We Tried To Win The Game – I Will Not Criticize My Players


Alan Pardew tried to put a brave face on the fourth defeat in a row for Newcastle United against Sunderland today – the first time that has happened in 116 years of the fixture, and today was the 151st meeting between Newcastle and Sunderland.

alan pardew at end of 4th SAundelrand defeat

Alan Pardew at the final whistle today

It’s not a very good record for Alan Pardew to have,  and to be fair to Newcastle we were going all out for the winner,  just before Adam Johnson scored after 90 minutes.

Just before he scored Moussa Sissoko had a superb shot tipped brilliantly over the bar by Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, and from the resulting corner Sunderland had a quick counter attack which led to Johnson scoring the winner.

This is what a dejected Newcastle manager said after the game:

“Of course it is painful,” “The players, after a first half where we got wrapped up in the emotion… giving away fouls, some strange moments – the second half we were much more composed and started to create chances.”

“But the longer you go on you know there is a risk, you’re always liable to over-commit and one fault we had today was that we over-committed, particularly with the history of this – they have caught us on the counter before and they did it again today.”

“This club want to see goals, and I am never going to manage this club and accept a draw as a positive result.” “We should still have the discipline in the team, it was our defenders that over-committed not the attacking players, but I am not going to criticise them they tried to win the game.”

“You could see at the end the players gave everything, you can’t say we didn’t. Football being football you don’t get your just desserts.” “It hurts, I just feel that I can only take them game by game, today’s performance to a certain extent was a good one.”

“There were some great performances from both teams and one of the better derbies I have been involved in, they edged the first half but second half we came into it and we perhaps did enough to win it.”

“Today was a key game, the two fixtures we had, Arsenal and Spurs, were difficult but this game compounds that and we have to lick our wounds, we have had some tough games but this was a critical fixture.”

In the circumstances (it was an absolutely disastrous result for Newcastle) those are decent words from the manager.

Certainly it was an exciting game especially in the second half, as both teams created chances and wanted to win the game – but it was also obvious that both clubs have trouble scoring goals these days, and most of the chances were missed.

It was good to see 17 year-old Geordie Adam Armstrong come on in the second half, and we had six Geordies on the field – five started the game – when was the last time that happened – 1899?

But why did Pardew wait so long to bring on Papiss Cisse in the second half?

But given it looked like it was going to end 0-0 and Newcastle would get just one point, it’s hard to criticize the lads for pushing for the winner, and being caught out right at the end.

Hopefully, we will have some of our injured players back (very) soon, but Cheick Tiote managed (again) to pick up a yellow card and he is suspended for the game at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

Cheick Tiote can often be a liability to Newcastle – am I the only one that thinks that?

We hope that Mehdi Abeid can play in that game on Friday – we have been very impressed when the Algerian has come into the side this season.

And lastly, we thought Jak Alnwick had a solid game – and he showed great courage in coming back from his display at Tottenham in mid-week – certainly he had no chance with the goal – Johnson hit the ball into the goal at around 100 mph.

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136 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #1

    so its your fault get knotted ya greasy git

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #2

    @ manxpie

    I agree we are short on wingers but that is partly Pardew’s fault .

    He obviously favours 4-2-3-1 which isn’t great for wingers to begin with, then he brings in 3 players that can play number 10 FFS . He does have a say in transfer believe it or not .

    Also don’t forget he was ready to ship out Sammy & Obertan so If you think they were in his plans before the injuries hit you are deluded . He also had no clue that Aarons would come on as far as he has so I think a lot of the blame lies at Pardews door IMO .

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Alan Pardew is the first ever Newcastle United manager to lose 6 consecutive Premier League matches.
    Since the beginning of the 12/13 season, Pardew’s Newcastle United have been in a losing position 26 times at half-time and never won. P26 W0 D2 L24.
    Newcastle United have NEVER went beyond the fourth round of the League Cup or FA Cup under Alan Pardew.
    Alan Pardew has lost as many Tyne-Wear derbies (3) as the last 22 Newcastle United managers combined.
    NUFC failed to score directly from a corner in 102 consecutive games under Alan Pardew between 2012-2014.
    No Premier League club suffered more home defeats in 2012-13 than NUFC under Alan Pardew.
    Between 1993-2010 NUFC had lost 35 Premier League games by 3 goals or more. Since Alan Pardew arrived in 2010 NUFC have amassed 20 losses by the same margin (more than any other Premier League club)
    In the 2013/14 season Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United lost 4 home games in a row without scoring a goal; the first time in the club’s entire history that this has happened.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Can you belive this fcuking guy .

