My Players Should Experience The Pressure Playing at Newcastle


John Gregory is now 60 and he has managed some big clubs including Aston Villa in the past, and he is having trouble getting good performances from his League One side Crawley Town, when they play at home.

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John Gregory – now Crawley Town manager

John has admitted the crowd are right behind their team when they play at home at Broadfield Stadium, so he doesn’t understand why they are not getting good results there.

They were beaten at home 2-1 yesterday by Port Vale,  and they have drawn the two home games before that, against Chesterfield and Scunthorpe – they are currently 5th bottom of League One and two points above the drop zone.

The players are under no pressure when they play at home, and Gregory has brought up the example of where there’s real pressure on players when they play at home.

The example he has used is Newcastle United and St. James’ Park.

This is what John has said in the Crawley News:

“The last home game was certainly a much better performance than this one<” Gregory said after the 2-1 loss to Port Vale.

“We seem to have a problem playing at home, I don’t understand why. Our last two away matches, at Oldham and Bristol City, have both been very good performances but the players seem to have more of a phobia of playing here at home, and I don’t understand why.”

“They need to try playing at Newcastle in front of 52,000 where you have to get up and be at them from the very first minute. “

“There is really no great crowd pressure on them here I think our fans have been good towards the team. Even when we kicked off at the start of the second half, our fans were fully behind the players as you would hope they would be.”

Well we suppose we are famous for something these days – it’s a pity it’s not for being in the top four in the Premier League.

There will be a lot of pressure on Newcastle players today if we go behind to local rivals Sunderland – that’s for sure.

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268 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Tsunki,
    When I breifly spoke to Sissoko in the airport back in April and asked him whether he’d still be here next season, he gave a nonchalant laugh and said ‘yeah’. Of course I am were going to win things would have been a better answer. Unfortunately we never hasd time to discuss his optical requirements as I was about to advise him that spec savers had a great deal on coloured contact lenses, he said he ask me next time.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail for Ashley

    cheers mate, the reception on my mobile even outside of the hospital was very very poor

    All the pain, the stress, staying awake for 64 hours, it was a bad time.

    But my partner had it easy though 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Nope. For once I don’t know where this article is going. Not complaining. Just er.. well…

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    All the pressure is on Newcastle today, players and Pardew will be sh!tting bricks today going up against a hostel crowed.

    if Newcastle get the first goal they need to mount more pressure on Scumberland and punish them for a full 90 minutes because if we hold onto a single goal the effects will reverse.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki

    Im not normally up at this time, but if im not mistaken im sure that Ed produces a barrage of posts between 8:30 and 10:00. I mean, no offence Ed, but there is a very very very important match on in T minus 4 hours so surely all the emphasis should be put into that. Not silly articles that no-one cares about. Maybe you should have posted this after the game to cheer us up. Yes! I am fearing the worst.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Ha, just read the original for this. John Gregory was born in Scunthorpe, and has never had any affiliation with Newcastle and yet he has often referred to us in the sat when discussing fans and big clubs.

    He is obviously a very intelligent chap!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    crowed – crowd

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    jail

    from yesterday, no i dont want to lose against these, but i fear that pardews slow first half s going to play into there hands,
    i imagine the flying out the blocks and going 2 up in the first 25 mins

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Catchy,
    Surely after playing as many derbies as he has in his own admission, you’d think he’d have it sussed by now. I’d take a draw now though if it was offered.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Catchy,
    Have you got a link to that interview you posted from the chronicle today? It sounds very much like that was an interview from before the first derby last season.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail

    Yeah! I’d take a draw as long as it wasn’t a dull 0-0. Anything from 3-3 and I will be happy.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I think the general feeling is that the team Poyet will bring today will brutally focus on exploitable weaknesses. Tiote will be the subject of many foul calls in order to get an early yellow and calm him down, or get him sent off. They will indeed either lump the ball into the box ad nauseum or play to the byline to win corners, in order to force errors from the keeper. Their defence will consist of 6 players who will never leave their box all game. Colback will be the focus of niggling play from nearly all quarters. Perez will be tightly marked, and as a unit they will bang the ball into our half because they know Pardew’s teams are drilled to retreat every man behind the ball and defend (invite constant and unrelenting pressure)

    The ONLY Way to stop all this is have a team like the one pards was forced to play when we were winning, one that looked to press their midfield back into their own half all the time. Where every attack was closed down and instantly turned into counter attack before they could think of regrouping. That way I can almost guarantee they would earn a hatful of yellows in the first half hour, likely getting Clattermole sent off, or switched early, and goals before half time. We need to be straight out of the traps and never let them have time to get any shape. We sit back, we will ship goals, simple as that

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Where is the moaning police today! They have to make sure no-one is moaning because it is a blog crime these days.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14

    lil

    it isnt from now, it is from before, its from this site

    its the shyt he says all the time though..

    cannot wait to hear the ” we was to hyped excuse ” at the end of this defeat.

    very surprised P45 hasnt been lambasted for iving up on the cup by resting so many players for this match, esp when we would have the easier route to the final

    i personally think its a disgrace

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    As long as we get our late tackles in early we should be OK

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Catchy

    You do realise that you would also need to call 64% of the geordie nation disgraceful because they voted that they would lose the cup match if it meant we would win the derby. Just saying mate.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Irish – mate, I am well familiar with Eds daily postathon ha ha 🙂

    Don’t be too hard on him though, you have to re member that his remit is to dredge up every possible reference to the club to spark up potential discussion. it’s just this one is more tenuous than most.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    IG9,
    One of them is in the bath with his brother talking about the fa cuP.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Catchy,
    Okay, just on your post it said it was an article from today. Didn’t get that it was an old post from Ed.

