonight to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup when we take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane, and then on Sunday we play Sunderland in the early kick-off game – 1:30 pm.

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Alan Pardew – two big games

So two wins in those game swill see us flying but the most difficult game is tonight in London when Newcastle will have to field a weakened side because we have so many injuries.

But there again at Crystal Palace and Manchester City in two previous ties in the competition we also fielded weakened sides because of injuries.

The game on Sunday is almost a must-win game to break the three game winning streak Sunderland have going.

The Black Cats have won only two league games in their 16 games this season, but last season when they beat us 2-1 on 27th October at the Stadium of Light,  they hadn’t won a game and had just one point from their first 8 Premier League games. 🙁

Current form doesn’t seem to have much to do with the results of these derby games.

Even though we have Daryl Janmaat suspended and have players out through injury tonight, Alan Pardew is very upbeat about Newcastle’s chances of reaching the last four:

“We’re excited and looking forward to it,” “There are some good teams left in the competition, which just goes to show the standard of  the Capital One Cup  this year.”

“We’re looking forward to going to Spurs, who are in a similar position to ourselves, in that they will be desperate to get through as well.”

“It’s a tough place to go and they are in form at the moment, so it is a difficult game. But our other two games against Crystal Palace and Manchester City were difficult as well, and both away.”

“We’ve got ourselves here, to this moment, and now we need to grasp it.” “We’ve played very well in the cup competition and it has provided a bit of a turnaround to our season.”

“The result at Palace was much-needed and then we went to Manchester  City and got a result which I don’t think anybody expected.” “When you arrive at the stadium you don’t have that element of fear that can sometimes be there due to the previous results.”

“But it’s still very difficult to win there. Both times we have had a little bit of luck on our side. Tim was magnificent there the first time, and in the second we still had to have a slice of luck.”

“However, we also played well on both occasions and that is what we’ve got to do this time. If we can just concentrate on the performance then the result will hopefully follow.”

“We have a really big week in front of us, in terms of two big games, and we are going to try and win them both.” “There is a bit of a cushion between the fixtures, which helps.”

“Neither is less important than the other – one is about three points and the other is a quarter-final of a cup. They are both big games.”

And for once Alan Pardew doesn’t seem to be prioritizing the Premier League game,  so we will probably play our best side tonight, and then field another strong side against the Black Cats.

Two wins will see us flying high, but on the other hand two defeats will definitely impact the momentum we have built up over the last couple of months.

We’re hoping for the former. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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110 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Dec 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Its hard to know what goes through his head at times, it really is.
    Are we going for the Cups, even though it may cause our relegation? Are we really interested in the cups when we know winning one will put us in Europe?

    We know we can beat Spurs, its not that many weeks since we did just that, but will he field a team set up to win it and believing we can win it?
    Will he have the tictacs in place to empower the team to a win or will it be a repeat of the Arsenal game??

    So much could depend on P45DUE and how the players have prepared.
    Ed keeps asking “Can we beat Spurs?” Hell yeah, of course we can. WILL we beat Spurs? Now thats a completely different question.

    I’ll be glued to my laptop, watching the game, cheering us on, praying for a win, but I wont be the slightest bit surprised if we see a repeat of Saturday with a repeat of the excuses shortly thereafter..
    MON THE TOOOOOOOOOOON

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  • toon kk

    Dec 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    it will be too much for our wafer thin squad to win both games.
    You can never tell which Newcastle will turn up.
    As long as we put a shift in that’s the main thing.

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  • JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER)

    Dec 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #3

    match live in india 1am on tensports (dance)

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  • Sazzer

    Dec 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #5

    *important: if reports in Brazil are to be believed.

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  • mag92

    Dec 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Anita: robust, someone has started Xmas, early; Anita, is so good he can’t even make it into an injury ravaged first team, and the idea of him playing at right back against a 6ft1, Chadli, is even too much for Pardew’s comprehension.

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    sazzer

    site is down u got any info

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  • dazzler

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Sazzer,

    Who is it the suspense is killing me and the account is blocked when clicking the link :s.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #9

    first — can anyone explain to me how sky sports think the bournemouth -liverpool game is bigger than ours ???? unbelievable. As for tonights game , is pardew going to bottle ??? All will be fevieled in his starting line up. Are we going for the win or is pardew prepared to take the wrath of our slimey owner . i know what i think – i hope he proves me wrong .

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #10

    revealed

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #11

    castle United have agreed a few in region of $5 million (£3.1m) with Atlético Mineiro for the 27-year-old’s signature.

    Jô was released by Atlético Mineiro for indiscipline last month.

    lol he was awful for city

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  • mindshaft

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Sazzers link for those who can’t view it…..not sure this has any legs

    Brazilian striker Jô looks set for sensational return to English football if reports in Brazil are to be believed.
    Newcastle United have agreed a few in region of $5 million (£3.1m) with Atlético Mineiro for the 27-year-old’s signature.

    Jô was released by Atlético Mineiro for indiscipline last month.