    Giving it the “Our fans want to see goals” coming from the same guy that plays three left backs at the same time .

    FCUK OFF YOU WHITE HAIRED PUPPET PRICK .

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #5

    and now has 4 defeats to the unwashed
    do us a favour and walk

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #6

    I think it would have been better if Alan had locked himself in a cubicle for the night. What was all that rubbish about us being a different team this time? Sure we were Alan, chalk and cheese.

    What a great next few games we are in for.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #7

    we have the personnel to be a top 4 side
    if west ham can do it so can we
    All we need is a manager that is
    1. brave enough to drop colocinni
    2. wise enough to use cisse correctly
    3. discerning enough to play cabella in the hole where he belongs

    problem is pardew is as far away from all those things as humanly possible.
    he is the worst kind of dumb.
    he is dumb and delusional.
    he thinks he is the dogs bollocks but he is actually the dogs arsehole.
    nothing but shite comes out of him
    sack pardew
    do it now

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #8

    this man is an expert in deflection
    no one is asking you to criticise your players pardumb
    they are not to blame
    YOU and YOU alone are responsible for todays awful result

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  • stan anderson

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #9

    4 in a row is the latest in a history of record breaking.The wrong records of course. Puppet out and dont anyone try to defend the creep.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #10

    John Tudor

    If someone said our new manager would have statistics like that, you’d weep. Have we got another 4 years of this?

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  • toonking

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #11

    BPC

    how can that be pardew’s fault at all how do we know he wants to play 4-2-3-1 when these players we see coming have got nothing to do with pardew at all?

    the season he was playing 4-3-3 he had been using the wingers, don’t if pardew himself was in charge of transfers we would have seen far more English players coming into the club.

    he always seems to want the return of carroll which again tells me he wants to use wide men as they are what tall strong physical strikers need.

    so it’s the fact cashley himself doesn’t allow pardew to bring what he wants and until this season obatan our only only true winger was rubbish and consistently booed so pardew had no choice but to try the 4-2-3-1 with a number 10

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #12

    but they will defend him and this regime of fiddling gits

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #13

    pardew could not organise a pi55 up in a brewery

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  • manxpie

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #14

    big pappa sorry but did you see our upturn relied on width and the signing that pardew has been credited to is obertan ?

    or was that just another stick to beat him with?

    he surely see’s wingers are important but the club either signs knowone or people who look like good deals at the time regardless

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  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #15

    bnb he stats are sh17 everywhere he has been you know that of course im glad this lot get naff all out of me for the last 3 years

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #16

    @ TOONKING

    So you are telling me Pardew has no say in transfers whatsoever ? . Give it a rest m8 .

    He has said on many occasions Sissoko is a player that as soon as he watched wanted to sign him and he did .

    Pardew goes to Graham Carr and asks him to find a player in a certain position that he & Carr agree on and then Ashley will get them for the right money .

    If he was desperate for wingers then one or two would have came through the door in the last few years don’t you think ? .

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  • kneel before zod

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #17

    These days you know the result before kick off. We went on a good little run when starting with two pacey wide players(ameobi, cabella etc..) Then he starts playing gouffran as a starter and the wins dry up. Think we have won ONE league game this season when Gouffran has started. Must say I don’t get our gaffer at all.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #18

    As i said not totally his fault today but his infamous records carry on !

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  • jimiley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #19

    All talk of formations and choice of players are smokescreens. The players are not good enough and neither is the manager.That is the bottom line. West Ham and Soton will be nowhere near the top 4 by the end of the season because the players are not good enough.
    We have one player of true class who might be coveted by the top teams – Sissoko. Possibly Krul. They will be sold by our greedy owner. The rest are average players and some are Championship players lucky to be in the squad. The forward line is powder puff and the bairns cannot hold the ball up for toffee. Some of them look 8 stone wet through. We have bought some crap but not as much as the bindippers. LOL

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #20
  • John Tudor

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #21

    get mike basset in ffs
    he cant be any worse

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  • jimiley

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Pardew is staying as long as he guarantees 4th bottom. Ashley could not care if we lost every derby. Get used to it or stay away.