    As you say though, if you take out the part about Benfica then you could quite easily think it is from an interview this week.

    The ‘resting’ of players for the cup doesn’t bother me. But I thought he got his selection wrong in other ways which was frustrating. But having gone out of the cup in such a limp fashion it is imperative that we put on a good display today, otherwise I think there will be signs of unrest again.

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  • tequilamag

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Rested who catchy ?
    Newcastle: Alnwick, Dummett, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Haidara, Colback, Sissoko, Perez, Cabella, Gouffran, Riviere.

    Subs: Woodman, Satka, Streete, Anita, Roberts, Vuckic, Armstrong.

    Everyone else was injured

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki

    I get that mate, and I am very appreciative of ed because at the end of the day we wouldnt be discussing this if he didnt put the hard work in to create this lovely site. Its just, posts like these, on the day of the derby. No-ones going to care. Im not trying to be harsh but it is true. Like I said, he should have posted it after the game. This articles quite sad actually, reminding us of the only thing that we are recognised for… The stadium. Thanks ed. 🙁

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Tsunki
    What you say is good sense, but that’s a commodity in very short supply at NUFC. With P45 making the team selection and with Alnwick in goal I think we’ll be lucky to manage a draw. Pathetic, given the home advantage.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Well I’m a bit gutted, I was promised a ticket and found out last night that the guy getting them had been bullshitted by someone acting the big un, it transpires that the guy is a bit of a Walter Mitty type character.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Tequila

    Yeah! ‘injured’ players… Surely your not that fickle…

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Irish

    just shows how stupid some people are,

    surely winning both is the way to go, by doing what he has done has just lumped loads of pressure on him and the players,
    and he cracks very easy under pressure,

    if the sunderland game was first, it would have been better for him, but to me he showed how weak a person he is,
    to lose 4 in a row, 3 at home vs SAFC is unthinkable , with no consolation of the cup run , ooohhhh tricky times ahead if he loses

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #26

    Jail

    Sounds like catchy to be honest. Bullsh*ting away none stop about pardew. There there catchy…

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Catchy

    Im sure you will be in paradise once these tricky times re-appear.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #28

    tequilamag

    did you not read after the match v spuds, he said he hoped to have cisse tiote and a few others back for the game on sunday,
    meaning , he rested them, he gave up on the cup to have players ready for today

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #29

    irish

    pure heaven mate 😉

    i love watching him out of his depth, oh wait, he been out of his depth for 4 years now

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Jail – when did you suspect something was wrong? When Branson didn’t land his helicopter in your yard to take you for pre match breakfast in the Himalayas with Tony Stark?

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  • Graeme

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Have you seen the cover of today’s match prog, with Collback all over the cover!!
    Just think, every mackem who pays £3 for one is paying more for the cover than we paid for Collback – are we rubbing noses in it? Just a little bit lol

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  • WWSBRD

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Well its that time of year again ladies and gentlemen. The discussions of how much better we are than Sunderland have been had and not the inevitable limp performance and crippling defeat is to follow still least its Christmas soon

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Jail seriously though mate that’s not funny. I can’t understand the point of some people.

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  • sparky55

    Dec 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #34

    The difference between the two teams is irrelevant on a derby match day. the difference comes from the strategies deployed and the intelligence of the respective managers.

    Gus Poyet has out thought and out managed Pardew on every occasion they’ve met…Poyet was a great player…Pardew just a journeyman

    Poyet knows how to play the beautiful game…Pardew doesn’t even know what it is.

    Poyet is a very intelligent man…Pardew’s a proper div.

    The prognosis is not good.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #35

    Tsunki,
    No, that was all perfectly believable, it was when I was told told the seats were in Ian Toon and Pardews box that the penny dropped.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #36

    Graeme

    Haha, are you sure they arent paying a quid for them since they all shop at poundland? Are there even nice shops in sunderla- sorry, I refuse to type there name… I could get the plague.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #37

    Lot of propaganda and psychological play today, what with the prog cover, video on the big screen and the 17 minute thank you for the mackems. Eerie.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki,
    What can you do, on a serious note I did briefly speak to Sissoko in the airport earlier this year and wasn’t impressed with his reply to my question.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Dec 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #39

    Jail

    Im intrigued, did sissoko just bundle you over like that tank he is?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #40

    Sparky,
    Do you think that’s why he wears those Joe 90 glasses, to make him look less of a div. Oh the irony !

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