    According to Brazilian sports website folhaesportes.com, the former Manchester City striker was in “serious” breach of team rules, and is now set to join long-term admirers Newcastle.

    However, despite reports of the player being “released”, it is believed that he still has a contract with Atlético until 2016 which needs to be bought out.

    Jô signed with Manchester City in 2008 and played on loan with Everton and Galatasaray until 2011.

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  • mindshaft

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #13

    He was rubbish at Citeh and even worse at Everton – not sure I would bother spending 3 million of anyones money

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  • swemag

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #14

    I talked to a Brazilian colleague here, the website is not a very big one.
    What is clear is that Jo will not play with Atletico Mineiro next year, there were issues apparently.

    However, he played well for Atletico last year according to my colleague and I think they won the Cope Libertadores which is the South American Champions League.

    http://folhaesportes.com/?p=7929

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Jo? As in Jo the donkey? As in heskeys long lost twin? No thanks. Scraping the bottom of an already scraped barrel here I’m afraid.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #16

    3mil for Jo or around 3mil compo for Ings.

    I’d expect Ings to be the more likely target in the summer, I’d love a striker in Jan I’d like to win Euromillions, both are as likely to happen.

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  • Graeme

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Average – He’s that good eh? lol

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  • Diggedydaws

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #18

    http://Www.eplsite.com has live streams the neet

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Graeme

    Basically no lol. Did I mention that aswell as being heskeys long lost twin that he has the footballing ability of a Christmas tree? No? He has the footballing ability of a Christmas tree. Maybe that’s harsh on said trees.

    Poor poor poor….oh wait that’s us.

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #20

    OP

    Rumours of the unwashed going for him too. Think it was in that reputable paper the star lol. Well worth a punt imo. I like austin too but I’d imagine he’d only be available if QPR get relegated.

    Hell, I’d take Rhodes with no prem experience at the moment but I’d imagine rover’s would want silly money like leeds did for McMormack. Crazy prices.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Afternoon all,

    Anyone know who has travelled with the squad? Were there to be any late fitness tests for any of the players?

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  • Graeme

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Average – if he makes Shola look like a Striker – then we need to stay well away lol

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  • Graeme

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza, I waited for the call but nothing heard – guess they must have a team sorted!!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Graeme…Maybe there was a mix up and someone forgot to call you?

    Best get your kit on and head on to White Heart Lane sharpish.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #25

    AC

    If it’s us or the unwashed I’d like to think he’d choose us.

    If we had any ambition we’d offer 5or6 mil in jan, it’s double what they’d get in summer 50/50 chance they’d take it.

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  • mag92

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Let’s hope Anita, and Williamson, don’t receive a call either!

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Has Pardew got Graeme and Gouffrans phone numbers mixed up, that mans useless.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #28

    OP…He must have misplaced his specs…

    Did I read somewhere on here that Armstrong was supposedly playing a role this evening?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #29

    OP,
    I doubt they would take the money in Jan for him. He is their best chance of staying up, and therefore has the potential to net them £50million or so in revenues. I reckon they will take their chances and he will stay on the premise he can leave regardless in the summer.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Ibiza

    There’s a few articles doing the rounds that suggest it, Pardew said yesterday he played well at Citeh and Palace and might get another chance.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #31

    In my opinion I dont think we need Ings, yeah, hes got good potential and hes done well in the premier league but what does he offer that we dont have ? Sure, I will have him as long as one of Cisse/ ferreyra/ riviere is sold. If we sign ings and none of these striers go we will have too many. Thus halting progress from perez and armstrong.

    If we were to sign a striker I would rather we spent money on a target man. Someone like anichebe who can hold up the ball and batlle the opposing teams defence all game. This will increase the number of goals from midfield and lessen the number of attacks down the left wing. When the inevetable hoof from defence happens we will have someone there instead of losing it. We dont have this type of striker with the closest being Riviere. Ings isnt going to do this. We need a mix of strikers. We never upgraded shola.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #32

    We want Jo! We want Jo! We want Jo!
    Not!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #33

    I’d rather go with the Belgian midget strikers than Jo.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Lg

    I think a lot will depend on their situation at the time, not saying they will but I’d still try.

    If not get him to sign a pre contract in jan.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #35

    OP…I see. Could just be another case of Pardews masterful mind games…

    Irish…Be careful with comments about upgrading Shola…

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Ferrerya can’t get a sniff even with all the injuries. He must be absolutely hopeless. And from what I’ve seen of Riviere he’ll never make it either. Two duds that we can’t afford to keep on. Bring in the midget strikers Percy!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Why does Percy never take my advice? Harrumph!!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #38

    G2…One does wonder what’s happening with Ferrerya, along with those Belgian midgets of yours.

    There has been lots of talk, but where are they?

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Lg

    It’s all pie in the sky anyway, we won’t sign anyone in jan unless it’s pre contract.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 17, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Even beermonkey knows Jo is hopeless. 🙂 What do you think beermonkey who should we go after in the way of a decent striker?

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