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  • toonking

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #23

    BPC

    well then tell me now why are we not able to sign any of these English players he keeps wanting

    why haven’t we signed a CB something which for such as defensive manager is a thing I most certainly expect.

    if he wanted cabbella why would he be leaving him on the bench

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  • toonking

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #24

    all these player that pardew doesn’t know how to use prove he doesn’t want to sign them.

    if pardew was the one who had the final say in transfers then your saying kevin keegan is a spoilt brat because yeh wise might have come but still keegan himself would still have had final say on transfers

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #25

    @ Toonking

    You are just making excuses for him now like .

    He obviously approved the Cabella signing so it is up to him to get the best out of the lad .

    And the reason we don’t buy English players is because of the wages and transfer fee’s .

    My point still stands that if he desperately wanted wingers or centre backs he could have used the De Jong or Cabella money simple as .

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  • JamesToon

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Today’s game today just showed how much ahead of us sunderland are. Poyet is 10x the manager pardew will ever be and he has potential to be a very good manager. He wants to implement an identity at sunderland. Something we don’t have. They played some lovely football in the first half as well, something we can only dream of.

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Accept Pardew as your lord and saviour.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #28

    @ KING

    You are deluded m8 .

    £ 10 million is £10 million no matter where you spend it .

    Ashley probably doesn’t have a clue who Remy Cabella or Siem De Jong is but he paid good money for them .

    You’re telling me that if Pardew said forget those two and spend less money on some players we actually need Ashley would refuse ? .

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t care whether Pardew has the final say on players (although he says he does), he has enough talent in that squad to make a much better fist of it. Why would you play one light weight player up front if you’re out to win the game when you know it doesn’t work because you’ve tried it time and again? Then, when it doesn’t work, add Armstrong, Cisse and Cabella?

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #30

    and spend more money.

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  • anthc

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Those stats are horrendous. New year, new start. Pardew out after the pending thrashing off man utd and everton.

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  • Kamikaze Koala

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #32

    If Pardew had the final saying in players we would have the talents of carlton cole, noble etc…

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Toonking vs Toonbrother

    Battle of the Aspies?

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  • toonking

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #34

    well you can keep twisting all you like about pardew because all I can say is nothing is going to changed UNTIL THAT FAT B@STARD LEAVES
    FACT

    1 shearer a legend can cope with him

    he appoints a man called JFK twice I repeat twice

    he sacks chris hughton at a time when that manager was doing very and strange for a owner wants to see growth especially when parjew is still here after a terrible second half to a season.

    the owner wants to invest in rangers weird for an owner who wants to improve Newcastle

    fact is whilst aslhey is here pardew is here
    whilst Ashley is here we only sign players to sell later on.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Ok. Fait play to Negadew, he isn’t laying the blame at the players feet. However, saying he isn’t setting up fpr a draw, but then playing 2 holding players is what baffles me. We were winning with the 433. Why the hell change it. I dont care that it wasnt pretty, and we still had to play defencively im long spells, at least we posed a counter atting goal threat and actually seemed able to pass the ball about. If it aint broke, dont fix it! My only fear was that he would switch back to thos as soon as he could, and lo and behold, he did. Not learning from mistakes is bad enough, but not learning from successes is unforgivable.

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #36

    *fair play. *counter attacking.

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  • toonking

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #37

    well enough is enough final words before I go

    KEEP DREAMING

    and ed do this blog a favour make a poll where the question is this

    WHO IS THE BIGGER CAUSE
    PARDEW
    or ASHLEY

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  • Markaccus

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Thos=this. Flippin phone.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #39

    In the last four derbies the personnel has changed but the manager has stayed the same .

    That is all you need to know .

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  • bladeuser

    Dec 21, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Self rightious arsehole he is
    he has never tried to go all out and win a game if that was the case do it a lot ealier so you have more time to get back into it if it goes tits up this tosser never ceases to amaze me how he still has any fans sorry arse licking pardew lovers is beyond me he is a swarmy arrogant prick who along with his master is a stain on this club
    PARDEW F@@@OFF

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