Pardew Has Chance To Emulate Sir Bobby Robson Tonight

It’s a huge opportunity tonight for Newcastle to finally advance to the semi-finals of a local Cup competition, and it would be the first time since the great Sir Bobby Robson has us in the semi-final of the FA Cup back in 2000.

Newcastle v West Ham

Sir Bobby Robson – last manager to get us to any Cup semi-final

And in the previous two FA Cups,  we were the beaten finalists each time, going down 2-0 to Arsenal in 1998, and 2-0 to Manchester United the following year.

We lost 2-1 to Chelsea in that semi-final in 2000, and the Blues went on to beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the final.

Alan Pardew knows it’s a huge opportunity for the Tyneside club tonight:

“We have done well to get ourselves into this position.” “We have done well in the league, so that sets up that derby game nicely.”

“We had two fantastic results in the cup, beating two Premier League sides, just to get to where we are.” “We are now going to try and take this opportunity.”

“It’s about grasping it. I have played in quarter-finals before, and there’s just extra meaning to it.” “You just sense it. You are close. You are eight teams away.”

“I can feel the squad bubbling under in terms of the excitement and looking forward to the two games.” “Look, the derby is a Premier League game and an important one – we’re all aware of that.”

“It carries more significance in this area, and maybe in the football world because of the fixture’s history.” “But, you know, a quarter-final of the League Cup doesn’t come around too often for this club – and for Spurs, by the way.”

“So both clubs know it’s an important game.”  “We are going to miss Daryl, which is a shame, but we’ll have a strong team to take there.”

Tottenham will likely field a weakened side, but we think Alan Pardew will field the strongest Newcastle team possible, but we could still be missing 13 first team players.

And 17 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong could even get a start at White Hart Lane tonight.

In spite of our injury worries, the fans are confident the lads can get another famous win at White Hart Lane tonight.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    At Spurs, Sammy the Super Substitute scores with a seven second shot (again)

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2


    I liked that lineup from the previous thread. Mine would be: 4-4-2 diamond wide


  • spitfire_

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    “We are going to miss Daryl, which is a shame, but we’ll have a strong team to take there.”

    Wonder if we lose if there will be any mentions about “the injuries” then.

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    I would play Anita at RB because he will have a better cross on him then taylor.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Emmanuel Adebayor will not be rushed btack for Tottenham Hotspur’s Capital One Cup quarter-final tie ith Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

    Adebayor has returned to training after a week’s compassionate leave in Africa.

    The Togo striker was allowed to return home after he was embroiled in a family row.

    In November, Adebayor’s older brother Kola claimed the player had been brainwashed by Islamic spiritual healers into thinking their mother used black magic to sabotage his form on the pitch.

    Tottenham dont play Fiorentina until February They have Burnley at home on Saturday I think they will give it a go tonight

  • 70TWO

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Always wondered why we have never been linked with Anichebe as he seems to be the archytipol Pardew player. However we have a number of forwards now who can either play the loan striker but need good support, or are a support striker with little opportunity. How would a target man who does not score move the team forward in a formation that limits the selection of strikers?

  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7


    Good point. But please enlighten me on the striker we have that can hold the ball up and bring other players into play ? Cisse- awful touch, perez- lightweight, ferreyra- no idea, riviere, still adapting, bad first touch.. He is ok sometimes though. When I have seen anichebe play, he gives the defence so much problems, so much so that sometimes he will be doubled up on. He would give players from our midfield the chance to make runs with his strength. Then, we wont have to attack down the wings 24/7 and if players like williamson hoof the ball up we wont lose possession 90% of the time.

  • cyprus

    Dec 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Almost like a broken record!

    This is from September last year…
    He said: ‘There’s just a different feel on the training ground and it looks like a better blend and a better spirit amongst the group than last year.’

    Anyway, we beat City so why not? We must remember that the odds are dead against us:

    Tottenham 4/5

    Draw 11/4

    Newcastle 7/2

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Why oh why do we ALWAYS get soo many injuries. It sickens me to know that this is a hindrance to our season every year. Not only do we have a small squad but our injury list is always record breaking and 10 times worse than any other club in the league! WTF do we do to get so many injuries. Just imagine if we had half the injuries we have now and every season. The options in team selection would be amazing and we would have so many variations at hand that will help us immensely.

    Please NUFC sort this sh*t up ASAP!

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Have a spare ticket for the game tonight !

  • Go toon gooooo

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Winning shot:
    Anita—–Steven Taylor–Coloccini—Haidara—

  • claphamgeordie

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Would love to take that ticket of your hands mate

  • Sliema

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Taylor Colo Dummet Haidara
    Tiote Colback
    Cabella Socks Sammy

  • Graeme

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    JP @ 8 – it has been exactly the same for something like 40 years or longer. They have had generations to sort out these serious issues – but it has never been done.

    We even employed Faye to help and it seemed to work for a while, then she vanished. It seems to be part of our tradition – have 30 players, but 10 of them are always injured at any given time. What’s a full strength team look like? After week 3 of the season, we never seem to have one!!

  • JamesToon

    Dec 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15


  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    I got a sneaky feeling Siem de Jong might get some game time tonight

  • nufcfan93

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Pretty sure Graeme Souness got us to the semi’s in 2005

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Very sad when 6M Anita and 6M Riviere are considered to be weakening the team!!!

    Ed you said ” The way training is conducted at Newcastle seems to get us a lot of injuries so we need a bigger squad because of that.”

    More players = more injuries. They’re obviously going in too hard in training or sprinting when not fully warmed up.

    This new fitness coach along with AP has hardly covered himmself in glory

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #19

    James Toon @ 13

    Would love to see that but a tad too attacking for Pardew I’m afraid

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #20

    You seem very confident that there will be recruitment in January, hasn’t the last seven years left you a bit cynical towards our portly owners intentions. In his piggy like eyes what would spending money in January achieve, it might see us comfortably hit eighth or worse still have a chance at sixth or seventh, this extra prize money for standings will be weighed up against the players fee and wages, my bet is that it’s already been decided that this current team has it in them to get 45 points and we’ll only see players going the other way, Sissoko staying or going has nothing to do with our ambition, it is entirely up to the interested clubs meeting his valuation which I think with his current contact situation would be 20M, possibly dropping to 18M on deadline day with add ons.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21


    As I say maybe the portly one feels it’s very sad when 6M Anita and 6M Riviere are considered to be weakening the team!!!

  • Graeme

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Jail – Cynical?? You know NUFC fans dont do cynical mate, we have seen it all before lol

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #23

    nufcfan93 // Dec 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Pretty sure Graeme Souness got us to the semi’s in 2005
    FA Cup lost 4 1 to ManUre at the Millenium in Cardiff

  • 70TWO

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #24


    You are right we do not have a strong centre forward that can occupy the defence, control the ball and bring others in to the game, in addition to sliding in for the whipped in cross at the feet of the Goalie.

    My only reservation is that when Pardew has this type of player we are inevitably restricted to playing hoof ball. The necessity of decent supply into the penalty area has developed our wing play and elliviated the pressure on the defence.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #25
  • John Tudor

    Dec 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #26

    same old same old
    on the injuries maybe its cos we always buy crocks and shit

  • John Tudor

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #27

    faye did not get on with the porkmeister

  • CullysFinest

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #28

    He who starts Gouffran lacks ambition the man is the only striker-come-left back I’ve ever known.

    Dummett Taylor Coloccini Haidara
    Cabella Colback Sissoko Ameobi
    Cisse Perez

  • mag92

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Get these games out of the way, and strengthen the squad in January.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #30

    I wish it was 19.45, on second thoughts I wish it was Monday, I’m so anxious waiting for these two matches it’s ridiculous.

    When’s the draw for the semi final?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #31

    I think all these muscle injuries are due to the lack of a proper warm up and stretching. Stretching before a warm up is often neglected nowadays whereas in the past it was taken seriously. I think it was Malcolm McDonald who said he never had a hamstring injury or something because he used to spend more time stretching than others.

    Under pardew I see Perez going the same way as gouffran. When he first came he obviously played as a striker but player as a left forward and did well tbh. He put a lot of effort in tracking back and was even able to nick a few goals attacking. I think he has realised he won’t get a start upfront there just does a lot of running around now. At the Chelsea game, Perez was moved out wide in the second half and he also put in a shift as usual, but mainly tracking back in the second half. I reckon pardew saw this and got well happy, therefore he played him on the wing against arsenal. He didn’t have his best game but was still our best player. I just hope pardew doesn’t play him on wing regularly, just as a striker or no 10 for me.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #32

    I didn’t know Lascalles had a court case pending until a cpl days ago, he doesn’t have to appear again in court until match and the case is due to be tried in April, as it stands.

    It’s a assault charge from a incident in or outside a nightclub.

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Buzzing for tonight’s game heading off soon ! Have a bad feeling tho but I think it’s about time we scored early – from a corner – get a penalty – spurs have a player sent off – fingers crossed

  • Toonfan8

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #34

    I would try this formation….
    give cabella free role, he can move where he wants….if abeid is fit, then play him instead of tiote…but I think this formation could work for us…quick side, strong with lot of movement

  • John Tudor

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #35

    chelsea-spurs or the toon lol

  • mag92

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Playing Anita, against Chadli, would be ridiculous; Anita, is far too small, and lightweight for the premier league.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #37

    best off playing anita up top ffs

  • Thump

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #38

    @toonfan: Honestly, I don’t trust Alnwick in goal. I don’t care what Pardew says about his “calmness”, he looks lackadaisical to me. So on that, I’d be interested in seeing 3 at the back, but would Anita be able to hold the position there? I’ve a feeling he’d end up putting Saylor under a lot of pressure to try and cover his (Anita’s) mistakes, probably leading to daft challenges.

    That said, hasn’t Colback played at full back for the unwashed? Might be an idea to throw him there and let Anita have the midfield.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Anita is too small and lightweight for the PL! Ha ha ha. I seem to remember him being pretty robust and busy and filled in at RB a few times and did ok. He’s a top tier professional footballer isn’t he? His big problem is that he was bought for a team where the manager did not have a style or place to fit him in.

    it’s like the Mbiwa argument – he is apparently not suited to the premier league but that’s rubbish. He just wasn’t suited to the situation at nufc. All his talk about the ‘PL experiment’ not working out was his way of saying he made a bad move to nufc because the manager plays Willo in preference, Santon or Dummett at LB, and the back four are usually all at sea. Proof of that? Playing very well in a good Serie A side, with an international recall on the cards. If he plays for France against England will he be useless then? Doubt it.

  • Ericles

    Dec 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Pardew will never ever emulate Wor Bobby in any way whatsoever and it is ludicrous to suggest such a thing!


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